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Mexico: Fighting for the Right to Steal

27th July 2016

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Earlier this month the government resumed negotiations with the CNTE (education union). The negotiations are not working and this is not a surprise. CNTE is not really a union. Rather it is the armed wing of the SNTE (national teachers union). For decades the national union has been criticized because it had become corrupt and anti-education. Parents saw SNTE as an obstacle to their children’s education because too many teacher jobs were not for teachers but for whoever could afford to pay a bribe to get a no-show job. You were paid but you did not have to teach or do any work. That was a job worth fighting for. The state-supported schools had become useless and the CNTE would be called out to stage violent protests whenever local or national governments tried to change this. CNTE claims to have popular support but beyond the families of teachers the CNTE is hated and feared. Open criticism is often violently suppressed. CNTE and SNTE supported whichever political party would help them and was part of a larger corrupt system that most Mexicans want gone. The current reform effort by the federal prosecutors centers on former SNTE head, Elba Esther Gordillo Morales. In 2013 she was indicted on embezzlement and theft charges and arrested. Gordillo allegedly embezzled $160 million in union and education funds and was notorious for her luxurious lifestyle. The government is now trying to clean up the union. To aid with that the government passed a law that gives the federal government control over education. Who had controlled education policy before that? The teachers union did so, with minimal government oversight. Based on the embezzlement scandal, there was also minimal financial oversight. Until the new law was passed, the SNTE determined who was hired and fired. The new law says hiring will be based on qualifications and merit. The teachers union has been one of the most powerful (and allegedly most corrupt) unions in Mexico. It has around 1.5 million members and most of them are not qualified to be teachers. Currently the union maintains roadblocks in Oaxaca state and threatens widespread protests throughout Mexico. The union continues to demand that the government repeal the 2013 laws that required routine evaluations of teacher efficiency. The union also want the government to free two union leaders currently under arrest.

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In Politically Polarized U.S., State Secession Talk Gains Steam

27th July 2016

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In the run up to almost every presidential election, partisans on both sides of the political spectrum threaten to move to a country like Canada or Ireland if the other side wins. But this election is different.

If all the people who said they’d move to Canada if X got elected would just DO IT, we wouldn’t have these problems.

“There’s far less trust in the federal government and major institutions than there was 50 or 60 years ago,” says Jason Sorens, author of Secessionism and a lecturer in government at Dartmouth College. “A lot of people don’t feel represented in D.C. and they’re definitely open to radical solutions like secession because they feel as if that’s a way to get control back over their political destiny.”

That’s because statist trends in government are worse then they’ve been at any time since President Wilson.

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Desperate Venezuelans Swarm Over the Border to Buy Food

26th July 2016

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The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.

This is what the Democrats want to  bring to America. Feel the Bern!

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Pokemon Go Player ‘Deliberately Run Over’ by American Driver

26th July 2016

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Police have charged 36-year-old Jeannie Chapman of Brewer, Maine, with aggravated assault – a class B crime.

Taking exception to the news reports, a Pokémon player posted in the same Facebook group: “They have been reporting us as moronic zombies walking into traffic without paying attention to where we’re going and that’s simply not true.”

Pokemon Go players should ask themselves: ‘Why do they hate us?’

Think of it as evolution in action.

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Orientation at Amherst College Includes Mandatory Screening of ‘White Privilege’ Film

26th July 2016

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Does anyone believe incoming students at Amherst College are racists? Amherst College does, apparently.

‘Welcome go college. Here’s why you ought to be ashamed that you can afford to come here.’

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‘We Tried to Give the Teens… a Safe Place,’ Said Fort Myers Nightclub Where Two Were Killed, 14 Injured Monday

25th July 2016

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Guess it didn’t work.

“Officers arrived on scene and found multiple victims suffering from various levels of gunshot wounds,” Fort Myers Police Captain Jim Mulligan said in a statement. Police say three people have been taken into custody related to the shooting but did not say why.

The problem with ‘gun free zones’ is that only law-abiding people leave their guns outside. Those aren’t the people from whom one needs protection.

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Fashion Ads From The 1970s

25th July 2016

I am not making this up.

