ZipDialog’s Roundup of News Beyond the Front Page . . Thursday, Oct. 5

Hand-picked and farm-fresh–
Linked articles in bold purple

◆  US Dept. of Justice says police departments are not diverse enough, and they know why. Because, for some odd reason, the police check to see if the applicants are criminals. And, for some crazy reason, they also check to see if they are citizens. Stop it, says DOJ. This is not the Onion. This is your Department of Justice. (Washington Times)

Criminal background checks done as part of police departments’ hiring processes are “likely to disproportionately impact racial minority applicants,” the report states. –-Washington Times

◆  Next head of UN chosen. Antonio Guterres, former PM of Portugal, recently head of UN refugee agency (2005-2015), got the nod from the Permanent 5 members of the Security Council and others. Formal vote on Thursday. (CNN)

◆ Panasonic has developed a TV that, when switched off, looks like a regular, transparent pane of glass. (Mirror, UK) If this follows the pattern of cell phones and other tech, it will cost a fortune this year, be within reach of the middle class in four years, and, a few years after that, be present in low-income homes.

◆ In other technology news . . . a bored tech worker hacked into huge electronic billboard in downtown Jakarta, Indonesia, and streamed porn during rush-hour traffic. (Daily Mail) Made the news-radio traffic report pretty interesting.

◆ Obama Administration came into office condemning Israel settlements beyond the 1967 lines. Total failure. It goes out the same way.  (New York Times)

The Obama administration on Wednesday castigated the Israeli government for approving plans to create a new Jewish settlement on the West Bank, three weeks after it signed a lucrative military aid package with the United States and a week after President Obama traveled to Jerusalem for the funeral of Shimon Peres.  In an uncommonly harsh statement, the State Department “strongly condemned” the move . . .   –Mark Landler, reporting for the NYT

Last week, when Pres. Obama returned to Washington after Peres, the White House issued a statement that the President had attended funeral in Jerusalem, Israel. Later that day, it issued a correction, striking out the word Israel.

◆ EU report chastises British press freedom and specially urges Britain to say less (or nothing at all) about the Muslim background of terrorists. (Mirror, UK)

Never mind that the United Kingdom is a democracy. Never mind that free speech and a free press were hard-won over centuries of struggle. The smug bureaucrats at the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) know better. They don’t mean to do so, but they are proving to all Britons that staying in the EU is incompatible with Anglo-American concepts of freedom.  Quoting from the ECRI’s drivel:

“In this context, it draws attention to a recent study by Teeside University suggesting that where the media stress the Muslim background of perpetrators of terrorist acts, and devote significant coverage to it, the violent backlash against Muslims is likely to be greater than in cases where the perpetrators’ motivation is downplayed or rejected in favour of alternative explanations.”

Despite the creation of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) in 2014 as an independent regulator for newspapers and magazines, the “ECRI strongly recommends that the authorities find a way to establish an independent press regulator according to the recommendations set out in the Leveson Report. It recommends more rigorous training for journalists to ensure better compliance with ethical standards.”

⇒ This is what speech suppression in the name of “social justice” looks like. It looks like that in the EU. It looks like that on college campuses.

◆  More groveling from the good folks in Europe: the EU roadmap for Iran ties ignores its terrorism, anti-Semitism (Times of Israel)

◆ Marijuana legalization is on the ballot in 5 states this November. And it is winning in all five. (Washington Post) Cab Calloway and Willie Nelson are managing the national campaign. And now a little music from Cab, Willie…and Lawrence Welk!


And here, ladies and gentlemen, is the (inadvertently) funniest song ever about weed. It’s from the Lawrence Welk Show (yes!!) in the early 1970s, when everybody but the staff of the Lawrence Welk Show as totally baked.  The Welk folks were so unhip they thought “One Toke Over the Line, Sweet Jesus” was a gospel song. And that’s exactly how they played it. It is a hoot.

Here’s old Willie singing the praises of a joint to Merle. (True story: a friend of mine met Willie to do some business a couple of years ago. 8 am. He said that Willie got off his bus, walked into my friend’s office, and was already buzzed.


zd-hat-tip-facing-inward-100px-w-margin♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions:
◆ Gerry Steinberg
for the article on EU roadmap on Iran