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FERGUSON: INCONVENIENT FACTS ABOUT THE ENCOUNTER

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This is by Larry Elder in Human Events.

The inconvenient facts will be and have been ignored by the Obama Media and the Jarace baiter twins Jackson and Sharpton.

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Is it relevant that St. Louis, near Ferguson, recently had the third-highest per capita murder rate of any large city (with 250,000 or more residents) in America, ranking behind New Orleans and Detroit? And, according to an analysis of 2011 FBI crime stats, St. Louis had the second-highest overall crime rate among large cities.

Is it relevant that the state of Missouri ranks second among states in per capita black homicide victimization rate? According to the Violence Policy Center, only Nebraska has a higher per capita murder rate for black victims, based on 2011 FBI data. Last year, according to FBI statistics, more than 6,300 blacks were homicide victims, or almost 18 per day, almost all at the hands of other blacks. Even more disturbing, a decreasing number of murders are “cleared” (solved). In 1961, 93 percent of all homicides were cleared. That number now is down to 64 percent in 2013, primarily because of drug and gang-related murders where people don’t talk because of a “no snitch” culture or fear of retaliation.

Is it relevant that while the world watched the Michael Brown case, two black teenagers, and one Hispanic teenager were arrested for murder in a deadly hammer attack against a St. Louis man?

As to the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson case, is it relevant that the forensic evidence shows a trail of blood leading away from Officer Wilson’s car and then back toward Wilson, corroborating Wilson’s version that Brown charged him? Also, several witnesses, including black witnesses, confirmed Wilson’s version.

One witness described Brown charging toward Wilson in a “full charge”: “(Mike Brown) stopped. He did turn, he did some sort of body gesture, I’m not sure what it was, but I know it was a body gesture.

And I could say for sure he never put his hands up after he did his body gesture; he ran towards the officer full charge. The officer fired several shots at him, and to give an estimate, I would say roughly around five to six shots was fired at Mike Brown. Mike Brown was still coming towards the officer, and at this point I’m thinking, wow, is this officer missing Mike Brown at this close of a range? Mike Brown continuously came forward in the charging motion, and at some point, at one point he started to slow down and he came to a stop.

And when he stopped, that’s when the officer ceased fire, and when he ceased fire, Mike Brown started to charge once more at him. When he charged once more, the officer returned fire with, I would say, give an estimate of three to four shots. And that’s when Mike Brown finally collapsed.”

Yes, several “pro-Michael Brown” pundits point to the greater number of witnesses who apparently saw Michael Brown with his hands up. But when witnesses don’t agree, with physical evidence that doesn’t line up, this isn’t even probable cause, let alone reasonable doubt — if the matter ever reached a jury.

Is it relevant to those crying “injustice” that the Department of Justice is conducting two investigations, one to determine whether Michael Brown’s civil rights were violated and the other a top-down review of the Ferguson Police Department?

Or that our top law enforcement officer — the President of United States — is black, as is the attorney general, the secretary of the department of Homeland Security and Obama’s national security advisor? Or that all of this suggests an extremely thorough investigation, with absolutely nothing swept under the carpet?

The media, led by CNN, covers Ferguson as a civil rights story — rather than focusing on the simple question of whether Officer Wilson responsibly used lethal force.

Incredibly, Harvard’s Charles Ogletree, once Barack Obama’s law professor, called Ferguson “just like the assassination” of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ogletree said: “This reminds us of exactly what happened years ago when I was a young kid to the great man Emmett Till, the young kid who was killed in Mississippi for allegedly whistling at a white woman. This is even worse, because Michael Brown did not break in any law at all, in terms of the police officer.”

Many say Ferguson suffers because its police force “doesn’t look like the city.” Meaning what? That white cops can’t police black areas? That when people call 911, they want an officer who “looks like them”? What do the “activists” think Dr. King would say if we assumed cops were bad because of the color of their skin? He’d call it what it is: racially profiling white cops.

So much for evaluating people, including police officers, not on the basis of their color — but on the content of their character.

 

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GOV. PENCE URGES CONGRESS TO BLOCK EPA REGS

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This is from Human Events.

I agree with Governor Pence these EPA regulations are bad for Hoosiers and all Americans. 

 

STATE OF INDIANA Michael R. Pence
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR Governor
State House, Second Floor
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
July 9, 2014

Dear Members of the Indiana Congressional Delegation,

 

As Congress begins to consider the fiscal year 2015 appropriations bills that provide funding for the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and federal energy programs, I write to urge your support for legislative efforts underway that would block or prevent implementation of the EPA’s proposed regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from existing and new power plants.
In Indiana, we recognize that we need all forms of energy to power our economy, and, at the same time, we know that coal is a crucial Hoosier energy resource that should continue to be promoted. Our state has a 300 year supply of coal, and coal has historically provided Hoosiers with reliable, affordable electricity. More than 80 percent of our electricity comes from coal, and the coal industry employs 28,000 Hoosiers. Hoosiers know that coal means jobs and coal means low-cost energy.

