Your Daley Gator Feel-Good Story O’ The Day

Uber Driver, Licensed To Carry Gun, Shoots Gunman In Logan Square – Chicago Tribune

Authorities say no charges will be filed against an Uber driver who shot and wounded a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of people in Logan Square over the weekend.

The driver had a concealed-carry permit and acted in the defense of himself and others, Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said in court Sunday.

A group of people had been walking in front of the driver around 11:50 p.m. in the 2900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue when Everardo Custodio, 22, began firing into the crowd, Quinn said.

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The driver pulled out a handgun and fired six shots at Custodio, hitting him several times, according to court records. Responding officers found Custodio lying on the ground, bleeding, Quinn said. No other injuries were reported.

Custodio was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic hospital, where he was treated for gunshot wounds to the shin, thigh and lower back, authorities said.

Custodio, of the 2900 block of North Ridgeway Avenue, was charged with aggravated assault and unlawful use of a weapon charges. He was denied bond during the Sunday court hearing.

The Uber driver, a 47-year-old resident of Little Italy, provided police with a valid concealed-carry permit and a firearm owner’s identification card, Quinn said.

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Eric Holder and his twisted obsession with pushing the “Hand Up Don’t Shoot” narrative

WE all know the Justice Department’s report on the Michael Brown case ABSOLUTELY destroyed the lie that Officer Darren Wilson was not justified in shooting Brown, But, Eric Holder did not like the evidence, so, he did his damnedest to bury the facts with his “RAAAAACISM in the Ferguson Police Department report. Heather MacDonald blows the lid off of that at The Weekly Standard

Attorney General Eric Holder was clearly not happy that his own agency had so resoundingly shredded the incendiary story of a pacific Michael Brown gunned down by a trigger-happy cop while trying to surrender. And so he provided the mechanism for sidelining his own department’s report. A few days before its release, he told Politico that he wanted to lower the standard of proof in civil rights cases. The subtext of this announcement: The decision not to pursue civil rights charges against Officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown was forced on DOJ by an overly stringent evidentiary standard; under a more realistic standard, Wilson would have been prosecuted. Voilà! The media had their angle. “The Justice Department announced on Wednesday that its investigation did not support federal civil rights charges against Darren Wilson,” the New York Times acknowledged morosely in an editorial, before immediately turning to the good news: “Still, the department found overwhelming evidence of entrenched racism in Ferguson’s police force [emphasis added].” The Huffington Post said that the Justice Department had decided “not to file federal charges against Wilson for fatally shooting Brown last July.” 

“Did not support”? Decided “not to file”? Such understatement massively misrepresents the content of the Brown report. This was not a question of evidence “not supporting” high-threshold civil rights charges; it’s a question of evidence eviscerating virtually every aspect of the pro-Brown, anti-Wilson narrative. Under no imaginable standard of proof could Wilson be found guilty of civil rights violations—or, for that matter, murder. As the report states: “Multiple credible witnesses corroborate virtually every material aspect of Wilson’s account and are consistent with the physical evidence.” Those “material aspects” include Wilson’s testimony that Brown punched and grabbed him while Wilson was in his SUV, that Brown tried to seize his gun, and that Brown charged at Wilson after Wilson had exited his car. Wilson had first seen Brown walking in the middle of Canfield Drive with another young man. Wilson suspected that Brown was the thief who had just robbed a convenience store and roughed up its owner a few minutes before, since he saw the stolen boxes of cigarillos in Brown’s hands. Wilson asked Brown to move to the sidewalk. Brown responded: “F— what you have to say.” Wilson called for backup and then tried to block Brown from proceeding. At that point, Brown reached into Wilson’s car and starting pounding him and grabbing his gun. Wilson fired and Brown ran off. Wilson gave chase on foot. Brown then turned and charged towards Wilson. At no point did Wilson fire at Brown when Brown’s back was turned or when he was on the ground. As for the now-iconic “Hands up, don’t shoot” claim—the DOJ report is withering: 

There are no credible witness accounts that state that Brown was clearly attempting to surrender when Wilson shot him. As detailed throughout this report, those witnesses who say so have given accounts that could not be relied upon in a prosecution because they are irreconcilable with the physical evidence, inconsistent with the credible accounts of other eyewitnesses, inconsistent with the witness’s own prior statements, or in some instances, because the witnesses have acknowledged that their initial accounts were untrue.

In other words, no prosecutor with any understanding of his professional duties would think of going forward with this case, since there is no evidence to support it. This is not a standard of proof issue, it is an absence-of-any-case-whatsoever issue. 

