Monthly Archives: April 2015

Hope and Change: Baltimore riots edition

Starting off with a few positive notes before descending into despair…

Hero of the Week: Mom finds son rioting, slaps the shit out of him. Nice to see some good parenting. Watch the videos in both of the links. ‎Toya Graham 2016‬: Because America could use some tough love.

Hero of the Week II: I heart Robert Valentine. Must watch video at the link.

I like this guy. Not throwing anything at the cops, just dancing in spectacular fashion.

As I’ve noted before, the Baltimore PD is terrible and needs to be completely scrapped and started over. However, that doesn’t justify Monday night.

See, we do actually have a policing problem in this country that needs to be addressed. But that point gets lost when you start rioting and destroying shit.

What I don’t get about the riot apologists – and there are plenty of them on the Left (I’m looking at you Ta-Nehisi Coates and Marc Lamont Hill) – is their apparent failure to understand that the people most hurt by the rioting/looting/burning of these communities are the poor minorities who live there. <—Example A, Example B –> “Do you know how long I’m gonna have to walk now to get some milk?” Jonathan Capehart gets it.

These idiot thugs burned down a church’s Senior Center, for Christ’s sake. Good job, kids! Those old people really had it coming! This African-American mother of three working at a shoe store to feed her kids (video at link is same as below) had been oppressing blacks for far too long. She finally got what was coming to her, amirite? You fucking assholes. Nothing justifies destroying innocent people’s property like this. NOTHING.

The media is having trouble with the narrative on this one because Baltimore is a majority black city run by black progressives. And – like most of our disastrous big cities – it’s been run by Democrats for decades. As Kevin Williamson writes, Baltimore is the Left fighting the Left over the failed policies of the Left. Here’s an excerpt, but go read the whole thing:

American cities are by and large Democratic-party monopolies, monopolies generally dominated by the so-called progressive wing of the party. The results have been catastrophic…There is someone to blame for what’s wrong in Baltimore. Would any sentient adult American be shocked to learn that Baltimore has a corrupt and feckless police department enabled by a corrupt and feckless city government? I myself would not, and the local authorities’ dishonesty and stonewalling in the death of Freddie Gray is reminiscent of what we have seen in other cities. There’s a heap of evidence that the Baltimore police department is pretty bad. This did not come out of nowhere. While the progressives have been running the show in Baltimore, police commissioner Ed Norris was sent to prison on corruption charges (2004), two detectives were sentenced to 454 years in prison for dealing drugs (2005), an officer was dismissed after being videotaped verbally abusing a 14-year-old and then failing to file a report on his use of force against the same teenager (2011), an officer was been fired for sexually abusing a minor (2014), and the city paid a quarter-million-dollar settlement to a man police illegally arrested for the non-crime of recording them at work with his mobile phone. There’s a good deal more. Does that sound like a disciplined police organization to you?

Yes, Baltimore seems to have some police problems. But let us be clear about whose fecklessness and dishonesty we are talking about here: No Republican, and certainly no conservative, has left so much as a thumbprint on the public institutions of Baltimore in a generation. Baltimore’s police department is, like Detroit’s economy and Atlanta’s schools, the product of the progressive wing of the Democratic party enabled in no small part by black identity politics. This is entirely a left-wing project, and a Democratic-party project.

The other Democratic monopolies aren’t looking too hot, either. We’re sending Atlanta educators to prison for running a criminal conspiracy to hide the fact that they failed, and failed woefully, to educate the children of that city. Isolated incident? Nope: Atlanta has another cheating scandal across town at the police academy. Who is being poorly served by the fact that Atlanta’s school system has been converted into crime syndicate? Mostly poor, mostly black families. Who is likely to suffer from any incompetents advanced through the Atlanta police department by its corrupt academy? Mostly poor, mostly black people. Who suffers most from the incompetence of Baltimore’s Democratic mayor? Mostly poor, mostly black families — should they feel better that she’s black? Who suffers most from the incompetence and corruption of Baltimore’s police department? Mostly poor, mostly black families. And it’s the same people who will suffer the most from the vandalism and pillaging going on in Baltimore, too.

