28 May 2024

Memorial Day - The Unofficial Start of Summer in Chicago

HeyJackass! has the stats from the opening of the silly season in Chicago. Memorial Day Weekend

The Summer of Silly Decisions has arrived! Starting this weekend and for the next 100 days, be prepared to experience more silly decisions than one thought possible only this year will be extra silly with the DNC in town in August. And remember, please, no demonizing.

The final tally - from noon Friday to 6 AM Tuesday - was 11 killed, 41 one shot and wounded.

Click thru for comparisons to earlier years, details on what happened when, etc. Also, see my earlier post on the "big brawl" that opened the festivities. Let the games begin.

Tuesday Links - 28 May

The American Conservative if up first with To Fix the FBI, Abolish It. A review of a book by J. Michael Waller.

A skeptic might accuse Waller of having interviewed too many grumpy old federal agents with nostalgia for the higher standards of a bygone era. But the argument of Big Intel is that America’s enemies intentionally sowed, a century ago, the seeds of Marxist-inspired critical theory radicalism in universities and influential intellectual circles in America and Europe. It was a long-term strategy of subversion.

Moves Like Jagger

Here are a couple of fact bombs you can drop into a conversation if you need to blow some minds...

Wombat-socho - Rule 5 Sunday: Pool’s Open

When I was a young spud growing up in the suburbs of DC, my father used to haul me along on his weekend trips to the Knights of Columbus; in addition to the usual council hall with bar, this council had a swimming pool, which always opened on Memorial Day weekend and closed after Labor Day – never mind that it was usually hot an humid enough to open the pool at the beginning of May and keep it open until early October.

Second City Cop - COVID Lawsuit in NJ

COVID Civil Rights Violations cases are still wending their way through the courts....and citizens are winning, even in deep-blue New Jersey.

Adaptive Curmudgeon - Poutine And Bears: Part 3. It is always tough to decide which part of AC's writing to highlight, because it is always multi-part. (There are 4 parts - so far.)

Trying to embrace “urban living” I drank a stupidly over-hoppy IPA (hipsters and IPAs go together like saltwater and rust). I finally got that plate of poutine I’d been craving! The dog sat with us in the outside dining area of a fancy microbrewery and basked in the activity like a rock star. Everyone loved the fluffy dog. They inched around the grumpy owner until Mrs. Curmudgeon said “you can pet the dog, she doesn’t bite”. She never said “my husband doesn’t bite”. I suppose it was implied. But if any of them had reached for my poutine, I’d have taken a finger off!

Don Surber - Trump train keeps a-rolling

The trials in New York — one of them for taking out a loan and paying it back with interest — have turned him into a martyr. He drew 100,000 people to a rally in New Jersey, a state he lost by 16 points four years ago.

Then he went to South Bronx.

AR-15 Figures in Self Defense Case

My guess, which is only a guess, is that the DA in question HATES AR-15s more than they hate self defense. Man charged with attempted murder cleared as self defense | Miami Herald

Rafael Martinez argued he crashed his vehicle into a curb while being chased by his former wife and her new husband. Then, he said, he unloaded four rounds from his AR-15 at the couple as a green laser sight from a gun in the couple’s possession was pointed at him.

If a gun with a laser sight is pointed at you, and the laser is activated, I would say your expectation that bad stuff is about to happen is reasonable. That seems to be the position of the judge, anyway.

“The issue in this case is what was on the defendant’s mind the time of the incident, and was it reasonable for him to believe that his life was in danger under the circumstances,” Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Teresa Pooler said in her seven-page opinion. “Since there were two versions of what happened, and no conclusive evidence, this determination rests on the credibility of the witnesses.”

There was history of his ex-wife's new husband harassing him.

This is a Florida Stand Your Ground case, so even though the Trayvon Martin case did not hinge on stand your ground, it gets brought up, because "Professional Journalists" hate self defense even more than DAs do.