I recently met with coal miners in southern Indiana. In that meeting I committed that Indiana would stand with them against existing and proposed EPA regulations that would harm their industry and threaten their jobs. And I am committed to stand with millions of other Hoosier workers and families who will feel the impact in markedly higher electricity rates, lost jobs, and lost business growth.

The Obama Administration has already put in place regulations on power plants that will increase the cost of electricity in Indiana by 30 percent over the next seven years, according to the State Utility Forecasting Group. The newly proposed EPA rules for carbon dioxide emissions from existing and new power plants will only cause electricity rates to rise further while at the same time threatening the reliability of our electricity supply. At a time when we are all focused on creating jobs and economic opportunity for Hoosiers, these EPA regulations threaten to reverse our progress.

Using the power of the purse, Congress has the ability to block or prevent implementation of the EPA’s proposed regulations on new and existing power plants. I respectfully urge you to support legislative efforts to do so. Thank you for your consideration and your service to our state and nation.

Sincerely,

Michael R. Pence
Governor of Indiana

MEDAL OF HONOR ROLL CALL: ROBERT J. HIBBS

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This is from Human Events.

R.I.P Second Lieutenant Robert J. Hibbs God’s Speed.

Hand Salute(Taps softly, sounding).

 

Medal of Honor Roll Call: Robert J. Hibbs

 

After firing off two claymore mines, this week’s Medal of Honor hero stood alone in the road to screen the his patrol’s withdrawal as a company of Viet Cong pursued them. Later, after reaching the safety of inside his battalion’s wire, the 22-year-old second lieutenant from Iowa volunteered to search and rescue a Soldier caught outside the wire during a VC counter-attack.

Make the most of your day! RJL

 

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Robert J. Hibbs

 

 

Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Company B, 2d Battalion, 28th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division. Place and date: Don Dien Lo Ke, Republic of Vietnam, 5 March 1966. Entered service at: Des Moines, lowa. Born: 21 April 1943, Omaha, Nebr. G.O. No.: 8, 24 February 1967.

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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. 2d Lt. Hibbs was in command of a 15-man ambush patrol of the 2d Battalion, when his unit observed a company of Viet Cong advancing along the road toward the 2d Battalion’s position. Informing his command post by radio of the impending attack, he prepared his men for the oncoming Viet Cong, emplaced 2 mines in their path and, when the insurgents were within 20 feet of the patrol’s position, he fired the 2 antipersonnel mines, wounding or killing half of the enemy company. Then, to cover the withdrawal of his patrol, he threw hand grenades, stepped onto the open road, and opened fire on the remainder of the Viet Cong force of approximately 50 men. Having rejoined his men, he was leading them toward the battalion perimeter when the patrol encountered the rear elements of another Viet Cong company deployed to attack the battalion. With the advantage of surprise, he directed a charge against the Viet Cong, which carried the patrol through the insurgent force, completely disrupting its attack. Learning that a wounded patrol member was wandering in the area between the 2 opposing forces and although moments from safety and wounded in the leg himself, he and a sergeant went back to the battlefield to recover the stricken man. After they maneuvered through the withering fire of 2 Viet Cong machineguns, the sergeant grabbed the dazed soldier and dragged him back toward the friendly lines while 2d Lt. Hibbs remained behind to provide covering fire. Armed with only an M-16 rifle and a pistol, but determined to destroy the enemy positions, he then charged the 2 machinegun emplacements and was struck down. Before succumbing to his mortal wounds, he destroyed the starlight telescopic sight attached to his rifle to prevent its capture and use by the Viet Cong. 2d Lt. Hibb’s profound concern for his fellow soldiers, and his intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

GRANITE STATE NCO RECEIVES MEDAL OF HONOR JULY 21

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This is from Human Events.

July 21,2014 will be a special day for former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts as he is being honored for his valor.

The Medal Of Honor is often erroneously referred to as the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The correct title is The Medal of Honor. 

 

 

WASHINGTON, June 23, 2014 – President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor on July 21 to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts for conspicuous gallantry in Afghanistan, White House officials announced today.

Pitts will receive the Medal of Honor at the White House for his courageous actions while serving as a forward observer with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, near Wanat Village in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, on July 13, 2008. He will be the ninth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Pitts and his team were part of Operation “Rock Move,” meant to transfer remaining forces and capability from Combat Outpost Bella to a new location on the outskirts of a village called Wanat. The new position was Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler. COP Bella was to be closed.

