12 Foot Gator in Harvey Flood Waters

Flood waters around Houston and Southeast Texas are fresh water. That means they’re home to gators. Some of them quite large. Huge Alligator Loose In Harvey Floods, Texas Game Wardens, Troopers Wrangle It – Across Texas, TX Patch

A very big, and by big we mean 12 feet long, and presumably unhappy alligator found higher ground in Hurricane Harvey’s churning floods, and it took a half dozen or so Texas game wardens and troopers to wrangle the displaced reptile so it could be taken back where it belongs.

Still think people are better off not having evacuated? Hazards in the water include alligators (most are smaller than 12 ft!) poisonous snakes, and floating colonies of really pissed off fire ants.


Good Guys 3, Bad Guys 0

Catching up on some non-hurricane-related news. Also from Texas. Friday morning shooting update.

Police respond to a 911 call about a home-invasion in process.

The female caller reported that two men had entered the residence by force and began shooting and the homeowner returned gunfire with a handgun.

She received some cuts when she dove out a window to avoid the situation.

Two of the three would-be bad-guys were arrested at local hospitals where they had gone for treatment of gunshot wounds. The third guy was arrested at his home on an unrelated warrant and a weapons charge. He is supposed to be charged in relation to the home-invasion shortly.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Texans Are Armed, Even During Hurricanes

AS if there isn’t enough going on in Corpus Christi, TX, there are still would-be bad-guys trying to do home invasions. Homeowner shoots intruder as Hurricane Harvey hits, police say – KTVQ.com

A homeowner shot an alleged intruder in Corpus Christi, Texas, just as Hurricane Harvey was making landfall late Friday night, police confirmed to CBS News.

And in the running for the MOST irrelevant fact:

It was unclear if the residence had power Friday night.

What exactly that has to do with anything is beyond me.

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

“It’s the state of Texas, if you’re going to go into someone’s home, you’re going to get shot.”

I think the quote in the title to this post sums things up nicely. HCSO: 60-year-old woman fatally shoots armed intruder near Katy | khou.com

You could also file this under, “Texans are still armed; home invaders still getting shot.”

Detectives say two men actually entered the home uninvited through an open garage door.

They surprised a 60 year-old woman inside.

“Both were armed with pistols,” said HCSO spokesman Thomas Gilliland. “She confronted both suspects and then retrieved a handgun and fired several times at both suspects.”

One guys was dead at the scene, the other ran like a rabbit.

Self-defense is a human-right.

I Thought That Cooperation Was the Key to Safety

Violent criminals don’t stop being violent criminals because you are cowering in fear. Police: Store clerk shot after giving cash to robber in NE Houston | abc13.com

The suspect demanded money, and when he was given the cash, he opened fire on the clerk.

Giving bad guys “what they want” is not a guarantee of safety; it is a strategy for dealing with violent criminals. A strategy that sadly has a lot of flaws.

A gun in the hands of this clerk or in the hands of one of the customers in the store may not have changed the outcome. There are no guarantees in this life.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0

Without the means for armed self-defense, the old and the infirm would be at the mercy of the young and the violent. Elderly homeowner shoots 21-year-old intruder at Red Bird home, Dallas police say | Dallas | Dallas News

You can also file this under, “Texans are still armed.”

So how is an elderly gentleman supposed to react to a 21-year-old threatening him at 1:45 AM, in his own home? I really would like to have someone who hates – or is afraid of – guns explain this to me.

The resident said Facundo was advancing toward him and he shot because he was in fear for his life.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Texans Are Still Armed, And Home-invaders Wearing Only Underwear Still Getting Shot

Residents of the home said it appeared the guy was high on narcotics. Homeowner kills home invasion suspect who wore ‘minimal clothing’ – Houston Chronicle

Law enforcement has such a colorful way of describing things.

The suspect was wearing “minimal clothing,” [Felipe Rivera with the homicide division of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office] added.

So at 2 AM this guy breaks down a door. In Texas. What exactly did he think was going to happen?

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