Turning a blind eye

This Is What Anguish Looks Like: Victims of Black-on-White Violence By Colin Flaherty – “Real-life examples of real-life emotions such as despair, abandonment, anguish, and betrayal are easy to find if you know where to look – e.g., local stories of black-on-white violence.” It’s the reality about where racism is endemic and taking a toll.

People in Chicago are way past surprise at the level of black-on-white violence in their schools. Even so, on video, we can see this mother wondering how this could happen to her son – and to her.

Note the anguish, the feelings of betrayal, the knowledge that no matter what she does, no matter what police say, no matter what school officials promise, her son is a target of racial violence at his high school. And that will not change.

That is what misery looks like. This is where Method acting meets real life. Who needs Lee Strasberg to mine this dramatic gold?

Again, no surprise in Baltimore: Black-on-white crime is shrugged off as payback for 4 million years of racist mistreatment – or just another symptom of white privilege that bestows an unreasonable expectation of public safety on white people.

“Moore” is Yet to Come in 2018 By Julie Kelly – “There are already ominous clues about what 2018 will offer our hide-the-children electorate.” We can hope there is a growing awareness of just how debased the power struggle really is.

“But 2018 won’t be about justice or accountability. It will be about political power, and the Democrats understand that. As we have seen from experience, Democrats will smear any victim, protect any miscreant, justify any misdeeds, blame any outside party, and break any rules to win. Then, years later, when it doesn’t matter, when an untold number of perpetrators and victims lie in their wake, they can sit up and say, “oops, my bad.”

Republicans have never understood this game—or that it is a game—and they have no shot either at playing by the same rules or at defending their own against incoming attacks. In some instances, Republicans—including “conservatives” who oddly wear political losses as a badge of honor—have sided with the enemy in a virtue-signaling effort to brandish their principles. But when Democrats win—in part thanks to you, dear conservatives—don’t bitch to me about abortion, higher taxes, single-payer health care, and transgender teenagers.

So, if you liked this week, don’t fret. There is a lot Moore ahead in 2018.

Washington Post Offers Totally Unexpected and Novel Hot Take: Al Franken’s Sins are Just One Man’s Failings, But Republican Sins Are Borne By Each and Every Member of the Party by Ace – “But see Democrats just have a single “issue,” whereas Republicans have an “enduring problem.”

Dying In The Streets From Hitting The Glass Ceiling On The Plantation! It’s the Ammo Grrrll at Powerline – “When you hear any of these inane phrases, call bullcrap. Enough, already.”

“When I was young, Art Linkletter had a book and a show called Kids Say the Darnedest Things. Leftists say the darnedest things too, apparently in the belief that if you just say them often enough and loudly enough and with enough spittle flying from your mouth, that they will become true. For today’s Friday Fun, let’s examine just three of these moronic phrases.

Purchased Politicians, Mostly Republicans in House and Senate, Write Letters Opposing Trump on NAFTA… by sundance – “It’s generally a legal bribery business where congressional representatives get rich by selling their votes to corporations and foreign governments.”

“There are massive international corporate and financial interests who are inherently at risk from President Trump’s “America-First” economic and trade platform. Believe it or not, President Trump is up against an entire world economic establishment.

I will outline how it works below; and when you understand how it works in the modern era you will understand why the agents within the system are so adamantly opposed to U.S. President Trump.

The Coyote is up with two on life and work. Uber Is About To Become A Much Worse Place To Work – “Here are some cool things about working for Uber … All of this is going to change. Why? Due to lawsuits in most countries that seek to redefine Uber drivers as employees rather than contractors. One such suit just succeeded in England.” Then there’s Progressives Hate When You Make Job Choices That They Would Not Make Themselves – “The article was surprising because I get about 25,000 applications every year from these workampers for about 50 open job positions.”

“A few years ago one branch of the Federal government, the Department of Labor, decided that it was a morally urgent to make sure everyone working in a Federal campground operated by a private company like mine should make at least $10.15 an hour, and imposed this special minimum wage. And we complied. But then another branch of the Federal government, the US Forest Service, decided that it could now run the campgrounds cheaper themselves because they could staff it with volunteers and not pay this minimum wage. Apparently it is not morally urgent for them to pay the minimum wage. While the USFS sometimes pays hosts a stipend, this stipend, as the author notes above, is well below even state minimum wages and certainly well below the campground concessionaire minimum wage set by the DOL. I find it not at all surprising the best example of true exploitation comes from the government. However, how much do you want to bet this author asks that we rely on government to eliminate imagined exploitation in the private world?

The cite is to Nomadland by “award-winning journalist” Jessica Bruder. Maybe award winning but definitely out of touch with reality.

On the ‘false witness’ front is Samuel D. James working his cognitive dissonance about Trump. Why So Many Conservative Christians Wanted a ‘Pagan Brawler’ in the White House – “And how their choice of Trump has affected the church since last year’s election.” … “Trump sees himself as a religious man and sees his own success as the result of living out certain religious principles—just not the ones at the heart of the gospel.” Again we see vague accusation and allegation without specifics nor any attempt to support the judgment. When specifics do come up, they seldom contain any light and, instead, show the need for the accuser to consider his own problems. Airing out these principles not “at the heart of the gospels” allegation will be then next step.

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