Here’s wishing you peace, love, whale noises, and frisbee for the Holiday Season. After that, back to Obama’s socialist hell.
Nothing says Christmas better than “YouTube will livestream The Interview,” amiright?
Anyway, just found out that my brother — you know, “Goldie,” — has retained a lawyer in Maryland. My guess is, he received notice (as an interested party and potential heir) that I’d filed my Mom’s new Will with the Registry of Wills in Baltimore County, and that he’s going to try to contest it.
I welcome that.
Because here’s the thing: for every dollar of plundered booty he spends, an angel gets its wings.
So. You’re welcome, newbie angels.
Meanwhile here on earth, Hell continues to claim territory.
From Heather MacDonald
Since last summer, a lie has overtaken significant parts of the country, resulting in growing mass hysteria. That lie holds that the police pose a mortal threat to black Americans—indeed that the police are the greatest threat facing black Americans today. Several subsidiary untruths buttress that central myth: that the criminal-justice system is biased against blacks; that the black underclass doesn’t exist; and that crime rates are comparable between blacks and whites—leaving disproportionate police action in minority neighborhoods unexplained without reference to racism. The poisonous effect of those lies has now manifested itself in the cold-blooded assassination of two NYPD officers.
The highest reaches of American society promulgated these untruths and participated in the mass hysteria. […]
The New York Times ratcheted up its already stratospheric level of anti-cop polemics. In an editorial justifying the Ferguson riots, the Times claimed that “the killing of young black men by police is a common feature of African-American life and a source of dread for black parents from coast to coast.” Some facts: Police killings of blacks are an extremely rare feature of black life and are a minute fraction of black homicide deaths. The police could end all killings of civilians tomorrow and it would have no effect on the black homicide risk, which comes overwhelmingly from other blacks. In 2013, there were 6,261 black homicide victims in the U.S.—almost all killed by black civilians—resulting in a death risk in inner cities that is ten times higher for blacks than for whites. None of those killings triggered mass protests; they are deemed normal and beneath notice. The police, by contrast, according to published reports, kill roughly 200 blacks a year, most of them armed and dangerous, out of about 40 million police-civilian contacts a year. Blacks are in fact killed by police at a lower rate than their threat to officers would predict. In 2013, blacks made up 42 percent of all cop killers whose race was known, even though blacks are only 13 percent of the nation’s population. The percentage of black suspects killed by the police nationally is 29 percent lower than the percentage of blacks mortally threatening them. […]
Cop-killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who assassinated NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos on Saturday, exemplified everything the elites have refused to recognize: he was a gun-toting criminal who was an eager consumer of the current frenzy of cop hatred. (Not that he paid close enough attention to the actual details of alleged cop malfeasance to spell Eric Garner’s name correctly.) His homicidal postings on Instagram—“I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today. They Take 1 of Ours . . . . .Let’s Take 2 of Theirs”—were indistinguishable from the hatred bouncing around the Internet and the protests and that few bothered to condemn. That vitriol continues after the assassination.
The yearning of the Left isn’t some much “anti-cop” but “anti-not-our-cop”. Mayor deBlasio seemed to have no problem with making sure the NYPD continued to enforce the law against “loosies” which cut into city revenue, and yet it also didn’t stop him from whining in public on how he taught his son-of-darker-shade that the cops were evil people he should fear.
When the Left has control of an enforcement agency, they delight in its actions.
Law enforcement agencies are local agencies and their culture is a reflection of the local government which controls who heads the agency. Some are good, some are bad. However, the mission of any agency is (and should always be) the protection of the rights of the citizenry it serves. That is the only standard by which they should be measured. And when agencies are not serving their citizens, either because the Police Union protects bad cops or the city or county encourages them to become militarized and take an antagonistic view of citizens, then they need to be sanctioned and reformed.
Let’s not, however, lose sight of the fact that the movement of the Left in seizing and sanctifying people like Michael Brown is breathtakingly cynical. The “protests” have little to do with an “centuries of racism.” The Left in academia have been reduced to desperately inventing systemic racism with such contemptible concepts as “microaggressions” and “white privilege.” In an era of plummeting rates of violence, where the incidents of fire hoses, police dogs and lynchings are entirely unknown, the Left has to do everything and anything to keep people divided and their favored-pet minorities feeling like victims.
It’s about power. It’s what they are, it’s what they do.
