Collecting quarters for bail money?

I wonder if bail bondsmen take quarters.

A Cary man apparently tested the patience of Wake County magistrates, and one ordered him held on $100,000 bail after being arrested for the second time in two days on charges that he broke into vending machines.

You’d think that a person would keep his nose clean until the most recent arrest had blown over. But no.

Suspect

He doesn’t seem to have that part of the human brain that says “follow the rules.”

He appealed his case to a higher court

There was never any real chance he would get away. He killed both of his parents and during the manhunt he killed a Forest Service officer along with that officer’s K9. They were never going to give up until they caught him and he was never getting out of prison.

The suspect of a double homicide who was killed following a manhunt March 12 in Burke County shot himself in the head as he was confronted by officers and shots were fired, according to new information from the Burke County Sheriff’s Office on Monday.

He’d already made it pretty clear that he had no interest in following the laws of this State. He was a criminal long before he murdered his parents. If fact, they weren’t even the first people he’d ever killed.

Suspect

Good riddance.

Killing in Charlotte

I know this is going to come as a surprise, but there was another murder in Charlotte.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have arrested two men in connection to a murder in north Charlotte that happened Monday afternoon.

So did a Concealed Handgun Permit holder suddenly snap and shoot someone over a parking space dispute?

Suspect 1

Victim

Oh. Nothing to see here. Move along.

The curious case of the kidnapped father

Luke over at Triangle Tactical brings us a discussion of why you should carry a gun at home.

How many times have you heard someone say this? “I don’t carry at home, I live in a good neighborhood” or “I only carry when I’m going somewhere I might need it”

A Wake Forest, NC man was kidnapped from his home 5 days ago, and transported to Atlanta where he was being held in an apartment. This morning he was rescued by FBI agents, and it appears from the article that he’s okay.

The kidnapped man’s daughter works as a Wake County Assistant District Attorney, but there’s no word on whether or not that had anything to do with his kidnapping.

Carry your gun. It’s a lighter burden than regret.

Fraud can get expensive

Stealing from Wal-Mart must be lucrative.

(Suspect), 42, of 3523 Greywood Drive, is accused of conspiring to obtain about $159,000 from Walmart under false pretenses and of possessing more than 30 “counterfeit instruments” used to make fake payroll checks, according to arrest warrants.

That’s a lot of money.

Suspect

But you didn’t expect someone willing to steal on that grand of a scale to be new at this, did you?

“Bateman, Colonel Bateman” is at it again

The Left’s second favorite anti-gun (LT) Colonel (After full bird Colonel Jack Jacobs) is at it again. This time he ventured forth from Firebase (Formerly Great) Britain into the wilds of Suburban AmeriKKKa. And he didn’t like what he saw. (link safe, it goes to Captain’s Journal)

Last month I was traveling, in part with my wife and daughter, and I began to notice something. There were a lot more concealed weapons there than I remember seeing before. Four times in the space of just a few days I noticed men carrying pistols under their shirts, in restaurants, stores, and even in a children’s play area of a shopping mall. This craze, which seems new to me because I have been serving overseas for so long, is taking place not just on the streets or in bars, but in family restaurants and places where we all shop. So that is a part of the solution.

“Four times in the space of just a few days” this desk jockey noticed a concealed carrier. All men, none women.  Let me show you how it looked.

Get Shorty Airport Scene from Adam Fletcher on Vimeo.

There are times where I wish I had a movie (or even a cartoon) production company on hot standby. For your entertainment, here’s my script.

Scene: A restaurant in Suburban AmeriKKKa. It’s crowded, it’s lively, but there’s an undertone of menace.

Characters

  • LTC BATEMAN: In uniform
  • MISS BATEMAN: His Daughter
  • MRS BATEMAN: His Wife
  • HOSTESS
  • YOUNG BOY
  • BABY
  • DINERS

 

LT COLONEL BATEMAN (From Behind): (In a BAD British accent) (to perky hostess) I’d like a table for three please.

HOSTESS: What name, please?

LTC B: (from front) (like James Bond) Bateman, Colonel Bateman

The camera pans upward from his shiny boots to his face and we see a flash of all his medals.

YOUNG BOY: (In awe) Are you a Soldier?

LTC B: Yes, I’m a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army

YOUNG BOY: Can I see your medals? What’s this one.

YOUNG BOY points to a Bolo Badge with 4 ladders below it

LTC B: That’s my Power Point Badge. See, it has 4 levels. “Indian Burn, Minor Injury, Serious Injury, and Death!”

YOUNG BOY: Wow!

The undertone of menace grows a bit. LTC B stands and addresses the hostess.

LTC B: (To HOSTESS) I didn’t see a “no guns allowed” sign on the door

HOSTESS: Why would we put one up? It wouldn’t stop the criminals. They’d just ignore it.

