What would Martin Luther King say about Furguson?

Posted by Christine & John on November 26, 2014 at 11:25 PM

MLK would have deplored the violence and he would have deplored the killing of a young black man. But we have something even more precise. MLK spoke in 1961 in St Louis, only a short distance from Ferguson. He said, "Do you know that Negroes are 10 percent of the population of St. Louis and are responsible for 58 percent of its crimes? We've got to face that. And we've got to do something about our moral standards. We know that there are many things wrong in the white world, but there are many things wrong in the black world, too. We can't keep on blaming the white man. There are things we must do for ourselves."

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Profile in courage - justice done in Ferguson

Posted by Christine & John on November 25, 2014 at 9:21 AM

It takes courage to stand up against the mob. Members of the Grand Jury must have known that their decision would be greeted with outrage, real and feigned, and that violence would result in their home town. Yet they made the choice based on the evidence. We congratulate them on ensuring justice was done.

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Saving and risking black lives

Posted by Christine & John on November 24, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Rudy Giuliani provoked the wrath of the grievance industry by pointing out some facts. One is that the number of innocent young blacks killed by white police officers is vanishingly small compared to number of young blacks killed by young blacks. He also pointed out that police have challenges in inner cities communities because of the violence and then made the point that enrages the pinheads. He says that his policies saved lots of black lives. He is right, however, so the response is not to argue but rather to rage against him.

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Old accusations: Jackson, Cosby et al

Posted by Christine & John on November 24, 2014 at 6:09 AM

I surprised Chrissy once with my vigorous defense of Micheal Jackson. She thought he was a homosexual perv because of accusations made by boys, or more correctly by their parents. I thought he was sure enough weird, but maybe not a perv. Now we get accusations against Bill Cosby. Everybody jumps on the bandwagon when a famous guy is accused. We should be careful.

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Obama out to destroy America?

Posted by Christine & John on November 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM

President Obama was reelected in 2012 by about the same plurality than Bush won in 2004. He lost support from 2008, i.e. when people got to know him. In the midterm elections he said, "make no mistake. My policies are on the ballot." That election resulted in the biggest whuppin/thumpin/shellackin in a generation. Yet Obama thinks he somehow won and has a mandate to change America. He is now exceeding his authority, according to his own earlier - and often repeated - statements. So what is up with this guy?

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What we learned from Barack Obama - Advice for the next Republican

Posted by Christine & John on November 20, 2014 at 11:22 PM

This from WSJ, what Obama taught us, " Nobody can really stop a president. Congress can only complain. The judiciary moves too slowly to make a difference (look at Obama's illegal recess appointments). Turns out the only thing that ever really restrained the chief executive was that oath he took. Our side has always taken that seriously. Hmmm."

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Dealing with inequality

Posted by Christine & John on November 19, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Increasing inequality is a challenge from several angles. The most obvious is that it enrages people and sometimes makes them do dumb things, like support demagogues. But as destructive is the wasted talent. If the poor lack good skills and habits, they do not make the contribution to the society that they could. The causes of inequality are complex. It is one thing to decry inequality but quite another to make a reasoned response. Our liberal friends like the tax and redistribution tact. But a recent Brookings Study shows that redistribution through taxes is greater today than it was in 1979, when tax rates were much higher and inequality less.

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Defend the rule of law

Posted by Christine & John on November 18, 2014 at 5:57 PM

Paul Krugman has attacked the Supreme Court before they have made a decision. It is part of a troubling development where partisans attack their opponents and trash important institutions of our democracy as collateral damage. Intelligent people should know better. Well, intelligent people who believe in freedom do know better. They know that you should not try to get what you want by trampling on our rights, institutions and constitution.

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Ferguson & the rule of law. Protestors should stay home.

Posted by Christine & John on November 17, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Authorities in Missouri are girding for potential violence from protestors around the shooting of a young black man, Michael Brown. At this writing, I do not know whether a Grand Jury empowered to judge the evidence will indict the cop who shot him or not and the outcome doesn't matter to me. I believe in the rule of law. If the cop did something wrong, he should be punished. If he acted reasonably he should suffer nothing more.

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Amnesty for Illegals

Posted by Christine & John on November 16, 2014 at 4:10 PM

I believe in legal immigration. America is a nation of immigrants and this has been one of the big factors in our country's greatness. I also feel sympathy for fellow humans in tough situations. I understand that America is a better place than most and why a significant plurality of the world population would move to here if they could. Another thing that made America great has been our commitment to the rule of law, so I see a conflict between my desire to benefit from and help illegal immigrants and my belief in the rule of law.

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GMOs restoring nature

Posted by Christine & John on November 14, 2014 at 5:33 PM

We live in the Anthropocene age. We may wish it otherwise, but Nature as our ancestors understood it no longer exists. We have already influenced natural systems to the extent that there is no going back. Humans now have the power and responsibility to work with natural processes to produce sustainable systems. The most urgent environmental challenge concerns invasive species. Humans have brought together species that never met each other before, telescoping evolutionary processes from centuries or millennia to decades or years. Natural systems cannot adapt quickly enough to respond to changes humans have ALREADY put in play.

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How stupid are you?

Posted by Christine & John on November 13, 2014 at 8:52 AM

If you want to know what the Obama folks think of you, follow this link. Lots of our liberal establishment thinks like this, but it is rarely phrased so clearly or publicly.

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Breathtaking Democratic hypocrisy on Keystone pipeline

Posted by Christine & John on November 12, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Whether you were for or against the Keystone pipeline, you have to be impressed by the breathtaking Democratic hypocrisy in doing what they said could not be done, all to protect the seat of a single Democratic senator. It clearly demonstrates who was responsible for gridlock in Washington. As soon as Harry Reid and Barack Obama decide it is in their political interest, the legislation process moves with lightening speed.

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Being grateful for the Koch Brothers

Posted by Christine & John on November 10, 2014 at 8:26 PM

Mother Jones is not a magazine to praise the Koch brothers. In fact they wrote an article that they must have thought trashed the hapless brothers. They showed the horror that the Kochs gave $25,000,000 to the United Negro College Fund; 100,000,000 to Lincoln Center. Here is the Lincoln Center schedule. Which of these "right wing" productions frighten you most? $67,000,000 to the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Surely, they target cancers only on the left side. $50,000,000 to the Museum of Natural History. You could really accuse them of supporting dinosaurs there.

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Presidential ambitions. Hillary, really?

Posted by Christine & John on November 8, 2014 at 8:09 PM

Republicans have too many choices. There are lots of new faces, governors, Senators and others. Democrats have one big choice - Hillary Clinton. It is hard to call her a new face. She is more like a big-assed old truck on a narrow highway. Nobody can pass her. The Democrats in general don't have a strong bench. Hillary has sucked the air and money out of the process. If Hillary didn't run, who would it be? They have not developed a farm club. The potential Democratic field belongs in an old folks home.

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