Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Our BADLY Broken System...

Deranged Eric Shepherd stomping on the flag of the country that gave him everytghing he has...apparently WITHOUT earning ANY of it 

We've put waaaaay too many idiots (not to mention EDPs) in College....and it never works out.

You can't fix stupid.

But more than that we've put a specific KIND of people into Colleges they don't belong in, like the underachieving scions of alumnis and big donors and of course those who come from various "disadvantaged groups." You generally DON'T see the very "disadvantaged" from places like Appalachia in our major Universities, but you do see THIS guy - black supremacist, Eric Shepherd. (

On every measure it's been an abject failure, just as has the idea that moving poor and dysfunctional people into areas among more productive, successful people will improve the lot of the poor.

WHY doesn't any of that work?

In a word, Schoenphauer's law;

"If you put a spoonful of wine in a barrel of sewage, you get sewage.

If you put a spoonful of sewage in a barrel of wine, you get sewage."

You can log this under Exhibit 9,874,937 of why race/gender preferences just DON'T work.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Poverty and Violence – There IS No Causal Connection

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The Aryan Brotherhood is the fastest growing and most dangerous gang in the U.S. today

Is Gang Violence About to Take Hold in Middle America, the Way Out-of-Wedlock Births and Single-Parenthood Has?

I’ve always been one of those people who’d blurt out the direct answer to a problem without much diplomacy, or regard for “political correctness” (a/k/a “OTHER people’s feelings”). It’s NOT always a prudent strategy, but it seems to be a part of my DNA. Yeah the "obnoxious dick" part.

Recently I came across two articles I found both interesting and oddly enough related. One, titled “4 US Cities Cited as Most Violent in the World. Do You Know What They Have in Common?” (…/315809-four-violent-american-ci…/…) highlights four American cities (Detroit, New Orleans, Baltimore and St. Louis) that rank among the most violent the world over.

This article (from the Conservative website IJ Review) went on to try to get a handle on the root cause, or etiology of this violence...and came up with the SAME trite and tired causes that most Left-of-Center outlets do:

They came up with;

(*) High poverty rates

(*) A high prevalence of single-parent families...

(*) Decades of uninterrupted Democratic control of those cities. (The IJ Review IS a Conservative outlet, after all)

The problem with those potential “causes” is that they ARE NOT among the real causes of the violence in those areas. We KNOW that because there are other poor cities in America with all of those SAME issues that are far LESS violent, so it MUST BE...."something else."

The 2nd article shed some light on the least for me, but then again, I seem to be more open-minded, not to mention, more of a real DICK, then a lot of other folks I know.

That article was titled simply, “These Are the Poorest Cities in America” ( And well, what do you know, it turns out that a number of cities NOT known for their violence make the list. Cities like Fresno, El Paso and Tucson are all among the 10 poorest cities in America, BUT they are NOT among its most violent.

Can anyone else see the primary difference between Tucson, Fresno and El Paso....and Detroit, Baltimore and New Orleans?

Oooooh...I do...I DO?!

Anyone else?

Come on! I KNOW this one!

OK, it’s that while Detroit, Baltimore and New Orleans are all predominantly black, Fresno, Tucson and El Paso are not.

Detroit is 83% black, Baltimore is 63.3% black, New Orleans is 60.2% black. By contrast, Fresno is just 6% black (78% white), El Paso is just 4% black (92.2% white) and Tucson is just 5% black (70% white).

YES, “blackness,” or more appropriately, the preponderance of African-Americans seems to be the primary factor that separates the most violent poor cities from the less violent ones.

Weird huh?

OK, for anyone who’s ever lived or worked in such areas, it’s really not all that “weird,” it’s just “the way things are.” Such areas have long been seen as "more dangerous," but judging by our failed policies and our continuing to be stuck in failed paradigms (blaming poverty, single-parenthood, etc.) in attempting to understand the violence, we seem to lack NOT only the will, but even the appropriate measure of concern to effectively deal with it.

We tend to collectively look away.

