Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Don't Bring a Hatchet to a Gunfight

Don't include irate bystanders in your domestic dispute - it may not work out for you. Hatchet-Wielding Man Shot By Homeowner|NewsChannel 8 So one yahoo was chasing somebody with a hatchet. A sane person was yelling for them to stop. Said yahoo decided to attack sane person.
That's when the man with the hatchet came after the homeowner. The suspect hit the homeowner in the head, just before the homeowner opened fire.
Small abrasion from the hatchet. Non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Hmmm.... tough choice. As one commenter said, don't wait - open fire.

Good guys came out on top of this one.

How Should an Elderly Person Defend Themselves?

Without the means to defend themselves effectively, the elderly and the infirm would be at the mercy of the young and the violent. Elderly homeowner shoots intruder in Holly Hill | WCBD When confronted by an old man and a shotgun, he wanted to get away, but he pushed the door into his intended victim.
Police said that’s when the homeowner’s twelve-gauge shotgun went off and hit the burglar in the right shoulder.
He had to be airlifted to a local trauma center. No word on his condition. (A solid hit with a 12-gauge is usually fatal, this must have mostly missed him.)

If you break into enough homes, you will eventually meet an armed resident. Results in that case are fairly predicable.

Self-defense is a human right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

“[They] didn't anticipate just how impatient our impatience would be.”

Joan Garry: "A President Who Fights With You and for You" It certainly looks like he will be fighting with us. He hasn't done much for us yet.

Obama tried to heal the rift with the LGBT community.
He brought out the good china, he brought out his two most senior advisors (Jarrett and Axelrod). He brought out the baby lamb chops. They tried very hard. They even hired a DJ to play house music (OK, maybe they tried a little too hard).
Now this it the Huffington Post, so they are going to spin it a certain way, but however you slice those lamb chops, this was ass covering, dealing with the problem after the fact. Because there is a problem when one of your core group of supporters - in the financial sense - turns against you, it is a problem. Was the meeting yesterday a good thing? Yes. Was it enough? What do you think?

Fort Worth Cops Celebrate Stonewall By Reenacting Bar Raid

I don't expect the "official investigation" to turn up anything against the cops. Can you say whitewash? Fort Worth police better start clarifying gay bar 'check'

They decided to "check" a gay bar on the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Reports indicate that they came into the bar with fists full of plastic cuffs. It wasn't a check, it was a raid.

One kid is in intensive care with a brain injury. Police say "he fell." Bar patrons took photos of a dent in the wall where they claim he was thrown. Who do you think the official investigators will believe?

Must Be All That Stimulus Spending

I mean it couldn't be that the business cycle works as it always did. It must be that that government has saved us from ourselves. Right? Ford boosts production 16% as June car sales show strength - USATODAY.com

If government would stop fouling up the economy, things would probably be back to normal.

Ex-boyfriend Shot by Ex-husband

Sounds confusing to me too, but the ex-boyfriend broke down the door to the ex-husband's home. Apparently he had followed the woman there. Police: Man shot after invading New Baltimore trailer | thetimesherald.com | The Times Herald

The uninvited guest was shot several times in the torso. He is in critical condition.

This has all the earmarks of the "How dare you live without me!" attitude. Time will tell.

More on Attitude and How It Helps

The fighting attitude can make all the difference. As in this case where a would-be-robber was shot and killed with his own gun. Police: Victim shot robber to death
A robber from Costa Mesa was killed by his own gun Sunday in Riverside County when his victim wrestled away his weapon and turned it on him, police said Monday.
He died in the street. His (suspected) female accomplice was arrested a short while later and charge with murder.

The homeowner has not been charged, because self-defense is a human right.

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Attitude Counts in Self-defense

Fighting back against an armed invader can work. Homeowner Shoots, Kills Robbery Suspect - FOX 11 News - myFOXla.com
The suspect and a female companion were trying to rob the homeowners, but the residents fought them, and when the male dropped his firearm, one of the residents picked it up and fatally shot him, [Juan Zamora of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department] said.
It could have gone badly, but meekly cooperating is no guarantee of safety either.

Maybe I'm Cruel, But It Is Hard to Feel Sorry for Them

The bet all their chips on GM. And lost. Pontiac, Michigan feels brunt of GM's pain - Yahoo! News
"One of our mayoral candidates warned in 2000 that we had to diversify our economy," he said. "No one even blinked. Now we've found out what happens when you don't listen."
In 2000 they were still betting on GM. Not just betting on GM - putting all their eggs in one basket.
"As a city we put all of our eggs in one basket with GM," [Mayor Clarence Phillips] said. "Now, as goes GM, so goes Pontiac."
I would have stopped betting on the American Automotive Industry about the time Michael Moore produced "Roger and Me."

So why are there no small businesses to pick up the slack? Because Michigan is a very business unfriendly state. Big business can stand it, especially one already established, but small businesses are happier in other places.

Then there are the plainly stupid reactions.
"GM's news just left people numb," said city council member Kone Bowman. "Just how much reality do people have to take?"
You have to take 100 percent of reality. In the Real World™ you don't get to arrange things the way you want them to be, or wish they would be. You can't even have things the way they used to be. You only get the cold hard reality of the way they are today.

In Pontiac, that means unemployment above 27 percent, thousands of homes in foreclosure, etc.

Will the folks in Pontiac or in Michigan generally do anything to encourage the creation of new businesses? Will they be willing to set aside union rules to save the old businesses? The future is in their hands, just as surely as they could have altered the present, if they started 9 years ago. But I doubt they will do anything reasonable. I expect that they will raise taxes on the few people/businesses left, forcing them out.

And while it sounds mean - they made their bed, now they have to sleep in it.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

They Don't Respect Your Rights

They being the Harrisburg PA chapter of the NAACP. They don't respect anyone's rights. Harrisburg chapter of NAACP urges martial law - PennLive.com

Fuck the right of free speech or free assembly or the right to bear arms or be free from unreasonable searches, or anything else they apparently don't like or want.

Welcome to the Soviet Socialist Republic of America, comrade.

Of course, if the imposition of martial law - to stem a tide of shootings - did anything upsetting - like profiling say - they might scream for their rights under the constitution.

Do Americans Really Want Small Cars?

Here is a rundown of some of the most popular cars in the US in the month of May.
  • The all new 2009 F-150 — pickup truck: Number 1 selling vehicle.
  • The 2009 Chevy Silverado — pickup truck: Number 2 selling
  • The 2009 Ford Escape — SUV: 10th most popular
  • The Dodge Ram 1500 — pickup truck: number 11
  • The Toyota RAV4 — compact SUV: number 16
  • The Honda Odyssey — minivan: number 17
  • The GMC Sierra 1500 — full-size pickup truck number 20
These are just the ones that jump out at you... Others include the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry - not exactly Smart Cars.

So, how is the government going to force us - and they will try to force us - to but what they deem appropriate, as opposed to what we deem appropriate.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stonewall Riots

Gay Pride Pride Festivals are scheduled in June because that is when the Stonewall Riots were waged.

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, a group of 8 New York police raided the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar. While these types of raids were fairly common at the time, on this day, no one was having any of it. There are many possible reasons given. From the fact that a legal victory had been won the previous month, to the fact that people were in fact mourning the death of Judy Garland. Whatever the reason, this raid sparked 3 days of riots, and marked the beginning of the modern Gay Rights Movement. It wasn't the beginning of the struggle for gay rights, that had started long before, but this rebellion against the status quo is what is celebrated around the world in Gay Pride events in June.

F-You Very Much

Couldn't resist re-posting this in honor of Pride Fest.

Lily Allen has wonderful little number called "Fuck You Very Much."

There is also The Big Fat Gay Collab! music video - after a fact - but I find it distracting.

