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So, what’s the point?

Curfew continues in Baltimore; arrests made
By Ray Sanchez, Ralph Ellis and Faith Karimi , CNN | Updated 11:10 PM ET, Sat May 2, 2015

Baltimore (CNN) Hundreds of Baltimore residents rallied peacefully Saturday following the arrest a day earlier of six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.

A smaller number remained in the streets when the city curfew went into effect at 10 p.m., CNN reporters in Baltimore said. Some protesters were arrested a brief time later, CNN’s Nick Valencia said.

Community members had urged the curfew, which has started Tuesday night, be ended.

“For five days now people have been under curfew,” said Jay Morrison of the YMC Community Coalition. “I think we need to put trust in the people. This curfew should be lifted.”

Brandon Scott, a Baltimore City Council member, predicted people would defy the curfew as they have in past nights. Police detained 53 people late Friday, including 15 who violated curfew.

More at the link.

The six Baltimore police officers (three of whom are black) who were involved in the arrest of the criminal Freddie Gray have been arrested and charged with various crimes, including, in one case, second degree murder, so why are the good citizens of the Charm City still protesting? CNN ran yet another sympathetic story, asking where all of the older black men were, chalking up part of their absence to “long prison sentences,” but long prison sentences are the result of criminals getting caught and convicted of committing crimes. It’s pretty simple: if you don’t break the law, you won’t go to jail.

And the death of Mr Gray can be chalked up to two things: his long criminal history,1 through which he became, as the euphemism goes, “known to the police,” and the fact that with his long rap sheet, he should have already been in jail on the night of the fatal arrest. Had he been in jail, where he belonged, instead of out on the street, he’d almost certainly still be alive today.

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That’s all for this week!

  1. Freddie Gray’s rap sheet:

    • March 20, 2015: Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance
    • March 13, 2015: Malicious destruction of property, second-degree assault
    • January 20, 2015: Fourth-degree burglary, trespassing
    • January 14, 2015: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute
    • December 31, 2014: Possession of narcotics with intent to distribute
    • December 14, 2014: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance
    • August 31, 2014: Illegal gambling, trespassing
    • January 25, 2014: Possession of marijuana
    • September 28, 2013: Distribution of narcotics, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, second-degree assault, second-degree escape
    • April 13, 2012: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, violation of probation
    • July 16, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession with intent to distribute
    • March 28, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
    • March 14, 2008: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to manufacture and distribute
    • February 11, 2008: Unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance, possession of a controlled dangerous substance
    • August 29, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, violation of probation
    • August 28, 2007: Possession of marijuana
    • August 23, 2007: False statement to a peace officer, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance
    • July 16, 2007: Possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, unlawful possession of a controlled dangerous substance (2 counts)

Bernie Sanders is running for President. At least we have a socialist who admits he’s a socialist!

From The Wall Street Journal:

Bernie Sanders Campaign to Highlight ‘Immoral’ U.S. Economic System
Remarks come hours after Sanders launches his presidential campaign
By Rebecca Ballhaus and Siobhan Hughes | April 30, 2015 2:41 p.m. ET

Sen. Bernie Sanders said Thursday he would build his presidential campaign around a promise to remake an economic system he said rewarded the wealthy at the expense of ordinary Americans struggling to make ends meet.

The liberal Vermont independent’s remarks came hours after he launched his presidential campaign, with a pledge to harness a grass-roots movement of Americans fed up with that model.

“That type of economics is not only immoral, is not only wrong—it is unsustainable,” Mr. Sanders said at a news conference outside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday. “The major issue is how do we create an economy that works for all of our people, rather than a small number?”

Mr. Sanders, who routinely sounds populist themes on the Senate floor, said that Americans were working longer hours for low wages and struggling to send their children to college and to pay for health care. He said that the richest Americans now owned a disproportionate share of the country’s wealth, and he made clear he would use a presidential bid to flesh out policy ideas for reversing that trend. Some of those approaches are likely to be unpopular with businesses.

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

What, he hasn’t already “flesh(ed) out policy ideas for reversing that trend”? He’s been in Congress since January 3, 1991; shouldn’t 24 years have been enough time to have gotten that done? And I find it somewhat amusing that Senator Sanders, who has never run as a Democrat before, but as an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, now thinks that he should have the Democratic presidential nomination. Jason Scott thinks that Mr Sanders should win, so we know that the Vermonter has the stupidest of the Democrats on his side.

With Senator Sanders’ entry into the race, the average age of the Democratic presidential candidates is now 70, but it’s apparent that age has failed to bing wisdom to either of the Democratic candidates. But at least Senator Sanders is honest enough to admit hat he’s a socialist. Clearly, he’s a fan of other strong socialist economies, like Venezuela.

