Tag: Blue Lives Matter

I Look for Heroes Wherever I Can Find Them


In deference to our traditional heroes, I have to say that the man I’m going to tell you about is not one of them. He hasn’t put his life at risk (although some might disagree, given what he is doing); he hasn’t faced bullets (but he has dodged the slings and arrows of the woke community). And he sets a great example, especially for professors in the universities, for fighting back. His name is Prof. James Moore.

Prof. Moore, who teaches engineering and policy at USC in Los Angeles, has the audacity to hang a pro-police flag on the outside of his office door. The university newspaper, the Daily Trojan, reported the complaint of a student regarding the display:

‘This is an inappropriate and unnecessary symbol to have on an office door where USC is, within the last year or two, trying to have a much broader diversity initiative and to be inclusive, especially in the STEM area,’ one USC graduate student told the school newspaper.

My Testimony, 9/11 and Now


On a beautiful fall morning barely two weeks after my 21st birthday, a commercial airliner was flown into one of my favorite buildings in the world. Seventeen minutes later, a second plane was flown into another of my favorite buildings and the country knew we were under attack.

In the early morning hours of my 40th birthday, the shooting started in what may become America’s second civil war.

“We Are Leaving,” Says Police Officer


I’ve been puzzled that while the media, corporate America, and others are hyper-focusing on the relationship between law enforcement and the Black community across much of the US, it’s all been mostly one-side; focused only on what many in the black community have experienced and feel. And now, it’s morphed into “defund the police.”

The stories and “the conversation” are important. But what about the other side – the people who protect and serve our communities?

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Remembers Other Black Lives Lost


Press Secretary McEnany put the pictures of police who have been killed this year in the faces of the White House press corps. She hammered the media on their wilful misrepresentations again and again even as they tried talking over her. “There has been a lot of misreporting.”

At the beginning of the briefing, she remembered a retired police captain, Captain David Dorn, a black man who was killed as he tried to prevent looting. Yes, there is a video of his murder and no I will not link it here. She closed the briefing by calling out the media for their silence on the killing of persons of color who were police officers. She did so without using the words “persons of color” or saying “all lives matter.” She simply told their stories as she put their photographs in the public eye. The jackals were not a bit contrite, howling another leftist attack line as she walked out.

The #BlackLivesMatter Platform


shutterstock_300476825Via the NYT:

More than 60 organizations associated with the Black Lives Matter movement have released a series of demands on Monday, including for reparations. […] “We seek radical transformation, not reactionary reform,” Michaela Brown, communications director of Baltimore Bloc, another participating group, said in a statement. “As the 2016 election continues, this platform provides us with a way to intervene with an agenda that resists state and corporate power, an opportunity to implement policies that truly value the safety and humanity of black lives, and an overall means to hold elected leaders accountable.”

The six planks of this platform are: End the War on Black People, Reparations, Invest-Divest, Economic Justice, Community Control, and Political Power. And if you follow that link, you’ll likely find — as I did — that the actual proposals are even worse than than the titles imply.

(Don’t) Call the Federal Cavalry


305px-Recruiting_poster_New_York_Mounted_RiflesOur federal government was intended to be one of enumerated powers granted by the states; as such, it was empowered to do only a relative handful of things, and those things were understood to be ones that the states were incapable of doing effectively on their own. Obviously, practice has not always followed theory, but it’s one of the things that’s made our country unusual, diverse in the best sense of the phrase, and responsive to its citizens at the most local level. You might even say that it’s part of what made America great.

If there’s one thing state governments have generally been good at, and that the federal government has generally stayed away from, it’s been in murder prosecutions. Oh, sure, there are exceptions for organized crime and a handful of other things — some more legitimate than others — but the presumption had always been that local crimes are handled by local authorities. But with an increasingly national media and an ever-aggressive federal government, there’s been a trend lately where the feds jump at any opportunity to prosecute high-profile crimes. We saw it in the Boston Marathon Bombing case a few years ago; we saw it applied with even greater absurdity last year after Dylann Roof murdered nine church-goers in Charleston, SC; and — if Rep. Ken Buck and Senator Jeff Sessions get their way, we’ll see it again whenever a police officer is murdered.

As Ilya Somin argues on the Washington Post’s Volokh Conspiracy, the Blue Lives Matter Act — which makes it a federal hate crime “to knowingly causes bodily injury to any person … because of the actual or perceived status of the person as a police officer” — is foolish, unnecessary, and unconstitutional (other than that, though, it’s great). State and local authorities are not only perfectly capable of prosecuting those who attack law enforcement officers, they’re already highly incentivized to do so. Indeed, it’s probably the one thing you can rely on any local authority to do, even the most virulently anti-cop. As Somin puts it: