Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Oh, How Very Not Good

Officials confirm 1st Ebola case diagnosed in U.S.

From The Detroit News:

Federal health officials have confirmed that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola.

Oh for the days when we quarantined the heck out of areas with scary-deadly and infectious diseases like Ebola.

Detroit Rabble-Rouser Davis Pleads Guilty To Felonies, Goes On To Sue Yet Again

The Detroit Free Press: Davis can sue Detroit council over Orr tenure deal.

As usual, the Freep calls him a "Labor Activist" rather than the far more accurate "Democrat Felon".

Note that Robert Davis is rather infamous around these parts for filing tons of lawsuits on technical grounds to procedurally mess with Republicans and certain Democrat sub-groups in the State. Meanwhile, as part of the Michigan Democrat Deep Blue State corruption craze, he busily ripped off the Highland Park School District while a member of the school board there to the tune of over $180,000, and he's now pled guilty to that crime, but still continues his many lawsuits.

One begins to wonder who Davis is really working for and how deep into Michigan's core blue state he goes to get his marching orders.

So, has The Detroit Free Press done any digging into who is backing Robert Davis and paying this felon's legal bills on these multitude of quixotic lawsuits? These lawsuits that just coincidentally are done for the benefit of core Democrat constituencies? The same constituencies that are supported by the Freep? Yeah, I didn't think so.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Blog Shoot In T-34 Days and Counting

Yes, Virginia, in West Virginia, there really is a blog shoot.

And it's all for both fun and charity.

On November 1st in Jefferson County West Virginia to be precise.

Expect to run into a lot of the great bloggers from the area at the shoot, all of whom are a bunch of darn nice folks (and heavily armed to boot).

Check in with Murphy's Law at MartiniHenryWV@gmail.com for more details.

If you're closer to West Virginia than southeastern Michigan, then distance is not an excuse to miss it....

Glad The Mystery In Oklahoma Is All Cleared Up

The attack and beheading of a woman and stabbing of another in Oklahoma by an adherent of the religion-that-must-not-be-blamed is being reported as, exactly like the Ft. Hood shooting, an act of workplace violence, not as a hate crime or religiously motivated crime.

One would also think it is also being recorded as an act of violence against women.

No telling yet if it is also being recorded as an example of people more likely to be shot in the workplace when guns are present to be later added as an anti-gun statistic in junk science studies that will be quoted as authoritative later in advocating against law-abiding folks having firearms in the workplace.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Glorious Walk In The Woods

Today was a nice sunny day here in Southeastern Michigan.

So this evening instead of staying inside we went for a nice hour and twenty minute walk in a nature preserve and trail system.

We saw several deer, squirrels and other dogs. It was a nice long family walk with fresh air good for clearing our heads and getting ready for the week to come.

A nice time out in the woods and then home with a quick stop for milkshakes (purely for medicinal purposes) along the way.

Understatement Of The Day

Obama: U.S. underestimated Islamic State

You don't say Mr. ISIL is "a JV team".

Not to worry though, he still doesn't have a coherent strategy, and he certainly can't say the V word (victory) over Islamic extremists.

Apparently this is the closest to a statement we might get as to the strategy that isn't a strategy:

"We just have to push them back, and shrink their space, and go after their command and control, and their capacity, and their weapons, and their fueling, and cut off their financing, and work to eliminate the flow of foreign fighters," Obama told CBS in the interview taped Friday, according to excerpts released by the network.

And then what exactly, declare they're back to being a JV team and leave and ignore them until they cause another problem?

This is of course, assuming such a laundry list of nebulous and ill-defined goals can really be done without "boots on the ground" (Yes I know we have some on the ground now, but acording to Obama they don't count and aren't really there, there and aren't boots-boots.

I just hoping there's already some AF CCTs and 5th SFG boots on the ground effectively directing air strikes, but that may be too much to ask for.

Updated to add: Instapundit makes a heckuva good point:

"Obama: Intel officials underestimated ISIS. When things go well, it’s always “I, me, mine” with this guy. When things go badly, it’s always “they” who screwed up."

