Thursday, July 29, 2010

Three Out of Three Ain't Bad

Barn owner fires gun, deters burglary
A homeowner fired a gun into the air and captured one of three people allegedly burglarizing his barn early Wednesday morning, police say.
He fired the gun to scare away the burglars. It worked. One of the three took off in the get-away-truck, and the other two were left on foot. The homeowner got 1. Police got the other 2.
David A. Fortier, 22, of Canaan, and Damien Shane Towers, 19, of Skowhegan, are both charged with burglary and theft. Rachelle R. Clukey, 19, of Cornville, is charged with theft by receiving stolen property.
An armed homeowner stopped three miscreants, and no one got shot.

Burglar Meets Armed Homeowner

Can you guess what happened? Cops: Northwestside man shoots intruder
A Northwestside homeowner told police he shot a man who kicked in the front door today, a police statement said.

Bryan Tuggle, 23, Indianapolis, was in critical condition at Wishard Memorial Hospital, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department reported.
Self-defense works.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

More of Those Special Rights Gays Want

HELEN DENNIS: LGBT elders face special retirement concerns - The Daily Breeze
Some LGBT elders are denied housing in mainstream retirement communities. In another study, one-third of gay and lesbian respondents thought they would have to hide their identity if they moved into such a community.
Told they "wouldn't be comfortable" in various homes/communities.

There is no right to housing for gays and lesbians. (Another damn special right!)

Oh, and the ability to have someone you trust take charge if you need to ...
Resources are denied. LGBT older adults often rely on friends and community members as their chosen family. This is partly because many are estranged from their biological families. The problem arises because policies, laws and institutional regulations generally recognize only legal and biological families.
Well biological families and married spouses. (Not members of civil unions.) And of course the courts have ignored things like medical power of attorney, and civil unions when gays are involved. (They know best, don't you know.)

What If You Called 911, And the Cops Stayed Outside Your Apartment for an Hour?

Forget about minutes, these guys didn't do anything (useful) for an hour.'Deadly delay': Police wait while mother, sons slain | Washington Examiner

Why did they wait an hour to respond to a 911 call? Policy and procedures have to be followed.
The District police department policy on forcible entry caused a "deadly delay" as officers waited for a supervisor outside an apartment while a mother and her two young sons were being stabbed to death inside, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman's family.

The policy that led to police taking nearly an hour to finally bust down the door and find the murdered family is at the center of a $60 million wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the officers involved.
I doubt it will go anywhere. You can't sue the police for not coming to your rescue.

As Breda says, "Never depend on another person to protect you. You are all you've got."

She's Making the Boys Cry

That says something sad about how boys are raised in this culture. SheWired.com - 13-Year-Old Little Leaguer Chelsea Baker Throws a Mean Knuckleball
Right now there are two famous residents of Plant City, Florida. The first is Joe Niekro, the famed knuckleball pitcher known for his incredible seasons with the Houston Astros. The second is Chelsea Baker, a 13 year-old girl pitcher in an all-boys league who hasn’t lost a sanctioned game in four years.

What’s her success? Talent and a knack for the knuckleball she learned from none other than that very same “Coach Joe” Niekro.
Oh, and she isn't the only woman playing baseball...
But the fact is she’s the second female to get known for her knuckleball—the first being Eri Yoshida, the 18 year-old pitching for the U.S. minor league team, the Chico Outlaws.
I love stories like this.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Somebody Has It In For the Oil Business

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, there is another oil well leaking off the Louisiana coast. Louisiana well emitting oil, gas after vessel strike - CNN.com
New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) -- A towing vessel struck an oil well in the Barataria Waterway off the southeastern Louisiana coast on Tuesday, causing the well to emit oil and natural gas into Barataria Bay, the Coast Guard said in a news release.
I blame global warming. Or is that global positioning?

Salt

Against my better judgment, I saw the new Angelina Jolie movie today. (It was either that or Inception and I hate Leonardo.)

It was pretty good. Not as mysterious as they wanted it to be, and as a summer block-buster, fairly thick with the fights/special effects. But it was worth seeing.

Monday, July 26, 2010

I Thought Cooperation Was Supposed to Ensure Safety

I missed this story... but it is still to the point. Clerk Shot After Handing Cash to Robbers | WSPA
The clerk stated that each subject pulled a handgun out and pointed at him demanding money from the register. After the clerk gave them the money from the register, both subjects shot the clerk multiple times and left the store in an unknown direction
Police chiefs, gun-fearing weenies, Leftist politicians all love to tell us that we shouldn't take action against criminals. That cooperating with them is the best way to ensure safety.

