So Ferguson Shooting Was Justified?

So the situation was more complicated than the forces screaming for blood made out. Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson – The Washington Post.

Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.

Physical evidence – blood spatter, shell casings etc. – also support the version of events as told by Officer Wilson. If the Grand Jury decides against indicting him, then I expect the folks fanning the hate in Ferguson to ignore that evidence and go on another media-fueled frenzy.

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Tired of Ebola News? Try Tuberculosis Instead

Several thousand people have died of Ebola in the past year. 1.9 million people died of tuberculosis or TB in 2013. WHO: Alarming Increase in Multi-Drug Resistant TB.

There is regular TB, which can be treated with a 6-month regimen of drugs. Then there is multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB).

“There are now around 480,000 MDR-TB cases estimated to have occurred in 2013. And as you know, MDR-TB is a form of tuberculosis that is resistant to at least the first two key drugs against tuberculosis,” said Raviglione. “When you have this situation, then the treatment changes. It becomes much more complicated, much longer, two years rather than six months, much more expensive, much more difficult to follow and much richer, if you like, of side-effects.”

MDR-TB can become extreme drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) which is now found in 100 countries.

TB – all forms – is a bacterial infection, which means it really is airborne, like the flu.

I’m all for doing things to stay safe, and I love to beat up on bureaucratic ineptitude, but if you are going to worry about something, worry about something that really matters.

Part of the reason that Ebola has made so many headlines is the fact that it is a hemorrhagic fever – that is, the symptoms include bleeding from your nose, gums, etc. Messy and gross makes for good TV, I’m guessing. And we have to fill up the 24 hour news with something. (Kim Kardashian helps a lot with that, but the poor girl can only be expected to do so much.)

I wonder if Hansen’s disease (leprosy) will make a reappearance in the news?

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Defending Your Family from Attack

Parents (and grandparents) have a duty to protect their children. This is a post about 2 such occurrences.

So how would you react if someone, or several someones, were trying to rape a member of your family? Homeowner shoots home invaders attempting to rape his granddaughter : News :

The homeowner and his wife were forced into the back of the house and ordered to open their safe. All three men had handguns and attempted to rape the couple’s granddaughter, the release said.

That’s when the homeowner grabbed a gun and fired at the suspects. The suspects fired back, hitting the homeowner several times, and took off in the homeowner’s gold Cadillac, according to the sheriff’s office.

The grandfather was seriously wounded and remains in serious condition. One of the would-be rapists is dead, and the other two were shot and are also in serious condition.

Without access to a firearm, this homeowner may not have been injured (MAY – you don’t know how it would have played out!), but his granddaughter would certainly have been raped. Without access to firearms, any of us can be overwhelmed by numbers.

The press are looking for more answers, but it appears this is also a case of self defense. Sarasota homeowner shoots, kills intruder – WFLA News Channel 8.

Sarasota Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Wendy Rose said, “He confronted [Yoder] in the hallway. The suspect fired a shot at the homeowner, and the homeowner returned fire striking and killing the subject inside his home.”

The man’s 11-year-old son was in the home, and he believed he had no choice.

Self-defense is a human right.

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What if 911 Wasn’t There? Then What Would Bloomberg Have You Do?

Calling 911 is one strategy for dealing with a violent situation. But for 6 hours one day in April, the entire State of Washington was without 911 service. Washington 911 outage: Six hours because counter stopped at 40 million..

This April, most 911 services went out in seven states for six hours; the entire state of Washington was affected by the near total blackout. And per a new Federal Communications Commission report, the root cause of the crisis—which is not believed to have led to any deaths—was very simple.

The system that routed 911 calls maxed out at 40 million calls. And then stopped working. Remember Y2K? Exactly the same thing. A hard-coded limit in the system was reached. And the system failed.

Calling 911 and expecting to be rescued from a violent situation is a fine strategy. Calling 911 is a fine thing to do. But if that is your only plan, then you may be disappointed in the outcome. That disappointment may last for the rest of your life.

