Friday, June 13, 2008

Kroozin' the Boulevard--A Criminal Offense

Two stories appeared one after the other on KTTV Fox News At Ten this evening; laughable in the stupidity so ably illuminated.

The first story has been an ongoing lie on the part of local government: apparently our New York/Boston import Chief of Police, William Bratton still believes that gang murders and other gang activity isn't racially motivated. In the same story, LA County's Sheriff Lou Baca, who rarely utters any other comment that that his department needs a larger budget, disagrees He says that some part of gang criminal activity is racially motivated. Duh!

The underlying message of the Police of El Pueblo de Los Angeles is that they really don't want to seriously attack gang activity. El alcalde, Antonio Vinaigrette, after all, was once a gangster himself before he found it more fun to be a philanderer.

Instead, the city police, the county deputy sheriffs and the California Highway Patrol (all ordered to extract the maximum possible legal tender from every possible motorist, to help mitigate the deficit) have decided it would be far easier and more fun to make driving, as Chuck Berry says, "With No Particular Place To Go," illegal on Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards.

Over the years youths, including myself years ago (hell, who am I kidding--I still do it once in a while!), enjoyed kroozin' the various major boulevards in LA just to see and be seen, check out the chicks (who are checking out the guys), and to stop by Tubby's for a burger and fries. For an idea of what I mean, watch the movie "American Graffiti."

Van Nuys Blvd, Whittier Blvd, Bristol Blvd and many others have been favorite Kroozin' streets over the years, and all have been rendered illegal Kroozin' streets by cops with nothing better to do (while real criminals run rampant, virtually unchecked).

Now, it's the natural kroozin' circuit--up on Hollywood, back on Sunset. The bastards.

I'm wondering if there's an attorney who will sue the agencies for gas taxes and license fees for our having been deprived of the right to the pursuit of happiness.

Cops say it's because the Kroozers make a lot of noise and disturb neighborhoods. I'm pausing to clean up the Diet Coke I splattered all over my screen, laughing when I heard that! If you've ever been in the Hollywood/West Hollywood portions of those streets, there ain't no quiet. Ever. Well, maybe between three and five in the morning you'll hear not much but the drunks, snoring on the sidewalks.

There's no fine for that.

But there is a minimum $275 fine for Kroozin'. And, they've doubled it for the duration of the state, county and city deficits.

They've killed Freedom! Those bastards!

Col. Hogan
Stalag California


T. F. Stern said...

Taking the easy way out gives the department a chance to stay out of court on really important stuff. Fighting real crime costs money, doesn't make money.

Col. Hogan said...


I Reckon that's it. It's pretty well known that Guber Schwartzengroper has spent California to the point where it has no money left to do its only real job: to protect the rights of Californians. Ditto the city and county of Los Angeles--just as has the President done to the federal government of the several United States.

....And they won't even recognize our Right to Keep and Bear Arms to defend ourselves.

Col. Hogan said...

TF, addition, they're attacking one of my favorite pastimes by trying to tell me where, when and how often I can drive my car and enforcing it with heavy taxation on the price of gasoline.

They're parasites, one and all.

Vote for no incumbent!

MK said...

Is this for real, are they seriously going to fine people for just driving around aimlessly?

This is America right, not frigging China or N. Korea right.

The Wine Commonsewer said...

Been illegal to cruise Whittier Blvd since as long as I been alive. Well, actually, I think it's just illegal to make a U-turn for about fifteen miles along Whittier Blvd. Only on Friday and Saturday nights though.

Aurora said...

I think it's all about control, Col. I read a story tonight on the government now telling people they shouldn't have more than two drinks a day. Now I'm not a heavy drinker...the odd glass of red is about it, but I have to ask, where does the government get off sticking their noses into our health choices like that? It's the same with this. They're making more and more intrusions to let us know who's boss!

Col. Hogan said...


Yeah, Whittier Blvd is before my time, too. I've talked to old timers (even older than TWC!) that remember it, though. Debbie remembers Van Nuys Blvd in the mid- to late-1960's. She says it was a lot of fun.

Col. Hogan said...


You'd get along well with TWC. He likes the odd glass of red, too--as do I. The big problem is, there are many, perhaps a majority in public office that live in fear that someone, somewhere, is having a good time.