by baldilocks

garden-path
The garden path: you’re being lead down it. Again.

Well, now. Here’s a fascinating thing.  And, by fascinating, I mean totally ridiculous.

Actor Isaiah Washington is calling on African-Americans to protest the recent killings of black men by police in a very different way.

Washington took to Facebook on Tuesday to suggest that African-Americans across the United States boycott showing up for work on Monday to show that black lives matter in the wake of recent police brutality [sic].

“Imagine if every single African American in the United States that was really fed up with being angry, sad and disgusted, would pick ONE DAY to simply ‘stay at home’ from every single job, work site, sports arena and government office in the United States of America,” he wrote to his thousands of followers.

“I’m very sure that within 72 hours from Wall Street to the NFL…Black Lives Would Matter. September 26, 2016 is THE DAY,” the former “Grey’s Anatomy” star continued.

Or, more likely, the black unemployment would rise, while other people would waltz in and take their jobs. And why wouldn’t that happen? I know that, if I were an employer, I would fire anyone who did this and hire someone more reliable and who had the moral clarity to not make me pay for his beef with someone/something not me.

Actors are usually contracted to work for a certain time period and the well-compensated among them can afford to have down-time. Monday-to-Friday, 40 hours per week sorts cannot, of course, and have little spare cash. But Mr. Washington probably hasn’t considered that. One wonders if he is contracted to work for someone else September 26th. I would guess not.

Probably the most important thing to understand about privately owned businesses: their owners do not owe jobs to anyone. In a capitalist economy, a business exists for one reason and that is to make money for its shareholder(s). Businesses hire employees for that very same reason and they pay employees so that the latter will allow themselves to be hired. In other words, the hiring is a means to a goal and not the goal itself. Anyone who has thought about this for a few seconds will understand why minimum wage laws harm the people they are intended to help (sic).

The notion that a business exists for any other reason than enriching its owners is one of the many long-running deceptions deposited into our collective consciousness.

The flip side of that deception is another one: that the only way to make any money is to be hired by a business owner, a corporation, or a government agency. Mr. Washington’s suggestion is based on both faulty foundations.

He does mention government offices, however. Police departments are government offices, are they not? It would be interesting to see the outcome should every single Blue American in the United States decide to take a day off.

And, by interesting, I mean funny…if one doesn’t live in a large city, that is.

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By John Ruberry

I overheard someone saying yesterday, “Did you you hear that Donald Trump hates babies? Yes, a baby was crying at one of his rallies and Trump said, ‘Get that baby out of here.'”

This person is a member of America’s largest voting bloc, the uninformed voter. He gets his news from his Facebook feed–FB’s trending topic page was recently exposed as biased against conservatives–and I suspect he doesn’t know who is state representative is or his member of Congress is. But presidential elections bring out uninformed voters at a higher rate than in off-year elections, which explains Barack Obama and the Democratic Party’s wins in 2008 and 2012 and the Republican successes in 2010 and 2014.

Oh, about that baby. While there was some harmless banter between Trump and the baby’s mother, the media lied, particularly its headline writers. Low-information voters read headlines but are less willing to read articles because sometimes they contain ideas and words they may not understand. Or maybe the uninformed are lazy, which of course explains how they got that way.

Here’s an honest headline: Donald Trump did not tell the baby’s mother to leave his rally.

Who says so? The infant’s mom, that’s who.

The media created a firestorm over Trump’s feuding with Khizr Khan, the father of a US Army officer whose son was killed in a terror attack in Iraq. While the political newcomer would have been better off avoiding the dispute altogether, the dishonest mainstream media avoided mentioning Khan’s suspected ties to the extremist Muslim Brotherhood and his history of supporting sharia law.

John "Lee' Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Of more importance to the ordinary American is that Hillary Clinton flat-out lied to Fox News’ Chris Wallace about her email scandal last week. Specifically she lied about her lying–FBI director James Comey did not say Clinton was truthful about her explanations of her use of an unsecured email server while she served as Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

In an attempt to talk her way out of her self-inflicted mess, on Friday Clinton, in her first press conference of 2016, uttered a top-level gaffe, claiming that she “may have short-circuited” during the Wallace interview.

Is America ready for a president who short-circuits? Or one who is a serial liar?

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

“God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed the conviction that these liberties are the gift of God?”

Thomas Jefferson
Engraved on the wall of the Jefferson Memorial

“That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”

Thomas Jefferson
The Declaration of Independence

There are two important things to note about the rights guaranteed us by the Constitution. The first is that the Constitution doesn’t “grant” us any rights. Instead, it speaks of rights already in existence (unalienable and endowed by our creator, according to the Declaration of Independence) and explicitly prohibits the government from infringing on those rights. The second is that each of the rights explicitly spelled out in the Constitution is personal.

Liberals tend to talk about rights in terms of what others must give you: a “living wage,” health care, housing, or even an abortion. These liberal “rights” get things exactly backwards. The only way one person can have a right to something that someone else must provide is for the provider to be forced to provide it, regardless of his consent.

The liberals on the Supreme Court, in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, recently struck down the eminently-sensible Texas law that ensured safe conditions for women seeking abortions. Their “reasoning” was that the law unreasonably restricted women’s access to abortions. Let’s think about that logically for a moment. The Supreme Court, citing a “right” that is not mentioned anywhere in the Constitution, has said that it is unconstitutional to restrict a woman’s access to abortion.

Let’s do a thought experiment. Suppose that all the abortionists in the country suddenly decided to move to Australia. Or, in an unfortunately less-likely scenario, let’s suppose that every abortionist suddenly developed a conscience and realized that they had been murdering innocent children and repented, refusing to perform any more abortions. Could anything restrict a woman’s access to abortion more than that? What then of this supposed “right” for a woman to get an abortion? Is it really possible that the Supreme Court, or Congress, or even a State Legislature could somehow prohibit this mass-exodus of abortionists? I can just see Anthony Kennedy and Elena Kagan at JFK airport looking for that last abortionist and tackling him before he can board that last flight out. The logical conclusion is that the supposed “right” to abortion is no right at all.

Is there a “right” to housing? How can that possibly be when someone must build the house? And who decides what kind of house? Do you have the right to three bedrooms or only two? A cape in the suburbs or a brownstone in the city? If you have the right to a “living wage,” who decides what that is? How hard do you have to work to receive it? How good do you have to be at your job? Does a “living wage” include cable TV and a cell phone?

It simply cannot be that anyone can have a right to something that someone else must provide. The truth is that liberals are not interested in rights as our founders understood them. They invent “rights” for one of two reasons. Either they are trying to force people to behave a certain way or they are trying to buy votes from people who care more about what government can give them than protecting themselves against what government can do to them. Anyone who supports this approach cannot claim to “support and defend the Constitution.”


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by baldilocks

Yesterday on Facebook, I asked my friends for writing topics and received some excellent suggestions. Here is one of the fruits of that request. When motivated, I can, sometimes, go on.

Another great request: commentary on our spiritual condition as Americans.  Volumes are possible, but only one example is necessary…for those with “an ear to hear,” as it were.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

–Psalm 111:10, KJV

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

–Hosea 4:6, KJV; emphasis mine

Stefan Molyneux interviews a university professor— Dr. Duke Pesta–who says that most of his students believe that the United States was the first nation/kingdom/entity to introduce slavery into the world.

Of course, there are too many factual refutations to this ridiculous notion and the fact that the US is the only nation to go to war over slavery is most significant for comparison purposes. (Please spare me the arguments about whether the Civil War really was about slavery—unless you’re trying to help me sleep.)

That the most obvious refutations lie in the Bible is even more significant. Even those who don’t read the Bible but are of a certain age have seen the still-watchable Ten Commandments. But with hundreds or thousands of entertainment media vying for our attention in this era, it’s a safe bet that the numbers who’ve seen that classic have dropped off and vary directly with the age of those looking to be entertained.

Back to the origin of the movie. Egypt is not the only kingdom that enslaved the ancient Hebrews. They were also why-study-the-bibleenslaved by Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonia, Assyria and Persia. And, of course, ancient Israel had its own version of slavery. But, those who don’t want to know, don’t know.

Two factors which are most startling to me about the professor’s assertion.

  • That so few young Americans have actually read the Bible, even if it is just to be able to cogently argue against what’s in it, and
  • That young Americans know so little about not only American history, but about on-going present-day crimes with respect to slavery, which do not involve the United States government whatsoever.

Those facts are not evidence of university- or even K-12-level indoctrination or failure, but of parental desire. Parents who want their children to know what is in the Bible will make sure that they know, even in the face of the myriad distractions of 2016. And, of course the opposite is true.

And this Christian says that this factoid is emblematic of our collective—if you’ll pardon the connotations of that word– and spiritual condition as Americans. If the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the lack of knowledge destroys a people, then an individual–and a people—can be fooled and destroyed by any falsehood.

And, included among those falsehoods, apparently, is that America is the guiltiest of all nations where slavery is concerned and that, as a result, she deserves to be punished over and above all others.

(Thanks to Instapundit)

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buffalo-roundupby baldilocks

Most of what I could say about the situation we, as a nation, find ourselves in has already been said. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I won’t bring up something new about Black Lives Matter™, Dallas, and/or related topics in the future. It does mean, that my brain is a tad fried and you’d be better off with reading the offering of those who are better able to focus on their topic and organize their thoughts.

The rest of Da Magnificent Seven is doing a fine job on the topic. And so are the following bloggers and columnists.

New Details Emerge as Parents of Dallas Cop Killer Micah Johnson Break Silence

Denial Dies in Dallas

Reboot, America: Step Back from the Brink Before it’s too Late

Dallas Police Chief David Brown Is Helping Pull a Nation Back from the Brink

Why Does CNN Hate Police?

Dallas #BlackLivesMatter protesters, counter-protesters, police face off…then pray for each other

Please Help’ — Black Lives Matter Asks For Donations To Pay Bail And Legal Fees

Infiltration of the Civil Rights Movement (Can’t vouch for accuracy in this very long piece; but then again I can’t vouch for accuracy in any of the other writings either.)

The last link isn’t about Dallas, per se, but contains many examples of how the Organized Left manipulates mass movements and connects many dots. Readers may member my post about Eric Hoffer, who wrote down his observations about True Believers. “Infiltration…” documents the battles between opposing true believers—and how both sides were manipulated into those battles.

What’s old is new again.

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Hillary Clinton What Difference Does It Make
It doesn’t make much difference anymore.

by baldilocks

Today’s news is a vindication for conspiracy theorists, especially those who contend that a Clinton cabal exists. But I think that there is an overarching cabal; one that includes the entire Democrat Party and most of the GOP. It’s is one which intends to destroy the Rule of Law in America by handing over America’s secrets to foreign actors, hiding and/or destroying the evidence of the betrayals, and, when the cabal members are caught red-handed, allowing the members to escape legal prosecution.

