It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as putting pictures of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Heidi Klum in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.
Your Editor’s father’s family came to the United States — to Maui, actually — in the 1880s, from Portugal, so today, it’s the Portuguese Army!
SrA Andreia Palma of AB4 prepares a weather forecast in advance of Hurricane Gordon expected to hit Lajes Air Base, Azores early Wednesday, 20 September 2006. (USAF photo by SrA Tabitha Kuykendall) (released)
Why did she have to ask? It turned out that the latest “hate crimes” scandal was a hoax perpetrated by our friends on the left. From Le*gal In*sur*rec*tion:
A massive racism hoax took place at Oberlin College in February 2013 in which two students made seemingly racist, anti-Semitic and other such posters, graffiti and emails for the purpose of getting a reaction on campus, not because they believed the hostile messages. At least one of the two was an Obama supporter with strong progressive, anti-racist politics.
School officials and local police knew the identity of the culprits, who were responsible for most if not all of such incidents on campus, yet remained silent as the campus reacted as if the incidents were real. National media attention focused on campus racism at Oberlin for weeks without knowing it was a hoax.
The hoax was confirmed when Chuck Ross of The Daily Caller recently obtained police records. Now it’s out in the open. Here is the history of how the hoax developed, played out in the media, and was covered up by the Oberlin administration.
The “hate” incidents cause campus and the media to erupt in protest
During February 2013 into early March, there were racist, homophobic and anti-Semitic postings on an Oberlin message board and in graffiti and signs around campus.
The issues burst onto the national media scene when a student claimed to see someone walking in a Klan robe late at night.
From what I understand, the lovely Miss Dunham only comments when she can be pictured doing so with her pants around her ankles whilst sitting on the toilet, taking a dump. Perhaps the spirit hasn’t moved her . . . so to speak.
For the leftist meme on race to continue, for leftist policies on race to be justified, real, substantial racism on the part of whites toward blacks must exist. That’s why the George Zimmerman/ Trayvon Martin case just had to be pushed so hard by the left, one dead black teenager while the fact that literally thousands of young black men are being slaughtered in our major cities is being ignored, because the vast majority of those victims are being killed by other young black men. Without the racial angle, there’s no story.
The same outrage struck our friends on the left during the Duke lacrosse team rape case: a black woman claimed to have been raped by three white males at a team party in which she had been working as a stripper. Just as in the Zimmerman/Martin shooting, the preferred outcomes for the left were quickly falling apart once the actual facts of the cases became known. In the Zimmerman/martin case, the local law enforcement officials decided that there was simply not enough evidence to justify charges, but the left screamed and hollered and carried on, because they just knew, knew! that the wicked white man had to be guilty. The result? The jury’s verdict confirmed the local law enforcement officials’ judgement. In the Duke lacrosse team case, the accuser’s claims quickly fell apart, but an overzealous prosecutor continued, ignoring clearly exculpatory evidence. It was so egregious that the prosecutor, Mike Nifong, was removed from his post and disbarred. As far back as 1987, race hustler Al Sharpton made a fool of himself — not an unusual occurrence for the Reverend Sharpton — over the Tawana Brawley faked rape allegations.
The answer to Sis’ question is two fold:
The incidents have to be fabricated because the truth is that the civil rights movement, celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the famed March on Washington this weekend and later this week, won! The governmental actions which were generated to end de jure segregation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, were passed and worked.1Moreover, employment opportunities are as open to black candidates as they are to white ones. The problems for black job seekers, in the aggregate, exist because blacks have dropped out of the educational system at greater rates than whites, something which permanently cripples a job seeker’s prospects.The incidents get fabricated, quite simply, because the real ones have so dramatically diminished. Most white people have of have had black co-workers, most white people have had black schoolmates, and most white people simply don’t have any reason or desire to do things as stupid as the fabricated incidents. There are a few real incidents, the murder of James Byrd being an obvious example, but the men who killed him were caught, tried, convicted and punished, without the need for any special political agitation.
The second part of the answer is simpler, and shorter: the race hustlers like Jesse Jackson and Mr Sharpton need those things to stay in the public eye, to have jobs for themselves. Without enough real incidents to keep them in the money, they have to embrace the fake ones as well, even when it becomes obvious that the faked ones really are fake. Racism does still exist, and will always exist as long as we have more than one race, but it has been dramatically reduced and is mostly manifested in small, private ways these days.
