Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Something Appropriate

The Gods of the Copybook Headings
By Rudyard Kipling - 1919
As I pass through my incarnations in every age and race,
I Make my proper prostrations to the Gods of the Market-Place.
Peering through reverent fingers I watch them flourish and fall,
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings, I notice, outlast them all.

We were living in trees when they met us. They showed us each in turn
That Water would certainly wet us, as Fire would certainly burn:
But we found them lacking in Uplift, Vision and Breadth of Mind,
So we left them to teach the Gorillas while we followed the March of Mankind.

We moved as the Spirit listed. They never altered their pace,
Being neither cloud nor wind-borne like the Gods of the Market-Place.
But they always caught up with our progress, and presently word would come
That a tribe had been wiped off its icefield, or the lights had gone out in Rome.

With the Hopes that our World is built on they were utterly out of touch
They denied that the Moon was Stilton; they denied she was even Dutch
They denied that Wishes were Horses; they denied that a Pig had Wings.
So we worshipped the Gods of the Market Who promised these beautiful things.

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 Heading 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."

Then the Gods of the Market tumbled, and their smooth-tongued wizards withdrew,
And the hearts of the meanest were humbled and began to believe it was true
That All is not Gold that Glitters, and Two and Two make Four --
And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

* * * * *

As it will be in the future, it was at the birth of Man --
There are only four things certain since Social Progress began --
That the Dog returns to his Vomit and the Sow returns to her Mire,
And the burnt Fool's bandaged finger goes wabbling back to the Fire --
And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!
Hat tip (or yips?) to Robbo who reminded me of this poem.

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

Homeowner Shoots And Kills In Self-Defense Guy pulls into his driveway when two guys try to commit armed robbery.
A homeowner had just pulled into his driveway on Tobylynn Drive when two armed men came up to him and tried to rob him. The homeowner pulled out a shotgun and shot the two suspects.

One suspect died at the scene. The other suspect took off.
The 2nd guy was caught later with a gunshot wound.

Turns out the bad guys were armed with BB guns. (Don't bring a BB gun to a shotgun fight.)

Self-defense works.

History Lesson

Did 1929 crash have to happen? - Oct. 29, 2004 Everyone - in the media anyway - is hung up on the size of the drop in the Dow-Jones Industrial Average. But since the market is at a slightly higher level, it isn't the size of the drop, but the percentage change in the market.
On "Black Monday" in October 1929, the Dow Jones industrial average tumbled 12.8 percent, and the next day, "Black Tuesday," it sank another 11.7 percent. The crash of 1929 took the market down 23 percent in just two days and nearly 30 percent over six days that fall.

Things would get even worse. By July 1932 the market had plummeted almost 90 percent.
That was a major move.

Now consider some more recent history.
In midmorning trading, the Dow Jones industrial average rose 237.19, or 2.29 percent, to 10,602.64 after falling more than 777 points, or nearly 7 percent, Monday to its lowest close in nearly three years. It was the blue chips' largest point drop and 17th largest percentage drop. The percentage decline was far less severe than the 20-plus-percent drops seen in the stock market crash of October 1987
Do you remember the Great Depression of 1988? Neither do I, and I do remember Black Monday, 1987. I never saw so many grown men cry.

And after Black Monday, 1987, the market didn't come back the next day. It took at least a few weeks, and most people who were going to make money (I wasn't in options market betting on the market downturn) didn't make their money until February of 88. But that's another story.

Are things in a bad way? Probably. Has the economy ground to a halt? No.

"Hey, We're Just Misunderstood"

Somali Pirates Tell All - They’re in It for the Money - NYTimes.com Un-freakin believable. Pirates call themselves a "coast guard."

I wish that someone would do something about this, but don't expect much to be done anytime soon." [via Pro-Gun Progressive]

How Did We Get Here?

Rachel Lucas � Blog Archive � Clearly I love being confused and speechless.UPDATED with Pelosi The Raging BITCH Do you wonder how we got this sorry state with the economy? Rachel has the history.

Quote of the Day

"Houses are but badly built boats so firmly aground that you cannot think of moving them.... The desire to build a house is the tired wish of a man content thenceforward with a single anchorage. The desire to build a boat is the desire of youth, unwilling yet to accept the idea of a final anchorage."
Arthur Ransome
Racundra's First Cruise, 1923

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Not That Self-defense is an Option

“They hit me so bloody hard ... I didn’t deserve this” Canada disarms everyone. In particular they disarm people who are targeted for hate crimes.

Two gay men holding hands in a gay district. The rednecks can't allow that. (I won't call them Christians, but I really doubt the assailants were Wiccan.)
One of the assailants had sucker-punched Smith in the jaw, cleanly breaking it in three places.

Instantly knocked out, he fell back, smacking his head on the pavement.
How would you like to spend the next 6 weeks with your jaw wired shut? (With a wire-cutter on hand in case you choke on something.)

One thing they get right, the cowardly nature of gay-bashers.
It's not going to be one on one. It's always five on one. They'll always have the numbers because they're cowards.
None of this will send a message to Canada that perhaps they should consider allowing people to defend themselves. Or enable them to, since I don't think they have quite the anti-self-defense stance of the UK.

The Case That Should Not Have Been Prosecuted

Jury Acquits Texas Man Who Killed Teenage Intruder / - Waco, Temple, Killeen Weather and News Authority If strangers are in my home, I will defend myself. The DA feels differently.
In a case that sparked outrage in Laredo, a district court jury has acquitted a man in the shooting death of a teenager who broke into a mobile home in search of a snack.
Was this guy a saint? No. But that doesn't change the fact that he has the right to defend himself. In Texas, you also have the right to defend your property.

So why was this prosecuted? Because the DA is more interested in politics than in the law or justice.

It too the jury about 3 hours to acquit.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

When Only Cops Have Guns, Only Cops Will Shoot Cops

Miami-Dade Police Officer Shot By Fellow Officer - Miami News Story - WPLG Miami Isn't there a firearm safety rule that deals with properly identifying your target? Just asking.
The officer, who was responding to reports of a possible home invasion and robbery at an apartment ..., was shot by another officer responding to the same call.
See somebody move and shoot. Good gun handling. Great professionalism.

FDR, TV and Joe Biden

Several folks have pointed out that if Sarah Palin talked about FDR being on TV in 1929, it would be the subject of late-night comedy and front-page news stories. Joe Biden gets a pass. Is that media bias?

FDR was the first President to speak on TV. He made a speech that was shown at the opening of the 1939 World's Fair.

Truman was the first President to address the nation from the White House.

Then of course there is the fact that FDR was elected in 1932 and didn't take office until 1933. So why he would be address the country on television in 1929... maybe Mr. Biden can explain that sometime. Not that he will ever get a question from the media on this.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Exactly How Are They Supposed to Defend Themselves?

D.C.'s Gay Community Tackling Hate, Homophobia|NewsChannel 8 It seems DC is a city with a lot of hate. The usual suspects are calling for the usual response. They want the police to make it safe.

Some people do recognize that the police can only do so much.
Others say gay men should protect themselves
Exactly how should they do this? Self-defense is all but illegal in Washington, DC. I think DC should legalize concealed carry and all these potential victims should arm themselves, because I doubt the police are going to do anything effective in the long run. Not that I don't like police, but my guess is that DC cops are stretched - like a lot of big city cops - and can't "run patrols" around gay bars on a regular basis.

