Monthly Archives: July 2015

Cincinnati murder by policeman. Some questions.

Questions after reading yesterday’s Cincinnati murder by policeman story:

1. Murder charge? Wow.

2. Mentality of 43-year-old man who refused to show license and instead handed over bottle of gin? In what society has he been living? With how narrow a frame of reference? How many of his background and experience would have gone along with the cop?

3. What is campus cop doing stopping a driver a mile from the campus? What is cop’s history? His demeanor pre-shooting with alleged murderous intent? He should have backed off as car drove away? Gotten out of the way? How was he caught in the door?

4. Dead man was acting like a damn fool but not damned enough to be shot?

5. Prosecutor Deters: First in hundred such cases he has handled in which he sought indictment. How does this differ from previous 99? Why this time? Climate of opinion due to recent events?

Today’s WSJ story is here.

Later: A faithful reader adds this:

My question (that I haven’t heard raised) was — in that split second when the motorist holds on to the car door and turns on the motor to flee — did the cop actually have the ability to AIM for the guy’s head? My opinion is that his wild trigger finger shot anywhere, and as fate would have it — hit the guy’s head.

Point noted. In any case, murder? Why?

Mexican Media Memo: Rape As A “Family Value”

Writer married to Mexican woman on annual family trip to Mexico:

As you might expect, there’s a continuing frenzy over Donald Trump and the escape of the drug lord “El Chapo.” Yet other headlines in Mexico suggest tacitly that Trump only scratched the surface about the country’s problems. After all, it was the Mexican media that originally turned me into an immigration restrictionist

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In the northern Mexican state of Durango (birthplace of Pancho Villa): 

[R]apes are not reported because 70 percent of them are committed by close family members such as fathers, brothers and uncles.

([L]as violaciones sexuales no son denunciadas debido a que el 70 por ciento de las agresiones son cometidas por familiares cercanos como los padres, hermanos o tíos.)

[Evitan denunciar familiar violador (“They avoid reporting a family rapist”), by Gomez Palacio, el Siglo, July 11, 2015. Translations mine throughout]

Note above, Mexican media converted writer to immigration restrictionist.

Trump has it right about illegals? Or about enough of them to constitute a problem not to be ignored.

Maywood Daycare Owner Says Rauner’s Childcare Cuts, Restrictions Are ‘Devastating’ Communities

Typically good stuff from this enterprising writer. Bias evident, but it’s everywhere, so what? My question: Without savings, disaster (= not just cuts but end of payments). Dems have led us down a garden path, refuse to help.

The Village Free Press

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Cynthia Brown (far left) with children who attend her Little People Christian Daycare summer camp. (Below left): Faith Arnold speaks about her experiences during a community teach-in on July 30 in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood. Michael Romain. 

FaithThursday, July 30, 2015 || By Michael Romain 

“We’re here because our communities are being devastated by budget cuts to childcare, school homes, home care and other services, while banks and rich CEOs make off like bandits,” said Cynthia Brown, the owner of Little People Christian Daycare in Maywood.

Brown was among a group of about 30 people who got together in a shaded corner of LaFollette Park in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood on a hot July 30 afternoon for a community teach-in. The idea for the gathering was hatched by the Grassroots Collaborative, a coalition of labor unions and community organizations. Most of the people at the park were females — teachers, paraprofessionals and childcare providers…

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From the land of Francis, a cautionary tale

From the land down under, directly down under (or just over) the equator, that is, as described by Samuel Gregg, of the Acton Institute, in Stream magazine, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina: Pope Francis and Economic Populism”:

The attitude of Latin American populist leaders to one institution they haven’t been able to dominate — the Catholic Church — varies. On the one hand, they’re regularly at odds with many Catholic bishops. In January 2015, a pastoral letter issued by Venezuela’s Catholic bishops courageously described their government’s policies as “totalitarian and centralist.” The regime, the bishops added, seeks control “over all aspects of the lives of the citizens and public and private institutions. It also threatens freedom and the rights of persons and associations and has led to oppression and ruin in every country where it has been tried.”

Doughty bishops.

The government’s reaction to this critique was the usual demagoguery. Nonetheless the same populist leaders regularly invoke Christian symbols to legitimize their ideologies. Bolivian President Evo Morales’ presentation of what’s now called “the communist crucifix” to Pope Francis is one such example. Whatever the motives of the deceased priest who designed the cross, the fact that the hammer-and-sickle symbolizes philosophical materialism, police-states, and the mass imprisonment, torture and murder of millions of people counts for nothing in the rather provincial world of Latin American leftist-populism.

Is our Pope equally doughty?

Kerry quizzed, Congress flouted, secret deal’s secrecy defended

Senator asks, secretary of state “squirms,” cares more for international agency than U.S. Congress:

“Why can’t we confirm or deny the content of these [secret] agreements [about inspection protocols] in public?” Mr. [Tom] Cotton inquires. “Why is it classified. It’s not a sensitive U.S. government document. The ayatollahs know what they’ve agreed to.”

