Self-defense is a Human-right

A domestic violence story with a mostly happy ending. Women not facing charges after shooting ex-boyfriend | WREG.com.

She isn’t facing charges because the idiot ex-boyfriend (who is in critical condition with a gunshot wound) was attacking her.

Police say the 23-year-old was walking out her apartment early Saturday morning when her ex-boyfriend rushed into the home and assaulted her. Moody grabbed her gun and shot him in self-defense.

This woman is a lot of things, but she is not a victim.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

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Club 357

Have I mentioned how much I miss the club scene of my youth? Or maybe it’s just that I miss my youth. (If I tried to stay out until 4 AM dancing, then grab breakfast, a shower and head to work I think I would have a stroke.)

Yello performing “The Race” from their album Flag, which was released in 1988. Yello was a Swiss Duo with a big following in West Berlin, and “The Race” has been used to promote Formula 1 racing, and even made the top 10 on the UK charts.

This is the classic “Oh, Yeah” from Yello’s 1985 album, Stella. It became famous as the soundtrack of avarice, when it was used in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. It was subsequently used in several movies, TV shows, and video games. I actually prefer the 12 inch extended cut – it is about 6 minutes long, but this is the original single as released.

30 years is a long time, no matter how you slice it.

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Texans Still Armed, Home Invaders Still Getting Shot

They call this 18-year-old adult a teen. The Brady Bunch and that ilk will count “a teen tragically killed.” An adult killed as the result of lawful self-defense is not a tragedy. Arlington Homeowner Kills Teen Intruder: Police.

The alleged burglars forced their way into the back of the man’s home, according to police, and the homeowner heard a loud noise.

“He confronted them and during the course of that confrontation he shot at them,” said Sgt. Paul Rodriguez, of the Arlington Police Department.

The body of one home-invader was found on the property. They other guy was tracked down shortly after. The homeowner is not in custody and not charged.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0.

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Baltimore Police – Gray not their first spinal cord injury

Because they can do whatever they want. Baltimore’s ‘Broken Relationship’ With Police – NYTimes.com.

Mr. Gray was not the first black man in Baltimore to emerge from a police van with a spinal cord injury. Jeffrey Alston, who became paralyzed from the neck down after a van ride, settled for $6 million in 2004. The following year, Dondi Johnson Jr., also paralyzed after a van ride, won a jury award of $7.4 million, though it was reduced on appeal.

Kerry D. Staton, the lawyer who handled both cases, said Mr. Johnson, like Mr. Gray, had not been belted in. Mr. Staton said officers had intentionally given Mr. Johnson what is known as a “rough ride, where he was thrown across the vehicle into the opposite wall and broke his neck.”

So the Baltimore Police Department believes that breaking peoples’ necks is part of standard operating procedure. They should be treated the same way.

But I doubt anything will happen. They won’t be arrested. They won’t be fired. They won’t lose their pensions. They will just go about their business as usual.

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Neighbors Were Shocked

They were shocked to discover that they didn’t live in Pleasantville, but actually lived in the real world. Police identify alleged burglar shot by homeowner in Orlando..

“It’s pretty shocking. I’m glad it wasn’t our apartment, but I am sad that it was his,” said resident Kelly Gener.

It is actually a pretty common story of a would-be burglar surprised to find out that he was invading an occupied dwelling. And that the resident of the dwelling wasn’t cowering in fear.

Jordan Damato was inside his home, in the Lucerne Terrace neighborhood …, just before 1 a.m. Wednesday when the Thomas Berry, 48, broke into Damato’s apartment, police said.

The victim shot the intruder multiple times, according to police.

At least they got the part about who the victim in the whole thing was correct. Often the media will paint the would-be bad guy as a victim because he got shot.

If you are reading this you do not live in Pleasantville; you live in the Real World™, where things like crime really do happen. You shouldn’t be shocked that such things happen in your neighborhood. Crime is not something that happens to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.” It can happen even to you.

In any event, this story had a happy ending; Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

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Mayor Empty Chair (He Learned from the Best)

No good news? Lots of bad news? Just ignore it and maybe it will go away. As violence escalates, where is Mayor Emanuel? – Chicago Tribune.

