November 27, 2014
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Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789
By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.
Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:” Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us. And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best. Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789. Go. Washington
Local and national politics intersect in the Ferguson melee, and most people are unaware of the machinations going on outside of the media cameras. Those machinations are there, and they are an important driver of events.
This whole thing stinks of politics - both local and national. St. Louis County (as opposed to the City, which is it's own county) was run by a group of black politicians from the north part of the county (which includes Ferguson) for the last 11 years. The County Executive was a guy named Charlie Dooley. Dooley's administration became embroiled in numerous corruption scandals, and some white Democrats mounted a challenge to him, succeeding in unseating his administration. Among the principle backers of the white challenger was County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. That is why there has been so many demands McCulloch be removed from the investigation and prosecution of Officer Daren Wilson; not that he is biased (he was a member of the "Obama Truth Squad") but as political payback. In fact, all manner of local black politicians have been regulars at these riots, and have been helping to organize and promote attendance. This is essentially their temper tantrum at losing power in the region.
And our governor here in Missouri is a huge part of the problem. Jay Nixon has dreams of national office, and he has met extensively with Holder and other top Obama officials. He demanded Wilson be fired from his job before the investigation even began, and he demanded an indictment before the Grand Jury met. When the Ferguson mayor called Jeff City for the National Guard Nixon sat on his brain and did nothing, waiting until Tuesday before deploying them. By Tuesday there was little left to guard.
There are a number of prominent people who believe Nixon did this to punish Ferguson for not doing what they were told in this instance. A lot of prominent people are calling for Nixon to resign. Given the Republicans have a supermajority in the state Congress I hope they impeach him; they certainly have the political power to do that.
The whole thing is ridiculous; everyone knew there would be riots, and knew exactly where and when, and yet nothing was done to stop them. A state of emergency was declared but the Guard was placed in supporting roles and the police (being run by St. Louis County and not Ferguson) were given stand-down orders from somewhere - most likely Charlie Dooley who is still running things, at least until January. Ferguson should simply have been on lockdown, and any looters should have been shot. That is why you call out the National Guard in the first place.
Ferguson was an area coming back. In fact, it was exactly what Progressives claim they want; a multicultural, multiracial community with a good tax base and plenty of services. It was NOT impoverished, except in certain areas which benefitted greatly from the gentrification of the city. Ferguson is a beautiful city, with big old homes and a country-town center. It's close to a major university, and to an interstate highway. There were all manner of businesses opening there - restaurants, a wine garden, a microbrewery, etc. Young professionals were buying homes there - you could get an amazing house for a great price.
Home prices have fallen by fifty percent since this began. Essentially, Ferguson is dead.
And now all those residents in the Canfield apartments and whatnot are going to scream about not having any place to shop, and about having bad schools, and about all the rest. Nobody will ever dream to point out they brought it on themselves; it's what happens when you chase businesses and middle-class people away.
This was little more than a giant temper tantrum.
Strange; Ferguson was exactly the type of community the progs want, and it did not work. Instead of different classes and races mixing harmoniously, coming to appreciate and understand one another, we saw envy and hatred, with the poorer blacks indignant over living next door to white yuppies. And the white people - and lots of middle class black people who also lived there - are fleeing. The company I work for did a land-office business based primarily on Ferguson refugees in the last couple of months, and the majority of them were middle class blacks.
Of course, at the heart of the protesters were the New Black Panthers, the Nation of Islam, and a host of other national radicals. Occupy Wall Street was there. And Obama met with them, telling them to "keep the spirit of Ferguson alive" rather than demanding restraint. This whole thing was a co-ordinated effort. I believe the Administration issued the stand-down order to Gov. Nixon.
November 27, 2014
New Black Panther Party plotted to blow up the Gateway Arch and murder McCulloch
By Rick Moran
Two members of the New Black Panther Party who were arrested last week on firearms charges planned to bomb St. Louis's Gateway Arch and murder prosecutor Robert McCulloch and Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Sources close to the investigation were uncertain whether the men had the capability to carry out the plans, although the two allegedly did buy what they thought was a pipe bomb in an undercover law enforcement sting.
The men wanted to acquire two more bombs, the sources said, but could not afford to do it until one suspect’s girlfriend’s Electronic Benefit Transfer card was replenished.
An indictment, with no mention of bombs or killings, was returned in federal court here Nov. 19 and unsealed Friday upon the arrest of Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis. Their addresses and Baldwin’s age were not available; Davis is 22.
The arrest came three days before McCulloch revealed that a grand jury would not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the controversial killing of Michael Brown. The announcement triggered looting and multiple arsons in Ferguson.
The charges say that between Nov. 1 and Nov. 13, at the Cabela’s store in Hazelwood, Baldwin claimed to be buying two Hi-Point .45-caliber pistols for himself when they were really for another person. Brandon also is known as Brandon Muhammad, according to court documents, and Davis now goes by the last name Ali, his attorney said. Each faces a charge of aiding and abetting the making of a false written statement made in connection with a firearms purchase.
The sources said additional charges, reflecting the plot, were expected to be filed. They said Davis was considered the leader of the plot, which police documented on hidden video.
The firearm charges and arrests were reported by the Post-Dispatch on Friday night. Some national news outlets reported, with no detail, that there had been a bomb plot.
One of the defendants’ plans, the sources said, included planting a bomb inside the observation deck at the top of the Arch. It was not clear how they could have gotten a bomb past airport-style security screening for rides up.
It also wasn’t clear, the sources said, whether the men intended to use bombs as the means to kill McCulloch and Jackson. Both officials became targets of national criticism and protests after Brown’s killing.
As stupid and inept as these two would be revolutionaries appear to be, this was a serious plot. Who's to say what might have happened? All it would have taken is a little luck and they very well might have succeeded.
You can make an argument that these thugs should have been charged with planning a terrorist act. But with Eric Holder's Justice Department, that's not going to happen.
Ferguson Arson Unnecessarily Causes Global Warming
While America’s taxpayers were sleeping, enjoying their families and eating turkey, Congress has been busy. Congressional Republicans are negotiating with Senate Democrats to extend the infamous wind energy Production Tax Credit through to 2017. After that, it will supposedly be phased out, just as was supposed to happen in the past. This sneaky, dark-of-night Lame Duck Session tactic should be flatly rejected – especially since a very different Congress is scheduled for arrival in January.
In this article, my friend and colleague Mary Kay Barton explains what’s going on … makes a persuasive case for taking action … and provides a sample letter to Congress for that very purpose.
Big Wind is pressing Congress for yet another bailout
Mary Kay Barton
Taxpayers beware! While you were sleeping, enjoying your family and eating turkey, Congress has been busy.
