One of my favorite sayings of Star Trek’s Spock was, “It does not compute”. That phrase could well be applied to the number one story of last week about the standoff between cops and a fugitive in Philadelphia. For in that standoff, while the cops were trying to protect innocent civilians in the neighborhood, including children in the neighboring daycare, the citizenry were hurling epithets and solid objects at those trying to manage the situation.
As a result of the confrontation, six police officers were wounded; fortunately none of the injuries were life threatening and the subject surrendered. After his apprehension, it was found that he had a 30 page rap sheet and belonged in jail. The District Attorney noted that because of lenient judges the culprit was released on numerous occasions. The D.A. also said that he should not have been on the streets.
The Philly incident reminds one of the water being tossed on New York policeman. This is the upshot of the demeaning of law enforcement people that reached its height during the Obama administration.
Most of the problems that face New York’s finest at the present time can be laid at the door of the liberal mayor of NYC—Bill de Blasio. Actually, if the police had any hope of backup the doused ones would immediately Taser the culprit, handcuff him and book him in jail. This will probably never happen until the city elects a Mayor who will back the police.
Several of the Democrat candidates for President, such as Kamala Harris, were quick to go on TV and use the incident as a money raising opportunity***.
SPEAKING OF THE DEMOCRATS. The field of candidates for the Presidency seems to have come down to the top five consisting of Biden, Warren, Sanders, Harris and Mayor Pete. Of the five, Warren has made the most gains, Sanders seems to have slipped, while Biden still enjoys the top spot. Speaking of Biden, the latest news is that his handlers have scaled back his public appearances because of his latest flurry of gaffes. This is reminiscent of the Hillary Clinton campaign when she enjoyed long absences from the public view. It certainly worked out well for her.
Back to Biden, he may well have been about whom the classic phrase “he only opens his mouth to change feet” was created***.
THE SQUAD. At this writing a couple of members from the famous “squad” of freshman Congresswomen are involved in a brouhaha over a projected visit to Israel. One is the anti-Semitic Omar and the other is foul mouthed Tlaib. At first Israel rejected their entry, but then relented in the case of Tlaib because she was using the opportunity to visit her relatives in Palestine. When she was given permission to go she stated she was not going to make the trip. Another member of the squad, Ocasio-Cortez made the news when it was revealed that only 1% of her campaign funds had come from the district which she represents, the majority of the funding came from various places like Silicon Valley. It is interesting to note that her former fundraiser, who was recently fired, was from that famous California Valley***.
CONSPIRACY THEORY. Many Americans who have not had a good conspiracy theory to talk about (since JFK’s assassination), now have a riveting new mystery to expound upon. It is the jail house death of convicted sex offender Jeffery Epstein. Initial reports were that he committed suicide by hanging himself in his cell with a bed sheet as the noose.
When further details were released, it was found he was no longer under suicide watch, his cell mate was removed just prior to the suicide, the guards on duty were asleep for some three hours and there was no camera surveillance of Epstein’s cell. Also, in the initial stages of the autopsy it was revealed that a number of bones in Epstein’s neck were broken in a manner more consistent with strangulation then hanging.
As a result of the incident, AJ Barr has promised a full investigation which began with the reassignment of the warden and two of the guards placed on suspension.
Epstein, when he was alive, often boasted that he had dirt on many people in high places, including the Royal Family and a long list of prominent US politicians. Most of that dirt was probably held at his private island residence that was recently searched by members of the FBI.