28 November 2021

Due to Technical Difficulties...

Actually more difficulties of a personal nature, this blog is on pause.

Ivy League Worse than North Korea

Admit it. You always suspected that was the case. North Korean defector says 'even North Korea was not this nuts' after attending Ivy League school | Fox News

One of several hundred North Korean defectors settled in the United States, Park, 27, transferred to Columbia University from a South Korean university in 2016 and was deeply disturbed by what she found.

"I expected that I was paying this fortune, all this time and energy, to learn how to think. But they are forcing you to think the way they want you to think," Park said in an interview with Fox News. "I realized, wow, this is insane. I thought America was different but I saw so many similarities to what I saw in North Korea that I started worrying."

There is really little to add. Just go read it.

18 Month Sentence for Shooting 2 People

If you make something cheaper, you will see more of it. Man sentenced to 18 months for 2019 funeral shooting near Frederick

He shot 2 people after a funeral, related to what the polcie call an "altercation" at the funeral.

A man charged after a 2019 shooting at a funeral near Frederick is serving an 18-month sentence after pleading guilty to first-degree assault.

The other charges were dropped. They don't say what those charges were.

This isn't Baltimore, though at about 45 miles from that city and about 40 miles to Washington, DC, it may qualify as a suburb.

Because keeping violent offenders in jail is unfair, so prosecutors reduce or "abandon" charges to make their lives easier. The problem is that is also makes the criminals lives easier.

27 November 2021

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 27 November

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 11.24.21 (Afternoon Edition)

American Power: Kenosha, Portland, & The Lies
American Thinker: The Disturbing & Shocking Plan To Replace Kamala Harris

The Right Way - Top of the News

Has The Left’s Race War Started? - Bookworm Room
George Soros Is Responsible For The Waukesha Massacre ... - 90 Miles From Tyranny

Flopping Aces - The Week in Radical Leftism, 11/26/21

11/22 – If the Vaccines Work, Why Aren’t They Working?
11/23 – The Cruel Lesson to Learn from Austria’s COVID Vax Insanity

Battleswarm Blog - LinkSwarm for 11/26/21

A list of all 26 times Bill Clinton flew on the Lolita Expresss.
Poland’s Presidnet comes out against Flu Manchu vaccinations.
In depth meta-analysis of the use of Ivermectin to treat Flu Manchu.

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 11.24.21 (Evening Edition)

CDR Salamander: The Ice Won’t Break Itself
Don Surber: Biden’s Failing COVID Program, also, The Media Doesn’t Want Our Trust
First Street Journal: Philadelphia Ties For The Silver!

EBL - Thanks to the Troops at Thanksgiving 🦃

Instapundit: How cable news ruined Thanksgiving
Powerline: Mid Week in Pictures: Happy Thanksgiving

A View from the Beach - Thanksgiving Morning Election News

NRCC expands ‘Exit List’ of targeted Democrats ...
New footage catches Capitol police KICKING young woman who died "Authorities' claim of drug overdose cast into doubt" Demand an new autopsy from an unbiased office.

Vlad Tepes - The death of merit, and a few words about what we post and why: Links 2, November 24, 2021

4. Sheffield United Star John Fleck Collapses on Pitch During Tuesday Match and Rushed to the Hospital – TV Live Feed Cut when Announcer Asks If He’s Had COVID Jab

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 11.26.21 (Afternoon Edition)

Gates Of Vienna: Nun Danket Alle Gott
The Geller Report: “The Mouse Didn’t Roar”, also, Democrats’ Solution To Inflation? Charge Your Guests & Don’t Buy Turkey

Cafe Hayek - Some Covid Links

A Missouri court deals a just blow to that state’s Covidocracy. (HT Todd Zywicki)
Barry Brownstein explains why each of us has a civil and moral duty to oppose tyrannical bureaucracies.

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 6: Robby Starbuck reported, "A pilot at Southwest tells me the company just approved their vaccine exemption and all the exemptions from other pilots they know on the same day. Automakers also just agreed with unions to not require the jab.

And again from Wombat-socho - Late Night With In The Mailbox: 11.25.21

Transterrestrial Musings: Climate Models
Victory Girls: Chappelle Holiday Roasts High School Students For The Win, also, Notre Dame Cathedral Restoration Going Woke

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 11/25/21

"Its new rules spell the end of women's sports at the highest levels of global competition. All women everywhere should boycott the Olympics entirely."
New Olympic Committee Rules Essentially End Women's Sports

Maggie's Farm - Wednesday morning links

NY Times: It's not hard to see why people are moving to Texas
Tucker Carlson's interview with Kyle Rittenhouse is fascinating

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 11/24/2021

Sheriff of Racine WI, announces criminal charges being filed against almost every member of the election commission in that battleground state for knowingly breaking election law under the guise of COVID.

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Cobalt-Gate: Media Again Buries A Hunter Biden-China Scandal During the Biden Vice Presidency

New Criminal Complaint Reveals How Truly Evil Waukesha Attack Was: Nick Arama
“Tone-Deaf” AOC Rails Against ‘Excessive Bail’ Hours After Waukesha Massacre: J. Simonson
Three found guilty of murder in Ahmaud Arbery case: PM

I leave you with Thursday gifdump from Wirecutter, Thursday Memes .. from MaddMedic, and A Little More Thanksgiving Humor from Woodsterman.

Another City Sets New Record for Homicides

I'm sure that the people of Louisville wish they hadn't set this record. Louisville homicides: 2021 breaks all-time record of 173 murders

I expected that the previous record would have been decades ago, but the previous record was set just last year.

Two deadly shootings less than six hours apart have pushed Louisville to 175 homicides in 2021, surpassing last year's grim record for murders in a year.

I'm sure there will press conferences in which the politicians will explain that crime is really down and that there is nothing to fear and you should keep voting for the same politicians and the same failed policies.

Of this year's homicides, the vast majority of victims — about 75% — were Black, police data show, continuing to raise alarms about the disproportionate impact of gun violence on the city's Black communities.

But enforcing the law is racist. Or something. You should pay no attention to the statistics.

Civilization rests on security. Without law and order, you are, as Hobbes said many years ago, you are living in a "State of War.".

Hereby it is manifest that, during the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war, and such a war as is of every man against every man. [SNIP]

In such condition there is no place for industry, because the fruit thereof is uncertain, and consequently no culture of the earth, no navigation nor use of the commodities that may be imported by sea, no commodious building, no instruments of moving and removing such things as require much force, no knowledge of the face of the earth; no account of time, no arts, no letters, no society, and, which is worst of all, continual fear and danger of violent death, and the life of man solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short.

