03 March 2024

Rideshare Driver Claims Self-Defense in Shooting

This article doesn't mention Uber, though they do display an unrelated photo of an Uber logo, other stories do mention Uber. More on that later. Nashville rideshare driver claims self-defense, kills passenger in alleged kidnapping

Metro Police report that 44-year-old Davin Campbell called 911 twice Monday night, first saying that he had been kidnapped by someone in his vehicle and secondly that he had shot a man who robbed and kidnapped him.

When he called 911 the second time to report the shooting, he said where he was, and waited for police. Still, the investigation is ongoing, and the DA will make the determination about any charges.

As for Uber, this driver will lose his income stream from that service because the rideshare company demands that drivers are defenseless victims. Well, that was their policy a few years ago, I haven't tracked it because they also demand that customers be disarmed.

Things You Will Never See on CNN

From The Other McCain - Let’s Talk About Things That Never Happen, According to Mainstream Media

Say hello to April Bradford, whose name you will never hear mentioned on CNN. Miss Bradford, formerly a teacher in Floyd County, Kentucky, is an excellent reminder of why this blog exists

The Other McCain was started specifically to call out Media Bias.

Do you suffer from irrational fear — which is what “phobia” means — or are you consumed by hate? Are your politics a function of mere prejudice? Dear reader, are you a RAAAAACIST? No matter how often Democrats make such accusations against their critics and opponents, we ought to resist the temptation to plead guilty, to apologize and grovel and offer explanations or excuses. You don’t even have to give those bastards a denial. Remember: You have the right to remain silent.

But back to the case at hand. Why will you never hear the name April Bradford on CNN, or in the mainstream media in general?

April Bradford is a lesbian child molester

Click thru for the details, the guilty plea, more snark and a reminder to hit the freakin' tip jar. (His not mine.)

Jussie Smollett could not be reached for comment.

Bob Heil - 5 October 1940 to 28 February 2024

Photo provided to WikiMedia by Bob Heil

From Every Blade of Grass we get the news. Bob Heil, K9EID, SK

Bob was responsible for bringing high-quality microphones to Amateur Radio, along with many audio accessories. He was a world-class organist on the huge pipe organs that were popular during the silent film era. He was also the audio engineer for Dolly Parton, developed the Wall-of-Sound that the Grateful Dead used for their tours, and invented the "Talk Box" that Peter Frampton put to such good use.

His company produces microphones for Ham radio, and also for broadcast radio. They are a bit expensive, but very good, and worth the price.

He also ran a long-running podcast on TWIT TV (The Week in Tech) called Ham Nation, that eventually moved off TWIT TV to YouTube. That show helped get a lot of people into Ham radio.

02 March 2024

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 2 March

Animal Magnetism starts us off with Animal’s Hump Day News

The very best Get Out of Jail Free card – a “D” after your name.
No. They won’t.

The Right Way - Top of the News

AMERICA’S CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND - ACCORDING TO HOYT - Born Free
Cartoon Round Up - Theo Spark

Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 03.01.24 (Morning Edition)

CDR Salamander: TACAIR’s Anti-Surface Pocket Rockets,
Dana Loesch: Mo. AG Files Child Trafficking Suit Against Planned Parenthood

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 29 February 2024: What Could Possibly Go Worng Edition

"Gemini accurately represented our views here at Google", said [Google CEO Sundar] Pichai, "and users don't like that. This is completely unacceptable, and we are working around the clock to replace our users with better ones."

EBL - Dune: Part Two (Review)

D:2 was good. It was a late show, but I was falling asleep at times. It was mostly faithful to the novel and did not have the campiness of the David Lynch film (he apparently still hates it although I have always liked it). It does complete Dune: Part One and leaves itself open to a sequel.

Flopping Aces - The Week in Radical Leftism, 03/01/2024

2/25 – CLARENCE THOMAS, RACIST?
2/26 – Planned Parenthood’s Sex Miseducation
2/27 – Dr. Naomi Wolf: “Letter from CPAC”

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 2/29/2024

Jewish students implored lawmakers in a Thursday hearing on Capitol Hill to hold more universities accountable for enabling an alarming uptick in antisemitism — with one participant revealing he contacted administrators of 40 separate instances but heard nothing back.