And we cling to these failed ideas, despite the fact that NONE of our well-intentioned “solutions” have ever worked – we refuse to address the real problem, out of a sense of not wanting to hurt other people’s feelings.


Do you think black people are unaware that the places they live in are ultra-violent?

Does refusing to address that issue do anything to address the shameful and shocking fact that the #1 cause of death for black males between 16 and 36 is homicide?

Do you think that the black community is fundamentally different than the Irish, Jewish or Greek communities?

They are NOT! We are all subject to the same advantages and pitfalls of human nature. There are some very noble aspects of human nature and also some horrific aspects, as well....and every group deals with both.

That’s also why throwing money at such problems NEVER...EVER works.

As an example, there WILL no doubt be a good deal of federal money flowing into Baltimore in the wake of the riots there and the CVS there has (inexplicably) said it will reopen, but no amount of money can fix the problem of a populace that seems to have little use for education, lacks the requisite skills for today's job market and is prone to bigotry, hatred and violence.

Now, that lack of interest in education, a lack of basic jobs skills and penchant for recklessness and irresponsibility that causes POVERTY is NOT a BLACK/WHITE issue. Poverty is caused by the SAME behaviors among blacks, whites and all others.

A recent documentary on poverty highlighted the dysfunctions in Appalachia. One former resident, who'd gotten out and made good in the mining industry moved back to that area, opened up a mine in one county there and the many of the local people wouldn't take the job training, others would work 5 or 6 weeks at jobs that paid over $100,000/year, then leave to drink and do Meth.

There's a reason people are poor and it's primarily behavioral. Society fails to understand that at its own peril.

HOWEVER, there is a reason why there is such a stark difference between say, Tucson and Baltimore (Tucson is BOTH poorer and less violent than Baltimore) in terms of VIOLENCE, and it is NOT’s demographics.

It appears that the widespread violence in predominantly black urban areas IS very much a "black problem"...for now. Since 1976, blacks in the USA (12% of the population) have accounted for over HALF of all murders in the entire nation. THAT’S an incredible statistic.

The vast majority of poor people (of ALL backgrounds) are NOT violent.

Schools fail because the parents in such areas fail to make education a priority in their children's lives. The children come to school undisciplined and the schools are NOT allowed to instill it.

It seems that violence stems from a perversion of the innate desire for control. Creative, productive people (like Savvas Savopoulos, the recent victim of a racial killing in Washington, D.C.) turn that desire inward to exert control over themselves and harness that innate desire into creation (in the form of art and businesses, etc.), impotent/powerless people (like Daron Wint, Mr. Savopoulos’ murderer) turn that desire inward and turn to violence to get a sense of that kind of control...over others.

I DO NOT claim to know the precise etiology of that phenomenon in predominantly black areas, but it would appear that racism and racial violence are encouraged as "righteous rage," by a well-established and well-funded racial grievance industry. That certainly seems borne out by the chronicling done by the likes of Colin Flaherty (

There seems to be no other logical explanation and if that's indeed the case, that's going to be a very difficult problem to get a handle on. For a whole host of reasons, Western society has begun rewarding/compensating "victims," and the competition for that coveted "victim's status" has been full bore for a long time now...among ALL groups.

That too, is probably one of the reasons that gang culture is so attractive to so many young people...of ALL backgrounds. There are gang issues in Fresno, El Paso and Tucson, as well. In fact, right now, in the USA, the Aryan Brotherhood is the fastest growing and reportedly, the most dangerous gang in the nation. Like ALL gangs the Aryan Brotherhood and other such gangs offer youths a source of acceptance, pride and they reinforce a victim's sense of paranoia that "everyone else is out to get them."

Today, just as the black family was in the vanguard of those caught up in the unintended consequences of welfare (the disintegration of the family, generational dependency, etc.), that community is again "the canary in the coal mine" when it comes to gang culture and the systemic violence that comes along with it. IF you don't think that can happen throughout the rest of America, then you haven't been paying attention.