Yep, that's about the size of it. The buck always stops elsewhere for Obama, except when it's time to take credit for something.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Backseat Drivers are Bad, Inept Backseat Thugs Are Worse

In what may prove to be an own goal, a 21-year old thug in Mt. Clemens, Michigan managed to shoot his buddy while they were in their car.

Let this be a lesson not to have armed felons sitting behind you playing with a gun while you're driving a vehicle. I figure the vast majority of my readers already know this common-sense bit of info, but for the few of you in Mt. Clemens that don't....

Michalke said the victim told police Hamilton accidentally fired a handgun from the back seat of a Pontiac Aztek in which he was riding Sept. 8. The bullet went through the front seat and struck in the back the 20-year-old victim who was driving the vehicle on Orchard Street.

Yet another reason not to own a Pontiac Aztek.

Adding to the fun, after accidentally shooting the driver the shooter punked out and ran off, only to be arrested later.

The victim said he drove to Mount Clemens High School where he got out of the car and collapsed. A school security guard found the man. Hamilton, police said, ran from the scene before police arrived.

And as a felon in possession he's getting a whole slew of charges justifiably heaped on him, likely to be pled down later.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Postal Service Does It Again

So I sent a priority mail letter on September 20 with tracking from West Bloomfield MI To Waterford MI, mainly so I had proof of delivery but also for, you know, priority mail speed. Note you can drive the distance from the start and end points in about 45 minutes or so, in traffic.

The mail route instead looked like this:

Yes, the envelope went from West Bloomfield, south to Allen Park, MI, then even farther south to LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS, back up to Allen Park and finally up north to Waterford arriving there finally today after noon.

An infirm person on crutches could have walked it over faster.


DC Reluctantly Allows Restrictive Concealed Carry Permits

And Marion Barry isn't happy.

WJLATV: D.C. Council votes to allow concealed carry handguns with permit

"I don't believe in guns. I don't believe in carrying guns," said Councilmember Marion Barry, a Democrat and a former four-term mayor. "I think the public ought to understand that all of us here are doing something we really don't want to do."

It's too bad that guns aren't shaped more like crack pipes. If that was the case, then Marion Barry would be on them like Marion Barry on crack. Ah wait a minute, that analogy is rather circular...

So crack-using politicians and felons don't like law-abiding citizens carrying guns. No real surprises there.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Don't Count Your Turkey Before It Actually Steps Up

Kerry: U.S. seeks aid from Turkey against Islamic State

Turkey: Yeah, we'll get back to you on that.

The Washington Post: Turkey breaks up crowds at Syrian frontier protesting Islamic State, border closings

The money quote from the WAPO article:

“Turkey does not have a problem with ISIS,” Xelil said. “Sometimes they facilitate the transit of their fighters and even open the hospitals for their injured, while they do not allow [our] injured to cross and use their hospitals.”

Turkey would rather support ISIS to weaken the Kurds and expand Sunni Islam than fight ISIS. Methinks Kerry will be waiting for real aid and participation from Turkey for quite some time.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Kroger Rejects Gun Banners' Demand

Guns Save Lives: Moms Demand Action Asked to Leave Kroger Property in Lansing, Michigan

The pearl-clutching, gun-banning group Moms Demand Aktion loses yet again.

Basically Kroger simply follows state law regarding firearms, which is as it should be. No need for them to make a big deal of it.

Good on Kroger for not giving in to the pressure of an astro-turf pressure group that wishes to deprive Michigan's residents of their rights.

Guess I'll increase my shopping at Kroger. They're already stepping up and making their stores nicer around here and have decent product and produce selections and I'm already doing a good bit of shopping at my local store. Now I'll step it up some.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Och, Aqsa Mahmood Is Such A Fine Scottish Name

Hard on the heels of Scotland voting to remain in union with the United Kingdom, Tam links to a fascinating article of how a woman has left Scotland and off and joined ISIS and vow not to come back to the UK except to raise the banner of Islam.

"Gotta go 2 #beheading, C U l8r"

That whole multiculturalism thing vs a melting pot seems to be really turning out citizens with a solid British identity now doesn't it? To be fair, there's also women mentioned in the article allegedly from Chicago - agin the whole throwing away of a melting pot and unified American identity in return for non-judgmental multicultural relativism hasn't been great here either, but Europe seems to be bearing the brunt for now.

