Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Typical Massachusetts Insanity

cbs4boston.com - Murder In Lynn Linked To Restraining Order A woman has restraining order out against a man. That woman shoots stabs that man at 2 AM. Police arrest her and charge her.

The media even seems to think this "may be a case of self-defense," but that isn't good enough for the powers-that-be in MA. They would much rather see the woman beaten, raped or dead, and be able to prosecute the man, than to have her defend herself.
Gun Control:

The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose, is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

WOAI: San Antonio News - Homeowner Shoots and Kills Intruder Be careful what house you break into.
Deputies say it appears 30-year-old Dan Speight broke into the homeowners garage. That homeowner woke up, walked up to Speight and asked what he was doing.

The homeowner told deputies Speight didn't answer, but ran towards him. Investigators say the homeowner shot Speight twice.
Speight died from his wounds.

Self-defense is a human right.

Carnival of Cordite

Carnival of Cordite #78 Lots of gunnie goodness....

Those Weasels

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, October 29, 2006

One Year for Sexual Assault and Double Stabbing

In case you were wondering, the UK has crime problem. Violent crime is out of control and the courts seem to be adding fuel to the fire. CEN News : Newmarket : Man, 31, escapes jail after stabbing couple

After sexually assaulting a woman and then stabbing her and her partner, a man was released from jail after serving 367 days.

Why? Because he is sick and cannot control himself.
The court heard [the goblin] has Asperger's syndrome which affects his ability to appreciate the significance of his behaviour.
So, is he more likely to be a repeat offender because he cannot "appreciate the significance of his behaviour?" If so, he should definitely be locked up.

The Twisted Verbiage of the California Media

The Signal: News for Santa Clarita Valley, California Alleged victim? At least they didn't call the mutant - who was invading the woman's home at the time he got shot a victim.

Not sure why they believed it was necessary to describe the torturous process for getting a legal gun in CA. But then at least they recognize that guns are still legal there.

Abduction (Possible Double Murder) Stopped by Citizen With Gun

LibertyVallejo Times Herald - Abduction interrupted Another example of an armed citizen stopping a heinous crime.
The suspect had just forced one of the women to lie down in a ditch when the caretaker, armed with a shotgun for protection against thieves, arrived around 2 p.m., authorities said. The suspect and caretaker exchanged shots before the suspect sped away in the Oakland woman's Lexus sport-utility vehicle.

No one was hit, and the women were not injured, though they had been bound and gagged.
I can't wait to here how the Left will tell us that the abduction wouldn't have been possible with a knife, or any other weapon.

For anyone in the area
Authorities are on the lookout for the dark gray 2006 Lexus RX 400H Hybrid with California license plate number VMSUSS. The suspect is described as a large white man, at least 6 feet tall and 200 pounds.
Since the mutant spoke of ransom, the police believe he knew the older woman or her husband.

The guy who stopped the crime, had the perfect take on the whole affair.
The shaken-up caretaker, Doug Paul of Vallejo, said: "I think he was doing something bad. It's pretty f---ed up to have a woman gagged and bound."

Friday, October 27, 2006

Hunters Feed the Poor

Alabama Hunters Play a Vital Role in Feeding the Hungry Another story about hunters donating meat to needy people.
Since the program began in 1999, more than 319,000 pounds of ground venison has been donated to Alabama food banks statewide.
Climbing from 8000 pounds donated in 1999 to over 57,000 pounds in the 2005-2006 hunting season. And this is only in Alabama.

Good Samaritans - Not Police - Save Woman

Samaritans saved life, police say - The Honolulu Advertiser If they had waited for "the authorities" she would probably be dead.
"I think the only reason she's alive is because they stepped in to help her," Detective Alex Garcia said of the alert passersby — a newspaper delivery man, a motorist, a resident of a nearby apartment and a homeless person — who helped the 24-year-old woman after she had been forced into a car by her former boyfriend.

"They put a mattress and large tree trunk to block the car and the homeless guy pulled her out of the window," Garcia said.
Her ex-boyfriend is in custody charged with any number of things.

The important lesson is, we are our own best defense.

How do you define stupid?

Putting a video of yourself breaking the law on YouTube.

Thief's own robbery film lands him in cells - The Net - Times Online

A University Professor Who Gets It?

LibertyHe will no doubt be fired for having the nerve to state the obvious.

Newswise | Expert Applauds Effort To Teach Children To Combat School Shooters
Charles Smith, professor of family studies and human service at K-State's College of Human Ecology, wrote "Raising Courageous Kids: Eight Steps to Practical Heroism." When he heard about a school district in Texas that is training its students to fight back against an attacker, Smith thought the idea was right-on.

"Yes, finally somebody is really looking at this and saying, 'Don't be a lamb,'" he said. "It's telling kids to keep their heads up and to defend themselves with a sense of honor and self-respect."

Smith said fighting back and fighting for your life is a message that's been delivered to adults as a self-defense tactic for years, and that it's about time children start hearing the same thing.
Being a lamb - like what the kids at Columbine High School were told to do ("hide under your desks") - will only make the the mutants' job of killing as many as possible easier.
"And, adults still have to assume the primary responsibility to do all they can to protect children at all grade levels," he said.
But the people who go into teaching today - where they are tested for having the correct "social attitudes" - are not likely to be big into self-defense (or self-reliance in any form). [via KABA]

Shooting Yourself in the Foot (Figuratively)

I have a lot of problems with the legal strategy embraced by the gay-rights movement. But even if you thought it was a good idea, after seeing it be counter-productive in state after state, don't you think an intelligent person would change tactics?

Gay-marriage foes get bad news they hoped for This will be sure to increase Republican turn out - there are 8 states with so-called marriage protection amendments on the ballot this fall.

I really don't know why people are so up in arms over this issue. Gays have had the legal right to marry in Massachusetts for sometime, and also in the United Kingdom for almost a year. What impact does that have on you? How does it cheapen your marriage?