Of course not all criminals agree, and it seems to me that more recently, more of them would rather try to eliminate witnesses.

And what exactly should a woman do who is confronted by a rapist? Or a parent confronted by someone trying to kidnap their child? Really? They should cooperate? Really?

Cooperation is a strategy. You may think it is a good strategy. I think it is poor.

The clerk is in stable condition. The two monsters are on the loose.

Rationing of Health Care Comes to the UK

It was bound to happen. Axe falls on NHS services - Telegraph
Some of the most common operations — including hip replacements and cataract surgery — will be rationed as part of attempts to save billions of pounds, despite government promises that front-line services would be protected.
It costs money the UK government doesn't have.

I friend says, "But the Brits don't want to change NHS."

If you give people free ice cream, and tell them it is their right to have it, they will never want to pay for for their own ice cream, even as the quality of the free stuff declines.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

ACLU Wins Guns Rights Case

Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Robert Weinstein: Elderly man's seized weapons returned - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com

With the aid of the ACLU, Robert Weinstein had his property returned.
Broward Sheriff's deputies seized the handguns in February, saying they believed he was about to shoot himself out of despair. His wife of 61 years, Dana Weinstein, died in January. Three weeks later, her remains were still not at the funeral home for burial.

"Mr. Weinstein, you seem like a wonderful human being," Ross told him after a 20-minute hearing. "I apologize for having to bring you down here. I honestly don't know why they were taken from you."
A semi-auto .25-caliber Colt and .357 Smith and Wesson revolver, plus ammo, and holsters - why did they take the holsters? - were returned to him.

The big news of course is the involvement of the ACLU.
Weinstein said he turned to the ACLU for help when he thought his civil rights had been violated. An ACLU spokesman said he believes this is the first time in the organization's 90-year history it has helped a gun owner retrieve his weapons from law enforcement.
Maybe this signals a change in their position on the Second Amendment, and maybe not.

Cop Just Makes Stuff Up

JusticeHe will face some real punishment, but it probably doesn't constitute Justice. Paul C. Lawrence: Former Florida Highway Patrol trooper gets jail time for falsifying tickets - South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
Prosecutors said Lawrence wrote hundreds of bogus traffic tickets using the information of motorists he had previously pulled over. Befuddled drivers, some of whom were out of the country at the time of the alleged traffic violations, suddenly got tickets in the mail and in some cases, had their drivers licenses suspended.
He will spend 364 days in the slammer. Not nearly enough.
Originally, Lawrence was charged with 22 felony counts, each punishable by up to five years in prison. But the charges were reduced after he agreed to permanently relinquish his law-enforcement certification.
Hardly punishment.

A Cop Leaving the Scene of Accident

Maybe he thought the rules don't apply to him. DA: NY officer hit bicyclist, left without helping
Ramos hit the cyclist June 14. The complaint says Ramos got out of the car, pulled the cyclist to the curb, handed him a tissue and then drove off without reporting it or calling an ambulance.
He has pleaded not guilty, but I think he will have an uphill battle because the whole thing was captured on surveillance video.

The cyclist had cuts, bruises and a fractured wrist.

School That Didn't Want Lesbians At Prom Has to Pay

gay flagMaybe she can use the money to go to college. Lesbian gets $35K settlement over canceled prom That's 35,000 PLUS attorney's fees.
A rural school district that canceled its prom rather than allow a lesbian student to attend with her girlfriend has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a discrimination lawsuit the ACLU filed on her behalf.

The district also agreed to follow a non-discrimination policy as part of the settlement, though it argues such a policy was already in place.
No they didn't discriminate against anyone; they canceled prom for everyone. I mean be fair, the sight of two women dancing together would be the end of the world. Or something.
As part of the agreement, the school district also said it would follow a policy not to discriminate based on sexual orientation in any educational or extracurricular activities or allow harassment based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Of course before they canceled the prom, they banned same-sex-couples from attending. (I guess they thought that canceling the prom would avoid a lawsuit. They only banned the prom, after it was clear they were going to get sued based on the rules they had set for the two young women to be able to attend the prom.)

The district says they never discriminated. The ACLU (who ran this lawsuit)says if that were true, they would not have banned same-sex prom-dates? (Or said that girls had to wear dresses.)

You can read more about this in my post from March.

Got Bears?

