February 26, 1993: The Attack on the World Trade Center

This is the attack on the World Trade Center that is never remembered. World Trade Center is bombed.

At 12:18 p.m., a terrorist bomb explodes in a parking garage of the World Trade Center in New York City, leaving a crater 60 feet wide and causing the collapse of several steel-reinforced concrete floors in the vicinity of the blast.

Although the terrorist bomb failed to critically damage the main structure of the skyscrapers, six people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured. The World Trade Center itself suffered more than $500 million in damage.

Safety concerns were raised in 1975. But convenience and cost won out over security. (I’m shocked!)

Meanwhile, authorities uncovered a related plot in which followers of Sheikh Abdel Rahman planned to blow up the George Washington Bridge, the United Nations headquarters and other New York City landmarks. In that case, the sheikh and nine co-defendants were found guilty of seditious conspiracy and other terrorism-related charges.

There was a fountain commemorating the 1993 attack. It was obliterated in the 2001 attack.

So Not an Observant Muslim

I like a cocktail on a plane, or before, but this was extreme. Woman kicked air marshal, threatened to ‘stab everyone’ on United flight: feds.

First Dana Ghazi Mustafa set off the smoke detector in an airplane lavatory, because she didn’t see why she couldn’t smoke.

She was described as “reeking of alcohol.”

Mustafa later headed for the lavatory again while striking the flint of her lighter before pushing away flight attendants who tried to block her, according to court papers.

When two air marshals tried to cuff the unhinged woman, she repeatedly kicked one of them in the shins, papers say, but she was eventually restrained and seated next to the law enforcement agents.

“I’m going to stab everyone on the plane, then kill myself. I’m Palestinian! That’s how we get down,” shouted Mustafa, according to the documents.

A half-empty liter bottle of Absolut vodka was found in her bag, the feds said.

That’s a few cocktails.

She was arrested by the FBI when the plane landed, and she is charged with assaulting a federal officer, which carries a maximum sentence of 8 years.

As The Other McCain says, “Crazy People Are Dangerous.”

Neighbors Were NOT Shocked

Break in. Home invader shot and killed. KSP: Intruder shot, killed by homeowner in Spencer County identified.

This is typical of the stories on self-defense I cover, and I have covered this story already, but what makes it interesting enough to revisit is the reaction and the outlook of the community.

Smallwood [a neighbor] grabbed her binoculars and walked to the hill of her property that overlooks the scene.

“And (the police) definitely weren’t in any big hurry so I knew it was a fatal shot,” Smallwood said. “And then the coroner came, so … ”

Those were the sights and sounds of what Kentucky State Police detectives said was a homeowner standing his ground.

It’s a story that didn’t shock Smallwood.

I think the reporter is shocked, though it is a bit hard to tell at this distance.

There is more of interest at the first link above, about how people in the locale are armed and will do what it takes to protect their families.

Coronavirus and Bigotry in The UK

Irony is not dead. Neither is media bias. Woman is savagely beaten in Birmingham ‘coronavirus rage’ attack after stepping in to defend her Chinese friend from racist abuse.

Miss Solanki said: ‘I was having birthday drinks with a group of of girls and guys including Chinese friends.

‘There were a group of Asian men inside the venue – one of them kept coming up to me and harassing me. He seemed to have a problem with me being an Indian girl with a multi-racial group of friends,’ she told The Sunday Mercury.

He got more belligerent as the night wore on, and so they left. He had a particular problem with one Chinese woman.

‘For some reason he got really angry with her. He started abusing her calling her a dirty c****.

‘He said ‘take your f****** coronavirus and take it back home.’

Miss Solanki told how she was ‘shocked and angry’ and shouted at the man to stop while she tried to push him away.

He punched her in the face; she fell and hit her head. She was treated for a concussion at a local hospital, and lost a week’s work.

“Asian men” is the polite UK media euphemism for Muslim immigrants. They weren’t Chinese, after all, or Japanese or Korean or… So the crack about ‘go back home’ struck me as more than a little odd.

Government Meddling in Health Care Markets

It never turns out well when the .gov decides to control a market for goods or services. What happens when you call 911 and no help comes?

