Media Bias? What Media Bias?

They wouldn’t leave out important facts would they? That is called lying by omission. At Least Two of Gretchen Whitmer’s Kidnapping Conspirators Appear to Be Anti-Trump Anarchists.

But now, as they say, the plot thickens. At least two of the six people indicted on Thursday were not right-wing militia members, Trump supporters, or Proud Boys, as Whitmer irresponsibly represented. According to information coming out on Thursday evening, one of the ring-leaders of the plot is a leftist insurrectionist anarchist who hates President Trump. Another, Pete Musico, shares the same philosophy.

Hat tip to Irons in the Fire: The supposed ‘right-wing militia’ that talked about kidnapping a governor

Anyone else see some possible problems with the Preferred Narrative™?

Self-defense in Michigan

CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSSHe could have just driven away. He should have taken that opportunity. Property owner shoots alleged intruder in the face, police investigating

A homeowner called 911 about a “breaking and entering” in progress. The homeowner was armed.

While the suspect was trying to get away, it’s alleged that he drove at the property owner who fired multiple shots with a handgun, hitting the suspect in the face.

The guy who got shot was able to drive himself to a local hospital, where he is in serious condition.

The investigation continues, but self-defense is a human-right.

Politics and Death

Or when do “activists” dance in the blood of the dead, and when do they not? When Do Black Lives Matter, and Why?

The story of 2017 incident that took the lives of 5 black teenagers. Why did you never hear of it?

Unless you live in Michigan, you almost certainly never heard of the death of these five black teenagers. Why? Because there was no “systemic racism.” The story offered no political advantage to Democrats, and therefore the national media ignored it.

Click thru.

Whitmer of Michigan Builds a Wall

Or a fence, same difference. Because what applies to you, should not apply to HER. Anti-Border Fence Mich. Gov. Whitmer Building 8-Foot High, Electrified Fence Around Governor’s Residence

Despite her vocal opposition to building border walls to keep Americans safe from illegal immigration, Democrat Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is having an eight-foot high, electrified fence built around her official residence to keep out unwanted visitors.

Because fences are good for her, just not for you. Besides, she’s special.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSSHe thought robbery was a good career choice. Suspected robber fatally shot at Wash Pointe Car Wash in Roseville.

Police say a 30-year-old man was at the car wash and was approached by two male suspects who revealed a handgun and attempted to rob the car wash patron.

The car wash patron was armed and police said he “exchanged gunfire with one of the alleged robbers.” During the shooting, one of the robbers — now identified as a 16-year-old boy from Detroit — was shot and later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Cops arrested the victim of the robbery, but later released him. Everything will be reviewed by the DA.

Self-defense is a human-right.

University Becomes Police State

It’s for the good of the students. Michigan College Will Digitally Track Students’ Movements At All Times.

A Michigan college is requiring students to download a phone application that tracks their location and private health data at all times in an attempt to protect them from the coronavirus.

There some gaps in their plan.

Though students are required to remain on campus, professors and administrators are not. When asked about this potential loophole in its “COVID-bubble,” the school declined to comment.

Because it is about control, not COVID-19

Privacy is such a 20th Century concept.

Hat tip to Moonbattery, who notes that this college already did away with free speech. Albion College Becomes COVID-19 Police State

College has already largely eradicated the concept of free speech among students. Freedom of movement, freedom of association, and privacy rights may follow.

Self-defense Is Legal in Michigan

JusticeBut then I thought it was. Prosecutors: June fatal shooting on Saginaw Highway was self-defense.

No charges will be filed against a man who shot and killed Ronnie Holmes after Holmes walked up to the man’s vehicle and pointed a gun at him, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Just under two months to determine that isn’t bad, as prosecutors are bureaucrats, and they hate self-defense.

What Happens When People Give Up on City Government?

Or when city government gives up on them? There is a fairly disturbing site, that has for some time chronicled the decline of Detroit. GooBing Detroit.

Click on the image for a larger view. It captures the Google Maps Street view of the same set of houses in Detroit from 2009 thru 2015. What a difference 6 years makes.

Writing about the problems of Detroit is not hard, and it is not new. (The post at that link is from 2011.) I have written about the 911 response time, in that city, where it got so bad that citizens stopped bothering. If you have to wait an hour for cops, when you are dealing with a violent encounter, you might want to have a plan aside from “Call 911.”

But back to GooBing Detroit, and one post in particular.

This is a kind of “Powers of Ten” of property tax foreclosure, starting w/ this block of Hazelridge St. Properties in red tax foreclosed between 2002 – 2018, though most (about 135,000 of 180,000) were tax foreclosed 2009 – 2018.

