Friday, May 1, 2015

Dropped Glock Found by Tot - Back to School For Capitol Cops?

Photo from Roll Call

So it seems that some United States Capitol Police officers have a bad habit of leaving pistols behind when they exit the gent's bathroom. Two of the USCP's pistols were found by surprised visitors - one of them a child - since January, and a third was found by a janitor last month.

Roll Call reports, Capitol Police Left Guns in Bathrooms:
When a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s security detail left his Glock and magazine stuffed in the toilet seat cover holder of a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom stall, a CVC worker found the gun, according to a source familiar with the Jan. 29 incident and two other disturbing instances when Capitol Police left loaded firearms in problematic places.

A 7- or 8-year-old child visiting the Capitol with his parents found the next loaded Glock lost by a dignitary protection officer, according to the source. A member of the security detail for John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, allegedly left the firearm in the bathroom of the Speaker’s Suite on March 24.

A third Glock was found the night of April 16 by a janitor cleaning the Capitol Police headquarters building on D Street NE. The weapon was left in plain sight, sparking additional concern about the department charged with protecting one of the world’s most important and frequently visited complexes.

On Friday, CQ Roll Call spoke with members who called for a full investigation into firearms regulations. House Rules Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, said he wanted Capitol Police to “retrain everyone that carries a gun.”

Does everyone on the USCP need to be retrained? Since at least two of the three culprits were dignitary protection guys and not regular Capitol Police officers, maybe that retraining ought to be focused on them, where it evidently belongs.

Most Eyebrow-Raising Headline of the Week

"Quake-struck Nepal launches inquiry as Pakistan sends 'beef masala' to country where cow slaughter is banned " - Daily Mail India

Friday, April 24, 2015

Most Eyebrow-Raising Headline of the Week

"China Says Please Stop Hiring Funeral Strippers" - The Wall Street Journal China

"According to a statement from the Ministry of Culture on Thursday, the government plans to work closely with the police to eliminate such performances, which are held with the goal of drawing more mourners."

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Cheer Up, Marie, Everything Will Turn Out Fine

Not Marie Harf's official photo, but close

Marie, you should know that I'm on your side. So it pained me to see how State passed you over for the big job, and for an old white man, too! You've been victimized and disadvantaged by patriarchal oppression and male privilege. If I were you, I'd sue.

How did this happen? After you put up with all that criticism of your performance, unfair as it was, often sexist and almost always juvenile in nature, this is how SecState Kerry rewards your loyalty?

Don't despair. You're only, what, 34 years old? Born in 1981? I literally still have a wristwatch that I bought in 1981, and it works great. Buck up. Things will get better.

And don't worry about being compared to your new boss, Admiral Kirby. People just think he's more professional because he has a deeper voice and wears a blue uniform. But when you get right down to it, he has delivered exactly the same Obama administration messages that you have. He just does it without the sorority-girl vocals, blonde hair, and adorable glasses.

Don't you change a thing. You'll outlast this ex-Navy guy, and there is always a new administration coming along every four years.

Clinton Spokesman Learns From the Master

So the New York Times published its first big Clinton Cash story today, which was about how Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation as Russians Pressed for Control of Uranium Company.

Immediately, Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said this:
"[No one] has produced a shred of evidence supporting the theory that Hillary Clinton ever took action as Secretary of State to support the interests of donors to the Clinton Foundation," Fallon told The Times."

That statement sounds familiar. So slippery and equivocating, and it has the distinctive sound of Clintonian Denial. Where have we heard that statement before?

Why, from none other than Bill Clinton himself when he denied similar, albeit less lucrative, charges of corruption at a 1996 press conference:
“But I can tell you this: I don’t believe you can find any evidence of the fact that I had changed government policy solely because of a contribution.”

Has Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon been studying Bill's old playbook?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Most Eyebrow-Raising Headline of the Week

""Mother-of-three who 'dropped her son in a cheetah pit' ... is a CHILDCARE WORKER" - Daily Mail

"On Monday, a spokesman for KinderCare, a nationally-acclaimed education, care and resource provider, confirmed Schwab has taken a leave of absence from her management role at one of the centers in Columbus, Ohio."

Monday, April 13, 2015

History of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security

As we lead up to the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1916, the in-house history of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security of the United States Department of State has been made available in E-Book formats:
The new Diplomatic Security history, professionally researched and written by the State Department Historian’s Office, is an authoritative reference source and an archival record of the many critical duties, milestone events, prominent personalities, and worldwide locations with which DS has been associated over the past century. The first comprehensive, detailed history ever prepared, it is dedicated to the men and women who have served the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and its predecessors – the Office of Security (SY) and the Office of the Chief Special Agent of the U.S. Department of State – from the inception in 1916 up to the present. A Table of Contents and a master Index make the book easy to search for specific information purposes.

Click the link above for MOBI, EPUB, and AZW3 formats, or click this one for the PDF version.

You do realize, of course, that this document makes it possible to reference quite a few Matters of Official Concern from a publicly available source?