A Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Updated: Fixed the link…

CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSSHe thought robbing a store in Florida was a good idea. Broward gas station clerk shoots man dead during attempted armed robbery, police say

Around 5 a.m. Sunday morning, Stephon Brown went to the Valero at 2400 W. Sunrise Blvd. in unincorporated Central Broward County, pulled out a gun and attempted to rob the gas station. That’s when, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said, the gas station clerk pulled out a gun of his own and shot Brown multiple times.

He ran, but didn’t get far. He was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Florida, it is mostly your legal right.

Pensacola Bay Bridge Damaged by Barge

Known locally as The Three Mile Bridge, it was damaged in Hurricane Sally. Three Mile Bridge suffers massive damage after Hurricane Sally topples crane, section missing

The Pensacola Bay Bridge carries US 98, which a great scenic route to take in the panhandle of Florida. In that part of the world it crosses the from the isthmus of land that includes Oriole Beach, and Gulf Islands National Seashore, over to the mainland and Pensacola. Without that bridge, the detour to get the mainland is probably 20 miles or more, depending on where you start and where you are headed.

Photographs posted on social media are showing damage to the surface of the Pensacola Bay Bridge. The images indicate a crane fell on the bridge and knocked away a section of the road way.

The current bridge is 1/2 of a new bridge under construction. It opened in 2019.

As of the time the article linked above was published, Florida Dept. of Transportation hadn’t been able to inspect the bridge due to Tropical Storm Sally.

The politicians are lying pulling facts out of the air. Hurricane Sally: Pensacola Bay Bridge may be out of commission a month or more

A spokesperson for the DOT said Wednesday afternoon that staff would be inspecting the damage to local structures once conditions were safe to do so and providing updates about their status.

There is no word where that “30 to 60 days” comes from. Yes the contractor that is building the 2nd half of the bridge is onsite, but depending on the extent of the damage it might be that the equipment they need is not immediately available. And several pieces of their equipment have been damaged or destroyed… Like the barge and crane that damaged the bridge. But politicians don’t like to say “I don’t know,” or “We don’t have that information at this time.”

While I expect updates will be forthcoming, I’m not sure I care about this bridge enough to pursue it. It isn’t crumbling infrastructure, it hasn’t been ignored, it was destroy by a hurricane.

Roosevelt Bridge: Crumbling Infrastructure?

“Crumbling” is a bit of an overstatement. The Roosevelt Bridge in Stuart, Florida has stood for 24 years, and it needs serious work. The bridge was built in 1996, and carries U.S. Highway 1 (US 1). Florida bridge in danger of “imminent collapse”

Early on the Coast Guard said that it was in imminent danger of collapse, but that appears to have been overstated.

Unfortunately, there are not any good photos of this bridge. It is a box-girder bridge made of precast concrete with 40 piers. It isn’t very interesting to look at. You can find a Wikimedia Commons image at this link. But I can’t really recommend it.

In June of this year, during a regular inspection, cracks and corrosion were found in the bridge. Both the northbound and southbound spans were closed, and Dixie Highway which travels under the bridge was also closed. The northbound span was reopened at the end of June, carrying traffic in both directions, and Dixie Highway was opened on July 3rd.

If there is any good news, it is that repairs didn’t cost as much as originally estimated. Southbound Roosevelt Bridge could be open to motorists as soon as October.

The estimate to design and repair the southbound Roosevelt Bridge is $9.3 million, said Beth Frady, FDOT’s communications director. She said the amount could change if extra work is needed that wasn’t previously found or if weather causes delays or problems.

The initial estimate was for more than twice that amount.

Now Stuart is right on the Atlantic Ocean, and the water of St Lucie River at the point where this bridge stands is saltwater. Saltwater is hard on concrete and steel. (Rust Never Sleeps is not just the name of a Neil Young/Crazy Horse album.) But they knew that when the bridge was designed and built. The Indian River Bridge on Florida Route A1A, which is a bascule bridge in Fort Pierce, about 10 or 20 miles north of the Roosevelt Bridge, was built in 1963, and it is still operating, though it is listed in Poor Shape overall, getting a score of 49.9 out of 100. It does still “open on request” for boats using the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway. So you can build infrastructure to last in that environment.

