May 6, 2015

Well, thank you, Mrs. Obama, for all those healing words on race … [Darleen Click]

What would we ever do without you taking every opportunity to browbeat Americans of pallor on their inherent racism?

First lady Michelle Obama used a speech Monday that was supposed to be celebrating the opening of a new museum to instead dig deeper the racial divide that’s been growing ever wider during her husband’s presidency.

“Museums and concert halls,” she said, just don’t welcome non-white visitors – especially children – the way they welcome whites.

Speaking at the new Whitney museum in New York City’s meat packing district last week, Obama said she grew up thinking that museums were not places “for someone who looks like me.”

“You see, there are so many kids in this country who look at places like museums and concert halls and other cultural centers and they think to themselves, well, that’s not a place for me, for someone who looks like me, for someone who comes from my neighborhood. In fact, I guarantee you that right now, there are kids living less than a mile from here who would never in a million years dream that they would be welcome in this museum.

“And growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I was one of those kids myself. So I know that feeling of not belonging in a place like this. And today, as first lady, I know how that feeling limits the horizons of far too many of our young people.

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May 5, 2015

All your children are belong to us: The State as legal guardian from 0-18 [Darleen Click]

A Progressive’s wet dream

A legal fight in Scotland’s highest civil court starts today to block an SNP plan to assign every child a state guardian over claims it rides roughshod over parents’ rights to raise their children how they see fit.

Judge Lord Pentland is to examine the lawfulness of the measure, contained in the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act, which assigns a “named” person such as a teacher or health visitor to anyone aged under 18. […]

Aidan O’Neill, a senior human rights lawyer, is expected to argue during the four-day judicial review at the Court of Session that the legislation represents an “unjustified interference” into private and family life.

The campaign warned last night that the standard of proof for intervention had been reduced to the extent that the state could gain “unbridled access to every living room in the land” and warned parents’ role could be reduced to that of “assistant” to the state. […]

Under the Act, which was passed by MSPs in February and is due to come into force in 2016, the NHS will appoint a health worker to act as a “named person” for every child until the age of five.

The responsibility will then pass to councils until the child reaches 18, with teachers expected to be asked to take on the role.

Every child under direct government control by a huge government bureaucracy.

What could go wrong?

(from the comment section at David Thompson’s)

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May 5, 2015

“The Best President You Don’t Know” [Darleen Click]

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May 4, 2015

Punch back twice as hard [Darleen Click]

Re: Garland, Texas

Re: UCLA BDS Party loses

Lets Act! (LA), the far-left student political party at UCLA, was dramatically swept from power, in election results released Friday, May 1, 2015.

LA, a coalition of mostly identity-based groups (e.g. Afrikan Student Union, MEChA, Queer Alliance, etc.) was defeated 8 seats to 3 (with 3 independents) by their rival, Bruins United (BU), a coalition of most everyone else (led by the Jewish community, fraternities, and sororities).

LA was responsible for slew of anti-Israel actions: Two BDS resolutions at UCLA; objecting to the Judicial Board appointment to Rachel Beyda because she is Jewish; and attempts to disqualify candidates who took trips to Israel.

More, please.

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May 3, 2015

“I intend to vote with my vagina.” [Darleen Click]

Well, honey, I do hope you intend to vote absentee, otherwise please be polite enough to pass a few wet-wipes to next person to go into the voting booth behind you.

There has never been a president who knows what it’s like to menstruate, be pregnant, or give birth. There has never been a president who knows what it’s like to be the target of subtle and categorically unsubtle sexism. There has never been a president who was criticized widely for his political ambition, or forced into a bake-off to prove he’s not too career-oriented to cook for his family. There has never been a president who was forced to take his spouse’s last name for appearances’ sake. There has never been a president criticized for showing too much cleavage, or having “cankles,” or wearing unflattering headbands or colorful pantsuits. There has never been a president who was presumed to be mentally and emotionally unstable because of naturally occurring hormones. […]

