2013

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Please Don't Shoot the Surfer Dude, Delivery Gal, Old Lady... Whatever!

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

LAPD Officer Chris Dorner has been fired after a hearing determines that he lied in a report against his training officer. Dorner is a black man with a big chip on his shoulder, so the LAPD is worried about what he might do next. He goes on a shooting spree. In Orange County, he murders the daughter of his lawyer. He sends a threatening manifesto to CNN's Anderson Cooper. In Corona, he shoots at two policemen and ambushes a patrol car in Riverside. Anyone familiar with Southern California roads knows that San Bernadino is next, but 25 minutes later he is reported in San Diego trying to steal a boat! (FYI, he would have to go 240 MPH non-stop to get there in that time frame.) Finally, Dorner's grey Nissan Titan is found burning on a remote trail near the vacation resort of Big Bear Lake in the San Bernadino mountains. Officers begin a house-by-house search. In the meantime, the LAPD has assigned protection teams to key officials. In the wee hours of the morning, a lone pickup truck comes creeping along the curb of the street. It stops briefly at each house as if looking for an address. The protection team has spotted the truck. It is obviously Dorner the mad assassin! SHOOT! SHOOT! SHOOT! Without warning, 102 bullets riddle the blue Toyota Tacoma. Emma Hernandez, 71, and her daughter, Margie Carranza, 47, are wounded, but they survive the onslaught. They deliver the newspaper every morning. A few minutes later the Torrence Police (same city) spot "Dorner" in a black Honda pickup. "Dorner" is a white male this time. The police cruiser rams the truck and officers fire a fusillade of bullets completely missing David Perdue on his way to do some early morning surfing. Dorner is everywhere. He's nowhere, and no one is safe... FROM THE POLICE! [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
Looking back, it is easy to criticize. Dorner did try to steal a boat, but that was the day before. Reports came in fast, and out of order. He might have been anywhere. In the gray hours of the morning, mistakes happen which is why you make sure you are not shooting an old lady or a white man when you are looking for a very large black man with a rifle. BTW, if you look at a picture of the Tacoma, it is a miracle those ladies lived. No police officer was charged criminally. Dorner himself (the real Dorner) refused to give up. He car-jacked a white Dodge truck. (Everyone duck!) Fish and Game officers identified him correctly. (Hire them!) He shot at two San Bernadino sheriffs, killing one, as he barricaded himself in a cabin. Sheriffs fired tear gas into the cabin which started a fire. (I say intentionally, but they say not.) A single shot was heard. Dorner blew his brains out. Bye-bye.

Edward Snowden proves tinfoil hats are reasonable

Contributed by Southpaw Ben

In May, a NSA contractor takes leave and travels to Hong Kong allegedly to get treatment for his epilepsy. He meets with several members of The Guardian while there. On June 5, the first of many reports on the classified materials he has given them is published, revealing that over 120 million Verizon customers have had their phone records collected by the NSA. From this point on, the reports come one after another, showing just how far down the rabbit hole the NSA is. Among this information is evidence the NSA has been spying on Brazilian emails, and our European allies among other foreign nations.

My Take by Southpaw Ben
Many people in the liberty movement saw this as the proof they needed to get the American people to see how bad the government has gotten. While I completely agree that the NSA should not have been spying on US, many of the same people shouting the loudest over this were also complaining about the NSA spying on our allies. This is where I disagree with them. The NSA's job is to spy on potential threats to the US, which can include our allies. While I don't think the US should be meddling in other countries elections, collecting intelligence from them about what's going on behind closed doors should be expected.
My Take by Alex Shrugged
On a related topic, there is a discussion in the Trump Administration on how to balance the need of the NSA to exploit vulnerabilities in software with the duty to protect US citizens from those vulnerabilities by telling a company, such as Microsoft, to fix them. The Obama Administration tried to keep that balance and failed. I doubt the Trump Administration do any better because there is always a good reason to keep a secret a secret. [6] [7]

Boston Blows it Big Time

Contributed by Alex Shrugged

"When the smoke started to clear, I could see lots of bodies. [...] I could see a lot of mangled limbs, a lot of blood and shattered glass."
-- Dave Abel, Boston Globe Reporter, 10 feet from the blast, apparently shielded by those closer to the explosion.

