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Vox Cop [UPDATED][AGAIN]

I’ve been alluding to this in earlier posts, but let’s hear from some of New York’s finest after their cold-blooded execution of two of their own.

Former commissioner, Bernie Kerik:

With the exception of September 11th this takes me back to 1988, we had two officers killed on October 18th, this reminds me of the days back in the ’60s and ’70s when we faced executions of New York City cops. In this circumstance I believe, I personally feel, that Mayor de Blasio, [Al] Sharpton and others like them, they actually have blood on their hands. They encouraged this behavior. They encouraged protests. These so-called peaceful protests that, where people are standing out there saying “kill the cops,” well, I hope they’re happy, because they got what they wanted.

JUDGE JEANINE PIRRO, FOX NEWS: And what you’re referring to, of course, last Saturday’s protest on the Brooklyn Bridge. The so-called peaceful protest where the protestors yelled, “What do we want? dead cops. When do we want it? Now.”

KERIK: We want them now.

PIRRO: And then two New York City police lieutenants assaulted, mayor de blasio comes out and says they were allegedly assaulted. They weren’t allegedly assaulted; they were assaulted.

KERIK: They were assaulted, they were beaten, their radios were taken. It — you know, I’m numb. I am numb, and you have to question whether this man, Mayor de Blasio, can actually lead this city. You have to question that. You have to wonder, how can he lead the city?

Good question:

On FOX News’ Justice with Judge Jeanine, former NYPD detective Bo Dietl called on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to resign after two NYPD officers were shot dead execution style in Brooklyn as they were sitting inside a patrol car.

“If you look online last week gangs were posting on websites about killing cops,” Dietl said to FOX News host Jeanine Pirro. “But this Gardner thing started this whole atmosphere. First of all, the Gardner incident was not a racist thing. There was a black sergeant on the scene. I don’t want to debate that now, but for them to take it and make it a racial thing, that this mayor, and I call the mayor Big Bird de Blasio because that’s exactly what he is.”

“I was at a promotion ceremony yesterday at One Police Plaza and he got two people clapping for him. This guy is a disgrace. He’s divided this country and this punk Sharpton here marching around last week with those demonstrations. ‘What do we want, dead cops?’ Well, they got two dead cops. And you now what? This guy went to Cuba in 1994. He should take his wife, de Blasio and go back to Cuba and live there,” Dietl also said.

Dietl was referring to the honeymoon de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray took in 1994 to Cuba, which violated a U.S. travel ban.

“He should resign tomorrow because he can not do the job and my officers are out there. My cops — I went by the [Rockefeller Plaza Christmas] tree. I went by the tree before. These guys are incensed. They’re saying, ‘Bo, keep speaking, please, we freed [sic] a voice. We need a voice,'” Dietl said.

Here’s another voice:

PAT LYNCH, NYC PATROLMEN’S BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT: Today, this police department, this city and our country is in shock and mourning. Starting today, there’s two families of hero police officers that became part of the NYPD family. Every police officer that lined these streets today with sadness in their eyes to show respect as we carried two hero police officers out of this hospital. We will shoulder the burden for these families each and every day for the rest of their lives. Generations of police officers will know their names and hold them close to their hearts and educate our children about the sacrifice they made.

There’s blood on many hands tonight. Those that incited violence on the street under the guise of protests, that tried to tear down what New York City police officers did every day. We tried to warn, it must not go on, it cannot be tolerated. That blood on the hands starts on the steps of City Hall in the office of the mayor.

Starting today, we started the mourning for our brother police officers. They’re heroes, they’re fathers, they’re brothers, they’re children. That’s the men we lost today. So, starting in the next couple of hours and going for a number of days, New York City police officers, through their sadness, will straighten their shoulders, stiffen their backs and mourn for these families. We’ll mourn for our city, and we’ll mourn for our brothers. When these funerals are over, those responsible will be called on the carpet and held accountable. We ask every person in the city to bow their heads tonight and pray for our families, the families of our lost police officers, their families and the family of every police officer on patrol today who’s in danger.

