Thursday, June 30, 2005

Restraining Orders

JusticeWell, by now there has been much written about the Supreme Court ruling on restraining orders and police immunity from law suits resulting from the actions (or lack of action) in enforcing these orders.

But the truth is, restraining orders, while an interesting legal tool, never really offered much in the way of protection. There has been much written about what police owe to society, and one of the things they do NOT owe, is protection of the individual.

The reason is (or one of the reasons is) that the police cannot be everywhere. In the minutes or seconds you have when confronted with an imminent threat, the police are many minutes away - assuming even that you can get to a phone and have time to call. The simple truth is that in those few seconds you have, it is up to you to defend yourself and your family.

Woman Will Not Be Indicted for Shooting Abuser

Grand jury no-bills woman in shooting Another DA is disappointed he won't be able to prosecute an abused wife for shooting her abusive husband.

He broke down the bathroom door - she had locked herself in - in order to rape her.
"The door jam was split to the floor ... and the door was cracked in half," [District Attorney] Herrington said, describing the scene.
Texas law allows the use of lethal force in self-defense. What else could this woman have done? (The DA feels she could have done more to get the abuser to leave.)

Monday, June 27, 2005

I Refuse to go Home For Christmas

So that means I do my family visiting in July. (If I never see snow again, that will be OK.) So this space will be quiet for a week or so. Visit the Cotillion on Tuesday, and check in with Hold the Mayo regarding property rights.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Right to Real and Personal Property Amendment

Although Hold The Mayo is taking a different approach with the Open Source Amendment - Revision 1 I am inclined to be more explicit. If there is any room to wiggle, the lawyers and the courts will wiggle. We already have the court saying it is OK to take property away from you simply because we don't like you and don't want you to have the property.

Limiting taxes is important since government could simply force you via high taxes. Tax seizure sales are already a problem. Houses costing several hundreds of thousands of dollars are sold at auction to cover a tax bill of a few thousand dollars and no part of the equity is returned to the original owners of the property.

The only problem I see with this is in the area of ports and airports. I am willing to entertain suggestions, but if we allow government to build a facility on seized property and then turn around and lease it to private enterprise (airlines and restaurants in the case of airports) we have accomplished nothing. Government will build the building and lease it to Wal-Mart. If they just have to wait 50 years, maybe that is what it will take to ensure proper planning.

RIGHT TO REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY
  1. Whereas the right to property is the cornerstone of liberty and whereas the power to tax is the power to destroy; Tax on all property, real and personal, except as income or on sale or transfer, above one-tenth of one percent per annum shall be prohibited.

  2. The taking of property by eminent domain shall only be by just compensation for the purpose of the erection of public infrastructure.

  3. Public infrastructure shall be limited to the following: Court Houses, police stations, military installations, research laboratories, jails, prisons, schools, roads, parks, ports, airports, office buildings used for public agencies only.

  4. Public property that was taken via eminent domain that is sold or otherwise converted to private use within 50 years shall first be offered to its original owner(s) or their heirs in substantially its original condition at its original price of acquisition. No additional fees may be charged as part of such a return to the original owners or their heirs.

  5. No part of any building, park, road or right-of-way obtained via eminent domain shall be leased to any private concern, or given over exclusively to the use of any private concern, but shall be used only for the people's business until 50 years shall have passed from the date the property was taken into public hands.

  6. Property that is seized for non-payment of taxes must be speedily sold at auction. Any amount above the tax owed and costs must be returned to the owner at the time the sale is complete.

  7. This article shall have no time limit on its ratification.

The End of Private Property

The Strata-Sphere: Government Taking Private Land. A disturbing look at all of the eminient domain abuses going on. Welcome to surfdom. [via Little Miss Attila]

Maybe there is hope for Social Security Reform

OpinionJournal - Best of the Web Today: The Young and the Ripped-off. People actually can do basic math... Who knew?
And how's this for a blast from the past: Instead of burning draft cards, these student protestors plan on shredding their Social Security cards. "Social Security is a miserable deal for today's young people," says event organizer Jessica Colon, director of Fix Our Future.com. "My generation gets the joke that we will have to pay in all this money in taxes, and won't get anything out of it."
These folks support personal investment accounts by about a 2-to-1 margin.

Buglary suspect charged in death of his partner

Herald.com | 06/24/2005 | Buglary suspect charged in death. Under Florida Law, some criminals can be charged with murder if during the commission of a crime someone dies. In this case Mark Anthony Dyer, 26, is charged in the death of his aleged partner in crime, 25-year-old Troy Fyffe.
Nelson, who had just returned home, heard noises and yelled to scare the intruders, but Dyer and Fyffe continued to work the door. Nelson yelled again, and warned that he had a gun.

When Nelson saw one of them point what appeared to be a gun, Nelson fired four rounds from a .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Three of the bullets struck Fyffe and one hit Dyer.
Fyffe collapsed nearby and Dyer was captured. 58-year old Eddie Nelson has not been charged as he was acting in self-defense.
[Hat Tip Clayton Cramer's Gun Defense Blog]

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

News - Homeowner captures burglar - sacbee.com. The headline says it all; a burglar was caught in the act by a homeowner, and is now in police custody.
Rodriguez, who had a large metal tool, had allegedly smashed a rear window to get in and chased a woman through the residence. She alerted the homeowner, who got his handgun, the report said.
Police arrived shortly to find the homeowner holding the burglar at gun point. Rodriguez is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and burglary and remains in custody.
[Hat Tip Clayton Cramer's Gun Defense Blog]

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

WECT TV6 & WECT.com - Wilmington, NC news and weather - One Man Dead, Another Arrested After Attempted Robbery. Store robbery turns deadly for one of the would-be robbers.
Police say Rivenbark and White walked into the store and pulled out a hand gun. The store clerk, Joseph Daggs, III had his own gun. Lt. Marshall Williamson says the men got in a struggle, but Daggs broke free.

"Daggs released himself from the individuals and reached for his personal gun and fired one shot."

That shot killed Rivenbark, but police say it was self-defense.
And what is up with, "Police say it was self-defense." What else could it be? (No bias in this media!) [hat tip KABA]

This is especally nice to read, since stories about clerks and armed robbers are usually about dead clerks.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Constitutional Amendments I Would Like

Lots of discussions of constitutional issues these days, from the stupid flag-burning amendment to the idiot SCOTUS ruling on private property rights (or rather the lack of those rights). So I thought it would be good to consider what we need to do to put things right. (I am really only enthusiastic about item number 1 today, but I think all of these have merit.)
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  1. Personal Property Protection. Stop the abuse of eminent domain - stealing property for private developers.

  2. Limit the Supreme Court to Interpreting the Constitution. Lower Courts could consider precedent, but the Supreme Court should be limited to reviewing laws with respect to what the Constitution actually says. Not some lame court decision in 1930.

  3. Explicitly state that the Constitution takes Precedence over any treaty.

  4. Any decision that references foreign law or international law is sent back to the Supreme Court for review in light of what the Constitution actually says.

  5. Repeal limit on the size of Congress and go back to a fixed number of people per Representative. The house would become huge, but so what.

  6. Repeal popular election of the Senate, and return to having them appointed by the state legislatures.

There are probably more you can think of.

I also think we should recall judges who abuse their power and try to write legislation and policy from the bench. That isn't what they were appointed to do, and when they do it, they violate the oath they took. (Or the oath they should have taken.)

A Constutional Amendment Protecting Personal Property

A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT (PROPERTY RIGHTS) Actually I don't think this is specific enough, but it is a start.

[See Updated Version Here]
RIGHT TO REAL AND PERSONAL PROPERTY

1. Whereas the power to tax is the power to destroy; Tax on all property, real and personal, except as income or on sale or transfer, above one-tenth of one percent per annum shall be prohibited.

2. The taking of property by eminent domain shall only be by just compensation for the purpose of the erection of public infrastructure.

3. Public property that is sold or otherwise converted to private use within 20 years shall first be offered to its original owner(s) or their heirs in substantially its original condition at its original price of acquisition.

4. Property that is seized for non-payment of taxes must be speedily sold at auction. Any amount above the tax owed and costs must be returned to the owner.