Because Nothing Is More Important Than the Rules

At least to a bureaucrat. Besides, if they don’t just follow the rules, then you are asking them to THINK. Do you really think that is a good idea? Florida Attorney Says Client Turned Away From Filing Restraining Order Due To Coronavirus Restrictions.

The courthouse was full, and The Rules state that only a certain number of people will be let in. What’s that you say? Your life is in danger? Well too fucking bad, we have to OBEY The Rules.

Now I am not a great believer in domestic violence restraining orders. They fail to restrain anyone from doing anything in way too many situations. But they are interesting legal documents, so that I do think you should have one if you need one. But I also believe that if you need a restraining order against someone, then you need a plan for your personal safety. I recommend a 9mm semiautomatic, a case of ammo, and some instruction/time at the range. Though it is pretty nearly impossible to find ammo these days.

In the meantime, the courthouse in question is revising the rules, because even they don’t think asking people to think and use judgement is a good idea.

And I can’t even call this Peak Florida, because it isn’t a Florida issue, it’s a bureaucracy issue.

Floridians Are Almost as Heavily Armed as Texans

Oh, and as The Other McCain is often saying, crazy people are dangerous. Central Florida man shoots home intruder dead after ‘bizarre’ crime spree.

So you’re at home one evening, with your child and your parents, when a 250 pound stranger crashes through a glass door. What do you do?

Judd said the homeowner didn’t immediately shoot, but called 911 and tried to subdue the suspect after the 6-foot, 250-pound man crashed through a glass front door, Judd said.

Deputies arrived shortly after and attempted first aid on the suspect “to no avail,” [Polk County Sheriff Grady] Judd said.

This was after a bit of a crime spree, and Sheriff Judd said the dead guy did have a criminal history.

And it appears drugs really can be dangerous to your health.

Judd says his department has “no idea” what prompted the man’s behavior but added, “this has meth written all over it.”

Self-defense is a human-right. In Florida it is usually your legal right, and in Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd will call you a hero.

Floridians Are Almost as Heavily Armed as Texans

You can also say the “How dare you live without me attitude” never works in the long run. Homeowner shoots, kills burglar who tried to enter her home, says Sheriff Judd.

Two couples go out for a social evening. One of the couples gets in an argument back at a home. The men leave – the home belongs to one of the women. But the guy who got in the argument isn’t willing to just drive away. He goes back the home, and starts breaking in.

When the boyfriend got back to the home, he kicked the door demanding the girlfriend to go with him. However, no one answered the door.

The boyfriend then went back to his car and picked up a tire iron and headed toward a window, Sheriff Judd said.

Sheriff Judd said the boyfriend screamed that if he was not let in, he would break in through the window. Again, no one answered.

He then proceeded to break the screen and the glass window trying to enter the home, Sheriff Judd said.

That’s when the homeowner shot and killed him.

“Had our suspect in the home invasion listened to his friend, and gotten back into the vehicle and left, he would be alive to continue his domestic conversation with his girlfriend,” said Sheriff Judd.

What exactly did he expect to have happen? That he would break in and his girlfriend would see that as the proof of his undying love? It seems that stupidity can kill you.

Sheriff Judd has, as usual, another good thing to say about your right to defend yourself. Click thru and enjoy.

Idiot Cop STILL Hasn’t Figured Out He Is on Video

So he does something idiotic. Deputy shoves handcuffed teen against wall, threatening to show him what ‘freedom of speech is’

Charles Rhoads, a white deputy, is seen in the cellphone video this weekend arresting Kevin Wygant, a Black 19-year-old from Wellington. The teen asserts his First Amendment right, asking the deputy, “I don’t have the freedom of speech to you?”

That’s when Rhoads replied, “not to us you don’t,” and forces him, face first, against a wall. “I’m going to show you what [expletive] freedom of speech is.”

The deputy is on “administrative leave.” Doesn’t say if it is paid or unpaid.

