Ezra Levant from Sun News confronts the Mohammed of environmentalists, David Suzuki (kind of a creepy guy)

While Ezra's show is on David Suzuki, I did learn something very interesting about a CNN host, George Stroumboulopoulos.  Stroumboulopoulos is apparently a very left wing follower of Suzuki and has interviewed Suzuki for the CBC (Stroumboulopoulos' other job).  I have a question for my Canadian readers.  Stroumboulopoulos is on the board of directors for the David Suzuki Foundation.  How can the CBC have a TV host do an interview with someone when the interviewer is on the board of directors for the foundation of the person being interviewed?  Even though Stroumboulopoulos bio at CBC mentions this connection, virtually every segment that I have been able to watch on CBC where Stroumboulopoulos is interviewing Suzuki has omitted this information (here is one from May 2012 where his connection is mentioned, but I think that that was because the discussion was on the Foundation).

By the way, in watching these clips of Suzuki being interviewed by SSSS, Suzuki has some bizarre statements about the US.  He talks about the US from 1973 when there was the Arab Oil embargo (3:27): "In the United States of course they did what they always do, started shooting each other at the gasoline pump.  It was really very, very scary." I was able to find one somewhat related story from 1973.  Apparently, in December 1973 there was a gas station attendant in Detroit who fatally shot a motorist who was trying to steal gasoline (that story got coverage around the country (e.g., here and here also).  I found another case from November 1973 where a police officer was charged with shooting a 12-year-old boy who he thought was stealing from a gas station, but there was no evidence "ever found linking the two youths to the burglary."  But it looks as if they were believed to have stolen $8, not gasoline.

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Man with leukemia loses health insurance because of Obamacare

A man with a pre-existing illness is losing his current coverage and the doctor that he has been working with because of Obamacare.  So much for Obama's promise that people can keep their insurance and doctors under Obamacare.  From ABC News 15 in Phoenix:
A Fountain Hills man says he may soon have to get another job just to pay for healthcare insurance under the new Affordable Care Act. . . .

“I've worked hard because I've had to, and I’ve had to, because cancer runs in my family," says Cerpok, who picked his current health insurance based on that family history. His monthly premium is just about half of his monthly take-home pay.

Back in 2006, he found out he had an incurable form of leukemia that requires ongoing treatment until he dies.  
In 2012, his treatment bill was more than $350,000. But because of his insurance, his out-of-pocket was only $4,500.
That’s about to change because Michael just got a letter from his insurance carrier saying as of January 1, he would be dropped from coverage because of new regulations under Obamacare. His doctor at the Mayo Clinic may be gone as well. . . . .
Thanks to Robert for the link. 



Scathing report by Committee to Protect Journalists: Most secretive administration since Nixon

When liberal Democrats start comparing a president to Nixon in anyway you know that you have problems.  Personally, after reading this report, it appears that Obama is much worse than Nixon.  Can you imagine what the press would have done if Nixon had gone through a reporter's private personal communications or gone to court asserting that they believed normal reporting activities were criminal acts?  But that fact that reporters are even comparing Obama to Nixon in anyway is a bit of a start.  From the Committee to Protect Journalists:
. . . The administration’s war on leaks and other efforts to control information are the most aggressive I’ve seen since the Nixon administration, when I was one of the editors involved in The Washington Post’s investigation of Watergate. The 30 experienced Washington journalists at a variety of news organizations whom I interviewed for this report could not remember any precedent. 
“There’s no question that sources are looking over their shoulders,” Michael Oreskes, a senior managing editor of The Associated Press, told me months after the government, in an extensive leak investigation, secretly subpoenaed and seized records for telephone lines and switchboards used by more than 100 AP reporters in its Washington bureau and elsewhere. “Sources are more jittery and more standoffish, not just in national security reporting. A lot of skittishness is at the more routine level. The Obama administration has been extremely controlling and extremely resistant to journalistic intervention. There’s a mind-set and approach that holds journalists at a greater distance.” 
Washington Post national security reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a member of CPJ’s board of directors, told me that “one of the most pernicious effects is the chilling effect created across government on matters that are less sensitive but certainly in the public interest as a check on government and elected officials. It serves to shield and obscure the business of government from necessary accountability.” . . .
“There is no access to the daily business in the Oval Office, who the president meets with, who he gets advice from,” said ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton, who has been covering presidents since Gerald Ford. She said many of Obama’s important meetings with major figures from outside the administration on issues like health care, immigration, or the economy are not even listed on Obama’s public schedule. . . . 



