Newsmax, after reviewing the performance of their widgets on the site, today informed me it is ending its partnership with me. The last of my site’s revenue stream, save for monthly fundraisers (which I happen to hate, because I don’t like to ask for money), is now gone.
Those who threatened to run me off the internet have gotten their wish. Though the site appears to be doing well for its niche, the lack of links from the network of high-traffic sites that have frozen me out — and yes, it was a coordinated effort — have finally killed off protein wisdom.
Which is cool, I guess. After all, what have I ever done for the conservative movement, anyway?
I suppose I’ll do a kind of retrospective of the site starting in September and then see where I go from there.
I appreciate your support over these past nearly 13 years. You stuck with me, and I believe that is a credit to every last one of you, because I understand that it hasn’t always been easy. I write what I believe and I don’t play diplomatic games. I just don’t have the personality for it. And it’s cost me.
I wish all the recently-turned full-throated conservatives — erstwhile pragmatists who poked fun at the “True Believers,” etc., — had joined me earlier rather than working so tirelessly to supplant me.
But it is what it is. And I can hold my head high knowing that I refused to compromise my principles, even if that meant pissing off the go-along, get-along GOP fluffers.
So much for presumption of innocence, standing behind your law enforcement community, due process, etc. Instead, we have a Governor — a Democrat, of course — calling for the prosecution of an officer who was beaten and, according to a growing host of witnesses, rushed by a 6’4″ 290 lb man who had just committed a felony and was high. All to satiate the bloodlust of looters, thugs, and racists posing as “civil rights” fighters.
Here’s an idea: someone convene a grand jury in Missouri and indict this dickhead Governor on charges of obstruction of justice and pre-emptive jury tampering.
And right after that? Tar and feather his shameless, pandering, lawless, ass and affix him to the side of the state capitol building with rope, a dunce cap stapled to his hairpiece and a sign across his chest that reads “Yeah, I’m kind of an asshole. Sorry.”
The left is the agency of totalitarianism, political prosecutions, and fealty to the mob.
If we don’t defeat them, they’ll eventually subjugate us. It’s who they are. It’s what they do.
Last evening, with a bunch of kids playing outside and throngs of neighbors out on their porches or working on their lawns, etc., a cop who lives down the street from me was spotted defiantly carrying a pair of stuffed black trash bags to his garbage can. Not your standard white kitchen garbage bags, mind you. But black bags. As if to say, I stand with that murderous cop up in Missouri. So far, no one in the neighborhood has tossed a Molotov cocktail at his house — though I’m keeping a close eye on this one dude down the block with the “Coexist” bumper sticker on his Scion.
Best to be prudent, I figure — and besides, if he starts getting all looty and such, I’ll finally have the justification to smash the hell out of that ugly blight of a cubist automotive nightmare, which in the end would prove to be a net good for home values around here.
And you can’t really punish me for “automotive profiling” I don’t think. At least, not yet. Right?
Before I post the bulk of the open letter (h/t Allen West), let me first say that I’m really quite saddened that some pols still believe, in this day and age, that throwing a black face at the problem of (mostly) black social unrest is a magical cure for said unrest. It plays into the very kinds of race-based contrivances that keep racialism alive and well. And it’s a cop-out, if you’ll pardon the pun.
There. I feel better.
Now this, from Chief Ed Delmore, who West introduces as “a 32-year law enforcement veteran who spent most of his career leading St. Louis area departments until becoming the Alabama beach city’s top cop in 2010″:
I don’t care what the media says. I expect them to get it wrong and they often do. But I expect you as a veteran law enforcement commander—talking about law enforcement—to get it right.
Unfortunately, you blew it. After days of rioting and looting, last Thursday you were given command of all law enforcement operations in Ferguson by Governor Jay Nixon. St. Louis County PD was out, you were in. You played to the cameras, walked with the protestors and promised a kinder, gentler response. You were a media darling. And Thursday night things were better, much better.
But Friday, under significant pressure to do so, the Ferguson Police released the name of the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown. At the same time the Ferguson Police Chief released a video showing Brown committing a strong-arm robbery just 10 minutes before he was confronted by Officer Darren Wilson.