This was a cold-blooded assassination like we haven’t seen before. So, as I said, we’ll straighten our shoulders, we’ll stiffen our backs, and we’ll wipe our tears. But when these funerals are over, we’ll raise our heads, and those that allowed this to go on will be held accountable.

Sometimes, the obvious occurs only after the fact. Cops may be armed and trained, but they are sitting ducks. They wear uniforms and ID badges, they drive in marked cars, they face investigations up the wazoo if they should ever have to draw their gun and fire.

As Ismaaiyl Brinsley demonstrated, you can execute them at your leisure.

Order his t-shirt now!

UPDATE:
Another voice heard, another finger pointed:

Former New York Gov. George Pataki pegged the shootings of two Brooklyn police officers today on the “divisive, anti-cop rhetoric” of Attorney General Eric Holder and New York City mayor Bill DiBlasio.

Pataki, a Republican who is considering a run for president, tweeted:

Sickened by these barbaric acts, which sadly are a predictable outcome of divisive anti-cop rhetoric of #ericholder & #mayordeblasio. #NYPD.

By blaming Holder, Pataki would appear to be stopping just short of pointing the finger at President Obama.

I think we can read between the hashtags.

UPDATE:
America’s mayor:

“We’ve had four months of propaganda starting with the president that everybody should hate the police,” Giuliani said during an appearance on Fox News early Sunday. “The protests are being embraced, the protests are being encouraged. The protests, even the ones that don’t lead to violence, a lot of them lead to violence, all of them lead to a conclusion: The police are bad, the police are racist. That is completely wrong.”

“I think it goes to far to blame the mayor for the murder or to ask for the mayor’s resignation,” Giuliani said.

“I feel bad the mayor,” Giuliani continued. “He must be heartbroken over the loss of two police officers. I can’t believe this is what he wanted. I don’t he’s a bad man in any way.”

But, Giuliani said, de Blasio is “pursuing the wrong policies” and should not have given protesters demonstrating against the police killings of Eric Garner and Michael Brown as much leeway.

“I don’t think it goes too far to say the mayor did not properly police the protests,” Giuliani said. “He allowed the protesters to take over the streets. He allowed them to hurt police officers, to commit crimes, and he didn’t arrest them. And when you do that, similar to what happened in Crown Heights, you create a great riot. He should have known better. For that he has to take accountability.”

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They Can’t Breathe (Anymore) [UPDATED] [AGAIN]

The head of the NYPD union suggested Mayor Bill De Blasio would not be welcome at any police funerals after his remarks critical of the force.

Here’s his chance:

A blue wall of silently seething police officers turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio Saturday night — literally.

As the mayor and his entourage snaked through a jammed third-floor corridor at Woodhull Hospital, where two officers had been pronounced dead just hours earlier, scores of grieving cops faced the walls — and away from the leader they believe has failed them.

Earlier, de Blasio approached a cluster of cops at the Brooklyn Hospital and offered, “We’re all in this together.”

“No we’re not,” an officer replied tersely, according to a cop who witnessed the icy scene.

The rank-and-file’s anger at the mayor was palpable citywide.

“It’s f–king open season on us right now,” one officer said. “When is he going to step up?”

Speaking moments after the bodies of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu were driven away, as hundreds of cops stood at somber attention, Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch said, “There’s blood on many hands tonight.”

“That blood…starts on the steps of City Hall, in the Office of the Mayor,” he said.

Many cops said they blame deBlasio for helping to create a climate of distrust in cops that has turned them into targets.

They pointed to Hizzoner just last week calling an assault by Brooklyn Bridge protesters on two NYPD lieutenants an ­“alleged” assault, even as dramatic video of the attack emerged.

De Blasio revealed in an ABC News interview earlier this month that he and First Lady Chirlane McCray had instructed their biracial son, Dante, about the “dangers” that police pose.

