I mean keeping up with technology that is over 20 years old is just too much to ask the government. 911 mixup sent first responders to wrong apartments – WLOX.com – The News for South Mississippi.
The call went to a different city. They had an apartment complex with a similar name. Minutes were lost.
But the money quote that got my attention is simply amazing.
As for using your cell phone to call 911, Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said he knows of cases when emergency callers wound-up on the line with a dispatch center in another state. He said it’s important to give your exact location, especially on a cell phone.
File this under “your tax dollars at work.”
Not to surprising what happened. Burglary suspect shot | The Tribune.
The homeowner found an intruder in his home in the middle of the afternoon. The homeowner had a firearm and used it effectively, “striking the suspect in the check and abdomen”.
Joseph F. Willis, 37, of Ironton, was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital, where he underwent surgery Friday evening. He will be facing aggravated burglary charges and possibly others, [Lawrence County Sheriff’s Detective Jason] Newman said.
Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.
Cold War Era Songs: Two of my favorites. (For some reason, the Cold War has been much on my mind lately.)
“The Music Must Change” from Who Are You by The Who.
“Wish You Were Here” from Meddle by Pink Floyd.
I guess the Post has finally had enough of ignoring reality. President Obama’s foreign policy is based on fantasy – The Washington Post.
The chattering class of the academy – of which Obama is one – has a theory for everything. And in theory, there is no difference between theory and reality. In reality, there is a difference.
FOR FIVE YEARS, President Obama has led a foreign policy based more on how he thinks the world should operate than on reality. It was a world in which “the tide of war is receding” and the United States could, without much risk, radically reduce the size of its armed forces. Other leaders, in this vision, would behave rationally and in the interest of their people and the world. Invasions, brute force, great-power games and shifting alliances — these were things of the past. Secretary of State John F. Kerry displayed this mindset on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday when he said, of Russia’s invasion of neighboring Ukraine, “It’s a 19th century act in the 21st century.”
Except of course that Putin is in fact a leader of a major country in the 21st Century. And he hasn’t adopted that point-of-view.
Neither has China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is engaging in gunboat diplomacy against Japan and the weaker nations of Southeast Asia. Syrian president Bashar al-Assad is waging a very 20th-century war against his own people, sending helicopters to drop exploding barrels full of screws, nails and other shrapnel onto apartment buildings where families cower in basements. These men will not be deterred by the disapproval of their peers, the weight of world opinion or even disinvestment by Silicon Valley companies. They are concerned primarily with maintaining their holds on power.
The Obama White House seems to be unable to accept that and formulate a policy in response to any of this, aside from platitudes about “stable countries” and astonishment – like we got from Kerry on the “This Week” show. Astonishment that the whole world isn’t exactly like them.
[Hat to the Ink Well.]
The Second Coming by Yeats. It starts like this….
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
The President will warn the Russians. (Probably the same warning he gave the Syrians.) The EU couldn’t even be bothered to schedule a weekend meeting. They can’t even summon up the energy to PRETEND to have conviction. What hope is there that anything of merit will be done?
Just for historical reference, the last time Russia invaded the Ukraine, it resulted – at least in part – in the Holodomor (The Hunger-extermination). This was a man-made (Soviet-Union-Made) famine that claimed the lives of between 2.4 and 7.5 million Ukrainians during the winter of 1932 and 1933. You see a lot of Ukrainians didn’t like the idea of socialism, the USSR, etc.
You didn’t study it in school, because the Left didn’t like to shine a light on the bad things communism and socialism have given us.
Things change; things stay the same. When Hillary Clinton tried to “reset” our relations with Russia, I don’t think she had in mind restarting the Cold War. I wonder what the going-price on a bomb shelter is these days.
The people who fear guns (and some others) say that when bad things happen, we should call 911. But does that always work? Minneapolis 911 Operators Call For Change « CBS Minnesota.
Calls unanswered after 90 seconds. Calls on hold for 4 minutes. Do you really think that rapist breaking down the back door is going to wait 4 minutes?
And this isn’t in some out-of-the-way corner east of nowhere. Minneapolis isn’t exactly New York, but it is a major city.
Of course people have bought into the propaganda.
“I thought it was just a given. You call 911 and 911 answers,” [Jacqueline Delmain, who dialed in December said.]
Outside her north Minneapolis window, she saw a man dying in the street. When she called 911, the phone rang for 90 seconds without an answer before she hung up.
“I never thought it was possible for them not to answer,” Delmain said. “It makes me feel really vulnerable.”
Got news for Ms. Delmain: regardless of how she feels, she is vulnerable. (Will she do anything about it?)
Calling 911 is a fine strategy. Provided you have the opportunity to call before something bad happens to you. But you won’t always have that opportunity. 911 won’t always answer “in time.” Sometimes you just might be on your own.
He suffered a breakdown in the victim selection process. Police: West side Detroit homeowner shoots, kills man trying to break in | The Detroit News.
It starts the way these things usually do. She heard a noise.
“She went to investigate and noticed a man trying to come in through the window,” Johnson said. “She told him, ‘stop,’ but he continued trying to break in.”
The woman ran to the next room to retrieve her handgun, Johnson said.
“She fired a shot and hit the man in the chest,” Johnson said. “He ran off and collapsed in the street. He was found by responding officers and conveyed to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”
I would really like the gun-fearing to tell me how the average woman is supposed to fend off the average home invader without tools – like firearms. Call 911? When seconds count, police are minutes away.
Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0. Self-defense is a human-right.
Shocked to discover that they live in the Real World™ and not in some idyllic corner of the universe. East Manatee neighborhood jolted by fatal shooting | Crime | Bradenton Herald.
The money quote: “Nothing like that happens in this neighborhood.” Because you know crime is something that happens to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.”
Sorry to rain on your parade Sunshine, but if you can read this, you do NOT live in Pleasantville; you live in a world where crime happens. Are you prepared?
2 on Saturday. 3 different Detroit homeowners used guns to defend themselves against intruders this week – Story.
The latest incident happened around 2:00 Saturday morning. Two men broke into a home on Toledo in southwest Detroit, armed with a tire iron. The intruders tried to knock out the homeowner, but the homeowner fired back with his gun. He shot them both and killed one of them, a 21-year-old man. The other man got away.
The second incident happened around 12:30 Saturday morning on Abington on Detroit’s west side. A woman had just pulled her car into the garage when a man with a gun appeared out of nowhere. She dropped her keys on the ground as a distraction and then reached for her own gun and shot and killed him.
In the 3rd incident happened on February 19th, when a mother at home with her children opened fire on 3 intruders, now all in custody. (And all teens.)
Detroit has been in the news lately over the bankruptcy, and the disruption that has caused in the police department. Mostly low head-count, and people leaving for greener pastures. So when seconds count, police are many minutes away.
So what would you do if faced with intruders?
Self-defense is a human-right.
I didn’t know Ford made SUVs that long ago. (Maybe it was Desoto, or Hudson.) Oh, and even though the world was warmer, it seems that the seas – at least in one place – were lower. (Warmer= Ice Melting?) 'Submerged forests' revealed by UK storms – Telegraph.
“These forests were growing four or five thousand years when climate was slightly warmer than today.
“They were not flooded at the end of the last ice age which happened around 12,000 years ago.” [Frank Howie, Cornwall Wildlife Trustee and chair of the county's Geoconservation Group]
The fact that the last ice age ended about 12,000 years ago is only mentioned in passing. I wonder what could have caused the climate to change and warm up so much. Then get cooler between 4000 years ago and today.
Here is my prediction: Climate will change. (It always has!)