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“Our Time Is Now”

Hey, Marilyn Mosby! Can you hear their call?

A 17-year-old boy has been charged as an adult for his role in beating a 61-year-old alongside a group of approximately 50 other teens in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 22.

Richard Fletcher was brutally beaten by the teens after he went outside to ask two girls who were fighting on top of his truck to move along and continue their dispute elsewhere.

The mob of teens began to hit and kick Fletcher until he fell to the ground, but the attack didn’t end.

After the beating last month, Fletcher was left with broken eye sockets, a broken nose, broken ribs and a brain bleed, according to CBS Baltimore.

He also needed a blood transfusion.

Police have made two arrests in the case and are hoping to bring all of the teens, who are believed to be students at Baltimore Community High School, that participated in the beating to justice.

Antoine Lawson has already been charged with attempted murder and a 15-year-old girl was charged with assault.

Freddie Gray died in police custody, and his death is an international cause célèbre. Richard Fletcher was beaten and left for dead on April 22nd, and no one’s heard of him. (His GoFundMe page has raised a little over $45,000 as of this writing.)

Joe Lamb, who owns a business nearby, saw the attack and said he wasn’t all that surprised with what happened based on how the neighborhood has been, WBAL reported.

He said: ‘It has gotten out of hand now, gone too far.

‘The kids walk on top of cars, kick dogs, let dogs out, throw trash, steal milk from school and throw it at houses, threaten neighbors with bodily harm.’

Cue Marilyn Mosby:

To the people of Baltimore and the demonstrators across America. I heard your call for “no justice, no peace.” Your peace is sincerely needed as I work to deliver justice on behalf of this young man…..

To the youth of this city: I will seek justice on your behalf. This is a moment, this is your moment. Let’s ensure that we have peaceful and productive rallies that will develop structural and systemic changes for generations to come. You’re at the forefront of this cause. And as young people, our time is now.

This was there moment, all right, and they took it. I just hope their time is 15 years in the state pen.

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Black Man Keeping the Young Down

No, that’s not dyslexia or a typo:

In President Obama’s speeches this year, a steady theme has been creating jobs and economic opportunity for Americans. In his State of the Union address in January he said that “what I believe unites the people of this nation . . . is the simple, profound belief in opportunity for all—the notion that if you work hard and take responsibility, you can get ahead.” And in his weekly address on Saturday, he repeated his strong appeal to young people: “As long as I hold this office, I’ll keep fighting to give more young people the chance to earn their own piece of the American Dream.”

Yet during the more than five years Mr. Obama has been in office, young people have been especially hard-hit by the slow and virtually jobless recovery. Given the destructive effect this has on individual initiative and the prospects of a productive and rewarding working life, the continuing struggle of young Americans to find jobs, start building families and contribute to society is no longer simply a matter of politics or policy. On a deeply human level, it’s profoundly sad.

Yeah, but parents’ basements have never been put to more use! Sorry, out of place.

Where are the entry-level jobs?

Five years of 2% average yearly GDP growth simply doesn’t produce enough jobs to absorb the natural increase in the labor force, and over the past eight quarters GDP growth has averaged only 1.7%. Between May 2008 and May 2014, BLS data show that the employable population increased by 14,217,000 while the number of people employed actually decreased by 94,000 and the number of people unemployed increased by 1,404,000. It remains a bad time for young people to be looking for jobs.

We noted the same point yesterday: the media may herald the recovery to the number of jobs pre-recession, but we’re fourteen million people bigger than we were then. Where are their jobs?

Nonetheless, various states and municipalities have increased their minimum wage, thereby increasing the cost of employing inexperienced workers. Minimum-wage jobs have always been a gateway to better opportunities. In making hiring decisions, businesses must weigh the quality and value of work that entry-level employees produce against the cost of employing them. For many businesses in high-minimum-wage states or municipalities—Seattle leads the list, having approved a move to a $15 minimum wage—that trade-off is no longer working.

The bottom line on labor: Make something less expensive and businesses will use more of it. Make something more expensive and businesses will use less of it. The Congressional Budget Office has forecast a loss of 500,000 jobs should the president’s proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour become law.

The CBO also forecast that this increase would lift a number of people who already have jobs above the poverty threshold. For 500,000 unemployed people, however, that’s 500,000 opportunities American businesses will never create.

Don’t get this guy started on ObamaCare. Talk about a job killer. In fact, looking at Obama’s policies, you’d almost think he was killing the job market on purpose. Perhaps to capture a permanent class of dependents. He couldn’t be doing a better job (fortunate as he is—and unfortunate for us—to have one).

