April 14, 2021

Wednesday Link Roundup

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

The Other McCain: ‘Equality’ and the Criminal
Bustednuckles: Way To Go Jake!
Woodsterman: Happy Funday Y’all

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 04.12.21

Outkick: Clay Travis & Candace Owens On How Leftists Are Ruining Sports, also, Kyrie Irving May Be Crazy, But He’s Right About The N-Word
Power Line: Identity Politics Is Destroying America

Pirate's Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. Gen Z Conservative notes grammar and spelling as victims of Wokeness
  2. Legal Insurrection discusses Egypt’s “lost city of gold” being found
  3. Moonbattery highlights that laughing at AOC gets you a visit from the police

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 4: The Smoking Gun reported, "Thanks to the ballooning value of Bitcoin, the U.S. government could liquidate more than $4 billion in cryptocurrency confiscated from a hacker whose identity--despite an array of felonious conduct--is mysteriously being shielded by federal prosecutors.

Political Hat - News of the Week (April 11th, 2021)

High-Speed Rail Advocates Should Pay Attention to California’s Costly Disaster
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says we should be “dreaming big.” But the Golden State’s vaunted high-speed rail project is turning out to be a train to nowhere.

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 04.13.21

American Conservative: The Conservative Urbanist
American Greatness: Indefinite Incarceration For Protesters With “Wrong” Politics, also, Biden Withholds $150 Million In Ukraine Military Aid As Russian Forces Mass On The Border

A View from the Beach - Election 2020: How to Deal With Corporate Interference?

Ace, Walmart Corporate Liaison to Arkansas Asa Hutchinson: Conservatives Shouldn't Ask Republican Politicians to Change the Law. Huh? Isn't that what legislators are for, to change the law?

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 4/13/2021

UK: London Police Express ‘Regret’ For Raiding Polish Church on Good Friday
London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has expressed “regret” for shutting down a Good Friday service at a Polish church for allegedly violating coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Vlad Tepes - Geopolitics, mRNA jabs and readjusting Covid death stats to match reality a little: Links 3, April 13, 2021

3. Taiwan fires warning shots at Chinese jets overflying the nation
4. Tucker Carlson wonders about Russia, Ukraine, and Tulsi Gabbard’s fear of war
5. CDC AND FDA wants hold on J&J injections

Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 4/13/21 [J.J. Sefton]

"A panicked City Council responded instantly to the principled idea that the officer who fired the gun should receive due process." Due Process is No More in Brooklyn Center, MN

Maggie's Farm - Tuesday morning links

VP Harris is hiding because she's got nothing to say
A ‘Woke’ Minority Has Seized America
100 Top CEOs Plot To Punish States Which Pass 'Restrictive' Voting Laws

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Pelosi/Schiff Argue Congress Can Secretly Subpoena Phone Records of Citizens

Second Night of Riots in Minnesota: Reagan McCarthy
Border crisis is becoming Biden's Achilles' heel: W. James Antle III
Biden Will Return to Trump Policy of Central American Agreements to Secure Border: CTH

I leave you with Sunday Funnies, 04-11-21 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Tuesday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, More of Them Pesky Libturds ~ 1 from Woodsterman, and Tuesday Memes … from Freedom Is Just Another Word…

With Friends Like This...

If your friends are pulling knives on you, you should try to get a better group of friends. Man arrested after being shot at friend's home

This also points out, again, that people you know can be a threat. The Left always trots out the dubious statistic that if you own a gun, you are likely to shoot someone you know. That is because people you know are more likely to be a threat, than a complete stranger.

"Later in the evening an argument occurred on the back porch of the home after the visitor was asked to leave," the state police tweeted. "During the argument, the visitor pulled a knife and went towards the homeowner who was in possession of a registered pistol at the time."

Can you guess what happened next? The guy who got shot was taken to a local hospital, and then, because he had outstanding warrants, was turned over to the county sheriff.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Women Embrace Self-defense. Left Dismayed.

The Narrative™ is at risk. Local firearm trainers see increase in women in classes following a spike in crime amid the pandemic

First the statistics.

It's not just in New Orleans. Recent studies show the amount of women and minorities getting concealed carrier licenses across the U.S. has gone up by at least 30%.

How can they claim that gunowners are uniformly white and male?

"For a lot of the crimes that have been committed like robberies, women are the number one target. Because most people assume they are easier to be targeted," said Stewart, the owner of Angel Arms NOLA.

Women being targeted as helpless victims, a stigma Martha said she is hoping will change.

"Just because we are women does not mean we do not value our life. They should go to the shooting range and educate themselves on self defense. Because they should not want to be the next victim," said Robins.

Not that it will stop the gun-haters.

Leave The Door Open

So Rick Beato did another listen to the Top 10 songs on Spotify. Pop songs. Of the 10, he liked 3, and this was one of them. It has a quite complex chord progression and even changes key at the end of the song.

He said there were sections that reminded him of Earth, Wind & Fire. I wasn't sure at first, but then I never really listened to EWF, unless they were on the radio. The only song I would have recognized by them would have been "September," and that song has a horn section that is front and center. But after some research I would say this song is very similar to "Can't Hide Love." The vocal chorus, the chord progressions are similar. The lyric video of today's song does harken to its 1970s inspiration with the use of an LP record on a turntable.

That said, I'm not sure that I like this song. I don't hate it, the way I hate most Pop Music today, it just isn't my cup of tea, though I can appreciate that it is a well-constructed song, that has good performances and great production. And I think anything that can be done to encourage actual songwriting in Popular Music is a good thing. Some of the songs in that Top 10 list are childish in their structure.

This is "Leave The Door Open (Live)" by Bruno Mars, Anderson .Paak, Silk Sonic.

‡ You can find Rick Beato's video at this link. It is entertaining.

April 13, 2021

Blinken to Moscow: Or Else!

Vague threats is all this administration will muster. Blinken warns Moscow of consequences amid troop buildup near Ukraine

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday he was concerned about the number of Russian troops amassing on the Ukrainian border and warned Moscow that “there will be consequences” for aggresive [sic] behavior.

Apparently they don't have the budget for spellcheckers at CNBC. Or maybe they are showing that they agree with the "spelling and grammar are instruments of white privilege" nonsense.

The geniuses who ran the Obama State Department did nothing while Russia invaded and annexed Crimea. Now they will make vague threats as Russia amasses troops on the border with Ukraine.

And they also don't seem to have an appreciation for what happened as recently as when Obama was in office.

In recent weeks, Moscow has increased its military presence along the Ukrainian border, sparking concerns in the West of a budding military conflict between the two neighboring countries.

For those of you who were asleep when Obama was in office, Russia invaded an annexed Crimea. There is an article linked at the bottom of this post for some historical information.

NATO, in the meantime is again taking credit for something done by the US. Two US Destroyers Enter Black Sea; Russia Responds. Two guided missile destroyers, that is, though I doubt any missile will be fired on the Crimean peninsula.

NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu praised the decision to send three ships to the waterway, welcomed the deployment, saying “in response to Russia’s illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and its ongoing military build-up in the Black Sea, the Alliance has increased its defensive presence in the region and remains strongly committed to Black Sea security.”

As for the "warning" that our esteemed Secretary of State gave the Russians... Things like that always put me in mind of the following scene from Demolition Man.

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Here is a review of the invasion and annexation of Crimea by Putin in March of 2014. That position has since been consolidated. From March of last year... Crimea: Six years after illegal annexation.

Ukraine’s Maidan Revolution ended in late February 2014, when President Victor Yanukovych fled Kyiv — later to turn up in Russia — and the Rada (Ukraine’s parliament) appointed an acting president and acting prime minister to take charge. They made clear their intention to draw Ukraine closer to Europe by signing an association agreement with the European Union.

Almost immediately thereafter, armed men began occupying key facilities and checkpoints on the Crimean peninsula. Clearly professional soldiers by the way they handled themselves and their weapons, they wore Russian combat fatigues but with no identifying insignia. Ukrainians called them “little green men.” President Vladimir Putin at first flatly denied these were Russian soldiers, only to later admit that they were and award commendations to their commanders.

The West (Obama and company) urged Ukraine to do nothing. Let Russia fire the first shot.

By early March of 2014 Russia had control of the entire Crimean penninsula, and on March 18th the annexation was made official. Today, Ukraine couldn't retake Crimea. And with Obama 2.0 in the White House, my guess is that Putin will take another bite of the apple.

The Obama adminstration was confused by the events in Crimea. Someone (Biden?) was surprised by the action taking place in the 21st Century. Surely human nature had changed fundamentally in the past 50 years! Or something. They will be equally shocked and dismayed and confused by the next crisis, wherever it occurs. (Russia isn't the only one making faces at old enemies.)

Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics

This seems to be a case of Math is Hard, and the conservative blogs are happy to rejoice in nothing. Netflix lost 31% of its market share over the last year | Daily Mail Online

A year ago, the online streaming world consisted (mostly) of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and a few others. Or maybe many others. I haven't looked. YouTube TV and UATV being two I know of; I am sure there are others.

The company's US market share took a tumble from 29 per cent to 20 per cent, representing a 31 per cent drop since 2020.

"Since 2020." Not since December of 2020, but over the past year.

And if we were talking about toasters or automobiles, that drop in market share might be something to look at, because most people only have 1 toaster at a time, or buy one car in any given year.

But we are not talking about toasters. We are talking about streaming services, which for the most part each have some monopoly content.

Disney+ started in November of 2019. And they launched The Mandalorian series at the same time. And while I'm sure that some people jumped on that right away - it is Star Wars after all - I doubt it really took off on day 1.

HBO Max didn't launch until May of 2020, after the start of the COVID-19 lock-downs.

According to the Wiki, Disney+ has 100 million users, and HBO Max has 37.7 million users. Do we think that Netflix lost 137 million subsribers? No.

Now if you could say categorically that everyone who subscribed to Disney+ dropped their Netflix account that statistic on market-share would be interesting. But you can't. Similarly for HBO Max.

After the COVID-19 isolation hit, how many parents signed up for Disney+ so that their kids could have access to every Disney movie ever? Or whatever subset is available on that service? How many people decided that since they can't go out, and they have to stay in, another 20 bucks a month for a streaming service or 2 is worth it to not be stuck at home with nothing to watch? (God forbid that Americans should read a book or talk to one another!)

Netflix lost 31 per cent of its market share over the last year despite adding more than 36 million new users to the platform as the company's rivals gain steam.

36 million new subscribers to Netflix times $10 per month (more or less) is $360 million PER MONTH to the top line. And I'm supposed to believe that this means Netflix is in trouble? I would like to have 0.01 percent of that trouble.

Now maybe Netflix is in serious trouble. I don't know, because aside from the new subscribers number, we have no visibility into the reality of Netflix. And as I pointed out, the "new subscribers" number does not scream Netflix is in trouble, at least not to me.

I came to this story by way of Vox Day, and I understand completely why people are pissed off at Netflix. Just because you want them to be hurting, doesn't mean that they are hurting.

The IMF Will Loan You Money, Even If You Don't Want It

Because loan money is what the IMF does. Without regard to the outcome. We do not want loans, Kenyans tell IMF

Kenya has a lot of loans, and a lot of those loans come from the IMF.

The east African state is already struggling to pay off debts that are expected to peak next year at 73 per cent of GDP. President Kenyatta has admitted that every day $18 million is lost from state coffers to corruption. [Ref. Samizdata)

So of course the IMF is going to feed the corruption beast some more. It doesn't matter what the people want. (Just shut up and do what we tell you!)

Here is a sample of the comments on loan. Click the link at top for more.

“Stop giving the Kenyan government loans. The money is just embezzled by a few corrupt individuals hence the burden of repaying the loan is placed on the common citizens. We are currently overburdened with high taxation to repay these loans which only benefit few individuals,” wrote Kelvin Lee.

Below is a video of a TED talk from 2021 2012, by Ernesto Sirolli, on the damage done to various countries in Africa by well-meaning, but stupid westerners. The video is about 17 minutes long, but very entertaining.

But before we get to that I would like to recommend a book, also recommended in the video. Dead Aid: Why Aid Is Not Working and How There Is a Better Way for Africa by Dambisa Moyo with an introduction by Niall Ferguson.

In the past fifty years, more than $1 trillion in development-related aid has been transferred from rich countries to Africa. Has this assistance improved the lives of Africans? No. In fact, across the continent, the recipients of this aid are not better off as a result of it, but worse—much worse. (Ref. Goodreads)

Of course what the IMF does is worse than aid. Aid is a gift. The IMF saddles populations with debt, and makes things that much worse.

Enjoy the video. (If you go to full screen mode, the escape key will minimze the video player.)


The Island of St Vincent and the Volcano

A volcanic eruption isn't over in an instant. People seem confused about that. ‘Huge' Explosion Rocks Caribbean Island of St. Vincent as Volcano Keeps Erupting

I don't know why it is that people refuse to get out of the way of natural disasters. Some come at you so fast, like a tornado, or a derecho, that you can't do much but take shelter. But people have been offered the chance to evacuate from the area impacted by this volcano, and some have refused. What's the worst that could happen? See below.

La Soufriere volcano fired an enormous amount of ash and hot gas early Monday in the biggest explosive eruption yet since volcanic activity began on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent late last week, with officials worried about the lives of those who have refused to evacuate.

One of the latest explosions is said to have sent a pyroclastic flow down the volcano's south and southwest sides.

A pyroclastic flow is a dense, fast-moving flow of solidified lava pieces, volcanic ash, and hot gases. It occurs as part of certain volcanic eruptions. A pyroclastic flow is extremely hot, burning anything in its path. It may move at speeds as high as 200 m/s. [ref. National Geographic Resource Library]

A pyroclastic flow can be 1000℃ or about 1830℉. And 200 meters per second is not quite 450 miles per hour. You are not going to get out of the way of a pyroclastic flow in anything short of a jet airplane.