Congressional Republicans are negotiating with Senate Democrats to extend the infamous wind energy Production Tax Credit through to 2017, after which it will supposedly be phased out, just as was supposed to happen in the past. This sneaky, dark-of-night "lame duck” session tactic should be flatly rejected.
While you’ve been busy just trying to make ends meet, wondering why the cost of everything is going up, and agonizing over how your children and grandchildren will ever pay the mounting $18 TRILLION dollar national debt – the wind industry lobbyists’ group, the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), just sent Congress a letter seeking to extend the federal, taxpayer-funded wind Production Tax Credit (PTC).
The list of signers to AWEA’s letter include rent-seeking industries and "green” groups who’ve all benefitted by tapping into taxpayers’ wallets via the Big Wind PTC (aka: Pork-To-Cronies). It certainly isn’t hard to figure out why these corporations pay many millions of dollars to hire lobbyists and run national TV advertising campaigns geared at convincing crony-to vote to continue these TAXES and higher energy prices on American citizens.
AWEA’a letter is typical of wind industry propaganda. It makes specious claims about creating jobs and reducing pollution, without providing a shred of evidence to PROVE any of their claims. AWEA apparently hopes Congressional officials are "too stupid” to understand what energy-literate citizens nationwide know: Industrial wind can NEVER provide reliable power. It raises electricity costs, even after subsidies are factored in. It kills more jobs than it creates. It defiles wildlife habitats and kills eagles, hawks, other birds and bats – with no penalties to Big Wind operators.
Here’s the reality: After 22+ years of picking U.S. taxpayers’ and ratepayers’ pockets, industrial wind has NOT significantly reduced carbon dioxide emissions. It has not replaced any conventional power plants, anywhere. However, the $Trillions spent on these "green” boondoggles to date have significantly added to the $18+ TRILLION dollar debt that our children and grandchildren will have to bear.
AWEA’s own statements from years and decades past can be used against them. To cite just one example, 31 years ago, a study coauthored by the AWEA stated:
The private sector can be expected to develop improved solar and wind technologies which will begin to become competitive and self-supporting on a national level by the end of the decade if assisted by tax credits and augmented by federally sponsored R&D.
[American Wind Energy Association, et al. Quoted in Renewable Energy Industry, Joint Hearing before the Subcommittees of the Committee on Energy and Commerce et al., House of Representatives, 98th Cong., 1st sess. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1983, p. 52.]
In other words, the PTC should have ended 20 years ago, because wind energy would be self-sustaining by then. It wasn’t. It still isn’t. It never will be. We need to pull the PTC plug now!
Here are some details about the bill that is currently being negotiated during the lame duck session –before the newly elected, Republican majority Senate takes office and can do much about it.
In 2016, wind developers would be eligible for 80% percent of the PTC's value. They could also claim 60% of its value through the first nine months of 2017, after which it would supposedly expire.
The proposed congressional deal also seems to continue basing PTC eligibility on when project construction project begins. That opens huge doors for abuse.
The last time Congress extended the PTC, as part of its "fiscal cliff” deal in 2013, it said "eligibility” for taxpayer largesse covered projects "under construction,” rather than requiring that they be "placed in service” by a certain date. In practice, this means just a shovelful of dirt has to be moved by that date.
Remember too that the Production Tax Credit supposedly expired last year. But this clever language has allowed construction and expansion in the meantime. Meanwhile, Lois Lerner’s Internal Revenue Service has helpfully said projects that were started or "safe-harbored” prior to the PTC’s most recent pseudo-expiration can claim tax credits if they are in service by 2015. And then they can claim the $23-per-MWh credit for ten more years!
What a wonderful holiday gift for Big Wind and its political sponsors – at your expense.
Our government should NOT be in the business of picking and choosing the winners and losers in the energy marketplace – while assaulting and harming the very citizens they are forcing to pay for this "green” energy scam. It’s time for government to get out of the way and let the markets work!
The best solutions will rise to the top of their own accord because they will provide modern power at the best prices – thereby maintaining the reliable, affordable power that has made America great.
Citizens nation-wide have awakened to this massive "green” energy scam. Many have sent letters to Congress like the one below. You can join the fight by contacting your representatives and urging them to do the right thing: Protect American consumers, taxpayers and ratepayers. END Wind Welfare (#EndWindWelfare)!
Here’s a sample letter that you can use or modify:
Citizens’ Plea - DO NOT RESUSCITATE
the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit
Dear Senator or Congressman:
We, the undersigned, join millions of U.S. taxpayers & ratepayers nationwide in urging you and your colleagues to eliminate the 22-year old wind Production Tax Credit (PTC).
You should know by now that wind energy is a net technical, economic and environmental loser. Why would we want to waste more $Billions of taxpayers’ hard-earned money on a net loser?
The addition of industrial wind in the United States has not reduced our need to maintain and build reliable generation, nor does it add materially to our job force. Because wind energy is so diffuse, unreliable and volatile, it can never supply the reliable, affordable electric generating capacity that our modern society demands. Instead, it creates unprecedented industrial sprawl that is responsible for massive habitat fragmentation, species decline, and the wonton slaughter of countless birds and bats.
By forcing gigantic wind turbines on entire communities where only a few benefit, it has devastated civility in targeted townships, and destroyed rural heritage as landscapes are forever changed.
Renewable energy tax policy has also fostered a generation of developers bent on sticking turbines on every free acre that has transmission access, no matter who is in the way. It is simply unconscionable that, to date, no U.S. elected official has called for appropriate health studies to protect the health, safety and welfare of U.S. citizens who are suffering as a result of living within the sprawling footprints of industrial wind factories. As a result, it’s no surprise that more than twelve active lawsuits are pending against wind projects in as many states, with many more sure to follow.
The issues surrounding wind power expansion also impact energy prices and disrupt otherwise functional markets. The PTC provides project owners with a significant out-of-market revenue source, which invokes predatory pricing practices that unfairly harm the economics of reliable generators. In fact, at 2.3¢/kWh, the subsidy's pre-tax value (3.5¢/kWh) equals, or exceeds the wholesale price of power in much of the country.
There is no justification for a government program that manipulates and harms otherwise healthy, competitive businesses for the benefit of a few.
After 22-years of tax credits, the business of Big Wind is not about energy production. It is about tax avoidance and tax subsidies. Warren Buffet recently reminded us that wind investment makes no sense without the handouts from taxpayers. Wind energy will never be competitive with the price of the fuel it saves, and would not exist but for the PTC.
After more than two decades, the wind industry is well situated to stand on its own without the PTC. It is unreasonable to continue to force taxpayers to support it. Your constituents know it, and you should, too.
This is why we respectfully request that Congress resist any temptation to reinstate the expired PTC or associated investment tax credit (ITC).
