December 31, 2014

Mayor De Blasio Has The NYPD Rash

iOTW has linked an article describing how Mayor De Blasio is offering an olive branch (sorta) to the NYPD unions while at the same time he is bringing pressure on local dems to publicly criticize the police for shaming him in public demonstrations.
While Mayor Bill de Blasio was personally coaxing the city’s police union presidents to meet with him, his top aides were on the phones with lawmakers urging them to blast PBA President Patrick Lynchand other officers for turning their backs on the mayor following the assassinations of two of New York’s Finest, DNAinfo New York has learned.

As late as Monday afternoon — the same time de Blasio was speaking with police union leaders to set up Tuesday’s détente to possibly mend their fractured relationship — the mayor’s government affairs honchos were privately cold-calling the city’s Democratic delegation of city and state elected officials, asking them to publicly criticize Lynch and those officers who dissed the mayor.

“City Hall wanted me to blast the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association for turning their backs on him,” a Big Apple legislator told “On The Inside.” “They called up Monday, said they were calling all of us, and that it was our obligation to stand up defending the mayor.”
DNAinfo story here.

The unions have got to be in hiz honor's head and his ass real bad for him to be thrashing around like this. He can't figure out whether to use lotion or foam to stop the itching and burning.

Go ahead Mayor, keep scratching. It'll only make it worse. Cops are already slowing down enforcement efforts to a crawl and while it isn't blue flu, it's definitely a cold shoulder.

December 29, 2014

Draft Day

Rookies Entering The ISIL Training Camp

For some time now the Religion of Peace has a major league team, ISIL, that has been conducting a draft for new players. All positions are always open, all the time. Signing bonuses are commonly offered with promises of  Paradise, bloody slaughter, virgins and young, stupid European women (definitely not virgins) being the most common incentives.

However, once drafted by the ISIL, it is very difficult to cancel your contract, as many have found out. In fact, if a player attempts an unauthorized contract termination, it can often result in the player's termination.
The Islamic State has in just a couple of months executed at least 116 foreign fighters who wanted to quit jihad and return home, a British-based human rights monitoring group claims.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the men killed were foreign fighters who had joined the insurgency but were caught trying to leave territory controlled by militants.

But the monitoring group warned numbers were probably underestimates. 'We believe that the real number of people that had been killed by IS is higher than the number documented,' it said on its website.

Story here.

December 27, 2014

In The News

And You Wonder Why They Turn Their Backs
There's no other way to describe him. Mayor De Blasio is an asshole.
On Friday evening, thousands of New Yorkers attended a memorial service for Rafael Ramos, one of the two NYPD officers assassinated a week ago by an Eric Garner protester. The service brought mourners from every corner of the city. Noticeably late was embattled Mayor Bill de Blasio, who made it to the service only just before its conclusion.

Liberal News Media Underestimate the Back Count
Many news outlets reported that hundreds of police officers turned their backs on NYC Mayor De Blasio when he spoke at the funeral of two murdered NYPD cops today.

There were thousands. A sea of blue clad backs.
Mayor de Blasio tried to make peace with the NYPD Saturday, but again collided with the Blue Wall of Resentment.

As he took the podium Saturday at the funeral of slain Officer Rafael Ramos, thousands of cops outside the church turned their backs to the video monitors showing the mayor giving his eulogy inside.

In a gradual wave, the assembled cops nearest the screens and speakers on Myrtle Avenue began to about-face, until the entire sea of blue stretching two blocks had their backs to the image of the city’s leader.
If you look closely at the photo in the NY Post article, you'll see that it isn't just NYPD cops turning their backs. Sheriffs, state troopers - they're all joining in solidarity with NYPD.

Donations Pour In For Families of Slain Cops
The families of the two officers will receive a total of $800,000 from a foundation that will pay off their mortgages.
The Tunnels to Towers Foundation, named in memory of a former FDNY firefighter, committed to pay off the mortgages for the families of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos after they were shot and killed on duty in Brooklyn last Saturday.

The overwrought widow of murdered NYPD officer Wenjian Liu offered her teary thanks Friday after a charity confirmed its commitment to pay off the newlywed’s mortgage.

Pei Xia Chen, who married Liu just three months before his execution last Saturday, stood crying and hugging her relatives during a Staten Island news conference.

“When you see somebody in despair, you bring them some joy,” said Frank Siller, chairman of the Tunnel to Towers Foundation. “When you see somebody that is in darkness, you bring them light.

Vice President Biden Stumbles Into NYPD Funeral
Thinking he was at the opening ceremony for a new bridge, Biden commented on the very large number of police officers directing traffic right outside the church and how the federal dollars spent on this project would ease traffic management burdens on over worked cops. He then thanked them for saving him a "neat" parking spot outside.
Thousands attended the funeral of slain New York City police officer Rafael Ramos on Saturday morning, including Vice President Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who shared their condolences with the officer’s family.

Biden was one of the first to speak at the service at the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens, addressing Ramos’ family and hundreds of police officers gathered inside, as thousands more outside watched the proceedings on big screens.

December 24, 2014

Unto Us A Son Is Given

For unto us a child is born, 
unto us a son is given: 
and the government shall be upon his shoulder: 
and his name shall be called Wonderful, 
Counsellor, The mighty God, 
The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

December 23, 2014

Lights Out

North Korean Wingnut-in-Chief Kim Jung-un was unable to update his Facebook page yesterday as the interweb tubes serving his country wilted like week old kimchi left in the sun. From Fox News:
Prominent North Korean websites were back online Tuesday after an hours-long shutdown that led to speculation by some researchers and web watchers that the country's Internet connections could be under cyberattack.

South Korean officials told the Associated Press that Internet access to the North's official Korean Central News Agency and the Rodong Sinmun newspaper were working normally Tuesday after being inaccessible earlier. Those sites are the main channels for official North Korea news, with servers located abroad.

The outage came less than a week after the U.S. vowed an unspecified response to a massive hacking attack against Sony Pictures Entertainment over the release of the comedy film "The Interview." The plot of the comedy centers on the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, leading to widespread speculation that the country was responsible for the attack. Late last week, the FBI publicly blamed North Korea in the incident, though Pyongyang has denied involvement.

