Yep. His Earness finally has listened to reason. He’s demilitarizing the police. Officer Friendly will no long seem to be on a war footing everytime he takes to the streets in numbers of more than two.
“Items on the prohibited list include armored tracked vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vehicles, .50-caliber firearms and ammo, bayonets, and camouflage.”
It would be better to say goodbye to the MRAPS as well. It probably won’t be goodbye to the helmets and black uniforms, nor all of the automatic rifles (the s0-called “machine guns” of gun-ignorant reporters and editors). But, in general, our Barry Hussein is giving the police back their civilian look and role.
Which some of them won’t like, of course. They like playing soldier. But it really is all to the good. Maybe now they can start to reclaim some of the respect and even love their military appearance has cost them.
Something else to be thankful for today.
Blue Origin, the private space launch company that operates off I-10 near Van Horn in far West Texas, has finally done it: launched a rocket 62 miles high and then brought it back to a soft landing.
The dream of science fiction since forever should dramatically reduce the costs of space flight. And we have Jeff Bezos, a co-founder of Amazon, to thank. Best way to do that would be to shop at Amazon today and every day.
Via Fox News.
I suppose it was inevitable. Especially in a largely liberal town like Austin. Rewriting history certainly isn’t uncommon elsewhere.
So it’s soon goodbye to Lee, Lanier, Johnston, Reagan and, possibly, Travis. All the names of local elementary and high schools. Although Travis is the Alamo personified and more about Texas history than slavery per se. But slavery is the issue du jour. Lee, Lanier, Johnston and Reagan being slave owners as well as Confederates.
Ironically, it was Travis’s slave Joe that brought us the most complete version of William Barrett’s death, having witnessed it, seeing as how his master had brought him along to the mission-cum-fort for what turned out to be his last stand.
Nevertheless, WBT could be next. When revisionism really gets going, no history is safe for long.
One I wish they would change is the residential street named Malvern Hill in South Austin. Some developer’s idea of commemoration, I suppose, though the battle by that name was a sizable Confederate defeat in 1862. Naw. Too obscure. Besides, in the current climate, a Confederate defeat would be a good thing.
You don’t say.
“…if you look at the raw data, as opposed to NASA’s revisions, you’ll find that since 1940 the planet has been cooling, not warming.”
Like good little feds, they knew how to make the boss happy. But like dumb little feds they didn’t know how to keep from getting caught. Maybe if their client scientists squeal loud enough?
So says Sultan Knish who continues: “Obama has been playing tactical word games over ISIS all along. He would ‘degrade and ultimately destroy’ ISIS. Or perhaps dismantle the Islamic State. Or maybe just contain it.
“Containment is closest to the truth. Obama has no plan for defeating ISIS. Nor is he planning to get one any time soon. There will be talk of multilateral coalitions. Drone strikes will take out key figures. And then when this impressive war theater has died down, ISIS will suddenly pull off another attack.”
Meanwhile, Obamalot has been busy changing the names of the enemy. Two, three times. If this doesn’t confuse things enough, Wormtongue counts on you not remembering what he said.
The Sultan does.