Molotov Cocktails, Water Cannon and Gunfire in Hong Kong

Because communists hate freedom in any form, the Chinese are turning nasty in Hong Kong. And the citizens of Hong Kong are turning nasty right back at them. Hong Kong: Shot fired, water cannon deployed after petrol-bomb attack.

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied peacefully during heavy rain at a sports stadium in the Kwai Chung area of the city on Sunday. A hardcore group then took over a major road in the neighboring Tsuen Wan district, erecting makeshift roadblocks and digging up bricks from the pavements. Some also threw petrol bombs at the police.

And since I don’t think the government of the People’s Republic of China cares much how they look in the western press (when the media isn’t fawning over them anyway) I expect that the body count will be quite large.

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Google: Modern Tech’s Answer to the Soviet Union

How dare you blow the whistle on Google? Retaliation? Google Whistleblower Claims FBI, SWAT, Bomb Squad Appeared at His Home.

“They got inside the gate, the police, and they started banging on my door… And so the police decided that they were going to call in additional forces. They called in the FBI, they called in the SWAT team. And they called in a bomb squad,” Vorhies told Project Veritas.

“From what I’ve understood from other attorneys, they are trying to establish that I’ve got some sort of mental problem in order to make their case easier. This is a large way in which they intimidate their employees that go rogue on the company,” he explained.

Which is straight out of the playbook of the USSR. (Hat tip to Doug Ross.)

89 Percent of Mass-shootings Happen in Gun-free Zones

Don’t expect this fact to enter the debate. Breaking down Mass Public Shooting data from 1998 though June 2019: Info on weapons used; gun-free zones; racial, age, and gender demographics.

With all the discussion about having another assault weapon ban, only 13% of mass public shootings are done with any type of rifle. Among the other findings, about 9 in 10 of the attacks are in gun-free zones

Because “Assault weapons” are only the first step.

Welcome to the Panopticon

When was this debated? Never. Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US.

The US military is conducting wide-area surveillance tests across six midwest states using experimental high-altitude balloons, documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal.

Because spying on US Citizens is of course OK. Who would object?

Up to 25 unmanned solar-powered balloons are being launched from rural South Dakota and drifting 250 miles through an area spanning portions of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, before concluding in central Illinois.

Travelling in the stratosphere at altitudes of up to 65,000ft, the balloons are intended to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats”, according to a filing made on behalf of the Sierra Nevada Corporation, an aerospace and defence company.

Privacy is such a 19th Century concept.

Why I Won’t Live in an HOA, Part 327

Homeowner’s Associations are evil, for the most part. Howell veteran fights back after being denied an American flag pole at his home.

A veteran wants to display a flagpole in his yard. The HOA doesn’t approve. So he’s putting it to a vote of the residents. (He needed a 125 signatures to get a vote, he got 164, because he doesn’t want anyone complaining.)

“As a veteran I should be able to fly the flag and I should be able to put it at half-staff,” Burtt said during an earlier interview. “It is very important to me because we only do it for public officials and those who died in the line of duty. I felt that we should show respect for these guys, they are the heroes who gave us our freedom that we have today.”

Covenants and Restrictions, even if there is no HOA, are also the sign of insanity.

Shoot First, Ask Questions Later, Then Lie About It

Law enforcement in the 21st Century. Upstate man shot by Greenville County deputy through own front door, attorney says. (There is a video at the site that won’t shut up. You’ve been warned.)

They guy was in his own home. A cop came to the door, but did not identify himself. The homeowner was armed. It was “just before midnight,” so being armed was a reasonable thing to do. The deputy shot him 4 times through the door sidelight. Then the deputy claimed (or the Sheriff’s dept. claimed) that the homeowner opened the door and pointed a gun at the cop. Body cam video refutes that, and the “statement” to that effect has been removed from the Sheriff’s F*c*book page.

Welcome to the Police State, where there will be no consequences for this guy. No fallout from the Sheriff lying about what happened. Though they are being sued.

And this was all in response to a “medical alert.” Someone needs to show the police how to make a phone call.

Illegal Firearm Factory in the UK

When they outlawed alcohol, criminals went into the alcohol business. Same with drugs. What do you think happens when you outlaw guns? FN 1922 Pistol Copies Produced in Illegal Gun Factory in Sussex, UK.

It sounds like these guys were making high-quality weapons, and they only got caught because they were careless.

Pictures released by the UK Crown Prosecution Service show the handguns produced in an illicit workshop shut down in a well-publicized raid on an industrial unit in Hailsham Sussex to be copies of the Browning FN 1922 7.65 (.32 ACP) self-loading pistol. This is quite an unusual choice and appears to be the result of the group having access to an original as a guide to copy. The FN 1922 was a longer barreled 8 round version of the FN 1910.

But don’t worry. I’m sure that this is the ONLY machine shop in all of the UK that was engaged in such nefarious activities.</sarcasm>

Pistols and chocolates. Belgium makes some fine items. And apparently these guys were making fine copies.