Now That Was A Fun Way To Spend A Saturday

Just back from taking the kids to The Adventure Park in West Bloomfield.

Best way to describe it - think challenging aerial obstacle courses and zip-lining. Did I mention it's all up in the air?

Take a look at their promo video:

If you had a fear of heights, this course helped you get over it. If you needed a workout, this park gave you one, in spades.

Lots of upper body work was involved, lots of balance work, lower body strength, and plenty of gut-checks.

Since you can't show any reluctance or fear in front of the kids, you go and get on the obstacles, no matter what. So I did.

Now I'm all sorts of sore along with the bruises to prove a good time was had. A beer or two is definitely in order

One problem was that Leah could only go on the Purple, Yellow and Green trails, and on the Green only with an adult. The Purple one is more designed for kids so fitting my 5"8 frame through some of the obstacles was interesting at times. Again, lots of interesting muscle soreness is developing from that.

I took Leah on both purples, both yellows (twice each) and one green, and the green required adult accompaniment due to her age, and in a couple spots a little help was needed for her to reach some areas. Otherwise, once should got the hanging of Tweezing (watch the video to understand), she ran the courses like a boss.

By the time we got to the Green course, it was very backed up, mainly due to a lot of people freezing up at the zip-line and causing a backlog all the way to the start. This simply disgusted Leah as she showed no fear whatsoever and suggested those people go to the purple courses so they could find some more their speed. She couldn't believe adults were both punking out and holding up the line while doing so. The Green course was also starting to get a little tall for her with some of the obstacle becoming a little hard for her to reach, and the amount of waiting on them was getting ridiculous, so we did just one and went back to the yellow courses.

Abby and Tash paired up and did the purple, yellow and green ones. Abby then came to me and Leah and Tash did a blue one while I we were on the green course with Leah and Abby so I unfortunately missed it. So we'll see if Murph is up for it when he comes to town sometime as there's some blue courses waiting to be done.

To say it was an awesome time is an understatement. The zip-lining high in the air was way cool, the obstacles where you felt like you would fall off at any minute were great for building confidence and faith in yourself and your capabilities. The kids ate it up and now know they can do things they never would have thought they could do before getting up and stepping out into the air.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Scotland Remains In The UK For Now

Here I was, looking forward to the imminent rebuilding of Hadrian's Wall.

Not by the British to keep the Scots out mind you.

But by the SNP to keep the Scots IN.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Yankee Air Force Museum To Change Its Name

Hard on the heels of the Confederate Air Force changing its name to the Commemorative Air Force to appease the forces of political correctness, we now hear the fabled Yankee Air Force Museum is about to change it's storied name as well.

The Detroit News: Air museum to drop ‘Yankee’ as it flies toward new era

The Yankee Air Museum will be soaring shortly into welcoming skies and a bright future, complete with an inspiring and appropriate new name.

Either that, or the new name will be a sniveling kowtow to the gods of political correctness.

That depends on your perspective, and how strongly you feel about the word “Yankee.” But the part about soaring is hard to argue with.

As for the new name, the museum at Willow Run Airport expects to reveal it within two to six weeks, at the same time it officially acquires a chunk of the historic Willow Run bomber plant that churned out B24s during World War II.

So take a museum and show with world-wide name recognition linked to air shows and historic aircraft with no real (or even imagined) negative connotations, and change it for no good reason.

Perhaps it should be renamed the Troll Air Force because after all, it is under the bridge, and then it could sell these adorable critters in the gift shop.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Curiouser and Curiouser: In Livingston Road Rage Shooting A History Of Getting Out Of The Boat And A History Of Violence

It's beginning to look more and more that the Livingston County Road Rage incident was a case of two hot headed idiots playing a stupid game and both losing, one fatally.

This incident reinforces the point - don't get out of the boat, don't play tough guy and confront another driver, and don't be a stupid road-rager on the road, period.

It turns out that the shot and deceased Mr. Fleming had a history of both threatening others and at least one other incident where he got out of his vehicle in a road rage case and confronted another driver and then swung at someone.

