Thursday, August 21, 2014
Is Breakfast Overrated? “For years, we’ve heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But scientific support for that idea has been surprisingly meager, and a spate of new research at several different universities — published in multiple articles in the August issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition — could change the way we think about early-hours eating.” Yet another place where the settled science wasn’t.
2. People who cannot pay are routinely arrested and as they cannot make bail they sit in what in effect is a debtors prison until the municipal court meets which for some municipalities could be once a week or even once a month.
3. I spent a day in the hateful hands of the St. Louis county jail (it is one if the reasons I despise the police with all my heart and soul and mind). Sharing the jail intake process with me was one violent criminal and over 100 nonviolent offenders more than half I estimate in chokey because they couldn't pay their government debts (the rest on drug or prostitution charges). I have no doubt that each one of them left jail hating law enforcement as I do.
4. The reason Ferguson and cities like it can maintain large (almost all white) police forces in a poor 75% black city is that they farm the people for fines. In richer 'burbs they make sure they only loot non residents because middle class people vote. In poor black communities they just loot and loot and loot with the money they scam going straight back to their salaries and hot new police cruisers. All of it nice and legal - like.
6. A last outrage from Tabarrok'so piece:
As a final outrage, consider this story which ties together Ferguson, the courts, and the arrest of parents, often minority parents, for leaving their kids to play in parks (just as my parents did).
According to local judge Frank Vatterott, 37% of the courts responding to his survey unconstitutionally closed the courts to non-defendants. Defendants are then faced with the choice of leaving their kids on the parking lot or going into court. As Antonio Morgan described after being denied entry to the court with his children, the decision to leave his kids with a friend resulted in a charge of child endangerment.
And if you think I'm just a pathetic, resentful whiner who had a bad experience I recommend you read Alex Tabarrok's piece and go to the (very right wing) Institute for Justice links I provided above.
A note on law enforcement: I know and like individual policemen. I've even liked one prosecutor that I knew - lawyers are bit tough to really care for. My uncle Slim was Sheriff of Ector County Texas for 20 years and I was and am proud of him. Individual policemen have shown me forbearance and mercy - when they could have arrested and humiliated me for an unpaid ticket. However I stand by my statement that I hate and fear all law enforcement with all my heart and soul and mind for two reasons:
1. Forbearance is the 'gift' that the powerful give to the weak while both reminding them who is boss and who should be the grateful supplicant. It is not the behavior of free men in a free society. We should not grateful that sometimes the bully does not beat us when we pass. Because we know next time if the policemen needs a collar or revenue is down or if he's just feeling his oats he could behave completely differently. Which makes his forbearance part of his frightening unpredictability and impunity.
2. Even when showing forbearance law enforcement today emphasizes the enormous gulf between us and them. When I was young I was in effect a "hippy' with long hair and a NORML sticker on my care living and driving through rural, redneck Oklahoma. The law enforcement of that time and place treated me with more respect, more genuine friendship and equality than they do to me today as a respectable white fifty something. Back then I was a human and a neighbor. Today I'm a threat to be managed. And I despise them for it.
Kirsten Gillibrand believes that coercing colleges to further discriminate against young men is a good cost benefit tradeoff
And does that mean that the widening concentric circles of chaos caused by America's abdication of global leadership is the "change"? Or is the fact that every racial huckster in America is ignoring a black president to inflame black rage the change? And the boffo Jihadi snuff films the hope?
Being President is hard. Being President when you're an unqualified, self absorbed, golf playing narcissist is....bad for flowers and other living things.
And all those birds hitting the pavement with a splat? They're President Obama and his enabler's chickens coming home to roost at velocity. "Duck! incoming Rhode Island Red!"
Splat indeed. Racialist, left wing and lazy is no way to go through life, Mr. President.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
School's starting and that means that the 'zero tolerance' loons are at large - Kid arrested for shooting a dinosaur in his story
Summerville High School in Summerville, South Carolina, is wasting no time: A 16-year-old student was arrested and suspended for writing a story in which he used a gun to kill a dinosaur. The student, Alex Stone, was assigned by a teacher to write a story about himself. Stone chose to embellish his story with obviously fictional details, like dinosaurs. But the teacher saw the word "gun" and the rest is history, according to NBC-12:
Stone said in his "status" he wrote a fictional story that involved the words "gun" and "take care of business."The police arrested Stone and charged him with disorderly conduct. He was also suspended from school for a week
"I killed my neighbor's pet dinosaur, and, then, in the next status I said I bought the gun to take care of the business," Stone said.
Stone says his statements were taken completely out of context.
"I could understand if they made him re-write it because he did have "gun" in it. But a pet dinosaur?" said Alex's mother Karen Gray."I mean first of all, we don't have dinosaurs anymore. Second of all, he's not even old enough to buy a gun."
Investigators say the teacher contacted school officials after seeing the message containing the words "gun" and "take care of business," and police were then notified on Tuesday.