Not that this much sanity will ever envelop either Washington, DC generally or the majority of gay community therein. Expect candle-light vigils, marches, and all the stuff the Left usually does when they don't want to do anything that would actually make a difference. A chorus of Kumbaya anyone?

Chris Rock Must Be Vegetarian

Political Punch: Chris Rock on Alcee Hastings on Sarah Palin
ROCK: Every time I see her with a dead moose, I'm like, why is Michael Vick in jail? Isn't killing animals bad?
So having a hamburger - creating a market for dead beef cattle - is bad? Ditto, chicken fingers, beef burritos, Peking Duck, etc. etc.

Sorry, but dog-fighting isn't illegal because killing animals is "bad." It is illegal because it is cruel.

I do agree with Rock that this guy Alcee Hastings sounds pretty crazy, until you realize that he is just parroting the standard anti-gun-owner bias. According to Hastings - and the Left generally - gun owners are biased, and in Hastings's view that is especially true against blacks and jews. (Stereotype much Mr. Hastings?) Sort of surprised he didn't through in gays as well.

If She Thinks It's A Good Idea, Maybe It Isn't

Pelosi says bailout plan has to pass - Yahoo! News Guilt by association, but if Pelosi thinks the bailout is a good idea, can it really be a good idea?

How Does a 65-year-old Defend Himself from a Young Thug?

Shot Dead: Suspected Burglar Fatally Wounded By Homeowner If he lives in a freedom-loving place, he uses a firearm.
Police say a 65-year-old homeowner on St. Clair was awakened by the sound of someone breaking into an attached section of his house.

He went downstairs to investigate and saw signs that his house was being burglarized. He returned upstairs, got dressed and grabbed his gun.
After a confrontation, the homeowner shot the goblin.

It only took a day for powers-that-be decided that self-defense is legal in Ohio. Prosecutor's Office: Cleveland homeowner not charged for fatally shooting burglar Prosecutors usually take longer, because they always hope to be able to prosecute someone for something. Justice? What would Justice have to do with anything?

Good Guys 3, Bad Guys 0

Man Shoots Three Men - Kansas City News Story - KCTV Kansas City What happens when a home invasion team meets an armed homeowner? They get exactly what they deserve.

One goblin is dead, two are injured. Police have arrested one and is "talking to" the other.

The good news?
The resident's family, including its two small children, were not hurt.
I love a story with a happy ending.

Self-defense is a human right.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Obama, Ayers and Education Policy

Obama and Ayers Pushed Radicalism On Schools - WSJ.com The key phrase has to do with the fact that academic achievement is not important. "Right thinking" - in the form of radical activism - is important.

Yeah, because in order to achieve universal health care, it isn't important to have doctors or technicians or engineers designing the next phase of medical technology. It is only important that students think correctly. (That is the way they want you to think.)

Go read it.

Self-defense is Legal in Utah

Deseret News | Man shot in break-in is charged The "estranged husband" who broke into a home armed with two handguns is charged with 5 felonies. The guy who defended himself and the wife in the story has not been charged.

The "estranged husband" is still in the hospital, since he was shot with a shotgun the other day.

Monday, September 22, 2008


Alaska Legislature Breaks Own Rules Pursuing Palin Why does everything have to end in "gate?" Can we get past that? I suppose not, since whenever the Press seems to want to bring people down, they try to invoke Watergate.

Why was the "Commissioner of Public Safety" removed? Well, for a couple of reasons. First he failed to fire a trooper.
First, a little background on the investigation is in order. According to the Department of Public Safety, the trooper in question used a department-issued Taser on the governor's 10-year-old nephew, operated his marked squad car while drinking alcohol, illegally shot a moose cow and was subject to a domestic violence restraining order. He also allegedly threatened to make Mrs. Palin's father "eat a f------g lead bullet." Despite these findings and allegations, this trooper has not been fired. Amazingly, he is currently stationed in the governor's home community.
Color me surprised that a cop behaving badly is still on the job. THAT never happens.

Just on the surface, I would say this guy needs to be fired. I would definitely say he needs to be transferred to another location. But that's me.

Then the Commissioner refused to implement budget cuts.
Undercutting the investigation further, recently disclosed communications between the governor's office and the former commissioner transparently reflect that the real reason he was removed from his position was due to his insubordinate refusal to implement the governor's budgetary and fiscal policies. For example, on Dec. 6, 2007, the commissioner called a press conference in support of his expansive budgetary plan, a plan that was directly at odds with the governor's policies. Two months later, he released a letter to the governor advocating for additional funds for items that the governor previously vetoed.

Despite warnings, this at-will political appointee continued to work outside of the governor's budgetary vision for the state. His insubordination culminated with a planned July visit to the congressional delegation in Washington, designed to secure funding for a program that the governor had not yet approved. Shortly thereafter, the governor offered the commissioner another position in the administration, but he chose to resign instead.
I'm sorry, but if an "at will" employee political appointee refuses to do what the boss says, that employee should be out. If he didn't like Gov. Palin's policy, he should run for office himself, not try to do an end run around her.

When caught, no one should cry foul. So the "New Politics" of the Obama Campaign turn out to be the same old politics of the Chicago Machine. Lies, and Damn Lies.

What Happens if You Cooperate With Criminals But They Aren't Satisfied?

Invader may have watched house, sheriff's officials say | Fort Worth | Star-Telegram.com A hundred dollars in cash and a rare coin collection wasn't enough. (Why don't criminals realize that honest folks keep our money in the bank?) So he got pissed off.
“The suspect demanded more. They offered up their vehicles,” Simonds said. “Sometime around that point, the suspect struck Jill Huddleston and that’s when the homeowners began to fight back.”

Sheriff’s officials said the couple used items around the house -- including a kitchen knife and a potted plant -- in the attempt to defend themselves.
Cooperating with violent criminals will not stop them from being violent.

Self-defense works, even when you have to improvise.

Of course the gun the goblin had, turned out to be unloaded, which made everything easier.

The bad guy had been stabbed several times and died while sheriff's deputies were taking him into custody.

Self-defense is a human right, and it works. Furthermore, cooperating with criminals is no guarantee of safety. In this case, the homeowners didn't have enough cash to keep him happy.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Someone on the Right is about to have a fit

Transsexual wins lawsuit against Library of Congress - CNN.com I just don't know who it will be.
Diane Schroer won her federal lawsuit against the Library of Congress after officials backed out of a 2005 job offer when told of her intention to become a transsexual. At the time of the job interview for a position as a senior terrorism research analyst, David Schroer was a male. He had been a onetime Army Special Forces commander.
One of the pundits on the Right will blow a gasket.

Something Is Very Wrong With Our Justice System

Wrongly convicted rape defendant freed after 26 years | Dallas Morning News We rely on eye-witness testimony, and treat it like it is never wrong. But it is wrong all the time.
A jury convicted Mr. Lindsey, now 56, of sexually assaulting a woman near White Rock Lake in 1981. DNA tests proved that he was not the man responsible.
The police mailed the victim a photo lineup one year after the assault. His bosses testimony that he must have been at work - or there would have been work stoppages - was discounted.

27 years later he was proven to be innocent of the charge by DNA testing.
Mr. Lindsey became the 19th man cleared by DNA testing in Dallas County since 2001, when the Legislature began allowing post-conviction DNA testing.
The Legislature had to get involved because the "Justice System" wasn't interested in Justice. They won those cases. Why would they want to jeopardize their won/lost record?

