Our new manager?
Not if I had anything to do with it.
Our new manager?
Not if I had anything to do with it.
Our society has gotten so paranoid about nooses that the sight of one practically belongs in a haunted house.
The same Germany which mortgaged its future to the tune of a trillion euros to save your asses? Talk about My Big Fat Greek Ingrates.
Slashdot: Is That an Android On Your Wrist?
That, and I am happy to see you.
It would help if Arizona actually had beaches. With apologies to George Strait.
Oh no, nobody in Oakland will be working? I can’t imagine what that will be like.
He still doesn’t have a job, and I think she still does, so he might well be the world’s tallest alimony recipient.
Foreign students say visa program abused
For years, it has been touted as a form of vacation diplomacy: a U.S. government program that selects college students from across the globe to come work at beach resorts, amusement parks and other seasonal jobs. In the process, the visitors are expected to imbibe American culture, practice English and take home fond memories.
But in August, students complained that their work conditions were closer to a sweatshop than a summer break, sparking demands for government intervention and a firestorm of bad publicity that federal officials are trying to tamp down.
Duh, what do you think is the point of this visa program? To give various firms cheap and easily exploitable summer and seasonal labor. For the alternative is hiring native born American high school and college students who recognize exploitation and slave wages from a mile away.
By the time your stopwatch gets to exactly 365:00:00:00.000, we’ll find out that there was fraud behind this:
Illinois test scores up, but fall short of federal standards
The Illinois state standardized test results released today show the gap in performance between different groups of students is narrowing at the elementary school level, particularly because of gains among African-American, special education and low-income students. The achievement gap between white and black students has narrowed by 11.4 percent in math and 7.9 percent in reading, according to the state.
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Cool. But WTF was that last part all about?
* A lot of people have been worried about the Occutards becoming unmistakeably violent. However, the conventional wisdom was that it would be either Occutard-on-Enemies of Occutard, or Occutard-on-Police, or Police-on-Occutard.
* Huh? Left wingers tell other left wingers they can’t do street theater in a left-wing city because of public masturbation? That’s a new one on me.
They’re yanking their permit. Those jerkoffs.
* Yeah, Grant Park. It has the perfect name.
* Irony time: Obama and Biden popping off about needing more cops, the rabble stirred up to help their re-election campaign floats a hypothetical trial balloon about killing cops.
* More irony time: Boston Occutards making life harder for Boston’s public transit regulars. Doesn’t the left just love public transit?
* The Republicans need to be for “legal immigration,” Mr. Rubio? I hate to tell you, but they already are. The two most recent and most dramatic loosening of immigration law through the legal legislative process, 1986 IRCA, an amnesty and the “family reunification” racket, and a 1990 immigration package which started the H-xB visa program, were both signed by Republican Presidents.
Bug, not feature.
* “Still no solution?“ That’s because they didn’t ask me.
* Also political. They’re being driven out to ensure that Democrats win everything in California forever. If D.C. and Sacramento were so worried about the environment, they would start with Mexican drug cartels using some National Parks and Forests for pot growing farms, and then work their way forward from there.
* “Asking why.” You answered your own question when you first used the word “black.”
* Dartmouth puts a black woman in charge of the college’s administration, and the first thing she complains about?
Most college bureaucracies white woman dominated, and so it seems to be the case at Dartmouth.
Gee, what of that precious gender solidarity?
* This high school can’t have a more appropriate name:
* Boys and girls, cats and dogs, we call this “FUD.”
* “Big Society” is David CaMORON’s kinda sorta analogue to Bush’s “Compassionate Conservatism.” The fine print? Black American “former” gang bangers on the payroll of a BS-associated QUANGO import cocaine into London.
* Ask Mike Freer who is his favorite political figure in the recent history of the United Kingdom. He will probably tell you the name of a woman who demanded and got the importation of these very kind of people for their “family values.”
* Tony Blair is another one — Says “Our Diversity Is Our Strength,” but doesn’t explain why or how it’s Britain’s strength.
It’s certainly a strength to his political party in the long term.
* Notice that law enforcement is doing nothing. And this we call an “ally?” Their military and intelligence apparati held the world’s most wanted man prisoner for a long time. Remember, if you used to have a textile job in South Carolina, and don’t have it anymore, it’s probably now in Pakistan because BushObama exported your job there to give these wonderful people an “alternative” to terrorism. How’s that working out for you, or them, or us?
* Take a close look at the middle picture. Does that look like an ideal breeding ground for tolerance to you?
* The “Anonymous” cracker cabal: Not all bad, Part II.
While the debate was pretty much useless from a practical standpoint, for in the case of the DOI, it was all a matter of might making right, the BBC and the British side of this debate does properly refer to the DOI as a secessionist document, and the colonists as secessionists, not “revolutionaries.”
* Not just The King’s Speech: Margaret Thatcher (whom I referenced above in this post, in case it went over your head) had a stuttering problem that she had to cure before she could be taken seriously in the political arena. George VI had the advantage of choosing the right parents, Thatcher had to win the esteem of her party then her party with her as the leader had to win the esteem of the electorate.
That reminds me, I have to put The King’s Speech in my Netflix Queue.
* Yeah, but when are they going to get around to fixing the problem of the shower water becoming scalding hot when someone in the house flushes the john? I would rather get that problem licked before having a TV on my shower curtain. And, pray tell, do we really want to give people the ability to make phone calls while in the shower?
When it was on, ILC taught the world how to commit food stamp fraud.
Wanna lay odds that this outsells any one single current model year Ford vehicle?
* If the football thing doesn’t work out so well for one Nathan Scheelhaase, he has a future playing Obama in movies.
* New York City has a problem with group nudity? There’s a first.
I was a little busy with “other things” on Friday night. Someone told me (and yes, there was a St. Louisan who wasn’t watching baseball on Friday night), that the talk show host who sounds like Groucho Marx’s grandmother after a hysterectomy really laid into Ron Paul on Friday night, over RP’s not explicitly refusing to rule out an independent campaign for President, should he not win the Republican nomination.
