Davos vs. US and We Won

If you are perplexed at the differences between the elitist/globalists and everyday Americans; behind NPR/the Brookings Institute and Trump supporters; behind millenials and older Americans, this article explains a lot.

At least it did for me.

The author is Daniel Greenfield and it appeared at the blog Sultan Knish.

The revolution will not be brought to you by Xerox. It will be brought to you by BMW. The German luxury automaker is a key advertiser at GQ. And GQ is the headquarters of the Resistance. That’s a vlog by Keith Olbermann who returned from his exile at an ESPN Elba to denounce Trump.

“I am Keith Olbermann,” Keith Olbermann barks to the peasants and workers of GQ who are taking a break from reading an article on ‘$100 Cologne that Smells Like Nothing’, “This is the Resistance.”

When the underground isn’t at GQ (The Most Radical Dress Socks to Wear Right Now), it’s at Vanity Fair where Graydon Carter denounces Trump (Donald Trump: A Pillar of Ignorance and Certitude) right above a photo of himself taken by Annie Leibovitz smiling smugly from his skyscraper office.

Maybe the resistance is Reed Hastings, the billionaire CEO of Netflix, who used his wealth catering to the tastes of urban elites, to lobby to raise the taxes of the middle class. Hastings whined that President Trump’s moves to protect Americans were “so un-American it pains us all.”

Who are this ‘us’? It might be Warren Buffett, Google’s Eric Schmidt and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, with whom Hastings had joined to support Hillary Clinton. Or it might be the CEOs of Lyft, Airbnb and Twitter, to name a few, who have jointed the anti-Trump resistance of wealthy elites.

It’s no coincidence that the most vocal outcry against President Trump’s measures have come from urban elites and the corporations that cater to them. It’s easy to spot the class divides in the scoffing at Andrew Puzder, CEO of the company behind Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, getting a cabinet position instead of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg who had been tipped for Treasury Secretary by Hillary.

Carl’s Jr and its 4 Dollar Real Deal are a world away from Facebook’s Gehry designed Menlo Park headquarters. Or as a WWE tournament is from Conde Nast’s Manhattan skyscraper.

It’s hard to imagine a clearer contrast between coastal elites and the heartland, and between the new economy and the old. On the one side are the glittering cities where workforces of minorities and immigrants do the dirty work behind the slick logos and buzzwords of the new economy. On the other are Rust Belt communities and Southern towns who actually used to make things.

Facebook’s top tier geniuses enjoy the services of an executive chef, treadmill workstations and a bike repair shop walled off from East Palo Alto’s Latino population and the crime and gang violence. And who works in Facebook’s 11 restaurants or actually repairs the bikes in the back room? Or looks through the millions of pictures posted on timelines to screen out spam, pornography and racism?

Behind the illusion of a shiny new future are Mexicans getting paid a few dollars an hour to decide if that Italian Renaissance painting you just shared violates Facebook’s content guidelines.

If you live in the world of Facebook, Lyft, Netflix and Airbnb, crowding into airports shouting, “No Borders, No Nations, Stop The Deportations” makes sense. You don’t live in a country. You live in one of a number of interchangeable megacities or their bedroom communities. Patriotism is a foreign concept. You have no more attachment to America than you do to Friendster or MySpace. The nation state is an outdated system of social organization that is being replaced by more efficient systems of global governance. The only reason anyone would cling to nations or borders is racism.

The demographic most opposed to President Trump is not a racial minority, but a cultural elite.

This isn’t a revolution. The revolutions happened in June in the UK and in November in the US. Brexit and Trump were revolutions. The protests against them are a reaction.

Somewhere along the way the political projects of the left ceased to be revolutionary. The left won. It took control of nations and set about dismantling them. Its social and economic agendas became law. It ruled through a vast interconnected system of the bureaucracy, media, academia, non-profits and corporations. In Europe, democracy nearly vanished. In America, there were still elections, but they didn’t matter very much. A Republican president could tinker a little, but he couldn’t change things. The left would throw its ritualistic tantrums if he limited abortion funding or invaded Iraq. But around the isolated controversies, everything else would go on moving further to the left.

The left had come to envision its victory as inevitable. Its leaders enjoyed the divine right of kings bestowed on them by historical materialism. And so they couldn’t see the revolution coming.

