Just A Shot In The Dark

I assume those reading this blog are becoming tired of continual stories about shooting. I assume those who are in touch with the social media are now mentally fatigued reading about innocent people shot by those armed with guns. The story has become boring because there is nothing new in these events. It is always the same, some idiot reaches for a gun rather than taking a moment to investigate a situation. Sgt. Easton McDaniels who works in the Loudon County police department in Virginia heard a sound in his garage. It was nighttime, and there was no reason for any noises in his garage. The policeman saw a figure in the darkness.

1. Did he say anything to the figure?

2. Did he issue a warning?

3. Did he fire his gun up in the air?

None of the above. The figure was that of his sixteen year old daughter. She has slipped out of the house to see a friend. So, the policeman blasted away. His daughter is now in a hospital with serious gun shot wounds.

Oh, I forgot to mention, Mr. McDaniels was Standing His Ground!

Michael Brown Saga Continues

There are still fires in Ferguson, Missouri, there are still people wandering its streets with anger and fury at police who have treated American citizens as though they were enemies of the government. Police armed with weapons of war, clad in armor as though going into battle to confront Islamic terrorists are out in force in Ferguson. IN reality, Ferguson has become a war zone right here in the good old USA. There is something horrible at the sight of American police pointing assault weapons at citizens. There is something wrong at the sight of armored cars with machine guns driving around Ferguson with the same attitude held by soldiers who fought in the streets of Baghdad. American police no longer are the friendly guy in blue who places a loving hand on the head of children and offers a pleasant hello to businessmen and mothers. They have become warriors ready for combat.

I recall as a boy in the Bronx, New York being caught stealing comic books. A policeman grabbed me, took me outside, and gave me a hard whack on the head with words of warning” “Do that again you little bastard and I’ll send you up the river to a reformatory.” That was the end of my criminal career. What does Ferguson need?

1. Police dressed in blue, not in armor.

2. Police armed with a pistol and club.

3. Neighborhood police who know all the merchants, visit local schools and are friendly with people in the streets.

4. It would also help if instead of only 3 black cops of the 53 officers, the number was closer to thirty.

Strange But Close Buddies

As we all recall, the United States of America in 1979 decided that Iran, which had just driven out its Shah, was now an enemy state. During the 1980s, America supported the freedom loving nation of Iraq which was ruled by that fighter for freedom, Saddam Hussein. After all, he had invaded Iran which made him now an official member of the club of democracies. A few years have passed and now that Sunni controlled ISIL has gained control over northern Iraq, the idea of working with Iran to halt this terrorist group has become an attractive possibility for America. Both the US and Iran are united in opposing spread of Sunni Islamist terrorism, so what else to do but become allies.

I realize this poses ideological problems for Fox News or Tea Party supporters. After all, Iran is one of the bad guys so how can we ally with these folks? Let me note to those opposing an alliance with Iran that during World War II the US and England were allies of Communist Russia, then led by dictator Joseph Stalin who had murdered at least five million people. As English Prime Minister Winston Churchill, among the most fervent haters of communism put it: “I would form an alliance with the devil if it meant saving my nation!”

Good advice to follow.

High School Bureaucracy Gone Mad!

There was a student who was on the Arapahoe HS debate team and had a conflict with the coach. She demoted Karl Pierson which made the boy rather angry and he publicly made clear that he intended to murder the coach. Naturally, after a brief detention, the principal allowed the boy to return to class. After all, schools receive state money for each student who is listed as attending school that day. Last December 13, Karl returned –along with a shotgun, a machete and blood in his eyes since he intended to murder the debate coach. Alas, he could not carry out the threat and wound up murdering a 17 year old girl. He then committed suicide.

Attempts to contact the principal and other school authorities about the decision to allow Karl getting back in class have met with “no comment.” School officials note they are not allowed to discuss any disciplinary case. This is simply another example in which a suburban youth decided to enter a school and begin blasting away. The boy needed psychological aid, not going back to class. When will school authorities ever learn that some children should be under medical care rather in classrooms?

You Spy, I Spy, We All Spy

The German newspaper, Der Spiegel has reported there is evidence Germany’s secret intelligence agency, BND spied on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as her successor, John Kerry. The spying occurred during a spy activity, and, in reality spying on American diplomats was simply an accident. I see no reason why Germans should apologize for spying on Americans. In fact, we offer a suggestion that might help all spies.

1. There is need for a Spy Conduct of Behavior Treaty. All nations sighing the document agree to abide by its rules of conduct.

2. Each signee is allowed five spy activities each year without any consequences.

3. Every three years there will be a Spy Olympics in which spies demonstrate their ability to spy.

4. For each spy activity by another spy, the spied upon nation is entitled to three free tickets to the Spy Olympic Games.

5. Once a spy cracks the code of another spy agency, it is not allowed to share this information with a third party.

Instead of getting angry, let’s just legalize spying.