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Clerk Fights Back With the Weapon at Hand and Foils Robbery

Fighting back against criminals, even armed criminals, is a strategy for dealing with a hostile situation. It worked here. Portsmouth store clerk fights off gunman with trash can |

“He comes straight to the kitchen area and he pulled the gun and said ‘I need the money,’” Maachoui says.

Maachoui didn’t have a gun, but instead used his resourceful thinking to take action. His weapon of choice? A 40-gallon trash can.

Pushing the guy with the trash-can lid was enough. The gun discharged once into a cooler of Mountain Dew, but no one was hurt, and would-be robber got out of there. Apparently he wasn’t expecting resistance and realized that in a fight, he might get hurt.

And for anyone who wants to claim how the smart thing to do is cooperate with the violent criminals, I bring your attention to the posts in the category, Cooperate with Criminals.

As I say in those Cooperate with Criminals posts, (and also at the archives) cooperation is a strategy for dealing with a violent encounter. It doesn’t always work, and I believe it to be a fairly poor strategy. Fighting back, with whatever means you have available is also a strategy. No strategy will work perfectly, since “there are no guarantees in this life save death and next winter’s snow.”

Self-defense is a human-right.

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Don’t Bring a Screwdriver to a Gunfight

If you are armed with a screwdriver, and a guy with a shotgun tells you to get the hell out of his house, you might consider taking his advice. Homeowner Shoots Intruder – WLOS – Asheville Top Stories – ABC.

They tell News 13 when the homeowner warned Hicks to leave he refused. The homeowner’s daughter says her father fired several warning shots before shooting Hicks in the right knee.

The police caught up with this genius at a hospital in Tennessee. He has been charged with first degree burglary.

This idiot is lucky that he wasn’t killed. Center-mass shot with even a small shotgun at close range is going to do a lot of damage.

As it stands the homeowner is upset, but as his daughter said, “you got to do what you got to do.”

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

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He Suffered a Breakdown of the Victim Selection Process

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Alleged Intruder Shot To Death.

He was out on bail, and attempted a burglary, except that people where at home, and they were armed.

Police say one of the occupants of the apartment near East 19th Avenue and Main Street confronted 21-year-old Tyrell Dalia of Omaha, who was holding a handgun, and shot him just before 9 p.m.

It isn’t clear, but it seems that the dead-guy was shot with a shotgun. No mention of what gauge shotgun.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

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Gay Marriage: A Look at the Losing Arguments

Gay FlagMuch ink (and electrons!) has been spilled on the subject of gay marriage in the past few weeks. I haven’t said much, because others have been saying it better. But this look at the arguments used by the State of Idaho made me smile. (It’s too early in the day to laugh.) Same-sex marriage opposition falls short – – Oct. 18, 2014.

Here are just of few of the arguments used. Granted, the state dressed them up in more legal-boilerplate, but this is essentially what they said.

  • Gay marriage will make heterosexual parents more likely to abandon their children
  • Gay marriage will encourage Ruby to take her love to town – or to become unproductively obsessed with needlework
  • Idaho’s gay-marriage ban doesn’t even discriminate against gay people because they can get straight-married

There are a few more.

It shouldn’t be surprising, perhaps, that the legal arguments against gay marriage are so weak. Opponents of gay marriage sometimes use the term “common moral law” to defend their opposition to gay marriage. This means that, based on certain passages in the Bible or gut instinct, Everybody just knows it’s wrong.

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Rhythm Divine

“Rhythm Divine” by Yello. I always think this song means a James Bond movie is starting….

More on Yello

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Clean-up on Aisle 5

Store clerk prevents robbery by shooting gunman in St. Louis.

An armed gunman got more than he bargained for when he tried to hold up a store clerk at a BP Gas Station in the 3100 block of South Grand early Sunday.

The clerk shot him twice, once in each leg. Police took him to the hospital.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

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