November 26, 2014
EDITOR OF REDSTATE
Ezra Klein’s House of White Privilege Explains the News
t is unbelievable.I mean that in the literal sense of the term: "difficult or impossible to believe.” But I want to be clear here. I’m not saying Wilson is lying. I’m not saying his testimony is false. I am saying that the events, as he describes them, are simply bizarre. His story is difficult to believe.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has always been low-keyed as the state's chief Executive. The secret to his political success is to boldly venture forth with a no-comment, or to disappear when controversy swirls. As a Democratic governor in a purple state that is increasingly red (the Republicans just extended what was already a supermajority in both the state House and Senate) Nixon's hand off approach has served him well, keeping him in office by virtue of a sense of "cleanness". The Governor simply has no record that he must defend.
He can run but he can't hide at this point; Ferguson is a direct challenge to his leadership skills, and his failure to act decisively to stop rioting and looting may cost him dearly.
Calls have been going up since Monday's riots for the Governor to resign from office; he called out the National Guard but placed them in a supporting role, then failed to deliver them Monday night at the heighth of the riots.
Former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher called for the Missouri Governor to step down. According to KMOV:
"Former Ferguson Mayor Brian Fletcher expressed his disappointment with how the National Guard and Governor Nixon handled the grand jury decision’s release Monday.
"The governor did not prepare for the worst, he failed this city,” Fletcher said.
Fletcher said the city should have been sealed off by the National Guard to prevent anyone who does not live in the city to enter the area.
Fletcher also criticized the timing of the release of the grand jury decision. He said it should have been released in the morning hours, which would give law enforcement "a whole day of daylight” to prepare.
When asked if he was satisfied with the National Guard’s response to the situation he said they were "a day late and a dollar short.” He also called for Nixon to resign."
And it has been suggested Nixon did this to punish Ferguson for failing to fire Daren Wilson and for the refusal of the Ferguson Police Chief to resign - key demands of the And, after initially talking tough he went squishy, promising to allow "protests" to go unimpeded (doubtlessly a result of a phone call from a dirty white washed house back east.) Vacillation is the quickest way to cause a mutiny, as students of such rebellion will tell.
Republican Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder was livid
According to Breitbart:
"On Fox News on Tuesday morning, Kinder told anchor Martha MacCallum that Nixon kept the National Guard away as Ferguson burned—and questioned whether he did so in coordination with top officials from President Barack Obama’s administration. At a Tuesday press conference in response to a question from Breitbart News’ Kerry Picket, Nixon said that Kinder’s questions were "false and absurd” and that "politics has nothing to do with what anyone up here is doing.”
Kinder, in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News early on Tuesday evening after the Nixon presser, said that Nixon owes the people of Missouri and specifically Ferguson an explanation as to why he held back the National Guard from stopping the looting, rioting, and burning of businesses and terrorizing of people.
"All I did was ask the question, and he says it’s false. Well, okay, then explain yourself, governor,” Kinder said. "Explain why you gave the order that I supported a week ago to mobilize the guard, to declare a state of emergency, and then at the critical moment you’re nowhere to be found by the mayor of Ferguson who’s desperately calling me in the wee hours of this morning, desperately calling the Speaker of the Missouri House and the floor leader of the Missouri House, Tim Jones and John Diehl, and asking for somebody in state government to stand up and give him some help. All executive power and all command of the Missouri National Guard rests with the Missouri chief executive so none of us could do anything as Ferguson burned. So this mayor made this desperate call as he was watching from his back porch as his city burned.”
Kinder said that Ferguson Mayor James Knowles and Nixon haven’t spoken since the first riots broke out in August.
"Why has he not talked to Mayor James Knowles not twice since this broke on the ninth of August, in 100 plus days?” Kinder said. "Mayor Knowles, we elect non-partisan mayors in Missouri, but if you asked he’d be a Republican in a sort of marginal way. He’s an arm’s length friend of mine and the other legislators I mentioned, but we don’t know him well. I don’t know if that’s why Nixon is pushing him away? But he told me in August when we were three weeks into this, I said, ‘have you spoken to the governor?’ He said ‘I spoke to him for like a minute and a half, when there were like 40 other people in the room but he won’t take my calls.’ He didn’t take his call last night. And not only did he not take his call, but he wouldn’t have his adjutant general of the National Guard take his call. He wouldn’t have his chief of staff take the call. He wouldn’t have his director of public safety call him back. He got nothing. That’s what all of us get.”
Kinder said, too, that Nixon has failed to provide information to even others in state government like himself."
Nixon's inaction is baffling, unless one assumes he was being pressured from higher up. But who is higher than the governor of the sovereign state of Missouri in Missouri? Well....
"The question I put out on Martha MacCallum this morning is that is so inexplicable that the only thing I can think of is that the Holder Justice Department, the Obama administration and Valerie Jarrett demanded that he not deploy the Guard,” Kinder said. "None of them are the commander in chief of the Missouri National Guard. Jay Nixon is. He’s elected by the people to be the commander in chief of the Missouri National Guard. I have it on background that the National Guard up to the top, Adjutant General Steve Danner, wanted to go in. I don’t know that, but I have it on background that he wanted to send his men in and was told not to.”
Governor Jay "18 and a half missing minutes of tape" Nixon has angrily denied the allegations:
"In a phone conference call with reporters, he was asked if it was his ultimate responsibility how any protests are policed. This is what he said: "We're, um, you know, it a, you know, our goal here is to, is to, keep the peace and allow folks' voices to be heard. And in that balance, attempting, you know I am, using the resources we have to be predictable. ... I don't spend a tremendous amount of time personalizing this vis-a-vis me."
PHOTO: People raise their hands in the middle of the street as police wearing riot gear move toward their position trying to get them to disperse, Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
Jeff Roberson/AP Photo
PHOTO: People raise their hands in the middle of the street as police wearing riot gear move toward their position trying to get them to disperse, Aug. 11, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.
"I prefer not to be a commentator on it. I'm making decisions, as, in a, you know, to make sure we are prepared for all contingencies," Nixon added.
Asked again if any one official or agency is ultimately in charge in terms of a response, he said: "Well, I mean, it a, clearly, I mean, I, I feel good about the, we worked hard, to establish unified command, to allied responsibilities and now with the additional assets provided by my order htoday, with the National Guard, you know, we have worked through a number of operational issues." '
Sometimes hiding from responsibility can bite you on the posterior.
Nixon owes us answers, and the Republican supermajority in Congress must demand them. It's time he stop hiding from his responsibilities. These riots need never have happened, or at least they could have been contained, had Nixon acted decisively. But he's a Democrat first and foremost, and if the White House put pressure on him he would cave.
This whole Ferguson affair is a disgrace; none of it need never have happened. It has been mismanaged from the start by authorities in high places. By the way, those authorities have all been Democrats.
