They Suffered a Breakdown of the Victim-selection Process

Cody Shane DurrantOne is in the hospital. Of the 2 on the loose, police have identified one of the bad-guys. Police: Quiznos employee shoots, injured robbery suspect – Story

Three people come into a sandwich shop with the intent of robbing the place. It didn’t go as planned.

Another store clerk ran into the back of the store and tried to barricade herself and another employee in the back, away from the suspects. When the situation escalated, police say the female employee pulled out a gun and opened fire, shooting the female suspect in the neck.

Cody Shane Durrant, 36, of Kearns, was one of the male suspects and police say he took off along with another Hispanic male suspect, possibly in his 30’s or 40’s. Both men left the female suspect at the store.

No honor among thieves I guess.

Police looking for Cody Shane Durrant. They say he may be driving a red Nissan Versa with plate number X398AM. [That’s the caption from the photo.]

Tropical Storm Cindy

Tropical Storm Cindy is expected to make landfall tonight (or very early in the AM). Tropical Storm Cindy Public Advisory

Maximum sustained winds are 50 MPH with higher gusts. It is expected to make landfall around the Texas/Louisiana state line.

Wind isn’t the biggest danger in a tropical storm – though 50 mph winds can do damage. And of course tornadoes are always an option. Flooding is often the real issue.

RAINFALL: Cindy is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 6 to 9 inches with isolated maximum amounts up to 15 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi, southern Alabama, and western portions of the Florida Panhandle through Thursday night. This rainfall could cause life-threatening flash flooding in these areas.

Rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 7 inches can be expected farther west across western Louisiana and eastern Texas through Thursday night. Rainfall should spread northeastward across Arkansas and into portions of the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys through Friday, with total rain accumulations of 3 to 5 inches with locally higher amounts possible.

3 to 5 inches is a lot of rain. 15 inches is a crazy amount of rain.

When I lived in hurricane country, I used to do a late spring/early summer post on the virtues of being prepared. It isn’t a question of if, it is when the next storm will come. Usually it is best to get out of their way. But it is always a good idea to be prepared for days or weeks without electricity, or access to the internet, or credit card/debit card transactions, or Apple Pay or whatever. No refrigeration. No electric stove. (No gas stove that relies on electricity.) No cellphone service. But every time the forecast called for a storm, the folks around me ran about as though they never considered the possibility of a hurricane.

So are you prepared for a few days or a few weeks without the trappings of modern life? Do you have some canned food, and a non-electric can opener? Some cash for when the ATMs/credit cards don’t work? Look at the aftermath of Sandy in NYC, if you doubt that all of this can happen.

Airport Attacks Not Limited to Europe

Not too surprising to see these kinds of things everywhere. Michigan Airport Stabbing: Officer Attacked in Possible Terror Incident – NBC News

The attacker allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who was bleeding from the neck, sources and witnesses at Bishop International Airport said.

Poland is not ready to sign up for these kinds of things. Poland Shuts Border to Islamic Migrants to Keep Potential Terrorists Out

Despite the threat of sanctions from the European Union (EU), the Polish government has decided to not allow any more Muslim migrants into its country to help reduce the risk of radical Islamic terrorism.

America’s Cup Red Bull Youth Finals

There is a regatta of youth teams competing at the America’s Cup. (See that link for today’s news story.) They are mostly sponsored by the teams and companies involved in the main event.

They are racing the old boats from 4 years ago, the AC45. And it looks like they aren’t foiling the boats. But I’m not sure if that is in the rules, or just a judgement call on the part of the skippers.

The video is interesting because is shows the pandemonium that usually characterizes regatta racing. (As opposed to match racing between two boats.)

The main event resumes tomorrow.

Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight. Oh, and Always Wear Pants

You could also file this under “Intoxication can be hazardous to your health.” Riverton homeowner shoots pantless, knife-wielding man, police say | The Salt Lake Tribune

The teens’ father confronted the man in the garage with his gun, according to Unified Police officials, but the man refused to leave and brandished a knife.

The injured guy tried to grab the homeowner’s gun after police told him to put it down, and the cops were forced to Tazer the guy. He was arrested and taken to the hospital where he is listed in serious condition.

So what would you do if you were the parent of 2 teens who called home to report a pantsless man in the street in front of the house. (The teens were able to run into the house when their mother opened the garage door.)

gCaptain: The USS Fitzgerald Is At Fault

This is an interesting, step by step outline of why the Captain of the USS Fitzgerald will be found at fault for the recent collision. The USS Fitzgerald Is At Fault. This Is Why. – gCaptain

Lots of interesting points. Here is one that is worth noting. The amount of time a merchant captain spends on the bridge of a commercial ship, dwarfs the amount of bridge time that a naval office has.

But unlike the merchant captain and the enlisted specialists working on navy ships, the U.S. Navy Captain and his bridge officer (OOD) are generalists. A large percentage of their careers are spent working shoreside jobs and their shipboard time was spent rotating through positions: the engine room, the combat information room, in administrative positions and elsewhere.

In short, the merchant ship captain and bridge officers have significantly higher number of hours spent on the bridge then their naval counterparts.

The video is not of the “Fighting Fitz,” but it is of another Arleigh-Burke Class destroyer making a 180 degree turn.

And finally, specs on the ACX Crystal. (Compare this with the 100,000 HP of the USS Fitzgerald.)

She has a single 8-cylinder diesel engine capable of pushing one propeller with 29,200 horses for 3/10ths the amount of power of the destroyer. The acceleration of a ship like this is measured in miles, not minutes like the destroyer. Diesel engines like hers are the size of a modest house and are locked into a certain speed at night. The bridge officer can cut speed immediately but at the risk of damaging equipment. Changing speed safely requires that the engineers wake up, change into work clothes and walk down to the engine room to check the equipment before moving the throttle.

America’s Cup – Main Event

Day 2 Highlights video: Emirates Team New Zealand are ahead 3-0 over Oracle Team USA in first to 7 match. (I really love the fact that they have adopted the graphics techniques from NFL Football.)

Going on at the same time is the Superyacht Regatta. These boats are not as super-high-tech as the foiling catamarans in the main event, but they are worth a look

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