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0842, 30 May 15

Crime Wave

All of that anti-cop rhetoric is having the desired effect.

The nation’s two-decades-long crime decline may be over. Gun violence in particular is spiraling upward in cities across America. In Baltimore, the most pressing question every morning is how many people were shot the previous night. Gun violence is up more than 60% compared with this time last year, according to Baltimore police, with 32 shootings over Memorial Day weekend. May has been the most violent month the city has seen in 15 years.

In Milwaukee, homicides were up 180% by May 17 over the same period the previous year. Through April, shootings in St. Louis were up 39%, robberies 43%, and homicides 25%. “Crime is the worst I’ve ever seen it,” said St. Louis Alderman Joe Vacarro at a May 7 City Hall hearing.

Murders in Atlanta were up 32% as of mid-May. Shootings in Chicago had increased 24% and homicides 17%. Shootings and other violent felonies in Los Angeles had spiked by 25%; in New York, murder was up nearly 13%, and gun violence 7%.


Milwaukee Police Chief Edward A. Flynn, discussing hostility toward the police, told me in an interview on Friday: “I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m guessing it will take five years to recover.”



0842, 30 May 2015


  1. Kevin Scheunemann

    I guess all the liberal, “Yeah, Go Criminals!” chants at the protests are having the desired liberal effect toward law and order.

    More victims of crime, especially in the black community.

    Promote more evil behavior to make more victims, so we have to have more police, and a bigger chance to criticize every police altercation for bigger political gain.

    When I hear the nonsense about “escalation”, its coming from the liberal side, not the good and decent people on the side of law and order.

  2. Jadedly Unbiased

    An interesting thing happened at the Phoenix anti Muslim protest. As the organizer and other anti Muslim protesters strutted around in shirts that read “F#%^ Islam”, others, mostly Christians there to counter protest wore shirts that read “love thy neighbor”. Of course those must have been those liberal non-Christian Christians that support evil. As to the crime wave… Anytime there is a “Great Recession” the effects of job loss and the resulting poverty naturally play out in the criminal acts of desperate people. Let’s not forget about the spike in drug and alcohol use (also spurred by desperation and depression associated with poverty). The results of ten years of desperation could be felt for a decade or two more. Detroit or Flint may take even longer.

  3. Kevin Scheunemann


    You know my position on profanity.

    That protestor is wrong and I would have confronted him about it if I was there.

    I have no problem with the so-called “liberal” Christians showing up with shirts that say “love thy neighbor”. However, is it just a superficial saying, or are they carrying the mesage of love out. Remember, Christian love must be sincere, and delight in the truth.

    If they were there to also preach the truth in love of Jesus to their Muslim brothers….GREAT! Good for them, the fruit of the Holy Spirit is living by action. That is sincere love that delights in the truth. In fact, I’d want to send them a “thank you, well done!”

    If they were there to wear T-shirts, and not correct anyone when they say Islam is the truth, and tell others that there are many roads to heaven, when there are not, then shame on them! That is not love because it is not sincere and is not delighting in the truth of Jesus.

  4. Jadedly Unbiased

    I’m not sure of their motives nor do I care. The message of love opposed to the message of hate is a message I can support.

  5. Duke

    So then, Jade, what message do you think is sent by a national leader saying, “The cops acted…, stupidly.”

    What Chief Flynn is saying is that it will take at least 2 years after the Community Organizer in Chief is out of office for the rule of law to be reestablished, and for the intentional division of our society by the top leadership in our country into the haves and the have-nots to come to an end.

    If you really want to see your message of love vs. hate on full display watch a legislative committee meeting on Wisconsin Eye sometime. The Republicans act like the adults in the room, while the democRats act like petulant little children. It’s no wonder politics has become so (intentional pun) jaded, with one party engaging in constant castigation and scolding, universally questioning the personal motivations of elected individuals trying to get things done to make life a little easier for the voters who sent them there for that purpose.

    I except Robin Vos from the above description of motivations. In his personal life, and in his Harry Reid like conduct as Speaker, he has serious integrity issues.

  6. Jadedly Unbiased

    Well Duke,
    President Obama was referring to a black college professor named Gates who lived in a upper middle class neighborhood in Cambridge. He was arrested after a call for a possible B and E. If you consider the whole story, the statement and keep it all in context then I would agree with President Obama when he actually said ” the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home”. The Cambridge police must have agreed because all charges were dropped and an apology was issued.

    Now, what I’m about to say isn’t in defense of President Obama but to point out that neither party holds exclusive rights to stupid childish statements. If you believe calling people “democRats” and “Community Organizer in Chief” is acting like the adult in the room I understand why you have trouble deciphering who the child is. Let me give you some further examples of treatment endured by a “national leader”.
    1) Mike O’Neal (R-Kansas) publicly cited a bible verse calling for President Obama to be killed, his wife to be widowed and his children to be orphaned. He also referred to the First Lady as “Mrs. Yo mamma “.
    2) Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado) said he didn’t “even want to have to be associated with President Obama. It’s like touching a tar baby”.
    3) Trent Franks (R-AZ) called President Obama “an enemy of humanity”
    4) Tom Tancredo (R) called President Obama “a more serious threat to America than al Qaeda”
    5) Sarah Palin(R-AK) said President Obama is “palling around with terrorists”.
    I could give lots more examples if your interested in hearing them. I could also give examples and names of Republicans that wouldn’t met with, return phone calls and disregarded official communications from the President.