The evidence suggests very strongly that the left-wing, Democratic claques that run a great many American cities — particularly the poor and black cities — are not capable of running a school system or a police department. They are incompetent, they are corrupt, and they are breathtakingly arrogant. Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore — this is what Democrats do…Keep voting for the same thing, keep getting the same thing.

Jason Riley has a good piece on this as well.

The Left wants a completely secular society where the state fills in the gaps, where there is no civil society, where the institutions (fathers, schools, churches, marriage) that have traditionally civilized young men are nullified/removed/under attack. You are looking at the end result of that in Baltimore this week. High unemployment, failing schools, chronic poverty, the destruction of the family…same story in every major Democrat-run city. YOU BUILT THAT, Dems. And don’t expect it to change anytime soon. The Left needs a permanent restless underclass in order to stay in power. The angry, violent mob is the pulsing heart of Leftism. It’s been that way since 1798. It’s extraordinarily sad to see, because it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Afternoon Links

Person apologizes for independent thought, promises it won’t happen again. These people are insane. Charles C.W Cooke nails it:

As should be rather obvious by now, it is wholly possible for a person a) to believe that “marriage” is a term that only be applied to a union between one man and one woman, and b) to have good friends, supporters, backers, donors, and so forth who are gay…Indeed, that we now so casually throw words such as “homophobe,” “hater,” or “bigot” at anybody who does not want to redefine marriage — and that we seem incapable of comprehending that a man such as Cruz can both oppose gay marriage and be fine with it if his daughters were gay — is a sign that we have begun to ignore the reasonable and dispassionate arguments that are leveled against the alteration. This, I think, is a shame. Personally, I am in favor of gay marriage. If I could vote, I would vote for it in my state. But I am not so ignorant or so self-involved as to believe that those who dissent from my view are akin to Jim Crow-era racists. Twenty years ago, Cruz’s position was the usual one. Three years ago, Barack Obama held it. Two years ago, Hillary Clinton did.

I know many people who are in favor of gay marriage per se but who are not convinced by the suggestion that it is constitutionally mandated. In fact, I am one of those people myself. The Times’s implication — that a person’s legal, personal, and political opinions must always line up perfectly – represents everything wrong with the way we view the law and civil society.

Burn this joke network to the ground and salt the earth around it. This is disgraceful.

Russia Today reporter literally robbed on camera during Monday’s Baltimore riots. I’m torn between sympathy and LOL because fuck that propaganda network.

Cycling is male-dominated and therefore the weaker sex needs a “safe” bike store.

As usual, this Kevin Williamson piece is a must read. Here’s an excerpt:

Fake hate crimes, like false rape accusations, now are a regular part of college life, and they serve the same purpose: a pretext for terrorizing unpopular individuals and organizations…George Washington University is a private school, and as such it ought to be allowed to expel students for whatever reason it likes — swastikas, Crocs, being this girl. But the public universities are, if anything, even more ruthless policemen of speech and thought than are their private counterparts. And the modern public university — which is simply a beery extension of the modern public kindergarten — is a sort of terrarium version of the utopia that our progressive friends are always promising us. It is public, but you are there at the sufferance of those who operate these intellectual veal-pens. For the Left, the citizen exists at the sufferance of the state, not the other way around. Free speech on campus, if it is to be tolerated at all, is restricted to First Amendment “zones” — as though there were not a First Amendment zone stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Say the wrong thing on a college campus and you will be threatened with state-sanctioned violence…Every petty tyranny requires a great fiction to justify itself: that one in three women in college will be raped, that George Washington University students are one or two Hindu religious symbols away from reenacting Kristallnacht on H Street. It is embarrassing. It is uncivilized. And it is the future.

An Oberlin student enters the real world for a job interview and it goes exactly as you’d expect.

Destroying Western civilization to appease those who want to destroy Western civilization. The UK continues to commit suicide. So in Britain it will be legal for Muslims to advocate for the destruction of the UK but illegal to argue against Islamification of the UK.

Baltimore: “46% of adults between ages 16 and 64 are either unemployed or out of the labor force altogether.” But keep voting for Democrats!

