I agree with Professor Glenn Reynolds that our police are too militarized, both in hardware and mindset. However, I’d think twice before lauding his supporters on this issue, from Useless Toady:
Often, if you wait long enough, an idea comes around. Back in 2006, I wrote a piece for Popular Mechanics on how the federal government’s transfer of surplus military equipment to local police departments — sometimes in very small towns — was leading to “SWAT overkill.”
My complaints didn’t get much traction with either the Bush or the Obama administrations. But now, in the wake of what many consider to be an overly militarized police response in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama has ordered a review of federal programs — in the departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security — to arm local police with military weapons.
Lawmakers — from Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., to Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who quoted my 2006 piece in an op-ed in Time Magazine — are looking at legislation to limit transfers. This is good. There’s a role for SWAT teams in limited circumstances, but they’ve been overused in recent years, deployed for absurd things such as raids on sellers of raw milk. The problem is, when you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. And when you have cool military equipment, there’s a strong temptation to use it, just because, well, it’s cool. (Federal regulatory agencies have succumbed to SWAT Fever too.)
Johnson, McCaskill and Paul don’t even qualify for the jayvee. Johnson thinks Guam is about to tip over. McCaskill wants to persecute military commanders for not prosecuting phantom rapes and Paul is an isolationist. Yet three of a kind, but not exactly a winning hand.
Hat tip: Instapundit.
Alternate title: A tale of two mug shots.
Can Rick Perry, governor Texas, ride his indictment by a Travis county grand jury all the way to the White House? Maybe not. However Perry’s standing up the Travis county democrat mafia only improves his standing with the republican base.
Lord knows we need a president who willing to stand-up to our problems rather seeking to vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. So far Perry is the only candidate leading by his actions and not his words.
Hat tip: Karen, Lonely Conservative.
…. one must assume there is more than racism at work, in the case of Ferguson and other incidents….or at least a different kind of racial inequality from what is being advertised.
As the Daily Caller suggested the other day:
Many black people have their lives disrupted by the criminal justice system, but the lives and property of many blacks are also protected by that same system. The average black person is 6.5 times more likely to be murdered than the average white person. But the police aren’t the ones killing blacks. Over nine out of every ten black people who were murdered were murdered by other black people.
The claims of current discrimination by police are weak. Take NBC’s Meet the Press this past Sunday, Andrea Mitchell claimed she had proof of racism in Ferguson’s law enforcement: “I think with a 67 percent African American community here, Wesley, and 83 percent is the arrest rate and incarceration rate is 93 percent African American, which shows you are targeting blacks.” Unfortunately, as just noted, blacks generally commit crimes at higher rates than other groups. Indeed, if blacks in Ferguson were to commit murders at the same per capita rate that blacks do nationally they would make up 94.2 percent of those incarcerated.
Bank robber Willie Sutton was once asked why he robbed banks. Said Sutton, without a trace of irony, “Because that is where the money is.”
By the same token, then, the reason there are so many Blacks arrested in such places is simply because that’s where the crime is. Of course, Ill be called racist for pointing out this fact. (Shrug). It is nothing if not predictable.
Indeed, the whole mess is predictable to the point of being totally formulaic. As Bruce says the other day…
t begins like this:
Incident occurs. In this case, black teenager, white cop (template says black/white with black the victim). Tensions build. Protests erupt and violence ensues.
Then the real problem occurs.
Before everything can be sorted out and calmed down, the media shows up.
Of course, as soon as the media grows enough to include national outlets, the professional race baiters are soon to follow. Right on their heels the other opportunists arrive – the anarchists, communists, community activists, agitators and looters. And soon the circus is in full swing.
Rumor is published as fact. Hate rages from both sides. Social media is inundated with trash talk, nonsense and stupidity aided and abetted by an agenda driven media. Death threats, threats of violence, racial hate and other garbage flows like a river. Anchors from the national outlets put on their safari jackets (or now I guess it’s their protective vests and helmets) and get cameo shots near the protests to certify their “bona fides” as brave news men and women. Irresponsibility and immaturity on all sides rules the day.