The White House and the State Department on Monday declined to say whether the U.S. government had any role in North Korea's Internet problems.
Gee, I wonder how that happened? The Washington Times has a clue:
In the shadows of the Sony hacking incident and North Korea’s massive Internet outage, the Pentagon has quietly built a multibillion-dollar cyberwarfare capability and trained its commanders to integrate these weapons into their battlefield plans.

U.S. Cyber Command was officially stood up in 2010, based at Fort Meade in the Maryland suburbs of the nation’s capital, consolidating intelligence and cyberwarfare capabilities of the Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines under one house. Soon, billions of dollars were being invested in the concept that cyberattackers targeting America should be prepared to sustain their own damage.

[...]While the U.S. government remained mum Monday on whether it was behind Pyongyang’s downed Internet service, it offered a clear and confident message that the Pentagon is equipped to conduct such offensive operations in cyberspace.

Army Lt. Col. Valerie Henderson, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said the Defense Department constantly prepares to counter cyberthreats. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf described the U.S. retaliation against North Korea for the Sony hack this way: “Some will be seen. Some may not be seen.”
Perhaps this is the modern cyber equivalent of a shot across the bows. Or a slap across the ass.

December 22, 2014

Officer Down

In police work there is nothing that grabs your heart like the words that you hope you never hear over the radio, "Officer Down."

There is a rush of blood as your body prepares for whatever action you need to take; your breath gets short, your hands clench the steering wheel while you wait for the dispatcher to give the location. As soon as the location and the affected unit number is given, you slap on the lights and siren and take off. Maybe you swear a little or pray a little but it's balls to the wall as you figure out the shortest route to the downed cop.

Twice I have heard those words broadcast. The first time was instigated by some idiot who didn't like the advice given to him by a cop on a neighbor trouble call and wanted another cop to tell him what he wanted to hear. So he calls the station and tells the communications section that a cop has just been shot in front of his house. He certainly got his cops.

Luckily the unit who had just cleared the call was still close by and cancelled the call so everyone slowed down. But for thirty seconds or so about forty or fifty marked and unmarked units were screaming towards this fool's house. The dispatcher keeps repeating the order to stand down, slow down before someone gets hurt; back then the dispatchers were also cops and they know how we react to something like that.

The second time I heard that call was thirteen years later, and it was for real.

On October 30, 1990, Detective Wally Howard was working undercover for the Central New York Drug Task Force. He was conducting a direct buy from a dealer from the Bronx. He was surrounded by other undercover agents from the task force who had him under surveillance while the deal went down.

A day or two before I had made the arrangements for the transfer of $4000 from one of my confidential funds to the Task Force so they could make a sizable buy from this dealer. Wally had over forty grand  in cash when he was murdered - right in front of a half dozen under cover cops and cameras.
One suspect was armed with a .22 caliber handgun. He climbed into the driver’s seat of Officer Howard's car while second suspect walked to the passenger side window carrying a .357 revolver. The first suspect pulled his gun. As he did so, Officer Howard reached for his own firearm. The second suspect, standing outside the car, fired once, striking Officer Howard in the head at point-blank range. In the seconds before he was shot Officer Howard was able to fire his weapon twice, striking and wounding the first suspect. Both suspects attempted to flee the scene but were immediately apprehended by back-up officers. Officer Howard died at 8:15pm that evening without regaining consciousness.
You remember exactly where you are when and what you were doing when that call goes out. I think some kind of trauma occurs when those words slam into your ears. It's like a jackhammer ripping apart the synapses in your brain.
Officer Howard's 16 year-old killer was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 30 years to life in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 2020. The other suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to 25 years to life. He will be eligible for parole in 2015.
The NYPD cops go through this far more often than most cops. It's a gut wrenching part of the job in one of the largest cities in the country.

There'll be a huge funeral. A sad, glorious, rousing send off by thousands of cops who, the next day, will suit up again, sit down in roll call to listen to the sergeant/lieutenant/captain tell them what they need to know for the day and walk off to find a car.

The days will pass. They always do. There is always another call. There is always another domestic, another assault, another missing child, another theft, another drunk, another accident. And while they're responding to another call, the cops who work the 84th Precinct in Brooklyn will pass by the location where Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were killed. And they'll remember. And it will be like it happened yesterday.

And after they retire they'll still remember. Those jackhammered synapses won't allow them to forget. Just as I can never forget.

December 21, 2014

The Cost Of Political Manipulation And Incompetence Continues To Rise

An on duty Florida Police Officer is murdered. Officer Kondek was formerly a NYPD police officer before moving to Florida.
Officer Charles Kondek, 45, was gunned down in Tarpon Springs, about 30 miles northwest of Tampa, after responding to a call for service around 2 a.m. EST, the Tarpon Springs Police Department said.

The officer later died of his injuries at a local hospital, the police department said.

And another savage tried to murder a NYPD officer.
Only hours after two New York policemen were ambushed and executed in Brooklyn by a man claiming he wanted revenge for the death of Eric Garner, a man in the Bronx allegedly attempted to murder a third New York policeman. He only failed because his gun didn't work when he pulled the trigger, police say.

On Saturday night at 9 p.m., Raymond Leonardo, 18, was allegedly shooting out windows with a .357 caliber revolver when police arrived. According to law enforcement, he refused to drop the gun and aimed point blank at one policeman.

But when he pulled the trigger, it didn't fire, officials claim. Leonardo fled with the gun in his pocket, then was captured after running a few blocks. One police source offered a simple cause for the gun’s inability to function: “It looks like he used up all of his bullets.”

December 20, 2014

NYPD Cops Murdered

Two NYPD officers were murdered this afternoon. This is a direction result of the reckless actions of Obama, Holder and Sharpton in their concerted efforts to inflame racial tensions. The NYPD has got to be going out of their minds.
Two uniformed NYPD officers were shot dead Saturday afternoon as they sat in their marked police car on a Brooklyn street corner — in what investigators believe was a crazed gunman’s execution-style mission to avenge Eric Garner and Michael Brown.

