I headed back to the room after the Kellyanne Conway to inform WQPH of the situation with their Divine Mercy Sunday event when Cynthia Yockey informed me that there was supposed to be a blogger get together event “rinocon” at the public house down the street. She wanted to attend so the two of us headed down. That story was told in yesterday’s lead post concerning the interview with Joe.

As the promised gaggle didn’t materialize (turned out they would do so VERY much later) we headed to CVS to pick up a few things before heading back to the room. I decided to by a 12 pack of A&W diet Rootbeer, among other things and oddly enough that decision led to one of the most interesting interviews I ever recorded.

Both of us being tired, still wondering when and if Stacy & Emmile would show up and me with video to upload, we headed back to the room. As we passed the entrance way there was a young rather stunningly statuesque black woman there along with John Hawkings. She immediately noticed I had a case of A & W rootbeer and expressed an interest in a can.

Being a gentleman I of course accommodated the request, she introduced herself a Kira Innis and consented to an interview and what an interview it was!

Instead of the standard 3-5 minutes she went on for 13, talking about the black community, the history of slavery and how the Democrats had historically oppressed and attacked them to keep them down from Slavery to Jim Crow to abortion and the great society which destroyed the black family that had been the bedrock of the community.

I was completely enthralled, amazed at the knowledge and passion of the young lady. Fifteen minutes late the interview finally closed and I offered her cannoli but because we had gone to a restaurant I had left my box behind in the room. She came up with us to claim her prize and we talked some more. While I suspected I hadn’t known when we started to talk that she was part of the well known Innis family.

She was a pleasure to meet and talk. If the black community ever climbs out of the hole that the Democrat party in general and Barack Obama in particular has dug for them, it’s going to be young people like her leading the way!


DaTechGuy at CPAC 2017 (all videos not blogged about yet here)

2/23
Voices of Cpac 2017 Steve & Shen, Ed Morrissey of Hotair and a Kellyanne Conway Cannoli Story
Voices of CPAC 2017 Radio Row Sharon Angle & Rick Trader Daria Novak & Frank Vernuccio
CPAC 2017 Photos & Brief videos from the Sean Hannity Taping

Voices at CPAC 2017 Advocates: Melissa of Able Americans, Matt of American Majority
Voices at CPAC 2017 Yvonne (from almost #NeverTrump to Evangelical Coordinator) & Michael
Voices of CPAC 2017 Joe on Life behind the Berlin Wall

2/22

Voices at CPAC 2017 Liz a Cook County Republican (and Kasich delegate)
CPAC 2017 First Interviews Theresa an Attendee and Rob Eno of Conservative Review

2/21
Some Quick pre-cpac video and thoughts

2016 Fabulous 50 Blog Awards

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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.

By John Ruberry

This summer a wonderful story emerged from the South Side of Chicago, a part of the city which has gained international infamy for violence. The story was almost perfect. The Little League team from Jackie Robinson West Park, consisting entirely of African-Americans, became the Little League champions of the United States. They were runner-ups in the Little League World Series, falling to a South Korean team.

Baseball’s popularity among young blacks has been slipping since the 1970s. After a peak of 19 percent in 1986, the percentage of African-Americans playing Major League Baseball has dropped to 8 percent. The decline of organized inner-city youth baseball is certainly a factor in this athletic demographic shift.

Oh, one of the players for JRW, 12 year-old Jaheim Benton, was homeless. But after the Little League World Series, a donor gave his family a rent-free home for a year. The city held a victory parade for the team followed by a rally where Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Governor Pat Quinn lauded their triumph. Jackie Robinson West met with President Obama at the White House. Chicago Magazine named JRW its Chicagoans of the Year.

On the their way to the Series, Jackie Robinson West crushed the local opposition, including a 43-2 stomping of the team from Evergreen Park, a predominantly white suburb near the territory of JRW.

But last week DNAinfo Chicago, in a detailed article, reported on the allegations from, Chris Janes, an official of the Evergreen Park team, that some of the JRW players didn’t live within the designated boundaries of its Little League territory. Bill Haley, the president of Jackie Robinson West, denies the allegations.

The evidence that Janes right is quite strong. US Rep. Robin Kelly Tweeted that three members of JRW lived in the suburban part of her Chicago area district. In its “Faces in the Crowd” feature, Sports Illustrated reported on another player who resided in the suburb of Homewood. Two other suburbs boasted of their own athlete on Jackie Robinson West, while other players lived outside of the JRW territory–but in the city, according to DNAinfo Chicago.

