It’s a new year.. and ya know it still seems the hurrier I go the behinder I get… (Thank you Lewis Carroll by way of Aunt Bertha). With that said… Let’s take a peek at the week in review with my sorta offhanded, left-handed view at the what’s making news… some serious and some not so serious… so the week’s news in review…
1) It’s not just NYC that got cops are, to say the least, unhappy at how some folks be seeing them. Check this out from Pittsburgh… “Cop unions in Pittsburgh blasted the city’s police chief after he posed with a sign promising to ‘challenge racism @ work.’”
Here’s the skinny as I understand it… Pittsburgh citizens have joined the demonstrations that have arisen since the Michael Brown and Eric Garner deaths that involved cops, and, in both cases, grand juries failed to indict any cops. On first Night… aka New Years Eve… a bunch of young folks were out with signs that called for a stop to the so-called police heavy handedness in dealing with citizens of the so-called minority communities.
The chief of police, Cameron McLay, was photographed with these folks and with a cardboard sign that had some writing on it… makes senses being a sign, huh? … Doh! Don’t claim to always be the smartest carrot in the bunch…. anyway…. this McLay guy is seen with a sign that has, among other words, these… “#EndWhiteSilence.”
Seems some group called “WWHAT’S UP?! Pittsburgh” saw the pic; posted it on the internet with the own caption… “Right on Chief McLay!”
So, of course, some of the 900 cops (Pittsburgh ain’t as big as ya thunk it was is it?) of the Steel City’s Finest saw this, and, spurred on by their by their own union head, Howard McQuillan, got all their panties in a bunch which led to McQuillan telling station KDKA, “The chief is calling us racists. He believes the Pittsburgh Police Department is racist. This has angered a lot of officers.”
Now, this goes hand in hand with cops and their unions, starting with NYPD unions, saying that the protestors are a dangerous movement against policemen who have a hard enough job to do as it is and whose lives are in danger every day that they put the uniform on and go out to do their jobs. So, they are saying they don’t need these protestors out and about riling up all sorts of bad guys who have who knows what in their hearts when it comes to cops.
Simply put, the cop’s argument is that the protest movement is becoming the forefront of a war against cops… and, as evidence of that war they are citing the murders of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos as they sat in their patrol car by an asshole deranged shooter.
McLay gave out the de rigueur apology to any cops who were offended, but, also said, “I was hired to restore the legitimacy of the police department. I did not seek these young activists out. I was stopping for coffee at First Night. Their message is not anti-anybody. It is simply a call for awareness. The photo was a great, spontaneous moment in time. Please join dialogue for community healing. The sign indicated my willingness to challenge racial problems in the workplace. I am so committed. If there are problems in the (Pittsburgh Bureau of Police) related to racial injustice, I will take action to fix them.”
Now… I just gotta ask…what the hell is wrong with that? And, what the hell is wrong with the chief of police interacting with folks within the community who are peaceably demonstrating for, among things… racial equality.
Seems to me, that’s exactly what a good chief of police should be doing… communicating with the people he has signed on to protect.
And, if, its bad form to protest against racism in the workplace… no matter where that workplace is… then ya’ll, I think there is a bigger problem here than anyone has thought to imagine.
Seems to me, certain cops are a tad too quick to jump the gun on certain things and are just getting a tad over sensitive about stuff.
Let’s face facts… cops are people… Surprised by that comment? Well, don’t be because, yes, they are. And, being people makes them privy to all the quirks and complexities that life tends to throw at folks just like the rest of us peeps. Yep… cops are just like the rest of us in this societal world of ours.
Some are peeps who just wanna go out and make a living, pay the bills, and do the best they can each and every day that they go to do their jobs. Some are real good peeps who try and do some good and maybe even make someone’s life just a bit better after they go their way. Some peeps just don’t care… show up on the job, punch the clock put in their time, and just go through the motions, barely existing from moment to moment; day to day. And, then there are some that are just thugs… mean ass bastards, sons of bitches and evil doers and haters… like peeps who are racists.
