Monday, April 30, 2007

Is Anyone Surprised?

John Lott's Website: Brreaking News: Kansas City, Missouri Mall Shooting in Gun Free Zone Another shooting in another gun-free zone.

The previous mall-shooting (Utah) was also a gun-free zone.

I still think that "No Crime Allowed" signs would be MUCH more effective than "No Guns Allowed." </sarcasm>

Of Course This Shouldn't Impact the Politics of the Left

Climate change hits Mars-News-UK-TimesOnline So it appears that there is global warming on Mars.
Mars is being hit by rapid climate change and it is happening so fast that the red planet could lose its southern ice cap, writes Jonathan Leake.

Scientists from Nasa say that Mars has warmed by about 0.5C since the 1970s. This is similar to the warming experienced on Earth over approximately the same period.
Hmmm. Could it be that global warming is not caused by humans? Or is it really the case the those evil Republicans are driving their big SUVs on Mars?

No, it couldn't be natural phenomenon. That would mean the eeevil corporations weren't to blame. And George Bush wasn't to blame either, and we know it must be his fault somehow. </sarcasm>
[hat tip to the Llama Butchers]

Can you be arrested for writing something that disturbs a government employee?

LibertyStudent writes essay, arrested by police | Chicago Tribune The answer is apparently, "Yes!"
High school senior Allen Lee sat down with his creative writing class on Monday and penned an essay that so disturbed his teacher, school administrators and police that he was charged with disorderly conduct.
Who needs free speech? Apparently not high school students. When will they take it away from the rest of us?

When Gore Tells You about His Carbon Offsets....

remember it is a bunch of bovine scatology. FT.com / In depth - Industry caught in carbon ‘smokescreen’ So with all the talk of "offsets" for the carbon footprint of Gore's mansion, do any of them really mean anything?
The FT investigation found:

■ Widespread instances of people and organisations buying worthless credits that do not yield any reductions in carbon emissions.

■ Industrial companies profiting from doing very little – or from gaining carbon credits on the basis of efficiency gains from which they have already benefited substantially.

■ Brokers providing services of questionable or no value.

■ A shortage of verification, making it difficult for buyers to assess the true value of carbon credits.

■ Companies and individuals being charged over the odds for the private purchase of European Union carbon permits that have plummeted in value because they do not result in emissions cuts.
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, be my guest. (I am currently generating about 7 amps of solar power to run my refrigeration and recharge the batteries.) You won't reduce your carbon footprint by building mansions in the 10's of thousands of square feet. (Note to J. Edwards and his 29,000 sq. ft. home - quit posing.)

Milton Friedman said it best: "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch." Carbon offsets were always at risk of being a sham, and it turns out that they are. [Via Best of the Web]

Friday, April 27, 2007

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Daily Herald | Burglary suspect tracked down weeks after being shot in legs Why Did it Take So Long to Find this Guy?

You would think that if a person went to the hospital with gunshot wounds to each leg, you would be able to connect him to a home invasion where the homeowner shot the would-be invader. You might think that, but you would be wrong if you were in Chicago.

This all happened March 21st. They only just caught the guy, and not through a careful search of hospital records. News stories lead to someone remembering something about the day in question which finally brought this guy to justice.

Two things are clear: The homeowner defended himself legally (he was on the phone with 911 when the goblin finally broke the door), and the police and hospitals need to do a better job coordinating their records.

What isn't clear is what might have happen if the house had been a gun free zone. The goblin knew someone was home, knew he was on the phone with police, and that didn't stop him from continuing to try to break in. Doesn't sound like a very friendly guy to me.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Liberal Bias? Look at the numbers, examples

USNews.com: How They Do It Better As we all know there are Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics. One of the easiest ways to spot bias is look for meaningless qualifications. We are told that the US has
the highest rate of gun-related homicides of all industrialized nations.
Does how you are killed matter? Would you rather be shot or tortured to death?

A couple of years ago people were going on about our higher rate of gun-related suicide rate. But Canada has a higher rate of suicide that the US. More Canadians use rope and hang themselves. Does this mean Canada is better off because fewer people shoot themselves, even though they kill themselves at a higher rate? Does this mean that Canada need rope control? Or does it only mean that people (especially reporters) who go on about "gun-related" anything are merely biased against guns?

Japan is mentioned as being safe - and it is. But what they don't mention are the twice yearly inspections (called a "survey") every household in Japan must endure while police "update their records." Do you really want the police to update their dossier on you every six months? Do you want the police to keep a dossier on every household in the country?

There were things in the print edition I can't find on-line. Things like Hong Kong - now part of the People's Republic of China - rating high on "economic freedom." I guess regular freedom isn't good enough. (And don't try to start an internet service in Hong Kong unless you want to toe a very well-defined line.)