Here are a few of the lyrics.
Look inside, look inside your tiny mind
Then look a bit harder
'Cause we're so uninspired, so sick and tired
Of all the hatred you harbor

So you say it's not okay to be gay
Well, I think you're just evil
You're just some racist who can't tie my laces
Your point of view is medieval

Fuck you, fuck you very, very much
'Cause we hate what you do
And we hate your whole crew
So please don't stay in touch
More lyrics are to be found at this link.

Via Brian Mustanski (at Psychology Today - The Sexual Continuum Blog) Via Victor at Stonewall Memorial via Twitter

Dr. Mustanski has some interesting observations.
Songs like this, I suspect, will become more common. I think they reflect the frustration youth are experiencing with this time of disconnect between growing acceptance of LGBT people and horrible cases of victimization and oppression. Youth led movements take advantage of new media, like the Internet and social networking sites.
So, a hearty Fuck You Very Much to all the people who think it is the duty of the United States of America to discriminate against me.

Socialized Medicine

Shortages of Neonatal ICU beds in single-payer Canada. Only choice - send a premature infant to that Capitalist wasteland - America - for treatment. Parents separated from ill preemie

The parents don't have passports, so they couldn't follow the child into the US. (Wait, I thought only ignorant Americans didn't have passports.)

And while all of this is certainly a tragedy, the part that I find most disturbing was buried in the article.
Dr. Peter Fitzgerald, president of McMaster Children's Hospital, said he's in discussions with the Ministry of Health about getting more beds for the NICU, which is already the largest and most modern in Ontario.
There is a shortage of NICU beds - this isn't the only case where children were sent far from home - but the hospital administrator can't look to his budget, or seek funding, but has to go hat-in-hand to a government functionary.

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

Self-defense works, even when faced with armed assailants. Clerk kills would-be robber and critically wounds another, police say - Kansas City Star
The clerk told [police] two men with long guns entered the store and demanded money, Golden said. When one of the suspects fired a shot, the clerk grabbed a handgun from behind the counter and shot both suspects.
One collapsed halfway down the block, the other made it to a getaway vehicle, which took him to a local hospital.

Self-defense is a human right.

Self-defense and Domestic Violence

When someone on the Left tells you that you are more likely to shoot someone you know, send them this story. Prince George's Woman Fatally Shoots Husband in Apparent Act of Self-Defense - washingtonpost.com

Yes, she shot someone she knew. Yes, she shot a "family member."

But she also defended herself from attack by a man who appears to have been in violation of a restraining order.

One of the reasons that restraining orders are interesting legal documents - if not bulletproof vests - is in situations like this. They give some credence to your claims in the aftermath of defending yourself.
The circumstances of the incident are unclear, but police think that the shooting "appears to have been in self-defense," said Cpl. Mike Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Prince George's police department. Wilson, police said, had violated an active protective order when he attacked his wife.
But it is important to note that the restraining order did not save her. She saved herself from attack, by having the means to defend herself.

Back in the distant past, when I was an NRA safety instructor, we told people that if you ever have to defend yourself, you will probably be arrested. "Every bullet comes with a lawyer attached."

Still, self-defense is a human right.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Cops Behaving Badly - Historical Division

Not that 1995 is ancient history.... Surmounting a blue wall - The Boston Globe A case of cops lying to protect cops, even when the victim is a cop. (Of course the victim was a black cop, so that probably had something to do with it.)
[Officer Michael] Cox was working an undercover assignment in Mattapan when, at the end of a police search, he was chased and beaten by a group of officers on Woodruff Way. The officers in question were never definitively identified, thanks to a blue wall of silence that immediately enveloped the case.
Do you think much has changed in 14 years?

I Couldn't Say It Any Better Myself

In reference to the Abbate case: Nothing is more disgusting in Chicago than the lack of justice I can't tell you how pleased I am that the political culture of Chicago has been transplanted to Washington, DC.

Go read what Mr. Hanania has to say about the judge in this travesty of Justice.

40 Years Since Stonewall

Gay FlagJune 28th, 1969 — A lot has changed Since Stonewall But not enough.

Employment discrimination. Bashings. The military ban. etc.

Obama will "celebrate" with a few gay "leaders" on Monday... more an attempt to shore up his troubles. (And he has a few.)As far as I can tell, he isn't making a speech anywhere, or coming out - no pun intended - in favor of Employment Non-discrimination (introduced again this year), or announcing a plan to revamp Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Or doing anything of significance really.

Please Don't Feed the Bears

An idiot who thought it was nice to feed the local wildlife gets booted out of her home. Oregon bear benefactor ordered to move - Oddities News - redOrbit

What a freaking idiot.

Don't feed the wildlife.

If you come to Florida, really don't feed the alligators. (You would be surprised at how many people do.)
The (Portland) Oregonian said Noyes insisted after the hearing that no one had ever told her the bears were a problem, but neighbors told the newspaper they were relieved that they would no longer have to keep a wary eye out for them.

The newspaper said one homeowner discovered a bear trying to squeeze into the house through a doggy door. Another had a bear shot after it menaced his ex-wife.
Wildlife is not cute and cuddly. The world doesn't work the way things play out in Disney movies. Wild animals will kill you or your pets or whatever.

Typical NYT Hand Wringing

Pastor Invites Flock to Bring Their Guns to Church - NYTimes.com Because putting up "No Crime Allowed" signs is so effective, the NY Times doesn't understand why anyone would think you might need to defend yourself in a church.

Brady Bunch et al are out in force, but the first few paragraphs are worth reading.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Ken Pagano, the pastor of the New Bethel Church here, is passionate about gun rights. He shoots regularly at the local firing range, and his sermon two weeks ago was on “God, Guns, Gospel and Geometry.” And on Saturday night, he is inviting his congregation of 150 and others to wear or carry their firearms into the sanctuary to “celebrate our rights as Americans!” as a promotional flier for the “open carry celebration” puts it.
No surprise this guy isn't in New York.

Welcome to the Police State

It seems our government thinks protests=terrorism. Pentagon Exam Calls Protests 'Low-Level Terrorism,' Angering Activists

Tea parties? Terrorism.

Anti-war protest? Terrorism.

Probably you can throw Gay Pride parades in there too.

Now, when a protest, properly marching and waving signs, turns to rock throwing, that is a riot. (Or assault or something.) But NOT terrorism.

I suppose this attitude is why the terrorist watch lists keep growing at such a rate.

W.T.F?

File this under the heading of "Talk is cheap!" Russia seriously concerned by Iran use of force. Well isn't that special.

I am concerned about Russia's use of force after they invaded Georgia, but that just goes to show I am a crazy conservative.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Monsters Among Us

People with the "How dare you live without me!" attitude can do monstrous things. Clayton Weatherston 'stabbed girl 216 times'
Weatherston is claiming provocation as a defence to the murder charge, at a trial expected to run for three weeks before Justice Judith Potter and a jury.
Provocation? Why because he was listed as an "ex-boyfriend?"
She had 45 stab wounds to her throat and 26 to her temple as well as both her eyes and concentrated wounds to one cheek and the left side of her neck.
He cut her ears off.

There is something really wrong with this. It seems to happen everywhere.

Cool Photo

The timing for this photo was extraordinary.

The blast blew a hole in the clouds, the steam condensing at the top of the plume, the ash flow to the side of the cone, ...

I wonder if this will count against the Russian's green-house gas quota?

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim Selection Process

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Robber meets armed clerk. Makes for the start of a really bad evening.Police say robber shot near Shepherd Mall in OKC

Blood on the ground, and a description of the getaway vehicle, but no one has shown up at a hospital.

Self-defense is a human right. And don't let anyone tell you it doesn't work.

Justice Denied

JusticeThis makes me so mad, I can't even write about it. Here is what the Examiner has to say (or part of it). Chicago cop recorded beating bartender gets probation
If you and I got so blind drunk and belligerent that we beat the stuffing out of a bartender half our size, we'd get buried in some deep, dark hole. And if the attack was captured on a video camera and played to public outrage on the news, they'd pour concrete over the top of that hole. But 250-pound Chicago police officer Anthony Abbate was gifted with a light sentence that includes no prison time.
The existence of 2 sets of rules usually indicates you live in a police state. And that police state has its home in Chicago.