The inevitable elites and their power were overthrown. The little people they had been stepping on stormed the castle. All their pseudoscience had failed to predict it. Suddenly the future no longer belonged to the City or to Palo Alto. And its denizens poured out into the streets to protest.

The protests are taking place in the name of oppressed minorities, but like any dot com logo, that’s branding. They are actually an angry reaction by an overthrown elite to a people’s revolution.

This isn’t really about Muslims. The angry protesters know as little about Islam as they do about rural Iowa. But borders and airports are an important metaphor. President Trump said, “A nation without borders is not a nation.” And that’s exactly what the left wanted. No borders and no nations.

If you make tangible goods or have a mortgage, you are more likely to want borders and a nation. If on the other hand you deal largely in intangibles, in information, in strings of numbers, in data on global servers and financial transactions around the world, in movies and music, in ideas, then borders are an unreal abstraction. If you get your rides from Uber, your house from Airbnb, your entertainment from Netflix and your dates from Tinder, if you don’t actually own anything, and have no plans for a family or anything more permanent than a virtual existence, who needs a nation?

Patriotism is an ideal grounded in real things. Our elites exist in an unreal world filled with unreal things. Their world is based on rapid communications that organizes the world in new ways. They have grown so dazzled by the potential of that organization that they ignore what is underneath.

That metaphor became reality with Brexit and Trump. The country rebelled against the city. People who were in the business of making and doing real things rose up against a virtual economy.

The elites are unable to understand the nationalistic and territorial impulses of either their own citizens or Islamic terrorists. Their strange social-plutocratic fusion of Marxism and technocracy sees it as a problem of sharing the wealth. All the popular uprisings can be put down with a bigger welfare state. Redistribute more of the profits from Facebook to Muslims and Trump voters. Problem solved.

But the problem can’t be solved by enlarging the welfare class. It’s a gaping cultural chasm.

People need meaning. It is meaning that gives them a sense of worth. The angry leftist reactionaries find meaning in their post-everything world. The shattering of this world has driven them into the streets. And yet they can’t grasp that it was the shattering of their world that drove so many working people to vote for Brexit or Trump. They refuse to comprehend that nations have meaning to more people than their post-national world order of interchangeable multicultural megacities does or that most people want something tangible to hold on to even if it requires labor and sacrifice.

It was a war between Davos, Conde Nast, GQ, Soros, MSNBC, Hollywood, Facebook and America. And America won.

The “resistance” is a collection of elites, from actors at award shows to fashion magazines to tech billionaires, decrying a popular revolt against their rule. They are not the resistance. They are dictators in exile. They had their chance to impose their vision on the people. And they lost.

The revolution will not be brought to you by BMW, by a Davos conference, by $100 cologne that smells like nothing or by Facebook lobbying. It will be brought to you by the comeback of America.

Media Miss

The media – as usual – has missed something once again about Trump and his movement.

When the Melbourne, Florida, rally was announced, the media immediately pounced and said that Trump was reverting to campaign mode again because he needed to have the adulation of his base after a bad week. They attributed it to failure on his part after the “chaos” of his administration and a press conference after which they deemed him unhinged and un American.

Now most of us on the right would say it’s always a good thing when a political leader gets out of Washington. That place is not just a swamp, it’s a cesspool. The media roosts there and that’s one of the reasons they were so astounded by the November 8 election. They are out of touch.

But I think there was more to this rally’s point then just reconnecting with the base.

I think it was a big “up yours” to the media. Trump was telling them their methods against him aren’t working. He can draw an enormous crowd in just two days. The people are with him and this was a demonstration of that.

The media has been desperately trying to undercut Trump and cut him off from the people. They want to show him as out of his depths as president and a bumbler. The people know he’s not. There’s a reason he has followers like Gene Huber, who waited in line 13 hours at the hangar to attend the rally. He got called up on stage by the president:

The Left is trying to say he’s a plant. Of course they do! Their rallies are planned and paid for and that’s all they understand, not the natural ebullience of true support.

The media thinks that way, too.

Perhaps they should reevaluate themselves. A recent Fox poll said 45% believe Trump, while 42% trust the media.

I’m surprised media approval is that high. It will probably continue to drop.

Yet they think he is losing by going after them.

Hardly.

It’s the media that is unhinged and in chaos after the election. Doesn’t look like they’ll right themselves about it either. They don’t want to.

