To wit:

New York City’s annual Inner Circle Dinner brought New York politicians together for an evening of food and fun but also for stiff politicians performing awkward skits. Such was the case when former New York Senator Hillary Clinton and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio were on stage. Clinton poked fun at de Blasio for his endorsement coming a little late in the game for Clinton’s taste. “I just have to say thanks for the endorsement, Bill. Took you long enough,” she said to laughter.

“Sorry Hillary, I was running on C.P. time,” de Blasio responded to a mixture of chuckles and gasps. CPT is known as “colored people time” the stereotype that African Americans generally tell as a reason for being late to an event or a traditionally black event not beginning on time.

The title of the piece is: Hillary Clinton and Bill de Blasio set off cringing with painful joke about ‘colored people time’

Cringing? If this was said by Donald Trump or Ted Cruz nobody would be talking about “cringing” they would be talking about institutional racism and there would be demands for apologies all around.

However a “D” next to your name not only means never having to say you’re sorry it also means that nobody in the media will ever ask you to be.

Here is the question: Will Bernie Sanders or his supporters call them on this?

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – New Orleans residents are grieving the loss of former Saints defensive end Will Smith who was shot and killed following what is being described as a road rage incident in the Lower Garden District of New Orleans Saturday night.  Smith was shot in his back and right torso after being rear-ended by an orange Hummer; witnesses describe a verbal altercation before hearing shots fired. Smith died in his SUV while his wife sustained a shot to the leg and was found on the ground when emergency vehicles arrived. The suspect is in custody and has been charged with second degree murder.  Smith’s wife is expected to recover from her injuries.

What really happened will unfold in the coming days. Smith and his wife had been at Sake Café where they were joined by a retired NOLA police officer who had been involved in a wrongful death lawsuit with 28-year old Cardell Hayes, Smith’s shooter.  Parties involved say there is no connection but it sounds like an odd coincidence.

It’s a horrible tragedy – Smith and his wife have three children who will now have to grow up without his love and guidance. Smith was popular among his coaches and teammates who are now grieving also.  New Orleans is known to be a unique city with its culture, food, festivals, and historic import, but like many other large American cities, NOLA deals with senseless violence and crime. When one of the very important sources of revenue for your city involve tourist dollars, as it does in New Orleans, this is a problem. Not to say that senseless violence isn’t always a problem, it is; but in the case of New Orleans, there are other problems on the table.

Governor Mitch Landrieu has raised the ire of many local residents for seeming to be more concerned about matters not related to reducing the exploding crime rate in the city. In 2014, the city celebrated the lowest murder rate in four decades, but in 2015 the murder rate began to climb again with a total of 165 in 2015.  The police force has a 73-minute response time on average due to a large manpower shortage.

What is Governor Landrieu doing to address this problem?  Late last year he tried getting gang members together and talked to them about choosing another career path.  That strategy wasn’t successful so Landrieu’s next target was the city’s Confederate monuments: they must be the cause of the racial division in NOLA.  Yet that plan has fostered more anger and outrage among the city’s longtime residents who know that the history and culture of New Orleans is one of the main tourist draws.  Landrieu’s favorability rating has plummeted among white residents while it has risen among the city’s black residents, furthering racial division in the city.  Many residents are fed up with the fact that Landrieu seems more concerned with removing monuments and building bike paths rather than solving the problems in the police department and lowering the crime rate.

While Mitch Landrieu certainly didn’t pull the trigger on Will Smith Saturday night, one has to hope that this terrible tragedy will get his attention and force him to reevaluate his priorities and do something to reduce the frustrations and violence in the city.  What happened to Will Smith and his family is as tragic and senseless. That he played for the New Orleans Saints gives him a higher profile but he was a son, a father, and a husband who did not deserve to be gunned down in the middle of the street on a Saturday night.  Nobody deserves that.  It’s time for Governor Landrieu to clean his city up.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

God knows nobody on the left does or cares.

Of all the things that have happened during the Obama years the lack of outrage over what happened to Molly Norris is the thing that , in my opinion, brings more disgrace to us as a nation than any other.

I’m still angry about both what happened to this leftist that I never met and I pray that I never lose that outrage. Because until she can come out of the shadows and live openly in America again we are not a free country.

If you don’t know who Molly Norris is odds are you’re not a regular reader you can find the posts where she is mentioned here.