I was safely ensconced in the Navy and college during this period, and so thank God missed most of it.

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Mexican Mayor Gunned Down, Second Time in 2 Days

25th July 2016

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Sure, we want more of those people in this country. Open the border! What could possibly go wrong?

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Explosion in Ansbach

24th July 2016

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Bavaria is getting more than its share of excitement this month. The latest incident occurred tonight, and involved a heavy explosion in the town of Ansbach that was not an accident. It killed one person and wounded ten others, some of them seriously.

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The genderfication of U.S. politics

24th July 2016

Steven Hayward looks at the ‘I think I can! I think I can!’

Unlike gay rights and same-sex marriage, which moved slowly from the ground up in state and local venues and courthouses for decades while public opinion crystalized, the issue of transgender rights was immediately elevated and centralized in Washington, with dictates issued from the Justice Department and Congress drawn into the fray.

Has there ever been a social issue that erupted into a national controversy this swiftly, especially about a proximate issue — bathrooms — so seemingly remote from our most pressing national priorities?

They wish to strike while the fear is hot.

The subjectivity at the heart of collegiate transgenderism can be seen in the instability of the root acronym. Whereas it used to be referred to as the LGBT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) community, today there is a riotous diversity of acronyms that are starting to look like the names of Welsh villages.

At Bowdoin College in Maine, for example, you will find LGBTQIA in use, while down the road at Bates College it is LGBTIQQ. The most prolix was Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where the all-gender residence hall advertised itself as a “safe space” for LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM people. (This acronym was scrubbed from the university’s website last year after having been in use for a decade.)

Hey, college students like to be ‘inclusive’, to the point of being ridiculous. I am reminded of the People’s Front of Judea skit from Monty Python.

One wonders how long it will be until one of Lincoln’s famous logical aphorisms is banned from campus as “hate speech” — “If you call a tail a leg how many legs does a dog have? Four. Calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it a leg.” Gender dysphoria may be entirely authentic and deserving respect and legal recognition, but does a man calling himself a woman make him such in the absence of medical treatment?

Tell that to the ‘gay marriage’ people.

And yet one thinks of the aphorism of the Roman poet Horace: Naturam expelles furca, tamen usque recurret — “You may drive out nature with a pitchfork, but she keeps on coming back.” The issue of transgender bathroom integration in public schools may well come to resemble the debacle of forced busing 40 years ago, where compulsory liberalism was forced into headlong retreat by a ferocious public backlash.

Oh, that’s just so Dead White Male….

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Science and Politics: An Abusive Relationship

24th July 2016

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The greatest minds of humanity used to believe in a static universe, phrenology, and many more things that we might find ridiculous today. So if skepticism is so demonstrably useful and deserved, why do people demonize each other for failure to follow the herd?

It’s politics, stupid.

Like basically anything today, science often finds itself mired in the ostentatious game of political signaling. Opinions and interpretations of scientific research are as much a part of political identity as a bumper sticker or a lawn sign. This is hugely unfortunate because it leads people to adopt dogmatic approaches to a process that should be objective.

Politics ruin science (and pretty much everything else) because everything is reduced to a zero-sum game: an us versus them scenario where concession is likened to defeat. They also reduce diversity of opinion and promote groupthink.

‘Progressives’, of course, don’t have a problem with groupthink; their whole world depends on it.

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Thought for the Day: Democratic National Convention

24th July 2016

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Thought for the Day

23rd July 2016

Separated at birth?

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Dwarfs on High

23rd July 2016

Taki doesn’t much like modern Europe.

France was once a very great country, both a military as well as an intellectual powerhouse. It is now just a tourist attraction where one may or may not get killed by an Islamist.

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What if There Just Aren’t Enough Jobs to Go Around?

22nd July 2016

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Despite steady job growth over the past six years, the U.S. labor market—by some accounts—has become a stagnant place where fewer people switch jobs and workers linger in the same roles for longer.

