Lt. Seymour Head of the Court: You’ve heard Captain Vere’s account. Is it or is it not as he has said?
Billy Budd: Captain Vere speaks the truth. It’s just as Captain Vere says. But it is not as the master-at-arms said. I’ve eaten the king’s bread and I’m true to him.
Captain Vere: I believe you, boy.
Billy Budd:  God knows, I’m…Thank you, sir.
Lt. Seymour Head of the Court: Was there malice……between you and the master-at-arms?
Billy Budd: I bore no malice against the master-at-arms. I’m sorry that he’s dead. I did not mean to kill him. If I’d have found my tongue, I would not have struck him. [angry] But he lied foully to my face, and I had…Well, I had to say something. I could only say it with a blow.

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If there has been one constant in the media’s coverage of Islamic Terror attacks, no matter how horrible or bloody, it’s been the “why do they hate us” meme. Over and over we have heard pundits, reports and those the media choose to elevate insist that while the individual act was wrong we must understand the underlying causes behind them, look at ourselves in the west and see how we have provoked these reactions and ask the question: “Why do they hate us”

This usually begins while the blood is still on the group and escalates from that point. It doesn’t matter how many die, how often it happens or even if kids are involved, the proper reaction is apparently to reach out to those who have wronged us and find out what we can do to make them like us better.

And that brings us to the special Election in Montana.

When I initially heard of the “bodyslaming” story in Montana I found myself rather suspicious of the story because of the lack (unlike the assault by a sitting Democrat congressman on a student reporter that didn’t generate any outrage at all in the press) of video These days there are trackers following candidates anywhere and in a race like this I presumed if there had been an assault of some type somebody anyone with a smart phone would have had it running.

And of course there was the obvious question as Ann Althouse noted of setup and changing stories of a witness.

But my gut, and the reaction I got from people at a Trump rally when wearing my press badge, told me that the media was so despised and distrusted these days that despite newspapers and members of the GOP running for the hills this story would help rather than hurt the candidate and sure enough:

Even Chuck Todd was not buying the excuses of the DNC as Hotair noted.

But more interesting than any of this at least to me is the contrast to the media’s Islamic Terror Mantra

Think about it, the media is so hated by a group of voters, apparently a majority, that a physical assault on one of them draws cheers and wins elections.

Did pundits, reporters and those the media consider this a “lone wolf” attacks?
Did they refuse to blame an entire party or president for actions they did not know or support?
Did pundits and press state while the individual act was wrong we must understand the underlying causes behind them?
Did they suggest they should look at themselves and see if anything was done to provoke these feelings?
Did they consider asking the question “Why do they hate us” even once?

Nope, no introspection, no soul searching,  this is a republican, and therefore the only possible reaction to this is outrage, outrage outrage 

Now to be fair unless the reporter said something about his mother or grandmother (which is the only situation where I gave my sons permission to swing first in school) assaulting someone, even a reporter is wrong and unjustified and it’s proper that he both show contrition (which he has) and be charged (which he was).

But having stated that for the record perhaps the members of the old media can explain to us in the new why violent and even fatal attacks on people and property require the group targeted for attack to look at themselves and ask “why do they hate us” while the only proper response by the media to Montana is exactly the opposite?

I suggest not holding one’s breath for an answer.

Exit Question:  Given that the left’s standard concerning justifying political violence:

  1.  Nazi’s should always be punched
  2. Our opponents are Nazis
  3. We are justified punching them possible.

Might now be used by the right, how long will it take for said standard to be no longer acceptable or justifiable by the same press that until now has had a nuanced approach to this on the subject?

And remember the standard isn’t if someone is an actual Nazi, the standard is does the person throwing the punch  consider them one.



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During the 4 pm hour on Sunday while as I scrambled to upload the last of my videos from Denver I turned on CNN in time to see Wisconsin State Senator Democrat Lena Taylor dismiss the looting and violence in Milwaukee saying “I don’t care about the buildings” She went on talking about the pain and hopelessness of those who committed the looting and rioting, talking about their lack of employment among other things.

Before we lament the fact that seeing an elected official running for re-election defend riots and violence is no longer a shock in America and forgetting for a moment that in living memory we had this thing called the “Great Depression” where unemployment pain and hopelessness abounded nationwide, yet still didn’t lead to the riots, looting and burning that have now become practically a norm for Democrat dominated cities in the Obama years, let’s play a thought game.