What really cheapens marriage is quicky divorce Hollywood style. How many times was Liz Taylor married? Not that the number would cheapen marriage in any way.

All people want is the right to make medical decisions for their loved ones - power of medical attorney has been routinely overturned by courts when the parents of a gay person want to assert their position in defiance of that person's stated wishes. Guarantees that we can even be admitted to intensive care wards (family only don't you know). Inheritance, property, insurance, ...

But back to the legal strategy... Even when a state is leaning left in the presidential races, they can pass marriage amendments - a direct response to this legal strategy - by significant margins. Michigan passed such an amendment by 59%. Oregon passed one by 57%. These are not insignificant margins, and what is most important to note is that they passed in traditionally liberal states.

If you can cite a political strategy in the past 20 years that has been more of an abject failure, please do so. I can't think of one. In terms of its failure to achieve the desired result, and its ability to galvanize the opposition, this insistence on effecting change via the courts is without parallel.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Even in Pittsburgh, PA guns stop crime

Clerk opens fire - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review PA has a crime problem, but the good guys came out on top this time.
A 54-year-old clerk opened fire on a hooded intruder who threw a rock through the window as she slept in a back room at the Second Avenue convenience store.
She didn't hit him, but he ran like a rabbit. Police took the weapon - of course - but she should get it back eventually. I hope she has another.

Crispian's Day

Where did the title for the movie Band of Brothers come from? Shakespeare of course. Henry V
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say 'To-morrow is Saint Crispian:'
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars.
And say 'These wounds I had on Crispin's day.'
Old men forget: yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day: then shall our names.
Familiar in his mouth as household words
Harry the king, Bedford and Exeter,
Warwick and Talbot, Salisbury and Gloucester,
Be in their flowing cups freshly remember'd.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day.
[hat tip to Steve-O for reminding me.]

16 Years Later, Is it Justice?

JusticeRolling faces execution for murders of 5 college students I don't trust the government enough to want to see them with the power to kill people. Although this case is pretty clear, Danny Harold Rolling plead "guilty" on the first day of his trial, there are cases where it is clear that the innocent have been executed.

For 16 years this case has been in the courts.
His final attempt to stop his death was before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Would life in prison without parole be better or worse? Consider that case where the system executed someone who clearly did not commit the crime. Now which is better or worse?

As I have said in the past, whatever else the "Criminal Justice System" is, it is a government bureaucracy. I don't trust government bureaucrats - like the ATF for example - to have this much power.

Pregnant Woman Killed - Boyfriend Charged

AP Wire | 10/25/2006 | Police: Boyfriend stabbed pregnant woman to death Stabbed 25 times in front of her 6-year-old daughter.
The boyfriend of a 25-year-old pregnant woman has been charged with stabbing her to death in what the Anderson County coroner said was one of the most savage domestic violence cases he has even seen.
Murder is the number one cause of death for pregnant women.

Monday, October 23, 2006

This is News?

We are biased, admit the stars of BBC News | the Daily Mail At least they are admitting it.

People Keep Trying to Sue the Police

NBC10.com - Local News - Judge: Family Of Slain Woman Cannot Sue Police, Dispatcher But time and time again the courts have said, "No!"

If they fail to keep you safe, well there is nothing you (or your estate) can do about it.

If you live in an area where the state has also said you can't defend yourself (or you can't have effective means of self-defense) you are SOL.
The judge said a public entity cannot be sued when employees fail to perform their jobs.
People don't like to believe this, but they should review Castle Rock vs. Gonzales case decided by SCOTUS last year.

One of the consequences of the Castle Rock case is that if you are going to be defended, it is you who is going to have to do the defending. (Feminists hate this - it is the opposite of being a victim.)

Self-defense is a human right. Having the police defend you is not.

When is a Staight Man Not a Straight Man?

OK, I'm Really Confused - or maybe it is just that they are...

When do "straight" men have sex with other men? Independent Gay Forum - Gay Men Vs. ‘MSM’ MSM in this context is a term coined by our illustrious Centers for Disease Control. It stands for "Men who have sex with men." It is a group that the CDC studies in trying to understand aids.

Apparently there are a fair number of men who have sex with other men who do NOT identify as either gay (homosexual is such a non-PC term today) or bisexual. Huh?
However, over the years, "MSM" came to have a sort of plausibility. There are large numbers of men who have and may well prefer sex with other men, but who use a variety of rationalizations to evade acknowledgment of their homosexuality or bisexuality, and the CDC's MSM designation did manage to include them without seeming threatening
Talk about being in the closet. You can't admit who you are even to yourself.

Here are few definitions, in case any of you are wondering. If you have sex only with members of your own gender, you are gay. If you have sex with members of both (all?) genders you are bisexual. (Unless of course you are in the Church of Scientology, then you are Tom Cruise.)
According to Reuters, fully 10 percent of the men in the survey who identified themselves as "straight" said in the past year they had sex with one or more men but no woman. And that figure is undoubted low since telephone surveys traditionally encounter the greatest degree of cover-up of homosexual activity.
Add to that the 9 percent of men who admit to being gay, bi (or selected "unsure" - I don't even want to know how you can be unsure) and the numbers are "interesting."

Oh, and all of those "straight" men having sex with other men seem to be having a lot of unsafe sex.
They were also less likely to have used a condom during their most recent sexual activity with a man. But if they think that by denying that they are gay or bisexual they are protected from AIDS, they are denying reality. And denying reality invariably has a cost.

Better Pass on that Trip to Paris

Why 112 cars are burning every day - World - Times Online Funny that the MSM (on this side of the pond) doesn't report on the sorry state of affairs in the great country of France.
“The thing that has changed over the past month is that they now want to kill us,” said Bruno Beschizza, the leader of Synergie, a union to which 40 per cent of officers belong. Action Police, a hardline union, said: “We are in a civil war, orchestrated by radical Islamists.”
I guess this just isn't PC enough to take notice of.

Next week marks the anniversary of last year's riots, of course they never really stopped. (112 cars burned on average, for 269 days - the number so far this year - comes to 30,128 cars burned.