Recent research exploring the causes of this declining labor-market dynamism has focused on supply restrictions, such as state-based occupational licensing regimes, which make it harder for licensed workers to relocate across state borders, or prohibitively high rents in job-rich cities, which impede mobility. A drop in labor-market fluidity reduces overall employment rates, affecting younger and less-educated workers most of all, research by economists Steven Davis and John Haltiwanger shows. White House economist Jason Furman has also cited occupational licensing as a barrier to job fluidity.

A new paper says the problem is not supply. It’s that firms just don’t have enough demand for labor.

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Misinformed Latino Cop Tries to Shoot Harmless Latino Autist, Wounds His Black Caregiver Instead. White People at Fault.

22nd July 2016

Steve Sailer deconstructs the Narrative so that you won’t have to.

White people, of course, are responsible for everything bad in the world, especially when they aren’t even present.

Now, cops say things like, “I’m going home tonight,” meaning: “I’m not getting myself killed over this.”

Can’t say that I blame them.

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Liberal Hypocrisy, an International Phenomenon

22nd July 2016

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American liberals trumpet a “wage gap” between men and women, notwithstanding reams of social science data demonstrating that men’s higher average earnings reflect life choices, not discrimination. White House salaries are published, so analysts have shown that Barack Obama’s own staff manifests the same “pay gap” that Obama and Hillary Clinton decry in private industry. Democrats have no response; as usual, they count on voter ignorance.

It is entertaining to see the same drama play out in the United Kingdom….

‘Progressives’ are the masters of ‘do as I say, not as I do’.

Politicians love to impose burdens, sometimes impossible burdens, on others, especially business people, but they are much more understanding when it comes to their own conduct. In 1994, Newt Gingrich and his colleagues drafted a Contract With America, a key provision of which was that Congress should live by the same laws it imposes on the rest of us. That proposal was wildly popular, given that Congress had made a regular practice of inserting an exception for itself in legislation.

Homework exercise: Look up whether Congress and its staffers have to use the same Obamacare insurance they dump on everybody else.

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Russian Warplanes Reportedly Bombed US Base in Syria

22nd July 2016

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Russian warplanes reportedly bombed a secret military base in Syria used by elite American and British forces last month.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Russian strike on the CIA-linked site was part of a campaign by Russia to pressure the White House to agree to closer cooperation in the Syrian skies, U.S. military and intelligence officials said.

Sure, that makes perfect sense.

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Cop Stabbed While Mob Chants “Black Lives Matter” … in London

21st July 2016

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Scotland Yard cancelled all leaves for bobbies after a riot by youths chanting “black lives matter” in Hyde Park in the poshest part of London left a policeman stabbed.

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Baton Rouge Cop Killer Renounced ‘Slave Name,’ Joined Black Anti-Government Movement

20th July 2016

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And yet the Obamanation still can’t figure out what his motive might be. What a puzzler!

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Black Lives Matter Activists Occupy Police Union Headquarters in D.C. and New York

20th July 2016

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Black Lives Matter activists occupied police union offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City on Wednesday morning for what protesters say is the unions’ role in defending police violence against minorities and opposing police reform legislation.

In D.C., activists with the local chapters of the Black Youth Project 100 and Black Lives Matter blocked the entrances to the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) legislative headquarters and the nearby intersection.

Meanwhile, the New York City chapters of the BYP100 and Million Hoodies occupied the lobby of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, which represents New York City Police Department officers.

Standing outside the FOP’s legislative office in D.C., local Black Youth Project 100 activist Clarise McCants called the FOP “the most dangerous fraternity in America.”

“We’re here today to make sure that no legislation that will continue to criminalize black people and protect killer cops is created,” McCants said. “When police officers kill us, they call their police union rep first, so the unions, especially the Fraternal Order of Police, are one of the main hindrances to keeping police accountable.”

If these guys are trying to start a race war with the police, I know who I’m betting on.

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Caitlyn Jenner: Coming Out as Republican Harder Than Coming Out as Trans

20th July 2016

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My, what a surprise! Aren’t you surprised? I’m sure surprised.

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6 Figures Speaking at the DNC Who Will Make You Sick

20th July 2016

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On Monday night, the media went apoplectic over Pat Smith, the mother of Sean Smith, who was murdered in the Benghazi terror attack of September 11, 2012. Smith blasted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, stating, “He was murdered by radical Islamic terrorists. I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son…She lied to me and then called me a liar…she looked me squarely in the eye and told me a video was responsible.” She concluded, “How could she do this to me? How could she do this to any American family?”