Judicial Watch Sues Mayor Bloomberg for Documents related to Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Why Mayor Bloomberg is refusing to provide these documents isn't obvious nor is it obvious why Judicial Watch is requesting these particular documents.  I assume that Judicial Watch knows something (or thinks that they know something) about these particular discussions.  Bloomberg has been previously caught using taxpayer money to fund MAIG.  In any case, it will be interesting to see what is discovered here.  Judicial Watch has given Bloomberg and his gun control group difficulties before.  This is from part of their press release:
Judicial Watch Sues Mayor Bloomberg for Documents on his Anti-Gun Group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns
(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on October 4, 2013, it filed a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) lawsuit with the Supreme Court of the New York requesting that the office of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg be ordered to produce all records of communications between the Office of the Mayor, the director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG), and Vice President Joe Biden. The FOIL suit also requested that the mayor’s office be required to produce records of a January 9, 2013, meeting attended by MAIG representatives, Biden, and Attorney General Eric Holder. (Judicial Watch v. Office of the Mayor (No. 15913412013)) 
Specifically, Judicial Watch seeks the following records pursuant to a January 15, 2013, FOIL request (amended on July 10, 2013): 
  • Any and all records of communication between Mayor Bloomberg and/or Chief Advisor to the Mayor for Policy and Strategic Planning John Feinblatt and Mr. Mark Glaze, Director of Mayors against Illegal Guns and a Principal at The Raben Group, LLC between December 14, 2012 and January 22, 2013.

  • Any and all records of communications between Mayor Bloomberg and/or any official, employee, or representative of the Office of the Mayor and Vice President Joe Biden and/or any official, employee, or representative of the Office of the Vice President of the United States.

  • Any and all records regarding, concerning or related to the January 9, 2013 White House meeting attended by Chief Advisor to the mayor for Policy and Strategic planning John Feinblatt, Vice President Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, and others. This request includes, but is not limited to, any and all notes, talking points, briefing books, and internal memoranda produced in the preparation for, during, and/or subsequent to the meeting.

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Bill O'Reilly gets it wrong on Gun Background Checks

O'Reilly is wrong about the polls on background checks (see my discussion available here). On the benefit from such background checks see this discussion.

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Oklahoma brings lawsuit to force Obamacare law to be followed. Would this bring the end of Obamacare?

If Oklahoma forces the law to be followed, might it signal the end of the law?  For details see here.  My original take on this is available here with quotes from the law.


Talk on Thursday at Orange County, California Federalist Society about "Dumbing Down the Courts"

The information on the event is available here.
When: Thursday, October 10, 2013. 11:30 a.m. (registration), 12:00 pm (lunch)
Where1st Floor Conference Room, 2040 Main Street, Irvine, CA 92614. Parking validated-please bring your parking ticket to the lunch for validation.

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Talks tomorrow in South Carolina

University of South Carolina Law School at 12:30 PM -- "Dumbing Down the Courts"
Charleston Law School at 5 PM -- gun control


Family fighting back against zero tolerance insanity: "Family of Rhode Island 7th-grader to appeal suspension for toy gun keychain'

From Fox News:

The family of a Rhode Island seventh-grader who was suspended for three days for having a small toy gun keychain at school is appealing the suspension. 
WJAR-TV (http://bit.ly/198ZOTV) reports the family of 12-year-old Joseph Lyssikatos (lis-ih-KAH'-tos) is appealing Monday to the superintendent in the town of Coventry. 
Joseph was suspended last month after bringing a 2-inch keychain he won at an arcade to Alan Shawn Feinstein Middle School. Another student found it and showed it off to classmates, and Joseph was suspended. . . .