I think more than a few young people would be happier to graze on ol’ Obama’s farm than work like this:

I’m not speaking primarily as a business CEO. My company will adjust to new laws. I’m speaking as someone from a working-class family. I started work scooping ice cream for the minimum wage at Baskin-Robbins. To put myself through college and law school while supporting my family, I cut lawns, painted houses and busted concrete with a jackhammer. I know how important these jobs are. For one thing, they taught me—as no lectures from my parents ever could—that I needed a good education so I wouldn’t have to settle for low-paying work the rest of my life. Too many young people today are being deprived of even that basic lesson.

For which they give great thanks!

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Who Betrayed the Obamabots?

They tweet, they Skype, they text (heck, they even sext)—but they don’t own a home.

Just 36% of Americans under the age of 35 own a home, according to the Census Bureau. That’s down from 42% in 2007 and the lowest level since 1982, when the agency began tracking homeownership by age.

It’s not all their fault.

They want a home, they say, but…

But student loan debt, tight lending standards and stiff competition have made it next to impossible for many of these younger Americans to make the leap.

“When we surveyed Millennials they cited several barriers to homeownership, especially access to financing,” said Steve Deggendorf, a senior director for Fannie Mae.

Many Millennials simply can’t come up with the hefty 20% down payments. Others don’t have good enough credit to qualify for loans.

Student loan debt is one barrier. That sounds like they have themselves to blame (same goes for bad credit). No one forces those loans on you. There are cheaper education options that leave you ready to start your career with little or no debt to drag you down or force you into a job you hate. But no, the allure of a fancy degree that leaves you unemployable and a bad credit risk was too much. That makes for two left-wing institutions—academia and Millennials themselves—responsible for their “homelessness”.

How about the economy, the economy almost five full years into “recovery”? The economy that can’t create well-paying, full-time jobs? The economy that leaves graduates and post-graduates asking if you want your double decaf with cream, milk, low-fat, or skim? The economy from which more people are retiring and going on disability than are finding work? Recovery Summer is a concept so old it’s new again, like sideburns and bell-bottoms. (If only the GDP hadn’t shrunk last quarter.)

The facts of life are conservative, my hipster, metrosexual, pajama-clad friends, just like home-ownership. You can’t expect to live in a tent in an Occupy encampment one week and buy a center-entry Colonial the next. You can’t be the ones you were waiting for and expect anyone to open the door for you when you get there. You can’t build a life or a home on the foundation of Hope and Change.

By the way, the rent is overdue.

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If Only High School Were Like This

Maybe it is, in Indiana:

An Indiana school’s “lip dub” video has gone viral.

The toe-tapping film showcases thousands of Avon High School students and staff who lip sync to a “danthology” of 68 pop songs, including hits from Justin Timberlake, Lorde and Taylor Swift. And they did it all in the name of charity.

“Avon High School Lip Dub 2014” was produced to drum up excitement for the school’s dance marathon event this weekend, hoping to raise money for James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children.

Aren’t they adorable? Were we all that beautiful when we were that young?

You can donate to the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children here if you are so moved.

PS: This was my first lip dub experience, and still the greatest, for my money:

I almost moved to Grand Rapids the day I saw this.

Almost.

PPS: They’re nicer in the midwest. With exceptions.

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Academic Probation

It’s not like I disagree with President Obama on everything. Just everything he says and believes. (I’m sure, with John Kerry as mediator, Obama and I could agree that the sky is blue.)

As one conservative famously said of one liberal, there he goes again:

Obama called on an assembly of college and university presidents and leaders of nonprofit and other education groups to rally around a goal of widening opportunities for disadvantaged students.

‘‘We still have a long way to go to unlock the doors of higher education to more Americans and especially lower-income Americans,’’ he said. ‘‘We’re going to have to make sure they’re ready to walk through those doors.’’

The event, which attracted more than 100 leaders in higher education, underscored both the power of the presidency to convene influential figures to bring about change as well as the limitations of a second-term president trying to drive sweeping changes in the face of a divided Congress.

The White House has increasingly been seeking ways to bypass Congress, an approach that can bring about results but that doesn’t often have the breadth or the permanence of a law. Obama said his education initiatives are part of an effort to ‘‘make sure there are new ladders of opportunity to the middle class.’’

‘‘I’m working with Congress where I can to accomplish this,’’ he said. ‘‘But I’m also going to take action on my own if Congress is deadlocked.’’