The media lost what was left of its collective mind. Chris Matthews, the Man Who Brushes His Hair With A Shoe™ says that this was a “gross accusation” that ruined the night.” Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post said that the accusation was “extraordinary.” Rachel Maddow said that Smith was “playing with a very specific kind of fire that almost is impossible for me to watch, I have to say.”

As if Democrats didn’t do this at every Convention, at every State of the Union, at every public gathering where jackasses are found.

These are the same people who cheered wildly when the Democrats trotted out the “Jersey Girls” widows of 9/11 during the 2004 convention.

These are the same people who will cheer wildly when the Democrats unveil their latest round of absurd pseudo-victims in order to target police at the DNC in Philadelphia.

They, will, of course, be pushing the Black Lies Matter party line.

Note that, of these six mothers, five do not have the same surname as the ‘victim’.

 

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Tattooist Jailed After Drawing Penis and Swear Word pn Woman’s Back, Instead of Yin Yang Symbol

20th July 2016

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Perhaps he knew something we don’t.

Appearing in court in the small city of St. Pölten, where the incident occurred, the man was asked by the judge why he had drawn the penis, to which he replied: “Just because.”

Let that be a lesson to us all.

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This Is a War, and Black Lives Matter Is the Enemy

20th July 2016

Sheriff David Clarke lays it out.

The targeting of police for hate and for murder is by Black Lives Matter and their accomplices are, in actuality, the targeting is our rule of law. Groups like Black Lives Matter, blessed by the progressive left and most recently our own President Obama, need to be exposed and condemned for their true aims: revolution.Black Lives Matter organizers hold the same values of America’s age-old enemies, who have always fought the ideals of our Constitution and our nation. That they have now taken on as their costume a false concern for Black America only adds to their depravity.

This president will not name Black Lives Matter the enemy. Instead, the White House proactively defended the revolutionary group in the most unfitting of contexts: the eulogies for fallen police officers in Dallas, Texas. He has invited those who speak hate against our rule of law and police officers, in some cases the only element that stands between the violence-plagued communities and their utter destruction, into his fold. The Democrats and their leaders have made their choice known to the American people: utter capitulation.

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The Tepid Trumper

19th July 2016

Kathy Shaidle vents.

The political correctness my anarchist pals and I wrote off in the late ’80s as an irritating passing fad on a par with Cabbage Patch Dolls has become, along with certain varieties of mental illness, enshrined in public policy and entrenched in quotidian intercourse.

It’s 1968 with (even) crappier music. I want it over.

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Security Themed Convention Night Features Parents of Children Killed by Undocumented Immigrants

18th July 2016

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Everyone I know in Dallas is personally acquainted with somebody who was run into by a drunk illegal Mexican with no license and no insurance.

That’s why Trump’s wall is so attractive. It’s just that simple.

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Je Suis So Tired of This Shit

18th July 2016

Sarah Hoyt does the news.

Lately I’ve found myself growling at the tv.  This is part of the reason that, in the US I watch almost no TV.  Okay, okay, I confess, it’s because at one time I threw a house slipper at the TV and Dan decided he should stop watching it when I was around, because next time I might throw a snow-boot.

But that was campaign speeches. This is the news.

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Dear White People: Stop Apologizing

18th July 2016

Jim Goad blows the whistle.

All across America, white people are apologizing to black people for things they didn’t do and historical situations they had no hand in creating. While it obviously makes these self-flagellating Caucasoids feel good about themselves, will it make even the tiniest difference in the lives of ordinary black Americans?

Hint: No.

I’ve been asking this question since the early 1990s and will continue asking it until someone gives a satisfying answer or they throw their hands up and admit there is no answer: Can you name a majority-black country on Earth where blacks live longer and have a higher standard of living than they do in America? Don’t avoid the question or wonder about my motives for asking it—just ANSWER it. If you can’t, you will be forced to concede that blacks die younger and are far more impoverished when left to their own devices than when they live in white-majority countries. I realize this fact alone destroys your dangerously fraudulent “equality” narrative, but the question must be asked, again and again, wherever poisonous propaganda serves to make white people feel guilty for being history’s winners.

