17 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-14-21

  1. So how’s that treatment of police by Democrats working out?

    Exactly as you’d expect.

    “Chicago Gangs Outnumber Cops, Who are Retiring in Record Numbers, as Violence Soars

    Chicago saw 40 people shot last weekend, including 11 fatally. Independence Day weekend witnessed 100 people shot and 18 dead.”


    “Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will likely blame this on guns from other states.

    Chicago saw 40 people shot last weekend, including 11 fatally. Independence Day weekend witnessed 100 people shot and 18 dead.

    It is not getting better in Chicago.

    Remember last summer when Lightfoot told former President Donald Trump not to send help to Chicago as people vandalized and ransacked stores and shot up the city? Remember seeing people destroy beautiful Michigan Avenue?

    I think she eventually caved, but still. At first, she was like, no way.

    Lightfoot changed with President Joe Biden! Now “she welcomes federal help in addressing gun violence in the city” without skipping a heartbeat:

    Lightfoot, speaking at a press availability, says that she supports a variety of federal responses to the problem of gun violence, including additional “strike force” teams offered by President Joe Biden, along with resources from the FBI and other agencies.

    “We’ve been in conversation with them about our sense of urgency around getting these resources up and activated,” she said. “I think the primary thing they’re going to do is really build upon the work that’s already being done in conjunction with our federal partners and CPD.”

    Well, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) will need help because it’s losing police officers in record numbers:

    More Chicago police officers have retired this year than in all of 2018.

    That’s according to the latest figures from the police pension board, which show that, from January through June, 363 officers have left the Chicago Police Department, and another 56 are expected to retire in July.

    “We are on track, I believe, to have one of the highest retirement numbers in the city’s history,” says Ald. Ray Lopez (15th), a frequent critic of Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

    The department — which has roughly 13,000 sworn officers — had 560 retirements in all of 2020, 475 in 2019 and 339 in 2018.

    Lopez points the finger at Lightfoot. He said her “anti-police rhetoric” has “demoralized police and scared off potential recruits.”

    Lopez told The Chicago Sun-Times: “Many of our officers are not choosing to leave law enforcement as a profession but are retiring early to go to other departments because they don’t feel appreciated and respected in their home city of Chicago.”

    Chicago police union president John Catanzara backed up Lopez’s comments:”




    “City Journal published a story today which looks into why so many officers cut their careers short or moved to more hospitable locations last year. First, by way of reminder, here’s a summary of some of the decline in major cities:

    The NYPD’s headcount fell to its lowest level in ten years. In Chicago, police retirements rose 15 percent. The San Francisco Police Department is short 400 officers; over 115 officers, including an entire unit dedicated to crowd control, have left the Portland PD; and nearly 200 have left the Minneapolis PD or are on leave, rendering the department unable to engage in proactive policing. A recent survey of police departments found that hiring fell an average of 5 percent in 2020, while resignations rose 18 percent and retirements a whopping 45 percent.

    The reasons for this wave of retirements and resignations aren’t hard to fathom. Charles Lehman spoke to a number of officers who’d left and they all basically told him the same story: They suddenly had no support from the community. But that message of being rejected didn’t come to them in the form of a calm, rational discussion. Often it was brought to them in a much more personal way by activists who were looking to destroy property and hurt police officers.

    As one now-retired NYPD officer put it: “One day, the good guys became the bad guys and the bad guys became the good guys.”…

    “[The Floyd] protests were very violent, very anti-police,” another now-retired NYPD cop said. “Some of these protests, I had officers in my command who were assaulted while they policed some of these protests. One of my lieutenants had a brick thrown on top of his helmet.”

    And those sorts of encounters led a lot of officers to conclude the risks of the job were no longer worth it. The story relates how a former Minneapolis officer was called to a scene where a deranged man apparently having some kind of mental health episode and was causing a disturbance. The officer was on his way to the scene when the man collapsed and died. Because this happened before police arrived, police weren’t blamed. But the officer realized that if the man’s collapse had happened just a few minutes later, say after he was tased by police, then it would have become the next cause celebre for Black Lives Matter and the media. “If I had made a decision to use a taser, and then he fell over dead, the death certificate would say homicide, complications of police use of a conducted energy device. My name would immediately be in the national news,” the officer said.

    But of course it wasn’t just this one officer in Minneapolis who was doing the math. Officers around the country looked at what they were being asked to do and what they were risking by doing it and decided it just wasn’t worth it anymore. Many voted with their feet to find other careers or less hostile areas where they could work.”


