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It’s not all Zika virus and green diving pool water in Rio. There’s armed robbery too.
Robbed in Rio
Olympic gold medalist, Ryan Lochte and three other swimmers were pulled from a cab and robbed at gunpoint. The bad guys, dressed as cops, held a gun to Lochte’s head. Locate was like, “whatever”:
And then the guy pulled out his gun, he cocked it, put it to my forehead and he said, ‘Get down,’ and I put my hands up, I was like ‘whatever.’ He took our money, he took my wallet. He left my cell phone, he left my credentials.”
Maybe Ryan was just throwing up his hands.
Update: The WSJ reports that the athletes didn’t report the robbery to police. The cops began an investigation after seeing media reports. The International Olympic Committee initially denied those reports because it claimed the United States Olympic Committee told them the heist never happened. Later in the day the USOC changed its story and said it did happen. Locate says the swimmers were under the influence at the time.
Update to the Update: Two of the allegedly robbed swimmers were pulled off their flights home for further questioning in Brazil. CNN says officials are suspicious of discrepancies in their stories and their “jocularity” following an armed robbery. Ryan Locate got out of town ahead of the the law.
I held off because things don’t always turn out the way they seem. Learned that from the Michael Brown case in Ferguson. Brown was portrayed by the media as a “gentle giant”. Eric Holder’s Justice Department found him to be a thug who was shot and killed while attacking a police officer.
“Hands up don’t shoot” was a lie but Black Lives Matter ran with it anyway.
The irony is five Dallas police officers died while defending a Black Lives protest march.
Eugene Robinson explains here why “the racial divide, has its roots in lingering claims of white supremacy.”
John Gibbs explains here why Robinson is full of it. He blames Obama for wrongly “accusing the police and justice system at large of racism.”
And here’s an eight and a half minute YouTube by Paul Joseph Watson that tells the truth about Black Lives Matter.
I noticed while watching on TV that the Dallas Police weren’t wearing riot gear during the Black Lives demonstration. And the atmosphere seemed peaceful – almost friendly in some cases. The Dallas PD calls it De-Escalation.
The department wanted more transparency. It published a spreadsheet showing 10 years of incidents resulting in injury or death to suspects in custody. BuzzFeed reports claims of excessive force dropped 64% between 2009 and 2014.
The department’s tactics for covering protests reflected its community policing focus. “You have a community that is upset, that feels wronged. It’s important to establish trust with them,” Maj. Max Geron told the Washington Post. “The ideal police response to a protest is no response at all.”
And so on Thursday night, the officers around the protest wore normal uniforms, without helmets or heavy vests.
Vox shows officers posing for pictures with protestors on the police department Twitter feed.
The NYT published an editorial Wednesday calling the Orlando shooting an act of hate. But the editors then said the precise motivation for the atrocity was unclear (Heather Wilhelm calls it America’s Hapless Terror Whodunit).
Republicans Did It
The editorial solved the mystery by finding that Republicans did it.
It blamed Republicans for creating a climate of hate for L.G.B.T. Americans that led to the violence in Orlando. No mention of a climate of Islamist hate for gays.
The shooter shouted allahu akbar and called 911 to proclaim he was acting for ISIS.
Progressives believe it when a man with a penis says he’s a woman but they don’t believe a man with a gun when he says he’s an Islamic Jihadist.
Paul Joseph Watson says, “The Left has chosen to protect the feelings of Muslims over the lives of gay people.”
For a guy who’s all about narratives President Obama doesn’t seem to think words matter anymore.
He still refuses to use the term “radical Islam“. He says it wouldn’t make any difference. On Tuesday he angrily asked, “What exactly would it accomplish? What exactly would it change?”
The WSJ editorial board thanked him for asking and answered his question:
If the U.S. is under attack, Americans deserve to hear their President say exactly who is attacking us and why. You cannot effectively wage war, much less gauge an enemy’s strengths, without a clear idea of who you are fighting.
Mr. Obama’s refusal to speak of “radical Islam” also betrays his failure to understand the sources of Islamic State’s legitimacy and thus its allure to young Muslim men. The threat is religious and ideological.Islamic State sees itself as the vanguard of a religious movement rooted in a literalist interpretation of Islamic scriptures that it considers binding on all Muslims everywhere. A small but significant fraction of Muslims agree with that interpretation, which is why Western law enforcement agencies must pay more attention to what goes on inside mosques than in Christian Science reading rooms.
“Don’t tell me words don’t matter: ‘I have a dream,’ just words? ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal,’ just words? ‘There is nothing to fear, except fear itself,’ just words?’”