Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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A Gunfight in Kansas



January 21, 2015
A Gunfight in Kansas
By Stu Tarlowe


On Nieman Road in Shawnee, Kansas (a Kansas City suburb), in a small strip-mall about a block from Shawnee City Hall, and situated between a bilingual storefront church and an investment brokerage. stands a gunshop called “She’s a Pistol”.

If the name seems unusual for a gun store, it’s because “She’s a Pistol” was started by Becky Bieker and her husband, Jon, with a mission to teach women how to protect and defend themselves and their families, and to provide them with the means to do so. The store conducts self-defense classes for women and carries a wide variety of non-lethal defensive weapons in addition to firearms; it caters to women but welcomes men as well.

On Friday, Jan. 9, at around 2 p.m. on a sunny afternoon, four armed individuals entered the shop and encountered Becky Bieker apparently alone behind the counter.

Based on ensuing events, it seems fair to surmise that their intent was robbery.

But whatever their plans may have been, they went awry when Jon Bieker, watching the store’s closed-circuit TV, saw his wife being brutally beaten and emerged from the rear portion of the store to protect and defend her.

The way events were reported by local print and broadcast media, “gunfire broke out”; “shots were fired”; “a shootout ensued”; in the process, three of the individuals were wounded; two were incapacitated and unable to flee, but one wounded robber and his unwounded accomplice fled and were arrested nearby in short order. But Jon Bieker, 44, was fatally wounded and succumbed within hours at a hospital.

One suspect is 18 yrs. old, two are 19 and another is 20. All have now been charged with first-degree murder. Two of them are still hospitalized.

What many of us familiar with this case (I first heard about it on the radio minutes after it happened, while the police were still searching for two of the suspects) can’t help but notice is the way the local media have reported on it.

The local news stories have not only been deliberately stingy with the details of how events unfolded, and have used a deliberately passive voice (e.g. “gunfire erupted”), but they have consistently characterized the suspects as “teenagers” or merely “teens”. It was also several days before any identifying details about the four “teens” were reported; nor were their names reported for several days, and it was longer before their photos were shown.

The cynics among us have almost come to expect that when a journalist’s physical description of a suspect conspicuously omits anything about the suspect’s complexion, there’s a reason.

The cynics among us have almost come to expect that when a journalist’s physical description of a suspect conspicuously omits [any details] about the suspect ... there’s a reason.

And that’s part of why the cynics feel that the media are following a template we’ve seen before, as in the way 17 yr. old, 6’2” and 175 lb. “little” Trayvon Martin was characterized as “a child”, accompanied by a childhood photo, and the way Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO was characterized as a “gentle giant”.

But labeling armed robbers as “teens” ought to be a two-way street. If these alleged murderers are indeed “teenagers” -- which carries the subtext that they are therefore not expected to be fully responsible for their decisions and behavior -- I think it would be only fair to involve their parents, and to make them at least subject to questioning.

In the Ferguson, MO case, the media were quick to publish details about Officer Darren Wilson, including his address, which made his family subject to harassment and even death threats.

I have no desire to harass or threaten the parents of Hakeem Malik, Nicquan Ke-Aaron Midgyett, Londro Patterson III or Deanthony Wiley, but I’d certainly like to hear them answer some questions. For example:

  • Did these “teenagers” attend school?
  • Did they have jobs?
  • Did they live with their parents?
  • Did they have prior brushes with the law? (The four “teens” are also now being investigated in connection with a string of convenience store robberies.)
  • Do they come from families with a history of criminality?
  • Just what sort of upbringing did they have?
  • Were they ever actually taught right from wrong? Were they ever disciplined? Were they ever encouraged to learn self-control?
  • Just what aspect of their upbringing motivated them to choose armed robbery as a career?

And while I’m posing questions, here’s another that comes to mind: While Kansas state law provides for the death penalty, it has not been imposed since 1965. This leaves many Kansans, including myself, wondering, “Just who do you have to murder in order to actually be executed in Kansas?”

And here’s another aspect to this case: Becky Bieker (herself hospitalized after being assaulted, and dealing with the grief and shock of seeing her husband slain) has made it a point to implore everyone (including all the customers, neighbors and other local citizens who have rallied in support, made donations and attended a candlelight vigil and march in Jon’s honor) to refrain from politicizing this tragedy vis-à-vis “gun control”.

But that hasn’t stopped the anti-gun forces from trying to make political hay. And, as usual, their “arguments” are unimpeded by logic, and follow the meme of blaming guns per se, not the criminals who misuse them. One caller to a local radio station actually said, “Well, if the man hadn’t been involved in the business of selling guns, he wouldn’t be dead!”

Fortunately, such “arguments” are getting very little traction, at least in these parts and in this case. Common sense makes it pretty evident that, while Jon Bieker made the ultimate sacrifice, the fact that he had a gun and knew how to use it saved his wife’s life and probably the lives of others who, but for Jon, would be the next victims of a gang of four armed “teens” brazen enough to attempt a daylight robbery of a gun store.

(Contributions to a memorial fund for Jon Bieker [and to help Becky with expenses] may be made through the Kansas State Rifle Association, at http://www.ksraweb.org/.)

Stu Tarlowe, a native of NYC who now lives in the Sunflower State, has penned more than 75 pieces for American Thinker. His pantheon of heroes and role models includes Barry Farber, Jean Shepherd, Long John Nebel, Aristide Briant, Col. Jeff Cooper, Rabbi Meir Kahane, Hunter S. Thompson, Ed McMahon and G. Gordon Liddy.

On Nieman Road in Shawnee, Kansas (a Kansas City suburb), in a small strip-mall about a block from Shawnee City Hall, and situated between a bilingual storefront church and an investment brokerage. stands a gunshop called “She’s a Pistol”.

