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About a year and a half ago, President Obama went to Mexico and blasted the US media for printing unflattering “sensational headlines” about such an advanced and civilized country (hence my tiresome series on the pervasive and persistent violence in Mexican society, “Sensational Headline Watch”).

I guess whatever he was smoking then, the Mexican president did not see fit to bring to the White House yesterday:

While critics protested outside the White House, President Barack Obama pledged to help Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto “eliminate the scourge and violence of drug cartels” like that suspected in the disappearance of 43 Mexican students.

Peña Nieto made his first visit to Washington Tuesday, accompanied by several Cabinet members, to tout his economic reforms such as the opening of the its oil and gas industry to private investment.

But his legislative feats have been overshadowed by the violence against 43 students, some whose bodies were said to have been later incinerated, and criticism of how his administration has handled the investigation of the students’ disappearance.

Mexican federal agents have arrested dozens of people, including the mayor of Iguala, Mexico, his wife and police. Detainees confessed they murdered the 43 kidnapped students and burned their bodies. But, the victims’ families have demanded more evidence, and that the students be found.

Yeah, they’ll find ‘em right after they bring back the Chibok girls. Don’t you worry about that.

Want to see a scourge or two?

New recruits to a vicious Mexican drug cartel were forced to eat the hearts of murder victims in a twisted scheme to prove their loyalty, officials said.

Hopefuls who wanted to join La Familia Michoacana were reportedly fed the internal organs during gruesome initiation ceremonies designed to roof out infiltrators or other disloyal elements.

Witnesses told government security bosses how La Familia, and offshoot an offshoot group called the Knights Templar, would also sometimes force potential cartel members to dismember victims while they were still alive.

Whoa. What would Octavio Paz say about that?

I’ll tell you what Frida Kahlo would say: string ‘em up.

An accused thief was beaten to death by a mob in central Mexico after the furious crowd caught him and three accomplices, including a pregnant woman and a teenager, robbing a home.

A crowd of some 100 people discovered the four allegedly robbing electronics at a home in the town of Tehuacan, in the state of Puebla.

The residents seized the four — two men, a male teenager one woman said to be pregnant — and stripped them.

The woman, who said she was pregnant, was ‘struck in the face’ while the teenager was tied by his hands and feet and beat up, local reports say.

He suffered wounds to his abdomen, legs, back and head.

‘We warned them of what would happen if they returned to rob from us,’ local neighbors, who said they were tired of thieves after a recent string of robberies, told local newspaper Excelsior.

Naturally, I deplore this behavior. It will only drive the robbers to jump the border and come here, where we reward them with driver’s licenses. I don’t care how badly run most DMVs and RMVs are: they beat a lynching.

Some of them.


Two Boston Cops Attacked

I’m back from a peaceful, lovely trip to my favorite country, and the first thing I notice is that the police in Boston are being assaulted.

Two Boston police officers were hospitalized after they were kicked, punched, and choked by six teenagers related to a person they were arresting, authorities said.

The officers, a woman and a man, went to an apartment in the city’s Roxbury neighborhood on Monday morning to serve a warrant on a 19-year-old man for defaulting on court appearances, the Boston Herald reported.

Seven people were arrested in all, including the person police were originally seeking, Woobenson Morrisset.

Mayor Martin Walsh stressed the assault was not related to rising national tensions over police conduct following the killings of unarmed men in Missouri and New York City.

Morrisset, and 18-year-old Lorcen Morrisset, who is accused of participating in the attack, are scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. It’s not known if either has a lawyer.

The other teens, a 17-year-old boy and girls ages 13, 14, 15, and 16, face assault and battery on a police officer and other charges in juvenile court.

When the officers found Woobenson Morrisset in a rear stairwell, he attacked them, according to the police report.

Police Commissioner William Evans told WBZ-AM that as the officers were about to handcuff Morrisset, residents of two apartments came to his aid and “kicked, punched, and choked” the officers.

Of course this has absolutely nothing to do with the leftist encouragement to attack police officers. Nothing at all. Just a random event, an anecdote. Probably shouldn’t have mentioned it.