Medicare pays ambulances and other medical providers according to a set payment list, said Dom Pascucci, health insurance specialist at the Wexford offices of broker Emerson Reid. [SNIP]

To set its rates, Medicare is surveying a number of ambulance services to determine average costs. Hospitals are required to file cost reports for providing various services. Medicare payments are typically based on a percentage of costs, with hospitals generally receiving 12%.

And you cannot (by law) ask a Medicare recipient to make up the difference between what Medicare pays and what the ambulance ride actually costs. Result: there will be no ambulance (and maybe no EMS) for rural Americans. But then the Democrats want to herd us all into cities anyway. Easier to control that way.

The result is, you are better off taking yourself to the ER. The opening anecdote of the article detailed a 51 minute wait for an ambulance, before the person found their own way to the hospital.

Now some will point fingers all over the place. But if the .gov was never in the business of setting rates (sounds like socialism or communism to me) then maybe we wouldn’t be in this place. We would have other problems, no doubt. (Life is about problems.)

COVID-19 on an Air Canada Flight

If just one person on that flight got infected… B.C.’s 6th presumptive COVID-19 case flew from Montreal to Vancouver on Feb. 14.

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says the province’s 6th presumptive case of COVID-19, a woman in her 30s, flew on an Air Canada flight from Montreal to Vancouver on Valentine’s Day, eight days before she tested positive.

She might have caught it at the airport ahead of time. She might have been exposed on the flight. Were there others who got infected on that flight? Who knows?

And the Canadian .gov has jumped the on the “all is well” bandwagon. A letter was sent to school districts because one of her contacts went to several schools.

“There is no public health risks at schools in the region,” said the letter. “There is also no evidence that novel coronavirus is circulating in the community.”

“There is no evidence” is very different from “there is no risk.” And there is some evidence that COVID-19 is in the community. At least one case has been identified. This is not going to end anytime soon.

Burning Bridges

Delain is a group that I have loved for a long time. It is the collaboration of soprano Charlotte Wessels, and keyboardist Martijn Westerholt. They just released a new album, so I thought it would be appropriate to feature one of their songs.

This is “Burning Bridges” by Delain from their alum, Apocalypse & Chill, which was released February 7th Lyrics at this link.

For the previous post featuring an early release from this album, see this link. The song at that link contains NO Death-Metal-Growling. The song featured above does contain one stanza in the growl. (It is a conversation after all…) You will survive it.

8 Hour Response Time to 911 Call

And the caller made it clear that an assault was in progress. 911 caller draws attention to police response time after murder of Milwaukee mom, daughters.

Relying on “The System” to protect you in an emergency is a losing strategy.

“It was like a lot of loud thumps against my bedroom wall,” Lee said.

She heard a woman, who she eventually learned was Amarah Banks, crying for help.

“So I jumped up, I grabbed my phone, and I called 911.”

Cops didn’t show up until the next day, to draw their usual chalk outlines around a mother and her daughters.

Now maybe a quick response wouldn’t have saved this woman. But 8 or 9 hours? That is insane. And a quick response would have been measured in minutes.

No one in “authority” is saying anything. “We can’t do shit until after the trial” is not quite what they said. But it’s what they meant. And they are hoping that in 2 or 3 years after the murder trial, this will have been forgotten.

It’s also possible that a gun, either in the dead-woman’s hands, or in her neighbors’ hands might not have changed the outcome. There are no guarantees in this life. But expecting the cops to save the day is beyond wishful thinking, it is delusional.

Apparently They Like the Incredible Levels of Gun Crime

Doing something about criminals wouldn’t be Social-Justice-Warrior Approved. Baltimore Democrats don’t want Larry Hogan to rein in gun violence.

2019 saw Baltimore set a local record (national record?) on gun crimes per capita. You would think people would want to do something about that.

The governor of Maryland wants to “get tough on crime” and do something about the insanity that is going on in Baltimore.

So what have the Democrats in the legislature done about it? They’re preparing to shoot it down, of course. And the interim mayor of Charm City is backing them up. (CBS Baltimore)

Of course they are. They are not distressed about gun crime. They NEED high levels of gun crime to help push their agenda – which doesn’t include “tough on crime” measures like minimum sentences. (Hat tip to View from the Beach and The Daley Gator.

Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

By not treating criminals appropriately, they get more crime. More carjackings reported as police promise crackdown: “The criminal justice system has to get serious about how they deal with some of these juveniles.”.

“The criminal justice system has to get serious about how they deal with some of these juveniles,” CPD Dep. Supt. Anthony Riccio said on Friday. “A lot of what we see are the same crews doing it over and over again. So, we’re gonna have to definitely address the problem of juveniles and the crime that they’re committing.”

Riccio made the remarks as he announced the reconstitution of a multi-agency carjacking task force. He said 117 vehicular hijackings had been reported in 2020 as of earlier this week, up from 67 during the same time in 2019.

But that quip about the Criminal Justice System is aimed at the courts, who keep releasing juveniles, because “they’re just kids” and besides keeping violent criminals in jail is unfair.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes…

If you reward bad behavior (and non punishment is a reward of sorts) you get more of it….lots more of it.

SCC has more insights into what is happening to Justice in Chicago.

COVID-19: Things Are Not Getting Better

China’s stonewalling in the early days of the outbreak meant that tourists from China went everywhere. And they interacted with other tourists; tourists who then went home.

Italy has put several towns on lockdown over COVID-19. Italy rushes to contain Europe’s first major coronavirus outbreak.

Italy scrambled Sunday to check the spread of Europe’s first major outbreak of the new viral disease amid rapidly rising numbers of infections and a third death, calling off the popular Venice Carnival, scrapping major league soccer matches in the stricken area and shuttering theaters, including Milan’s legendary La Scala.

Austria was concerned enough to stop all rail traffic with Italy.

In a case where tourists went home… Second Israeli Has Coronavirus After Returning from Cruise Ship in Japan

A second Israeli from among the group of 11 who returned home Friday from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan has become ill with the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Iran is having its own problems, and its neighbors are closing borders. Iran’s neighbours impose travel bans as coronavirus toll rises.

Iran on Sunday reported three more novel coronavirus deaths among 15 new cases in the past 24 hours, taking its total number of fatalities to eight and infections to 43.

Four new COVID-19 cases surfaced in Tehran, seven in the holy city of Qom, two in Gilan and one each in Markazi and Tonekabon, health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.

Authorities have ordered the closure of schools, universities and other educational centres in 14 provinces across the country from Sunday as a “preventive measure”.

And the statistics are different.

But official figures indicate the death rate is proportionately much higher in Iran than China, standing at nearly one in five of the confirmed infections.

So is that a reflection of Iranian health care, an indication that the Chinese still are not being forthright over the nature of the disease, or something else? A 20% mortality rate would be extremely bad.

And the number of cases in South Korea is expanding very quickly. Coronavirus live updates: South Korea on high alert after total cases top 600.

South Korea’s government raised the COVID-19 alert to its highest level after a recent implosion of confirmed infection cases, which took the country’s tally from 31 as of Feb. 18 to 602 on Sunday.

My Feeling Exactly

Tech Enthusiasts: Everything in my house is wired to the Internet of Things! I control it all from my smartphone! My smart-house is bluetooth enabled and I can give it voice commands via Alexa! I love the future!

Programmers/Engineers: The most recent piece of technology I own is a printer from 2004 and I keep a loaded gun ready to shoot it if it ever makes an unexpected noise.

While I haven’t limited myself to a 2004 printer, I have limited what I have in my home. (Hat tip LB1901)

I-85 Bridge Collapse in Atlanta

On March 30, 2017 a large fire, apparently set, (though arson charges were dropped) under a section of I-85 in Atlanta resulted in the collapse of part of one of the major freeways through Atlanta. 7 things we know now about the I-85 bridge collapse. (There is a nice – short – video at the link. More videos will play if you don’t stop them.)

If you’ve ever driven through Atlanta, well you know; traffic is bad. And if you haven’t driven through Atlanta, you probably can’t appreciate how bad traffic can be when everything is fine. After this fire, everything was not fine.

A large amount of plastic was stored under the bridge. It was ignited, and the fire damaged the steel in the bridge.

When The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s reporters investigated what exactly happened under the bridge and why the materials were stored there, the newspaper found security at the site was lacking and determined that officials don’t really know what’s stored under other bridges around the state.

Not what you would call “good management.”