Suburbanites, black and white do themselves a great disservice by ignoring this and convincing themselves "this won't happen here." NO ONE ever thinks it's going to happen to THEIR THEIR family.

When Daniel Patrick Moynihan warned about the corrosive effects of America's welfare programs (chasing men/fathers out of the home, miring generations in a "learned helplessness," and elevating victimhood to an exalted status, thereby balkanizing America's cities), and noted that the effects we were then first seeing in the black community were coming for everyone else, the vast majority of Americans rejected that message.

Since that time, then Senator Moynihan has been proven correct. Both out-of-wedlock birth rates and the number of single-parent households have skyrocketed throughout American society.

The explosion of the gang culture and all that brings with it will come next, shocking those that "never thought it could happen here."

Ignoring the problem will NOT make it go away. It will only let it metastasize.

The fact that a Conservative publication, like the IJ Review would buy so completely into the Left’s absurd Marxist “root causes” (discrimination, oppression and poverty) of violence, shows how very, VERY far from being able to adequately address such issues America really is.

In the meantime, an epidemic of black-on-white violence is being ignored, “hate crimes” laws are being consistently and apparently deliberately misapplied and the #1 cause of death among black males between the ages of 16 and 36 remains homicide.

There is a LOT that is disturbing about that...about continuing to stay with policies and ideas we all KNOW have failed, simply because they sound...and feel good.

The LIMITS of Public Influence

Irish Voters Celebrate Gay Marriage Vote

A LOT of people seem to give the media and government (especially politicians) far more credit for “influencing public opinion,” then they deserve.

We’ve seen the Left go apoplectic over “Rush Limbaugh’s and Fox News’ influence over the public.”

They were, and ARE wrong.

Neither Limbaugh, nor FNC ever converted, nor converted people to “Conservatism.” Their message merely struck a chord that resonated with a HUGE number of Americans.

What the Left was actually more concerned with, but most were unable to articulate, was that these outlets “emboldened” Conservatives and “generated a Conservative consensus,” or at least showed how little of a “Left-wing consensus existed.”

Those are very real, but very different concerns.

The idea that media and public figures greatly influence public opinion has long been with us.

Look at the global movement for homosexual rights. Ireland (Catholic Ireland) just passed gay marriage! (

WHY is this happening,” many ask.

Some have blamed “a godless, perverted media and entertainment industry,” others have blamed “political forces,” BUT the truth is that homosexuality, along with increased friction and tension between the genders often arises at times when the human population reaches the limits of the earth’s ability to sustain it. Likewise, the more affluent a society becomes, generally the more socially liberal (permissive) it becomes.

That’s a fact.

Homosexuality isn’t a recent discovery.

It’s been around as long as...well, as long as prostitution has, and we all know how long mankind’s oldest profession has been around – probably about as long as there’ve been people.

What I’m saying (or trying to say) is that most of the ideas, good and bad, traditional and extreme have always bubbled up among the populace, first. In other words, the PEOPLE have influenced the media and the political class and NOT the other way around. Yes, often the old adage that goes, “When politicians get an idea, they usually get it wrong,” is dead on and politicians and their media cousins pervert that message because they didn’t fully understand it, but the original ideas almost always stem from the people themselves.

It would seem that the REAL changes bubble upward, well before they are disseminated downward by the media and academia.

In the case of homosexuality, I DO believe that it is more accepted during periods when mankind pushes the limits of the sustainability of the environment and is less accepted in periods when human survival is predicated upon expanding the human population.

I believe that’s the SAME with most issues.

The abolitionist movement bubbled up from private citizens long before the government and the media of that day ever took up that fight.

Why did that movement advance?

So many of us just don’t have a good understanding of history, that a lot of us seem unaware that Western Europe and America were among the first places on earth to eradicate chattel slavery. In fact, chattel slavery STILL goes on in much of the known world today (in large tracts of Asia, throughout the Arab Muslim world and in sub-Saharan Africa).

