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African American Journalist On The Damage Done By Liberal Policies

This looks like a good book

Jason Riley writes for The Wall Street Journal and appears on Fox News. I look forward to reading this:

Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience.

“Please do not do any more good in my country,” he said. “We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done.”

That is essentially the message of an outstanding new book by Jason Riley about blacks in America. Its title is Please Stop Helping Us. Its theme is that many policies designed to help blacks are in fact harmful, sometimes devastatingly so. These counterproductive policies range from minimum wage laws to affirmative action quotas.

This book untangles the controversies, the confusions, and the irresponsible rhetoric in which issues involving minimum wage laws are usually discussed. As someone who has followed minimum wage controversies for decades, I must say that I have never seen the subject explained more clearly or more convincingly.

Black teenage unemployment rates ranging from 20 to 50 percent have been so common over the past 60 years that many people are unaware that this was not true before there were minimum wage laws, or even during years when inflation rendered minimum wage laws ineffective, as in the late 1940s.

Pricing young people out of work deprives them not only of income but also of work experience, which can be even more valuable. Pricing young people out of legal work, when illegal work is always available, is just asking for trouble. So is having large numbers of idle young males hanging out together on the streets.

When it comes to affirmative action, Jason Riley asks the key question: “Do racial preferences work? What is the track record?” Like many other well-meaning and nice-sounding policies, affirmative action cannot survive factual scrutiny.

Some individuals may get jobs they would not get otherwise but many black students who are quite capable of getting a good college education are admitted, under racial quotas, to institutions whose pace alone is enough to make it unlikely that they will graduate.

Studies that show how many artificial failures are created by affirmative action admissions policies are summarized in Please Stop Helping Us, in language much easier to understand than in the original studies.

More at the link. Looks really interesting.

- Aggie

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What Do We Want? H2O! When Do We Want It? Now!

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven.

It IS the gentle rain from heaven:

It’s a basic human right: water.

Course it is. It says so right in the Declaration of Hydration: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Perrier. If it wasn’t a basic human right, why did God cover 70% of the world with it? You can take head down to your nearest stream, lake, or ocean, and help yourself to (almost) all you like. (As long as your human right doesn’t deprive others of theirs’.)

The only thing you can’t do is expect it to come out of your tap for free.

Capitalist bastards:

“We do have programs that do help those that are just totally in need; can’t afford it — but we also know that there are also people who can’t afford it would can not pay and we know this because, once we shut water off, the next day they are in paying the bill in full. So we do know that that has become a habit as well,” said Garner.

“At the DWAS Department — it’s not our goal to shut off water. We want people’s water on, just like they do; but you do have to pay for your water…That’s the bottom line.”

Forgive the gibberish in the quote. What she seems to be saying is that plenty of people can pay if you make them. You just have to make them.

But that’s not the plan:

[C]ould the United Nations soon help the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department provide the service to struggling customers?

Water department spokeswoman Curtrise Garner says it’s a possibility.

Garner said the reality is that nearly half of Detroit Water and Sewerage customers can’t pay their bills; and that has led activists to lobby the UN to step up and take action.

“If they do contact us we are willing to speak with them,” she said, adding “We owe it to the customers that are paying to collect from those that aren’t. Somebody has to pay for the water.”

And while Garner says water is “a God-given right,” she says there is a cost to move water from the water resource to the customer and that the infrastructure costs money.

According to the Free Press, the average Detroit water bill is now $75 a month — much higher than the nation’s average rate of about $40.

What’s up with that? Since when was something so clear guilty of color consciousness (Detroit being 80% black)?

Civilization works because the people within it agree to certain rules. We stop for red lights, take care of our children, pay our bills. When those sorts of self-responsibilities break down, civilization itself breaks down. So it has in Detroit, as it has in Haiti, Rwanda, Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Bosnia. And when it does, we do often call in the UN.

I’m just not so sure I want them anywhere near my drinking water:

The United Nations is facing a huge new lawsuit over the outbreak of cholera in Haiti that has widely been blamed on its peacekeepers, after 1,500 Haitian victims and their family members sued the international body in a federal court in Brooklyn in a class action.

The UN has consistently refused to accept any role in the disaster, and has claimed immunity from legal actions such as the one just lodged in Brooklyn, and a similar class action filed on behalf of a sample group of five Haitians last year. Latest figures suggest that more than 9,000 people have died in the outbreak, which has spread from Haiti to Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico, with a total of about 700,000 having been sickened.