Oh, and he still IS a Chicago Cop. Chicago's Finest? Not hardly. (You can find the video at this link.)

Self-defense Works

The right attitude also helps.Smoke Shop Clerk Pulls Gun on Would-Be Robber - KTLA
Police say the suspect tried to rob a smoke shop at about 10:00 Tuesday night.

Once the suspect pulled out his gun, though, the clerk took out his own and shot at the suspect.
Bad guy ran like a rabbit, but was apparently not injured. (People - me included - need to spend more time at the range.)

Maybe the Media Honeymoon is Finally Over

I wouldn't exactly call this a hard-hitting attack on Obama's health care plans, but it isn't cheerleading, either. Fact Check: Decoding Obama's Prescription for Health Care - ABC News
A fact check on President Obama's main messages of Wednesday night's health care forum at the White House reveal a president eager to make his case to the public -- but sometimes glossing over the thorny details of how to achieve reform.
I find this, frankly, amazing.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A 74% DISAPPROVAL Rating

That's what Obama has with the LGBT community right now. Obama's upcoming hush-hush damage control meeting with LGBTQ leaders So he is going to ask the question "What do you want?" Can he really be that stupid?

He not only hasn't addressed one of his campaign promises, he has actually pissed people off via a couple of maneuvers.
The president has sold us out in California today. He filed a brief and a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act that is so insanely bigoted that the HRC, Human Rights Campaign, which is the most mainstream middle of the road gay group, called it false and damaging legal arguments. People are incensed.
Then there is Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
To add salt to an already open wound for our LGBTQ servicemembers, Obama's administration stated in the court papers that the ruling on DADT was correct because of the military's legitimate concern of LGBTQ servicemembers endangering “unit cohesion “ in spite of the 2002 study “ A Modest Proposal: Privacy as a Flawed Rationale for the Exclusion of Gays and Lesbians from the U.S. Military,” that proved otherwise.
"Unit cohesion" is the argument used by the racists to resist integration of the services in the 40s. Now the homophobes are using it.

Dan Savage says:
I'm sick of hearing about the president's commitment. I want to see action from the White House.
Unfortunately it isn't likely to be action that he will like.

Another Restraining Order Fails

What kind of monster bludgeons a woman who was confinded to a wheelchair? Apparently a pissed-off ex-boyfriend. (though he is in custody, he isn't charged.) KAALtv.com - Police Say Death Result of Domestic Violence
According to court documents, the suspect lived with Morrow for three and a half years.

During that time morrow petitioned for several restraining orders against the suspect.

Court documents show she reported abuse including smacking, stomping, beating, and being threatened for her life.
There was an active restraining order. Police removed him from her home a month ago. None of that appears to have done any good.

A gun may not have saved this woman, but I really don't know what else could have. She did everything she was "supposed" to do. She called the police. She went to the courts. That didn't work.

She couldn't fight back. She couldn't run away. What could she have done?

Sorry, You ARE Responsible for Your Actions

The whole society has become a collection of whiners trying to pass the blame to someone else. Stabbing suspect cites pimple meds.
An ex-boyfriend who fatally stabbed a 16-year-old cheerleader started looking for an excuse — mood swings caused by pimple medicine — while still hospitalized with injuries he suffered when he slashed his own throat moments after the killing, a prosecutor said Tuesday at the start of his trial.
At 16 you should know enough about right and wrong to understand that murder is wrong.

So he murdered his ex-girlfriend, and then tried (and failed) to kill himself. Oh, and the girlfriend, he stabbed her 16 times.
[The lawyer] contends [the boyfriend] went to [girlfriend's] town house to reconcile with her and had the knife with him only because he's an avid hunter who has carried it since he was a Boy Scout.
Now, I can believe he always carries a pocketknife. (It was a 3.5 inch folder.) But that doesn't mean get off easy when it comes to what you do with that knife.

He went to her house to "reconcile." I wonder what her reaction was.

There are way too many people who have the "How dare you live without me!" attitude. People need to chill.

“He came to the wrong party”

KOAA.com - Would-be robber severely beaten after choosing wrong victims A special operations officer for the Coast Guard and a maximum security corrections officer are not the people you want to rob.
Meanwhile, the victim's fiancé grabbed their own rifle and turned toward the other burglar. She beat him so hard with the gun that the rifle broke in two.
Now one of the goblins ran at the first sign of (real) trouble, but they let the other one go. Not the best strategy.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Make of this what you will... I think it is in poor taste

The Chicago Cops who "participated" in the 1968 riots around the Democratic Convention are planning a reunion. AllGov - News - Chicago Police Rioters Organize Reunion

Not their finest hour, but if they want to see all that old video again, who am I to say no?

Here Is a Part of the Economy that is Rocking

You can say one thing... Barry Obama has sure stimulated one part of the economy: Guns! Smith & Wesson profit doubles, beats Street view - Yahoo! Finance
U.S. firearms maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp's (SWHC - News) quarterly profit more than doubled and topped estimates, as demand for its handguns and tactical rifles remained strong.
They are not alone of course.

That has to drive the Left crazy.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Week In Self-defense


This week, many law-abiding citizens, including women and elderly, used firearms to defend their lives, families, and property.
A good week for self-defense [click the image for full size.]

A pretty fair run-down of some of the week's stories. (Image copyright Oleg Volk)
a human right

Cops Don't Like Service at McDonalds - Pull a Gun - Don't Pay

I guess they thought that the rules (laws?) didn't apply to them. McMenacing? Cop Accused Of Pulling Gun At McD's - cbs4denver.com
two off-duty Denver police officers placed an order from their car in the early morning hours of May 21. But once at the drive through window, the employee said the men became agitated and angry at how long their food was taking. The men thought they were being ignored, according to contacts familiar with the worker's account. The male clerk then said one of the officer's flashed his police badge and pointed a pistol through the drive through window in a threatening manner, before driving off without paying.
Imagine that... having to WAIT for your food to be prepared at a fast food joint. I mean they never run out of fries, or if they do new fries are ready in under 10 seconds. Right? No, that isn't how it works?

Anyway the powers-that-be are apparently treating this with the attention it deserves. In the long-run it will be interesting to see what comes of it. (Only one of the 2 are on administrative leave.) [via KABA]

"What he did ... he crapped on his badge"

How would you describe a sheriff and an under sheriff extorting money from motorists? Tulsa World: Two former McIntosh lawmen plead guilty
On Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Oklahoma Eastern District, they acknowledged extorting about $12,000 cash from motorists during traffic stops during a 19-month period, splitting the proceeds for personal gain.
They eventually tried to steal money from an FBI agent. Oops.

Guilty Pleasure

Watched Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. A great piece of computer animation, rivaling Pixar. If you don't like Japanese story-telling, it is still worth watching just for the fight scenes. (There are a few.)

I would link a scene, but Square Enix is pretty picky about copyright. It seems everything has been dumped from YouTube. Watch the fight between Tifa Lockhart (she kicks ass), and Loz (a muscle-headed bad-guy) if you get a chance. Not that any of the rest are bad. Bahamut Sin is pretty interesting, the fight on motorcycles is pretty cool too, ...

A fun time was had by all.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Break Into Enough Homes, and You WILL Find an Armed Homeowner

Results are what is usually expected in this case. Intruder shot to death by homeowner near Altamonte Springs, Florida

The first clue is that he was wearing a ski mask. Can you even buy ski masks in Florida? It was 88 degrees at 8:30 AM yesterday in Tampa. Altamonte Springs is near Orlando, which is usually just a little bit warmer than Tampa.
The homeowner, who also has not been identified, was awakened by his wife after she was awakened by the noise of the attempts to kick in the front door.