5. This article shall have no time limit on its ratification.
To much wiggle room. I would define exactly what constitutes infrastructure: police stations and jails, government offices, schools, etc. [via AlphaPatriot]

Update: Hold the Mayo has a similar idea.

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Flag Burning

I can't believe that the House actually passed this stupid thing. We have serious problems they could be spending time on. (Illegal immigration, cutting spending, next year's budget, the energy bill, ... just to name a few.)

However you feel about having your rights under the First Amendment curtailed, you should Write Your Senators and express your opinion.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Preventing Genocide

individ: Private Arms Prevent Genocide A wonderful article - the references are a bit tough to wade through but worth it.

Since the international community has never really managed to prevent genocide, (is failing again today in the Sudan) and given that, "No one has a legal duty to be a victim of genocide," ref. then people should have the legal means to resist genocide. That means private arms.

Asking people to wait while the international community gets its act together is tantamount to asking them to die quietly. Would you bet your life on Kofi Annan and his ability as a diplomat? I wouldn't.

Wisconsin Bill to Allow Concealed Carry Back in Legislature

JS Online: Conceal, carry gun bill back on table. Last time it was vetoed because the governor said sheriffs didn't have the resources to process the applications. So this time they are looking at having either a state agency or outside groups process the application.

Florida processes requests through the same department that handles a lot of other state-level licensing, and they farm the background check out to the FBI anyway. So really all the state has to do is verify all of the paperwork - including good news on the background check - and then issue the license. Something similar should work for Wisconsin.

It is interesting that the reason the governor gave was financial. Perhaps the old saw about "wild west gunfights" has really lost its traction. Given the number of states with "Shall Issue" concealed carrry laws, and a distinct lack of gunfights as a result, I should hope that this would be less effective.

I hope that the Wisconsin legislature passes the bill. People have the right to defend themselves; they need access to effective means of self-defense. [hat tip NRA-ILA]

Good guys 3, Bad Guys 0

WOODTV.com & WOOD TV8 - Grand Rapids news and weather - Burglar shot and killed by hostage; two other intruders arrested One is dead, two are in jail. In some jurisdictions - I have no idea about Michigan - if someone dies during the commission of a crime, then the criminals can be charged with murder. However you look at it, 3 criminals are off the street.

3 guys break into a house and restrain the 2 people there with duct tape. One of the victims is pistol whipped. One of them men broke free of his restraints and got a gun away from one of the 3 criminals. Ian Johnson, one of the 3 criminals, was shot and killed. The other 2 escaped but were arrested later that day. There was a carjacking in that neighborhood at the time of their escape, but police won't say if it was the same 2 men, though neighbors say it is.
[hat tip Civilian Gun Defense Blog]

Murder/Suicide Not Stopped By Restraining Order

Blue Ash, OH: Woman feared husband's intentions. And with good reason, it seems.

Two weeks after Benton French Speece Jr., 54, threatened Bonnie Speece with a gun and police confiscated a weapon from him, he was back to kill her. A restraining order obtained on June 5 didn't do anything to stop him. Calling the police didn't do much since it doesn't appear he was in jail. After police found her shot multiple times, they found him dead in his apartment.

They were married 26 years and no doubt he thought he loved her. I am so tired of reading stories like this one.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Is there no Republican Party in the State of Illinois

Not that long ago Republicans could win state-wide elections in Illinois. Jim Thompson was governor for a good long while. Then there was the Ryan melt-down.

Can we please have someone replace Durbin. This so-called apology is so bogus I am at a loss for words. He "didn't mean any disrespect" by comparing people to Nazi war criminals or Stalin's goons or those who turned Cambodia into "the Killing Fields." What did he mean then? Was it in his mind a compliment?

Or did he just underestimate the backlash? (No, you don't need to answer that.) With this too-little, too-late apology, does he get off the hook for a recall?

The Two Party System

Jody, over at Steal the Bandwagon makes a case for saving the 2 party system by saving the DNC.

While I agree that the 2-party system is important, I am not sure that the Democratic Party can be saved. I am also not a fan of the Libertarian Party and I don't believe it will ever become a major party. (Not without major changes to its platform.)

I don't think it is impossible to see a new party emerge in the middle. Or at least in a different place than either the Michael Moore wing of the Democratic Party, or the Religious wing of the Republican Party. Neither the Democrats nor Republicans were around for the signing of the Declaration, let alone the Constitution.

Another District Attorney Hopes to Prosecute a Defensive Shooting

CITIZEN-TIMES.com: Probe of Swannanoa shooting death points toward self-defense. All eveidence and testemony points to self-defense, but this DA is keeping investigators on the case because, well I think because she hopes she can prosecute.
Assistant District Attorney Kate Dreher said it’s significant that there is evidence to show that David Eugene Ray forced his way into a home off Buckeye Access Road before he was shot in the chest Sunday.
So someone forces their way into your house and they assault you and a guest, and "North Carolina law allows the killing of another person if someone reasonably believes their life is in danger or they could be a victim of great bodily harm."

If that doesn't form the basis for a DA deciding on defense, then it certainly forms the basis of reasonable doubt.

The Cotillion is ready for your dancing pleasure

The Cotillion is in several parts for your reading pleasure. Enjoy.

Fistful of Fortnights: The Importance of Manners.

Crystal Clear: The Cotillion presents a Luau at the Links

Cotillion: The Importance Of Manners.

Cotillion: Luau at the Links

Cotillion: It's time to dance!

Monday, June 20, 2005

A rose, by any other name ... Hate Crimes and Justice

flagSalt Lake Tribune - Advocacy groups: Lesbian's death was a hate crime. I will never understand the idea behind hate crimes.
Espinoza - who was having a romantic relationship with Brown's wife - had joined in a heated argument Brown and his wife were having about their three children when Brown grabbed a kitchen knife and chased the victim into the parking lot.

Outside, Brown stabbed Espinoza three times, then jumped up and down on her chest and kicked her in the head, according to witnesses.
Was the fact that this guys wife left him for woman part of the issue? Perhaps. But this mutant is charged with murder in a state that has capital punishment. What other justice does anyone think can be handed down by some "hate crime" label? [h/t KABA]

The Peggy Noonan edition of the Best of Me Symphony

The Owner's Manual: #82 Best of Me Symphony As always, the BOMS iis a fun look at what we were writing about 2 months ago.
Beware the politically obsessed. They are often bright and interesting, but they have something missing in their natures; there is a hole, an empty place, and they use politics to fill it up. It leaves them somehow misshapen.

Peregrine Falcons Make Comeback

FalconExpeditions @ Field Museum - Hennen - About the Expedition These beautiful birds are making quite a comeback in the Midwest.

The Field Museum site has photos, maps and even a webcam or 2. There are 13 pairs of Peregrines in the Chiacgoland area. Most of the chicks are getting ready to take their first flight about now.

The really cool thing about Falcons is that they hunt other birds, and in a city like Chicago that means pigeons. And anything that gets rid of pigeons is a good thing.

George Bush as an Icon of Freedom

Azerbaijan Protesters Seek Free Elections - Yahoo! News I am shocked that this story is carried by the AP.
BAKU, Azerbaijan - Thousands of demonstrators chanting "Freedom" and carrying portraits of President Bush marched across Azerbaijan's capital Saturday, demanding the resignation of the government and free parliamentary elections — in the biggest protest in years.
I wonder how many MSM outlets will run this story, since it goes counter to the anti-American sentiment most of them display. [h/t AlphaPatriot]

Interesting Info About Concealed Carry and Crime Rates

North County Times - North San Diego and Southwest Riverside County columnists: "Texas gun fund-raiser nothing to laugh at"

In a fairly nice article about gun-raffles as a means to raise money for schools, there is a little gem of information about concealed carry and violent crime.
According to FBI figures, the 38 states with laws that allow their citizens to carry concealed handguns for self-defense average 24 percent less violent crime and 22 percent less murder than states like California that severely restrict right-to-carry.
That this is reported in a California paper is even more amazing. That it is NOT reported in one of the Big Media outlets is less amazing.
[Hat tip to Keep and Bear Arms]

Watcher's Instructions

As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.

Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

Abuse is not just for adult relationships

Partner abuse up among teens. Not that this should be a surprise to anyone. Abusers don't just start at 30. But this article, while it contains some interesting information, also contains some stupid statements, and is missing a few key bits of advice.
Why is this happening? Some say parents haven’t done enough to teach the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships. Others say it’s the result of TV, movies, video games and music that promote violence and objectify women.
So the fault is not that parents are not teaching their kids - because the parents are working a hundred hours a week, and leave kids to watch TV alone - no supervision - to choose video games with no parental control, etc. etc. No, the fault is in the TV and video game producers. If they would only volunteer for the duty of teaching morality, of raising the kids, then the parents would not have to feel any of this unpleasant guilt.

Of course for parents to feel guilt, they would have to admit that little Bobby is actually beating up his girlfriend. And if you talk to any teachers today, you will know that parents never admit their kids could do anything wrong. (Several of my family are teachers, so I talk to them quite frequently.)

And while the article does provide some information regarding steps to take, preparing to defend yourself is not mentioned. Not just guns are absent, but any mention of any type of self-defense is missing. "Get a restraining order" and "call the police" are mentioned. That is, rely on government. Take no initiative on your own to ensure your safety. Give up that responsibility to the government. I suppose the author would want us to give up all responsibility to government.

Political Correctness Run Amok

Telegraph | News | Met 'too afraid of racism to investigate rape claim' Unbelievable.
Scotland Yard failed to investigate fully an allegation by a white woman of a rape involving an officer from an ethnic minority because of concerns that it would be accused of racism.
Is it any wonder crime in the UK is out of control?

Saturday, June 18, 2005

The "It Can't Happen to Me" Syndrome

2 GunsI have had several conversations recently in which the person I am talking to is always looking for the "special circumstances" surrounding any given crime. From the simple, "They must have left the door open," to "They must have known one another." With all these excuses, people are trying to convince themselves that they are safe from crime. "I keep my doors and windows locked, and I don't know anyone like that, so I must be safe." But this rationalization is what makes people vulnerable. Crime isn't something that just, "happens to other people." Anyone can be targeted.

I am not going to consider street crime - though I have heard similar rationalizations for it: "He should have stayed out that neighborhood," etc. But let's take a look at crime in the home.

Consider the "locked doors" myth. If you keep your doors locked, are you safe?

Crime rattles small town:
Four armed men kicked in the door of a home in the Crenshaw community about midnight, Sheriff Bill Franklin said. A woman was at home with her 18-year-old daughter.
That one ended with a rape.

Home invasion triggers shoot-out: Think better locks, or better doors and doorframes, will keep you safe?
[The homeowner] said [the home invader who was shot] and the second man pried open Rogers' front door with a hammer after repeated attempts to kick in the door failed.
This guy defended his home with a shotgun. [via KABA]

Quality locks and doors are good to have, but they won't stop a determined invader unless you are living inside a safe.

Then there is the idea that if you only know good people, you will not be in danger. This is the thought (or the hope) that crime does not have a random component.

TheKansasCityChannel.com - News - Two KC Homes Violently Invaded In one night, in one city two separate home invasions occur.
The shootings and break-ins appear to be unrelated, officials said. ... [I]n both cases, the victims said the gunmen were strangers to them.
Much crime is random. You are not chosen for who you are, or who you know, but because you appear to be wealthy (or wealthy enough in the eyes of the predator). You are selected as victim because you appear to be an easy victim.

Living the good life will not keep you safe, though it will keep you safer than leading a life of crime will. Having good security including good locks and solid doors will not keep you safe, but it will keep you safer than having no security. There may still come a time when you will be confronted with a home invader. What will you do? Some crime is random - or random enough for general discussion. Being careful is fine, but what happens when your care fails? When you need to defend yourself or your family, what will you do? I tell people that they need to plan in advance for what they will do. In the heat of the moment, there is no time to think, let alone make a plan. ("Failure to plan is planning to fail.") You will do what you have practiced doing. (Practice nothing, and that is what you will do.)

I have decided on one method of meeting these threats; I own firearms. That approach may or may not work for you. There are many options from tasers to pepper spray. But failing to make any plan leaves you even more vulnerable.

And before you say anything, no, owning a firearm does not ensure my safety. There are no guarantees in this life.

Bear Kills Canadian - But he didn't need a handgun

Fort Frances Times Online -- Son shoots bear that killed his dad After retrieving a gun from a cabin, the son shoots the bear 4 times. The father's body was discovered later.

But don't let this little tale deceive you. Just because Canadians live in a world populated by deadly creatures doesn't mean they should be able to carry any effective means of self-defense with them.</sarcasm>

Having a .44 magum with him may not have saved this man. But disarming him certainly contributed to his death.

[hat tip to Keep and Bear Arms]

Capt. Nicole Malachowski to be 1st woman Thunderbird

Capt. Malachowskireviewjournal.com -- News: FEMALE THUNDERBIRD: First in Flight Capt. Nicole Malachowski reports to Nellis Air Force Base for training in November.
Malachowski, who recently finished a four-month stint flying missions in Operation Iraqi Freedom, was on leave Thursday and unavailable for comment. Her parents said she was relaxing on a cruise in Russia with her husband, Air Force Maj. Paul Malachowski.
[h/t Greyhawk]

From Air Force Times we learn that Capt. Malachowski is "the first female demonstration pilot on any U.S. military high performance jet team."

Human Sacrifice in the UK

Telegraph | News | Children 'sent to Britain for ritual sacrifices' Well, I wonder if the multiculturalists will insist that this is just a cultural difference that we oppressive westerners need accept? Assuming it turns out to be true.
Scotland Yard is investigating allegations that children, particularly boys, have been trafficked to Britain from Africa as "sacrificial offerings" in religious rituals.

Other claims include children being identified by church pastors as witches, being beaten and murdered because parents or carers think they are possessed by evil spirits, and being trafficked as domestic and sex slaves.
Human life is cheap in many cultures. When the left says that no culture is better than another, then they are willfully overlooking things like this.

Mars and Venus in Biology

Deep, Dark Secrets of His and Her Brains - Yahoo! News As Hindrocket at PowerLine says, we have "a discovery that will surprise absolutely no one who hasn't attended graduate school." Men and women have different kinds of brains.

This will be sure to draw fire from the feminists who like to pretend that there are no differences between men and women.
Slowly, she formed a theory: The brains of men and women are indeed different from birth. Yet the differences are subtle. They might be found only among the synapses in brain structures responsible for specific cognitive abilities.
As if most women haven't complained that men can't understand the simple things they want in a relationship. How many scenes in TV shows and Movies and Plays have revolved around men complaining that women's thinking is beyond understanding? Different cognitive styles arise from different brains.

Neither brain is better than the other. Men's brains are larger on average. Women's brains have about 12% more neurons, and with a cortex that is constructed differently.

It will be interesting to see who accepts this data, who will take the position that the Catholic Church took with the Copernican model of the solar system - declare that it is heresy without regard to mere facts.

Precision Guided Humor: What to do with the folks at Gitmo?

Instapundo Delenda Est!Since the naval station at GITMO has received such negative press, I suggest we move the detainees to a place that the press will be less likely to go.

Air Station Kodiak, part of the US Coast Guard's 17th District, is located 250 miles SW of Anchorage. (Hey, it isn't in the Arctic Circle!) I'm sure room could be found for the terrorists there.

For people coming from the Arabian Peninsula, the climate may be a bit rough. The base information says, "Moving to Kodiak for the first time can be somewhat of a shock to some people," but I'm sure that they will get used to it.

If the Department of Defense doesn't want to turn the detainees over to the Department of Homeland Security, perhaps accommodations can be found at Eielson Air Force Base. I'm sure the Iceman Team could find room to accommodate these guests. (Don't be confused by the fact that North Pole is the nearest community to the base, it is actually 23 miles south of Fairbanks.)

Friday, June 17, 2005

Silver Star awarded to Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester

Sgt. Hester Tennessee woman awarded Silver Star "the first woman since World War II to win the Silver Star [the nation's third-highest] medal for valor in combat."

