by baldilocks

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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:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – On July 8, 2016, Baton Rouge police officer Montrell Williams posted this to his Facebook account:

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Today he is dead.

Yesterday, three Baton Rouge police officers were killed and three others injured – one is critical and on life support.  The officers were ambushed while responding to a call of a man with a rifle at a convenience store near police headquarters.  The shooter, Gavin Eugene Long of Kansas City, MO, is dead and it appears he was acting alone.  As is always the case, early reports are sketchy and there is a lot still to be learned here, but please don’t let me hear anyone say, “What were his motives?”  I think his motives were clear.

There may or may not be a connection, but less than 24 hours before the shooting on Sunday, the Black Panthers had a meeting in Baton Rouge for the purpose of forming a new chapter there.  The chapter was formed and names gathered for potential members.

Coincidence?

Why was Gavin Long in Baton Rouge anyway?

And let me get this out of the way right now:  I put all of this at the foot of Obama for his divisive rhetoric from Day One.  Go all the way back to the Henry Gates incident and work your way up.  There are plenty of examples, not the least of which is his invitation to the hate group Black Lives Matter to come to the White House where he praised their outstanding work.

Cleveland police officer and Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis said it best:

“The president of the United States validated a false narrative and the nonsense that Black Lives Matter and the media are pressing out there to the public — validated with his very divisive statements. And now we see an escalation. This has got to end. We need some leadership in this country to come forward and put an end to this. I don’t care if it’s clergy, I don’t care who it is, but somebody has got to step up and put an end to this because it’s the false narrative and very influential people that are politicizing the false narrative. Absolutely insane that we have a president of the United States and a governor of Minnesota making the statements that they made less than one day after those police involved shootings. And those police involved shootings, make no mistake, are what absolutely has triggered this rash of senseless murders of law enforcement officers across this country. It is reprehensible. And the President of the United States has blood on his hands and it will not be able to come washed off.”

I agree with him.

However, none of that brings back the officers in Dallas or in Baton Rouge who have been killed this month.

The ripple effect of this is crushing.  Montrell Williams had been an officer in Baton Rouge for ten years; he had a wife, a new baby, a family.  They are devastated.

Officer Matthew Gerald served multiple Army tours in Iraq and had been with the department since October.  His family is devastated.

Brad Garafola’s wife found out her husband was killed when she was stopped by police cars on her way to meet him at a convenience store.  He leaves four children.

Personally, I’m at a loss right now; I’m angry, frustrated, and depressed.  I wish we had a national leader who could bring peace rather than division.  I wish we had a man of character to lead us rather than a community agitator.  This was not Martin Luther King, Jr.’s dream.  Not at all.  This is not what we want to teach our children and this is not the mess we want to leave to them.

It has got to stop.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  I’ve shown tremendous restraint over the past week on social media and my own blog in not writing about the protests and the inflamed rhetoric out there following the Alton Sterling shooting in Baton Rouge and the following ambush against law enforcement in Dallas.  In fact, the only thing I posted on Facebook about it was that people need to stop sharing the media’s attempts to fan the flames and need to stop making it worse by posting hate filled memes and divisive commentary.

That won’t change here.

I will say this.  I am broken-hearted by all of it.  I live in Louisiana and I live three hours from Dallas.  This is close to home.

I have watched protests online via The Advocate and other Baton Rouge and NOLA news outlets.  The protests are tragic enough but the commentary by people watching is worse.  I’m as far from a Kumbaya-singing-hand-holding-liberal as a person can get, but we are all human beings!  Stop acting like this!  There are good and bad eggs in every single racial group and to stereotype any one group is just wrong.  Stop it.

Now, what I find curious this morning is this report from WAFB out of Baton Rouge about the arrests yesterday during protests:

According to the EBR Parish Prison booking sheet, all but seven of those arrested were from outside of the Baton Rouge area. An additional four are from cities directly neighboring Baton Rouge. The majority are from New Orleans. The rest are from Minnesota, North Carolina, Missouri, Georgia, New York, Washington D.C. and other cities from around Louisiana.

