Friday, September 19, 2014

School used teen as rape 'bait'


A lawsuit in Madison County, Alabama, claims that a 16-year-old boy sodomized a 14-year-old girl at Sparkman Middle School in a boys’ bathroom after a teacher’s aide -- June Simpson -- told the girl to go in there so school officials could “catch him in the act.”

The girl went in, but school officials didn’t. He sodomized her. Everyone kept their job afterward, although June Simpson was placed on leave.

This happened in January 2010, but the legal case seems to be dragging on.  On Thursday, the Department of Justice sided with the girl in this case.

The boy had been punished several times for “sexual harassment” -- he kept asking girls to join him in the bathroom. In the old days, we called this pestering and a swat or two with the board of education usually was enough to stop it.

But in these enlightened times, the school’s reaction was to arrange a way for the boy to rape the girl.

Allegedly.

Lawyers deposed Sparkman Middle principal Ronnie Blair.

“In the deposition, Blair stated that the administration was unable to confirm that the incident happened after both the boy and the girl denied it took place. That did not stop the administration from putting the teen in the school’s in-school suspension for 20 days, however,” Crystal Bonvillian of the Huntsville Times reported.

Bonvillian talked to the girl’s lawyers.

“This tragic incident should never have happened,” said Eric Artrip, one of the girl’s attorneys. “The school’s policy that perpetrators of sexual harassment be ‘caught in the act’ allowed the school to close its eyes to sexual harassment. Schools should not create situations where sexual predators can escape the consequences of their actions as long as they are not caught in the act.”

Well, they do and they don't. This case is not about sexual harassment. It's about rape. He violated her. Why not? School officials set it up.

Allegedly.

Instead of worrying about a boy asking for sex, let's stop the boy from forcing sex on a girl.

The girl no longer attends the school. The boy remained in the school after his timeout at the alternative school.

As for the officials responsible? The Huntsville Times reported on Thursday: "Sparkman Middle administrators kept jobs or were promoted after teen used as 'bait' raped in school bathroom."

Sickening.

Hillary knows women's issues?


Hillary Clinton, Wellesley '69, said Congress is out of touch with the average American woman as a confab held by the Center for American Progress, which was founded by Clinton administration hacks.

Missus Clinton said Congress is in an "evidence-free zone"when it comes to issues such as equal pay.

Congress passed the Equal Pay Act in 1963.

That was more than 50 years ago.

President Kennedy signed it into law.

That's 9 presidents ago.

Its key provision reads, "No employer having employees subject to any provisions of this section shall discriminate, within any establishment in which such employees are employed, between employees on the basis of sex by paying wages to employees in such establishment at a rate less than the rate at which he pays wages to employees of the opposite sex in such establishment for equal work on jobs the performance of which requires equal skill, effort, and responsibility, and which are performed under similar working conditions, except where such payment is made pursuant to (i) a seniority system; (ii) a merit system; (iii) a system which measures earnings by quantity or quality of production; or (iv) a differential based on any other factor other than sex: Provided, That an employer who is paying a wage rate differential in violation of this subsection shall not, in order to comply with the provisions of this subsection, reduce the wage rate of any employee."

And Congress is out of touch.

Missus Clinton told her echo chamber: "Unfortunately, reality is not always the context in which these decisions are made. The Congress increasingly -- despite the best efforts of my friends and others -- is living in an evidence-free zone.

"What the reality is, in the lives of Americans is so far from the minds of too many who don't place the highest priority" on those issues.

One of the issues women still face today is grubby men who grab and grope them when they are grieving under the pretense of comforting them.

Another issue is having the state police escort them to the governor who demands a blow job.

Another issue is being thrown under the bus and being called a little nutty and a little slutty by the boss's frigid wife when caught having an affair. No matter how much he lies and perjures himself, he keeps his job as the president while she loses hers and her reputation.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scottish independence and West Virginia

My column from Wednesday:


Stop the world, West Virginia wants to get on

American editorial page cartoonists have enjoyed the upcoming Scottish independence vote.