– Aggie


Nice Oil Field You Got Here, Señor

Shame if something happened to it:

As Mexico opens its energy sector to private investors after 76 years of government monopoly, one of the biggest hurdles for foreign companies coming here isn’t geology, regulation or finding skilled workers. It’s the vicious drug cartels that virtually control the parts of northern Mexico where experts say there are big deposits of shale oil and gas.

“I’m afraid oil companies coming to Mexico will have to worry about insecurity as much as about drilling,” said Carlos Elizondo, an energy expert recently appointed to the board of former state monopoly Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex.

Chris Faulkner, the founder of Dallas-based Breitling Energy , which produces shale gas in South Texas and elsewhere, adds that “there are a lot of challenges with companies coming to Mexico because of security concerns.”

Geokinetics workers say they have come across human remains while doing exploratory work in the brush near the company’s base camp. Last year, two company engineers were kidnapped before being rescued by federal police and Mexican marines.

In 2012, an entire eight-man crew from a private Mexican oil-service firm went missing while working on well heads down river from Nuevo Laredo, according to media reports at the time. Neither the company nor Mexico’s government ever commented on the disappearance.

A young female engineer working for another service company in the Chicontepec oil basin in the coastal state of Veracruz was raped several months ago by a gang, according to two service contractors with direct knowledge of the incident who asked not to be named.

And, in the six years between January 2008 and March 2014, 12 Pemex workers were kidnapped, according to a document from the attorney general’s office obtained through Mexico’s transparency institute.

That doesn’t quite fit President Obama’s portrayal of Mexico as the Athenian Republic, with serapes in place of togas. Why would you police a border against such people?

Since late 2006, some 100,000 Mexicans have been killed in drug-related homicides and an additional 22,000 have gone missing. While drug-related homicides appear to have declined in the past two years, other crimes such as extortion and kidnapping have risen.

That’s almost the population of Hartford, CT murdered or missing in eight years. Not my cup of tequila.


Have Yourself a Very Detroit Christmas

Get in a gunfight…

A man dressed as Santa is in custody after shooting two people early Sunday morning at a Detroit gas station.

The unidentified victims – both 29-year-old men – were reportedly recovering after the shooting.

Detroit police officer Adam Madera told CBS Detroit that the man dressed as Santa had reason to believe the situation was going to escalate.

‘An individual who was dressed as Santa and two other individuals got into some kind of confrontation,; he said. ‘Two of the individuals went to their vehicle; they believe that Santa felt maybe that they were going to get a weapon. He then shot these individuals.’

Who else would know who’s naughty or nice?


Vox Pol

The cops have had their say (see below); what about the politicians?

The mayor’s office later issued a statement responding to the PBA, saying, “It’s unfortunate that in a time of great tragedy, some would resort to irresponsible, overheated rhetoric that angers and divides people. Mayor de Blasio understands this is the time when we must come together to support the families and friends of those brave officers New York City lost tonight – and the entire NYPD community.”

De Blasio had the chance to be the bigger man—and punted it like Ray Guy on steroids.

Anyone else? Of course:

“I have instructed our attorneys last night, I have began receiving threatening phone calls and hate. I’ll play one because I’m turning this over to the FBI,” Sharpton said at a press conference with Garner’s widow and mother in the aftermath of the execution-style murders of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu by Ismaaiyl Brinsley.

“The language is ‘hey N-word, stop killing innocent people, I’m going to get you,’ and I have several like this,” Sharpton said. “So we are now under intense threat.”

With respect, Reverend, while I condemn and such hate-speech, this isn’t about you. Rather it is about what you said, and how your mob of followers interpreted it. At least have the decency to own it. Same goes for the mayor.

PS: I wondered earlier in the day about Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley’s background:

Brinsley was Muslim and also went by Isaiah and Moses, Romero said, describing him as “a god-fearing person.”

That would be open to question.



I’ve been alluding to this in earlier posts, but let’s hear from some of New York’s finest after their cold-blooded execution of two of their own.

Former commissioner, Bernie Kerik:

With the exception of September 11th this takes me back to 1988, we had two officers killed on October 18th, this reminds me of the days back in the ’60s and ’70s when we faced executions of New York City cops. In this circumstance I believe, I personally feel, that Mayor de Blasio, [Al] Sharpton and others like them, they actually have blood on their hands. They encouraged this behavior. They encouraged protests. These so-called peaceful protests that, where people are standing out there saying “kill the cops,” well, I hope they’re happy, because they got what they wanted.

JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO, FOX NEWS: And what you’re referring to, of course, last Saturday’s protest on the Brooklyn Bridge. The so-called peaceful protest where the protestors yelled, “What do we want? dead cops. When do we want it? Now.”

KERIK: We want them now.

PIRRO: And then two New York City police lieutenants assaulted, mayor de blasio comes out and says they were allegedly assaulted. They weren’t allegedly assaulted; they were assaulted.

KERIK: They were assaulted, they were beaten, their radios were taken. It — you know, I’m numb. I am numb, and you have to question whether this man, Mayor de Blasio, can actually lead this city. You have to question that. You have to wonder, how can he lead the city?

Good question:

On FOX News’ Justice with Judge Jeanine, former NYPD detective Bo Dietl called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to resign after two NYPD officers were shot dead execution style in Brooklyn as they were sitting inside a patrol car.

“If you look online last week gangs were posting on websites about killing cops,” Dietl said to FOX News host Jeanine Pirro. “But this Gardner thing started this whole atmosphere. First of all, the Gardner incident was not a racist thing. There was a black sergeant on the scene. I don’t want to debate that now, but for them to take it and make it a racial thing, that this mayor, and I call the mayor Big Bird de Blasio because that’s exactly what he is.”

“I was at a promotion ceremony yesterday at One Police Plaza and he got two people clapping for him. This guy is a disgrace. He’s divided this country and this punk Sharpton here marching around last week with those demonstrations. ‘What do we want, dead cops?’ Well, they got two dead cops. And you now what? This guy went to Cuba in 1994. He should take his wife, de Blasio and go back to Cuba and live there,” Dietl also said.

Dietl was referring to the honeymoon de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray took in 1994 to Cuba, which violated a U.S. travel ban.

“He should resign tomorrow because he can not do the job and my officers are out there. My cops — I went by the [Rockefeller Plaza Christmas] tree. I went by the tree before. These guys are incensed. They’re saying, ‘Bo, keep speaking, please, we freed [sic] a voice. We need a voice,'” Dietl said.

Here’s another voice:

PAT LYNCH, NYC PATROLMEN’S BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT: Today, this police department, this city and our country is in shock and mourning. Starting today, there’s two families of hero police officers that became part of the NYPD family. Every police officer that lined these streets today with sadness in their eyes to show respect as we carried two hero police officers out of this hospital. We will shoulder the burden for these families each and every day for the rest of their lives. Generations of police officers will know their names and hold them close to their hearts and educate our children about the sacrifice they made.

There’s blood on many hands tonight. Those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protests, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did every day. We tried to warn, it must not go on, it cannot be tolerated. That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor.

Starting today, we started the mourning for our brother police officers. They’re heroes, they’re fathers, they’re brothers, they’re children. That’s the men we lost today. So, starting in the next couple of hours and going for a number of days, New York City police officers, through their sadness, will straighten their shoulders, stiffen their backs and mourn for these families. We’ll mourn for our city, and we’ll mourn for our brothers. When these funerals are over, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable. We ask every person in the city to bow their heads tonight and pray for our families, the families of our lost police officers, their families and the family of every police officer on patrol today who’s in danger.

This was a cold-blooded assassination like we haven’t seen before. So, as I said, we’ll straighten our shoulders, we’ll stiffen our backs, and we’ll wipe our tears. But when these funerals are over, we’ll raise our heads, and those that allowed this to go on will be held accountable.

Sometimes, the obvious occurs only after the fact. Cops may be armed and trained, but they are sitting ducks. They wear uniforms and ID badges, they drive in marked cars, they face investigations up the wazoo if they should ever have to draw their gun and fire.

As Ismaaiyl Brinsley demonstrated, you can execute them at your leisure.

Order his t-shirt now!

Another voice heard, another finger pointed:

Former New York Gov. George Pataki pegged the shootings of two Brooklyn police officers today on the “divisive, anti-cop rhetoric” of Attorney General Eric Holder and New York City mayor Bill DiBlasio.

Pataki, a Republican who is considering a run for president, tweeted:

Sickened by these barbaric acts, which sadly are a predictable outcome of divisive anti-cop rhetoric of #ericholder & #mayordeblasio. #NYPD.

