Michigan Also Killing People In Nursing Homes

The governor must be taking cues from New York. Michigan considers change to controversial nursing home policy.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week extended her Executive Order that placed coronavirus patients in with COVID-19 negative patients. It expires Wednesday. She’s now considering changing that policy.

Nursing home deaths account for about 30% of all COVID-19 deaths in Michigan.

How do governors have the authority to issue stupid orders, that clearly expose vulnerable populations to a deadly disease? Democrats are geniuses. Just ask them, they will tell you they are.

Edenville Dam Collapse

It was apparently not a surprise to some people that the dam was in danger. Feds revoked failed Edenville dam’s license in 2018 over inability to handle big floods.

Federal regulators in 2018 revoked the hydro-power generating license for the collapsed Edenville Dam in Midland and Gladwin counties, citing years of failure by the dam’s owners to address safety problems — especially the dam’s ability to withstand a major flood.

The Edenville Dam ruptured Tuesday after heavy rains

There is a short video, 35 seconds or so, at the link above that shows the extent of the flooding.

The details on the dam…

The Edenville Dam is a 6,600-foot [1.25 miles or just over 2 kilometers] earthen embankment up to 54.5 feet in height, spanning both the Tittabawassee and Tobacco Rivers in Midland and Gladwin counties. The dam creates a 2,600-acre reservoir known as Wixom Lake, with a gross storage capacity of about 40,000 acre-feet [4.934×107 cubic meters] of water and a 49-mile-long shoreline when full. The dam was equipped with two, 2.4 megawatt turbine generators and was licensed for hydro-power generation in 1998.

According to the Wiki, the dam was completed in 1925. So probably there were both design and maintenance issues with a dam that old.

Apparently they had been trying for 14 years to get some safety concerns addressed, before they finally revoked the license.

So with no ability to generate power, were the turbines just closed off, and not able to help drain the lake? It doesn’t say anywhere that I can find. And in any event, the dam seems to have been designed only to handle about 50% of the “probable maximum flood.” Which is apparently what they got. Water in that quantity over the spillway caused erosion of the earthen structure, and we see the result.

And while politicians are busy doing all the things that are popular today, like art in the park, and funding cultural centers, or whatever, infrastructure is left to crumble.

A 2018 report card on Michigan dams by the state chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers found that while the state had improved its D-grade from the society’s 2009 report card, it still had persistent issues.

“There are approximately 2,600 dams in Michigan, of which about two-thirds are older than their typical 50-year design life. In the next five years, about 80 percent of Michigan’s dams will be over 50 years old,” their report stated.

There were 19 high-hazard dams in unsatisfactory or poor condition in Michigan in 2018, ranking 20th among the 45 states and Puerto Rico for which The Associated Press obtained condition assessments.

This won’t be the last dam to fail, or even the last one in Michigan. And I doubt politicians even think about infrastructure.

Nothing lasts forever. And an earthen dam built in 1925 is going to need some maintenance, and maybe even some improvements, and eventually it will need to be replaced. The “What could go wrong?” attitude has got to stop.

There is fairly good video of the breached dam at this link. It is only 35 seconds or so, but part of the video is a clear view of the breach in the dam from an airplane. Not the best video. (People hold your phones horizontal, when taking videos!) but it is clear. There are a few seconds at the end that show the breach from the shore.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought breaking into an occupied home was a good idea. MSP: Suspect accused of breaking into home shot by homeowner.

And apparently Michigan is also not New Jersey. At least some of the residents are armed for their own defense.

The investigation shows a man broke a home’s window, and once inside, was shot in the stomach by the homeowner, MSP Lt. Dave Kaiser said.

He was taken to the hospital, and is listed as “stable.”

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

The Democrats Reveal Their Inner Dictators

Some more than others. The Worst Governor in America.

Gretchen Whitmer imposes insane policies on Michigan.

The worst of the worst is declaring seeds “non-essential,” because apparently you don’t need food to survive. And it is just in time for gardening to start. Or not start, as the case may be. (Hat tip to The Other McCain.)

Don’t Bring a Crowbar to a Gunfight

You can also file this under, “Coronavirus is hazardous to your health.” Shooter from coronavirus argument death no longer in custody, police say.

The shooter told police that his roommate lunged at him with a crowbar right before he started firing, police said. The gunman notified officers of the incident, police said.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense Is Legal in Michigan

I always suspected that it was. County prosecutor finds Grand Rapids intruder shooting justified.

