Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Police State That is Where Great Britain Used to Be

Police accused of abusing powers as anti-terrorism stop and searches treble - Telegraph The statistics are staggering.
Using both terror and non-terror powers, 1,223,860 people and vehicles were stopped and searched by police in England and Wales last year, a 17 per cent increase.
Probable cause not required.
The MoJ figures also showed officers used powers to stop people and demand they account for themselves some 2.35 million times last year, separate figures revealed.
Account for yourself: tell the police your business and convince him you aren't up to no good. Isn't that the definition of Big Brother - The government minding your business?

The rate at which people are arrested is about ½ of 1 percent, so all of that activity doesn't seem to do much. (Except piss people off, of course.)

Throw a good dose of racial and ethnic profiling into the mix and you have an explosive situation.

I want a new party

The Left - mostly in the form of the media - is fawning over Obama, while he turns us into a Socialist country. (Nationalized health care, Workers seize the means of production at GM, Massive tax increases, etc.)

The Right is decrying the efforts of the GOP to appeal to a broader base. That is someone beyond the anti-gay marriage, anti-abortion folks. (Limited government? The GOP abandoned that a while back. Personal freedom? Where did the prescription drug benefit come from?)

The Libertarians remain insane. Though every day, they look less insane than the Republicans.

I suppose this just points up (again) the validity of Jane's Law.
Jane's Law: The devotees of the party in power are smug and arrogant. The devotees of the party out of power are insane.
So how about a party that is in favor of individual liberty, individual responsibility, policed borders, small government, low taxes, ...

Good Bye First Amendment

Outspoken Government Critic Says He Received Visit from FBI, Secret Service - Huntington News Network Speak out against Obama and get a visit from the Secret Service and the FBI.
Huntington, WV (HNN) – Tom McCallister has been a thorn in the side of many city administrations. In fact, one mayor had him removed from council chambers, only to then lose a first amendment federal court suit filed by the victim of the removal. He’s been on the charter committee, served on council, patched up the former Olympic Pool, and pushed the patience of many a council chair during Good & Welfare.

However, around 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, April 29, 2009, the ardent city loud-mouth and former independent candidate for Mayor of Huntington received an unwelcome and mostly unexplained visit: The F.B.I. and a U.S. Secret Service Agent.
His "crime?" He may have said something on a local talk-radio call-in show. They wouldn't even tell him what the statement was.
Despite what he termed a “scary proposition,” he admitted he asked if they had “watched ‘24’ lately.”

Declaring “free speech no longer there,” McCallister indicated everyone must “be careful what you say concerning Obama. They are really touchy.”
Welcome to the police state.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Gilbert PD: Homeowner shoots, kills home invader Someone breaks into your home and shoots you in the leg; what do you do?
GILBERT, AZ -- Police say a homeowner shot and killed a man who broke into his upscale home Wednesday, but not before the intruder fired his own gun.
The homeowner was treated for a gunshot wound to the lower leg and was released.

Self-defense is a human right

1 - The System Won't Protect You.
2 - You Can't Sue the Police.

No bail for ex-boyfriend charged in slaying The family of a murdered woman is mad at the cops. They ignored her cries for help. She got an order of protection but it didn't protect her. The System let her abuser go time and again until she was killed. Now family are trying to sue.

Let's begin with item 2. You can't sue the police. Castle Rock v. Gonzales was pretty clear on this, and it was a very similar case, in that there was a restraining order the family believed was not enforced.
On June 27, [2005] in the case of Castle Rock v. Gonzales, the Supreme Court found that Jessica Gonzales did not have a constitutional right to police protection even in the presence of a restraining order.

By a vote of 7-to-2, the Supreme Court ruled that Gonzales has no right to sue her local police department for failing to protect her and her children from her estranged husband.
You may not like this decision, but it just reaffirms a long-standing legal tradition that you can't sue the government for failing to provide services.

And Fox News got one other thing right, which also brings us back to item 1.
The post-mortem discussion on Gonzales has been fiery but it has missed an obvious point. If the government won't protect you, then you have to take responsibility for your own self-defense and that of your family.
Not something a lot of people are prepared to do. And in fairness, given that today's story is from the State of New York, the victim was probably kept from owning a firearm for defense by busybody bureaucrats.

So how exactly is the average woman supposed to defend herself from the average man without some tool to equalize the weight difference? "God made Man; Colt made all men [and women] equal." Or as the Colt advertisement read: "Have no fear of any man, no matter what his size. When danger threatens call on me, and I will equalize." Unfortunately that idea is lost on a lot of women, even when the system of courts and police have proven time after time that they won't protect victims of domestic violence.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I Can't Believe NPR Is Still Doing These Stories

"It was the eeeevil banker's fault. Sure I signed a contract I didn't read or understand, but that isn't my fault." Homeowner faces foreclosure after interest-only loan No kidding. He signed up for a variable-rate, interest-only loan, with a teaser rate. He admits he didn't know it was an interest-only loan because he didn't read the paperwork in advance. He could barely afford the teaser rate. So when the rate adjusted he couldn't pay back the note.

Now, exactly who is responsible for his problems?

This piece of naivete is classic - he isn't the only one who fell into this trap.
I'm a person that, I deal with you on an equal basis. I figured I'm going to be fair with you. You be fair with me. You know. But I found out that ain't the way, that ain't the way they deal.
Caveat Emptor is written in Latin, because the principle is quite old.

If someone is trying to sell you a 500 dollar TV, you view them like they might not have your best interests at heart. If someone is trying to sell you a 5000 dollar used car you think he might be trying to rip you off. But someone comes along who is trying to sell you a 500,000 dollar house or a 500,000 dollar loan, and suddenly they are you best friend. You feel you can trust these people. My advice to you: read the fine print. They are trying make money like the next guy. Sure, there are good bankers and good real estate agents. But most real estate agents will try to up-sell you. ("Don't you want granite in the kitchen?) Why do you ask them what YOU can afford? Shouldn't you know the answer to that before you walk into their office? What exactly is your responsibility as a buyer?

Were there bad bankers? Sure. For the most part, mortgage brokers were commissioned salesman. They are going to try and sell you the loan that makes them the most money. That's how things work. It isn't always pretty. Hence, "Let the Buyer Beware." Some of them are going to try to convince you to take loans you can't afford, and while underwriting should have rejected those loans people couldn't afford, it is still your responsibility to know what is in contracts you sign.

I know, being an adult is a bitch sometimes.

