Wednesday, May 31, 2006

No Wonder We Are Falling Behind in Science

Wired 14.06: Don't Try This at Home So while on one hand, the government is all worried about declining science scores, and the other, it is making it impossible for people to study science.

Litigation and liability have made the home chemistry set a thing of the past. Now schools are eliminating chem labs for the same reason. Can't let anything dangerous (like knowledge) get close to the kids, after all.

Now the war on (some) drugs and the paranoia of the Dept. of Homeland Security is driving all the suppliers out of business, or just making it impossible for the average science geek to study chemistry.

Read and weep for the death of the American Spirit of Ingenuity. [Via Tam]

The Nuge Strikes Again

Ted NugentThe Event Guide - Music Interview - Ted Nugent: From His Dead Hand Another great interview with the Nuge....
The people who condemn me for being on the board of directors of the NRA, are literally condemning the basic right of self-defence. ... Gun control is about guaranteeing that good people will be helpless!
I particularly like what he says about hunting.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

X-Men: The Last Stand

What can I say, I loved it. I got up at 6 AM (early for me) and did a few hours of work before the heat got too bad, and then I went to movies.

There is an "Easter Egg" at the very end of the movie, after the credits run, so don't be in a hurry to leave the theater.

Let them defend themselves

Violent crime invades the DC Mall - WaPo (and the police) are shocked. Girl Sexually Assaulted in Armed Robbery The gun ban in DC does not stop crime, since as we all know criminals don't pay attention to the law. What it does is disarm honest citizens, and make them helpless victims.

You can also notice that giving thieves money did not make them go away. This woman was raped. And this isn't the first violent crime... it was the 3rd in 48 hours. [via KABA]

Monday, May 29, 2006

I suppose they will impose baseball bat control next

::: Man attacked during Belfast burglary OK, if he was attacked, it went way beyond burglary... into assault and battery, maybe assault with a deadly weapon.
A man was beaten with baseball bats after a gang burst into his east Belfast home.

A collection of stories from the files of 'The Armed Citizen' - Monday, May. 29, 2006

Union Leader - True stories from the files of 'The Armed Citizen' - Monday, May. 29, 2006 Interesting to see "The Armed Citizen" (an NRA column published in various NRA magazines) picked up by a newspaper.

Several stories of legal self-defense.

Why Carry a Weapon?

The AnarchAngel: Why Chris carries a gun... and so do I A very cogent argument for why open and concealed carry are good things. [hat tip Resistance is futile!]

A Double Helping of Gunpowder

Resistance is futile!: Carnival of Cordite #60 After a weeks hiatus - as Gullyborg moved to a new abode - the Carnival is back with vengeance. With two posts from yours truly.... ignore the "humor," there knuckle daggers in every crowd.

The Tom Stoppard Edition of the Best of Me Symphony

The Owner's Manual: #131 Best of Me Symphony
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
BOMS is a collection of posts at least 60 days old.

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Minutemen Not Waiting on the Government

They have decided to start building a Minuteman Border Fence themselves.
(PHOENIX, AZ) April 20, 2006 – Chris Simcox, President of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (“MCDC”), today announced plans by the MCDC to work with local Arizona land owners to build border security fencing on private land along the border with Mexico.

At present, six private land owners have partnered with the Minutemen for the commencement of construction of border fencing on their land. Surveillance cameras on the fencing will be monitored via computer by registered Minutemen across the country. We have chosen a fence design that is based on the Israeli fences in Gaza and on the West Bank that have cut terrorist attacks there by 95% or more.
They are requesting donations to defray costs. The fence will be built on private land with private funds. [hat tip Michelle Malkin]

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

Thanks to Tam for reminding us of this poem. Kipling wrote "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" in 1919, and it would seem we haven't learned a blessed thing since then.

Here are three stanzas that seem to capture the feeling.
When the Cambrian measures were forming, They promised perpetual peace.
They swore, if we gave them our weapons, that the wars of the tribes would cease.
But when we disarmed They sold us and delivered us bound to our foe,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "Stick to the Devil you know."

On the first Feminian Sandstones we were promised the Fuller Life
(Which started by loving our neighbour and ended by loving his wife)
Till our women had no more children and the men lost reason and faith,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "The Wages of Sin is Death."

In the Carboniferous Epoch we were promised abundance for all,
By robbing selected Peter to pay for collective Paul;
But, though we had plenty of money, there was nothing our money could buy,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings said: "If you don't work you die."
Poems - 'The Gods of the Copybook Headings'

Why are we so willing to believe that we can have everything and it will cost us nothing? Why are we so willing the follow the leaders who promise us easy solutions to complex problems? Why do we never learn from history?

Is 85% Good Enough?

If the brakes on your car worked 85% of the time, would that be good enough? Yet in the article, | News | Restraining orders useful but limited, 85% is portrayed as a good number when rating effectiveness.
[R]oughly 85 percent of the time, [Family Court Judge Luke] LaVergne said, the measures do succeed in stopping an abuser.
If the brakes in my car only worked 8 or 9 times out if every 10 times I needed to stop, I would not drive.

Restraining orders have their place, but they will not keep you safe.
Lorraine McCormick, a board-certified family law specialist with the Baton Rouge law firm Lee & Walsh, said the public often wrongly views protective orders as “a shield.”

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Javaris Granger, Hero

A few days ago, we heard that a Florida Teen Shoots Home Invader. Today we learn more about the incident.

Hollywood teen shoots intruder after father says on phone, "Do what you have to do." His mother, sisters and several cousins were in the house at 3:30 AM when someone tried to get into the house. The mother called the father, and handed the phone to the son, 15-year-old Javaris Granger.
Within seconds, Granger ran into his parents' bedroom, found the safety box, unlocked it and loaded two guns for him and his mother. He ran back to the living room as the intruder threw a bicycle at the door and started kicking it in.
"I was real scared and nervous, but I knew I had to stay focused on what I had to do because my mom and the kids were there," Granger said.
His mother was too shaken to use a gun, so he did stay focused, and when the goblin kicked in the door, he fired a warning shot. The goblin wasn't impressed and Granger fired 4 more times, injuring the home invader.

Granger even faced a malfunction, when a gun jammed, but he remembered his training and proceeded with the task at hand.
He even locked up the guns after [the goblin] left, before he checked on his mother.
There were young kids in the house, after all.

They are calling him a hero, and I have to agree.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Will the Real Al Gore Please Stand Up

Jonah Goldberg: Same Al Gore, different day - Los Angeles Times So he has mastered the art of being in two places at once. That should be handy for a politician.

So anyway he tells Huffington that he spent his 15th summer in France (visited Cannes) and spoke nothing but French the whole summer. Of course his biographies insist he spent his 15th summer working on his family farm. (He made big noise about the work he did on his family farm.)

And if he spent an entire summer in France, speaking French, how come he could scape by with straight Cs in his High School?

So which is it? France or the Farm?

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Only Government Approved Religions on Veterans Headstones

For Wiccan Nevada Soldier, Death Brings Fight: Why is the government in the business of officially sanctioning religions?
The Veterans Affairs' National Cemetery Administration allows only approved emblems of religious beliefs on government headstones. Over the years, it has approved more than 30, including symbols for the Tenrikyo Church, United Moravian Church and Sikhs. There's also an emblem for atheists - but none for Wiccans.
Shouldn't all religions get equal billing?
Sgt. Patrick Stewart, 34, who was killed in Afghanistan last September when the Nevada Army National Guard helicopter he was in was shot down.
His family wants to put a Wiccan pentagram on his headstone. Why is this forbiddden? Who in Washington gets to determine what religions are worthy?

