How Dare You!

The fascist Politically Anal Correctness crowd has scored another hit for “tolerant” intolerance.

From The Washington Post:

Should white chefs sell burritos? A Portland food cart’s revealing controversy

May 26

Portland, Ore., has become the epicenter in a growing movement to call out white people who profit off the culinary ideas and dishes swiped from other cultures.

In the days since two white women were shamed into shutting down their pop-up burrito cart after telling a reporter that they had “picked the brains of every tortilla lady” in Puerto Nuevo, Mexico, Portland has become all but fed up with cultural appropriation within its city limits. One writer has stated, flat out, that “Portland has an appropriation problem,” going on to explain (the boldface emphasis is the writer’s):

Because of Portland’s underlying racism, the people who rightly own these traditions and cultures that exist are already treated poorly. These appropriating businesses are erasing and exploiting their already marginalized identities for the purpose of profit and praise.

Someone in the City of Roses has even created a Google doc, listing the white-owned restaurants that have appropriated cuisines outside their own culture. For each entry, the document suggests alternative restaurants owned by people of color. One “Appropriative Business” is Voodoo Doughnut, the small doughnut chain accused of profiting off a religion thought to combine African, Catholic and Native American traditions.

Cunductor71 (in comments):

Vendors should be required to prove their genetic heritage through DNA testing and only sell food that matches their profile. I’m half Russian, quarter German, and quarter Scottish. So half my sales can only be knishes and Syrniki and the other half equally divided between Fischbrötchen and haggis.
Sounds like a demand The Left would want…
And does that mean only a Cajun can make Gumbo??

Who can’t identify with a campaign to support the people whose voices are muffled in a culture still dominated by white males?

I Can’t. Because I’m a rational human being. 🙂

Some immigrants might take this the wrong way coming from a white guy from the Midwest, who works at a mainstream newspaper, no less. Yet, I must confess that I have trouble accepting this all-or-nothing mission to pry white chefs’ fingers from any dish not of their own culture. Part of it has to do with the country we share, a land of immigrants, whose food is available to anyone with even a tiny sense of curiosity. A white diner is bound to fall in love with some of it.

That’s is what diversity and learning from it means. Not Diversity is Exclusion.

The problem, of course, is not that a white diner falls in love with an immigrant cuisine. It’s that a white person profits from the cuisine or, more troublesome for many, becomes the leading authority on it, rather than a chef born into the culture.

Yeah, people who study hard and embrace the culture and the traditions is a bad thing.

I’m thinking specifically about chefs and/or authors such as Rick Bayless (with Mexican cuisine), Andy Ricker (with Thai food) and Fuchsia Dunlop (with Sichuan cooking). Bayless, a James Beard Award winner multiple times over, has faced the question of cultural appropriation so often, he once wondered aloud if it’s a matter of reverse racism.

It is. It’s also whiny ass PC idiocy. If you can only stomach a Mexican Chef who must be Mexican first and only, well, you watch or patronize Aron Sanchez and leave the rest of us the hell alone.

Bayless’s response didn’t go over well in some corners, in part because he sounded so whiny, as Gustavo Arellano wrote for the O.C. Weekly. Despite Bayless’s apparently thin skin, Arellano supports the chef’s work:

And as I’ve written before — hell, I wrote a whole book about it arguing this next point — anyone who loves Mexican food should thank gabachos for their insatiable desire for chili, nachos, tacos, micheladas, fajitas and all the “Mexican” food trends that have swept across the U.S. over the past 125-plus years. Without them, both the gabacho consumer and the cook, Mexican food in this country would be as remarkable as sauerkraut.

In fact, Krishnendu Ray, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health at New York University, argues in favor of cultural appropriation, but only if the outsiders embrace more than the plate of food sitting in front of them.

“If you pay attention to the food and to the language and to their lives, that is not a colonizing act,” Ray told The Washington Post’s Lavanya Ramanathan. “I, in general, do not think appropriation is a bad thing. There’s all this discussion about cultural appropriation. Should we all be imprisoned in our little holes, with our cultural walls, completely closed off to others? If you are eating another’s food, engaging with their lives, engaging with their ways of conceiving the world, that is a welcome engagement. That is how newness enters the world.”

But Diversity is Exclusion.

