January 21, 2021

4 Rideshare Drivers Carjacked on Wednesday in Chicago

Color me shocked. 4 more rideshare drivers carjacked yesterday as Uber and Lyft remain silent | CWB Chicago

Four more rideshare drivers were carjacked Wednesday after picking up passengers and delivering them to destinations across Chicago, police said. Now, CPD is again warning about hijackers who are luring Uber and Lyft drivers into armed robberies via the companies’ apps.

Why not? As I mentioned earlier, this is what happens when there are no consequences for bad behavior. Namely, you get more bad behavior.

As for Uber and Lyft, they would rather see a dead driver than a stopped criminal act. No thanks to those 2 companies that we haven't seen too much of that yet.

Neither Lyft nor Uber has responded to multiple inquiries from CWBChicago seeking comments about the crime pattern and what their drivers can do to keep themselves safe.

Hey, but at least Illinois got rid of cash bail! That should fix things.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

In the People's Republic of California, he probably thought good guys were disarmed. Hesperia homeowner fends off intruder in gun battle caught on camera - ABC7 Los Angeles

He tried to break in the front door by kicking it. He was armed, so the homeowner retrieved a weapon of his own.

He came back to the front door and could see the man pointing his gun. At that point, they both started shooting at each other through the door.

The two exchanged gunfire through the door for less than a minute before the man ran away on foot, firing a shot at another home in the neighborhood as he fled.

Turns out he lives nearby. Cops found him and arrested him on various charges including attempted murder.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Carjacking Is Off to a Great Start in Chicago

Or, what happens when there are no consequences for crime? You get more crime. Up! Up! And Away! Carjacking reports are soaring even higher in 2021, CPD data shows | CWB Chicago

CPD logged an average of six carjackings per day during the first ten days of 2021, according to the department’s stats. A source said there were 110 cases by midday on January 15.

With 61 vehicular hijacking reports logged through the first 10 days of the year, 2021’s carjacking pace is slightly less than three times the levels seen during the same time periods in 2020 and 2019.

It was once a great city.

Stay Woke out there!

Is there a pool on how long it will take before a "mental health call" turns violent? Portland mayor calls for faster roll-out of policing alternative - OPB

The four-person team will begin in the Lents neighborhood and respond to 911 calls related to people experiencing homelessness or a mental health crisis.

No, that would be crass. Cynical, even. (My guess is 6 months, but then I'm cyncial as hell.)

January 20, 2021

I'm Not Sure Why Anyone Watches Fox At This Point

The Left has always hated Fox. And they abandoned the Right sometime ago. Maybe there is inerita in peoples' choice of news outlets. FNC Fires Scapegoat Chris Stirewalt — and Their VP for News ‘Retires’

Not to take pleasure in the misfortune of others, but Emerald Robinson just called Stirewalt “the Liz Cheney of Chuck Todds” and that there’s funny, I don’t care who you are.

There is more. Click thru.

Wednesday Link Roundup

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

Bustednuckles: Ya Think?
Woodsterman: Happy Funday Everbody ~ Coffee Edition
Victory Girls: National Guard At The Capitol – What Could Go Wrong?

Pirate's Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. Jihad Watch wonders why Twitter won’t ban Iran’s leader
  2. Legal Insurrection discusses loony Harvard students wanting Republicans stripped of their diplomas

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 01.19.21 (Early Morning Edition)

American Conservative: You Can’t “Just Build Your Own Twitter”
American Greatness: Former Head Of Facebook Security Demands Deplatforming Of OAN & Newsmax

Daley Gator - Your CCW News Update For Monday (01/18/21)

Intel Report Shows China Interfered In 2020 Election, CIA Covered It Up – Neon Nettle
China interfered in the 2020 presidential election and high-level CIA officials covered it up because they “disagreed with policies of President Donald Trump”

Political Hat - News of the Week (January 17th, 2021)

BLM activist charged for participation in storming of Capitol
A self-styled Black Lives Matter activist who filmed himself encouraging the storming of the Capitol last week and was nearby when a police officer shot and killed a woman

Battleswarm Blog - Austin Update For January 17, 2021

Speaking of the homeless, Austin’s homeless situation continues to get even more out-of-hand. “It’s not uncommon to walk out the door and find a pile of human feces on the patio behind us.”

A View from the Beach - Some Last Minute Russiagate

FBI Agent Quit Crossfire Hurricane Team After His Effort To Validate Christopher Steele Was Shut Down. Sundance, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Joseph Pientka Testified The Review of Chris Steele was “Turned Off” By FBI Director of Counter Intel Bill Priestap

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 01.19.21 (Evening Edition)

Shark Tank: Rep Gaetz – “Leftists Want To Control ALL Media”
Shot In The Dark: Planet of The Humans, Part 4 – Red On Red
STUMP: Other Pension News

EBL - Norma 🎭

Feral Irishman: The Man, Hey, Watch it before they take it down, Meanwhile in Nazi Germany Canada

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 1/18/2021

Are You Getting it Yet? They Don’t Want You to be Free!
People who understand what is going on know the value of liberty. And yet, the government’s message is loud and clear: they do not want you to be free.