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 03.01.24

Don Surber: Common sense thought control
First Street Journal: The Philadelphia teachers and crappy work attitudes, You in a heap o’ trouble, boy! and Why don’t we take sex crimes against children seriously?

Small Dead Animals - Wednesday On Turtle Island

Dementia Joe’s America: Victor Davis Hanson on the global elites. A vow of silence. The airman who set himself on fire. What New York City is like now.
The Planet Is Boiling News: Green billionaires and Hollywood.

Battleswarm Blog - Texas Election Roundup For February 28, 2024

President Trump just endorsed a bunch more Texas candidates.
Money, Virdell, Hickland, and Bradley have also been endorsed by Gun Owners of America.

Cafe Hayek - Some Links

GMU Econ alum Nikolai Wenzel writes about Chile.
Richard Reinsch argues that we Americans are indeed trudging down the road to serfdom.

Maggie's Farm - Wednesday morning links

Loop of Doom: San Francisco is Losing Another Flagship Retailer
Most people don’t realize how bad the situation is in medical schools, worse than in general higher ed

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report — 2/29/24

"Meet the Palestinians who denounce Hamas - and will never be quoted in the western media."
Bassam Tawil: The Palestinian Voices the Media Won’t Let You Hear

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: ‘Blood Money’: Bidens Bagged $5M from Associate of Fentanyl Kingpin

• House Republicans Subpoena DOJ For Biden-Hur Transcript - DC
• Former Employees Reveal Fani Willis’s DEI Training: ‘White’ is ‘Bad’, Judges Ranked on Skin Color - Breitbart

I leave you with Thursday's gifs from Wirecutter, Quick Hits Of Wisdom, Knowledge And Snark #1641, Cartoon Round Up.... from Theo Spark, and Thursday Memes … from MaddMedic.

Don't Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

He went to confront a guy slashing tires in an industrial park. Said guy, obviously, had a knife. Man claims self-defense in North Austin fatal shooting, police say

The caller said Hernandez was slashing his tires with a knife and that, when confronted, Hernandez threatened the caller with the same knife. The caller subsequently fired one gunshot and killed Hernandez, the news release said.

No one has been arrested because the guy with the knife is dead, and this all happened in Texas, and not on the Island of Manhattan.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Woke California Softball Team Gets Booed for Anthem Response

That stuff doesn't go over well in less liberal parts of the country. California Softball Team Kneels for National Anthem in Louisiana, Gets Brutal Response from Patriotic Crowd: 'Liberal Wokeness!' - Slay News

Players for the University of California, Berkley softball team got a rude awakening when they took a knee for the national anthem during a game in Louisiana.

The leftist protest provoked an immediate and brutal response from fans of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s women’s softball team.

Read the whole thing.

Versions of the Truth

There seems to be a resurgence of Progressive Rock taking place. I am enjoying it. Here is a song by a band that I've featured a few times. The Pineapple Thief is a band out of England that I really like.

This is "Versions of the Truth" by The Pineapple Thief. It is the title song from their 2020 album.

01 March 2024

Friday Links - 1 March

Lawrence Person's BattleSwarm Blog starts things off with Ukraine’s Super Tiny, Super Expensive Black Hornet Drone

The Black Hornet drone that western nations have supplied Ukraine with has some very interesting tech and capabilities, and is all but invisible to visual and electronic detection. But there’s a catch.

OldAFSarg from - Chant du Départ A Rerun From Ten Years Ago. (The AF in OldAFSarge stands for Air Force, not As F-.)

On the Security Augmentation Force (SAF), most of us carried the German G3. In the picture above, it's the one in the foreground, with the wooden stock. This rifle weighs in the neighborhood of 10 pounds. However, the longer you have to carry one, the heavier it gets. By the end of the standard SAF 12-hour shift, your rifle weighs (and this is an approximation) roughly 350 metric tonnes. Or thereabouts.

