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How To Create Hate and Discontent in America

I haven’t written about Ferguson because I’ve known too little to add value. But ignorance hasn’t stopped others from stirring up hate and discontent. For example, Missouri’s shakedown artist, Lacy Clay.

Lacy Clay, speaking from a private island in the Carribean, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Michael Brown was murdered. Clay knew or should have known the effect of his words: more violence. Either Clay meant to incite violence or he has a casual disregard for the effect of his irresponsible speech. Then again, it’s easy to stir up hate and discontent if you can fly away to some private island when the killing starts.

Lacy Clay represents only one bastion of ignorance in the sordid and embarrassing affair playing out in North County.

Consider:

  • Michael Brown’s autopsy has not been released.
  • No video of the incident has been released.
  • No witness has testified under oath.
  • The police officer who shot Mr. Brown has not testified under oath.

On the other hand, here’s what we do know:

  • An 18-year-old is dead.
  • The police officer who shot him is on leave.
  • Hooligans have destroyed blocks of businesses in Ferguson.
  • The police have harassed the innocent and ignored calls reporting looters.
  • Hundreds of millions in lethal military weaponry did not stop looting and shooting.

These lists–what we know and what we don’t–leave very little for responsible grown-ups to discuss regarding Ferguson. We can mourn the loss of life. We can pity and pray for Mr. Brown’s parents. (When my daughter died, a clergyman told me, “no parent should ever know what’s like to bury a child.” ) We can decry the looting. We can criticize those like Lacy Clay who make irresponsible assertions that they cannot defend. And we can question the value of arming local “constables,” as Mark Steyn describes police, with weapons designed to kill scores of people in war.

Let’s go with that one: weapons of mass destruction in the hands of local cops. 

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Militarized, dehumanized constables confront pedestrian in Ferguson, MO

Before I get into my rant, let me tell you that my father was a St. Louis city police officer, and I was accepted into the academy. (Another job offer came along before I classed up. We needed the money.) Please don’t call me “anti-police.”  I am not. I am anti-oppression.

Why do police need armored personnel carriers, Bradley fighting vehicles, and Humvees? Seriously. I trust my neighbors and concealed carry permits far more than I trust a militarized and segregated police force that’s rapidly turning itself into an armed and dangerous occupation force.

As Mark Steyn says:

So, when the police are dressed like combat troops, it’s not a fashion faux pas, it’s a fundamental misunderstanding of who they are. Forget the armored vehicles with the gun turrets, forget the faceless, helmeted, anonymous Robocops, and just listen to how these “policemen” talk. Look at the video as they’re arresting the New York Times and Huffington Post reporters. Watch the St Louis County deputy ordering everyone to leave, and then adding: “This is not up for discussion.”

“But, what about the looters?” you ask. What about them? The police failed to respond to reports of looting and gunfire on Friday night. I know this from police officers who were at the scene. Meanwhile, the heavy weaponry deployed earlier in the week, along with strong-arm police tactics, made enemies of civilians while failing to intimidate the looters and criminals. We know this beyond the shadow of a doubt.

The looters are free to wreck whatever havoc they wish on Ferguson, as long as they don’t chant or pray. Back to Mr. Steyn’s wonderful commentary:

Really? You’re a constable. You may be carrying on like the military commander of an occupying army faced with a rabble of revolting natives, but in the end you’re a constable. And the fact that you and your colleagues in that McDonald’s are comfortable speaking to your fellow citizens like this is part of the problem. The most important of the “nine principles of good policing” (formulated by the first two commissioners of the Metropolitan Police in 1829 and thereafter issued to every officer joining the force) is a very simple one: The police are the public and the public are the police. Not in Ferguson. Long before the teargassing begins and the bullets start flying, the way these guys talk is the first indication of how the remorseless militarization has corroded the soul of American policing.

Until we know more facts revealed under oath and following the criminal trial procedure, I strongly urge everyone to stop ignorant speculation and wishful thinking. As we await the results of the process, pray for the people in Ferguson, especially those who lost a loved one. Pray for the business owners who may have lost their livelihoods. Pray for peace. And tell Congress to demilitarize our neighborhood constables before St. Louis County turns into Mogadishu.

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Not All Lies Are Meant To Fool

What line of work was Tony Soprano in? james-gandolfini-dead-best-tony-soprano-quotes-people-122382

Waste management.

Did Tony Soprano expect people to believe he was in waste management?

No. Tony Soprano expected people realize he was a wise guy and treat him with due respect–or what you and I call fear.

