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Thursday, June 29, 2017

ABC/Disney Co. Settles $1.9 Billion “Pink Slime” Defamation Lawsuit Brought by Beef Products Inc (BPI)

 

 

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix


ABC/Disney Co. Settles $1.9 Billion BPI Defamation Lawsuit – “Pink Slime” Case…

By sundance
June 28, 2017
The Last Refuge

Stunning win for Beef Products Inc (BPI) in a $1.9 billion defamation lawsuit against ABC news (Disney Co.)

The civil trial began June 5th and ABC legal executives must have see [sic] the writing on the wall as the initial $1.9 billion in damages could have potentially tripled under South Dakota law (treble damages) to $5.7 billion if they allowed the three week trial to continue.

The actual defamation settlement is undisclosed. However, at the point of settlement all reasonable assumptions must be that BPI was well positioned to win far more than the initially demanded settlement amount of $1.9 billion.

(Reuters) – The U.S. ABC television network, owned by Walt Disney Co , has settled its closely watched defamation lawsuit with Beef Products Inc over news reports on a processed beef product that critics dubbed “pink slime,” both companies said on Wednesday.

Terms of the settlement, which also covered the Beef Products Inc (BPI) claims against ABC reporter Jim Avila, were not disclosed.

Privately-held BPI had claimed that the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) and Avila defamed the company by calling its processed beef product “pink slime” and making errors and omissions in a series of 2012 reports. BPI calls the product “lean finely textured beef.”

BPI attorney Dan Webb told Reuters the settlement came together “quickly this week,” but declined to provide details, citing a confidentiality agreement signed by both parties.

The settlement came 3-1/2 weeks after the trial in the case got under way in Elk Point, South Dakota, around 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Sioux City, Iowa. BPI is based in nearby Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. (read more)
The ramifications of this $1.9+ Billion defamation lawsuit victory will extend far beyond the media settlement in this case and will surely send a massive shock-wave through every media enterprise engaged in investigative and opinion journalism.
 

Next Up?


 

 

Scott Stringer Reuters
 

The real ‘pink slime’ agenda
By Jeff Stier
April 6, 2012 | 4:00 a.m.
New York Post

It’s not enough for Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer that the city schools are jumping on the latest elite food fad by dropping “pink slime”: He wants them on the bandwagon now.

Let’s be clear: The meat product known as “lean finely textured beef” does look gross. But so does just about every meat product — ever seen how they make pastrami? And this stuff is perfectly safe, and almost certainly healthier than its likely replacement.

The US Department of Agriculture goes to great lengths to ensure that the national school-lunch program serves appropriate food to America’s kids. And its scientists have been unambiguous: This meat product is perfectly fine.

But activist celebrity chef Jamie Oliver decided to make a stink about it, and “right-thinking” people have rushed to go along.

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott acknowledges the feds say the meat is safe, but he lobbied them into letting him ban it anyway. It’s off the menu by September.

[N.S.: Note that lefties like Dennis Walcott never complained about Michelle “Obama’s” inedible school lunches, which kids routinely dumped.]

That’s not fast enough for Stringer, who’s grandstanding for an immediate ban. He calls it “garbage,” as if there’s actually something wrong with it, other than the gross “pink slime” moniker.

Funny, it wasn’t so long ago that food activists claimed they wanted our food to be more “sustainable.” Yet this stuff is an innovative model of sustainable agriculture: It’s made with a process that safely uses parts of the animal that previously had been either discarded, or used for lower-value uses, such as animal food. And since the fat is melted out of the meat before it’s mixed into other ground beef, “pink slime” actually yields lower-fat meals.

It’s also safe: It’s treated to make it inhospitable to dangerous E. Coli bacteria. And the main company that makes it, Beef Products International, tests the meat more than USDA’s already strict regulations require. That’s more than can be said about the different ground-up cow that’s likely to replace it.

It’s been used for years by schools, leading fast-food outlets and major supermarket chains. And if it didn’t taste good, kids would have voted with their stomachs long ago.

Why waste scare [sic] dollars to switch to more expensive, higher-fat alternatives?

The real (and ridiculous) agenda here is to make us all go organic. According to food activist MicheleSimon, “Pink slime is just one of many problems with industrialized meat. So let’s hope this week’s groundswell of interest in pink slime inspires Americans to demand labeling, buy organic or stop eating ground beef all together.”

And Mark Bittman in The New York Times calls the “pink menace” a symptom of a larger disease — “the industrial production of livestock on a scale that’s far too large to sustain without significant collateral damage.”

These people only want us eating grass-fed free-range cattle, if we eat any meat at all. Scott Stringer may be able to afford that diet, but it’s pathetic for politicians to kowtow to dishonest elitists.

Jeff Stier is a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research.

CNN: Fake News, Fake People, Fake Network

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 9:21:00 P.M. EDT

A couple people on Fox News were praising Van Jones for saying (in private), “Russia/Trump is a nothingburger.”

Van Jones is a nothingburger. To give him credit for saying one (accurate) thing secretly, while going full blast, on air, with a contrary viewpoint to his beliefs, reeks of Jerry Springer. That's just not “fake news”—he’s a “FAKE PERSON”!

Now how many people on CNN: play a role of anti-Trumpers? How many really believe what they're saying on air?

Fake news, fake people, fake network.

Meet Jérôme Jarre, the “Male” Version of Amy Biehl

By A Longtime Reader




JÉRÔME JARRE (@jeromejarre) | Twitter

Friend of mine sent me this link. First I’d heard of him. These are sick, sick love promos for Somalian Congoids. A “male” version of Amy Biehl. Wonder how long it will be before he is visited by Muzzies and his head is rolling in the sand off his shoulders. He’s begging for it.

https://twitter.com/jeromejarre?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwg

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Project Veritas Undercover Investigation: CNN Producer Admits Network Hyping “Mostly Bull***t” Trump-Russia Scandal for “Ratings”

By David in TN

“Mostly bull****.” Do tell.

American Pravda: CNN Producer Says Russia Narrative “bull***t”




Published on Jun 26, 2017

In the recent video footage obtained by Project Veritas, John Bonifield a Sr. Producer at CNN, admits to several beliefs that are in direct conflict with the official CNN narrative that Trump has colluded with Russia, and that Russia has interfered with the 2016 election. Bonifield expresses clear doubts that there is a fire behind the Russia smoke, stating, “I haven’t seen any good enough evidence to show that the President committed a crime.” He also confirms suspicions that CNN staff is ideologically biased against Trump, stating, “I know a lot of people don’t like him and they’d like to see him get kicked out of office…”

Bonifield even further confirms CNN’s bias against the President, stating, “I think the President is probably right to say, like, look you are witch hunting me...you have no real proof.”