Ray’s position starts to get to the heart of my own feelings on the subject. Accusations of cultural appropriation are often grounded in an underlying assumption: that privileged white folks contribute nothing to the culture from which they steal. The two white women in Portland were accused, for instance, of not compensating the Mexican women who shared some of their tortilla secrets. On that micro scale, I suspect there are indeed countless interactions between curious white chef and immigrant home cook that go unrewarded to the latter, all in the name of research.

 

But on a macro scale, the involvement of white chefs and restaurateurs with foreign cuisines can benefit all. Take Josh Phillips, a white partner in Espita Mezcaleria, a Shaw establishment dedicated to the food and drink of Oaxaca. The “vast majority” of Espita’s roughly 65-member staff is Mexican, Phillips says. They’re paid decently, and all full-timers are offered health benefits. The restaurant employs not just one full-time tortilla maker, but four of them.

Those tortilla makers use only heirloom corn from Mexico. Phillips says 99 percent of it comes directly from Oaxaca. Before he even opened Espita, Phillips made a promise to mezcaleros in Oaxaca never to sell mezcal from corporate distillers. “I want to make sure there is an economic impact on mezcaleros,” he adds.

To my ears, this sounds more like cultural ambassadorship than cultural appropriation. And like it or not, as Francis Lam noted several years ago for the New York Times, U.S.-born chefs and restaurateurs have easier access to the media than their foreign-born counterparts. They have, in other words, the ability to sing the praises of Mexican, Thai, Sichuan or whatever cuisine they love. There is power in that, which should not be dismissed out of hand by those quick to decry cultural appropriation at every turn.

So it’s about money, then, eh? If the poor people don’t share in the success it’s “appropriation”??

What a crock.

In this day and age we enjoy a diversity of food choices that were unheard of even 15-20 years ago. That diversity is because of “appropriation” which is actually APPRECIATION but the Politically Correct are so fascist, controlling, petty, and sanctimonious they can see the Diversity for the Exclusion.

Having Low Friends in High Places

An Obama-appointed judge has tossed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton filed by the families of the Benghazi victims. The families of Sean Smith and Tyrone Woods allege that the former first lady was guilty of negligence and intentional emotion harm in their wrongful death suit that was filed in August of 2016. In September of 2016, we found out that Clinton’s aides straight up ignored the suit and refused to comply with the summons. In the end, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, who was nominated by Obama in 2010, felt that Mrs. Clinton was not at fault concerning the allegations brought against her (via Washington Times):

Mrs. Clinton neither enabled the Benghazi attack by using her now-infamous private email server nor defamed its victims’ parents afterwards, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled Friday in Washington, D.C., casting aside claims raised on behalf of parents of slain State Department information officer Sean Smith and late CIA operative Tyrone Woods.

The Smith and Woods families sued Mrs. Clinton last August in D.C. federal court alleging she caused their sons’ deaths by discussing sensitive State Dept. matters over an insecure, nongovernmental email system while secretary of state, supposedly providing terrorists with information used to plot the Sept. 11, 2012 ambush, according to the lawsuit.

[…]

“The Court finds that Secretary Clinton was acting in the scope of her employment when she transmitted the emails that are alleged to give rise to her liability,” Judge Jackson‘s 29-page opinion reads in part. “The untimely death of plaintiffs’ sons is tragic, and the Court does not mean to minimize the unspeakable loss that plaintiffs have suffered in any way. But when one applies the appropriate legal standards, it is clear that plaintiffs have not alleged sufficient facts to rebut the presumption that Secretary Clinton was acting in her official capacity when she used her private email server.”

In September 2012, Mr. Woods and Smith were killed in a terrorist attack against the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. It became a controversial subject for the Obama administration since it undercut their narrative that al-Qaeda was on the run; the group who executed the attack—Ansar al-Sharia—is affiliated with the international terror group. Things became worse for the Obama White House when then-U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice did the full Ginsburg on September 16, 2012, going on every major Sunday morning talk show to label the attack as a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muslim YouTube video. That was a lie. The attack was coordinated and planned in advance. (Matt Vespa)

Local Boy Goes Rogue

I’m going local today. Because on Thursday an idiot thought it would be fun to hunt cops at a Pop Culture Convention here in Phoenix.

Because of that, people were standing out in the heat for hours just to get in because of security concerns.

Justifiable concerns, but having your escapist fun interrupt by a nutcase is not desirable.

This is how we effect others. Also, several of the celebrity guests gave advice that is very counter-snowflake. So it was a fascinating day.

