Sunday, November 30, 2008

Home Invasion Stopped by Armed Home Owner

Teen dies in shooting during home invasion - Vindy.com News Three thugs enter a home. One is armed.

A resident of the house begins a struggle for the gun, and the gun goes off. The homeowner grabs his own gun and fires 4 shots.

The result? One dead goblin, one injured goblin.
His injuries were treated, and he was released into police custody and charged with murder and aggravated robbery.
At least one remains on the run.

What Happens When the Population is Disarmed?

We wanted to kill 5000, surviving terrorist says - World - smh.com.au When the good guys are disarmed, the bad guys can do what they want. It helps when the population has been trained to be sheep; then the wolves have no opposition.

The talking heads on various news casts have been wondering how could 10 men cause so much damage? When no one has an opportunity to defend themselves, what do people think will happen?

This lesson was clear at the Beslan (Russia) attack on a school, and probably as far back as The Achille Lauro hijacking of 1985. But learning the lessons of history would mean that A) people actually paid attention to history, and B) the far Left gave up the idea that all will be well, if we only hold hands and sing Kumbaya.
The terrorist gang, thought to number as few as 10 gunmen, had planned to kill 5000 people and destroy the iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel and the stock exchange. In the end, their murderous toll was closer to 200, and left the Taj Mahal and the Tident-Oberoi hotel badly charred and damaged.
With instructions to attack several key sites, this handful of terrorists, from Pakistani controlled Kashmir, were able to wreak havoc on a major democracy for days.

I wonder if anyone will learn the lesson that this bit of history has to teach.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Of Course All the Gun Laws Work as They Do In Chicago

Disarming the Obama Administration - WSJ.com The subtitle of this article is, "Gun owners need not apply."
Every president-elect vets his incoming staff and usually that vetting begins with a lengthy questionnaire. But one question asked on Barack Obama's questionnaire is raising hackles among gun owners and fans of the Second Amendment. Question No. 59 begins: "Do you or any members of your immediate family own a gun?"

The questionnaire goes on to insist that a gun-owning jobseeker "provide complete ownership and registration information," and asks: "Has the registration ever lapsed? Please also describe how and by whom it is used and whether it has been the cause of any personal injuries or property damage."
I mean, even in the Peoples Republic of Illinois, outside Chicago, guns are not registered. But Obama and his great great world view, don't include the simple fact that most states don't register guns in any fashion.

Anybody who thinks the Obama Administration won't be hostile to gun owners is just plain wrong. Gotta find the funds to buy that assault rifle. [h/t NRA-ILA]

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Justice, Chicago-style

Cop: I paid judge for search warrant :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime Judges paid to grant search warrants. People robbed at traffic stops. So, who are the criminals and who are the good guys?
Doroniuk said he would plant drugs on people when searches turned up nothing because he and Shamah needed to arrest someone to satisfy their bosses.
That was only one of the things they got up to.

I am so glad that we are moving the Chicago machine to Washington.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Short Answer is, "Yes!"

Players taking security measures after murders I don't know why these folks think they are immune to the kinds of things that plague the well off all over the world.

It has taken a few high-profile crimes to convince them they need to do something. Of course, they are hamstrung for a good part of their public appearances, since the NFL frowns on self-defense.
"League officials tell us we need to take measures to protect ourselves. But the NFL says we can't have guns in the facility even in the parking lot. Crooks know this. They can just sit back and wait for us to drive off, knowing we won't have anything in our vehicle from point A to point B," says Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger
I wonder if teams provide armed guards for players to-and-from games? Doubt it.

But the question? Dave Abrams, appointed as head of Denver's security, wonders what is next.
What's the next layer? Wives and children: a kid kidnapped for ransom, or some other kind of craziness. I'm scared to death that's where criminals perceive the next vulnerability is for our players: their families.
Of course those people are at risk. And it was nice of Mr. Abrams to point it out.