If the name seems unusual for a gun store, it’s because “She’s a Pistol” was started by Becky Bieker and her husband, Jon, with a mission to teach women how to protect and defend themselves and their families, and to provide them with the means to do so. The store conducts self-defense classes for women and carries a wide variety of non-lethal defensive weapons in addition to firearms; it caters to women but welcomes men as well.

On Friday, Jan. 9, at around 2 p.m. on a sunny afternoon, four armed individuals entered the shop and encountered Becky Bieker apparently alone behind the counter.

Based on ensuing events, it seems fair to surmise that their intent was robbery.

But whatever their plans may have been, they went awry when Jon Bieker, watching the store’s closed-circuit TV, saw his wife being brutally beaten and emerged from the rear portion of the store to protect and defend her.

The way events were reported by local print and broadcast media, “gunfire broke out”; “shots were fired”; “a shootout ensued”; in the process, three of the individuals were wounded; two were incapacitated and unable to flee, but one wounded robber and his unwounded accomplice fled and were arrested nearby in short order. But Jon Bieker, 44, was fatally wounded and succumbed within hours at a hospital.

One suspect is 18 yrs. old, two are 19 and another is 20. All have now been charged with first-degree murder. Two of them are still hospitalized.

What many of us familiar with this case (I first heard about it on the radio minutes after it happened, while the police were still searching for two of the suspects) can’t help but notice is the way the local media have reported on it.

BTW, the punctuation typo above (a period that should be a comma) is AT's, not mine. Stu

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Tracking Bullshit



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The State of the Union Bullshit in Context

This site lets you use a Bookworm database to read Obama's State of the Union in the context of all the other State of the Union messages given by American presidents. For any word in the message, just click on the text: the word will turn red. If you want to search a two-word phrase, just highlight both words. (You can't search for phrases longer than two words).

If you then click on a bar, you'll get an (ugly, unformatted, alas) list of all the times that President used the phrase. Certain forms of punctuation (hyphenated words, etc.) won't work quite right yet. Keep in mind that the State of the Union has changed a lot in its history. Of particular importance to understanding these charts is knowing that it was written, not spoken, before Woodrow Wilson. You're looking at the  address: change that dropdown to use any other year as a baseline.

Also, check out the two pieces Mitch Fraas and I wrote for the Atlantic on the language of past State of the Unions and the locations mentioned in past speeches. I owe the idea for this layout to Yoni Appelbaum and John Gould at the Atlantic. The text of the speeches is from the American Presidency project at UCSB, except for the 2015 text which I took from the White House's post at Medium. [Full]


Brock's 2015 SOTU

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Earlier in the month I carried on about how "Nature's Flu Shot" cured me of the black plague Obama's immigration policies have inflicted on this nation. Well, not quite, it seems.  After finally going to a real Dr., who found strep and other stuff, which pulmonary woes continue even as we speak, and are being treated withwhat's that stuff that let's you hit home runssteroids!  Yes steroids. So, don't always listen to me. 

Progressives-The Same Everywhere



It appears the Australia’s first libertarian senator has some harsh words for “anti discrimination leftists” who wish to crack down on free speech.

An anti free speech social Democrat named Gary Burns in Australia got a firm rebuke when he wrote to senator David Leyonjhelm about how Australia’s multiculturalism is the law. Leyonjhelm responded harshly, saying “Go fuck yourself you communist turd.”

Australia has free speech codes, not a First Amendment like the United States. People can be prosecuted for offending others. It’s pretty disgusting and sad, but this exchange is a thing of beauty. Praise to Senator Leyonjhelm for his guts!

Via Tommy Lee Smith-a-roni


Season 5?





justified                                

Dear TRKOF (& Sweden):

Rodger:

Or, more correctly, Your Royal Highness, Keeper of The Faith, Assistant Deputy Supervisor of the Realm:


You said a while back (I'm pretty sure it was you, and if it wasn't, I can't come up with anyone sufficiently erudite to suggest that it wasn't you) that Justified was the best thing on TV, now or ever.

"Ever" is a long time, but I'm more than willing to concede that Justified is a reasonable challenge to the "ever" hypothesis.

For the past 3 evenings I've been binge watching season 5 of Justified, ever since I discovered it available on amazon prime video Sunday night. I am disturbed (not necessarily in a general sense, although there are some who might contest that assessment) that season 5 was only 13 episodes long. With minimal effort I think it could have gone to 16 or 18.

That said, what has me in the depths of despair is the discovery that season 6 will be the final season of Justified. I realize that life cycles exist, and that all things must eventually end, and  perhaps Raylan and Boyd jousting from wheelchairs with Dewey's illegitimate offspring keeping score may not be the best finale (I do think, however, that Alicia Witt has much more to contribute, once her bruises heal....), I'm reluctant to give up on one of the few bright spots remaining in Western Civilization. (Not to mention I'll have to wait a whole year to see season 6 on amazon prime, since I don't have cable.)

What I'm suggesting is this: We have an entire TV season to mobilize the Barn Army and forcibly demand more seasons of Justified. I'm willing to contribute as much as $20 to assist in storming the offices of FX to demand the series continue. And, if someone can tell me where those offices are, I'm willing to write several strongly worded missives containing random desperate pleas for Raylan and Boyd to continue their conflict, with or wtihout Ava.

What say you, Rodger? Do we decline into ignominy, doomed to purchase DVD sets of Justified to savor in our bunkers, or do we demand everlasting life for Raylan and Boyd?


Last Sergeant Nosmo,
anxious (and dejected) member of the Famous Barn Army

What?  There's a season 5?   




Andromeda Gigapixel

Looking for the birth certificate


.... and where's Nemo?