New Yorkers have learned perhaps a little later than the rest of us that elections have consequences. Your sicko mayor made no secret of who he was, and still you elected him. May you choke on the consequences.

Speaking of choking:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s oldest son Zach was the victim of a strong-arm robbery near the family’s North Side Chicago home Friday night. According to a police report obtained by the Chicago Tribune, the robbery took place around 10 p.m., when two men approached the 17-year-old

Emanuel as he was walking down the street.

One of the robbers then:

“…placed his arm around the victim’s neck in a rear chokehold,” and the second one struck the teen with a fist, knocking him to the ground. The robbers took the teen’s cellphone and patted him down, the police report said.

“The offenders then asked the victim, ‘What else you got?’ (and) forced the victim to enter his security code to unlock the phone,” the police report said.

The robbers then ran away. The teen was treated for cuts and bruises on his face by a personal physician at his home, according to the report.

It was not reported whether young Zach could breathe.

PS: Fear not. The President is on the case:

President Barack Obama was briefed on the ambush killing of two NYPD cops while on the golf course in Hawaii this afternoon, according to the White House press pool report.

“The President has been briefed on the Brooklyn police shooting. White House officials continue to monitor the situation,” reported Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee.

Obama endured harsh criticism for golfing minutes after issuing a statement on the beheading of James Foley at the hands of Muslim militants in September.

“You know, it is always a challenge when you’re supposed to be on vacation because you’re followed everywhere. There’s always going to be some tough news somewhere,” Obama said. “I should have anticipated the optics.”

Optics? What optics?

UPDATE:
Miraculously, this guy can still breathe:

A third cop narrowly escaped with his life Saturday night when a suspect pointed a gun directly at the officer’s head and pulled the trigger in The Bronx — not realizing it was empty.

Cops went to East 140th Street in Mott Haven at 9 p.m. on reports of a man shooting out windows with a.357 caliber revolver. They spotted the suspect, identified as Raymond Leonardo, 18, and ordered him to drop the gun. Instead, he took point blank aim at one of the officers, officials said.

When the gun didn’t work, he put it in his pocket and ran. Cops tackled him a few blocks away. “It looks like he used up all of his bullets’’ firing at the windows, a law-enforcement source said.

Note that, with their characteristic professionalism, the cops handled the deadly suspect with retraint [sic], merely tackling him after he tried to shoot at them.

Meanwhile, police sources told the newspaper about the continuing threats they are getting, including tweets like this one, posted after the assassination-style murders of Officers Wenjian Lu and Rafael Ramos by Ismaaiyl Abdullah Brinsley: “Kill em all i’m on the way to NY now #shootthepolice 2 more going down tomorrow.”

I’m asking only out of curiosity, not insinuation, but were any Allahu Akbars shouted at the time of the shootings?

AGAIN:
Misery loves company:

A Florida police officer was killed in a shooting early on Sunday, and a suspect was in custody, according to a sheriff’s office and local media reports.

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One Nation, Under Obama, Racist, With Justice4Trayvon

Boy, Obama must really worried about the collapse of ObamaCare, the backlash against amnesty, the creeping IRS scandal, and all the other chickens coming home to roost.

He’s talking about racism again (still):

“There’s no black male my age, who’s a professional, who hasn’t come out of a restaurant and is waiting for their car and somebody didn’t hand them their car keys,” said the president, adding that, yes, it had happened to him.

Mrs. Obama recalled another incident: “He was wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie dinner, and somebody asked him to get coffee.”

Was it Bill Clinton?

But it gets worse. Michelle:

“I tell this story – I mean, even as the first lady – during that wonderfully publicized trip I took to Target, not highly disguised, the only person who came up to me in the store was a woman who asked me to help her take something off a shelf. Because she didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life. So it isn’t anything new.”

Neither is her story:

Letterman held up a photo of Mrs. Obama shopping at Target in low-key garb.

