June 24, 2021

A Daley Gator Musical Interlude

Daley Gator has an interesting version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Friday Night Guitar Greatness.

Is there a more beautiful song than While My Guitar Gently Weeps So many of the greats have done it, To me no one can touch Clapton’s version, but these two Guitar Gods do pretty well too

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Because Keeping Violent Offenders in Jail Is UNFAIR

It was certainly unfair to the people he (allegedly) killed. A murder suspect was freed. Now he's a person of interest in Detroit.

Last year, when a judge decided to release the man accused in her sister’s slaying ahead of trial, Amanda Edmunds was beside herself. “Who’s to say he’s not going to get out, cut his freaking tether off and then just disappear?” she said.

On Tuesday, her voice was sharp as she spoke of the Washtenaw County judge with the knowledge the man not only cut his GPS tether last week, then turned himself in, but was now named as a person of interest in a Detroit double-fatal shooting discovered in between on Monday.

Hat tip to The Other McCain - Impeach Judge Carol Kuhnke, in which he asks, "What kind of judge would turn this guy loose?"

Well, (a) last year, Joe Biden got 72% of the vote in Washtenaw County, and (b) Judge Kuhnke is a Democrat...

Don't Bring a Crowbar to a Gunfight

They thought it was a good idea to rob a Papa John's Pizza. They were wrong. ‘Someone just broke in and they were shot in self defense,’ 911 caller says in New Carlisle attempted robbery

They came right in with weapons and tried to rob us. They’re still in here. There’s one shot and wounded on the floor. One of them ran out.

The guy who got shot, Gage Melton, didn't survive. There is no information on the other guy.

The employee who did the shooting was a concealed carry licensee. He will probably lose his job, since most national chains would rather their employees be defenseless victims. I am not sure about Papa John's policy.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense Is Legal in Louisiana

But then I thought it was. Grand jury declines to bring charges against Tangipahoa deputy, resident in fatal shooting

On Monday, Perrilloux said the evidence compiled by State Police and presented to the grand jury showed that the homeowner, who was carrying a rifle, discovered Patterson in the act of burgling his shed. The two got in a hand-to-hand-scuffle before the homeowner eventually cleared enough space between the two of them to fire the rifle at Patterson, killing him, according to Perrilloux.

The Tangipahoa deputy arrived at the scene while the two were scuffling and saw the homeowner shoot Patterson. Unsure of who the initial burglar was, the deputy fired at the homeowner, Perrilloux said.

Shoot first and worry about the details later. Professional policing in the 21st Century.

Well, self-defense is human-right, and might be your legal right in Louisiana, if the cops don't show up and shoot you for exercising your legal right.

Americans and Misunderstanding of Crime Trends

History and mathematics. Two topics Americans hate. Why People Misperceive Crime Trends (Chicago Is Not the Murder Capital) - The New York Times

This is a story from the New York Times, so even when they are talking about statistics, they do cherry pick some of those numbers. And the numbers are from 2020, which was not an average year in any sense, including for crime. (People who are not riding on subway trains will not be mugged in subway stations, etc.) But somehow they don't seem to cover any of the "Mostly Peaceful" protests (e.g. riots and looting) that took place all over the country last year. I'm sure it was an oversight.

So while we get the "Crime is Down" refrain for 2020, we get no mention of Carjacking. And aside from a graph (included below) showing how much worse things were in the 1980s and 1990s, there is no discussion in the NY Times about what might have caused the crime rates to fall so dramatically in the 1990s. I talk a bit about that below.

So why is it that people are clueless about real crime statistics? Part of this is the fault of the Media. Chicago and New York and Los Angeles get more national media attention than Saint Louis and Baltimore and New Orleans. Part of this that Math is Hard, and statitisics involve things like long division, and knowing how to calculate rates from raw numbers and population figures. And if the media focused too closely on how bad things were in the 1980s, people might want to know ha

A 3rd reason they get things so wrong is also the fault of the 24 hour media. They want you scared, because it is easier to control you when you are scared.

First we should consider the historic crime trends, since that is actually the bigger story.