Self-defense Is Your Legal Right in Florida

Good advice from a Polk County's sheriff:
"The word to the criminal is first -- quit being a criminal, quit stealing," Judd said. "But if you're breaking into someone's house, the homeowner is very likely to shoot you."
Robbery Suspect Dies After Being Shot By Property Owner. This is the story of a robbery going not quite according to plan.
Property owner Jamie Jones heard a commotion outside while working inside his shed just before dawn.

Jones told detectives a man and woman were driving away in his Land Rover. He said after they saw him, they tried to run him over.
This being Florida, he was armed. (Hint: get the gun BEFORE you go investigate that noise downstairs, out-back, wherever.) He shot the woman in the head. The man was seen limping away. (Not clear if he was shot.) The woman died in hospital a while later.

Sheriff Judd says the homeowner probably won't face charges since he fired in self-defense.

If you break into enough houses, you will eventually run into an armed homeowner, which I suppose illustrates why criminals are in favor of gun-control.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Another Minority Heard From

More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops - Interesting story about the rise of the Secular Humanists.
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Two months after the local atheist organization here put up a billboard saying “Don’t Believe in God? You Are Not Alone,” the group’s 13 board members met in Laura and Alex Kasman’s living room to grapple with the fallout.
The fallout wasn't hate mail, but such a positive response that they had to find a larger meeting space. Not too bad for South Carolina.

This is an interesting article with some interesting links. Enjoy. (Or blow a gasket, whichever.)

Maybe I Should Hold Off on Buying a First Generation Blu Ray

G.E.’s Breakthrough Can Put 100 DVDs on a Disc - The new process realizes about 10 times more data storage than current Blu-Ray disks. All on standard-sized disks. Hmmmm.

Let the Rationing (of Health Care) Begin

JOHN LOTT: Uh Oh…Team Obama Claims Americans Use TOO MUCH Health Care � FOX Forum � So they want to cut one third out of health care. How do you think they are going to do that?
Total health care expenditures in the United States in 2008 came to $2.4 trillion, implying that Summers believes that the proper government regulations can cut health care expenditures by almost 30 percent. That would cut back health care a lot.
Funny how that probably doesn't apply to all procedures.
The selective use of statistics by Summers and others in the Obama administration is startling. In 2000, New York had 501 abortions per 1,000 live births, Wyoming had 1. New York had 31 abortions per 1,000 women, Wyoming had fewer than 1. Abortion procedures rarely involve the health of the mother. Yet, presumably, Summers wouldn’t argue that these gaps, which are 10 to 167 times greater than the 3-to-1 ratio that so upsets him for other procedures, imply that abortions should be rationed.
And as Lott points out, Insurance companies are paying for most of that health care. Are they mistaken?
If people are getting costly, unnecessary procedures, don’t you think that the insurance companies would already have learned about it? For anyone who thinks that insurance companies are too stingy, the Obama administration has a news flash: insurance companies have been paying for too much health care.
It will be interesting to see what they want to pay for (will they continue to pay for Viagra?) and what they won't.

How Come We Haven't Heard From the Surgeon General?

From Obama: swine flu action, reassuring words The Surgeon General. The head of Health and Human Services. The Director of the CDC. None of these posts are filled.

But don't worry. JaNo is on the job - probably blaming Republicans for swine flu.

So the Director of the CDC? Is that a post that should be eliminated? (I won't even ask about the other 2 positions.)

Cops Behaving Badly - UK Division

The Northern Muckraker: English cops who are clueless about the laws they're supposed to be enforcing Nice video of a UK police harassing a man in his own yard for breaking no law. Of course you see cops don't like to be videoed doing their job. I think they must all have guilty consciences or something. (Here's the video to save you clicking another link.)

There are still some freedoms in the UK - not many.

Do Unprofessional Cops Deserve Professional Courtesy?

Undercover Arkansas Officer Arrested For DUI I really hate the fact that some police think the rules don't apply to them. Are they right, even part of the time?
An undercover Little Rock police officer was suspended for 30 days after being arrested for drunken driving and trying to get out of it by asking for "professional courtesy."
Don't you have to be "professional" to warrant professional courtesy? And wouldn't that mean, "not breaking the law," for law enforcement types?

I wonder if they do skate by on things that would cause the average Joe grief, because of the fraternity. Scratch that, I wonder HOW OFTEN they skate by. This guy isn't the first to try it.

Yemen Stands Up to Pirates

Yemen tanker seized from pirates - Telegraph Maybe this is beginning to be a trend. Yemeni commandos stormed a hijacked ship and took it away from the pirates.
"A team of the special commandos stormed the [Qana] at 5am and fought the pirates, shooting three of them dead," a Yemeni defence ministry spokesman said
Three pirates are dead; eleven are in custody. Five merchant seamen on board the ship were injured.

If it is a trend, the French started it. (I know, I couldn't believe it either.)

Monday, April 27, 2009

Honorable Mention in the Darwin Awards

Man fires bullet with hammer You find a bullet in your yard. What do you do?
He didn't want his three young boys to get hurt from the bullet, so Fath decided to dispose of it.

"My hammer was outside so I took the bullet and put it on a rock and smacked it with the hammer," Fath said.
You have to wonder what he would do if he found a grenade or unexploded WWII munitions.

Of course the round fired (rimfire .22 caliber). There are conflicting reports as to whether the bullet actually penetrated the skin.

The police are quoted as saying "call law enforcement." How about calling a friend who knows about guns?

But the public safety lesson of the day is without a doubt,
Steuben County Sheriff Rick Lewis said no one should ever hit a bullet with anything.
Ya think?

Nugent Speaks

Nugent Electrifies Gun-Rights Backers - The Philadelphia Bulletin He has a style all his own. He had a lot to say as Gov. Rendell pusses for more gun control.
He also said the push to limit gun purchases in cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh ignores the experience of other cities. Chicago, he noted, has enacted gun control to become an essentially “gun-free zone,” but has nonetheless seen crime rates skyrocket.
Doing the same thing and expecting a different result is one definition of insanity.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Virginia Should Outlaw Guns on Campus

Two Men, Suspect, Shot in Virginia College Dorm | AHN | April 26, 2009 What's that? Guns are illegal on college campuses? OK, then they should make it illegal to shoot someone for no reason. What's that?... OK, how about trespassing? Yeah, that would work.