But burning cars isn't the only thing these "youths" are about.
Nearly 3,000 police officers have been injured in clashes this year. Officers have been badly injured in four ambushes in the Paris outskirts since September. Some police talk of open war with youths who are bent on more than vandalism.
Of course the politicos are playing politics. One guy wants a tough law and order approach. Others - on the Left of course - are going for appeasement and bribes. Good Luck. [Hat tip to AlphaPatriot, who also has a great story on the Japanese reaction to Paris.]

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Mom Denies Involvement in Burglary

JusticeI wrote the other day about a Mother and Son Burglary Team. Today, the mother is saying that she did not know of her son's plans.

The Signal: Suspect's Mom Denies Knowing of Plans
Cynthia Brandon, 51, of Pacoima told The Signal on Friday that her son Michael Lugo, 29, asked her for a ride to a friend's house Wednesday morning so he could collect some money that was owed to him.
Sounds reasonable enough. The police are convinced they have enough evidence to charge both mother and son - the son who was shot by the homeowner. But, "innocent until proven guilty in a court of law," still holds.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Gratuitous Celebrity Posting

Gay FlagMelissa Etheridge, Partner Have Twins - washingtonpost.com One of my favorite singers. She dropped out of sight for a while because she was diagnosed with breast cancer, but she is now cancer free.
Melissa Etheridge and her partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels, are the new parents of twins, the couple announced Friday.

Michaels gave birth to a boy and girl Tuesday: son Miller Steven and daughter Johnnie Rose.
And if any of you are still confused about how 2 lesbians can have kids, I recommend watching the first and second seasons of The L-word, or If These Walls Could Talk 2 (the segment with Ellen D. and Sharon Stone).

PA to expedite CCW for Victims

The York Daily Record - Bill seeks to expedite violence victims' guns The Second Amendment Sisters and the NRA are in favor, the Loony Left™ is opposed. (Bad things might happen if women tried to defend themselves after all.) Law Enforcement is (at least in the person of their spokesman) covering all bases.

The article is completely biased. The first thing - after the headline and the by-line is a statement of fear from the Left.
statehouse bill to speed up the process for issuing the victims of domestic violence a license to carry a concealed gun worries Twilah Shipley, the director of ACCESS-York.
A discussion of what the bill actually says is buried in the middle of the story.
Metcalfe said the bill would empower somebody who is fully eligible to carry a gun to protect herself. The victims aren't limited to abusive domestic relationships; the bill could apply to anybody facing imminent danger, such as a witness testifying against a gangster.

"We have seen where police could not act," Metcalfe said. "People who have had the ability to use a firearm protected themselves, a child or a neighbor and stopped the perpetrator."
While we get 2 quotes from Lefty orgs opposed, and one quote from a cop seeing a problem of balance and safety, and a statement from the bills author. We get nothing from groups supporting the measure, and no hard data about defensive uses of firearms. Hardly a surprise. [h/t KABA]

Women and the Shooting Sports

Great Falls Tribune - www.greatfallstribune.com - Great Falls, MT More women are involved in hunting and target shooting every year. The number of women hunters is up 78% from five years ago and the number of target shooters is up 50% over the same period.
"Women today account for just over 15 percent of the shooting, hunting and firearms marketplace, which could equate to $420 million in commerce this year alone." projects the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the industry trade association.

Why the increase?

"More and more women are discovering that hunting and shooting sports are great family activities," said Doug Painter, NSSF president. "It's a new awareness borne from many programs introducing females to these traditionally male sports, along with a growing list of manufacturers who design products especially for, and retailers who cater to, women."
Most encouraging is that the number of young girls involved in the shooting sports is growing rapidly.
In just the past two years, participation among teenage girls in NSSF's Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) rose 178 percent.

In a 2005 SCTP survey, 94 percent of parents said competitive shooting is a positive influence in their child's development. Overwhelmingly, parents observed improved responsibility, teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership skills. In fact, 98 percent of SCTP parents believe shooting is just as important as other sports, and 94 percent would support shotgun sports as a school-based athletic program.
All good stuff for the future of the Second Amendment. [h/t KABA]

Two Attempted Robberies - Two Robbers Shot

WVNS-TV – Would-Be Burglar Shot and Killed In Mercer Countya
State Police say Adam Lee Bennett shattered a door of Rodney Hendrick’s home about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Hendrick, who had been sleeping, grabbed a gun and confronted Bennett, who was standing at the door, police said.

Hendrick then opened fire, hitting Bennett in the chest, police said.
Wife of liquor store owner shoots robber
HUGO, Okla. Police say the wife of a liquor store owner shot an armed robber in the shoulder with her pistol and when that didn't stop him, she fired a shotgun blast at his midsection.
The first guy died at the house he was breaking into. The second guy was sent to the hospital in critical condition. [h/t KABA]

Friday, October 20, 2006

Why Iran Must Not Get Nuclear Weapons

Israel must go: Iranian leader | | The Australian Because the leader of that country is a nut-case, who has said that Israel will be gone (and Europe will suffer attacks as well.)

Read the article....

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Why We Must Resist Vigilantism

JusticeIn August, there was a story about a lawyer killing his neighbor, because that neighbor was ACCUSED of molesting the lawyer's daughter. No trial by a jury of his peers was granted. Evidence was not considered. Vigilante "Justice" was unleashed. Of course, now it seems the facts may be a bit different than that father assumed.

News::Police: Girl Wasn't Molested by Neighbor A simple statement by police sums up the whole thing.
"We're confident this 2-year-old was not molested," said Capt. Gary MacNamara. "We are confident in our investigation that Mr. Edington did in fact kill Mr. James. We are as confident in our investigation that Mr. James did not molest the Edingtons' daughter."
It seems vigilantism failed to deliver justice. Is anyone surprised?

