Policing vs. murder

This is how British police deal with a man threatening them with a machete:

This is how American cops deal with a kid avoiding them with a knife:

One of these methods is called taking control of a dangerous situation. The other is called cold-blooded murder.

As of today, 884 people have been shot dead by police in America. Many of those incidents have been ruled as justified. But 82 of the incidents involved people who weren’t armed, Including this one:

Jeremy Mardis, an unarmed 6-year-old white male, was shot on Nov. 3, 2015, in Marksville, La. Marksville marshals were pursuing the boy’s father, Chris Few. Few fled and marshals opened fire on his car, killing Jeremy, who was a passenger in the front seat.

Law enforcement in America has a world-wide reputation for excessive force. If you don’t believe that, listen to the Brits who are filming the guy with the machete.

If the guy with the machete was in America, he would have been dead before the guy taking the video would have had his camera out. The kid in Chicago in the second video was shot less than 30 seconds after the cop with the gun arrived. Only one cop did the shooting. Fired 18 times. Unloaded his clip. And he was reloading his weapon when the other officers must have yelled, “what the hell are you doing?”

Barbie and the world of possibilities

Mattel has a new ad campaign for Barbie. Probably because someone at the company realized that promoting the doll as a ditzy babe isn’t working anymore, so, make the focus about career women:

No talk about Ken. No visits to the Dream House. Just letting little girls know they can grow up and be anything they want to be.

That’s not so bad. The folks on the hidden camera, though, are trying to figure out what the hell is going on, but at least they’re playing along.

When guns are outlawed, fewer babies will have guns

Especially since this year they’ve been handling them a lot more than they should be:


Toddler means kids age 3 and under. This represents 43 babies who have either killed or wounded someone (most likely themselves) with a gun as of Oct. 14. That also means the number of toddlers firing guns is higher, since no one is going to report such an incident if no one is hurt. And when they get older and understand a gun can hurt someone, this happens:

Funeral services are set for an 8-year-old East Tennessee girl was reportedly shot and killed by an 11-year-old boy.

Witnesses say MaKayla Dyer was talking to the boy through a window.

The boy asked to see her puppy, and she said no and laughed.

As Dyer was about to walk away, witnesses said the boy pointed a shotgun at Dyer and fired.

Make no mistake, Americans have more guns than we need:



An extra passenger, mid-flight

I don’t know how you can be this pregnant and think a 19-hour flight from Taiwan to Los Angeles is a good idea.

The focus of the story, though is about the doctor:

A Los Angeles doctor on an overseas flight was coming home from her honeymoon when she delivered a baby on the plane.

While 30,000 feet in the air, the mother went into labor six hours into a China Air flight from Taiwan to Los Angeles.

Flight attendants asked if there was a doctor on board when UCLA resident physician Dr. Angelica Zen and her husband were on their way back from their honeymoon in Bali.

“My training is in internal medicine pediatrics so we do adults and kids but really no pregnant woman at all, so since my training we haven’t done much OBGYN,” said Zen. “I was a little bit nervous.”

Zen had never delivered a baby by herself, but she didn’t hesitate to help.

Good thing the doctor was on board, but again, how do you decide to fly 19 hours when you’re that pregnant.

The story says the flight diverted to Alaska and hints that the baby would be an American citizen (the parents are Chinese) since the plane was in U.S. airspace. Are Donald Trump and Jeb Bush watching. Sounds like one of their anchor baby scenarios?

But I saw an episode of “Bones” (the TV series about the hot forensic pathologist with a personality disorder) that involved an oven murder on a U.S. carrier’s flight to China. The resolution was that since the plane was American territory, Booth, an FBI agent, could arrest the murderer and take him back to the U.S. instead of handing the guy over to Chinese authorities.

So by “Bones” logic, the baby is Chinese since the plane is Chinese territory.

I mean, TV crime shows wouldn’t lie to me about jurisdictions, would they?