Twenty-four people were shot in Chicago this weekend. Three were killed. In New York City, fifteen people were shot this weekend. In Baltimore, at least half a dozen people were shot.
Virtually all the victims in these violent attacks were minority Americans, as were the perpetrators. None of the shooters were police officers. This was a typical weekend in urban America.
In recent days, a 7-year old girl, Jaslyn Adams, was shot in Chicago. Her father was shot and Jaslyn was killed while they were waiting at a McDonald's drive-thru.
The Black Lives Matter organization hasn't said a word about Jaslyn or any of the other black lives lost every weekend in America's inner cities. Why not? Apparently, those deaths do little to help this Marxist organization gain political power.
If the Black Live Matter organization truly believed that black lives mattered, they would be demonstrating against Chicago's gangs every weekend.
Why hasn't President Biden gone to a microphone on any Monday morning to condemn the carnage of black youth in our cities at the hands of other black youths? Why hasn't he lowered the White House flag for Jaslyn Adams? Because those black deaths don't help to increase his political power or help him smear conservatives as racists.
Where's Kamala Harris? Where's Hollywood? Where are all the newspaper editorials condemning this violence?
They're all silent because black-on-black crime doesn't help them achieve their goal, which clearly isn't saving black lives. Their goal is to demonize the police, the criminal justice system and, by extension, all of America as systemically racist.
You don't have to take my word for it. BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors (yes, the Marxist with multiple homes) is calling for the criminal justice system to be abolished because, in her view, the death of a black teenager armed with a knife "[proves] there's no justice."
Boston University Professor Ibram Kendi, a leading proponent of critical race theory, dismissed the conviction of Derek Chauvin and suggested that real justice would be "convicting America."
Sadly, the overwhelming majority of black crime victims will never get the attention they deserve. There will never be marches and protests for them because their deaths don't support the left's false claim that America is racist and must be fundamentally transformed.
Meanwhile, On The Thin Blue Line
Police officers in Los Angeles were attacked Saturday when someone wearing body armor rammed his car into a police cruiser, got out and confronted the officers. When he refused commands to stop approaching while ominously counting down, "3, 2, 1," the officers opened fire.
In Nashville, a police officer carrying out a traffic stop was attacked by a man wielding two large knives. After retreating and issuing repeated commands to drop the knives, the officer opened fire, killing his attacker.
In Delmar, Delaware, Officer Keith Heacock was attacked and suffered a traumatic head injury after responding to a domestic dispute. Officer Heacock is now fighting for his life.
In Philadelphia, local officials are warning of "a crisis," as the city's police department is facing a surge of retirements and a recruitment shortage with nearly 270 current vacancies.
And in New York City, police retirements spiked 75% in 2020 compared to 2019, prompting one law enforcement expert to warn, "A public safety crisis is coming towards us like a freight train."
Demoralizing the police is an effective left-wing alternative to "defunding the police."
Beijing Is Pushing Biden Around
It's remarkable how communist China changed its tone as soon as Donald Trump was gone. For several months now, the communist regime has been stepping up its aggressive violations of Taiwan's airspace.
Last September there were 69 incursions by Chinese military aircraft. In January there were 81. So far this month, there have already been 96 sorties into Taiwan's airspace. And so far this year, communist China has already flown 70% of the sorties it flew in all of 2020.
Two weeks ago, President Biden welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to the White House. Prime Minister Suga expressed his strong support for the U.S. alliance with Japan, and urged "peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait."
Now one of the Chinese Communist Party's main propaganda outlets is blasting Prime Minister Suga, and warning Japan to stay out of any conflict involving Taiwan. The editorial declared:
"Do not provoke China and stop going too far. . . once something goes wrong in the Taiwan Straits, stay away or else you are asking for a beating. . .
"We must tell those arrogant Japanese radicals: If a war breaks out in the Taiwan Straits and Japanese Self-Defense Forces implement military intervention to follow the U.S., then they will definitely become the target of the Chinese People's Liberation Army. The deeper they are involved, the harder they will be hit."
There's been no major change in the military balance of power in the region in the last 90 days. It's not like communist China just deployed three new aircraft carriers. They haven't.
So, what's the difference between this year and last year? What has happened that explains communist China's aggressive new posture?
I think the answer is obvious: What changed is who's leading the United States of America, and Beijing's perception of our new leadership.
Communist China's authoritarian leader, Xi Jinping, sees Biden as weak. He sees America as weak, torn apart by racial strife. As we have noted before, communist China's diplomats are now quoting the left's rhetoric on race to smear America.
Whenever Donald Trump failed to respond to Russia exactly as the Washington swamp expected, Democrats and their media allies claimed that Vladimir Putin "must have something on Trump."
Well, maybe Xi has something on Joe Biden. Maybe we need a full investigation of Biden's connections to communist China, starting with his son, Hunter.
Speaking of compromised, a top official at the National Institutes of Health told senators last week that the NIH has identified "over 500 scientists of concern" who may be compromised by communist China. That's a huge problem for the United States.
And communist China is a huge problem for the United States. FBI Director Christopher Wray recently told the Senate Intelligence Committee that his agency is "opening a new investigation into China every 10 hours."
Not A Problem
As you may know, the Biden Administration is aggressively pushing the military to purge extremists from its ranks. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) estimates that approximately 10% of military personnel – or as many as 250,000 troops – may be white supremacists.
While Sen. Blumenthal is slandering our men and women in uniform, it's worth remembering that he lied about his military service in Vietnam.
Last week, Admiral Charles Richard, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, and General James Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Space Command, testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee. When pressed about the number of extremists in the military, it must have come as a shock to Sen. Blumenthal that both men said there were "zero" extremists in their commands.
Instead of worrying about getting non-existent extremists out of the military, maybe there should be more focus on getting provable liars out of the United States Senate!
Israel On Edge
Palestinian terrorists fired more than 40 rockets at Israeli communities over the weekend. The Israeli Defense Forces responded by striking Hamas targets.
These rocket barrages come as gangs of Arab youth are attacking Jews in the streets of Jerusalem, recording the assaults on TikTok and competing for who can get the most views. One of the marks of anti-Semitism is when Jews are beaten for being Jews. Now it's a game among young Muslims in Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, the Biden Administration is going all out to get a new nuclear deal with Iran, and renewing pressure on Israel to carve a Palestinian state out of Israel.