Bonifield exposes that Russia has been great for CNN’s ratings, and that orders from CEO Jeff Zucker himself have directed CNN to pursue Russia leads at the expense of other stories. Bonifield states “And the CEO of CNN said in our internal meeting, he said ‘good job everybody covering the Climate Accords, but we’re done with it let’s get back to Russia.’”

He further comments on Russia, “it’s mostly bullshit right now. Like, we don’t have any giant proof...if it was something really good, it’d leak.”


Serena Williams vs. John McEnroe

 

That’s a man, baby!
 

[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:

“Black Rules? Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Simone Biles were All Caught Juicing, Yet were All Permitted to Compete in Rio”; and

“Video and Stills: Another Racist Hate Crime in New Orleans, but Don’t Tell Segregationist Cong. Cedric Richmond, or He’ll Do to You What His Brothers Did to Two White, Boston-Area Tourists.”]
 

By Jerry PDX
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 12:08:00 P.M. EDT

Yet another example of how the truth is held hostage to political correctness. John McEnroe has publicly stated that the Williams sisters would only rank around 700 in men's rankings. He did say that the ranking estimate could be vary but his point is well taken. Reality is that women can't compete with men in sports on an equal level. He simply stated the truth, and nowhere does he “mock” them , as the headline in this USA Today article states.

Now some people are "demanding" an apology but McEnroe is proving he's not just another mangina and refusing. Hope he sticks to his guns.

The Williams sisters did have a battle of the sexes in 1998 with Karsten Braasch, a German player ranked 203 in the world. He defeated them both 6-1 and 6-2. Observers at the scene noted how Braasch “took it easy” on them.

Now, the sisters were 17 and 18 years old at the time, but Venus was already ranked in the top 10 women, and Braasch was over 30. Andre Agassi and Bjorn Borg were essentially top 10 players at 18, and a player like Braasch would have had little chance against them at that age. It was unlikely Braasch could dominate any top-ranked male player, even if the latter were 18 years old. That gives you an idea of just how big the physical gap between men and women is. Just don't tell that to the PC gender fanatics who would have you believe there is no difference between men and women physically.

For those that still might argue the sisters got better as players, keep in mind that women mature faster than men physically, and by the time they hit 17 or 18 or so they have reached their peak of full development, while men still have an upward curve, due to their longer maturation rate and ability to build muscle quickly. Serena and Venus may have gotten more skillful as they aged but they wouldn't get any faster and any significant muscle growth would only be due to unnatural means. Their skills wouldn't be much help when a much stronger and faster man whips a tennis ball at them at a speed they simply can't react to.

By the way, after being beaten by Braasch, the sisters revised their challenge from: We could beat any guy over the 200 ranking group to any guy over 350. Personally, I doubt they could even break into the men's rankings, though they could probably compete at the junior college level.

When I hear things like this I always consider my own experiences playing against women in basketball. Occasionally, college-level players would make appearances on the courts where I played, even though I am only a somewhat above average gym rat ball player (though pretty good athletically) and 5' 10," 150 lbs. I could easily physically dominate every female I faced off against.

N.S.: Serena Williams has been heard from:

Serena Williams has told John McEnroe to “keep me out of your statements that are not factually based” after he reopened a timeworn debate by saying she would “be like 700 in the world” if she played on the men’s tour. That would put Williams (career earnings: $84.4m) just behind Brazil’s Wilson Leite (career earnings: $74,000) in the men’s world rankings.

Williams, who is set to be out of action until next year after announcing in April she is expecting her first child, said on Twitter: “Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based. I’ve never played anyone ranked ‘there’ nor do I have time. Respect me and my privacy as I’m trying to have a baby. Good day sir”. [Serena Williams tells McEnroe 'respect my privacy' after men's ranking views, by Tom Lutz, The Guardian, Tuesday, 27 June 2017, 04.08 EDT]
Regarding what McEnroe said, Serena Williams has no “privacy” to violate. She’s a public figure, and he can say what he likes. Even if she were not a public figure, but played sat a tennis court, and McEnroe saw her play and opined about her abilities, she would still have no “privacy” rights.

Translation: It’s a black thing. Like about 90% of blacks, Serena Williams believes that she can stick her nose in white folks’ business as a matter of whim, and they have nothing to say about it (i.e., they have no privacy), but that they must follow her orders.

Besides, as The Guardian’s Tom Lutz noted yesterday (idem), in 2013 Williams acknowledged how much better men are than women at tennis.
Williams has spoken on the subject in the past. In 2013, the American said she would lose to the current world No1, Britain’s Andy Murray, in “five to six minutes”.

“For me, men’s tennis and women’s tennis are completely, almost, two separate sports,” Williams said. “If I were to play Andy Murray, I would lose 6-0, 6-0 in five to six minutes, maybe 10 minutes. No, it’s true. It’s a completely different sport. The men are a lot faster and they serve harder, they hit harder, it’s just a different game. I love to play women’s tennis. I only want to play girls, because I don’t want to be embarrassed.”
So what’s with this “privacy” crap? Like I said, it’s a black thing, just like blacks saying that something that was o.k. five minutes ago, is now “racist,” or that something’s fine when blacks say or do it, but “racist” when a white says or does it.

Williams’ father Richard is an in-your-face racist, and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree.

Who Said It? “Extremism in the pursuit of Trump is no vice”

By Nicholas Stix

Tucker Carlson, June 22, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Video and Stills: Another Racist Hate Crime in New Orleans, but Don’t Tell Segregationist Cong. Cedric Richmond, or He’ll Do to You What His Brothers Did to Two White, Boston-Area Tourists

 

 

Another Brutal Beating of Whites by Blacks
By A Texas Reader
___________________________________


Update: The black thugs left one man in critical condition; one suspect has so far been arrested.

(Start video at 1:30.)




New Orleans police on Monday said they are poised to release new images of the people who brutally attacked and robbed two Boston-area tourists in the French Quarter on Saturday night. "In just a little while, everyone is going to see you, and they're going to know what you look like," New Orleans Police Chief Michael Harrison said, referring to images provided by the nonprofit crime camera network Project NOLA. "It's just a matter of time before we catch you." The commander of the police district that patrols the French Quarter, Nicholas Gernon, said anyone arrested in connection with the case will be booked on counts of second-degree robbery, which carries up to 40 years in prison. Gernon also ...

Monday, June 26, 2017

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During the 1970s, someone came up with a schema (or popularized an earlier one) of three “worlds”: The “First,” “Second,” and “Third” Worlds.

The First World comprised the nations of affluence, law, high trust, stability and peace. Most such nations were white, and were led by America; the most prominent exception, racially, was Japan.

The Second World comprised the nations of Communism, which were characterized by totalitarian state power, lawlessness, poverty, low trust, instability, war and genocide.

