New Infrastructure Isn’t Being Built Very Well

My continuing dive into the state of our infrastructure keeps making me want to scream. It isn’t just that we are ignoring our existing infrastructure, (we are ignoring it) we are doing a poor job of building new. While we are apparently building (or maybe rebuilding in this case) roads, we are doing a fairly poor job of it.

So this story from Animal Magnetism: Goodbye, Blue Monday. Which is about the sorry state of Colorado’s Department of Transportation (CDOT). (Normally I would reference the main article, and give Animal a Hat Tip, but the “media organization” in question is really annoying me, so, “No soup link for you!”)

One example cited is the collapse of a highway bridge, 5 years after it was built. Colorado’s Highway 36. It seems that in 2013 Colorado changed the law for building roads from “lowest bid” to “best value.” So how is that working out?

Consider that the Brooklyn Bridge (which currently carries 6 lanes of traffic) openend May of 1883, and the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937. Or there is Anji Bridge, which is 1400 years old. (Reference. And the entry in the Wiki.)

Then to fix the problems in CDOT, the governor appointed a new head of the agency, 35-year-old Shoshana Lew. Her greatest qualification seems to be that she was on Michelle Obama’s staff. Ms Obama apparently called in a favor with the governor. Ms. Lew replaces a 56-year-old man with an extensive background in civil engineering. Lew has a master’s degree in history.

So, in other words, Governor Polis has appointed an inexperienced, unqualified political crony of Michelle Obama to oversee Colorado’s collapsing road network.

And while she apparently – as stated on an interview with NPR – is all in favor of bike lanes, and electric vehicles, actually addressing the gridlock that is the state of Colorado’s highway system, not to mention that it’s crumbling around the edges, doesn’t seem to be on her radar. There are a large number of vacancies for snowplow drivers as winter storms are already hitting the high country, so that probably isn’t good either.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought breaking into a home was a good idea. Denver homeowner shoots suspected burglar, police say.

Police said Rivers tried to break into the home through the front door. But when he didn’t make it inside, he began damaging furniture on the porch and broke the home’s front window, police said. He tried to enter the home through the window and the homeowner fired several shots, striking Rivers in the arm, police said.

He is lucky he didn’t get shot in the head.

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

Self-defense Is Legal in Colorado

JusticeYou could also file this under, “Don’t bring a rock to a gunfight.” No charges filed in Durango man’s death.

Two guys get into an “altercation.” One guy hits the other with a rock.

Champagne said evidence shows that Nichols and Cushman were involved in a physical altercation started by Nichols, who struck Cushman with an unknown object, possibly a large rock, which caused him severe injuries, including several broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Cushman then drew a firearm and fired several times in Nichols’ direction, hitting Nichols once in the chest.

And because attorneys can’t use 1 word when they can make do with 10…

“Upon reviewing the investigation and evidence in the case, and after discussing thoroughly with the investigating officers from the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office has determined that there is no reasonable likelihood of conviction in this case, and has thus declined to file charges,” 6th Judicial District Attorney Christian Champagne wrote in an email to The Durango Herald.

Is it me, or does he sound like he is disappointed he can’t prosecute. But then self-defense is a human-right.

Teenager or Legal Adult? Why Is the Media So Confused?

Actually they’re more biased than confused. Teen arrested in connection with shooting of man found dead in vehicle in Green Valley Ranch.

Denver police arrested an 18-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of another man found in a vehicle in the Green Valley Ranch neighborhood.

“Teen” always makes me think of 14 or 15 years. Not someone who will be tried as a legal adult. But then I’m not trying to make you feel sorry for the felon. The dead guy had a single gunshot wound to the head. I don’t want you to feel angry at the killer.

Because Big Corporations Prefer Their Employees To Be Disarmed Victims

Even if they end up being dead victims. Gas station clerk fired for shooting armed robber: Problem Solvers Investigation.

Guy working in a Shell station is confronted by an armed robber. He pulls out his legally-concealed handgun and shoots said robber in the stomach. But that isn’t the end of the story.

Suncor, the company that owns the Shell gas station and convenience store, had every right to fire the employee. “Although this may have played out in a way that was self-defense, they (Suncor) may view it as a bad idea to have employees generally armed because the next person might misread a situation and shoot a customer,” he said.