The Boston Marathon always falls on the 3rd Monday in April, Patriot's Day, commemorating the battles at Lexington and Concord which were the opening shots in the American Revolution. This year it falls on April 15th, Tax Day. But as the runners cross the finish line there is an explosion. Thirteen seconds later there is another. 3 people are killed including an 8-year-old boy. 16 others have limbs blown off. The carnage is horrific. The selfless bravery in the midst of that chaos is heartening as volunteers carry away the injured. The bombs were designed to kill spectators with a pressure cooker filled with nails, and a low explosive hidden inside a backpack. Local security cameras are scanned for clues. They spot two men casually walking away. They stand out. Their names are Tamerlan Tsarnaev (26) and his brother Dzhokhar (20) rhymes with "joker". They are legal refugees from Chechnya and yes, they are Muslims. A gas station attendant spots them and calls 911. Police show up and a shootout ensues. More than 200 rounds are fired, crude grenades are thrown. After Tamerlan runs out of ammo the police tackle him. His younger brother tries to run down the policemen. Instead he drags his older brother under the car. The young man escapes on foot. His brother dies an hour later. This will take some time. [8] [9] [10]

My Take by Alex Shrugged
They eventually found him in a parked boat under a tarp, but what really galled me was how docile the Boston public was in the face of government intrusion. The governor ordered a lock-down of the area. Police were armed to the teeth like it was Beirut. I'm as anxious as the next guy to help the police find a killer, but that is MY choice. The police ask for my cooperation. They don't tell me what to do unless they have probable cause and a warrant. If they are in hot pursuit then I'm flexible, but there was no hot pursuit. They didn't know where he was. When they found the guy in a boat they shot him several times. The Police Chief said that he was firing at police, but the guy was unarmed. They took him to the hospital. As of this writing he is sitting on death row, but initially, some people felt sorry for him probably because he had that little lost puppy look. Spare me! A lot of this was a dry run to see if the government could control the public... to see how citizens would react if their government imposed military rule over them at least temporarily. From the government perspective the public reacted well. I was appalled. [11] [12]

Notable Births

None that I can find so far.--alexshrugged

Notable Deaths

  • James M. Buchanan (age 93, natural causes): Cato Institute Fellow and economist in the same school as Hayek. [13] [14]
  • Hugo Chávez (age 58, respiratory infection): (Socialist) President of Venezuela. His last words are: "Yo no quiero morir, por favor no me dejen morir" (I don't want to die. Please don't let me die). (He was a modern example of what socialism can do to a country.... good and hard.--alexshrugged) [13]
  • Margaret Thatcher (age 87, stroke): Prime Minister of the UK. (I disagreed with her position on healthcare, but she was a great lady. I miss her.--alexshrugged) [13]
  • Tom Clancy (age 66, undisclosed, likely heart-related): Author of "The Hunt for Red October" and video games like "Rainbow Six", "Ghost Recon" and many others. (My favorite author of thrillers. He came up with the idea of using passenger jets as flying bombs. See Debt of Honor.--alexshrugged) [13]
  • Cory Monteith (age 31, heroin overdose): Finn in TV's Glee. He had entered rehab a few months earlier after the cast arranged an intervention. (A resumption of drug and alcohol use after a short period of abstinence IN ADDICTS AND HEAVY DRINKERS can cause death.--alexshrugged )

This Year in Film

  • Frozen: Animated musical. Traditional story. (I didn't hate it.--alexshrugged) [15]
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: (They are dragging the story out and thus ruining it.--alexshrugged) [15]
  • And...: Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, and Lone Survivor (As I recall, Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell told the producers, "If you dishonor my friends I will kill you all," or words to that effect.--alexshrugged). [15]

This Year in TV

  • Al Jazeera buys Current TV from Al Gore: Gore refuses the offer from Glenn Beck and sells out to big oil. (He always was a big Occidental Coal and Oil guy despite what he says.--alexshrugged) [16] [17]
  • Time Warner Cable refuses ads for firearms: This is in response to the Sandyhook murders and President Obama's push against so-called assault weapons. [16]
  • 60 Minutes is caught lying about Benghazi: Actually their source lied, but CBS was publishing the liar's new book... a fact that CBS neglected to mention in the report. [16] [18]
  • Red Eye's Greg Gutfeld calls comedian Jim Carrey "the most pathetic tool on the face of the earth": Carrey's anti-gun video, "Cold Dead Hands" seems hypocritical since he plays superhero Colonel Stars and Stripes in Kick Ass 2 while using a gun. (Click here to see trailer, but only if you are over 40, or maybe 50.) [16] [19]