The legal action chronicles the mounting evidence that UN peacekeepers from Nepal carried with them the Asian strain of cholera when they arrived in Haiti after the January 2010 earthquake. The outbreak, which began in October of that year, was the first instance of cholera in Haiti for at least 150 years.

The first named plaintiff, Marie Laventure, is a Haitian living in Atlanta, Georgia, who has eight siblings still living in Haiti. She lost her father and stepmother to the cholera contagion.

In a statement, she said: “The death and injury caused by the UN cholera contagion in Haiti is heartbreaking. It has taken my parents and is threatening the lives of my young brothers and sisters in Haiti. Justice demands UN accountability for violating the most important human right, the right to live.”

Exactly. Detroiters may think they have a “right” to water, but it’s not one of the rights endowed by their Creator (Henry Ford). You can call in the UN if you like, Motown, or you can pay your bill. It’s your funeral.

PS: The article is too refined to mention how the cholera jumped from the Nepalese to the Haitians. Allow me: the Nepalese contingent dug their latrines in the same vicinity as the water supply for the refugee camp for the earthquake victims—literally violating the commandment not to sh*t where you drink. The rest is gastro-intenstinal history.

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Driving While White Update

We’ve written about the case of Steve Utash, the Detroit tree-trimmer who hit a boy with his truck when the kid darted into traffic. He pulled over immediately and got out of his truck.

That was where his problems began.

And they ain’t over yet:

Crushed — that’s just one way to describe the Utash family Thursday night.

They are not pleased that all five of the men arrested for the mob beating of Steve Utash agreed to plea deals, meaning no trial, and likely lighter sentences.

Utash’s son said justice is not being served.

“It’s very frustrating. I seen it on the news and started crying. I don’t get this,” said Joe Utash.

Joe Utash admitted he doesn’t know all of the court and legal jargon, but he called the plea deals given to the suspects in his father’s beating case bologna.

“Me and my family are pretty upset about it,” Joe Utash said. “My dad is crushed.”

The brutal mob beating happened in April after Steve Utash accidentally hit a young boy with his truck.

The first to plead guilty for a deal was the teenager who police said threw the first punch.

Second, 18-year-old Bruce Wimbush took a deal in the case, pleading guilty to assault and admitting he punched Utash in the jaw.

Thursday, the other three suspects, Latrez Cummings, James Davis and Wonzey Saffold, all admitted to punching or kicking Steve Utash. They were scheduled to go to trial in August on charges of assault with intent to murder, but each pleaded guilty to a charge of assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder.

“I feel all of them got a deal for nothing,” Joe Utash said. “They didn’t give anybody else up — everyone (else) seen the video — 15 people there. Two rat out three, everybody gets a deal, walks away with a deal but my dad.”

Joe Utash said his dad is slowly recovering and doesn’t want to talk much about the case.

“He’s like, ‘Oh, everything is going to happen in court.’ He’s been staying out of it because he trusts in God and in the system. Seems like they’re just skating through it. If he was going to get a deal he should have brought someone else to the table. All those people there and nobody brought anybody to the table. It’s like five people out of 15,” he said.

The prosecutors said they spoke to Utash’s brothers, who had no problem with the plea deal. They also said this spares Utash the ordeal of having to testify. But this is a middle-aged man, with a wife and adult children. Why talk to the brothers (unless the inarticulateness of the son is indicative of diminished mental capacity)? Surely, someone in Utash’s household should have been consulted.

I don’t know what the sentencing will be (The New York Times says 10 years is tops), but we can only hope for the longest possible detention for the kind of people who would try to beat to death someone who stopped to take responsibility for something that wasn’t his fault. (The video shows Utash had zero time to react.) Wonzey Saffold and his mates assured that in a similar situation, the driver will floor the gas pedal until he reaches Tierra del Fuego.

But Wonzey and his blurred-out middle finger don’t seem to give a fig:

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Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

After 22 terms in Congress, he was just getting the hang of it!

Over his 40-year career, Rep. Charles B. Rangel, “the congressman from Harlem,” became one of best-known political figures in American politics and a defining voice in the nation’s black politics.