Like I said… cops are people, too. And, just like the rest of society there are the good and the bad and those that believe in equality and justice and those that believe in inequality and injustice… those that think some people are not as equal as some others.
And, just like us folks in this old world who have to deal with some stuff that just ain’t right and sometimes find we got to go out and swing the hammer of justice and toll the bell of freedom, cops just might face that same reality themselves, and, they just may need to go do a little hammering and bell ringing themselves… time to stand up and say enough is enough and clean house. Or, maybe they won’t… Maybe they will see silent blue walls that that they refuse to break through, and, by their inaction, become a part of the problem instead of a part of the solution.
So, if Pittsburgh cops got a problem with their chief standing up for equality and justice where they work then maybe there is an underlying problem that is a lot more bigger than first thought, and, maybe, them cops need to look at what’s being said, use some common sense and say… “Right on Chief McLay!” and “Let’s not just end white silence; let’s end the blue silence too.”
2) Saw a report on Monday (1/5) that said “NYC big banks aren’t riding high on the hog despite a recovering economy and a soaring stock market according to Crain’s New York… “Profit is expected to drop 6% at Goldman Sachs (and) decline 16% at Morgan Stanley, while staying flat at JP Morgan.”
Okay now grok this… JPMorgan Chase Net income for full-year 2013 was $17.9 billion, compared with $21.3 billion for the prior year. That means their net income…aka profits… fell 16% and they still made 17.9 billion. Now, I can’t find any numbers for their profits for 2014 but let’s assume… that the profits fell one more time at that 16% figure. Do the math… they still made $15.036 billion in 2014. And, something tells me they didn’t decline by that much with the economic recovery that is going on as well as all the cost cutting I been reading about these banks been doing… like laying people off and moving some departments to cheaper locales… but… hey for arguments sake I’ll still say they did. Loose the same as they did in 2013. And, remember, these are billions not millions…
Now… if their income says flat in 2015, as is being predicted… then… rightttttt… they will make another $15+ billion in 2015.
On January 16, 2014, Goldman Sachs reported net revenues of $34.21 billion and net earnings of $8.04 billion for the year ended December 31, 2013. I can’t find any information that readily for 2012, and, I ain’t about to go crazy looking… I’m behind my deadline already for this column and another special column… sheeesssh… where do the days go???? Any way… I have no idea if they gained or lost income in 2103, but, regardless 8 plus billion is a lot of shekels.
Now, let’s also assume that in 2104 they lost money at the 6% that is predicted that they will lose money for in 2015. That means in 2014 they likely made about $7.5 billion… again a lot of shekels…
I can’t find any info for Morgan Stanley… right… I ain’t going crazy looking either… but I’ll assume they made bunch of shekels, too.
The point of all this nonsense is this… regardless if the projections for 2015 are that these three banks will lose money or stay flat they will make a bundle of money no matter what happens… billions of dollars of money… And I still don’t, and won’t, feel any feel any sympathy for the damn devils.
3) Now Don’t know whether ya’ll heard about the hullabaloo in the entertainment side of the news going on about Kanye and Paul… Paul who? Exactly the point… It’s McCartney, if, you must know.
“Who”, you ask?… and that, too, is the point of the hullabaloo…
Seems Kanye… and, don’t even think to say “Kanye who?” with all the press time that dude gets… and the ex-Beatle… please, say ya’ll know who the Beatles are… came together and did a record… disc?… any way, on Kanye’s latest single release… “Only One“… Paul plays piano…
Following the release of the single some Kanye fans took to Twitter…
Who is Paul McCartney? Why do people love him? — shweta hi (@swifthirlwalls) January 2, 2015
The same twitteree twitted… “Paul McCartney is obviously using Kanye for fame.”
I don’t know who Paul McCartney is, but Kanye is going to give this man a career w/ this new song!! — OVOJosh (@OVOJosh) January 2, 2015.
