Shocked—-Shocked!—That There Would Be Violent Protests Over An Unambiguously Justified Police Shooting

Okay, I confess. I’m not shocked.

I’m not even surprised.

It has been obvious for years that a critical mass of protesters/demonstrators/rioters who have repeatedly  inflicted their outrage on communities across the country are not doing so because of any reasonable and responsible desire to obtain police reform or address legitimate racial injustice issues. Responsible protests are based on facts, and the majority of the Black Lives Matter-triggered protests, inevitably endorsed by the Democratic Party, have neither waited for the facts to be determined nor cared what they were once they were determined. The objective is to create division, intensify racial hate, intimidate the community to promote concessions and capitulation, to gain power for extreme left and other activist groups, and to do harm.

Last month,rumors that Chicago police had killed an unarmed 15-year-old boy was all that was necessary to cause the mobs to hit the streets, although, according to ABC News, police had justifiably shot an armed adult male who allegedly opened fire on them. But Facts Don’t Matter: 13 police officers injured and neighborhood were trashed.  Also in August, false reports that law enforcement had killed an unarmed man resulted more rioting and looting. Just 90 minutes after the incident, they released a video and statement showing that an armed murder suspect committed suicide when police approached him. Never mind! Any death of a “person of color” with police in the midst of trying to do their dangerous and difficult jobs is provocation enough for violence, slogans, and chaos.

It was considerate of the unusual suspects—Look! Another Casablanca reference! —to eliminate all doubt by rioting over the shooting of madman who rushed a polite officer with a huge knife:

Would you have shot that guy? Oh, why didn’t the brutal police officer wing him? Hey, he didn’t even have a gun! That’s not fair!

That incident was sufficient provocation to sent 100 “peaceful protesters” into the streets of Lancaster, Pennsylvania last night. They vandalized the police station, broke windows, threw bricks, damaged private businesses and looted. They damaged a post office, because post offices are always shooting people of color. “Death to cops” was spray-painted on one building, See? The victim was only attempting to carry out the will of the woke. He was a martyr!

The objective of these protests/demonstrations/riots is to make it impossible for police to function, to intimidate them so that they allow dangerous people to break laws and evade arrest with impunity, and to surrender society to chaos.

The man who charged the officer with a knife was alreday facing trial for stabbing four people in 2019; he wasn’t kidding. Naturally, his family, including his sister who called the police, told the news media that he was a pussycat. This was all the fault of “the system.” “He had an episode. He was just incoherent and acting out,”  she said. “I called to find out what the procedure was to get him some help.”

You know, acting out!

By trying to stab people!

Rulennis Munoz said her brother had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. When her brother wasn’t under the influence of his mental illness, she said, “He was a sweetheart. He cared.”

He didn’t care enough to take his medications so he wouldn’t attack people, however, the little dear.

Following the revolting script we should know by now, Lancaster’s sensitive, Democratic mayor, Danene Sorace, blathered this…

 

Sunday was a heartbreaking day for our city. My heart breaks for Ricardo Muñoz’s family and the devastation it has brought our community. A life was lost and lives were forever changed, including the officer involved.

As you know, the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Office office has commenced its investigation. Some preliminary information was released Sunday night, along with body camera footage. While we await the findings of the DA’s investigation, I want to address the larger issues at hand.

Many neighbors on the streets Sunday were asking about the use of force and response to calls for service that involve mental health. These are questions we are asking too, and it is why Lancaster city is the only police department in the county with a social worker and an additional hire in process. In this way, the police bureau has been working to address alternative approaches to de-escalating calls for service.

I know that our police respond to many calls for service related to mental health — here and other departments across the county. Sometimes police have considerable information and ambulances are dispatched concurrently. Many times these are de-escalated and individuals are able to get the treatment they need. Right now, the only system in place for someone who calls 911 for a mental health crisis is police and/or ambulance dispatch.

At the same time, there has been more than a decade worth of cuts to state-funded and county-delivered behavioral health and human services. Cuts born out of the last recession were never filled — and here we are again staring down a $5 billion state deficit which will likely impact these same services again.