And if the next clerk ends up dead, well that is the cost of doing business. Of course it’s a cost not impacting the suits who make those policies.

And it isn’t just gas-station companies. Big pizza chains like their delivery drivers disarmed as well. I really wish someone would publish a definitive list.

I’m Sure the Sign Just Wasn’t Big Enough

Heh. Gun-Free Zone Sign Prevents Dangerous Armed Robbery – Oh, Wait, No It Didn’t.

So a gun-free zone is robbed at gunpoint. How can that happen?

People enjoying some hot wings the other day in Colorado Springs, CO got a front row seat to proof of the efficaciousness of a virtue-signaling gun-banning sign. Buffalo Wild Wings is a gun-free zone. It says so right on the sign on the front door in big, bold letters: “Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc Bans Guns on These Premises.”

The sign is highly effective 99.9% of the time. Just hope that you’re not there and unarmed for the 0.1% of the time when the place gets robbed, like it did the other day.

One guy had a scary “assault rifle” and he “walked right past the sign that clearly bans guns.”

Do you really think putting up a “No Crime Allowed” sign would stop crime? (Hat tip MaddMedic and Never Yet Melted.)

He Really Got the Victim-selection Process Wrong

Given that he is young, maybe he will learn a life-long lesson. Would-be robber attempts to hold up Centennial gas station at gunpoint but the clerk had a gun and shot him.

According to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, a juvenile male ran into the Shell station on the corner of East Arapahoe Road and South University Boulevard just before 6 a.m. The juvenile had a gun and tried to hold up the gas station.

Instead, the clerk shot him. They took the kid to the local Children’s Hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Relatives of Dead Criminals Don’t Like Self-defense

Oh, and Self-defense is legal in Colorado. No murder charge in shooting, DA rules.

Three people were sleeping in a garage – they had permission from the homeowner. A couple of guys burst in and start hitting one of the three with a pipe. One of the three invited guests picks up a gun and shoots one of the attackers.

The Mesa County District Attorney’s Office will not file homicide charges against Pruitt because the case meets all three requirements of the state’s “Make My Day” law, Rubinstein wrote in a Dec. 4 letter to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Complex Crimes Unit.

Colorado’s “Make My Day” law allows any occupant of a dwelling to use any degree of physical force, including deadly force, against another person who has unlawfully entered the dwelling, and when the person believes the other person has committed a crime inside or intends to commit a crime inside, and if the occupant believes the person might use any physical force “no matter how slight” against the occupant.

The woman who did the shooting will not face charges on the shooting, though she will face other charges.

The family of the dead guy? They don’t believe any of it.

Brandon Sanchez’ sister, Monica Sanchez, said by phone Friday that she feels justice will not be served if Pruitt is not held accountable for her brother’s killing.

“I know my brother wasn’t one to go out and cause trouble like they’re making him out to be,” she said. “Everybody was mind-boggled that they’re ruling it as self-defense.”

It’s all about racism, according to the family.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Man fatally shot by homeowner after breaking into Denver home identified.

Police said that Casias broke into the home around 12:30 a.m. and had an altercation with the homeowner when he refused to leave before he was shot.

Colorado has a “Make My Day” law (actually called that), but the investigation continues.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Imagine A City That Is Serious About Tackling Gun Crime

Violent criminals sent to prison? What is this 1995?

First we have a case from this week in Colorado. Puebloans charged in pawn shop robbery.

Ronnie Jacquez and Gabriel Bencomo-Diaz were charged Friday in U.S. District Court in Denver with using and carrying a gun in furtherance of a violent crime, which has a minimum 7-year federal prison term. They are also charged with robbery affecting interstate commerce.

This is a regular occurrence.

Authorities regularly charge Pueblo defendants in federal court in Denver because punishment is often more severe under federal law than in Pueblo District Court under state law.

Contrast that with a case from Chicago, just in September. Gunday Funday: Our weekly look at how prosecutors and the courts are handling Chicago gun cases.

His vehicle matched one used in robberies. He ran from police. They found a gun and pot, when they caught up with him.

In a plea deal approved by Judge Timothy Chambers, Rodriguez pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm with a previous conviction. He was sentenced to three years in prison with 98 days credit for time served while awaiting trial. Eight other firearms-related felonies were dropped in the deal. He is scheduled to be paroled on November 22, 2019.

