Rollin' Like Sisyphus

12 Tie-Rods On The Tracks To Tartarus

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on December 30, 2014
2014, Ladies and Gents!

2014, Ladies and Gentlemen!

The difference between “unwinding” and “unraveling” is generally one of bias, the synonymous nature of the two terms notwithstanding. So just how much unraveling can we pack in as we run out the clock on the last 36 hours of 2014?
Let’s find out:

Bush Push | Fox News Latino

Del Cueto recalled that when he began his career as a Border Patrol agent 12 years ago, during his first arrest of illegal immigrants he alone stopped 80 people and all of them followed his instructions without objection. “Now, when we stop two or three people, often we find that, at least, one of them is aggressive,” he said. On Dec. 7, the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector reported that one of its officers had been assaulted by a Mexican migrant near the town of Gu Vo. The agent suffered facial injuries near an eye and required 22 stitches, the Border Patrol said. The assailant, identified as Carlos Manuel Pena Nieblas, fled and is wanted by U.S. authorities.

Enuff Z’Nuff | CBS News Washington

“With the increasing number of ambush-style attacks against our officers, I am deeply concerned that a growing anti-government sentiment in America is influencing weak-minded individuals to launch violent assaults against the men and women working to enforce our laws and keep our nation safe,” said Craig Floyd, chairman and CEO of the memorial fund. “Enough is enough,” he said in a statement. “We need to tone down the rhetoric and rally in support of law enforcement and against lawlessness.”

Breathing Comfortably | Breitbart

As the group circulated through the mall, some entered stores yelling and chanting, “Shut it down!” until the stores responded by closing their gates. Protesters could then be heard chanting, “We shut you down!” Eventually, the group of protesters staged a die-in, draping themselves across the floor of the mall. Mall security asked the protesters to leave the mall, which is private property. When the protesters refused, security called the local Richmond Heights police for help. Police arrived and began ushering out the protesters. At that point, as video shows, some protesters began pointing at the police and chanting, “NYPD, KKK, how many kids did you kill today?”

Cop Block | CBS News Boston

Two Boston police officers ended up in the hospital after they were attacked by a group of teenagers, police said. The officers, a man and a woman, went to an apartment building on Wayne Street in Roxbury Monday morning to serve a warrant on 19-year-old Woobenson Morisset for defaulting on court appearances. Police Commissioner William Evans told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 when they were about to put handcuffs on Morisset, he yelled out and some nearby apartments emptied out. Six teens attacked the officers, according to Evans, kicking them and punching them.

No Stupid Question Goes Unanswered | Yahoo! News

A Texas teenager was arrested on Monday on suspicion of posting a photo on social media showing an air rifle that was accompanied by text that police saw as a threat of violence against Fort Worth officers, police said. The 17-year-old has been charged with making a terrorist threat for a Dec. 22 tweet that showed an image of an air rifle pointed at a police car with the caption: “Should I do it? They don’t care for a black male anyways!”

A Metaphor for Our Times | NBC News Philadelphia

A burglar who authorities said masturbated on a woman’s deck and then stole her dog was shot when he broke into a second Bucks County apartment, according to investigators. The suspected burglar, later identified as Angel Suarez Medero, climbed onto the balcony of a second-floor apartment in Franklin Commons on the 1000 block of Bobolink Drive in Bensalem, Pennsylvania Sunday around 8:40 p.m., police said … A struggle ensued and a resident inside the apartment pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking the suspect twice, police said. Even after being shot, Suarez Medero continued to fight with the resident, said police. Responding police officers were eventually able to subdue him.

According to Plan | Daily Signal

After six months of requests, the Executive Office of Immigration Review told Houston’s KPRC that 96 percent of the more than 4,100 families released on recognizance and ordered deported did not show up to court, prompting the government to classify them “in absentia.” A similar 92 percent of the more than 1,600 unaccompanied children to be deported did not show up. The Executive Office of Immigration Review usually reports an 11 percent to 15 percent annual “in absentia” rate, far below this year’s jump.

