A Fried Chicken Joint on Martin Luther King Highway

21 02 2012

Next best thing to saying “black.”





Has Anyone Asked the National Toy Rifle Association For a Response?

21 02 2012

Detroit…naturally.  A Republican sponsor…surprising.

As for me, they’re going to have to take my toy guns from my cold dead hands.

Perhaps a good compromise in order would be to send those who commit pretend crimes with toy guns to jails made of Construx.





Taco High

21 02 2012

SCOTUS grants cert to an AA case out of the University of Texas for the 2012-3 docket.

This is the Texas’s famous “Top Ten Percent” system, the system that then-Gov. George W. Bush helped implement.  That means that the 5th best student in a graduating class of 40 at a hypothetical Metro High School-style institution in Dallas doesn’t get into the University of Texas at Austin, while the 40th best student in a graduating class of 400 at Taco High School on the formerly “American” side of the sewage canal does get in.

I think this will be a very tough nut to crack for our side.  Honestly, if I were on SCOTUS, I would probably have to rule for the state, because I can’t think of any good Federal Constitutional grounds on which to knock it down.  Even though I know the racial perfidy of it all, and believe me, I would acknowledge that in bold-italics-underline with my written opinion.

This might end up being a 9-0 for Texas.  Here’s the rub:  We know the libs will rule for Texas.  But because there are no real legitimate Federal Constitutional grounds to knock it down, none of the four conservatives (Scalia, Thomas, Alito, Roberts) will find for Miss Fischer.  The only possible grounds are “disparate impact,” but conservative jurists deplore that reasoning, and I don’t think they would start now just because the tables are sorta turned.  Only liberal judges use it and make rulings based on it, in regards to police and firefighters’ exams, and what not.  Ginsburg-Kagan-Sotomayor will find for Texas, consistency be damned.





Vinyl Interlude

21 02 2012

I had eight newsy posts today, but I couldn’t work a musical segue into any of them, so I better do my DJ thing in a separate post.

This was from about the same time as Top Gun, and since Kenny Loggins had the most popular song from the TG soundtrack, and this song has lyrics that suggest being airborne, a lot of people assume that this song is also from TG.  It is not — It’s really from Stallone’s worst movie, about how he drives a truck and has an estranged 12-year old son.  At one point, he lets the kid drive his truck.  But that’s about all I remember from Over the Top.

Speaking of TG:

Oh, the tales that guys now in their mid-40s could tell about joining the Air Force after seeing TG, who expected to fly MiGs, but wound up being medics, or sweeping tarmacs in July.

And now, her:

Yeah, they’re still pressing new releases on vinyl.  Really, I think Adele’s schtick really lends itself to good virgin vinyl plus a new stylus plus a direct drive turntable plus quality amps plus quality speakers.  You’ll really be able to feel the jilted lover.  Unfortunately for her, as RJP said, her schtick won’t lend itself to a long sustained musical career.





What Should You Do Next After Locking Two Protected Minorities in a Cage?

21 02 2012

Answer:  Make sure popcorn is hot and the beer is cold:

Hyun responded that Floyd was a “subhuman, ungrateful APE,” and then started spreading vitriol about the black community in general. She insinuated that Whitney Houston’s recent passing wasn’t such a loss because of “all that baggage” she came with, and referred to African-Americans as “disgusting, violent, arrogant, and stupid.” Then, in an even more frightening twist, she repeatedly called for the eradication of the entire black race.

Gee, where would anyone get silly ideas like these? The rest is even hotter.





Piled High and Deep Throat

21 02 2012

Duh.

Anyone with three working brain cells deduced that Felt’s motivation for singing to Woodward was that he was mad about Nixon standing him up when he thought he was the obvious replacement for Hoover as FBI Director, the moment that Felt outed himself and Woodward confirmed a few years ago.  It’s one of the seven deadlies, plain as day even to morons.