Third World nations comprised the rest of the world, nations that were non-white and forever poor, in which the law was unreliable and corrupt, in which government officials (including police) routinely extorted bribes out of citizens for even the most basic services, in which criminals often ran rampant, in which trust was non-existent, and one made one’s way through tribal allegiances based on clan, religion, ethnicity, and gangs.

Marxists replaced the notions of the First and Third Worlds with those of “developed” and “underdeveloped” nations.

They promoted the notion that the First World had gotten rich simply through plundering the Third World, and forcibly kept the Third World from developing. After all, since the Third World was just as smart and virtuous, or even moreso than the First World, there was no other explanation for why the one world should be rich, while the other lagged so far behind.

The Marxists banned the facts that explained the inequality—the much higher intelligence and virtue quotients of the First World and the Third—as “racist.”

I maintain that there is now a Fourth World. It contains much of the former “First World,” whose nations have deliberately been corrupted by importing hundreds of millions of non-whites who are incredibly stupid, violent, corrupt, criminal, lazy, and above all, racist. They hate the white nations (Japan and Singapore have so far stoutly held off the deluge), that they ruthlessly plunder, while ignoring or denying that they are killing the goose that laid the golden eggs.

The Fourth World is the worst of all worlds. Whereas in the Second World, seditionists and traitors are executed posthaste, here they are treated like heroes, and productive, white citizens are robbed by the government, and their hard-earned assets given to the bad guys. Instead of evildoers being held up as cautionary tales and publicly vilified, they are turned into heroes, and enriched. In recent days, for instance, the criminal, racist parents of racist, would-be cop-killer Mike Brown were rewarded with $1.5 million by the city of Ferguson, Missouri. There is on paper a system of Anglo-Saxon-based laws, but in practice, there is a system of the rule of men, not laws. And entire branches of the economy such as the schools and higher education, instead of producing and disseminating knowledge, are run by criminals who do nothing but lie, in defaming good people and America’s history, promoting hoaxes, violence and mayhem, and stealing from those whom they defame.

I have been telling the story of this plunder, destruction, and genocide for many years. Please help me continue to do so by hitting the PayPal “Donate” tab above, and making a generous donation.

I thank you, and your posterity will, too.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Stix

“Democracy has been suspended here”: Where? Who Said It?

By Nicholas Stix

That was foreign media activist Phil Gunson to Duranty-Blair laureate Jim Sciutto on CNN at around 5 p.m. today, about Venezuela.

Gunson said that the Venezuelan prisons are “hellholes,” with the torture of prisoners. He quoted one woman as saying that she’d kill herself, before she’d go back to a Venezuelan prison.

In other words, they’re not the felons’ paradises that American.

Gunson gave no context to the woman’s hyperbole. What had she been in for? In how much danger was she of being sent back?

All over the world, women get huge affirmative action advantages in the criminal law, in practice, such that they practically have to commit genocide, before being sent to prison.

Sciutto: “Do the demonstrators have any chance of bringing down this government?”

I couldn’t hear Gunson’s response, but why would that be Sciutto’s automatic question? Haven’t we already seen this picture, in the Mideast. It was called the “Arab Spring.”

Democracy hasn’t been “suspended” in Venezuela, because it either never existed (in the form Americans mean), or it did so a long ago.

There was no “democracy” under dictator Hugo Chavez, but CNN didn’t talk about it being “suspended,” or ask how he could be brought down. Ah, but prisoners are being “tortured.”

I guarantee you that Chavez treated prisoners as badly or worse than the present regime does.

Breaking News! Film Noir on Hump Day: See the Smouldering, Original Version of The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)!

 

 

By David in TN
Monday, June 26, 2017 at 2:07:00 P.M. EDT

Although it's not a Film Noir Sunday special, TCM is showing the original, 1946 version of The Postman Always Rings Twice, with John Garfield and Lana Turner at 12:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 27.
 

 

It took several years to film the story due to concerns about the material being taboo, Production Code-wise. After Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity (1944) which was also based on a James M. Cain novel with a similar plot line, it was decided to go ahead with The Postman.

Lana Turner is always dressed in white and her legs are shown frequently. A possible false note? Turner is too gorgeous to be married to a dumpy guy 30 years older than her.

 

 

 

N.S.: I saw the re-make with Jessica Lange and Jack Nicholson about 35 years ago, in West Germany. The husband was a paunchy, middle-aged Greek in that version. But if Cora was white trash, the Greek having a successful diner would have made him rich as Croesus in her eyes.
 


America’s Top Political Analyst: Trump Made Republican Soccer Moms and Manginas Politically Irrelevant!

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix


Medieval Scholastic Nitpicking, Part 2

June 26, 2017
By Countenance Blogmeister

Atlanta
My illegitimate father writes in RCP about GA-6:
Georgia’s 6th District was significant because it’s a traditionally Republican district whose college-educated voters (59 percent of adults, sixth-highest in the country) were repelled by Donald Trump. Mitt Romney carried it 61 to 37 percent in 2012; Trump won it by only a 48.3-46.8 percent margin last year. That’s a huge shift from the persistent partisan patterns that have mostly held for two decades.

President Romney carried the district bigly, while private citizen Trump only won it narrowly.

Wait what?

In a related note, I’ve been pointing you to various precinct-by-precinct maps produced and curated by one Ryne Rohla. Not long ago, he put up the Missouri-specific map, but has not yet put together a 16-delta-12 map for Missouri. As you can see, he does have a 16-delta-12 map for the whole country, which one can click to enlarge. And, in our area, you can see that the most notable and acute red-to-blue swing was in and close to the Highway 40 corridor and Olive corridor from the city limits on through to Chesterfield. That confirms the national trend, again as you can see on the national 16-delta-12 map that upper middle to upper income suburbs of major cities swung very noticeably from Republican/Romney in 2012 to Democrat/Hillary in 2016.

Which certainly served President Romney and President Rodham well.

Wait what?

Also remember my snarky post from back in December about this matter. Putting this all together, we can now yield some object lessons:

(1) There are two main reasons why we hear what is really irrelevant noise about suburban higher income college educated Republican leaning white voters: (A) Socially, to use them as a fulcrum to make fun of downscale Trump voters, and (B) Because of what I wrote back in December, see that post’s comments, that Conservatism Inc think tanks and consulting firms heavily rely on donations from suburban higher income college educated Republican leaning white voters who swung heavily from red in ’12 to blue in ’16. Of course the people that think and write for such institutions will try to contend that the people writing them checks are still politically relevant and still politically matter.