But don’t you dare jump to conclusions!
French authorities say that 13 people were injured Sunday when a driver deliberately slammed his car into crowds in several locations around the city of Dijon in eastern France, amid reports that the driver was heard shouting “God is great!” in Arabic.
Sky News reported that witnesses also heard the driver shouting that he was acting on behalf of “the children of Palestine” during the rampage, which lasted approximately 30 minutes. Two of the injuries were described as serious, though no further details were immediately available.
The Interior Ministry told the Associated Press that the driver in Sunday’s car attack, a 40-year-old driving a Renault Clio, was known to police for minor offenses in the 1990s. Eric Delzant, a local police official, told Europe 1 radio the driver, who was detained, suffered from psychological problems.
French officials Monday cautioned against jumping to conclusions about the attacker or his motives. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said that the investigation in Dijon was just beginning. […]
The Sunday night rampage came a day after a knife attack on police in the town of Joue-les-Tours in central France that counter-terrorist police are investigating. In that incident, two police officers were seriously injured and the 20-year-old attacker was killed, according to the ministry. Anti-terrorism police are involved in the investigation, and Sky reported that police suspect the attack was motivated by radical Islam. Cazeneuve described the station attack as “very unstable” in an interview with television station TF1.
It was not immediately clear whether the two weekend incidents were connected.
The Islamic State group and other terrorist organizations have repeatedly called for attacks against France, notably because of the French military’s participation in U.S.-led airstrikes in Iraq. Some extremists have specifically suggested that anyone angry at the French government could use weapons easily at hand — such as cars or knives — to stage “lone wolf” attacks.
Approval drops to 15%
It’s no secret that President Obama has been an unpopular commander-in-chief with servicemen and -women for a while.
But now, his approval rating among active-duty members of the U.S. military has fallen to an all-time low of just 15 percent, The Military Times reports:
“Obama’s popularity — never high to begin with — has crumbled, falling from 35 percent in 2009 to just 15 percent this year, while his disapproval ratings have increased to 55 percent from 40 percent over that time.”
Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead — execution style — as they sat in their marked police car on a Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, street corner.
According to preliminary reports, both officers were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill when they were shot point-blank by a single gunman who approached their car at the corner of Myrtle and Tompkins avenues.
“It’s an execution,” one law enforcement source told The Post of the 3 p.m. shooting.
The gunman just started “pumping bullets” into the patrol car, another source said.
The suspected gunman fled to a nearby subway station at Myrtle and Willoughby avenues, where he was fatally shot. Preliminary reports were unclear on whether he was shot by police or his own hand.
“They engaged the guy and he did himself,” one investigator said.
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) December 21, 2014
via British news media:
George W. Bush is nothing if not a good sport.
And in no better way was that illustrated when the former President donned a Santa suit for a hospital visit in Dallas.
The 68-year-old was handing out toys at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas to patients who have to spend Christmas at the facility.
The family that posted the picture of Bush to Facebook lost one of their twin daughters earlier this year to a heart disease called restrictive cardomyopathy.
‘Guess who just came and gave Emily a Christmas present dressed in a Santa suit with Secret Service and all?!?!?………. Pres. George Bush,’ mom Natalie Smith posted to Facebook on December 16.
Her daughter, Shayde, died in January.
Her surviving daughter, Emily, has undergone a heart replacement, but is constantly in and out of hospital as her body rejects the organ.
The family have been raising money for Emily’s medical expenses on GoFundMe.
There were reports on Twitter that Bush’s secret service detail dressed as elves to accompany him.
— Sarah Stevenson (@sarahrstevenson) December 20, 2014
Now there is an actual “good man.”
From the transcript
George Santayana wrote, “In every generation we face a barbarian threat in our own children.” Not a threat TO our children. A threat FROM our children.
From the rioters on the street stealing car rims under the Progressively-sanctioned cover of so-called social justice; to inhuman attention-junkies who are perfectly happy to ruin the lives of people they perceive as political enemies, knowing full well they are innocent; through Leftist college professors who teach them that the truth and the law do not matter so long as the Progressive goals of identity politics are advanced; and right on up to the President and Attorney General, who use IRS intimidation of political enemies and simply dictate laws they cannot get passed – Progressivism is a philosophy of lawlessness, disregard for truth, contempt for individual lives and individual freedom. It is utter, total barbarism.