Monthly Archives: January 2013

No it didn’t

There is a glaring error in this statement.

A 34-year-old man died after an Amtrak train crashed into his car early this morning.

The train did not “crash into his car.” Trains are unable to steer. They follow those little metal rails, never deviating from their assigned paths for any reason. The guy died because he drove his car around the crossing guard into the path of an oncoming train.

The train didn’t crash into him. He crashed into the train.

He didn’t even make it off parole

No details about why this happened yet.

A Fayetteville police officer shot and killed a man during a traffic stop this morning off Morganton Road in the Haymount neighborhood. 

 But they have released his name.

Suspect

He spent 4 years and 4 months in prison for assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, plus burglary and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He only got paroled in August of last year. His parole should have lasted until May. He’s even been arrested this year.

(Suspect) was arrested Jan. 18 after being served with warrants on four misdemeanor charges, including assault on a female, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, injury to property and vandalism, MacRoberts said.

I don’t think anyone will miss him.

She’s not a hero

One of the blogs I read is not political at all. It’s the personal blog of a friend of mine that I know from a historical re-enactment group. A couple of days ago she had to call 911 for a house fire.

“Crap.” I thought. I banged on the door again and yelled, “Your HOUSE is on fire!” I went back to the car, to find something to possibly break a window with, so I could let the dog out before the fire got to the house. Just as I got to my car, the homeowner poked her head out of the door, looking sleepy and confused.

I yelled, “Your house is on fire! You need to get your dog and get out!” She started to come out, and I yelled, “Call your dog!” She ducked back inside, and I could have kicked myself. Never let someone go back into a building that’s on fire. Cardinal rule of fire safety. The fire was just starting to go after the carport, so I didn’t immediately yell at her to come back. She came out again within the three minute mark of me going to yell at her again, with a large tabby and a little bichon frise-looking puppy the size of a chihuahua.

My friend stopped, turned around to verify what she saw, called 911, beat on the door, roused the neighbor, put the neighbor and cat and dog in her car, and waited while the fire department extinguished the fire. Yet she’s not a “hero.”

I got a deluge of “WOW YOU’RE A HERO!” I got really upset. Because what I did was not heroic.

It’s close enough for me. You don’t have to risk your life being Johnny-on-the-Spot. You’ve just got to do the right thing when confronted.

Why don’t you click over, read the whole story, and say thanks for being an awesome neighbor.

Burning the truck, keeping the guns

She’s in a lot of trouble.

In the latest round of charges in arrest warrants served on (Suspect) at the Wake County Detention Center, where she was being held, deputies accused her of breaking into a home on Lahoya Farm Road in the Knightdale portion of the county on Dec. 1 and stealing a bow, a computer, cash, jewelry and seven rifles, including a .50-caliber, muzzle-loading, black-powder gun.

One warrant charged that she stole a 2005 Ford F250 pickup, and another accused her of burning it.

Oh, no, not the dreaded .50-caliber, muzzle-loading, black powder gun!!!

Suspect

Like you’d imagine, the sort of person who would pull a stunt like this has broken the law before.

Another that should have still been in prison

Why do we let people out of prison? Wouldn’t it be nice if we could identify the people who would never reform and just lock them away forever?

A 37-year-old man has been charged in connection with two sexual assaults that took place here early last year.

Here’s where it gets strange

Suspect

He is currently showing an inmates status of “active.” That means he’s currently in prison. He got his parole revoked in August 2012. They matched DNA evidence to a Greensboro sexual assault from December 2011. He only got paroled in August 2011.

I think we’ve identified someone who will never reform. Sadly the Supreme Court has ruled the death penalty off limits for rapists.

Laws don’t protect me

Has it ever occurred to you that the laws don’t protect the law-abiding? The honest man or woman has no need of laws. I’m not talking about the organizational rules. We all need to know to drive on the right side of the road and to come to a stop when we see the red octagonal sign. I’m talking about criminal law.

I’m not going to kill someone without reasonable justification. That has nothing to do with what the law says. That has to do with the fact that it’s immoral to kill someone without having reasonable justification. The punishment could be instant death or it could be a $20 fine, I’m still not going to be a murderer.

The sort of people who will kill others without a reasonable justification aren’t going to be dissuaded by a law either. There are a small few who might be put off by the chance of serious punishment, but as we’ve seen, something like 2/3rds of all killers have previous criminal records. These are people who don’t really care what the law says. They break all the laws, so the law against murder really isn’t something they care about.

So what is the purpose of law? The gun control wackos screech that our argument, “criminals won’t obey gun laws” is just advocating “anarchism.” We keep telling them that only the law-abiding follow the laws, so more laws that limit only the law-abiding only make the law-abiding less able to defend themselves. So if the law won’t stop criminals from doing bad things, what is it good for?

The law isn’t to stop criminals from killing people. It’s to stop you and me from killing criminals.

The shift from weregild or private revenge to punishment by the state no doubt represents an important social advance. But it ought to be thought of as a bargain, with the state standing in for the Lord and saying to the victim and his family, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” That bargain, once made, must be kept. Otherwise we have the opening scene of The Godfather, where the undertaker goes to Don Corleone for the vengeance the state has failed to provide.

What we’ve done in our civilized society is trade our natural right to private vengeance for public justice. We accept that we do not track down and kill criminals ourselves, and that the government accepts responsibility to track them down and administer justice to them.

There are several reasons why this is a good idea. First, just from an efficiency standpoint, dropping your whole life, learning how to identify and track down the one who wronged you, and  revenging yourself on him is a waste of resources. Much more efficient to support a corps of people trained in this sort of thing. Secondly, by removing the personal element and allowing non-involved strangers to do the work we expect justice that is impartial. Angry family members are not noted for carefully weighing evidence before shooting or hanging suspects. It is never justice when an innocent person pays the price for a criminal’s actions. Thirdly, and most importantly, when justice is publicly applied, it is far less likely to end in some sort of blood feud. Endless tit-for-tat revenge killings don’t make for justice nor do they offer a stable environment for a society to prosper. If you don’t believe me, go to Somalia and ask around.