By blaming Holder, Pataki would appear to be stopping just short of pointing the finger at President Obama.

I think we can read between the hashtags.

America’s mayor:

“We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox News early Sunday. “The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all of them lead to a conclusion: The police are bad, the police are racist. That is completely wrong.”

“I think it goes to far to blame the mayor for the murder or to ask for the mayor’s resignation,” Giuliani said.

“I feel bad the mayor,” Giuliani continued. “He must be heartbroken over the loss of two police officers. I can’t believe this is what he wanted. I don’t he’s a bad man in any way.”

But, Giuliani said, de Blasio is “pursuing the wrong policies” and should not have given protesters demonstrating against the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown as much leeway.

“I don’t think it goes too far to say the mayor did not properly police the protests,” Giuliani said. “He allowed the protesters to take over the streets. He allowed them to hurt police officers, to commit crimes, and he didn’t arrest them. And when you do that, similar to what happened in Crown Heights, you create a great riot. He should have known better. For that he has to take accountability.”


They Can’t Breathe (Anymore) [UPDATED] [AGAIN]

The head of the NYPD union suggested Mayor Bill De Blasio would not be welcome at any police funerals after his remarks critical of the force.

Here’s his chance:

A blue wall of silently seething police officers turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio Saturday night — literally.

As the mayor and his entourage snaked through a jammed third-floor corridor at Woodhull Hospital, where two officers had been pronounced dead just hours earlier, scores of grieving cops faced the walls — and away from the leader they believe has failed them.

Earlier, de Blasio approached a cluster of cops at the Brooklyn Hospital and offered, “We’re all in this together.”

“No we’re not,” an officer replied tersely, according to a cop who witnessed the icy scene.

The rank-and-file’s anger at the mayor was palpable citywide.

“It’s f–king open season on us right now,” one officer said. “When is he going to step up?”

Speaking moments after the bodies of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were driven away, as hundreds of cops stood at somber attention, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said, “There’s blood on many hands tonight.”

“That blood…starts on the steps of City Hall, in the Office of the Mayor,” he said.

Many cops said they blame deBlasio for helping to create a climate of distrust in cops that has turned them into targets.

They pointed to Hizzoner just last week calling an assault by Brooklyn Bridge protesters on two NYPD lieutenants an ­“alleged” assault, even as dramatic video of the attack emerged.

De Blasio revealed in an ABC News interview earlier this month that he and First Lady Chirlane McCray had instructed their biracial son, Dante, about the “dangers” that police pose.

New Yorkers have learned perhaps a little later than the rest of us that elections have consequences. Your sicko mayor made no secret of who he was, and still you elected him. May you choke on the consequences.

Speaking of choking:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s oldest son Zach was the victim of a strong-arm robbery near the family’s North Side Chicago home Friday night. According to a police report obtained by the Chicago Tribune, the robbery took place around 10 p.m., when two men approached the 17-year-old

Emanuel as he was walking down the street.

One of the robbers then:

“…placed his arm around the victim’s neck in a rear chokehold,” and the second one struck the teen with a fist, knocking him to the ground. The robbers took the teen’s cellphone and patted him down, the police report said.

“The offenders then asked the victim, ‘What else you got?’ (and) forced the victim to enter his security code to unlock the phone,” the police report said.

The robbers then ran away. The teen was treated for cuts and bruises on his face by a personal physician at his home, according to the report.

It was not reported whether young Zach could breathe.

PS: Fear not. The President is on the case:

President Barack Obama was briefed on the ambush killing of two NYPD cops while on the golf course in Hawaii this afternoon, according to the White House press pool report.

“The President has been briefed on the Brooklyn police shooting. White House officials continue to monitor the situation,” reported Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee.

Obama endured harsh criticism for golfing minutes after issuing a statement on the beheading of James Foley at the hands of Muslim militants in September.

“You know, it is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation because you’re followed everywhere. There’s always going to be some tough news somewhere,” Obama said. “I should have anticipated the optics.”

Optics? What optics?

Miraculously, this guy can still breathe:

A third cop narrowly escaped with his life Saturday night when a suspect pointed a gun directly at the officer’s head and pulled the trigger in The Bronx — not realizing it was empty.