A convoy in Iraq was attacked by terrorists on March 20. Her unit, part of the 617th Military Police Company of Richmond Kentucky, moved through enemy fire to repel the attack. Two men from her unit were also awarded the Silver Star.
[hat tip Ace at The Pryhills]

Stupid Criminals: Don't start a shootout inside a police station

LibertyIt started with domestic dispute, ended in shootout. The fact that Corey Harley managed to get a gun into the police station, is a bit telling, but after he shot 2 officers - both in good condition - he was shot by officers using at least 5 different guns. Harley is listed as being in stable condition. What did he think was going to happen?

Abuser held woman hostage for 2 days

Eyewitness News - Man charged with holding two hostage for two days Out of jail on bond after previously violating that same restraining order, and charged with assaulting another woman this month, this mutant was out of jail. He held a woman and her child hostage. Now he is held on 100 thousand dollars bail. With luck no one will post bond.

During the 2 day ordeal, he beat the woman with a belt and threatened her with a hammer. No doubt he will maintain that he loves her and wants her to take him back. They should lock him up for a good long time.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

Empowering Citizens Makes Crime More Expensive

Why are defensive shootings important? I write about them all the time, (see this list) so at least I think they are important, and from some of the comments I receive and the trackbacks these posts generate others think they are important as well.

Criminals need to realize that there is a real possibility that some of their intended victims are armed, and prepared to use deadly force to defend themselves. In More Guns, Less Crime, John R. Lott Jr. makes the case, by analyzing in depth statistics regarding crime rates, that concealed carry laws which make it easier to defend yourself, contribute significantly to lowering crime rates - or at least lowering violent crime rates. When I lived in South Florida, there was evidence that crime shifted away from robbery to car theft (not car-jacking) and burglary - when no one was home. I always said that was fine. I am not worried about my TV or stereo, but about my health and safety. (I am worried about defending myself, not my stuff.) Property crime bothers me less than a threat to my person. As more people are prepared to defend themselves against such a threat, criminals get the message that crime can be hazardous to your health.

I have no illusions that criminals are reading my blog, but it is also important for the everyday folks to recognize that they can defend themselves. If you rely on Big Media (WaPo, NYT, LAT, et al), you will never see these kinds of stories. The stories of everyday people defending themselves and their families from violent criminals come from smaller cities, mostly in red states. Big Media do not want you to know that you are - or could be - empowered to take responsibility for your own safety. People who take responsibility for their lives in one area, are less likely to look blindly for government programs in other areas.

In other words, individualists are less likely to support socialist programs. And Big Media stopped reporting the news long ago; they push their socialist, welfare-statist agenda in the news as well as on the editorial page.

Failure to empower people for their own defense has a very real cost in the area of domestic violence. (See my coverage of domestic violence.) If you are not prepared to defend yourself against violence, then you will likely put your faith in restraining orders and other court documents. I am not opposed to restraining orders; I am opposed to having people rely on them as their only means of protection. In too many instances restraining orders have been shown to be ineffective protection. People (mostly women) end up severely injured or dead at the hands of an ex.

How does a small woman defend herself against an attack by a large man? A tool that will eliminate the advantage of size, and upper-body strength most men have over most women is called for, and a firearm is the most effective tool available. There is an old saying, which I have altered a bit, "God made men and women; Mr. Colt made them equal."

People who are prepared to defend themselves can, in the end, escape from the horrors of domestic violence. Big Media doesn't report these stories, because they also interfere with the idea that all aspects of our lives should be controlled by the state.

Stories of defensive shootings illustrate the fact that we are not powerless in the face of violent crime. We can take responsibility for our own safety and the safety of those we care about. We need not – in fact we cannot – blindly rely on the state to take care of us.

Black Man held on murder after defensive shooting

Mount Shasta Herald: Weapons, racial remarks led to shootings. I know that in most jurisdictions "standard procedure" is arrest anyone involved in a shooting. But I wonder if they would be holding this guy without bail - pending the medical examiner's report - if he was white and the 3 victims were black.

Still, when I taught handgun classes, one of the things we said was that if you were involved in a defensive shooting, you would probably be arrested. To be fair, it isn't the job of the police to figure out guilt and innocence. That job is left to courts and the officers of the courts - like the District Attorney. Holding him without bond seems extreme since he obviously has ties to the community.

Three drunken yahoos call this guy and his family names - "racial remarks" of various kinds - and threaten them. When he tells his wife and sister to get the kids in the truck and leave, one of the good-ol'-boys says, "You ain't going nowhere." Belligerent fools threaten a man who has told them he is armed. Then they threaten his family. He acted in the only way he could. He did fire 3 warning shots according to witnesses. That did no good. One is dead, two were in hospital with gunshot wounds. And a man who only acted to defend himself and his family is in jail.

Update: June 17, 2005

Redding: Suspect is freed in fatal shooting at campground "A Weed man suspected of murder was released from the Siskiyou County Jail Thursday after authorities said he might have acted in self-defense."

I get the impression that they really didn't want to let this man go. Could it be institutional racism? Or just racism on the part of the DA and the officers involved? I think it could be either.

A look at History from 2015

Flash >> Epic 2015. An interesting look at what the world, and the world-wide-web will look like in 2015. Take a look. [Via Avoiding the Tar baby]

What sentence should these monsters get?

My Way News Sick and twisted tale of grandparents sexual and physically abusing their grandchildren.
Arthur Pena was in the Tom Green County Jail on $100,000 bail Monday. Lidia Pena was released after posting $100,000 bond. A separate arrest warrant has been issued since her indictment.
Assault of the 13-year-old granddaughhter by the grandfather, and indifference/scorn from the grandmother. What do you do with monsters like this? [via Merri Musings]

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Good Samaritan Shelters Woman, Kills Boyfriend

HoustonChronicle.com - Homeowner sheltering woman shoots pursuing boyfriend. A domestic "dispute." They argue while driving, to the point that whoever is driving crashes the car (it turns over). The woman crawled from the car and ran to a nearby homeowner and pleaded for help.

The homeowner took the woman into his home and locked the door. The mutant boyfriend, after pounding on the door and yelling threats, broke into the home and was shot and killed by the homeowner.

This will be referred to a grand jury, which I hope is mostly for the sake of going through all the forms, but I think this is a clearly not a crime. You break into my house, I have the right to defend myself, my family, my friends. If I offer to shelter you, well then I can protect you too. And when you break into my house, it really isn't clear who are you are threat to other than everyone in the house.

Legal Guide for Bloggers

EFF: Legal Guide for Bloggers The Electronic Frontier Foundation has published what looks like a comprehensive guide. [Thanks to Right Side of the Rainbow]

Staff Sgt. Serena Maren Di Virgilio awarded Bronze Star with 'V'

European and Pacific Stars & Stripes She says, "she was just doing her job. others call her a hero. It is worth reading the whole thing since it is pretty short. [h/t Kathy at On The Third Hand]

No, Means No


From A Human Right by Oleg Volk.

Make your "No" heard. Without a tool, such as a firearm, many women would not be able to fight off a single attacker. And most people would be overwhelmed if there were more than 1.

Wonder if anyone will apologize to Michael Schiavo

Schiavo autopsy report backs husband - U.S. News - MSNBC.com. Not only was there no evidence that he abused her in any way - no strangling, no broken bones, except what would be consistent with extreme osteoporosis (which she had) - her brain was severely atrophied, weighing about half what would be expected from a normal brain. Can you say, "Persistent Vegitative State?" A state, from which there would be no recovery.

Furthermore, it was clear from the necrosis of the brain that she was blind. So all the Schindler’s fairy tales about her recognizing them were fairy tales.

I don't expect anyone to tell Michael Schiavo, "Sorry, you were right," and in fact some people are already saying the report is a cover up. I guess if the facts don't support your position, ignoring the facts is one action you could take.

Iraqi Forces Rescue Hostage

Douglas Wood freed in military operation. Good news in the war on terror, as 63-year-old Austrailian, Douglas Wood was rescued by Iraqi solidiers after 6 weeks of captivity.

No ransom was paid - unlike in a similar situation involving France.

Men and Women Are Different - So What?

