The Stupid. It Can Kill You

There is a difference between embracing forgiveness, and being stupid. Ark. Woman Befriended Mom’s Killer Out of ‘Spiritual Obligation’ — and then He Murdered Her.

Forgiveness may be divine; Stupidity is all human.

Martha McKay was kind to Travis Lewis, who was convicted and released after he killed her mother and cousin in 1996

The killer would drown during a police chase when he jumped into a lake. So there’s that.

Hat tip to The Other McCain… She Befriended the Man Who Killed Her Mother. Guess How That Turned Out?

Jerry Stiller – RIP

He was the best part of the Seinfeld show. Jerry Stiller, ‘Seinfeld’ actor and father to Ben Stiller, dies at 92.

Ben [Stiller] confirmed his father’s death early Monday morning, writing he “passed away from natural causes” on Twitter.

“He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years,” he added. “He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad.”

I think my introduction to Jerry Stiller would have been the times Stiller and Meara were on the Carol Burnett Show. There are a lot of videos out there, so I won’t include one. Most people are remembering his time with Seinfeld and Co, which is to be expected.

3-year-old Dam Fails

People in both Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan had to be evacuated. 70,000 Evacuated After Breach in Uzbek Dam, Investigation Into Failure Launched.

The dam failed on May 1st. It appears there was adequate warning to get everyone evacuated, as no deaths have been reported.

The dam and reservoir were completed just three years ago, suggesting that the failure was the result of either design or construction flaws. It will be interesting to watch who ends up with the blame for the dam’s failure. The project’s construction was begun under the presidency of Islam Karimov, in 2010, but it was overseen by Mirziyoyev, who served as prime minister from 2003 to 2016.

I doubt this will get much coverage in the English-language press, since there isn’t A) anyway to blame President Trump, and B) no one died.

Riots in Belgium

I am not even a little surprised. MIGRANT RIOT: Foreigners CLASH with Police During COVID-19 Lockdown.

So after a 19-year-old migrant tried to flee a police check, there was an “accident” and he died. So the only response available seems to be to riot and attack police.

MIGRANTS rioted and pelted police with stones and heavy objects on Friday night into Saturday afternoon.

Some generic “social media” company was used to plan the riots. Doesn’t say which one.

Rioters apparently stole at least one firearm from a police vehicle.

John Conway: December 26, 1937 – April 11, 2020

This is sad news. John Conway, inventor of the Game of Life, has died of COVID-19.

He made contributions in various areas of mathematics but is best known for his invention of Conway’s Game of Life, a cellular automata in which simple rules give rise to surprisingly complex behaviors. It was made famous by a 1970 Scientific American article and has had a lively community around it ever since then. (Don’t confuse it with Milton Bradley’s board game of the same name.)

Here’s a fairly good video of some of the things you can do with Conway’s Game of Life. You can do quite a bit, since it is a Turing-complete computing environment.

Florida Man Has Competition

“I wish I could make this up.” Police: Man teaching his dog to drive was arrested after leading troopers on a high-speed chase. The difference between reality and fiction, is that fiction has to make sense.

The suspect was driving “absolutely recklessly,” and a pursuit ensued at 109 miles an hour, [trooper Heather Axtman] said. One of the troopers attempted to corner the suspect’s car, looked inside and realized a pit bull was sitting in the driver’s seat while the suspect steered, Axtman said. [SNIP]

Eventually troopers were able to use spike strips to end the pursuit. During the arrest, Axtman said the suspect gave them one explanation: He was “trying to teach his dog how to drive.”

“I wish I could make this up,” Axtman, who is also a public information officer, said.

Who knew Washington State was this crazy? Hat tip to Wirecutter – All I wanna know is how did its feet reach the pedals?

“Professional Journalism”

Harder to tell from Fake News every day. CBS News admits ‘mistake’ after airing footage of overcrowded Italian hospital in report about NYC.

CBS News admitted to a “mistake” on Monday after airing footage of an overcrowded hospital room that was allegedly in New York City but was actually from a hospital in Italy.

“It was an editing mistake. We took immediate steps to remove it from all platforms and shows,” a CBS News spokesperson told Fox News.

And I wouldn’t normally pile on, but since Fox brought it up…

ABC News made a similar mistake last fall when it aired footage from a Kentucky gun range while falsely claiming it depicted a fierce battle between Syrian Kurds and Turkish forces.