Even though the last time a republican was mayor of Milwaukee construction of the RMS Titanic had not yet started and the Cubs were world series champions let’s pretend, just for a moment, that State Senator Lena Taylor was not a black Democrat but a Republican of any color or race and ask: “How would the media react to those statements?”

Here’s what I think:

If Senator Lena Taylor was a republican then her statements defending the rioters would be the lead on every single networks. We would see panels of “experts” speak with astonishment deploring such a sentiment.

We would see newspapers print headlines in bold type and huge fonts screaming GOP defends rioters, and editorial pages from Boston to LA would talk about how the low the party has gone.

On panel shows we would see Paul Begala, Chris Cuomo, Donna Brazile David Axelrod talk about how Donald Trump needs to disavow Senator Lena Taylor. We would see Chuck Todd and George Stephanopoulos and John Dickerson challenge Donald Trump and his surrogates to do so repeatedly and press them repeatedly until those words came.

Furthermore it would not stop with Trump, we would see Harry Reid, Claire McCaskill and Nancy Pelosi demand that every Republican running for the US Senate or the House denounce Senator Taylor, reporters from CNN, NBC, MSNBC, ABC, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the LA Times and the Washington Post would hound candidates from Kelly Ayotte to Marco Rubio to denounce the remarks of State Senator Taylor and until and unless they did promptly they would run story after story about their fecklessness in the face of a pol defending riots and lawlessness.

And when the presidential debates rolled along Hillary Clinton would challenge Donald Trump to once again denounce Senator Taylor on the stage and the unbiased moderators from the media would join in that demand, and no matter what his answer or actions the story on every major network would be how Donald Trump addressed GOP support for rioters and looters.

That would be the case if State Senator Lena Taylor was a republican and said what she said on CNN sunday afternoon.

But Lena Taylor is not a republican, so none of the networks will find her statements worthy of the front page. No new broadcast will lead with her words. If the subject of her words even came up in newspapers or on cable news panels of “experts” would decry the hopelessness of the black community and cite slavery (even though Wisconsin was admitted to the union in 1848 as a “free state”) and discrimination as the underlying causes of the riots.

No member of the media will link Senator Taylor’s remarks to Hillary Clinton, Begala, Cuomo, Brazile and Axelrod will not demand that Hillary Clinton disavow them and if a Trump surrogate or Trump himself demands it Chuck Todd and George Stephanopoulos will dismiss it as a ploy to divert attention from the polls..

If Paul Ryan or Mitch McConnell or Reince Priebus demand that every Democrat running for the US Senate or House candidate denounce Senator Taylor’s remarks, it will be at best dismissed as not having anything to do with elections in NH or Florida or Colorado or at worst be denounced instead as an attempt by the GOP to spread racial division.

And when the presidential debates roll along if Donald Trump brings up these remarks challenging Hillary Clinton to denounce them Hillary Clinton will play the race card and the moderators will scold Donald Trump for being divisive and the story on every major network will be about Donald Trump playing the “Willie Horton” card.

And that my friends is the difference between an unbiased media and one that consists of Democrats with bylines.

Closing Thought. If I was running the Donald Trump campaign I would have Mr. Trump mention Senator Taylor’s remarks in every speech in every state he’s in. I’d demand democrats across the board denounce them and ask loudly why the MSM is not doing so. And if challenged I would ask the same question that this post is titled: Imagine If Wisconsin State Senator Lena Taylor was a Republican. I’d make every Democrat and member of the media defend Senator Taylor’s remarks so every voter watching could see them do so.

But that’s me.


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Four years ago a US representative out of Missouri named Todd Akin made a comment concerning how the female human body reacts to rape..

It became national news and every single republican running for office was made to answer for that statement.  No matter where you were running or what you were running for, as far as the MSM was concerned it was your job to publicly comment and or denounce Rep Akin for his remarks and if you did not it was a sign that you were part of a Republican “War on women”.

Fast forward a few years.  Thanks to Donald Trump the subject of sanctuary cities and the murder of Katheryn Steinle has become national news.

