We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
When people ask me why I moved from liberal to conservative, I have a one-word answer: Detroit. I grew up there, on a middle-class grid street in northwest Detroit and a curving street in affluent suburban Birmingham, and I got a job as an intern in the office of the mayor in the summer of 1967 when Detroit rioted. I was at the side of Mayor Jerome Cavanagh and occasionally Governor George Romney during the six days and nights in which 43 people, mostly innocent bystanders, died. I listened to the radio in the police commissioner's office as commanders announced, shortly after sundown, that they were abandoning one square mile after another. The riot ended only after federal troops were called in and restored order.
May I have clarification please? I am a little confused about defamation laws. I know there is a law particular to saying anything negative about the Jewish community, but I am wondering if we have the right to criticize the African/American community? What about the Mexican/American community in California? Please explain the difference. Thank you.
Jews don't seem to me to better-protected than any other minority. In fact a case could be made for the very opposite --and that's not even to bring in WWII, just the current prejudices. 15% of the great middle is always gonna fear or hate --and be feared or hated back by --both of the 15%'s on each end of the achievement/brains/effort Bell curve.
Why i do not know, but it seems to be a trope, like heliotropism, the need to find a place in the sun. A clue to this is the strange homonyming of the word 'race', which is rendered unmistakable when 'human' is added and it becomes the 'human race'.
I know black and hispanic people who I look up to and were good people, as good as anyone else I know. But you cannot hide from the facts: In this country blacks are less then 15% of the population and commit about 80% of the murders and most of the violent crime in big cities. Hispanics are also about 13% of the population and commit about 13% of the murders and a disproportionate percentage of crime in the cities. Whites are about 72% of the population and commit about 5% of the murders. A claim was once made that "because of guns" Seattle had a greater violent crime and murder rate then a comparable Canadian city (Vancouver). The attempt was to show that it was all about the guns. But someone came back with the correct comparison since Vancouver is virtually a black free zone and took the black crime out of the calculation and the city of Seattle was less dangerous then the great Canadian city of Vancouver. It isn't the guns or our much maligned "poor white trash" that is responsible for most of the crime it is the black youth. Perhaps 20-30 years ago I would have said the black males but today black females are doing their best to out-violent the black males.
I think that what has happened is a generation or two of "black Leaders" creating the belief that anti-black racism is rampant and that blacks have a right/duty to out racist the white racist. The black leaders and black politicians have used the black people to scare the citizens and the government into enriching those very same black leaders and politicians and reinforcing the belief that anger in blacks is justified. The Southern Poverty Law Center has made a career out of this ploy and their leaders and founders are rich because of it. Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton are multi-millionaires thanks to their race pimping and threats. In Chicago every gangbanger and small time drug dealer is known to the police. They could round them all up and bring charges against them. They know who they are and what crimes they committed. They could end this rule of terror overnight and save Chicago from becoming the next Detroit; but they won't. No chief of police, mayor or city councilman in his right mind would even consdier such a thing. The do NOT want to stop crime or prevent another generation of black children from growing up to be criminals. What they want is to retain their job and their chances of a better job in the future. Until our governments and law enforcement grow some balls and do what is right this will continue and in fact get much worse. If I owned a home or business in or around Chicago or a dozen other dangerous cities I would sell now to avoid the rush or worse have to walk away from it and take the loss. Rudy Giulani showed us all how to do it. Now we simply have to find the courage to do it and to shrug off the barking dogs of the left.