1. Another day, another police shooting where the black victim entirely brought his fate upon himself, resulting in, of course, another protest. This time the episode was in San Bernardino, California. An officer was dispatched at 11:16 p.m. in response a 911 call about a man jumping on cars in a parking lot. He’s “really drunk and he’s waving around a gun…and he’s just going crazy,” the caller told the police dispatcher. She described him as a black man with a white shirt and black shorts.
As soon as police learned he was black, they might as well have replied, “Sorry. He’s your problem.”
Body camera video shows the officer approaching Matthew Bender, who fits the description by the 911 caller. The police officer pulls out his gun and tells Bender, “Let me see your hands.” Bender raises his hands briefly and then puts them back on his side, walking away from the officer and telling the cop, “Man, I’m going to the store.” The officer holsters his gun away and attempts to apprehend Bender, who tells him, “Don’t touch me!” The police officer wrestles Bender to the ground and tells him, “Stop fighting, dude.” Bender is seen on video reaching for an item in his waistband that appears to be a handgun. As both men get up from the ground, and the officer draws his weapon and fires four shots at Bender, which proved fatal. A loaded, unregistered pistol was found on the suspect, who had a criminal record going back 17 years, , with arrests attempted murder, false imprisonment, domestic violence, theft and possession of narcotics. Shortly after the incident was reported, demonstrators shouting, “Abolish the police!” “Defund the police!” and “Fuck the police!” took to the streets, blocking an intersection and attacking vehicles.
The policy the demonstrators in these episodes want is one where the police are defenseless, arrests are impossible, and black skin ensures immunity from law enforcement. This is neither just, fair, nor rational.
2. Give hate a chance. Hate is in, as you know: the Democrats are depending on it, and little else, to bring them victory next month. A website called BestLife developed a formula for determining the “most hated states,” ranked from least hated to most hated. Who hates a state? I’ve been in 48 of them plus the District, and I like some more than others, but hating a state seems pathological to me. I assume the calculations preceded the George Floyd Freakout, because Washington, Oregon and Minnesota come out far too positively in light of their behavior since June. And why is Oklahoma the fourth most hated state?
3. I hereby declare this much less serious than masturbating on camera during a Zoom meeting. The San Antonio Express-News reported Friday that it had obtained two photos that showed San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood posing next to a naked woman lying on a table whose body is partly covered by flowers, leaves, and…. Sushi. Hood was not in uniform. Now the episode, which apparently occurred during another firefighter’s birthday party, is under review.
City Manager Erik Walsh told the media, “We all have to be aware that our actions outside of the workplace — good, bad or otherwise — reflect on the organization we represent.”
Hood, who has been fire chief since 2007, offered a lousy apology, saying “I certainly didn’t intend to offend anyone, and if I did, I sincerely apologize.” He doesn’t get it. The issue isn’t “offending” anyone. The issue is whether a key leader in the community whose judgment and values must be trusted by the public undermines his effectiveness and engenders distrust by being photographed eating sushi off of naked women.
4. When I heard the President word “coyotes”, I immediately thought, “I wonder how many knee-jerk Trump-haters will make asses of themselves over this.” The answer was, “quite a lot.” David Hogg, who is on a path to have his credibility completely destroyed before he’s 25, took offense, writing, “Imagine calling the immigrant parents that bring their children to the United States for a better life ‘Coyotes.'” A bunch are listed here, like “I’ve seen a lot of coyotes here in SoCal but I’ve never seen one carrying a kid.” Dar’shun Kendrick, a Democratic state representative from Georgia, tweeted,
“Did @realDonaldTrump just say 545 kids they can’t find their parents for came over through “cartels and coyotes”?! How the hell does a coyote bring a whole human across the border?! Lord—–stop talking.”
No, the President wasn’t calling Mexicans animals.
I do wonder if he used the word just to trap the Deranged. That would be unethical.