The report also explains why Brown’s body lay on the ground for four hours after he was killed before being taken away by an ambulance, another plank in the “Black Lives Matter” indictment of the allegedly racist treatment of Brown. The crime scene detectives’ efforts to process the scene were continuously interrupted by protesters who were encroaching on their work chanting, “Kill these motherf—ers” and “Kill the police.” What sounded like automatic gunfire was reported in the area, resulting in further suspension of activity until more backup arrived. 

Could it be more clear? Yet, Holder decided to do what he could to keep the narrative alive. To the Left, remember, truth is meaningless. The Leftist message is ALL that matters. So what if witnesses were threatened to the point of being afraid for their lives? So what if those threatening those witnesses KNEW that Officer Wilson was innocent. None of that matters to the Left.

Eyewitnesses who corroborated Wilson’s account were under a reign of terror not to cooperate with the police. The Canfield Green neighborhood where the shooting occurred was plastered with “Snitches get stitches” signs. A 74-year-old black male who believed that the shooting was justified had told a friend two days after the incident that he “would have f—ing shot that boy, too.” He refused to give formal statements to county or federal authorities, however. He would rather go to jail than testify before the grand jury, he said, so enormous was the community pressure to support a “hands up” surrender narrative. A 53-year-old black male called a police tip line after seeing Brown’s companion lie about the incident on national television. He, too, stated that the shooting was justified, but told authorities that he would deny everything if his phone call were traced. He was served with a grand jury subpoena but refused to honor it. A 27-year-old biracial male said that it appeared that Wilson’s life was in jeopardy, describing Brown as a “threat” moving at a “full charge.” At the scene, as angry crowds were gathering and collecting false narratives about the shooting, two black women asked him to recount what he had seen into their cell phones. When he told them that they would not like what he had to say, they called him a “white motherf—er” and other racial slurs. A 31-year-old black female initially told investigators that she had seen Wilson fire shots into Brown’s back as he lay dead in the street. When challenged with the autopsy findings that revealed no shots to the back, she confessed to making up her story. “You’ve gotta live the life to know it,” she said. In fact, she then admitted, it looked like Wilson’s life was in danger as Brown was charging him. When authorities tried to serve her with a subpoena, however, she blocked her door with a couch. 

This is what the Left is my friends. Morality? That definition of that word has been so bastardized by the Left as to be meaningless. Morality to the Left is defined as supporting Leftism. If that means lying, or railroading innocent people, or threatening witnesses, then so be it. As I have said often when they see by any means necessary, they damn well mean it. If this is not evil, then what is? Please go read the rest of the MacDonald piece, it is so crucial because it eviscerates the “narrative”. And it makes clear how far the Left will go to wage their war on the police (the Left much prefers a national police force because the Left wishes to centralize all power in the federal government). But the police are not the only targets. Your right to self-defense is in the Left’s cross hairs as well, as is our entire justice system.

*VIDEOS* 2015 New Hampshire Republican Leadership Summit / Nashville NRA Leadership Forum


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CARLY FIORINA

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MARCO RUBIO

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BOBBY JINDAL

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DAVID CLARKE

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RICK PERRY

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SCOTT WALKER

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BEN CARSON

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Self-Defense Story of the Day- Rapist gets his justice

The only good rapist is a dead rapist

A devastating series of events too place in Gadsden (AL) early Monday morning, leaving a violent predator of a teenager dead, a woman traumatized and violated, and a community reeling in shock.

The resident, a 37-year-old woman, told police three men kicked in the front door, awakening her. One of the men came into her bedroom, put a gun to her head and raped her while the other two ransacked the home.

The two men left, but the robber assaulting her began beating her in the head with the gun and demanding money. The woman told her attacker that a neighbor down the street kept all her money. The robber then forced the woman down the street to the neighbor’s home on South 21st Street, the woman told police.

Once they walked there, the woman knocked and yelled for the neighbor’s attention, telling him she was being attacked. The neighbor, a 59-year-old man, looked out the window and called 911 to report a crime. The gunman yelled for the neighbor to get off the phone, shooting twice into the air. He then aimed his gun at the neighbor.

The neighbor fired one round at the offender, hitting him in the chest. The gunman ran a short distance, collapsed and died.

Your Self-Defense Story of the Day- CHL holder shoots attacker

Armed citizen 1, pistol-whipping thug 0

Three men were walking across a bridge in Phoenix early Sunday morning when a stranger approached them, pulled out a handgun, and began pistol-whipping one of them.