The undertone of menace becomes the dominant theme, LTC B looks around the room, seeing bulges everywhere, in all sorts of unlikely places. It’s the first 40 seconds of the above scene from Get Shorty.

The final shot “gun” is a nickel plated Baretta 92FS in the hands of a 3 year old in a high chair. He’s holding it upside down by the barrel and the handgrip, with the trigger guard towards his mouth. His mouth has peanut butter and jelly on it.

LTC B: ARRGH!

LTC B reenacts the Elias death scene from Platoon right there on the floor of the restaurant. We look over his shoulder to see that the “Gun” is actually the remains of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that the child is eating.

YOUNG BOY: Does your dad have PTSD from being “in the shit?”

MISS BATEMAN: Naw, he got it from playing Call of Duty for 6 months while deployed to England.

Scene shifts to a mental hospital. LTC B is fingerpainting.

DOCTOR A: I told you that he wasn’t ready to be released

MRS BATEMAN: You were right, doctor.

SCENE.

Anyone want to make this?

Killing a police officer

The anti-gunners are always telling us that more guns equals more crime. That letting ordinary citizens carry guns will lead to police officers getting killed. So why aren’t they jumping up and down promoting this?

Authorities say a New Bern police officer shot in the face during a foot chase and shootout has died.

When all was said and done, one officer was mortally wounded, another wounded but will recover, and the suspect dead. Is this what happens when ordinary citizens, hyped up on anti-government tea party rhetoric, turn insurrectionist?

Suspect

Or is it what happens when criminals treat officers with the same complete lack of respect they treat laws?

How serious are we?

The organized gay Left collected a scalp a few days ago when the took down Mozilla CEO and co-founder Brendan Eich for giving $1000 to backers of a, depending on how you view it, “Traditional Marriage” or “Anti-Gay Marriage” ballot proposition in California. Proposition 8 passed quite handily, but was later overturned.

It is neither here nor there what you or I think of this particular issue. My views on “Gay Marriage” are tolerably well known. What is important is that the Left has told us that they believe that driving a person out of his own company for financially supporting a cause is a legitimate method of winning a political argument. The hoary old cliché often misattributed to Voltaire, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it!” has gone by the board. It is now “Say what you like, but if you say it publicly, give our enemies money, or refuse to bake us a wedding cake, we will destroy you.”

I think there are some lessons to be learned here.

Modern “Campaign Finance Reform” forces you to publicly proclaim all of your campaign donations. This was originally supposed to discipline politicians, but in reality is only good for finding and attacking people who participate in the political process. Does anyone imagine that politicians really care if you disapprove of their donors?

This act of rage will not likely harm this particular person. He’s got money and can survive. How many people will now refuse to give money to a political campaign if half a dozen years later they face the possibility of losing their job? The victim here is not the target. In the formulation attributed to Sun Tzu, he is just the one who was killed to frighten the one thousand. He was taken down so the thousands of others will close their checkbooks and shut their mouths so that the Left doesn’t wreck their lives.

What goes around, comes around. When you proclaim that a tactic is valid by using it against your enemies, you can’t exactly complain when it’s used against you. The old military joke was “Tracers work both ways.”

Are Donations to Brady Campaign, CSGV, MAIG, Moms Demand Action, etc. publicly available? How can we get those records? Who’s life can we ruin?

We people who believe in personal responsibility, personal liberty, limited and Constitutional government, and freedom are either going to adopt the tactics of our enemies or we are going to let them win. They have decided that we are subhuman. We can be punished by public campaigns to take our jobs. We can be attacked in a complicit media that will gleefully publish any possible negative information about us that government employees dig up.

Our choice is clear. It’s either Mutual Assured Destruction, or surrender. It’s time to identify some anti-gun campaign cash donors and take their jobs away. We can’t hit Michael Bloomberg. He’s rich and funding it himself. We can’t hit his employees in Moms Demand Action Against Guns. But we can find someone who gave them money and make his or her life hell. And I strongly suggest some other conservatives and libertarians identify some targets as well.

It’s either that or we just go ahead and surrender now.

Getting stabby in Charlotte

More non-random violence between people who “knew each other.”

Police were called to the scene of a stabbing at Rozzelles Ferry and the 1700 block of West Trade Street on Thursday night.

They found one victim, who was taken to Carolinas Medical Center with life-threatening injuries from a stab wound, around 6:15 p.m.

Was it a citizen who was “law abiding until he wasn’t?”

Suspect

I guess not.

Quality time with some good books

I spend a lot of time in the car. I drive from location to location and do inspections of a nature I will not reveal for a company that will remain nameless out of respect for their undoubted desire to remain out of my political activities. I will go so far as to say that I work for an insurance company and leave it at that.

