Wednesday Link Roundup

Bacon Time!!!! starts us off with Sunday Linkage.

Victory Girls Father Damien Gets Shade Thrown at Him by AOC
Hogewash Sitting on Evidence
WUWT Younger Dryas Impact Hypothesis Takes Another Hit

Pirate’s Cove also celebrated the weekend with Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup.

  1. Pacific Pundit discusses rumors of Handsy Joe picking Michelle Obama as a running mate
  2. Power Line covers Germans marching against lockdown
  3. The First Street Journal notes that being Woke means never having to think things through

Daley Gator has Your Daley Gator CCW News Update For Sunday (08/02/20).

Black Conservative Documentary ‘Uncle Tom’ Reaping Raves On Major Film Sites – Just The News
A politically-charged documentary about an unheralded voting bloc is drawing raves on two of the web’s biggest film sites.

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain – In The Mailbox: 08.03.20.

Cafe Hayek: Unemployment Benefits & Paid Leave Redux
CDR Salamander: Time To Get Serious About Seapower Advocacy
Da Tech Guy: Here Come The Woke Pharisees Of #NeverTrump

Battleswarm Blog – BidenWatch for August 3, 2020.

CNN interviews Obama-to-Trump swing voters. 66% still pick Trump over Biden. Ignore the mandatory CNN condescension.

Freedom Is Just Another Word… – Gun Bits and Ridiculous …

Obviously …
Dems accused of agenda that ‘punishes hardworking Americans and rewards loafers’

EBL – The Magic Flute 🎭

Diogenes’ Middle Finger: The rise of the AWFLs
American Spectator: Wrecking the American Dream

Again from Wombat-socho In The Mailbox: 08.04.20.

American Power: Riots & Demonstrations From Portland To Jerusalem
American Thinker: The Real Reason Democrats Are Pushing For Mail-In Ballots, also, The Democrat Elite Is Aging, Becoming Demented

Political Hat – News of the Week (August 2nd, 2020).

Poll: 77 percent of Americans are concerned about crime in our cities
The Hill reports on a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll in which 77 percent of respondents said they are concerned that crime is rising

A View from the Beach – Russiagate Stew.

Sharyl Attkisson is still looking for answers at AmThink Attkisson v. Holder: The Government Spied on Me and Now is Hiding the Guilty Parties. DOJ still hiding the pickle.

Doug Ross – Larwyn’s Linx: Joe Biden From His Basement Tells Chris Wallace He’s ‘Not Available’ For Interviews.

Democrats Party Platform Includes Destroying Federal Judiciary: Bronson Stocking
Seattle City Council Moves to Abolish Police Department: Jeremy Frankel
Democrats Raising Generations of Fascists: Glenn T. Stanton

Ace of Spades HQ – The Morning Report – 8/3/20.

“Radical calls to abolish law enforcement won’t lead to anything good — and most Americans seem to know it.”
Does Anyone Really Want to Defund the Police?

I leave you with Sunday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, Sunday Funnies, 08-02-20 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces, and Days That End in ‘Y’ – editorial ‘toons & memes from LB1901.

Explosion in Beirut

This is the best video I’ve found of the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon yesterday. It shows the explosion from 4 different vantage points. The second version points out why you shouldn’t stand in front of a glass window if you witness an explosion. You will see the flash before the shock-wave hits. All that glass just might be turned into shrapnel. The 3rd and 4th seem to show the fireworks going off. And the 4th is a good explanation for why you should not stick around to take that interesting video.

Popular Mechanics tries to stem the rumor of an atomic explosion. The people taking the video, and the cameras, would not have survived. Massive Beirut Explosion Shows Mushroom Clouds Aren’t Just for Nukes

This phenomenon is called the Rayleigh-Taylor instability, which describes the interaction between two materials (fluids or gasses) of different densities when they’re forced together.

Buckle Up…

It gets bumpy from here. It’s Gonna Blow.

