WTA Pulls Events From China

Internationally ranked women’s tennis player Peng Shuai, who is from China, has mostly disappeared from public view since she accused a highly ranked government and Communist Party official of sexual assault. The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has raised concerns about the safety and well-being of one of it’s players and has pressed the Chinese government to be more forthcoming.

China has continued to be tight-lipped and there is concern that Peng is being persecuted for her accusations. So the WTA has announced it will pull events from China, as a result.

Lebron James and the NBA–take note.

Rittenhouse Verdict In Kenosha

This columnist has deliberately waited a while after the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict to comment on anything related, because that trial and verdict has been so polarizing, and people just know the headlines and what they are told on social media.

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New York Sets Up Injection Locations-Not For Vaccines

New York City just opened a ‘Supervised Injection Site’ where drug addicts and go to shoot up and be sure that someone is there to make sure they do so safely, have new needles and do not accidently overdose.

So, said another way, New York City is making sure that people feel safe committing what is still a crime in New York City. There was a time in our society when that was called “aiding and abetting a crime”.

The Word “Looting” Is Racist?!

In the wake of several ‘incidents’ of organized smash and grab robberies across California this week, the San Diego police department said it would not use the word “looting” because that was a racist term, and would use the term “organized robberies” instead.

This Is How Progressive Justice Reform Looks

By now, we have all heard of the incident in Waukesha, WI where a man plowed his vehicle into a small town Christmas parade, killing six people and wounding over fifty others, some critically.

The defendant, Darrell Brooks Jr., has a long history of violent criminal activity going back years and involving multiple convictions in multiple states. In early November, he was arrested again on a domestic violence charge.

John Chisholm is the Milwaukee County District Attorney who has championed “progressive justice reform” and has widely bragged that he was an early leader in the movement. His office recommended $1000 bail for Brooks in his most recent violent crime charge and Brooks was released just last Friday, two days before he plowed into the parade….after reportedly fleeing another domestic violence dispute.

A felon with a long history of violent crime, let out on bail of $1000 (why was he allowed bail at all?!) and within 48 hours, that felon had been involved in another domestic violence dispute and using his vehicle for a mass murder.  THAT is progressive justice reform.

Sports And Human Rights

If you have been watching the news recently, you have heard of Peng Shuai, the internationally ranked Chinese women’s tennis player who disappeared recently, after accusing a high ranking member of the Chinese government and Communist Party of sexual assault.

Worth noting is a striking difference in reaction to Chinese human rights abuses.

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A Small Dose Of Civility In Congress

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) announced over the weekend that she will not seek re-election next year and plans to retire after serving for 30 years in Congress.

Johnson was the first Black woman elected to state public office from the Dallas area.

In a statement to reporters, Johnson did not play to the hyper-partisanship that has become all to common. Looking back on her career, she touted her accomplishments and shared credit with those who had helped her along the way, including a number of Republicans. “I’m proud of what I’ve done because there is no Texan in the history of this state who has brought more home,” Johnson said. “As much as we trash the names of some of the Republicans, they were some of the same ones that helped me be successful.”

May all our members of Congress learn to be so gracious. Best wishes in retirement, Rep. Johnson.

A Vote For Sanity

The House voted yesterday to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ).  As part of the censure, Gosar was removed from all committee assignments that he currently has.

Gosar became only the 24th member in history to be censured, the last one being in 2010. Gosar was brought before the House to be censured because he has posted an animated video, on his official House of Representatives social media account, of him killing another member of Congress and beating President Biden.

No one should even joke about killing a co-worker. I certainly would be fired immediately if I made a video of killing a co-worker and beating another, how much more should we hold higher standards for members of Congress who (at least theoretically) is supposed to represent the best of us.

Republicans in Congress should be ashamed for refusing to reprimand Gosar for such disgusting behavior. Another case of “if he is ‘our guy’ we will overlook anything”. That has to change!

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