The Detroit Free Press: Road-rage run-ins not first for Howell victim, shooter

It was not the first time Derek Flemming confronted another motorist.

He told Livingston County Sheriff's Department deputies that he "grew frustrated" with a driver in front of him who had pulled out onto westbound M-59 from Clark Road, according to a police report that bears both a January 2013 and January 2014 date.

He told police that he honked his horn several times and the driver twice braked "suddenly, almost causing (Derek Flemming) to rear-end the vehicle," the report noted.

Derek Flemming said the other driver eventually "boxed him in" as he made a "Michigan left," so he got out of his vehicle, leaving his wife in the car, and asked the other driver what he was doing, the report noted. [Note the similarity to his actions in the present case]

The police report stated that a physical confrontation occurred and the other driver allegedly pushed Flemming, who fell to the ground, landing on his back and hitting his head.

He also had previously

"became irate and threatened to kill (a deputy) and any Enbridge person who stepped onto his property"
and allegedly launched fireworks at the Enbridge employees.

Meanwhile, Zale similarly has a history of violence and assuming the facts as reported as true, should not have legally had a CPL (concealed pistol license) to be legally allowed to carry a firearm that day:

According to 16th District Court records, Zale is wanted on an outstanding warrant alleging assault and battery for the 2008 incident in Livonia.

A Livonia Police Department report indicates a then-37-year-old Livonia man indicated that he was traveling east on 7 Mile Road and turned onto Farmington Road when Zale also turned onto Farmington from westbound 7 Mile.

The Livonia man said his vehicle was in front of Zale's and that Zale was following "close," prompting the Livonia man to tap his brakes to get the other driver to back off, the report noted. He said Zale followed him as he turned into a McDonald's parking lot and when he got out of his vehicle, a "verbal altercation started."

The Livonia man told Zale that he needed to "drive better or something like that," and that's when Zale struck him on the left side of the head "with a closed right fist," the report noted. He said Zale then left the parking lot.

At least two witnesses also reported to Livonia police that they saw Zale punch the victim with a closed fist and they wrote down his license plate number, which police traced to Zale.

This does bring up an interesting question - with an outstanding warrant for assault and battery, Zale's Concealed Pistol License should have been automatically suspended and he would have had to hand it in to his County Gun Board.

So, did he still have a permit through some oversight or was he in fact carrying illegally and not as a CPL holder as heavily reported at the time of the incident?

The Dinkheller Incident - A Sobering Look At How Everything Can Go Wrong, Fast

Thanks to Andrew Kirch on the book of the face, I got to look at a rather sobering and quite horrifying video on how badly things can go in an armed encounter.

This is the incident involving Deputy Kyle Dinkheller of the Laurens County Sheriff's Office that took place in 1998 after he pulled over the driver of a pickup truck, Andrew Brannon, for speeding over 98 mph.

The deputy never fully takes control, and completely loses control of the situation 21 seconds into the encounter, and he never gets it back.

Brannon acts irrationally, refuses to comply with Dinkheller's commands and acts aggressively towards the deputy. The deputy fails to aggressively respond and protect himself - according to one source he had been recently reprimanded that he was too quick to draw his weapon and too aggressive - here the lack of his willingness to draw and act aggressively led to his downfall.

41 seconds into the encounter, Dinkheller gets charged by the driver, but fails to secure and stop him, and is charged again by him at 50 seconds only hitting him with a non-disabling baton strike. Sadly at 1:08 he backs off and does not maintain contact with the driver, allowing Brannon to go back to his vehicle and take cover from the deputy. The driver enters the driver's side of the truck, now too far away from the deputy for Dinkheller to stop him, and things really go upside down.

Brannon in his truck retrieves and presents an M-1 Carbine, all the while the Deputy is ordering him to put the gun down but not firing at him even after the weapon is presented, and then Brannon begins firing and maneuvering toward the Deputy.

The Deputy, firing 33 shots with his pistol only makes one hit while being hit several times by Brannon and is finally brutally murdered at close range, 2 minutes and 53 seconds after the start of the encounter.