They poke fun at haggis and golf, ink bottles of scotch, and merrily draw men in kilts with bagpipes.

Like children, bagpipes should be seen, not heard.

This is a diversion from the drudgery of depicting President Obama’s failures on war, the economy and health care.

The Scottish vote has special meaning in West Virginia.

The interest comes not because the state is Scot-Irish as Appalachian historians assume.

That assumption would come as a surprise to my great-grandfather, who escaped the pogroms of Russia and established a men’s haberdashery in 19th century Wheeling.

German-speaking people sought religious freedom and settled Pendleton County in the early 1800s.

Coal miners came from Wales, Italy and elsewhere.

Many black families moved north as their men built railroads and mined coal. John Henry’s ancestors came from Africa, not Dublin.

I am leaving out other nationalities, but the point is the politics not the ancestry draws West Virginia’s attention to Thursday’s election.

Some Scots want a divorce from England.

The marriage of Scotland and England began with a wedding.

In 1502, James IV of Scotland signed a treaty with Henry II and married his daughter, Margaret Tudor.

A century later, that marriage led to James VI becoming king of England when the first Queen Elizabeth died without an English heir.

The Scots seemed to get the worst of the deal. Their men died in British wars while their economy never quite matched England’s.

The modern Scottish independence movement began not with a man but with a woman.

In 1967, Winifred Margaret Ewing became the first member of the Scottish National Party elected to Parliament.

Her slogan was simply “Stop the world, Scotland wants to get on,“ a play on the title of a popular comedy.

Nearly a half-century later, her dream may come true.

West Virginians get their chance at independence on November 4. The Republican Party has slowly but surely risen from the ashes when it was down to its last state senator, Donna Boley, in the 1990s.

Liberals love to talk about a post-coal economy nowadays.

But West Virginia had a very good post-coal economy consisting of the aluminum, glass, steel and chemicals.

Liberal policies devastated that post-coal economy.

Union friendly laws, trial lawyer friendly courts, and high taxes drove the state’s economy into the ground.

Companies got the hint.

Instead of re-investing their profits here, corporations invested elsewhere.

Those who could find a buyer sold their plants.

Kaiser was only too happy to sell its aluminum plant in Ravenswood in the 1980s. Who wants to do business in a state that gives unemployment benefits to striking workers?

That operation has had a series of owners since then, including Marc Rich, an international billionaire fugitive.

As companies left, they took West Virginia’s future.

Today, too many of our young people leave the state either physically to get a job or mentally escaping through meth and other drugs.

West Virginians do not have to live this way.

Republicans offer hope and a change from being the second-poorest state in the union.

Tax reform and an overhaul of the judiciary are overdue.

Getting the school system to focus on the children instead of employee rights would help educate a work force to meet the needs of the 21st century.

In short, doing what successful states have done elsewhere will bring West Virginia back.

And that requires independence from a Democratic Party, which has regally ruled and ruined the state for more than 80 years.

The Scots may vote down independence on Thursday because they have a lot to lose.

But West Virginians have nothing left to lose.

Politico's hypocrisy


I posted this picture to spare readers having to look at shrill Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who was the subject of a Politico story, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz."

Well, normal people would say, it's about time. She has led the Democratic Caucus to defeat upon defeat despite outraising Republicans in the House races. No one not named Nancy Pelosi believes Democrats will win the House this year.

But Politico's report -- the de facto Democratic Party line -- is Sargent Schultz went over the line in her rhetoric. From Politico: "Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two recent public flubs: criticizing the White House’s handling of the border crisis and comparing the tea party to wife beaters."

Oh noes!

She compared the tea party to wife beaters.

The actual quotes: "Scott Walker has given women the back of his hand. I know that is stark. I know that is direct. But that is reality."

And: "What Republican tea party extremists like Scott Walker are doing is they are grabbing us by the hair and pulling us back. It is not going to happen on our watch."

She was supposed to call them terrorists, not wife beaters.