The need is clear. Who should respond, under what circumstances, and what protocols should be followed? How are these calls dispatched from Lancaster County 911? There are a lot of uncertainties and nuance to these situations, which can change and rapidly escalate. We need an evidence-based protocol for responding. What is that protocol? Additionally, how do we create and staff a system that can respond 365 days a year, 24 hours a day within minutes? These are just a few of the questions that need to be answered to create a countywide plan.

I am calling on the governor, state senators, state House members, county commissioners, behavioral health experts and police to come together and put forward human-centered solutions that will work in every county of our commonwealth, not just here in Lancaster County. We have rolled up our sleeves, done some local analysis we can share and are ready to work with these partners toward a solution. However, I am clear — beyond a doubt — that we lack the tools, resources, expertise and capacity to do this on our own. I need help. We need help.

This isn’t just about the police.

It’s about the fact that a third (or more like half, depending on how you measure it) of our city lives below the poverty line. It’s about a third of the jobs in our county being so low wage that no hardworking person holding one of them down can make it work. It’s about half of the renters in this city — thousands of households — burdened by the cost of their housing. Decades of stagnant wages and rising housing costs leave no margin.

Those of us closest to the problem here at the city and in community organizations working to build more housing or deliver social services have far too few tools to build what’s needed.

I am calling on our state Legislature, regardless of political party, to adequately fund housing, social services and education equitably and adequately in your city. I’m calling on our representatives to Congress to support efforts to improve the conditions of your poor neighbors — especially around housing and economic inequality.

The pain of your city and your constituents is raw and it is real — it has been present on our streets since the end of May. While the vast majority of the protests have been peaceful, last night’s events took a turn resulting in considerable damage. I want to be clear that there is no place for this in our community, and I angst over the potential for people to get seriously injured, or worse. Peaceful protests must prevail.

My observations begin with this summary: the mayor is a groveling, incompetent, irresponsible fool. But woke!

More specifically:

  • She essentially justifies the riots. Her last minute admonsition against violent protests (mostly peaceful!), she actually implies that they were justified.

They were not. At all.

  • She never says, directly and unequivocally, that the officer involved acted professionally and that he had no choice but to shoot. She stalls, talking about further investigation, when this is one body can video that completely exonerates the officer. Oooh, mustn’t do that!

This is unconscionable.

  • “Neighbors in the streets”? What the hell were they doing in the streets, protesting the death of a maniac who attacked a cop with a butcher knife?

I doubt anyone heard chants of ” Less use of force and response to calls for service that involve mental health!” over the calls of  “Death to cops!”

  • Incredibly, in her craven, full pander mode, the mayor actually accepts the premise that this death was caused by a flawed system, The “problem” she refers to isn’t inadequate funding, or lack of metal health personnel, or budget cuts. It isn’t the lack of “human-centered solutions,” which is Authentic Frontier Gibberish—I doubt she even knows what that means.

“This isn’t just about the police”? It isn’t about the police  in any way. The “problem” is a man running amuck with a knife, a law enforcement problem to which law enforcement properly responded.

  • Then the mayor, being a good progressive and unwilling to avoid exploiting any situation, no matter how unrelated, for advancement of the usual Left agenda. Yup, a man being tried for multiple knife assaults attacked a cop because this cruelly non-socialist country doesn’t pay a living wage for jobs that aren’t worth the cost.

Mayors like Danene Sorace are a large part of “the problem.”

Shocking!

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Sources: Washington Examiner 1, 2; Lancaster Online 1, 2

44 thoughts on “Shocked—-Shocked!—That There Would Be Violent Protests Over An Unambiguously Justified Police Shooting

  1. I have come to the conclusion that there is a group of people working to condition poorly educated persons who have already been trained in victim culture that they are empowered to challenge lawful orders. This sense of empowerment is the fuel that keeps creating the conditions for the police to need to use force which is then used to prove that police are systematically abusing blacks. In essence it is the propaganda perpetual motion machine. I can’t believe that this is not orchestrated.

    Legitimate uses of force rise when lawful orders are ignored. Thus, reductions in the use of force will occur if those given lawful orders follow them without resistance. If someone feels they are being singled out unjustly file complaints. Get a ticket based on a trumped up charge go to court and present your case. Fighting with the officer is at best useless and at worst dangerous.