We have created a rhetoric of “gender identity” that is disconnected from biological sexual fact, and we have done so largely in the service of enabling the sexual mutilation of physically healthy men and women (significantly more men) by medical authorities who should be barred by professional convention if not by conscience from the removal of healthy organs (and limbs, more on that later), an act that by any reasonable standard ought to be considered mutilation rather than therapy. This is not to discount the feelings of people who suffer from gender-identity disorders — to the contrary, those feelings must be taken into account in determining courses of treatment for people who have severe personality disorders. But those subjective experiences do not render inconsequential the biological facts: A man who believes he is a woman trapped in a man’s body, no matter the intensity of his feeling, is no such thing. The duty of the medical profession is not to encourage and enable delusions, but to help those who suffer from them to cope with them. It is worth noting here that as a matter of law and a matter of social expectation, the fiction of sex change is treated as the paramount good: We are not expected to treat those who have undergone the procedure as men who have taken surgical and hormonal steps to impersonate women (or vice versa) but as people who have literally changed sex, which they have not — no more than Dennis Avner, the famous “Stalking Cat” who attempted to physically transform himself into a tiger, changed species.
“The Huffington Post, the London Daily Mail, MSNBC and Slate have all started using the feminine pronoun.
“NBC’s Today, USA TODAY, The Boston Globe, Politico, CNN, Fox, the New York Daily News, theNew York Post, the Daily Beast, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times are using the masculine pronoun.”
Thursday, NPR decided to use male pronouns and explained its decision to The New York Times. On Friday, NPR’s Managing Editor for Standards and Practice Stu Seidel issued new guidance, saying that NPR’s “thinking has evolved” and that the network will honor Manning’s preferences.
From here on out, on first reference, the network will refer to the private as Chelsea Manning, while in the “near term” noting that she came to prominence known as Bradley Manning. The network also will use female pronouns.
When Mr Seidel announced that NPR’s “thinking has evolved,” what he really meant was that someone at NPR had taken some stupid pills. A physical examination of Mr Manning would reveal that he has (probably very small) male genitalia. If you do a DNA test on Mr Manning, you would find XY rather than XX chromosomes. Even if Mr Manning’s idiotic supporters raise enough cash for him to undergo hormone and surgical sex reassignment surgery, he will still not be female; he will be a castrated male with an imitation vagina and fake tits. The First Street Journal official stylebook states that Mr Manning will be referred to as Bradley Manning in the first instance, and either Mr Manning2 or simply Manning subsequently, and the male pronouns will be used.
(Fox News) Mystery solved. America’s ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power was in Ireland on a personal trip when she missed an emergency meeting on the alleged chemical gas attack in Syria, U.N. sources tell Fox News.
A day earlier, State Department officials were mum when asked for information on Power’s whereabouts. She had come under fire for missing Wednesday’s urgent U.N. Security Council meeting, where delegations weighed how to respond to charges that the Assad regime had just committed the deadliest chemical weapons attack in the country’s two-year civil war.
The meeting, and her absence, came just 19 days after Power assumed the U.N. leadership post.
Power also did not attend a meeting Friday afternoon on Sudan — another trouble spot that Power has focused on in the past — though it is likely that such a meeting would have been attended by a deputy anyway.
Of course, your Editor thinks that it is probably a good thing that Ambassador Power was on vacation; the best thing that the West can do concerning the Syrian civil war is as little as possible, to see to it that the rebels get just enough arms to keep them fighting, but not enough to help them to actually win.
Have you ever dressed as a Founding Father? Well, you’re an extremist, as are the Founding Fathers, per Department of Defense training material
(The Blaze) U.S. Department of Defense education materials obtained by Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, warn of “extremists” that will “talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.” Judicial Watch and other conservative media outlets claim the disclosure indicates the department is teaching that conservative views are “extremist” in nature.
The guide is reportedly authored by the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, a Defense Department-funded diversity training center. Further, the documents cite the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) when identifying “hate groups.”
If the SPLC is involved, you know that all right leaning people are considered haters. Muslim extremists? Never. Some highlights from Judicial Watch
The document defines extremists as “a person who advocates the use of force or violence; advocates supremacist causes based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or national origin; or otherwise engages to illegally deprive individuals or groups of their civil rights.” (so, any State in the South that passes voter ID laws is now extremist, and if you’re against illegal immigrants? Extremist)
A statement that “Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publicly espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.”
“[W]hile not all extremist groups are hate groups, all hate groups are extremist groups.”
Under a section labeled “Extremist Ideologies” the document states, “In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.” (Founding Fathers considered extremists)
In this same section, the document lists the 9/11 attack under a category of “Historical events.”
