…and ALL of ours! (It takes a village of bloggers? Sorry.) 🙂
When you have the power of a fully operational Stasi Ministry of State Secrets NSA collection of every phone and email, you use it. The Obama Administration didn’t need to tap the phones in the Trump Tower. They just need access to the data collection that is being performed on all of us every day.
I was going to write this up, but Bayou Renaissance Man already hit the thing out of the park.
“Hell yes, Donald Trump was “wiretapped.” So were you, by the way. And me. From open source information shared by defectors the intelligence community was too incompetent to keep from defecting, we know that every single electronic communication we send is collected in the NSA mainframes. Every single one. And the NSA has algorithms they can use to search it. You don’t go plant a bug in Trump Tower. You wiretap the opposition party’s nominee for president by running a search through the communications that the government “incidentally” collected. And if you find something juicy, then you call up your buddy at the Post and hand it over.”
Charlotte Officials To Rioters – Anyone Caught Looting Will Have Welfare And Food Stamps Revoked For Life
According to the local affiliate WBTC, the punishment also applies to minors who might be participating in the ongoing melee. Parents of underage individuals who are captured while engaging in criminal activities related to the rioting will be held fully accountable, and could risk losing state benefits, as well as the custody of their child.
“Parents are responsible for their children. If they are allowing them to engage in lawless behaviors there will be consequences for them as parents.” Charlotte City Official, Wilson Stewart, told reporters during the 30 minute press conference. “Many of the individuals we have detained are high school students. We urge parents out there to know where their children are at all times until tensions are quelled. Have them adhere to the mandatory curfew. Make them aware that participation in looting, destruction of property, and violently demonstrating on any level will come with severe penalties.”
If ONLY this were true (and the city had the power…)
from comments on Brock Townsend’s blog:
I don’t usually support more power for government, but this time it did seem appropriate. Sigh.
I’ve friends who work ‘in the media’. They become annoyed with me when I criticize the media en mass, as though all were tentacles connected to the same head.
While I DO recognize that even some big media outlets offer disparate opinions, one does have to wonder about the editorial power being used…
(copied, as posted from Mike McDaniel – THANKS, Mike!)
John Kerry has been a traitor since the Vietnam War. He gave aid and comfort to our North Vietnamese Communist enemies, betrayed every man and woman that ever served in our military, and has rarely missed an opportunity to support and help any enemy of America. Fortunately, until he became secretary of State, he lacked the power and influence to do really significant damage to America. No more. With the guidance and direction of Barack Obama, a man mentored and raised by Marxists and Islamists, he has done unimaginable damage. Consider this from, of all sources, the Associated Press:
Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.
The revelation on Wednesday newly riled Republican lawmakers in the U.S. who have been severely critical of a broader agreement to limit Iran’s future nuclear programs, signed by the Obama administration, Iran and five world powers in July. Those critics have complained that the wider deal is unwisely built on trust of the Iranians, while the administration has insisted it depends on reliable inspections.
Of course, the A.P. usually runs left-of-center, so this document might be suspicious…
WAIT a minute!?
h/t Stately McDaniel Manor
I like Starbucks.
They are not my favorite, but they are close by.
And being near a university, there are many pretty people to watch – some of them college girls! 🙂
They are overpriced, and the stores are filled with students and hipsters, but the ones I sometimes visit are clean, well stocked, and the staff is attentive.
As far as that goes.
Now comes the producers of corporate messaging, trying to imbue us with the idea that Starbucks supports inclusion, racial equality, and fairness. Except for White people. They, by the wearing of their very pink skin, are racist.
Almost simultaneously with this message being promoted by handouts and scrawling cryptic racial messages on their overpriced cups came ‘news’ across the Internet that Starbucks is anti-Semitic! (I wonder if this was planned?)
It seems there are numerous and ubiquitous stores throughout the Middle East in Arab countries, but the six lone stores in Israel have been closed by corporate edict!
It certainly must be because they are anti-Semitic. Right?
A quick Internet search determined that Hebrew doesn’t necessarily mean he brews coffee. The Israelis like their tea. And Starbucks, being of a profit-making mind, decided to close the stores as they weren’t producing.
As they have been in the Arab (coffee-drinking) nations.
Of course, it was only a year or two ago that Starbucks encouraged legal firearms possession in locales where doing so was legal – then reversed their decision and said it didn’t support such action in their stores.
Perhaps they should keep their corporate minds on their coffee and not my politics!?
Of course, I still carry discretely, wherever.
(FTC – Starbucks gives me nothing! Get your own coffee!)
I love Bill Cosby. The public persona of him. Funny, kind, charitable, good to children. He took a segregated world of us and them and made us we. He understood that people are people, have children, they act like kids and parents act like parents. No matter what color you are.
He made a lot of money doing this, and got a doctorate along the way. And, was a good friend of his co-star in I Spy, Robert Culp. They spoke every day after they met initially to do the show. And for the rest of Culp’s life. Culp taught Cosby about acting and how Hollywood works.
I disagree with Bill Cosby about guns. His son was murdered. That could color your view. I agree with him regarding self-respect and education.
I love his comedy.
As to these allegations that have surfaced. At first, I was shocked, surprised. I didn’t want to believe. I mean, this is BILL COSBY, not Al Sharpton!?
But then I remembered Michael Jackson. And Bill Clinton. People in famous and monied positions are easy targets for predators.
And sometimes ARE predators.
Jackson paid some folks off. Whether it was easier than a trial or simply efficient, I do not know. Cosby paid some folks off. Clinton used his power and influence to intimidate folks into silence.
And there was more physical evidence regarding Clinton than Cosby!