Paranoid Cops, Going to the Wrong Address, Shooting Innocent People

From Reason Magazine: The Police Killing of Roger Fortson Shows the Conflict Between the 2nd Amendment and Paranoid Cops

The two narratives illustrate a problem Reason has written about time and time again: The government insists that its citizens have a Second Amendment right to own guns and defend their homes with them, but it also insists that it's reasonable for police to respond with deadly force when they're startled by the sight of a gun, or what could be a gun but might be a harmless object, or the knowledge that a gun is nearby, as in the case of Philando Castile.

Click thru for the story of Roger Fortson, and more victims, and politicians who won't call police to account.

Rooftop Solar - The New Big Scam

I'm shocked that people would swindle homeowners based on all the hype - from government and elsewhere - around solar power. NBC 10 I-Team: Several Rhode Island solar panel companies under investigation. OK, so I'm really not that shocked.

From rooftop solar installations that cause massive roof leaks, to deceptive sales tactics, it seems a lot of solar companies are scamming the public.

“People started doing their taxes, and they noticed that some of the promises they were made, or some of the things they were led to believe about the tax benefits of solar turned out to be a little misleading,” [Steve Provazza, the chief of the Attorney General’s Office Consumer Unit] said. “They were surprised they did not receive a larger tax return, or a check from the federal government, as they had been promised by the solar panel sellers.”

The article focuses on one company, but it is not the only company under investigation for these kinds of issues.

Other problems include...

  • Promised energy output falling short
  • confusion over electric bills
  • federal tax breaks that were never received

Math is hard, and taxes are harder, but one thing should be clear to anyone. If you don't pay taxes you can't get a tax break.

“There are some taxpayers that because of their low income status don’t pay taxes or may not have to pay a lot of taxes,” [Attorney General Peter] Neronha said. “If you don’t have a tax bill you can’t get a credit, and that is not very well explained if it’s explained at all.”

The Start of Summer In Chicago

The next few months should be interesting in the Windy City. Huge brawl leaves migrant stabbed, cop injured as police declare emergency outside downtown Chicago shelter (Video) - CWB Chicago

With the Democrats planning to reenact the 1968 convention, the summer season got off to a start quite a start the Memorial Day Weekend. A brawl in downtown involving 70 or 80 "migrants," in which one person was stabbed, and an officer injured, and police declaring an emergency to draw cars from around the city.

A brawl started, but the crowds dispersed when cops approached with lights and sirens.

Just three minutes later, cops again called for more units, saying migrants were fighting inside Pritzker Park. An officer in the Central (1st) District police district’s surveillance room estimated that 70 to 80 people were involved.

It goes downhill from there.

The Democrats are going to be in the city in August for their convention. There was talk of making it a virtual convention because crime in the city is expected to be bad. Crime is down in comparison to the past few years, but still way up in terms of how it was a decade ago. Personally I think it will be poetic justice if the Radical Left manages to disrupt the Democrats, since the Democratic Party and their band of non-prosecuting attorneys around the country have been responsible for the Radical Left disrupting everyone else.

27 May 2024

A Fool’s Parade

Within Temptation has had a dim view of Russia's war in Ukraine. This is another song that reflects that.

We will donate all royalties of the song to Music Saves UA, for the duration of the war.

The song itself serves as a condemnation of Russia's deceitful actions and sheds light on the harsh realities faced by Ukraine.

Here is a link to the lyrics.

This is "A Fool's Parade" by Within Temptation featuring Ukrainian producer and vocalist Alex Yarmak. It was released on April 4th.

A Political Hat Musical Interlude - Sort of

Forget about "Do no harm," Canada's doctors kill people. Quick Takes – Canada Killing: Specialized In Killing; Plethora Of Killing; Hidden Killing

The meat of the post is about Canada's death care.

In Canada, the most important part of being a doctor in their socialist system isn’t about curing diseases or treating injuries… it’s about killing people.

There are 3 sections on the killing. But...

First, a little mood music:

Click thru for "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!" by Megadeath from 1985.

A Wombat-socho Musical Interlude

If you don't recognize where Wombat-socho gets this post title, all I can say is that you need some remedial music education. FMJRA 2.0: There Must Be Some Kind Of Way Out Of Here

Click for linkage of the week, a review the mysteries of fantasy baseball, and the Song of the Day.