Now he arrested this kid over a fight. But that doesn’t mean he gets a pass on being stupid. And as I’ve noted before, felony stupidity, is not a crime in Florida, though it still might cost him his job. Hard to feel sorry for him if it does.

Floridians Are Almost As Heavily Armed As Texans

crime scene tapeThe bad guys haven’t gotten that memo. ‘He was defending himself and his family’: Homeowner shoots, kills suspected invader.

The “How Dare you live without me attitude” never works out in the long run.

A man believed to have been upset at a family supporting his estranged wife broke into their home Saturday afternoon and was shot to death by its homeowner, [Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco] said.

He was armed. He kicked in a door to a home where he was not wanted, and he fired shots at the homeowner.

He was defending himself and his family,” Nocco said. “Any loss of life is tragic, but the victim was utilizing his Second Amendment rights to protect himself and his family from the fear of Ronald who was carrying a gun, kicking in a door, trying to harm them.

Self-defense is a human-right, and recognized as a legal right in Florida.

Self-defense Is Legal in Florida

And prosecutors hate that. North Miami man claims self-defense against ‘taser knuckles.’ State drops murder case.

A North Miami man will not be prosecuted for fatally shooting his former lover because he was under attack with “brass knuckles” designed to also act as a powerful stun gun.

Stand your ground. Also prosecutors have to prove their case, or “innocent until proved guilty in a court of law.” Defendants no longer have to prove self-defense.

“The State cannot prove that his actions were not justified,” Assistant State Attorney Tiffany Finger wrote in her final memo. “Thus, he is immune from criminal prosecution.”

It isn’t really clear if it is the prosecutor or the reporter who is distressed over self-defense. But that tone clearly comes through in the writing. If I had to guess, I would say that they both hate self-defense.

But it is still a human-right.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Invited guests don’t usually enter a residence through a window. Man climbing through window of Miami-Dade home fatally shot by woman inside, police say.

A woman fatally shot a man who was trying to climb through the window of her Brownsville apartment early Friday morning, police said.

The investigation is ongoing, but there is really no good reason to be climbing into someone’s window at 1 AM. What would you do, if confronted with a stranger crawling through your window in the middle of the night? If you are wondering about what my reaction would be, see the title to this blog.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Florida it is mostly your legal right as well.

Are Gated Communities Safe?

Did the Maginot Line stop the German invasion of France? 2 men killed, woman injured in baseball bat attack at Windermere home, police say.

Sure they offer some added protection. But are they a guarantee of safety? Of course not.

Windermere police said Ezekiel Emanuel Hopkins pushed the community’s gate open with his car then tried to steal a car from the home when he was confronted by the homeowners, John and Lisa Savey.

This story will not get national attention because there is no way to push the gun-control agenda. Do we need commonsense baseball-bat control? Would that be any more effective?

As we see from this story, gates and fences can be overcome in a number of ways. Sure, they provide security, and if you click thru you will see the gates came with lots of security cameras, but passive defenses only work so well.

And there are no guarantees in this life.

Hat tip to Wombat-socho and to Vox Day who notes “Gated communities won’t save you.”

They Didn’t Think That Thru

Instead of 90 minute delay, they were stuck in Miami overnight. In the Dade-county jail, to be exact. Video shows passengers attack airline workers at Fort Lauderdale airport.

According to Spirit Airlines, the three employees suffered minor injuries when three guests “became combative following a delayed flight.”

According to Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest reports, the three women hit the airplane employees “with miscellaneous items, such as phones, shoes, full water bottles, metal boarding signs and fast food.”

So because they were upset about a delayed flight, they attack a few Spirit Airlines employees. Then they get arrested and spend the night in jail. When they get out of jail, they don’t know how they will get back to Philadelphia. I think they should have just chilled in the airport waiting area. But what do I know?

Two were arrested on charges of touch or strike battery. The third got an extra charge for stealing an employee’s phone.

There could be additional charges.

Lies, Damn Lies, and COVID-19 Testing Statistics

Oops. Florida’s recent record day for COVID-19 might not have been quite that high.

Seems one or more of the labs used were returning 100% of test results as positive. Or nearly 100%.