Cop Shoots Man Pointing Rifle at Other Cops

That is how the headline would read, if they were not waging a war against law and order. Warwick police officer with 6 years experience fatally shot a 49-year-old. How it unfolded

Warwick police said [the dead guy] pointed the rifle at officers several times during the confrontation, advancing toward them and then disregarding their orders to drop the rifle.

It may have been suicide-by-cop. It may have been something else.

But what should a cop do when a guy is pointing a rifle at people?

Now they make no mention of what kind of rifle. And since they are clearly doing everything they can to paint cops in a bad light, I am just going to point out that the dreaded AR-15 assault rifle is one of the most popular rifles today. But I can only wonder why they don't say anything about what type of rifle. Do they think an eeeevil AR-15 would justify the cops actions, or are they just not interested in reporting the facts of the case.

Of course the Left is going to be all "Defund the police" over this, because they shot somone! But if the details hold up, it seems to be justified. What would you have them do? Die?

The Ice Bridge

Yes has had a lot of personnel changes over the years, but the current incarnation is making music that in many ways reminds me of the music from the 1970s. I suppose that since Steve Howe is back as guitarist that makes since. (He played guitar on Fragile, one of my favorite albums from that era.) And the keyboardist, Geoff Downes, seems to be channeling Rick Wakeman at times.

Anyway they relased an album when I wasn't paying attention. I haven't heard the whole thing, I have only heard a few songs as they've come across the playlists served up by the music services.

This is "The Ice Bridge" by Yes from their October 1, 2021 album The Quest. It is the first song off the album. I hope you like it as much as I do.

There Is Still Much to be Thankful For

The Other McCain reminds us of that. Thanksgiving in Georgia

It’s easier to complain about our misfortunes and disappointments — the Raiders beat the Cowboys and the Bills beat the Saints — than to be grateful that our lives are basically OK, in an age where it seems it’s becoming more difficult to be basically OK.

Go read the whole thing. It should make you feel a little better about life, even in the face of everything behind the #LetsGoBrandon phenomenon.

26 November 2021

World Chess Championship Starts Today

The International Chess Federation (FIDE) held the opening ceremonies yesterday, and the first game is today.World Chess Championship 2021 starts in Dubai

The match for the world chess leadership is being held with the support of The International Chess Federation (FIDE) between the current world champion Magnus Carlsen and the winner of the Candidates Tournament in 2020/21 Ian Nepomniashchii.

Actually, I haven't checked, but given the location of Dubai, the first game is probably already over.

The prize fund of the championship is 2 million euros. According to the regulations, the participants will play a total of 14 games. The first game will be played today, on November 26th, and the final game on December 14th. If the score in the classics is equal, the final match will be held on December 15th in a tie-break.

Winner doesn't take all of €2 million, but winner does take most by a pretty significant margin. They also each got an upfront payment out of that fund to cover travel expenses for spending a month or so in Dubai.

As much as I enjoy chess, I can't watch the games live. They are streaming in several locations if you are interested. You can (usually) replay the games at Chess.com in less time than they take in real life, but I am not sure if you need a membership for that or not.

Magnus Carlsen has been world champion for 8 years. Ian Nepomniachtchi won the 2019 challengers tournament. (The World Champion match was delayed due to COVID from 2019.)

Friday Links - 26 November

The Feral Irishman starts us off with My Oh My, How Things Have Changed, Remember This>?--UPDATED comparison from The VAERS site..

Maybe the FDA should take a look at their playbook from a handful of years ago.....

The Other McCain - David Brooks Fisking Day Returns?

Beans over at Chant du Départ - Auurrghgghhh!!!! Beans is dealing with extra stress. At least he has his sense of humor.

SiGraybeard - A Perfect Economic Storm

Have you ever heard the expression, “it takes a Ph.D. to be that stupid?” This is an example.

Battleswarm Blog - So Just Who Does GoFundMe Allow To Raise Bail? Seems like there may be some discrimination going on.

Daley Gator - NFL star JJ Watt to pay for funerals of Waukesha parade victims – New York Post

Woodsterman - A Tibetan Monk ~OR~ An Old Tibetan Monk Humor and wisdom in one.

Again from The Daley Gator - The Bleak Misery of a Leftist Thanksgiving – J.B. Shurk

Dr. Dan's Freedom Forum - Freedom is not a Government Program

Blazing Cat Fur - Darrell Brooks shared pro-Hitler memes, called for violence against white people

Adaptive Curmudgeon - There’s Something Happening Here, What It Is Ain’t Exactly Clear Can you discern cultural patterns in the machinations of fast food franchises?

Splendid Isolation - Alternative Fuel Diesel-powered electric vehicles?

Daley Gator again - Mob Targets Bay Area Stores in Third Consecutive Day of Smash-and-Grab Looting – National Review

American Thinker - If the Vaccines Work, Why Aren't They Working?

Flopping Aces - The blood in Waukesha is on the hands of the media, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

Gun Culture 2.0 - Kyle Rittenhouse is a Poster Child for Civilian Gun Training

Again from The Other McCain - Waukesha Massacre: Killer SUV Driver Is Rapper, Career Criminal Out on Bond

Again from Flopping Aces - The “selfless heroes” of Kenosha

The Post Millennial - Washington public schools lose over 55,000 students

Parents cited multiple factors including that schools did not offer in-person instruction during the Covid pandemic, lack of safety on campus, teaching practices and curriculum based in critical race theory and radical, hyper-sexualized curriculum.

HeyJackass! - Mostly Peaceful Weekend

Don Surber - The female Kyle Rittenhouse The other Kenosha, WI self-defense case.

And again from Don Surber - We broke woke

Amerika Furthest Right - Why Does the Left Hate Nature So Much?

Another day, and it seems that Leftists are getting caught setting forest fires.

War on Guns - We're the Only Ones Trigger-Happy Enough, Eh? Cops shoot gunsmith in his shop, apparently because there were guns. He was a gunsmith...

O.K. Corral - Another Beautiful Day In Philadelphia

A group of black girls decided to beat the living hell out of some Asian students while riding on the Broad Street subway line

Geller Report - Miss South Africa Stares Down Boycott The Jews Bullies The Miss Universe contest is being held in Israel this year.