All that seemed crazy and paranoid until this morning, did it not?

Of course, President Obama is an active part of this. Aside from his obvious personal enmity with the Clintons, he does what he is instructed to do, meaning support the Hillary Clinton by making her his first Secretary of State and by endorsing her 2016 bid for president. Bill Clinton can hate Obama all he wants, but the former will stand in for Obama and will remind members of the Obama Administration what the cabal’s goal is and of whom they all work for—whoever that is. (As one of the cabal’s generals, Bill Clinton has to keep the troops in step while they march the Long March.)

Remember when President Obama visited Russia in 2012 and had an audience with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev? This sotto voce assertion to the Russian leader was caught by the microphone, accidentally, to be sure.

Obama: “This is my last election. After my election, I’ll have more flexibility.”

Medvedev: “I understand. I will transmit this information to [President] Vladimir [Putin].”

Lots of commentary on what the president meant by that, but what I’m thinking is that we are seeing a possible explanation of the meaning now.

Recall that there were many State Department computer network breaches during Hillary Clinton’s tenure there. I contend that she had email servers installed in her home in order to make it easier for foreign entities–like the Russian leadership–to access the information, something which, obviously, would not be detected by the State’s IT department and would not, therefore, end up in the news. Of course, President Obama knew what was going on and I contend that this is part of what he was referring to in his conversation with PM Medvedev.

And FBI Director James Comey—either part of the cabal or being strong-armed by it—declines to prosecute Mrs. Clinton even while he admits that she blatantly violated 18 U.S. Code § 793 and 18 U.S. Code § 2071.

And when one considers the mishandling of classified materials by Clinton Administration appointees like his CIA director John Deutch, and his National Security Advisor Sandy Berger and their subsequent pardon and slap on the wrist, respectively, it’s beginning to seem more ridiculous to assert that there is not a conspiracy.

So, now the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign can proceed apace. It’s her turn, after all and she has done her service to her master(s).

RIP, Rule of Law.

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Bicentennial logoBy John Ruberry

Tomorrow, July 4, 2016, will be the 240th anniversary of America’s independence. Which means in ten years the United States will be 250 years old, one-quarter of a millennium.

I’m old enough to remember America’s bicentennial, and while there was some feeling of bicentennial overkill–CBS TV’s daily Bicentennial Minutes aired for over two years–the USA’s 200th birthday was a welcome respite from the bleak 1970s, a decade that was plagued by war, riots, racial conflict, a moribund economy, and a feeling that America’s best days were behind it. Kinda like right now.

Eight years of Ronald Reagan righted the ship.

How is the planning for the American sestercentennial coming along? Well, it’s almost non-existent. I found a Facebook group, a website, and a few articles on the ‘net here and there, but as of now it’s a non-event.

Contrast that situation with 1966, ten years before the USA’s 200th annivesary Congress created the Bicentennial Commission.

Hopefully things will move quicker once Barack Obama is out of office. Obama has never been a flag-waving patriot. He famously explained to a reporter in 2007 that his reason for not wearing a US flag pin on his lapel was because it didn’t represent “true patriotism.” All of the other 2008 presidential candidates wore those pins.

This year Bernie Sanders didn’t.

Bicentennial mural in Tampico, IL, where Reagan was born
Bicentennial mural in Tampico, IL in 2011, where Ronald Reagan was born

Obama’s base of support, and Sanders’ too, is the far-left; many of these leftists believe that America is strong only because it stole the land and its resources. These radicals speak of an AmeriKKKan Empire that is ruining the world and that the United States is a country that needs to be brought down to size. Oh, isn’t America the nation that saved Europe three times in the last century? You remember, World War I, World War II, and the Cold War. Thank you, Ronald Reagan for that last one.

And America also rescued Asia in World War II.

Even if Hillary Clinton wins the presidency this fall–I certainly hope she doesn’t–she likely won’t govern as an anti-American leftist. To some extent the America-hating radicals will be justifiably marginalized.

The sestercentennial is coming. Let freedom ring!

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

 

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Of course, people are still talking about the Orlando Islamic terrorist attack. And many of the funerals are probably being conducted this weekend. And the government, after so miserably failing to protect Americans once again is contemplating at least two methods of stripping law-abiding Americans from two areas of protection mandated in the Bill of Rights.

After San Bernardino, I remember wondering when the next time a Muslim would shoot up/blow up another set of Americans. No great insight was necessary to predict that it would occur again and now it has. And there will be a next time.

And the ridiculous shifting of blame from Muslims onto Christians will happen again, as well. How high will that mountain of lies be by then?

Funny thing (not funny ha-ha)—I believe that the blaming of Christians for something that an enemy of Christians does is a meme set in motion by a finite and unnamed group of government actors—a tactic made easier by Social Media, especially Twitter. As a result, individual anti-theists—along with other haters of the Church–grab it and run with it. This finite group and its witting and unwitting lackeys couldn’t care less whether the connection between being against same-sex marriage and murdering homosexuals makes sense or not. And the lackeys hope that the government cracks down on Christians. Why? Because we disagree with them.

But what is the hope of the unnamed government group? This isn’t difficult to predict either.

Every mass shooting is an opportunity for this unnamed group to stir up the hue and cry to ban guns. Additionally, every mass shooting not involving blacks as perpetrator or victim is an opportunity to stir up hatred toward Christians. In the one recent case where the victims were black Christians–Charleston— the unnamed group had to pivot to the Confederate flag as the thing to be denounced.)

But guns are always the primary target—if you’ll pardon the pun. Always. Because guns in the hand of citizens is the last defense against what the unnamed government group wants; complete control of the American citizenry—all races, straights, gays, Christians, Jews, atheists, Hindus, Sikhs…

You’ll notice I left Muslims off the list. The unnamed group wants them to have guns and to conduct more terror. That’s proven by both the events in San Bernardino and in Orlando…and many other events I’m not inclined to look up at the moment. And the unnamed group wants other chaotic elements–think drug cartels–to keep their guns, too.

Should the banning of guns occur, these violent elements–and others like them–will run wild, causing the larger American populace to beg for government protection.

And we’ll get it. And it will be the worst thing that has ever happened in this country.

That’s the plan. But you already knew.

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Mary Cooper: [To Leonard] When your mom gets back, I’m gonna need to apologize for the way I spoke to her.
Penny: Well, come on now, she did kind of start it.
Mary: Doesn’t matter, a good Christian would’ve turned the other cheek. On the other hand, a good Texan would’ve shot her, so, I just kind of split the difference.

The Big Bang Theory The Maternal Combustion 2015

Tessio:  I understand thirty thousand men enlisted this morning.
Sonny Corleone:  A bunch of saps.
Michael Corleone:  Why are they saps?
Connie Corleone:  Sonny come on we don’t have to talk about the war.
Sonny Corleone:  Hey beat it — you go talk to Carlo alright. They’re saps because they risk their lives for strangers.
Michael Corleone:  Now that’s Pop talking.
Sonny Corleone:  You’re goddamn right that’s Pop talking.

The Godfather Part 2  1974

Saturday night I got myself playing Civ five and ended up staying up all night so I was hearing about the Pulse shooting almost from the start and was able to follow the reactions on social media between turns and watched the news, only pausing long enough to do my podcast before finally hitting the sack just after 2:30 pm (finally got 4+ hours around 2 pm).

Before I went to bed I noticed both the coverage on the networks and the meme on twitter and it was all about protecting Islam and pushing guns as the cause for the mass murder in Orlando, the only exception was the several hours that Jake Tapper was on CNN where he played it straight.

When I woke up CNN was in full, “hatecrime not Islam mode” and on twitter the attacks on conservatives and defenses of islam was unrelenting.

Again this was less than 24 hours after 50+ were slaughtered and blood was still on the floor in Orlando.
And of course conservatives, supporters of the 2nd Amendment and Christians on twitter were under attack by the left for daring to warn them about the people who are trying to kill them.

This leads to two questions, both which are extremely disturbing:

How would the reaction currently being directed toward Conservatives & Christians by the left online be any different if a conservative 2nd Amendment Christian had actually done the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando rather than an Islamist?

The answer: In my opinion it wouldn’t be

Given the first question why should, when Islamic Terrorists target and murder those on the left, any Conservative Christian show any sympathy or expend any effort to protect these folks who hate us so from such attacks?

The answer to the 2nd question is rather easy, it’s a non-optional doctrine of Christianity directly ordered by Christ here:

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.

For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same?

And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same?

Matthew 5:43-47

And that, along with the American in me outraged over an Islamic attack targeting my countrymen, will continue to trump the Sicilian in me, no matter how much the left attempts to convince me otherwise.


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(L,R) Generals Sherman and Grant, President Lincoln, and Admiral Porter. Linked attribution.

by baldilocks

Originally posted on December 10, 2009.

While hanging out yesterday at Ace’s yesterday [sic; December 9, 2009] as he was flogging racists, I happened to mention that many if not most black Americans view the federal government as beneficial and friendly.  Some other commenters were surprised and I was surprised at their surprise, because it isn’t difficult to figure out why this is.  Whether it’s the Emancipation or the desegregation of the Armed Forces or Brown v. Board or the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts, the federal government for the most part had seemed to be on the side of the black American as his constitutional rights were being oppressed by state or local governments.

What needs to be spelled, however is what the federal government did in the above-mentioned areas: it legally removed obstacles to the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness of Americans who are black.  And that is what it was supposed to do.

The present problem in my unlearned opinion is this: the federal government began overstepping its bounds during the Great Depression and did so most infamously in the late sixties via the Great Society programs.  Doing more that getting local racists out of the way, the federal government sought to and succeeded in making itself the suppliers of life, liberty and, putatively, the happiness of many black Americans.  (Try telling a senior of any race that Social Security is sending the country to financial ruin. You’ll get an earful about her “rights”.)

And even many black Americans who do not rely on the federal government still view the fed as our friend because of that history.

What’s needed in order to change this perception is obvious: education–not a new education but the old one, one which contains an objective explanation of the role of government.

Simply put, the role of the American government is to remove obstacles to liberty of the People–even when that obstacle is American government itself.  Supplying all of one’s needs is not government’s role.  That’s God’s purview.

We all remember President Obama’s statement containing the assertion that one of the flaws of the US Constitution was that is only contained a  list of “negative rights,” meaning negative government “rights.”  The idea that a Harvard-trained lawyer thinks that the government has rights or that there was no list of positive responsibilities assigned to government was mockable.  (Hey, you voted for him.)

But what the statement betrayed was a widespread misconception present in those of us who aren’t lawyers of any variety of a friendly fed whose role is to insert itself between God and man’s liberty and to redistribute wealth (aka stealing).  The notion that the founders “forgot” to address this is hilarious.

