Tuesday, October 26, 2010

This All Seems Mostly Pointless

The Left wants to paint everyone on the Right as insane (Juan Williams told to consult his therapist), xenophobic (if anyone happens to mention that everyone on 9/11/01 who was involved in the flying of airliners was of a certain demographic) or just plain stupid (if we were all smart, we would be Leftists).

The Right is painting everyone on the Left as a Communist (they want big government to destroy our rights) or Socialist (they hate the idea of free enterprise) and godless (they want to destroy all religion).

The truth is there are horrible, stupid people on both the Right and the Left. But painting everyone with a broad brush, not seeing that the extremes are not the average doesn't move us anywhere. Not that people should compromise with what they view as wrong, but no one is listening to anyone so how can the compromise on anything?

And the politicians are slinging mud at each other.

The fact that anyone would take anything they hear in an advertisement seriously, let alone a political ad, is a sad commentary on the state of the county.
Which brings me to a political theory I have been developing for a while now:
Jane's Law: The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane.
And I'm not sure who is in power and who isn't, because they are all insane.

The Democrats know people are pissed about health care reform and trying (and in some cases succeeding) to run away from their support of it.

The Republicans are trying to convince everyone one they didn't mean it when they enacted some of the biggest entitlement programs in history under Bush 2. Give them another chance and they will really be fiscally conservative this time.

Since no one is listening to anyone, it's too much to assume they are listening to me.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Wow



Via Kate at Small Dead Animals

In Memory of Benoît Mandelbrot

A very unique thinker.

First, a look at the set named in his honor.


See Beno�t Mandelbrot: from cauliflowers to cosmic secrets - Telegraph for some background on his life.

And for fun, the Mandelbox, an outgrowth of his work.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

If you break into homes, eventually you will find an armed homeowner. Midwest City woman says she shot and killed man who broke into her home, wounded second person - KFSM
Police Chief Brandon Clabes says the 30-year-old woman told investigators she and her children were in the home Thursday when she heard a loud noise about 8 a.m. Clabes says the woman told investigators she first thought it was an earthquake before finding the man and a young male in the home.

She then grabbed a gun and opened fire.
One guy was found dead at the scene, the other wounded about a block away.

No details about who was shot have been released except that the injured guy is fair condition in a local hospital.

Self-defense is a human right, and I believe parents have a responsibility to defend their children.

Don't Drive Chevy Volt in the Mountains

You could be in for a surprise - and not a good one. One More Chevy Volt Trick: Reduced Power - Automobile Magazine

While the Volt is certainly designed to be a commuter car, with its 50-mile-range on battery only, it does have a gas generator to take over when the battery runs low.
But stay on the throttle long enough or find a large enough hill and you'll hit GM's true floor for the battery charge, around 15 percent, that's there to prevent permanent damage to the pack. In this situation, the maximum power is limited to the amount of power that can be transferred directly from the generator to the traction motor. That's 74 hp. To move a 3700-pound car.
So find a long, multi-mile grade (say through the mountains) and you will be limited to 74 hp and about 55 MPH, according to says chief powertrain engineer Pam Fletcher.

And the Volt looks more like the Prius than the Nissan Leaf. Chevy Volt Surprise - Automobile Magazine THAT surprise is that a transmission connects the "generator" motor to the front drive wheels.

If all that is to make the thing more efficient, why can it be stuck going 55 miles per hour? Why not lose the automatic transmission and boost the size of the generator?

Throw in the 41,000 dollar price tag, and even with the 'tax incentive' this is an expensive car. All in all... very disappointing.

October Is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

For what that's worth. (Gee, a whole month?) They will hold candlelight vigils, and marches, and talk about restraining orders and do a whole lot of things. But the mainstream organizations won't talk too much about self-defense (you can't rely on yourself, rely on "the system") and none of them will use the "F-word:" firearm. You know, that means of self-defense that would let a 120 pound woman defend herself from attack by a 200 pound man. Can't have that. (Most shelters won't even run "Refuse To Be A Victim" that only mentions firearms in the last 5 minutes - as a choice, and something explore further. That and the fact it is a seminar offered by the NRA.

Domestic violence is a big problem in this country. Solving the Problem of Domestic Violence | Eyewitness News 9
More than half of all women murdered in the US will be killed by an ex-lover. Domestic violence is a growing problem across the country.
That is an amazing statistic. Half the women who are murdered will be killed by someone who thinks they are in love. What crap.

