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.

The Least Surprising News of the Week

Is anyone shocked? FBI: Shooter at Pensacola military base linked to al-Qaida.

The gunman in a deadly rampage late last year at a military base in Florida communicated with al-Qaida operatives about the attacks in the months leading up to it, U.S. officials said Monday as they laid out new details of a shooting that killed three American sailors.

The FBI learned of the contacts between Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani and operatives of al-Qaida after breaking the encryption on cellphones that had previously been locked and that the shooter, a Saudi Air Force officer, had tried to destroy before being killed by law enforcement.

Not exactly a surprise.

Florida Hasn’t Seen a Resurgence of COVID-19

Democrats were sure that opening the state of Florida would result in DEATH. Hasn’t happened, but there have been other problems. ‘Out-of-Towners’ Blamed for ‘Mayhem’ After Florida City Re-Opens Beach.

First the DEATH predictions.

Democrats demonized DeSantis, with activist Daniel Uhlfelder touring Florida beaches dressed as the Grim Reaper to promote the message that the Republican governor’s decision would kill people.

And like Georgia, those predictions have fallen flat.

The problems in Naples (West Coast of Florida) seems to mostly be caused by folks from the East Coast of Florida, namely Miami, Broward and Palm Beach, because East Coast beaches are still closed. Click thru for descriptions of where Florida has problems with COVID-19, and what are Democratically controlled areas.

Concealed Carry on the Rise

Reporter gets his knickers in a twist. Concealed weapons permits flourish in PBC suburbs.

Still if you can get past the tone, there are some good stats. For Florida anyway.

One out of every 11 adults in Palm Beach County has a license to carry a concealed weapon, state data shows. The average permit-holder is an older white man living in a neighborhood outside the county’s urban core that knows little violent crime.

And of course, being a good Leftist, he has to make it all about race. I don’t know what the demographics of Palm Beech County are, and he doesn’t see fit to include that information.

After grudgingly noting that Concealed Carry is surging nationwide, there are some stats.

The state reached a landmark of sorts in May 2019 when it issued license No. 2 million, according to a state Department of Agriculture spokesman.

The number increases by more than 17,000 every month statewide, state figures show.

So if guns make everyone less safe, is Florida less safe than it was in the late 1980s when they had restrictive concealed carry laws? I think if you look at those statistics you will find that the late 1980s and early 1990s was the most dangerous time in Florida. Not that a reporter is going to look at THOSE statistics.

May 9, 1980: MV Summit Venture Hits Sunshine Skyway Bridge

I usually do posts about failed infrastructure on Sunday, but since we have an anniversary today… The Skyway bridge collapsed 40 years ago. Here’s how we’re remembering the tragedy. That is a collection of links to things about the collapse. Interviews with people who worked search and rescue, information about the trial of the pilot, and a few other links.

Saturday marks 40 years since the 19,734-ton Summit Venture freighter slammed into the old Skyway bridge. Six cars, a truck and a Greyhound bus plummeted 150 feet into the choppy waters of Tampa Bay below. Thirty-five died.

A two-lane bridge opened in 1954. A second structure, similar to the first opened in 1959 making the crossing 4 lanes, connecting the south end of Pinellas County with the north end of Manatee County.

On Friday May 9th, 1980 at 7:33 in the morning, the vessel MV Summit Venture, in fog and rain, struck one of the supports of the southbound lanes of the Sunshine Skyway, causing about 1200 feet of the bridge to fall 150 feet into the water. 35 people died. Cars, trucks and a Greyhound bus fell into the water that day. Most died of blunt-force trauma. Some drowned. One man survived when his truck landed on the deck of the Summit Venture before falling into the water.

This video documents the official recording of the MAYDAY call between MV Summit Venture and the US Coast Guard base in St Petersburg. A few other ships are heard as well. Photos are of the aftermath.

The new bridge corrects the design flaw of the original bridge, in that any vessel straying off course is going to impact something substantial before it impacts the bridge structure itself. I hope they got it right.

