Yet Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Man dies after being shot in garage of an Orem homeowner.

Around 7 a.m., the homeowner heard someone inside a garage that is unattached from his house.

The homeowner went inside his house, grabbed a small caliber handgun and confronted the man in the garage, Martinez said.

A scuffle occurred in which the homeowner shot man in the garage multiple times in the abdomen.

Self-defense is a human-right.


Coyotes in New York State

New York is so screwed. Pleasantville looks into how to deal with coyotes.

“Carry a stick, carry a rock, carry an air horn,” [Kevin Clarke, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Environmental Conservation] said. “Yell, make your presence known.”

Because carrying a gun would be completely out of the question.

Practical Magic

Practical Magic is still one of my favorite movies. It was released on October 16, 1998. (One of the best roles for Goran Visnjic ever.) Just in time for Halloween.

Here is the trailer, which doesn’t contain any real spoilers. I can recommend the movie. (Here’s a link to the trailer, in case YouTube decides to freak about about privacy extensions in browsers.)

So Who Wins in the Battle Between a White Liberal and a Native American Tribe?

My guess the media is going to back the white liberal to the hilt. But I think the public won’t be fooled. ‘Inappropriate and wrong’: Cherokee Nation official throws cold water on Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test of Native American heritage.

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. called the test cited by Warren’s report “useless” in determining tribal citizenship and alleged she was “undermining tribal interests” with her “continued claims of tribal heritage.”

“A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America,” Hoskin said in a statement.

A quick survey of Bing News (11:45 PM on the 15th) shows that while a local ABC affiliate in Arizona picked up the tribal statement, the big media outlets are still trumpeting her “DNA test” results. Will check again in the AM at some point.

Just like the media is vilifying Kanye West, just like they attacked Dr Rice, when she became Secretary of State, under GW Bush, they will treat any minority with disdain, if that minority dares to question the Democratic position on anything. And the current position is that Elizabeth Warren has a Native American Heritage – regardless of the the DNA or the Native Americans say.

Speaking of Not Treating Violent Crime Seriously

An armed home-invasion in Australia (where they have all that lovely gun control). Though this wasn’t the guy with the shotgun. Judge shows ‘no mercy’ to armed robber who terrorised a couple during a violent home invasion.

His victim had been bashed, robbed and left for dead

He could have been sentenced to 25 years (not counting stealing a vehicle). Instead the “no mercy” judge sentenced him to “five years and three months in jail, with a non-parole period of three years and two months.” Given the time he has been in jail waiting for trial, he will be eligible for parole in about 15 months. (Actually most of this was the result of a plea deal.)

This guy has been in trouble with the law for some time. Click thru and scroll down.

For contrast to how to handle violent crime, and how to get more of it see the posing at this link.


New Music. A single from an album to be released in November. (I feel just like a radio DJ.)

Burning Witches is an all-woman Heavy Metal band out of Switzerland. I haven’t heard a lot by them, but I like this song. (I only discovered them recently.) Their second album is to be released in November.

This song is “Hexenhammer” from the 2018 album of the same name, by Burning Witches. Though the album won’t be released until November, as usual a single has been released ahead of time. Use the link above when YouTube freaks out over the privacy extensions in your browser and tells you the video is unavailable. (You do have privacy extensions installed, don’t you?)

Imagine A City That Is Serious About Tackling Gun Crime

Violent criminals sent to prison? What is this 1995?

First we have a case from this week in Colorado. Puebloans charged in pawn shop robbery.

Ronnie Jacquez and Gabriel Bencomo-Diaz were charged Friday in U.S. District Court in Denver with using and carrying a gun in furtherance of a violent crime, which has a minimum 7-year federal prison term. They are also charged with robbery affecting interstate commerce.

This is a regular occurrence.

Authorities regularly charge Pueblo defendants in federal court in Denver because punishment is often more severe under federal law than in Pueblo District Court under state law.

Contrast that with a case from Chicago, just in September. Gunday Funday: Our weekly look at how prosecutors and the courts are handling Chicago gun cases.

His vehicle matched one used in robberies. He ran from police. They found a gun and pot, when they caught up with him.

In a plea deal approved by Judge Timothy Chambers, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm with a previous conviction. He was sentenced to three years in prison with 98 days credit for time served while awaiting trial. Eight other firearms-related felonies were dropped in the deal. He is scheduled to be paroled on November 22, 2019.

Which city do you think will have lower crime in the long run?

If you make something less expensive, you get more of it.