The network aired the footage framing it as battlefield video, when, in fact, it appears to be from a night gun demonstration at the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, Ky.

The Knob Creek shoots do look like a battlefield, except no one is shooting back.

I’m so glad these folks in the media, who can’t do math, and who also apparently can’t do basic media stuff like getting the right video with the right story, are here to tell us all what to think about all things political.

Hope for the Battle Against COVID-19?

The Other McCain tells us that the FDA Approves ‘Game Changer’ Drug.

Glenn Reynolds notices that Politico asserts there is “scant evidence” for the effectiveness of chloroquine, despite the actual evidence from French studies, which are not “scant” at all. It’s almost as if journalists were suffering from an “Orange Man Bad” disease, or something.

And Glen Reynolds notes that the media usually wants to be more like Europe. Not in this case.

Friday Links

HeyJackass! starts us off with the situation in Chicago. Rise of the Virus Scolds.

EBL – Curly Neal, RIP. I was sorry to hear about this.

Battleswarm Blog – Twitter Nuke’s GayPatriot’s Account Yet Again.

The Daley Gator – Pennsylvania Democrat repeats lies, scolds people buying guns Is it lying or ignorance? Either way, he should STFU.

Wirecutter at Knuckledraggin’ My Life Away – Professors fear lectures will be shared with “right wing sites” as more classes go online due to coronavirus They fear the light-of-day.

Stately McDaniel Manor – Media: A Virulent Reckoning.

The Other McCain – ‘Chinese Bat Soup Flu’ Update Click thru for the image. It is worth a look and the whole post is worth your time.

Adaptive Curmudgeon – Rudyard Kipling “If” by Rudyard Kipling. Appropriate to the times.

Moonbattery – Dallas PD Confirms That Second Amendment Is Indispensable.

the Dallas police announce that they will not respond to calls for “low-level property crimes” (apparently including car break-ins, vandalism, and shoplifting) because of the Wuhan virus.

Ninety Miles from Tyranny – The Top 10 Lies About President Trump’s Response to the Coronavirus.

19th Ward Chicago – Marine Corps reinventing itself.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon – China covers up, US media and the usual suspects provide an assist.

Again from The Other McCain – Nancy Pelosi Blocks $1.8 Trillion #Coronavirus Bill. Why? Abortion!

Frontpage Mag – New York Wouldn’t Spend $500 Mil on Ventilators, Willing to Spend $500 Mil On Illegals.

Political Clown Parade – CNN Asks: “What Would High School Burnout Jeff Spicoli Do?”

New Jovian Thunderbolt – Spring Breakers Arrange Scattered Corpses To Spell Out YOLO. Heh.

Lagniappe’s Lair – Not reaping what you didn’t sow Working for cash? Not going to get a .gov check.

Crystal Yifei Liu, Mulan, and Jim Acosta

EBL has some info on the upcoming live-action Mulan which I’ve been ignoring. I mean I never saw the animated film, so … Crystal Yifei Liu and Wuhan Coronavirus 😷😬☣️🇨🇳 刘义飞 武汉冠状病毒.

And aside from some info on the film and Crystal Yifei Liu, EBL also has some info on the current insanity in the media.

Apparently media whores like Jim Acosta now says it is xenophobic to mention that Covid-19 started in Wuhan, China. Why? The disease did start in Wuhan, China. So calling it Chinese Coronavirus or Wuhan Flu is not racist–it is just shorthand for where it did in fact first manifest itself. Jim Acosta himself used the term Wuhan Coronavirus back in January. And given the Chinese are now trying to blame the US for the disease–you are damn strait I will call it Wuhan Flu or Chinese Coronavirus (or Chinese Covid-19). Jim Acosta is not only an asshole–he is also just a bad human being.

90 Miles from Tyranny: China threatens to cut off medicine to the USA

Real Clear Poltiics: Real World Cost of Panic Over Covid-19

Italy Is Considering Implementing “Disaster Medicine” in relation to COVID-19

Because they simply do not have enough Intensive Care facilities and people to go around. Elderly Will Be Denied Intensive Care as Coronavirus Overwhelms Italy’s National Health System, Experts Warn.