(2) In spite of that, suburban higher income college educated Republican leaning white voters really don’t matter. Romney won them by landslide margins but finished south of 270, while Trump only carried them slightly and finished north of 270. Which means that even an unwarshed normie can look at this and conclude that there is a necessary trade-off between around 20% of suburban higher income college educated Republican leaning white voters on the one hand, and winning on the other hand. In the local context, the fact that the 40 and Olive corridors through St. Louis County is dark blue on Ryne’s 16-delta-12 really hurt Trump, as it meant the difference between Romney winning Missouri by 9 and Trump winning Missouri by 18. Nationally, Trump lost a fair percentage of that demographic around many big cities, but his consolation prize was Iowa, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, the latter three were last red during the Reagan Presidency.

Barone: It’s True that the GOP Swept the Four Special Elections, but, but, but …

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

The Outlook after the Special Elections
By Michael Barone
June 23, 2017
RealClearPolitics

The victory of Republican Karen Handel in the special election in Georgia's 6th Congressional District on Tuesday has discouraged Democrats and encouraged Republicans. Democrat Jon Ossoff won 48.1 percent in the special election's first round April 18, and Democrats had high hopes that they could take this House seat from the Republicans.

But even with $30 million spent -- in what became the most expensive House race ever -- and with a turnout of 260,000 (more than the 210,000 who voted in the 2014 midterm), Ossoff won exactly 48.1 percent again. Not quite enough.

Georgia's 6th District was significant because it's a traditionally Republican district whose college-educated voters (59 percent of adults, sixth-highest in the country) were repelled by Donald Trump. Mitt Romney carried it 61 to 37 percent in 2012; Trump won it by only a 48.3-46.8 percent margin last year. That's a huge shift from the persistent partisan patterns that have mostly held for two decades.

The good news for Democrats is that they were able to hold Handel to a Trumpish rather than the traditionally expected margin in such a district. The bad news is that there aren't that many other Republican-held districts with a lot of highly educated voters.

Republicans hold only six of the 23 districts with college graduate majorities. Most were won years ago by Democrats in elections in which the persistent partisan patterns held true. Of the Republican-held districts where 40 percent or more of the voters are college graduates, only 14 were carried by Hillary Clinton last year.

These 14 seats -- plus the four more that Trump carried by less than 5 percent -- are obvious Democratic targets, and the result in Georgia suggests that Democrats could be competitive in many of them. But Democrats need a net gain of 24 seats for a House majority, and in good years, parties usually gain only half the seats they seriously target.

Moreover, Republican incumbents won 15 of these 18 seats by double-digit margins in 2016 despite the local Trump undertow. Most or all are running again, and though Democrats may try to field stronger opponents against many, the Georgia result won't help recruitment.

There's a contrast between the special election in Georgia's 6th District and the three other special elections in districts with far lower percentages of college graduates (23 to 31 percent) -- Kansas's 4th District, Montana's at-large district and South Carolina's 5th District. Trump carried all three by wider margins than Romney, but in each, Republicans failed to match his showing and won with results reverting toward or falling below the levels of the persistent partisan pattern.

This is often the pattern in special elections, wherein you can cast a protest vote without affecting the balance of partisan power much. And it's especially true when, as in these examples, no one expects the incumbent party's candidate to lose. That was the case Tuesday in South Carolina's 5th District, where 87,000 voted -- one-third the turnout in Georgia's 6th District.

In off-year congressional elections, the dynamics are different. Incumbents enter with an edge and often without serious opposition. You can't cast a protest vote without risking a change in party control, a risk that seems likely to be palpable in 2018.

And the old maxim that increased turnout helps Democrats may not hold. It didn't in Georgia's 6th District, where highly educated Republicans, perhaps unnerved by last week's baseball shooting and constant talk of impeachment, turned out in the rain. Higher turnout would probably have helped Republicans in the other three special elections, too.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi presumably realizes this when she cautions fellow Democrats, as she did in 2006, not to frame the election as a referendum on impeachment. Why squander the votes of those who want to check the president but not oust him (or hold a pointless Senate trial)?

In Politico, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel advises Democrats to do what he did, as House campaign chairman, in 2006: Recruit candidates with local roots and views suited to local terrain -- and with sharp political instincts, which both parties' candidates seemed to lack in the special elections.

My impression is that none of the Democrats (except maybe Archie Parnell in South Carolina's 5th District) had the political skills and local appeal that enabled so many Democrats to win Republican-leaning seats in the 1970s and hold them in the 1980s. And none of the Republicans showed the political skills and enthusiasm of many Newt Gingrich followers in the 1990s or tea partyers in the 2010s.

In 2016, Trump carried 230 House districts, and House Republicans won 242 seats. To win a House majority, Democrats need Trumpish results in high-education districts and improvements in downscale areas on the persistent partisan patterns along which voters of all education levels make their choices. It's possible, but it's an uphill climb -- a little more so since Tuesday.

Michael Barone is senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, resident fellow at American Enterprise Institute and longtime co-author of The Almanac of American Politics.

Multicultural Weekly Wrap-Up

By Nicholas Stix

At Countenance, natch!.

Has American Retail been Reduced to a World of Three Super Powers?

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Michael Christopher Scott to a multiracial individual • a day ago

Reagan and the Democrat congress compromised. They both wanted more spending, each for their own reasons, so they got both. They still had to pick and choose. Caspar Weinberger had some tough calls to make. One proposal was to refit and modernize the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (now sunk off Florida as an artificial reef). This would have cost some $850 million, back then, and she would still not have been able to operate F/A-18 Hornets. It wasn't worth it, as the F-8 Crusader was already gone, and the A-4 Skyhawk going the same way. The Des Moines class cruisers were considered for refitting, but they didn't have the midships deck space for a heavy missile battery, quite unlike the Iowa class battleships, which were refitted, and proved quite useful.

The economic boom that resulted from lower taxes seems to have helped, though the effects took some time. We had a recession in Colorado in the early 1980s, in part due to the oil shale bust hurting the banking industry. Parts of downtown Denver looked like a ghost town. The real-estate bust hurt us 20 years later; the US-36 corridor between Denver and Boulder had plenty of new, unoccupied business space, and strip malls in Colorado Springs became vacant.

Part of what happened here was merely hideous business decisions. CVS bought out Long's Drug. I could get stuff at Long's I couldn't find anywhere else in Colorado, like packaged wonton soup and Nalley's canned chile.They closed every store here down, renamed them in California, and only kept the original name in Hawaii, due to name recognition. There was one about a mile from here.

Egghead Software did something similar. The big-shots decided they needed to close so many stores, and that number exactly matched the ones we had in Colorado, so they closed them all. There was one about a mile from here, just north off Academy from what used to be Long's Drug. That building is still empty. It's not in good shape anymore, so I reckon it's an eventual scrape-off.