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The Arrogance of the Elite

18th July 2016

The Antiplanner weighs in.

America needs less democracy to avoid tyranny, says Andrew Sullivan in New York magazine. America “suffers from too much democracy,” agrees Richard Cohen in the Washington Post.

Anyone who supports Donald Trump is a traitor, writes Charles Pierce in Esquire. James Traub in Foreign Policy calls Trump and Brexit supporters “ignorance masses” and says it’s time for the “elites to rise up” against them, or at least to “un-delude them,” perhaps in re-education camps.

Who are the elites who say these things? They aren’t just the one percent of intelligentsia who live in Manhattan or inside the Beltway. Really, most of them are among the 30 percent of people who make up the upper-middle class: namely those with college educations who earn around $90,000 a year or more per two-person family.

These people are totally out of touch with the realities faced by the other 70 percent. How many people with college educations number among their real friends someone who is working class? How many even talk with working class people other than restaurant servers, retail clerks, and similar workers? How many understand that the policies that benefit the college-educated upper-middle-class often harm the working class?

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Yup, She’s Crooked

17th July 2016

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Hillary Clinton is the most corrupt person ever to get this close to becoming president of the United States. Aaron Burr was corrupt, but his treason didn’t occur until after his presidential possibilities had dried up. Ulysses Grant was a great man whose administration was riddled with corruption, but he wasn’t personally involved. Warren Harding wasn’t a great man, but he wasn’t party to the corruption in his administration either. Hillary Clinton stands alone.

Her corruption has many dimensions. It encompasses her personal, professional, and political life. There are lots of overlaps. Her use of a private email server engulfs all three aspects. With Clinton, one never has to exaggerate. Her malfeasance speaks for itself, loudly. She lies to get out of trouble and fool the press and voters. But she also lies gratuitously—when it’s not required to avoid trouble. Face to face with the parents of CIA commandos who were killed in Benghazi while protecting Ambassador Chris Stevens, Clinton lied. She said an anti-Islam video had prompted the fatal attack, which she knew wasn’t true, when she could have simply expressed her condolences. Clinton has a masochistic relationship with the media. She spurns them. They protect her.

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Pokémon Go Players Shot at After Being Mistaken for Burglars

17th July 2016

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Three Police Officers Shot Dead, More Injured in Baton Rouge

17th July 2016

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If it comes to a war between black nutjobs and police, I know which one I’m betting on.

I have this vision of Donald Trump sitting back with a smile on his face like the Joker.

I feel secure because there are no black people (that I’ve ever seen) in my neighborhood. We have a lot of South Asians, but South Asians, like East Asians, are Honorary White People in almost everybody’s view; certainly in the view of the Crust.

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College Students Don’t Want to Learn: They Want to Teach You About Identity Politics

15th July 2016

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“We have spoken. We are speaking. Pay attention.” Nothing captures the attitude of the modern college activist as perfectly as this statement, made by Yale University students petitioning the English department for changes to the curriculum (they wanted to read fewer white male poets).

It’s the constant refrain of the far-left social justice student: Our minds are made up. The time for discussion is over. We aren’t here to be educated. We are here to educate you.

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“The Talk”

14th July 2016

Paul Mirengoff at Powerline lays it out.

African-American leaders and pundits are tripping over themselves talking about “the talk.” For example, in his Dallas speech, President Obama referred to black parents giving their children “’the talk’ about how to respond if stopped by a police officer — ‘yes, sir,’ ‘no, sir.’”

Is there evidence that black parents give their children such a talk more often than white parents? I haven’t seen any.

Nor have I seen evidence that “the talk,” if widely given in the African-American community, is having the desired effect. Michael Brown wasn’t saying “yes sir, no sir” when he twice attacked Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, first in Wilson’s police car and later on the street. Freddy Gray wasn’t saying “yes sir, no sir” when he made a scene and then threw himself about in the police van in West Baltimore.