Where this goes wrong:

It wasn’t until 2005, when nearly every senior official of the Nixon White House was dead and Deep Throat himself was disappearing into the mists of Alzheimer’s disease, that the reporters revealed that he was Felt. Even then, Woodward insisted Felt’s motives were pure, that he was a freedom fighter in “a war — organized, well-practiced and well-funded by President Richard Nixon — a war aimed at the system of justice. Mark’s great decision in all this was his refusal to be silenced. He was a truth-teller.”

As I recall, Felt outed himself.  If the reporters did the work, it’s probably because Felt gave them the go-ahead.  And I don’t think the timing as magnanimous and altruistic, waiting for “everyone else” to kick off — I think Felt was waiting for the statue of limitations to run out, because he knew he was illegally leaking material that was gathered as part of a confidential FBI investigation.

For a long time, a lot of people fingered PJB as Deep Throat.  The only problem with that theory is that PJB’s Achilles Heel through most of his professional life was his insane and blind loyalty to the political party that did everything it could to toss him out on bum and baggage.  Remember, PJB is a D.C. native, but his first journalism job was with the Globe here in STL, not with any D.C. paper, especially not the Post.  I can ill imagine that PJB, loyal to the Republican Party to a fault, wouldn’t want to turn against his party on behalf of people working for a paper that wouldn’t have considered hiring him out of J-school, such that he had to move away from his native city where he had spent his whole life, and a third of the way across the country.





Just Another Day

21 02 2012

Not so long ago, many conservative theoreticians, including the organization which assembled this graph and the underlying report, would have called this a feature, not a bug.  And some of their policies have resulted in this.

The more people for whom April 15 is just another day, the less important a wise tax policy is to the body politic.





Damned If They Leave

21 02 2012

C-Trib:

Emanuel mounting challenge to census showing dip of 200K Chicago residents

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is mounting a challenge to 2010 U.S. Census estimates that Chicago lost about 200,000 residents.

Big city mayors regularly contest the once-a-decade census results, which determine how much federal funding flows to different parts of the country. Chicago would gain about $1,200 annually for the next decade for each person added to the official population, according to Emanuel’s office.

Emanuel’s predecessor, Mayor Richard Daley, launched an unsuccessful bid to get Chicago’s 2000 population numbers increased. In 1990, Daley and other mayors tried futilely to get Congress to give them additional time to fight the census results.

The 2010 census estimated Chicago lost about 181,000 African-Americans and about 53,000 whites. Meanwhile, the Latino population grew by about 25,000 and the Asian population went up more than 20,000. Overall, the city’s estimated poulation in 2010 was 2,695,598.

Jaw dropping time.  “Encouraging” Southside blacks to leave Chicago proper and migrate to South Suburban Cook has been de facto Chicagoland policy for quite a few years.  And when it happens?  Rahm starts bitching about fewer people.

Maybe Rahm could take the Eric Massa tack to reverse this, though I doubt he would be thrilled about being naked in the same shower as some G-Unit pimp mack daddy ‘banga with the GDs.





Shades of Tom Sell

21 02 2012

This is still at the top of the Daily Kenn as I write this.

Notice this happened in California.  After the Nutbar of Tucson did what he did, the national media profiled California’s schizophrenia public health program.  It is funded with the proceeds of a relatively small top marginal tax rate on high income earners, and at least if the national media are to be believed, it has a good track record, and the program’s trust fund is so healthy that politicians are looking to dip into it.

I could imagine Mr. Dewitt was a beneficiary of this program.

Here’s the interesting part:

Photos on the wall of his bedroom show a boy who loved to fish with his dad. The son of Alameda’s first African-American city councilman, the late Al Dewitt, Daniel played football at Alameda High School and was headed for college when he was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic at age 18.

“Our system is such that they go in, they shove them full of all kinds of antipsychotics and put them back out on the street again,” said the suspect’s mother.

