Today’s Two-fer

| June 4, 2020

Two contributions in my in-box, Delta Whiskies and Whiskettes. The first:

Ninja sends.

Rifle-Toting Vet Arrested After Dressing Up, Trying To Join National Guard Crowd Control Formation

By: J.D. Simkins

A rifle-toting veteran who once spent time in the National Guard was arrested Tuesday morning in Los Angeles after he reportedly dressed up in a uniform resembling those worn by California National Guard troops and attempted to fall into formation during the city’s anti-racism demonstrations.

Gregory Wong, 31, allegedly arrived equipped with multiple weapons after taking an Uber to the scene of the protests that have surged in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Once downtown, Wong reportedly joined a formation of guardsmen who had recently arrived to monitor select sites and aggressive crowd behavior — part of a 4,500-person force mobilized throughout California by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the report said.

But Wong’s time in formation didn’t last, as puzzled troops began to question the authenticity of the unfamiliar service member in the mismatching uniform.

Read the rest here: Military Times

Poetrooper sends the next one.

The ‘Institutional Racism’ Canard

It bears no resemblance to reality — not in police forces, and not in America.

About twice as many white people as black people are killed by police. In fact, in about 75 percent of police shootings, the decedent is not black. Of course, that is not what you would grasp from consuming media.

Take the website, specifically its breathless focus on “Hate crime in the United States” — counterfactually insinuating that any shooting involving a black victim must be a “hate crime.” Here’s their big headline from Tuesday: “Black Americans 2.5X More Likely Than Whites to Be Killed By Police.”

It is fiction. It is sheer demagoguery, peddled as American cities are besieged by rioters in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police. The falsity of the claim is demonstrated even by itself. Just three days ago, the site posted another series of bar graphs, showing that, in fact, whites are nearly twice as likely as blacks to be shot to death by police. Here are the numbers:

Year White Black

2017 457 223

2018 399 209

2019 370 235

2020 (so far) 42 31

Right underneath its chart, writes, “Sadly, the trend of fatal police shootings in the United States seems only to be increasing.” In point of fact, it is steady — and if I wanted to play games like does, by, say, weighting the numbers to account for population growth while ignoring all other relevant factors, I could even pretend that the number was decreasing. The Washington Post acknowledges that fatal shootings by police have run steadily at around 1,000 per year since 2015 — 995 (2015), 963 (2016), 987 (2017), 998 (2018), and 1,004 (2019).

As Heather Mac Donald relates in an insightful Wall Street Journal op-ed, blacks make up only a quarter of the total number of people killed in police shootings annually, a ratio that has held steady since 2015. The reigning canard, however, is that this 25 percent figure proves racism since African Americans make up just 13 percent of the U.S. population.

Ridiculous as this syllogism is (as we’ll see, it conveniently elides more consequential factors), it still puts the lie to the slanderous narrative that police are hunting down black men. Even if we ignore the fact that an increasing number of police officers — obviously including those involved in encounters with black suspects — are themselves African Americans, the percentage of black deaths from police shootings would be much higher if blacks were being targeted.

Read the rest of the article here: National Review

Both interesting reads, thanks to ninja and Poe.

Category: Guest Link, Phony soldiers, Police

Comments (13)

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  1. Comm Center Rat says:

    Uber delivers a “soldier” to the fight in La La Land!

  2. Hack Stone says:

    Hack Stone would also like to point out the fact that statistically speaking, African American males stand a better chance of surviving an encounter with Law Enforcement Officers than sieving an encounter with Democrat Fund Raiser Ed Buck.

  3. Comm Center Rat says:

    I think the author misunderstands the definition of syllogism.

    An example of a syllogism is:
    “All mammals are animals.” (Major Premise)
    “All elephants are mammals.” (Minor Premise)
    “Therefore, all elephants are animals.” (Conclusion)

    So long as the premises of the syllogism are true and the syllogism is correctly structured, the conclusion will be true.

    I don’t disagree with her conclusion only her mention of “syllogism.” Her findings do support a “false narrative.”

    I last took a Logic course over 35 years ago so I might be hazy on the details.

  4. Sapper3307 says:

    But FACTS???

  5. This Wong guy meant well and most likely had good intentions but he was wong in doing what he did.

  6. 26Limabeans says:

    Sorry but we are not taking walk in’s at this time.
    Please visit your local recruiter for further info.

  7. 5th/77th FA says:

    The guy in the FIRST story is a real joke!

    The twisting of the facts to suit the MSNs agenda, as pointed out in the 2nd…, is not!