In watching all this, it strikes me that the people who have the biggest problems with this (shooting) are the ones seeking to give the government more power, and who think government can solve any issue, if we can just get the power to said government and tinker with the laws enough..
Do such people not understand the inherent conflicts in giving government more power, and throttling the police, who are the first level enforcers of that law and that power? Apparently not, wherein lies another level of stupidity.
As with the Trayvon Martin case, the left tried to get out in front of this one, pushing memes that simply didn’t hold up against the facts that eventually came out. This usually ends up being the case… the usual arguments are that blacks are suffering under stereotypes… and at the end, we find that the subjects are all too stereotypical. Zimmerman wasn’t white, dated a black girl, had many blacks in his circle of friends, and so on. Martin was certainly not the innocent the usual suspects portrayed him as being. In the Ferguson case, the picture is solidifying that Brown was not the ‘gentle giant’ the left touted him as.
Does racism still exist? Of course. There are some times when it is the problem. But its gotten to the point where it usually proves out to be a false charge…. as it has in Ferguson.
At some point, the idea that all of this is racism, needs to yield to the oft proven fact that the real issue is thuggish attitudes and chosen lifestyles of many urban youth, who often happen to be black.
People like Cosby, and Thomas Sowell, and Ben Carson have been saying this for years. How long will it be before the word his the street, and gets the Jesse Jacksons of the world to admit where the real problem lies… and attack it as such?
Truth be known, I am not a fan of republican congressmen named King, but a stopped clock is right twice a day, from, Mediaite:
Most elected officials have been extremely hesitant to condemn the people of Ferguson, Missouri, who have been protesting for nearly two weeks over the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson. But during an interview with Iowa radio host Jan Mickelson on Wednesday, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) made his disgust with the protesters’ “irrational” behavior known.
That said, King may be brave to challenge the narrative, but still be wrong. Given, that it appears the human rabble destroying Ferguson are of the import variety and not the native, how stupid are they to trash somebody’s else neighborhood to advance there own political agenda? Just as the FBI was able to go after bank robbers when it became a federal crime, it is long past time to make a federal crime out of crossing state lines with the intend to riot, burn and steal.
The Reverend Al Sharpton can go home. The late Michael Brown was shot in the front with his arms down, from Daily Caller:
An autopsy conducted on Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old fatally shot by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson last Saturday, shows that Brown was shot at least six times, twice in the head and all in the front of the body.
The New York Times reported the results of a private autopsy conducted by Dr. Michael Baden, who was hired by the Brown family
The party is over in Ferguson.
[W]hat the press describes as “civil rights protests” and “vigils” are unaccountably held in liquor and appliance stores and the looting and burning of the shops in the area are by some mysterious magical thinking supposed to show the moral rightness of the protesters’ cause. In fact, they only harden attitudes against them.
From, Clarice Feldman, American Thinker.
Sir Robert Peel:
The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties
Mary Katherine Ham: Hot Air:
We ask more of police in a free society than creating militarized zones out of tough situations. This requires more bravery, more risk, more patience than being a cop in a society where cops can do what they like when they like with impunity. As a result, many Americans have great respect, sometimes reverence, for law enforcement. But when an official response, even to a tough situation, looks like martial law with federally issued no-fly zones, the state isn’t honoring its part of agreement in a free society. We should be willing to demand that they do, even in the face of immense danger. The deep respect many Americans hold for law enforcement should be a function of a free society asking more from those men and women and getting it, not a reason to excuse them when they give us far less.
The lame streamers falsely depicted Barrack Obama, nee Kenya, as some kind post-political Messiah. Finally after some five plus years in office the regime that loath to attack our foreign enemies, but relishes attacking domestic patriots, see siege of Cliven Bundy is finally bring the country together, at least the libertarians and the looney left. from Tim Devaney,Hill:
Groups on the left and right are uniting behind calls to end what they say is the rise of a “militarized” police force in the United States.