The longest-serving member of the influential New York delegation, Rangel was one of the founders of the Congressional Black Caucus and over time came to represent one of the standards of Democratic liberalism.

But the campaign for the Democratic nomination, to be decided in a primary Tuesday, has turned into a debate about whether Rangel has stayed too long in office and whether he still best represents the interests of the district.

Through immigration and redistricting, what is now New York’s 13th Congressional District — a seat held by Rangel since 1971 and seen as the center of New York’s modern black political power structure — has seen a seismic demographic shift from majority black to majority Hispanic.

Hoping to seize on those demographics as well as the perception of Rangel’s waning political power in the years since he was formally censured by Congress in 2010 for ethics violations, state Sen. Adriano Espaillat is mounting a spirited challenge to the 22-term incumbent — a rematch of the 2012 race in which Rangel topped Espaillat by just 1,000 votes.

Don’t the Dominicans know how much Charlie Rangel loves their Republic?

Rep. Charles B. Rangel (D-N.Y.), who was until his recent troubles one of the House’s most powerful members, was found guilty Tuesday of breaking 11 separate congressional rules related to his personal finances and his fundraising efforts for a New York college.

Those charges pointed to a collection of infractions related to four central elements of the case: that Rangel improperly used his congressional staff and official letterhead to raise seven-figure donations from corporate charities and chief executives for a college wing named in his honor; violated New York City rules by housing his political committees in his rent-controlled apartments in Harlem; did not pay taxes on a villa he owns in the Dominican Republic; and did not properly disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in personal financial assets.

We all gotta go sometime, Charlie, even corrupt Democrats. What a world, what a world.

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The Unelectable Blackness of Barack Obama

Whoa, wait a minute! How did that title get through? It’s not only offensive, it’s nonsensical. Obama has won every election he ever contested but one (to another black man).

Then how come… The Unelectable Whiteness of Scott Walker?

Before addressing the subject of the title—Walker, his pallor, both—the author spends paragraphs denigrating Milwaukee talk radio host (and occasional guest host for Rush Limbaugh), Mark Belling, for racially insensitive language. But that’s preamble:

In any case, the riff did not keep the state’s governor, Scott Walker, from appearing on the show a few days later. Belling’s treatment of Walker was notably more deferential. “Have you,” he asked, “sat back and thought about what has been accomplished by yourself and the Republican legislature? Has it really sunk in that you’ve transformed a fiscally reckless state into perhaps the most fiscally sound state in the nation? Has it sunk in, I guess is what I’m saying, do you realize what’s been accomplished?” Walker replied that no, his achievement had not sunk in, because he had been “so busy doing it.”

That accomplishment—effectively eliminating collective bargaining for most public employees in the state, facing down the angry protests that followed, surviving a rancorous recall election—has vaulted Walker into the top tier of Republican presidential contenders for 2016. He is the closest person the party has to an early favorite, and not simply because of Chris Christie’s nosedive from grace or because Jeb Bush is still waffling about his intentions. Walker has implemented an impeccably conservative agenda in a state that has gone Democratic in seven straight presidential elections. Unlike Mitt Romney, or, for that matter, John McCain, he is beloved by the conservative base, but he has the mien of a mainstream candidate, not a favorite of the fringe. His boosters, who include numerous greenroom conservatives in Washington and major donors around the country, such as the Koch brothers, see him as the rare Republican who could muster broad national support without yielding a millimeter on doctrine.

That’s Walker, fairly portrayed, I’d have to say. What about his whiteness?

You know what? I don’t care. I thought I had a point when I began the post because I thought the author did. But he lost me with long digressions into Walker’s impeccable upbringing, sinister insinuations of racial hatred in the mean streets of Milwaukee, and more about the radio host, Mark Belling. So, let’s cut our losses. Walker’s whiteness is irrelevant.

Just one thing:

Mark Belling, a Wisconsin native, grew up liberal and supported Jimmy Carter. In the 1980s, though, he took a job in the post-industrial city of Benton Harbor, Michigan, and underwent a conversion. “The entire city was an experiment in American liberalism and it was an absolute disaster,” he said in 2012. “I realized anti-poverty programs, welfare, aid to cities, allegations that … black underachievement is because of racism, I realized that all of those things were wrong.” Meanwhile, watching Ronald Reagan in office, he was struck by the “undeniable renaissance of America.” “I became far better at arguing my point of view and far more satisfied with my political positions once I became a conservative, because I realized I was correct,” Belling said.

