October 19, 2017

Gen. Kelly Responds

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 3:01 pm

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In a White House press briefing today,  Chief of Staff John F. Kelly responded to comments made by Florida Congresswoman Frederica Wilson after she allegedly listened in on a personal telephone conversation from President Trump to the widow of Army SGT La David Johnson, a soldier killed recently in combat in Niger.

This is a YouTube video of General Kelly’s complete comments, including his answers to reporter’s questions.

The video ought to be played at middle and high school assemblies in every school in the country.

Unlike Congresswoman Wilson’s comments, General Kelly’s comments were informative and inspiring.

October 11, 2017

Not NFL Players …

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 3:40 pm

Deflated NFL footballThe men in this video will never be mistaken for players in the National Football League.

October 9, 2017

The Value of Planning and Training

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: — Bill @ 8:33 am

LVMPD Sheriff Joseph LombardoThe Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and its elected Sheriff Joseph Lombardo know firsthand the human life value of money spent for planning and training all LVMPD’s employees.

That planning and training saved hundreds more lives than the 59 which were lost on October 1, 2017, when Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino high-roller guest Stephen Paddock fired hundreds of rounds from his 32nd floor suite into a crowd of thousands attending the Route 91 Harvest Country Festival across Las Vegas Boulevard from the hotel.

This CNN news feature headlined Las Vegas police officers describe storming gunman’s room  reminds them and us of the real value of private security and law enforcement response planning and training.

So does the CBS 60 Minutes infotainment segment Storming Room 135.  As Sheriff Lombardo explains in the segment, the on-scene assembly of two LVMPD dog handlers, a SWAT officer, and a detective was hardly haphazard as the word ‘storming’ implies.  It was their planning and training that gave them the confidence and skills to quickly assemble and function as a coordinated first-in team.

OpenCdA is reasonably sure that when Sheriff Lombardo proposed his trip to Mumbai, India, in November 2008 to study the terrorist attack on hotels and other sites there that killed 164 people, some officials probably questioned the cost of that trip.  What could the Sheriff possibly learn that would justify such an expenditure of funds?  What is the real likelihood of a mass killing ever occurring in Clark County and Las Vegas?

Now they know.  The money spent for thoughtful planning and training saved lives on October 1, 2017.   Good leaders invest money on planning and preparing their employees.  Politicians spend money on memorials.

September 28, 2017

Decertified or Not?

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 11:44 am

KCSO graphicThis morning’s local skews paper, the Coeur d’Alene Press, published an article entitled ‘Sheriff’s Captain Terminated.’

The article stated

“Both Wolfinger and Soumas told The Press the termination was not due to any criminal wrongdoing.”

But the article also quoted a KCSO interoffice memo which said

“Captain Dan Soumas has been terminated from employment effective immediately and is prohibited from accessing the non-public areas of the sheriff’s office without an official escort. Soumas is no longer authorized to take actions as a peace officer.” [emphasis OpenCdA’s]

The portion I’ve highlighted in this quotation strongly suggests that former Captain Soumas has been or will soon be decertified as an Idaho peace officer by the Idaho Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

Has former Captain Soumas been decertified as an Idaho peace officer or not?

Concerning the paragraph containing the highlighted portion and attributed to Sheriff Wolfinger, the article went on

Wolfinger said that is a standard message issued to employees when someone no longer works at the department.

The “standard message” Wolfinger issues  seems to imply that immediately upon leaving the department, regardless of the reason for leaving,  the former employee automatically loses Idaho peace officer certification and authorization which has been granted by the Idaho Peace Officer and Standards Training Commission.   While that may be what Wolfinger wants to imply to the public, that would be inconsistent with the laws and administrative procedures of Idaho.

Open CdA wishes the Coeur d’Alene Press skewspaper would develop reporters and editors with sufficient subject matter knowledge to publish articles which do not add to the public’s confusion about official actions taken by our local governments.

September 15, 2017

Rest in Peace, Cassini

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 9:13 am


From the NASA news release 17-079 on Friday, September 15, 2017:

“A thrilling epoch in the exploration of our solar system came to a close today, as NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made a fateful plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet.

