“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, July 08, 2011

Rodrick Shonte Dantzler

 "Police describe Dantzler as 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 250 pounds."

GRAND RAPIDS -- A nearly 9-hour manhunt and standoff ended tonight when a gunman who police said was a suspect in the shooting deaths of seven people, including two kids, shot himself in the head. His hostages are safe. Police in Grand Rapids say that seven people were shot and killed at two locations on Thursday and they are actively searching for suspect Rodrick Shonte Dantzler. Police say three people, reportedly two women and a 10-year-old girl, are dead at one scene, and four others were killed at a separate scene about two miles away, reports CBS affiliate WWMT
Roderick with his  Convict Toned Weight Training Physique (courtesy Michigan taxpayers)
  • GRAND RAPIDS -- According to state corrections records, mass murder suspect Rodrick Dantzler: was arrested by Walker Police in 1992 on charges of stealing a car and breaking into an occupied home. Both charges were dealt with in Kent County Probate Court because Dantzler was a juvenile at the time.
  • In 1997, Dantzler was charged with felony malicious destruction of property. He pleaded guilty. He was jailed for 33 days and fined. He was on probation for 1 year.
  • In 2000, he as charged with felony assault and felony assault with intent to murder. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three to 10 years in prison.
  • In 2010, he was accused of misdemeanor assault and pleaded guilty. He was given 8 days in jail.

"A man believed to be the father of one of the young shooting victims inside 2046 Plainfield Ave. NE collapses in the street after learning of his daughter's death. (Chris Clark | The Grand Rapids Press)" 


  1. Somebody is using animal steroids.

  2. GRAND RAPIDS -- Killing suspect Rodrick Dantzler
    appears to fit a subcategory of mass murderers known as "family annihilators," says a criminal justice professor who specializes in the study of mass murderers and serial killers.
    He added that Dantzler's extreme efforts to elude police by driving the wrong way on the expressway and allegedly taking hostages are not typical of a mass murderer after a killing spree.
    It's also possible that the suspect is a "spree killer," whose criminal actions begin with a poorly planned, spur-of-the-moment slaying. Such killers, deciding they are already in trouble for one crime, decide to commit a series of killings or crimes.

    Kierkus said he is often asked if serial killers or mass murderers are mentally ill. While many have a diagnosable mental illness, most are not legally insane. They usually are able to appreciate the consequences of their actions and to distinguish right from wrong, he said.

    Although mass murderers share some characteristics, Kierkus said it is hard to predict who will become one.

    "If you took 1,000 people who have a history of violence, a criminal background and are angry at their spouses or family, maybe one of them would turn out to be a mass murderer," he said.

  3. The US already has an incarceration rate that is one of the highest in the whirled.

    Since there is no way to predict murderous behavior amongst convicted criminals, should everyone of them be given a life sentence?

    That'd be costly.

    ash would advocate for gun control, but as a convicted felon, Rodrick was already limited in his legal ability to obtain a firearm.

    He was breaking the law, possessing the gun.

    Obviously he was not bothered, by that legal remedy.

  4. Told You.

    Jobs up 18,000.

    Unemployment up to 9.2%

  5. Revisions to two prior months - Down 54,000

  6. .

    Just saw an interview on CNBC with Michelle Bachman.

    My impression: She has a level of economic acumen on a par with that of Doug.

    Nuff said.


  7. .

    She is on record as saying she is unwilling to increase the debt ceiiing (under any circunstances).

    Nuff said.


  8. The Republicans are doing the same thing they did in 1931.

  9. .

    Ignoring recent history, she says lowering taxes (fron current levels) will increase jobs.

    Nuff said.


  10. Your Great Grand-kids are going to read about the 2nd Great Depression, and the question will be: "Why didn't they listen to Rufus?"

    "They were clinging to oil, and it was killing them."

  11. .

    She said the Dem's prposal on closing loopholes and tax breaks would negatively affect jobs because it would be a $1 trillion hit to all the small business owners in this country, this despite the fact that less than 2% of small business owners woukd be affected by the changes.

    More Tea Party rhetoric designed for the ignorant and ill-informed albeit rightfully pissed-off natives.


  12. .

    People wrongfully assume the debt ceiling is designed to affect future spending and debt.

    It's not.

    All it does is pay for past sins. It authorizes payment on debt previously incurred by these same dicks who now complain about how much debt we have.

    Typical D.C. bait and switch.


  13. The economy started slowing down when gasoline went over $3.25. It hit a brick wall at $3.50.

    It's Now at $3.60, and heading for $3.75.