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As part of its coverage of the unrest in Ferguson, MO, following the police shooting death of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, Deadspin, the hugely popular Gawker Media-affiliated sports and pop culture website, is asking its readers to help crowdsource information on police shootings from 2011-2013
As someone who is pro-Christianity I am really pleased at the way Islam is utterly poisoning its brand
And the thing about the Muslim perverts is they are so brave, such brilliant soldiers. The American having his head sawed off below would probably only be able to beat a dozen of the little Jihadis to death with his bare hands were he free to do so - more if they didn't run away so fast. The US and Israeli military's experience is that Islamic 'fighters' don't very much. They mostly either run or die or run and then die or soil themselves and then die. They certainly don't have any real military skills above hacking heads of the hogtied and rape - they're really good at rape.
|Stud muffin hacking head off of hogtied American. Allahu Hackbar!|
Islam is headed for the ash heap of history. It's murdering minions just don't realize it yet. Faster please.
Sunil Dutta sounds like a KGB thug working in the Soviet Union. He should not be employed as an American Policeman.
Even though it might sound harsh and impolitic, here is the bottom line: if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?
|Top 'o the morning to you officers! And how's Mrs. Himmler today?|
Rememeber: Mr. Dutta is considered one of the "liberal" "good ones". The cop that stops you won't be top of the compassion or competence class. Take for example my friend John who hails from chock full of liberal compassion Northern California: he had a nice social interaction with an armed female police officer from child protective services. He asked her under what circumstances she considered it justifiable to use deadly force. Her exact words were: "when I am made to feel uncomfortable". This is why you should avoid the police with all your heart and soul and mind and in particular make sure your kids stay away from them. Last year American Policemen killed 410 people. More than all the murders in Australia, almost as many as all the murders in Canada. Last year German policemen discharched their weapons (mostly as warning shots, something that our police doctrine eschews) 85 times. All year long. And they're upset about that number.
I think the reason Germany has so little state police violence is that we've imported all their Gestapo and SS expertise. Because they be gettin' down on the homies here in the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave policemen who can squeeze off half a dozen wild panicked shots faster than they can piss their pants.
Sunil Dutta is a member of an occupying army that considers you to be a potential threat to his life and career. Fear him. Fear them.
God help us every one.
Anti semitism has long been the province of the fascists. The Scottish Labour and National Parties are anti-semitic ergo they're objectively fascist.
In Scotland the Israel-Palestine dispute is currency used by two left-wing parties that are vying for supremacy: the ruling Scottish National party (SNP) and the Labour Party. They try to outdo each other in their radicalism on the issue in order to appeal to middle-class liberals and a growing number of Muslim voters, most hailing from Pakistan.
But according to Scotland’s Jewish leadership, “the disproportionate obsession with Israel in Scottish public life . . . has itself made many Jewish people very uncomfortable, whatever their views on the current conflict.” The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) issued a statement on August 10 claiming that it was adversely affecting everyday community relations. Scotland historically has frowned upon anti-Semitism, but the new situation reflects the mounting insecurity felt by European Jews from Manchester to Berlin. . . . Back in the 1930s, the Scottish media, at least, defied the agitators with scathing editorials. But this time none have appeared, news coverage has been patchy, and only several arts correspondents, such as Joyce McMillan, Tiffany Jenkins, and Brian Ferguson, have denounced the surrender to intimidation.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Barack Obama is one cold dude, ain't he?
OH MY GOD: Hillary Clinton on Foreign Policy in the Weekly Standard. Strange, very strange new respect.
Props to Bill Kristol for pulling this off. Seriously.
|Burn Birdies Burn!|
Monday, August 18, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Who pray tell are the Ferguson 'protesters' protesting? And when they yell for 'change' what do they want changed?
And when Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and all of the other community organizers demand "change" what are they demanding 'change' from? The same oh so progressive policies put in place by all the people who have run these urban governments as a left monopoly for decades. Yet somehow the pundit class misses the point - they interpret the dissatisfaction and demand for change as a rebellion against Bull Connor 50 years too late. But actually that makes sense because of course Bull Conner was a Democrat National Committeeman in good standing and a solid New Deal Democrat to boot. In terms of 'with-it-ness' to the existing progressive zeitgeist the Bull looks very much like the 'progressive' Democrats that rule places like....Ferguson today.
Yet the etiquette of progressive accountability demands that someone outside of the charmed circle be blamed for these sins because the progressive God can not make a mistake. When George W. Bush was in the White House it was easy: the catastrophic failure of (up until that time totally Democrat dominated) New Orleans and Louisiana to prepare for the inevitable was somehow blamed on a guy in Washington who'd never lived in Louisiana.
So no doubt the talking heads will draw up their skirts and let us white male conservative Republican haters have it because despite the fact that none of us were involved at any level it must be our fault. It just must be. Because none of this progressive shit works unless there's an enemy to blame.
Travis county's elected officials, electors and grand juries are partisan thugs. So does 'hip' simply mean anti-democratic, illegal and sinister?
AUSTIN (KXAN) – A grand jury has handed up an indictment against Gov. Rick Perry in connection with the investigation into an effort to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign.
