30 June 2021

Don't Be This Person

You are not the center of the universe. Don't act like you are. Police find and arrest spectator who caused mass Tour de France crash | Cyclingnews

The spectator who caused a mass crash on the opening day of the Tour de France has been arrested and placed in custody, according to RTL.

This is bad judgement as you can only find in the 21st Century.

The spectator had her back to the peloton and the sign was sticking out into the road at handlebar height, causing Tony Martin (Jumbo-Visma) to collide with it, sparking a crash that rippled through the bunch and brought numerous riders to the ground.

She had her back to the race, because she wasn't interested in the race. She was interested in getting her sign on television.

Felony stupidity is not a crime in France, but she does face €1500 fine for "involuntary injury caused by a lack of prudence," and at least one of the riders injured in the pileup have indicated they may sue.

You are attending what is arguably the pinacle of bicycle racing, but you are not in the least interested in the bicycle race. If this describes you, stay home. (Hat to to Atlhouse.)

Wednesday Link Roundup - June 30

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

Hogewash: Whatever It Is, It Ain’t News
Watts Up With That: The Real Cost of Wind and Solar

Pirate's Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. IOTW Report features a defund the police politician asking for special police protection at his home
  2. Irons In The Fire says we should know who killed Ashli Babbitt

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 06.28.21

The Lid: Thin-Skinned Chris Cuomo Humiliates Himself In Beef With Tiny Twitter Account
Legal Insurrection: No Charges Expected Against Trump In Manhattan DA Probe

Daley Gator - Your CCW News Update For Sunday (06/27/21)

PROFESSORS DECLARE CORRECT GRAMMAR IS RACIST, NO SUCH THING AS STANDARD ENGLISH AT SYMPOSIUM – CAMPUS REFORM
Speakers at Towson University’s virtual “Antiracist Pedagogy Symposium”

EBL - Tucker Carlson: NSA is spying on and undermining his show 😬

Instapundit: US Military Purges, Betraying Sources, and Mike Pompeo Interview
Twitchy: Brian Stelter is a fat starchy tuber and Spying on Tucker
Legal Insurrection: Biden NSA spying on Tucker Carlson

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 06.29.21

Legal Insurrection: BET Founder Still Demanding $14 Million In Reparations, also, Illinois Teacher Sues School District Over “Equity” Push
Nebraska Energy Observer: Good Lord Deliver Us

Political Hat - News of the Week (June 27th, 2021)

The Tragedy of Minneapolis
While it hasn’t yet descended to the level of Portland, the City of Minneapolis is sliding rapidly toward a point of no return.

A View from the Beach - Election 2020: Rudy, Rudy, Rudy!

Mediaite is upset that Trump Attacks ‘RINO’ Bill Barr Over ‘Bullsh*t’ Election Fraud Claims: ‘A Disappointment in Every Sense of the Word’. Leah Barkoukis at Town Hall, Trump Responds to Barr's Take on Election Fraud Allegations in Brutal Statement

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 3: Real Clear Politics reported, "In a viral video, Simon Campbell, a former member of the Pennsbury, PA school board, rips his former colleagues for allegedly seeking to censor video..."

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 06/26/2021

India could sentence WHO chief scientist to death for misleading over Ivermectin.
Did FBI agents smash windows and force Patriots inside the Capitol? It appears to have been caught on video.
Louisiana’s Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards vetoes Constitutional Carry.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 6/27/2021

‘In China, The State Uses it for Intelligence Purposes’: TikTok Whistleblowers Raise Concerns Over Chinese Government Access to US User Data

Vlad Tepes - Collage of items of interest to this community: Links 1, June 28, 2021

1. We know TikTok is Chinese, but is Twitter?
2. No ‘compelling’ case to vaccinate healthy kids right now, says Johns Hopkins medical professor

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 6/28/21

"...their heads would be chopped off."
Jailed Canadian Pastor Alleges Double Standard For Muslims Regarding Lockdown Enforcement

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: New Jan. 6 video shows police ‘walk away’ after black-clad men smash windows, FBI uninterested?

Predictably Bondo Barr Covers The Rot: CTH
The Observer view on the right to free expression: The Guardian
Rhodes Rage: Review of “Lyin'” Ben Rhodes’ latest excretion: Peter Berkowitz

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

The NYT worries about the politics of crime
Higher ed: Has The “Victim Bias” Bubble Burst?
A Fascinating Interview with the Composer Whose Career Was Canceled

I leave you with Sunday Funnies, 06-27-21 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Sunday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces, The Week in Pictures: Biden Time Edition from Power Line, and Monday Memes … from Freedom Is Just Another Word…

Why Break Into Your Ex-boyfriend's Home?

That turned out to be a bad idea. Not something to do in Arizona. Sahuarita police: Slain woman had crawled through window

They had broken up some months ago, and had not spoken for sometime. He was not expecting her. She crawled in through a window.

“The resident entered the room, which was dark at the time, and saw a shadowy figure of a person. He perceived a threat and fired at least three times, striking Ms. Hu,” police said in a statement Friday. Police said Hu entered through a window in the side yard.

He called 911 as soon as he saw who it was. She died at the scene.

The homeowner has not been charged.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Cognitive Dissonance and Crime in Large Cities

"In any case, many people talk to their pets and feel better in the process, so why not talk to a psychologist."

Heh. THE VIOLENCE THAT DARE NOT SPEAK ITS NAME

I consider most of the social sciences, psychology included, to be no more than pseudo-sciences, in envy of the real sciences where measurement and precision are possible. In psychology we had the fantasies of Freud, with his compellingly well-balanced complexes of Oedipus for boys and Electra for girls; then we had the “science” of Behaviorism that borrowed a few concepts from the theory of systems in Electrical Engineering, treating the human psyche as a closed system; nowadays we have things that seem to make more sense, like the Stoic-reminiscent method of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, but what do I know.

Cognitive dissonance is a different case, and really does seem to exist.

As a foreigner without the legacy of being indoctrinated in an American high school, the reality of black criminality is completely obvious to me. I look at the numbers and there it is, like the Mona Lisa emerging from a set of pigments on a canvas. Yet mention this to Americans, especially members of the professional class such as my fellow management consultants, and you get giggles, wrath, shrieks, embarrassment, and general idiocy. Meaning, you witness a cognitive dissonance.

Cite the FBI Uniform Crime Report (now called "Crime in America" or something) and you will be called RACIST. (Does that mean the FBI is racist?) Well, first they will challenge you with "Where did you get that data?" Anything that challenges their preconceptions MUST come from a Trump website, or something.

The carnage in Chicago is unbelievable. We finished 2020 with 769 homicides, almost all black-on-black, or about 20 cases per 100,000 residents. This is about the murder rate of Mexico. This is much higher than the rate of death from war, terrorism, and homicide combined in Israel in a given year (about 1.5 per 100,000 residents. Think about it next time you wonder if it’s safe to visit). Yet here is the New York Times telling us it’s really not that bad! What’s a little slice of the Third-World by the Great Lakes. The gender-studies majors of the NYT editorial board assure us this is just a mathematical misperception.

