Not All Infrastructure Has Been Left to Decay

Emsworth Locks and DamsSome is getting the needed maintenance. Army Corps of Engineers gives tour of Emsworth Locks and Dams in advance of major rehabilitation project

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The image is via Wikimedia and The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Click for a larger view and some info about the image.

In this case the project is on the Ohio River. The goal of the USACE was to inspect and reinforce a lock in the Pittsburgh area. Like a lot of the locks on the US Inland Waterway, this one is a Panamax lock. It is 110ft wide by 600ft long. The dam and locks in question were built in 1919 through 1922.

The Corps rebuilt and converted the dam to a gated structure between 1935 and 1938. That raised its pool about seven feet to accommodate more modern barges. Its electrical systems, operating machinery and buildings were upgraded in the 1980s, and the gates were upgraded about six years ago.

Given the age of the lock, the work was extensive.

The chamber walls were reinforced with at least 14 metal struts about 6-foot-tall and at least an inch thick to ensure stability.

See this link for the US Army Corps of Engineers page on the Emsworth Locks and Dam, and see this link for a previous posting on Inland Waterway infrastructure.

Self-defense Is Legal in Pennsylvania

Hand CuffsYou can never be sure in some jurisdictions… DA releases video of Easton shooting where authorities say woman acted in self-defense

Authorities have determined that a woman who opened fire on another woman during an assault in Easton on Aug. 17 did so in self-defense.

The DA moved fairly quickly. It can take prosecutors MONTHS to decide that something was legal self-defense. Though video evidence helps.

The woman who got shot is facing aggravated assault charges.

There will be no charges filed against the woman who opened fire

Because self-defense is a human-right, and in Pennsylvania it just might be your legal right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Philadelphia Following in Chicago’s Footsteps

Violence it on the rise in Philadelphia. I wonder if they will eliminate police to combat non-police violence. Another Violent Night In Philadelphia Leaving Behind ‘Tsunami Of Pain,’ Turning Neighborhoods ‘Into Cemeteries’.

After a night of rampant shootings in the city, leaving a teenager dead, neighbors came out Saturday in an effort to take back their streets.

Community stakeholders knocked on doors and offered support after a 28-year-old man was shot in the stomach while on the front porch.

That’s what they need! A few more choruses of “Kumbaya” will certainly stop the violence! Or maybe not.

And of course they have to blame the inanimate object. It couldn’t possibly be the fault of the gangs, or the people in Philadephia.Another Violent Weekend Continues To Shine Light On Philadelphia’s Gun Violence Crisis. And it really is NOT the fault of the Democratic politicians and their failed policies. It couldn’t be that. At least that is how the media sees it…

Since midnight Saturday, at least 12 people have been shot, two of them killed. All told this weekend, at least 29 people have been shot. Police say five of those who were gunned down were attending a block party in North Philly.

And the “block party” demonstrates the restraint police are showing.

Police responded to what they called a block party going on with as many as 200 people when several men started firing at police. No officers were injured or discharged their weapons.

But even though no police shot, though they were being shot at, all the violence is their fault. Or something.

Yet Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He chose poorly. Home Invasion Incident Leaves Man Dead In Pittsburgh Suburb.

The county 911 line received a call at around 10 p.m. of a shooting in the 100 block of Bellcrest Avenue. According to police, first responders found that the homeowner shot the intruder, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Second City Cop Calls This “The Self-cleaning Oven”

Well I mentioned the Darwin Awards this week already, but we have another winner. Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes.

So apparently there is a coordinated effort to steal and vandalize ATMs in Philadelphia.

At least one young activist wasn’t hard to locate:

A man died while trying to blow up an ATM in North Philadelphia early Tuesday as thieves blew up or stole cash machines across the city

The Stupidity. It can kill you. (And it will hurt, while you die.)

DA’s HATE Self-defense

Because it means you didn’t rely on the State for your personal security. DA: Shooter of 3 teens on SEPTA bus is a Penn security guard.

The security guard’s version of events: Three youths attacked him on a bus, and he shot them in self-defense. They all have leg wounds, not head wounds. You can remember to thank him for that later.

Police found the boys with leg wounds just outside the northbound bus while it was stopped on the 7200 block of Bustleton Avenue in the Castor section.

My guess is that there will be a little-known codicil in the law that makes it illegal to carry concealed on public transportation in Pennsylvania, and they will throw the book at this guy because he didn’t consent to being a victim.

Yet Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Hand CuffsThis guy was especially stupid. Police: Multiple shots fired in home invasion. I mean the people enacting home-invasions are never Mensa candidate, but this guy is not the sharpest tool in the shed.

Those inside the home told police a man, identified as Battle, not known to them entered the rear kitchen door and asked to by a bottle of liquor. One person inside the home was cooking in the kitchen when Battle entered the residence.

When those inside the kitchen told Battle to get out, he pulled a pistol from his waistband and aimed it at a person in the kitchen.

