Arrest made in Wisconsin bomb threat scare – related to Gov. Walker?


The man who was arrested for a bomb scare Wednesday at Heartland Aviation has been released on a $3,000 signature bond.

Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested for the violation of making a bomb scare under state statute 947.015.

The threat was made after 5 p.m. Wednesday, just hours after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a brief appearance at Heartland.

The building was sealed off, and a thorough search by the Eau Claire Police Department and the Eau Claire Fire Department was made. No bomb was located, and Heartland Aviation has resumed normal operation.
The police department says this appears to be an isolated incident, and there is no additional threat to the public.


Investigation into the matter continues, and Knauf has yet to be formally charged. He is scheduled to return to court on April 19.

According to the Chippewa County district attorney’s office, Knauf participated in a public demonstration at the airport on Feb. 28 and/or March 2. Individuals with information about Knauf’s statements or conduct at those demonstrations are asked to contact the Eau Claire Police Department’s confidential tipster line at (715) 839-4982.

Unlike the mainstream media, who would be jumping to all kinds of conclusions after high-tailing it to the site of the alleged threat if it the suspect had any right wing connections – or if the politico targeted was a Democrat, I’ll be responsible by noting that at this point the guy is just a suspect and we don’t know for sure 1) if this is the guy who phoned in the threat and 2) if he’s a union guy. But, well, from what little we know it sure does sound like he fits the profile of a left wing wacko.

We’ll find out in the coming days/weeks, I’m sure – with no help from the national media, of course. Stay tuned.

Mexican police chief flees to US, asks for asylum

One has to admire the naive idealism of youth: that brave willingness to make a difference combined with a near-total ignorance of the hopelessness and futility of their efforts. I really do admire people like that, because they sometimes accomplish amazing things.

Most times, though, they have to run for their lives:

A college student and mother who was a Mexican bordertown police chief has fled to the United States seeking asylum, one of her relatives told AFP on Thurssday.

Marisol Valles, 20, “received death threats from a criminal group that wanted to force her to work for them,” the relative told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Valles, who has a baby son, took over the job as police chief in the town of Praxedis G. Guerrero in October after two other job candidates dropped out following the assassination of the mayor and his son.

Valles “went to the United States along with two relatives and will seek asylum,” the source told AFP.

Praxedis G. Guerrero is on the Rio Grande border with the United States some 65 kilometers (40 miles) southeast of Ciudad Juarez.

According El Diario (link in Spanish), Marisol Valles has sought refuge in Ft. Hancock, Texas. She had even said when she took the job that battling the cartels was not her responsibility, that other Mexican agencies would handle that. She concentrated on what we call “community policing.” Still, the gangs had to show her who was really in charge. She was probably given the usual choice: “plomo o plata” — lead or silver. In other words, a bullet or a bribe. She took the third option — get the hell out.

Probably a wise decision.

RELATED: Other women have taken leading police roles in Mexico when no man would stand up to do the job, but the results haven’t been good. Erika Gándara, 28, became the sole police officer in the village of Guadelupe, near Ciudad Juárez, when all the men quit. She was kidnapped last December and hasn’t been seen since. In Meoqui, Chihuahua, police chief Hermila Garcia Quinones, 38, was shot dead on her way to work.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

Failing state watch: Mexican soldiers arrested for drug smuggling

**Posted by Phineas

Thirteen soldiers arrested for smuggling drugs:

The Mexican army has ordered three junior officers and 10 soldiers to stand trial on drug trafficking and organized crime charges after they were allegedly caught with more than a ton of methamphetamines and 66 pounds (30 kilograms) of cocaine.

The military announced earlier that several soldiers were arrested last week with drugs at a military checkpoint south of Tijuana, across the border from San Diego. It was not clear whether it was the same group named in the charges announced Thursday.

Like cops, Mexican soldiers are poorly paid, so the temptation must be great to make a little extra on the side by acting as couriers or guards; the cartels have plenty of money to spread around in bribes. The danger of course comes when Mexico City wants these soldiers to do something against the interests of the guys who pay them better: whose soldiers are they, then?

RELATED: Border crossings by Mexican troops.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

The United Nations as farce: an insult to the world’s women

**Posted by Phineas

A couple of days ago I provided an example of why the United Nations is useless: while the world is beset by problems around the globe, the Secretary General came to Hollywood to lobby for movies that would serve as propaganda for the alarmist side of the global warming debate. Sure, that’s worthy of a face-palm moment, but it’s not evil.

This is:

Today, Iran officially becomes a member of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women. Only three days ago, the U.N. General Assembly voted to suspend Libya’s membership on the U.N. Human Rights Council in a desperate bid to save the Council’s tattered reputation and itself.

