"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Police State.

Family Vacation.

I commented on a news item about a family in Ohio, who while visiting an Air Force Museum on vacation were stopped by AF Security, Grandma and Mom were forced out of the van at gun point, while the kids were screaming.  It was all a big misunderstanding of course...
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio (CBS CLEVELAND) – A spring break vacation turned into a nightmare for a Columbus family visiting the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force when four police officers in three cruisers drew guns and forced a grandmother and a mother to the ground as two young children screamed in fear from what authorities thought was a “stolen” vehicle.
Alice Hill, 65, her daughter-in-law Wendy Hill, 31, and Hill’s two children, Aaron, 8, and Brooke, 5, were pulling out of the museum parking lot after Aaron and Alice had counted the number of out-of-state cars on the way to their family minivan.
Unbeknownst to the family, an anonymous onlooker had called 911 and reported that the family was burglarizing vehicles in the parking lot.
On their way out of the lot, police pulled the vehicle over as one officer stood behind his door and drew his gun on Alice Hill, who was driving. - Read the rest here.
I know!  It's so not funny, kids traumatised, the U.S. is turning into a police state, freedoms are curtailed, and so on.  It's horrible.  I'm actually afraid to leave the house.

So anyway, I left a comment on the news story post: "Gee!  This is just like 'National Lampoon's Family Vacation'"!  And someone got pissed and responded, "Idiocy is still well represented in our commenters, it seems."

Yes.  Yes it is.  

All's well that ends well, Grams and mum and the kids were not trying to break into cars in the parking lot after all and the informer has been fired by Homeland Security.  (I made that last part up.)

I'm thinking lawsuit/settlement.

Someday they will all laugh about it.


  1. Screaming children while Nana and Mama are forced to the ground...scary indeed! Now, I am wondering what those "brave" cops would have done if one of those poor kids had reached into their pocket to pull out a kleenex? Would they have been suspected of being armed with a gun? Would they have been shot because the cops feared for their lives?

    In this day of "shoot first ask later" by some cops, anything could have happened in this scenario. I know I am stretching it but all those thoughts came to mind after reading this, Terry.

    And to think the real possibility will one day come when this will be the norm...something like this for those who support freedom of speech, of conscience, of religion. For those who support life, marriage between a man and a woman, family. Defending the Catholic faith against the lies of the State.

    Many will laugh and scoff..."Nah, this ain't never gonna happen in the U.S.!"

    It can and it will...

  2. One more head-shaking, out-of-control cops moment. What ever happened to, :"Ma'am, may I please see your registration and license?" Good grief! It's like the ladies delivering newspapers in a van that didn't even resemble the vehicle the cops were looking for that got shot to blazes.


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