Murder in Indianapolis - All Time Record Territory

I'm guessing that this is not a record they want to set. Murder of 18-year-old in Indy park puts the city on verge of tying the all-time homicide record

Police are still investigating exactly what led to the teenage victim being shot and killed in Gardner Park, but that death is the 244th homicide of the year.

That is just one shy of tying the all-time record set just last year.

Western civilization was nice while it lasted.

Because Keeping Violent Offenders in Jail Would Be Unfair

It certainly isn't fair to the victims. #52: Man who shot driver in South Loop on Saturday was AWOL from a pending felony case, prosecutors say - CWB Chicago

An eight-time convicted felon opened fire on a busy South Loop street corner Saturday evening, striking a man who was waiting for a traffic light to change near the Roosevelt CTA station, prosecutors said. The accused man, 36-year-old Christople Davis, was AWOL on a pending felony case at the time of the shooting.

Davis is the 52nd person accused of killing, trying to kill, or shooting someone in Chicago this year while awaiting trial for a felony.

The powers that be, in what passes for Chicago's Criminal Justice System, still maintain that their lenient bail system does NOT contribute to crime by way of recidivism. That number (52) doesn't include the people where the charges were dropped, and they went back out to commit more crime. It doesn't include case where they didn't try to shoot or kill someone, but still committed a different crime.

‡ That list of people is headed by Crimesha, otherwise known as Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, and her band of non-prosecuting attorneys. There are a few judges on that list, and I'm sure I could see how Mayor Groot (Lori Lightfoot) and others contribute.

CBS Local Stations Get Into the Propaganda Business

What is news that is not objective? CBS Whistleblower Reveals Local Stations Being Instructed to Not Be Objective by Diversity Officers

If you are not reporting the news objectively, then you are pushing some form of propaganda.

That the media wasn’t objective is something we already knew, but thanks to Project Veritas we now can see proof that objectivity is actually being pushed out by the companies who bring you the news.

A whistleblower named Brett Mauser came to Project Veritas from the CBS affiliate in San Antonio (KENS 5) and delivered shocking footage of training and instruction efforts from the station’s parent company Tegna, a company that owns CBS affiliates in San Antonio, Houston, and 62 other news stations across the country.

This is the Project Veritas video CBS Insider Brett Mauser EXPOSES Internal Training ‘Stop Thinking in Terms of Objective Journalism’

25 November 2021


I hope everyone has a great day.

This is "Thanksgiving" by George Winston from the 1982 album December.

Self-defense Is Legal in Louisiana

But then I thought it was. Bossier D.A.: Fatal convenience store shooting 'cut and dried' | News

The convenience store clerk who shot and killed a man during an armed robbery attempt just over a week ago in Bossier City had a right to do what he did, Bossier Parish District Attorney Schuyler Marvin said Monday.

And the wheels of justice are moving at warp speed in Bossier Parish, at least compared to the way some jurisdictions handle this kind of thing.

For more details on this incident, see my original post dealing with the shooting.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Louisiana it seems to be your legal right as well.

Do You Think a Woke DA Can Change?

Can a leopard change his spots? Woke Philadelphia DA finally gets tough: Says whoever killed pregnant woman will face TWO murder charges for killing her and her unborn baby as cops question a suspect

It is too little to late.

First the main detail of this case:

Jessica Covington, a 32-year-old pregnant Philadelphia woman, was shot dead on Saturday night as she was unloading gifts from her own baby shower.

Because of the public outcry the DA is suddenly interested in enforcing the law. Suddenly.

There have been 491 homicide victims in 2021 - a 14 per cent increase from last year's number of 436, and 283 in 2019.

Krasner boasts on his website that he has cut incarceration rates by 24,800 years, cut supervision by 102,400 years, never used the death penalty and helped exonerate 23 people.

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw has said that Philadelphia’s criminal justice system has become a 'revolving door' for repeat gun offenders since Krasner was sworn into office in January 2018.

Because keeping violent criminals in jail is unfair, so he's been turning them loose. And low and behold they have a 14% increase in murders. Who could have foreseen that?

Actually, anyone with 2 brain-cells to run together would have predicted that outcome.

Hat tip to The Other McCain and Killadelphia Update.

Last year, the per-capita homicide rate in Philadelphia was worse than Chicago. It takes a lot of effort to be worse than Chicago, but Philadelphia — a/k/a “Killadelphia” — is up to the challenge, and is now on pace to break the city’s all-time annual murder total of 500, a record set in 1990 at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic. Basically, you could put police crime-scene tape around the entire city; every sidewalk in Philadelphia is covered in chalk outlines of slain victims.

There is more info at both links. Click thru. In particular, The Other McCain has info on the nationwide crime wave that has been fostered by "progressive" reforms of the Criminal Justice System.

And then there is this, from Robert Stacy McCain:

Rhetoric that demonizes law-abiding gun owners is necessary to the Democratic Party agenda of absolving themselves and their constituents of responsibility. Nothing that goes wrong in Philadelphia — or Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, etc. — is the fault of the people directly involved, because those people vote Democrat. The voters who elect Democrats must be held blameless for their problems, and the blame must be transferred to scapegoats — which is why phrases like “white privilege” and “systemic racism” have entered the political lexicon.

Go on, read the whole thing

Vigilante Justice in Spokane

That is old school, but ultimately he got caught. Man killed his daughter's boyfriend for selling her into sex trafficking ring, police say.

His daughter's boyfriend sold her to a sex-trafficking ring. He went and rescued her - think Liam Neeson in Taken. Later, after she was safe, he found out where that boyfriend was going to be.

When the father learned that his daughter's boyfriend was going to be at a location in Airway Heights, Eisenman drove there and waited for the 19-year-old to arrive.

"During that encounter Eisenman abducted the victim, tying him up and placing him in the trunk of a vehicle. Eisenman subsequently assaulted the victim by hitting him in the head with a cinder block and then stabbed him repeatedly, causing his death," police said.

He left that car in the woods with the body in the trunk, but someone moved it into town, where the cops found it. The father was arrested.

The saying about vendetta: Dig 2 graves, one for your target and one for yourself. And while I do understand vendetta, I think that he could have, and should have, relied on the courts in this case.

This is the video from Donut Operator, who has a YouTube channel I quite like. Dad Smokes Daughter's BF Who Sold Her to Trafficking Ring. The ad lasts about a minute.

