23 September 2021

How Should a 69-year-old Defend Herself from a 21-year-old?

If she doesn't defend herself with a gun, what should she do? Intruder shot, killed by North Olmsted homeowner

Once on scene, officers discovered that a 21-year-old woman had forced her way into the residence on Mastick Road and began fighting with one of the homeowners who is 79 years old.

The other homeowner, a 69-year-old woman, fired her gun and struck the intruder in the abdomen/chest area, police said.

The 21-year-old died at local hospital.

Without some means of leveling the odds, the old and infirm will be at the mercy of the young and violent. I wish a member of the gun-haters would explain to me how this is a good thing. I'm not holding my breath.

Oh, and this was an epic failure of the victim-selection process. I suppose she thought that an elderly couple would be no problem to rob.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Germany Reverts to Fascism

You can only read and write and say what the German government says is OK. Even if you have never set foot in Germany. Germany Wants To Force Gab To Censor, It’s Not Happening

This week we received a huge packet of documents with fines and legal threats from the nation state of Germany. Gab is refusing, and has refused for many years, to comply with the German Network Enforcement Act. Gab is a US company and as such we are under zero obligation to obey foreign laws from tyrannical governments.

They are expecting Germany to reach out to the fascists in the Biden administration to attempt to force GAB to comply with their censorship law.

For those unfamiliar, the Network Enforcement Act is a draconian German law aimed at combatting “fake news” on social networking websites. “Fake news” is of course, whatever the German Government says it is.

Some things never change.

Just shut up and do what we tell you to do. When we tell you to censor, censor. When we tell you to get into the boxcar... [That is basically the position of the German .gov]

F*c*book has apparently decided to go along with the fascist demands. I mean what do you expect? It's F*c*book; they are fascist in their own way, aren't they? They deleted 150 accounts that were critical of the German lockdown regime. Can't have people being critical of the German government; they might actually think for themselves.

And who would have thought that a B-movie staring "Rowdy" Roddy Piper would turn out to be somewhat prophetic? (That's where the photo above comes from.)

Australian Unions Accuse Leadership of Selling Out

The unions think their leadership should have pushed back on the politicians. Like that was going to happen. Unions turn on Setka in rally against medical tyranny - Rebel News

Furious, the protesters heckled Setka as he emerged to confront them. Among the accusations were those claiming that Setka is 'owned by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews' after he failed to fight the premier on Covid regulations. Setka was barely able to get a word in under the tirade of abuse.

"Dan Andrews' b***!" was also shouted along with, "Sell out!"

But then they like to be "on the inside" and "friends with the right people." And the right people is a category that definitely does NOT include the union membership.

“Missing White Woman Syndrome”

Of course it exists. Joy Reid Is … Right?

Nearly all my fellow conservatives are shrieking in anger at MSNBC’s Joy Reid for saying something that is actually true: There is such a thing as “Missing White Woman Syndrome.”

Someone counted up how many native American women have gone missing in the state Petito disappeared. The number is not small, and yet there has been no national media attention.

That’s the thing about a Missing White Woman story — the damsel-in-distress angle only works, in terms of TV news ratings, if the missing woman is young and attractive, preferably blonde. Males can and do go missing, but those disappearances never dominate national news. It’s always a woman, and a young, attractive woman — if she’s old, fat or ugly, nobody cares if she goes missing. But the nubile blonde? Oh, yeah, that’s nationwide headline stuff, because she’s Prime Rape Bait, and sex is the secret ingredient in the Missing White Woman story.

And it helps that the media is trying its best to distract you from every travesty of the Biden Administration.

Or consider the complete failure of Democratic policies in Chicago.

During the month of August, when Gabby and her boyfriend were on their excursion across the West, 87 people were killed and 424 were wounded in Chicago. Did any of those Chicago victims make national news? Well, about 83% of the victims in Chicago were black, and none were blonde, blue-eyed 22-year-old “social media influencers.” Not newsworthy, you see?

