Ferris Dindu’s Day Off

24 04 2017

Downtown

My good buddy (ahem, ahem, cough, cough), doesn’t really seem to say anything in his latest op-ed.

So I guess I’ll have to ride to his rescue, as friends often do.

Murder doesn’t take a day off around here because we can’t seem to get rid of our dindus.   Mind you, our dindus, for some odd reason, have been especially agitated over the last five years, especially over the last three years, for some reason I can’t seem to (cough, cough, Trayvon) put my fingers on (cough, cough, Fergaza Strip).

They won’t even take a Sunday night off.

I do see something a wee bit contradictory here.  Messenger, in a round about way, claims that Dotson is just peddling excuses when, among other things, he leans on the “weak gun laws” crutch, but then, just a few words later, he gushes all over Lyda’s “courage” because she stayed in the city and “started a political career” to combat violence.  Putting the pieces together, most of her anti-violence political energy ever since she first won alderwoman in 1997 was been to caterwaul about guns.

Backing up for a moment, Messenger alludes to Dotson leaning on the crutch of “pointing out that the city’s homicide numbers are skewed compared to most big cities because of the city’s separation from St. Louis County.”  That’s the excuse the CVC cooked up more than three years ago, and it only took me a few moments to blow through it.

One more thing:

Politics won’t fix the city’s murder problem. Neither will a new chief. The challenge is greater than that. Step one is to follow the advice of Dan Isom, the chief who preceded Dotson.

“How much do you care about every person who has lost their life in the city of St. Louis?” Isom asked at a mayoral forum in February. Each of the 47 people who as of Friday had lost their lives in the city has a story. They were utility workers and sportsmen. They were students and basketball players. They were husbands, and wives, who leave behind, perhaps, a spouse who will dedicate her life to solving the violence that has plagued this Midwestern city for decades.

The problem is that Isom is the only person of major public consequence who wants us to think about the victims.  Because if we actually did start thinking about the victims, then we’ll notice things and conclude that most of them are the same kind of thugs that murdered them.  Most of the rest are innocent white people, which then forces us to think about anti-white hate crimes, which of course ((())) and Co. absolutely don’t want.





More Eric Garners

24 04 2017

New York

In spite of the words “holistic,” “comprehensive,” and “intersectionality,” being hot among SWPLs and progressivetards,  none of them seem to have the ability actually to think that way.





Square the Circle

24 04 2017

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

Bill O’Reilly

Mike Pence





Meet in the Middle (Apropos on a Sunday)

23 04 2017

Lexington, Kentucky

Meaning?

There is the official statistic for atheism.

But there’s also a Bradley Effect which statistically conceals the true extent of atheism, so these researchers believe, and they think they have found a way to nuance and triangulate their way to a more accurate statistic.

I think the truth is somewhere in the middle.

I think what these researchers are actually seeing are people who are somewhat religious but also have lingering doubts.

Now I’m about to drop the mic, along with a profound tidbit of wisdom.

There aren’t that many true believers, and there aren’t that many true atheists.  A majority of believers aren’t quite as solid in their faith as they put on, and a majority of atheists have more theistic faith than they care to admit.

Whether we want to admit it or not, we tend to huddle around a moderate and small standard deviation level of faith and spirituality.





Slick Speech

23 04 2017

Burlington, Vermont

Eugene Volokh misses the point.

Howard Dean knows it’s not true.

But he wants it to be true.

He also knows that a lie makes it to the other side of the world before the truth can get out of bed and put its boots on.

Just keep saying something over and over and over again, and that will eventually make it true.

 





District in a Poke

23 04 2017

Jefferson City

I heard the General Assembly was working on more banal tweaks to the Turner law, instead of what they really should be doing, repealing the Turner law.

The House passed a bunch of tweaks that would change the disaccreditation process to a per-school process instead of a per-district process.  Meaning that if a given school within a district loses its accreditation, its students would have to be transferred to accredited schools within the same district, and if those slots are full, or so many schools within a district lose their accreditation, then they can transfer to another district per the original provisions of the Turner law.

The Senate’s version of this legislative package is different, and if they pass different bills, then it will have to go to conference to iron out the differences, and then to second chamber votes.  There’s not even a month left in the session, so my bet is that no bill will make it to Greitens’s desk by May 19.

The problem with the House version is that I don’t see how the whole could be much different from the sum of its parts, and vice versa, in matters like these.  To put it another way, if some schools in a given district are bad and some are okay, then the okay schools will statistically cover for the bad ones in the district’s average, meaning the district wouldn’t lose its accreditation.  If a district does lose its accreditation, it has to mean that almost every if not every one of its schools are bad, and therefore, under the new system proposed in the House bill, almost all if not every one of the district’s individual schools would lose their creds, and then at that point, we’ll be back to square one, as they’ll have to transfer out of district.





Sunday Wrap-Up

23 04 2017

LOCAL AND REGIONAL

* And that’s how we pass the buck, and avoid having to discuss something taboo.

* Her legacy in a world with her no longer a part of it will be that all the cameras that her estate have purchased will help the cops catch blacks who will then get slaps on the hand from the Circuit Attorney and the judges of the 22nd Circuit.

* It’s as easy as this:  Security guard abuses his power to get sloppy toppy from shoplifters.

* Doesn’t his mugshot just scream “I just murdered my own brother?”

NATIONAL

* And hence, the Alt-Right.

* To be honest, most actual professionals in the field aren’t that much better.  Which speaks to the unconstitutionally complex (substantive due process) complexity of income taxation laws.

* Why do the words “Cliven Bundy” come to mind after reading this story?

* Uh oh, massive wreck at the intersectionality of sustainability and appropriation.

* Now you know why “Antifa” thrives in Berkeley.  It’s because just about every mature adult with some kind of political, cultural or social power either is part of them or agrees with them.

* You’d think all-men colleges wouldn’t face criticism at all.  If there were more of them, then all the evil Haven Monahan rapists would have their own schools, and they wouldn’t be terrorizing the other schools.

INTERNATIONAL

* We’re supposed to be outraged, but remember my standard retort whenever this non-news is news:  These are nothing more than enhanced street gangs.  If American domestic law enforcement and the criminal justice system did not sorta keep the bloods and crips in check, they would in short order evolve into these kinds of outfits.

* How many Brits does it take to change a light bulb?

* Looking at someone the wrong way is racism.  Not looking at someone at all is racism.

MISC STUFF

* All praise due to Kek.

* I must be turning into a real ornery bastard, because my hot reaction after reading this was:

“Is the golf course okay?”

* It being Atlanta, I would have used a different flag.

* Well why not?  They build dams, don’t they?

* I didn’t even need to read past the title to know that Belichick’s use of white wide receivers was going to come up.  But I did read the whole thing, and not surprisingly, Richard Spencer was mentioned.  Surprisingly, so was the dork in Orlando with a fax machine, who poured cold water all over Strauss’s silly clickbait.

* “This was 2002. Before internet culture, before the iPhone, before video ubiquity. “Viral” still meant disease.”

I happened to be alive and very coherent in 2002.  There was no internet culture in 2002?  Nothing went viral on the internet in 2002?  Sure, the Web 2.0 era has not dawned, non-CrackBerry smartphones were still a few years away, and YouTube in between.  Even then, there were still plenty of streaming video opportunities on the web.