Message to the towns that ban plastic shopping bags.

90% of plastic polluting our oceans comes from just 10 rivers

World Economic Forum reports:

By analyzing the waste found in the rivers and surrounding landscape, researchers were able to estimate that just 10 river systems carry 90% of the plastic that ends up in the ocean.

Eight of them are in Asia: the Yangtze; Indus; Yellow; Hai He; Ganges; Pearl; Amur; Mekong; and two in Africa – the Nile and the Niger.

Just a reminder for those folks that blame First World consumption for pollution…

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In Weymouth a career criminal (at 20 years old) and two murders.

With the crowded landscape of the news this weekend and so far this week;  another bloody weekend in Chicago,  Trump in England, Trump in Helsinki, etc.  Our local murder spree isn’t making the national news.  The 6-foot, 3-inch Emanuel A. Lopes, 20, has been free on $500 bail since November.  His most recent crime was selling cocaine to minors.

The bald facts are that he was in a BMW (that he didn’t own but so far isn’t being charged with stealing).  Crashed that vehicle in a single car accident.  Got out of the car and began throwing rocks at (a house?), at least a complaint of vandalism was called in.  A Weymouth (MA) police officer responded to the call and approached the ‘suspect’.  Drawing his service weapon he ordered Lopes to desist and drop the rock.  Instead Lopes apparently threw the rock at Office Michael Chesna hitting him in the head.

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Emmanuel Lopes

The officer went down and Lopes came up with the officers weapon and proceeded to fire at least five shots into the officers body and head.  Additional Weymouth police officers arrived and began exchanging fire with the suspect. Hitting him in the leg and the knee.  One of the shots fired by Lopes is suspected of entering the nearby domicile of an elderly woman and killing her.  Weymouth police officers then placed Mr. Lopes into custody.  This all occurred within a block of South Shore Hospital, the largest and busiest hospital south of Boston.

I personally find the news coverage of this story lacking in to many details I’d like to know.

  • Why only a $500 bail on the charge of dealing cocaine to minors and over nine months free as a bird without being tried?
  • What caused the car accident (which dropped this felon in this neighborhood) and why was he throwing rocks at a house?
  • What is the name of the judge that put Mr. Lopes back on the street after serious charges which (interestingly) included resisting arrest by fighting with Weymouth police officers on more than one occasion.

I’ve read most of the local news coverage of this story.  Rightfully most of the ink is concerning the youth and service of the officer and the young children left behind by this tragedy.   But consider the huge difference in interest and media coverage if the facts had been slightly different.  If Mr. Lopes had brought his own handgun to the crime scene.  Or if Office Chesna had fired his gun at the suspect while he held ‘only’ a rock in his hand.

(P.S. Human Beings have been killing each other with nothing more than rocks for hundreds of thousands of years)

In the first case, immediate shrill cries for more ‘gun control’ and in the second case shrieking liberal Massachusetts politicians  screaming about ‘Racially Motivated Police Executions’   That is probably why the media response has been so muted.  This story doesn’t fit into their favorite and preferred narratives.   If Mr. Lopes had brought a handgun and shot up the neighborhood with (preferably) a lot more causalities then it’s a gun violence story and all the national media descends.

Even better in the eyes of the State and Federal politicians if the Cop had shot a ‘unarmed’ minority ‘boy’ and killed him. Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and leading the parade of course, Elizabeth Warren (on the warpath).

So instead, very little on the national scene.  One lone TV truck from the lowest rated Boston station on hand at the time I went by the WPD to express my condolences and drop off a check for the fund established for the family.

Equitable Bank, payable to the Officer Michael Chesna Family Fund.  Or mail the Weymouth Police Station at 140 Winter Street, Weymouth MA 02188.

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My private opinion is that most of the urban street thugs that get killed by police officers are completely responsible for their own deaths.  When a Cop yells “Show me your hands!”.   Then show him your hands.  Open and empty.  Fast, but not too fast.

And no “Commonsense Gun Law” would have made the slightest difference in this case.  The Criminal brought a rock to a gun fight, and won that contest.  Probably because the officer didn’t want to get his career cut short because he shot a ‘unarmed man’.   If I could have said anything to the officer before this happened I would have liked to remind him of the ancient truth, “It’s better to be tried by twelve then carried by six”.

I live in Weymouth.  This all happened a mile from my house.  I drive for the Council of Aging, the Medical Van.  I pick up ladies like the murdered woman in this town every week.  The Police and Fire services of the town have come to my house several times whenever I called them for aid.    This bell tolls for me.

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(unfortunately, not a real product.)