And it isn't only a problem for married women. Teen dating violence seminar - KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |
Young women between 16-and-24 are more likely than any other group to experience intimate partner violence. One-in-three young women will experience some form of dating violence in their relationships.
I don't know if it has always been this way, or because today no one talks to kids about right and wrong, or how to settle differences like civilized folks.

Restraining orders are almost always in the news. I got tired of reading about how they fail to do much restraining, but if you read the posts under the domestic violence category there are plenty of examples of how they fail. Restraining orders are interesting legal documents; they are not bullet-proof vests. If you truly need a restraining order or order of protection because a violent ex, you need a plan for your personal safety as well. I believe in the self-defense value of firearms, but you can plan differently. But you should plan something aside from calling 911 and waiting to be rescued.

And even if the cops respond to a call for help - they always (or mostly) do - that doesn't mean the rest of the system will step up. All too often, charges are not filed, and the abuser spends little, if any, time in jail. Consider the following: City College murder victim sought help from Family Justice Center.
Three weeks before her murder, Gonzalez filed the police report alleging Armando Perez kidnapped her from a parking lot near City College, choked her to unconsciousness, and sexually assaulted her in motel rooms over a three day period.

Police arrested Perez September 24, but the district attorney's office declined to file charges citing insufficient evidence. Perez walked out of jail five days later.
There are numerous examples of people being arrested multiple times for violation of restraining orders, and never charged or held, until they escalate to murder or attempted murder.

But the month is almost over, so in a week or so, folks can drop the awareness and go back to ignoring the people around them struggling, and in some cases dying, because of domestic violence.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Isn't Cooperation Supposed to Ensure Safety?

Those who hate the idea of self-defense are always saying that if we give criminals what they want, we will be safe. Too bad that isn't true. Clerk killed in store robbery
Security video shows the suspect wandering through the store, then walking out. He returned a few seconds later with a black revolver in his hand and demanded money. The clerk complied, and the suspect shot the victim once in the chest, then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash
Violent criminals don't stop being violent because you are acting like a sheep. Of course I don't even know if any form of defense is legal in the People's Republic of California.

Cooperating with criminals is a strategy, though not a particularly good. It is not a guarantee. You go ahead and act like a sheep. Just don't expect me to share in your delusions.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Death From Lack of Training

He thought the gun was unloaded. It was loaded. It's also clear he had no training in safe gun handling. Teen thought gun was unloaded before firing fatal self-inflicted shot, police say
Eighteen-year-old Preston William Walsh fired the fatal shot while his friends watched.

Walsh pointed his .380-caliber handgun at himself and fired while at a party.
A little bit of training would go a long way in cases like this.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

FCKH8.com

This is classic. It also contains a whole lot of F-bombs. Definitely Not Safe For Work.


Update: I suppose I should include a link to FCKH8.com.

Mildred Jefferson, First Black Woman to Graduate from Harvard Med Dies at 84

Sounds like she was an amazing person. Mildred Jefferson, 84, Anti-Abortion Activist, Is Dead

Good Guys 3, Bad Guys 0

The Brady Bunch Campaign will call this "teens tragically shot." That it was justified, isn't of interest to them. Why clutter the issue with facts? Flint homeowner describes killing teen he says tried to rob him in driveway | abc12.com
"He slid over the hood of the car with a mask on his face a gun in hand and he said, 'Mother******, give it up,'" the homeowner said.

"I bend down, go into my pocket, pull my gun out. He shoots. I shoot."

The homeowner, who we are not identifying, says he fired 12 times because that's how many bullets his gun had in it.
He fired 3 times at the guy with the gun. The other shots were divided between the other two guy who were robbing the homeowner. Both of them were injured.

The guy with the gun died later. The other two - both teenagers - are being charged as adults.

Self-defense is a human right.

The Boys Were Left to Terrorize the Neighbors, Now the Parents Are Shocked

The Brady Bunch Campaign would call this a teen tragically shot. The fact that he is charged with aggravated assault for what he was doing when his intended-victim defended herself, is beside the point (to them). Why clutter the issue with facts? Mom: Boy in psychiatric care after being shot by woman
A 12-year-old boy who was shot by an elderly South Shore homeowner after he allegedly threw bricks at her is in psychiatric care, recovering from the trauma of being shot, his mother said Tuesday.
What about the trauma of having bricks thrown at you?
The boys had terrorized the woman and the neighborhood for months before she finally snapped and shot the boy, neighbors said at the time.
Snapped? Media bias much? How about the boys had terrorized the neighborhood until they escalated to the point where self-defense was called for? No, that wouldn't be painting the gun-owner with a brush of disdain.

