Politicians Passing the Buck: German Edition

In an election year could it be any other way? Germany’s G20 blame game – POLITICO

A city with a LONG history of Leftist/anti-capitalist violence is chosen as the place for the G20 to meet. What could go wrong?

The Social Democratic Party (SPD) is blaming Merkel and the Christian Democrats (CDU), usually characterized as conservatives, the police are blaming the politicians.

Only the CDU seems to be blaming the folks who actually perpetrated the violence.

The police response is still one I am struggling to understand.

The police, struggling to explain how they failed to bring roughly 1,500 left-wing hooligans under control despite the presence of more than 20,000 officers, blamed politicians across the spectrum.

“What happened is exactly what I and many colleagues predicted,” said Jan Reinecke, a senior Hamburg police union official, suggesting the political class had turned a deaf ear to their concerns.

Were they told to stand down? Were the rules of engagement such that their hands were tied? Or were they just worried about the optics of the situation? (Jack boots, etc.)

Note to Reporters and Editors: When Cars Are Burning It Is a Riot, Not a Protest

No media bias here. Just because they are reluctant to call a bunch of Leftists rioters is no reason to assume they are biased. Hamburg: G20 protesters attempt to disrupt summit – CNN.com

German police are trying to prevent small groups of mostly anti-capitalist protesters from disrupting the G20 summit in Hamburg, as world leaders including US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin meet for talks.

CNN isn’t even the worst example.

Chicago’s Weekend in Review

Hey Jackass 30 Day Trend

Chicago’s 30 Day Stupidity Trend

I don’t always agree with everything on Second City Cop, but for reviewing the mess that is Chicago, it is hard to get a better perspective. Second City Cop: Theory Fails VERY Badly

Chicago had a VERY bad Fourth of July. They tried to “work smarter” or something, but the brain trust in charge either doesn’t have a clue, OR things would have been astronomically bad without the changes. I leave to to you to figure out what the truth might be.

One hundred three people shot, fifteen of those assuming room temperature at the morgue. Looks like Riccio’s people arrested the wrong 58 people to say the least.

All that overtime, canceled days off, redeployments, missions, crystal ball gazing, shot spotting, etc. All of that for a 66% increase in bodies with holes in ’em. Take a bow Special Ed. You, too, Rahm. And Kevin, can’t forget Kevin. Anthony, step up. These are the fucking brains behind this monumental failure. Congratulations all around.

Chicago is on track to have a year like they haven’t seen in decades in terms of people shot and killed. The Graphic at the top is from HeyJackass.com. Click the image for a larger view.

So Why Is This Guy on the Street?

Convicted again and again. Then paroled and he commits another crime. Why is he not in prison? CWB Chicago: “Have You Ever Been Shot?”—Paroled Again And Again And Again, Man Now Charged With Blue Line Robbery

He received a 25-year-sentenced for trying to shoot a city worker in 1999, which should’ve been enough to keep him in prison until 2024.

Chicago – in the person of the Mayor – will tell you their problems are all the fault of not enough gun control. But if this guy’s story is common, they have an old-fashioned criminal control problem; they aren’t keeping the bad guys locked up.

This is the list of times he was convicted.

  • 6 years for manufacture-delivery of cocaine in 2013
  • 25 years for aggravated discharge of a firearm in 1999
  • 5 years for being a felon in possession of a firearm in 1999
  • 4 years for violating the controlled substances act in 1993
  • 10 years for attempted murder in 1993
  • 10 years for armed robbery in 1993

    I guess Illinois doesn’t have a “Three Strikes and You’re Out” type of law. And why didn’t the crime in 2013 get him sent back on the convictions in 1999?

    I Love Florida Sheriffs

    While a couple of them are crazy, most are 100% behind armed, law-abiding citizens.Fla. Sheriff: ‘If You Need to Shoot Somebody, Shoot Them a Lot’

    Given radical Islamic terrorist attacks and people’s concern about safety, Florida’s Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd advised that people who are not afraid of a gun should get one, “and if you need to shoot somebody, shoot them a lot.”

    Also, get a concealed carry permit.

    Polk County is located between Tampa and Orlando. It isn’t exactly rural, and it isn’t exactly urban.

    The Mess That is Illinois. SiGraybeard says it better than I could

    I have family in Illinois that are dependent on pensions, so I can’t even think rationally when it comes to the insanity. I’m just incensed. The Silicon Graybeard: The One Factoid About the Illinois Mess You Can’t Miss

    I will highlight one thing that he “isn’t saying” and say it plain. There is a LOT of corruption in Illinois politics.

    I’m not saying it’s related to the fact that as soon as I started to type “Illinois politicians pension promises” into my search bar, before I finished the second word it offered to autocomplete with “Illinois politicians in jail”. As the saying goes, I’m not not saying it either.

    4 of the last 7 Illinois governors did time in jail. Mostly for federal corruption, and some for stuff they did after they left public office. (You remember Rod Blagojevich, I’m sure.)

    Then there is Tony Rezko, who should have been a millstone around Obama’s neck, but the media wouldn’t report on it. Rezko – who did favors for Illinois politicians on both sides of the divide, helped Obama buy a house in Chicago. The deal was shady, and a lot of people thought it amounted to a “gift” of some size, but by the time anyone cared, Obama was in Washington, and Rezko was in prison.

    Rezko’s behind-the-scenes connection in the Obama house deal became public as Rezko revealed personal financial details as he sought to post bail.

    While Rezko’s wife paid the full asking price for the land, Obama paid $300,000 under the asking price for the house. The house sold for $1,650,000 and the price Rezko’s wife paid for the land was $625,000.

    That “piece of land” was adjacent to the Obama house, and Rezko later sold some of it to the Obama family. Water under the bridge at this point.

    For a rundown of the History of Illinois Political Shenanigans see the post I wrote in 2009. Pay particular attention to the part about Paul Powell. His story tells you everything you need to know about politics in The Land of Lincoln.

    “There’s only one thing worse than a defeated politician, and that’s a broke one.” – Paul Powell, one-time Illinois Secretary of State.

    When Powell died, in 1970, $800,000 in cash was found in his lodging. In suitcases, and shoe-boxes.

    Airport Attacks Not Limited to Europe

    Not too surprising to see these kinds of things everywhere. Michigan Airport Stabbing: Officer Attacked in Possible Terror Incident – NBC News

    The attacker allegedly shouted “Allahu akbar” before stabbing Lieutenant Jeff Neville, who was bleeding from the neck, sources and witnesses at Bishop International Airport said.

    Poland is not ready to sign up for these kinds of things. Poland Shuts Border to Islamic Migrants to Keep Potential Terrorists Out

    Despite the threat of sanctions from the European Union (EU), the Polish government has decided to not allow any more Muslim migrants into its country to help reduce the risk of radical Islamic terrorism.