Gunman Arrested at Phoenix Comicon Claimed He’s The Punisher and Wanted to Kill Jason David Frank

Note: Jason David Frank for the uninitiated is famous for being the original Green Ranger from Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers (1990’s). He is one of those guests I was alluding to in my intro. He uses his celebrity to inspire people. He strives everyday to “remain humble” because he is not in for the money, he has a passion for trying to inspire people. He’s one of those evil Christians. He told a story about he sold his extensive comic book collection at 18 to open his first Dojo (Martial Arts studio) to mentor people in the Martial Arts.
He was inspired to the Martial Arts by his father an his Sensei (Master)
He says “I can” not “I can’t”. He wants you to also.
I wish I was that good.
He’s a good natured preachy about it. A bit Yoda -like. Very Mr. Myagi (Karate Kid).
Yesterday at his panel was the 3rd Time I’ve seen at a panel.
This is a celebrity worth seeing, not some whacked narcissist like Arianne Grande or Amy Schumer.
It’s a sad world we live in where the worst are the ones we look up to, and the best are not.
Phoenix Comicon has had some severe growing pains this past year and this did not help. They have a lot of thinking to do.

More details are emerging regarding Matthew Sterling, the Valley resident arrested at Phoenix Comicon on Thursday, May 25, with a cache of weapons.

And the information is both surreal and disturbing, to say the least.

According to court documents, the 31-year-old Mesa resident told Phoenix Police detectives that he was a real-life version of famed Marvel Comics vigilante The Punisher. He also stated that he would kill “bad police officers” if need be to protect himself or his friends.

Both revelations were included in court documents, specifically a lengthy probable cause statement written by detectives who interviewed Sterling after his arrest. The statement also detailed how he slipped past security and was apprehended by police.

He later told police in an interview that he believed the signs and law prohibiting weapons at the venue did not apply to him, according to court paperwork.

I wonder where he got ideas like that? 🙂

New Times has also learned that Sterling allegedly wanted to kill Mighty Morphin Power Rangers actor Jason David Frank (a special guest at this year’s Phoenix Comicon) and claimed he had a vendetta against the star.

Phoenix P.D. arrested Sterling at the Phoenix Convention Center. He was in possession of three handguns, a shotgun, a combat knife, pepper spray, and throwing stars.

According to the probable cause statement, Sterling (who was wearing black tactical pants, a red bandanna, black face paint, and a shotgun bandolier) entered the convention center and avoided the venue’s security, as well as one of of the peace-bonding stations for inspecting prop weapons. He then proceeded to the second floor. 

One of Phoenix Comicon's security checkpoints that were in place on Thursday.

One of Phoenix Comicon’s security checkpoints that were in place on Thursday.
Benjamin Leatherman

Sterling was reportedly in contact with a female acquaintance from Hawthorne, California, via text message and Facebook.

After learning of Sterling’s alleged intent to have a “showdown” with cops and seeing that Sterling had posted on Facebook photos of officers at Comicon, she alerted law enforcement of the situation.

Police located Sterling sitting on a bench while reading Comicon’s programming guide. A struggle ensued as cops “immediately began to control [his] hands due to the numerous weapons they saw he had on his person.”

Sterling reportedly resisted, tore off one officer’s Phoenix P.D. patch, and “pushed his full body weight against the bench he was sitting on so he could not be moved.”

A number of officers eventually subdued Sterling, who was taken to police headquarters to be interviewed by detectives.

According to prosecutor Ed Leiter of the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, who was present at Sterling’s initial court appearance on Friday, the 31-year-old suspect allegedly fessed up about his plans.

Sterling offered “numerous fantastical stories” to detectives, Leiter says, including tales of “bad police officers” and an alleged history with Frank.

Sterling allegedly told detectives that he believes there are certain cops — he calls them “Aphrodite officers” — who have “kind faces in uniform” but are ultimately bad. Apparently, he also would’ve shot the cops that arrested him if he determined they were “Aphrodite officers.”

In regards to Frank, Leiter stated at Sperling’s court hearing that the suspect untended to attack and potentially kill the actor. The prosecuter also noted that Sterling’s phone had a reminder set for Thursday to “Kill JDF” at Comicon.

According to Leiter, Sterling reportedly told detectives that he stabbed the actor 15 years prior and was at Phoenix Comicon to “finish the job.”

“He exhibited a dramatic threat to the community beyond police officers, beyond Jason David Frank,” Leiter stated. “A number of other people were referenced as possible targets or people he wanted to kill.”