Lots of bear trouble. Cubs grow up to be 'classic nuisance bears'
Residents have reported seeing bears, shooting bears and hitting bears with their cars all along Oregon's central coast and inland toward Eugene, said Doug Cottam with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in Newport, Ore.
Lots of bear cubs and not a lot of room.
Older bears are the "kings of the forest" and force young bears out of their territory - and some of those bears show up in towns like Mapleton and Walton.
And people say gyns aren't needed. How would you deal with a bear?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Reporters Who Don't Know the Difference Between Self-defense and Murder

The primary job of the reporter has to do with words. When they get the basic words wrong, you have to wonder if they understand anything at all. Making it OK to murder - Crime - Salon.com

This is the story of a guy, who was acquitted of 2nd Degree Murder by reason of self-defense. The reporter still goes on about murder. It isn't murder. (That's illegal.) It isn't vigilantism. (That's illegal too.) It was self-defense, which is - even in NY City - legal.

Ann H. - one of the commenters on this story - got it right.
Homicide is the death of person at the hands of another. Death certificates have four terms for manner of death--accident (he fell out of an airplane), natural causes (she had a heart attack), suicide (he shot himself in the head) and homicide (someone else killed her). The death certificate of an executed criminal gives the manner of death as "homicide"--it wasn't an accident, natural, or suicide. The person died at the hands of another.
You can read her entire comment here.

This isn't the only thing wrong with the Slate article, of course, only one of the more glaring errors.

Disarming Victims - or Where Would We Be Without Victim's Advocates?

Hecate has a few choice words for the "victims' advocates." They never seem to want to do anything about reducing the number of victims - you know, by encouraging powerful action. Hecate's Crossroad: Feminists, Victim Advocates, and Victims

I characterize it as an industry. One completely dependent on keeping a steady supply of victims. Hecate has similar thoughts.

Go take a look.

Ireland to Allow Self-defense

Maybe Europe is coming to its senses. RT� News: Govt to publish bill on home defence
The Government will this afternoon publish the home defence bill, which allows people to use 'reasonable force' against intruders to defend themselves, others or their property.

The Criminal Law Defence and the Dwelling Bill 2010 permits a tenant, homeowner or visitor to stand their ground when attacked in a home and specifically states there is no requirement for a person to retreat.

The Bill also states that the reasonable use of force can in some circumstances result in the death of an intruder.
Forcing their citizens to be disarmed victims hasn't helped. The UK is in the worst shape, but it is good to see someone is waking up to the fact that when seconds count, police are minutes away.

If Not Use a Gun, What Should He Have Done?

The folks that think we shouldn't have guns, never talk about things like this. Cordillera homeowner shoots, kills intruder bear | VailDaily.com

It's not like you can cooperate, or 'give him what he wants.' It is a wild animal.
The bear entered the home twice Saturday and was chased off by the homeowner both times, said Randy Hampton, of the Colorado Division of Wildlife. When it returned a third time, the homeowner shot and killed it, Hampton said.
If it was this aggressive when it was only 70 pounds, what would it have done when it was grown?

It was a justified shooting, because self-defense is a human right.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Neighbors Were Shocked

Shocked to discover that they live in the Real World™ and not Pleasantville. Possible self-defense stabbing shocks Timmonsville residents

In a self-defense situation, you use whatever means comes to hand.
Neighbors say the homeowner knew Durant and that he had been drinking when he picked the lock to break into the mobile home. They say he started hitting the home owner once he got inside, which led to her stabbing him.
Police are still investigating because they really want to charge somebody with something.

"That's a shock," said one neighbor, because nothing like that had happened around her before.

If you are reading this, then you live in the Real World™ where there is real violent crime. (If Warren Buffett's neighborhood isn't immune to crime, why do you think yours is?)

Self-defense is a human right.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I'm Sure It Would Have Been Inconvenient

She asked for a little help. They said no. Ross Family Files Suit Against Lexington HOA
According to court documents, after Ross broke up with Nunn and filed an emergency protective order, she went to the homeowner's association telling them she feared for her life and wanted the access code changed on the front gate.

The lawsuit claims the association refused to do it.
It's a myth, anyway that those places are secure. (Every pizza delivery guy knows how to get in there.) Plus, you don't have to drive. You can walk around most of the gates. But people like to "feel safe," even when they aren't safe.

Still, it wouldn't have been too much to ask for this Home Owners' Association to get up off its collective ass and do something.

But I guess having to take any action, and notify the residents was just too exhausting to contemplate.

Still, if you think you need a court order for your protection, then you also need a plan for your personal safety. I like firearms, but you don't have to like what I do, but you do need some plan of action.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Homeowner shoots, kills intruder in Pahrump
The Nye County sheriff says a homeowner shot and killed an intruder during an altercation described as a home invasion in Pahrump.
Self-defense is a human right

Women and the Shooting Sports

Women Outpace Men as New Hunters - Outdoors - Chattanoogan.com

In hunting -
More women than men took up hunting last year, according to new net figures from the National Sporting Goods Association.
And in target shooting -
Data also show women outpaced men among net newcomers to target shooting with a rifle, where female participation grew by 4.1 percent.
Good news for the future of the shooting sports.