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: How I Switched From Never-Trump To Never-Biden

The Beginning of the End of Liz Cheney's Political Career in Wyoming: RS
A New Fairness Doctrine? What Could Possibly Go Wrong?: RS

Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 1/19/21 [J.J. Sefton]

"The news comes days after co-founder John Weaver admitted sending sexually inappropriate messages to young men."
Anti-Trump "Lincoln Project" Funneled Over $10 Million to Its Own Founders' Companies

Maggie's Farm - Tuesday morning links

The left now just wants to silence conservatives — all of them
CNN Pushes to Close Down Newsmax TV

I leave you with Sunday Funnies, 01-17-21 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Sunday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, Monday Made Me Laugh from By Other Means, and Happy Funday Everbody ~ Cocktail Edition from Woodsterman.

Kidnapping Foiled by Armed Citizen

No one was injured. Turlock trio facing charges for botched kidnapping

Two of the men, David Wasylina, 59, and Zackary Wasylina, 34, are the victim's father and brother, respectively and the third suspect, Partner Hooten, 46, is the woman's ex-boyfriend.

The kidnapping was thwarted by an individual who shot at the three men, causing them to abandon their plans and flee. They were apprehended a short time later by the Sausalito Police Department.

And I thought holiday dinners were awkward in my family.

The Left loves to go on about how if you own a gun, you are more likely to shoot someone you know, but that is mostly because people you know are more likely to be a threat. The woman didn't have a gun, but she knew all 3 of her would-be kidnappers.

Self-defense is a human-right. And thank God for Good Samaritans.

Are We Shocked That State-run Schools Are Indoctrinating?

I'm not. What to Do When Your Child's Teacher Preaches Politics | Independent Women's Forum

Yet, sadly, and increasingly, some teachers view this as their, not the parents’, role. Instead of introducing topics and presenting various positions, many educators skip straight to telling students the “correct” position to take on an issue.

IWF has 4 guides published, with more to follow. The published guides are:

  • How to Talk to Kids About Patriotism
  • How to Talk to Kids About the Centennial of Women’s Suffrage
  • How to Talk to Kids About Christopher Columbus and the Discovery of America
  • How to Talk to Kids About Electing the President and the Electoral College

Click thru for more.

Big Yellow Taxi

For something a little different, how about a song by Joni Mitchell. A Canadian singer-songwriter, she drew from folk, rock, and jazz to create some interesting music. She retired from the music industry in 2010.

Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone?

This is "Big Yellow Taxi" by Joni Mitchell. It was released as a single from the 1970 album Ladies of the Canyon.

January 19, 2021

US Finally Calls China on Genocide of Uyghur Muslims

Not that Sleepy Joe will actually do anything about it. US accuses China of 'genocide' of Uyghurs and minority groups in Xinjiang

The US has officially determined that China is committing genocide and crimes against humanity against Uyghur Muslims and ethnic and religious minority groups who live in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.

It's a little late in the day, considering that this has been going on for a long time. I first wrote about the situation in November of 2019. But the Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) were more focused on impeachment at the time. "Orange Man Bad" was clearly more important than minorities being herded into concentration camps.

So What Did Draconian Lockdowns Do for California?

Freedom Through Empowerment tells us in They Won’t Stop Until We tell Them To

Things got really bad in California, AFTER they instituted their most stupid lockdown criteria.

So they shut everything, and destroyed their economy. Did it help? It doesn't seem to have made a difference. California has some of the worst statistics in the country.

“They’re isn’t much that can be done to stop the spread of a highly communicable, airborne, respiratory virus.”

Oh you may slow things down a little, maybe, but in the end the virus is gonna do what viruses do, which is infect as many people as possible until herd immunity kicks in, either naturally or in combination with a vaccine.

Really the only question is do you want to get there with a functioning economy or not. Well, and they are destroying the fabric of society along with the economy.

Hat tip to The zombie apocalypse survival homestead

Twitter Isn't Done Censoring People

They are only getting started. Project Veritas: Twitter's censorship is going global

Project Veritas released a new video demonstrating Twitter’s penchant for embracing censorship. And this time, they’re not just talking about the President. They’re talking about his supporters, anyone who is contrary to the accepted narratives, and even other world leaders.

I haven't deleted my account, but I won't be adding anything new to the mix.