Here’s the complete text of the probably cause statement (with paragraph breaks added for readability):

ON MAY 25, 2017 AT APPROXIMATELY 1211 HOURS, PHOENIX POLICE RECEIVED A CALL FROM THE HAWTHORNE POLICE DEPARTMENT IN CALIFORNIA REGARDING AN INDIVIDUAL, LATER IDENTIFIED AS MATHEW ENRIQUE NAVARRO STERLING, VIA HIS ARIZONA DRIVERS LICENSE. DETAILS OF THE CALL STATED A WITNESS WAS RECEIVING FACEBOOK MESSAGES FROM MATHEW STATING HE WAS THREATENING TO SHOOT POLICE OFFICERS, TAKING PICTURES OF THEM AND MATHEW HAD NUMEROUS WEAPONS ON HIS PERSON INCLUDING HANDGUNS, A SHOTGUN, A KNIFE, PEPPER SPRAY AND WEARING BODY ARMOR.

MATHEW WAS SENDING THESE MESSAGES AS HE SAT ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF 100 NORTH 3RD STREET, THE PHOENIX CONVENTION CENTER, WHILE HE WAS ATTENDING THE PHOENIX COMICON EVENT. MATHEW WAS DESCRIBED AS WEARING BLACK TACTICAL PANTS, A RED BANDANA WITH HIS FACE PAINTED BLACK WITH A SHOTGUN BANDOLIER ACROSS HIS CHEST. MATHEW RELAYED TO THE WITNESS HE WAS ON THE SECOND FLOOR WITH LOADED WEAPONS AND WAS NOT LEAVING UNTIL POLICE ARRIVED. HE STATED TO THE WITNESS THAT HE WAS GOING TO BE IN A SHOWDOWN WITH COPS AND HE WOULD KILL THEM.

RESPONDING OFFICERS LOCATED MATHEW ON THE SECOND FLOOR READING A COMICON BROCHURE. OFFICERS APPROACHED AND IMMEDIATELY BEGAN TO CONTROL MATHEWS HANDS DUE TO THE NUMEROUS WEAPONS THEY SAW HE HAD ON HIS PERSON. MATHEW RESISTED ARREST BY TENSING HIS ARMS TO AVOID BEING TAKEN INTO CUSTODY. DURING THE STRUGGLE TO CONTROL MATHEW, HE RIPPED OFF AN OFFICERS PHOENIX POLICE PATCH AFFIXED TO HIS UNIFORM AND PUSHED HIS FULL BODY WEIGHT AGAINST THE BENCH HE WAS SITTING ON SO HE COULD NOT BE MOVED. OFFICERS EVENTUALLY OVERCAME HIS STRENGTH AND HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT 1222 HOURS.

INSPECTION OF THE FIREARMS REVEALED THEY WERE ALL REAL AND ALL FULLY LOADED. MATHEW WAS SITTING ON A TWELVE GAUGE SHOTGUN, TWO 45 CALIBER HANDGUNS, ONE .454 CALIBER HANDGUN, A COMBAT KNIFE, PEPPER SPRAY AND THROWING STARS. THERE ARE SIGNS POSTED THROUGHOUT THE EVENT THAT FIREARMS ARE PROHIBITED AND THERE ARE NUMEROUS STATIONS WHERE ATTENDEES WITH REAL WEAPONS OR PROPS HAVE THEM SECURED WITH BRIGHT COLORED ZIP TIES. MATHEW AVOIDED THESE STATIONS AND PROCEEDS TO THE SECOND FLOOR.

MATHEW WAS TRANSPORTED TO 620 WEST WASHINGTON STREET TO BE INTERVIEWED. DURING THE INTERVIEW, MATHEW ADMITTED TO TAKING LOADED FIREARMS INTO THE VENUE. MATHEW BELIEVED THAT THE LAW PROHIBITING BRINGING LOADED WEAPONS INTO THE VENUE APPLIED TO OTHER PEOPLE, BUT NOT HIM. MATHEW SAID IF HE WAS FORCED TO KILL POLICE OFFICERS, HE WOULD TO DEFEND HIMSELF. MATHEW STATED HE WAS THE PUNISHER, A POPULAR COMIC BOOK CHARACTER THAT PUNISHES PEOPLE THAT DO WRONG. MATHEW BELIEVES THAT THERE ARE POLICE OFFICERS THAT HAVE KIND FACES IN UNIFORM BUT THEY CAN BE BAD OFFICERS. MATHEW SAID HE WOULD USE VIOLENCE AGAINST THEM IF IT MEANT HE NEEDED TO PROTECT HIS FRIENDS.