Anyway, click thru for more.

[Note to self: Don't trust spelling ability in the middle of the night.]

SOL

Not quite 20 years ago I became interested in the Nordic myths. I had studied some of the Greek and Roman stories in both high school and college, picked up a bit the Indian Upanishads along the way, and had also gotten a bit of the stories from native North Americans somewhere, but I had never studied the Norse legends. (Marvel comics, notwithstanding.)

So while searching for something else, I had stumbled across a whole new world of music, which I listen to in fits and starts. I find it interesting, but not always engrossing enough to displace what I usually turn to. One of the artists I found from that path is Kati Rán. Here is how her Bandcamp page describes her work.

Nordic Music

Kati Rán creates song with historical folk instruments and composes her music with poetry reflecting our connection with nature.

Today's song is in English. Which is unusual for this genre of music. It is perhaps not my favorite, by I know how much Americans hate stuff in foreign languages.

This song is "Sol" by Kati Rán from the 2012 EP Leaf. "Sol" means sun. Here's a link to the lyrics in case you have trouble following her singing.

29 June 2021

If This Was in a Movie People Would Say It Was Unbelievable

But this is 21st Century America. Police stop 'exorcism' in Home Depot lumber aisle

The exorcism was for the dead trees and the would-be wood exorcists were escorted out of the building, according to a now-viral post from the Dickson City Police Department.

I only wish it was unbelievable.

A Scientist on Disagreement in Science

Don't let the Climate Scientists See this! Scientists hail stunning 'Dragon Man' discovery - BBC News

First there is an interesting discovery in the field of evolution.

Chinese researchers have unveiled an ancient skull that could belong to a completely new species of human.

The team has claimed it is our closest evolutionary relative among known species of ancient human, such as Neanderthals and Homo erectus.

Nicknamed "Dragon Man", the specimen represents a human group that lived in East Asia at least 146,000 years ago.

That is an interesting article, and you might learn something if you click thru. (It will only hurt for a minute.)

But the thoughts on TRUE Science...

"The results will spark a lot of debate and I am quite sure that a lot of people will disagree with us," he said.

"But that is science and it is because we disagree that science progresses."

Except in Climate Science. No debate is allowed there.

She Didn't Understand "It's Over!"

She thought it was a good idea to set his house on fire. She was wrong. Milton woman arrested after being shot June 19.

Police reported June 19 that the ex-boyfriend shot the woman more than once after he saw her on a surveillance camera trying to set fire to the house, leading to a confrontation.

Pemble suffered life-threatening injuries, police said previously. Police said at the time that they weren’t pursuing charges against the man.

Cops arrested her on attempted arson and first-degree recklessly endangering safety, though she is still in the hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right, and even in deep blue Wisconsin it might be your legal right.

Crime Spree Ended By Woman With a Gun

This is a bizare story. Man Allegedly Behind Bizarre Attack In Carmichael Shot By Victim’s Wife. (This got stuck in my drafts folder for a while. Not sure why...)

He ran over someone, and when a Good Samaritan stopped to help that victim, he circled back and ran over the Samaritan.

He crashed into some other cars and then he pulled into the Elks Lodge parking lot.

Deputies say he took out a gun and approached a man in a trailer. The two got into a fight and the gun went off. It’s not clear if anyone was hit.

The fight ended when the victim’s wife came out of the trailer and shot the suspect.

Hat tip to Wirecutter and Behind every good man stands a woman - with a gun.

How's That Affordable Bail Working Out?

Not too well for this guy's girlfriend. #25: Man on bail for 2 felonies had pistol at hospital where his girlfriend was being treated for gunshot wound, prosecutors say (She allegedly told police he shot her.) | CWB Chicago

He was on bond for having held a 15-year-old girl against her will and forcing her to have sex. Is that kidnapping or slavery?

The man, 27-year-old Charles Rounds, was on bail for two felony cases at the time of the alleged shooting — another gun case and a case that accuses him of repeatedly forcing a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him as he held her against her will for two weeks.

And of course he isn't the first guy to get arrested for shooting someone while out on bond for some other heinous crime.

While Rounds is [now] charged with shooting his girlfriend Monday, he is the 25th person accused by prosecutors of shooting, trying to shoot, or killing someone in Chicago this year while on felony bond.

25. CWB Chicago is keeping track. And of course the count from last year isn't finished either. They arrested someone recently for a crime committed in 2020, while the guy in question was out on bond for another felony. Because keeping violent offenders in jail is not fair.

He Thought It Was a Good Idea to Run from Police

The K-9 showed him he was wrong. Marion County Sheriff’s corporal, K-9 apprehend man after brief car chase.

A deputy tried to execute a traffic stop, but the guy ran. After 6.5 miles, the chase ended with a PIT manuever. Then a foot chase ensued, but Adelmo caught up to the guy and showed him that was not a wise move.

Linder exited the vehicle and attempted to flee before he was chased down by K-9 Adelmo and bitten until disabled.

He apparently ran because he was driving on a suspended license, and didn't want to get arrested. Not the best decision-making process....

After he was treated at a local hospital, he was taken to the county lockup.

There are a couple of places where they take car chases seriously. Marion County, Florida is one of those places.

This is the video for POLİCE CHASE DASHCAM VİDEO SHOWS | M.C.S.O | K-9 ADELMO | PIT - Looks painful.

Another Banner Weekend in Chicago

Chicago flag

And not in a good way.

There were 2 mass shootings on Sunday. First up: 11 people shot in Marquette Park neighborhood, 1 fatally, during 1 of 2 mass shootings in as many hours Sunday.

Eleven people were struck by a barrage of gunfire in the Marquette Park neighborhood late Sunday, leaving a woman dead and men and women between the ages of 21 and 57 injured, according to Chicago police.

The attack happened in the 6300 block of South Artesian Avenue around 10:55 p.m., police said in a media notification.

Of the 11 people shot, one has died. Marquette Park is one of Chicago's 77 neighborhoods.

That wasn't the only "mass-shooting" on Sunday. Another took place in the South Shore neigborhood. (From the same story linked above.)

At 8:45 p.m. six people were shot in the 2000 block of East 71st Street in South Shore. Between the two mass shootings, police said there had been at least 17 people shot, two of them fatally — one from each scene.

Police are saying very little about the two shootings.

And no one is saying anything about the 4 people shot at 11:50 PM Friday in the Grand Crossing neighborhood. (5 if you include someone shot 4 blocks away at 11:25 PM.) Either because no one died, or it just can't stand up to the sensational nature of the Sunday's shootings.

