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Dallas’s Demand for Decency

The city has responded to tragedy with a show of unity for the nation to emulate.

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Dallas Assistant Chief of Police Gary Tittle receives a hug from Jacob Flanagan at a growing memorial at the Dallas police department's headquarters.
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

It’s been a long, sorrowful week for the United States, and it’s sobering to think how much worse it might have been if not for the strength and compassion the citizens of Dallas have shown since last Thursday, when a gunman opened fire during a Black Lives Matter protest. The shooting left four Dallas Police officers and one DART officer dead, and left the city itself at the center of an unforgiving national spotlight. The ambush in Dallas was an act of crazed hatred and, as such, inherently senseless and unjustifiable. Even so, it could easily have left the nation even more divided than we already were over the issues that gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement in the first place and had led to Thursday’s protest, after the police killings of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, earlier in the week.

But thus far at least the tragedy in Dallas doesn’t seem to have reinforced our preexisting hostilities. If anything, Americans have responded with an anomalous degree of decency. So too have most politicians and partisans, as Jamelle Bouie noted at Slate on Friday:

But the events of the past week—and perhaps the shared sense that we’re on a brink of some sort—have inspired a basic decorum. Black Lives Matter has fiercely condemned the violence in Dallas, and beyond the right-wing fever swamps, there’s no apparent effort to cast blame on the movement against police brutality. At the risk of indulging the soft bigotry of low expectations, this week has revealed the strength of American society at the same time it has exposed its most fragile parts.

The possibility Bouie raises, that the events of last week have given rise to a shared sense of danger, seems plausible to me, but I’d like to suggest another possibility. The leaders of Dallas, led by Police Chief David O. Brown and Mayor Mike Rawlings, have explicitly and assertively rejected partisan arguments about the tragedy they’ve been dealing with; since yesterday, when national, state, and local leaders gathered in Dallas for an interfaith memorial service, I’ve been wondering if they’ve thereby made it possible for others to do otherwise. Officially, the service yesterday was dedicated to the five officers who lost their lives—Michael Smith, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, Patrick Zamarripa and Brent Thompson. Along the way, speakers paid tribute to law enforcement, and city leaders more generally. Intriguingly, though, all the officials who spoke went out of their way to be inclusive; they were honoring cops but also, simultaneously, embracing their national critics.

Yesterday’s explicit calls for unity, in other words, weren’t merely perfunctory political rhetoric in response to a high-profile tragedy. They were, if nothing else, backed by acknowledgements that the debate over racial disparities in America’s justice system has become dangerously polarized. George W. Bush, in one of his rare public appearances since leaving the presidency, put it well: “Too often we judge other groups by their worst examples, while judging ourselves by our best intentions.”

The most eloquent statement yesterday, though, was the one being made by the people of Dallas, and particularly the law enforcement officers who attended the memorial service. As Barack Obama noted in his remarks, the Dallas Police Department and Chief Brown were known, even before last week, for an outlying commitment to improving relations with the community. And there’s a cruel irony to the way they were targeted last Thursday: “Despite the fact that police conduct was the subject of the protest, despite the fact that there must have been signs or slogans or chants with which they profoundly disagreed, these men and this department did their jobs like the professionals that they were.” They’ve continued to do so since then, in part by setting a salutary example: Dallas police have defined themselves as members of a community rather than just members of the blue team. By doing so they effectively insisted on the decency we saw at yesterday’s memorial service, from Republicans and Democrats alike. Let’s hope it continues a little while longer.

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  • WUSRPH

    I was struck by Bush’s remarks…posted them in fact…but I was also grateful to see that even Sen. Cornyn spoke of a need for a dialogue on race in America and why some do not trust the police. I only wish that I could, like Bouie, say that the remarks by people like Donald Trump, Dan Patrick and so many others from the far right represented only “the right-wing fever swamps” but I fear that the contagion has spread beyond those backwaters into close to the heart of our political dialogue and, because of Trump, has become almost acceptable behavior. There may be too much “political correctness” in this country….but political correctness is better for our society than the kind of political incorrect statements that have been so common and can only further divide us….But, then perhaps that is their purpose.

    • WUSRPH

      P.S. I see where Cornyn has covered himself for that moment of “softness” by proposing to make conspiring to or killing a police officer a federal crime. Guess he thinks local juries will be soft on cop killers. That’s a new one.

