Some Shootings Are Not Worth National Attention

Because they really can’t blame this on Trump. A Mass Shooting CNN Won’t Notice.

If more than a dozen people had been shot by an “alt-right” Trump supporter, CNN would be airing hourly updates, with politicians and pundits being asked to weigh in on the “climate of hate” that allegedly caused the mass shooting. However, when an angry dope dealer opens fire because people are cutting in front of him in the line to get into the club after the Chiefs won a trip to the Super Bowl? That’s just local news.

More details, and more commentary – better commentary than I could provide – at the link above. Go read the whole thing.

New US Aircraft Carry to Be Named After WWII Hero

I expect that the media will ignore this story, because they probably can’t use it to make Trump look bad. Navy Will Name A Future Ford Class Aircraft Carrier After WWII Hero Doris Miller.

This will be the second ship named in honor of Miller, and the first aircraft carrier ever named for an African American. This will also be the first aircraft carrier to be named in honor of a Sailor for actions while serving in the enlisted ranks.

And there’s a history lesson….

On Dec. 7, 1941, Miller was collecting laundry on the battleship West Virginia (BB-48), when the attack from Japanese forces commenced. When the alarm for general quarters sounded he headed for his battle station, an anti-aircraft battery magazine, only to discover that torpedo damage had wrecked it. Miller was ordered to the ship’s bridge to aid the mortally wounded commanding officer, and subsequently manned a .50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun until he ran out of ammunition. Miller then helped move many other injured Sailors as the ship was ordered abandoned due to her own fires and flaming oil floating down from the destroyed Arizona (BB-33). West Virginia lost 150 of its 1,500 person crew.

Miller received the Navy Cross for his actions. (Hat tip to Godfather Politics.)

I feel a Great Disturbance in the Narrative

Two videos from the Virginia 2A protest.

Politicians Releasing Rapists and Murderers in the Name of Social Justice

So how’s that working out? ‘Her Death Is On YOU’: Police Union Blames NYC Mayor de Blasio’s Sanctuary Policy For Homicide.

  • The Sergeants Benevolent Association on Sunday blamed NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio for the death of a 92-year-old woman, who was allegedly killed by an illegal alien.
  • The illegal alien, Reeaz Khan, had been previously arrested by the NYPD, and ICE had issued a detainer request for him, but the request was ignored and he was released back into the public.

Because not even public safety is more important than their views of Social Justice.

State Control of The Economy Never Works

But that’s what they want in California. The Silicon Graybeard: California – Killing Jobs Since Forever – Freelance Writers Hardest Hit.

But naturally, the wonderful state thinks they’ve made these peoples lives better by making them unemployed. The reality is the law was written without the slightest care for writers like these two women. It was written to protect cab drivers from Uber and Lyft, and wreck any other choice of working arrangements people might like.

Of course lawyers wrote the law, so they exempted themselves. What a shock.

Media’s Virginia Fears Unfounded

But then it was drummed up by the media to justify the anti-constitutional moves by Virginia government. FAKE NEWS: CNN, MSNBC Spread Fear of ‘White Nationalists’ Causing ‘Violence’ in Virginia.

Fortunately for the sake of the truth, CNN correspondent Sara Sidner didn’t engage in the nonsense her colleagues (and competitors) engaged in. During At This Hour and CNN Right Now, she engaged in real journalism by explaining that not one of the concerns heading into the rally came to fruition

Click thru for a video montage of the MSNBC/CNN insanity. (Hat tip to Weasel Zippers.)

Puerto Rico’s .gov Hording Disaster Supplies

Because government lackeys get paid whether or not they actually do their jobs. Chaos in Puerto Rico as mob finds unused disaster supplies.

An angry crowd in earthquake-rattled Puerto Rico stormed a warehouse Saturday after learning that it contained a stash of emergency supplies — that had been sitting untouched since Hurricane Maria slammed the island in 2017.

After the hurricane they went without. Now they are suffering through the aftermath of an earthquake that has forced many into shelters. And then they find supplies, like bottled water, sitting a warehouse.

The governor fired a bunch of folks including the director of emergency management.

Secretary of State Elmer Roman told Univision news Saturday that there may also be other warehouses on the island with unused stores of supplies.

And the list of stuff found in the warehouse – the size of 4 football fields – is staggering.

“I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” (Hat tip to 90 Miles From Tyranny.)

I’m not sure how, but I’m reasonably certain CNN et al will be blaming this on Trump in about 3 seconds.

Sweet Sacrifice

Amy Lee is one of the best of the women working in Rock and Roll. Though Evanescence didn’t get much respect early on because Rock and Roll stations didn’t believe “a woman and a piano” could be Hard Rock. Why? The suits were (and probably still are) mostly idiots.