Cops Don't Like To Be on Video

And they arrest people for daring to take photographs or record their actions. It needs to stop and someone is finally doing something. Congressman introduces resolution to protect citizens who videotape cops

They know it is legal (at least in most states) to video them. And they know that most of the arrests are illegal. But they don't seem to care.
  • In South Florida, a mother who was arrested last year for videotaping police arresting her son filed a lawsuit against the Boynton Beach Police Department this month.
  • In Oregon, a police chief vowed that these types of arrest would continue even after his city had to dish out a $19,000 settlement and the city attorney sent out a memo stating that these arrests were not legal.
  • In Massachusetts, a pair of activists were arrested this month for openly videotaping cops in public, even after they had received permission from another law enforcement officer to videotape.
  • In Maryland, where one prosecutor is threatening to send Graber, the motorcyclist, to prison for 16 years in prison, a prosecutor in another county has a completely different interpretation of the law and has refused to prosecute a citizen who arrested on these same charges after she videotaped cops in public.
I don't know why this is a "resolution" and not a law. But at least someone is paying attention.

Friday, July 16, 2010

The ACLU Helping a Gun Owner - Sign of the Apocalypse

It must be awfully cold in Hell today. Robert Weinstein: ACLU is helping him get weapons returned - OrlandoSentinel.com
The American Civil Liberties Union is petitioning a court to help an 85-year-old man get his guns back from the Broward Sheriff's Office.

Yes, you read that right.

In what may be the first time, the ACLU says, it is advocating on behalf of a gun owner to get his weapons back. And they're doing so free of charge.
And the referenced the recent SCOTUS rulings guaranteeing your right to own weapons as a reason for this change of heart.
[hat tip to Keep and Bear Arms]

So Should You Give Criminals What They Want?

That will make you safe, will it? Suspect In Home Invasion Dies After Shooting
They demanded money. After she handed over the money, the men then ordered her to take her clothes off. She refused and asked the men to leave. That's when her boyfriend woke-up and heard the commotion.
So, should she have given the crooks what they wanted?

In the commotion, she retrieved a pistol and shot both would-be-rapists in the head and the leg.

One of the goblins died in a local hospital. The other is still in critical condition.

Police, the gun-haters, a lot of people on both the Left and the Right love to say that if you just give criminals what they want, you will be safe. In this case they clearly wanted to rape this woman. So no, cooperating doesn't ensure safety. (She DID cooperate when all the wanted was money. That wasn't enough for these two monsters.)

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0. Self-defense is a human right.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Forelcosures up and Mortgage Lending Down

Previous post covered foreclosures. So let's look that the other side of the housing market. Mortgage Applications Tumble - WSJ.com
The number of mortgage applications in the U.S. for home purchases fell to a 13 1/2-year low last week, the Mortgage Bankers Association reported Wednesday, in a further sign of the slump in homebuying since a federal tax credit concluded at the end of April.
The government's lovely program didn't get more people to buy homes, it just got people to change when they were going to buy. Now, no one is in the market. (or not many.)

And add to that the number of unemployed and employed but nervous folks, and I think you can see why no is rushing to buy a home. (or not many.)

Record Setting Year in Foreclosure

This isn't going to be good. Homes lost to foreclosure on track for 1M in 2010 - Yahoo! News
LOS ANGELES – More than 1 million American households are likely to lose their homes to foreclosure this year, as lenders work their way through a huge backlog of borrowers who have fallen behind on their loans.

Nearly 528,000 homes were taken over by lenders in the first six months of the year, a rate that is on track to eclipse the more than 900,000 homes repossessed in 2009, according to data released Thursday by RealtyTrac Inc., a foreclosure listing service.
And the real estate market is still not off the hook.
"The banks are really sort of controlling or managing the dial on how fast these things get processed so they can ultimately manage the inventory of distressed assets on the market," [Rick Sharga, a senior vice president at RealtyTrac] said.
Market manipulation? Who'd a thunk it?

The Sound of Sanctity Being Sucked Out of Marriage

Or maybe not. Perhaps you didn't notice anything in your own relationship. Argentina legalizes same-sex marriage - CNN.com
Argentina became the first Latin American country on Thursday to legalize same-sex marriage.

Lawmakers in the Senate passed the bill after 14 hours of debate that began Wednesday and carried well into early Thursday morning,
Though Argentina is the first country to adopt such a law, same-sex-marriage is legal in some Mexican states and the Federal District. (Mexico City.)