And I love the fact that The Other McCain is using HeyJackass! for statistics. Anyway, click thru for more insights.

22 September 2021

Hungary Seems to be Spying on Journalists

This article follows (mostly) one photojournalist who has been reporting on the leader of Hungary. From Direkt36: He has been uncovering the lavish lifestyle of Viktor Orbán’s circles. This summer, he was surveilled with Pegasus spyware

Pegasus is a system of spyware developed by the NSO group. It is sold to various governments and police organizations around the world so that they can track "bad guys." in this case the version allows governments to spy on iPhones.

The spyware, developed by the Israeli cybersecurity firm NSO, could access messages, photos and videos stored on the device, or even remotely turn on the phone’s microphone and camera.

And you should note that Pegasus is not the only such system used for spying, and NSO Group not the only player in that arena. They are just in the news because they stumbled out of the shadows and into the light. And you can also bet that Hungary is not the only country doing this kind of thing.

The problem is that some governments consider journalists who report on the questionable dealings of government officials, their families and friends to be bad guys. In particular, it was determined that photographer-journalist Dániel Németh had two of his phones hacked while in Hungary reporting on the Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, and his associates.

Amnesty’s forensic analysis showed that Dániel Németh’s two phones were successfully hacked with Pegasus spyware, one from July 1 to 9, 2021, and the other from July 5 to 9. During this period, Németh was in Hungary just after returning from the reporting trip to Southern Italy. He was in the middle of planning his next trip by observing the route of the luxury vehicles used by the Fidesz elite.

And this is just one journalist being the subject of one spyware attack by one government. "Tip of the iceberg" is phrase that comes to mind.

In July, a team of international journalists published stories as part of the Pegasus Project, which were based on a database of 50,000 phone numbers selected for monitoring by NSO’s customers. Forbidden Stories, a Paris-based journalism outlet, and the human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) had access to the database, which they shared with 16 other news organizations, including The Washington Post, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and The Guardian. From Hungary, Direkt36 was the only participant.

The ongoing battle between Apple and iOS on the one hand, and the NSO Group and others like them on the other is one of the reasons Apple released what was dubbed an "emergency" update to iOS recently.

There are more stories of journalists being surveilled by Hungary using the Pegasus system at Direkt36, they are interspersed with a variety of other stories about Hungary, Orbán, etc. That news site helpfully translates everything into English. (Hat tip to Twitter.)

Wednesday Link Roundup - 22 September

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

Hogewash: An Interesting Defamation Case
Watts Up With That: Canada Election: Climate Skeptics Could Win The Balance Of Power

Pirate's Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. Moonbattery discusses using COVID to purge the military
  2. Jihad Watch notes a jihad massacre plot stopped in India

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 09.20.21

American Power: The Sharp U.S. Pivot To Asia Is Throwing Europe Off Balance, also, Biden’s Bad Day
American Thinker: What If The FBI Threw An Insurrection But Nobody Came?

EBL - About Those COVID Vaccines... 💉☣️🤔😬

Instapundit: How Effective Are Those Vaccines and Project Veritas Exposes...
Hot Air: Project Veritas: The vaccines are "full of sh*t"

Political Hat - News of the Week (September 19th, 2021)

France Recalls Ambassadors over Zombie Submarine Deal
The U.S.–France relationship is in meltdown over a recently canceled submarine deal that Australian officials had cast doubt on for months.

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 7: The Post Millennial reported, "Biden administration condemns Russia for lack of transparency in election marred by allegations of fraud."

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 9/20/2021

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday unveiled her 2022 budget proposal, which includes increased spending on law enforcement amid surging gun violence not seen in several years.

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 09.21.21

Cafe Hayek: Quotation Of The Day
CDR Salamander: The Terrible 20s Emerge From The Fog
Da Tech Guy: Report From Louisiana – Podcasts

Battleswarm Blog - Have Texas Troopers Secured The Border at Del Rio?

