Archive | January, 2013

Guns keep us safe


19-year-old Jeremy McVicker and 19-year-old Dylan Heinen, of Spokane, Washington, were hanging out with friends at McVicker’s house. According to another friend who was there, McVicker pulled out a 9mm handgun and began playing with it.

“He was loading, unloading and racking the slide on the gun repeatedly,” the friend told police. Heinen said something like “why don’t you just pull the trigger?” so McVicker pointed the gun at Heinen and thinking the gun was unloaded, pulled the trigger. Heinen was shot in the head and died instantly.
After the shooting, McVicker panicked. He got a hatchet and tried to dismember Heinen’s body. According to the autopsy, McVicker struck Heinen’s body 40 times in the back of the head and neck attempting to decapitate him.

Court records note, “after striking Heinen repeatedly with the hatchet, McVicker said he became sickened and stopped.”

“It’s such a foreign concept to us,” said a Spokane police officer. “Not only to accidentally shoot your friend, but then go through the exercise of dismembering them with a hatchet. It’s very tragic.”

McVicker has been charged with first-degree manslaughter. His bail has been set at $1,000,000. Police said alcohol was involved in the incident.

To a point

Matt Taibbi, on Mary Jo White, President Obama’s pick to head the SEC:

It’s certainly strange that White has to qualify the idea that bringing cases is a positive thing in a government official – that bringing cases is a “positive thing . . . to a point.” Can anyone imagine the future head of the DEA saying something like, “For a prosecutor, bringing drug cases is a positive, to a point?”

One would think that even a defense firm would value a regulator with an aggressive rep — after all, a tough lawyer is a tough lawyer. What this testimony shows is that what is valued instead in this rarefied community of millionaire lawyers (where one can easily “get a reputation”) is a talent for political calculation, and a sensitivity to what may or may not hamper one’s ability to “function in the private sector.” What they’re looking for is someone who, when sitting in the regulator’s seat, does the job, but doesn’t live the job, if you catch the distinction.

Given that White has already made this move from enforcement to defense once, and given that we now know that she knows that firms like hers value regulators who can avoid creating “resentment in the business community” and retain their ability to “function in the private sector,” I think it’s safe to expect that White’s SEC will take very good care to bring cases, but only “to a point.”

Harry Reid: Piggie of the Week

If there’s one thing you can almost always count on, it’s the ability of the Democratic leadership to to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

And so it was that, after a full year of complaining and whining about Mitch McConnell’s duplicity, and expressing public regrets for not reforming the filibuster, Harry Reid chickened out.

Over at Scrapple TV, we were none too pleased with Mr. Reid. Please enjoy our little contribution.

Aunt Gloria

My aunt just died this morning, after pneumonia complications from the flu. She was the last of my mother’s four sisters, the five Miller girls.

Like all the women in my family, she was feisty and funny. She was what we used to call “a real pip.” I’m glad she’s with all her sisters now.

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