K-Mart is gone from the Chapel Hills Mall. That's an anchor store. It was, anyway. Borders Books shut down nationwide, so that's also gone from Chapel Hills. I'm almost never there anymore. I suspect Sears and Target are circling the drain. When I needed a replacement drive belt for a vacuum cleaner, Sears didn't carry them anymore, so I had to mail-order them from Amazon. I got a package of 10, so I don't think even my daughter will run out. I even had to wait 30 minutes at Sears before anyone could answer my questions. I could have saved a drive and some time doing it online first thing. The hell with those people, if that's their business model.

The last time I was at Home Despot (spelling deliberate), I got repeatedly waved off by someone on the telephone. I screamed at the top of my leather lungs, "I'll drive the f*****g f**k home and call you then, or maybe I'll just mail-order it from Harbor Freight." I'm not at a store to wait while some punk is on the telephone. If I am physically there, I take priority over anyone on the phone, because I will otherwise leave right away. It turns out that I have policies, too. If I am physically in the store and want to spend money there, the bastards on the telephone can wait.

Yes, I am a curmudgeon. I highly recommend it.


Question Diversity [Countenance Blogmeister] to
Michael Christopher Scott • a day ago

We're in a situation where, while there are obviously retailers other than these three, the American retail sector is down to three real superpowers, the sort of which the sector catches cold if any one of them sneezes: Amazon, Wal-Mart and Aldi. And each one of them thinks of the other two as its sworn mortal enemy.

I know Sears/K-Mart is definitely circling the drain. Target is on some down times, but there will always be room for a national big box presence not named Wal-Mart just to provide an alternate to Wal-Mart. But, Wal-Mart seems like it's going to rule the roost in the mainstream big-box retail space for a long time, just as Amazon will do for online and Aldi for inferior goods (economics definition, not moral definition) for foodstuffs and sundries.

Several weeks ago, at one of the many evening networking get-togethers and parties that I'm obliged to attend, I heard one degree of separation gossip that clued me into this kind of thing. Someone at the get-together had just recently been to another when he was in earshot of some regional mid-level managerial munchkin for Wal-Mart, who was fuming about something that was overlooked about St. Louis's newest Wal-Mart location (in the Kenrick Seminary area, for those of you that know) -- The mangler said something along the lines of: "We wound up putting our new store next to a f**king Aldi."

Supreme Court Breaks Judicial Conspiracy Against President Trump, Reinstating Travel Ban!

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

I thank reader-researcher Grand Rapids Anonymous for the heads-up.
 



Supreme Court revives parts of Trump travel ban order, agrees to hear case
by Lawrence Hurley
Jun 26th 2017 11:15AM
Thomson/Reuters/AOL

WASHINGTON, June 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to President Donald Trump by allowing his temporary bans on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries and all refugees to go into effect for people with no connection to the United States while agreeing to hear his appeals in the closely watched legal fight.

The court, which narrowed the scope of lower court rulings that had completely blocked his March 6 executive order, said it would hear arguments on the legality of one of Trump's signature policies in his first months as president in the court's next term, which starts in October.

The justices granted parts of his administration's emergency request to put the order into effect immediately while the legal battle continues.

The court said that the travel ban will go into effect "with respect to foreign nationals who lack any bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States."

The Supreme Court left the lower-court injunctions against the ban in place, but only with respect to the challengers to the ban themselves and others in similar circumstances, meaning they involve people in the United States who have relationships with foreign nationals abroad and whose rights might be affected if those foreigners were excluded from entry.

But the court said the injunctions were too broad to also include barring enforcement of the ban against foreigners who have no connection to the United States at all. "Denying entry to such a foreign national does not burden any American party by reason of that party's relationship with the foreign national," the court said.

The court also said it would allow a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States to go into effect on the same grounds, allowing the government to exclude from the United States refugee claimants who do not have any "bona fide relationship" with an American individual or entity.

Three of the court's conservatives said they would have granted Trump's request in full, including Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch.

The case is Trump's first major challenge at the Supreme Court, where he restored a 5-4 conservative majority with the appointment of Gorsuch, who joined the bench in April. There are five Republican appointees on the court and four Democratic appointees.

The March 6 order called for a 90-day ban on travelers from Libya, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen and a 120-day ban on all refugees entering the United States to enable the government to implement stronger vetting procedures. It was blocked by federal judges before going into effect on March 16 as planned.

Trump issued the order amid rising international concern about attacks carried out by Islamist militants like those in Paris, London, Brussels, Berlin and other cities. But critics have called the order a mean-spirited, intolerant and un-American "Muslim ban."

The state of Hawaii and a group of plaintiffs in Maryland represented by the American Civil Liberties Union argued that the order violated federal immigration law and the Constitution's First Amendment prohibition on the government favoring or disfavoring any particular religion. Regional federal appeals courts in Virginia and California both upheld district judge injunctions blocking the order.

Trump signed the order as a replacement for a Jan. 27 order issued a week after he became president that also was blocked by federal courts. The revised order was intended to overcome the legal issues posed by the original ban, which also included Iraq among the nations targeted and a full ban on refugees from Syria. The revised order also jettisoned language that gave preferential status to persecuted religious minorities, which critics said could be taken as favoring Christians and other religious groups over Muslims.

Trump has called the March order a "watered down, politically correct" version of the January one. But the order still embodied his "America First" nationalist message and reflected his views of the dangers posed to the United States by certain immigrants and visitors.

The administration has said the travel ban is needed to allow time to implement stronger vetting measures, although it has already rolled out some new requirements not blocked by courts, including additional questions for visa applicants.

According to Report, as Many as 5.7 Million Non-Citizens Voted Fraudulently in 2008 Election!

By Nicholas Stix

And that’s not counting illegal black American votes (double and triple votes, and votes by ineligible felons).

At Pajamas Media.

A tip ‘o the hate to the Countenance Blogmeister.

The High Cost of Tourism for Americans: Alabama Man Remains in Serious Condition at a Florida Hospital After He was Robbed at Gunpoint and Shot Early Friday While Vacationing with His Family in Turks and Caicos

By Reader-Researcher RC

American tourist robbed, shot in Turks and Caicos is medically evacuated to US
www.yahoo.com

An Alabama man remains in serious condition at a Florida hospital after he was robbed at gunpoint and shot early Friday while vacationing with his family in Turks and Caicos, police said. The injured tourist, identified as Keven Newman of Alabama, was transported to a local hospital, but had to be...

President Trump is Permitting a New Scam by Illegals: “He Crossed the Border Illegally but wasn’t Deported — Because He Brought His Child”

By A Texas Reader

He crossed the border illegally but wasn’t deported — because he brought his child
www.washingtonpost.com

Since Trump’s inauguration, border crossings have plummeted. But some families are still being granted safe passage into the U.S....

