The Insanity of High Speed Chases

A lot of high-speed pursuits seem to take place in Los Angeles, though this story is about Arizona. Crazy People Are Dangerous : The Other McCain

If you watch enough police chase videos on YouTube, you find yourself developing a thorough hatred of these lunatics who endanger the lives of others — and tie up traffic for hours — by their madcap vehicular misadventures.

The story of Mitchell Timothy Taebel, “sovereign citizen.” Click thru for the insanity. (Does anyone EVER get away today? This seems especially doubtful in an urban area where cops are sure to have helicopters to help out.)

How Would You Respond to an Intruder at 4 AM?

Hand CuffsWhat would the gun-hating Left have preferred that this woman do? Police warn homeowners about safety precautions after a home invasion in East Valley.

The woman who was home alone at the time of the intrusion opened fire on a person who entered her home.

The would-be home-invader was arrested with “minor” injuries.

Former Assistant Police Chief Andy Anderson said that there are a few key things to keep in mind.

“Make sure that you have good deadbolts on your doors, that your windows are locked and that you have good lighting outside your home,” he explained.

He said that protecting yourself in your home is a personal choice, it’s also your personal right.

Click thru for the neighbors’ reactions. And consider if a security camera is going to keep you safe or not.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

A Failure of the Victim-selection Process

CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSSAnd Arizona has not become New Jersey. Yuma police investigate both alleged break-in and gunfire

Police say the man shot had gone to the house to find someone, and tried to open the front door. They say that’s when the resident opened fire.

The injured individual ran away. A friend, who was waiting for him in a car, took him to Yuma Regional Medical Center. Doctors say his injuries are serious, but not life-threatening.

The Moral of the story is don’t try to break into a house that isn’t yours.

A 100-year-old Bit of Infrastructure Burns

From earlier this week… Freight bridges are usually very well maintained, but things do go wrong. UP Train Derails, Catches Fire on Bridge: Report.

The stories of the incident are not too enlightening, but if you click thru, the images that accompany this story are pretty amazing.

“At around 6:15 a.m. PT, July 29, a Union Pacific mixed freight train derailed on a bridge in Tempe, Ariz.,” UP said in a statement to Railway Age. “Eight to 10 railcars were on fire. The south side of the bridge collapsed and railcars fell into an empty park below. The bridge received its annual inspection July 9, 2020. The Phoenix Fire Department is on the scene. One person was treated for smoke inhalation. The train crew is uninjured. Three tank cars were on the ground under the bridge. Two contained cyclohexanone; one contained a rubber material. None are reported leaking, and no tank cars were involved in the fire. The cause of the derailment is under investigation.”

While it is a steel-truss bridge on concrete piers, it seems that there must have been some timber in the railroad’s construction for the fire to burn the way it did.

UPDATE: A section of the damaged bridge was taken down with explosive demolition. Portion of Tempe Town Lake bridge damaged in train derailment detonated.

Crews on Sunday detonated a 150-foot portion of a bridge over Tempe Town Lake, which was damaged in a train derailment last week.

You can’t expect reporters to get the words right; not when they have to do with anything technical. But the video is worth clicking thru. It’s explosive demolition!

UPDATE: It seems one of the tankers did leak. What is cyclohexanone? The chemical that leaked during the Tempe train derailment and injured 2.

Five hundred gallons of Cyclohexanone leaked before they could turn the tanker upright and contain the spill.

Cyclohexanone is frequently used in the production of nylon and is highly flammable. The chemical’s flashpoint is just 111 degrees, meaning the vapors will ignite if given a spark or open flame at that temperature.

The flashpoint is a point of concern for Glass as temperatures in Phoenix reached a scorching 118 degrees on Thursday.

It is apparently also a skin irritant, and can be an issue if the fumes are inhaled.

The 2 minute video at that last link isn’t annoying.

Crazy People Are Dangerous

crime scene tapeYou can also file this under “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.” Phoenix officer shoots knife-wielding man who charged at her, video shows.

How many times should a police officer have to say “drop the knife” before a bad guy believes her?

An intoxicated, knife-wielding man was shot as he charged at a Phoenix police officer while threatening to “slice” her throat, wild video shows.

Click thru for the video, since WordPress won’t let me embed it here. Though be aware that it does include this idiot getting shot. When I watch this video I can only think that he was trying to commit suicide-by-cop.

