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Anarchy to reign in Contra Costa County starting May 4 . . .

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Many Contra Costa crooks won't be prosecuted

Henry K. Lee, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

(04-21) 16:41 PDT MARTINEZ -- Misdemeanors such as assaults, thefts and burglaries will no longer be prosecuted in Contra Costa County because of budget cuts, the county's top prosecutor said Tuesday.

District Attorney Robert Kochly also said that beginning May 4, his office will no longer prosecute felony drug cases involving smaller amounts of narcotics. That means anyone caught with less than a gram of methamphetamine or cocaine, less than 0.5 grams of heroin and fewer than five pills of ecstasy, OxyContin or Vicodin won't be charged.

People who are suspected of misdemeanor drug crimes, break minor traffic laws, shoplift, trespass or commit misdemeanor vandalism will also be in the clear. Those crimes won't be prosecuted, either . . .

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Thats just.... I don't even know what to say to that. Look up Warren v District of Columbia and see just where your tax dollars are going...

not to turn this political, but it sure seems like having a good way to defend yourself just became a necessity in the Bay area...

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...and I continue to buy ammo, when I can find it!

"Public Outcry Leads Defense Department to Reverse Spent Ammo Directive

Friday, April 24, 2009

By Ryan Byrnes

( - The U.S. Department of Defense has reversed a directive that would have prohibited U.S. ammunition retailers from purchasing used brass shell casings from the government -- and at least one ammo maker credits public outcry for the change of heart.

“It just restores my faith that the system works,” Curtis Shipley, owner of Georgia Arms, told “If enough people are motivated and say ‘Hey, that is wrong,’ the system does still work.”

Shipley said thousands of calls, letters and e-mails went to the DOD and to lawmakers to protest the now-rescinded order, which would have made the brass available only as useless scrap metal to be sold to China and other countries. " . . .

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Read the whole story at the link . . .

"Brooke Hart (June 11, 1911 – November 9, 1933) was the oldest son of Alexander Hart, the owner of L. Hart and Son Department Store in San Jose, California. His kidnapping and murder was reported throughout the United States, and the lynching[1] of his alleged murderers, Thomas Harold Thurmond and John M. Holmes (the last public lynching in California), sparked political debate.

The San Jose event was a media event. On the morning the body of Brooke Hart was discovered by duck hunters in San Francisco Bay, word was spread instantly throughout northern California. All day long, radio stations announced that a lynching would take place in St. James Park across from the Santa Clara County Courthouse at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 26, 1933, four days before Thanksgiving. The lynching was broadcast as a 'live' event by a Los Angeles radio station. Scores of reporters, photographers, and news camera operators had rushed in with an estimated 5,000 to 15,000 men, women, and children to witness the lynching. When newspaper published photos of the lynching, identifiable faces were deliberately smudged so that they remained anonymous. On Monday, November 27, 1933, the day after the lynchings, Northern California newspapers published 1.2 million copies, twice the normal daily production.

Hart worked in his family's department store during much of his youth, and was well-known and liked by the local community. After he graduated from Santa Clara University, his father made him a junior vice president in the store and began grooming him to take over when he retired. Brooke Hart was considered one of the most desirable bachelors in the Bay Area."

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