I understand the sentiment behind this post suggesting Amazon choose St. Louis for their second corporate HQ

A particularly compelling pick, according to my extremely nonscientific “what’s good for America” metric, might be St. Louis — a once-great metropolis fallen on hard times, the major urban center for a large spread of Trump country, the geographic center of the country and the historic bridge between East and West.

and I agree with the idea that it would be a good idea to get out of deep blue America and the mindset therein.

But why on earth would any company like Amazon decide to put itself in a city that is becoming riot cental and make it self a target for those from Mizzou to Ferguson in the Black Lives Matter mob who want to go after the system?

After the spasm of violence ended, a reporter for The Associated Press found at least half of the businesses on one side of the street with broken windows along a two block area.

Sam Thomas, who was helping his friend clean up the glass from the shattered windows of his business, OSO, a clothing and accessories boutique, said he understands why people are angry. The U.S. justice system is broken and needs to be fixed, he said.

“I’m not saying this is the right way to fix it,” he said of the damage.

Just as Mizzou and other colleges are discovering that people don’t want to invest tens of thousands of dollars to put their children in the middle of a social justice nightmare, no company with any sense will put itself in a city where the potential to be extorted or threatened with violence if they don’t play along with an agenda (even one endorsed by the owner) is present and no workforce will be all that anxious to head to the area when even the suburbs are being targeted:

Demonstrators shouted slogans such as “black lives matter” and “it is our duty to fight for our freedom” as they marched through West County Center mall in the city of Des Peres, west of St. Louis. A group also demonstrated at Chesterfield Mall in the suburbs and at a regional food festival.

Organizers took their grievances to the suburbs Saturday to spread the impact of the protests beyond predominantly black neighborhoods to those that are mainly white.

“I don’t think racism is going to change in America until people get uncomfortable,” said Kayla Reed of the St. Louis Action Council, a protest organizer.

Well Kayla your achievement is unlocked, your heckler’s veto will guarantee that the people at a company like Amazon will be too uncomfortable to move jobs an infastructure anywhere near you, particularly when there are other worthy alternatives that would meet the goals Mr. Douthat is suggesting.

Closing thought directed to the BLM rioters: While your attacks and riots will produce less jobs, less business less investment and consequently less of a chance for the young men in your community to overcome the disadvantages they have, you can be take comfort in the fact that your actions will definitely produce more votes for conservatives all around the nation in every level of government.

That’s our veto.


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As the GOP convention ends and speculation on who Hillary Clinton’s VP pick will be reports are coming out that the choices have been narrowed in a short list that includes Tim Kaine of Virginia and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Lately a lot of the money of the pundits is on Kaine:

Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia has emerged as a leading contender after a methodical search, several Democrats close to the campaign say, receiving spirited backing from President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

One might think that give the current Democrat party a “diversity” pick Corey Booker who would be the 1st black VP, one of the Castro Brothers (first hispanic) or even Elizabeth Warren (first all female ticket).

You would be wrong.

While the GOP convention has been the big news this week the stories that dominated the news before this week and are likely to do so once the DNC convention is done are these.

The coup in Turkey
ISIS attacks in France and Germany
The targeting of Police for murder and/or abuse.

Each of these stories are likely to continue to grow.

The Erdogan crackdown has already reached incredible excesses and is likely to go further to creating a full blown islamic brotherhood state in Turkey.

ISIS attacks have continued with the axe attack in Germany (My son actually saw German flags flying at Fitchburg’s old city hall at half staff over them) and there is absolutely no reason to believe there will not one or more successful ISIS attacks in the west before the election not to mention several attempted ones.  (Within 3 hours of the initial writing of this came the attacks in Germany)

While everyone was expecting trouble in Cleveland the targeting of Police is likely to continue from police being denied service to small acts like the glass that “accidentally” ended up in a cops sandwich in a “progressive” coffee house, to actually ambushes of police officers.

All of these things produce worry in the electorate and require a strong leader, an image that Trump projects very easily.  Meanwhile two of the issue directly reflect on Hillary Clinton’s performance as Secretary of State and the third directly reflects on a particular group of Hillary voters to who the words “All lives matter” or “blue lives matter” are considered offensive in the extreme.  While the Clinton and their allies in the radical left will do all they can to keep their more radical elements restrained in that regard although in fairness there is little they can do.