Many don’t like the timing of the release of the video. I don’t like that timing either. It should have been released sooner. It should have been released the moment FPD realized that Brown was the suspect.
Captain Johnson, your words during the day on Friday helped to fuel the anger that was still churning just below the surface. St. Louis County Police were told to remain uninvolved and that night the rioting and looting began again. For much too long it went on mostly unchecked. Retired St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch tweeted that your “hug-a-looter” policy had failed.
Boy did it.
And your words contributed to what happened Friday night and on into the wee hours of Saturday. According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, you said the following regarding the release of the video: “There was no need to release it,” Johnson said calling the reported theft and the killing entirely different events.
Well Captain, this veteran police officer feels the need to respond. What you said is, in common police vernacular—bullshit. The fact that Brown knew he had just committed a robbery before he was stopped by Officer Wilson speaks to Brown’s mindset. And Captain, the mindset of a person being stopped by a police officer means everything, and you know it.
Let’s consider a few examples:
On February 15, 1978 Pensacola Police Officer David Lee conducted a vehicle check. He didn’t know what the sole occupant of the vehicle had recently done, but the occupant did. Who was he? Serial killer Ted Bundy. Bundy attempted to disarm Lee. Lee was able to retain his firearm and eventually took Bundy into custody.
On April 19, 1995 Oklahoma State Trooper Charlie Hangar stopped a vehicle for minor traffic violations. He didn’t know that 90 minutes earlier the traffic violator, Timothy McVeigh, killed 168 people with a truck bomb at the Murrah Federal Building. But McVeigh sure knew it, didn’t he? Fortunately, given his training and experience Hangar was able to take McVeigh into custody for carrying a concealed firearm. It was days later before it was determined that McVeigh was responsible for the bombing.
On May 31, 2003 then-rookie North Carolina police officer, Jeff Postell, arrested a man digging in a trash bin on a grocery store parking lot—an infraction that would rise to about the level of jaywalking. Postell didn’t know that he had just captured Eric Rudolph, the man whom years earlier had killed and injured numerous people with bombs and was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.
So now, let’s consider Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson’s stop of Michael Brown. Apparently Wilson didn’t know that Brown had just committed a strong-arm robbery. But Brown did! And that Captain, is huge.
Allegedly, Brown pushed Wilson and attempted to take Wilson’s gun. We’re also being told that Officer Wilson has facial injuries suffered during the attempt by Brown to disarm him. Let’s assume for a moment those alleged acts by Brown actually occurred. Would Brown have responded violently to an officer confronting him about jaywalking? Maybe, but probably not.
Is it more likely that he would attack an officer believing that he was about to be taken into custody for a felony strong-arm robbery? Absolutely.
Officer Wilson survived the encounter with Brown as did Lee, Hangar, and Postell. Michael Brown didn’t survive and it’s too soon to say if Officer Wilson’s use of deadly force was justified and legal. You and I both know that not all officers survive such confrontations. Officers die in incidents like this Captain Johnson, including a couple that I remember from your own organization:
On April 15, 1985 Missouri Trooper Jimmie Linegar was shot and killed by a white supremacist he and his partner stopped at a checkpoint; neither Trooper Linegar nor his partner were aware that the man they had stopped had just been indicted by a federal grand jury for involvement in a neo-Nazi group accused of murder. The suspect immediately exited the vehicle and opened fire on him with an automatic weapon.
Just a month before, Missouri Trooper James M. Froemsdorf was shot and killed—with his own gun—after making a traffic stop. When the Trooper made that stop he didn’t know that the driver was wanted on four warrants out of Texas—But again the suspect knew it.
So Captain Johnson, I guess the mindset and recently committed crimes of the suspects that murdered those Missouri Troopers didn’t mean anything. The stops by the Troopers, as you have said, are entirely different events right?
