WE NEED TO BE HONEST ABOUT WHAT LED TO THE DEATH OF HOUSTON-AREA DEPUTY DARREN GOFORTH

AP Photo: Pat Sullivan
AP Photo: Pat Sullivan

Recently, Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King posted an entry to the Daily Kos that there is a “deeply disturbing lie” which he alleges attempts to connect the recent murder of a Houston-area sheriff’s deputy to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Before anything else, It’s important to keep in mind that King is someone who not only got caught lying about his race, but who also has substantial and outstanding questions about what has done with hundreds of thousands of dollars he’s admitted to raising for other alleged victims of police brutality. To say his credibility is questionable puts it mildly…

I’ve criticized Breitbart recently about publishing articles which I think jump to conclusions before any clear motive has been established. Despite my misgivings and reservations with the movement, without releasing further evidence which would shed light on a motive I don’t think it was helpful for Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman to invoke #BlackLivesMatter in their killing either.

I’m not being naive here; as savage and apparently unprovoked as Deputy Goforth’s murder was, I won’t be surprised if it turns out to be connected to the rhetoric of BLM folks, especially since this was the stance of some of their members just hours after the deputy was murdered:

For a moment, let’s be honest here; other than the shooter himself, nobody really knows what led to Shannon Miles murdering Deputy Goforth. Until and unless an official motive is released, we may never know. It could be BLM Connected; it could be the result of a drug deal by a dirty cop gone wrong. Miles may also have been legitimately, mentally incompetent at the time.

The bottom line is that, until a clear motive is publicly established, I don’t know why Deputy Goforth was murdered and you don’t know either. Whether it’s Breitbart insinuating that BLM had some hand in this without that explicit public information, or demonstrable frauds attempting to absolve BLM from any responsibility whatsoever, don’t expect anyone with an agenda to be honest on this.

PEOPLE NEED TO BE ALLOWED TO PROCESS CAITLYN JENNER’S TRANSITION WITH HUMOR

The outrage machine keeps humming...
The outrage machine keeps humming…

In a development which should surprise no one, the Huffington Post fairly recently ran a piece whining about jokes comedian Bill Burr made regarding Caitlyn Jenner’s transition because of course they would.

Here’s the bit:

Most relevant to me at least was Burr’s takedown of how the PC thought police won’t tolerate anything but fawning praise:

“Then you couldn’t react. You couldn’t on any level be like, “Oh my God, what the eff?!” on any level. You couldn’t say that or you’re automatically homophobic. You shave your beard off people are like, “Oh my God, that’s your chin?! wow!!” This guy walked out a dude, came back a woman, and you’re just supposed to be like, “Oh, yes, so anyways, Caitlyn.”

Yes I get that by “homophobic” Burr mixes up sexual orientation and gender expression but to focus on that misses the point.

Along similar lines as Bill Maher explains jokes to idiots, the kind of people who thoughtlessly and reflexively sling accusations of “racism”, “sexism” and “transphobia” like candy from a parade float at anything they merely don’t like also don’t seem to understand that some people need or use humor to cope with and process dramatic changes, be it in themselves or beloved childhood heroes.

A contrast instantly came to mind when I thought of people who, without the hate, might think “what the eff” in response to to Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. First is the strikingly beautiful Nikki Araguz Lloyd, with whom I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. She has, as far as I know, been openly transgender for a number of years, and I had no clue until she told me:

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Whatever your politics, trying to argue she is a man makes you a moron…

Caitlyn Jenner on the other hand didn’t transition until she was 65, after she’d achieved celebrity/hero status after winning the men’s decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics. “Passability” isn’t relevant here even if, in my opinion, Caitlyn Jenner looks pretty good for a 65-year-old woman:

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I get why people who grew up with Bruce Jenner as an athletic hero might be stunned by who she is today…

As a cultural libertarian, I have in no way a problem with Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. I genuinely wish her the best and happiest life possible. If anything, I expect the authoritarian left to turn on her viciously when reminded she’s a conservative Republican.

Whatever the case may be, some people may need a moment to…adjust, to put it mildly and there’s nothing wrong with using humor to do that.

Comedy is sacred to me because it brings joy, brightens life, and can act as a mechanism for taking the piss out of genuinely awful things and horrible people. The insinuation that Bill Burr’s joke in any way contributes to the murder and death of transgender people is plainly ridiculous and should be openly mocked and ridiculed, which I intend to do, or at least help in doing.

Huffington Post Editor Bill Bradley quips:

If you have to say, “I’m not being a jerk,” you’re probably being a jerk.

But Bradley evidently doesn’t realize, or doesn’t care that, in an age when the public square is dominated by the professionally offended, where political correctness poses an existential threat to comedy, people feel the need to deny being a jerk because people like him will trip over themselves to make them out to be one anyway no matter what they say.

“PERSON OF INTEREST” IN CUSTODY AS HCSO INVESTIGATES MURDER OF DEPUTY DARREN GOFORTH

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Fox 26 now reports the person in custody is a “person of interest” in the investigation in the murder of Harris County Deputy Darren GoForth:

On August 28th, at 8:30 p.m. at the corner of West Road and Telge, someone walked up to a Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy while he was pumping gas into his squad car and shot him multiple times in the back and then shot him multiple times once he fell to the ground. No motive is currently known and eyewitnesses say the shooter said nothing to the deputy before opening fire.