As Donut says, that isn't the first time something like that has happened. In 1984 Gary Plauché was charged with the vigilante killing of Jeff Doucet, a man who had abducted and abused his son. The killing - an execution really - was all caught on video. Plauché entered a plea of No Contest to manslaughter and was given a suspended sentence, community service, and probation. But that was a different time.

24 November 2021

The WKRP in Cincinnati Turkey Drop

A comedy classic from In the MIDDLE of the RIGHT. Just ‘Cause it is Thanksgiving tomorrow

Click thru for a laugh

Wednesday Link Roundup - 24 November

Pirate's Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. neo-neocon has a post Rittenhouse roundup
  2. Powerline notes Get Woke Empty The Pews

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 11.22.21

Cafe Hayek: Why Can’t These Officious Scoundrels Simply Leave Us Alone? also, Phil Magness Responds To Nancy McLean
CDR Salamander: The Fat Leonard Podcast – On Midrats

Political Hat - News of the Week (November 21st, 2021)

Gun-Control Support Drops Amid Growing Crime and Firearm Purchases
A new survey by Gallup found that 52% of U.S. adults want stricter gun laws and 19% support a ban on handguns

EBL - Where is Peng Shuai? 🎾😬 🇨🇳

Instapundit: Lebron is a sad disgusting ChiCom whore and where is Peng Shuai?
Spectator: Sinister Proof of Life Video

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 5: Sean Davis tweeted, "Twitter Suspended Me For Saying Kyle Rittenhouse Did Nothing Wrong—After His Acquittal."
Repeal Section 230, which shields the online oligarchs from accountability.

Battleswarm Blog - Pumping The Brakes On That “Natural Democratic Majority”

Maybe Texas Democrats shouldn’t make such a show of proclaiming how they’re the party that represents Hispanic citizens if they’re unwilling to run and elect any of them statewide.

A View from the Beach - Elections - Somethings Old, Somethings New

Ace is upset that "QAnon Shaman" Sentenced to Nearly Four Years in Jail -- For... Trespassing
The stalwart Julie Kelly at Am Great, Select Committee Covering Up Police Brutality on January 6, and possibly cover up the death of Rosanne Boyland by beating.

Vlad Tepes - TWO kinds of naked protests in Spain and much more: Links 1, November 23, 2021

3. So, for the first time in a while, there are suddenly flu cases. I guess they have a lot of flu vaccines with too many expired date stamps on them.
...remember when Canada just arbitrarily extended the expiry date of the Covid vaxx?

Cafe Hayek - Some Non-Covid Links

Tim Worstall longs for the good ol’ days when Barack Obama lived in the White House.
Tyler Cowen correctly concludes that Milton Friedman’s legacy remains strong – as it should.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 11/22/2021

“Poor White People”: Sick Leftist Suggests Waukesha Killer Acted in “Self-Defense”
A left-wing social justice activist responded to the horrific tragedy at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin by sardonically commenting “poor white people”

Wendy McElroy - News and commentary round up for Nov. 21

From Substack: Taibbi: The Rittenhouse Verdict Is Only Shocking If You Followed The Last Year Of Terrible Reporting. [Ed: by Matt Taibbi and Matt Orfalea.] From Reason: The ACLU Thinks Kyle Rittenhouse's Civil Liberties Got Too Much Protection.

Splendid Isolation - News Roundup

CNN Goes Full Racist: ‘Nothing More Frightening’ than Angry White Men
…just wait till they actually get to see some.

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

Climate Cult Says To Forget EVs, All Cars Must Go
It’s Ethnic Studies ‘Groundhog Day,’ This Time in Massachusetts
NIH Chief Wants Online ‘Misinformation’ Spreaders ‘Brought to Justice’

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Onward Into Darkness

NIH Chief Goes to War Against the Freedom of Speech: PJM
We need to get real about Islamist terrorism: Spiked
Last Friday, my family’s address was posted on Twitter by three activists...: J.K. Rowling

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 11/22/2021

Victims of billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein have questioned why other women who acted as ‘groomers and recruiters’ are not also on trial with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Fauci confides he wears mask only with people he doesn’t trust.

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 11/23/21

"We are witnessing the consequences of race-baiting in politics and the media."
Racist Gang Attack on Philadelphia Train Targeting Asians Demonstrates Effect of Race Hustlers on the Minds of Black Youth

I leave you with Sunday Funnies, 11-21-21 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces, Sunday Memes .. from MaddMedic, and F*cking Mondays gifdump from Wirecutter.

How Should a Woman Defend Her Home from Two Invaders?

If she is barred from using a firearm, what should she do? Two people shot by homeowner, police in Des Moines.

DMPD said that a woman reported that her residence was being robbed. On arrival, officers encountered an armed suspect. They opened fire and struck the suspect.

Officers then learned that a second suspect was shot while exchanging gunfire with the homeowner.

Both would-be bad guys were taken to a local hospital. The investigation is ongoing.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0.

This Design Makes Perfect Sense

Or maybe not. Some Tesla owners unable to unlock cars due to server errors

Because nothing says First Class System Design like assuming everything will always work.

While some Tesla models can be unlocked using the phone over Bluetooth, via key card, or via key fobs, other models do not have the "Phone Key" feature and can only be opened via the app.

"Not for model s or x - they don’t have the phone key feature .. should have saved 60k and bought the model s," stated another owner on the Teslamotorsclub forum.

This is right up there with "You can't open the doors after a crash, without crawling into the back seat and looking for the manual override."

Freddie Mercury: 5 September 1946 — 24 November 1991

Freddie Mercury died on November 24th in 1991 at the age of 45. It was quite a loss for music. Imagine the music we missed out on over the past 30 years.

If anyone mentions him today, they will probably bring up "Bohemian Rhapsody." That is a wonderful song, but it will be done to death. I thought we could listen to another song, that also highlights his singing ability. Anyway, BR came from the 1975 album A Night at the Opera. About 1 year after that album came out, the follow-on album was released. Given what a monster A Night at the Opera was, you would expect Queen to try to match it.

This song is "You Take My Breath Away" by Queen from the 1976 album A Day at the Races. The version we have today is actually the 2014 remastered version.

If you love "Bohemian Rhapsody" you may want to check out a Rick Beato video. Episode 107 of What Makes This Song Great?

I suppose there is also a good chance that whoever doesn't mention "Bohemian Rhapsody" will bring up "We Will Rock You / We Are The Champions." I guess I think they will both be over done, as if those were the only 2 good songs by Queen.