How many innocent people have been sent to prison, where there is no DNA evidence to free them? Isn't there a better way?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

I know I said this Before... But it is Still Unusual

It is really odd to be in the Midwest, watching lots of MLB games.

It is even more unusual for the the Chicago Cubs to be leading the National League, and winning their division.

The New Politics Includes Attacks on Free Speech

Obama mobilizes rapid response on Web -- chicagotribune.com If someone has a position you disagree with, don't bother to argue the merits of their position, silence them.

Sounds a little like the "digital Brownshirts" that the Democrats were blasting in previous elections.

Why bother with Free Speech, or issues or whatever. Just silence them in whatever way possible.
"If Barack Obama demonstrates this little regard for free speech from his opponents during the campaign, what could the American people expect from him as a president?" Ed Martin, president of American Issues Project, said in a statement.
Why we don't have to guess. "Hate Speech" will be expanded so that you can't say anything that isn't government approved. Soon you won't think any thoughts that aren't government approved.

The New Politics Includes Lies

Obama distorts McCain SS stance: The Swamp When the truth doesn't serve, lie. This isn't change. This is Chicago politics.

You see, Barack *redacted* Obama has been misstating McCain's position on Social Security. Which isn't even central to McCain's campaign. But the lies seem to be central to Chicago politics - that is Obama's campaign.

Now, it is possible he doesn't really know what McCain and Bush have proposed.
And if he doesn't know the details of what McCain and Bush have supported, the question would be why not?

Either way, it doesn't help his argument that he is the candidate of "change" he campaigns as. This is old-fashioned political fear mongering based on misstating and twisting the facts.
Same old thing, more media bias.

Friday, September 19, 2008

I Predict That Climate Will Change

Because it always has in the past. Here's a look at temperature from the last 2000 years. (You can download the entire study here.)

Global Temp Reconstruction

The data in this chart ends in 1995, just prior to the current 10-year cooling-off period we've experienced. Each data point is a 30 year average.

The green crowd loves to tell you that the last years of the 20th century, there was a temperature increase of "historic proportions." Yes, it marked the end of "Little Ice Age." (Which I think ended in 1940, but I can't find that reference.)

Here's another look at that data. It has a few historical dates penciled in.
Global Temp Reconstruction annotated

My personal favorite is the Viking colonization of Greenland, so-named because when they found it they put farms on it. Today it is a sheet of ice. People take things for granted, but the chimney really only entered everyday life in Europe in the 12th century. While it was cold before that, prior to Little Ice Age, when it was starting to get cold.

I don't know whether things will get warmer or colder. The only thing I am reasonably sure of is that they won't stay the same. It has been both warmer and cooler than it has been in the past 700 years or so. Is that a good thing, or a bad thing, or just a thing?

"Nice Kid" Dead in What May Be Justifiable Homicide

It seems that even in California, self-defense is legal. Police Say San Pablo Teen Slaying Was 'Excusable Homicide' | San Francisco
San Pablo police have alleged that Sanders and a second male had been attempting to rob A&L Posters, a store located at 14650 San Pablo Ave., shortly after 5 p.m. when the store owner shot him multiple times.

The second alleged robber ran away after the shooting and police were still looking for him Wednesday.

San Pablo police Lt. Mark Foisie said the district attorney's office would make the final decision about whether the store owner, who had been the victim of several violent robberies in the past, was justified in shooting Sanders.

"Based on what I saw, it's going to end up being an excusable homicide," Foisie said.
"Nice kid," was how he was described by a teacher.

The Brady Bunch and the gun-grabbing ilk will count this as a "teen tragically shot." They don't let facts - like justifiable homicide, robbery, etc. - cloud their views of firearms and self-defense.

Attitude Counts for a Lot.

Stories like this always remind me of, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore." Aaron's Workers Fight Back, Beat Up Robber - News Story - WSB Atlanta When $5,000 wasn't enough, and he demanded more, the employees had enough.
They jumped the gunman, knocked the gun away and held him down until police arrived.

Apparently they got a few punches in because Henderson was transported to Southern Regional Medical Center where he was treated for injuries sustained during the struggle with employees.
One employee was hit on the head with the gun.
After his release from the hospital police charged him with armed robbery, false imprisonment, kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, aggravated assault, carrying a pistol without a license, battery, and unlawfully wearing a mask or hood in public.
All because a group of people decided not to be pushed around.

Another Example of UN Incompetence?

Ship Owners, Unions Appeal for UN Action Against Somali Pirates International task forces, meetings. Still the problem of maritime piracy is growing.

While poverty no doubt contributes to the problem, the fact that most nations won't do anything is the real issue. For the most part, once pirates seize a ship, no one will do anything, except pay the ransom. "If you give a mouse a cookie, he's gonna want a glass of milk."

One bright light has actually been the French. (Yeah, I know, just plain crazy.)
French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Sept. 16 called for a global effort to combat piracy after French naval commandos freed a couple held by Somali pirates who had seized their yacht. One pirate was killed and six taken prisoner in the raid.
That still leaves 11 ships and about 200 crew held in Somalia by pirates. The principle target is not yachts, but merchant vessels. More money to be had, since the corporations pay the ransoms.

The money they are making enables them to become even more sophisticated. See the images below for a couple of the "mother ships." These larger ships launch small, fast craft armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled-grenades. Unarmed merchant ships are over-matched.

Consider the latest from the International Chamber of Commerce Commercial Crime Services.
To all ships transiting the Gulf of Aden

Within the last 48 hours [prior to Aug, 26th] four ships have been attacked and hijacked by armed pirates in the vicinity 12 / 14 degrees north and 046 / 053 degrees east. All ships are strongly advised to maintain a strict visual and radar watch.

Early detection will allow ships to take measures to prevent boarding and request for assistance.

Intelligence sources revealed that there are now three suspicious vessels in the Gulf of Aden believed to be pirate mother vessels looking to attack ships with the intent to hijack.

The description of the suspected trawlers - long white, Russian made stern trawlers with names "BURUM OCEAN or ARENA or ATHENA". One of the trawlers is believed to be operating at approximately 60 NM NE of Bossasso, Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. Also intelligence indicates a blue-coloured tug operating in the same vicinity
The most merchant vessels can do is call for help, and that hasn't worked out too well, or use water cannon. (These are allowed in this no-self-defense-age as being primarily for fire-fighting.) In other words, they are defenseless victims.

A lot of people like to think this doesn't concern them. But the cost of insurance for shipping is going up. Companies are not traveling this route, which means much longer voyages - more fuel and more shipping costs.

And of course, as piracy is seen to be profitable in this location, it will spread. Not that Somalia is the only problem area of course. Indonesia is a notable problem area. You can find the 2008 map of attacks here.

It just seems ridiculous that anyone can seriously believe the UN will solve this problem.
International ship owners and a union representing seamen appealed to the United Nations to take urgent steps to combat piracy in Somali waters.
Self-defense would be nice, but don't expect the UN to endorse that idea. (A couple of .50 caliber machine guns on each merchant ship would probably go a long way to making piracy less profitable.)



Thursday, September 18, 2008

Domestic Violence and Self-defense

Deseret News | Intruder shot by homeowner in West Valley Not too often that these guys (or gals) who don't understand the "It's over!" sentence get stopped before they do something awful.