Several Hours to Respond to 911 Call - For a Shooting

MyFox Houston | 1 Dead, 3 Shot in Southeast Houston Home Invasion What if you had to wait several hours after people broke into your home and shot you? Would you believe in 911?
Police find one man dead and three others shot at a southeast Houston home, but not until several hours after the shooting took place because of confusing calls made to 911 dispatchers.
So confusing 911 calls lead to no response? Great system.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

How NOT to Win Friends and Influence Politics

Worcester Telegram & Gazette News Here is a story about gun owners confirming the worst stereotypes of gun owners.
Complaints have been filed with Attorney General Martha Coakley’s office and Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., alleging that a Web site frequented by proponents of a controversial town-owned rifle range is disseminating anti-gay propaganda and targeting opponents who live near the range with death threats.
I am sure gun owners if The People's Republic of Massachusetts feel like they are under siege, but this is hardly the response that will win their side of the conflict.

Cooperation? It Doesn't Make You Safe

MyFox Philadelphia | Barbershop Owner Speaks About Fatally Shooting Armed Robber The Left loves the mantra, "Cooperate with criminals and you will safe." They never like to bring up what women should do when confronted by a rapist, however.

But that mantra is just plain false.

Here is a case where a shop-owner was closing up and is robbed by a thug. His 9-year-old son is in the shop, so he cooperates. The robber's reaction to being handed all the money? "This is not enough."

First he leaves, but then he comes back, so the shop-owner knows he and his son are in trouble.
Suddenly, [the goblin] walked out but quickly returned while Cross was trying to lock up.

"So, I'm thinking, 'What do I do? … So I pull my handgun … and as he comes right up on me, I grab him by his collar, and I put him against the wall. … He puts his gun into my midsection, and I have a split second to think about what to do, and I had to make a choice. … My choice was, 'I'm either going to die. He's going to shoot me and potentially my child is going to be harmed, too.' … So, I shot him in self defense," Cross said.
One dead bad guy. And even the police admit it is self-defense.

Mr. Cross is troubled by what he had to do. "He said the events of Thursday night keep playing over and over again in his mind." But he had to do it. Parents have a moral obligation to defend their children from harm. (That's my opinion, anyway.) And luckily, we also have a legal right to defend ourselves.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Homeowner opens fire on intruder: Alaska News | adn.com Break into the home of an armed homeowner, and you will have some trouble.
NORTH POLE -- A homeowner interrupting a burglary in progress late last week morning opened fire on the intruder as the burglar approached him and his wife, Alaska State Troopers said.

The burglar was not hit by the shots but did sustain minor injuries when he "went through the window" while fleeing the home, troopers said.
Dogs were able to track him down, and he is charged with a number of things including burglary and resisting arrest.

CBS News in Denial About Piracy

High Seas Piracy Video - CBSNews.com This video aired on November 17th. In it, CBSNews claims that no one has died as a result of piracy. And I can't say if that is true of Somali piracy or not, though I do know people have been injured.

But world-wide, it is certainly the case that piracy costs lives.
A total of 199 incidents were reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC) in the first nine months of 2008. The third quarter of 2008 saw reported incidents spike to 83, a significant increase when compared to the 53 reported in the first quarter and the 63 reported in the second quarter. The reported acts of piracy committed to date in 2008 have included 115 vessels boarded, 31 vessels hijacked, and 23 vessels fired upon. A total of 581 crewmembers were taken hostage, nine kidnapped, nine killed and seven missing – presumed dead.
PRC only tracks attacks on merchant shipping. (It is run by the International Chamber of Commerce.) Deaths are also incurred in private vessels.
It has been reported on cruising forums that on Sunday night an American, the captain of the vessel Chill, Ken Peters, was killed by pirates at Isla Borracha [Venezuela] near Puerto La Cruz.
But none of this interests CBSNews.

While they report that ships are being urged to arm and defend themselves, they find an old woman a captain who is scared by the idea of self-defense. No bias here, is there? I mean be reasonable, encouraging people to defend themselves on the evening news? What would the world come to?

If the West is ever to come to terms with piracy, people need to wake up to the reality. And that reality is that you can't pick up the phone and dial 911. In some countries, the authorities are part of the problem.