Little League International dismissed Janes’ charges that JRW was effectively a regional all-star team. Their response is that Jackie Robinson West provided the necessary documentation to prove residency for its players. However, for reasons that no one can explain, LLI doesn’t disclose the boundaries for each individual league. And some JRW parents counter their boys are from split families, with one parent residing within the league’s zone. But claiming residency in an area for the sole reason of being able to join a team is against LLI’s rules.

Local media has dutifully reported on Janes’ allegations, and JRW’s denial, but they haven’t delved into the the details of DNA Info Chicago’s story.

Perhaps they don’t want to dismantle that almost perfect story of black kids from a bad neighborhood becoming champions. Or maybe Chicago reporters are afraid of being labelled racist.

Ruberry brothers, author center, in their Little League days

But if Jackie Robinson West did cheat, team officials should be held accountable and the JRW national championship should be revoked.

Little League is a big business, LLI has a $60 million TV contract with ESPN that runs through 2022.

Call me old-fashioned, but youth sports are supposed to build character and more. My oldest brother was a Little League coach in New England. While his team was being clobbered during a game, opposing players taunted his youngsters with derogatory chants. My brother objected to the other team’s coach, telling him, “Hey, isn’t this game supposed to be educational?” Well if it was that day, some boys were clearly learning the wrong lesson.

Putting ringers on a team is the wrong lesson too.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Kinnoch:   With respect, Mr. Gandhi, without British administration, this country would be reduced to chaos.

Gandhi:   Mr. Kinnoch, I beg you to accept that there is no people on Earth who would not prefer their own bad government to the good government of an alien power.

Ghandi 1982

Morning Joe has been talking about stop and frisk a lot after the following ruling came down from a NY Judge:

A federal judge blasted the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk as unconstitutional on Monday and appointed a federal monitor to oversee the program

She expanded on this.

in its current form, “the policy encourages the targeting of young black and Hispanic men based on their prevalence in local crime complaints. This is a form of racial profiling,” she said.

The city, she found, “acted with deliberate indifference toward the NYPD’s practice of making unconstitutional stops.”

Meanwhile Bloomberg is absolutely livid:

There is just no question that Stop-Question-Frisk has saved countless lives. And we know that most of the lives saved, based on the statistics, have been black and Hispanic young men.

“It’s worth remembering that as recently as 1990, New York City averaged more than six murders a day. Today, we’ve driven that down to less than one murder a day.

“Think about what that change really means: if murder rates over the last 11 years had been the same as the previous 11 years, more than 7,300 people who today are alive would be dead.

“Stop-Question-Frisk has helped us prevent those and other crimes from occurring – which has not only saved lives, it has helped us to reduce incarceration rates by 30 percent, even as incarceration rates in the rest of the nation have gone up.

That’s a pretty powerful argument, and I thought this counter argument made on twitter by a person of color in NY is pretty valid too.

 

It’s easier for me to discount the effect of this mentally because of course I’m not the person who deals with it daily.

Now I don’t doubt the demagogues who make their fortunes on the race industry but I don’t see I big difference in a person accepting additional risk to protect their 4th amendment rights…:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

…then people willing to assume additional risk to protect their 2nd amendment rights:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

So you end up with a community that is caught in a quandary, the balance of 4th amendment rights and fear of the police vs the basic right to live safely in their community.

The basic issue here is the police, in the sense that the community doesn’t trust them to not base their decisions of whom to search based on race.

Well I have a rather simple answer, it’s drastic but it will solve the problem.

The communities in question should secede from NYC and become their own city(s).

This would dramatically change many equations:

1. It would create a majority minority community

2.  As a smaller more compact city the people representing the city would be closer to the communities they represent.  The Mayor and all the counselors of the city would be from that community.

3.  This would mean the police of the city would recruited from the city would reflect the demographics of the city and hopefully be closer to the neighborhoods they are policing.

4.  It would put the racial demagogue equation out of the game

Bottom line the people making the decisions on how to police the area and the voters who would elect them would be the folks most affected by these decisions.  If they want to assume the risk of lighter police presence they’ll have the votes for it, if not they can decide that too.

Part of Freedom is the freedom to assume risk, if the community wants to assume the risk and pay the price that’s fine, if not that’s fine too, they will have their own skin in the game, literally.

Give the people the chance to make their own cities work or fail on their own and live with the consequences one way or the other.

That’s what I think

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