listenby baldilocks

“You are going to have to do better than everyone else because you are black.”

For decades, upwardly mobile black parents have been telling the above to their children.  And if the black child in question happens to be a girl, that always factors in. You, black female child, have to be doubly excellent because you have not one, but two “strikes” against you.

My parents said this to me routinely during my formative years. Many of my white friends are aghast at this advice and I’m puzzled as to why, especially taking into account that I am in my 50s—which means that my parents grew up in the Bad Old Days, during which the expectations were that a black citizen might have, at best, a high school diploma and would usually have a profession where their hands, feet and backs were more essential than the higher processes of their minds.

Now, of course, that has all changed dramatically. An American who is black and a woman can be secretary of state, attorney general, surgeon general, or an astronaut. Black female doctors, lawyers, nurses and other professionals are everywhere. (And, though we are talking about black women, the existence of  the current president of the United States  makes this point.)

Often these well-educated, well-employed women are airline passengers. And that brings us to this story.

Tamika Cross, a physician, was midway through a flight from Detroit to Minneapolis when a passenger emergency sent her into “doctor mode.”

Sometime after takeoff, a man two rows in front of her suddenly became unresponsive, she said, and flight attendants called for help.

Cross, an obstetrician and gynecologist, said she immediately flagged down one of the crew members, offering to treat the man.

She got a response she wasn’t prepared for.

“Oh no, sweetie, put [your] hand down,” Cross recalled the flight attendant saying. “We are looking for actual physicians or nurses or some type of medical personnel, we don’t have time to talk to you.”

Dr. Cross is a black woman. From her Facebook post about the incident:

Then overhead they paged “any physician on board please press your button”. I stare at her as I go to press my button. She said “oh wow you’re an actual physician?” I reply yes. She said “let me see your credentials. What type of Doctor are you? Where do you work? Why were you in Detroit?” (Please remember this man is still in need of help and she is blocking my row from even standing up while
Bombarding me with questions).

I respond “OBGYN, work in Houston, in Detroit for a wedding, but believe it or not they DO HAVE doctors in Detroit. Now excuse me so I can help the man in need”. Another “seasoned” white male approaches the row and says he is a physician as well. She says to me “thanks for your help but he can help us, and he has his credentials”. (Mind you he hasn’t shown anything to her. Just showed up and fit the “description of a doctor”) I stay seated. Mind blown. Blood boiling.

The more I think about this situation, the more I think that the flight attendant should be fired not for racism, per se, but for what her preconceived notions—regardless of they were–caused her to do: to tell Dr. Cross to sit down and shut up before the latter could identify herself as a doctor. The simple act of cutting of the physician and ignoring her could have cost a man his life.

That act was likely caused by the flight attendant’s preconceived notions about doctors and about black women.

And whether those notions are justified or not, this mini-drama does show why parents like mine tell their offspring that blackness is an obstacle to  overcome. Still.

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Vinny Forlano: He won’t talk. Stone is a good kid. Stand-up guy, just like his old man. That’s the way I see it.

Vincent Borelli: I agree. He’s solid. A fuckin’ Marine.

Americo Capelli: He’s okay. He always was. Remo, what do you think?

Remo Gaggi: Look… why take a chance? At least, that’s the way I feel about it.

Casino 1995

At the American Thinker Thomas Lifson uses the words:    the painful and tedious explication of the obvious when referring to a study featured in the Chicago Sun Times.

If you and another person get arrested together in Chicago, you’re both part of a loose network of people with a high risk of getting shot in the future, Yale University researchers say in a newly published study.

Only 6 percent of the people in Chicago between 2006 and 2012 were listed on arrest reports as co-offenders in crimes, the study says. But those people became the victims of 70 percent of the nonfatal shootings in the city over the same period.

And while there is a racial component in the numbers to wit:

These statistics demonstrate the wisdom of the old adage, “Lie down with dogs, wake up with fleas.” They also show that it is not per se that is related to the higher incidence of violence in some black communities…

For every 100,000 people, an average of one white person, 28 Hispanics and 113 blacks became victims of nonfatal shootings every year in Chicago over the six-year study period.

… but rather the existence of networks of people who engage in violence and reinforce each other in patters of violent behavior.

it isn’t so much that a person is of a particular race, but if you are hanging around with crooks and thugs when the heat is on they are going to look out for #1.

That’s what the numbers showed, your odds of getting shot in Chicago are 30 times higher if you were dealing with thugs than if you were just minding your own business.

But for those of you who simply can’t handle this concept because of the racial breakdown here is an example you’ll be able to understand without feeling guilty because it involves Sicilians.  We don’t mind because we don’t particularly care what some stranger thinks of us.

This is why my folks never got involved with these guys, even when people were threatening them.  Sooner or later you pay for it, big time.

Michael Corleone:  It’s not personal Sonny, it’s strictly business

The Godfather 1972

Yesterday on the Rush Limbaugh show he noted that Bill & Hillary skipped Michael Brown’s funeral and teased the question:

So why not?  Why are the Clintons not there?  Oh, there’s an answer.  It’s a simple answer.  But since I’m kind of in a teasing mode today, I’ll leave that hanging while you ponder it.  

Well since Rush is unwilling to tell you I figured I’d jump on in ahead of him:

It’s because Hillary is running in 2016 & Bill Clinton knows how elections and human nature works.

Bill understands the  low information voter & swing voters think.  They weren’t interested in the Michael Brown shooting and the breast beating it produced but were very interested in the rioting and saw the loop of  a 6′ 4″ Brown shove that little clerk in the last hour of his life.

There were very few if any potential 2016 voters watching the coverage of Michael Brown’s funeral or in the church that’s already aren’t in Hillary’s pocket if she wins the nomination, being seen there wouldn’t earn her a single vote.

On the other hand Images of Bill and Hillary standing with Al Sharpton in Ferguson at Brown funeral would have a definite effect on swing voters in key states whose primary takeaway of Ferguson were the riots and don’t think for one second police unions would forget if Bill & Hillary were standing proudly with the people out for the blood of one of their own.

That’s what it comes down to.   Hillary and Bill were not in Ferguson for Michael Brown’s funeral because they didn’t dare be seen there if she wants to be President of the United States.  That’s reality.

And when it comes to politics, Bill Clinton is the ultimate realist.

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I’ve seen protests of all types over the last few year and once of the things they generally have in common is they take place during daylight. Yet I turn on my TV at 1:15 EST and people in Ferguson MO are fighting police because they dare put a midnight curfew after rioting and looting has been taking place.

As I’ve already noted in my last post that there is a legit question concerning the use of force in the death of Michael Brown and the community has valid questions to ask and the right to expect answers, but even stipulating that, can you explain the reason people are “protesting” after midnight?

In the real world the vast majority of people sleep at night and work or do activities during the day. There is no reason why the people of Ferguson can’t protest to their heart’s content all day long.

They can grab a good night sleep, maybe a bite of breakfast and then march on the police station, they can gather in the churches they can make their case on the morning shows, on the noon news and on the evening news all during the day and make their point before every camera in the world that is simply dying to interview them and I wouldn’t see an issue with it.

But the idea that you are challenging a MIDNIGHT curfew and clashing with police at that hour, says something about your motives.

Now if the police curfew started at sundown or even 9 or 10 PM then one might make the case that it was trying to disrupt the lives of the good people of Ferguson.

But if people are purposely staying up after midnight to protest, I suspect they aren’t out to make a point, they are out to have a confrontation with the police so they can use said confrontation and the images of it to put pressure on the police and government. They are doing so for advantage, and if people get hurt, businesses get torched and looted and livelihoods get lost, what does that matter next to the cause?

Such people are unlikely to elicit sympathy or empathy as it would seem they are showing the same disregard for the rights and safety of others that they accuse the police of showing in the Brown case.

While some have honorably & forcefully spoken against such confrontation and the looting I’m trying to think of a reason why other in the black community locally & nationally would not take solid steps to prevent these confrontations instead of allowing allow and/or encouraging them. Why would one do this?

I would like to think that black leaders are not so cynical as to be doing this with the hope and prospect of boosting the black vote nationally for the midterms. I’d like to think the silence of the administration isn’t in the hopes that these images will help save them the senate.

Of course I had high hopes that this administration wouldn’t sell guns to mexican drug cartels, allow our vets to die or use the IRS to suppress their political enemies too.

Either way I’m rapidly reaching the point of indifference. If the people of Ferguson wish to trash their community and their youth wish to spend their night risking life and limb fighting police that’s on them. If they decide to instead back off and focus their attention on the investigation to keep it on the up and up that fine too. May they be happy in the choice they make.

Furthermore it’s up to the state of Missouri, the county seat where Ferguson is located and the police on duty to decide how to handle these confrontations. If they choose to respond to enforce a curfew risking their lives and limbs to protect property that’s fine, if they choose to sit back and let the community trash their town, that’s on them too. Other than as a topic for commentary it has nothing to do with me. To the best of my knowledge they still have elections regularly in the state, county and city, and the people can approve or disapprove of the steps taken, whatever they choose the voters as always, will get the government they deserve.

Both sides have the free will God gave them, it’s up to them to decide how it is to be used. Me, I suggest prayer.

Exit question: Given that the justice department of the first black president of the US has already announced they will perform a “federal” autopsy on Mr. Brown’s body and will certainly be watching this case like hawks, what does this continued confrontation after midnight say about the willingness of the black community to trust the first black president and AG Eric Holder to protect their rights?

Update: Last night’s “protests” in action:

Looters prowled several blocks of the main thoroughfare, damaging businesses and shattering glass in the few storefronts that had yet remained intact.

The list of businesses on West Florissant that were looted on Sunday night included a Domino’s Pizza, a Papa John’s Pizza, an O’Reilly’s Auto Parts and a Public Storage facility.

