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.

Democrats and Lies

So did his wife know?

Florida Man can be high profile. Fear and Loathing in South Beach: Florida Democrat ‘Rising Star’ Found in Hotel Room With Meth and Gay Escort.

Typical Democrat behavior:

Andrew Gillum, a married father-of-three who narrowly missed out on becoming Florida’s first black governor, was too ‘inebriated’ to speak when cops arrived at the ritzy Mondrian Hotel in Miami’s South Beach party district.

He was in that hotel room with a gay escort who was overdosing on meth.

Click thru for more info, including some comments from Candace Owens.

Say it again. This guy narrowly missed out on becoming Florida’s first black governor.

Self-defense Is Legal in Florida

But then I thought it was. One of three victims in Ocala bar shooting now dead, suspect in custody.

Ocala is in north, central Florida. You may have driven through it on your way to Disney World if you were traveling on I-75.

A guy is sitting at a bar, minding his own business, when three guys come in and attack him. When he got knocked the floor, and his attackers kept coming, he opened fire.

“We’re not looking at charges right now. There will be an update because we are still reviewing evidence as far as self-defense or stand your ground law goes,” Byrd added.

The only thing police are saying right now is that the people knew each other.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Don’t Bring an Ax to a Gunfight

Also you should probably not try to break into a cop’s home. (They have friends who are also cops.) Florida deputy shot ax-wielding intruder who broke into her home, sheriff says.

Mina said around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday a man who had been attempting to break into numerous homes used an ax to break through the deputy’s door.

The Sheriff’s Office said the deputy, who was at home with her children and in fear for her life, shot the man multiple times but he still got in.

There was a struggle, but she cuffed him, about the time her friends showed up. (Those were on-duty cops.)

The bad guy was taken to a local hospital, and he will face charges when he gets out.

The Environmental Lobby and “The Boy Who Cried ‘Wolf'”

So when do you stop paying attention to people who predicting the world would end 10 years ago? Republican legislators stiff-arm anti-Trump environmental lobby in Tallahassee.

And the Left are turning (have turned?) the courts into a weapon.

Florida’s Everglades Coalition is in Tallahassee to lobby legislators on what they want to do about problems in the Everglades. Republicans are ignoring them. Maybe because of some fringe elements involved.

The Everglades Coalition also includes the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), the national group that has received money from billionaire George Soros’ Tides Foundation and has sued President Donald Trump 179 times since he took office, will also be in attendance. [SNIP]

“The abuse of the court system for political ends is nothing new for the radical left,” said [Rep. Anthony Sabatini (R)] “Although this level of court abuse may be a new low for the Never Trump fringe.”

The article linked above doesn’t say much about the goals of The Everglades Coalition, but the Left has been fighting with South Florida Water Management District (SWFMD or Swift Mud) since forever, about the amount of water sent to the everglades from the canal system that includes Lake Okeechobee. The real threat to the Everglades, and most of Florida wildlife right now, are invasive species. In The Everglades, it is Anacondas. (The large snakes.) They are killing off large numbers of native species and seem to be thriving. And of course SFWMD Emptied Lake Okeechobee one year because “a large number of hurricanes were anticipated due to global warming” (it was before that moniker was dropped in favor of “climate change”) and those storms never materialized. So there was no water for The Everglades or the canals, even a couple of towns around the lake that rely on tourism were literally left high and dry, and had their economies decimated. But hey, they were all in on global warming so it must have been the right thing to do.

Anyway, despite a booming economy providing a lot of funds for The Everglades in general, this group is not happy. Has the Left ever said, “Hey, that was a job well done?” Or do they never win? (Aside from the anti-war protestors going into hibernation for 8 years when Obama was in office. I’m not sure that’s a fair example.)

Any Bets on Whether or Not Justice Will Be Served?

Can Trump Derangement Syndrome be a basis for an insanity plea? Then there is bail reform, etc. Man accused of driving through Republican voter registration tent arrested.

Hours after a van plowed through a Republican Party tent where volunteers were registering voters, Jacksonville police arrested a 27-year-year man on two counts of aggravated assault on a person over 65 years old, criminal mischief and driving without a license.

I would categorize this as more of a botched terrorist attack, of the kind you usually find in Germany around Christmas markets.

Van Drives Through Republican Voter Registration Booth

The Headline doesn’t mention “Republican” voter registration booth. Jacksonville, Florida. Van plows through voter registration tent, narrowly missing volunteers.

Jacksonville police say a driver intentionally crashed a van through a tent where Duval County GOP volunteers were registering voters Saturday afternoon.

Nobody was injured in the 3:45 p.m. incident at the Walmart Supercenter

Police are mystified about what the motive might be. Hint: It rhymes with “Trump Derangement Syndrome.”

One of the volunteers managed to snap a photo of the van as it drove away, but it isn’t clear to me if you can make out a license plate.

Security people. The Left has become unhinged from the standards of civilization. Security is now required everywhere.

The Violence Against Women Ignored By the Left

Out on bond, committing rapes. Violence Against Women Update.

Out on bond facing a charge of rape, when he commits a rape. (Allegedly?) There is DNA evidence in at least one case, so what is the hold up? Speedy trial and all that? Are we going to wait until he kills someone, before we get around to incarcerating him? And then there is the case of the ex-girlfriend, who drowned. How hard do you think cops chased that one?

Two women raped, and the suspect’s ex-girlfriend “accidentally” drowned last year. But feminists don’t care, for some reason . . .

So how is that bail reform working out?

Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

And this guy will lose his job, because Lyft prefers that their drivers get injured or killed. In the name of safety, of course. Lyft driver pulls gun in self defense after Cape Coral man pulls knife.

When a Cape Coral man pulled a knife on a rideshare driver on [last] Tuesday morning, the victim retrieved his firearm in self-defense and forced the suspect out of the car, authorities said.

The suspect, Adam John Mormon, 28, now faces a charge of Aggravate Assault.

As for his job, so far Lyft is keeping quiet. That will last until the media is busy looking elsewhere.

It is against Lyft’s policy to have any kind of weapon, with the consequences of being banned from the company. People living nearby do not want to see the driver face any kind of consequences from the company.

Self-defense is a human-right, unfortunately in the world we’ve created you can still be punished for exercising you legal rights. Uber has the same policy, and no one who values their rights should use either service.

Hat tip to The Daley Gator, who notes “Another American saves their butt with a legally owned firearm. Wannabe Dictator trying to buy relevance hardest hit”.

When Only Cops Have Guns…

Only cops will have negligent discharges into their neighbor’s apartment. Holly Hill officer’s accident sent bullet into neighbor’s apartment, police say.

“This morning one of our officers had an accidental discharge of a personally owned firearm. The firearm was an old bolt action rifle,” Aldrich said. “The errant round entered an adjacent apartment, but no injuries were reported.”

The cops are “investigating” (I have no idea what is left to look for) to see if there was a “policy violation.” What, firing a gun in city limits isn’t a crime? But we can’t charge cops with a crime…

Look, I don’t think you can expect people to be perfect. People make mistakes. But do you really think, that if he wasn’t a cop, they would be looking into policy violations and not criminal charges?