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But How Will They Go Home at the End of Their Shift?

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/20/federal-court-ruling-guts-police-ability-to-use-guns/

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Seattle police can only use force “proportional” to the threat they face, seriously damaging the Seattle Police Department’s ability to use firearms.

The ruling from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the use of force reforms put in place by federal mandates under the Obama administration that required police to use only “objectively reasonable force, proportional to the threat or urgency of the situation,” the Associated Press reports. The unanimous ruling strikes down a lawsuit filed by a group of more than 120 Seattle officers in 2014 who claimed that the strict reforms infringe on an officer’s right to self defense and the Second Amendment.

“The City of Seattle has a significant interest in regulating the use of department-issued firearms by its police officers,” Judge William Hayes wrote, adding that the policy “did not impose a substantial burden on plaintiffs’ right to use a firearm.”

Blog-brother Jeffersonian regularly asks of the police “What order would you not obey?”

Here’s your answer, Jeff

Fun Week

Monday, September 18th, 2017

So, yeah, hurricane Irma. She came for a visit on the 10th. Didn’t stay very long, but left a total mess behind. The internet stopped working about 2035, and the power went out at 2106. Of course I was sitting in front of this very computer, so I know exactly what time this all went down.

One of the first things I bought when I moved down here in 2006 was a fairly good sized generator: 13.5 kW peak, 8 kW sustained output, which is far more capable than what I needed. Being a curmudgeon has certain benefits, you know.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Florida, south of about Orlando is the Tropics, at least weather-wise. We have two seasons: a hot, wet Summer and a cool, dry Winter. The change happens mid-October and mid-April. This being only September it was a balmy 92-94 degrees all week. Talk about fun times.

I had guessed that the power would be out for only a short time, and had stocked that amount of gas. Then I found out that the storm had done such damage that we’d be out of electricity for about a week. Swell. So we had to go out and sit in hours-long lines to refill the gas cans. There was plenty of gasoline around, the problem was there wasn’t any juice to run the pumps. It took a few days for the County to coordinate getting gennys to the various gas stations to get them up and running. Fortunately, I didn’t lose any food, although I noticed tonight that there were a couple of packages that got frozen together, so it was close. By the end of the week things were operating smoothly, but Wednesday was a bear getting fuel.

A giant branch came off one of the oaks and tore a foot-square chunk out of the eave, but not into the house itself. Another oak from the neighbor’s yard came down onto the garage roof, snapping beams and rafters like matchsticks. That’s gonna cost a bit to fix. Thankfully there’s insurance for that. The looming problem there is that the garage/workshop had gotten a severe termite infestation which we took care of last summer, so everything is shot full of bore holes. It’s not gonna make much sense to hang a new roof on a basically rotten structure, so I’m hoping I can talk the adjustor into writing off the whole thing and build new.

The neighborhood was safe and quiet. This is a Southern high-trust area, and we’re all armed to the teeth, so there weren’t any break-ins or other such nonsense. The local radio station had some moron crawl under their van and stick a Phillips screwdriver into the gas tank to take the fuel. There were a couple (like, literally two) curfew violations, and that’s about it crime-wise. No looting, no rioting, nothing.

The other neighbor had one of her trees come down and block the driveway. I had had the sense of parking the car up close to the house so it wasn’t touched. Anyway, she had one of her nephews come over with a chainsaw and he cut most of it up sufficient to let us get the car out and on the road.

The big mango tree had a big branch break off, but the tree itself came through fine. I also lost one of my bananas, but the other guys are doing fine. Jalapenos and pineapple are all OK. In fact, I was taking pictures of the storage shed for the insurance and found two pineapple plants that I didn’t know about growing back there, so it looks like I’ll be getting a second crop of six of the guys in about a month-and-a-half or so.