“That’s my Target run. I went to Target,” she said. “I thought I was undercover. I have to tell you something about this trip though. No one knew that was me because a woman actually walked up to me, right? I was in the detergent aisle, and she said — I kid you not — she said, ‘Excuse me, I just have to ask you something,’ and I thought, ‘Oh, cover’s blown.’ She said, ‘Can you reach on that shelf and hand me the detergent?’ I kid you not.”

As the audience laughed, she went on, “And the only thing she said — I reached up, ’cause she was short, and I reached up, pulled it down — she said, ‘Well, you didn’t have to make it look so easy.’ That was my interaction. I felt so good. … She had no idea who I was. I thought, as soon as she walked up — I was with my assistant, and I said, ‘This is it, it’s over. We’re going to have to leave.’ She just needed the detergent.”

A short woman asking a statuesque black woman (FLOTUS in disguise) for help reaching the detergent on the top shelf is racist? Even when the interaction made her feel “so good”? “She didn’t see me as the first lady, she saw me as someone who could help her. Those kinds of things happen in life.”

If this racism follies was a Broadway tryout it would close in New Haven.

And just as for honesty’s sake, can we acknowledge that Mrs. Obama didn’t go to Target accompanied by only an assistant (and a photographer). The stock clerk in the next aisle wore sunglasses and had a bulge under his smock (Hi, My Name is Smith & Wesson!). The puny lady with the dirty laundry couldn’t have gotten with twenty feet Michelle without four sniper scopes being trained on her left temple.

Seriously, if there is anyone trading on the deaths of those lamentably late lawbreakers, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, more than Al Sharpton, it is the First Family. With Eric Holder close at hand.

Sorry about getting your a** kicked in the midterms. But it’s not personal; it’s strictly business.

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Turn Out the Lights, the Democrat Party’s Over

We’ve already taken our victory lap for calling a net gain of nine seats for the GOP, leading to a 54-46 majority. Thirstradamus may be clairvoyant, but he’s also refined enough not to take a second victory lap (or a third). Where was that vaunted clairvoyance when I wrote demurely “They’ll certainly keep, probably widen, their lead in the House.”?

As of this morning, they have 246 seats, a gain of 14 seats. “Probably widen” hardly does justice to that sort of ass-whuppin’.

I would rather revisit the scene of my success with someone else’s take on the events and their meanings, Kevin D. Williamson’s:

The Democrats, being intellectually dishonest, cling to the myth that the two parties “switched places” on racial issues in the 1960s, that Senator Landrieu’s troubles are a consequence of that reversal, and that the general Southern realignment is evidence that the Republican party is a comfortable home for bigots, Confederate revanchists, and others with dodgy racial politics.

This is a strange line of argument, and an indefensible one once the evidence is considered. Democrats remained the favored party in the South for decades and decades after the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, controlling a majority of governorships, Senate seats, state legislative bodies, etc., well into the 21st century.

A few obvious questions: If white Southerners were really so enraged about the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and if they switched to the Republican party to express their displeasure, then why did they wait 30 years before making that preference felt in House elections? Why did Dwight D. Eisenhower — a supporter of civil-rights legislation who insisted on the actual desegregation of the armed forces (as opposed to President Truman’s hypothetical desegregation) and federal agencies under his control — win a larger share of the Southern vote in 1956 than Barry Goldwater, the most important Republican critic of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, did two cycles later? Why did Mississippi elect only one Republican governor in the entire 20th century, and that not until 1992? Why didn’t Alabama have a Republican governor until 1987? And why did Louisiana wait 60 years to eliminate its last Democratic senator in favor of a candidate from the party of Condoleezza Rice, Ben Carson, Allen West, Mia Love, Tim Scott, and that not-very-white guy who serves as governor of Louisiana? White supremacy should be made of sterner stuff: Did somebody forget to tell Louisiana state senator and newly confirmed Republican Elbert Guillory that he’s black?

Strange that redneck bigots would wait for so many decades to punish the Democrats for giving up cross-burning; my own experience with that particular demographic suggests that its members do not in general have that sort of attention span.