So when the Democrats came to full power [in 2009], they began to build on the foundation that Democrat Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson laid.  The good news?  Between Socialized Medicine, Cap and Trade, TARP, etc., the federal government’s active role in overstepping its bounds–in crippling America–is opening the eyes of Americans of all races.  The bad news: there may not be an America left when the federal locusts finish.

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DePaul Student Center

By John Ruberry

“Hey there,” I said to a co-worker who is a DePaul student a couple of days ago, “a friend of mine was arrested at your college for videotaping a protest.”

That friend was Jeremy Segal, also known as Rebel Pundit, and he was briefly jailed by the Chicago Police for his alleged crimes.

Are no other crimes in Chicago? I am writing this entry during Memorial Day weekend–as of now 40 people have been shot.

“Oh yeah,” the co-worker replied, “they were protesting that speaker because he wasn’t telling the truth.”

“That speaker” was Milo Yiannopoulos, the tech editor at Breitbart, which of course is a conservative leaning news site.

Outside of some schtick, I’m not aware of anything that Yiannopolous, who is also known as Nero, has said that is false. And while his fight in the Gamergate controversy has been real, it’s also best not to take everything Milo says too seriously, especially since he came to Chicago because Catholic-in-Name-Only DePaul was a stop on his Dangerous Faggot Tour.

However, one of Milo’s alleged falsehoods is his debunking the gender-gap in wages. Click here to read his take on this sacred leftist rallying point.

Nero spoke for about 45 minute–until some whistle-blowing Black Lives Matter radicals took over the stage. After some chanting and screaming, Yiannopolous was forced to end his speech.

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross,” is a quote that has been credited to both Huey Long and Sinclair Lewis.

Ayers and Dohrn Chicago home
Ayers and Dohrn’s Chicago home

Here’s a 21st century version that I am crediting to myself: “When fascism comes to America, it will be to protect people from hearing speech that they don’t like.”

Leftist teachers and professors have conditioned millions of gullible youngsters that statements and ideas that they don’t agree with are in reality offensive and false. The bolder among them–these are the disciples of Barack Obama’s pals Bernardine Dohrn and Bill Ayers–believe such speech should be banned.

Really?

Just two days ago a DePaul socialism professor, Shu-Ju Ada Cheng–oops, I meant a sociology professor–claims to have resigned her sinecure over the half-hearted apology from DePaul’s president, the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, over the Yiannopolous debacle.

But while Nero got his half-baked apology, Cheng burned.

“To believe that universities are simply neutral platforms for ‘equal’ exchanges of ideas, the so-called free speech rooted in the market ideology, is delusional,” she wrote on her Facebook page. This leftist continued, “that positional objectivity ends up reinforcing the exact inequalities and dominant ideologies upon which this institution is built.”

We’ve gone from the Free Speech Movement at the University of California in 1964 to free speech being “delusional” in 2015 at DePaul.

A totalitarian America is not a paranoid fear. Because millions of Americans believe in the putrid radical rubbish being force-fed in schools and colleges.

Are you familiar with the Thomas Klocek case? Click here to read about DePaul’s 2005 attack on Klocek’s free speech rights.

Oh, one more item about Chicago crimes. Milo spoke at the DePaul Student Center, which is pictured on top. Two days before Yiannopoulos’ aborted address two DePaul students were robbed at gunpoint by three assailants a quarter mile from the Student Center–two of the thugs are still at large.

But the cops decided to arrest Rebel Pundit.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.


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Nevada, 1953

by baldilocks

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is general thought of favorably, but, in reality, it is a ticking time bomb as Barry Goldwater foresaw. It is the ideological basis for the reinterpretation of Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972.

I’ve talked about this before.

Public services—buses, trains, etc.– were segregated by law, but so were privately owned businesses—that is, businesses not “owned” by any level of government. And, while these laws were directed at black Americans, they didn’t just apply to them, but to all other Americans as well. Therefore, even if a white business owner did not want to segregate his business, he was compelled to do so under pain of prosecution. The issue was freedom and government did what it usually does: curtail it for all concerned.

Fast forward to the Civil Rights Act. It outlaws discrimination in public services—that is, services which are paid for by taxpayers: public transportation, public schools, public parks, etc. That’s a good thing. However, it refers to private businesses (“accommodations”) as public services.

This is part of what Barry Goldwater objected to with respect to the CRA. For his principled stand, he lost the 1964 presidential election—badly—and has long been labelled a racist.

One wonders if the conflation in the CRA language was done on purpose—to taint the document that underscored the [14th] Amendment. Or, perhaps the purpose was to make government control of individuals and their money easier.

With President Obama having ordered all public school districts in the nation to allow any student to enter and use any public school bathroom and locker-room at any time, I don’t wonder about the speculation mentioned my last sentence any longer.

The bomb was detonated.

When meaning is hollowed out, words can mean whatever those in power want them to mean and the powerful use this mutability of meaning in our miseducated minds toward their own purposes–purposes which usually involves the accrual of more power to themselves and the insertion of more chaos in the lives of ordinary citizens. In the CRA, private businesses became “public” accommodations, which lead to the persecution of florists and bakers many years down the road. In Title IX, discrimination against women becomes discrimination against those who say that they think they are women…

This postmodern foundation for chaos has been there for fifty-two years, embedded in a seemingly just Act of Congress designated to ensure the rights of all Americans. What better place to hide a bomb?

Now let’s see what the aftermath of the explosion will be.

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sheepdogby baldilocks

We are almost at the end point of the Herding™ .

From me, in 2010:

[B]lack Americans have become the organized Left’s shock troops in latter’s war against America and all too many of us have become the Left’s overseers, tasked to force the “deserters” back into formation using the tools of ridicule and shame. I almost said that the Left was at war with black people, but the Left doesn’t esteem blacks enough to consider us as their enemies. We are merely tools to be used for the task at hand—to foment violent racial discord which will have to be put down using infinitely stronger government violence–and to be discarded when the task is completed, assuming that there will be any of us left after the New Civil War.  And we let ourselves be used for one reason: tribal vengeance; for slavery and for oppression.

The New Civil War has been mostly skirmishes, though, to the losers of these skirmishes, they feel more like mini-tribal wars, no doubt.

Last night in Chicago, an real battle occurred. It wasn’t a tactic that resembled Fort Sumter, but its strategic significance may be similar, though it’s yet too early to tell. But there will be more like this; more violence, more injuries and more death.

The backdrop of race and politics is important, but they are of secondary importance. Americans are being pushed by unseen forces into a place which there is no way out other that an escape which God provides, and, in order for Him to provide it, we have to ask Him. Seems simple enough, but you know as well as I that there are many, many people who would rather take their chances using their own strength and discernment—such as it is—rather than even admit that God exists, much less ask Him for anything.

From a friend today:

It depends on who you are following and who your “shepherd” is. It is either the things of this world, the devil, and pursuit of earthly treasures for the here and now; or, it is the Great Shepherd. Jesus did speak of the blind leading the blind; and, they both fall into the ditch together.

Popcorn and ammunition salesmen must be getting rich beyond their wildest dreams, and good on them. But it’s better to rely on the One who provides popcorn, and ammo, and the riches of wisdom, and insight.

Otherwise, the chains await. And once you’re pinned down and penned in, good “luck” getting out.

By the way, a certain Mr. Ayers tweeted this today.

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Now you can’t say that you don’t know what the endgame is.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.

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Apparently Adele has committed one of the greatest sins known to Femkind.  She has expressed a opinon on being a parent that is remarkably similar to that of the dreaded Robert Stacy McCain!

“I can’t have any other junk in my head to worry about as well,” she tells me. Angelo, meanwhile, “makes me very proud of myself. When I became a parent, I felt like I was truly living. I had a purpose, where before I didn’t.”

Adele took time off to be with her new family before she even thought about putting her third album together. “My main thing is Mum, then it’s me, then it’s work,”

My God!  How can she say this?  Next thing you know she might be making them sandwiches!

Well as PJ media noted Feminists at Slate aren’t taking this lying down!

This type of sentiment has backfired for female celebrities before. When Natalie Portman dared to suggest that motherhood might be ““the most important role of [her] life” in her 2011 Oscar acceptance speech, she received a lot of pushback. “Is reproduction automatically the greatest thing Natalie Portman will do with her life?” asked Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams at the time. There’s been similar resistance to calling motherhood “the most important job in the world.”

Oddly enough this exactly the type of thing the now banned Robert Stacy McCain says Feminists think about motherhood:

Radical feminists scoff at any suggestion that women’s greater tendency toward nurturing is a matter of hard-wired neurological differences. Radical feminists deny that there is any such thing as “human nature” which could explain women’s behavior in terms of a “maternal instinct.” Radical feminists generally eschew motherhood and many of them abhor heterosexuality,per se. Women’s Studies textbooks assert that only social and cultural influences (e.g., “compulsory heterosexuality”) explain why most women desire husbands and babies….

One consequence is that college-educated women are encouraged to believe that motherhood is a task for which only stupid women are suited. No intelligent woman could possibly find pleasure in caring for small children, according to the anti-natalist fanatics who insist that motherhood is nothing but patriarchal oppression.

“I don’t particularly like babies. They are loud and smelly and, above all other things, demanding . . . time-sucking monsters with their constant neediness. . . . I don’t want a baby. . . . Nothing will make me want a baby. . . . This is why, if my birth control fails, I am totally having an abortion.”
Amanda Marcotte, March 2014

Adele’s statements given her popularity which dwarf others are even worse than RS McCain’s , they are dare I say triggering to any good feminist in a woman’s studies program anywhere in the world and it goes without saying that if you are a woman on twitter any anyone dared claim that being a mother meant you are truly living, why that’s harassment of the worst kind.

So of course I expect to see Adele immediately banned for life for heteronormative statements that are by their very nature a form of oppression and harassment to any good feminist on twitter.

Yes I know she’s one of the most popular artists in the world.  Yes I know she has over 25 Million followers who might object.  Yes I know such a move would drive advertisers batty.

But what is that compared to the suffering of fragile twitter feminists who might be scared for life?

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CTU member at 2012 Occupy rally

By John Ruberry

Whether it’s Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter or a teachers union, leftist protesters who block streets and disrupt private businesses claim they are the spiritual descendants of Martin Luther King and the 1960s Civil Rights movement. Many of the members of these groups–and there is some overlap–wish they had been a part of the Civil Rights movement so it’s understandable that they try to connect their causes with the legacy MLK.

When I complained on Twitter earlier this month about a February 3 Chicago Teachers Union rally–which they almost certainly didn’t bother applying a permit for–ruining an evening rush hour in downtown Chicago by blocking streets, a Twitter leftist of course defended in a reply to my Tweet that protest was a natural outgrowth of King’s use of civil disobedience in the 1960s and earlier.