Now I think Papa John’s is rather overrated myself but I can’t countenance torching the place.   Meanwhile one business owners comments

Just west, on Chambers Road, a large group of looters trashed a small store called Dellwood Market. The store ended up on fire, according to a Facebook page called Ferguson Scanner Updates.

“I know that people are upset, but is this the justice for Mike Brown?” the distraught owner asked, according to local CBS affiliate KMOV.

It’s not about “justice” anymore, it’s about power and photo ops and perhaps the fall elections.

Oh and if Dominos, Papa Johns, O’Reilly Auto Parts and Dellwood Market do not choose to reopen in that neighborhood watch our friends on the left declare them racists.


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…at least when it comes to the question of the police narrative:

“Law” “enforcement” in Ferguson apparently has at its disposal tear gas, riot gear, armored vehicles and machine guns …but not a dashcam. That’s ridiculous. I remember a few years ago when my one-man police department in New Hampshire purchased a camera for its cruiser. It’s about as cheap and basic a police expense as there is

In Fact Mr. Steyn has experience in Dashcams

Last year, my meek mild-mannered mumsy office manager was pulled over by an angry small-town cop in breach of her Fourth Amendment rights. The state lost in court because the officer’s artful narrative and the usual faked-up-after-the-fact incident report did not match the dashcam footage. Three years ago, I was pulled over by an unmarked vehicle in Vermont and (to put it mildly) erroneously ticketed. In court, I was withering about the department’s policy of no dashcams for unmarked cars, and traffic cops driving around pretending to be James Bond but without the super-secret spy camera. The judge loathed me (as judges tend to), but I won that case. In 2014, when a police cruiser doesn’t have a camera, it’s a conscious choice. And it should be regarded as such.

I’m reminded of Breitbart’s $10,000 (later $100,000) challenge to the left concerning their claims that Tea Party members shouted “Nigger” at black lawmakers as they walked to capitol hill for the Obamacare vote. Breitbart correctly noted that with all the camera running somebody should have caught those errant words if they had actually been started. Steyn again:

And, if we have to have federal subsidy programs for municipal police departments, we should scrap the one that gives them the second-hand military hardware from Tikrit and Kandahar and replace it with one that ensures every patrol car has a camera.


Steyn’s piece should be read in full, not only because of the excellent cogent points he makes but on the general principle that Steyn’s pieces should always be read because of the sheer quality of his writing.

Glenn Reynolds has been adamant about a constitutional right to record police as a constitutional one and it’s a fair point to make. I think it would be an interesting thing to see how prevalent dash cams are in the St. Louis in general. If they are common in other areas of St. Louis but not Ferguson it’s very telling. Personally I think it would protect the police more than condemn them.

Now I feel for the police, it’s a thankless job, you are under constant critique, you constantly get grief and every day you go to work has the potential to be your last day on earth, additionally when you spend every single day encountering thieves, con men and dishonest folk you tend to see and recognize their habits to the point where you can’t help but notice such traits (in the same way a locksmith can recognize a poorly secured door as he passes by or an expert cook can spot shoddy ingredients at a glance.)

Furthermore I’m offended by the suggestion that people need to be hands off of looters or that such behavior should be excused. If people under actual Jim Crow oppression didn’t excuse that kind of behavior in their youth there is certainly no excuse for it today.

However neither the misconduct of the rioters, the attempts of race hustlers to play this event nor the Mr. Brown’s apparent involvement in a crime answers the question: “Was this self-defense, justifiable homicide or police misconduct or murder?” in the absence of a dashcam that is a valid question to ask and a valid concern for the community that should not be dismissed.

And let’s get those dashcams installed pronto.

…then simply watch how CNN right now is doing their best to spin the apparent evidence of Michael Brown committing a robbery before his death.

Now it’s certainly possible that there are holes in this evidence and given that Eric Holder’s justice department with the full power and resources of the federal government is now involved if that’s the case any prevarication on the part of the police or any attempt to manufacture evidence is going to be short-lived in the extreme.

Of course humans being humans that doesn’t preclude a worried police department doing something amazingly stupid to cover their ass, nor does it mean that the police officer acted correctly in the shooting we simply don’t have enough info to make an intelligent judgment.

But barring these photos, police logs and camera images being false or manufactured I would have to say this statement on CNN concerning a Howard University photo in solidarity with Michael Brown might turn out to be unfortunate:

And all the chants of “Hands Up” in the world isn’t going to change the facts of the case.

Update: these are the stills in question:

I haven’t seen the anchors on CNN this discouraged since election day 2010

Update 2: Kudos for Don Lemon for being a voice of sanity in the CNN pity party:

Lemon has been talking facts and his analysis is at Jake Tapper credibility levels.

Kinda sad to have to complement a reporter for doing that kind of this isn’t it?

Update 3:  Just back from lunch, PJ media is on it meanwhile the Washington post is issuing a warning to conservatives

Now that some of their brethren are going to be trying to convince the country that Michael Brown was a thug who got what he deserved, they’ll face a test. Can they stand up for the principles they’ve already articulated, even as the debate gets uglier? Let’s hope so.

While I agree that this new info doesn’t preclude or disprove the use of excessive force I don’t seem to recall Mr. Waldman warning the left against putting a Halo around Mr. Brown’s head before the facts are in, nor suggesting doing so was a “test” for liberals.

Update 4:  Ed Morrissey:

If Brown and Johnson were fleeing from a felony theft, the shooting may have been justified under Missouri law — which may explain why the police handed out the report on the strong-arm robbery. But they still have not released the report on the shooting itself, and it doesn’t explain why it took six days to get around to discussing the robbery.

& IJR review is simply loaded

None of this changes the fact that there is a lot we still don’t know and should act accordingly

Update 5:  Lonely Conservative links and Gateway pundit 

Hands Up – Don’t Rob Me!

Now that we have this video

Do those who have said that Michael Brown: “could have been any one of us.” want to revise that statement?

Update 6: The Brown family statement:

“Michael Brown’s family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piece mil information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight.

There is nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that can justify the execution style murder of their child by this police officer as he held his hands up, which is the universal sign of surrender.

The prolonged release of the officer’s name and then the subsequent alleged information regarding a robbery is the reason why the family and the local community have such distrust for the local law enforcement agencies.

It is no way transparent to release the still photographs alleged to be Michael Brown and refuse to release the photographs of the officer that executed him.

The police strategy of attempting to blame the victim will not divert our attention, from being focused on the autopsy, ballistics report and the trajectory of the bullets that caused Michael’s death and will demonstrate to the world this brutal execution of an unarmed teenager.”

I would be very interested in hearing What would a non devious way of releasing this info?

This statement conclusively replaces the the Ferguson Shooting’s “college boy minding his own business” meme with the “police execution” one.

Update 7: Ferguson police press conference. The video was apparently released due to multiple Freedom of information Act requests but the news that the officer’s initial contact with Brown had nothing to do with the robbery but was instead over him walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic. That’s interesting.

So that suggests two different contacts which means there are still facts that are being held back, I think this is a bad idea unless there are facts that have not yet determined.

Update 8: The press is going all in on the “Cop didn’t know brown was a robbery suspect”. Am I the only person in the world who heard the word “initial contact” in that press conference?

I think it would be nice if someone in the press asked a question like this:

“You used the word ‘initial’ in describing the contact between the officer in question & Mr. Brown. Does that mean there was more than one contact between them?”

Update 9: Allahpundit asks the question about “initial”

One thing I’m still unclear on, though, is when Wilson finally learned that Brown was a suspect in the robbery. He didn’t know it when he first stopped him; did he find out during the encounter? Watch this clip of the Ferguson police chief from earlier this morning describing the timeline. A description of the suspects in the robbery was allegedly sent out over police radio before Wilson encountered Brown. Maybe Wilson wasn’t paying attention to his radio or had it off or whatever. What if he turned it on while Brown was in the squad car, though, and suddenly realized who he had? What if Brown heard the radio broadcast too and panicked? I’m spitballing but who knew what and when will matter when a jury has to decide whose version of the shooting it believes.

Good questions all.


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Was Chanel surfing looking for info on Ukraine when I saw a CNN report concerning a noose & an old pre 2003 Mississippi flag round the neck of a statue of James Meredith. The SPLC was going on and on about the programs needed and the steps that are required to stop out racism.

As you might guess the MSM is all over this:


The FBI on Tuesday was helping investigate who tied a noose around the neck of a University of Mississippi statue of James Meredith, who, in 1962, became the first black student to enroll in the then all-white Southern college.

University police on Sunday morning found the rope noose and, on the statue’s face, a pre-2003 Georgia state flag with a Confederate battle symbol, said campus police Chief Calvin Sellers. Two men were seen near the statue early Sunday and investigators were looking at surveillance footage.

LA Times:

The Ole Miss Alumni Assn. is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the statue incident. University police have asked the FBI to assist with the investigation.

“These actions may constitute a federal offense if they were intended to threaten someone because of their race and in connection with their use of an educational facility,” Daniel McMullen, special agent in charge of the FBI in Mississippi, said in a statement Tuesday.

The Washington Post:

About 150 Ole Miss students, black and white, rallied around the Meredith statue Tuesday to protest the vandalism, according to Charlie Mitchell, a journalism professor who attended the event. They held posters with several hand-written slogans, including, “Justice for African-Americans,” ‘’Respect the Students” and “This is Our University.” One poster said: “The actions done in the cowardly dark will never diminish the light of James Meredith’s legacy nor our creed.”

and of course the NYT:

Willie Toles Jr., a biology major, said he was startled by the attackers’ approach.

“I’m still kind of in shock at the tactics that some people try to use, either to try to intimidate or to provoke a reaction from the university,” said Mr. Toles, who is black. “What motive do you have for doing these types of things?”