Dr. Ben Carson received first IRS Audit after he spoke out against Obama

From CBS TV in Baltimore:

Whether it’s because he said it with the president sitting right there, the media fallout or coincidence, he was audited. The suggestion that the IRS uses its power to influence politics seems farfetched, but then we see IRS employees in a Star Trek spoof–part of a $4 million employee training conference. 
“It was a difficult money trail to follow, but in the end we got it,” the spoof said. And then came the admission that group requests for tax exempt status were red flagged and sidelined for their politics.“It has to start with a recognition that the trust has been violated,” said Daniel Werfel in a congressional hearing. 
In a statement to WJZ, Dr. Carson says:
“When you have a government agency involved in activities that are partisan in nature, it calls into question all of their actions. If they were auditing me in a situation where there was no question about their integrity, this would be ignored.” . . .


Bloomberg puts $1 million into pushing Cory Booker for Senate

From Politico:

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is helping Newark Mayor Cory Booker in his New Jersey Senate campaign, including with a major ad buy, according to reports. 
Bloomberg’s PAC is bankrolling a $1 million ad campaign to air in the New York City and Philadelphia markets, according to CNN and The New York Times, which first reported the news. 
The ad will tout Booker’s work on schools, expanding background checks for gun purchases and job creation. . . .

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A benefit of the shutdown: temporary delay in new federal regulations

You delay a few hundred billion a year regulations for even a month or two and you start to get into some real money.  From The Hill newspaper:
The government shutdown has all but turned off the regulatory spigot, reducing the flow of new rules from federal agencies to a trickle. Regulators and proponents of stronger protections warn that rulemaking delays will jeopardize public safety and health. But some conservatives say the reprieve from red tape is welcome, even if it doesn’t last long. 
“We’re very pleased that the Obama administration’s ongoing efforts to wreck the U.S. economy with more and more heavy-handed and colossally expensive regulations has been put on hold,” said Myron Ebell, director of the right-leaning Competitive Enterprise Institute’s energy and environment center. “By and large, the people writing those regulations and trying to get them promulgated are not in the office,” he said. . . .


Ed Schultz switches positions on gun control

Well, it appears that even a diehard liberal MSNBC host can change their views on the sensitive issue of gun control.  This is from part of Ed Schultz's radio show:

I guess I'm going to give some audio that might be a little bit tough for liberals. But as a gun owner myself, I pose the question to our audience -- why should there be restriction on people who are law-abiding citizens that don't have mental health issues? That are law-abiding citizens? That pay their taxes? That do everything they're supposed to do? But then every time there's a mass shooting we're going to have a conversation about what I can own in this country. This is freedom, isn't it? 
I'm going to infuriate some of you, I don't mean to, I'm pushing the conversation that, it's almost as if we don't dive into the conversation the way we should. And what is at the crux of all of this is freedom! You can go out and purchase a firearm! And there are groups out there that want to limit that and the types that you own because some crazy guy went in and shot up a workplace! 
Now, from a gun owner's perspective, do you think that's fair? Gun owners are going to say no. And they're going to have their advocates who are going to take it beyond common sense and come up with statements that the only thing that can protect a good guy with a gun or a bad guy with a gun, against a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. No, I don't adhere to that. If I did, I'd own firearms that would be concealed. If I really believed that in my heart, I would have, I'd be packing. And I'd have a permit that lets me pack. But I don't! . . .

The audio is available here.



Evidence that the Obama administration is trying to make the 17 percent cut in spending as painful as possible

Do you think American troops abroad care more about watching the Major League Baseball playoffs or  listening to the American Forces Network news channel?  How about having Alhurra TV, the small government-funded Middle Eastern network, on the air?  From The Hill newspaper:
Such discrepancies are feeding Republican accusations that the administration is deliberately trying to make the shutdown as painful as possible. . . . 
“In general terms, the leeway for what is open and what is not open is largely at the discretion of the president and the heads of the given agencies throughout the federal government,” said John Hudak, a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. “The law says there’s no money for the government to function, but at the same time, the president is also charged with keeping the nation safe with a whole host of activities that he cannot let fall by the wayside.” . . .