A fight started over the firearm, and while that was going on, someone else in the home shot Battle in the leg. Cops caught up with him at a local hospital.

Battle gave several versions of what happened, including he was “set up” by a woman who told him where he can buy a bottle of liquor, the complaint says.

Battle was charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass and illegal possession of a firearm.

Self-defense is a human-right, and it sounds like the cops in Pennsylvania are going to acknowledge the legal right in this case. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

I’m Shocked – Shocked! – To Discover Criminals Don’t Obey the Law

OK, I’m not that shocked. Philadelphia’s Only Surging Industry.

It seems that the media’s ongoing attempts to downplay the rise in crime in Philadelphia is failing.

2020 is the most dangerous year since 2007, with violent crime up 11 percent, and even during the quarantine, crime is rising.

Though the Philadelphia Inquirer has tried to downplay the spike in crime, statistics show that, even as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds, crime has increased overall, despite a slight dip during the city’s first full week of shutdowns. [SNIP]

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, newly transplanted from Portland, announced that her department—in response to the pandemic—will no longer make arrests for all narcotics offenses; thefts from persons, retail, and autos; burglaries, vandalism, and fraud; and prostitution. In addition, she announced a moratorium on bench-warrant arrests.

While I get that there are reasons to not arrest people during a pandemic, the lack of enforcement isn’t going to make the city safer.

Stupid People Doing Stupid Things

She should pay for damages and go to jail. A grocery store threw out $35,000 in food that a woman intentionally coughed on, sparking coronavirus fears, police said.

The unnamed woman entered small grocery chain Gerrity’s Supermarket in Hanover Township and started coughing on produce, bakery items, meat and other merchandise, chain co-owner Joe Fasula wrote on Facebook.

Staff quickly removed her from the store and called Hanover Township Police, who found her a few hours later and took her into custody, Police Chief Albert Walker told CNN.

It was all a “prank.” Because nothing is so funny in an age when everyone is worried about health and supplies as destroying said supplies by ignoring common sense standards aimed at securing public health.

This woman is “unnamed” at the current time, but I think she should be named. Stupidity needs to be stopped, and I can’t think of a better way than shame.

Self-defense Is Legal in Pennsylvania

I suspected as much. Homeowner cleared in fatal shooting of armed intruder.

The shooting took place about a month ago.

A Pennsylvania homeowner accused of fatally shooting an armed intruder will not face criminal charges, prosecutors said Thursday.

The unidentified shooter was justified because “all necessary elements were met” under the castle doctrine, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin R. Steele said.

A recently passed Castle Doctrine in PA updated/upgraded the right of self-defense.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Police Corporal James O’Connor

End of Watch. Philadelphia police corporal fatally shot serving warrant in Frankford; suspects in custody.

Shortly before 6 a.m. Friday, officers were attempting to serve a warrant on the 1600 block of Bridge Street when they were met with gunfire.

Officials say the corporal was shot in the shoulder above his bulletproof vest when officers entered the home.

He was on the Philadelphia Police force for 23 years. He survived by his wife, and two kids. One of his kids is in the US Air Force; the other is in the Philadelphia Police Department.

Government Meddling in Health Care Markets

It never turns out well when the .gov decides to control a market for goods or services. What happens when you call 911 and no help comes?

Medicare pays ambulances and other medical providers according to a set payment list, said Dom Pascucci, health insurance specialist at the Wexford offices of broker Emerson Reid. [SNIP]

To set its rates, Medicare is surveying a number of ambulance services to determine average costs. Hospitals are required to file cost reports for providing various services. Medicare payments are typically based on a percentage of costs, with hospitals generally receiving 12%.

And you cannot (by law) ask a Medicare recipient to make up the difference between what Medicare pays and what the ambulance ride actually costs. Result: there will be no ambulance (and maybe no EMS) for rural Americans. But then the Democrats want to herd us all into cities anyway. Easier to control that way.

The result is, you are better off taking yourself to the ER. The opening anecdote of the article detailed a 51 minute wait for an ambulance, before the person found their own way to the hospital.

Now some will point fingers all over the place. But if the .gov was never in the business of setting rates (sounds like socialism or communism to me) then maybe we wouldn’t be in this place. We would have other problems, no doubt. (Life is about problems.)

A Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought it was a good idea to break into a home. Man shot, killed after allegedly forcing his way into Montco home.

Responding officers found a 55-year-old man with a gunshot wound inside the home, the DA said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, but his name has not yet been released.

And the neighbors were shocked alarmed to discover that they did in fact live in The Real World™ where crime can, and often does, happen.

WFMZ’s Holly Harrar spoke to neighbors who said they keep to themselves but that the incident is alarming, especially since the road is poorly lit at night time.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

A Legally-owned Gun Stops Crime Spree

He was robbing one establishment after another. Armed robber fatally shot at strip mall in case of self defense, Lehigh County DA says.