Turns out the stepfather of Michael Brown - the Gentle Giant - incited the riot, saying to protesters "let's burn this B**** down!" after the decision not to indict Officer Daren Wilson. Louis Head, who turns out to be a former Blood gangster, apparently has failed to heed his stepson's mother's public admonition for peaceful protest. But then, she beat up her own ex-mother-in-law so one must take her calls for peace with a grain of salt as well.
Here are the fruits of Head's suggestion. Most of the looters and rioters were locals, especially from the Ferguson apartments that are now considered "projects". (I knew people who lived in them when they were just decent apartments for working people.)
Strangely, Charles Johnson, New York Times writer who was permitted to publish the home address of a police officer who shot a black man in New York, had his Twitter account shut down after reporting the Head incitement story.
November 25, 2014
He was scheduled for a biopsy at an animal hospital in Bridgeton for this morning, but last night he seemed to crash, lolling out his tongue and making a rasping sound when he breathed. He was limp as a rag doll. We scooped him up and ran him out to the facility early (it is a twenty four hour emergency hospital) and they admitted him right away.
The doctors came in at 9 and did a C-T scan. Turns out he was riddled with cancer; in his lungs, in his muscles, on his spine, in his hips. We had three options - chemotherapy (which simply wasn't going to work given the nature of these tumors), bringing him home and giving him pain killers until he died, or helping him pass on. He had suffered far too much in the last month; we said our goodbyes and held him as he passed from this world.
He was a joy to us; a friendly, polite little cat who loved nothing more than to sit on our laps and be petted. Having survived the other two, we were stunned that he passed away like that. Our world is a darker place without him.
He was a fighter, having survived a severe bout of bladder stones three years ago. He had to have three operations then, and we did not think he would make it. But he did, and so it made us think he would pull through this time as well. It was not to be.
It's strange to be in an empty house. For over ten years now we have heard the pitter patter of cat paws on Wthe hardwood floors, or the scratching of paws in the litter box. Now it is silent, a lonely sound.
Elliott will join his brothers in the china cabinet where first Blackberry then Goccia wound up, with his favorite toy, a sock monkey we bought for him. Some day we'll bury all three of them, or put them in a permanent urn, perhaps, but we have still not gotten the heart to make a final ending. A beautiful part of our lives are there, an era that has now ended.
Sleep well old friend.
Great take away line, "A theory that predicts everything, predicts nothing.”
The Grand Jury delivered a No True Bill last night in the police shooting death of "Big Mike" Brown, and now St. Louis is burning.
There were 82 arrests made last night as mobs rioted and looted. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar called it "worse than the worst night we saw a couple of months ago".
And, thanks to the "kinder, gentler" approach favored by the Feds and local Democrats, the police were woefully under manned.
According to the Gateway PUndit:
Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters after a dozen businesses were burnt to the ground on Monday that they needed 10,000 officers to prevent the disaster that just hit Ferguson.
"I don’t think we were underprepared. But I’ll be honest with you. Unless we bring 10,000 policemen in here I don’t think we could prevent folks that really are intent on just destroying a community. It doesn’t take very long to throw some kerosene in a building and burn it as you’re running past.”
Last night was a riot of opportunity and of politics. It had nothing to do with the slain youth Michael Brown.
A police officer in University City was shot and St. Louis had to close Lambert Airport.
This was little more than a temper tantrum, much like any spoiled child would throw, except that the individuals involved were criminally minded and adult enough to be effective. Most spoiled children can only scream and kick their feet.
What happened in St. Louis last night illustrates perfectly why you do not negotiate "rules of engagement" with people threatening violence if they don't get their way. The police did not come in riot gear. The National Guard was NOT on the streets, ready to shoot looters. There was every effort to avoid provocation. And the result? Looting, attacks on police, destruction of private property, and provocation aplenty by vicious thugs.
Any parent knows not to give in to a child's temper tantrum, and yet the authorities gave in here. What didn't they understand about this?
Here is an essay from Ebony magazine from August 14 illustrating the childish view of the aggrieved black community in this whole Ferguson business. The author - an attorney no less - blames everything on the evil whites who somehow magically suck up all the wealth and leave nothing but crumbs. She never once, not once, considers that there may be a shred of culpability in the black community. There is no mention of broken homes, no mention of black crime - both black on black and black on white (which is what led to "white flight" in the first place.) She fails to realize that Ferguson was bringing white pioneers back to their community, that Ferguson was becoming a trendy place, a community that is EXACTLY WHAT SHE PRETENDS TO WANT. So many blacks (such as this author) revile "gentrification" which is precisely what their communities need, to bring money back in. Ferguson was moving in that direction until a "whites stay out" sign was hung from every burned business along West Florissant Avenue. And so many of the looted businesses were black owned; makes perfect sense! Complain about a lack of funding for schools and then burn down the businesses and chase away the taxpayers who could turn that around.
Poverty is not caused by lack of wealth but but a poverty of values. If you do not want to work you should not expect to live well. But too many in the black community think the American Dream is a birthright, something that should be given to them because they exist. They refuse to work in their communities to end the destructive trends that make poverty endemic. They think nothing of out-of-wedlock births, for example. That is the number one cause of poverty. They are comfortable with levels of violence (last night proves it) that makes stability and social order difficult. They tolerate criminality; stores in black neighborhoods have to impose draconian anti-theft measures or close. They do not value work as the key to success, prefering to demand wealth as a right, something to be taken and not earned. Education is bad in many black communities, granted, but why? There is a tendency to think of education as a "white thing" while gangsta rap, welfare, drugs and sex are being genuinly black. That in itself is telling; blacks refuse to see themselves as part of the larger America in many instances. This obsession with their roots and the color of their own skins keeps them imprisoned in a slew of despond, and the worse things become the more they double down on their black rage.
And of course this makes them the perfect Democratic voters.
If insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results, it can be said the black community is touched with madness. They continue to support the very policies that keep them in poverty and destroy their lives.
I would say to all the rioters, looters, and those angry that a white cop shot a black thug - grow up! Stop blaming others for problems you yourselves have made.
(Why did a white cop shoot a black kid, by the way? If the cops stop sending patrols into black communities they would be excoriated for racism in not patrolling there.)
The Aviary has been added to the blogroll of the prestigious publication The Gateway PUndit.
Many thanks to Jim Hoft for honoring us with a "favorite blog' status.
While I would like to say it is our cutting edge reporting, wisdom, great humor, serious intellectual inquiry, and our list of top conservative writers who contribute to this site that led to this great honor, I must admit I begged like a little girl asking Santa for a pony, and Jim likely caved to my pleas just to get me to leave him alone.
Still, like the Dungeon Master of the high school D&D club getting a cheerleader to go out with him by doing her math homework and then bragging about it, I am most proud of this great honor. Thanks Jim!