MATHEW WAS WEARING BODY ARMOR UNDER HIS SHIRT. HE STATED HE HAD THIS ON TO PROTECT HIMSELF. MATHEW EXPLAINED THAT HE CALLS BAD POLICE OFFICERS APHRODITE OFFICERS AND HE CAN DIFFERENTIATE THESE BAD OFFICERS FROM GOOD ONES. WHEN ASKED ABOUT THE OFFICERS HE ENCOUNTERED TODAY, MATHEW SAID HE WOULD SHOOT THEM IF HE DEEMED THEY WERE APHRODITE OFFICERS. MATHEW WENT ON TO POST THAT THINGS WOULD GET BLOODY AND HE WOULD KILL COPS WITH HIS FIREARMS.

WHEN ASKED ABOUT HIS ARRAY OF WEAPONS, MATHEW EXPLAINED THEY WERE FOR SELF DEFENSE IN CASE OFFICERS GAVE HIM TROUBLE AND THAT HE WOULD SHOOT TO KILL. MATHEW SAID HE WOULD USE HIS SHOTGUN TO HOLD THEM BACK UNTIL THEY WERE ABLE TO PRODUCE SUFFICIENT IDENTIFICATION BECAUSE APHRODITE OFFICERS HIDE BEHIND REGULAR POLICE PATCHES.

FACEBOOK MESSAGES LISTED ONE VICTIM BY NAME WHO WAS SCHEDULED TO BE AT THE COMICON EVENT. MATHEW STATED IN HIS MESSAGE AND INTERVIEW WITH DETECTIVES THAT HE HAD STABBED THE VICTIM FIFTEEN YEARS PRIOR AND WAS AT THE EVENT TO FINISH THE JOB. I ASKED MATHEW WHAT HE MEANT WHEN HE SAID FINISHING THE JOB AND HE SAID HE WANTED TO SEE THE VICTIM BEHIND BARS.

MATTHEW SET A CALENDAR REMINDER IN HIS PHONE TO ALERT HIM TC KILL THE VICTIM AT COMICON ON MAY 25TH. THE VICTIM WAS SCHEDULED AT COMICON ALL FOUR DAYS AND MATHEW PURCHASED A FOUR DAY PASS. MATHEW STATED HE BELIEVED IF THE VICTIM WAS DECEASED, THE VICTIMS WIFE AND CHILD WOULD BE HAPPY. MATHEW WAS SUB-SEQUENTLY BOOKED INTO JAIL FOR THE LISTED CHARGES.

Sterling was charged with attempted murder, resisting arrest, multiple counts of aggravated assault, carrying a weapon in a prohibited place, and wearing body armor during the commission of a felony.

A judge set a $1 million bond in the case. Sterling is due back in court on the matter in early June.

Sterling was also booked for three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, wearing body armor during the commission of a felony, resisting arrest and carrying a weapon in a prohibited place.

I’m sure because he’s white and wielding guns the Left will go nuts over this, as they do everything that is on their agenda.
Another escapist joy in life by one person.
The Needs of the many do outweigh the needs of the one. 🙂

From Charlie to UPChuck

Charlie Daniels

By Charlie Daniels |

Senator Chuck Schumer (Wikimedia Commons Photo)

Sen. Schumer, I don’t live in your constituency, but in the larger picture, you live in mine and every other legal, taxpaying American citizen who is affected by the power you hold in your political party, your blind allegiance to it and the obstructionist posture to anything that doesn’t directly benefit it.

There’s something sinister about seeing you bent over the lectern in the Senate Chamber, your countenance resembling what I would imagine Edgar Allen Poe’s would look like reciting one of his macabre tales of doom and gloom, as if there is not one drop of happiness in your life, forecasting a dismal future for America if anything President Trump proposes passes both houses, is signed and becomes law.

I know you’re disappointed. I know you had the balloons ready to fall and the corks halfway out of the champagne bottles on election night. And I know you just can’t face the truth that what happened in the election was exactly the same thing you continue to do: you forgot about the working people; you forgot about the empty factories of the rust belt; you took for granted the high crime, low employment inner cities you’ve made unkept promises to for decades.

Instead of looking inward at the real cause for your party’s loss, you had to find a scapegoat, and if it hadn’t been Russia, it would have been something else.