But, most amusing to me is that Senator Sanders is announcing that he wants to become our President, just as we are seeing how badly socialist/liberal/progressive policies have failed in Baltimore. Forty years of Democratic government, aided and abetted by a Maryland state government which has also been controlled by the Democrats for decades, and now Mr Sanders wants to remake the rest of the United States into Baltimore’s image. What a great plan!

Cargo Ship MÆRSK TIGRIS Captured by IRAN

US Navy called in after Iran fires at cargo ship in Persian Gulf Pentagon says Iranians board Marshall Islands-flagged Maersk Tigris; Iran claims ship is owned by US, held over financial dispute
BY AFP April 28, 2015, 5:53 pm

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards seized control of a Marshall Islands-flagged cargo vessel in the strategic Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, prompting the US Navy to dispatch a destroyer to “monitor” the situation, officials said.

Iranian military ships fired across the bow of the Maersk Tigris when the captain initially refused a demand to head towards Iranian territory, US government and cargo company officials said.

Moron this Here:

As of 10PM EDT Tuesday 4/28/15 the ship is stopped according to the “Live Ship Map”

If you want to track it follow this link:

My question is, does BO Care, and what does this do to his giving the Farm Away to Iran?

BTW, It was a Maersk ship the ALABAMA stolen by Somali Pirates

For the left, what’s sauce for the goose is never, ever, sauce for the gander!

From The New York Times:

Gay Businessman Who Hosted Ted Cruz Event Apologizes

Senator Ted Cruz’s appearance last week at a New York dinner hosted by two gay hoteliers, in which the topic of same-sex marriage was discussed, created a stir. Credit Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist for The New York Times

Ian Reisner, one of the two gay hoteliers facing boycott calls for hosting an event for Senator Ted Cruz, who is adamantly opposed to same-sex marriage, apologized to the gay community for showing “poor judgment.”

Mr. Reisner put the apology on Facebook, where a page calling for a boycott of his properties, the gay-friendly OUT NYC hotel and his Fire Island Pines holdings, had gotten more than 8,200 “likes” by Sunday evening.

“I am shaken to my bones by the emails, texts, postings and phone calls of the past few days. I made a terrible mistake,” wrote Mr. Reisner.

The New York Times first reported on the event, a dinner and on April 20, at the duplex Mr. Reisner and his business partner Mati Weiderpass co-own on Central Park South in Manhattan. The event was a “fireside chat” for about a dozen people, but was not a fund-raiser.

The two men are prominent figures in the gay rights community, and Mr. Reisner has been especially vocal about same-sex marriage. He’s also a staunch supporter of Israel, as is Mr. Cruz.

But Mr. Cruz has also introduced legislation to try to preserve the rights of states to maintain their bans on same-sex marriage and he has called for pastors to hold prayer services while the Supreme Court hears arguments on April 28 over the legality of the bans.

Last week, Mr. Reisner and another attendee said Mr. Cruz didn’t explicitly say he opposed same-sex marriage at the catered dinner, but said that the issue was best left to the states. Mr. Cruz, who is hoping to appeal to evangelical voters in the Iowa caucuses, said he had voiced his strong religious opposition to same-sex marriage at the dinner.

More at the Times original.

So, if a homosexual hotelier must apologize for allowing Senator Cruz to hire his facilities for a campaign event, doesn’t this mean, inter alia, that the homosexual community accepts the idea that a businessman can refuse to provide facilities or goods or services to people or events with which he morally or ethically disagrees?

Well, no, of course not! Why, these things work in only one direction: liberals may, and should, refuse to provide facilities, goods or services to people who have traditional, conservative or Christian ideas, but conservatives may not and must not ever refuse anything to anyone on the left.

From Around the Blogroll: NBC News and a culture of dishonesty

From CNN Money:

NBC finds at least 10 Brian Williams embellishments

The in-house investigators assigned to look into Brian Williams’ past reports have documented at least 10 instances of exaggerations and embellishments by the NBC anchorman.

The investigation is not yet complete, according to a person with knowledge of it, who described some of the findings on condition of anonymity.

Translation: NBC has already decided to fire Mr Williams — there really is no other choice — and had someone leak the results of the as-yet-incomplete investigation to set the stage for Mr Williams’ dismissal. It is my guess that he will be allowed to retire, with some form of golden parachute, in exchange for a deal not to sue NBC.

It is unclear whether Williams had had a chance to defend himself to his bosses. NBC has not allowed him to do so publicly.

NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke was briefed on the current findings at a Thursday morning meeting in New York. The meeting suggests that the network is nearing a decision about Williams’ future.