Two Shadow Governments You Don’t Know About

Did you hear the champagne corks popping by patriots yesterday at the news that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson fired people occupying the seventh floor of that department? We are celebrating the blow to the Deep State that has ruled in a rogue fashion for decades.
What is the Deep State? Here’s a description by John Whitehead, Constitutional attorney, author, founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. He wrote a book in 2015 called Battlefield America: The War on the American People.
This excerpt from him dates to October 2015. It’s long, but a must read.

“Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government, owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

America’s next president will inherit more than a bitterly divided nation teetering on the brink of financial catastrophe when he or she assumes office. He will also inherit a shadow government, one that is fully operational and staffed by unelected officials who are, in essence, running the country.

To be precise, however, the future president will actually inherit not one but two shadow governments.

The first shadow government, referred to as COG or continuity of government, is made up of unelected individuals who have been appointed to run the government in the event of a “catastrophe.”

The second shadow government, referred to as the Deep State, is comprised of unelected government bureaucrats, corporations, contractors, paper-pushers, and button-pushers who are actually calling the shots behind the scenes right now.

The first shadow government, COG, is a phantom menace waiting for the right circumstances—a terrorist attack, a natural disaster, an economic meltdown—to bring it out of the shadows, where it operates even now. When and if COG takes over, the police state will transition to martial law.

Yet as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, it is the second shadow government, the Deep State, which poses the greater threat to our freedoms. This permanent, corporatized, militarized, entrenched bureaucracy is unaffected by elections, unaltered by populist movements, and beyond the reach of the law.

This is the hidden face of the police state.

These two shadow governments, which make a mockery of representative government and the “reassurance ritual” of voting, have been a long time in the making. Yet they have been so shrouded in secrecy, well hidden from the eyes and ears of the American people, that they exist and function in contravention to the principles of democratic government.

As the following makes clear, these shadow governments, which operate beyond the reach of the Constitution and with no real accountability to the citizenry, are the reason why “we the people” have no control over our government.

The COG shadow government plan was devised during the Cold War as a means of ensuring that a nuclear strike didn’t paralyze the federal government.

COG initially called for three teams consisting of a cabinet member, an executive chief of staff and military and intelligence officials to practice evacuating and directing a counter nuclear strike against the Soviet Union from a variety of high-tech, mobile command vehicles. If the president and vice president were both killed, one of these teams would take control, with the ranking cabinet official serving as president.

This all changed after the attacks of September 11, 2001, when it became clear that there would be no warning against a terrorist attack. Instead of waiting until an attack occurred to mobilize part-time bureaucrats and activate evacuation schemes, George W. Bush opted to change COG and establish a full-time, permanent shadow government, stationed outside the capital, run by permanently appointed (not elected) executive officials.

COG has since taken on a power—and a budget—of its own.

Incredibly, under the Obama administration, the plans for the shadow government have expanded and grown far more elaborate and costly than many realize. It is what investigative journalist William M. Arkin refers to as “the latest manifestation of an obsession with government survival.”

Study the COG plans carefully, however, and you’ll find that the concern isn’t so much about protecting our government as it is about protecting the nation’s governmental elite.

As Arkin reports: “Countless billions have been spent on this endeavor over the years, a secret orgy of preparedness going on behind the scenes, one that ensures Washington can defend itself, take care of its own, and survive no matter what.”

To this end, the government has invested heavily in the “architecture of fear”: massive underground bunkers—the size of small cities—which are sprinkled throughout the country for the government elite to escape to “in case of an imminent nuclear strike so that they can set up a kind of Administration-in-exile, directing every order of business from retaliation to recovery.”

These bunkers, strategically located around the nation’s capital and in key states, represent a who’s who on the shadow government’s payroll, with every department and agency represented, from the Department of Education and the Trademark Office to the Small Business Administration and the National Archives.

No sector has been overlooked: military, surveillance, counterintelligence, scientific, political, judicial, corporate contractors, as well as computer programmers, engineers, fire fighters, craftsmen, security guards, branch chiefs, financial managers, supply officers, secretaries and stenographers, all of whom have been entrusted with special ID cards allowing them clearance into the doomsday survival sites. They’ve even included individuals tasked with patent and trademark processing. They even have contingency plans to save priceless works of art.

