“Riots & Racism” and “Inconvenient Truths”

Can we all agree that , the recent riots in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, MO, had as much to do with the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown as it did with a hurricane in Hawaii or a square dance in Iowa?

As I have written in the past, a legitimate protest consists of tossing tea into Boston Harbor; it doesn’t involve stealing a TV. Time and again, young black thugs in Detroit, L.A., Philadelphia and now St. Louis, have taken advantage of an event to run amok, turning over cars, looting stores and setting fires. They do it because they are bottom-feeders who feel empowered by corrupt politicians, a liberal media and race hustlers like Al Sharpton, to carry out the sort of violence which when committed by one or two individuals results in jail time, but when committed by a mob results in liberal pundits justifying the mayhem.

A reader, Bob Alton, wrote to me, posing the following question: Now that Hillary Clinton is speaking out against Obama’s foreign policy, can we expect her to be branded a racist? It’s a fair question when you realize that her husband was labeled one in 2008 for no other reason than that he campaigned for his wife during the primaries, and “racist” has been branded on the rump of every Republican who has voiced an objection to anything Obama has said or done over the past six years.

It’s no secret that Democrats, including Obama, have been pressuring the older liberals on the Supreme Court to retire ASAP so that Obama can leave a longer lasting impression on America. I think it’s a move that can wind up biting the Democrats in the butt in 2016. After all, if Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 81, Anthony Kennedy, 78, and Stephen Breyer, 76, are too old for the job, which pretty much consists of sitting around reading briefs and occasionally casting a vote, it might be hard to convince people they should run out and vote for Hillary Clinton, who will be 69 when the 2016 election takes place, and a ripe 77 by the time her second term would conclude. But perhaps they simply assume that being the commander-in-chief is as easy a gig as Obama makes it seem: rounds of golf, interspersed occasionally with expensive vacations and fund-raising galas.

Speaking of things that have not only ripened, but dropped off the tree and are well on their way to being mulch, we have Jimmy Carter. According to a recent article in the Washington Times, the reason that Carter, who once condemned Israel as an apartheid nation, is such a vociferous fan of Hamas is because he blames his loss to Ronald Reagan in 1980 on Jewish voters.

As a Jew, nothing would make me prouder. However, inasmuch as Reagan garnered 43 million votes to Carter’s paltry 35 million, and 489 electoral votes to Carter’s infinitesimal 49, and that Jews represent a mere 2% of the population, it’s a bit far-fetched. What’s more, although he did better than other recent GOP presidential candidates, Reagan still managed to lose the Jewish vote 39% to Carter’s 45%.

If Carter is going to be pissed off with anyone, it should be with John Anderson, the third party candidate who sucked off the other 16%. But I guess Carter figures it’s cooler to be an anti-Semite than to target Anderson, a member of the Evangelical Free Church. It certainly explains why he’s so revered in the Middle East and why the Carter Presidential Library owes its very existence to Arab and Muslim donors.

As you have no doubt heard, Donald Sterling has been deprived by a confederacy of sharks and skunks of his legal ownership of the L.A. Clippers, all because of the public exposure of his private comments to a girlfriend. I only hope that when, inevitably, the racist comments of black basketball players are made public by their disgruntled ex-wives, business associates, former teammates and publicity-hungry groupies, they, too, will be slam-dunked by the NBA. But somehow I doubt if any of us will live that long.

Finally, when I see all the terrible mischief taking place in the world, much of it the result of Obama’s feckless foreign policy, I long for the time when America spoke softly but, like the beat cops in the old days, carried a big night stick.

Alas, we’ve gone from a time when our allies relied on us and our foes feared us to what we have today, a world in which our allies feel betrayed and our enemies are emboldened.

In short, we have gone from the Monroe Doctrine to what can only be called the Moron’s Doctrine.


Inconvenient Truths


I had always thought
that the greatest marketing strategy ever devised was the one the shampoo industry came up with when they advised people to shampoo, rinse and then repeat, thus doubling their sales. That one word, “repeat,” was worth billions of dollars. But “Hope and Change,” which was used to sell Barack Obama as a unifier was an even greater example of marketing legerdemain.

For, far from unifying us, he has devoted every moment that he hasn’t been golfing or fund-raising to dividing us. Franklin Roosevelt who, ideologically, had far more in common with Joseph Stalin than he had with Winston Churchill, succeeded in separating us along class and race lines, but he was a piker compared to Obama, who has added age, income, gender and religion, to the list of dividers.

Speaking of religion, in the wake of Obama and Kerry deciding that Israel is no more moral and upstanding than the barbarians who target both our nations, I counted up the number of Jewish members of the House and Senate, all of whom have kept their yaps shut during this shameful period. It seems there are 10 Jewish senators representing nine states, and 21 House members representing 10 states, and not one of them has had the moral integrity to call out the President or the Secretary of State.

