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What do black people do all day?

As we saw with Roger Simon’s effort to foil the rage of Ferguson’s citizens (you fools, the Great Society killed Michael Brown! […or: Soylent racism, it’s liberals!]), conservative ‘intellectuals’ will say almost anything to avoid discussions about race. For them, racism exists only in a historical context. Like rural illiteracy, the r-word had once – sigh, yes it’s true – been a big problem in our country. But then because we’re all Americans, we rooted heartily for the Green Bay Packers, built a big atomic bomb, and saw how Sammy Davis Jr. learned to live with his asshole wop buddies, so no more problem. You heard me knucklehead, shush.

Which makes it somewhat confusing, at least for me – pray for me, won’t you? – when the same ‘intellectuals’ can’t help but spend so much time tugging on the sturdy threads that tie the tragedy of Ferguson, Missouri, to THUG LIFE.

Preening celebrities showed their solidarity with Ferguson, Mo., at the MTV Video Music Awards show this week. Rapper Common led the convocation, preachifying about the positive impact of hip-hop music on society as a “powerful instrument of social change” and “truth.”

Cameras showed drug-addled gangsta rapper Snoop Dogg bowing his head and flashing a peace sign during a “moment of silence” for Ferguson. MTV President Stephen Friedman aired public service announcements plying social justice messages. “It’s a call to action to our audience that we have to confront our own bias head-on before we can truly create change,” Friedman pontificated.

You’ve been listening to Bloodstained Hypocrisy of Hollywood’s Violence Profiteers with Michelle Malkin. In it, she picks her jaw off the floor and she furies: You’re upset about white people shooting black men?

Spare me the shizzle and hypocri-dizzle.

But you guys love it when black people do it! Amirite?

The night before the VMAs, a gunman barged into the 1Oak nightclub in West Hollywood and shot rap mogul Suge Knight six times. He survived…

The Bloods-affiliated Knight’s reign of criminal terror has been well documented by law enforcement and rap aficionados. A climax: the still-unsolved shooting deaths of rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, which multiple insiders believe the record executive ordered.

Who loves the Negro violence? Who is it that encourages it? Liberals. And only a black person would be awful enough – and sneaky enough, frankly – to work both sides of a violent feud. Good luck sandblasting the smug look off of Michelle’s face.

Speaking of Ferguson-nasty, Ann Althouse is way too smart not to have seen the similarities. Or hadn’t you noticed? Michael Brown was a black. Michael Brown was a thug. Michael Brown was a person shot…six times. I mean, is that freaky or what?

Ann Althouse cares

The odds of two great heroes of progressivism being assassinated days apart are like, what? 2 to 1? And both shot six times? EERIE. It’s just like that old poster on John F. Kennedy and Abraham Lincoln.

From Wikipedia: “Marion Hugh ‘Suge”‘ Knight, Jr…. is the founder and CEO of Black Kapital Records and co-founder and former CEO of Death Row Records.

Ann then included that link for the tragically un-hip. For the country cousins in the crowd. Because when she asked “Who shot Suge Knight?” it was a question that had really been bugging her, because she something something Suge Knight, really. For days on end the mystery had been gnawing at her soul […and, Mystery? *huh?* please take that out of your mouth.]. Ann really wanted to know, because she really cared, dammit. She wasn’t just casting casual race aspersions on someone who’d been shot in the head and killed and was no longer around to defend himself from the Althouses of this shitty world.

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Man these people are funny. And so with the times, you know? Bonus: What was that other liberal icon? You know the one in Florida, the hoodie brat? ‘Member him?

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Ben Stein phones it in

Wheezing Leonberger Ben Stein calls Steve Malzberg’s Newsmax show to defame the deceased Michael Brown. Ben sounds creaky. We’ve come to expect better from the guardian of Nixon’s keen reputation than this barely racist nonsense he’s spouting.

“The idea of calling this poor young man ‘unarmed’ when he was six-foot-four, 300 pounds, full of muscles – apparently, according to what I read in the New York Times, on marijuana – to call him unarmed is like calling Sonny Liston unarmed or Cassius Clay unarmed.”

You might remember ‘Cassius Clay’ as the straight Christian name of Muhammad Ali, before he went gay Muslim. You might not remember Sonny Liston because Ben is old as a Mojave pine tree.

