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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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Absolute Moral Authority Watch

Regular readers know that Cindy Sheehan is our girl, and always has been. Not because we believe a word that comes out of her bat-[bleep] crazy mouth—oh no, not a syllable. But because she does. No one has posted her addled rantings more than we have; no one supported her run for governor of California more strongly.

So, you can understand our mixture of pride and jealousy to see others talking about Our Cindy:

Sheehan said the left anti war movement is being ignored by the democrats because they are “reverse racists” who are supporting Obama only because he is an African-American.

She said, “I think that there are some people on the so called left, who might say we have to circle our wagons around the first African American president, and to me that is racism in reverse because his policies are actually still the racist policies of empire.”

You know what another word for “reverse racists” is, don’t you? Racists.

Cindy Sheehan said in 2005 Nancy Pelosi and top Democrat leaders in the House and Senate said to her face that if she helped them get elected they would end the wars completely.

I don’t believe that. Not that Pelosi said it—of that I’m quite sure. But that even a moonbat like Cindy Sheehan believed Bela Pelosi? Not buying it.

Still, Cindy has believed many things in her time:

Since learning in April that their son, Army Spc. Casey Sheehan, had been killed in Iraq, life has been everything but normal for the Sheehan family of Vacaville.

But none of that prepared the family for the message left on their answering machine last week, inviting them to have a face-to-face meeting with President George W. Bush at Fort Lewis near Seattle.

“We haven’t been happy with the way the war has been handled,” Cindy said. “The president has changed his reasons for being over there every time a reason is proven false or an objective reached.”

The 10 minutes of face time with the president could have given the family a chance to vent their frustrations or ask Bush some of the difficult questions they have been asking themselves, such as whether Casey’s sacrifice would make the world a safer place.

But in the end, the family decided against such talk, deferring to how they believed Casey would have wanted them to act. In addition, Pat noted that Bush wasn’t stumping for votes or trying to gain a political edge for the upcoming election.

“We have a lot of respect for the office of the president, and I have a new respect for him because he was sincere and he didn’t have to take the time to meet with us,” Pat said.

Sincerity was something Cindy had hoped to find in the meeting. Shortly after Casey died, Bush sent the family a form letter expressing his condolences, and Cindy said she felt it was an impersonal gesture.

“I now know he’s sincere about wanting freedom for the Iraqis,” Cindy said after their meeting. “I know he’s sorry and feels some pain for our loss. And I know he’s a man of faith.”

That was Cindy ten years ago. This is Cindy today:

“We need to get over our thoughts here in the United States that there’s anything different between Democrats and Republicans,” Sheehan told Press TV in a phone interview on Friday.

And:

An American antiwar activist says Washington does not want “its evil torture practices to get out” by trying to close a court hearing on force-feeding of a prisoner at the Guantanamo prison that is “not the only place the US tortures people.”

I don’t know, maybe she isn’t so bat-[bleep] crazy.

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Waxing Brazilian

Let he who is without racism cast the first stone.

Drop the rock, Brazil:

The emergence of a black candidate in Brazil’s presidential race is highlighting a major shift in racial views in a country that was the biggest slave importer in the Americas and last to abolish the practice.

Socialist Party candidate Marina Silva —the African-descended daughter of illiterate rubber tappers in the Amazon—is running neck and neck with President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers’ Party. The latest polls show the Oct. 5 election would require a runoff between the two women, in which they would tie.

The number of Brazilians declaring themselves black or “pardo,” the Portuguese term to describe mixed-race Brazilians of African descent, has soared, part of a new black consciousness movement fueled by rising economic opportunities. Self-declared black and pardo Brazilians accounted for 53% of the population last year, according to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, after rising significantly between 2000 and 2010.

How can a majority of the population be a minority? Is this Brazil or apartheid-era South Africa? Rhodesia-on-Amazon?

Having fought a war to abolish slavery, America has nothing to answer for. Brazil hasn’t even been questioned.

PS: Though it should be noted that Brazil cannot be the “last to abolish the practice” when the practice is still practiced across the Muslim world.

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Harry Reid’s Stand-Up Act

Don’t give up your day job, Harry (Actually, do!):

Harry Reid, who faulted his 2010 Republican opponent for making an insensitive remark to Asian-Americans, cracked two Asian-themed jokes at a Las Vegas event Thursday.

“I don’t think you’re smarter than anybody else, but you’ve convinced a lot of us you are,” the Senate Majority Leader said to laughs from the audience at a Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce event.

Later in the video, which was sent to reporters by the Republican research group America Rising, Reid said, “One problem that I’ve had today is keeping my Wongs straight.”

But they’re light-skinned Asians, who speak with Asian accents when they want to!

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Hey UN! What About This War Crime?