Richard Robertson, with the seismic research center, told local station NBC Radio that the volcano's old and new dome have been destroyed and that a new crater has been created. He said that the pyroclastic flows would have razed everything in their way.

“Anything that was there, man, animal, anything...they are gone,” he said. “And it’s a terrible thing to say it.”

As for people being confused by the fact that a volcano is still erupting a few days later...

The eastern Caribbean has 19 live volcanoes, 17 of those located on 11 islands. The remaining two are located underwater near Grenada, including one called Kick ’Em Jenny that has been active in recent years. The most active volcano of all is Soufriere Hills in Montserrat, which has erupted continuously since 1995, destroying the capital of Plymouth and killing at least 19 people in 1997. [My emphasis. Z-Deb]

There are other hazards of course. Some of the gas is acidic in nature and can cause you to loose consciousness from oxygen deprivation.

So, you can die of sufication, or you can be burned to a cinder by 1800 degree wind. You can have debris fall on you, though I haven't heard much about volcanic bombs or blocks, lava blobs or rocks larger than 2.5 inches, which can be thrown 100s of feet in the air or more, and land miles from the crater. I think I would get out of there.

April 12, 2021

Marko Hietala Retires from Nightwish and Public Life

Hietala in 2013I had missed this news... He announced this back in January. Marko Hietala leaves Nightwish | Louder

In an impassioned social media post headed “Dear people, I am leaving Nightwish and my public life”, Heitala announced that he had come to his decision in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic after becoming “disillusioned” with the music industry.

Not only had he done some great work with Nightwish, he had also done a lot of collaborations with Charlotte Wessels (formerly of Delain), and Floor Jansen (formerly of After Forever), and others I can't think of right now.

I hope he finds whatever he is looking for. He hints that he is not going to be gone forever. I certainly hope not.

The photo above is of Marko Hietala in 2013 at Tuska Open Air, via WikiMedia Commons. (Click for more info.) His hair is more grey/white today, making him look a bit like Gandalf.

And Marco versus Marko. His name is officially Marko. It has been listed in the music press and on albums as Marco since before he joined Nightwish 20 years ago. I'm not sure why he is now trying to correct that, but I can go along with that...

Here is one of those duets. Charlotte Wessels and Delain, with Marko Hietala performing "The Gathering". It was originally on the 2006 album Lucidity, though this is a live recording from the 2017 Masters of Rock festival in the Czech Republic.

The performance is not perfect. At some points in the song you can tell that Charlotte Wessels is tired, and can't quite reach the full extent of her range. But that is the point of live performances; you get the chance of greatness, but that means abandoning the search for perfection. If you want the studio version, it is at this link.

The Masters of Rock is a big festival. 2017's lineup included Delain, Anneke van Giersbergen and VUUR, Sabaton, Dee Snider (of Twisted Sister), Lacuna Coil, and bunch more. The 2021 lineup includes Delain, Uriah Heep, Tarja, Battle Beast, Amaranthe, Dream Theatre, Within Temptation and more. Almost makes me want to brave large crowds, but no. (I have been avoiding large crowds for much longer than COVID has been a thing.)

Self-defense Is Legal in Ohio

But then I thought it was. Fatal shooting in Hamilton found to be 'an act of self-defense'

After reviewing the evidence presented in the case, the grand jury found that "the shooting was an act of self-defense under Ohio law," according to court documents filed in Butler County Common Pleas Court.

The incident in question happened on March 29th, so it didn't take too long to make that determination. Two weeks is moving at warp speed for the Criminal Justice System.

In a recent case in New Hampshire it took almost a year for the prosecutor to declare a shooting was self-defense, though that was an extreme case.

Self-defense is a human-right. (Hat tip to Keep and Bear Arms.)

Northern Ireland Is Again in Flames

It doesn't seem to be as bad as it was before the Good Friday Agreement, but it seems to be headed in that direction. Rioters In Northern Ireland Ignore Latest Pleas For Calm

It isn't just Portland that is burning.

The worst unrest of recent years in the UK-ruled province has mainly stemmed from its unionist community, angry over apparent economic dislocation due to Brexit and existing tensions with pro-Irish nationalist communities.

After Brexit, the UK instituted border controls at sea ports, which do a lot of trading with the rest of the UK, but not at the land border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland or Tuaisceart Éireann, which is officially a devolved constituent part of the United Kingdom.

A special "protocol" was agreed that shifted controls away from the Irish land border to ports trading with the UK mainland. It took effect on January 1, prompting many unionists to accuse London of betrayal by diluting Northern Ireland's status in the UK.

There was also recent outrage among unionists after the authorities decided not to prosecute nationalist Sinn Fein leaders for attending a large funeral last year of a former paramilitary leader, in apparent breach of Covid restrictions.

Here's a link to a song about the 1993 Warrington bombings, "Zombie" by The Bad Wolves; it was originally by The Cranberries.

Apple and Google Are Spying on Everyone

And even though we knew that, it is MUCH worse than anyone guessed. Because they can, and because they never thought anyone would know. Apple, Google Both Track Mobile Telemetry Data, Despite Users Opting Out | Threatpost

This is from a little more than a week ago, because I am behind the times on security news...

None of the data that these two behemoths are collecting is good, but this bit about what is collected by Apple is a bit concerning.

iOS sends the MAC addresses of nearby devices, e.g. other handsets and the home gateway, to Apple, together with their GPS location. Currently there are few, if any, realistic options for preventing this data sharing.”

Apple has been asked for a comment, a couple of times, but is replying with silence. What can they say? The company that "sells privacy" is spying on your every move.

The fact that they are both tracking you constantly is a bit disturbing. On average your phone connects with Apple or Google about once every 4 and a half minutes.

Karma is a Bitch

Good thing, because Justice seems to be taking a break. ‘Equality’ and the Criminal

This is the story of a car chase with police that ended badly for the guy who thought running was a good idea.

But it is also an examination of how certain ideas of social justice undermine real Justice. And don't seem to have much impact in the long run.

If a man can steal a $20,000 car without worrying that he’ll go to prison when the police catch him, why not become a car thief? Beats working for a living, doesn’t it? And yet, in expressing sympathy for the car thief who died after wrecking the stolen Hyundai, the liberal seems not to grasp the potential consequences of his belief system. All he needs to know is that the dead thief was black, and this means the cops were wrong.

Just in case my meaning is not obvious here, let me say that the vast majority of black people are not car thieves. Most black people are law-abiding citizens and, I dare say, would be very angry if Marcus Thomas had stolen their Hyundai Elantra and crashed it into a wall.

Click thru for more wisdom, a link to a news story, some historical perspective, and a link to the YouTube video of the dashcam video from the incident.