Daily Wire - Judge Says Feds Can’t ‘Selectively’ Prosecute Right-Wing Rioters While Ignoring Antifa

A judge in California threw out charges against two far-right political agitators, saying the federal government engaged in “selective prosecution” by charging right-wing rioters but not the far-left agitators they fought against, and who did the exact same thing.

Red State with a story of Cops Behaving Badly - Tennessee Sheriff's Office Faces Scrutiny for Stealing Livestock Without a Warrant

In Marshall County, Tennessee, a law enforcement agency is under scrutiny for seizing animals without warrants. Current and former officials in the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office reportedly admitted to the practice during a court proceeding.

The story reveals how those purporting to fight for the rights of animals use their positions to steal people’s property under the guise of stopping animal cruelty.

EBL - Richard Lewis, RIP

Richard Lewis on Parkinson's and the end of Curb Your Enthusiasm
Richard Lewis dead at 76. RIP.
Deadline, THR, Variety

Mike Rowe - Getting Our Work Ethic Curriculum into High Schools & WES Launches

It takes a while to get a good thing going, but I’m excited to say we’re finally getting our work ethic curriculum into high schools. Western High in Las Vegas has adopted our program, and I stopped by yesterday to kick things off and answer a few questions from the press. Better still, mikeroweWORKS has partnered with the Englestad Foundation, to award between 50 and 100 full ride, work ethic scholarships to Western High graduates – at least $4.5 million in total.

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 28 February 2024: Squirrel Voldemort Edition

AIs serve up garbage answers to every single question regarding voting and elections except for the one that confirms our personal biases. (Tech Crunch)
This appears to have generally been the case across the board. The only question they all got right pertained to the 2020 election being "stolen,” a question that universally produced accurate answers (and as such suggests special tuning on related queries).
"They're feeding you propaganda. Here's why that's a good thing."

Adaptive Curmudgeon - Curmudgeon’s Non-Vacation: Part 7: Social Capital

Which brings me to my second point. I want people to be happy and fulfilled but I’m prickly. Even my best warmest thoughts come out like less like I’m a huggable Curmudgeon and more like I’m a serial killer who needs to switch to decaf. I’m not complaining. It has its benefits. Even vegans leave me alone.

The 3rd Story Today of Homeowners Confronting Car Burglars

At least in this case can be classified as "Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0." Homeowner shoots car burglary suspect in Northeast Side neighborhood, police say

The previous two posts deal with homeowners confronting people burglarizing cars. I don't think that is an especially good idea, but you are free to disagree. This story is the more of the same.

San Antonio police said a man realized someone was breaking into his car outside his home and confronted him. At some point, the car owner fired at least 10 shots, hitting the suspected burglar.

And a reminder that we all need to spend more time at the range.

The would-be, car burglar showed up at a local hospital with gunshot wounds in both legs. No word on his condition or charges that may be forthcoming.

In three stories that I found of homeowners confronting criminals, two of the homeowners were injured. Does that reflect the statistics overall? I don't know, and for once I don't care. I don't own anything that is worth getting shot by violent criminals over. And stuff that I do care about isn't left in my car overnight. I have some roadside-emergency stuff, a couple of quarts of oil, an empty cooler (it is a long way to the grocery store), and some junk mail. If it all disappeared, I would complain to friends for about 10 minutes, and get on with my life.

I will fight to defend my safety and the safety of those I care about, but I really am not interested in being shot of stuff.

Note: Also see the posts Do You Own Anything That Is Worth Your Life? and Do You Own Anything That Is Worth Your Life? Part 2

Do You Own Anything That Is Worth Your Life? Part 2

In the previous post there was a citizen who had a gun fired in his direction. He was injured by broken glass, but not by fast-moving lead. This guy was not so lucky. Homeowner shot, vehicles burglarized in far West Side neighborhood, deputies say

When the suspects attempted to burglarize a vehicle on Creager Canyon, Salazar said an unarmed homeowner came outside to confront them. The homeowner ended up being shot when the suspects fled the scene inside the stolen white Lexus.

