12.30.2014

THE TEA LEAF READERS OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION

Patrick Buchanan calls them “Our Judicial Dictatorship.”  Our Supreme Court and Federal Court judges. Liberal judges are more like tea leaf readers. Something very different from the Tea Party.

While it has been said many times that their duty is to “interpret” the law, they have for decades been interpreting the meaning of “interpret” along the lines of President Bill Clinton’s infamous “What the meaning of is is”?

Like cheesy fortune-tellers who gaze into a cup of wet tea leaves, divining in the patterns whatever they want to see, our judges seem to whisper secret incantations, finding in the Constitution whatever tortured evidence bolsters their ideology.

For example, somehow the Preamble’s “...Promote the general welfare,” is “interpreted” as meaning the Founding Fathers intended for the government to create a bloated, counter-productive welfare system, taking over America’s healthcare system, handing out food stamps to over-fed people, and providing free birth control to a new generation of liberated young women.

On the other hand,  “...Maintaining a well-armed militia” means citizens have no right to bear arms for their own protection.

If Leftists don’t like the Constitution the way it was written and intended, they might at least have the honesty to propose amendments and revisions as their judges read them in the tea leaves. Then put it to a vote to change it... if they can. Meanwhile, they could render a great national service by stopping the torture of the Constitution (not to mention the rest of us)!

12.29.2014

HOLDER DOESN'T GET THE RESPECT HE WANTS (LOL!)


Attorney General Holder complains he doesn’t get any respect.

Sounds an awful lot like you-know-who LOL!

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12.20.2014

THE SECOND BEST CHRISTMAS STORY EVER TOLD



Based on an inspirational true story by Thomas J. Burns
which appeared in Reader’s Digest® Christmas issue 1989


It was late evening in London. A handsome young man with flowing brown hair and normally sparkling eyes, stepped from the brick-and-stone portico of his home near Regent’s Park. This evening he was deeply troubled. The cool air of dusk was a relief from the day’s unseasonal humidity as he began his routine walk through what he called “the black streets” of the old city.

The 31-year-old father of four had thought he was at the peak of his career. But just as the Christmas season was upon him, he was facing a serious loss of income. The news stunned him. It seemed his very talent was being questioned. He was supporting a large, extended family, and his expenses were already nearly more than he could handle. His father and brothers were pleading for loans. His wife was expecting their fifth child.

He had trouble sleeping so had taken to walking the streets at night, hoping it would somehow spark his usually prolific imagination. He needed an idea that would earn him a large sum of money, and he needed the idea quickly. But depression makes invention even more difficult.

The glow from street lamps lit his way through London’s better neighborhoods.

Then, as he neared the Thames, only the dull light from tenement windows illuminated the streets, litter-strewn and smelling of sewage. The gentry of his neighborhood were replaced by bawdy streetwalkers, pickpockets, and beggars.

It all reminded him of the nightmare that often troubled his sleep: A 12-year-old boy sits at a worktable piled high with pots of black boot paste. For 12 hours a day, six days a week, he attaches labels on the endless stream of pots to earn the six shillings that will keep him alive.

The boy in the dream looks through the rotting warehouse floor into the cellar, where swarms of rats scurry about. Then he raises his eyes to the dirt-streaked window, seeing only London’s wintry fog. The window light fades along with the boy’s hopes.

This was no scene from his imagination. It was a period from his early life when his father was in debtor’s prison, and the youngster was receiving only an hour of school lessons during his dinner break at the warehouse. The boy feels helpless, abandoned. He fears he may never know joy or hope again. Fortunately, his father inherited a modest amount of money, enabling him to pay off his debts and get out of prison – thus was the boy able to escape a dreary fate.

Now the fear of being unable to pay his own debts haunted him. He was no closer to the idea he desperately needed. But in the midst of self-doubt, a man sometimes does his best work. From the storm of tribulation comes a gift.

As he neared his own home, Charles Dickens felt a sudden flash of inspiration. A Christmas story! One for the very people he passed on the bleak streets of London. People who lived and struggled with the same fears and longings he was feeling, people who hungered for a bit of cheer and hope.

Christmas, 1843, was less than three months away! Could he manage to write this story in so brief a time? The book would have to be short. It would have to be finished by the end of November to be printed and distributed in time for Christmas.

He recalled a theme of a very successful story which he had previously published, “The Pickwick Papers.” He would fill his Christmas story with scenes and characters he knew his readers already loved. The basic plot would be simple enough for children to understand, but evoke warm memories and emotions in the heart of an adult.

