Lateral transfer

The news is out: [What happens when a high-ranking police officer resigns from one police department after the unjust police shooting of a Black citizen only to become police chief of another embattled police department that came into the spotlight after the unjust police shooting of another Black citizen? Well, mainly, the new police chief is being greeted with a lot of understandable skepticism and even scorn from activists who view the new appointment as a slap in the face to advocates for police reform.
Such is the case for 25-year police veteran Erika Shields. Shields resigned from the Atlanta Police Department last June after a police officer fatally shot Rayshard Brooks.
On Tuesday, Shields was sworn in by Louisville, Ky., Mayor Greg Fischer as the city’s new police chief—for the same police department that has drawn national attention for the shooting of Breonna Taylor.]

Police reform will not be legit until and unless qualified immunity, no-knock warrant, chokehold, police unions are outlawed and a national database for law enforcement prevents the rehire of cops who are caught. Please remember that a good cop is one who hasn’t been caught yet.

Fire the maggots

The news is out: [The Pentagon transition was uglier than previously known, Politico reported Wednesday, revealing that the political appointees at the Department of Defense muzzled generals and kept critical information from the incoming administration’s transition team.
Meetings on issues ranging from military operations in conflict zones to vaccines were canceled, delayed, or controlled in ways that made it difficult for the Biden transition team to get the information they needed, Politico reported, citing a number of Pentagon and transition officials. After his election loss, President Donald Trump fired his defense secretary and installed loyalists in top posts, an unprecedented move in an administration’s final weeks.
Led by these newly installed officials, the Pentagon reportedly limited transition team visibility on activities in parts of the Middle East and Africa, special operations missions, and Operation Warp Speed, among other areas. Officials said that obstruction to the provision of vaccine information could hinder distribution operations, and at a time the virus is raging across America.]

These terrorists are a threat to the national security of the US.

The devils we know

The news is out: [President Joe Biden’s immediate steps to undue his predecessor’s nativist legacy is earning him praise from some evangelical Christian leaders who say he’s acting as the Bible instructs.
The National Association of Evangelicals, representing more than 45,000 churches across the US, also lauded the new president’s more welcoming approach to immigration.
In September 2020, several US evangelical leaders issued statements expressing horror over reports that women detained by the Trump administration were being subjected to unwanted surgeries, including sterilization.]

Didn’t take long for the religious terrorists to switch from Trump to Biden.

The border wall

The news is out: [A US Customs and Border Protection officer was sentenced to 30 months in prison for taking a bribe at the US-Mexico border, according to the Department of Justice.
Jose Rosalio Fuentes, 58, plead guilty in February 2020 to accepting $6,000 bribe from Juan Carlos Gonzalez-Villa, a convicted and deported felon. At the time of the incident, Fuentes was a canine officer operating in Nogales, Arizona.
According to sentencing filings from the District of Arizona, an unidentified person first messaged Fuentes and inquired about what would happen if Gonzalez-Villa, who had several warrants out for his arrest, turned himself in at the border.
Prosecutors allege that Fuentes took this inquiry as an opportunity to enrich himself.
“I was going to tell you, if he wants to go to jail, he will be in jail for five years,” Fuentes responded. “Or he can wait for when I’m there and then well . . . he passes, right.”]

With deals like this, why bother with a wall? The wall is a tribute to American stupidity caused by racism.

Forced recall

The news is out: [WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co said on Thursday it will recall 3 million vehicles for air bag inflators that could rupture, at a cost of $610 million.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday ordered Ford to issue the recall for driver-side air bag inflators, rejecting the automaker’s 2017 petition to avoid it.
The defect, which in rare instances leads to air bag inflators rupturing and sending potentially deadly metal fragments flying, prompted the largest automotive recall in U.S. history of more than 67 million inflators. Worldwide, about 100 million inflators installed by 19 major automakers have been recalled.
The recall includes 2.7 million U.S. vehicles. Ford will include the cost in fourth-quarter results.
The vehicles were previously recalled for passenger-side inflators. “We believe our extensive data demonstrated that a safety recall was not warranted for the driver-side airbag. However, we respect NHTSA’s decision and will issue a recall,” Ford said.
NHTSA also required Mazda Motor Corp to recall 5,800 air bag inflators in 2007–2009 B-Series vehicles.]

At Ford, profit is job 1. Screw the buyers.

Once again, years ago, the complete failure of air bags was exposed in my books. Even today, air bags are not safe and may not work properly. I issued the same warning for seat belts and Traffic barriers (sometimes called Armco barriers), also known in North America as highway guardrails or guard rails. They don’t work.