Cops went to East 140th Street in Mott Haven at 9 p.m. on reports of a man shooting out windows with a.357 caliber revolver. They spotted the suspect, identified as Raymond Leonardo, 18, and ordered him to drop the gun. Instead, he took point blank aim at one of the officers, officials said.

When the gun didn’t work, he put it in his pocket and ran. Cops tackled him a few blocks away. “It looks like he used up all of his bullets’’ firing at the windows, a law-enforcement source said.

Note that, with their characteristic professionalism, the cops handled the deadly suspect with retraint [sic], merely tackling him after he tried to shoot at them.

Meanwhile, police sources told the newspaper about the continuing threats they are getting, including tweets like this one, posted after the assassination-style murders of Officers Wenjian Lu and Rafael Ramos by Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley: “Kill em all i’m on the way to NY now #shootthepolice 2 more going down tomorrow.”

I’m asking only out of curiosity, not insinuation, but were any Allahu Akbars shouted at the time of the shootings?

Misery loves company:

A Florida police officer was killed in a shooting early on Sunday, and a suspect was in custody, according to a sheriff’s office and local media reports.


As Ye Sow

So shall ye also reap:

Two New York City police officers were shot and killed ambush-style Saturday as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, according to two law enforcement sources.

Both officers were shot in the head, one of the sources said. Few other details were available.

They had been rushed to a hospital in critical condition, said police spokesman Sgt. Lee Jones.

The families of the fallen officers arrived at Woodhull Medical Center on Saturday afternoon, as dozens of police officers gathered in a show of support.

The alleged shooter was found dead in a nearby subway station from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a law enforcement official.

He got off too easy. I’ve heard of “suicide by cop”, in which the victim deliberately provokes the cops to kill him. But he’s not necessarily supposed to take anyone with him. In a less civilized society—were we ISIS, say—we would hang his corpse on a lamppost for the crows to pick at as a warning to others. Thank God we are who we are.

I was angry enough to ask rhetorically under my breath if Al Sharpton could be reached for comment.

He could:

I have spoken to the Garner family and we are outraged by the early reports of the police killed in Brooklyn today. Any use of the names of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, in connection with any violence or killing of police, is reprehensible and against the pursuit of justice in both cases.

We have stressed at every rally and march that anyone engaged in any violence is an enemy to the pursuit of justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown. We have been criticized at National Action Network for not allowing rhetoric or chanting of violence and would abruptly denounce it at all of our gatherings. The Garner family and I have always stressed that we do not believe that all police are bad, in fact we have stressed that most police are not bad.

We plan to hold a press conference in the morning to express our outraged and our condolences to the families and the police department. Details to follow.

He further tweeted:

I am outraged at the killing of 2 police officers in Brooklyn. That is why we stress non violence as the only way to fight for justice.

I do not hang on the Reverend’s every word, so I cannot refute his repeated assurances of absolute belief in nonviolence.

It would make a nice change.

PS: I suppose some could interpret the title of this post to apply to the police. If by sowing, one means the police in Ferguson and Staten Island responding to calls from civilians threatened enough to seek protection, only to find themselves called upon to use escalating—even fatal—force, yes, the police sowed what they later reaped. My intent was rather different. People like the Reverend Al, if perhaps not Al himself, loaded the gun used to execute these two cops, and handed it to their killer.

PPS: Thank God Obama is in Hawaii. I’d hate for this to ruin his vacation.


The Wages of Sin is Detroit

And your wages have been docked:

A published report says dozens of suspected killers, rapists and others who were arrested by Detroit police over the past four years have been released because of a backlog of unsigned warrants.

Among the unsigned warrants at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office are 21 for murder, including one going back to 2010, according to a report in the Detroit News. The newspaper says there are 105 for sexual assault and 126 for child abuse.

In most cases, police were forced to release the suspects, since the law requires that they can’t be held beyond 72 hours without being arraigned.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy says many of the releases are a result of too few employees in her office. She says the office has “lost half of our staff and it is no surprise that we are not able to fulfill our mandated functions with such drastic staff reductions.”

“It certainly is not surprising that this has impacted our ability to review and charge warrant requests presented to us,” Worthy said.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says he sympathizes with issues at the prosecutor’s office, but he has staffing challenges of his own.