Other than a mention of 9/11 and the Sudan, there is no discussion of Islamic extremism. (who’s surprised?)
While the document could certainly extrapolate certain Muslim and left leaning groups as “extremists”, the object, and focus, was to brand virtually all people on the right as extremists. The better to build a case for federal spying on the groups and individuals, and perhaps banning them.
More at the link.
Now, I particularly like the second bullet point: “Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publicly espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights, and how to make the world a better place.” If you believe in individual liberty — as opposed to what? Forced socialism or government control? — you are simply a next generation Klansman. Mr Teach noted that the fourth bullet point would consider the Founding Fathers extremists, but the second does as well; it was the Founding Fathers, after all, who wrote into our Constitution such extremist statements as:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances; and
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed; and
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
President Barack Hussein Obama took the same oath of office as the 42 men who preceded him, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Every Soldier, sailor, airman and Marine, upon enlistment or commissioning, swears that “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” And yet, her we have, in the Department of Defense, over which President Obama controls as Commander-in-Chief, and under which every man and woman in our Armed Forces serves, we have a “training document” which posits that the Framers who wrote the Constitution which they are sworn to defend were extremists, and that some of the contents of that Constitution are evidence of extremism. Perhaps Robert Stacey Stacy McCain put it best in his article title, New Concept of ‘Rights’ in America: If You’re Not Gay, You Don’t Have Any.
January 20, 2017 cannot come too soon.
Paper Tiger Obama made his famous, or not so famous RED LINEspeech one year ago today. Dire consequences if crossed. However, Syria celebrated the anniversary by gassing 500 to 1300 civilians. Obama hosted football players. We have a paper tiger with no teeth, and mostly NO RESPECT by the world. What a joke.
Obama’s ‘red line’ is not so much being tested as ignored completely
The warning could not have been clearer. Exactly a year ago, President Barack Obama declared that if Syria’s regime were to unleash its chemical weapons – or even move them – America’s “red line” would be crossed and the whole “calculus” would change.
A military judge on Wednesday morning sentenced Army Pfc. Bradley Manning to 35 years in prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks.
Manning, 25, was convicted last month of multiple charges, including violations of the Espionage Act for copying and disseminating the documents while serving as an intelligence analyst at a forward operating base in Iraq. He faced up to 90 years in prison.
Manning is required to serve one-third of the sentence, minus three and half years of time served, before he is eligible for parole. That will be in eight years when he is 33.
Judge Denise Lind, an Army colonel, said Manning was dishonorably discharged. He was also reduced in rank and forfeits all pay.
More at the link.
Your Editor is extremely disappointed. Mr Manning will be eligible for parole at the age of 33 — he is 25 now — and could have along and reasonably happy life after prison. Even if he serves the entire 35 years (including the 3½ years of time already served) he will be freed from Leavenworth by the time he is 56 years old, younger than your Editor is today.
Colonel Lind could have sentenced Mr Manning to 90 years in prison, effectively a life sentence. Had she done so, he would not have even been eligible for parole until he had served 26½ more years, until he was 51 years old. Now, this treacherous scumbag has the possibility of getting out of prison and mocking the country of his birth when he is still relatively young.
I sincerely hope that Mr Manning is never granted early parole, but even being released at age 56 is too early and too easy for him. I do not care if he had a rough life or he is sorry for what he did or that he was, as his defense attorney described him, “a well-intentioned but isolated soldier with gender identification issues.” I care that he betrayed his country! Nothing else is important.
Political tags – such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth – are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire.
Robert A. Heinlein
Home Improvement Company Beats Analyst Expectations on Strong Demand
The counters are done, the countertops installed, backsplash has been tiled, and the microwave/ range hood installed. That’s my favorite wife at the range, but the counters hadn’t been cleaned of construction debris from hanging the microwave when this picture was taken. There is still more work to do. (Click photo to enlarge.)
By Saabira Chaudhuri | August 21, 2013, 7:04 a.m. ET
Lowes Cos. fiscal second-quarter earnings jumped 26%, beating analyst expectations, as the home improvement retailer logged double-digit percentage growth in revenue, buoyed by an improving housing market.
The company also raised its financial outlook for the year, now expecting per-share earnings of $2.10 on sales growth of 5% and same-store sales growth of 4.5%. Its previous expectation was for share earnings of $2.05 on sales growth of 4% and same-store sales growth of 3.5%.