The deputy was killed, and sadly and ludicrously Andrew Brannon is still breathing. He's been sitting on death row for 14 years. While I'm not a fan of the death penalty due to the potential for mistake, government and prosecutorial malfeasance and the like, here there is no question as to proof beyond a reasonable doubt, or any doubt for that matter. Brannon committed murder, of a deputy, on video. If there was ever a textbook case for a swift and sure application of the death penalty, this is it.

Some excellent analysis of this incident can be found at Police Marksmen and at Real Defense. Lots of lessons to be sadly learned here for both police and CPL'ers.

As civilians, we won't and should not be in a situation of pulling over another driver, but we may come up against an encounter with someone like Brannon while peacefully going about our lives under normal circumstances. Seeing the signs of the attack develop here, including the irrational actions, threats and posturing may hopefully help development of appropriate responses should someone come across the likes of a Brannon.

RIP Deputy Dinkheller, and hopefully the lessons learned from your untimely death have already saved lives and will save lives in the future.

Jett and The Deer

After walking Abby to the bus this morning, I was heading back to the house with Jett and he suddenly starts some serious barking.

After looking ahead of us, it wasn't hard to figure out why he was doing so:

Three deer, standing between two of our neighbors' houses as carefree as could be. The deer were quite interested in Jett's barking but didn't run away and instead continued to stand there and watch as we approached.

Moving closer and getting a better angle, I saw they weren't alone:

Yes, a full six-pack of suburban deer, just standing there and observing the comings and goings of people and canines. No real fear of humans nor any shyness, just standing there watching us approach.

They eventually took off as we got to almost touching distance, and Jett was quite proud of himself for defending the neighborhood from the interlopers.

Not a bad way to start a morning before heading to the office.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Obama: Boots On The Ground For Ebola, But Not For ISIS

Good to see where this administration's priorities lie:

U.S. to assign 3,000 from military to fight Ebola

The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic.

President Barack Obama planned to announce the stepped up effort Tuesday during a visit to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta amid alarm that the outbreak could spread and that the deadly virus could mutate into a more easily transmitted disease.

The new U.S. muscle comes after appeals from the region and from aid organizations for a heightened U.S. role in combatting the outbreak blamed for more than 2,200 deaths.

Juxtapose that with his ISIS response: Obama promises no U.S. ground war against ISIS

So, boots on the ground to expose our troops to a very deadly and, by all reports, newly highly-communicable disease, but not against the human virus that is radical Islam.

Top. Men.

Your Belief That Things In Detroit Are Upside Down Is Confirmed When...

It's the cops that are wearing masks: as seen in the picture accompanying the linked article.

And it's the robbers that are brazenly showing their faces: Unmasked suspect stands in line to rob bank in Grosse Pointe Woods

Yeah, it's like that in the D.

Monday, September 15, 2014

No, It's Really Not Discrimination When You're That Stupid

So I get a call from someone, somewhere in this fine state.

"Can you represent me, I have to go to a court hearing?"

"Ok, And why is that?"

"Cause I didn't complete my community service, but I really shouldn't be treated like this, cause I'm not like I'm a murderer or anything, I'm being discriminated against really."

I then get all the reasons why the community service wasn't done and how the person is being mistreated because of it and how the person had to pay $500 at the previous hearing and the magistrate wasn't very nice.

"OK, so why did you get community service?"

"I don't know, it's not like I'm a criminal or something, or did anything serious, and at the hearing the judge said she was going to make me do community service, I feel they bein' prejudiced agains' me"

"Ok, I understand that, but judges don't give people community service for nothing, what were you charged with?"

"Not doing my community service."

We continue in this vein for awhile and I finally get the person away from the fixation on community service and missing the better part thereof, and back to the question of "What were you charged with to get community service?"

"I don' know, maybe something to do with my drivin'"

"Ok, now we're getting somewhere, what is it about your driving that caused you to be charged with something that led you to get community service?"

"I don' know, maybe cause my driver's license was suspended when I got in an accident, but that wasn't my fault."

Yes, that sound you would have just heard at the time was my head hitting my desk.

I explained that yes, this person needs a lawyer for the hearing, cause they clearly can't represent themselves as they can't even answer a straight question. I named my fee, and suggested the person get going on doing the community service and having the hours done and completed before the hearing. We'll see if I actually get retained.