And then of course there is health care. The UK is brought up as the premiere example of "health care for all." The quality (sic) of UK health care is swept under the rug. Author P.J. O'Rourke said it best:
If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it's free.
(Let's not talk about health care in France.)

Do we have problems? Sure, but so do other countries. (And if America is such a horrible place, why are there literally millions of Mexicans, Cubans, Haitians, et al that try to get here every year?)

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

The Advocate - Police: Man fatally shoots robbery suspect There seems to be some confusion about the rules governing self-defense.

A man is confronted by two robbers on his front porch. One of the robbers pulls a gun. The homeowner draws his own weapon and kills one of the robbers.

The homeowner will not be charged in the shooting.
Tameka Foster, 21, questioned the decision against prosecuting the shooter.

“They let that man run out freely,” Foster said. “My cousin is dead.”
Your cousin is dead because it appears that he threatened a mans' life, and that man exercised his right (a moral and legal right) to defend himself.

30 youths put up a memorial to the dead-guy. It is sad that a young man is dead, but he made a bad decision, and bad decisions have consequences - sometimes sever. Of course that is of more interest to the media than a man legally defending himself.

The other goof is still on the run, though police did recover a .38 caliber handgun they believe is either belongs to the dead-guy or his accomplice. [h/t KABA]

Sunday, April 22, 2007

A pro-gun article in the St Pete Times?

Hell, Frozen OverOpinion: I bought a gun It must be mighty cold in Hell this year.

This is a pretty thoughtful opinion piece by a St Pete Times reporter who decided to buy a gun. Aside from the standard Brady Bunch lie (about guns injuring relatives) it is quite good.

Reality makes even a die-hard liberal wake up.
Then one night in December, I was jolted awake by gunfire. Not unusual in my neighborhood in the northwest corner of Midtown, but these shots were right outside my bedroom window.

I hit the ground and couldn't find a phone, so I used the panic button on my alarm. Finally I found my cell phone and dialed 911 and reported possible gunfight erupting outside my house.

Living in fear makes it difficult to separate perceived danger from actual. It felt like eternity lying on my belly, waiting for police to respond.
The author, Brendan Watson, is a model citizen. He doesn't want the criminals to force him out of his home, so he has reported problems and "suspicious behavior" to the non-emergency police line. He has been burglarized and had the police at his home. The police gave him the same advice every time he interacted with them.
Every single time I have expressed concern for my personal safety, the police response was the same: Buy a gun and let your neighbors know you're not afraid to use it.
Welcome to the real world - where the police are many minutes away. Not their fault - just a recognition of the constraints they work under. [Hat tip to a friend who is a local cop - though not in the St Pete force]

Socialized Insurance - One Hurricane Away from Bankruptcy

staugustine.com: the oldest city's home on the Net So you think the state is going to be able to pay for your risk? Here is a little math - very simple math for you numerically challenged.
Citizen's now has written more than 1.3 million policies and therefore has $434 billion in exposure and only about $1 billion in the bank. Therefore, a major hurricane could bankrupt the state, Proctor said.
It is the $1 billion reserve that is the problem. Consider that Hurricane Andrew which hit the Miami area in 1992 caused about 26 billion dollars damage (45 billion in 2005 dollars). Katrina caused $81 billion in damages. Or consider this list from Wikipedia...
Costliest U.S. Atlantic hurricanes

Cost refers to total estimated property damage.

Rank Hurricane Season Cost (2005 USD)
1 Katrina 2005 $81.2 billion
2 Andrew 1992 $44.9 billion
3 Wilma 2005 $20.6 billion
4 Charley 2004 $15.4 billion
5 Ivan 2004 $14.6 billion
Citizens was originally the insurer of last resort. Today, most homeowners I know get their insurance through them without bothering to look. And of course Citizens is now selling policies below cost - the state and a bunch of bureaucrats don't need to worry about economics after all.

You don't have a right to ignore risks in your life. If you want to live in Florida coastal areas, screaming about how bad the horrible insurance companies are will not change the laws of physics (or economics). If a hurricane strikes a major city in Florida, the state is toast economically, very few people will recover the insurance payments "owed" them by Citizens insurance, and likely the bleeding hearts in DC will make the whole country pay.

If you want to avoid all of these troubles just refuse to insure people in dangerous areas. Instead, we are building large numbers of condos and homes in areas where they are sure to be destroyed if a hurricane hits. And most of those projects are being underwritten by Citizens Insurance at least in part. (Let's not talk about Federal Flood Insurance today.)