Fortunately, the footage of the giant illegal alien camp in Del Rio was enough for the Biden Administration to resume deportation flights to Haiti.

A View from the Beach - Election 2020: Armed Fed 'Arrested' at Sept 18 Rally for Jan.6 Detainees Outed

But first, NYT is butt-hurt that The Republican leading Wisconsin’s 2020 inquiry defends its legitimacy and warns of subpoenas. DNYUZ, The Republican leading Wisconsin’s 2020 inquiry defends its legitimacy and warns of subpoenas.

Vlad Tepes - Sky News on the Wuhan Lab, and Melbourne riots go up several notches for good good reasons: Links 1 for September 20th, 2021

4. Melbourne braced for CHAOS and violent protests today as furious tradies vow to fight Dan Andrews’ shock shutdown of the $22B construction industry – after anti-vaxxers staged running battles with police and their own union bosses

Cafe Hayek - Some Covid Links

And those of you who still trust Covidocrats to act with competence, seriousness, and good faith should ponder this report, by Reason‘s Liz Wolfe, of San Francisco’s mayor London Breed.

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: A Hinge Moment of History

Thank You To Pakistan: Glenn Beck
Thousands of Victoria Construction Workers and Supporters Join in Protest: Riot Police Standoff: CTH

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 9/21/21

Get your kids out of school and get them the hell off line. Death to social(ist) media.
Students Protesting Severe Bullying, Suicides Hit With Mass Retaliation by New York School District

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

So how did 15,000 Haitians suddenly find their way to Del Rio, Texas?
Joe Manchin Is Realizing That His Party’s Spending Plans Are Absurd
Even Mainstream Sunday Shows Slam Biden's Blunders

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 09/21/2021

Georgia’s corrupt Secretary of State Raffensperger has a problem – he certified an illegitimate election result because he didn’t have chain of custody data for absentee ballots.

I leave you with Sunday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, Sunday Funnies 09-17-21 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces, Fowl play from Bluebird of Bitterness, and Sunday Memes … from Freedom Is Just Another Word…

Self-defense May Be Legal in Virginia

And defense of family, too. Though the details of what happened are absent. Police: Teen who shot, killed mother’s boyfriend may have acted in self-defense

Police said the 19-year-old who shot his mother’s boyfriend was initially a suspect in what was being investigated as a homicide.

Now, police are calling him a person of interest and Sergeant Ian Yost said the case is being investigated as self-defense.

And I suppose that the prosecutor will make the final determination on charges.

How Close Is Too Close With a Knife?

A cop nearly learns a real-world lesson from the Tueller Drill. Del Norte Sheriff Release Video of Fatal Police Shooting.

If you don't know what the Tueller drill is, see the link below the embedded video.

Cops responded to a domestic incident. The subject may have been high, or he may have been suffering a mental breakdown. He was going on about how we are living in the matrix. The most important point is that he was armed with a large kitchen knife.

Police who responded to the 911 call on Parkway Drive and Sherwood Lane at about 2:45 p.m. on Aug. 25 reporting a disabled vehicle in the roadway reported arriving to find Anderson, 38, holding a knife and “walking in the traffic lanes.”

The knife was on the ground, but it was very close to the guy. If you watch the bodycam video below, the cops keep taking their eyes off of him. Until he grabs it and runs at one of them. I think that the cop was very lucky that in the end he seemed more determined to stab his wife/girlfriend/whatever she was than stab a cop, because I don't think they could have stopped him if he hadn't veered off.

The article above is from the cop-hating, law-and-order-hating media, so the picture they include makes him look like an angel, and the quotes are about what a great guy he was, right up until he picked up a big-ass kitchen knife and ran at someone like he meant to end them.

Donut Operator (Who describes himself as "a former police officer and SWAT team member and avid PC gamer") has a breakdown of the videos - bodycam video from two officers at the scene - and some thoughts.

This is the video for Knife Wielding Man Nearly Takes Out Officer - Police Shooting Breakdown

As for the Tueller Drill, see this article. The Tueller Drill: Why the 21-foot Rule is Important for Self Defense.