Chief Executive Robert A. Niblock characterized home improvement demand as strong during the quarter ended Aug. 2, for which Lowe’s reported a profit of $941 million, or 88 cents a share, compared with a profit of $747 million, or 64 cents a share, a year ago. The year-earlier period included a one-cent charge related to staff reductions at the company’s U.S. headquarters and a three-cent charge tied to a calendar shift.
Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had predicted per-share earnings of 79 cents on revenue of $15.07 billion.
Net sales were up 10% to $15.71 billion, while same-store sales were up 9.6%. Gross margin widened to 34.4% from 33.9%.
More at the link.
Your Editor would like to take some credit for Lowe’s beating earnings estimates for the second quarter, having spent thousands of dollars at the Lowe’s store in Lehighton, Pennsylvania this spring and summer. When you look at the picture of my darling bride (of 34 years, three months and two days) getting the garlic bread ready for dinner last Sunday, you are also looking at quartz countertops and a microwave range hood purchased from Lowe’s. The cabinets did not come from Lowe’s; we saved about $1,200 by going to a discounter for those. The new drywall came from Lowe’s, as did the paint on the walls, as did the floor tiles, and the electrical wiring, lights and receptacles. But even Alison Victoria liked the kitchen:
@alisonvictoria3 Does that mean you won't come to Jim Thorpe PA and crash our kitchen?
There is still a lot more to do. I have to finish trimming out the new window, and there’s more painting and trim work to be done.
If a story about our life personally seems a bit strange, remember that The First Street Journal is (almost) as much of an economics blog as it is a political one, and your Editor sees the economics behind the Wall Street Journal original as important: it means that homeowners are investing more in their homes than previously.
Nor is Lowe’s the only beneficiary: the stock chart to the left indicates that Home Depot has also been doing a lot better. Those ate the two biggest of big box retailers for home improvement material. (The new window you can see came from Home Depot.)
The United States’ economy is slowly improving. It has not been as fast as we would have liked, but it is steady and sustainable, and your Editor credits that to the Republicans in Congress having halted President Obama’s economic meddling dead in its tracks. Since the GOP won control of the House of representatives in the 2010 elections, they have reduced the scope of the automatic tax increases which would have taken effect at the beginning of this year, enforced the supposedly unacceptable federal spending sequester, and that has pushed down the federal deficit; it is projected to be under $700 trillion for FY2013. Had President Obama gotten his way, the deficit would have been much higher — he wanted to cancel the sequester completely — and we’d have been facing even higher debt service costs in the future. Having a Democratic President means that spending is still too high, but at least it isn’t as high as it could have been, and the Republicans have stymied almost all new programs. The liberals will claim that the recovery would have been faster had the Republicans not stopped things, but the economy has had its stronger recent performance since 2011, when the Republicans came into office.
What the economy has done has not made much of a dent in unemployment, but it has left people who had weathered the recession with their jobs intact confident enough to start to spend money again, and one of the best returns on investment can come in increasing the value of their homes.1
Our kitchen wasn’t meant to be an investment to increase the value of our home for resale; it was simply to make our kitchen better! ↩
Your Editor, as he has previously noted, never had a whole lot of sympathy for Kaitlyn Hunt, the accused statutory rapist of a 14 year old freshman girl in her high school, when Miss Hunt was an 18 year old senior. Nevertheless, while your Editor believes that the law should be applied uniformly, without regard to race or sex, he did believe that this was the result of teenagers with raging hormones more than any criminal intent. The law, of course, is the law, and Miss Hunt’s alleged victim was well below the age of consent. While Miss Hunt’s parents tried to claim that their lovely daughter was being persecuted because she is a lesbian, hoping to drive some sort of political wedge which might force the prosecution to drop the charges — and Miss Hunt turned down a very generous plea offer, which would have let her avoid prison and not have to register as a sex offender — it has been obvious that, had she been an 18-year-old boy who had been molesting a 14-year-old girl, she’d never have gotten even that generous an offer.
Unfortunately, Miss Hunt’s subsequent behavior has moved this well beyond raging hormones. From Robert Stacey Stacy McCain, who has been following this case closely:
Circuit Court Judge Robert Pegg revoked bond for Kaitlyn Hunt, and she’ll remain jailed until a trial, that’s so far unscheduled.
The judge also added a new charge to her court record — transmitting material harmful to a minor by electronic equipment, a third-degree felony.
“The evidence is overwhelming,” Pegg said in ordering Hunt held in jail without bail.
