“They messed with the wrong pizza guy.”

Even in the gun-hating state of New York, self-defense works. Pizza delivery man is attacked, then shoots would-be robber – City & Region – The Buffalo News.

In the front hallway of the house, one of the robbers, who wore a mask and had a brown hoodie pulled over his face, hit the deliveryman on the head with a hammer, according to police.

The masked man also displayed what appeared to be a gun, police said.

But then, the deliveryman told investigators, he pulled out his own handgun and fired a shot, striking the masked man. The rest of the gang scattered.

The guy who got shot is in police custody and in the hospital. He was shot in the arm and abdomen. The pizza-delivery-guy was treated for injuries (a cut to the head and injuries to his left-hand) he recieved during the robbery attempt.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0. [Hat tip to John Lott]

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Here We Go: Russian Vehicles Seen in Eastern Ukraine

Armored Vehicles Flying Russian Flags Appear in Eastern Ukraine | TIME.com.

Russian paratroopers have been spotted in eastern Ukraine while elements of the Ukrainian army have defected and are now flying Russian flags.

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I’m Shocked – Shocked! – to Discover Cops Lying! (Chicago of Course)

This was nicely done. Lawsuit filed for traffic stop caught on video – chicagotribune.com.

A lawyer for Sperling subpoenaed the police videotape and played it in court after the five officers had all testified at a court hearing on March 31. When the video contradicted their testimony, an outraged Circuit Judge Catherine Haberkorn suppressed the evidence from the traffic stop – about a pound of marijuana – and prosecutors quickly dropped the drug charges against Sperling.

Because they actually testified to the lies, they are (maybe) guilty of perjury, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and maybe some other stuff. Will they go to jail? Will they have to pay any of the funds awarded in the upcoming law suit? Of course not! Will they pay any price at all? Probably not. (They are currently on desk duty, since you can’t even suspend them without pay.)

An observation by the defendant’s attorney.

All too often the police know they’re lying, the state’s attorneys know they’re lying and the judges know they’re lying, and nobody does anything about it

I don’t know if this guy is guilty of anything, but when all this lying is going on, a little bit of everyone’s freedom is taken away.

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Self-defense in Detroit: The Home Invaders Better Take Notice

For the 2nd time in a week, home invaders in Detroit have been met by armed home owners. The results for the bad guys hasn’t been good. Fatal Shots Fired In Another Case Of Detroit Homeowner Standing Ground « CBS Detroit.

According to police, two men broke into the home through a window. The homeowner opened fire after confronting the men, who reportedly returned fire.

The 3rd guy – the getaway driver – crashed the car into a house across the street. Of the 3 bad guys, he was the only one taken into custody.

If you break into enough homes, you will eventually meet an armed resident. Results in this case are fairly typical.

Earlier in the week, a homeowner defended himself from two home invaders. Detroit Homeowner Stands Ground, Shoots Intruders « CBS Detroit.

Sgt. Michael Woody said the shooting happened around 5:40 a.m. Wednesday after a man and woman, roughly 19-years-old, tried breaking into a home on Asbury Park, near 8 Mile Road and the Southfield Freeway.

“A 47-year-old male homeowner fired shots with a rifle, several shots, striking the male suspect one time and fatally wounding him,” Woody said. “He was transported to Sinai-Grace Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.”

The woman, who received a gunshot wound to the leg, was transported to the hospital in critical condition. No one else was injured.

Self-defense is a human-right.

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Putin Sees a “Right” to Send Troops into Ukraine

The Daily Mail is talking about the opening of World War III. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. BBC News – Putin cautious on 'right' to send troops into Ukraine.

Speaking on Russian TV, Putin said some fairly inflammatory things.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he has “a right” to send troops into Ukraine but hopes he will “not have to exercise that right”.

Will the West do anything to stop him?

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New Toy

Honda Rancher

Upgraded Tires (14 inch versus 12 inch standard) Quality Winch and a Plow.

I would like to say that I got this with my refund, but I don’t do refunds. (You give me 100 dollars a month, from January to December, and in March or April I will give you 1200 dollars back. No, it doesn’t make sense.)

Anyway the lawn tractor gets bogged down in too many places around the back 40 5 acres. So this will let me get back there and haul out the junk, cut some trees and haul out the wood, etc. etc. And they are just damn fun.

And although we did have snow yesterday, I hope I won’t need the plow before December of this year.

