Plus: Suitcases of cash for the Prince of Wales; defunding the police for West Hollywood.
Regarding the swastika news, I think the most rational solution for the staff would have been to understand (couldn't you Google it??) that the symbol shown at that house has nothing to do with Nazis but with Buddhism. Oh, well, you know, being "triggered" is better than learning the facts. In any case, the most logical option does not work with these people.
One of the most blatant contradictions of being "woke" is to be completely oblivious to history, facts and context. But hey, your feelings are more important than that stuff, so if the historical artifact affects you, let's destroy it or remove it. Let's pretend this never happened, or much better, let's distort the history so it can fit with my ideology.
"The chair of the board sent out an apologetic email this week about those fateful tiles: “It highlights the need for the organization to pause, reflect, and further develop plans of action to address the racial equity concerns shared by staff.” Also in the email: Camp is canceled. Those 900 children can find something else to do because the staff of Hidden Villa camp need the summer to heal together. “We were too slow to respond to the voices that expressed pain and concern over the symbols on the house. . . The decision to cancel Camp has been heart wrenching and staff is still triaging care for all involved.”"
Jesus Christ, what a bunch of hysterical egocentric pathetic lunatics.
Contrary to what most people believe or see on television, most police work is still based largely on actually talking with the involved parties of the crime in question. If everyone keeps their mouths shut, nothing usually happens. Physical evidence like bloodied clothing, discarded weapons, finger prints, video, etc. are of exceptional value, but are not always present, and they don’t always tell the whole story even when they are. Being able to effectively query witnesses about important and often time-sensitive information (especially in the immediate aftermath of a situation that may have shocked or traumatized them) is difficult. It is a skill that is usually developed over time. It also requires the responding officer to switch gears rapidly, often from life-saving mode to detective mode. That can be a hard switch to flip, and the exceptional officers (like some I was fortunate to work with) were able to do both simultaneously. That said, there is no training that is going to completely prepare anyone for seeing that first bloodied body, still warm, still bleeding, but going or gone. Witnesses are understandably probably struggling with those same emotions, but are often going to be adding a healthy dose of fear. That’ll be true especially if the suspect is known to them. Some witnesses will also be apathetic. “Better them than me” is not an altogether difficult attitude to encounter when dealing with crime.
Add to the difficult task mentioned above, an oncoming generation that prefers to communicate through TikTok, and you have a problem. Not only that, but a lot those exceptional officers I mentioned (and there are always some at every department that have been busting their asses trying to do the right thing for 20 years), well, a lot of them have gone elsewhere. While I don’t view myself as having been exceptional, I too fled the coop after only five and half years. The defund movement (and politician and activist fueled hatred of the police and the rule of law in general) is going to have a much deeper impact across the years than many people realize. It’s a lot easier for a seasoned officer that is well-known in the community he works to run up to a horrific scene (murder or otherwise) and get information about what happened. That officer’s not a stranger. The witnesses have probably at least seen the officer on patrol, they may have chatted with him, and they may have even asked for help in the past. The suspect actually might even trust that officer enough to confess. I’ve seen it happen. The constant cycle of new faces makes a strained relationship and trust even harder. Policing in America is a strained relationship. The new officers in many departments are probably having to teach themselves a lot things I was fortunate enough to have been shown. It’ll be a process, and people will continue to do shitty things to one-another while the new officers are learning.
Lastly, not all murder victims are nice people. I shouldn’t have to say that I don’t think this means the victims who fit that description deserved to be murdered, but I’ll say that here anyway for anyone who takes things too literally. However, we do seem to deify anyone who dies nowadays, and that makes it difficult to ask questions such as, “why would someone want to shoot Johnny?” Was Johnny minding his own business, helping his elderly neighbor get her groceries in while on the phone with the Pope, or was he sneaking around with Billy Bob’s girl and stealing all of a Billy Bob’s meth? Questions for the ages. Answers will often vary by association. Anyway, I’m rambling a bit and I imagine there are many more reasons than I have listed that murders remain unsolved. Each case is different. I don’t miss dealing with it.
I don’t know a single conservative who wants to abolish gay marriage. Are you basing this on Clarence Thomas’s one off comment as though he speaks for conservatives on this matter?
Unless you can add a link that says that abolishing gay marriage is now an aim of some mainstream organization of conservatives/Republicans, please stop with this BS.
The rest of your news summary has one common theme—a totally unhinged left is destroying our country.
Why do I think that there is going to be a HUGE wave of law suits around teens that transitioned and want to de transition or who started the process and then stopped?
Why do I think a lot of people who should eat crow when this madness ends will simply take no responsibility, ignore it or blame the victims and then just move onto the next big thing?
"Stock markets have had their worst six months since 1970: There are two sure-fire ways to ruin your day: fill up your gas tank or check your Vanguard account. We haven’t had a six-month fall like this for 50 years. And there’s one major cause: Inflation."
Nope. There's only one major cause: Biden. The senile imbecile who embarrasses and weakens America on a daily basis. Fixed it for you.