In the Democratic War on Women, that is:

A Democratic operative deleted her Twitter account Monday following a series of what some called racist remarks about Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s wife, Elaine Chao.

Chao, former U.S. Labor Secretary under President George W. Bush, is Asian.

Kathy Groob, who describes herself as an “advocate for women in politics,” sent a series of tweets related to Chao at a political event Saturday.

According to WKMS, Groob sent the tweets in response to comments McConnell made at the event, in which he referred to his wife as “the only Kentucky woman who served in a president’s cabinet.”

In one tweet Groob wrote, “Hey Mitch, nothing against you wife and spouses should be off limits; since you mentioned, she isn’t from KY, she is Asian.”

Groob followed that tweet with another: “Google Elaine Chao, #MitchMcConnell’s wife. No mention of Kentucky, she is Asian” Groop wrote.

Her racially-charged comments drew a firestorm on Twitter from people who questioned why Groob was pushing a narrative that someone who is Asian could not also be from Kentucky.

In Chao’s case, she and her family came to the U.S. from Taiwan when she was a child. She has been married to McConnell for more than two decades.

So that’s what passes for an “advocate for women in politics” among Democrats. I’d hate to see a critic. I also love that her comment came right after she wrote that spouses should be “off limits”.

PS: You might want to station peacekeeping groups inside the Democrat Party. They are repeat offenders:

A Democratic activist has claimed responsibility for controversial radio ads that attempted to tie Mississippi Senate candidate Chris McDaniel to the Ku Klux Klan.

Ruth Harris, 65, of Jackson, Miss., said she and five other like-minded Democratic women pooled their resources to fund three radio spots urging voters to support Sen. Thad Cochran over McDaniel, a state senator, in Mississippi’s contentious June 24 GOP primary runoff.

“This is an Election Day alert. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. When Congressman Thompson says a group of Tea Party radicals scares him, we should listen. Last week the Clarion Ledger was able to tie McDaniel’s campaign to an ally of the Ku Klux Klan. And, this supporter of McDaniel’s campaign was a Klan lawyer,” Harris says as the ad opens. “If we stand by and don’t go to the polls today, do you understand what we could lose? We could lose food stamps, housing assistance, student loans, early breakfast and lunch programs — and disaster assistance, as well as cuts to Social Security and Medicaid.

“The right-wing Tea Party people are saying we are too lazy to care or too afraid to go vote. They say we only want a hand out or something for free,” Harris says as the ad closes. “We are not going to turn back the hands of time.”

PPS: They really don’t like themselves some Elaine Chao:

You’ll recall last year when Progress Kentucky sent out a series of tweets vilifying Chao and McConnell’s “very close ties to China.”

Progress Kentucky, a Democratic super PAC with its sights on toppling Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), has drawn backlash for a persistent effort to suggest that the senator’s wife’s Chinese roots have led him to embrace anti-American policies.

In a Feb. 14 tweet, the group made a particularly blunt jab suggesting that Elaine Chao, former labor secretary under President George W. Bush and McConnell’s second wife, was encouraging him to support outsourcing jobs to China.

“This woman has the ear of @mcconnellpress — she’s his #wife.May explain why your job moved to #China!” the tweet read.

I don’t really get racism. I guess it’s a liberal thing.

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Good News, Bad News

First the bad news: you’re racist. The good news?

You don’t know it:

We white Americans all-too-seldom reflect upon the issue of racism, because we don’t have to. We don’t have to think about it, because the system is set up to benefit us, at the expense of people of color, without our ever doing anything mean or unkind, so it is very easy never to even notice how life is for someone not in our majority. [Call me a grammarist, but that's a run-on sentence. Ed.]

Racism has often been referred to as a “cancer” on and in society. But that has never struck me as terribly apt or helpful, despite its obviously negative connotation. So I began wondering what a more helpful metaphor might be for racism and its on-going effect on many of our citizens. And for some reason, it occurred to me that many of the things we say about being infected with HIV, the virus that can lead to AIDS, are true of racism:

Many people who are infected don’t know it. Those infected by racism are largely oblivious to it. It operates behind the scenes and barely shows itself in the early stages. It can be an important part of who we are and how we operate without our knowledge. And because the system is set up to benefit us, we can easily believe that racism is something that other people get. Understanding our being white in a racist society is akin to getting a fish in an aquarium to understand the concept of water – it is simply the medium in which we swim, the reality that supports us and in which we thrive without so much as a passing thought.

If we (white Americans) are the fish swimming in the racist medium in this simile, oblivious of our privilege, who are the schoolkids and frazzled parents on the other side of the glass pointing at the sharks and tortoises? African Americans? Do they enjoy the spectacle as much as my kids used to? Probably not.

