Expatriate Owl

A politically-incorrect perspective that does not necessarily tow the party line, on various matters including but not limited to taxation, academia, government and religion.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Wear Blue to Support Cops

 Wear Blue to Support Cops

This is a reposting of Thomas Lifson's piece in today's American Thinker.

Thomas says it all; I have nothing further to add.  This should be reposted and should go viral.

And, as for me, I will wear my blue sweatshirt and blue jacket when I go out today.

Wear Blue to Support Cops!

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A Fine Kettle of Fish in NYC

Bill de Blasio, the alleged Mayor of New York City, together with Patrick Lynch, the President of the New York City Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, have gotten themselves into one fine kettle of fish.

The alleged mayor, of course, has been hamstringing the New York City Police Department, and, in the view of many NYPDers and members of the public (myself included), has come down too far on the side of the lawlessness crowd. 

Pat Lynch, after showing some remarkable restraint, finally spoke for his constituency by telling de Blasio and NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito that if, G-d forbid, a NYPD officer is killed in the line of duty, then they would be unwelcome at the funeral, and invited his constituents to place that sentiment in writing.

A bit hotheaded?  Perhaps!  But unmitigated extremism will eventually beget counterextremism, a sociological phenomenon analogous to Newton's Third Law. 

To be sure, police forces need checks and balances no less than any other agency of the government, and de Blasio, as the alleged Mayor of the City of New York, is the one who needs to provide those checks and balances while, at the same time, optimizing the NYPD's efficacy in combatting crime and promoting law and order.  He needs to either back up his boys and girls as they do their jobs, or get rid of them; he cannot have it both ways.  Now that he is allegedly a mature adult, de Blasio needs to conduct himself as an executive, not as the Sandinista/uberleftist he was in his younger days.

[The adult in the room thus far has been Dennis Gonzalez, the President of the NYPD Hispanic Society.   Said he, "Many elected officials are quick to speak out against police officers but now that we need them to calm our city where is their press conference on the steps of City Hall?"].

Well as of a few hours ago, it is no longer a posturing and bluffing and pissing contest between Lynch and de Blasio.  Two New York City police officers have been shot dead, in cold blood, as they sat in their squad car.  There is much NYPD and citizen anger that will no doubt come to a head in the coming days.   And with the breakdown and dysfunction of New York City's governmental interactions, the City may well become more dangerous before it becomes any safer.



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The CIA Torture Report

My comment on the CIA torture report the news media and Congress have become so exercised over of late:

When the Muslim terrorists start abiding by the Geneva Conventions, then so should the CIA.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

It's About To Get Very, Very Ugly

Other than regularly and emphatically exercising their right to vote, my parents were not especially politically active, what with their other pressing issues and concerns.  They leaned Democratic, but that was the Democratic party of the 1950's and 1960's and 1970's, which is a totally different creature than the one we know today.   [Back in those days, the Republicans condoned too much antisemitism within their own ranks for my parents to really latch onto their wagon  --  the situation is essentially reversed today.].  My parents almost always split their tickets in the voting booth (though Dad did once write a letter to our Republican Congressman, in which he threatened to vote a straight ticket for the first time in his life if the Congressman did not come out against a particular issue.).

It was taken as a matter of faith that Jews and Blacks were in the same boat with the discrimination and prejudice, and indeed, there was much concord between the two groups (though some cracks began to appear after the riots of the early 1960's, when Black rioters looted Jewish businesses, and forays of African-Americans into what had been heavily Jewish neighborhoods caused much flight from cities to suburbs). 

Though some so-called Jewish "leaders" hew to that amity, it has long been a thing of the past, as the Black community leadership niches were filled by many who did not and do not measure up to the standards of a Martin Luther King.

Fast-forward to 9 December 2014.  The rabble-rousers and hatemongers in the Black community are already causing all kinds of disturbances in America because some police officers dared to try to arrest some Black thugs and criminals.  [N.B.  This is not to say that there should be no accountability for the police, and indeed, one component of such accountability would be body cameras.].  And then, a Black man, quite possibly with mental health issues, goes into a synagogue in Brooklyn, shouts "kill the Jews," and stabs a Jewish worshipper.   [Not just any synagogue, but the one at the headquarters of a major Jewish religious movement.].   The police arrive, the assailant resist arrest and makes threatening gestures, and is shot dead by the NYPD.  The incident was captured on video.

And the stabbing victim is reportedly not doing well in the hospital.

So now, the Black leadership is against police killing suspects (especially the NYPD), and the Jewish community has benefitted from the police killing a suspect who, in all likelihood, would have committed more murder and mayhem had he not been neutralized by the NYPD.

Fortunately, New York City and vicinity are now being inundated by a nor'easter storm, which will at least postpone the confrontations that may well follow.

I hope to be mistaken, but I believe that the situation will soon get very, very ugly!

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Which Part of "Dead" does Wells Fargo Not Understand?

            My sister passed away a few months ago, and while she is now in Very Secure Hands, the affairs of her past worldly existence now rest upon my shoulders as the Executor of her Estate.  Her neighbor came north a few weeks ago with a box of papers and documents that had been in my sister's apartment.  One of the items was a credit card from Wells Fargo, issued to my sister not long before her passing.

            I called up Wells Fargo for the purpose of informing them of my sister's demise, and apprising them that the account should be placed in lockdown.   There apparently are no charges on it, inasmuch as none of my sister's mail forwarded to me contained any statements for that particular credit card account (though there were other accounts, credit card and otherwise, reflected in the forwarded mail).

            The Wells Fargo representative airhead on the other end of the line insisted that she could not make any changes or adjustments to the account unless I send an original certified specimen of my Letters of Appointment as Executor.

            Understand that I do not seek any funds from that account, and that I don't even seek any information about the account.  All I want them to do is allow no future charges against an account that, by all indications, has been inactive anyway!

            [It is theoretically possible that this single sample of one may be a fluke incident.  I have tentatively rejected the fluke hypothesis, however, because, within the past 36 hours, I had another conversation with another person where Wells Fargo people have operated at a similarly abysmal level of competence.].

            I have mailed out a letter to Wells Fargo, including a photocopies (not certified originals) of my sister's death certificate, and of my Letters of Appointment.  In the unlikely event that any charges are or have been racked up to that credit card following my sister's passing, they shall not be paid.

            My sister would not have had it any other way.

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