These Two Are Not The Sharpest Tools in the Shed

2 men break into home, but call police when homeowner shoots at them | CW39 NewsFix.

The headline sums it up nicely.

After they called police to report being shot at, they were arrested for burglary.

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What a Shock: Chicago Police Union Doesn’t Want List of Accused Cops Made Public

I mean be fair, why should they have to operate in the light of day? Chicago police union seeks to delay release of officer misconduct lists | abc7chicago.com.

The Fraternal Order of Police, which filed the injunction Monday in Cook County Circuit Court, claims there is reason to believe the lists are inaccurate and could “unfairly and vexatiously harm” the officers named in them.

Because that is the only list in all of law-enforcement that contains such errors.

The real truth is that cockroaches don’t like the light of day, and neither do dirty cops. And would the union really be doing its job if it didn’t defend everyone, even the dirty cops?

Are there errors? Do people complain just to complain? Sure. Does that mean that the list should be super-secret? No.

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Not Very Diplomatic… But True

Vladimir Putin is a thug and liar, says top British envoy – Telegraph.

Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, is a “thug” and a “liar”, one of Britain’s most senior ambassadors has said, as the EU prepares today to approve tough new sanctions against Moscow.

Putin probably doesn’t hear the truth like that, very often.

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Want to Be a Guinea Pig? Use “Social Networking”

Dating site OKCupid admits to Facebook-style psychological testing on users – Telegraph.

Christian Rudder, the company’s founder, published a blog on Monday detailing three recent experiments they had performed that manipulated users’ perceptions, including telling a “small sample” of couples that they were highly compatible when they actually were not.

“When we tell people they are a good match, they act as if they are,” Mr Rudder wrote in the post. “Even when they should be wrong for each other.”

I would say this should be a violation of terms, but of course the terms of social networking are that they can do anything they want, manipulate you in any way that amuses them, and you are happy to go along for the ride.

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People (in the media) Seem Shocked That There is No Peace in the Mideast

I’m not sure when most of the folks in the media started paying attention, but there has been no peace in the Mideast since before the formation of the State of Israel. Look up the bombing of the King David Hotel, or Operation Black Sabbath (both in 1946) for examples.

The Washington Post seems confused. And this confusion confuses me, because as long as I can remember, the WaPo has been covering the West Bank, Gaza and Israel. Not to mention things like the war with Lebanon, or the wars (plural) with Egypt. Hamas, Israel signal unwillingness to compromise – The Washington Post. Maybe there is a new crew of reporters/editors. That must be it.

Let’s see… the way it went this time, is the way it has always gone. One side sees some issue, and they take an action. The other side responds. Eventually this leads to rockets being fired into Israel, and a response of Israeli air attacks, followed by ground attacks.

The stark assessments offered little hope for quick progress toward ending a 14-day-old conflict that has inflicted heavy costs on each side.

I also think that calling the conflict “14-days-old” is disingenuous at best. And a bold-faced lie, more likely. This conflict has been going on since at least the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. And maybe a bit longer than that. But hey, its the WaPo. If the conflict is only 14-days old, then it isn’t Obama’s fault he hasn’t settled things yet, it just got started…. Just you wait. But Gaza and the West Bank were added to Israel after the Six-Day War (1967) after the IDF defeated Egypt, Jordan and Syria (who were fighting with help from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Algeria, and others). So the conflict is at least that old. And there was a war in Gaza in 2008 and 2009. And a similar operation in Gaza in 2012 (Defensive Pillar). Continue reading

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Texans Still Armed, Home Invaders Still Getting Shot

Bad way to make a living in Texas… SAPD: Southside homeowner shoots intruder – KABB – San Antonio Top Stories – News, Sports, Weather, Traffic.

He was trying to break in at 3:30 AM.

The suspect was hit multiple times and is now receiving treatment in a local hospital.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

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Break Into Homes, And You Will Eventually Meet an Armed Resident

The results for you won’t be good.

First, we have a case from Alabama. Man attempting to break into home shot in leg by homeowner | WIAT 42.

The suspect was seen breaking into the home when the homeowner saw him and told him to stop. The suspect didn’t comply and the homeowner shot him in the leg.

Or this guy, In Independence, MO, who broke into a home at 4 o’clock in the morning. Independence homeowner shoots intruder | The Kansas City Star.

“At some point there was a confrontation between him and the homeowner,” said Independence police spokesman Tom Gentry. “The homeowner had a weapon and shot the intruder.”

Breaking into homes is a bad idea. These 2 outcomes are not unique. This kind of thing happens every day in America, namely bad-guys getting taken out of the game by armed, law-abiding good-guys.

Self-defense is a human-right.

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NSA Surveillance Targets Everyone

I know this is late, but it has been a crazy week. And not likely to get better. In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are – The Washington Post.

Remember how the Administration said that you had nothing to worry about with NSA snooping? They were lying to you.

Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.

Info that you probably wouldn’t want to share with the world. Has this been useful to the government? Sure, they have examples of bad guys caught using the data. But there is a lot of data not pertaining to bad guys.

Many other files, described as useless by the analysts but nonetheless retained, have a startlingly intimate, even voyeuristic quality. They tell stories of love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental-health crises, political and religious conversions, financial anxieties and disappointed hopes. The daily lives of more than 10,000 account holders who were not targeted are catalogued and recorded nevertheless.

The other thing they lied about… Snowden couldn’t have access to the actual communications, just the metadata. Turns out that was a lie, since he just released a whole bunch of communications (4 months or so ago.)

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Happy Fourth of July: Or What to do when the beer runs out

Bottle Boys…

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Nice Sequence of a Hurricane Strengthening

Visible Spectrum Loop of Hurricane Arthur The National Weather Service and the associated services that run the weather satellites, do a pretty nice job. This sequence is the visible spectrum loop of Hurricane Arthur up to about 3:45 this afternoon.

Click for a larger view of the GIF. Note that the time scale at the bottom of the image is Universal Time Coordinated (UTC) or Zulu time.

This captures a nice view of the center of the storm getting much more organized. “Nice view” since I no longer live in hurricane country. And if you don’t either, be glad you don’t.

Arthur-rgb-animatedUPDATE: Infrared view of Hurricane Arthur making landfall in the barrier islands of North Carolina. (Longwave Infrared with the Rainbow enhancement.) The eye of the storm is clearly visible as it makes landfall.

Click the image for a larger view. And if you are not in the North Carolina barrier islands, be glad. Even at category 1, that is way to close for comfort.

Note: For general Hurricane Center satellite data, see the NHC menu of options. For satellite images/loops of specific storms, you can visit the Goes Satellite Floater page.

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