      • It’s that appearance of doing something.

        I would love to see politicians stop trying to “fix” problems that already have remedies or stop phoning in half-a$$ed measure that do more harm than good. Then there are the shortsighted solutions that don’t take into effect the long-term…

      • jammerjim

        I think you have a bit of a typo in there: I presume you mean “killing a police officer a federal crime”.

        • WUSRPH

          Yep….It also covers conspiring to shot a cop, new penalties for fleeing a state to offend prosecution for planning or shooting a cop, allowing carrying of guns where cops are not allowed to do so and even has some money to use for improved community relations. It also makes it harder to appeal a conviction in a cop shooting.

          • WUSRPH

            18 police officers (out of more than 800,000 to 900,000) were killed in shootings last year. There have been 26 this year…A dreadful thing….but do we really new a tough new federal law? Isn’t this just a little too much playing to the crowd?

          • José

            It sends a message that blue lives matter more than other lives.

          • WUSRPH

            A policeman is a vital public servant. His life, his dedication should be honored. But is his life worth more than the firemen or an EMS worker who dies trying to save human lives? Every life should have equal worth.

          • José

            It’s a valid argument, that killing a police officer is a greater threat to society than killing a schoolchild. But I sort of doubt that Cornyn really has that reasoning in mind with this pandering proposal. It’s not like it provides any more deterrence. Can you imagine someone with a gun, stopping and thinking, hmm, instead of being tried for just first degree murder in a state court I might also be tried in a federal court? Our Constitution has lots of pretty words about equality, but many Americans don’t truly believe in equality.

          • Monty Moore

            Murder is murder, all lives are equal

          • Monty Moore

            We have too many federal criminal statures that are not enforced! It is probably more for the appearance of doing something .

  • Unwound

    As dignified and decent as the response has been by both DPD, polticians, and BLM, heres betting this comment section wont follow that example.

    • BCinBCS

      With JBB as a regular commenter, it would be foolish to bet against you Unwound.

      • Wilson James

        Block him like 90% of the followers of this blog do. He was never relevant to any discussion.

        • John Bernard Books

          So why is my name mentioned in every other comment……can’t dems moveon.org?

      • John Bernard Books

        Well of course, dems can’t be racist, say unseemly thing etc….yada yada yada.

  • WUSRPH

    http://tinyurl.com/h6twkbx

     A more balanced view of Black Lives Matter from The National Review that, unlike other rightist sources, does not automatically condemn it.

  • WUSRPH

    http://tinyurl.com/jfd5cjw
    Those who say Black are just being too sensitive and should “just get over it” might want to pay attention to what a Republican US Senator, who happens to be Black, has to say about it. I’m sure the 7 times he was stopped in a year was because he looked like some criminal element in a stud machine. Or maybe he had a broken taillight. What other reason could there be?

    • José

      It’s incredible how many people claim to be experts on a subject that they have neither experienced nor witnessed.

  • John Bernard Books

    Unfortunately dems use race as a wedge issue to divide.
    In the words of that great statesman Rahm Emanuel, “never let a good crisis go to waste,” dems will use Dallas to continue the take over of police depts.

    • kamwick

      Wow, you just proved Unwound’s point.

      • John Bernard Books

        Unwound has no point, dems are gullible and will believe what they are told to believe.

      • SheDevil2016

        “This Loser is blocked.”

        • kamwick

          Yes, maybe JBB should be, on etiquette grounds alone. On the other hand, he is setting a shining example of reactionary thought, and, of course, there’s entertainment to be considered.

          • WUSRPH

            I thought we gave up the practice of maintaining a Village Idiot to keep us entertained. It is far better to block him than to laugh at him.

          • John Bernard Books

            Your incessant whining is starting to sound like shrill Hillary.

  • John Bernard Books

    Many who aren’t racist are tired of the dem’s rhetoric…..
    “Yet all is not well. Under President Obama, many black folks think racial division has increased, not decreased. A family friend, who is a Democrat and an Obama supporter, recently curiously remarked, “I’ll be glad when Obama is out of office.” He said this not as an affront to President Obama, but as an acknowledgement that the state of racial affairs seems to have gotten worse under him.”
    so why is it worse?
    “But not so for President Obama. His view of our nation seems to be very different than mine and that of many other Americans. I believe that when President Obama thinks of America, more so than a place of hope or opportunity, he thinks of a place where racist white Christian fundamentalists came here from Europe, committed genocide against Native Americans, enslaved and segregated black people, denied women, gays, and other minorities their rights, and used capitalism and a rigged legal system to oppress poor people for centuries. He also believes this is still continuing today.”
    http://thefederalist.com/2016/07/13/how-obama-left-us-more-racially-divided-than-ever/

    The chickens have come home to roost for dems…….you’ve made a big mess of it again.