If there is in fact video it would seem odd that the FBI would be needed but by all means bring them in. I want a full investigation and the people who did this identified and punished and their pictures and politics plastered all over TV screen in the country.

I have no idea who has done thing but there is an easy test to see if my aforementioned desires will be met.

If this was done by persons who are still living with the mindset of 1962 Mississippi my desire to see these people publicly shamed will be rewarded with full coverage on ABCCBSNBCMSNBCCNN and all the various papers. The Morning Shows will discuss it, the Sunday shows will opine on it and various celebs and activists will be on TV telling us how far we still have to go as a nation.

If however this was done by a person living with the mindset of a certain lady in Lunenburg Massachusetts circa 2013 I will find myself disappointed. None of the news networks will be interested, none of the morning shows will be involved, no charges will be filed, the FBI will quietly close this case and the people who are responsible will quietly go on their way with no consequences, no public shame and no press.

And all that will be remembered from the incident by the low information voter will be the initial reports of a story that fit the media narrative as opposed to a reality that didn’t.

As of right now I have no idea which will be the case and neither do any of you.

I suggest acting accordingly.


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by Baldilocks

On Christmas Eve, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered a photo of himself, his wife Ann, and their gazillion grandchildren.

In response to the photo, an MSNBC panel, conducted by the infamous Melissa Harris-Perry, proceeded to mock one of the grandchildren, young Kieran Romney, who is adopted and black.

“One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just isn’t the same,” panelist Pia Glenn offered as a caption for the photo, which the Romneys tweeted on Christmas Eve. (Lyrics of the original Sesame Street song are, “One of these things just doesn’t belong.”)

“And that little baby, front and center, would be the one,” Glenn said.

Comedian Dean Obeidallah joked that the baby is a token.

“It really sums up the diversity of the Republican party and the RNC, where they have the whole convention and they find the one black person.”

Of course, these people were excoriated, and why not? Good grief, it’s like reading the banter of elementary school children! And the panelists show themselves to be what they claim to denounce: those who would isolate a child who is externally different from most of his family members–than most of his countrymen.

After taking a well-deserved Internet pummeling, Harris-Perry–who is half white and half black herself–put forth an apology.

Now, she is taking an Internet beating for that, but that’s just gratuitous.

But there’s something even more disturbing than the behavior of Harris-Perry and company. That something is the logic implicit CNN’s Dr. Marc Lamont Hill’s commentary on this incident. From Right Scoop:

Dr. Hill:

Some would say maybe that it’s an exploitative picture that they’re exploiting the kid by hauling out this black person …

Embedded in this seemingly ridiculous notion is a frightening idea: that Kieran Romney’s race was bound to be mocked and that his grandparents, knowing that he is different, set him up for ridicule by publicly acknowledging him as their grandchild.

The notion of “some,” that the Romneys are exploiting the child by including him in a family photo and by sharing it, is merely a foundation–a fabricated pretext to shift the blame from the MSNBC panel to the Romneys for the actions of the former.

The Romneys should have never post the photo; or they should have never included the child in such a photo. But because they did, the Romneys deserved what they got from the MSNBC panel…according to Dr. Hill’s logic.

“You deserve to be assaulted because you tempted us by wearing that short skirt/being out too late at night/leaving your meat uncovered. Wear a burka.”

“You and your grandson deserve what you got. He got mocked because you showed him to us. Don’t try to exploit him again by include him in pictures with your white grandchildren and we won’t be tempted to mock him or you.”


Right. The buck-passing never stops with these people.

(h/t The Other McCain)

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Remember how during the last election the left saying there were people trying to bring back the days of Jim Crow? Apparently they were right:

After a lively debate, at 6:30 in the video, Jackson—the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor—attempts to shake hands with Northam, who will not shake it and doesn’t even look Jackson in the eye.

At first, a viewer might give Northam the benefit of the doubt that somehow he doesn’t see the extended hand. But Jackson dispels that doubt by taking his outstretched hand to tap Northam on the arm and then re-extends his hand almost into Northam’s lap. Northam still refuses to take it.

I’ll leave the: They told me if I voted for Mitt Romney… line for Glenn and just end with this:

If Virginia Lt. Gov candidate Ralph Northam was a Republican and Virginia Lt. Gov candidate E.W. Jackson was a Democrat there would be no other story on any of the Cable news networks at the top of the hour, reporters would be dogging the top of the GOP ticket to denounce Mr. Northam and civil rights leaders around the nation would be demanding he drop out of the race.

But because Mr. Northam is a Democrat and the Reverend E. W. Jackson is a Republican this will remain a non-story until there is no change of it effecting Terry McAuliffe chances to win.

Unbiased media my …

Jay: Man, we ain’t got time for this cover-up bullshit! I don’t know whether or not you’ve forgotten, but there’s an Arquillian Battle Cruiser that’s about to…

Kay: There’s always an Arquillian Battle Cruiser, or a Corillian Death Ray, or an intergalactic plague that is about to wipe out all life on this miserable little planet

Men in Black 1997

President Andrew Shepherd: Leon, somewhere in Libya right now, a janitor’s working the night shift at Libyan Intelligence Headquarters. He’s going about doing his job… because he has no idea, in about an hour he’s going to die in a massive explosion. He’s just going about his job, because he has no idea that about an hour ago I gave an order to have him killed. You’ve just seen me do the least Presidential thing I do.

The American President 1995

The story of Barack Obama’s presidency is still in the process of being written but there were three stories today that reminded me how far we have fallen as a nation in just five years of having this man in the White House.

The first comes from the Los Angeles Times

One U.S. official who has been briefed on the options on Syria said he believed the White House would seek a level of intensity “just muscular enough not to get mocked” but not so devastating that it would prompt a response from Syrian allies Iran and Russia.

“They are looking at what is just enough to mean something, just enough to be more than symbolic,” he said.


The president of the United States, the “Most Powerful Man on Earth” the “Leader of the Free World” the man who was given the Nobel Peace prize in anticipation of what he was going to do is going to attack Syria:

1. Not to neutralize Syrian Chemical Weapons

2. Not to save the lives of the innocents in the crossfire

3. Not to give notice to the world that using Chemical weapons will not be tolerated

He is going to hit them to keep himself from being mocked?  What is he a ten year old on a playground?  It’s one of the most obscene things I’ve ever heard of in my lifetime.

God forbid his manhood is ever threatened if he has the nuclear codes nearby.


Then we have the legal process to authorize these strikes


While the left might howl & moan all of their complains concerning George Bush and “warmongering” can’t change the fact that not only did the war Iraq have a UN resolution in place but President Bush secured congressional authorization in both Iraq and Afghanistan that he spent months making the case for before the actual votes in order to win them.

Barack Obama administration doesn’t think that way.  While back in 2007 both he and his vice president were sure congressional action was required apparently the act of lobbying or making the case to secure the votes of the congress is not worth their effort nor is any attempt to make the case to the American People who might persuade the congress to go along:

But Obama doesn’t want to do this. Why? Because he fears Congress might, after the debating the issue, say No.

So of course that’s what the Constitution’s war-making clause means: You have to get Congress’ authorization, so long as you know they’ll say yes, but if you think they’ll say no, then of course all war-making power vests in One Man Alone.

This is his same reasoning on domestic policy, too. Sure, he’d prefer to have actual laws passed which execute his preferred policies into law, but since Congress disagrees with him, naturally all law-making power flows into his singular person.

And if trying to convince the American people or the congress isn’t worth his time.

And don’t’ even start talking about trying to talk the UN into anything.

and the media that went after George Bush about illegal wars like the NYT?

Bomb Syria, Even if It Is Illegal

They’re singing a tune they wouldn’t play for a republican

Since Russia and China won’t help, Mr. Obama and allied leaders should declare that international law has evolved and that they don’t need Security Council approval to intervene in Syria.

When the president made his red line threat his job AT THAT POINT was to start making the case to the people and the congress why we had to back it up.  He had a lot of time to do this as he made his speech a full year ago.

But the reality is the “red line” speech was given in the middle of a re-election campaign to show that he was doing something, to give the image he was strong,  something just muscular enough to keep him from being mocked.

Some things never change.

Finally there was yesterday’s anniversary of the MLK march on Washington Event.  There are three branches to government the only Black US Senator wasn’t there (Tim Scott), the only Black Supreme Court justice wasn’t there ( Clarence Thomas) but the first Black President (Bill Clinton) was as was the current black president Barack Obama.

His presence was considered very symbolic , speaker after speaker , interview after interview and newsman after newsman spoke of how wonderful it was that on the anniversary of MLK’s speech a black president was to give the closing remarks.

Then came the speech itself.

The president’s speech writers produced a speech and Barack Obama stood at that podium before his teleprompters and gave that speech…

…and the media went wild!

Douglas Brinkley called the “beautifully written” speech “one of the best he’s ever given”

George Stephanopolus loved it

Ron Fournier said it should be on granite

The MSM’s praise was unrestrained and one might wonder the reason.

I don’t.

This president has failed on the economy, he has failed diplomatically, he has failed as a job creator, the scandals have been an ethical failure ,  he has failed as commander-in-chief in Benghazi, his position in Syria is self-serving and has certainly failed as a person who brought races together.

But there are two things he can do all day long.  He could be black and he can read a speech from a teleprompter with the best of them and because the media has no other reason to celebrate this president, they indulged themselves knowing the next day they would be back to covering a feckless president unable to lead, unable to govern.

All I can think of is this passage from the first Book of Kings Chapter 18 verses 26-29

Taking the young bull that was turned over to them, they prepared it and called on Baal from morning to noon, saying, “Answer us, Baal!” But there was no sound, and no one answering. And they hopped around the altar they had prepared.  When it was noon, Elijah taunted them: “Call louder, for he is a god and may be meditating, or may have retired, or may be on a journey. Perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”  They called out louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until blood gushed over them.  Noon passed and they remained in a prophetic state until the time for offering sacrifice. But there was not a sound; no one answered, and no one was listening

The media is in love with their God and will stay loyal to that love, even as his administration mistreats them come what may.

