N.Y. mayor still holds back on his feelings about police

December 22, 2014
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(Please read previous post to get context of this one.) For the second time today, the New York mayor spoke and this time said police must be respected as important contributors to our society who he has always supported. He responded to a reporter’s question. We and others had expected him to say more on […]

Posted in: Crime

Disappointing remarks on police executions by the N.Y. mayor

December 22, 2014
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The remarks we hoped for from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio did not come this afternoon.  Amid an atmosphere of mistrust, specifically among many in the African-American community toward police and among many police directed at the mayor’s office, de Blasio took the microphone at the Police Athletic League with an opportunity to clarify […]

Posted in: Crime

Once again, unsupportable statements on killings of two N.Y. cops

December 21, 2014
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On both sides of the argument on how to calm the atmosphere around police-public violence, there have been unfortunate statements. New York police union president Pat Lynch made a direct link to the city’s mayor saying blood was on the hands of the mayor’s office in that he “did have an influence” on the killings […]

Posted in: Crime

No comments after news stories; does it promote civility?

December 19, 2014
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Here’s an idea that seems extreme. What do you think? The sometimes vile, insulting or simply inaccurate thoughts expressed online in response to news stories hardly create the kind of atmosphere we want our kids and grandkids

Posted in: Civility, Media

Ted Cruz’s problem

December 16, 2014
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) may be considering running for presidents in 2016. He has done some things generally seen as positive. But we think he’s burned too many bridges to realistically have a chance to get the nomination. For one thing, he is occasionally uncivil. We’ve cited him. (search Cruz on our home page) There […]

Gun deaths today: Were there background checks?

December 15, 2014
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Did the killers go through any background checks when they bought their guns? We haven’t seen anything about that so far but we’re guessing they’ll be information about that quickly after the Pennsylvania suspect is caught.

Posted in: CONGRESS, Crime, Guns

Sunday talk shows validate the futility of arguing the torture report

December 14, 2014
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From everywhere, it seems, many officials and military are expressing their view on the value of the report on torture issued by a Senate committee last week. Opinions differ greatly on how accurate it is. It became obvious very quickly

Posted in: CONGRESS, Terror

Governor avoids question about Sharpton’ s role

December 14, 2014
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Deval Patrick

CNN’S Candy Crowley had Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (pictured) as her first guest on “State of the Union” this morning.  Among the subjects in the interview was Al Sharpton, an activist for African-Americans. Patrick responded to the question of whether Rev.  Sharpton

Posted in: DEMOCRATS, SHARPTON

FOUND: An informed left and right radio talk show BUT …

December 13, 2014
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Curtis & Kuby

Curtis Sliwa (pictured, left) and Ron Kuby (right) have worked together for many years. The former is conservative, perhaps best known as founder of the Guardian Angels, a public protection street patrol,

Posted in: Civility

LET’s SHOUT IT: The too-loud commercials rule is dysfunctional

December 12, 2014
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Loud commercials

Finally, in December, 2011, the FCC approved a rule that took effect one year later barring TV stations from airing commercials at a higher volume than their regular programming. Problem solved. Well,

Posted in: TV

Catching up: Liberal anchor’s take on violence doesn’t hold up

December 11, 2014
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Melissa Harris-Perry

Melissa Harris-Perry, who hosts a weekend program on MSNBC, has her own view of the meaning of the word “violence.” It came up Saturday during a discussion of the destruction in Ferguson, Missouri. Here’s Perry’s explanation: Arson and looting “are also not necessarily

Posted in: Crime, Ferguson

The furor over the torture report shows politics at a low point

December 10, 2014
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We thought it couldn’t get much lower. The 6,000-page torture report covering mainly the Iraq and Afghanistan wars during the Bush administration was highly critical of the CIA. But the failure

Posted in: CONGRESS, Terror
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