This song is “Sweet Sacrifice” by Evanescence from the 2006 album The Open Door. It was released as a single in 2007. YouTube may trip over the privacy extensions in your browser and either tell you the video doesn’t exist. When/if that happens, use the link above. (Google/Alphabet/Whatever really, really hates privacy, though lately Windows has been working better than Android.)

Here’s a link to the lyrics.

Christopher Tolkien: 21 November 1924 – 15 January 2020

The son of J.R.R. Tolkien. The scholar of Middle Earth.

Christopher Tolkien was the very model of the ideal literary executor. He not only protected his father’s legacy, but substantially added to it through his editing and publishing of the source material that were the foundation for his father’s landmark books. He was a good and faithful servant to his father and Middle Earth fandom, and both Christians and Tolkien fans can rejoice at the thought of the proud approbation with which his father will have welcomed him to his reward.

Because J.R.R. Tolkien was a Christian, just as C. S. Lewis was a Christian. You see there was a time when Christians understood fantasy as parable. Not so much anymore.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought breaking into a home was a good idea. Police: Homeowner Fatally Shoots Person Trying to Break In.

Albuquerque police say a person is dead after reportedly being shot by a homeowner as the person was allegedly trying to break into a home.

New Mexico has a fairly good track record on self-defense, which is a human-right.

Self-defense is Legal in South Carolina

But then I thought it was. No charges for shooter who killed man at Christmas party.

Things got out of hand at a holiday party.

When Rowe and his wife attempted to leave, Warren-Camp pulled Rowe out of his car and began assaulting him, police said.

Camp also began attacking Rowe, repeatedly hitting him in the face and body, police said. Rowe attempted to escape but couldn’t. He then pulled out a gun while Warren-Camp was on top of him and shot Warren-Camp in the chest, police said.

The guy with the gun suffered a broken eye-socket and cuts to his face.

Not-so-smart Homes

Facepalm X 2Or why you should buy products that support an open architecture. Smart homes will turn dumb overnight as Charter kills security service. The end of service date is February 5th, so you have a little more than 2 weeks, if you’re a customer, to find an alternative.

Charter is also known as Spectrum cable.

The impending shutdown and customers’ anger at Charter—a cable company also known by the brand name “Spectrum”—has been widely reported over the past month. Over the years, some customers have spent large sums on products that will no longer work.

Refunds? Don’t expect any.

So open standards… Charter uses Zigbee communication. Why doesn’t that count as open? Why not connect Charter devices to another Zigbee hub? Turns out, Zigbee isn’t as open as one might think.

Why can’t Charter customers connect their security devices to a Zigbee-enabled smart-home hub or use them with another alarm-monitoring service that supports Zigbee? One user on DSLReports pointed out that years ago, Spectrum devices “were firmware coded to prevent them from being seen and usable within the normal universe of Zigbee devices.” But could Charter issue a software update that lets these products work with other Zigbee systems?

We haven’t gotten a definitive answer, but it seems that a Zigbee hub alone isn’t enough to ensure that Charter’s security products work with alarm-monitoring systems offered by other vendors.

This isn’t just a Charter/Spectrum issue; it is part and parcel of a lot of Zigbee infrastructure. The Zigbee Alliance (the standard-setting body) has a “new initiative” called the All Hubs Initiative to solve what is an outstanding problem.

[Ars IT Editor Sean] Gallagher also noted that “Zigbee is famously nonstandard as a standard.”

So these companies get to advertise that they are using an open standard, and get all the monopolistic benefits of having proprietary design. I keep hearing the phrase Caveat Emptor in the back of my head while typing this. Oh, and don’t believe the marketing hype. Ever.

False Flag Actions in Virginia

VA State Senator Issues an Unnerving Warning for Monday’s Gun Rally

I want you to be aware of how we are being set up.

Does the Patriot Act ring a bell?

Does the National Defense Authorization Act ring a bell?

If people show up wearing any kind of uniform, patch or other symbol on their clothing signifying they belong to a militia and something goes wrong, you could/will be held as a domestic terrorist.

Then there is Antfa…

There is more elsewhere.

Anita Dam, Montana: An Infrastructure Failure Near Miss

So what happens when engineers get it wrong? Bad things can happen.

Usually we think of failing infrastructure as being old, and poorly maintained. But that isn’t the only kind of failure. Case Study: Anita Dam (Montana, 1997). The photos tab on that page is particularly interesting.

The Anita Dam in Montana was built in 1996. It failed in the spring of 1997 mostly because it hadn’t included lessons learned from other dams that had been published in the 1980s. It is 36-ft high and impounds 979,384 cubic meters of water.