Margaret Mathews, 68, has not been charged with any crime, because even in the City of Chicago, self-defense is a human-right.

She Sleeps With a Gun Under her Pillow

I am too restless for this method. Woman shoots, kills home intruder
Toni Hanes, 50, told police she was awakened by the sound of her bedroom door being kicked in around 3:30 a.m. in the 4800 block of Castle Path Drive, according to a police incident report.

She grabbed a handgun from under her pillow, shot once and, as the intruder fled, she continued to shoot at him, the incident report states. At one point, he said, “It's OK, it's OK. They're already calling police,” she told investigators.
This guy got what he deserved. He wasn't there to rob her.
Hanes told police Valenzuela had entered her house without warning a few days earlier and kissed her on the cheek, despite her commands for him to leave, the incident report states. She was not expected to face charges, police said.
This guy was 28-years-old.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys (and Gals) 1, Bad Guys 0.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sintel

Not often you see short, independent films of this quality. (Pixar makes some, but then they have a lot of resources.) Thanks to stormydragon for letting me know about it. (15 minutes)



This can stand to be played in a larger window, but I'm limited to what I can show here. Try this link for the larger/HD version. And a pop-out screen is in order as well.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Another News Organization Confused About Who Is a Victim

If you get shot while I am legally defending myself from you, you are no victim. One wounded in Darlington burglary attempt | SCNOW

He called 911 to report a burglary in progress at 4:20AM. (What did you think the criminal wanted at 4:20?) Fearing that the criminal would gain entry, he shot through the door, injuring the goblin in the abdomen.

They refer to the guy who got shot as a victim. Not even specifically a gunshot victim. Here I thought he was the perpetrator.
"When and if Mr. Smith is released from the hospital, we will have accommodations waiting on him." Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd said.
No charges will be brought against the homeowner, because self-defense is a legal right in South Carolina.

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

Irony or Defiance?

Wasps built a nest attached to the bottom of my can of wasp-spray. That is either the most ironic thing I have seen in a while, or an expression of pure defiance.

It didn't help them in the long-run; I bought another can of spray.

People Don't Need to Be Armed on College Campuses, Because Crimes Never Happen There

Or do they? Woman kidnap Orlando: Police: Man forced woman into car, threatened her with pen - OrlandoSentinel.com
Police say Neil Ramroop, 28, approached a woman he knew on the Valencia Community College west campus about 9:25 p.m. Wednesday night. The woman told investigators Ramroop took her purse and books, put his arm around her neck and threatened to stab her with a pen if she didn't follow him to his car.
And for the thought of a restraining order...
Police say Ramroop continued to threaten his victim: "You think a restraining order will stop me? I'll find you, I'll kill off your family one by one."
A restraining order? No, but a .357 might stop you.

So tell me again why colleges are disarmed-victim-zones?

Not Understanding the Meaning of "It's Over!"

Some people just don't understand, and they create tragedy. Police: Ex-boyfriend fatally shoots current boyfriend | 6abc.com
Police say a 35-year-old man was visiting his girlfriend when the woman's ex-boyfriend gained entrance to the home and confronted the man in the kitchen.
The shooter was arrested later.

Does Pennsylvania have the death penalty? Does this rise to the level of a death-penalty case? (I never understand the current legal dictates on what can and cannot be a capital case.)

And so we have a tragedy because some guy can't understand the he is the "EX" boyfriend.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Gotta Love Those Unintended Consequences

Chicago's Mayor Daley sold the parking meter franchise to a firm that promptly raised parking rates astronomically. Keeping people away from the meters, from the city generally. Now we have this.... Twenty 200-pound parking meter boxes stolen :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: City HallRevenues have recovered somewhat, but the anger they generate is ongoing.
Motorists were initially so incensed by the rate hikes tied to the deal, they vandalized and boycotted meters, leading to a dramatic drop in on-street parking.
And while the revenues are back, the number of people parking is down. This is another way that Daley and the Chicago Dems have found to drive people away from businesses.