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

A mother and son robbery team? LA Daily News - Intruder shot by homeowner They picked the wrong house.
When suspect Mike Lugo of Palmdale approached the woman about 10:45 a.m. through her back door, yelling at her as he advanced, the woman shot him with a Smith & Wesson .38-caliber revolver. Frightened, she hit him twice in the abdomen and once in the leg, missing a fourth shot, [Sheriff's Lt. Tom] Bryski said.
The son ran back to his mother -who was waiting in the getaway car - and they take off. But since she doesn't know the area, she stopped to flag down a police car to find a hospital. The son underwent surgery. Both are under arrest.

The police are calling it self-defense.

The paper actually gets credit for correctly identifying who is (and who is not) a victim. The woman whose house was invaded is the victim. The goblin who was shot, is no victim.

“It Was Him Or Us”

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

WLOX-TV - Saucier Couple Says Of Gunman: "It Was Him Or Us" An elderly couple, and a masked gunman.

While the gunman goblin was inside fighting with her 60-year-old husband,
Beth Greer had grabbed a gun from her car.

"I heard a shot go off and, of course, I just knew he had killed Tommy. In an instant, [the goblin] stepped back into the garage. One step in the garage, still with his gun pointed at me, and I just opened fire on him. I just shot, shot, shot, shot,"
The soon-to-be-dead guy drove away and died later at the hospital.

Tommy Greer recieved treatment for cuts he received in the fight.

Renewable Energy Does Work

Scotsman.com News - Alternative energy sources - Works starts on Glasgow windfarm Now if we could just get Kennedy to stop holding up the wind farm he is opposing. (It would disturb his view of the bay.)
Construction work starts today [Monday 9 Oct. 2006] on Europe's biggest onshore wind farm. The £300 million Whitelee site, south of Glasgow, will have 140 turbines eventually to provide electricity to power 200,000 homes.
320 Megawatts of power will be generated.

On a related note, Shell estimated that the market of renewable and "clean" energy would amount to about £30 billion. (That's just over $56 billion.) This is a very rough estimate, but even if it is off by an order of magnitude it is substantial.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Tax Cuts Result in LOWER Budget Deficit

Dollar SignOnce again tax cuts increase government revenue. (They always do!)

U.S. budget deficit shrinks Of course the Usual Suspects are all claiming that the tax cuts don't have anything to do with it.
Thanks to a rush of tax revenue, President Bush disclosed Wednesday that the federal deficit shrank to $247.7 billion for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, small in comparison with the administration's original projection of $423 billion
Even though it is good, they have to point out that it is also bad.

Yes, the deficit has been high. We are fighting a war, which is expensive, and in case no one noticed, there was a little event called "9/11" that had a negative impact on the economy. Not to mention the other little events, like Hurricane Katrina, that have also hit the economy pretty hard. But those considerations don't come into play for the Left.

Unfunded entitlements are definitely a problem. But the answer is not to raise taxes, it is to cut spending. I doubt that will happen anytime soon.

For a review of all the naysayers from the past few years, take a look at Sound of Silence: Pro-Tax Media Caught Flat-footed by Shrinking Deficit [Hat tip Toys in the Attic for the MRC article] It was unanimous at big media - they saw no alternative to raising taxes. (Cutting spending? Not from the left.)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Left Thinks Only the Left Has Free Speech

OpinionJournal - Peggy Noonan Great story. Take a look.

FBI Release Hate Crime Data for 2005

SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Nation -- Hate crimes down, but most victims targeted for race, FBI reports The UCR is still being released - a section at a time. The Hate Crime Data was recently released.

Assault is the most common form of a hate crime, at 50.7% of all hate crimes.

Racically motivated attacks account for 54.7% of all hate crimes. 17% of attacks are motivated by religion, and 14.2% by sexual orientation.

Total incidents = 7,163
Total offenses = 8,380 (one incident can include multiple cases of assault for example...)

If you want to dig through the numbers you should visit the FBI's Web site. The FBI has done a great job in the past year of making the numbers easier to get at, and of course they still publish the raw data in spreadsheets.

There is one thing that should be mentioned. The hate crime data are problematic - even more so than the base data for the UCR. (For example, Illinois provided no data at all for the 2005 UCR) The Hate Crime data are dependent on the various police jurisdictions reporting the crimes as hate crimes. Not all of the jurisdictions in America are able to do this. The National Incident Based Reporting System (which actually goes by several names) is not actually a single software system for use by all police officers. It accepts data from their systems - or not as in the case of Illinois. The big cities by and large report the data, but suburban jusrisdictions may not. The bottom line is that while the percentages are probably valid, the total numbers may be artifically low, due to a systematic data collection problem. Your tax dollars at work.

Why Can't They Accept that It's Over?

St. Paul Pioneer Press | 10/17/2006 | Terrified kids flee mother's slaying I just don't get it.
The 35-year-old man, whose wife was divorcing him, relatives said, allegedly beat and stabbed her to death in front of their children at their home on River Woods Lane. Police said he then committed suicide.
Apparently these folks who kill their wives/husbands/children then kill themselves feel they want to take someone with them or punish someone. Why?

This kind of thing happens all too often. I used to write about it quite frequently, but I found reading all of the stories of assaults and death - some gruesome - was too much to take on a daily or even weekly basis. Reading the chronicle of our inhumanity to one another was depressing.

But I still stumble on them from time-to-time, and I still don't understand. Suicide is bad enough - get some counseling and get on with your life. Nothing is that bad - I won't discuss end-of-life issues, because these people (men and women) are not in chronic pain. But why murder anyone?

Self-defense still works

This time, manager came up firing After being robbed almost a year-ago-to-the-day, a store owner had a better response this time around.
Late Friday, about closing time, the manager broke free from the tape that bound his hands, reached for the handgun tucked in the waistband of his pants. He fired at one of the three armed robbers, killing him, police said.
The bad guy was shot twice in the torso.

The store manager will not be charged.
Police said they expect he will not be charged. They believe he acted in self-defense, fearing for his life and the lives of his two co-workers, also tied up and herded into a back room.

