We are losing more and more liberties under dictates of Reichsfuhrer-SS Biden.
With a prediction for very stormy weather ahead for the nation he loves, meteorologist Karl Bohnak signed off last week after being fired for refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Bohnak had served as the weatherman at Michigan’s WLUC-TV for 33 years, according to The Washington Post. Gray Television, WLUC’s parent company, instituted a vaccine-or-else policy that went into effect on Wednesday.
Bohnak, quoting New York Yankee icon Lou Gehrig’s famous farewell speech, announced his departure in a post on Facebook.
“I am sad, but, to borrow a quote from a famous ballplayer, ‘I’m the luckiest man on the face of the earth’ because I had a dream as a kid to be a weatherman.
“That dream came true and to top it off, I got to broadcast weather for one of the most challenging, beautiful spots in the United States. As an added bonus, the people I broadcast to all across Upper Michigan were so kind and encouraging,” he wrote.
But a cloud has fallen over the land of the free, he wrote.
“The abrogation of our liberty and freedom under the guise of a pandemic is very disturbing to me. Hopefully, whether you lean right or left, you are concerned about what has occurred the last year-and-a-half.
“I just wanted to go about my business, ‘live and let live’, and keep my mouth shut. But this act by the federal government through corporate America has brought me to a crossroads. Our way of life, our freedom and liberty, is collapsing before our eyes,” Bohnak wrote.
“Many of you have taken one of these injections, and that is absolutely your right. It is also my right to choose the medical options I feel are right for me. I have authority over my body.”
Bohnak then laid out why he had refused the vaccine.
“I have decided against the vaccine option, first and foremost, because the manufacturers of these injections have absolutely no liability if injury or death occurs after the shot. I asked myself, would I buy brakes for my vehicle if the brake company had no liability if the brakes failed? No!
“So, I will certainly not allow a medicine in my body from a company that does not stand behind its product,” he wrote.
Bohnak said he might have received the vaccine had the risk of death from COVID-19 been significant.
“However,” he wrote, “for a normally healthy adult not housed in a nursing home or not suffering from serious comorbidities, the chance of surviving COVID is well over 99 percent. I will take the chance and go without a shot. I choose not to risk serious side effects.”
“It’s time to wake up to what is occurring here in America and across the world,” he continued.
“We are being bludgeoned with fear, I believe, in an effort to control us. Eminent doctors, virologists and epidemiologists who post facts contradicting the ‘official’ accepted narrative regarding COVID are being censored; some are losing their jobs.
“It’s time to honor those who served. For me, I honor them by saying ‘Enough! I have the right to choose — we all do. If we do nothing, we will lose that right.”
Bohnak concluded with “a distillation of a portion of Jefferson’s masterpiece, the Declaration of Independence: ‘When tyranny becomes law, resistance becomes duty.’
“Those who love America and the freedom and liberty it stands for, must speak up. Hopefully, it’s not too late,” he wrote.
The Western Journal has published this article in the interest of shedding light on stories about the COVID-19 vaccine that go largely unreported by the establishment media. In the same spirit, according to the most recent statistics from the CDC’s Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System, 7,653 deaths have been reported among those who received a vaccine, or 20 out of every 1,000,000. By contrast, 666,440 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by the CDC, or 17,537 out of every 1,000,000. In addition, it must be noted that VAERS reports can be filed by anyone and are unverified by the CDC. Thus, as the agency notes, “reports of adverse events to VAERS following vaccination, including deaths, do not necessarily mean that a vaccine caused a health problem.” The decision to receive a COVID-19 vaccine is a personal one, and it is important to consider context when making that decision. — Ed. note
Houston’s Colt Stadium was plagued by mosquitoes and brutal heat. Other ballparks, such as Cleveland’s cavernous ‘Mistake by the Lake,’ had bizarre dimensions.
Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field—Major League Baseball’s oldest ballparks—are charming testaments from the sport’s early 20th century. Some of the peers of those ballparks had odd features, from weird dimensions to insanely high outfield walls. Here are 10 of the more unusual and quirky bygone ballparks in MLB history.
1. Baker Bowl in Philadelphia | 1904-1938
ODDITY: Towering right field wall.
The original wooden Baker Bowl, destroyed in an 1895 fire, was rebuilt with steel and brick. It was home of the Philadelphia Phillies and widely considered the first “modern” ballpark.
Because the right field corner was only 279 feet from home plate, a 40-foot-high wall was erected to prevent routine popups from turning into home runs. In 1937, the right field wall was increased to 60 feet, much higher than the famous, 37-foot “Green Monster” in left field at Boston’s Fenway Park—one of the odder features in a Major League Baseball stadium.
2. Forbes Field in Pittsburgh | 1909-1970
ODDITY: “Greenberg Gardens” and left-center field, which was 457 feet from home plate—one of the longer distances in MLB history.
Three large light towers were in play at Forbes, named after French and Indian War General John Forbes. Left field was strange indeed. After World War II, with the arrival of slugger Hank Greenberg, the Pirates moved the left field fence in 30 feet. The bullpens, previously located in foul territory, were moved into the area behind the leftfield fence. Sportswriters dubbed that area “Greenberg Gardens,” after the power hitter who had a penchant for homering to left field.
After hitting 25 home runs in 1947, his lone season in Pittsburgh, Greenberg retired. His “Gardens” were renamed “Kiner’s Korner,” in honor of young outfielder Ralph Kiner, who hit 40 home runs in 1948.
In Game 7 of the 1960 World Series, Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski homered over the 406-foot sign in left-center field, giving Pittsburgh the World Series title over the New York Yankees.
3. Polo Grounds in New York | 1911-1963
ODDITY: Deep in center field (403 to 505 feet) but shallow and home run-friendly down the lines (276 feet in left and only 258 feet in right).
