Tuesday, March 27th, 2012
It pays to have relatives in high places.
What does that mean? It means that a criminal immigrant with illegally-obtained documents who ignored a federal order to leave the country will get away with almost plowing into a police car while driving drunk.
In the town were I live (and drive) every day.
But, Obama, 67, must surrender his license for 45 days, effective today, the judge ruled.
Oh, goody! The driver’s license he can’t legally have, he has to give it up….for 45 days. Now that’s what I call “throwin’ the book at him!”
I think it’s time Obama did some soul searching about his kin living illegally in the USA, especially the aunt who declared she had a right to welfare.
…or he was just talking out two sides of his mouth.
Just what would President Barack Obama do in a second term if had maximum “flexibility”? Consider his first term: Even though Obama was elected along with huge Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, he didn’t really get everything he wanted in 2009 and 2010. If he had, the stimulus would’ve been twice as big, healthcare reform would’ve included a public option, and a cap-and-trade scheme would right now be killing America’s natural gas revolution in the cradle.
So what about a second term? Well, a new budget proposal from liberal House Democrats suggests what Obama’s “dream agenda” might be. And if Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan is the “Path to Prosperity,” the Congressional Progressive Caucus has offered the “Road to Ruin.”
Officially, the CPC calls the plan “The Budget for All” — and it’s all wrong. Sure, the proposal would theoretically cut the deficit from $1.1 trillion (7.0% of GDP) in 2012 to $180 billion (or 0.7% of GDP) in 2022. But the CPC would accomplish this feat entirely through massive and economy-crippling tax increases…
Our president gave us a homework assignment last Friday.
“I think all of us have to do some soul searching to figure out how does something like this happen…”
Okay, I searched. Here is what I came up with:
- No one knows what happened when Trayvon Martin was killed.
- I am not Trayvon.
- A lynch mob has formed.
- The crowd in Florida yesterday showed an awful lot of professionally printed placards — who made them and why?
- 73% of Americans think George Zimmerman should be criminally charged. Presumably that includes quite a few white people.
- The poll results might change as more people learn more about the victim, for example his being found with a backpack of stolen jewelry. And his tweets.
- By citing wearing a hoodie as a potential provocation, Geraldo Rivera demonstrated once again that he’s a dunce.
- Black on white crime is not rare. When two black women severely beat a white woman in a McDonalds last April, we were not asked by our president to search our souls.
- When this black student in Florida went berserk with racial epithets and threats of physical harm, we didn’t get soul searching homework either.
- The Black Panthers have offered a $10,000 bounty for the capture of Zimmerman. If anything is a federal matter in this whole affair, certainly soliciting kidnapping would qualify. Where is Eric Holder on this? Cowering about race?
- Zimmerman is being described by Big Baloney as a “white Hispanic.” As Jonah Goldberg noted, that would make Obama a “white African-American.” But wait, so is Teresa Heinz Kerry — and her son wouldn’t look anything like Trayvon..
- Cockroaches never go away. Two scummy race baiters, Al and Jesse, are making hay.
Aside from the young man who was killed, the biggest victims of this ugly incident are black Americans. Consider this:
LaTonda James, 39, an African American community organizer from Miami, brought her 10-year-old son for a crucial but unpleasant civics lesson. “It’s important for them to learn from this incident — that it’s not equal treatment, that [this country] is not as rose-colored as people think, even though we have a black president,” she said.
Way to go mom: teach your kid that the deck is stacked against him, give him an excuse to fail. Never mind that millions of black people are flourishing in this country. (She might tell him about the white Duke lacrosse players who had their lives turned upside down by a rush to judgement.)
The biggest disappointment is with Obama. He had an opportunity to be truly “post racial.” He could have smacked down Sharpton and Jackson by pointing out their long history of exploiting racial animus.
But he wasn’t man enough to do it.
Watch it full screen.
Heather MacDonald on the racialization of the Trayvon Martin killing.