"All of them talked about how afraid they were, that they were going to get shot," Sgt. Terry McGee said.

Carnival of Capitalists

Dispatches From Blogblivion The current edition is available for your review. This is generally worth a look - more so becuase there is an entry from yours truly in this edition. Enjoy!

The 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, October 15, 2006

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Effective self-defense is possible.

News-Record.com - Greensboro, North Carolina: News: High Point homeowner shoots intruder Homeowners heard a loud noise. They found the front door forced open and an intruder in their house.
Terry Zimmerman, of 515 Hill St. in High Point, was walking into the residence when the homeowners confronted him in the front hallway, police said.

The homeowner, whom police did not identify, shot Zimmerman once in the chest.
Zimmerman was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.

Notice that a weapon had been retrieved BEFORE investigating the noise. This made self-defense possible.

Ten Countries With Highest Crime Rates

Map of Top Ten Countries With Highest Reported Crime Rates Interesting Map....

England/Wales, Scotland ban weapons and Self-defense. Canada is next-door to banning weapons. Grenada (I think) bans handguns, though it may ban all guns.

It is also interesting that the Socialist Paradise (sic) of Scandinavia suffers from some of the highest reported crime rates.

"Reported crime rate" is an important phrase. England has been repeatedly charged with manipulating the statistics. But what is surprising about politicians (and bureaucrats) telling lies?

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Free Markets Work

Dollar SignEconomist wins Nobel Peace Prize for giving tiny loans The truly amazing thing about this is that the intelligencia are rewarding someone with the Nobel Peace Prize for essentially getting the Free Market to solve the problems of poverty.
Five years ago Gulbadan Nesa was destitute, unable to feed her family.

An economist's simple yet revolutionary idea — in the form of a $90 loan — changed her life, pulling the Bangladeshi villager out of a devastating cycle of poverty.
...
She used the money she borrowed from Garmeen [a bank] in 2001 to buy egg-laying chickens, and parlayed her investment into a business that today sells construction materials.
Straight from oppressed world-poor to entreprenuer. You've gotta love it.
[Muhammad] Yunus' notion — today, known as micro-credit — has spread around the globe in the past three decades and is said to have helped at least 100 million people take their first steps out of poverty.
All the communists must be hopping mad.

If we could kill all of the stupid regulations and taxes on business in this country, we could solve our poverty problems as well.

School Shootings - What to Do?

Texas School Tells Classes to Fight Back - Newsday.com The usual suspects are "concened." But history shows - over and over again - that being meek and mild do not ensure your safety. (The Left keeps hoping, but it just doesn't work that way.)

Consider the quintisenctial example.
William Lassiter, manager of the North Carolina-based Center for Prevention of School Violence, said past attacks indicate that fighting back, at least by teachers and staff, has its merits.

"At Columbine, teachers told students to get down and get on the floors, and gunmen went around and shot people on the floors," Lassiter said. "I know this sounds chaotic and I know it doesn't sound like a great solution, but it's better than leaving them there to get shot."
Or in another case:
In 1998 in Oregon, a 17-year-old high school wrestling star with a bullet in his chest stopped a rampage by tackling a teenager who had opened fire in the cafeteria. The gunman killed two students, as well as his parents, and 22 other were wounded.
It wasn't the police that stopped this attack. It was someone on the scene, acting to defend himself and others.

This is the lesson of 9/11. Be meek and mild and follow instructions, and you will end up dead. You may still end-up dead if you fight back, but you may prevent other deaths. And we all die. That shouldn't stop you from doing what you can, what is right, in whatever situation you find yourself.

As a result, one Texas school district is trying something else.
BURLESON, Texas -- Youngsters in a suburban Fort Worth school district are being taught not to sit there like good boys and girls with their hands folded if a gunman invades the classroom, but to rush him and hit him with everything they got -- books, pencils, legs and arms.

"Getting under desks and praying for rescue from professionals is not a recipe for success," said Robin Browne, a major in the British Army reserve and an instructor for Response Options, the company providing the training to the Burleson schools.
We have to do something - many things - to turn schools from the defenseless-victim-zones they are today into places that are safe. This is one way to do that.

Of course both the police - who want people to rely on them - and the Left is worried that people will die. Of course people will die. People are dying today without even trying to defend themselves. Will fewer of the die?

Utah's concealed carry law is written to allow people with concealed carry permits to carry on school property. So one group is offering free license classes to teachers. deseretnews.com | Gun class for Utah teachers. The usual suspects are also opposed to this.
We've always resisted the idea of arming school employees," said Susan Kuziak, executive director of the 18,000-member teachers union. "Though the intentions may be good, ultimately, the potential for harm is too great."
OK they don't want those evil, scary guns in schools. What exactly do they want to do to make the schools safer? They never say. They also never say what that "potential for harm" consists of. That would take thought and reason, not anti-gun prejudice.

As long as schools remain unarmed-victim-zones, school tragedies will occur. [KABA]

What Do You Do When a Bear Shows Up?

Idaho baby sitter kills black bear The bear appeared, the baby sitter got the kids inside, but then the bear was trying to get into the house.
After taking the children into a bedroom, the woman loaded a 7mm hunting rifle and returned to the back door, where the bear had pawed the screen door and broken the door frame.

When the bear looked away from the door, Henslee said her sister opened the door slightly and shot twice, killing the bear instantly.
What can happen when you don't have a firearm at your disposal?
In April, a 6-year-old Ohio girl was killed and her mother and younger half brother seriously injured when a black bear attacked the family at a swimming hole in the Cherokee National Forest in southeast Tennessee.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Self-defense works. 2theadvocate.com | News | Homeowner shoots burglar during break-in [via KABA]
A break-in burglary was thwarted this morning when the homeowner shot the intruder in the leg, according to Cpl. L’Jean McKneely Jr. of the Baton Rouge Police Department.
The mutant was charged with "burglary of an inhabited dwelling" (sounds akin to "home invasion" to me), and he will be moved to prison as soon as he gets out the hospital.