Whenever I listen to Queen, I get bummed by the thought that Freddie Mercury died too soon. But that is true of so many artists, and not just Rock & Roll singers. Still, the music he did give us is amazing, and it is special sin to allow sorrow for the things you've lost to stop you from enjoying the things you have.

23 November 2021

Lone Star Parson Musical Interlude

Lone Star Parson has 2 songs I didn't know by a band I didn't know. Hurry On Sundown

Click thru for "Hurry on Sundown" and "Motorway City" by Hawkwind. I'm not sure I like them, but I have only heard them once.

"A Failing Regime"

With the DAs that have been installed in the major cities, things aren't going to be getting better any time soon. Homicide Rates in 2020 Surged to a 24-Year High. It's Another Sign of a Failing Regime. | Mises Wire

In case you doubted that things were bad...

With full-year data for 2020 now available on the FBI’s Crime in the United States report, we can see that those predictions were right. According to the report, the homicide rate in the United States rose to 6.5 per 100,000 in 2020, which is the highest rate reported since 1997—a twenty-four-year high.

We can debate the issue of "Why," but it is clear that this is an historic increase in the murder rate.

There is significant disagreement over the measurement of homicide rates in the early twentieth century, and data is especially spotty before the FBI established the Uniform Crime Report system in 1930. There is much more consensus, however, that homicide rates were high by today’s standards during the early 1930s. These rates began to decline rapidly after 1934, and this began a long downward trend in homicide that lasted until the late 1950s. This trend bottomed out at 4 per 100,000 in 1957. By 1965, homicide rates had begun a rapid ascent, climbing from 4.6 per 100,000 in 1963 and peaking at 9.8 per 100,000 in 1980. Homicide rates remained at elevated levels throughout the 1980s, but went into steep decline after 1993, reaching 4.4 per 100,000—a fifty-one-year low—in 2014.

So of course, as we were experiencing a 50-year-low in homicides, it was time to abandon some of the policies, like Broken Windows, that drove those rates down. Because those policies were unfair. Who is all this crime unfair to? Who benefits?

On the other hand, the magnitude of 2020’s increase is sizable and alarming. Measured as a percentage increase, 2020’s increase is simply the largest ever recorded.

As I said, I expect things to get worse before they get better.

Tolerance - Except for Differences of Opinion

What's the opposite of Diversity? University. University fires administrator for discriminating against police chief who voted for Trump | The College Fix

It is amazing that she was fired. Maybe there is some home for The University of North Dakota.

She pretty much demanded to know who the head of Campus Security had voted for in 2016. He answered honestly and she was flabbergasted. How could anyone vote for Trump?

In July, Administrative Law Judge Hope Hogan ruled that [Vice President for Student Affairs & Diversity, Cara] Halgren had neither harassed [UND Police Chief Eric] Plummer nor created a “hostile environment,” but she had “discriminated” against him based on his political beliefs. Halgren appealed the ruling, and her appeal was dismissed.

Finally, in mid-September, Halgren was fired.

I think I would have lied, given the state of most university campuses, but then I would never work on a university campus in the 21st Century.

But the discrimination went on for a while of years, and administrators did nothing about it, because she was discriminating against the right viewpoint. Crimethink must be punished.

Plummer moved on to a post in Virginia, so I'm sure if this is a happy ending or not, at least it seems to have worked out.

I Guess Video Can Be a Defensive Weapon

But there are better choices. FOX 35 Exclusive: Interview with victim of alleged Zac Stacy attack

The Zac Stacy attack against Kristin Evans went viral, which means that the authorities can't ignore it. They usually ignore this kind of thing.

She told FOX 35 that she has filed reports against Stacy in the past. She said she felt she had to go public with this one so that her case wouldn’t get overlooked again.

"The state would’ve gotten to it whenever they got to it and maybe I wouldn’t sleep for a month or two or he could get away with a completely," said Evans.

Because why would they get involved in that kind of thing? Not a high priority, apparently.

The Other McCain gets the hat tip, with Violence Against Women Update.

Expect feminists to ignore this story, for some reason . . .

22 November 2021


Another round of my (fruitless) quest to make people understand that what goes by the name of Heavy Metal today is what we called Hard Rock back in the dark ages of the pre-Walkman 1970s.

Today's song is definitely Rock & Roll, if a bit low-key in parts. Guitars, drums, with no screaming and none of the Death Metal, Death Growl. And there is a nice guitar solo that that starts at about 4 minutes and 35 seconds in. It doesn't last long enough, of course. They never do.

Alter Bridge is made up of guitarist Mark Tremonti (Creed, Tremonti, etc.), vocalist and rhythm guitarist Myles Kennedy (vocalist for Slash's backing band), bassist Brian Marshall (Creed), and drummer and keyboardist Scott Phillips (Creed).

I have been trying to decide if Myles Kennedy's singing reminds me of someone. He definitely sounds like his singing would have been at home on a 1970s Rock & Roll station. Here's a link to the lyrics.

This is "Blackbird" by Alter Bridge. It is the title song to their 2007 album.

David Drake Retires

I can't say that he was my favorite author, but I have read quite a bit of his work. Newsletter #123 – the last one

My health problems continue, whatever they are. I can’t concentrate enough to write a novel and I even had to give up my project with Ryan Asleben, (who couldn’t have been nicer).

Hat tip to Wombat-socho and FMJRA 2.0: Farewell To A Master

The Trial and the Verdict That Didn't Get National Media Attention

This verdict surprised me more than the Rittenhouse verdict, though that was surprising. Andrew Coffee IV found not guilty on all counts of murder.

Indian River County in Florida is on the Atlantic coast, about halfway between Palm Beach and Daytona Beach, or about 40 miles south of Cape Canaveral. It is just about due east of St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay.

In 2017, in Indian River County, Florida, Sheriff's deputies show up at the home of Andrew Coffee and his girlfriend Alteria Woods, and throw a flashbang grenade into his home. He thought that he was under attack, and opened fire. Sheriff's deputies returned fire, killing Ms. Woods. Coffee was charged with murder.

Before the case went to the jury's hand, Coffee took the stand to defend himself — blaming deputies for his girlfriend's death.

The defense said Coffee was asleep and thought the flash-bang was gunfire so he fired his gun because he thought the was under attack.

“I was trying to protect me and Alteria and I thought I was doing that, but I feel I didn't protect her. I can't sleep with that ... they killed her,” Coffee said.