Consider this piece Politico posted in July 2011 from one of Politico's staffers, "The tea party's terrorist tactics."
It has become commonplace to call the tea party faction in the House “hostage takers.” But they have now become full-blown terrorists.
They have joined the villains of American history who have been sufficiently craven to inflict massive harm on innocent victims to achieve their political goals. A strong America has always stood firm in the face of terrorism. That tradition is in jeopardy, as Congress and President Barack [Obama] careen toward an uncertain outcome in the tea party- manufactured debt crisis.
As we stumble closer to Aug. 2, it has become clear that many in the tea party are willing to inflict massive harm on the American people to obtain their political objective of a severely shrunken federal government. Their persistence in rejecting compromise, even as the economic effects of the phony crisis they have created mount, has taken their radicalism beyond tough negotiating, beyond even hostage-taking.
So it is OK for Politico to casually refer to the tea party as a terrorist group.

And yet calling them  wife beaters somehow crosses a line?

But like a child who swears, Politico only repeats what it hears at home, and what its Democratic Party landlords say about the tea party is stronger than what they say about actual terrorists.

From Democratic Congressman Mike Doyle: “We have negotiated with terrorists. This small group of terrorists have made it impossible to spend any money… the Tea Party acted like terrorists in threatening to blow up the economy.”

At the same meeting, Vice President Joe Biden: “They have acted like terrorists.”

Oddly enough, when Sarah Palin pointed out that Barack Obama is a political protege of an actual terrorist -- Bill Ayers -- the press cried foul.

Yes, Congresswoman Schultz said something stupid but they all do. And she is particularly good at it because she is an airhead, a female Biden without the hairplugs. Democrats can say this is about her words, her arrogance and her expense account, but what likely may cost her the job is her incompetence, which is a shame because she makes keeping a Republican House easy.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The most important right

Today is Constitution Day, marking the 227th anniversary of its signing. The older I get, the more I realize that the most important right is one that is not enumerated in the Constitution.

The presumption of innocence.

The right to vote? Many people don’t and are quite free. I never voted in a Poca town election and I have lived here a quarter of a century.

Free speech? Many people silently enjoy their freedom.

Gun ownership? Many people simply do not bother.

The presumption of innocence is another matter entirely. Do not go into court without one.

They haul you into court, you had better have it.

The presumption of innocence is so basic that maybe the Dead White Men who debated and wrote the Constitution did not think you needed anyone to say it. Or maybe they assumed they put it in. The Fifth, Sixth and 14th Amendment seem to imply the right exists, but given the politicization of America -- from her weather to her sports -- it is time for the following amendment:

“Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.“

Sixteen words.

No more.

No less.

This is not the granting of a right but rather the formal -- written in stone -- recognition of a right that has existed since time began.

Even God recognized this right when Cain killed Abel. The charge was murder, however, the Lord reduced the charge to murder because Cain did not realize he had the power to kill Abel. Hence, Cain was innocent of murder -- no matter what was on the elevator video.

Ah yes, the Ray Rice case.

Let us agree that everyone opposes domestic violence. It does not make you better than me to scream it at the top of your lungs. I would remind readers that the same people who cite this one case as evidence of a Culture of Misogyny in the NFL are the same people who lecture us against thinking the Muslim culture has anything to do with the thousands of cases of Muslim terrorism in the last two decades.

I have no idea what happened in that hotel. I do know that the fiancee has since married him. I also know that he has been indicted for third-degree aggravated assault, but he has not been convicted in the court of law.

Public opinion is another matter. And yes, you have the right to believe that a person is guilty.

But history shows the folly of that. Richard Jewell was not -- repeat not -- the 1996 Olympics bomber.

George Zimmerman is innocent of the murder of Trayvon Martin, even though he killed him.

Still, we leap to conclusions based on hearsay and videotape.

Some blame the media for this rush to judgment. I blame the people. Americans should know better.

Ray Rice may be guilty, but prosecutors will have to prove that in court, won’t they?

Crying al Qaeda tears

Al Qaeda (that's how I'm spelling it today) pleaded with the Islamist State group to release Alan Henning, 47, a British cab driver who passed up Christmas to drive 4,000 miles to deliver medical equipment to refugees holed up in the town of Al-Dana, Syria, the Independent newspaper reported.