The cats managed to get out. FloCat, who is about elebenty, stayed on the back deck. The young Lord, on the other hand, thought that this was the bestest thing ever and refused to come inside until Saturday night because he was hungry. I had been patching stuff up, but hadn’t yet gotten to one of the screen doors, so they all staged a break-out again last night. It was threatening to rain as the sun went down tonight, so they all decided that watching the rain from the nice dry inside was a good plan, so they’re all back inside. I, of course repaired that door, so when the brain trust decided that it wasn’t going to rain they couldn’t escape. Deathwalker (who is sacked out next to me right now) was particularly miffed about that. He’ll get over it.

The power came back on about 9AM Saturday, and THE ALMIGHTY INTERNETS returned about 2:00 yesterday (Sunday). It was glorious sleeping in the air conditioning, especially after 5.5 days of doing without. I’m still catching up on all the stuff I missed, and I see that the world didn’t descend into too much chaos while I wasn’t able to see.

So that was my week. Fun times, fun times.

More Collusion

Friday, September 8th, 2017

The other day (http://seeemilyplay.therealgunguys.com/?p=6202), I wrote about the guy who got shot by a cop. Not that such a thing is terribly unusual, but because the guy didn’t want his attempted murderer to face any real consequences.

Today, there’s this:

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170902/16525438145/police-chief-says-hell-decide-who-is-isnt-real-journalist.shtml

Sheboygan’s Police Chief, Chris Domagalski, corrects errors in a story circulating on social media this week, accusing his department of withholding information from the community. The story involved the arrest of a Sheboygan man facing several felony drug charges, resisting arrest, and biting an officer at Erie and North 14th Street.

[…]

Domagalski, armed with facts, and the law, spoke out about the accusations, encouraging the community to be very careful about where they get their news – saying “Because you have a website and a facebook page, does not make you a journalist. When you engage in repeated unethical conduct, your character is revealed, and people should weigh that in their decision about whether they rely on you for news.”

The guy might have a point. We’ve seen the Zimmerman/Martin thing, the thing in Missouri, the nonsense in Baltimore, the list is nearly endless when somebody with an axe or two to grind takes an incident and blows it out of proportion.

But that’s not what caught my eye. This is:

Unfortunately, the writer for WHBL Radio seems inclined to consider only those who show tons of deference to police officials to be real journalists. Those that question the actions and motives of government entities are nothing more than non-journalist interlopers.

Some of that sentiment can be picked up in the first sentence of the second quoted paragraph:

Domagalski, armed with facts, and the law…

That’s some credible stenography right there. Then again, someone without even a Facebook page or a website could have transcribed Domagalski’s statement without pausing to infer the chief was wholly in the right.

There’s more, though.

(…)

Apparently, people employed by WHBL will also be determining who is or isn’t a “credible journalist.” Defined in these surrounding terms, it will be those who publish whatever the PD provides, even if it appears to contradict what has been captured on video or gleaned from public records.

Just remember that if you dare to point out something fishy, you’re the problem.

Still Not the Flying Car I was Promised

Friday, September 8th, 2017

But interesting anyway:

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/09/tesla-semi-truck-will-be-70-cheaper-to-operate-but-have-only-regional-truck-range.html

* Tesla Semi will have a range of 200-300 miles – primarily to support regional trucking routes.
* Tesla Semi potentially being up to 70% cheaper to operate than a regular truck

What I expect to see are a few of these batteries stacked by regular delivery points: the truck arrives, and while the cargo is being unloaded, the depleted battery is swapped out for one that’s already charged. The used battery is plugged in so it will be ready for the next guy.

As you can see, these are relatively short range things, so I’d expect some limited price drops in your local WalMart because it’ll cost less to get the stuff from the distribution center to your local Wally World.

I’m still waiting on the flying car. Don’t think I’m gonna let that go.