“I mean, he wasn’t unarmed, this was, he was armed with his incredibly strong scary self.”

You might also remember ‘armed’ as a word meaning ‘holding a weapon in his or her hands.’ In what manner Michael Brown menaced police with a second Michael Brown isn’t clear, but the allegation makes for a fascinating mind-cartoon. Until one of them gets shot in the head, of course.

Done slandering the dead, Ben moves on to the president and his attorney general:

“They’re not looking for a fair trial. They’re looking for a lynching jury. And it’s a very sad state of affairs. I mean it used to be, there was a time…when lynchings of African Americans were not that incredibly rare. Now the lynchings are the police and it’s just an outrage.”

How many cops have you seen swinging from downtown trees? Rotting in the sun? Some of you are bad at math, but that’s okay. I can wait.

“And by the way notice that in both this case and in Trayvon, Trayvon Martin’s case, it’s the very large so-called victim attacking the policeman who winds up dead. I mean if they just would not attack the policeman, if they just would talk to the policeman in a reasonable way instead of attacking the policeman, nobody would end up dead.”

I mean, what was Trayvon Martin thinking? Condominium cops don’t carry .45 calibers for good luck. The police commission had to do their thing of course – and didn’t that go on for awhile – but they ruled unanimously that Officer Zimmerman’s detention and use of deadly force were legal. I bet Ben thinks this is how Martin’s murder actually went down.


Dinesh D’Souza, on the shoulders of giants

Dinesh D’Souza looks at the sectarian Levant militia guilty of terrorism, ethnic cleansing and mass murder and sees a domestic parallel:

“The common thread between ISIS and what’s going on in Ferguson is you have these people who basically believe that to correct perceived injustice, it’s perfectly okay to inflict all types of new injustices. Behead guys who had nothing to do with it. Go and loot shops from business owners who were not part of the original problem whatsoever. And all of this is then licensed by the left and licensed, to some degree, by the media.”

D’Souza is a convicted felon who will soon be going to federal prison. You know who also went to prison? Jeffrey Dahmer. The similarities are striking, which makes you wonder. How many young men did D’Souza kidnap and rape before he was arrested? How many of his victims’ penises did he boil and eat before someone intervened? Will he too be beaten to death in a penitentiary bathroom? We’ll have to wait and see.


How the Great Society surely killed Michael Brown

The police had shot and killed a black man again but, this time, the neighborhood wasn’t taking it. They’d long ago gotten fed up with a white police department that treated them like second-class citizens – pulling them over, harassing them and arresting them much more quickly than they did whites. Now a policeman had pulled aside a young man on a Saturday afternoon and then ended his life. The cop had gunned down an unarmed teenager in the middle of the street, as if the kid were public enemy number one. Shot him six times for the crime of jaywalking.

Every night now Ferguson, Missouri, explodes in protests, mayhem and looting. No one pretends to be surprised by the violence because they’ve seen it before; they’re only surprised to see it now, in 2014. Accordingly there have been hours and hours of national news coverage and solemn TV punditry, and an endless number of op/eds and blog posts arguing how and why this is happening in what many hoped was a post-racial America.

Tragic as this is, though, we can all be thankful for one thing. Conservatives have figured out what went wrong.

Okay, it’s a media circus but an eighteen-year old kid died here, even if he was a bit of stoned thug who liked to beat up clerks in convenience stores just to make off with a box of cigars. He didn’t deserve to die.

Of course, Michael Brown was just another street thug, but Roger Simon doesn’t believe he deserved to die. It’s a start.

Everyone knows we’ve seen it before and everyone knows we’ll see it again. In fact, many parties don’t want it to go away. The beat must go on. It has to go on or their very personalities will disintegrate. And I will tell you why — what caused it.

Give him credit for admitting that America has tolerated the deaths of young black men for too long. It’s being tolerated even today. Unfortunately, Roger’s advice will have little to do with that. He’s not interested in answering the central question arising from Brown’s death: How could it have happened? He won’t address the secondary question either, which follows the first: What’s wrong with the Ferguson police department?

Roger’s concerns are more traditional. He’d like to take on the issue that people like him have been obsessed with since slaves first arrived here in the 1600s. To wit: What’s wrong with black people? Over the centuries conservatives have always had a theory to explain that mystery. Here is today’s theory, courtesy Roger:

The Great Society. There, I’ve said it.