Eager to put the White House’s stature behind the education push, Obama was joined by first lady Michelle Obama, who urged schools to actively reach out to low-income high schoolers to attract them to their campuses and to provide them with help once they decide to pursue a higher education.

Both the president and the first lady spoke in personal terms, saying they had benefited from a national commitment to expand opportunities for young people that led them to attend elite universities. Obama graduated from Columbia University and his wife from Princeton University, and both graduated from Harvard Law School.

‘‘The truth is that if Princeton hadn’t found my brother as a basketball recruit, and if I hadn’t seen that he could succeed on a campus like that, it never would have occurred to me to apply to that school — never,’’ Mrs. Obama said. ‘‘And I know that there are so many kids out there just like me — kids who have a world of potential, but maybe their parents never went to college or maybe they’ve never been encouraged to believe they could succeed there.’’

Which she hated, from the sound of things:

When I first arrived at school, I didn’t know anyone on right buildings. [Sic] I didn’t even bring the right size sheets for my dorm room bed. I didn’t realize those beds were so long. So I was a little overwhelmed and a little isolated. But then I had an opportunity to participate in a three-week on campus orientation program that helped me get the feel for the rhythm of college life.

And once school started I discovered the campus cultural center, the Third World Center, where I found students and staff who came from families and communities that were similar to my own.

I first heard this on Rush yesterday, and my reaction was similar to his: what did she have in common with the third world? And who doesn’t arrive at college overwhelmed and isolated?

And without her own BMW?

“I remember being shocked,” she says, “by college students who drove BMWs. I didn’t even know parents who drove BMWs.”

Neither did I. But my dorm sheets fit.

Technically, she doesn’t come right out and say she hated Princeton, but she comes pretty close:

“My experiences at Princeton have made me far more aware of my ‘blackness’ than ever before,” the future Mrs. Obama wrote in her thesis introduction. “I have found that at Princeton, no matter how liberal and open-minded some of my white professors and classmates try to be toward me, I sometimes feel like a visitor on campus; as if I really don’t belong. Regardless of the circumstances underwhich I interact with whites at Princeton, it often seems as if, to them, I will always be black first and a student second.”

Wait a minute. Didn’t we just learn that she was saved by the Third World Center, frequented by “families and communities that were similar to [her] own”? It’s nothing to me how “black” she felt or when, but she admits to feeling plenty black from the get-go.

She went on:

“Predominately white universities like Princeton are socially and academically designed to cater to the needs of the white students comprising the bulk of their enrollments.”

To illustrate the latter statement, she pointed out that Princeton (at the time) had only five black tenured professors on its faculty, and its “Afro-American studies” program “is one of the smallest and most understaffed departments in the university.” In addition, she said only one major university-recognized group on campus was “designed specifically for the intellectual and social interests of blacks and other third world students.” (Her findings also stressed that Princeton was “infamous for being racially the most conservative of the Ivy League universities.”)

Give her credit: she stepped out of that cesspool of white privilege into that bastion of diversity, Harvard Law School. As Barack did from Columbia. Which only puzzles me further about the point of this conference. Aren’t the President and the First Lady iron-clad proof of “unlocked doors” and “ladders of opportunity”? Even pot-heads and malcontents can win big in America.

And what role does government have to play in the admission practices of private institutions? It can (and has) outlawed discrimination (except for reverse-discrimination, affirmative action); it can (and has) provided funding for poorer students. The Obamas can’t seriously believe any of what they’re saying.

No, there’s a subtext here that needs airing. Young people and academia are largely leftist, and they need each other to remain so. If young people had to work from age 21, they’d learn much earlier that the facts of life are conservative. If academia didn’t have a steady supply of young dolts willing to take on ruinous debt to major in Transgender Studies, they’d go out of business. In either case, Democrats would suffer. Which is why the gangsta in the White House and his moll opened their fat yaps.

You’re welcome.

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What Do Young People Know About Computers and the Internet?

Obamacare is so irrelevant to young people, most of the people signing up do so on their Compaq desktops:

The government finally released Obamacare enrollment figures Monday and the findings could spell higher premiums for those who need coverage most.

Enrollments are lower for the healthy, younger Americans are needed to keep premiums from rising because they pay more and take less from the system.

According to the statistics, it’s an older, costlier crowd that’s signing up so far under President Obama’s law and officials fear the age gap could make the government subsidized health coverage too costly for the middle-aged and older.

And it’s the middle aged who are, for now, signing up the most.

