Winnie the Pooh caper
Did you know Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is trying to start a war with China over Winnie the Pooh? Well, that seems to be the gist of a recent BBC story.
It seems Pompeo shared a photo of his dog, Mercer, "and all of her favorite toys!" on his personal Twitter account. One of those toys was a stuffed version of author A.A. Milne's "bear of very little brain."
But the BBC pointed out "Winnie the Poor is a common derogatory nickname for Chinese President Xi Jinping," so it could be potential hidden language.
"Mr. Pompeo may have picked up on 'dog' as a reference to either the U.S. or himself," the network suggested. "The word 'dog' in Chinese is often used to reference people or countries that are regarded as aggressive, feral or wild. The word 'dog' has previously been used by demonstrators in Hong Kong as a term of abuse for police officers. In mainland [communist] China, the U.S. and Mike Pompeo have both consistently been called 'dogs.'"
The secretary, in an interview with Iowa radio host Simon Conway, called the story his "favorite conspiracy theory" and denied knowing any idle talk about the photo. He also said Winnie the Pooh was just one of Mercer's favorite toys.
"Mercer has about 30 toys that Mercer enjoys, all of them roughly, apparently, equal, depending on which one our other dog wants most, as Mercer's first choice is the one the other dog has," Pompeo said.
It's not enough to be forced to attend the likes of viral "anti-racist meetings," as many higher education faculty and staff members have to do, but a Marymount Manhattan College faculty member wasn't showing enough enthusiasm during one such meeting recently so a petition has been created calling for her ouster.
A photo of Patricia Simon during the meeting shows her with her chin resting on her hands, her eyes closed or opened just a crack.
"This is a petition that is demanding the removal a faculty member who does not align with the anti-racist views and actions that were promised to be adopted by the department earlier this week at the Town Hall meetings," Marymount student Caitlin Gagnon said.
"When you compound this with Ms. Simon's complete disinterest (apparently sleeping with absolutely nothing to contribute) in the issue of racial justice & LGBTQplus inclusion and safety at Marymount, on display in front of at least 150 students & other Musical Theater faculty," a petitioner wrote, "it is clear that the diverse student body of Marymount deserves better!"
The professor, who has taught at Marymount Manhattan for nearly 30 years, disputed the snoozing charge.
"I was not asleep as is implied at any point during the meeting," Simon told Campus Reform. "The photo used was taken without permission when I was looking down or briefly resting my Zoom-weary eyes with my head tilted back, which I must do in order to see my computer screen through my trifocal progressive lenses. I listened with my ears and heart the entire meeting."
Now you want protection?
Three members of the Minneapolis City Council who have called to defund the police apparently don't mind the protection of private security firms after death threats were made to them.
City taxpayers will be footing the bill for $152,000 for just over a month's worth of protection by the firms Aegis and BelCom for Councilpersons Andrea Ward, Phillipe Cunningham and Alondra Cano. The protection, which cost the city about $4,500 a day, ended June 29.
City officials evidently didn't want to ask police to fulfill the duty, so the report by the local Fox 9 news outlet said police officials were overwhelmed with security needs following the demonstrations that came after the death of suspect George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody in late May.
If the police department is ultimately defunded, city officials will find paying for private security for the entire city to be a good bit more expensive than the police department they chose to throw away.
Police group makes its pick
The same police organization that endorsed the Obama-Biden ticket twice has endorsed President Donald Trump in his re-election bid.
The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) said the president had provided "steadfast and very public support" for law enforcement.
The tide might have turned in the last few months when the organization witnessed the contempt many Democrats and leftist protesters had for police in the wake of an incident in Minneapolis when a suspect died after an officer applied excess force. However, many Americans — and certainly many brave members in law enforcement — didn't believe it was fair to heap scorn on the profession for what a few of its ranks have done.
NAPO, which represents more than 1,000 police associations and 241,000 officers, did not endorse a candidate in 2016.
Trump, in thanking the organization for its endorsement, tweeted, "I will always back the men and women in blue, and never let you down. Law and order will prevail!"