The original site of this hallowed New York ballpark was in a corner of Central Park. People played polo nearby, hence the name Polo Grounds. The name stuck even when a new Polo Grounds was built farther uptown, at Coogan’s Hollow.
Capacity was just 16,000 when the new ballpark opened, but by the 1950s, it was nearly 55,000 fans. The New York Giants played there until they moved to San Francisco in 1958. The Yankees moved into the Polo Grounds in 1913.
That arrangement worked fine until 1920, when the Yankees purchased Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox. The short right field played perfectly for the left-handed-hitting Ruth, and his popularity became an irritant to the Giants. In 1920, the Yankees drew 1,289,422 at the Polo Grounds, more than 300,000 more fans than the Giants. Pushed to move elsewhere by their in-city rivals, the Yankees moved into Yankee Statium in 1923.
The New York Mets played at the Polo Grounds from 1962-63.
4. Tiger Stadium in Detroit | 1912-1999
ODDITY: A right field seating area jutted 10 feet over the field and became the landing area for many home runs.
Tiger Stadium was a classic example of the way the local environs created challenges that were often solved with creative, but quirky, solutions by ballpark designers. The right field overhang was necessary because Trumbull Avenue made any expansion beyond the ballpark impossible.
Tiger Stadium had other quirks. A tall flagpole in center field, a few feet from the outfield wall, was in fair territory and a constant challenge for outfielders. Pillars holding up the upper deck obstructed the view of fans from many outfield seats.
5. Braves Field in Boston | 1915-1953
ODDITY: The center field wall, 550 feet straightaway from home plate, was lined with trees to hide the smoke from a railyard beyond the fence.
The deep center field made this stadium a hotbed for inside-the-park home runs. But the trees, which didn’t obscure the smoke, were an all-time oddity. Babe Ruth, who began his big-league career with the Red Sox at Fenway Park nearby, played his final season with the Boston Braves, in 1935.
6. Municipal Stadium in Cleveland | 1932-1993
ODDITY:The stadium, known as “The Mistake by the Lake,” was too vast for baseball but was needed for that purpose by the Indians for 60 years.
Until the baseball dimensions were changed in the football-friendly stadium, center field was 470 feet from home plate and the left and right field cornerswere 463 feet—distances no home run hitter would ever love.
When Bill Veeck owned the Indians, he installed fences that were shallower than the original walls and moved depending on what depth would benefit the Indians. MLB outlawed that practice.
Because of Municipal Stadium’s 78,000-seat capacity, which made regular baseball crowds look miniscule, the Indians played only weekend and holiday games in the park near Lake Erie from 1934-46. Weekday games were played at League Park, which had its own eccentricities. Situated in a rectangle defined by city streets, the park had a shallow (290 feet) left field. To mitigate the lack of depth, the fence in left field was 40 feet high, three feet higher than Fenway Park’s “Green Monster.”
7. Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles | 1958-1961
ODDITY:Built to host the 1932 Summer Olympics, its 90,000-seat capacity was the largest in MLB history.
To wedge a baseball field into the Coliseum, the left field fence was just 250 feet from home plate, a distance some recreation league softball hitters could reach today. A tall screen was added to make it more challenging for hitters to clear.
On October 4, 1959, the Dodgers hosted Game 3 of the World Series against the Chicago White Sox—the first postseason game in MLB history played in California. The team moved into Dodgers Stadium in 1962.
8. Candlestick Park in San Francisco | 1960-1999
ODDITY: Excessive wind, fog and unseasonably cold weather in the park near San Francisco Bay.
At the 1961 MLB All-Star Game, San Francisco Giants pitcher Stu Miller was blown off the mound by a gust of wind. That was an awful flaw of the otherwise pretty orange ballpark between downtown San Francisco and the city’s airport. There was talk of building a dome over the park in the mid-1980s, but that idea never took root.
ODDITY: The heat was as unbearable as the mosquitoes.
Colt Stadium was the reason the city of Houston built the Astrodome to house its expansion Colt 45’s—soon renamed the Astros. The ballpark was nicknamed “Mosquito Heaven” because of the swarming bloodsuckers who feasted on anyone there. But the park was tough enough even before the mosquitoes got there.
Then-Houston Colt Rusty Staub summed it up: “I don’t care what ballpark they ever talk about as being the hottest place on the face of the Earth, Colt Stadium was it.” The stadium eventually was disassembled and relocated in Torreon, Mexico. Presumably, it wasn’t any cooler there.
10. Astrodome in Houston | 1965-1999
ODDITY:Weird ground rules—a ball hitting the roof or speaker above the playing field was in play.
The Astrodome, the first indoor stadium in MLB history, produced a domino effect of unanticipated problems. The stadium’s nearly 5,000 translucent panels allowed natural light, but that also meant the sun poured in from certain angles and blinded players, particularly outfielders.
The solution, painting many of the panels, solved one problem but created another. The stadium’s natural grass, expected to thrive in natural light, died once the panels were painted. The solution to that—artificial grass named AstroTurf—also created problems for players, most of whom hated the newfangled surface because playing on it often caused injuries.
Some parts of the dome were beyond easy repair. In a 1974 game, Philadelphia Phillies slugger Mike Schmidt’s towering fly ball hit a speaker suspended from the ceiling, 117 feet high and 300 feet from home plate. In any other ballpark, Schmidt’s blast probably would have been a home run. But his hit plopped into the outfield, and he was awarded a single.
In 1965, New York Mets broadcaster Lindsey Nelson called a game from a gondola suspended 208 feet above second base. Nobody hit Nelson with a fly ball.
Gabby Giffords is so full of crap it oozes out of her pores.