    Them's the facts, Jack.

  14. Bachman certainly has a level of economic acumen on par with Obama.

    9.2 is not 8 percent - Nuff said

  15. The reason it only dropped to 9.2% is another 200,000 left the labor force, and weren't counted.

    The number of actual "employed" fell by a little over 400,000.

  16. What scares me is they don't have a clue what's causing it.

    It's going to be a long decade.

  17. Tea party rhetoric for the ignorant and I'll informed -

    Unfortunately hope and change was already taken

  18. In fact, the situation is quite dire. Any cuts made now will reduce employment and be meaningless at those cut will qualify for unemployment. Spending in aggregate will go down as people will anticipate a worsening economy. It is anyone's guess as to how much more borrowing we can do and any tax increase seems counterintuitive as the amount of increase will be offest by people avoiding taxes one way or another.

  19. The "Lords and Masters" are so insulated from the real world that they're "shocked."

    Only one organization called this one right. The NFIB (represents small business) said this was coming. Everyone ignored them.

    The ADP, which counts Large Businesse, only, came out yesterday and said everything is pretty much hunky dory.

    Those people Do Not know where jobs are created. And, they're paid Millions of Dollars. It's enough to make your heart stop.

  20. Week after week the EIA survey has shown Jet Fuel Deman UP by 5.0%, or so, and Gasoline demand flat to slightly down. What does That tell you?

  21. I decided decades ago that I would not be an agent of the Federal government.

    I would not be an unpaid tax collector for them. That I would not take on the liabilities involved. Especially after seeing friends and associates wiped out by the IRS because their cash flow management skills were slack.

    It is far easier and more profitable to not take on the risks involved in being a tax collector, as the rewards are, at best, fleeting.

    Now that I'd have to become a health care insurance provider, as well as a tax collector, well, John Galt is a friend of mine.

    Seems as if ever more folks are getting to know him.

  22. Tells me, rufus, that the actions of the TSA do not bother most folks.

  23. .

    ...any tax increase seems counterintuitive as the amount of increase will be offest by people avoiding taxes one way or another.

    Once wonders how the increases will be offset. Let's face it subsidies to oil companies already making tens of billions in profits is merely a gift to those interests. Corperations have used the Bush tax cuts to accumulate $2 billion in profits and what do they do with them? They eher invest overseas or hold profits overseas. They do nothing for the US economy.

    It's not a matter doing less harm. The real question is what good does it do for the US economy to be giving away billions to large corporations and getting nothing in return.

    A week ago, I asked Dougo, "please outline the benefit(s) to the US economy of the Bush tax cuts and their recent extension under Obama".

    Doug never responded so I will throw it open to anyone that wants to respond.


  24. The underground or “black” economy is rapidly rising, and the fault is mainly due to government policies.

    Here is the evidence. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) released a report last week concluding that 7.7 percent of U.S. households, containing at least 17 million adults, are unbanked (i.e. those who do not have bank accounts), and an “estimated 17.9 percent of U.S. households, roughly 21 million, are underbanked” (i.e., those who rely heavily on nonbank institutions, such as check cashing and money transmitting services). As an economy becomes richer and incomes rise, the normal expectation is that the proportion of the unbanked population falls and does not rise as is now happening in the United States.

    Tax revenues are falling far more rapidly at the federal, state and local level than would be expected by the small drop in real gross domestic product (GDP) and changes in tax law that have occurred since the recession began. The currency in circulation outside the U.S. Treasury, Federal Reserve banks and the vaults of depository institutions – that is, the currency held by individuals and businesses – has grown by 13.3 percent in the last two years, while real nominal (not inflation-adjusted) GDP has not grown at all, and real (inflation-adjusted) GDP incomes have fallen by more than 3 percent. With the growth of electronic means of payment and financial service providers, it would be expected that the currency component of GDP would fall, not rise.

  25. As the US moves closer to the "Greek Model" well ...

    Italy and some of the other Southern European countries are believed to have underground sectors that account for 30 percent or more of all economic activity.

    I recall an Italian finance minister telling a few of us at a meeting a couple of decades ago that, for policy purposes, he assumed that “the economy was 40 percent larger than what was reported.” In some developing countries and/or highly corrupt countries, underground or “off the books” activities are estimated to be as high as 70 percent of all economic activity.

  26. Edgar Feige, an economics professor emeritus, says that is a sign that the underground economy in the United States has grown considerably and that unreported income now amounts to between $2 trillion and $2.25 trillion annually.