    • wessexmom

      Yeah, President O has made such “a big mess of it” that he has an approval rate of 56% and rising, His speech was pitch perfect. But you keep right on deluding yourself.

      • John Bernard Books

        The majority of Americans viewed Obama’s speech as negative, with the dems it was right on topic. Dems like you are out of touch with the majority.

        • BCinBCS

          Rasmussen!…Rasmussen?
          Now that’s an unbiased, accurate polling source! /snark/

          • John Bernard Books

            You wanted I use HuffPo?…..snicker

          • Sacagewea

            Block him. Your life will improve immediately.

  • John Bernard Books

    Our friends on the left thrive on the negative….
    “After Thursday’s terrorist slaughter of policemen in Dallas, it’s fair to say that Barack Obama might well be the worst president in U.S. history. Here’s why.”
    “If you want to ignite race riots, a sure-fire way to do it is to stir up black hatred and suspicion of cops, which will in turn make cops warier of blacks and more trigger-happy, and so on, until an explosion occurs. So thanks, President Obama. You have set back American race relations by 50 years.”
    http://www.city-journal.org/html/americas-worst-president-14640.html

    Clinton soiled the presidency with his perversions and now Obama with his twisted view of America, do we really want another deviant in the WH?

  • John Bernard Books

    So lets put it to the test, will POTUS unify or divide?
    “President Barack Obama will take part in a town hall on race that will be broadcast across Disney media properties on Thursday evening, as he continues to try to drive the national conversation after a series of shootings of black men by police and the massacre of five police officers in Dallas.”

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2016/07/disney-obama-town-hall-225449#ixzz4ENxkun3r

    This is happening right before the republican convention. Will he give the go ahead to start the riots or quash them?

  • Wilson James

    I think there is a reasonable discussion to be had about the role of the police. Remember when there were “policemen”? Now we have “law enforcement”…folks trained in armor with assault weapons and SWAT teams. They look, act and deploy like an occupying force. Trained to be a hammer, they look for a nail. maybe what is going on now will change some of that.

    • John Bernard Books

      Well duh….law enforcement=revenue generators.
      They used to be “peace” officers before dems invented traffic fines.

    • Monty Moore

      Several incidents occurred in the past that changed police tactics and equipment. The North Hollywood, CA shootout, was an armed confrontation between two heavily armed and armored bank robbers and members of the LAPD on February 28, 1997. Both perpetrators were killed, eleven police officers and seven civilians were injured. Standard issue sidearms carried by most local patrol officers at the time were9 mm pistols or .38 revolvers; some patrol cars also were equipped with a 12-gauge shotgun. The perpetrators carried illegally-modified fully automatic rifles as well as a Beretta 92FS pistols. The bank robbers wore heavy plate mostly homemade body armor which successfully protected them from handgun rounds and shotgun pellets fired by the responding patrolmen. A police SWAT team eventually arrived bearing sufficient firepower, and they commandeered an armored truck to evacuate the wounded. Several officers also appropriated AR-15 and other semi-automatic rifles from a nearby firearms dealer. The incident sparked debate on the need for patrol officers to upgrade their firepower for similar situations in the future.
      The 1986 FBI Miami shootout was a gun battle that occurred on April 11, 1986 in Dade County, South Florida between eight FBI agents and two bank robbers. During the firefight, two FBI agents were killed, while five other agents were wounded. The two robbery suspects were killed. The incident is infamous in FBI history and is well-studied in law enforcement circles. Despite outnumbering the suspects 4 to 1, the agents found themselves pinned down by suppressive fire rifle fire and unable to respond effectively. Although the robbery suspects were hit multiple times during the shootout, they fought on and continued to wound and kill agents. The subsequent FBI investigation placed partial blame for the agents’ deaths on the lack of stopping power exhibited by their service handguns.
      This incident led to the introduction of more powerful handguns in the FBI and many police departments around the United States. Info on both incidents from google searches. The additional cost of personal Kevlar vests, newer weapons, played havoc with police budgets for years as the newer equipment dribbled down to the street police officer.