After a massive rebuilding effort the bridge opened in May of 2017. Restoring what passes for normal in the Atlanta commuting environment. That is a pretty Herculean effort by the standards of today. I am sure it helped that it was a completely ordinary highway bridge.

According to police, the flames ignited in a state-owned storage area under I-85 northbound just south of Ga. 400.

Stored there were high-density polyethylene pipes, which are commonly used in the transportation industry for cabling and fiber optic wire networks.

This isn’t a marquee bridge, like The Tacoma Narrows Bridge or The Silver Bridge, that collapsed in a dramatic fashion and killed lots of people. It is a low-key bridge of the kind that millions of people drive over every week. And it is a reminder that even the small bridges, when they fall, can make life miserable for a lot of people. It isn’t just the marquee bridges that need inspection, maintenance and repair. And talk about not managing infrastructure, if you can’t say, what is stored where, and it turns out that what is stored can bring down that infrastructure, then I think there is a problem. If you don’t know what you have stored where, how do you know what you need to order? Maybe you just keep ordering more stuff, after all, it isn’t your money being wasted. I don’t think it would be much different in any other state, aside from Georgia, and I don’t expect the situation has gotten much better.

Not managing infrastructure is not the way to ensure that infrastructure lasts. But not managing anything seems to be the way of government.

The Black Militia in Philadelphia

Your history lesson for the week. You might learn something. (It will only hurt for a minute!) The Black Church Tradition of Arms, W.E.B. DuBois, and Bethel Church of Philadelphia.

Reading an excerpt from The Souls of Black Folk by the great African-American intellectual W.E.B. DuBois for my sociological theory class last week, I came across the interesting description of Philadelphia’s Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church copied above, including the reference to “a company of militia.”

A militia because where do you turn when the authorities may be a part of the problem?

The entire article is worth a moment of your time. And why aren’t your reading Professor Yamane’s writing? That’s worth your time as well.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He broke into the wrong home. Homeowner shot, killed Louisville man who entered Spencer County residence.

He broke into a home and confronted an armed homeowner.

The homeowner then shot the subject during the confrontation, police said.

Cops are not pursuing charges against the homeowner. Self-defense is a human-right.

I Thought Bail Reform Was About Non-violent Crimes

This guy should probably be held without bail. ‘Outrageous,’ interim police Supt. Charlie Beck says of accused cop shooter being free on bail.

Actually he had been held without bail, but was released on $50,000 bond in October, and put on electronic monitoring.

“I am not a lock-everybody-up chief,” Beck said. “But I think violent criminals, especially ones who use handguns to commit violence, are a scourge on Chicago. There truly is a cycle of gun violence in Chicago that should be broken. Not all crimes are equal.”

The CPD even put up a website, the “Gun Offender Dashboard” to highlight how often people charged with gun crimes get turned loose, but the data – from the clerk of the court – is no longer available so the site is not up. (Though CWB does a fair job of tracking some of it.)

So if you want to see more of a thing, make it less expensive. It is much less expensive to be a criminal in Chicago these days. And so of course crime is more prevalent.

Reality Hits Chicago

How high can you push taxes before someone notices. Sales of Chicago commercial buildings plunged in 2019: ‘Everyone was asking me what’s wrong with Chicago’

Well, if the people in question are politicians, they will never notice that taxes are too high. Real Estate investors on the other hand…

Sales of office, apartment, hotel and industrial buildings in the city totaled $8.07 billion in 2019, down from the post-recession peak of $16 billion a year earlier, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.

With the dollar sales volume cut in half, last year was the worst year for commercial property sales since 2013, when transactions totaled $7.55 billion.

Now that the dollar value basically doubled from 2013 to 2019 is also a problem reminiscent of bubble, but to have it cut in half in a single year is amazing.

Last year’s reduction in sales slashed about $95 million in city, county and state revenue generated from real estate transfer taxes in 2019, compared with the previous year’s total. That means less money for the Chicago Transit Authority and other services funded by local governments.

It’s OK. The City of Chicago, and the County of Cook and the State of Illinois will just keep raising taxes, until everyone leaves. Or maybe not, because they are competing against places like Boston and San Francisco, and as screwed up as Chicago is these days, it is still cheaper than some of those other cities.

