Monday, March 16, 2015

Selma to Ferguson: A Bridge Too Far?

Americans of all hues and stripes last week were justifiably remembering the 1965 police repression of civil rights marchers in Selma at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, named, ironically, for a Confederate general and erstwhile chieftain of the Alabama Ku Klux Klan. The confrontation, killing one and injuring many, was the Bloody Sunday that helped trigger the ensuing civil rights legislation providing equal protection for blacks in official America.

But, once the call for "free at last, free at last" was constitutionally registered, is it fair for all Americans now to ask, fifty years later, what black Americans have done with their vociferously and widely welcomed "freedom." Or, more to the point, what has been done to them by a liberal America in the name of "racism?"
    
Simultaneously with the Selma commemorations has been the acrimonious happenings in Ferguson, Missouri, where, following the exoneration of a police officer who shot to death a black teenager, we now see a Department of Justice indictment of the entire Ferguson police department for systematic racial prejudice.
    
The shooting in Ferguson was followed by a similar police shooting of a black youth in Madison, Wisconsin, where various press reports show the victim there to hardly have been a mere innocent, whether "armed" or not. (Associated Press, March 9).
    
What questions do the American public deserve to ask in response to these incidents and in other American cities, where not only have local citizens been killed by police acting presumably in the line of duty, but where police officers themselves have been murdered? What is it that drives the interface between "unarmed black youths" and police forces?
    
Today there is a growing crescendo of authoritative writers and observers who are much more conversant with the condition of black Americans than most of us, including this writer, who are determined to acknowledge the social devastation that generations of government "benevolence" has wrought on black society, a crescendo which take us in a much different direction than "police brutality."  Why, these voices are stridently asking, and answering, have Ferguson and Madison followed the promise of Selma?
    
Shelby Steele (National Review, March 9) vividly describes his confrontation with a mostly white American audience whose members refuse to acknowledge the weakening of personal responsibility and work ethic in black communities and the resultant underachievement, preferring instead to concentrate on a "moral relativism" that "disassociates" personal behavior - social, sexual and academic - from the group failure that characterizes so many black communities.  For Steele, it is the "liberal, post-civil rights" era that has exonerated blacks from any culpability for this systemic failure. We "cannot blame the victim," the liberal mantra insists, but must look only at America's historic repression of blacks for both the cause and the answer of this failure.
    
Jason Riley, author of "Please Stop Helping Us," examines the disintegration of the black family - notably the eradication of fatherhood - that is responsible for a black culture that rejects personal achievement and academic and social progress among black youth. (Imprimis, January, 2015). For Riley, Ferguson is the epitome of a "false anti-cop narrative" that refuses to acknowledge the aberrant behavior of black males for the disproportionate black crime statistics, crime that pits mostly black against black rather than an artificial "white racism." It is the liberal Left today, composed of white and black leaders, cashing in on "white guilt" for generating lavish welfare  expenditures that control the very civic and welfare institutions in black communities that insist on replacing traditional notions of responsibility with mantras of "self-expression" and "victimhood."  Riley reaches into distant black history - the histories of Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglas - voices that early on demanded black responsibility and self-help rather than the exaggerated and destructive "government benevolence" of today.
    
Walter Williams has written extensively over the years describing the devastation that low expectations of black Americans has had on black urban culture. "Racial discrimination" has much less to do with the crime, poverty and squalor of black communities than do Democratic and black politicians who drive the civil rights agenda. Being a "35-year old grandmother" and rarely seeing fathers and husbands in the community is a guarantee for school dropout, poverty and crime, none of which has anything to do with "racial discrimination." For Williams, it is the civil rights leaders and the "liberal elite," black or white, who benefit politically and financially by keeping black Americans in a "constant state of grievance" based on alleged racial discrimination.  Add "academics and the news media" to the list of culprits and you have Williams' full retinue of the enemies of black Americans. 
    
Thomas Sowell, a professional economist and perennial √©minence noire for liberal America, consistently points to the economic results of a collapsed black minority culture. Comparing the early black leaders, including those at Selma fifty years ago, as the "noble souls" of the civil rights movement to today's "shameless charlatans," he looks at the  reverse discrimination of today as a cynical payback for past injustices. He cites demands such as minimum wages and unqualified loans and mortgages simply as the left's investment in "black failure" which we see today in the breakdown of the family, abolition of fatherhood and academic underachievement. Ferguson, for Sowell, is the epitome of the "disparate impact racket" that has driven so much reverse racism. The Department of Justice's condemnation of the Ferguson police department he condemns as "statistically reckless." When a population anywhere is three-fourths black, it is likely that the number of driving citations will reflect that arithmetic (National Review, March 10). 
    