Ferguson is the Great Society writ large because the Great Society convinced, and then reassured, black people that they were victims, taught them that being a victim and playing a victim was the way to go always and forever…

You thought this Ferguson controversy was about police casually killing an unarmed teenager. Roger knows better. This is really about how BLACK PEOPLE ALWAYS END UP LOOTING IN THE STREETS. Hot tip: the second thing is wrong.

And then it repeated the point ad infinitum from its debut in 1964 until now — a conveniently easy to compute fifty years — as it all became a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For decades the government worked to pull Americans (of all colors) out of poverty but that massive wide-ranging effort ended – just now, incidentally, a week ago Saturday night – as predictably as ever, in a self-fulfilling prophecy. Some cop shot a teenager and black people started yelling like they were victims. If it weren’t so pathetic it would be annoying.

Those misbegotten kids running around Ferguson high on reefer and wasting their lives screaming at cops are the product of all this. Stop it already.

Enough with the whining. And look how these Ferguson kids waste their lives. Running around town, getting high on drugs, yelling at cops and being completely…misbegotten. Don’t pretend they weren’t going to get shot, at some point. Don’t tell Roger that “the product of all this” is anything but deadly denial. And when some three year-old catches a bullet I’m sure we’ll hear from him how ‘misbegotten’ city toddlers have become.

How is it we can no longer agree that the death of Brown is the real problem? We can’t go on without the tragedy being addressed. But half of us, like Roger, want to pretend that when a violent act is followed by a violent argument somehow the act no longer matters. They seem to be saying that if Ferguson could only behave itself then the town might have a point. But how many Michael Browns have been killed without sparking even the slightest controversy?


Report: A policeman has asked everyone to obey him

I fear the Washington Post is merely trolling a troubled country with this op/ed. The author is Sunil Dutta, an LAPD officer turned ‘Professor of Homeland Security’ for an online university. The title imparts a bit of Dutta’s sorely needed expertise: “I’M A COP. IF YOU DON’T WANT TO GET HURT DON’T CHALLENGE ME.” The sub-head provides further nuance: “It’s not the police, but the people they stop, who can prevent a detention from turning into a tragedy.”

Perhaps you thought, prior to this, that the officers invested with legal authority and lethal weaponry held the majority of responsibility in these interactions. You were wrong. The person with all the control and authority turns out to be you. After being stopped for jaywalking, you can easily avoid being shot in the arm, or through the skull, by the practical application of your prodigious civilian power. Dutta gives you pointers on how this is done:

…just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me.

Try not to open your mouth. If you move your feet you could end up in trouble, but definitely don’t move your lips. Don’t say ‘I want your name and badge number, pal.’ Or ‘Why are you pulling a gun on me?’ Or ‘What the hell did I ever do to you?’ Any time you have a conversation with an officer, just do your best to avoid using words.

Try to use non-verbal communication instead. Your puppy dog, incidentally, is a master of these techniques. Whenever you get stopped by law enforcement, greet the patrolman with audible whimpering. If that should fail, and it appears the officer wants to kill you, try piddling down your own leg. If, finally, the angry policeman begins to advance on you, weapon drawn, fall flat on your back and stare idly at the sky. As if you only needed a belly scratching. This technique typically gets the hair on the police officer’s neck to lay down, usually followed by the re-holstering of his cocked and loaded weapon. Now isn’t that better? Of course it is. No one really wants to make a peace officer fill out a bunch of paperwork or stay hidden in his house for months on end. In short, when negotiating any misdemeanor confrontation with law enforcement remember your options: Getting killed or getting a new master. The choice is up to you.

For more on living in urban police zones see this episode of My Life As A Dog.


You want a race? Try Steve King’s ‘continental.’

“Get the fuck on the sidewalk” the police officer demanded of Michael Brown. Seconds later, having already been shot, Brown stopped running some 30 feet from where the cruiser was parked. As he turned and faced the policeman, with his hands up, the officer bore down on the unarmed teen and shot him at least twice more, killing him.