Slide | ABC News

Americans are a little less likely to ask what they can do for their country these days. An Associated Press-GfK poll found that the sense of duty has slipped since a similar survey three decades earlier. Civic virtues such as staying informed or serving on a jury don’t seem as important as they once did – especially among the younger generation. The findings fit with research that’s been worrying many experts who study civic engagement or advocate for teaching more about civics in school. “I don’t see any recovery,” said Rutgers University Professor Cliff Zukin. “The people who were 40 two decades ago aren’t as engaged as the people who were 60 two decades ago. This generational slippage tends to continue.”

‘Ah, Well, Um’ | Daily Telegraph

After vowing to “call out misogyny and sexism wherever I see it”, feminist icon Julia Gillard had this to say when asked about about female representation in Middle Eastern politics following a speech in Dubai: “Ah, well, ah, it, you know, it’s, ah, not, not for me, ah, to, ah, you know, determine how, ah, countries and individuals determine these issues.”

Is That A Bubble In Your Pocket? | Zero Hedge

In a few brief minutes, Professor Bob Shiller calmly and eloquently crushed the hopes and dreams of CNBC’s cheerleading muppetry as they desperately tried to spin today’s house price data as great news. Exuberant at gains in San Francisco and Miami, the anchor is stunned (briefly) when Shiller dares to say “things are getting too bubbly,” and warns these areas are full of speculative excess. While falling just short of calling a turn in the housing cycle (noting ), when Simon Hobbs says “my reading of this is actually very optimistic,” and begs Shiller to look at the glass-half-full side of the argument, the “anxious” Professor retorts, that home sales rates “trouble him” and warns the real estate market is “fragile.” Shiller then concludes that not only are stocks extremely expensive but that housing is not a good investment… the anchor fades to black.

Please Don’t Confuse Whatever It Is You Do With ‘Intelligence’ | NY Post

US cybersecurity experts say they have solid evidence that a former employee helped hack Sony Pictures Entertainment’s computer system — and that it was not masterminded by North Korean cyberterrorists. One leading cybersecurity firm, Norse Corp., said Monday it has narrowed its list of suspects to a group of six people — including at least one Sony veteran with the necessary technical background to carry out the attack, according to reports. … The FBI said Monday it is standing behind its assessment, adding that evidence doesn’t support any other explanations. “The FBI has concluded the Government of North Korea is responsible for the theft and destruction of data on the network of Sony Pictures Entertainment. Attribution to North Korea is based on intelligence from the FBI, the U.S. intelligence community, DHS, foreign partners and the private sector,” a spokeswoman said in a statement, according to Politico. “There is no credible information to indicate that any other individual is responsible for this cyber incident.”

A Lesson In Fecklessness | NY Post

It’s not a slowdown — it’s a virtual work stoppage. NYPD traffic tickets and summonses for minor offenses have dropped off by a staggering 94 percent following the execution of two cops — as officers feel betrayed by the mayor and fear for their safety, The Post has learned … Citations for traffic violations fell by 94 percent, from 10,069 to 587, during that time frame. Summonses for low-level offenses like public drinking and urination also plunged 94 percent — from 4,831 to 300. Even parking violations are way down, dropping by 92 percent, from 14,699 to 1,241. Drug arrests by cops assigned to the NYPD’s Organized Crime Control Bureau — which are part of the overall number — dropped by 84 percent, from 382 to 63.

So you tell me: unwinding or unraveling?


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  1. El Borak said, on December 30, 2014 at 15:03

    I thought this one fitting, given that ’tis the season of gridiron glory:

    Howard University running back Terrence Tusan was shot and killed during a home invasion robbery that went horribly wrong.

    Tusan is a suspect in the home invasion that left 2 people dead and 2 injured.

    Police say three men, including Tusan, broke into a Denton, TX apartment about 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The three men exchanged gunfire with the occupants inside. Tusan and an accomplice, 18-year-old Jakobi Dmon Gipson, were killed in the gunfight…

    “He was a good kid,” Clarence Nevels, Tusan’s former coach told the Record-Chronicle.

    I’m sure he was, coach. I’m sure he was.

    • Huckleberry said, on December 31, 2014 at 18:24

      He wasn’t even good at breaking and entering…

      • El Borak said, on January 1, 2015 at 07:34

        I am tempted to correct the author of the piece, as well: Tusan was shot and killed during a home invasion robbery that went horribly right.

      • Huckleberry said, on January 1, 2015 at 14:02

        This is absolutely true.

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