Lack of Action on Your Part…

Does Not constitute an emergency on our part. In other words, you could have stopped this, and you did nothing. Feds deny Walz’s request for aid to rebuild after riots.

The federal government has denied Gov. Tim Walz’s request for aid to help rebuild and repair Twin Cities structures that were damaged in the unrest following George Floyd’s death.

Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a “major disaster” for the state of Minnesota in his request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on July 2. More than 1,500 buildings were damaged by fires, looting and vandalism in the days of unrest.

I might feel sorry for Minnesota, and The Twin Cities, but they elected the governor, mayor and city council who combined to let Rome burn.

I hope this means that Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Atlanta and every other city that let the riots run has to figure out how to fix the damage on their own. I certainly don’t want to pay for the insanity that goes on in Chicago. I lived in Chicago and Cook County and Illinois long enough. I left for a damn good reason. Several reasons.

Hat tip to Bustednuckles: Reap What You Sow Assholes, who is enjoying the schadenfreude.

Even more incentive for an already beat down and broke populace to start voting the Commie motherfuckers out of office if they have even two functional synapses to rub together.

Actually the title of this post is from my old IT support days. It’s a paraphrase of “Lack of planning on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part.”

One Neighborhood Leader Planning to Sue Minneapolis Over Defunding The Police

Amid calls to defund the police, there is some sanity. Well and calls for more government, or at least “different” government. ‘Enough is enough’: As gun violence rises in north Minneapolis, neighbors wage a lonely fight.

Minneapolis is falling apart. Calls to 911 regarding gunshots are double what they were last year. And some residents aren’t going to sit around while the city council votes to do away with police.

Feeling under siege from the shootings, Cathy Spann proposed a drastic idea to a group gathered Tuesday in a backyard to discuss the crime at an emergency meeting of the Jordan Area Community Council. They had invited several cops, including Nimlos.

Spann, the council’s executive director, said she was talking to lawyers about suing the city for trying to disband the Police Department without ensuring public safety in violation of her civil and human rights.

Of course the cops have no duty to protect you. People refuse to believe that.

The interviews are with Spann, and “peace activists” and there is much talk of trying to get “the community” to do better. But I don’t see any plans that reach to the core of the problem.

She urged residents to tell their neighbors enough was enough with the gunshots.

“Enough is enough!”

“Turn to your neighbors!”

Yeah, that will work. Tell the people doing all the drive-by shooting to “Just Say No.” Or something equally ineffective. That strategy worked so well for the War on (Some) Drugs™.

So what is “the community” everyone speaks of? The way I remember “community” is that it used to denote families, and houses of worship. Families are such a 1950’s idea. Church or Synagogue? This is the 21st Century in Minneapolis.

“Stupidity is not a federal crime”

Too bad. This guy would be convicted of felony stupidity. Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes.

Matthew Lee Rupert of Galesburg, Illinois is our not-genius.

A man from downstate Galesburg who allegedly appears on video rioting, looting and urging attacks against the police has been hit with what appears to be the first federal criminal charge related to the violence this weekend in Chicago.

Things like that happen when you post video of yourself handing out bombs, encouraging the use of bombs, looting from stores and various other offenses.

Stupidity is not a federal crime, otherwise more Democrats would be in prison, but Rupert’s extreme stupidity — posting evidence of his terrorist spree on Facebook — is worthy of special consideration.

Minneapolis, Anarchy and Media Spin

Anarchy in Minneapolis: Democrats Celebrate Rioters Who Burned Down City

The idea that these criminals were “protesters” or “demonstrators” is an insult to the intelligence of everyone who watched — and the videos were streaming all over Twitter — as thieves and vandals not only destroyed a police precinct station, but looted or damaged some 170 businesses. The media, however, continued promoting the narrative that anyone who condemned the riots was thereby endorsing police brutality. This is what students of logic call the false dilemma fallacy,

Click thru and read the whole thing.

