Mugme Street news

I used work downtown Seattle in the Century Square building which has one side on 3rd Avenue between Pike and Pine streets. Barb calls this street “Mugme Street” because all your warning flags go up as soon as you poke your head out of the building along that one block length of 3rd. When I was working there I blogged about it fairly often.

Last night there was a “dispute” at 3rd and Pine which moved below the street to Westlake Tunnel (and bus station). The end result was three people shot and one dead:

Police are looking for a gunman who shot three people, killing one of the victims, near the Westlake light rail station in downtown Seattle Friday night.

Authorities said three people were struck by gunfire about 9:30 p.m. Two of the victims were found near Third Avenue and Pine Street. The third victim was at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street.

It is important to note that the locations were all underground at Westlake Station.

Police believe a dispute started above ground near the McDonald’s on Third Avenue and moved below to the Westlake Tunnel. They also believe there is only one suspect.

I used to commute into town and get off the bus at Westlake Station.

That McDonald’s has to be one of the most dangerous to eat at in the country. I almost never got food there and it just really bothered me to even linger in the area.

I’m so glad neither Barb nor I work downtown now.

Quote of the day—Alexander Hope

Never forget, even for an instant, that the one and only reason anyone has for taking your gun away is to make you weaker than he is, so he can do something to you that you wouldn’t let him do if you were equipped to prevent it. This goes for burglars, muggers, and rapists, and even more so for policemen, bureaucrats, and politicians.

Alexander Hope

By Neil Smith and Aaron Zelman
[Via Paul Koning (numerous occasions) and Carl Stevenson:

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Good advice.—Joe]

Beto and his friends

Via Comfortably Smug @ComfortablySmug we have evidence that Beto has philosophical friends in political history:

BetoAndFriends

It probably would make it a little too busy, but one or more from Vladimir Lenin could demonstrate Beto’s kinship with him as well:

An oppressed class which did not aspire to possess arms and learn how to handle them deserve only to be treated as slaves.

Or:

One man with a gun can control 100 without one. … Make mass searches and hold executions for found arms.

Or:

Soviet organisation has made possible the creation of armed forces of workers and peasants which are much more closely connected with the working and exploited people than before. If this had not been done it would have been impossible to achieve one of the basic conditions for the victory of socialism—the arming of the workers and the disarming of the bourgeoisie.

Quote of the day—Dean Engemoen (@deanengemoen)

Go fuck yourself, shithead. The only violence I am interested in is taking care of every right-wing shithead who thinks that AR-15’s are appropriate in a decent society.

Dean Engemoen (@deanengemoen)
Tweeted on September 4, 2019
[Ahhhh… yes. The voice of tolerance in a decent society.

What would the death count if he got his way? 50 Million? 100 million?

Well, that certainly convinces me to give up all my guns.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Elie Mystal

You don’t communicate to them, you beat them. You beat them. They are not a majority of this country — the majority of white people in this country are not a majority of the country. All the people who are not fooled by this need to come together, go to the polls, go to the protests, do whatever you have to do. You do not negotiate with these people, you destroy them.

Elie Mystal
August 11, 2019
MSNBC Panelist On Most White People: ‘Destroy Them’
[H/T to Matthew Bracken.

Good to know. I will prepare accordingly.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Reza Aslan @rezaaslan

You are “the depraved evil” we need to eradicate.

Reza Aslan @rezaaslan
Tweeted on August 4, 2019
[This was in response to this tweet:

We need to come together, America.

Finger-pointing, name-calling & screaming with your keyboards is easy, yet…

It solves not a single problem, saves not a single life.

Working as one to understand depraved evil & to eradicate hate is everyone’s duty. Unity.

Let’s do this.

Kellyanne Conway @KellyannePolls
August 4, 2019

What’s even more telling about the way this person thinks is this response when someone points out Aslan is “calling for the murder of @KellyannePolls”:

I understand why a gun freak would read this as threatening violence. It’s how you all think.

How can someone not conclude that someone calling for the eradication of another person or group of people is not a threat of violence? Ever read a speech given by a genocidal tyrant? That is exactly the type of language they use.

The answer is that to the political left even physical violence committed by them is considered “free speech” while insults against the political left are considered “violent rhetoric”.

Adults need to stand up and put these type of people in their place. Don’t buy his books, don’t take his classes, and use him as an example of present day people advocating for geocide.—Joe]

Home invasion stopped with an AR-15

Via email from JohnH and a blog post by David Hardy.

Summerfield homeowner injured, kills 2 intruders with AR-15:

SUMMERFIELD — Marion County sheriff’s officials say a homeowner armed with an AR-15 shot and killed two intruders and was injured himself during a home invasion robbery in Summerfield Wednesday night.

Sgt. Micah Moore found Doyle with a gunshot wound and a shotgun next to him on the ground. Deputies entered the home and found Jackson dead on the dining room floor. Detectives said he was wearing a “Jason” mask on top of his head, gloves on both hands, jeans and a black shirt.

Near Jackson’s head was a semi-automatic pistol, detectives said.

Continuing into the home, deputies found the 61-year-old homeowner in a bedroom.

He had an AR-15 rifle on his legs and was bleeding from a gunshot wound to the stomach, according to sheriff’s officials. Doyle and the homeowner were transported to Ocala Regional Medical Center, where Doyle died.

Four young and armed thugs broke down the front door and attempted to rob the one disabled old homeowner. An AR-15 evened the playing field.

Don’t ever let the government take your guns.

What the AR in AR-15 really means

Some ignorant anti-gun people seem to think the AR in AR-15 means “Assault Rifle”. Some trolls deliberately say that just to get people worked up and to waste their time.

I’d like to definitely set the issue to rest with this post. The AR in AR-15 does not mean “Assault Rifle”.