    I understand that some people believe proudly showing public disrespect for a sitting U.S. President is a winning strategy but I believe this is absolute disrespect for the office, not matter what party or who is in the office, it is as childish as it gets. Let’s not forget about all the other things said about our President…he’s a Muslim, not a citizen, not a Christian, etc.etc.etc. and don’t forget the things that have been said about his children. First children are supposed to be off limits… Apparently not any more.

    As far as Chief Flynn is concerned his actual statement, while discussing hostility towards police, was ” I’ve never seen anything like it. I’m guessing it will take five years to recover”. He clarified he was referring to it taking five years to regain the communities trust after a number of alleged abuse of power incident cases in Milwaukee and nationally. He didn’t refer to the “Community Organizer in Chief”. So, is it truly “one party engaging in constant castigation and scolding, universally questioning the personal motivations of elected individuals”? Or is this just more unproductive rhetoric and propaganda spoken by someone with serious integrity issues?

  7. Kevin Scheunemann


    “I’m not sure of their motives nor do I care. The message of love opposed to the message of hate is a message I can support.”

    If you support a message of “love” that disregards the truth, it really is not a message of love.

  8. Kevin Scheunemann


    On your elected official examples:

    1.) Mike O’Neal is wrong.

    2.) Doug Lamborn has the right to not be associated with Obama. In fact, since Obama claims Christianity (I don’t know how, while he supports unborn baby slaughter and flipped flop on marriage under God’s design), its his duty to disassociate from Christians that may be living contrary to the gospel under Mathhew 18. However, I do not support his ridiculous “tar baby” statement.

    3.) Trent Franks may be correct if Obama continues to embrace things that are not good. Obama, almost glowingly, embraces Islam. Obama should be embracing his Christianity, not indicating Islam has any sort of truth to it. Obama has a serious problem on foreign policy. Treating our friends as enemies and our enemies as friends. Our friends are the biggest supporter of basic human rights. Our enemies, especially Islamic states, are the worst abuser of human rights, especially to women. Obama is says he is against the war on women, but yet embraces those that abuse women (Islam) on a grander scale than Hitler. That kind of double talk, easily makes you an enemy of women’s rights, which many in the women’s movement say that makes you an enemy of humanity.

    So when one embraces evil, and forsakes good, an “enemy of humanity” is a descriptive term.

    4.) Tom Tancredo can be correct. Obama is surrendering to terrorist states all over the world. Cuba being the latest. That can be far more dangerous than Al Queda. Al Queda does not have the power to subject us to unrepentant terrorist states, like Obama.

    5.) Sarah Palin is correct. He is not about defeating evil. He’s about trying to understand it, make friends with it, and tolerate it, even if it means Americans will die as a result.

  9. Jadedly Unbiased

    Really, do you have to twist everything? I understand, as I’ve said before, your commitment to Christianity and I admire it but I wasn’t trying to make a religious point nor do I want to get a religious lecture every time I post something. I have also told you that if I’m in need of spiritual guidance I have those resources. Your obsession with trying to pin me down biblically is concerning.

    You are entitled to your opinions about the appropriateness of the elected official examples. I could give others that compare more closely to 1) and 2) but if you are not willing to keep them in context it would be a waste of time. You are quick to defend but fail to acknowledge the this childish behavior is bipartisan. Furthermore, you fail to point out the rhetorical and childish nature of Dukes statements. Hard to accuse a party of something you do within the accusing statement. Talk about acting stupidly.

  10. Kevin Scheunemann


    If you look at evidence above. I made a general comment about the topic on top post, your post, the 2nd one, then went to a “Christian”, “non-Christian” commentary about an unrelated protest.

    So your last post really does make me laugh, that its all on me when it comes to the religious discussion that ensued.

  11. Jadedly Unbiased

    Do you understand the difference between a comment and a lecture? Do you understand the difference between turning everything into a religious argument and merely posting a comment? Part of the problem is you are so self absorbed you don’t realize or consider anyone else’s opinions. Your assumption that you are always right makes it feel more like a lecture opposed to a rebuttal. If you take a look a your posts on multiple threads you might realize that you seldom stay on topic. Typically it’s a rant about screaming liberal, Marxist, non Christian, UWMILW sucks and it’s all Obama’s fault. How many people need to express this before it sinks in?

  12. Kevin Scheunemann


    I understand the difference.

    As near as I can tell, when you write something its a “comment”.

    When I write something its a “lecture”.

    …unless you have a different distinction?

  13. Jadedly Unbiased

    You are right, you are always right. You should be nominated leader of the free world and the supreme leader of all religions. All hail Kevin! All hail Kevin! All hail the all knowing Kevin. Absolutely ridiculous.

  14. Kevin Scheunemann

    I’ll take that as: my distinction was correct.

  15. Jadedly Unbiased

    Take it as you do… Always right no matter what anyone else says.

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