What does it say when the supporters of a president and the media are more concerned with a good visual than with the coming of war and what does it say about our country that it has taken only five years to reach this point that would have been unthinkable before?

Remember America you did this to yourself.

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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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One of the argument’s I’ve heard on twitter is that to blame the Democrats for the failure of Detroit is folly.

While Detroit has been under Democrat control for 50+ years it’s hardly the only city where democrats have a stranglehold on the vote.

And I’ve also heard people be very careful about race.  Detroit’s mayors have been black since the early 70’s and sometime in that decade became a majority black city but race itself isn’t an explanation, there are plenty of places in the country where blacks are the majority and they are not in the state Detroit is in.

But the problem of Detroit, isn’t so much about Democrats, or even about Blacks, it’s about a particular fringe and meme within both communities and what happens when they get power.

And if you want to see what that meme looks like, Al Sharpton was showcasing it this weekend.

One of the Hallmarks of the “No Justice no Peace” crowd is its unfailing loyalty to grievance, a demand for action, and a shakedown for funding.

The simple example being the slaying of young black men.

The Sharpton crowd is marching and shouting and demanding justice, what is “justice”?

Well to them “justice” is change to laws, “justice” demands money to fund “programs” to produce justice, programs that will, by an odd coincidence be run by allies of the left.  We are told  by Sharpton that this will promote “harmony” and “progress”.

 To Democrats it’s great, it funds the party apparatus that is used to get out the vote every 2 years.

To the establishment GOP it’s a small price to pay as it (for a time) gets the media & Sharpton off their back.

To the wealthy liberal elites it’s great because it means they’ve “done something” without giving up anything.

And for the black community it gives them a “victory” over the “racist White Culture’ that has oppressed them.

But the real winners are the ultra liberals in that community they reap both the rewards in terms of funds and administration but the political rewards that come from being “leaders”.

The one thing that it doesn’t do is solve the problem, because the reality is that the solution doesn’t address the reality that the #1 cause of death apart from abortion, of young black men. In fact let’s not forget one of those solutions put Young Mr. Martin on the road to his death.

But that’s OK because the money to the local activists makes the ultra liberal “no justice no peace” crowd a bit stronger on the state and local level eventually to the scale where they can influence and maybe votes  on a state level and demand local and not just national concessions to enrich themselves.

And if it doesn’t happen fast enough they can just wait until a suitable case can be found and the cycle begun all over again.

But what happens when the cycle is accelerated? What happens say if a cataclysmic event takes place that get the grievance crowd actually in power? What happens to say, a city when said people have the actual levers of government and can vote themselves the money and the solutions on a regular basis with the votes of the aggrieved to sustain them?

What Happens?

Well you give a job to every good comrade who deserves it, you put your own people in charge, you change the law to sustain the grievance industry at the highest level and if people complain you cry “racism”.   You tax and spend and borrow some more, after all you ARE the government and when the taxes become too high and those who can, leave GOOD RIDDANCE!  They weren’t voting for you anyway so the base becomes farther and farther left (after all the grievance left doesn’t associate with conservatives) you simply have a bigger voter margin to win by and the candidates that come up for city, state and federal office have a bigger incentive to move farther and farther left.

Until finally there is no more money to fund the basic service that the people who have backed you all these years need.

There are no more rich to tax because the rich and the middle class have fled

There are no more oppressors to blame because they aren’t the law. YOU are.

But you’ve never really learned how to govern, you’re a bunch of community organizers & professional protesters who have used government as a gravy train but have slowly let off those who you can’t pay the fare anymore.

Of course the national media will tell you that this is a case of global trade, the left will tell you it’s because the state or federal government has not given enough aid and the Sharpton crowd void of oppressors in the city to blame will point to the capital and tell the people they are the new oppressors and the cause of all your troubles, but it doesn’t change the answer to the question:  What happens?

Detroit happens!

Update: Along the same line:

Then I watched as progressives staged a coup to take over the Garland NAACP chapter and many others, including the national organization. Their agenda is angry, calling for every black man, woman, and child to be dependent on the government from cradle to grave – wards of the state, addicted to government handouts, living with a perpetual victim complex.

It’s all about self worth, not of the people they represent but of themselves.

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In Colorado apparently the after school tutoring program for kids is for children of color only:

A school principal said no white children were allowed at an after-school tutoring program, and now some parents call it discrimination.

The principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora sent a letter telling parents the program is only for students of color.

Not to worry the school says they will make accommodation for the rare white student who like students of color fail to reach the levels of accomplishment that students of the school are expected to reach.

“This is Andre Pearson. It’s focused for and designed for children of color, but certainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs,”

Now some might suggest such an arrangement suggests an inherent inferiority in non-white students, particularly if they need help devoid of the presence of a different race, but the school disagrees:

If the civil and political rights of both races be equal, one cannot be inferior to the other civilly or politically.

and further

We consider the underlying fallacy of the plaintiff’s argument to consist in the assumption that the enforced separation of the two races stamps the colored race with a badge of inferiority. If this be so, it is not by reason of anything found in the act, but solely because the colored race chooses to put that construction upon it.

Oh sorry, my mistake, that’s not the schools argument that’s from the majority opinion of the Supreme Court Case Plessy v. Ferguson of 1896.

Funny I seem to recall a court case in 1954 overturning that decision saying in part:

We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.

One would think that a school principal would be familiar with this but perhaps Mr. Pearson can be tutored on the subject. The only question: Will he demand a segregated tutoring session.

The Doctor must be behind it! I sense the vicious doctrine of egalitarianism, Hade!

Doctor Who, The Sun Makers 1977

In my last post on the seeming willingness of Democrats to condone behavior against their foes that they would condemn if experienced by their friends I noted how familiar the arguments of those on the Democrat left sounded to the points their party forefathers of the nineteenth century made when explaining why a particular group of people were unworthy of the protections of law and culture.

While some on the left may not believe it right to comparing the arguments and attitudes of an Alexander Stephens in his famous crossroads speech or the majority opinion in Scott vs Sandford to their own, the objection fails due to their quite understandable mistake of seeing these arguments purely in terms of race rather than in terms of the real game here: social structure.

One of the distinct differences that social structure or caste brings is status. How one reacts to different behaviors and what actions can be permitted is based upon where you exist in the structure.

Here are three current examples of this:


The people we cover, we move in their world, but it is their world. You can’t live like them. You’ll never keep up.

The Paper 1994

Last Sunday David Gregory, while hosting NBC’s Meet the Press was interviewing Wayne LaPierre of the NRA held up a 12 shot magazine clip during a confrontational moment of the interview.

Meet the Press is shot in DC and these items are strictly banned with a stiff penalty for possession. NBC made it a point to ask permission of the DC police to bring in the studio, and the DC police refused yet Meet the Press and David Gregory felt unrestrained by this refusal.

As Stacy McCain put it:

in full knowledge that possession of a 30-round magazine is illegal in D.C. — where Meet the Press is recorded — David Gregory and NBC willfully violated the law just so Gregory could dramatize his anti-Second Amendment lecture to the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre.

NBC acknowledged directly the validity of the law by their request to the DC police, their ex-post-facto to provide ATF cover for their actions implicitly acknowledges the legal violation.

Yet the argument of the press is not a question of facts it’s a question of intent. Howard Kurtz laughingly states:

I don’t think Gregory was planning to commit any crimes.

I beg to differ, Gregory planned to possess an item in a location where it was prohibited by law.

If it was you or I or anyone else who possessed said device, the law would take it’s course but David Gregory is one of the elites of the media profession (not some grubby member of the Breitbart Crowd like James O’Keefe) as Noah Rothman puts it:

If the post-Newtown debate over gun control has shown that the media is somewhat out of touch with average Americans, the Gregory episode has revealed that they do not see themselves as average Americans.

He is not an average American, he is a member of a different distinct class, Bill Jacobson on the WCRN Morning Show’s case and Glenn Reynolds arguments  not withstanding as far as the media is concerned David Gregory is a courtier to the king beyond these petty rules and laws that an O’Keefe, Jacobson or DaTechGuy must follow.


“I — I couldn’t take a blow, sir. I suppose I’ve been too long with gentlemen”

Among gentlemen a blow could be wiped out only in blood; among the lower orders a blow was something to be received without even a word.

C. S. Forester: Hornblower and the Hotspur 1962 p 301

Sen. Daniel Inouye, who represented Hawaii in congress since statehood, died this week at the age of 88. Inouye served with distinction during World War 2, losing an arm, his death meant that governor Neil Abercrombie had to appoint a new senator for the seat and selected Lt. Gov Brian Schatz who flew back to the Washington with President Obama to be sworn in as Senator.

Not three weeks earlier Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina announced his upcoming resignation. Governor Nikki Haley in response appointed newly re-elected GOP congressman Tim Scott to the Senate seat. Scott will be the only African American member of the United States Senate and the first Black Senator from the south since 1881.

Yet while the appointment of a black American to the Senate by a female Republican governor of color has elicited responses like this…

MSNBC: Tim Scott, don’t be a token senator

Black Voices News: No reason to celebrate Tim Scott

The NYT: The Puzzle of Black Republicans

…the appointment of Brian Schatz a White Male to the Senate over Rep Colleen Hanabusa by another white Male to replace the longest serving minority in the Senate in US history has not produced a murmur of objection by the MSM.

To supporters of the GOP on the right this contrast might seem unjust but for the media and left Mr. Schatz’s and Mr. Abercrombie status, established by their political persuasion, provides the necessary imprimatur for their choices. That status means their actions are unworthy of complaint while the critique of Mr. Scott & Mrs. Haley, they are to be received without even a word.