Rightly or wrongly the selection of a 2nd woman will give the impression of weakness.

And rightly and wrongly the pick of a person of color at a time when people of color will be seen as a statement to appease anti-police forces.

 

Bottom line, the voters that Clinton are most worried about are White working class and the states she are most worried about are ones where those folks will decide.

 

That’s why no matter what anyone else tell you, the Hillary Clinton VP pick will the whitest white boy who can be found and that’s why the smart money is on Kaine.

I say the smart money is right.

Update:  Nailed it.

 

 

There have been a spate of stories lately about restaurants refusing service to police over the last few weeks and getting burned over it. Yesterday we saw another one:

My husband is a Deputy Sheriff in Lee County, Alabama and tonight a Deputy on his shift went into Taco Bell in Phenix City, AL and was told that they don’t serve cops. A lady waiting for her food spoke up to say that she was about to ask for a refund because she didn’t want to eat somewhere with a cop. This really disturbs me that people have started treating law enforcement professionals in this manner when these same law enforcement professionals put their lives on the line every day to protect all people, including this woman with a very bad attitude at Taco Bell. We’re going to research this further but if this is what Taco Bell allows to happen, they have lost my business and I hope others of you will do the same.

Rather than letting this sit however and waiting for a lot of trouble the folks at Taco bell moved, FAST:

A Taco Bell cashier in Alabama lost their job after refusing service to two sheriff’s deputies.

The incident allegedly occurred on July 16 when the two deputies, both in uniform, were told by a counter cashier that they would not serve law enforcement and asked them to leave, WTVM reports.

And Taco Bell local and corporate moved pretty quick

Taco Bell spokesperson Laura Nedbal issued the following statement to News Leader 9, stating:

Taco Bell and Tacala, the franchise owner of the Phenix City Taco Bell, in no way endorse this sentiment. We are deeply appreciative of the men and women who have taken the oath to serve and protect our communities. Our franchisee has launched an investigation into this matter and will take appropriate action. Tacala will be reaching out directly to Deputy Sheriff Mayo and his wife Tammy Bush Mayo.
The second statement from Nedbal confirms the termination, saying:

In the course of the investigation at the Taco Bell in Phenix City, Tacala, the franchise owner of that location, has terminated the employee who refused service to two Lee County Deputies on July 16th. Tacala has contacted the Lee County Sheriff’s Department to apologize directly to the two Deputies and assure them of their ongoing support of law enforcement.

Note to restaurant owners, The International Union of Thieves, Pickpockets and Thugs (IUTPT) notwithstanding that’s the way to do it.

So when they had assembled, Pilate said to them,

“Which one do you want me to release to you, (Jesus) Barabbas, or Jesus called Messiah?”

For he knew that it was out of envy that they had handed him over.  While he was still seated on the bench, his wife sent him a message, “Have nothing to do with that righteous man. I suffered much in a dream today because of him.”  The chief priests and the elders persuaded the crowds to ask for Barabbas but to destroy Jesus.

The governor said to them in reply, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They answered, “Barabbas!”  Pilate said to them, “Then what shall I do with Jesus called Messiah?” They all said, “Let him be crucified!”

Matthew 27:17-22

 

If there is one thing that Stacy McCain knows it’s crazy and when looking at the Baton Rouge shooter that’s what he sees.

Besides which, I am a well-known expert in craziness. I’ve been studying kooks for years, and when I say somebody’s crazy? Trust me.

Gavin Eugene Long was deranged, daft, demented, cracked, zany, wacko, bonkers, off his rocker and a few fries short of a Happy Meal:

Now as he points out “crazy” and “racist” are no more mutually exclusive than “sane” and “racist” nor does a his craziness make those who encouraged or affirmed his racist opinions as he put it:

This kind of kook cult conspiracy stuff is always floating around out there. You’ve got white people who are into weird pagan sex cults, feminists who are into astrology, tarot, “goddess spirituality,” et cetera.

Was it entirely coincidental that a crazy kook cultist like Gavin Long was inspired to drive to Louisiana and shoot cops? No, because the “Black Lives Matter” movement appeals to the same kind of Afrocentric racial insanity that led Gavin long to rename himself “Cosmo Setepenra.”

This is the problem with media coverage that deliberately feeds into racial paranoia in the black community,

Now when it comes down to it, everybody has their own issues and if this guy had just remained a crazy black nationalist racist with a chip on his shoulder that would be fine, it would be on him and several police would still be alive today.