The Usual Suspects Have Their Panties in a Twirl Over "Stand Your Ground"

The St Petersburg Times is one of the most far-left papers I have every seen. Five years since Florida enacted "stand-your-ground" law, justifiable homicides are up - St. Petersburg Times

You see they are all bent out of shape over the fact that justifiable homicides are up in St. Petersburg.

They won't report on crimes that happen in that fair city - it might scare the tourists, don't you know.

Is Florida's Stand Your Ground law perfect? Is anything created by flawed human beings perfect?

But it is better than when cops just arrested (and DAs prosecuted) every person who defended themselves or family. Even with the law, some in the "Criminal Justice System" still want to arrest everyone.
Take the case of Jimmy Hair.

In 2007, he shot a man who attacked him outside a Tallahassee nightclub. Meggs' office accused him of murder. Hair spent two years in jail awaiting trial before an appeals court dismissed the charge.
Lot's of quotes from folks like Peter Hamm of the Brady Campaign.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Defending Yourself is Legal in Georgia

You knew it would be. Suspect Shot In Overnight DeKalb Home Invasion - Atlanta News Story - WGCL Atlanta
The homeowner caught the two intruders in the act, police said. The robbers and the man who lives in the house exchanged gunfire. One of the invaders was struck. Both burglars ran, police said, but one collapsed in a neighbor’s yard. An emergency crew rushed him to the hospital. Police place him under arrest.
The homeowner was unharmed. The guy who got shot is in stable condition. The guy who got away is still on the run.

The neighbors were not shocked, as they usually are. The response seems to be along the lines of, "he got what he deserved."

The homeowner will not face any charges, because self-defense is not just a human-right, in Georgia, it is your legal right as well.

Why is a Rise in Jobless Claims Always “Unexpected?”

At least it always seems to be. (Is anyone really surprised that things aren't getting better?) U.S. Trade Gap Grows, Jobless Claims Unexpectedly Rise - Bloomberg
The number of Americans filing claims for jobless benefits unexpectedly climbed by 13,000 to 462,000 last week, according to the Labor Department.
Of course what Bloomberg doesn't emphasize is that last weeks numbers were revised up to 449,000 new claims. See Instant view: Jobless claims, producer prices, trade | Reuters.

And the number that really means something is the 4-week moving average anyway, and it is going up as well.
The four-week average of first-time jobless benefits, which economists prefer because it smoothes out weekly fluctuations, rose 2,250 to 459,000.
So you think the economy is getting better. Guess we will see.

A Conscious Decision to Lie to the American People

Barney Frank didn't think telling the truth was a good idea. Frank haunted by stance on Fannie, Freddie - The Boston Globe

In 2003 he said Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were both fine. He was mistaken, but it was an honest mistake - everyone makes them. And politicians seem to have an awful time understanding economics - especially the ones who have been in Washington so long (15 terms?).

But he lied to the American people in 2008.
In July 2008, then-Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson called Frank and told him the government would need to spend “billions of taxpayer dollars to backstop the institutions from catastrophic failure,” according to Paulson’s recent book. Frank, despite that conversation, appeared on national television two days later and said the companies were “fundamentally sound, not in danger of going under.”

Unlike 2003 — when, Frank said, he didn’t realize what was going on — this time, he was deliberately trying to reassure the public, he said.

“It was part of a conscious strategy to say to people, ‘Hey, look, we think we can handle this,’ ” he said.
Deliberately reassuring lying to the taxpayer.

Some Truth About the Tea Party

Media bias gets highlighted by the Washington Post? A sign of the apocalypse not doubt. Few signs at tea party rally expressed racially charged anti-Obama themes Or perhaps the WaPo isn't as horrible as I had believed.
A new analysis of political signs displayed at a tea party rally in Washington last month reveals that the vast majority of activists expressed narrow concerns about the government's economic and spending policies and steered clear of the racially charged anti-Obama messages that have helped define some media coverage of such events.
Sure there are idiots in every crowd, but the Tea Party isn't the racist organization the MSNBC would have you believe it is.
Ekins's conclusion is not that the racially charged messages are unimportant but that media coverage of tea party rallies over the past year have focused so heavily on the more controversial signs that it has contributed to the perception that such content dominates the tea party movement more than it actually does.
In other words, the coverage has been biased.

