Apparently Chicago is rioting over a police shooting that took place a year ago where evidence of the officer’s culpability covered up by the Mayor.

Racial tensions soared in Chicago as officials released a graphic video of a police officer shooting a black teen 16 times, shortly after he was charged for the death.

The Black Lives matter movement is out in force and as usual things are getting destroyed.

Meanwhile here is a shooting that took place this week that you likely haven’t heard of:

Seventeen people were hit by bullets. One was just a ten-year-old boy. Another will probably never walk again. At the time this article was written, several were still in the hospital. It is only chance that there were not more victims, and that none died. As many as 500 people were in the park for the block party and for the filming of a music video. This was a dramatic, mass shooting, with hundreds of Americans running for their lives in a panic in their own community from a hail of bullets.

NBC news gave it 20 seconds and Oddly Enough the Black Lives Matter Crowd apparently isn’t interested. Caleb Howe asks the question:

As we see in Chicago pretty much every day, the white liberal thought leaders of the left aren’t interested in these kinds of shootings. The playground is in a black neighborhood. The shooters were in gangs. I ask you to ask yourself why there is not the usual overwhelming onslaught from liberal do-gooders that follows other mass shootings. Go ahead. Ask yourself.

The question answers itself.

‘Tis the time of year, where families and friends congregate in this fair country to give thanks, to celebrate our many blessings, to feast in abundance, and to put up with a modicum of aggravation.

Yes, everybody has obnoxious relatives that vary in their degree of irksomeness, and over the years we learn how to put up with/avoid/ignore them, but now the DNC, in its brilliance, is coming up with actual political strategy to add to the mix:

Notice how it’s specifically addressed to “your Republican uncle”, since we all know that any senior member of the Republican patriarchy is fair game, lest we inflame the rest of the population with micro-aggressions during their holiday repast. And what better way to reduce your kin to a cliche than to show Grumpy Cat?

Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it,” right?

But I digress.

If you go to Your Republican Uncle [dot] com – go ahead and knock yourself out, I’m not linking to it more – it welcomes you (if I may misuse the word) with,

The holiday season is filled with food, traveling, and lively discussions with Republican relatives about politics sometimes laced with statements that are just not true. Here are the most common myths spouted by your family members who spend too much time listening to Rush Limbaugh and the perfect response to each of them.

Nothing like disrespecting your brainless Limbaugh-spouting Republican elders to guarantee a lot of media attention, myself included.

Ace, who I have met in the past and is a very intelligent, very well-read guy, gave it some thought and came up with a brilliant and very funny post on Thanksgivingmanship: Your Guide to Surviving The Progressive Imbeciles Who Have Spent a Week Cramming on How to Survive You.

Now, I don’t have one half of Ace’s brains, so I have a simpler proposal:


The younger the kids, the better.

For as long as they persist, keep them there, for the rest of their lives if necessary.

And enjoy a blessed and happy Thanksgiving celebration.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog

Charley Pollard: [In a note the 8th Doctor is reading]: Dear Doctor. It’s been such a long journey for both of us. I never, ever wanted it to end, but end it has. We both know that.
8th Doctor: Ah, Charley, no.
Charley [The Note]: A long time ago now, I said you were the oddest man I’d ever met. You’re that still. You’re the best man I’ve ever met too. But we’ve chanced our luck once too often I think, so I’m bailing out.

Big Finish Doctor Who: The Girl who Never Was 2007

Rory Williams: You know what’s dangerous about you? It’s not that you make people take risks, it’s that you make them want to impress you. You make it so they don’t want to let you down. You have no idea how dangerous you make people to themselves when you’re around.

Doctor Who  The Vampires of Venice 2010

In Last week’s Doctor Who the Character of Clara Oswald, one of the longest running companions in the series in terms of years was killed off.

There are several opinions I have on the subject but they are better saved for when I start reviewing this season but there is one aspect of the episode that appeals to the math lover in me.

In terms of Doctor Who companions that longest running were Jamie McCrimmon (2nd Doctor Just under 3 seasons), Jo Grant (3rd Doctor 3 seasons) Sarah Jane Smith (3rd & 4th Doctor) who holds the record 3 1/4 seasons and Clara (Just under 3 seasons).

If you are at all familiar with the series you know that with very rare exceptions, the Doctor and his companions are constantly facing death.

They’ve been sold into Slavery (The Romans), Put into the front lines in World War 1 (the War Games), Defended Castles from attacks (The Time Warrior), Kidnapped to be Sacrificed to Pagan Gods (The Masque of Mandragora), Threatened with Execution by Kings (The King’s Demons),  Been on the Dinner Menu (The Two Doctors) ,  Faced Arthurian Legends (Battlefield),  Dodged Gangsters (Invaders from Mars) , Dodged German Bombs (The Empty Child), and Volcanos (The Fires of Pompeii) , Nuclear Devastation ( Cold War) and the Sheriff of Nottingham ( Robot of Sherwood)

And that’s just adventures on Earth.

Over and over the Doctor and his companions find themselves in situations where death is practically certain and over and over again with the exception of Katerina (The Dalek Master Plan) regularly  manage to cheat it.    Of course the Doctor occasionally fails  to Cheat Death himself (Planet of the Spiders) (Logopolis) (Caves of the Androzani) (Time & the Rani) (The Doctor Who Movie) (The Night of the Doctor) (The Parting of the Ways) (The End of Time) (Time of the Doctor) and thanks to that failure regenerates but his companions don’t have that luxury.

Simple math says a lot more of them should have died in action than the few who have and logically the longer you stay the better the chances that your luck runs out.

The based on the math the wonder isn’t that any of the Doctor’s companions have lasted as long as Jamie, Jo, Sarah Jane or Clara.  The wonder is that of the four only Clara was killed while adventuring with him.

I can’t imagine a more dangerous hobby in the entire universe.