“It’s an execution,” one law enforcement source said of the 3 p.m. shooting of the two officers, whose names were being withheld pending family notification of their deaths.

The tragic heroes were working overtime as part of an anti-terrorism drill when they were shot point-blank in their heads by the lone gunman, who approached them on foot from the sidewalk at the corner of Myrtle and Tompkins avenues in Bed-Stuy.

“I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today,” a person believed to be the gunman wrote on Instagram in a message posted just three hours before the officers were shot through their front passenger window.
I hope there is a special place in hell for politicians.
The gunman was a fugitive who had just murdered his girlfriend in Baltimore Saturday morning, sources told The Post.

Minutes after shooting the two officers, he, too, was dead.

He fled to a nearby subway station, the G-train station at Myrtle and Willoughby avenues, where, as pursuing cops closed in, he shot himself on a crowded platform, sources told The Post.

Story here.

The NYPD PBA has announced that all members are to consider themselves on a wartime footing. I am posting this from Weasel Zippers but cannot find independent corroboration.
Starting IMMEDIATELY- At least two units are to respond to EVERY call, no matter the condition or severity, no matter what type of job is pending, or what the opinion of the patrol supervisor happens to be.

IN ADDITION: Absolutely NO enforcement action in the form of arrests and or summonses is to be taken unless absolutely necessary and an individual MUST be placed under arrest. These are precautions that were taken in the 1970’s when Police Officers were ambushed and executed on a regular basis.

The mayors hands are literally dripping with our blood because of his words actions and policies and we have, for the first time in a number of years, become a “wartime” police department. We will act accordingly. FORWARD MESSAGE IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ANY AND ALL MOS

Band Of Brothers - A French Perspective

We may take for granted the prowess of the American soldier, but our allies don't.
What follows is an account from a French ISAF soldier that was stationed with American Warfighters in Afghanistan sometime in the past 4 years. This was copied and translated from an editorial French newspaper.


"We have shared our daily life with two US units for quite a while - they are the first and fourth companies of a prestigious infantry battalion whose name I will withhold for the sake of military secrecy. To the common man it is a unit just like any other. But we live with them and got to know them, and we henceforth know that we have the honor to live with one of the most renowned units of the US Army - one that the movies brought to the public as series showing "ordinary soldiers thrust into extraordinary events". Who are they, those soldiers from abroad, how is their daily life, and what support do they bring to the men of our OMLT every day? Few of them belong to the Easy Company, the one the TV series focuses on. This one nowadays is named Echo Company, and it has become the support company.

[...] Heavily built, fed at the earliest age with Gatorade, proteins and creatine - they are all heads and shoulders taller than us and their muscles remind us of Rambo. Our frames are amusingly skinny to them - we are wimps, even the strongest of us - and because of that they often mistake us for Afghans

[...]And they are impressive warriors! We have not come across bad ones, as strange at it may seem to you when you know how critical French people can be. Even if some of them are a bit on the heavy side, all of them provide us everyday with lessons in infantry know-how. Beyond the wearing of a combat kit that never seem to discomfort them (helmet strap, helmet, combat goggles, rifles etc.) the long hours of watch at the outpost never seem to annoy them in the slightest. On the one square meter wooden tower above the perimeter wall they stand the five consecutive hours in full battle rattle and night vision goggles on top, their sight unmoving in the directions of likely danger. No distractions, no pauses, they are like statues nights and days...

[...]And combat? If you have seen Rambo you have seen it all - always coming to the rescue when one of our teams gets in trouble, and always in the shortest delay. That is one of their tricks: they switch from T-shirt and sandals to combat ready in three minutes. Arriving in contact with the enemy, the way they fight is simple and disconcerting: they just charge! They disembark and assault in stride, they bomb first and ask questions later - which cuts any pussyfooting short.

The full editorial here.

H/T the Jawa Report

December 19, 2014

SEIU Violence

Google "SEIU violence" and settle down with some popcorn.


Surprise, Surrise. The first arrest in the beating of two NYPD Lieutenants is a big shot for the SEIU. Of course he is a union (community) organizer.

 I imagine I am channeling every cop in the country when I say, "I'd love to see how tough this guy is when there isn't a mob backing him up. Just give me a minute alone with him, that's all I ask."
One “alleged” cop-beater down, six to go.

An organizer at the city’s largest union surrendered to cops Thursday and was charged with busting an NYPD lieutenant’s nose during a videotaped mob attack on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Crown Heights resident Rob Murray, 43 — who makes more than $105,000 a year with the Service Employees International Union — turned himself in at the 5th Precinct station house in Chinatown with his lawyer around 8 a.m.
Five individuals are still wanted in this assault.

Scratch the surface of SEIU and you'll have to scrape the thug from underneath your fingernails.

December 16, 2014

Interesting Times

So much unrest and uncertainty in the world.

Russia's economy is tanking due to sanctions so Putin is ripping off his shirt and channeling his inner Cossack.

Mooslims are slaughtering school children... again.

The NSA is interpreting the skidmarks on our underwear.

There's another beaner tsunami approaching our southern border.

Congress don't give a shit as they have already stolen everything that wasn't nailed down since Teddy Roosevelt was President.

Meanwhile, the idiot in the White House can't break himself away from ESPN.

Unsettled times remind me of when I was an undergrad. We didn't trust the government then and don't trust it now. 

December 15, 2014

No You Wouldn't.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As he drops new hints about his 2016 intentions, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is appearing in South Carolina just weeks before a self-imposed deadline to decide whether he will run for president.

Bush is scheduled to give Monday’s commencement address at the University of South Carolina. It marks the Republican leader’s second visit in three months to the state that will host the 2016 presidential primary season’s first contest in the South.

In a television interview aired on the eve of the South Carolina appearance, Bush expressed confidence that he “would be a good president,” adding that he was in the process of writing an e-book about his time as governor that would come out in the spring. He also said he would make public about 250,000 emails from his time in office, in an effort to promote transparency and to “let people make up their mind,” he told ABC’s Miami affiliate WPLG-TV.
I've already made up my mind. No, hell no.