He got served with divorce papers earlier that day. Then he went to the home of "his rival" (in his small mind) armed with both 9mm and .22 caliber handguns.
Robert Hunter, 50, was shot in the chest and arms with a 12-gauge shotgun after police say he broke into the home of Joe McIntosh Wednesday night. West Valley Police Capt. Tom McLachlan said Hunter's injuries were not believed to be life threatening.
Police seem to be hoping to charge McIntosh who defended both himself the woman in the story. They are still investigating.

The fact that Hunter threatened McIntosh on previous occasions would seem to make this act of self-defense reasonable.

People, you need to learn to recognize when "It's over!" applies to you, learn to bow out gracefully, and get on with your life.

Quote of the Day

Brad Pitt donating $100,000 to fight gay marriage ban - Los Angeles Times Just when I want to decide he has no redeeming qualities.
Because no one has the right to deny another their life, even though they disagree with it, because everyone has the right to live the life they so desire if it doesn't harm another and because discrimination has no place in America, my vote will be for equality and against Proposition 8
The Right is spending big bucks - a lot coming from outside California - to defeat Prop. 8. I wonder who will win. [h/t WickedGayBlog]

Not Everyone with a Gun is a Bad Guy

Homeowner mistakenly shot by police in Phoenix crime spree Police show up at a home with an active home invasion and shoot the homeowner. Good thing they aren't very good shots.
A homeowner involved in a confrontation with a burglar was mistakenly shot by police responding to a call at an east Phoenix home Wednesday night.

The 35-year-old homeowner came out of a room into a hallway carrying a gun as police ordered everyone out of the house, at 3126 E. Flower, Sgt. Tommy Thompson said. Officers, seeing an individual with a gun, fired numerous rounds, striking him multiple times, he said.
Because if you aren't a cop, you have no business having a gun, right?

The homeowner's injuries aren't considered to be life threatening.

This doesn't qualify as jack-booted thuggery, just as stupidity.

The cop who started the whole thing has been put on administrative leave - no word on whether he is being paid or not. Somehow I don't think that is quite what would have happened to me.

Small Town Values

Teen beating shakes small town | KSN.com Kid A hears a rumor that kid B is gay. His initial reaction? To beat and then kill kid B. Do I need to mention that this is high school?
The sheriff says the suspect heard rumors that his classmate was gay, and severely beat him. Authorities allege the suspect brought a small explosive device intending to kill the student.
It really isn't clear that the rumors are true. The injured kid's family denies it, but that's what families do. Denial ain't just a river in Egypt my friends.

In any event, real proof doesn't seem to be necessary to earn a death sentence in small town America. Just a rumor.

Family values. You've gotta love 'em. (Oh, and the neighbors are shocked.)

This story reminds me of Ich Bin Ein Auslander
Welcome to a state where the politics of hate
Shout loud in the crowd "Watch them beat us all down"
There's a rising tide in the rivers of blood
But if the answer isn't violence, neither is your silence

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Don't Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

Home intruder fatally shot at Big Canoe | AccessNorthGa Disagreement between business partners? I've never seen it reach this level.
Dawson County Sheriff's Lt. Tony Wooten said reports indicate that the man brandished a knife after getting into a fight with the woman, and that her husband intervened.
Intervened with extreme prejudice. The names have not been released.

Self-defense, and defense of family are basic human rights.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Democrats and Gun Control

Idaho Examiner: Democrats to gun owners: ‘The party is over’"Common Sense News" Back to the future.
The party platform tries to patronize gun owners by claiming to “recognize that the right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans’ continued Second Amendment right to own and use firearms.” But then the document quickly reveals that Democrats have changed their tune but not their agenda: “We can work together to enact and enforce common-sense laws and improvements, like closing the gun show loophole, improving our background check system and reinstating the assault weapons ban…”
Reinstating the gun ban, that not one piece of evidence can be found to show it reduced crime. Oh that's right, it isn't crime control, it is control of law-abiding citizens they are all about.

Biden isn't much better of course.
Gun owners know Biden as an anti-gun extremist. He consistently earns “F” ratings from gun rights organizations. He claimed credit for writing the original legislation to ban semiautomatic sport-utility rifles that are owned by millions of Americans who have harmed nobody.
Obama seems to think the government should revoke the rights of people living in cities. All in the name of security and safety of course.
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
- Benjamin Franklin, 1759

A Review of Obama's Positions on Gun Control

The Democrats and Gun Control - WSJ.com Obama's position on gun control is long-standing, and (I believe) unchanged. He says "he doesn't have the votes." What he doesn't say is what he would do if he had the votes. I think past actions speak louder than any words he could come up with today.
In 1999, Mr. Obama urged enactment of a federal law prohibiting the operation of any gun store within five miles of a school or park. This would eliminate gun stores from almost the entire inhabited portion of the United States.

As a state senate candidate in 1996, Mr. Obama endorsed a complete ban on all handguns in a questionnaire. The Obama campaign has claimed he "never saw or approved the questionnaire," and that an aide filled it out incorrectly. But a few weeks ago, Politico.com found an amended version of the questionnaire. It included material added in Mr. Obama's handwriting.

When the U.S. Supreme Court voted last year to hear a case on the constitutionality of the Washington, D.C., handgun ban, Mr. Obama's campaign told the Chicago Tribune: "Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional" and that "local communities" should have the ability "to enact common sense laws." Other than Washington, D.C., the only American cities with handgun bans are Chicago and four of its suburbs. As a state senator, Mr. Obama voted against a 2004 bill (which passed overwhelmingly) to give citizens a legal defense against prosecution for violating a local handgun ban if they actually used the firearm for lawful self-defense on their own property.

Mr. Obama's campaign Web site touts his belief in the Second Amendment rights to have guns "for the purposes of hunting and target shooting." Conspicuously absent is the right to have firearms to defend one's self, home and family. In 2001, as a state senator, Mr. Obama voted against allowing the beneficiaries of domestic violence protective orders to carry handguns for protection.
He thinks outright bans are a good thing - reasonable. He isn't much on the subject of self-defense. He would rather honor misguided handgun bans than allow law-abiding citizens a chance to defend their families, and he doesn't have much sympathy for the victim's of domestic violence. The police are not obligated to protect them, the police are many minutes away in any case, and Mr. Obama is happy to have them defenseless in the face of violence. And there is a lot violence in domestic violence.

But the kicker is - he would be happy to eliminate guns stores from virtually the entire country. Yeah, he is a friend of the Second Amendment.

How Dare You Live Without Me

Man shoots rival, kills self, say authorities - The Boston GlobeThe age-old issue of people not understanding the sentence, "It's over!"
HANSON - A Whitman man shot the boyfriend of a former lover before fatally shooting himself in the head in an attempted murder-suicide yesterday in this town south of Boston, police said.
In a very predictable way, neighbors are disturbed to discover that they don't live in Pleasantville, but actually live in the Real World™ with the rest of us.
"We've never had problems in this town," [a neighbor] said. "It was just the craziest thing. I didn't expect to see anything like this. We're in Hanson, such a small town."
And as we all know, violent crime never happens in small town America. Right.

If you are reading this, you live in the Real World™ and out here in reality, violent crime can happen to anyone, anywhere. Violent crime isn't something that only happens to "other kinds of people" in "other kinds of places."

Domestic violence covers all demographics. Pretending otherwise won't make you safe.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Robbery Suspect Shot, Killed In Lake Worth Good Guys in Florida have the right to be armed.
LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- A robbery suspect was shot and killed Sunday night by one of his would-be victims, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
The goblin pulled a gun in a family-owned store and demanded money.