But what began as a desperate, calculated plan to rescue himself from debt – “a little scheme,” as he described it – soon began to work a change in Dickens’ own spirit. As he wrote about the kind of Christmas he loved – joyous family parties with clusters of mistletoe hanging from the ceiling; cheerful carols, games, dances and gifts; delicious feasts of roast goose, plum pudding, fresh breads, all enjoyed in front of a blazing Yule log – the joy of the season he cherished began to alleviate his depression.

“A Christmas Carol” captured his heart. And his soul. It became a labor of love. As he began to scrawl each new paragraph with his quill pen, the characters seemed magically, as if on their own, to come to life: Tiny Tim with his crutches, Scrooge cowering in fear before ghosts, Bob Cratchit drinking Christmas cheer in the face of poverty. “I was very much affected by the little book,” he later commented, “Reluctant to lay it aside for a moment.”

After retiring alone to his cold, barren apartment on Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly London businessman, is visited by the spirit of his dead partner, Jacob Marley. Doomed by his greed and insensitivity to his fellow man when alive, Marley’s ghost wanders the world in chains forged of his own indifference. He warns Scrooge that he must change, or suffer the same fate.
The ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come appear and show Scrooge poignant scenes from his life and what will occur if he doesn't mend his ways. Filled with remorse, Scrooge renounces his former selfishness and becomes a kind, generous person, showing particular kindness to his employee Bob Cratchit, and to Tiny Tim. Scrooge finally experiences the true spirit of Christmas.

A friend and Dickens’ future biographer, John Forster, took note of the “strange mastery” the story held over the author. Dickens told a professor in America how, when writing, he “Wept, and laughed, and wept again.” He even took charge of the design of the book, deciding on a gold-stamped cover, a red-and-green title page with colored endpapers, four hand-colored etchings, and four engraved woodcuts. To make the book affordable to the widest audience possible, he priced it at only five shillings.

As December rolled around, the manuscript went to printing. Barely one week before Christmas Eve, the author’s copies were delivered to him, and Dickens was delighted. He never doubted that “A Christmas Carol” would be popular. But neither he nor his publisher was ready for the overwhelming response... the first edition of 6,000 copies sold out by Christmas Eve! As the little book’s heartwarming message spread, Dickens later recalled, he received “By every post, all manner of strangers writing all manner of letters about their homes and hearths, and how the ‘Carol’  is read aloud there, and kept on a very little shelf by itself.” Thackeray said, “It seems to me a national benefit, and to every man or woman who reads it a personal kindness.”

Because of the quality of production he demanded, and the low price he placed on the book, it did not turn into the immediate financial success Dickens hoped for. Nevertheless, “A Christmas Carol’s” enormous popularity revived his audience for subsequent novels, while giving a fresh, new direction to his life and career.

Although Dickens would write many other well-received and financially profitable books – David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations – nothing ever equaled the soul-satisfying joy he derived from his universally loved little novel. In time, some would call him the Apostle of Christmas.

At his death in 1870, a poor child in London was heard to ask: “Dickens dead? Then will Father Christmas die too?”

In a very real sense, Dickens popularized many aspects of the Christmas we celebrate today; family gatherings, seasonal drinks and dishes, and gift giving. Even our language has been enriched by the tale. Who has not known a “Scrooge,” or uttered “Bah! Humbug!” Even “Merry Christmas!” gained wider usage after the story was published.

And in the spirit of Tiny Tim, “A Merry Christmas to us all. God bless us, every one!”













 Images courtesy Disney® and others unknown

12.14.2014

LINCOLN, SLAVERY, AND AMERICA’S WORST DEAL

  



 


...As long as blacks live with whites
they constitute a threat to national life.”

             ~Abraham Lincoln








     Nowadays, few question Abraham Lincoln’s great fulfilled ambition, the emancipation of America’s slaves. His is one of the great monuments in Washington, DC.

Does any civilized man doubt that the enslavement of a human being is evil, pure and simple? But read on, and perhaps you will find a view of historical facts, which has so far escaped you.

Though I am born a Yankee and despise slavery of any kind, that’s where my respect for Mr. Lincoln ends. In a despicable example of how some believe ends justify means, Lincoln set into motion a tidal wave of death, destruction and economic strife which affects America to this very day. It was avoidable! Lincoln could have brought about the emancipation of America’s slaves by other means, probably avoiding his own untimely death. World sentiment was turning sharply against the very notion of slavery. It was only a matter of time. Had Lincoln’s willingness to negotiate with his adversaries been as determined as his willingness to take America to war against itself, today’s America might find itself in a better place at least as regards race relations.