The man grabbed a gun and went to the door. He was confronted by the masked man and fired once, hitting the suspect in the chest.
He may have had accomplices. Police are still looking into that.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0. Self-defense is a human right.

I Love a Story with a Happy Ending

What would do if a carjacker pointed a gun at you? Concealed weapons permits on the rise
TAMPA - About a month ago, Audry Sauceda was carjacked and fought back.

He stuck a gun in my side and told me to get out of the car," Sauceda said while sharing her story with FOX 13 on May 15. "And I pulled out my gun and stuck it in his face, and told him, he needed to get out. He screamed and jumped out of the car."
No hard statistics on the CCW permits mentioned in the headline aside from the number of folks attending classes at one Tampa-area gun range. [via NRA-ILA]

Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Phone Can Save Your Life

This guy's phone stopped a knife from penetrating his chest. Roswell store clerk calls cellphone his lifesaver | ajc.com
A would-be robber tried to stab Wescott with a hunting knife on Monday night shortly after entering the Beverage Mart where he worked as a clerk in Roswell.
Video of attack

“The knife looked about 10 feet long when he was waving it in front of my face,” Wescott recalled Wednesday during a press conference at the Roswell Police Department. “It was like slow motion.”
When that was over, he could then grab the GLOCK .40 caliber pistol that was under the counter and shoot the bastard.
Jeanpierre stumbled out the door and fell against the building hollering “you shot me, you shot me,” Wescott said.

“I told him he was lucky I didn’t kill him,” he said.
The bad guy was taken to a hospital. When he gets out, he "will be charged with two counts of aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery and possession of a weapon during the commission of a felony." That should send him away for a while.

Self-defense works. Though I think this guy is really lucky to be alive.

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

A shotgun blast will ruin your day, as it did for these two home invaders. Homeowner With Shotgun Kills Intruder Two goblins invade a home and force four people there into one room. They demand guns and money.
"At some point during this crime, one of the residents was able to grab a shotgun," Wessing said. "(He) shot and killed one of them, and then fired at the second suspect (who) was injured but then fled the area."
The injured guy showed up in a local hospital later, and is expected to survive. (No word on what he will be charged with.)

Self-defense works, even against armed thugs.

How Should the Old or Infirm Defend Themselves?

Without a firearm that is? Officials: Teen fatally shot by homeowner
A 70-year-old homeowner went out to his pickup truck Wednesday morning and found some drug paraphernalia in the back. The person to whom that drug paraphernalia belongs, 17-year-old Vidal Herrera, came asking for it back. The homeowner said he would not return it to him. That's when things got violent.
Without the means to equalize the situation, the old or the infirm would be at the mercy of the young and the violent.

This is viewed as legal self-defense.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Tough Day for Bad Guys

It seems that crime doesn't pay, or at least not when the law-abiding are armed. UPDATE: Armed robber shot by Barstow homeowner during break-in
A Los Angeles man who was trying to rob a Barstow home Friday night with two others was shot and killed by the homeowner, police said.
Will they try to arrest the homeowner? Because they didn't arrest the 2 goblins that got away - they usually want to arrest someone. And it is California.

And robbers still haven't learned that Texans are armed. 2 teens charged after they're shot in Harris Co. break-in. They broke into a woman's home to rob her.
Authorities said the two were inside a woman’s home ... when the she shot them through a door.
So self-defense doesn't work? Don't tell Texas.

An Interesting Look at the Financial Meltdown

"This American Life" is a great radio show. And this is a great episode: The Watchmen. It looks at the regulators and the rating agencies and asks the question, how did we get here. If you have an our, you or so, take a listen.

(This is a great show generally worth catching. If you can't listen on the radio, a download is available (see the link above) but it costs money for network bandwidth - more than 100K every year. You can give then a buck or 2 by clicking on this link.) Ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Considering the Source, This is an Amazing Article

MICHIGAN: More Women Getting Gun Training (2009-06-15) NPR - or Michigan Public Radio - has a relatively positive piece about women and guns. Knock me over with a feather.
Robin Boruta is a saleswoman and instructor. Tonight, she's teaching our ladies-only gun class.

"We're seeing a lot more women take that next step, and kind of be brave about it," she says. "They're still a little unsure. They're still a little intimidated. But they want to be able to carry those guns."
Even though the reporter remains unconvinced, the article itself is still pretty good.

The "Fierce Advocate" Strikes Again

So the self-proclaimed "fierce advocate" for gay rights had his Justice Department fight against gay rights. Gay Rights Groups Irate After Obama Administration Lauds Defense Of Marriage Act | Political Hotsheet - CBS News. The picture of what is essentially a left-wing protest is amazing.

But as I said before, why should Obama actually do anything for gays? It isn't politically expedient, and if you think a Chicago Machine politician is going to do something because it's right, you haven't heard the name Blagojevich.
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama claimed "we need to fully repeal the Defense of Marriage Act," which says states are not required to recognize other states' same-sex marriages.

That was then. This week, the Obama administration is facing the ire of gay rights groups after it filed a brief in California federal court defending the Defense of Marriage Act and calling it a "valid exercise of Congress' power" that is saving taxpayers money.
Two-faced? Most definitely. But then the man is a politician. Add to this the fact that he has continued so many of the Bush policies that angered everyone, and I wonder if people still be in the "change."

What change? Oh, yeah, implementation of socialism. That change. Is that really what people voted for?

Cops Don't Like To Be Monitored

They don't like people taking video of them. They don't like being tracked with GPS. Police union questions GPS intent - Rockford, IL.

This isn't the first police union to fight this kind of thing.
Unlike consumer GPS models, which have a map to aid the driver with step-by-step directions, the GPS units going into the squad cars are merely tracking devices that can be monitored by the 911 center and the police shift supervisor.

While the benefits of the GPS devices are obvious, it’s not clear whether the officers welcome the technology.

“We feel it’s a change in working conditions, and we are going to file a demand to bargain,” union President Aurelio DeLaRosa said today.

“The city feels it can (enhance) officer safety, and we can see that, but we don’t know if there are any alternative motives.”
I mean be fair, why should a supervisor be able to track how much time a cop spends at lunch, or at a donut shop? They clock in at the beginning of a shift, and that is good enough. Or so the union thinks.

The supervisors can also track the speed at which officers are driving, so maybe that is an issue as well.

As far as I can see, this hardly is the kind of thing that a union needs to collectively bargain for. Or are they worried about officer misconduct?
City Attorney Patrick Hayes said the intent behind the GPS device is “officer safety and improved efficiency” in dispatching officers, but he did not rule out using data collected by the GPS units when it comes to investigations of misconduct.
A lot of employers use GPS - mounted in company-owned vehicles - to monitor employees. Why are police immune? Some sanity might be in order for the union.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

A Story I Missed - Some Justice in Chicago

A lot of people remember a Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputy dumping a wheelchair bound man on the floor. Fewer remember a case in Chicago where a cop beat a man handcuffed and shackled to a wheelchair. The Associated Press: Prison for Chicago cop who beat man in wheelchair To beat someone you think might be resisting arrest is one thing. To beat someone chained to wheelchair so that he can barely move is another.
A federal judge imposed the 40-month sentence after viewing hospital security footage of William Cozzi, 52, handcuffing the man to the chair in an emergency room. Cozzi then shackled the man's legs to the chair and struck him with a sap, a weapon similar to a small blackjack club with a heavy center and usually covered in leather. The officer later accused the man of attacking him.
The existence of video in more places may just enable more justice in cases like this.

Because Dealing With A Bear In Your Home Shouldn't Require a Gun

The liberals in NYC and inside the Beltway love to say no one needs a gun. So exactly what should the homeowner have done when a bear forced its way into his house? Small Bear Wanders Into Colorado Home - cbs4denver.com
The incident happened Friday night when the 100-pound bear pushed its way through a heavy door into the house and started growling. The unnamed homeowner shot the bear four times with a Colt .45 revolver as it made its way to a staircase.
They live inside their gated communities, in their safe, suburban neighborhoods and decide that he whole world is exactly what they see out the front door. The truth is a bit more complicated.