This Is What I Mean

Friday, September 8th, 2017

…when I talk about taking politicians out and hanging them, if for no other reason than pour encourager des autres:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-storm-irma-virginislands-insurance/u-s-virgin-islands-spent-money-intended-to-help-after-hurricanes-idUSKCN1BH38I

The U.S. Virgin Islands for years redirected money intended to help pay insurance claims after large disasters for other needs, raising the vulnerability of residents as Hurricane Irma ravishes the territory.

During years of yawning budget deficits, the U.S. protectorate tapped the V.I. Insurance Guaranty Fund to pay for other public services, according to government financial records reviewed by Reuters. Since 2007, nearly $200 million was transferred from the fund, including $45 million in fiscal 2011.

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In 2012, government leaders reduced the minimum balance of its insurance guaranty fund to $10 million from $50 million. The fund earns about $16 million annually in revenue.

For those of you who have trouble with that math stuff, that’s a reduction of 80%.

Please recall that the major industry on those islands is tourism. No tourists, no inflow of cash. Would you care to wager where most of the money on hand is going to be spent? Yep, towards the hotels and resorts that the USVI depends on. You know who’s getting the short end of the stick? The people who actually keep those hotels and resorts running: the maids, cooks, valets, etc. Of course they’ll be expected to show up and work, never mind that when their day is done, they can look forward to sleeping in a tent.

Hoon!

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

https://rmrbullets.com/shop/bullets-for-reloading/9mm-124-gr-rmr-fmj-flat-nose-mhi-hurrican-relief-10-of-sales-goes-to-houston-food-bank/

9mm 124 Gr. RMR FMJ Flat Nose *MHI Hurricane Relief* ***10% of sales goes to Houston Food Bank***

Not only that, but the nose of the bullets have the Monster Hunter logo on them!

Guns!

Sci-Fi!

Squee!

Opening a Second Front

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/germany-should-pay-poland-1-trillion-reparations-world-war-ii-government-a7929561.html

Germany should consider paying Poland as much as $1 trillion in World War II reparations, according to the Polish foreign minister.

Poland’s foreign minister Witold Waszczykowski told local radio station RMF that “serious talks” were needed with Germany to “find a way to deal with the fact that German-Polish relations are overshadowed by the German aggression of 1939 and unresolved post-war issues.”

Critics of the government say they are talking about reparations to divert attention from their nationalistic agenda.

That might be true, but here’s another take: Poland (along with much of eastern Europe) has been fighting tooth and nail against the German-led plan to let millions of “refugees” in. So far, there’s been a lot of hollering back and forth. This could be a way of taking advantage of the German’s guilt over WW2 in order to get Berlin to back off on their immigration demands. Of course I’m just guessing here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I heard later that this was the real reason that this is being broached now.

And it’s not as though the Poles don’t have an argument on this one.

You First

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/09/lilium-raises-90-million-for-flying-electric-taxi-that-is-targeting-commercial-operation-in-2025.html

Lilium raised $90 million (Tencent led the round) which will be used for the development of the five-seat Lilium Jet that will fly commercially. Lilium will grow their current team of more than 70. In April they achieved a world first when the full size prototype successfully performed its most complicated manoeuver – transitioning between hover mode and horizontal flight.

In April, Lilium announced a world-first test flight of its all electric, two-seater, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) prototype. Lilium expects the first functional crewed jet to take off in 2019, and the on-demand feature to go live in 2025.

The five-seat all-electric will have vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL). The funding will shift Lilium into accelerated development mode, bringing the company’s vision of ubiquitous and affordable zero-emissions air taxis – summoned at the tap of a smartphone – closer to realization.

The jet requires no significant infrastructure and they will be able to bring high speed transportation services to small cities and villages as well as large city centres for the first time.

The Lilium Jet will be able to travel at up to 300 km per hour for one hour on a single charge – meaning an example 19 km journey from Manhattan to JFK Airport could last as little as five minutes. The jet’s economy and efficiency means flights are predicted to cost less than the same journey in a normal road taxi.

Yeah, no. Aside from the limited amounts of energy that batteries can hold these days, has anyone thought about a lightning strike mid-flight? I think I’ll let others try this out first.