Young Ms. Steinle’ murder by a man deported multiple times has created a very loud debate on the subject on Sanctuary cities and lo and behold another member of congress has made an incredible comment to the press in defense of Sanctuary Cities

REP. LUIS GUTIERREZ: Every time a little thing like this happens, they use the most extreme example to say it must be eliminated.

Excuse me?  Did a sitting US Congressman just call the violent murder of a young woman before her father’s eyes in broad daylight  by a man deported multiple times “a little thing”?  This could not be the case, let’s go to the video

Now this raises a whole host of red flags.

#1. Representative Gutierrez spoke this on camera to a reporter who apparently did not find referring to the brutal murder of Ms. Steinle right in front of her father as “a little thing” significant.

#2 As of this writing it has been six days since the initial broadcast and no members of the MSM have decided that Mr. Gutierrez statement concerning the Steinle murder were newsworthy enough to question.

#3 In the seven days that Representative Gutierrez made his statement none of the fellow members of his party have been asked to comment on his statement to affirm or condemn them.

Given that Sanctuary cities are a national issue, Representative Gutierrez is considered a significant voice supporting them, and their significance to the presidential, it would seem inconceivable that the questions I’ve raised above have not produced a multitude of his and questions.

Therefore I would like to ask the following questions publicly:

To Telemundo:

1.  When you heard Representative Gutierrez refer to the murder of Ms Steinle as “a little thing” you did not question him.  Why?

2.  Did any member of your audience contact the station(s) after this broadcast to complain about the characterization of the Steinle murder as “a little thing”?  If so how many?

2.  Do you agree with Representative Gutierrez’s characterization of the murder of Kathryn Steinle as “a little thing”?  Why or why not?

To the reporter Janet Rodríguez whose piece this was:

1.  When you were editing this piece and heard Representative Gutierrez’s characterization of the murder of Kathryn Steinle as a “little thing” how did you react?

2.  At any time in the preparation of this piece did you make an attempt to contact Representative Gutierrez to clarify his remark referring to the murder of Ms Steinle as a “little thing”?

3.  Did anyone in the editorial department upon viewing the segment prior to broadcast note the statement of Representative Gutierrez concerning the Steinle murder as something to follow-up on?

To the national English Language press:

1.  At what point were you aware of the statement of Representative Gutierrez referring to the murder of Kathryn Steinle as “a little thing”?

2.  Did you consider a sitting member of congress referring to the murder of Kathryn Steinle as a “little thing” newsworthy?  If not why not?

3.  Do you consider Representative Gutierrez’s statement referring to the murder of Kathryn Steinle as “a little thing” more or less newsworthy than Representative Akin’s statement on rape and why?

4.  Do you have any intent on asking the Democrat Candidates for president to either comment on and/or condemn the statement of Representative Gutierrez concerning Kathryn Steinle?  If not why not?

5.  Do you have any intention of questioning Representative Gutierrez concerning this comment, if not why not, is so then when?

Finally I have three questions for all of the Democrat Candidates for president: Hillary Clinton, Jim Webb, Bernie Sanders, Martin O’Malley & Lincoln Chafee:

1.  Do you agree with Representative Luis Gutierrez characterization of the murder of Kathryn Steinle as “a little thing”.

2.  Will you condemn and call on your fellow Democrat candidates to condemn Representative Gutierrez’s characterization of the murder of Kathryn Steinle as a “little thing”

3.  Will you call on Representative Gutierrez to apologize to women in general and the Steinle family in particular for referring to Kathryn Steinle’s murder as “a little thing”.

I’d be very interested in hearing the answers to these questions wouldn’t you?  And if I don’t get any answers that leads to one more question for all the people above:

If Representative Gutierrez was a Republican rather than a democrat would you be treating his statements differently than you are now?

In fairness we already know the answer to that one, don’t we?

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All over TV today we saw Walmart declaring they were pulling the confederate flag because it was a symbol of hate, slavery and many were offended by it.

eBay, Sears, and Amazon quickly followed suit in pulling items with the rebel battle flag.

Now while no honest person will deny what the Reb flag meant to black Americans (and not just during the Civil War but during the years of Jim Crow & the civil rights battle) and can understand why these companies would want to remove a symbol involved with slavery & Murder Imagine my surprise when I went online & found this:

ussr1

and this:

che1

and this at WalMart’s site:

soviet2

and Amazon

soviet3

 

Now there are millions of people who were slain under these banners, and hundreds of millions in many countries enslaved under them.  There are tens if not hundreds of thousands of Americans alive today who escaped the bearers of these flags and those who operated in their name.  In my first job out of college I worked with a man who escaped the Soviet Union and even today people in Ukraine are suffering thank to a Russian Leader who once proudly served under these flags.