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

JusticeWKRG.com | Homeowner Shoots Accused Intruder You come home and discover two miscreants in your home what do you do?
“Keep Out” and “No Trespassing” signs are everywhere, but someone didn’t keep out of the Hollywood Avenue home in Pensacola and Escambia County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mike Ward says they were inside the house when two women came home leading to a life and death decision. "One lady gave chase with the firearm trying to keep them there till authorities arrived. When she went outside, the driver of the vehicle attempted to run her over. At that point, obviously fearing for her safety discharged the firearm into the car windshield striking the passenger in the shoulder."
The mother of the fellow who got shot says it isn't a bad thing to be in someone else's home, under some circumstances anyway...
[The mother] is angry, sad and scared. "My son didn't break into their house. The door was not kicked in."
And I do feel sorry for her, but her son made some choices that turned out to be bad, and he paid the expected price. If you break into (and yes it is breaking in even if you didn't kick in the door) to enough homes, eventually you will meet an armed homeowner. "Enough" may be only 1, if the first house you break into has an armed homeowner.

Because of Florida's Castle Doctrine, it is highly unlikely that any charges will brought against the homeowner.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Restores some of my faith in the American public

FOXNews.com - FOX News Poll: Would Tougher Gun Laws Have Helped Stop Virginia Tech Shooting Rampage? - Polls | AP Polls | Gallup Poll | Opinion Polls 71 percent of the American public doesn't think the answer to the VT shootings is more gun control.
Majorities of gun owners (78 percent) and non-gun owners (64 percent) alike believe that so-motivated individuals will always find ways around gun laws.
Only 29 percent of Democrats think more gun control is the answer. That is, 71 percent of Democrats don't think more gun control is the answer. That won't stop the Democrats in Congress from trying.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Thoughtful Opinion

Cold Standard: Virginia Tech and the heartlessness of our media and therapy culture. - Peggy Noonan Why didn't someone act, why won't they take responsibility now, why are the Dems blaming Bush (well, OK, I know the answer to that last one.)

Just go read it.

But Federal Installations are Gun-free Zones!

Two die in NASA hostage-taking - Yahoo! News How can a man shoot someone in a gun-free zone?
HOUSTON — A NASA contract worker took a handgun inside an office building Friday at the Johnson Space Center and fatally shot a hostage before killing himself, police said. A second hostage escaped with minor injuries.
I guess he didn't read the policy.NASA - NASA Policies Regarding Visitors (but employees have the same constraints.
Weapons Ban

Unauthorized carrying, transporting, or otherwise introducing or causing to be introduced, or using firearms or other dangerous weapons, explosives or other incendiary devices, or other dangerous instrument, substance, or material likely to produce substantial injury or damage to persons or property, into or upon this real property, facility, or installation, is prohibited. Inspectors will be obligated to retain and turn over to cognizant law enforcement officials any evidence found in the course of the inspection which appears to represent an immediate threat to safety or security, the possession of which is reasonably believed to constitute a felony or which has been identified to be of interest in a criminal investigation. Under federal law, 18 United States Code Section 930, it is illegal to have a firearm in a building or part of a building owned or leased by the federal government where federal employees are regularly present for performing their duties.
(OK so this is from an Ohio installation, but the policy is the same in Houston.) Maybe they need to publish the policy again, and start a campaign to make sure everyone knows guns aren't allowed. Or maybe they should just let law-abiding people defend themselves.

Would it have made any difference to the man who was killed or his family? Perhaps not. Maybe there was no time to react. But we won't know because he was denied the ability to effectively defend himself. Maybe he wouldn't have wanted to, but it should have been his choice.

My heart really does go out to the family of this man, but we need to recognize that the police are not going to save you. Maybe nothing can, but look what the police did in this case.
Workers quickly evacuated and heavily armed police moved in.
And then they waited 3 hours - from 1:40 when the first shots were fired until 5 PM when the gunman killed himself. To me, that doesn't sound like "moving in." It sounds more like forming a perimeter and waiting for events to unfold on their own. I think that hostage that escaped is awfully lucky he didn't kill her as well.

I also don't mean to judge the police - much. I don't know what the circumstances were in that building. It is clear that if anyone was expecting the police to rescue the hostage, they were disappointed. Once a gunman is barricaded with a hostage, what can they do? What should they do?

Personally, I think they should do more than they usually do in these situations, but they aren't there in the beginning of the situation when it would be easier to make a difference. They can't be everywhere at once, so maybe our response and our policies should take that a bit more into consideration.

So How Many Women Did Doctors Kill?