The Federal Relocation Arc near Washington DC will reportedly serve as the emergency bunker for “every Cabinet department (and every government organization deemed essential).” Site R, a 700,000-foot facility inside Raven Rock Mountain near Camp David, will serve as a backup Pentagon. Peters Mountain near Charlottesville, Va., is the likely site for the nation’s domestic spies to hide out. Congress will retire to a subterranean facility near the posh Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, which served as an internment facility for Japanese, Italian and German diplomats during World War II. And a 600,000-square-foot complex inside Virginia’s Mount Weather is expected to be the primary relocation site for the White House, the Supreme Court and much of the executive branch.

Built into the side of a mountain, Mount Weather, near Bluemont, Va., is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This self-contained facility contains, among other things, a hospital, crematorium, dining and recreation areas, sleeping quarters, reservoirs of drinking and cooling water, an emergency power plant, a radio/television studio and a full-time police and fire department.

These facilities reinforce a troubling government mindset that treats the American people as relatively insignificant and expendable. Because you know who’s not on the list of key-individuals-to-be-saved-in-the-eventuality-of-a-disaster? You and me and every other American citizen who is viewed as a mere economic unit to be tallied, bought and sold by those in power.

Not to worry, however. The government hasn’t completely forgotten about us.

In the event of a “national emergency”—loosely defined as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions”—the executive branch and its unelected appointees will be given unchecked executive, legislative and judicial power.

In such an event, the Constitution will effectively be suspended, thereby ushering in martial law…

As unnerving as that prospect may be, however, it is the second shadow government, what former congressional staffer Mike Lofgren refers to as “the Deep State, which operates according to its own compass heading regardless of who is formally in power,” that poses the greater threat right now.

Consider this: how is it that partisan gridlock has seemingly jammed up the gears (and funding sources) in Washington, yet the government has been unhindered in its ability to wage endless wars abroad, in the process turning America into a battlefield and its citizens into enemy combatants?

The credit for such relentless, entrenched, profit-driven governance, according to Lofgren, goes to “another government concealed behind the one that is visible at either end of Pennsylvania Avenue, a hybrid entity of public and private institutions ruling the country according to consistent patterns in season and out, connected to, but only intermittently controlled by, the visible state whose leaders we choose.”

This “state within a state” hides “mostly in plain sight, and its operators mainly act in the light of day,” says Lofgren, and yet the “Deep State does not consist of the entire government.”

Rather, Lofgren continues:

It is a hybrid of national security and law enforcement agencies: the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Justice Department. I also include the Department of the Treasury because of its jurisdiction over financial flows, its enforcement of international sanctions and its organic symbiosis with Wall Street.

All these agencies are coordinated by the Executive Office of the President via the National Security Council. Certain key areas of the judiciary belong to the Deep State, such as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose actions are mysterious even to most members of Congress. Also included are a handful of vital federal trial courts, such as the Eastern District of Virginia and the Southern District of Manhattan, where sensitive proceedings in national security cases are conducted.

The final government component (and possibly last in precedence among the formal branches of government established by the Constitution) is a kind of rump Congress consisting of the congressional leadership and some (but not all) of the members of the defense and intelligence committees. The rest of Congress, normally so fractious and partisan, is mostly only intermittently aware of the Deep State and when required usually submits to a few well-chosen words from the State’s emissaries.

In an expose titled “Top Secret America,” The Washington Post revealed the private side of this shadow government, made up of 854,000 contract personnel with top-secret clearances, “a number greater than that of top-secret-cleared civilian employees of the government.”

Reporting on the Post’s findings, Lofgren points out:

These contractors now set the political and social tone of Washington, just as they are increasingly setting the direction of the country, but they are doing it quietly, their doings unrecorded in the Congressional Record or the Federal Register, and are rarely subject to congressional hearings…

The Deep State not only holds the nation’s capital in thrall, but it also controls Wall Street (“which supplies the cash that keeps the political machine quiescent and operating as a diversionary marionette theater”) and Silicon Valley.

As Lofgren concludes:

[T]he Deep State is so heavily entrenched, so well protected by surveillance, firepower, money and its ability to co-opt resistance that it is almost impervious to change… If there is anything the Deep State requires it is silent, uninterrupted cash flow and the confidence that things will go on as they have in the past. It is even willing to tolerate a degree of gridlock: Partisan mud wrestling over cultural issues may be a useful distraction from its agenda.

Remember this the next time you find yourselves mesmerized by the antics of the 2016 presidential candidates or drawn into a politicized debate over the machinations of Congress, the president or the judiciary: it’s all intended to distract you from the fact that you have no authority and no rights in the face of the shadow governments.

