Rabid Bat Found in Simpsonville

I’ve been seeing more bats around Mauldin in the evening so this story scares me:

A bat found in a Simpsonville home has tested positive for rabies, according to the state Department of Health and Environmental Control.

This is the second confirmed rabid animal of the year in Greenville County, DHEC said in a statement. Two rabid animals were confirmed in the county last year.

“Bats have small teeth that might leave marks not easily seen,” Sue Ferguson said in the statement. She is with DHEC’s Bureau of Environmental Health.

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Most of the recent human rabies cases in the U.S. have been caused by exposure to rabid bats, according to the CDC.

“About 275 South Carolinians are advised to undergo preventive treatment for rabies every year, with most exposures from being bitten or scratched by a rabid or suspected rabid animal,” Ferguson said.

Persons who suspect they have been exposed the rabies virus should immediately wash the affected area with soap and water and follow up with medical attention and report it to DHEC, she said.

There were 107 confirmed cases of animal rabies during 2011 in South Carolina. There have been 87 confirmed cases in animals statewide this year.

Democrats are to blame for this but that’s another story. You will notice that rabies cases have increased with in proportion to how many liberal douchebags from the northeast have moved down here. Just sayin’

Greenville Dragnet Now Part of Crime News Twitter Stream

Greenville Dragnet is now one of the feeds on the Crime News Twitter page run by Trench Reynolds. There’s a lot of other great crime blogs featured there too so check it out. It’s sort of a one stop shop for crime blogs.

Securing Homes Against Home Invasion

Some of this advice is dated because it’s from the 1990s Montel Williams show – before marijuana use fried his brains completely. Guns and weapons aren’t discussed but there’s plenty of good advice. Home invasions are becoming more common and violent so give this a look:

Was a “Prepper” Targeted in Travelers Rest Burglary?

Looking at the list of items taken I’d say yes. I’d also say that it’s probably an inside job or at least a job put together by people who were aware of what was to be gained. Most thieves will tell you they don’t have that kind of luck and few are ready to move such a large haul on short notice.

From the TR Tribune:

TRAVELERS REST, S.C. – Items valued at nearly $60,000 were stolen from a residence in northern Greenville County on Thursday, say officials with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.

Sometime between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., a home located on Ledbetter Road was entered while the owner, who wishes not to be identified, was away.

According to the incident report, jewelery and precious metals valued in excess of $52,000, firearms valued in excess of $6,000, a laptop computer, and a video game system were taken from the home.

The precious metals and firearms are a dead giveaway. I own several guns (three shotguns, two revolvers and my favorite toy a Rossi Ranch Hand in .45 LC) and all together my collection might be worth $2,000 on a good day if I didn’t beat my guns up all to hell. I paid less than $200 for two of my shotguns and got my Ranch Hand on sale at Academy.

“Assault” rifles however run $1,200 average and other “tacticool” weapons favored by new blood preppers are very valuable. I myself am a long time prepper and don’t like such mall ninjary, but to each his own.

As for the precious metals (notice not just gold, but likely silver and platinum) the fact that this person kept them at home means he knows that owning gold on paper is a scam. Good for him. But gold in your house can be stolen. Also while precious metals are a great hedge on inflation that will make you lots of money during inflationary periods it is not actually useful in emergencies. You can find my thoughts on gold as a “prep” in a article I wrote in ’09 called  White Gold: Rethinking Wealth in a Post-Collapse Society. In summery I point out that you should sell gold on the spikes and use the profits to buy seeds, chickens, barter goods and other wealth generation instruments.

I’m betting this guy in Travelers Rest wishes he thought of that now. Or that he invested in a safe.

Police say they have no suspects but my crime blogger sense is tingling and says one of his “friends” in the prepping world needed cash (you’d be surprised how many preppers I meet with drug habits) and put this job together. OPSEC people! Or work from home and jealously guard your hoard of treasure like I do.

 

Hear Me on the TWSS Podcast Tonight at 9:00

I was a last minute fill in guest for the That’s What She Said podcast on the FTR Radio Network. We discussed Jenn Taylor’s recent article on Keith Olbermann defending a multiple child rapist, Lori Ziiganto’s new Red State piece about the disgusting use of rape metaphors in politics, I called Rick Santorum a communist, bashed CPACs drinking culture, psychoanalyzed Amanda Marcotte, discussed proper oral sex etiquette for men and did a spot on imitation of every CPAC blogger meeting a girl in real life.

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