Is that you reading Kizzy?

Roots 1977

I follow several people of the left, some that I have met, some that I haven’t and some simply because the mood struck me. One of these people is a lady by the name of Reda St. Cyr.

I know nothing about Reda than what I’ve seen on twitter and what is in the description above. As she lives in Nevada that is unlikely to change.   We’ve occasionally had disagreements over the NRA, over show ID to vote and other issues over twitter, but I know absolutely nothing else about her.

Yesterday we tweeting concerning Guns & the NRA when a subject that is a pet peeve of mine came up, the slaughter of inner city blacks that is ignored by the media and by those who march. At the end of the conversation she tweeted something I found telling:

It is the confusion that is of note here.  I’m sure Ms. St. Cyr is a nice and reasonable woman and is thought so in her community but like Q on WCRN who sees the Tea Party as totalitarian see the GOP as a force for wrong. She, unlike Q, can not wrap her head around the idea that a seemingly nice fellow could be a Republican, and even stranger that such a fellow could make a public argument to support GOP or NRA beliefs. It’s a source of expletive generating confusion.  Why it’s as unbelievable as an illiterate reading scripture.


All of these examples, point to a different caste, a caste that lives under a different set of laws then beneath them, a caste where behaviors are not to be questioned, a caste that reacts with amazement when a member of a lower order displays traits that they would expect from their fellows.

In short this is Feudalism, and they are the lords…well almost. as I’ll explain later.

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The mainstream media has continued the walkback from its embarrassing positions on the Trayvon Martin case as fact after fact continues to come out.

Blogs on the right a talking about the failure Tom McGuire has practically owned it (Just go to his blog and keep scrolling) There is almost an attempt to pretend the case doesn’t exist anymore as the media outlets try to let the case fade but I’m not so sure.

I’ve seen two things that tell me a lot concerning this case. The first was this poll:

Black Americans and Americans of other ethnicities have widely-divergent views of the Trayvon Martin case, according to a new poll that shows the black community overwhelmingly believes he was murdered and that police let his killer get away due to racism.

“The average black American has strong views on the case, perceiving that Zimmerman is guilty of a crime and that race has played a major factor in the case,” Gallup reports in a survey of how “blacks [and] nonblacks” view the Martin case. “Nonblacks, by contrast, are much less likely to think Zimmerman is guilty and are substantially less likely to believe that race was a factor.”

This means a particular narrative has been built around this case within the black community. I would be very interested in knowing what is being said on predominantly Black Radio Stations on the subject. When the case first broke nationally I recall the folks at at MSNBC stating bluntly that it was driven to the mainstream by Black Radio that grabbed it and wouldn’t let it go.

I suggest that this narrative of the case within black radio in general and in the black community in particular has not changed and that the MSM sudden decision to walk away from the case as exculpatory facts continue to come up is deliberate in order to keep said narrative alive.

The second development is the John Derbyshire situation and the reaction to it;

As I’ve written Derbyshire “Talk” was a direct response to the idea of “the talk” that several Black Writers had discussed advising them to beware police when out of an Urban Area. Dreb’s piece was simply Jaw Dropping but not as jaw dropping as a reaction overwhelming enough to get him dismissed from the National Review during an Easter weekend. It even garnered attention in national media and international media, who while reporting on it referenced the Trayvon Martin case without having to reference the changing narrative of the MSM.

And it goes without saying that the online Easter Triduum outrage didn’t include certain important facts:

The disproportionate rate of black crime is assiduously kept out of the public eye, whether through deliberate press policies to conceal the race of individual crime suspects or through an informal practice of suppressing aggregate crime data. The Times article on stop-and-frisks in the 73rd Precinct did not mention that the per capita rate of shootings there is 81 times higher than in the mostly white 68th precinct, to choose just one local benchmark; not surprisingly, the stop rate in the 73rd precinct is 15 times higher than in the 68th. Blacks in New York City commit 80 percent of all shootings, whites 1.4 percent, though blacks are 23 percent of the population, and whites 35 percent. Police tactics are color-blind; they target crime, not race. But given the reality of wildly disproportionate racial crime rates, rational, data-driven police activity cannot help but have a disproportionate impact on black neighborhoods, because that is where the overwhelming amount of violent crime occurs and where the victims who most need police protection live.

I’ve already noted my outrage over both talks but perhaps we might be better served being outraged over a situation where 12.8% of the population that is black is committing more murders numerically than the 81% of the population of the White/Hispanic population, murders that are overwhelmingly targeting other blacks.

I look at these two stories and I can’t help but remember this:

Obama started African Americans for Obama. When blacks supposedly voted 95 percent for Obama in the last election, one has to question his motives in starting this group. The answer is that Obama’s poll numbers among blacks has fallen back to their lowest point, a clear sign that Obama is feeling the pressure. If Obama loses his street cred amongst blacks, he would likely be abandoned by other groups. Obama must have the “race” element in 2012, even though the black vote will be much less significant in 2012.

I submit and suggest that the administration determined to “never let a crisis go to waste” has taken this to heart and I believe the Trayvon Martin case will be the issue that liberal Black Radio users to push the administration over the finish line. I further suggest that the Derbyshire case will be used to discredit any person who tries to correct the narrative or change the target of the conversation. (Never mind that Derbyshire was not addressing the false narrative he will be played as the poster boy of the right).

In my opinion the closer we get to election day the more the Trayvon card will be played to motivate a Black Electorate who had hoped to see a change in their economic situation but has not.

John Derbyshire’s piece at Taki’s mag has become the talk of the internet.

I read Derb’s piece just before I went on the air and was frankly shocked. I thought rule 10 was one of the most provocative things I had ever read on the internet. but I thought rule 15 was in many ways worse.

I think the introduction of the piece suggests that Derbyshire is purposely hitting the concept of “The Talk” suggesting that the idea that Black Americans have to have “a talk” to warn them about white people then perhaps the reverse should be true. I find it just as offensive that Black Americans would feel the need to have “a talk” to warn their sons and daughters about me as a black American might be by Dreb’s piece.

I think all American should be offended at the concept that one American needs to beware another based on race.

As for other reactions:

Stacy McCain tweaks Rich Lowry’s response over it. I think by definition if something goes without saying, you don’t say it.

Dan Riehl has some wise words on the subject but I think Lisa Graas response hits the nail on the head.

The bravest person on the internet however seems to be Dave Weigel for this:

There’s a sort of micro-movement building to shame National Review into firing Derbyshire. Why would they? Derbyshire is saying something that many people believe but few people with word-slinging abilities know how to say: There are differences between the races, and whites should watch out for blacks. One popular Internet hobby of the moment is grabbing dumb blog comments or tweets and assembling them like a Pinterest page, to show what racists think. Derbyshire isn’t stupid and he isn’t being caught out. If someone wants to publish this, someone should.

All that said, I don’t think I’ve taken much of this column’s advice.

I strongly suspect that Dave Weigel will get a lot more flack for that paragraph then Derbyshire will for the entire piece but rather than provoking thought Derb will provoke outrage. Since this is exactly the type of thing that those playing race games with the Trayvon Martin case dream about and I would be shocked if you didn’t see the panels on every single Sunday show this weekend go long with it.

Update: Derb is out at NRO over his piece:

We never would have published it, but the main reason that people noticed it is that it is by a National Review writer. Derb is effectively using our name to get more oxygen for views with which we’d never associate ourselves otherwise. So there has to be a parting of the ways. Derb has long danced around the line on these issues, but this column is so outlandish it constitutes a kind of letter of resignation. It’s a free country, and Derb can write whatever he wants, wherever he wants. Just not in the pages of NR or NRO, or as someone associated with NR any longer.

I don’t have a problem with NRO booting Derb over this, it’s up to them to decide what views they are willing to associate themselves with, I DO however think it’s weaselly to apparently shut off comments. I’m seeing this at 11:26 p.m. EST (in 35 minutes I can watch Dr. Who again!) and nobody is telling me that four hours after dumping a longtime writer over a post that has generated nearly 2000 comments nobody has anything to say.

You would think it was huffpo doing a post about Cheney being sick about something, it shows very little faith in the readership

Meanwhile Weigel has a follow-up:

Derbyshire published in Taki magazine, which is the latest iteration of a rich man’s controversialist web site. He’s not talking this up on a cable news network. He doesn’t have the cover of Time magazine. This isn’t like the (successful) campaign to boot Pat Buchanan from MSNBC. It’s a public shaming of a stupid article on a fringe site. And if you’re going to have anti-black sentiment, would you rather have it dumb and exposed or would you rather have it subtle?

I still think people will be after Dave, I hope not, for all his left leanings I like him, he’s a decent guy and any mag would be and should be proud to have him.

Update 2: Woke up with a question for Derb: In his list he notes that his children though half Chinese would be consider “white”. I wonder how if any his rules would have changed if his children would have been considered “Chinese”?

Also If I was him and I could cause one story to break on the net the day I was fired by NRO, it would be this one.

The talk of the news this morning is the Trayvon Martin case, a 17-year-old who was shot in Florida by an apparently paranoid member of a neighborhood watch. The case is drawing national attention and outrage over the decision of local police not to arrest the shooter George Zimmerman his claims of self-defense, and Florida’s “stand your ground law”. The authors of the law however disagree:

the lawmakers who crafted the legislation in 2005 — former Sen. Durell Peaden and current state Rep. Dennis Baxley — said the law doesn’t need to be changed. They believe it has been misapplied in the shooting death of Trayvon by a Sanford crime-watch captain, George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman has not been charged because, police said, it appears he acted in self-defense. The Seminole County state attorney’s office decided Tuesday to take the case before a grand jury.