Indeed. And to add to the growing pile — and the growing politicization of the law under progressive “law enforcement” — we now learn that Eric Holder has sent 40 agents down to investigate the shooting, this after several autopsies, plenty of witness testimony corroborating the officer’s story, the broken orbital socket suffered by the officer, and surveillance video of Brown committing a robbery.
– Which leads one (or it very well should) to wonder why Holder won’t investigate the IRS, or even the New Black Panthers, but is so eager to try to please a mob of “his people” that he’ll throw so many federal resources at an event that doesn’t require his insinuation in into it in order to find some way to make an example of a white officer, regardless of what the facts so far show.
And the reason is simple: Holder is not interested in blind justice. He’s looking for social payback. The man is a racialist and a racist. And he is completely undeserving of the position he holds. That he remains the Country’s top law enforcement officer is a testament to just how corrupt government becomes once it’s untethered from the restraints of the Constitution.
Between the Zimmerman case, the failure of the Justice Department to investigate the political targeting of “enemies” to the President’s policies, the outrageous partisan political indictment of Gov Perry, and now this attempt to both placate and satiate a mob of thugs and looters, I suspect we’re looking at a pendulum swing of huge proportions coming soon to a voting booth near you.
Unfortunately, all that will do is move power into the hands of GOP establicans, who aren’t appreciably better.
The system is broken. To fix it, we must go around it rather than through it. Otherwise, we’re only pretending we live in a country of laws. We live instead in a banana republic. Only the pols wear nicer clothes and tend to eschew epaulettes and bushy mustaches.
On the glass-half-full-side, though, at least he didn’t have his head cut off on digital video — though I’m beginning to think that the new “radical chic” social justice warriors are no more than bullying Klan types looking to curb stomp some Jews, and that given the proper social ethos, they’d gleefully slit some throats and parade around in the gore.
A Jewish student on the campus of Temple University was assaulted on Wednesday afternoon and called “kike” and “baby killer” by alleged members of the anti-Semitic student group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Daniel Vessal, a Camera on Campus fellow and a member of the Jewish fraternity AEPi, was punched in the face by a violent alleged member of the anti-Israel organization SJP at “Templefest” which is organized for students on campus to gain new information about campus clubs a week before the start of classes. Vessal is a managing information systems major at the Fox School of Business at the university.
“I’m walking down Polett Walk, one of the main walkways through Temple University and I see the SJP table,” Vessal told TruthRevolt from a local area hospital. “I go up to them and I really just wanted to see what angle they were coming from. I went up to the table and started talking to them. I said, ‘listen, you shouldn’t be protesting Israel- if anything protest the terrorists.’”
“At that point I walked away and after a little back and forth,” Vessal explained. “I came back to the table after a little while and explained that the Palestinians have a right to a state just like anyone else but that SJP should come at the right people. I said, ‘when Hamas stops sending the rockets, that’s when there can be peace. That’s when we can start.’”
“This one girl sitting at the end of the table was just laughing and laughing at me,” he explained “As she was laughing at me, people at the table were calling me a ‘baby killer,’ I said when she stops then maybe we could have a genuinely peaceful conversation.”
“And then this kid just rocks me in the face as hard as he can. My glasses flew off. After a two-second blur I had no clue what had happened. I couldn’t believe the kid actually hit me,” said Vessal who added that he needs to obtain a new pair of glasses due to the extensive damage.
Vessal told Truth Revolt that the alleged student who punched him was one of four or five individuals at the table.
“When the police came over and were filing the report the kids at the table were screaming ‘You Zionist pig, you racist, that’s what you get,’” Vessal explained. “If anything, I thought they would be apologetic for someone in their organization doing something like that.”
Vessal told TruthRevolt that the campus police took the assailant and sent him home but did not detain him, which confused the victim.
“I don’t understand why after physical assault he just got sent home. This was not anti-Israel at all, it was completely anti-Semitic.”
Actually, what it was was assault.[*] And I’m hoping Truth Revolt or someone from the University releases the name of the assailant with the same alacrity, say, Duke released the names of their falsely accused lacrosse players, opening them up to public shaming, rancid professorial conduct with respect to due process, and dissertations by the terminally aggrieved and perpetually envious, who are drawn to victim studies as a way to accumulate power and “intellectual respect” they will otherwise never earn on merit.