Instead radical groups of the left, with a big assist from both the Media and the White House decided to play into that crazy for their own political ends.

That’s why to Twitter, a guy like Robert Stacy McCain who owns more books written by radical feminists on feminism than most Woman’s studies majors and has read more of them than professors of woman’s studies professors can be banned from Twitter for quoting those feminists and others public statements while a guy like Gavin Eugene Long was considered just fine, until he started gunning down cops

The Jewish elders pushed the crowd to call for Barabbas for political reasons, the twitter Safety crowd called for Gavin Eugene Long in the same way because that choice affirmed their prejudices and didn’t dump him until it was inconvenient.

Unexpectedly

Exit question:  How many other Gavin Eugene Longs are now on twitter cheering the murder of police while Stacy McCain remains banned?  Anyone Bueller?  BUELLER?


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Client: That’s pretty steep!

Jon Sable: Depends on how you look at it. I’ve always figured that 70% of something is worth more that 100% of nothing.

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Cleveland Browns running back Isiah Crowell has a history of bad decision making dating back to his Georgia Bulldog days:

Georgia running back Isaiah Crowell, who was in and out of Bulldogs coach Mark Richt’s doghouse as a freshman, was dismissed from the team Friday after being arrested on weapons charges by Athens-Clarke County Police overnight.

Crowell, from Columbus, Ga., was arrested and charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor, according to the Athens-Clarke County Jail booking report.

Crowell, 19, was charged with a felony count of possessing a weapon in a school zone, a felony count of altered identification mark and a misdemeanor count of possession/carrying a concealed weapon.

So there was not a lot of surprise when he made another bad decision to send out a cartoon showing a police officer getting his throat slit by a masked man on social media

Crowell pulled the cartoon but his initial apology went over flat, but old friend Ed Morrissey is giving him credit for attempting to do better the second time around

Give Crowell some credit, too. He’s parting with nearly a month’s salary (when spread out over the year), and the money goes to help those who truly need some community support. On top of that, he’s offering a personal and full apology, not some I’m sorry everyone misunderstood my genius non-apology. “I don’t want to be part of the problem,” Crowell said in the video above, “I want to be part of the solution.” Making amends is the first step. Maintaining that example for his fans is the next step. He really is putting his money where his mouth is, and maybe that will be a valuable life lesson to Crowell and others to think before engaging in public debates.

Now as a good Catholic I’m certainly a big fan of constriction and I very much hope that Mr. Crowell is sincere in his regret but I think the real lesson from this story is that if there was one subject that Mr. Crowell aced during his time at first Georgia then Alabama State it’s economics.

You see Mr. Crowell is slated to earn $592,000 this season with the Cleveland Browns and if the Browns decided that he is too radioactive to keep then that 592K will be in jeopardy.  And if the NFL decides the same then Mr. Crowell might find himself unemployable as a football player and lucky to find a $15 hr job even if the minimum wage is raised that high.

So while some might say that $37,000 is a high price to pay for a single cartoon, I submit and suggest that fully tax deductible $37K is a wise investment in remaining in the top 10% of American incomes for at least the next several years.

That’s the thing about math, it doesn’t care what you believe or what you think, it’s just relentlessly true.


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As you know two days ago Barack Obama made it a point to go to Dallas Tuesday to speak at the memorial service of the police officers that the media keeps telling us has united the country in grief.

That being the case one might think that the President in recognition of our national mourning might have lit up the White House Blue in honor not only of the five Dallas police slain but others who have been targeted for murder since then. After all he lit up the White House rainbow for Gay Marriage surely you would think the President would light the White House Blue for the murdered police in Dallas?

You would be wrong:

President Obama ignored a request made by a federal government police union to illuminate the White House in blue to honor the five Dallas police officers massacred during a Black Lives Matter protest last Thursday, according to a report by Police Magazine.

Flags were ordered lowered to half-staff by Obama to honor the Dallas officers.

Obama has lit up the White House to mark Breast cancer awareness in 2013, and to celebrate the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage in 2015

Now this might surprise you, after all given the outcry you would naturally expect a cause and effect relationship here, rest assured there is one.

You see the Democrat party is a party of coalitions and Democrat politicians understand a part of that coalition that they are completely dependent on for re-election either supports the murder of police or at best doesn’t disapprove of it.