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Comrade Sanders

Bernie Sanders Rails Against ‘Greedy Rich People’ From Third House

NORTH HERO, VT—Senator Bernie Sanders delivered a passionate monologue to a dozen lunch guests in the ornate living room of his summer vacation home on Lake Champlain Monday, railing against the evils of unbalanced capitalism, wealth accumulation, and the upper class, sources reported.

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

George Orwell, Animal Farm

Babylon Bee is a Christian Parody and Humor site,  but this is technically accurate.

 

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Doug: Great sayings

“One man with courage makes a majority.” ~Andrew Jackson

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”~Franklin D. Roosevelt

The buck stops here.” ~Harry S. Truman

“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”~John F. Kennedy

 

But wait ….There’s more Great orators of the Democrat Party –  

TODAY’S RECENT GEMS of wisdom demonstrate:

“It depends on what your definition of ‘is’ … is?” ~William Jefferson Clinton

 “Those rumors are false. I believe in the sanctity of  marriage.”~Al Gore\

 What difference  does it make?” [Benghazi] ~Hillary Clinton 

“I invented the Internet.” ~Al Gore   

“America is, is no longer, uh, what it, uh, could be, uh, what it was once was, uh, and I say to  myself, uh, I don’t want that future, uh, for my children.” ~Barack Obama

 “I have campaigned in all 57 states.” ~Barack Obama (2008)

 “You don’t need God anymore … you have us Democrats.”  ~Nancy Pelosi (2006)

 “Paying taxes is voluntary.     ~Harry Reid

 “Bill is the greatest husband and father I know. No one is more faithful, true and honest than he is.” ~Hillary Rodham-Clinton 

“You have a business. You didn’t build that. Someone else did !”~Barack Obama

And … the most ridiculous gem of wisdom, from the Mother Superior of STUPID: 

“We just have to  pass Obama’s Healthcare Bill to see what’s in it.” ~Nancy Pelosi  (2010)

[As one Doctor said: “That is also the perfect definition of a stool sample.”]

Beyond a doubt, the greatest statement of all was made by Democrat House Speaker Sam Rayburn at the first session of Congress after Ted Kennedy was caught, on camera, having sex with one of his aides on the deck of his yacht  ….

Ah see that the good Senatuh from the great state of Massutwoshits has changed his position on off-shore drillin.

AND THE LATEST FROM  THE DYSFUNCTIONAL STUPID BUNCH IS…….  My fear is: if North Korea nukes us, Trump is gonna get us into a war. Maxine Waters…….2017

“We are all born ignorant … but, one must work very hard to remain STUPID !” ~Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

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Doug: Reciprocity

Critics of Donald Trump claim there is no rhyme or reason to his foreign policy.   But if there is a consistency, it might be called reciprocity.

Trump tries to force other countries to treat the U.S. as it treats them. In “don’t tread on me” style, he also warns enemies that any aggressive act will be replied in kind.  

The underlying principle of Trump commercial reciprocity it that the United States is no longer powerful or wealthy enough to alone underwrite the security of the West. It can no longer assume sole enforcement of the rules and protocols of the postwar global order.

This year there have been none of the usual Iranian provocations  —   frequent during the Obama administration  —  of harassing American ships in the Persian Gulf. Apparently, the Iranians now realize that anything they do to an American ship will be replied to with overwhelming force.

Ditto North Korea.   After lots of threats from Kim Jong Un about using his new ballistic missiles against the United States, Trump warned that he would use America’s far greater arsenal to eliminate North Korea’s arsenal for good.

Trump is said to be undermining NATO by questioning its usefulness some 69 years after its founding.   Yet unlike 1948, Germany is no longer down.   The United States is always in.   And Russia is hardly out, but instead cutting energy deals with the Europeans.

More importantly, most NATO countries have failed to keep their promises to spend 2 percent of their GDP on defense.

Yet the vast majority of the 29 alliance members are far closer than the U.S. to the dangers of Middle East terrorism and supposed Russian bullying.

Why does Germany by design run up a $65 billion annual trade surplus with the United States?   Why does such a wealthy country spend only 1.2 percent of its GDP on defense?   And if Germany has entered into energy agreements with a supposedly dangerous Vladimir Putin, why does it still need to have its security subsidized by the American military?

Trump approaches NAFTA in the same reductionist way.   The 24-year-old treaty was supposed to stabilize, if not equalize, all trade, immigration and commerce between the three supposed North American allies.

It never quite happened that way. Unequal tariffs remained. Both Canada and Mexico have substantial trade surpluses with the U.S.   In Mexico’s case, it enjoys a $71 billion surplus, the largest of U.S. trading partners with the exception of China.