Lincoln’s controversial wave began surging with a great disagreement as to whether or not America’s newly acquired western territories would be allowed by Constitutional law to hold slaves. This disagreement led to the secession of seven southern states, including Texas, and then several others, which went on to form the Confederacy. Secession was not allowed by the Constitution, Lincoln insisted, and so as Commander-in-Chief he believed he was authorized by that document to bring the Confederacy back to the Union by the force of war. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. He plunged America into its Civil War.

Lincoln’s rationale for America’s Civil War seems to be something of a self-contradiction. In his letter to Horace Greeley dated August 22, 1862, Lincoln writes: “...My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union, and is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that...”

Lincoln continues with this non-sequitur, “What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union...”

According to many today, our Union is still in need of saving. In Detroit, Chicago, Baltimore, and so many of our cities, the freed have wrought a new kind of slavery; that of fear, poverty and dissolution of the soul.


In his famous 1858 debates, Lincoln repeatedly rejected the idea of permitting blacks to vote, serve as jurors, hold office or intermarry with whites. “There is a physical difference between the two,” he said on more than one occasion, “which, in my judgment, will probably forever forbid their living together upon the footing of perfect equality.”

According to many ill-informed Northern leaders in Washington at that time, this war would be over in a matter of months, the emancipation of slaves completed, and the Confederate States back in the Union shortly thereafter. But the South wasn’t buying Lincoln’s dream, what the Confederacy lacked in numbers and industrial capacity, it more than made up for in courage. Because of Europe’s hunger for cotton, some in the “plantation states” expected France or England to come to their aid. But anti-slavery sentiment in Europe trumped even its love of cotton; Europe stayed out of it. Except for selling arms to both sides, of course. When it comes to arms dealing, principles are always the first casualties.

As we shall show, there were many Southern whites who despised the idea of slavery as much as anyone. Perhaps the North felt this group would be far less inclined to fight against the Union. Never-the-less the Confederate Army under command of General P.G.T. Beauregard delivered a stinging rebuke at Fort Sumpter. Lincoln and his supporters were shocked: the South and the Confederate flag would not be taken down so easily.

Committed now, and with continued support of the majority in Congress, Lincoln was forced to grow the Union army, adding to its original volunteer forces new draftees who would serve for “three years or the duration of the war.”

Some say the Union fought with one hand tied behind its back. If so, the tragedy is even worsened. Lincoln’s war – America’s most costly in our dearest blood – resulted in the deaths of somewhere between 620,000 and (recent studies suggest) 850,000 – mostly young white men on both sides. A total of 1,500,00 casualties! By comparison, WWII resulted in 405,000 American deaths. The nation was not prepared  for slaughter of this magnitude. Families of the dead walked through the killing fields in an attempt to identify and bury their own. Many were left for nature to reclaim.

In the 1860 census, taken just before the War, there were about 3.9 million slaves in bondage in the United States, mostly in the southern States. This represented about 12% of the total population.

Not to put too fine a point on it, historically, there were many more whites brought to America as slaves than there ever were blacks! Historian Oscar Hardlin observes that in America, white “servants” were bartered for profit, sold to the highest bidder for the unpaid debts of their masters, and otherwise transferred like movable goods or chattels. In every civic, social and legal attribute, these victims were set apart. Despised. The condition of the first negroes in America must be viewed within the perspective of these conceptions and realities of white servitude. 

Lincoln wrote that he was repulsed by the sight of black Africans, chained together, being transported by a boat he too was on, to plantations. Was Lincoln aware that white slaves were treated much worse? Or was his sympathy reserved, as it was with myopic European ladies, for black skin only. Dickens describes in Bleak House this brand of evangelical telescopic philanthropy in the person of Mrs. Jellyby, “a do‑gooder so absorbed in the welfare of the African natives of Borrioboola‑Gha that she fails to notice her own family sinking into ruin.”  With white slaves dying in ditches, it was the worst sort of rose‑pink sentimentalism to worry oneself about West Indian Negroes.