If only Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded to every homicide on the streets of Chicago with the same urgency and concern he showed in using his Hollywood contacts to reach a movie director with his complaints about a movie title he dislikes.

The folks in Hollywood are making a film – or starting the process – about the violence in the streets of Chicago. Instead of addressing the root cause, the Mayor – former Obama lackey – is just asking his Hollywood friends for a favor.

Emanuel’s Twitter feed reads like he is responsible for governing a different city than the one the rest of us live in. On April 20, news outlets reported that there were at least 13 injured in shootings overnight. That same morning the mayor tweeted about parks and neighborhood cleanups.

Once upon a time, it was a great city. Between parking and taxes, there is hardly a reason to go into the city. Throw in a good dose of violent crime…

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Forensic Failures – FBI “Experts” Botch Lab Work

It isn’t really like it is on CSI. FBI hair analysis testimony botched in 6 Missouri, 4 Illinois cases, group says : News.

FBI analysts erroneously testified about hair samples in six old criminal trials in Missouri — including one case that led to an execution — and four in Illinois, the Innocence Project said Tuesday.

Juries love experts. Too bad these guys weren’t as expert as they thought they were.

A joint statement released over the weekend by the FBI, Justice Department, Innocence Project and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers said that FBI hair examiners’ testimony was flawed in 96 percent of the 268 trials where the analysis was used against a defendant.

Twenty-six of 28 hair examiners either created lab reports with erroneous statements or gave testimony with erroneous information, the review found. They overstated the scientific certainty of matches.

And of course this isn’t the first time the experts were stupidly wrong, and sent people to jail because of it.

People wonder why I am opposed to the death penalty. It isn’t on moral grounds; it is because the Criminal Justice system to simply too screwed up to be trusted with that much power. (Read that 2nd link – they execute people in error. We know they do.) They are a government bureaucracy. More interested in protecting the system (and their place in it) than in serving Justice.

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Marshal Destroys Phone Taking Video, But Ends Up on Video Anyway

Cops don’t like being recorded on video. I think it stems from a guilty conscience. US Marshals reviewing video of deputy grabbing woman's phone – seattlepi.com.

The U.S. Marshals Service said Tuesday that it’s reviewing a video that shows a deputy grab a woman’s cellphone from her hands, smashing it to the floor.

They don’t have the right to destroy property. And he thought he was being so smart, he failed to notice that there was more than one person shooting video. So a video of not much was destroyed and video of an idiot violating the law was obtained.

File this under “Not acting in his own best interests.” Not that I really think it is likely that the Marshals’ service will do anything to him.

This incident also shows up the need for apps like Bambuser, that upload video directly to the cloud. Then we would have had video of the phone being destroyed. (And we may still get it. The video may still be on the phone, and the lawyers are trying to recover it.)

Copwatch ALWAYS recommended (probably still does) having AT LEAST 2 cameras. One close, and one farther away to catch the police destroying the video from the first. Because, you know, police hate video so much that they will destroy it if they think they can get away with it. Like we see here.

Of course at this point it is an anonymous US Marshal. Even though someone on his team can probably ID him, I doubt any of them will break ranks and rat out their “brother in arms.”

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The Future According to Corning


Corning’s A Day Made of Glass 2

All very good, but I still want a real keyboard. One better than I have now would be nice. (Think the old IBM Selectric.)

Some of us know how to type, and even though my spelling sometimes suffers as a result, I can type almost as fast as I can formulate sentences. Or I could in my youth. (All this texting is tough on the typing skills.)

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Drugs Yes, Enforcement No – DEA Chief’s Problems with the Agency

Another government agency that is FUBAR. DEA chief to resign, reports say | TheHill.

DEA chief Michele Leonhart will resign, CBS and CNN are reporting, after she was grilled by lawmakers over alleged “sex parties” funded by Colombian drug cartels in which her agents participated.

That’s just great.

After the scandal came to light, the agents in question were “punished” by being given 2 weeks vacation. (That was 2 weeks paid administrative leave, on paper.)

Is it time to end the War on (Some) Drugs™?

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