Oh and if we just found out that Democrats are rigging primaries to fund nut-jobs to run against Republicans, do you really think that rigging the 2020 election would be out of bounds for them? Sure, just like they couldn't possibly be behind major hoaxes such as Trump was a Russian asset or that Hunter Biden's laptop was a fake Russian plant. Got it.
re: swastika news.... The pendulum has swung too far. these people are the downfall of the US. It's just a matter of time. We can't survive as a civilized society when this level of ignorance persists. People are allowed to wield power simply by claiming offense. Don't they know words and symbols have different meanings to different people? Did they not make the rules that a word can mean different things based on one's skin tone?
Nellie, on the Murder Case drop, bail reform is likely one contributor, from a witness perspective. Some reforms included hastening the prosecution disclosure requirements. If you witness a murder, know that your police statement will be immediately handed to the defense, and that the alleged murderer could be out on bail, one might pause before doing their civic duty.
Powell's comments re: "how little we understand about inflation" is monumentally disingenuous. There have been financial experts, such as Peter Schiff, who have been saying for a decade that this would be the result of the Fed's monetary policy of QE Infinity and drastically expanding the M2 money supply.
What he really meant was "we fucked up severely and want to pretend like we didn't know."
God help me, but I am actually starting to think that it may take Trump coming back to end this madness.
BTW......as to the CCP social media usage, acting as virtuous eco warriors........I REALLY have to wonder how much of the insanity in our culture right now is being fueled by government actors in places like China, Russia, Iran etc, in an attempt to destabilize our country.
The highlight of my news week, and the Give a Mouse a Cookie reference floored me.
One issue I'm watching is the MSM reaction to the SCOTUS ruling on West Virginia v EPA. Predictably, the developing official narrative is that a rogue Supreme Court "weakened" EPA. Missing from most of the coverage, of course, is the actual basis for the ruling--EPA did not have the authority from Congress to do what it tried to do when it adopted the Clean Power Plan.
The bigger picture is that, in our moment, many seem terrified of the actual separation of powers established by the Constitution. They would rather rely on a Supreme Court or the administrative state to accomplish their policy goals, without the messy business of negotiating something the old fashioned way. Because if you negotiate, you may not get everything you want. I'm not naive enough to think that this will automatically lead to re-balancing of power among the branches of government, but it is something to strive for.
I think the kids are better off not going to summer camp. If that was the type of staff running it—think of the things they would have been taught….
;Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Trump’s chief of staff'
she was a 23 year old intern. Everything, that wasn't a lie, was gossip that passed through the intern ranks. That culture isn't very far removed from High School. That Cheney referred to her as a Key Aide with close access to Trump, is beyond the pale.
Retired cop here. Murders go unsolved more now than in 1965 for one reason: gangs. Intimidation of witnesses and people unwilling to come forward to point at the suspect or testify because they fear retaliation by gang members is the #1 reason. Short staffing also plays a part. There are far less detectives per capita these days than in 1965. Defunding hasn't helped this, as you can imagine.
Good grief. If this was satire, it would be brilliant and hilarious. The fact that these are very real things, which impact all of our lives, is beyond disheartening. It's scary that these people are incapable of learning and reassessing. Denial, deception, and willful ignorance. Wish we could keep them all from destroying things for the rest of us.
When is swastika not a swastika? When it is a fylfot (hint the arms point in the opposite direction in Buddhism). Their use predates Nazism by several centuries. You can find them in Anglo Saxon churches as well as in Buddhist temples. At Balmoral (the Queen's residence in Scotland) the WW1 memorial has them on and a big explanation about what they are.
My grandfather (in the journal he wasn't supposed to be keeping during the North Atlantic convoy Autumn 1941) wrote about looking up how to make the Nazi symbol for the flagged position of known German subs ad didn't want to do the fylfot by mistake. He was trying to make his men aware of the danger (this was before the Reuben James went down) and wanted to get the symbol right.
It is very sad that Nazism appropriated this symbol and people are ignorant of what the fylfot used symbolise. All that was needed was a sign explaining its meaning.
A great round up as usual Nellie
This morning had the interesting news that women can have a gene which causes Alzheimer's. It could explain why 2/3 more women get the condition than men. It is another blow for bikini medicine. https://edition.cnn.com/2022/06/30/health/female-alzheimer-gene-discovered-wellness-scn/index.html
The Scottish civil service was treated to a trans 101 course where GC feminists were called FARTS. One would have thought someone would have had more sense to cut the schoolboy humour.
'Women who question transgender ideology have been branded ‘farts’ as part of equalities training offered to civil servants in Nicola Sturgeon’s Government, it has emerged.
Workers who attended a workplace “trans 101” course were told the term was an acronym for “feminism appropriating ridiculous transphobe” and that women who oppose inclusivity measures were part of a “trans hate group”.
Staff who attended the training session, run by the Scottish Government’s taxpayer-funded LGBTI+ internal staff network, were also urged to study claims that biological sex is a “falsehood” invented by the medical profession to “reinforce white supremacy and gender oppression”.'
Smmetimes you couldn't make it up.
And someone at Warner Brothers finally decided to champion JK Rowling. "'She is one of the world's most accomplished storytellers, and we are proud to be the studio to bring her vision, characters, and stories to life now – and for decades to come." I suspect WB were reminded that she still owns the Intellectual Property Rights to Harry Potter.