“A local commander – or emir – of Jabhat al-Nusra, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, visited his then-allies in Isis four days after Mr Henning, 47, was captured. The emir confronted the kidnappers, arguing that their actions were wrong under Islamic law' and counter-productive, according to a journalist who interviewed the man immediately after the encounter,” the London newspaper reported.

You stop to think about it. These two groups want the same thing, a Muslim takeover of the world. Al Qaeda -- the people who brought you 9/11 -- the group that beheaded Daniel Pearl -- is complaining about a cab driver being held hostage.

From the article:
Bilal Abdul Kareem, a US film-maker who has reported extensively from Syria, told The Independent that “anybody of any influence” – including al-Qaeda – had appealed to the Sunni militant group when it seized Mr Henning in December, warning that such a move would backfire. He said: “Four days after he was captured, the emir went to Al-Dana and said: ‘Look, what you are doing is wrong. You have no business what you are doing. You have no right to abduct him. You have no reason to detain him just because he is not Muslim’.”
Hmm. It is for sure that al Qaeda does not give a rat's paw about the lives of the 6 billion infidels living on this planet.

But what a great PR stunt for al Qaeda. ISIS has been hogging all the publicity of late, which helps with recruiting and fund-raising.

From the article:
Professor Peter Neumann, the director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation, based at King’s College London, said: “Al-Qaeda has been critical of Isis in recent months. It understands how its behaviour will be perceived by the Western public. Although the two groups’ underlying ideology is still very similar, Al-Qaeda is much more strategic. For example, it is not opposed to beheadings but realises it makes no sense to carry them out in the way that Isis does because this tactic will lose them a lot of friends.”
The idea that there is any humanity in al Qaeda is deadly. Let's not praise a group that still wants to kill us all eventually -- just not this one guy today because it is bad publicity.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nightmare for Nick Joe Rahall


Democratic Congressman Nick Joe Rahall is one of the best-prepared and charming politicians in West Virginia, a protege of Bob Byrd but without the racism. In fact, because of his Lebanese ancestry, Rahall knows racism firsthand.

That is why it pains me to see the actions of Collin Peterson, who calls himself a field organizer for the West Virginia Democratic Party. Apparently, he is on Nick Joe Rahall's re-election campaign staff.

Collin Peterson donned a Palestinian keffiyeh and posed for a photo with a rifle. Collin Peterson posted this photo on his Facebook page on November 19, 2012.

He said he received the scarf from a friend who had visited Lebanon. One of his friends later commented: “You should be getting a visit from the FBI and Mossad soon.“

Collin Peterson replied: “I haven’t done anything the FBI could hold against me. And Mossad can go f--- themselves. All of them.”

Given the recent attack by Hamas, which broke a cease-fire, Peterson’s posting of his picture surely may cause a backlash against Rahall.

This is expected to be Rahall’s biggest general election battle. The last thing he needs is this controversy.

It's time for Collin Peterson to take one for the team and resign as a field organizer.

UPDATE: Weasel Zippers reported that Collin Peterson took his Facebook page down after Weasel Zippers posted on the picture. Oops.

Go away, Hillary



The big news in the Upper West Side Times was that Hillary Clinton and her national disgrace for a husband were in Iowa on Sunday trying to rustle up support among the Trotskyite rubes who make up the underbelly of the Democratic Party.

Go home, Hillary.

You have nothing to offer this country, except eight more years of divisiveness.

You have no talent except for lying, and you are terribly poor at that.

William Safire was kind when he described you as a "congenital liar" because it is not in your DNA but rather it is the result of some sort of pact with a demon, a demon whose magic was inferior to the one who granted the power of fabrication to your husband. If you made a pact with the Devil then he shortchanged you.

Incompetence in lying does not make you any less loathsome. Thurl Ravenscroft recorded in 1966 a song that would best describe your adult life.