I want to know the name of this asshole who assaulted the Temple student. I want to know the names of those who were calling him a kike after sucker punching him. Because I want to shame them, to see them prosecuted, and to see Temple University begin treating its Jewish students as something less than targets for every grievance department they fund. I’m not a fan of hate crimes, but so long as they’re on the books, I want to see someone pressured into using them in cases like these. By the powerful Zionist lobby, perhaps — which I’m told “infests” the US.
I can’t speak for every Jew — hell, I don’t even understand the ones who voted for Obama, knowing his background and seeing for themselves his anti-Israel, pro-Muslim Brotherhood proclivities — but as a non-practicing Jew who nevertheless believes in real tolerance, I will say unequivocally that I’m not averse at all to defending myself. And my advice to Mr Vessal is this: join, get yourself a bunch of their stickers and place them all over your notebooks, backpack, practice with a firearm, and let it be known to these bullies that it isn’t always the case that Jews here in the US won’t fight back.
Sometimes dogs need to be put down — generally after they begin to believe they can bite with impunity. And knowing what I do of history, I wouldn’t give it a second thought.
Facepalm of the Day Award: University of Mary Washington finds the word “bullet” offensive and outdated [Darleen Click]
… so the student newspaper is changing its name from The Bullet to The Blue & Gray Press.
The student-run newspaper at the University of Mary Washington (UMW) is changing its name from The Bullet to The Blue & Gray Press over concerns that its original name carried violent connotations.
“The editorial board felt that the paper’s name, which alludes to ammunition for an artillery weapon, propagated violence and did not honor our school’s history in a sensitive manner,” the press release provided to Campus Reform states. “The board intends to remain faithful to the history our university stands upon, and we continue to honor this history both in a respectful and meaningful way.”
Alison Thoet, the paper’s editor-in-chief, told Campus Reform in an interview that the editorial board felt the old name was “a little outdated” and was more representative of the Fredericksburg, Va., community’s ties to the Civil War and not the school as a whole.
“In this day and age, no one really cares about the Civil War. We wanted something that was updated,” Thoet said.
Say what, Alison? The Civil War is more than 100 years old so — taking a page from Juice-box mafioso Ezra Klein — all the hip kitties can ignore it?
No word yet if UMW students will be petitioning Microsoft to remove “bullet lists” from Word.
Dayum, but Michael Ramirez has been on a roll lately …
There may be a few typos in the doc, but that’s because it’s really old and locked. Whatever that means.
I had a poet friend who used to teach this short story as a “prose poem” in one of her classes. I was never sure what a prose poem was exactly, but I was flattered nevertheless.
Looking back on it, I hope that was the proper reaction.
Oh well, for those of you interested in a bit of light reading and able to open a doc…
As much fun as it’s been to react to news events, I like to look ahead once in a while, so I’m introducing a new category: “If Republicans Win the Senate in 2014.” This is Item One.
The least despicable excuse congressional Republicans can offer for failing to do this in the next Congress, if they’ve recaptured the Senate while retaining the House, is, “Obama would just veto it.”
Granted, the likely result of passing a bill that merely reads, “The Affordable Care Act is repealed,” would be entertaining for the wailing and gnashing of teeth it would inspire among the “progressive” Left, and would certainly be a net positive for the nation’s health coverage system, but at this point it would hardly be the kind of rallying point that Team R would need to build on its accidental and undeserved 2014 success at the ballot box. Rather, the repeal of Obamacare should be achieved by passing a bill that institutes free-market reforms from the roots up, eliminating the perverse incentives that the system has evolved over years of being driven by union contracts and meddling legislation.
A functional health coverage system would no longer be controlled by bean counters, corporate or governmental, but by the patients themselves. Health savings accounts and tort reform are two small parts of the reforms needed to achieve this, but they’re a decent start.
Of course Boehner and McConnell would argue that this, too, cannot be done because “Obama would just veto it.”