In all seriousness, I am very proud of this website. We DO have a stable of some of the best and brightest conservative writers in the field, and I have always felt especially honored that such luminaries would bother to submit their work to little old me. I've become friends with so many of them. I sometimes feel like a dime novelist who somehow managed to talk his way into the circle of Lord Byron and Shelley and company.
And, although our readership is small, we do have quite a bit of influence. I often hear our writing echoed elsewhere, sometimes echoed in a very large auditorium. I happen to know of some serious guys who read this website. I like to think of us as the intellectual generator for the pamphleteers.
Blogging can be a lonely pasttime when readership is apparently small. It is good to know that we exert a more powerful influence over events, and that our seemingly inconsequential efforts may play a major role in the course of our national conversation.
But it sure is nice to get some public recognition on occasion.
Thanks again, Jim!
November 24, 2014
Jack Kemp directs our attention to this insightful piece by Bill Kassel about the Cosby rape allegations. I recently asked the question "why now" after these allegations lay dormant for many years.
Well, Mr. Kassel has perhaps found the answer:
"Whether or not Cosby is guilty -- and, once again, he may very well be (I’m certainly not equating him with Pius XII) -- it strikes me as interesting that we should be hearing so much about his purportedly vicious antics just now.
While certainly no Tea Party icon, Bill Cosby has been a highly vocal, highly visible exponent of parental responsibility, youthful rectitude, and all-around self control.
What we’re hearing about him lately rather weakens his message, to say the least. And that’s very much to the point. Eliminating Bill Cosby as a dissident voice in the lefty atmosphere of Hollywood -- where it’s an article of Received Truth that the solutions to all social problems, and especially to the woes of black people, lie in government -- no doubt brings satisfaction to those who consider Cosby a right-wing pawn.
But let’s go a step farther.
Isn’t there another prominent figure who’s emerged from the African-American community with a similar personal-integrity message -- someone, moreover, who’s recently changed his party affiliation to Republican and is gaining traction as a possible presidential or vice-presidential nominee?
A certain retired neurosurgeon comes to mind: one Ben Carson."
Wellll, why didn't I think of that!
Remember, Herman Cain was destroyed by similar accusations when HE ran for President a few years ago. That was a disgraceful display, and yet it made Republicans wary of him. The Democrats fear a black conservative Republican for good reason; a drop in the percentage of the black vote their candidate receives will be curtains. The historic nature of woman running at the top of the ticket - especially a disagreeable woman like Hillary Clinton - would be offset by a black conservative - especially after the historic failure of Obama. People will want a mulligan for a black president. Ben Carson must be dissuaded from running (along with any other black conservative.)
While I do not know what Cosby did or did not do, I do think the accusations are a bit difficult to square with logic. Why would a man as powerful as Cosby stoop to a date rape drug? He could have women - even young ones - just by asking. Some have suggested he likes the sense of power, and that would be sensible if the victims were, uh, actually under his power. But a drugged woman is nothing but a physical object, unaware of what is happening. Rape as an act of dominance makes no sense if the dominated party is unaware. That's not to say there aren't rapists who drug women, but they largely do it to have sex with a woman out of their league, one they couldn't have otherwise. A powerful man like Cosby wouldn't need to stoop to such levels.
It may be Cosby harbors necrophilic desires, but I rather doubt it. That is most uncommon.
As Jack Kemp pointed out, Cosby probably feared bringing home a venereal disease and so went after young aspiring actresses and models. But again, he had no reason to rape them; plenty would willingly go to his bed for the favors he could bestow. And the stories told by these women just don't square; repeated visits, Cosby in a robe in one woman's motel room (why did HE have a robe there?) etc.
But we will probably never know. Suffice it to say Cosby is a dirty old man and likely a dirty young one. He should never have cheated on his wife in the first place. The wages of sin...
But does that make him a rapist?
The black rapist meme is an old and vile stereotype, and the Left has used it repeatedly to destroy conservative black men. Remember Clarence Thomas? Cosby is no conservative, but he does espouse certain conservative values such as family, work, and decency. That cannot be allowed to stand on the black plantation. But Cosby was excused as long as he did not stray too far.
Now it may be time to make Cosby pay, especially as a warning to others. Ben Carson needs to be shown what will happen if he dares to go against them. And don't forget the "war on women" which the Democrats think is a winning strategy for them.
That is classic Saul Alinsky tactics; pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. Intimidation and personal destruction are the stock-in-trade of the modern Left.
Guilty or not, Cosby is the casualty of a bitter war of extermination being waged by liberals. He should have know better.
A pregnant man has been charged with stalking his ex-wife.
Thomas Beatie made big news when "he" became pregnant back in 2008 when he and his then "wife" Nancy had their first child, conceived through artificial insemination.
Beatie has only had a partial sex change; "his" female organs are still in tact.
The perplexed preggo booted his wife out of the house but continued to stalk her, showing up where she was and quizzing her about her activities. A police officer who stopped to assist her with a flat tire found a GPS tracking device installed on the underside of her car.
Beatie is being charged with Stalking in Arizona.
Beatie has had a hard time of it (no pun intended); his divorce isn't going through since, by law, he was never really married. His wedding in Hawaii is considered by the judge a same-sex affair, something not recognized by Arizona. He can't get divorced because, in the eyes of the law in AZ, he was never legally married.
And those stretch marks are a real drag...
A bill before the Russian parliament calls for mandatory fingerprinting and DNA profiling for every Russian citizen. According to Russia Today:
"MPs from the populist nationalist party LDPR have prepared and drafted a motion requiring universal fingerprinting and DNA profiling of all Russian citizens for reasons of security.
The main sponsor of the bill is Roman Khudyakov, known for previously wanting the urban population of the country, including visitors and foreigners, to be fingerprinted. This time the lawmaker opted for the "biometrical registration” of all Russians, which essentially means fingerprinting and DNA-profiling of everyone. The information would be held in a central government database and each citizen would be provided with the details on a so called "bio-card.” The bill suggests the setting up of a special federal agency in charge of the biometrical scanning, reporting either to the Interior Ministry or to the Federal Security Service, the FSB.
In comments to the popular daily Izvestia, Khudyakov urged his plan be put into practice as soon as possible saying that it would help law enforcers and society. The politician said that in the near future the program would allow the scrapping of other forms of ID and significantly cut red tape. In addition he assured reporters that ordinary Russians should not fear over the security of their personal data.
"All information will be protected. It is like a bank card. We will also toughen the criminal responsibility for officials who have access to the data. When people face three years in prison for leaking the data no one would be tempted to do this,” he said.
Khudyakov also suggests keeping the data for 150 years from the date of collection, and then it would be destroyed. The biometric cards of the dead could be kept by state agencies for the same period of time and then disposed of."