Awesome. This should be the standard response to all SJWs.

This is awesome. We need more of this. Let the market work.

When Vicki Burns was told she needed total hip replacement surgery in 2012 she asked her local hospital for a cash price. She got a $79,000 estimate for the surgery. A doctor advised her to research the fee that the hospital accepts from Medicare and use that as a starting point. Her husband gathered the data and tried to negotiate. “They wouldn’t even talk to him about it,” she recalls. Desperate for an alternative, the New Mexico couple took to the Internet and found a Tennessee website they liked called MediBid. For $4.95 a month or $25 for a year of unlimited requests, patients can post the medical services they need, and doctors bid for their business. “I felt a little like I had been put on EBay or Craigslist,” Burns says. “Within two days, I had two quotes.” The prices included her hospital stay, the anesthesiologist, pre-operative tests and post-surgical visits. She settled on a surgeon in Glendale who offered to operate for $13,400. Including the cost of traveling to California, she figures she spent $18,000 for the surgery she got in 2012.

A Pennsylvania high schooler just set the Rubik’s Cube world record: 5.2 seconds!

“This is the second twerking-related scandal to rock Russia in less than two weeks.”

1 down, 534 to go.

Dreams do come true.

Switzerland is my escape plan once the Republic falls.

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Disgusting. An innocent man served 28 years after an FBI analyst claimed to match him to a hair that actually came from a dog.

You took a low-paying job in one of the most expensive places to live in the country, pal. Not smart.

Student: I want something and I can’t afford it, so other people should give it to me.

This is disgraceful. 

Jesus. They’re so goddamn corrupt it’s almost hard to believe.

The headline on the website Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.” The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had taken over a Canadian company with uranium-mining stakes stretching from Central Asia to the American West. The deal made Rosatom one of the world’s largest uranium producers and brought Mr. Putin closer to his goal of controlling much of the global uranium supply chain.

But the untold story behind that story is one that involves not just the Russian president, but also a former American president and a woman who would like to be the next one. At the heart of the tale are several men, leaders of the Canadian mining industry, who have been major donors to the charitable endeavors of former President Bill Clinton and his family. Members of that group built, financed and eventually sold off to the Russians a company that would become known as Uranium One.

Beyond mines in Kazakhstan that are among the most lucrative in the world, the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States. Since uranium is considered a strategic asset, with implications for national security, the deal had to be approved by a committee composed of representatives from a number of United States government agencies. Among the agencies that eventually signed off was the State Department, then headed by Mr. Clinton’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

As the Russians gradually assumed control of Uranium One in three separate transactions from 2009 to 2013, Canadian records show, a flow of cash made its way to the Clinton Foundation. Uranium One’s chairman used his family foundation to make four donations totaling $2.35 million. Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons, despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors. Other people with ties to the company made donations as well. And shortly after the Russians announced their intention to acquire a majority stake in Uranium One, Mr. Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.

And they don’t pay their taxes.

Hillary Clinton’s family’s charities are refiling at least five annual tax returns after a Reuters review found errors in how they reported donations from governments, and said they may audit other Clinton Foundation returns in case of other errors…The charities’ errors generally take the form of under-reporting or over-reporting, by millions of dollars, donations from foreign governments, or in other instances omitting to break out government donations entirely when reporting revenue, the charities confirmed to Reuters…For three years in a row beginning in 2010, the Clinton Foundation reported to the IRS that it received zero in funds from foreign and U.S. governments, a dramatic fall-off from the tens of millions of dollars in foreign government contributions reported in preceding years. Those entries were errors, according to the foundation: several foreign governments continued to give tens of millions of dollars toward the foundation’s work on climate change and economic development through this three-year period.

Gawker writer fails to understand supply and demand and it makes him angry.

Even MIT is nurturing this bullshit.

How is “funeral strippers” a thing in China and NOT in America?

SPOILER ALERT: Do not click/read this article if you haven’t watched the season finale of “The Americans.” The scene with Reagan’s Evil Empire speech in the background was masterful. Reagan was right: The USSR was an evil empire, one that destroyed the family unit for the benefit of the state. Such a good show. Wednesday nights are going to suck for awhile.