Some lies are meant to make the liar seem more successful or more talented or better than he thinks he is. Trust me, I’ve done it.

Other lies are meant to get the liar out of trouble. Been there with Bill Clinton.

But the scariest liars are the ones like Tony Soprano. They don’t want to fool you. They’re not getting out of trouble. They’re saying, “I can tell you whatever the fuck I want and you can’t do shit about it because of who I am. Got that, Sparky?”

Or as Chili Palmer said in Get Shorty, “I’m the guy who’s telling you the way it is.”

When the Obama administration first announced that Lois Lerner’s hard drives ate all her email, I knew what kind of lie it was. It was a “waste management” kind of lie. It was a Tony Soprano lie.

A lot of people seemed shocked that IRS Commissar John Koskinen was so smug, arrogant, and combative at his first House hearing last week. I wasn’t. I knew the whole hard drive story wasn’t an attempt to deceive, but an attempt to belittle and intimidate. There’s nothing more demeaning than being told an obvious lie.

John Koskinen is a Capo in Barack Obama’s  . . . thing. He knows nobody can lay a finger on him. Nobody. Why? Because he as an army and he knows where everybody lives. He knows how many kids they’ve got and where their wives get their nails done and where their husbands play golf.

John Koskinen knows every credit card transaction, every ATM withdrawal, and every gas station Darrell Issa pulled into at 12:45 a.m.  Same goes for you, and you, and you.

I hate myself for the stupid lies I’ve told in my life. The lies intended to make me bigger made me smaller, and the ones intended to get me out of jam got me deeper into the jar. Over the years, I’ve gotten better about avoiding lies. Well, I try, anyway.

But I never used a lied as a form of intimidation. Maybe I would have if I actually had the power to destroy someone’s life. I don’t know. Happily, I’ve never had that kind of power.

But Barack Obama and John Koskinen have the power to ruin people–innocent people. They have the power to disappear people, audit people, ruin people.

And when one of Obama’s Capos says “sometimes a hard drive is just a hard drive,” they’re really saying “it’d be a shame if something bad happened to that little girl of yours.”

Stop trying to disprove the hard drive lie. No one bought it, and no one was supposed to.

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Why I’m Changing My Mind About Impeaching Obama

A lot of good people I know grumble that the House Republicans don’t try to impeach Obama.

I usually don’t say much in response. After the disaster of the ill-conceived Clinton impeachment fiasco, impeachment seems like a superstition. Like a unicorn. I think impeachment is a dangerous tool and should never be used for political purposes.

Besides, Harry Reid’s Senate wouldn’t consider articles of impeachment if they included NSA video of Obama throwing adorable, drooling toddlers off the George Washington Bridge.

Even further, I’m not sure that he’s committed a crime worthy of removal from office.

Until now, that is.

The Bergdahl terrorist exchange changes everything in my view. Everything.

Here’s what we know about the bizarre and troubling Bergdahl-for-murderers swap:

The United States has lost 2,323 troops in Afghanistan. Fourteen of them were reportedly lost looking for Bergdahl in the weeks after Bergdahl deserted–a crime punishable by death in wartime.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration’s Susan Rice extolled Bergdahl’s honor and heroism on the Sunday talk shows. This was the same Susan Rice who lied to the nation about the video tape after the Benghazi 9/11 massacre. Soldiers who served with Bergdahl prior to his desertion are “appalled” that anyone would call Bergdahl a “hero.”

Add it all up, and you have a pretty clear case. Obama dishonored every man and woman who ever wore the uniform with honor. He released enemy combatants to return to the field of battle and kill more innocents. He did so on behalf of an Army deserter with dubious allegiance to the United States and whose actions reportedly took the lives of 14 soldiers.

For these crimes against the United States and by aiding and abetting terrorists wanted for crimes against humanity, I now want the House of Representatives to start impeachment hearings against the President. The next Congress would have to hold the hearings and trial, but this Congress can get the ball rolling.

The Obama Administration has insulted millions of American service members and veterans. It traded terrorists for one deserter. The President broke the law in his quest to aid the enemy or to make himself look like a badass or whatever. I don’t really care what his motives are. I just want him punished for his crimes.

Shout It Out: Renegade Arizona Sheriff Intimidating Citizens *UPDATE*

The incompetent Sheriff Dupnik of Pima County Arizona has intimidated speakers in an attempt to shut down the Tucson Tea Party.

clarence-dupnikNow, Tucson’s asking for our help.  Jennifer Humphries wrote to Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft. She asked Jim of his help defending the First Amendment rights of the people of Tucson. Those rights are under assault from an incompetent and irresponsible sheriff who has now turned to intimidation to silence dissent.