Priorities: Amber alert website down during shutdown, but they got funds to let government union reps get paid

You can see the picture for yourself my going here.  At the same time, the Obama administration has its priorities this way.  From the Washington Examiner:
The Obama administration quietly changed its furlough guidance Friday to allow government employees who are also union representatives to return to work and receive a regular paycheck during the government shutdown. 
On the fifth day of the government shutdown the House unanimously passed a a bill approving back pay for 800,000 furloughed federal workers, a rare moment of bipartisan unity, even as House Republicans and Democrats continued their bitter budget standoff. 
The vast majority of those workers do not serve as union representatives and will not receive a pay check as long as the government remains shuttered. But the Office of Personnel Management Friday opened the door for some of their co-workers, those who serve as union representatives, to return to work and get their regular paycheck. . . .
UPDATE: "Justice restores Amber Alert Web page"

The Amber Alert Web page on the Justice Department's online site was restored late Monday morning after a report spread saying the government shutdown had closed the program itself. 
"At no point has AmberAlert system been interrupted during shutdown. to prevent confusion, informational DOJ site has been restored," tweeted Brian Fallon, director of the DOJ's public affairs office. 
Numerous Web pages on federal agencies’ sites have either been shut down or haven’t been updated since the shutdown began Tuesday. Some agency websites don't show up at all. 
A Justice Department page that explains the Amber Alert system had led to an error saying it was “not found." 
“It’s all functioning,” Patti Davis, communications director for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), said in an email to The Washington Post. “Only the DOJ (Department of Justice) Web site, which is informational, is down. The states run AMBER Alerts, and NCMEC does secondary alerts. Service has not been impacted.” . . . .


Obama and the media continue to make the false claim that the shutdown will harm the economy

From Obama's Saturday address on September 28th:
It’s also the day that a group of far-right Republicans in Congress might choose to shut down the government and potentially damage the economy just because they don’t like this law. . . . 
Past government shutdowns have disrupted the economy.  This shutdown would, too.  At a moment when our economy has steadily gained traction, and our deficits have been falling faster than at any time in 60 years, a shutdown would be a purely self-inflicted wound.  And that’s why many Republican Senators and Republican governors have urged Republicans in the House of Representatives to knock it off, pass a budget, and move on. . . . 
No one gets to hurt our economy and millions of innocent people just because there are a couple laws you don’t like.  It hasn’t been done in the past, and we’re not going to start doing it now. . . .
From Obama's Saturday address on October 5th:
. . . They don’t get to hold our democracy or our economy hostage over a settled law. They don’t get to kick a child out of Head Start if I don’t agree to take her parents’ health insurance away. That’s not how our democracy is supposed to work. 
That's why I won't pay a ransom in exchange for reopening the government. And I certainly won't pay a ransom in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. For as reckless as a government shutdown is, an economic shutdown that comes with default would be dramatically worse. 
I'll always work with anyone of either party on ways to grow this economy, create new jobs, and get our fiscal house in order for the long haul. But not under the shadow of these threats to our economy. . . . .
From NPR, October 3rd: "Treasury: New Debt Ceiling Fight Could Derail Economy"
The Treasury Department is issuing a warning of dire economic consequences that could rival the Great Recession if Congress is unable to agree on raising the debt ceiling and the nation defaults on its obligations. 
Treasury's report, "The Potential Macroeconomic Effect of Debt Ceiling Brinkmanship," comes as Congress is still wrangling over a short-term spending bill to reverse a partial government shutdown that went into effect Tuesday. Later this month, House Republicans and Senate Democrats will need to agree to raise the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling or face a possible default. 
"[A] default would be unprecedented and has the potential to be catastrophic: credit markets could freeze, the value of the dollar could plummet, and U.S. interest rates could skyrocket, potentially resulting in a financial crisis and recession that could echo the events of 2008 or worse," Treasury said in a statement. . . .
From CNN Money: "Economists fear debt ceiling fight may bring recession"
Forget the current government shutdown. Economists say it's the upcoming debt ceiling impasse that could plunge the nation into a recession. 
About half of the 22 economists surveyed by CNNMoney say a recession will be unavoidable if Congress fails to raise the nation's debt ceiling before the Treasury runs out of cash later this month. . . .
CNBC: "US Treasury warns debt default could be 'catastrophic'
The Obama administration said the U.S. economy could fall into its deepest crisis since the Great Depression if Congress does not raise a cap on government borrowing soon and warned it would be impossible to prioritize debt payments over other obligations. 
In a report released on Thursday, the Treasury Department said a U.S. debt default could force up borrowing costs, weaken investment and curb growth. This could inflict damage on the economy that could last for longer than a generation. 
"A default would be unprecedented and has the potential to be catastrophic," Treasury said. . . .
Why all this discussion of default is wrong.

