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Glenn Frey, RIP

The passing recently of David Bowie definitely got my attention, even though I wasn’t a big fan – in any of his incarnations.  (Sorry)

But yesterday, finding out that a founder of The Eagles had passed.  Well, Universe, this is  over-the-top!

As we age, we seem to see more of this – people who are part of our youth, our lives, passing into eternity.

Personal family and friends aside, these bookmarks in the story of our lives remind of us specifics in our past, and of the eventual future for all of us.

R.I.P. Good Sir!

 

 

A Liberal Think-Tank Says This

(from The Brookings Institute)

Guns, Blacks, and Steel.

If you’ve read the book, you know gun crime (fatal and nonfatal) has a color.

Black.

But if you really want to see the reality of just who is committing gun crime in America, look no further than this Brookings Institute study. [Guns and race: The different worlds of black and white Americans, Brookings Institute, Richard V. Reeves and Sarah Holmes |December 15, 2015]:

In 2013, firearm deaths accounted for over 11 percent of all years of potential life lost among the black population, but less than 6 percent of all years of potential life lost among the white population.

White suicides, black homicides 

Gun deaths also vary dramatically by type. The vast majority (77 percent) of white gun deaths are suicides; less than one in five (19 percent) is a homicide. These figures are nearly opposite in the black population, where only 14 percent of gun deaths are suicides but 82 percent are homicides.

The firearm homicide rate among black men aged 20-29 is about 89 per 100,000.To put that fact in some international perspective, in Honduras—the country with the highest recorded homicide rate—there were 90.4 intentional murders per 100,000 people in 2012. That includes all means, not just firearm homicides.

Gun violence is part of a vicious cycle of race and inequality in the U.S., reflecting existing social inequalities, and also making it even more challenging for young black people, especially young black men, to escape poverty and violence.

Poverty and violence is a creation of young black men. One cannot escape their genetic inheritance, and in a society where we refuse to understand so-called “inequality” is merely a reflection of individual black people’s collectively inability to compete in Western Civilization, standards must be continually lowered.
Expectations must be dropped.
Since Barack Obama took office in 2009, more than 100 million guns have been purchased. I’d wager 90 percent or more have been purchased by white people, yet there is virtually no white gun crime in America (save white people using their firearms for taking their own life).
This Brookings Institute study leaves out of key data point: nonfatal shootings. In city after city, nonfatal shootings have one unifying metric: a black suspect.
Memphis, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville, Charlotte, Dallas, Houston, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Kansas City, St. Louis… and especially Baltimore.
The health of a neighborhood, a community, or a city [the “environment”] is nothing more than a reflection of the people who live there, and if black people create the conditions where poverty and violence flourish, the boarded up buildings and decaying infrastructure (remnants of a civilization once thriving there, before high levels of black crime necessitated white flight) are a vivid visual reminder of the vast genetic differences between the African and the European.
Lack of impulse control and poor future time orientation would be another, which is evident in 65 percent black Baltimore, where the leading cause of spinal cord injuries is no longer auto accidents, but black people shooting one another. [Gun violence often leads to spinal cord injuries in Baltimore:Taxpayers bear brunt of costs to treat paralysis victims, WBALTV Baltimore, 10-30-15]:

Baltimore is one of only nine cities where gun violence is the leading cause of spinal cord injuries.

The fallout from spinal cord injuries related to gun violence is a lifetime of medical challenges and what some call an epidemic: black men in wheelchairs, paralyzed from being shot on the streets of Baltimore.

“I see it especially at appointments at the hospital and in my passing. I see it all the time. It’s crazy,” said Tavon Harrington.

“It was at a cookout. Someone started shooting and I got hit,” Harrington said.

The cookout at Douglass Homes at Caroline and Orleans streets took place in May 2010 when Harrington went home for a visit from a residential facility for at-risk young people. One bullet destroyed the new life he had been building.

“I got shot in the back and it hit my spine,” Harrington said.

Harrington stayed in Shock Trauma for one month, then went to Good Samaritan Hospital for rehab for three months. The bullet fragments remain in his back.

“I’m totally devastated. It took a while to get used to,” Harrington said.

“I’ve been struck for the last decade or two about the incredible number of young, predominantly African-American men who otherwise look totally healthy who are driving around in wheelchairs,” said Dr. Peter Beilenson, who served 13 years as Baltimore’s health commissioner.

Beilenson teaches a course at Johns Hopkins University called Politics, Policy and Public Health. The course touches on the public health and social ills of the city.

“In most of the country, spinal cord injuries are predominantly caused by auto accidents and falls being the No. 2 reason, and about 15 percent due to violence, but here in Baltimore, the leading cause of spinal cord injury leading to paralysis is violence,” Beilenson said.

People like Harrington will need a lifetime of care and assistance with daily living, from eating and bathing to caring for bodily functions, and changing catheters, tubes and bladder bags.