      • WUSRPH

        One policeman killed is one too many….just as one person unjustifiably killed by a police officer is one too many…
        But, according to the figures I have seen, a total of 18 polie officers were victims of shootings last year. This year the total is 26. Too many BUT…There are more than 800,000 law enforcement officers (of all types) in the U.S. Isn’t the “militarization” of police an over reaction?

        • Monty Moore

          Militarization depends on your viewpoint. If you were one of the dying FBI agents in Miami, or one of the LAPD Officers outgunned in Northridge you would have wanted a cannon. Now, I hate to see that but the fact is simple. If you want to survive you better have at least the same firepower. I am glad that I am retired because I date back to police armed with revolvers.

        • Jackson

          Then again, there are some cops that should be added to that slim death total…. like the “officer” in this story, Phillip Brailsford. From his photo in the story below, you can tell he’s the kind of guy who joined up just to carry the assault rifle (which he etched with “You’re fu*ked”) and have the power.

          A lot of the officers I see, particularly in downtown interactions, are aggressive and rude. I have seen plenty of situations that get WORSE when a cop gets involved. It’s one thing to want to join up and serve the public; it’s another to join and expect to be respected just because you’re wearing blue. I don’t know anything about you, officer. For all I know you’ve planted guns and drugs, looked the other way when fellow cops were making an improper arrest, beat your wife, and tased people when a simple request would have served just fine. You want to join the force and play soldier? All right, cool. But don’t be surprised when you start taking some bullets of your own when you come into communities and act like an invading force. And don’t expect everyone to keep thanking you for your service when you keep putting .223 rounds in unarmed people. Americans haven’t forgotten Ferguson, and if there’s one thing America has plenty of, it’s the same kinds of guns in the hands of average citizens as are in the hands of the police… so tread lightly, and save the sanctimonious preaching about protecting and serving for the muppets in the Heartland.

          You’re right, Monty. The days when cops just had revolvers were good days. Unless the military-grade weapons are going to go into the hands of well-trained, well-vetted recruits, they have no place in a peacekeeping body.

          https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/05/24/arizona-judge-releases-body-cam-footage-from-daniel-shaver-shooting-death/

          • Monty Moore

            Thanks for including the link. The officer on that story, Philip Brailsford is charged with murder, will be tried for murder, and with the damning evidence of the bodycam, should be found guilty of murder. I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you are not a thug robbing the old and weak, peddling drugs, committing robberies, burglaries, and not following the rules of the boy scouts. You ahould give me the benefit of the doudt that I always treated everyone like I wanted to be treated and that I tried to instill that in everyone I supervised. As I write this I am watching the news about the terrorist truck driver killing 80+ . I would want more than a old handgun to try to stop the driver. If you are stopped by a law enforcement officer you can help in difusing the situation with the proper attitude. You can also escalate the situation with a crappy attitude. I have seen young officers make poor decesions, usually it was in the charges. I never saw or condoned anything illegal or just wrong. I am glad that I am retired because I can no longer recommend law enforcement as a career. The day of going to work with an intent to serve the public is becoming the intent to survive the public. I don’t know if the public as a whole is worth risking my life for anymore!

          • WUSRPH

            900,000 law enforcement officers….133 deaths on the job last year. Not that much of a risk….Police work has never been easy…It shouldn’t be when officers have the power of life or death and over my liberty.

          • Monty Moore

            High divorce rate, high alcohol abuse rate……comes with the job. Stress gave me a heart condition. When you are cursed at just walking up and have not done or said anything it causes you to reflect ” What the hell am I doing this for”. I will tell you the same thing that I told Jackson. Become part of the solution! Ask about a ride along program!

          • BCinBCS

            W, here’s some statistics about police deaths and claims about them by Scott Walker:
            . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b7b1212dc009a533b0761d36ea52c0ea747c65c63f0983aa1daf17bd87da8dad.jpg

          • WUSRPH

            I wish you would quit trying to show people the facts. It is much easier to believe what you want to believe….After all, as one alarmist poster told us (citing an alarmist newspaper headline) there has been a 44% increase in cop shootings this year. Of course, that meant the total had risen from 18 last year to 26 this year. A disturbing trend, but hardly a terrorist assault on the police. Being a police officer is not an easy job…We should do what we can to support them…..but not when they are wrong….but I believe that any job that gives someone life and death power and control of my liberty should be a very difficult one.