Do note Dear Reader that this person votes, and, Lord help us all, drives.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In Rochester Hills, Michigan: A High School With Stupidity So Stupid It Burns, Stupidly.

School Security theater is one thing.

Stupid School Security Theater is another.

Stupid School Security Theater run by complete flippin' morons is even worse.

Fox News: School Security Guard to Army Officer: You Can't Come In While Wearing Your Uniform

Yes,you read that correctly. A US Army Lieutenant Colonel was denied entry to Rochester Hills Adams High School with his wife and daughter who is a student there because

"he could not enter wearing the uniform because it could offend people"

Let the stupidity of that sink in for a minute.

Now, this was eventually sorted out, but only after he and his wife called the superintendent's office, who as a former Marine probably yelled "WTF!" once he heard about it.

The superintendent is now trying to repair the damage by stating that there is no policy barring uniformed military from the school and the district

will be working with administration and the firm that handles our security to make sure district policies are understood and communicated accurately."

It'll be fun to see who gets the blame for this first-class mess-up.

So glad we don't live in the Rochester Hills school district.

How's That Reset Button Working For You?

Alternatively titled "This is why you don't give a Russian a Big Red Button as a gift".

The Detroit News: Putin: Russia to focus on new offensive weapons

Great example of the results of sophisticated adult soft-power diplomacy there guys, very nicely done.

Quick Note: Thanks to Tam for the Tamalanche that has hit this post.

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

More Blue Angels Pics

The show was so good I wanted to share more of the Blue Angels in action.

Chasing the angels:

Showing some burner action:

Coming in head on in Delta formation:

How close can they get?

That formation then shifted into two tight pairs:

Passing by the POW/MIA flag:

All six Blue Angels passing by:

Monday, September 08, 2014

Blue Angels Over Selfridge

The Blue Angels Came, The Blue Angles Flew, The Blew Angels Rocked It.

Click 'em to embiggen.

From high-speed passes and hi-g turns:

To low and dirty in-close maneuvers:

There was nothing they couldn't do with their F-18 Hornets.

The high speed inverted crossover was a crowd favorite:

As was the formation break:

From This:

To This, in a flash:

The Blue Angles did the US Navy proud at Selfridge and put on an awesome display.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

MIG-17 Sunday

At the Selfridge Open House, Randy Ball put his MIG-17F through some serious paces.

Sadly, I was stuck in traffic and could only watch it fly by without getting any shots, but I did get some decent close-up shots when it had landed and was being refueled.

A Soviet fighter that served in the east bloc starting in the 50s and with impressive longevity, continued serving through the 90s in some East Bloc air forces, and is still in service today with some African countries and North Korea. The MIG-17 had the tightest turning ratio of a jet fighter in the world until the F-16 was introduced.

With a top speed of 711 miles per hour and armed with two 23 mm cannons and a 37mm cannon, the MIG-17 was a fearsome dog-fighter in the Vietnam War. Mr. Ball, holder of an FAA unlimited jet aerobatics license, ably showed its tight turning radius and impressive speed and maneuverability.

It's an impressive, loud and fast moving aircraft and in the hands of capable pilots the aircraft gave our pilots a tough time over the skies of Vietnam.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Selfridge Open House And Air Show

This weekend, Selfridge Air National Guard Base hosts its annual open house.

The base is open to the public with static displays, stuff for the kids, and a small airshow.

I took Abby and Leah there today.

Unfortunately, while I wanted to arrive in time for the main airshow act, if not for all of it, this had to be balanced by the estimated longevity of two young kids for hanging around an air show with lots of walking and crowds to contend with, and we also had to exercise Jett before we left the house.

So we left later than I wished for, and then got stuck in the traffic jam to end all traffic jams on 21 Mile Road before I-94 heading to the base. It took over an hour to go 2.7 miles. Murphy would have gone ballistic.

But we arrived at the base, parked in the first parking lot we saw. This was fortuitous later as we got out real easy unlike everyone else who was completely stuck in the traffic jam to get off the base, and then walked a good distance to get to the show entrance.