To his credit… I think… he did tweet back after he got twitted to death by others who said “WTF!” with… “Oh shit sorry! I didn’t know Paul McCartney or whatever was apart of The Beatles! Who knew people remembered bands from the 40’s!”
But, he, or she, has a point… there are some younger folks out there who really may not know the name Paul McCartney… and surprise, surprise… may not even know who the fuck the Beatles were… hell, we be talking over maybe 50 years for some of these twits… or is that tweeters?
But, the entire debacle of who knows Paul and who doesn’t could have been easily put to rest if the initial tweeters had just simply used their damn cellphones that have internet access and typed into their search engines the letters PAUL MCCARTNEY… and that’s the point one tweeter actually made…
Only thing makes me mad about the stupid McCartney/Kanye tweets is these damn kids have google. Ain’t no reason for your stupidity today. — Sky (@Sky_Razzball) January 3, 2015
Nuff said… or… is the real problem that some people are just too obtuse as they go about their daily lives and simply can’t take the time to think?
4) I don’t know if I advise this… but… from my friend Johnny A via email recently…
Subject: Home Security: I have torn out my home security system and resigned from the Neighborhood Watch Program.
I have installed a Syrian flag on my front porch, an Iranian flag next to my flower bed and the black flag of ISIS waves from my roof-top.
I’ve never felt safer…
Now… I know this is tongue in cheek… I think.. but… just in case it ain’t… or… somebody might think it could work…
Might wanna think about being careful around the other side of the coin though… some righteous American kind of dude… or dudette… who thinks they have the answers to what troubles plague the world… they could be thinking that tossing a firebomb or two after your terrorist car might be acceptable when you leave your premises and the “protection” of them guvmint agencies.
5) Read how Serena Williams was feeling lethargic and jetlagged, and, she decided a coffee might perk her up. Seems she made this decision right after losing her first set 6-0 during a tennis match at the Hopman Cup.
It did the trick.
Williams recovered beat her opponent… 0-6, 6-3, 6-0 on a sweltering day in Perth (Australia).
Williams later joked it was “miracle coffee.”
Now just to be fair and clear… Williams checked with the chair umpire and then with the tournament referee about the coffee before a ball girl served her the brew on court.
Williams said, “I was just feeling it, so I just had to get some coffee into me. I just asked them to get me a shot of espresso… I asked them if it was legal, because I’ve never done it before. I needed to wake up.”
Now, it does seem she got official permission and all, to have the java to perk her athletic butt up… but… I gotta say… it sure do sound like she downed some performance enhancing drugs to me if ya’ll want my opinion.
Just saying… ya know?
6) When is enough not nearly enough for some folks?
Listen my children and you shall hear…
Some lawyer walks up to you and hands you a check for about 1 billon simoleons… $974.8 to be exact… to settle what’s turning into a bitter and acrimonious divorce proceeding… do you even think about saying “NO”?
Sue Ann Arnall did…
Here’s the situation…
Harold Hamm, the chief executive of oil driller Continental Resources who is embroiled in a bitter divorce, offered to pay his former wife $974.8 million, but, turned down a hand-written check for that amount.
Now understand this… and, I gotta admit I’m having my own difficult time grokking it… anything and everything involved, in fact… Hamm offered to pay ex-wife Sue Ann Arnall the full cash value of what he owes based on a November divorce ruling by an Oklahoma County judge…
You read that sentence… right?
If they are involved in a divorce proceeding, then, how she already his ex-wife? And, if, a judge has already ruled that the almost 1 billion is what he owes her, then, what’s the freaking problem here?
Me? I don’t care ’bout nothing… I be taking the money and running. Case closed.
Now there’s is this little fact and it’s called Hamm’s fortune… which is said to be around $18 billion… give or take some, few 100 million or so… and… Ms Sue Ann says her award via the judge’s ruling is “inadequate”.