Tueller basically asked how close is too close when it comes to a knife. A man is standing with a knife between 20 and 25 feet away. In that situation, could you draw and fire before the attacker can cut you? Tueller determined that at 21 feet, an attacker could reach the shooter before he could fire; it takes, on average 1.5 seconds for a knife-wielding attacker to cover 21 feet.

Which is why I am sure that if he stayed focused on the first cop he ran toward, he could have done serious damage before he was stopped.

Labour of Love

Frente! was an Australian Alternative Rock/Folk band from the early 1990s. They had some success with their 1992 debut album, and put out one more album in 1996, and then disappeared. They have apparently reunited for a few appearances, but they could only manage an EP from 2005, which I have not heard. I quite liked the 1992 album.

This is "Labour of Love" by Frente! from the 1992 album Marvin the Album, though this is the 2014 Remastered edition.

21 September 2021

The Situation in Chicago Seems to Be Accelerating Out of Control

HeyJackass! has the details on a Mostly Peaceful Weekend in Chicago.

Just as this year’s 500th homicide arrived at an accelerated pace, the 600th arrived at the morgue at a mid-nineties velocity.

Final Peaceful Tally: 10 killed, 54 wounded
2020 weekend tally: 10 killed, 37 wounded
2019 weekend tally: 6 killed, 24 wounded

I'm sure that the Powers That Be will still try to insist that Crime Is Down™.

Self-defense in North Pole, Alaska

I'm guessing folks in North Pole, Alaska are pretty well armed. Intruder shot by North Pole homeowner; man recovers in hospital, troopers say.

How would you deal with an intruder at 3 o'clock in the morning?

OK, I'm geographically challenged enough that I had to look it up. North Pole is about 250 miles nor'-nor'-east of Anchorage, or 371 miles by car. It looks to be fairly remote, though I'm sure there are folks in Alaska who would dispute that.

Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks were notified about the alleged home intrusion at 3:25 a.m. that day, according to an online dispatch.

Upon arriving at the home, troopers learned the intruder had been shot and was still alive. The homeowner did not report any injuries.

The guy who got shot was taken to a hospital and then airlifted to Anchorage. He is expected to survive. Charges are pending, while the doctors get him back on his feet.

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

The Gun-hating Left Will Swear They Need More Gun Laws

Apparently actually punishing people who break the laws they already have would be unfair. Man is charged with having his second illegal gun since June — while on bail for murder both times

Remember Vincent Davidson? We told you about him in June after prosecutors accused him of having a gun in his car while he was on bond for first-degree murder. Incredibly, Davidson got out of jail again, and prosecutors on Sunday charged him with having another gun in his car this weekend.

He is accused (not convicted) of murder committed on October 1st, 2017. At first he was held without bail, but released on $300,000 bond after posting $30,000 in 2020. (I blame COVID-19.) Then after the June incident he was ordered held without bail, but was released shortly after that.

But somehow — exactly how is not clear in court records — Davidson was allowed out of jail again last month.

And on Saturday he was arrested again, for an open container of alcohol in his car, and what was reported as a fully automatic machine pistol in the trunk of the car.

Judge Susana Ortiz on Sunday ordered him held without bail for violating the terms of bond in the murder case and held without bail for violating the terms of bond in the June gun case. She set bail in the new gun case at $200,000 and ordered Davidson to go onto electronic monitoring if he becomes eligible for release. Again.

Any bets on whether or not they let him out again? Keeping violent criminals in jail would be unfair.

And 2017? Justice delayed is Justice denied. Hold the trial.

How Many Wars Did Trump Start?

I'll wait while you look that up. Trump’s Military Record Makes Milley’s Reported Intervention Even More Alarming

But look, here's the answer.