      • JB
        I think we need to castigate these elected officials and race baiters publicly and often. We need to demand that those who attempt to excuse away the behaviors of the people harmed in the course of a police interaction be responsible in their rhetoric which is causing far more harm in the Black and Latino communities than any police abuse.

        Community policing is a joke if the elected and race hustlers undermine it by appearing to be sympathetic to the family involved or claiming everything is police misconduct to gain leverage. It’s interesting that no politician ever made a statement that their hearts broke for that 5 year old white kid who shot point blank in the head by his black neighbor. This is what leads to race wars.

        I have serious doubts now whether the cycle can be broken short of having our cities and towns devolve into lawless jungles where might makes right. Maybe then personal survival will overwhelm the resident’s racial bias instincts.

        Suggestion to police: When you get a call for domestic violence, transfer the call to the Mayor’s office and say we no longer respond to high risk incidents in minority communities.

        • “Suggestion to police: When you get a call for domestic violence, transfer the call to the Mayor’s office and say we no longer respond to high risk incidents in minority communities.”

          Ha! There is a precedent for forcing government officials to deal with citizens needing help due a situation created by the government in the first place.

          In 1945, Rochus Misch, an S.S. bodyguard, was assigned to answer calls in Hitler’s bunker. The Chancellor’s office had a direct line. It wasn’t publicized, but it wasn’t a secret either. Calls made to the Chancellor’s office were routed down to the bunker.

          After the Battle of Berlin started, Misch began receiving calls from panicked civilians wanting help. On one occasion, he took a call from a woman whose neighbor was being raped by Russian soldiers. There was nothing Misch could do; nobody he could send.

          So he handed the phone to Josef Goebbels, said, “Civilians” and, henceforth, let Goebbels handle any calls of this type.

      • Well, one way is to give them the communism they so desperately desire. They are called useful idiots for a reason. They are useful in that they corrupt the moral and political foundations of our society for the communist cause. They are idiots because almost all of them would be sent to the gulags in a communist regime. Intellectuals that were not of the technical variety were generally purged. Subversive people are good when trying to overthrow capitalism, but are a threat to the communist regime, so are purged. Trust fund ‘revolutionaries’ from Harvard…purge. Unemployed people would just be allowed to starve to death, because that fixes unemployment. Rioters would be shot.

        This woman is probably from an upper-middle class background or wealthier and would be sent to a reeducation camp by any actual communist government. I am guessing because I can’t find out anything about her. Her campaign website only has a button to donate for money and to enter your information. No policy positions, no background, no education, nothing on her site. The city government website seems mostly devoted to racial ‘justice’.

  2. I am sure that, had they only dispatched their social worker to this scene, the guy wielding the knife would have simply laid down the knife and sat down on his stoop to calmly discuss the situation.

    Or maybe we’d have a story about a dead social worker.

    • Exactly, exactly what I was thinking.

      Generally, I applaud the trend toward trying to avoid violent outcomes with the mentally ill, WHEN POSSIBLE. How could any coherent person believe that the man with a big knife charging the officer might do anything other than, well, stab the officer.

  3. Argh, I wish I could find the Biden quote from several years ago. He criticized the idea of police being expected to do trick shooting (aiming to wound). It actually made sense.

  4. Would would a social worker have done differently in this situation? My bet is we would still have a death. Just it would not have been the knife-welder.

  5. “We have rolled up our sleeves, done some local analysis we can share and are ready to work with these partners toward a solution.”

    Translation: We’re looking for someone else to foot the bill for our bad ideas.

  6. How does this absolute muppet of mayor imagine that this incident would have played out better with additional funding for mental health?

    You’d just have had a dead social worker, instead of a dead criminal. Although I suppose the mayor would be happy, because no one would care about the social worker, and there would be no riots.

    If a man is going to leap out and knife the first person who interferes with whatever domestic abuse he’s up to, there aren’t a lot of choices. The unarmed social worker dies, a cop pulls up and the knife guy dies, or we just don’t respond to 911 calls and hope that the psycho shaking down his Mom for money isn’t feeling particularly stabby today.