I don't mean to make light of this tragedy, but this event points to how ridiculous it is to expect a law without enforcement to accomplish anything. If you want college campuses to be gun-free zones, then you better set them up to look like airports with that level of security. Otherwise you have only disarmed the law-abiding. That may make you feel safe, but it won't necessarily make you actually safe.

Now this may have been an ambush, in which case it is unlikely that anyone could have defended themselves. But it could have been the opening volley in another protracted college shooting spree. Would it make a difference then if people could defend themselves?

And in a singularly stupid turn of events...
The dormitory was evacuated and residents have not yet been allowed to return.
Unless there is only one way into that building - and using that entrance would disturb a crime scene - why can't they go back to their rooms?

Finally, Somebody is Fighting Back

Cruise ship opens fire to beat back Somali pirates - Telegraph I applaud the fact that this cruise line took steps to ensure the safety of their passengers.
The dramatic confrontation was sparked when six men in a small skiff sped up to the MSC Melody late on Saturday, firing their AK-47s and trying to fix a ladder to the side of the ship.

A team of Israeli guards hired by the vessel's owners immediately began firing back with pistols and spraying the attackers with fire hoses.
Pistols are a step. I would probably have selected a shotgun, but that's me. I would imagine the Israelis know what they are doing.

This took place about 500 miles away from Somalia.

Sunday Science Lesson: Hubble space telescope images - Telegraph

Hubble's greatest hits: Hubble space telescope images - Telegraph Great - beautiful - images from the Hubble telescope. Go take a look.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Capital Punishment Was a Deterent

Hang them from the yardarm The folks on the Left love to say that capital punishment doesn't deter crime. Consider this.
In the 1990s, there was a spike in piracy in the South China Sea. At the very end of the decade, in 1999, water-borne rogues dressed as Chinese officials seized a cargo ship near Hong Kong waters and murdered twenty-three crewmen. The ship was never recovered, but the Chinese authorities caught thirteen of the pirates and executed them.

By amazing coincidence, after this pitiless demonstration of non-leniency, incidences of piracy in the waters off Southern China dropped dramatically.
Coincidence? I don't think so.

I have reservations about giving that much authority to the state - they have misused it in the past - but it can be effective. One of the people the Chinese executed was a Chinese Customs official who supplied the uniforms to the pirates. China stopped being a haven for pirates. Other states in the area picked up the slack.

We won't be that effective with regard to Piracy off the African coast. Too much like violating the human rights of the "enemies of all mankind."

Piracy - Still a Growth Industry

Pirates seize German ship near Somalia They are making a lot of money. Why would they stop?
Pirates have attacked more than 100 ships off the Somali coast over the last year, reaping an estimated $1 million in ransom for each successful hijacking, according to analysts and country experts.
It has to be the largest industry in Somalia. 100 million dollars is still a lot of dollars.

Child Dead Waiting for Nationalized Health Care

Girl, 6, died after doctor failed to carry out simple blood test - Telegraph The original doctor could have done the test, but all the waiting surly didn't help.
Bethany's GP, Dr Julie Barker, referred her to Newark Hospital for the test.

But when the youngster arrived a week later nurses found she was too thin for them to find a vein and referred her back to her doctor's surgery.

Ten days later Dr Barker tried to draw a blood sample from Bethany but could not find a vein. The GP then managed to refer the schoolgirl to a specialist paediatrician but could only get an appointment a month later.
Government run health care: the pace and urgency of the average DMV. The friendliness of the IRS. The general hygiene of your average public restroom. Oh yeah, I want government to control health care in this country.

This child waited more than 6 weeks for a simple blood test. She died because it was never an emergency. The 6-year-old weighed 30 pounds at her death.

Now That's What You Call Ironic

Family claims Chicago police officer beat autistic teenager -- The very week that Chicago PD was promoting its program to deal with people with mental disabilities, Chicago cops beat up an autistic kid because he wouldn't make eye contact with them. (He wasn't doing anything wrong when they started "questioning" him.) Of course people with autism won't make eye contact with anyone.
Guzman, 16, was standing on the sidewalk Wednesday night, taking a break from working in his family's fast-food restaurant in the Pilsen neighborhood. He was watching cars go by when a police cruiser pulled up and two officers began asking him questions, his family says.

Guzman didn't understand the questions, said his sister Nubia, 25, and looked down, away and eventually began walking away. Diagnosed with moderate autism at age 4, he doesn't like confrontation, his sister said.

The officers went after him.
Of course they did. That's what Chicago cops (is that all cops?) do to someone who was standing on the side of the road harming no one. They caught up to him too. Hit him in the head with a night stick opening a wound that required 8 staples.

The cops (and the Chicago Trib) are excited about the new program.
More than 1,100 of the department's 13,500 officers have gone through the 40-hour training since its inception in 2004.
OK - 40 hours is a lot of working hours, but that is less than 10 percent of the force trained in 4 years. (Or it 5 years now?)

Chicago PD won't talk about the incident because it is under investigation, which I guess I can understand.

The family "may" be planning to sue.

The ironic part?
To mark Autism Awareness month, the department held its first Autism Safety Awareness night with the Easter Seals on Monday and sent out a six-page training memo to all sworn personnel on autism and police responses. The department also handed out thousands of index cards with tips on how to handle people with autism and distributed buttons for officers to wear.
Guess these guys didn't get that memo.

UPDATE: Jody Weis - Superintendent of CPD says we shouldn't rush to judgment. I'm sure that the 2 officers in question had very good probable cause for questioning the MINOR in the first place. He was probably standing on the sidewalk in front of his families restaurant in a threatening fashion. Yeah, I believe that. As opposed to believing that 2 of "Chicago's Finest" decided to hassle a boy who wasn't behaving the way they thought he should be, even though he wasn't doing anything wrong at the time.

Friday, April 24, 2009

For Once in My Life, I Wish I Was in Boston

Volvo Ocean Race Extreme Sailing Coming To Boston This Weekend - The Volvo Ocean Race, and extreme around the world race, reaches Boston this weekend. Complete with a "village" at a pier. (I think it is the modern-design movable village. It isn't at every venue.)
Participants in the ocean sailing race started their journey last October in Spain. They sailed down around Africa, skirted Southeast Asia, sailed across the Pacific, and around South America's Cape Horn.

The seven extreme teams, each comprised of 11 crew members, left Rio de Janeiro on April 11 destined for Boston. The first team is predicted to arrive at Fan Pier in Boston early Sunday morning – around 7 a.m.
Lots of things going on in May, including in-port races on 16th. [see this post for video of what it's like out there.]