Dr. Ben Carson is poised to interject "reverse discrimination" directly into presidential politics and seems determined to challenge the narrative of "white guilt." As a potential presidential candidate, he is referring to the social breakdown in black communities and welfare dependency reminiscent of Mitt Romney's "47%" two years ago, perhaps this time more persuasively.
    
Juan Williams on Fox News (March 8) calls for applying the same "moral clarity" that has long enabled us to understand the original civil rights movement and the Bull Connors of yesteryear that triggered it, to an understanding of the role of "black people" today that it ostensibly represents, as nothing more than a "special interest group" on behalf of "Democrats."  For him the onus of "moral clarity" falls on today's black leadership that ignores the family breakdown, crime and bad schools.  "White guilt" no longer carries the civil rights movement to the "next plateau" of equality.
    
The sum of these voices paints a picture of generations of Americans hopelessly locked into a dependency cycle from which they can never escape, generations of American citizens who will never be able to add constructively to society. 
    
Historians one day may acknowledge an "anti-discriminationism" ideology that lies behind it all, an "ism" as destructive of modern societies as were the "isms" of yesteryear that devastated the societies of earlier times.
    
If Selma today represents anything, it is a metaphor of opportunity squandered, a false notion of "freedom now" that has stripped Americans of all descriptions of the moral and civic guidelines and sense of personal responsibilities that make any society work.
    
So, just where has the Selma bridge led to, not just for black Americans but for all of us together? And how, the obvious question is, should police departments react when confronted by communities hostile to the very civic and social institutions they are hired to protect?
    
British composers Gilbert and Sullivan, astute observers of the plight of 19th century British policemen facing the urban turmoil of their Victorian England captured the dilemma with their masterly wit by complaining that:
     
              When constabulary duty's to be done,
                              to be done,
                a policeman's lot is not an 'appy one. 
    
To gauge the role of overly-challenged police forces today, one might ask what would happen if every police force in the USA at a given time on a given day went on strike for one hour? What would we learn?


                                                                      . . . Whitney Galbraith
                                                                              Colorado Springs

Its All News to Our Prez

Does Anybody Report Anything to the Guy
Who's Supposedly In Charge?


Is Anybody Responsible for Anything?

Or is the Government Running Amok, Completely Out of Control, and Unaccountable?

How Times Have Changed


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Our Perfidious Press

For a cogent account of how our perfidious press encourages witnesses to lie or to refuse to testify at all and thus distorts reality, see this report.

If I recall correctly Mark Twain said something to the effect that if you don't read the newspapers you will be uninformed and that if you do read them you will be misinformed.
 
He of course had no idea of how truly dangerous the big media -- the nation's major newspapers and broadcast networks -- would and have become today.  The menace that they pose to our society is substantial but offset to some extent by their having forfeited their credibility with their ideologically biased reporting. 

The big media's retention of any meaningful portion of the ability to set the nation's agenda that they formerly enjoyed as the public's sole source of information will depend on the extent to which their increasingly skeptical audience continues to diminish as it turns to the multiple sources of news available on the internet.  In any event though, the shattering of the elite press's corruptly misused monopoly over news is good news indeed.
  

   

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

They're Back . . . and So Is Clinton Fatigue With the Scandal Prone Couple's Multitude of Evasions, Excuses, and Lies



After having combed through her e-mails with her minions and destroying an unknown number of them, she cherry picked some 55,000 pages to make public and now is reprising  the constant  Clinton demand:

Trust Me

All but the most lemming-like among us may thank her for the document dump but heed Ronald Reagan's advice:

Trust but Verify

Friday, March 6, 2015

More on Obamacare at the Supreme Court

Advocates urging the Supreme Court to allow the federal bureaucracy to expand health insurance subsidies beyond those authorized by the Obamacare law are desperately resorting to  scare tactics -- citing the supposedly horrific financial impact of not doing what they want.

Irrespective of the validity of their dubious claims that a decision against them would have devastating economic effects,  such an argument is an improper one.  If the law, as enacted by Congress, is flawed, the job of fixing it is one for the Congress.  Fixing faulty legislation is not a judicial function.  Courts exist to uphold laws, not to make or repair them.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

High Court Lunacy

At issue in the Obamacare case that today was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court is a very simple question that is far less complex than all the technical rhetoric that was presented to the justices by the oh-so-sophisticated legal geniuses who debated the issues.

