You Missed One, Mr. Mayor

While our mayor and public officials are busy worrying about what damage Confederate statues might do to our citizens, there is one statue that they don’t talk about.

It’s not Christopher Columbus, although he was moved to a park in east Memphis, or the miniature of slave owning autocrat Ramses. It’s this one:

E.H. (Boss) Crump. He stands at the entrance to Overton Park with a defiant, goofy pose. As a friend of black Republicans, I find this unacceptable.

True, he was mayor of Memphis from 1910 to 1915. But he was also a racist who kept blacks under his thumb through intimidation and violence. Look what he did to Robert Church, the South’s first black billionaire.

At first, Church and Crump coexisted well enough. Church had a mansion on South Lauderdale in a predominantly white neighborhood. It irked Crump. Church also was a prominent Republican, pushing for black voting. Crump retaliated by causing Church to lose everything from his properties to his organizations. Crump said to a newspaper “You have a bunch of niggers teaching social equality, stirring up racial hatred. I am not going to stand for it. I’ve dealt with niggers all my life, and I know how to treat them … This is Memphis.”

Crump had a plan, as described by Placesjournal.com

In the afternoon of February 26, 1953, fire destroyed a landmark in south Memphis, on Lauderdale Street. A stately three-story home, with eighteen rooms and twin gables, burned from its spires down.

Firefighters weren’t late to the blaze — in fact, they’d ignited it. The city of Memphis, which was then hosting a convention of fire safety officials from around the country, had authorized the burning of the vacant mansion in order to demonstrate a new, efficient, fog nozzle fire-hose. Thousands stood in the street to watch. For two hours, firemen in black helmets and black slickers fought flames that burst through the roof and out of the windows. After blasting down each fire, they set another part of the home ablaze. Afterwards, the ruins steamed. 1

But there was much more to this demonstration than a test of new firefighting equipment. As locals understood, the burning of this particular home was an assertion of power, because of who it had belonged to and what it symbolized. Abandoned, weather-beaten, but still grand, the mansion at 384 South Lauderdale represented the pinnacle of black achievement in the city.

Blacks got the message and stopped living in white areas.

Yet Crump stands there proudly today and no one says a thing.

Perhaps it is because Crump and Strickland share more than just being mayor of our city. They both have a (D) by their names.

Uh- O – Look Who’s Coming to 60 Mins.

So Oprah Winfrey, having conquered the daytime TV talk show, magazines and the weight loss market (for everyone except herself), now turns her efforts to hard news.

Well, sort of hard news. She’s about to join CBS’ “60 Minutes” as a correspondent.

Her first topic, on Sept. 24, will be America’s political divisions.

It’s an issue she’s certainly contributed to abundantly. She never missed an opportunity to hit Republicans. Remember how she treated George W. Bush? She piled on with Katrina, claiming there were more rapes and deaths in the Super Dome than there were. She refused to travel with First Lady Laura Bush to Afghanistan because she didn’t want to help a Republican in any way.

Then there was her treatment of Michelle and Barack Obama. Godlike reverence is a phrase that comes to mind. She was said to have brought him a million votes in the 2008 Democrat primary. He reciprocated by awarding her the Medal of Freedom. After the 2016 election, Oprah joined him and some other worthless celebs in the Pacific for a vacay.

Oprah admitted she “couldn’t breathe after the election” of Trump. She was all in for Hillary.

She’s even thought about running for president herself, saying that if he could win, she could, too. Maybe that’s what all this is about.

Sure, she’s who I turn to as a fair analyst of America’s political divisions. Not.

What will she tackle after that topic?

You can bet race will be a constant. Beef producers and tainted hamburger? Remember how the beef people sued her. Maybe she’d like payback. How about what happens when celebrities give away cars to poor people who can’t even afford the tax on them?

Or the truth about weight loss. There’ll be plenty of celeb interviews you can bet. Look for some with sob stories to get first attention.

Maybe how you deal with having eight houses and what a difficulty that is.

Marriage advice from someone who perpetuated a relationship that gave an OK to live in relationships. There are lots of possibilities.

Not that 60 Minutes really matters anymore. There was a time when most Americans wouldn’t miss it and actually believed the stories they sold us.

Not anymore. It’s as irrelevant as Oprah is, so they’ll make a good match.