Maybe the First Amendment is already dead.

Economy expands at 5.3% rate

Economy dashes ahead at 5.3 percent pace
MAY. 25 8:38 A.M. ET Emerging from a year-end rut, the economy dashed ahead in the opening quarter of this year at a 5.3 percent pace, the fastest in 2 1/2 years.

The new snapshot showed gross domestic product was even stronger during the January-to-March period than the 4.8 percent annual rate first estimated a month ago, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.
Is it just me or is burying this story in the business section - where fewer people will read it - all about suppressing news that makes G. W. Bush look good?

Do you think economic growth like this would be downplayed if a Democrat was in the White House?

Of course they have to play up all of the (supposed) problems in the economy - how the 5.3% rate didn't meet the expected 5.8% rate (as if that mattered). The NYT also went on about the cost of oil, and that it is sure to make life miserable for everyone. (They didn't go so far as to blame Bush outright.)

Still the news is good. The economy, after taking a break in the the 4th quarter over the shock of energy prices (expanded at 1.7%) is back in full gear.

What's a Life Worth? - Man Sentenced To 8 Years In Slaying Of Gay Man 6 years for manslaughter, 2 years for robbery. I wonder how soon he will be eligible for parole?

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Teen Shoots Home Invader - Local News - Teen Shoots, Injures Man Trying To Break Into House Kids protecting their families has a long tradition in America.
"What made me really have to take action was my mom. I was more like in fear for my mom, because she was scared," [Javaris Granger, 15,] said.

Granger was also trying to protect his 12 sisters and female cousins, who were asleep in the house.
The goblin - who police believe was on drugs - is in serious condtion at a local hospital. Police call the shooting justified.[Thanks to Oxen]

78-Year-Old Shoots Burglary Suspect - 78-Year-Old Fends Off Teenage Burglary Suspect "Fends off?" Try shot. But then this is the People's Republic of Illinois... can't say anything good about guns, and certainly NOT in the headline.

78-year-old man shot a 14-year-old burglar 4 times. The goblin is still in the hospital. The homeowner was treated and released (after being hit in the head with a pair of pruning shears).

The Brady Bunch will count this as "a child tragically shot." The fact that the child was committing a felony crime at the time, and that he was shot in self-defense won't get in the way of propaganda. Why clutter the issue with facts?

Sheriff Can't Get to You Fast Enough

komo news | $10 Million Suit Against Sheriff's Office Tossed The suit was about the fact it took more than 15 minutes to respond to a 911 call. Stats in that area are that 70% of calls are answered in 10 minutes or less.

Ten minutes is a long time if a wacko is trying to break into your house.

The suit was thrown out, since you can't sue the government for failing to provide services, or not providing them to your satisfaction. Deputies were dispatched and arrived on the scene. It just took a good long while.

The moral of the story is that in the few moments you have when under attack, you are on your own. The police cannot guarantee you protection, and you cannot sue them for failing to provide protection.

The story had a happy ending. The goblin was shot 6 times by the homeowner, survived and went to jail.

I'm a Day Late on the Checkup

Alphecca: Weekly Check on the Bias As usual I get to this a day late. (Actually my whole life seems to feel like that right now.)

Anyway I particularly liked the send-up of the NY Daily News article about the NRA convention. The NY Sun's reply was good too.

There is more, go take a look.

Get a Restraining Order, Call 911 -
That's What We Are Told

AP Wire | 05/23/2006 | Bismarck man charged with attempted murder The Left tells us that we don't need guns for self-defense because we can call 911 and be rescued. Women don't need guns; they can get restraining orders.

A woman that followed this advice is lucky to be alive.

She got a restraining order. It did nothing. She tried to call 911 he broke her cell phone. (He is charged - among other things - with interfering with an emergency call, a misdemeanor.)

So what happened?
[He] is accused of choking [her] until she was unconscious and breaking her cell phone when she tried to call for help has pleaded not guilty to several charges including attempted murder.

[He] also is charged with criminal mischief, interfering with an emergency call and violating a restraining order by entering the woman's home last Thursday, court documents show.
He could have easily killed her. The restraining order failed to keep him away. The cell phone failed to keep him at bay. This illustrates a truth; in the few moments you have when attacked, you are on your own.

A firearm may not have altered the situation, but I believe it would have. I believe it would have given this woman the leverage to defend herself.

Harassment of Law-abiding Gun Owner in the Peoples Republic of Illinois - Illinois Gun Rights Movement - The wrongful arrest and false charges against founder Shaun Kranish [Warning, the description of the strip-search is graphic and may not be suitable for all readers. Click the link at your own risk.]

You are obeying the law. You have a copy of the relevant statute with you so that police - who don't know the law - can in fact determine that you are not breaking the law. None of that matters and you are arrested, strip-searched and charged.

Welcome to the police state of Illinois. What do you think will happen if the Dems - who contol Illinois, who controlled New Orleans - win control of the whole country?
[Hat tip The Liberty Zone and KABA]

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

More on the Louisiana Church Shooting

History of domestic violence preceded deadly La. church shooting The goblin didn't shoot random people before kidnapping his wife; he shot her relatives. Her grandparents, a great-aunt and a cousin were all shot and killed. Her mother-in-law was hospitalized in serious condition, but is expected to survive. He also killed his wife before he was arrested.

My previous post on this incident can be found here.

Pink Pistols Shoots Down Stereotypes

Pink Pistols
Their motto is "Armed gays don't get bashed."
Pink Pistols advocacy group shoots down stereotypes: South Florida Sun-Sentinel 18% of reported hate crimes in Florida are motivated by victims' sexual orientation (2004 stats). Gays and lesbians are viewed as easy targets; Pink Pisols aims to change that.
Joani McBride explains: "A., I'm female, and, B., I'm little. You know, I'm fairly defenseless. But honey, a .357 [Magnum] beats four aces every time."
McBride is 62. She is 5-foot-4, 130 pounds.
I wish someone one the Left would explain to me how someone like Joani McBride is supposed to defend herself from 2 or 3 determined attackers without the aid of a firearm.

This article details the Wilton Manners (Fort Lauderdale), Florida Chapter, which I wrote about last August, when it was just getting started. Today they have about 25 members in the Wilton Manners Chapter.

8th Grader Shoots Her Way to Nationals

Shooting Sports: Getting Kids Involved

The Times-Reporter: Ohio 8th-grader shoots way to nationals This is a nice story about Chelsea Frink, a young shooter, who is moving up in the competitive standing, with hopes of going to the Olympcis. She competes in air rifle matches.
Frink, ... recently competed in the USA Air Rifle National Championships at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and she also qualified for the NRA Nationals that will be held next month in Redmond, Ore.

She qualified for the nationals with a strong showing at the NRA sectionals held at the University of Akron in April, where she earned a spot on the Ohio Rifle and Pistol Assn. team in air rifle. She will compete in a three-position event.

“I started shooting when I was eight,” said Frink, who will turn 14 next month. “I got involved because of a friend of the family and they (the Musketeers) offered me a membership.”
[hat tip Keep And Bear Arms]

Monday, May 22, 2006

74% in Favor of Guard at the Border

Americans Back National Guard at Border: Angus Reid Consultants
74 per cent of respondents support using National Guard troops to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico.
25% oppose the use of the guard. [via John Lott]

Kansas Gets Ready for Concealed Carry - Plan to pack? July 1st is the date that the new CCW law takes affect in Kansas. This is a nice article that covers the important aspects of purchasing a gun for self-defense. People start out worried about the things you read in gun magazines: "Recoil. Stopping power. Concealability."
But Larry Mulder, an owner of Cleve’s Gun Shop in Salina, says they’re not the most important considerations.