“They got the goods on him. They need to prosecute whoever shot the kid,” said Peaden, a Crestview Republican who sponsored the deadly force law in 2005. “He has no protection under my law.”

Peaden and Baxley, R-Ocala, say their law is a self-defense act. It says law-abiding people have no duty to retreat from an attacker and can meet “force with force.” Nowhere does it say that a person has a right to confront another.

The 911 tapes strongly suggest Zimmerman overstepped his bounds, they say, when the Sanford neighborhood crime-watch captain said he was following Trayvon and appeared to ignore a police request to stay away.

The case is becoming a cause célèbre on the left concerning both gun control and race as the victim Trayvon Martin is black and the shooter George Zimmerman is white not? (see update below). On Morning Joe Thursday Mika Brziniski quoted a Florida lawmaker attempting to amend the “stand your ground” law and remarked this story has “everything to do with race”.

Never mind that in the 8 years of the law we have not seen a spate of such shootings, never mind that example after example of people who are saved from being armed never becomes a national story.

And of course there is this:

Yet for black males ages 12 to 19 years old, homicide eclipses accidents as the leading cause of death, according to a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study released Wednesday. That troubling statistic — or, more accurately, the deeper problems underlying it — is garnering some local attention. Advocates say dramatic action is needed.

Those stats are from 2010. Here is more from the web site

In relation to homicide the number one killer of black men is other black men. It is a national tragedy that black-on-black crime ranks as the 4th leading cause of death for black men. In the age group of 15 – 34 black-on-black crime is the #1 killer of black men.

Here is the graph that says it all:

People are rightly concerned about the shooting of young Mr. Martin and Florida needs to take a good long look at this case. If Zimmerman’s self-defense claim is as specious as it seems they should go after him big time, but those figures I quoted aren’t just stats, they represent actual individual people murdered. Their lives were no less dear to their mothers than Trayvon Martin was to his, yet they haven’t generated any million hoodie marches.

I have sons near the age of Mrs. Martin. I can’t imagine what she’s going through and I don’t begrudge her one bit of her anger or desire for justice for her son. It seems to me however, that the activists and media personalities so outraged today, had none for the young black men who’ve been slaughtered in cities for years:

That is the true disgrace, daily bloodshed in the Black community that is left unchecked. The statistics are telling:

The hundred or so homicides in Oakland each year are part of nearly 6,000 murders nationally committed by blacks, mostly of other blacks, compared to just over 5,300 homicides committed by whites and Hispanics combined. (Blacks are 12.8 percent of the U.S. population, whites and Hispanics, 81 percent.).

Where is the outrage in the black community. Why does not the black leadership or the elite liberal opinion address this outrage, because it doesn’t fit their template of racism as the primary cause of the suffering of the Blacks in America.

You can’t find that outrage because it has no political value to either activists of the left or to the self-appointed black leaders that you will see on every channel for the balance of the Trayvon Martin case.

The Trayvon Martin case is a tragic, but the regular murders of young black men in the cities by other young black men and the unwillingness of people to talk about it nor the media’s willingness to write about is the real national outrage.

Update: I have to disagree with Noel Sheppard on this quote:

MIKA BRZEZINSKI: I’d go further. I’d go further. Because if this unfolds the way it appears it’s unfolding, you know, in a country where its leader can talk about a radio host calling someone a name, we ought to be looking at ourselves and this situation really closely from the top down. And, quite frankly, it is, they’re looking at audio tapes right now of the cell phone, and there might have been a racial epithet.

I think this is more of “The president has time to talk about Limbaugh but we aren’t talking about this? I think it reflects (correctly) on the insignificance of the Rush business and what the White House prioritizes.

I do agree with Noel here:

it’s quite obvious to even the casual observer that this matter is being politicized in an election year.

What’s next – that this is somehow part of the media fabricated Republican “war on women,” and that comments made by the various GOP presidential candidates are also to blame?

Just how far are the press going to use this tragic event to further their political agenda?

These days, it seems the sky’s the limit.

There was something outrageous on that show worth talking about…but that’s for my next post.

Update 2: According to one commentator Mr. Zimmerman is Hispanic and Pam Geller describes him as Hispanic and black.. The photo is a bit iffy to me one way or the other, but either way it has no bearing on the shooting in terms of justification but it make the media’s attempt to turn this into a “southern racial” issue a tad more interesting, and insidious

Today in the middle of a titanic struggle with a piece that just didn’t seem to be going places I took the time to enjoy Jay Nordlinger’s wonderful Impromptus and I noticed this bit.

I meant to write something more than a month ago: Rejoice over Cynthia Tucker, and say a little prayer of gratitude for what she did. She is an acclaimed columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution — liberal, of course. And what she did was very hard. In fact, it’s one of the hardest things to do: She changed her mind about an important issue, and said so. What’s more, the issue has to do with race. What’s more, the columnist is black.

He goes on about how we should rejoice about both her column and her reversal on racial gerrymandering.

The political landscape has been transformed since the Voting Rights Act was passed in 1965 and amended 17 years later. The election of a black president shows that American voters are willing to look beyond a candidate’s skin color. It’s time to give up racial gerrymandering, which turned out not to be quite so benign.

How big of her, how delightful, Nordlinger rejoices saying we should welcome Tucker “coming over to our side” her late conversion not withstanding on race. He also credits her with bravery for it.

Do you think this column was easy to write? I’m sure you don’t.

You know I’m often accused (rightly) of looking at the world with rose-colored glasses and being a sucker; but this time I hate to say Jay, it is you who are being the sucker and it is my duty to bring you to reality.

I think that column was incredibly easy for Cynthia Tucker to write. I think it has nothing to do with mea culpas or soul-searching and everything to do with stopping the tide of conservatism that the liberal media has been unable to check.

Take a closer look at the column, note what her actual argument is, you will find it is less Martin Amis than Al Sharpton:

Hemming most black voters into a few districts also had a deleterious effect on surrounding areas, now “bleached” of voters whose interests tend toward equality of opportunity.

Ah so they are “Hemming most black voters” and “bleaching” voters. Never mind that all we are talking about is drawing invisible district lines, the imagery is of slave pens and segregation of black voters displaced as if they were packed up and forced to move.

Believe it or not it actually gets worse (emphasis mine):

Their absence encourages pols in districts left overwhelmingly white to use the “Southern strategy” of playing to the resentments of white voters still uncomfortable with decades of social change.

So now it’s all about White voters “uncomfortable with social change”. What change would that be? The end of Jim crow? The End of Slavery perhaps? It would seem to me that Ms. Tucker is saying to liberals something like: The GOP is playing to a bunch of crackers who are still angry about drinking from the same water fountain as a black man.. Anyone who doubts that our liberal friends (particularly ones of color) are not getting that message from that sentence has never read the comment pages of liberal sites where such belief is Gospel.

It seems to be she hasn’t thrown away the race card, she just switched from Whist to Bridge because her trump isn’t taking the hand anymore. Tucker Again:

If black voters think they have made substantial gains simply by having more black representatives in Congress, they’re wrong. They’d have more influence if they were spread through several legislative districts, forcing more candidates to court them.

That’s true, but it is equally true that if Blacks were voting even 60-40 democratic there would be a whole lot less incentive for the GOP to gerrymander their districts in this fashion. The truth is if every Black voter in Georgia woke up white tomorrow the districts would still be drawn the same way because it’s not a question of pigmentation it’s a question of voting patterns. Uniform Black voting patterns simply make it easier to identify the Democratic voters to gerrymander.

Indeed if Black voters want to increase their influence perhaps they should reconsider voting 90-10 for a party that in 40 years decimated the black family in the name of compassion, emasculated public schools (how’s that system in Atlanta working out) and ignored their positions on social issues like gay marriage.

I don’t know what Jay was reading but I think that column is self-serving. It has nothing to do about ending racial divisions, it’s about bringing liberals back from the brink that the voters sent them. Note that she constantly quotes South Carolina Democratic party Chairman Richard Harpootlian on the evils of majority minority districts. The real evil Harpootlian sees is the election of Republicans. I suspect a more honest take on his position might read like this:

My paramount object is to restore democrats to power in congress and is not for or against majority-minority districts.

If I can elect democrats by keeping majority-minority districts I would do it, If I can elect democrats to congress by abolishing majority-minority districts I would do it, and if I can elect democrats to congress by eliminating majority-minority districts in some places while keeping them in others I would do that too.

If Jay thinks that any other goal is driving Ms. Tucker on this issue, he is sadly mistaken.

The New Republic looks at the history behind the family pledge:

However, as classic work by Robert Fogel and Stanley Engerman has shown, despite the horrors of slavery, overall, during the pre-emancipation era, about two-thirds of enslaved families had two parents—far more than today. More recent revisionist work has stressed that, while forced separations were always an important part of the picture, the two-thirds figure remained dominant (Wilma Dunaway is especially handy on this). And this tendency continued into the Jim Crow era, contrary to a false sense one might have of daily life in a black ghetto of the 1930s and ’40s—think Richard Wright’s 12 Million Black Voices or Claude Brown’s Manchild in the Promised Land. Namely, it is wrong to suppose that, amid the misery of those neighborhoods, all but a sliver of children grew up without a dad. That is a modern phenomenon, whose current extent—fewer than one in three black children are raised by two parents—would shock even the poorest black folk 100 or even 50 years ago.

Thus TNR via Verum Serum but for a perspective of a person in the black community who actually knows history I’ll take my pal Vinnie (he’s on the left) who I’ve known since 7th grade. I received this e-mail from him. It is quoted with permission and verbatim:

You’ve got to hand it to the liberal left. They are so blinded by their own mania they cannot resist taking something completely out of context. If you access the hyperlink printed below you’ll see what I mean. This is a pretty cheap shot at Ms. Bachmann. But the attempt to discredit her should come as no surprise; most Liberals believe that TRUTH is a relative concept. If you accept this line of thinking then you can justify any course of action because of no accountability.

“Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA’s first African-American President”.

SO WHAT is wrong with this statement? As a Historian, I can say honestly, that during the time of slavery Blacks fought hard to keep their families together. Once freed Black people would travel endless miles and through rugged terrain just to be reunited with family members that had been sold. But during these ‘enlightened’ times young Black people are having babies left and right, then abandoning them, thanks in no small part to government programs encouraging single families. This is a far cry from the time Black fathers accepted into families children spawned by White slave-masters from illegitimate relationships. And on the subject of Obama that Ms. Bachmann mentions, let’s not forget that the president himself was raised by a single parent, one who was an Atheist no less. His father left him and his mother when he was very young leaving his mother to raise him alone. It’s a wonder the president has a half-decent Christian perspective, when you contemplate his upbringing and from whom the message of Jesus Christ was heard (Jeremiah Wright, etc.).

It seems to be everything I’m seeing lately is about Palinizing Bachmann.

…are likely to get very little attention because they involve race and religion and contain templates that the MSM media does not want to touch

#1 From Andrew Breitbart’s Big Peace:

It’s also hard to sell the women of Norway on the claim that “Islam is a religion of peace!” since every “assault-rape” that took place in their country in 2010 was carried out by a Muslim. (83 such rapes in total.) In some cases the rapist actually told the victim that his religion allowed him to rape her.

It’s also growing increasingly hard to tell members of our military that “Islam is a religion of peace!” because more and more Muslims are taking it unto themselves to attack our stateside military facilities as a way to show whose side they’re on in the War on Terror. It was just this past week that two Muslims were arrested in Seattle for their plan “to attack a military processing center…using machine guns and grenades.” And it was just the week prior that a Marine Corps reservist named Yonathan Melaku was arrested for suspicious activity around the Pentagon and thereafter found to have a video in his possession that showed him driving by the National Museum of the Marine Corps, shooting his pistol at the museum, and chanting “allahu Akbar.”

If that paragraph doesn’t give you pause it ought to.

#2 From the American Thinker.

My colleague, Alan Kornman, and I were both shooting videos of this simmering situation when he was surrounded by a group of cursing young men. They started screaming at Alan that he should stop filming them. Alan responded (correctly) that they had no right or expectation of privacy in a public place. One of this group, a truly ugly, sloppy fat guy, was getting agitated. I have video of this brave young worthy sliding behind his friend before he lets loose with a volume of spit aimed at Alan, and then slithering away immediately thereafter. Another brave young Muslim then hit Alan, and immediately disappeared.

On Saturday, Alan conducted an interview that lasted almost 30 minutes with a young woman who was behind a booth selling “Palestinian” doodads (shawls, olive wood candlesticks, etc.), and peddling “Palestinian” propaganda. Among other interesting things, Alan got her to say, twice, that she herself would have killed Anwar Sadat. Watch for video of that interview, which will be online soon.

On Saturday evening we came across a man who was quietly standing on a corner holding a sign proclaiming Jesus as Messiah. He was not taunting anyone. Instead, he was available to speak to anyone who chose to speak to him. Not long before we met him, he had been attacked by a group of boys, who threw a variety of things at him, and shouted vile epithets at him. We started to interview him when, suddenly, a swarm of boys started buzzing around again, with an older boy obviously directing their activities.

The location Dearborn Michigan his conclusion is rather horrible.

3. And now for Problems in Peoria:

Tonight, around 11 p.m., a group of at least 60-70 African American youth marched down one of the side streets (W. Thrush) to the 4 lane main drag (Sheridan). They were yelling threats to white residents. Things such as we need to kill alll the white people around here. They were physically intimidating anyone calling for help from the police. They were surrounding cars. Cars on the main drag had to slam on their brakes to either avoid the youth blocking not only all four lanes, but a large section of the side street as well. fights were breaking out among them. They were rushing residents who looked out their doors, going on to porches, yelling threats to people calling the police for help.

Cars were doing U turns on the streets just to avoid the mob, mostly male. One youth stated his grandfather was white and several assaulted him on the spot.

The initial blog that reported this went down due to a drudge link so I found it from a secondary site.

The cast of characters of all three incidents are different as are the locations, but the source of the problem is identical, lack of cultural assimilation.

The genius of America has always been that one can be “American” no matter what culture race or national origin you come from. My grandparents came from Sicily, and my thoughts and ways are still influenced by that culture but I am completely American as are my children.

When instead people choose to remain outside, and encourage others to do so for their own gain it creates Balkanization which is a cancer on society.

It is that, the underlying danger of Balkanization that has the best potential to bring us down. The US is the choice of those “yearning to breathe free” for a reason, if we don’t take care of this problem it will not only be disastrous for us but for millions who would come here to make a better life for themselves.

Because of the races and religions involved our media will ignore and deny these stories (if the races or religions were reversed this would be headline news) but if we ignore this problem it will not go away.

Update: Make it four, look what is happening in Holland:

The new integration policy will place more demands on immigrants. For example, immigrants will be required to learn the Dutch language, and the government will take a tougher approach to immigrants to ignore Dutch values or disobey Dutch law.

The government will also stop offering special subsidies for Muslim immigrants because, according to Donner, “it is not the government’s job to integrate immigrants.” The government will introduce new legislation that outlaws forced marriages and will also impose tougher measures against Muslim immigrants who lower their chances of employment by the way they dress. More specifically, the government will impose a ban on face-covering Islamic burqas as of January 1, 2013.

If necessary, the government will introduce extra measures to allow the removal of residence permits from immigrants who fail their integration course.

Via Thomas Lifson comments who notes this is a story… :

..that has gotten almost no notice from the American media, which wishes to pretend that multiculturalism works just fine

Of course it hasn’t doesn’t fit the template.

Jim Nolte makes some good points in this piece, particularly this one:

To Chris Matthews, Detroit equals a particular skin color; a failed city equals a skin color that’s not his own. Why?

Detroit’s problems have nothing to do with race and everything to do with failed government.

Matthews equating a failed city to a particular skin color is not only perpetuating the very worst kind of racist stereotype, it’s factually wrong. Anytime Chris or Joan want to come out to Los Angeles, I’d be happy to take them on a tour of Ladera Heights (drinks and dinner on me — bring Ebert!). Maybe a good hard look at the “Black Beverly Hills” will convince these “progressives” that “failed city” doesn’t equal “Black city.”

Nothing reveals more about someone’s character more than how they behave in a desperate situation, and in their desperation to protect Obama, we are learning a lot about the likes of David Gregory, Joan Walsh, and Chris Matthews.

Are these examples signs of racism, paternal racism, colonial “we have to protect our poor black inferiors” brand of racism? Perhaps, but whenever dealing with humans you won’t go too wrong going with the stupidity explanation first. The stupidity that is illustrated by the title of this unrelated post at Althouse:

“Have you ever had a thought on the topic of race that isn’t set generations into the past? Have you ever thought about the future?”

That is the bottom line for the left and the MSM, they live in an eternal 1955 only with Republicans in the role of democrats. They will never get over it because many of them, in my opinion, believe they are not talented enough or worked hard enough to deserve what they have, and frankly many of them might just be right.

This is going to be fun:

Brown, a Republican, sent a letter to the chairs of the Legislature’s Special Committee on Redistricting offering his support for a Suffolk County district that is majority nonwhite, known as a majority-minority district.

“It is my hope that any redistricting for congressional or state legislative seats will result in districts that avoid diluting the voting strength of citizens based on the color of their skin,’’ he wrote to state Senator Stanley Rosenberg and Representative Mike Moran, both Democrats.

As you can guess among some circles this is VERY popular:

Several political groups have been pushing a majority-minority seat, including the Massachusetts Black Empowerment Coalition for Redistricting.

“I want to add my voice to theirs,’’ Brown said in the letter.

The group’s executive director, Kevin C. Peterson, said he welcomed Brown’s support.

“My hope is that this is a post-partisan attempt to join Democrats in a process that is about equity and fairness for historically disenfranchised voting groups,’’ he said.

Well it is, but it also means that if they are juggling districts in such a manner the following will happen:

1. There will be two current democratic incumbents who are toast not just one.

2. The Democratic party had to go all out to make sure they won state offices, although they had an easier time that expected with gas prices soaring and the economy in shambles it will be an even harder time for them.

3. It is already going to be complicated enough to keep diluting the increasingly more conservative Worcester county while keeping the GOP down elsewhere. This will make it even more complicated.

Live by racial politics, die by racial politics.

…that way they can’t pretend they aren’t what they are.

If Herman Cain is making people this nuts then that suggest they are scared of him.

They should be.

An even better example is the Doctor business in Wisconsin. Think about it. Two generations ago with the Judeo-Christian values taught in every school to some degree it would have been unthinkable to commit the type of public fraud that is being done by doctors and teachers in Madison this weekend. I mean even Breitbart got a note:

How many honest doctors looking at this are embarrassed? How many teachers are forfeiting any moral authority over their students by these measures? How many will look at the examples set by the senate in Wisconsin Do they even care?

The Right Sphere nails it:

What we’re seeing is an ideology devoid of a moral compass. This is Progressivism laid bare for all the world to see. It’s disgusting. This is the Nanny State, cradle-to-grave entitlement society. They’ve turned public sector jobs into welfare programs and this is what happens when someone tries to make it sustainable.

It is important to see things for what they are. The real question is will the left eventually look in a mirror and see, or will it only be selling conspiracy theories?

Update: We’ve got honest to God communists (is that an oxymoron?) actually looking for revolution, I kid you not:

Money quote:

I think that the influence and effect of whats going on in Egypt you know and around the world in terms of people rising up against dictators and oppressive regimes and I think the people are open to the possibilities to building a revolutionary movement.