I replied that these 21st century civil disobedience demonstrations are different because unlike blacks sitting at all-white lunch counters and Rosa Parks refusing to surrender her bus seat to a white man in 1955 as a protest against Jim Crow laws, CTU members, as well as Black Lives Matter and the Occupy activists, can vote provided they are old enough and they are United States citizens and, in some states, not convicted felons. The civil rights marchers in Selma, Alabama didn’t have a permit in 1965; had they applied for one of course it would have been denied by the racist government authorities. And the blacks who lived in Selma then, despite the passage of the Civil Rights Act the year before, faced enormous obstacles if they wanted the register to vote. And before then, they couldn’t even do that.

“Throwing the bums out” via the ballot box wasn’t on option.

The Rosa Parks bus
The Rosa Parks bus

Sixteen CTU protesters were arrested during that protest. They were sitting on the floor and chanting inside of a Bank of America branch, they earned the union’s ire by loaning money at a high rate to the insolvent Chicago Public Schools. The chanters were trespassing and they deserved getting busted.

Not only can these teachers can vote, but they have lobbyists in Illinois’ state capital promoting their interests. And they have a political action committee.

One more thing, Chicago Teachers Union: Stop ruining rush hours. Unlike free speech, there is no constitutional right to block traffic. You’re teachers–you should know that.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Shut-Upby baldilocks

This is why my novel is self-published and why my next two (three?) books will be self-published as well.

From sci-fi author Nick Cole, via his fellow sci-fi scribe John C. Wright:

Banned by the Publisher

Or, Thank God for Jeff Bezos

I launched a book this week and I went Indie with it. Indie means I released it on Amazon via Kindle Direct Publishing. I had to.

My Publisher, HarperVoyager, refused to publish it because of some of the ideas I wrote about in it.

In other words, they were attempting to effectively ban a book because they felt the ideas and concepts I was writing about were dangerous and more importantly, not in keeping with their philosophical ideals. They felt my ideas weren’t socially acceptable and were “guaranteed to lose fifty percent of my audience” as related back to me by my agent. But more importantly… they were “deeply offended.”

A little backstory. A few years back I wrote a novel called Soda Pop Soldier. It was the last obligated novel under my first contract. The novel was a critical hit (Starred Review in Publisher’s Weekly) and it resonated with my post-apocalyptic readership from my breakout Amazon best seller, The Old Man and the Wasteland, and it picked up a new audience in the cyberpunk and gamer crowd. The novel is about a future dystopia where people play video games for a living. It’s basically Call of Duty meets Ready Player One and a lot of people really enjoyed it. When it came time to write another book for Harper Collins I was encouraged by my editor to dip once more into the Dystopian Gamer milieu and tell another story inside the Soda Pop Soldier universe. We agreed on a prequel that told the story of how that future became the way it is in Soda Pop Soldier.

And that involved talking about Artificial Intelligence because in the dystopian gaming future, the planet had almost been destroyed by a robot revolution sourced by Artificial Intelligence.

And here’s where things went horribly wrong, according to my editor at Harper Collins. While casting about for a “why” for self-aware Thinking Machines to revolt from their human progenitors, I developed a reason for them to do such.

Link added in text. Read on and find out what Harper Collins fears. Hint: intelligence.

Side note: in Tale of the Tigers, my first publisher didn’t like a line of dialogue I put in the mouth of one of my characters, but he had no choice; I was paying to be published. The conversation’s topic? Islam.

I’m hoping that my trip to Kenya lays the foundation for one of my future books, as well. Click to assist.

UPDATE: Larry Correia’s take on the situation is longer and far more entertaining than mine.

Kenya Trip Wishlist at Amazon.

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Lake Huron
Lake Huron

By John Ruberry

The Flint crisis–dangerous levels of lead have been found in its drinking water–is a travesty, but one that the left is using to advance its agenda.

Background: Two years ago after telling the the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department in a cost-cutting move that it would stop buying its Lake Huron water by 2017 when a new Huron pipeline project would be completed, Detroit ended its agreement with Flint, which compelled the impoverished city to turn to the Flint River for its water. But somehow Flint authorities made a colossal and possibly deadly mistake by not adding an anti-corrosive that costs $150-a-day into the water supply. That toxic error allowed lead from old pipes to get into the drinking water and yes, into the bodies of Flint residents. Had that additive been used, the expert who uncovered the Flint debacle says the lead crisis never would have occurred.

Rather than uncovering what went wrong and finding out who was responsible, the left is looking beyond the Flint water crisis to intensify a long-running political battle. Businesses and governments from all over the nation are shipping bottled water to Flint. Liberal bomb-thrower Michael Moore isn’t interested. The self-described Flint native–he actually grew up in a wealthy neighboring suburb–lists his demands for Flint which include the arrest and removal from office of Rick Snyder, Michigan’s Republican governor.

Flint and Detroit Public Schools are under control of an emergency manager because of longtime corruption and malfeasance perpetuated by its so-called public servants. Until recently so was the city of Detroit. Not coincidentally these government entities are cash honey holes for Democratic bureaucrats, which is why the left hates the emergency manager law. Snyder appoints Michigan’s emergency managers. Get it?

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

If you don’t, then read last week’s Washington Post column by leftist Dana Milbank. He blames the entire Flint travesty on Snyder and he of course sub-divides his finger-pointing on the emergency manager law.

Was Snyder–who should not be entirely blameless–the one the decision not to spend $150 on anti-corrosives? He almost certainly was not. Do Moore and Milbank care who it was? No, they would rather attack a Republican and push their idealogy.

A Students for a Democratic Society radical once mused, “The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”

Some things never change.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

by baldilocks

Many, many people have wondered whether the Internet has made people more stupid than was so in generations prior to the Internet Age and I’ve wondered about this also. I still think that the answer is both ‘no’ and ‘yes.’

No: In the Internet Age, we not only have access to more information, but also access to a greater amount of people, and therefore, access to a greater amount of stupid people. They were always there; you just have awareness of more of them.

Yes: Many mistake large amounts of information for large amounts of intelligence and the Internet has provided many stupid people with the illusion of intelligence. Be advised: stupidity is not defined as limited intelligence. Stupidity consists of the limited ability to interpret information, coupled with the refusal to acknowledge the need for this ability.  Ever known an idiot who was full of hubris and arrogance about some information she has that you don’t have?

Thus, a stupid person is the inverse example of Harry Callahan’s timeless axiom.

In action, this state of affairs is demonstrated by a false dichotomy I’ve seen all over the place, including at the obvious place: why do non-Muslim observers judge Islam for what some Muslims do, but do not judge Christianity for what some Christians do?

A variation of that question was repeated yesterday. Here was my answer.

Both Christians and Muslims have individual standard-bearers. The standard-bearer for Christians: Jesus of Nazareth. The standard-bearer for Muslims: Mohammed.

When observers attempt to determine whether self-described Christians or Muslims are true believers in their respective faiths and are acting as such, the logical thing do is to measure the words and/or actions against the teachings of the appropriate standard-bearer and, then, come to a cogent conclusion [about the doctrine in question].

From the subsequent part of our conversation, the inquirer had no understanding of standards or standard-bearers and wasn’t inclined to consider the definitions and implications of either. We all know he’s not alone. However, he did seem proud of the amount of information he was able to call forth about the Bible. There, he had me. But the Devil is able to quote scripture better than any of us, so that’s a contest I don’t care about. (And, yes, I can see it now: “she called that man the Devil because he disagreed with her.” To infer that would fall under the stupidity umbrella which I described earlier.)

I predict that we will see more of this, since stupidity is easier than interpretation and the stupid are prone to taking any route which makes them appear to be intelligent–even if that route ultimately leads to their demise.

UPDATE: Fredo unbound.

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Storm3by baldilocks

The West is repeating a mistake, a very recent one, says Daniel Greenfield. Greenfield points to the startling similarities between nascent international socialism from a century ago, the rise of Islamism in the present, and the impotence of the West in nipping both in their cradles. There are even parallel American presidents in the mix, both from the Democrat Party, and both with sympathies to the contemporaneous ideologies. Islamism has even infiltrated itself into Western institutions—exactly as the Organized Left did.

Greenfield claims that the West will lose to Islamism because it “doesn’t really want to defeat Islamic terrorism.”

It responds to terrorism while ignoring the ideology. And then it roots around for root causes that coincidentally turn out to all involve progressive policy priorities like economic inequality and global warming.

But novelist Matthew Bracken sees no such ignorant innocence in the reaction of the Organized Left to Islamic world ascendance, especially since Islamism is infiltrating the West not just ideologically, but corporeally.

The accelerated pace of the 2015 Muslim hijra [jihad by immigration] invasion [of Europe] was conceived, planned and executed by Quisling traitors comprising the elite leadership of the European branch of the international socialist movement, headquartered in Brussels. To paraphrase British nationalist patriot Paul Weston, if a farmer deliberately inserts a fox into the henhouse, who is guilty of killing the hens?

Now, today, across Europe the stage is being set for the genocide of the weak, confused and defenseless European hens. Former East German Communist functionary Angela Merkel achieves high marks at both Muslim fox insertion and German hen repression. (Meanwhile, former Soviet Communist KGB Colonel Vladimir Putin evolves to become a Russian nationalist who always advances Russian interests, at least as they are perceived by himself and his cronies).

(…)

In reality, the international socialists and the Islamist forces have agreed upon a murder pact, wherein their common enemy, the nationalists, will be removed as a threat to either of them forever. In 2016, European nations will deliberately be torched, in order to finish off their people’s last remaining notions of national pride and cultural identity. In effect, the coming conflict will constitute an agreement about the dinner menu made between a jackal, a hyena, and a supremely stupid bliss-ninny lamb, who was raised on Utopian multi-cultural fantasies. The lamb believes that by its own sweet example, the jackal and the hyena can be turned into vegetarians—but the choice for the dinner entree is already a foregone conclusion. European nationalists will be shot and stabbed in their fronts and their backs until they go down and are consumed by both of their rapacious destroyers.

(…)

If the traitor elites can imagine sufficiently far into the future, then they must surely see international socialism lining up next for its climactic struggle against Islam, which shall be fought atop the still-warm corpse of European nationalism.

Bracken says that Islam will win the follow-on conflict because the elites will have no problem converting to Islam—or, at least, pretending to. But, in the end Islam will win because

you can live without accepting a suitcase full of Euros or a juicy job offer as a bribe. But you cannot live with your head removed from your shoulders.

So which scenario is true? I know what I think, but in reality, that does not matter. There has to be another option for the endgame.

Meanwhile, in the wake of San Bernardino, Americans observe, think, and react, in spite of rhetoric and planned tyranny of our own Leftists.

