Monthly Archives: April 2015

Running: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:07:00

College Encourages Lively Exchange Of Idea

BOSTON—Saying that such a dialogue was essential to the college’s academic mission, Trescott University president Kevin Abrams confirmed Monday that the school encourages a lively exchange of one idea.

College Encourages Lively Exchange Of Idea | The Onion – America’s Finest News Source

Is it satire, or is it an uncomfortable truth?

Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the Democrat Party’s Own Making

pic_giant_042815_SM_Baltimore-Police-Car-G_0Riot-Plagued Baltimore Is a Catastrophe Entirely of the Democrat Party’s Own Making

Nancy Pelosi’s hometown, before she decamped to the Left Coast:

St. Louis has not had a Republican mayor since the 1940s, and in its most recent elections for the board of aldermen there was no Republican in the majority of the contests; the city is overwhelmingly Democratic, effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department. Baltimore has seen two Republicans sit in the mayor’s office since the 1920s — and none since the 1960s. Like St. Louis, it is effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department. Philadelphia has not elected a Republican mayor since 1948. The last Republican to be elected mayor of Detroit was congratulated on his victory by President Eisenhower. Atlanta, a city so corrupt that its public schools are organized as a criminal conspiracy against its children, last had a Republican mayor in the 19th century. Its municipal elections are officially nonpartisan, but the last Republican to run in Atlanta’s 13th congressional district did not manage to secure even 30 percent of the vote; Atlanta is effectively a single-party political monopoly from its schools to its police department.

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Would any sentient adult American be shocked to learn that Baltimore has a corrupt and feckless police department enabled by a corrupt and feckless city government? I myself would not, and the local authorities’ dishonesty and stonewalling in the death of Freddie Gray is reminiscent of what we have seen in other cities. There’s a heap of evidence that the Baltimore police department is pretty bad.

This did not come out of nowhere. While the progressives have been running the show in Baltimore, police commissioner Ed Norris was sent to prison on corruption charges (2004), two detectives were sentenced to 454 years in prison for dealing drugs (2005), an officer was dismissed after being videotaped verbally abusing a 14-year-old and then failing to file a report on his use of force against the same teenager (2011), an officer was been fired for sexually abusing a minor (2014), and the city paid a quarter-million-dollar settlement to a man police illegally arrested for the non-crime of recording them at work with his mobile phone. There’s a good deal more. Does that sound like a disciplined police organization to you?

Yes, Baltimore seems to have some police problems. But let us be clear about whose fecklessness and dishonesty we are talking about here: No Republican, and certainly no conservative, has left so much as a thumbprint on the public institutions of Baltimore in a generation. Baltimore’s police department is, like Detroit’s economy and Atlanta’s schools, the product of the progressive wing of the Democratic party enabled in no small part by black identity politics. This is entirely a left-wing project, and a Democratic-party project.

Mary Keefe, Model for Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ Dies at 92

Mrs. Keefe never wielded a rivet gun before the 1990s, but her image encouraged women to pinch-hit in military plants in World War II.

Mary Keefe, Model for Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter,’ Dies at 92

(Heard about it from this post, which had no links, but Google is your friend.)

Running: Sat, 25 Apr 2015 15:52:00

Middle class incomes drop as immigration surges

Congress: Middle class incomes drop as immigration surges

Wages of America’s middle class have dropped below 1970s levels as immigration has surged 325 percent, according to a new congressional report that questions claims that native Americans are economically helped by greater immigration.The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service report studied immigration and middle class income from 1945-2013 and found that as immigration slowed between 1945 and 1970, American incomes increased. But when immigration expanded, the incomes of the bottom 90 percent of Americans went flat and then dropped beginning in 2000.

There are no clean hands in Washington on this matter.  For Democrats, immigrants are new voters (never mind that non-citizens aren’t supposed to vote) and new members of the Free Sh*t Army that keeps them in office.  For Republicans, immigrants are cheap labor for business donors (never mind that most businesses aren’t particularly loyal with their political contributions).  With more people chasing roughly the same amount of jobs, it’s pretty much inevitable that the value of an hour’s work would take a hit.