A Look At Why Government Doesn't Work

Social Contract | This American Life

Act 1: Mister Fix-it. Covers the insanity that is New York State politics. One thing that surprised me (it shouldn't have) is that the states don't abide by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. And they are all (or a lot) are playing games to "balance" their budgets on a single year. (Like selling their capital buildings and then leasing them back - generates some quick cash and signs up for an unending stream of payments.)

Quote of the Day - Political Division

Heh. Barack Obama and the Chamber of Secrets - Reason Magazine
"Stealing democracy," as you may know, loosely translated, means: Holy crap, Republicans are going to win an election.
So the Dems have got their panties in a twist because the Chamber of Commerce gets some money overseas.

Well, so do the unions. Where is the outrage that they are using foreign money to buy campaign ads?
Money is fungible. So it will be interesting to hear how Democrats defend their support of government funding for, say, Planned Parenthood, which, one could point out, is also using fungible government dollars to regularly fund abortions. I believe that's illegal, as well.
And do you really want to pick on the Chamber of Commerce? Really?
If the United States Chamber of Commerce—composed of some of the most moderate, milquetoast, government-friendly saps in the country—is now on the enemies list, who exactly does the president think is reasonable? If the crony capitalists aren't good enough for Barack Obama, who is?

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

What's That? Illinois Not Following Voting Law?

Who'd a thunk it? Vote fraud in IL. Military ballots may not count in Illinois

Could it be that they think a lot of military people might vote Republican?

These Are Strangely Hypnotic

I haven't seem them all, but most are really funny. Best Viral Campaign Ads of 2010 - TIME

And You Thought the Greek Financial Crisis Was Over

Certainly a lot of the media has stopped paying attention. (Trapped miners are much more interesting news, even though that story doesn't impact you in any way save emotionally.) Germany Opposes Extending Greek Repayment Schedule - BusinessWeek

It seems Greece doesn't want to live up to the commitments it made oh so very recently when it got bailed out by the EU. (Mostly by Germany.)
Germany moved to stifle suggestions that Greece could get more time to repay a bailout from the European Union and International Monetary Fund.

“We are not in favor of extending the repayments schedule” for Greece, German Finance Ministry spokesman Bertrand Benoit said in a telephone interview today. Any such move would be “premature,” he said.
This isn't over yet, and Greece is only the first act. Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland are waiting in the wings. And Britain isn't in great shape either - though it isn't part of the Euro-zone.

This Kind of Thing Isn't Supposed to Happen in Wisconsin

In Florida, sure. But Wisconsin? The Land of Cheese.... Alligator Spotted, Shot in Northern Wis.
Wisconsin has some pretty unique wildlife, but this is something you don't see everyday.

An alligator was spotted in Washburn County in the northern part of the state.
They don't make cute and cuddly pets people.

The off-duty sheriff's deputy that found the thing - while walking with his grandkids - shot the gator, because he feared it might hurt someone.

I hope he got a belt out of it. (Probably too small for a pair of boots.)

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

A bit of luck and a helping of concealed-carry kept the good guys safe. Two charged in Surry thefts | JournalNow.com
Hill was arrested Sept. 21 after he was shot during a robbery attempt at the Neighbor’s Fuel Center on U.S. 52.

During that robbery, he pointed a gun at the clerk and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not discharge.

A customer — the clerk’s husband — then pulled out a gun and shot Hill in the left arm, right leg and right hip, authorities said.
Robinson was waiting in a car for Hill. Both were arrested. (Hill was arrested after treatment at a local hospital.)

They were both charged with other robberies in the area, as well as charges for this bungled attempt.

Self-defense, or defense of family, is a human-right.

Hell of a Way to Start a New Job - By Shooting an Intruder

It was a good thing she was armed. Store clerk kills intruder on first day at new job
Police say the man jumped through the front window. The woman told detectives she didn’t know if he intended to rob, rape, or kill her. She had no where to run or hide, so she pulled out her gun and shot him.
What would you have done? What do the "we shouldn't carry guns" crowd think should have happened? Do they want women to be robbed, raped or killed?

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

I Think This Guy Has a Problem With Rejection

He fired a shotgun at both his ex-wife and a female co-worker's home. Shooting suspect arrested in Baton Rouge - CBS 19
On Tuesday, October 12, 2010 Tyler Police responded to a 9-1-1 call around 5:30 a.m. from a female victim who stated her ex-husband came to Tyler and threatened to kill her and her son who is a college student in another city in Texas.
They didn't say why he was trying to kill her. (Probably because he "loved" her, in his mind anyway.) He chased her vehicle and fired a shotgun blast at it, but she was not injured.