Add to this a third, that of Obama and his globalist masters colluding with these two and you see what we are up against. That’s why Tillerson ousting the “Seventh Floor Group” junta that has been in control at State is so important. Remember it was these elitist untouchables that met every Wednesday afternoon to discuss the FOIA process, Clinton emails and Congressional stalling on info before the election.

Can team Trump triumph over this? Let’s hope so.

Press More Outrageous Than Fantasies

Of all the outrageous stories put out about Donald Trump, the following is the best.

Bet you didn’t know that Donald Trump is a time traveller. Yes, from the year 2036. Here’s a report from the British paper, The Sun, dated October 9, 2016.

But perhaps there is more to the tanned tycoon than meets the eye, as conspiracy theorists claim that The Donald is actually a time traveller who is here to save us all from nuclear war.

The theory emerged on a notoriously shady forum called 4chan, where posters claimed that Donald Trump is linked to a time-travelling man named John Titor.

Titor allegedly travelled from the year 2036 to the year 2000 to warn us of an impending war with ISIS, the Star reports.

First posting on the 4chan message boards 16 years ago, Titor claimed to be a soldier from 2036, who lived in a world ravaged by war and travelled back in time to change the future.

Titor eventually vanished from the internet, but now the legend has been reignited – as people claim that he is linked to loud-mouthed Donald Trump.

Legend has it that Donald Trump’s uncle, John Trump, was asked by the government to investigate notes made by “mad scientist” Nikola Tesla.

In his capacity as an MIT professor, uncle Trump studied the secret works of Tesla, the gifted inventor who helped supply electricity to America in the late 1800s.

And conspiracy theorists claim that John Trump stumbled across something very special among Tesla’s lab notes – the designs for a time travel machine.

In interviews Donald Trump regularly brought up his “uncle John”, who was a well-regarded nuclear scientist.

The Donald has also referred to his uncle’s knowledge of nuclear war, predicting that an atomic conflict will break out eventually and bragging about his intricate knowledge of the deadly weapons.

And another man with an intricate knowledge of nuclear weapons is John Titor, the time traveller who first appeared on online forums with apocalyptic warnings.

Donald John Trump is well known for using his middle name as a fake first name, going by the aliases of John Miller and John Barron.

And some people claim that he has another such identity – as John Titor.

The story goes that Trump used Nikola Tesla’s designs to travel to the future, before returning to warn us of what lies in wait.

When nobody listened, Trump took matters into his own hands and spent decades making money – in order to fund a bid for President and avert the terrifying future himself.

Last year, Trump hinted at his knowledge of the threats facing America, claiming: “I know more about ISIS than the generals do, believe me.”

Perhaps this is because he’s seen the future, or perhaps it’s just because he’s an egomaniac whose online fans think he is a time-travelling hero.

Only time will tell…

I only call attention to this story because it is more believable than the trash the mainstream media has been putting out, particularly after Flynn’s firing and yesterday’s press conference.

Dan Rather said it was worse than Watergate; others that Trump is unhinged; Chuck Todd that delegimitizing the press was un American; etc., etc. There is nothing he can do – even saying hello – that would be acceptable to the Left’s biggest bastions.

At American Thinker, David Prentice writes, “The left is blowing its own opportunity by hyper-exaggerating their case. Put their yelping together with the clear and obvious intent to have Trump impeached one month into his presidency, impeached for virtually anything he does, for anything they disagree with, and it’s clear that this will go nowhere. Literally all of them are over the top with shriekings such as this:

“It’s worse than Watergate, they were bought and paid for by Russia hacking the election, they installed everyone Putin wants in the cabinet. Flynnpeachment. Plus Trump hates puppies. And moms.

“Patience. They’re discrediting themselves daily. It may not be fun watching just how hysterical they act, but they’re not going to win this.”

No, they are not. They don’t realize it either. The more outrageous and angry they are, the more they empower Trump. They prove themselves purveyors of fake news and Trump calls them out on it. We’re about at the point where nothing they say is true.

Trump might as well take this opportunity to do whatever he deems fit. He will get by with it as long as his base approves. He knows it, too.

Spreading Dissent in Midtown

Did you see the protest yesterday at Kroger on Union?

I didn’t. I read about it on Nextdoor. Someone noted that a few people were there with signs. On them was Sabra with a circle and line through it; in other words, the symbol against a company.