This Year in Music

  • Blurred Lines: Robin Thicke featuring T.I and Pharrell. "I know you want it, but you're a good girl" (I cannot in good conscience provide a link to this music.--alexshrugged) [20]
  • Thrift Shop: Macklemore with Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz. "I'm gonna pop some tags / Only got twenty dollars in my pocket / I - I - I'm hunting, looking for a come-up / This is f---ing awesome" (The music video has the virtue of being self-deprecating. What other virtues it has are lost on me.--alexshrugged) [20] [21]
  • Locked Out of Heaven: Bruno Mars. "'Cause you make me feel like I've been locked out of heaven." (The music and vocals are good. The lyrics are are not obscene, but too direct, so no link.--alexshrugged) [20]
  • Cruise: Florida Georgia Line. "Baby, you make me want to roll my window down and cruise." [20]

This Year in Video Games

  • Grand Theft Auto 5: The game grosses $800 million the 1st day. It is criticized for torture and violence against women. Target pulls the game from the shelves. (It makes no difference.--alexshrugged) [22]
  • The Last of Us: Survival-horror. Your mission is to get a teenage girl across a post-apocalyptic US while fighting off cannibals and whatever else comes your way. [22]
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds for the Nintendo 3DS handheld: 17th in the series. Link must restore peace to the kingdom after the sorcerer Yuga kidnaps Princess Zelda. (Blah, blah, blah. It is incredibly popular.--alexshrugged) [22]

In Other News

Event More Info Comments
George Zimmerman is acquitted of all charges in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin. Despite media attempts to paint Zimmerman as a Neo-Nazi, he acted in self defense. Florida's 2005 "Stand Your Ground" law says that he had no duty to retreat. [23] [24] [25] (I've heard an extensive interview of Zimmerman, and I am convinced he acted correctly, if a little too enthusiastically at first.--alexshrugged)
The Chelyabinsk meteor explodes over Russia, injuring almost 1.5 million people and damaging over 4,300 buildings It is the most powerful meteor to strike Earth's atmosphere since the Tunguska Blast. [26] [27][28] [24][29] (You have to see the video. It is unbelieveable.--alexshrugged)
The Journal of Pediatrics confirms that there is no scientific link between vaccines and autism [30] [24] The other top concern of parents is administering too many vacines in one day. (Well... I'm glad that is all settled now.--alexshrugged)
The first 3-D gun is printed in Austin, Texas. As with the Glock, the government is worried that plastic weapons might evade airport screening. [31][32] [24] (They already can.--alexshrugged)
And a bunch of stuff that seems more important that the above. (Only time will tell.--alexshrugged)

This Year in Wikipedia

Year 2013, Wikipedia.