A Pew Research report in 2016 found that “voters are usually more likely to say crime is up than down, regardless of what official statistics show.” For decades, Gallup has asked people whether they think there is more or less crime in the U.S. compared with the year before. The question has been asked almost yearly since 1996, and every year except for 2001 the public — usually by overwhelming margins — has said crime has increased.

The truth is that murder was near historic lows 5 or 10 years ago.

So, what happened in the late 1980s and early 1990s to drive the murder-rate down so quickly? Two things. The advent of "Shall Issue" Concealed Carry laws, and Broken Windows Policing.

Though Florida wasn't the first state to have "Shall Issue" concealed carry licensing, when they passed that legislation in 1987, they started the modern wave of reform of self-defense laws. And started a wave of Leftist and Media (but I repeat myself) pearl clutching, and predictions of "blood will run in the streets."

Broken Windows Policing was first mentioned in 1982 in the March issue of The Atlantic magazine. It was adopted by Police Commissioner William Bratton in NYC during the 1990s.

While correlation doesn't equal causation, for the causation argument you can see the work done by John Lott in general and his book More Guns, Less Crime.

Next let us consider which cities are actually they most dangerous.

The Left Already Going After DeSantis

They have to go after any Repubilcan that could challege Biden. DeSantis Derangement Syndrome?

There was a tragic accident during a Pride Parade in Broward County, Florida. A guy, who was actually part of the parade, but couldn't walk because of health issues, lost control of his truck and ran over some other parade participants.

His foot slipped and hit the accelerator — an accident — but immediately after this accident, before it was known what had happened, Democrats pounced:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida Mayor Dean Trantalis (a Democrat) immediately labeled it a "terrorist attack" and blamed it on DeSantis. Of course he was wrong. And he issued the non-apology apology.

The sky is falling. And it is either your fault, for eating meat, or driving a car, or using air conditioning, or whatever, OR it The Republicans' fault (or a Republican's fault) for inciting hatred.

This is the entirety of their agenda — all fear, all the time — and we should not be surprised by the hysteria it produces.

Everything has to be a crisis because scared people are easy to control.

June 23, 2021

Mark and Patrica McCloskey Plead Guilty to Misdemeanors

And Mark has a new AR. St Louis attorney Mark McCloskey poses with new rifle after being forced to give up weapon he pulled on protesters

Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000, while Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750.

They also had to surrender the firearms used that day, which the judge ordered destroyed. But Mark was able to pick up an new AR. (How many millions of AR-15s have been manufactured in the past year?)

They dropped all charges, except for a claim I instilled “imminent fear” in the mob

Which seems like the entire point of the exercise.

The McCloskey's view the misdemeanor charges as a face-saving act on the part of the gun-hating prosecutor. Buying a new AR, and posing for pictures (click thru) is a poke in the eye to that prosecutor.

Though I think I would move out of that jurisdiction.

Baltimore Reaches a Milestone

Though it isn't something to be proud of. Baltimore surpasses 160th homicide in first half of 2021.

Nearly a dozen people were shot across Baltimore over the weekend.

The City also reached and has since surpassed its 160th homicide so far this year.

Not that it will change policy in city hall or the prosecutor's office.

Wednesday Link Roundup - May 23rd

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain starts things off with In The Mailbox: 06.21.21

Shot In The Dark: Approval, also, Solstice of The Habsburgs
The Political Hat: Venezuela – Settling For Decline As Tyranny Spreads

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

The Other McCain: Rebekah Jones Update
Bustednuckles: Take Your Best Guess

Pirate's Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. Sultan Knish explains how HBO got Woke and went Broke
  2. The Daley Gator has 100 tunes that defined rock and roll
  3. The First Street Journal covers Socialism in education

Daley Gator - Your CCW News Update For Sunday (06/20/21)

The National Security Agency (NSA) has agreed to release records on the FBI’s improper spying on thousands of Americans, the secretive agency disclosed in a recent letter.