Friday, October 13, 2006

It Isn't “Life, Liberty and Property Insurance”

LibertyThe homeowners of Florida are upset. For decades the actual cost of insuring property in Florida against hurricane damage was under-estimated by everyone. But now that the costs are more accurately known - the estimates have been getting better since Hurricane Andrew hit South Florida in the early 1990s - the costs of purchasing insurance have gone up substantially.

And the homeowners of Florida are upset that in a free market (sic) they are expected to bear the costs of that insurance.

They want to institute a 1 cent sales tax for providing hurricane relief.

They want to tell the insurance companies how much they can charge and where they can and cannot buy reinsurance.

They want to force insurance companies to insure homes in high-risk areas under the same terms they would insure homes in low-risk areas. (Public control of privately-owned capital is a textbook definition of fascism.)

In effect, they want to overturn the free market.

Here is a clue; if you are unwilling - or unable - to bear the cost of living in a hurricane-prone area, then you should not live in a hurricane-prone area. You should not expect that I will be willing to help you defray your costs of living there.

If this means you cannot afford to live in Florida, or you cannot afford the snow-bird (North in summer, South in winter) life-style, that is NOT my problem, but yours. There are plenty of places in this country where the cost of owning a home (total costs) is substantially less than it is in Florida. There is no right to live-in-Florida. There is certainly no right to live cost and risk free.

Dollar SignAs you may or may not know, I live in Florida. I live on a boat, and my insurance is insanely expensive. Even so, if where I live were to get hit with a Katrina-like hurricane, I would expect to lose everything. Even though I have some insurance, it does not cover everything I own. I choose to live in Florida. I choose to accept the risks and associated costs of living in Florida. The steep rise in costs may force me out of Florida, but I don't expect that the public at large has any obligation to protect me from the consequences of living where and how I do. I am responsible for the consequences of my decisions, and I am fairly disgusted that other people feel that the public at large - including me - has the responsibility to protect them from the consequences of their actions. Accepting responsibility for the consequences of your actions is called being a responsible adult.

The St. Pete Times has several stories championing all of these social control strategies, and completely missing the idea that decisions have costs, and as in the case of insurance, all of the costs may not be known at the time you made the decision, or those costs may change over time. That is life. It isn't the result of some great corporate conspiracy on the part of the Evil Insurance Companies™. Things change. The rules change. The conditions change. It is not the job of the state to take care of me under all of those conditions. Even though I am sure that the St. Pete Times (which is slightly to the left of Chairman Mao) would love to have the state assume more power over the evil free market.
(See a recent Quote of the Day on freedom.)

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

"Live from New York..."

So, how old do you feel?

Saturday Night Live debuted on October 11, 1975. George Carlin was the guest host.

The regular cast was as follows:
Dan Aykroyd
John Belushi
Chevy Chase
George Coe (1975)
Jane Curtin
Garrett Morris
Laraine Newman
Michael O' Donoghue (1975)
Gilda Radner

Tam's Take on North Korea

View From The Porch: Now they're making threats... Worth a look!

If it saves just one life....

Well, even so, my guess is the Loony Left™ would still be opposed to hunting.

Only answer for deer is licensed hunting | Home News Tribune Online
Deer cause more than 1.5 million vehicle collisions every year throughout the United States, resulting in 150 occupant deaths, tens of thousands of injuries and more than $1 billion in vehicle damage. The majority of these accidents occur during the deer mating season, which roughly coincides with hunting season, from fall through the early winter.

Here are a few more facts to digest: Minus natural predators, New Jersey's deer population has surged to an estimated 180,000 animals or more, about double what it was 20 years ago. Deer destroy landscaping and crops, and besides their collisions with automobiles, they carry Lyme disease, another health threat to humans. [My emphasis Z-Deb]
But even given all of this, most Leftists I know are still opposed to hunting. [via NRA-ILA]

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Caller.com: Defending himself, mother, boy kills intruder - 14-year-old fires once, hits man in head An intruder - armed with a knife - is eventually stopped by a 14-year-old with a gun.
After the robber caught the woman trying to untie herself once, she was able to free herself and her son and find her husband's pistol in a security box under the bed. She tried to shut double doors to the bedroom as the man tried to push them open and her son held the gun.

"She was using all her strength to push them," Houston said, adding that the boy aimed at the man through a space in the door and fired one shot.

"He shot once and hit him in the head, killing him instantly," Houston said. "He took a life-saving measure to save his mother and himself."
So will someone on the Left please tell me how guns are bad in light of this situation? I didn't think so. [Hat Tip to Smallest Minority who I agree with when he says, "Good shooting, kid."]

It's Time for Walks and Vigils

Yes, dear reader, it is once again time for the Loony Left™ to do things that have no real meaning and no chance at all of making an impact, just so they can pretend they are doing something. Apparently doing something stupid is better than taking the time to come up with an actual solution.

You see, it is "Domestic Violence Awareness Month."

Even the name sucks - it should be something like "Stamp Out Domestic Violence Month" or "Teach Abused Partners to Defend Themselves Month." But that would take effort, and would likely involve those nasty, evil guns. Hell I would even settle for something like "Let's Get People To Recognize that Restraining Orders Won't Protect You Month."

RTBAVHere are 2 typical events: Here's a thought, schedule a session of "Refuse to Be a Victim" in your area. That will at least give you some means to defend yourself.

The Right Way To Stop an Attack

TribStar.com - Terre Haute, Indiana News - Column: Not enough shooting practice The whole Indiana Pacers fiasco is a bit less than interesting to me. But Rod Rose gets it right. Warning shots are almost never a good idea. If you are in a life-or-death situation, shoot to stop the threat.
When someone is trying to run you down with a car, and you have a handgun, the correct tactical response is to empty the magazine into the driver.

“A car doesn’t care about a warning shot,” a firearms expert told me.

Once Jackson bounced over the hood, and the car sped away, the legal aspects of continued shooting become murky, a firearms expert told me.