See Also

References

  1. Riverside, California to San Diego, California - Google Maps. Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “1 h 30 min (101 miles) via I-215 S and I-15 S; Fastest route, the usual traffic.”
  2. Dorner manhunt: Officers opened fire on mother, daughter - L.A. NOW - Los Angeles Times (February 9, 2013). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “Then around 5 a.m. Thursday in Torrance, police from nearby El Segundo saw a pickup truck exit a freeway and head in the general direction of the Redbeam Avenue residence of a high-ranking Los Angeles police official, which was being guarded by a group of LAPD officers. A radio call indicated that the truck matched the description of Dorner's gray Nissan Titan. As the vehicle approached the house, officers opened fire, unloading a barrage of bullets into the back of the truck. When the shooting stopped, they quickly realized their mistake. The truck was not a Nissan Titan, but a Toyota Tacoma. The color wasn't gray, but aqua blue. And it wasn't Dorner inside the truck, but Carranza and her mother delivering copies of the Los Angeles Times.”
  3. Ex-LAPD cop tried to steal boat, flee to Mexico, authorities say - L.A. NOW - Los Angeles Times (February 7, 2013). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “Police officials said they believed Christopher Jordan Dorner, 33, attempted to steal a 47-foot boat from an elderly man about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Southwestern Yacht Club in Point Loma, hours before the police shootings in Riverside. The 81-year-old boat owner reported being accosted and tied up by a burly man dressed in black who threatened him with a gun and said he wanted the boat to flee to Mexico.”
  4. Ex-cop suspected in shooting of 3 police officers, O.C. couple - L.A. NOW - Los Angeles Times (February 7, 2013). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “The three new shootings occurred in Riverside County. One LAPD officer was grazed in the Corona area, law enforcement sources said. Then sometime later, two Riverside Police Department officers were shot in Riverside. One of those officers died, sources said.”
  5. LAPD, Torrance Police Shot At Innocent People In Frenzied Hunt For Former Cop Christopher Dorner - HuffPost (February 7, 2013). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “The first shooting incident happened at 5:20 a.m. Officers from the Hollywood division of the LAPD shot two people who turned out to have no connection to Dorner's crimes. They were transported to the hospital with gunshot injuries. The second incident occurred 25 minutes later and involved Torrance police. While shots were fired, there were no reported injuries.”
  6. Microsoft Blames Global Cyberattack on Leaked NSA Code, Warns U.S. Government over Cyberweapons - Breitbart (15 May 2017). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “Microsoft added that 'this attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem.' 'This is an emerging pattern in 2017. We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world,' the company declared. 'Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage. An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. And this most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today – nation-state action and organized criminal action.'”
  7. Security Now! Transcript of Episode #612 Makes You WannaCry. grc.com (May 16th, 2017). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “And, finally, Brad Smith, Microsoft's President and Chief Legal Officer, weighs in. He has sort of a rambling post about social responsibility and so forth, in which he takes no responsibility for this. The title of his posting was 'The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week's cyberattack.' And I snipped all of the preamble and conclude with him saying: 'Finally, this attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem. This is an emerging pattern in 2017,' he writes. 'We've seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA' - notice he didn't say, I mean, there's no punches pulled here, it's like no 'maybe' or 'believed to be' or anything.”
  8. Investigation of Boston Marathon bombings continues - Boston.com (April 16, 2013). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “Richard DesLauriers, special agent in charge of the Boston FBI office, said pieces of black nylon consistent with a black backpack or bag had been found, along with fragments of BBs and nails 'possibly contained in a pressure cooker device.' He had no comment when asked whether a circuit board had been discovered. He emphasized that the person who detonated the bombs is 'someone’s friend, neighbor, coworker, or relative.' He urged anyone to contact authorities who if they had heard someone talk threateningly about the marathon or the date of April 15, or knew someone with an unusual interest in explosive devices. He said someone might have heard the bombers testing the explosives in a remote area.”
  9. Boston bomb similar to IEDs used in war zones - CNN - YouTube. Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “Counter IED Expert Jeff Parks explains how easy it is to turn a pressure cooker into a bomb.”
  10. FBI: Help us ID Boston bomb suspects - CNN.com. cnn.com (April 19, 2013). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “After three days of poring over photos and video, investigators appealed to the public to help them identify two men now considered suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. The men were photographed walking down Boylston Street, one behind the other, near the finish line of Monday's race. Suspect 1 was seen wearing a light-colored, collarless shirt underneath a dark-colored jacket and wearing a dark baseball cap. The man identified as Suspect 2 was seen setting down a backpack at the site of the second explosion 'within minutes' of the blasts that killed three people and wounded nearly 180, said Special Agent Rick DesLauriers, the head of the FBI's Boston office. He was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt, a black jacket and a white baseball cap turned backward.”
  11. Gunfire heard in search for Boston Marathon bomb suspect - Reuters (April 19, 2013). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “Authorities cordoned off a section of Watertown and told residents not to leave their homes or answer the door as officers in combat gear scoured a 20-block area. Two Black Hawk helicopters circled the area. SWAT teams moved through in formation, leaving an officer behind to ensure that searched homes remained secure, a law enforcement official said.”