Despite his bellicose rhetoric and bluster, Trump had probably been more reluctant to use military force than any president in memory. One of the few (somewhat) consistent political positions held by the former president has been a distaste for military engagement. As others have pointed out, Trump was the first president since Jimmy Carter not to have gotten the nation into a new military conflict. One might chalk that up to the luck of history and circumstance — if it weren’t for more concrete examples.

But this is the guy Milley was worried about so much, that he decided that the military should not be strictly under civilian control. Really?

Joe Biden has already been more reckless with military force. After ISIS murdered 13 American servicemembers in a suicide bombing during our botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, Biden launched what turned out to be performative drone strikes that reportedly killed two Islamic State fighters but also ten civilians in Kabul — eight of them children — to prove his toughness and distract from the political fallout over his incompetence.

It is the end of the Republic.

20 September 2021

Kingdom Come

Sabaton is a Swedish, Power-Metal band from Falun. Don't worry, they sing in English. They are apparently gearing up for a tour in 2022, and have released a couple of new videos. Most were from old albums. This one, looks to be new. I expect that means that an album will be forthcoming, but I can't find any reference to it yet.

The lyrics are in the video, but I usually have no trouble understanding Joakim "Jocke" Brodén; he is singing fairly clearly given that this IS metal. It you want the lyrics, they can be found at this link.

This song Is Kingdom Come by Sabaton. It was released as a single on July 16th. As far as I can tell, it is not part of an album, though my knowledge of Sabaton is not encyclopedic.

Three Justifiable Homicides In Just Over 36 Hours

It would seem that Tulsa is a bad place to be a bad guy. Three of Tulsa's recent homicides occurred within a span of 38 hours, and each is considered justifiable

“There’s a lot of people who claim self-defense,” [Lt. Brandon] Watkins said. “That’s usually the first refuge that people go to when they come in, but we look at the evidence.

“On these three cases, the evidence was compelling.”

The cases are the 35th, 36th and 37th homicides in Tulsa this year, according to Tulsa World records.

Those 3 homicides were the result of two people being shot, and one person being stabbed.

Click thru for the details of the encounters, and what police did to verify that they were justified.

Self-defense claims are nothing new to the homicide detectives at the Tulsa Police Department, but to have three in a row that appear to be legitimate is, at the least, “strange.”

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it also seems to be your legal right.

It Has Nothing to do With Billions in Profits

It is all about the science. Really. Trust the government. They wouldn't lie to you, would they? ‘Science’ Fact-Checks Biden Agenda: FDA Nixes Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Vax

The basic news is that the FDA put an end to Biden's talk of COVID vaccine booster shots. But then it was all about the money anyway.

About two-thirds of American adults (myself included) are fully vaccinated, and most of the unvaccinated people are just against it, period. So that means the end of Big Pharma’s government-funded vaccine profit bonanza is approaching quite soon. That’s the real reason (not “the science”) why the Biden administration is now trying to make vaccination mandatory, and also why they were trying to get booster shots approved. Big money is involved.

Pfizer spends millions on lobbying, and contributes millions to campaigns. So is it about science, or money?

And the Biden administration - it isn't Biden himself, I don't believe he is planning much of anything - wants you to forget about Afghanistan, and the southern border, and inflation, ...

There is information about how FDA scientists quit over the political pressure coming from the White House, about how the FDA eventually stood up to the political pressure, and more.

We Live in an Age of Stupid

And stupid does not belong to one political party, but runs rampant through most politicians of every party. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp keeps mentioning failed AIDS vaccine mandates. But there is no AIDS vaccine

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, keeps mentioning the failed campaign to vaccinate Americans against the AIDS virus as an example of the pitfalls of healthcare mandates.

Except the AIDS vaccine doesn't exist. And there sure wasn't a failed campaign to mandate it.

I'm sure by now one of his staff sat him down, and explained that he's making fool of himself. But maybe not. Depends on the quality of his staff, I suppose. Though unless he is living under a rock he must have seen some of the coverage he's generating.

There are other examples of stupid of course, but this is an extreme example.