Prosecutors maintain that deputies "announced" their presence, but I'm not clear on how they did that. It's clear that they didn't ring the doorbell, or do anything civilized. It was a "drug raid" in the middle of the night, so I read that as "no knock." The flashbang probably went off within seconds of someone shouting "Police!"

The DA was disappointed that the jury didn't pin the blame for everything that the cops did on who they had designated as the bad guy of the day. But then DAs HATE self-defense. I sort of wish I had a "Cops Behaving Recklessly" category of posts.

Coffee was found guilty on one count of "possession of a firearm by a convicted felon." He has yet to be sentenced for that. If he was in Chicago, there is a good chance that charge would have been dropped, but he is in Indian River County, Florida

How's That Bail Reform Working Out?

At least no one got murdered - for this story. Men are charged with having guns, selling drugs while on bond for shootings and murder, records show - CWB Chicago

[Cook County Board President Toni] Preckwinkle and [Cook County chief judge Timothy] Evans insist that the individuals who are released don’t contribute to increasing crime.

Recently, several people have been charged with new felonies while awaiting trial for allegedly murdering or shooting people, sometimes while on electronic monitoring. Here are some examples:

If you make something cheaper, you will see more of it. The cost of crime has been reduced - as far as the criminals are concerned - and so there is more crime. And the powers that be, stamping their feet and screaming that you are lying about it, won't change the facts.

Does This Mean that People are Waking Up to the Security/Privacy Issue?

Somehow I doubt it, though it may be a start.

Cybercrime and SPAM are at least in part a function of all the data that companies have about you, and it is data that they don't do a good job of protecting.

We are giving away our privacy for convenience, entertainment, and social media.

This is the video for Is Your Privacy An Illusion? (Taking on Big Tech) - Smarter Every Day 263

A Feral Irishman Musical Interlude

A song from Riverside. ♫♪♫ Acronym Love.... Riverside ♫♪♫.... I love the guitar work on this song.....

Is this a rock ballad? "Acronym Love" is a nice song, with a nice guitar solo, and still isn't too jarring, and though it starts as a ballad, it probably doesn't qualify overall, as the energy builds toward the end.

At least it ramps up, so it probably won't be too much to endure before the coffee kicks in.

21 November 2021

Don't Tell Me How To Live

Liberals heads exploding in 3, 2, ...

Kid Rock versus the Left. [VIDEO] He’s Back: Kid Rock Releases New “Anti-Woke” Song That’ll Have Liberals Clutching Their Pearls

We interupt our regularly scheduled programmng to bring you a special, anti-woke musical interlude.

Here's a small sample of the lyrics.

Years ago, we all thought it was a joke, see?
That every kid got a motherf***ing trophy
But yo homie, here’s a situation
A nation of p***ies is our next generation
And these minions and their agendas
Every opinion has a millennial offended

Here's a link to all of the lyrics.

This is "Don't Tell Me How To Live" by Kid Rock. It was released on November 19th.

Yet Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He apparently thought that robbing a gas station was a good idea. Gas station clerk fatally shoots alleged armed robber at Circle K in Bossier City

Police officials say it happened around 3 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Circle K in the 2800 block of Airline Drive. The clerk at the gas station fatally shot a would-be armed robber, police say.

The investigation is ongoing, but it sure sounds like the police think this is self-defense.

And self-defense is a human-right.

I Can't Wait For the USA to Have Socialized Medicine Like the UK

I'm sure that will be in next year's "infrastructure bill." Delays to ambulance handovers at A&E 'are costing lives' in scandal affecting up to 160,000 a year | Daily Mail Online

Shortages of staff and beds in the UK's National Health Service (NHS) Hospitals, and in particular in "Accident and Emergency Wards," what we call the ER, causes ambulances to queue up outside the hospitals, forcing patients to wait. They wait for hours in some cases. The chart to the right indicates how the wait to be seen in A&E wards has grown over time. And while the NHS is experiencing staff shortages, vaccine mandates are not expected untill next spring. These are just regular staff shortages.

A damning report revealed up to 160,000 patients each year may be affected due to the long periods waiting to be admitted. Of these, about 12,000 suffer 'severe harm', according to the document written by NHS ambulance bosses in England.

And since ambulances are stuck waiting outside of hospitals, it takes 55 minutes, on average, to get an ambulance to respond to an emergency call. Some people are waiting MUCH longer.

A 92-year-old diabetic spent nearly 14 hours lying on the floor covered in blood while waiting for an ambulance.

He had fallen.

But hey, it didn't cost him anything - except for his long-term medical issues from the fall.

People forget that just because you have health insurance, doesn't mean you will be able to find health care when you need it.

Mayor Groot Has Lost Her Mind

Let me count the ways why not. Lori Lightfoot Open to Chicago Exploring Buying Bears: ‘Why Not?'

Why not? Well here are a few reasons, not that I had to dig deep.

  1. The team is not for sale
  2. There is no reason to believe that the owners would sell
  3. Chicago is flat broke
  4. And you have more important stuff to worry about

So if she can get past all of that, then sure, Chicago could buy the team.

And Groot is worrying about the Bears because crime is down, and peace has broken out, and the schools are in top notch shape, and business is booming, and jobs are plentiful, and... Or maybe not.

Who Had "Plague of Scorpions" on Their World Disaster Bingo Card?

I was expecting alien invasion, but this actually more biblical. Egypt hit by plague of scorpions as bizarre 'scorpionado' leaves hundreds hospitalised

Reports of the "scorpionado" came after several days of hail, rainfall and flooding battered the region.

Situated on the banks of the River Nile, Aswan is one of the world's driest cities.

I could see Sweet Metor of Death, Alien Invasion, Yellowstone caldera Eruption, etc. but I didn't seen plague of scorpions coming.

And just because, here is "Rock You Like a Hurricane" by the Scorpions.

20 November 2021

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 20 November

Wombat-socho at the Other McCain has been down with the flu. "At least it wasn’t Corona-chan." In The Mailbox: 11.19.21 (Morning Edition)

Vox Popoli: You Survived The Psyop, The Temptation Of Empire, and Gatekeeper U
Gab News: Why Christians Must Prepare For The Metaverse

Vlad Tepes - Sterility, Austria and the warriors of Reason: Links 1 on November 18, 2021

3. “One nurse reported EIGHT stillbirths in one day ...
4. Austria’s leader utters stern warning to the unvaxxed

Battleswarm Blog - LinkSwarm for November 19, 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty on all counts. Self defense is still legal in the United States. Now let the lawsuits against everyone ... begin.

