Saturday, August 23, 2014
Monday, August 18, 2014
The website Spot Crime displays local daily crime statistics for such categories as shooting, assault, burglary, vandalism, and so forth.
Take a look at the reports for Chicago and St.Louis County, in which the suburb of Ferguson is located. (City of St. Louis crime data can be found here.)
Hone in on Ferguson. It is virtually crime free. One heartbreaking fatality has set the community ablaze, with media from around the world wondering if a new race war is about to break out across America as occurred in U.S. cities in the 1960s.
Compare the Greater St. Louis area with Chicago, home of President Barack Obama, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Reverend Jesse Jackson, and other prominent national figures. Week after week Chicago is plagued with shootings, burglaries, assaults, and every other version of crime. Scroll down the list of crimes by date and the numbers are truly shocking. Where are the international media? Why hasn't the governor of Illinois called up the National Guard to patrol the streets of Chicago?
P.S. By way of disclosure, the proprietor of Thoughtful Ideas grew up and attended university in Greater St. Louis.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, another 130 U.S. military personnel arrived in Iraq to help relieve the dire situation of tens of thousands of Yazidi and other Iraqis trapped on a hill by the Islamic State (IS) fighters. These additional troops were not sent to "engage in combat operations."
Their boots are literally on the ground (barring some levitation device that keeps them off the ground). They are armed. They will no doubt be authorized to shoot back at IS fighters if fired upon.
The total of U.S. Security Forces now numbers 875.
Evidently the phrase "boots on the ground" is not to be taken literally so long as the president and the secretary of defense say they are engaged in non-combat operations.