The suspect, described as a man with a dark complexion roughly 5’10’-6′ tall and wearing a white T-shirt and red shorts reportedly fled west on West Road in a dark red or maroon Ford Ranger.

It’s difficult to come up with language to describe how to feel about this. The loss of 47 year old Darren Goforth, a ten year veteran of the force who is survived by a wife and two children is incalculable.

I’ve a buddy who genuinely hopes this is a non-random event. It does sound odd as he admits. It’s hard to find an upside to any of this but I guess it would be better than some lunatic wildly blasting people because he thinks the dog told him to. I don’t find the idea of this being a calculated cold-blooded murder any more comforting.

Whatever the case may be what’s decidedly unhelpful are wild insinuations about a tragedy in which no clear motive has even been established which hint at seemingly related events:

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I’m a leftist who actually enjoys Breitbart because I believe in reading widely, in engaging people with whom I disagree, so I wouldn’t bat an eye at writing for them. I wouldn’t be the first liberal to write for them, after all.

I have my own misgivings and reservations about the #BlackLivesMatter movement which I believe would be wholly inappropriate to get into here. I’m sure some on the right would love to hang this killing around their necks but as far as I can tell, BLM supporters have so far remained silent on the officer’s killing.

Their critics however are in full force, and haven’t wasted any time exploiting this tragedy to take shots at BLM supporters, warranted or not.

This is not a night in which I care much about any of that. I don’t care about which side to take in political spats. Don’t be that person tonight.

Be safe folks…

Update: Katie McCall of Fox 26 reports the suspected gunman has been apprehended:

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ADDICTING INFO’S “BEST DEFENSE” AGAINST MASS-MURDERERS WILL GET PEOPLE KILLED

It’s no secret many that my fellow liberals/lefties hate guns. This is misguided at best, but it’s also incorrect to assume that the right completely owns gun rights as an issue no matter how hard left/liberal publication try to reinforce the stereotype:

Under. No. Pretext…

Nonetheless, liberal blog Addicting Info evidently runs anything that nurses their  bias against firearms, and in the wake of the attempted massacre in France reaches so far as to astonishingly assert that yes, it’s somehow completely reasonable to expect the best defense” against a gunman wielding an AK-47 is to have unarmed people charge a would-be mass-murderer.

The bravery of Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos can’t be understated, for which they were awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest decoration. But as Chris Hernandez (known for his defiant stance against the lunacy of “micgroaggressions” and “trigger warnings”) puts it, they were lucky and because of that, has to set the Addicting Info types straight on why expecting this outcome to be normal is ludicrous and lethally stupid:

Having said that, and I’m in no way detracting from their bravery or heroism, but they got lucky. Many factors gave them the opportunity to rush and take down the attacker. As a combat vet, former active shooter response instructor and longtime cop, when I heard about the attack and the Americans (and others) who stopped it, my reaction was, “Those guys are incredibly brave,” followed quickly with “And it’s a damn good thing they’re still alive, because they could have easily lost.”

I think most of us with a tactical background understand this was something of a fluke. Generally speaking, you don’t bring a nothing to a gunfight and expect to win. It can happen, but you don’t make “use your bare hands to take down a guy with an AK-47” your Plan A. I know this because I have training, experience, and a brain. The blithering idiots at Addicting Info, however, looked at this fluke, consulted fellow blithering idiots who know nothing about lethal force, and published an article titled Proving The Best Defense Is A Good Guy WITHOUT A Gun, Unarmed U.S. Soldiers Foil French Gunman.

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I’m pretty sure Addicting Info’s writers are literally the dumbest people on earth.

I wouldn’t hold my breath expecting those who think people should be unarmed in the face of danger to actually rise to the occasion and defend the lives of themselves and others when called to by circumstance.

This is, after all, their assertion in an age in which people retreat into hug-boxes to feel morally superior about watching and letting someone die from being stabbed to death on a subway car full of people. Perish the thought of stopping it with a firearm.

People who think like this should have their heads examined, before some criminal, lunatic, or terrorist blows it off.

Agustin Santillan January 16, 1948 – August 8th, 2015

11866330_1164929346867512_3855582974842388135_nAgustin Santillan, father, brother, son, friend and United States Marine passed away at home Saturday, the 8th of August 2015, at the age of 67. Mr. Santillan was born on the 16th of January 1948, to Jose and Genoveva Santillan. He served as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and is a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal for injuries sustained in combat. After the war Mr. Santillan returned to Houston raising a family and dedicating 40 years to a career with Southwestern Bell and AT&T. Mr. Santillan was preceded in death by his wife, to whom he was deeply devoted, Joellen Santillan, also a native of Houston. He is survived by his two children, Jacob and Sarah Santillan. Special Thanks to all who have offered their condolences and support. Mr. Santillan’s final resting place is the Houston National Cemetery located at 10410 Veterans Memorial Dr. Houston, TX 77038

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Thanks for everything Dad.

~Jacob and Sarah