Strickland Calls on Clergy

In his rush to show he’s not a raaaccist and in a move to secure the black vote for his next election, Mayor Strickland got 150 clergy from Memphis to sign a letter backing the removal of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s statue. You can read the letter and the signatures here: https://medium.com/@MayorMemphis/clergyletter-b1e5ae3513aa.

Strickland put it on his facebook page and got a lot of comments. From my sampling, I saw 22 supporting him and 57 against. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/mayormemphis/

I gather from some of the comments in favor of him were made by Strickland people. I can’t validate that, but I believe there is some truth in it.

It was interesting to see the names of the clergy. I noted only one Catholic, Father Val Handwerker. It’s not surprising. He is a social justice warrior and remnant of that 60s group think. He identifies himself as pastor at St. Patrick’s. However, shortly after being moved there he went on sabbatical. He may retire after that. So much for getting in the trenches and practicing his social justice.

Noticeably absent was the Catholic bishop of the diocese, Rev. Martin Holley. Strickland, a Catholic and parishioner at St. Louis, must be disappointed in that, especially since Holley is black. In my opinion the Bishop is correct to keep out of matters of the state.

Liberals don’t like that, but they are always eager to suggest the separation of Church and State when it comes to the matter of abortion. In that issue, they don’t believe Church has any say. The hypocrisy is not surprising.

Here are some of the comments on Strickland’s post, both pro and con:

“I’m very disappointed to my pastors names on this list.”

“Moving a monument is the same as re-writing history.”

“Wish our spiritual leaders more concerned about souls and less concerned about statues. Never heard of a statue killing anyone, making someone addicted to drugs, molesting a child, stealing. Lying, driving drunk. This entire statue controversy is political pc bs.”

“Keep going with the removal of Confederate statues and then history will certainly repeat itself.”

“George Orwell said, ‘The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.'”

“Mayor Strickland, It has just been passed that the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest will remain at the State Capitol. Will removing the statue help, in any way, with the crime in Memphis? Will it stop children from skipping school to go out and commit crime?”

“Sorry to be impatient, but those clergy folk and you would gain real leadership credibility by knocking them down yourselves, today.”

“When are we going to see the Martian Luther street signs taken down.handy statue removed they bothered me and are racist.”

“Until the family agrees to remove the statue and bodies, you are wasting your time Strickland and you know it. Get busy with other things like trying to correct the cultural bankruptcy and crime in this city. One of the most DANGEROUS cities in America.”

“Bad decision!!!! Wrong decision!!! This will be remembered come re-election time!!! You will be a one-term mayor!!! Shame on you!!!”

“If you only had this much passion for the real issues in Memphis. Crime, homeless, corrupt school system, lack of good benefits for police and firefighters. Sad that statues take more priority over humans. Oh and I don’t believe this will stop the hate or racism.”

“My point is and will always be that you have directed or should I say MISDIRECTED your focus from CRIME, jobs and poverty to issues that are not nearly as pressing.”

“You are a lousy mayor so far and haven’t really done anything for the city of Memphis. The blight, crime, roads, jobs etc. are still just as bad when you came into office. Do you really want your claim to fame to be only about removing statues?”

“Beautiful. Thank you Mayor Strickland for your transparency.”

“Together, this wonderful city of ours will continue forward sans racism.”

“Move the statue inside a museum. Let this be our true history.”

“This is the first time I’ve been happy to read an announcement from this administration. Memphis is finally doing something right in regards to racial relationships.”

“I spy a lot of white grievance in this thread.”

“LEAVE THEM ALONE 😡😡😡 I know who I’m NOT voting for next election”

“I’m glad the clergy have such an integral role in government.”

“How about doing something about the violence?”

“Thanks mayor and all of the clergy! Memphis needs to enter the 21st century since we mostly skipped the 20th.”

“Hard hitting relevant action on the tough problems of the day. Like inanimate objects in parks.”

“Enjoy your ONE term in office, Strickland.”

“Congratulations Mayor Strickland, I voted for you once, but won’t make that mistake the next time.”

“Forrest was a heroic figure in Memphis, and worthy of a big statue. He will live in history centuries after Strickland is forgotten.”

“So now we are desecrating burial sites?”

“The same people who signed this stupid letter better be prepared because those people will want the statues of Christ removed next! Glad my pastors name is not in this list!”