At the center of the issue is a complaint about intimidation stemming from Perry’s threat to veto of $7.5 million in state funding to the Public Integrity Unit run by Lehmberg’s office. The threat came after she pleaded guilty to drunk driving and served a 45-day sentence; Perry called on her to step down but she refused to resign her position. Perry then vetoed the funding for the PIU.A grand jury was called to determine whether or not Perry broke the law when he threatened to veto the funding. As a result they issued indictments on two felony charges: abuse of official capacity and coercion of public servant. If found guilty on the charges, Perry could be sentenced to a maximum 109 years in prison.
This case is notable for what it says about the Obama administration and because it demonstrates why it is so dangerous to have leaders like President Obama
Federal regulators have backed away from pressuring banks to stop doing business with legal enterprises that the Obama administration labeled “high risk” — including selling guns, making payday loans, and trading in rare coins.
Late last month, the Federal Depositors Insurance Corporation told banks that it had removed a list of 30 examples of “high risk” activities from the agency’s website, stating its list had “led to misunderstandings.”
By “misunderstandings,” FDIC apparently meant that its guidance led to sudden decisions by banks across America to close accounts with customers that fell under any of the listed categories.
If they didn’t close the accounts, bank officers thought, they could be subject to federal audits or other investigations.
Friday, August 15, 2014
The most unaccountable organizational type in America are its governments - the case of police killings stats
"Despite widespread public interest and a provision in the 1994 Crime Control Act requiring the attorney general to collect the data and publish an annual report on them, statistics on police shootings and use of nondeadly force continue to be piecemeal products of spotty collection, and are dependent on the cooperation of local police departments. No comprehensive accounting for all the nation's 17,000 police departments exists."
OK, I have a plan: from now on I and everyone else should report that unjustified police killings of civilians has 'tripled' in the past ten years and is rising at a fifteen percent annual rate. And that police killing rates are five times those in Canada. They'll be forced to come up with numbers to shut us up. More police brutality here.
On Iraq the left is like a caretaker who let your house burn down then blames you because you built it in the first place
Thursday, August 14, 2014
The former right wing hit man now left wing hit man has now kissed the Clinton's ring ensuring a fat paycheck and the total obliteration of his immortal soul. Here's his justification for putting the kibosh on CREW's traditional role of investigating all ethics violations including Dems:
“Our experience has been that the vast amount of violations of the public trust can be found on the conservative side of the aisle,”
Pray for his Momma because Brock's vacant, soulless expression must be a horror to behold during the holidays.
These events ought to be sobering to the West, not least because thousands of the IS jihadis were raised and bred in the mosques of Europe, North America and Australia,
Mosques and Mullahs that produce genocidal Jihadis should be shut down and shipped off. Governments who fund such places should have their financial and physical access to our country cut off. Particularly the Saudis.
Accounting is the most profitable industry of all because when the regulatory state is out of control, the compliance guys clean up
|High earning accountant Louis Tully providing timely counsel to his|
Extermination Company client on EPA containment regs.
Popo playing army man. Only the 'enemy' isn't shooting back.
The modern "Piketty-Marx" approach to income inequality is like pursuing height inequality by cutting six inches off of tall people
Concentrating on, say, the growing gap between the upper 1% and the lower 99% leads Mr. Piketty to advocate such redistributive policies as higher top income-tax rates, stiffer inheritance taxes and a progressive tax on wealth.But if you dote instead on plight of the lower 15%-20%, or even on the lack of progress of the lower 50%, you are led to think about policies like giving poor children preschool education, bolstering Medicaid, raising the minimum wage, expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit, and defending anti-poverty programs like food stamps.These two policy agendas are not inconsistent, but they are certainly very different. The first tries to level from the top; the second tries to level from the bottom. Between the two, I’d like to think that most Americans join me in favoring the second. But I’m worried. Does Pikettymania prove me wrong?
An "everything is going to hell" counterfactual - you can't give quality used furniture away anymore
Our civilization is so amazing that people from Jane Austen's time would not, indeed could not comprehend it if you explained it to them
Again, thinking of Jane Austen characters, or even of people in many pre-capitalist societies today, for peasants, human capital would be largely unattainable or pointless. For the landed elite, it would be insulting. Traders and commercial innovators – producers – became tolerable, and capitalism was the result.
Because of the capitalist revolution, not only is being personally productive tolerated today, but we would find it incomprehensible to imagine it another way. In fact, we are concerned about it! We say: It’s not fair that rich kids get the opportunity to be more productive! Today, high income workers work longer hours than low income workers. Imagine the look of confusion you might get from a pre-capitalist gentleman if you told him that in your society, the poor work fewer hours than the rich and the government is implementing school lunch programs to make sure poor kids don’t ingest too many calories. He wouldn’t just have a hard time understanding how that could be. Those words literally could not form that sentence. You might as well speak martian to him. Don’t even try to explain to him that you’re outraged by how the richest kids have an advantage in attaining productive employment. He’ll think you’re crazy before you even get to that.