What he didn't know was a few relatives of the clerk were in the store. Daughter, son-in-law and grandchild of the clerk to be exact. They son-in-law was armed, and defended his father-in-law.

Defense of self, and defense of family, is a pretty basic human right. As somebody said, "He suffered a catastrophic failure of the victim-selection process."

Sunday, September 14, 2008

What Media Bias?

ABC News Edited Out Key Parts of Sarah Palin Interview | NewsBusters.org Just awful, but not unexpected.

When your political enemies don't say what you want, you edit what they did say to make them look bad. ABC is just taking lessons from Michael Moore.

An interesting view of Nashville

Newcomers determined to revitalize E. Nashville | The Tennessean Found this story on my usual search, and although it isn't typical, it is interesting.

People move to an area where they can get affordable, Victorian houses. There is an interesting "art vibe" going on. There is also crime. So some of the residents and business people are armed.
Rick Rider acknowledges the neighborhood has improved but he still carries a gun to work at the market he has operated on South 19th Street for the past decade.

Rider, an East Nashville native, has been robbed four times since his store opened, although nothing's happened in the past five years. That's partly because people know about his gun, and his store has bulletproof glass. But it's also because the neighborhood has gotten better, he said.
Police are quick to acknowledge several factors in the improvement, but not armed citizens, and I am sure improved policing has helped. So have citizens helping the police to push the criminals out.

It may not be the greatest article, but it is certainly more upbeat than most of the stuff I come across.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Armed man foils attempted robbery - Bradenton.com A man pulls his car into his driveway, and is confronted by two thugs with AK-47s. He draws his .45 and lets them have it. At least one goblin was hit multiple times.

And so much for honor among thieves.
The wounded gunman was dropped off at a CVS Pharmacy in the 3800 block of Manatee Avenue West shortly after the shooting while the other kept driving.
A CVS Pharmacy? What did the other guy expect? That he needed a band-aid strip?

One thug is in the hospital. The other is on the run. No photos, not even a detailed description. Still, the good guys are unharmed, and one of the bad guys is in custody.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Is Gay Bashing a Serious Crime?

Like anything, depends on the effects. In this case.... Gay Attack Victim on Life Support: Sept. 7 robbery in Shaw has police on lookout for four suspects
Police are reporting that one of the victims, a 23-year-old from Fort Washington, Md., suffered a bruise to his jaw, and was treated and released from a local hospital. The other victim, 37, from Clinton, Md., suffered a laceration to the back of the head and was admitted to a local hospital. As of late Tuesday, Sept. 9, the GLLU reported his condition as ''guarded.''
That translates to "not breathing on his own."

Nearly executed for the horrible crime of going out to meet friends at a local bar.

Since this guy is black and gay, I really do wonder how hard police will work on this case. But then, I'm hopelessly cynical.

You Say That Like It's a Bad Thing

One concerned citizen voiced his fear that one of these juveniles breaking into homes is going to get shot by an irate homeowner.
You see, there are "young people" (that's their term, you and I might call them hooligans or vandals) intimidating the good citizens and breaking into empty homes. Or they have tried to break in, anyway.

And yes, if they break into enough homes, eventually they will find an armed homeowner, and suffer the usual consequences. Is that a bad thing? I happen to think that the presence of armed homeowners does reduce crime. (Look at the burglary rates in the UK, where householders are disarmed and discouraged from defending themselves in any way). Even if it didn't reduce crime, those homeowners have the right to defend themselves.

Cops Have the Best Drugs

NY1 | Injured Off-Duty Officer Found Carrying Drugs, Sources Say I wonder, do you think there could be 2 sets of rules? One for cops, and one for everyone else?
Sources say marijuana was found on the off-duty police officer who was shot early Thursday morning on Staten Island.

[This cop] was shot in the leg and hip during a robbery in Port Richmond.

No drug charges have been filed against him, even though drugs were said to have been found in his pocket when he was admitted to the hospital.
Now, why is it that he hasn't been charged? I'm sure it is just that his fellow officers are too busy to get to it right now.

No prison time for ex- cop

The Reporter: No prison time for ex-Oak Lawn cop Funny how they seem to squeak by on stuff like this. Cops and ex-cops that is.
A former Oak Lawn police officer who racked up more than 30 criminal charges last year for allegedly extorting money from Hispanic motorists, then had a felony possession of a controlled substance charge added to his resume after being arrested in June, was sentenced last week to two years of probation.
That controlled substance was heroin. Somehow I don't think that the average citizen would get probation for a drug charge like that. And cops should be held to a higher standard. (When a cop is the victim of crime, the penalties are increased. What should happen when the cop is the criminal?)

He was arrested on the heroin charge while he was out on bond.
Harrison was free at the time on $100,000 bond from previous charges that included 23 counts of official misconduct, five counts of theft by deception and three counts of intimidation for allegedly shaking down Hispanic motorists during his 16 months as an Oak Lawn police officer.
All of this comes down to 2 years probation. 2 years of prison would not have been enough to see justice done. But then cops don't live by the same rules as everyone else.

A Progressive Community Has Problems

Oak Park, IL Cuts Police Protection and Keeps Handgun Ban as Armed Robberies Continue | LearnAboutGuns.com� Oak Park is a great place to visit, and although I lived there briefly in the 1980s, I wouldn't live there now. (If you are in Chicago in the spring, it is worth visiting the Frank Lloyd Wright Museum and taking the walking tour. Try the ribs at Robinson's Ribs, or Eriks's Deli on Oak Park Ave for good sandwiches.)

The village - it's a legal thing in IL - is strapped for cash, cutting back on police, (officers are also leaving on their own) and fighting a legal battle to hold onto their handgun ban. And experiencing a 250% increase in robberies. (Though that may be the effect of small numbers at work.)

Still to be cutting back on police protection while spending taxpayer money to defend a law as outrageous as the DC ban makes little sense to me. I'm sure it makes sense to a Stalinist Progressive.

On an unrelated note... you can file this under "Isn't that Ironic!" <b id=red>Updated 9/10:</b> Oak Park fire truck catches fire :: River Forest Leaves Not as bad as having the fire station burn down. Not quite.

Why Would Police Not Collect Evidence in an Assault?

An assault that resulted in a hospitalization that is?

Well, it couldn't have anything to do with the victim being gay, could it? Cops don't hate gays, do they? MyFox Washington DC | Victim Speaking Out Against Anti-Gay Attacks
One of the attackers left his cell phone behind during the attack, and the phone had the suspect's picture on it, but Metrokin says it took weeks for DC Police to come take the phone as evidence.

The attack was three months ago, but Metrokin is just now coming forward because he says he's frustrated that no suspects had been named or arrested.
Of course the police say they have a suspect. Well if the guy delivers his photo and cell phone, I should hope you have a suspect. The real question is why you haven't made an arrest.

I have always said that I don't like the idea of hate crimes, but I do understand why they are in existence. Not all crimes are treated with equal urgency by police. In some cases, calling the police will make a bad situation worse. If every cop treated every assault as a serious crime, instead of what the [FILL IN THE MINORITY OF CHOICE] deserved, we wouldn't have hate crime laws. But that isn't the way police always work. To be frank, some cops don't think beating up gays is a crime. Most are probably decent enough, but not all are - or have been.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Leftist Feminism Running Scared Insane

Via Dr. Helen, we get a couple of looks at what Leftist, victimhood feminism thinks of a successful, one might say powerful, woman, Gov. Sarah Palin.