Unless the Obama administration completely mismanages everything, there is no reason for the failure to raise the debt ceiling to result in a default.  Revenue greatly exceeds required payments on interest (in FY 2014 net interest is supposed to be $238 billion out of revenue of $3.069 trillion -- 7.75%, see page 4 of this CBO report).  You don't need to repay principle -- all you have to do is roll that debt over again because total debt is being held constant if the debt ceiling isn't increased.  Now it is true that revenue doesn't come in at a constant rate, but given how much greater revenue is than the interest payments, just a tiny bit of planning is all that is necessary to balance things off.

On CNN on Sunday, Jack Lew made this claim:
Tuesday I wrote to Congress saying I used my last extraordinary measures. I have no more. That means that on October 17th, we'll run out of the ability to borrow. We'll be left with some cash on hand. And, I've told Congress it will be roughly $30 billion. 
And $30 billion is a lot of money. But when you think about the cash flow of the government of the United States, we have individual days when our negative or positive cash flow is 50 or $60 billion. So, $30 billion is not a responsible amount of cash to run the government on. . . .
If the normal ability of the government to smooth over shifts in outlays has been exhausted by the Obama administration, that is their fault.  Deals should have been reached well before this and President Obama should have been involved in those discussions.  To say that this is all the Republicans' fault because they don't give Obama everything that he wanted is ridiculous.  Still Lew's statement is sufficiently vague that it hides the fact that this cash flow is both positive and negative and tends to be much more likely to be positive when comparing revenue to interest payments.

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Public School Principal asks Police Officer not to wear his uniform when he drops off his daughter at her elementary school

How can anyone feel threatened by a police officer wearing his gun?  Do they really believe that a police officer will start attacking people?  Presumably this type of reaction is just an extremely rare event (after all there are a lot of public schools in the US), but it would be nice if the government applied zero tolerance to these events.  It seems that parents should be thankful that a police officer is taking the time to be around the school.  The only criticism that I can offer is that it would be better if the officer didn't wear his uniform but still had his gun with him.  From Fox News:
A police officer who dropped off his daughter at her Phoenix elementary school was asked by the school’s principal not to wear his uniform to the school because other parents were concerned that he was carrying a gun, MyFoxPhoenix.com reported. 
Scott Urkov is a police officer for the Coolidge Police Department. The department told him not to comment to media inquiries, but immediately after he received the no-uniform request, he posted on Facebook. 
"Nothing like your kids school calling and asking if I could not come to pick up my daughter in uniform cause parents were concerned when their kids came home telling them there was a man at school with a gun, “ he posted. “Are you freaking kidding me?" 
His daughter attends Entz Elementary School, which is in the Mesa Unified School District. . . .

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Open enrollment for Obamacare runs for HALF the YEAR!

Of course, for private insurance plans open enrollment lasts for only one month.
Open enrollment runs between October 1 and March 31. You don't have to sign up that first day. In fact, you may want to put off paying for it until December. Plans bought through the exchanges won't start until January 1. December 14 is the cut-off date if you want your plan to start January 1. Open enrollment runs through March 31. If you sign up in January or February your coverage will start the following month. . . .


Armed car thief stop by armed man who was walking his dog

Apparently, the car thief started firing his gun and then the former Marine responded.  The car thief was apparently also threatening the life of the former Marine's aunt.  Probably not the brightest thing to go up against an armed former Marine.  From KOMO News about an incident in Maple Valley, Washington:
A suspected car thief who was in the middle of breaking into a pickup truck was shot and killed by the truck's owner in Maple Valley early Tuesday morning, King County Sheriff's deputies said.
The 27-year-old thief, who family identified as Blake Moore, and his girlfriend were already driving a stolen Honda with stolen plates when they pulled up to a home in the 21800 block of SE 236th Place just after midnight, deputies said.
As the man then began breaking into a pickup truck, the truck's owner came out to walk his dog and confronted the thief, according to investigators. Guns were drawn, and several shots were fired.
The thief ducked behind the truck he was trying to steal, but was still struck several times and died at the scene, deputies said. . . .
The truck owner's aunt hailed her nephew, who is a former Marine, as a hero for saving her life as the bullets began flying.
"He shoved me out of the way when the guy was going to shoot at us," said Kristen Hague. "Looked like (the thief) had a gun and pushed me out of the way and yelled 'gun!' and I don't think if he would have done that, I would be alive... I think he was defending me -- I totally see it."
She said her nephew was definitely justified in fatally wounding the thief. . . .


