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Braved a grey day and light steady rain to explore Gaudí’s Casa Battló
Mr. Dyson might want to try protesting a little harder. Chicago had 507 murders in 2012, only 26% of which were solved. “To put it another way: About three-quarters of the people who killed someone in Chicago in 2012 have gotten away with murder—so far, at least,” Chicago Magazine noted. Mr. Dyson and others on the left are not oblivious to this black pathology, but they are at pains even to acknowledge it, let alone make it a focus. Instead, liberals spend their time spotlighting white racism, real or imagined, and touting it as an all-purpose explanation for bad black outcomes.
Ferguson helps further that agenda in ways that Chicago does not. Hence, the left posits that the Michael Brown shooting is the norm, even though the data show that it’s the exception. And if black criminal behavior is a response to white racism, how is it that black crime rates were lower in the 1940s and 1950s, when black poverty was higher, racial discrimination was rampant and legal, and the country was more than a half-century away from twice electing a black president?
In the aftermath of the grand jury decision to not indict the officer for the death of Michael Brown, we saw a predictable recurrence of rioting and property destruction. We also saw a predictable outpouring of liberal justification and rationalization for this pre-meditated criminal behaviour. Because, in the parlance of the Twitter meme; #blacklivesmatter
If #blacklivesmatter, then why do we not see continual protests and rioting in the names of those thousands of blacks killed every year by people in their own neighborhoods? The incidence of homicide among young black males is many multiples higher than for males in other racial groups. Over 90% of black homicides are committed by other blacks. The share of black deaths at the hands of white police officers is a tiny fraction of a fraction.
Others have asked this question more eloquently than me, but where are the protests in Chicago? In New Orleans? In New York? Los Angeles?
I do not condone police brutality. In this case, the facts (not false rumour, the facts) were presented to an impartial panel. The panel did not find probable cause of a crime having been committed.
You can say that Brown’s death seems pointless and sad, but you cannot say that he was an innocent. You cannot raise him up as some symbol of all that is wrong with race relations or the plight of Black Americans. There are countless thousands being murdered every year. Protest that. Do something about that. Destroying businesses and property, looting the very neighborhoods said to be victimized by racist America. How is that a solution?
How about this: #everylifematters
The president’s entire argument is predicated on the idea that a ‘broken’ immigration system gives him dispensation from engaging in the process. Authoritarians, great and minor, always claim more powers to fix some unprecedented emergency. He’s not the first around these parts to do it. The thing is, our education system is also broken. Our foreign policy is broken. Our welfare system is broken, too.
I basically support most of Obama’s fixes– conceptually, at least. But what amazed me about the speech wasn’t just the hubris, or even how he shoehorned every cliché about immigration known to mankind into half an hour speech. It was that even after making it clear he answers to no one, Obama still couldn’t be honest about his intentions
I know the GOP would get crucified by the lapdog media, but, seriously, impeach this bastard.
‘Cause rain and leaves
and snow and tears and stars
and that’s not all my friend
they all fall with confidence and grace
so let it fall, let it fall
Over the Rhine make beautiful music. This is off their third record of Christmas originals, Blood Oranges in the Snow. Go and find this. You will not be sad.
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From our brilliant week in Barcelona. Incredible people, beautiful food, rich wine. Wouldn’t change a thing.
…there is no doubt that Obamacare created a lot of work for at least one American — MIT professor Jonathan Gruber. Grubers frank admissions that he and others deceived the public about Obamacare have drawn a lot of attention in recent days. But the money that Gruber made from Obamacare raises yet another issue about his involvement in the project. Throughout 2009 and 2010, he energetically advocated a bill from which he stood to profit. And when it became law, the money rolled in.
In 2009, as Obamacare was moving its way through Senate committees, Gruber, who had achieved a measure of fame as the architect of Romneycare in Massachusetts, was a paid consultant to the Department of Health and Human Services. In March of that year, he received a contract for $95,000 to work on the project, and in June he received a second contract to continue that work; it was worth $297,600. Together, they comprise the ‘nearly $400,000’ that critics have said Gruber received to work on Obamacare.
But after the bill became law, Gruber made a good deal more from it. The Affordable Care Act provided for states to set up exchanges to sell taxpayer-subsidized insurance coverage. For those states that chose to do so, exchanges would have to be built from the ground up. Studies would have to be done. Contracts would be let.
In 2010, the state of Wisconsin, under Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, paid Gruber $400,000 to do a study of the impact of healthcare reform. By the time Gruber finished his report, Republican Scott Walker had been elected governor and wasnt much interested in using Grubers study. ‘State officials did not invite Gruber to Wisconsin for the release of his study nor did they set up a conference call with him for reporters or even provide them with his contact information,’ the Madison, Wis., Capital Times reported. ‘That is unusual for an important report like this, which cost $400,000.’
In the two years between March 2011 and March 2013, the state of Minnesota paid Gruber $329,000 to study how to make its exchange conform with Affordable Care Act requirements…
I figured I should make at least one political post in honour of my birthday. Gruber has done us a favour – those who bother to inform themselves – with his frank admission that the political classes regularly seek to deceive ignorant voters in order to pass “what’s good for them.’ These are a special brand of scum sucking bottom feeders, and I hope they one day rot. Happy Birthday. via Grubergate shines spotlight on Obamacare profiteers | WashingtonExaminer.com.
…Each Arsenal player then starts to look as if they are the subject of some vast experiment involving amphetamine and LSD. Ramsara, running about like a man with his arse on fire and only fifteen randomly scattered child’s paddling pools in which to extinguish the flames, for example.