Moses only had to deal with one burning bush. We've had two so far. No more.

Story here.

December 14, 2014

So Ya Wanna Play Football

There is an article in the NY Post detailing the injuries and financial hardships of retired NFL football players. A number of players suffer dementia, debilitating joint pain, and bankruptcy...
While much-publicized concussions and head injuries account for some of the problem, they’re just one possible hardship of many for those who spend years slamming into each other at full speed.

“Since 2011, at least seven NFL players or former players have committed suicide,” the authors write, noting that one of these, Jovan Belcher, “also killed his girlfriend.”

Super Bowl quarterback Jim McMahon suffers from dementia. Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell “can barely walk,” and “quarterbacking legend John Unitas lost the use of [his] hands and fingers.”

Ex-NFLers Curt Marsh and Jim Otto have both “lost limbs to football injuries.”

On the money end of things, Terrell Owens “is nearly penniless despite earning top dollar for years,” and “seven-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Warren Sapp has filed for bankruptcy.”
Sapp's NFL earnings totaled over $82 million. Now he claims he has nothing.
Terrell Owens made almost $70 million in his career.  Also claims nada net worth today.
Earl Campbell has a net worth (2012) of $25 million.

Here is a list of all current NFL salaries.

Many of these players sound like they exercise the same fiscal restraint as the US government.

As far as injuries go, football players have been getting slammed down and banged up for well over a hundred years. And only now the players are aware of the risks? I call BS on this.

Here's some of the NFL's early history:
John Brallier became the first football player to openly turn pro, accepting $10 and expenses to play for the Latrobe YMCA against the Jeannette Athletic Club.
The Allegheny Athletic Association team fielded the first completely professional team for its abbreviated two-game season.
The Latrobe Athletic Association football team went entirely professional, becoming the first team to play a full season with only professionals.
A touchdown was changed from four points to five. Chris O’Brien formed a neighborhood team, which played under the name the Morgan Athletic Club, on the south side of Chicago. The team later became known as the Normals, then the Racine (for a street in Chicago) Cardinals, the Chicago Cardinals, the St. Louis Cardinals, the Phoenix Cardinals, and, in 1994, the Arizona Cardinals. The team remains the oldest continuing operation in pro football.
William C. Temple took over the team payments for the Duquesne Country and Athletic Club, becoming the first known individual club owner.
I don't want to marginalize these injuries. I watched the 1986 game where the Bears Jim McMahon was picked up by the Packers Charles Martin *spit* and slammed to the ground. I was outraged. Martin should have been arrested.

But let's put this in perspective. Football players are not indentured servants; they are all volunteers and they make a damn sight more money than our people in the armed forces, police and fire who face greater risks.

Montana, Rabbits, Some Assembly Required

Dimitri Diatchenko, who has had small roles in shows like “Sons of Anarchy,” “Walker, Texas Ranger” and “How I Met Your Mother,” was charged with killing and eating his ex-girlfriend's pet rabbit, authorities said Wednesday.

They added that Diatchenko sent his former flame grisly photos of the procedure and threatening to do the same thing to her.

The 46 year old, of North Hollywood, was charged Tuesday with felony counts of cruelty to an animal with use of a knife and making criminal threats.

He faces up to four years and eight months in prison if convicted.
Story here

December 13, 2014

Tatts On Mugs

First we get fingerprinted, then face printed.

Doodle man doodles.

My friends all got great jumpsuits and all I got was these lousy tattoos.

Don't be rude, my eyes are up .... no, wait.

All systems go. Contact lenses landing sites identified.

December 12, 2014

What A Country

Shave (Your Arm) And A Haircut?

New application of existing technology turns your arm into a touch screen computer.
[...]Wearers of the of the Cicret bracelet will be able to check an email or watch a film that’s projected onto their forearm, and control the picture by using their skin like a touchscreen.

Wearers of the of the Cicret bracelet will be able to check an email or watch a film that’s projected into their forearm, and control the picture by using their skin like a touchscreen
The makers of the device, who are currently raising money to put it into production on their website, say it can do anything a phone or tablet can, allowing wearers to read emails, surf the web, watch videos, play games and even make phone calls without relying on a conventional screen.

A tiny projector in the bracelet will cast an image onto the skin then eight long-range proximity sensors will detect every swipe, tap and pinch.

The bracelet will also contain a USB port and accelerometer as well as supporting Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. 
While it will be made so it can sync with an iPhone, it's designed to be a stand-alone device.
Story here:

December 10, 2014

Living The Good Life ... In Mom's Basement

Someone got tired of their crap.
  • Companies making no effort to attract workers under age 35 because millennials are workplace divas
  • While corporations believe millennials are tech savy and creative they had some caveats about hiring employees under 35
  • More than half of CFOs said that millennials were disloyal to their companies 
  • 46 per cent of corporations said that millennials had a sense of entitlement
Corporations are doing nothing to attract workers under 35 because millennials have a reputation for being workplace divas.

A new survey conducted by Duke University and CFO Magazine found that millennials are thought to need more management in the workplace and are also known for leaving jobs at the drop of the hat.

Unfortunately for millennials they are making much less money than their parents did and the economy is still slowly crawling its way out of an economic recession.

Story here.

December 9, 2014

In The News

Don't Taze Me Bro
Don't worry, I wasn't about to.
[...]a decade’s worth of data that indicate nothing in the way of systemic bias in encounters between law enforcement and citizens (of every color).
The survey quoted is available here along with related publications. Obama is lying through his ass. Again.

You Always Waterboard The Ones You Love
Democratic senators are finally able to release the final report on enhanced interrogation techniques used to obtain information from the gentle followers of the Religion of Peace. Right after the elections.
When you’re staring at an ironclad complicity rap from a general public and liberal base looking for some sign that you stood athwart the black site gates and shouted,“Stop!” yet no such evidence exists or is forthcoming.

When you’re putting the final touches on a report that somehow cost the taxpayers 40 million dollars, the content of which you characterize as shocking, brutal, and un-American, while looking for a way to extricate yourself and your colleagues from the role of enabler for that which will undoubtedly shock, albeit with intent.

