Women Need to Learn Self-defense

It’s my view too. OUR VIEW: Women need to know self-defense tactics.

This story is about a local church (Alabama) teaming up a local martial arts school to offer “self-defense” classes. Anything is better than nothing.

What self-defense means is up to the individual to figure out. I like firearms. But in my youth I studied both Karate and Judo. The first taught me to throw a punch, and kick, and some basic blocking. The second taught me to take a fall without hurting myself. Both taught me a little bit about fighting, and I also took some self-defense training (which is more street-fighting and less tournament-oriented.) I have also had pepper spray key-chains. There’s a baseball bat leaning up against my fireplace. But like I said, today I really value firearms for self-defense.

Masked Burglar Meets Armed Homeowner

Tis the season for burglary. Or something. Deputies: Limestone County man shoots, kills home intruder.

Deputies say a resident returned home from work to find his door open. He told investigators a masked man was inside when he walked in.

The intruder reportedly charged at the homeowner, who shot him in self-defense.

The homeowner is not being charged, though the police don’t have the final say. Self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense Is Legal in Alabama

And prosecutors hate that. Florence man dismissed of murder charges.

A grand jury (and the DA runs those) indicted him, but a judge ruled that he is immune to prosecution under Alabama self-defense laws.

Circuit judge Will Powell stated in the order of dismissal, Marcus Weakley was justified when using deadly physical force when he shot and killed Patton Shipley in June of 2018.

A testimony stated during a hearing that Shipley shot at Weakley first.

So while self-defense is a human-right, the DAs will work to prosecute you, if they can.

Alabama Hospital Pays Ransom

But it’s OK, because they have insurance. Alabama Hospitals Back Online 10 Days After Malware Attack.

The DCH Health System said its hospitals in the west Alabama cities of Tuscaloosa, Northport and Fayette resumed admitting patients Thursday, and its imaging and patient scheduling services were going back online Friday.

So they did what the FBI has been telling people not to do, which is pay the ransom. I wonder if they will take any action to prevent a repeat attack, or if the bad guys are just keeping a list for places to revisit next year. I also wonder how long insurance will be available. You can get homeowners’ insurance because house fires are relatively rare occurrences. If half of your neighborhood burned every year, insurance would be harder to come by, or it would cost a whole lot more.

Alabama Hospitals Pay Ransom

So that will encourage the people keep executing attacks. DCH pays hackers responsible for ransomware attack.

The DCH Health System has made a payment to the hackers responsible for the crippling attack on its computer system that’s impacted operations at its three hospitals since early Tuesday morning.

Because it is easier to pay ransom to a bunch of criminals than spend the money to secure and backup your systems ahead of time. Besides, at least for now, you can buy insurance for these kinds of hacks. I can’t believe that the insurance companies can keep this up forever.

Ransomware Continues to Impact Health Care

Remember when Obama said computerizing medical records would be such a good idea. U.S. and Australian Hospitals Targeted by New Ransomware Attacks.

Three hospitals in Alabama and seven in Victoria, Australia have been hit with ransomware. Some are not accepting new patients. Some are reverting to manual procedures.

In a related bit of news, a California clinical group is closing its offices because they can’t recover patient records.

In related news, following another ransomware attacks from early August, Californian medical practice Wood Ranch Medical announced on September 18 that it will be closing offices on December 17 because of the extensive loss of patient healthcare records.

Their “backup server” was online, so it too, was encrypted. Having a separate copy of your data is NOT ENOUGH. How many times do people need to be told that before they’ll listen? Well, if they don’t listen to this advice at this point, then they never will. And my level of sympathy for people playing in traffic was exhausted decades ago.

So I can’t decide if Obama and Company saying how great things would be when all medical records are computerized counts as politicians pretending to be engineers (or computer scientists), or if it just evidence of colossal arrogance. From my POV, having all the records on computers, that the doctors won’t pay to secure, hasn’t made things better. I’m sure the hackers LOVE the fact that all those records are computerized. And poorly secured. You could think Obama has some interest in the hacking, but that would be giving him too much credit for understanding what encryption can do. Smartest President Ever™

You Are Not Protected By Your Zip Code

A fairly typical case of self-defense, and a fairly typical case of neighbors being shocked. Woman confronts intruder inside Eastern Shore home.

Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office Captain Cliff Cadenhead said, “The current homeowner was actually in the bathtub and she had two young juvenile children who were in the house also, and the kids heard some movement or whatever going on in the house, would go out there and look and see someone in the house that shouldn’t be in the house.”

Sheriff’s officials say the children told their mother and she told them to get out of the house

But they didn’t get out of the house, and their mother did get a firearm. There was a brief struggle, and the intruder was shot.

And the neighbors were shocked to discover that they live in The Real World™ and not some fantasy land.

Another neighbor, … said, “It’s surprising. It’s a really nice neighborhood. I haven’t met these people specifically, but I met a lot of people in the neighborhood and its always been a calm neighborhood.”

If you can read this, I am sorry to tell you that you too live in The Real World™ where crime can, and too often does, happen. Your neighborhood is not “too nice for crime.” Crime is not something that happens to “other kinds of people” in “other kinds of places.” You are not immune. You should plan accordingly.

Self-defense in Alabama

This story makes less sense than most of them. Limestone County sheriff: Homeowner shoots home invasion suspect.

He crashed his car nearby, and then broke into a house and was searching through items.

There was apparently a scuffle between the homeowner and the suspect, and the man shot the suspect, according to the sheriff’s office.

Cops took him to a local hospital. No word on his condition.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Cops Are Calling It Self-defense

But they don’t get to make the final determination. Police: Fatal shooting of woman was self-defense.

An initial investigation, Williams says, has determined the woman was shot in self-defense. The case is expected to be presented to a grand jury as a possible justifiable homicide.

No arrests have been made.

Don’t Bring a Box-cutter to a Gunfight

And reporters need to learn who is, and who is not, a victim. Man injured in apparent self-defense shooting after woman attacked.

He pulled a box-cutter and slashed a woman half-a-dozen times. Then he turned on her boyfriend.

The boyfriend pulled out his gun and shot the victim three times.

Fulton said the shooting victim was taken by helicopter to Baptist South. The victim who was cut also went to a hospital and required about a hundred stitches.

It doesn’t say in the article, but it has the earmarks of a disgruntled ex-boyfriend being mad that she decided to live without him.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

He suffered from a breakdown of the victim-selection process. Mobile homeowner shoots possible burglary suspect on Chin Street.

He thought it would be a good idea to break into a home. Then he found an armed homeowner.

Police say the homeowner fired a shot and hit the man in the foot.

The investigation is ongoing, but the homeowner has not been charged with a crime. Self-defense is a human-right.

Terrorist Camp in Alabama

No mention by the national media? FBI uncovers homegrown terror training camp in Alabama.

But this plot of land in Macon County, Alabama is described in an FBI search warrant as a “makeshift military-style obstacle course” belonging to a small group of terrorists led by Siraj Wahhaj who owned the property up a long dirt road but just a few miles from downtown Tuskegee.

Hat tip to Godfather Politics.

A Failure of the Victim-selection Process

What would you do if you came home and discovered a burglary in progress? Police: Burglary suspect sent to hospital with gunshot wound after altercation with homeowner.

There was an altercation and the homeowner shot the burglary suspect, according to Sgt. Johnny Williams.

The guy-who-got-shot was taken to a local hospital. When he gets out the hospital, he will be taken to the local lockup.

Self-defense is a human-right.

A Play-by-play of What Happens When a Town Assumes Nothing Will Change

“Change is the only constant in the universe.” If you assume nothing will change, you will get run-over by inevitability. Courtland could ‘run out of money’ if golf course doesn’t sell.

There was a paper mill in the town. They assumed that it would be there forever. It wasn’t there forever.

In 1999 – assuming that nothing would change – a small town built an 18-hole golf course complete with a clubhouse and a maintenance building, for a little more than 3 million dollars. (They still owe 1.4 million and are paying about $12,000 a month to pay off the bond.)

Then in 2014 the mill closed, and in 2016 the company stopped paying “in lieu of ad-valorum” which was about 700,000 a year. And now the city or town is in deep yogurt.

The course’s bond holders are guaranteed on their investment, [Farrell Hutto, town councilman and lifelong resident of Courtland] said. “If we don’t sell it, (the bond company) will. Then they’ll sell the Town Hall and anything else until they get their money.”

They tried to sell the golf course, but there are covenants and restrictions that limit what can be done, so the auction didn’t reach the reserve they set.