Just from this one "treatment" that is? Breast Cancer Drop Tied To Less Hormone Use - washingtonpost.com
The statistics show that the number of breast cancer cases being diagnosed began falling abruptly after concerns emerged about the safety of hormone treatment and that the decrease persisted into the following year, strengthening the case that the trends are related, researchers said.
Of course they are related. Before they went out and helped create a multi-billion dollar industry, the medical "profession" never bothered to check the statistics or do much in the way of investigation. And they were - of course - unable to understand the steady increase of cancer.

Cancer wasn't the only negative side effect of this treatment of course. Blood clots (which are serious even to the point of death) were also a problem that seems to have ignored for years and years.
The researchers estimated from the findings that about 16,000 fewer cases of breast cancer are being diagnosed each year because of the decrease in hormone use, a stunning reversal of a decades-long increase in cases.
16,000 case of cancer. How much lost revenue is that to the pharmaceutical companies I wonder? How many surgeons had to cancel trips to Cancun since they didn't make as much money as they did 8 years ago? Of those 16,000 cases how many would have died? (Statistics say about 25% in the US.)

I wonder how many other medical "treatments" are killing people in this country.

Update: Of course it isn't just this country, and it isn't just breast cancer. HRT Linked to Ovarian Cancer Deaths in Britain - CME Teaching Brief� - MedPage Today 23% increased likelihood of dying of ovarian cancer in Britain. No stats on this country.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Tennessee Makes a Step in the Right Direction

KnoxNews: State: House vote permits guns in more places Guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens stop crimes. (see my self-defense listing for starters) So Tennessee is poised to expand where those law-abiding citizens can carry.

It still doesn't include universities, but it is a start. [NRA-ILA]

Oh and if you want one example (I could provide more) of where a concealed carry weapon stopped a crime, take a look at this story.

More Monsters in the News

Ga. Dad Gets 5 Years for Poisoning Soup Is five years enough for this guy?
A Georgia man who admitted that he poisoned his children's soup in an attemt to get money from the Campbell Soup Co. was sentenced Thursday to five years in federal prison.
...
His 3-year-old son and 18-month-old daughter were hospitalized twice in January 2006. Authorities said the first time he had forced them to eat soup laced with hot peppers and lighter fluid and the second time he used the prescription drugs Prozac and Amitriptyline—both used to treat depression—to poison the children.

More on VT Shooting

A gun ban and the gunman�-�Commentary�-�The Washington Times, America's Newspaper Speaking again of Virginia Tech's opposition to the idea of allowing students - with valid concealed carry permits - to be able to defend themselves on campus.
After the bill died in committee, the Roanoke Times reported, Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker welcomed its defeat, saying, "I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."

Maybe Mr. Hincker was right. But as Monday's horrifying mass murder at Virginia Tech vividly demonstrated, there is a difference between feeling safe and being safe.
But the education establishment is not interested in facts (say facts about how campus shootings were stopped by armed students), but only in feelings. They may have believed they were safe on Friday, they didn't feel that way on Tuesday. The fact is they were not safe on Friday, and they are not safe today.

No one in disarmed-victim-zone (what the Left likes to pretend is a gun-free-zone) is safe. On Friday, VT administrators were convinced that the campus was gun free. Tuesday, they knew they were mistaken, but they won't do anything reasonable to make amends. Reason would require them to change their hatred of guns, gun-owners and anyone with enough moxie to want to defend themselves instead of relying completely on the state.

Self-defense is a human right.

Exactly!

Michelle Malkin on Virginia Tech: Wanted: A Culture of Self-Defense
There’s no polite way or time to say it: American colleges and universities have become coddle industries.
Her take on VT's opposition to students being able to defend themselves is perfect. As they say, read the whole thing. [NRA-ILA]

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Now That's What You Call Ironic

GOA Alert-- April 17, 2007 I don't often agree with Gun Owners of America, but I must admit that Virginia Tech seems to have stepped in it.
It is also worthwhile to note that Virginia Tech is -- because of deliberate policies set by its administration -- a victim disarmament zone, where even those with a state-issued concealed carry permit are denied their right of self-defense.

In fact, pro-gun forces just last year tried to get the Virginia legislature to address the problem. The bill to allow permit holders to carry on state-supported college campuses died, due in no small part to rabid opposition from Virginia Tech itself.

VT spokesman Larry Hincker put it this way after it became obvious that the bill would not pass: "I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."
No one knows what would have happened had Virginia Tech had a different policy. Would any students or teachers have been armed? No one knows because VT arranged things so that law-abiding citizens were disarmed in the face of violence.

Is Anyone Safe in Gun-free Zones?