UPDATE: Asking the same question at the end.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.baldilocks

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by baldilocks

I’m taking a break on my Prophet Thomas series to point out something that popped into my mind recently with all of the unpleasantness surrounding mass shootings, terror attacks and Muslims.

I had been trying to read Larry Correia’s Guns and Vultures for almost a week, but, so many people were linking to it that today was the first day that it hasn’t given me the 503 no-go, yo. (The link was handily provided by Glenn, who may yet overload the server again.)

Every member of the gun culture watches these things unfold and thinks, hell, here we go again. Want to know something sad? I promise at most of the gun stores around America the news was on, and everybody in there was listening, thinking some variation of please don’t be somebody the news can somehow make out to be like me… Even though the vast majority of the time the shooter isn’t one of us, has nothing to do with us, and in fact, people like us are the last line of defense against them, it doesn’t matter. We know we’re going to get blamed.

Then they’ll attack us, hound us, insult us, legislate against us, and if they can, disarm us in more ways and places… So we can be even more incapable of defending ourselves the next time somebody who isn’t us does something evil. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Then they revealed who the shooters were.

Immediately the same exact people who’d just been screeching about evil Tea Party, racist, hate monger, right wing, ciswhitehetero male phantoms, began urging calm, saying don’t jump to conclusions. It isn’t fair to tar the big group because of the actions of a few. Watch out for that hateful rhetoric, because you might inflame people.

Correia hits dead upon the topic that had entered my consciousness: the Left’s main foundation is extremism. To Leftists, moderation is never considered a virtue–unless it’s moderation in calling out evil. Then they yap, yap, yap and you, non-Leftist, are to shutyourhole. Or else.

I am tired of it.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel, tentatively titled, Arlen’s Harem, will be done in 2016. Follow her on Twitter.baldilocks

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by baldilocks

As I said in Part One, Thomas Sowell outlined the two visions of human nature: constrained and unconstrained.

People with the constrained vision of human nature believe that this nature is fixed, flawed and that all humans act with self-interest in mind. And because of innate self-interest, we should be free to pursue it, but conversely, because of innate fallibility, there should be some constraints on human behavior which keep us from encroaching on the self-interest of others.

Example: those of us who subscribe to God’s newsletter acknowledge that, since the Fall in the Garden of Eden—man in naturally sinful (flawed)—and, following from there, it is the ultimate in self-interest to accept Jesus the Christ as one’s Lord and Savior. We are interested in not going to Hell for our sins and, therefore, we try to do what God wants us to do and one of those is to love one’s neighbor as self: a constraint on human behavior which keep us from encroaching on the self-interest of others.

It isn’t surprising, therefore, that people who hold the unconstrained vision of human nature are often atheists—though, allowing for incomplete thinking on personal principles, not always. (Belief in a Higher Power than humanity is, by nature, a constrained vision of human nature.) Under this philosophy man is his own agent and possesses all of the tools to become perfect and to perfect his species.

And the key feature to this vision is that as long at the goal is deemed virtuous, there is no moral constraint–or any other kind–on the means of attaining a particular goal. Does the phrase by any means necessary ring a bell?

Example: the notion that “all men are created equal” often falls by the wayside for those with this view. To them, there are some set of human beings which are inherently better than others—physically, mentally, emotionally, morally and spiritually–and those “others” are a drain on those who are “better.” This is the part of humankind which requires perfecting.

Obviously, racial supremacist ideology falls in this category and nearly every systematic mass killing conducted by a governmental entity ever recorded has been presented as an attempt to improve upon the peopling of a given society—especially those which have occurred in the last century or so.

Let’s go with abortion. Some of the most head-turning justifications for abortion which I’ve heard are in regard to the disproportionately high rate of abortion among black women. Many pro-choice/pro-abortion advocate even acknowledge that abortion is the killing of human beings, but will say “it’s better than being born poor” or “it’s better than being born in a racist, sexist society,” or something similar.

The foundation of that thinking is that blacks are (allegedly) unable to escape penury because of our genetic make-up and, therefore, we will always be discriminated against because of our race and/or sex. We are inferior—implies the person with the unconstrained vision—so it’s better to cull succeeding generations and to do it as often as possible. It’s all for the improvement of humankind.

More in Tuesday’s post.

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In panning Ta-Nehisi Coates’ open letter to his 15-year-old son, Between the World and Me, Randall Kennedy expresses something which every thinking black American has considered, even those who call themselves liberals.

[Coates] insists that behind apparent black racial pathology is the omnipresent reality of white domination—in this instance an act of white supremacy carried out by a black marionette. “To yell ‘black on black crime,’” he contends, “is to shoot a man and then shame him for bleeding.”

A difficulty with attributing this much influence to white folks is that doing so negates the will of black folks. This brings to mind Ralph Ellison’s critique of Gunnar Myrdal’s An American Dilemma. Myrdal averred that “the Negro’s entire life and, consequently, also his opinions … are, in the main, to be considered as secondary reactions to more primary pressures from the side of the dominant white majority.” Objecting to this formulation, Ellison asked:

Can a people … live and develop for over three hundred years simply by reacting? Are American Negroes simply the creation of white men, or have they at least helped to create themselves out of what they found around them? Men have made a way of life in caves and upon cliffs; why cannot Negroes have made a life upon the horns of the white men’s dilemma?

(All emphasis mine.)

In 1970s, when Affirmative Action became all the rage, one of the few overtly political statements issuing forth from my parents that I can recall is their fervent opposition to it. Simply put, they viewed the policy as an official assertion of the innate inferiority of blacks. They still do.

Professional Black Leftists (PBLs) like Coates, et al. sometimes claim that we black conservatives are “showing off for the white man’s approval” when we put forth conservative opinions in public. It’s a bemusing accusation, since it seems to me that professional black Leftists are inordinately concerned with what white people as a group think of blacks, as if white America were an audience, black liberals were putting on some kind of Broadway show, and black conservatives were the competing show across the street.

Mr.Kennedy’s review calls forth a realization that has brewed in the back of my mind for quite some time: PBLs actually believe that the majority of black people are inferior to other races.

Oh, not themselves, of course. But, all of their bluster toward conservatives of all hues, and even their attempts to turn their mommy/daddy issues into a field of scholarship are defense mechanisms against saying this outright or even admitting it to themselves. And they get angry when you, white person, refuse to see “our inferiority” and to give us our collective wheelchairs. (I have another theory about black failure. It does not involve eugenics or IQ comparisons.)

Of course it would take a great deal of effort to undo the real problem; not inferiority, but the tree which LBJ planted all those years ago, the fruit of which is this. And thisAnd this. Rotten fruit.

LBJ demonstrated that a culture can be changed on purpose for the worse. (That’s what European leaders are trying to do now, by the way.) PBLs cannot grasp this particular pattern. Believing in the inferiority of other blacks is easier.

And for those of us who are at a loss as to how to make things better, repentance–making an 180-degree turn–begins in the house of the Lord. Action follows therefrom.

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By John Ruberry

As with atheist attacks on crèche displays on publicly owned land that happen every December, ’tis the season of political assaults on Christopher Columbus. Monday is Columbus Day, which marks the Genovese explorer’s discovery of America; the federal holiday is also an unofficial celebration of the contributions of Italian-Americans to our nation, individuals such as Enrico Fermi, Mother Frances Cabrini, and Lee Iaococca.

But there is a growing movement among left-wingers to rename Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In the past two months eight cities voted to drop Columbus and adapt the Native American day. Last week the Washington Post asked eight prominent Italian-Americans, including Nancy Pelosi, “Whom else should we celebrate besides Christopher Columbus?” The House Minority Leader chose her father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr, who was mayor of Baltimore in the 1950s.

Columbus monument, Denver
Columbus monument,
Denver

Yes, Columbus and his men committed atrocities against the people he called Indians. And yes, it was Siberian hunter-gatherers who really discovered America thousands of years earlier. But unlike the Vikings, Columbus commenced permanent European settlement of the western hemisphere. It was in the New World, particularly of course in the United States, where the goals of the Age of Enlightenment came closest to its ideal–and without the chaos of the French Revolution. Slavery in North and South America persisted into the 19th century, but the abolition movement was born in the European cultural hearth, not in China, Africa, or the Ottoman Empire.

The spirit of the Age of Exploration continues today in the United States. Only Americans have traveled to the moon and returned. This summer it was an American space probe that journeyed past Pluto.

Happy Columbus Day.

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At the Federalist Leslie Loftis has a post on the refugee crisis with a telling title:

Why Do Refugees Matter Only After The Christians Are Dead?

She goes into some detail noting that it wasn’t until it was a question of Muslims fleeing the middle east that the media noticed the “crisis”.

In the past 18 months, the crisis has touched on star power, devastating tales of dead children and women and men, destruction of ancient structures (there’s a Wikipedia entry for all of that), religious extremism—everything that normally makes for a news sensation.

But only now, when the Christians have largely left or been enslaved or killed, and the intervention options have dwindled and become more difficult because ISIS has taken territory and terrorized the population, we see furious article sharing, email threads, and Twitter campaigns. Oh my! Dead toddler! We must help! Make blog posts! We need a hashtag! Send money and stuff! Shame everyone to do the right thing!

All of this is completely predictable: If there is one thing in common that the left has it’s a hatred of christianity as I said two years ago:

How long before it becomes a matter of faith that those who would stand up and object or obstruct such obvious truths that are held by the more enlightened must be suppressed?

At least as long as the faith involved isn’t Islam:

Yes you would be racist to bring up this just as you are intolerant if you object to gay marriage…with some exceptions:

A female teacher of Islamic religious studies is causing stir with her declarations. As reported by Der Standard, while giving a lesson on religion the woman allegedly declared among other things that homosexuals should be incinerated.

Note she didn’t say they couldn’t get married before they are incinerated. The reaction of the Islamic community?

The Islamic Religious Community presumes that after having spent a whole year near Mecca, she has lost sense of what one can say in a Western society.”

Note that, not what is true, not what is right, what can be said.

Maybe Kim Davis can answer that one.

One must remember Christianity is everything the left despises:

It teaches the unity of men, when the power of the left comes from dividing by race or color or creed.

It acknowledges God as the source of our freedom and free will, rather than the state or another giving such freedom

It restrains appetites, greed (thou shalt not covet), lust ( thou shalt not commit adultery), spin (though shalt not bear false witness) and does so by simple rules, rather than letting one do what they want, when you want.

It forgives and accepts anyone, on the condition that said person acknowledges and repents of their sins or at the very least commits to fight the temptation to them.

It gives the absolute freedom to walk away from it, while giving you until the very last second of your life to re-consider before actual judgement is passed.

And worst of all, to those who embrace it the strongest it gives courage, the courage to stand against any slander, any pressure and even die for the sake of Christ rather than sin.