There are other reasons why I’m ready for Hillary, but even if there weren’t, I would probably still vote for her just because she’s a woman (who belongs to the party I find less odious). And I submit to you that for me, a person who has never been fully represented by an American president in terms of policy or gender, that is a damned solid reason. What’s illogical and ill-considered is not my “vagina vote,” but the ludicrous notion that 226 years of male rule have somehow left us in a position where gender is immaterial. […]

I won’t tell anyone how to vote. But I am telling you, this time, I refuse to shut up when people act as though it’s not enormously important, from a progressive politics perspective, that Hillary Clinton is a woman. I refuse to listen to anyone who warns against “vagina voting,” when I’m 40 years old and have still never had the opportunity to vote with my damned vagina in a general election. American women have been bleeding for over 200 years while men tell us it’s no big deal, and a lot of us have arrived at the point where we just want someone with a visceral, not abstract, concept of what that means.

As Brendan O’Neill points out —

She thinks Hillary would be a great president because she “knows what it’s like to menstruate, be pregnant, [and] give birth.”

So you’re going to pick your leader on the basis of her biological functions, the fact she’s experienced the same bodily stuff as you? Imagine if a man did that. “I’m voting for Ted Cruz because he knows what it’s like to spunk off. And he knows the pain of being kicked in the balls.” We’d think that was a very sad dude indeed. Why is it any better for a female commentator to wax lyrical about voting on the basis of her biological similarity to a candidate rather than any shared political outlook?

The only positive of this utter desperation of Female Supremacists in trying to get Hillary elected by their retreat into the 18th century “women as emotional creatures ruled by their menses” tropes is how clear their tribal agenda is.

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May 2, 2015

“Where the Baltimore Police Went Wrong” [Darleen Click]

An interview with David Simon.

Bill Keller: What do people outside the city need to understand about what’s going on there—the death of Freddie Gray and the response to it?

David Simon: I guess there’s an awful lot to understand and I’m not sure I understand all of it. The part that seems systemic and connected is that the drug war—which Baltimore waged as aggressively as any American city—was transforming in terms of police/community relations, in terms of trust, particularly between the black community and the police department. Probable cause was destroyed by the drug war. It happened in stages, but even in the time that I was a police reporter, which would have been the early 80s to the early 90s, the need for police officers to address the basic rights of the people they were policing in Baltimore was minimized. It was done almost as a plan by the local government, by police commissioners and mayors, and it not only made everybody in these poor communities vulnerable to the most arbitrary behavior on the part of the police officers, it taught police officers how not to distinguish in ways that they once did.

Probable cause from a Baltimore police officer has always been a tenuous thing. It’s a tenuous thing anywhere, but in Baltimore, in these high crime, heavily policed areas, it was even worse. When I came on, there were jokes about, “You know what probable cause is on Edmondson Avenue? You roll by in your radio car and the guy looks at you for two seconds too long.” Probable cause was whatever you thought you could safely lie about when you got into district court.

Let me pause here. David Simon mentions “probable cause” several times in this lengthy and insightful article. However, he doesn’t seem to know that a police stop only needs “reasonable suspicion” not “probable cause.” These are even called Terry stops.

As for Gray’s arrest, that would need probable cause and it appears that Prosecutor Mosby is either being lazy or disingenuous about calling the arrest “unlawful”.

Getting back to the Simon interview, it becomes clear that all the posture of Democrat politicians, from Mosby back to Martin O’Malley may be operating from less than pure motives.

How does race figure into this? It’s a city with a black majority and now a black mayor and black police chief, a substantially black police force.

What did Tom Wolfe write about cops? They all become Irish? That’s a line in Bonfire of the Vanities. When Ed and I reported The Corner, it became clear that the most brutal cops in our sector of the Western District were black. The guys who would really kick your ass without thinking twice were black officers. If I had to guess and put a name on it, I’d say that at some point, the drug war was as much a function of class and social control as it was of racism. I think the two agendas are inextricably linked, and where one picks up and the other ends is hard to say. But when you have African American officers beating the dog-piss out of people they’re supposed to be policing, and there isn’t a white guy in the equation on a street level, it’s pretty remarkable.