Anita Dam is (was?) an earthen embankment dam. It was built to provide water storage and control flooding. (It is currently listed in at least one place as a concrete gravity dam, but photos and video seem to show it is still mostly an earthen dam.)

For a more detailed view of the incident, refer to A Review of the Anita Dam Incident: Internal Erosion Caused by a Buried Conduit and Lessons Learned.

Conduits are one of the very common parts of embankment dams and almost any kind of hydraulic structures. Primarily, conduits convey the water from the reservoir in a controlled manner for various purposes, such as releasing water to meet the downstream requirements

The conduit was supplied with anti-seepage collars, but included no filters. The conduit also didn’t have a continuous support cradle. This resulted in the spring of 1997 of something called piping. Water flowed through the conduit, but also began to flow around the outside of the conduit causing rapid erosion. And increasing the amount of water released downstream. The entire reservoir was emptied in 4 days.

The statistics show that 28% to 46% of dam failures were caused by piping.

Though in this case the dam itself didn’t collapse, it had to be extensively rebuilt to correct the problems that caused this incident. No life was lost, but there was some downstream damage due to the rate of water flow.

What follows is a 2-minute video about the current management of the dam. In the spring of 1997, they didn’t even have an emergency management plan for the dam. (What could go wrong? It is brand new!) And yes, like most things produced by the .gov, that video is fairly self-serving. “See what great things we are doing for the American family!” At lest they are doing something, which seems to be more than they were doing in 1997.


In some ways this movie was awful. In others, it was the prefect monster movie. Tremors turns 30, the most perfect B movie creature feature ever made.

It’s been 30 years since the release of Tremors, an unabashed love letter to the B-movie creature features of the 1950s that remains as fresh today as it was three decades ago. The film is sheer perfection, and ranks among my personal favorite films of all time. As Ars’ own Nathan Matisse wrote last year, “If B-movie horror with flashes of comedic brilliance and a few edge-of-your-seat scares interests you, viewers likely can’t do much better than Tremors.”

The rest of the article contains spoilers. If you haven’t seen the movie, well, what are you waiting for?

Here’s the trailer.

Texans Are Still Armed…

Home-invaders still getting shot. The bad-guys haven’t gotten that memo. Sheriff: Burglary suspect dies after being shot by Weslaco homeowner.

He tried to break into a home – in Texas – around 7:30 in the morning.

A person suspected of burglary of a habitation has died after being shot by the homeowner Saturday morning, Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra said on social media.

Cops arrived after a 911 call and found the guy with critical injuries, and had him taken to a hospital.

The investigation continues.

We All Need More Time at the Range

Missing is bad. Police Search For Home Burglary Suspect Shot at in San Rafael.

“Shot at.” Not shot.

At about 10:05 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of San Marino Drive in San Rafael after a homeowner reported someone breaking a window and trying to enter his home, police said.

While officers were en route to the scene, the homeowner reported that he fired shots from his gun towards the back of the house in the area where the suspect was trying to break in, police said. The homeowner did not know if he struck the suspect.

No blood trail, so…

Though the guy ran like a rabbit. And probably needed to change his underwear.

Crime-fighting: UK Style

This is so sad, it is funny. Diogenes’ Middle Finger: Eating Your Daily Gruel In London Might Just Get You a Trip to the Dungeon.

So the cops in a UK town have taken some “dangerous weapons” off the street. (Click thru for the photo of those weapons.) There is most of a set of steak knives, a couple of what appear to be either Wüsthof, or J.A. HENCKELS chef’s knives, or some imitations, a couple of sharpening steels (hey, they have pointy ends. sort of) …

It’s also hard to miss the 3 pot roast forks as well as a rusty spoon. Wait. A rusty spoon?
In the annals of crime fighting, bragging about taking a rusty spoon off the streets qualifies as the most pathetic law enforcement action ever. British thugs started using knives to victimize people. The natural reaction was to ban knives because without knives assholes have no way of hurting other people. Criminals found and exploited a loophole and apparently started using hammers and so UK police asked citizens to report anyone buying tools in a hardware store. I’m not even kidding about this.

Steel pipe and rocks will be outlawed next. In that place where Great Britain used to be.

White Wedding

A little Post Punk (or New Wave – if you listen to the suits from the 1980s)?

“White Wedding” is a song that never really did very well on the charts. It wasn’t top 40 or top 10, but it is probably Billy Idol’s most recognized song. That is probably because they kept releasing it – in 1982, 83, and 85 – as part of various promotions. It is from his first album, Billy Idol, which was released in 1982. You still hear it from time-to-time on various oldies stations.