Steal the Bandwagon: Using my gender to my advantage... Jody has a few choice words for the feminists who are caught up in the extreme left view that there are no differences between genders. That and the anger most who embrace what I think of the "victim mindset" usually feel.

Get over your past, and take responsibility for your life. That's her basic message, and I like it.

The (changing?) status of women in Islamic Countries.

Atlas Shrugs: The Women of Islam are our Best Shot, is an interesting round up of the status of women and women's rights in various Islamic countries.

From the right to drive in Saudi Arabia (currently denied to women), to Kuwait appointing 2 women to a municipal council, to honor killings and police brutality, the situation is not good. But women are beginning to protest for their rights all over the place, and things are starting to improve. This movement may be our best bet of seeing change come about in the Middle East.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Flag Day

The original Flag of the United States

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Other Flags
The Glittering Eye has a nice post for Flag Day
On June 14, 1777 the Continental Congress adopted the flag we know as the “Betsy Ross” flag as the official standard of the United States:
Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.
The Glittering Eye: Anthems is a nice post about the 3 Anthems of America: The Star-Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, and Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Defensive Shooting in Virginia

2 GunsTimesDispatch.com | 14-year-old shot to death. Another shooting that the Brady Bunch will count as a "child shot," without consideration for the fact that the "child," 14-year-old Rodvon Brown, was apparently committing armed robbery (armed with a gun) at the time he was shot.
Richmond police said their "initial investigation" indicates the teen was shot in self-defense when he tried robbing a 47-year-old man at 24th Street and Fairmount Avenue. After the shooting, the 47-year-old, whose identity was not released, waited at the scene for officers to arrive, police said.

He told police the teen had "threatened him with a gun and attempted to rob him," according to a police statement. Police said a weapon was recovered from the teen.
Whoever writes the headlines for the Richmand Times-Dispatch should get an award from the propaganda division of the Brady Bunch. The article itself is fair; the first paragraph states that the shooting was in self-defense. But the headline makes it seem like this 14-year-old was executed for no reason.

But there was a reason. This young man pulled a gun and threatened someone. That someone had the legal and moral right to defend himself.

Restraining Order Did Not Prevent Rape

Corvallis Gazette-Times: Jury hears from victim in rape trail. Although the mutant has not been convicted - the trial is still going on - the testamony of the victim is pretty daming.

There was a restraining order in place against Brian Trautwein, 33, but he broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment like he belonged there and settled in for an evening of pizza and TV watching. When she woke up and discovered him, she felt trapped, and later he raped her (according to her testamony). She struggled, but that didn't stop him. At one point she thought, "At least I'm not dead."

I hope she gets justice.

Update: June 17, 2005


Corvallis Gazette-Times: Jury in rape case returns guilty verdict He is guilt of rape, sexual abuse and assault.
First-degree rape is a Measure 11 crime, and a conviction on this charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of eight years, four months. The mandatory minimum sentence for first-degree sex abuse, another Measure 11 crime, is six years, three months.
Sentencing will be next week.

Flag Day edition of Weekly Check on the Bias

Alphecca: Weekly Check on the Bias Great stories and commentary and a great graphic in honor of Flag Day.

The Cotillion Ball III - Swing Time

DanceDarleen's Place: The Cotillion Ball III. Put on your dancing shoes, and glide over to the Cotillion at Girl on the Right. (It don't mean a thing, if it aint got that swing.)

More at Who Tends the Fires, and of course the main Cotillion site.

Protest Babes in Iran

Publius Pundit - Blogging the democratic revolution Is the revolution moving on? Great photos. [hat tip Little Miss Attila]

Monday, June 13, 2005

History Lesson: The government in some states supported the KKK

Of Arms and the Law: An interesting read. An interesting look at a group of black vets in the 1950's, who formed a chapter of the NAACP, and a chapter of the NRA, got guns, and defended their community from the Klan.
When the Klan came shooting, it soon found that its targets shot back. A Klan cavalcade (sort of a mass drive-by shooting) came to shoot up the home of the vice-president of the chapter, and found a number of members in sandbagged positions with rifles. After a gunfight, the Klan abandoned that approach
Appeals to governor of South Carolina (Luther Hodges) did no good, "He took sides with the Klan."

At least one church in the north raised money so that this group could acquire better weapons. Why? Because self-defense, and defense of family is a moral right, and for parents defending their children, a moral obligation. Self-defense is not evil. Laying down in the face of terror and giving up their civil rights would have been evil. [h/t SayUncle]

Nice to be appreciated

Anti-Subjugator: Thanks America. Nice post, thanking America for the good we've done. [hat tip QOAE]

Self-defense and placing blame

Commentor Robert Markle takes issue with my post Another crazy boyfriend shot.

Mr. Markle is upset that Robert Flynn was shot 5 times, and wonders if this is self-defense?

The simple truth is yes, this is self-defense. More than one shot is always called for. "Double taps" or two shots in quick succession are the minimum. Most people consider "two the chest and one to the head" to be the way to go. And with an auto-loader, 4 or 5 shots before you can be sure the threat is eliminated is probably going to happen when adrenyline is pumping through your system.

The simple truth is Flynn broke into a home, and was waving a gun. If you brake into my home, I am probably going to shoot you until you are dead - or lying face down at least. But in any event, I am going to shoot until I am sure the threat has been removed. I am going to meet you (as the name of this blog implies) with a .357 magnum loaded with semi-jacketed hollow point bullets. house gunEven with my large oversized revolver, I will shoot at least twice, maybe more, and several shots with that weapon will ruin your day. If you don't like the thought of ending up dead, then you should NOT break into my home.

Mr. Markle goes on to say "the girl is at fault for not foreseeing her decisions and the affect they were having on her [boyfriend]."

This attitude, which is really "blame the victim," makes me sick. If she ran away because he was crazy, what should she have done? Should she have asked permission to be there? Maybe she broke up with him, and he - as a lot of violent spouses and boyfriends do - was not going to allow it. The, "If I can't have her, nobody will," syndrome. (Should all the battered and murdered wives consider how their actions had driven their husbands to abuse and murder? I don't think so!)

She is NOT responsible. If she left him, that's her business. That does not justify breaking and entering, or threatening people with a deadly weapon. (Markle maintains that Flynn's gun was empty, but I can find no news story to that effect via a Google search.) Even if it was empty, how were the people he was threatening to know that? There was an identified threat, and a reasonable person would believe they were in imminent danger of death or grave bodily injury. That gives them both the legal and the moral right to defend themselves, including the use of deadly force.

The Pat Buchanan edition of the Best of Me Symphony

The Owner's Manual: #81 Best of Me Symphony Pat really can be obnoxious - take a look at his quotes and the entries in the BOMS for this week.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

RollingStone.com: Pink Floyd : Pink Floyd to Reunite : News Only 1 concert in London so far, but we can hope for more.
For long you live and high you fly
But only if you ride the tide
And balanced on the biggest wave
You race towards an early grave

Rewriting History at WaPo

Daily Pundit Individual Archive. Media bias? What media bias?
Amazing, isn't it, how the WaPo managed to write a 2500 word article without ever once mentioning that those who filibustered against making lynching a federal crime were all...Democrats, isn't it?
Oh, THAT media bias.

The WaPo has an article on Repairing Senate's Record on Lynching, and in 4 pages they don't mention that the record which needs repairing is Democratic in nature. Seems like a bit of selective reporting, or selective exclusion, as Alphecca would say. And does anyone believe that the party wouldn't be reported if it was an issue for the Republicans?

You do have the right to defend yourself, even at work

The Volokh Conspiracy - W.V. Court Vindicates Self-defense Right for Employees: For once a court gets it right. Feliciano v. 7-Eleven the West Virginia Supreme Court said dismissing someone because they defended themselves - even if the employer has a "no guns" policy, is grounds for wrongful termination.
we hold that when an at will employee has been discharged from his/her employment based upon his/her exercise of self-defense in response to lethal imminent danger, such right of self-defense constitutes a substantial public policy exception to the at will employment doctrine and will sustain a cause of action for wrongful discharge.
There is still plenty of legal wiggle room for the lawyers (gives the image of eels doesn't it?), but it is a start. [h/t KABA]

Where does the danger lie?