The Media Really Hate the Idea of Self-defense

Self-reliance? Individual action? Individual responsibility? We can't have that! Self-Defense Claim A Potential In Concord Fatal Shooting: AG.

The lawyers don't like it much either.

A homeless guy was trespassed at a building on Friday. On Saturday he was back, and banging on an apartment door. He ended up with a gunshot wound to the chest, courtesy of the resident of that apartment.

According to police, dispatch, witnesses, and scanner chatter, a caller from the complex called police accusing Wigglesworth of banging on the door of an apartment and then, hearing gunshots. Police and firefighters responded to the building and found Wigglesworth suffering from a gunshot wound on the fourth floor of the complex, according to Kate Giaquinto, the director of communications for the attorney general's office.

The resident of that apartment is cooperating with police, but that is not enough for the DA's office or the media to jump to the conclusion that this was justifiable self-defense. How would you respond to a homeless guy trying to break into your home?

Self-defense is a human-right, but this took place in New Hampshire, which is closer (on several levels) to New Jersey than it is to Texas.

Mr. Luty's Gun Lives on

While all the buzz lately is for 3D-printed weapons, we should not forget one of the earliest "improvised" firearms to make a splash, the sub-machine gun designed by PA Luty, of Great Britain. Man charged over homemade submachine guns.

If you're not familiar with this homebuilt firearm, there are a couple of photos at that link, as well as a copy of Expedient Homemade Firearms: 9mm Machine Pistol.

The story was from December, but then we were all a bit distracted in December.

The hat tip goes to Impro Guns: PA Luty submachine guns seized in NSW Australia.

Impro Guns also provided this link to a 2013 video of more Luty Machine Pistols that Australian police confiscated and fired. They are quite well designed, and the one in the video appears to be well made.

Forgotten Weapons has a nice video (9 minutes) on the subject. Weapons as Political Protest: P.A. Luty's Submachine Gun

Florida Woman Gives Florida Man a Run for the Money

This is insane. Florida woman has abandoned three babies at apartment complexes since 2016, police say

Investigators have identified the biological mother of three newborns who’ve been found at apartment complexes in the Orlando area since 2016, police said.

Previous DNA testing had confirmed that the babies were siblings, and investigators connected with their mother through additional testing late last year

The truly insane thing is that Florida has a safe-haven law, and mothers can give up their children at various places where they will be cared for, like hospitals.

Hat tip to The Other McCain, and Modern Motherhood, Florida-Style.

January 18, 2021

No Vaccines on MLK Day

What? It's a HOLIDAY! Covid Vaccine Takes A Day Off - Victory Girls Blog

Covid vaccines are an absolute must, unless it’s a federal holiday. Then, major vaccine sites are closed.

What BS.

Do state and federal officials want to know why people aren’t happy with how anything to do with this virus has been handled? This is why!

Because what is more important? A day off in the cold of January, or fighting a virus? I guess the answer depends on how elections are going.

Chicago Starts the Year As You Would Expect

HeyJackass! has the Chicago crime stats for a Mostly Peaceful Weekend.

After wracking up a 200% increase last weekend over the previous year, this weekend pulled back. It is still horribly bad news.

Mostly Peaceful Tally: 7 killed, 21 wounded
2020 weekend tally: 4 killed, 13 wounded
2019 weekend tally: 4 killed, 14 wounded

So ONLY a 65% increase over last year.

Or, what do you expect will happen, if you eliminate the rule of law?

No More Hollywood Endings

Battle Beast is a Heavy Metal band out of Finland, that I was introduced to by a comment in 2020. (Shout out to Nick!) I quite like their work. Their music would have been at home on a hard-rock radio station of the 1970s. Except for the female lead singer; radio stations in the 1970s had trouble with women in rock, especially hard rock. And also in the 80s. And in the 90s.

This is "No More Hollywood Endings" by Battle Beast. It is the title song from their 2019 album.

Fighting Fascism By Banning Books?

Because ideas are dangerous. Portland book store harassed by Antifa for selling Andy Ngo's book

Reporter Andy Ngo has a book out next month titled “Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy.” KOIN 6 reports that over the weekend the usual suspects began agitating online when they learned that local independent bookseller Powell’s Books would be selling the book.

And the Leftists in Portland are going to blow a gasket because how dare you read things that are not approved by the party. This is even though the book won't be on the shelves, but available for order online.

Hat tip to Wirecutter who gets credit for the title to this post.

23 COVID-Vaccine Deaths in Norway

That's not good. 23 die in Norway after receiving Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

Twenty-three people died in Norway within days of receiving their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, with 13 of those deaths — all nursing home patients — apparently related to the side effects of the shots, health officials said.

All the deaths were of people over 80.

Norway is revising the criteria for administering the vaccine.