In the Real World™ there are things like wild animals, and violent criminals, who aren't impressed with your taste in shade-grown, fair trade lattes. They only see you as something to consume.
The resident called authorities after the bear died. Wildlife officials say the bear's hide will be used for educational purposes and that the shooting was justified.
Don't tell PETA, they probably think the homeowner should have sacrificed himself, or his children, to protect the bear. Freakin' idiots.

Friday, June 12, 2009

On the road again...

I forgot to say that I would be traveling and that as a result, posting would be light (or non-existent, as it has been for a few days.) Don't know how much access I will have when I actually reach my destination....

So in the meantime, visit the blogs listed in the sidebar.

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

The instant you are confronted by a violent criminal, the police will not be there. Target of Sarasota robbery shoots his assailant

[Elliott Firby] realized something was wrong, when a truck started following him.
The truck was still behind him when Firby pulled into his driveway on Rilma Avenue and got out to open a gate. A guy jumped out of the truck with a shotgun — politely telling Firby that he was being robbed.

“Give it up, sir,” he said.
Mr. Firby shot him with a .380 semi-automatic.

Brandon Ellis, 16, showed up at a local hospital a few hours later with a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Detectives plan to charge him with attempted robbery when he is released from the hospital.
Surveillance photos from the hospital lead to Cadareus Ray, 18, Ellis' half-brother. Ray was arrested for armed robbery. Ellis will be arrested when he gets out of the hospital.

Mr. Firby has been cleared in the shooting.
Detectives have cleared Firby of any wrongdoing in the shooting. Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law — which allows people to use deadly force when they face bodily harm — was a factor in the decision not to charge him.

“He was looking at dying,” said Sarasota Police Capt. Bill Spitler. “And he has every right to defend himself.”
Self-defense is a human right, and in Florida, it is your legal right.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Take One Hate Crime Law, Add a Pinch of Concealed Carry

The fact that the Pink Pistols always make people hopping mad, makes me smile. Pro-Gun Gay Groups Take Aim at Hate Crimes Bill. It isn't just the Pink Pistols, of course, GOProud - a group that has had it with Log Cabin Republicans. (LCR has a spotty track record of actually supporting Republicans, after all.)
Senate Republicans are looking at the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act as another chance to score a victory for the Second Amendment. The possible plan — to add an amendment that would allow gun owners to carry their weapons from one state to another in accordance with concealed carry laws. The possible rationale — to defend gay rights.

“It makes sense for a group of people who would be protected by hate crime legislation to support something that would let them defend themselves before or after the crime,” said one Republican Senate aid familiar with the discussions. “It’s relevant, and we want to work together with gay groups to get the message out.”
There is enough political maneuvering that the Hate Crimes Bill may not be voted on independently. (It may be added as an amendment to the Defense Authorization for 2009 - by the same people who had a fit over the National Park Carry amendment to the Credit Card bill. I guess inside-the-beltway DC hacks don't get irony.)

Anyway, IF the hate crimes bill is voted on separately, and the National Carry Reciprocity amendment is added it should provide some great theater. Democrats voting for a Second Amendment Bill. Republicans voting for a Gay Hate Crime Bill. Just the possibility has to be driving Sarah Brady to drink. And Fred Phelps too.

A stand-alone version of National Carry Reciprocity could also be voted on. Write to your Senators and urge them to support S. 845. Urge Democrats to co-sponsor, since only a Democrat from Alaska is currently on board.

Whatever happens it promises to be interesting.

More Women Take Self-defense Seriously

Female business owners arm themselves

Basically a lot of anti-gun women are finally waking up.
Lake Worth business owner Mayra Ramirez has been practicing at the Palm Beach Shooting Range in Lake Worth for months.

"I was always against guns but from watching the news and seeing so many things happen, I figured it was time to get one," Ramirez said.

Ramirez is arming herself because she's fed up with the crime around her business.
Sounds like a sound decision to me. [via NRA-ILA]

I Think They Hate Americans

Why implement a program that will not impact global warming but will punish every American? Cap-and-Trade: All Cost, No Benefit -Martin Feldstein - The Folly of Unilateral Cap-and-Trade - washingtonpost.com This program would have a "trivially small effect on global warming while imposing substantial costs on all American households." So why do it?

Why implement a policy whose only result will be to hurt the average American household?

How Long is Too Long to Wait?

Whether you have a police, medical or fire emergency, 20 minutes is a long time to wait. But is 10 minutes OK? Marshall County 911 upgrades possible
Once outside the city limits in Marshall County, the average response time for a 911 call is 15 to 20 minutes. Captain Donny Raley, communications director for the Marshall County Sheriff's Department says a new enhanced 911 system would cut emergency response time in half.
A lot of bad things can happen in 10 minutes. 20 minutes would seem like an eternity.

Even if they cut the response time in half, as planned, and remember these are average response times - some people will wait longer. You need to have a plan for how you will survive that 10 minutes. Learn CPR. Learn first aid. Keep fire extinguishers on hand. Also consider what you will do if faced with a violent criminal.

You may not have to wait as long as these folks, but you won't get help immediately. (When seconds count, help is minutes away.) What will you do with those minutes?

There is Something Really Wrong Here

There is probably more than one thing wrong. 13 women killed in seven months, and no easy answers
Thirteen women slain in Erie and Niagara counties since November have one thing in common: The men they once loved are accused of killing them.

Several of the women were repeatedly shot or stabbed by their boyfriends, husbands or exes. Others were strangled, their throats were slashed, or they were drugged until their hearts stopped.
One problem is denial on the part of everyone.
“Even when I heard the gunshots, I didn’t think he shot my sister,” said Racquel Jansma, whose 27-year-old sister, Amy Holliday, was killed by her husband Nov. 1, the first in the bloody string of deaths. “I never thought it would have come to that. Never.”
It can and does happen all too often.
The number of reported abuse cases in Niagara County has declined slightly in recent years, but according to Erie County’s Central Police Services, reported domestic incidents in Erie County have climbed by more than 1,200 cases since 2006.
Another problem is that New York doesn't like the idea of self-defense. Could all of these women have defended themselves if they had a firearm? Probably not. Would all of them be dead if New York encouraged legal self-defense? We will never know the answer to that question.

Some people want to blame the bad economy, and it may have some impact.
[Linda Ray, executive director of the Family Justice Center in Erie County,] and other domestic violence experts say these kinds of outside stresses do not turn people into abusers. But they can make an already abusive situation worse.
A lot of people are calling for more police action, and while there is probably more that they could do, the truth is, when someone is bent on violence, the police can't do much. They get called after the fact.

But the original point is true. Something is very wrong when people think that love is best expressed by killing a person. That isn't love. What do we need to do to fix this?

You Use What Weapon is Available

Is this properly filed under "citizens' arrest?" This guy was lucky the beer was lite 4 friends were out for the evening and stopped to buy beer. A guy stole a wallet from one of them.
"He's got my wallet!" Kayte yelled as the robber headed for the door.

Taking chase, Kayte reached the sidewalk to see the guy pushing and trying to mount a bicycle. It dawned on Kayte there was something useful in her hand.

A 12-pack of Miller Lite -- bottles. Her friends' eyes widened as Kayte hoisted the box to shoulder height, reared back and shot-put the beer at the burglar maybe 12 feet away.
They retrieved the wallet and held the bicycle. As he walked away, one of them followed him. Police caught up with him shortly.

An interesting side note...
The ladies observed while rehashing the incident that several male bystanders had just stood there, not one making a move to help. Maybe it was the shock of seeing a guy put down by a 12-pack.
Attitude makes all the difference.

