Anchorage Homicide Rate Reaches 11 Year High

January 7, 2008

Unusually, several ’07 killings were random violent acts

A spike in violence made 2007 the deadliest year for Anchorage in more than a decade and the third bloodiest the city has seen in more than a quarter-century, according to police statistics.

“The unusual trend I see is totally innocent strangers, and the average citizen, were more in danger,” Koch said. “This year, we’ve got some true stranger killings, which are truly uncommon in Anchorage.”

The usual weapon of choice was a gun, but the instruments of death also included knives, bare fists, a baseball bat and a frying pan.

14 shot, 2 stabbed, 6 beaten, 3 cause unreleased.

The jump in homicides had the six Anchorage police homicide detectives working overtime, Koch said: “My guys are pretty well hustling just to keep up.”

Yup, things are looking up since we elected that Democratic Mayor of ours. Good to see he’s tough on crime like he promised he’d be. I’d hate to see how bad things would’ve been without him.

Things have gone downhill quite a bit. Last week my kids went to the grocery store and witnessed an armed robbery. My wife and I went to the store a few hours later and saw seven cop cars lined up with one car pulled over. How many cops does it take and what was the crime? My laptop was stolen last week too. I could go on but I’d rather not bore you to death. My point? I just don’t think I’ll trust another Democrat that talks up a storm about fighting crime. All I’ve seen since Begich got into office is more crime. Coincidence? Maybe, but I didn’t see the Mayor’s name mentioned in the paper. Funny how there was no comment from him. But since our paper is quite liberal… you connect the dots.

Crime was at our lowest in 2001, with a Republican in office.

Speaking of the Mayor, check out his website.

After three years what can you say about Mayor Begich?– Anchorage is really headed in the right direction. Since becoming mayor in July 2003, I’ve worked hard with thousands of Anchorage citizens and groups to make our community safer, more prosperous for all, and to relieve congestion on our streets. I am seeking re-election in April 2006 to continue the progress we’ve achieved together. 

Safer streets with more police and firefighters, an anti-gang initiative and special focus on preventing and combating domestic violence; 

Safer? Really Mark? By what standards??

BTW, I’ll give him credit for working on traffic congestion and more police/firefighters but that’s it.

Iron My Shirt!

January 7, 2008

‘Iron My Shirt!’: Screaming Men Disrupt Clinton Event in NH

“Ah, the remnants of sexism, alive and well,” Clinton said.

I say they’re plants to garner her some sympathy. Especially after her low numbers in the Caucuses.

And if I’m wrong… it’s sad to see people sink this low.

Iran taunts us, again

January 7, 2008

Yes, again.

Iran speedboats ‘threatened suicide attack on US’ in Strait of Hormuz

The White House issued a stern warning to Tehran today after Iranian speedboats buzzed three US navy ships passing through the strategic Strait of Hormuz and reportedly threatened to blow them up.

Details of the incident remain unclear, but the skipper of one of the five Iranians speedboats reportedly said in a radio transmission: “I’m coming at you and you will blow up in a couple of minutes.”

Ever get this feeling that they are testing us? Seeing how close they can get, and what they can get away with? I’d like to know what they’re really up to.

But an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman dismissed it is a routine incident. “This is an ordinary occurrence which happens every now and then for both sides,” he told the IRNA news agency.

Ah, so they do admit to this incident. More on this later.

The incident occurred at about 5 am local time on Sunday as a US Navy cruiser, destroyer and frigate were crossing the strait on their way into the Gulf when they were buzzed by the speedboats, which dropped boxes in the water in front of them.

I read on one report where the Iranians said that they didn’t know who these ships belong to. What BS! We do fly our flag! And why would you threaten an unknown ship? Pure BS!!!

Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman, said that the American vessels were in international waters, making a normal transit into the Gulf. He said that the Iranian boats were operating at “distances and speeds that showed reckless and dangerous intent – reckless, dangerous and potentially hostile intent”.

And if it were us, the left would be screaming. But I’m betting they’ll blame Bush and not complain about Iran’s actions.

The incident surprised many Iran experts who said both Washington and Tehran had made recent efforts to “de-escalate” their confrontation. One sceptical analyst said: “Have you ever heard of a suicide bomber saying, ‘hey, I’m going to blow myself up right now’?”

True, but what if they were testing us? Or just trying to see how close they can get and what actions we’ll take. Probing for weaknesses I say.

But does this torque my nuts? Not really. Then what does?

This post on the same site:

Are we building to a Gulf of Tonkin style false-flag event in order that Cheyney gets his war with Iran before the Democrats take office?

Rolf Hansen, Edinburgh, Scotland

Someone has their head stuck so far in the sand that it’s coming out the other friggin’ side! What the heck did we do other than WITNESS what Iran was doing? Iran even ADMITS the incident!!! It’s not like we have to create this shit!!! I was ON an Aircraft Carrier last fall and I heard the stories about how they have been doing this. This is nothing new!!! They have been taunting us for quite a bit. And WE are the ones looking to start a war? Get a friggin’ clue!! If we wanted a war, then we would’ve started shooting a LONG FUCKING TIME AGO!!!! If anything, this proves we don’t want a war. Do you think the Russians, North Koreans, or the Iranians would’ve put up with this type of aggression?

Where do they breed these morons?

Oh wait, Scotland. Never mind.