For American gun owners, one of the major problems with the legacy media controlling the national narrative is that their fellow leftists are never held accountable for what they say, regardless of how libelous, insulting and flat-out wrong their comments are.
If a falsehood – even a whopper of a lie – fits their personal political views, the media will never question what is said. They’ll even promulgate the lie by repeating it in news stories and social media, which results in the statement being regurgitated so often it becomes accepted as fact by the uninformed.
Case in point, a tweet from Gabby Gifford’s anti-gun group, Giffords, which was sent Sept. 10:
“The insurrectionists who attacked the US Capitol are the same ones pushing an extremist guns-everywhere agenda,” the tweet states. “For the safety and future of our country, lawmakers need to protect public safety and democracy from extremism and violence.”
To be clear, insurrection is a federal crime punishable by a hefty fine and up to 10 years in prison, although none of the Jan. 6 defendants Gabby references have been charged with it. What’s worse is that Gabby clearly says that gun owners and anyone else who supports our God-given constitutional rights are criminals capable of extremism and violence, who need to be specifically targeted and suppressed by new laws for the sake of our public safety and democracy.
On what planet does this make sense?
Gabby’s statement is so over-the-top I half hoped someone would hold her accountable, but of course no one did. She’s seen as an anti-gun icon by the left, and can get away with saying whatever she wants, even marginalizing American gun owners and insisting we’re all revolutionaries-in-waiting.
Take a look in the mirror if you want to see who Gabby is defaming. We are the fringe, she wants the public to believe, rather than the majority we truly are. We are the real mainstream, not violent extremists. We don’t need to be targeted by new laws, especially since we are the law enforcement officers who would enforce these laws. Besides, the true violent extremists – the real threats to our democracy – were recently gifted billions of dollars worth of advanced weaponry by the Biden-Harris regime.
Gabby and her ilk usually dismiss comments they disagree with as hate speech, which they then try to censor through their allies in the legacy media, but her comments are the real hate speech. I understand she is angry and lashing out, since we stopped her employee, David Chipman, from becoming ATF director, but there is no excuse for comments like this.
We will continue to call out hateful speech like this, regardless of who says it.
The 2022 midterms can not happen soon enough to stop Joe Pee Pads Biden’s anti gun jihad.
President Joe Biden released a statement Thursday in which he blamed Republicans for David Chipman’s failed nomination and pledged to continue working toward more gun control.
The statement began with Biden praising Chipman for his work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), then moved to blamed Republicans for the Chipman nomination failure:
Republicans in Congress have made clear that they intend to use gun crime as a political talking point instead of taking serious steps to address it. That’s why they’ve moved in lockstep to block David Chipman’s confirmation, and it’s why they side with gun manufacturers over the overwhelming majority of the American people in opposing commonsense measures like universal background checks.
Biden did not mention that the pivotal opposition to Chipman’s nomination came from Sen. Angus King (I-ME).
King caucuses with Senate Democrats, giving them the 50 votes that allow them to hold the majority over Republicans, counting VP Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote authority. Once King announced he would not support Chipman, it was evident that the nomination was going nowhere unless a Republican crossed the aisle to support the gun control nominee.
In this September 25, 2019, photo, Giffords Law Center Senior Policy Advisor David Chipman speaks at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on assault weapons on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
Biden’s statement on the withdraw of Chipman concluded with a pledge to continue pursuing gun control:
We knew this wouldn’t be easy – there’s only been one Senate-confirmed ATF Director in the Bureau’s history – but I have spent my entire career working to combat the scourge of gun violence, and I remain deeply committed to that work. Since taking office, my Administration has taken numerous steps to combat gun violence, and we’ll continue to use every tool at our disposal to fight gun violence and keep Americans safe. I am grateful for Mr. Chipman’s service and for his work.
Gun control has been a staple among Biden’s presidential goals from day one.
For example, during a February 24, 2020, campaign speech in South Carolina, Biden referenced gun manufacturers then looked into the camera and said, “I’m going to take you down.”
This thug should have never been in possession of a firearm.
We would need a bigger blog, a faster server, and a lot more staff if TTAG detailed everything wrong with Murder City, USA. However, the story of a liquor store that hired a four-time convicted felon (and registered sex offender) to provide armed security surely is exceptional in more ways than one.
Chester Holmes, 42, got a gig working armed security for a liquor store in Chicago. According the CPD, things went south when a maskless customer walked into the store. Holmes reportedly ordered the man to mask up and the customer seems to have declined the directive from the vigilant guard.
A quick search of Illinois’ sex offender database shows Mr. Holmes earned a conviction for sexually abusing a 16-year-old female when he was 24. He’s listed as a sexual predator. Suffice it to say with four felonies to his credit, he didn’t have a valid FOID card, much less the wallet full of licenses needed to legitimately work an armed security job.
One thing led to another inside the store and cops say Mr. Holmes shot the non-compliant customer. Holmes then followed the wounded customer outside the shop and shot him until the customer was no longer at risk of spreading COVID. Or breathing.
At arraignment, through his public defender, Mr. Holmes claimed he shot the maskless customer in self-defense, claiming that the 28-year-old maskless man would infect everyone with COVID and leave them all to die of the flu-like disease. The public defender then noted that the sexual predator “has a big heart and is a kind-hearted man.”
The judge didn’t buy it. Even in Chicago’s famously forgiving criminal justice system. Mr. Holmes earned the rarity of being held without bail in Cook County Jail pending his trial. That right there is a miracle in today’s Cook County court system.
“The victim fled the store, fell outside, followed by the defendant [who], according to the surveillance video, shot a second time. The defendant then paces back and forth and shot a third time,” Marubio said before ordering 42-year-old Chester Holmes held without bail.