The mission was expected to be the last for the soldiers before returning home — they’d been in Afghanistan for 14 months.

On the morning of July 13, at about 4 a.m., Pitts was manning Observation Post Topside, east of the main base and east of a bazaar and hotel complex in Wanat.

Shortly after, soldiers conducting surveillance identified potential insurgents. They put together a request for fire. But before that could happen, at about 4:20 a.m., soldiers heard machine-gun fire from the north. After that, the valley erupted in enemy fire.

Soldiers at OP Topside were hit with small-arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and hand grenades. Pitts and six other paratroopers at OP Topside were injured in the initial volley of enemy fire. Two paratroopers were killed. Pitts took grenade shrapnel in both legs and his left arm.

For more than an hour after, Pitts continued to fight and defend his position and his teammates, despite his injuries.

Throughout the battle, despite the loss of blood and severity of his wounds, Pitts’ incredible toughness, determination, and ability to communicate with leadership while under fire allowed U.S. forces to hold the observation post and turn the tide of the battle.

Without his ability to stay alert and fight while critically wounded, the enemy would have gained a foothold on high ground and inflicted significantly greater causalities onto the vehicle patrol base, and the enemy could have been in possession of the fallen soldiers at the observation post.

Nine soldiers — Spc. Sergio Abad, Cpl. Jonathan Ayers, Cpl. Jason Bogar, 1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom, Sgt. Israel Garcia, Cpl. Jason Hovater, Cpl. Matthew Phillips, Cpl. Pruitt Rainey, and Cpl. Gunnar Zwilling — were killed in the battle.

Pitts separated from the Army on Oct. 27, 2009, from Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He lives in Nashua, New Hampshire, where he works in business development for the computer software industry.

He enlisted in the Army in August 2003 as a fire support specialist, primarily responsible for the intelligence activities of the Army’s field artillery team. After completion of training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and follow-on parachutist training at the U.S. Army Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia, he was assigned to Camp Ederle, Vicenza, Italy, as a radio operator with the 4th Battalion, 319th Field Artillery Regiment and 173rd Airborne Brigade, where he deployed to Afghanistan.

His final assignment was with the 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment “The Rock,” 173rd Airborne Brigade, as a forward observer, which included a second combat tour to Afghanistan.

His personal awards include the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device for valor, the Purple Heart, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal with bronze clasp and two loops, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral 4, the NATO Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Valorous Unit Award, the Combat Action Badge, the Pathfinder Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

Pitts will be joined by his family at the White House ceremony, officials said

WHITE HOUSE: NO ONE CAN STOP OUR WAR ON ENERGY

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This is from Human Events.

This will not end well for the American people.

We are going to suffer because the Obamabots want everything promised by Santa Claus and voted that way.

 

 

There’s one thing Barack Obama told the truth about in his 2008 run, one thing he’s never really wavered from: he’s going to smash the power industry and drive up our energy costs.  In a time of falling poll numbers and swirling scandals, with his party facing a grim midterm election, he’s decided to be pugnacious about it, sending forth his minions to brag that no one can stop his War on Energy, and signaling that Democrat support for his efforts is mandatory.  Fox News reports:

White House counselor John Podesta said Monday that attempts by congressional lawmakers to block the Obama administration’s climate action plan will fail.

Podesta told reporters during a briefing at the White House that President Obama is committed to moving forward with controversial Clean Air Act regulations to cut carbon dioxide emissions for all new coal and gas-fired power plants.

“So they may try, but I think that there are no takers at this end of Pennsylvania Avenue. And I think — with respect to the commitment of Democrats to support a cleaner energy future, I think there’s a strong sentiment there,” Podesta said.

Republicans have branded the president’s climate plan as a “war on coal” and have sponsored legislation to roll back planned Environmental Protection Agency greenhouse gas standards they argue will harm the nation’s economy.

“They’ll find various ways, particularly in the House, to try to stop us from using the authority we have under the Clean Air Act. All I would say is that those have zero percent chance of working. We’re committed to moving forward with those rules,” Podesta said.

Except Podesta went on to lay out one way Republicans can beat back this Democrat war on the middle class: push for the Keystone XL pipeline.

He cited an energy efficiency bill sponsored by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., as an example of bipartisan support for clean energy.

Some Republicans want to add an amendment to the bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, leaving Obama with a more complicated choice, since large numbers of lawmakers in both parties are likely to favor the broader measure.

“We hope that it passes,” Podesta said of the legislation. “But if it passes with unacceptable riders, then it will be headed to the watery depths, I guess.”