That’s why friendly gestures to the Pope (out of fear of offending Hispanic voters) not withstanding the left will never complain about persecuted & dead Christians, because to them it’s a feature not a bug.

For through faith you are all children of God in Christ Jesus.  For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:26-28

Today Instapundit links to a piece at Newsbusters concerning a journalist at Salon lamenting religion.

The highly secularized Democrats having thrown their full weight behind abortion & gay marriage to the point where to express religious belief becomes classified as “hate speech”.

But the real question is why?  What is it about religion in general and Christianity in particular that scares them so.  The answer was clearly given this morning at a small 10′ x 20′ chapel deep in a blue state.

My parish holds two daily masses at 7 AM & 8 AM with a rosary held in between.  It also has a small Divine Mercy Chapel attached where the blessed sacrament is exposed 24 x 7.  The Chapel seats 9 and has a rail where one can kneel & pray.

Today I was up early enough to make the 7 AM mass and decided to do my daily set of prayers at the chapel.  When I walked in I took one of the two empty seats and the last was quickly taken by another.  When a 3rd person came in an elderly gentleman stood up to give a lady a seat and when some people left for the 8 am mass others came in.

I noted the people who came in and out during the hour I spent there.  There were men and women (considerably more women).  They were White, Black and Latino.  There is a homeless woman who frequents the parish, and at least one nurse in her scrubs either coming from or going to work.  There were the retired and the working.  Three of them were old enough to be my parent and at least one was in her 30’s.

In other words it was a cross-section of people of different races, ages and sexes all coming together in the same place to worship Christ in the blessed sacrament and give glory to God.

And that more than anything else is what scares them.

You can’t divide people by race or by sex or age or class if as Paul puts it:  Abraham’s descendant, heirs according to the promise. united in Christ (Gal 3:29b). And mistrust and division are the tools used to break the melting pot and balkanize a people.

That’s the function of the church, that’s the function of Christ and that’s why at all costs , they must be destroyed.

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I spent most of last week slowly driving–to avoid potholes–and walking the streets of Detroit. Yes, I took in some time downtown, but most of my travels were in the forsaken neighborhoods far from the casinos and the sports stadiums.

When Detroit celebrated its 250th anniversary in 1951–it enjoyed the highest standard of living of any city in the world. Its population was 1.8 million. Now there are barely 700,000 Detroiters. Motown is at the top or near the top of all American cities in poverty and crime rates.

What went wrong? Detroit’s apologists quickly name off what they believe are causes, such as the building of the interstate highway system and the resulting suburbanization, as well as the decline of the American automobile industry. Almost all northern industrial cities were impacted by the former but they managed, with varying levels of success, to claw back or at least stop the bleeding in the 1990s. But by 2000, Detroit became the first United States city that once exceeded 1 million residents to have fewer than that landmark figure.

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Burned-out home

As for the car business, Michigan doesn’t have a single foreign-owned automobile plant, unless you count Fiat-owned Chrysler. The states on Michigan’s southern border, Indiana and Ohio, together host five foreign-owned car factories. You can attribute Michigan’s absence from this late 20th century manufacturing shift to muscle from the United Auto Workers and compliant Democratic politicians.

As for the latter, from 1974 until 1994, Coleman Young, a onetime member of the Communist Party, was Detroit’s mayor. His acidic rhetoric convinced many of Detroit’s remaining white residents as well as many businesses to flee to the suburbs--where they were unable to escape Young’s demonizations. While no government funds were used to build the gorgeous but money-losing Renaissance Center, he was among its biggest cheerleaders. Young was a strong proponent of massive Stalin-esqe public works projects such the also beautiful People Mover trains downtown that was expensive to build and is expensive to maintain–and it doesn’t move very many people.

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Author at Packard plant

In 2013 Detroit declared bankruptcy.

The neighborhoods outside Detroit are pathetic sights. Vacant lots and abandoned homes dominate most streets. Retail stores are non-existent. Even better districts such as Corktown and Boston-Edison have boarded-up homes on every block. Residents usually walk on the streets as opposed to sidewalks because the walkways are often in worse shape than the roads–and they are sometimes overwhelmed by vegetation.

Outside of the world’s largest abandoned factory, the Packard plant, a man pulled up in his old Pontiac Grand Am and told me, “I hope you’re a publicist. Because the world needs to know how bad it is in Detroit beyond Packard. All the schools in this neighborhood are closed.”

I promised that I would tell the world–and I’m a man of my word.

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If one can change the definition of marriage that has stood for thousands of years by a popular vote then there is no rational basis to deny a form of marriage that has been continually recognized by nations of the world and at least one of the worlds major religions for over a millennium.

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I’m old enough to remember when activists insisted that Gay Marriage was completely different than polygamy and they certainly wouldn’t support it:

Recently, I went undercover posing as a same-sex marriage activist and asked prominent sodomite activists and Democrats the following question:

“If the purpose of marriage is to confer dignity upon individuals who love each other, then what about polygamous couples who love each other? They should be able to marry too, don’t you think?”

Shockingly, the homosexual activists and Democrats all answered, “Yes!”

Frankly it didn’t shock me at all, nor does it shock me that with a national election coming up that such items can only be seen on hidden camera.

Go here to see the video for yourself and remember that our friends who are now closing business who don’t service gay marriage once told us that civil unions had nothing to do with gay marriage and furthermore that Gay Marriage would not affect anyone who didn’t believe in it.

Those who said it were liars, those who believed them were suckers, it only remains to discover if they still are.

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By John Ruberry

Hillary Clinton was in Texas for a couple of days last week. If she is the Democratic for president in 2016, she will not win the Lone Star State. Nor will Martin O’Malley, Lincoln, Chafee, or Bernie Sanders. Why was she there? To raise money in America’s second-most populous state. But to counter that criticism she used some of that time in Texas to criticize voter registration laws in states with Republican governors. “What is happening,” Clinton said, “is a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to another.” She also posed this question: “What part of Democracy are they afraid of?”

Clinton went on to admonish states that have tweaked early voting laws–but neglected to mention that her adopted home state, New York, does not permit early voting.

Oops.

Later in her address she complained about “fear-mongering” on a “phantom epidemic of election fraud.”

One of the GOP governors she singled out was Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who signed into law a bill that she claims curtails the ability for college students to vote. Watch this Project Veritas video where and Obama for America worker tells a collegian to vote twice.

You can learn more about massive vote fraud in North Carolina here, in Illinois here, in Florida here, and in Minnesota here. I could go on and on.

Who does not think that one illegal vote is one too many?

Hillary and other Democrats become unglued when the subject of photo ID voting laws comes up–as they claim minorities are less likely to possess picture identification. Many of the states that have photo ID voting laws allow for those who wish to register to vote to qualify for free government-issued ID cards. Oh, isn’t it condescendingly racist to claim that minorities for whatever reason can’t manage to obtain a photo ID for themselves?

But Hillary can’t run on her record, which includes decades of scandal, the Benghazi murders, and her disastrous “reset” with Russia. And she has more skeletons in her closet than you’ll find in the catacombs in Paris.

That means we’ll see more demagoguery from Clinton.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

By John Ruberry

On Facebook I saw a liberal friend call the what-has-she-accomplished? attacks on Hillary Clinton “absurd.” Actually this is the best argument against HRC’s candidacy for president, although I can see why progressives are perplexed by this criticism. Libs’ minds are wired into whether people have the correct opinions and the right intentions. But of course no one cares if your trash collectors are Republicans or Democrats–you only care if that garbage is gone from your driveway once a week.

We’ve all worked with an office know-it-all, the person who can’t hack his own job but has plenty of ideas on how he can do a better job than his boss. All he–or she of course–needs is a promotion and the power to shine. On the rare occasion I’ve seen that complainer move up the ladder, the result was predictable, failure.

Because having great ideas and vision is only part of what is needed to be successful. You need to have skills to convince others that your course of action is the best–and to have patience to maintain alliances if initially confronted with failure. The concept of the philosopher-king is a myth.

Last week on MSNBC, Mark Halperin asked ten Iowa Democrats who are Hillary Clinton supporters to name one of her accomplishments while serving in the Obama administration. They couldn’t name any.

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John “Lee” Ruberry

Seven years earlier on the same network, Chris Matthews asked a Texas state senator a similar question about Barack Obama–he was stumped too.

As for Obama’s record as president, we can look at a resurgent an anti-American Russia, the rise of ISIS, green energy failures, and a moribund economy. Obama’s biggest achievement is the still unpopular ObamaCare law–one that could be stripped down next month by the Supreme Court.

Americans: Do you really want four more years of an unaccomplished president? Can we afford it?

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This is Memorial Day Weekend.

You are going to see a lot of images of a lot of liberal Democrats laying wreaths at the graves of soldiers, speaking at events or  appearing on TV talking about the sacrifices of those who died defending our country.  You will also see many in the MSM talking about the troops as if they were their best buddies

When you do keep in mind what is now going on in Iraq and remember this.

All of these people were willing to throw away the sacrifice of the lives of every single soldier who died in Iraq that they pretend to honor for the sake of a Democrat talking point of “ending the war”.  Furthermore they will spend the next twelve month advancing the narrative they died in vain when in fact their mission was the difference between a population living in fear and a people getting a chance to live in a democrat self-governing state. Or have you forgotten this:

CIGARS IN THE SAND is photoblogging from the Baghdad polls. Here you see Iraqi men proudly displaying their inked fingers after voting. (Via Chester, who has lots of election coverage).

and this

CNN is reporting a 72% turnout. [Later: Some readers think that will turn out to be high, with the final number more like 60%. Still a lot, in the face of widespread death threats. We don’t to that well, very often, and the worst we have are long lines.]

Power Line: “Somehow, I had missed the fact that Iraqi expatriates are voting in Syria. Thus, Iraqis living in Syria can participate in a democratic process, but Syrians can’t. A bit odd, that, but it’s another example of the impact this election could have in the Arab world.” Yes, I imagine some Syrians are noticing.

Meanwhile, Robert Fisk appears in his usual role as punching bag. And he remains well-suited for it.

UPDATE: Jonah Goldberg is giving the media coverage a thumbs-down:

So far, I think the coverage has been moderately scandalous. This morning CNN kept its regularly scheduled medical show (though last night they were better, if mostly pre-taped). The major nets seemed to treat this like a fairly ho-hum story. I just walked over to my computer after seeing that the Today Show was offering viewers a segment on new shaving technologies for men.

If things were going badly, they’d be all over it, of course. More evidence that the elections are a success!

MORE: James Dwight:

The polls just closed, and there was 72% turnout with mimimal sporadic violence. The ball is now in the MSM’s court. Or, to use perhaps a more appropriate cliche, the Iraqi people have given the MSM plenty of rope.

John Cole, meanwhile, says that the “Damning But” was shut down by Iraqi voters and offers a challenge to bloggers.

