Airport Attacks Not Limited to Europe

Not too surprising to see these kinds of things everywhere. Michigan Airport Stabbing: Officer Attacked in Possible Terror Incident – NBC News

The attacker allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who was bleeding from the neck, sources and witnesses at Bishop International Airport said.

Poland is not ready to sign up for these kinds of things. Poland Shuts Border to Islamic Migrants to Keep Potential Terrorists Out

Despite the threat of sanctions from the European Union (EU), the Polish government has decided to not allow any more Muslim migrants into its country to help reduce the risk of radical Islamic terrorism.

If You Break Into Homes, You Will Eventually Find an Armed Homeowner

You should not be surprised by the result. Armed homeowner fires on men trying to break into Detroit home | MLive.com

So these guys are very lucky.

“The homeowner fired a shot as the suspect was entering through the window, and all three fled,” Detroit police said. “Nothing was taken and no injuries were reported.”

Self-defense is a human-right.

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

Break into enough homes, and you will eventually find an armed homeowner. Homeowner shoots 2 intruders, kills 1 in Iosco County, police say | MLive.com

The 66-year-old man was in his home when two men entered, both wearing masks and brandishing hunting-type knives. The men attempted to rob him, but the resident shot them both with a rifle, Kaiser said.

One suspect, a 21-year-old Oscoda man, was dead and still wearing his mask when troopers arrived. The second suspect, a 29-year-old man also from Oscoda, received treatment for a gunshot wound on scene and then flown to a Saginaw hospital. He is expected to survive, Kaiser said.

I suppose they thought that a 66-year-old was an easy target. They were wrong.

The homeowner has not been arrested, because self-defense is a human-right.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed resident. Resident shoots home invasion suspect

A “parolee – abscounder” with a warrant out for his arrest, was in a car crash and fled on foot. He broke into a home. The occupants armed themselves, held him off, and called police. When police arrived the home-invader entered the bedroom where one occupant had been hiding. That resident, fearing for his safety fired 1 shot, striking the miscreant in the neck.

Cops captured him, took him to a medical center for treatment and arrested him.

Self-defense is a human-right.

A Domestic Violence Story that (for a change) Ends with the Abuser Dead

I read too many domestic violence stories in the media. With depressing regularity, women are killed by men who claim to love them. This one has a better – though not happy – ending. ON THE RECORD: Belding woman acted in self-defense in fatal shooting

He had assaulted her on at least one other occasion. At least once, she had to go the hospital. He had a restraining order taken out by an ex-girlfriend. This time, she was afraid he was going to kill her.

Vincent went into the bathroom to get some of her things. Harrington then grabbed her and started hitting her and hitting her head against the wall, leaving a dent in the drywall.

Vincent told police she believed Harrington was going to kill her. She got away from Harrington, went into the bedroom and grabbed a handgun that was hanging on the wall.

She tried to lock herself in the bathroom, but that didn’t work out. She was in fear for her life so she shot the SOB. Until the gun was empty.

The prosecutor says “self-defense.” And a good thing too.

Self-defense is a human-right. Even when you know the person attacking you, it is still self-defense.

People Defending Themselves All Over the Place

Some stories of legal (and armed) self-defense to point up the fact that

  • Self-defense is a human-right, and
  • If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner.

First from Michigan’s upper peninsula. Immunity granted to homeowner in fatal home invasion shooting.

According to the Menominee County Sheriff Department, Higbee called 911 to report that someone was breaking into his garage. The alleged intruders then broke open the door between the garage and the living area. Higbee discharged a firearm multiple times after the door was breached, killing 19-year-old Haydon Gagnon.

Two more suspects were apprehended by police in woods near the home. The homeowner was granted immunity because the judge said that there is no way for the prosecutor to prove – beyond a reasonable doubt – that this was anything other than self-defense.

The gun-fearing weenies are likely to count this as a “teen, tragically shot.” The fact that he was legally an adult, and engaged in felony home-invasion, and killed in justifiable self-defense is just not interesting to them. Why clutter the issue with facts?

Next from Walters, Oklahoma… Investigators say Oklahoma homeowner fatally shoots intruder.