First off, I don’t think he would run as an independent, because he made these same “non-barking dog” noises in 2008. As he said four years ago, every election he has ever won in his life was won while running as a Republican, every time he has run on a third party, he hasn’t won. Second, it’s a matter of pure common sense — If you can’t win a plurality of Republican voters in enough states to get enough delegates to win a nomination, you won’t have the ability to win the general election. Third, the timing is PR clusterfuck – Rand should take dad aside and read him the Riot Act, reminding him that he can’t hint around an independent candidacy before any Republican primary or caucus has taken place – That might actually drive off a lot of his own loyal supporters into the hands of other Republican candidates or into not voting in the primaries or caucuses.
But then there’s the matter of the talk show host who sounds like Groucho Marx’s grandmother after a hysterectomy. I have never met him, doubt I ever will. But just through listening to him enough, I take him for a fink. And by “fink,” I mean someone who would sell out the lamestream Reaganite conservatism he claims to support – I have to make that clear, because I’m not a Reaganite, and the talk show host in question isn’t a white nationalist much less a race realist like me, for sure. When I say “fink” here, I mean selling out his own purported worldview.
What makes me suspicious is that he saves the worst of his vituperative for Ron Paul, even more vicious than the same for the neo-cons and RINOs he claims he hates so much. Complicating matters is that he has no problem with Rand Paul, even having him as a guest on his show, and a guest on good terms. I mean, if you read the talk show host’s political books, like Liberty and Tyranny and Men In Black, then you would easily walk away thinking that the author of those books would vote for Ron Paul, or at the very least not be so hostile. You would also think that the author of such books would like Pat Buchanan, but on several occasions, the author/talk show host has publicly announced his distaste toward PJB.
While he probably is a geunine Reaganite, (again, disclaimer: I’m not), I get the feeling that Mark Levin is really birddogging for another agenda. I don’t think it’s the obvious — You might put all these pieces together, his hatred toward Ron Paul (but not Rand Paul) and PJB to come up with Israel, but I don’t think it’s that, because Levin isn’t really a big pro-Israel talking head, in fact, I think that he’s less intensely pro-Israel than the average Reaganite. I think it’s something else, but something on which I can’t put my finger. Now that I allow comments, I hope that someone can lead my finger to the right button.
One more thing — Levin hates the South, and hates white Southerners, and has openly stated as much. Yet, he abandoned his own native Philadelphia for the Northern Virginia suburbs. Why? Answer: Philadelphia in particular and Pennsylvania in general aren’t conservative enough anymore for Reaganism, so he had to go to greener grass. (Even though Northern Virginia’s grass is becoming less green by the year, as far as that goes.) He hates white Southerners so much, yet during blue wave election years, white Southerners are the only people that will vote for Republicans and lamestream conservatives, and only because of the racial headcount nature of electoral politics in the South. His good friend Sean Hannity is the same way — Really doesn’t like white Southerners, (but he’s not as obvious as Levin about it, you have to pick up on context clues), but Hannity’s radio career started in Huntsville, Alabama then picked up steam in Atlanta. Left to his native metropolitan area, New York City, he would have never gotten anywhere in broadcast media, because it’s too liberal even for his milquetoast brand of conservatism. Methinks he doth shitteth where he eateth.
That said, Liberty and Tyranny is a unique effort, and very much worth reading, if you can overlook the foibles of the author, and the occasional brain fart within. Men in Black is worth the time, but it’s not my favorite book about the abuses of the Judiciary. Batting for the home team, that honor goes to Phyllis Schlafly’s The Supremacists.
When we won the World Series over Detroit five years ago, within 48 hours of the final out, Morgan Quitno (now CQ press) released their crime survey, that showed us and Detroit 1-2 in the list of the most dangerous cities.
Does anyone think there is some negative statistic where St. Louis is worst and Dallas-Fort Worth is second worst?
Notice the official title of this video. And no, I didn’t have anything to do with its content or production.
I never took Harry as the type that’s worried about the price of things, nor as the type that would be attracted to the women of Wal*Martinez.
Smoking Gun: Couple Faces Criminal Raps For Sex On City Bus
I’m guessing it was the #69 Bus.
Everyone will be Top Ho’ and Spiffin’.
Give 70% of it to the Federal government, just like you want anyone else with a half megabuck to do.
A tent city in Kansas City? Isn’t that redundant?
Funny, I always thought taking a permit away from an S&M joint would be far more violent and painful than merely “stripping” it.
What was this city like today? A few hundred thousand people pretending to work, and a few tens of thousands of bosses pretending to supervise.
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* On that, here is the first comment in the NYP article about last night’s game, from one Jeff Putterman:
Someone should make A-rod watch the video of the last four innings of this game over and over and over. Maybe he’ll understand one day that when you have two strikes on you, and the season is on the line, you don’t have to strike out. Unlikely, but maybe he’ll learn how to play the game. Then again, it isn’t fair to expect him to hit well when he can’t shoot steroids.
Aww, Jeff, you have to give him a bit of slack – He was too focused on getting home and making love to his new significant other. And, as far as those steroids go, can’t we quit riding that hobby horse? He was just a wee lad of 28; you must forgive his youthful impetulence.
* The Occutards didn’t have to fork over, while the Tea Party did. There is enough judicial precedent over this sort of thing such that it ended the lives of several forests to print them. TPM on diamond hard solid ground.
* Usual suspects. Google Images confirms.
* Cocaine as a cake flavor. I would regret not coming with that idea myself, save I’m not that into drugs. And by “not that into,” I mean not at all and never.
* There are some surprising numbers here. I’ll let you analyze for yourself. I’ll give you one for starters: WA > National Average > AZ
* Hmm. I wonder how the dork in Florida with a fax machine will react. (The one that calls himself the “Institute for Diversity in Sports.” About as insightful as an “Institute for Wetness in Water.”) I don’t think it’s totally cut-and-dry how he will react; I can see him either being happy or indignant.