Show of hands, please, of all of those who had a similar experience. My hand is up. My Benton Harbor was New York City, but it was every bit “an experiment in American liberalism and it was an absolute disaster”. Whatever else Belling has said, that is inarguable.

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If Barack Obama’s White Grandmother Had a Great-Granddaughter, Would She Look Like Danielle Fair?

Ever since he brought it up with Trayvon Martin, I’m curious about everyone’s resemblance to Barack Obama.

Have to say, I don’t see it here:

Cleveland Police are investigating an attack on a 10-year-old girl as a hate crime, and the attack was captured on video and posted on-line.

It happened on Leeila Avenue off Bellaire Road on the west side.

A video posted on YouTube shows a white girl on a scooter ambushed and beaten by a black girl. The beating went on for about 12 seconds until you hear voices in the background calling for it to stop.

A Cleveland Police report shows the attacker is 13 years old. The victim, Danielle Fair, says she felt bullied.

A neighbor says she saw it all, and she heard the attacker use a racial slur.

“Cracker. She called her a cracker,” said Jessica Jaworski.

The attack looked planned, with the camera rolling even before the beating even started.

We went to the home of the teen throwing punches.

“Nobody was waiting. I don’t have to talk to you. It’ll all come out in court,” a woman at the door told 19 Action News.

The victim’s mom and dad want justice. They say their daughter never said anything to provoke the beating. Dad says he even tried talking to the other girl’s grandfather instead of calling police.

But now, a First District Detective is working the case. Hate crime or not, it’s a vicious attack.

I have two questions: where did the 13-year-old learn to hate white people so much (and that a cracker is not just something to carry Cheeze Whiz); and where did the 10-year-old learn how to take a punch? Police ought to look into both.

As racial epithets go, “cracker” doesn’t bother me so much. But that’s because I’m stupid. A word is nothing but a collection of letters. Some words begin with N and end in R: “never”, for example. But no one ever got brought up on hate crime charges for saying never (though this guy lost his job for using “niggardly” in a sentence). Cracker carries a lot of significance when it is accompanied by haymakers to the head.

Or when used to encourage infanticide:

President Obama is rarely shy to speak up when racial hatred erupts. A word, Mr. President?

Sir?

Sir?

Well, he’s a busy man. There’s Iraq, and the IRS, and Benghazi, and the VA, and all those illegal alien kids, and Ukraine, and Syria, and the contracting economy—not to mention his personal bête noir (what’s that supposed to mean?), global warming.

He’ll get around to it.

Update (6:55 p.m.): President Obama spent three hours and 40 minutes at Sunnylands to play golf. The president is now headed back to his house at Thunderbird Heights, according to the White House press pool report.

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Second City, Third World

Every so often, I search the web for news of some of my favorite topics: Detroit’s bankruptcy; Mexican drug cartels; National Health Service atrocities; Chinese coal mining disasters, etc. I am rarely disappointed.

Another favorite theme is gun violence in Chicago. I am sorry to report that, again, I am not disappointed:

At least 29 people have been shot across Chicago this weekend, four of them fatally, officials said.

There are details aplenty at the link, if you’re interested. Don’t know why you would be; you didn’t know the victims.

But that wasn’t the only story that came up:

Yesterday, GunsSaveLives.com published a story about a mass shooting in Chicago. They reported that on Monday night, six people were shot in the Windy City at a laundromat. They included teenagers, and according to the Chicago Tribune, all are on the road to recovery.

The coverage raised the question of how six people could be shot and wounded in a single incident in the United States and get minimal press. It was uncanny, to say the least. A man walked up to a laundromat in Chicago and pulled the trigger an estimated 19 times, according to witnesses. How was this not all over the news?

There were over 80 documented shootings in Chicago in this timeframe [between the UCSB shooting and June 4, the date of this story]. These include fatalities, botched robberies, and gangland killings.

Why is this information not causing a firestorm among politicians and the media? Why has this information not been brought to the attention of the public? Where is the outrage?

One might well wonder:

There are three very possible answers to this question, and they are not mutually exclusive.