When your unanimous and full-throated opposition to the program you once supported hinges upon the notion that it was not only immoral, but ineffective – because how can you explain shutting down a program, however objectionable, which was effective at pulling actionable intelligence out of high value Al Qaeda leadership detainees?
When you're desperate to save your political ass you find that the CIA is not only convenient, it's a gift from God.

The report is here.

US Troops Pulling Out Of Afghanistan ... Headed For Chicago
Brother Rahm is doing the same bang up job in Chicago as he did in the White House.
Four people were killed and at least 22 more were wounded by gunfire in Chicago since Friday. Among the victims were a Loyola University student and a 9-year-old boy.

The gun violence also included three shootings involving law enforcement officers. One man was killed, two others were wounded and a Drug Enforcement Agency officer was hit and seriously injured by a car, according to authorities.
And on Monday there was another murder and eight more shootings. So far this year almost 2,350 people have been shot.

December 8, 2014

Caution: Idiots At Work

The US Department of Justice was arming the Mexican drug cartels, ignoring white voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers, and winking at the IRS selectively targeting of conservative organizations.  It now proudly announces a new useless program, all form and no substance.
In a move Attorney General Eric Holder called a “major and important step forward to ensure effective policing,” the Obama administration issued its new strengthened guidelines Monday banning federal law enforcement from profiling on the basis of national origin, religion, and other characteristics. The strengthened anti-profiling policy is yet another part of the Department of Justice’s attempt to root out what it calls the “unconscious bias” of law enforcement officers. 
Though the guidelines apply specifically to federal agencies within the DOJ (the FBI, DEA, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives), Holder said he hopes the federal policies will impact local police departments. The new policy will require widespread re-education and even more thorough collection of data for the DOJ’s review.
H/T Truth Revolt

More here.

December 7, 2014

Sharia Chic

As Europe stumbles its way into the heathen worship system of Mohammedism, it is best that we  anticipate, perhaps even embrace, some of the benefits that will accompany this change.

One of the accrued benefits of Mohammedism will be a return to a historic exterior decorating style formerly employed by the likes of such men as King Henry VIII, namely the positioning of heads on spikes on the London Bridge.

With the proper placement of brunettes, blondes and gingers amid floral patterns defined by wrought iron borders, a striking visual ensemble can be created in a few hours and last for days, even weeks if the weather remains cool. There is no lack of skilled Muslim exterior decorators who are willing to work for a pittance.

This decorating style  can also help reduce the appalling incidence of English obesity by stimulating vigorous physical exercise as witnessed by this account:
Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury (1473-1541) The Countess of Salisbury was the last direct descendant of the Plantagenet line - she was a descendant of King Edward III. The countess made the mistake of appearing to side with Katherine of Aragon against the king and he declared her a traitor. She was arrested two years before her execution and badly treated and neglected as a prisoner in the Tower of London. She was not given a trial. She was small, frail and ill. 
But she was a proud noble. She was dragged to the block, but refused to lay her head on the block. She was forced down and struggled. The inexperienced executioner made a gash in her shoulder rather than her neck. She leapt from the block and was chased by the executioner, with his axe. She was struck eleven times before she died. There were 150 witnesses to her execution. She was 68 years of age.
While never losing its appeal in the Mid East, this style is seeing a dramatic resurgence as Sharia Chic sweeps out of the Fertile Crescent and takes Europe by storm.

December 3, 2014

White Privilege Rears Its Ugly Head Again

Black Crime Claims Life of Apologist for Black Crime

David Ruenzel knew, better than most, about the white privilege that killed him.

As a writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of this favorite topics was rooting out racism. And how white racism is permanent. White racism is everywhere. And white racism explains everything.

This mantra of the Critical Race Theory and the Southern Poverty Law Center applied to all white people because, even if they were not personally cracking the whips, or breaking the skulls, white people benefitted from a racist system that did all that — and a lot more.

Ruenzel was writing about white privilege for the Southern Poverty Law Center as far back as 1997 — long before it became the rage at college campuses, newsrooms, churches, high schools and even grade schools.
He's dead. Shot by a coupla black thugs. Three times. In a park. In the head. Guess they didn't get the memo. Probably didn't even realize they were suffering from white privilege. Poor guys.

Story here

I was looking at black and white murder statistics for the US last year and made an interesting observation. Using the 2013 racial breakdown of murder victims and defendants (victims: White 5,855 and Black 6,454), racial breakdown of persons arrested for murder White 2,755 and Black 2,698) and US population estimates (white 244,495,567 and black 41,204,793) you come up with the following:

For whites, the national rate last year was 2.4 victims per 100,000 white population.
For blacks, the national rate last year was 15.7 victims per 100,000 black population.

For whites, the national arrests for murder last year was 1.2 persons per 100,000 population.
For blacks, the national arrests for murder last year was 7.0 persons per 100,000 population.

Our national murder rate in 2013 was 4.5 per 100,000.  The white population victim murder rate for the US that same year (2.4) was close to Canada's national murder rate:
The national homicide rate fell to 1.44 murders per 100,000 people in 2013, down from 156 the year before. There were 505 murders reported last year, 38 fewer than in 2012.

Toronto topped the list with more murders than any other city in Canada, while Regina, Sask. had the highest homicide rate per 100,000 people. Regina’s 3.84 homicide rate was nearly twice the national average.

November 30, 2014

Of Justice And Ham Sandwiches

From the National Review:
As Ferguson burned this week, the law books got a workout. Suddenly, grand-jury procedure was all the rage. Commentators better known for parroting the bromide that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich went berserk when the sandwich on offer was a white cop and the grand jury refused to bite.
Our criminal justice system is predicated upon the premises that a defendant is assumed innocent until proven guilty and the burden of that proof falls upon the State. Sometimes this galls us in prosecutions of particularly heinous or egregious crimes or when the defendant in question has multiple previous convictions. In the former we say, "hang him!" and in the latter we insist,"off with him, enough is enough!". These are angry responses but they are honest in that, for the most part, they are fueled by Righteous Indignation. And nothing gets America' s dander up like Righteous Indignation. Ask the Japanese.

