"A new study confirms that black men and women are treated differently in the hands of law enforcement. They are more likely to be touched, handcuffed, pushed to the ground or pepper-sprayed by a police officer, even after accounting for how, where and when they encounter the police.
But when it comes to the most lethal form of force — police shootings — the study finds no racial bias.
“It is the most surprising result of my career,” said Roland G. Fryer Jr., the author of the study and a professor of economics at Harvard. The study examined more than 1,000 shootings in 10 major police departments, in Texas, Florida and California.
The result contradicts the image of police shootings that many Americans hold after the killings (some captured on video) of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.; Tamir Rice in Cleveland; Walter Scott in South Carolina; Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La.; and Philando Castile in Minnesota." NY Times
Well pilgrims, this is where we are in an age of manufactured facts and "truthiness." The reaction to this NY Times article on "Mornin' Joe" today was both sad and hysterically funny. Joe watched the circus from behind his defensive mask while Eugene Robinson the ("Pulitzer prize winning associate editor of the Washington Post") mumbled disconsolately that he "has a hard time with this" and that there must be an examination of the data. The Blackness of the Harvard professor is clearly a problem for his long transmitted narrative assertions. The "legendary columnist" Mike Barnicle observed that we "should all wait to learn what Obama says at the funerals in Dallas. It seemed to me that he was saying that Obama would tell us what to think. pl
"Authorities now think that on New Year's Eve, more than 1,200 women were sexually assaulted in various German cities, including more than 600 in Cologne and about 400 in Hamburg.
More than 2,000 men were allegedly involved, and 120 suspects — about half of them foreign nationals who had only recently arrived in Germany — have been identified.
Only four have been convicted, but more trials are underway.
On Thursday, a court in Cologne sentenced two men in the New Year's Eve assaults. Hussein A., a 21-year-old Iraqi, and Hassan T., a 26-year-old Algerian, were handed suspended one-year sentences. Both arrived in Germany in the past two years, a court spokesman said. He declined to specify whether the two had sought asylum." Washington Post
The European and other Left want desperately to believe that we humans are all much the same. In America, the believers often assert that behavior of the "German New Year's Party" type by people from another culture is evidence of madness. It is not. It is evidence of difference. I guess the fellows involved are not "pilgrims" in the sense that most Germans understand the word, but what do I know? Ah, I do know that many younger Middle Eastern men are unequipped by upbringing and shared assumptions to deal with the spectacle of young women cavorting, drinking and flirting in the public square at midnight. Their instinctive reaction to that is believe they are whores. pl