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Boo-hoo. The prison sentence is for obstructing justice, and every law-abiding gun owner in Los Angeles County is cheering. During his tenure, Baca flouted the Second Amendment with impunity and made it nearly impossible to get a carry permit in his jurisdiction, unless you were one of his buddies. No tears here.

A federal judge repeatedly rebuked former Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca for bringing shame on his department as he sentenced him Friday to three years in prison for obstructing an FBI investigation into abuses at the jails he ran.

In exceeding the two-year sentence prosecutors recommended, U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson said Baca's fall was tragic, but it was his own doing and that his role atop a corrupt department where deputies brutalized inmates had ruined lives and done lasting damage.

"Your actions are an embarrassment to the thousands of men and women who put their lives on the line every day," Anderson told the longtime lawman. "Blind obedience to a corrupt culture has serious consequences."

Baca was the final and most prominent defendant in a case that blossomed from a civil rights investigation of beatings by guards in the nation's largest jail system into a broader corruption scandal that led to the top of the department. In addition to Baca and his top lieutenant, 19 others were convicted of crimes ranging from assaults to obstructing justice.

Leftist law-enforcement at its finest.

If nothing else happens to interfere (he's been bumped three times so far) new PJM writer John Moore will be on Tucker Carlson's show tonight around 8:40 PM Eastern to talk about the threat of North Korean EMP weapons, based on his PJ story.

Lou Dobbs has some words of warning about the current acting FBI director:

 

Second the sentiments in Drew Klavan's column today. The descent of "journalism" into a deranged partisan maelstrom of rumor, hearsay, innuendo, butthurt and sheer malfeasance has been a wonder to behold. My advice to everybody -- as it has been since last November -- is this: don't believe a single thing you read in the MSM regarding the Trump administration. Not one single word. You'll be much happier that way.

Okay, this is interesting.

Suggestions for Comey's reasons in the comments.

Update: Actually, double plus interesting. It just occurred to me that Trump threatened Coney with tapes last night.

Honestly, reporting politics right now has gotten to be a major pain in the ass.

This is better.

The only law which cannot be broken is the law of unintended consequences.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is not pleased with AG Sessions' directive to pursue the most severe charges possible in their criminal cases.

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released a statement asserting:

“Attorney General Sessions seems to have missed the memo that the War on Drugs is over. It has destroyed low-income communities and communities of color and has failed to make our country safer. Abandoning the Smart on Crime initiative will only perpetuate mass incarceration of poor, Black, and Brown people, the explosion of federal spending on prisons, and the mushrooming of our federal prison population."

Is the war on drugs over? I'm not referring to the WAR ON DRUGS. I mean we have a serious opioid epidemic in the country so criticizing efforts to get serious with big-time drug dealers who are destroying our communities seems tone deaf at the moment.

Henderson goes on:

"It is abundantly clear that this Justice Department is out of touch with reality. America’s drug problem is a public health crisis, not a criminal one. The federal government should be following the lead of states that have recognized that mandatory minimum sentences will not keep us safe and begun exploring alternatives to incarceration. It is incumbent upon policymakers across the political spectrum who claim to support reform to decry this plan and work to pass bi-partisan legislation.”

What is a public health crisis and what is its solution if it doesn't include the deterrence, punishment and removal of the individuals responsible for pushing this poison and facilitating the purchase of lethal drugs?

My little town.

Marijuana grow bust in Monument, Colorado.

There's a legal market for it here. The permits don't cost much. And did I mention there's a legal market for it?

Nevertheless:

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is at the scene of a marijuana grow bust in Monument.

It's happening at a home on Breton Place, near Prairie Wind Elementary School. Our crew arrived on scene just before 6 a.m. Friday.

Law enforcement tells 11 News the home is a rental home. Some neighbors in the area had no idea about the grow, while others tell 11 News they have been contacting the DEA about the home for the past year. They claim they saw drug deals happening in the middle of the night.

It's a nice neighborhood, too. Big houses on big lots, adjacent to a golf course.

Makes me wonder if the DEA is going to seize the house from its owner, even though the (alleged!) crime was apparently committed by renters.

Former BuzzFeed now CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski has a running list of all the Democrats who have called for, or mentioned the possibility of, impeaching Trump.

The list has swelled to eleven Democrats -- including Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison,  Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro, and California Rep. Jared Huffman -- since that tweet was posted.

According to Maxine Waters, Democrats are "close to considering impeachment."