Humanity has spent a collective 16,000 years watching “Gangnam Style.”

Five actors in play about Ferguson read script, see that it contains actual facts rather than the false narrative they prefer, walk off set.

Johns Hopkins bans Chick-Fil-A from campus because it’s a “microaggression.” No, I’m not joking. Why do you even ask at this point? These people are impossible to parody.

The tolerant Left is going to boycott gay-owned businesses? That’s delicious.

I have a feeling Crazy Mattress Girl and ‘Jackie’ would be great friends. Seriously, read this complaint. It’s insane and Columbia University better warm up the check printer if even half of this is true.

What the hell is wrong with people?

Christ on a cracker. This is a real article written by a real person, isn’t it?

Nashville sex club rebrands as church to avoid zoning laws. ‘Merica.

Disgraceful. You shouldn’t be able to get an English degree if you haven’t read at least half of Shakespeare’s works. (P.S. One of the many reasons many people get angry about the idea of “free” (taxpayer-funded) college is that anyone who has looked at a syllabus lately knows these kids aren’t actually being taught anything. College educations have become essentially worthless.)

Looks like Brian Williams also lied about being on the ground in Tahrir Square during the Camel Battle.

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What in the hell is this and how much did we spend on it?

Huge mistake

“After shaking Raul Castro’s blood-drenched hand last week in Panama, Obama explained his rationale for the change in relations he is seeking. The Cold War, he said, ‘has been over for a long time, and I’m not interested in having battles that, frankly, started before I was born.’ It was a typically narcissistic remark from the president, whose interest in diplomatic history extends only insofar as it can be used to fault his own country.”

The Left destroys everything it touches, Part 1,850,429.

Can’t we just give these little fascists a small island and an endless supply of kale and let them live their weird, pathetic, authoritarian lives far away?

Today in things that should shock, but don’t at this point: Obama ignored our intelligence community to mislead the American people about Iran’s nuclear breakout time.

Damon Linker takes those pro-SSM people who have become illiberal, petulant thugs, out to the woodshed.

Read this, “Fight for 15” loons.

“Debt-free college,” to be funded by unicorn stud fees no doubt.

Madonna has committed thoughtcrime and now she must pay.

Senator Obama must be very upset at President Obama who refused to describe the Armenian genocide as a genocide on the 100th anniversary of the genocide.

We have reached the point of SJW madness where guitar-playing orangutans require trigger warnings.

“Mrs. Clinton et al. are counting on voters’ being stupid — on your not being able to understand that there is not some big national slop-bucket labeled ‘Income,’ that nobody is getting paid less because a Fortune 500 CEO gets paid more. But somebody is getting paid less in order to fund lifetime pensions for IRS criminals and the S-Class payments for 1 percenter school superintendents.”

Like most artists/writers, I’ve enjoyed a good deal of Toni Morrison’s work despite the fact she’s a reprehensible person.

Oh look, more rich progressives who want to raise my taxes but don’t pay their own. Does anyone at MSNBC pay their taxes? Serious question.

“It’s established media practice to talk about Republicans as the party that’s lurched to the far right, an ideologically intractable group on a disturbing trajectory that leads to 2008-era tax rates and other forms of fanaticism. But I would love for someone to point out the last time a Democratic Party candidate suggested that government should topple an entire class of Americans for the good of everyone else.”

Obama’s Earth Day trip emitted roughly 5x as much CO2 as the average American does annually BUT TURN YOUR LIGHTS OFF AND STOP BUYING BEEF, PEASANTS/DENIERS! (It’s actually probably closer to 15x when you include the C-17 advance planes carrying vehicles and gear and the fighter jet escorts.) Again, I’ll start taking these people seriously when they stop being spectacularly wrong all the time and admit climate is complex and they don’t really know what’s going on. Would also help if they stopped crushing any and all dissent and started practicing what they preach in regards to their own carbon footprints.

Baltimore DAs hold innocent man in jail on rape charges 14 months after learning DNA tests cleared him.