          • BCinBCS

            I wish you would quit trying to show people the facts.

            Yea, W, but these facts have pictures! 😉

          • Jackson

            The situation is not going to improve if the police go to work feeling like they’re going to war, and people of color get behind the wheel feeling like the point is to survive the commute (with the main threat being police, not other drivers).

            And certainly, no one who feels like the public is not worth risking his/her life for should be carrying a firearm with near-unlimited authority to use it, and sure as hell shouldn’t be drawing a taxpayer-funded salary.

          • Monty Moore

            Quit fussing and do something about it! Ask about a ride along program or become whatever kind of reserve officers your jurisdiction allows. Be a part of the solution. I am too frigging old or I would be out there. But be prepared to be told that you have to watch and observe from a distance. No officer wants to answer as to why a civilian was allowed to be hurt.

  • John Bernard Books

    I suspect she was in the gin again….
    “Ruth Bader Ginsburg says she regrets attacking Donald Trump, according to a statement Thursday from the Supreme Court justice.”
    http://www.marketwatch.com/story/justice-ginsburg-apologizes-for-trump-remarks-2016-07-14

    Now Justice Ginsberg will have to recuse herself on all cases involving the WH when Trump is prez…..

  • Beerman

    From the “right-wing fever swamp” came Dan Patrick’s embarrassing appearance on Fox News which exposed how much he is willing to put political gamesmanship ahead of adult statesmanship during this time of national grief. His remarks were so irrational they can only be explained as bait for more racism. Unbelievable.

  • Sam Jacinto

    At the time of this writing, 10 of 23 comments were from a certain unbalanced individual who should get his own blog rather than post his off-topic rants here. Many of you have blocked him and responses to his blather, futile as they are, have declined. This leads to unchallenged lies, half-truths, and fantasies being a substantial part of the comments section.

    The following, therefore, should be posted for each article for the benefit of the uninitiated –
    “Please ignore the rantings of one John Bernard Books. He is beyond reason. Rational responses to him lead only to more fanciful and delusional equine excrement. Your mileage may vary. For external use only”

    • WUSRPH

      He had his own. He called it the Ft. Bend County Conservative. No one read it…..the sad reality is that we are likely to see more of him than less. He gets some sort of a feverish spasm when someone replies to him and is getting more and more desperate to achieve that result. This means he is going to get more and more outrageous in the (hopefully) futile attempt to get a response.

      • SheDevil2016

        There were about twelve comments in a four-year period on the FBC blog. He has a captive audience on BB which, for some reason, handles him with kid gloves.

        • John Johnson

          He is so far in your head, you might need to seek some professional help.

          • John Bernard Books

            JJ don’t give her too much credit, she just isn’t very bright.

      • John Bernard Books

        You admitted you’re not smart enough to start a blog….but I beg you to reconsider.

    • John Bernard Books

      You are free to change channels. I do not care.

    • Jackson

      Why don’t you just block him as well instead of jamming up the comments section with references to the commenter that the majority of us who favor meaningful dialogue have already blocked? Does your platform not allow blocking? Or do you come here just to argue?

      The blocking feature is being nullified by everyone who continues to engage the dude. Just block him and let him die of diabetes or some sh*t.

      • Sam Jacinto

        Thank you for your concern. Apoplexy is a more likely cause.

    • John Bernard Books

      Just so I understand your terrorist demands….I’ve been here 10 years and you’ve been here a week and we must acquiesce to your demands?
      OIC……hahaha you bozo

      • Sam Jacinto

        You are truly one of Winnie’s unarmed men.

    • dave in texas

      It’s typical that an article that highlights the decency of people going through a horrendous tragedy, and their call for us all to summon the better angels of our nature, only accentuates the fact that decency is not a trait that he possesses.

      • John Bernard Books

        Just because I poke fun of stupid does not mean I ain’t decent.

  • John Bernard Books

    After the truck massacre in Nice, someone could be heard saying, “help call the police.”