There were 2 problems. One is, the Lexus they stole was unlocked and the keys were inside. That is perhaps the stupidest thing I've read in a decade. (Will insurance cover terminal idiocy?) The second problem is, as follows. If you own anything worth your life, it should not be left in your car overnight. I doubt seriously that you own any material good that is worth your life, but difference of opinion makes a horse race.

The homeowner was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, where he is expected to recover.

So he was shot, but not in the head or the heart. Could have easily been different. May still be a life-altering injury.

These are not kids from 40 years ago who are TPing the trees in the neighborhood. There a violent criminals running around. Going out to "confront them" is probably not the best idea.

Now this happened in Texas, but they don't say whether or not the homeowner was armed. It doesn't matter. Carrying a gun is not like carrying a magic wand. It will not guarantee that you won't be injured or killed. And unless you are going to open fire from cover... Just call 911, and your insurance company.

Note: Also see the posts Do You Own Anything That Is Worth Your Life? and The 3rd Story Today of Homeowners Confronting Car Burglars

Do You Own Anything That Is Worth Your Life?

If you do, it should probably be stored in a bank vault, and not on your property. Homeowner pursues suspects on his property, gets car shot at in Columbia

Also, it isn't your job to pursue criminals. And yes, I understand the desire for justice, but I also understand that this guy could have been killed. After the homeowner discovered the people "on his property," he pursued them.

The suspects left the scene in a vehicle and the homeowner followed them for several blocks, CPD officials say.

During the chase, a suspect shot at the homeowner's vehicle striking the windshield in the 2800 block of Leesburg Road.

He was injured by pieces of the broken windshield, but he could have been killed.

I believe in defending my life and my safety, but I am very conflicted about stories like this because people put themselves in positions where they can be seriously injured - if he had been shot, he would likely have been shot in the head - or killed.

Note: Also see the posts Do You Own Anything That Is Worth Your Life? Part 2 and The 3rd Story Today of Homeowners Confronting Car Burglars

29 February 2024

Road Rage Leads to Self-Defense Shooting in Michigan

Mother, daughter hospitalized following parking lot shooting

According to police Lt. Mario Bastianelli [of the Sterling Heights police], some sort of dispute erupted between the drivers of two cars as they traveled east on Hall Road. One of the drivers pulled off the road and into the parking lot to escape from the other.

“There was a confrontation in the parking lot,” he said. “The driver of a Durango is a CPL holder, and pulled out her gun and shot the other two women.”

Sterling Heights is a northern suburb of Detroit, with its lower boundary being 14 Mile Road. (You've probably heard something about 8 Mile Road.)

The two women, a mother and her daughter, who decided it was a good idea to follow the Concealed Carry Weapon license holder off the street and into a parking lot, when she was trying to get away from them, have both been hospitalized. The daughter is in critical condition.

Investigators said the woman who fired the gunshots was cooperating with police. She has been released from custody pending further investigation.

Self-defense is a Human Right, and even in Michigan it may be your legal right.

Why Do You Trust Cloud Companies With Your Privacy and Security?

Louis Rossman is the owner of a PC/Phone repair service, and he runs a video channel - not limited to YouTube. I found him because he is an advocate of Right to Repair stuff you own. Today's video is about the oxymoron of Cloud Security.

Recently Wyze cameras had a "security incident" in which it let people see into cameras that they did not own. Literally seeing into other's home

Uploading your data to the cloud does not make it secure. As the people who have Wyze cameras have recently discovered, it may make you less secure. They were trusting that a bunch of people - interns? - at Amazon's Cloud service (AWS) and Wyze to get security right while they were rushing to recover from an outage.

I assume they were rushing because management never likes outages. Uptime is a metric, and if you don't know anything about tech you can measure uptime. And even if they were feeling time pressure, they still screwed up by the numbers.

This is Louis Rossman's video Wyze cameras let other people view her home: why cloud security is an oxymoron.

Why would anyone want to live in NYC today?