But in some ways they were empowered. Back then, even before the advent of cell phones and digital cameras—which have been transforming in terms of documenting police violence—back then, you were much more vulnerable if you were white and you wanted to wail on somebody. You take out your nightstick and you’re white and you start hitting somebody, it has a completely different dynamic than if you were a black officer. It was simply safer to be brutal if you were black, and I didn’t know quite what to do with that fact other than report it. It was as disturbing a dynamic as I could imagine. Something had been removed from the equation that gave white officers—however brutal they wanted to be, or however brutal they thought the moment required—it gave them pause before pulling out a nightstick and going at it. Some African American officers seemed to feel no such pause. […]

The drug war began it, certainly, but the stake through the heart of police procedure in Baltimore was [former Mayor and Maryland Governor] Martin O’Malley . He destroyed police work in some real respects. Whatever was left of it when he took over the police department, if there were two bricks together that were the suggestion of an edifice that you could have called meaningful police work, he found a way to pull them apart. Everyone thinks I’ve got a hard-on for Marty because we battled over The Wire, whether it was bad for the city, whether we’d be filming it in Baltimore. But it’s been years, and I mean, that’s over. I shook hands with him on the train last year and we buried it. And, hey, if he’s the Democratic nominee, I’m going to end up voting for him. It’s not personal and I admire some of his other stances on the death penalty and gay rights. But to be honest, what happened under his watch as Baltimore’s mayor was that he wanted to be governor. And at a certain point, with the crime rate high and with his promises of a reduced crime rate on the line, he put no faith in real policing.

Simon goes on to lambast O’Malley’s use and misuse of BPD — not to help citizens but to generate stats as a resume entry on his way to higher political office — making his “I’ll vote for him as President” statement incomprehensible.

Everything Simon has seen in a city run by the Left since 1966 and he will still vote for them?

I guess when the personal is the political, you stick with your “church” no matter what.

And we get the government we deserve, every time.

Do read the whole thing.

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May 2, 2015

Pity Joan Walsh of Salon, her racism does not allow blacks personal agency [Darleen Click]

I haven’t commented on the Baltimore, Freddie Gray, incident because I don’t know any more of the incident than has been reported and I know almost nothing about the city and its police department.

I do know that with the filing of formal charges yesterday, the officers involved — whose “race” was never mentioned in any coverage — were revealed as three whites and three blacks.

Which kind of puts a kink in the race-mongering of “Hands up, don’t shoot” fake-but-accurate meme.

Never fear, though, privileged white Leftists are never wrong …

In Joan’s rush to keep “race” front and center in the Gray incident, she dismisses any criminal culpability of the black officers. Not only were they only “following orders” but they were brainwashed by the evil whites in the department.

Although, since Stephanie Rawlings Blake has been mayor of Baltimore for four years and Anthony Batts has been police commissioner since 2012 … exactly who is setting the tone for the agency and why would they wait until now to call in the DOJ?

Who are the Evil Whites who control them?

Yes, Joan wants the Right People to know she is down with the struggle against The White Man … probably writing from a cozy penthouse maintained by service people “of color” in a particularly “white” neighborhood.

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May 1, 2015

Are you an American ally who has been betrayed? Thank a Democrat! [Darleen Click]

Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.

What is either forgotten, or deliberately lied about is that Nixon actually won the war with the signing of the Paris Peace Accords … only to have Democrats hand South Vietnam over to the communists.

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May 1, 2015

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge [Darleen Click]

The Inspiration:

100wordNoir

A story:

She was at the bar, dress the color of arterial blood, mahogany hair so rich a man would do anything to see it fanned out across a pillow.

I’m one of those men.

Like the dead man I had just left.

She picked up the tumbler swallowing the amber liquid without a flinch.

Scotch. Neat. I think I’m in love.

“Dead?”

“Ma’am, you don’t seem to be too broken up.”

She snapped open a small clutch, pulling out a monogrammed hankie to dab at her eyes now starting to water.

“Better?”

Seems the Gates of Hell are perfumed with Shalimar.

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Now, your turn.

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April 30, 2015

Just because

Um…

Ummm

So there’s that.

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