EBL - MSNBC and NBC Intimidating Rittenhouse Jurors ⚖️😬

MSNBC Producer suspected of following Rittenhouse jurors, banned from courthouse
James J. Morrison was detained and released. Claimed to be working for MSNBC/NBC.

The Right Way - Top of the News

Whistleblower: The DOJ Has Begun Using Counterterrorism Tools To Track "Threats" By Parents Complaining About Schoolboards - AoSHQ
Kenosha: Media-Induced Mistrial? - The Other McCain

Political Hat - Quick Takes – Woke Medicine: Psychic Suffering; Black Revolutionary Feminism; Humanism, Equity, and Anti-Racism

What’s more important than developing new cures for diseases or new treatments to help the sick? Revolutionary Black Feminism, of course!

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 10: Post Millennial reported, "The mysterious Jump Kick Man talked about during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, the man that was labeled as the one that stomped Rittenhouse's head when he fell to the ground, has been identified as a Kenosha man

Cafe Hayek - Some Non-Covid Links

Nick Gillespie busts an environmentalist myth about Bitcoin.
California gets ever-more-crazy and hostile to commerce.
Mike Munger pleads: “Don’t blame the ‘greedy wealthy.’”

A View from the Beach - DIY Russiagate Post

Rachel Maddow's Shocking New Low - by Matt Taibbi - TK News by Matt Taibbi
Russiagate has no rock bottom - by Aaron Maté - Aaron Mate
Clinton Operative Linked to Steele Dossier Did Not Disclose Work for Russia to Justice Department

And again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 11.19.21 (Evening Edition)

The Geller Report: Woke Professor Whines That Pedophile Is Offensive Term, also, Piles Of Bricks Randomly Started Appearing In Kenosha Yesterday
Hogewash: Journalism Or Jury Tampering?, I’m Not Making This Up

Splendid Isolation - News Roundup

Cardiologist Who Said He ‘Won’t Cry at Funeral’ For “Selfish” Unvaccinated People Suddenly Dies in His Sleep 2 Weeks After 3rd Covid Jab
…no reports on how many people showed up at his funeral, or whether there was laughter.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 11/17/2021

Nick Sandmann to Kyle Rittenhouse: ‘I Am Here for You’
Covington Catholic student Nicholas Sandmann has offered a voice of support for 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 11/18/21

"If you're politically on the Right in America, you can no longer count on equal justice under the law."
"Criminal Justice Reform" Is Leftist Code for Punishing Conservatives

Maggie's Farm - Wednesday morning links

Why progressives ruin cities: A conversation with Michael Shellenberger
Why conglomerates break themselves up
Whitewashing Asian-Americans

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: FBI “counterterrorism” officials secretly tracked parents who argued with school boards

Whistleblower: FBI using “domestic terrorism” task-force to target parents: CTH
Rep. Jim Jordan: Email Shows FBI Using Counterterror Tools Against Parents: Katrina Trinko

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 11/18/2021

Police Officer finds suspicious pile of bricks in Kenosha back alley.
Marvel writer urges people to burn down the city of Kenosha over Rittenhouse trial verdict.

I leave you with Wednesday gifdump from Wirecutter, Thursday Memes .. from MaddMedic, and The Day of the Skipism ~ 1 from Woodsterman.

The Left Won't Be Happy Until They Destroy Everything

Everything must burn. Rittenhouse Verdict Reactions Show What ‘White Supremacy’ Means to the Left

First off, Race: The three men Kyle Rittenhouse shot, in Self-defense, were white. Kyle is white. But it is all about RACISM.

Then there is the strange list of things that is traumatic to the Left.

People who claimed to be traumatized by President Trump’s mean tweets had no such aversion to acts of violent destruction — far more harmful than anything Trump said — when this wanton vandalism could be justified, in their minds, as “racial justice” protests.

As for the destruction.

The Left’s rhetoric about “white supremacy,” “systemic racism,” etc., reflects a fundamental hostility to civilization, per se.

And that is the goal. To burn every city to the ground.

Click thru. There is so much more.

They Were In His Home

But he is still worried about being prosecuted. ‘I killed both of them’: 911 caller details why he shot 2 Fayetteville teens, claims self-defense. This incident took place in October, but the 911 call has just been released.

Maybe he knows that prosecutors HATE self-defense.

They apparently thought it would be a good idea to break into an occupied home. They were wrong, and they paid with their lives.

The caller said they “don’t know how many rounds I shot” when he took aim at 19-year-old Hunter Markham and a 17-year-old, whose identity was not released due to them being a minor.

According to the call, the thieves also had weapons.

The caller said after they shot the teens he put his gun on the counter of the home and went outside to help tend to his nephew who had been shot in the leg.

Police are willing to accept that the two guys who got shot broke in, but they are still investigating.

At 17 and 19 they had their lives ahead of them. Instead of doing something constructive, they turned to crime. In this case, crime didn't pay.

George Clooney on the Rust Movie Shooting

Clooney has a counterpoint to Baldwin's "It's not my fault" mantra. George Clooney calls Alec Baldwin's 'Rust' shooting 'insane'

The “Ocean’s Eleven” star said that despite having “been on sets for 40 years,” he has never heard of some of the apparent safety measures Baldwin’s Western had used on the deadly set.

“First of all, I’ve never heard the term ‘cold gun,'” he said of the doomed safe word that Baldwin believed meant the Colt .45 he fired would not have live bullets.

And Clooney says that even actors are expected to check their own weapons, and not just take someone's word that a gun is not loaded.

The former “ER” star said he was “friends” with Jon-Erik Hexum, who died from a blank in 1984, and “good friends — really good friends — with Brandon Lee,” the 28-year-old son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee who died in a similar on-set shooting while filming “The Crow” in 1993.

“After Brandon died, it really became a very clear thing of, open the gun, look down the barrel, looking in the cylinder, make sure,” he said of industry-wide safety steps that Baldwin appears to have skipped.

Of course given that these were (probably) single action revolvers, you needed a slightly esoteric knowledge of how to check that they were unloaded. Something you could have been shown how to do in under 2 minutes.

Meanwhile Alec's brother Daniel Baldwin says that he couldn't be expected to make his own safety checks.

Mediterranean Sundance

I think I have mentioned that I have been spending at least some of my musical-listening time revisiting the Jazz I listened to back in the dark ages of the late 1970s and 1980s. Some of it is quite good.