Hat tip to The Other McCain – who I shamelessly stole the title to this post from. He notes…

Even if the cop had unloaded her magazine on this deranged dimwit, there still wouldn’t be any white people protesting. If I may appoint myself as a spokesman for the white community, I’d say our general sentiment is, if you’re stupid enough to bring a knife to a gunfight, you deserve whatever happens to you. And did I mention Crazy People Are Dangerous?

How Would You React?

To a naked man in your 6-year-old daughter’s bedroom in the middle of the night? Body cam footage shows aftermath of Scottsdale home invasion shooting.

This event took place in May, but the highly edited body-cam video has just been released.

The homeowner found Cameron Yoe, 18, naked in his six-year-old daughter’s bedroom, according to Scottsdale Police, and shot him twice with his shotgun.

And the video is not graphic in any way. You think they would show that on the evening news in the 21st Century? Someone would be triggered.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Bad Guy With Gun Stopped by Good Guy With Gun

That’s something the Left says never happens. Arizona store shootout ends with robber, bystander dead.

He was robbing the store. He fired shots at the clerk and killed someone in the store, described by the police as an “innocent bystander.” The clerk managed to escape.

Another bystander then shot at the suspect and both exchanged gunfire, [Scottsdale Police Sgt. Ben] Hoster said. The suspect was killed at the scene and the bystander was injured, he said.

And the cops believe that this guy was on something of a crime spree when he was stopped.

Self-defense is a human-right.

They Are Going With “Burglary Suspect”

Not what I would guess, but then I’m cynical. Ask anyone. Homeowner speaks out after shooting kills naked burglary suspect in Scottsdale.

In the final analysis, his motives don’t matter all that much, because he won’t be a problem.

Police say their investigation reveals that a 41-year-old man was working on his property when he was alerted by his family’s dog to activity coming from inside his home. Armed with a shotgun, the homeowner entered his child’s room and was confronted by the naked suspect, who was holding a large piece of wood.

Yeah, burglary doesn’t sound quite right.

The father protecting his family shot twice.

“God Bless America and the Second Amendment,” said Aaron. “Glad I was able to protect my family. God bless the police for coming so quick to take care of us.”

Freedom Is Taking Hold

At least a little bit.

First we have some sheriffs breaking with the governors of their state. Two Arizona County Sheriffs Vow to Not Enforce Governor’s Stay-At-Home Order, Say It Would Be a Violation of Their Oath.

[Mohave County Sheriff Doug] Schuster explained that he feels that enforcing the order is a violation of the Constitution.

“If I were to consider enforcing that, I would be in violation of my oath,” he told the paper. “That is something I cannot do.”

Next up we have a veteran schooling some California cops on the subject of freedom and the constitution.

He reminded them that they don’t get a pass on following illegal orders. And a bunch of other stuff.

It’s an 11 minute video, so grab a coffee.

California Police STAND DOWN After Marine Vet Challenges Their Integrity

Arizona Is Not New Jersey

Hand CuffsHomeowners are armed. The bad-guys haven’t gotten that memo. Suspect shot, injured after attempting to break into Phoenix home following car burglary.

Davis allegedly “forcibly” stole the vehicle, minorly injuring the victim during a struggle in which the driver tried to prevent his car from being stolen.

Davis then allegedly drove to the area of 53rd Street and Indian School Road, where he ditched the car and attempted to force his way into a home before he was shot by the homeowner.

He was taken to a local hospital and then to the county lockup.

Self-defense is a human-right, and Arizona usually recognizes it as your legal right.

Arizona Is Not New Jersey

crime scene tapeIt is more like Texas, really. Buckeye homeowner shoots intruder breaking into his house, sheriff says.

[The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office] says the homeowner shot and injured another man who was allegedly breaking into the home. The suspect was transported to the hospital. His current condition is not known.

The investigation continues, but self-defense is a human-right.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Arizona is not New Jersey; homeowners are armed. Homeowner shoots, wounds suspected intruder in Phoenix.

A homeowner in Phoenix shot and wounded a suspected intruder early Wednesday, police said.

Cops took him to a local hospital. The bad-guy’s wounds are serious.

Self-defense is a human-right

Officer David Kellywood

End of Watch. White Mountain Apache Police Officer David Kellywood shot, killed Monday morning.

Releasing information on behalf of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and Governing Body, the Navajo County Sheriff’s Office said the White Mountain Apache Police Department received a report of gunfire near the Hon-Dah Resort Casino shortly before 1 a.m. The first officer on the scene found the man described in that call.

“The subject immediately engaged in a violent, physical altercation with the officer, during which, the officer was shot,” NCSO said in news release.