* During the Salem Witch Hunts, men were statstically more likely than women to be executed for “witchcraft.”
* European Man’s Best Friend: The Potato.
I think the main reason he’s opposed is because of the “controversies” over the N****rhead rock and his vote in opposition of Texas deinvesting from South Africa (which probably had far more to do with economic interests than racial politics. Don’t forget, the Rickroller was still a Democrat at the time, and even if he was a Republican, Reagan-Gingrich helped kill South Africa more than anyone.) But for any of that, he probably wouldn’t have said a word either way.
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* Read the locations. Racial profiling even happens among the fake cops!
* Same old story — Mother’s boyfriend and not the baby’s father.
* Marines get high civilian honors for doing their jobs, showing up to work on time, obeying orders, and being black.
* In case you didn’t already figure it out, here is a further piece of evidence that should convince you that the Occutards and the Tea Party Movement are nowhere near the same. Would people who just got out of jail go to a Tea Party rally?
* Occutards to occupy Rahm’s office? If, as I think, the Occutards are all a result of Obama/Soros shit disturbing, then I have three words to describe this news: Petard hoisted own.
* “Petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” Sounds pretty cut and dry to me.
* I think Alex Jones is too worried. Once these “street lights” start seeing too much black crime, the usual suspects and community organizers will start bitching, and Obama will make Nappy and all the big city mayors whose cities in which these things will be installed shut them off.
* What do I take from this long article about Raj Rajaratnam? White supremacists and skinheads made him do it.
* “Underwater mortgages” aren’t that big a problem. As long as the mortgagees are still earning an income, and can still afford they mortgage notes, they can still make the payments. What the house is “worth” right now is really immaterial to either the lender or lendee. It only becomes a problem if the lendee wants to sell the house or the lender has to foreclose then has to sell the house.
* Colorado: Mexico’s newest colony. There are now a million “Latinos” in Colorado — Some might think there are already that many in one Denver zip code.
* Sorry, I can’t buy a future real world where there are 732 million Nigerians. All of these projections are based on trends, but the main condition behind the current population explosion in the third world, namely, the third world essentially being a welfare client of the white world, will gradually dissipate over the coming decades as the white world becomes older, less prosperous and less industrious.
* PlayStations in British prisons? Why are all these London rioters so worried about going to prison?
* To the untrained eye, these measures might seem like they’re a crackdown on crime, but now that we know that British prisons are borderline resorts, they’re only begging for marginal people to commit more violent crimes.
* The European Union bailout fund has now swelled to 1 Trillion Euros. This is significant, because until now, the only credible institution on Earth for whom the word “trillion” could be used legitimately is the United States Government.
* Of course, it’s the victim’s fault. If s/he weren’t carrying around all those valuable gadgets, then nobody would ever mug or rob him or her.
What about punishing muggers? Oh no, racism.
The only good news is that the world is a lot different than it was a decade ago, as this article states. I still think IE’s market share is going to continue to slip. That, and the desktop/laptop OS paradigm is becoming more and more “old hat” over time, the OS for phones and tabs/pads is the future, and increasingly the present.
* The legislation has received the backing of Hollywood, the music industry, the Business Software Alliance, the National Association of Manufacturers, the US Chamber of Commerce and other groups.
Whatever it is, I’m opposed.
* “Anonymous” — Not all bad.
Gap between rich, poor is widest in Atlanta
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Atlanta, Georgia, has widest income gap between rich and poor of all the major U.S. cities, the U.S. Census reported on Wednesday.
New Orleans ranks second, followed by the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C.
Areas with the highest income inequality “tend to be found in cities, with older housing on average, while the most income-segregated areas … tend to be found in the suburbs,” the Census said.
Rounding out the list of 10 big cities with the largest gaps between high and low income are Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Gainesville, in Florida; Athens, Georgia; New York; Dallas, Texas; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The major cities with the lowest income inequality were almost all in the west, and all had much smaller populations.
West Jordan, Utah, had the smallest gap; it has a population of 101,727. Thornton, Colorado, and Norwalk, California, followed.
Older, eastern cities = Black, while newer, western cities = Hispanic. That’s all you need to know.
Several weeks ago, I started allowing comments on this blog. But I made a crucial mistake – I accidentally limited commenting privileges to those who have WordPress accounts and are logged into them.
In case you didn’t know, Walther co-founded the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and the Concordia Seminary, and he also advised young seminary students of his during the WBTS that if they wanted to go fight to free the slaves, fine, but don’t say God told them to do it, because He didn’t.
Surely, it has been a long time since we’ve heard that much sense from religious figures.
This one was in the same general neighborhood as the K/K incident that killed one of the Nyugens.
Family of Knockout Game victim wants sickening game to end
St. Louis (KSDK) – A south St. Louis man is out of intensive care following a beating police believe was a part of the notorious Knockout Game. One of the witnesses to the crime just happened to be the Mayor.
NewsChannel5 talked to family members of the victim.
This is the fourth instance in recent months of the Knockout Game. It happened right in front the library on Grand near Gravois Friday night.
Mayor Francis Slay says he saw a mob of teens leaving the scene, and now the victim’s family is demanding that something be done.
It’s a game area teens have been playing in recent months, and it never ends well for the unsuspecting victims.
Charlie Quain says his uncle and neighbor was the fourth and most recent victim of the so-called Knockout Game; a game that’s proven deadly in the past.
“About 18 teenagers jumped on him and started hitting him with bricks for no apparent reason,” said Charlie Quain, the victim’s nephew.
Quain says his uncle was walking home with a neighbor from the Schnucks on Grand at Gravois when he was beaten by a mob of teens. He was only a block from the grocery store, in front of St. Louis’ Carpenter Branch Library. Nothing was taken, and the neighbor was able to escape.
“You can just see the lines and the bruising where the edge of the bricks were hitting him. It makes me very mad. His jaw is wired shut. It has to be for at least six weeks,” said Quain.
