I’m Not Making This Up, You Know


Reuters reports that

The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

None of the victims of sexual assault by UN “peace keepers” in Zaire, Mali, or Haiti were available for comment.

Neither were the Israeli victims of rockets fired from UN schools in Gaza.

Neither were …

 

Taking Sides


I support Israel in its existential battles with enemies dedicated to its destruction. Israel is the only country in the region that is recognizable as a democratic state. It is at war with totalitarian thugs. In such a struggle, I support the democracy against the thugs.

Some folks seem to favor Hamas. Over at the Justice Through Music Project website, they’re headlining a video by Op-Critical called My Eyes.

In 2010, JTMP teamed up with musical-activist band Op-Critical and made the music video “My Eyes” criticizing the use of disproportionate force the Israeli Defense Force always uses against innocent Palestinian civilians. Four years later in 2014, the video still is relevant and needs to be reposted in light of the hundreds of civilians recently being killed by the IDF in the Gaza Strip. … Watch “My Eyes” below, and contact the Israeli embassy in DC and tell them to stop responding with such disproportionate military force in civilian areas.

If you can stomach the singing, you can watch the music video on YouTube.

Hamas has brought about the situation in Gaza. I’ve been amazed by the restraint the Israelis have shown. If I were going to call their embassy, it would be to offer my support.

Repeal Prohibition, Again


So says the Editorial Board of the New York Times. They’re referring to the prohibition of marijuana.

Before I go any further, let me say that I agree that we ought to decriminalize dope. However, my reasons are not exactly the same as the NYT’s. Oh, I agree that we need to end prohibition of marijuana (and most other recreational drugs) in order to cut off a cash cow for criminals. But another reason is that prohibition (of drugs or booze or handguns or whatever) was one of the signal achievements of early 20th-century Progressivism. Fortunately (or unfortunately), the crime and violence associated with alcohol prohibition brought Americans to their senses in only 13 years.

A hundred years ago, our betters the Progressives sold the country on the idea that because some people couldn’t responsibly handle booze and drugs, that none of us should have access to them. If we just let the smarter, wiser, better educated, more refined elites control us, everything will be just fine.

Yeah, that hasn’t worked for me either.

Exit question: How many members of the NYT Editorial Board smoke dope?

Another Brick in the Wall


Celina Durgan reports at NRO that the Secular Coalition of America is asking folks to knit bricks to show their outrage over the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision. The knitwits at the SCA want to send hundreds yarn bricks to the Court to express concern for the “wall of separation” between church and state being breached.

Uh, huh.

If the knitwits had ever read Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists (the source of the phrase), they would know that he intended it to mean that the government should keep its nose out of the business of religion and not the other way around. I doubt that Jefferson would approve of a law or regulation that mandates that one must violate his conscience.

 

Central American Kids and Carroll County


There’s an old Army Reserve building here in Westminster that hasn’t been in use for around 20 years. It’s been under consideration as a place to house some of the flood of illegal immigrant kids from Central America. Politico has a story about our governor’s reaction that includes this:

But before they hung up, O’Malley told Muñoz not to send any of the children to the facility in Westminster, Md., that the White House was looking at. It’s a conservative part of the state, he warned. The children were at risk of getting harassed, or worse, he said.

Yes, Carroll County is probably the most conservative area in the state. After all, Alan Keyes and Michael Steele carried the county by huge margins when they ran for Senate. We didn’t vote for the white liberals who won. <sarc>So it’s obvious that we must be redneck haters.</sarc>

The actual reaction in the county has been mixed. Almost everyone thinks using the old armory is a bad idea. The building is not properly configured for that purpose, and the cost of modification could be quite high. However, as soon as the news of the possible use of the Army Reserve facility broke, local groups, such as churches, began looking for ways to provide services to the children while they might be here. We’re mostly conservatives around here, but that does not prevent us from caring for those in need.

I guess that makes us compassionate conservatives. Maybe we should put a gun rack in Mrs. Hoge’s Volvo.