Carnage & fear: Is anyplace safe? | Daily News | 04/17/2007 Once again a maniac takes advantage of a gun-free zone, and unleashes mayhem on a crowd of defenseless victims. It isn't the guns' fault. It isn't the victims' fault. It is the fault of the goblin himself, with a hefty dose of blame for the politicians, administrators, and yes even the parents who left those kids defenseless and then hoped they would be safe. Your university exists in the real world. Pretending that "crime doesn't happen here" is a fantasy that should not be the basis of policy.

Some will blame our "gun culture."
However, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the suspected killer was a 24-year-old Chinese man who arrived in San Francisco on United Airlines on Aug. 7 on a student visa issued in Shanghai, according to a source.
People will try to blame everyone and everything except for the individual responsible. Americans in the 21st century are not in love with individual responsibility.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Does the Death of a White Suburbanite Get More Attention? Of course!

New York Blade Online: 3 Hate-Crime Killings Inspire Pro-Gay Projects Most people recognize the name, Mathew Shepard. But why is his death so notorious?
On Valentine’s Day two years ago, the dismembered body parts of Rashawn Brazell, a 19-year-old bisexual man, were found scattered in bags across Brooklyn.

Two years earlier, Sakia Gunn, 15, was stabbed to death at a Newark bus stop after she rejected her killer’s advances by telling him she was a lesbian.

J.R. Warren died in similarly grisly fashion. Two teenagers beat, kicked and stomped the 26-year-old gay man from West Virginia before running him over with a Camaro.
No one cares - or at least no one knows.
Rashawn Brazell. Sakia Gunn. J.R. Warren: Victims of three of the country’s most brutal killings of gays and lesbians in recent years. Yet their deaths received little attention and their names somehow don’t evoke the intense resonance that followed the 1998 killing of Matthew Shepard, a gay man from Wyoming.
These deaths are not unique in any way, and attacks that don't lead to death are even more common.

I am not a fan of "hate crimes" legislation. See this post for an explanation of why that is. Or this post. But we have a problem in this country. It isn't that hate is on the rise - you don't have to like me - it is that violence is getting worse in some sectors. You don't have to like me, but your hate shouldn't drive you to murder or assault.

Maybe it is just that we don't know how to discuss things anymore. Shrill screaming - from both sides (all sides?) of the political spectrum is the mode of operating everywhere in society. Can't say anything that might be upsetting to anyone...

A District Attorney Who Gets It

JusticeNews10.net - Citizen Shooter Suspects Charged A guy who shot and wounded criminals in the act of committing a crime will not be tried even though he fired at them as they ran away.
In making her decision Wednesday, [District Attorney Jan] Scully said while she believes Saechin broke the law, she had to choose between prosecuting the theft victim or the suspected thieves. "For me, I can't do both and the decision is pretty easy," said Scully. "I'm not gonna file against the otherwise law-abiding homeowner ... because these car burglars, this is not the first time they've engaged in criminal activity and they're the ones who pose the risk to our community."
Focus on the most serious long-term threat. Good for DA Scully.

People Begin to Stand Up to Putin

Political activists, police spar in Moscow - Los Angeles Times Too soon to see where it will go. The hundred odd protesters shouting anti-government slogans were arrested of course.

Garry Kasparov, ex-world chess champion, was among those arrested.
Kasparov's group, Other Russia, originally announced plans to hold a "Dissenters' March" and rally today centered on Pushkin Square, the Russian capital's premier spot for such events. But they were denied permission after a pro-Kremlin youth group was given a rally permit for the same time and place.
Best of luck to the forces of freedom.

And so it goes...

And so it goes - AN APPRECIATION - Los Angeles Times - calendarlive.com Vonnegut was one of my favorite authors at one time, though I must admit I haven't read anything by him in some time. It may be time to revisit Slaughterhouse Five.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Now That is What You Call Ironic

Environmentalists bemoaning the fact that aging (and polluting) power plants in Florida are slated to close. Florida manatees may lose endangered status - Yahoo! News You see the West Indian Manatee is found in many parts of the state where it originally only visited in the summer. In Tampa Bay, in the winter, they are only found around the warm water coming out of power plants.

But those plants are slated to close.
But conservationists say the potential closure of aging electric plants is an unsolved problem for the survival of the species. Water temperatures below 61 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees C) put a manatee in danger and every winter hundreds gather at waterfront power stations to take advantage of warm discharge water.
However did they survive without power plants and without global warming? Maybe the real answer is that they didn't. Maybe they only visited these areas in some years, and insisting that they maintain populations here, where the weather is too cold for them to survive in the winter, is just silly.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

The Good Samaritan

Man Uses Concealed Weapon To Stop Robbery If you believed that someone was in danger of being shot in the head (by your standard-issue urban-goblin), what would you do?
It was split second and life or death. The man and his wife had been to the movies and stopped at the grocery store on the way home. They were in the check-out line when the robbery unfolded right in front of them. Joseph saw the men walk into the grocery store and head to the store office with the managers as they pulled their t-shirts over their faces.
He shot and hit one of the two goblins - who had put a gun to the store-manager's head.

