Category Archives: Mr. Policeman

Remember: Don’t Vomit on the Police Captain

Classy Matthew Clemens

According to this article in the Baltimore Sun, 21 year-old Matthew Clemens of Cherry Hill, New Jersey decided it was a good idea to purposely vomit on the man sitting in front of him, and on the man’s 11 year-old daughter while he was at it.

Sadly, what Classy Clemens didn’t count on was the man being a police captain. Damn! And it seemed like such a good idea otherwise.

As you can see from his picture, Matthew was also surprised to learn of the reaction of other fans sitting nearby who pummeled him repeatedly while holding him until uniformed officers arrived.

Mr. Matt is being held on $36,000 bond and is charge with reckless endangerment, assault, disorderly conduct and “related charges.”

“It was the most vile, disgusting thing I’ve ever seen,” Vangelo said Friday. “He has two fingers down his throat, he lunges forward and vomits on myself and my 11-year-old.”

I’m sure Matthew and his cellies are sharing some big yucks over this one right about now.

Many thanks to Jason for sharing this story on Facebook.

Sheriff Joe Invents “Pedal Vision”

One of the few things I don’t miss about living in Arizona is Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

You may have heard of Sheriff Joe. He’s the one that makes his prisoners wear pink underwear and live outside in tents in the sweltering Arizona sun. Don’t be surprised if you see him running for President some day.

Well he’s outdone himself this time with the invention of “Pedal Vision.” Now I’ve heard of Spank-A-Vision and Smell-A-Vision but only Sheriff Joe could have create a machine that prisoners have to pedal in order to watch TV.

As of April first, all Maricopa County Jail prisoners who wish to watch television will have to pedal a stationary bike connected to a generator to keep the TV turned on.

To Joe’s credit, he’s simply trying to make living in jail as uncomfortable as possible. Hard to argue with the success he’s had in that effort.


How do you read that line?


Well, according to the Colorado Independent, the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles said that it could be interpreted as a sexual message and so denied a vegan’s request to express their love of tofu on their license plate.

Is there no limit to which Big Brother will not go to keep us down?

Pimping The Man For Fun And Revenge

Everyone hates Big Brother. And there’s no better example of the unwanted and impersonal technological intrusion of the government into our lives than traffic cameras that bust speeders and red light runners.

Say "Cheese" You Random Bastard!

Say "Cheese" You Random Bastard!

Here in Arizona, we had Santas covering speed cameras with holiday wrapping in December. And now, in my old stomping grounds in the DC area, there are high school students putting the technology to nefarious use with an ingenious plan.

According to the Montgomery County Sentinel newspaper’s web site, students at Wooton High School in Rockville, Maryland are exacting revenge on teachers, other students and just about anyone they want by creating counterfeit license plates, pasting them on cars similar to the victims’ and purposefully speeding past law enforcement cameras! They call it the Speed Camera Pimping Game.

I love it! These kids are turning the government’s technology into a tool for crime and, so far, getting away with it. As one parent notes in the article, this scam brings the credibility of the entire camera program into question. Which, in my opinion, is a good thing.

“The practice of sending speeding tickets to faceless recipients without any type of verification is unwarranted and an exploitation of our rights.”

Once the word gets out on this scam, I see it spreading nationwide and am hopeful that it will have a significantly negative effect on the use of these cameras a de facto ATMs for local governments.

Xmas In The A-Z

This is how we roll in Arizona.

Apparently, you can’t have your picture taken with Santa in the desert.

Uncle Frankie: Witness to History

Just came across this photo on Man, did it take me back to the day… Why? Because I once knew this guy.

If you are of a certain age you may remember the original Life Magazine photograph (shown farther down in this post along with the very disturbing NBC News video clip) from which this piece of street art is adapted. The fact that the image was used 40 years after the original incident as the inspiration for a random piece of street art, attests to its power and historical significance.


Taken February 2, 1968, the second day of the Tet Offensive by Eddie Adams, who won a Pulitzer Prize for it, the photo shows South Vietnamese National Police Chief Brigadier General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, executing a Viet Cong prisoner on the street in Saigon. Some have dubbed the shot “The Instant of Death.”

Here are some historical tidbits related to the story:

Adams snapped his unforgettable shot on day two of the Tet Offensive. Tet was a coordinated assault by more than 80,000 North Vietnamese and VC troops on 36 (of 44) provincial capitals, 5 (of 6) autonomous cities, and 64 (of 242) district capitals in South Vietnam. It was a surprise attack during a holiday truce (for the Vietnamese New Year). The fighting lasted a few months in several different theaters. It ended with a resounding American victory. But media coverage in general, and Adams’s photograph in particular, transformed it into a Pyrrhic victory.


So, what does all of this have to do with your friend Frank?

In the early 1980s a small, family-owned restaurant called Les Trois Continents opened in the Rolling Valley Mall near my home in Springfield, Virginia. Shortly thereafter, a very small, soft-spoken Vietnamese man came to our print shop to get some menus typeset and printed for the restaurant. I soon learned that he was none other than Nguyen Ngoc Loan, the man firing the pistol in the photo.

The restaurant’s name means The Three Continents in French and refers to Vietnam’s history as the French colony, French Indochina. Like many members of the wealthier class in Vietnam, General Loan was born in Vietnam, educated in France and immigrated to the United States after the fall of Saigon. Hence the name.

Our family went to his restaurant many times because of the great food and friendly service. I only asked General Loan about the incident once. He acknowledged his identity but said he would prefer not to speak about the event. His only comment was that the picture was taken out of context and that he had no regrets about his actions.

“There is no way you could understand what was going on that day,” he said and left it with that. Hard to disagree.

To this day, the contradiction of the man confounds me. He was about 5′ 2″, maybe 95 lbs., had a severe leg injury and walked very slowly and feebly with the aid of a cane. He was funny, worldly, polite and humble. And yet this same man was capable of calmly drawing a pistol from his hip, shooting an unarmed, bound man directly in the temple in front of scores of witnesses, returning his gun just as matter-of factly to his holster and quietly walking away, leaving the man in the street like a dog with his brains and blood running out.

If nothing else, this is testimony to the fact that you just never know a person’s back story when you meet them.

In spite of the great food and service, the restaurant did not do very well and closed a couple of years later. I never saw General Loan again.

That’s today’s entry from the Frankie File kids. Below is the short video clip from NBC News. BE ADVISED: you will probably never see such graphic, real violence anywhere else.

In doing my research for this posting, I came across this interview with Eddie Adams, the photographer. He says that the photo ruined Loan’s life. He was severely wounded in the leg and sent to the states for medical treatment and recovery. Watch this short interview, it’s a very interesting postscript to the whole story and also ties into my part.

This is about as heavy as it comes from me kids. More funny stuff later, I swear!

KopBusters Hit Town

If you have never had a more-than-just-unpleasant encounter with a police officer, you may not be willing to accept that some cops abuse their powers on a regular basis. Other than through the courts and media, you may no forum in which to air your grievances against a law enforcement agency. Finding your civil rights don’t exist can be a very alarming experience, especially when dealing with an armed officer of the state.

A new Internet-based reality show is looking to put bad cops on the defensive. Using the cops’ own sting tactics, KopBusters plans to travel the country exposing police corruption and citizen abuse. Their first bust was in Odessa, Texas. While the whole scenario is not quite as dramatic as you might expect, the result was exactly what the publicity-seeking producers were looking for.

Take a look and post a comment. BTW: turn your volume way down as this clip is seriously over-modulated.

Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha’ gonna’ do?