The primary reason that chattel slavery (a hallmark of agricultural societies) first ended in Western Europe and the Americas is that those areas were where the Industrial Revolution first took hold. While chattel slavery is a relatively efficient economic system for agricultural societies, chattel slavery is NOT at all an efficient economic system for Industrial societies.

In the USA, the Industrial North became more and more outraged at what it saw as the primitive and barbaric economic system of the agricultural South, so the abolitionist movement grew and garnered more and more victories. The importation of slaves to the USA was banned in 1808.

Southern congressmen joined with the North in voting to abolish the African slave trade, an act that became effective January 1, 1808. The widespread trade of slaves within the South was not prohibited, however, and children of slaves automatically became slave themselves, thus ensuring a self-sustaining slave population in the South.

So, it seems human development, mankind’s moving FROM the agricultural societies of the past, TO the industrial societies of the modern age, was the impetus for the abolitionist movement in the West. That movement typically bubbled UP from the people and only belatedly became embraced by government (and “the political class”) and the media.

That is the case with MOST major movements. They are driven upwards by the people, before they ever take hold in government and the media.

So, if you’re looking for someone to blame over all this “creeping social permissiveness,” look no further than your friends and neighbors. The ideas bubble up from US, they do not filter downward, regardless what some egotistical folks in the media may presume.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Al Sharpton's Anti-Civil Rights Crusade

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Al Sharpton

Recently, Al Sharpton has inanely campaigned to make it a federal crime for a white person to shoot a black person even is self-defense.

“We Must Make It A Federal Crime For White People To Shoot Black People Ever, Including In Self Defense!” (Al Sharpton)....(…/…), BUT the article below makes clear the very ugly reality of inter-racial crime in America today.

Ironically enough, a recent evaluation of violent crime in the city of St. Louis found that,"Over Five Years, 13,000 People in St. Louis Murdered, Shot, or Robbed At Gun Point: The Common Denominator being a Black Person Almost Always Holding the Gun.." (…/over-five-ye…)

What apparently fueled Sharpton's anti-Civil Rights (yes, self-defense IS a basic Civil Right) crusade was this, "Earlier this week, the Justice Department ruled there was insufficient evidence to charge George Zimmerman with violating the civil rights of Trayvon Martin in the 2012 self defense shooting. That sparked some ludicrous words from Al Sharpton on Wednesday mornings Tom Joyner Morning Show."

[The reason the DoJ came to that finding was that ALL evidence showed that Trayvon Martin attacked George Zimmerman first, allegedly for following him...and yes, that amounts to felony assault by Trayvon Martin]

"Sharpton explained to Tom Joyner, “The intent to prove that Zimmerman did it because of his race, that is the legal threshold. Unless we change that legislation, we end up where we are in terms of the Trayvon Martin case. Clearly I’m disappointed. Clearly I’m sure the family is. But clearly the Justice Department cannot go beyond the laws as is written. As we fight these fights and continue to fight from Staten Island to Ferguson, we must change the threshold that you qualify a civil rights case for, or we will keep having these moments of activism that end up with cases of being disappointing.” (…/…)

It's certainly NOT the first time that Al Sharpton spoke without understanding the issue, nor the Constitution. (HINT: You can eradicate self-defense for a singel, specific group...ALL self-defense would ahve to be eradicated Al.) What a DOPE!

Well, here are the actual facts in stark visual form;


This is an Interesting Article as it Highlights the Stigma of Bypassing Traditional Standards...

 Latino firefighters say they were forced to take race-based promotions or face never being promoted at all as part of a policy the fire department says aims to boost diversity in management positions.

Here in New York City, Hispanic firefighters were NOT a part of the initial lawsuit brought against the City's (1999 and 2002) Entrance Exams. They were put on that lawsuit by a federal judge and then denied compensatory damages, as those were only made available for black applicants. (…/payouts-start-flowing-in-fdny-discrimi…/).

