The War On Cops

Between stops last Friday, I caught a segment on radio which stunned me. It was chock full of those inconvenient things Progressives and Ms. Pingree can’t stand. They’re called facts.

The subject was Black Lives Matter, who scream at us that white police officers regularly kill blacks without basis or reason. Here are a few numbers from The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe, by Heather MacDonald. Did you know:

  • If all police shootings were to end tomorrow, both lethal and nonlethal and justified and unjustified, it would have a negligible effect on the astronomical rate at which blacks die by shootings.
     
  • Black and Hispanic officers are actually far more likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than are white officers.
     
  • Black officers in the New York Police Department were 3.3 times more likely to use their guns at shooting scenes than white officers.
     
  •  As a result of BLM, we have the “Ferguson Effect": local police are backing off of proactive policing, and crime is going up astronomically, as much as 90 percent in cities with large black populations.
     
  • 2 percent of all whites and Hispanics who die of homicide are killed by police officers.  Four percent of all blacks are killed by police officers.
     
  • 6,000 blacks die of homicide each year.  That is more than white and Hispanic homicide victims combined, even though blacks are just 13 percent of the nation's population.  And the reason they are dying of homicide at a rate six times higher than whites and Hispanics combined is because they commit homicide at a rate eight times higher than whites and Hispanics combined.
     
  • Over the last decade, black males made up 40 percent of all cop killers, even though they're six percent of the population.
     
  • What happened in Dallas is an extreme version of what officers are experiencing every day.  It's why we have seen a 17 percent increase in homicides last year in the 56 largest cities.
     
  • A police officer is 18-and-a-half times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is likely to be killed by a police officer.
     
  • A Chicago cop recently said he's never seen such hatred directed at officers in his 20 years in policing.  He said this is an almost undoable job now.
     
  • As a result of DOJ takeover of 30 local departments, policing takes the backseat to paper pushing. There's been no administration in recent history that is more anti-law enforcement than the Obama Administration.
     
  • Cops actually hesitate longer to decide to shoot armed black suspects than armed white suspects, and are less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects. 
     
  • Poverty has nothing to do with it. The 1960s was the nadir of violent crime, yet we had a very strong economy. The problem is the breakdown of the family that is leaving kids without any socialization and any decent role models. 

It is extraordinary that some people believe that “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” is real. It never happened; it's is a lie, picked up and promoted by the liberal press. It is sad and misguided that President Obama has embraced Black Lives Matter. This past February, he welcomed two founders of Black Lives Matter to the White House and commemorated them and their efforts and praised them as being better organizers than he is. He said he is "confident that they are going to take America to new heights”. Just what heights, he didn’t explain.

Posted on 10 Jul 2016, 10:47 - Category: State We're In



Fixing Our Ailing Mental Health Treatment System

One of my favorite Congressman, Rod Frelinghuysen, New Jersey, has an excellent weekly newsletter. This week he writes:

"More than 10 million Americans have severe schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or suffer from major depression.  Yet millions are going without treatment and families struggle to find care for their loved ones.

As a longtime mental health advocate, I recognize that the federal government’s approach to mental health has been notoriously chaotic - a patchwork of antiquated programs and ineffective policies across numerous departments, agencies, and offices.  In fact, the General Accountability Office notes that there are 12 federal programs charged with addressing mental illness and “interagency coordination for programs supporting individuals with serious mental illness is lacking.”

Fundamentally, mental illness is a disease. We certainly do not treat people with cancer or diabetes or heart disease so callously.

Sadly, some people end up in the criminal justice system or out on the streets because services are not available. The illness may result in suicide, drug abuse, crime, homelessness and more. Our failure to care for those who are ill comes at a very high cost to our society, in economic terms and in wasted human potential and, occasionally, terrible violence.”

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Through my education in Psychology, my time as a social worker in a maximum security prison, as mobile crisis clinician, and in my private practice, I have been hip deep in this stuff. It has at times been sad, frustrating, infuriating and, occasionally, there is a light when medicine and government and community come to together to literally save a life. 

I am all too familiar with these unfortunate problems in our society. I have worked the psychiatric units. I have been instrumental in some rescues. I can’t wait to get to Washington to clear out bureaucratic bumbling and get out help for these fellow citizens!

Posted on 09 Jul 2016, 01:46 - Category: Healthcare



More VA Bungling

After nearly a year of meetings, the commission empowered by the $15B Veterans Choice, Access and Accountability Act of 2014, today released its 292 page report. 12 of 15 commissioners signed, 3 did not, 2 of those dissented, saying it fell "far short of what is needed”.

The report found the so-called "Choice Program”, permitting vets to seek private care, is flawed in design and execution. It made 18 recommendations, including a new "community network of care” system, a new 11-member board of directors accountable to the President, and a slew of totally obvious ideas like better computer systems. Give me a break.

Welcome to another edition of Big Government rumbling, bumbling, stumbling and fumbling. Got a problem? Let’s just appoint a few more commissions and throw money at  consultants. Meantime, our Vets are dying and nothing changes.

Want a good idea? You better brace yourself. How about the dreaded Private Sector! What gets rid of inefficiency and corruption best? Competition for the almighty buck!

There are 152 regional VA hospitals and nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics. Sell them, one to five in a group. Remember, we want competition. At $1B each (hospitals), that’s $152B, about the annual operating budget of the system. The new unit under construction in Aurora, CO is $1B over budget and years late; $100 doors came in at $1,400. They can’t run them and they can’t build them. Then, issue healthcare cards to our Vets good at any doctor or hospital anywhere. The cards will cover for all the care and procedures and benefits Vets are entitled too. This wipes out the inefficient, corrupt, politically-manipulated layers of the VA, and taxpayers pay market rates straight to private, entrepreneurial, hungry, competitive businesses.

Finally, stay out of the way. Please!

Posted on 06 Jul 2016, 18:26 - Category: Veterans



By the Numbers, 7/5

A little more Hope and Change, anyone? What is stunning is how rapidly these disastrous numbers were achieved. Ms Pingree: please explain.

Source: Federal Reserve Economic Data, Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis

Posted on 05 Jul 2016, 14:15 - Category: By The Numbers



By The Numbers, 7/1

From time to time, we'll report some numbers and facts you might find interesting.
 
• 1,600,000: number of citizens who have dropped out of ObamaCare this year.
 
• 2,300: number of Syrian refugees accepted into USA this month, a record.
 
• 23:  number of colleges, out of 76 deemed “best” by U.S. News & World Report, who require History majors to take American History.

Posted on 01 Jul 2016, 12:37 - Category: By The Numbers



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