To support this effort and frighten Americans into accepting the new levels of poverty ordained by their rulers, the Administrations’ witch doctors are back to blaming the weather on global warming, shaking their medicine sticks and warning that the Angry Sky Gods will strike us down with tornadoes and hurricanes if we don’t pay tribute to their bureaucratic clergy:

Meanwhile, the Obama administration will argue in a report to be released Tuesday that global warming is changing Americans’ daily lives and will worsen, according to study co-author Donald Wuebbles, a climate scientist at the University of Illinois.

“We’re already seeing extreme weather and it’s happening now,” Wuebbles told The Associated Press on Monday. “We’re seeing more heat waves, particularly in the West and in the South.”

This final report is a rewritten and shortened version of a draft that was released in January 2013, with more scientific references, reviews by experts and the public, and a thorough review by the National Academy of Sciences, said Wuebbles and report lead author Gary Yohe of Wesleyan University in Connecticut. There is even stronger evidence than in 2013, Yohe said.

The draft came out just as meteorologists calculated that 2012 was the hottest year on record for the United States, but last year was slightly cooler than the 20th century average. And in the time since the draft report was released, the United States has seen lots of extremes.

See?  2013 was cooler than 2012, so that proves climate change.  Just like 2013 being hotter than 2012 would have proved climate change.  Or if 2013 had been exactly the same as 2012, that would have proved climate change.  It’s all so obvious, you benighted peasants!

For the benefit of anyone tempted to fall for this voodoo routine, extreme weather events are growing less common worldwide. The Keystone XL pipeline, blocked on the orders of billionaire Democrat puppetmaster Tom Steyer, would increase American carbon emissions by less than 0.3 percent – far less than what cows release through their farts, although in fairness the climate-change fanatics want to regulate that, too.  U.S. carbon emissions, in turn, are but a fraction of what is produced by a world that has scant interest in joining us on the path to pre-industrial poverty.  Biofuels, implemented at fantastic expense under previous edicts from the Church of Global Warming, turns out to produce more greenhouse gas than plain old gas.  Diesel fuel, pushed by an even older load of “settled science,” worked out to be more toxic than gasoline, too.

The connection between man-made greenhouse effects and the California drought is tenuous and speculative at best; despite the Administration’s alarmist rhetoric, the climate-change movement is using its computer models (which have been wrong about just about everything thus far) to argue that human activity intensified the drought conditions somehow, rather than being a primary cause.  And the Church of Global Warming is still struggling to explain why there hasn’t been much in the way of global “climate change” for nearly 20 years.

Obama’s green energy “investments” have been spectacular failures.  Another one, Smith Electric Vehicles, just went belly-up after sucking down $32 million in taxpayer “stimulus” money, creating a quarter of the jobs that were promised, and leaving its creditors holding unpaid invoices.  The last thing the American people want is another truckload of their money handed out to the Democrat Party’s big contributors for another wave of crony-capitalism disasters.  They don’t care about Obama’s “climate change” agenda much at all, judging from the polls.  What they want is more jobs and a stronger economy.  What they’ll get is further stagnation and higher energy bills, slamming into private sector that already teeters on the verge of a new recession.

This should all be a fairly easy political layup for Republicans, especially given the number of already-endangered Democrats hailing from coal and energy states.  Obama’s environmentalist agenda is an exercise in big-bucks cronyism, a last-gasp effort to milk political power out of the dying global-warming movement, and a final stage in what his ideology portrays as the irreversible transformation of Americans into a poorer, slower, simpler, more compliant people.  We’ll have less energy to pour into entrepreneurial ventures, less money to invest in markets we have made to feel increasingly estranged from, less mobility to thwart the designs of central planners, and greater dependence upon government subsidies to cover the basic necessities of life.

Conversely, increased energy costs are easily absorbed by wealthy and politically-connected aristocrats – you won’t see Al Gore’s titanic carbon footprint getting any smaller, because he can easily afford the increased fuel and electricity costs that will crush you.  After all these months of bleating about “income inequality,” Democrats are ready to push ahead with a war on energy that will do more than almost anything else to make such inequality worse.

ANTI-BUSINESS OBAMA STRIKES AGAIN

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This is from Human Events.

The DemocRats say the are pro business yet they screw business at every turn.

Obama wants to keep us on foreign oil so the terrorist will benefit from the oil money flowing to the Saudis.

 

 

 

When President Obama holds back approval of the Keystone pipeline, for the umpteenth time, it’s bad enough that he’s politically pandering to Tom Steyer, the hedge-fund billionaire and manic radical opponent of fossil fuels. If he gives in to Steyer by blocking the pipeline, Steyer gives $100 million to Democratic candidates this fall.