In the meantime, Obama claims he has no sympathy for Hamas, but great respect for the PLO and the Palestinian people, somehow ignoring the fact that the Palestinians elected Hamas to govern Gaza and just this past April, the PLO officially linked up with Hamas.

And how much longer must we continue to pretend that the so-called civilians in Gaza are all innocent victims in this conflict? Surely I’m not the only person who has seen videos of Palestinian children parroting the words of their elders, vowing to kill the Jews, and proudly posing with pretend belts of explosives strapped around their little bodies – at least I hope they’re fake – emulating suicide bombers.

But we’re told by the U.N. and the vile world media that it’s Israel that’s breeding future generations of terrorists by attempting to protect its own people from terror tunnels and missile barrages.

I say it’s high time for the United States to tell Arabs and Muslims, the present day Nazis, that “Never again!” means “Never again!”

When Obama talks about the GOP House doing nothing, he never mentions the fact that Harry Reid refuses to allow House bills to be voted on by the Senate. For those of you who can’t imagine why Reid would stick all such bills in his wastepaper basket when it’s the Democrats who control the Senate, it’s in order to protect those members from being forced to cast a vote that is certain to antagonize either the White House or their own constituents.

It seems that 47 of the 73 independent federal watchdogs known as inspectors general, whose mission is to sniff out fraud, waste and mismanagement, have signed a letter to Congress complaining that government agencies including the Justice Department, the EPA, Homeland Security and the Peace Corps, are refusing to divulge information, classifying it as confidential.

In case you might be wondering what the Peace Corps could possibly be hiding, apparently it’s the large number of volunteers who have been sexually attacked. I can see where the Peace Corps might wish to conceal that piece of information from fathers and mothers, who might otherwise wish to dissuade their idealistic daughters from running off to dig wells and plant taters in Somalia or Botswana.

Speaking of Africa, if Ebola is not an airborne disease, as they keep telling us, and can only be transmitted through bodily fluids, would someone please explain how the American missionaries, Dr. Kent Brantly and his nurse, Nancy Writebol, contracted the loathsome disease?

Although I am not a fan of Rand Paul, and not simply because he shares the same smug smirk as Kirsten Powers, I do agree with him when it comes to foreign aid. I mean, even Santa, the biggest soft touch in the world, keeps track of who’s naughty and who’s nice. But America, like a rich guy on a drunken binge, doesn’t care who it’s buying drinks for when it shouts: “Drink up. It’s on me.” when it tosses billions of our tax dollars on the bar.

I have no patience with those who oppose capital punishment, insisting it is cruel and unusual. There is nothing even slightly cruel about executing someone who has murdered others, and if liberal judges and lawyers didn’t make it such a needlessly long and complicated a process, it wouldn’t be so freaking unusual.

Here in California, where we have so many really embarrassing politicians that even I can’t keep track of them all, occasionally one will pop up from nowhere to claim their moment in the spotlight. So it is that the formerly anonymous Rep. Julia Brownley, representative from the 26th congressional district, recently made her presence known by sending out a mailer which included a photo of a young woman wearing what Brownley’s re-election team assumed was a U.S. Navy uniform. Apparently it’s the uniform of the German Luftwaffe.

The good news for Rep. Brownley is that it’s the current Luftwaffe and therefore comes without a swastika. Otherwise, even in California, that would have constituted a major whoops.

Finally, a major difference between Barack Obama and whoever wins the 2016 presidential election is that when that person blames his predecessor for all the troubles plaguing America, he or she will be telling the truth.

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  • loupgarous

    On Ebola, the CDC and all the other three-letter agencies involved with viruses are talking about prior outbreaks of Ebola. However, even then there are instances in which caregivers have become infected with Ebola even when working in westernized hospitals (such as the Swedish Hospital in the Congo’s capital city) despite any direct transfer of bodily fluids – except by aerosol, which is a danger in a surprising number of medical procedures.

    Ebola’s a negative-sense RNA virus. These viruses mutate with amazing regularity because their mechanism for reproduction within their victims cells lacks the “proof-reading” which minimizes mutation in DNA replication.. Even during the Reston outbreak of a variant of Ebola virus that doesn’t cause serious illness in humans, a mutation occurred which caused airborne transmission between monkeys separated by a hallway in one of Fort Detrick’s biosafety level 4 “hot zone” laboratories.

    The present Ebola outbreak involves a much greater number of hosts; accordingly, many more chances for mutant strains of Ebola which may survive droplet transmission to become “airborne’ viruses.

    One of the victims of the 1976 Ebola outbreak in the Congo was only prevented from boarding an airliner for Europe by Congolese bureaucratic inertia. She was one of the nurses at the Swedish Hospital who contracted Ebola from a nursing sister evacuated from the missionary hospital in the Bumba zone of the Congo which was the center of the epidemic of Ebola in the Congo. If that strain had actually been airborne, she could have transmitted it some of her fellow passengers in the airliner from Kinshasa to a European city; or when she broke with incapacitating symptoms in Europe, she could have been the focus for a Ebola outbreak in Europe.