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“In the the west we are playing football. The Russians are playing chess”

I’m not sure the Obama Administration is playing football. (Too aggressive for those peace-loving knuckle-heads. Given that this is a European paper, they probably mean soccer.) I don’t know what the hell they are doing, but it didn’t stop Assad in Syria, and it isn’t likely to stop Putin in Eastern Europe. Nato at a disadvantage as Ukraine tensions rise – News Debate | Opinion & Discussion |The Irish Times – Thu, Apr 17, 2014.

Despite having access to a broad spectrum of information and intelligence agencies and networks, the developing Ukrainian situation has effectively taken Nato by surprise. At a time when many Nato member states, such as the US, Britain, France, Germany and the Netherlands, are downsizing their militaries, there is also a very apparent mismatch between Russian and Nato military capacities.

Obama made a quip about the 1980s wanting their foreign policy back when someone mentioned that we should still consider Russia a problem. Don’t expect to see those clips on MSNBC.

If the Baltic states that are part of NATO expect to be saved by NATO, then they should get Obama and Co. to reinstate the idea of a nuclear deterrent. Because we don’t seem to have much in the way of the other kind.

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Chicago Cops Still Can’t Be Bothered with Evidence

The Jon Burge torture trial showed that there was a history of grabbing random people off the street, and charging them (or in that era – torturing them to confess) to crimes. Has anything changed? Courthouse News Service.

CHICAGO (CN) – Chicago police arrested, charged and sent a teenage boy to trial for aggravated battery and theft of a convenience store, without ever checking if he looked like the thief caught on the store’s security camera, the teen, now a man, claims in court.

He was at a nearby bus-stop, so of course he had to be guilty. Check the evidence? Why? We don’t need no stinkin’ evidence!

The article goes on to detail the insanity that is the Chicago PD, and the hell they rained down on this innocent person. Because actually doing their job is either too hard, too boring, or too poorly rewarded.

As a result of all this, Chicago PD is facing yet another suit, for various things including wrongful imprisonment. Chicago’s Finest? Not hardly.

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New Orleans PD: Still Screwed Up Big Time

20 minutes to respond to a life & death 911 call. Disbelieving the victim. Accusing the victim. Trampling evidence. Stupid assumptions. That is the wonderful world of New Orleans policing. Choked by intruder, frustrated by police, woman speaks out after Green Street attack | NOLA.com.

New Orleans PD has had problems dating back to before Katrina. The aftermath of the Hurricane put a spotlight on the dismal conditions in New Orleans. Things may have gotten better, but there is a long way to go. (I guess federal oversight accomplished something.

Here is the meat of the complaint.

From what the assaulted woman and her friends said they observed at the scene, police did not search the interior of the home or its basement until prodded, did not canvass the neighborhood for witnesses or video surveillance cameras, contaminated the crime scene by handling doorknobs, light switches and the stereo, never checked for latent fingerprints, never scraped the woman’s fingernails for DNA evidence, and brought a crime-scene photographer so ailurophobic she refused to enter the house until the homeowner had herded her cats into a single room.

And the continued skepticism about the event given the lack of immediate bruising.

“NOPD has been working very hard and come a long way, but this issue needs to get fixed quickly,” [Law professor and former federal prosecutor Tania] Tetlow said. “There seems to be a widespread belief in the department that all violence causes visible injury and that bruises appear immediately, neither of which is true.”

But the cops in the NOLA proceed as if it is.

Now to be fair to the cops, things don’t work the way they do on the crime shows. But there are some things that should be done, even if just for the PR value given the level of Law & Order/CSI/NCIS/EIEIO level of entertainment – like checking for fingerprints.

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Talk Is Cheap

The Administration, and the President, think that talking will solve something. I don’t believe it. Little Sign of Progress as Obama, Putin Speak – ABC News.

The only surprising thing…

The White House said Russia initiated the phone call, which came as pro-Russian forces deepened their insurgency in Ukraine’s east, seizing more than a dozen government buildings.

The Administration was caught off-guard by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and they don’t know what to do now. They are amazed that a chorus of Kumbaya hasn’t solved all problems. They don’t understand Putin, and in fact are trying really hard not to see that they were wrong about so much for so long.

I forget… Is war diplomacy carried on by other means, or is diplomacy war carried on by other means? Either way, Obama and Company are out of their league.

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