  • John Bernard Books

    The left’s grievance culture and “fairness”
    “Of course we have violence in the streets. Left-wing grievance culture is inherently violent. Murder and assault are inevitable. Police officers are among the first targets, because they are obliged to be on the scene during major demonstrations, and because they’re symbols of the oppressive authority deemed illegitimate by grievance-mongers.
    and
    “Grievance is the organizing principle of modern liberalism, the coin of the realm.”
    and it is a lucrative business
    “The quest for “social justice” is all about treating some people unfairly, to punish them for their “privileges,” and transfer wealth and power to the “deserving.” Vast power and wealth accrue to those who define variables like “privileged” and “deserving,” as they skim billions of dollars off the top of the social justice machine for “administrative costs.””
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/07/13/grievance-inherent-violence/

    So how does one combat the left’s “grievances?” You laugh at it just like I do every day.

  • Jay Trainor

    I urge Chief Brown to run for Lt. Governor. He’d win by a long shot.

  • WUSRPH

    I see Dan Patrick went to the White House (how he got on the invited list is beyond me) and acted like Dan Patrick. Shamed Texas AGAIN.

    • Jackson

      Utterly embarrassing. Hats off to the POTUS for handling Goeb’s dog-whistling showmanship with class and patience.

      Dan: “If you put up the purdy blue lights on the Capitol, it’ll mean solidarity things and police and apple pie! Getting back to the simple times means simpleton solutions!”

      Thinking Portion of USA: “I’m voting straight ticket Democrat. Again.”

  • John Bernard Books

    Another old lady enbarrasses us….
    “Now that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has taken herself to the woodshed, it’s worth asking what her brief bout of Trump Derangement Syndrome says about our system’s ability to withstand four years of a Trump presidency.”
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/why-justice-ginsburgs-trump-derangement-syndrome-is-a-bad-sign/2016/07/14/e5392352-493a-11e6-acbc-4d4870a079da_story.html

    Yes dems are embarrassing….

  • John Bernard Books

    How embarrassing….
    “In a hallmark speech last week, President Obama unilaterally declared the war on terror over. ”
    http://www.cnsnews.com/blog/ben-shapiro/obama-declares-war-terror-over

    However after a terrorist murdered 84 in Nice France, Hillary admits:
    “She affirmed that “this is a war against these terrorist groups, these radical jihadist groups.””
    http://www.mediaite.com/tv/hillary-clinton-calls-into-fox-news-to-speak-with-oreilly-about-attack-in-nice/

    Prez Obama got it wrong again.

    • BCinBCS

      My God, JBB! That article was an opinion piece written in 2013. You presented it as current news.
      You are the most unreliable person that I have ever known.

      • John Bernard Books

        nope Obama said the war on terror was over…..he is so incompetent he makes Carter look brilliant.

  • John Bernard Books

    How embarrassing….
    “We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer or even a book, and then we tell the police, ‘You’re a social worker, you’re the parent, you’re the teacher, you’re the drug counselor.’””
    But is that true?
    “On multiple levels, Obama’s comparison is flawed. We rate it Mostly False.”
    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/jul/14/barack-obama/barack-obama-offers-flawed-comparison-between-teen/

    Of course it wasn’t true and neither is the assertion that more blacks are killed by the police than whites.
    There is only one way to deal with dems, make them prove what they say and of course laugh at them….always.

    • BCinBCS

      JBB wrote: “Of course it wasn’t true and neither is the assertion that more blacks are killed by the police than whites.

      You still write this garbage even after the multiple previous comments about using statistics properly that occurred in the A Tragedy In Dallas post that came before this one? Either you have a profound inability to learn or you have lost your short term memory.

      In case you didn’t learn or don’t remember, no one is claiming that more numbers of blacks are killed by police than numbers of whites, they are claiming that, by population, a larger percentage of blacks are killed than whites. (In case you are sheltered in your Ft. Bend bunker, there are vastly fewer blacks than whites in this country.)

      • John Bernard Books

        nope some less than bright have been posting more blacks are killed by cops than whites, sure its a lie its what dems do.

      • Sacagewea

        Or perhaps he’s just stupid . . .

  • John Bernard Books

    How embarrassing…
    “A restaurant owner told members of the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office that they are not welcomed in his establishment, as customers did not like deputies dining there.”
    http://www.abc15.com/news/national/washington-restaurant-owner-tells-law-enforcement-is-not-welcomed

    Dems like to call LEOs pigs, some even shoot them in the back.
    Dems hate so much…..