The health care law provides for federal subsidies for the costs of insurance purchased through exchanges established by one of America's 50 states.  Proponents of the law insist that subsidies also should go to those purchasing coverage through federal exchanges in states that have refused to establish such exchanges.

Thus the core question is whether the court is going to uphold the law as actually written and enacted or as a majority of the justices might be convinced the law would have been written and passed if the Congress had known what it was doing.

The important thing about the outcome is whether, going forward, the nation is going to be subject to the plain meaning of laws as enacted or by decrees of judges speculatively determining what was intended by those writing and enacting our laws.  In other words, are we going to be governed by laws actually enacted or by fiats issued by judges who are neither elected by nor accountable to anyone freely guessing -- in accordance with their  own personal, political, and social preferences -- what those enacting the laws might have intended.  The latter outcome would invite and encourage ever more and greater legislative irresponsibility and  put the nation well down a very slippery slope to judicial tyranny.

Uncanny Prediction

In a state of tranquility, wealth, and luxury, our descendants will  forget the Art of War, and the noble zeal which made their ancestors invincible.
Every corruption will be employed to loosen the bond of Union which renders our  resistance formidable. When the Spirit of Liberty, which now animates our hearts  and gives success to our arms, is extinct, our numbers will
accelerate our ruin  and render us easy victims to tyranny.
                                                                                
 . . . Samuel Adams

Monday, February 23, 2015

Big Media's Manifest Bias

The Washington Post is repeatedly trumpeting details of supposedly excessive spending by the wife of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, who now is a possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate.

When, pray tell, has this statist propaganda outlet ever published anything about what Mrs. Obama's lavish vacations have cost the nation's taxpayers during her husband's tenure in the White House?

Snarling at Simple Truth

The nation's statist attack puppies are in full cry, snarling and yapping at former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for stating the obvious truth that the current occupant of the Oval Office does not love America.

All but the dimmest among us know that statement to be correct.  It has been reinforced by Mr. Obama himself repeatedly . . .  almost every time he has used his pie hole to emit some unctuous statement instead of stuffing his foot or something else into it. 

Accordingly there appeared no need or reason to discuss the matter.  The artificial uproar over Mr. Giuliani's having broken the silence makes clear that the formerly silent acceptance of the obvious had to end.  Mr. Giuliani deserves credit for having ended it.




Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fundamental Civics Lesson

Judge administered a sorely needed human rights lesson to misguided member of one of the nation's elite statist dynasties to correct his ivy league acquired misinformation on the source of those rights, according to this report.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Brian Williams Stumble Just a Symptom of Big Media's Decline and Corruption

Brian Williams has been bounced by the Pooh-Bahs at NBC not for lying but for embarrassing them by being publicly exposed as having done so.

Mr. Williams longstanding tendency to engage in self-aggrandizing prevarications had long been obvious to all but those lacking even the most rudimentary critical thinking skills.  They certainly were known to, and called to the attention of the network brass by numerous members of his production team.  Mr. Williams had long been unqualified to report news accurately because he either was a habitual liar or delusional,

That was overlooked because he was a charming individual in whom the network had made a substantial and profitable investment.  Thus when his untruthful utterances were initially exposed, the network's bosses first reaction was to try to protect him (and their advantageous investment), and they continued to do that until the effort became unsustainable.

In the course of that effort, the head of NBC's news division publicly muttered something about the impact that Mr. Williams' conduct had on "this proud organization."

That statement must have harkened back to the glory days of Chet Huntley and David Brinkley.  It surely could not have referred to NBC today -- the network of Michael Moore and Al Sharpton as well as Brian Williams.  After all, in a trio that includes a clod-like profiteering rabble-rousing clown  and a profiteering race-hustling agitator, a mere opportunistic dissembler is but a minor transgressor. 

Anyone inclined to view the NBC-Brian Williams debacle as an isolated occurrence should recall the days when Walter Cronkite was foisted off on the public by CBS as "the most trusted man in America."  Mr. Cronkite deserves to be remembered as the individual who gloried in setting the national agendawith his "reporting."  His reporting resulted in allowing America's foes in the Viet Nam War to snatch victory from the jaws of their defeat in that conflict.  Until Mr. Cronkite persuaded his audience that the Tet Offensive was a Viet Cong victory over the U.S., the Viet Cong viewed the offensive as a disastrous defeat that left them with no alternative other than to seek peace on such terms as the U.S. might accept.  Instead, Mr. Cronkite's totally erroneous assessment led to a hunbling American retreat from a conflict that it had won at an enormous cost in blood and treasure.