A tearful Kaitlyn Hunt, in a bright orange jail jumpsuit and shackles, periodically glanced at her father in the Indian River County courtroom, as Sheriff’s Detective Jeremy Sheppard testified about new evidence in her teen sex case having to do with being in contact with the victim via electronic equipment.
UPDATE 2:05 p.m. ET: Bond was revoked after Judge Robert Pegg described evidence of Kaitlyn Hunt’s violation of her pretrial release as “overwhelming.” An arraignment date was set for the new charges of transmitting “material harmful to minors,” and Hunt was escorted out of the courtroom and back to the Indian River County Jail.
UPDATE 1:50 p.m. ET: Kaitlyn Hunt was handcuffed and shackled and wearing an orange jail uniform when she appeared in court today, facing new felony charges of violating her bond and sending illegal graphic sex materials to her underage girlfriend.
Detective Jeremy Shepherd testified about the explicit photos and video Hunt sent to the minor, who is now 15. He said he was contacted on Aug. 6 after the younger girl’s father found an iPod that Hunt had given the victim in March. This was used to transmit more than 20,000 text messages, photos and video. Detective Shepherd said that while the explicit video that shows Hunt masturbating only shows the defendant from the waist down, he was able to identify her from her pierced bellybutton and tattoos.1
More at the link.
The LGBT community was initially very supportive of Miss Hunt’s situation, until they discovered that her loving parents lied from the start of their publicity campaign, thinking that this really was a vendetta against Miss Hunt because she is homosexual. But it’s becoming clear that Miss Hunt’s problems have been more than hormones: she has been free on bond, but under the restriction that she have no contact whatsoever with the victim. If she was horny, she could have found someone else to scratch her itches, someone who was of legal age.
Instead, she has pursued her victim, to the extent of sending her thousands of text messages, and a video of herself masturbating. Not only does that violate the terms of her bond, the sending of such a video to a minor — the victim is now only 15 — is a felony. She has gone from turning down a plea deal which would have kept her out of jail, to committing yet another felony.
This isn’t just hormones; these allegations, if proved, constitute an obsession, a Mary Kay Letourneau level obsession. Mrs Letourneau spent seven years in prison for her obsession.
Your Editor really doesn’t want to see people go to jail unnecessarily, but it appears that Miss Hunt has made it necessary. What he does want is for everybody to be treated equally under the law, and that a sweet, green-eyed cheerleader like Miss Hunt not get a break which wouldn’t be given to an 18 year old male.
I’d point out here that the identification of the owner of the genitals in question does not matter; it is the transmission of said material which constitutes the crime. The crime would be the same if the genitals depicted were attached to were Sydney Leathers or Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama. ↩
So the great liberal hope, Barack Obama, who was going to bring peace to the world with a smile and an apology, has instead lost us the entire Middle East.
That’s what it’s looking like as the Egyptian military steps up and goes toe to toe with the Muslim Brotherhood’s church-burning, human-shield-using mob.
The death toll now that the army has begun using bullets is already around a hundred or more, and the military government is considering banning the Muslim Brotherhood.
That’s the same Muslim Brotherhood we helped install and the Egyptian people didn’t want, despite the stolen election liberals hailed as democracy.
Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham have suddenly come to the side of those who want to cut off aid to Egypt, but of course that’s siding with the terrorists of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose ultimate goal is not just to rule Egypt or the Middle East but the entire world.
Seriously, a rodeo clown mocking POTUS Obama is what liberals get upset over. Not Benghazi, IRS abuses, NSA spying, Fast and Furious, etc. No, a rodeo clown. Look, I will say that it was a dumb stunt. Inappropriate. Leave the politics out of non-political things. I don’t want to see politics while watching sports or other events. But, libs can’t let this minor tiff go, hence CNN solicited Judy Quest, a board member and past president of Clowns Of America International to make the raaaaacism cause
It was a sad day in the clown world when a “clown” at the Missouri State Fair put on a mask in the likeness of President Barack Obama and wore a broomstick attached to his behind to perform in a rodeo in America’s Heartland.
Some would ask: How this is different from late-night pundits making mocking comments about every political person alive? It is different in that it goes against everything a clown stands for and makes fun of our president in a way that is truly offensive on so many levels
The head of the Missouri Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People said Thursday that a rodeo clown who donned a mask of President Obama at the Missouri State Fair had committed a hate crime.
“I think that a hate crime has occurred,” Mary Ratliff told KXNT Radio in Las Vegas on Thursday. “I think a hate crime occurs when you use a person’s race to depict who they are and to make degrading comments, gestures, et cetera, against them.”
The rodeo clown donned the Obama mask before being chased around by bulls in a pen, according to reports. The clown was introduced by an announcer who asked the audience if they wanted to see “Obama run down by a bull.” The Missouri State Fair on Monday barred the clown from performing at the fair.
Ratliff said that her organization is asking the Department of Justice to conduct an investigation into the incident, adding that it is an “outrage” that taxpayer dollars were used to disrespect the president.
“We are taxpayers in the state of Missouri,” Ratliff said. “And when taxpayer money is utilized to discredit and be disrespectful to our president, whether he be black, white, Hispanic, Latina… it is an outrage.”
Ratliff has also asked the Secret Service to investigate the incident.
You have got to be freaking kidding me. Poking fun at the President of the United States is a “hate crime” worthy of DOJ/Secret Service “investigation” because he happens to be black? Is this fascist w/ the Missouri state NAACP aware of the hundreds, if not thousands, of times some variation of the form of President Bush was “disrespected” by anti-war protesters and the like during his 8 years as President and that no figure of prominence on the right ever called for the powers that be to “investigate” for “hate crimes” violations on the basis of “race”? Furthermore, even if a “joke” of this nature could be considered in poor taste, does it REALLY rise to the level of a “hate crime”??
Somehow, I doubt that our friends on the left saw these protests directed against our previous, and much better, President as hate crimes, though it’s certainly true that man on the left truly hated President Bush.
A clown at a rodeo mocked President Obama? Yup, he sure did. That’s part of freedom of speech. Our friends on the left certainly exercised their First Amendment rights when we had Republicans in office, but somehow, some way, they think that it’s wildly inappropriate and possibly even criminal — what else could Miss Ratliff have meant? — with a Democrat in the White House. Of course, it has been a fairly common tactic of the left to equate any criticism of President Obama’s policies with racism, and perhaps that sways some of the weak-minded, but the weak-minded already vote Democrat.
Your Editor doesn’t have a lot of sympathy for Miss Hunt, because statutory rape is still rape, but he at least used to think that an 18-year-old having sex with a 14-year-old was mostly just raging hormones. But if Miss Hunt has really been violating the no-contact order, knowing that it could send her to jail, that stops being just raging hormones and teen lust, and moves into obsession territory.
Law enforcement officials are familiar with the typical pattern of “suicide by cop.” But if accurate, this news article (which the Austin American-Stateman continues to update since I first saw it) suggests that Maj. Nidal Hasan may be trying to commit jihadi suicide by court-martial:
Maj. Nidal Hasan’s standby defense attorneys said Tuesday morning that they believe the accused Fort Hood shooter is “effectively acting in concert with prosecutors in achieving a death sentence.”
In a motion filed late last night, Lt. Col. Kris Poppe said that Hasan’s behavior during jury selection, when he made no effort to keep potential jurors who questioned the death penalty, as well as his opening statement in which he took responsibility for the shootings show that he is trying to “remove impediments and obstacles to the death penalty.”
Poppe and the two other military appointed defense lawyers asked to be removed from the case, but said they also stand ready to represent Hasan “if he decides he wants to fight the death penalty.” …
In American law (including military law), the right to defend oneself — even when that’s a stupid and even suicidal path to choose — is guaranteed under the Constitution. Hasan has invoked that right and has persuaded the presiding judge that he’s competent to make that decision, so he’s defending himself.
More at the link.
I can understand Major Hasan’s (supposed) decision to seek the death penalty. He is a month shy of his 43rd birthday, and would be looking at maybe 40 years in prison if he is sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. My guess is that he expected “martyrdom,” expected not to survive the shooting spree he started. Maybe he thinks that he’ll get his 72 virgins if he’s executed, but, since he’s paralyzed from the waist down, there isn’t much he can do to deflower them.
As regular readers know, I am opposed to capital punishment. And, since he seems to want the death penalty, the greatest punishment we could give him is to not sentence him to death. I will be perfectly happy if he simply rots in prison for the rest of his miserable life.
It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as putting pictures of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Jennifer Aniston in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude.
U.S. Air Force Academy, CO — Basic Cadet Carly Serratore celebrates completion of the Jacks Valley Assault Course with a cold water douse July 21. Basic cadet training started June 25 and continues through Aug. 1. The Class of 2013 will swear the Honor Oath at their Aug. 5 acceptance parade, when they earn their status as fourth-class cadets. The fall academic semester begins Aug. 6. U.S. Air Force Photo/Mike Kaplan