Williams, the anchor of “NBC Nightly News” for the past 10 years, was suspended nearly three months ago when a scandal erupted about his recounting of an Iraq War mission in 2003.

And further down:

But The New York Times and The Washington Post reported new details on Friday night that painted Williams in a decidedly negative light.

The Times reported that Esposito’s team has uncovered “discrepancies” in Williams’ accounts of his reporting from Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt in 2011.

The Times said it was one of a “half-dozen instances” that have raised eyebrows internally.

The Post reported that the investigation has “turned up 11 instances in which the anchorman publicly embellished details of his reporting exploits.”

It also said Thursday’s meeting was attended by Burke; the man he recently appointed to oversee NBC News, Andy Lack, and the president of NBC News, Deborah Turness.

But Mr Williams and his serial “exaggerating” is hardly the only problem at NBC. We have previously noted that popular1 MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, who has persistently advocated higher taxes on the top producers, has had a tax lien filed against her husband and herself by the Infernal Revenue Service, and National Review has noted that Dr Harris-Perry is only one of four MSNBC hosts who haven’ paid all of their taxes.2 3 Why, it’s almost as though NBC News’ problems aren’t just that Brian Williams lied on the air, but an ingrained climate of dishonesty.

And now, on to the blogroll!


  1. Given MSNBC’s in-the-toilet ratings, perhaps labeling any MSNBC host as “popular” is an exaggeration, at best, on my part.
  2. One of them, Joy-Ann Reid, had her MSNBC show cancelled in February due to lousy ratings.
  3. I suppose that it would be considered raaaaacist to point out that all four of the MSNBC hosts who are in trouble with the IRS are black.

Rule 5 Blogging: United States Marine Corps!

It’s the weekend, and time, once again, for our version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacy McCain described as putting pictures of pretty women somewhat deshabille, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Anne Hathaway 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. Click on any picture to embiggen. This week, United States Marines!

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq -- Corporal Teresa T. Fernandez received a combat meritorious promotion this month for her work as a 2nd Marine Division Headquarters Battalion armorer. She is one of only a few Marines responsible for the maintenance and repair of several units’ weapons. U.S. Mar by Sgt. Stephen D’Alessio (RELEASED)

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The Asylum Is Here, And It SUCKS


Whats True

The Queer Student Union at California Polytechnic University recently orchestrated a three-day “shit-in” at which students preached “Gender Diversity” and encouraged students to use solely gender-neutral bathrooms on campus.
“Put yourself in the shoes of a trans*/gender non-conforming student and take the pledge to use only all gender bathrooms,” a post from the organization’s Facebook page read.

Students reportedly created a staged toilet in the middle of campus, which students signed and decorated with several banners, one of which read “We’ve got shit to deal with,” according to images acquired by Campus Reform.

Moron this here:

Are the Republicans going to waste the results of 2014?

From The Wall Street Journal:

Congress Is Tiptoeing Away From Spending Curbs
Republican workaround on military spending, bipartisan deal on Medicare highlight how fiscal restraints are easing
By Nick Timiraos | Updated April 19, 2015 8:58 p.m. ET

At first glance, fiscal austerity remains the order of the day in Congress, where Republican leaders are working to complete a budget that would cut $5 trillion in spending over the next decade.

Look closer and there are signs the era of spending restraint is easing.

Two recent events illustrate how “Congress is done cutting spending, and if anything is more likely to add to it,” said Alec Phillips, a political economist at Goldman Sachs.

Exhibit one: To boost military funding, House Republicans last month approved a backdoor way to bust through the across-the-board spending curbs known as the sequester that Congress approved in 2011. Many Republicans say the 0.2% increase in military spending allowed under the sequester for the next budget year is insufficient.

President Barack Obama also wants to boost the defense budget but says any increases must be matched by an equal bump in nonmilitary spending. To get around that, Republicans would increase a separate account for war spending, which isn’t subject to the curbs, by $38 billion, essentially matching the 7% rise proposed by the White House.

There’s more at the original.

This is looking very bad. I would prefer that the Congress appropriate appropriately, at lower levels, to bring down spending, rather than using the blunt reductions of the sequester, but we supported having the supposedly draconian sequester go into effect than allowing spending to rise. The final deficit number for FY2014 was $484 billion, the lowest since the far-too-high $408 billion in FY2008, and, as you’d guess, the President bragged about that, trying to take credit for it. But the decline in the deficit is due mostly to the sequester holding back total federal spending, something the President opposed. Tax revenues are close to the levels they were before the recession, as a percentage of GDP, partly due to the tax increases starting in 2013, and partly due to a slowly improving economy. But the last thing that we need now is for the Congress, finally controlled by Republicans again, to loosen the reins on spending.