So then, our legal system stands (hopefully) betwixt and between the crime and the exercise of Indignation. If not, Indignation usually manifests itself in the form of an angry mob, a sturdy tree branch and a length of rope. Some assembly for these component is required, but the instructions are simple; even the most ignorant can figure it out easily. When required, men with guns and badges are employed to interrupt the assembly process.

From the same article, Andrew C. McCarthy of the National Review made this point:
Darren Wilson was a white cop and Michael Brown was a black teenager killed in a violent confrontation with Wilson. Therefore, Brown was the victim of a cold-blooded, racially motivated murder, Q.E.D. That is the myth, and it will be served — don’t bother us with the facts.

Once you’ve got that, none of the rest matters. In fact, at the hands of the left-leaning punditocracy, the rest was pure Alinsky: a coopting of language — in this instance, the argot of grand-jury procedure — to reason back to the ordained conclusion that “justice” demanded Wilson’s indictment for murder. And, of course, his ultimate conviction.
The mission of our nation's race pimps and community organizers is to manufacture Righteous Indignation in order to manipulate the criminal justice system. The object is two fold: encourage violent, lawless elements to become even more so and to dishearten law abiding citizens, to remove their confidence and trust in government. While they failed to corrupt the grand jury process, they certainly created an atmosphere of distrust and violence and precipitated an economic catastrophe.

Compare the actions of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch who pursued the truth in the Michael Brown shooting with that of Michael Nifong, the Durham County District Attorney who pursued political expediency in the prosecution of the Duke University lacrosse players in 2006.

As a result of his reckless disregard of truth seeking, Nifong was removed from office and disbarred. The disgraced prosecutor admitted that the punishment was appropriate.
"We are in unanimous agreement that there is no discipline short of disbarment that would be appropiate in this case," said F. Lane Williamson, the committee's chairman.

Before the panel announced its punishment, Nifong said he believed disbarment would be appropriate and that he planned to waive all rights to appeal the findings of the bar panel, his attorney David Freedman said in court Saturday afternoon.

"He hopes that in light of his accepting his punishment it will restore some of the confidence in the criminal justice system," Freedman said. "You have some semblance of relief when this is all over, regardless of the outcome."
Just how bad was the prosecution of the three Duke lacrosse players? Read what the Duke University College of Law has to say:
The Duke lacrosse case was a disaster—a caricature. The case, which involved false rape charges against three Duke University lacrosse players, began with gang rape allegations by an exotic dancer at a team party in March 2006 and ended with the declaration of their innocence in April 2007 and the disbarment of Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong in June of that year. Often a full examination of the facts of a notorious case reveals that events were ambiguous and the reality is not as bad as early reports suggested. This case does not fit that pattern; it gets worse on inspection. At the end of a five-day disciplinary hearing, Lane Williamson, chair of the North Carolina State Bar’s hearing panel, called the case a “fiasco” and reiterated the term, giving assurance that it was “not too strong a word.” He was clearly right, and could well have added adjectives.

[...]The Duke lacrosse case is extraordinary both in the clarity of its facts and in the violation of the prosecutor’s fundamental duty to do justice.
This is a good read on how bad the system can get. Nifong treated the system as his personal ham sandwich. Bob McCullough treated the system for what it is - the reflection of a community's investment in justice.

Confidence in the system is what the battle is about. Not only confidence in the criminal justice system, but confidence in a responsive, responsible government.

I can only hope that the new Republican majority realizes this and acts accordingly.

Scientists Do Science

I am old enough to remember the first polio vaccinations and being anesthetized with ether (tonsils - I still remember being scared to death when they put the gauze cup over my face and told me to count backwards from 100).

The article that follows is truly amazing to me. From Forbes:
Researchers at the Tufts University and University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana successfully delivered an antibiotic treatment to mice with a bacterial infection with what’s considered to be the first resorbable wireless electronic implant.

The wireless implant, made of silk and magnesium, delivered heat to infected tissue in the mice by a remote wireless signal. After the wireless treatment, the device harmlessly dissolved in the mice. This breakthrough research was recently published online the week of November 24-28, 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The implantable medical device market is expected to increase 8% annually to $73.9 billion by 2018 according to a new report by Transparency Market Research.

November 29, 2014

Whiny Liberal Tastes Her Own Karma

The reporter who made public the address of Ferguson Police Office Wilson's address got outed herself.

And she doesn't like it one bit.
The New York Times journalist who published Darren Wilson’s home address wants police protection and has been calling the police nonstop, has learned.

Julie Bosman “keeps calling the 020th District station complaining about people harassing and threatening her,” our source told us. She’s also “complaining about numerous food deliveries being sent to her residence.”

Chicago police department sources alerted about the glaring double standard on Friday. published Julie Bosman’s address in Chicago after she published the address of Officer Darren Wilson and his new wife in a widely criticized move.
Suck it up sweetheart. That sauce can be spread all over your goose too. The same goes for the other NYT reporter.
Story here and here.


November 28, 2014

In The News

Vive Le All Season Radials
Citing impossible labor laws, an American industrialist has given up trying to buy a Goodyear tire factory in France.
He told France Info radio today: 'You can't buy Goodyear. Under your laws, we have to take a minimum of 662 or 672 employees. You can't do that. The most you could take is 333. There's no business for that plant now.

[...]It is Taylor's second failed attempt to buy the Goodyear plant in Amiens that is threatened with closure and the loss of 1,170 jobs.

He visited the factory in February last year, and later wrote to France's then industry minister Arnaud Montebourg branding workers as 'lazy, overpaid and talking too much'.
Apparently, 'lazy, overpaid and talking too much' is the French Labor Trifecta.

But Can Putin Keep Them Running On Time?
The Russians realized all kinds of possibilities with the invention of cold vodka fusion technology.
Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces are considering bringing back iconic Soviet-era nuclear missile trains as Moscow pumps money into a complete overhaul its aging nuclear arsenal.