Ferguson Police Tweak The Story

It was simply a matter of time before Ferguson police revealed additional information about Michael Brown which would reveal this teenager was some form of notorious criminal. We now know the name of the officer who shot the boy was Darren Wilson. We now have been informed by the Ferguson police that Michael Brown was a “suspect” in the robbery of a convenience store which resulted in $48.99 being stolen and a clerk “shoved.” Of course, we also now know that when officer Wilson approached Michael Brown he had no idea that this teenager was a “suspect.” The best we can determine is that officer Wilson thought Brown was “blocking traffic.” At this point, there are two versions as to what ensued. Wilson claims Brown assaulted him when he told him to cease blocking traffic. Eye witnesses insist Wilson attempted to drag Brown into his car, but the boy broke away. The only thing upon which there is agreement is that officer Wilson blasted away hitting Brown with several shots. Oh, the other thing everyone agrees happened is that Michael Brown is dead.

Looting and violence continue in Ferguson. Fortunately, the Missouri State Highway Patrol has taken charge of Ferguson. Reporters complained to Captain Ron Johnson of this group that Ferguson police do not carry a name band and refuse to provide their names when requested. “I can’t set the rules for another police department.”

P.S. Of the 53 members of the Ferguson police department, exactly three are black skinned officers. This in a town which is over 60% black. I wonder why?

What Happened in Iraq?

The American invasion of Iraq in 2003 was based upon the assumption that Saddam Hussein would be overthrown and Iraq would resume its existence under the rule of a democratically elected government. Those in charge of this invasion had absolutely no concept as to the constitution of what was termed, “Iraq.” The nation of “Iraq” actually incorporated within its boundaries three distinct groups. Most were Shiites, but about 25% were Sunnis who had immense dislike of Shiites. In northern regions of the country, most people were Kurds who regarded themselves as a separate people. Adding to the confusion was that Saddam Hussein was a Sunni who ran his dictatorship with scant desire to offer the majority Shiites any form of equal rights. In other words, once Saddam Hussein was gone, the possibility of a Sunni reaction to Shiite rule was very probable. During the famous “Surge” under direction of General Petraeus, he had enough common sense to work with Sunnis in an attempt to create the basis of a unified nation.

The Surge concluded and Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite assumed power as prime minister. Instead of continuing the newly formed alliance with Sunni leaders, he proceeded to imprison Sunnis, throw them out of the armed forces, and institute a reign of terror. The result was obvious. Sunnis joined with Islamic Militants in order to overthrow their oppressive Maliki government. The outcome was clear–Sunni support of ISIL allowed this group of radical Islamists to sweep over northern Iraq. This is the current situation.

HEADLINES FROM WORLD PRESS

We offer sample of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

France, Connexion: “Happy Birthday, Mr. President”

Given Republican talk of impeachment, I trust that greeting to Obama is still valid in 2015.

Australia, Sydney Morning Herald: “Little Girl Lost”

In America we think of it as, Big Nation Lost.”

Canada, Toronto Star: “Teachers Seek Snow Days”

I think they would prefer if students were gone during snow days.

USA, aol: “Woman Survives Bear Attack”

And, her name is: SARAH PALIN!!

Sweden, Local: “Fish Bomb Thrown”

Phew!

Denmark, Copenhagen Press: “Surely Common Sense Should Reign”

In the House of Representatives, only uncommon sense reigns.

China, China Daily: “Untested Drugs OK”

If it is an issue of death for me, use whatever drug you think will work.

Putin Plays With Fire

A major problem confronting President Vladimir Putin is that for over eight years he has done whatever he damn well pleases without any check on his authority by a legislative body or a court of law. Putin simply lacks any sense of caution. If one has been the “Boss” for years, it is rather difficult accepting the idea that one must pay attention to the views or interests of others. Vladimir got away with seizing the Crimea, and now assumes if he goes for Ukraine or any section of it, Western nations will step down. OK, they imposed sanctions, OK, they threaten his economic and financial systems, but his view is, “so what, I am the Boss!” At this point one wonders whether he even realizes the danger of war that could accidentally result from one of his tantrum exercises in power.

New reports indicate that an armed convoy of Russian trucks crossed the border and entered Ukraine through a gap. Ukrainian artillery may have opened fire and destroyed trucks. Russia insists that no trucks crossed the border. So, what is the problem for Putin? If he allows Ukrainian guns to destroy Russian trucks, people might say he is chicken. If he proceeds to send in troops, armed conflict with Ukrainian forces could be a result. Macho man has to decide what to do.

Rick Perry Discovers There Are Prosecutors!

Governor Rick Perry has made clear to the American people that he is not the brightest person in the class when it studies the American or Texas Constitution. OK, so he was not clear as to which departments are in the Cabinet. Big deal. How many Americans know that important piece of information. However, it appears the Governor of Texas did not understand the law. A grand jury indicted Governor Rick Perry for the crime of attempting to intimidate a public official. Apparently, the legislator had appropriated $7.5 million to deal with issues pertaining to corruption in government. Rick contacted District Attorney Rosemarry Lehmberg and threatened to veto this bill unless she agreed to resign. Several of his key aides including his chief of staff, his general counsel and his legislative director testified before the Grand Jury.

San Antonio Special Prosecutor Michael McCruen expressed admiration for Rick Perry and his service to Texas, but also made clear. “the law is the law.” Governor Perry,if convicted, could have jail time. Of course, he always has the choice to head to the border with Mexico, swim across the Rio Grande and seek work in Mexico!