In earlier years, white slaves drained the swamps, cleared the for­ests, built the roads. They worked and died in greater num­ber than anyone else. During much of the Civil War, politicians and military leaders of the Confederacy could not travel in certain parts of the Deep South without armed escorts for fear of attack from “upcountry” Southern whites who hated the planter aristocracy and the war they saw as being for the sole benefit of the plantation owners. “Upcountry” Southern whites consisted in large part of survivors of white slavery, and their children, who had taken to the hills, mountains and Piedmont regions of the South, living in frontier conditions.

About this, scholars wrote that “In the antebellum 19th Century South, many white Southerners lived in the upcountry, an area of small farms and herdsmen engaged largely in subsistence agriculture. Little currency circulated, barter was common and upcountry families dressed in home‑spun cloth, the product of the spinning wheel and the hand‑loom.” 


They were characterized thusly; “Humanity can scarce forbear to drop a tear on reflecting on the circumstances of many of them. With a poor wretched hut crowded with children, naked, hungry and miserable without bread or a penny of money to buy any, in short they appear as objects almost too contemptible to excite the public sympathy.”

Lincoln appears to have had little interest in these whites, and so they continued in poverty. White skin, apparently, excites little in the way of public sympathy even today.

Few groups emerge unstained by the debacle of slavery. According to the few rabbinical scholars with courage enough to search deep within the recesses of the Jewish historical record, there is irrefutable evidence that white slaves were brought to the Americas at a rate of about ten whites to one black. Jewish slave traders participated in every aspect of the international slave trade. One of the sources of the immense wealth of Jews was the subjugation of black Africans.

In the end, the price of Abraham Lincoln’s dream was 1.5 million casualties to free 3.9 million slaves, many of whom, as we shall show, were not terribly inclined to be “freed” in the first place. A nightmarish cost in human life – a terrible deal by any standard.

To make matters worse, plans to create new territories, or for the transport to places outside the States for this huge number of “instant freemen” quickly fell apart. Lincoln signed a contract with businessman Bernard Kock to establish a colony near Haiti. 453 freed slaves departed for the island. But a government investigation deemed Kock untrustworthy, and Secretary of State William Seward stopped the plan from going further. Poor planning, an outbreak of smallpox, and financial mismanagement by Kock left the colonists under-supplied and starving. Some moved to Haiti. The U.S. Navy arrived at the island to rescue survivors. Most freed slaves were left to fend for themselves in America, a nation completely upheavaled by the terrible War, which left scars and rifts between North and South, black and white; rifts which continue to this day.

Today, many African-Americans suffer the misconception that only white Americans held their ancestors in bondage. The 1860 census determined that even if all slave owners had been white, that would amount to only 1.4 percent of whites in the country holding slaves. 1.4 percent! 

But all slave owners were not white. The reality is many black freemen were slave owners. Contrary to liberal opinion, the majority of these black slave masters were not “sub-contractors” of white masters or those who had purchased the freedom of their children, they were independent plantation owners. In fact, many free blacks in South Carolina owned as many as 30 or more slaves. In 1860, there were a good number of free blacks in Louisiana who owned 65 or more slaves. The largest number, 152 slaves, were owned by an African-American widow and her son, who were owners of a large sugar cane plantation. Another black freeman who owned over 100 slaves, was Antoine Dubuclet, a sugar planter whose estate was valued (in 1860 dollars) at $264,000. In comparison, that year, the average wealth of a southern white man was $3,978. There are many, many more examples of black slave owners who were doing just fine in the years leading to the Civil War.

The argument today’s race hustlers put forth, that somehow all whites are responsible for the plight of African-Americans, is without merit and baseless. Lincoln spent the lives of at least 620,ooo white men to free black slaves whose offspring to this very day largely remain, economically and spiritually in a poor state.

Consider that those white families who owned small numbers of slaves shared their meals and worked the fields side-by-side with them. They were more than just chattel before their emancipation. Afterward, whatever good intentions the North might have had faded in the light of its great debt; freed slaves were pretty much left to fend for themselves. The end result is what we have today, a nation with racial tension boiling just below the surface, with wounds reopened over and over by race-baiters who profit from the divide.

Had Lincoln been less ideologically driven, he could have crafted a far better deal. He certainly might have considered emancipation by attrition. The slave-holding States would have been allowed to keep whatever slaves they had, but not add any more. As a slave reached a certain age, he would be freed. Children of slaves would all be freemen, full citizens of the United States. Economic incentives could have been employed to add a bit of sugar to the medicine. Gradually, slave owners would become acclimated to the idea that new mechanical inventions replaced slaves. This, or other alternatives never considered, might have avoided the terrible spectacle of American killing American.