In an other incident....
The homeowner had heard her dog barking and looked out a window in time to observe Hail exiting his vehicle with a shotgun. She immediately retrieved her telephone, dialed 9-1-1 and then hid her son and herself in a closet as Hail shot into her residence. The dispatcher at the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office that took that 9-1-1 call was able to hear gunshots being fired at the time the call was taken. Mr. Hail then fled the scene prior to deputies arrival.
The homeowner had filed a complaint of harassment against Hail about a month previously.

He apparently doesn't understand "No" or "It's over!"

So now he is in prison in Louisiana awaiting extradition to Texas. What the hell was this guy thinking? That they deserved to die for rejecting him?

Monday, October 11, 2010

Why is Maritime Piracy No Longer in the News?

The problem hasn't gone away. Pirates seize Taiwanese boat: report
Pirates have seized a Taiwanese fishing boat with 14 crew from Vietnam, China, Indonesia and Taiwan in the most southerly and ambitious raid by Somali pirates yet, European naval forces said yesterday.
The pirates seem to be moving farther off-shore to avoid the naval forces arrayed against them. (Those forces have done some good, after all, just not enough good.)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Racist Past of Marijuana Prohibition

An interesting story, even if I don't know whether or not it has been fact-checked. 10-10-10: The Marijuana Conspiracy - Over The Limit Entertainment

Seems that Hearst of "Citizen Kane" fame, had a thing against pot, and wasn't above lying to see his way enacted into law.
Hearst’s stories portray[ed] “negroes” and Mexicans as frenzied beasts who, under the influence of marijuana would play anti-white “voodoo-satanic” music ( jazz ) and heap disrespect and “viciousness” upon the predominantly white readership. Other such offenses resulting from this drug-induced “crime wave” included: stepping on white men’s shadows, looking white people directly in the eye for three seconds or more, looking at a white woman twice, laughing at a white person … For such “crimes,” hundreds of thousands of Mexicans and blacks spent, in aggregate, millions of years in jails, prisons and on chain gangs, under brutal segregation laws that remained in effect throughout the U.S. until the 1950s and ’60s.
Prohibition didn't work with liquor. It isn't working today with pot (or other drugs), so why are we still following the failed policies of a racist newspaperman?

Fed Destroys the Dollar

What would you call a policy that leads to a 15-year-low? WORLD FOREX: US Dollar Pressure Continues, Hits New 15-Year Low Against Yen - WSJ.com
The U.S. dollar has been under pressure for weeks as market watchers continue to ratchet up their expectations the Fed will use quantitative easing to add more monetary stimulus to the U.S. economy

With little of that changed Monday, there has been more selling of the U.S. dollar, which hit another 15-year low against the yen and traded near an eight-month low against the euro.
And don't look too favorably at that Euro statement. Greece isn't over, and Portugal, Spain and Ireland are right behind them.

Friday, October 08, 2010

8 Years in Jail Because Cops Lied

JusticeEvidence pointed to Maurice Patterson being innocent, so they lied about it. Man convicted of murder goes free - UPI.com
A bloody knife found near the scene of the killing had Head's DNA mixed with that of another person but not Patterson's.

"The prosecution, however, falsely told Patterson's judge and jury that the knife did not have the victim's DNA on it and was not connected to the murder," Warden said.

A police officer backed up that statement on the witness stand.
So what will happen to those "public servants" who lied, and stole 8 years from a man's life? Probably nothing, given that 8 years have passed. (And this is Chicago.)

The "Criminal Justice System:" More criminal than concerned with Justice. Because they get rewarded for "solving" cases and getting convictions. Why worry about the Truth?

So Why Did They Release Him? Because He Was a Cop?

At least they seem to want to do the right thing once they identified him. Lynwood cop stopped, released on day of shooting spree :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: News
Will County Sheriff Paul Kaupas said investigators were eager to arrest Dorian, regardless of his job as a cop.

“You cross the line, there ain’t no camaraderie,” Kaupas said.
Meanwhile, the suburbanites are shocked to discover they live in the Real World™.
Lynwood Mayor Eugene Williams said, “it’s hard to believe that anyone I know would be capable of something like this.”
No doubt because he thought "that kind of thing" happens in "other kinds of places" and to "other kinds of people." Idiots.