This is hilarious. Clickhole is the best.

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Music Monday

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Firearms Friday

This is awesome. Ted Cruz and his wife have some fun at the gun range.

D.C.’s outrageous Second Amendment double standard.

Garbage state of New Jersey bans man acquitted of domestic violence from owning firearms anyway.

Dear Christ, read a fucking history book. How is it possible liberals are this dumb? “Armed insurrection against the government would never have occurred to the people who just carried out an armed insurrection against their government.” -idiot Leftist. Mark Hemingway and Cruz himself quickly explain to the Times what the Second Amendment is/means.

Good guy with gun stops bad guy with gun thanks to Illinois finally allowing concealed carry.

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“Megumi Igarashi was arrested after building a kayak with a top shaped like her vagina and sending 3D printer data of her scanned genitalia, the digital basis for the boat”

Dear lord, the Left is terrifying and awful. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, this should deeply trouble you. Your must read for the week. Here’s the gist of it:

For dozens of conservatives, the years since Scott Walker’s first election as governor of Wisconsin transformed the state — known for pro-football championships, good cheese, and a population with a reputation for being unfailingly polite — into a place where conservatives have faced early-morning raids, multi-year secretive criminal investigations, slanderous and selective leaks to sympathetic media, and intrusive electronic snooping. Yes, Wisconsin, the cradle of the progressive movement and home of the “Wisconsin idea” — the marriage of state governments and state universities to govern through technocratic reform — was giving birth to a new progressive idea, the use of law enforcement as a political instrument, as a weapon to attempt to undo election results, shame opponents, and ruin lives.

Most Americans have never heard of these raids, or of the lengthy criminal investigations of Wisconsin conservatives. For good reason. Bound by comprehensive secrecy orders, conservatives were left to suffer in silence as leaks ruined their reputations, as neighbors, looking through windows and dismayed at the massive police presence, the lights shining down on targets’ homes, wondered, no doubt, What on earth did that family do? This was the on-the-ground reality of the so-called John Doe investigations, expansive and secret criminal proceedings that directly targeted Wisconsin residents because of their relationship to Scott Walker, their support for Act 10, and their advocacy of conservative reform.

Go read the whole thing. The details are chilling.

The FDA is insane. Our government is insane.

This is good, minus the stupidity of lumping Poland in with Hungary and Germany, which seems to be a pattern in this administration.

Like most government agencies, this one needs to die a fiery death, but it never will.

All people should be free to arrange for the disposition of their property/wealth (which was already taxed multiple times when the person was alive) as they see fit, without being taxed for dying. The “estate” tax is, in essence, the government pawing at the corpses of our mothers and fathers for loose change. I’m glad to see a majority of the American people are still against it. It’s disgusting.

California created their water crisis themselves and I don’t feel bad for them. Maybe the dummies will learn a valuable lesson.

Hey “journalists,” one of you ask Hillary: should it be a crime to attack a woman, cut her baby out of her womb, and kill the baby?

Thanks for serving our country. The police will now take your $60,000 savings, and keep it for themselves.

Not surprising at all and why the Left almost always misunderstands/misrepresents conservatives’/libertarians’ positions.

OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE PEOPLE

Stevenson College, part of the University of California, Santa Cruz, is apologizing to its students for serving Mexican food during “Intergalactic” night. In a letter sent out to students, the college apologized for having “a Mexican food buffet,” while also featuring spaceships and aliens. The college received complaints saying the combination was racist because of the association between Mexicans and illegal immigrants.

Don’t be mad at Rauner, be mad at the Democrats who created this disaster that must be cleaned up.

Sanity prevails at Johns Hopkins

No one cares about your feelings. Grow the hell up.

Oh what a shock, Obama is going to cave to Iran again.

Jesus Christ

The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000. Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence. The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.

Will there be a “national conversation” about this environmentalist shooting this energy worker?

Lol. This is great.

These busybody assholes who call cops on parents who leave their kids alone for 5 minutes need to be pushed from a helicopter.

This won’t matter, either. None of it will matter.

This is awesome. Your feel good story of the day.

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