The first is that Chicago is the seat and the base of the Democratic political machine in the United States. It is the bastion of state controlled, tax-burdened, socialist capital which helps choose the nation’s Democratic leaders. Chicago is the throne of the Empire of the Donkey.

Chicago is also home, until recently, of the most stringent gun laws in the country. There was no ownership of handguns, there was no concealed carry, and there was no way for law-abiding people to protect themselves except to call the police. That is how the Democrats want it, and Chicago is where they had it.

The changes to allow law abiding Chicagoans to arm themselves have not yet taken full effect, and it will be interesting to watch the changes in the city once they do. Chicago cannot and will not accept these changes wholeheartedly. The city which represents the Democratic idea of industrial socialism and state monopoly of force will never fully respect or abide such a fundamental right as of citizens to arm themselves.

Second, Chicago already has tough gun laws. How can these crimes happen if those guns are illegal? The reaction of the media and the liberal politicians is for the most part to plug their ears and sing loud gibberish whenever a gun rights advocate brings up Chicago. They do not want to hear that their unarmed citizens are at risk; it is inconceivable. The shooter in the laundromat incident fired 19 shots; anything holding 19 shots is illegal in Chicago. Criminals do not seem to care about the restrictions placed upon them by the government, but they do seem to take advantage of them.

Lastly, Chicago is the city where Barack Obama himself helped craft the gun laws which are choking the ability of law-abiding citizens there to defend themselves. It was his policies, and it was his efforts that helped keep Chicagoans disarmed in the face of rising violent crime. According to a piece by Brietbart.com, Obama himself declared that the type of laws Chicago had were the type of laws he wanted to pass on a national level. Magazine bans, “assault rifle bans,” background checks and licensing already exist in Chicago, just as they do for the most part in California where the Isla Vista shootings took place. Bringing attention to the gun violence in Chicago potentially hurts Obama, and that is something the liberal media cannot let happen.

I would also add that the overwhelming majority of the perpetrators and victims of Chicago’s epidemic of gun violence are black. This is an inconvenient and profoundly sad truth.

And those weren’t the only stories that came up:

HELP US – WE’RE DYING!

And while you’re at it, we also need to hear from you about all the ways you’re working around the clock to keep more innocent people from being killed in Chicago.

Seven killed, 23 hurt over the last weekend? Eleven more shot on Monday?

These are headlines we expect out of Syria, not The Windy City.

Seriously, what will it take for our country to recognize that there is an all-out war being waged on its soil?

Someone white dying? Nope, Sandy Hook took care of that and WE STILL ARE NO WHERE.

Too many of our men simply aren’t there for them, and every day we see evidence of this: they’re abandoning their kids, dropping out of school, going (or returning) to prison and falling victim to violent crimes at the hands of one another in cities like Chicago and states like Louisiana.

I believe that if we fix the men we fix the kids, male and female.

If we fix the men we fix the household.

If we fix the household we fix the community.

We in the white mainstream, liberal or conservative, may be discomfited by this straight talk. But if we are to have these long-awaited “conversations on race” (20 years overdue), are we to silence voices that live on the front lines, as it were?

The facts are that despite Chicago’s strict gun laws (Fox Butterfield, is that you?), gun crimes are proliferating, and black people are suffering the consequences, unto death. What do we plan to do about it? Besides nothing, that is.

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Have a Koch and a Smile

Harry Reid it and weep:

The United Negro College Fund announced a $25 million grant Friday from Koch Industries Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation — a large donation from the conservative powerhouse Koch name that Democrats have sought to vilify heading into the 2014 midterm elections.

The UNCF, known for its iconic motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” supports historically black colleges and universities and provides scholarships.

From the donation, $18.5 million will go toward nearly 3,000 merit-based scholarships to African-American students, and $6.5 million will go toward general support for historically black colleges and universities and the UNCF.

African-Americans are a key constituency within the Democratic Party. But Michael Lomax, president and CEO of UNCF, said that since the organization’s inception in 1944, it has reached out to people of all backgrounds for support without an “ideological lens” because it is in everyone’s interest. The organization has awarded $100 million in scholarships to more than 12,000 students at 900 schools this year alone, but he said the need is so great that the organization turns away nine out of every 10 applicants, or about 100,000 students annually.

He said that in today’s politically charged climate, he’s prepared to take criticism from those of different political leanings than the Kochs.