Monday, June 08, 2009

$24,000 for a weekend sounds cheap compared to this

An article that details the spending of Britain's Royals. Spain's Queen Sofia not amused by Ryanair - Times Online

Queen Sofia flew on the discount airline, Ryanair. British Royalty are bit more extravagant.
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were criticised for spending a reported £330,000 when they flew to New York in a private jet in 2005. In April, the pair chartered a private jet costing an estimated £80,000 for a five-day tour of Europe to promote environmental issues.

Last year Prince Andrew hired a jet to travel across America at a cost of £118,440. Prince William caused controversy when it emerged that he had used an RAF Chinook helicopter to fly himself and his brother Prince Harry to a stag weekend on the Isle of Wight last year.
Sounds more like our political class.

I especially love the use of a private jet to promote environmental causes. Hey Charles, next time, take the train.

Note: Today the exchange rate is 1 British Pound Sterling = 1.59 US dollars.

Still Planning a Vacation in Mexico?

18 killed in bloody Acapulco shootout as Mexican drug war spreads - Times Online Yeah, that's where I want to be.
The streets of the old hotel zone were empty as residents barricaded themselves in their homes and tourists cowered inside small hotels. President Calderón has been chasing cartels deep into tourist zones as he attempts to crush the gangs whose turf wars have killed about 2,300 people this year alone.
Not the fun in the sun you were hoping for, is it.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Robbers Haven't Figured Out that Texans Are Armed

Self-defense works even after you have been attacked. Holdup man shot after opening fire in Oak Cliff

A man was shot in an attempted robbery. But then, after being shot, he pulled his own gun and shot the would be robber.
Police said the unnamed suspect managed to drive himself to a hospital for treatment.

The victim, whose name was also unavailable, is expected to be okay.
Being prepared is not the same thing as being invincible. But even after he was injured, he managed to drive off his attacker.

Drawing a Line Between Civil Marriage and Church Marriage

Religion and PoliticsMany churches bless same-sex unions. Many consider these marriages in the eyes of the church. Now an Episcopal church is making a firm distinction. But not between gay and straight - between church and state. They will no longer sign civil marriage licenses for straight couples. God Looks at a Piece of Paper and Finds it Wanting
The vestry at All Saints Episcopal church in Pasadena has just announced that its clergy will no longer sign California marriage certificates for any couples that it marries in a religious ceremony. They are doing this as a response to the discrimination Prop. 8 added to California’s constitution.
They are refusing to participate in a system they see as religiously flawed.

You are of course free to disagree with them. But that is all you are free to do.
Heterosexual couples married at All Saints [in Pasadena] will have to suffer the inconvenience of getting a secular signature on their California marriage certificate.
You can read the resolution at this link. (It is a PDF; You have been warned!)

So Why Do We Still Have "Don't Ask, Don't Tell?"

What political capital is in jeopardy if Obama and Congress remove this stupid policy. Conservatives Shift in Favor of Openly Gay Service Members When conservatives as a whole support the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and regular church-goers are even more supportive, why is this policy still in place?

69% of adults believe gays should be allowed to serve in the military. 58% of conservatives agree. So who exactly is against it? A bunch of homophobic retired generals is really the best you can come up with?

Here's the data (click the image for slightly better view).


Unit cohesion. People won't want to serve. These were arguments used to oppose integration of the services. The same arguments today are different in what way exactly?

Pakistan Finally Wakes Up

The government had "discouraged" the village militias from dealing with the Taliban. That changed recently. The Taliban then provided the incentive. Villagers fight Taliban after Pakistan mosque blast

It is still early days, but if the people are pissed off enough - and they are armed - and the government continues to point them in the right direction (some support in the form of ammo supplies might be good), this can only be very bad for the Taliban. Locals will know where they hide, who they are, if they are then really interested, the Taliban will be gone soon enough.

There is plenty of suspicion of the government, but the Taliban itself may have turned the tide in favor of the government.
Taliban militants have also launched a string of bomb attacks in response to the military offensive and are suspected of being behind a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in the Upper Dir region, near Swat, that killed about 40 people on Friday.

After the blast, enraged villagers formed a militia, known as a lashkar, of about 500 men to expel the militants from the area, said the top government official in the region.

"They are standing up against the militants themselves as they consider them troublemakers," the government administrator, Atif-ur-Rehman, told Reuters by telephone.
Keep your fingers crossed. [Saw a summary of this story on one of the Sunday morning/talking heads news shows.]

Saturday, June 06, 2009

No Mention of Self-defense

If I knew this woman, I would encourage her to get a firearm and training for herself and her children. Her ex-husband sounds like a monster. Abused woman in NC dreads release of ex-husband

Consider what she went through...
She was 23 the day in 1994 he beat her senseless, leaving her with back, neck and hand injuries — bone spurs, pinched nerves, osteoarthritis — that still require surgeries. He told Thompson he would kill her, bury her in the back yard and tell their daughters she had run away. He slapped her so hard that a ring on his right hand flew off and dented the wall.

The abuse continued for more than three hours. At his trial, she testified the pain was so severe when he squeezed her ears with pliers that she pleaded for him to kill her. Instead, he held her at gunpoint for another 15 hours before allowing her to go to a hospital.
The prosecuting attorney still remembers the case.
"In all the years I've defended or prosecuted cases like that, she probably suffered the worst and had the most horrific injuries for somebody who survived," Donna Stepp said. "I do remember the case just because of that and because of how far she came since that."
Police are helping with personal security, since the guy made pretty specific death threats, but you still have to be ready to act at a moment's notice.

Now maybe she is armed, and maybe the police are helping her with that (the police - rightly so - won't give any details about security), but what is completely amazing to me is that the reporter and editors of this article seem like they have never heard of self-defense. It doesn't enter their minds, so barricade against the truth - the police don't come til after the crime is committed. And that is often too late.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

You could file this under "don't bring a knife to a gunfight." Phoenix liquor store clerk held up, shoots suspect I love stories of legal self-defense.
Thompson said the suspect then moved through a gate at the counter and pulled out a knife.

The store clerk pulled out a gun and shot the suspect, [Phoenix Police Sgt. Tommy] Thompson said.
No one has been convicted, and even the clerk is under investigation, but if it turns out to be as described, I would call it legal self-defense.

Recovery? Not in Housing

A lot of people are looking for a bottom and maybe a turnaround in housing. Don't hold your breath. No Bottom in Housing - Barrons.com

Prices are down 40% with probably at least another 5 or 10% to go, even under good circumstances. But these are decidedly not good circumstances.

You see the government got involved and tried to "fix" things. Can you say "unintended consequences?"
Toward the end of their report, as a kind of second opinion, the T2 duo cite some observations last month by Mark Hanson of the Field Check Group, a seasoned research outfit that specializes in real estate and mortgages. And not surprisingly, he's at one with their downbeat analysis. In fact, if anything, he's even more bearish and puts a lot of the blame squarely on ill-conceived attempts to ease the plight of troubled homeowners by tinkering with their loans.

More specifically, he cites all of those "terrible kick-the- can-down-the-road modifications that leave borrowers in five-year teaser, ultra-high leverage, 150% loan-to value balloon loans" that when they start adjusting upward will "turn millions of homeowners into overlevered, underwater, renters, and ensure housing is a dead asset class for years to come."
T2 Partners, a consulting firm in the area of finance who have been fairly accurate prognosticators so far in this recession. They see five waves of housing losses - two are behind us, three are yet to come.
In the first two waves, the losses of which appear largely behind us, the chief causes of distress were rooted in fraud, feckless speculation and payment shock induced by mortgage resets.

The last three waves, the big losses of which have still to come, include prime loans (mostly owned or guaranteed by Fannie and Freddie); jumbo primes, second liens and home-equity lines of credit (most of these are on banks' books), and loans outside housing, notably the tidy $3.5 trillion of commercial real estate.
Put that all together and the recession housing goes on another year or so.