“Think I’m gonna start a church so I can get some tax breaks.”

“A dead white man under a bunch of concrete and a statue of him is NOT THE REASON THE CRIME IS SO BAD IN THE CITY OR ACROSS THE COUNTRY …GO SCAPEGOAT SOMETHING ELSE … #mayoratricklandjustlookingforvotesnextelection #fixthecrimerateinmemphismayorjimstrickland”

“I would have to say clergy in memphis IS part of the problem”

There are lots more worth reading.

You would think that in the opportunity to get Amazon to locate a headquarters here Strickland might concentrate on pursuing that – and other companies to come here.

Evidently that’s not on his priority list either.

What Happened to Hillary?

Ten months after the presidential election, I still enjoy Hillary’s (and the media’s) struggle to understand her loss. It has been a crushing blow to both of them and they haven’t gotten over it.

Neither have I. It’s still a lot of fun to watch.

Happily, Hillary keeps obliging. She can’t stop her whining. She was on CBS Sunday morning talking to Jane Pauley this weekend. Here’s the clip. It’s worth the 12-13 minute time investment.

Shouldn’t someone tell her she ought to stop trying to imitate German Chancellor Angela Merckel? What – were they separated at birth?

They even share a love of white wine, evidently.

In the interview with Pauley, Hillary likes quite a bit of it, judging from how her weird turtle like top looks about ready to pop its button.

Hillary has that weird eye thing going on again, too. The one where one pupil kind of wanders from being in sync with the other. We got plenty of that during the campaign, even though they tried to hide it.

Interesting, too, that the clips of Trump CBS chose to illustrate Hillary’s point, don’t. She talks of his white nationalist inaugural speech and they have him talking about carnage. As I recall that concerned how many black people are being killed in our streets, especially Chicago. He didn’t think it was a good thing.

Then the stalking incident at Wash U. It looked like two people on a stage, not stalking, not threatening.

Her quote about Trump saying that “he had no idea” being in the White House was “harder than he thought.” When did he say that? Seems unlikely.
How did you like the hubris of the Clintons buying a house on the property for her White House staff? Did you catch the picture of the White House on the wall? Maybe she thought staff would like to be reminded of her importance.

Hillary can go on living in her Chappaqua world. The rest of us opted out.

Turning Point for Trump?

There is even more evidence that the Trump administration has found its footing and earned some respect.

Have you seen any polls since the first one? I haven’t. That indicates that he is gaining in approval. If he were declining, it would be played more frequently than the colorful hurricane map that glued itself to every channel’s broadcast.

Then the Washington Times brought up another point of success. They ask “Anyone noticed through the fog of Russia, Comey, Charlottesville, and now two monster hurricanes that the U.S. economy is booming faster than any time since the late Clinton years?

“It is undeniable. And the pace of improvement is quickening. In the last year of the Obama administration, the economy was decelerating with a dismal 1.6 percent growth rate. The economy revved up to a three percent growth rate in the April-June 2nd quarter this year, which is a nice bounce but still not a great number.

“A preliminary sneak peek at the current 3rd quarter GDP by the Atlanta Federal Reserve Bank, estimates an even brisker 3.4 percent growth.”

Any administration that gets continued 3.0 + numbers gets reelected, according to analysts.

Add to this the Hillary factor. The more we see of her complaining about the election, as she does in the interviews about her book, the more it vindicates the result. Democrats must hater her popping up again and grabbing all the Dem attention. She’s like a recurring Noro virus you can’t shake. Just when you think you’re over it, back it comes.

Even celebrities and their hate are sputtering. Take Michael Moore and his new play, “The Terms of My Surrender.” It has surrendered to poor box office, according to Mediaite:

Moore’s awful day was really destroyed when he saw the weekly grosses for his one-man Broadway show and realized how thoroughly he has been rejected by the New York theatre audience.

This week’s figures won’t be made public for another couple days… but we hear it’s pretty ugly.

According to Broadway World’s reporting of the weekly gross receipts for the run of the limited engagement production, ”The Terms of My Surrender” is in a downward spiral with numbers consistently at less than half of the show’s potential.