“The first factor to consider is whether you’re confident you would use it, not just to injure, but to seriously stop someone,” Mulder said. “If you have any question in your mind, get mace or pepper spray; don’t get a gun, because it’ll be taken away from you and used on you.”
This is true. If you have any doubts, try something else.

Then you have the age-old revolver versus semi-automatic debate. Revolvers are presented as being simple machines, semi-autos as being easier to use.

Caliber: Choose the largest caliber you can shoot accurately.
Being able to incapacitate your target with as few shots as possible is important, Harter [local gun dealer] said, because the more times you fire the weapon, the greater the chance you’ll hit an unintended target, wounding or killing an innocent person or damaging someone else’s property.
This of course also calls for practice, practice, practice.

I hope Kansas has a good experience with Concealed Carry.

A Nice Article About the NRA Convention

Ted NugentJS Online:A salute to guns and rights And it is in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel of all places.

Even a nice photo of Ted Nugent, and a classic quote.

But they present the attendees as normal, middle-Americans. Quite an accomplishment for the JS I think. [via KABA]

The Terry Pratchett Edition of the Best of Me Symphony

The Owner's Manual: #130 Best of Me Symphony His quotes are fun.
Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
As always the BOMS is a look at some posts more than 60 days old.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

But It Is Against the Law to Carry Weapons in Church

Five dead after church shooting - Yahoo! News    The state of Louisiana is one of many states that believes self-defense has no place in a church. That doesn't mean, of course, that crime won't come looking for you there.
NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - A man shot and killed at least four people in a Louisiana church on Sunday morning before kidnapping his three children and estranged wife, who was later found dead, media reports said.
People who are being stalked need to be able to defend themselves when they are on a known schedule at known locations: to-and-from work, picking-up and dropping-off kids at school and daycare, to-and-from religious services.

Making concealed carry off limits in this church, guaranteed that anyone who went to this woman's aid would be be facing overwhelming fire-power, with nothing but bare hands and courage. Four people died - it doesn't say that they went to her aid, but whatever the circumstances, they were all disarmed. Creating a disarmed-victim zone only protected the murderer in this case.

Although he kidnapped her, and drove away from the church with her, she was later found dead in his car.

No one knows what the outcome would have been had even one member of that congregation been armed. We only know what happened given that they were all disarmed by the state.

Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears

This week marks the anniversary of one of the darkest chapters in American history. Moving the Five Civilized Tribes (or trying to) west of the Mississippi river was nothing short of ethnic cleansing. Not genocide per se (though that would happen later in the West), but an organized government effort to remove an entire ethnic group from an area. An area where they had lived for generations.

Indian Removal Act of 1830: Passed by Congress on May 26, 1830, called for the removal of the Five Civilized Tribes from the East, and resulted in the creation of the Trail of Tears.

It was all about land grabbing and prejudice. Mostly it was about land grabbing. The Cherokee nation held large amounts of land in Georgia, and that land was becoming more valuable as the white population of the state increased. The Choctaw nation held land in Mississippi, the Seminole in Florida, etc. The act mandated that the tribes be moved to Oklahoma.

The Cherokee nation fought in the courts, and eventually won a ruling that maintained their rights to the land, but President Martin Van Buren sent in the army and had them forcibly removed anyway.

The forced removal of Cherokees from their lands (known as the Trail of Tears) began in 1838, and moved on through 1839. Approximately 4000 men, women and children died along the way. Removal of the Choctaw nation from Mississippi proceeded during the early 1830s.

The Indian Removal Act of 1830 should serve as a reminder that "it CAN happen here." It already has.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

KXII | Elderly Woman Shoots Male Intruder
An 81-year-old woman says she shot a man who was breaking into her home Thursday night.
So how is an 81-year-old supposed to defend herself from a young intruder, without a firearm?

If you take away her guns, she will be defenseless. Attackers will not need guns, they will be able to inflict great injury with their bare hands. Witness the result in the UK. (WARNING: Graphic photos) The animals who beat these 2 women did not need weapons, since they knew they wouldn't be up against anything.

The Brady Bunch and the Left in general likes to pretend that life would be great without guns. But then the elderly and the infirm would merely be easy victims of thugs who wouldn't even be taking a risk. Without some tool to overcome, the elderly would be truly helpless.

But Reuters Still Won't Call Them Terrorists

Palestinian rocket hits Israeli school, none hurt So where are all the people who said "land for peace" would work?
Palestinian [terrorists] have stepped up cross-border rocket salvoes since Israel quit Gaza last year after 38 years of occupation.
Things seem to have gotten worse.

But not calling attacks on school terrorism seems insane.
Shai Sar-El, a teacher at the school in Sderot, said the rocket punched through the roof of a classroom but that pupils were away at morning prayers at the time. Sunday is the beginning of the work and school week in Israel.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Hurricane Season Nearly is Here

Are you ready?

Some folks have been showing up at the blog, via searches on Katrina. Since hurricane season is right around the corner, I thought I would take a look at what happened last year.

If a major disaster strikes, can you take care of yourself, or will end up in a government run hell hole? 'And Now We Are in Hell' is a description of the New Orleans Super Dome, used last year as a refuge for "evacuees." (When did refugee become a non-PC term?)

While the story, like so many from last year contains a lot of lies, it undoubtedly captures the feeling of a refugee camp. Lawless, squalid, horrible. Will you end up in such a place?

In When Things Fall Apart I list some simple equipment that would help you to walk out of the path of destruction - before or after the destruction hit. Are you in fair shape? Do you have a pair of good walking shoes? A backpack? If you add to this some provisions, you can get out of the worst places.

Even if you are not in good shape, given water, and decent shoes you can walk 20 or 25 miles in a day. 50 miles outside of New Orleans, life wasn't normal, and you might still have needed disaster assistance, but you wouldn't have been stuck in a refugee camp, like the Super Dome.

Is a hundred bucks to much to spend to save your life?

As I said last year, when things go bad in a big way, the government will not be in a position to give you much assistance, and the worst among us will be free to take advantage.
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
[from The Second Coming by William Butler Yeats]

Wife Disarmed, then Assaulted

komo news | More Local News : 'I Knew He Wanted Me Dead That Second' Disarmed by the state. Before he tried to kill her, he got a restraining order.

At one time her ex-husband claimed to love her, but he
cracked her head open with a wine bottle, pistol whipped her and shot her five times.
He left her for dead, and was surprised when police arrested him at his home - she was still alive and he was covered in blood.

Store Manager and Robber Trade Gunfire - Local News - Store Clerk Shoots, Chases Down Robber The store manager came out ahead in this exchange.

It started with a robber pointing a gun a the convience store manager, who was also armed.
Pasem [the store manager] shot three rounds. One went into a box on a shelf. The second went through the top of a plastic divider, and the third went through the middle of the divider and struck Felder in the chest, Vergara reported.

[Matthew] Felder, having taken a hollow-point bullet from a Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun, left the store and ran a city block, Vergara reported.
Pasem and another employee chased Felder through yards, ending with Felder stuck on a fence by a shoelace.
Felder, who is a convicted felon due to another armed robbery, is expected to make a full recovery. He is charged with two counts of attempted felony murder, among other things.
Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0. [Via KABA]

10 reasons

gay flagabout gay marriage... - Food For Thought This is wonderful... here are just a few
01) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, and air conditioning.

02) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.
04) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

05) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Britany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.
Marriage changed a lot about 200 years ago, when arranged marriages were replaced (amid dire warnings about the collapse of society) with marriages based on romantic love.

Since the 60s we have been subjected to Britany, and Angelina and Billy Bob (she dumped him after he was caught with a hooker) to Angelina and Brad (he basically turned his back on a previous vow, because he wanted to) all the way back to Liz Taylor and 42, 42-year-old husbands. To say that anything gay people could do will "reduce the sanctity" of straight marriage can only be said if you've had your eyes closed for the last 50 years.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Patrick Kennedy - Laughingstock

Opinion: It's Just A Movie! - The Post Chronicle:
So, don't let the media dictate to you what you should pay attention to. More often than not, they'll steer you more wrong than the instructors at the Patrick Kennedy Driving School.
Worcester Telegram & Gazette News:
This is for you owners with players who hit the disabled list as often as Patrick Kennedy enters rehab, leaving your self esteem as brittle as their bodies.
Jay Leno: The price of gas was so high, “Today, Congressman Patrick Kennedy walked into a concrete barrier.”
The crazy thing is that even given what a complete mess he is, even showing how the Kennedy family receives "special consideration" from the police, he will probably be sent back to Washington in the November. (Punish him for what? Being a Kennedy?)

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Redding: Sheriff says killing justified Tracy Norton was attacked by three home invaders last month.
During the robbery, Norton was threatened with a gun, beaten, handcuffed, tied with duct tape and nearly set on fire.
Two goblins were arrested right away; the third goblin - believed to be the leader - was in hiding for a month. Until he came back to kill Norton.
On Wednesday, [22-year-old Christopher Glenn Scarabello] wore camouflage and a bullet-resistant vest while hiding on Norton’s Lesher Lane property. He was armed with two guns and a knife, [Tehama County Sheriff Clay] Parker said.

Scarabello was spotted when Norton, a female friend and Norton’s dog returned from an outing. The dog began barking, Parker said.

Scarabello then chased Norton and his friend, who was not identified, into the house, Parker said.

Scarabello fired at least one round before Norton fatally shot him in the head, Parker said. The sheriff described Scarabello as the ringleader in the home-invasion robbery.
I suppose that the Brady Bunch will say Norton should just have run inside his home and called 911 and waited to be rescued. Of course, if he had done that, he would probably be dead now instead of Scarabello.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Immigration "advocates" don't think the laws should be enforced

And they don't object only to enforcement of the immigration laws. LexisNexis News - Laborer faces deportation

This illegal immigrant took a sign away from someone protesting illegal immigration. (Apparently free speech is only supposed to go one way.) He was arrested.

The story would have you believe that is why is being deported, (it is right there in the first paragraph) but the truth is buried in there towards the end.
Laminson said police ran the fingerprints of Martinez-Pizzati as they do routinely with suspects and discovered he had given them a false name and had an outstanding federal warrant for entering the country illegally in February 2005.
He was ordered deported at that time.
Martinez-Pizzati, a Honduran national, has had a hearing before an immigration judge and was ordered removed from the United States imminently.
It is true that they are charging him with a felony.
Though there was no physical contact in the incident, Martinez-Pizzati was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, defined as taking "property, regardless of its nature and value."
If he ripped the sign out of the protestor's hands, I don't see how there can have been "no contact," but that's me. This is not applying different rules to different classes; this is the law.

The "advocates" are upset that he is charged with a felony for committing a crime They seem to be saying something like, "Give him a break, squashing someone's right of free speech isn't that bad, is it?" Unless it is their speech of course. Robbery - taking property that is not yours - doesn't seem to bother them either. Are they saying that illegal immigrants should not be subject to obeying the law? Well of course they don't believe in immigration law, but is there any law they do believe should be applied to immigrants?

This "immigrant" is already facing a federal order of deportation. Should it be ignored? He is also charged with making false statements to police.

Exactly what laws do these "advocates" believe should be enforced?

I bet that hurt - News - Woman Accused Of Cutting Off Husband's Testicles
she caught him cheating on her so she took action while he was asleep
In all fairness I hope they throw the book at her. This type of domestic violence is without justification.

So Can Cops Enter Any House?

Homeowner to cop after dog shot: 'What have you done?': South Florida Sun-Sentinel They made a mistake. They answered an alarm at one home, and went into another home. The home the entered had a Rottweiler, which reacted the way Rotties have always reacted to strangers - with aggression. So of course the police shot the dog. (One of the reasons for having a large dog is to keep strangers at bay.)

But then they kept the homeowner from tending to the dog's injury and let the thing expire. Why? They left the dog there for half an hour before it expired and would not let the owner near the dog. Could a vet have saved the dog in that half hour? We will never know.

But the real question is, can they enter your home at any time and face no repercussions? They made a mistake you say. There was an alarm a few houses down and they got confused. But there is always something going on in the next block, in the next neighborhood, somewhere.

Imagine trying to use that excuse yourself. "I thought I was on the next street over where the speed limit is 45, not 15 in a school zone." You would sound like Steve Martin in his old "I forgot" routine from SNL.

They enter a home with no warrant, and really with no cause since they were in the wrong house (three houses away), and destroy personal property. Should they get off free and clear? Do you think you would get off so easy, if you blundered into the wrong house and shot your neighbors dog?

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Tammy Bruce: Ayaan Hirsi Ali Resigns from Dutch Parliament The Netherlands are apparently determined to bend over backwards for Islamic terrorists.

They have been making Ali move repeatedly - due to security concerns of her neighbors. So she resigned from the Dutch parliament and is reported to be coming to America.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali wrote the screen play for Submission: Part 1. (see the film at Google Video - 11 minutes - at that link. Iflim has replaced the entire film with a 3 minute clip. Don't be fooled by the opening, the film is in English.) This is the film that got Theo Van Gogh murdered by Islamic terrorists, and earned Ali death threats. And apparently the Dutch are happy to embrace dhimmitude, because a lot of them want Ali out of the country - she is too uncomfortable for them.

To see how far down that road they have gone, you only need consider this.
Last month, Ali praised the publication of cartoons of Muhammad in European newspapers. The Dutch prime minister criticized her stance, as did the speaker of Iran's parliament.
You can read the speech in which she resigns from the Dutch parliament for yourself.

May 16th Weekly Check on the Bias from Alphecca

Alphecca: Weekly Check on the Bias Lots of stuff. NY City going crazy, historic rifles, Canada and the gun registry, ... Always good stuff.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Quote of the Day

On the useless Canadian Gun Registry:
I have however been involved in the investigation of countless offences such as robbery, where handguns were the weapon of choice and I must point out Sir, that the firearms registry did not assist in solving one, nor obviously in deterring one. The reasons that the firearms registry is so highly ineffectual are, I believe obvious, but basically it affects the wrong people, law abiding citizens and not criminals.
A.B.J. (Ben) Beatty: 23-Year Veteran of the Ontario Provincial Police [Via John Lott]

Why Kill the Children?

- -Wife’s plans to leave husband led to Fulton County double murder-suicide Patricia Saunders planned to leave her husband, Clarence "Jack" Saunders. He apparently didn't like that idea.

He stabbed her and shot and wounded Fulton County sheriff’s deputy Rick Brock. Then he killed his two kids, Ten-year-old Lauren and 5-year-old Jacob, and took his own life.

Why? Whether he hated his wife or loved his wife is beside the point. Why would he kill two children? To punish her?