Which city do you think will have lower crime in the long run?

If you make something less expensive, you get more of it.

Self-defense Is Legal in Colorado

But they I thought it was. Charges unlikely in fatal shooting of burglary suspect at Colorado Springs home, police say.

So the guy went to a home, and tried to break in. He was confronted by the homeowner.

The resident confronted Cookson, who was trying to enter the home, and shot him once, police said.

“It appears as though the homeowner was protecting his residence and family members when this incident occurred at the house,” police spokesman Lt. Howard Black told Gazette news partner KKTV at the time.

Colorado has a “Make My Day” law – officially known as the Homeowner Protection Act – means that you can use deadly force if you reasonably believe that a person is intending harm. Which means that – at least in your own home – self-defense is your legal-right.

Self-defense is also a human-right.

Cops Ignore Assault Victim Until After She Calls News Station

She literally waited for hours. There were several calls to 911, some indicating that the guy who attacked her was still hanging around. Call for Action Investigation: Woman waits hours for police after being assaulted.

She was able to escape the assault and get back inside (a local library) with the help of some good Samaritans. She needed medical attention but the ambulance crew wouldn’t come in because the scene had not been cleared by police, and the suspect was still on the property. She waited 4 hours, eventually called the news station. They got there before the cops did. (In fact the cops only showed up after News crew call them.)

According to the 911 call logs 11 News requested from police, two calls came in to 911 just before noon that day, and then the calls continued over the next four hours.
Caller 1: “We’ve got an assault outside the building.”
Caller 2: “We’ve had a woman that’s been assaulted, and…”
Caller 3: “And he attacked her and was physically abusing her and dragging her across the front of the library.”
Rhonda was able to get away from the man with the help of those good Samaritans, but she says he stayed in the parking lot, threatening her.
“Yeah he was just wandering around like waiting for her to be alone like so he can come beat her again.” Max, the young witness said to our crew.

So cops sat around, didn’t respond to an assault. Didn’t respond to a person who needed medical attention (she will be OK), and basically only got off their asses when they realized that they had a PR disaster in the making. Yeah, that is the system I want to bet my life on.

And don’t hold your breath on whether the cops will ever explain this. It is clear, that they want the issue to just GO AWAY. (“Nothing to see here! Move along!”)

After weeks of going back and forth, police sat down with us, but when asked about the case, a police spokesperson said he hadn’t gone over the dispatch tapes yet and therefore could not discuss the case in specifics. Colorado Springs Police Department Spokesman Lt. Howard Black: “I haven’t gone through and listened, and I’m happy to do that if we’re going to drill down to that level, I’m happy to go through and listen and read through each one.”

11 News agreed to give police more time to review the calls, but at the writing of this article, two weeks have passed and our repeated requests for a follow up interview have gone unanswered.

You can call 911 and they might send you help. Or you can call 911 and they might completely ignore you.

Animas River Spill: Imagine the Outcry If This Happened Today

But it happened three years ago today, during a Democratic administration, so, “oops!” EPA crew accidentally turns Animas River orange – CNN

(I like this image because it catches the leading edge of the toxic plume. You can see at the top of the photo, what the color of the water should be, and at the bottom of the photo what the EPA did to the river.)

As far as I can tell, the EPA hasn’t paid any claims about this. They haven’t answered the leading question of, “How the hell did you allow this to happen?” But then they’re a .gov bureaucracy, they exist to make lives of citizens miserable, not the other way around. And no one was charged with a crime. Just an innocent mistake. (Can’t see that being the case today, somehow.)

If you click through the link above, there is a 15-second or so video from a drone flying over the contaminated river. The music is annoying and its on a loop, but it does give a good view of what happened as a result of the disaster.

So Does This Mean Colorado Cops Are Free to Kill Deaf People?

Because that is what the chief seems to be saying. Colorado Man Who Killed Naked Intruder Is Fatally Shot by the Police.

“We don’t know why, but for whatever reason, Mr. Black did not drop the gun,” Chief Metz said. He said the family had told him that Mr. Black had a significant hearing impairment from his time in the military, and it was possible he may not have heard the officers’ orders.