No one is in charge in this collapsing shell game of a country. In Louisville hundreds of armed blacks threaten to “burn the motherfucker down,” meaning Louisville, if they don’t get their way. All cringe before them, with reason. They have guns. Larger numbers marched in Georgia, armed, ready to rock and roll. BLM says it will “go into the suburbs” to get Whitey. Who will stop them? Not the government. It fears them. Weimar Kentucky. An American Freikorps.

Hat tip to The War on Guns – It’s Gonna Blow – Be a Miracle if it Don’t.

Florida Man

The Other McCain notes Florida Man Strikes Again.

In the annals of American journalism, one thing is forever certain. No matter what happens, “Florida Man” is always in the headlines

In the long list of pointless crimes, this is more pointless than most. It must be something in the water…

Over a long wait at a fast food restaurant, for which a refund was paid, one person is dead, and one is in jail.

Peak Florida. At least for today.

So How Should the Elderly Defend Themselves?

crime scene tapeIf not with a firearm? The Left doesn’t like firearms, so what is their suggestion? Elderly homeowner shoots burglary suspect in NE Portland, police say.

A man shot a woman who was involved in a burglary at his Northeast Portland home early Monday, police say.

Portland police said the man shot the woman on 81st Avenue south of Interstate 84. The woman was taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

Without effective means of self-defense, the old and infirm would be at the mercy of the young and the violent, the small would be at the mercy of the large, and anyone could be overcome by a handful of attackers.

Colt never said…

“Be not afraid of any man;
No matter what his size;
When danger threatens, call on me—
And I will equalize!”

But he should have. Self-defense is a human-right. The investigation continues.

New York City Crime: More Shootings Than in All of 2019

Because we don’t need law and order. NYC has had more shootings so far this year than in all of 2019.

A 24-year-old man who walked bleeding into Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx on Saturday night has pushed the city’s total number of shootings this year to 777 — topping the 776 recorded in all of last year, NYPD data compiled by The Post reveals.

NYPD is not able or willing to do anything in a lot of cases. With 5 months left in the year things are going to be bad in the Big Apple.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes…

That means that every single time there is a shooting in New York City, it’s an increase over last year.

No Crime Reduction awards…

Minneapolis Continues to Slide into Chaos

Because that is lawlessness brought on by the Left. Meltdown: Minneapolis violence nearing annual records — in July.

What happens when civic leaders stand by while mobs burn down police buildings, and a city council proposes to eliminate law enforcement to appease them? Three guesses, and the first two don’t count.

The image is from the Star Tribune: Minneapolis continues to contend with unprecedented gun violence amid policing debate. Click the image for a larger view.

The toll is taking a disproportionate toll on African-Americans because of where the violence is taking place. “Victims were mostly concentrated in the Fourth and Third precincts,” the Strib’s Libor Jany reports. The Third Precinct’s police station got burned to the ground, readers may recall.

So do they want more police, or fewer cops on the street? Or how exactly are they going to get the violence under control without police. I don’t think singing Kumbaya is going to get it done.

Hat tip Second City Cop, who notes…

Not surprising as Minneapolis was Ground Zero for the false narrative unrest.

Can’t Challenge the Narrative

Because Big Tech wants you to believe what you are told to believe. YouTube Throws In the Towel.

Reasoned and fact-based discussions? We can’t have that! The 21st Century is ALL about Feelings.

YouTube deleted a video that dared to challenge some things said by the Left. Eventually the relented, but did put it behind a “prove your age” barrier.

What remains unexplained, of course, is why our video was banned in the first place. YouTube told us the American Experiment/Mac Donald video was “flagged for review.” As I noted here, “flagged” is a weasel word. Was Heather’s presentation “flagged” by a computer algorithm? If so, based on what? Was it “flagged” by a YouTube employee? If so, why, and based on what internal YouTube guidelines? Was it “flagged” by a goofball leftist? If so, on what basis, and why did YouTube immediately respond to such “flagging” by deleting the video?