Self-defense Is Your Legal Right in Florida

Homeowner Cleared in Shooting | I keep expecting criminals to learn: If you break into enough homes, eventually you will find an armed homeowner. A really pissed-off armed homeowner.
Prosecutors have concluded a Lake Wales security guard who shot a man who was breaking into his home was justified in using deadly force.
The reason it took a lot of review? He also shot at the guy's vehicle - to disable it - as he drove off. Hit the guy apparently. The getaway vehicle overturned and the goblin was captured.

Self-defense is a human right.

So You Think the System Will Save You?

U.S. marshal on trial: Phone call to eatery owned by friend with reputed mob ties highlights final day of prosecution testimony -- It appears that even the witness protection system and the US Marshals have a few issues to work out.

Operation Family Secrets is the FBI's latest attempt to shut down The Outfit. (Al Capone's old organization is generally known as "The Outfit" today. It has had other names in the past.) They have apparently found one of their own. Well, almost.
A 14-minute phone call by Deputy U.S. Marshal John Ambrose to a pizza restaurant owned by a family friend with reputed organized-crime ties highlighted the final day of prosecution testimony at Ambrose's trial Tuesday.
The theory is that Ambrose, who was part of the Witness Protection Program, and was assigned to protect a Family Secrets witness, made the call to his friend with "reputed" ties to the Outfit to jeopardize the witness's life.

So you trust all cops? You've obviously never been to Chicago. Now this guy says he didn't make the call to jeopardize the witness. He just wanted to talk to his friend. It isn't even clear that the witness was in danger, but the whole thing smells. Was this guy a crook or just an idiot? We'll have to wait for the verdict to know.

Certainly most cops (and most US Marshals) are decent, hard-working folks. But there are a number of bad eggs. There probably always will be when large amounts of money are in play. Make your plans accordingly.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Verdict Reached in the Zapata Murder Trial

JusticeMurder and Hate Verdict in Transgender Case - Andrade was found guilty of First Degree Murder. Sentence: Life without parole.

The defense is still going on about deception. As if that is justification for murder. As I asked the other day, would any woman be justified in killing any man who lied to her? "He told me was single." "He told me was employed." "He told me he wanted kids."

Lying is not a good thing. But lying is not a capital offense.

[Update: The ^$$hole defense attorney keeps referring to Angie Zapata as "Justin." This is the kind of attorney that leads to lawyer jokes.

"What's the difference between a dead skunk in the middle of the road,
and a dead lawyer in the middle of the road? There are skid marks in front of the skunk."]

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Some Sanity on the Pirate Front

Somali pirates captured by German navy go on trial There were two reports recently of pirates captured by NATO vessels off Somalia being released.

Now it seems that Kenya has stepped up to try the pirates.
Under a deal with the European Union, Kenya has agreed to try pirates detained by warships serving with an EU mission combating attacks on merchant ships off the coast of Somalia.
Kenya does have an interest in the whole thing.

Critics don't like Kenya's legal system. They are afraid that the "enemies of all mankind" won't get a fair trial.

There are still some bugs in the system, but it is something that needs to be done.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Violate a Restraining Order and You Could End Up Like This Guy

Police: Springfield man shot and killed in self defense Restraining orders are interesting legal documents, but they are NOT suits of armor. A court order didn't stop this guy; legal self-defense did.

He was subject of a restraining order. That didn't stop him. He tried to "contact" his ex-girlfriend at another man's house. When she didn't open the door, he broke in.
Baldenegro attempted to contact Moon at the home, then forced his way into the residence when she wouldn't open the door.

He became involved in a physical confrontation with Moon and Cole. Cole armed himself with a handgun and shot Baldenegro in the chest.
Baldenegro died later at a local hospital.

A court order didn't stop this guy. He showed up where his ex was and when she didn't do as he said, he broke into someone's home and offered them violence. The courts didn't stop this guy. The police didn't stop this guy. The truth is, when you are confronted with a violent person (ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend, common street thug, whatever) you are on your own. When seconds count police are minutes away.

The cops view the issue as one of legal self-defense. The presence of a restraining order probably aided that finding.

Self-defense is a human right.

The International Competition You Probably Aren't Following : Competitors set for slingshot to Boston in Volvo Ocean Race Leg six of the around the world race is from Rio De Janeiro to Boston. Current wind predictions have this leg of the race finishing 1800hrs Zulu on 25 April 2009. (That's 1400hrs local time.)

Here's a look at what it is like out there... including one crew taking to the lifeboat and watching their boat sink.

If You Can't Say Something, Pretty Soon You Won't Think about It

Why can't students say 'guns' in school? - Glenn Garvin - The end of free speech? You decide.
When a Central Connecticut State University senior fulfilled a communications-class assignment by giving a presentation on why students and professors should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus, his professor reported him to the police, who called him in for questioning. Professor Paula Anderson, questioned by a reporter from the school paper, was unrepentant: The student was a ''perceived risk'' and she had a ``responsibility to protect the well-being of our students.''

Like old Soviet commissars clapping dissidents into psychiatric hospitals, administrators at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., responded to a student's e-mail criticizing school policy on concealed weapons by suspending him and ordering him to undergo a ``mental health examination.''

Trying to recruit new members, the Young Conservatives of Texas club at Lone Star College near Houston passed out fliers lampooning gun-safety manuals. (''No matter how responsible he seems, never give your gun to a monkey.'') Administrators confiscated the fliers, threatened to disband the club and -- when the worried students sought legal counsel -- wrote their lawyers that any ''mention of firearms'' amounted to ''interference with the operation of the school or the rights of others'' because it ''brings fear and concern to students, faculty and staff.'' Oddly, the administrators did not suspend themselves, even though their own e-mail included a ``mention of firearms.''

Tarrant County College, near Fort Worth, took the no-mention policy a step further, banning a student from wearing an empty holster to protest the campus ban on concealed guns. ''We're protecting the learning environment,'' explained Juan Garcia, the school's vice president for student development and, clearly, a devoted scholar of academic doublespeak.
It isn't a set of isolated cases. It appears to be an effort to stop people from thinking about the 2nd amendment. [via NRA-ILA]

Monday, April 20, 2009

Chrysler to Compete with Tesla?

Tampa Sports Car Examiner: Dodge Circuit: new electric sports car The electric sports car market may be getting crowded.
Does 200 mpg and 0-60 in 5.8 seconds for two sound good? Let me introduce you to the Dodge Circuit, Chrysler's first electric sports car.
Thought to be a concept, it may be pushed to production with A123 Systems' lithium-ion battery. (I wish I could buy some of these!)