Click the SOTD link for "All Along the Watchtower" by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, from the 1967 album Electric Ladyland.

The lyrics begin:

"There must be some kind of way out here"
Said the joker to the thief
"There's too much confusion
I can't get no relief"

The Other McCain on Memorial Day

Animals live in the perpetual Now. Humans have the capability to look forward and back. It seems that we don't like doing that in the 21st Century. Why Memory Matters

The Other McCain starts with a quote.

“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.”
    — Edmund Burke

Some probably think I see that as an attack on millennials or zoomers, but the truth is that the Baby Boomers are the generation that sacrificed the prosperity of future generations for their current comfort. Which goes a long way to explain why the younger generations are so pissed off.

As Americans, we are the heirs of a tradition, profoundly indebted to earlier generations, and owing them a certain duty of gratitude. We must recall that “We the People” ordained the Constitution in order to “secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.” If we are grateful for that inheritance — as we should be — then we ought to act in such a manner as to show ourselves worthy of our liberty, considering what tremendous sacrifices were required to obtain and keep it.

Today we discount the achievements of the past, and don't think twice about sacrificing the future to ensure that our stock portfolios stay healthy.

What could be more narcissistic than the impudence of the soft-handed intelligentsia who think themselves superior to that heroic generation of Patriots who fought for American independence?

Read the whole thing.

Self Defense Is Legal in Ohio

DAs hate that. Jury acquits Ohio man who said assault rifle shooting was self-defense

A Franklin County jury found a South Linden man not guilty of murder and other charges despite video evidence showing him firing more than 20 rounds from an assault-style rifle at his victims.

Franklin County, Ohio is the county that includes Columbus. It is the most populated county in Ohio, Columbus being the largest city in the state. Home to THE Ohio State University, it is a fairly liberal locale.

I think the thing that the DA really objected to was the AR-15 used by the defender, but that is only a guess.

The jury deliberated for about three hours before acquitting him on all seven counts. One juror wiped tears away as the verdicts were read.

That doesn't seem like it took them a long time to make a determination.

He Literally Shot Himself in the Foot

The jokes are writing themselves these days, which is a good thing, because I am no comedy writer. Man accidentally shoots himself while trying to break into Madison home, police say

He broke into an occupied home and confronted the homeowner.

The suspect shot himself in the legs or feet with his own gun, according to police. The shooting happened in the home’s backyard.

Cops arrived and took him to a local hospital for treatment. No word on what charges he will face.

Not a Darwin Award, but he was sure trying. I guess we have to tally this as Bad Guys -1. You just know that he was convinced having a gun made him dangerous. In a way, he was right. This is an "Own Goal" if ever I read about one.

Portland Wakes Up to the Reality of Crime

From the Daily Mail, we get news on Portland. Portland kicks out woke Soros-backed DA and elects tough-on-crime rival after murders soared and downtown died

Mike Schmidt won in 2020 with 77% of the vote in Portland, and then crime went crazy, and the downtown imploded.

The Soros-backed progressive was elected with 77 percent of the vote in 2020 after touting a host of 'equity'-focused policies, in a county that has not voted for a Republican president since 1960.

Reality is true whether you want believe it or not.

As for Portland, homicides jumped from 57 to a 96, 2,600 businesses had fled the city center by September 2022 as shoppers avoided downtown, and fatal overdoses surged from 280 in 2019, to 628 in 2023. In short, social justice turned Portland from a beautiful city with some problems, to a drug-infested, crime-ridden ghost town.

It will take a lot to bring Portland back.

Click thru for more. Statistics on homelessness, crime, and the fact that new DA, Nathan Vasquez, considers himself to be "fairly liberal," but is dismayed by what is happening in that city.

26 May 2024

Professor David Yamane Celebrates an Anniversary

You should be reading his writing, and watching his videos! The 12th Blogiversary of Gun Culture 2.0 and Your Support Going Forward

I didn’t have a chance to post on the day itself because I was so busy preparing for the 7th and final webinar in my series on “Ten Essential Observations on Guns in America” and also working on the launch of my book, Gun Curious, which will be published on June 1st.

Click thru and offer your support!