The U.S. today gets almost no fair national news reporting.  The nation's big media are led and staffed by idealogues who refuse to strive for any semblance of objectivity, balance, or fairness.  They select what to cover and determine how to present their selections in accordance with their uniform views -- views of the nation's corrupt political and institutional elites.




Two Simple but Challenging Climate Change Questions

Here are two questions to pose to the (incidentally profiteering) climate change geniuses:

    1.  When in the history of our planet has its climate not been changing?


    2.  Do you really want to go back to an ice age during which a large chunks of North America were covered with glacial ice?

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Absurdly Pathetic

With Western Civilization under attack and facing the most serious threat to its existence in centuries our lame excuse for a leader of the free world spends his time prattling about making community colleges cost free.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Accurate Observations

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.  
                                                      . . . John Adams

2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. 

                                                      . . . Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But then I repeat
myself.                                                    

                                                     . . . Mark Twain 

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. 

                                           . . . Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. 

                                     . . . George Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money. 

                                             . . . G. Gordon Liddy

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. 

        . . . James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a
transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. 

                                                    . . . Douglas Case
                                     Classmate of Bill Clinton 

                                   at Georgetown University .

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. 

                   . . . P. J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. 

                                                . . . Frederic Bastiat
                               French economist(1801-1850)

11. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it. 

                                     . . . Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don't make jokes. I just watch  the government and report the facts. 

                                                       . . . Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! 

                                                  . . . P. J. O'Rourke

14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. 

                                                  . . . Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you! 

                                            . . . Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. 

                                          . . . Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap, except when Congress does it. 

                                                       . . . Anonymous

18. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
                                                 . . . Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. 

                                           . . . Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.
                                                      . . . Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools.
                                               . . . Herbert Spencer

                          English Philosopher (1820-1903)

22. There is no distinctly Native American criminal class, save Congress. 

                                                      . . . Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians
                                               . . . Edward Langley
                                                  Artist (1928-1995)

24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. 

                                             . . . Thomas Jefferson

25. We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office. 

                                                                 . . . Aesop

Five Sentences:

1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.

5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work, because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Delicious Truthful Tidit

"Liberals, [the author] notes, whether professors or public-sector workers, need 'victims' at home and abroad the way an 'addict needs drugs.'  But this alliance leaves out crucial cogs  in the coalition, such as the youthful 'dumbest generation,' whose primary political  aim is to think well of themselves.  Public-sector unions and their expert allies appeal to the semi-educated, New Yorker-reading upper middle class, who want to delegate all social responsibility to the state so that they can devote themselves to a life of advanced pleasures."
 . . . From a City Journal book
review that can be
accessed by clicking here.

Gun Control Efforts' True Rationale


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Irrefutable Wisdom Elegantly Stated

Ideas are more powerful than guns. 
We would not let our political
  opponents have guns. 
 Why should we let them 
                                   have ideas?                                         

                                                            . . . Joseph Stalin (articulating 
                                                           the "Youmaynot Philosophy!")

Australia this time!

Most of this day, I've listened to hand-wringing commentators on many networks, including Fox News, agonizing about how to prevent lethal attacks on citizens in Western countries by Islamic terrorists.

"Lone Wolf" is the "term du jour," but the next attack may be more organized, along the Mumbai Massacre model, and we'll be back to talking about that convention.

No corespondent was able to offer any concrete solution, save outright banning of Islamics from our shores!

We have observed over the past few decades that neither Jewish Zionists, nor Christian Crusaders, nor Norwegian folk-dancers for that matter, have presented a terrorist problem.  The problem is always Islamics.   Islamics are terrorists, and have been for the past 1,500 years!

We can, immersed in PC, dance around that fact, ad-nauseam, but it is something we all plainly see.

The only legitimate answer to these unprovoked and mostly unpredictable terrorist attacks ("lone-wolf" or otherwise) on innocent citizens in Western countries, is privately-armed, private citizens!  Of course, that is the only solution, the mere mention of which, is absolutely banned from the lips of  all media commentators and "officials" alike.  It is prohibited from even  being acknowledged, much less publically discussed, in any fair and enlightened  forum!

The open discussion of armed teachers in public schools was also "subject non-grata," for years.  Some of my courageous colleagues, Mas Ayoob for one, were viciously censured for even suggesting that the subject be talked about in anything but whispers!  The concept is only now seeing the light  of day!  Curiously, it has worked splendidly everywhere it has been tried,  but the very idea of such a high degree of personal freedom predictably upsets control-freaks ("Youmaynots"), both elected and appointed.