59th Carnival of Cordite

Resistance is futile!: Carnival of Cordite #59 Stuff for everyone, except the gun-fearing weenies.

At Last Bush Thinks About The Border

Bush to propose putting National Guard troops on Mexican border | Chicago Tribune So after pissing off everyone on the right, Bush will propose doing something about the southern border. I suppose that is something.

But why the National Guard? We have 70,000 troops assigned to Germany - a vestage of the Cold War. While the US Army 1st Infantry Division and 1st Armored Divisions are assigned to Iraq, there are probably quite a few that could be stationed on the border. In addition to the troops in Germany, there are 1500 in Kosovo and another 1500 in Bosnia. I don't know if these could be spared or not, but I would submit that the security of America is more important than the security of Kosovo - at least to Americans. And who are we protecting the Germans from?

While I agree we don't want the military enforcing civil law, there is nothing wrong with having a military enforce border security. Most countries use their military to enforce border security, especially in time of war. And yes, we are at war - it is called the War on Terror, and I think we know that at least some enemies are coming across the Mexican border.

Friedrich Nietszche Conducts the Best of Me Symphony

The Owner's Manual: #129 Best of Me Symphony
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Calling 911 in Dallas? Expect Problems

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas | Ex-911 operator talks of system's chaos Let's just say that there is room for improvement.

The Fire Department operates 911 and the same operators also answer 311 (non-emergency) calls, and water department complaints. Since 1995 call volume has risen from 2.3 million to 3.6 million calls, but the number of operators has gone down.
Operators are also evaluated on how quickly they take calls. They're allowed to spend only an average of 84 seconds on a 911 call or get a bad evaluation.
That is not very comforting.

Also they do a poor job of getting the information they do have to the police. Police are sent to answer trivial calls and in emergencies are not given the information they need.
It almost happened in the case of Laquisha Harp. In a 911 call she is heard struggling with her ex-boyfriend and the line goes dead.

The operator did not pass information on to police dispatchers, so it was not assigned as a highest priority call. Harp ended up being kidnapped and severely beaten.
In one instance, a citizen and a police officer were stabbed because the 911 operator never told police dispatchers crucial information about the suspect.
911 will never be a perfect system. Even when the victim has the chance to call 911 before the crime is committed, but in Dallas, even if you do call 911, don't expect things to work well.

Yet the Left will insist that we just need to rely on 911, and like damsels in distress wait to be rescued. But life doesn't work that way. Often police cannot be called before the crime is committed. Even when they are, they are many minutes away - assuming 911 even sends anyone. The truth is, in those few moments you have when criminals descend on you, you are most likely going to be on your own.

Venus and Mars Go to the Shooting Range

BersaVia Tam, I found a great series of posts on women and shooting. The advice is right on the money. (Tam has a great take on the first question below as well.)

Which gun for a woman is hard to answer, so Cornered Cat starts out with an easier question: What gun for a man? Let a man pick out a gun for himself? Whatever for. Don't all men like to shoot the same gun? There isn't a holy war going on between the 1911 crowd and the Glock crowd is there? (Not to mention those folks who like revolvers.) When men buy guns for the women in their lives, they typically fall into two categories. One group buys the .22 Long Rifle, and the other buys whatever they like.

I particularly liked How to Make Your Wife Hate Guns in 10 easy steps. (Guys do this in sailing too, and maybe in all of life.) Never include your mate in any of the "fun" parts of the sport. Never take her wishes into account regarding schedule, cost, location, etc.... anyway go read the whole thing.
Note: All people mentioned in this article are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual people is really regrettable.
RevolverProbably the most important is, Teaching your wife to shoot. This is a bad idea. When I was an NRA-certified instructor, we allowed husband/wife boyfriend/girlfriend teams to take the same class, but we did not let them sit together during the class-room portion, and we also separated them on the range. People with that much going on in a relationship don't make very good teachers. If you want your significant other to learn to shoot (and they are agreed) buy them a place in a local NRA class, and take them out to dinner when they pass.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

House-sitter shoots would-be burglar 2 goblins break into a home, and are met by the brother of the owner - he was doing a bit of house-sitting. He was armed and fired several shots hitting one goblin.
Police say after the 18-year-old Wyoming man was shot, he and the other man fled the scene. The wounded suspect collapsed in a driveway across the street. He's in critical condition at a Grand Rapids hospital. The second suspect -- a Grand Rapids teen -- is in custody.
The Brady Bunch will call this "a child shot" since they count everyone up to 19 or 20 as children, without regard to whether they were shot legally or not. Police "don't think Diamond did anything wrong." (I can't say the same for the reporter, who tries to paint this event as worthy of prosecution.)

Oklahoma Gets “Stand Your Ground” - Governor Brad Henry signs "Stand Your Ground" self defense bill
The legislation, which received bipartisan support in the House and Senate, expands citizens' rights under existing self defense laws to protect themselves inside their home to other locations, including their car or another person's home.

The measure also removes a duty on the part of citizens to retreat in the face of an attack and authorizes them to use deadly force to protect themselves when they believe they are in danger in any place they have a legal right to be such as their office, a supermarket or on the street.
Of course, not everyone is happy... Prosecutors have their knickers in a twist.
The bill prohibits the arrest, detention and prosecution of someone who uses deadly force unless officials find there is probable cause that the force used was unlawful.
There is that pesky probable cause again.

Congratulations Oklahoma [via KABA]

In Defense of Self or the State

U.S. Newswire : Releases : "Armed Citizen Who Came to Aid of..." city council member, Rick Talbert.

Rick Talbert, a Tacoma Wahsington city counil member was attacked, apparently as part of a road rage incident. A car began following him and honking the horn as he drove to a dry cleaners. In the parking lot, he was attacked and hit at least twice. This motorist "then reportedly threatened to kill him while motioning as if he was reaching for a gun."

So Dan Korba, who works in the shop, came to Talberts aid - with a firearm in his hand. Media has been reluctant to report on this.
[S]ome of the reports seemed clearly reluctant to note the role that Dan Korba played in the drama. Initially, only the Tacoma News Tribune and KIRO Eyewitness News were interested in the fact that Korba came to Talbert's aid after grabbing a pistol he keeps at the dry cleaning shop where he works.
No shots were fired, but the threat was eliminated as the "motorist" jumped back into his vehicle and left the scene.

The Tacoma Tribune covered the story, but they archive things (and expect you to pay for access) fairly quickly. Big Media did not cover this of course, since it does not fit in with their anti-gun propaganda.

Michigan Considers “Stand Your Ground”

Leslie Mortimer: Why should your life be worth less outside the home? It is a simple question really, and I like her answer.
You should have the same rights and the same protection regardless of where you are.
If I am attacked on the street, or in my car, or at home, I will react with the same determination to defend myself. [NRA-ILA]

Friday, May 12, 2006

Self-defense Is Legal in Wisconsin - News - Wauwatosa Store Owner Won't Be Charged For Shooting Teenager
The owner of a Wauwatosa [a suburb of Milwaukee] fish store will not be charged with shooting one of the teenagers accused of trying to rob his store.
One goblin is in jail. The other is in hospital.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0 - Store Owner Shoots Armed Robber Even when the goblins have guns drawn first, you can still defend yourself.
Authorities said the [armed] suspect jumped out of his car about 4 p.m. and ran up on the owner of the Goody's Fashions store on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, just inside I-285 in Northwest Atlanta. The two got into some kind of gunbattle in the parking lot but only the suspect ended up wounded.
The goblin is in the hospital. No charges were filed against the store owner.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

UN Doesn't Seem to Care About Sex-for-Food Scandal

The U.N. sex-for-food scandal - The Washington Times You would think that if anything could make the UN sit up and take notice it would be a new scandal alleging pedophilia among peacekeepers in Liberia. You would be wrong.
Despite being aware of the abuse for some time, the United Nations appears to be operating at its usual sluggish pace. A U.N. humanitarian coordinator in Liberia, Jordan Ryan, told the Associated Press that the report was "outdated" and that "much has improved since then." "There are good things that are now happening in Liberia," he said, adding that those caught engaging in "sex-for-food" are fired.
Fired. Not tried. Not convicted. The penalty for extorting sex from starving children is to be fired. Yeah, that will send a message.
It took U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan nearly a year of similar allegations from the mission in Congo before telling reporters that he was taking the matter seriously. When the United Nations finally did act, a handful of peacekeepers were fired. But the scandal continues to spread, suggesting that a more serious overhaul of hiring and training practices needs to be implemented.
How about law and order practices? Useless Nitwits!