Orlando Health, for example, reported 512 positive cases and just 10 negatives giving the appearance of a 98 percent positive test rate.

On Tuesday, they sent 10 Tampa Bay a chart showing there are several more test locations in the same healthcare group with varying positivity rates.

“We’re looking into this,“ they said in an emailed statement, “But that 98 percent positivity rate is incorrect. Our positivity rate is 9.4 percent as of July 12.”

9.4 percent of 512 would mean approximately 48 cases of COVID-19. Not 502 positive test results.

There’s no politics in medicine, is there? Surely no company would LIE. Would they? So. Are they liars, or incompetent fools who should never do another COVID-19 test?

Floridians Are Almost As Heavily Armed as Texans

Hand CuffsThe bad guys haven’t gotten that memo. Florida homeowner shoots and kills two ‘extremely violent’ burglars and injures another after they broke into his house during the night.

There are other media outlets covering this story, but I just love the way the British press seesaws between horror and admiration anytime a US citizen makes use of their Second Amendment Rights.

Jeremiah Trammel, 19, was shot after his accomplices, Luis Casado, 21, and Khyle Durham, 21, had already been shot dead during the alleged break-in.

The person who shot the two men was the homeowner who was using a gun to defend himself in Wesley Chapel, near Tampa.

And most of the media outlets continue to emphasize that the 19-year-old is a “teenager” as opposed to emphasizing the fact that he is a legal adult. They do admit he’s being charged with home invasion and felony murder. Two people died as a result of a crime he was committing.

As for the 19-year-old, and the way Floridians are armed…

According to Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, Trammel was then able to make a quick escape from the home after the homeowner’s gun suddenly jammed allowing for a pause in the shooting.

Trammel was caught by a next door neighbor who also had a gun and held him on the spot until the police arrived.

Oh yeah, and the moral of the story is, “Don’t post pictures of your gun collection on social media.”

The sheriff believes that the owner may have been targeted because he had recently posted pictures of a large gun collection he owned on social media.

Though it turns out the homeowner, who the sheriff correctly notes was the victim in this incident, was known to the three would-be bad-guys.

‘The victim in this case was exercising his Second Amendment right to protect himself in his home,’ Nocco said.

That the victim is the guy holding the gun, standing over 2 dead bodies rarely fails to send the European media into convulsions, though The Daily Mail only notes it in passing with this incident.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Florida, it is mostly your legal right. Good Guys 3, Bad Guys 0.

Another Cop Kneeling on Someone’s Neck

It seems he really was that stupid. Or that arrogant. Miami Gardens police officer arrested after video shows him with knee on woman’s neck.

That he is facing any repercussions is somewhat amazing. I guess that’s a part of the times. It’s clear he didn’t expect to have to answer for his actions.

The arrest of Safiya Satchell might have gone down as another anonymous case — were it not for the bystander video that showed a Miami Gardens police officer reach into her SUV, drag her out, press his knee on her neck and stun her twice with a Taser.

There was video, which indicates that his arrest report contained a “slew of false statements.” All charges against the woman have been dismissed. He has been charged with battery and official misconduct for the false statements. Felony Stupidity is not a crime in Florida, though he is certainly guilty of that, at least.

Cops are slow learners, apparently. 20 years (or more) gone by and they STILL haven’t figured out that they are on video. So be it. This guy will be hung out to dry, and frankly, he deserves to be. No one this boneheaded should be carrying loaded weapons around in the name of “Law Enforcement.”

Here’s a friendly tip to all LEOs everywhere. If you want to keep your pension, and your job, and avoid a few years in solitary confinement, don’t kneel on necks. You are on video. Repeat after me… You. Are. On. Video.

A SWATing That The Cops Should Have Stopped

Definitely cops behaving stupidly. Sarasota couple terrified by police during ‘swatting’ incident.

While the 22 officers were enroute to the call the dispatcher TOLD THEM it was a possible SWATing. But that is not enough to stop a SWAT team. (It has probably been weeks, in Sarasota, since they got to conduct a full-on night-time raid. Do you think they were going to give up that opportunity? Honestly, I’m surprised they didn’t start the festivities with a flash-bang grenade or two.