Bill Cosby has yet to have his day in court. And THAT’S what we’re supposed to be about. Justice. The women who have come forward (
16 17 by this morning’s count) have no physical evidence and have nothing to gain. Those who allege payment were already paid. And concerts have been cancelled and reruns excised from TVLand. The testimonial evidence appears damning, but…
Innocent until proven guilty
I read that somewhere.
Being tried in and by the media is the price of fame. Mel Gibson and Lindsay Lohan know this. So do Bill Clinton and President Obama.
It helps to have them on your side.
For a number of years, I used to enjoy watching COPS and America’s Most Wanted back-to-back on Saturday nights. This was because I was usually dateless, and could live vicariously through the lives of videoed law enforcement and express outrage at criminals remaining at-large. And cheer when another miscreant was captured.
John Walsh was a heroic figure, because he spent years trying to get justice for his kidnapped and murdered son. The alleged perp finally died in prison. Good riddance. Having lost my daughter in an automobile accident – wherein the other driver paid only a fine – I could identify with him.
Mr. Walsh even copped to being a gun owner – for self-protection no less. I found this laudable.
BUT NOW, he’s picked up Piers Morgan’s mantle about NRA hating, and restricting the rights of the law abiding. It’s for the children(tm) ya know!
I no longer find him heroic and laudable. I no longer identify with him.
Disgusting is too kind a word. Hypocritical, too.
Researchers in Washington State studied the lives of people who were admitted to hospitals with firearm injuries. From the Seattle Times:
The study highlighted a strong correlation between firearm-related hospitalizations and poor outcomes after being discharged, including repeated hospitalization, commission of crime and death. A quarter of those hospitalized for a firearm-related injury were arrested for firearm-related crime within the next five years.
Researchers found that those hospitalized with a gun-related injury who had a prior arrest for gun-related or violent crime were 43 times more likely to be slain within the next five years than those without either.
You can read this whole article and not find a clear reference to “gangs.”
This is me after reading the article:
After all, skewing reports to reflect a political agenda would never happen?
…and vice versa. (!)
Why aren’t we seeing this trumpeted in the MSM? Inquiring minds want to know.
Clayton Cramer had to go the the Canada Free Press to find this story. (I wonder why?)
Only in Egypt: Muslims defending churches, Christians protecting mosques!
I generally do not approve of simplistic thinking. Of course, some things are black and white, e.g. good versus evil, but the question is in the nuance: What IS Good and what IS Evil?
Ay, there’s the rub.
I personally believe that not all Muslims are evil, or hold to Islamofascist views, any more than all Christians believe in stoning adulterers, gays and witches. Muslims are not all Osama and Christians are not all The Church Lady. How’s THAT for simplistic?
But, you’d never seen that in our media. In a weird twist, Islamofascists (the Fort Hood mass murderer, for example) is portrayed as workplace violence, and Christians are portrayed as violent, small-minded, bigoted, all hateful of those not members of their specific brand of religion. Religion pretty much takes it on the chin, except Islam. That’s off the table.
I think the one example I’ve seen on mainstream commercial television NOT doing this is Blue Bloods (not a news or opinion show), which shows an Irish Catholic family celebrating regular Sunday dinners after church. No making fun of Catholics or other Christians, and even bringing in other religious cultures. The family business happens to be policing. And Tom Selleck is always good.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t question or even occasionally lampoon. But let’s be even-handed and factual in so doing.
And news should be just that – facts regarding that which is new.
Blacks, Guns & Crime
Juan Williams, a black commentator, wrote an interesting article recently entitled “ Race and the Gun Debate
.” (Wall St. Journal, Mar 27, 2013) Among the statistics he cites are that 54% of all murders involve black victims, virtually all of whom were killed by black murderers, and yet blacks comprise only 13% of the population.
These are familiar numbers, but, as Williams points out, although more than half the “gun problem” can be laid at the feet of blacks, the gun debate never seems to mention this. If it were mentioned, the obvious thought that might occur is maybe it’s blacks that need to be regulated and not guns.
“ The single most important factor that has caused the political left to demand an end to private firearms ownership is that the underclass has, over the last fifty years, expanded exponentially, bringing with it an exponential increase in crime. Many of these criminals come from the single-parent families encouraged by the welfare system, a dysfunctional government give-away favored by the far left. The absence of fathers has led large numbers of children to seek gangs as a substitute for parenting not available at home. Not content with having created an entire class of welfare-bred criminals, the political left now seeks to protect this underclass by rendering ordinary citizens defenseless against crime perpetrated by these criminals.”
In sum, both blacks and whites are part of this criminal underclass, but, as Juan Williams points out, blacks, a 13% minority, are doing 54% of the killing and dying. That needs to be said.
Why is this happening? According to Juan Williams, the out of wedlock birth rate for blacks is now 72%. This leads to more than 70% of black mothers being on welfare raising more than 70% of black children without fathers.
That’s part of the problem. Another part, Williams says, is:
“ a dysfunctional gangster-rap culture that glorifies promiscuity, drug dealers and the power of the gun.”
So now we have black culture of violence financed by the welfare system producing what are – by any measure – distorted values. One might think this needs to be addressed.
This is verbatim from Hell On Earth blog. I reprinted it here, because we all need to see it.
Yes – people are responsible for their own character. And how they act and react. But their society weighs heavily on how they might do that.
If that society glorifies gangster-rap culture, coupled with promiscuity and drug dealers, it needs to change. The power of the gun, notwithstanding.
And White folks standing on the sidelines watching, pretending they aren’t there don’t help that change to come about.
“We only kill each other” – Bugsy Siegel
That didn’t apply to the Mafia, and it doesn’t apply to Black America, either.
We’re all in this together.
Please support The Congress of Racial Equality. Or take other community action. And stop trying to disarm the law-abiding.
PS – I am usually the polar opposite of Juan Williams’s opinions, but on this he is spot-on.