Holmes, who is barred from possessing a weapon because he is a four-time convicted felon and registered child sex offender, was working as an armed security guard at the store on the 6000 block of South Racine when a 28-year-old man walked in without a COVID mask around 9:53 am. Monday, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Darryl Auguste.
Holmes and the victim argued about the mask policy and the victim eventually left. He then turned around and walked back in. When he did, Holmes met him with a drawn handgun and shot him, Auguste said.
The victim fell to the ground outside the store.
Holmes, who defense attorney Jonathan Feldman said “has a big heart and is a kind-hearted man,” shot the man again, then paced around and shot him a third time before running away, according to Auguste. The victim, who was shot in the stomach, arm, and leg, was taken to a hospital where surgeons removed part of his intestines, Auguste said.
The moral of the story: not all security guards are properly licensed and vetted. Act accordingly if you have to interact with one, especially in sketchy locations. Like the nation’s third largest city.
If Letitia James is successful in shutting down the NRA no gun rights organization will be safe from such political vendettas.
The NRA describes itself as the nation’s oldest civil rights organization in the country, and that’s not an inaccurate claim. It’s been around for a long time, and though its history may have been marred by capitulation to the anti-Second Amendment forces in the nation at certain times, it still ended becoming the boogieman for every gun control fan in the country.
Unfortunately, its days may be numbered if New York Attorney General Letitia James has her way about it.
The National Rifle Association urged a judge to dismiss a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James, saying she hasn’t shown rampant misconduct by top executives. Even if she could prove her claims, they would mean the NRA was a victim and that James’ push to dissolve the guns-rights group is misguided, it argued in a court filing.
James is seeking the NRA’s “corporate death” over allegations that executives at the New York-chartered nonprofit misused millions of dollars of assets, the organization said Wednesday in a court filing. The attorney general sued in state court last year and amended her complaint after the NRA’s failed attempt to declare bankruptcy and move to Texas.
“Even if the disputed allegations against the individual defendants were true, the NRA itself, its Board, and its members were the victims of the wrongdoing, not the perpetrators,” the organization argued. “It would be a fundamental miscarriage of justice — and contrary to New York law — to punish the NRA’s 5 million members by dissolving the NRA.”
James has failed to provide evidence that the NRA, longtime leader Wayne LaPierre and three executives diverted millions of dollars in assets to themselves, the group said. The NRA also said the attorney general hasn’t provided support for her claims that LaPierre improperly controls the 76-member board of directors. The NRA repeated an earlier claim that James had a “political vendetta” against the group.
I mean, she called the NRA a terrorist organization, so yeah, I’d say she has a vendetta against them. If that doesn’t work against her, I don’t know what would.
As for the NRA’s claim, they make a fair point.
Now, I haven’t looked at what’s been happening in court in and of itself. I just know what the media has revealed, much of which I suspect was provided by a certain disgruntled former employee. How much of that is completely accurate remains to be seen and how much of that is the basis for the court case also remains to be seen.
However, what I can tell you, though, is that what the NRA’s attorneys are saying about the possibility of them being true is dead-on accurate. If there’s been mismanagement of funds within the NRA, then the group and its membership are victims. They’ve been stolen from and James is essentially trying to get the death penalty for an armed robbery victim.
This wouldn’t be an issue if it weren’t for the fact that James loathes the NRA’s mission. She supports gun control and figures that if she gets the NRA out of the way, her party can successfully ram through whatever agenda they want, so she’s pouncing on the idea that she can kill the organization.
I’m sure the fact that it would put her on a sure path toward higher office isn’t hurting her motivation, either.
Regardless, the legal mechanisms James is trying to use exist for organizations that are little more than scams, not groups that have been effectively accomplishing their mission since 1871.
James doesn’t care about that, though. She’s only worried about settling that vendetta.
It is almost midnight when you hear your roommates call out. Someone is trying to get into the house. They heard someone at the windows and at the back door. You get your gun. A few seconds later, a stranger kicks through the front door. He rushes in and you try to push him back outside. He fights you. You shoot your attacker until he stops.
You back up and call 911. You put your gun away. EMS tries to life-flight your attacker to the hospital, but bad weather keeps the aircraft on the ground. You and your roommates give a statement to the police. Your attacker is transported to the hospital where he dies.
You look in the news the next day. You notice that your attacker already had a mugshot.
These roommates made themselves safer before they heard something strange outside. One of the roommates decided that they live in a dangerous world and they got a firearm. Like storing a fire extinguisher, they stored their firearm so it was both secure and immediately accessible when it was needed. They stored their gun in a condition so that it could be used as soon as they grabbed it.
Let’s stop here before we go on. We have millions of new gun owners who are trying to figure out how to live with a gun in their home. They bought a gun for personal protection. Many of them have roommates. What should they do now?
Learning to live with a gun is a process as much as it was to learn to own and drive a car. You didn’t learn everything from the car salesman.
Of course you want to talk to the clerk at the gun shop. Ask him about options for safe storage. Maybe there is a local gun club or shooting range. You probably know someone who owns a gun. Ask them for information. You need information that applies to you and your situation.
This attack took place in the state of Maryland where it is always difficult, and sometimes impossible, to get a “wear and carry” permit. You want to learn how you might carry at home and at work. It is good advice to shop for a holster as you shop for your firearm. You also want to learn how you must transport your firearm to be within the law. We also have to learn how to store our firearm when we’re not wearing it.
Welcome to the gun culture. There are many small things to learn. It is a series of small steps rather than one giant leap.
The news article doesn’t say how the gun was stored. We want it both safe and accessible. Many new gun owners imagine that they can store their gun unloaded so it is safe and yet have quick access to it because it is sitting on their top-shelf. They think that replaces a holster during the day, and replaces a rapid access gun-safe at night. In a word, NO!