Can we please stop funding this criminal organization?

No Surprise - Criminals Fear Armed Citizens

WBAY-TV Green Bay-Fox Cities-Northeast Wisconsin News: Study supports concealed carry law
Study author David Dodenhoff says he found less chance of property loss or physical injury exists when a potential crime victim resists with a gun. He says criminals in states with concealed weapons laws are afraid of the possibility of confronting an armed victim.
Actually the only surprise is that the story was published by an ABC affiliate in Wisconsin. (No, it wasn't Madison or Milwaukee.)
[hat tip NRA-ILA]

Good Guys 4, Bad Guys 0

Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas | 61-year-old robbery victim speaks out Four thugs come knocking (pounding really) at the door. But before answering Ken grabs his pistol.

Good thing too, because one of the goblins had a 20-gauge shotgun.
"And I hit it and knocked the barrel up and it went off," Ken said.

A chunk out of his ceiling and a hole was ripped in his door.

Ken fired his gun three times. The first shot hit a wall and the second hit the robber.
Three robbers are in custody, the fourth is in hospital with a gunshot wound.

Credit where credit is due:

When I first saw this story yesterday it was all about vigilantes. (It was referred to KABA with a headline and opening that called this guy a vigilante.) But today, someone seems to have found a dictionary, and decided that this guy isn't a vigilante. Self-defense is legal. I'm just glad that the news organization seems to realize that.

Alphecca's Weekly Check on the Media

Alphecca: Weekly Check on the Bias Some nice coverage of Boomer Shoot among other things.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0 News from KTRK, Woman fatally shoots intruder in her northeast Houston home A woman shot and killed one of two intruders in her home.
It happened around 3am at a home on Bender near Kurt. Police say the woman was home with her three-year-old son when someone reportedly knocked on the door.

The woman asked the person to identify himself but he didn't answer. She told him to go away since she didn't know him. That's when two men apparently forced their way in the home.

The men were armed with a knife and a pellet gun. The homeowner struggled with the intruders, but managed to get to the kitchen, where she keeps her gun.
Personally at 3 AM, I would have retrieved the gun before doing anything else. But then I always keep a gun within easy reach of where I sleep. Someone knocking on a door at 3 AM may be in trouble - call 911 for them, don't let them in - or they may be trouble.

Still one goblin is off the streets. The 2nd is on the run, but the police think that they have the vehicle, so perhaps that will yield additional clues.

An Australian Discovers Shooting

TIME Pacific Magazine: Trigger Happiness A quirky little story about discovering shooting, what reaction that gets from friends and a few statements about guns.
When I tell friends about my new interest (O.K., obsession), the conversation chills. It's as if I've taken up voodoo: they'll still talk to me, just not about It. "I just don't like guns," says one. "Don't like the idea of them." ...

Guns aren't moral agents, they're machines—elegant, superbly efficient, made to fit the human hand. ... Shooting for sport isn't, as I once thought, the desperate outlet of sad Hemingway types, but a fiendishly difficult art. As Peter, a former naval officer, says, "It's got all the Zen you could want." Trying to hit a bullseye smaller than a saucer from a distance of 100 m or more—and do it over and over again—demands things of you, and gives things to you. You have to align yourself not just with the gun and the target but with your surroundings: light must be taken into account (people tend to aim lower in dim light), temperature (on a hot day the bullet flies faster and higher), and wind.
This does qualify as a major media outlet. Too bad the US version seems to have ignored the story completely. [KABA]

al-Qaeda's own analysis of the situation in Iraq

Captain's Quarters: Captured AQ Documents: "Every Year Is Worse Than The Previous Year" AQ is up against the wall, not that you would find this out from the US media.

Go take a look at Capt. Ed's analysis of documents captured in April.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Matt Groening Conducts the Best of Me Symphony

The Owner's Manual: #128 Best of Me Symphony Creator of the Simpsons ...
All normal people love meat. If I went to a barbeque and there was no meat, I would say "Yo Goober! Where's the meat!?"

What Happens When You Can Sue the Government?

Canada, it seems, is about to find out. : Family of woman attacked by parolee sues corrections officials

So what happens when the authorities charged with keeping violent criminals locked up let them go, and they commit more crimes? In the US, you cannot sue the government. In Canada you sue everyone in sight.
The suit alleges the National Parole Board, Correctional Services Canada, the Commissioner of Corrections and the Attorney General of Canada did not do enough to protect the public from Michael Gardiner.

The family's suit also names the Salvation Army, which owns the building where the federal Hamilton Community Correctional Centre houses federal parolees.

Mr. Gardiner, 29, was on unescorted leave from the halfway house on May 27, 2004, when he attacked the 55-year-old mall employee in the back room of the framing store she managed.
The goblin was trying to rape her, and she suffered 22 knife wounds as she tried to defend herself.

Of course being a law-abiding citizen, in Canada she was limited to using her bare hands. No guns for self-defense in Canada. That may not have made a difference, there are no guarantees in this life. But putting the good citizens at a disadvantage and then failing to keep the violent criminals locked up is the worst kind of insanity.
Officials with both the parole board and Hamilton police opposed Mr. Gardiner's release to the halfway house just 13 days before the attack, saying he was a high risk to reoffend.
But the people who knew best were overruled by the bleeding hearts, who worry more about the rights of the felon than protecting society against goblins.

So now those bleeding-hearts are going to have to face the music. They are being sued by everyone in site. In addition to the family, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is suing. The woman was attacked at work and so is collecting compensation benefits.

I wonder what society would be like, if the people who made all of the stupid decisions and made insane policy were held personally responsible for the outcome.

58th Carnival of Cordite

Resistance is futile!: Carnival of Cordite #58 Despite little things like finishing law school, Gullyborg has found the time to pull together another Carnival of Cordite.

And this is the coolest video of the week. Exploding Macs, Beer drinking, ... what more do you want?

CCW List to be restricted from the Media

NRA-ILA :: Florida Bill Passed to Stop Media Harassment of CCW License Holders As usual, I think Marion Hammer says it better than I could.
In the past the media have posted names, addresses, birth dates, and other personal identifying information on websites and have printed them in newspapers. Such reckless conduct subjects license holders to possible identity theft, theft of firearms by criminals and tells domestic violence abusers and stalkers where to find victims who have moved to hide themselves and their children from these predators.
Glad that is taken care of.