Stupid Criminals

With friends like this, you wouldn't need enemies. Police: Robber Mistakenly Shoots Partner In Crime - Irresistible News Story - WDSU New Orleans

An all too typical home invasion.
The men demanded money, ordered the victims to the floor and began searching the home.

Officer James Holmes, a police spokesman, says a fourth armed suspect suddenly entered the house and was shot by one of the other robbers.

All four bandits fled the home, dropping stolen items as they went.
The guy who got shot was dropped at a hospital. No word on if they can catch the others.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

And They Ran Like Rabbits

Don't try to break into the home of an armed homeowner. Crime Scene - Video: Man shoots at fake FBI agents

The video says it all. 3 guys. One stands lookout. 2 try to break in. Until the homeowner shoots at them.
A Florida homeowner turned the tables on some fake FBI agents when he fired his gun and sent them running for cover.
The fake FBI gear is interesting. It is hard to tell what colors because I think this is infrared video.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Srebrenica - The Proof That the United Nations Is Worthless

I have been trying to write something about the Massacre at Srebrenica all day. I can't come up with anything better than this. 15 years after the Srebrenica massacre, a survivor buries his family
Fifteen years ago, during the Bosnian war, Hasan Nuhanovic was a translator for Dutch peacekeepers in the Bosnian city of Srebrenica, a U.N.-protected "safe area." As Serb forces

led by Gen. Ratko Mladic overran the city, some 30,000 Muslim residents, including Nuhanovic's family, sought refuge at the nearby U.N. base in Potocari. On July 13, 1995, after the peacekeepers negotiated with Mladic (with Nuhanovic translating), the Dutch commander ordered the refugees to leave. Despite Nuhanovic's pleas, his parents and brother were forced off the base. They would be massacred, along with thousands of others.
The Dutch - who were wearing the hated blue helmets of the United Nations actually provided aid to the folks doing the killing. This was in the form of supplying them with needed diesel fuel.

The UN was created at the end of World War II expressly to stop genocide. The reason they do so much else today is because they suck at their primary function. (They suck at everything, mostly.)

In a perfect world, we would stop supporting this bunch of useless nitwits.

Here is my post from five years back, which spells out what happened that day, 15 years ago yesterday.

They Picked the Wrong Home to Invade

Downtown Louisville home invasion suspect shot in the head early Monday | courier-journal.com | The Courier-Journal
The incident happened about 3:30 a.m. in the 900 bock of Marshall Street when the home owner heard an alarm and then found the suspect at the front door trying to break in, Klain said.

Gunfire was exchanged, but the home owner was not injured. Investigators are looking into the possibility of a second person who may have been involved in the break-in attempt, [Officer Carey Klain, of Louisville Metro Police] said.
The would-be robber is in serious condition.
Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting because "It didn't look good," Klain said about the suspect's injuries.
One bad guy may still be on the loose.

Great Story of a High School Trap Shooter

Competitive shooting at the high school level. Girl with a gun loves to pull the trigger | StarTribune.com
Already crowned the reigning Minnesota state high school trapshooting champion --a title for which boys as well as girls compete -- KayCee on Thursday broke a perfect 100x100 clays, a mark that can elude even some of the nation's best shooters for years -- if not forever.
Go take a look.

Domestic Violence in the Workplace

A domestic violence shooting in a workplace. At least six killed in Albuquerque office shooting, gunman among dead | Herald Sun: Emcore Fiber Optics was the scene of the latest tragedy.
Police believe the shooter was the spouse of an employee at the facility and also a former employee at the company.
I don't know for a fact that this was a disarmed victim zone, but it likely was. And we don't know how much warning the woman had that her ex was going to be violent, or if she would have defended herself in any case. But it would be nice to know what arrangements for their employees' safety this company had in place.

Stay Out of the Water

Salt water has sharks. Fresh water harbors gators. 10-foot gator bites off man's hand in canal | WOAI.COM: San Antonio News

Usually you see this in relation to tourists. (They don't believe the "Danger! Alligator" signs on golf courses.) But these are just 18-year-old guys not worrying about anything.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Gabriella Ferraro says 18-year-old Timothy Delano of Naples is recovering at a hospital. Officials managed to catch the gator and retrieve the hand from its stomach, and doctors may be able to reattach the hand.
If they can save the hand, that will be a miracle.
Wildlife officials say people should stay out of freshwater canals and lakes this time of year because alligators are more active, especially around dawn and dusk.
Good advice.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Respect My Authority! And No Video!