The high bidder that day, Mount Hope farmer Sam Spruell, said earlier this month he wasn’t certain the purchase would have been a good investment. He said the covenants on the property near the Courtland Air Base limit how the land can be used.

The property currently cannot be used for residential development or as farmland for raising livestock, according to county records. Hutto said the property has built-in irrigation and six lakes that could lure a row crop producer.

“I’d probably turned it into a mixture of sod farm and row-crop farm,” said Spruell. “I might have sold some of it off.”

Covenants and restrictions are the ultimate hubris of the time, limiting what can be done with a bit of land, has put this town in a position where they will lose everything. Everything that can be sold to raise money to pay off a bond they should never have taken on in the first place.

How many people do you know under the age of 50 who play golf? Under 30? In 1999 you really couldn’t conceive the idea that the mill might close? That happened so many times it is literally a cliche.

The mayor says there is no plan B. So why didn’t they accept the offer of 700,000 bucks?

Courtland, Alabama isn’t alone of course. A lot of major cities are paying off bonds used to build ballparks and football stadiums, while their schools and pensions are ignored. It is just that being a small town, they are running out of cash faster than places like Chicago.

Self-defense Is Legal In Alabama

And prosecutors aren’t happy. Murder charge dismissed in Albertville shooting.

The facts.

Crawford was indicted on a murder charge for the November 2017 shooting death of Jason Myers at Pleasant View Trailer Park. According to court documents, Crawford claimed Myers approached the home at night saying he was going to kill Crawford and his wife. Crawford fired one shot, hitting Myers.

The judge ruled that evidence shows this was a case of legal self-defense. The DA can appeal in the next 30 days.

Self-defense is a human-right, and it seems it is also your legal right in Alabama.

Self-defense is Legal in Alabama

JusticeBut then I always suspected that it was. Birmingham resident kills burglar; shooting deemed justified.

Guy tries to break into a home, and finds an armed homeowner. The results surprise no one.

Investigators presented the case information to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and it was ruled as a justifiable shooting.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Alabama it appears to be your legal right as well. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Being Pissed About Service Is No Reason To Lose Your Life

Or to take someone else’s life. But people are crazy. The Latest: Police: Worker shot man who opened fire in IHOP.

In a statement, police said Turner was picking up a carryout order and became “disruptive and loud regarding the service at the business.”

After a confrontation, police said Turner pulled a handgun and started firing at employees, striking Brown and another worker. Police said the wounded employee “then pulled a handgun and shot the customer-shooter in self-defense of others.”

IHOP will be firing this hero employee in three, two…. (That’s a guess, based on the fact that most companies would rather see dead employees than live survivors of an attack. Oh, they say things like “safety,” and “policy,” but that’s what it comes down to.)

In addition to the wounded guy who killed the attacker, the miscreant killed one employee.

The investigation is ongoing, but police don’t expect any arrests. Because self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense in Alabama

Because you are able to legally defend yourself… No charges expected in Dale County shooting.

On Wednesday morning, an argument between two truck drivers concerning a parking space at a convenience store outside of Clayhatchee led to a shooting.

Dale County sheriff officials said they believe the shooting was an act of self-defense.

People need to keep asking themselves, “Is this worth it?” before they pick a fight.

Self-defense is a human-right.

A Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Maybe he thought an elderly man would be easy to rob. MCSO: Elderly resident shoots at would be burglar on Snow Road.

Authorities say an elder homeowner told deputies that a subject forced entry into his home and that he fired a shot at the subject.

They say the subject fled on foot, leaving his truck in front of the homeowner’s house.

In other words, he ran like a rabbit.

Self-defense is a human-right.

A Good Guy With a Gun

Thank God he was there. Dad at McDonald’s with kids shoots and kills masked gunman who opened fire.

Birmingham Police responded to the McDonald’s at around 10:45 p.m. Sunday after receiving reports that multiple people had been shot. When an employee opened the door to let a father and his two sons out of the restaurant, a masked man entered. The man then began shooting. Investigators say it is not clear whether he intended to rob the McDonald’s or was targeting someone inside.

The father then opened fire on the gunman, fatally wounding him. The unidentified dad and one of his kids, a minor, were also struck, but do not have life-threatening injuries.

The dad is not facing charges, though the investigation continues.

Self-defense is a human-right. And concealed carry works.