From HeyJackass! we get the entire weekend's statistics. I'm not sure if this was a record setting weekend in Chicago or not. The record is pretty awful in Chicago when it comes to things like this. Downward Trend Weekend

Forecasted precipitation and cooler temps will likely keep the F15s grounded and prevent local honor students from nuking Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive Boulevard Avenue Street Way after midnight due to lack of booze.

Final Downward Trend: 8 killed, 71 wounded
2020 weekend tally: 20 killed, 47 wounded
2019 weekend tally: 5 killed, 55 wounded

This despite the fact that there was a "rain delay" between 9 AM and 6 PM on Saturday, during which no one was shot.

28 June 2021

A Daley Gator Musical Interlude

A sample of The Very Weirdest Of Al Yankovic. And that is saying something.

Click thru for "Another One Rides the Bus," "Fat," "Amish Paradise," and more.

Legacy

The jury is still out on Unleash The Archers. I do like Brittany Slayes' voice. All the musicans are technically proficient. But I am never sure if I like the songwriting/arranging.

This is "Legacy" by Unleash the Archers from their 2020 album Abyss.

Microsoft Hit With Supply-chain Hack

Chinese in origin, or so it appears. Microsoft admits to signing rootkit malware in supply-chain fiasco

Last week, G Data's cybersecurity alert systems flagged what appeared to be a false positive, but was not—a Microsoft signed driver called "Netfilter."

The driver in question was seen communicating with China-based C&C IPs providing no legitimate functionality and as such raised suspicions.

The details are esoteric, but it would seem that the Microsoft procedures around signing of drivers needs a little work.

The mishap seems to have resulted from the threat actor following Microsoft's process to submit the malicious Netfilter drivers, and managing to acquire the Microsoft-signed binary in a legitimate manner:

"Microsoft is investigating a malicious actor distributing malicious drivers within gaming environments."

"The actor submitted drivers for certification through the Windows Hardware Compatibility Program. The drivers were built by a third party."

"We have suspended the account and reviewed their submissions for additional signs of malware," said Microsoft yesterday.

Someone needs to review the whole procedure.

And while it happened once, people are now on the lookout for similar badly-behaving drivers.

A day may come when companies take security seriously, but today is not that day.

What Would You Do if You Found an Intruder in Your Daughter's Bedroom?

This guy defended his family. No charges filed in fatal home invasion in Yakima.

According to police, the 34-year-old arrived home about 7:45 p.m. at the Almost Sunshine RV Park on East N Street with his girlfriend and their six children — all between 7 and 14 years old — and found a stranger inside.

Turns out the guy was a neighbor. So peple you know can be a threat.

The man was later identified as 38-year-old Joe Mendoza, who lived next door to the family. Seely said the motive is unclear at this point and investigators are still trying to determine what happened during the confrontation in the bedroom.

The descriptions of this guy by the neighbors are interesting.

“The neighbors are saying, ‘Yeah, he’s kinda odd, he’s looking in people’s windows and we don’t let our kids go out when he’s out,'” [Capt. Jay] Seely said.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Crazy People Are Dangerous, and So Are Terrorists

German flag

Personally I'm not convinced he was all that crazy. Jihadist Motive Not Ruled Out In Deadly Germany Knife Attack

Investigators said Saturday they were examining if radicalisation or psychiatric problems drove a 24-year-old man to go on a knife rampage in the German city of Wuerzburg, stabbing three women to death and leaving six other people seriously injured.

The suspect, a Somali who arrived in Germany in 2015, struck in the city centre on Friday evening, first at a household goods store before moving on to a bank.

Authorities in Germany REALLY don't like to say it was due to Jihad.

But a witness account of the suspect crying "Allah Akbar" (God is greatest) during his killing spree fuelled questions over his motive.

They found "hateful messages" on a phone. Germany: Police puzzle over motive of Würzburg knife attacker

Chief criminal director Armin Kühnert said investigators had also found hateful texts on a phone at the shelter where the man was last based.

Still they want to say he was mentally ill, though they concede it could be both.

News Flash: Businesses Need to Make Money

This is an idea lost on people in California. Shoplifting spikes out of control, forcing some retail chains to close | KTLA

If you make something cheaper, you will get more of it. And there are no consequences for certain crimes, especially in the Liberal Utopias.

One particular city, San Francisco, has been particularly hit with the retail chain Walgreens saying they were forced to close 17 stores in the past five years because of revenue losses due to shoplifting.

Stores that haven't gone out of business or closed locations are charging everyone else more.

That is also 17 stores worth of jobs eliminated, and the taxes those people would pay. 17 stores worth of sales tax eliminated, or shifted to other jurisdictions. And the politicians will no doubt decide that they have to raise taxes because revenues have "unexpectedly" fallen.

More than $60 billion was shoplifted in 2019. Hat tip to Wirecutter.

27 June 2021

The I-40 Bridge (The Hernando de Soto Bridge) Between Arkansas and Tennessee

On May 11th, a crack was found in a critical member of the I-40 bridge that connects Memphis, Tennessee with West Memphis, Arkansas. It was immediately closed to traffic, causing major problems for the region.

The video is pretty good at explaining why this is a critical issue, and

Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT) released a drone video from 2 years ago showing the initial stage of the crack forming. (The section of the video is at 8 minutes and 57 seconds in.)

My initial post on this incident is at the following link. A Bridge That Didn't Collapse. It has a couple of the images released when the crack in the bridge was initally discovered.

This is the video for "What Really Happened at the Hernando de Soto Bridge?" from Practical Engineering.

Rise of the New Aristocracy

The Other McCain has an interesting look at what is going on in real estate. The Billionaire Landlord Cartel

In short, every would-be home buyer is now effectively bidding against rental/investment companies, and more and m0re residents in suburban neighborhoods are not home owners, but tenants, because this bidding war has put the American Dream of home ownership out of reach.

While that is one conclusion there is more. Like the rental cartels will curtail your rights. Guns? Not allowed. Political signs? Not allowed. You will be woke, or homeless.

Four-legged Predators

The world is not a safe place.

What would you do if you were attacked by a bear in your home? Bear shot after breaking into El Dorado County home.

A spokesperson for the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said they received a call about the bear encounter around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday. The caller said they were attacked by a bear in their home and that they had shot the bear in self-defense.

At least he had the means of self-defense.

Then there is the hazzard of rabid animals. Man ‘lucky to be alive’ after rare bobcat attack.

He was attacked while unloading groceries from his car. He was able to get away from the cat, and get into the house.

However, later that day, a homeowner shot and killed a bobcat a few miles away, and that bobcat tested positive for rabies. The Jacksons believe it was the same bobcat. Officials couldn’t confirm the two incidents were related, but do believe the bobcat that attacked Jackson was rabid.

He didn't have access to the means of defense. But it is good that someone did.

FGC-9 Factory in Finland

I can't find any media story on this. FGC-9 Factory Operating in Finland | Impro Guns

Uncovered last night [June 7] as part of ongoing ANOM raids.