    Sorry, you can’t social-program your way out of this one. Frankly, you can’t secular your way out of this one. A new Great Awakening, across major American cities, with people repenting and learning to be selfless, hardworking, and humble, might do it. Otherwise, get cops better body armor, build more prisons, or just accept that violent crime and murder rates will eventually outpace the masking effect of an aging, sedentary population and medical advances. We’re going to live in a very ugly world.

    A culture can be judged on who it celebrates and who it ignores. It is not sustainable to continue to make martyrs and saints out of rapists, maniacs, and drug addicts. This wave of protests has killed dozens of innocent citizens, including small children. They are already forgotten, while each week some new walking stereotype has an army of peaceful protesters chanting his name because he fought with police responding to his criminal activity. Half the country is celebrating evil, and slandering the good. This is going to take a spiritual toll and what’s left of “American culture” is going to be marginalized.

  7. It’s about the fact that a third (or more like half, depending on how you measure it) of our city lives below the poverty line.

    It’s a central tenet, in the Democratic narrative to exculpate violent criminals, to claim crime is caused by poverty. And certainly there’s a reasonably strong correlation between the two. But the causal link from poverty to crime is tenuous at best. There just aren’t a lot of Jean Valjeans out there, stealing loaves of bread to feed their sister’s starving child. There are so many populations that have low crime despite grinding poverty, from remote mountain villages in the Himalayas to illegal immigrant workers in the US.

    On the other hand, the evidence that crime, especially violent crime, causes poverty is much, much stronger and more direct. Dead people produce nothing and earn no wage. Why work hard to earn things when you know others will just take them by force? Not many job opportunities exist in prison, and nobody wants to hire someone with a serious criminal record. Nobody wants to open a store where they lose more money in theft than they make in sales. And nobody wants to build a business of any kind where a mob will just burn in down.

    This narrative of excusing criminals because of poverty needs to die.

  8. I quote the Bible sparingly, but this latest round of evil leads me to do so. I don’t think we are living in the end times, but I do think the prophet might have something here.

    20
    Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil;
    Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;
    Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
    21
    Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes,
    And prudent in their own sight!

    25
    Therefore the anger of the Lord is aroused against His people;
    He has stretched out His hand against them
    And stricken them,
    And the hills trembled.
    Their carcasses were as refuse in the midst of the streets.
    For all this His anger is not turned away,
    But His hand is stretched out still.
    26
    He will lift up a banner to the nations from afar,
    And will whistle to them from the end of the earth;
    Surely they shall come with speed, swiftly.
    27
    No one will be weary or stumble among them,
    No one will slumber or sleep;
    Nor will the belt on their loins be loosed,
    Nor the strap of their sandals be broken;
    28
    Whose arrows are sharp,
    And all their bows bent;
    Their horses’ hooves will [m]seem like flint,
    And their wheels like a whirlwind.
    29
    Their roaring will be like a lion,
    They will roar like young lions;
    Yes, they will roar
    And lay hold of the prey;
    They will carry it away safely,
    And no one will deliver.
    30
    In that day they will roar against them
    Like the roaring of the sea.
    And if one looks to the land,
    Behold, darkness and [n]sorrow;
    And the light is darkened by the clouds.

    Isaiah 5:20-21, 25-30

  9. Mayor Sorace, and lots of others just like her, rationalizing the emotional childishness of these protesters/rioters is signature significant, these people are dumb-ass enablers.

    “Teaching our youth that their emotions are the most important thing in decision making instills in them that their emotions trump critical thinking and this leads directly to a delusional based reality created by emotions running amok in the psyche.”

    Emotional Childishness is a Societal Cancer

    I know it’s a bit defeatist but after the societal changes I’ve seen in the last twenty years I’ve really lost hope that our society will recover from all this irrational emotionalism within my lifetime. It’s infected so much of our society and permeated the thinking of so many people that I think it’s going to take a few generations to correct. I think far too many parents in the generation(s) between 50 and 75, and society as a whole, have failed follow up generations by not properly teaching their children how to instill logic, reason and respect in their children and we’re now just starting to reap the consequences of our own failures. Yes, I think this is just the beginning. Does anyone really think the behaviors we’re seeing are going to just fade away? Remember; the irrational people protesting, rioting and those openly rationalizing these behaviors are going to be or are already parents, what’s that got to say about the future of our society?