    By being “protected from panic” by medical bureaucrats, we citizens of democracies are also “protected” from information we need in order to direct our representatives to protect our nation from undue risk of an Ebola outbreak in our own countries. It’s a subtle way of electoral engineering.

  • loupgarous

    Now and then, the race-baiting and encouragement of racial riots that have been the hallmark of the Obama administration remind me of one of Rudyard Kipling’s handful of science-fiction stories, “As Easy as A.B.C… “, set in a world that’s not only post-racial, but post-governmental, with government looked on as a noisome task as glamorous and attractive as garbage collection.

    The inhabitants of this world, survivors of an un-named apocalypse which left people jealous of their privacy and independence – the total antithesis of Hillary Clinton’s “it takes a village to raise a child” – only get riled up when someone tries to bring the bad old days back.

    A group of “democrats” try this – and Kipling presciently sets the scene for this in Chicago, a town for which he recorded his loathing in his “American Notes” – and cause enough local indignation that the citizens of Chicago take their city off the grid, causing the world’s only remaining civil or military power, the “Aerial Board of Control” (or “ABC” in the story’s title) to investigate the reason for Chicago no longer being a destination on the world’s network of airline flights.

    The city government of Chicago (not a Rahm Emmanuel among them) meet with the members of the Aerial Board of Control to urge them to take government of Chicago over, lest mayhem ensue on the “democrats” – who are now in protective custody to protect them from the rest of Chicago.

    Reluctantly (they’re not an activist government), the ABC quell the riot in Chicago’s Market Square by a force-field that pins the rioters down, and an ultrasound barrage that stuns them momentarily, while the “democrats” are hustled onboard one of the fleet of huge airships assembled to deal with the disturbance and moved away from Chicago.

    Eventually, all is well… the “democrats” are introduced to a theatrical producer in London desperate for novel material for his shows, and the “democrats” agree to act out scenes from the fabled past such as voting and caucuses…

    But while the riots are still underway in Chicago, the rioters sing an old anthem of the revolt against activist government – “MacDonough’s Song”:

    “Whether the State can loose and bind
    In Heaven as well as on Earth:
    If it be wiser to kill mankind
    Before or after the birth–

    These are matters of high concern
    Where State-kept schoolmen are;
    But Holy State (we have lived to learn)
    Endeth in Holy War.

    Whether The People be led by The Lord,
    Or lured by the loudest throat:
    If it be quicker to die by the sword
    Or cheaper to die by vote–

    These are things we have dealt with once,
    (And they will not rise from their grave)
    For Holy People, however it runs,
    Endeth in wholly Slave.

    Whatsoever, for any cause,
    Seeketh to take or give
    Power above or beyond the Laws,
    Suffer it not to live!

    Holy State or Holy King–
    Or Holy People’s Will–
    Have no truck with the senseless thing.
    Order the guns and kill!

    Saying –after–me:–

    Once there was The People–Terror gave it birth;
    Once there was The People and it made a Hell of Earth
    Earth arose and crushed it. Listen, 0 ye slain!
    Once there was The People–it shall never be again!”

    In the summer of 1976, the “Republic of New Africa” announced its intention to mark the bicentennial of the United States of America by acts of violence. In my small hometown of Des Allemands, Louisiana, the state’s governor caused a detachment of Louisiana Army National Guard troops to be placed, complete with a howitzer, in our city’s “highway rest area”, until the danger of such acts of violence passed. I was away at college at the time, but my family and friends assured me that never had a Fourth of July been so uneventful.

    Perhaps someone in the homegrown terrorist group had served in the Army and knew what a canister round was and the damage it could wreak on even the largest mob.

    Since Gov. Nixon of Missouri was going to be cast as a tyrant by the press for sending his National Guard in at all, perhaps he ought to have sent a howitzer or two around to Ferguson, to let the rioters know his patience was not infinite.

  • loupgarous

    The sad truth is that our Attorney General went out to Ferguson NOT to condemn mob rule or anarchy in the streets, but to bless it. The only connection between Eric Holder and actual justice is the artwork on his letterhead. He has obstructed justice energetically for almost his entire tenure as US Attorney-General, which breaks John Mitchell’s record.

    Many of us are old enough to remember the Left’s and the media’s self-righteous indignation at Richard Nixon’s abuses of power. Their lack of indignation over Obama’s much greater abuses of power show that if there is a schism in this country, it’s between those of us who believe in the rule of law and Obama and his supporters.

    To call Obama the “liberal Nixon” is an insult to the memory of Richard Nixon, who at least had the respect for his office to resign when it became clear he could no longer do his job.

  • Royalsfan67

    The rival for the shampoo genius would have to be the toothpaste campaign that has a huge glob of toothpaste on the toothbrush when we all know 75% falls out in the sink as soon as we begin brushing. Increases amounts used about 4 times.

  • Concernedmimi

    Excellent analogy, Burt. I agree with all!!!!