Tonight! Society for Ethical Culture: “Speaking of Science: Revisiting The Bell Curve,” on Manhattan’s Yupper West Side

By A Longtime Reader

2 W 64th St, Mon 6/26, 6:30-8 p.m.


This should be an interesting talk. I wonder if there will be even ONE person brave (or stupid) enough to ask the experts what scientific grounds they used to ignore over a half-century of every imaginable, statistically-significant piece of evidence in support of Murray's original thesis.

My guess is that this highly-educated crowd learned well from what happened to one of the most important researchers of the last century, who was rendered a “non-person” by the same [bleepin’] fucking mob:

“James Watson Ruined for Telling Truth about Race, Sells Nobel Prize Medal.”

Another Racial Double-Murder in Knoxville, Tennessee, that also Could Have been Prevented

 

War crime victim Sergio Rivera
  

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 11:19:00 P.M. EDT

WOOD-TV and the local stations are reporting two Michigan teens (18-year-olds Jaloen Morris and Sergio Rivera—one white, one Mex) went to Knoxville, Tennessee to buy some weed. When they got there, two blacks (including 15-year-old Rico Cook) were waiting for them, and blew their brains out in their car.

Damien Lee, 16, was wounded.

Cook and the other black, Deon Nolbert, turned themselves in.

There was a similar incident this year, as two Grand Rapids whites travelled to the east side of the state to do a drug deal in a retail store's parking lot. They were wasted by 2 blacks and a white girl.

Lots of lessons here that no one will learn.

The events surrounding Rivera and Morris' death are still under investigation by the Knoxville Police Department. Their murders were the ninth and tenth in what has been one of the bloodiest time periods in the area in recent years. Thirteen people have been killed in Knoxville since May 15.
[Family of slain Michigan man grappling with son's faraway death, by Brittany Crocker, USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee, 10:53 p.m. ET June 24, 2017 | Updated 11:13 p.m. ET June 24, 2017.]
N.S.: One of said lessons is that the Knoxville Horror, the carjacking-kidnapping-gang rape-murder of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom, would never have been carried out if ringleader Lemaricus Davidson had not been given a token sentence for a previous crime of aggravated carjacking, and thus free at the time.

Of course, that lesson doesn't apply to Rico Cook.
 


Suspected war criminal Rico "Little Rico" Cook, in an undated mug shot

Corrupt Lawyer and Bush II Flunky, Richard W. Painter, also Tweets!

By Nicholas Stix



They’re not making up anything. The conflict of interest is obvious to any honest observer. The problem is, “ethics expert” Richard Painter is neither honest nor ethical. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hamilton! What the Real Alexander Hamilton (Who was Not an Immigrant) Said about Immigrants

By An Anonymous Reader
Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 3:18:00 P.M. EDT

Protesters should distribute copies of what the real Alexander Hamilton said about immigration:

"... foreigners will generally be apt to bring with them attachments to the persons they have left behind; to the country of their nativity, and to its particular customs and manners. They will also entertain opinions on government congenial with those under which they have lived; or, if they should be led hither from a preference to ours, how extremely unlikely is it that they will bring with them that temperate love of liberty, so essential to real republicanism? There may, as to particular individuals, and at particular times, be occasional exceptions to these remarks, yet such is the general rule. The influx of foreigners must, therefore, tend to produce a heterogeneous compound; to change and corrupt the national spirit; to complicate and confound public opinion; to introduce foreign propensities. In the composition of society, the harmony of the ingredients is all-important, and whatever tends to a discordant intermixture must have an injurious tendency."

[“The Examination Number VIII,” by Alexander Hamilton, 12 January 1802.]

Help Me Fight Hate, Inc., Better Known as the Southern Poverty Law Center!

 

"The Eternal Boomer" title is not at the SPLC page, and yet it is on the page on Google Images, with the SPLC's URL (splcenter.org), leading me to conclude that Hate, Inc. posted it with the Gothic-style lettering, evoking the Nazis (and Wilhelmine Germany), but then thought better of it and removed it, possibly after complaints. (And the subconscious association with "The Eternal Jew" is so strong that I initially copied it as, "The Eternal Jew"!
 

The following excerpts make a sort of sense, but I pulled them out of an SPLC rant that, taken as a whole, made no sense to me. Maybe it’s me.

The point is apparently something like ‘If you blame the Boomer generation for America being screwed up, but you let your parents support you after you turned 18, you’re a hypocrite.’

But of course, you can embrace your parents, while condemning their generation, or versa vice. The two issues are hardly logically wed.

Anywho, I need your help to fight one of the most powerful, private racist organizations in America, the SPLC. This evil organization has a kitty of over $300 million. God only knows what the money is there for. Certainly not to help poor folks.

If anyone wishes to donate $300 million to the Wyatt Earp Journalism Bureau/Nicholas Stix, Uncensored, I will gladly cash the check, without asking you if you’re sure you want to contribute it! I have no intention of giving donors time to second-guess their generous decisions.

However, I will also gladly accept donations of considerably less than $300 million.

Please hit the PayPal “Donate” button at the top, and make a generous donation to WEJB/NSU.

I thank you, and your posterity will, too.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Stix

 

“One of many memes mocking Oath Keeper leader Stewart Rhodes.”
 

Grilling Boomers: The Alt-Right Gets All Fired Up about BBQ (the Baby Boomer Question )
June 22, 2017
Hatewatch Staff

A series of conflicts at a Houston protest last Saturday between members of the Alt-Right and a slew of Texas based militia and “patriot” groups has reanimated a tired trope at the heart of the Alt-Right: baby boomers are responsible for every problem afflicting whites in modern America.

Baby boomers and the Jewish elites, rather.

Disdain for baby boomers is a foundational tenet of the Alt-Right that associates the post-WWII generation with warmongering, selfish capitulation to big business at the cost of principled conservatism, and, most offensively, voluntary subjugation of themselves and their children to so-called cultural Marxism….

[Although I have never written the phrase, “cultural Marxism,” I have had editors change my favored phrase, “racial socialism” to it.]


“Through the tweet storm, [Occidental Dissent’s] Griffin attempts to level the economic plight of Selma, as a proxy for the blue-collar South, at the feet of John Lewis and the Civil Rights Movement, supported by boomers.”

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Married FedEx Worker, 31, Charged with Rape and Murder of New York Google Exec, 27, While She was Out Jogging Near Her Mother's Home

 

Vanessa Marcotte's Graduation Day at Boston University, 2011 or 2012
 

[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:

“Vanessa Marcotte, 27: Another Lovely, Young, Diversity Murder Victim; but She Fought Back Heroically, and Identified Her Killer and Would-be Rapist from the Grave.”]