Investigators say Morales was breaking into a residence in the far southern Oklahoma town when the homeowner was awakened and told Morales to leave. Morales continued attempting to gain entry when he was shot by a person inside the home. Morales died at the scene

Encounters with armed homeowners are not likely to turn out well for crooks. Ignoring they guy with the gun is questionable under the best circumstances.

And from Boyd County, Kentucky… Florida man shot, killed by homeowner after breaking into Boyd County house.

Coddington forced his way into the house on O’Neal Drive in the Rush community shortly before 4 a.m. Saturday, according to state police at the Ashland post. He fought with the homeowner, who fired several shots from a handgun and killed Coddington, police said.

Maybe he thought he could overpower the homeowner, but he forgot about the equalizing power of firearms.

If someone is breaking into your home in the middle of the night, they are not there to sell you Girl Scout cookies. Calling 911 is wonderful thing, and it can bring help in short order, but the threat can also be upon you faster than the cops can respond. Calling 911 and being prepared to defend yourself seems like a great idea to me.

The Left is Going Bonkers Over Michigan’s Right-to-Work Law

They never met a union they didn’t like I guess. Right-to-work bill: Michigan just gives up – Salon.com.

OK, first they set the stage by talking about college graduates and the Michigan Brain-drain. (Mostly draining toward Chicago, but to other places as well.)

Fifty percent of Michigan State students now leave the state immediately after graduation. That ratio doubled in the 2000s, which is known in Michigan as “The Lost Decade.” In those 10 years, Michigan dropped from 30th to 35th in the percentage of college graduates, and from 18th to 37th in per capita income. (Michigan was also the only state to lose population in the last census.) The university system’s main function is giving Michigan’s brightest students a credential to get the hell off that jobless peninsula.

Then Salon goes on to talk about how one graduate could either get a job with a rental-car company, or a consulting firm in Chicago. (Guess which he picked?) All of which, as far as I can see, has absolutely nothing to do with unions or the right-to-work. He isn’t in a union in Chicago – he works for an accounting firm – and he wouldn’t have been a union-member in Michigan, unless he became a grunt, retail-employee.

But the brain-drain, is apparently why Michigan is passing right-to-work laws. According to Salon. Since it can’t create manufacturing jobs, and it can’t create white-collar jobs, it does need to do something.

Consider Flint Michigan, the poster-child for relying on big companies employing big-unions. According to the Wikipedia entry, manufacturing employment fell from just shy of 80,000 in the 1970s to about 8,000 today. Michigan’s reliance on union-style jobs has not worked.

I shudder to bring up Detroit, but you have to. 47% illiteracy rate in Detroit. Another city that saw unions and union employment as the only future it needed.

Salon talks of “winners” and “losers” and the difference between Illinois and Michigan is key, but not for the random chance that Salon seems to think.

Michigan leads the nation in urban poverty, violence and decrepitude. Detroit is such an international symbol of post-industrial decay that artists fly all the way from Europe just to photograph its ruins.

Michigan had the auto industry. Illinois had (past tense mostly) steel, meat packing, construction equipment (Caterpillar), farm equipment (John Deere), shipping, insurance, retail, and a host of other industries. And just by chance, they didn’t all go belly-up at the same time. And Chicago supports a fair number of accounting/consulting firms, some software and a dash of high-tech, just to make things even more interesting.

Most of those union jobs aren’t coming back. It is never going to be 1970 again in Detroit or in Flint. (For a glimpse how Detroit looks today, click through to the Salon article and take a look at the attached photo.) The Salon article touches on things like globalization – that we can no longer charge whatever we want to for things, because unlike in 1950, we have global competition. And Detroit has competition from Tennessee. (And other places that Toyota and others have built car manufacturing plants.)

The Salon article ends by lamenting the fact the Michigan is trying to attract some low-paying jobs. (That isn’t the case, but everyone is entitled to an opinion.) The problem is that Michigan isn’t attracting ANY jobs right now. So should they just keep doing “more of the same” and hoping for a different outcome? They have been doing “more of the same” since 1972 and the oil crisis when people first started looking at those efficient Japanese cars. More of the same hasn’t worked out too well for Michigan.