This all happened a year ago, but the Good Samaritan has not wanted to speak about it.

The goblins? They were both arrested
[The hero of this story] never faced any charges in the case, and police returned his gun to him a week later.
And the insight into the workings of our so-called Justice System.
The man he shot had been given a 40 year prison sentence in 1995 for crimes in Oklahoma City that involved rape, robbery, torture and scalding, but he got out after serving only eight

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Illinois State Police and "Faulty" Statistics (you couldn't call them lies, could you?)

John Lott's Website: Illinois State Police rely on incorrect statistics regarding gun control John Lott in his usual efficient manner, destroys the recommendations made by the Illinois State Police... both the statistics they "quote" (no sources for some of those statistics) and their conclusions. Go read it.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Not Everyone Can Run Away from Trouble

wcco.com - Pregnant St. Paul Mother Shoots Assailant The Left is fond of much advice about what to do when faced with violent criminals. "Run away" is one such piece of advice. Not everyone can do so.
A St. Paul mother, eight months pregnant, defended herself and her toddler against a robber who entered the family convenience store claiming to have a gun.
Another piece of advice is "give them what they want." How would that apply in this situation?
When the suspect appeared to move toward their [2-year-old] daughter, Susana shot the suspect in the shoulder blade, near the collarbone.
Self-defense is a human right, but I believe that parents have a moral obligation to protect their children from harm. That is exactly what this woman did.

The suspect is in hospital in stable condition.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

It is just a piece of paper

A piece of paper alone can't stop abuse This is an interesting, if tragic article about a woman's life cut short due to domestic violence.

There was a restraining order in place. Rebecca Griego had a copy on her desk at work. It did nothing.
[The goblin] fulfilled his plan with lethal efficiency Monday, fatally shooting his former girlfriend before turning the gun on himself inside the University of Washington's Gould Hall.
The University of Washington, where possessing guns is considered "bad conduct"
(3) Specific instances of misconduct include, but are not limited to:
...
(f) Possession or use of firearms, explosives, dangerous chemicals or other dangerous weapons or instrumentalities on the University campus, except for authorized University purposes, unless prior written approval has been obtained from the Vice President for Student Affairs, or any other person designated by the President of the University;
This policy applies both to students and employees. (To be completely honest, this isn't the fault of the University, it is written in the Washington Administrative Code.)

Having the ability to defend herself may not have saved this woman, but relying on "no gun" signs and policies of the University or on a restraining order did not protect her. In that instance when her attacker showed up, she was on her own; if anyone was going to save her, it would have been herself.

This is an interesting article. It doesn't sugar-coat the effectiveness (sic) of restraining orders. But it never mentions the idea of self-defense. When someone appears, suddenly, with the intent of killing you, how long do you have to react? How far away are police? How long will it take to find your phone and dial 911, and how long will you be on hold with 911? You might just have time to draw a weapon and defend yourself. And you might not. You won't have time to wait for police to arrive. You will be on your own.

This victim realized what everyone should know. People being stalked are most at risk whenever they are at a known location on a known schedule.
"I am having a serious stalker issue right now and the only place the person knows to find me is at my sister's home or the office [on campus.]
She sent this in an email to coworkers, asking for their assistance. For most people these vulnerable times are to-and-from work, at work, picking-up and dropping-off kids at school or daycare, to-and-from (and at) religious services. But these are exactly the places where we try to disarm people in the interest of safety.

So, did the "no guns in the workplace" policy do anything to save this woman? No. Did it contribute to public safety? It just left an open-field for her ex-boyfriend who knew no one - aside from him - would be armed.

Self-defense is a human right. Counting on the "system" or the police or whoever to save you is wishful thinking. Disarming the law-abiding is foolish at best, and criminal at worst. The Bad Guys won this encounter, as they do so often when domestic violence is involved, all because as the author noted, to many people are obsessed with the idea, "How dare you think you can live without me!"

Another Homeowner Defends Himself

News - StatesmanJournal.com And this is yet another shooting that the Brady Bunch will count as "a child shot." The fact that the 16-year-old was engaged in a crime at the time, and was struggling with the homeowner, well the Brady Bunch doesn't like to get worked up over simple things like facts.
The homeowner, Michael Vogler, 59, told deputies that he had confronted a male intruder in his house, Rau said. Vogler fired one shot during a struggle in which the intruder tried to get Vogler's gun.