…[Charles] Blow is right about one thing: Black boys do face a much higher chance than non-blacks that they will be shot when they are “out in the world.” Black males between the ages of 14 and 24 were seven times more likely to die of homicide in 2007 than white and Hispanic males of the same age group combined. But the danger they face comes overwhelmingly from other black males, whose homicide offending rate in the 14 to 24 age category was nearly ten times higher than that of young white and Hispanic males combined. (The federal government’s crime data puts Hispanics and whites in a single category of “white,” thus overstating the non-Hispanic white offending and victimization rates). Most homicides are intraracial, but the chance of a black being killed by a white or Hispanic is much lower than the chance that a white or Hispanic will be killed by a black. Seventeen percent of what the FBI calls “white” homicide victims in 2009 were killed by blacks, compared to 8 percent of black homicide victims who were killed by “whites.” There were two and a half times as many white and Hispanic victims of black killers in 2009 as there were black victims of white and Hispanic killers, even though the black population is one-sixth that of whites and Hispanics combined. If Hispanics were removed from the category of “white” killers of blacks, the percentage of blacks killed by Anglo whites would plummet, since a significant percentage of what the FBI calls “white”-on-black killings represent gang warfare between Hispanic and black gangs. (Needless to say, there is no reason to think that racism plays a more frequent role in white-on-black killings than in black-on-white killings.)
Blow’s fear that his children will be blown away by a white is particularly ludicrous in New York City. Blacks commit 80 percent of all shootings in the city — as reported by the victims of and witnesses to those shootings — though they are but 23 percent of the population; whites commit 1.4 percent of all shootings, though they are 35 percent of the population. Add Hispanic shootings to the black tally, and you account for 98 percent of all of the city’s gun violence. In New York, as in big cities across the country, the face of violence is overwhelmingly black and Hispanic.
No evidence has yet surfaced to support the charge that the failure of the Sanford police to arrest Zimmerman results from racial bias, as opposed to ambiguities in the application of Florida’s self-defense law and the absence of eye-witnesses to the killing. But if such evidence of racial indifference does emerge, it would be not only shameful but also a great exception to the practice of police departments across the country. Far from showing a “reckless disregard for [black] lives,” in Sharpton’s words, it is the police and prosecutors who are the most reliable responders to black victimization, trying relentlessly to put together a case even when the witnesses to crime refuse to cooperate. Most police chiefs will say that they could solve every inner-city killing if the people who saw the crime or know the perpetrators came forward, instead of obeying the “no snitching” code.
And it is the concerted efforts of police departments across the country to bring safety to urban neighborhoods that have played a central role in the 50 percent drop in the black homicide victimization rate from 1991 to 2008. In New York City, over 10,000 minority males are alive today who would have been killed had homicide rates remained at their early 1990s highs; the largest cause of that crime drop is the New York Police Department’s policing revolution, which has created an unprecedented sense of urgency about protecting lives. The NYPD’s weekly meetings at police headquarters, known as Compstat, focus relentlessly on one overriding question: How can we save more people — overwhelmingly minorities — from being victimized by crime? Many an NYPD commander has lost his post because he has not had an adequate answer to that question.
The protesters in Florida and across the country are right to demand an explanation for the decision not to charge Zimmerman. A critical examination of Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is absolutely warranted. But the racial storyline that has been imposed on the shooting does not fairly represent contemporary America. That storyline is not just wrong, it is dangerous, because it only feeds black alienation and anger. Family breakdown, not white racism, is the biggest impediment facing blacks today, producing such casualties as the 18-year-old gangbanger who fatally shot a 34-year-old mother picking up her child from school in Brownsville, Brooklyn, last October. Sharpton and the national media didn’t show up for that killing, just as they don’t for the thousands of other black-on-black killings each year. By all means, demand justice for Trayvon Martin. But when that justice comes, as it most surely will, perhaps some small part of the energy devoted to securing it could be redirected towards stigmatizing black criminals and revalorizing the role of fathers in families.