Welcome to the new Soviet Union, bigger and better than the old! Of course America isn't far behind; Edward Snowden is going to wish he had stayed here before long.
Governments that keep databases of citizens's information are not free. Yes, it may be convenient to know who everyone is and what they are doing, but at what cost? Stalin wished he had a tool like the modern computer and DNA profiling.
Over at American Thinker Thomas Lifson chronicled a curious development in public opinion about the Daren Wilson grand jury proceedings.
According to a Washington Times column, a recent poll showed:
" Only 1 in 4 Americans believe that white police officer Darren Wilson should be charged with murder by the grand jury in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, according to a poll released Friday.
With the St. Louis County grand jury expected to render its verdict at any time, the Rasmussen Reports poll found that only 23 percent of those surveyed said Mr. Wilson should be indicted for the Aug. 9 murder of Mr. Brown, whose death touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.
Another 39 percent of Americans said that Mr. Wilson acted in self-defense, up from 26 percent when the same question was asked in a mid-August poll. Another 38 percent are undecided, compared with 51 percent who were undecided three months ago. (snip)
The vast majority — 81 percent — said they expect to see violent protests if the grand jury does not indict the officer on murder charges, while just 10 percent said such a reaction was not likely."
This is a strange result; how can 39% think Wilson acted in self-defense and yet 23% think he should be charged with a crime? A full 61% do NOT think this was self-defense or are unsure, so why do 67% of respondents NOT think he should be indicted? If it was not self-defense it was clearly a criminal act.
I get it; many are unsure and won't support indictment. But that makes little to no sense; a Grand Jury is not trying Officer Wilson but merely deciding whether he should be indicted, to face trial. If you don't think it was self-defense then you MUST support an indictment. There is no other logical conclusion. Bear in mind this all still depends on the evidence presented, which at this point remains secret.
What this says is that most Americans are completely ignorant of civics, do not understand the grand jury process. Undoubtedly the large number who do not think this was self-defense think there isn't enough evidence to support convicting Wilson. They do not understand that this is about something very different than proving guilt or innocence. Grand juries are supposed to determine if there is enough evidence to charge a suspect with a crime. A regular jury decides guilt or innocence. So if you think it was not self-defense then you should support indictment.
It's frightening that so few of our fellow citizens have an even basic understanding of how America works. This is what public school education has wrought; a populace that does not understand it's own legal protections. How can we discuss the Constitutionality of an issue with people who do not even know a Grand Jury is nothing but a referring body?
Schools used to teach civics. It was required that every school child pass a course in civics to graduate from high school. Not anymore; it has been replaced by "Social Studies", a course that preaches multiculturalism and America-hating. People do not even know what it is they are supposed to hate but they know they are supposed to hate it. Makes sense; how can anyone hate the United States if they know what it is, what it is about, and know how it is outside of this country? The public must be kept ignorant of the truth about the great gift that is America. Progressivism cannot flourish with an informed public. The Progs cannot build their brave new world if Americans understand their own system.
And I wonder how 10% could think there will be no violence, after we have already witnessed weeks of rioting. We are having random acts of violence in St. Louis NOW, before the announcement of the verdict. People cannot be that dense.
I agree with Thomas Lifson that this is good news in that Americans aren't buying the media spin or the race hustlers. It is still disturbing, though.
Americans aren't stupid, despite what Jonathan Gruber believes , but they are ill-informed. Imagine trying to explain, say, Obamacare to a Medieval era scholar; he may well have the intuitive sense that something is seriously wrong with it but he would lack a basic understanding of the entire concept. Too many aspects of health insurance, government authority, medical technology, would be beyond his experience. The American People are like that; poorly educated, they intuitively grasp a problem but can't put their fingers on it. This poll suggests to me that the public senses something is amiss but does not understand enough to say exactly what.
These are the fruits of a century of Progressive control of the educational system. And now with Common Core it will only get worse.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Environmental Protection Agency repeatedly assure us that today’s climate change computer models are "highly sophisticated” and able to predict global temperature and climate events with "amazing accuracy.” In reality, they are ridiculously off the mark. They don’t even come close to forecasting what has actually been happening in the real world. And no wonder.
The assumptions and algorithms built into the computer software focus almost entirely on carbon dioxide – and almost entirely ignore the numerous, powerful, interrelated NATURAL forces that drive climate change.
My article with climatology professor David Legates explains why the models are defective, how this came about (follow the money), and what should be done to fix the problem before we spend more money and promulgate more energy-strangling, job-killing laws and regulations based on the current crop of useless and misleading computer models.
Needed: Accurate climate forecasts
Focusing on carbon dioxide (because that’s where the money is) threatens forecasts, and lives
Paul Driessen and David R. Legates
President Obama’s agreement with China is about as credible as his "affordable care” pronouncements.
Pleistocene glaciers repeatedly buried almost half of the Northern Hemisphere under a mile of ice. The Medieval Warm Period (~950-1250 AD) enriched agriculture and civilizations across Asia and Europe, while the Little Ice Age that followed (~1350-1850) brought widespread famines and disasters. The Dust Bowl upended lives and livelihoods for millions of Americans, while decades-long droughts vanquished once-thriving Anasazi and Mayan cultures, and flood and drought cycles repeatedly pounded African, Asian and Australian communities. Hurricanes and tornadoes have also battered states and countries throughout history, in numbers and intensities that have been impossible to pattern or predict.
But today we are supposed to believe climate variability is due to humans – and computer models can now forecast climate changes with amazing accuracy. These models and the alarmist scientists behind them say greenhouse gases will increasingly trigger more "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people, species and ecosystems,” a recent UN report insists.
In reality, carbon dioxide’s effect on devastating weather patterns is greatly overstated. We are near a 30-year low in hurricane energy (measured by the ACE index of "accumulated cyclone energy”), and tropical cyclone and storm activity has not increased globally over that period. In fact, as of November 18, it’s been 3,310 days since a Category 3-5 hurricane hit the US mainland – by far the longest stretch since records began in 1900. This Atlantic hurricane season was the least active in 30 years.
Moreover, there has been no warming since 1995, several recent winters have been among the coldest in centuries in the United Kingdom and continental Europe, the 2013-14 winter was one of the coldest and snowiest in memory for much of the United States and Canada – and the cold spell could continue.
Accurate climate forecasts one, five or ten years in advance would certainly enable us to plan and prepare for, adapt to and mitigate the effects of significant or harmful climate variations, including temperatures, hurricanes, floods and droughts. However, such forecasts can never be even reasonably accurate under the climate change hypothesis that the IPCC, EPA and other agencies have adopted. The reason is simple.