Where's Godzilla When You Need Him?

Giant spiders invade Japan In order to celebrate the 150 year anniversary of the creation of the port of Yokohama, giant mechanical spiders walk the streets. (Go take a look - they are pretty cool.)

Sunday, April 19, 2009

This Was Almost a Good Thing - Take 2

BBC NEWS | Africa | Nato foils Somali pirates' attack The Canadians stop a pirate attack, and capture the pirates. That much is good. Then the story goes sour.
Nato said a Canadian warship caught the pirates before releasing them after the gang attacked the MV Front Ardenne.

The alliance said the pirates had been released because they could not be prosecuted under Canadian law.
I think I am going to go have a drink.

This Was Almost a Good Thing

Dutch Free Yemeni Captives From Pirates - This part was good.
Dutch commandos freed 20 Yemeni hostages on Saturday
Freed from pirates. This is definitely a good thing.

But overall, there are still a few bugs in the system, because this, was most definitely not a good thing.
The Dutch forces, operating under a NATO antipiracy mission, then released the pirates, a NATO commander said, because NATO has no “detainment policy.”
Are you freaking kidding me? They released these idiots? What a joke.

This is a sad commentary on the state of the world, and the state of NATO. I expect this kind of insanity from the UN. NATO I used to have some respect for.

Not His Best Effort

Have been reading the Dresden Files. I have found most of the series very entertaining. Not great literature, certainly, but still fun.

The latest edition is Turn Coat. Too much going on.

One of the joys of most series is that you don't really need to read them in order. The Vorkosigan series by Bujold wasn't even written in order. But this book has so many references to previous stories that it doesn't stand on its own. That isn't bad in and of itself, but there are so many subplots - most of which go wrong - and too much preparation for novels yet to come, that it hardly qualifies as an ending.

Maybe the next one will be better.

Colbert Gets One Right From Time to Time

I don't usually like the Colbert Report, well, the truth is I don't usually watch it. But this is classic. The send up of the anti-gay-marriage ad "The Gathering Storm" is wonderful. [Via the Examiner] The best line?
Remembering the Eliot Spitzer scandal, he added, "Why can't we go back to the good old days when marriage was between a man, a woman and an Emperor's Club hooker?"
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
The Colbert Coalition's Anti-Gay Marriage Ad
Colbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical HumorNASA Name Contest

I don't know which is more ridiculous, the original ad itself, or the fact that they spent 1.5 million on it.

Various folks have come up with responses to the original add. Some are bad. These two aren't bad.

What if You Called 911 and No One Responded?

Unanswered 911 calls could garner support for beat realignment :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES 1200 times last year, in one area of Chicago, 911 calls went unanswered because no one was available.
More than 1,200 times last year, residents of the South Chicago and Gresham police districts called 911, and there was no car available to respond.
Of course these are on the poorer South Side. If you call 911 on the richer North Side, the results are a bit different.
In the Foster Avenue and Belmont districts on the North Side, the same thing happened only ten times.
You don't think there might be a little racism involved in how resources are allocated in the CPD? No, that would never happen.

A Scary Story

I read a lot of stories about bad things happening to people. Most of them are disturbing. Most of them I never write about because I can't find anything interesting to say about the tragedy. Occasionally I can find something to say. About this story... I don't think I found anything to say. It leaves me with more questions than answers. And this is only one story in this line.

Sex offender arrested in car-crash rape attempt Crazy people in this world.
Prosecutors say a registered sex offender deliberately crashed his car into a Huntington Beach teenager's vehicle so he could rape her.
She got away, but not before being traumatized.

The goblin is back in custody.

These stories - and I read more of them than I care to - always bother me. Which I suppose is why I don't write about them very often. Do we just lock these people away forever? What do we have to do to try to make the world a safer place? It will never be completely safe, which is why I believe so strongly in self-defense. Should the sentence for this guy, if he is convicted, be life in prison without parole?

Oh, and that restriction that only people over 21 can carry concealed weapons (Not that it really applies in The People's Republic of California) is so fair, because people under 21 never, ever have a need to defend themselves from your average goblin. </sarcasm>

Self-defense Stops Restaurant Robbery

Restaurant Manager Shoots at Would-Be Robber - WSB News on "Shoots at" since it isn't clear if he was hit.
Authorities said a masked gunman grabbed an employee taking out the trash at [the restaurant in question] around 3 a.m Sunday. The gunman was planning on robbing the place when the store's manager grabbed a gun and starting shooting at the robber.
A brief exchange of gunfire, and the guy ran.

Self-defense and defense of others works. The Good Guys came out on top of this situation.

Is Deception Grounds for Murder?

Defense Claims Transgender Murder Was a Result of Deception I love this defense. Angie Zapata lied. So he killed her.

I wonder if this defense would apply to every man who ever lied to a woman. "I found out he was married. He lied to me, so I killed him." Yeah, that would work.

Did Angie Zapata make some bad decisions? Maybe. Who hasn't. Is that a capital offense now?

Everyone who is saying "she asked for it," by lying - and those people are out there - sound like generations of idiots who blamed women for rape. It is the same argument.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

I Wondered if Anyone Would Suggest This

Ron Paul has a solution to the pirate problem - Los Angeles Times Letters of Marque and Reprisal are a very old nautical tradition for letting private parties deal with pirates.

It might even work, if given a chance. It will never be given a chance.
Ron Paul, the Texas congressman and darling of Libertarians everywhere, has an idea on how the United States can deal with the Somali pirates plaguing international shipping in the Indian Ocean: hire and train some bounty hunters.
It won't be given a chance in part because privateers are supposed to get title to any ship they free from the pirates together with ownership of any treasure - that would be cargo. It also won't be given a chance because most nations would freak over the idea of armed private vessels operating anywhere. And the idea of offering a bounty for every pirate killed or captured wouldn't go over too well with touchy-feely wing of the Democrats.

So Good to Know the Government is Looking Out for You

Poison in the well -- How would you characterize people who served up drinking water to an entire community that was contaminated with cancer causing agents? Not for a few months, or a few years, but for 22 years. More than 2 decades. How would you characterize them?
Officials kept using the well even though state environmental officials told them at least 22 years ago that dangerous chemicals related to a dry-cleaning solvent had oozed into the water, records show.