April 11, 2021

Volcano Erupts on the Island of Saint Vincent

The Caribbean islands are mostly volcanic in nature. Volcano Erupts in Southern Caribbean, Sparking Evacuation ‘Frenzy’

Click the map at the right for a larger view. It shows the location of St. Vincent, for the geographically challenged, in relation to the rest of Caribbean, from Florida and Cuba to Trinidad and Venezuela and South America.

Dormant since 1979, the volcano started showing signs of activity in December, spewing steam and smoke and rumbling away. That picked up this week, prompting Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves to order an evacuation of the surrounding area late on Thursday.

Both Royal Caribbean and Carnival Corporation have sent ships in to aid in the evacuation, but COVID-19 will make that a problem as well. Vincentians, and other islanders, have been afraid of the vaccine and declining to take it. Neighboring islands don't want to accept people who are unvaccinated.

Not mentioned in the article linked above, but in the video below is a hazzard I hadn't considered. The island, at least in parts seems to be coated in several inches of volcanic ash. When the rains come - it is not quite the beginning of the rainy season - that ash will harden into a concrete-like texture. Making recovery difficult.

This video is "Thousands evacuate as volcano erupts on island of Saint Vincent" from ABC News' via YouTube.

The map above is by Kmusser at WikiMedia Commons, with a notation by me to highlight St. Vincent. For more information see this link.

African Americans Embrace the 2nd Amendment

That is to say that they embrace the 2nd Amendment in larger numbers. The Left and the Media (but I repeat myself) will ignore this because of the narrative. Black Americans flock to gun stores and clubs: 'I needed to protect myself'

I mean, how can they continue to paint gun owners as monolithically male and white, if women and people of color are buying guns? There is a narrative to defend!

Americans bought a record number of firearms last year. Gun ownership among Black Americans is up 58.2%

And of course there are always idiots. One black couple opened a gun-store in Los Angeles, and were met with the usual insanity.

“We continually get death threats, we get phone calls and emails saying, ‘You niggers shouldn’t be selling guns,’” Jonathan Solomon said. “I don’t think it’s going to stop especially as more groups see that Black people are gonna start shooting back and won’t be easy targets any more.”

How is this anything but a good thing? That African Americans embrace their right of self-defense is great. The bad guys already have guns. The good guys need to be able to protect themselves and their families. Or what are all of us blogging about?

De Blasio Tries to Spin NYC Crime and Fails

Not his first fail, apparently. ‘Is there an actual plan?’ New Yorkers rip De Blasio for saying residents ‘don’t live in fear’ amid crime spike

Posturing for the media, De Blasio said that New Yorkers don't live in fear.

A 32-year-old stay-at-home mom with three girls — including the 5 year old grazed early Monday evening by a stray bullet outside their East New York home — dismissed the mayor’s bravado.

”I don’t have any interest in politicians because what they say is only for show,” she said of de Blasio’s remarks on New Yorkers’ lack of fear. “It seems like an empty statement. He’s not really saying anything,” she said.

Murders are up, 34 this past March versus 25 in March of last year, but the real story is in shootings.

Citywide shooting incidents spiked 76.8% this March, with 99 reported in contrast with 56 in March 2020.

Of course he is going to spin the situation. What else can he do? He isn't going to admit that the criminal policies of the Left are failing everyone, is he?

How do you say "Irony" in French?

Sometimes I believe that there is justice in the universe. Pro-immigration French tycoon and his wife assaulted by four migrant home-jackers

The couple were tied up with electrical cords, physically assaulted and robbed. Bernard Tapie, 78, who was briefly a government minister, has always been a vocal advocate for immigration. And Tapie tried to reason with his torturers to make them aware of this fact. But when Tapie told the attackers that he had always stood up for migrants, one of the torturers replied: “Fuck you, that time is over!”

Hat tip to 90 Miles from Tyranny.

A Police Chase - Minus the Uninteresting Video

The Left hates police chases. You should just let the bad guys go. East Cleveland police involved in another pursuit that ends in crash, this time in downtown Cleveland - cleveland.com

A guy in a stolen pickup truck, didn't want to go to jail. He ended up going to jail anyway.

East Cleveland police pursued a stolen pickup into downtown Cleveland Monday morning in a chase that ended when the truck slammed into an office building.

The article goes on about how "people" don't like that East Cleveland Police chase suspects. But the chief of police in that city had this to say.

In an interview earlier this month, East Cleveland police Chief Scott Gardner defended the recent wave of pursuits by saying, “My message is clear, do not run from the police in East Cleveland. We will pursue you. I assure you we are not pursuing you for your taillight being out.”

There is video, and it is 34 minutes long. It just isn't that interesting.

I could say that you should refrain from fleeing from police, or I could say that should refrain from stealing vehicles and from driving stolen vehicles, but if I said any of those things the Social Justice Warriors would be down on me for privilege of some kind or another.

April 10, 2021

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain starts things today with In The Mailbox: 04.07.21 (Afternoon Edition)

Da Tech Guy: India Pulls A Trump On Saudi Arabia, also, Report From Louisiana – Dystopian Shreveport
Don Surber: Remember All Those Shovel-Ready Jobs That Weren’t?

The Right Way - Top of the News

The wonders of leftist cognitive dissonance - Bookworm Room
Border Patrol Intercepts Convicted Murders, Child Rapists Crossing US Border. - 90 Miles From Tyranny

EBL - Roméo et Juliette 🎭

Mark Steyn: Michael Mann, Loser (Again), That's (Almost) All Folks!, Horton Hears A Hate Crime, Kathryn, The Indispensable Man, Remembering Rush, Shaidle Among The Stars, Kathy's World, Draidle, Dreidel, Draidlebaum

Flopping Aces - The Week in Radical Leftism, 4/09/2021

Why new facts often don’t matter once a belief system has been established
Years of frustration engaging Leftists finally was lifted when I learned an old but brilliant adage, “You can’t reason someone out of a position they didn’t reason themselves into”

Again from Wombat-socho - Late Night With In The Mailbox: 04.07.21

American Power: Now THIS Is Some Big Pandemic News
American Thinker: Things We Can Live Without
Animal Magnetism: Animal’s Hump Day News

Battleswarm Blog - LinkSwarm for April 9, 2021

“Texas Governor Greg Abbott Orders Texas Rangers to Investigate Joe Biden Detention Facility for Sex Crimes Against Children.” It’s like Abbott has been in hibernation for six months and finally woke up last week.

Daley Gator - Your CCW News Update For Friday (04/09/21)

IDAHO BECOMES FOURTH STATE TO BAN ‘VACCINE PASSPORTS’ – DAILY WIRE
Idaho became the fourth state to ban requiring proof of vaccination before residents can use certain public services or goods Wednesday

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 4: NPR reported, "The hand counting of votes will continue on Friday in a high-profile, high-stakes election that will determine whether Amazon workers in Alabama will form the company's first unionized warehouse in the U.S.

Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 04.09.21 (Morning Edition)

The Political Hat: Woke Segregation – College Orientations, Coffee Klatches, & Mandatory Racial Bias Training
This Ain’t Hell: Oh, Here We Go, also, Terrorists At The Border?

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 4/9/2021

Facebook Says it Won’t Notify the Half a Billion Users That Had Their Data Leaked
More than 530 million Facebook users had their information exposeddue to some bad actors exploiting a feature on the platform.

Vlad Tepes - Five events and stories that are good illustrators of the time: Links 3, April 9, 2021

3. Tucker Carlson on the Democrat’s dishonest attempts at “gun control”
4. Moderna boss: mRNA jabs are “rewriting the genetic code”. We call it “Information therapy”

One Last Time from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 04.09.21 (Evening Edition)

BattleSwarm: LinkSwarm For April 9
Behind The Black: Today’s Blacklisted American, also, X-37B Testing Beamed Solar Power From Space

Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 4/8/21 [J.J. Sefton]

"...was severely beaten by correctional officers, [is now] blind in one eye, has a skull fracture and detached retina." Man Held for Capitol Riot Alleges He Was Beaten by Jail Guards

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Victor Davis Hanson: The Woke Revolution Is Powered by the Elites

We Have Met the Enemy: Tal Bachman
The Hard Road: Max Morton
How the anti-Asian hate crimes epidemic destroys "woke" narrative on race: Mitchell Blatt

Maggie's Farm - Thursday morning links

CDC: Chance Of Surface Transmission Of Virus Not What We Thought
PRINCETON ADMITS ONLY 129 WHITE AMERICAN MALES
Susan Rice Will Leave Netflix Board to Join Biden Administration

I leave you with Thursday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, Cartoon Round Up.... from Theo Spark, Libturd Thursday Morning Is Upon Us from Woodsterman, and Thursday Memes … from Freedom Is Just Another Word…

Self-defense Is Legal in New Hampshire

Though it took almost a year (about a week short of a year) for the Prosecutor to admit that. Manchester Father, Who Fatally Shot His Son In 2020, Cleared

A man was attacked by his son, to the point where he was injured. Black eye, cuts, etc.

Alan knocked George to the ground, at which point George realized Alan was serious, so George got very scared. George was telling Alan to get off him and was trying to fight back, but Alan was approximately 100 pounds larger. George said this went on for about 20 minutes, and he was fighting for his life. George then said that he always carries a small gun in his left pocket, so while he was on the ground, he shot Alan twice. He thought one shot hit Alan in the leg, and the other in the stomach. George said, "I had to protect myself; he was gonna kill me." Alan leaned over a little bit, and George ran out of the house through the kitchen and to the neighbors' house, and he told them to call 911. George brought the gun to the neighbors' house.

It didn't take a year for the cops to complete their investigation. There was no one to interview. The cops themselves made note of George's injuries when they arrived on the scene. And there is no mention of a grand jury being involved.

This took a year, because prosecutors HATE self-defense. Granted, the Prosecutor's report is 41 pages, but anyone who got through law school should be able to write 41 pages in less than one year.

How's That Affordable Bail Working Out?

Not so good for the victims of repeat offenders. #13 and #14: Two more men charged with shooting people in Chicago while on bail for felony cases | CWB Chicago

More than a year after Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans declared “we haven’t had any horrible incidents occur” under his affordable bail initiative, CWBChicago continues to find plenty of cases to dispute his claim.

Last July, as Chicago’s violence continued to rise, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx defended Evans’ bail policies and said the city’s rising violent crime was a two-month “anomaly.” The next month was the worst for homicides in the city since the 1950s. So far this year, murders are up 34% in Chicago, according to CPD. The number of shooting victims in the city is up 43% compared to last year, police say.

I'm sure that the increase in crime since the institution of affordable bail is just a coincindence, completely unrelated to that or any of the other policies of the Democrats running Chicago and Cook County and the associated Criminal Justice System. In fact, now that I think about it, I am sure it must be Donald Trump's fault. I don't know how, but I'm sure the Dems in Chicago have some explanation that includes Trump.

Consider Me Gone

I'm not sure why I ran across the album that today's song comes from. It may have come up in WXRT's Saturday Morning Flashback, or Rick Beato may have mentionend one of the songs in a video on songwriting.

While the album in question had several singles that were successful, "Russians" being the one I always liked, this song was never released as a single. It wasn't very mainstream in 1985, but then a lot of that was true of the album in question.

This is "Consider Me Gone" by Sting from his debut solo album The Dream of the Blue Turtles. That album came out in the summer of 1985. It takes about 30 seconds to get moving. Not the kind of thing they do today.

Here's a link to the lyrics.

Tell Us How You Really Feel

The Other McCain doesn't care for criminals who put people in danger. Two Criminals Die in High-Speed Crash.

How do you want a police chase to end? Fatal crash is the correct answer. After months of watching police pursuit videos on YouTube, I’ve developed a thorough hatred of these criminals

There is video, but it has been edited to remove anything grizzly.

April 09, 2021

The Bone-headed Cop Move of the Decade

Well, in the running anyway. She Called 911 on Her White Boyfriend, the LAPD Arrested Her Black Neighbor Instead | Jasmyne A. Cannick

They got a 911 call about a guy violating a restraining order. They saw a random black guy, Antone Austin who lived on that street, and decided that he was the guy, based on nothing but their prejudice.

According to Faisal Gill, Antone’s attorney, other body camera footage shows the initial responding officers spotting Antone bringing in his trash can.

Mr. Gill explains, “One officer says, ‘Is it this dude,’ to which his partner responds, ‘Probably.’”

So tell me, what exactly was that "probably" based on, if not on race.

This is perhaps the definition of stupid cops steppinng up to the plate and hitting a home run. To arrest someone based only on race, on camera with audio to back it up.

One of them actually did a running tackle. Based on nothing. Though there is no video of that because his bodycam "fell off." Of course it did.

For an encore, they arrested Antone's girlfriend.

They realized pretty quickly that they were in deep yogurt, and the city went to work hiding the video. Because lawsuits are expensive.

Los Angeles City Attorney (and 2022 mayoral candidate) Mike Feuer is fighting the public release of the body camera footage. Because of this, the footage is currently under a judge’s protective order.

That changed this week. Video Shows LAPD Officer In Pursuit Of White Suspect Arresting Black Man Instead.

U.S. Magistrate Jacqueline Chooljian has forced the Los Angeles Police Department to release a startling video of two officers violently arresting music producer Antone Austin and his girlfriend Michelle Michlewicz after mistaking Austin for someone else, according to the Los Angeles Times.

“It is racial profiling. They had no description of the suspect — a completely blank slate. They literally saw the first Black man, and they arrested him,” lawyer Faisal Gill told The Los Angeles Times.

They can't even fall back on the "he fit the description" chestnut, because...

  1. They didn't have a description, and
  2. The guy the 911 call was about is 5'7" and white, and the guy they arrested is 6'5" and black.