And then, my favorite point:

Similarly, the migration of white Southern voters to the GOP did not begin after the fight over the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And why would it have? Despite the principled opposition of Barry Goldwater, a lifelong NAACP member who nonetheless believed that the bill gave the federal government too much power over state and local matters, Republicans supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at significantly higher levels than the Democrats did, just as Republicans, Goldwater included, had fought for the Civil Rights Act of 1957, passed on Republican votes over Democratic obstruction and signed by a Republican president.

“A lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes,” said Mark Twain. A later version, attributed to Winston Churchill, has the truth still putting on its pants, but the point is the same. The evaporation of the Southern Democrat has everything to do with the Democrats and nothing to do with race.

Does this look like the showing of a rump Southern white people’s party to you?

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That the Democratic party has attempted to hijack for itself credit for the hard and often bloody work performed for a century almost exclusively by Republicans, from Lincoln to Eisenhower, is a reminder that the party of Lyndon Johnson and Bill Clinton is not a place for men with a very developed sense of decency.

And what happened in the 1960s wasn’t the parties’ “changing places” on racism and civil rights; it was the Democrats’ — some of them, at least — joining the ranks of civilized human beings for the first time.

It only took them a century.

Slavery wasn’t the unique sin of this country—almost every trading country was guilty of it two hundred years ago. And neither party was clean of the stain of slavery either, though Lincoln’s Republicans obviously deserve more credit for its abolition. But the century of Jim Crow that persisted like an open sore after slavery was abolished—that the Democrats own. Just ask Robert Byrd.

PS: We may say that Barry Goldwater was on the wrong side of history on the Civil Rights Act—and he was—but not how hard it was for states to get out from under the presumption of guilt of the Voting Rights Act:

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was unconstitutional. Section 4 lays out the formulas for how the Justice Department enforces Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Section 5 requires that the states identified with a history of discrimination obtain approval from the federal government before they can make changes to their election law. Section 4 formulas as of 2013 mandated that “Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia in their entirety; and parts of California, Florida, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, and South Dakota” ask for preclearance for electoral law changes. After Shelby County v. Holder, these states are free to make changes to election law or district maps without approval from the Justice Department.

The Supreme Court’s opinion notes: “voting discrimination still exists; no one doubts that. The question is whether the Act’s extraordinary measures, including its disparate treatment of the States, continue to satisfy constitutional requirements. As we put it a short time ago, ‘the Act imposes current burdens and must be justified by current needs.’”

Just so. As we’ve already demonstrated above, this ain’t your granddaddy’s South: no Democrats.

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On The Eric Garner Case

Like many Americans, I saw the video footage of the arrest of Eric Garner for the first time last night. I gotta tell you, it looks to me like the Grand Jury screwed up. I don’t know what others in Bloodthirstan think – and I’m interested – but my sense is that the police got carried away, at best. The worst case scenario is that they had it out for this guy at some level and really wanted to hurt him. I don’t know.

It is unfortunate for our country that we’ve had such a long history of stuff like this with the police, because it pretty much guarantees that trust, giving the other guy the benefit of the doubt, can’t happen any time soon, if ever. This is because people really do think in anecdotes: This is what happened to me or my grandmother or a good friend told me such and such. The police have provided too many anecdotes to the African American community and creeps like Al Sharpton glom onto that stuff and make a career out of it. On the other hand, the police and large swaths of the public have plenty of anecdotes on the other side. We are sentenced to several lifetimes of shouted slogans, I’m afraid.

To the Garner family, my heart goes out to you.

– Aggie

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He IS a Racist President

Remember one of Obama’s first move as presidents (after dismissing the Republicans, with a wave of his hand, “I won”) was to scuttle school choice in Washington DC?