And RantWraith has four words, while Yellowdogblog notes that even Reuters is having trouble generating negative spin.

And tens of thousands have paid with their lives for the cancellation of that mission.

One final thought:  At the time I predicted that Democrats would crow about the success of iraq and claim it as their own (as they did during election 2012) but apparently the narrative of “We all did this together” is less attractive than “It’s George W Bush’s fault.”  Even if the latter meme requires tens of thousands of Iraqis dead & millions enslaved.

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IndianaBy John Ruberry

Twenty years ago if you were unhappy with a business, let’s say a check out clerk was rude to you or you were served a rotten meal, you had some effective ways of getting back. Of course these methods still exist. You can never patronize that business again and tell your friends not to do so as well.

Last week a South Bend, Indiana television reporter ventured outside of her city and traveled to tiny Walkerton, a place she probably never heard of before, where she interviewed one of the owners of Memories Pizza, a family business, who told the reporter that because of their Christian beliefs they would not cater a gay wedding–if they were was asked. The reporter found the “gotcha” story in the sticks that she was seeking in regards to Indiana’s new Religious Restoration Freedom Act.

Then the militant left went on the attack. The owners went into hiding after receiving a death threat.

And then the online attacks poured in Actually they’re still coming. Memories’ Yelp page has been inundated with “reviews” from people who lives almost everywhere but northern Indiana. On the other hand, a high school coach from nearby Goshen took to Twitter to suggest that Memories be burned down. She has since been suspended.  As I mentioned in my post here last week, Yelp’s CEO condemned Indiana’s RFRA, although just last month his firm opened an office in Illinois–which has a similar law.

Years ago I was at a concert where Elvis Costello answered a heckler who was shouting that he should play “Clubland,” by replying with something blues singer Little Willie John once said. “I remember the good old days,” Costello quipped, “they’re gone now. ”

True, very true.

But there is some good news. Supporters of Memories Pizza and religious freedom started a GoFundMe.com drive for the owners of the restaurant–and it has received $800,000.

The internet is a two-edged sword.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

One of life’s seldom-asked, but very useful questions is, “Why am I here?”

It can be writ large, as “Why are we here”?, an existential question on the meaning of life, pondered by philosophers. It can be asked in a smallest way – when you momentarily get distracted and forget why you’re in the garage, ask yourself, “Why am I here?”, and presto! you remember that you need a pair of pliers.

So, when you are stuck with a couple of hundred people in a sealed metal cylinder traveling hundreds of miles an hour several thousand feet above the surface of the Earth after enduring security searches and long lines, the answer to, “Why am I here?”, is “To get from point A to point B.” It is most definitely NOT “To listen to a ranting lunatic indoctrinate me on Communism.”

Never mind that the ranting lunatic is a Penn State Abington sociology professor, who was interviewed following her release from jail,

Can you comment on your arrest and on the videos of you on the plane that are circulating?
I do have a comment. I know that I expressed an act of civil disobedience. But that act was necessary.

Why so?
I’m very knowledgable about that part of the world. I teach about U.S. imperialism in Latin America. And the U.S. has declared war against Venezuela. That means military aggression. They tried to take out Hugo with a coup, and then they took him out with cancer.

There’s a place and time for civil disobedience. Air travel is not it.

You can read the rest of the interview, but keep in mind that “Silence is golden” for very good reason.

It seems that Prof. Halnon took to heart rules 6 and 8

RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”

RULE 8: “Keep the pressure on. Never let up.”

Which brings me to Starbuck’s #RaceTogether scheme, whereby baristas will impose upon you a script talk to you about race. But wait! There’s more,

The compendium called “Race Together” is the first installment in a year-long effort designed to stimulate conversation, compassion and positive action regarding race in America.

Apparently the Starbucks people enjoy (rule 6) this sort of thing, and will keep the pressure up (rule 8) for a year.

Their competitors must be delighted,

Silence indeed is golden, and could lead a great marketing strategy.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog. She was going to title this post “Shut the —- up”, but opted for the more genteel “Oh, for the days when silence was golden!”

By John Ruberry

One of the slogans of the anti-police protesters is “Black lives matter.” By the way, I don’t know anyone who thinks otherwise. As I wrote in this space last week, I have doubts about the real motivation of the anti-cop movement, which I view as a proxy for the real fight of leftists–socialist revolution.

Out of the mainstream media eye is sad Buffalo, New York. As with Detroit, the one-time 15th largest city in the United States has been plagued by deindustrialization and depopulation–Buffalo, which has 260,000 residents, is now America’s 45th largest city.

Last year was another rough one for the Queen City. Murders soared in 2014–there were 62–whereas there were only 47 the year prior.

Of last year’s killings in Buffalo–a minuscule 14 of them were solved–that’s fewer than one-quarter. As for black lives–over eighty percent of those murder victims were African-American.

Early last month there was a large protest in Buffalo decrying the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. That’s quite ironic, because there were 12 murders there in December, the most of 2014. There were about a dozen shootings in Buffalo in the last two weeks of the year. Sure there are anti-crime groups in New York’s state’s second largest city, but they lack, which is a good thing, the stridency of the anti-police movement. But I have to wonder, where are the anti-crime protests in Buffalo?

You’ve heard of Brown and Garner. But the name Denell A. Baker is probably one you don’t know. On December 28, he became the 62nd homicide victim in Buffalo–shot to death in the Fruit Belt neighborhood. I don’t know Baker’s race. But let me end this post in this manner: Black lives matter. All lives matter.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Bill Ayers at at 2012 Occupy Chicago rally
Bill Ayers at a 2012
Occupy Chicago rally

By John Ruberry

In David Horowitz’ pamphlet Barack Obama’s Rules for Revolution, the onetime leftist remarked, “An SDS radical once wrote, ‘the issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.’  In other words, the cause-whether inner city blacks or women–is never the real cause, but only an occasion to advance the real cause, which is the accumulation of power to make the revolution.”

Now the cause is police killing of blacks, but in reality the protests about the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner betray the longtime anti-police sentiments of the Left since the 1960s. But that is a subject for another blog post. Today I’m going to talk about the issue. 

The emergence of the New Left, which was kickstarted by the aforementioned Students for a Democratic Society, which Bill Ayers was a member of,  was part of the upheaval of the late 1960s.  The New Left eschewed the mainstream liberalism of Hubert Humphrey and the George Meany-led labor movement and its anti-communist bent. The Vietnam War, the Civil Rights movement, and Women’s Liberation were the issues then. In the 1970s, the New Left’s call for action were the Watergate scandal  and the environment–in the 1980s it was the No Nukes and the Nuclear disarmament causes, in the ’90s and the 2000s, the Middle East wars were the issue.

In 2011, the openly leftist Occupy Wall Street movement emerged. Not surprisingly, it collapsed.

During this time span, I’m not sure when, but let’s say it was in 2000, through attrition, death mainly, the New Left supplanted the Old Left. It is they and liberal Generation Xers and Millenials who have followed them that are the driving force in the contemporary Democratic Party as well as the labor movement. Their true views, which I imagine they share with at most twenty percent of the electorate, are masked. But their goal is still the revolution. ObamaCare, a private-public mutation that represents the worst of both worlds, is nothing but a gateway to what the libs euphemistically call “single-payer health care,” that is, socialized medicine.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

When twenty percent of the economy is under government control, the rest of it will appear to the Left as low-hanging fruit.

But for now, the Left is looking to bolster its ranks by building up anti-police protests.

Until the next issue that won’t really be the issue comes along.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Given what we’ve seen the last several months there are several lessons we have learned concerning police & muslims.

It is perfectly acceptable to suspect police, imposes rules and sanctions on all police, march against police, make songs against police and demand that all police change their behavior and submit themselves to close scrutiny if there is any suspicion concerning improper behavior in the death of a person during the line of duty.

It is completely unacceptable to suspect muslims, impose rules and sanctions on muslims, march against muslims, make songs about muslim and demand that all muslims change their behavior and submit themselves to close scrutiny if a Muslim commits an act of terror and murder against innocent bystanders.

The occasional unplanned death of a person resisting arrest is proof that the police are fighting a war against black people and reflects on all police.

The deliberate planned attacks on non muslims “infidels” and the calling for others to do so in the name of the Islamic state not only doesn’t reflect on Muslims in general but doesn’t prove that the people committing said actions or those calling for it are actually muslims.

It is the positive responsibility of every police department to take steps from body cameras, to training to publicly policies to prove that the police are not targeting people of color and if they choose not to do so, that proves the police are racists.

There is absolutely no responsibility for any Muslim organization, particular Mosque, or Iman to make any public steps, to proclaim any teaching to their congregations or to even co-operate with the government to prove that their are not aiding abetting or recruiting members who are planning or enabling terror attacks and any person who suggests any of these steps are racists or “Islamophobes.”

If a grand jury chooses not to press charges against police after an investigation of facts it doesn’t mean one must discard the evidence that said grand jury rejected.

If an individual is a muslim and demands an ISIS flag while taking hostages we can not draw any conclusions from this.

and finally:

If you die in an encounter with police you are a martyr to be celebrated and remembered by the nation and promoted by the media, even if you were violating the law and committing violence on camera before said encounter.

If you are forced to change your name and go into hiding because of threats from Muslims, you are to be forgotten, even if you are a reporter in America who was exercising her first Amendment rights. Your name is not to be spoken on television or radio except by the odd conservative blogger who insists on shouting the name Molly Norris.

Oh one more.

College students and activists will happily march against police violence knowing that not only will they be celebrated for it, but during said march the same police they are decrying will protect them from harm

Nobody except people like Pam Geller will speak against, let alone march against against Islamic violence because not only will they be pilloried for it, but they are afraid of fatal retaliation from Islamists.

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Back in my much younger, stupider days, I sent Greenpeace a check for $25 of my hard-earned bucks. That was a couple of decades ago.

Yes, I recycle; yes, I don’t waste water or electricity; yes, I owned a house in a lot that had two dozen trees (which probably more than made up for whatever fumes the house may have generated), and their leaves and branches were mulched. So much for being “green.”

Vandalism is a crime.

Some vandalism is a misdemeanor. Toilet-paper a neighbor’s tree on mischief night, get caught, and you’ll find out what the word means.

Greenpeace, however, has engaged in felonies for the sake of publicity for years.

No, I don’t buy their “sustainability”, “renewability” excuses.

Greenpeace, in these days of moral equivalence, through their ends-justify-our-means methods, are descending to the levels of the Taliban.

To wit:
Back in 2001, the Taliban destroyed two ancient Buddhas at Bamiyan in Afghanistan, a World Heritage Site. The statues were over 1,500 years old:

Despite world-wide condemnation, the Taliban lined the statues with explosives and blew them up in the spring of 2001 because they considered them idols, and thus un-Islamic.

