Sounds like a war to me

The likely winner of Mexico’s imminent presidential elections appears to have declared war on US sovereignty. Mexican presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) called for mass immigration to the United States during a speech Tuesday declaring it a “human right” for all North Americans. “And soon, very soon — after the victory of our movement — we will defend all the migrants in the American continent and all the migrants in the world,” Obrador said, adding that immigrants “must leave their towns and find a life in the United States.” He then declared it as “a human right we

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It’s been a bad week for armed robbers . . .

. . . because sometimes their victims are armed, too. 1.  Jacksonville police: Man takes cash register from Walmart, tries to carjack 2 people at knifepoint A man was arrested Friday after he took a cash register drawer from the Walmart at River City Marketplace and then tried to carjack two people at knifepoint. . . . A witness saw Hill get into a silver Ford SUV, but it did not appear to start, so he got out and ran. Police said Hill approached a man who was sitting in the parking lot near Supercuts. Hill asked the man for a

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The perils of cheap knives and swords

As part of writing the next Western novel in my Ames Archives series, I’m devoting a lot of attention to knives and their use in the Old West.  There were plenty of cheap ones, but also a surprising number of higher-quality, custom-made fighting blades.  I won’t spoil the book by revealing too much, but it will cover the subject in some depth. As part of it, I’ve been talking with Sven, the knifemaker who made a custom Damascus steel knife for Miss D. a couple of years ago.  He’s going to help me make a very authentic replica of a

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Another toddler injured by excessive police use of force

Regular readers will remember my outrage at the critical injuries inflicted on two-year-old Bounkham “Bou Bou” Phonesavanh by a SWAT raid in 2014, and the unbelievably inept, stupid, crass, dictatorial response of the Haversham county sheriff to the incident. Now it’s happened again. LAKELAND, FL (WFLA) – A 2-year-old child was burned by a flash-distraction device when Lakeland Police Department SWAT team members executed a search warrant on a home known for continuous drug activity on Thursday. . . . Officers entered the home and cleared the room, not seeing anyone inside. The small room was cluttered with clothing and

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Is criminal violence in America’s largest cities being deliberately under-reported?

I’m more and more getting the impression that it is.  It’s not just that police departments are under political pressure to under-report crime, or wrongly classify more serious offenses under less serious codes:  it’s that the news media, nominally independent, are nevertheless deliberately under-reporting the crime situation as well, if not completely ignoring it, in blatant support of an ideological agenda. An excellent example was provided in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend.  The news media were largely silent about an epidemic of mob violence in one of the city’s premier shopping districts, particularly because it apparently involved “youths” of

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Courage, good tactics and gun-handling save a motorist

Courtesy of FerFAL, we find this video of an off-duty Argentinian policeman who was attacked by three armed muggers as he pulled his car into his garage one evening.  Despite being outnumbered by three men carrying firearms, he waited for the right moment, then pulled his own gun and killed two of them, critically injuring the third. Google Translate renders the Spanish video description as follows: Two criminals were killed and another was seriously wounded during an attack on a policeman on Thursday night at Isidro Casanova, La Matanza party. The incident occurred around 20.30 on the street Acassuso to

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Lock your doors!

Greg Ellifritz issues this timely reminder. Four years ago, I wrote an article titled Lock Your Damn Doors.  In that article I looked at a month’s worth of burglary and theft reports from the city where I worked and tracked how many theft victims had left their houses or cars unlocked before the thefts occurred. The results?  83% of the theft victims had left their doors unlocked, making the criminals’ jobs extremely easy. Another spring, another increase in theft offenses.  I decided to repeat the study to see if the victims in my city had learned any lessons in the

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“You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to”

That’s the title of an article in Aeon. Beliefs are factive: to believe is to take to be true. It would be absurd, as the analytic philosopher G E Moore observed in the 1940s, to say: ‘It is raining, but I don’t believe that it is raining.’ Beliefs aspire to truth – but they do not entail it. Beliefs can be false, unwarranted by evidence or reasoned consideration. They can also be morally repugnant. Among likely candidates: beliefs that are sexist, racist or homophobic; the belief that proper upbringing of a child requires ‘breaking the will’ and severe corporal punishment;

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The war in Ukraine and its lessons

Courtesy of a link at Cdr. Salamander’s place, I came across this article by Col. Liam Collins. The situation in eastern Ukraine might best be described as “World War I with technology.” Venturing to the front line today, you would quickly learn the two greatest threats facing Ukrainian soldiers are snipers and Russian artillery. Unlike in 1915, however, soldiers on 2018’s “Eastern Front” receive text messages on their phones telling them their cause is hopeless and they must regularly attempt to avoid being spotted from an unmanned aerial vehicle. The fighting in Ukraine during the past 2½ years provides great

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