When we say that more gun laws will not affect criminals, we are simply stating the facts. Gun laws are anything from an inconvenience to an outright abridgement of our rights. They prevent us from purchasing, owning, and using firearms while doing nothing to stop the criminals. This isn’t an argument for getting rid of every law. “More law” does not equal “better law.”

Laws protect the law-breaker, not the law abider. No amount of law will prevent a criminal or crazy from raping, robbing, or murdering. It will prevent me from personally exacting “justice” upon those people. It will guide how I respond to a person who commits those crimes, but it won’t stop them from being committed in the first place.

I get a kick out of those fools who try to undermine our entire system of government by ignoring the Constitution. The Second Amendment is clear. I, being part of “the people” have a right to keep and bear arms, which “shall not be infringed.” Trying to infringe it makes you an enemy of the Constitution. Most importantly, it means that your actions are not the legitimate actions of a legitimate government chartered by that Constitution.

What kind of person seriously thinks that the answer is ever more laws on the citizens by a government unmoored by that government’s founding document? More laws for me and none for them?

That is “anarchy.” When the law is not based upon the enumerated powers of the government, when the law is not limited by the limits imposed by the Bill of Rights, when the law finally breaks down into “do what I say or else,” then we have no law. The people calling us “anarchists” for refusing stupid laws are themselves anarchists for undermining the legitimacy of the entire government by ignoring the Constitution.

They should remember that once public justice fails, we will have to revert to private vengeance. We keep telling them that they shouldn’t sow the wind. They just refuse to listen.

At least it wasn’t a gun

Here’s another loss for the gun grabbers. They’ve got a dead man killed violently, but they can’t use his death to take my gun away.

Thomasville police responded to 815 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at 2:47 a.m. Saturday in reference to a stabbing. According to a press release from the TPD, officers found a man lying in a parking lot with a stab wound to his abdomen.

It’s a murder, but it isn’t “gun violence™” so the gun grabbers don’t really care.

Suspect

Victim

Even if the weapon had been a gun, they would have ignored the fact that once again one felon killed another felon.

Maybe they should have spent more time trying to track him down before this

I know that cops can’t do everything, but here’s a guy that should not have been free to be committing crimes.

Police detectives have charged a 33-year-old man with attempted robbery and kidnapping in connection with a Sept. 24 incident that happened at 3 a.m. in a McDonald’s parking lot off Wake Forest Road.

He tried to rob a man at gunpoint. There are a couple of problems with that.

Suspect

He has been convicted of so many felonies that he was thrown in jail as an “habitual felon” for 6 years starting in  2006. He got paroled in June of 2012 and absconded.

State prison records label (Suspect) as an absconder from probation that he was granted after a March 2006 conviction for being a habitual felon.

Technically, that would be “parole” not “probation” that he absconded from.

Of course, if his parole officer had tracked him down and tossed him back in the pokey he wouldn’t have been running about sticking guns in people’s faces less than 4 months after being released from prison. 

You can’t reform some people. This one has proven that he’s immune to reform. Don’t let him out again.

Nations hottest Senate race: How Hagan can lose easily

Here’s a measure of how out of power the Dems are in North Carolina. The biggest spokesman that they could come up with for the launch of Senator Kay Hagan’s re-election campaign is the Mayor of Charlotte.

Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx says North Carolina Democrats are preparing for a major battle in defending Sen. Kay Hagan’s seat in 2014.

“It’s gonna be one of the biggest Senate race in the country,” Foxx told POLITICO this weekend while in Washington to attend the inaugural. “And that’s going to be a fight.”

North Carolina Democrats took a drubbing on election day.

Drubbing is an understatement. The NC General Assembly has a 2/3rds majority for Republicans in both the House and Senate. The Governor is a Republican who won with double digits. NC was the only “battleground” state that Obama couldn’t win. By any measure it was a crushing defeat for the Democrat Party.

Let me tell you how Kay Hagan could ensure her defeat. She could come out for any of the gun control proposals being floated. The gun owners of this state, having been lulled to sleep by constant lies that Obama wasn’t anti-gun, are awake and pissed off. We can’t find an AR or an AK for sale anywhere in the state because people bought them all up. Normal capacity magazines are basically unobtainable. Ammo is GONE. The people have voted with their money, and they aren’t voting FOR gun control.

So how does that square with the NC Democrat Party supporting gun control? Call Senator Hagan and ask her if she is marching with the anti-gun NC Democrat Party. Ask her how we can trust her not to turn against us immediately after her re-election? Ask her to publicly denounce all of the gun control proposals her party is proposing, and denounce it now. You can contact her office by phone (on Tuesday) at 202-224-6342. Email her here.

Committing the crimes Americans won’t commit

So you’re driving along, minding your own business when all of a sudden,

A Garner man was seriously injured in a hit-and-run crash early Sunday on Garner Road in Southeast Raleigh.

But it gets worse.

According to an immigration report, (Suspect) returned to the U.S. illegally from Mexico after a previous deportation. His record shows a DWI conviction from 2008.

It must be this guy

Suspect

So we live in a country that can’t even keep people from smuggling themselves in. And the crazy gun haters think they can ban whole classes of firearms? In the unlikely event that semi-auto rifles are banned, I predict that floods of fully automatic rifles will be smuggled across the border along with the drugs and the illegals.

I, of course, will not have a full auto rifle. I won’t be giving up my semi-auto in the first place.