I don’t know if Ms. Humphries would want me, but I’d be honored to speak in Tucson on April 30.  I’d be honored to defy the Sheriff’s attempts to quash free speech in his county.  And I’d love to see a swarm of folks from Missouri and Illinois fill the arena for that showdown.

What You Can Do

1.  Make plans, if you can, to attend the Tucson Tea Party, April 30, 2011

2. Donate to the Tucson Tea Party

3.  Ask members of U.S. House and Senate committees on Judiciary and Civil Rights to investigate Department of Justice’s involvement in political intimidation.

When the Tea Party launched, its first theme was “Repeal the Pork or Retire.”  We retired a lot of them in 2010, but we have a long way to go.

Keep up the fight!

*UPDATE*

I sent  a short questionnaire to Sheriff Clarence:

I have received reports that your office has intimidated speakers scheduled to speak at events sponsored by Tucson Tea Party.

1.  Do you deny this charge?

2.  Will you attempt to intimidate me from speaking in Tucson at a Tea Party event?

While we await his reply, let’s have a sing-along:

Sheriff don’t like it
Rock the county,
Rock the county.

Left Doubles Down on Threats

What would you do? 

Suppose you did something stupid.  You blamed the wrong person, for instance, for a capital crime.  Then supposed one of your comrades compounded your . . . error . . . by threatening to kill someone on national television?

BillMaherAngryIf you’re an American leftist, you might double down by issuing even more death threats to even more people.

That’s what’ happening right now in America.  Death threats are pouring into Trent Humphries, Tucson Tea Party organizer, Dana Loesch, Sarah Palin (who vows not to be silenced), Glenn Beck, and more.  The self-proclaimed conscience of America—collectivist lefists—have essentially declared war on the right. 

Gateway Pundit and the St. Louis Tea Party Coalition issued a press release on January 17 denouncing the left’s continued threat of violence as means of advancing its anti-liberty agenda.

To counter the left’s increasing vitriol and violence, please publicly thank three people today.

I’ll start:

Thank you, Jim Hoft, for bringing to our attention the mounting threats Trent Humphries is receiving.

Thank you, Jen Ennenbach for crafting a great press release on the issues.

Thank you, Dana Loesch, for continuing to keep our voices in the national ear.

And a bonus:  thank you for honoring by reading my little web missives. 

*UPDATE* J. Eric Fuller issues apology to Trent Humphries.

Is Bill Maher’s Vitriol Responsible for Arrest?

Last week, America’s sleaziest leftists—Bill Maher, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, E. J. Dionne, Paul Krugman, others – have executed a prepared BillMaherAngrypropaganda war against anyone who disagrees with them. Their theorem is: vitriolic rhetoric inspires conservatives to act out in violence.

Unfortunately for the loony left, there was no evidence to support their theorem.  The evidence they falsely pointed to—Jarod Lee Loughner’s deranged murder rampage in Tucson—was determined to be a lie only hours after the event.

Undaunted, Maher, Krugman, Donne, Matthews, and crew continued to lie, lie, lie, lie.  They refused to let go of their story, false though it was.

On Saturday, the leftist “rhetoric = violence” cult got something close to vindication.  Perhaps responding to the hateful, violent rhetoric from Krugman, Matthews, Maher, Dionne, and Olbermann, Tucson shooting victim and hard-left activist, J. Eric Fuller, was arrested for communicating a direct threat against a tea party leader in Tucson. (More at Michelle Malkin.)

Fuller issued the threat after photographing tea party leader Trent Humphries. (Was the photo’s purpose to help the hit man ID the target?)

If Krugman, Matthews, Olbermann, Maher, et al, were correct in their assessment of blame to conservatives, then Krugman, Matthews, Olbermann, Maher, et al, are at least as guilty of conveying a threat as Fuller.

But if Krugman, Matthews, Olbermann, Maher, et al, were wrong about rightwing rhetoric, than I am wrong about their culpability in Eric Fuller’s psycho moment.

I think there are only two people responsible for their criminal actions: Loughner and Fuller. But I think Krugman, Matthews, Olbermann, Maher, Dionne, et al, are guilty of exploiting tragedy and emotions to destroy their political opponents.

Sheriff Dupnik’s Culpability

According to an internal Department of Homeland Security memo, Jarod Lee Loughner’s mother “works for Pima County Board of Supervisors.” 