Even the Trump hating New York Times panned it. “Still, you don’t have to disagree with Mr. Moore’s politics to find that his shtick has become disagreeable with age. “The Terms of My Surrender,” which opened on Thursday at the Belasco, is a bit like being stuck at Thanksgiving dinner with a garrulous, self-regarding, time-sucking uncle. Gotta love him — but maybe let’s turn on the television.”

He even resorted to giving out free hot dogs after the show, but even that hasn’t gotten him out of the dog house.

If you can’t make it in New York…

Americans are tired of the hate. Will the media sense that? Probably not.

Hurricanes Bring Winds of Change

According to the Miami Herald, massive aid is on its way to Florida.

A huge airborne relief mission is en route to the Keys to help people impacted by the devastation caused when the eye of Hurricane Irma blasted through the Lower Florida Keys at daybreak Sunday morning.

Monroe County Emergency Management Director Martin Senterfitt called the destruction caused by Irma, a massive Category 4 storm when it impacted the Keys, a “humanitarian crisis.”

Among the services coming to the Keys are “disaster mortuary teams,” he said during a conference call.

United States Air Force special operations pilots are testing flights with C-130 cargo planes around the massive storm from Mississippi to the Keys in anticipation of the mission, which will include Air National Guard flights of more C-130s and helicopters following the fixed-wing flights.

“The help is on its way,” Senterfitt said during a conference call Sunday afternoon.

“We’re going to get more aid than we’ve ever seen in our lives,” Senterfitt said.

Supplies and personnel could be coming in by air to Monroe County by early Monday morning, Senterfitt said.

The first arrival will be at Florida Keys Marathon Airport, which can handle about two C-130 planes at a time. The plan, said Senterfitt, is to have two C-130s land every two hours on the airfield there.

Doesn’t this defy all liberal belief? Didn’t they say that Trump was a businessman, not a leader? They pound us with the notion that he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Looks like he does. Career politicians before him have failed, even though they supposedly understand government.

They tell us he lacks compassion. Is this the move of someone who doesn’t care about the welfare of others?

They tell us Trump sympathizes with Nazis, Alt Right and the KKK. Is this the act of someone who is racially motivated in all he does? In Florida, people who went to the shelters, of their own will or rounded up because they were homeless, have not been subject to racial tests. No one has asked them about their immigration status. No one apparently cared what it was. So much for the myth of Trump wanting to purge the U.S. of foreigners.

Blacks, Hispanics, the poor, gays – all the ones Republicans and Trump are supposed to hate – have not been left to a likely death.

By the way, has anyone ever encountered someone from the KKK or a neo Nazi? I haven’t. Do you see them meeting and looking for new members? Are they popping up wherever you look?

No. They are not legitimate factors of any kind in this country. They haven’t been for decades. Millennials and Democrats are on hair trigger alert for them. They think they’re skulking around every tree waiting for the chance to have a coup. We are warned about them by the media.

They aren’t a group large enough to worry about. It’s a strategy to divide and destroy the country.
Two hurricanes are showing us that Trump can handle a crisis and that the American people work together to help each other selflessly in tragedies.

The GOPe Sails on Titanic

Kurt Schlichter at Townhall penned this brilliant analysis of Trump’s deal with Democrats on the budget. Why it surprised and stunned the GOPe, I don’t know. Trump had always said he would talk with them to get legislation through. Just goes to show how completely dense these people are.

So what does the GOP establishment do in 2018 when it comes before us dirty, nasty normals and tries to make the case that its members deserve being reelected to Congress instead of being tarred and feathered? After seven years of solemn assurances, it couldn’t even get its act together and keep its promise to put a stake through the heart of the abomination that is Obamacare. But hey – when Donald Trump kept his promise to undo DACA, that sure spurred the True Conservatives to action. The deductibles my employees pay just went up two grand a year because if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor or something, yet that sort of real world pain for real world people doesn’t spur our righteous Conservative, Inc., stalwarts to action. But threaten to actually enforce a law Congress passed and cut the monocle-and-top-hat set off from cheap foreign serfs who will vote hard left if given the chance? Now that’s an emergency. All hands on deck!

Of the S.S. Conservative Titanic.

“Republicans, you can be proud of me! I went to Washington, left Obamacare in place, complained that Donald Trump was mean to the liberals who hate us, and started down the road to amnesty, just like you wanted! And by ‘you’ I mean the Wall Street Journal editorial board, some fussy Never Trumpers on Twitter, and the GOP wonks who used to read Ayn Rand books while normal guys were kissing girls.”