So given the fragility of the Campaign of Hillary Clinton and the need to once again gin up the vote of those who would see police dead in an election year this White House will not be lit up in honor of police, at least not unless the political pressure becomes so great that not doing so could cost the Democrats elections.

I think conservative bloggers and GOP candidates for office would be rather wise to arrange for phone calls to Democrats running for election and re-election in the House and Senate asking them if they will call upon the White House to be lit up blue in honor of the Murdered Dallas police.

I think their answers would prove very informative to the voting public don’t you?


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The International union of Thieves, Pickpockets and Thugs: IUTPT has released the following letter concerning recent developments in Cleveland, Minneapolis and elsewhere.

7/13/2016
IUTPT international
“Hand over the loot”
Press Release

We of the International Union of Thieves, Pickpockets and Thugs IUTPT national office (Washington DC) would like to express out heartfelt thanks to the Minneapolis Lynx of the WNBA and Isaiah Crowell of the Cleveland Browns for their actions that have resulted in the withdraw and/or threatened withdrawal of police protection for their franchise events.

Our members livelihood depend on a decreased police presence at venues where they operate. By taking steps to discourage police from serving at these locations they ensure that those of us who depend on finding vulnerable marks at sporting events, those who hope to find resellable merchandise in parked cars and those of us who just wish to blow off steam by beating on some passerby can be assured that they can do so without worry as to the intervention of police.

We would on behalf of our pickpocket division also like to give special shout out to Beyonce whose efforts to persuade police to avoid her concerts have given them access to thousands of yuppie wallets and credit cards that might otherwise have been unobtainable.

and of course we don’t want to forget both employees at Zaxby’s Dairy Queen for tampering with officers food. The less likely that police are to attend one of their locations the more likely our members will be able to operate there in a safe worry free environment, at least for them.

The most important thing to us as a union is to be sure that our members can pursue their trade freely and without hinderance. We would encourage not only Black Lives Matter, but sports figures, restaurant employees, celebrities, pols in general and this administration to continue their tireless efforts to continue to demoralize police and the institutions of justice so that we, the criminal element can continue to reap the benefits of a truly lawless society.

We will remember come election day.

Your friends of the IBTPT
“Hand over the Loot

This is of course a parody but I suspect it will not be long before it becomes reality.


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One thing about news stories that do not involve national figures is the question of what constitutes a “National” story and what constitutes a local story.

For example all of the various shootings of black youths in Chicago constitute “local” stories because they

Do not advance the liberal narrative

Don not  constitute an issue that reflects favorably on Democrats

Can not be spun or exploited to use against the GOP

Meanwhile the Michael Brown case constituted a national story because facts notwithstanding it could be used to advance the liberal narrative and be spun and exploited for use against the GOP.

Given those facts can you guess if this story is a “Local” or a “National” one

Durham County’s Fraternal Order of Police is demanding an apology from a councilwoman after she posted to Facebook saying “the most dangerous people with guns are cops and soldiers.”

Jillian Johnson made the post, which has since been deleted, to her personal Facebook page Monday.

It read:

“I am all about keeping guns away from dangerous people, but I feel like more of us should be pointing out that the most dangerous people with guns are cops and soldiers, and that the no-fly list and FBI anti-terror efforts are seriously corrupted by entrapment, racial profiling and Islamophobia.”

Johnson posted a clarification Wednesday morning to her professional Facebook page.

Yes you guessed it, this is a local story because

It involves a democrat attacking police and soldiers

It involves a democrat suggesting they are more dangerous than islamists after the 2nd most successful islamic terror attack on US soil.

All of these things would be easy to exploit in a senate or house races and fits like a glove for the Donald Trump campaign.

Rest assured that if this had been a republican saying something as offensive as this every single GOP candidate in races across the nation would be questioned about them and asked if they support such statements even though the speaker was a city selectman with no connection to any other party member elsewhere in the state let alone anywhere else in the country.

I’ve written a lot about Twitter and the BS we’ve seen toward Robert Stacy McCain the last few days and it has generated a lot of hits but I’d like to go off on a slight tangent.

For whatever reason HBO had one of their semi-annual “Free on Demand” moments and being newly laid off from the lowest paying job I’ve had since I left college in 1985 (Despite the spectacular Obama economy that everyone in the media is telling us we’re in’s talking about) I’ve been taking advantage of the situation to watch my two favorite series: John Adams: about the blunt spoken founding Father who Ted Cruz so reminds me of (more on that later this week) and Band of Brothers the true story of Easy Company in Europe during World War 2.