Obama’s transparent political cynicism is incredible. But it’s more than that. It shows his disregard for jobs and economic growth for blue-collar union workers who used to be Democrats. It shows his utter disregard for our loyal Canadian ally up north. And it sends the wrong signal to Vladimir Putin, who probably believes the U.S. will not undermine Russia with energy independence and oil and gas exports while Obama is in office.

But perhaps most of all, Obama’s Keystone veto sends a message to American business that he just doesn’t care.

For as long as he’s been in the Oval Office, Obama rarely has had anything good to say about business. Instead he talks about inequality, redistribution, taxing the rich, and re-regulation. Remember “you didn’t build that business”? That sums him up right there.

And you know what? Businesses listen to what presidents say. They get the message. From day one, this administration has been anti-business. So instead of making long-term investments that would create tens of thousands of jobs, companies have held onto their profits and gone into a deep crouch. Or they’ve stashed their money overseas.

It’s understandable. President Obama has never been serious about corporate tax reform and reduction. But he has been serious about his desire to punish companies with a huge tax bill.

American firms are locked in this non-investment crouch because they can’t be sure which regulatory or tax burden is coming next. The Wall Street Journalrecently reported that “the recovery is proving to be one of the most lackluster in modern times.” A negative and fearful business psychology is a key reason why.

Obama has never figured out that business, not government, is the heart of the economy. Businesses create the jobs and incomes that deliver family prosperity. And new and existing firms need capital investment for start-ups or expansions. It’s a process that requires confidence. Instead we have uncertainty.

And you know what? This could all be changed.

Let’s go back to a different period: 1982 to 2000. Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton were pro-business, and they said so often. Reagan did so from day one; Clinton did so after his election shellacking in 1994.

Some numbers? From 1982 to 2000, real annual GDP growth averaged 3.8 percent, 44 million new jobs were created, and the stock market increased 900 percent.

Now let’s bring in a polar-opposite cycle. I’ll make this bipartisan, covering the George W. Bush and Barack Obama years. The results? From 2000 to 2013, real annual GDP growth was 1.8 percent, 5.5 million new jobs were created, and stocks went up only 44 percent.

Why the huge difference between the cycles? Good policies versus bad policies. Encouraging business and entrepreneurship rather than discouraging it.

Unfortunately, President Bush presided over the collapse of the dollar, a skyrocketing gold price and a lack of monetary rules that channeled into a housing and commodity bubble that decimated the economy and financial sector.

As for Obama, I’ve mentioned some of his mistakes. But let me emphasize the economically destructive impact of Obamacare. With its costly mandates that jack up premiums and reduce profits, it has thrown a wet blanket over hiring the 51st worker or allowing for the 30th hour worked. Under Obama, the size and scope of government has greatly enlarged. That’s anti-growth.

In the Reagan-Clinton prosperity cycle, the size and scope of government was substantially reduced. A pro-growth measure. There was major tax reform and reduction, free-trade expansion, deregulation, large-scale federal-spending restraint, welfare reform, Social Security reform and monetary rules that vanquished inflation and delivered a strong King Dollar and a collapsing gold price. All pro-growth. All encouragements to business confidence and psychology.

We can get back to the near 4 percent growth of the Reagan-Clinton cycle. That’s what elections are for — to change policy. And part of the policy change must be a new pro-growth, pro-business optimism that sends the right signals to large and small firms, entrepreneurs, blue-collar workers, families and the rest of the world.

Remember this: When America gets it right at home, its international influence and prestige will return. Meanwhile, most of the rest of the world will get their stories right by following America’s lead. Prosperity at home is essential to peace and freedom abroad.

Of course we can do better. That’s what the ’80s and ’90s proved. That’s why the midterm elections are so important.

OK TO FEEL SORRY

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This is from Human Events.

 

At one time in our nation’s history, blacks feeling sorry for whites was verboten. That was portrayed in Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This is a novel published in 1960 — and later made into a movie — about Depression-era racial relations in the Deep South. The novel’s character Tom Robinson, a black man, portrayed in the movie by Brock Peters, is on trial, falsely accused of raping a white woman.

The prosecuting attorney, while grilling Robinson, asks him why he spent so much time doing chores for the alleged rape victim when he had so much of his own work to do. After persistent prosecutorial haranguing, Robinson timidly admits that he felt sorry for her. That response elicits shock and dismay from the prosecutor and the courtroom: How dare a black man feel sorry for a white woman?!

As a result of the achievements of the civil rights movement, which gave black Americans full constitutional guarantees, I am free to feel sorry for guilty or timid white people. But there may be less of a need because of white people’s response to former NBA player Dennis Rodman’s bizarre interview from North Korea in which he claimed that North Korea’s evil tyrant, Kim Jong Un, is his best friend. Rodman has since apologized for some of his remarks. But he’s been a bit of catharsis. White liberals, both in and out of the media, made criticizing him nearly a national pastime.