Political Hat - News of the Week (June 20th, 2021)

ERCOT pushes panic button for Texans with energy conservation alert
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is the state’s energy grid manager. Monday afternoon ERCOT began issuing alerts to conserve energy

EBL - Whites Only for Democrat Senator Whitehouse 😬🤷🏾‍♀️

NY Post: Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse under fire for membership in "White Only" Club
That is how Democrats roll. Systemic racism indeed!

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 06/21/2021

Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger received a report showing egregious election issues yet he concealed the report and claimed the state had “safe, secure, and honest elections.”

A View from the Beach - Election 2020: Continuing into Summer 2021

At Town Hall, Kurt Schlicter warns That Loudmouth Troublemaker Is An FBI Snitch. If the FBI didn't have men in the Capital on Jan. 6, they're incompetent.

Vlad Tepes - Boris turns London into the Stanford Prison experiment, Canadian Parliament does theatre around Chinese spies at level 4 Winnipeg lab: Links 3, June 21, 2021

For the first time in 110 years, a non MP was rebuked by Parliament for failure I think to disclose documents on the arrest of two likely Chinese spies at the Winnipeg level 4 bio lab.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 6/21/2021

Illegal Party Continues in Crime-Plagued Washington Square Park as NYPD Cops Fail to Impose Midnight Closing Time a Night After Bloody Stampede

Proof Positive - Best of the Web*

Political/SocioEconomic
Is Joe Biden Looking to Gut the U.S. Navy?

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

Bookworm Beat — the stupid leftist’s illustrated edition
A disturbing look at corporate Critical Race Theory brainwashing
CNN IS CRAZY

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 6/21/21

Daniel Greenfield: "Neighborhoods secede from cities, cities from counties, and counties from states."
The Small Secessions of the New Civil War

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: How Biden’s Border Policies Feed a Criminal Monopoly

The Degeneration of Public Administration: Theodore Dalrymple
Herschel Walker Sure Sounds Like He Is Set To Run In Georgia: Outkick
Gov. Ron DeSantis Becoming Major Voice For GOP: OAN

I leave you with Sunday Funnies, 06-20-21 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Sunday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces, and Signs of the times from bluebird of bitterness.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought breaking into a house was a fine idea. Bradford County man shot by property caretaker during home invasion

According to the Sheriff’s Office, an investigation found that on June 19, 29-year-old Cody Wagner of Rome unlawfully entered a home on the 1900 block of Waite Road in Nichols and was confronted by a “property caretaker” armed with a shotgun. The caretaker attempted to escort Wagner to a nearby residence to call 911 when Wagner retrieved a revolver out of his vehicle and pointed it at the caretaker.

The Sheriff’s Office says the caretaker fired one shot and struck Wagner in the abdomen.

That was all for the would-be, bad-guy; he died at the scene.

The investigation contiues, but no charges have been filed. Self-defense is a human-right.

Homeowners' Associations Are Evil - Part 483

And the HOA president is an idiot. Mother at odds with HOA over sign honoring deceased son

Whether it’s politics, school spirit, or simply decor, people living in the Barwood community have no problem expressing themselves. Displays can be seen throughout this northwest Harris County neighborhood with various messages. However, resident April Wright said she recently learned her sign seeking justice for her deceased son was deemed a nuisance.

It isn't huge, or neon. It is about the size of your average political campaign sign, or a realtor's "For Sale" sign.

The guy who killed her son was released on bond, because keeping violent criminals in jail is unfair, so she had a sign to make people aware of what is going on, and to honor her son.

Her sign was in place "too long" at 6 weeks. But there are still campaign sings from last year's election in yards.

The HOA said it is a "misunderstanding." And the idiot...

“We had no idea this was such a personal issue for her. We have apologized to her via Personal Message and have offered to meet with her personally to apologize again,” said the association’s president.

Gee, we had no idea that the murder of her son might be a personal issue. Or that anyone, the victim of a crime, or the relative of a victim might take it personally when there is no justice.

Under the Bridge

I've mentioned before that 1991 was a good year for music. Metallica released their 5th album Metallica, which is usually called The Black Album. Soundgarden released their 3rd album, Badmotorfinger. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released Into the Great Wide Open. REM released the album Out Of Time. U2 released Achtung Baby. And then there was the album that includes today's song.