There are more examples of unprofessional behavior at both the links above, but they really pale in comparison to the "arresting a guy based only on his race" screw-up.

Friday Links

Zelman Partisans - Hammer Drop

The expected Biden victim disarmament hammer dropped. Initially, six items are planned.

MaddMedic at Freedom Is Just Another Word... - Biden’s Making America Fascist Forever Campaign!

The Other McCain - Free Speech on Campus: ‘It Is Vital That UVA Lose This Case, and Lose Badly’ He questioned the orthodoxy and was banned from campus.

Call it what it is: Stalinism.

Pirate's Cove - John Kerry Takes Long Fossil Fueled Flight To Say India And U.S. Should Join In Fight Climate Crisis (scam)

Juvat at Chant du Départ -What took ya so flippin' long? What took ya so flippin' long?

Bear Bussjaeger - A Letter to the Future

When future generations ask, “How the hell did that happen?” you’ll want to hand this to them.

Again from The Pirate's Cove - Whoops: MLB Moving All Star Game To 9% Black Denver From 51% Black Atlanta

Samizdata - If anyone looks at you askance when you say “I don’t believe a word I hear from the mainstream media”…

Guns In The News - In Colorado, They’re Cracking the Code on Gun Control: It Doesn’t Work

Battleswarm Blog - A Good Explanation of the Semiconductor Shortage

The semiconductor industry itself isn’t in crisis, it’s making money hand-over-fist right now. It’s certain industries relying on semiconductors that have the problem.

Daily Caller - GOP Congressman Says Fauci Needs To Answer For Why His Agency Bypassed Oversight Of Funding To Wuhan Lab

Again from MaddMedic - Twitter Suspends GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Shortly After She Tweets Easter Message, “He is Risen”

Meep at STUMP - Multiemployer Pensions: Will the Recent Bailout Destroy Pensions (in the Long Run)?

Again from The Other McCain - Journalism and Mental Health

What you need here, ma’am, is an expert analysis, and you’ve found the right guy for the job because — ask around — I’ve always been crazy.

The New Neo - For our own good: liberty and health

Independent Sentinel - Rise of the Evil American Reich

Moonbattery - Probation Possible for Brutal DC Carjack Killers

Great American Politics - The States without Mask Mandates Have the Lowest COVID Problems

The Tactical Hermit - Get To Cover? A Requiem for Common Sense

Understanding what COVER is and it’s main function (Can it STOP incoming rounds from hitting you?) are questions we need to answer now before the shit hits the oscillating device.

Vodka Pundit - Insanity Wrap #179: Who Had Russia and Ukraine Start WWIII on Their 2021 Bingo Card?

Gateway Pundit - Wow! Such BS Caught on Video: Pete Buttigieg Has Gas-Guzzling Suburban Drop Him Off a Couple Blocks from Work So He Can Ride His Bike in for the Cameras (VIDEO)

Illinois Hates Self-defense

In Illinois, this guy is charged with a crime, based on no evidence, as far as this article details. Homeowner Shoots Man In Back Yard, Claims Self Defense: Cops | Evergreen Park, IL

He finds a stranger in his backyard. There is an altercation, and he shoots the guy in self-defense. Not in Illinois, he doesn't!

An Evergreen Park man is facing gun charges after he shot a man in his backyard, police said. [He] is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm.

Self-defense may be a human-right, but it is not your legal right, not if the powers-that-be have anything to say, in Illinois.

Democrats Again Prove They Love Violence

As long as it isn't directed at them. AOC, Justice Democrats silent on Tennessee candidate Odessa Kelly's pro-violence statements | Fox News

"Day 9: Allow Pelosi to hire the best pimp that Memphis or Detroit has to offer to Smack tha [emoji] outta Ted Cruz and the rest uv’em...(y’all know the ones)!" she wrote.

Also on the list were suggestions that Kelly specifically said were in jest, such as "Day 4: Blow Up Maralago," referring to Trump's Florida resort and residence, and "Day 5: Disappear Mitch to some secret CIA prison."

Because nothing is as funny as terrorist threats.

Aside from her jokes, Kelly's Facebook history includes an April 2012 post about how she was attending a speech being delivered by anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and a May 2020 post declaring, "If you vote for Trump, YOU ARE A RACIST!"

Some might say the same thing about people who follow antisemitic assholes around, but not the Woke Mob.

$200 Bail for Felony Gun Charge

Then he murdered someone, or that is what he has been arrested for, anyway. (Innocent until proved guilty...) #36: Man killed rival gang member while on bail for felony gun charge, prosecutors say | CWB Chicago

That number - 36 - is because this shooting took place in 2020. The number for this year is up to 14, so far.

A Maywood man helped kill a rival gang member in a retaliation hit last summer after posting $200 to get out of jail on felony gun charges, according to prosecutors and court records. He is the 36th person to be charged with killing or shooting someone in Chicago last year while on felony bail, according to CWBChicago research. A total of 41 victims are involved in the allegations.

Bail reform. Who thought this was a good idea for felonies in general, and gun crime in particular?

But keeping violent offenders in jail is unfair.

April 08, 2021

Charles Barkley Versus The Woke Mob

They won't be happy with him. Charles Barkley Drives a Dagger Through the Heart of the Left's Identity Politics Narrative by Matt Vespa

Recently, [Charles Barkley] offered a lecture about racial divisions in this country and noted that we’re all be played for fools by the political class. These people want us to hate each other, especially on black-white lines, since that’s the best way to maintain their fiefdoms. He mentioned this during the network’s current coverage of the NCAA tournament.

You can find a link to the video at the article above.

How Would You Respond To an Intruder?

An intruder breaking into your home at 3:30 in the morning, that is. Woman shot man breaking into her Lexington apartment

A woman called 911 around 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday and said she shot at a man who was breaking into her apartment in the 500 block of Hollow Creek Road, just off Russell Cave, according to Lexington police.

He showed up at a local hospital about 15 minutes later. He is now being held in the county lockup.

Jackson was arrested on charges of burglary and terroristic threatening.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Rapists Turned Loose Because It Would Be Unfair...

It would be unfair to keep violent offenders in jail. Alleged rapists go missing after judges let them out on electronic monitoring | CWB Chicago

There was a story just a week ago, about how a rapist turned loose was arrested again for rape. Turns out he wasn't the only one turned loose.

Then there’s the incredible case of Rene Chandler.

Chandler went on electronic monitoring while facing charges of sexually assaulting two women — then got accused of robbing another woman while he was on bail. Then, a judge let him out on electronic monitoring again. For $500. He has disappeared.

There are more examples. Click thru.

So. How many times does a man have to rape or rob, before a judge might think that the man in question represents a threat to the public, and deny bail. Apparently in 21st Century America, that number is fairly large.

This is The System™ that we are supposed to trust for our personal protection.