Here, for present day applications, is the definitive definition of what AR means (given appropriate legal constraints):

AntifaRemover-15

H/T to Phoenix‏ @Phoenix81977532.

Quote of the day—Gabriel Suarez

What were we fleeing that was so horrible? Communism. We weren’t fleeing global warming, or capitalism-created poverty, or any of today’s tear-jerking, media-popular reasons. We were fleeing communism. The same communism that is being played out daily in Venezuela. The same communism that some historically illiterate politicians are embracing. The same communism that the American academic scene has become orgasmic about. The same communism that the black hooded thugs of ANTIFA want to shed blood over. Communism, socialism, or what ever the next deceptive name its given is all the same, a poison to the human spirit that we will refuse to ingest.

What exactly is communism? Before anyone even suggests they know the answer to that, they must set down their experience in the matter. Having an advanced degree from some left-leaning university doesn’t count. Nor does it count if all you did was read a book by some alcoholic writer extolling its virtues. And if the only reason a political group is adopting communist ideals is that communism directly contradicts the American President and what he represents, then that person is not only a traitor to America, but the worst kind of deceiver known to mankind.

Just like only a Holocaust survivor’s words can accurately describe the evil of Hitler’s Nazi machine, the only person that can talk with credibility and authority on the nature and reality of communism is one who has lived it in person firsthand.

Communism stifles the human spirit by denying everyone the opportunity to excel and better themselves. It confiscates what it considers “excess” from those who build things, and keeps it for its own purposes. Communism forces everyone to become servants of the government by nationalizing industry (that means they come and take your business), confiscating wealth (they go to the bank and physically take your money by force), indoctrinate the young through the educational system (they make little communists out of your kids), and require children to inform on their parents. They ration food, water, medicine, and fuel. They regulate religion until they can eliminate it.

And for those who suggest that what is happening is wrong, they have squads of armed communists that will find such people and kill them. Sometimes the murders will be through horrific tortures, or public street executions to send a message. Other times, by simply snatching them up and throwing them in a cell for years without any hope of reprieve.
Those who have lived under communism, and seen its result, feel about it in the same way that Jews feel about Hitler and his Nazi machine. And yet, while nobody is suggesting we give Nazism another shot, some are suggesting that very thing about communism.

…to the communists among us, a warning. No matter what you do, think, or accomplish. At some point the answer will be clear from those of us who know what communism is and leads to. Never again. I think you know what that means.

Gabriel Suarez
July 5, 2019
AN OPEN LETTER TO AMERICA
[H/T to Adam McIntosh.

I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Quote of the day—PBinLostAngeles

The right to keep and bear arms was not enshrined in the 2nd Amendment because the founders were concerned about crime. The right to keep and bear arms was intended to protect the ability of the governed to resist tyrannical government. The gun control question should not be “How does the presence of guns in civilian hands affect crime?” but “How does the presence of guns in civilian hands affect/preserve freedom from tyranny?”

PBinLostAngeles
June 4, 2019
Comment to Why Gun Ownership Rates Tell Us Little About Homicide Trends in America
[Closely related is the question of how gun control affects the probability of genocide. Read to get a clue.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Cliff Maloney

Therein lies the lesson for U.S. policymakers. The consequences of gun control run far deeper than either side of America’s gun debate cares to admit. We all need to learn from Venezuela’s example and shape our public policy accordingly.

Gun control legislation might seem like an easy answer when tragedies force us to passionately look to politicians to do something, but history repeats itself time and time again.

Venezuela’s disarmament reminds us of a key American principle: An armed citizenry is the greatest defense against a tyrannical government.

Cliff Maloney
May 22, 2019
Cliff Maloney: Venezuela is a poster child for gun control gone wrong
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]

Quote of the day—David Hluchy @davehluchy

Of course we will get strict nationwide gun regulations. We will subjugate Insurrectionist Gunloving maniacs like you.

David Hluchy @davehluchy
Tweeted on April 20, 2019
[It’s good to have such people finally come out and admit what we always knew. It will be useful at their trial.

Enjoy your trial David Hluchy.—Joe]

Quote of the day—James Cavell @james_cavell

The best way to deal with guns nuts is give them unlimited guns and ammo, natural selection will take care of these lower branch Republican mutations.

James Cavell @james_cavell
Tweeted on April 11, 2019
[I’m looking forward to Cavell giving me unlimited guns and ammo. I willing to bet my view of reality is more accurate than Cavell’s and at the end of the bet I’ll be alive and happy and Cavell will be poor and sad.

But that isn’t the real lesson to learn from Cavell. The real lesson to learn is that this is what they think of you. They believe the best way to “deal with gun nuts” is to see you dead.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Mitch O’Farrell @MitchOFarrell

Earlier today, I introduced a resolution that calls on numerous video streaming services to end their commercial affiliation and contractual partnership with the NRA and NRATV.

Mitch O’Farrell @MitchOFarrell
Tweeted on April 3, 2019
[Read more here.

Anti-gun people don’t just want your guns. They want you silenced.

I already told him to http://bit.ly/EnjoyYourTrial2.

Maybe someone should tell him that he doesn’t need to silence us. We are buying silencers on our own.—Joe]

Quote of the day—Virginia Kruta‏ @VAKruta

Gun control advocacy on Twitter.

Day 1: Wish violence, rape, or even death on @NRA members & anyone who supports gun rights — and their children for good measure.

Day 2: Wonder why the people you just threatened don’t want to give up their guns just yet.

Rinse and repeat.

Virginia Kruta‏ @VAKruta
Tweeted on March 31, 2019
[This is generally correct. It’s not limited to Twitter. It doesn’t take a day, it can be seconds, between the time they let you know that they want you dead and the time they call us paranoid for thinking we need a gun for protection.—Joe]