    "There has been a very dramatic increase in what's called the 'tax gap' during the past five years," says Feige.

    The tax gap is the amount of true tax liability that is not paid voluntarily or in a timely fashion. The most recent year in which the Internal Revenue Service estimated the gap was in 2001, when the agency concluded that the gap had risen to $345 billion.

    Feige's research — in a paper yet to be published — shows that the ratio of unreported income to reported adjusted gross income today is approaching the peak levels of the World War II period.

    "That percentage declined during the postwar period and remained roughly stable until 1973, when it again rose to a temporary peak in 1982," says Feige. "The past decade has witnessed a rapid increase in the percentage of unreported income."

    In 2008, unreported income as a percentage of adjusted gross income is estimated at between 22.2 percent and 24.4 percent.

  27. In 2008, unreported income as a percentage of adjusted gross income is estimated at between 22.2 percent and 24.4 percent.

  28. Tuning in, turning on, dropping out.

    It's becoming the American Way.

    Often referred to as:
    "Pursuit of Happiness"

  29. I've gotta go over to the next town and get some work done to the wife's car in a day or so. I'll stop at the ATM and pick up some cash. I seem to get a better price that way. Besides, I know the guy likes it.

  30. One of the reasons that Federal revenue is at a 51 year low, as a percentage of GDP.

    More and more of the market is "Fading to black".

    the bigger the informal sector, the lower tax receipts as a percent of formal-sector GDP.

  31. By avoiding FICA and Graduated income taxes, he'll be up over 30%, on that cash transaction.

    Little wonder he likes to be paid in cash.

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  33. Then there's the sales tax he may charge, then not pay to the State.

    Another 6 or 7% in his pocket?

  34. ... scientific random sample audits of 50,000 individuals that the IRS conducts every ten years. These audits suggest that income is underreported to a remarkably high degree by some categories of small business people. For example, these studies suggest that the average sole proprietor's income-tax return understates his true income by about 60 percent.

  35. Someone is going to have to address the issue of whether Arizonans -- and others -- should be charged sales taxes on purchases they make online, Gov. Jan Brewer said Thursday.

    But she's not sure that someone should be the state.

    The governor's comments came after she toured one of three distribution centers that already operates in Arizona and as the company said it plans to open a fourth, in Phoenix.

    But the issues are related. Even Don Cardon, director of the Arizona Commerce Authority, said the fact Arizona does not tax Internet sales, unlike some other states, probably gives it a competitive advantage in attracting firms like

    The company itself has taken a hard-line position on the issue. It announced at the end of June it was cancelling its contracts with about 10,000 California business partners just hours after Jerry Brown, that state's governor, signed legislation requiring out-of-state retailers who use affiliates within the state to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Californians.

  36. Rather than be a tax collector for California, Amazon cut off 10,000 vendors.

  37. How can it be fair to make one retailer collect sales tax, and let another one Not collect the tax?

  38. If I were Jerry Brown I would declare UPS, and FedEx to be "agents" for Amazon, and tell them to collect the sales tax.

  39. Fair is fair, rufus.

    Rather than be an unpaid agent for the State of California, Amazon would rather not do business with businesses in California.

    Perhaps an unintended consequence, but it is an example of a cause and effect of attempting to force out of State firms into being unpaid tax collectors.

  40. The Post Office would like that, rufus.

  41. Then again, how does UPS and FedEx know the value of what is in the package?

  42. Could always Federalize I-net sales tax collection, then have the Feds divvy up the monies, to the States.

    It is Interstate commerce.

  43. I'm pretty sure of one thing:

    When it comes to "matching up schlongs" Bezos has no chance against Jerry Brown (the Governor of the 10th largest economy in the World.)

  44. I have no idea how many business partners Amazon has, but to cut off 10,000 of them ...

    California cannot audit Amazon, in Arizona.

    Only the Federals have the authority to regulate interstate commerce.

  45. Those Amazon sales take place in AZ, not CA.

    Or wherever the servers reside.

    That may be Mexico, or could easily be, likely as not.

    Tax avoidance is as American a apple pie

  46. Everyone's "Shocked." We just got verification (for those that actually needed it) that we're headed back into recession, and what has the price of wholesale unleaded done, today?

    Wholesale unleaded is down 3 pennies. After being up 12 cents, yesterday.

    Think about it. U.S. falling into Recession. Gasoline drops $0.03.

    Instead of looking at $3.83/gal we're only looking at $3.80/gal.

    That'll save us, huh?

