ISIS Destroys Monuments it Doesn’t Like. Same Thing Happening to Confederate Monuments

Interesting how some humans just rejoice in smashing things. Another Triangle Confederate monument vandalized | abc11.com.

The howling that went on – for a few minutes anyway – when ISIS was destroying monuments seems to be missing when Confederate monuments are vandalized.

The underlying motivation is exactly the same. “These are monuments we don’t like.” Or perhaps.. “This is history that we don’t like.” And the real meaning… “This is something that we don’t want you to think about.”

It also reminds me a little of the justification for book-burning you see in Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. This is something that we wish to deny. This is something that you cannot know about.

Here is what Bradbury had to say in an interview…

There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority, be it Baptist/Unitarian, Irish/Italian/Octogenarian/Zen Buddhist, Zionist/Seventh-day Adventist, Women’s Lib/Republican, Mattachine/Four Square Gospel feels it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse. […] Fire-Captain Beatty, in my novel Fahrenheit 451, described how the books were burned first by minorities, each ripping a page or a paragraph from this book, then that, until the day came when the books were empty and the minds shut and the libraries closed forever. […] Only six weeks ago, I discovered that, over the years, some cubby-hole editors at Ballantine Books, fearful of contaminating the young, had, bit by bit, censored some seventy-five separate sections from the novel. Students, reading the novel, which, after all, deals with censorship and book-burning in the future, wrote to tell me of this exquisite irony. Judy-Lynn del Rey, one of the new Ballantine editors, is having the entire book reset and republished this summer with all the damns and hells back in place.[73]

Bad Decisions Have a Way of Complicating Your Life: Jihadi-John Now Fears ISIS

Couldn’t happen to a nice guy. Coward Jihadi John flees to Syria fearing ISIS have no further use for him – Mirror Online.

British terrorist Mohammed Emwazi – known as Jihadi John – has fled the IS terror network and gone on the run in Syria, according to sources.

Not only are the US and British special forces hunting him, but it seems ISIS may want him dead as well.

A source said IS killers would drop Emwazi “like a stone or worse if they feel he is no longer of any use to them.

His identity being made public has made him less-useful to ISIS.

Louis Vuitton Racing – Super Sunday Called Because of Weather

Not racing in Portsmouth today. Ben Ainslie hails Portsmouth after high winds hit America’s Cup racing | Sport | The Guardian.

The race limit for these boats in this venue is 25 knots of sustained wind. The winds hit 30 knots, and racing was called for the day. So no video. Hopefully the free ice-cream will be back Monday.

Don’t Mow Your Grass – Go to Jail

They say they sent her a notice. She never recieved it. (Why wasn’t a legal notice sent via registered mail?) Boys mow lawn to keep Gerry Suttle, elderly Riesel, Texas woman, out of jail – CBS News.

This is meant to be the heartwarming story of some boys doing a good deed for an elderly neighbor. And it is. But the underlying story points up the level of the police state.

Several weeks ago, Gerry Suttle, of Riesel, east of Waco, was issued a notice to appear before a judge because the grass on a lot she owns across from her home was more than 18 inches high, violating city code. After she didn’t appear, a warrant was issued for her arrest, reports the station.

Suttle, 75, told the station she never received the notice.

We can control what your yard looks like. Don’t decorate to our liking and we will haul you in front of a judge. Because we can.

This whole – you have to cut your grass thing isn’t very green. Just sayin’.

Don’t Worry, There’s a (not so) Independent Agency for Review

Just that the agency isn’t interested in justice. Chicago Just Fired An Investigator Trying To Hold Cops Accountable For Unjustified Shootings.

The independent agency tasked with policing Chicago cops hasn’t released findings on several unjustified police shootings, and its leaders are more concerned with protecting officers than investigating citizen complaints, a fired employee said.

Rubber stamp? Politics rules the day in Chicago? I find it hard to believe. That anyone could think Chicago works any differently.

As for how “independent” the review organization is…

He said part of IPRA’s problem is that it’s run by people who worked in law enforcement for most of their careers, instead of civilians without strong ties to police.

Fox. Hen-house.

2 Killed, 8 Wounded Chicago – Another Fine Weekend

Chicago has a bit of a crime problem. 2 Killed, 8 Wounded In Weekend Shootings « CBS Chicago.

The weekend’s first shooting occurred about 3 p.m. [Friday] in West Englewood.

A 23-year-old man was in an argument with another male, who pulled out a gun and shot him in the 6500 block of South Justine, police said.

And it is the fault of the gun? You can settle disagreements in ways that don’t include violence. Take away the gun, and there would be a knife or a club. (Neither would get counted in these tallies because they only care about “gun deaths.”)

The list goes on from there.

Housekeeping – Long Overdue

Expect some changes from time to time… as I move the bits around

I don’t like the fact that the “leave comment” link is at the top… but there are limits to what WordPress will let you do to a free blog…

OK this isn’t very colorful… but the whole point was to get a background that was softer (easier on my poor eyes). I could do with out the serifs, but they help with readability. More changes may come – if I find a better alternative.