Cops beating people for no reason. And "ordering" law abiding citizens not to video that beating. Deputy constable accused of beating, exposing woman at school, suit says

She didn't understand what he wanted, so she assumed he wanted her license. He dragged her out of the truck. (Was she a threat in any way? Except to his ego that is?) Witnesses described him throwing her around "like a rag doll" and dragging her across the asphalt.
Jon Saucedo, a teacher, said he saw the woman on her knees and bleeding from her lip. His statement also said one of her breasts was exposed and that she was crying.

Witnesses said the woman begged Furrs to cover her up, and he responded by saying, "I don't care. I like it."
When the teacher offered to translate for the woman, Deputy Constable Richard Furrs put his hand on his gun and order Mr. Saucedo to back off.
Saucedo's statement said that Furrs and his supervisor went to the principal's office to apologize for the incident. Yet, when Saucedo asked Furrs why he thought it was appropriate to reach for his gun, Saucedo said Furrs became enraged and yelled at him.
You question their authority and you are a bad person.

Oh, the video...
a few people were trying to take video and photos of the incident, but the constable and other responding officers ordered them not to, the suit said.
I think it should be a felony for a cop to interfere with a law-abiding citizen, making a recording of said cop - especially a uniformed cop - going about his business. But then I think that everything a cop does from the time he clocks in that the beginning of his shift until he clocks out should be recorded. Audio and video.

This guy is out of control. He should be canned, but he was suspended for a few days.

Oil Spill Timeline

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Law Abiding Citzen Ends Criminal's Spree

He killed two people at one store, then tried to rob another store. Fatal robbery suspect killed at another store - Florida AP - MiamiHerald.com
West Palm Beach police say 23-year-old Tyrone Roy Pinkney fatally shot 55-year-old Mohammad Rahman, a Dixie Food and Beverage store clerk, and 50-year-old Felipe Rixtun-Escobar, a customer at the store, just after 9 p.m. Saturday.

Around 10 p.m., Pinkney attempted a second robbery at the Community Food Market in Delray Beach. He reportedly shot at the clerk, who ducked behind a counter, grabbed a gun and returned fire. Pinkney left the store, but his body was found nearby outside, still holding his gun.
How many more people would he have killed?

Self-defense is a human right. And when law-abiding folks are armed, society is better off.

Ted Nugent Hits Mayor Daley With a (Metaphorical) Crowbar

NUGENT: To err on the side of freedom is no error - Washington Times
From the Nazi gun-banner's dream of herding 6 million defenseless Jews onto the death trains to the no-guns-or-gunpowder-allowed IRA bombings and shoot-'em-ups in Bono's Ireland to Idi Amin's unstoppable slaughter of unarmed victims in Uganda, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley still fails to grasp the self-evident truth that gun bans and preposterous buyback programs are just the stuff of gangbangers' dreams. Who doesn't get this stuff? Liberal, dopey denial cultists, that's who.
Oh, and he has a few fine things to say about Canada's gun ban and registration as well. And others

Go read the whole thing.

Police Not Taking Rape Very Seriously

I'm not the only one to come to that conclusion. Chicago News Cooperative - Law Came Too Late for Some Rape Victims - NYTimes.com
In a report released July 7, Human Rights Watch found that of 7,494 rape kits collected in Illinois from 1995 to 2009, only 1,474 were confirmed tested, and more than 4,000 were left in storage. Nearly 2,000 were destroyed without being tested. The actual numbers are probably higher because 82 out of the 267 Illinois law enforcement agencies contacted by Human Rights Watch did not provide information.
I guess it's not a crime to destroy evidence in a felony case if you are employed by a police department.

I guess if you just couldn't give a damn about women being raped, then you might let most of your evidence sit around and not be examined.

This isn't just a problem in Illinois, though I wouldn't be surprised to see that it was worse in Illinois. (A state famous for problems with police departments.)
In cases of acquaintance rape like Christina’s, which make up the majority of cases, the Human Rights Watch report said the police often decided it was not worth testing a kit because they were not convinced a rape had occurred or they did not think the case was winnable. In Illinois, only 11 percent of reported rapes yield an arrest, according to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Because those cops just know the woman was lying about the rape. So why bother to take the whole thing seriously.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Happy Birthday Mr. Tesla

He gave us AC power when Edison wanted DC. Tesla's Biography
Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856 in Smiljan, Lika, which was then part of the Austo-Hungarian Empire, region of Croatia. His father, Milutin Tesla was a Serbian Orthodox Priest and his mother Djuka Mandic was an inventor in her own right of household appliances. Tesla studied at the Realschule, Karlstadt in 1873, the Polytechnic Institute in Graz, Austria and the University of Prague. At first, he intended to specialize in physics and mathematics, but soon he became fascinated with electricity.
AC power. The induction motor. These define technology in the early 20th Century.