They say the controversial police tactics seen this week in Ferguson, Mo., are not isolated to the St. Louis County police department and warn the rise of heavily armed law enforcement agencies has become an imminent threat to civil liberties.
“What we’re seeing today in Ferguson is a reflection of the excessive militarization of police that has been happening in towns across America for decades,” said Kara Dansky, senior counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
The ACLU is aligned with Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and groups on the right who are calling for an end to a controversial Defense Department program that supplies local police departments with surplus military equipment, such as armored tanks, machine guns, and tear gas.
I have a lot I could say about Ferguson, almost all of it negative.:
Does Mrs. Clinton care about anybody not named Clinton? Evidently not, from Brent Budowsky b, Hill:
[Mrs.] Clinton should have spent all of 2014 working hard to support Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky and Michelle Nunn in Georgia. She has not. For the first eight months of 2014, Hillary Clinton has done virtually nothing to save the Democratic Senate. Now, her piling on criticism of Obama, whose unpopularity in red states is already a grave danger for Democrats, only helps the GOP cause.
Even more damaging to Democrats, and self-destructive for Clinton, is that her line of attack against Obama in the Atlantic interview wields national security arguments against Obama usually aimed against Democrats by Dick Cheney, neoconservatives and hyperpartisan Republicans.
Can the perpetually enraged Mrs. Clinton wage a scorched earth campaign all the way to the White House?
From Hollywood Reporter:
Lauren Bacall, the willowy actress whose husky voice, sultry beauty and all-too-short May-December romance with Humphrey Bogart made her an everlasting icon of Hollywood, has died, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. She was 89.
Bacall died Tuesday morning of a stroke in her longtime home in the Dakota
Sketch Factor is a new app that purports to measure how unsafe a particular neighborhood is. Color me skeptical but color the lamer stream media as hostile, from PC Magazine:
On paper, it sounds like a good idea: A smartphone app that uses crowd-sourced data to inform you of the more unsafe areas of your neighborhood. You might not need such a thing if you’ve lived in a particular area for a while, but it might be useful if you’re navigating a new city and have absolutely no idea where you should or shouldn’t go.
The problem? Allegations have been made that the app in question, Sketch Factor, is racist—unintentionally or otherwise.
Meanwhile back at the dude ranch, TV news crew travels to one such sketchy neighborhood, I presume to disprove the app,from CBS News:
Sometimes – but not always – news reporters get exactly what they are looking for when covering a story.
For one news crew from CBS News affiliate WUSA in Washington, D.C., they got a little more.
The news crew’s vehicle was burglarized while they were working on a story about a controversial app that alerts people to “sketchy” neighborhoods, WUSA reports.
The crew had locked their news van on a street in Petworth in Northwest, D.C. while they were out in the neighborhood conducting interviews. When they returned they found the lock had been popped out of the door of their news van, and that most of the crew’s gear had been stolen.
No further comment.
Libtards proclaim that women has the right to chnose to kill their unborn baby, but has anybody ever asked the unborn if wants to be killed? From, the dim wit Kevin Drum moans in Mother Jones, via Smitty, Other McCain:
So don’t tell me that all the conservative Christians in DesJarlais’ district believe that abortion is murder. They may say they believe it. They may even sincerely think they believe it. But they don’t.
- A unique human life begins as conception, when sperm meets egg.
- A abortion is a procedure intended to end a human life.
- Many, consider the immoral taking of human life to be murder.
- As, murder is defined as the illegal killing of a another person. While an unborn baby is indeed a human being, and can be nothing else, our nine resident perverts in black robes, a/k/a the Supreme Court, refuse to recognize a yet to be born human being as person with rights that need to respected.
As question for Mr. Drum, if the Supreme Court were to declare that one Kevin Drum is not a person, would he object to being killed?
Geraldo Rivera JINO (Jew in Name Only), video:
Hat tip: Allah Pundit, Hot Air.