There was a similar factory in India; I found one news story on that from India.

FGC-9 stands for F- Gun Control 9mm, and that scares the gun-hating Left.

The image below is NOT from the story linked above. It is of an FGC-9 Mk 2 I found somewhere on the internet.

You Have NO Freedom of Religion in Canada

There is a health emergency, and The Authorities™ can (and will) trample all your rights. It's for your own good. 85 days of captivity: Alberta government to release GraceLife Church from its temporary jail - Rebel News

The church was seized in a dawn raid on April 7, when RCMP, Alberta Health Services, Paladin Security and a fencing company took over the church property after first issuing a closure notice to the church in January. The congregation has continued to meet in secret rotating locations, despite threats of fines and imprisonment.

The pastor of the church, James Coates, spent 35 days in "the maximum security Edmonton Remand Centre." He questioned their authority.

And what passes for courts in Canada ruled that this was all perfectly OK.

This was not the only church siezed by the .gov, and he was not the only pastor jailed for being a pastor. Click thru for more details.

26 June 2021

OldAFSarge and WWII Reading Recommendations

OldAFSarge at Chant du Départ has some recommendations. You Can't Tell Us...

In the immortal words of a friend of mine...
You can't tell us you bought four new books and then not say what they are!
Well, apparently I can.

There are more than 4 recommendations. If you're a WWII history buff, check them out.

(The AF in OldAFSarge stands for Air Force, not "As F-.")

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - June 26

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain starts things off with In The Mailbox: 06.23.21

Shark Tank: Crist Says DeSantis Is Upholding “The Big Lie”
Shot In The Dark: Minnesota – Government For Sale
The Political Hat: Cheat Sheet For Social Justice Lingo

EBL - Breaking: Surfside, Florida Champlain Towers Condo Collapse 😬😢

News Thud: New video shows collapse
Right Scoop: Rescue efforts
IOTW: Video of Collapse

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 20: Legal Insurrection reported, "The LPGA moved the Portland Classic to a suburb for the first time in 50 years due to safety concerns in the city.
"The event usually takes place at the Columbia Edgewater Country Club in Northeast Portland."

Political Hat - Quick Takes – Institutional Racism: Strategic “Diversity, Inclusivity, Equity” (“DIE”); Mandatory “Identity And Privilege” Indoctrination; Punishment For “White Fragility”

You are nothing more than your intersectional identities and this makes you either privileged or oppressed. This line of thinking is mandatory.

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 06.24.21(Afternoon Edition)

Don Surber: How To Stop Urban Crime, also, Court Calls The “Insurrection” Parading
First Street Journal: Yup, They Did It Again! also, An Expected Op-Ed In The Philadelphia Inquirer

A View from the Beach - Election 2020: Biden Threatens to Use F15s and Nuclear Weapons

PM WATCH: Sen. Cruz says Democrats' election overhaul bill is the real Jim Crow 2.0—not 'common sense' voting laws. Bryan Preston at PJ Media, Democrat Says the Quiet Part Out Loud. Their Election Bill Isn't a Reform, It's a Means for Them to Grab Power Forever

The Right Way - Top of the News

Don Lemon and Fake Victim Syndrome - The Daley Gator
Ninth Circus Blocks District Court Ruling Against CA ‘Assault Weapons’ Ban - IOTWreport
Portland Just Wants to Be Loved- American Digest

Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 06.24.21 (Evening Edition)

Legal Insurrection: Dems Launch Unguided Missile Rebekah Jones To Take Down Matt Gaetz, also, Another Racist Biden Program Halted By Federal Judge
Nebraska Energy Observer: FYI

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 06/24/2021

Biden announces a ‘major crackdown’ on gun dealers, which basically consists of him directing the ATF to make gun dealers obey the law.

Vlad Tepes - Parents objecting to Marxist indoctrination in schools are arrested: Links 1, June 24, 2021

This week, it was revealed that the CDC had concealed data showing that in fact there was a connection between autism in black children and the mumps vaccine. I guess this truth would be blocked by Mail Chimp as well.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 6/24/2021

Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls Nancy Pelosi, Issues a “Warning”
Big Tech, especially Apple, has always maintained that it would embrace the right kind of government regulation. However at the wrong end of a barrel...

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 06.25.21

Don Surber: Babylon Bee Stings NYT & Big Tech
First Street Journal: Don’t Chill Out So Much! also, Amanda Marcotte Doesn’t Want You To Exercise A Right She Chooses Not To Use

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 6/23/21

"Silverton, Colorado, Mayor Shane Fuhrman announced that the Pledge of Allegiance would be banned at trustee meetings and faced nearly immediate backlash."
Mayor Bans Pledge Of Allegiance At Meeting, Attendees Recite It In Protest

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: ‘Huge Win for Democracy’: GOP Blocks Federal Election Takeover

‘Huge Win for Democracy’: GOP Blocks Federal Election Takeover: Fred Lucas
Recent History Suggests FBI Involvement in January 6: Julie Kelly
Chicago shows the existential danger behind the Democrats' policies: Andrea Widburg

Maggie's Farm - Wednesday morning links

WHO Stealth Edits Page Warning Against Vaccinating Children
University Lab Finds 11 Dangerous Pathogens on Children’s Face Masks
Democrats' voter ID debacle

I leave you with Wednesday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, Housework won’t kill you, but why take a chance? from bluebird of bitterness, and Wednesday Memes … from Freedom Is Just Another Word…

He Didn't Leave When Told, and Became Physical

So she shot him. Woman claims self defense after man shot to death at River Oaks home, police say

A homeowner in River Oaks told police that she shot a man who had been a house guest after he got physical with her and refused to leave.

The man later died at a hospital.

Police didn't arrest the woman, but the prosecutor will take the incident to a grand jury.

Self-defense is a human-right, and this took place in Texas.

A Day My Come When Governments Take Security Seriously

But today is not that day. Tulsa warns of data breach after Conti ransomware leaks police citations

In early May, Tulsa suffered a ransomware attack that led to the City shutting down its network to prevent the spread of the malware. [SNIP]

However, yesterday the Conti Ransomware gang claimed responsibility and published 18,938 of the City's files, mainly police citations and internal Word [documents].

They are telling people to be aware of scams and to "monitor their credit," but they are offering no help. They are not offering the standard 1-year of a credit-monitoring service.

Kiss from a Rose

The state of Pop music in 1994/95 was very different from the sad state that it is in today. This song was written by 1 person, not a committee. It is in 3/4 time, not 4/4. It goes through a very complex chord progression and it includes oboe and harpsichord, and also has a string section.

With all of that it was top of the Billboard 100 chart in 1995, as well as Billboard's Mainstream Top 40 Chart, Adult Top 40, and more. It charted all over Europe and Australia and it won the Grammy for "Song of the Year" in 1995. I hadn't heard it (or thought about it) in a very long time. It is here today, thanks to a Rick Beato video. What Makes This Song Great? Episode 105.