Matthew Jakubowksi shot and killed Adam Whitz, after Whitz pushed his way into his ex-girlfriend Anastasia Hahn’s home. Jakubowski and Hahn were living in the home together as a couple and according to the prosecutor’s detailing of the situation, Whitz had come to her home on multiple occasions and caused disturbances

On January 8th, at about 2 o’clock in the morning, he broke into the home and was shot once in the chest. He died at the scene.

A bit over two months to make the determination that this shooting is justified isn’t bad for anyplace that isn’t Texas. Or Oklahoma.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker said his office will not be filing criminal charges out of the shooting. Becker detailed his decision in a press release March 17.

Self-defense is a human-right, and in Michigan, it just might be your legal right as well.

The Guy Who Challenged Biden Gets His AR-14

Heh. Michigan Firearm Maker Awards Special “AR-14” to Auto Worker Who Challenged Biden on 2A.

During Biden’s tour of the new plant Mr. Wayne took his chance and asked the former Vice President a question about his Second Amendment policy, “Why are you actively trying to end our Second Amendment rights and take away our guns?”

Biden blew a gasket that anyone would question him. Especially a peon. He went on about how you “don’t need an AR-14,” which as far as I know, didn’t exist before the confrontation. (Though Armalite does have any number of models…)

Mr. Wayne’s courage caught the eye of a local firearm manufacturer in Michigan call Next Level Armament and they decided to award the autoworker with a very special edition AR-15 model “AR-14” for his convictions.

Very cool. Click the link above for a nice picture of the “AR-14.” They did a nice job with the customizing. (Hat tip to 90 Miles from Tyranny.)

Self-defense Is Legal in Michigan

JusticeAnd prosecutors hate that. Prosecutors: Fatal downtown Lansing shooting was self defense.

It took them since November 10th to decide this case was self-defense.

Demetrius Wright, 42, was the first to pull a trigger, police said in a news release. He shot a 21-year-old Lansing man, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Another man then shot and killed Wright.

If someone opens fire on your group, and you defend yourself, how exactly is that not self-defense? Because they didn’t shoot you first, but shot the guy standing next to you?

Self-defense is a human-right, but District Attorneys will still try to charge you with something if they think they can win. Justice? What’s that?

Leniency Leads to Crime Spree

JusticeSix deaths in six days. He should have been in prison. Police: Suspect in multiple Detroit-area killings dies after shooting himself. So what is social justice quotient in 6 deaths?

Brown’s case has triggered controversy and finger-pointing as he allegedly carried out these crimes weeks after a federal judge released him back into society following a probation violation, rather than locking him back up.

But keeping violent criminals in prison is unfair.

He shot himself as police were closing in.

Six people would be alive if that judge had exercised some judgement. But instead, I’m sure he was worried about his social-justice standing.

Sounds Like the Start of a Crime Spree Stopped By an Armed Homeonwer

Hand CuffsYou can also file this under “Don’t bring a knife to a gunfight.” Police: Man robbed teacher, shot by homeowner during break-in.

Someone needed to stop him.

First he robbed a teacher. He was armed with a knife. Then he tried to break into a home.

People in the home said that a man, later identified as Jacob Adam Sword, was armed with a knife and was attempting to break into their home. They shot him, and then held him until police arrived.

Cops took him to a local hospital. He was later charged with armed robbery, 1st degree home invasion, and assaulting and resisting police.

The robbery of the teacher took place at the school.

Concealed Carry Stops Robbery

And color me skeptical, that a 22-year-old is a homeowner. Police: Homeowner shoots armed robber in Warren.

A 22-year-old resident was returning home from a concert when he was approached by another man armed with a handgun. Police say the suspect announced a holdup.

The resident, a CPL holder, pulled out his own pistol and shot the would-be bandit twice

But I suppose it’s better to say homeowner than general armed citizen out for a stroll to the people who hate guns.

Michigan Is Also Not New Jersey

And self-defense works. Police: Intruder shot and killed by Grand Rapids homeowner.

So this guy decided to break into a home at a little after 2:00 Wednesday morning.

A man went into a home and was confronted by the homeowner. Police say a fight broke out between the two men, which lead to the shooting.

The homeowner shot the intruder in the chest — he died on the scene.

Police are being a bit cagey, but it sounds like an ex-boyfriend/ex-husband breaking into the home were his ex now lives. The “How dare you live without me!” attitude never works out in the long run.

If an Armed Homeowner Gives You a Chance to Walk Away…

You might consider heeding that warning. Intruder doesn’t heed Detroit homeowner’s warning, gets shot.

When the homeowner heard someone trying to break into his home, he called police and grabbed a rifle.

“I yelled out, ‘You about to get shot. Get away from my door.’ (It) didn’t bother him. He got even more relentless,” he said. “I said, ‘Well I gotta get him before he gets me,’ so I fired a shot through the door.”