And so it goes...

Oil Tanker Waylaid by Pirates - WSJ.com The US Navy, in the person of Admiral Mike Mullen, is "stunned" at the level of piracy off Somalia. Which no doubt explains why they are so effective, and the west is so ineffective.

This was significant because the pirates are venturing farther out to sea, beyond what the international community had considered safe. That line had been about 200 miles, but this attack was much beyond that. Hardly surprising. They are going hunting where the odds of finding prey are good. And they found some prey.
The U.S. Navy said pirates commandeered a Saudi-owned supertanker bearing more than $100 million worth of crude a few hundred miles off the Kenyan coast
A 10 percent ransom would set these guys up for a long time, and give them the support they need to go even farther off shore. Better equipment. Better weapons. It is clear they are getting experience.

What surprises me is that no is suggesting convoys with armed escorts as a response. More will be done in December. How nice. (Help is just around the corner!)

The governments of the world, and most people in the west, don't want to believe any of this is true. Take a look back in time at my early posts on maritime piracy; the comments - the few there are - indicate people don't want to think about it. Pirates are something you hire Johnny Depp to portray for Disney, not something that costs lives and money. Pirates are a joke that involve ninjas or spaghetti monsters, but not real people committing real atrocities. I'm not sure why they think that. It shouldn't disturb them as they cower in their gated communities. (Aren't they in gated communities because they are afraid that the world is not safe?)

Maybe someday, someone will do something.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Finally Someone Has Stepped In

Warship helps to repel pirates The British and Russians anyway are no longer screwing around with the pirates off Somalia.
A spokesman for the Russian navy said the pirates fired at the Danish ship and twice tried to hijack it before HMS Cumberland and Russian frigate Neustrashimy moved in. The MoD confirmed two suspected pirates were killed by British crew members after the crew of a locally built "dhow" fired at them on Tuesday.

A spokesman said: "HMS Cumberland was conducting routine maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden. During the course of these operations, they boarded a Yemeni- registered dhow, towing a skiff, which they had reason to believe had been involved in an attack on the Danish-registered MV Powerful earlier in the day.
The crew of the dhow objected to being boarded and opened fire on the Brits, so the they shot and killed two of the crew, at which time they boarded the dhow.

Self-defense works

Clerk Fires At Armed Robber, Police Say - News Story - WHNS Greenville Just having a gun doesn't make you a dangerous person.
Police said a man wearing a ski mask walked into the store and flashed a gun at the clerk. That was when the clerk pulled out his gun and fired a shot at the man.

The bandit ran out of the store and got away. The clerk was not injured.
No arrests.

They Won't Try That Again Soon

Homeowner Halts Burglary With Shotgun Blast|NewsChannel 8 Ex-wife shows up at the home with a girlfriend and 2 male friends.
The victim says his wife broke through the front window and the two men kicked in the front door. The man retreated to his bedroom and got out his shotgun and fired one shot through the front room wall.
They ran like rabbits. No one has yet been arrested.

Ain't love grand?

Friday, November 07, 2008

"Same as the old boss"

Emanuel pick shows change is state of mind -- chicagotribune.com Who would have thought you could create change with the same-old staffers, but then who thought "change" was anything but a slogan?
It took only 36 hours for President-elect Barack Obama to take the off ramp from the Change We Can Believe In Highway and slam his foot on the gas in the express lanes of the Chicago Way.

Because with his first official act, Obama selected a Chicago Daley machine guy for his chief of staff, U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Tomczak).
Maybe the quote in the title should be from "Welcome to the Machine."

Good Guys 3, Bad Guys 0

Teen Shot By Homeowner In Robbery Attempt - Indiana News Story - WRTV Indianapolis They attacked a man who was armed with a .45 pistol.
"The homeowner was armed with a .45-caliber handgun. He fired a warning shot to get them off him, striking one juvenile in the abdomen area," Morgan County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Bob Downey said.