First, we have a random attack with a baseball bat on the streets of NYC Stranger bashes woman with baseball bat in apparently random NYC attack: cops

A stranger bashed a 25-year-old woman in the head with a baseball bat in an apparently unprovoked attack in Chelsea this month, cops said as they released the first images of the brute.

The victim was walking on Seventh Avenue near West 23rd Street around 10 p.m. Feb. 8 when the menace suddenly struck her with the weapon, authorities said.

They don't mention race, though they do show a photo - from security camera footage, so not the best - of the attacker.

The second story is of an assault on a New York City bus. Mom groped, slashed by unhinged creep on NYC bus unloads on Biden, Eric Adams for losing ‘control’ of city

A Bronx mother of two who was groped, then slashed by an unhinged man on a rush-hour MTA bus called out President Biden and Mayor Eric Adams — saying it’s on them to regain “control” of the city.

Stephanie Aquino, 33, told The Post that her harrowing ordeal had her praying that she’d see her 3-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter again.

Click thru for the details. This being NYC, where people are prosecuted for going to other peoples' aid, no one helped her beyond yelling warnings.

Just people randomly attacking other people with baseball bats and assaulting them on the bus. New York may have been an interesting place to live decades ago, or even years ago, but today it is just a lawless cesspit where the felons and the crazy people run free, and they are only interested in prosecuting people who defend themselves or other law-abiding citizens.

As these stories often do, these have reminded me of the poem "The Second Coming," by William Butler Yeats. The entire text of the poem, it isn't long, can be found at the link. The part I always think of is...

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

28 February 2024

Create a Gun Free Zone and Assume Responsibility for Injuries Due to Crime

Most companies declare gun-free zones in an effort to limit liability. I wonder what impact this will have. Georgia Bill Makes Property Owners Liable for Injuries in Gun-Free Zones

Georgia House Bill 1364 makes property owners liable if a legal concealed carrier is harmed while barred from being armed for self-defense on the owner’s property.

HB 1364 says, “Any lawful weapons carrier who is prohibited from carrying… and who is injured… shall have a cause of action against the person, business or other entity that owns or legally controls such property,” according to 11 Alive.

So in Georgia you have the right to declare your property a legal-self-defense-free zone. Putting up a sign will not stop the bad guys from carrying weapons; it will only stop the law abiding citizens. Fine. But then you accept responsibility for the safety of the people you have disarmed. Seems right to me. (Hat tip to Keep and Bear Arms.)

Wednesday Link Roundup - 28 February

Pirate's Cove is first with Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. LMAO features the latest Biden pronouncement
  2. Legal Insurrection covers Haley losing SC badly

Political Hat - News of the Week (February 18th, 2024)

Climate Activists Are Evil
We are far beyond the point where climate activists could be regarded as misguided but well-meaning. They are evil, pure and simple.

EBL - Billy Walker: Samuel Colt

25 February 1836: Samuel Colt patents the revolver
EBL: Saturday Night Girls with Guns

Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 02.26.24

Cafe Hayek: Phil Gramm and Me on the High Cost of the Trump-Biden Tariffs, also, On U.S. Global “Competitiveness”
CDR Salamander: The Military-Industrial Complex Wears A White Hat

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 25 February 2024: Replimication Edition

The replication crisis is an ongoing problem in science, and particularly in medicine and psychology, where peer-reviewed papers that supposedly have a 95% probability of demonstrating a real effect cannot be replicated between 50% and 90% of the time.

Don Surber - Highlights of the week

ITEM 4: Zero Hedge reported, “On Thursday night, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented Israel's security cabinet with a much anticipated document outlining plans for the day after Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 2/26/2024

Macron Holds Meeting in Paris to Rally European Support for Ukraine
The French president said Ukraine’s allies needed to ‘jump-start’ their support for Kyiv as the war enters its third year.

Wombat-socho again - In The Mailbox: 02.27.24

Don Surber: Birdbrains in the press
First Street Journal: He can’t handle the truth! also, The Philadelphia Inquirer tells us about yet another government economic program that just didn’t work

Small Dead Animals - Sunday On Turtle Island

The Planet Is Burning News: The climate alarmist attack dog.
Dementia Joe’s America: President Jill Biden. Will the left wing media dump Biden?