The village avoided scrutiny by telling state regulators in 1986 that they would get all of their tap water from Lake Michigan, and would use the well only in an emergency. But records show Crestwood kept drawing well water on a routine basis—relying on it for up to 20 percent of the village's water supply some months.
The water was sent to residents untreated.

You might call these people monsters, but the truth is they are only bureaucrats and politicians. (Taxes were low. Water bills were low. People got reelected.)

Vinyl chloride is a very toxic chemical. While there is a legal limit, there is really no safe level of exposure. The levels in the drinking water were twice the legal limit.

Politicians want to get reelected. They want power. They make deals with lobbyists for money. They make deals with each other for power. Some will even feed you toxic water to be able to brag about low water bills. You might think they have your interests at heart, but most of them are just looking for more power.

Whenever I see something like this I am reminded of "Butterfly Wings" by Machines of Loving Grace. The 3rd stanza goes like this...
You can't place faith in a new regime
that fascist faith will kill you
a hurricane triggered by a butterfly's wings
your conspirators betray you
Government is rarely the solution to a problem. Monsters can be found in every endeavor, even - maybe even especially - in government.

Don't Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

Homeowner Fends off Alleged Armed Burglar With Gun Shot Home invader armed with a knife meets a homeowner armed with a gun. He fired one shot at the goblin after the break-in.
Police and K-9 units found the suspect in the woods with non-life threatening wound to his lower leg.
He was arrested when the doctors were done with him.

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

Thursday, April 16, 2009

If Your Stalker is Arrested, The Courts Will Just Turn Him Lose

Judges out of touch | Tom Brodbeck | Columnists | News | Winnipeg Sun I thought Canada was so much enlightened than the US. Guess I was wrong.

This is the story of the criminal who hasn't been sent to jail.

He violated restraining orders. He was granted parole. He violated the terms of his parole. He was granted more parole. He sexually attacked his ex-wife. He was... wait for it... granted parole.
Judge Brent Stewart granted him bail and he became a free man once again. Free to stalk, rape and assault. And the rest is history.
Good thing Canada has all those crazy gun laws, she might have shot him by now and put the parole system out of business.

So You Think the Police Will Save You?

Police treated murderer as victim: judge : The may not even believe you are the victim.
“I have real concerns about the police conduct in this case,” Justice Johnson said, telling the court that officers repeatedly accepted Evans’ claim that Ms Dakin was the aggressor when they were called to the Girrawheen home, even though they had not spoken to Ms Dakin and she was the only one with injuries.
Yeah, the woman with the broken arm... she attacked me. Make sure you take her to the hospital. No, don't bother to get her side of the story, I'm sure she will agree with my account.

That's first class police work, that is. Or in Australia anyway.

Think you better off in this country?

Self-defense Stops Home Invasion

14 News, The Tri-State's News and Weather Leader-VA: Homeowner shoots and kills burglary suspect Break into enough homes, and eventually you will find an armed homeowner. If you are really unlucky, "enough" may be your first break in.
The husband told police he grabbed a gun when he heard someone trying to break into their Virginia home, and the couple said the suspect picked up a chair, threw it through the glass door and came into the house.
The homeowner shot and killed the goblin.

And since self-defense is your legal right in Virginia, no charges have been brought against the homeowner.

This Should Be Entertaining

Gov. Paterson introduces legislation to legalize gay marriage in New York Everyone on the right is getting ready to fight it again.
Paterson's move came one day after New York's new archbishop, Timothy Dolan, made clear he would vigorously fight same-sex marriage legislation.
Hmmm... I wonder if that would negate his tax-free status. Probably not.

Why is this an issue?
Paterson has said New York's gay and lesbian couples are denied up to 1,350 civil protections - including health care and pension rights - because they cannot marry.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Do I Get a Tax Credit...

If I put a diesel-electric hybrid system in my boat?

I didn't think so.

Oh yeah, happy tax day. (Is it buy a gun day?)

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Such Smooth Delivery

It was almost like he was using a teleprompter.

The truly funny thing about Obama's speech, was that I saw the review of the speech on CNN before he gave it.

If the White House is going to release the contents of the speeches before they are given, why do they need to be given? Can he just phone it in? Or send a text message?

The Pirates are Celebrating Too

Somali pirates hijack 4 ships, take 60 hostages - Good news for the US and French. Bad news for a lot of other folks.
Undeterred Somali pirates went on a hijacking spree, brazenly capturing four more ships and taking over 60 crew members hostage in the Gulf of Aden, the waterway at the center of the world's fight against piracy.
That's on top of the 200 plus folks who were being held before the media frenzy began.

Won't change until the attitude toward self-defense changes.

Monday, April 13, 2009

A Murder Trial You Won't Be Able to Miss

The Angie Zapata murder trial - The Denver Post The Left will use it as proof that the Andrew Shepard Hate Crimes Bill needs to be enacted. The Right will use it for something.

Angie ZapataAngie Zapata was murdered because she was transgender. When a monster realized that, he beat her with a fire extinguisher, and then began to rifle through her belongings. When he realized she wasn't quite dead, he went back and beat her some more.
The murderer has indicated that his sole motivation to murder Angie was that she was a transgender woman. In fact, since being in jail, the murderer has been quoted saying, "all gay things need to die."

His confession has been thrown out by the judge, so the trial will begin next week.

So the politicos will make this death meet some agenda - whatever agenda they support. But no one will talk about what needs to be done to change the level of hate. (Here's a hint: Hate crime laws, don't eliminate hate.) I wish I knew.

Legal Concealed Carry Stops Robbery

NJ man killed at Alcoholics Anonymous in SC Good Guys 1. Bad Guys 0.
Witnesses said Helms entered the building late Saturday and showed a .25 caliber handgun and demanded whatever those at the center had.
The bad guy was shot in the neck, abdomen, and chest.

Police are only saying the guy who did the shooting has a concealed carry permit.

Self-defense is a human right.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I think it might be a sign of the Apocalypse **updated **

The only nation showing any stones in the pirate crisis is the French. (Their national symbol is - or was - a chicken.) [See the update at the end]

Death on the high seas as pirates put to the sword - Times Online A French yacht, seized by pirates was retaken by French commandos.

You will see this a lot, I'm sure, as part of the coverage of Captain Phillips and the Maersk Alabama. There will be a lot of hand wringing about the tragic death of one hostage. But they won't mention that pirates do in fact kill people all the time.

