Paragould, Arkansas

2013 February 2
by drdog09

“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Ben Franklin

Thanks to Cato for picking up this item in the Paragould Daily Press about plans there to put armed officers on foot patrol to deter crime:

“[Police are] going to be in SWAT gear and have AR-15s around their neck,” [Police Chief Todd] Stovall said. “If you’re out walking, we’re going to stop you, ask why you’re out walking, check for your ID.”

Stovall said while some people may be offended by the actions of his department, they should not be.

“We’re going to do it to everybody,” he said. “Criminals don’t like being talked to.”

[Mayor Mike] Gaskill backed Stovall’s proposed actions during Thursday’s town hall.

Well. That’s one thing. But Stovall says he plans for officers also to stop and ask people for ID even without any reason for stopping them.

“To ask you for your ID, I have to have a reason,” he said. “Well, I’ve got statistical reasons that say I’ve got a lot of crime right now, which gives me probable cause to ask what you’re doing out. Then when I add that people are scared…then that gives us even more [reason] to ask why are you here and what are you doing in this area.”

Stovall said he did not consult an attorney before announcing his plans to combat crime. He even remained undaunted when comparing his proposed tactics with martial law, explaining that “I don’t know that there’s ever been a difference” between his proposals and martial law.


This is how liberty dies.

30 Responses leave one →
  1. 2013 February 2 6:19 am
    justrand permalink

    All I get is a huge white space at the top of the post…then again, maybe that’s intentional! 🙂

  2. 2013 February 2 6:20 am
    justrand permalink

    but I do see Obi Wan 🙂

  3. 2013 February 2 6:41 am
    justrand permalink

    good summation of the looming DISASTER that is Hagel!

  4. 2013 February 2 6:52 am
    drdog09 permalink


  5. 2013 February 2 6:56 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Sad, thing is JR, he will most likely be confirmed. I am afraid we are going to have to go through a major disaster like losing Cleveland for a fireball before people really wake up. I don’t even see how a demorat can say yes to Hagel considering how bad his hearings have been.

  6. 2013 February 2 6:58 am
    mulletover permalink

    Paragould would be in my rear view mirror.

  7. 2013 February 2 7:15 am
    justrand permalink

    drdog: “a major disaster like losing Cleveland…”

    hmmm….I’m not sure losing Cleveland would qualify as a “major disaster”…but I catch your meaning! 🙂

    Yup, our foreign enemies (as opposed to those comprising the Obama Regime) are realizing they don’t have to attack us, we’re destroying ourselves. And once we’re sufficiently defenseless they will start knocking off (or threatening into submission) countries like South Korea, Taiwan, Ukraine, Lebanon, etc. And attacking countries like Israel and Japan (both of which will at least put up a stiff fight).

    Our dangerous world is getting MORE dangerous…and yet the American people are getting sleepier and sleepier.

  8. 2013 February 2 7:24 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Well I could have picked Detroit, but that might be considered urban renewal and the Obama adminstration would then tout it as a job enhancer.

    By the way, half mast over the dog house today, First Dog Barney died yesterday. Sigh….

  9. 2013 February 2 7:35 am
    mulletover permalink

    With obama in office, bad crap day follows bad crap day. Like everyday is Groundhog Day, but its four more years instead of six more weeks.

  10. 2013 February 2 7:55 am
    justrand permalink

    drdog, I am so very sorry to hear that. My puppy is such a total joy to me that when the day comes that I lose him (unless I go first) it will leave a huge hole.

    Condolences and best wishes, sir.

  11. 2013 February 2 7:56 am
    drdog09 permalink

    The lying media and the lies they tell about the unemployment numbers — — some drama here, but there are some gems among the chaff.

  12. 2013 February 2 8:12 am
    drdog09 permalink

    Should have been more specific, that was Prez Bush’s doggie that died. My bad.

  13. 2013 February 2 8:14 am
    justrand permalink

    drdog…sad for Prez Bush, but relieved for you! 🙂

  14. 2013 February 2 8:18 am
    justrand permalink

    wow, drdog…that article scared even me, and I already knew almost all of it. Gonna send that to folks!

  15. 2013 February 2 9:12 am
    bc3b permalink

    Mullet –

    “With obama in office, bad crap day follows bad crap day.”

    Yet, the media reports it all as “good crap.”

  16. 2013 February 2 9:26 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    No police state here……nothing to see…..”Trust” us statist clowns – as soon as guys works for the government he instantly becomes a “morally superior” human being and can be absolutely trusted with hundreds of times the deadly firepower allowed to the average citizen simply because he wears a costume and a badge

  17. 2013 February 2 9:52 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “It seems this is the best that the powers-that-be can do to get their promotional narrative back on track. The elites that want to run the world (formally as opposed to informally) need a maximum amount of controlled chaos to move the world toward global government. No crisis, no movement.