How about the black teenagers in McKinney, Texas who crashed a pool party and then refused to disperse when the police arrived and told them to? One of the kids repeatedly disobeyed reasonable police orders. Yes, one officer badly overreacted to this incident. However, my point for purposes of this post is that the behavior of the teenagers suggests that either they didn’t get “the talk” or didn’t take it seriously.

Perhaps there ought to be a mandatory viewing of Chris Rock’s video How Not To Get Your Ass Kicked By The Police, which is on YouTube.

Mac Donald describes how, in Cincinnati, a small riot broke out in late July 2015 when the police arrived at a drive-by shooting scene where a four-year-old girl had been shot in the head and critically injured. African-American bystanders loudly cursed at officers who had started arresting suspects at the scene on outstanding warrants.

The next month in Ferguson, 18-year-old Tyrone Harris opened fire at police officers, according to law-enforcement officials, and was shot and wounded by police in response. A mostly black crowd pelted the cops with frozen water bottles and rocks, wounding three officers, while destroying three police cars and damaging businesses, Ferguson police said. Some protesters reportedly chanted, “We’re ready for what? We’re ready for war.”

The same month, in Birmingham, Alabama, an officer was beaten unconscious with his own gun by a suspect in a car stop. There was gloating on social media. “Pistol whipped his ass to sleep,” read one Twitter post. The officer later said that he had refrained from using force to defend himself for fear of a media backlash for alleged racism.

All of this is a long way from “yes sir, no sir.”

Sounds to me as if the fault is not with the police.

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Transgender ‘Woman’ Charged With Filming Teen Girl in Target Dressing Room

14th July 2016

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Sean Smith, a man who lives life dressed as a woman and goes by the name Shauna Smith, was formally charged with the crime of video voyeurism in an Idaho Falls court room Wednesday.

Let’s see, whose turn is it to say I Told You So….

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Dem Super PAC Spends Millions on Firms, Salaries — Nothing on Candidates

14th July 2016

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A Democratic super PAC founded by a former U.S. senator has pulled in millions of dollars in recent years but has not made any contributions to Democratic candidates or committees since 2008, a review of campaign finance records shows.

Instead, 21st Century Democrats Super PAC has poured millions into fundraising firms and salaries. The Super PAC also pays rent to a firm whose owner pleaded guilty to his involvement in the racketeering scheme run by recently convicted Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.).

21st Century Democrats, which was created in 1988 by former Sen. Tom Harkin, commentator Jim Hightower, and former Rep. Lane Evans (D., Ill.), has a stated mission of “training progressives and building a network of populist Democrats who stand up for America’s working families. The super PAC pledges to “support progressive Democratic leaders who will shape the direction of the Democratic Party and enact public policy that transforms this country to a just, fair and equal society for all.”

Despite the group’s stated mission, the only support they appear to have given to Democrats in recent years comes in the form of endorsements posted on their website.

The perfect Democrat slush fund. Lots of talk, lost of ‘jobs for the boys’, and no action.

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Woman Posts Instagram Photo at Grand Canyon Moments Before Falling to Her Death

13th July 2016

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Think of it as evolution in action.

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Disgruntled Bernie Sanders Supporters Planning “Fart-In” at Democratic National Convention

13th July 2016

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Sounds make to order for a disgruntled old fart candidate.

The Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign has reportedly been collecting a wide variety of donated canned and dried beans in its Philadelphia office, with the intention of feeding the flatulence-inducing vegetables to willing Bernie Sanders supporters before they enter the convention hall. Organizers of the “fart-in” won’t provide the names of those delegates who have pledged to participate, but they have indicated that at least “a bunch” are inclined to make their gaseous protest heard.

Now that’s entertainment … if you’re a college sophomore, as I suspect a lot of such people are.

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Race, Lies, and Videotape

13th July 2016

Peter Kirsanow peeks behind the curtain.

Does anyone for a moment believe that the current rash of  shootings of law enforcement personnel would be occurring if large segments of the black population didn’t incorrectly believe that cops are shooting blacks at a disproportionate rate? There is (and has been for some time) substantial evidence that blacks are not shot at disproportionate rates, at least not disproportionate to the rates blacks are involved in crime or conduct that otherwise triggers interaction with police. In Ferguson, Missouri, for example, blacks are nearly 17 times more likely to commit murder than whites. In New York City blacks are 34 times more likely than whites to engage in shootings.