Yes, you want to store your gun when it is not on your body. No, the top shelf of your clothes closet is not safe storage. The dilemma is that either anyone who walks in can grab the gun, or the gun isn’t useful because the ammunition is stored separately and it takes time to assemble. If you think the top of the shelf really works for you, then load your magazine with snap caps and set an alarm. When the alarm goes off at 2 am see how long it takes you to have a “loaded” firearm in your hands..even though it is loaded with dummy rounds.
I suggest that new gun owners shop for a rapid-access firearm safe. They run about $100. I know that is another hundred dollars you could spend on training. It is another hundred you could spend on ammunition and practice.
You bought a gun so that you and the people you live with would be safer; that includes safe storage of the firearm.
If you know a new gun owner who is undecided about safe storage, then send them this article.
What else did our defenders do correctly? We have to recognize that they locked their doors. That gave them warning when the intruder had to try every door and window. The defenders also sounded an alarm. There is a temptation, particularly in the middle of the night, to assume that everything is fine and to pretend that an unusual sound was meaningless and harmless. The defenders did the uncomfortable thing and raised an alarm. Next, our defender moved toward the sound rather than staying locked in his room and leaving the other roommates to fend for themselves.
We have to stop again to avoid misunderstanding. There are good reasons that a safety plan might be for every roommate to lock themselves in their room and call 911. What works for me might not work for you. What worked, in this case, might not be the best plan for your living situation. At least get-together and answer the who, what, when, where, and how of defense.
The best solution is to talk to the people you live with and build a safety plan together.
It also sounds like the defenders shouted for the intruder to stop and get out. They confronted the intruder and tried to push him back outside. That is dangerous, but critically important. The gun was their last resort. They only used a lethal tool after less lethal methods failed.
The defender shot because he was attacked in his home, a place he had every legal right to be. He stopped shooting when the offender stopped attacking him. When you go to a self-defense class someone will inevitably ask how many shots they should fire. The accurate answer is that you shoot until you can stop shooting. We have to justify every shot we fire.
Shoot when you face an immediate, unavoidable, and lethal threat. Stop shooting when the threat becomes delayed, avoidable, or non-lethal.
The defenders stayed at the scene of the crime. This is where multiple defenders are an advantage. Someone should watch the attacker to make sure the scene remains safe. Someone should check to make sure the defenders are not hurt or to assess the degree of injury. Someone should call 911, and someone should guide the police to the scene. You’re going to run out of hands if you try to do all that by yourself.
If I didn’t mention that you should have a safety plan with your roommates, then let me mention that now. It is less important who does what job so long as you remember the tasks to be accomplished and keep working. If only one of you is trained with a gun, then the remaining roommates are unarmed when that roommate is away from home. You don’t know who will be where when the door is kicked in, and you don’t know whose phone will have a dead battery. Yes, some of you may be better with a phone but it would be best if each of you could perform any task.
The person on the phone should give warning before the police arrive. Be sure to put your gun away before the police enter your home. In general, it is a good idea to holster your firearm as soon as you can and the scene is safe.
When they arrive, you will be separated from your roommates and questioned by the deputies. This is where you want to keep your statements simple and factual.
We were here in our home. He broke in. There is the broken door. We tried to push him back out. He fought with me. I had to defend myself and others. I’ll fill out a complaint and testify against the intruder. I’ll cooperate, but first I want to speak with my attorney.
If the deputy says you should seek medical treatment then do so. Besides getting treatment, the doctor’s report identifies the number and extent of your injuries. Let the full report come later after you’ve spoken to your lawyer. This approach is particularly important since you have roommates. In theory, each of you saw the same thing and said the same thing. In practice, any variation can be called a contradiction that calls your testimony into question.
Have a lawyer and plan to use him. You covered that in your safety plan, didn’t you?
USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- In a paper published at Loyola University Chicago, describing the make-up of people convicted for firearms possession, few surprises are found. These are the major findings listed in the executive summary of the paper, published in July of 2021. From luc.edu:
1) The majority of felony firearm possession convictions in Illinois occur in Cook County, primarily involve Black men, and are disproportionately concentrated in specific Chicago neighborhoods;
2) The majority—52%–of felony firearm possession convictions in Illinois involved Class X, 2, or 3 felony offenses of a person with a prior felony conviction possessing a firearm; 34% involved a Class 4 felony offense;
3) For the least serious felony firearm possession offense (e.g., a Class 4 felony), one-third (33%) of the statewide convictions stemmed from arrests in 11 of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. Of those convicted of a Class 4 felony firearm possession offense, 74% were 18-24 year-olds;
4) As a result of increased arrests, and mandatory prison sentences for most firearm possession offenses, prison admissions for these crimes increased 27% between 2014 and 2019, while admissions for all other crimes fell 38%;
5) Legislative changes in 2011 and 2018 to Class 4 felony firearm possession offenses primarily impacted sentencing practices in Cook County;
6) Of those firearm possession offenses where prison is not mandatory under all circumstances (i.e., the Class 4 felony offenses), those convicted in Cook County were more likely to be sentenced to prison than in the rest of Illinois;
7) The vast majority of those sentenced to prison for firearm possession offenses were not arrested for a violent crime within 3 years of release from prison. Having a prior conviction for a violent crime was a stronger predictor of a subsequent arrest for a violent crime, and the majority of those convicted and sentenced to prison for firearm possession offenses do not have prior convictions for violent crimes;
8) Those sentenced to probation or prison in Cook County for a Class 4 firearm possession offense had similar, and relatively low, rates of arrests for a violent crime within 3 years of sentencing after taking into account other characteristics correlated with recidivism, including age, sex, and prior criminal history.