The 2014 elections, in which the GOP did very well, were a referendum on cutting spending, something the Republicans promised to do. The Republicans should keep their promises.

The Keystone XL Pipeline, now running through Pennsylvania!

Well, not exactly the Keystone XL pipeline, but it’s what happens when the environmentalists and President Barack Hussein Obama blocked the real thing. We have noted previously that the oil companies weren’t waiting for the pipeline to be approved, but were going ahead to supply the oil that a modern industrialized society needs, moving oil by rail, with the most predictable of consequences.

Hazardous material placard number 1267 indicates that the cargo is crude oil.

Hazardous material placard number 1267 indicates that the cargo is crude oil. Click to enlarge.

There have been lines of dozens, perhaps over a hundred, new looking rail cars sitting on sidings in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, over the past few weeks. I did not know what they contained, until I got close enough to read the hazardous material placard. Hazardous Material Placard #1267 indicates that he cargo is crude oil. These photographs were taken from the parking lot of the Jim Thorpe Market, which is beside one of the railroad lines along the Lehigh River. There are breaks in the lines of these tanker cars, for the access to the water treatment plant and the construction site for the new Jim Thorpe bridge. There is a line of cars on the other side of the river as well, and these lines extend out of sight, around bends in the river.

This rail tanker car appears to be brand new.  The label on the end states that the capacity is 25,560 gallons. Click to enlarge.

This rail tanker car appears to be brand new. The label on the end states that the capacity is 25,560 gallons. Click to enlarge.

This is one of the cars; the ones close enough for me to see appear to be new. One section of the line of cars that I can see from US 209 coming down Mansion House Hill is painted differently, being primarily white rather than black. They could be reconditioned cars rather than new, or provided by a different manufacturer, but, absent hiking down the rail line, I do not know.

But what they provide is the physical evidence of what we have said would happen: the manufacturing jobs that were not created due to the failure to build the Keystone XL pipeline have been created in other industries, the building of new tanker cars for one. Different people got the jobs than would have had the pipeline been approved, but they were good jobs nevertheless.

Line of new oil tanker railcars extending around the curve and out of sight, northwest under the old Jim Thorpe bridge, and into the Lehigh Gorge State Park, at Glen Onoko.

Line of new oil tanker railcars extending around the curve and out of sight, northwest under the old Jim Thorpe bridge, and into the Lehigh Gorge State Park, at Glen Onoko.

What the environmentalists did not stop was the use of oil to fuel our nation. Oh, they’ve made it more expensive — meaning: the left caused the greatest harm to the poor people they claim to champion — because it costs more to ship by rail, and they’ve made things more dangerous, because shipment by rail is inherently more hazardous, but they didn’t do one thing to reduce our dependence on petroleum. We will still use oil and gasoline and diesel, because we need the energy which can be obtained from petroleum for much of our infrastructure, manufacturing and economy.

We would all like the Star Trek future, where energy is inexpensive and completely clean, but that future isn’t here yet. The Pennsylvania Solar Park outside of Nesquehoning contributes a little bit to our energy needs,1 but, realistically, just a little bit. The average annual electricity consumption in Pennsylvania is 10.54 megawatt hours (MWh) per home, and with the Solar Park’s listed annual production of 14,000 MWh, the 55-acre Solar Park can power a whopping 1,328 homes per year.2 We can produce some clean, renewable energy, but it’s a drop in the bucket compared to our actual needs. Your Editor certainly hopes that the energy production from clean and renewable sources can be increased dramatically, but if that happens, it won’t be anytime soon.

This is the real problem with the environmentalists: they are so short-sighted and single-minded that they are hurting their own cause. By stopping the Keystone XL pipeline, they didn’t reduce the consumption of petroleum in our economy, but they stopped a more efficient and safer means of oil transportation from being built. Because locomotives are powered by diesel engines, they have actually increased the amount of petroleum being used, and CO2 and other gasses being emitted, than would have been the case had the pipeline been approved and built. We need to be sensible about our environment and our economy, and recognize that while it always makes sense to try to do things cleanly, it never makes sense to be stupid about it.

  1. Full disclosure: my company provided some of the concrete used in that project.
  2. The site claims that it reduced CO2 energy use from 1,359 homes per year.

From Around the Blogroll

Yesterday was the first really nice weekend day of the season that my darling bride (or 35 years and 11 months) did not have to work, so your Editor spent the afternoon (I did have to work, getting home around 12:45 PM) with her, mostly outside. That was work, too, as we were cleaning up the back patio and grilling out. We also power washed the front porch. What I did not do was sit in front of the computer, blogging! But here’s stuff from bloggers who did spend (too much) time inside!