  12. Boston Marathon Manhunt: Search for bombing suspect is law enforcement's first major test of post-9/11 training - CBS News (April 19, 2013). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “Over the past decade, local and federal police agencies have been training to deal with situations involving terrorists, amassing weapons of war - such as the tank-like tactical vehicles currently rolling through the streets of Boston - and preparing to work together should the situation arise. This week, it did. According to Haberfeld, the massive show of force in Boston represents the first major field test of the interagency task forces created in the wake of the September 2001 attacks. Currently on the scene in Boston are officers and vehicles belonging to the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Department of Homeland Security and the National Guard. The Boston and Watertown Police departments, as well as the Massachusetts State Police, are also involved. Additionally, the FAA has instituted flight restrictions in the area and Amtrak service has been suspended.”
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  14. James M. Buchanan - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “Buchanan is considered to be a quasi-member of the Austrian school of economics, not formally associated with the school but sharing many common beliefs. As Buchanan puts it: 'I certainly have a great deal of affinity with Austrian economics and I have no objections to being called an Austrian. Hayek and Mises might consider me an Austrian but, surely some of the others would not.' Buchanan went on to say that: 'I didn't become acquainted with Mises until I wrote an article on individual choice and voting in the market in 1954. After I had finished the first draft I went back to see what Mises had said in Human Action. I found out, amazingly, that he had come closer to saying what I was trying to say than anybody else.'”
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  17. Occidental Petroleum - Wikipedia (2017). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “Occidental's coal interests were represented for many years by attorney and former U.S. Senator Albert Gore, Sr., among others. Gore, who had a long-time close friendship with Hammer, became the head of the subsidiary Island Creek Coal Company, upon his election loss in the Senate. Much of Occidental's coal and phosphate production was in Tennessee, the state Gore represented in the Senate, and Gore owned shares in the company. Former Vice President Albert Gore, Jr. received much criticism from environmentalists, when the shares passed to the estate after the death of Albert Gore Sr., and Albert Gore Jr. was a son and the executor of the estate. Albert Gore Jr. did not exercise control over the shares, which were eventually sold when the estate closed. Island Creek Coal was sold to Consol Energy in 1993. In 1998, the U.S. government sold the Elk Hills Oil Field to Occidental for $3.65 billion. According to the government, the reserve was no longer strategically necessary, and the reserve was sold to reduce the national debt and the size of the government. To ensure competition, the field was sold in segments and offered to multiple bidders. Critics cited Vice President Al Gore's involvement with the company as evidence of graft.”
  18. "The disaster of the ’60 Minutes’ Benghazi story - The Washington Post", May 5,2014. Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “As it later turned out, Davies wasn’t even around; he’d stayed at his villa. The account that he gave to CBS News differed from what he’d told the FBI. His version of events, such as it was, stemmed from a book that he’d written for a publishing house that’s part of the CBS corporation, a little detail that '60 Minutes' had left out of its broadcast. An internal review of the episode turned up mistakes in fact-checking: '[T]he wider reporting resources of CBS News were not employed in an effort to confirm his account,' said Al Ortiz, CBS News executive director of standards and practices, in the report.” 
  19. Jim Carrey: Fox News 'A Media Colostomy Bag That Has Begun To Burst At The Seams' - HuffPost (March 29, 2013). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “Greg Gutfeld, a Fox News personality, attacked Carrey after the clip went viral, saying, 'He is probably the most pathetic tool on the face of the earth and I hope his career is dead and I hope he ends up sleeping in a car. [...] This video made me want to go out and buy a gun. He thinks this is biting satire going after rural America and a dead man... He's a dirty, stinking coward... He's such a pathetic, sad, little freak. He's a gibbering mess. He's a modern bigot.'”
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  23. Greg Botelho and Holly Yan. "George Zimmerman found not guilty of murder in Trayvon Martin's death", CNN, 2013-07-14. Retrieved on 2013-11-19. 
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  25. Florida could pave new changes in 'stand your ground’ laws - Fox17 (May 28, 201). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “Many states have long invoked 'the castle doctrine,' allowing people to use even deadly force to defend themselves in their own homes. Florida changed that in 2005, so that even outside a home, a person has no duty to retreat and can 'stand his or her ground' anywhere they are legally allowed to be. Other states followed suit, and 'stand your ground' defenses became much more common in pre-trial immunity hearings and during trials.”
  26. "Russia meteor eyewitness: 'Something like the sun fell'", BBC, February 15, 2013. Retrieved on July 11, 2013. 
  27. McKie, Robin. "Scientists unveil new detectors in race to save Earth from next asteroid", February 16, 2013. Retrieved on July 11, 2013. 
  28. Broad, William J.. "Vindication for Entrepreneurs Watching Sky: Yes, It Can Fall", 'New York Times', February 16, 2013. Retrieved on April 22, 2013. 
  29. Meteor Hits Russia Feb 15, 2013 - Event Archive - YouTube. Retrieved on 28 May 2017. “Feb 15,2013 - A 'small' meteorite streaked through the skies above Russia's Urals region. The blast, equivalent to 300,000 tons of TNT, shattered windows, damaged more than 3,000 building and injured over 1,000 people. 8 months after the incident, the meteorite, weighing in at 570 kg, was pulled out of Lake Chebarkul, making it one of the biggest meteorites ever recovered.”
  30. No link found between autism and number of vaccines - CBS News (March 29, 2013). Retrieved on 29 May 2017. “'The amount of antigens from vaccines received on one day of vaccination or in total during the first two years of life is not related to the development of autism spectrum disorder in children,' author Frank DeStefano, director of the Immunization Safety Office of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told NPR. About one-third of parents worry that vaccines cause autism, and 10 percent of parents refuse or delay vaccinations because they think it is safer than what the CDC recommends. One of the top issues is that some parents fear that their children are receiving too many vaccines on a single day and throughout the first two years of the child's life.”
  31. Working gun made with 3D printer. BBC News. Retrieved on 16 July 2016.
  32. Gun Made With 3-D Printer Is Successfully Fired (6 May 2013). Retrieved on 16 July 2016.

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