If you want to take a look at the real face of recession, you might consider the under count in the unemployment number.
The harsh truth is that, using the regular payroll data, a rather formidable 14.5 million people are out of work. Moreover, if we look at the category we feel gives a more accurate picture -- the so-called U-6 tally -- which includes people too discouraged to keep looking for a job and those working part-time because they can't find full-time slots, the unemployment rate shot up to a new high of 16.4%. That means that something around 25 million folks are effectively on the dole. Ugh!
And wasn't the stimulus supposed to keep the unemployment rate below 9 percent.

Asking the government to "fix things" is like asking government to make the tides stop rising. I'm sure they will be happy to create a department, it just won't be too effective.

Are We Winning the War on (Some) Drugs?

A trillion dollars in 39 years. Has it been worth it?Drugs like marijuana: the no-brainer!
In 2008 the criminal justice system processed some 845,000 criminal cases for marijuana, about 90% for possession with intent to smoke. How many hours does that represent and what other crimes received less attention?
It isn't like all violent crime is under control, or that we have all the money in the world to incarcerate non-violent folks.

Consider the other costs.
“Wait! We are not done. These 845,000 MJ cases go to the lab that must show that the green stuff really is pot. Labs around the country are over-loaded with drug cases. Since drugs are the most important, guess what cases are not being processed? Rape kits & their DNA. According to National Public Radio and unrefuted, 400,000 rape kits some years old have never been opened. Rapists are running loose as labs process Willie’s last possession with intent to smoke bust. Reduction in Public Safety!
So tell me again why it is so important to keep waging this losing war?

So what is this all about, really?

The First Step Toward Fixing a Problem, is Admitting You Have a Problem

It's all about doing what you said you would do. This is actually the report of a county sheriff to the people who elected him.

Usually when I write about 911 response-times, there are people explaining why they do everything the best they can, and you have to learn to live with the result. It is refreshing to see someone want to improve a bad situation. That someone is Paul R. Babeu, Pinal County sheriff, from Pinal County Arizona.

On the subject of 911 response times:
Our emergency response time for a deputy to a priority No. 1 emergency call is 13.6 minutes. Response times for a priority No. 2 urgent call remains over 18 minutes. This is unacceptable and is why we have added more deputies to the road to answer your emergency calls and reduce our response times.
He is right of course. A lot of really bad things can happen in 13 minutes. But the truth is, his forces aren't usually called out until after that something is already done.

Still it is refreshing to see someone stepping up to the plate, and actually working to make things better. Hat's off to Sheriff Babeu.

Even if he cuts response time in half, a lot of bad things can happen in 6 minutes. Even assuming that the police are called before the crime is really underway, you are going to be on your own for a while. Better have a plan on how you will survive that 6 minutes.

I Think It Is Called Felony Murder

Plantation robber gets 12 years in prison for accomplice's death If anyone is killed during the commission of a crime, all of the criminals are culpable.
Under Florida law, anyone who commits a felony such as armed robbery resulting in a death can be held accountable for the capital offense.
Sucks to be you, Mr. Criminal. I think you actually got off easy. (12 years in prison.) Florida is death penalty state, and while they aren't as serious as Texas, they aren't New York either.

This is the culmination of a 2007 case where 2 guys tried to rob a Subway Sandwich shop in Plantation, Florida. But they ran straight into a retired Marine, John Lovell. You can read about the original incident at this link. Suffice it to say that legal concealed carry works. (And actually I know the bad-guy got off easy; his accomplice in that failed robbery was killed at the scene.)

Family Stops Would-be Thief

A man and his 2 sons subdue a would-be robber. (Don't be fooled by the headline.) FCI employee thwarts would-be robber outside his Waterbury home - NewsTimes.com
"Somebody was walking down the street," Dwyer said Friday. "All of a sudden he started saying 'Yo, yo.' Then he comes on up and pulls a 9 mm out and says, 'This is a robbery, yo.'"

That's when Dwyer's expertise with weapons kicked in. "I reached down and grabbed the gun by the upper receiver," he recalled.
A shot was fired, but because of the way he had grabbed the gun, the shell could not be expelled - jamming the gun.
But by then, his two sons, Robert Jr., 27, and Christopher, 25, had heard the commotion and left the house to come to his aid.

Christopher tackled Marte, Dwyer said, and he and Robert Jr. subdued the assailant and kicked the gun away while a neighbor called police.
He did what any parent should do, at that point.
"My children got into the fray, so I had to get back into the fray," he said.
You see I believe that self-defense is a human right, but I also believe that parents have a duty to protect their kids.

Anyway the bad guy is in custody, charged with half a dozen crimes: "attempted first-degree robbery, attempted first-degree assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, illegal discharge of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a permit."

Self-defense is a human right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Good Bye First Amendment

The idea that some ideas cannot be discussed is a dangerous place to be. We are there. Some Colleges Bar Even Talking About Right to Bear Arms, Gun Advocates Say

This is a fairly extreme repression of the first amendment.
Brashier maintains she was hauled into a meeting with the dean, who told her "that the club would never be approved, that the school did not wish to discuss the topic, and to cease speaking about it as well as destroy the literature."

The school acknowledged Monday that it told Brashier to stop leafletting — not because it didn't like what she had to say, but because school policy requires that any "mass distribution" of materials must get clearance from school officials ahead of time. In addition, officials said, her pamphlets implied that Students for Concealed Carry was already a sanctioned student organization on campus.
You can have your 1st Amendment rights, as long as the bureaucrats agree. So a free press doesn't apply to "mass distribution" of materials, apparently.

Government control of what you can say, and read, is designed to control what you can think. If no one can discuss legal concealed carry, you will never think about it, and never think it might be a good idea. That is why the 1st Amendment exists, to combat that.

Apparently the powers-that-be at Community College of Allegheny County never got that far through their middle school civics class. [NRA-ILA]

Thursday, June 04, 2009

More Work Than I Want To Do

But it sure looks like fun.

Via SailMonster

So how should a 74-yr-old man with bad knees defend himself?

Without something effective, like a firearm, what would happen to a 74-year-old Pistol in hand Korean War Vet defends home - Coeur d'Alene, ID |. Without a tool, like a firearm, to equalize the odds - to use Col. Colt's phrase - the old and the infirm would be at the mercy of the young and the violent.

He woke up in the middle of the night to the sounds of someone in his home.
He stumbled across two intruders apparently in the process of burglarizing his house just before midnight.

"I peeked outside the door and when I did there was this big guy, at least taller than me, he had a ski mask on and a baseball hat," Lewis [not his real name] said.

He thinks the men were after painkillers which he now keeps under lock and key. Lewis says fake knees make it hard to be quick on his feet these days but he was armed and ready.

"It's a Smith and Wesson .38 and I keep it loaded all the time."
He shot one goblin in the arm. Said goblin was arrested when he showed up at a local hospital. Second goblin turned himself in, and the third is being sought by police.

So, if the Left were to remove all guns, what would have happened to this law-abiding citizen? What would his correct response be? Dial 911 and pray for rescue?

He Refused to Accept that It Was Over

Why is it that people can't accept break ups? People break up every day. But some people have the attitude, "How dare you live without me!" Irish girl killed in Orihuela was due to return to Ireland the day she was murdered 20-year-old Avril Flanagan was stabbed 40 times by a man who claimed he loved her.

Pretty sad way to show love.

A Sad Day for Blues Lovers

Chicago blues legend Koko Taylor dies at 80 - On Deadline - USATODAY.com That woman could sing the blues.
She was born Cora Walton in 1928 in Memphis, orphaned by age 11, and worked in the cotton fields to support herself. She and her future husband, Robert “Pops” Taylor, came to Chicago in 1952, and her big voice soon began filling South Side clubs.
Here's a sample from 1967.

Equal Before the Law?

Maybe. It seems that sentences like this handed down in similar cases of battery all the time. Doesn't make it right. Backlash to lenient sentence in gay bashing case A brutal attack, from ambush, left 2 people with mild concussions. It could have been much worse, given the victims had been kicked repeatedly in the head.