Telemetry received during the plunge indicates that, as expected, Cassini entered Saturn’s atmosphere with its thrusters firing to maintain stability, as it sent back a unique final set of science observations. Loss of contact with the Cassini spacecraft occurred at 7:55 a.m. EDT (4:55 a.m. PDT), with the signal received by NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna complex in Canberra, Australia.”

During my assignment to the Los Angeles Field Office, I had the opportunity to visit NASA JPL on several occasions, meet some of the people there, and see projects in various phases of final assembly.  The most memorable one for me was being able to watch some of the final clean room assembly of the Cassini spacecraft.

There is no doubt that there were very few dry eyes in the NASA JPL control room when NASA’s Cassini program manager Earl Maize hugged spacecraft operations team manager (Cassini mission at Saturn) Julie Webster after he announced that Cassini’s signal had been lost and in another 45 seconds, Cassini would be intentionally destroyed in its final plunge to Saturn.

For students, please take time to look at NASA’s information about the entire Cassini project.  It is available online in The Grand Finale Toolkit.

September 4, 2017

For Those Trying to Breathe …

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 4:07 pm

You can check the air quality in our area by going to the EPA’s AIRNow website and entering the ZIP code.

Here is what our air quality was at 3 p.m. today in 83815:


September 2, 2017

For Example …

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 1:17 pm

DWI-blood-drawIn our July 4, 2017, post entitled Not a Good Idea, we raised several issues and concerns we had with Coeur d’Alene Police Department officers being trained as phlebotomists to do evidentiary blood draws.

A recent incident in Utah seems to confirm some of our concerns about what could happen here in Coeur d’Alene.

On or about July 26, 2017, nurse Alex Wubbels was arrested at Salt Lake’s University Hospital for refusing a police detective’s order to perform a blood draw from an unconscious patient, a motor vehicle accident victim.

The most complete version of the story we’ve seen was published by The Salt Lake Tribune on September 1, 2017.  The story is headlined Video shows Utah nurse screaming, being handcuffed after refusing to take blood from unconscious victim.

According to the Tribune article, the detective who arrested nurse Wubbels, “…was suspended from the department’s blood-draw program — where officers are trained as phlebotomists so they can get blood samples — but he remains on duty with the Police Department…”

The public has every right to expect that a police officer who has received special training and certification to perform a very invasive search of a person’s body for evidence will also be familiar with and fully comply with both department policies and applicable law.  The public can also expect that such a trained officer will not try to circumvent either policy or law by ordering a hospital employee to perform the search.

Likewise, the public has every right to expect that a police officer’s supervisor, in this instance Lieutenant Tracy, will be even more familiar than subordinates with department policies and applicable laws and will take any and all steps necessary to ensure that the subordinate complies with them rather than tries to circumvent them.

What is also very distressing in the Tribune article was

“No claim or lawsuit has been filed, Porter said, but she [Wubbels] has had discussions with Salt Lake City police and she believes the department will educate its officers.

Wubbels said she has heard anecdotally of other health care workers being bullied and harassed by police, and that these videos prove that there is a problem.”

So why weren’t the police department’s policies updated immediately after the court’s decision, and why weren’t all officers properly and completely trained in the application of the new policies?

Exactly why should the people here in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, have any assurance that something similar to what happend to nurse Wubbels in Salt Lake City couldn’t happen here?

Follow the Money … Offshore

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 7:23 am

SPLC ExposedWell, well, well.

It seems that the Southern Poverty Law Center, the fund-raising darling of left-wing extremists and their skewsmedia propagandists, has been caught salting away a lot of its 501(c)(3) tax-exempt cash in offshore banks.

Here’s a link to The Washington Free Beacon reporter Joe Schoffstall’s excellent and well-researched article posted August 31, 2017,  entitled Southern Poverty Law Center Transfers Millions in Cash to Offshore Entities.