I have been thinking what I would want done if I were in that position. (Not exactly pointless sense I do sail, though I have no intention of being in the Gulf of Aden.) The world cannot continue to sit by and do nothing but pay ransoms. As long as that is the case, then piracy will get worse in Somalia, and spread to even more areas. (It isn't limited to Africa even today.) It has to be stopped. And I only see one way to stop it - make it too dangerous, too unprofitable for piracy to continue. The British understood this 200 years ago, when they would hang the pirates, coat the bodies in pitch and hang them on the beach.

Today, all we seem to do is pay ransom. But not the French. They have executed several rescue missions. I consider all of them successful, even this one.

UPDATE: Well, it looks like the US Navy came through on this one after all. Hard to find any reports... but am hearing that 3 of 4 pirates are dead, and the 4th is in custody. Very cool.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Why Would a Cop Walk Away from an Accident?

Did he think he would get away? Or was he just not thinking clearly? Dan Ryan crash: Off-duty cop held in collision that killed 2 -- A passerby tried to get the people out of the burning car; the heat was just to much.
But a second driver who caused the fatal wreck walked away from the chaotic scene onto an expressway ramp, until a tow-truck driver and police officers stopped him, authorities said.

Now that driver, an off-duty Chicago police detective—who sources say was drunk with a blood alcohol content three times the legal threshold—is facing reckless homicide, DUI and other charges.
Three times the limit. That is a lot of cocktails.

Aren't cops about supposed to know about things like the fact that DUI is against the law?

Friday, April 10, 2009

I Don't Care What You Think of the Issue, This is Just Plain Funny

Big City - New Yorkers Face Another Blow to Their Self-Regard - OK so a lot of people are up in arms that Iowa legalized gay marriage. But New Yorkers are apparently upset because they got beat out. By Iowa.
In the past six months, many New Yorkers have had to learn to swallow their pride. Instead of entertaining bidding wars for their homes, they’re ready to throw in the All-Clad pans and the family dog for an offer. Instead of bragging about their trailblazing governor, they’ve watching his career implode. And instead of living at the center of the financial world, they’re living at what seems to have been proven the center of financial incompetence.
But then New Yorkers (East Coast snobs generally) and Californians generally have no idea what the middle of the country is like.

So can they take solace in anything?
New Yorkers, we’ll always have pumpkins. “We’re No. 1 in pumpkin production,” said Thomas K. Duane, a state senator. “Even in Iowa’s pumpkin festivals, they’re probably using New York pumpkins.”

Make No Mistake - the UN is Part of the Problem

The Useless Nitwits aren't the only source of the problem, but when it comes to fighting piracy, they are not part of the solution. - Enemies of All Mankind: Who Can Stop the Pirates? The oceans are a big place. The Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden are considerably smaller, but they can't be policed - certainly not by the 15 or so ships currently assigned to Task Force 151. (Even when all the ships currently en route arrive on station, there will be fewer than 24 ships to cover an area 5 times the size of Texas.)

So you hear of a pirate attack, and you pursue the pirates and then what?
"The authorities have to be very careful with the law of the sea and United Nations charters," [David] Cordingly [author of "Under the Black Flag: The Romance and the Reality of Life Among the Pirates."] said. "Nowadays you can't simply charge in with warships, blast the pirates and hang them on the waterfront."
No, because that would violate the pirates human rights, or the rights of individual states to be havens for lawlessness or something. The principle of "hot pursuit" apparently doesn't apply - so once they get into territorial waters they are "safe at home." (There are 2 or 3 UN Security Council resolutions that say you can pursue into Somali waters, but they don't seem to be in effect for some reason.)

So, what about self-defense? If the authorities can't help, what about helping yourself?
Bringing weapons on board ships is "strongly discouraged" by the United Nations' International Maritime Organization
UN StatueI can't find the document today, but it basically says arming crews "may lead" to increased problems. No studies. No analysis. Just anti-gun prejudice. (Hey, its the UN, what do you expect? Take a look at the statue that graces the UN complex in NY City. ** clickity **)

Now the Internation Maritime Organization is a perfect example of the UN trying to run over and get in front of the parade. All the heavy lifting relative to piracy is handled by the International Chamber of Commerce under its International Maritime Bureau's Piracy Reporting Center. The IMO may do other things, but relative to piracy of commercial shipping, IMB/PRC is in the driver's seat.

And of course no one is dealing with the issue of attacks on small boats. The ICC is interested in shipping. (And the UN is just along for the ride.) Well, Noonsite worries about small vessels and piracy - that is they post reports from various folks running into problems.

Modernize the Infrastructure?

Sabotage attacks knock out phone service Modern? Sure, but robust?

"Vandals" sliced through several fiber-optic cables disrupting a lot services in California.
The sabotage essentially froze operations in parts of the three counties at hospitals, stores, banks and police and fire departments that rely on 911 calls, computerized medical records, ATMs and credit and debit cards.
No evidence of terrorism. What evidence would there be exactly?

So the infrastructure is modern. Is that a good thing?

How about an infrastructure that is A) redundant, and B) a bit harder to destroy.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Neighbors Are Shocked

Well, "startled" is close to shocked, isn't it?

SDSU Student Shot and Killed South Dakota State University - people must think being close to the school means they are safe.
Brookings police say a homeowner shot and killed Bradley Joe Odens just before 2:00 this morning after he allegedly tried to force his way into a Brookings home.
Did force his way in actually, while breaking a window, and making threats.

Now he may have been "confused about where he was." I take that to mean he was intoxicated, but I could be wrong. Anyway, a homeowner has the right to defend himself and his family from intruders, and that is exactly what happened.

Oh, and the neighbor?
"It's very startling because you don't think of something like that happening here in Brookings," said Aaron Plauson who lives right behind the house where Odens was killed.
Apparently Brookings is the kind of place where the Real World™ never impinges on the inhabitants. Here is a clue... if you can read this (or are within the sound of my keyboard) you live in the real world, and in the real world bad things happen, especially to folks who break into other people's homes.

Failure of the Victim Selection Process

UPDATE @ 5:00pm: Intruder killed during shootout in North Charleston home | WCBD 25-year-old Demario Brown, picked the wrong folks to rob.
Police say Brown, who was armed, forced two women into the home to rob them. Police say a tenant who was already inside the house, had a gun and shot Brown. Brown also fired back hitting Timothy King. King was transported to MUSC. Police say he had non-life threatening injuries. Brown died at the scene.
Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Still a Growth Industry

Give a mouse a cookie, and he's gonna want a glass of milk.