In no way, shape or form is almost 1 billion damn dollars an inadequate amount. Ever. You may wnat more, but, in no way, shape or from is it inadequate.
Seems to me, Ms. Sue Ann wants to grab this sucker… and, she may have good cause to want to do so for all I know… by the balls and then squeeeeezzzeeee…
Any way that’s my take on it and I’ma gonna be sticking to it.
7) This is why I don’t ski… never did and nver will…
Nuff said… or… is it nuff shown???
8) The former Alaska governor, Sarah Palin posted on Facebook pictures of her son, Trig, using the family’s dog as a stepping stool. Palin said she shared the shots to praise her son’s ingenuity and determination but animal rights activists took offense.
PETA, The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, said, “It’s odd that anyone… let alone a mother… would find it appropriate to post such a thing.”
Palin, in her typical take no prisoners pitbull fashion, told PETA to “Chill. At least Trig didn’t eat the dog”. She, also, posted on Facebook that the dog involved is actually a service animal for Trig, who has Down syndrome. Not sure what that had to do with anything, but, it is what it is, I reckon.
Then, she appeared on the “Today” show and further criticized PETA… she said PETA named New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio PETA’s 2014 Person of the Year despite his questionable record when handling groundhogs… “He had just, gotdonit, killed a groundhog when he dropped it last year on Groundhog Day.”
For those who are saying… “WHHHAAAAA… the hell.”
Palin was referencing a February 2014 incident when de Blasio dropped a groundhog at the Staten Island Zoo during a photo-op to celebrate Groundhog Day. The animal wound up dying later from “acute internal injuries.”
And, despite the incident, PETA honored de Blasio this December. Mainly due to his insistence that the NYC Horse Carriage industry be eliminated.
Palin said it was “Absolutely hypocritical. Double standard as usual apply to, I don’t know perhaps, a constitutional conservative.”
Now… here’s how I sees this… the mayor picked up the groundhog critter and dropped him by accident. Maybe he shouldn’t have been picking up the groundhog because ya never know what could happen with critters than can squirm and twist and turn when you grab ahold of them, but, the fact is he did. And, when he dropped the critter, it was an accident. And sadly the critter would up being seriously hurt and succumbed to that hurt.
It’s sad but sometimes very sad and unfortunate stuff happens. Hopefully, we learn.
(Note… coming to work today, I heard on the radio that the zoo is not allowing mayors or anyone else to do photo-ops by picking up groundhogs.)
Now… Trig may have stepped on the dog to use him to go get something he wanted, and, she probably thought it was cute event. Considering Trig’s personal situation and the fact the kid is a little kid and sometimes little kids do stuff without thinking…yeah it’s cute and all, but, it doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do or the right thing to go around and encourage a kid to do. And, it doesn’t mean you should go around glorifying it on social media like Facebook… but she did…
Now, I am gonna state this for the record… I am not a big fan of Sarah BUT neither am I a big fan of PETA. I gots my reasons for these feelings… we can, for the moment, leave it at that.
I think Sarah is being a tad stupid for taking this entire situation to the level that she has…
I think PETA needs to go check its holier than thous shit at the door and do more to fight for real animal rights than worrying about some harmless incident with a kid and his dog.
The young woman, identified only as Cassandra, ran away from home in November after undergoing two chemotherapy treatments for Hodgkin’s lymphoma… She obviously has some strong objections to the treatments.
Now, she’s in temporary state custody and being forced to undergo the treatment she obviously does not want. Don’t know how true what I have heard is, but, it is that she is being strapped down and then given the chemo.
She considers the chemo as poison that ultimately will do more damage to her if she should survive and just would prefer to take her chances with the cancer instead.
The State of Connecticut is saying that Cassandra’s mom is “not giving medical attention to (her) daughter.”
Cassandra and mom are trying to use the “mature minor doctrine,” which some other states already have adopted but not officially Connecticut that says some children can make important life decisions for themselves if they are competent enough.