Boy oh boy, it must sure suck for you that we conservatives are now woke.

“Woke,” that hilariously dopey term used by semi-literate leftists when they sort of mean “aware,” is just too sweet a word not to confiscate and deploy on our own behalf. It perfectly describes us normals’ now-permanent state of agitated readiness in anticipation of the latest way the conservacreeps are going to try to shaft us. We’re woke, which means we’re watching, and more than that, we’re acting on our wokedness. That’s why Felonia von Pantsuit is busy pounding bourbon and writing books blaming Bernie and Russia instead of being busy purging that troublesome Bill of Rights of our troublesome civil rights.

Bad news, losers: We are hella woke, and there’s no turning back.

Look, here’s how you Fredocons screwed up – well, one of the ways you screwed up, anyway. You miscalculated our tolerance for failure and confused our patience with apathy. Eventually, your failure grew so great that we just had to pay attention even though we have lives and better things to do. We started watching and saw you sitting on panels high fiving each other about your commitment to free trade (which always seemed to turn out to be crony capitalism that shafted us normals) and tax reform (which always seemed to turn out to benefit crony capitalists and shaft us normals) and budget cuts (which never seemed to happen except to the military, which is populated by, and therefore the cuts hurt, us normals). Oh, we gave you chances – for decades, we gave you plenty of chances not to suck. And, in return, you gave us nothing but suck.

“Oh, George W. Bush was a true conservative!” Good guy, yes, but he brought us two unwon wars (only one of necessity) and “compassionate conservatism.” Of course, “compassion” always means that normal people get another rock in their ruck. Then there was John McCain, who lied to our faces on Obamacare’s repeal so more Senate hacks wouldn’t have to go on record doing so. And last, and arguably least, there’s Mitt Romney, Mr. Thank-You-Candy-May-I-Have-Another, who never misses a chance to virtue signal for the benefit of the same people who said he gave someone cancer. Oh, and their bright idea for 2016? Jeb! He was an act of love upon us normals all right.

See, we’re done. We’re woke and feeling about you hacks just like you feel about us. Think about that. The clock is ticking. Look at Jeff Flake. At this point, I don’t even care if his opponent, somewhere down the road, will have to deny being a witch. In fact, his primary opponent could get up at the first debate in a sweatshirt reading “PROUD HOGWARTS GRAD,” wave a wand, announce without irony that “The sorting hat assigned me to Hufflepuff!” and I’d still send her money. Because even if she was crazy (and she’s not – she seems like a very nice lady who actually believes in conservative stuff), she would still be a million times better than that back-stabbing, braying doofus she’s running against. Heck, she’s already crushing the Arizona squish into utter squishiness in the polls – think of what she could do with some spells.

The GOP establishment will never learn, partly from denial and partly because a lot of its members are kind of dumb. For example, that smarmy dope Paul Ryan, when he isn’t trying to make sure foreigners are treated better than Americans, is still pushing the moronic “You could do your taxes on a postcard!” hack cliché when, of course, everyone knows that all those extra pages are filled with the deductions that make people who work pay less. I’ll toss my taxes to my accountant and keep my home mortgage, charitable, and state tax deductions instead of losing them so big GOP donors can pocket some more dough – thanks though, Passive Paul! Postcard taxes – sheesh, 1996 called and it wants its total defeat back.

Look normals, we’re in for the long haul here – hopefully not one that ends violently for our divided country, which it absolutely could. Those are the stakes, and that is why we can’t just walk away from this game. We can’t hide and wait it out. We either get in there and win or we lose everything. Step One was getting woke. Step Two was electing Trump. Step Three is regulating the Republicans. Slowly and surely, we’re going to need to purge these punks from our team.

And we can do it. Time is on our side. Eventually, Ben Sasse is going to get a show on MSNBC called You Have All Disappointed Me So, So Very Much. Eventually, Paul Ryan is going to leave to do infomercials for his objectivist cross-fit workout DVD titled Atlas Pumped. Eventually, Lindsey Graham is going to retire and open an antique store in Alexandria and get into needless and endless price wars all over town. And eventually, we will win our struggle to restore the country and the Constitution we love.

We must be patient.

We must be ruthless.

We must be woke.

Brilliant.