In city of less than 700,000 people, losing that much of your tax base cannot be shrugged off. Though it seems like politicians don’t understand that. (The 2019 estimate I saw was 670,000. YMMV.)

I’ve said before that I think cities are a 19th Century anachronism. People originally moved to places like Detroit because that is where autos were manufactured. People moved to the South Side of Chicago to work in the steel mills, and those mills were huge. People moved to cities because that is where the jobs were.

But those jobs are gone. And while the white collar jobs stayed, and people stayed because of the restaurants and nightlife and shopping even that has been changing. Amazon has killed shopping, and COVID-19 is doing a fine job of killing restaurants, and nightlife. And now that white collar workers can work from home and phone it in, what reason is left to crowd yourself into a high crime city? Or more specifically, a high tax city? Cities have higher taxes for several reasons, but when the amenities/services don’t work out to a good deal, people leave.

Looking at that sequence of images again it strikes me as how fast a neighborhood fell, from being reasonably well-kept to being abandoned and burned to the ground.

“Staggering Amounts of Violence” But Mayor Focused on Recreation

“Safe” isn’t the word I would use. Mayor says Detroit is safe enough to bring back summer recreation programs.

To be fair, he is trying to deal with some fallout from the lockdown, like property tax relief for people who are out of work, but…

But the mayor said the city is still struggling to find a way to stem the staggering amount of violence that erupted this summer. Homicides are up 31% and shootings are up 53%. There have been nearly 400 shootings over the last two months, resulting in 63 deaths. Those figures include three people shot by police — two of whom died after shooting at or pointing a gun at police.

And of course they need to emphasize the 0.75% of shootings that were by police, and – not ignore exactly – the 99.25% of shootings that were not done by cops. Because if we defund the police, all the problems will go away, or something.

So against the backdrop of 400 shootings, the mayor is worried about summer programs for the kids. Somehow I have to think that reducing the number of shootings would be good for everyone, including the kids.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He apparently thought breaking into a home in the middle of the night was a good idea, but he picked the wrong home. Homeowner kills intruder.

Police responded about 2:30 a.m. Thursday to a report of a home invasion in progress in Coloma Township, according to the Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph.
Coloma Township Police Chief Wes Smigielski said the homeowner came outside with his hands up when officers arrived.

The dead-guy was found in the home with a single gunshot wound.

So how would you respond to an uninvited visitor in your home at 2:30 AM?

Self-defense is a human-right.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

crime scene tapeHe thought breaking into a home was a good idea. He was mistaken. Home invasion suspect shot and killed by homeowner, suspect identified.

Police were dispatched to 5500 block of Paw Paw Lake Road around 2:30 a.m. for reports of a home invasion in progress.

While on the way, dispatchers advised police the homeowner possibly shot the intruder, reports said.

Officers arrived and the homeowner came out of the house with his hands in the air.

The police found the would-be bad-guy inside the home. He was dead from a single gunshot wound.

Good Guy With a Gun – Bad Guy With a Gun

crime scene tapeAnd a handful of innocent bystanders. CPL holder fatally shoots man aiming gun at motorists on Michigan highway, police say.

The soon-to-be-dead-guy was standing in the middle of the road, firing a weapon and pointing it at people. Then he pointed at a Concealed Pistol License (CPL) holder.

Preliminary investigation indicates that a 22-year-old resident of Delta Township had been traveling east on Saginaw Highway when he stopped near Brookside Drive. The male standing in the highway then pointed the pistol at him, according to police.

The 22-year-old, a CPL holder, fired his pistol from his vehicle, striking the male, identified as a 26-year-old with a last known address in Walker. Further information will be updated pending next of kin notification

So this is the thing that The Left says NEVER happens. A good guy with a gun stops a crazy person with a gun.

Self-defense is a human-right. (Hat tip to Keep and Bear Arms.)

How Should a Woman Defend Herself?

This guy was breaking into her home at 2:15 in the morning on Sunday. What should she do? What should she do after they “defund” the police? Man shot by homeowner after attempting to break in.

Police say the suspect, a 30-year-old man, was shot by a home owner after attempting to force his way into her home, by breaking her front living room window and the glass of the front door.

Cops took him to the hospital, and then to jail.

In the absence of police, after the Left has disbanded them, should she just shoot until he’s dead, and then dispose of the body? That doesn’t sound right to me. So in the absence of firearms, what should she do? Just revel in her impending victim-status? I would love to hear what the Left has to say on either issue. (Other than the ad hominem attacks I usually get, that is.)

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.)