But he’s not done with lame metaphors:

The only way to know if you’re unsuspectingly infected is to get tested. Testing is a voluntary and intentional act. It starts with realizing and admitting that I might be infected. It is painful to learn that we might be intentionally or unintentionally racist, and since we usually shy away from painful things, we avoid conversations and situations that might reveal the ugly truth. The “test” for racism is a lot less scientific than getting tested for HIV, and it involves having conversations with people of color (and other race-aware white people) about their experiences. It means listening to the words of people who have indeed experienced racism, and then believing that it is true for them – even if it is not true of our experience. And then it means searching our souls for ways in which we have colluded with a white-majority society in perpetuating such an unjust system.

Resistance to being tested comes from the fear of what changes may be in store if I’m “positive.” The scary thing about finding out if one has been infected is that if I have, then I will need to change some things about my life. If I open myself to understanding how I participate in and benefit from a racist society (even if I have no personal animosity at all toward people of color!), then I will undoubtedly have to decide if I’m going to resist the racism in myself and seek to dismantle it in the society.

Viral load can be reduced to undetectable levels, but it never goes away. And at least for now, it’s an incurable condition. Undoing racism in ourselves is a life-long process. We all acquire “default settings” in our growing up – that is, standard ways in which we tend to view the world and organize/understand our experiences. We can intentionally go in and change these default settings, but it takes our being intentional and vigilant – or else, the default setting reasserts itself, and without even thinking, becomes our standard operating procedure.

We’re all racist (we whites anyway); we don’t even know it; and there’s nothing we can do about it. Oh well, have a nice day.

But again, the metaphor fails to hold. Once a death sentence, HIV is treatable; infected people can live long, healthy lives. I observe without blame that HIV was spread through drug use and promiscuity. It was treated (if not cured) through the efforts of millions and millions of dollars and the united efforts of government and medicine. The victims of racism should be so lucky.

But all is not lost:

I am a recovering racist, and similar to a recovering alcoholic, who may not drink but who will always be an alcoholic, I must constantly monitor and manage my internal “settings” about race.

So, while you may always remain a racist, you can be a “dry” racist. Where does he come up with this nonsense?

That default setting in me was shaped in my childhood, spent in the segregated south, complete with separate drinking fountains and lunchrooms.

Wait a minute! That’s not my “default setting”. I was raised by hyperliberal, socialist, atheist, anti-racist lunatic parents. My crazy father voted for Eldridge Cleaver for president in 1968! My loopy mother left her young kids to go march in Mississippi in 196-whatever! I never drank from a segregated fountain, never rode on a segregated bus. I never called nobody n**g*r, and recoiled in horror on the rare occasions when I heard anyone else do so. And I’m hardly special. Explain to me how I, or millions raised just like me, am racist.

If I’m “guilty of being white”, can I just pay a fine and get on with my life? Actually, can I just get on with my life? Guilt is optional, and I’m opting out.

PS: If self-diagnosis involves “having conversations with people of color”, do we get to take note of their “intentional or unintentional racism”? We “typical white people” have our failings, but I think it’s more to do with our being people than with our being white. I think black people are our equals in this as in all other ways.

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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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Dog Whistle Update

Got your list handy? I have two additions. After skinny, golf, Chicago, and jug-eared doofus, please add the following:

Benghazi:

[Representative James Clyburn (D-SC) said:] “After reconstruction, when people of color gained political presence throughout the south, they drummed up all kinds of things, indictments and accusations, they drove these people out of the south. Some went to Chicago, some came here to Washington D.C. And I see the same kind of efforts to discredit this president and this administration.”

“If I didn’t know the history of this country so well, I might not be as concerned as I am [about the Benghazi select committee],” Clyburn continued. “I am concerned because I see us revisiting those same kinds of things that led to the end of Reconstruction at the end of the 1890s.”

That bastard Chris Stevens—dying in Libya just to make Obama look bad! Same goes for Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods, and Glen Doherty.

Next dog whistle: ObamaCare.

SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): I’ll be able to dig up some emails that make part of the Affordable Care Act that doesn’t look good-especially from people who made up their mind that they don’t want it to work because they don’t like the president. Maybe he’s of the wrong color, something of that sort. I’ve seen a lot of that and I know a lot of that to be true. It’s not something you’re meant to talk about in public but it’s something I’m talking about in public because that is very true.

Some people near death—even after—exhibit spasms. That’s how these desperate appeals to racism sound to me, like death spasms.

When people disagreed with Bill Clinton, were they just prejudiced against philanderers? Why were the haters out in force against a recovering alcoholic like George W. Bush?

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“Steve Utash is Home”

And Wonzey Saffold is still in jail.

There is some justice in the world after all:

Six weeks after their father was beaten in a highly publicized mob attack in Detroit, a Macomb County family got to post an uplifting message on Facebook: “Steven Utash is home.”

