Libertarian Commentary on the News #13-03A Defense and Not – Our Nannies

NOT Self Defense
Texas: Robbery victim wants to thank Good Samaritans who came to his rescue

(KHOU-TV) Kevin Dorsey says he hadn’t even closed his car door Thursday night when a man wearing all black and a ski mask put a gun to his chest. The man took Dorsey’s wallet, cell phone and car keys. After he was robbed, Dorsey began running down the street and says two men in a Mercedes asked him what had happened. Dorsey told them and they not only caught up with the suspect, but they started shooting at him. The suspect fired back. In the end, the two witnesses turned vigilantes won and took down the bad guy.

Mama’s Note: From this report, the robbery victim was not in danger, he was fleeing when the two idiots intervened. They shot first, becoming the aggressors. While I’m glad the criminal was caught, and the man’s property returned (maybe), this sort of vigilantism is exactly the sort of thing to keep the gun grabbers in an uproar. Maybe they can get away with it in parts of Texas… but probably not anywhere else.

Nathan: For once, TV news correctly uses the word “vigilante” – if the story is accurate. Even in Texas, the robbers could easily find a lawyer to file a suit against the two men.  If the robber had fired at them first, it is a different matter, of course.  Especially in our current climate, it is important that we do not go off and do something that smacks of taking the law into our own hands.  But the other lesson to learn from this is to avoid the stupidity that Dorsey exhibited:  obviously he was NOT aware of his surroundings, he had left his door unlocked so that someone could get in, he fled in obvious panic, and he was himself unarmed.  The “vigilantes” could just as easily have been two MORE robbers, seeking whatever he had left!

Self Defense – Mexican civil war/War on some drugs
Armed vigilante groups policing 2 Mexican towns

(AP) — Several hundred civilians have taken up arms in two towns in a southwestern Mexico state and are arresting people suspected of crimes and imposing a curfew, leading authorities to promise to reinforce security forces in the area.  People wearing ski masks or bandanas and carrying small arms this week began manning checkpoints on roads into the municipalities of Ayutla de los Libres and Teconoapa in Guerrero state’s Costa Chica area about 75miles (120 kilometers) southeast of the Pacific resort of Acapulco. Leaders said they were acting against crime and insecurity.

Mama’s Note: So, of course the government is going to send in more cops and soldiers. What could go wrong?

Nathan: Of course, under Mexican law, every one of these people are criminals, perhaps more so than those they are trying to arrest.  I’ve read predictions that the new Presidente will negotiate out a deal with the cartels that will in essence end most of the violence but make the cartels part of the government, and where will these people end up?  Efforts to legalize gun ownership for self defense, like that at Colonia Le Baron near El Paso, are seemingly doomed to fail, especially with the new gendarmerie -which is a perfect place to put all the cartel’s gunsels, of course.  With so large a number of people involved, you wonder at the politics that keeps the towns from doing anything.  Have the local alcaldes and policia been disbanded, are so corrupt, or simply do not exist?  (Wikipedia states: “Some of the municipalities of Mexico have their own preventive and municipal police forces, which are responsible for handling minor civil disturbances and traffic infractions. Of the 2,395 municipalities, 335 have no police forces. However, some of the municipal forces are large and important.”)

Perverts and stupid people/cops
Saco man accused of peering up skirts using shoe camera

( A Saco man was arrested Friday night for allegedly using a camera in his shoe to take photographs up women’s skirts and dresses at the Walmart store in Scarborough in July. William Tibbals, 31, of Pepperal Street, was charged with a felony count of visual sexual aggression against a child under 12 and multiple counts of violating privacy.

Mama’s Note: How stupid to call the police. Someone needed to step on the shoe/camera, say,”oh, pardon me,” and walk away. Rinse, repeat if necessary. Why is everything a police matter? I do have to wonder just how many women there wear skirts, especially this time of year. Can’t imagine he was seeing much anyway. Stupid twit.