Even though this isn't the type of music I was usually listening to in 1995, I always thought this was a beautiful song. I think you will enjoy it. If you were listening to the radio in 1995, you probably heard this song. I am going to have to revisit the entire album.

I never thought there was a problem hearing the vocals, but apparently over the years there have been a few controversies. So here is a link to the lyrics, in case you can't make something out.

This song is "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal from his 1994 album Seal II. It was also part of the 1995 movie Batman Forever as part of the film's soundtrack.

Othal Wallace Manhunt

He was caught on camera shooting a police officer in Florida. Othal Wallace Manhunt Focuses on Atlanta; Reward Now $200,000 : The Other McCain

Wallace is a black nationalist and a member of an anti-white hate group, the NFAC, and posted social media messages boasting about his hatred of police as “pigs” whose blood he intended to shed. He was amassing an arsenal.

Click thru for more details.

But you won’t see anything about this on CNN or MSNBC.

25 June 2021

Friday Links

Flopping Aces - President Rutabaga and democrats are absolutely f**king minorities over

Legal Insurrection - U.S. Has Lowest Trust of Media In 46 Countries Surveyed, According to Reuters Institute Report

Bookworm Room - The prophecies and morals of Star Trek: The Next Generation

The Other McCain - Joe Biden Blames Crime Surge on Mythical ‘Rogue’ Gun Dealers

What this “crackdown” on alleged “rogue” gun dealers is really about is increasing ATF harassment of small mom-and-pop businesses.

Ace of Spades HQ - LOL: White Square Capital, One of the Hedge Funds That Bet Against GameStop (and Reddit), Shuts Down

The O.K. Corral - New York City Is Circling The Drain

New York City, one of the most dysfunctional bergs in America, is kicking their demise up a notch by promoting a sex-filled summer.

Meep at STUMP - Technology, Accessibility, and my Aunt Pat

I don’t know the full history because I was a child at the time, but Aunt Pat was the driving force behind IBM’s project for technology for people with disabilities in the late 1980s.

Again from Ace of Spades HQ - Surprise! Law Firm Paid by the Lincoln Project Determines That The Clients Paying Them Just Didn't Know That Founder John Weaver Was Soliciting Sex From Underage Boys

Bayou Renaissance Man - Electoral ducking and covering... why am I not surprised?

Granite Grok - What Leftists Think About a “Maverick” in Their Midst – Spend Millions to Get Her Back in Line

Gulf Coast Commentary - Finally, Signs of Intelligent Life on Earth: Swiss Voters Reject Climate Change

Manhattan Contrarian - Texas Starts Waking Up To The Issue Of The Full Costs Of "Renewables"

Sacred Cow Slaughterhouse - The Hypothesis of Very Big Numbers

One way politicians and the media manipulate low-IQ voters, the gullible, and liberals is by tossing HUGE NUMBERS about.

Jihad Watch - Germany: ‘Right-wing extremist’ who threw burning bottle at families on playground was actually a Muslim migrant But that fact is not politically advantagous.

The Shekel - Coins, Law and Commentary - The Next Time Someone Says A Civilian Doesn't Need More Than A 10-Round Magazine . . .

You can show him this video:

Wretchard's site - Run silent, run deep

Moonbattery - Caucasian-Free Racial Harmony in Chicago

Again from Moonbattery - Lin-Manuel Miranda Evokes Disgust With Apology Another one apologizes to the woke mob. The Bill Maher video at this link is worth your time.

Again from The Other McCain - Chicago: 5 Killed by ‘System Racism’ and Semi-Automatic Gunfire, But Mainly …

Blazing Cat Fur - Why Shutdowns and Masks Suit the Elite

Adaptive Curmudgeon - Critter Encounters AC on Perspective and Peace.

Distance gives perspective. Perspective gives peace.

One last time from The Other McCain - Say Good-Bye to Victoria’s Secret

Feminists hate beauty. Feminists hate love. Feminists hate everything good and wholesome and wish to destroy whatever makes us happy, e.g., Swedish supermodels prancing around in lingerie.

Crazy People Are Dangerous

He wasn't crazy enough to stick around after a homeowner defended himself. Man arrested after Pascagoula shooting

Police say the suspect of both incidents went to a residence on Fulton Avenue waving a gun at the homeowner. The homeowner shot their gun, hitting the suspect’s vehicle.

There were at least 2 more incidents involving this guy.

Authorities said Mitchell abandoned his car and fled on foot, but was eventually taken into police custody.

He is charged with assault, and attempted assault, and police say there will be more charges.

Self-defense is a human-right.

An Academic Paper on LGBT Gun Owners

The paper itself is behind a paywall, but we have Professor Yamane's comments on it. Queers with Guns? Against the LGBT Grain | Gun Curious

The printed edition of the journal will be available later this year, but the articles are being posted online once they are finalized. One that I am particularly proud to have had an editorial hand in is “Queers with Guns? Against the LGBT Grain” by University of Texas graduate student Thatcher Combs.

To say that being a gun owner "goes against the grain" of the LGBT community is an understatment. I got much more grief from "The Community" for being a gun owner than I ever got from being lesbian. Most of the guys in my gun club, when I first joined, just wanted to know how they could get their wives/girlfriends involved in shooting.

Here is a part of how the paper's author, Thatcher Combs, describes his work.

In this study, LGBTQ gun owners highlight two major themes. First, they discuss how their gender expression/sexuality creates possibilities for violence. Second, they relate minority oppression with the violent uprisings that created the LGBT movement. As such, these LGBTQ gun owners go against the LGBT movement’s discourse of pro-gun control and structural change.

The more people who are gun owners, the harder it will be for the gun-hating part of the Left to impose their dreams of gun control.

"Just Give Them What They Want" Will NOT Keep You Safe

The Left loves to say that you don't need to defend yourself. "Just give them what they want," they say. They assume that will keep you safe. (Rape? They don't want to discuss rape!) Man Shot In Head During Robbery In Tinley Park: Police

The man told police he was returning home just after 4 a.m. when another man wearing dark clothing and a black face covering approached him, demanding money. After what police called "a short scuffle," the man gave the robber money.

This is when police said the robber then fired one gun shot

So after he got what he wanted, the cash, he still shot the guy.

Luckily the wound was minor, and he was treated and released. It could have been serious or deadly.

Tinely Park is in the the south or southwest suburbs of Chicago, probably about half an hour or 45 minutes from downtown, depending on the time of day. (Rush hour? Forget it.)

Cooperating with violent criminals will not stop them from being violent criminals. It is a strategy for dealing with a violent encounter. To my way of thinking, it is a fairly poor strategy. It is certainly not the guarantee that the gun-hating Left likes to make it out to be. And someday I will find a Leftist who wants to talk about cooperating with rapists, but today is probably not that day.