    I think we are on the cusp of a new reality dominated by emotionally driven irrational thinking adults and it’s going to be a long hard ride to come out with rationally thinking people on the other side.

  10. Last week 50 people shot 15 dead in Baltimore.

    Why are these mayors and city council people who quickly blame police NOT calling out these thugs whose presence in their cities puts the lives of law enforcement officers and the public at serious risk. I call that cowardice. I suppose it is because all those broken hearts don’t bleed real blood

  11. Shocked—-Shocked!—That There Would Be Violent Protests Over An Unambiguously Justified Police Shooting

    Okay, I confess. I’m not shocked.

    I’m not even surprised.

    It has been obvious for years that a critical mass of protesters/demonstrators/rioters who have repeatedly inflicted their outrage on communities across the country are not doing so because of any reasonable and responsible desire to obtain police reform or address legitimate racial injustice issues. Responsible protests are based on facts, and the majority of the Black Lives Matter-triggered protests, inevitably endorsed by the Democratic Party, have neither waited for the facts to be determined nor cared what they were once they were determined. The objective is to create division, intensify racial hate, intimidate the community to promote concessions and capitulation, to gain power for extreme left and other activist groups, and to do harm.

    What’s shocking to me is that “our society has morphed its thinking so badly into the abyss of “accepting” that this kind of violence was inevitable and not surprising!”

    How Continuous Rioting Morphs the Thinking of Society

    We are adapting to a new reality.

    I rest my case.

  12. Lancaster, PA, has long had a terrible reputation for police mistreating it’s minority population. You know, it’s actually called Compton, PA! The white people there actually call people of color niggers with attitude!

      • A few years ago, when the call for body cameras went out, I knew it wouldn’t change anything. People who don’t care about due process when there are no body cameras won’t care about due process when there are. Facts Don’t Matter to these folks.

        • Agreed, A.M. I just thought it was worth pointing out. Obligatory body cameras also enrich the companies providing and maintaining the cameras. But of course, the police are to be defunded.

  13. I think all first responders, nationwide, should pick a certain day and stand down. After all, that’s what these mayors tell them to do anyway. Let’s see what happens when you can’t get the police to stop someone coming into your house and robbing you blind or your ex from beating you black and blue, and you can’t get an ambulance for a loved one having a heart attack, and no firemen come when your house is about to go up in flames. Let’s see what happens when that water main breaks or that power line goes and no one can repair it because no one will direct traffic around it, or you can’t get anywhere because the bus and train terminals, the ports, and the airports have to shut down.

    For all their apparent well-fundedness, I haven’t seen BLM, much less antifa, help anyone or make anyone’s life better. They’ll spend millions to get signs printed, transport rioters wherever something questionable happens, buy bricks to smash windows with, and so on. Have they spent any of that money providing meals to underprivileged kids, or creating scholarships to send black students to college, or renting or building better housing, or just giving grants to get people out of “generational poverty?” Do you see any folks with “Black Lives Matter” shirts and clipboards in the ruins of Kenosha and Minneapolis, overseeing aid to the folks whose homes and businesses were destroyed? Do you see black workers showing up to help rebuild? Do you see Freedom House ambulance corps popping up in black and depressed areas? You don’t. That would be doing positive stuff, and doing for themselves what the white folks won’t do for them, and then where’s their grievance?

    • This phenomenon reminds me of the tsunami in Indonesia. I couldn’t help wondering where was Al Qaida? How much relief did they provide to a predominantly Muslim nation in its time of need? Where were their aircraft carriers and hospital ships and helicopters? Why were the mother of all evil and its taxpayers there and Al Qaida was MIA?

      • More to the point, where were the oil-rich Gulf kingdoms? Where was the would-be regional power Iran? One of the Five Pillars of Islam is almsgiving. Our own efforts were an attempt to persuade the locals to choose “brand USA” over “brand Jihad,” but I don’t know how far we got.