After the shot was fired, the intruder ran into the garage of the home, dove head-first through a window and ran from the area,
A teen was later picked up at a local hospital with a gunshot wound and a cut on his arm.

I have said it before - if you break into enough houses (and if your luck is bad the magic number may be 1) you will meet an armed homeowner. This kid is lucky he isn't dead.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0. And yes, self-defense is a human right.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Cops Behaving Badly

Woman Says Cop Beat Her After Breaking Deer Head - WFTV Orlando OK, she admits she broke a deer head (mounted trophy), and his reaction? He beat her. Now he is facing both criminal charges and the loss of his career. (He is on administrative leave.)

But the disturbing thing is that he called his department to get involved - outside of their jurisdiction.
[The victim] said she had just had surgery, but as she was calling 911 for help, she said Caldwell called a commander at his police department, who came with others to the scene, even though it's outside Apopka's jurisdiction.
...
Apopka police told Eyewitness News it is not unusual for them to respond to this type of call, even if it is outside of their jurisdiction. Bakle said it made her uncomfortable, whether it was by the book or not.
Of course it made her uncomfortable. Police should stay in their jurisdiction, and not come to the 'aid' of their friends. I don't care if this is SOP - it shouldn't be. There is no way they are going to be neutral. (But then I don't believe that any cop would be neutral in this circumstance.)

He Wanted to Fight - What he Got was Shot

WTHR - Homeowner shoots alleged thief A homeowner catches someone stealing from his garage.
"I asked the guy to put it back and he refused to put it back. He wanted to fight. I don't understand," said Gus Eldridge, homeowner, with a shrug.
The goblin was shot once in the leg and is in good condition. No word on charges or if/when he will be moved to the jail.

Do The Democrats Care about Human Rights?

The Daily Star - Opinion Articles - Human rights in Syria; Pelosi's silence Not if it would interfere with giving George Bush a hard time. Her excuse? Security.
No one doubts that security is essential in the region. But Pelosi appears to have committed the same mistake as other recent visitors to Damascus, who decided not to raise the issue of Syria's appalling human rights record.
What exactly is that record? Glad you asked.
The Syrian government strictly limits freedom of expression, association, and assembly. Emergency powers, imposed in 1963, remain in effect, and the government bans hundreds of political and human rights activists from traveling. The authorities treat Kurds, Syria's largest non-Arab minority, as second-class citizens subject to systematic discrimination.
This isn't just back-burner stuff, several trials - for expressing yourself against the interests of the Syrian government - are getting under way.

But she doesn't care about any of that. All she cares about is fighting George Bush and his administrations policies in Iraq. Anything that does that is good. Anything like defeating terrorism, or holding dictators responsible for the actions of their governments just doesn't interest the Dems.

[Of course Bruce at Gay Patriot was there before me. MSM: Pelosi Trip To Terror State Was “Foolish”, “Nuts” and “Dangerous” When the MSM is attacking the Dems, you know they are off base.]

Strange Allies in the Fight for Gun Rights

A cold day in HellThe ACLU of Texas and the Texas State Rifle Association working together? Unusual Allies in a Legal Battle Over Texas Drivers’ Gun Rights - New York Times Must be awfully cold in Hell this year.

Or as Paul at Right Side of the Rainbow says,
In Texas, even our liberals fight for gun rights.

"An inconvenient truth" for Gore

Something interesting that is circulating on the internet.
HOUSE # 1:

A 20-room mansion (not including 8 bathrooms) heated by natural gas. Add a pool (and a pool house) and a separate guest house all heated by gas. In ONE MONTH ALONE this mansion consumes more energy than the average America household in an ENTIRE YEAR. The average bill for electricity and natural gas runs over $2,400.00 per month. In natural gas alone (which last time we checked was a fossil fuel), this property consumes more than 20 times the national average for an American home. This house is not in a northern or Midwestern "snow belt," either. It's in the South.

HOUSE # 2:

Designed by an architecture professor at a leading national university, the house incorporates every "green" feature current home construction can provide. The house contains only 4,000 square feet (4 bedrooms) and is nestled on arid high prairie in the American southwest. A central closet in the house holds geothermal heat pumps drawing ground water through pipes sunk 300 feet into the ground. The water (usually 67 degrees F.) heats the house in winter and cools it in summer. The system uses no fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas, and it consumes 25% of the electricity required for a conventional heating/cooling system. Rainwater from the roof is collected and funneled into a 25,000 gallon underground cistern. Wastewater from showers, sinks and toilets goes into underground purifying tanks and then into the cistern. The collected water then irrigates the land surrounding the house. Flowers and shrubs native to the area blend the property into the surrounding rural landscape.

