If your response to this story is much different than “Ye gods” or “burn it with fire,” then you’re a bit different from me.
As a followup to THIS STORY where a guy broke into a house, emptied it out and claimed it as his own… he has *finally* been arrested for breaking and entering and theft. While it’s good this has finally happened, the question is “why did it take so long?” Oh, well, at least he’s finally going to jail, where he’ll hopefully get himself a nice long prison sentence and spend the next decade or so being brutalized.
And in other Good News regarding home invaders:
Short form: two burglars break in, one gets shot and has been caught and is critically wounded. If he dies, the *other* burglar gets to go to prison on a first degree murder charge. Woo!
A pregnant Italian woman in Britain on a business trip has a panic attack. Gets locked up in the nuthouse, gets put under, wakes up to find they’ve cut the baby out of her, and 18 months later the British social workers behind the whole effort are going to adopt it out. The Aristocrats!
One might be forgiven for wondering if maybe, just maybe, British social workers might have a wee bit too much power.
“If you like your baby, you can keep it.”
Paul Walker, 40, made famous in the “Fast & Furious” racing movies, died Saturday as a passenger in a sports car accident in Santa Clarita, Calif., near Los Angeles.
And I guess this sorta fits in with the concept of irony… how institutes of higher learning are becoming ever more hotbeds or irrational gibberish:
Inviting students to state their preferred gender pronouns, known as PGPs for short, and encouraging classmates to use unfamiliar ones such as “ze,’”sie,” `’e,” `’ou” and “ve” has become an accepted back-to-school practice for professors, dorm advisers, club sponsors, workshop leaders and health care providers at several schools.
I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to stick with “Hey, you. Dumbass.” Trying to make me do otherwise would be culturally insensitive.
The story is rather worse than the headline suggests. A family went out of town to a funeral, and came home to find that someone had not only broken in, he had dumped all their stuff outside, changed the locks and claimed the place as his own. He’s one of those “Sovereign Citizen” jackasses, and he thinks that he can just take other peoples property with a magical wave of a piece of paper he dreamed up. The family is now trying to take him to court.
The thing I don’t get: clearly, he broke in. The house was not his. His setting up shop didn’t make it his; it remains theirs. And Ohio seems to have “Castle Doctrine,” meaning a homeowner has not only no duty to retreat in his own home… and they can use deadly force against an intruder:
to create a rebuttable presumption that a person acted in self defense or defense of another when using defensive force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm to another if the person against whom the defensive force is used is in the process of entering or has entered, unlawfully and without privilege to do so, the residence or vehicle occupied by the person using the defensive force
So if I’m reading this right, the homeowners, upon returning home and finding their home invaded, could have:
1) Kicked in the front door
2) Gone inside, brandishing firearms
3) Ordered the intruder out
4) Shot him deader’n hell if he refused.
Where am I wrong here?
I’ve yammered about this sort of thing happening over in Britain a few times. It’s beyond disgusting to see it happening in the US, where property rights are supposed to be held sacrosanct. How is it that the cops haven’t chucked this guy out?
Looks like comet ISON, probably the best chance for a *good* comet in my lifetime, blew itself to evaporative bits as it rounded the sun today. There might be a spray of gravel along its orbit, but it looks like all the good stuff got expended at perihelion.
There may be some hope.
A British show I’ve been unaware of. The schtick is that they take a group of British True Believers in some wacky conspiracy theory and load ‘em on a bus and take them to various locales where their ideas can be met by people who *actually* seem to know what they’re talking about. Behold!
… that have gone ’round the bend.
First, from late last month, Manchester, England:
That’s what happens when you spend generations training the populace to be irrationally terrified of guns: even the cops can’t recognize ‘em.
And then there’s Philadelphia:
Because ridiculously expensive and fragile zip guns are *such* a problem.
Additionally: the Philly law would make it illegal to 3D print *any* component of a firearm. This would include the grips. I’d love to see the arguments they’d use in court to sustain that given that it wouldn’t be illegal for someone to carve grips out of chunks or wood or plastic.
Say hello to the “Single Individual, MAssively Destructive.” Where one person can destroy worlds.
Several world-ending possibilities are suggested, along with one possible way to counter someone with the sort of technology we’ll probably have within a few generations, and the sort of twisted personality we’ve had since the first primitive primate looked at another one and thought “you know, this tree would look fabulous covered in Oooks blood.” That suggested possibility? “Panoptic Smart Dust Sousveillance,” a variant of utility fog that involves an unthinkably vast number of nearly microscopic surveillance bots. Why unthinkably vast? In order to keep every square inch of the worlds surface under constant and active surveillance. Several such bots per cubic meter of air. Every human would have *many* bots watching them at all times. Complete privacy would become impossible… or, if someone achieved it, it would immediately raise flags.
The only way to manage such a system would be through a massively powerful AI system, with only a relatively trivial human involvement. The idea of such a surveillance state is of course horrifying to any self-respecting citizen… but honestly, I’m not sure I can come up with alternatives beyond a really effective human diaspora out into space. A few years ago, scientists created a viable polio virus from scratch. It will not be long before an entirely artificial, ferociously deadly virus can be created in a lab. And it will be relatively soon after that the same ability will filter down to the consumer level, just as room-sized “supercomputers” shrank down to solar powered digital watch-calculators that were sold alongside gum and candy in the checkout aisles of second-rate dollar stores.
Any way you look at it: the world a hundred years from now, perhaps much sooner, will be virtually unrecognizable to the likes of us.
I’ve said before that I hoped that the trend over the past few years of declaring “Racism!” over every damned thing would eventually lead to the word losing it’s power to bully. No more shakedowns. No more hustlers making fortunes by terrorizing the well-meaning. Sadly, my hope hasn’t come to pass, at least not yet.
But sometimes the claims of “Racist!” are so bizarre, over the top and oddly mis-applied that my hope returns. Take this example out of Britain:
Children of 8 are ‘racist’ if they miss Islam trip: School’s threatening letter to parents is met with outrage
As part of the National Religious Education Curriculum together with the multicultural community in which we live, it is a statutory requirement for Primary School aged children to experience and learn about different cultures.
The workshop is at Staffordshire University and will give your child the opportunity to explore other religions.
Children will be looking at religious artefacts similar to those that would be on display in a museum. They will not be partaking in any religious practices.
Refusal to allow your child to attend this trip will result in a Racial Discrimination note being attached to your child’s education record, which will remain on this file throughout their school career.
As such our expectations are that all children in years 4 and 6 attend school on Wednesday 27th November to take part in this trip.
All absences on this day will be investigated for their credibility and will only be sanctioned with a GP sick note.
For starters, there’s the explicit threat against *children* if their parents do not choose to send them to go look at some trinkets… for which privilege they’ve also got to pony up cash. But the truly whackobird thing about it? If the kids don’t go see somethign about a religion, they’ll be accused ot being prejudiced against a race. Bwah? And what race would this be, exactly?
This one, mayhaps?
Looks fairly British to me, and yet… Muslim. So… not wanting to go see the Muslim exhibit will mean that little English kids are racist against… the English?
A number of the parents understandably went bonkers when they saw this blackmail attempt, and the school has backed off. However, it seems to me that the best long-term approach would be:
1) Fire whoever wrote the letter
2) prosecute them for attempted child abuse
3) Advertise the prosecution far and wide. Make it known and understood that the era of such blatant political correctness is over, and anyone trying to use the power of the government to enforce this sort of rubbish will be run out of the public square on a rail. Or at the very least, stripped of their power to bully children.