The teens got back into their car -- which was reported stolen out of Marion County -- and led police on a short chase through the park, crashing into a mobile home.

The 17-year-old boy who was shot was chased down by neighbors, while another teen was found hiding in a nearby pickup truck. A 16-year-old girl, who police said was the getaway driver, turned herself in to police.
The guy who was shot is in "serious but stable condition."

The response of the neighborhood is great.
"If he got shot doing something he wasn't supposed to do, then oh well," said neighbor Jennifer Simpson. "I don't think the guy should be in trouble."
Self-defense is a human right.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

It Seems That Denial Ain't Just a River in Egypt

Is it just me, or are a lot of people shocked that Obama was elected? Disregard the polls? Why? Because they were so unhelpful two years ago when the Republicans lost big? Oh, that's right... they weren't wrong then either.

Republicans must be suffering from some form of group denial. They can act like big-spending Democrats, they can nationalize banking (and take a stab at insurance), talk about doing the same to automakers (too big to fail, don't you know!) and then they wonder why people would rather vote for the Democrats.

Also, the entire strategy of the Republicans now seems to be, "we hate gays and gay marriage, we hate evolution we hate abortion and love Jesus." If there is something else that the Republicans stand for, I can't see it. Limited government? The Patriot Act isn't so limited. It may be necessary, but it isn't limited. And then there was the Prescription Drug Entitlement. Yeah, that sounds like the party of small government and balanced budgets. Federalism? The Republicans are in favor of federalism whenever the states make decisions they like. When something like gay marriage comes along - or Teri Shiavo - Federalism goes right out the window in favor of dictating what they like.

So what exactly is it that the Republicans do stand for?

Then McCain runs a campaign that made me think of Bob Dole on more than one occasion, and I thought he looked like Dole a lot the last week or so. Not a good Presidential Candidate to be channeling.

And if you think it is bad now, I expect the self-appointed "core" of the Republican party to seize control and truly make the Republicans the party of religious fanatics. It will be a very long time before anyone thinks of them as the party of fiscal responsibility.

So now we get the nanny state Democrats. Expect to see the 55 MPH speed limit return as part of an energy policy to get us off foreign oil. (Include an exemption for electric vehicles, and that might actually work.) A lot of things will happen when government controls health care. Want health care? Stop smoking, stop drinking, lose weight, cut out red meat, and do whatever else Big Nanny decides is good for you. I don't expect it to be pretty.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Disturbing Allegations

Grand jury weighs sodomy claim against NYPD cops - Yahoo! News If true, it is a serious case.
Mineo claims four officers assaulted him in horrific fashion, yanking down his pants and sodomizing him with a walkie-talkie antenna so brutally that he was left bleeding. He says the officers then put him into a police car, and, unsure what to do with him, let him go with a minor ticket and told him to keep his mouth shut. He spent the next four days in a hospital.
The cops claim this isn't what happened, though the hospital records are a problem. Witnesses on both sides.

No one is proved guilty yet, of course, but this case reminds a lot of people of another brutality case; that one is from 1997.
It has also evoked comparisons to Abner Louima, who was beaten and sodomized with a broomstick in a police precinct by officers in one of the worst cases of brutality in NYPD history.
That case was blamed on racism, because Louima was black, and those officers white. This case has a white victim with black, white and Hispanic officers. (But then my contention is the only that matters most in cases like this is blue; you are either a cop, or you aren't.)

So this is all off to a special grand jury. Those who believe cops no matter what, will believe the cops. Those who hate cops will believe Mineo. Me? I don't automatically trust cops. That's why I think that everything every cop does while on duty should recorded on video - with audio. If they aren't doing anything bad, what do they have to worry about? And they work for us, after all. At least that is supposed to be how it works. If these cops had been on video their whole shift, this wouldn't be an issue. We would either have video that backs them up, or video that sends them to hell. If they conveniently "lost" the video? That would tip the scales to their accuser.

It will be interesting to see how this turns out. (See the Cops Behaving Badly list for more posts on cops who don't think the rules apply to them.)