Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Eyes Have It

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According to reports from two St. Louis sources who probably don't want their homes burned down, the officer who shot "Big Mike" Brown suffered an "orbital blowout fracture of the eye socket" when the "gentle giant" was punching him in the face.

Searching Google for images of similar injuries will cause your butt to pucker in sympathy, because clearly getting your facial bones broken hurts. A lot.

Pretty much any officer in this situation would feel that the threshold for using deadly force had been reached. But according to a growing number of witnesses, the officer didn't fire his weapon at Brown until the belligerently aggressive, 6 foot 4, 292 pound giant charged directly at him to do even more damage.

It's still too early to know exactly what happened in Ferguson - but it's not too early to say that no good can come from race-baiting rabble-rousers like Al Sharpton praising the violent nitwits burning and sacking local businesses as "liberators not looters."

It's time for the Reverend Al to make a greater effort to have his actions guided by the Good Book rather than his well-worn racial playbook.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tee and Sympathy

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Last Thursday, 2-star Major General Harold Greene, the highest ranking officer to be killed in Afghanistan, was buried at Arlington Cemetery.

Notice that we say "buried" and not "Barryed" - because the president didn't bother to attend the funeral and instead went golfing.

Of course, the vacationing president made a point of sending veep Joe Biden and...wait. What's that? Oh, we stand corrected. Obama didn't bother to send Biden either.

But he did send a remarkably clear message to members of our military: your lives, service, and deaths deserve only a 99¢ condolence card signed by the presidential auto-pen.

(Correction: an earlier version of this commentary stated that the Secretary of Defense did not attend. Chuck Hagel was, in fact, there. Hope n' Change regrets the error.)

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After promising (with a surprisingly straight face) a "transparent" investigation into the details of the shooting death of angelic black teen Michael Brown by a jackbooted white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, the Department of Justice asked the local authorities not to release a security video which showed Brown committing robbery and assault only minutes before his final violent confrontation with the police.

There was concern that release of the video might "raise tensions" in the community, perhaps because certain reliably Democratic voters get feisty when they discover there's no justification for their ongoing looting spree.

Frankly, Hope n' Change is disappointed (but not surprised) that Barack Obama and Eric Holder have inappropriately federalized a case which should have remained a local matter. But with only months to go before midterm elections, it's critically important to both men to continue fanning the flames of racial hatred in our nation. And doing so with complete transparency.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Flip-Flopper

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We're keeping the commentary short today because Hope n' Change is actually in favor of the president's recent authorization of military activity in Iraq to help protect religious minorities under siege by Islamic militants on Mount Sinjar.

We just wish that everyone could back off from using the phrase "boots on the ground" for awhile, as it's an unhelpful oversimplification of America's options in dealing with a complex and volatile situation.

And frankly, we're more interested in hearing that American boots are way, way up ISIS's ass.