Consider the speech delivered on the floor of the U.S. Senate by Senator Cowan of Pennsylvania, on March 4th of 1862. The subject up for debate was the pending Confiscation of Property of the Confederate Rebels (edited for brevity).

   “We are standing now squarely face to face with questions of most pregnant significance,” began Cowan. “Shall we stand or fall by the Constitution, or shall we leave it and adventure ourselves upon the wide sea of revolution? Shall we attempt to liberate the slaves of the people of the rebellious states, or shall we leave them to regulate their domestic institutions the same as before the rebellion?
    ...This bill proposes, at a single stroke, to strip four million white people of all their property, real and personal, and mixed, of every kind whatsoever, and reduce them at once to absolute poverty...
    Now, Sir, it does seem to me that if there was anything in the world calculated to make that four million people and their four hundred thousand soldiers in the field now and forever hostile to us and our Government, it would be the promulgation of a law such as this.
    ...This bill would liberate, perhaps, three millions of slaves; surely the most stupendous stroke for universal emancipation ever before attempted in the world.
    Those who favor this bill seem determined to impose yet a greater project, of procuring a home for these emancipated millions in some tropical country, and of transporting, colonizing, and settling them there. Surely, sir... can we for a moment entertain this proposition seriously?
    At a time... when we are in great debt, is it not strange that this scheme... should be so coolly presented... with a kind of surprise that anyone should oppose it?
    The bill is in direct conflict with the Constitution... which guarantees the... property of the citizen...
    Pass this bill, sir, and all that is left of the Constitution is not worth much...
    ...We have here in these Halls of Congress solemnly declared that the war was for no such purpose as conquest and subjugation; but that it was for the purpose of compelling obedience to the Constitution and the law. ...Is this law one of them?
    ...People have been duped into rebellion by being told that we of the North were all abolitionists, intent... on the emancipation of their slaves, and the destruction of their social system. That slander, sir, was the moving cause of the war.
    ...We have said we had no right, and we claimed none, to meddle with slaves or slavery in the slave States.
    ...I know that many people suppose that our powers under the Constitution have been indefinitely enlarged by the fact that a civil war is now raging, calling into play what is called the ‘war power’ of Congress, by virtue of which we can pass any law we choose which tends or is supposed to tend toward the suppression of the rebellion, and that under it this Bill is warranted by the Constitution.
    I think all this will be found a delusion and a snare... Nobody pretends that if Jefferson Davis alone had been guilty of treason... and had escaped the jurisdiction of the courts, that Congress could have attained him as a traitor, or forfeited his property, or emancipated his slaves. Even the simplest man would have known that in such case he must be tried, convicted, and punished by law. Nor can the case be altered if one hundred thousand other traitors were in the same category. The grants of power to us in the Constitution were fixed in it from the beginning.
    ...But the case has arisen where the laws are inadequate to the preservation of the order of society, and the question is, what remedy? ...Since the law is of no avail it resorts to...war, and those who resist are treated as enemies.
    ...The Constitution declares that the President shall be the Commander-in-Chief, or, in other words, the force of the nation is put into his hands ...In this case the President has the right to take, by way of capture, all the public property of the rebels used in the war, such as forts, ships, ammunition, stores of every kind, but he could not do as this bill proposes to do; he could not follow the rebel after his surrender and take from his house the private property which he had left there for his wife and children while he was at war. And all this because a Christian civilization has taught the nations that such mode of making war is mischievous and injurious. The modern rule of the law of nations is plainly understood by all: ‘Private property on land is exempt from confiscation, with the exception when taken from enemies in the field or besieged towns, and of military contributions levied upon the inhabitants of hostile territory.
    ...Several millions of negros are now in bondage. Where are the signs of their [demanding] emancipation? Have not hundreds of thousands of these had ample opportunity to throw off their chains within the last few months? Have they done so? [No!] And if they have not done so, can you compel them to exchange voluntary servitude for involuntary freedom? I thought the world was old enough for everyone to know, if you want freedom, you must strike the blow which is to secure it.”

    The good Senator was right. The economic cost of freeing the slaves by other means would have been far less than the cost of the War, which, by the time it was over, broke the backs of Federal, State and municipal budgets across the country, forcing the institution of an annual income tax of “3% of personal earnings over $800.”