The president knows this. So does his attorney general and the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. The members of the media should know it, otherwise they should be in a different profession. Yet each continues to traffic in falsehoods — falsehoods that are the political equivalent of shouting “Fire!” in a crowded theater; falsehoods that provide convenient rationales for bad actors.

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Even at a Funeral, Dividing the Nation Is Apparently Good Politics

13th July 2016

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On Tuesday, during the memorial service for the five murdered Dallas police officers, President Obama began the speech eloquently. But it sadly once again became a political dividing tool when he made the absolutely outrageous statement that teenagers can get a hold of a Glock more readily than a book or a computer.

Harmony, brief as it was, immediately became a social media free-for-all. He just could not help make it about his political beliefs with a whopper of a lie. Has he never heard of a library? Did he think politics really belonged at a memorial service? With an entire nation grieving and watching an entire city and police force grieving in front of him, for some odd reason, he felt the need to go there.

Yeah, well, that’s all he knows how to do.

Civil Rights icon Bob Woodson has little respect for the Black Lives Matter provocateurs. He finds them morally bankrupt, whose only determination seems to be fifteen minutes of shame rather than concrete resolutions to problems.

“I would never equate one moment of the Civil Rights movement to anything that BLM has orchestrated,” he said.

“They are no different than the Black Panthers,” he said of the often violent Black Nationalist party that thrived in the 60’s until the early 80’s.

Well, yeah.

Woodson said, “I think people in power in both the left and right are profiting from this divide; because the left can use it politically and so can the right. The left can use it to turn out the base and the right can use it to turn out voters who would not normally vote for them but do out of fear,” he said.

“Some of us who have standing as civil rights people need to have a voice,” said Woodson; “The media always gives a camera and a microphone to the disruptors but not the people who are trying to find solutions.”

“We need to get these hustling black preachers out of the way, and give voice to people like the Dallas police chief. That is someone who is showing leadership,” he said.

Hear, hear.

Woodson doesn’t just blame BLM for inflaming racial tensions. “Look at what Fox News is doing,” he said. “It is what pisses me off with conservative broadcasters; they will have on Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and then Bill O’Reilly and Laura Ingraham become the foil,” he said.

“In short, the face of opposition to BLM is O’Reilly and Ingraham,” Woodson said.

“Fox should not be using Sharpton or Jackson or these other race hucksters,” he said. “All they are doing is continuing the divide and I am forced to conclude that some people on the right have begun forming their own grievance industry in reaction to BLM,” Woodson said.

Well said.

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The Rise of Sentiment and the Fall of Civilization

13th July 2016

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Already in the 1950s, Jacques Barzun pointed out in his House of Intellect, people were beginning to say “I feel that…” instead of “I think that…” in common discourse. This terminological ferment marked a change in how people were engaging the world as the Modern Ages passed away. Reason, which had been enjoying a free pass and a table close to the orchestra ever since the Middle Ages (when it was virtually the only kind of thing taught in the universities), and which even later modestly named a time period after itself, butted heads with sentiment… and lost. This “triumph of the will” gave us Romanticism, Nietzsche’s philosophy, impressionist paintings, and self-esteem classes like “Me Studies.” The heart wants what it wants.

The Sixties then were less a youth revolution than the aftermath of an adult abdication. Commenting on Barzun, R.R. Reno wrote that “the adult world of achieved self-discipline” gave way to “an adolescent world of spontaneity and desire” as the epigones of the old Bourgeois threw in with the Bohemian project, a “royal road to self-discovery through the alchemy of self-expression.” Barzun predicted that the then-emerging Bohemian Era would be anti-intellectual: characterized by an “externalized and collective sense of purpose” (Everything is political! Everything is a Movement!) and an “undifferentiated, amorphous inner life” (The triumph of the will! If it feels good, do it!). After all, the Bourgeois Era was repressive, patriarchal, and logocentric, wunnit?