Many young black men are being arrested for firearms possession. These men are mostly from the most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States. Most of these men would rather take the chance of being arrested compared to the chance of being defenseless when attacked. Some of these cases are arrests when the firearm is being used in defense of self and others. We do not know the percentage.
On Monday, 22 March, in Chicago, 15 people were recorded as being shot. Three of them were killed. One of those shot is recorded as acting in self-defense, on the South Side of Chicago.
In the gun culture, the phrase is: better tried by 12 than carried by 6.
Many of the arrests are for not having a Firearms Owner Identification card (FOID). The requirement to apply to the state to obtain permission to own a firearm is repugnant to the Second Amendment. From AmmoLand.com:
Judge T. Scott Webb, of White County, Illinois, Found the requirement to obtain a (FOID) before owning a firearm in Illinois, to be unconstitutional.
Gun Control in the United States has racist roots. The purpose of gun control was to disarm disfavored minorities, so the establishment could better control them. At first, this was mostly applied to black people. As time went on, it was applied to more and more people.
Black people have been severely discriminated against in their legal ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
Once someone is convicted of felony gun possession, their chance of ever regaining their ability to legally exercise Second Amendment rights is almost non-existent.
This sets up a vicious feedback loop, where people in dysfunctional black communities do not trust the police. They do not get FOID cards or concealed carry licenses. They are arrested for carrying for self-defense. They are now felons. The distrust of the police and the system grows.
Shall issue permits only started gaining ground in the late 1980s. Constitutional Carry stated increasing in 2003.
The establishment in Chicago has done everything it can to perpetuate this cycle. There is not a single public range in Chicago, because of local government restrictions. Certified shooting instruction is required to obtain a concealed carry permit in Illinois. The wait time for concealed carry permits and FOID cards is measured in months, approaching years. For a young man of 18, who faces daily threats to his life in the worst of Chicago neighborhoods, carrying legally becomes an impossibility.
Because legal carry and training are exceedingly arduous in Chicago, maintaining a gun culture of responsibility and training becomes difficult, unlike much of the rest of the United States.
Training and legal exercise of Second Amendment rights could help reverse this cycle. From foxnews.com:
After last week’s appearance at CPAC, Toure told Politico that he began advocating for gun rights in the inner cities after seeing friends locked up for avoidable gun possession charges. He wants to continue the legacy of Malcolm X, the black nationalist who was assassinated in 1965, who expressed softer views on race following his pilgrimage to the holy Muslim city of Mecca.
“We go where there’s high violence, high crime, high gun control — high slave mentalities, to be perfectly honest — and inform urban America about their human right, as stated in the Second Amendment, to defend their life,” Toure told the magazine.
In spite of the barriers, some black people in the dysfunctional neighborhoods are legally arming themselves. They serve as examples of how people can protect themselves legally and have the police as allies instead of adversaries. Former Police Chief James Craig in Detroit, and Sheriff Clarke in Milwaukee County, earned much praise for championing concealed carry as a way to stop crime.
Trust in the police is paramount. Trust has to be earned. It is a feedback loop. Where there is trust in the police, crime drops too low levels. Where police are not trusted, crime rises astronomically.
The BLM and Antifa platforms seem calculated to destroy trust in the police. They appear designed to move the United States from a high trust nation to a low trust nation.
Examples of high trust nations would be Switzerland or Canada. Examples of low-trust nations would be Mexico or South Africa.
It is possible to have a high trust nation like the United States, with pockets of low trust communities, such as we exist today. Those who wish to see the United States in chaos or destroyed, are working hard to increase and spread distrust.
Speed has long been a critical aspect of military aircraft, as it is useful for outrunning an opponent, reducing the time spent in enemy airspace, or simply flying so fast that anti-aircraft systems are unable to achieve a full lock. This need for speed peaked in the Cold War, with aircraft like the SR-71 that heavily relied on speed as a form of defense.
However, in more recent years, aircraft designs have leaned less on speed than they once did. Modern advances in stealth and electronic warfare systems are more useful than outright speed, while progress in interception methods means even an aircraft like the glorious SR-71 would no longer be safe.
In this article, we have compiled a list of the fastest aircraft currently in service today. To clarify, this list does not rank these aircraft as any more or less capable but focuses purely on their maximum speed. In addition, experimental aircraft are not included and neither are Orbital Test Vehicles (OTVs) such as the Boeing X-37.
5. MiG-23 – 1,553 mph
The only swing-wing aircraft on this list, the MiG-23 is a single-engine fighter that first flew in 1967. Although it is now outdated, the MiG-23 is still fast, with its single Khatchaturov R-35-300 turbojet producing almost 29,000 lbs of thrust with an afterburner, giving it a top speed of over 1,550 mph.
It carries a 23 mm GSh-23 autocannon and hardpoints for carrying up to 3,000 kg of air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles..
The aircraft has been used by a large number of countries, like Ukraine, Iraq, North Korea, and Libya. Although production ceased in 1985, the MiG-23 is still in use with a handful of countries today.
4. Sukhoi Su-27 – 1,600 mph
The Sukhoi Su-27 is Russia’s venerable air superiority fighter. It first flew in 1977 and entered service in the mid-1980s, where it was poised to take on US F-15s and F-14s. It is a huge aircraft but is still known for its excellent maneuverability, and often shows off its ability to perform the Cobra maneuver.
The Su-27 has proven itself to be an incredible aircraft over the decades since its introduction. It two engines can push it to speeds of up to 1,600 mph , while it can carry a wide range of bombs, missiles and rockets on ten hardpoints. It is also armed with a 30 mm GSh-30 autocannon for close-range dogfights. Its success has led to a family of aircraft based on its design, like the Su-33, Su-34 and Su-35.