Alphecca: Pools More Dangerous Than Guns. Turns out the common swimming pool is much more dangerous than your average firearm, at least when it comes to accidental deaths of children.
Levitt analyzed child deaths from residential swimming pools and guns and found one child under 10 drowns annually for every 11,000 pools. By comparison, one child under 10 each year is killed by a gun for every 1 million guns.
While it is a tragedy whenever a child dies, we should be more concerned about those items that cause the most deaths. (And the last time I checked, it was not a constitutional right to own a pool.)

And when you start looking at injuries, you need to look at things like dog bites.

Coalition of the Willing

As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.

Here is the most recent winning council post, here is the most recent winning non-council post, here is the list of results for the latest vote, and here is the initial posting of all the nominees that were voted on.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Oklahoma defends right to Keep and Bear Arms.

LibertyRight to Keep and Bear Arms expanded in Oklahoma Weyerhauser had a policy forbidding legally owned guns to be locked in cars on any company parking lot. This had the direct result of disarming employees, not just at work, which I guess is their right, but driving to and from work as well. In effect controlling employees beyond the time they are at work.

As readers of this blog will realize, one of my big issues is that people being stalked - by abusive ex-spouses for example - need to be able to defend themselves during those times they are on a set schedule. To and from work is one of those times.

After Weyerhauser fired some employees for violating this policy the state of Oklahoma took action.
Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry (D) signed into law today a National Rifle Association (NRA)-backed bill to prohibit employers from banning locked firearms in company parking lots. The law comes as an improvement of a similar bill passed last year, and is originally the result of last year’s firings of Weyerhauser employees for storing personal firearms in their cars on company property.

The new law provides employer liability protection against third party criminal acts, while allowing individual employees to sue their employer for non-compliance. In the event that an employee sues and wins the right to store a locked firearm in the company parking lot, the bill also requires the employer to cover court costs and attorney’s fees.
Now it is time to get similar legislation passed in the rest of the states.

Brits may get right to fight back

Telegraph | News | MPs to get fresh vote on right to fight off burglars Anne McIntosh, Tory, will reintroduce legislation that will give British householders the right to fight back if confronted by an intruder in their house.

Previous legislation was killed by the Labour governement. The Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, insisted that burglars have rights too. (You have the right to remain silent, you have the right to have an attorney... oh, sorry, wrong country.) So the Brits - thanks in large part to their Labour government, enjoy the highest crime rate in the industrialized world.

The proposed law isn't quite up to the level of self-defense afforded to homeowners in the good ol' US of A. The telegraph also feels that the UK government needs to get tough on crime, with something like a "three strikes law."
Crime in California has fallen by 30 per cent in the decade since third-time burglars were liable to be sentenced to life imprisonment.
I think they should also pass a measure similar to what we call the Castle Doctrine - the idea for that came from British Comon Law, after all.

No, they don't need a bear hunt.

Philadelphia Inquirer | 06/09/2005 | After bears invade kitchen, cub is shot Woman gets out of the shower to discover a mother bear (the article says 400 pounds, but I don't believe it) and cub in the kitchen.
Wildlife officials received 487 bear complaints between Jan. 1 and May 9, more than twice the number received in the same period last year.
And to throw a shoe? This lady is lucky the mother bear didn't take her as a threat to her cub, and attack.

But residents of NJ don't need a bear hunt, and they don't need any means of self-defense in their homes. They just need to reason with the bears.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

One shot, one kill

Knowledge Is Power: SondraK.com - HEAVY sniper action! Some interesting sniper video. Go take a look.

Sporting Clays outing raises money for shelter

WBNG-TV ACTION NEWS: Sharp Shooting Interesting - if brief - article about using a Sporting Clays outing as a means to raise money for a local shelter for victims of domestic violence.

Most people who run such shelters won't even talk to people in the shooting sports. This would cause them to break that silence I guess.

Some ways to help our military

Soldier Ride 2005 - Home a 4200 mile bike ride to raise money. Donate or help out in other ways.
[Hat Tip Mamamontezz's Mental Rumpus Room]

Any Soldier. Send care packages or individual items to our men and women in service around the world. (Not just army, all branches are served.)

Soldiers' Angels. Help wounded and returning veterans though visits to hospitals and appropriate gifts.

Joe Katzman joins the ranks of pro-gun advocates

Winds of Change.NET: Zimbabwe Changed My Mind: Guns Are A Human Right. Welcome, Joe, to the good fight.

Joe is in favor of guns for all because
The Right to Bear Arms is the only reliable way to prevent genocide in the modern world.
Be prepared to be called many names, from stupid (don't you know guns are evil?), to reactionary, to whatever the left can think of. (They would hate to debate on the merits, after all.)
[hat tip Samizdata]

Shooting in Denver Ruled Self-defense

JusticeDenverPost.com - Grand jury clears white restaurateur in fatal shooting of black man in Aurora. Glen Eichstedt fired his weapon, a 38 special revolver, after being hit in the head with an 8 to 10 inch solid metal bar after a car door ding (2 car doors hit one another).

Aaron Davis was killed, and his wife Benita Coleman-Davis, who was standing behind him, was injured. Davis refused a blood transfusion at the hospital for religious reasons, and died from the gunshot wound.

Witnesses had varying accounts, but all agreed Eichstedt was hit with the metal bar before he shot. He suffers from a permanent brain injury as a result of the attack.

District Attorney Carol Chambers brought the case to the Grand Jury for the sake of community, and to forestall any "allegations that racism was involved in the shootings and the police investigation."

Friday, June 10, 2005

Another crazy boyfriend shot

WKBN/WYFX-TV Youngstown, OH: Ruled Self-defense. Will this ever change? The DA hasn't conclusively ruled self-defense, but it seems pretty straight forward
The Mercer County District Attorney says homeowner Kevin Mcewen shot and killed Robert Flynn after Flynn broke into his home Saturday morning.

Flynn allegedly went to the Sharpsville home because his girlfriend was there. He then started waving a gun around and threatening people inside the house.
So the fact that his girlfriend was somewhere - somewhere he didn't approve of no doubt - gives him the right to break in and threaten people. What kind of drugs are these guys on, anyway? I say he got what he deserved, you may feel differently.

Fun on the Range - shooting range that is

3 women shootersSummit Daily News: Three women head out to the shooting range. Nice article about 3 women who go trap shooting for the first time as part of a team-building exercise.

And they managed to both hit some clays, and have a whole lot of fun.

Jennifer Harper:
I had a great time, but my shoulders are still sore. It's either from the recoil of the gun or the fact that I was so incredibly tense while shooting. My bet is on the latter.
Elusia Andrus:
The amount of power that came out of the "weapon" in my hands was impressive. I was thrown back a bit, but not enough to hurt. It was exciting and fun, and I was ready to load another shell.
and Kimberly Nicoletti:
[W]ho cares about silly orange discs flying in the air when you're holding a Beretta - or any shotgun for that matter - in your hands for the first time. And not just holding it, but pressing it against your chest and cradling your face against it.
All three seemed to have positive experiences. None said if they would go shooting again, but I bet they would go if invited.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Fun facts about guns and Florida

Sticking to their guns There are some reasons I really do like living in Florida.
  • 18 million people, and roughly 20 million firearms (no one really knows the total number because there is no registration in Florida)

  • 342,743 concealed carry licenses, about 30,000 new licenses per year (up from 25,000 before 9/11/01)

  • 50,000 women hold concealed carry permits about 14% of the total, and that number is increasing
Of course the article pays some tribute to the anti-gunners, but it is mostly fair. [h/t Keep and Bear Arms]

DA wants to prosecute defensive shooting. Grand Jury doesn't agree

Star-Telegram | 06/08/2005 | Teen not indicted for killing his father. A drunk abusive father, who the family was kicking out - all his stuff was on the porch so he wouldn't come in - barges in and threatens his family. He assaulted members of the family and their friends. Casey Morgan put an end to it.
Morgan [the father] shouted "Your time is up" and then lunged at his brother, [Brandt].
That's when Casey decided his father meant it, grabbed a shotgun from his uncle and defended his brother from a 6ft 4in man bent on violence.

