I live in a country in which anyone can wander around with a gun so long as he or she is not dark skinned. After all, it is the Constitutional right of we white folks to carry our gun into stores, into libraries, into classrooms and even into churches. But, when your skin is sort of dark, the same rules do not apply. The New York Daily News conducted a study about police shooting of bad people over the past fifteen years. The result is rather fascinating.
Over the past fifteen years in the city of New York, 179 people were killed by police officers on duty.
Over the past fifteen years 44 people were killed by police officers who were not on duty.
Twenty seven of those killed were NOT armed.
86% of these deaths consisted of people who were black or Hispanic.
THREE INDICTMENTS WERE THE RESULT.
ONE POLICE OFFICER WAS ACTUALLY PUNISHED. OH, HE NEVER WENT TO JAIL.
I leave it to the reader to make sense of these figures. Most probably they would be the same in any large city in America.
Last month the streets of Feguson were filled with angry people, of both skin colors over the shooting of Michael Brown. There were many conflicting reports as to what actually happened between Officer Darren Wilson and Mr. Brown. Last night the streets of New York City were filled with thousands of people, again of both color skins. This time we know exactly what happened to Eric Garner. He was a rather large man weighing over 250 pounds. For months he had been selling illegal single cigarettes and police were very familiar with him and what he was doing. For the most part, they simply ignored the gentle giant and allowed him to earn a few bucks selling cigarettes. However, officer Daniel Pantelo decided to take aggressive action against Mr. Garner. It took FIVE COPS to bring him down. As he sank to the ground, Mr. Garner kept on saying, “I can’t breathe.” Finally, his comments became reality. He was dead.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is now the object of anger on the part of Fox News, Rudy Giuliani and many cops because as one put it, “he threw cops under the bus.” Actually, his administration allocated over $200 million to the police department to improve their functioning. But, if a cop kills a black man, then one must defend the cops since to do other is placating criminals. Such is the mantra of defenders of those who kill. Governor Andrew Cuomo put is clearly: “There’s a pattern. And, it’s a pattern that goes back a long time.” Yes indeed, at least four hundred years. Any uppity black man must be killed to prevent those men from raping wives and daughters!
I am currently a resident of the Chicago area and thus must read the words of former Chicago Bears linebacker, Mike Ditka whose political comments were widely spread during the past race for governor of the state of Illinois. Most probably, seeing his words actually repeated in the daily press about politics and world affairs gave this former football player the desire to share his wisdom on just about every event in recent times. We will not make any comments, just print his words of wisdom.
On whether of not Michael Brown had his hands up: “That’s note what happened.l I don’t know exactly what happened, but I know that’s not what happened.”
On climate change: “Look,I don’t know th at first thing about climatology, but let me tell you one thing about climatology. It’s a bunch of nonsense and I know its nonsense despite knowing absolutely nothing whatsoever about it.”
Benghazi: “I’ll tell you this much,I wasn’t there and have no idea what actually happened.But what happened was entirely the fault of the Obama administration’s fault. I don’t know whose fault it was, but I know it was their fault.”
On pancakes: “Never had a pancake. Not once, I am a waffle man. But if there is one thing I know for sure, it’s that pancakes are delicious.”
I believe that Mr. Ditka would make an excellent candidate for the Republican party in 2016. He can win on a platform based on the principle: I don’t Know but I do Know!
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Oh well, it was just another day in the lives of Americans. It was just another day in a nation that each year endures 30,000 people being killed by guns. Jody Lee Hunt, who owns a towing company in the state of West Virginia, got angry about something or some people. It is not clear why he became furious. All we know is that he proceeded to murder four people including a woman who charged him with domestic violence. I realize that Americans are upset because there are bad people in various parts of the Middle East and Africa who enjoy cutting off heads or blowing folks up who are engaged in some form of prayer. I wonder if Americans would be less upset if those folks just shot people they do not like. I assume if we Americans have the right to bear arms, the same right must exist for everyone in the world.
I assume they will figure out the process by which Mr. Hunt shot down four people. At no point will anyone dare to raise the issue that enabling ordinary men and women with high powered rifles invariably results in some using those methods of death in order to kill. Anyone who has held a Browning Automatic Rifle in his hands understands the strange feeling of power that it conveys. Give a man power to kill and it follows that some will blast away for the joy of blasting away!
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