Even Sen. John McCain, who couldn’t summon up the courage — nor would he allow his presidential campaign staff — to speak ill of Barack Obama’s minister, Jeremiah Wright, told CNN’s Piers Morgan in reference to Rodman: “I think he’s an idiot. I think he’s a person of not great intellect who doesn’t understand that he really does provide propaganda for this very brutal, ruthless young man.”

The widespread and open criticism of Rodman shows that there’s been considerable progress and that I don’t have to feel as sorry for white people. But what about the weak media response to Rep. Henry C. Johnson, D-Ga., who, during a 2010 House Armed Services Committee hearing concerning U.S. military buildup on Guam, told Adm. Robert F. Willard, the then commander of U.S. Pacific Command, “My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize”? Adm. Willard replied, with all sincerity, “We don’t anticipate that.” I’d pay serious money to know what the admiral and his white staff said about Johnson after they left the hearing room.

Then there’s Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, who asked NASA scientists whether they could drive the Mars rover to where Neil Armstrong placed the American flag. Actually, Armstrong planted the flag on the moon in 1969. In 2010, Jackson Lee pointed out: “Today we have two Vietnams, side by side, North and South, exchanging and working. We may not agree with all that North Vietnam is doing, but they are living in peace.” The fact of business is that as a result of North Vietnam’s conquest, today it’s only one nation, Vietnam. Another Jackson Lee geographical observation was her reference to “countries like Europe.” But we shouldn’t be that critical of her, because President Obama also has referred to people from “countries like Europe.” Referring to “countries like Europe” is just as ill-informed as saying countries like Africa or countries like South America. Of course, they are continents.

Some might recall the field day the media and social commentators had with Vice President Dan Quayle and his misspelling of potato, some of which was quite ruthless.Esquire named Quayle among “The Dumbest Vice Presidential Picks of All Time.” That kind of field day wasn’t seen in mainstream media in the cases of Johnson, Jackson Lee, and Obama. To have done so might have been deemed racist.
The bottom line is I’m glad the day has come when I can freely feel sorry for whites, who have to bite their tongue when it comes to criticism of blacks.

Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.

WILL NEW YORK CITY BECOME THE NEXT DETROIT?

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This is from Human Events.

It will be a close race between New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles to be the next Detriot.

People that are old enough will remember  New York City got bailed out by Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

Will Jimmy Carter Jr. (Obama) bail out New York City?

 

New York City just elected a proud and ambitious left-winger, Bill de Blasio, to be the mayor. He plans to raise taxes again and spend yet more money.

Will New York City become the next Detroit?

Detroit was once the center of American manufacturing. Ford, Chrysler, and General Motors stood astride the world economy. Michigan and Detroit’s high standards of living seemed immortal, immune to economic challenge.

But decades of liberal mayors brought the city to bankruptcy and moved much of automobile manufacturing overseas or into Right to Work states. The population of Detroit fell from 1,850,000 in 1950 to 701,000 today. It continues to fall.

Is New York City next? Is Wall Street immortal? Immovable?

The storm petrels have given warning for years.  John Lindsay, the liberal Republican who then ran for the Democrat nomination for president, gave municipal labor unions a blank check. Surely the financial center of the world could pay for gold-plated pensions and benefits without breaking a sweat. Taxes rose. The middle class began to flee crime and taxes.

New York City has the largest big city tax burden in the nation. The highest income earners owe 12.7% of their personal income to the government, second in the nation only to California. With a 2013 budget of about $69 billion and just over 8.3 million residents, the city is spending more than $8,273 per resident. The second largest US city, Los Angeles, by comparison spends $1,137 per resident.

Between 1992 and 2010, on net,  New Yorkers leaving the city to work and live elsewhere brought with them an annual income of $48.8 billion. Between 1995 and 2010 — although the population of New York state rose 1,285,000 — the state lost on net more than $58.6 billion a year due to high net worth out-migration.

The vast majority of people and income fleeing New York are leaving the city. The relative hollowing out of northern New York is a small fraction of those leaving Gotham city. And these financial numbers are net. They take into account that some people move into the state and city—but net more income is leaving the state and city than entering. And the population relative to other states is declining such that New York had 47 electoral votes in 1950 and only 29 today.

It is difficult to move a manufacturing plant or build a new automobile assembly line in South Carolina or Tennessee. It is less difficult to have the computerized, virtual world of banking, investment and finance move across city, state, and national lines.

De Blasio’s inauguration was a celebration of the welfare state and demands for higher taxes and more government spending. The Obama campaign should remind us that when liberals promise to break the bank, spend without end and view taxes as free money, it is not a figure of speech. It is a plan. This is not cheap rhetoric for the left’s baseit is a promise.