Historians create mythical heroes. Lincoln’s grand monument stands as a symbol for all who demand freedom for all, regardless of the color of their skin. I do not debate this end. There is no compromise here. Men must be free. But I despise Lincoln’s terrible means and its cost in blood and lasting hate. Having spent the lives of at least 620,ooo white men, far too many of those they fought so gallantly to free remain now in self-imposed psychological bondage.

12.10.2014

THE TRAGEDY OF GARNER AND BROWN

Would you expect a plumber to arrive at your home with no tool other than a wrench? Or an electrician outfitted with no tool but a screwdriver? How useful is a carpenter with no tool but a hammer? Yet, we routinely send police officers out to patrol the neighborhoods of America, alone, with virtually no other tool but his badge and a gun. And we expect this cop to be able to deal with every sort of situation imaginable.

Take the case of Officer Wilson in Ferguson: a police officer on duty. Alone. Confronted by a law breaker who refuses to cooperate, who is belligerent, and who is significantly larger than he is, the cop is left with few options. His badge and the force of law have no effect upon the law breaker other than to instill rebellious anger, actually goading the officer. Would you be happy to be in his shoes? What do you expect the officer to do! Run? Hide? He represents the law. Unable to reason with the larger man who has already attacked him, the officer fears he has few options other than to use the only tool he has been given to deal with these situations... his gun. And there-in lies the trigger for tragedy.

Wilson knows his “back-up” will not arrive in time to be of any help. Monday morning quarterbacks expect the officer to psychologically out-wit or reason with an angry law breaker in the heat of the moment. Assuming Wilson even had them, pepper spray and taser cannot be relied upon to stop an arrestee intent on fleeing or further harming the officer. Yet the officer’s duty is to arrest the law breaker. He cannot simply allow the perp to run away. His verbal commands to stop do not suffice; so, a warning shot. If this doesn’t work, he is forced to escalate. The autopsy suggests that Wilson’s first shots were aimed to disable, not to kill. Even they did not stop Brown. So...

I suppose quarterbacks could argue that even before the officer confronted Brown and his accomplice, the he might have stayed in his vehicle, out of sight until back-up arrived. Or, failing that, let the suspects run away, following them, unseen, until back-up arrives. But allowing the public to see the law backing down is an unseemly sight. Cops are out there sworn to protect the community from law breakers.

What is missing here is an alternative non-lethal tool which will guarantee to stop a belligerent arrestee without doing serious bodily harm to him. Something more restrained but more effective than a bullet. Something which will enable a cop to disable and cuff even the most maniacal perp. If only there were such a tool.

Such a device might have also avoided tragedy in the Garner incident. Still, how does an officer get a mountain of a man, even if cuffed, to voluntarily walk to a police car if he does not want to? Asking politely? Beg? Promise a burger? Threats? Of what? Cranes or other force seem to be the only options.

Murphy’s Law of unintended consequences is always at work. So even if officers had such a device, chances are that an arrestee would find a way to get himself injured, with all the attendant accusations of police brutality, and legal suits.

Cops are human beings. Putting on a badge and a uniform does not make you non-human, or super-human. No sane cop goes to work looking to hassle, abuse or kill a citizen, black or white. That takes a genuine nut. If there are such nuts or known bigots in any police force in the nation, they must be weeded out, and quickly. Preferably before they are sworn in.

Serious questions remain about both these real-life cases. In watching the video of the incredibly clumsy arrest of Eric Garner, I can’t help but wonder about the African-American female police sergeant who appears to the rear of the fallen Garner. There she is, supervising the “take down” as if she were a wrestling referee, hunched down watching to see if a wrestler’s shoulder has been pinned down. Why isn’t the media asking why she, hearing Garner yell that he could not breathe, didn’t command her men to stop that awful business on the spot? She couldn’t possibly have believed Garner would jump up and run away at that point. Obviously she thought it was a good take-down. Doesn’t she bear at least some responsibility for this needless death? How does the supervision of this arrest by a black cop fit the “white cops hate black men” narrative served up by Sharpton et al.?

No cop should be patrolling alone in precincts where crime is at a high level. Firstly, law breakers are far less likely to try to challenge two cops and avoid arrest. Secondly, there are two pairs of eyes on each situation. Thirdly, if one cop loses his cool under pressure, the second one can cool him down, perhaps avoiding decisions made under duress, which lead to tragedy.

If the rationalization for solo patrols is budgetary, compare the cost in dollars of sitting an additional officer in Wilson’s cruiser with the cost in dollars and public relations of the ruination rained down upon Ferguson and its residents and leaders by an avoidable killing.