Volcano on La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands

There is some video at the link, but if you page down, the still photographs are quite stunning. There is also a live video feed which is fascinating as I type this, but that is subject to change of course. Lava pours out of volcano on La Palma in Spain's Canary Islands | Reuters

The Canary Islands are in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Africa, about even with the Morocco/West Sahara border. La Palma is in the extreme NW of the Canary Islands, about 300 kilometers (187 miles) from Morocco.

A volcano erupted on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma on Sunday, sending lava shooting into the air and streaming in rivers towards houses in two villages from the Cumbre Vieja national park in the south of the island.

This particular region last had a eruption 50 years ago in 1971. Though people had a week's warning and the government began evacuations well before the eruption. 5000 people had been evacuated as of Sunday evening local time.

La Palma had been on high alert after more than 22,000 tremors were reported in the space of a week in Cumbre Vieja, a chain of volcanoes that last had a major eruption in 1971 and is one of the most active volcanic regions in the Canaries.

The video below is from The Guardian: Lava erupts from a volcano on La Palma in Spanish Canary Islands. At only a minute and a half it is pretty good.

19 September 2021

World Chess Champ Magnus Carlsen Wins Norway Chess

With a preview of the World Championship Match scheduled for November. Magnus Carlsen Wins 2021 Norway Chess

I know most of you don't follow chess, even if you know how to play. But I follow it a little.

Norway Chess is an invitational tournament consisting of 6 players facing each other in a double round-robin tournament.

The players this year were Magnus Carlsen - Norway, Ian Nepomniachtchi - Russia, Richard Rapport - Hungary, Alireza Firouzja - France, Sergey Karjakin - Russia, and Aryan Tari - Norway.

Magnus Carlsen (reigning World Champion) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (winner of the Candidates Tournament) will face each other in World Championship match in Dubai, UAE. The match was postponed from last year due to COVID-19. In the classical game they played, they fought to a draw. (That was followed by a game of Armegeddon Chess, and so not really relavent to the Championship.)

The prize for first place in Norway Chess this year was about $81,000 US.

As for the World Championship match.

The prize fund will be $2 million. The winner will earn 60 percent of the prize fund, and 40 percent will go to the runner-up. If the match ends in a tie after 14 games and a tiebreak will decide matters, the winner receives 55 percent and the runner-up 45 percent.

Before the start of the match, each player receives two hundred thousand euros as an upfront payment of his eventual prize money. If the match is played in the country of one of the players, then the foreign player receives one hundred thousand euros of the prize fund and the remaining prize money is shared as stated above.

2020 Michigan Dam Failures: Forensic Report

While we're on the subject of dam failures... Michigan Dam Failures Caused by Rapid Liquefaction of Downstream Sand Embankments | 2021-09-14 | Engineering News-Record

First, let's refresh your memory.

The Edenville and Sanford Dams along the Tittabawassee River in north central Michigan failed on May 19, 2020, after two days of heavy rain, resulting in flooding and property damage.

There was an ongoing dispute between the dams owner, the federal government (in the form of the regulating body) with some interaction with the local community. Oh, and the state environmental agency was also involved, if memory serves me.

An interim report from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials reports that a clear factor in the failures of two dams built in the 1920s was static liquefaction (flow) instability of saturated, loose sands in the downstream section of their embankments. [SNIP]

Static liquefaction has rarely been observed in dam failures and is more commonly associated with earthquakes, according to the forensic team. It occurs when the mobilized shear strength in saturated, loose sand decreases rapidly to values significantly less than the applied static shear stresses, resulting in a force imbalance. The sand quickly liquefied, became mud and then accelerated the velocity of the already fast-moving water with its mass.

There is more at the link above. The complete interium report can be found at the following link: INVESTIGATION OF FAILURES OF EDENVILLE AND SANFORD DAMS. It is a 42 page PDF, so you may not want to download it to your phone. It does contain a number of photos of the dam at various points leading up to the failure, and as the failure unfolded.