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  48. Pakistan is ripe with political strife.

    Pashtuns are fighting Urdu speakers in Karachi, the Urdu language holds in itself a repository of the cultural and social heritage of the country.

    Urdu and English being the official languages of Pakistan.

    In short, in Karachi the Taliban is fighting the Status Que.

    The WaPo has a slide show that presents photographic representation of:
    Assassinations, shooting sprees and arson attacks continue in Islamabad, Pakistan, after political and ethnic violence erupted Tuesday and continues on for a fourth straight day.

    That country is racked by dysfunction and strife.

    Couldn't happen to a better bunch.

  49. About 1,000 additional police and paramilitary forces were deployed in Karachi on Friday
    with new orders to shoot any armed "miscreants" they encounter.

  50. An ex-convict who went on a deadly shooting spree targeted two ex-girlfriends, fatally shooting both of them and five members of their families, including his own 12-year-old daughter, police said Friday.

    At the start of his hours-long rampage, Rodrick Shonte Dantzler tracked down his daughter and her mother and killed them, along with the mother's own parents. He then went to a different house and killed another former girlfriend, plus her sister and 10-year-old niece.

    Dantzler "went out hunting" his victims, Grand Rapids Police Chief Kevin Belk said. He said the gunman used cocaine and alcohol sometime on the day of the slayings.

    Read more:

  51. I decided decades ago that I would not be an agent of the Federal government.

    But a willing agent of a government funded subsidiary.


    A mighty moral decision.


  52. Unca Sam, employer of last resort for them that has no real skills.


  53. That project is about over. Did ten of those horses.

    Moving them off the Federal feed bill by obtaining private owners for those wards of the state.

    Of course boob finds fault, with moving our "National Heritage", from public to private ownership.

    He whose estate's net worth is based upon a Federal welfare land grant, from the "National Heritage" to his grandpa.

  54. While boob seems to think horsemanship is not a skill.

    From one that grew alfalfa.

    The Federal horses were never a business, boob.
    It was a publicity project I subsidized, to be able to have the story.
    Trying to inspire others to privatize those horses still on the Federal feed bill.
    All 70,000 of them.

    Putting my time and money to support performance upon the rhetoric.

    Privatize Federal assets.
    That's the key to providing limits Federal expenditures.

  55. I outlined the numbers, boob, for all to see.

    The training of those horses was not a business. It was politics.

    Federally subsidized as all Federal politics in the US is.

  56. But, here's something you'd better think about: Amidst the sudden realization that we really are sliding back into recession Gasoline fell a whole $0.03 per gallon.

    That's right. Three whole cents. Right now, we're looking at $3.80 gal in a week, or two.

    We're in recession? We don't want the oil? 's okay. The rest of the world will take it. We're just the guy sitting in the corner, bitching.

  57. Here's what we're up against. I warn you, it's Not a Pretty Picture

  58. I mean if I could show that Mrs Palin had received Federal money to to participate in politics, would that disqualify her from credibility?

    Would that make her a looter?

  59. How about the viability of Mrs Michele Bachmann as a Tea Partier, when she and hers have received over $460,000 in Federal subsidies?

    She personifying the Tea Party for the past year.

  60. Junkyard Hawg @ Carpe Diem:

    "Today's jobs report was delivered to White House doorstep in a brown paper bag and on fire" - Henry Blodget

  61. Brent Crude is now selling for $22.00/bbl more than the same grade of oil at Cushing (WTI.)

  62. Here's personification of incompetence.

    9.2% — unemployment rate for June.

    0.1% — increase since May.

    16.2% — underemployment rate for June.

    0.4% — increase since May.

    8% — conventional wisdom for the maximum allowable unemployment rate to win reelection.

    15 — remaining BLS reporting months before Election Day.

    255,000 — net jobs that must be created each and every month to reach 8%.

    18,000 — net jobs created last month.

    44,000 — downward revision to April and May job creation.

    3,825,000 — total net jobs needed before Election Day.

    2,100,000 — jobs created in the last fifteen months.

    11.2% — unemployment rate if the labor participation rate was as high as it was in January, 2009.

    290,000 — best monthly net jobs gain during Obama administration.

    231,000 — real best gain, minus temporary Census hiring.

    14 — months since best monthly gain.

    1% — decrease in DJIA in the opening minute of trading, day that jobs figures released.

    $1,200,000,000,000 — cost of ARRA “stimulus,” with interest.

    1,900,000 — net jobs lost since ARRA was signed.

    2 — quantitative easing programs since 2008.