Quain says his uncle also sustained severe bruising to his eye, head, and face.
“At first we thought he was crazy. He said the mayor helped him out,” said Quain.
“Saw a man laying in the gutter. He was out. He wasn’t moving, so we pulled over to help, to assist him. When we approached him he was still unconscious,” said Mayor Francis Slay.
Mayor Slay just happened to be riding by with a member of his security team when he noticed the mob of teens, and then Quain’s uncle lying unconscious. The Mayor called for help.
“It was a very disturbing situation at the time,” said Mayor Slay.
“Maybe the elevated profile of the case will get something done about it finally because like I said, this isn’t the first time and if we don’t do anything it’s not going to be the last,” said Quain.
“I’m just asking all citizens to take a more active role in keeping your neighborhood safe. Cooperate with the police. Let them know what you know,” said Mayor Slay.
No arrests have been made, but the Mayor says he’s talked to Police Chief, Dan Isom about the incident. They’re now working with area schools to locate the suspects.
The victim is out of the hospital, and his co-workers from Joanie’s Pizzeria in Soulard are now coordinating a fundraiser.
A few things:
First, it’s not a “game.” It’s a deliberate pattern of organized hate crimes on the part of young blacks.
Second, why is this overglorified ambulance chaser that calls himself a Mayor so indignant? Seems to me that the sum total of most of his political career is advocating for these sorts of incidents and crimes. He sucks up to the black voters and the black power structure of this city, even though he gets none of their votes and none of their support, for all practical intents and purposes. And he’s also against CCW — The “wrong” kind of potential victim would put a lot of hurt into a gang of Knockout Kingers. Problem is, all the K/K victims are the kind of people who are expected not to carry or not to be carrying at the time they’re doing what they’re doing. It’s just that the vultures are deliberately choosing elderly, weak, defenseless and non-black targets.
And lastly, I really don’t think anyone really wants this “sickening game to end.” Oh, they might say they want it to end, but these same people who say they want it to end would be first in line to bitch and moan about the “white racism” that will be necessary to end it.
UPDATE 10/28: SLPD getting somewhere then going backwards:
Police said Thursday that three loosely knit groups — including some Roosevelt High School students who have been suspended for fighting —were behind several unprovoked “knockout game” attacks in south St. Louis.
Participants range in age from 12 to 18, and their sole motive is the thrill of beating someone to the ground, officials said.
In April, a 72-year-old man died after he was assaulted by teens playing the game in an alley behind Spring Avenue near his home. Last week, Mayor Francis Slay and his police bodyguard drove up on a random attack on South Grand Boulevard, where a 51-year-old man was being beaten. He was left in a neck brace, with a broken jaw, black eye and stitches in his face.
Those two instances have drawn the most attention, but they are not the only examples of what some called the “knockout game” or “knockout king.” In some cases, the attacker admits the purpose. In the others, it’s assumed, based on the random nature of the assault and lack of any other motive.
Police say the attacks are not gang-related and do not appear to be racially motivated.
Okay, show me the Knockout King incident where a black man or woman was a victim.
UPDATE 10/30: Six of them already in the bag. Now, will the SLPD detectives do the five minutes of work it will take to uncover evidence of racial enmity?
NYP: Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez adopt puppy
Textbook animal abuse.
UK Telegraph: Teenager evicted for all-night vuvuzela parties
Textbook noise pollution.
UK Telegraph: ‘Dead people’ voted in Cameroon election
It’s the Chicago Way.
HuffPo: Mexico: Felipe Calderon, Mexican President, Accuses U.S. Of Dumping Criminals At Border
Now there’s the sky calling the ocean blue.
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* “Occupy” Wash. U.? For what? Again, more left wing occupation of places where the left wing is already in control.
That just about says it all.
* Meanwhile, in Sonoma County, California, reconquista marches on.
* I figured Romney’s swipes at the Rickroller on immigration were all political theater, because Romney is pretty much open borders himself.
* TSA upset over State’s “Diversity Visa Lottery,” because some of the “winners” of this lottery will originate from countries that are officially state sponsors of terrorism.
Only the damned State Department can get me to think more positively of the TSA.
* At least the FBI got something right. Ironically, the FBI’s bosses on the political level all support Shari’ah Law.
* The NYPD is devoting a lot of time and manpower to keep the Occutards in check, and the real thug class of the city knows it. As a result…
* They’re right, we’re going to see more and more of this in California precisely because of the inmate knockback scheme. The problem is, with California’s state government now in the control of kook leftists from top to bottom, how much longer will they let non-thugs defend themselves?
* “Johnny got an F in Algebra, but he got an A in mutual masturbation.”
* Duh, yes. Not only because of the stated reasons, but also because firms are looking to circumvent ObamaCare by taking on as many third party “temps” as possible, and also because of immigration, the labor pool is a lot bigger, so there’s no reason to hire anyone yourself permanently and full time. There’s no political “necessity” to crack down on this, because temporary employment generates as many taxing events and as much income taxes as would permanent full time employment.
* CDC: Gardasil for guys, too. I wonder what piddley measley donations Merck had to make to various politicians in order to get this done. We already know the Rickroller can be bought for only 5 kilobucks.
* Though it is an important interstate commerce route, Interstate 15 doesn’t even spend 30 miles in the state of Arizona, and in the far northwest corner of the state. While there are exits within those 30 miles, you can’t reach the rest of the state by paved road from any of those exits, therefore it’s totally isolated.
* The much ballyhooed “waivers” from NCLB aren’t really waivers. Not only are there so many strings attached that you still almost have to comply with NCLB straight up, but the whole thing reads to me like a scheme to get rid of the last few older white teachers left so that “Can’t Teach for America” dingbats full of social justice platitudes can take their place.
* This one tried to cheat, with a caveat: She instructed her underlings to cheat, but not well enough to illicit suspicion. She wanted slow increases, but never an increase fast enough to warrant alarm bells from the statisticians.