Two days ago, the Lindt Cafe in Sidney was filled with unarmed
IguessIcan'ts, all of whom were obediently following the dictates of Youmaynots  in Parliament (who themselves duplicitously enjoy continuous personal protection provided by heavily-armed bodyguards), and thus submissively left the important  matter of self-protection against Jihadi madmen exclusively to "the police."  They were unwittingly betting their lives on that personal decision.

Several lost that bet!

Sadly, no Icans were present.  A single audacious, armed citizen could have stopped this violent attack in its tracks, and, in so doing, discouraged others

Disarmed and helpless IguessIcant's, who religiously obeyed wide-reaching gun bans enacted by Youmaynots, were, once again, pitilessly murdered and maimed  during this incident.  As a result, future massacres are, even now, being  entertained.

Politicians have expressed "deep personal concern."  They always  do.  I'm sure that represents a prodigious source of comfort to families of  the murdered!

Every "collectivist reform," without fail, peremptorily supplants its purported goal of everlasting utopia with a sinister, but familiar, feudal system of "masters-and-slaves," wherein owners remain few, and the masses are forced to accept "security" at the expense of perpetual servitude.  And, of course, Youmaynots are ever fearful of armed slaves!

Curiously, modern firearms, which Youmaynots piously purport to hate, are actually protecting them every moment!  Those particular guns are apparently okay.  It's only privately-owned guns, that protect you, that  they don't like.  Although you may not view yourself as a slave, they  do!

One might even accuse those particular Youmaynots of being  Exceptformes!


The Roman Republic fell, not because of the ambition of Caesar, but because it had already long ceased to be a republic at all. When the sturdy Roman Plebeian, who lived by his own labor, who voted without reward according to his own convictions, and who formed in war the terrible Roman Legion had been  changed into an idle creature who craved nothing in life save the gratification  of a thirst for vapid excitement, who was fed by the state, and who sold his  vote to the highest bidder, then the end of the Republic was at hand, and  nothing could save it.
 
                                                                      . . . Theodore Roosevelt

NOTE:  The foregoing post was written and published in a private newsletter on December 15, 2014, by John S. Farnam.  Mr. Farnam and his wife, Vicki, own and operate Defense Training International.  They both are among the nation's preeminent firearms instructors and personal safety and security experts.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Epitaph for Western Civilization ?

Tolerance and apathy 

are the last virtues 

of a dying society.

. . . Aristotle

 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Crass but Accurate Assessment of the USA's Current Leaders

To put it bluntly (as well as with crass honesty) the guy Americans have got in the oval office is a lying sack of shit.

The same could be said of Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid but they can justifiably claim diminished capacity.

And the senator who ruled out impeaching the prez by saying “I’ve met Joe Biden” hit the nail on the head.  The VP is just a nut case.

As for Eric Holder, he plainly and simply is a felon who to date repeatedly has escaped being indicted through political pull . . . and he has transformed the Department of Justice into a criminal enterprise.

Other than the foregoing, everything in the good old USA is going just swimmingly.

Thoughts About the Rioters

The perpetually aggrieved currently have their knickers in a collective bunch again.  This time over the decision of a Missouri grand jury to follow the law instead of sacrificing a police officer to mob rule . . . and they of course are exhibiting their displeasure by rioting and looting.

The officer whose head they (and our faux president and his felonious attorney general) have been demanding put down a guy that the media persists in describing as "an unarmed black teenager."  Nowhere do they mention the young thug's criminal history and proclivities, that he clearly was attacking the officer, or that the punk was a huge, hulking, and aggressive menace. 

We once were wise enough to deal with and end riots quickly with effective force.

Now, according to our faux president and his official enforcer, we are supposed to exercise restraint.  Never mind that going easy on mobs prolongs riots and encourages and results in more of them — more deaths, more injuries, and more property losses  (especially at this time of year when the rioters go out carrying their holiday looting lists).

I, for one, would go back to the old practice and shoot rioters down in the streets like the mad dogs they are.  Alternatively, we could just encircle and confine them in and to their own turf,  letting them kill and maim each other and burn and destroy everything in sight in their limited home areas.  And I wouldn’t lift a finger or expend a cent on any restorative efforts.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

My Vote (and Election Endorsement)

For every office on the ballot, I'm writing in and voting for John Galt.