Dallas shooting

This will be a great help in reconciling the cops and the civilians throughout the country.

Three Dallas police officers and one DART officer have been killed and several others were injured after shots were fired in downtown Dallas during a rally and march Thursday night.

Dallas police Chief David Brown said about 8:58 p.m., at least two snipers shot 11 officers and one civilian from elevated positions during the rally in downtown.

Two officers were in surgery earlier in the night and three were in critical condition, police said.

Three other DART officers were wounded but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening, said Morgan Lyons, a spokesman for DART.

I don’t know enough to opine much about this except to mourn the loss of the officers.

Shooting cops is not going to improve relations between civilian minorities and law enforcement personnel, that’s pretty damned obvious to any sentient human beings except the snipers. Their goal was obviously something other than that.

Try try again

The State of Texas lost its Supreme Court case two weeks ago when the Court ruled 5-3 that the state’s rules requiring clinics’ doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital in the same area as the clinic was an undue burden on women, and requiring the clinics be outfitted as though they were “ambulatory surgical centers” was also too strict a rule.

Were the states’ politicians cowed? Hell no! They were angry! So what did they do? Well, they got their friends at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to write new rules to forbid abortion providers from disposing of fetal remains in sanitary landfills, instead requiring only cremation or interment of all remains, no matter how short a gestation period.

This is similar to the “ambulatory surgical centers” business — most clinics don’t have crematories attached. Nor do they own land they can use for burial grounds. It’s just another attempt to drive abortion clinics out of business by placing unreasonable restrictions on them.

Countdown to idiocy

3,2,1…“We must restore Americans’ faith in government and that starts with reauthorizing the independent counsel statute.”

Uh-huh. Somehow this seven-term Republican Congressman (Mike Turner of Ohio’s 10th District between Columbus and Cincinnati, including Dayton) has gotten it in his head that Hillary needs to be investigated yet again, this time by an independent counsel.

“The investigation by the FBI is steeped in political bias, especially considering that former President Bill Clinton met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch just days before the FBI announced its decision. The role of the independent counsel is to keep investigations honest and prosecutorial decisions independent of the political, personal, and financial conflicts of interest that undermine accountability in government. It is time for Secretary Clinton to be held accountable for her extremely careless actions.”

Um. May I remind Representative Turner that Kenneth Starr was universally acknowledged to be anything but honest and unbiased.

Dear God, we have to vote these people out of office. The country can’t bear up under them too much longer.

When in the course of human events

it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

And some of that happiness shall include the setting off of pyrotechnical devices which make great displays in the sky.

Musical Saturdays

Some very good singers have had things to say about Saturdays.

Starting the day off as The Sandpipers do would be pleasant:

And then you could go to the park, as Robert Lamm and Chicago do:

But then melancholy can creep in by nightfall, as The Chairman of the Board suggests:

And then you may even take on a snootful of liquor and start brawling. Sir Elton approves:

Finally you end up sad and miserable, as Sam Cooke says he is:

Rest in Peace, old friend

I got word tonight that an old friend died on Saturday, June 25 in Oregon. He’d moved there earlier this year with his wife of nearly 45 years. I’m stunned. It was cancer, but neither Peter nor his wife ever mentioned it or complained about it.

Peter was the guy who in 1980 showed me how to write computer code for the IBM S/34 minicomputer I was responsible for in my new job as Data Processing Manager for the Honolulu Club. He was a third-party consultant whose office was right down the street and whose apartment was right up the street. He never grumbled if I called him at home to ask how I got Phred (the computer was named Phred) to spit out what I needed it to do. He’d finish up jobs with other clients quickly if I needed help, and he’d bear with me when I couldn’t get my damned bosses to pay him what we owed him on time.

I watched one game of the 1980 College World Series in his office late one afternoon. It was the only time his alma mater, the U of Hawai’i, ever got into that tournament, and they lost in the final game.

In 1991 Peter began a tradition which held up almost without a break until he left town this year; he’d hold a Super Bowl watch party for a dozen or so of his and his wife’s friends and co-workers. It was always a pretty lively and vocal gathering.

I owe Peter a lot of gratitude for all the help he gave me over the years.

Rest in Peace, Peter, and all my condolences to your wonderful wife and daughter.

Colorado Senate race

The Republicans only have two Senate races this fall in which it’s deemed possible they could unseat the incumbent. One of them is in Colorado, where Michael Bennet is finishing up his first term. Today the state had a primary in which the Republicans fielded five candidates, and the guy with the least money won. He’s a tea-partier and he calls himself a “Christian constitutionalist conservative.” Look at who likes him:

He won endorsements from Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and the tea party-aligned Senate Conservatives Fund, which poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into his campaign.

He’s gonna lead, he says. He’s gonna make his opponent spend money defending Obamacare and the Iran deal and the mean EPA and its regulations, by golly.

Bennet’s got about $5M to spend. I hope he buries this guy, but this is the same state in which Cory Gardner beat Mark Udall last time out, so the Dems can’t take anything for granted.

Historical mistakes

I am trying to figure out whether Cameron calling for the Brexit referendum was even more stupid than Hitler invading Russia or Tojo bombing Pearl Harbor. The latter two events eventually destroyed the countries which perpetrated the deeds, and it’s beginning to look as though the UK may break up into its respective parts. Scotland, which voted Remain, is making noises about another Scottish Independence referendum to redo the one it had in 2014. Sinn Fein is making noises about unifying Northern Ireland with Ireland proper, since NI voted Remain and Ireland is an EU member. Wales joined England in voting Leave, so it could end up in a smaller Kingdom, perhaps Lesser Great Britain, like the Lesser Antilles?

I am also imagining the horror Cameron must have felt when he realized that his ploy to retain his job as PM in 2015 was going to have the opposite result from that he’d expected. He promised the Euroskeptics in his own Conservative Party back then that he’d offer a yes-or-no referendum on Britain’s status in the EU by 2017 if they’d support his re-election campaign in 2015. They did, he won, and he called for the referendum. His legacy is not going to be the one he preferred.