Tag: BLM

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Why the Biden Choice Seems So Unsettling

 

Elections come and go, but this one feels very different and disturbing. There are the obvious reasons that are and have been playing out before us including the suppression of voting standards, changing the rules in the eleventh hour, extending days of voting beyond Nov. 3rd, and the damaging “laptop” information. Yet…..it’s something more.

When Obama and Biden won in 2008, there was a mantra of hope and change. We had our first black president, and while I didn’t vote for Obama, I was not alarmed at the prospect of this new leadership. In fact, I thought he would be good for the black community as well as other minorities, and therefore, the country. I went back and read through Obama’s acceptance speech. He didn’t apologize for America, he championed it. He said we would rebuild brick by brick our broken cities. There was only the promise of better days for everyone – no exclusions.

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From Hawk Newsome, chairman of Black Lives Matter, speaking on Fox Nation:

I think that it is a tool of white supremacy to say if you want freedom, then you get it by protesting peacefully. For a country that drops bombs on people, for a country that incarcerates people, for a country that enslaves people — to criticize us for vandalism is preposterous, Why is it a tool of white supremacy? Because the white supremacists who built this country never earned anything peacefully. They did it through bullets and blood. And that’s the American way.

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College football is was my biggest sports addiction. Twice in two weeks, I’ve turned off a college football game. I never thought it would happen, but I did for two reasons: Fighting “social injustice” and COVID. Last weekend, I was watching football when one of those conference ads came on. I believe it was the […]

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Just over forty five years ago, on September 18th, 1975, many of the remaining members of the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), Bill Harris (a.k.a. Teko), Emily Harris (a.k.a. Yolanda), Steven Soliah, Wendy Yoshimura, and Patty Hearst (a.k.a. Tania), were arrested in San Francisco and Oakland, California. The kidnapping and radicalization of Patty Hearst by the […]

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My problem with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement—other than that it has disgraced and discredited itself with arson, looting, assault, and murder—is that the literal interpretation is a truism that no one disagrees with. BLM uses that unanimity to demand allegiance to myriad other ideas that are, to be generous, debatable. When anyone disagrees […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they expose yet another day of Joe Biden not being able to appear in public the day after holding events, strongly suggesting he’s not up to the rigors of the campaign trail or the presidency. They also blast the violence perpetrated in Louisville and other cities in the wake of no police officers being charged for murder in the Breonna Taylor case. They also find it unacceptable that there is no bodycam evidence of the entry into the apartment or of the shooting. And they react to the case of arson at the Minnesota home of a Trump supporter and the graffiti left behind noting support for Biden, BLM, and more.

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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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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. One Man’s Silence

 

“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.

Recently, false, anonymous, and unsubstantiated allegations in a Left-leaning publication of disrepute against the Commander-in-Chief have been refuted by those who were at the event referenced, even by John Bolton, who it can easily be said is no friend of Donald Trump. I won’t dignify the false allegations by reprinting them here. It would be an insult to all the brave servicemen and women who died or were brutally disfigured or lost limbs who Donald Trump has taken the time to honor, or to visit with and embrace those who came back, to give them or their families a word of thanks for defending the nation and doing their duty, or express his and the nation’s sorrow for a family’s loss, much as he had done before he ever became their Commander-in-Chief when the Iraq War was raging.

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Portland antifa shooter Michael Reinoehl has been killed by law enforcement. Details to come. — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 4, 2020 Michael Forest Reinoehl, who killed Portland Trump supporter Aaron Danielson, died in Lacey, Wash. My sources are telling me U.S. Marshalls went to arrest him. — Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) September 4, 2020 Preview Open

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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.” Preview […]

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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. Preview Open

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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.) Preview Open

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Losing More Friends

 

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.

In that ’68 election, Democrat Presidential candidate, incumbent Vice-President Hubert Humphrey was at odds with the emerging more progressive and anti-Vietnam war faction of his party initially led by Bobby Kennedy before he was assassinated and then the banner was picked up by “Clean Gene” Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern (who four years on would lose in a landslide to Richard Nixon).