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Sowell: The War on Cops

Dr. Thomas Sowell’s review of Heather MacDonald’s latest book, The War on Cops, seems pertinent to our conversation on the situation with our police.

To anyone who isn’t familiar with Dr. Sowell’s work, he is an economist and political commentator, revered by conservatives and libertarians even if he is Chicago School and not Austrian, and is also, um, Negro. He has many videos on UT, including lots of interviews with Peter Robinson of Hoover’s “Uncommon Knowledge” series, with Brian Lamb of C-Span, even with William F. Buckley on “Firing Line” for PBS, back in the ’80s.

Some excerpts….

There was never a more appropriately named book than “The War on Cops” by Heather Mac Donald, published a few weeks ago, on the eve of the greatest escalation of that war by the ambush murders of five policemen in Dallas.

Nor is this war against the police confined to Dallas. It is occurring across the country. Who is to blame?

First, says Dr. Sowell, the race hustlers like Sharpton, the racist movements or institutions like “Black Lives Matter,” and the “genteel, upscale, and sophisticated race panderers,” including the present creature who “presides.”

Speaking of remarks by the latter, Dr. S. writes,

Are we fighting against racism today or do we just want to put it under new management?


The mainstream media play a large, and largely irresponsible, role in the creation and maintenance of a poisonous racial atmosphere that has claimed the lives of policemen around the country.

He continues,

The media provide the publicity on which career race hustlers thrive. It is a symbiotic relationship, in which turmoil in the streets gives the media something exciting to attract viewers. In return, the media give those behind this turmoil millions of dollars’ worth of free publicity to spread their poison.

And now, he gives away the entire show. I do remember this, and I am delighted to see my memory confirmed for a change. My boldface:

The media have also actively promoted the anti-police propaganda by the way they present the news. This goes all the way back to the Rodney King riots of 1992. Television stations all across the country repeatedly played a selectively edited fraction of a videotape covering the encounter between the police and Rodney King, who had been stopped after a wild, high-speed chase.

The great majority of that video never saw the light of day on the TV networks that incessantly played the selectively edited fraction.

When the police were charged with excessive violence in overcoming Rodney King’s resistance to arrest, the jury saw the whole video — and refused to convict the policemen. That is when people who had seen only what the media showed them rioted after the jury verdict.

Mob rule is not democracy.

Those are the highlights of Part I of the piece, which continues in Part II. Part II includes, for instance, this short reminder of what the race-hustlers and -panderers were up to in the ’80s:

Consider one of the big talking points of politicians and others who claim that the harsher penalties for people selling crack cocaine than for people selling powder cocaine show racism, since crack cocaine is more likely to be used by blacks.

The cold fact, however, is that black political and community leaders, back in the 1980s, spearheaded the drive for more severe legal penalties against those who sold crack cocaine. Black Congressman Charlie Rangel of Harlem was just one of those black leaders who urged these more severe penalties.

It is all well worth reading.

Ruthie vs. Hair

Ruthie vs. Hair.Cartoon, posted to CCiZ, 7:14:16

Ken Catalino – Friday, July 1, 2016

The Leona Helmsley theory of law enforcement

So, the law is for the little people then.

If you are out driving at 3 a.m., do you stop at a stop sign when there’s no one coming? Of course you do. You don’t need a cop to be there to make you stop. You do it voluntarily because this is America and America is a country where obeying the law is the right thing to do because the law was justly made and is justly applied. Or it used to be.

It is not just that the Hag of Arkansas is feloniously corrupt and blatant with it, or even that she took the Clinton State Department with her, but we are now pretty sure that this entire administration is a criminal conspiracy against the American people.

No title of nobility shall be granted by the United States: and no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.

Rule of law – dead.

One law for all – dead.

Equality under the law – dead.

The United States is now an oligarchy, and you know what? You owe them nothing.

Not Respect, Not Loyalty, Not Obedience.

Your loyalty is to the Constitution, the principles on which it was founded, and those few who share those principles.

Should the Hag reach the White House her administration will, from day one, be the most corrupt in American history, but then, you know that already, don’t you?

Treat her accordingly. In rejecting the rule of law Obama and Hillary Clinton have set you free.

Quote of the Day, July 1, 2016: Hair

It would take a very special person to accept the VP position under Donald Trump.

First of all, the person has to be able to stomach Donald Trump. ….


[The whole thing is a short, serious, and deliciously snide piece, on the Veep possibilities. (There's also a bit of snark from YrsTrly.)]

Another quote…

…from all our favourite music-hall comic,

“When I saw Mustangs over Berlin, I knew the jig was up.”

- Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring.

And he was right.

I am conflicted. Seriously. I have thought for ages of putting up a list of the truly great fighter ‘planes and it is difficult to compare across eras. So you can stuff your Spitfire and your English Electric Lightning (magnificent though they were). The P-51D does it for me.

For me better looking than the Spit (I know that is a hanging offence in England because by English law the only thing better looking than a Spitfire is Pippa Middleton’s buttocks), much better range and just pure sex to take the stick with. And when Major General James Doolittle* got his paws on the 8th Airforce and used the P-51s on the offensive rather than defensive. Well, in just over a week 17% of German fighter pilots were lost. The Luftwaffe never recovered.

The P-51 truly won the air-war over Germany.

*Rarely has anyone had a less appropriate surname.


I am horrified but not exactly shocked. This is the Leitmotif of our lives. It is the continuous grinding pressure that makes our lives a slow misery. And all because of the deranged rantings of a goat-botherer nigh on a Millenium and a half ago.