About a dozen of those on the posted list are out of the area.  Are they here for legitimate reasons and just caught up in the moment?  Maybe.  Are they bussed in by people with nefarious reasons?  Maybe.  If it’s the latter, shame on you.  And shame on those who sent you here.

From the protests I’ve watched, the Baton Rouge police have displayed extreme professionalism and restraint.  The police have had the main goal of keeping the roadways open and keeping these people from getting run over or obstructing traffic.  In return they’ve been hit with apples, eggs, water bottles, and rocks.

I watched a Periscope feed last night of a young woman who was among the protestors and inciting them to “get in the road!  Get in the road!  That’s why we’re here!”  That’s not a protest for Alton Sterling.  That’s not protest against perceived injustices by law enforcement.  That’s inciting a riot if you ask me.  She did indeed go into the road and got a few to go with her, but quickly ran back into the crowd when the police moved back into position across the street from them.

It’s a sad thing to watch for Louisiana.  It depresses me.  This is not who we are.

It’s my true wish that outside agitators would leave us alone and let us work this out together.  We don’t need the professional race baiters or the BLM agitators down here.

Go out today and to something nice for someone.  Smile at the person you pass on the sidewalk, thank an officer for what he does, pay it forward somewhere.  Wherever you live – let’s not let those who want to divide us succeed.  They are powerful but we are stronger.

Be kind.

 

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.

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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.

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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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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.

By John Ruberry

Last year there were 211 homicides in Baltimore. As of the 361st day of 2015 there have been 338 murders in Maryland’s largest city. Meanwhile in New York City, which has twelve times the population of Baltimore, there have been 339 killings as this year winds down.

Murders in B’more began their surge after the riots this spring in response to the death in police custody of Freddie Gray in which the city’s hapless mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake all but offered “space to destroy” to the thugs.

Six police officers were indicted for the Gray death, their trial ended with a hung jury. [See correction below.] By all accounts Baltimore’s cops are pushing a little less forcefully as they go about their dangerous job. That and the looting of drugs from Baltimore pharmacies during the riots have unleashed an unprecedented killing spree. Yes, Baltimore had 353 murders in 1993 but 100,000 more people lived there then.

Most of the murder victims have been black, but the Black Lives Matters movement is more interested in protesting the police than bringing attention to the slaughter of African Americans by, yes, other African Americans.Black Lives Matter

There is no reason to believe that 2016 will be dramatically less violent than this year. Interestingly, there is a mayoral race next autumn in Baltimore. Rawlings-Blake will not be running for reelection, the early favorite to replace her is her predecessor, Sheila Dixon. As part of her plea deal involving her theft of gift cards meant for poor people, Dixon resigned her office. Sure, early polls nearly always favor those with high name recognition, but her popularity is still troubling. Can a convicted criminal be the savior of Baltimore?

It is said in a democracy that voters get the government they deserve.

Correction: The mistrial was for only one of those accused Baltimore cops. Thanks to commenter Holding My Nose for pointing this out.

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

by baldilocks

Compare these young people

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Pro-Life activists from St Louis, marching for life on Friday in Washington, D.C

 

To these.

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#BlackLivesMatter activists in NYC, being a pain

In a world where the populace had not been dumbed down to consist of a significant portion of open mouths waiting for their egos to be fed–right along with their bellies–the activists in the second photo would at least feel ashamed at the superior moral agency of the activists in the first photo. And by, the numbers, why wouldn’t they feel ashamed?

In 2011, 6,239 black Americans were murder victims–almost universally at the hands of other black persons. And in that same year, 177,293 babies, whose mothers were black American women, were aborted. The difference in the numbers is staggering.