Ferguson, Missouri, has been a town racked with anger and protests ever since. It’s been overrun as well with hyper-militarized and indignant police who have been quick to deploy tear gas, rubber bullets and anti-riot tactics to clear the streets of the local vermin:

The tension in a St. Louis suburb following the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager by a police officer was thrown into stark relief Sunday night in a video captured by CNN of a police officer yelling a derogatory phrase at protesters.

“Bring it, all you fucking animals! Bring it!” the officer said in the exchange.

There are many disturbing facts to come to grips with in the aftermath, beyond the armed cop being white and the unarmed victim black. Though the town is black (67% – 30%), the police force is white (94% – 6%). When the cops stop somebody, 86% of the time it’s a black person. When they search someone, 93% of the time they’re black. When they arrest someone, 93% of the time they’re black, again.

Colonial India was never this badly divided. There’s clearly something wrong with law enforcement in the outlying communities of St. Louis. I’d say if the Congressional Black Caucus didn’t raise the possibility of racist police practices in Ferguson they wouldn’t be minimally doing their jobs.

Now we are seeing reports, some of your colleagues in Washington, the Congressional Black Caucus, writing directly to the Attorney General…apparently concerned about racial profiling in Ferguson, Missouri. Does this help within the investigation…?

A Newsmax reporter asked this of congressman and recurring auditory hallucination Steve King. The paleo-conservative seized upon the opportunity to dismiss the outrageous idea that racism now exists, or has ever existed, in America. King came up with what I can only call a demonstration of right-wing Klingon flabbergast:

“This idea of no [trying to stop] racial profiling. I’ve seen the video. It looks to me like you don’t need to bother with that particular factor because they all appear to be of a single origin. I should say, a continental origin might be the way to phrase that.”

The CBC requested an investigation of police practices in force before the shooting, concerned that profiling could have contributed to Brown’s death. The 18 year-old was inexplicably stopped by police for walking in the street on a Saturday afternoon. But King ignores those worries to address the real ‘problem,’ which is now of course the damned protestors.

And here’s his galactic trump card: “I see from the video the rioters all appear to have come from the same continent. So tell me, where’s the bias?” Anyone? Bueller? “How can the police show any favoritism without a white person being there?” Alright then, I get it now. No one is being singled out. All of the troublemakers are African-American, and they’re all being beaten equally. No one thought a human being could be this big an imbecile but, boy, no one was really wrong.

It is reassuring for some to see the Iowa race wizard undaunted by civilization. King carries on as archetype from the past. I’m not nostalgic for white supremacy so I’m stuck with the realization that people this odious still live among us, in snake-infested shacks, or abandoned tree hollows, or jailhouses this side of the county line. A few of them are politicians.

“I just reject race-based politics, identity politics. I think we’re all God’s children. We all should be held to the same standards and the same level of behavior.”

It’s hard to believe.


Simple answers to stupid homophobes

A mini-symposium before bed:

A fair question for gay activists: Did gay activism play a role in the murder of Lawrence King?
Dr. Michael Brown | One News Now | Sept. 9, 2011

. . After all, it is gay activists who constantly remind us that LGBT kids are bullied and even beaten up at school. They tell us how dangerous the school environment is for kids who identify as LGBT, and yet at the same time, they praise kids like Larry for coming out at 10. They even want more Gay Straight Alliances in our middle schools, where pre-teens can declare their gay identity to their peers and faculty advisors without their parents’ knowledge. Why? So they can become targets of hatred and potential violence?

Yes. We want you to beat and kill our children.


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This is a good Friday clip, it’s funny. Right Wing Watch flagged this video pushing wingnut Michael Brown’s homophobia.

There are probably plenty of ways to try to discredit gay marriage: say it’s not traditional, say it embarrasses kids, say it only provides a single role model, whatever. This video is remarkable for a radically different, and surprising, tack. Michael’s argument? Moms or Dads, by themselves, are freaks. Without a gender opposite children get a double dose of the monster, and ewwww.

Women for example are mincing effeminate mutants who rush to stick their fingers in your boo-boo. When you have TWO of them you’re sure to end up mummified by bandages before you can say “I’m okay!” They’ll stick you in an iron lung.

Men, just what do they know about cooking? Nothing! And when one tries to read you a story, the other will rip it out of his hands and . . aww. Too mas macho. Pretty soon they’ll be rutting on the carpet. How to untangle all those sharp antlers?

I don’t know, you figure it out:

Moms. Dads. Idiots.