J.J. Bittenbinder and Street Smart Safety

I mentioned J.J. Bittenbinder in a comment on someone's site recently, though I can't remember where. I haven't thought about him in years. Decades really. But a lot of what he had to say still makes sense. With a bit of searching I found this old story from the Chicago Tribune. Dealing with insomnia, since I am recovering from the COVID, means that I am spending even more time on the internet than usual. The Chicago Tribune: THE J.J. BITTENBINDER SHOW

J.J. Bittenbinder was a Chicago cop for about 21 years, and homicide/violent crime detective for 16 of those years. He dealt with all the ways that the people of Chicago found to hurt one another. In the last few years of his career with Chicago PD, he started giving safety speaches to neighborhood groups and churches. That resulted, eventually, in his launching a more nationwide career into teaching people how to improve their safety. One of the things he always said, is "There are no absolutes." There are no guarantees, but you can change the odds in your favor.

It is nightfall on a Wednesday, and several hundred Chicagoans are in a hotel ballroom thinking about something that is never far from most Chicagoans' minds at any given moment: getting stabbed, shot, raped, strangled, kidnapped, tortured or beaten.

Their squadron leader for these flights of morbid fancy is Det. J.J. Bittenbinder, a pretty intimidating guy himself-tough-talking, armoire-sized, a listen-up-chum homicide dick with a handlebar mustache and bedside manner worthy of the Great John L. and a message that says, "You better learn how to protect yourself from crime or I'm gonna be in your face."

You may have seen his special on Public Television back in the 1990s. He recorded his special, for the first time in 1991, and it was used, for a few years, as part of their pledge drive. I don't know if that was the case nationwide, but it certainly held true in Chicago.

You can find J.J. Bittenbinder's teachings at Defense 4U: Street Smart Guide to Staying Safe. He apparently also wrote a book, which I have not read. See the image above.

The seminar, at least as presented on PBS, was Street Smarts: How to Avoid Being a Victim. I have tried to find the video, but it seems to have been scrubbed from the internet. Well, maybe not quite scrubbed.

A version of the 1995 PBS special is on YouTube, in chunks. It sees to have been uploaded from well-used VHS tapes. There is an annoying hiss on at least one of the segments, and some level of hiss on all of them, but even given that, the information provided is worth it. The rules of predator versus prey haven't changed that much in 25 years.

And finally here is an excerpt that deals with what parents should tell kids. It is taken from Part 3 above.

April 07, 2021

Cops Abandoning Portland. Can You Blame Them?

Is anyone surprised? Would you stick around to be treated like garbage? ‘Overworked, overwhelmed and burned out’: Why Portland cops say they’re leaving in droves

And they had some choice words for the Portland political class.

“The community shows zero support. The city council are raging idiots, in addition to being stupid. Additionally, the mayor and council ignore actual facts on crime and policing in favor of radical leftist and anarchists fantasy. What’s worse is ppb command (lt. and above) is arrogantly incompetent and cowardly,” one retiring detective wrote.

115 officers have either retired or resigned just since July 1st. Plus at least 3 more to leave the department this month.

“One day people will wake up and wonder,” he said, “where have all the cops gone?”

Hat tip to The Post Millennial.

Wednesday Link Roundup

The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 04.05.21

American Thinker: When Everybody Is A White Supremacist, also, What’s More American Than Coke & Baseball?
Animal Magnetism: Goodbye, Blue Monday

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

Hogewash: Major League Political Bias
WUWT: “YPCCC Helps Facebook Debunk Climate Change Myths”
Freedom Is Just Another Word…: Common Core Idiot.

Pirate's Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup – Happy Easter

  1. Pacific Pundit notes the national media silent on an Asian attacked in a hate crime
  2. Patterico’s Pontifications discusses COVID passports
  3. Powerline says China should be boycotted

Political Hat - News of the Week (April 4th, 2021)

Cornell Review: The “Anti-Racist” Religious Fever Must Break at Cornell
“contrary to [Cornell’s motto of] ‘any person… any study’, the plan” for an Antiracism Center “would create artificial identities and then proceed to discriminate against certain students and faculty.”

Battleswarm Blog - Texas vs. California Update for April 5, 2021

Indeed, California is so desperate for tax revenue that they want to tax residents even after they’ve left the state:

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 4/5/2021

Majority of Americans Reject Democrats’ “Election Integrity” Outrage, Support Voter IDs
Earlier today, Mitch McConnell blasted the “Outrage Industrial Complex”

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 4: The New York Times reported, "U.S. military guards have moved Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and other former C.I.A. prisoners to the main part of the prison compound at Guantánamo Bay from a failing secret facility

A View from the Beach - Election 2020: MLB Moves All-Star Game to Denver

Teach at Pirate's Cove, Whoops: MLB Moving All Star Game To 9% Black Denver From 51% Black Atlanta, As Breitbart points out MLB Moves All-Star Game to Colorado, Which Has Voter ID and Fewer Early Voting Days than GA.

Vlad Tepes - Three worthy items, PJ Watson tells it straight, Dennis Prager on masks, French cabinet and elite have secret dinner parties no masks no regs: Links 1, April 6, 2021

3. CNN France shows some of the footage of elites and cabinet members breaking Covid rules in secret, just like the California governor did along with the SanFrancisco mayor, and of course, that Italian judge.

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

Woman: I Am Fat Because Racism Made Me Fat…
Trees just might be racist, Portland, Oregon Board of Education Director worries

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Branding Georgia Election Law, Senate Filibuster ‘Racist’ Is Vile Tactic to Justify HR 1

Biden Admin. Busing Thousands of Illegals to Red States to Help Turn Them Blue: Becker
On the front lines of the border crisis: Anna Giaritelli
Joe Biden’s Border Crisis: Examiner

Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report 4/5/21 - J.J. Sefton

"The hard facts coming out at the trial put paid to that false leftist narrative." Can We Finally Stop Pretending that George Floyd’s Death Had Anything to Do with Racism?

I leave you with Sunday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, Sunday Funnies, 04-04-21, Easter Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces, and Sunday Memes … from Freedom Is Just Another Word…

Textbook Self-defense in Texas

She had the right to defend herself. EXPLAINER: Use of deadly force in Texas

Police say 26-year-old Selena Carrion was punched in the face before her ex left her apartment and came back. The boyfriend, 26-year-old Leroy Hammond-Williams, is said to have kicked in the door and grabbed her as she ran upstairs.

That is when, police say, Carrion shot and killed him.

And since this happened in Texas, there is The Castle Doctrine. See the article for the text of the law, but it basically says you have the right ot defend yourself in your own home.

“You have a right to be secure in your surroundings,” Snodgrass [an experienced attorney] said. “And you have a right to defend your property in your surroundings.”

It is unlikely she will be charged, given how clear the circumstances are.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Texas it is your legal right.

Stabat Mater Dolorosa

Metal Ground was running a series of videos: Pop Singers VS Metal Singers. They may still be running the series... A clip from this performance was used to highlight hymns. Christina Aguilera performed "Ave Maria," and then there was this duo.

Please note: There is no AutoTune anywhere to be found on this song.