“Criticism is a small price for helping young people get the chance to realize their dream of a college education, and if I’ve got to bear the brunt of someone else’s criticism to ensure that we have the resources to help those students, then I can handle it, and I can take the heat,” Lomax said.

Lomax said he and Charles Koch, chairman and CEO of Koch Industries, based in Wichita, Kansas, had lunch together and were able to find that we “shared a profound belief in the importance of education.”

“We talked about students. We talked about the kinds of support they need. We talked about the shared belief that there are a lot of talented young people there whose lives will be transformed if they get a chance to complete a college degree,” Lomax said.

In a statement, Koch said that “increasing well-being by helping people improve their lives has long been our focus” and that the partnership will provide promising students with new educational opportunities.

“We have tremendous respect for UNCF and we are hopeful this investment will further its effectiveness in helping students pursue their dreams,” Koch said.

In case you were wondering:

Reid’s office did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

Let me provide a comment for Reid: sometimes, a mind is perfectly okay to waste (as he himself demonstrates every day) if the evil Kochs are paying for it.

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Dog Whistle Update

Sarah Palin recently called President Obama “lazy”. She hastened to point out that she was quoting someone who knows him well.

But that’s nothing to what others are saying about him:

JOHN KING, CNN: More and more Democrats in key 2014 races are calling for the president to get a spine, they say, and fire his Veterans Affairs secretary. And what more and more Democrats are saying privately is scathing, calling the president and his team detached, flat-footed, even incompetent.

I haven’t heard such coded hate-speech, such racist, eliminationist rhetoric since someone called Obama “light-skinned”, “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Someone else once called him “clean”. Yet another person called him a “mutt”.

I guess Democrats are right: we still haven’t gotten over our hang-up on race.

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Murder is Their Business, and Business Sure is Swell

At least one industry in Detroit is alive: the death industry.

Nearly one-third of all pregnancies in the city of Detroit end in abortion, a statistic public health officials blame on rising poverty and dwindling access to affordable contraception.

Can we stop here for a second? Affordable contraception? How much does a condom cost? Nothing, if you get it from Planned Parenthood. (They tell us they offer more services than just abortion—here’s their chance to prove it.)

Anyway, back to the jolly news:

While the abortion rate has been climbing in Detroit, it’s been declining in Michigan and across the U.S. “We’re seeing a picture that looks more like some Third-World country than someplace in the United States,” said Dr. Susan Schooley, chairwoman of the Department of Family Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital.

Funding for family planning and contraceptives has decreased significantly in Michigan in recent years, from more than $5 million in 2006 to $692,300 in 2013, according to the state Department of Community Health. The number of clients receiving free family-planning assistance decreased by about 80,000 between 2006 and 2013.

“Both routine primary care and family planning-specific primary care are not available in Detroit,” Schooley said. “To the extent that a significant proportion of those (pregnancies) are unplanned, it leads to all these decision-making options of which abortion is one lousy choice.”

On that we agree. I do have to wonder, however, how these clients are so engaged with medicine to get their abortions, yet so disengaged when it comes to “family planning”. I guess a city so wasted as Detroit really has been “re-primitivized”—darkened streets, vast tracts of abandoned buildings, a population plummet of almost two-thirds. (Say, you don’t suppose that could be related, do you?) Concepts such as consequence and responsibility seem irrelevant to life on Detroit’s streets.

I just wish the victims of this genocide weren’t disparately born by unborn black children. (Detroit is over 80% black.)

It’s another public health challenge for Detroit, which is the most dangerous city in America to be a child, according to a Detroit News study. Published in January, the study found that the death rate for children 18 and younger is higher in Detroit than in any U.S. city its size or larger. The highest number of deaths occur in the first year, most related to premature birth. Homicide is the second greatest cause of child deaths in the city.

Just peachy. Those children who survive until birth will be lucky to live to adulthood. It really is “third world”.

But have you noticed something missing from this story?

Loretta Davis, president and CEO of Detroit’s Institute for Population Health, which administers health services for the city of Detroit including family planning programs, said the increasing abortion rate represents a “public health failure.”

“Somehow, we need to be able to get to these women and girls and reach them in such a way that they are able to make a healthy decision around their sexuality and choose a method of birth control that will work for them,” Davis said.