Al Di Meola came to my attention because he was - for a while - a member of Return to forever. (Return to Forever consists of Chick Correa, Stanley Clarke, and other musicians over time.)

This song is "Mediterranean Sundance" by Al Di Meola from his 1977 album Elegant Gypsy.

19 November 2021

Did People Doubt That Skateboards Could Be Weapons?

Apparently someone said it "was only a skateboard," about a certain incident in Kenosha, and that comment gained some acceptance. Man dies after being hit in head with skateboard during fight in Santa Ana Starbucks - ABC7 Los Angeles

A man was killed after being hit in the head with a skateboard in an act of self-defense during a fight in a Santa Ana Starbucks.

Anyone who didn't think a skateboard would be a good weapon hasn't ever seen one, and they really haven't been paying attention to the Antifa/BLM/whatever "fighters" in Portland, Seattle, and elsewhere. It is a favorite weapon.

A piece of hardwood plywood (something like maple) ½ inch to ¾ inch by 5 or 6 inches by 2 feet or more. Much more if it's a longboard. And it will have some bits of metal screwed to each end. If you get hit with the edge, I would say that could do some damage.

Oh, and in a Self-defense situation, use whatever weapon you have available.

Friday Links - 19 November

The Other McCain starts things off with Kenosha: Verdict Today? Or Never?

The Ultimate Answer to Kings - Happily we now know that hyperinflation is a GOOD thing.

Sultan Knish - Worker Unions Endorsed Biden, Members Got Screwed. United Steelworkers endorsed Biden, now he has thrown them under the bus.

The Post Millennial - BLM protesters arrested outside Kenosha courthouse charged with felony, misdemeanors

Moonbattery - Biden Targets Energy Industry He Crippled

They break your legs because they are brutes. Then they yell at you for not marching fast enough. Welcome to Marxist rule.

Pirate's Cove - Climate Skeptics Are Now Attacking The Solutions Or Something

Chris Stigall at Town Hall - COVID Vaccines Are Shots in the Dark It is all about fear. Fear of losing your job, and other things.

Granite Grok - What’s in Your COVID Vaccine? FDA Asks judge If They Can Hide the Details for Another 55 Years

Battleswarm Blog - Is Austin Community College Breaking Federal Law By Discriminating Based On Race?

Again from Moonbattery - Bureaucrats Block Care for Special Needs Kids

Flopping Aces - Just Because the Stormtroopers Aren’t Kicking Down Your Door (yet) Doesn’t Mean You’re Free…

Again from Granite Grok - Parents Start Calling for Merrick Garland’s Resignation

Weasel Zippers - Pelosi Defends Supporting Tax Cut For Mega-Rich In Blue States She Would Benefit From

We Are The Mighty - 6 of the most notable pre-M16 military guns

Danna Loesch - Kyle Rittenhouse Isn't a Villain and There Is Nothing Wrong with Open Carry

DaTechGuy - My Question for the Left Attempting to Intimidate Jurors in the Rittenhouse case with threats of Violence…

Again from The Post Millennial - Marvel writer urges people to burn down the city of Kenosha over Rittenhouse trial verdict

Manhattan Contrarian - If You Read It In The Mainstream Media, It's Wrong -- Plastics Edition

Chicago Contrarian - Militant Media: Chicago Tribune Partners With Injustice Watch

Lone Star Parson - Morning

Behold early morning Texas.

SiGraybeard - The Big Gov Pretty Much Ruins Everything It Touches

Roberta X - Self-Defense Advice

Again from The Other McCain - Kenosha: Expect a Hung Jury AND Kenosha: Media-Induced Mistrial?

Diogenes Middle Finger - Reading Between the Lines

Again from DaTechGuy - How long can MSNBC viewers fall for the lies?

Small Dead Animals - I’ll Take “Alec Baldwin Gun Safety Tips For $1000”

Samizdata - Why the tabloids are the choice of adults

Broadsheet journalists are always concerned with carefully steering us, the dumb rabble, towards what they believe we should believe

Raconteur Report - Slam-O-Gram: Special Delivery

Manifestly, the 5th Circuit has had quite enough of Gropey Dopey's bullshit, and just shot it in the head. With a shotgun and slugs. Repeatedly.

Claire Wolfe at Living Freedom - We are — suddenly — not alone

Millions are just ordinary people who’ve had enough. Who will go no farther. And who are willing to risk all.

Juvat from Chant du Départ - Eh bien... C'était excitant ! * Juvat is dealing with the aftermath of a (minor) fire at the guesthouse.

OldAFSarge from Chant du Départ - Not Good AND Ch Ch Ch Changes ...

Flopping Aces - The “Justice” system is now entirely perverted The Justice you get depends on the party you support.

Campus Reform - Students demand revocation of assistant professors’ honorary degree for his Christian beliefs

Don Surber - 72% of office workers left Manhattan .I'm surprised the number isn't higher.

The Gateway Pundit - EXCLUSIVE: Potential Witness Tampering as Gaige Grosskreutz, the Felon Who Aimed His Gun at Kyle Rittenhouse, Had Two Prior Charges Dismissed by Prosecutors Only Days Before Trial And he was not charged as a felon in possession of a firearm. Maybe that's what they were holding back.

Again from Granite Grok - Sometimes You Actually Have to “Fight” for Freedom

As unpleasant as it sounds (and can actually be), sometimes one has to actually fight for freedom. Stern letters to the editor or tweets just don’t get the job done.

Bayou Renaissance Man - There are two Americas, and I refuse to live in one of them

Neighbors Were Shocked

And you should keep control of your dogs. Police say shooting of dog in Spanish Fort neighborhood justified

The dog was barking at and chasing people in the neighborhood. On a Sunday, I'm going to assume that "people" includes some kids.

He called out to the dog to distract it and that's when police say the dog charged at him.

The neighbors?

Some neighbors were taken back by the incident. "You know, people own guns, but you don’t think that it’s going to be discharged in your neighborhood."

Because this kind of thing only happens in "other kinds of places," and not in our suburban enclave. Or something.

As for the cops...

"Under the circumstances, he was legally carrying in a place he had a legal right to and he felt threatened. And if a hundred pound plus dog come charging at you, it can’t be a good thing. Coming at you aggressively, which he said it was, he did what he had to do to protect himself and his family," said [Sgt. Steven] Mooney [of the Spanish Fort Police Department].

Self-defense is a human-right.