I bring this up because yesterday I was watching episodes six and seven which take place in Bastogne at the Battle of the Bulge where the 101st airborne are dealing with being surrounded in the dead of winter with little food, limited ammo, no winter clothing while under siege by a German Army five times their size with armor and artillery pounding them to pieces.

Their plight illustrates the difference between the fantasy that Robert Stacy McCain’s contrary opinions are causing oppression to the wealthy feminists now in charge at the Twitter “Safety” crew and feminist students at top line colleges whose annual tuition is double what I was making in my now non-existent job are suffering beyond measure by having their own public statements, expressed publicly on the net, quoted back at them, vs people actually suffering and risking something for a cause.

Furthermore one doesn’t have to go to drama to illustrate the costs of real suffering or risk, one can simply look at stories like this

The career criminal whose drawn gun sparked a wild shootout in which two Brooklyn police officers were wounded in Bedford-Stuyvesant early Saturday is a cop-hating, self-radicalized Muslim who is associated with other suspected extremists, police sources told The Post.

Jamal Funes, whose rap sheet stretches 17 years across three states, is “associated with people the Joint Terrorism Task Force are looking at,” one source said.

via Pam Geller who says:

The NYPD is a favorite target for devout Muslims engaging in jihad. As big as this story is, don’t expect the enemedia to report it. One resident said, “We felt like we were in Baghdad.” Uh, you are.

“When officers show up, they’re in the middle of a combat situation.”

Of course to the people who are silencing Stacy it’s the police who are the oppressors and the gunman the victim, just as the Muslim refugees who were assaulting women in cologne are the victims and the women assaulted in stories like this:

“Teenage Afghan migrant, 16, ‘rapes worker at Belgian asylum centre two weeks after attending a course on how to treat Western women,

Somehow don’t raise the ire of their feminist sisters that the words of Robert Stacy McCain Do.

That’s the real difference between those trying to silence Stacy McCain and Stacy himself.

Stacy surrounded by his children and grandchildren and well versed in the sacrifices both he and his ancestors have gone through to give said children and grandchildren their life in America, knows that even if Twitter never lets him back in, he’s a lucky man with a good life, better that most of the human race before him has endured and he is grateful to God for this bounty.

Meanwhile his critics who are trying to put him down, being ignorant of history and brought up in a culture that’s told them how special they are all their lives, continue to see themselves as oppressed victims of a terrible system even as they draw a healthy pay and enjoy one of the most comfortable lifestyles in the history of mankind.

What an unhappy life that must be. Even with all the financial issues I’ve had for the last year and the physical illness I’ve gone through for the last month, I wouldn’t trade places any of those people in the Twitter Safety crowd or those feminists crying in their cornflakes even if it came with the extra years of their comparative youth.

And I suspect neither would Robert Stacy McCain.

Update: I know I use this Screwtape quote a lot but it so fits here

The characteristic of Pains and Pleasures is that they are unmistakably real, and therefore, as far as they go, give the man who feels them a touchstone of reality. Thus if you had been trying to damn your man by the Romantic method…you would try to protect him at all costs from any real pain; because, of course, five minutes’ genuine toothache would reveal the romantic sorrows for the nonsense they were and unmask your whole stratagem.

I suspect Screwtape and his friends have a field day with modern feminists.

Oh and expect to see more of this:

“The intolerant student Left has even turned on me – a lifelong civil rights campaigner,”

First they came for RS McCain….

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After the Superbowl I asked this question:

What will happen when police decide that the money from details for these celebs just aren’t worth it?

I guess we are going to find out :

Beyoncé’s show at Raymond James Stadium in April is expected to be a sell out but — for the moment at least — there won’t be any police on hand to control the crowds because Tampa cops are refusing to sign up to work at the event

Gee I can’t imagine why police might feel that way.

Now given her wealth I’m sure she can hire private security for herself but that’s no help to the people who show up for the concert who might not want to be robbed or mugged etc.

Perhaps she can get the Black Panthers and black lives matter to provide security, I’m sure the attendees will feel much safer with them protecting their lives and property rather than those evil police.

My father always used to tell me everything costs something, and I guess Beyonce’s fans are going to find out.

Enjoy!