He Didn't Understand the Meaning of “It's Over!“

So he lost the ability to learn anything. Neighbors Rescue Woman From Ex-Boyfriend By Shooting Him [This is an update of the story from yesterday, where the reporters got the relationships wrong.]
A Chattanooga man who rescued a family friend yesterday says he didn't hesitate to shoot her former boyfriend -- who was wielding a shotgun.

But the good samaritan wants it known that he is not "the new boyfriend."
The guy doing the shooting was a combat engineer home from Iraq (Marine Reserve).

The guy who got shot, got shot in the hand. He drove himself to the hospital. He has been charged with aggravated assault.

And the reporter hasn't got a clue. In one paragraph he talks about a handgun, and in the other a .30-06. Not a handgun caliber generally, though I suppose someone like Thomson/Center might make one. (I wouldn't want to shoot it!)

And They Ran Like Rabbits

A rifle isn't my choice of middle-of-the-night home-defense, but it got the job done. Oriental homeowner fires shot in overnight break-in | Eyewitness News 9
Oriental Police tell us that around 3:30 this morning Jesse Cahoon was asleep at his home on South Avenue Street in Oriental when he heard the door being kicked in.

Police say Cahoon grabbed his rifle and loaded it.
The three men ran away. It doesn't say if the description of the three includes soiled drawers.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Some People Just Don't Underdstand “It's Over!”

This guy got shot for his lack of ability to take a hint. 10/6/2010 - New Boyfriend Shoots Ex-Boyfriend On Robin Drive - Breaking News - Chattanoogan.com

So the ex-boyfriend shows up with a shotgun, and was "acting strange." The new boyfriend shows up, and the ex beats a hasty retreat. But he doesn't stay gone.
When the new boyfriend pulled up at the home, the suspect pulled off but quickly returned and pulled the shotgun again on his ex and her new boyfriend.

The new boyfriend then fired at the old boyfriend striking him. The man who was shot fled the scene and later showed up at Parkridge Hospital.
He thought he loved her so much that he was going to shoot her with a shotgun. Funny, but I don't see the love in that act.

And so he met someone willing to defend himself, and he gave that someone all the reason in the world to defend himself. Pointing a shotgun at someone constitutes a reasonable threat of death or grave bodily injury in my book.

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

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Quote of the Day

What if she was a Wiccan and it was revealed that she had dabbled in Christianity? Would anyone care? Somehow, I doubt it.

All the focus would be on her current religion.
Religion overshadows candidate’s actions : The Rebel Yell

Funny how that double standard works. And it's sad how people don't believe the the freedom of religion.

(If you aren't sure who is being discussed in this quote, you are living in a cave, with no TV. I'm not sure how you are on the internet.)

Monday, October 04, 2010

And It's About Damn Time He Quit

Freaking idiot. Wis. prosecutor quits after 'sexting' abuse victim - U.S. news - msnbc.com

First the Powers-that-be wanted to whitewash this idiot's sexting of a domestic-violence-abuse-victim to start a relationship. But that didn't work once his actions came to light.
The Office of Lawyer Regulation, which oversees lawyer conduct, office quietly closed the case against Kratz in March without a formal review, saying his behavior was inappropriate but didn't appear to be an ethical violation.

The office reoponed the case last month, though, bowing to intense public pressure following the AP's stories.
In case anyone doesn't realize, relationships at work are a bad idea. This is the king of bad ideas.

Can you spell, "questionable judgment?"

Good Thing This Cop Can't Shoot Straight

Sheriff's deputy mistakenly shoots at West Hollywood liquor store clerk | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times There is a rule of safe gun handling that talks about being sure of what (or who) you are shooting at. Apparently that wasn't covered in the police academy.
A sheriff's deputy fired eight shots early Sunday morning at a man he believed had just robbed a West Hollywood liquor store, only to learn that his target was the clerk who had been held up, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
If you or I did this, we would be charged with reckless endangerment, or something similar, but this guy won't even be sentenced to spending more time at the range.

So, should this be filed as "Cops behaving badly", or "cops behaving stupidly?"

Relying on Governments to End Piracy Hasn't Worked

Que private-enterprise. UK Insurance Firms Plan Private Navy to Prevent Piracy | TTKN News
Insurance firms in the UK are considering forming a private navy to tackle the problem of piracy.

The £10m proposal will be funded by insurers and shipping companies in return for a reduction of anti-piracy insurance premiums.
I wonder if Letters of Marque will be involved.