4 Cops Fired in Death of George Floyd

It’s a first step. Must not be the last step. 4 Minneapolis police officers fired following death of George Floyd in police custody.

My only prediction, is that within whatever required time-frame applies, the union will sue to get their jobs back based on the fact that they weren’t given an opportunity to defend themselves. Or something along those lines.

Minnesota and Gun Rights

The linked article is mostly about a surge in concealed carry permits, but also covers 2nd Amendment sanctuary counties, and more gun control. Record number of Minnesotans have permits to carry guns in public.

Permit holder Sarah Cade Hauptman said that carrying a firearm “gives you more options to respond to dangerous situations. It’s all about having a choice and a chance.”

Hauptman, of Maplewood, said she frames her thinking about the law in terms of being a woman and a feminist.

“I view my gun as a tool that gives me parity of force with bigger, stronger or more numerous opponents,” she said. “I have the ability to enforce decisions about my body and my boundaries without depending on others.

Strange to see that in The Star Tribune.

There are the usually hand-wringers/gun-haters and one statement from a cop who admits he was wrong.

Looking back, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie is reassessing his wariness since permit-to-carry in Minnesota became law 17 years ago, back when he was a top St. Paul police administrator and the proposal promoted by the National Rifle Association was under heated debate at the Legislature.

“I was opposed; I just thought it was, I don’t know, scary,” Leslie said last week, referring to the 2001 push to ease restrictions on what was loosely known as conceal-and-carry. “As I have lived through this, I’ve learned it’s been much more freeing for people to have some control back. They want to exercise this right.”

Here’s hoping Minnesota can retain its freedom.

The I-35W Bridge Collapse in 2007

If I’m going to have a series on infrastructure fails, it has to include one that was in the news for weeks or months. Lessons learned from the 35W bridge collapse. In case you were sleeping in the summer of 2007, this happened in Minneapolis.

Why did the bridge collapse? The short answer comes in 2 parts.

  • Parts of the bridge were under-designed. (But it had stood for 50 years as built.)
  • Construction crews getting ready to do work on the bridge placed some of their equipment and supplies on the bridge, exceeding the design-load by a factor of 4

And the only reason they could overload the bridge like that, was because there was no communication with anyone about known problems. So let’s review…

On August 1, 2007, at 6:01 PM, right during rush hour, a span of I-35 through Minneapolis collapsed. 13 people died, and 145 were injured.

I remember reading at the time that bridge inspectors in Minneapolis were constantly harassed by the driving public. Because “Why are you blocking lanes of traffic to inspect the bridge? There is obviously nothing wrong with it.” I wonder if any of the people who died, harassed any of the inspectors. Probably not. (There isn’t that much Justice in the universe.)

“We knew early on that this was a design error,” said Dorgan. “One of our people put it best — in the days after I-35 with the terrible event that happened, that something good has to come out of this. And I think people proceeded on that basis with, let’s take a look at everything we do and see where we can improve.”

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the 35W bridge collapsed because of under-designed gusset plates. But it also pointed to contributing factors, like too much weight from construction materials on the bridge.

Tyler Ley is a professor at Oklahoma State University, and he has a video on the collapse, which is short, at just over 8 minutes, and to the point.

The gusset plates were undersized by about a factor of 2. The gusset plate that failed was showing signs of deformation, or bending, which is an early indication of failure. And a construction crew parked a bunch of weight on the bridge. How much construction materials and vehicles? Estimates are that 580,000 pounds were placed in a 12ft by 115ft section of the bridge. That is 4 times the design load of the bridge. Of course it failed.

Everything needs repair. Everything needs maintenance.

This bridge failed at a place that was KNOWN to be a problem. When a structure starts to bend it is LITERALLY starting to fail. The construction crew overloaded the bridge in that exact spot, because no one reviewed what they were going to do, or at least no one with knowledge of the identified problems. (The bridge had been listed as “structurally deficient” for a long time.)