The only defense Rivera offers is to play his Jew Card, and he does so poorly.
In politics an accident is when a politician accidentally speaks the truth. Finnish reporterette Aishi Zidan had one such accident, via William A. Jacoboson, Legal Insurrection:
Don’t use me as your propaganda weapon
I spent a night at the Shifa hospital in Gaza two weeks ago. I was covering the situation in Gaza for my newspaper.
My story was about the Palestinian civilians who were victims of war. My article started with a story of four little boys who were killed on the beach the same day. They were playing on the beach when Israeli army hit them without any clear reason or warning. I interviewed a boy who survived from the attack. The Shifa hospital was full of women and children who were victims of this ugly war. I described their stories in detail.
During the night someone launched a rocket somewhere behind the hospital. Now this sentence from my article is spreading in the pro-Israeli medias. I mentioned this in my article because I’m a professional journalist. I try to cover the events truthfully as I see them and I strongly condemn these kind of actions.
But I find it very disgusting how this one sentence was taken out context to be used as an excuse to target civilians in Gaza. My story became quickly a tool of propaganda. The people sharing this story are not even trying to understand the situation as a whole. They are just looking for excuses to Israeli actions in Gaza.
I refuse to be part of this kind of propaganda.
Zidan wrote that Palestinians were lauching rockets into Israel from the vicinity of a hospital. She does not deny the truth of what she reported. A denial would be hard, her report is on video tape. Rather Zidan is made because the facts are she reported them were used for different political, propaganda, purposes as she intended. Alas, while Zidan pretends to be a reporter, of facts, she has the sensitivity of commentator, a spinner of facts. She what is she, reporter or commentator?
Now, this will not be news, since most folks already know…. but Nancy Pelosi has gone round the bend.
James Woods, apparently recognizing this reality has commented on social media about her actions.
As you see, and for what I must assume to be legal reasons, Woods passes off a possibility where everyone else on the planet, save those who share her affliction, sees a lead pipe cinch.
Ill tell you flat out… The Democrat party both collectively and individually, lost grips on reality many years ago. Pelosi is no exception.
Mind, these are the people we are supposed to be treating as either A; (in the view of the establishment GOP) equals, as in their mental meanderings are equal to actual thought, or in the view of the left, vastly superior.
And we wonder why Washington is dysfunctional.
Juxtaposing, a Kate specialty, my favorite north of the border blog, sorry Kathy, from Small Dead Animals:
Honey, I Finished The Internet
I accidentally started a Wikipedia hoax: There it was, five and a half years later, being tweeted as fact by relatively well-known members of the New York City media establishment.
By: Kate | July 31, 2014 9:27 PM | 12 Comments
Categories: Honey, I Finished The Internet
Earlier on Small Dead Animals:
Most Women Don’t Care About Ant-Man’s Pym Particles
Men (well, those of a nerdly bent) tend to be interested in trivia and obscura; women tend to not be, or at least not so much… So the real [feminist] complaint boils down to this: The ten percent of Wikipedia which could reflect the cultural preferences of its unpaid volunteers does in fact reflect the cultural preferences of its unpaid volunteers, and yes, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine does get a more exhaustive, nerdishly-loving treatment than Sex & the City.
The federal government needs to pay people to study this and propose “solutions”? It occurs to me that we’ve spent $202,000 for a “study” which deliberately avoids a very simple explanation: Women just aren’t as interested in this type of crap as men. You don’t have to believe that to at least agree: This should have been one of the explanations scientifically studied, if we’re going to have a scientific study at all.
By David Thompson on July 31, 2014 3:21 AM | 7 Comments | Permalink
In the first entry, Kate demonstrates that Wikipedia is but an interesting amusement. Whereas in the second, David Thompson is showing the regime using our tax dollars to investigate alleged sexism in non-credible information source. Wikipedia hardly matters and it certainly does not matter to the tune two hundred thousand dollars.