Felony Murder in Mississippi

This story is a week old, but worth taking a look at. Teen charged after MS homeowners shoot 2 men during robbery | Biloxi Sun Herald

And while 17-years-old does qualify as a "teen," I think there is a good chance that he will be charged as an adult. But then journalists love to paint the criminals as the victims.

One interesting note is that Lorenzo Stennis, 21, of Pascagoula was arrested January relating to a shooting in Gulf Port, MS that left several vehicles hit with bullets. He was not held in jail. Now he is dead. So how is that social justice working out?

On Monday night [May 13th], Gulfport PD officers arrived at a residence of 27th Street in response to reports of a shooting. They found [Temi] Lawal on the ground, dead of an apparent gunshot wound. They also learned that Stennis had been taken to a local hospital with multiple gunshot wounds, where he later died.

And in a move that will have the Social Justice Warriors screaming that "Felony Murder is Unfair," because you shouldn't be held accountable for the completely foreseeable consequences of your actions.

Lawrence Corley IV, 17, of Gautier is charged with two counts of capital murder.

Someone died while you were committing a felony. In Mississippi that is apparently known as capital murder, though most of us non-lawyers just think of it as felony murder.

The homeowners who defended themselves won't be charged, because self defense is a human right, and it also your legal right in Mississippi.

The NFL and Chess

Those are two things most people probably don't associate, but that isn't really fair. A lot of people play chess, at least casually, and these guys are certainly competitive. From Chess-dot-com: BlitzChamps III May 22, 2024: Reid Emerges As NFL's Top Chess Player

So the NFL and the world of Chess got together to raise some money for charity, with a chess tournament among NFL players.

Kansas City Chiefs' safety Justin Reid was crowned the winner of BlitzChamps III after sweeping Cardinals' quarterback Kyler Murray 2-0 in the Grand Final of an eight-player double-elimination bracket on Wednesday. Outplaying BlitzChamps I winner Chidobe Awuzie en route to the title, Reid showed that the NFL is taking their chess up a notch.

For his victory, Reid won $30,000 for his charity of choice, JReid Indeed, and put on a tactical masterclass for fans tuning into the event. BlitzChamps III was broadcast live from the NFL studio which was turned Chess.com green for the day.

Kyler Murray got $20,000 for his charity of choice, since he came in 2nd, Mac Hollins got $15,000 for coming in 3rd, etc. Click thru for the list of players.

Searching for Bobby Fischer

Sort of ... This is about 10-year-old Faustino Oro, of Argentina. 10-Year Old Phenom Makes Podium As Kovalev, Duda Win Titled Tuesday

Faustino Oro finished 3rd in the May 21st tournament ahead of 3 of the strongest players in the world (by rating) Grand Masters Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, and Hikaru Nakamura. Oro made a name for himself last year when he become the youngest player, at 9 years, to reach a rating of 2300. He made the (chess) news in March of this year when he beat GM Magnus Carlsen, former world champ, and still one of the strongest players in the world.

Argentina loves him, and compares him to Lionel Messi, their football (soccer) star.

And the title to this post is shamelessly stolen from a movie of that name, that is one of two movies about chess that I'm aware of. Searching for Bobby Fischer is quite good, even if you don't play chess. The other movie about the game is Fresh, about a kid growing up in the ghetto learning to play and applying to rules to the world he finds himself in. I think I actually like that one more. There is also The Queens Gambit, a mini series from a couple years back. I didn't care for that as much, though a lot of people thought it was great.

25 May 2024

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 25 May

Animal Magnetism starts things rolling with Animal’s Hump Day News

What states will Trump try to flip this year?
Maybe. Not our problem.
This is known as belaboring the obvious.

The Right Way - Top of the News

Top 3 Mike Johnson Staffers Resign - IOTW Report
The Ignatius report on the war in Rafah: will Israel scale back? - The New Neo

Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 05.22.24

Chicago Boyz: Norms
Da Tech Guy: Never Forget that the Same People Who Insist that Election 2020 Was on the Up and Up…

EBL - Hayek is right

Instapundit: Keynes vs Hayek, Hayekians, Socialist Exploitation, and McDonalds Trapped
People need to study economics and read more Hayek.