The Su-27 has seen a reasonable amount of use with other countries, in particular Ukraine, which were left with approximately 70 after the fall of the Soviet Union. China produces its own version under license, the Shenyang J-11.
3. McDonnell Douglas F-15 – 1,875 mph
The F-15 Eagle has become a symbol of US airpower with its muscular proportions and powerful engines. The early stages of development for what would become the F-15 started in the 1960s. This was shaken up by the arrival of the MiG-25, which is featured on this list.
Like the Su-27, the F-15 is an air superiority fighter, so it is armed to the teeth and has incredible performance. Its Pratt & Whitney F100-PW-220 turbofan engines produce almost 24,000 lbs of thrust each with afterburners, giving it a high speed of 1,875 mph.
Its fundamentally brilliant design has allowed it to remain in service for 45 years with no signs of slowing down (pun intended). Its design has been tested in combat and come on top every single time. In fact, no F-15 has ever been shot down, while it was claimed over 100 victories in the air.
Boeing is currently working on the F-15EX, an updated and improved version of the air superiority fighter.
2. MiG-31 – 1,860 mph
The MiG-31 is a Russian interceptor and attack aircraft. It is a similar design to the MiG-25, but it toned back that aircraft’s extremely high performance in exchange for more well-rounded capabilities.
It is armed with a 23 mm GSh-6 autocannon and can carry both air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles. One such weapon in its arsenal is the R-33 long-range missile, which was designed to hit high-altitude and fast aircraft like the SR-71. It was the world’s first fighter to come equipped with an airborne phased array radar, and its exceptionally capable Zaslon radar could detect targets well over 100 miles away.
Its two immensely powerful Soloviev D-30F6 turbofan engines output 34,000 lbf of thrust each with afterburners. With this amount of power, the MiG-31 is capable of reaching speeds of nearly 1,900 mph. Almost more impressive is the fact that the MiG-31 is limited to this speed to prevent damage to the aircraft.
Currently, only Russia and Kazakhstan use the MiG-31.
1. MiG-25 – 2170 mph
The number one spot on this list is taken by the predecessor to the MiG-31, the MiG-25. This aircraft was built for one thing: speed.
While other similarly fast aircraft like the SR-71 achieve high speeds with incredibly complex engineering, the MiG-25 mostly relies on brute force. Its two Tumansky R-15B-300 turbojet engines are enormous, and enable the aircraft to fly at 1,900 mph. However, for brief periods, the MiG-25 can reach an insane 2,170 mph. This can only be done for a few minutes before the Tumansky turbojets begin to fail.
The 24 meters long MiG-25 first flew in 1964 and was designed to intercept fast, high-altitude aircraft like the SR-71, which is a rather tough job. To help, the world’s largest mass-produced air-to-air missile was developed just for the MiG-25; the R-40.
The MiG-25 could carry four of these half-ton missiles up to 70,000 ft and would take around 9 minutes to get there. However, it was capable of going much, much higher. The aircraft set 29 world records, including climbing to 98,000 ft in four minutes.
In the black and white daguerreotype capturing all the icons of the American Wild West, Bartholomew William Barclay Masterson is there, along with Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill and Doc Holliday and several others, and with his old friend, Wyatt Earp, too, all staring unsmiling and unblinking into the harsh flash of the photographer. Old W.B. Masterson — known in life and in lore as “Bat” — might well be standing in the back row, if such a print actually existed.
But that’s a Hall of Fame of the American West that exists only in the imagination. No shame in standing among those greats.
Despite carrying perhaps a lower profile than many of his contemporaries, Bat Masterson (1853-1921) probably deserves, and history has largely provided, his own niche in the Wild West pantheon. Buffalo hunter, scout, lawman, gambler, gunfighter and, in later life, sports writer, newspaperman, raconteur and friend of a president; Masterson truly was someone who took whatever was thrown at him and grabbed for more. Canadian-born but American Western-bred, Masterson left the family farm as a teen, took up a rifle and rarely looked back.
“What intrigued me about Bat is that he had this sense of curiosity and wonder: ‘What’s next?'” says author Tom Clavin, whose interest in Masterson led to, “Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West,” a 2018 New York Times bestseller. “He was in this time when America was younger, and so much of the American ethos of the time was ‘What’s next? What’s on the other side of that hill? What’s on the other side of those mountains? Let’s find out.’
“That could have been on Bat Masterson’s tombstone: ‘Let’s find out.’ That’s the way he viewed life.”
The Making of a Legend
Masterson’s family emigrated from Quebec into the plains, finally settling in Kansas, not terribly far from where Bat would gain his greatest measure of fame. He began his career, as many young adventurers did then, hunting buffalo, and first distinguished himself in a Texas panhandle output known as Adobe Walls. It was there, in 1874 that he and more than two dozen other hunters (and one woman) fought off as many as 700 hostile Native Americans — the Indians saw the rival buffalo hunters as an existential threat — killing as many as 70. The story of the stand spread quickly. Masterson was 20 years old.
Bat Masterson was born in Canada and later moved to Kansas where he learned to become a skilled buffalo hunter.
Not two years later, in a bar in another Texas panhandle town, Masterson drew his gun for the first time in a fight against another man. The story varies — first-person accounts of gunfights are notoriously sketchy, whether from participants or witnesses — but in the end, a wounded Masterson gunned down his opponent, an angry cavalry soldier named Melvin King. According to legend, the fight, perhaps predictably, involved a woman, a “saloon girl” named Mollie Brennan. Both she and King were killed. Masterson came out of it with a limp that many say he carried the rest of his life (though that, too, is disputed).