    • Actually Steve having law enforcement across the nation engage in a total stand down for several days. They can announce when it will start but not when it will end. That is what will shock the public back to reality. At this point, I believe it has come to this. Law enforcement mean all including federal agents.

      Funny how life can imitate art. Anyone ever see The Purge. Conceptually, elected persons create a night when nothing is illegal so the people can vent.

    • You also dont see them helping people get government issued photo id’s so they can fully participate in a modern economy and making the issue of voter id moot.

  14. Wow, I feel Lucky to have visited Lancaster, PA a few years back – beautiful B&B, wonderful hosts. Beautiful countryside around there. A lot of wisdom, lived authentically, in them-thar Amish.

  15. Not on point, but as many Ethics Alarmists know, our son is a competitive swimmer. The governing body is USA Swim. Look what they announced today:

    USA Swimming Announces Formation of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council and Black Leadership in Aquatics Coalition

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Swimming, the national governing body for swimming in the United States, is proud to announce the formation of two diverse leadership groups developed as part of a long-term action plan to provide expertise and strategic guidance to USA Swimming staff and swimming leaders regarding diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

    The 22-member DEI Council is comprised of athletes, parents, coaches, volunteers, and non-members representing diverse races, ethnicities, abilities, and LGBTQ+ people that make up USA Swimming’s membership. Its purpose is to bring together a group of diverse individuals to consult, deliberate and provide strategic DEI feedback to USA Swimming. The Black Leadership in Aquatics Coalition, also known as Team BLAC, consists of former and current USA Swimming National Team athletes and is chaired by 2004 Olympic silver medalist Maritza McClendon. Team BLAC’s mission is to be the aquatics leaders of the Black voice and to impact the sport of swimming through exposure, resources, and mentorship.

    “USA Swimming’s internal DEI team has been operating for more than a decade, focused on serving, supporting and highlighting under-represented swimming communities across the country,” USA Swimming Managing Director of Sport Development Joel Shinofield said. “We value having experienced and impassioned voices to help guide our efforts and very much look forward to working with all these individuals to further our initiatives.”

    McClendon, the first Black woman to make a U.S. Olympic Swim team, added: “We are glad USA Swimming is taking the initiative to lean on, and hear from, its Black athletes as they tackle the need for actionable change to address why Black people continue to be underrepresented in the sport of swimming. While there has been a positive impact on the drowning statistics plaguing the Black communities, there has been a very slow change in the percentage of Black members in USA Swimming.”

    The DEI Council will operate similarly to other USA Swimming National Committees, and appointees will serve one- to four-year terms. The council will also include representation from USA Swimming staff, and USA Swimming and USA Swimming Foundation’s Boards of Directors. McClendon will sit on the DEI Council as Team BLAC’s representative, and the targeted goal is to develop additional individual focused groups. An internal staff DEI group was also developed to focus on USA Swimming staff culture and education.

    The lists of members are available only at:

    DEI Council: https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/diversity-inclusion/dei-councils/dei-council-final.pdf
    Team BLAC: https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/diversity-inclusion/dei-councils/team-blac_final.pdf

    For more information on USA Swimming’s DEI efforts, please visit https://www.usaswimming.org/resource-center/diversity-equity-inclusion or email inclusion@usaswimming.org.

    Keep up with all the latest USA Swimming news by following @usaswimming on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

      • Yep. This should drive everyone crazy:

        “The Black Leadership in Aquatics Coalition, also known as Team BLAC, consists of former and current USA Swimming National Team athletes and is chaired by 2004 Olympic silver medalist Maritza McClendon. Team BLAC’s mission is to be the aquatics leaders of the Black voice and to impact the sport of swimming through exposure, resources, and mentorship.”

        and

        McClendon also said, ” . . . While there has been a positive impact on the drowning statistics plaguing the Black communities, there has been a very slow change in the percentage of Black members in USA Swimming.”

        According to USA Swimming’s website, the Cultural Inclusion Resource Guides identify different cultural information, pillars of the sport and different programming that can be used to reach out to various multi-cultural groups.