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Brexit Could Push Up the Price of Coffee by 5%, London Roasters Say

13th July 2016

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OMG! THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO END!

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Man Threatened to Kill Indy Officers’ Families, Police Say

13th July 2016

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Six years ago, March E. Ratney was arrested after neighborhood residents told police he was riding a bike and firing a gun. When officers responded to the 911 calls, court documents say, Ratney called them pigs. He called one officer a “cracker.” The documents say he threatened to go to the officers’ homes and kill their families.

Ratney, 27, is now accused of trying to carry out a similar threat.

Ratney’s words from 2010 echo eerily now after police say he went to the home of an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officer early Tuesday and fired more than a dozen shots at the officer’s home and police car.

The neck tattoo suggests what a fine, upstanding citizen he is.

Riggs said Ratney wore a T-shirt that, on the front, had the words, “F— the police.” On the back, he said, the shirt read, “Black Lives Matter,” a social justice movement that protests police shooting deaths of black men. The movement was born out of the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who was accused in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teen.

Somebody is trying to start a race war in America, and it ain’t white people.

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Gunman Opens Fire on Crowd at Candlelight Vigil in West Baltimore

13th July 2016

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“We only wanted to celebrate my son, and they’re shooting at us,” said Scofield, whose family escaped without injury. “What else is it you want? What else do you want? You got my son … and you’re still shooting at us because we have a candlelight vigil? When will it end?”

Who’s shooting at you? Let me give you a hint: It wasn’t a white police officer.

A total of 344 people were killed in Baltimore last year, 301 of them by gunfire. This year has seen more than 130 shooting deaths to the city — enough to make a florist pack up, Bailey said.

Elect Democrats to run your city and you too can have this murder rate. Ask Rahm Emmanuel.

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Dallas Police Chief David Brown Says He and His Family Received Death Threats

13th July 2016

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Of course. He’s not being black enough and not supporting the Narrative.

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Former Miss Alabama Calls Dallas Cop Shooter a ‘Martyr’

13th July 2016

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The first African-American Miss Alabama called the man who shot and killed 5 Dallas police officers during a Black Lives Matter protest on Thursday a “martyr.”

Kalyn Chapman James, who was crowned in 1993, said in a tearful video on Facebook Sunday that while she doesn’t want to “feel this way,” she finds it difficult to be sad for the departed police officers and “can’t help but feeling like the shooter was a martyr.”

The comments on James’ video were overwhelmingly positive. Many thanked the former beauty pageant winner for voicing her opinion.

Of course they were.

Maybe it’s time to move to New Zealand.

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Dallas Police Sniper Was Shunned by New Black Panthers, Says Group’s Leader

13th July 2016

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And if you believe that one they’ll tell you another one.

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Four Cops Reportedly Walk Out of WNBA Game After Players Wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ Shirts

13th July 2016

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The president of a Minneapolis police union Tuesday commended a quartet of officers who reportedly walked off their jobs providing security at a WNBA game on Saturday night after some players wore “Black Lives Matter” shirts calling for change after recent police shootings.

Can’t say that I blame them.

Some people are looking to start a race war in the U.S. and they ain’t white people.

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Brexit Shows Ugly Side of British Universities

12th July 2016

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Censorious antics of ‘snowflake’ students have regularly made front-page news here in the UK. No longer. The momentous political fall-out from the June 23rd referendum, when a majority of citizens voted in favor of Britain leaving the European Union, has swept all other concerns aside. Whatever occurs in the coming months, whether ‘Brexit’ actually happens, or, as looks increasingly likely, the democratic will of the people is kicked into the long grass, the response to the referendum from within universities has had a devastating impact on academic freedom.

It would be difficult to imagine universities, in the run up to a general election, publicly articulating a preference for one party over another, or urging staff and students to vote a certain way. But this is what happened in the run up to the referendum. Universities UK (UUK), an umbrella group representing the collective interests of the British higher education sector, launched its Universities for Europe campaign in July 2015. Its aim was to demonstrate how ‘the EU strengthens our already world-class higher-education system’ and to ‘promote powerful evidence and highlight compelling stories about the benefits of European Union membership’.

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