UN Peacekeepers Pedophiles in Liberia

Peacekeepers, teachers prey on Liberia girls: report - Yahoo! News The latest effort on the part of the United Nations Useless Nitwits to rebuild a country has turned into a problem.
MONROVIA (Reuters) - U.N. peacekeepers, aid workers and teachers are having sex with Liberian girls as young as 8 in return for money, food or favors, threatening efforts to rebuild a nation wrecked by war, a report said on Monday.
And of course this not the only instance of UN "Peacekeepers" misconduct.
Allegations of sexual misconduct have dogged U.N. operations in Liberia, Ivory Coast, Haiti and especially in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where the world body has accused members of its biggest peacekeeping force of rape, pedophilia and giving children food or money in return for sex.

The U.N. force in Liberia said in a statement eight cases of sexual exploitation and abuse involving U.N. personnel had been reported since the start of 2006. One of those had been substantiated and the member of staff suspended.
Note the "punishment." The staff member was suspended. Not fired. Not tried. Not sent to jail. The punishment for sexual misconduct of any nature, even with a child, is to be sent home.

The problem is widespread.
The report's compilers spoke to more than 300 people in camps for displaced people and communities where people had recently returned to their pre-war localities.

"All of the respondents clearly stated that they felt that the scale of the problem affected over half of the girls in their locations," it said, adding aid workers, teachers, camp and government employees, policemen and soldiers were involved.

"The girls reportedly ranged in age from 8 to 18 years, with girls of 12 years and upwards identified as being regularly involved in 'selling sex.'"
When are we going to stop supporting the criminal organization known as the UN? Forget Oil-for-Food; that only involved money and fraud. UN "peacekeeping missions" are frequently Sex-for-Food operations. Liberia is NOT unique. Allegations of UN Misconduct in Congo in 2004 were well documented, though all but ignored by Big Media.

More on the Myth of “Give them what they want.”

Ohioans For Concealed Carry - CHL Holder Shoots and Kills Robber Although I mentioned this story the other day, one fact is important to emphasize. The Left says, "Just give a criminal what he wants, and he will leave you alone." That this is a myth is illustrated in this tragedy.
Thursday evening Mike Dayem was in a battle for his life. A masked man entered Mike’s Food Market on Cleveland’s east-side with a gun and demanded money. When Mike’s 19 year-old son, Abe, who also works at the store, gave the robber everything in the cash register, the robber said it wasn’t enough and demanded more. Then the robber shot Abe in the head.
The robber was "given what he wanted," all the money in the cash register. The goblin still shot the kid behind the counter.

Giving criminals what they want does NOT ensure that they will leave you alone - no matter what the Brady Bunch says. And even if you would give that advice to a man facing a robber, what advice would give to a woman facing a rapist?

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Pregnant Woman Murdered - Pregnant Woman Killed By Boyfriend In Sunrise
Sunrise A pregnant woman was stabbed to death by her boyfriend in Sunrise on Sunday.

Officials say the couple got into a serious altercation that resulted in her death and the death of her unborn child.
Murder is the number one cause of death among pregnant women in this country.
Men who kill pregnant women are most likely romantically involved with their victims and see the pregnancy and unborn child as obstacles and burdens in their lives.
No information on what the "argument" was about.

Silly Time-wasting Tests

It is hot, too hot to work on the boat, so I am huddled in the air-conditioning.

Two tests came my way, one on Famous Leaders and one on Classic Movies.

Both as usual are at Log of Zendo.

Navy Cross Awarded to Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal

Navy CrossArticle: News - Marines honor resolute lifesaver Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal received the Navy Cross for his actions in November of 2004.

He rescued wounded marines. He used all available field dressings on another marine, even though he had been shot multiple times, since he believed one of them should survive and he decided it would be the other marine. Then when a grenade was thrown into the building, he acted again.
Kasal saw the grenade, and using his own body as a shield, leapt onto his fellow Marine as the grenade exploded.

"I thought the chances of surviving were zero," he said.
But he did survive and his heroism was rewarded this week. [Hat tip to Cowboy Blob]

“No one is going to help us.
We've got to do it ourselves.”

George Will has something to say about your Civic Duty: Go See 'United 93'
The message of the movie is: We are all potential soldiers. And we all may be, at any moment, at the war's front, because in this war the front can be anywhere.

The hinge on which the movie turns are 13 words that a passenger speaks, without histrionics, as he and others prepare to rush the cockpit, shortly before the plane plunges into a Pennsylvania field. The words are: "No one is going to help us. We've got to do it ourselves." Those words not only summarize this nation's situation in today's war but also express a citizen's general responsibilities in a free society.
As Alphecca says, "THAT is what the Second Amendment is all about!" It is the realization that in a crisis, the police, the military, the government may not be able to bail you out. You may be called upon to act in defense of yourself, of others or even in defense of the society.

Like the passengers of Flight 93, your actions may not achieve the result you desire, but any action is sure to influence the outcome. That does not diminish the action, or the people who acted. It is simply a recognition that humans can't control everything. As responsible adults, however, we are called on to do what we can. And I believe that is what Jeff at Alphecca has in mind. At any time, each of us may find ourselves drafted into the militia, and be expected to fight the enemies of our country.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Goss and the CIA

Rick Moran has the best take on Goss and the CIA I have seen. It is long, but worth it.Right Wing Nut House � JUST HOW DYSFUNCTIONAL ARE OUR INTELLIGENCE AGENCIES?

I hope he is right that we end up with the best intelligence agency in the world. I am afraid that we need it.

Tell Congress to Secure the Borders

Send A BrickSend-A-Brick - Secure our Borders! An incredible idea! Send a brick to your Senators and Representatives. (They will even send one for you, but at a cost higher than you could do yourself.) They also want bricks sent to Hastert and Frist (House and Senate "leadership").

Good Guys 4, Bad Guys 1

WXYZ: Man Killed in Hazel Park Home Invasion Homeowner finds would-be robber in home (hiding in closet). A struggle for a gun results in the home-invader being shot. | 05/05/2006 | Alleged robber shot, killed by a neighbor Three men invade home and threaten the homeowner. His girlfriend flees, calling police and alerting neighbors. Neighbor exchanges gunfire with robbers, killing one. Police capture 2nd suspect. (3rd still at large.)

Father and son take on armed robber Man tries to rob convenience store. Robber is fatally shot, but the son is also shot - he is recovering.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Climate Change - Who's to Blame?

JUPITER CLIMATE CRISIS! Along with DV over at A Tangled Web, I wonder about the following questions....

If climate change on earth is caused by humans burning fossil fuels in our great big SUVs, is climate change on Mars the result of Martians? What about the new evidence of climate change on Jupiter?

I'm just asking.

What is the best form of self-defense?

WAWS FOX30 Online - Jacksonville - Victim of Nassau shooting survives through the night A horrible shooting the result of a "domestic dispute."

At least they are telling people that restraining orders are not the end-all of what you need to do.
Sometimes when an abuser finds out about the order, they may feel humiliated or rejected, and then turn angry and violent. Just obtaining a restraining order may increase the chance of violence against the victim.
So what do they say you should do?
But there are other ways to get help:
Go to an abuse shelter
Talk to a counselor
Make an escape plan
And one of the best things you can do is learn self defense.
So what is the best form of self-defense? My answer to that question is, "Firearms." Nothing else is quite so effective for dealing with large or multiple attackers. [hat tip Ox Rant]

“Stand Your Ground” introduced in Minnesota

Duluth News Tribune | 05/05/2006 | NRA backs expansion of right to shoot attackers Just introduced, the bill probably won't move forward until next year.
"This bill basically tells the bad guys: If you're going to use illegal force, be prepared to face legal force," [State Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder,] said at a Capitol news conference.
[hat tip NRA-ILA]

Calls to Police Botched in NZ

Victims can't forgive attackers | In the US, 911 calls result in no help. In the UK, police refuse to go near the scene of violent crime. (It's dangerous, don't you know!) Now in New Zealand we learn about a couple left on their own.
It has been 18 months since the Bentleys first appeared on our television screens after being terrorised by armed attackers, who bashed Peter to within an inch of his life. The case made media headlines when it became clear there had been a botch up of their 111 [NZ's version of 911] call.
The couple now knows that they are on their own.
Yes, we have weapons easily and readily available."