Your blind ambition and savage pursuit of power would give pause to Lucrezia Borgia. If people believe that it is too harsh to liken you to a power-hungry murderess from 600 years ago, let them go to Benghazi. What difference does it make now, right?

Your entire adult life has been built on a contradiction of a feminist whose career is built solely on her husband's success -- a career built on the bones of women he used, abused and refused -- a man whom you bitterly cling to as a shriveled shrew -- nay, you are a carbuncle on this jackass. The one and only grace from the marriage of the two of you is that two other people were spared being married to either one of you.

Few men have treated women as cruelly as you. For decades, you facilitated him in the ruination the lives of many women. You more than enabled him; you encouraged him to molest women. Your declaration that his victims were a little slutty and a little nutty made Andrew "Dice" Clay sound like a feminist.

In 66 years, you have never performed one act of public service. Not one. You and your grifter husband are vile frauds who used public office for personal gain without hesitation. Even though you were walking out of the White House unscathed by decades of scandal -- from Whitewater to Lewinsky -- to a payday worth millions, you could not resist the temptation to steal White House furniture on the way out. From the Los Angeles Times on February 10, 2001:
President Clinton and his wife started shipping White House furniture to the Clintons' newly purchased home in New York more than a year ago, despite questions at the time by the White House chief usher about whether they were entitled to remove the items.
The day before the items were shipped out, chief usher Gary Walters said he questioned whether the Clintons should be taking the furnishings because he believed they were government property donated as part of a White House redecoration project in 1993, during Clinton's first year in office.
But Walters was told by the White House counsel's office that the items he asked about -- which included an iron-and-glass coffee table, a painted TV armoire, a custom wood gaming table and a wicker table with wood top -- were "personal gifts received by the Clintons prior to President Clinton assuming office."
Personal property brought to the White House by an incoming president does not have to be disclosed on financial reports. As a result of the counsel's determination, the furnishings were sent on to the Clinton's new home in Chappaqua, N.Y.
However, government records show that the gifts that concerned Walters did not arrive at the White House until after the Clintons moved in. At least one of these items, a Ficks-Reed wicker table, was logged in at the White House on Feb. 8, 1993. 
The widow of the manufacturer, Joy Ficks, said last week that it was meant for the White House, not the Clintons. This week, the Clintons returned the four items to the White House, along with other furnishings, after questions were raised about whether they actually belonged to the Clintons. All the furnishings had been designated official White House property by the Park Service in 1993. 
Stealing from widows. Old habits die hard.

What do you have to offer the American people here in the 21st century? Hillarycare? It was worse than Obamacare. Your plan repulsed even a Democratic Congress who thought it too government controlled.

Foreign policy? Oh yes, let's mock America's victory in the Cold War again and bang on that reset button again, you closet Marxist.

The economy? The only reason it improved under your husband is Americans replaced a Democratic Congress with their first fully Republican one in 40 years.

Incompetent, intelligence-challenged, narcissistic and untrustworthy.

Heck, if Americans want that, they will give Barack Obama a third term. At least his spouse keeps her pants on.

Don't go away mad, just go away.

No, please, go away mad. I want you angry. I want you livid. I want you bitter as the brine in the sea. I want your envy for the next president to eat you alive.

And take your little dog, too. And by little dog, I mean Chelsea. Baseball players would call her a slump buster. That's right. Chelsea is as plug ugly as you are mean, witless and petty.

Go away, Hillary.

By the way, that photo is from 2008. She has aged 6 years since.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Democrats against Obama

Out, damned spot!

Liberal Democratic Senate candidates Alison Lundergan Grimes of Kentucky and Natalie Tennant of West Virginia are trying to wash that man, Obama, out of their hair. Oddly enough, both are secretaries of State of their respective states.


In August, Tennant’s campaign sent out a press release angrily denying retired Major General Allen Tackett’s assurance that Tennant agrees with President Barack Obama “on most of his policies.”

A Tennant supporter, Tackett said he misspoke.

Oh really? So why was she out stumping for Obama in 2008?