He wasn’t counting on his “victim” being armed.

It happened at approximately 2 a.m. in downtown Phoenix on the 16th Street bridge, north of Jefferson Street.

Officers responding to a call were flagged down by three individuals.

They said they had been in an altercation with a man, later identified by police as 22-year-old Darell D. Hitchins.

They said Hitchins approached them and without provocation pulled out a handgun. They said the man struck one of them in the head, possibly with the gun.

Once that occurred, the victim who was assaulted pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at the man, striking Hitchins at least once.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Another one for the good guys. And a far different outcome than this story about another shooting in a “gun-free” zone

The school’s “gun free zone” failed to save the employee’s life.

A long-time employee at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro was shot and killed Monday morning in the bathroom of the third floor of a campus building, sending the campus into a lockdown as officials scrambled to find the suspect.

At a noon news conference, school officials said “law enforcement is searching for the suspect.”

Officials said they were looking for a man named Kenneth Stancil. They said there was “not a hostage situation”

“This is not a random situation,” said Tom Effler of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office,

The person killed was long-time employee named Ron Lane.

Bob Owens points out how easy murder is, when the bad guy knows he will not me met with armed resistance

The suspect, Stancil, was identified through surveillance photos or video. He is a former student who did not graduate. He was armed with a rifle, and fired a single shot after he cornered Lane in the bathroom.

Neither the school’s “gun free zone” policies nor the campus’s security were able to protect Mr. Lane. He was able to enter the campus, kill Mr. Lane, and exit the campus with no fear of facing armed opposition from law-abiding citizens.

If Lane or any of the dozens of students, faculty, and staff who must have seen Stancil stalking across the campus with the rifle had the legal right to a concealed weapon on campus, perhaps the outcome might have been something other than a cold-blooded assassination.

Again, a gun free zone fails

Essential truths about the Left- The Left does not value truth

On every issue, from guns, to taxes, to climate change, to abortion, to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Left lies, repeatedly. They invent stats, skew science, present facts in a selective matter, and, at times lie of commit hoaxes. They do so to further their narrative. That they will lie, and think nothing of it illustrates the moral, and intellectual vacuum that Leftists live in. In the Virginia “gang rape” story for instance, Rolling Stone journalist hack Sabrina Rubin Erdely had a narrative to push. The same “rape culture” narrative that radical Feminists are pushing. So, rather than investigating facts, and talking to all sides, she simply tried and convicted a UVA fraternity. Again, that it was not true, did not deter her. By God the truth is meaningless to the Left. The narrative is all that matters. Stacy McCain offers up some excellent points

One of the first journalists to raise serious questions about Rolling Stone‘s rape hoax story, Richard Bradley makes this point:

Sabrina Rubin Erdely started with a thesis and went in search of someone—and some place—that fit her thesis. She found Jackie and the University of Virginia. But, she admits, if she had discovered that Jackie was a liar, it wouldn’t have caused her to question her thesis.

Erdely’s article began with her belief — i.e., rape is commonplace on American campuses, and university officials are indifferent to the plight of victims — and all her “reporting” was intended to confirm this belief. Rather than following the facts wherever they might lead, Erdely instead ignored facts that did not fit her pre-existing belief, and therefore accepted Jackie’s gang-rape lies without investigating them properly.

Erdely’s article was not only a baseless smear of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, but a vicious libel against University of Virginia officials who were presented as heartless enablers of an out-of-control culture of sexual violence. The crucial link in Erdely’s dishonest work — the person whose assistance made it possible for her to produce this cruel fabrication — was a young UVA activist named Emily Renda.

Ah the activist. I have written before why I loathe many activists, especially Leftist activists. They start out with an issue, then morph into a person obsessed with only that issue, a person to whom truth, again is meaningless. Finally, the activist becomes engrossed with only promoting themselves. Again, if the truth gets in their way, well…. Again, back to the Other McCain piece, and the “activist” Emily Renda

K.C. Johnson at National Review highlights Renda’s role:

“Last July 8, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, a writer for Rolling Stone, telephoned Emily Renda, a rape survivor working on sexual-assault issues as a staff member at the University of Virginia.” So opens the Columbia Journalism School’s review of Rolling Stone’s retracted story about the University of Virginia. The piece confirms that it was Renda who informed Erdely about Jackie, the fabulist whose tale became the spine of the Rolling Stone article. Though the CJR labels Renda a “rape survivor,” she appears never to have filed a complaint with the university, much less with the police.

