Friday, August 28, 2015

Death by Bureaucracy


For John, BLUFI wonder if there was some "not my responsibility" thinking in the system.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



It is The [Manchester] Guardian, so it is Progressive sensationalism, but Reporter Jon Swaine gives us Young black man jailed since April for alleged $5 theft found dead in cell.  The sub-headline is "Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, had been held in Virginia jail without bail for nearly four months, accused of stealing a Mountain Dew, Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake."  Turns out there was no bed available in the local mental health facility.

A young black man arrested by police in Portsmouth, Virginia, on the same day that one of the city’s officers fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, has been found dead in jail after spending almost four months behind bars without bail for stealing groceries worth $5.

Jamycheal Mitchell, who had mental health problems, was discovered lying on the floor of his cell by guards early last Wednesday, according to authorities. While his body is still awaiting an autopsy, senior prison officials said his death was not being treated as suspicious.

This should not pass for justice no matter the findings of the autopsy.

Per a comment in Professor Althouse's post, "It sounds like Mr. Mitchell died of bureaucracy."

Too right.  The laws and the process needs to be improved.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

Boxcars?


For John, BLUFThis isn't just micro aggression, this is prejudice.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



From Hot Air Writer ALLAHPUNDIT leads us to Mediaite, which has this paragraph:
She continued, saying it was “the height of irony that a party which espouses small government would want to unleash a massive law enforcement effort—including perhaps National Guard and others—to go and literally pull people out of their homes and their workplaces, round them up, put them, I don’t know, in buses, boxcars, in order to take them across our border.”
For its headline to an article by Reporter Alex Griswold, Mediaite titrates this down to "Clinton:  Republicans Want to Round Up Illegal Immigrants, Shove Them in Boxcars".

Thus, Godwin's Law has been fulfilled, and very early in the campaign.  Ms Clinton appears to be the winner.

Sometimes we get our historical metaphors mixed up.  Neither Donald Trump or any other Republican Candidate is advocating rounding up American Citizens and deporting them a strange land, there to be gassed and cremated.  There are some who say that illegal immigrants should be returned to their current homeland.  There is a difference.  To not recognize this distinction is to suffer from Invincible Ignorance

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Brazile on Bush re New Orleans


For John, BLUFJust a nice story.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



From The Hill Reporter Benedict Carey gives us "Donna Brazile praises Bush’s Katrina response on flight with Obama".  There are the parts The InstaPundit quoted:
Donna Brazile, a prominent Democratic political operative, praised President George W. Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina on Thursday, just hours before President Obama’s speech in New Orleans marking the storm’s 10th anniversary.

Brazile, a Louisiana native, has applauded Bush’s Katrina response before. But she made her latest comments on board Air Force One while flying to the Big Easy with Obama, who has previously criticized’s his predecessor’s handling of the storm recovery.

“Under President Bush’s leadership, we got it right,” she told reporters.

Brazile said Bush’s initial response to the storm was “slow,” but chalked that up to chaos plaguing state and local governments along the Gulf Coast.

There is no doubt in my mind that Ms Donna Brazile is a Democrat, but I have thought of her as a straight shooter, and still do.

It is nice when someone from one side says something nice about someone from the other side.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Civilians Must Be Ready to React


For John, BLUFWe are now the "First Responders".  Nothing to see here; just move along.



Some thoughts from Jane the Actuary on the train takedown over in Europe.  Here headline is “First Responders” or “Second Responders”? “Heroes” or “Role Models”? Reflecting on the train attack.

Her point is that after 9/11 we talked about Police and Fire Fighters as being the First Responder.  As she notes, on that train ordinary citizens, a French Banker, an American College Professor at Le Sorbonne, a Brit and three relative young Americans were the First Responders.

From our time when an aircraft hijacking meant a quick trip to Cuba, we have been accustomed to letting the "authorities" handle it.  Since 9/11 we have more and more had to make do as civilians.  For example, it was a civilian who initially dealt with the "underwear bomber".

We must face up to the fact that we are now the first responders.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

Following the Money


For John, BLUFYes, Amy is not all that popular amongst the more old line liberal (as opposed to progressive) types.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



So, Nation of Change wants me to give to their monthly campaign.  The problem is, in my mind, I wrap them up with the TV Show Democracy Now.  To which you ask, so what?

The so what has to do with Host Amy Goodman.  She keeps burying the lede.  Today she was talking about the shooting, yesterday, down in Roanoke, Virginia.  She tells us the shooter was Black, but she neglected to tell us he was Gay.  That is news that has been out there since yesterday.  Here is the money quote picked up by Law Professor Ann Althouse—"The fact that he kept his job was because he was an African-American gay man.  That’s pretty hard to say no to."  That is a quote in a Daily Beast article, taken from former news producer Greg Sextro.

The point is, the shooter identified as a Black Gay man.  He is making a point about who he is, in a Black Community that is fairly anti-gay.  Was the shooter disturbed?  Maybe, but I am always careful of asserting that too quickly, in that I would never wish to encourage a Government to use "insanity" as an excuse to put anyone away.  However, it is clear a crime was committed.  Punishment or rehabilitation must follow.  In this case, the shooter took his own life, so that is moot.

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

  LTC Channel 8 at 0800, to 0900, right after City Life.
  The shooter, addressing a Judge in 2013, in a discrimination lawsuit, said:  "I am hereby requesting a trial which will be heard by a jury of my peers.... I would like my jury to be comprised of African-American women."

Job Opening:  City Auditor


For John, BLUFBetter too often than not often enough.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



From Wednesday's edition of the [Lowell] Sun we have news that the City Council has approved former Cambridge City Manager Bob Healy as interim Lowell Auditor.  The reporter was Mr Grant Welker.

Mr Healy will serve for up to 90 days, while the City Council looks for a new Auditor, to replace outgoing Auditor, Ms Hannah York, who has served for 15 months.

I am sorry to see Ms York leave us.  My sense is that Ms York has been doing a fine job.

That said, I expect Mr Healy will do a fine job as the "Interim".

Regards  —  Cliff

Don Orsillo Moving On


For John, BLUFWhat with Tom Brady and other moves it is like self-destruction on the part of sports management.  Nothing to see here; just move along.



I am not a big baseball fan.  That would be my wife.  That said, I like the announcing of Sportscaster Don Orsillo, so I was disappointed to hear that he is out at NESN at the end of this season.  "Don Orsillo out as voice of NESN’s Red Sox telecasts".  That is the headline in The Boston Globe, in an article by Reporter Chad Finn.
Don Orsillo, the affable and popular play-by-play voice on NESN’s Red Sox telecasts since 2001, will not return next year, according to multiple industry sources.

His contract expires at the end of the season and he will not be offered a new one by NESN. NESN wrote on Twitter that Orsillo will be replaced by Dave O’Brien, who currently is part of the Red Sox radio broadcast team on WEEI and also has a high-profile, multi-sport play-by-play role at ESPN.

Of all of the bad moves this year with regard to the Red Sox this is the worst.

Kudos to "Dennis and Callahan" for breaking the story.

Hat tip to my Wife.

Regards  —  Cliff