More Political Violence from the Left

Democrats attacking teenagers who disagree with them, because if you dare to disagree with the Left, they will hurt and maybe kill you. Indiana couple drove boys with Trump flags off road: police.

Two teenage boys were riding bicycles with Trump flags attached to fishing poles, when two people suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome attacked them with a car.

According to a probable cause affidavit, the boys told officers that a vehicle with a man driving and woman passenger followed them before the male driver pulled up nearby and asked one of the boys “if they were Trump supporters” – to which the boy replied that they were.

The driver then swerved at the boys, forcing them onto roadside grass to avoid being struck, according to the affidavit. The driver followed the boys before exiting the car and tearing off the flag from one of the brother’s bikes, the affidavit states.

Details on the incident that the couple in the car posted to their Snapchat account. Including threats to the boys it they ever see the 2 again.

Hat tip to The Other McCain, who calls this “Democrats engaging in political terrorism.”

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups

Wombat-socho starts us off with In The Mailbox: 02.19.20.

Shark Tank: DeSantis Pressed To Restore Voting Rights To Felons
Shot In The Dark: Lie First, Lie Always, Lie Finally
This Ain’t Hell: Richard Calvert, Green Beret…NOT

The Right Way – Top of the News.

The surest sign that Climate Change is a con – The Daley Gator
Hillary Clinton Shuts Down Rumors of Being Bloomberg’s Running Mate: ‘Oh, No’ – IOTWreport

MaddMedic at Freedom Is Just Another Word… – News/Gun Bits ….

Because it’s a fact. Look at large cities that have CCW or PTC. Then look at Chicago and similar…
Why does a Harvard Study say more guns result in less crime?

EBL – Egomaniac Millionare Warren Vows To Take On Egomaniac Billionaire Bloomberg.

Powerline: What should we expect of Bloomberg tonight?, Campaign Notebook, Mike Bloomberg, meet Paul Harvey, and Democrats’ Doom Loop
Legal Insurrection: Elizabeth Warren promises to go after Bloomberg on stage

Again from Wombat-socho at The Other McCain – In The Mailbox: 02.20.20.

Camp Of The Saints: Perilous Times – On The Radical Young Left
CDR Salamander: Hedging Billions To Keep Shareholders Happy
Da Tech Guy: My Astros Suggestion also, Shining Some Light On The True Nature Of Socialism

Doug Ross – Larwyn’s Linx: When I Exposed Bloomberg News Connection to China, Michael Bloomberg Tried to Ruin Me.

How Barack Obama Destroyed the Integrity of the DOJ: RS
Time to End Tyranny of District Court Judges’ Nationwide Injunctions: GianCarlo Canaparo
WaPo Report: AG Bill Barr Threatens to Quit: CTH

One more time from Wombat-socho – In The Mailbox: 02.21.20.

Babalu Blog: The Cuban Dictatorship’s Addiction To Spying
BattleSwarm: LinkSwarm For February 21
Cafe Hayek: The Federal Government’s Fiscal Incontinence

Battleswarm Blog – LinkSwarm for February 21, 2020.

“Under financial stress, Oberlin College seeks to end unionized custodial and dining hall services.” Point and laugh, children…
Speaking of pointing and laughing: How #NeverTrumpers are the waterboys of the D.C. elite.

MaddMedic from Freedom Is Just Another Word… – News/Gun Bits ….

George Soros Makes Totalitarian Demands: Oust Zuckerberg For Allowing Free Speech

Political Hat – News of the Week (February 17th, 2020).

Courts should overturn “Red Flag” law
A number of Nevada counties have passed Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions in response to state lawmakers passing a “Red Flag” law in 2019

Again from MaddMedic – News/Gun Bits …

Buttigieg’s brother-in-law says “everything Pete is pushing is anti-God”
Pretty much…

Flopping Aces – The Week in Radical Leftism, 2/21/2020.

Is This Real Life? Washington Post Argues in Headline, “It’s Time to Give the Elites a Bigger Say in Choosing the President”
How are satire sites supposed to stay in business when the Washington Post is genuinely serious when they spew this weapons grade stupidity

I leave you with The Memes Are Piling Up ~ SO ~ Fun Wednesday from Woodsterman, Thursday Memes .. from MaddMedic at Freedom Is Just Another Word and Cartoon Round Up…. from Theo Spark.