We’ll See What We’ll See

25 10 2016


American Interest:

Is Black Lives Matter Backfiring?

If Colin Kaepernick’s protest strategy is working, it hasn’t showed up yet in public opinion polling. Respect for local law enforcement soared over the last year to its highest level since 1968, according to a new survey from Gallup.


Interestingly, changing opinions among Democrats and independents drove most of the increase. Republican respect for police, already overwhelming, ticked up only slightly, from 82 to 86 percent. Meanwhile, Democratic support surged from 54 to 68 percent; among independents, from 60 to 75. The uptick was more pronounced among nonwhites than whites.

Two weeks from tonight, we’ll find out whether this change actually manifests within the realm of Presidential politics, the only kind of electoral politics that really matter anymore, in terms of more Democrats and non-whites voting for Trump. If not, then it’s a useless meaningless statistic, as politically meaningless as these same people’s favorite kinds of pie.

Do Tell, NYT

25 10 2016

Staten Island

NYT, on deck chair reshuffling on the Feds’ Eric Garner investigation:

Mr. Garner’s death, followed by the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and several other high-profile deadly police encounters across the country, prompted nationwide protests over how and when officers use force, particularly against black men.

Eric Garner happened about two weeks before Ferguson.  Yet, when Ferguson happened, the NYT pretty much shut down its interest in Garner and went all Ferguson Ferguson Ferguson for months.  If a certain urban secession effort back in 1993 had been more successful, the NYT probably would have had more journalistic interest in this matter.

What we don’t read here is that Ofc. Pantaleo’s direct supervisor, who was there at the scene supervising him and all the other cops called to that incident, was a black woman.

What we don’t read is any insinuation that the city’s sky high cigarette tax may have had something to do with it, as it creates an incentive for bootlegging, and since that bootlegging affects the city’s tax revenue collection, the king’s soldiers are the most diligent about collecting the king’s taxes so that the king has the money to pay the king’s soldiers.

Barry Laughs

25 10 2016

Waterford Twp., Michigan

A unanimous resolution. 

Oh, okay.

That’ll really scare ’em.

“But it was unanimous!”

Instead of wasting your time on that useless impotent bullshit, Thomas More Law Center, you should have been out pounding the pavement hustling up some votes for Trump in that a crucial swing state of Michigan.  Provided your tax status so legally permits.

I’m amazed at all the people who think they can solve the problems that the Federal government causes via local politics.  We see the same pattern with AFFH — Obama caused it, any given Democrat President will continue it, and establishment Republicans will also continue it (note that Chetty Chetty Bang Bang was/is a high-up advisor for both Cankles and Jeb!), yet the people affected by it run and scream to their local aldermen and county councilmen.  Of course, Obama likes that, because he has made an art out of doing things and getting what he wants in substance yet being able to pawn the blame for the thing’s negative consequences off on someone else.

Strange New Respect Mode: On

25 10 2016

Los Angeles


Obama: McCain and Romney Were ‘Honorable,’ Wouldn’t Have Worried About ‘General Course’ of US If They Had Won

On Monday’s broadcast of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” President Obama said of his former opponents Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R), “they’re both honorable men, and if they had won, then I wouldn’t worry about the general course of this country.”

Obama stated, “[T]here is something qualitatively different about the way Trump has operated in the political sphere. I — look, I ran against John McCain. I ran against Mitt Romney. Obviously, I thought that I could do a better job, but they’re both honorable men, and if they had won, then I wouldn’t worry about the general course of this country.”

Funny, I remember 2008 and 2012 pretty well; I was a thirtysomething during both of those election seasons, and I was lucky to squeeze out one more Presidential season as a thirtysomething. And what I remember is that John McCain was a dangerous hot head who would be Bush’s third term and couldn’t be trusted with his finger on the nuclear button, even though he was an old fogey klutz because he had never sent an e-mail in his life. Mitt Romney killed women because he denied them health care after having hog tied his dog to the roof of his gas guzzling SUV.

If nothing drastic changes in the country and Hillary wins, then four years from now, as Hillary is running for re-election versus the Republican nominee of 2020, everyone then will develop strange new respect for Donald Trump. “You know, at least he was a moderate-liberal on social issues, he openly appealed to LGBTQ, made Peter Thiel the first gay RNC speaker, and had some innovative proposals on a lot of things and genuinely cared about working people. Unlike the evil reprobate the Republicans sent up this year, a social issue Neanderthal and total elitist corporate-plutocrat shill who can’t deviate even one iota from conservative orthodoxy.”  In fact, I’m making this my first post in the new category “Campaign 2020” so we’ll be able to check back in four years to see if I’m right; of course, if Trump wins, I wouldn’t possibly be able to be right unless he declines to run for a second term.