From Ben Smith of Politico on October 3, 2008: “I spent yesterday on a bus with West Virginia Democrats (including Secretary of State candidate Natalie Tennant and chairman Nick Casey, in the campaign photo above), stumping for Obama through the southern coal counties."

Mitt Romney carried every county in 2012 after John McCain carried 53 in 2008. Tennant is out of touch with West Virginia voters and she knows it. As do Democrats across the land -- particularly in Appalachia.

Over in Kentucky, Secretary Grimes released an ad in which she said: “I’m not Barack Obama. I disagree with him on guns, coal and the EPA.”

To switch topics, she went on in the ad to wrongly accused her opponent, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, of not holding a rifle properly.

Charlton Heston would disagree.


As would Tennant (see photo of her rallying for Obama in 2008 above.)

Sigh.


Either they were lying then when they supported Barack Obama for president, or they are lying now.

Do Democrats care about dead black men?


Cartoon by Michael Ramirez

For years, conservatives have argued that liberals and their allies in the media have overstated the role of "military-style assault weapons" in the national homicide rate. As Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Michael Ramirez pointed out, mass shootings are rare. In one year, we suffered 18 people killed in such an assault, while we average 30 homicides by other weapons a day.

Bob Owens, editor of BearingArms.com over the weekend explained how stupid the whole argument is:
“Assault weapons” is a made-up term, used to scare citizens into thinking that military weapons were commonly being sold and used on the streets of the United States. Thanks to a dishonest and incompetent media, millions of Americans thought (and still think) that machine guns could simply be purchased at the local gun store. The reality that the Hughes Amendment to the Firearm Owners Protection Act outlawed the manufacture of automatic weapons for the civilian market in 1986, was always hushed up.
Yes, it has been 28 years since a single machine gun was manufactured for the American public. There are no assault rifles being sold in the United States. There are only firearms that look like weapons of war, but which lack their ability to fire multiple shots with a since pull of the trigger.
 These firearms — AR-15s, AKMs and similar rifles — while incredibly popular with America’s law-abiding gun culture, simply aren’t used in many crimes. This should be surprising, since they are now among the most popular firearms sold in the United States in the past decade. The AR-15, in particular, is the most popular rifle sold in the United States year after year, and there are ten times as many in civilian hands as there are visually similar M4/M16 assault rifles in the entire U.S military.
But career criminals don’t want long guns. They want firearms that are compact and easy to conceal.
Advocates of gun control already know this. That's because gun control is not about reducing the homicide rate, which shows how little Democrats and other liberals care about the homicide rate. Keep that in the back of the mind. I'll explain later.

First, let us review the news is that liberal reporter Lois Beckett of Pro-Publica admitted in a New York Time piece on Sunday to "The Assault Weapon Myth":
The continuing focus on assault weapons stems from the media’s obsessive focus on mass shootings, which disproportionately involve weapons like the AR-15, a civilian version of the military M16 rifle. This, in turn, obscures some grim truths about who is really dying from gunshots.
Annually, 5,000 to 6,000 black men are murdered with guns. Black men amount to only 6 percent of the population. Yet of the 30 Americans on average shot to death each day, half are black males.
It was much the same in the early 1990s when Democrats created and then banned a category of guns they called “assault weapons.” America was then suffering from a spike in gun crime and it seemed like a problem threatening everyone. Gun murders each year had been climbing: 11,000, then 13,000, then 17,000.
Democrats decided to push for a ban of what seemed like the most dangerous guns in America: assault weapons, which were presented by the media as the gun of choice for drug dealers and criminals, and which many in law enforcement wanted to get off the streets.
This politically defined category of guns — a selection of rifles, shotguns and handguns with “military-style” features — only figured in about 2 percent of gun crimes nationwide before the ban.
Handguns were used in more than 80 percent of murders each year, but gun control advocates had failed to interest enough of the public in a handgun ban. Handguns were the weapons most likely to kill you, but they were associated by the public with self-defense. (In 2008, the Supreme Court said there was a constitutional right to keep a loaded handgun at home for self-defense.)
(Gun murder stats by the way vary; she used the CDC numbers, which are more than 35% higher than the FBI's.)