So what kind of punishment is suitable for this type of crime?
Boston District Court Judge Thomas C. Horgan imposed a two-year suspended sentence and mandatory completion of an anger management program on [one of the thugs.]
That's right, for the crime of leaving 4 people lying bleeding in the street, he gets slapped firmly on the wrist and sent to his room to anger management class.

And people wonder why legislatures all across the country got fed up with judges and enacted minimum sentences for various crimes. This is at the very least, a miscarriage of justice.

And do you think no time served and a group encounter session is a reasonable punishment? I don't. (And neither do all the people preparing to protest.) But if, as Christina Miller, board member and former co-chair of the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association says, and these are typical sentences everyone is being screwed over equally.
"It is always up to a court, given the variety of factors. I think if you did an analysis of [similar] cases that did not involve hate crimes the sentence would probably be lower," said Miller. The judge in this case, she said, considered a range of factors in deciding on a sentence, including the defendant’s lack of a prior criminal record, the severity of the assaults, and the anti-gay motive.
Equal before the law isn't supposed mean everyone gets screwed equally. (I have the feeling that those other cases might have something to do with domestic violence - there is no justice there either.) Do you still think there is Justice in the Criminal Justice System?

How exactly could you have a lesser sentence than no-time, and anger management? Skip the anger management?

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Lip Service

He was supposed to be a "fierce advocate" for the LGBT community. So far he hasn't done much. Obama White House Names June LGBT Pride Month | RadarOnline.com Of course the "fierce advocate" doesn't believe in gay marriage. (Does that put him to the right of Dick Cheney?)

So he declares Gay Pride Month, to be "Gay Pride Month." June has been gay pride month for long time, by virtue of the fact that the Stonewall Riots took place in June. That's why most Pride Festivals happen in June. So, exactly what did he say? June=June? Yeah, that's a fierce advocate.

Of course he doesn't need to actually DO anything. The major gay organizations are adjuncts of the Democratic Party. If he did something - like Employment Non-discrimination or ending "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" - what promises would they make next year or in 2012 to mobilize the gay vote? If he came out against Prop 8, something that might have actually made a difference in November, well, it would have cost him something important.

I also don't expect him to make a speech on or around the anniversary of the Stonewall riots, calling for equality in anyway. He wouldn't have to go to a Fest - that would be a security nightmare - just an address to urge passage of any of our issues. ENDA or Don't Ask Don't Tell being high on my list.

So he declares that June is June, and no doubt a bunch of folk's from Huffington Post to HRC to whoever will say that this proves what a fierce advocate he is for gay rights. In the meantime, nothing changes.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

How is All That Gun Control Working Out?

Chicago has 7 shooting deaths in 24 hours Illinois - mostly at the behest of Chicago - has some of the most insane gun laws in America. When I am visiting my dad, I can't go to the range, buy ammo, etc. Luckily it isn't too far to the Indiana state line. Still a royal pain - especially given the general ammo situation lately. (Just seems crazy because there is a relatively new, very modern range not far from my dad.)

But all that gun control in the state - together with the outlawing of handguns in Chicago itself - hasn't done a damn thing to fix the problems of the state.
Chicago had seven shooting deaths in 24 hours this weekend, and police say they have no suspects in custody.

All seven victims were men in their 20s or 30s, and all were shot to death.
Actually with no new gun control laws, Chicago police have pushed crime down about 15% this year.

Anthony Abbate: Guilty

JusticeThe claim of self-defense was, shall we say, unconvincing. Chicago officer convicted of battery on bartender
A hulking Chicago police officer who claimed he pummeled a female bartender half his size because he thought he was in danger was found guilty Tuesday of aggravated battery.

Judge John Fleming rejected Anthony Abbate's claim that he acted in self defense when he threw, punched and kicked Karolina Obrycka as she tended bar in February 2007 in an attack caught on a tavern security tape. The altercation happened after she refused to serve him more drinks.
Justice for one of Chicago's Finest? Maybe.

Home Invader Meets Armed Homeowner With the Expected Result

If a man tells you to your face - through a window, granted - not to break into his home, you might consider listening. Fayette County Homeowner Shoots and Kills Intruder He was confronted by a man - at night he couldn't see who - trying to break a picture window. So, what would you do?
"I went back and got my gun and came back into the room," says Woods, "and he broke at me. He asked me what I was going to do and he broke at me, right through the window. He walked right through the window and so I shot. I fired about three shots."
He fired 3 shots at an intruder inside his home, where his wife and his daughter were. He did the right thing.

Turns out the guy he shot was a neighbor. And the neighbors don't believe in legal self-defense. Luckily the state does.
The case is still under investigation but District Attorney Mike Dunavant says it appears to be a "justified" shooting, meaning Mr. Woods won't face any charges.

Woods feels bad for Webb's family but insists he had no choice but to fire his .38 revolver.

"If I hadn't been there," he says, "I don't what he would have done to my family."
So what would you do to protect your kids?

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0. Self-defense is a human right.

Speaking of Chicago Cops Getting Up to No-Good...

Officer's bar beating trial opens, and video is played -- chicagotribune.com If you don't remember this case, the video is at CBS News. The thing that gets me is that the lawyer is trying to say that the 5 foot 3 inch, 125 pound female bartender was actually beating up the 6 foot 1 inch 250 pound cop (not an ex-cop, he is on suspension). She did object to the fact that he punched another patron. She also refused to serve him any more alcohol (her duty according to the law, given she thought he was drunk).

I guess given the video evidence, the lawyer doesn't have any other choice, but it is things like that, that give lawyers a bad name.

Anyway, take a look for yourself; hardly a viewing pleasure.

Is it just in Chicago (well greater Chicago) where this happens?

Cops extorting people, that is. Ex-Melrose Park chief, 2 other ex-cops convicted -- chicagotribune.com
Former chief Vito Scavo, 61, was found guilty on all counts, including racketeering, extortion and fraud by a federal court jury that deliberated for just five and a half hours over evidence in the seven-week trial.
He had a security company, and he convinced local businesses to hire his "employees" some of which included cops (on duty of course). If this was The Outfit, instead of a cop, it would be called "protection."

He apparently had 154,000 in unreported income. (That's what they got Al Capone for, tax evasion.) Quite a retirement plan if you ask me.

Monday, June 01, 2009

I Will NEVER Buy a Government Motors Vehicle

Until just recently, I drove GM cars. Since 1988, when I bought a Chevy Blazer, I have driven GM vehicles. When I was making 6 figures, I drove a Buick. (I would still be driving that car if a tourist in an SUV wasn't so busy marveling at how many palm trees there are in Florida.)

I have had trouble, but then I always drove my vehicles into the ground. (I bought one Buick when it had 93,000 miles on, and drove it for 4 years, before it became a problem.) Mostly I have been happy with GM.

I have argued with people about quality - a few years ago, 5 of the top 10 cars on J.D. Power's quality list were Detroit-3 brands. People were saying "Yeah, but Cadillac is expensive" when one of the other brands was Lexus. (Not exactly a discount brand.)

But that ends now. I will never buy another GM car. If someone gives me a GM car, I will sell it. What about "Never say never?" I can't see a set of circumstances that would make me change my mind. Certainly as long as the government is in the car business, I will not buy them.

Don't give the red herring about how we need to get our money back. The money we gave to GM is sunk cost. We will never see that money again. The next 30 billion is also lost. The only thing we can do is cut the pain as short as possible. Best to let GM go the way of American Motors.

The more we do to help GM, the more we hurt Ford. You remember Ford? The one US auto company that still is a private enterprise concern. We gave GM access to funding via GMAC and they immediately offered car deals that Ford had to match. Or try.

So, do you love GM so much that you are willing to put Ford to the screws? Because that is what is happening. Everything we give to GM or Chrysler is a slap at Ford for not needing more of a bailout. Or maybe the socialists who seem to be running everything today really want to control Ford as well.