So much for that idea.
This reminds me of an episde of Good Times. The household falls on hard times, and JJ goes into the illegal gambling racket with some ex-classmates. Trouble is, he makes so much money then turns around and spends so much of it on gifts for the family and the household that it makes the woman of the house (Flo?) suspicious that he wasn’t really working for an ad agency. That’s when she interrogates him, he pops the truth, and she kicks him out of the house. His dumbass shouldn’t have spent money so conspicuously.
* Look at the picture. Do you think some people in Seattle might have a problem with the Pledge of Allegiance? Counting the teacher, I spot exactly two identifiable Americans.
* In London this weekend, Euroskeptics > Occutards.
* Unfortunately, there will be no EU referendum. Parliament rejected it by a “better” (actually, worse) than 4-to-1 margin. However, 81 Tories flipped CaMORON the bird and voted for it. This was the largest intra-party “rebellion” in the House of Commons in a very long time.
* Shocking? Yes. Revolting? Yes. But what are they going to do about it? Official Britain is too scared of its own shadow to enforce its many education and child abuse laws against a favored racial minority, and most certainly, deportation is out of the question. Heaven forbid that you suggest we not let any more of these people in the country — They might think you “racist,” or worse, a BNP voter.
Answer: That it’s financing the American budget deficit.
If the white world ever gets protectionist again, China’s goose is cooked.
* A 21-year old Vallejo, Calif. man ought to grow up.
Let’s hope that this doesn’t play in the rest of the country. Oops, too late.
Teen mobs harass motorists
Two motorists were accosted by groups of teenagers within a few days of each other in an area near the site of a similar incident over the summer that drew national attention.
A group of about 50 young people on West Thrush Avenue near North Sheridan Road in June caused a disturbance by blocking the roadway and, according to one resident but not others, shouting race-related remarks.
Comments related to race also were part of one of the incidents last week.
A Meals on Wheels delivery driver was making his way to a home in the 800 block of West Nowland Avenue about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday when he encountered a group of 15 teens – 13 males and two females – walking down the middle of the road.
The group would not yield to the motorist, who followed him until reaching the house where he had to make the meal delivery. As he exited to take the food to the door, he was verbally attacked, according to a report on the incident.
One teen called him “honky,” while another threatened to “kick his white (expletive).”
As the volunteer driver returned to his car to leave, the teens surrounded his car and pounded on it. The vehicle was not damaged, but police noted disturbances to dust on the vehicle, backing up the driver’s story.
A woman driving in the 800 block of West Brons Avenue on Saturday night was the subject of a similar, but much more aggressive confrontation. She encountered a group of more than 40 teens about 10:25 p.m.
The group surrounded the 21-year-old woman’s car and began beating on it with an object that shattered her driver’s side window. One of the boys involved in the attack also pointed a handgun in the direction of a passenger in the car, but didn’t make any threats or attempt to open the door.
When police responded, the group scattered in different directions. No arrests were made.
Both incidents remain under investigation by police. Public information officer Doug Burgess said Monday the incidents do not appear to be organized efforts, but rather the byproduct of unruly circumstances.
“It’s not groups that are getting together to wreak havoc on the community,” Burgess said.
The group Wednesday likely had just left school after District 150 released students early for the day. Police also have fielded reports that the group Saturday night had just left a nearby house party. The large group in June, too, had been at a house party just before that incident.
I added the link within the blockquote, for informational purposes.
NYPD cops among 12 arrested in $1M gun smuggling sting
Call them the bootleggers in blue.
Eight current and former city cops were part of a $1 million ring that smuggled guns, cigarettes and slot machines into New York from out of state, the feds charged today.
The 12 defendants — including five active-duty officers NYPD officers based in Brooklyn — were busted this morning on charges including conspiracy to transport firearms and conspiracy to transport and receive stolen merchandise.
The weapons included M-16 assault rifles and handguns, some of which had “obliterated” serial numbers, according to a complaint filed in Manhattan federal court.
The article goes on to quote Bloomy. He’s another one who bitches about everyone else causing his city’s “gun” problems. Turns out the real problem was directly under his control. We might eventually find out that he engineered this scam and a F&F-style mission to sandbag 2nd Amendment politics, and he might have done this in parallel with and/or in concert with Obama, but for now, that’s just my speculation.
In related news, also from the NYP:
Calls for tougher national gun laws amount to hot air. Besides, the streets are already saturated with illegal handguns.
That leaves aggressive street-crime policing — by no means a perfect solution, but a proven tool for reducing gun violence.
Stop-and-frisk is an integral part of it. Some 8,085 weapons, including 814 firearms, were taken off the streets last year by stop-and-frisk cops.
Think of that, potentially, as 814 fewer murders — even if those whose lives the program saved will never know it, and thus never will be able to testify on behalf of the program.
But critics abound.
Because, overwhelmingly, those stopped were — and are — minorities, the usual suspects condemn the program as racist.
But so are the victims mostly minorities.
Firebrand City Councilman Charles Barron over the weekend demanded that guns be kept out of minority neighborhoods — but he repeatedly slams the only effective means of doing that: stop-and-frisk.
“The police need to get a brand-new assignment, rather than harassing young black and Latino males,” he said last month.
Meanwhile, on the very day Horton was shot, protesters, including leftist Professor Cornel West, were rallying in Harlem against stop-and-frisk. West railed against “arbitrary police power.”
Charles Barron just admitted that blacks just can’t handle gun ownership — Where would he get a crazy idea like that? Of course, there was once another group that once made the same assertion, I think its name started with a K.