In Chicago, Hispanic firefighters who'd passed the Lieutenants exam, claim they were "bullied" into accepting quota promotions when the city told members who'd bypassed such promotions twice, that if they passed it up a third time, they'd be taken off the list they earned the right to be on by passing the exams. SEE: 

Latino Firefighters Bullied Into Taking Race-Based Promotions, They Say


The COSTS of Public Services Are Reaching Critical Mass

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Margaret Wente

This ( is an interesting article ("Why firefighters are underworked and overpaid") from a perspective that many public sector workers don't hear much....nor want to hear.

This is going to be a continuing discussion. One that'll almost certainly only get louder and LOUDER. It's also a very uncomfortable conversation for a lot of public workers (cops, firefighters, teachers, even public nurses, physicians, etc.).

We've seen rampant wage deflation throughout the U.S. and what Margaret Went (the author) is saying in this article is that (especially) small communities can't afford the high costs of their public services any more.

Here's a part of our problem, so many "pro-Union" public service workers did NOTHING while other industires (mostly in the private sector) were "outsourced" (sending factories to foreign destinations) and "in-sourced" (with chaep migrant labor) forcing millions of Americans to compete in a downward wage spiral. We took the reviled "IGM" (I've got mine") approach.

NOW we're increasingly living in a low wage world and the rest of America's low wage workers are looking squarely at us. That's a BIG part of the reason both wages and benefits (pensions and medical benefits) are under attack.

Like in a lot of areas, "we are all too often our own worst enemies."

Another Race Crime in D.C.?

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Daron Wint and the family he murdered, including 10 y/o

The police have just identified a suspect in the horrific home invasion, murder, arson crime in Washngton, D.C., in which the Savopoulos family and their housekeeper were all murdered.

His name is Daron Wint and he's been charged with first degree murder and police have offered a bounty of up to $25,000 for information that leads to his arrest. His DNA was found on a Domino's Pizza that was ordered the night of the attacks.

Savvas Savopoulos, 46; Amy Savopoulos, 47; their 10-year-old son, Philip; and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, were all found dead. It's been reported that, "Investigators have not revealed a motive in the killing, but believe that money could be a possible reason."

OK, "money" is a motive for robbery.

Hatred, rage, jealousy, are the most likely motives for murder.

Sorry, but as unsavory as this might seem, this has all the makings of a racial murder.
I am NOT a supporter of "hate crimes laws" because they amount to thought crimes, BUT I do acknowledge what few pro-hate crimes supporters seem to either understand or admit to...and that is, virtually ALL inter-racial violence is racially motivated.

AGAIN, I DO NOT believe in punishing people MORE for an alleged "hate crime" (especially given how unfairly applied those laws are) than for a run-of-the-mill violent crime.
For instance, James Byrd's murderes got the death penalty (which they deserved) for the MURDER of James Byrd, in Texas which had no "hate crimes" statutes on the books at the time.

Ironically enough, those murderes would've gotten life without parole max, in states like New York or California where "hate crimes" statutes have long been established.

Another thing that this sort of crime makes clear is the DYSGENICS of crime.\
WHY is violent crime so debilitatng to any society.

Simply put, because the victims are almost always far more productive and talented than their asailants.

Back in October of 2001, Investment banker Ted Ammon (a brilliant investor by all accounts) was murdered by a handyman named Danny Pelosi, who later married Ammon's widow Generosa.

The world lost an invaluable, irreplacable rsource in Ted Ammon and none of those involved in his death (certainly not the dull-normal Pelosi) could replace Ammon's contributions.

SAME here. It's not much of a guess to speculate that Mr. Wint is entirely unable (no matter how much money might be wasted on trying to educate this guy) to replace the incredibly productive gifts of Savvas Savopoulos, who was the CEO of American Iron Works, a supplier of metal to building projects across the region. Those two cases are merely instructive, they are NOT at all untypical of the dysgenic disposition of most violent crimes.

America's criminal justice system has failed on so many levels.

It's failed to properly deal with bias/hate crimes.

It's failed to prioritize violent crimes as seriosuly as warranted and it's failed to deliver the kind of draconian and public punishments that violent crimes cry out for, especially given how utterly any and all attempts at "rehabilitating" violent offenders has proven to be.
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