Today’s climate research defines carbon dioxide as the principal driving force in global climate change. Virtually no IPCC-cited models or studies reflect the powerful, interconnected natural forces that clearly caused past climate fluctuations – most notably, variations in the sun’s energy output.
They also largely ignore significant effects of urban and other land use changes, and major high-impact fluctuations like the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (El Niño and La Niña) and North Atlantic Oscillation. If we truly want reliable predictive capabilities, we must eliminate the obsession with carbon dioxide as the primary driver of climate change – and devote far more attention to studying all the powerful forces that have always driven climate change, the roles they play, and the complex interactions among them.
We also need to study variations in the sun’s energy output, winds high in the atmosphere, soil moisture, winter snow cover and volcanic eruptions, Weatherbell forecaster Joe D’Aleo emphasizes. We also need to examine unusual features like the pool of warm water that developed in the central Pacific during the super La Niña of 2010-2011 and slowly drifted with the wind-driven currents into the Gulf of Alaska, causing the "polar vortex” that led to the cold, snowy winter of 2013-2014, he stresses.
"The potential for climate modeling mischief and false scares from incorrect climate model scenarios is tremendous,” says Colorado State University analyst Bill Gray, who has been studying and forecasting tropical cyclones for nearly 60 years. Among the reasons he cites for grossly deficient models are their "unrealistic model input physics,” the "overly simplified and inadequate numerical techniques,” and the fact that decadal and century-scale circulation changes in the deep oceans "are very difficult to measure and are not yet well enough understood to be realistically included in the climate models.”
Nor does applying today’s super computers to climate forecasting help matters. NOAA, the British Meteorological Office and other government analysts have some of the world’s biggest and fastest computers – and yet their (and thus the IPCC’s and EPA’s) predictions are consistently and stupendously wrong. Speedier modern computers simply make the "garbage in, garbage out” adage occur much more quickly, thereby facilitating faster faulty forecasts. Why does this continue? Follow the money.
Billions of dollars are doled out every year for numerous "scientific studies” that supposedly link carbon dioxide and other alleged human factors to dwindling frog populations, melting glaciers, migrating birds and cockroaches, and scores of other remote to ridiculous assertions. Focusing on "dangerous human-induced” climate change in research proposals greatly improves the likelihood of receiving grants.
American taxpayers alone provide a tempting $2.5 billion annually for research focused on human factors, through the EPA, Global Change Research Program and other government agencies. Universities and other institutions receiving grants take 40% or more off the top for "project management” and "overhead.” None of them wants to upset this arrangement, and all of them fear that accepting grants to study natural factors or climate cycles might imperil funding from sources that have their own reasons for making grants tied to manmade warming, renewable energy or antipathy toward fossil fuels. Peer pressure and shared views on wealth redistribution via energy policies, also play major roles.
When Nebraska lawmakers budgeted $44,000 for a review of climate cycles and natural causes, state researchers said they would not be interested unless human influences were included. The "natural causes” proposal was ultimately scuttled in favor of yet another meaningless study of human influences.
The result is steady streams of computer model outputs that alarmists assure us accurately predict climate changes. However, none of them forecast the 18-years-and-counting warming pause, the absence of hurricanes, or other real-world conditions. Nearly every one predicted temperatures that trend higher with every passing year and exceed recorded global temperatures by ever widening margins.
The constant predictions of looming manmade climate disasters are also used to justify demands that developed nations "compensate” poor and developing countries with tens or hundreds of billions of dollars in annual climate "reparation, adaptation and mitigation” money. Meanwhile, those no-longer-so-wealthy nations are implementing renewable energy and anti-hydrocarbon policies that drive up energy costs for businesses and families, kill millions of jobs, and result in thousands of deaths annually among elderly pensioners and others who can no longer afford to heat their homes properly during cold winters.
Worst of all, the climate disaster predictions are used to justify telling impoverished countries that they may develop only to extent enabled by wind and solar power. Financial institutions increasingly refuse to provide grants or loans for electricity generation projects fueled by coal or natural gas. Millions die every year because they do not have electricity to operate water purification facilities, refrigerators to keep food and medicine from spoiling, or stoves and heaters to replace wood and dung fires that cause rampant lung diseases. As Alex Epstein observes in his new book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels:
"If you’re living off the grid and can afford it, an installation with a battery that can power a few appliances might be better than the alternative (no energy or frequently returning to civilization for diesel fuel), but [such installations] are essentially useless in providing cheap, plentiful energy for 7 billion people – and to rely on them would be deadly.”
By expanding our research – to include careful, honest, accurate studies of natural factors – we will be better able to discern and separate significant human influences from the powerful natural forces that have caused minor to profound climate fluctuations throughout history. Only then will we begin to improve our ability to predict why, when, how and where Earth’s climate is likely to change in the future. Congress should reduce CO2 funding and earmark funds for researching natural forces that drive climate change.
Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green power - Black death and coauthor of Cracking Big Green: To save the world from the save-the-Earth money machine. David R. Legates, PhD, CCM, is a Professor of Climatology at the University of Delaware in Newark, Delaware, USA.
November 23, 2014
Over at Canada Free Press Judi McLeod chronicles the big bucks the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have received to support amnesty for invaders.
Here are some of the highlights:
" "In the case of the Catholic Charities Diocese of Galveston, $15,549,078 in federal grants from Health and Human Services for "Unaccompanied Alien Children Project” with a program description of "Refugee and Entry Assistance”. (Eric Odom, Liberty News July 10, 2014)
"Last year, the Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth received $350,000 from Department of Homeland Security for "citizenship and education training” with a program description of "citizenship and immigration services.”
Between September 2010 and September 2013, the Catholic Charities of Dallas received $823,658 from the Department of Homeland Security for "Citizenship Education Training” for "refugee and entrant assistance.”
It is no coincidence that the vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is his Eminence Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and that the Conference Treasurer is the Most Reverend Kevin J. Farrell, Bishop of Dallas.
Nor do protestants get a free ride in the bankrolled by Obama category with the Baptists taking government grants:From Dec 2012 to January 2014, Baptist Child & Family Services received $62,111,126 in federal grants from Health & Human Services for "Unaccompanied Alien Children Program”. (Liberty News)
In coming to Obama’s aid in erasing forever America’s 238-year-old borders, the bishops sold the USA out, including its Catholics, for the proverbial 30 pieces of silver.
Indeed Obama’s biggest boost to power came courtesy of the Catholic Church.
The Catholic compliance that propelled Obama from the streets as a malcontent community organizer to the Oval office begins and continues with the Catholic Church.
No one has documented the trail more effectively than spunky Michael Voris, of ChurchMilitant.TV.
Who ever would have thought that the road to America’s destruction would be made a grim possibility through a host of Catholic priests and bishops?