I’m glad these Occutard hovels sprung up for one reason — Here in my segment of the right wing, pejoratively called the “far right,” the reaction to the Occutards has turned out to be an acid test that separates the men from the boys. I won’t mention David Duke and Paul Craig Roberts by name, but there are too many “far” right wingers sympathizing with the Occutards. And I think it all has to do with the J-issue — I think they’ve heard that the Occutards are “anti-Semitic,” when it reality, official Occutard literature rejects anti-Semitism. The reality is that most Occutards despise Duke and PCR (if they have even heard of them) more than they do their supposed targets of ire, and a majority of Occutards are opposed to “anti-Semitism,” and a fair percentage are Jewish themselves, even though they might tolerate some Anti-S in their hovels, as long as it comes from other fellow traveler leftists with whom they agree on most things, such as Muslims, white gentile leftist peaceknicks who hate Israel for its “apartheid,” and so on.
A certain prominent local blogger (won’t mention Jim Hoft by name) found on Twitter some group that likes to use the bent cross symbol endorsing OWS, and he made a big deal of it. This “group” probably has two “members” (such as it is), and as a leftist critic of Hoft said in the comment section of that story, the same “Nazis” also endorsed the Tea Party Movement. I can help solve that riddle — When I was active with the CofCC, and involved in their public events and their occasional street theater, I noticed that a lot of strange people with a lot of strange signs would show up. I was made to understand that those were usually the bent cross people or the National Alliance crowd, and that they’ll crash anyone else’s party because they can’t throw parties of their own. These supposed “Nazis” that endorsed both OWS and the TPM are probably up to that stunt, rather than making a political statement.
“Anti-establishment.” That’s what they’re calling kooks and freaks now?
The most common characteristic of people that aren’t on Facebook, Facebook has discovered, is that they think Facebook sucks.
Jammie Wearing Fool: ‘Two [Occutards] Exposed Their Genitalia To Me. Something Must Be Done’
Something must be done alright, but not about her eyesight, because that’s working well if she can see objects that small from a fair distance.
Politico: Report: Mark Sanford to Fox News
Other sources state that Sanford will be a foreign policy analyst. He is an expert in Argentinian affairs.
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* Pujols’s 3 HRs in a World Series game has only been done by two other players, both Yankees: Reggie Jackson in the year of my birth, and Babe Ruth in two different World Series against the Cardinals. Pujols’s five hits last night ties Paul Molitor’s record for hits in a World Series game, also against the Cardinals.
* Why? You won’t find the answer in the article. The real reason is that the jobs issue is Obama’s biggest Achilees Heel going into 2012, and the white working middle classes in crucial rust belt states are just about a lost cause for his re-election campaign. Obama can’t publicly be recorded signing more free trade agreements.
* Not like she had a chance in New Hampshire anyway, but all of Michele Bachmann’s NH staff have quit, most have defected to the Rickroller. I guess they finally caught on that she’s birddogging for Romney, and if they were for Romney to begin with, they would be working for Romney. They won’t want to be working for Romney vicariously by working for Bachmann. What disappoints me, though, is that they can all so easily bolt to the Rickroller, because on many issues, Bachmann and the Rickroller are day and night, immigration being one.
* “You gotta hand it to Ron Paul.” Guess who said that a few days ago.
* This was pretty much a foregone conclusion, but Piyush (“Bobby”) Jindal easily won a second term as Louisiana Governor yesterday, in the “free for all” or “beauty contest” stage of the voting. While Louisiana did recently change to standard primary and general elections for Federal office, they retain the French style system of beauty contest then top two runoff (in case nobody gets a majority in the beauty contest) for state offices. Jindal got 68% of the vote yesterday.
In the other Gubernatorial races this year, it’s fairly obvious that Steve Beshear in Kentucky will win another term, holding that seat for the Democrats. I don’t know what’s going on in Mississippi, so I’ll have to do some research.
* Next year is an election year for Orrin Hatch. He saw what happened to Bob Bennett. (Unfortunately, Mike Lee isn’t much better on immigration, as it turns out.) That is why he is saying things like this.
* Occutards infest London. Give ‘em and inch, and they take a mile. Or rather, since this is a country that “officially” converted to metric, give them a centimeter and they take a kilometer.
* From the ODIOUS Files (Our DIversity Is Our Strength) — President Obama’s quasi-homeland displays “xenophobia.” I get the sneaking feeling that our involvement in Uganda against that street gang which endangers world peace will eventually spread to Kenya.
* GOOG thinking of snatching up YHOO before MSFT can. Be it GOOG, MSFT, or anyone, what is the big attraction of YHOO? What real mindshare do they have? Yahoo Mail? Fantasy Football? Supposedly, Yahoo Sports is the top sports portal on the internet, but that’s not worth the extravagant billions that are being speculated as a buyout price. You may be amazed to know this, but between 1995 and 2000, “Yahoo” used to be the metaphor for “internet search.”
* The most profound revelation of this is that human settlement of the North American continent happened at least 800 years sooner than heretofore thought.
Now, why didn’t you sound like this last year? You might have had a chance to become Governor. Not much of one, but you would have had a better one than you actually had.
Alabama Voices: Should have supported voter ID law
By Artur Davis
I’ve changed my mind on voter ID laws — I think Alabama did the right thing in passing one — and I wish I had gotten it right when I was in political office.
When I was a congressman, I took the path of least resistance on this subject for an African American politician. Without any evidence to back it up, I lapsed into the rhetoric of various partisans and activists who contend that requiring photo identification to vote is a suppression tactic aimed at thwarting black voter participation.
The truth is that the most aggressive contemporary voter suppression in the African American community, at least in Alabama, is the wholesale manufacture of ballots, at the polls and absentee, in parts of the Black Belt.
Voting the names of the dead, and the nonexistent, and the too-mentally-impaired to function, cancels out the votes of citizens who are exercising their rights — that’s suppression by any light. If you doubt it exists, I don’t; I’ve heard the peddlers of these ballots brag about it, I’ve been asked to provide the funds for it, and I am confident it has changed at least a few close local election results.
There is no question that a voter ID law, in order to pass legal muster and in order to be just, must have certain characteristics. It should contain exceptions for the elderly or disabled who may not drive, and as a consequence lack the most conventional ID, a driver’s license. There should also be a process for non-drivers to obtain a photo ID, and the process has to be cost-free, for the simple reason that even a nominal financial impediment to voting looks and feels too much like a poll tax.