“I can’t and won’t say I don’t have enough officers to do the job,” Craig said. “I don’t have the luxury of saying that. I have fewer officers today than when I got started, but I can’t say, ‘We don’t have enough people.’ That’s not an option.”

Meanwhile, Craig says, all his officers can do is continue to arrest suspects.

“Once we arrest them and submit a warrant request, it’s out of our hands,” he said.

They shouldn’t be that hard to find:

In 1950, Detroit was America’s fifth largest city and one of the most prosperous on the back of its booming motor industry.

It prompted the construction of skyscrapers on the banks of the river and the development of vast suburban housing projects in the surrounding areas.

But almost 55 years on, a dwindling motor industry and a dramatic fall in blue collar jobs has caused people to leave the Michigan city, abandoning their homes and businesses.

These aerial photos reveal the tiny urban island that is left – a clutter of high-rises surrounded by empty housing plots now covered in grass.

Detroit, once the industrial capital of the nation, was voted the most dangerous city in the country in 2012, for the fourth year in a row.

The city, left ravaged by dwindling blue-collar jobs, the decline of the auto industry and rising unemployment.

And corrupt, incompetent one-party rule, don’t forget!

With all that open space, many have suggested Detroit turn from cars to cows.

Or at least goats:

David and Sky Brown do not seem like the type of people who would be targeted by Detroit’s law enforcement. This summer the couple moved into the Motor City’s dangerous northwest area to help with revival efforts. After fixing an abandoned home, they opened a backyard pen with goats and chickens and began hosting neighborhood dinners, using the animals’ eggs and milk. They hoped to transform their decrepit block into a community farm.

But the city squelched the Browns. Without warning, animal-control officials entered their home on the afternoon of Oct. 22 and, citing a city law banning farm animals, confiscated their pets. In a phone interview, Mrs. Brown described this as “the most traumatic experience of my life.”

While housing livestock was technically illegal, the decision to target the Browns was odd. The couple had good neighborhood rapport, epitomizing the sort of urban pioneers that Detroit wishes to attract. The animals should have been a minor concern amid the city’s rampant crime. But the crackdown was one example of a broader regulatory sweep that has spread across Detroit and may kill its newfound entrepreneurial spirit.

Detroit is lawless, so it seems unfair to complain about them enforcing the law. But when murderers, rapists, and child molesters go free while goats remain in the can, that is a backward world in more ways than one.

And the goats may never go free:

Admitting she was ignorant of the law, Sky Brown, 34, said her initial goal was to get permission from the city to transfer the goats to a farm where they are legal so they wouldn’t e killed.

She said the animal control worker who itook them told her she’d never see the goats again.

Since, she’s heard varying stories from the Detroit Law Department about the disposition of the animals. At one point she was ensured they’d avoid the lethal needle and be moved to a farm.

But the latest she says comes from Doug Baker of the Legal Department.

Baker told her, to comply with federal law, the goats would have to be transferred to a USDA facility for scabies testing. After that, he indicated they might be euthanized.

Brown, who has a law degree and is scheduled to take the Michigan Bar exam this weekend, scoured the law books but couldn’t find anything referencing goat scabies testing.

The state was just issuing an “executive action”, like Obama. If the goats had been truly illegal, they’d be free to come out of the shadows now.


Black Lives Still Matter

Those still protesting the decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases say they won’t stop until things change.

Very well, neither will we:

Two men were killed and more than a dozen others, including a 15-year-old boy, were wounded since Friday in separate shootings on the city’s [Chicago] South and West sides, police said.

Around 7:03 p.m. Friday, a 28-year-old man was fatally shot while he sat in a vehicle on the 1300 block of North Springfield Avenue in the North Lawndale neighborhood, said Police News Affairs Officer Thomas Sweeney.

The man was in the vehicle with a female child when someone came up to the vehicle and began shooting, Sweeney said. He was shot in the head.

According to WGN TV, the man had a 3-year-old girl, who was possibly his daughter, on his lap at the time. The girl was not injured, Sweeney said.

The man was a documented gang member, police said.

Another fatal shooting happened shortly before 5 p.m. Friday on the 10400 block of South State Street in the Roseland neighborhood, Sweeney said.

Preliminary reports said a 26-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to his chest and side, and was pronounced dead at the scene, Sweeney said.

