Tag: BLM

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. My iPhone, My Enemy

 

I have been around computers since I was nine, so I know what early adoption of system updates can lead to. There was one update I am aware of that would permanently disable any device that received it. I have no idea how the manufacturer compensated their victims in that case. So on every new device part of my nesting routine is to make sure that automatic updates are turned off. Let them destroy someone else’s device, I need mine running.

So then I received a notification on my iPhone that I should leave the phone on overnight for an important update, the defective COVID-19 exposure detection app rejected by the UK because Apple and Google could not reliably distinguish between a signal three feet away and one 30 feet away with maybe a wall or two between, has now been integrated into iOS but, the message assured, use of the app would be entirely opt-in. So if I update my iPhone the defective app proposed to Europe to decide who is shoved pell-mell into forced quarantine will become a part of my configuration.

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What is happening to local law enforcement? @roderic posted on the number of police chiefs who have resigned across the country, as well as the police officers who are leaving in droves. The incompetent City Councils and mayors are making it impossible for these men and women to do their jobs; no one can blame […]

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“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

We’re now less than 60 days from Election Day and the beginning of quite possibly, long drawn out post-election challenges to the vote in several states around the country even if, or should I say, especially if, President Trump wins the Electoral College vote. Today, Wisconsin’s Secretary of State warned of at least a week of court challenges after Election Night. Other Democrat operatives and a Democrat-funded think tank have expressed the same. And if Donald Trump wins reelection, it seems certain, sadly, that rioting in the streets may continue and there are those in Democrat ranks and fervent NeverTrumpers who don’t appear concerned about this very likely scenario.

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Portland antifa shooter Michael Reinoehl has been killed by law enforcement. Details to come. — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 4, 2020 Read More View Post

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There will be a backlash against BLM/Antifa rioting, looting, and vandalism. In fact, it has already started. Here is one of the first volleys: The Justice Department determined that Yale has discriminated against “racially-disfavored applicants, including in particular Asian American and White applicants” who are “domestic non-transfer” students. This discrimination is “long-standing and ongoing.” Read […]

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The Democratic talking point that the riots are happening in “Trump’s America,” isn’t going to be laughable forever. It’s laughable now because it’s obvious that Democratic mayors and governors are allowing it to happen and refusing help from the President. Add to that what they are doing to their own police. Read More View Post

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I haven’t encountered much violence in my life. But, I have seen it up close twice. As a news editor in Henryetta, Oklahoma (The Daily Free-Lance) in the mid-1970s, I used to ride along with Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers on my day off (Monday). Quite the experience. The speed traps were always fun, but that’s […]

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Police confront rioters, South Portland, OR, Aug. 20.
It’s now a common trope to claim that the United States is so deeply racist that massive structural changes are needed in how government and private institutions operate. That dangerous claim has gained exceptional influence at all levels of education—from elementary school to graduate-level programs. But this idea rests on a wholly misguided understanding of the facts on the ground.

It is surely correct to mourn the death of any individual, regardless of cause. But it is also imperative not to make false causal accusations, as protesters have done, by attributing the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and other African Americans to entrenched police brutality and institutional racism. It is not just activists who make this claim. It also our governing organizations. The New Jersey Educational Association uses the Black Lives Matter banner to advocate a major reformation of the education system: “It is impossible to see the video of [Floyd] being strangled under the knee of a police officer in broad daylight on a public street and not be disgusted, horrified, angry, [and] sad.”

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Can the mayors and governors that openly refused to do anything about the rioting be charged as accessories to the crimes committed? Given these officials’ public statements, it would be hard for their defense teams to introduce reasonable doubt. (I think.) Read More View Post

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I have (or used to have) two close friends who dislike Trump. One dislikes him, the other has full-blown Trump Derangement Syndrome.

  1. My friend who lives in Santa Monica refuses to discuss BLM with me. He is not black. He is a citizen of Canada who was born in Sarajevo and has lived in California since 2003. He has Trump Derangement Syndrome.
  2. The second friend grew up in Orange County (which used to be a GOP region in California) and now lives in a suburb of Portland.

Neither one refuses to denounce the rioting of BLM and Antifa.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. What 1968 and 1972 Can Teach Us About 2020

 

I’m old enough to remember 1968 vividly. I remember watching the nightly newscasts with my family in our San Jose home showing college campuses like UC Berkeley in turmoil and Viet Cong-sympathizing rioters and Black Panthers throwing bricks, Molotov cocktails, mixing it up with police, and storming college buildings. The images were not good for my father’s blood pressure.

I remember the 1968 Democrat Convention in Chicago where planned rioting in the streets broke out and physical clashes occurred on the convention floor out for all America to see. Rioting that fractured the Democrat Party with the emergence of Alabama Democrat Governor George Wallace as a third-party candidate. Yet all of that chaos and mayhem wasn’t nearly as widespread as it is today. And I remember how that election turned out.

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In a narrow and basic definition, the Castle Doctrine is the principle or guidance that if one’s home is invaded and the occupant/home owner or apartment dweller fears for his or her life or the life of one’s family, that they have the legal right to use lethal force to end that threat. Much like […]

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I just got back from a walk on the Chicago lakefront where I saw a sad scene. A young black man had decided to go swimming, slipped on the slippery sidewalk covered in algae, and hit his head. He made a help signal and people on the shore called 911. Then he disappeared under the […]

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Everything in the BLM movement calls on whites to change, to pay reparations, to examine themselves, and to accuse themselves of wrong doing. Only if whites do this, according to BLM, along with more favoritism in hiring and college admissions, will black and brown people be saved. BLM seems to say that the way things […]

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Kim Klacik is a Republican running for Congress in Baltimore, and she has a few things to say. Warning: pearl clutchers should have pearls handy before watching this campaign ad:

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What’s wrong with people? This really makes me angry. I just heard today the city council voted to allow BLM murals to be painted on streets, not just in my city, but in my neighborhood. A couple of weeks ago I pass my polling place on an afternoon walk. I thought it was illegal to […]

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In Full Metal Jacket, the doorgunner, responding to the question of how someone could kill a child, says that it’s easy. “You just don’t lead them as much.” Perhaps black comedy is emblematic of the debacle that was Vietnam, but the line for me has always shown such a callous disregard for the life of children that it’s a movie I will never watch again. Once was more than enough. Killing children should never be the point of any joke.

After I got out of the Army, I became a respiratory therapist. In that role, I got to meet the Grim Reaper on a daily basis. When I heard “Code Blue,” I ran to wherever that loss of cardiopulmonary activity was reported and did my best to wrest back that life from the great beyond. We were successful about 30% of the time. When God calls, no one gets to put Him on hold.

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Black Lives Matter the organization and the movement are different the reason being the organization advocates for dreadful proclamations such as, “We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and ‘villages’ that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children […]

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