Once past security at the entrance the first thing we saw was this:

Yes a CH-47. The line to go into it was huge so we bypassed it and the kids got to go into a Customs and Border Patrol helicopter instead.

We then took some pics at the flight line, which I'll show in a later post.

This year the air show had an awesome main act:

Yes, the Blue Angles put on a fantastic display of precision aerobatic airmanship. More pictures of them in a post coming soon as they deserve their very own.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Bus Encounters Of The Mainstreamed Special Needs Kind

Abby had a very unfortunate and frightening incident on the bus home from school yesterday.

She and her friend, both 5th graders, sat down near the front of the bus as they're the first stop off.

A male 7th grader with "special needs" came on and told them that was his seat.

There are no assigned seats on the bus, and apparently the bus driver told him there are no assigned seats and to just sit down and he then put the bus in motion.

The kid then starts screaming at them, gets in their faces, and yells at them to get out of his seat.

At this point they're trapped in the seat with him blocking them.

Abby being diplomatic tries to reason with him and says she and her friend will be off the bus in a minute and they can't change seats because the bus is moving. Her friend also says she's not moving.

The kid then screams at them raises his fist at them, spits at them, calls Abby the "B-" word, calls them both "F-A" words and Abby learns an unfortunate new word she's never heard before.

You see, Abby's friend is black and the 7th grader called her the N-word.

The kid is still out of control and says he's going to break their necks and kill them and kill everyone on the bus. At least one other kid in addition to Abby and her friend heard this.

At this point Abby flips out, gets scared and as soon as the bus arrives at their stop gets away and races off along with her friend.

We call the principal as soon as we found out what happened.

The principal immediately knows the identity of the kid involved and apparently he's an asperger kid well on the autistic side of the spectrum that was previously riding one of the special buses but wanted to go on the regular bus.

Mainstreaming special needs kids can be fine, but mainstreaming violent ones without notifying other parents or apparently notifying the bus driver is not ok.

If this was a normal kid my bet under zero tolerance is he would be at least suspended if not expelled for the threats and the assault of putting his fist in their face and spitting on them.

We will see what if anything the administration does about this, but this sure isn't over, nor are we letting it drop.

Update: As of now, per the principal, the boy will no longer be on the bus. They had a discussion with him and he apparently admitted doing everything, apparently because they were in "his" seat. It's highly likely the boy doesn't even register who they are as people so there should be no repercussions or further events, but we'll keep on eye on things.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Never Get Outa The Boat

A recent incident described as road rage illustrates this point.

The Detroit Free Press: Attorney: Howell road rage gunman drove recklessly before deadly attack

A 69-year-old Howell man had been driving recklessly moments before a deadly confrontation at a traffic light east of Howell during which he shot to death another motorist, according to the attorney representing the victim’s family.

Derek Flemming, 43, and his wife, Amy, had lunch in Howell and were on their way to pick up their two children from the first day of school Tuesday afternoon when their 2014 Ford Escape was cut off by a speeding pickup, attorney William Moore said.

According to police, witnesses told investigators that Flemming got out of his SUV at a stoplight on Grand River at Chilson Road and approached the 2012 Dodge pickup, asking: “What’s your problem?”

The other driver then rolled down his window and shot him, Livingston County Sheriff Bob Bezotte said Wednesday.

While the story as reported, as in many other instances may not quite relate all the facts, nor report them accurately, let's assume it is correct for now.

Assuming they're right the pickup driver just committed murder.

However, you get, as the Freep reports in the article - almost sideswiped by a pickup truck, tailgated by it, and then the same truck then passes ahead and slams on the brakes ahead of the SUV the victim was driving so there's almost an accident.

You then as the innocent SUV driver get out and confront this guy? Not a good idea.

Assuming the SUV driver is blameless in the incident and didn't contribute to it, what did he think he would do to improve the situation by getting out of his SUV and confronting a pickup driver that has already aptly demonstrated to be totally out of control and a clear danger?

Stay in your vehicle, call the police and evade if at all possible, confronting an idiot isn't going to help anything.