Sen. Schumer, will you do me and America a favor? Will you lay your hand on a Holy Bible and tell America that you believe in your heart that Donald Trump has actually colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russian government to the detriment of the United States of America?

You see, sir, everything you’ve come up with so far, and you’ve been at it since well before the election, has been superficial. And I believe that anything your special counsel will come up with will also be superficial, guilt by association, the fires of triviality fanned and proliferated by a tilted, hate-filled media and super partisan politicians.

Sen. Schumer, what goes around truly does come around, and if, or should I say when, this pendulum starts swinging back the other way, do you realize that Mr. Mueller could actually find a lot more dirt on prominent Democrats than they do Trump and his staff?

You have opened Pandora’s Box, sir, and basically thrown away the lid.

Now it’s time to chop the log and let the chips fall where they will.

If President Trump has actually colluded with the Russians or any other foreign government, or sold out my beloved nation in any way, I definitely want to know about it, and if he has, he should be impeached and thrown out of office in disgrace. But right now, you’re a hell of a long way from proving even one iota of your accusations.

Now let’s turn this coin over.

Did or did not Hillary Clinton sign off on allowing a Russian agency to purchase a company holding up to 20 percent of America’s uranium production capacity?

Who leaked the classified information that started this ball rolling? For the investigation to be valid, that has to come out.

Did Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s State department, through incompetence, indifference or both, allow four American citizens to die in Benghazi?

Be careful how you answer this one because the jury and some explosive evidence are still out there, and it all could well be brought to light in a few months.

Did or did not Hillary Clinton, by using an unsecured server and allowing Huma Abedin to email copies to her husband, Anthony Weiner, expose classified documents?

Was there collusion between the Obama administration and the IRS to disallow tax free status to conservative organizations?

If not, why did Lois Lerner plead the Fifth Amendment and retire with full benefits?

You see, sir, Pandora is neither a Democrat nor a Republican, and what is revealed in the coming months could well be a two-edged sword.

Be careful what you wish for.

What do you think?

Pray for our troops, our police and the peace of Jerusalem.

God Bless America

Charlie Daniels

Skunk Stink

Derek Hunter:

Democrats told us climate change would mean the end of snow. Although that clearly didn’t happen, the political environment sweeping college campuses may well mean the end of delicate snowflakes – the safe space-seeking crybabies so insulated from reality that the very existence of contrary worldviews causes them to need new underpants. Their future should, and probably will, mean a lot of time in their parents’ basement.

In the political world there are few people as decent as Vice President Mike Pence. Whether you agree with him politically is irrelevant – he has a reputation for treating staff, fellow members and all around him with respect.

In a season of protests, turned backs and riots over speeches, that’s what made the “walk-out” protest against the vice president’s commencement address at Notre Dame so pathetic. This tiny minority of entitled babies could not fathom the concept of being respectful to someone who exists with opposing opinions speaking on topics unrelated to politics.

That these snowflakes showed such disrespect to anyone is not that surprising; across the country there are hundreds of thousands of these fragile, delicate flowers incurring insurmountable debt to learn the crippling skill of not being able to cope with adulthood.

These “social justice” temper tantrums are getting to the point where the actions of a few can taint everyone. Honestly, who in their right mind would hire someone who went to the University of California at Berkeley knowing what that crockpot of crackpots produces? Unless, of course, that person was head of the Berkeley College Republicans, and even then you would have to wonder.

Could you imagine the potential nightmare of having one of these hyper-“woke” mutants in your office? It’d be like inviting a member of the Gestapo or KGB into your work – ready, willing, and able to report you to the boss for any “microaggression.” No way.

The problem for the normal people graduating from these progressive petri dishes of outrage is they’re being splattered with the skunk-stink of guilt by association. I wouldn’t hire any recent graduate from Berkley, Notre Dame, Mizzou, Bethune-Cookman, and countless others because I wouldn’t want to risk pulling a rotten egg from the carton.

This attitude is, undoubtedly, the minority right now, but it’s not unique to me and it will spread. As it does, and hopefully before it does, there will be growing pressure on the normal students who are there just to get an education – the “silenced majority,” if you will, frightened into quiet – to speak out to protect their futures.

I have no incentive to help them, and neither do you (unless one of them is your kid). They have to help themselves. That could be the greatest lesson they learn in college – to stand up to an unruly mob of brats disrupting the calm for the sake of their own egos.