    But as we’ve often pointed out, the infliction of controlled chaos is a delicate thing. Push too hard and society itself will begin to unravel. Too little and the desired effect doesn’t take hold – people are not malleable enough and continue to push back against the supposedly inevitable global tide.

    And so chaos is inflicted. Economic ruin, war, regulatory authoritarianism. All part of the playbook, perhaps – and all of it rolled out predictably. But too much threatens significant pushback. Opposition can take root. Like I say, it’s a balancing act.

    And thus, after an economic crisis that has wracked the West for some five years, those controlling the process (to the degree it can be controlled) are likely looking to re-emphasize optimism and assure people that the world they used to recognize hasn’t entirely disappeared.

    Familiar signs are presumably supposed to provide comfort. Barack Obama is president again, a gun control debate is in the headlines, the war on terror is challenging the US overseas but the troops are coming home from Afghanistan and the system, while shaken, remains strong.

    The economy is perhaps the biggest tool to turn. Get people feeling a bit more cheerful about their pocketbooks and the rest of the world doesn’t look so gloomy.”–Too-Good-to-Be-True

  18. 2013 February 2 9:58 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Where knights and hosts could not be assembled there was no warfare afield… Ideas of using power for advantage had not yet burgeoned. Disaster and disorder did not occur… People munched their food and disported themselves; they were carefree and contented.”
    Pao Ching-yen (4th century A.D.)

  19. 2013 February 2 12:59 pm

    Pretty funny graphical proof of global warming! 😉

  20. 2013 February 2 1:01 pm

    btw related to the OP:
    ” UPDATE: The news coverage has prompted a statement from police defending its plans and announces town hall meetings this week.”

    Something tells me that townhall isn’t going to go very well for the po-po.

  21. 2013 February 2 1:17 pm

    Yet another city figures it out… starts uninstalling red-light cameras

  22. 2013 February 2 1:33 pm
    mulletover permalink

    A psychiatrist was conducting a group therapy session with four young mothers and their small children.

    “You all have obsessions,” he observed.

    To the first mother, Mary, he said, “You are obsessed with eating. You’ve even named your daughter Candy.”

    He turned to the second Mom, Ann: “Your obsession is with money. Again, it manifests itself in your child’s name, Penny.”

    He turned to the third Mom, Joyce: “Your obsession is alcohol. This too shows itself in your child’s name, Brandy.”

    At this point, the fourth mother, Kathy, quietly got up, took her little boy by the hand, and whispered, “Come on, Dick, this guy has no idea what he’s talking about. Let’s pick up Peter and Willy from school and go get dinner.

  23. 2013 February 2 2:06 pm
    More insanity, gotta love how when the press got involved suddenly now he can report for class come Monday.

  24. 2013 February 2 2:06 pm

    23 – hahahaha, thanks for the laugh.

  25. 2013 February 2 3:01 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Take deep interest BJGers! — — Sure, they are here to help, by seizing it. Bastards.

  26. 2013 February 2 7:46 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “With the exception only of the period of the gold standard, practically all governments of history have used their exclusive power to issue money to defraud and plunder the people.”
    Friedrich A. Hayek

  27. 2013 February 2 8:02 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “To sum up the argument, the author couldn’t imagine the church doing a task to his satisfaction, so his response was to ask men with guns to take money from people who presumably wouldn’t part with it voluntarily, and give it to causes he valued. Everything government does is backed by threat of force. Indeed, that is the only thing that distinguishes government from all other institutions. Let’s remove the intermediary agents (IRS, law enforcement) and revisit the argument with the author as the principal actor:

    Churches can’t or won’t do as much to help the poor as Parham wants so he takes a gun door to door and says, “donate or else.”

    That’s clearly a barbaric and inhumane way to a more civilized and humane world. Yet voting for people who will appoint people who will hire people who will send threatening letters promising agents with the ability to use lethal force if money isn’t sent to some other agents to spend on social causes is no different in moral terms.

    The means of the kingdom of God are service, sacrifice, grace and love.

    The means of all earthy kingdoms are brute force and the threat of it.”

  28. 2013 February 2 10:31 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “Powerful government tends to draw into it people with bloated egos, people who think they know more than everyone else and have little hesitance in coercing their fellow man.”
    Walter Williams

  29. 2013 February 2 10:36 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    “If our strategy is to restore America then key must be re-energizing the spirit of ’76…that one-time ardent American desire to just live free or die.

    It is the basis for reducing the size of government, creating a genuinely free economic market and, of course, allow us in our localities to run our own affairs without let or hindrance from the federal government.

    This is not necessarily the time to emphasize what we are against but, instead, to emphasize our commitment to personal liberty…after all, if we believe that freedom is best and that our ideas are true (and I answer “yes” to both) then we must believe that if given a genuinely free and fair debate – impossible under current, tyrannical conditions – people will come over to our side.

    That is, people will come to understand that freedom really is the freedom to choose to do the right thing – and that, in the end, wins for us all down the line.”

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