In any case, I’ve been driving a great deal since I started the job over 7 years ago and it’s only just occurred to me that perhaps listening to Pandora Radio (and Sirius Satellite Radio before that) all day long isn’t making me any smarter. A working knowledge of music that can be loosely categorized as Electronic Dance Music has helped me to catch the cultural reference during an episode of the really great TV show Grimm, but I have a feeling that if I just read a few of the more well known books I might at least feel a bit smarter for all the time invested.

For very good reason, the NC State Troopers frown on reading actual books while driving so I’ve turned to the Wake County Library’s extensive audiobook collection. And by “very extensive,” I mean “I didn’t know that many audiobooks existed, let alone in one easily searched, easily ordered, conveniently located place.” And that’s just the ones on physical audio CDs. They have more that are downloadable.

When I received my new company car, I found that Chevrolet had kindly installed a USB port that allowed me to connect a flash drive to the radio. Neat! I already had ripped most of Harry Potter, so I put it on a flash drive and I listened to it again, all the way to Book 4. Then I discovered the Aubrey-Maturin novels. These books were the basis for the Russell Crowe movie, Master and Commander: Far Side of the World. The books, not surprisingly, are even better than the movie. I am working my way through them at a prodigious pace. I’ve read the books up to book 13 and I just finished listening to book 10. I cannot recommend them highly enough. This leaves me with a serious problem. I’ll be done with book 20, and the series, in just a month or two. Then what? What should I listen to then?

I’ve combined one of the online “100 books to read before you die a horrible death because some idiot wasn’t paying attention during his morning commute” lists with the Wake County Public Library’s helpful online card catalog (we can still call it that even though the cards are virtual, right?) and I’ve developed the following list of books to borrow and listen to. This list is alphabetical by author’s last name.

Title Author
Watership Down Adams, Richard
Little women Alcott, Louisa May
Pride and prejudice Austen, Jane
Sense and sensibility Austen, Jane
Persuasion Austen, Jane
Emma Austen, Jane
Jane Eyre Bronte, Charlotte
Wuthering Heights Brontë, Emily
Captain Vorpatril’s alliance Bujold, Lois McMaster
The secret garden Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Ender’s Game Card, Orson Scott
Alice’s adventures in Wonderland Carroll, Lewis
The Canterbury tales Chaucer, Geoffrey
Heart of darkness Conrad, Joseph
Charlie and the chocolate factory Dahl, Roald
Robinson Crusoe Defoe, Daniel
Minority report and other stories Dick, Philip K
A Christmas carol Dickens, Charles
A tale of two cities Dickens, Charles
Great expectations Dickens, Charles
Oliver Twist Dickens, Charles
Crime and punishment Dostoyevsky, Fyodor
The adventures of Sherlock Holmes Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir
Rebecca Du Maurier, Daphne, Dame
The Count of Monte Cristo Dumas, Alexandre
The sound and the fury Faulkner, William
Tender is the night Fitzgerald, F. Scott
Madame Bovary Flaubert, Gustave
Memoirs of a geisha Golden, Arthur
Lord of the flies Golding, William
The wind in the willows Grahame, Kenneth
Tess of the D’Urbervilles Hardy, Thomas
The return of the native Hardy, Thomas
The scarlet letter Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Catch-22 Heller, Joseph
Dune Herbert, Frank
The wailing wind Hillerman, Tony
The Odyssey Homer
The Iliad Homer
The remains of the day Ishiguro, Kazuo
A portrait of the artist as a young man Joyce, James
Ulysses Joyce, James
On the road Kerouac, Jack
To kill a mockingbird Lee, Harper
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe Lewis, C. S
Prince Caspian Lewis, C. S
The horse and his boy Lewis, C. S
The last battle Lewis, C. S
The magician’s nephew Lewis, C. S
The silver chair Lewis, C. S
The voyage of the Dawn Treader Lewis, C. S
The call of the wild London, Jack
The prince Machiavelli, Niccolò
Life of Pi Martel, Yann
Atonement McEwan, Ian
Moby Dick Melville, Herman
Cloud atlas Mitchell, David
Anne of Green Gables Montgomery, L. M.
Lolita Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich
The time traveler’s wife Niffenegger, Audrey
1984 Orwell, George
Animal farm Orwell, George
Frankenstein Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
A town like Alice Shute, Nevil, 1899-1960
Of mice and men Steinbeck, John
The grapes of wrath Steinbeck, John
Dracula Stoker, Bram
Gulliver’s travels Swift, Jonathan
The hobbit Tolkien, J. R. R.
Anna Karenina Tolstoy, Leo, graf
The time machine Wells, H. G.
Charlotte’s web White, E. B.

I am surprised by the number of books on this list that I have never read.

Any suggestions? Did I miss any that you think I should add? Are there any that I should avoid like the plague?