So Who Did the Lenient Rules Help, In the End?

CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSSBecause it wasn’t him. Ex-felon arrested 28 times shot while committing Kinsey burglary dies in Dothan hospital.

For those of you who are geographically impaired, Dothan, Alabama is a small college town roughly north of Panama City, Florida and roughly south of Montgomery along US 231. They have a couple of decent places to eat, and college radio station that isn’t awful. Or they had, I have not been to Dothan in a very long time. 15 years give or take.

First let’s talk about the dead-guy.

He was convicted in 2018 on four counts of drug possession and sentenced to 10 years in prison.

According to the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, he had served two years of his sentence before entering the federal release program in March 2020.

So a release program. It was no doubt supposed to be good for him. It wasn’t. It was the worst failure imaginable. If he had even had to serve HALF of his sentence, he might still be alive.

And is anyone surprised by his lack of reform? Can you spell “recidivist?”

Now let’s talk about Sunday.

Dantrail Mills, 34, a habitual lawbreaker, forced his way into a family’s home – first throwing a bicycle at the master bedroom window where a couple and toddler were sleeping, according to Houston County Sheriff’s Office investigators.

He, then, kicked the door in and shot at the male homeowner, missing him. The bullet went through a wall and through a crib in another room.

That is when the resident returned fire.

Alabama has a Stand Your Ground law, and this clearly applies, at least according the Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza.

Among other scenarios, the law states that a person is legally presumed to be justified in using deadly physical force in self-defense or the defense of another person if the person reasonably believes that another person is in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or has unlawfully and forcefully entered, a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle.

Self-defense is a human-right, and Alabama is not New Jersey.

The “How Dare You Live Without Me” Attitude Doesn’t Work

Hand CuffsHe should have taken the opportunity to move on with his life. Mobile Police: Man shot after assaulting ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend.

He couldn’t accept that it was over, and she had moved on.

On Saturday, Aug. 29, at about 12:40 a.m., police responded to the Comfort Inn, 5660 Tillman’s Corner Parkway, in reference to one shot. When officers arrived, they found a man suffering from a gunshot wound. A woman said that she and the victim, her boyfriend, were exiting the room when her ex-boyfriend, who was outside the room, began to physically assault the boyfriend. The boyfriend was slammed to the ground, causing the ex-boyfriend’s gun to fall from his waistband.

Yes, he was shot with his own gun.

There are several lessons to be learned from this encounter, but I will leave identifying them to you, as a homework exercise.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Good Guys 4, Bad Guys 0

Hand CuffsA failure of the victim selection process. 1 of 4 burglars shot by Cullman County homeowner, sheriff says.

Four miscreants thought it would be a good idea to break into an occupied dwelling. They were confronted by the homeowner.

There was an exchange of gunfire with one suspect getting hit, the sheriff said.

Deputies and Hanceville police officers responded to the scene. Three of the intruders – including the wounded suspect – were taken into custody. A fourth fled the scene but was later captured.

Three have been charged with various things; the fourth guy is still in the hospital and will be charged when he’s released from doctors’ care.

The sheriff, Matt Gentry, has a good attitude about self-defense.

“This is a great example of citizens utilizing their second amendment rights and protecting themselves and their family. I have often stated that law enforcement can be minutes away when you only have seconds to defend yourself and your family,” Gentry said.

They Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

They thought breaking into an occupied dwelling was a good idea. UPDATE: Conecuh County Sheriff says homeowner shot at three men breaking into house, killing one.

Conecuh County Sheriff Randy Brock says two brothers and another family member were trying to break into a home Friday afternoon. The trio did not know the homeowner was inside, and the homeowner fired shots at them, striking one of the men.

His 2 accomplices loaded him into a pickup truck and fled. It doesn’t say if they took him to a hospital or not, only that they traveled to different county.

What Happens If You Try to Tell a City They are Under Attack?

Under attack by ransomware, that is… So you try to tell a city they are under attack by ransomware, and they ignore you for 24 hours, tell you they have stuff under control, and then go toes-up. Florence, Ala. Hit By Ransomware 12 Days After Being Alerted by KrebsOnSecurity.

It is hard to feel sorry for them at this point.

The initial call was on May 26th.

My call was transferred to no fewer than three different people, none of whom seemed eager to act on the information. Eventually, I was routed to the non-emergency line for the Florence police department. When that call went straight to voicemail, I left a message and called the city’s emergency response team.

That last effort prompted a gracious return call the following day from a system administrator for the city, who thanked me for the heads up and said he and his colleagues had isolated the computer and Windows network account Hold Security flagged as hacked.

Read that again. Isolated “the computer” because ransomware only ever attacks one person at a time…

They are going to pay $291,000.

Florence Mayor Steve Holt confirmed that a cyberattack had shut down the city’s email system. Holt told local news outlets at the time there wasn’t any indication that ransomware was involved.

However, in an interview with KrebsOnSecurity Tuesday, Holt acknowledged the city was being extorted by DoppelPaymer, a ransomware gang with a reputation for negotiating some of the highest extortion payments across dozens of known ransomware families.

The payment is apparently to stop exfiltrated data from being sold on the dark web, though it doesn’t say what that data may be.

Anti Semitic Attacks Were Taking Place While You Were Distracted With Quarantine

First up the University isn’t a safe space. Yale University Rabbi Abused and Beaten in Antisemitic Robbery Praises Swift Police Response.

Rosenstein had been making a call on his cellphone while standing outside the Yale Chabad House when he was approached by two teenage boys, one of whom told him, “Give us everything you have, you f__ Jew.”

Then there is the vandalism in Alabama. Huntsville Synagogue vandalized with swastikas.

A Huntsville synagogue has been vandalized with swastikas and other anti-Semitic graffiti at the start of Passover. News outlets report that Huntsville police are investigating after the Etz Chayim temple was desecrated Wednesday night.

And with everyone using Zoom, the haters are also using it. Zoombombing: New Frontier of Anti-Semitism?

The hijacking and disruption of video teleconferencing on the popular platform Zoom, which has become known as Zoombombing, is a growing concern to those who fight crime and hate, including the FBI and the Anti-Defamation League. It’s especially troubling considering the ubiquitous use of the app for business, education and group meetings during the coronavirus.

There are things you can do to avoid Zoombombing. And you should, or you risk getting bombed with everything from porn to hate.

He Suffered From a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought robbing a home was a good idea. He was wrong. Police respond to report of person shot; person shot burglary suspect.

According to Troy Police Chief Randall Barr, officers responded to a report of a person shot on Pike County Road 1177. When officers arrived, they found a male subject in his mid-twenties suffering from a single gunshot wound. The subject was treated on the scene and transported to a Montgomery Hospital for further treatment.

Cops recovered a backpack with items from the burglary. Once he gets released by the hospital, police will arrest him and take him to lockup.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Alabama, it is mostly your legal right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Home Invader Meets Armed Homeowner

Did he think he was in New Jersey? Sheriff: Homeowner Shoots Home Invasion Suspect in Elmore County.

So how would you respond to an uninvited guest before 5 AM in your home?

The homeowner says the suspect reached down to his waist, according to the sheriff.

Franklin says the homeowner fired four or five shots, hitting the suspect in the head, shoulder, arm and leg. Franklin says the homeowner called 911.

The would-be bad-guy was flown to a regional trauma center.

A grand jury will be involved, but the Sheriff doesn’t expect charges against the homeowner. Self-defense is a human-right.

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.

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.