Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thoughts on What's Going on in Ferguson

Its obviously been forever since I have updated this website.

So I've elected to take a few minutes during my lunch today to address what'd going on in Ferguson, MO this morning.  As the entire world knows, to differing degrees, white Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson shot a young Black American male, Michael Brown, during a scuffle in August of this year.  The grand jury, selected from the (70% black)  Ferguson community, elected not to charge Wilson in Brown's death.

Of course, on cue, the riots begin.  I'll leave the nuts and bolts of the story out of this post (Ben Shapiro addresses the issue best, I think) and just comment on what I think the important take aways are.

The riots are a reaction, we are told, to injustice.  Where was the injustice, then?  Brown was high, acting violently on tape.  Wilson, doing his job, confronted Brown.  If you are doped up, threatening a shop keeper and then struggling with a police officer, things are going to go south for you.  The best case scenario is, you are arrested and have to face justice for your actions.  Worst case, you end up like Brown did in this situation.

A Grand Jury from a 70% black community found no cause to indict Wilson.  Let that sink in for a second .... Given the demographic from which this Grand Jury is drawn, its safe to say that they impartially looked at the evidence and came to this decision.

So if you are a minority rioting in Ferguson, you have to be asked, what injustice are you upset about?  Chances are, you are upset about a perception.  Watch Shapiro's presentation above, and you can pretty much concur that the Grand Jury was presented the same evidence.

Why don't you know this, then, if you are a Ferguson minority rioting?  Because you have been given a faultier version of the events from people with a vested interested in keeping you angry.  Darren Wilson, then, and the rest of the "white establishment" are not your problem, they are.

Black Americans born into this country are children of God, given the blessing of living in a free society with the rights to life, liberty and property that everyone else has.  Some start off with very little, but with education, smart choices and honest living can succeed wildly, if they give themselves the opportunity.

Many in minority communities lack a father-figure role model to teach smart choices, honest living and the importance of education.  So, they grow up in poverty, influenced by people who have given them a skewed view of the world they live in.  Its an easy choice to stay pissed off at the world around you when you have never been taught the importance of our Founding Principles, and given the role models of rags to riches success through education, hard work, and honest living.  So, what happened in Ferguson happens.  People trapped in poverty have been pumped full of anger and resentment for years, and at the right opportunity, that anger boils over into civil unrest.

But to what benefit?  If you are a Black American waking up this morning to the buildings you've burnt down, how is your life going to improve?  You're still angry and still poor.

And chances are, its because you don't understand Freedom, you don't understand Wealth and how its created.  You don't know the stories of minorities from all walks of life that have worked hard and succeeded in America over the past 100 years.  You don't understand the special place America has in world history (which many of your grandparents and great grandparents had a huge role in defending and building).  And if you do, your told that those Black Americans who have succeeded are "Uncle Toms" or "House Negros."  So, you suffer.  As long as you allow the grievance industry influence your life choices, you are going to have nothing but misery and poverty.

That's what is at the root of Ferguson, MO on 11/25/14.  Not racism, not racist cops.  Not a system stacked against you, if you are a Black American.

People who purport to have your best interests at heart are your real oppressors.  The longer you allow them to pound the drum that you march to, the more you are going to live in misery and unhappiness.

And its not the fault of "the man."  Its the fault of your "keepers."

Saturday, March 9, 2013

There Is NO Caste System In America

Income inequality is one of the greatest Leftist Strawmen of all time.  In this superb two minute segment, Professor Horwitz nails what should be the a priori understanding when discussing disparity in American Income.

Poverty is, at the end of the day, a choice.  Educating oneself and making smart choices are the keys to upward mobility.  Its just that simple.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Some Days, You Just Need A Good Hard Laugh

Today, folks, is one of those days.

I perused the comments section of the Conly Book below at Amazon.  A very good satirist by the name of Chris Bray ended his very well thought-out rant with this.

"the Kindle edition is $60. No one is meant to read this book -- it's a masturbatory intellectual exercise for the tenure committee."


A Bad Day To Put Me In Front Of A Computer

I'm really tense today for some personal reasons, I'm noticing that its making me irritable and judgmental.  In other words, a lot like a Leftist.

So I'm going to take this opportunity to snark at fellow Republicans whining about the movie Argo.