It is my understanding that the Alabama statute contains each of these exceptions and a few others, including a provision for on-site polling officials to waive the requirement if they attest that they know the voter.
The fact that a law that is unlikely to impede a single good faith voter — and that only gives voting the same elements of security as writing a check at the store, or obtaining a library card — is controversial does say much about the raw feelings in our current politics. The ugliest, hardest forms of disfranchisement were practiced in our lifetimes, and its still conventional rhetoric in black political circles to say those times are on the way back. Witness a last-minute automated call to black voters in the 2010 general election by state Sen. Hank Sanders, an ingenious lawyer and a skillful legislator who knew better, but who also knew the attack would resonate.
It also does not help matters that Alabama has become a state where in a general election, race is a prohibitive indicator of how 2.5 million registered voters routinely behave. If in 2008 or 2010, you had observed a white Alabamian standing in line in any precinct in the state, and you had guessed he or she was voting Republican, you had an 80 percent chance of getting it right — there are few safer bets in politics, other than the near 100 percent certainty that an African American standing in the same line is about to vote Democratic.
Given those racial realities, any effort to regulate voting by a Republican-dominated Alabama Legislature will draw inevitable scrutiny. And Alabama hardly boosts its cause by passing an immigration law that ratifies every national jibe about us, and that has no real effect beyond putting a social fence around a certain class of Latinos. But demanding integrity in voting is neither racist, nor raw party politics.
It is interesting that with a few exceptions that reflect political pressures I understand pretty well, the new Alabama ID law still has not become that much of a political football. The same can’t be said in other states or at the national level. I was disappointed to see Bill Clinton, a very good president and an even greater ex-president, compare voter ID to Jim Crow, and it is chilling to see the intimidation tactics brought to bear on African American, Democratic legislators in Rhode Island who had the nerve to support a voter ID law in that very liberal state.
The case for voter ID, however, is a good one, and it ought to make politics a little cleaner and the process of conducting elections much fairer. I wish I’d gotten it right the first time.
Just to show you how fruit some of the bigmouths against photo ID for voting are, some of the same people have voted for legislation to require photo ID to buy cold pills, cans of compressed air duster and to sell scrap copper.
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* As the Primary turns — It will happen on February 7. Even though the Republican Primary will be the only contested primary, (nobody close to credible has stepped up to challenge President Obama on the Democrat side yet), both Governor Nixon and Secretary of State Mrs. Antolinez, both Democrats, are imploring “both parties” (read: The National GOP, no such controversy exists vis-a-vis the Democrats) to apportion delegates to their national conventions based on this primary. Why are two prominent state Democrats concern trolling the Republican Presidential nomination process? Answer: If the RNC doesn’t abide by the February 7 plebiscite, (since Republicans do winner-take-all, the winner of the Primary would get all of MO’s delegates), they think Obama 2012 can use it as a talking point in this an important swing state. It would go something like this: “The Republican Party didn’t even want to count your votes, Missourians, to determine their Presidential nominee. So why would you vote for him or her to be President?”
* Ron Paul op-ed in the WSJ. This might be a bit of a wild accusation, but this reads like the kind of words that Rand Paul would say rather than Ron Paul, ergo I think Rand really wrote this. If my suspicion is correct, then Ron is taking my advice and letting Rand run his campaign from behind the scenes.
* Nutbar Charles Barron was none too happy with a dark-colored scarecrow hanging by a noose from a tree at somebody’s house in Brooklyn. So he had the NYPD take it down.
What was the just compensation here?
* Here we go again with the Magic Negro bullshit. However, none of the “bruthas” will much think that Herman Cain has ever been “down for da struggle.”
* Three students at the 95% black Milford Mill Academy, a public high school in Baltimore County, Maryland, were caught in, shall we borrow from the French, a menage a trois.
A student at the school was quoted in saying that “It gives a very bad name to the school. And to young females like me.” Dear, that ship has already sailed.
Most of the rest of the article relates to the outrage on the part of various adult officials and authorities. Except this school probably does sex ed and the condom bowl, they were practically begging for something like this. Remember, a city just up the road, (Philadelphia), wants to mail condoms to 11-year olds who request them.
* Fine. But only one-third of the Tories? Why not two-thirds? Why not three-thirds? I’m sure almost all Conservative Party voters, both faithful and marginal, are Euroskeptics, if not outright opponents. And, what took them so long to “mutinize” their own party leader and Prime Minister? Have they not been paying attention to CaMORON for the last several years?
* Bonk, wrong answer. Black students as a whole aren’t underachieving because they’re worried about accusations of homosexuality. (In the UK? Where doing so is practically a hate crime?) They’re underachieving because of racial differences in intelligence. They’re supposedly so worried about their precious masculinity, when the “hustle culture” they love so much sends them to prison and onto the sodomy menu.
* M.C. Hammer, a one-hit wonder rapper from the early 1990s, is pouring some VC into a new search engine called “WireDoo.” As of right now, it is said that “WireDoo is still being built and not yet available to the public.”
In other words, you can’t touch it.
Senators Draft Bill to Give Visas to Foreigners Buying Pricey Homes
The reeling housing market has come to this: To shore it up, two Senators are preparing to introduce a bipartisan bill Thursday that would give residence visas to foreigners who spend at least $500,000 to buy houses in the U.S.
The provision is part of a larger package of immigration measures, co-authored by Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Mike Lee, R-Utah, designed to spur more foreign investment in the U.S.
This sounds like something stupid Schumer would do, but I’m disappointed in Lee. Although I’m not surprised, because Lee’s former home state Governor, one Jon Huntsman, is running for President, and he keeps riding this hobby horse in most of the debates. That being “we need more H-xB visas to pump up the value of real estate,” as if the artificially inflated real estate values last decade were based on any sort of sound economics.