Until then they will be collateral damage. They will have jobs not offered to them because people simply don’t want the potential headache. If a short inspirational speech from the vice president of the United States is something you can’t handle, you probably aren’t ready for a job.

Deadlines will send these snowflakes under their desks, and companies don’t have designated huggers for when the boss isn’t happy (at least not yet, and God help us if they ever do). Who wants to be around them as adults when they finally emerge from their cocoon and realize years after most do that they aren’t special? Not only aren’t they special, but until they actually do something, if they ever do, they’re very, very ordinary.

I pity them in one respect. Many took out huge loans they’ll be paying for the rest of their lives for the privilege of being lied to. I would’ve lied to them for half the price, and I would’ve smacked them across the face with a dead fish upon graduation and told them most of what they learned was a waste and overpaying for a bachelor’s degree was just the first in a long series of mistakes they’re going to make in life.

That it is not what they’ve done to this point that will define who they are and what they do going forward. And to get the hell over themselves so they can get out of their own way because that is their only hope for success.

They would’ve booed me, turned their backs and walked out in disgust. But at least they couldn’t say they weren’t warned.

The vice president was much more generous and kind than I would’ve been, and they still walked out on him. But hey, at least they didn’t torch the place. That’s something, I guess.

Congratulations and good luck to the silenced majority. You’re leaving the place now where the tyrants tried to keep you quiet. Don’t be quiet anymore. Your future depends on it. And to the snowflakes, welcome to reality. Hope your parents have a comfortable couch.

The Lust for Power

I learned something yesterday. Or more accurately, reaffirmed something yesterday.

Democrats and Unions are evil bastards. Their lust for power and control is as insatiable as it is predatory.

I flew back to my hometown of Flint, MI (yes the “water” place- but that’s only the tip of this titanic iceberg). And now Wednesday morning I am going home one day early because the place gives me the creeps like it did 30 years ago when I left Michigan.

I have been here since 1983. When Flint was the unemployment capital of the United States.

It’s even worse now. The city is a shell of it’s former glory. Did you know there is not one movie theatre in the city limits. the one and only in “Flint” is in what is called the Township area outside the technical city limits. 2 More in the suburbs. That’s it!

A town that was 250,000 people and the 4th largest city in Michigan when I was a kid and it was already starting to show the rot set in by the Democrats and the Unions that controlled it.

Now, it’s 90,000+ and expected to dwindle into the 60’s by 2040. This is a town when no purpose and no hope. Thanks, guys.

The Democrats and The Unions have moved on from here. From where they started. You see this is where Unions started. Other than Detroit, this is where the automobile started.

This was a boomtown once. Now it’s barely a ghost of a town.

A great example of this from a childhood memory around 1976. The UAW was in the midst of it’s 1970s piss fights with GM. They took turns massacring each other. The Union would go on strike for more money and benefits, cost GM lots of money. GM would concede eventually, then they’d layoff thousands of people. Who would later be re-hired. Meanwhile, both negotiated sweetheart deals that would benefit no one but themselves in the long run.

Around 1976 or so I remember vividly that the UAW’s latest strike for “more pay” was because they were only making $28/hr. In 2017 terms that’s well over $100/hr. And they were pissed.

That was the kind of routine I grew up with. And it’s still alive and well today.

This is a good summation: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/viewSubCategory.asp?id=2113

So the Democrat lust for power (and RINOs) is insatiable and like a giant succubus will suck the life out of anything to continue its quest for ultimate power and control.

That’s is the lesson for today, kiddies.

There was the eight-story Smith-Bridgman department store — the lavishly decorated place for children to see Santa Claus. There were The Fair, J.C. Penney and, just north of downtown, Sears. There was latecomer Montgomery Ward, which opened in 1965.

Sears and Woolworth left for the new Genesee Valley mall in 1970. Which is now a shell of its former self. I know, it was The Mall of my High School Years.

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Here it is yesterday.

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Genessee Valley Center Mall. Straight out of the 1970s…

The Montgomery Ward building is still there. But it’s been abandoned since the 1980s and is now a Court building. I saw it yesterday. It was the bus stop I got off at in Downtown every day of High School. You see, my High School was in Downtown. Now, its a parking lot.