In the 1958-61 television series “Bat Masterson,” actor Gene Barry played a dandified Bat by carrying a cane along with his gun. No known photos of Masterson with a cane exist, though.
Whatever the details, when the 50-year-old Masterson visited Washington, D.C. in 1903, The Washington Times heralded his arrival with a gushing tribute that demonstrated how his reputation withstood the rigors of time:
Like most “bad” men “Bat Masterson” is good. This does not mean that there are wings sprouting from his shoulders nor that he can qualify as a gospel shark. But he has many sterling virtues, among which honesty and courage are prominent. He has killed many men, never unfairly and either in self defense or when it was necessary to get in the first shot to keep from losing his own life … It is safe to say that where Bat Masterson is known he does not have to fire.
The Dodge City Legend
Masterson returned shortly after his 1876 Texas shootout to his sort-of home base, Dodge City, Kansas, a frontier town that was on its way to becoming the epicenter of a booming cattle trade. Dodge City at the time was full of rich ranchers and cowboys with money to spend and steam to blow off. It was a town filled with saloons, gambling halls, brothels and violence.
“It was a place that was doing great business because the cowboys were getting paid … hotels were opening up, restaurants. There were people there who wanted to establish Dodge City as a good, peaceful town and raise a family, build churches and schools and all kinds of stuff,” Clavin says. “But it was also a place that was pretty lawless. If you were trying to be a really effective lawman in the mid-1870s in Dodge City, there were a lot of bullets with your name on it.
“So it was a very raucous kind of town where the cowboys ruled. But there was also a business element that didn’t want to tame Dodge City that didn’t want it to be a place to raise a family. Especially the saloon business. They were making tons and tons of money, so why kill the Golden Goose?”
There in Dodge City, deputy Wyatt Earp — still a few years away from his starring role in the most famous gun-blazing showdown in American West history, at the O.K. Corral in the Arizona Territory town of Tombstone — approached Masterson about becoming a lawman. About a year later, days shy of his 24th birthday, Masterson was elected sheriff of Ford County. His brother Ed was named marshall of Dodge City, and a new era of law enforcement in west Kansas was launched.
Many of the stories in Bat’s time in Dodge City involve, as might be expected of the time and place, gunfire and death. After his return from Texas, but before he was elected sheriff, he was involved in a scrape with a local lawman — sheriff Larry Deger, whom he would later defeat in an election for sheriff — when Masterson evidently interfered with an arrest. Masterson was arrested, but he didn’t go quietly.
“Bat Masterson seemed possessed of extraordinary strength,” a June 9, 1877, dispatch in the Dodge City paper read, “and every inch of the way was closely contested, but the city dungeon was reached at last, and in he went. If he had got hold of his gun before he went in, there would have been a general killing.”
As sheriff, in 1878, Masterson avenged the shooting death of his brother by gunning down the two culprits. He captured known outlaws. He formed posses to track down outlaws. He was known as a tough, imposing presence all over the county. Still, he was voted out of office in 1879, closing perhaps the most exciting chapter in what would turn into an exciting, peripatetic life.
Masterson further polished his reputation as a gunfighter after his Dodge City law career ended, spent plenty of time in saloons, briefly became sheriff of a Colorado town, moved to Denver, got in another scrap or two, returned to Dodge as part of a famed “Peace Commission” that re-installed a Masterson favorite to power, and became a somewhat renowned expert on sports (especially boxing) and gambling. He attended prizefights throughout the nation, and made friends with many boxers and other athletes.
Bat Masterson was part of the “Dodge City Peace Commission,” seen here June 10, 1883 (from left, standing) William H. Harris, Luke Short, Bat Masterson, William F. Petillon; (from left, seated) Charlie Bassett, Wyatt Earp, Michael Francis “Frank” McLean and Cornelius “Neil” Brown.
From Dodge to the Big Apple
By the early 1900s, after flipping between interests in the West and in New York City, Masterson settled in New York and, in 1903, became a sports writer and columnist (he dabbled in pieces on Broadway and politics) for the New York Morning Telegraph. He was introduced to President Theodore Roosevelt, who shared Masterson’s love of boxing and the West, and the two became prolific letter-writing friends. In 1905, Roosevelt appointed Bat as a U.S. marshal for a New York district, a position he held until William Howard Taft took over the Oval Office in 1913.
Masterson lived for several more years, regaling admirers and hangers-on at his favorite New York City watering holes and generally reveling in his own celebrity. Clavin tells the story of an out-of-towner who insisted on buying Masterson’s handgun, the one with 28 notches, used (supposedly) to kill 28 men. Masterson kept turning the man down, but the would-be buyer wouldn’t take no for an answer.
“Finally,” Clavin says, “the price got high enough that Bat would say, ‘OK, but listen, you have to leave town, because if word gets around that I said yes to you but I said no to everybody else ….’ So the guy hands over the money, grabs the gun, runs to the train station, and the next day Bat would go to the pawn shop and get the same [model] gun, stick the notches on it and put it back on his belt or wherever he carried it.”
Masterson wrote hundreds of columns in his final years, manned the corner for many professional fights, frequented city bars and had just finished up a piece for the paper on an October night in 1921 when he had a heart attack and died at his desk. He was 67.
“For a journalist,” says Clavin, a former Times reporter, “I guess it’s like dying with your spurs on.”
He’s buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx, New York.
NOW THAT’S INTERESTING
The character of gambler Sky Masterson in the Broadway musical “Guys and Dolls” is believed to be modeled after Bat Masterson. The musical is based on short stories and columns by another renowned New York newspaperman Damon Runyan. Marlon Brando played Sky Masterson (opposite Frank Sinatra) in the 1955 film version.