  2. A teacher’s view of CRT.

    “I’m A Middle School Teacher And See How Critical Race Curriculum Is Creating Racial Hostility In School

    Providence, RI: Some Students Have Started Calling Me “America” Because I’m White, and Colleagues Accuse Me of Having “White Privilege.””


    “I have been a public school teacher for the past 22 years, with the past seven in Providence, Rhode Island. I have had the honor of serving public school children and their families as an English teacher first at the high school level, and currently at the middle school level.

    During my career I have always tried to provide the best education for my students. I am designated by the Rhode Island Department of Education a ‘Highly Qualified’ teacher, meaning, I have tenure and experience in my certifications. I was awarded the English Speaking Union Shakespeare Scholarship for excellence in teaching Shakespeare. I helped implement curriculum and I have hosted multiple student clubs, literary magazines, youth groups and community outreach programs.

    I love being a teacher and I care a great deal about my students, almost all of whom are non-white. This past 2020/21 school year was a sad and worrisome turning point for me as an educator. Providence K-8 teachers were introduced to one of the most racially divisive, hateful, and in large part, historically inaccurate curriculums I have ever seen in my teaching career.

    Yes, I am speaking about the controversial critical race theory that has infiltrated our public schools here in Rhode Island under the umbrella of Cuturally Responsive learning and teaching, which includes a focus on identities. You won’t see the words “critical race theory” on the materials, but those are the concepts taught. The new, racialized curriculum and materials focuses almost exclusively on an oppressor-oppressed narrative, and have created racial tensions among students and staff where none existed before.

    During fall 2020 semester, we were given our curriculum timeline on the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War. I noticed the stories and books seemed to focus almost exclusively on slavery and racism. Those are appropriate topics that we always have taught, but the focus has become narrow, excluding many other aspects of our history.

    You can see in this image of me in my classroom in 2019 that we taught about racism, including the writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, among others.

    We did not need a new curriculum for students to learn about slavery and racism. We already did that, in great depth, relying in part on the writings of great African-American authors.

    American history now is being retold exclusively from the perspective of oppressed peoples during the Revolutionary period through to the Civil War, and also in the literature of the Civil Rights movement. From my position in the classroom, it seemed that much of American history and literature was getting wiped out. No one of these new books, standing alone, would be problematic, it’s the new lack of diversity of perspective that is the problem. Although the 1619 Project itself has not yet been introduced, the historical perspective now has shifted to making slavery and racism the defining events of the founding and growth of America.

    Missing from our curriculum during the 2020/ 21 school year was the diversity, perspective, truth, and rigor that previously were taught. Previously vetted books were removed from our classroom and sent to recycling. Gone was the diverse collection of American and World Literature: House On Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros, James Baldwin Go Tell It On The Mountain, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, essays by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., poetry by Maya Angelou, Robert Frost, Anne Frank, Night, The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, Macbeth, Walt Whitman, The Salem Witch Trials, The Crucible , Holocaust studies, world genocide, world art, universal themes, universal characters and any book or short story from the literary cannon.
    What saddened me most was that I would not be teaching the Holocaust any longer. The Holocaust unit included one of the following: either Anne Frank, The Boy In The Striped Pajamas, and depending on reading level, Elie Weisel’s Night When I asked the school reading coach where all the Holocaust books were, she said “we do not teach the Holocaust because kids can’t relate to the story.” What? Kids can’t relate to genocide, hate, discrimination, and prejudice? Yes children can relate to these universal themes, we all can. Children would never learn about the evils of hatred during the Second World War? Why? What was it about the truth and perspective that seemed to escape us during the 2020/21 school year? Exactly why was all this great literature removed from our curriculum?

    Then sometime around January 2021, hundreds of new leaflet style booklets arrived, all poorly written, historically biased, inaccurate, and pushing a racial narrative. I noticed the book covers right away. They were odd. In some cases the book covers browned out the faces of historical characters like Lincoln to look black or brown, none of the books were recognizable, and all the booklets seemed to revolve around slavery or oppression.

    Perplexed, I thought there was a mistake. I asked a teacher leader what was going on and he looked jokingly at me saying “Comrade, we were told to remove all classroom sets of reading material in order to make room for the incoming sets of books.” I laughed, assuming this was a joke. But it was not a joke, this was real and happening in my school, in my classroom.

    In isolation and without historical perspective, the thematic message in every book was clear: White Europeans were and are evil and African Americans were and are victimized by white oppressors. Woven into this new curriculum was a school-wide social push to focus on Black Lives Matter support groups and other social justice identity groups.”


    This garbage is meant to poison young minds.