Of course being armed in your own defense is also no guarantee. It is a strategy. One that works for some people and not for others. There are, however, no guarantees in this life.

Nothing in this world is absolutely certain but death and next winter’s snow
   — Marion Zimmer-Bradley. The Saga of the Renunciates (Darkover Saga)

24 June 2021

A Daley Gator Musical Interlude

Daley Gator has an interesting version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Friday Night Guitar Greatness.

Is there a more beautiful song than While My Guitar Gently Weeps So many of the greats have done it, To me no one can touch Clapton’s version, but these two Guitar Gods do pretty well too

Click thru.

Because Keeping Violent Offenders in Jail Is UNFAIR

It was certainly unfair to the people he (allegedly) killed. A murder suspect was freed. Now he's a person of interest in Detroit.

Last year, when a judge decided to release the man accused in her sister’s slaying ahead of trial, Amanda Edmunds was beside herself. “Who’s to say he’s not going to get out, cut his freaking tether off and then just disappear?” she said.

On Tuesday, her voice was sharp as she spoke of the Washtenaw County judge with the knowledge the man not only cut his GPS tether last week, then turned himself in, but was now named as a person of interest in a Detroit double-fatal shooting discovered in between on Monday.

Hat tip to The Other McCain - Impeach Judge Carol Kuhnke, in which he asks, "What kind of judge would turn this guy loose?"

Well, (a) last year, Joe Biden got 72% of the vote in Washtenaw County, and (b) Judge Kuhnke is a Democrat...

Don't Bring a Crowbar to a Gunfight

They thought it was a good idea to rob a Papa John's Pizza. They were wrong. ‘Someone just broke in and they were shot in self defense,’ 911 caller says in New Carlisle attempted robbery

They came right in with weapons and tried to rob us. They’re still in here. There’s one shot and wounded on the floor. One of them ran out.

The guy who got shot, Gage Melton, didn't survive. There is no information on the other guy.

The employee who did the shooting was a concealed carry licensee. He will probably lose his job, since most national chains would rather their employees be defenseless victims. I am not sure about Papa John's policy.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense Is Legal in Louisiana

But then I thought it was. Grand jury declines to bring charges against Tangipahoa deputy, resident in fatal shooting

On Monday, Perrilloux said the evidence compiled by State Police and presented to the grand jury showed that the homeowner, who was carrying a rifle, discovered Patterson in the act of burgling his shed. The two got in a hand-to-hand-scuffle before the homeowner eventually cleared enough space between the two of them to fire the rifle at Patterson, killing him, according to Perrilloux.

The Tangipahoa deputy arrived at the scene while the two were scuffling and saw the homeowner shoot Patterson. Unsure of who the initial burglar was, the deputy fired at the homeowner, Perrilloux said.

Shoot first and worry about the details later. Professional policing in the 21st Century.

Well, self-defense is human-right, and might be your legal right in Louisiana, if the cops don't show up and shoot you for exercising your legal right.

Americans and Misunderstanding of Crime Trends

History and mathematics. Two topics Americans hate. Why People Misperceive Crime Trends (Chicago Is Not the Murder Capital) - The New York Times

This is a story from the New York Times, so even when they are talking about statistics, they do cherry pick some of those numbers. And the numbers are from 2020, which was not an average year in any sense, including for crime. (People who are not riding on subway trains will not be mugged in subway stations, etc.) But somehow they don't seem to cover any of the "Mostly Peaceful" protests (e.g. riots and looting) that took place all over the country last year. I'm sure it was an oversight.

So while we get the "Crime is Down" refrain for 2020, we get no mention of Carjacking. And aside from a graph (included below) showing how much worse things were in the 1980s and 1990s, there is no discussion in the NY Times about what might have caused the crime rates to fall so dramatically in the 1990s. I talk a bit about that below.

So why is it that people are clueless about real crime statistics? Part of this is the fault of the Media. Chicago and New York and Los Angeles get more national media attention than Saint Louis and Baltimore and New Orleans. Part of this that Math is Hard, and statitisics involve things like long division, and knowing how to calculate rates from raw numbers and population figures. And if the media focused too closely on how bad things were in the 1980s, people might want to know ha

A 3rd reason they get things so wrong is also the fault of the 24 hour media. They want you scared, because it is easier to control you when you are scared.

First we should consider the historic crime trends, since that is actually the bigger story.

A Pew Research report in 2016 found that “voters are usually more likely to say crime is up than down, regardless of what official statistics show.” For decades, Gallup has asked people whether they think there is more or less crime in the U.S. compared with the year before. The question has been asked almost yearly since 1996, and every year except for 2001 the public — usually by overwhelming margins — has said crime has increased.

The truth is that murder was near historic lows 5 or 10 years ago.

So, what happened in the late 1980s and early 1990s to drive the murder-rate down so quickly? Two things. The advent of "Shall Issue" Concealed Carry laws, and Broken Windows Policing.

Though Florida wasn't the first state to have "Shall Issue" concealed carry licensing, when they passed that legislation in 1987, they started the modern wave of reform of self-defense laws. And started a wave of Leftist and Media (but I repeat myself) pearl clutching, and predictions of "blood will run in the streets."

Broken Windows Policing was first mentioned in 1982 in the March issue of The Atlantic magazine. It was adopted by Police Commissioner William Bratton in NYC during the 1990s.

While correlation doesn't equal causation, for the causation argument you can see the work done by John Lott in general and his book More Guns, Less Crime.

Next let us consider which cities are actually the most dangerous.

The Left Already Going After DeSantis

They have to go after any Repubilcan that could challege Biden. DeSantis Derangement Syndrome?

There was a tragic accident during a Pride Parade in Broward County, Florida. A guy, who was actually part of the parade, but couldn't walk because of health issues, lost control of his truck and ran over some other parade participants.

His foot slipped and hit the accelerator — an accident — but immediately after this accident, before it was known what had happened, Democrats pounced:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida Mayor Dean Trantalis (a Democrat) immediately labeled it a "terrorist attack" and blamed it on DeSantis. Of course he was wrong. And he issued the non-apology apology.

The sky is falling. And it is either your fault, for eating meat, or driving a car, or using air conditioning, or whatever, OR it The Republicans' fault (or a Republican's fault) for inciting hatred.

This is the entirety of their agenda — all fear, all the time — and we should not be surprised by the hysteria it produces.

Everything has to be a crisis because scared people are easy to control.

23 June 2021

Mark and Patrica McCloskey Plead Guilty to Misdemeanors

And Mark has a new AR. St Louis attorney Mark McCloskey poses with new rifle after being forced to give up weapon he pulled on protesters

Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000, while Mark McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750.

They also had to surrender the firearms used that day, which the judge ordered destroyed. But Mark was able to pick up an new AR. (How many millions of AR-15s have been manufactured in the past year?)

They dropped all charges, except for a claim I instilled “imminent fear” in the mob

Which seems like the entire point of the exercise.