If you don’t, what Juan Williams had to say at the time:

This is an outrage to me. … This is so important that you give young people a chance to have an education in America and especially in a failing public school system like you have in the District of Columbia. This voucher system is a direct threat to the unions. And so I think everybody on Capitol Hill, that’s getting money from the NEA or AFT, they should be called on the table. They should ask them, ‘where do you send your kids to school? And are you willing to say these kids getting the vouchers…and doing better than the rest of the kids, that these kids aren’t deserving of an opportunity to succeed in America?’ You just want to scream. Why Duncan and Obama aren’t in the forefront of education reform is an outrage and an insult to the very base that voted for them.

It’s five and-a-half years later now:

[Condoleezza] Rice said, “Poor black kids trapped in failing neighborhoods schools, that’s the biggest race problem of today. That’s the biggest civil rights issue of today. Anybody who isn’t in favor of school choice, anybody who isn’t in favor of educational reform, anybody who defends the status quo in the educational system, that’s racist to me.”

Obama still opposes vouchers. I don’t know whom else Ms. Rice could be talking about.

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Can We Impeach the First Lady?

Cause she needs some impeaching:

[T]oday we see virtually no objection to this exchange between radio host Roland Martin and First Lady Michelle Obama:

Martin: So can we, if we go out to the polls, can we say, we have ‘souls to the polls’ on Sunday, can we do ‘soul food after we vote’?

Mrs. Obama: Absolutely, I give everyone full permission to eat some fried chicken after they vote only after—if you haven’t voted…(laughter.)

Martin: Just checking!

Mrs. Obama: You make a good point because I am, I do talk about health. But I think that a good victory for Democrats on Tuesday, you know, should be rewarded with some fried chicken.

What, no watermelon?

Beside the obvious racism, double-standard, hypocrisy, etc. this betrays, I also see the cultural insensitivity of Michelle’s whole health kick itself. Roland Martin is a black man, and he’s practically begging Michelle for her blessing to eat what every fiber of his being is craving: “soul” food. Never mind that she’s the one who jumped to fried chicken, African Americans feel disloyal to her for wanting to eat the food they grew up with, comfort food, chicken soup for their “souls”.

In the Nixon administration, Earl Butz had to resign after saying all black people wanted were (speaking euphemistically) good sex, comfortable shoes, and a warm place to go to the bathroom. (Who doesn’t?)

Given that standard, at the very least, Mrs. Obama should be suspended from the White House for two weeks.

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By Their Panic Shall Ye Know Them

If I didn’t know better, I’d say the Democrats are beginning to sweat.

Not one of them wants to be seen with Obama, much less say they voted for the oaf (except for the 99% they supported him in Congress). But as the election gets closer, and the polls turn against them, the cold terror is showing. And terror is what they sow.

Women:

WOMAN: Did you try the corner market?

MAN: Of course!

WOMAN: Grocery store?

MAN: Sold out.

WOMAN: Drugstore?

MAN: Come on.

WOMAN: So everyone’s sold out of condoms. Humph! How did this happen?

MAN: Cory Gardner banned birth control, and now it’s all on us guys, and you can’t find a condom anywhere — and the pill was just the start. The Pell Grants my little brother was counting on for college? Cory cut them. Climate change that everyone knows is weirding our weather? Cory flat-out denies it. Sweet Pea, Cory denies science.

Do you ladies have the vapors? Are you feeling faint? But I’m bothered by “Sweet Pea” most of all. That’s what I call the Bloodthirsty Puppy.

But that’s nothing to how Democrats are spooking African Americans.

Charlie Rangel:

“[T]he thing is, everything we believe in, everything we believe in they hate! They don’t disagree, they hate! They think that if you didn’t come from Europe 30 years ago, we shouldn’t have immigration! Some of them believe that slavery isn’t over, and that they won the Civil War.”

No, Charlie, Republicans know the North won the Civil War and that slavery was abolished—because Republicans did it.

We told you this morning how Mary Landrieu slandered her constituents as hostile to blacks and women (her own example to the contrary). But Democrats don’t have to make sense. They have to sow fear.

Or comedy:

The week before Election Day, the lone African-American candidate for statewide office in Ohio this year accused her opponent of racism.

Nina Turner says an attack ad from her opponent, Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, is “ vicious, racist and sexist.”