Somalia: Pirates Seize More Ships Has this been in the news, generally, and I just missed it?
In a new upsurge in piracy off the Somali coast, two more ships have been hijacked in the past two days.

The European Union's Maritime Security Centre reports that a 32,000 tonne Italian-operated bulk carrier was seized early Monday morning in the Gulf of Aden. "Few details are known at this stage, but the mixed nationality crew are believed to be safe," the centre said.

On Saturday the centre said a 20,000 tonne German container ship was hijacked 400 miles from Kismayo. "The attack was made by six men in a single skiff that was probably operating with other pirate vessels," the centre reported. "The 24-man crew is believed to be safe."
The UN, and the revamped "Law of the Sea" make it next to impossible for vessels to defend themselves, and so far the international response isn't working out too well.

Cooperation Does Not Stop Violent Criminals From Being Violent

Visalia man killed in robbery - Local - The store had a policy of cooperation. Give them all the money, even your pocket money. Let them go.

That didn't stop the goblin from killing the man behind the counter.
After taking the money, the robber stepped to the store's exit and and fired one round from his handgun at Nahal, striking him in the upper torso, the report said.
The bullet pierced his heart.

The Left loves to go on about how if you only give criminals what they want, they will leave you in peace. That seems to have failed - again. The Left, that says this, is usually some old white man talking about robbery. What should a woman faced by a rapist do? Should a parent give a pedophile their child to ensure their own safety? You can roll over and give criminals what they want. You shouldn't be surprised when it turns out that they want more than you expected. You shouldn't be surprised that violent criminals remain violent, even if you are singing Kumbaya. And you really shouldn't insist that I share in your delusion of safety.

A gun may not have saved this man. There are no guarantees in this life. Having a plan to defend yourself does not make you invulnerable. Having a gun does not make you invulnerable. Just as wearing a seat belt does not make you invulnerable to car crashes. Having a plan, wearing a seat belt, only changes the odds of survival. The plan of cooperating with criminals is poor at best, and doesn't take into account the recurrent theme of criminals wanting to eliminate witnesses. Or of violent criminals being violent for no apparent reason.

What is the purpose of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell?"

It isn't to keep gays out of the military. It expressly states that they can serve as long as they lie about who they are. (Lies of omission are lies nonetheless.) The Raw Story | Officers supporting anti-gay policy are 'lemmings': ex-Army Sec.
President Jimmy Carter's former Secretary of the Army, Clifford Alexander, issued a stinging rebuke Thursday of the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy when he called it a form of bigotry and an overall "inconsistent, foolish policy."

Alexander told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that the policy, which prohibits gays in the military from being open about their sexuality, was "a little bit like having a bowl of bigotry surrounded by a curtain of silk. It takes the basic integrity of a person and says 'you must forget it.' It turns people into liars."
What about all of those dinosaurs retired generals afraid of the repeal of DADT?
Brandon Friedman of the liberal veterans’ organization, VoteVets, writes (by way of The Washington Independent,) “The fact that 1,000 long-retired generals are frightened of gay people is not the modern military’s problem. Their antiquated homophobia is theirs and theirs alone…With two wars raging, as long as you can shoot straight–or speak Arabic or Pashto–it’s shouldn’t matter whether or not you are straight.”
But then Americans have never been big about ending institutionalized bigotry. It has usually been the courts (inter-racial marriage, Jim Crow Laws, etc.) that have ended those travesties, or a President (abolition, integration of the military) acting.

Someone will no doubt bring up the bogeyman of unit cohesion. Look at what was said about the risks of integrating the services after WWII. Lots of dire predictions about unit cohesion from the bigots then, too. Never mind the experience of Canada, Australia, or Israel - nothing much happened when gays were allowed to serve openly. Those examples just don't apply to the US. For some reason. Known only to the bigots.

Monday, April 06, 2009

What If You Called 911, and Nothing Was Done?

Plant City Changes Policy On 911 Calls The call was made from a cell phone. The victim was locked in the trunk of a car, so couldn't say where she was. No one did anything.

She was found dead later.

So you think if you get into trouble, a call to 911 will set everything right, do you? There is a nice bridge you might be interested in buying, or some prime swamp land....

They did nothing. No one was sent to look for the car, no one was contacted to trace the call. Nothing.

Call 911 if you like; it is a fine thing to do. Just don't insist that doing so will solve all of your problems.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

I thought cooperation was supposed to ensure safety

Fla. teen fatally shot in senseless robbery - Florida AP - Isn't that what the Left always says?
Broward Sheriff's deputies say 16-year-old Gregory Smith was walking near a high school with some friends early Saturday morning when robbers hopped out of a car and demanded money. Authorities say Smith and his friends handed over their valuables, but the robber shot Smith anyway.
So they "gave the robber what he wanted," why didn't that ensure his safety?

Could it be that violent criminals don't stop being violent just because you do what they say?

Friday, April 03, 2009

This doesn't surprise me at all

Police officer accused of harassment in lawsuits Cops in Chicago that hate gays? Of course there are. They take pride in hating gays... in order to prove they aren't gay. (Scratch a homophobe and find a homo hiding underneath?)
CHICAGO - A Chicago police officer has been targeted by seven lawsuits alleging he made false driving under the influence arrests, used excessive force and harassed gays and lesbians.
Do you think no one in the department knew he was doing this? Do you think there were more than 7 incidents? Do you think they were laughing about it in the sqaud room?

Do you think Chicago police will ever reform?

Do you think this kind of thing happens only in Chicago?

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Shotgun-toting robbery suspect shot and killed by business owner Law abiding folks are defending themselves all over the place. Texas is a bad place for crime.
The robbers, who had a shotgun and pistol, fired one shot in the ceiling and began demanding money. They forced a female worker to ground and pointed shotgun at her. The business owner came out of the backroom with a 40-caliber handgun and shot one of the robbers in the head.
The goblin who was shot, died at the scene. The other goblin ran like a rabbit, but police are putting a warrant together of his arrest.

And a special award should go to the business owner for making a tough decision, and then a tough shot under conditions - I'm sure - of high adrenaline.

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When Will Criminals Learn?

Learn that the law-abiding in Florida, are armed. Sometimes even at work. Attempted robber shot, killed by pharmacist
It happened Tuesday, when a pharmacy employee with JR Pharmacy off Orange Blossom Trail in South Orlando shot a suspect after he confronted the employee looking for drugs.
Good guys were unharmed.