Have I forgotten my biology, or do women and girls need men and boys to have an abortion (who has babies anymore)? Why are they excluded from this discussion? The article mentions all sorts of medical interventions on women (pills, implants, multiple abortions), yet ignores the cheapest (and safest, I’ll wager) contraception of all (save abstinence), the condom. I won’t dictate personal preference, but if the slogan “keep your laws off our bodies” is to have any meaning, someone has to take responsibility for your bodies. I’d rather it not fall so disproportionately on the black unborn.

PS: Call me what you will, but if you polled the black unborn, I think they’d agree with me.

PPS: I have written essentially the same piece several times before, about the abortion rate among black women in New York City. So, it’s not unique to Detroit. The “third world” extends to a stone’s throw from Park Avenue and the West Village, too.

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If Obama Had a High School History Teacher, He’d Look Like Trayvon Martin

Because who doesn’t want to look like Trayvon Martin?

A history teacher has courted controversy at a Californian high school after posing as Trayvon Martin in the annual yearbook.

Spencer Smith, a senior history teacher at Heritage High School in Brentwood, appears in the photo wearing a hoodie pulled down over his head and is prominently holding a bag of Skittles.

Smith hasn’t commented publicly about his reasons for making the provocative pose, but it prompted much debate at the school on Thursday after the yearbook was published.

I think it’s a great idea! I just hope someone ran with the idea and posed as George Zimmerman:

Don’t neglect the back!

My only question: there are so many Trayvon Martin images to choose from, why pick something so anonymous?

I wish George Zimmerman had just bid Trayvon a pleasant evening and let him walk home. But after that mistake, he didn’t bash his own head into the sidewalk. I wish Trayvon Martin had not taken such offense at arousing the suspicion of a neighborhood watch patrol. For his mistake, he is memorialized in a yearbook photo with a pack of Skittles. As the sergeant used to say in Hill Street Blues, let’s be careful out there.

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We Won’t Have John Conyers to Kick Around Anymore [UPDATED]

Actually, we probably will.

But it’s nice to think about:

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, No. 2 in seniority in the House, lost his appeal Friday to get on the August primary ballot after Michigan election officials found problems with the Democrat’s nominating petitions.

The Secretary of State’s office affirmed a decision by Detroit-area election officials to keep Conyers off the ballot.

The ruling puts his 50-year congressional career in jeopardy unless courts intervene or he runs a successful write-in campaign. Conyers would mount a write-in effort if necessary in the heavily Democratic district, his campaign manager has said.

Racism, right? Keeping the black man down?

Well…

Conyers, 85, had appealed to the state after Wayne County officials said there were problems with some people who collected signatures. The circulators weren’t registered to vote or had listed a wrong registration address.

That can spoil petitions, under Michigan law, and as a result Conyers lacked the 1,000 signatures necessary to get on the ballot.

“A circulator’s failure to register is a fatal defect that renders all signatures appearing on a petition he or she circulated invalid,” the Secretary of State’s review said Friday.

He couldn’t get 1,000 legit signatures? Lame.

Ending Conyers’ career that way would be “pretty outrageous,” his lawyer, John Pirich, said this week.

Conyers also has mounted a legal challenge to have the Michigan election law at the heart of the dispute declared unconstitutional, and a federal judge is expected to rule later Friday.

I have no doubt he’d win a write-in campaign if it came to that. He rarely gets less than 80% of the vote.

We’d all be better off with him gone—more time to visit his wife in prison, oh wait, she’s been free for a year—but we do have him to thank for this perfect summation of Congressional oversight: “I love these members, they get up and say, ‘Read the bill’… What good is reading the bill if it’s a thousand pages and you don’t have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?”

So true, John, as we have learned to our dismay.

UPDATE
We get results, sadly:

A federal judge put Michigan Rep. John Conyers, one of the longest-serving Democrats in Congress, on the primary ballot Friday hours after state election officials declared him ineligible.

But Leitman’s injunction said a Michigan law that puts strict requirements on petition circulators is similar to an Ohio law that was struck down as unconstitutional by a federal appeals court in 2008.

Leitman said the free speech rights of Conyers and the circulators were harmed, an argument pressed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan.

There’s evidence that the failure to comply with the law was a “result of good-faith mistakes and that (circulators) believed they were in compliance with the statute,” the judge said.

No word on whether the state will appeal. In the meantime, kick away. Only about 400 people will notice.

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