The new bridge has the following stats:

  • total length 1219.60 m (if you include the causeway, it s 6.7km)
  • main span 366.75 m
  • clearance below main span 55m

As I write this, there is not much coverage of the anniversary outside of Florida. I guess that’s to be expected.

The video after the break is of the new bridge.

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Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

Hand CuffsHe thought rifling through other people’s vehicles was a good idea. Deputies: Deltona man shoots burglar breaking into car.

He called police at 3:45 to report that someone with a flashlight was in his car. He then grabbed a Glock and went to confront the miscreant.

When confronted, the suspect shoved the homeowner, knocking him to the ground as the two men struggled, Williams said.

During the scuffle, the homeowner saw the suspect reach for his backpack, prompting the homeowner to fire his handgun at the suspect, [Volusia County sheriff’s spokeswoman Laura] Williams said.

The would-be bad-guy was shot in the knee. He was picked up by a white SUV and dropped at a local hospital, where cops caught up with him.

[The bad-guy] was charged with burglary of a conveyance, conspiracy to commit burglary of a conveyance and battery to cause bodily harm.

The lookout/getaway driver was also charged.

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

Floridians Are Almost As Heavily Armed As Texans

The bad guys haven’t gotten that memo. 1 shot during Neptune Beach robbery.

Three armed miscreants force their way into an apartment.

But the homeowner shot one of the intruders, and all three fled in what appears to be a red Kia 4-door sedan, police said.

Cops are looking for the other 2. They are considered armed and dangerous.

Self-defense is a human-right.

“Just Give Them What They Want”

That is the Left’s answer to how to stay safe in the face of robbery. (They never want to talk about rape.) There is a problem with that advice, of course; it doesn’t seem to work. Video shows masked robber storming into Plant City store; clerk shot in face.

A store clerk had just opened the cash register and had his hands in the air Sunday when a masked robber shot him in the face and fled on foot, according to Plant City police.

So how much more cooperation was needed to ensure safety? That’s a trick question.

Violent criminals don’t stop being violent criminals because of anything you are, or are not doing.

Being armed in your own self-defense is not a guarantee of safety. There are no guarantees in this life. But the gun-hating Left always paints cooperation as a guarantee; they never describe it as a strategy for staying safe. To my way of thinking, it is a fairly poor strategy.

Florida Man

Another lesson in how being intoxicated can be dangerous to your health. Mug shot released of accused Florida home invader hogtied by homeowner.

So this guy was so intoxicated that he was looking for his girlfriend’s house in Tallahassee, but he was actually in Jacksonville. So of course he tries to break into a home.

First a mother home with her kids reacted to his presence.

Jacquelyn Gonsalez said. “I grabbed my daughter in one hand and my protection in the other.” [For you none-Floridians, that would be a firearm. Z-Deb]

She said it wasn’t the ideal way to spend quarantine, but her ring camera caught the suspect trying to get into the house.

She called 911 and then her husband. The husband got there first.

“So I got a call from my wife, a guy was trying to break into the house,” he said. “Drove around, came across the guy… got him to the ground… didn’t know the best thing to do so decided to tie him up,” Aaron said.

When asked if he hogtied the suspect, Aaron laughed and said, “yes.”

The photo at the link is funny, the video is not so amazing, but I leave that decision to you. It’s a local news story with interviews with the husband and the wife.

A happy ending, no one got shot.

The cops say this guy was a danger to himself and the neighborhood, and it sounds like they think this homeowner did them a favor.

Florida Man and Self-defense

Because being locked in at home causes people to have strange reactions. Or something. Alleged Home Burglar Shot, Said He Was Being Chased by Dinosaurs: Police.

Police say a Florida woman was forced to shoot an alleged burglar who she said broke into her home while screaming about dinosaurs.

The incident took place Tuesday in Deltona, according to NBC affiliate WESH-TV, when the woman said she was home with several teenagers inside at the time and heard the sound of shattering glass.

“Bad drugs” may have been involved. He may have broken into as many as 4 homes before getting shot.

You can’t make this stuff up. And self-defense is a human-right.