In the memo, obtained by Fox News and posted on Greta Van Susteren’s blog, the DHS agent openly speculates about undue internal influence.  That’s because Loughner’s arrests don’t all end with reasonable closure, if you will. 

Here’s exactly what the DHS report says:

suspect’s mother works for the Pima County Board of Supervisors* the suspect has multiple arrests … But no criminal record? Intervention by someone?

It’s not unreasonable to assume that that “someone” is Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik.

On Saturday evening, Dupnik took to the airwaves to create a sensation. He accused the people of Arizona, talk radio, Sharon Angle, Sarah Palin, and the tea party of complicity in murder, effectively.  The sheriff did so without evidence.   

If Dupnik was involved in springing Loughner after one of the murderer’s many arrests, then Dupnik had strong motive to manufacture a bogeyman.  If Dupnik helped keep Loughner stay out of the state psych system, then his motive doubles. There’s mounting evidence that Dupnik is guilty of both.

We already know that Dupnik refused to uphold Arizona’s SB1070.  We already know that he holds the people of Arizona in the highest contempt.  A law enforcement officer who despises the people he’s sworn to protect and who refuses to enforce the law he’s sworn to uphold is unfit for office.

If I were Arizona’s Attorney General, I’d be asking putting together a case for some warrants.

But, as Dennis Miller would say, that’s just my opinion; I could be wrong.

A National Day of Shame

It’s bad enough that five people died, including a wonderful nine-year-old girl.

It’s bad enough that a dozen or more people were shot.

It’s bad enough that a deranged man attacked our American system.

But America’s liberal elite turned the tragedy into a national day of shame.  They accomplished this by callously and capriciously blaming innocent political opponents for the violence.  When confronted with facts to the contrary, liberals, including Paul Krugman, CBS News, the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, Jane Fonda, Sheriff Dupnick of Pima County Arizona, and others, continued to lie, slander, and libel the tea party, Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and conservatives in general.

Liberalism is at war with the American system.

On New Year’s Even, liberal icon Frances Fox-Piven called for a violent overthrow of the American system.  Liberals attacked anyone who criticized Fox-Piven’s hatred.

On December 17, Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill called for violence if Congress extended the Bush tax cuts.  Gabrielle Giffords, the target of Jared Loughner’s murderous rampage, voted to extend those tax cuts.

There is no CNN special investigaing McCaskill’s hateful call for violence. Why not?

Why are liberals allowed to encourage murder while conservatives are vilified even for pointing out liberal hate? Where are the calls for McCaskill’s resignation?  As PO’ed Patriot points out, the leftist media use tragedy as a weapon.

It’s a shameful day in America.

Alleged Giffords Shooter: Jared Loughner Leaves Video *UPDATES*

Update:  Gateway Pundit has much more on the alleged shooter.

These appear to be the paranoid ramblings of the man in custody for shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 11 others, including a federal judge, in Tucson, AZ.  Lots of hard left references in his favorite books, including Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto. Politico’s Ben Smith calls Laughner’s writings “socialist.” 

Another Video by alleged shooter in Arizona made 3 weeks before shooting

This stuff is beyond me.  Fodder for the criminal psychologists. 

Sick.

Note:  Correct last name is “Laughner” not “Loughner” as I originally posted.  Sorry.  His first name has appears as both Jerod and Jarod.  This should settle out shortly as we learn more.

AND we’re back to Loughner.  (I should have trusted his own Myspace page which has since been removed.)

UPDATES:

1.  A woman claiming to be a classmate of Jarod Lee Loughner’s describes the alleged murderer as a “leftist” “anti-flag”

UPDATE: Go With Hope—reports that Gabrielle Giffords is still alive, needs our prayers

Like all decent people, I am disgusted to hear the sad news out of Tucson, AZ: Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) was shot and killed along with four others today.  Twelve were shot altogether. The murderer was apprehended by heroic bystanders and is in custody.

Not sure of the young murderer’s motives.  I’m sure they weren’t worth killing or dying for.  Except to him. 

Please prayer for the souls of the faithful departed, the well-being of their families, the quick recovery of the wounded, and the delivery of justice.

UPDATE:  It gets worse.  A small child is among the dead. 

And hatemongers at Daily Kos wasted no time in blaming Sarah Palin according to blogger Joel Achenbach at WaPo.

UPDATE 2:  Rep. Giffords reportedly in surgery.  Our prayer are with her.