Mom told NBC Connecticut, “When you think about what freedom means, a big part of it means being able to say to the government, ‘You can’t tell me what to do with my own body.’”
The Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families released the following statement:
“When experts… such as the several physicians involved in this case… tell us with certainty that a child will die as a result of leaving a decision up to a parent, then the Department has a responsibility to take action. Even if the decision might result in criticism, we have an obligation to protect the life of the child when there is consensus among the medical experts that action is required. Much of the improvements in Connecticut’s child welfare system have come from working with families voluntarily to realize solutions to family challenges. Unfortunately, that can’t happen in every situation, especially when the life of a child is at stake.”
The Connecticut State Supreme Court will hear the case’s two sides on Jan. 8.
I am going to state this in as unequivocal and simple words as I can… this girl is 17… her mom seems to be to be thinking rationally from what I am hearing… if Cassandra’s, and if Mom agrees with Cassandra, decision is she doesn’t want chemo then everyone should abide by her decision, back the fuck off and let things be.
It’s her life… let her live or die as she may choose.
10) In today’s (1/7) NYDN… “A repeat sex offender convicted of molesting eight women and teen girls in Brooklyn laundromats didn’t get any extra jail time Tuesday from a judge sympathetic of his mental illness.”
Here’s the back story…
Supreme Court Justice Vincent Del Giudice says it’s sad that the state prison system does not offer a treatment program for a convicted pervert’s particular mental disorder of frotteurism… i.e. “practice of achieving sexual stimulation … by touching and rubbing against a person without the person’s consent and usually in a public place.”
He was referencing one Lowell Britt who was sentenced to 3 years in prison to run concurrent with the same jail term he received last summer for another sex attack in Queens. He will also have to do 15 years of post-release supervision which includes some sort of treatment program.
The prosecutor involved with the case told the judge that the dude needed to be put away for at least 10 years given his long history of sex abuse, or, as he said… “The time for mercy has passed and now is the time for justice.”
The judge also heard from heart-rending penned statements from several victims, whose ages ranged from 13 to 32, that were read aloud in court.
One 22-year-old woman wrote: “I’m begging for justice, not only for me but for all our little girls that not only that he goes to rehab but serves time and get this animal off the street.”
But, the judge was not swayed by the prosecutor’s words or the victims. Instead, he was more impressed with the convicted’s expressions of sorrow and remorse and his desire to be cured.
Britt said, “I’ve done time without knowing what’s wrong with me. I’m looking forward to having professional help to work on myself. My concern is not victimizing anyone else.”
The judge concurred and said “I’m convinced your conduct is based on a psychological disorder … none of the treatments he had were applicable to his particular mental disorder.”
When the prosecutor asked the judge, if, the sentence would run concurrent to Britt’s sentence in Queens…the judge told the prosecutor, “Thank you for the update, please sit down.”
Adding insult to injury… later outside the court room, Britt’s dear old mom told reporters to get her son’s age correct and then complained that the district attorney’s office was too harsh…“What they want to do is almost crucify him. He has a problem and he needs help.”
Moms needs to get a good slap upside the head.
Yes, Britt does have a problem and he also messed up a lot of innocent folks, too. But, like the proecuor said in the courtroom… the time for mercy is done… it’s time for justice.
What should have been done was… he does the time… the whole ten years… and gets his treatment inside the joint… then does the other 15 years of probation and even more treatments.
Just and as fair as it can be if you ask me.
The judge is the fulfillment of the Dickensian line… “The law is an ass.” Or more to the point… “The law is a ass… a idiot. If that’s the eye of the law, the law is a bachelor; and the worst I wish the law is that his eye may be opened by experience… by experience.” (Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, First published serially 1837–1839.)
That judge needs to spend some time locked away inside a cage somewhere with some sexual perverts and then when he gets out after… say a month or so… then let’s hear some of his sympathy for the SOBs.
This weeks gratuitous pictures…
Barbara Palvin (22) is a Hungarian fashion model and actress.
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