25 10 2016

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

On IRC, if he is white or Asian, he is a warez d00d.

If he is black, he is a warez bruh.

Rigged System

25 10 2016

Your Blogmeister’s Desk

A lot of people are deliberately misunderstanding what we mean by “rigged system.”

Elections are for the most part procedurally effective but substantively ineffective means to affect political change.  If Jane Doe gets more votes than John Smith to be dog catcher of Podunkville, Jane Doe will be dog catcher of Podunkville.  We know there’s a lot more voter fraud out there than anyone cares to admit, but it does not affect the outcomes of most elections.  And even in the matters where the marginal leverage of fraud does change the outcome, it changes the outcome in an ultimately substantively inconsequential way.  And even if fraud doesn’t happen, so what?  It’s the dog catcher of Podunkville; While it matters greatly to both John Smith and Jane Doe who draws the public salary for the next four years, and whether John Smith’s best friends’s pet store or Jane Doe’s cousin’s animal feed distribution warehouse gets the public contract to provide dog and cat food to the Podunkville city pound, I can assure you that the historians of two millennia forward won’t care about who won the election to have responsibility over the animal control agents in Podunkville, USA.

For the sake of argument, let’s assume that there was enough fraud to get Baraq Obama re-elected four years ago, and but for it, Mitt Romney would have won.  Would anything really be that much different with Romney being President rather than Obama?  Romney’s antics since losing have provided us the answer of mostly not.

Here’s another example:  St. Louisans will remember the 1991 SLPS school board elections, and I know one of you reading these words was a candidate on the neighborhood schools slate, (btw, hi Earl), and that slate won off of legitimate votes, but voter fraud made the difference.  In that instance, we know there were very drastic differences between the people that won only because of fraud and the people that won off of legitimate votes.  The problem is is that even if our side won that slate in 1991 and therefore attained a majority on the SLPS board, the actual substantive long term good it would have done would have been very little.  The Federal courts wouldn’t have ended deseg any sooner than they otherwise did, (and, because of AFFH, it was a moot point anyway), the SLPS student demographics were what they were, and trending the way they were, no matter who sat on the school board, and that said, you know who would have gotten the quasi-official blame for every real or supposed failure in the SLPS after April 1991.  Just the fact that our slate got to five out of twelve board members, some people (cough cough, Hattie Jackson, cough cough), still used that as a crutch even as late as the late 1990s.  Our people running the SLPS board would have resulted in more honest graft-free crony-free contracting, but that only affects/-ed a small percentage of the total district budget.  Hardly civilizationally consequential.

Here’s yet another far more recent local example:  House-78-D, Bruce Franks versus Penny Hubbard.  Because it was black Democrat versus black Democrat, the Hubbard family machine’s fraud was noted, discovered, adjudicated and corrected.  The problem is that no matter who occupies the seat of the 78th district representative in the Missouri House of Representatives, it matters not one whit to what the State House does.  Most votes in the State House are party line votes, and in the next two years, Bruce Franks’s voting record will be virtually 100% identical to what Penny Hubbard’s voting record would have been, and almost always on the losing side of the question.  Same goes for anyone that could win election out of House-78 any time this decade, whether the name is Bruce Franks, Penny Hubbard, Mickey Mouse, or Donald Duck.  That district will, considering the relevant range of gerrymandered geography and the current decade, elect a solidly left-of-center Democrat.  Whether that Democrat is black or white or something else, (and out of the current H-78 boundaries, it would usually be black), young or old, man or woman, whatever or whatever else, it doesn’t matter, because it will be a liberal Democrat voting the party line liberal Democrat way on measures that go against liberal Democrats by a more than 2-1 margin.  The only politics of H-78-D this primary season and the bonus court-ordered election were whether that face attached to the hand casting those votes is that of an upper middle aged black church lady or a young black man who is a street activist slash comic book aficionado.

Neoreactionaries, like of the sort I have become, will go one step further and make the case that the idolatry of plebiscites has in and of itself affected negatively societies that engage in such idolatry.  That said, we hear “voter fraud” and think “redundant.”

Barring that, what we mean by “rigged system” is everything that happens in the realm of sociopolitics and public policy formation other than punching holes in cards on election day that pretty much makes the hole punching moot.

Skullduggery Is Great Work If You Can Find It

25 10 2016



Hmm, thinking about his Maine house.

“Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, the house burning down — When it’s viewed as a circumstance that originated at my hands with my premeditated intent, then it would be criminal arson.  But when it’s viewed as an accidental fire, then I’m not guilty.”