Adults ages 55-64 were the most heavily represented in the signups, accounting for 33 percent of the total. Overall, the premiums paid by people in that demographic don’t fully cover their medical expenses. Some are in the waiting room for Medicare; that coverage starts at age 65.

Young adults from 18 to 34 are only 24 percent of total enrollment, the administration said in its first signup figures broken down for age, gender and other details.

33 percent of enrollees are aged 55 to 64
22 percent are aged 45 to 54
24 percent were aged 18 to 34

So, 55% out of the 79% reported (which amounts to about 70% of these numbers) are on the back nine of their healthy lives. Weight, BP, type-2 diabetes, vision and hearing problems—these sexy, hot pin-ups make up the bulk (and I do mean bulk) of Obamacare enrollees.

Oh, and I’m still not sure all of these two million have actually paid for their policies. The administration, you may be surprised to learn, has been cagey and coy (both!) on whose checks have cleared.

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Have You Seen This? [UPDATED]

Is that supposed to be a guy? What is there where his junk is supposed to be, a label saying “Powered by Intel microchip”? I don’t want to insult metrosexuals or eunuchs, who are made to look like Burt Reynolds by this… fellow, but what else is he? Rush Limbaugh says “androgyne”, but that’s not even enough.

Fortunately, we are Americans, and Americans know when something is FOS:

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OMG! He won’t go away!

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Rush points out that we can laugh all we want, but Obama’s propagandists know what they’re doing. Remember Julia? We laughed, but young women, the demographic target, identified with the video like it was a Kate Hudson movie.

UPDATE:

Two more, because it’s the season of giving:

And one more, because it’s suitably creepy for a creepy ad campaign:

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Another Victim in the “Knockout Game”

How many incidents of unprovoked assault by young black men have been documented—often on video? Dozens? Scores? (Often on Orthodox Jews, but even on black women.)

But beyond the deaths (at least one), the injuries, the abject terror of walking down the street, it gets worse.

Far, far worse:

The common thread through the ages is the fear of young black men. Now a new avatar of fear has emerged to be the proxy to disregard the innocence of young black men. It is the so-called “knockout game.”

Now the so-called “knockout game” has created a new game – “red light, green light,” where whites stop in their tracks and head in another direction as a group of young black men approach, albeit without violent intent or concern to harm another human being.

Like so many instances of irrational bad behavior by a mindless few, the impact paints young black people with an overly broad and negative brush. To ratchet up the rhetoric, the conservative media is charging black leaders from Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to even the president of the United States to essentially get black people under control.

“Irrational bad behavior”? That’s farting in a restaurant (and looking around as if someone else had done it). Or cutting in line at the deli counter. (“I believe I was here first.”) Unless I’m mistaken, the knockout game is assault and battery. And asking black leaders to at least acknowledge the scourge doesn’t seem like too much, given how often they volunteer their opinions. If President Obama had a son, would he play the knockout game?

And isn’t “red light, green light” rational good behavior? As Jesse Jackson himself once admitted?

There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.
Remarks at a meeting of Operation PUSH in Chicago (27 November 1993). Quoted in “Crime: New Frontier – Jesse Jackson Calls It Top Civil-Rights Issue” by Mary A. Johnson, 29 November 1993, Chicago Sun-Times (ellipsis in original). Partially quoted in US News & World Report (10 March 1996)

You’ll pardon me if I feel worse for the victims of the “game”.

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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Millennials falling out of love with the namesake of ObamaCare:

RUSH: […] “Fewer than one-third of young, uninsured Americans say they are leaning toward enrolling in a health-care plan under the new Obamacare exchanges… just 29 percent of uninsured 18-to-29-year olds say they will definitely (13 percent) or likely (16 percent) enroll in the Obamacare exchanges.” Twenty-nine percent. That’s a combination of 16 and 13. Some of that 29% is ambivalent about it. Sorry, that isn’t gonna get it done. That won’t get it done.

He’ll find a way to buy them off. I have no doubt that Obama and his strategerists are, right now, trying to come up with ideas.

At this point, my mind drifted away. What fund could Obama tap targeted specifically for 20-somethings?

Then it hit me: student loans.

I get what Obama and his people are doing. They see these polling numbers. “We’re losing the Millennials. Okay, time to buy them back.” That’s what they’re talking about right now. “What can we give them? What can we buy them back with?”

That’s how Obama looks at the federal Treasury. It’s his to spend to buy love, to buy support, to buy loyalty, or to buy a change in poll direction. But actually coming up with a policy that would help people improve their standard of living? That’s not what this Regime is about. The past five years are all the evidence that you need. I will bet you that one of the things… I’ve been waiting for this, in fact.