De Blasio has already announced his first target: increasing the top income tax rate paid by those earning more than $500,000 from 3.86% to 4.4%. This, if no one flees or retires, will raise $530 million in higher taxes. This tax is advertised as the funding source for “high quality” full day universal preschool in New York City that the New York Citizen’s Budget Commission reports will cost the city between $619 million and $896 million depending on the per pupil funding formula.

So all this happy talk about taxing the rich is clearly only the first part of the sentence. “We will tax the rich….first.” Somehow and from someone’s hide the Mayor will have to raise another $89 million – $366 million per year in higher taxes to finance his first territorial demand.

Remember that the mayor was elected with the enthusiastic support of the public sector union bosses whose wish list for higher pensions, benefits, and pay would embarrass the Detroit union bosses.

Such tax hikes would be on top of the 18.5% property tax increase in 2002. (Mayor Bloomberg had demanded a 25% hike).

Raising the income tax in New York City will require the approval of the New York State legislature and governor. Republicans who have marginal control of the state Senate have promised to stop any such state approval.

The special spending interests that backed De Blasio have been promised taxpayer money. It is now the new mayor’s “job” to find those billions in the pockets and savings accounts of those who stay behind in New York.

De Blasio is practicing “trickle down” taxation. He promises to tax only the rich, but such taxes always trickle down to hit the middle class.

We have seen this movie before.

CHRIS CHRISTIE SIGNS 10 OF 13 PROPOSED GUN RESTRICTIONS

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This is from Human Events.

The truth is Chris Christie is not a RINO but an undocumented DemocRat.

Christie is seen as a potential presidential candidate in 2016

by the establishment Republicans.

While vetoing on bill and conditionally vetoed two other bills.

Sounds like to me that Christie was to pull a fast one on New Jersey voters.

 

New Jersey gun rights advocates have mixed reactions to Gov. Christopher J. Christie’s decision to veto only parts of gun-control legislation this week.

“We hope this is an indication by the governor that he is open to a more reasoned discussion regarding the individual right of New Jersey citizens to possess firearms wherever they have a right to be,” said Frank Jack Fiamingo, president and founder of New Jersey Second Amendment Society, a recreational club that promotes the free exercise of our Second Amendment rights.

“Public officials from mayors to assembly members are exploiting a terrible tragedy involving children to distract people’s attention away from their own incompetency,” he said.

In reaction to the fatal mass-shooting in Dec. 14, 2012 at a grade school in Newtown Conn., New Jersey lawmakers introduced 13 consolidated gun control bills to the governor, after seven months of heated discourse at the state’s capitol in Trenton.

On Aug. 8 Christie signed 10 of the 13 bills; Aug. 16 he vetoed a ban on .50 caliber firearms and conditionally vetoed the two remaining bills. A “conditional veto” means that the legislation is dead, unless the legislature reconvenes to resurrect it through amendments that meet strict conditions imposed by the governor.

Despite the fact that NJ2AS members are pleased that the governor essentially vetoed the most offensive bills, Fiamingo said they feel very strongly that none of these bills deserved the governor’s consideration in the first place.

There are many obstacles contained in the law that renders our Second Amendment rights obsolete, he said.  “In order to obtain a carry permit, for instance, New Jersey citizens must prove a justifiable need which is interpreted as an immediate threat, and nearly impossible to obtain.”

“Simple possession is even illegal in New Jersey,” he said.

Statistics show that the majority of gun crimes in the garden state occur in cities and are committed by gang members, drug dealers, and career criminals, he said. “Public officials have done nothing to address the real problems facing our cities; criminals will continue to break the law.”

Mental health records are not confidential anymore, said Fiamingo. “No longer is it the case that a person is adjudicated as mentally ill by a court of law; any individual, a nurse, a psychologist, or a mental health counselor can prevent you from exercising your Second Amendment rights.”

The provision is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, he said. “Medical health care professionals, who are not doctors, are now free to share with authorities the mental health records of anyone.”

He said personally he would probably support Christie in his last run for governor next year given the options. “Left between Christie and his democrat opponent state Sen. Barbara Buono, her standpoint on Second Amendment rights is decidedly worse.”

In a survey conducted by Quinnipiac University released last week, Christie leads Buono 58 percent to 30 percent.

“After seven months of battle over misguided legislation that will not stop another crime or prevent another tragedy, we are grateful that Governor Christie has finally ended the discussion on the worst of the bills by tossing them onto the scrap heap where they belong,”  said Scott L. Bach, executive director and official spokesperson of the Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, an official National Rifle Association state affiliate.

The attorney and former member of law enforcement said the three bills that the governor essentially vetoed were the most concerning.