At first, people thought it had to do with the recent recall of the company’s hummus, some of which might have contained listeria. Then another mentioned Sabra was part of the Strauss group which provides financial support for the Israeli military.

One person wrote, “Sabra is a shitty company that pours money into not so nice things. I knew people were boycotting them a few years ago but I didn’t know it was still going on! I personally don’t buy them because I don’t like my money going to companies that support the Israeli military abusing human rights.”

That caused the monitor to shut down the conversation.

A little digging revealed more. There is a facebook page, “Memphis Voices for Palestine.” On it was this invitation: “Join Memphis Voices for Palestine as we educate Kroger as well as Memphis shoppers on the Sabra Hummus and Strauss Group Boycott. Kroger should remove this apartheid-supporting corporation’s products, and we trust this will happen once it is understood how destructive the Strauss Group has proven.” It asked people to go to Kroger on Union between 5 and 6 p.m. to protest.

This group has at the top of the invitation a graphic reading “Israel: practicing expulsion, occupation, apartheid, and cultural & cuisine appropriation since 1948.”

Cuisine appropriation. Didn’t know that was a crime. Are the French, or more appropriately the Belgians, going to protest our term French fry? Should the UN take up cuisine appropriation crimes?

Anyhow, this shows you what the protest is really about. The page says 459 people follow them. There is a video that rails against settlements and Netanyahu; another that says the Israelis told a Gaza heart patient to spy for them or die. Another entry says Israelis deny cancer treatment for Palestinians and many other negative things.

Since I didn’t see the protest I don’t know if it got any traction. I didn’t see any mention of it in today’s CA. Interesting, though, that they chose the Midtown store. Perhaps they think they could get more sympathy there.

We’re entering a time when everything is going to be contested and protested no matter what it is. Forces want anarchy and chaos to prevail. Obviously there are groups working towards this even here.

I, for one, have added Sabra hummus to my grocery list. At Kroger.

Look Who’se Behind DeVos Protest

You don’t think any of these anti Trump, anti Education Secretary Betsy DeVos are organic, do you?

Hardly. We’re in for a battle unlike any we’ve had in this country before as certain groups who want to take him down and don’t care what it does to the country war with the factors that want America great again.

The gateway pundit had this interesting and somewhat ignored story about the DeVos event.

As reported previously today by TGP, Betsy DeVos was harassed and blocked by an Afghan refugee Bilal Ahmed, who was charged with assault.

It turns out that refugee is also a contributor with NPR. As we’ve mentioned last month, the Trump administration plans to slash funding for NPR, the publicly funded liberal news outlet.

As reported in Politico:

… He wrote last month for NPR in response to the executive order issued by President Donald Trump sharply curtailing travel from seven majority-Muslim nations. The article said he became a naturalized citizen in 2000 and earned a graduate degree from American University.

A police report obtained by POLITICO says that Askaryar, who entered his plea on Saturday in Superior Court in Washington, was given “several lawful orders” to move out of the way of a vehicle, and then pushed an individual identified as “V-1.”

Being given refugee status in this country is a privilege. It is appalling that someone who this privilege was extended to would turn around and display physical aggression toward our political officials, MUCH LESS attack a highly accomplished woman who is currently working to better the quality of education in the United States.

Protesting is a healthy activity within a democracy, but the left needs to learn what is appropriate protesting and what is aggression and violence.

These people need to be prosecuted to the max and NPR, along with PBS, needs to have funding cut off. Immediately.

Crime Hits Home for Midtowner

If Mayor Strickland doesn’t up his crime game soon, he’ll find himself out of a job next election. He seems to be ignoring a problem that hits home to so many Memphians.

Did you catch this latest outrage? A Central Gardens resident is in a coma at the Med after two thugs drag racing down Poplar hit her. Here’s the CA’s story:

A 25-year-old man arrested in 2015 for taking part in a mob beating has now been charged in an alleged drag-racing incident late Friday night that left a woman in critical condition.

Cordero Ragland has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault, reckless driving, drag racing and driving on a suspended license. Ragland was previously arrested for throwing the punch that started a mob attack that left a man injured at the BP convenience store at Poplar and Cleveland that April 10.

This latest incident happened around 11:15 p.m. at Poplar and Belleair, just across from Overton Park, police said. According to police, the woman, later identified as Lisa Sloan, was pulling out of Veteran’s Plaza Drive to go east on Poplar when she struck a 2015 Dodge Charger, allegedly driven by Ragland. A second unidentified car then hit Sloan’s car on the drivers side, police said. That driver then fled the scene, police said.