The cost is staggering. The American Association of Neurological Surgeons said, over a lifetime, the costs to treat these victims is $2.2 million — much of that coming from taxpayers.

“For the entire individual in the first year following spinal cord injury, it ranges from about $200,000 to $750,000 for healthcare costs and rehab costs,” Beilenson said.

Patients are prone to skin infections, pneumonia and more. Harrington goes in and out of the hospital for various infections.

Poverty and violence is a creation of young black men.

Only in horror stories should a cookout be the site of mass violence, but for black people this is just a reminder of the type of community they create.

The fight for our Second Amendment “rights” is racial, because the primary race committing violence with a gun (fatal/nonfatal shootings) is black.

The fight for our First Amendment “rights” is racial as well, because the primary race committing violence with a gun our black people and yet few people want to utilize freedom of speech to point out this fact.

Consequently, “gun control” is a political maneuver in an attempt to protect the black community from Itself.
And how sad is THAT?

“Stratfor? What’s A Stratfor?”

…to cook in!  NO – that’s a potfor!  :-)

This is no children’s joke…

NO, this is about STRATFOR

Earlier this year, private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, published its Decade Forecast, in which it projects the next 10 years of global political and economic developments.

While international analysts often try their hand at predicting the major events of the coming year, Stratfor believes that it’s identified the major trends of the next 10.

In many ways, Stratfor thinks the world a decade from now will be more dangerous place, with US power waning and other prominent countries experiencing a period of chaos and decline.

An interest part of all this (which, in order to read, must be emailed free to you – if you are not a Stratfor subscriber) is little mention is made of the United States.  And the increase in ongoing, government-imposed tyranny.
We’ve a tendency, as participants in the American Experiment, to think ‘we’ will go on forever – I’m certain the Romans thought the same…
Still an interesting read.
(I’m not a subscriber – cannot afford it!)
h/t Brock Townsend

Say WHAT Now? WHERE?

pillowWest Point bans annual pillow fight after dozens injured

WEST POINT, N.Y., Nov. 26 (UPI) — United States Military Academy leaders announced pillow fights have been banned in response to the bloody pillow melee that left some 30 freshman cadets injured at West Point in August.

I’ve a couple of questions:

  1. There is (or now WAS) an annual pillow fight?  At West Point?  Unless it involved female cadets in nighties, I don’t get it.  (I know, I don’t understand military traditions)
  2. BLOODY pillow melee?  Unless this like A Few Good Men, with bars-of-soap in the pillow cases, I don’t get it?  (Reports are hard objects, like helmets were added!)

I do completely ‘get’ college hijinks, even some hazing, and physical and emotional challenges informally posed by the upperclassmen on the plebes – after all, traditions are traditions.

But drawing blood, breaking bones and involving pillows?

Sounds like metrosexuality meets S&M…

h/t The Ultimate Answer To Kings

 

Missouri: Taking the National Temperature

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By Fred Reed, in part…

It warms the heart of a curmudgeon: As I suppose we all have heard by now,  black semi-pro football players at the University (sic) of Missouri have forced white officials to resign because of “White Privilege.” This Privilege is a great upsettance to them.

White Privilege is real, of course. It is a combination of high genetic intelligence, studiousness, a tendency toward intellectual exploration, the capacity to organize, sustained hard work, and conscientiousness. There is a reason why whites design Mars landers and black athletes do not.

To make this point clearly (See? It is my tendency toward intellectual exploration), let us consider the following questions:

(potentially racially-charged queries follow…Guffaw)

How many of the black athletes, or black radicals at Missouri, or anywhere, have any business being at a university? How many have IQs below ninety? How many are way below? How many are studying real subjects, such as chemistry, languages, philosophy, literature, or history—as distinct from subjects for the enfeebled, Black Studies, Sociology, Education, and Breathing for Credit?

How many of the jocks can read? In many universities the black athletes are kept in special dorms and get high grades for courses they never attend and can’t spell. Is that happening in Missouri? Can we see their SATs? No one, I promise, will want to check.

But wait, there’s more (visit the link, below)

SO?  Does this guy have a point?  Or is he perpetuating a stereotype?
I do remember attending a Public Speaking class at the local university many years ago. (1971?)  There was a cadre of Black college athletes who insisted on sitting at the rear of the classroom and not participating in any activities, discussions or assignments.  They did show up for class – sometimes.
And I remember being a bit miffed that I and others had to do the work past a certain standard to obtain a passing (or better) grade, and these cats were skating!  It was obvious they expected to pass, so that they could remain on the team and continue to throw a ball around, and get the company of buxom, dumb blondes who seemed to follow them around like so many puppies.
I wasn’t thrilled they got the girls, either…
Guess I’m racist and have White privilege by the very nature of my skin color.
You remember?  That by which Dr. King said we should not be judged?
PS – I think I got a B.
h/t Brock Townsend

100 Skills Every Man Should Know

(from one of my favorite sites for such things Art of Manliness!)

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Everything from tying a tie and shining shoes, to surviving a bear attack!

