Friday, April 29, 2011

I'm going to get a reputation as a cop hater pretty soon

(Via Say Uncle)

But these things need to get out there and people need to know what is going on.

Cops get a burglary call with a bad address. Homeowner, taken unawares, panics. Armed guest does not and draws her weapon. And one of the deputies...draws down on a circuit court judge. And then has the incredible stupidity to tell her...wait for it...

"... I was fearing for my life."

You don't suppose they're being taught that phrase, now do you?

Like Uncle, I hope she makes a case out of this. A Federal freaking case. I hope one or more law enforcement certs get permanently lifted. Maybe even a bit of prison time is in order.

How often does this need to happen? How many people need to suffer because an over-militarized police force screws up? (O-o-oh, look! That last one is another poor dead bastard courtesy of the Las Vegas police. Michael Crooks got off easy....)

Yeah, I'm getting tired of this, and I'm angry. It just keeps happening and happening and happening, but we just get told it was "justified" because "I was fearing for my life." No the hell it isn't justified. Not in a free society. Sure the police have a crappy dangerous job, but that doesn't give them the right to go overboard just because "I'm going home tonight." If there is a different set of rules for them than for us, then none of the rules are worth a tinker's damn.

The stupid thing is that you could still have all the SWAT teams and no-knock warrants you want and still fix this. Make the officer who shoots provide some realistic evidence for being in fear of his life. You know, like I would have to if I used my gun to defend myself. How far do you think I'd get in court if all I did was say "I was scared for my life" if there was no physical evidence or witnesses to back that up? Exactly right--all the way to prison.

This country is going down so many different toilets at once that it's getting hard to hear myself think for the water gurgling.

You're doing it wrong

I'd like to thank Michael Willis for making all of us with concealed carry permits look bad. While I appreciate his trying to take care of his kid, setting up your own drug sting and carrying a gun onto school property is not how you do it.

But he also says, he would do it again to defend his daughter.

"I am just a father who cares. I'm not a criminal, and I shouldn't be treated like one," Willis said.

Way to not learn from your mistakes. And yes, you are a criminal, idiot. You took a gun onto school property, which is a felony. So goodbye permit, goodbye gun, goodbye civil rights, hello prison time.

Next time, call the police. You aren't one; this is their job. Let them do it.

Turn left here!

Right into the waiting arms of a speed trap.

Yes, this is in the Netherlands now, but just you wait. Our geniuses will be on this one like flies on cowflop. It's the revenue enhancement opportunity of a lifetime.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wow

If you really want to go all the way in building a saferoom or armoring your house against the mutant zombie cannibal welfare bikers, you need to check out ArmorCore.

Even if you decide not to buy, the videos (that's one of them) are worth watching. This must be some tough stuff.

You know, if they had it 1/2" thick and smooth on one side, you could put a 4' sheets all the way around the outside walls of your home in place of the sheetrock....

OK, so they released a birth certificate

It still has to sting when more old folks like Paul Ryan's budget plan than his. Interestingly enough, the only ones who support it are in the 18-29 age group, which is least likely to be effected by any of The Big O's tax increases or other changes.

Funny how that works.

I'm still in favor of the concept that a person must have fulfilled some sort of national service requirement (a la Heinlein's Starship Troopers) or that you must own real property in excess of some significant value before you can be enfranchised. You ought to have skin in the game.

Monday, April 25, 2011

And that's the end of that

(Via a friend on Facebook)

The last company making typewriters calls it quits.

I wish I still had my Underwood portable; I have my Dad's big desktop one waiting to come home. I was thinking of selling it to a collector but I may reconsider that.

Edit, 4/26/2011 2032: Reports of the typewriter's demise may have been premature....