Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Youth Football

I haven’t talked about football or CTE in a while, because frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. But it’s for the kids. New PSA warns against youth tackle football, compares it to smoking.

A young football player stares down his opponents. He hikes the ball. Then the coach passes him a cigarette, which his mother happily lights.

That’s the premise for a new PSA from the Concussion Legacy Foundation, which wants parents to consider the long-term damage youth tackle football could inflict on their kids.

As I’ve said before, While I am not in favor of outlawing it, or anything, I don’t know why any parent would let their child play football.


NYC and Rape

All of these stories are from WPIX 11 in New York City. One of them came thru a news search, and the rest were linked at the bottom of the article. I’m not sure that this is a definitive list. And I don’t know what I think it says about the state of New York City.

August 15 – Man follows Bronx woman into apartment and tries to rape her: police

August 26 – Man stabs woman multiple times, attempts to sexually assault her in Bronx park: police

September 1 – Man puts woman in chokehold and tries to rape her in Brooklyn: police

September 6 – Man wanted in connection with Bronx sex assault: police

September 18 – Man wanted for sexually assaulting woman on Midtown street in broad daylight: police

October 2 – Man tries to drag woman away from her East Harlem building in attempted rape: police

Paris Knife Attack

Gun Free Zone? Any bets? (Mine? Yes of course it is a defenseless-victim-zone. Europeans are too “civilized” for it to be any other way.) Paris knife attack: Four dead in Paris police HQ stabbing.

Three officers and an administrative assistant were stabbed to death at Paris police headquarters by an employee who went on a rampage after evading security with a ceramic knife.

The 45-year old, named by local media as Mickaël H, had worked for 20 years in the IT department of the police intelligence section in offices in Paris’ central île de la Cité

France clearly needs ceramic knife control, and pasta knife control, and rock control, and…

This article doesn’t say, but the NY Times mentioned that the IT staff is dealing with very low morale in Paris, because they aren’t cops and so they’re second-class citizens. But then the cops are also dealing with low morale, and they just had a demonstration 2 or 3 days ago, to voice their displeasure.

Police sources said the assailant, who was partially deaf and reportedly converted to Islam 18 months ago, was “in conflict” with his superiors.

Which is a fact presented without comment. And not just by me, both the NY Times and the London Telegraph also make no comments. Well the NYT quotes their source who did some backpedaling lest he be thought politically incorrect.

I would love to post this in Cops Behaving Badly, but one of the things that they are looking at revolves around the fact that he wasn’t a cop, and hence a 2nd-class citizen in the police department. Another disgruntled worker, a defense-free workplace, and a bunch of people saying that it can’t happen to them.

Is a Corrupt Illinois Politician News?

JusticeExcuse me a Judge. Maybe that is news. Illinois panel removes DuPage County judge from bench.

Well Judge, Politician. Tomato, To-mah-toe. Putting the Criminal in the Criminal Justice System.

The unanimous ruling agreed with the state’s Judicial Inquiry Board, which alleged that O’Shea made false and misleading statements to Wheaton detectives about a September 2017 case in which he was accused of shooting a bullet through the wall of his apartment. He was acquitted of that charge.

The inquiry board also accused O’Shea of trying to retaliate against two female court employees who accused him of sexual harassment.

Home state of Tony Rezko, Rod Blagojevich, and adopted home of Barack Obama. And Hillary Clinton, since she was born in Chicago, and grew up in Park Ridge. (Not quite “The Land Beyond O’Hare,” but definitely suburbia. And definitely Chicagoland.)

Friday The 13th

Here’s a look at our unlucky day’s history, and a couple of places where Friday the 13th is not unlucky. Friday the 13th 2019: How cyclones, asteroids and a Buckingham Palace bombing have fed the superstition.

The most unlucky thing seems to be that they are doing another movie, but that is a story for another time. (Or maybe I already did that story.)

From walking under ladders and breaking mirrors to putting new shoes on a table and finding a lone magpie, we Britons are aware of several eerie superstitions and in recent years, Friday the 13th has become a superstition in itself.

But why is the day thought to bring bad luck and how have the origins led to the increase in paranoia? Here is everything you need to know about the unlucky calendar date including what to avoid and the perks you can enjoy if you’re willing to take a risk.

I hope you are having a good day.