Click thru for the video. It is 40 minutes, and it talks about crime statistics, so not exactly exciting, but it contradicts the Left, and it is still on YouTube. Something of a victory.

Faccions

Soen is a supergroup of musicians from various metal bands. They are solidly Progressive Metal and have been compared to Tool. I really like some of their music. But then Progressive and Metal… What’s not to love? Some of their music doesn’t strike me as metal, being a bit low-key. We might get to some of that eventually.

And while they are singing in English, here’s a link to the lyrics, just in case…

This is “Fraccions” by Soen from the 2012 album Cognitive. The last minute or so, is an a cappella harmony coda, or outro, which is quite nice.

“Fraccions” translates to Fractions in English. It is in Catalan, a co-official language of three autonomous communities in eastern Spain, most notably Catalonia.

Democrats Hate Suburbia

And won’t rest until everything is a high-rise, mess. Democrats vs. Suburbia: Biden Will Make ‘Magic Dirt Theory’ Federal Policy.

And then I investigated, and discovered that Democrats plan to abolish single-family home zoning.

It’s for your own good peasant, so just shut up and do what we tell you to do.

Here is what is said on Biden’s website – after you click past the plea for money. The Biden Plan for Investing in Our Communities through Housing – Joe Biden for President

Eliminate local and state housing regulations that perpetuate discrimination. Exclusionary zoning has for decades been strategically used to keep people of color and low-income families out of certain communities.

Want to live in a neighborhood of single-family homes? Nope, not allowed. Want to minimum lot size. Nope not allowed. Want a minimum house size? (That is common in upscale developments.) Also not allowed.

All decisions will be made by the Dems in Washington. Because they know best.

Back to The Other McCain for the definition of the Magic Dirt Theory.

Biden and the Democrats have embraced, as the basis of policy, what Vox Day has called Magic Dirt Theory, “the idea that beliefs, behaviors, and values somehow appear in particular geographical areas, from the air, from the water, or from the ground, rather than being carried from place to place by groups of people wherever they happen to be.”

This is a problem.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Invited guests don’t usually enter a residence through a window. Man climbing through window of Miami-Dade home fatally shot by woman inside, police say.

A woman fatally shot a man who was trying to climb through the window of her Brownsville apartment early Friday morning, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, but there is really no good reason to be climbing into someone’s window at 1 AM. What would you do, if confronted with a stranger crawling through your window in the middle of the night? If you are wondering about what my reaction would be, see the title to this blog.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Florida it is mostly your legal right as well.

No Police = Lawlessness

Color me shocked. Area Where George Floyd Died Becomes ‘Police Free Zone’ Plagued By ‘Constant’ Gunfire. OK, so I’m not shocked.

The area in Minneapolis around where George Floyd died in police custody has become the site of nightly shootings and drug overdoses as police avoid the area and local officials consider how to restore order.

Residents say lawlessness reins at night in the four blocks in South Minneapolis near where Floyd died.

A pregnant woman was shot and killed there. There have been overdoses, and other shootings.

The punchline of course is…

City officials are weighing how to … restore order without exacerbating the unrest.

Restoring order isn’t rocket science, it just isn’t politically popular with the Left. And so they want to know how many courses of “Kumbaya” do they need to sing before everyone decides to “just get along” and stop doing drugs. Personally I don’t think they will get it done anytime soon.

Meanwhile the people who live in that area are having a “challenging time.”

As always this brings up Hobbes thoughts on when men are not subject to any authority. And that posting on Minneapolis was from last year in September, so the breakdown of society in Minneapolis is NOT new. Maybe it has accelerated, but it isn’t new.

During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war, and such a war as is of every man against every man.

Life in Minneapolis has, in some locales anyway, become “nasty, brutish, and short.”