Whether or not Renda was actually raped is hard to say. Certainly all victims of rape do not report it, Certainly no one deserves to be raped. Certainly rapists, in my view, should be put away forever. But all of that is not the point is it? And, more importantly, remember, it is likely only important to Renda in that she can use her victimhood, real or imagined for cred. We must not question her because, VICTIM! And victim hood is now becoming a desired status. Again, back to the McCain column

Excuse me if this seems impertinent or disrespectful, but this goes back to something that happened last summer. George Will wrote a column about the “campus rape epidemic” hysteria in which he said that university officials are learning “that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate.” His suggestion that being a victim of rape is a “coveted status” on campus made Will a target of vilification, although anyone with two eyes and a brain can see that what he said (or, at least, what he intended to say) is quite true. Emily Renda’s status as a “rape survivor” has become the basis of her career as an activist, and Jackie’s tale of being raped at the Phi Kappa Psi house made her a source so authoritative that she was cited in Renda’s testimony to the U.S. Senate and was pursued by a reporter for Rolling Stone. So, yes, at some level, victimhood is a status sufficiently “coveted” on campus that Jackie was willing to lie to obtain that status. We have certainly seen how “victims proliferate” in this manner, and even several clear cases of rape hoaxes.

Go read the whole piece at The Other McCain, it is lengthy but well worth your time. I referenced it as a way to illustrate my point that to the Left, truth is unimportant. It matters not if something actually happens, or if data and stats are presented in a factual manner. It only matters that the narrative is fed, that is all. The Left thrives on the creation and perpetuation of narratives, and anything that aids that venture is wholly acceptable to Leftists. It is all part of the Left’s Collectivist world view, as this screed at New Republic shows

The left tends to view oppression as something that operates within systems, sometimes in clearly identifiable structural biases, and other times in subtle but persistent ways. Mortgage discrimination against black families over the last century is an example of a structural, on-the-books bias that had an extraordinarily damaging impact on African-Americans; but the fact that black children are read as older and less innocent than their white peers, while neither a law nor a regulation, is of a piece with the overall oppression of black folks in America, resulting in subtle treatment by teachers and authority figures that alienates black children from wider society starting at a very tender age. These disparate forms of discrimination come together, in the left imagination, to form a tightly composed set of prejudices and policies that are difficult to disentangle. Making sense of oppression, therefore, requires looking at entire systems of oppression, not just specific instances or behaviors.

In other words, facts do not matter as much as proving that “oppression” is rampant in America. Facts can be inconvenient. The Left loves to go on about the “disproportionate” arrests and convictions of Blacks. Yet, they ignore the disproportionate rate that young Black men commit violent crimes. They are currently selling a narrative that police officers across America are slaughtering young Black men. The facts are damned inconvenient for that narrative. The vast majority of dead young Black males are killed by other young Black males. But, focusing on that fact challenges the narrative, so anyone talking of it will likely be called a racist. Again, truth is unimportant to the Left.

The right, on the other hand, tends to understand politics on the individual level, which fits in neatly with a general obsession with the capital-i Individual. Thus, the right tends to pore over the specific details of high-profile cases like those of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, concluding that if those particular situations were embattled by complications or mitigating factors, then the phenomena they’re meant to represent must not be real either. And if a few highly publicized rapes turn out to be murkier than first represented, then rape itself is not a crisis, just a regrettable and rare anomaly. The positive version of this approach is the elevation of people like Joe the Plumber, individual cases that purportedly show the value and effectiveness of conservative politics. It isn’t great reasoning, but it is very appealing on a sub-intellectual level. 

Aha! Those darned Right Wingers and their Individualism! They focus on facts! Imagine that! They are just trying to destroy the precious narrative with evil facts! In fact, the strange thing is that when facts are examined, almost all of the “hands up don’t shoot” narrative falls apart. Then there are all the incidents of racism, that were actually hoaxes committed by Leftist activists. Again, to the writer at New Republic, the narrative must not be challenged by truth. And if you do, well, you are just a sub-intellectual knuckle dragger or something. Hmmm, it would seem to me that an “intellectual” person would ask one question about the hoaxes, and disproved “hand up don’t shoot” narratives, and the supposed rape epidemic on campuses. That question is why is there a need to create false narratives, ignore facts, or even sink to hoaxes if these problems are as prevalent as the Left claims? It would certainly seem that such massive common place problems would offer numerous factual examples. 

In short, an intelligent person would ask why the Left so often has to lie? And, if that person focuses on that question, they will soon realize that the Left does not value truth.