According to the reports, a vehicle pulled up to the victim and someone inside the vehicle fired several shots in the man’s direction. As of 6:30 p.m. Friday, no one was in custody.

Plenty more about the wounded if you care to read about them.

Meanwhile, in Houston:

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a deadly shooting that happened Friday at a shopping center in north Harris County

The shooting happened around 7:10 p.m. in the 15700 block of the North Freeway near Richey Street at a Movie Tavern, according to authorities.

Officials said that the victim was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital by LifeFlight where he later died. He has been identified as Jonnie Catling, 43.

Authorities say Catling’s wife was involved in a disturbance with another woman in the parking lot. Investigators say that when Catling tried to intervene, he was shot multiple times by an acquaintance of the woman.

Up to Portland, OR!

His family will tell you 17-year-old Labraye Franklin is not a stranger to street violence. His uncle, whose name we are omitting because of safety concerns, is a former gang member.

“I’ll put it like this, he’s very intelligent for his age and it’s because of people like us. I’ve done the gang thing. I’ve been shot. I’ve been stabbed,” Franklin’s uncle, who we will call “Tim” told KATU News.

“He’s a good kid. He is and it’s sad because it always happens to the good ones. It always happens to the good ones– The ones that trying to be something they also beat us up.”

Friday afternoon, a gunman opened fire outside Rosemary Anderson High School in North Portland. Franklin was one of four shooting victims. As of Friday evening, Franklin has been upgraded from serious to fair condition. Police say the shooting may be gang related.

Schenectady, anyone?

A 30-year-old mother was gunned down with her baby nearby on a busy city street Saturday afternoon in an apparent domestic dispute, police said.

Police identified the victim as Markia Booth. She also apparently went by Markia Harris and lived in the city.

Police Chief Brian Kilcullen late Saturday confirmed eyewitness accounts that Booth’s infant, who is only a few months old, was in or around the dark-colored sport utility vehicle when the woman was shot several times in the torso either inside or outside the vehicle on State Street near Elder Street in the Central State Street neighborhood.

Lastly, for now, back to our nation’s capital:

Police are searching for suspects after a 20-year-old man was shot outside of a restaurant in Fairfax County early Saturday morning, authorities said.

Fairfax County Police said the shooting happened around 2 a.m. in the parking lot of Safari Restaurant and Cafe located in the 5800 block of Columbia Pike in Falls Church. The lounge had nearly 100 people inside at the time, Fridays are typically the lounge’s busiest night of the week.

A car with several young men inside pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant and got out of the car.

The victim was parked in the back of the business when he was shot, police said.

The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Darnell Rashard Ford of Capital Heights, Md.

Ford was transported to Alexandria hospital with life-threatening injuries. Ford succumbed to his injuries Saturday afternoon, police said.

“I’m hurt that was my youngest child, it’s right before the holidays and someone had to kill my child,” Donna Ford, Darnell Ford’s mother, told WUSA9. Ford is also survived by a 5-year-old daughter.

A father at 15, dead by 20. Words fail me.

PS: Except for the Chicago deaths, I confirmed by visual identification that the victims were indeed black. As for the Chicago deaths, well, it’s Chicago. But I’ll make a note to confirm.

PPS: Might as well add one more.

Auburn University student Jakell Mitchell was shot and killed at an off-campus apartment complex overnight, police said Sunday.

The 18-year-old was a freshman football player, according to news website

No suspect is in custody, and police are investigating.



Not to make light of a violent crime, but I’m starting to feel violated myself:

Following the book’s release, some publications, including conservative websites Breitbart and Nation Review, sought to identify the Oberlin alumnus who raped the writer, using details from the book to narrow down the list of possible attackers.

Both Brietbart and National Review were led by their research to a man named Barry, who was a prominent campus Republican when Dunham attended the institution. They looked for men named Barry, since Dunham did not explicitly state that the attacker’s name was changed, as she did for other stories in the book.

The man Breitbart identified as ‘Barry One’ (to protect his real name) vehemently denied ever meeting Dunham, and says his reputation has now been tarnished because of the book.

He told the National Review that the experience of being connected to the attack was the ‘most unfortunate coincidence of my life’.

But in the Buzzfeed article published Tuesday, Dunham confirmed that ‘Barry’ was not the name of her attacker, and that she’s sorry someone else has been falsely tied to the crime.