Leftists like Yglesias, Kos, and HuffPo continue to blame tea party, Breitbart, and Sarah Palin. Disgusting, sick, vile. Here’s an example from HuffPo:

Gabrielle Giffords Shot In The Head

Meanwhile, DailyKos has deleted a damning post from a leftist angry at Giffords for voting AGAINST Nancy Pelosi.  But Jim Treacher grabbed a screen shot before Kos could rewrite history.

 

UPDATE:  Arizona State Senator Lynda Lopez blames Tea Party for the shooting. If you’d like to talk to Sen. Lopez about it, here’s her contact information:

Linda Lopez
House of Representatives
1700 W. Washington, Room 321
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Fax Number: (602) 417-3029

Phone Number: (602) 926-4089 or 1-800-352-8404

Email: [email protected]

Innocent Until Proven Conservative

Within hours of reports of a firebombing at Rep. Russ Carnahan’s (D-MO) campaign finance office last Tuesday, St. Louis’s leftist bloggers leapt to the cause. In what seems to have been a coordinated attack, Riverfront Times and several progressive blogs and web sites ascribed culpability for the crime to St. Louis Tea Partyers.  At one point, Chad Garrison of RFT flatly stated that the suspect “fit the description” of a tea partyer, a statement he later attempted to soften by claiming that firebombing is “too sane” a crime for Tea Partyers.

Gateway Pundit broke the story on August 25, that the lone suspect in the case is a former Carnahan staffer and progressive activist. The leftist bloggers continued to lie, continued to obfuscate, and continued to deflect culpability toward St. Louis Tea Party until Rep. Carnahan admitted that the case appeared to be an inside job.  The leftist bloggers shameless and with malice stretched reason and defied logic the way a child does when attempting to avoid punishment for failing to do his homework.

Now that Congressman Carnahan has been forced to admit that the suspect is a former employee and that his office was aware of the fact for some time, the significance of this story begins to strike home.

  • Carnahan knowingly allowed conservatives to take false blame for the crime.  His office staff even joked online about the attack.
  • Carnahan’s staff lied to the press about being members of the campaign . . . on second thought, denying any association with the Carnahan campaign is completely reasonable, even if it is dishonest.
  • St. Louis media – some knew the ID of the suspect – could have at least mentioned that the suspect was not a conservative.  This was not the paid press’s greatest moment.
  • Arsonists are very disturbed individuals. It seems odd for the city counselor to order the suspect’s release while awaiting reports from the lab.  Here’s a profile of arsonists from American Chronicle:

Ninety percent of fire setters are male. They are preoccupied with fire. They get an emotional release from starting fires. There may be sexual overtones. Some researchers claim fire setters are sexually repressed males who masturbate at the fires they set. Whether this is a fact or not, many fire setters are social outcasts and tend to have unsuccessful relationships with women. Fire gives them an excitement they cannot find elsewhere. Finally, for many, fire setting satisfies their need to be recognized and establishes their sense of self worth.

For others, setting fires is an act of aggression. It allows them to express anger and frustration which they are unable to do in their daily social interaction. Many have repressed rage for authority figures. Some get the satisfaction of “getting away with a crime.”

And from WebMD, according to the FBI:

According to a 1987 report in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, the vast majority of “profiled” arsonists have a below-normal IQ — typically between 70 and 90. About one in four fall in the below-70 IQ range that qualifies them as mentally retarded — not to say that all mentally retarded children are going to grow up to be arsonists.

We love due process. But the person who torched Carnahan’s office is a person who belongs behind bars or in an institution, no matter how long he worked for the Carnahan campaign. You throw a bomb, you go to jail. But, in this case, the Carnahan people played politics with a guy who seems to be in need of serious help.

This whole episode shows that Carnahan is unfit for Congress, that Tea Partyers deserve apologies from many quarters, and that Democrat-on-Democrat crime is a growing problem in America. Oh, and one other thing: in this country, you’re innocent until proven conservative.

How to Answer Chavez

Communist dictator Hugo Chavez has has stolen eleven oil rigs owned by the American company Helmerich and Payne. As Reuters points out, Chavez has now nationalized oil, telecommunications (including news), power, steel, and banking.

If you’re keeping score, Chavez leads Obama 5-3, as Obama so far has managed to seize only banking, automotive, and healthcare. But Obama has vowed a comeback.

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure of cutting and splitting some oak and hickory with a friend.  His “What Would Reagan Do” answer to the question of foreign governments seizing American property?

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Amen.