Hat tip to William Teach on Twitter.

The Mayor Is Disturbed That Cops Are Minutes Away

So Hagerstown, Maryland Mayor Bob Bruchey had a reason to call 911. Cops were not there instantly, and he didn’t like the way things were handled. County official says mayor distorted 911 reaction to theft call.

He said in a F*c*book post that he was “on the phone for 9 minutes.” He wasn’t. He hung up on 911 because he was pissed that cops were not there instantly.

The first officer, flagged down by Bruchey, called into the dispatch center 6 minutes and 21 seconds into the call to ask to be added to the call, that he’d been flagged down and was checking the area.

Someone arrived at his house at 8 minutes after he called 911.

This was for a property theft call, in which no weapons were involved.

But politicians expect better service than the rest of us can expect. And then there is the politics…

There was no reference during the county officials’ discussion about a dispute between the city and county regarding city officials’ recent decision not to make its annual $405,630 payment to the county for the 911 center.

So how does that work? I can just decide not to pay my property taxes? I don’t think so. But then politicians don’t believe that the rules apply to them.

And yes, if you call 911 they are going to ask you a bunch of questions. They are going to REPEATEDLY ask for your address.

It matters what is happening, but emergency personnel need to know where to go.

Screaming at the 911 call-taker is not going to help your situation.

A 100-year-old Bit of Infrastructure Burns

From earlier this week… Freight bridges are usually very well maintained, but things do go wrong. UP Train Derails, Catches Fire on Bridge: Report.

The stories of the incident are not too enlightening, but if you click thru, the images that accompany this story are pretty amazing.

“At around 6:15 a.m. PT, July 29, a Union Pacific mixed freight train derailed on a bridge in Tempe, Ariz.,” UP said in a statement to Railway Age. “Eight to 10 railcars were on fire. The south side of the bridge collapsed and railcars fell into an empty park below. The bridge received its annual inspection July 9, 2020. The Phoenix Fire Department is on the scene. One person was treated for smoke inhalation. The train crew is uninjured. Three tank cars were on the ground under the bridge. Two contained cyclohexanone; one contained a rubber material. None are reported leaking, and no tank cars were involved in the fire. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.”

While it is a steel-truss bridge on concrete piers, it seems that there must have been some timber in the railroad’s construction for the fire to burn the way it did.

UPDATE: A section of the damaged bridge was taken down with explosive demolition. Portion of Tempe Town Lake bridge damaged in train derailment detonated.

Crews on Sunday detonated a 150-foot portion of a bridge over Tempe Town Lake, which was damaged in a train derailment last week.

You can’t expect reporters to get the words right; not when they have to do with anything technical. But the video is worth clicking thru. It’s explosive demolition!

UPDATE: It seems one of the tankers did leak. What is cyclohexanone? The chemical that leaked during the Tempe train derailment and injured 2.

Five hundred gallons of Cyclohexanone leaked before they could turn the tanker upright and contain the spill.

Cyclohexanone is frequently used in the production of nylon and is highly flammable. The chemical’s flashpoint is just 111 degrees, meaning the vapors will ignite if given a spark or open flame at that temperature.

The flashpoint is a point of concern for Glass as temperatures in Phoenix reached a scorching 118 degrees on Thursday.

It is apparently also a skin irritant, and can be an issue if the fumes are inhaled.

The 2 minute video at that last link isn’t annoying.

Big City Violence

Does anyone have a plan?

First let’s look at New York. Man shot dead outside his Queens apartment, capping a night of bloodshed across the city.

4 murders in 12 hours… that rate beats Chicago’s average…

As of July 26, cops have seen a 29% jump in homicides across the five boroughs, from 176 this time last year to 227, officials said.

The NYPD has also seen a 73% jump in shootings, from 431 to 745, officials said.

Speaking of Chicago… Shootapalooza Weekend.