Candy Dewitt said she saw her son the day before the attack and that there was no indication he was violent. However, she said he had been getting worse since July after trying to medicate himself not with drugs, which he hated, but with a healthy diet and exercise.

“What needs to change in our system is people need to be made to take meds before they get to this point,” said Candy Dewitt.

Yeah, sure, that will go over well.  It’s not as if Mr. Dewitt was totally out in space, because he did realize that he had a problem, but he wanted to take a non-pharmacological tack to mitigating it.  And of course the system is designed to give paranoid schizophrenics the requisite drugs then set them free.  That’s the point — The drugs are meant to straighten out your brain so you can function as a competent adult in an open society, in as much is there is any competency or openness left.  Do you really think we want to confine Mr. Dewitt to 100 or so square feet for the rest of his life when there are easier and more humane alternatives?

Of course, now that he’s facing a murder rap, a hundred square feet will be the extent of his personal latitude for the rest of his life.





Not Random

21 02 2012

Thank you, Captain Obvious.

Because he must actually think there are civilized people who believe that there are some people fire who fire AK-47s directly at and into houses for no reason at all.





Sentient Prisons

21 02 2012

I hope this convinces those (few of) you on the racial right that started out having at least a little bit of sympathy for the Occutards that they’re hopeless.  Otherwise, I’ll have to conclude what I have always thought about some of you, that you reallly hate Jews more than you love Whites.

Where to start?  Hmmm.

Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered in Harlem Monday to protest what they call mass incarceration of minority men by a racist prison system.

(snip)

The crowd rallied against not only the racial disparities in the prison population, but also against immigrant detention, the use of solitary confinement in detention facilities, the NYPD’s high rate of marijuana arrests and stop-and-frisks, and the mass unemployment and disruption to families caused by imprisonment.

Occutards want no “use of solitary confinement” in prisons (which they don’t think should exist, see below).  What they mean by that is that no blacks and Hispanics should ever go to prison.  But if they do, they should be able to rape white men any time they want.

“While incarcerated, I really had no education, coming into the prison system as a kid,” said Crea. “Because my education is limited, my jobs are limited.”

I doubt you would have had much education even if you never went to prison.

Prison abolitionists demanded eradication of the entire prison system, while others, like Sammy Crea, called for better rehabilitation programs for inmates.

There’s an easy way to get rid of all prisons — Nobody should commit any violent crimes.  Several people in this article should have heeded that advice.

Crea, who called the prison system “modern day slavery,” said he was first arrested for selling drugs as a teenager and spent the next 16 years going in and out of the system until his last release when he was 32.

Don’t worry, he’ll be back. Life on the installment plan.

Others standing around him also chimed in about rehabilitation programs. Larry White, a Harlem resident who said he spent 32 years total in prison for armed robberies, believes it’s a joke to say prison reforms criminals.

Really.  You don’t say.  Duh, Sherlock — It’s not really meant to reform you or educate you, it’s meant to keep you confined and away from real civilization so that real civilized people don’t have to experience you shoving a gun in their faces.

“We can rehabilitate people better in the community than in prison, especially in an upstate prison,” he said.

Yeah, go upstate, for more white victims.

Many pointed to the more than 680,000 people who were stopped by the NYPD last year, 87 percent of whom were black or Latino.  Last year’s stop-and-frisk total represented a 14 percent increase from the year before.

89% of homicide suspects in NYC are black or Hispanic, so that’s not anything disproportionate.

But protester Laura Whitehorn said most people caught up in the criminal justice system simply grew up in the wrong neighborhoods.

Nobody actually does anything wrong, prisons and bad neighborhoods just stretch their tentacles and ensnares people, nine in ten of whom just happen to be black or Hispanic.





Newt Gingrich Wanted to Make This a State. The WSJ Wants Its Governor to be a Republican Vice-President.

21 02 2012

PR unveils Obama, LBJ statues on President’s Day.








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