“Because,” Mr. Kerry replies, “we respect the process of the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency], and we don’t have their authorization to reveal what is a confidential agreement between them and another country.”

Senator Cotton then asks him: “So the ayatollahs will know what they’ve agreed to but not the American people.”

“Well, the, no, not exactly,” Mr. Kerry harrumphs, “because we will share with you in the classified briefing what we understand things to be. But they negotiated the agreement with the IAEA. The IAEA is an independent entity under the united nations, Senator, as I know you know, and I don’t know even at this point what the law says about the United States requiring something that another entity’s laws prohibit.”

Kerry and the other main U.S. negotiator, the Sec. of Energy, had each said he knows for sure of no American negotiator who has read this agreement.

NY Sun:

This will be remembered as a classic of State Department arrogance in the face of a legislature whose approval the State Secretary and President are seeking for an agreement with a country that refers to us as the Great Satan and swears to wipe Israel off the map.

Adds:

If we were going before the Senate on this head, we’d make a point of knowing what the law says about the United States requiring information that another “entity’s” laws prohibit us from having. We’d make it a point of standing for open covenants [agreements]. The world knows all about closed ones and how they lead to war.

And is learning how “State Department arrogance” flouts citizens’ elected representative bodies. Or entities, as Kerry would have it.

Pope Francis’ Favorable Rating Drops in U.S.

For a worldly attention-seeker, it would be very bad news, but as a follower of Jesus he’s not impressed with this sort of thing.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pope Francis’ favorability rating in the U.S. has returned to where it was when he was elected pope. It is now at 59%, down from 76% in early 2014. The pontiff’s rating is similar to the 58% he received from Americans in April 2013, soon after he was elected pope.

The coronation bounce is it at this point.

Chicago archbishop and U.S. EPA in this “fight” together: Take that, climate change!

The archbishop and the EPA administrator co-author Sun-Times op-ed.

The Most Reverend Blaise Cupich and the head woman of the nation’s whole damn Evironmental Protection Agency, also known as its Employment Prevention Agency, take us from clean air asthma-protection (who can object to it?) to this:

The fight against climate change isn’t a sprint — it’s a marathon. But with continued leadership and committed action from the archdiocese, from Chicago, and from congregations and communities across America, we can turn the challenge of climate change into an opportunity to build a cleaner, healthier, more prosperous future.

A month ago, Pope Francis asked, “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”

We all know the answer, and that’s why we’re working together — faith leaders, public officials and private citizens — to make it a reality. [Italics added]

To make what a reality? Give me antecedents to match those pronouns.

And turning challenge of such and such into an opportunity? To build a cleaner, healthier, etc.? How about cleaning up the air for asthmatic children and letting it go at that?

This is such a play for national visibility as to unleash a flood of disbelief. What about flood-prevention while we’re at it?

The crafty Mundelein loved FDR and boosted the New Deal, however. There’s precedent for this, sad to say.

via Opinion: We have a moral obligation on climate change | Chicago.

Hillary Tax classic case of killing golden-egg-laying goose. She stupid!

Oak Park Republicans

Nigh Inconceivably Stupid Would Be a Fair Phrase For Clinton’s Tax Hike – The New York Sun.

The worst sectors of the worst recovery since World War II are business investment in new plants and equipment and new business start-ups. These are the biggest job-creators, and their slump is a key reason for the sub-par labor recovery, with low participation rates and high involuntary part-time workers.

So if investment is the problem, what does Hillary Clinton go out and do? She proposes jacking up the tax on investment. It’s almost inconceivably stupid

via Nigh Inconceivably Stupid Would Be a Fair Phrase For Clinton’s Tax Hike – The New York Sun.

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Sun-Times headline makes risky reading

Watchdog: IRS at risk for unfairly auditing political groups is the headline.

At risk FOR? As if it may be abolished? IRS is not itself at risk. It’s at risk OF unfairly auditing, etc.

As to the story: Because of inadequate supervision, it says. Inadequate supervisors, that is? And that’s assuming innocence somewhere, when the question is responsibility.

Who’s to blame, for cryin’ out loud? Nobody, I bet. It’s not so messy that way.  Like Hillary and Benghazi and her what-difference-does-it-make?

Granted, Rep. Roskam’s committee’s report is a finding of fact, with judgment yet to come. When it does, the above analysis applies.

Fr. Barron gone, Abp Cupich can further remake Chicago, says Crux writer

The seminary’s the thing, social justice to be king?

As rector of Mundelein, Barron reworked the curriculum to focus on the New Evangelization, an idea promulgated by Pope John Paul II and institutionalized at the Vatican in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI aimed at engaging contemporary culture with the Catholic faith.

Whether Cupich’s choice to replace Barron changes the focus of that curriculum — and in what direction — will be closely scrutinized by Church-watchers.

Bye-by New Evangelization, hello Social Gospel?

(BTW, the former is “in a nutshell . . . salesmanship,” wrote Crux’s John Allen from Rome in March of ’13, in his National Catholic Reporter days, which is linked above.)

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