Nathan:  His activities were in July at the WalMart, according to the story.  That time of year, in most WalMarts, why would he need a shoe camera?  The skirts are so short that there isn’t much hidden – assuming that they are wearing underwear at all.  A couple of months ago when Debby quietly remarked to a young woman acquaintance (no lady, obviously) who bent down to pick something up and revealed her underwear to the people on the public sidewalk that she was giving a free show, the retort was “well, it isn’t anything they haven’t already seen.”  This from a freshman in college. And with modern women’s “popular” underwear (you’ve seen that joke picture about “Proof of Global Warming” with underwear up on a clothesline, haven’t you?), you might be amazed at what could be seen.  Yes, the solution would have been for the mother of the 12-year-old to do just what you suggest.  The appropriate response, to have slapped or punched out the pervert and then smashed the (toe, presumably) of the shoe and lobbed it somewhere in the store, and then announce to the nearest dozen or so people that a pervert has been caught, and then have store security call an ambulance.  But that would have surely given the pervert the opportunity to sue.

Mama’s Note: I didn’t notice the story was that old, actually. But I agree that there are a lot of half dressed females (and males, actually) in any city in warm weather. I’ve not seen nearly as much of that here as I did in So. Calif., but enough. And yes… for some weird reason, people go to WalMart in the most shocking stages of undress or violently inappropriate costume of all kinds.

As for the shoe cameraman… merely smashing the camera “accidentally” would be enough, I think. And calling for the store manager if he was stupid enough to protest.

I was talking with someone just the other day about self defense, and it came as a surprise to her to consider that the same tactics apply to all sorts of things besides some deadly encounter. We must protect ourselves, in appropriate ways of course, from every sort of assault and impropriety such as this. The vigilance and assertive behavior needed to ward off an attack is just as important, and probably just as effective, in warding off this sort of garbage. Can you imagine anyone being so blatant with his perversion if half the people in that WalMart had been openly armed? I think not.

Nanny State – War on some drugs
NYC: Bloomberg takes away hospital painkillers

( New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced this week that the city is going to sharply restrict supplies of painkillers at the city’s emergency rooms to combat a rampant addiction problem. …“The city hospitals we control,” he said Friday in response to critics, “so … we’re going to do it and we’re urging all of the other hospitals to do it, voluntary guidelines. Somebody said, oh, somebody wrote, ‘Oh then maybe there won’t be enough painkillers for the poor who use the emergency rooms as their primary care doctor.’ “Number one, there’s no evidence of that. Number two, supposing it is really true, so you didn’t get enough painkillers and you did have to suffer a little bit. The other side of the coin is people are dying and there’s nothing perfect. … Come on, this is a very big problem.” This very big problem, according to Bloomberg, is that people with afflictions like broken bones are being prescribed more painkillers than they need, and that leads to them either getting addicted, selling the drugs on the street or giving them to kids to get high….“If you break a leg, you’re going to be in pain, nothing wrong with getting something that reduces the pain. But if you get 20 days’ worth of pills and you only need them three days, there’s 17 days sitting there. Invariably some of the kids are going to find them, or you’re going to take them and get you addicted.”

Nathan:  Bloomberg is the epitome of the nanny-state elected dictator.  Apparently crime is so bad that people are mugged going out of the pharmacy, for their meds?  Maybe Bloomberg should just have everyone’s prescriptions turned over to the nearest police or fire station, so that the people needing their medicine can go and take it so that only the cops and firefighters can put the leftovers into the black market.

Mama’s Note: Bloomberg is simply one of the most arrogant and self deluded people I’ve ever seen in such a position. In any other situation, he’d be laughed off without a thought. It just doesn’t seem possible that enough people in NYC are really THAT gullible. But I guess it speaks for itself. They must be, or he wouldn’t be reelected.

The “messiah’s” minions – Freedom and federalism
White House: “Our States Remain United”


Nathan: I agree with several commenters: condescending and patronizing. But then, what did we expect?

Mama’s Note: Well, what else could we expect? Sort of like telling the bloody, obviously abused woman that there is no divorce and she’d just better get used to being beaten. Well, when divorce is not “allowed,” there are other remedies. She’d just better not wait until the chains are locked on her wrists and she’s in the basement.

Nathan:  Of course our nannies would not allow any of THEIR states to go out on their own into the big bad world.  We must be protected…

About tpolnathan

Follower of Christ Jesus (christian), Pahasapan, Westerner, Lover of Liberty, Free-Market Anarchist, Engineer, Army Officer, Husband, Father, Historian, Writer.
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