But Tim Bednarz, the DA, thinking of his won/lost record and not thinking about justice, decided he should try and prosecute. The Grand Jury saw things clearly. Casey defended his brother, his family, from a very real threat.

Years of threats, and violence against the family, drugs and other problems with the law came before. Death threats, threats to burn down the house with the family locked inside, all came before that final attack on his brother. Casey did a hard thing, but it was the right thing.

What she said

1911-A1The Ten Ring: Girls Will Be Girls, And Men Should Be Men. Denise over at Ten Ring has a few things to say about Metrosexuals, and what's it's like being a woman at the gun range.
I guess the topic hits home because I have a similar problem; I’m a woman who likes guns and hunting. I often clean guns after shooting and my hands are not a pretty sight with Break-Free and powder residue all over them. Often, I smell more like Hoppe’s # 9 than Chanel #5. At the range, I’m more likely to have a smudge of powder under my eyes than eye shadow.
But a shower cleans all that away.

Why put off having some fun just because it is a little messy? You won't melt under the soap and water.

What leads to the obsession some men have?

kgw.com | Man blamed for homicide-suicide couldn't accept breakup. Unfortunately, this kind of murder-suicide is all to common. Even more common is the domestic violence and murders that occur when a woman tries to leave a man. Not all men are like this, but there are far too many.
Moore had known the man, who had a history of domestic violence with another woman, for about three years but dated him for less than a month and called off the relationship earlier this year.
To be obsessed with a relationship that lasted a month, seems completely insane. Yet if it is insanity, there are far too many men suffering from this condition. (20% of Florida's murders are related to domestic violence.)

This blog is littered with accounts of domestic violence. Women beaten and often killed. Occasionally I find a story about a woman who successfully defends herself from her abuser, but these are far to few. I don't understand this phenomenon, and am drawn to it. I write about it to understand it, but understanding eludes me.

Why is it that some men consider their wives or girlfriends to be property to be controlled? It is not love; that is the one thing I am sure of. Love wants the object of affection to be happy. If you are not happy in a relationship with me, then I hope you find the person with whom you can be happy. Love is not about control. So what do these men believe they are doing?

Why is it that some women stay in these relationships. I understand that the first time you get hit, it would be a surprise, and you may not have the financial reserves to leave that day. Six months later you could be out. Of course any man who hits me is either going to get hit or shot, so perhaps I cannot really judge.

Why is it that these women are not prepared to defend themselves? In some cases they are unwilling, and in most cases unprepared. If I had suffered years of abuse, I would be nearly paranoid about my security and defense. I would certainly not live in a state or locale that restricted my access to the means of defense. I know that many are lulled into a false sense of security by the presence of a restraining order, but surely there has been enough news coverage of the failure of such orders to offer any protection that most people could see they are just a piece of paper.

The one thing that is clear is that the courts and the police are nearly powerless to protect people. In this case the courts were not involved. Maybe they should have been, but in so many cases involving domestic violence the courts have done little or nothing to afford protection to the abused spouse.

The abuse and the deaths go on. I don't think I will ever understand this.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Every Once in a While, I need a Good Laugh

Huffington’s Toast - I’m Dreaming of a White Christian Monolith Huffington's Toast can - every once in a while - make me laugh out loud. (HT is Not Affiliated With Arianna Huffington or The Huffington Post - like who would want to be?)

Try this on for size too.

Project Bore Snake

AlphaPatriot: Project Bore Snake Send firearm cleaning supplies to armed forces in Iraq. And its tax deductible. See AlphaPatriot for the the details.

Carnival of the Vanities

..:: The Conservative Edge: The 142nd Carnival of the Vanities A slightly irreverent COTV this week.

Remembering The Graduate

Anne Bancroft passed away.

Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson

MR. MCQUIRE
Ben - I just want to say one word to
you - just one word -

BEN
Yes, sir.

MR. MCQUIRE
Are you listening?

BEN
Yes I am.

MR. MCQUIRE
(gravely)
Plastics.

They look at each other for a moment.

BEN
Exactly how do you mean?

MR. MCQUIRE
There is a great future in plastics.
Think about it. Will you think
about it?
Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?
A nation turns its lonely eyes to you (Wo wo wo).
What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?
"Joltin' Joe has left and gone away" (Hey hey hey, hey hey hey).

Women shoots ex-boyfriend

Spokane County Sheriff's Department New Release (Warning: This is a PDF, but a small one)

Ex-boyfriend with a violent temper is in the hospital with one bullet in his chest, after he entered his ex-girlfriend's house, where she shot him.

The Sheriff hasn't said if this is Self-defense or not. That will probably be left up to the DA, who will no doubt prosecute if he thinks he can win. (It is about the won-lost record, not justice of course.)

There wasn't a restraining order since there was no time. She only dumped him a few days earlier. Not that a piece of paper would changed much - or at least that's my opinion.

Piracy in the 21st Century

BostonHerald.com - Local/ Regional News: Couple outwits pirates: High seas drama Must be a slow news day. I covered this story in April

Two sailboats were attacked off the coast of Yemen. No warnings, just weapons fire announced the attack. One boat - with a steel hull - rammed one attacker. The other was persuaded to leave with a few shots from a 12 gauge shotgun.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

If it's Tueseday it must be Weekly Check on the Bias

Alphecca: Weekly Check on the Bias Some favorable coverage of guns this week.

So does a New England Accent make you smart?

Yale grades portray Kerry as a lackluster student - The Boston Globe - Boston.com - Higher education - News So is Kerry all that smart? Apparently not - or only in the minds of Democrats.
In 1999, The New Yorker published a transcript indicating that Bush had received a cumulative score of 77 for his first three years at Yale and a roughly similar average under a non-numerical rating system during his senior year.

Kerry, who graduated two years before Bush, got a cumulative 76 for his four years, according to a transcript that Kerry sent to the Navy when he was applying for officer training school. He received four D's in his freshman year out of 10 courses, but improved his average in later years.
So lots and lots of expensive prep schools really can't make you smart. Hmmmm. Or maybe he was busy smoking (and not inhaling) instead of studying.

I wanted so much to send this to a Democrat friend of mine who was always going on about smart Kerry is, but it isn't nice to kick someone when their down. [h/t Powerline]

The Cotillion Ball

CotillionMerri Musings: The Cotillion Ball - Boop Boop Da Boop This weeks Cotillion is posted at both the Cotillion site and Merri Musings.

Amnesty - no hard evidence

Amnesty concedes no hard evidence - The Washington Times: Nation/Politics - June 06, 2005 Who would have guessed that AI is just guessing when they make charges against the US.
The Pentagon also reported last week that of 20 instances of "desecration" of the Muslim holy book, the Koran, 15 were carried out by prisoners. All of the guards who committed the offenses -- most of them inadvertent -- were reprimanded and/or reassigned.
AI is just another anti-American organization. Millions died in the Gulags. No one has died at Gitmo. Abuse at the Gulags was policy. Abuse at Gitmo is punished. Yet AI compares Gitmo to a gulag.

I wish American schools would teach history. Then people would see how ridiculous this charge is. Stalin killed 11 million Ukrainians before WWII. Millions more died in Russia itself. Yet AI looks at the USA and makes comparisons to the USSR. Is this stupidity or just propaganda? [h/t NRA-ILA]

Shooting ruled self-defense

Shooting ruled self-defense; Hertford man won’t be charged (HamptonRoads.com/Pilot Online) I have no idea why it tool from April 6 to June 6 for this to be ruled self-defense.

The woman who was shot, Stacy Bayles, first shot Thomas Havin. When they struggled for the gun, she was shot in the head. This all happened outside Havin's ex-wife's house. Bayles was a friend of Dawn Teachey, the ex-wife.

If someone shoots me, and are shot only while I struggle to take the gun away from them, why are 60 days needed to rule self-defense? I guess the DA just hates to let a potential prosecution get away.

Watcher's Instructions

As you may or may not already be aware, members of the Watcher's Council hold a vote every week on what they consider to be the most link-worthy pieces of writing around... per the Watcher's instructions, I am submitting one of my own posts for consideration in the upcoming nominations process.