According to an unidentified source in the Russian military-industrial complex quoted by the TASS news agency on Thursday, the Moscow Institute of Thermal Technology — makers of the Topol, Yars and Bulava missiles — is designing a next-generation missile launching train.

"While the decision to start manufacturing [missile trains] is still pending, the probability is high that it will happen," the source was quoted as saying, explaining that technical studies and cost estimates are still being conducted.

"In the best-case scenario, they will be deployed by the end of the decade, probably somewhere around 2019," he said.
Instead of sand, Putin is kicking railroad ties in Obama's face.

Want Eternity Size Fries With That?
Bringing a new prospective to passing the plate.
A FAST-FOOD lovin’ entrepreneur has come up with a unique idea to entice people back into the Church.

Build a McDonald’s in it.

Paul Di Lucca’s McMass Project aims to get the congregation back by turning communion into a Happy Meal.

[...]He claims the concept would help clergymen “keep pace in the modern world” and “become more present in culture.”

November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Morning

A quiet Thanksgiving morning, got some snow yesterday and it is still snowing gently. It is very peaceful outside. This is the view from our diningroom.

Starting to smell the turkey.

Doing some reading about the inter testament period  - roughly 400 years between the Old and New Testament. Fascinating time. The conquests of Alexander the Great set the stage for the conflicts between the Hellenistic Jews (the Seleucid Empire), the Pharisees and Christ.

A good day.

November 25, 2014

Ode To Ferguson

Tear gas stings
Folks are cryin'
Gunshots ring
Someone's dyin'
The mob feels its might,
It's a looters' delight
Walking in a Liberal Wonderland.

Gone away, is law and order
It looks like the Mexican border
Through the windows they crash
And make off with the cash
Walking in a Liberal Wonderland.

In the news they cry for peace and freedom
Enlist the dead thug's father, Micheal Brown
He'll say "let's stay calm" and try to reason
But change his mind and scream, "Burn this bitch down!"

Later on, amidst the fires
They'll interview the liberal choirs.
Al Sharpton will rave,
"White cops won't behave!"
Walking in a Liberal Wonderland.

November 24, 2014

Pretty Woman, Wrapped In Crazy

What can you say about a woman who leaves her flesh and blood husband of ten years for A FICTIONAL CHARACTER ... a concept of a man that only exists on paper?
Her steamy, bestselling novels and strong male characters have seduced hundreds of thousands of female readers worldwide. 
But Jodi Ellen Malpas has revealed she has split from her own Mr Right – because he no longer lives up to the fantasy she created. 
The 34-year-old, whose This Man trilogy has sold more than 500,000 copies, has left her husband of ten years after ‘falling in love’ with one of her characters.
She has two children who now are not with their father. I'm sure these kids are calling the paperback "Daddy."

Story here.

H/T Wintery Knight

November 23, 2014

M. Tullius Cicero: You've Been Warned

There is a rotten, stinking infection in the soul of America.
The center of this rot is Washington, DC.

“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero before the Roman Senate, 58 BC.

Biden: It's Friday So This Must Be Singapore

Biden's Excellent Adventure  in Istanbul.
About 300 people have protested U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Turkey, chanting: “Biden get out. This country is ours.”

The demonstration occurred on the European side of Istanbul on Saturday, as Biden was on his way to a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the Asian side of the city.

Biden didn’t see the protest, which was organized by the Youth Association of Turkey, the same group that roughed up three U.S. Navy sailors while chanting “Yankee, go home!” a week ago in Istanbul.

The protesters threw red paint at the sailors and briefly succeeded in putting white sacks over their heads.
When advised of the protest, the Vice President responded graciously stating, "For centuries there have been strong historic ties between the United States and the French people. A few demonstrators cannot change that. I love the food here, especially your cheese."

Story here.

Horror Story: American Academia

Powerline has a terrifying article about the pustulous cancer known as liberal education:
I am an inveterate optimist, but the more I learn about what goes on in our universities, the more I conclude that our civilization has a death wish. Heather Mac Donald’s article in City Journal on “micro-aggression” at UCLA prompted this particular bout of despondency. What goes on in our universities is scarcely believable. Mac Donald’s article is lengthy and should be read in its entirety, but here are a few excerpts with my comments.
In November 2013, two dozen graduate students at the University of California at Los Angeles marched into an education class and announced a protest against its “hostile and unsafe climate for Scholars of Color.”
Scholars of Color? Sadly, this is not a parody. And these are graduate students–i.e., presumably adults.
[UCLA], which trumpets its “social-justice” mission at every opportunity, is a cauldron of simmering racial tensions. Students specializing in “critical race theory”—an intellectually vacuous import from law schools—play the race card incessantly against their fellow students and their professors, leading to an atmosphere of nervous self-censorship. Foreign students are particularly shell-shocked by the school’s climate. “The Asians are just terrified,” says a recent graduate. “They walk into this hyper-racialized environment and have no idea what’s going on. Their attitude in class is: ‘I don’t want to talk. Please don’t make me talk!’”
The article cited in Powerline can be found in City Journal.
The pattern would repeat itself twice more at UCLA that fall: students would allege that they were victimized by racism, and the administration, rather than correcting the students’ misapprehension, penitently acceded to it. Colleges across the country behave no differently. As student claims of racial and gender mistreatment grow ever more unmoored from reality, campus grown-ups have abdicated their responsibility to cultivate an adult sense of perspective and common sense in their students. Instead, they are creating what tort law calls “eggshell plaintiffs”—preternaturally fragile individuals injured by the slightest collisions with life. The consequences will affect us for years to come.
These blockheads are here to stay. They are nothing but ticks burrowing their heads underneath the skin of America's ass and sucking for everything it's worth. And they are being prepared for this ignoble occupation in America's universities.

November 21, 2014

Obama Thinks He's in Rome

One of Rome's most famous orators, M. Tullis Cicero, delivered a speech against Lucius Sergius Catilina a mere 2,078 years ago - on November 8, 64 BC.

Yesterday, Sen. Ted Cruz resurrected Cicero's speech.
From Breitbart's Big Government:
On the floor of the Senate this morning, Sen. Ted Cruz read aloud the text of Cicero’s First Oration Against Catiline, subbing in President Obama’s name in the context.

