25 November 2014

Putin Moves to Allow Concealed Carry

... in Russia. From Townhall.com comes this head-scratcher:

It’s beginning to border on the surreal. We’ve talked to great lengths about the inversion of international influence between the US and Russia. Under President Obama we have seen America’s command of world events sink to an unrecognizable (and quite embarrassing) level, while the Bond villain in the Kremlin has taken control of international conversations. And then, there’s this from the IBTimes:

Russia, which according to official figures has the fifth highest murder rate in the world, has relaxed its gun ownership laws.

Yep. The land of Vladimir Putin, run by an oligarchical collection of cronies and criminals, is about to relax their gun laws… And not by just a little. After the reforms, they’ll make some US jurisdictions look positively Soviet. While places like New York and Washington DC continue to make it (almost) impossible to get a permit for carrying a handgun, Putin’s Russia is about to make it easier.
[snip] In short: Russia will soon be a little less like Chicago, and a little more like Texas.

Read the whole article here.

Look at what Nanny Mayor Bloomberg and his limp-wristed, knickers-in-a-twist cronies are still trying to do, and then ...

Well, draw your own conclusions, folks.

But There'll Still Be Coffee, Right?

Yeah, some days are just like that.  Sigh ...

Lack of Snow Means No Skiing, Disappointing Thousands

Ski lift at Alyeska Ski Resort, 40 miles ESE of Anchorage

GIRDWOOD -- Brian Burnett, mountain services manager at Alyeska Resort, had some "very sad news" for Southcentral Alaska skiers and snowboarders Monday afternoon.

"No one should plan on skiing" this week, he said. The mountain that makes up the state's most popular skiing destination is still too brown to shred from top to bottom.

Historically, Alyeska sees at least a partial opening to the general public on Thanksgiving Day, but with little snowfall at the base and temperatures too high this year to make snow nearer the top, an opening appears unlikely this week.

The Old Farmer's Almanac long-range winter forecast said south-central Alaska would have a warm/rainy/icy first half of winter. The upside is that the second half is supposed to be unusually cold, with heavy snow.

That'll be a nice change of pace. 

24 November 2014

He Really NEEDS New Tires

 A vehicle struck a Midtown tire store just before noon Monday, with several Anchorage Fire Department units responding to the scene.

AFD dispatchers say they received a call at about 11:55 a.m. about the crash, at the Johnson’s Tire Service location at 3300 Denali St. There wasn’t immediate word on the severity of any injuries.

A Channel 2 photographer at the scene saw the scene of the crash taped off, with a red sedan having hit one edge of a bay entrance hard enough to send a crack through the masonry.

Car hits Midtown tire business; no word on injuries

What The ..??

APD investigates Sunday morning shots-fired reports

Anchorage police responded to nearly half a dozen incidents involving shots fired early Sunday, with officers using riot gear to disperse a 200-person Downtown block party and finding a pool of blood near a gas station.

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APD spokeswoman Anita Shell said police don’t believe any of the five separate incidents are related.

The series of reports began with a 2:30 a.m. shots-fired call from the vicinity of 3rd Avenue and E Street. As officers arrived, they noticed an “unsanctioned street party” near the intersection of 4th Avenue and D Street.

[snip] “A Cadillac Escalade was parked in the area with music blaring as about 200 people took to the streets dancing and shouting,” Shell wrote in a two-page statement on the calls. “When officers told the vehicle owner to turn off the music, the crowd became unruly toward police.”

Shell said the group ultimately forced APD to issue a request for backup, summoning all officers except those assigned to Eagle River.

  • At 4 a.m. officers headed to a second call at the College Gate neighborhood, after a pair of homes were struck by gunfire in a two-block area.
  • Seven minutes after the College Gate call, police were informed of a disturbance with shots fired in the Spenard area, near the intersection of Wyoming and Oregon Drives.
  • At 4:37 a.m., officers received a report from Downtown of blood and glass in an alley behind a Chevron gas station at 6th Avenue’s intersection with Ingra Street.
  • Less than an hour later, at 5:15 a.m., police received a report from a local hospital of a man with an apparent gunshot wound to his hand he claimed had been inflicted by a nail gun earlier in the morning.

I don't know what was going on, but it sounds like several (if not all) of the events involved the same group of people.

We applaud the APD for its carefully-measured response: they took care to protect themselves and others, but were able to bring things back under control without the use of deadly force. Well done, officers!