Bacon Time - Sunday Linkage

Whores & Ale - Two For Tuesday…..
Non-Original Rants - Saturday Meme Drop……
The Air Vent - The Will of the People

Cafe Hayek - Some Links

GMU Econ alum Paul Mueller writes about “the carbon offset dilemma.”
Art Carden asks if we should care if legacy media dies.

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

Kite & Key Media: Past Drug Crises Were Overhyped, Fentanyl Isn't
Fentanyl Is Killing American Kids. Most Don’t Even Know They’re Taking It.
The Biden administration’s aggressive net-zero agenda jeopardizes our quality of life

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report — 2/26/24

"If the left's out-of-control campaign to destroy Trump succeeds, it will forever poison the political system and spell doom for conservatism."
We’ve Reached The Tipping With Trump

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: "Psychological and Cognitive Warfare on Citizens"

• California’s Impossible War on Oil and Gas - Edward Ring
• There Are No Winners In An Inflation Fight - The Pomp Letter

I leave you with Sunday Funnies For 02-25-24 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Quick Hits Of Wisdom, Knowledge And Snark #1634 from 90 Miles from Tyranny, Memes that made me laugh 198 from Bayou Renaissance Man, and Fucking Mondays..... gifdump from Wirecutter.

Did He Not Expect People to Be Armed in Arkansas?

If he did, he was mistaken. Man shot by homeowner in Saline County | The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - Arkansas' Best News Source

Saline County, Arkansas is roughly 10 miles southwest of Little Rock.

A man was accosted as he walked out of his home. He shot the person who confronted him.

After a search of the area, deputies found the injured man, John Nutt of Little Rock, along with stolen property, and took Nutt into custody, the release says. Nutt was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening, the release says.

After his release from the hospital, Nutt will face charges of residential burglary and aggravated assault

The cops do not expect to charge the homeowner, because this didn't happen on the Island of Manhattan, where self-defense is illegal. It happened in Arkansas where people don't play around. (Do a YouTube search on "Police Chase ASP" to see how the Arkansas State Police handle people who try to run from traffic stops. It isn't always pretty.)

Leftist Pepper Sprayed Pregnant Comedian

This is the tolerant Left in action. Chrissie Mayr Attacked After Comedy Show - Geeks & Gamers

I'm sure the Leftist who was 'offended' by the words uttered by Chrissie is sure they were being stunning and brave.

Unfortunately, the practice of attacking comedians over their jokes seems to be gaining traction. On February 24, 2024, Chrissie Mayr, who is known for her edgy brand of comedy, finished a performance at The Dojo of Comedy in Morris Plains, New Jersey, and while she was attending a meet and greet, someone assaulted her and some attendees with pepper spray and ran away. In an X post, which you can read below (if you’re unfamiliar with Chrissie Mayr’s humor, she uses some words that may offend you, so read with caution), she says that everyone appears to be okay, thankfully. Also, aside from this being a horrible thing to do to anyone, bear in mind that Chrissie Mayr is pregnant.

Chrissie Mayr is 7 or 8 months pregnant. And the Stunning and Brave Leftist - who didn't have the guts to be a heckler during the show - just sprayed pepper spray and ran away. So stunning, but maybe not so brave.

Hat tip to Jeremy at The Quartering.

I've Got The World On A String

Social Media is OK if you can avoid the morass. I try to stick (as much as possible) to the music and movie corners of the various social media platforms. It isn't always possible to avoid the politics, but then I usually come to my senses and sign off for a while.

Anyway, it was by way of social media that I was reminded of this song.

I always loved Sinatra, and I even saw him live in concert once, but that was when he was much older, and his voice had begun to suffer some changes. It was still an amazing show.

This is "I've Got The World On A String" by Frank Sinatra. It was originally released as a single, then included on the 1956 compilation album album This Is Sinatra!