Seven years ago today I was invited to join this place. This song has absolutely nothing to do with that I just like it...and it's Friday.
Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe.
With a pawnshop eyes and a second hand frown She sat silent at the table Her boots were brown, Well, should she leave town To play the role of lover expatriate A nod to the waiter, always her flirty behavior, You know she always gets one on the house And she pulls out a letter From a bag that's under her sweater And before she reads she Straightens her blouse
There's a passion in being alone A grace in a loveless time There is no new cross There is no new sign Only the sun and the changing tide
Out of respect Well, I really must confess I never lost your number I never lost your address And if we remain friends at best Sometime later no, no not yet We'll smile and remember it like this
She put back the letter One tear falls like a feather And disappears On the bar room floor The gratuity included You know, the letter concluded P.S. All my love
Some are saying I provoked this attack. But to kowtow to violent intimidation will only encourage more of it.
Sunday in Garland, Texas, a police officer was wounded in a battle that is part of a longstanding war: the war against the freedom of speech. Some people are blaming me for the Garland shooting — so I want to address that here.
The shooting happened at my American Freedom Defense Initiative Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, when two Islamic jihadists armed with rifles and explosives drove up to the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland and attempted to gain entry to our event, which was just ending. We were aware of the risk and spent thousands of dollars on security — and it paid off. The jihadis at our free speech event were not able to achieve their objective of replicating the massacre at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine last January — and to go it one better in carnage. They were not able to kill anyone. We provided enormous security, in concert with the superb Garland police department. The men who took the aspiring killers down may have saved hundreds of lives.
And make no mistake: If it weren’t for the free-speech conference, these jihadis would have struck somewhere else — a place where there was less security, like the Lindt cafe in Australia or the Hyper Cacher Kosher supermarket in Paris.
So, why are some people blaming me? They’re saying: “Well, she provoked them! She got what she deserved!” They don’t remember, or care to remember, that as the jihadis were killing the Muhammad cartoonists in Paris, their friend and accomplice was murdering Jews in a nearby kosher supermarket. Were the Jews asking for it? Did they “bait” the jihadis? Were they “provoking” them?
Are the Jews responsible for the Nazis? Are the Christians in the Middle East responsible for being persecuted by Muslims?
Drawing Muhammad offends Islamic jihadists? So does being Jewish. How much accommodation of any kind should we give to murderous savagery? To kowtow to violent intimidation will only encourage more of it.
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund682 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty in the past five years in the United States. That averages out to over 136 dead law enforcement officers each year.
Here are the numbers:
2010 – 161
2011 – 171
2012 – 126
2013 – 107
2014 – 117
Conversely, on average, there were 96 black males who are killed by white police officers each year – and another 300 white males who are killed by police officers according to FBI statistics.
In an ever increasingly insane world it's most important to keep one's sense of humor. In that light, and because it's Friday, I bring to you, gentle reader, a couple videos that are so wrong they're right.