A witness told police that the Charger and the unidentified car had been drag-racing down Poplar seconds before the crash. At least two others were also injured, but were in noncritical condition, police said.

Family members said on social media that Sloan has been in a coma since the crash and is battling a severe brain injury. She remains in intensive care at the Regional Medical Center.

In the previous incident, Ragland was identified on video surveillance as the person who struck a 35-year-old man in the back of the head at the BP, starting what turned into a mob beating. Orrden Williams, who was attacked as he escorted a woman from the store to her car, suffered a concussion and several abrasions and bruises. His car also was damaged. Police previously had arrested at least 10 others, including six juveniles, in the attack.

Ragland eventually pleaded guilty to aggravated riot and assault in that incident. Court records show that he was sentenced to two years in jail on May 5, 2016; it’s uncertain why he was not in jail when the drag-racing incident occurred.

This is just Ragland’s latest brush with the law. He has previous arrests on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated robbery, attempted aggravated robbery, unlawful possession of a weapon and criminal trespass.

Thugs like him manage to play the system and not serve full time. Why? Strickland is ultimately responsible for what goes on here; as a lawyer he understands what can be done.

Yesterday on his radio show, Ben Ferguson commented that Strickland spends a lot of time fighting deannexation. He lamented that he doesn’t spend as much time and passion on crime as on this topic. He’s right. This is the city’s most pressing issue. It’s time he addressed it.

Spell It B I A S

Sunday’s CA showed a tremendous bias against black people. Racist, even, and an exercise in stereotypes.

It had to do with the front of the Local section in an article about the National Spelling Bee. The headline read “MUS STUDENT PAUL HEADING TO NATIONALS.” I did not add the caps, they did. It talked about the dramatic finish that had the winner correctly spell pentalogy and cinephile. Except his picture was not the one featured in color on the page. His was a 2″ by 2 3/4″ black and white on Page 2. From all appearances, he appeared to be Indian or of Asian background.

The color photo on the front page was 7 3/4″ by 5 1/2″. Pictured was a young black girl “comforted by her teacher after misspelling the word opossum during the Greater Memphis Spelling Bee.

I think it was unfair to minimize the winner’s picture and bury it in the spillover of the story. The winner deserved top spot. Was this some kind of bias against Asian Americans? One could deduce that.

And what of the young girl on the front page? The CA likes to highlight minorities, but does advertising her failure just reinforce stereotypes racists have? Did they even consider that angle?

It’s fine to want to show minority achievement, but should they emphasize it when they don’t? Perhaps the young girl didn’t want a picture of her crying when she lost broadcast across the city.

When you play the game of calling others racist no matter what, perhaps you ought to be careful of your own actions.

Cohen Rabble Rousing Again

I caught this on Channel 5’s news last night.

WMC Action News 5 – Memphis, Tennessee

This followed an email from him on Friday:

“On Saturday at 10 AM, I am hosting a town hall meeting at East High School. I look forward to discussing my work and legislation in Congress and hearing about the issues that matter most to you. I am expecting a large crowd, so I encourage everyone to arrive early. Doors will open at 9:30 AM. Parking will be available on site and attendees are asked to enter through the front door. I hope to see you there.”

They must have put the call out to every immigration lawyer in town, then urged their clients to show up.

Notice he conflates the Affordable Care Act with the immigration issue, scare mongers, then goes on to push the sorry tale of Russian “involvement” in our presidential election.

This is the worst kind of politicking.

But he didn’t just discredit himself there. He explained in his email/newsletter:

“I am disappointed Jeff Sessions was confirmed by the Senate as the next Attorney General on Wednesday. It is a sad day in American jurisprudence when a man who has not sought to advance voting rights, civil rights or women’s rights nor has sought to advocate for the Bill of Rights, except for the Second and Tenth Amendments, becomes Attorney General of the United States. Furthermore, his positions on criminal justice are repressive and outdated. I was proud to join my colleagues in a protest march from the House floor to the Senate floor during the debate of his nomination. To paraphrase Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. You can watch a video clip of our march here.

If there is some kind of protest against Republicans, Steve Cohen is there. It was another futile effort on his part as the House has nothing to do with Attorney General confirmations. But he loves to show a part of his constituents that he is with them, even if there is no issue there.