Universal Death Squad

Back to Metal for Mondays, and back to Symphonic Metal.

Symphonic Metal always strikes me as the inheritor of Progressive Rock. At least in some ways. Epica often uses full orchestra backing, for example. Epica was started in 2002 by Mark Jansen after he left After Forever.

“Universal Death Squad” is a song by Epica from their album The Holographic Priciple, which came out in 2016. This song is in the style known as Beauty and the Beast, which includes soaring soprano, and a Death Metal Death growl. And it has enough drums and guitars for a Monday afternoon. (Youtube WILL trip over any privacy extension in your browser and tell you the video is “unavailable.” Alphabet Corp HATES privacy. Use the link provided above.)

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People You Know Can Be a Threat

The gun-hating Left loves to say that a gun is likely to kill someone you know. And they say that like it’s a bad thing. Metairie woman fatally shot Tulane law student husband in self-defense against abuse, JPSO says.

A woman fatally shot her husband as he beat her and tried to strangle her in a Metairie home Friday, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said Saturday. Investigators did not book her with a crime after questioning her.

They didn’t arrest her because she could provide “a detailed and well-documented history of physical and psychological abuse,” and they were convinced.

Self-defense is a human-right, even if you are defending yourself from someone you know.

Relatives of Dead Criminals Don’t Like Self-defense

Oh, and Self-defense is legal in Colorado. No murder charge in shooting, DA rules.

Three people were sleeping in a garage – they had permission from the homeowner. A couple of guys burst in and start hitting one of the three with a pipe. One of the three invited guests picks up a gun and shoots one of the attackers.

The Mesa County District Attorney’s Office will not file homicide charges against Pruitt because the case meets all three requirements of the state’s “Make My Day” law, Rubinstein wrote in a Dec. 4 letter to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Complex Crimes Unit.

Colorado’s “Make My Day” law allows any occupant of a dwelling to use any degree of physical force, including deadly force, against another person who has unlawfully entered the dwelling, and when the person believes the other person has committed a crime inside or intends to commit a crime inside, and if the occupant believes the person might use any physical force “no matter how slight” against the occupant.

The woman who did the shooting will not face charges on the shooting, though she will face other charges.

The family of the dead guy? They don’t believe any of it.

Brandon Sanchez’ sister, Monica Sanchez, said by phone Friday that she feels justice will not be served if Pruitt is not held accountable for her brother’s killing.

“I know my brother wasn’t one to go out and cause trouble like they’re making him out to be,” she said. “Everybody was mind-boggled that they’re ruling it as self-defense.”

It’s all about racism, according to the family.

You Had One Job

Nebraska tourism guide mistakenly features Missouri picture. This would be funny if it didn’t say something about the lack of attention to detail that I see all around me.

Nebraska’s newest state travel guide mistakenly features a picture of a Christmas celebration at Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that a production error allowed the picture of the Kansas City station to be used instead of Union Station in Omaha.

Sunday Roundup of Link Roundups

It’s Sunday, so that means The Pirate’s Cove has Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup.

What’s happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere? The Fine 15

  1. Sara Carter notes that the dossier was unverified by the FBI. Ever
  2. Powerline takes on the conspiracy theory that Trump defrauded voters
  3. Jihad Watch covers how Islamophobia was dragged into the Paris climate riots
  4. The Other McCain notes a few bad tweets showing up for the Heisman winner
  5. Weasel Zippers shows Dems trying to get Medicaid for illegal aliens
  6. The Vulgar Curmudgeon says people should be paying attention to France

Wombat-socho over at The Other McCain – In The Mailbox: 12.07.18.

OVER THE TRANSOM
357 Magnum: It’s Almost Like Putin Didn’t Expect To Be Held Accountable By The Obama Administration
EBL: Sexual Abuse At CBS – Lee Moonves’ Special Perks
Twitchy: Occasional Cortex Backpedals In A Major Way After Threatening Donald Trump Jr.
Louder With Crowder: Jessica Simpson Dresses Down Natalie Portman For Virgin- & Body-Shaming, also, Joy Behar Whines About Fox Being Trump’s Channel – Her Co-Hosts Attack
According To Hoyt: A Lack Of Reading Comprehension
Monster Hunter Nation: Book Bomb! A Star-Wheeled Sky & In Plain Sight
Vox Popoli: Ubisoft Converged

Claire Wolfe of Living Freedom – Weekend links.