Send it to him anyway, you crybabies. Show that you’re good for something more than keeping Obama from running rampant during his last two years in office — because that selling point goes away in 2016. And if you don’t have something new to sell by then, your still-pissed-off base won’t be buying.
Which is nothing new, really — though as with Bob Costas, one wonders why it’s so suddenly racist now that all the liberal lemmings have started lining up for their places in tiny, metal PC boxes — only in this instance, I was listening live, and the charge carried with it an accusation that the person defending the name, Mike Ditka, was himself “a racist,” followed by intimation by a fellow broadcast personality that perhaps Ditka should be fired for having what amounts to a difference of opinion over what constitutes actual racism.
For instance, Ditka believes – and the club’s history backs him up — that the original name, a play on the Boston Braves, was meant as a honorarium to a Native American coach. But rather than rehearse that documented history yet again, I’d like to offer a few new thoughts. First, one of the arguments Darren McKee (aka DMac) made, is that just because something was okay at one time doesn’t mean it’s okay now. Though I can’t read his mind, I suspect one of the antecedents he had in mind when he made this comment was slavery, which of course has nothing whatever to do with the Redskins, the linguistic implications of a demand in name change, etc. But then, he’s a liberal sports talk host, so he can be forgiven for such blazing ignorance and such a glorious non-sequitur.
Second — and what irked me the most — was twofold, and is deserving of this public bitchslapping: it’s easy, as McKee proved, to cavalierly and without even a moment’s thought of repercussions, accuse a real-life person of a truly heinous mindset. That McKee believes he can see into Ditka’s heart and declare him “racist” based around arguments that have been made by many others, including the Native Americans he pretends to champion (although I guess the ones who aren’t offended by the “racist” team name aren’t really authentic natives, and are more like Uncle Tontos than the real Native Americans that this pasty white liberal sportstalk house presumes to speak for) is problematic enough; that he does so from a safe distance and without fear of being punched in the face for suggesting such a thing without any proof is part of the problem with these types of claims and the people who make them: not only do they do a disservice to those who are the victims of actual racism while widening the pool of “racists” to include just about everyone they disagree with, reducing the charge of racism to a mere rhetorical trope; but they don’t ever have to answer for having made the accusation.
My solution is to have “DMac” invite Mike Ditka to the studio and call him a racist directly to his face. Or, if he prefers not to, he can detail the case for Ditka’s racism, which surely must go beyond his rather familiar argument that the current referent to “Washington Redskins” are a bunch of largely brown and white skinned professional football players being paid by Daniel Snyder to represent the DC franchise, and not an invocation of some kind of slur (especially since Native Americans themselves, by a healthy percentage, don’t want the name changed; that Native Americans themselves refer to each other historically as red skins or red people; and that Oklahoma literally translated means roughly the same thing, meaning after years of Sooners games, sportscasters everywhere should suddenly demand the college either change states or that the state change its name. Perhaps to DMacLand or Costasville.
Phil Simms has decided he might not use the name during his broadcasts of the team’s games. Fine. I like Simms, but I think if he goes this route (and I include Tony Dungy here, too) he’ll looks foolish, cowardly, and risk-averse — and that anyone who follows suit will be doing damage to our language by allowing that something clearly not meant as a slur must be a slur because certain people have decided it offends them. And I’ll make sure never to have Simms or Dungy over while I’m using a spade in my garden, just to keep them from having mini-strokes.
With DMac, on the other hand, the situation is far more sinister. Because not only does he want to hand over control of language to the heckler’s veto, but he likewise wouldn’t be averse to seeing a broadcaster, who makes his living engaging in speech, lose his livelihood because the speech he engaged didn’t comport with the current hairshirted liberal orthodoxy.
– All of which is doubly ironic, given that a day earlier DMac had noted how happy he was that the TV show “Naked and Afraid” finally featured a black cast member, because he was “tired of looking at white asses.” Oh, and yes, he was “impressed” by the black contestants, er, attributes.
What a fucking hypocrite. So much of what’s wrong with this country tied into a tiny little poseur’s bow.