First we see how things have changed since my mother worked to get the ERA enacted. Palin story teaches us what media thinks is feminism It used to be about a level playing field. Equal opportunity. The same rules for everyone.
That old definition of feminism is now dead. It has been replaced by a new creed that is far more restrictive - as the controversy over Sarah Palin attests. Out of the recent media frenzy, four general truths emerged about the new feminism:
  1. Blue collar folks need not apply. Feminists are professional, and don't have college degrees from universities in Idaho.
  2. You have to be liberal. That means (among other things) supporting abortion on demand, and probably lets out most people who describe themselves as deeply religious.
  3. A bit of irony that a woman who did make it on her own is not a feminist, while those who rode the shirttails of famous husbands (naming no names) are feminist giants.
  4. Americans like the old definition of feminism more than the new one, and the attacks based on the new definition seems to be backfiring on the feminists - and their media sidekicks.

Then we come to the true insanity. Sarah Palin cannot be a woman because she doesn't have the right set of opinions. Who knew? It doesn't have anything to do with anatomy, not according to the Left.

Dr. Helen: Is Sarah Palin really a woman? The answer to that question by many "feminists" (new definition) is a resounding no.
Her greatest hypocrisy is in her pretense that she is a woman. The Republican party's cynical calculation that because she has a womb and makes lots and lots of babies (and drives them to school! wow!) she speaks for the women of America, and will capture their hearts and their votes, has driven thousands of real women to take to their computers in outrage. She does not speak for women; she has no sympathy for the problems of other women, particularly working class women.
A university professor at a private university, however, has intimate knowledge of the needs of the working poor. Why, she probably sees them every day on her way to class. (The University of Chicago is, after all, on the South Side of Chicago.)

This view, that you can't be a member of the group unless you exhibit the correct thinking is frankly, insane. According to this definition, to be a woman you must be liberal, since all true women are liberal. It isn't enough to actually be female and over 30. For those of you not paying attention, this is known as the "No True Scotsman" logical fallacy. Not that anyone said the Left is interested in logic. "No True Woman holds the pro-life position on abortion, so anyone who does is not a woman." There is of course no way to refute this argument, because it isn't an argument. It is a definition.

In this case it is a pretty stupid definition. That Sarah Palin - or anyone - can only be a woman based on the opinions they hold. An interesting view in the workings of the Leftist mind.

Everyone is an historian

It is bad enough to be subjected to yet another edition of Weather Hysteria courtesy of our friends at the Weather Channel, Fox News, CNN, et al, but why is every bubble-headed weather girl suddenly discussing the Galveston Hurricane of 1900? Oh, yeah to increase the hysteria. It was the deadliest hurricane in US history. Given it was major, there was little or no warning, Galveston was low-lying, it could hardly have been anything but severe.

Galveston was almost completely destroyed. It was a tragedy.

But I wonder if we will hear about the aftermath of the 1900 storm during the aftermath of Ike. I doubt it.

With almost no help from the federal government - the army did send a supply of surplus tents, and I thought they requested payment for those tents, but I can't find the link to prove it - the city of Galveston rebuilt.

Not expecting to be rescued by others, the survivors rescued themselves.
Ignoring advice from its sister paper, The Dallas Morning News, that it move temporarily to Houston, The Galveston Daily News continued publishing from the island and never missed an issue. Sept. 9 and 10, 1900, were published together on a single sheet of paper. One side listed the dead. The other reported the devastation of the storm.

In the first week after the storm, according to McComb's book, telegraph and water service were restored. Lines for a new telephone system were being laid by the second.

"In the third week, Houston relief groups went home, the saloons reopened, the electric trolleys began operating and freight began moving through the harbor," McComb wrote.
This was after the city suffered 6000 to 10,000 dead. Why are things so different today?

The city built the sea wall - 17ft above sea level. The city - the people that lived there, without the Army Corps of Engineers - raised the level of the city behind the wall. Buildings were raised on jacks and fill pumped in under them.
The city paid to move the utilities and for the actual grade raising, but each homeowner had to pay to have the house raised.
What a difference 100 years makes.

Restraining Order Doesn't Stop Shooting

Shooting Ruled Attempted Murder-Suicide Orders of Protection offer little protection. Restraining Orders generally fail to restrain unwelcome behavior. This is one of those cases.

A man with a restraining order shot his wife (she had filed for divorce and gotten a restraining order) and then shot and killed himself. A 19-year-old had also been tied to a bed but was apparently not injured.

She had been stripped of the means of self-defense, because he had gotten a restraining order against her in July. (They are way too easy to get without cause being shown.)

He is dead, and she is in the hospital. At least he didn't succeed in the murder portion of the murder/suicide.

If you think you need a restraining order, you also need a plan for you personal safety, since "the system" cannot protect you. Of course when the system aids your stalker by stripping you of the most effective means of defense, you need a Plan B of some kind.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Teen Tragically Shot?

Man shot in leg during attempted Wrightsboro Road home invasion / - Crime Headlines for Augusta, Georgia and the CSRA The Brady Bunch would count this as a teen tragically shot, not as legal self-defense.
18-year-old with a butcher knife was trying to get into a house on the 14 hundred block of Wrightsboro Road.

Deputies say the homeowner shot the intruder in the left leg with a 12gauge shotgun.
That will ruin your day.

Break into enough houses, and you eventually you will meet an armed homeowner, and suffer the expected results.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

That Terrible Day

Twin Towers, Sept. 11, 2001 People would like to forget what happened that day, and what their reaction was. But we shouldn't forget.

And we should also remember...
...there is no one to blame for 9/11 except the deluded religious fanatics who have decided to use terrorism as a tactic to achieve the implementation of their political and social ideology.
via Dr. Sanity

Ohio Gets 'Castle Doctrine'

Hudsonhubtimes.com - 'Castle Doctrine' law defends those who defend themselves People in your home, business or vehicle illegally are presumed to be a threat. No civil suits by goblins or their relatives for injuries - or death - that result from their illegal activities and legal self-defense.

Don't think this is the full "stand your ground" package, but it is a pretty good start for Ohio.
Sen. Steve Buehrer (R-Delta), primary sponsor of the legislation, worked on the bill for several years and a couple of general assemblies. He called its passage and implementation a victory for law-abiding citizens.

"I think it's a great victory not only for people who support Second Amendment issues, but people who simply want to feel safer in their homes, safer in their communities," he said.
Self-defense is a human right. The new law took effect Sept. 9th. [hat tip to NRA-ILA]

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Camille Paglia is Always Amusing

Camille Paglia on Sarah Palin's debut, John McCain's rebirth, and Barack Obama's tenuous position | "Fresh blood for the vampire" | Salon Camille Paglia has to be one of my favorite Leftist authors. She irritates everyone, and often irritates the Left more than the Right. (Not that doing so is very hard to do these days, the Left being so orthodox.)

While comparing the McCain campaign to a vampire that won't die, she is sure to piss off the Right, but she keeps plenty of venom for the Left.