Here are the entries and list of entries you might be interested in:

Monday, June 06, 2005

Islamic Clerics Give Boost to Karzai

Telegraph | News | Clerics strip fugitive Taliban leader of power By stripping Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar of his claims to religious authority, these clerics have given a boost to Harmid Karzai
The declaration, signed by 1,000 clerics from across the country, is an endorsement of the US-backed programme of reconciliation with more moderate elements of the Taliban movement that Karzai has been pursuing ahead of the country's first parliamentary elections, due in September.
Good things are happening in the war on terror, and democracy is marching across the globe. Don't expect the US media to report such things. (It doesn't fit in with their world view.)
[hat tip to Small Dead Animals]

Shooting Sports: 8-yr-old Goes Turkey Hunting

KnoxNews: Outdoors: 'Deli meat' for an 8-year-old Rachel McCrae was the only 2nd grader at Concord Christian School to bag a turkey this year.
"I don't know if she's a natural, but for her age she does a real good job calling and a real good job shooting," [Mike} McCrae [Rachel's Dad] said. "The first time she shot a gun, a .22 rifle, she was shooting 3-inch groups at 25 yards after just five minutes. That was with the gun resting on her knee."
Not a bad article on hunting. (Nothing from PETA or other idiots.)

Ben Bova in Favor of Gun Rights

Naples Daily News: Columnists - Ben Bova: Evolution, global warming and guns spark thoughts I like this guy. I like his SciFi, and now I find I like his views on gun control.
If all citizens were armed and took regular firing-range practice, I believe crimes committed with guns would dwindle. We'd have some shootings, yes. There will be accidents and a certain degree of mayhem, especially at first. But in the long run, crime would decrease, I firmly believe.
Ben Bova is smart man.

The Og Mandio edition of the Best of Me Symphony

The Owner's Manual: #80 Best of Me Symphony The BOMS is a collection of posts at least 60 days old. That always makes for some interesting reading.

My contribution was about the Florida Senate and the changes to the Castle Doctrine Law that sent so many on the left into seizures.

Books

Via Alphecca I picked up the Books meme. As is usual, this stuff is over at Log of Zendo

It was interesting to think about the books that made a difference to me, and to realize that even though I donated most of my books to libraries a few years back, I still have too many.

Since Alphecca made this meme voluntary, I will stick with that.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

A Criminal is Not A Victim

komo news | Homeowner Shoots Suspected Burglar A criminal is not a victim, not even if he gets shot while committing a crime. He is still a criminal. The fact that his intended victim had the means (and the brass) to defend himself does not change who is the villain and who is the victim.

The mainstream press can't seem to wrap their tiny minds around this concept. This article is a case in point. So someone, or more than one person, breaks into a house and in the course of this attempted burglary, is confronted and shot by the homeowner. Now suddenly this person is a "shooting victim." Sorry, no. This person is criminal who ran into an armed, law-abiding citizen who exercised his natural right of self-defense.

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Shooting Sports: Women in Shooting

Women set sights on shooting - 06/03/05 It is a great sport that relies on concentration, coordination, breath control, and several other things, but it does not rely on brute strength. Women can compete directly with men, though often don't.
Target shooting -- nonhunting shooting with a rifle, shotgun or handgun -- is a fast-growing sport for women, both in Michigan and nationwide. Nationally, the number has grown from about 2.33 million women in 1999 to 4.3 million last year, according to the National Sporting Goods Association. Women now make up about 22.5 percent of all target shooters, up from 17.9 in 1999.
Not surprising to me, but still seems to be for some.

The article does a nice job of covering various shooting sports, how women typically get into the shooting sports, and the attitude we bring. Women tend to be less competitive and cheer for each other. The changing attitudes of men are also covered. (Not that all of them have had their attitudes adjusted, but many have.)

This was the first piece in a newspaper that had sidebars I thought made sense. The first sidebar was
Tips for shooters

� Try out firearms before you buy. Different styles and calibers make a difference.

� Get good hearing and eye protection.

� To find a certified firearm instructor in the area, call (703) 267-1430.

� For information on Women on Target clinics, go to www.nrahq.org/women or call (800) 861-1166.

Source: National Rifle Association
The second Side Bar listed names and phone numbers for local shooting sports clubs and facilities.

A nice upbeat look at target shooting and the women participating in the sport. [h/t NRA in the media]

It's good to be a Texican

Geeks With Guns - Texas Legislature Passes Nine Pro-Gun Bills Title says it all; 9 laws passed

If you want details click the link. [Hat Tip Texican Tattler]

UN Peacekeepers Failing in Côte d'Ivoire

Reuters AlertNet - Côte d'Ivoire: As Killings Surge, U.N. Must Boost Troops UN Peacekeepers fail (again) to keep the peace.

Over 6000 UN troops and an additional 4000 French troops have not been able to keep the peace in Côte d'Ivoire (the Ivory Coast).
At least three waves of communal violence have broken out in Côte d'Ivoire in the last four months. On February 28, an attack by government-backed militia on the rebel-held town of Logoualé sparked ethnically motivated attacks between the indigenous Wê tribe and immigrant farm workers, mostly from Burkina Faso, that caused some 16 deaths. The violence also caused more than 13,000 villagers to flee, and left several villages in flames. In late April, several days of interethnic fighting around Duékoué resulted in the death of at least 15 people from the indigenous Guéré and Northern Dioula tribes.
Have UN Peacekeepers ever managed to keep the peace?

Concealed Carry Permit Holder Shoots Armed Robber

'Target' turns tables on gunmen Dayton, Ohio has first defensive shooting by a concealed carry permit holder.

Whether this is viewed as a tragic shooting of a child, or as a vindication of allowing citizens their Second Amendment rights will depend on who you are.
Glock 23Two teens with guns approached a 40-year-old man at Riverview Avenue and Catalpa Drive early Friday. The man backed away, with outstretched hands.
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The targeted man, Mark Hill, pulled out a Glock 23 handgun — he has a concealed-carry permit — and fired several shots, hitting one of the gunmen, a Dayton police report said.
That Glock 23 is .40 caliber for those not in the know. (click on the image for Glock 23 info. You'll have to navigate some, since they changed the layout of the site.)

The 2 mutants ran off. Three were arrested later at a local hospital; the one who was shot and his two buddies. They were also driving a Jeep Cherokee that had been stolen on Thursday. Police did not know if they had originally stolen the vehicle.

The Brady Bunch (excuse me, that's Sarah Brady and her band of... no, it's The Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence *spit*) will count this as a child shot (they will view it as "tragically shot"). They make no allowance for the fact that the one shot was committing armed robbery at the time. And since he is 17-years-old, I would say there is a good chance he could be tried as an adult. All of that doesn't make for good anti-gun statistics, however.

Police are viewing the incident as a justified, self-defense shooting.

Update: Jun 5, 2005

Mark Hill has more to say.
"These kids reminded me of my kid," Hill said Saturday. "Then I really had to protect myself after that."
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"I wish we all would have missed each other," Hill said in recalling the exchange of gunfire. But he added, "I want to live, too."
They pulled guns. He defended himself. They did shoot at him too. The mutant who got shot is in fair condition.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Think the EU values Democracy? Think Again

Dutch vote strikes second body blow to EU treaty. So the deal was supposed to be that all 25 nations in the EU had to adopt the constitution or it fell through. Well 2 countries have said "NO" pretty loudly. (63% of the Dutch and 54+% of the French said no.) Both France and the Netherlands have rejected the treaty. Have the idiots ministers in Brussels said, "Well, that's that," and started on the next draft? Of course not!
Douglas Alexander, the minister for Europe, acknowledged that the French and Dutch referendum results had left the constitutional treaty in "serious difficulty".

Mr Alexander told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "This treaty was agreed by 25 nations, but it is not for one country to declare it dead."
So if you don't like the outcome of an election, you don't have to admit defeat, you just face a serious difficulty as you plan to ignore the outcome of said election. Yep. The EU, tyranny in action. (You proles in France and the Netherlands don't know what's good for you, but never fear, the un-elected "leaders" of the EU will rescue you from yourselves.)