So this begs two questions one of which I already asked:

#1.  Given that Walmart & others have removed the Confederate Flag from their sites because of its historic connection to slavery that gives offense, how do they justify continuing to carry these products when hundreds of thousands have living memory of the atrocities committed in their name including the deaths of tens of millions?

#2  Given the media publicity concerning the removal of the Confederate Flag items from these stores will the MSM,  particularly CNN directly question if WalMart, Sears, Amazon and eBay will be as diligent in removing these offensive items, and if the companies equivocate in any way will they ask why the tens of millions who died and the hundreds of millions who were enslaved IN LIVING MEMORY these things do not demand their removal?

Or must we wait until the 21st century when the Cold War has been over for 150 years for their removal?

Update: Ed Driscoll at Instapundit:

“I wouldn’t put Confederate kitsch up in my house, but mainstream media figure Claire Shipman and former Obama press secretary Jay Carney put up Communist kitsch in their house. There is something intriguing about how the elite left tolerates art celebrating those who killed 100 million people in the last century, but seeks the erasure of anything associated with the Confederacy.”

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Here is a bit from a story in the Independent:

Just 24 hours ahead of a planned five-day truce in Yemen, the country’s capital Sanaa has been hit with one of the worst days of bombing since a Saudi-led coalition began their air campaign against Houthi rebels in late March.

In videos taken by residents in Sanaa massive explosions can be seen across the capital before a planned ceasefire to allow the UN to deliver essential aid into the beleaguered country begins today at 8pm GMT on Tuesday.

The Independent has videos of those attacks the story continues

According to the UN, over 1,400 people die as a result of the conflict in Yemen, with many more displaced by the fighting.

In war people die furthermore if you are going to fight a war in a location other than an open field you are going to get civilian casualties. It’s one of many reasons why war is to be avoided.

But Avi Meyer in Israel has is wondering why these Arab Casualties are producing sounds of silence from Activists all over the world:

Apparently arab lives don’t matter until they are killed by jews

These human rights activist remind me of the “Black Live Matter” crowd. The thousands of blacks slaughtered by other black men in the inner city didn’t create the #blacklivesmatter hashtag, but if a black man is killed by a policeman in the performance of their duty that’s a cause celeb worth rioting over.

So there is a simple solution. Want to get the activist crowd worried about those 1400 dead in Yemen, tell the world the Saudi aircraft doing the bombing runs are being piloted by Israeli pilots.

Do that and the will be no other story in the world worth reporting.

Update: It’s worth noting that at least one Syrian Paper is not only going there but doing one better

Why is Saudi Arabia so concerned over Israel? Not because they are Zionist.

It is because, you see, the Saudi royal family is really Jewish!

Jews who were fleeing persecution ended up in the Gulf and pretended to be Arabs, according to his version of the legend. They prayed with Muslims and buried their dead in Muslim cemeteries.

But those crafty Jews, who took over Arabia, created the Wahhabi faith in order to destroy Islam from within.

I haven’t seen such lame propaganda since the Clinton’s last attempt to explain their finances.

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Today is Ash Wednesday the beginning of Lent.  A time of reflection and repentance when we examine ourselves and our faults to prepare for the coming of Christ at Easter.

In Catholic parishes you will find extra devotions, regular stations of the cross, extra masses and many chances to receive the sacrament of confession for our sins.

Of course as I explained a few days ago if you have the right political views or are in the right political party you not only don’t need confession you can’t even “sin”

And that brings us to Joe Biden:

The victim this time is Stephanie Carter, wife of incoming defense secretary Ashton Carter, seen here holding forth on ISIS while his better half suffers the ritual indignity of the vice presidential droit de seigneur at swearings-in. Silver lining: Unlike most of the females whom Biden creeped on at last month’s oath-taking for the new Congress, Mrs. Carter is of age.

Byron York tweets we should have a national conversation on this subject and writes :

Biden’s behavior at the Carter ceremony follows his hands-on performance at the swearing-in of new senators in January. The vice president’s performance on that day brought comment from around the world, ranging from “Biden being Biden” to “handsy Joe” to “creepy.”