They even renamed Detroit St., Martin Luther King St. 😦

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A People, a Town, is a terrible thing to waste.
But the Liberal succubus has to move on…

Between a Rock and a RINO

This is probably a smart political move by the White House, to be honest, even though it will please neither side of this debate. By way of background, the Obama administration started paying bailout-style cost-sharing subsidies to insurers under Obamacare, reimbursing carriers for some of the costs associated with lowering expenses and deductibles for certain lower-income consumers.  House Republicans sued, contending that Congress never appropriated those billions of dollars, rendering the program illegal. Thus, Trump is faced with a dilemma: Either (a) side with Obama’s possibly-illegal scheme in the name of preventing even more disruption in the law’s marketplaces — or (b) side with Republicans by ending the program, which would instantly result in double-digit premium hikes and prompt even more insurer departures.  Amid reports that the president was leaning toward the latter option, the White House has reportedly chosen door number three:

The Trump administration and House of Representatives Monday asked a federal court for another 90-day delay in a lawsuit over Obamacare insurance subsidies, undermining the future of the health care marketplaces as insurers look for certainty from the government before committing to offer coverage next year. “The parties continue to discuss measures that would obviate the need for judicial determination of this appeal, including potential legislative action,” the House and White House wrote to the court. If the request is approved, the parties would have to file another update in 90 days. “We continue to work with the Trump administration on a solution,” said AshLee Strong, spokeswoman for Speaker Paul Ryan. The suit, House v. Price, centers on Obamacare’s cost-sharing program, which reimburses health insurers to help low-income people make co-payments at the doctor or hospital. The case was brought by House Republicans during the Obama administration. But the case has taken on added significance as Republicans try to repeal the health law: without the $7 billion in payments, insurers say they cannot remain afloat in the Obamacare markets.

Legally speaking, Obamacare opponents believe these payments, which they see as unlawful, should be cancelled. Politically, it’s not so simple, and that’s by design. Yanking back those un-appropriated dollars may be the correct constitutional move, but it would have an immediate and harmful impact on the existing system. Maddeningly, this is something of a perverse win-win for Democrats. If Trump declines to uproot Obama’s unauthorized program, a controversial aspect of Obamacare remains intact, now with the imprimatur of a Republican administration attached to it. Insurers and some patients would benefit, at least in the short term. But if Trump were to vitiate the program, Democrats would have a field day. They’d blast the White House for its “mean-spirited” decision to screw over low-income Obamacare consumers, they’d demand that the Republican Congress formally allocate the disputed dollars (pressuring Republicans into a “fix” that would infuriate the base), and they’d proceed to blame all inevitable future Obamacare meltdowns on the GOP. We all know that the failing law is bound to keep failing, with even higher rates and even fewer options for consumers on the horizon in 2018. Democrats have already trotted out the lame talking point that the law (for which they are 100 percent responsible) is being “undermined” by Republican-fueled “uncertainty.”

In reality, this downward spiral long pre-dates the Trump presidency, and the same exact problems would still beset Democrats’ partisan healthcare scheme if Hillary Clinton had won the election. The dysfunctional dynamics that are sinking Obamacare are inherent to the fundamentally and fatally flawed law. If Trump pulls the rug out from under insurers in an even more jarring way by abruptly ending his predecessor’s questionable reimbursement mechanism, the resulting negative outcomes will be entirely laid at Republicans’ feet. Critics could then more persuasively argue that the anti-Obamacare party owns part of the Obamacare mess. With the administration on the defensive after two brutal weeks of PR, and with Trump abroad on his first international trip as president, the White House has apparently chosen not to pick a massive new fight with Democrats at the moment. Can, kicked. One of the arguments Team Trump is likely to employ to defend this delay is that the Senate is currently doing its work on the House-passed healthcare bill, so it’s more prudent to let that process play out, rather than throwing a politically-volitile grenade into the mix while those delicate negotiations are underway. Speaking of which, everyone involved is waiting on the CBO’s score of the latest AHCA version, which could conceivably require the House to rejigger the bill and take another vote. Gulp.

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers continue to be physically threatened and menaced over their efforts to keep an oft-repeated campaign promise to clean up Democrats’ deteriorating healthcare disaster. The status quo is failing badly and hurting millions of people — and the pain is going to get significantly worse, even if Trump doesn’t touch Obama’s cost-sharing provision. The House bill is flawed and needs improving, but angry constituents lambasting members of Congress (watch this recap of Rep. Tom MacArthur’s fury-filled forum) over the AHCA’s supposed outrages (“failing” to protect people with pre-existing conditions, or “making” rape a pre-existing condition) are misguided, ignorant or dishonest. (Guy Benson)

But lying for their agenda and spreading fear  is very Leftist.

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