German Humor

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

So, there’s this:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-09-05/christians-feel-discriminated-against-after-lidl-airbrushes-crosses-packaging

According to the Telegraph, customers of budget supermarket Lidl have expressed outrage after the company airbrushed Christian symbols from packaging of its “Eridanous”-branded Greek-food line, which featured images of the Anastasis Church in Santorini, Greece, in order to remain “religiously neutral,” as the company claimed.

Pretty typical PC crap, and no, that’s not the rare German sense of humor showing itself. Let’s see about this part:

“We have been selling our highly popular Eridanous own-label range in Lidl stores across Europe for over 10 years now, and in that time the design of the packaging has been through a number of updates.

“We are extremely sorry for any offence caused by the most recent artwork and would like to reassure our customers that this is not an intentional statement. In light of this we will ensure that all feedback is taken into consideration when redesigning future packaging.”

Nope, not yet.

“‘Our intention has never been to shock,” said the supermarket’s spokesman.

“We avoid the use of religious symbols on our packaging to maintain neutrality in all religions.

‘If it has been perceived differently, we apologize to those who may have been shocked.’”

In other words, we’re sorry you’re pissed. That right there is some Teutonic trolling.

Fat Kid Update

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

https://www.extremetech.com/extreme/254990-south-korea-request-nuclear-deployments-us-north-korea-test-weapons

South Korea’s defense minister has stated it would be worth considering redeploying nuclear weapons to the Korean peninsula, 26 years after those missiles were originally removed. Song Young-moo spoke to Secretary of Defense Mattis on the worsening situation between North and South Korea. The North’s renewed nuclear testing on Sunday resulted in a blast that was significantly stronger than what we’ve seen previously, though exactly how much stronger remains open to debate.

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“I told him that it would be good for strategic assets to be sent regularly to the Korean Peninsula and that some South Korean lawmakers and media are strongly pushing for tactical nuclear weapons [to be redeployed],” Song told a parliamentary hearing on North Korea’s nuclear test, as reported by The Washington Post. Mattis’ response, if any, was not given.

(Yeah, I saw the article in the WaPo. Bad enough that I gave them a click, but I’ll be damned if I encourage any of you to do the same, hence the provided link.)

How about that? Isn’t it funny how the holier-than-thou attitude about nukes changes when there’s a madman who threatens nuclear fire nearly every day, and whose army is a mere 35 miles away from Seoul? Well, better late then never (or after it’s too late) I suppose.

And in related news, there’s this:

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Pyongyang-provocation/North-Korea-threat-prompts-Japan-evacuation-preparations

TOKYO — As tensions on the Korean Peninsula reach new heights with Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test, Japan is planning for a possible mass evacuation of the nearly 60,000 Japanese citizens currently living in or visiting South Korea.

“There is a possibility of further provocations,” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said at a Monday meeting with ruling coalition lawmakers. “We need to remain extremely vigilant and do everything we can to ensure the safety of our people.”

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There are currently about 38,000 long-term Japanese residents in South Korea, as well as another 19,000 or so tourists and other short-term travelers. “If the U.S. decided on a military strike against the North, the Japanese government would start moving toward an evacuation on its own accord regardless of whether the American plans are public,” a Japanese government source said.

Tokyo is working on a four-tier emergency plan based on the severity of the situation: discouraging unessential travel to South Korea, discouraging all travel to South Korea, urging Japanese citizens there to evacuate, and finally, urging them to shelter in place.

Whereas any plan to protect their citizens is an extremely good idea, I can see one immediate, glaring problem: the Norks might prohibit their citizens from outside contact, the rulers certainly don’t prohibit themselves, and any sort of call for people to get out of Korea will certainly result in pushing the Norks into military action. No, I don’t have a better plan, but whatever is decided had better be ready to go before Tokyo calls for their citizens to leave Korea.