The McCloskey's view the misdemeanor charges as a face-saving act on the part of the gun-hating prosecutor. Buying a new AR, and posing for pictures (click thru) is a poke in the eye to that prosecutor.

Though I think I would move out of that jurisdiction.

Baltimore Reaches a Milestone

Though it isn't something to be proud of. Baltimore surpasses 160th homicide in first half of 2021.

Nearly a dozen people were shot across Baltimore over the weekend.

The City also reached and has since surpassed its 160th homicide so far this year.

Not that it will change policy in city hall or the prosecutor's office.

Wednesday Link Roundup - May 23rd

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain starts things off with In The Mailbox: 06.21.21

Shot In The Dark: Approval, also, Solstice of The Habsburgs
The Political Hat: Venezuela – Settling For Decline As Tyranny Spreads

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

The Other McCain: Rebekah Jones Update
Bustednuckles: Take Your Best Guess

Pirate's Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. Sultan Knish explains how HBO got Woke and went Broke
  2. The Daley Gator has 100 tunes that defined rock and roll
  3. The First Street Journal covers Socialism in education

Daley Gator - Your CCW News Update For Sunday (06/20/21)

The National Security Agency (NSA) has agreed to release records on the FBI’s improper spying on thousands of Americans, the secretive agency disclosed in a recent letter.

Political Hat - News of the Week (June 20th, 2021)

ERCOT pushes panic button for Texans with energy conservation alert
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is the state’s energy grid manager. Monday afternoon ERCOT began issuing alerts to conserve energy

EBL - Whites Only for Democrat Senator Whitehouse 😬🤷🏾‍♀️

NY Post: Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse under fire for membership in "White Only" Club
That is how Democrats roll. Systemic racism indeed!

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 06/21/2021

Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger received a report showing egregious election issues yet he concealed the report and claimed the state had “safe, secure, and honest elections.”

A View from the Beach - Election 2020: Continuing into Summer 2021

At Town Hall, Kurt Schlicter warns That Loudmouth Troublemaker Is An FBI Snitch. If the FBI didn't have men in the Capital on Jan. 6, they're incompetent.

Vlad Tepes - Boris turns London into the Stanford Prison experiment, Canadian Parliament does theatre around Chinese spies at level 4 Winnipeg lab: Links 3, June 21, 2021

For the first time in 110 years, a non MP was rebuked by Parliament for failure I think to disclose documents on the arrest of two likely Chinese spies at the Winnipeg level 4 bio lab.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 6/21/2021

Illegal Party Continues in Crime-Plagued Washington Square Park as NYPD Cops Fail to Impose Midnight Closing Time a Night After Bloody Stampede

Proof Positive - Best of the Web*

Political/SocioEconomic
Is Joe Biden Looking to Gut the U.S. Navy?

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

Bookworm Beat — the stupid leftist’s illustrated edition
A disturbing look at corporate Critical Race Theory brainwashing
CNN IS CRAZY

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 6/21/21

Daniel Greenfield: "Neighborhoods secede from cities, cities from counties, and counties from states."
The Small Secessions of the New Civil War

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: How Biden’s Border Policies Feed a Criminal Monopoly

The Degeneration of Public Administration: Theodore Dalrymple
Herschel Walker Sure Sounds Like He Is Set To Run In Georgia: Outkick
Gov. Ron DeSantis Becoming Major Voice For GOP: OAN

I leave you with Sunday Funnies, 06-20-21 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Sunday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces, and Signs of the times from bluebird of bitterness.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought breaking into a house was a fine idea. Bradford County man shot by property caretaker during home invasion

According to the Sheriff’s Office, an investigation found that on June 19, 29-year-old Cody Wagner of Rome unlawfully entered a home on the 1900 block of Waite Road in Nichols and was confronted by a “property caretaker” armed with a shotgun. The caretaker attempted to escort Wagner to a nearby residence to call 911 when Wagner retrieved a revolver out of his vehicle and pointed it at the caretaker.

The Sheriff’s Office says the caretaker fired one shot and struck Wagner in the abdomen.

That was all for the would-be, bad-guy; he died at the scene.

The investigation contiues, but no charges have been filed. Self-defense is a human-right.

Homeowners' Associations Are Evil - Part 483

And the HOA president is an idiot. Mother at odds with HOA over sign honoring deceased son

Whether it’s politics, school spirit, or simply decor, people living in the Barwood community have no problem expressing themselves. Displays can be seen throughout this northwest Harris County neighborhood with various messages. However, resident April Wright said she recently learned her sign seeking justice for her deceased son was deemed a nuisance.

It isn't huge, or neon. It is about the size of your average political campaign sign, or a realtor's "For Sale" sign.

The guy who killed her son was released on bond, because keeping violent criminals in jail is unfair, so she had a sign to make people aware of what is going on, and to honor her son.

Her sign was in place "too long" at 6 weeks. But there are still campaign sings from last year's election in yards.

The HOA said it is a "misunderstanding." And the idiot...

“We had no idea this was such a personal issue for her. We have apologized to her via Personal Message and have offered to meet with her personally to apologize again,” said the association’s president.

Gee, we had no idea that the murder of her son might be a personal issue. Or that anyone, the victim of a crime, or the relative of a victim might take it personally when there is no justice.

Under the Bridge

I've mentioned before that 1991 was a good year for music. Metallica released their 5th album Metallica, which is usually called The Black Album. Soundgarden released their 3rd album, Badmotorfinger. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers released Into the Great Wide Open. REM released the album Out Of Time. U2 released Achtung Baby. And then there was the album that includes today's song.

This song has people playing real instruments. I will never understand why the suits and their tiny minds are opposed to songwriting. You will never see a song like this with the current group of suits in charge of Popular Music. It doesn't fit the formula.

This song is "Under the Bridge" by The Red Hot Chili Peppers from the 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik. This is probably the song that catapulted the Chili Peppers into their massive success. "Under the Bridge" hit number 2 on the Billboard chart.

22 June 2021

Officer Gordon Beesley

End of Watch. Here's what we know about Officer Gordon Beesley | FOX31 Denver

Beesley was shot and killed, along with another man identified only so far as a “Samaritan,” while responding to a report of suspicious activity, although further details have not yet been released. The shooter, who has not been identified, also was killed.

Rebekah Jones, Florida COVID-19 Reporting, and Meanness

All this guy wanted to do was make the COVID numbers more understandable, but she couldn't let anything stand in front of her "Florida is lying about COVID" narrative. Rebekah Jones Tried to Ruin Florida Academic's Career | National Review

Taylor, a 37-year-old Ph.D. candidate at the Florida Atlantic University College of Business, waded into the world of COVID data analysis last spring after being informed that he had been in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. When he looked at the data for himself, what he found disturbed him: The way the Florida Department of Health was presenting the pandemic death toll was confusing members of the media who lacked a background in data analysis.