Remember there was an election and the Republicans won, they won majorities in the state, they won the governor’s office and you have actual communists calling for actual revolution comparing the results of a free election to dictators and oppressive regimes.

And check out the comments in the Washington post Charles Lane a reliable liberal looked at what happened and called it what he was:

Yet today in Wisconsin, anger and vilification are once again the order of the day — and the incivility emanates from the progressive end of the spectrum, including, no doubt, many of the same people who blamed right-wing vitriol for creating a climate of violence in Arizona. Union-backed demonstrators, furious at Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plans for reining in public-sector unions, equate him with Hosni Mubarak and Adolf Hitler, in disgusting mimickry of some Tea Party members’ inflammatory linkage between Obama and the evil dictators of history. (See Photo no. 10 in this gallery) or Photo 13 in this gallery .

Meanwhile, progressive voices in the media fanned the flames, spreading misinformation and outright falsehoods with a zest that would make Glenn Beck blush

And he was torn to pieces over it by the left.

Meanwhile here is Scott Walker

That was fox. Watching ABC this morning, they haven’t touched the fake doctor notes. If that gets into the MSM the game is totally over nationwide. Every single day this goes on GOP prospects for 2012 improve.

Nancy Pelosi seeing the fight between Jim Clyburn and Steny Hoyer for Minority Whip has demonstrated the ability she showed all during her time as speaker to make the tough decisions to solve problems.

In a statement released late Friday night, Pelosi signaled an end to the ongoing battle between Clyburn and Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer (Md.) to be the next House Minority Whip — the second-ranking leadership position in the minority.

“Should I receive the honor of serving as House Democratic Leader, I will nominate Congressman Jim Clyburn of South Carolina to the number three leadership position,” Pelosi said in a statement sent to reporters at 11:01pm.

Number 3 position? She is not bumping John Larson as caucus chairman so what exactly is this #3 position that I’ve never heard of. What does it do? I’m sure Politico can tell us

Clyburn’s title and responsibilities were not specified in the announcement from Pelosi’s office, and Democratic leadership aides scrambled to explain the deal to reporters.

So let me get this straight. The Democratic Party faced with making an actual decision between two presumably qualified candidates for

South Park has the Democratic leadership pegged
the job that Jim Clyburn (who happens to be black) currently holds have agreed to put Steny Hoyer (who happens to be white) in Mr. Clyburn’s job and to invent a job, presumably with staff and offices paid via government funds, with no title and no specific duties for Jim Clyburn.

Who said that democrats didn’t know how to create or save jobs?

Hmmm let’s think about this, a totally unneeded job suddenly created for a member of a racial minority to avoid a conflict in an organization. What is the word that people have for a person who gets such a job for the sake of appearances. Oh I know, TOKEN.

I guess self-respect doesn’t come into play when power is involved.

Update: Separate but Equal? OUCH!

I’ve always remembered a particular episode of Gilligan’s Island (Gilligan vs. Gilligan available online here) that had a particular exchange between Mr. Howell and the Russian spy posing as Gilligan. Mr. Howell puts his chess piece on an illegal square. Mr. Howell reacts indignantly:

Mr. Howell: Young man are you accusing a Howell of cheating? I’ll have you know I’m far too wealthy.

Spy Gilligan: To cheat?

Mr. Howell: No, to be accused!

It reminds me that there once was a time when our icons such as JFK were far too important to have their dirty laundry aired in public.

How does that relate to The Rangel/Waters issues? Consider this; as Black America gradually progressed in rights and influence, they also gradually took the places at the seats of power that their growing influence and the slow progress toward legal equality demanded.

Like all men and woman those people who attained power and office were individuals with their own strengths, weaknesses and foibles. However those foibles while they might be known in their own communities were not aired to the general pubic. Not because the community approved but because you didn’t tear down your own when it took so long to get to the mountaintop (this is of course not unique to the Black community). As blacks migrated to the democratic party and as the party became more dependent on their vote, it became a priority for the party as well to keep any problems in house with a tact cloak of silence. Thus any such suggestion became a racial issue and the proponent of such questions a racist.

Now however things are different, the digital age forces light on things that were once hidden (read Rev Wright) and with our first black president (sorry Bill Clinton) it is impossible to pretend that African American’s place in American society is defined primarily by the sins of the past.

James Clyburn not withstanding, Charlie Rangel and Maxine Waters ethics issues have nothing to do with race and everything to do with actions. The actions against them are not signs of the return of the Jim Crow past meant to keep Black America underfoot. It also shows we have progressed beyond the equally offensive but less violent era of tokenism.

This is the sign of a new era where we can look at a member of congress of any race and see…a member of congress. This means we can judge said member not on the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I think that’s progress and America in general and the Black community in particular are better off for it.

Update: Morgan Freeman knew what he was talking about.

As does Col Allen West:

Did some channel surfing to see if there was anything new on this stuff and noticed Breitbart on GMA so I’m going to switch over briefly for this.

Checking Morning Joe while they do an airline story first, Pat brings up the “no backup” from the White House business. If the story is all about the Whitehouse and the NAACP rushing to throw people out of the bus then Breitbart has won this big time.

The irony of course was they were afraid of Beck and Beck backed her up.

Joe Scarborough: “If they are afraid of the guy with the chalkboard they can we get someone else to deal with Iran because we’re screwed”

Apparently the government is suddenly backing off too

Ok back to GMA

Shirley Sherrod on GMA, She says she still backs this administration but is “dissented”, they owe her BIG for that line

She hasn’t decided if she will accept her job back. Bazinga!

Breitbart on GMA at 7:30

7:20 a.m. Back to Morning Joe Talking to Savannah the story is all about the weak and scared White House. Look at them squirm!

7:35 a.m. GMA give example of racism left and right. New Black panther on left and for right? Macaca and Washington, give me a break!

7:36 a.m. Breitbart is using this appearance with Eric Boehlert to play the double standard card and quite effectively.

7:38 a.m. Who wants to bet that this is the first time a lot of GMA people heard about the 100k offer., Boehlert says he will take Lewis over 4 videos.

7:39 a.m. Breitbart notes the audience reaction in the video when she talked about deciding how much help was to be given. Compares this to the NAACP standard on the tea party.

7:40 a.m. Breitbart has cleaned their clocks. Boehlert says it’s ok to show Breitbart’s video on the “Washington Incident”.

7:42 a.m. He cleaned their clock. Boehlert looked like a duck hit over the head. GMA now is in a position where they need to show the Breitbart videos and if they don’t he can right them on it. Bazinga!

Here is the politico story:

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday that he will reconsider the abrupt firing of Shirley Sherrod, a Georgia-based Agriculture Department official who was the victim of a media frenzy over comments that turned out to have been distorted by video editing.

“I am of course willing and will conduct a thorough review and consider additional facts to ensure to the American people we are providing services in a fair and equitable manner,” Vilsack said in a statement e-mailed by USDA at 2:07 a.m.

And the memeorandum link

Update: here is video of Breitbart on CNN last night:

And the big government story

Update 2: Here is the video:

I challenge Eric Boehlert, re-examine the actual article. Where is the smear campaign? The only people who knowingly defamed Sherrod is the NAACP.

Barnicle line about clunkers and Mercedes when comparing him, Pat and Jonathan to Savannah and Norah is an old fashioned complement that men used to be able to give to women without being considered sexist. I love that kind of thing.

The fact that Jonathan Capeheart & O’Donnell read racism into Gingrich 3 point line says more about them then about Gingrich. Guthrie’s and Barnicle not seeing the same reflects where they came from and how they grew up.

How can you mention Bibi not coming and not mention the administration not granting visas to the two Nuclear scientists?

Update: The Jammie Wearing Fool & Dan Riehl provides video for that great moment in journalism.

then you have no business being president.

If you think his political foes are sensing weakness, imagine what America’s foes are thinking?

Let’s say it out loud, the voters and the media who supported President Obama in the primary election without question or challenge, did so because they were enamored with the idea of electing the first Black president. They didn’t care about his record. They defined him based on their own hopes concerning race. (In the general election that made a lot of difference too, but Bush fatigue and McCain’s mistakes concerning the bailout provided the final edge.)

Now he is in office and people are getting buyers remorse. What did they expect?

The problem with Barack Obama is the reality of what he is: an inexperienced Chicago machine poll who governs and reacts as such! Of COURSE he is failing as president.

Those who rushed to support him should have considered this: There is a reason why Jackie Robinson integrated baseball and Choo Choo Coleman didn’t.

President Obama with all due respect, you’re no Jackie Robinson.

I’ll still pray for him and hope he improves in office, but I don’t have high hopes.

Update: The White House counters

Update 2: Carville today:

Democrats would not be playing the blame game with one another for the loss or for the healthcare debacle if they had only pointed fingers at those (or in this case, the one) who put Americans (and most of the world) in the predicament we’re in: George W. Bush.

Blame Bush. Good Plan!

As Michael Eric Dyson goes on about race in response to the Carter Nonsense Maria Closes with THE shot.

“Obama had a 70% approval rating, now it’s down to 50% did all those people suddenly become racists?”

That’s gotta leave a bruise. Don’t mess with Italian women they have more to offer than just looks.

She isn’t buying Acorn’s story either!

Update: POWIP links to the video.

“We bring different perspectives to this issue.”

“This is a positive event to move forward instead of dwelling on the past.”

“We’ve planned a meeting and will have a call between us to discuss that meeting.”

They both seem to be willing to listen to each other which is excellent.

“What you have today is two gentlemen agreeing to disagree.”

“There was no tension.”

as for president Obama:

“He provided the beer.”

The most important part of it to me is the idea of both people behaving like gentlemen and agreeing like gentlemen to discuss their issues.

On Joe Biden showing up:

“The vice president was very nice and particularly nice with the children.”

If this statement is any guide this looks like a very positive event.