Canada never honored its NATO security commitment.   It spends only 1 percent of its GDP on defense, rightly assuming that the U.S. will continue to underwrite its security.

During the lifetime of NAFTA, Mexico has encouraged millions of its citizens to enter the U.S. illegally.   Mexico’s selfish immigration policy is designed to avoid internal reform, to earn some $30 billion in annual expatriate remittances, and to influence U.S. politics.

Yet after more than two decades of NAFTA, Mexico is more unstable than ever. Cartels run entire states.   Murders are at a record high.   Entire towns in southern Mexico have been denuded of their young males, who crossed the U.S. border illegally.

The U.S. runs a huge trade deficit with China.   The red ink is predicated on Chinese dumping, patent and copyright infringement, and outright cheating.   Beijing illegally occupies neutral islands in the South China Sea, militarizes them and bullies it neighbors.

All of the above has become the “normal” globalized world.

But in 2016, red-state America rebelled at the asymmetry.   The other half of the country demonized the red-staters as protectionists, nativists, isolationists, populists and nationalists.

However, if China, Europe and other U.S. trading partners had simply followed global trading rules, there would have been no Trump pushback  —  and probably no Trump presidency at all.

Had NATO members and NAFTA partners just kept their commitments, and had Mexico not encouraged millions of its citizens to crash the U.S. border, there would now be little tension between allies.

Instead, what had become abnormal was branded the new normal of the postwar world.

Again, a rich and powerful U.S. was supposed to subsidize world trade, take in more immigrants than all the nations of the world combined, protect the West, and ensure safe global communications, travel and commerce.

After 70 years, the effort had hollowed out the interior of America, creating two separate nations of coastal winners and heartland losers.

Trump’s entire foreign policy can be summed up as a demand for symmetry from all partners and allies, and tit-for-tat replies to would-be enemies.

Did Trump have to be so loud and often crude in his effort to bully America back to reciprocity?

Who knows?

But it seems impossible to imagine that globalist John McCain, internationalist Barack Obama or gentlemanly Mitt Romney would ever have called Europe, NATO, Mexico, and Canada to account, or warned Iran or North Korea that tit would be met by tat.

(C) 2018 TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY, LLC.

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist and historian at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His latest book is The Savior Generals from BloomsburyBooks.

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QOTD: How dare Trump give us a XX nominee to block, when we expected a XY nominee!

Democrats Accuse Trump Of Sexism For Not Nominating Female Justice They Promised To Block

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Democrats in Congress are outraged by President Trump’s “sexist”
refusal to nominate their least favorite Supreme Court hopeful, Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

“Oh, we totally would have blocked her,” said Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). “I mean,
besides being a right-wing nutjob, the lady has seven kids. How would she find time to do the job? Even so, the fact that Trump turned her down shows how much of a misogynist he really is.”

Two words: cognitive dissonance  (the mental discomfort (psychological stress) experienced by a person who simultaneously holds two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values.)

PS  Thanks to Instapundit for introducing me to  Babylon Bee.  A satirical Christian site.

Another goodie:

Disney Buys Rights To The Bible, Plans 37 Sequels

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Ragnar wept

Study: 83% of rapes in Denmark are committed by migrants or their descendants

A recent study, by newspaper BT, reveals that 10 in 12 rapes committed in Denmark are by migrants, or their descendants. The review was based on sentencing reports between January 2016 and May 2017 and the figures have increased.

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Matter of Life or Death…or Never Trust the Word of a Liberal or Socialist.

It’s A “Matter Of Life And Death” – White South African Farmers Seek Refuge In Russia

As the violent attacks and death threats against white farmers in South Africa ramps up, many of those affected are seeking refuge. A delegation of 30 South African farming families has arrived in Russia’s Stavropol region as the South African government continues to steal their land.

Nelson Mandela ain’t in charge anymore, he hated whites too but was smart enough to know that the whites were the only reason that SA wasn’t as piss-poor and starving as the rest of Africa.

There were 74 farm murders and 638 attacks, primarily against white farmers, in 2016-17 in South Africa, according to data by minority rights group South Africa will face the real threat of famine in the absence of experienced farmers – regardless of their race.

The farmers have been facing racial genocide in South Africa, and many say moving to Russia has become a “life or death” matter,Rossiya 1 TV channel reported.

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QOTD: Democrats

Razor @hale_razor

When they lose the White House, we must change the electoral college.

When they lose the Supreme Court, we must change the number of justices.

When they win one congressional seat (from themselves), the people have spoken and we must change our entire economy to socialism.

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