Speaking of that, a recent AR post about the Occutards evolved into a discussion about subprime mortgages. Start with comment #70. The reason I’m linking to this is that I spent a fair amount of time on my long explanation at 79 and my follow up at 84, and I don’t want to have to do it again. It’s definitely relevant to this story. I’ll let you figure out how.
UPDATE 8 PM: I just figured something out. Lee and Huntsman are both from Utah, and Schumer is from New York. Why are two Utah politicians and a New York politician concerned about making expensive high end real estate even more expensive? Answer: Park City, Utah and Manhattan. Park City’s zip code and many of Manhattan’s zip codes rank close to the top of the most expensive real estate zip codes, year in and year out. Any New York statewide politician of the Democrat Party is going to pass the hat in Manhattan for campaign money, and while many of Park City’s denizens are not Utah residents, mainly ski resort types who own a second house there, a lot of people whose names you recognize, they surely fund a lot of Utah political candidates. Lee, Huntsman and Schumer are merely responding to the desires of their biggest contributors to make their expensive condos and vacation houses even more expensive.
In tiny rural Kansas district, students out-performing global competition
In the rural Waconda Lake area of North Central Kansas, the nearest Wal-Mart is 60 miles away and the best-known local landmark is an enormous ball of twine that locals claim is the largest in the world. (Darwin, Minnesota begs to differ.)
But don’t be fooled. The students in this sleepy agricultural community are not only out-performing American kids in other, much wealthier schools; they’re also out-performing most students in developed nations around the world, according to a new analysis.
The average student at the Waconda school district of 385 kids scores better than 90 percent of students in 20 developed countries on math and reading tests, according to The Global Report Card, published in the journal Education Next. In fact, Waconda is the second highest performing school district in math in the country, after Pelham, Massachusetts, an affluent community near Amherst College.
At most of the country’s 13,636 school districts, the average student scores worse in math than most students in other developed countries. That even includes ritzy districts like Beverly Hills, where the average household income is more than $100,000.
So why are Waconda kids–65 percent of whom live in poverty–doing so well? And can other schools follow their lead?
The Waconda district comprises four small towns–Cawker City, Downs, Glen Elder and Tipton–and seven schools spread over 411 square miles. Most people in the area work in agriculture or in manufacturing.
The district’s superintendent of seven years, Jeff Travis, told Yahoo News that after years of high test scores, the community expects its students to excel. Most years, he added, no one drops out of high school. The district won 14 state Governor Achievement Awards and one national “Blue Ribbon Award School” over the past four years.
“It’s a tradition now, and they expect themselves to do well,” Travis said. “Like a ball team that continues to win because of a tradition, we have an academic tradition.”
Still, the community doesn’t quite seem to get how exceptional they are. “Everybody’s pretty happy [but] nobody understands how big a deal it is,” he said.
Travis says the students’ high level of achievement is even more extraordinary given that 65 percent of them qualify for free or reduced federal lunches, an indication that they live in poverty. High poverty schools are often dogged by low test scores and high dropout rates. Many educational observers indeed blame the nation’s sky-high child poverty level for the country’s comparatively low performance in math.
One theory Travis has is that Waconda school kids have no sense that they’re materially deprived. “North Central Kansas is rural, and urban poverty is kind of different [from] rural poverty,” he said. “A lot of our people don’t even understand that they’re living in poverty.” According to state data, most of the students are white, and no kids need English language learning classes.
About 10 percent of the students in the school district are foster kids, Travis says. “We just [have] a lot of adults that care about kids, so it’s been a popular thing for parents to take in foster children.”
Travis says that high parental involvement is one of three main factors in the district’s success. Almost every parent shows up for parent-teacher conferences at the elementary school level, he says, and participation stays high in the older grades as well.
The second factor, he says, is the district’s commitment to keeping its pre-kindergarten to third grade classes very small. Only 12 to 15 kids are placed in each class, so that “we get to a lot of problems quickly and early in child development,” he says.
Finally, the district created an assessment card for each student that follows him or her from grade to grade. The card lists skills the state expects each child to master in each subject–and teachers update them continuously, to provide them with a good idea of what each child needs to work on to be able to pass state standardized tests.
No, not “Finally.” You left something out, something really important. The census tracts in this school district are anywhere between 96 and 99 percent white. And, like I said earlier, Beverly Hills, California isn’t exactly full of Brandon and Brenda Walshes, and has not been for a long time.
Is the late emperor.
iHope you rot in hell, you bastard.
Jobs questioned authority all his life, book says
The book also provides insight into the unraveling of Jobs’ relationship with Eric Schmidt, the former CEO of Google and an Apple board member from 2006 to 2009. Schmidt had quit Apple’s board as Google and Apple went head-to-head in smartphones, Apple with its iPhone and Google with its Android software.
Isaacson wrote that Jobs was livid in January 2010 when HTC introduced an Android phone that boasted many of the popular features of the iPhone. Apple sued, and Jobs told Isaacson in an expletive-laced rant that Google’s actions amounted to “grand theft.”
“I will spend my last dying breath if I need to, and I will spend every penny of Apple’s $40 billion in the bank, to right this wrong,” Jobs said. “I’m going to destroy Android, because it’s a stolen product. I’m willing to go thermonuclear war on this.”
Jobs used an expletive to describe Android and Google Docs, Google’s Internet-based word processing program. In a subsequent meeting with Schmidt at a Palo Alto, Calif., cafe, Jobs told Schmidt that he wasn’t interested in settling the lawsuit, the book says.
“I don’t want your money. If you offer me $5 billion, I won’t want it. I’ve got plenty of money. I want you to stop using our ideas in Android, that’s all I want.” The meeting, Isaacson wrote, resolved nothing.
Imagine what the computing world would have been like if Mac would have won the Desktop OS wars in the 1980s and early 1990s. Not just a walled garden, but a Berlin Walled garden.
Thermonuclear war, eh? If we ever get a pro-open source President, he might want to aim our smallest nuke on Cupertino then hit “launch.”