And asks the obvious question

Do the incidents add up to anything? Assume that all of Biden’s gestures were entirely innocent, just Joe being Joe. Still, in today’s society, sexual harassment complaints have been lodged for less. Biden’s behavior gives critics plenty of ammunition and puts supporters in a difficult position. Why is that kind of stuff OK when the vice president does it and cringe-making when it’s the overly-friendly guy in the office?

Now in fairness to Joe he comes from a time that was much more touchy and depending on his intent it doesn’t even rise to the level of sin.

But consider the kind of nonsense the left is calling sin & the standards by which is it measured when we have been seeing things like this:

I recently assisted a young man who was subjected by administrators at his small liberal arts university in Oregon to a month-long investigation into all his campus relationships, seeking information about his possible sexual misconduct in them (an immense invasion of his and his friends’ privacy), and who was ordered to stay away from a fellow student (cutting him off from his housing, his campus job, and educational opportunity) — all because he reminded her of the man who had raped her months before and thousands of miles away. He was found to be completely innocent of any sexual misconduct and was informed of the basis of the complaint against him only by accident and off-hand. But the stay-away order remained in place, and was so broadly drawn up that he was at constant risk of violating it and coming under discipline for that.

via hotair and you have to ask:  “If  the standards are holding the Vice president to are lower than the standards we hold college undergraduates to perhaps there is something wrong with these standards?”

I think Lent might be a great time for everybody to think about this very carefully.

….otherwise lying through his teeth might cause him to lose his job for six months:

We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as Managing Editor and Anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months. The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately.  We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute Anchor the NBC Nightly News.

Our review, which is being led by Richard Esposito working closely with NBCUniversal General Counsel Kim Harris, is ongoing, but I think it is important to take you through our thought process in coming to this decision.

While on Nightly News on Friday, January 30, 2015, Brian misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003. It then became clear that on other occasions Brian had done the same while telling that story in other venues. This was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian’s position.

Some at NBC News while regretting the decision felt it was necessary to upkeep the standards of the place:

Friends of the anchor are torn between their sympathy for his ordeal and concern about the damage he inflicted at 30 Rock.

It is “difficult” to report on the story, Matt Lauer said on “Today,” because “Brian is not only a colleague but a really good friend.”

“We care a lot about Brian,” co-host Savannah Guthrie said. “That’s what makes it so hard. And we care about this place, the standards of NBC News. That’s what they are trying to balance here.”

Oddly enough the revelation that Barack Obama was lying from the start about his position on Gay Marriage doesn’t cause Guthrie or Lauer to worry one bit,

The president said David Axelrod, his former senior adviser, was “mixing up my personal feelings with my position on the issue” when he said Obama publicly backed civil unions rather than gay marriage because it was more politically palatable.

“I always felt that same-sex couples should be able to enjoy the same rights, legally, as anybody else and so it was frustrating to me not to, I think, be able to square that with what were a whole bunch of religious sensitivities out there,” Obama said in an interview with BuzzFeed.

Of course we figured this out around here half a decade ago:

 

I’ve touched on this subject myself but there is one overriding factor that is ignored and is a paradox.

His “opposition” to gay Marriage only helps him among blacks because they think he is telling the truth.

His “opposition” to gay marriage doesn’t hurt him among liberals because they don’t believe he is telling the truth.

These are two mutually exclusive statements, As long as liberals are convinced he is selling a bill of good to the black community (as I do) and the black community continues to buy this bill of goods he is fine.

Given this president’s record on being forthright I presume that our liberal friends fully endorse Barack Obama’s lies, after all, liberalism has to misrepresent itself in order to get elected.

What kind of respect does this show to the American voter?

 

Update:  Irony Alert number #1 at Politico

Don’t disrespect our president, black lawmakers tell Netanyahu

The first black president disrespecting the Black Voter by lying to them for years, that perfectly fine.

Irony Alert #2 Some lies at MSNBC are apparently more equal than others:

if NBCUniversal cared to examine the televised claims Sharpton has made about his work as an informant, the company’s newly formed internal affairs division could review hundreds of pages of FBI documents chronicling Sharpton’s work as “CI-7,” short for confidential informant #7, and they could track down members of the FBI-NYPD organized crime task force for which Sharpton surreptitiously recorded his meetings with gangsters.