Well, that makes it OK then. (Not!) See this link for the details from the other day.

Another Armed Homeowner Killed By Police

This story has been pissing me off for 2 days. Aurora police chief acknowledges shooting death of armed homeowner by officer.

The intruder was African-American and naked. The homeowner was white. That info – and the fact that homeowner was armed – was communicated to 911. Lots of good that did.

But the trigger-happy cop (who shot someone in June) shows up and shoots the 1st person he sees.

The police chief is dancing. He will have a press conference this afternoon. “The information is not valid.” “Social media has it wrong.” Blah Blah Blah.

There is no way he is going to admit that cops are afraid of their shadows and will shoot anyone and anything that “scares” them or makes them feel threatened. Even though that looks true in just about every jurisdiction.

The naked intruder? Attacked the 11-year-old grandson, and the homeowner (Richard ‘Gary’ Black, a Vietnam Vet) shot the intruder to protect his grandson.

Colorado Springs, Calling 911, and Statistics.

Benjamin Disraeli said, “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.” Colorado Springs police getting better at responding to emergencies — depending on how you calculate the times.

A new way of calculating response times shows that at least half of the time, Colorado Springs police are arriving at life-threatening calls within 9 minutes and 22 seconds, about 2½ minutes faster than their reported average.

And no matter how you slice it, a lot of really bad things can happen in 9 and a half minutes. That’s the median. Half the people will wait longer than that. Since the average is longer than the 9 minutes and 22 seconds quoted here, some of them could wait a good long time.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do. It can send fire, or medical personnel, or police to the scene of your emergency. But they won’t arrive instantly – even assuming you can call them before bad things happen. You might want to produce a plan for how you are going to spend that 9 minutes.

Benjamin Disraeli was the first Jewish PM of Great Britain (In office from February 1874 until April 1880.) He is somewhat quotable.

Bad Guy With a Gun. Good Guy With a Gun.

It was an all too common robbery. Good Samaritan Shoots Robbery Suspect At Grocery Store « CBS Denver

Aurora police say a good Samaritan shot a man who shot a woman during a robbery at a grocery store Friday afternoon.

The bad guy shot the owner of the store during a robbery. The good guy confronted the bad guy in the parking lot, where the bad guy got shot.

The woman is in the hospital in stable condition. The bad guy was arrested later when he finally turned up for medical care for a gunshot wound.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Yet Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Greeley homeowner shoots suspected intruder while holding man at gunpoint as wife called 911 | FOX31 Denver

As the wife of the homeowner was talking with a 911 dispatcher and as officers arrived, a single gunshot was heard.

The guy who got shot is expected to survive.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Breaking Into the Home of an Off-duty Cop Is Probably Not the Best Choice

Especially when that cop is home. You might say that he suffered a failure of the victim-selection process Sources: Littleton homeowner who shot suspected intruder was off-duty DPD officer

Now anybody can defend themselves, but cops are pretty much guaranteed to be armed. Still, with the number of armed homeowners, it is probably just plain stupid to be breaking into places.

Police told Denver7’s Jaclyn Allen the off-duty police officer was asleep in the basement but awoke to someone breaking-in to his home. The officer reportedly heard noise upstairs and shot the suspect from the base of the stairs.

Even though a cop is involved, this probably falls under Colorado’s “Make My Day” law. But hey, I’m not a lawyer, and I don’t play one on television.

The guy who got shot died at a local hospital. He hasn’t been identified.

Self-defense is a human-right.

He Should Have Headed the Warnings

If an armed homeowner tells you not to enter his property, then you might consider listening. Just a thought. No charges filed for Canon City shooting

According to Cañon City Police, 33-year-old Cameron Locke was verbally warned to not enter the home on Greenwood Avenue. Officers report 29-year-old William Ballew was inside the residence with the homeowner when this all happened.

After giving multiple warnings, Ballew fired his pistol. Locke was hit once in the stomach. He survived his injuries and is now hospitalized.

Police have an arrest warrant for Locke, and he will move from the hospital to the jail when he is more recovered.

Details are sketchy, but there was an on-going dispute, of a domestic violence nature. (Locke will face charges of violating an order of protection.) At a guess, and ex-wife or ex-girlfriend now lives at that residence.

No charges have been filed for the shooting, because self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.