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 24 May 2024: Eaten By A Grue Edition

Spotify is going to break every Car Thing device it has ever sold. (The Verge) ...
Yes, they are trashing the device you bought directly from them.
No, you don't get a refund.

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 05.23.24

CDR Salamander: Diversity Thursday
Da Tech Guy: What kind of dark magic do you think they’ll use to animate Biden for the debates?

Flopping Aces - The Week in Radical Leftism, 05/24/2024

05/19 – Yahoo Finance Seems Upset That You Peasants Have An Issue With Biden’s Great Economy
05/20 – The Left’s Funny Definition of Fascism

A View from the Beach - Flotsam and Jetsam - Hunter Trial Delayed

Atop Da Hill, Trump on Biden’s continued candidacy: ‘I doubt he will even be running’. NYPo, Trump reveals new debate format for upcoming showdown with Biden "Donald Trump revealed Wednesday that he has agreed to “sit at a table” with Joe Biden

Vlad Tepes - Rubin Report misses the strategic alliance between weaponized homosexuals and Islam: Links 1 for May 24th, 2024

2. Peter McCullough: Chloroquine Highly Effective Treatment for Acute H5N1 Infection in Preclinical Model
(Before anyone runs out and gets a vaccine for Bird flu…)

Small Dead Animals - Friday On Turtle Island

Dementia Joe’s America: Fighting for common sense. A memorial service in Dearborn. The George Floyd movie. And Pervert Joe.
Blackie’s Canada: Jewish advocate removed by police. Trudeau trashes Canadian history again.

Wombat-socho again - In The Mailbox: 05.24.24

First Street Journal: Lies, damned lies, and statistics
Gates Of Vienna: Iran’s Mullahs Quake at the Sight of Strong Independent Women, also, Sauce for the Gander

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 5/23/2024

30% of Americans Believe College Isn’t Worth It
The value of a college education is spiraling lower as youngsters realize it’s a giant scam. Racking up $100k in college debt for worthless gender degrees in liberal indoctrination camps

Cafe Hayek - Some Links

Also warning against ending Section 230 is J.D. Tuccille.
Martin Gurri is insightful.

Maggie's Farm RETURNS! A Friday trial run for linking

Is Oreo About to Be the Next Bud Light?
Trads on Offense
Plant-based meat alternatives are trying to exit the culture wars – an impossible task?

Disinformation Expert Ace at Ace of Spades HQ - The Week In Woke

Oh no! That's an accurate read of reality, and therefore, Illegal.
Last week, the NYT lowered itself to interview Hillary Cass, who told them that the U.S. is out-of-date on "gender therapy" science.

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: The Trumpire Strikes Back

• Vivek Ramaswamy Buys Activist Stake In BuzzFeed DC
• This Is What State Harassment Looks Like David Strom

I leave you with Meme Dump... from View From The Porch, Your Mid-Week Memes from Wirecutter, and Fowl play from Bluebird of Bitterness.

Dog Walker Shoots Homeless Man

The powers that be are not happy about self defense. Dog walker shoots man to death after confrontation in Garden Grove

Why do I say he was a homeless man? Because a witness saw him sleeping on the sidewalk earlier in the day. I don't know too many people with a home who sleep on a public sidewalk, but maybe it is a new thing in greater Los Angeles.

The dog walker called the police shortly after opening fire. Paramedics rushed the victim to a local hospital, where he later died.

Police said the shooter has been cooperating with detectives. He had a valid concealed weapons permit and turned over his firearms to officers.

The dog walker said that the homeless guy attacked him. The police clearly want to charge someone with something.

"Obviously, you can't just shoot random people," said Sgt. Nick Jensen. "Everyone likes to say there's two sides to a story. Well, unfortunately in this, we only have one side."

Jensen that investigators are determining what led to the fatal shooting before sending the case to the Orange County District Attorney.

And I have no idea what the Orange County DA is likely to do, except that I do know that District Attorneys HATE self defense. A California DA will probably REALLY hate self defense, but that is just a guess on my part.