Breakdowns in communication have a long history, though you usually study them with respect to military defeats. But they are a breakdown of management, and we are refusing to manage our infrastructure. It needs to be repaired. Eventually, it will all need to be replaced.

Solving Murders (Or Not) in Minneapolis

JusticeI’m shocked that things are getting worse for police in a progressive city. As homicides rise in Minneapolis, arrest rate drops.

Minneapolis mirrors a national trend: While homicides and other violent acts have declined for years in most cities, police are solving fewer of those crimes.

There are lots of reasons, but foremost – even in the Star Tribune’s coverage – is that the people no longer cooperate with cops. They put a liberal spin on it, but hey, it’s their city.

Hobbes’ “State of War” Comes to Minneapolis

It isn’t about the weapons used; it is about the breakdown of civilization. 20 Arrested, 18 Charged In Brutal Downtown Minneapolis Robberies.

The attacks were caught on surveillance video, taking place in August. Police say groups of people would target one person, assault them, and often to take their cellphone and wallet. The 18 suspects range in age from 15 to 27.

Because teaching things like “Thou shalt not steal” or “Refrain from taking that which is not given” would be oppressive, or something.

And situational awareness is a factor. (Or is that lack of situational awareness?)

Police said the criminals in the recent cases “finesse” the victim. They search for easy targets, typically someone who is intoxicated, alone, and looking at their phone.

The statements of the “man in the street” brought to mind the quote from The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes. (After the break, because its quite long.) And the fact that once again, Americans in the 21st Century are obsessed with Feeling Safe. Actually being safe, they could probably handle with a concealed carry permit. Or can of pepper spray. Or some situational awareness.

Hat tip to Wirecutter, who says No worries, a jury of their peers will acquit them. And also see the previous posting.

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They Blame Technology When It’s Really Management

What happens when you micromanage people to the nth degree? Minneapolis drops controversial 911 answering software.

They quit.

Management of Minneapolis’s 911 call center spent $730,000 dollars on a system, and training, to take all humanity out of the 911 call center.

ProQA prompts dispatchers to ask specific questions, in a specific order, based on different emergency situations.

Which might be fine if it worked OK.

Sampson-Spande said her two decades of experience often told her to ask different questions, in a different order, than what the software was giving her. And, she worried not following the program would have eventually led to losing her job.

“I felt like I was deciding, do I want to keep my job and be compliant?, Or, do I want to help somebody?, And I don’t feel like I should be in that position,” she said

So she quit. And she wasn’t alone. Turnover has become an issue because who wants to work under those conditions?

And the cops didn’t like it either, but for the simple reason that they were not getting the information they required.

Bob Kroll with the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis said the union also has concerns about ProQA. Kroll said he’s most alarmed by officers arriving at scenes without knowing suspect descriptions because dispatchers haven’t gotten to those questions yet in the line of questioning.

Because why should the management of the 911 center talk to cops about what questions need to be asked in what order? That’s just CRAZY talk. The manager of the 911 center (bet’s on if they were brought in to “fix” something?) knows best. No one else gets any input whatsoever.

They blame technology up one side and down the other, but it is management who bought that software, spent money on training, and held on for two years while things went downhill. (Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.) They do mention an “interim manager” for the 911 center, so maybe they canned whoever had this brainchild.

When you call 911 you are interacting with a system of people and software, radios, computers, etc. Sometimes that system will work well. But when the management sets things up so that people don’t want to (or are unable) to do the job, then things might not work out for you. This could be because the software is awful, the people are untrained, whatever. In this case, the software was clearly awful, and high turnover meant that the people were not experienced. And Minneapolis didn’t meet 911 national standards for answering calls.

Even in a Deep Blue State Like Minnesota…

JusticeSelf-defense is legal. Amazing. Prosecutors: Minneapolis man who fired fatal shots at party in self-defense will not be charged.

He is still charged with “Fleeing police.”

After reviewing the case against 27-year-old Robert Buckner, prosecutors determined that he was acting in self-defense, according to Chuck Laszewski, a spokesman for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

But at least they acknowledge self-defense is a legal right.