This song has people playing real instruments. I will never understand why the suits and their tiny minds are opposed to songwriting. You will never see a song like this with the current group of suits in charge of Popular Music. It doesn't fit the formula.

This song is "Under the Bridge" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers from the 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. This is probably the song that catapulted the Chili Peppers into their massive success. "Under the Bridge" hit number 2 on the Billboard chart.

June 22, 2021

Officer Gordon Beesley

End of Watch. Here's what we know about Officer Gordon Beesley | FOX31 Denver

Beesley was shot and killed, along with another man identified only so far as a “Samaritan,” while responding to a report of suspicious activity, although further details have not yet been released. The shooter, who has not been identified, also was killed.

Rebekah Jones, Florida COVID-19 Reporting, and Meanness

All this guy wanted to do was make the COVID numbers more understandable, but she couldn't let anything stand in front of her "Florida is lying about COVID" narrative. Rebekah Jones Tried to Ruin Florida Academic's Career | National Review

Taylor, a 37-year-old Ph.D. candidate at the Florida Atlantic University College of Business, waded into the world of COVID data analysis last spring after being informed that he had been in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. When he looked at the data for himself, what he found disturbed him: The way the Florida Department of Health was presenting the pandemic death toll was confusing members of the media who lacked a background in data analysis.

But what he didn't understand is that the media wasn't interested in the facts, and they especially didn't want any facts that might make Governor DeSantis look good. They were perfectly happy with the confusing presentation as long as they could attack Republicans.

By creating a tracker that showed the situation in Florida to be somewhat less dire than enemies of Governor DeSantis preferred to believe, he had left the staid world of academia and entered the world of politics, where facts are subordinated to the question of whom those facts might help and whom they might hurt.

And the media's champion in this attack on Republicans was Rebekah Jones.

Jones jumped into the viral twitter thread, not to argue about Taylor’s methodology, but to accuse him and his academic adviser of sexual harassment, thereby stifling the original tweet, which was putting his tracker on the map.

Not only did Jones smear Taylor and his adviser as sexual harassers to her hundreds of thousands of followers, she also tagged their university, the university president, and university police.

Jones deleted the tweets, but Taylor preserved them as screenshots on the advice of a prominent academic who had previously been subjected to a characteristic Jones smear campaign.

They are still under investigation, because even though she can offer no proof, proof is not needed in a university setting. There is so much more; click thru.

Hat tip to The Other McCain and Rebekah Jones Update, in which he notes that the word “psychopath” is being used to describe Jones.

Because I am a professional journalist, however, I would hesitate to use the clinical term “psychopath” because I have no credentials to make such a diagnosis and it might be construed as defamatory. Nevertheless, I have previously stated my opinion that Jones is “deranged, demented, daft, wacky, bonkers, non compos mentis, off her rocker, nuttier than a Snickers bar, a few fries short of a Happy Meal, and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.”

I can go along with that. There is more at The Other McCain as well.

My Daily Kona Musical Interlude

My Daily Kona brings us a musical interlude. Monday Music "Come Out and Play" By The OffSpring

I am continuing my string of "bugaloo" songs. This discussion was started in the "Monster Hunter Nation, Hunters Unite", back in November of 2019

Click thru for "Come Out and Play" (sometimes subtitled "Keep 'Em Separated") by the Offspring.

Armed Self-defense - South African Edition

Human-rights don't recognize borders. Though a lot of countries don't recognize human-rights. Pinetown motorist who shot man was being robbed at knifepoint: Cops.

The man shot by a motorist in Pinetown captured in a video that has been shared on Facebook had been attempting to rob him of his cellphone at knifepoint.

Three guys armed with knives surround a truck stuck in traffic. While the doors were locked, they were not that much of a problem. Once they broke a window and had access to the inside of the vehicle, they became a real threat.

Once he shot one of the would-be robbers, the other two ran like rabbits.

This is the video from Active Self Protection for Attempted Robbery While Stopped At A Traffic Light. The video is broken down an analyzed.