Houston, Texas: Auto shop owner says that "if it wasn't for his gun, that he, his friends, and family members would have been killed"

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The news story video has the reporter on the scene saying that the store owner said: "if it wasn't for his gun, that he, his friends, and family members would have been killed."  Whoever wrote up the story based on the reporters' report toned it down and replaced "would" with "could."  From KTRK in Houston:
. . . The owner of the business shot at the suspects. He said if it wasn't for his gun, his family and friends could have been killed. 
Surveillance video in the lobby at A B Motors in the 13500 block of the East Freeway at Evanston shows a man rushing in, holding a bag and gun. Another armed man was right behind him, wearing a bandana. Both were demanding cash. 
"These people came in the right time when I got cash inside the office," owner Mack Agaybi said. 
Agaybi told us he saw the men running through his parking lot from his office, so he got out his gun. 
"I opened the door a little and I see somebody right in front of me, going like that with a gun," Agaybi recalled. 
The gunfight that ensued was caught on camera. The two suspects ran out of the lobby, and Agaybi could be seen running out after them. 
"First I said, 'Is anybody hurt?' No, and left," Agaybi said. "But they was running. I came back and tried to see my friend." 
Agaybi realized his friend has been shot in the head. 
The armed suspects got away. Bullet holes and shattered glass were left behind by the shootout. 
"I picked up my friend and I put him in my car and ran to the I-10 clinic. I did not wait for the ambulance or anything," Agaybi said. 
Houston police said the man who was shot will be OK. . . .


More zero tolerance inanity: Boy arrested for having fishing equipment in car at school

This 17-year-old's life is completely messed up.  A felony arrest for "carrying a weapon in a school safety zone" will prevent him from getting into most colleges.  Is there any rational basis for a zero tolerance policy in this case?  From the Marietta Daily Journal:
. . . Cody Chitwood, 17, is a senior at Lassiter High School, and an avid fisherman.He went fishing at his favorite spot, Mountain Park off Highway 92 and Mabry Road several days before and left his two fishing poles and tackle box in his car. 
Little did he know that Lassiter administrators would order a K-9 search of the parking lot on Sept. 17 and a dog would hit on his car. 
The dog apparently picked up a scent of black powder because Chitwood also had several firecrackers in his trunk, left over from a Fourth of July celebration. That was enough for police to order a thorough search of his 1998 BMW 328i. 
They found four knives, all of them with blades of at least 2.5 inches, according to the arrest warrant. Three of them, including a fillet knife and a spring-assisted knife, were inside his tackle box in the trunk. A butterfly knife was found inside the pocket of the driver’s side door. 
“I enjoy fishing. I go fishing probably once a week, sometimes twice a week,” said Chitwood, who has been suspended for 10 days by Lassiter Principal Chris Richie. “I just forgot that it was in there. I had my fishing poles in the car, too.” 
He was charged with carrying a weapon in a school safety zone, which is a felony in Georgia. . . .
By the way, having a knife inside the pocket of the driver's side door is a safety precaution in case you get trapped in your car with your seatbelt stuck and you need to cut the belt to get up.


Houston teenager uses gun to stop two men who broke into his home

From KTRK in Houston:
A Fort Bend County teenager fought back Friday after two strangers broke into his home. One suspect is now dead and a second is on the run. . . . 
Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the home just after 3pm for a reported home invasion. Investigators said it's the home of veteran Houston police officer Ken Patmon. 
Patmon's 18-year-old son was home alone when he heard a noise. There were two men pounding on the front door, but he didn't answer. They then went around to the back of the house. 
Patmon said his son called him when the trouble started.
"He called me and told me about it," the homeowner said. "Not long after that, two unknown suspects entered our home without permission." 
The men allegedly forced their way inside, meeting the teen head-on. 
"My son, trying to defend his home and himself, he discharged my firearm, striking one of the suspects," Patmon said. 
The shot suspect died inside the home. The second suspect fled the scene. 
"This is our home, and he's my son," Patmon said. "If I'm not there to protect him, we try to teach our children to do what's right, and I just thank God that he's OK." . . .