  3. After fireworks were banned in our county this year for the fourth of July (drought, high fire conditions, they go off all the time anyway), a group of people gathered in one of the disadvantaged neighborhoods and held an enormous party (contrary to COVID restrictions, but who cares?), and held an enormous fireworks display, ending at midnight with random gunshots.

    I don’t know how many people went to the hospital, but one was a relatively new mom.

    People called the police all night long complaining and were told, “sorry, no enough officers.”

    The enormous party was so raucous and dangerous, the police refused to go in.

    We were not in a dangerous community (and we don’t live on that side of town–we live up by the bone dry grasses and hills), a year ago. Most of the police officers we know are seriously considering moving to the Promised Land.


  4. It’s spelled T-R-E-A-S-O-N.

    And don’t forget, what they did in Arizona, they also did nationwide in an organized criminal racketeering operation.


    “Arizona Senate President Karen Fann on Tuesday said that the 2020 presidential election audit’s ballot count led by Cyber Ninjas differed from the Maricopa County tally, and that the discrepancy prompted the election review team to acquire new machines to recount the ballots.

    “They haven’t released a number yet,” Fann, a Republican, said during in an interview with KTAR. “However, we do know that those numbers do not match with Maricopa County at this point.””


  5. I told you this before: But a Crest commercial reminded me. Crest has designed the tube so that you are likely to throw away about a third of the paste.
    Don’t let them get away with it. Keep squeezing from the endl
    Each time.


  6. All that was too much for these 91 year old eyes.
    it’s a qquandry about Cuba.
    On one hand, we shouldn’t get involved.
    OTOH, we can’t stand by and allo the Cuban government go get away with mayhem next door to us.


  7. Warms me heart it does. 🙂

    Couldn’t happen to a more deserving bunch of grifters. Without Trump to attack daily, even the leftists won’t buy their garbage product either.



  8. Joe and Company’s just lookin’ out for their comrades.



  9. Unreal.

    Any South American economic invader claiming asylum gets the welcome treatment from Dems, yet these folks with legit claims to persecution and oppression get the shaft.

    Funny that….



  10. Disgusting.

    The word that best sums up Democrats and the media (also Democrats).



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  12. Not surprised police numbers are dipping — part of it is demographic. The boomers are retiring. Some are double dipping — collect pension and work at another police force. Most pensions penalize you for doing this but I guess the police have a better plan. An other reason is the nature of policing has changed. You can’t just bang heads, you need to deescalate and mediate. It requires more skills and knowledge than it did 30-40 years ago when many of these policemen joined the force. And some policemen just don’t like the scrutiny they face in the era of smart phones and even cameras as part of their own equipment. With the latter group, its good riddance. Scrutiny is good, weeds out the bad cops. Teachers, priests, etc have all undergone far more scrutiny than in the past and this has been good — less child abuse is now possible its a safer world. Similarly, police need to accept more scrutiny and drop the blue line nonsense protecting bad cops.

    The failure of police to react positively to the changes in policing have indeed led to a decline in recruiting. They can no longer recruit the bullies and people who joined in the past with good intentions, those types have lost respect with an organization that can’t even police itself let alone the people its supposed to protect.


  13. Interesting article on the teacher and changes in curriculum. I’m sure there’s an other side to the story. Perhaps the conditions are different in the US but teachers usually have far more leeway than the teacher suggests especially English teachers in terms of texts used to deliver the curriculum. Sometimes a principal or consultant may push certain texts or methodologies but in the end its the class room teacher who chooses the texts, novels, etc (I’m sure there’s a pre-approved list but in my 25 years nobody has said no to me other than for reasons of money). If board oversight is that tight, they need a better union.

    It may be splitting hairs but I believe the mob violence of last summer was not about obtaining power as the Jan 6th riot was clearly about; rather it was more about forcing the powers to be to be more responsible.

    Hasn’t it always been the policy of the US to turn back refugee boats from Haiti and Cuba? I believe some are even interned at Gitmo? Whether it was Bush, Obama, Trump or now Biden I think that’s always been the case. The events in Haiti are interesting — the president was shot by a mercenary force which includes Colombians trained in the US.

    Cuba used to be have the poorest standard of living under former dictator Batista who ran Cuba for the benefit of the mob. Castro introduced universal free education and health care. They now have the highest educated populace in the Caribbean and a life expectancy and infant mortality close to American levels and far above most Caribbean countries. So yes Castro’s version of socialism did work for the vast majority of Cubans. Did this come at the expense of traditional classical liberal values and human rights? Yes it did and the Cuban gov’t needs to improve in this area. But the Batista regime was similar in its abuse of human rights and the material conditions were much worse yet at that time the US didn’t seem to mind.


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