While most of the hard-core feminist movement (read Marxist, Leftist feminist movement) is denying that Sarah Palin is a feminist (some even deny she is a woman) Camille Paglia has a unique point-of-view.
Conservative though she may be, I felt that Palin represented an explosion of a brand new style of muscular American feminism. At her startling debut on that day, she was combining male and female qualities in ways that I have never seen before. And she was somehow able to seem simultaneously reassuringly traditional and gung-ho futurist. In terms of redefining the persona for female authority and leadership, Palin has made the biggest step forward in feminism since Madonna channeled the dominatrix persona of high-glam Marlene Dietrich and rammed pro-sex, pro-beauty feminism down the throats of the prissy, victim-mongering, philistine feminist establishment.
She even unloads some scorn on the Lefty blogs.
Over the Labor Day weekend, with most of the big enchiladas of the major media on vacation, the vacuum was filled with a hallucinatory hurricane in the leftist blogosphere, which unleashed a grotesquely lurid series of allegations, fantasies, half-truths and outright lies about Palin. What a tacky low in American politics -- which has already caused a backlash that could damage Obama's campaign. When liberals come off as childish, raving loonies, the right wing gains. I am still waiting for substantive evidence that Sarah Palin is a dangerous extremist. I am perfectly willing to be convinced, but right now, she seems to be merely an optimistic pragmatist like Ronald Reagan, someone who pays lip service to religious piety without being in the least wedded to it. I don't see her arrival as portending the end of civil liberties or life as we know it.
Now, aside from this paragraph, I wouldn't characterize this piece a recommendation to vote Republican in November, but Paglia has never had much good to say about the "rote agenda of never-ending grievances" espoused by the entrenched feminist establishment. (See the reference to Madonna, above.)

And make no mistake, Palin has entrenched feminism - along with their media sidekicks - running scared. She doesn't hold with their orthodoxy, yet she is unquestionably her own woman. She is pro-life, a hunter (not a "moose-shooter," even if certain Senators from Illinois want to characterize her that way), a mother, and Gov. Palin has a career. But she fails the litmus test of the Left.

And so the attacks of the Democrats commence. The real question, of course is whether they will have the impact the Dems hope for.
The witch-trial hysteria of the past two incendiary weeks unfortunately reveals a disturbing trend in the Democratic Party, which has worsened over the past decade. Democrats are quick to attack the religiosity of Republicans, but Democratic ideology itself seems to have become a secular substitute religion. Since when did Democrats become so judgmental and intolerant? Conservatives are demonized, with the universe polarized into a Manichaean battle of us versus them, good versus evil. Democrats are clinging to pat group opinions as if they were inflexible moral absolutes. The party is in peril if it cannot observe and listen and adapt to changing social circumstances.
This blog has been noticeably lacking in political posts lately because the insanity radiating from both sides of the political divide (and it is coming from both sides) has me once again disgusted with the whole process by which candidates are nominated. The reaction of the Dems to Gov. Palin's nomination does give me hope that there are more than surface differences between the two parties. That and my ongoing conviction that Barack "Don't Say My Middle Name" Obama would do everything in his power to bring Chicago-style gun control to the rest of the nation, will probably form some level of motivation.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Crime Just Doesn't Pay in Texas

Clerk fatally shoots attempted robber, Houston police say - Houston Chronicle The headline pretty much tells the whole story. A goblin tried to rob a cell-phone store, and died for his trouble.

Self-defense is a human right.

Monday, September 08, 2008

Wounded Goblin On The Loose

Wounded Home-Invasion Suspect On The Loose This particular goblin tried to break into a home at 7AM this morning.
The suspect got into a struggle with the North Side homeowner, and the homeowner shot the suspect in the leg, according to police.
The goblin then walked (ran? limped?) down the street and got into a red vehicle.

No description of the vehicle aside from color. (Was it a car, a truck or an SUV?)

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Even in California, Self-defense Works

One suspect shot dead in burglary case - The Reporter Armed homeowner. Home invader. Expected result.
The resident, who lived alone, stated he had been asleep and was awakened by the sound of voices. He then armed himself with a handgun and proceeded to investigate, police said.
One dead home invader. At least one person on the run.

I'm sure that the authorities in CA hope they can prosecute the homeowner for something. I mean, allow legal self-defense? Before you know it, people will rediscover self-reliance in general.

Why Are Bad Cops Still on the Street?

Because it is nearly impossible to fire them.

'Why is it so hard to fire a policeman?' :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES Consider this guy who was up for being fired, but was suspended instead.
In 2004, he handcuffed a bartender who refused to serve him. The city paid the bartender $15,000 to make his false-arrest lawsuit go away and Callahan was suspended.

The department ordered Callahan -- an alcoholic and manic depressive -- into rehab. The day before he was return to normal duty in 2006, supervisors smelled booze on his breath. He refused to take a Breathalyzer and was abusive to his bosses.
The review board found him guilty of 6 counts relative to the 2006 incident, and he was previously suspended for misconduct on 2 separate occasions.

But this guy is still a cop in the City of Chicago. Hardly Chicago's finest.

Here is a selection of from the 59 cops who were NOT fired in Chicago.
• • An officer who received a three-year suspension for accidentally shooting a homeless man in what the officer said was a carjacking.

• • Two officers who were later charged criminally in federal court, one for unrelated weapons violations and another for the on-duty beating of a man in a wheelchair.

• • An officer who allegedly printed 13 photos of a woman from the Police Department's arrest database and gave them to a friend who was later convicted of attempted murder for shooting her and another man.
Do you think you would be suspended from your job for "accidentally" (or should that be negligently) shooting someone? Or would you be charged? How about conspiring to have someone killed? (Or that's what the 3rd item above sounds like.)

Beating someone in a wheelchair? That kind of thing seems to happen a lot in police departments.

As long as these folks - and all the people like them - are still cops, cops will not enjoy universal respect. In fact, as long as I know that these guys are cops, I know there is a greater-than-zero chance of meeting a bad cop every time I encounter one.

Chicago Cops Don't Want You to Know Where They Are

Police union rips moves to tighten reins on cops :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES The subtitle of the piece reads as follows.
GPS IN SQUAD CARS | Changes 'going to drive morale into the toilet'
Among other things, the union that represents Chicago cops doesn't like the fact that new squad cars will report where the officers are.
Chicago's police union is upset that officers will be asked to give up their DNA at crime scenes -- and that GPS will be used to track every cop's car.
They give their fingerprints so that they can be ruled out if the visit a crime scene. You can argue the DNA, and I will listen. But the city - the citizens, who own the vehicles - have a right to install GPS tracking.

Unless they are doing something wrong...
Donahue also bristled at the department's move to equip every cop car with global positioning systems. The technology allows the department to know exactly where an officer's vehicle is at any time.

Police officials said the move will boost officers' safety. Emergency dispatchers will know exactly where to send cars to assist a cop in distress, police officials said.

But rank-and-file cops feel the GPS devices are a way for the department to watch their every move and discipline them for not being where they're supposed to be.
So, they basically admit to being where they're not supposed to be. Where are they? What are they doing? And why don't they want anyone to know? Well, it is Chicago, after all.

GPS tracking. Video surveillance. Police should be tracked, recorded, photographed. What do they have to hide?

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Another Home Invader Meets an Armed Homeowner

Homeowner Fatally Shoots Intruder - San Antonio News Story - KSAT San Antonio What would you do if someone broke a window and entered your home?
"(The homeowner) woke up, grabbed a rifle, confronted the person (and) shot him inside the house," San Antonio Sgt. Steven Peterson said. "(It) looks like the person was able to get back out the window and collapsed in the back yard and died."
Some people will feel bad that this miscreant died. But he made a choice. A bad choice as it turned out, but you have to live with the consequences of your choices. If you don't want to be shot, a good place to start is to refrain from breaking and entering, because sooner or later, you will meet and armed homeowner. No guarantees that you won't be shot for other reasons of course, but that would remove one source of risk. And in Texas, the risk is substantial.