He also agreed that had Jackson fired into — not over, not at, not above, into — the car and had killed the driver, it would have been a justifiable shooting. This is called “self-defense.”
His take on the 3 AM outing is worth a look too.

Celebrities Packing Heat

.45National Ledger - Ashton Kutcher and Demi Pack Heat While I am not much of follower of the famous, this is pretty interesting.
Ashton Kutcher has revealed that he and Moore purchased pistols just after they got married, and that now he's convinced neither one of them will ever stray.

"We got guns and that helps... She was working on a movie in Louisiana and so we went out and both got (guns). She got a Glock and I got a Springfield,"
The more Hollywood types admit that they believe in being armed the better. [Hat Tip to Liberty Belles]

The Symphony is Available for Your Listening Pleasure

The Owner's Manual: #150 Best of Me Symphony The BOMS is a collection of posts at least 60 days old. For this reason, it tends not to be about the politics of the day.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Alvin York, the Argonne Forest, and October 8, 1918

The Legends and Traditions of the Great War: Sergeant Alvin York: While not the single-handed exploit portrayed in that (really bad) Hollywood movie, he was still an American hero.
On October 8, 1918, Corporal Alvin C. York and sixteen other soldiers under the command of Sergeant Bernard Early were dispatched before sunrise to take command of the Decauville railroad behind Hill 223 in the Chatel-Chehery sector of the Meuse-Argonne sector. The seventeen men, due to a misreading of their map (which was in French not English) mistakenly wound up behind enemy lines. A brief fire fight ensued which resulted in the confusion and the unexpected surrender of a superior German force to the seventeen soldiers. Once the Germans realized that the American contingent was limited, machine gunners on the hill overlooking the scene turned the gun away from the front and toward their own troops. After ordering the German soldiers to lie down, the machine gun opened fire resulting in the deaths of nine Americans, including York's best friend in the outfit, Murray Savage. Sergeant Early received seventeen bullet wounds and turned the command over to corporals Harry Parsons and William Cutting, who ordered York to silence the machine gun. York was successful and when all was said and done, nine men had captured 132 prisoners.

The Last of the Nimitz-class Aircraft Carriers

New Aircraft Carrier Christened In Honor of George H.W. Bush - washingtonpost.com I'm surprised that they name ships after still-living people. (OK, I don't think G HW B is going to be embroiled in a scandal, but even so...)
The George H.W. Bush, longer than three football fields and with about 97,000 tons of displacement, is the 10th and last of the Nimitz-class carriers that project American military power to every corner of the globe. The Pentagon is designing the next generation of aircraft carriers, with the first ship's delivery expected in 2015, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Will be interesting to see what the future holds, and if things like the littoral warfare ships and the new stealth destroyers take over some of the functions of force projection that the big carriers fill today.

Self-defense Works in Seattle

Man fatally shot in front of Westlake Center What is really surprising is that the people of Seattle didn't act like rabbits - not all of them anyway.
some moved in closer in to help.
A guy gets assaulted out-of-the-blue. He fires one shot, which puts his attacker down. The goblin died later at the hospital.
Police said the two men did not know each other and that the man who fired the shot was acting in self defense.
The story says "the gun was legally registered," but what I think they mean is that the victim had a valid concealed carry permit. And there is no "duty to retreat" in Washington state - there never has been.

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

JusticeHollywood homeowner fights off two would-be robbers, kills one: South Florida Sun-Sentinel One wounded and in custody, one shot and killed.

Capt. Tony Rode, spokesman for the Hollywood, Florida Police Department summed it up as follows:
Homeowner fights back and wins.
All for a set of chrome rims on a pickup truck.
Police identified the robbery suspects as Jason Robert Melendez, 23, and Ronald Magano, 22, both men with lengthy criminal histories, according to state records.

Magano died in the attack, and Hollywood police picked up a wounded Melendez a short time later. Melendez, who is on probation, will be charged with "a multitude of felonies, including felony murder."
Florida allows a criminal to be charged with murder if someone dies during the commission of a crime they instigated, regardless of who did the killing.

Quote of the Day

Something to remember when the Left tells you they are doing something for your own good.
A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it [...] gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.
Milton Friedman

Nuclear Weapons - soon everyone will have them

Upshot KnotholeBloomberg.com: Worldwide: Hu, Abe Warn North Korea Not to Conduct Nuclear Weapons Test Nuclear weapons were a research project in 1944, and state of the art in 1950. They are technically exacting, but not impossible to construct. Do we really believe that we can keep the fanatics of the world from getting their hands on them, given the 1950's technology required?
Oct. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Japan and China warned North Korea not to conduct a nuclear weapons test and agreed to improve their own relations as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the first visit by a Japanese leader to Beijing in five years.

"We saw eye to eye on the North Korean nuclear test, which is that it can't be tolerated," Abe said at a press conference late yesterday after meeting Chinese President Hu Jintao. North Korea must return "unconditionally" to six-party talks aimed at dismantling the nation's nuclear weapons program, Abe said.
Most technically modern countries don't even bother with testing these things. Pakistan tested a bomb a few years ago, not because there was any doubt as to whether it would work, but to announce to the world (and India) that they had these weapons.

I don't like this state of affairs, but I don't see what can be done about it, except make sure that the idiots in Iran and N. Korea (or elsewhere) know that if they set off even one bomb on US soil, we will obliterate them (and in the case of Iran, destroy Mecca for good measure). This type of deterrence worked with the old Soviet Union because whatever else the Soviets were, they were rational individuals. I am not sure you can say the same thing about the leadership in North Korea or Iran today.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Achille Lauro - Islamic Terrorism Circa 1985

Achille Lauro Hijacking 1985 So how long has this kind of thing been going on?
On October 7, 1985 four heavily armed terrorists representing the Palestine Liberation Front (PLF) hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro, with some 100 mostly elderly passengers on board, in Egyptian waters. The hijackers demanded that Israel free 50 Palestinian prisoners, and to prove their determination, they shot and killed a disabled American tourist, 69-year-old Leon Klinghoffer, and threw his body overboard with his wheelchair.
The Egyptians arranged for free-passage for the terrorists, because they didn't know about Klinghoffer.