By Reader-Researcher RC

 

 

"We got him": Police arrest Vanessa Marcotte's suspected killer
www.dailymail.co.uk

Angelo Colon-Ortiz, 31, was indicted for murder on Friday by a grand jury over the slaying of 27-year-old Vanessa Marcotte in August near her mother's home in ...

 

 


Murder suspect Angelo Colon-Ortiz at his arraignment


Political Cartoon: Everybody Hates President Trump! Just Look at the Polls! That’s Why the Democrats Won All Four Special Elections… Oops!

 

 

Analysis by Michael Barone.

TCM's Film Noir of the Week for Sunday, June 25, at 10 a.m. ET, is High Wall (1947), Starring Robert Taylor

 

 

By David in TN
Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10:17:00 A.M. EDT

 

Audrey Totter and Robert Taylor in a restaurant in High Wall
 

TCM's Film Noir of the Week for Sunday, June 25, at 10 am ET, is High Wall (1947). Robert Taylor plays an amnesiac war veteran, a common plot device in post WW II film noir.

High Wall is a psychological thriller with noir female icon Audrey Totter as a psychiatrist treating Taylor's character.
 

Are Dems and GOPers on Senate Judiciary Committee Investigating Loretta Lynch for Obstruction of Justice, Helping Hilary Clinton, or is This Just More Spin Cycle?

By Nicholas Stix

What can I tell you? "Obstruction of justice" is the hot phrase this year, like "Show me the money!" from Jerry Maguire, back in 1996.
 

Senate Investigates Loretta Lynch’s Conduct During Clinton Email Probe
By Andrew Rafferty
Friday, June 23, 2017, 2:22 p.m.
NBC News

A bipartisan group of senators on Friday requested more information from former Attorney General Loretta Lynch about her reported efforts to hamper the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email use as secretary of state.

The Democratic and Republican leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent letters to Lynch, Clinton campaign staffer Amanda Renteria, and employees of the Open Society Foundations seeking more information about media reports that Lynch privately assured Democrats the investigation would soon stall out.

The panel cited reports in The New York Times and the Washington Post that the FBI obtained hacked documents that suggested Lynch assured Renteria would not “go too far.” The alleged assurance was indicated in an email from then-Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Leonard Benardo of the Open Society Foundations. However, the Post reported the documents were viewed within the FBI as unreliable and possibly fake, and Renteria has said Russians used her to spread the false information.

“The reports come amidst numerous allegations of political inference in controversial and high-profile investigations spanning the current and previous administrations,” the Senate committee said in a statement.

Ousted FBI Director James Comey cited the email as the reason behind his decision to publicly announce the end of the investigation into Clinton’s emails, and was later used as justification by President Donald Trump to fire Comey.

[At NBC News.]

Conspiracy to Obstruct Justice—but in Portland Oregon, not Washington, D.C.!

 

Black-robed felon Monica Harranz
 

Illegal alien Diddier Pacheco Salazar
 

[Previously, at WEJB/NSU:

Felons in Black Robes: Meet Criminal, Reconquista Judge, Monica Harranz—and Her Accomplices!]


By Jerry PDX
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at 11:10:00 P.M. EDT

This is a followup to the Portland, OR story I sent about Judge Monica Herranz who allowed an illegal immigrant to escape ICE agents through her back door. You ran the story here:

“Felons in Black Robes: Meet Criminal, Reconquista Judge, Monica Harranz—and Her Accomplices!”

This story just appeared in the Oregonian.

This is what happened in a nutshell: ICE agents were in the courthouse and supposedly looking for illegals. How they knew there was at least one there (Pacheco), is not stated anywhere. Pacheco was an illegal at the courthouse facing a DUI charge, his attorney told Herranz he didn't have his papers with him but didn't tell her he was actually an illegal, so she “didn't know.” She then let him out the back door (judge’s entrance).

There has been an “investigation,” and it has been determined that Herranz “didn't violate any judicial conduct rules.” From the article:

“Trial Court Administrator Barbara Marcille investigated Herranz's actions from Jan. 27 and found that Herranz didn’t knowingly help impaired-driving defendant Diddier Pacheco-Salazar elude capture.”

First off, the article says she let Pacheco out a door open to the public. I've been in the courtrooms and know well and good those back doors are not “open” to the public. They can be used by the public if allowed to, but they are not “open.”

She's claiming ignorance about his legal status, though I'm wondering what sort of documentation was presented to her for his DUI case. Doesn't something trigger when an illegal alien has been driving and is busted for DUI?

Pacheco's defense attorney told Herranz that Pacheco didn’t have his immigration papers, which means he (or she) lied to Herranz by suggesting he did have legal papers. If Herranz actually believed this lie, then why did she let Pacheco out the back door? After all, if he was legal, then it’s just a matter of checking up on his status. Is that defense attorney facing any charges for lying to the judge about his client’s legal status?

Herranz at least suspected Pacheco was an illegal because, again, there’s no reason for him to evade ICE agents if he was a legal citizen. The reasoning here is that because she didn’t “know” he was an illegal she didn’t do anything wrong, just suspecting he was an illegal and helping him elude ICE agents isn’t breaking any rules.

Is that legal sophistry or what? One has to wonder who this Court Administrator Barbara Marcill is and what her agenda is. I tried to find more info about Ms. Marcill but could only find a picture of her on google:




Like Herranz, she’s an attractive, middle-ageish woman who was probably a pretty hot number in her youth, a type that is often involved in protecting young male Hispanic and Negro criminals.

Note the author of this article: Aimee Green, evokes the “fear” mantra at least twice, how terrible it is that ICE makes people (in general) “afraid.” No Ms. Green, ICE doesn’t make legal citizens afraid, it doesn’t make legal immigrants afraid, it makes “illegals” afraid. As they should be.


So Much for the New Civility! Racial Supremacist Congressman Threatens Colleague with Violence on the House Floor

N.S.: The alleged reporter, Cristina Marcos, buried her lede, indeed, buried the entire story!

One honest headline would have been the one I used. Another would have been, “Black Dem Congressman, Cedric Richmond, Threatens White congressman, Steve King with Violence on the House Floor.”

“Black Dem accuses Steve King of 'white privilege' in heated exchange” is completely dishonest, even though Hill operative Cristina Marcos would surely challenge me with, ‘Didn’t he accuse Steve King of “white privilege”?’

Her headline editor could also have honestly written, “Two Clothed and Shod Congressmen Exchange Sharp Words”


By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Friday, June 23, 2017 at 12:24:00 A.M. EDT

Black Dem accuses Steve King of 'white privilege' in heated exchange
By Cristina Marcos
June 22, 2017, 1:22 P.M. EDT
The Hill

The chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus accused Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who’s faced criticism in the past for racially charged comments, of bias stemming from “white privilege.”