Let’s make a note. What is this, December 5th? Mark it down, somebody — iCal it, do something up. “December 5th, 2013: El Rushbo predicting that one of the ways Obama will try to buy the Millennials back to get his poll numbers up, is to forgive student loans.” It’s just sitting out there on a silver platter, just waiting for Obama to do it.

But then Rush one-upped me:

Of all the things going on in this country, [Millennials] are more ticked off at Obama for the NSA than they are for anything else, and a close second is the economy.

Of course they are! They live on their cell phones, and, well, you know what that means:

The NSA collects nearly 5 billion records a day on the locations of cell phones overseas to create a huge database that stores information from hundreds of millions of devices, including those belonging to some Americans abroad, the Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Don’t tell the Millies that the Feds really aren’t that into them—as bad as this looks, the NSA is just trying to track terrorists—it’ll just put them in a deeper funk.

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At Least They Had a Reason

Well, if you “hate Jews”, this is at least an explanation:

Police arrested five Arab youths from east Jerusalem suspected of carrying out the Thursday stoning attack that injured two-year-old Abigail Ben-Zion in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, it was revealed Tuesday after a gag order was lifted.

According to police, the suspects, arrested on Monday, admitted to throwing stones at the vehicle carrying the toddler and reinacted the incident. The suspects told investigators that they were motivated by hatred of Jews, according to Israeli media reports.

Where would Arab “youth” learn to hate Jews?

“I do not fear the rifle because your throngs are in delusion and ignorant herds.
Jerusalem is my land, Jerusalem is my honor
Jerusalem is my days and my wildest dreams.
Oh, you who murdered Allah’s pious prophets (i.e., Jews in Islamic tradition)
Oh, you who were brought up on spilling blood
You have been condemned to humiliation and hardship.
Oh Sons of Zion, oh most evil among creations
Oh barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs”
Girl 2: “Jerusalem is not your den
Jerusalem opposes your throngs
Jerusalem vomits from within it your impurity
Because Jerusalem, you impure ones, is pious, immaculate
And Jerusalem, you who are filth, is clean and pure.
I do not fear barbarity.
As long as my heart is my Quran and my city
As long as I have my arm and my stones
As long as I am free and do not barter my cause
I will not fear your throngs
I will not fear the rifle.”

Please, hit me with a rock. Anything but this stink.

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Coming Soon in IMAX

So real, you can feel it:

[Volume loud and distorted]

The event was caught on video by the man’s car cam. This may be the first time such an attack is caught on video in real time, although rock attacks are common in Judea and Samaria, and have become regular occurences in Jerusalem as well. A large rock thrown into a car hurtling down a road can easily kill or maim the driver and passengers, or cause the driver to lose control of the car.

A two-year-old baby suffered serious head injuries Thursday at southern Jerusalem’s Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in a similar attack. Her condition has improved markedly in the days since the attack.

Three-year-old Adelle Biton suffered serious head injuries as the result of a rock ambush in Samaria in March. Baby Yonatan Palmer and his father, Asher, were killed in such an attack in 2011.

At least, sometimes, the pain goes both ways!

I don’t know how badly hurt the kid was after the hit—but he was sure a mess after his buddies were finished folding, spindling, and mutilating him. Haven’t they heard of “first do no harm”?

Good times… good times.

PS: Can’t forget the iconic image of Zehava Weiss! Attempted stoning deaths don’t come more dramatic than this:

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Today, For the First Time in My Adult Life…

I am proud of young Americans—Californians, anyway:

California’s state exchange, Covered California, has run an aggressive advertising campaign.

Their latest numbers show more than 2,000 people a day have been signing up. Almost 80,000 Californians have now picked a plan.

But that success comes with a potential problem.

Insurance plans depend on creating pools with many more healthy policy holders (the young) than sick ones (older Americans.) That reduces the risk of losses for insurers and keeps prices affordable.

But in California, the young, between 18 and 34, make up only 23 percent of those who’ve signed up. Fifty-six percent are age 45 or older.

Maybe it’s fitting that young people in the state where Hollywood lies quote one of its greatest stars in one of his greatest roles:

And it’s a trend!

Others states show a similar trend of the old signing up in much higher numbers than the young. In Kentucky, 57 percent of those enrolled are over the age of 44 and in Connecticut it’s 62 percent.

Do any young people live in Connecticut? Who aren’t ganged up, that is? (I think the Bloods and the Crips have grandfathered health care plans, like the AFL-CIO, Teamsters, and other favored hoodlums.)

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