What every man should know (women, as well!)

(mustache wax not included)

Perception

Perception

It’s what makes the World go ’round.

What do I mean?

If we all viewed things exactly the same, how would that work?  Religion, politics, types of food?  Sex?

The current President?  The last President?

99+% of the folks I know have NOT recently been to Europe.  But most have an opinion regarding the refugee crisis.  Even to the point there may not be a crisis!

I’ve had recent conversations with two liberal friends (yes, I have those) regarding what they know about the goings-on in Europe.  Apparently, those nasty non-Syrian White folks are only interested in protecting the sovereignty of their individual nations, and just hate being forced to accept Islam and the terrorism which seems to be attached to it.

Bastards!

I don’t agree with them.  Not because they are liberals, but because I’ve a different World view.   Even the most liberal of reportage indicates the vast majority of immigrants are young adult males.  Where are the women and children – don’t they need asylum, as well?

And then there’s the increase in attacks on non-Muslim folks by roving bands of Muslim folks.  And a breakdown of the rule-of-law.  And these attacks are by men.

It’s 711 A.D. all over again!  Except this time it’s not just the Iberian peninsula.

Some here think there is a breakdown of traditional American society, and many of the (illegal) immigrants arriving here are keeping to their cultures to the exclusion of American culture! 

And the current administration wants to increase the number of legal immigrants from war-torn Islamic nations.

Because, not doing so would be racist and politically incorrect.

I sense a dangerous pattern here.

Not because of xenophobia, but because of dilution of American Culture.  People are supposed to want to come here because of the freedoms we offer, not to abuse that freedom to force the end of our culture.

Sharia Law, anyone?

Another example of The American Paradox.  Being free enough to allow differences of opinion, but not so free as to accept poison pills into The Republic.

It might be too late for Europe (Muslims wanting to stop observance of Oktoberfest).  I hope it is not too late here.

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Freedom Of Speech

(aka The War Between The Blacks and The Whites, Part III)

As a grimly relevant adjunct to my previous post about crime, cops and communities, the voices calling for racially-based violence (especially against police) got louder last weekend (a couple weeks ago).

Members of the #FYF911 or #F**YoFlag and #BlackLivesMatter movements called for the lynching and hanging of white people and cops. They encouraged others on a radio show Tuesday night to “turn the tide” and kill white people and cops to send a message about the killing of black people in America.

One of the F**YoFlag organizers is called “Sunshine.” She has a radio blog show hosted from Texas called, “Sunshine’s F***ing Opinion Radio Show.”

During the show, callers clearly call for “lynching” and “killing” of white people.

h/t Brock Townsend

The President is being largely silent in these matters.  Until a Black kid gets shot by a cop – then he sends the A.G. in to support the protesters.
I wonder if he sees himself as a latter-day Robert Mugabe, tearing down the culture to replace it with a do-nothing, welfare-receiving, inflationary economy.  In other words, changing The United States to a Zimbabwe State?

Quote Of The Day

or longer…

(courtesy of Cold Fury)

Malcolm Muggeridge:

The process of death wishing, in the guise of liberalism, has been eroding the civilization of the West for a century and more, and now would seem to be about to reach its apogee. The Liberal mind, effective everywhere, whether in power or in opposition, has provided the perfect instrument. Systematically, stage by stage, dismantling our Western way of life, depreciating and deprecating all its values so that the whole social structure is now tumbling down, dethroning its God, undermining all its certainties. And all this, wonderfully enough, in the name of the health, wealth and happiness of all mankind. Previous civilizations have been overthrown from without by the incursion of barbarian hordes; ours has dreamed up its own dissolution in the minds of its own intellectual elite. Not Bolshevism, which Stalin liquidated along with all the old Bolsheviks; not Nazism, which perished with Hitler in his Berlin bunker; not Fascism, which was left hanging upside down from a lamp-post along with Mussolini and his mistress – none of these, history will record, was responsible for bringing down the darkness of our civilization, but Liberalism. A solvent rather than a precipitate, a sedative rather than a stimulant, a slough rather than a precipice; blurring the edges of truth, the definition of virtue, the shape of beauty; a cracked bell, a mist, a death wish…

Via Barnhardt and WRSA.

My only edit (and I’m ashamed ‘editing’ Mr. Muggeridge), would be changing liberalism to progressivism (or perhaps Fabianism?).

Cuba Removed From The List of Regimes Who Are Known To Sponsor Terrorism

CUBA.  That bastion of Freedom in the Western Hemisphere, has been removed from the ‘official’ list of those nations known to sponsor terrorism.

And travel restrictions have been lessened.

I wonder what has changed?

And I wonder about all those folks who suffered torture and death under the Fidel/Raul Castro regime?  Who are still imprisoned.

And their families, both in Cuba and in The United States.

Of course, we still do mega-business with The People’s Republic of China, and Vietnam.

Perhaps we are just playing catch-up?

Cui bono?

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…

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