No one from the Sarasota Police Department was willing to discuss this case.

According to an incident report the agency provided, 22 officers responded to the call, which was originally dispatched as a shooting.

“While enroute to the call, dispatch advised that the subject had his daughter and wife tied up and was threatening to harm himself,” one officer wrote in his report. “It was further advised by dispatch that the call was a possible ‘Swatting’ attempt.[My Empahsis: Z-Deb]

So after they point guns, cuff the couple and search the house, and find nothing, the cops don’t even say “sorry.” Because they aren’t sorry; probably the most fun SWAT in Sarasota has had in a month.

Why Are Cops So Well Protected?

Between Qualified Immunity and the Unions and their bosses, they generally face no repercussions. Fort Lauderdale cop who shoved demonstrator has 79 complaints for excessive force. Why is he still on the streets? | Editorial.

Two incidents, one you may have seen on video, from Ft Lauderdale, Florida.

First the one you may have seen.

As Steven Pohorence waded through demonstrators kneeling on the ground Sunday, a black female teenager was blocking his path. He allegedly brusquely shoved her onto the pavement. All hell then broke loose in the crowd, …. We commend a fellow officer, a black woman named Krystle Smith, for getting in Pohorence’s face and removing him from the scene.

There was no investigation, even though it is clear people knew who he was. There is now an investigation because of the outcry on social media. That cop, Steven Pohorence, went out of his way to create an incident, and only one cop thought that was a problem.

After that the cops shot teargas at the crowd, of what had been peaceful protestors, and LaToya Ratlieff was shot in the face with a rubber bullet while she was running away. (Cops lied about that at first as well.)

Ratlieff, 34 and a grant writer, had been on her knees, demonstrating peacefully and urging others around her to stay calm. That’s when police launched tear gas into the crowd. By all accounts, she was making her escape when she was targeted and shot by an officer who has neither been identified nor relieved of duty.

Expecting anything to come of either incident is wishful thinking. Cops are almost never called to account for their actions.

For some info on qualified immunity, see this link.

God Bless Sheriff Grady Judd

He has to be the best sheriff in America. Or one of them anyway. Polk County curfew in effect Monday 8 p.m. after more ‘civil unrest’ Sunday.

Judd said there were rumblings on social media that rioters planned to bring violence into the neighborhoods of Polk County.

“I would tell them, if you value your life, they probably shouldn’t do that in Polk County. Because the people of Polk County like guns, they have guns, I encourage them to own guns, and they’re going to be in their homes tonight with their guns loaded, and if you try to break into their homes to steal, to set fires, I’m highly recommending they blow you back out of the house with their guns. So, leave the community alone,” Judd said.

He encouraged peaceful protest, not rioting.

Where Would We Be Without Experts?

Go read the whole thing; it isn’t long. But I will highlight the stats, which caught my eye. COVID-19: The ‘Experts’ Are Clueless.

Something really went wrong in New York.

The per-capita death rate in Georgia remains 88% lower than New York’s; Florida’s rate is 93% lower and Texas is 96% lower.

Of course with more than 70,000 people per square mile, and a governor who set things up to kill old people in nursing homes, it’s hard to see how a virus wouldn’t ravage that city. And state.

Drugs Can Be Hazardous To Your Health

crime scene tapeThey make you do stuff that will get you killed. Florida homeowner fatally shot man who smashed through door.

So how should a 70-year-old man react to a stranger beating someone in his home? You can also file this under “Floridians are almost as heavily armed as Texans.”

The soon-to-be dead-guy was walking the neighborhood acting “erratically.” The homeowner went inside to get away from him.

Deputies said Edwards then smashed through the glass front door and began beating a woman inside. [It was the homeowner’s wife.] The homeowner, who is in his 70s, went upstairs and got his gun, firing several shots at Edwards.

The woman was taken to the hospital. The guy on drugs was taken to the morgue.

His rental home, a short distance away, was found to contain illegal drugs and kids.

Each adult inside the home was arrested and charged with child neglect and other charges.