[That is the Tesla Unit for magnetic flux density equation (T=W/m2) as printed on Serbian money.]
Tesla was a pioneer in many fields. The Tesla coil, which he invented in 1891, is widely used today in radio and television sets and other electronic equipment. That year also marked the date of Tesla's United States citizenship. His alternating current induction motor is considered one of the ten greatest discoveries of all time. Among his discoveries are the fluorescent light , laser beam, wireless communications, wireless transmission of electrical energy, remote control, robotics, Tesla’s turbines and vertical take off aircraft. Tesla is the father of the radio and the modern electrical transmissions systems. He registered over 700 patents worldwide. His vision included exploration of solar energy and the power of the sea. He foresaw interplanetary communications and satellites.
(On wireless... Marconi's patent was ruled invalid in 1943.)

Friday, July 09, 2010

Concealed Carry and Self-defense

Weren't we just talking about Ohio? Attempted robbery and gunfight turns out bad for alleged suspects
CINCINNATI - A would-be street robber in Mount Auburn suffered the more serious injuries when his victim pulled out a gun and shot him three times.
Don't mess with those veterans.

Defense of Family

What should a father do? Hialeah Police Investigate 'Justifiable Homicide' - cbs4.com
Gomez struck Suarez several times in the face, police said. They also added that Gomez threatened Suarez with a firearm during the scuffle.

Police say Abidio Suarez, father of Humberto Suarez, witnessed the attack and fired two shots from his own firearm, striking and killing Gomez.
No charges have been filed, but the investigation continues.
Police say evidence at the scene supports a possible "justifiable homicide" decision because it appears Abidio Suarez shot and killed Gomez in an attempt to stop the violent attack on his son.
And that works for me.

Concealed Carry in Ohio

Bill will make concealed carry laws easier for permit holders to follow

They have some strange restrictions. I generally avoid Ohio in my travels, and don't carry when I can't. This new law should help.

A Tragedy on the Water

Less than 50 yards from shore, but that didn't help matters any. Ride the Duck passengers describe ordeal in river | Philadelphia Inquirer | 07/09/2010

Ducks are an adaptation of a WWII landing craft. Not that any have been around that long, they are mostly new boats, that are also trucks (or maybe buses). You find them in a lot of tourist areas, as they provide a combination tours of both land and sea - or this case land and river. The new ones are supposed to be relatively safe. (Quite a few of the WWII vintage ones sank before they hit the beaches in France.)

I've read a few reports on the accident, and the one thing that sticks in my mind is that young kids - 10 or 12 years old - were not wearing life jackets. Not even after the first problem with the engine made the tour-captain put down an anchor.

When a barge collided with the duck, two people drowned, and for others it was a near thing.

Predictably, they are already debating liability, even before the facts are known. (A distress call was made on marine channel 13, but not 16. The Coast Guard monitors 16 not 13. 13 is for bridge-to-bridge communication when captains need to coordinate. Did the barge have a lookout? Was the duck indicating that it was at anchor in a channel or aground or in distress? The rules of navigation are legion.)

A Lot of Bad Things Can Happen in 15 Minutes

Grand Jury Says Oakland Needs More Officers - cbs5.com

Calling 911 is a wonderful thing, but if you are going to be on your own for 15 minutes, you better have another plan in place.
the city's current average response time to 911 calls is 15 minutes, which is nearly four times higher than the four-minute response time called for by national standards.
Even 4 minutes is a long time to wait, but 15 minutes could be like waiting for the rest of life.

Bad Idea, Bonehead

Going after a bear with a baseball bat qualifies as a truly stupid idea. Only likely to put you in line for a Darwin Award. Bear killed after biting man in home. - The Denver Post
The [Colorado Division of Wildlife] said a family awoke shortly after midnight to sounds of the bear in their kitchen. Jack Hansell, 51, grabbed a bat and followed it into the basement. The bear bit him in the leg, scratched him and knocked him down. The bear then ran upstairs to a loft.
Open doors, and food in the kitchen together with wild animals = bad idea (or maybe just bad Karma).

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

People need to get more practice at the range. He shot the would-be-thief in the ankle. But he did shoot the goblin. Homeowner Shoots Washington Co. Home Invasion Suspect - Washington County News Story - WTAE Pittsburgh
Brandon Keith Wise was attempting to rob Jonathan Finley at his Washington residence when Finley fired three rounds from a handgun, striking Wise in the ankle, Police said.

"He tried to kill me and my family. He had a gun to me. I am sorry I had to shoot him but you would've done the same thing," said Finley.
He apparently had trouble running away, because police arrested him a short time later.