Our culture has put Neil and Buzz on the moon. Our culture has created computers, our culture has made it affordable for me, as a student, to see the Applachians. Our culture enables boys to wear skirts to school. I am 42 and the largest social change I have seen in my time is the increasing acceptance of homosexuality. I’m straight but I’ll happily have a pint on Canal Street* in Manchester so this could of been me. It quite possibly could have been you.

I have a short message to jihadis. If you want to live in the Dark Ages many countries are available. We have gay marriage (a boon to florists – especially if Sir Elton John is involved). Shoddy Absurdia executes people for “crimes” such as “sorcery”. That is the difference.

You pay your moneys, you takes your choice.

If you want to live in a modern industrial democracy then fine. But if you do then I is sorry but you have to play the rules. Our rules. If they want to play by their rules then they can fuck off. I want nothing to do with people like that.

If they want an all straight caliphate with sexuality subjected to strict law then that is their choice. Just don’t do it in Europe or America. We are better than you. We have to remember that.

So was this homophobic? Or Islamic terrorism? Or both? I dunno. I do know it was appalling.

And my wishes are to the friends and family of the dead and wounded.

With one exception.

*Guess how that sign is routinely defaced?

Wolford, we have a problem…

I once heard it opined (forget where) that the Apollo Program cost over it’s lifetime pretty much the same as US Citizens spent over the same time period on lipstick and potato crisps put together.

An odd statistic from the House of Odd Statistics.

So, just to odd it up a bit more where do bras come into this?

Why Stop at Trump?

Shrill, Chthulhu, & the Trumpster

H/T: WattsUpWithThat, courtesy of Russell Seitz

President Failure’s Smart Diplomacy

…and why it’s obvious to YrsTrly, at least, that Shrillary cannot be allowed within 10 LY of the White House. Even though it means voting for Hair.

From Bill Whittle, 5/5/16.

PS. It’s not “failure.” It’s plain, naked evil.

Hillarys new slogan

We are stronger together

Wot? Like a bundle of sticks?


Nominative Determinism.

The first Zumwalt Class DDG – a weird looking thing…

…is due to be officially commissioned by the USN very shortly.

The odd thing is the Captain (I am not making this up) is called James Kirk. There are no added points for guessing the name of the science officer or the guy in the engine room.

Shock to someones system

Have you heard of a preference cascade? We have all heard of the story of the Emperors New Clothes (think of Danny Kaye singing “Isn’t it ohhh! Isn’t it ahhh! Isn’t it absolutely wheee! The suit of clothes is altogether, but altogether, it’s altogether The most remarkable suit of clothes a tailor ever made Now quickly, put it altogether With gloves of leather and hat and feather It’s altogether the thing to wear in Saturday’s parade Leading the royal brigade"), where everyone, wanting to appear to be holding the ‘right’ views, all made claims that inwardly they weren’t happy or comfortable with. Massive social pressure, right?

Well, along comes a small boy who speaks the simple truth, “The King is in the altogether, but altogether, the altogether He’s altogether as naked as the day that he was born.”, and everyone then, relieved to discover they are not the only ones to be holding doubleplus ungoodthink, feel free to express their true opinions, leading to a collapse in dishonesty, deceit and cognitive dissonance. There is a cascading change in the opinions and preferences people express.

Preference cascade, when it happens, can happen fast, and has been put forward by its inventor, Timur Kuran, as an explanation for sudden revolution and societal change, and the Instapundit, Glenn Reynolds, has written of it here.

The argument being, things go as they are, and keep going, until something, maybe even a small something, occurs which alerts people to the fact that they are not alone, or just one of a small group, in their dissatisfaction. As knowledge spreads a tsunami of change can then overwhelm the population, society, and the complacent elites who are perfectly happy with things as they are, thank you very much.

Thus Trump, and what will follow.

The GOP leadership does not know what hit it, and the politically correct, those who follow and force the party line on others, are going to spend at least the next few months in outrage nirvana. Quite probably the next eight and a half years.

Anyway, apropos of nothing, just as something to share, you might like this.



From Powerline Blog:

Hilary wants to make it illegal to criticise her.

Mrs Clinton is making no bones about it, and she seriously expects her supporters to go along with it as well.

It is easy to understand why Hillary and certain other politicians would want such a radical evisceration of the First Amendment, but why would anyone else?

Seriously, is it the ignorant and capricious court jester, or the evil bitch queen from hell?

Not only is she criminally corrupt, but she is quite open about her wish to shred the Bill of Rights.

Supreme Court

Something to be considered. Much as most posters here, and visitors, loath the thought of Donald Trump as President, preferring anyone, anyone at all, including the known to be criminally corrupt Hillary Clinton, consider the Supreme Court.

Whoever next takes the White House will be gifted the opportunity to appoint one, probably two, maybe four, or possibly even five, Justices of the Supreme Court. This will shape United States policy for the next three decades.

Do we really want Hillary to have this opportunity?

One mighty argument for Donald Trump is that he has committed himself to appoint Constitutionally conservative Justices, as opposed to the flaming progressive and ‘living document’ appointees we know Hilary will push.

We already know, in advance, that Mrs Clinton intends to appoint only justices who commit to reversing Citizens United. She is determined to undermine the First Amendment, and create a situation where people, when acting jointly, lose the freedoms they possess as individuals.

Consider, how many Sotomayors do we want to see on this Bench? What will this do to Constitutional supremacy?

Do we, following the next election, want to see all three branches in Democrat hands?

Sen. Ted Cruz Picks Carly Fiorina as Running Mate

MSNBC is live-streaming right now at

Said he would make formal announcement at 4 p.m.

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