HOUSE # 1 (20 room energy guzzling mansion) is outside of Nashville, Tennessee. It is the abode of that renowned environmentalist (and filmmaker) Al Gore.

HOUSE # 2 (model eco-friendly house) is on a ranch near Crawford, Texas. Also known as "the Texas White House," it is the private residence of the President of the United States, George W. Bush.

So whose house is gentler on the environment?

Yet another story you WON'T hear on CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC or read about in the New York Times or the Washington Post. Indeed, for Mr. Gore, it's truly "an inconvenient truth." NO KIDDING

This story is confirmed by Snopes.com (a liberal-oriented urban legends verifier) SEE LINK AT: http://www.snopes.com/politics/bush/house.asp
Who is the environmentalist and who is not?

Self-defense is legal in Ohio

JusticeThe Enquirer - Intruder shooting justified, jury says A while back, there was a story about a home invasion carried out with a sledgehammer. I thought it sounded like a pretty cut-and-dried example of self-defense. Not all of the comments were supportive of that view however. My favorite starts out as follows:
I'm Millards cousin..And all of this is BULLSHIT! My cousin, knew the guy who shot him.He wouldn't have intentionally tried to kill him...Hit him with the hammer yes...but to kill him no.
Apparently if someone wants to hit you with a sledgehammer, you should just take it (like a man - no doubt).

But the grand jury in Ohio is more on my side. They declined to bring an indictment against the guy. I think it would be reasonable to assume that if you are being attacked with a sledgehammer, that you face death or grave bodily injury. And that means you can legally shoot the bastard in self-defense.

Sometimes the system does work.

If you pick the wrong house to invade ...

You might just end up dead. News10.net - Intruder Shot, Killed by Off-Duty Deputy Breaking into the home of two cops, qualifies as picking the wrong house.
Law enforcement sources told News10 that the deputy reported coming home around 10 p.m. Tuesday to find the intruder in her bedroom, wielding a knife. According to the deputy, the man, identified as Charles David Williams, then attacked her and attempted to sexually assault her, sparking a brief struggle. The deputy was able to reach her service weapon and fire, striking the intruder twice in the head.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Self-defense is a human right. [KABA]

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Commuting by Train Instead of Car?

For those who prefer trains for their morning commute, over cars....

Getting in touch with my inner Geek

OK, so the blogging has been light...

I have been getting various grades of Ham Radio licenses. (I just got my General Class license.) You see, if you sail a small boat out of sight (and out of short-range radio contact) with land, it is useful to have a Ham license. Aside from being able to download weather maps that are broadcast daily (you actually don't need a license to just "listen") you can keep in contact with folks running "nets." There are cruisers nets and weather nets for various parts of the world. Staying in touch with everyone is important.

Things will likely continue light - I just got the book for the Extra class....

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

MySA.com: Burglary suspect shot by homeowner Three guys break into your home. What do you do?
At 8:10 a.m. James Benton, 63, grabbed a 9 mm gun after he heard three men kick in the front door of his home in the 9600 block of South Bend, police said.

He yelled at the men, but one suspect kept coming, he told police.

Benton said he feared for his life and shot the suspect once in the chest. The other two suspects ran out and fled in a van.
To anyone on the Left: How is a 63-year-old supposed to defend himself against three intruders (at least one of whom is half his age) if he is denied access to a firearm? Oh, I know, you don't believe he should defend himself. You believe he should call 911 and pray the urban goblins in his living room don't kill him before the cops arrive.

Mr. Benton had a camera mounted that taped the van backing into his driveway, so with a little luck, the police may catch the other two.

Self-defense is a human right.

Something to Shorten Your Morning Commute

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Women and Guns

Inside Bay Area - Women with guns a growing phenomenon Another "reporter" who is surprised that women shoot for fun and self-defense.

Actually it is a pretty good article, except for the requisite quote from the Left.
Browder said the gun industry is just as focused on females as it has been over the last 200 years, but the marketing strategy now taps into their fears.

"The gun industry is saying, 'Look, the state is not here to protect you, the cops are not here, no one is looking out for you,'" said Browder, who is assistant professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University. "There's a lot of single mothers, and there's a lot of suggestion there is no man in the house, and the woman has got to take care of herself."
So stating the facts is playing up fear. The police are not there for you - they can't be. Even if you have a restraining order, they are not bound to protect you. But stating the facts, is pandering to fear, whereas the lies of the Left are justified by... I don't know. I guess they just want everyone disarmed and don't care who will be vulnerable as a result. [h/t John Lott]