While the festival may have been cancelled much to the chagrin of suburban 20-somethings looking to get shitfaced and partake in an expensive ambulance ride to Northwestern, Shootapalooza is a go and always puts in a solid audition for the headliner weekend of the year.

Click thru for the totals…

And while not in the same league as Chicago… July’s gun violence worries Columbus police. That would be Columbus, Ohio.

Columbus has had 75 homicides so far in 2020, with more than 41% of those occurring in June and July.

“Things have literally just exploded,” said Deputy Chief Tim Becker.

July was the second straight month in 2020 with higher than normal homicide rates. Fourteen homicides happened in June, two of which involved juvenile victims. That month saw a 40% increase from June 2019 and a 133% increase over the six homicides that occurred in June 2018.

And not so large cities. Cleveland, Ohio. 11 people shot in Cleveland over 11-hour period, including pregnant woman & 15-year-old boy.

That story says no one died, but other articles say that the unborn child did not survive.

Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis police renew call for help from public as homicides accumulate in 2020.

As of Friday, 160 people have been killed in Memphis this year.

That compares to 2018, the last year for which complete data is available from the FBI, in which there were 186 murders for the entire year.

I’ve written before that I don’t have a plan. We know that Broken Windows can reduce crime rates, but it was handled so ineptly and with such disregard for civil liberties in New York City, that it is just not an option today. But then I don’t know what is. We’ve seen that reductions in police presence leads to an increase in lawlessness. No one should be surprised at that outcome, BTW. Hobbes published a book that dealt with exactly that topic in 1651. And from the insane things being said by the Mayor of Chicago, I’m pretty sure the mayors don’t have a plan either.

The Headline Misses a Bit of the Story

The part about “stolen firearms.” Man gets 20 years for threatening Trump, prosecutor.

In November, a federal jury convicted Christy on a dozen counts of threatening the president, making threatening communications and taking stolen firearms and vehicles across state lines. [My emphasis. Z-Deb]

Federal firearms charges are no joke. That is why I hate to see district attorneys punting on firearms charges with pleas or whatever. They can add up to real time at the federal level.

When Do We Start Calling Them Improvised Explosive Devices?

And when will the media stop ignoring this story? Atlanta protesters attacked ICE field office with fireworks embedded with nails, leaked FBI document says.

Demonstrators who allegedly attacked the Atlanta Field Office of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) embedded nails into commercial-grade fireworks, according to a federal law enforcement document reviewed by Breitbart Texas. Reports state that the rigged devices were discovered on Sunday morning, July 26, after Atlanta police and Georgia National Guard troops converged on the building to gather evidence from the night’s assault.

“Peaceful Protests.” Right.

Government Health Care

The VA does a lot of things wrong, or so it seems. New lawsuit calls out Clarksburg V-A for lax care in vet’s death.

First, what happened.

Reta Mays, a former nursing assistant who worked the night shift, pleaded guilty this month to killing seven veterans and attempting to kill an eighth.

Her plea agreement acknowledged that she had used her time alone with veterans like Edgell to inject fatal doses of insulin, causing their blood sugar to plummet to levels where they could not be revived.

So there is a lawsuit over one of the deaths; it is claiming the VA is responsible because they couldn’t be bothered to even figure out what was going on…

“They listed this man’s death as dementia. That had absolutely noting to do with his death. It just shows they didn’t care one bit. They didn’t look into this,” he said,

Colombo — along with Edgell’s family — believes there is a clear pattern by the hospital of not paying attention and failing to protect the patients, several of whom were known to have been murdered in the hospital and others whose deaths are still classified as “suspicious” but may never be proven to be the result of murder.

That is something that most people don’t realize. That doctors can write anything that they want under “cause of death” on a death certificate.

I have to say, that if you are surprised that government-provided health care could be described as “they didn’t care one bit,” then I think you haven’t been paying attention.

So can you sue the government, or does this come under the heading of limited immunity? I guess we will see.