A terrorist attacked Colorado Springs

And no, it wasn’t a Syrian refugee or a member of an ISIS cell who snuck through the Mexican border. It was a usual suspect:

The day after a gunman stormed a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, investigators were working to determine what prompted the shooting that resulted in the death of three people, including a police officer.

Police identified the shooting suspect as 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear but released no other information about him. He is accused of killing two civilians in addition to University of Colorado police officer Garrett Swasey, as well as injuring at least four other officers and five more civilians.

While the scumbag politicians and bedwetters on the right blather on about the danger of refugees and Islamic terror, they say nothing about the true terrorist threat that they not only created, but also inspire with their rhetoric of doom and their refusal to do anything about this country’s insane gun policies. The religion-inspired psychopaths on our own shores are more likely to kill you than any orphan or woman in a hijab are trying to escape from the religious nuts who are running amok in their countries.

So let’s take a look at the face of the latest practitioner of Tea Party terrorism:

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And what is this terrorist responding to? (via the Washington Post):

The shooting arrives during a period of heightened scrutiny for Planned Parenthood. In July, an antiabortion group released a series of secretly filmed videos from a clinic in Denver that showed staffers discussing the extraction of fecal tissue from aborted fetuses before that tissue is sent to research facilities. The videos, which Planned Parenthood officials have claimed were heavily edited to bolster critics’ false claims, provoked a series of nationwide protests in August aimed at cutting off federal funding for the healthcare organization. Planned Parenthood officials said the protests were designed to intimidate and harass patients.

Health centers associated with Planned Parenthood have been the target of threats and violence because of the organization’s role in providing abortions and lobbying for reproductive rights. Abortion rights groups say threats against abortion providers rose sharply this summer in the wake of the undercover “sting” operation that produced the controversial videos.

At least four Planned Parenthood clinics have been targeted with arson since the videos were released. The increase in threats has led abortion rights groups to increase cooperation with local police and the FBI.

So, the instigators on the right doctor videos to inspire a terrorist act. And, surprise, a terrorist acts.

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 16 times. Unloaded his clip. And he was reloading his weapon when the other officers must have yelled, “what the hell are you doing?”

Republicans and Thanksgiving turkeys

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This involves the great turkey pardon of 2014. At this point, I can only shake my head in disgust:

The examples of the GOP’s reflexive opposition to President Obama’s agenda are many but this may be the best one yet: By a 27 point margin, Republicans say they disapprove of the President’s executive order last year pardoning two Thanksgiving turkeys (Macaroni and Cheese) instead of the customary one. Only 11% of Republicans support the President’s executive order last year to 38% who are opposed — that’s a pretty clear sign that if you put Obama’s name on something GOP voters are going to oppose it pretty much no matter what. Overall there’s 35/22 support for the pardon of Macaroni and Cheese thanks to 59/11 support from Democrats and 28/21 from independents.

Yeah, I know you don’t believe this. But check out the data at Public Policy Polling. Here’s the link.

And here’s a photo of one of the lucky turkeys, Cheese:

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According to the Allentown Morning Call last year:

Mac is a “feather shaker” who weighs in at 47 pounds and boasts a melodious gobble that has a hint of bluegrass, #TeamMac supporters within the White House confirmed.

Cheese is a “grand champion” who weights in at 49 pounds and has a gobble that manages to be both romantic and has a country ring, #TeamCheese White House aides said.

The 2015 White House turkey pardon is tomorrow. One turkey, named Tom One, from California has already been chosen to be spared the roaster. If I were Obama, I’d pardon three this year, just to piss the turkeys (the GOP, not the fowl) off even more.

Our Thanksgiving paradox

An interesting opening sentence involving Thanksgiving that my son referred me to on the website Five Thirty Eight:

Thanksgiving — when we give thanks and celebrate a tale about the welcoming of foreign refugees to American shores — is once again upon us.

Very appropriate, but my problem is that I thought too much about it. Because the reality is, it would have been better for the natives if they had kept the refugees out.

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An overstatement? Not really. Here’s a video on display at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian involving what the first European immigrants did to the people who had lived here for centuries.

Just to clarify, this is not an anti-immigrant post.

It’s just an observation that there is absolutely nothing today’s immigrants can do that’s worse than what the original immigrants to this country have already done.

 

The art world has gone to the dogs

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This painting sold for $658,000 at Sotheby’s. I don’t know what to say. Here’s some history from the Sotheby’s catalog:

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge (1844-1934), began painting the daily life of some very humanoid canines, an artistic subspecialty that was preceded by a string of careers. In the upstate New York town of Antwerp, Coolidge worked, almost simultaneously, as a druggist, painter of street signs and house numbers, and founder of the first newspaper and earliest bank all within the years between 1868 and 1872. It was after a trip to Europe in 1873 that he turned up in Rochester, New York, as the portraitist of dogs whose life-style mirrored the successful middle-class humans of his time. Coolidge’s first customers were cigar companies, who printed copies of his paintings for giveaways. His fortunes rose when he signed a contract with the printers Brown & Bigelow, who turned out hundreds of thousands of copies of his dog-genre subjects as advertising posters, calendars, and prints.

“Coolidge’s poker-faced style is still engaging today. His dogs fit with amazing ease into such human male phenomena as the all-night card game, the commuter train, and the ball park. His details of expression, clothing, and furniture are precise. Uncannily, the earnest animals resemble people we all know, causing distinctions of race, breed, and color to vanish and evoking the sentiment on an old Maryland gravestone: MAJOR Born a Dog Died a Gentleman” (“A Man’s Life,” American Heritage, February 1973, p. 56).

Don’t know who bought it. I guess it’s the kind of a barometer of taste that you don’t want people to know about if you’re a rich person. Or maybe the rich person just bought it for his dog?

Because there obviously wasn’t anything better the person could do with the money.