The ethnicity of terrorists hasn't changed since 1985.

The Achille Lauro was a disarmed victim zone. Four heavily armed terrorists should have been met with 400 lightly armed citizens defending themselves, or at least 50 heavily armed crew members defending the ship. How likely is that do you think?

Friday, October 06, 2006

1 dead, 3 in custody after attempted holdup

Three Arrested In Store Robbery; Dead Gunman ID'ed They set the getaway vehicle on fire...
Timothy Hopkins, lydia Pferrman , and Brian Clows, were arrested Thursday afternoon.

Police tell us the body in the SUV was 22-year-old George Pferrman of Columbus. They say Pferrman was the robber the store employee exchanged gunfire with in the store parking lot.
They don't know if he died from gunshot wounds or was burned alive.

No honor among thieves.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Smoked Goblin, Aisle 5

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

cbs2.com - Store Clerk Fatally Shoots Armed Robbery Suspect I love it when the good guys win.
[The soon-to-be-dead guy] picked up merchandise and took it to the counter, then allegedly pulled out a handgun and demanded money. After taking the cash from the clerk, he allegedly fired at the employee as he made his getaway.

The clerk fired back, and [goblin] dropped his handgun and ran, according to the LAPD.
He was found a short while later, taken to hospital where he was declared dead.

Shooting Sports: Women in Hunting

Wyoming Tribune-Eagle: My first hunt: Cara Eastwood details her first (slightly frustrating) hunt.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

US Economy - Could It Maintain the 5.6% First Quarter Rate?

Indexes Gain For Week Reflecting Optimism On Growth Much ado about falling rates of expansion. But could the rate that existed in the first quarter be maintained? Of course not - the Fed wouldn't allow it. (Overheating and inflation and all those thing that the Fed worries about...)
The U.S. economy grew at an annualized pace of 2.6% in the second quarter, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis on Thursday. This is slower than the originally estimated 2.9% growth, while economists were also expecting an increase of 2.9%. In the first quarter, the U.S. economy expanded at a 5.6% rate.
5.6% is a rate that cannot be maintained - even if the Fed wasn't busy slowing things down. And I won't be worried about the 2.6 percent, because the 2nd quarter saw some very high energy costs. People decided not to do things based on the increased cost of doing or buying just about anything.

So get a grip people. The sky is not falling.

String of Violent Robberies Ended By Citizen With a Gun

Houston robbery victim fights back with gunOne of the goblins was shot, not by police, but by an intended victim.
Houston Police are investigating a series of attempted and aggravated robberies in southwest Houston late Monday night that ended after a homeowner shot one robbery suspect in an attempt to protect himself.
These mutants shot someone earlier in the night, before they picked the wrong house.

Only one - the injured guy - has been arrested, 4 or 5 others are still hiding out.

The War on (Some) Drugs and Justice

JusticeKRT Wire | 10/04/2006 | The drug war's casualties Someone kicks in your door and you defend yourself. You end up on death row, because the goon who kicked in your door at 3 AM is a government goon. No ID was offered. He had a warrant, but they no longer have to announce themselves.
Maye, who is black, shot a white police officer, Officer Ron Jones, who also happened to be the son of the town police chief, in Prentiss, Miss., a town plagued by poor race relations, high unemployment, soaring crime rates, and a burgeoning drug trade.
But surely Deb, you aren't saying that there is racial prejudice at work in the law enforcement agencies in America? Or that if you shoot the son of Southern Sheriff, you will die regardless of your innocence or guilt, Are you? No, I would never say that.... What good would it do?

People in this country need to wake up to the fact that the war on (some) drugs is destroying this country and undermining our rights more than the drugs themselves would ever do.

Oh, and buy the way, the guy who ended up on death row was innocent of everything, except trying to defend his 18-month-old daughter.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

ABC 33/40 Alabama's News Leader - Elderly Man Kills Attacker 72-year-old man is attacked by 34-year-old man. How is this supposed to turn out in favor of the victim if the victim is not armed? Luckily he was armed.
Captain Huey Thornton, a police spokesman, said Jack Sanchez was pronounced dead around 10 p-m. Thornton said the shooting occurred after Sanchez kicked the man's truck as he drove by. He said when the older man got out to inspect his vehicle, Sanchez attacked him.
[hat tip KABA]

Monday, October 02, 2006

Police Cannot Prevent Atttacks

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

Store owner kills robbery suspect | IndyStar.com A 76-year-old jeweler stopped an attack at his store by defending himself. One goblin was shot and killed, the other is under arrest.

But the key point was made by police.
Dozens of officers were on the scene minutes after the shooting was reported at 10:56 a.m., but Indianapolis Police Department Chief Michael Spears said officers could do little to prevent this kind of "brazen" attack. [my emphasis, Z-Deb]

"Two apparently able-bodied young men decided they would try to victimize an honest store owner," Spears said. "Now we have one man dead and another who is probably going to spend a significant amount of his life in prison."
Police cannot respond to a crime before that crime is committed. They cannot be there to "save" you. They show up after the fact, and collect evidence, take statements, notify the victims' families.

In this case they will notifying the family of Corey Artry, 18, that he was killed while committing a robbery. (He is NO victim!) They will also be informed that his brother, Nicholas Artry, 20, is under arrest charged with robbery and murder.
The murder charge arises from the allegation that he was involved in a crime that led to a death.
Dozens of officers arrived after the fact; not one was there before the attack.

In those few moments when danger strikes, you are on your own. No one is going to save you; you need to save yourself. [h/t KABA and OFCC]
Oleg Volk: 2 ways to defend yourself
Image copyright Oleg Volk and A Human Right

74th Carnival of Cordite

Spank Zone - Carnival of Cordite #74 Lot's of good stuff. Be sure to see the thoughts on the passing of Jeff Cooper.