I have a very low opinion of Jimmy Carter, personally and as a President.  I have no love for Gloria Allred with a dick, Mr Carter, the male version of everyone's favorite political canker sore.  I truly wish he'd join a bridge club at Del Boca Vista and just freaking retire already.  Yet he keeps popping up.

That said, Argo's depiction of him, in my estimation, was not overly flattering.  The smattering of Carter speeches throughout the movie was more than tolerable.  Each time his speeches would be played and file footage of him rolled, it was Carter expressing the grief and frustration over the situation felt by the average American (I know, I lived through the situation as a grade school kid, I can relate). 

Whatever I think about his annoying criticism of his successors' policies, whatever I think of his childish world view, I have no doubt that, during the crisis, Carter was personally and genuinely affected by the events.  The decision in Argo to go with the "rescue plan" was not something that was played up as Carter in Commando fatigues, as some imply.  They simply gave the nod to the mission at a high level.  The rest of the operation (and the movie) was just the CIA doing what it does, acting in the interest of Americans abroad.

The prattle by Jimmy Carter at the end of the movie is being overblown as well.  The best of my recollection of the comments at the end is that it was nothing more than Carter describing his (and others') feelings when the situation occurred and of his relief when it was over.

Argo is one of the best movies I've seen in a long long time.  Yes, coming into the movie, though "based on a true story", I was sure there would be wild embellishment.  Yes, Affleck and Clooney are Leftists.  Annoying to a degree, yes.  That doesn't take away from the quality of the writing.  The dialogue throughout is very entertaining.  A retro movie done very well, and a soundtrack that is superb.  I recommend it whole heartedly.  Check it out.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Freedom Is Apparently Overrated To Some

This is not a parody.

The more intelligent amongst us are here to make this case.

Cass Sunstein is onboard, which should be the first red flag.

Ace of Spades absolutely and brilliantly obliterates the notion.  But the best response comes from Inspector @sshole, via Ace of Spades:

"...So, tell me again the difference between (1) living under such a far-left regime and (2) being a monk of a religious order that imposes harsh discipline 24 hours a day, or (3) being a dog trained to kill other dogs in a kennel, or (4) being a slave of an autocratic ruler who delights in controlling every aspect of every subject including death?

Actually, #2 provides much, much more freedom in that you are allowed to leave freely (non-Islamic, since Islam demands death for leaving it) and #3, the dog can always lick its own balls in the off time.

So basically being a slave is the same as being a slave - one is by committee, and one is by birth."

And Ace reminds us of the excellent counsel of CS Lewis.  This is a quote for the ages:

"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."

I have to tell you, I'm shocked that someone had the wontons to even make this case.  "But, Jeff, this is unintellectual of you, you haven't even read the book!"  No, 1) Sunstein's endorsement and 2) the subtitle tell me all I need to know.  I'm already in need of therapy for a number of personal reasons, reading and digesting this piece of insanity will certainly cause me to start rooming with Jack Nicholson and Chief.

(ht to our friends at I Hate The Media

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Lets Teach Dynamic Analysis To Morons

JP Gotrocks has $10MM.  President Obama wants to Tax away a million of it.

JP Gotrocks can do one of two things.  He can choose to hand over the million bucks.  BUT, JP Gotrocks didn't get rich by being stupid or careless.  He also knows that he can put a large part of that million bucks somewhere where Obama's greedy, boney little fingers can't get it... off shore etc etc.

SO... what's JP Gotrocks going to do?  My bet is that JP Gotrocks is going to shelter the bejesus out of that money.  So then, what's going to happen to that "blessed revenue" that President Obama wants?  Probably never going to see it.  Good for JP Gotrocks.  Bad for President Obama and thus our debt, because he projected hauling in that million bucks and spent accordingly.

HOORAY!  Class, we just got our first lesson in Static vs Dynamic Analysis.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Quick Gun Control Thought In The Wake of Sandy Hook

A few years ago, I wandered into a gun shop, in search of the 12 gauge shotgun that I handled as a Navy Gunner's Mate 20 years earlier.  Turns out, the shop had a few of them, and the owner took it out of the case to let me hold it.

"Just need to see your state of IL gun card," he told me.


"State of IL Gun Card.  You don't have one?"

"No," I replied.  "What the hell is that?"

"A permit to handle a gun.  If you don't have one, I can't let you hold this."

Welcome to Gun Control in IL.  Then how does THIS happen?:


Wednesday, January 16, 2013