‘To be very clear, “Barry” is a pseudonym, not the name of the man who assaulted me, and any resemblance to a person with this name is an unfortunate and surreal coincidence. I am sorry about all he has experienced.’

Dunham went on to explain her reason for writing about the rape, saying she never meant for her rapist to be identified and she does not plan to press charges.

‘Speaking out was never about exposing the man who assaulted me. Rather, it was about exposing my shame, letting it dry out in the sun.

‘I did not wish to be contacted by him or to open a criminal investigation. I am in a loving and peaceful place in my life and I am not willing to sacrifice any more of it for this person I do not know, aside from one night I will never forget. That is my choice.’

We’re happy for you, Lena, much as we wish we’d never heard of you.


You don’t explain why you all but named a real person in your exposing your shame. Actually, you did name a real person: the above campus Republican named Barry. You named him as your rapist. You named him not in anger or in haste, but in writing and in rewriting and in editing and in galleys and finally in print—and then even on audiobook! If we had the stomach, we could hear you name a very recognizable Barry (not least because he was named Barry) as your rapist in your own voice.

Only to say never mind? That when you named your brutal assailant “Barry”, and described someone by that name, you were just letting your shame dry out in the sun? No wonder your lawyers and your publisher’s lawyers moved your hand across the page to pen this cringe-inducing apologia. Talk about reckless disregard for the truth.

I believe Lena Dunham was raped—because she says so. And if she wants to let it go, so do I. It’s her unbelievably good fortune that Barry does too. Considering her career, the “kind of girl” she has been is lucky.


Black Lives Matter

I think they do. Aggie thinks they do. So do our readers.

Then WTF?


Lontrell Lee Turner, 16, was shot and killed Sunday about 12:37 p.m. at the corner of Bullis Road and Queensdale Avenue. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s homicide detectives say the boy was walking north on Bullis when another young man, between 16 and 18 years old, was walking in the opposite direction.

“Some words were exchanged,” Homicide Lt. Dave Coleman said Sunday night. “At which time the suspect used a handgun and shot the victim.”

Turner was shot four time in the torso. Four shell casings from a .40-caliber handgun were recovered but detectives did not find the gun itself. Witnesses told investigators the suspect ran south on Bullis to get away, wearing what they described only as a dark-colored hoodie.

“He was just walking home from church and they just shot him,” mother Regina Dixon told NBC4. “They shot my baby, for no reason, they just shot him.”


And Lontrell wasn’t the only baby who got shot:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The young man who police said pulled the trigger in the murder of a teen at a Northeast Miami-Dade bus stop faced a judge in juvenile court on Tuesday.

Bryan Mercado, 17, was gunned down just after 12:30 p.m. near a bus bench at NE 164 Street and NE 15th Avenue. The shooting happened near Maverick High School where Mercado attended the morning program.

Miami-Dade Police arrested Gutierrez and 19-year old Yveslander Oriscar Tuesday morning.

Oriscar walked up to Mercado, who was with friend at the bus stop, pointed at him and told Gutierrez ‘Shoot him, shoot him’, according to his arrest report.

Gutierrez then pulled a gun and shot Mercado several times, according to witnesses.

“It seems like he was shot point-blank,” said William McCoy. “One of the guys just went up to him and shot him. The shots are what got my attention. This was shocking to look at him.”

Of course, a black person’s blood spilled is all the more tragic when it’s shared:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have charged a man with shooting and killing his father in northeast Charlotte Monday morning.

Police say 57-year-old Willie Golphin died after a shooting on Balvenie Court around 7 a.m.

“There was some sort of domestic disturbance inside the house, some sort of argument,” said CMPD Captain Rob Dance.

And last (for now), that dusty cliche, death by rapper:

Stephanie Moseley, an actress star best known for her role on VH1’s Hit the Floor, was found dead this morning after a Los Angeles SWAT team responded to calls of gunfire in her apartment complex.

After busting down her door, authorities discovered a pair of dead bodies inside the residence. Both were killed via gunshot.

One belonged to Moseley. The other belonged to her boyfriend, a rapper named Earl Hayes.

Hit the Floor, huh? Ouch.

There is no moral to any of these stories but the moral common to all such stories: black lives matter.

Black. Lives. Matter.


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