Now conservatives argue the assault on "military-style assault weapons" is an attempt to disarm the public and make us subservient to a federal government by eliminating the possibility of a rebellion. I think the fact that the federal government has nukes is enough to quell any rebellion.

No, it is far worse than that.

As she pointed out about half the homicide victims in America are young black men, who make up less 3% of the population. They are killed by other young, black men. Most of these homicides are in cities.

Instead of concentrating efforts on saving black people in urban settings, liberals attack a weapon seldom used to kill that is owned predominately by white people in rural and suburban areas. It's like the fellow who misplaced his keys in the garage searching for them in the kitchen because the lighting's better.

One would thank that the ACLU and others would push to punish the killers in an attempt to save the lives of black men. Nope. Instead of going after the killers, they go after the law. Typical is this thinking by Graham Boyd is founder and director of the ACLU Drug Policy Litigation Project., "The Drug War is the New Jim Crow":
Pervasive racial targeting provides another peculiarly U.S. stamp to the drug war. We are incarcerating African-American men at a rate approximately four times the rate of incarceration of black men in South Africa under apartheid. Worse still, we have managed to replicate-at least on a statistical level-the shame of chattel slavery in this country: The number of black men in prison (792,000) has already equaled the number of men enslaved in 1820. With the current momentum of the drug war fueling an ever expanding prison-industrial complex, if current trends continue, only 15 years remain before the United States incarcerates as many African-American men as were forced into chattel bondage at slavery's peak, in 1860. 
The war on drugs thus offers seamless continuity with the most shameful episodes of our past. Slaves were bound in plantations from which they could not escape. Now, it is prisons that deprive black men of their freedom. For African-American men between the ages of 20 and 29, almost one in three are currently under the thumb of the criminal justice system.
(Not mentioned in that 792,000 figure is that was out of 800,000 people; today roughly 40 million Americans are considered black.)

Calling the war on drugs "Jim Crow" means it is not the slaughter of young black men that bothers the left; it is the jailing of their killers.

Now why would this be? What do Democrats care about the slaughter of young black men in cities?

Power. Let us look at the five cities with the highest homicide rates in the country:
1.     Detroit 54.6 murders per 100,000 people. Last Republican mayor, 50 years ago.
2.     New Orleans 53.2, No Republican mayor ever.
3.     St. Louis 35.5. No Republican mayor in 60+ years.
4.     Baltimore 34.9. No Republican mayor in 45 years.
5.     Newark 34.4. No Republican mayor in 50+ years.
This is not a coincidence. New York City had Republican mayors for 20 years, ending in 2013. The Huffington Post reported at the end of that reign: "New York City had fewer murders in 2013 than any year in its recorded history, according to a statement from the mayor's office."

That was a homicide rate of 4.0 per 100,000 residents -- well below the national average of 4.6.

That is awesome.

New York City proves that cities do not have to be less safe that the suburbs or rural areas -- if the mayor makes safety a top priority as Rudy Giuliani did. Mike Bloomberg also made it a priority with his stop-and-frisk program, although I think he liked being a nanny more than he did being the mayor.

Gangs in Detroit are very powerful. They have a lot of money that is mainly the kind of money politicians like best: under-the-table. The gangs of Detroit enjoy free reign. So do the gangs of Chicago (murder rate: 18.5 per 100,000 people; last Republican mayor 83 years ago in 1931).

But not New York City.

Instead of going after the gangs, Urban Democrats go after the law-abiding citizenry, unconstitutionally banning handguns and the like until the Supreme Court's Heller decision reversed that.

In politics, unintended consequences are rare. By going after the weapons white suburbanites and rural people enjoy, Democrats obfuscate the real issue: Black young men killing black young men for profit in cities controlled by Democrats.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Amoral anti-war crowd

Graphic Credit: Chickenhawk Obama?

On October 2, 2002, a back-bencher in the Illinois state Senate gave a speech denouncing the Iraq war as political.

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