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Isn’t Politics Fun? No. But Sometimes It’s Pretty Funny! Bwa-ha-ha ha-ha!. by The Elephant's Child

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According to The Washington Examiner’s Paige Winfield Cunningham, “Congress typically approves election-year Supreme Court nominations.” According to The Federalist’s Gabriel Malor, “There’s Ample Precedent for Rejecting Lame Duck Supreme Court Nominees.”

According to New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, a ‘powerful member of the Democratic leadership’ Senate Republicans should follow the example Democrats set with Anthony Kennedy and help President Obama fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. Appearing today on This Week, Schumer Warned Republicans not to follow Senate Majority Leader “Over the cliff” and refuse votes on any Obama nominee.

Senator McConnell, Schumer said, “doesn’t even know who the president’s going to propose and he said, ‘no we’re not having hearings, were not going to go forward to lead the Supreme Court vacant at 300 days in a divided time.”

“We Democrats didn’t do this,” Schumer said.”We voted 97 – 0 for Justice Kennedy in the last year of Reagan’s term.

Senator Charles Schumer in July, 2007: “No George W. Bush nominee to the Supreme Court should be approved, except in extraordinary circumstances.” Nineteen months before a new president was set to be inaugurated.

“Schumer cited ideological reasons for the delay.”

“They must prove by actions, not words, that they are in the mainstream rather than we have to prove that they are not,” Schumer said at the time.



Happy Valentine’s Day! by American Elephant
February 14, 2016, 7:28 pm
Filed under: Pop Culture | Tags: ,

Happy Valentines Day!

Being of the male of the species, I’ve never much understood the importance some place on the holiday. Let’s face it, Valentines Day is nothing more than a concoction of the greeting-card industry to promote the sales of schmaltzy valentines. And as a holiday, its kind or a rip-off — if even the most perfectly executed Valentine’s Day gesture doesn’t excuse one from being romantic the rest of the year, then, really, what’s the point?

That said, I should point out that Elephants are known to be very partial to chocolate truffles.



What if the Claims Of The Black Lives Matter Movement are Plain Fiction? by The Elephant's Child

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Five American police officers have been killed in just the last four days. All were killed in the line of duty. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund said that at least three other U.S. law enforcement officers died from gunfire in the line of duty just this year, and we’re not even halfway through February. Abingdon, Maryland; Fargo, North Dakota; Grand Junction, Colorado; and Riverdale, Georgia.

One hundred and twenty four officers died in the line of duty last year —more than two each week.

A television ad for Hillary Clinton’s campaign that is now airing in South Carolina shows Hillary declaring that “too many encounters with law enforcement end tragically.” She adds later “We have to face up to the hard truth of injustice and systemic racism.”

Bernie Sanders tweeted dramatically about “fighting hard to end racism and reform our broken criminal justice system.” Then he went on ‘the View’ and said “It is not acceptable to see unarmed people being shot by police officers.” Apparently candidates believe that building on the propaganda of the Black Lives Matter movement is the appropriate way to court minority voters.

Heather MacDonald is a recognized expert in matters dealing with policing, with crime, and with the criminal justice system in general and distinguishing fact from fiction. She says:

But what if the Black Lives Matter movement is based on fiction? Not just the fictional account of the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., but the utter misrepresentation of police shootings generally.

To judge from Black Lives Matter protesters and their media and political allies, you would think that killer cops pose the biggest threat to young black men today. But this perception, like almost everything else that many people think they know about fatal police shootings, is wrong.

The Washington Post has been gathering data on fatal police shootings over the past year to try to correct acknowledged deficiencies in the federal counts.

Fatal police shootings make up a much bigger proportion of white and Hispanic homicide deaths than black deaths. In 2015, officers killed 662 whites and Hispanics, and 258 blacks. The majority of the victims of police shootings were attacking the officer often with a gun. It is also a myth that white officers are particularly prone to shoot innocent blacks.

A March 2015 report on the Philadelphia Police Department found that black and Hispanic officers were much more likely than white officers to shoot blacks based on the mistaken belief that a civilian is armed. A study of crime scenes where gunfire is involved in 2015, found that black officers in the New York City Police Department were 3.3 times more likely to discharge their weapons than other officers at the scene. There were 6,095 black homicide deaths in 2014, compared with 5,397 homicide deaths of whites and Hispanics combined.

Blacks make up roughly 15 percent of the population, but are 26 percent of police-shooting victims. But as residents of poor black neighborhoods know, violent crimes are disproportionately committed by blacks. The Black Lives Matter movement has been effective in encouraging attacks on the police, which in turn makes policemen reluctant to police black neighborhoods. And a notable consequence is that fewer young men are ready to sign up for the police academy and police work.

Of course there are some bad cops, there are some bad teachers, there  are poor performers in every profession. But police officers sign on to protect the citizens, knowing that they may face danger or death every day, and they just want to be able to go home at night. And the “Black Lives Matter” movement is not quite what you think it is, and not quite what they pretend to be.

 




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