A second officer shot the subject. Both the subject and Officer Kellywood died at a local hospital.

HOAs Are Evil – Example 137

Because this kid hasn’t been through enough. HOA forcing orphan teen to move out of grandparents’ home.

Fifteen-year-old Collin Clabaugh’s parents died two weeks apart while the family was living in California.

The lawyers for the HOA says there is nothing they can do. Rules are everything.

They said the HOA could have legal troubles if they don’t enforce this rule.

But then the grandparents should never have moved into an HOA. No one should live in an HOA. Rights? You have no rights.

Felony Murder in Arizona

The Left will be screeching about how it is unfair, in about 3 seconds. Yuma County home invasion suspect charged with murder.

Three guys invade a home, but they suffered from a breakdown of the victim-selection process, and the homeowner was armed. One bad-guy died and two were hospitalized.

One of the two survivors has been charged with criminal damage, second degree burglary and first degree murder.

Although the home-owner shot the suspect who was killed deputies are charging Gonzalez with the murder because it happened at the time of the burglary.

Because you are responsible for the entirely foreseeable consequences of your actions. And the Left doesn’t like that. Individual responsibility? What next? Self-reliance?

Self-defense Is Legal in Arizona

But the DAs hate that. Jury finds repairman not guilty in shooting death of customer in Surprise. That’s Surprise, Arizona.

Robert Moore, a 27-year-old who has been behind bars since his arrest in July 2018, says the customer attacked him, and he shot him in self-defense. Now, he is exonerated.

He was repairing an air-conditioning unit, but it was taking longer than the homeowner liked. They ended up in a physical altercation, and the repairman shot one shot.

As firefighters arrive and begin to work on Pineda, another officer finds Moore down the street, still inside his repair van. He had left the home and called 911.

DAs hate self-defense. And cops didn’t believe it either in this case. Oh, and relatives of dead criminals also hate self-defense. Which is a human-right.

Tucson, AZ Votes “No” on Sanctuary

I imagine some SJW heads were exploding over that one. Tucson Voters Vote Down ‘Sanctuary City’ Proposal.

On Tuesday, [Proposition 205] was defeated by just over 71 percent of Tucson voters. It was opposed during the campaign by virtually all of the city’s authority figures, including the Pima County Sheriff, the city council, and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild (D-Ariz.).

71 percent is pretty resounding “no” vote. Do you think the SJWs will accept it? Neither do I.

Armed Hotel Clerk Stops Burglary

It didn’t happen in New Jersey of course. Scottsdale hotel clerk shoots at, helps catch burglary suspect.

The hotel clerk contacted police, saying he had shot a burglar. He reportedly told police that he was making his rounds in the parking lot when he saw 46-year-old John Paul Bays near a red van, and then heard glass breaking.

The clerk said he then confronted Bays, and believed he saw the man point a handgun at him. The clerk then pulled his own handgun and fired one shot at Bays. Police say Bays responded by saying, “Hey, you shot me,” before running to a nearby apartment complex.

He was able to see the car he left in, and got the license plate number. So the police caught up to him in short order, and arrested him.

How Should a Woman Defend Herself from Two Intruders?

Without a firearm that is. Tucson homeowner fatally shoots 2 men during attempted break-in, police say.

Upon further investigation, detectives learned the homeowner was asleep inside the home when she was woken up from noise coming from the back of the residence, Magos said. She then went to investigate and found two men trying to force their way into her home.

“She confronted them, she armed herself with a firearm and shots were fired and that info was relayed to us by 911,” Magos said.

One was dead at the scene; the other died at a local hospital.

The investigation is ongoing. Self-defense is a human-right.

Do Prosecutors Have to Follow the Rules?

JusticeIt can be hard to tell the good guys, from the bad guys. Arizona appeals court to consider how alleged prosecutor misconduct affected Jodi Arias murder trial.

Apparently this guy didn’t think rules applied to him.

Martinez faces a slew of allegations in connection with Arias’ case, including that he began a sexual relationship with a blogger writing about the trial and then used her to dig up information on the juror, according to the Phoenix New Times.

The Maricopa County prosecutor allegedly wanted “information that might disqualify her from continuing the deliberation.”

Also in the list of charges… He was in a relationship with a juror, and lied about it. He is accused of making “sexual remarks” about a county employee. (Is that harassment, or creating a hostile work environment?) And there are ethics complaint going back almost to the start of his career. Putting the “Criminal” in Criminal Justice System.