Fast-forward to this week in Peru, where Greenpeace vandals decided to post some graffiti at the Nazca Lines World Heritage Site,

The Nazca lines are huge figures depicting living creatures, stylised plants and imaginary figures scratched on the surface of the ground between 1,500 and 2,000 years ago. They are believed to have had ritual functions related to astronomy.

Take a look:

The letters are made of some kind of yellow material and were carried there on foot, and held down by rocks,

The damage caused by Greenpeace’s vandalism is inestimable,

The ground around the site is so sensitive and so sacred that Peru has even forbidden presidents and top officials to walk where the Greenpeace activists went. Peru’s Deputy Culture Ministertold the BBC: “You walk there, and the footprint is going to last hundreds or thousands of years.” Tourists generally get to see the site from the air, or, on rare occasions, are equipped with special foot gear.

“They are absolutely fragile. They are black rocks on a white background. You walk there and the footprint is going to last hundreds or thousands of years,” said the minister. “And the line that they have destroyed is the most visible and most recognized of all.”

Mind you, anyone even thinking of going to the Nazca site knows you can’t walk on it. Greenpeace willfully engaged in inflicting irreparable damage. In their breathtaking arrogance to say “the future is renewable”, they can’t see that the past is not.

What did Peru and mankind do to deserve this, in Greenpeace’s eyes?

The message was intended for delegates from 190 countries at the UN climate talks being held in Lima.

Sue Greenpeace out of business in countries where you can actually enforce the judgement; ban their activites as terrorism; identify the perpetrators and put them in jail.

Enough. It’s time for change: put Greenpeace out of business.

UPDATE:
Before Greenpeace:

After Greenpeace:

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.

Romney in Illinois, 2012
Romney in Illinois, 2012

By John Ruberry

It’s hard to fathom now, but one of the major issues of the 2012 presidential campaign was Mitt Romney’s 15-year leadership of the Boston-based private equity firm Bain Capital, which he co-founded.

Two years later President Obama, who of course defeated Romney in ’12, faces multiple crises, including scandals involving IRS targeting of conservative groups, deadly waiting lists at VA hospitals, as well as a collapsing Iraq, Russia’s seizure of Ukraine, a still stagnant economy, and 300,000 illegal alien children crossing over our lightly watched southern border.

None of these hotspots have anything to do with Bain Capital, other than, remotely, the rotten Obama economy.

Under Romney, Bain rescued many companies from failure. And it provided seed money for new firms such as Staples, which now operates over two-thousand stores. Sure, a few of Bain’s investments didn’t work out, but failure–as well as success–is how capitalism works.

While at the NATO summit in the spring of 2012, Obama defended attacks on Romney’s tenure at Bain.

What did that have to do with NATO?

However, Romney left Bain in 1999 to engineer his greatest turnaround, the rescue of the scandal-plagued 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He then moved on and was elected governor of Massachusetts.

During the campaign, a liberal super PAC, Priorities USA, blamed Bain Capital and Romney in a video for the death from cancer of a woman after her husband was laid off from a Bain-owned company. That claim was almost immediately debunked, yet Obama only half-heartedly disavowed it.

Obama and his surrogates were partaking in an old Saul Alinksy tactic–straw man attacks.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

Paul Ryan, Romney’s running mate, neatly summed up Obama’s mischief last year:

Look, it’s the same trick he plays every time: Fight a straw man. Avoid honest debate. Win the argument by default.

Yes, Obama is winning arguments. But our nation is becoming increasing dysfunctional.

Obama, like King Robert Baratheon in Game of Thrones, mistakenly believes victory and running a country are the same thing.

It’s a road map for disaster. And we have arrived at our unhappy destination.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Rather than a long piece let me ask the obvious question aloud:

Is anyone really foolish enough to believe that Barack Obama, the institutional left and the Democrats who support them care if Iraq falls?

Who cares if all the advances paid for by the blood spilled by our military over the last decade becomes in vain?  After all those most of those guys don’t vote Democrat anyway.

 

 

By A.P. Dillon

This is a look at the ‘experts’ behind Common Core. First, let’s recap the tactics used by the proponents to silence the opposition to the standards.

Common Core Shutuppery

So, to date, Common Core opposition have been called stupid, sad, misguided, liars, racists, conspiracy theory nuts and more for opposing the fundamentally flawed and experimental standards.  Opposition has been mocked by the same people promoting Common Core and parents have been arrested for speaking out at forums and school board meetings. I’ve chronicled some of this here already in The New Tone Of Common Core, but more has transpired since then.

The top education official in the county, Arne Duncan, even insulted “White suburban moms” across the country for opposing Common Core. In NY, Education Commissioner John King brought in the race card and compared Common Core to the Emancipation Proclamation. Citizens in NY have called him out and called for his resignation. In NC, the state Superintendent told a crowd that people who oppose Common Core are “bearing false witness“.  By the way, the NC Superintendent is also President-elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), which is one of the two D.C. trade organizations responsible for Common Core. Convenient, right?

Gene Arnold Common Core NCSPIN QuoteEven elected officials have disparaged their own constituents. The latest form of ‘shut’ up comes as “politicizing“. I’ve witnessed it myself  first hand at the legislature in North Carolina. The legislature, of course, is worried about the pushing of Common Core by the NC Chamber of Commerce. They should be concerned, because according to former legislator Gene Arnold, the NC Chamber plans to blackmail legislators to kill the Common Core replacement bills now in play at the NC General Assembly.

Not one of these proponents of Common Core or any of the entities supporting the Core has actually defended the standards against the complaints being made against them. Instead, they demonize. Opposition to Common Core has endured a long series of shutuppery tactics from ‘experts’.

The Common Core Expert 

We’ve also been told ‘experts’ wrote the Common Core and to basically, shut up and sit down.

Let me introduce you to one of the ‘experts’.

Meet Dr. David Pook. Pook is a teacher at a private school in Derryfield, New Hampshire. He has testified in front of the New Hamsphire Legislature; his testimony was characterized as misleading.

Pook wants you to know why he helped author Common Core’s English Language Arts standards.  Remember, Common Core only had 5 authors, so Pook is likely over-inflating his role. Dr. Pook says it was “White privilege” that drove him to assist.

Pook claims he helped write the standards. What he really means is he probably commented on the standards when they were finally made available. If he did write anything, that is yet another reason to end Common Core immediately. Pook’s outrageous statement: “As a white male in society I’m given a lot of privilege I didn’t earn’ and as a result I think it’s really important that all kids get an equal opportunity to learn how to read.” Is he saying that minority children don’t learn how to read the same as white children? How is it that white children have a perceived “privilege” over minority children?

The irony? This guy teaches at a $30,000 a year private school that has not implemented Common Core. Maybe he should check his “privilege” at the door. While he’s teaching history, not reading at his private school, he wants public school kids to have to suffer under lower standards. Why? Because this man believes that minority kids aren’t as smart as white kids so the standards have to be lowered in order for them to be able to read. The guy is demented and is part of the insane “White Privilege” far left who hate themselves and are teaching white children to hate themselves.  – Examiner.com, 5/20/14 [Emphasis added]

You got that? Shorter: Pook didn’t build that.  He didn’t earn that privilege, it was his whiteness that gave it to him. This is who is dictating to us what our kids should be learning.

There is video of Pook at the above referenced New Hampshire forum. The audio is a little quiet so turn it up or visit Stop Common Core New Hampshire where they have a link to the full debate with stronger sound. Pook’s comments in the full video are at the 1:52:00 mark. Audio only is available at GerardAtLarge.com.The gentleman who precedes Pook at the 1:52:00 mark uses all the standard Pro-Common Core talking points and talks about how the people using it in the classroom love it. He makes no mention of the children suffering under it. Typical.

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♫  And I’m one step ahead of the shoe shine
Two steps away from the county line
Just trying to keep my customers satisfied,
Satisfied.

  Keep the Customer Satisfied Simon & Garfunkel 1970

No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.

Constitution of the United States Article 6 Paragraph 3

Yesterday MSNBC made clear where its customer base is as host Joy Reid discussed the Hobby Lobby case.  (emphasis mine)

The court that will decide includes six Catholic justices, some of whom have not been shy about asserting their religion. And all of this is taking place as the country becomes more secular. Even as the fervently religious fight even harder than ever to push creationism in taxpayer funded schools, and on science TV shows. And where the question of corporate personhood has gone from whether the railroad has to pay its taxes to whether corporations can be religious people. The question is do you trust this court to make those decisions?

Now there is an obvious point to make concerning such a statement that  Yid with Lid has already alluded to.  If the host of the show had substituted:  “Muslim”, Jewish”, “Black”, “Gay”,  “Atheist”, “Hispanic”, in place of “Catholic”  the outrage of the left would be incredible and the demand for both an apology and the firing of Ms. Reid would become a cause célèbre among all the right people but as her statement concerned Catholics, and more importantly believing catholics this shall not happen because as I’ve asserted before,  the common thread of the left is the targeting of Christianity.

What I find more interesting is the video itself.

That is a long speech to make and Ms. Reid is clearly reading from a teleprompter as she delivers it. That means it that speech was written, edited and loaded into the prompter for her to deliver. Since it makes assertions concerning court cases and had video of quotes from said cases would have gone through editors and producers before it began to roll on that screen for her to read.

Yet not a one of them suggested this might be a problem, Nobody figured it would offend their Catholic audience in general or Latino’s who are highly Catholic in particular. Nobody thought the clear mandate of the Constitution concerning religious tests would make them look foolish, nor did they think there was any chance of a backlash might cause trouble for a relatively new host.

Or if they considered any of those things, they decided the need to defend the White House would be more important to their audience than any such attack on religion.

And it’s worse than that.  The TV industry is constantly in flux, one day you have a job the next you don’t.  Yet not a person on that set figured that their boss, or an official at NBC or someone from the corporate ownership at Comcast might decide that mainstreaming a modern version of “know nothingism” on a major cable network under their name would cause any problems for their brands.

I suspect they will get more critique for having Jazz Shaw of Hotair on Morning Joe today then they will for the acts of Joy Reid yesterday.

This says something both about the culture at MSNBC,  the perception of its audience and their ownership and what it says is not good.

Update: Creative Minority Reports says:


I, as a Catholic, can honestly say no. I don’t trust this court at all. Sonia Sotomayor? Uhm no. Anthony Kennedy? Not exactly. I don’t trust John Roberts either.

Ed Morrissey:


It’s worth noting that the six Catholic justices on the Supreme Court rarely reach any kind of consensus, unless it is a consensus shared by the whole court. Reid bases her argument of religious bias on literally nothing at all but her own prejudice. One suspects it’s because of the desperation the Left has over the Hobby Lobby case and the HHS mandate in general, but it may just be that Reid has a bias against Catholics in public life apart from this, too.

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