But not a single state, including the United States, has indicated anything but smooth sailing for today’s membership of Iran on the U.N.’s top women’s rights body.

Yes, you read that right. A misogynistic Islamic (But I repeat myself) theocracy has been elected to an international board meant to promote the rights of half the world’s population.

This is how the commission describes itself:

The Commission on the Status of Women (hereafter referred to as “CSW” or “the Commission”) is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women. It is the principal global policy-making body. Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and advancement of women worldwide.

The Commission was established by ECOSOC resolution 11(II) of 21 June 1946 with the aim to prepare recommendations and reports to the Council on promoting women’s rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. The Commission also makes recommendations to the Council on urgent problems requiring immediate attention in the field of women’s rights.

Emphases added.

Gee, I wonder what kind of recommendations and reports we could expect from Iran to promote the “gender equality and advancement of women?” Maybe we should look at their track record:

For the UN to agree to Iran’s membership on the Commission is beyond a joke or a farce; it is a slap in the face to all women everywhere, and especially to Iranian women, who have to suffer under this barbaric tyranny.

And, never forget, your tax dollars pay for this.

UPDATE: I forgot to mention something: Notice how the Obama administration has voiced no objection Iran’s membership? Another proud moment for the diplomacy of Hope and Change.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

DID YA KNOW: If the unborn could speak, they’d be pro-choice!

Well, ok. I know it sounds a little goofy but world-renowned expert on … nothing … Cenk Uygur, MSNBC commentator and occasional fill-in host, apparently has the inside scoop on what the unborn would say if they could actually speak. Mark Finkelstein reports:

Cenk made his grotesque suggestion in the course of discussing an Ohio bill that would forbid abortions as soon as a baby’s heartbeat can be detected. Proponents plan to let a nine-week old unborn baby symbolically testify.

CENK UYGUR: By all accounts, the fetus will be the youngest ever to testify. That’s because he or she is not really testifying, because he or she is not really a person yet. In fact, at that point, we don’t even know whether he or she is a he or she. You know what else hasn’t formed at that point? Their mouth. Making it a little hard to testify. But goofball Republicans have wheeled in a woman, done an ultrasound, and listened to the heartbeat of the fetus in the womb.

If the bill is enacted, it would be the first, I’m sorry, it would be the most restrictive abortion law in the country. Now, we reached out to the fetus to see if he or she wanted to come on the show, but it did not say anything, because it does not have a mouth. But if it could talk, I’m pretty sure it would say, could you please get out of my mother’s uterus.

Here’s video of Uygur’s remarks:

First, don’t you love the imagery implied by the suggestion that Republicans “wheeled in a woman” into the meeting? That’s a subtle insinuation that the woman is so weak that Republicans have to manipulate her into having her baby ‘testify.’ Liberal word tricks are so easy to spot, aren’t they? For the record, the two mothers were not “wheeled in” – as this video from the pro-choicers at NARAL makes clear.

Secondly, Uygur’s suggestion that the baby “can’t testify” because it “has no mouth” is preposterous. Just because someone can’t speak means they can’t send a message? That’s like saying that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords couldn’t “testify” simply because she couldn’t speak in the first few weeks after her attempted assassination. She has a hearbeat. That heartbeat is a testament unto itself. It speaks for itself when the person can’t. It means she’s alive and breathing. Hello?

WBNS-10TV out of Ohio filed this report about how the ultrasounds went:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lawmakers on Wednesday saw ultrasound images of two fetuses as proponents of a bill that, if approved, would be the most stringent abortion law in the U.S. began testifying.

The so-called “Heartbeat” bill would ban abortions after the first heartbeat can be medically detected, 10TV’s Chuck Strickler reported.

Republican Rep. Lynn Wachtmann introduced the bill last month.

Two pregnant women were given ultrasounds as part of a House committee meeting Wednesday morning.

The heartbeat of a fetus at 15 weeks gestation was easily detected. The heartbeat in a fetus of nine weeks gestation was difficult to detect.

The images were broadcast on a screen and a little flashing dot was identified as the beating heart.

Aside from seeing the heart beating, committee members could also hear it, Strickler reported.

The 9 week old fetus’ heartbeat might have been hard to detect, but the heartbeat of this 6 week/5 day old fetus was not:

That’s a pretty strong hearbeat, wouldn’t you say? I also get the distinct impression that if an unborn baby could literally speak it would, you know, out of that instinctive human instinct for self-preservation say, “Mommy, please let me live.”

The basis for Uygur’s assertions is a bit, er, undetectable, don’t you think?