He is actually lucky he only got shot in the ankle, and not the chest or the head.

Self-defense is a human right.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Self-defense in Oklahoma

Armed self-defense works. Home Invasion Suspect Shot|NewsChannel 8
Police said Melvin Dan forced his way in to an apartment around 5:30 a.m. Monday at the Wellsford Oaks near 15th and Riverside. According to the arrest report Dan put a gun to the face of the homeowners and forced them into a bathroom. One of the homeowners had a gun of his own and shot the suspect through the bathroom door.
When he showed up a local hospital, he was identified by his intended-victims, and arrested for armed robbery and possession of a firearm during a felony.

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

Armed Homeowner Kills Intruder

They suffered a breakdown in the victim-selection process. Police: Inkster homeowner shoots, kills intruder | detnews.com | The Detroit News
When the armed intruder began firing shots, the homeowner retrieved his own gun and returned fire. The intruder with the weapon was hit and killed. The second intruder fled the scene and, as of Monday afternoon, had not been found.
Good Guys came out on top this time.

Self-defense is a human right.

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Flying Rats Put End to Wind Power in British School

Portland school turns off wind turbine to halt seabird slaughter (From Dorset Echo)

£20,000 investment in a wind turbine that was turned off because 14 seagulls were killed in 6 months.
Mr McLeod came into school early to clear up the fatalities but when the deaths happened at playtimes and lunchtimes, the children got upset and he worried about the impact on the birds.
I mean be fair, it is for the kids. Forget about clean energy, these kids might have to think about death. Or the death of birds? Imagine having to think about birds being killed while eating your chicken nuggets.

I'm So Glad We Sent Illinois-style Goverment to Washington

Just stop paying your bills, but don't stop spending money. Payback Time - Budget in the Red, Illinois Has Stopped Paying Bills - NYTimes.com

This could almost be a "quote of the day."
“We are a fiscal poster child for what not to do,” said Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, a liberal-leaning policy group in Illinois. “We make California look as if it’s run by penurious accountants who sit in rooms trying to put together an honest budget all day.”
Insanity.

Friday, July 02, 2010

No One Remebers When a Republican is Asssinated

James A. Garfield was shot, July 2, 1881. He took more than 11 weeks to die.

He was succeeded by Chester A. Arthur who's principle claim to fame was as the answer to a trivia question in "Die Hard with a Vengeance."

Self-defense is Legal in NC

You knew it would be. Clerks cleared in fatal shootout

What happened:
According to the Monroe Police Department, the suspect approached the two clerks in the store, displayed a gun and demanded money from the register.

During the robbery, both of the clerks in the store pulled out their own weapons. Both sides fired, but only Young was hit.
Both clerks were armed. How cool is that?

The DA, John Snyder, decided there would be no charges.
After a thorough investigation by the Monroe Police Department and a complete review of the evidence gathered, I will not press charges against the two men who bravely defended their lives against a cowardly man who wore a mask to rob the Sunny Food Mart. The honest hard working families that operate small businesses must be free from the fear of being robbed. Those that choose to rob should be filled with fear that they will suffer the same fate as the deceased. In Union County we have a no return policy on armed robbery.
That is a pretty strong statement for public official to make on self-defense. (Live by the sword, and you should expect to get shot in NC.)

Self-defense is a human right, and in North Carolina, it is your legal right.

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Sucks to Be You

This guy got what he deserved. Maybe less than he deserved. He was sentenced to six years. Man sentenced in burglary that ended in killing

This guy participated in a burglary. The homeowner came home from a funeral and interrupted the three miscreants. The homeowner shot 2 of them, killing one.

The guy who died was this idiot's nephew. And to make things insane, the dead-guy's mother, this guy's sister didn't want him punished because she blamed the "guy with the gun." (You know, the law-abiding citizen who defended himself from attack - all captured on a 911 tape.)
Authorities said Cedric Joplin returned to his Galena Street home from a funeral Feb. 20 to find three men inside. Realizing he just interrupted a burglary, Mr. Joplin called 911.

He was on the line with emergency dispatchers when he fired several shots, striking at least two of the men. Mr. Childress ran to the intersection of Galena and Michigan before collapsing. He was pronounced dead at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center.
And the sister?
Mr. Childress' mother, Jenny Childress, asked that her brother be allowed to come home and help her family grieve. She said although she recognized her son had made a bad choice that night, she blames only one person for his death: the man with the gun.

"Christopher chose to go into that house that night, not realizing he was going to die but knowing he could go to prison," she said, adding that she "desperately" needs her brother to help her heal.
I would want to beat him with a big stick.