Alton Sterling’s Children Buy a Ghetto Lottery Ticket

28 06 2017

Baton Rouge

Read all about in The DC.

And, considering the recent news, they’re not facing lottery-style odds.

If the Sterling sprogs want to, or should, sue anyone, it should be the RIAA and MPAA.





Does Not Figure (Unless It Does)

28 06 2017

Downtown

P-D:

MetroLink officers get OK to write tickets in St. Louis

The public safety officers who patrol MetroLink in the city of St. Louis were given permission Monday to immediately begin issuing citations to riders who don’t pay the fare, according to a memo obtained by the Post-Dispatch.

(snip)

More than a year ago, amid an increase of high-profile violent crimes on MetroLink, the light-rail system’s public safety officers were effectively barred from issuing citations in Missouri by St. Louis and St. Louis County.

Officials from Bi-State have contended that the change rendered their officers powerless and caused more crime.

I’m trying to wrap my mind around reconciling the two, or rather, what do fare evasion citations necessarily have to do with violent crime on the MissingLink. To put it another way, I don’t think the absence of the citations resulted in the spate of ML violence, nor do I think that the return of citation writing will abate the violence. It’s just another one of these consequence free easy answer easy excuses that everyone important in this town and every other town leans on to avoid having to deal with the taboo implications of problems. That, and I’m sure the municipal court system will enjoy all the new revenue from collecting fines and court costs from those who received these citations, which is a sort of thing that we were all supposed to repudiate because GENTILIVUS GIANTIVUS.





Know Nothing Party

28 06 2017

Tower Grove East

P-D:

Next police chief should know St. Louis history, neighborhoods, racial issues, residents say

The dozens of people who attended a forum Tuesday night offered a roomful of opinions on what St. Louis should focus on in its search for a new police chief.

Among the concerns raised by several in the crowd were that the next leader of the city’s police department understand the racial and economic split in the city and even its geographic barriers, such as the so-called Delmar Divide seen by many as the line that separates St. Louis’ mostly white southern half and mostly black northern half.

Several members of the crowd also expressed concerns that a new chief should know the history of the city and its neighborhoods, be able to foster relationships with diverse communities, and be transparent in his role and communications with the public.

Members of the Citizen Advisory Committee that hosted the forum at the International Institute on Arsenal Street roamed the room after the crowd broke into small groups for discussions.

Members of the Citizen Advisory Committee need to get out more, especially if they’re going to demand that the next SLPD chief “should know the history of the city and its neighborhoods,” when they themselves don’t know it. Delmar isn’t the dividing line that it used to be. While north of Delmar is still almost all black, but depopulating quickly, south of Delmar is nowhere near all white. All they had to do to find that out was walk around the streets and blocks around the International Institute, formerly St. Elizabeth High School. Topping that, city politics aren’t as starkly racially divided as they were in the days when Delmar was the figurative tracks.  The 1993 Mayoral election was almost purely a racial headcount, the 2017 Mayoral election was largely an up-down affair that correlated more loosely to race, and of course, by “election,” I mean the Democrat primary.

I must be the only person around here, as Rush would say, living on the cutting edge of societal evolution. Everyone else is stuck on forty years ago. In spite of the fact that I could now make current year snark against myself.

By and by, bet on the next chief being a black woman.





Not Strong Enough

28 06 2017

Jefferson City

2:

NAACP, opponents protest Missouri discrimination bill

Missouri members of the NAACP and others are rallying against legislation to make it more difficult to sue for discrimination.

Roughly 40 people protested Tuesday at the Capitol and taped opposition notes outside Gov. Eric Greitens’ office. The bill is pending on Greitens’ desk. The Republican governor has not said if he’ll allow the bill to become law or veto it.

In part because of the bill, the state NAACP issued an advisory telling travelers to be careful while in the state because of a danger that civil rights won’t be respected.

That travel advisory is not strong enough.  It should indicate that the whole state of Missouri is a dystopian hellhole for black people.  People in South Carolina are still wishing that the NAACP boycott of their state still existed.

What the NAACP is really grinding over is that since the bill would make it more difficult even to file some discrimination lawsuits, this means the NAACP-LDF won’t be able to submit billable hours to the state.





K.O.O.K.S. Reprise

27 06 2017

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

I’ve been sorta in and out with this and that, and as such, I was only able to hear Rush today for bits and parts.  But without hearing it, I know he must have talked about his tongue-in-cheek K.O.O.K.S. organization today, because my three previous posts piggybacking off of that, all of them ancient posts, have gotten a ton of traffic.  This is the first one, and that’s all you need to find the second and third one, as the comment section of the first one have trackbacks to the later two.





May Not Work As Planned

26 06 2017

New Orleans

Me, earlier today:

Then again, it might work out that getting the UDC monument out of Forest Park will solve all the city’s problems. Friday just might be the final day of violent crime in the city. If any happen after then, incredulity will set in.

Out of New Orleans, H/T Hunter Wallace:

How could this happen?  Bitch Landrieu already removed all the Confederate statues and memorials out of NOLA.

Also, from the UKDM, we find out that the vics were in town for:

Curran and Byrne were visiting New Orleans to attend the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association and are information technology staff members for the association.

QED.





SCOTUS Finds For Trinity Lutheran

26 06 2017

Columbia

I wrote about it back in April, and today, SCOTUS saw it my way.

The way the majority opinion was written, this is not a ruling that will have a long shadow.  Which means it won’t nail down a specific paradigm on these kinds of establishmentarian-funding questions that exist in the margins of church-state matters.  It is only a decision on this particular case in this particular time in this particular jurisdiction in these particular circumstances.