        Guides are offered for the following groups:

        Asian American Resource Guide
        African American Resource Guide
        Hispanic-Latino Resource Guide- English
        Hispanic-Latino Resource Guide- Spanish
        LGBTQ Resource Guide
        Native American Resource Guide

        Head, meet wall. Repeat.

        jvb

    • Seems to me that inclusion in competitive swimming is a function of speed and stamina in the pool and nothing else.

      What team would sacrifice the ability to win simply to exclude someone? If anyone wants to say it happens please name the team rather than simply say it happens.

      • Agreed. Swimming is a weird sport, though. It is a team sport based on individual performance.
        The closest comparison is track and field. Swimming has to compete with football, basketball, baseball, soccer,and track and field. There is not much college scholarship money available and, unless you are a superstar (Lidecky [sp?], Lochte, or Phelps, you aren’t getting a free ride. Additionally, besides the Olympics, where do you go after college? There is no real “pro” swimming, a la the NFL. MLB, NBA, NHL, etc. As a kiddo, you can play football, baseball or soccer virtually in any open space.
        Not so with swimming. If you are serious about it, you have to go to clubs with regulation pools. So, where is the draw for these supposed disenfranchised minorities?

        • It seems to me that the logical conclusion to equality of outcomes is that there will need to be a department to assign people to various jobs to achieve all the necessary goals of inclusion. I suppose it will no longer need to pay premium wages to get labor for undesirable and dangerous jobs. When all those white liberal tenured college professors are told the will be displaced to ensure proportional inclusion they might see the light.

  16. Boy, that clip from “Casablanca” is hilarious. Maybe when he renames Ethics Alarms, Jack can call it “Rick’s Cafe.” In the meantime, I guess we’ll always have Ethics Alarms. To keep us sane.

  17. Believe me, the police wish more than anyone that there was some organization other than the police responsible for dealing with violent and potentially violent mentally ill subjects. As a deputy sheriff, I personally served dozens of involuntary commitment orders from local courts. There were few calls that were approached with as much dread and trepidation. Serving these orders often involved resistance and the use of force. One of the worst physical fights I was ever in was during the process of serving a commitment order on a violent mental patient who was off his meds and had thrown his wife and children out of the house while the commitment order was being processed. When my partner and I arrived at the home, the subject, who had been through this process before, met us on the porch. We explained that we had a court order to take him for a psychiatric examination, trying to keep things low key and even telling him that if the doctor said it was okay we would give him a ride back home. He looked us both over (we were big guys) and said,”They only sent two of you?” In the blink of an eye he made a dive at my partner and the fight was on. My partner and I fought this guy for ten intense minutes (it seemed like an hour) in his front yard. This was way before Tasers, and our CS spray had no effect, so it was baton strikes, pressure points and upper body strength that carried the day. The hard part was, as always, not in just taking the person into custody; but in taking an actively resisting person into custody without seriously injuring them. We finally got the guy trapped against the ground long enough to get him cuffed and shackled. We delivered him to the hospital without further incident. His wife, who witnessed the whole thing, thanked us for not killing him. In the aftermath, we admitted to each other that we were thinking if he had taken a baton away from either of us, we would have had to shoot him. We considered ourselves very lucky. If he had been armed with a knife, I have no doubt he would have been shot.

    • It’s times like this I almost wish the rules were a little looser, and think it’s perfectly ok to administer an NYPD Blue/Chicago PD beatdown. However we both know why that’s not possible. I also know I’d make a terrible cop, because if I’m disrespected I sometimes go zero to crazy in six seconds, and wouldn’t hesitate to brain someone with a baton, pistol-whip him, knee him in the groin like Andy Sipowicz (Ya got your green card? Here’s something they DON’T teach you in civics class!), or smash his hand with a pool cue like Hank Voight.

  18. It seems to me that the logical conclusion to equality of outcomes is that there will need to be a department to assign people to various jobs to achieve all the necessary goals of inclusion. I suppose it will no longer need to pay premium wages to get labor for undesirable and dangerous jobs. When all those white liberal tenured college professors are told the will be displaced to ensure proportional inclusion they might see the light.

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