You should only get out of your vehicle if your vehicle is not mobile and you're trapped in the location and the attacker is coming towards you. In such a situation getting free of the confines of the vehicle makes sense -the cops don't call the front seat of the patrol car a coffin for nothing. Otherwise, never get outa the boat.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Jett Gains The Upper Paw Over Rocky

Jett's best friend Rocky came over to play this evening.

They did their standard game of chase, but Jett noticed Rocky wasn't trying very hard to catch him so he decided to motivate him.

Jett saw that Rocky had a leash on and decided to take his friend for a walk. And he did just that.

He then walked him around the yard.

And walked him around on the porch.

Jett actually pulled him along, and Rocky had no how he had gotten into such a predicament.

Being a smart dog, Jett used some mechanical advantage to gain the upper paw. One only can wonder what mayhem he could do with an opposable thumb.

Dick Move Of The Day

So I have a hypothetical law-abiding client who had an issue related to a firearm for which he was contacted by a detective to come in and talk about it.

Did he retain counsel then? NO.

Did he appear with an attorney? NO.

Did he make a statement that is likely going to incriminate the heck out of him? Why YES, yes he did.

Did the statement cause other immediate ill effects? YES, yes it did.

You see, part of this matter involved a vehicle and a firearm.

He works for an employer with a strict no guns policy on the premises.

This includes parking lots. Note well that Michigan lacks any laws protecting law-abiding carriers having their gun locked in their cars while at work from being terminated.

In his statement to police he noted he began his journey before the incident at his employer's parking lot with the gun in the vehicle.

The real dick move in this is the detective contacted the employer and told the employer the fellow had a gun in the vehicle in the parking lot. This had nothing to do with the incident in question which happened miles and miles away from the employer's workplace. He has a squeaky-clean record both at work and in life without even a speeding ticket.

The employer immediately terminated the client for violating the no weapons policy.

Remember folks, if you receive a call from the police asking you to immediately come down to talk with them the response is not "I'll be right there". The proper response is "I'll be right there after I've contacted my lawyer and we'll let you know as soon as we can come in to talk with you and we intend to cooperate fully as soon as that can be arranged."

You need to understand that when police call you in for a friendly chat it's not because they're lonely and want to make a new friend. Instead, they're trying to make a case and if they've zeroed in on you, rightly or wrongly, as the suspect rather than the victim in the incident you need a lawyer and you need to shut up until you get one.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Smoked Brisket - It's What's For Labor Day Dinner

There's a first time for everything, and this was the first time to smoke a brisket.

To begin smoking a brisket, you need to prepare it, aye there's the rub.

And A rub there was:

Comprising brown sugar, ancho chili pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, onion flakes, garlic and pepper, the brisket was covered with it, wrapped in foil and placed in the fridge for 24 hours.

Then it was time to begin the smoking of the meat: The smoker was warmed up, topped off with water and fuel and the smoking began.

For the first attempt I went with a small brisket of 3 pounds, so the cook time was four and a half hours.

Every hour the brisket was lovingly basted with mop sauce.

Making the mop sauce was easy:

Step 1. Grab a beer, drink some beer.

Step 2. Put 1/4 cup of beer in a bowl

Step 3. Add 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar

Step 4. Add 1/4 cup olive oil

Step 5. add some squirts of Worcestershire sauce and mix thoroughly.

Step 6. Drink some beer while applying mop sauce to the brisket.

After 4.5 Hours cooking and then two hours of rest wrapped in foil, it was ready:

Served alongside some roast beets, roast potatoes, and corn it was a meal fit for the labors of the day, and yes, it came out tender and perfect tasting. Whether it was beginner's luck or otherwise, I made a darn nice brisket.

Man vs Ivy: When the Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Thorns In Them

Today, while working on some other important items, I had time to work on the poison ivy infestation.

The Round Up has done a pretty decent job so it was time for removal.

Rubber boots, long shirt and jeans, rubber gloves and cutting device in hand I waded in.

After over an hour I had a full lawn bag of poison ivy clippings and there's still more there.

Even better, the poison ivy stalks have co-located in one spot with a thorny plant that made removal so much more fun.

More Round Up was applied and I'll be back at it again for more position ivy removal once it kicks in.