Electric Cars, Cold Weather, and Emergencies

Three things that do not do well together. An electric car can’t fully replace a gas-powered car in my world.

So recently I was at a graduation party for the son of a friend. (It was more like 2 parties, one of high-school kids, one of adults.) One of the neighbors had recently purchased a Tesla, and so someone else came up with a Tesla-cold-weather-driving story. After enjoying the schadenfreude, I went on a search for info about Tesla’s performance in cold weather.

Here’s the situation. You are driving to see family. Your young child develops a medical emergency. So you need to divert from your intended destination to an urgent care, then to the local hospital, and then to a regional hospital. Now for part of that time, the kid was traveling by ambulance, but that isn’t the point. The point is, sometimes plans, destinations, and expected driving distances need to change. Without regard for the nearest charging station.

Here’s the meat of the issue.

We can breathlessly talk about driving range, but neither that nor more chargers would have erased my anxiety—the anxiety of a parent who can’t spare extra minutes because his kid needs to get to the hospital.

Other situations where driving distance is an issue… Evacuation ahead of a hurricane in Florida. Evacuation ahead of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. I’m sure you can think of others, while playing along on the home version of “Situations where charging time can be deadly.”

The whole thing is well written, and not terribly long. I encourage you to go read the whole thing. Here is the detailed account of what happened to that family at Christmas, driving to see family.

After further discussion and tests at Allen Hospital, it was clear Seth had intussusception—his intestines had folded onto themselves, and nobody could do the more complicated procedure on a toddler at the small-town hospital. I immediately wanted to go north, back to Minneapolis to get him care from doctors we knew and trusted, or at least head north and go to The Mayo Clinic. From that point, that would’ve asked an electric car to cover at least 339 miles, or at most 446 miles in the dead of Iowa winter. Waterloo, Iowa, isn’t far and has electric-car charging, but waiting at a Level 2 charger to charge over hours, at a trickle, wasn’t an option when every minute counts.

Armed Homeowner Shoots Guy Fleeing Cops

The would-be, bad-guy wasn’t having the best day. Homeowner shoots man in his St. Paul yard who police say fled from stolen car.

He stole a car, and was being chased by police, but was so reckless that the cops lost sight of him. Then there was a 2 car crash involving the stolen vehicle, and the driver ran, right to an armed homeowner’s house. Where he got shot.

A sign visible in the home’s front window reads, “No Trespassing,” and “Violators will be shot. Survivors will be shot again!”

Heh. And he was shot more than once.

They took the guy who got shot to the hospital. They are questioning the homeowner about what happened, but he is not under arrest.

The guy who got shot was wanted on a prior incident of auto theft.

The .gov Loves To Collect Data, Not Protect It

But when one agency has 3 breaches in 1 year, there is something wrong. Minnesota DHS Reports Health Data Breach from 2018 Email Hack.

The latest breach bore similarities to those incidents. On Tuesday, DHS officials notified lawmakers of a third data breach caused by a cyberattack on an employee’s email account on or around March 26, 2018.

This one apparently went undetected for some time, as the other 2 were in June and July of last year.

So you’ve proven unable to protect citizens data. Why should you be allowed access to any data? The breach is over a year old. The investigation ended in February of this year, and they only just started notifying people (and legislators) about it.

The Police Shooting Completely Ignored By the National Media

I guess it doesn’t advance the narrative. Or something. Trial To Begin For Black Officer Who Fatally Shot A White Woman.

Now you could say that it is only that jury-selection has begun, but even a Toronto, Canada news outlet has some coverage. A quick Google search for news stories on the subject of the officer’s name, shows lots of coverage in Minnesota, and some coverage in Australia (the woman shot was Australian), in addition to that Toronto coverage. There were no stories from the US national news media.

On the evening of July 15, 2017, Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman named Justine Damond. Jury selection began today. Minneapolis Public Radio reports, “Seventy-five people, known only by numbers on cards hung around their necks, began filling out juror questionnaires Monday.”