But what he didn't understand is that the media wasn't interested in the facts, and they especially didn't want any facts that might make Governor DeSantis look good. They were perfectly happy with the confusing presentation as long as they could attack Republicans.

By creating a tracker that showed the situation in Florida to be somewhat less dire than enemies of Governor DeSantis preferred to believe, he had left the staid world of academia and entered the world of politics, where facts are subordinated to the question of whom those facts might help and whom they might hurt.

And the media's champion in this attack on Republicans was Rebekah Jones.

Jones jumped into the viral twitter thread, not to argue about Taylor’s methodology, but to accuse him and his academic adviser of sexual harassment, thereby stifling the original tweet, which was putting his tracker on the map.

Not only did Jones smear Taylor and his adviser as sexual harassers to her hundreds of thousands of followers, she also tagged their university, the university president, and university police.

Jones deleted the tweets, but Taylor preserved them as screenshots on the advice of a prominent academic who had previously been subjected to a characteristic Jones smear campaign.

They are still under investigation, because even though she can offer no proof, proof is not needed in a university setting. There is so much more; click thru.

Hat tip to The Other McCain and Rebekah Jones Update, in which he notes that the word “psychopath” is being used to describe Jones.

Because I am a professional journalist, however, I would hesitate to use the clinical term “psychopath” because I have no credentials to make such a diagnosis and it might be construed as defamatory. Nevertheless, I have previously stated my opinion that Jones is “deranged, demented, daft, wacky, bonkers, non compos mentis, off her rocker, nuttier than a Snickers bar, a few fries short of a Happy Meal, and cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.”

I can go along with that. There is more at The Other McCain as well.

My Daily Kona Musical Interlude

My Daily Kona brings us a musical interlude. Monday Music "Come Out and Play" By The OffSpring

I am continuing my string of "bugaloo" songs. This discussion was started in the "Monster Hunter Nation, Hunters Unite", back in November of 2019

Click thru for "Come Out and Play" (sometimes subtitled "Keep 'Em Separated") by the Offspring.

Armed Self-defense - South African Edition

Human-rights don't recognize borders. Though a lot of countries don't recognize human-rights. Pinetown motorist who shot man was being robbed at knifepoint: Cops.

The man shot by a motorist in Pinetown captured in a video that has been shared on Facebook had been attempting to rob him of his cellphone at knifepoint.

Three guys armed with knives surround a truck stuck in traffic. While the doors were locked, they were not that much of a problem. Once they broke a window and had access to the inside of the vehicle, they became a real threat.

Once he shot one of the would-be robbers, the other two ran like rabbits.

This is the video from Active Self Protection for Attempted Robbery While Stopped At A Traffic Light. The video is broken down an analyzed.

A Bakers Dozen of Self-defense Stories

Because we have to fight the Left's narrative. 13 Examples of How Miami’s Police Chief Is Wrong on Defensive Gun Use

In response to the shooting in Austin, Texas in late May, the police chief of Miami shot his mouth-off, figuratively speaking.

Miami Police Chief Art Acevedo, formerly chief in both head of Austin and Houston, took to social media, where he appeared to mock the idea of ordinary armed civilians being able to intervene effectively when criminal violence occurs.

Click thru for the cases. They are all from May.

The Schadenfreude Surrounding Nickelodeon Is Overstated

I enjoy the schadenfreude of the Left as much as anyone, but the truth is Nickelodeon has been on its way out for ten years or more. The decline didn't start in 2017 or whatever date people are choosing for the "Get Woke, Go Broke" insults. Number of viewers of Nickelodeon in the United States from 2010/11 to 2017/18

Much has been written under the heading of "Get Woke; Go Broke" around Nickelodeon's ratings "implosion" from 1.3 million viewers in 2017, to 300,000 viewers today. Or whatever the latest number is. People have been laying the blame at the feet of the Woke turn they made in 2016 or 2017, which may be satisfying, but it misses something important.

The ratings of Nickelodeon have been evaporating from more than 10 years.

Yes, ratings rebounded, slightly, in the 2015/2016 season. Very slightly. If that was a stock price being charted, that would be called a "dead cat bounce."

When I look at this chart, it is hard for me to say, "All of Nickelodeon's problems are caused by a decision they made in 2017!" I just don't see it.

I enjoy schadenfreude of the Left as much as anyone, but Nickelodeon has been on its way out for ten years.

21 June 2021

The Skeleton Key

Epica released a new album, Ωmega, at the end of February. And as I noted in a post at the beginning of April, they had a song that was number 7 on the Spotify KickAss Metal playlist for that week. While I'm not sure this is the best song off the album, I thought we should listen to it.

This is "The Skeleton Key" by Epica from their February, 2021 album Ωmega. It was apparently released as a single the day the album was released.

That post from April can be found at the following link: Epica Finally Getting Some Recognition.

Cops/Prosecutors in the UK Don't Care about Rape

They never have, but it seems to be getting worse. Government apologises for failing rape victims over plunging conviction levels

Not that it is so much better in the US.

Dame Vera Baird QC said the ministerial apology within its long-awaited Rape Review was a “milestone” which would effectively force the Government to take action, but said the “underwhelming document” did not go far enough.

She also criticised investigators’ continued use of analysing the mobile phones of people who report a rape to police.

They analyse the victim's phone, because if you got raped it must be your fault. So let's look at your phone to see how much of a slut you are.

There were 4,643 rape prosecutions in 2015-16.

Around 13% of reported rape cases in 2015-16 ended in a suspect being charged, but this dropped to just 3% in 2019-20.

There are an estimated 128,000 victims of rape and attempted rape a year, but only 1.6% of reported cases results in a charge, according to latest figures.

Because it is hardly a crime. Look at how they averted their eyes from rape of young girls for years. Rotherham child abuse scandal: 1,400 children exploited, report finds

Prof Jay said: "No-one knows the true scale of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham over the years. Our conservative estimate is that approximately 1,400 children were sexually exploited over the full inquiry period, from 1997 to 2013."

And... How the net closed on Oxford's grooming gang

Over the past decade and through six trials, 18 victims have recounted their experiences, leading to the convictions of 21 men for offences spanning the late 1990s to the late 2000s.

And though Wikipedia is not a very authoritative reference, here are just a few of the entries under Child sexual abuse in the United Kingdom: Notable Incidents.

  • Telford child sex abuse ring
  • Oxford child sex abuse ring
  • Banbury child sex abuse ring
  • Derby child sex abuse ring
  • Bristol child sex abuse ring
  • Newcastle child sex abuse ring
  • Halifax child sex abuse ring

That is not close to being the total list...

The UK has a long way to go before it has anything like Justice. But they are not really interested in catching and prosecuting rapists. They are more worried about COVID violations, and if you say mean things that might upset someone. Crime? No. Thought Crimes are more in the news. While rapists run free, the constabluary has to put an end to things like fox hunting and Wrong Think.