“When, President Obama, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end to that unbridled audacity of yours swaggering about as it does now?” Cruz asked.

Cruz continued reading the Cicero selection, citing Obama for dictating “by his pen and his phone.”
“He won't even come into the Senate,” Cruz continued. “He will not take part in the public deliberations. He ignores every individual among us.”
I had to memorize the first section of this oration in my Latin III class in high school. I still remember (kinda) the first few sentences in Latin.

Catiline was a corrupt politician from a wealthy noble Roman family. Considered by his contemporaries as immoral and ruthless, he murdered his own brother and was suspected of killing his wife and son. Due to his family's powerful political connections, he enjoyed several government positions and in 67 BC was made the propraetor (governor) of Africa.

In 66 BC he returned to Rome and was prohibited from being considered for the consulship because of his ongoing prosecution for corrupt government practices in Africa.

Standing trial in 65 BC, Catiline escaped judgement by bribing the judges and prosecutor. He again ran for consul in 64 BC (in the Roman Republic, there was no higher political office than that of consul; it was a one year term - two were elected every year).

M. Tullius Cicero was one of seven candidates for consul that year. This, his first oration against Catiline, was an indictment of Catiline's corruption and a warning to the Roman Senate of the danger to the State posed by this despicable man.

What makes Cruz's use of this Oration so interesting is that Cicero sincerely believed that Catiline was a serious threat to the Roman Constitution. And indeed he was. Catiline and his accomplice, Antonius, conspired to overthrow the Roman Republic by bribes and mob violence not once, but twice.

As a high school student I never appreciated the significance of Cicero's concern for Rome. Memorizing his words was an unwelcome assignment.

In high school I never appreciated how men of ill intent could pose such a clear and present danger to life and liberty. I do now. And so does Sen. Ted Cruz.

More here.

"Quo usque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra? quam diu etiam furor iste tuus nos eludet? quem ad finem sese effrenata iactabit audacia?"

As Cicero sayeth:
When, O Catiline, do you mean to cease abusing our patience? How long is that madness of yours still to mock us? When is there to be an end of that unbridled audacity of yours, swaggering about as it does now?Do not the nightly guards placed on the Palatine Hill—do not the watches posted throughout the city—does not the alarm of the people, and the union of all good men—does not the precaution taken of assembling the senate in this most defensible place—do not the looks and countenances of this venerable body here present, have any effect upon you? Do you not feel that your plans are detected? Do you not see that your conspiracy is already arrested and rendered powerless by the knowledge which every one here possesses of it? What is there that you did last night, what the night before— where is it that you were—who was there that you summoned to meet you—what design was there which was adopted by you, with which you think that any one of us is unacquainted?

Shame on the age and on its principles! The senate is aware of these things; the consul sees them; and yet this man lives. Lives! aye, he comes even into the senate. He takes a part in the public deliberations; he is watching and marking down and checking off for slaughter every individual among us. And we, gallant men that we are, think that we are doing our duty to the republic if we keep out of the way of his frenzied attacks.

You ought, O Catiline, long ago to have been led to execution by command of the consul. That destruction which you have been long plotting against us ought to have already fallen on your own head.

The rest of the oration here.

Next, SpideySense™

Once this becomes commercially available, it will no longer be safe to walk the streets in major cities. The fools will be falling like rain off the sides of buildings.
Stanford University researchers emulating Spider-Man's wall-crawling abilities turned to a different animal, the gecko, to inspire their sticky technology.

The researchers, working with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, took inspiration from the toes of geckos to create the silicone pads that allowed a 154-pound man to scale an 11.5-foot glass wall.

Each pad is worn on a climber's hand and is attached to a harness for the climber's foot.
Gecko toes - tastes like chicken.

Story here.

Oh, The Humanity! Oh, The Japanity!

Creepy is as creepy does.
New wave of super realistic robots set to go on sale as Japan continues to auger its way into oblivion.
The hyper-real robots that will replace receptionists, pop stars... and even sex dolls: Unnervingly human androids coming to a future very near you
  • Incredibly life-like robots are currently causing a storm in Japan where they are being prepared for mass commercialisation
  • With new androids creators have beaten 'Uncanny Valley syndrome' where humans are revulsed by robots that look real - but not real enough
  • Now being put to use as receptionists and newsreaders
  • Predicted that within a decade fully independent 'gemanoids' will be in circulation once advances in artificial intelligence are made 
  • Scientists even talking about humans taking androids as partners 
This is just what the abysmally low Japanese birth rate needs; another reason to avoid woman completely.

Herrro, my name is Crawdia. I ruv you rong time.

For West Virginia customers, farting models are extra.

Sandra Fluke and the rest of the hyper feministas better watch out, with these new robots they'll lose their justification for the gubmint to provide birth control at the taxpayers' expense.

Story here.

Update: I was trying to remember where I heard the title phrase "Oh the Japanity" and finally remembered. It was years ago on MST3K, - I think it was the "Prince of Space" episode.

November 20, 2014

Asking For Trouble

Two navy vessels have collided in the Gulf of Aden; the USNS Amelia Earhart and the USNS Walter S. Diehl.
The USNS Amelia Earhart

The USNS Walter S. Diehl

Someone got lost and crashed. Wonder which one?

Story here.

Like The NY Thruway After The Buffalo Snowstorm

Just think of all the web traffic that would choke the intertubes if Kim Kardashian put this shirt over her butt.
The controversial novelty Hawaiian shirt worn by British scientist Dr. Matt Taylor which 'broke the internet' after a furious 'shirtstorm' whipped up by enraged feminists has proven surprisingly popular, selling out on American shirt supplier

Although Dr. Taylor's favourite shirt was a hand-made custom given to him by a close friend as a birthday present, a virtually identical shirt made to a similar cut and with the same fabric has long been available online. The shirt, originally referred to by the fabric pattern name 'New Gunner Girls' but now refereed to on the website as the 'Matt Taylor Astronaut', has been the subject of a rush of orders that has overwhelmed the American manufacturer.