The comments from Turner, a state senator from Cleveland, came on Tuesday when she was asked about the ad during a debate in Cleveland. She said the use of unflattering black-and-white photographs of her is a racist “dog whistle,” according to a report from the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

“I’m calling it the way that I see it. It was deliberate for him to put me in black and white and to put it in the minds of voters, to paint me as the other,” Turner said.

Of course black-and-white photography is racist; it’s right there in black and white.

But look beyond these disparate examples to what they betray about the attitudes toward their intended audience. Republicans want women barefoot and pregnant, they want blacks enslaved, or at least photographed in monochrome. Ladies, African Americans, whatever you may think Republicans think of you, could it be any lower than what Democrats think of you? The stereotype of the petrified black man is one of the ugliest in the history of racism. The timid, anxious woman defending her virtue is little better. But they’re awfully handy come election time. If that’s how you roll.

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Black Conservatives

I’ll believe it when I see it in the voting booth. But it’s a nice thought.

– Aggie

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How Liberals Think

I use “think” generously—almost as generously as the Koch brothers’ charitable donations:

CHRIS MATTHEWS: […] This is people admitting that we’re in the business of making sure minorities don’t vote. They’re saying it.

JONATHAN CAPEHART, WASHINGTON POST: [… A] pantheon of people talking about how what they’re doing is to keep basically Democrats from voting, African Americans from voting. What’s different here is they’re talking about it outloud.

MATTHEWS: Yeah.

CAPEHART: It used to be wink and nod and little code words. But now, yeah, it’s about helping Mitt Romney. It’s about keeping “lazy blacks” from getting up off the couch and going to vote.

I can reliably report from behind the enemy lines of conservatism that I have never heard a single Republican say anything like this. Liberals say it all the time—so often, they must really believe it. Why do they feel blacks are lazier than non-blacks? They say it, over and over, but they never defend it. They just expect us to agree (like so much of their ignorant dogma). I don’t.

But I don’t even understand this:

CAPEHART: You know, Ronald Reagan is the saviour of the Republican party, but I remember Ronald Reagan as the guy who went to Philadelphia, Mississippi — his first event after getting the Republican nomination.

MATTHEWS: And that says what?

CAPEHART: Well, Philadelphia, Mississippi, that’s where the civil rights workers were killed.

MATTHEWS: Yeah.

CAPEHART: In ’64. And so that sends a message to those white Dixiecrats that he’s one of us… and it says to African Americans and folks who fought really hard, not just African Americans, but folks who fought really hard for the right to vote, this guy and this party isn’t exactly for us, or thinking about us, or with us. And so now you’ve got people within the Republican party, a generation and a half, two generations later, who are actively trying to stop people from exercising the franchise.

First, I had to fix the transcript to read “Philadelphia, Mississippi” and not “Philadelphia and Mississippi”. That was confusing enough, but if you watch the clip, it’s clear they’re talking about the “Mississippi Burning” murders of 1964 which took place in that town. (Two Jews and one black man were murdered by the Klan.)

It is true that Reagan gave a speech there in August, 1980—sixteen years later—in which he said these words:

I still believe the answer to any problem lies with the people. I believe in states’ rights and I believe in people doing as much as they can for themselves at the community level and at the private level. I believe we have distorted the balance of our government today by giving powers that were never intended to be given in the Constitution to that federal establishment.

Why, that racist! How dare he believe in “government of the people, by the people, and for the people”. Next, he’ll claim to believe in “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Or even the Bill of Rights:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

President Obama appeared in Berlin, the capital of Communist East Germany in 2008—nineteen years after the wall fell—and declared himself a “citizen of the world”. Words practically lifted from the socialist anthem, “The Internationale”:

The Internationale
Will be the human race.

Does that make him a crypto-Communist? (Well, sort of. Maybe this doesn’t help my point.)

Two last points. One, Reagan’s speech was 34 years ago, and the Civil Rights Act was 50 years ago: what possible relevance does either event have to today?