Police are still investigating, but they said it appears to be a case of self-defense. No charges have been brought against the homeowner.

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

Chicago More Dangerous than a War Zone

cbs2chicago.com - 125 Shot Dead In Chicago Over Summer In addition to the 125 dead, 247 people were shot and wounded. This all from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.

During the same period 65 US service members were killed in Iraq. About the same number died in Afghanistan.

So, should we withdraw from Chicago, it clearly being a situation we can't win? Just asking.

Chicago police dispute the numbers. Though they didn't provide any details. They are worried that some of the murders will be reclassified as justified. Can there be a justified shooting in a city where guns are virtually outlawed?
Violent crime reports available on the [Chicago Police] department's website do not break down shootings by month. However, the latest report shows that the murder in the city is up 18 percent from last year. From January-July, the department reports 291 people were murdered, compared with 246 for the same period in 2007.
I just find it curious that for all of the gun control, most of it completely stupid, the folks in Chicago can't fight crime.

Of course I don't think the Daley Machine really wants things to change much. The current situation feeds the fears that keep the Dems in office.

When Does it Become Plagiarism?

Have you been bamboozled?

The Democrats are insinuating that Gov. Palin didn't write every word that came out of her mouth, so she should be considered ineligible to be President (and therefore Vice President). But a funny thing happened on the way to the Speech-writer's Convention. It seems Barack *redacted* Obama didn't write all of the words that have come out of his mouth either. So I thought it was worth re-posting this.

A nice collection of Obama speeches, inter-cut with the places from which they have been stolen - And no I don't think that is too strong a word, for the wholesale appropriation of speeches he has done.

Hat tip to Nice Deb (does that mean I'm "not so nice Deb?") via the new home of the Cotillion.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Tree Huggers Cause Plane Crash

Environmental rules 'could cause plane crashes' - Telegraph Well, maybe not quite that definite, but there is a possibility.

In case you hadn't heard, it seems that the British Airways jet crash 'caused by ice in engines' This was the crash earlier this year that was caused when both engines just stopped.

The fuel had water in it. It all does, and this fuel complied with international standards. So why the fuel line freeze? It was cold, but it was London. London doesn't get as cold as Minneapolis. So why this problem now? Why not in Alaska, or Minnesota or somewhere truly cold. Maybe, maybe, environmental rules.
These rules need to be looked at again. Fuel flow is an import factor in the safe running of an aircraft engine."

With reduced burn, that means that less fuel is circulating, which makes it easier for water to separate and turn into ice.
That from David Reynolds, head of safety at the pilots' union Balpa.

You see, in order to be 'green' pilots have been instructed to cut down on fuel flow. And I'm sure the bean counters were happy to save a dollar (or a pound) on fuel costs.

Road. Hell. Good intentions.

The world is not a simple place. The problems we have don't have simple solutions, and anyone who says the solutions are simple is either lying, intellectually challenged, or they just don't care. I wouldn't hazard a guess in this case, but I wouldn't be surprised to find that at least some environmentalists are not disturbed by a few planes falling out of the sky.

Everybody on the flight mentioned here, survived. If the engines failed in a different place, at a different altitude, the outcome may have been very different. Something else to think about on that next business trip.

Women and The Shooting Sports - Even in New Jersey

Women taking shot at shooting - NJ.com More women in the shooting sports - even in New Jersey.
According to the research done by the NSSF, 72 percent more women are hunting with firearms today than just five years ago. And 50 percent more women are now target shooting. The statistics, from National Sporting Goods Association surveys spanning 2001 through 2005, show more than 3 million women hunt and over 5 million women enjoy shooting.
The increase is good, but the numbers are still too low. If only for self-defense.

Still this is a nice article.
I had the pleasure of attending the Ladies Shoot at Citizens Rifle and Revolver Club in Princeton Junction last month. It was interesting to see women, from girls in their teens to women in their 60s, in attendance at the club. Some of those in attendance had never handled a gun before, while others had some experience and still others had experience in one shooting discipline and wanted to try other types of shooting. Reasons for tak ing the course ranged from learning about firearms for self defense and target shooting to just wanting to satisfy a curiosity about firearms.
Not even a quote from the gun-fearing weenies.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

Blue Mound couple: 'We're fighting for our lives' | Online Exclusives & Extras | Star-Telegram.com Determined homeowners defend themselves, their two children, and put an end to a crime spree in the balance.

The second robbery of the day for the two miscreants in the story. They robbed one family and stole a van, then paid a visit to wrong house.
The Hoehns, both 34, feared that they and their children were about to be killed, so they battled the suspects.

Keith Hoehn struggled to get the sawed-off shotgun, while his wife grabbed the muzzle, trying to keep it pointed away from the rooms of the couple's son, 12, and 5-year-old daughter.
He eventually got the gun away from the goblin. And then he used it to defend his family.

One goblin was killed. The other is in critical condition in a local hospital.

Attitude makes a difference in most things.

A nice article on a concealed carry instructor

Cop teaches gun class GRAND COUNTY, Colorado — The firearms classes he offers are not through the Kremmling Police Department, but Bob Dillon’s experience as a police officer is beneficial to his students | VailDaily.comNo surprise you don't see this in the Left-stream media.

More than twice as many students this year as last.
“A reason for the sudden increase of numbers could be because people are concerned that the concealed weapon law could alter after the presidential election. Democrats have always favored gun control, Dillon said.
All politics are local.
About a quarter of his classes are attended by women. People from all occupations sign up, including doctors, lawyers, judges, construction workers and students, he said.
It is nice to see firearms, gun owners, and firearm instructors portrayed in a positive light.

And Mr. Dillon gets a "Quote of the Day" reference.
“I just believe in armed citizens,” he said. “I always have and always will.”
Hat tip to NRA-ILA]

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Left Coast Stupidity

Kern County town learns the why of 'Don't feed the bears' - Los Angeles Times Feed wild animals, and they lose their fear of humans. If those animals are dangerous predators, you "gift" of excess food will usually end in a death sentence for the animal. (Assuming they don't kill someone first.)
Today, Susie Kramer feels terrible. "I was actually giving the bear a death sentence," she said. "I thought I was loving them by feeding them."
In Florida this is often a story about a gator, and every once in a while it is about a gator that attacked someone before it was killed. And quite frequently there are dead pets involved.

The bear problem out west is not small.
Up in the Lake Tahoe area, the Bear League, a nonprofit group dedicated to protecting bears, reports that it gets between five and 20 calls a day about bears entering homes.
That's a lot of calls.

People need to regain the common sense our great-grandparents had. Wild animals may be cute, but they are often dangerous, and feeding them is usually a bad idea.

Armed Homeowner Meets Burglar

Police: Homeowner Shot, Killed Burglar In Northwest Charlotte - Charlotte News Story - WSOC Charlotte Seems reasonable to me.
Officers said the man arrived at his Toddville Road home and saw a strange car in the driveway. He found the door kicked in and shot the burglar inside, police said.
One dead bad guy. The good guy is "being interviewed" by police. No doubt hoping they can arrest him for defending himself in his own home.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0