May 22, 2018

Daily Beast Columnist Lamely Likens ‘Rituals’ of Royal Wedding to ‘Rituals’ of U.S. School Shootings

On Friday, the Daily Beast’s Michael Daly posted “The All-American Ritual of a School Shooting, This Time in Santa Fe.” In it, he failed to follow through on a promise to draw a comparison between the then-imminent “rituals” involved in British royal weddings” and Friday’s school shooting in Texas.

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Thanks to Brian Flood at Fox News …

Filed under: General — Tom @ 12:49 pm

… for noticing and commenting on the revised NewsBusters version of a post which appeared here in its original form on the four embarrassing corrections the New York Times had to make to reporter Gardiner Harris’s article about Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank.

Flood even included a nice highlight quote:

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AP Reveals Contempt For Texas in Post-Santa Fe Shooting Coverage

Two recent Associated Press dispatches have exposed how out of touch two of its reporters are with the dominant Second Amendment-defending views of voters and politicians in Texas. They also are flummoxed that most of the students who survived Friday’s school shooting in Santa Fe haven’t turned into rabid gun-control advocates.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052218)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Grandmother shoots, injures home invasion suspect

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Philadelphia (video at link; HT NewsBusters):

POSTED: MAY 05 2018 01:48PM EDT
VIDEO POSTED: MAY 05 2018 06:23PM EDT
UPDATED: MAY 07 2018 12:03PM EDT

An elderly woman woke up to noises of glass breaking and footsteps inside her home near Poplar and Watt Streets, May 5, according to Philadelphia police officials.

“This is where he was trying to get in at,” said Maxine Thompson.

She saw a man and drew her gun, police said. The woman shot at the man several times and he fled the scene. The 70-year-old homeowner said that the intruder used backyard furniture to hoist himself inside her home.

Thompson is as calm as can be as she shows her now busted dining room window and chunks of glass scattered on the floor.

“I have people that will come and fix this. It’ll be fixed in no time,” Thompson stated.

It was Thompson who fixed things overnight. Police say a 43-year-old man broke into her home around 4:30 a.m. May 5. Now that man is in the hospital.

“First I thought I was dreaming and then I looked out the window, outside. I was still hearing the banging, banging, banging, so I yelled to whoever, ‘Who’s that on my door? Get off my door, get off my door,’” Thompson explained.

She offered fair warning, with the security alarm sounding, but the brazen burglar didn’t pause. Instead, Thompson said he smasher her window and used backyard furniture to hoist himself inside her home. In the heat of the moment, the 70-year-old grandmother grabbed her late-mother’s handgun and opened fire for the first time.

“I shot at him. He turned around and he ran and when he ran, I ran down the steps behind him and shot at him some more,” Maxine said.

Thompson, whose son happens to be a Philadelphia police officer, said she was in survival mode.

“Kill him before he killed me. That’s what was going through my mind,” Thompson explained.

A real-life terror played out for about 10 minutes. It took a little while to set in.

“After everything was over, then I did get a little shaky. He could’ve killed me,” said Thompson.

She is okay. Her grandchildren helped her clean up the mess and she took a little time to reflect.

“I hope I taught him and the rest of them a lesson. Stay the hell out of people’s houses,” Thompson stated.

Ms. Thompson did hit the suspect, who “was to be taken into custody for home invasion.”

Go here for the rest of the story.