“These vetoes put gun-banning politicians on notice that exploiting tragedy to advance an agenda against legal gun owners, instead of punishing violent criminals, will not be entertained.

“New Jersey already has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation,” he said.

Anthony P. Colandro, master instructor and owner at Gun For Hire the largest firearms instruction school in New Jersey, said, “He threw us gun owners a few bones, but did pass some bills we opposed.”

Politics not safety are the governor’s motives, said the education and training committee member of the NRA. “Christie has his eye focused on the 2016 presidential election.”

At this point, he said he will not support Christie for re-election.  “I understand the need to be politically-moderate in New Jersey, but he really should switch to the Democrat party.”

Many gun owners are not pleased with the governor’s decision-making, he said. “The vast majority of our customers are thoroughly disgusted with Christie’s lack of support for the firearm community.”

Colandro, who is a board member of ANJRPC and NY2AS, said the governor should keep in mind that gun owners will take their disapproval to the voting booth. “Remember we are all law-abiding citizens and almost all of us are registered to vote.”

 

 

HERE’S HOW MEXICO TREATS ‘UNDESIRABLE’ FOREIGNERS

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This is from Human Events.

We need to follow Mexico’s example on how to deal with undesirables.

We need to adopt their positions on holding office and being able to

serving in the military.

Here's how Mexico treats 'undesirable' foreigners

American politicians in both parties are stampeding all over themselves to pander to Mexico and adopt mass illegal alien amnesty schemes. But while the Mexican government lobbies for more “humane” treatment of illegal border crossers from their country into ours, Mexico remains notoriously restrictionist toward “undesirable” foreigners who break their laws or threaten their security.

Despite widely touted immigration “reforms” adopted in 2011, Mexico still puts Mexico first — as any country that is serious about protecting its sovereignty should and would.

Article 33 of Mexico’s constitution establishes the right of the president to detain and deport “any foreigner” and prohibits foreigners from participating “in any way” in the political affairs of the country.

While you read this passage, dwell on the demagogic rhetoric of meddling Mexican consular officials and lobbyists who assail America for its (poorly enforced) detention and deportation policies:

“The President of the Republic shall have the power to expel from national territory any foreigner, according to the law and after a hearing. The law shall establish the administrative procedure for this purpose, as well as the place where the foreigner should be detained and the time for that. Foreigners may not in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.”

Article 32 of Mexico’s constitution unapologetically bans non-native born residents from holding sensitive jobs and joining the country’s military. Preference is given unabashedly to Mexicans over foreigners.

While you read this passage, contemplate the inexorable push by open-borders groups to secure illegal alien “rights” to American jobs, American military assignments, American driver’s licenses, discounted U.S. college tuition and Obamacare:

“Only Mexicans by birth can perform all government employments, positions, or commissions in which the status of citizenship is indispensable. During peacetime, foreigners shall neither serve in the Army nor in the police bodies. During peacetime, only Mexicans by birth can serve in the Army, in the Navy or in the Air Force as well can perform any employment or commission within such corporations.

The same condition applies to captains, pilots, skippers, ship engineers, flight engineers and, in general, to every crew member in a ship or an airplane carrying the Mexican flag. In the same way, only Mexicans by birth can be port harbormasters, steersmen and airport superintendents.

Mexicans shall have priority over foreigners, under equal circumstances, for all kind of concessions, employments, positions or commissions of the government in which the status of citizenship is not indispensable.”

While amnesty advocates and civil liberties zealots in the U.S. decry “police state” tactics against illegal aliens, Mexico fiercely maintains laws against illegal border crossings; “verification visits” to enforce visa conditions; requirements that foreigners produce proof of legal status on demand; and enforcement and cooperation between and among immigration officials and law enforcement authorities at all levels in Mexico. Native-born Mexicans are also empowered to make citizens arrests of illegal aliens and turn them in to authorities.

Mexico’s National Catalog of Foreigners tracks all outside tourists and foreign nationals. A National Population Registry tracks and verifies the identity of every member of the population, who must carry a citizens identity card. Visitors who do not possess proper documents and identification are subject to arrest at any time. And for those seeking permanent residency or naturalization, Mexico requires that they must not be economic burdens on society and must have clean criminal histories. Those seeking to obtain Mexican citizenship must show a birth certificate, provide a bank statement proving economic independence, pass an exam and prove they can provide their own health care.

Applicants are assessed based on a point system using factors such as level of education, employment experience, and scientific and technological knowledge. Property acquisition and ownership by foreigners is still severely restricted. Mexican corporations are banned from hiring illegal aliens.

Exit question: If such self-interested “nativism” is right and good for the protection and survival of Mexico, why not for the United States?

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