“While Mussa was committing that second robbery, the victim of the beverage facility robbery confronted Mussa inside Drake’s Pizza,” Martin says in the release.

The first victim was armed with a legally possessed semiautomatic handgun and shot Mussa as Mussa pointed his gun at the victim and was turning to flee, according to Martin.

The guy who got shot collapsed in the parking lot, and was pronounced dead at a local hospital. So you could file this under “A failure of the Victim-selection process.”

Uber Driver Defends Himself. Will Lose Job

Hand CuffsBecause Uber would prefer that this driver was dead, than that he defend himself. Pittsburgh Police: Uber Driver Shoots After Being Assaulted By 4 Male Passengers.

So he was assaulted by 4 passengers, and defended himself. He then called the cops. They took the guy who was shot (grazing wound to the head) to a local hospital and were able to track down the other 3 in short order.

As for the driver and his job…

Uber says its firearms policy prohibits “riders and their guests, as well as driver and delivery partners, from carrying firearms of any kind while using our app.”

Though they haven’t said he’s banned as a driver, that will surely come next, because guns are bad, even when used for legitimate and legal self-defense. (No one who values the 2nd Amendment should use Uber.)

That’s Not How You Use a Pistol

A pistol is meant to keep the bad-guys beyond arms’ reach. Homeowner Fends Off Home Invader, Police Searching For Intruder.

A homeless guy with a knife breaks into an apartment. A fight breaks out.

The resident struck the intruder in the head with the pistol and accidentally fired off a shot. Hatfield then fled the residence.

Still it got the job done, but if are not 100 percent sure you can’t fire the weapon, then you shouldn’t have one.

Cops know who the homeless guy is, but they are still looking for him.

Self-defense Is Legal in Philadelphia

JusticeAnd the prosecutors hate that. A Philly woman killed the boyfriend who’d threatened to put her ‘in the grave.’ A jury found her not guilty.

“You touch any of my s—,” he wrote, according to text messages read in court, “I guarantee your daughter will be missing two parents, because I’m going to jail and I’m going to put you in the grave.”

An hour later, Roye was dead. Ramseure had shot him five times, then called 911.

And on Thursday, a jury acquitted her on all charges.

The defense attorney gets the last word.

Coard, who in his closing arguments refused to identify Roye as a victim, called the prosecution “an outrage and an injustice,” and a waste of public resources. “Here’s a woman who had the [expletive] beaten out of her, she had a [Protection from Abuse Order], the guy comes into her house and she shoots him with his own gun. Why are we here? If that’s not the Castle Doctrine, what is?”

Self-defense in Philadelphia

So what is the FedEx policy on being armed in your own self-defense? FedEx Driver Pulls His Own Gun, Kills Robber After Being Shot In Stomach.

The 32-year-old driver had just finished making a delivery to a Northeast Philadelphia home Tuesday evening around 7 P.M. when an armed man approached and robbed him. At some point during the encounter, the gunman shot the driver in the abdomen, CBS Philly reported.

The driver then reportedly pulled out his own weapon and fired, then drove himself to a nearby parking lot.

Cops found a guy with gunshot wounds and took him to a local hospital, but he died.

And while self-defense is a human-right, and may even be your legal-right in Pennsylvania, I’m guessing this guy just might lose his job, because employers hate self-defense almost as much as the Left.

Yet Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

And self-defense in Philadelphia, PA? Who knew? Not this guy. Armed robbery suspect shot dead by victim he was trying to rob in West Philadelphia.

Police say the suspect, roughly 25 to 30 years old, was attempting to rob a man who was sitting on the front steps of his home at gunpoint.

The resident had a license to carry and opened fire on the would-be robber. Police said the victim fired the shots in self-defense.

And while I’m no lawyer, I would be surprised to find that you need a concealed carry license to be armed on your own property, even in Pennsylvania.

The would-be bad-guy ran off and collapsed. Cops took him to a local hospital, but he died from his wounds.

Self-defense is a human-right, and it might just be your legal right in Philadelphia. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Two Criminals Charged After Shooting at Homeowner

That’s how this headline should read, but the media hates gun owners so much that they can’t say the 15-yr-old was engaged in a crime when he was shot. Boy, 15, shot at Lancaster city homeowner after attempted burglary, 18 year old also charged: police.

Jaquan Denell Marentez, 15, and Alexis Dariel Colon-Rodriguez, 18, both of Lancaster, tried to break into a home in the 100 block of North Broad Street on Oct. 1, police said in charging documents filed Tuesday.

Marentez is being charged as an adult.

So there’s that.

TL;DR version – when the criminals shot at the homeowner, he returned fire. The 15-yr-old-being-charged-as-an-adult was hit. Cops were still searching for the other guy. Apparently there were finger-prints on the homeowner’s car.

Self-defense is a human-right, and apparently they haven’t managed to turn Pennsylvania into New Jersey. Yet.