"Stabat Mater" was originally a Latin hymn from the 13th Century. It has been arranged several times in the intervening years for chorus and orchestra. This arrangement is credited to Giovanni Battista Pergolesi. A version was originally included on the 2013 Epica album Retrospect.

This is "Stabat Mater Dolorosa" performed live by Simone Simons (of Epica) and Floor Jansen (of Nightwish). Though the song is usually just listed as "Stabat Mater," this is how Simone Simons and Epica listed it for this concert.

I may revisit some of those other match-ups eventually, because they are worth a look.

April 06, 2021

Terrorists Are Crossing the Southern Border

Of course they are. Trying anyhow. 2 suspected terrorists on FBI, DHS watch lists arrested at US border | American Military News

On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that within the last two months, it caught two Yemeni nationals, listed on the FBI’s terrorism watch list, trying to cross through the same border sector.

So how many did they NOT catch? I guess we will found out soon.

Don't Mess With Rural Oklahoma

I'm not sure why this is just in the news now... Caddo County Homeowner Involved In Shootout With Home Invasion Suspects

The incidident actually took place on March 22nd.

Two guys try to break into a home, get in a gunfight with the owner. Then they crash their car while trying to escape. Cops tracked them to a field with the help of calls from the locals.

Caddo County Sheriff Spencer Davis had the best line.

“I would not advise breaking into anything in rural Oklahoma because they don’t mess around,” said Davis. “Somebody might end up getting hurt.”

Both guys were convicted felons, and both were carrying drugs.

47 Days for Murder

That is what passes for Justice in Democrat-controlled California. Two teenagers who beat their 13-year-old classmate to death are sentenced to probation | Daily Mail Online

This is from a week ago, but I missed it. It is worth noting.

In September 2019, the teens attacked 13-year-old Diego Stolz in the yard of Landmark Middle School.

Cellphone video showed Stolz being punched repeatedly before falling and hitting his head on a pillar.

Even after he lost consciousness, these two miscreants continued to punch him. The victim died 9 days later. The two perpetrators were 14-years-old at the time of the attack.

It is as if you don't need to be marooned on a deserted island in order to act out Lord of the Flies. This all played out at Landmark Middle School in Riverside, California, in September of 2019.

After killing a classmate, who they had apparently been bullying him for weeks, (the school couldn't be bothered to intervene) they each served 47 days in detention. That is all the judge thought a life was worth.

The victim's parents are appalled, of course, and this being the times that it is, they are suing the school and the 2 killers for wrongful death.

Cooperation Did Not Lead to Safety

Oh, and there is gun crime in England, even with all those "wonderful" gun control laws. Violence 'totally unnecessary' from robbery gang who kneecapped elderly farmer - Liverpool Echo

Violent criminals do not stop being violent criminals because of anything you are or are not doing.

Today, detectives leading the case described how the level of violence during the terrifying raid in Aughton, West Lancashire, was completely unwarranted.

As he was submitting to the gang's demands, July 28, 2019, their resorting to shooting him was "significant, careless and totally unnecessary," the senior investigating officer said.

I wonder what level of violence the detectives on this case would describe as "warranted."

Click thru for more details, though it is more rehashing of everyone's shock and amazement that violent criminals are violent for no reason.

The miscreants - or some of them anyway - have been tried, but not sentenced. This being the UK, they will not do much prison time. (That would be uncivilized. Or something.)

A High-speed Police Chase in the UK

Not something you see every day... Watch street racer's arrest after leading police on 100mph chase | Express & Star. Well, it's something I don't see everyday.

The Other McCain got me interested in watching police chases, and at least late at night (or early morning) when I am struggling with insomnia, they hold a certain fascination. What calculation is it that makes people think they can outrun the radio, or the helicopter? And on both sides of the pond, law-abiding drivers are completely oblivious to what is going on behind them, and appear to be incapable of getting out of the way of the pursuit.

A street racer clocked more than 100mph and drove on the wrong side of the road as he tried to flee police in the Black Country.

Black Country, in the UK is an industrial region closely corresponding to the small south Staffordshire coalfield in the Midlands region of England; its name derives from its pollution-coated industrial landscape. Everything was powered by coal, after all.

He was ordered to do 100 hours of community service, and banned from driving for 2 years. Not sure how that will work out, since he clearly has no trouble breaking the motorway laws of the United Kingdom.

The car was a Vauxhall Corsa, manufactured by Opel, and sold in the UK under the Vauxhall brand. By US standards, it is a fairly unimpressive car for racing. It is available only with an inline 4 gas engine, or an inline 4 turbodiesel.

This is the video for 100mph Black Country police chase, which took place in West Midlands, UK. It started as part of a street race.

April 05, 2021

Come As You Are

Today is anniversary of Kurt Cobain's death at the age of 27. He died in 1994. I wasn't really a follower of Grunge at the time, but Nirvana was big enough that some of their songs got significant radio time. It seems worth noting his passing.

This is "Come As You Are" by Nirvana from the 1991 album Nevermind.

Satanic Panic 2.0 and Heavy Metal

That eeevil Heavy Metal Music. Catholic activists slam Seton Hall radio station's 'Satanic' music

All hell has broken loose at Seton Hall University, where religious objections have been raised over a student-run radio station playing heavy metal.

Seton Hall is a Catholic institution.

In a move straight out of the 1984 “Footloose” movie playbook, The Lepanto Institute, an arch-conservative lay Catholic organization — which takes its name from a 16th-century naval battle between the Pope’s Holy League and the Ottoman Empire — has gathered hundreds of signatures on a petition demanding the station be silenced.

The lyrics are inciting Satanism, blasphemy and lead to violent behavior. Or something.

And of course you get a bunch of old folks praying about Heavy Metal music, you are going to get a reaction out of a group of university students, even at a Catholic university.

“We have stood praying the rosary outside the radio station to stop this diabolical evil, and literally have had students yell, ‘Hail Satan!’ at us,” said Maria Woltornist, of Glen Gardner, N.J., one of the organizers of the campaign to shut down the 73-year-old station.

They mention a band and song I haven't heard of. I may have to check out the music.

Canadian Pastor Calls Cops Nazis. They Seem to Get the Point.

If only more people had reacted like this. “Out! Out! You Nazis, Out! Gestapo is Not Allowed Here!” – Pastor Throws Canadian Cops Out of Church House

Six Canadian police officers were literally driven from the lobby of an evangelical church by a pastor who was enraged that they had disrupted a service on Passover.

“Nazis are not welcome here,” declared Artur Pawlowski, the pastor of The Cave of Adullam. “Please get out immediately.”

He was apparently in violation of some random Kung Flu virus regulation.

The cops' body language as they leave, seem to indicate that the Nazi remark may have hit home.

You can find a link to the full video of the pastor throwing the Nazis out of his church at the link above.

Or you can find a highlights reel and commentary from Steve Inman at the following link. "Gestapo and Nazis are not welcome here!".