King was offering an amendment to legislation considered in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that speeds up the return of unaccompanied immigrant children to their home countries if they haven’t been subject to human trafficking and aren’t at risk of persecution.

King’s amendment would require the Justice Department to report to Congress on crimes committed by the unaccompanied immigrant children following their release from Department of Homeland Security custody.

He began citing statistics comparing the violent death rate in El Salvador to the homicide rate in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), who represents New Orleans and leads the Black Caucus, quickly interrupted.

“We’re going to lose all civility in this committee if he thinks it’s appropriate to compare New Orleans to Guatemala,” Richmond said.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) tried to be diplomatic. “The gentleman from Iowa has the right to make a statistical comparison between two locations,” he said.

But Richmond said it was inappropriate for King to compare New Orleans, which has a large African American population, to a country in Central America where people are fleeing violence.

“It’s not appropriate. It’s insensitive. And it’s nothing more than traditional white privilege of ‘let me criticize a minority city,’” Richmond said angrily.

“If the gentleman persists on it, then let’s go in the back and have the conversation about New Orleans,” he added. “If it takes walking across over there, then I’m prepared to do that, too.”

Richmond noted that lawmakers had been calling for more political civility in the wake of last week’s shooting at the GOP baseball practice, emphasizing that “words and actions have consequences.”

Goodlatte defended King’s right to compare the statistical data.

“Words have consequences. So do statistics, and so do arguments. This is the place to do it under the rules of the House,” Goodlatte said, yielding back to King.


GRA: The truth hit a bullseye, right on Richmond's noggin. Go get 'em, King.

Motorcyclist Deliberately Wreaks Havoc, Causing Chain Accident (Video!)

By A Texas Reader




Road rage incident caught on camera triggers massive crash on California highway
Updated: 9:17 PM MDT Jun 23, 2017
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. —
WCVB5

A video of a motorcycle rider kicking his leg at a vehicle along a freeway in an apparent road rage, triggering a chain-reaction crash, is going viral on social media.

The incident happened on Highway 14 in Santa Clarita, just north of Los Angeles.

In the video, a motorcyclist appears to kick a car, and then the vehicle swerves. The driver hit the center wall, spun back into traffic and hit an SUV, causing it to flip over before it came to a stop.

The motorcyclist continued driving down the highway, while nearby vehicles stopped to help the victims involved in the crash.

The passenger who shot the video told KNBC he started recording when the gray sedan cut off a passing motorcyclist.

"Words went back and forth," he told KNBC.

One person in the SUV that flipped over was taken to a local hospital, the California Highway Patrol said.

The person who recorded the video turned the footage over to authorities.

Last Embrace in North Charleston: Black Man is Murdered While in the Act; It Must Have been a White Cop!

By Reader-Researcher RC

A police report released Monday says she told officers that she and 34-year-old Ladontes Miller of North Charleston were having sex when someone came up beside the van and shot Miller. A man who lives in the area told police he heard a single gunshot….

Woman: Man fatally shot while they were having sex in van
www.koat.com

A woman [crackhead prostitute] has told police in South Carolina that a man was shot to death while they were having sex in a van. North Charleston police told local media that officers...

One Chicago High School Had 29 Students Shot, and Eight Killed in a Single Year; “Sensitive,” Liberal Story is Worse than What a White Supremacist Would Say

I apologize to Jerry PDX, who gave me this item over four years ago. I just stumbled onto it, while looking for something else.


By Jerry PDX
Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 9:27:00 P.M. EDT

I highly advise listening to the broadcast re Harper High. As I listened to it I realized everything you say about black culture is reinforced, even coming from the liberal viewpoint, it’s just done in a “sensitive” way.


487: Harper High School, Part One
Feb 15, 2013
This American Life

We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29. We went to get a sense of what it means to live in the midst of all this gun violence, how teens and adults navigate a world of funerals and Homecoming dances. We found so many incredible and surprising stories…”


N.S.: “Lotta fresh meat!,” says a cop chuckling.

The NPR host, Ira Glass, praises this as fun-loving, but “fresh meat” is prison talk.

At This American Life/NPR.

The Trial of Being a Black Man in America (Photo)

 

Black Victim Tyreke Smith
 

Countenance explains.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Isaac Asimov on Democracy, Population, and Freedom of the Bathroom

By Nicholas Stix

A colleague just sent me the following succinctly brilliant observation by the late, legendary science-fiction writer, an important observation by M. Boyd Wilcox, and a third observation by anonymous writer.

1. The Population-to-Representation Ratio

Isaac Asimov said that democracy cannot survive overpopulation:

“It's going to destroy it all. I use what I call my bathroom metaphor. If two people live in an apartment, and there are two bathrooms, then both have what I call freedom of the bathroom, go to the bathroom any time you want, and stay as long as you want to for whatever you need. And this to my way is ideal. And everyone believes in the freedom of the bathroom. It should be right there in the Constitution.

“But if you have 20 people in the apartment and two bathrooms, no matter how much every person believes in freedom of the bathroom, there is no such thing. You have to set up times for each person, you have to bang at the door, ‘Aren't you through yet,’ and so on. And in the same way, democracy cannot survive overpopulation. Human dignity cannot survive it. Convenience and decency cannot survive it. As you put more and more people onto the world, the value of life not only declines, but it disappears. It doesn't matter if someone dies.”

[M. Boyd] Wilcox said,

“The original ratio (in Congress) was 1-30,000. Not only has our nation’s population increased over 270 times since the founding of the Republic. It would take 8,700 members of the U.S. House to restore that original ratio.”

2. I [my colleague] recently read somewhere that Western countries are currently too complex to be governed effectively, which contributes to the disintegration of representative government.

N.S.: My only quibble with Asimov is in his invocation of “democracy.” Democracy does not promise “freedom of the bathroom,” or any other freedom, save for the ability of a majority, or even a mere plurality of voters, to impose their will on the rest of the nation.

America was not founded as democracy, and although it has democratic elections, it has never been one. The U.S. Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights, is undemocratic. If we were a democracy, the Bill of Rights would have long ago bit the dust. As it is, the Bill of Rights is presently on life support.

The brilliance of Asimov’s observation is in its powerful imagery, and in how it implicitly cuts across different political categories.

• It evokes the law—overpopulation requires all sort of laws and stealth law regulations of things that were formerly private matters;

• The environment, because we now have all sorts of waste disposal and water issues we didn’t previously have;

• Culture, because we have to transform our society from an individualistic to a collectivist one; and

• Morality, because moral standards lasting centuries, if not millennia will have to be jettisoned.

America was founded as, in Ben Franklin’s immortal words, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

Can we?