The jurors are being kept anonymous because of threats made against the trial. I guess some people think it isn’t fair if a black cop is on trial for killing a white woman.

News Flash: If You Call 911, Cops Won’t Be There In An Instant

They also seem unclear on the subject of “median response time.” Half the people wait longer than the median. That is a result of the definition of median in the world of statistics. Big gaps in 911 response in Minneapolis.

Now this is a story about a blue city in a blue state, but for all the whining, I want to grab the people who waited so long by the collar and say, “That’s why there is concealed carry.” They will never admit that. And they will never take that much responsibility for their own well-being. They will call 911 and wait to be rescued and hope that the cops get there in time. (Assuming you can call 911 before Bad Things happen.)

Neal Hagberg frantically called 911 last fall near Minnehaha Parkway after two men chased him for several blocks during an attempted carjacking. It took about 12 minutes for officers to arrive. “I felt really vulnerable at the time that it took for them to get to me,” Hagberg said.

And the paper points out that if you live on the edge of the city, the cops are probably closer to the center of the city when they get your call. See the definition of median response time.

A Nationwide Shortage of Firefighters

My Calling 911 series of posts is usually about police, but getting the fire department to my location is also of interest. And rural areas are not usually covered only by professional firefighters. Volunteers are a part of the mix. Or they were.

Impacts rural areas the most. And the impact of regulations is almost swept under the rug. The unanswered call: Locally and nationwide, fire departments struggle to recruit volunteers.

If you can’t get someone to your location for 20 minutes or more, you are going to have trouble in the event of a fire.

Volunteer firefighter certification requires three courses and 144 hours of training time, according to West. The fire courses include a “live burn” in which an abandoned house is set on fire and students must extinguish the flames.

“It can be a tremendous amount of time that a new recruit is going to have to put forward toward that community he’s volunteering for,” West said. “Training requirements today are much different today that they were 10 years ago or 30 years ago. That’s another demand on that person’s time. It’s a struggle to juggle all those balls that person might be throwing up in the air.”

I wonder where all those increased training requirements came from. Now maybe all those requirements make sense, and maybe they only make sense in major cities, or maybe they only make sense to the firefighters’ unions in those major cities. Or perhaps the first training company contracted was owned by the mayor’s/governor’s/whoever’s brother-in-law. It could be any of the above. (I’m from Chicago, remember.) Of course they did mention that a lot of employers won’t let people leave to answer fire calls. So there’s that too.

Self-defense Is Legal In Minnesota

But it took the DA most of a year to admit that. County attorney: Girlfriend acted in self-defense for fatal shooting boyfriend in central Minnesota.

The shooting took place in May of last year. The letter saying charges will not be filed was sent in January. The article (and probably the letter) lists everything done. Witnesses interviewed, evidence obtained, “forensic analysis,” etc. But all that was probably finished by the middle of June. So why so long to decide?

Because prosecutors hate self-defense. Well, Leftist ones do anyway. You should be dependent on the state for absolutely everything.

The Violence of the Left

First, from a few days ago, there is an assault on Shane Mekeland. Minnesota House candidate says he suffered concussion in ‘politically motivated’ attack at restaurant.

This took place Friday, between 9 and 10 p.m.

The alleged attacker was a man who was a “much, much bigger person” who “did not seem dangerous” when he first began to talk to Mekeland about his campaign, the candidate told the Star Tribune. But after some conversation, Mekeland said the stranger made a “typically politically charged statement” that was “in reference to politicians not caring about the middle class.”

A suspect has been identified, although he has not been arrested or charged with a crime at this time, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Then another Republican, Sarah Anderson, was attacked. Alleged Campaign Sign Vandal Accused Of Assaulting State House Rep..

Rep. Sarah Anderson was heading out for a day of campaigning Sunday when she saw a man damaging campaign signs near her Plymouth home.

Oh, and Left is seriously not a mob, or anything.