Maggie says the couple both have firearms licences.

"We both know the damage a gun can do."

Peter says if the situation ever happened again, they would not be afraid to use the guns.

"Oh I'd kill 'em. Absolutely, there would be no question at all."
The person who provided inside information to the home invaders was sentenced to two years - which may be served under house arrest. So much for deterence in the criminal justice system. [via Alphecca]

Another Restraining Order Fails

Domestic tumult ends in death, ex-boyfriend's arrest A restraining order and two calls to police in one day do nothing to prevent a death.
At 4:45 p.m., Rhone told officers, her former boyfriend held a knife to her throat in her North Portland apartment. By the time police arrived, he was gone.

At 7:38 p.m., neighbors called, saying they saw Rhone's ex trying to enter her apartment through a window. Police checked the area but couldn't find him.

By 10:53 p.m., Rhone lay dead from at least a dozen stab wounds on the lawn in front of her apartment, yards from a memorial tree planted for a Iris Court woman, Kyra Woods, 24, who was fatally stabbed by a former boyfriend 12 years earlier.
This of course was not the first incident. An assault, that resulted in hospitalization, was punished by 3 days in jail - oh, and probation.

I don't know if a weapon would have enabled this woman to defend herself. There are no guarantees in this life. It is painfully clear that the police and the courts were unable to do anything to save her.

The Left says we should just call 911, and wait to be rescued. That is exactly what this woman did. It resulted in her being killed. The Brady Bunch will say that we should just give the crimial what he wants. In this case the criminal wanted to commit murder. Is that what we should let them do? Calling 911 is a good thing, but it is not the only thing I intend to do if attacked. What will you do?

The Flying Pig Marathon

flying pig logoWhere is all the Moslem outrage at pictures of pigs? Maybe they just don't care about Cincinnati, and its Flying Pig Marathon.

Cincinnnati was once known as Porkopolis, and so much insanity in the city actually celebrates this fact. Today is "Wear Yor Pig Nose To Work Day." (Forget Cinco de Mayo, this is the real holiday!)

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Why did it take so long?

SANTA ROSA / Ex-casino owner cleared in slaying From February, when I reported on the Attack of the Ninja? until today to decide that if someone is threatening your spouse with a gun, someone has entered your home and continues to threaten your spouse, that you have the right to come to their defense.
Ferguson attacked Phillips' wife, Sandra, outside their home during the morning of Feb. 27. The assailant was dressed in black clothing, wore a mask and held what appeared to be a firearm. The weapon was later discovered to be a Gamo P-23 CO{-2} pistol that shoots pellets.

Sandra Phillips broke from Ferguson's grasp and ran into her home while he pursued her, authorities said. Her cries awoke her husband, who grabbed his .357 Magnum revolver from a bedside table. Louis Phillips sneaked up on the intruder, who had one arm around his wife's neck and a gun in his hand. Louis Phillips fired three times at Ferguson, causing him to collapse and die.
I guess the DA in this case was just unwilling to admit that he couldn't prosecute self-defense. (If someone can tell me why a review of "the investigative findings of the Healdsburg Police Department" should take this long, let me know and I will update the post.)

Proof that gun-bans don't reduce crime

international crimeTelegraph | A quarter of English are victims of crime Canada, England and Australia have all enacted some form of gun ban, or at least some draconian measure ensuring that law-abiding citizens are disarmed in the face of violent crime.

The result has not, as the Left assured everyone, made those countries safer, it has made them the worst countries for violent crime. [click on the image for a larger view]

What are the three countries that report the highest rates of violent crime? Australia, England/Wales, and Canada - in that order. Canada in particular loves to blame the US for its violent crime problem, but if we were "exporting crime" to Canada, don't you think we would have a higher crime rate? We don't - Canada is #3, while the US doesn't rank in the top 10.

The police cannot be everywhere. One of the most effective means of reducing violent crime is empower the law-abiding to defend themselves from attack. [KABA]


Too fun not to do again!

[Previous thoughts on using watermelons to explain the need for gun safety.]

Due to Technical Difficulties...

Beyond my control, blogging has been light to non-existent. That should be rectified this evening (now that the high-speed Internet connection is back on-line).

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Call to 911 - No Officer Sent

South Bend Tribune: Shooting victim called 911 A woman calls 911 crying for help. 911 sends NO officer. An hour later both the woman and her mother are dead.

Although 911 denies there was such a call, there are witnesses to the fact that she called and her side of the conversation. Not that it matters; you can't sue the police for failing to provide protection.

But the point here is that the Left says, "Just call 911 and wait to be rescued." That assumes that
  1. You can call 911 before the crime is committed
  2. 911 decides to believe you and send a car
  3. The police can reach you in time.
Item 2 failed in this case, and two women paid the price with their lives.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Self-defense in Illinois

Fatal shooting was self-defense, police say | Chicago Tribune I didn't think this was possible....
"The resident was attacked ... and got out the weapon to hold off the attackers," [Arlington Heights Police Capt. Jerry] Lambert said. "We're confident it was self-defense." The man was a registered gun owner and the AK-47 was a legal weapon.
Self-defense is still leagal in The People's Republic of Illinois? [KABA]

How can you be accused of acting within the law? - News - Police: Woman Shoots Ex-Boyfriend In Self-Defense This is a good story, but it is horrible reporting.

A woman and her ex-boyfriend get into a fight when he shows up at her home. He gets a knife from the kitchen and throws it at her. She picks up a gun and shoots him, sending him to the hospital.

The reporter is a bit confused about the concept of self-defense (and the editor)...
A woman was accused Monday of shooting her ex-boyfriend in self-defense
So she is "accused" of acting within the law.
Police said the shooting appeared to be self-defense.
Appears to be? What else would it be? The guy is violent and if the story is true, he will probably be charged with any number of things including assault with a deadly weapon. [Via KABA]

Plecia nearctica Hardy - Love Bugs

Plecia nearctica HardyOh, the joys of Spring. When the love bugs come out to make your life miserable.

If you live in the south, you probably know what these little bastards are. In this part of Florida, they are everywhere, and they are a pain in the ass. Thousands of the little suckers everywhere. Run into a bunch of them with your car and the acid in their guts will destroy the paint job. Underfoot, in your face - flying into your mouth if you're not paying attention.

If you don't know what these beasties look like, the University of Florida has some color photos.

57th Carnival of Cordite

Hillary Haaawww!!!! Hillary Haaawww!!!! - Carnival of Cordite Lots of good gun-stuff.

Monday, May 01, 2006

Navy Cross Reciepient Brian Chontosh

Navy CrossThere is an article snaking its way around the emails of the world about Brian Chontosh and the the fact that his story was not told in the mainstream press. Brian Chontosh

When Alvin York did something similar in the First World War, (yes he did capture 132 prisoners, but this is still similar) he was an international hero. Hollywood made movies about him. We named military vehicles after him.

The Left and the media seem determined to ensure that no one remembers the name Chontosh.