Still, as long as piracy results in multi-million dollar paydays - courtesy of corporations and insurance companies - there will be people "sailing on the account."

Self-defense is Legal in Colorado

You knew it would be. Liquor store clerk won't be charged in shooting - Aurora Sentinel: Hp Metro
A liquor store clerk shot Marcel McMichael, 34, and Henry James, 37, on Sept. 22 when the pair — their faces covered and one of them brandishing a gun — stormed a liquor store near East Mississippi Avenue and South Tower Road, said Aurora police spokeswoman Detective Shannon Lucy.

McMichael was shot in the arm and released from the hospital to county jail Thursday, police said. James remained hospitalized Friday but police said he is expected to survive. When he is released from the hospital, he will be taken to jail.
No charges will be filed against the clerk, because in Colorado, self-defense is not only a human-right, it is also your legal right.

Or how would you react to two masked, armed individuals in your place of business?

Self-defense Works

Not a good day for this guy. Would-be robber has fingers shot off in Tulsa
Police say Larry Ryan told officers two armed men kicked in the door to his home about 7 a.m. Saturday and demanded money. The Tulsa World reported that Ryan said he grabbed for one of the weapons and during the fight the gun fired and two of the would-be robber's fingers were shot off.
The 2nd guy and a getaway driver escaped.

The injured guy was treated, and the arrested for "assault, robbery, burglary and concealing stolen property."

Self-defense is a human-right.

Friday, October 01, 2010

I Still Won't Buy From Government Motors

The September car sales numbers were just released. Better than I expected. Car sales news: good to great and Chrysler, Ford, GM auto sales gains in U.S. market in Sept.

 Company  Percent Change Volume
 Toyota Up 16.8% 147,162 
 NissanUp 34%74,205 
 HondaUp 26.1%97,361 
 FordUp 46%160,873 
 ChryslerUp 61%100,077 
 HyundaiUp 47.7%46,556 
 GMUp 10.5%173,155 
[Note: Toyota includes both the Toyota brand (130,214) and Lexus (16,948).]

Chrysler mainly looks good this year because last year - 62,197 - was so bad. And Hundai/Kia had such a small base to begin with, but they are making some real progress.

So, does a rising tide really raise all boats? Sure looks that way.

US Unemployment Trend

[via Tammy Bruce]

Not that the GOP gets a slide on the increased spending. GW Bush was a big spender.

Police Still Don't Like Self-defense

Not all police, but some certainly hate it. Family finds knife-wielding intruder in home - KFOR
While his wife was on the phone with 911, the husband stormed in and grabbed his pistol when he saw a man standing at his back door.

He shot the knife-wielding visitor twice before the man took off out the back door.
Later it sounds more like "he shot at" than actually shot, but who expects journalists to write clearly?
Midwest City Chief Brandon Clabes said, "The best thing to do is call 911 and stay a safe distance away and observe. That's what we need you to do."
So what they need you to do is act like a frightened sheep, cower (at a safe distance) and call for help. Of course that doesn't always work out too well.

Self-defense is a human right. (And if the guy did get shot...) Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0. (Also, don't bring a knife to a gunfight.)

This Guy Will Probably Be Fired By Pizza Hut

Because Yum Brands doesn't like their delivery drivers to be anything but defenseless victims. Charlotte victims fight back with deadly force - CharlotteObserver.com
The delivery driver for Pizza Hut started carrying a gun to work, he says, after being robbed twice in two years.

He says the fact that he had his Glock 22 under his shirt on Monday saved his life when two armed would-be robbers attacked him at the restaurant.

The driver, who asked that his name not be used out of fear for his safety, shot and killed the two men. They were identified as Gregory James Hardy and Dauntrae Wallace, both 21 and both convicted felons.
[Note: GLOCK 22 is chambered in .40 S&W. And GLOCK is misspelled if it isn't capitalized.]

Pizza Hut routinely fires people who defend themselves legally. Which is one of the reasons I don't like to patronize any of the Yum Brands restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver's).
It's the third Charlotte-area case in two weeks in which an apparent robbery target used deadly force against a would-be assailant.
Better armed, better informed citizens have apparently given up on the delusion that the police can keep them safe.

Self-defense is a human right, and in North Carolina it is your legal right. Too bad Pizza Hut doesn't think its employees have that right.