Lastly, as I’ve shared with you at least a dozen times over the years, Republican supported the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts at a greater percentage than Democrats. Unlike the rest of the bilge above, it’s a fact. You can look it up.

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You Watching The Ferguson Riots Tonight? [UPDATED]

Looks like the autopsy supports the police officer’s story

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – A report by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this morning shows the official autopsy supports Ferguson officer Darren Wilson’s claim that Michael Brown struggled with him in his patrol vehicle, and that Brown did not have his hands up when he was shot Aug. 9.
A source tells the Post-Dispatch that Wilson testified to the Grand Jury that when he tried to get out of his SUV to talk to Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson about the theft of cigarillos, Brown slammed the door shut and punched him in the face.
Wilson pulled his weapon, and Brown grabbed it. At one point, the barrel was pointed at Wilson’s hip, then a shot was fired hitting Brown’s hand.
Wilson says he then chased Brown, who turned and ran toward him. Wilson said “stop,” then fired. Brown kept coming, so Wilson fired several more shots.
The Post-Dispatch also had three experts examine the official autopsy.
St. Louis medical examiner Dr. Michael Graham says the report supports claims that there was a “significant struggle” in Wilson’s patrol car, and Brown suffered a hand wound at “relatively short range.”
A forensic pathologist from San Francisco, Dr. Judy Melinek, says based on a bullet wound to Brown’s arm, Brown’s palms could not have been facing Wilson in the standard surrender position – with hands up and palms out – when he was shot, and Brown was falling forward or lunging when he was hit by the fatal shot to the top of his head.

Can Eric Holder demand that the Grand Jury indict the police officer anyway? Or can they just throw him in jail or execute him without a trial? Because if not, expect riots (weather permitting).

– Aggie

UPDATE
BTL here, adding this nugget:

Angry protesters in Ferguson, Mo., shut down CNN’s live broadcast Monday night after repeatedly heckling the reporter and cameraperson for working for an organization “run by AIPAC” and “Zionists.”

The heckling is audible in a video filmed by protester Bassem Masri, whose Twitter profile touts the Palestinian cause and reads “long live Palestine.”

“You fucking lie about Ferguson; you lie about Occupy Wall Street; you lie about Palestine. You’re all run by Zionists,” one protester said. “We’re holding y’all accountable.”

The hecklers threatened to shut down future CNN broadcasts. “They’re an AIPAC-run agency,” Masri said. “Don’t even think that we won’t.”

No wonder Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson couldn’t wait to get there.

PS: Curiously, CNN doesn’t mention any of this.

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“Albatross” is a Dog Whistle

Who’s more racist—the racist DEMOCRAT politicians who don’t want to stand next to TNFBP™ (The Nation’s First Black President), or the racist DEMOCRAT voters who can’t stand anyone who has anything to do with TNFBP™?

JAKE TAPPER: What Democrats told me today is that President Obama, however much they love him, he is an albatross around their necks right now. His poll numbers are so bad, people not feeling good about the state of the economy even if there economic indicators that things are getting better. Wages are stagnant.

This after the crowing and whooping over 248,000 new jobs. Even I, who can find the bad news lurking below even the bubbliest employment numbers, conceded that this was a good jobs report (with some disturbing trends—I’m not stupid).

Obama’s got a theory on that, too:

“Frankly, the press and Washington, all it does is feed cynicism,” he insisted, despite getting six years of favorable coverage from establishment newspapers and TV shows.

“Most of you don’t know the statistics I just gave you,” Obama said, after listing a series of cherry-picked data that ignored that roughly 10 million Americans who have given up looking for work, and the $7 trillion in added debt.

“The reason you don’t know [the favorable data] is because they elicit hope. They’re good news … and that’s not what we hear about,” he declared to the roughly 250 supporters who paid up to $1,000 to attend.

To the list of racist DEMOCRAT politicians, racist DEMOCRAT voters, let us add racist reporters (almost all DEMOCRATS).

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