A Bakers Dozen of Self-defense Stories

Because we have to fight the Left's narrative. 13 Examples of How Miami’s Police Chief Is Wrong on Defensive Gun Use

In response to the shooting in Austin, Texas in late May, the police chief of Miami shot his mouth-off, figuratively speaking.

Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo, formerly chief in both head of Austin and Houston, took to social media, where he appeared to mock the idea of ordinary armed civilians being able to intervene effectively when criminal violence occurs.

Click thru for the cases. They are all from May.

The Schadenfreude Surrounding Nickelodeon Is Overstated

I enjoy the schadenfreude of the Left as much as anyone, but the truth is Nickelodeon has been on its way out for ten years or more. The decline didn't start in 2017 or whatever date people are choosing for the "Get Woke, Go Broke" insults. Number of viewers of Nickelodeon in the United States from 2010/11 to 2017/18

Much has been written under the heading of "Get Woke; Go Broke" around Nickelodeon's ratings "implosion" from 1.3 million viewers in 2017, to 300,000 viewers today. Or whatever the latest number is. People have been laying the blame at the feet of the Woke turn they made in 2016 or 2017, which may be satisfying, but it misses something important.

The ratings of Nickelodeon have been evaporating from more than 10 years.

Yes, ratings rebounded, slightly, in the 2015/2016 season. Very slightly. If that was a stock price being charted, that would be called a "dead cat bounce."

When I look at this chart, it is hard for me to say, "All of Nickelodeon's problems are caused by a decision they made in 2017!" I just don't see it.

I enjoy schadenfreude of the Left as much as anyone, but Nickelodeon has been on its way out for ten years.

June 21, 2021

The Skeleton Key

Epica released a new album, Ωmega, at the end of February. And as I noted in a post at the beginning of April, they had a song that was number 7 on the Spotify KickAss Metal playlist for that week. While I'm not sure this is the best song off the album, I thought we should listen to it.

This is "The Skeleton Key" by Epica from their February, 2021 album Ωmega. It was apparently released as a single the day the album was released.

That post from April can be found at the following link: Epica Finally Getting Some Recognition.

Cops/Prosecutors in the UK Don't Care about Rape

They never have, but it seems to be getting worse. Government apologises for failing rape victims over plunging conviction levels

Not that it is so much better in the US.

Dame Vera Baird QC said the ministerial apology within its long-awaited Rape Review was a “milestone” which would effectively force the Government to take action, but said the “underwhelming document” did not go far enough.

She also criticised investigators’ continued use of analysing the mobile phones of people who report a rape to police.

They analyse the victim's phone, because if you got raped it must be your fault. So let's look at your phone to see how much of a slut you are.

There were 4,643 rape prosecutions in 2015-16.

Around 13% of reported rape cases in 2015-16 ended in a suspect being charged, but this dropped to just 3% in 2019-20.

There are an estimated 128,000 victims of rape and attempted rape a year, but only 1.6% of reported cases results in a charge, according to latest figures.

Because it is hardly a crime. Look at how they averted their eyes from rape of young girls for years. Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds

Prof Jay said: "No-one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1,400 children were sexually exploited over the full inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013."

And... How the net closed on Oxford's grooming gang

Over the past decade and through six trials, 18 victims have recounted their experiences, leading to the convictions of 21 men for offences spanning the late 1990s to the late 2000s.

And though Wikipedia is not a very authoritative reference, here are just a few of the entries under Child sexual abuse in the United Kingdom: Notable Incidents.

  • Telford child sex abuse ring
  • Oxford child sex abuse ring
  • Banbury child sex abuse ring
  • Derby child sex abuse ring
  • Bristol child sex abuse ring
  • Newcastle child sex abuse ring
  • Halifax child sex abuse ring

That is not close to being the total list...

The UK has a long way to go before it has anything like Justice. But they are not really interested in catching and prosecuting rapists. They are more worried about COVID violations, and if you say mean things that might upset someone. Crime? No. Thought Crimes are more in the news. While rapists run free, the constabluary has to put an end to things like fox hunting and Wrong Think.