The guy who got shot, had an interesting response. “Ouch.” And then said he was going to get his gun. Cops showed up before that happened and took him to a local hospital. After he’s done there, he will be headed to jail.

No word on what kind of rifle was used. Though I know what kind of rifle I would reach for.

Don’t Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

I’m guessing things didn’t go according to this guy’s plan. MSP: Man armed with knife shot, killed by homeowners during home invasion.

MSP said a 29-year-old Copemish man, identified as Nathan Reed, forced his way into a house while brandishing a knife when a man and woman were inside.

There was a physical struggle and one of the occupants shot Reed with a firearm.

He died at the scene.

The investigation is still ongoing.

But self-defense is still a human-right.

Teacher Assaults Student Over Trump Pin

Because of course he did. UPDATE: Student says teacher pulled off her ‘Women For Trump’ pin.

Trump Derangement Syndrome is a real thing.

A Mason High School student turned to the police alleging a teacher assaulted her during school hours because she supports President Donald Trump.

At the very least, he should lose his job, his career, and his pension. At most he should do time for assault.

Hat tip to The Right Scoop and Pirate’s Cove.

I can’t decide. Is this “stupid criminals,” or a “hate crime?”

Don’t Bring a Bottle to a Gunfight

And it seems that Michigan is still not a clone of New Jersey, either. Man shot after attacking gas station employee in Macomb Twp.

According to reports, the man walked into the gas station and had some sort of altercation with one of the two brothers who runs the gas station. At some point, the man struck the clerk over the head with a glass bottle.

The clerk responded by pulling out a handgun and shooting his attacker twice in the stomach.

The guy who got shot was taken to a local hospital. He was conscious, but no other word on his condition or prognosis was offered. The clerk who got hit with the bottle (actually one of 2 brothers who run the store) was checked for injuries as well. The investigation continues.

Self-defense is a human-right. In Michigan it can be your legal right as well.

Use The Weapon You Have At Hand

And if that happens to be a bearded battleaxe, well then… Victim uses battle axe to fend off home invader.

He was mad that his former girlfriend was dating a “nerd” who played video games. Or something. Except it isn’t just about video games.

The suspect knocked on the door repeatedly, then kicked it in, while Ball was in his apartment playing video games and watching Rick and Morty.

Ball said he had reason to believe the suspect had a firearm.

“(The) door opened, (I) grabbed the axe, (then) step, step, hit.”

The video goes on, and on, but it does include a nice picture of the axe.

The suspect spent a night in a local hospital with “substantial wounds” before being taken to the county lockup.

Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Jim VanDyken said avoiding confrontation with a robber is usually the best course, but he says people have a right to defend themselves, especially in their own home.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0. (Hat tip to hellinahandbasket.net and The Right Way.)

Officer Rasheen McClain

End of Watch. Friends remember slain Detroit Police Officer Rasheen McClain.

Officer McClain was shot and killed in the line of duty Wednesday night. Police say a 28-year-old suspect with an extensive criminal record is in custody for shooting him and his partner that night, Officer Phillippe Batoum-Bisse.

For whatever reason, the Detroit police haven’t released the name of the suspect.

A Rifle Used for Self-defense

The media isn’t saying what kind, but I know what rifle I would choose for self-defense. Home invasion suspect dead after being shot by homeowner; police looking for second suspect.

Two masked men with guns entered an apartment and ordered occupants in the living room to “get down.”

The renter of the apartment was in a bedroom, heard the commotion, exited the bedroom with a rifle and shot one of the suspects.

Police found the guy who got shot a short distance away. He was dead from a gunshot wound to the chest. The other guy is still on the run.

“Three men, one woman and three children were inside the apartment” when all of this took place. They are all safe, thanks to the right of self-defense. Which is a human-right.

He Saw the Light. It Was a Muzzle-flash.

Though I’m not sure if probation counts as Justice Served, or not. Intruder shot by homeowner had ‘epiphany,’ gets probation.

He broke into a home in June, and was shot twice by the homeowner, who was wielding a .357 magnum revolver. My personal favorite, middle-of-the-night (don’t lecture me about dealing with feed jams) firearm. If that revolver and a speedloader aren’t enough to deal with the situation, there is more at hand.

He apparently spent months getting medical treatment, and is still using a walker.

“This incident has led (Elrod) to have a personal epiphany, especially after being shot,” Elrod’s attorney Marsha Kraycir said. “He knows his drug addiction led him to this and he is lucky to be here today. He could have easily been killed.”

The homeowner fired from the hip. I would have aimed for center-mass.

My previous post on this incident can be found at the following link. Self-defense in Michigan