The message appeared on the “Support Steven Utash” Facebook page about 8 p.m. Saturday, six weeks after the 54-year-old tree trimmer was severely beaten after accidentally striking a 10-year-old boy with his pickup on the east side of Detroit. A mob ambushed Utash after he got out of his truck to check on the boy, who had darted into traffic.

According to his family, Utash suffered head injuries and was discharged from the DMC Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan on Thursday.

“He is home and doing very well. It is wonderful to have him back,” Utash’s family told the Free Press in a Facebook message.

Four men have been charged in the attack and will face trials in August on charges of assault with attempt to murder in the beating. A 16-year-old also was charged with assault and ethnic intimidation. His case goes to trial in June in juvenile court.

Wonzey and his mates are delighted by the news:

I will guarantee you that the next child struck by a car in Detroit will be the victim of a hit-and-run driver. The next dozen children. Hundred. Sorry kids, but it ain’t worth the aggro. Your busted legs won’t heal any quicker with our busted heads. Thank your Uncle Wonzey.

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What Part of Boko Haram Did We Not Get?

It’s from the Finno-Ugric, meaning “how much for the red-head with the nice rack?”

One year ago this month, Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau released a video announcing a new, reprehensible front in its bloody attempt at forced Islamism: his fighters will begin abducting girls and selling them.

The kidnappings, he said, were retaliation for Nigerian security forces nabbing the wives and children of group members.

And for 12 months, the radical militant group has done just that — with Nigerians treating the sporadic kidnappings with disgust but resignation.

But that’s changed now.

Just imagine if 276 girls been kidnapped in the United States. The response would be mass outrage and an forceful demand for a response.

As borders become more irrelevant for terrorists, the whole world needs to take notice of the likes of Boko Haram.

“They actually originated as a group called the Nigerian Taliban which kind of explains where they’re coming from,” says CNN’s national security analyst Peter Bergen. “They are aiming to impose Taliban-style rule on much of Nigeria, particularly in the north where they are based.”

The group’s name itself means “Western education is sinful” in the local Hausa language. Its aim is to impose a stricter enforcement of Sharia law. The group especially opposes the education of women.

Okay, so maybe my translation is a little loose, but it amounts to the same thing.

A first-hand account:

Scarcely has the blood dried from the singed floors of Nyanya Car Park, has time mended the broken bodies injured in the first bombing. Scarcely have we finished nursing our maimed spirits, our collective angst, has the tape to cordon off the first massacre site been removed. The charred remains of cars and smell of flesh lingers. We are still reeling from the previously unthinkable grand-scale predawn abduction of innocence, of over 200 girls. Now this: a second Nyanya bombing. More death. More injured bodies.

As I looked at the gory slideshow of pictures from the scene of the massacre yesterday, a dam broke and tears welled in my eyes. There has been a catalogue of disasters in Nigeria in the past few years and none has quite hit so close to home as this did. No, I do not have any personal affiliations with anyone injured or killed in the bombing. I do not share blood with 18 dead and 66 persons injured, whose own I saw so cruelly spilled yesterday but in my heart, I recognise that this was a tipping point for Nigeria. We have reached the brink. This is our hell and our high water. We are now between the quick, and literally, the dead.

If Boko Haram is really Nigeria’s Taliban, all this was entirely predictable. (Except Boko takes the entire girl, and not just her nose.) My only contribution to this waking nightmare is to ask who buys girls sold into slavery? We’ve barely comprehended who would steal them, but 276 slave girls need 276 buyers. How many Ariel Castros are there in the world?

234 girls abducted from their school since the 18th of April remain missing with numbing reports surfacing of them being married off to insurgents across Nigeria’s borders in Chad and Cameroon.

When an 80-year-old man was revealed in a private conversation to have had less than progressive views on race, President Obama remarked: “The United States continues to wrestle with the legacy of race and slavery and segregation, that’s still there, the vestiges of discrimination…”

I don’t agree with him, but I hope he’d agree with me that whatever our “legacy” (slavery was abolished 150 years ago, discrimination under the law 50 years ago), Africa, the Middle East (Saudi Arabia), Asia (North Korea, China) have a whole lot more of it than we do.

I have no words of solace to the poor Nigerians dealing with this unimaginable terror. No words better than their own:

We do not have to lose a relative, friend or colleague to cry out. Search for the disturbing images from the Nyanya blast. Look at them well. Look at them hard. Are you not even slightly discomfited? Are you not angry? Yet, we do nothing. Furthermore, Boko Haram agents cannot be so self-sufficient that everyone outside its organization is completely oblivious to its machinations, workings, plans. Who will call them out? Who will stand up?

The fathers of the girls? Their brothers?

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