And company brass would certainly want to review the first story to expose Sharpton as a snitch, a January 1998 Newsday piece authored by a Murderers Row of reporters: Bob Drury, Robert Kessler, Mike McAlary, and Richard Esposito. If that last guy’s name rings a bell, well, it is probably because Esposito–now senior executive producer of NBC’s investigative unit–is heading the network’s review of Williams’s Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina claims.

Perhaps NBC was informed by the Reverend Al that in his protestant denomination there is an affirmative action exemption from the “Thou Shalt not Bear False Witness” commandment? Of course given media ignorance of scripture he could actually tell MSNBC this and they just might buy it.

Q:  How do we know that Michael Bloomberg is not considered a “Republican” by the media?

Imagine if any conservative suggested this:

Bloomberg Suggests Banning Young Minority Males from Gun Ownership

Speaking to the Aspen Institute on February 6, Michael Bloomberg said cities should ban young minority males from owning guns, both as an effort to reduce crime and to keep those minority males “alive.”

According to The Aspen Times, Bloomberg addressed a variety of topics, and after commenting on poverty and education, he discussed guns. The Times reported that he said, “Cities need to get guns out of [the] … hands” of persons who are “male, minority, and between the ages of 15 and 25.”

via powerline who notes 

As many southern blacks from the civil rights era will tell you, it was their ownership of guns that kept the violence against blacks (from Democrats, let us remember—Bull Connor was a member of the Democratic National Committee) from being even worse than it was.  Sure we have gang-bangers today who take a fearsome toll.  But how many law abiding minorities in bad neighborhoods want to place their safety in the hands of the response times of Mayor DeBlasio’s NYPD right now?

Picture if Ted Cruz, Mitt Romney or Bill O’Reilly said something like this, would there be any other story in the media anywhere?

Mike Bloomberg is not a Mitt Romney, O’Reilly or Ted Cruz (the latter as a 2nd amendment friend would never even think this) He is an ally of the left and a potential source of hundreds of millions of dollars for their causes and themselves and no amount of statements that would make any contender for the white house an “unperson” will cause the left to throw away a potential gravy train.

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.

 For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you

Luke 6:38b

Now that Donald ‘Sterling has been suspended for life a lot of people in the left would like us to forget the role of the NAACP in preparing to give him a 2nd lifetime achievement award.

I’m not about to.

It’s important to remember that just five days ago nobody was questioning Sterling getting this award, nor should it be forgotten that this award would have been given at a gala including the mayor of LA & Al Sharpton.

Monday we showed the media double standard on Sterling vs Bundy, Yesterday we talked about the hypocrisy of the NAACP, now today, before the NBA starts giving part of that 2.5 million dollar fine to them I think it’s time for the NAACP to answer a few questions concerning the Sterling award newly revoked.

1. When was the decision made by the NAACP to give Donald sterling a 2nd lifetime achievement award?

2. How are the people who received a NAACP lifetime achievement award selected?

3. Who were the people on the committee who selected Mr. Sterling to receive said award?

4. At the time of his selection of Mr. Sterling for this award did anyone at NAACP object?

5. Were there minutes taken at the meeting when Sterling was selected will they be released?

6. As press on @mtp & @CNN stated Mr. Sterling’s racism was well-known why was he selected for this award?

7. How much money has Mr. sterling given to NAACP and or programs, causes, friends or candidates supported by the NAACP?

All the people beating their breasts on Donald Sterling should insist on these answers, because without them we must conclude that the NAACP was happy to whitewash a person they knew was a racist, as long as the price was right.

Update: The Chair of the Board of the NAACP in USA today:

Our NAACP chapter in L.A. is not blameless. Because of Sterling’s large donations to local charities, including the NAACP, they overlooked his worse than checkered history on race issues and gave him a lifetime achievement award in 2009 — and were about to honor him with a humanitarian award before his racist recording surfaced.

The National NAACP and all of our affiliates must be more discerning in our awarding of honors, which should be for true achievements in advancing racial equality. We are developing guidelines for our units to help them in their award selection process. We must not be seduced by mere financial support.

Oh you poor folk, you weren’t taking a bribe, you were “seduced” as if you were victims.

Talk about Bullishit.

 

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