  • Could Gamble v U.S. help end the war on weed?
  • Australia goes and does it. They pass a back-door encryption law that could have horrible repercussions worldwide. But it’s okay because, you know, “national security.” (H/T MJR)
  • Could the Clintons finally — finally! — be getting into the trouble they’ve deserved all these years?
  • Let us pray that we have reached Peak Pecksniffery: A professor of psychology and sexuality studies gripes that God didn’t get Mary’s consent before impregnating her with Jesus.* (H/T MtK)

Doug Ross – Larwyn’s Linx: The Media are Just as Complicit in DOJ, FBI, Corruption and FISA Abuse.

Nation
The Media are Just as Complicit in DOJ, FBI, Corruption and FISA Abuse: CTH
Mueller’s witch hunt may have just boomeranged: Don Surber
The ominous scramble before Mueller got the job: CNN

Catch & Release: MS-13 Killer Avoided Deportation Thanks to Obama Judge: R.S. McCain
House Democrats Will Push to Criminalize Private Gun Sales: AWR Hawkins
Trump to tap former A.G. William Barr to head Justice Department: Diana Stancy Correll

MaddMedic at Freedom is Just Another Word – Gun News …..

Democrats Plan New Universal Background Check Bill

House Democrats plan to push for universal background checks for all firearms transfers in the new session of Congress.

There is more listed at each site than I have highlighted here. I hope you can enjoy what’s left of the weekend.

And You Thought American Politics Were Screwed Up

Europe manages to be more screwed up than the US on most days. Which is saying a lot.

First there is the continuing chaos in France. ‘Yellow vest’ protests: cars burn and looters raid shops in Paris.

Can we call it an uprising yet?

The mounted officers advanced behind serried ranks of police on foot holding up their shields like Roman legionaries. In front of them, on the fashionable Rue de Bretagne in central Paris, were the “yellow-vest” protesters and masked, black-clad youths, sending shoppers and patrons of pavement ­cafés scurrying indoors for cover.

There have been more than 1000 arrests, and this story is from Saturday.

Merkel’s ruling CDU party in Germany thought they put the worst behind them with the recent election of a new party leader. CDU party members quit in protest at Merkel successor as split widens in Germany’s ruling party.

Just a day after the CDU appeared to end weeks of infighting by voting in Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, known as “mini Merkel”, delegates at the party’s congress told The Sunday Telegraph of a wave of resignations among rank and file members.

Victory for Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer is seen by many as a failure of the party to learn from the mistakes of Mrs Merkel, and a missed opportunity to regain ground on the Right on key issues such as immigration.

No word on what party the disaffected will join.

Italy is still on a collision course with the EU over its budget. Italy’s Populist Budget Wins First Key Vote in Parliament

Italy’s populist government won a key parliamentary vote, moving a step closer to final approval of a budget that has been rejected by the European Union.

I’m surprised they didn’t list it as a “far right” government.

And finally in the UK, Prime Minster Theresa May’s government has been found to be “In Contempt of Parliament.” UK Parliament delivers rebuke to government over Brexit.

The Brexit deal she “negotiated” with the EU is tremendously unpopular.

Aside from the vote on contempt…

In another sign of the government’s weakness, lawmakers also passed an amendment giving Parliament more say over the government’s next steps if the assembly rejects the divorce deal in a vote set for Dec. 11.

Many lawmakers saw the government’s defeats as developments of huge significance — a tipping point in the EU saga.

Facebook Cares Nothing For Your Privacy

They make money off selling access to data about you. Why would they want to cut into that? Facebook fears more secret documents have been leaked.

Among them were emails showing that Facebook tried to strangle its competitors by cutting off their access to its data, as well as emails in which Facebook employees discussed how to read users’ mobile phone logs without prompting a dialogue box asking for their consent.

So they wield monopoly power, and the want to trample over privacy. What a surprise.

I don’t use Facebook. (I have an account which I log into a few times a year to change the password and deactivate.) I use Google as little as possible. (I am still using Gmail, but I am working to get it out of anything important, like banking.)

I have pretty much stopped using Twitter. (I was sort of disappointed that I wasn’t banned, but then I wasn’t really trying.)

I don’t want information about my life to someone’s product for sale.