  • John Bernard Books

    We may never recover fromHillary and Obama’s foreign diplomacy blunders
    “Reports of a coup in Turkey caught Washington off guard Friday as a military faction claimed it had taken control of the strategic U.S. ally.
    Relations between the U.S. and Turkey have been strained in recent months, but stability in the country is vital to American interests in the Middle East.
    http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/world/article89937372.html#storylink=cpy

    How embarrassing…..

  • John Bernard Books

    Who iniated the cover up in Benghazi….Hillary, Obama or both?
    “Under the subject “prep call with Susan,” Rhodes wrote that the goal for Rice’s appearances on Sunday talk shows would be “to underscore that these protests are rooted in an Internet video, and not a broader failure or policy.”
    http://www.everynewshere.com/breaking-newly-released-benghazi-emails-lead-directly-to-the-top-obamas-time-is-up/

    Dems?

  • John Bernard Books

    Obama, “I will destroy ISIS.”
    “President Obama pledged to “destroy” ISIS following the heinous terror attack at a Bastille Day celebration in France — and used remarks to diplomats at the White House to defend his own legacy.”
    http://nypost.com/2016/07/15/obama-vows-to-destroy-isis-after-bastille-day-attack/

    How? I will sit down and talk with them……..

  • John Bernard Books

    A prime example of why dems can’t win an election in Texas.
    “Exceeding San Antonio’s baffling example, Austin City Council voted last month to dedicate more than a quarter million dollars per year to the operation of two portable toilets. Much like their friends in the Alamo City, the Council has no idea where to put the thing, who will provide it, or even when it will be available — only that they are willing to spend a staggering $22,667 a month to operate a pair of portable toilets.”
    http://www.empowertexans.com/around-texas/austin-flushing-money-down-the-toilet/

    Liberals want to spend a quarter of a million/years on two public toilets in downtown Austin. Yes the sum is outrageous but there isn’t any data/facts etc to support their wasteful spending.
    “Councilmember Kathie Tovo stated that public urination was a water quality issue for the downtown creek system — despite the fact that neither Health and Human Services nor Watershed Protection Department staff provided any data to support that claim before the June 23rd vote.”

    Dems do this constantly, they try to justify their actions with outrageous claims pulled out of thin air.

    A prime example is their claim that more blacks than white are killed annually by police. Just another lie exposed.

    The results? dems have not won a statewide election in OVER 20 YEARS!

  • John Bernard Books

    Obama’s legacy more LEOs killed…’
    “The Advocate reports two Baton Rouge Police officers shot this morning have died, according to William Daniel, the city-parish CAO.
    Baton Rouge Mayor Kip Holden told CNN that he feared as many as 3 officers could be dead and that the shooter could also be down as well.
    http://ktrh.iheart.com/onair/michael-berry-13986/brpd-officer-shot-sunday-morning-14914814/#ixzz4EgD97Kdx

    Way to go dems……

  • John Bernard Books

    Citizens flee blue states for red….
    “The so-called “progressives” love to talk about how their policies will create a worker’s paradise, but then why is it that day after day, month after month, year after year, people are fleeing liberal blue states for conservative red states?”
    http://amac.us/nearly-1000-people-move-blue-states-red-states-every-day-heres/

    The average dem is clueless as to why…….

  • John Bernard Books

    What happens when democrats version of reality faces facts?
    “Panelists were most troubled by the findings of “no racial bias” in 1,300 incidents of police shootings in Texas, Florida and California. Bewildered Eugene Robinson described the results as “not comporting with reality” while melodramatic Mike Barnicle “got a headache reading it.””
    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/nb/samantha-cohen/2016/07/12/msnbc-gets-headache-when-facts-refute-police-racial-bias
    Dems like WASSUP have gotten away with “spinning” the truth for so long when they are exposed they a flummoxed. What is sad is how racist and bigoted dems really are…..

  • John Bernard Books

    Huma connected group funds terrorism?
    “As Breitbart News has reported exclusively, the “Abedin family business” is an academic group called the Institute for Muslim Minority Affairs that is based in the London offices of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth and its parent organization, the Muslim World League.
    Huma Abedin, born in the United States but raised in Saudi Arabia, has worked closely with Hillary Clinton since 1996 and is now Hillary Clinton’s closest aide and the vice-chairwoman of her presidential campaign. Abedin, who is married to disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, is also at the heart of the Clinton email scandal.”
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/07/15/28-pages-say-huma-connected-group-funded-terrorism/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

    Will Hillary and Huma put the whammy on America….