But in this dumbed-down world, the abortion is just a bit of tissue, Kermit Gosnell butchers with impunity for years, and black persons can’t–or won’t–make the connection between the abortion rate among black Americans and the fact that these are black people who were murdered by their mothers. Black Lives don’t matter if one pretends that they are not lives.

Might as well bring back the slave trade.

And here’s something nutty about some of the reactions to the first photo: some white persons think that those fine, upstanding young men are being racist as well! They are oblivious to context. However, it’s almost comforting to realize that the dumbing-down of the populace is indiscriminatory.

Meanwhile, the killing continues. And, we know that the Alinsky-style Brunch activists and their backers could not care less.

(Thanks to InfoWars and Youth Defence)

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 2015. Follow her on Twitter.

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by baldilocks

When I was growing up, my parents did not look kindly on anyone who would call during the dinner hour—and woe to the perspective suitor that did so! Even now, I don’t make personal calls during the hours from 6PM to 8PM, especially not to my parents.

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All these years of brunching and I didn’t know that it was a white thing!

And even during the usual hours for the other two meals, I hesitate to call, unless the person asks me to do so. Civilized families sit down together to eat and it’s rude to interrupt a meal, at least that’s how I was raised. So one can imagine how I feel about this.

For the second time in two weeks, the misguided mob was at it again on Sunday in New York and San Francisco, disrupting peaceful omelets and eggs Benedicts, challenging gay brunchers to a contest of victimization and this holiday weekend, pretending the claim the mantle of Martin Luther King Jr. as a civil rights cause.

All in all a pretty busy Sunday for people who probably don’t do much the rest of the week.

But you’d think their mothers might have told them: Annoying people is no way to make friends.

I told the story about my family to address this very point: the mothers of these Defenders of Blackness probably never made it a point to sit down regularly at a certain time to eat a meal uninterrupted ever–much less tell them that common sense bit about being annoying. (And let’s not even go there about their fathers.) Therefore, these uncouth, short-term thinkers view a pleasant, peaceful meal among family and friends as something “white” that they need to disrupt with their “blackness.”

Lots of people are wondering what these people are trying to accomplish by inserting themselves into someone’s breakfast. I don’t. They are merely enjoying the look on the faces of the patrons. White, scrunched up expressions give them joy. All that crap about #blacklivesmatter is mere cover for the juvenile joy of disrupting something that white persons are enjoying. They are undisciplined, uncivilized brats, funded by other undisciplined, uncivilized brats.

When this happened a few weeks ago, I joked that there used to be a time when interrupting a meal was grounds for a duel. We’ll see what happens if the “Black Brunch” crowd decides to grow some stones and take their show on the road to a Red State.

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 2015. Follow her on Twitter.

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By now you’ve heard about the I93 debacle in Boston, how a group of “activists” held up traffic for hours, disrupted the lives of thousands of folks, cost millions of dollars in lost wages and wasted time and even messed up ambulance service in the area.

The anger against these fools is almost universal and all kinds of creative names are being used to describe them, but there is one description that should be the first one out of the lips of everyone but for some reason is not.

Democrats

These people ARE the Democrat base, you will not find a single Romney or even a Charlie Baker voter among them, These are the folks who have been crying “War on Women”, Heteronormative Patriarchy and all that good stuff, and right now they have managed to anger almost the entire voting population of one of the most liberal states in the Union.

Yet where is the Mass GOP pressing State Democrats on these protesters?  Where are the conservative talk show hosts, bloggers et/all calling every single state Democrat senator and rep to comment?

Where are the press releases reminding the now angry voters what side these people are on?  Why aren’t we playing by the Todd Akin rules with these guys forcing them to either upset their base by condemning them or risk the wrath of already angry voters?

Our leftist friends, if the situation was reversed, would already have gone this route. You would not be able to turn on a TV set or radio without hearing about these Republicans endangering motorists etc.

For a party with only 11% percent registration this is the ultimate gimme,  If only they are smart enough to take it.

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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.