People keep saying “it is all a fraud.” Tell that to the Italians, especially in the North. The Italian military is trying to move some patients to the southern part of the country, where the hospitals are not over-crowded, and the staff still has some energy. See the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard at this link.

Italy has been rocked by the still not-well-understood COVID-29, with more than 12,000 confirmed cases and 827 deaths at publishing time—second only to China—and 16 million residents currently under quarantine. [SNIP]

Rationing health care is nothing new in Italy and in fact has become an “established trend” in recent years amid an ongoing economic crisis that has strained government resources, including the government-run healthcare system.

“In a context of grave shortage of medical resources, the allocation criteria need to guarantee that those patients with the highest chance of therapeutic success will retain access to intensive care. It’s a matter of giving priority to ‘the highest hope of life and survival,'” the health experts explain.

See below for the quote, but it looks like 10 percent of infected patients need to be put on ventilator. That can be a big number, depending on how wide-spread the disease becomes.

The original (Italian) document is at the following link. Raccomandazioni di etica clinica per l’ammissione a trattamenti intensivi e per la loro sospensione

The Google Translate version (which isn’t bad considering…) is at this link. Clinical ethics recommendations for admission to intensive treatments and for their suspension

From the data for the first two weeks in Italy, about one tenth of infected patients require a intensive treatment with assisted ventilation, invasive or non-invasive

A Twitter thread, at which an actual human does the translating can be found at the following…

UPDATE: The latest numbers from Italy at 20:15 on 13 March 2020: 17,660 confirmed cases with 1266 deaths. That is a 7 percent mortality rate, which either indicates that Italians are especially at risk (they are on average older than the average European), or they have not come close to identifying all the cases. Like by half.

I’m Sure Someone Will Say This Proves Trump is Racist

Because they can’t possibly say anything else. White House Nominates Nation’s 1st African American Military Service Chief.

The White House has nominated Gen. Charles “CQ” Brown to be the next top general to lead the U.S. Air Force. The nomination, announced by the Defense Department Monday afternoon, would make him the first African American officer to serve as the top uniformed officer for any of the military branches.

If they don’t attack Trump, they will probably attack General CQ Brown.

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.”

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.

8 Germans Killed in 2 Attacks

2 hookah bars were hit. Acht Menschen erschossen – Täter flüchtig – OR – Eight people shot dead – perpetrators fleeing. Yes I know the link is in German. Chrome (or Google Translate) will do a nice job with German.

In Hanau, eight people died as a result of gunfire at several crime scenes, and several were injured. A spokesman for the police confirmed this to the FAZ. The perpetrators are being searched “at full speed”, the background is still unclear.

According to the Wiki, Hanau is a “large town” about 25 kilometers east of Frankfurt.

Apparently the attackers hit one hookah bar, and then drove to the other location. 8 dead, 5 injured.

The photos are interesting, because it looks like German SWAT officers are everywhere around the crime scenes. Which is another example Security Theater, as far as I can tell, unless they seriously expect the perpetrators to return to the scene of the crime while cops are still investigating. But then Germans are not used to this kind of thing. They’ve had a very orderly society for decades. I guess that is changing.

I want to say this is “terror,” but I don’t really believe that. If seems to be too targeted. If this happened in Chicago, I would say that The Outfit was settling some beef. Although it could just be a normal weekend in Chicago.

Denial – It ain’t just a river in Egypt

I get that he was family, and they loved him. But that doesn’t change the facts. ‘He Was a Good Kid’: Carjacking Suspect’s Family Heartbroken After He Was Shot Dead By Police.

The family position:

“You can’t imagine what goes through your mind, what led up to this and why and how,” said Murray’s aunt Cheryl Gordon. “If you knew Tommy, you knew he was a good kid, nice person, he had a big heart, it’s just devastating you know.”

The police supposition:

Investigators say Murray was a suspect in at least three carjackings over the weekend, including one involving an elderly woman in Lowell, another involving a 5-year-old child in North Andover, and then the armed theft of a BMW X5 from the Tulley BMW dealership in Nashua.

The last one was what got him killed. The dealer was able to track the location of the vehicle, and police surrounded it.

Massachusetts State Police and Newbury police boxed Murray’s vehicle in, shooting and killing him, as he allegedly tried to ram his vehicle into their cruisers.

I don’t know how you feel about it, but that doesn’t sound like “a good kid” to me.