Monthly Archives: June 2013

Announcing “Dysis,” our new security staff recruit

Named for the Greek goddess of the evening hour, Dysis.


She’s not really all that dignified.

She’s official, with her own Facebook page and everything. Now all I have to do is find someone who can engrave a dog tag for her, including her name in Greek as well as English.

I wouldn’t mind so much if they would stop spreading the “love” around

When criminals end up dead, I don’t really mind. It’s an ordinary business hazard of crime.

A man who was wounded during an exchange of gunfire over the weekend in East Durham has died of his injuries.

Seems that a group in a car shot at a group on the sidewalk. Probably gang related, I’d say.

What bothers me is when they share the bullets with others.

A short time later, more officers were dispatched to a business near the intersection of Cheek Road and Midland Terrace where vehicle had pulled into a nearby parking lot. One of the passengers inside the vehicle, a 47-year-old man, had been shot. Police think the man had been shot on Gray Avenue and was an innocent bystander during the exchange of gunfire. 

 The cops have not released the innocent bystander, but they’ve let us know who died.


Do you think that it was a complete coincidence that the person they were shooting at was a felon?

Saturday Evening Dog Blogging

I have a new puppy. Following in the steps of WizardPC at Guns, Cars, and Tech, I’ve gotten my own “Tactical Dog.” Of course, I’m not going to call her that.


She’s a Dutch Shepherd, about 4-1/2 months old, and she should grow up to be 55-65 lbs. 

Last night on Facebook I posted a list of possible names. I went through Greek and Roman mythology and made a list from that. I gave that list to my wife and she pared it down to this.


  • Soteria (Σωτηρία), female personification of safety, preservation, and deliverance from harm
  • Techne (Τέχνη), personification of art and skill
  • Arke (Άρκη), messenger of the Titans and twin sister of Iris
  • Chloris (Χλωρίς), goddess of flowers and wife of Zephyrus
  • Dysis (Δύσις), sunset
  • Hestia (Ἑστία), maiden goddess of the hearth who presided over the baking of bread, mankind’s stable food
  • Calliope (Καλλιόπη), muse of epic poetry


  • Fides, personification of loyalty.
  • Fortuna, goddess of fortune.

The name Fortuna jumped out to an early lead in the informal voting, mostly because of this.


 You’ve got to admit, she would have an awesome theme song.

I’m kind of partial to Arke (pronounced Are-kay, or, like the letters R K)

In Greek mythology, Arke or Arce was a daughter of Thaumas and sister of Iris. She is sometimes affiliated with the faded second rainbow. She is said to have iridescent wings, compared to Iris’s golden wings.[citation needed] During the Titanomachy, she betrayed the Olympian gods and joined the Titans against them, becoming the Titans’ messenger goddess. When the Olympians won, Zeus deprived Arke of her wings and cast her into Tartarus, together with the other vanquished Titans. Arke’s wings were later given to Peleus and Thetis as a gift on their wedding day; Thetis later gave them to her son Achilles, which is where his surname Podarces (literally “swift-footed”, as if from πούς, gen. ποδός “foot” + the name of Arke) was thought to have come from.

 And look what I photographed just last night after dinner.


It was a beautiful double rainbow, complete all the way around to the other side.

What do you think?

Shooting into an occupied dwelling

The house isn’t the only thing he hit.

Police on Wednesday charged a 24-year-old man in connection with a Tuesday night shooting in which two people were hurt on Melvid Court.

How awful.


Victim 2

Must be those “felon seeking bullets.”

An NC Gun Blog has a Facebook fan page

I’ve bowed to popular pressure and I have made a Facebook page.

An NC Gun Blog

Give me a “Like” and feel free to share my links with your friends.

This is what happens when addiction crosses paths with extreme selfishness

A clerk followed his training and found that occasionally you run into a person who doesn’t take “No” for an answer.

They said she did not have ID and got angry when the cashier refused to sell her a pack of cigarettes.

They said she pulled out a knife, stole the cigarettes then poured lighter fluid on the counter and lit it on fire.

And what sort of person is so self involved that she thinks that it’s appropriate to “punish” a clerk by lighting his counter on fire?


This is what happens when extremely selfish people don’t get their way.

The Mary Kay Crook picks up her first felony

I have an aunt that sells Mary Kay Cosmetics. They don’t make much. My aunt isn’t what you would call wealthy, in fact she’s far from it. But I can’t imagine my aunt stooping to something like this.

The victim said that she had given her debit card number to (Suspect), an independent Mary Kay consultant, for the purpose of ordering Mary Kay products.

Upon further investigation, it was found that (Suspect) used the victim’s debit card number to make several fraudulent purchases from a company called Propay, a service similar to Paypal.

That’s because my aunt has standards, honor, and some self-respect.


Looks like she’s a fraudster, and now she’s collected her first felony.

And if anyone lives near Erie, PA and wants some Mary Kay, let me know and I’ll point you towards someone who won’t steal your credit card info.

Why can’t people keep their hands off of other people’s stuff?

Sometimes you truly wonder about people. I mean, who robs a bank dressed in a t-shirt and shorts, and ends up with a surveillance photo of him hauling his fat butt over the counter? And then comes back to rob the same bank?

Statesville police are tracking down an alleged bank robber who they say hit the same location twice.

Seriously, go to the link and see the photo of the master criminal. It looks like a Hungry, Hungry Hippo who decided to compete in the new sport of Bank Agility.


Do these idiots think that no one will identify them? Do they not think that far ahead?

Mom finds body, says “who’s this?”

It’s not something you want to do to your mom, but imagine this happening to you.

Investigators told us the body was discovered by the homeowner. It was badly injured, suffering multiple traumas to the upper torso. The trauma was so severe that the victim’s mother had a hard time identifying her son.

The cops did their work, and they’ve arrested a suspect.



Strange how a criminal record seems so strongly associated with death by violence.

Sometimes you try to rob the wrong house

You’d think that an armed gang breaking into a house at almost midnight would be reasonably safe. They have numbers to back up the guns they’ve all brought. Sometimes that doesn’t work out.

Officers were called to a home invasion-shooting at 11:53 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of Melbourne Street in eastern Durham, off Wake Forest Highway. They found a man identified as (Suspect 1), 25, of West Club Boulevard lying in the street. (Suspect 1) had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene, Durham police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said.

Police were told that “several males” with guns broke into a house in the 400 block of Melbourne Street. (Suspect 1) was shot during the home invasion, and a resident of the house was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, Michael said.

So he brought some friends and tried to knock over a house, getting shot dead for his troubles.


He’s still on Post Release Supervision after spending almost 9 years in prison!