I’d Call It a Crisis of Faith

But then faith isn’t too popular an outlook today. Not in New York City. NYPD officers’ suicides prompt top cop to cite ‘mental health crisis’.

The commissioner of the country’s largest police force said the department has a “crisis” on its hands after three officers killed themselves in 10 days.

New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill described the situation Friday as a “mental-health crisis,” and said that law enforcement as a whole “must take action.”

Sometime in the past 50 years we traded faith for “mental health.” I don’t think we’ve come out ahead.


A New Long-range Rifle?

I’ve been kicking around the idea of new rifle, so this review is nicely timed. The 18 Best New Hunting and Precision Rifles, Tested.

Some of the rifles reviewed are straight forward hunting rifles. Some are clearly more for the bench-rest crowd. A couple list for under $700, but one is north of $6,000. Most are in the 1000 to 2000 dollar range. Or a bit more.

I think the thing that is stopping me more than anything else is the bewildering choices of chamberings. 35 years ago I would have purchased a .308 Winchester, and not thought about it. I’m pretty sure that is what my uncle’s hunting rifle was. (My dad was more into hunting pheasants and waterfowl.) 6mm Creedmore, 6.5mm Creedmore, 300 PRC, 7mm-08 Remington, in addition to 300 Winchester Magnum and .308, and I’m sure I’ve missed a few.

And none of them are legal for deer hunting in this state.

Cost of ammo is also an issue, though I suppose buying a precision rifle means buying reloading equipment, a chronograph, and all the other accoutrements and in general starting down that rabbit hole. But ammo prices vary wildly, with some of the options seeming to be prohibitively expensive. (I need lots of practice!)

But then there is .45-70 government, which is one of the preferred deer cartridges in this state. (A couple of gun stores around me usually have the Henry in stock.) But the ammo isn’t cheap.

Hat tip to The Captain’s Journal.

When a Democratic Mayor of LA Loses the LA Times…

Or at least a columnist at the LA Times. But then LA is in bad shape, or at least parts of it are. Welcome to Garcetti’s L.A.: Heaps of trash, hordes of rats and very little leadership.

Homelessness. Garbage. Rats. Disease. The column covers those things and more. Some, maybe even most, you’ve seen before. After all, LA’s problems didn’t start last week.

But one of the things that could help in the fight against bureaucratic red-tape is affordable housing. An apartment complex made out of shipping containers. One was built. The other is stuck in bureaucratic hell. Or at least it is moving very slowly.

Here’s another blood pressure alert:

A proposed project just like the one I visited has gotten jammed up at City Hall, where it awaits a building permit. Parks said the apartments could have been completed by this summer. Instead, early next year is the best hope.

“They’ve known for two years that they’ve had to build affordable housing fast,” said Gary Foster, a People Concern board member who can’t believe public officials are moving at a snail’s pace in an emergency, even when private citizens raise a hand to help.

See the post about the tin-pot despots found in another building department.

I’m not a fan of stuff built out of shipping containers, but they are probably better than tent cities, and California needs to do something about housing. Something besides making it more expensive by adding requirements for solar or whatever.

People Are Actually Saying Apple’s $999 Monitor Stand is “Worth It”

In what universe?

So Apple came out with a new Mac. Starting price is just under six grand. Starting. And if you want 2 monitors, the stand costs 1000 bucks. I don’t think they offer more than 2.

In 2017, a lightning strike hit near my house. Fried the motherboard on a PC, took out my monitor, and one piece of non-computer-related electronics. So I splurged (a bit) and bought 2 monitors and a monitor stand. Amazon is selling that stand today for $32. There are 4 monitor stands for production environments. And probably more, but 2 works well for me. The basic quad is 50 bucks, and the “fully adjustable” more like $75.

But go ahead and overpay. That’s what Apple is all about.

The People Responsible Are Oblivious

This story has been in my news feeds, but this is the first time I’ve seen a cause of the accident mentioned. Body of missing Texas police chief is found after he fell overboard while on a fishing trip with his wife two days ago.

Chris Reed, 50, wasn’t wearing a life jacket when a huge wave caused by a large passing boat knocked him into Galveston Bay on Friday.

How do I know they are oblivious? Because I’ve been swamped by large powerboats throwing a tremendous wake. Most of them don’t even seem to know that it can be a problem.

And it doesn’t sound like the family knows the name/make of the boat in question, so there will be no justice. (Negligent homicide? Manslaughter? Felony stupidity?) And if I was one to take a bet, my bet would be that the people on that large boat were drinking alcohol. Everything bad that I witnessed around the water, always involved alcohol.

38 Years with the NYPD

The recent history of New York in one biography. NYPD’s longest-tenured murder detective retiring after 38 years.

“I can’t believe how much the city has changed in 38 years. … I laugh now when detectives talk about how busy we are,” said McMahon. “There were nights in the past when I was working and I would catch two murders in the same shift.”

He saw years when NYC had 2000 homicides. “Now we have under 300.”

Anyway, it’s worth a look only because it is one cop in the news and the Left isn’t calling for his lynching. (Of course I won’t be surprised if that changes.)