People interviewed in Schoffstall’s article asked a good question.  Why does an  IRS certified 501(c)(3) organization (already tax exempt) that supposedly exists to provide legal assistance “… in the area of children’s rights, economic justice, immigrant justice, LGBT rights, and criminal justice reform …” need to stash cash offshore?

OpenCdA also thought it was interesting that the Wall Street Journal is beginning to ask questions about the Southern Poverty Law Center and some of its most recent major ultra-liberal corporate donors including Apple and J.P. Morgan Chase.  See Kimberley Strassel’s opinion piece J.P. Morgan’s Hate List (subscription required) published in the Wall Street Journal on August 24, 2017.   Her op-ed article revealed

“… the SPLC isn’t even considered a sound charity.  Karl Zinsmeister excoriated the outfit in a recent article for Philanthropy Roundtable:  ‘Its two largest expenses are propaganda operations:  creating its annual list of ‘haters’ and ‘extremists’ and running a big effort that pushes ‘tolerance education’ through more than 400,000 public-school teachers.”

Zinsmeister’s quote went on

“And the single biggest effort undertaken by the SPLC?  Fundraising.  One [sic] the organization’s 2015 IRS 990 form it declared $10 million of direct fundraising expenses, far more than it has ever spent on legal services.”

Considering Zinsmeister’s quote in conjunction with the great question raised in Joe Schoffstall’s article in The Washington Free Beacon, OpenCdA hopes that once the Trump administration’s Justice and Treasury Departments have been sufficiently flushed of the Obama administration’s career swamp-dwellers, they will reinvigorate the FBI and IRS’s interests in money laundering and asset hiding investigations and in anti-trust violations by major corporations.  And while the IRS is noodling around in the SPLC’s books, please take a renewed look at its 501(c)(3) exemption from federal income taxes.

August 26, 2017

‘Domestic Terrorism: An Overview’

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 5:07 pm

CRS copyOn August 21, 2017, the Congressional Research Service provided members of Congress with a very well-written,  timely, and informative report entitled Domestic Terrorism:  An Overview.

Fortunately, the 62-page report should be easily understood by its intended audience.  This report is not loaded with statistics.  Rather, it seems intended to help our members of Congress truly understand the nature of domestic terrorism and extremism in the United States.    We wish it had been simplified further so it could be as easily understood by the skews media.

August 21, 2017

Lost in the Noise …

Filed under: Probable Cause — Bill @ 12:34 pm

BLM-Antifa CharlottesvilleIn their zeal to drive President Donald J. Trump from office by distorting what he actually said immediately following the riot in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12, 2017, the skews media have apparently chosen to avoid seeking the answers to far more important and newsworthy questions.

Had the City of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the Commonwealth of Virginia properly planned and prepared for the event and the reasonably foreseeable civil disturbance that occurred?  Were the Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and Virginia public safety departments and offices of emergency management ready?  In short, could the events leading to three deaths and numerous injuries and arrests have been avoided if Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and the Commonwealth had been better prepared?

Lest readers think of these as nitpicky questions asked by this Monday morning third-string (on a good day) quarterback in Roadkill, Idaho, we would point out they were a part of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s statement on August 14, 2017.

We note that in his statement Governor McAuliffe directed  his staff to hand-pick commission members  “…from community organizations, faith leaders, and law enforcement to make actionable recommendations for executive and legislative solutions to advance our mission of reconciliation, unity, and public safety.”

OpenCdA would have preferred to see Governor McAuliffe place a greater emphasis on “public safety” rather than the feel-good social justice empty talk, but McAuliffe’s gubernatorial priorities are entirely consistent with his personal and political biases and prejudices.   Events that produce martyrs (real or manufactured after the fact) have more propaganda value than events that go off without a hitch.

Governor McAuliffe’s commission members are not social justice warriors.  Their duty is to provide the Commonwealth with recommendations to ensure the safety and preserve the freedoms of all the people who reside in and visit the Commonwealth.

We also hope that sooner rather than later, our free press is reminded that its duty and responsibility is to timely, accurately, and completely report the news, not skew it to fit the political and social whims of the media owners and the politicians whom they try to enslave.   That duty and responsibility seems to have been lost in the noise.

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