It’s a story that should make you shudder because it’s how Barack Obama captured America like the proverbial fox in the henhouse.
Long in the telling, and made obscure through the passing of time, it should not only be dragged out of mothballs, but shouted from the rooftops:
"In the 1930s, Alinsky met the Meegan brothers, Joseph and Peter. Joseph introduced him to the Chicago Bishops and to his brother, Fr. Peter Meegan, who in turn introduced Saul to Aux. Bishop Bernard Sheil. Meegan and Sheil introduced Alinsky to the inner workings of the Catholic Church.” (Colorado Coalition for Life/Michael Voris, Feb. 18, 2012). "During this time, Saul organized his first community project called the "Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council”. At this point, Alinsky pulled off his greatest coup and garnered the Bishops’ public seal of approval. He convinced Aux. Bishop Sheil to join John L. Lewis, the head of the CIO (eventually known as the AFLCIO), on stage. At that moment the Catholic Church and the labor unions entered into an unholy partnership.
"Msgr. Jack Egan teamed up with Alinsky, and in time, Egan was affectionately known by the Chicago press as "Alinsky’s priest intern”. Egan promoted Alinsky so well that he was more popular among Catholics than the bishops. Through the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s, Egan and Alinsky developed a well oiled network of priests and bishops throughout the United States. In 1968, newly appointed Cardinal Cody realized that what Msgr. Egan was doing was not in line with Catholic doctrine and closed his office.
"Fr. Ted Hesburgh invited Msgr. Egan to Notre Dame for a sabbatical. He remained at Notre Dame for the next 14 years where he continued to develop his priest’s network. Egan periodically brought priests to the Catholic Mecca for conferences under the liberal eye of Hesburgh. Egan was now in mainstream Catholic life.
During Egan’s time at Notre Dame in the late ‘60s, race riots broke out around the country. A document called Black Manifesto was published which called for reparations for African Americans. The Catholic Church chose Msgr. Jack Egan and his network of priests to come up with plans to alleviate poverty. All of Egan’s priests, save one, were personally trained by Saul Alinsky in the tactics laid out in his book, Reveille for Radicals. This opportunity allowed Egan’s network of priests to implement Saul Alinsky’s radical community organizing tactics of gaining power and strength from the people and using it to empower and enlarge government.
"In a few months, the network created the "National Crusade Against Poverty” (NCAP) and committed to raise 50 million dollars over several years. The campaign should have raised the money and dissolved. It did not, and in fact, it is still in existence today under the name of the "Catholic Campaign for Human Development”. The CCHD has raised over $289,000,000 in 40 years, and by donating to the radical left, they have gained immense power in the abortion and homosexual communities.”
Anyone reading this who doesn’t feel a shiver down the spine when recalling that Obama successfully had authorities at Georgetown cover all religious symbols when he made his 2009 commencement speech there, isn’t awake.
"He was there to pay tribute to his mentors in community organizing. To pay tribute to those who helped put him in office. In his speech he mentioned his high regard for Cardinal Bernardin, who spoke at one of the first organizing meetings he ever attended.” (Michael Voris).
This is the real, little known trajectory Obama took into the Oval Office.
After four years living in New York City, Obama moved to Chicago to work as a community organizer. He worked for three years from June 1985 to May 1988 as director of the Developing Communities Project (DCP), a church-based community organization originally comprising eight Catholic parishes in Greater Roseland (Roseland, West Pullman, and Riverdale) on Chicago’s far South Side. During his three years as the DCP’s director, its staff grew from 1 to 13 and its annual budget grew from $70,000 to $400,000, with accomplishments including helping set up a job training program, a college preparatory tutoring program, and a tenants’ rights organization in Altgeld Gardens. Obama also worked as a consultant and instructor for the Gamaliel Foundation, a community organizing institute. (Wikipedia)"
And of course Pope Francis comes from a background of Peronism and Liberation Theology, and "Social Justice" is big in his neck of the woods.
What is missing from Francis and the USCCB? Nobody seems concerned about the salvation of souls, but rather about the corporal works of mercy as some sort of basic civil right. News flash guys; they are called WORKS OF MERCY not rights, and, as I have pointed out before, forcing people to perform such acts for others through the force of law robs the opportunity of the giver to perform a good spiritual act. Charity is as much for the giver as the recipient. It must be freely given to have any value, otherwise it becomes a heavy yoke on both.
God created nations. The will to empire has always been in Man's heart, the desire for an international order, for a world under a single potentate. The Book of Genesis makes it clear that God wants individual nations; He scattered the peoples at Babel to make that happen. God does not disdain national boundaries, nor does He demand we allow our nation to be invaded and outbred. We have a right, in fact a duty, to take steps to maintain and protect our national culture. We are not required to accept every individual who seeks to come to our nation.
And it is also true that our charity in this matter does cruelty to those who stay behind. Mexico is a rotting socialist hellhole, and refuses to change because we bail them out. Our "charity" has made Mexico as dependent as any welfare queen, dependent on America to take her excess population and in return to accept remittances from the sojourners. This is equally true of Central Americans who come from equally rotten hellholes run by leftist dictators. As long as we bail them out they will never reform. They must face their own problems.
A parent who does not discipline his child is said to hate his child, according to the Bible. Our acceptance of these invaders is doing no favors for anyone. And it will destroy the very thing these people have come here to enjoy - America's freedom and wealth.
In the end there is no way to justify this as a moral imperative as the Catholic Bishops are trying to do. They need to remember their mission is to save souls.
Way to go, Brother Cosby. Ride the politically correct bus - and find out your seat has a trap door...
"Bill Cosby says those who oppose Obama are racist"
By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times - Monday, March 4, 2013
Comedy and television icon Bill Cosby slammed Republicans who failed to stand for President Obama’s State of the Union speech, likening them to racists who opposed desegregation.
"I think we have people sitting there,” he said, referring to the president’s SOTU speech, during a CNN television interview reported by Mediaite, "who are as bad as the people who were against any kind of desegregation.”
His comments came in context of a discussion about racism and the 1965 Bloody Sunday march across Selma, Ala., Mediate reported. Rep. Connie Mack said "it’s just hard to believe,” and
"it’s unbelievable,” in reference to the level of racism that marked that decade, Mediate reported.
"I don’t think so,” Mr. Cosby said, Mediate reported. "Not when you look at the president’s speech recently.”
That’s when he made the remarks about those who failed to stand for Mr. Obama’s speech. He didn’t say Republicans — but it was members of the Republican Party, not Democratic Party, who failed to stand.
"And then in place of a better America, they want their own sick feelings put across and … it isn’t a good time,” he said, as Mediate reported. "But I think, also on our part as professors and presidents of colleges all over, and in public schools, we need to get the education of the correct history that happened so people can say, ‘Yes, this really did happen.’ "
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