    ~$2,000,000,000,000 — total of first QE program during Great Recession.

    $600,000,000,000 — total of second QE program, just ended.

    40% — increase in federal debt since January, 2009.

    30% — increase in annual federal spending since January, 2009.

    20% — decrease in federal revenues since January, 2009.

    12% — decline in value of US dollar since January, 2009.

    37% — increase in number of Americans on food stamps since January, 2009.

    62% — increase in Misery index since January, 2009.

    800 — days since the Senate passed a budget.

    1.9% — last quarterly GDP increase.

    2.5% — consensus projection for last quarterly GPD increase.

    2.7% — official White House projection.

    3.0% or better — GDP growth needed to dent unemployment.

    3.6% — official White House GDP growth projection for 2012.

    2.7% — IMF GDP growth projection for 2012.

    30% — federal debt held by public as percentage of GDP, 2005.

    60% — federal debt held by public as percentage of GDP, 2010.

    180% — federal debt held by public as percentage of GDP, CBO estimate, 2035.

    0% — odds of current path being sustainable.

  63. My Over/Under for second qtr. GDP growth is, maybe, 0.8%

  64. Obama's budget was rejected in the Senate 97 - 0?
    Now that's a disqualification of credibility.

  65. The Senate proved to be unqualified, or they'd have passed another budget, but as stated

    800 — days since the Senate passed a budget.

    That's bipartisan failure, in the Senate.

    The dollar's value, rests at the door of the Federal Reserve.

    A litany of problems,
    nary a single solution offered.

  66. ... the 112th Congress which now boasts a 17% approval rating. ...

    That is a proof of where the responsibility is to be laid, for Federal failure, by the general public.

    President Barack Obama's job approval rating averaged 46% in June, down from 50% in May but similar to his ratings from February through April. ...

    48% disapprove of his job performance.

    Pretty good, considering.

  67. bet you know he even gets greater than 90% support from segments of the population

    Pretty good considering cowboy

  68. Blacks, Hispanics and the American Jewish communities all poll at over 65%, in approval of Mr Obama.

    Californios, they're holding steady at 54% approval of Mr Obama.

  69. .

    Michele Bachmann’s slavery and pornography problem

    Michele Bachmann’s recent decision to sign something called the ”Marriage Vow” has the Internet up in arms. An aide said she did not hesitate to sign. Maybe she didn’t hesitate because she didn’t read it. Signing this vow is tantamount to shoving someone else’s foot in your mouth.

    By signing, she agreed to ban pornography, called homosexuality a choice, and implied that slavery — while not perfect — at least guaranteed that children grew up in two-parent households.

    Nuff Said


  70. I'm quite sure that Obama's popularity in the States carried by Mr McCain continues to drop.

    He will not carry Texas. But then he never was going to. So the ever increasing disapproval of Mr Obama, there in Texas, matters little in the 2012 election.
    Same with regards Arizona and Idaho.

    As the 2000 election reminded the majority of voters in the US, it is the Electoral College that elects the President, not obtaining a majority of the national popular vote.

  71. The people in Egypt are awakening to the reality that the Army ran Egypt before Mubarak was deposed, it still runs Egypt, today.

    The Hindu

    Egypt's Tahrir Square Again Echoes With Cries for Justice

    New York Times - ‎

    CAIRO - One woman called for a new revolution. A man called for former President Hosni Mubarak to be executed. An angry crowd in an auditorium here on Thursday night listened to stories of protesters injured or killed during Egypt's ...

  72. Bachman is batshit crazy.

    I knew she was batshit crazy, but I thought it would kind of dribble out. Another one bites the dust.

    It's Palin, or Perry, I guess.

  73. Texas Gov. Rick Perry has placed phone calls to Iowa Republican activists to discuss his chances in the presidential race, according to Politico and The Des Moines Register.

  74. Perry could find a path to winning the General Election, I do not see how Mrs Palin can cut that trail.

  75. Wyo. man charged with killing 3 sons, brother

    WHEATLAND, Wyoming (AP) — A man opened fire inside a Wyoming mobile home, killing his three sons and a brother and injuring his wife, authorities said Friday. One neighbor said the wounded woman ran from the home screaming, "He killed my babies!"

  76. yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President.”

  77. Until one of those parents was sold at auction, or traded off for a good saddle mule.

  78. My fingers are frozen in place. It's too bizarre to comment on.

  79. No bio of Everett E. Conant III is available yet.

    He is charged with a weapons violation, along with 4 counts of homicide and attempted murder.

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