There was a tragic mass shooting during a Fourth of July Parade Monday in Highland Park, Illinois, an upscale suburb of Chicago. Six people were killed and more than 30 injured by a shooter who opened fire sniper-like on the crowd from the top of a building. After a brief pursuit, police arrested 22-year-old Robert “Bobby” E. Crimo III. A self-styled “hip-hop phenom” who has multiple face tattoos and goes by the name “Awake the Rapper,” Crimo has some pretty disturbing social media posts, but again, nobody seemed to pick up on the danger he posed. The gun he used was reportedly obtained legally. Here's a link to Fox News' continually updated reports.
Crimo had barely been arrested before some people were trying to score political points by claiming he was a Trump supporter (which seems unlikely, given that he followed Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton on Twitter) or to call for more gun control laws. But whatever his politics are, those issues can wait until after (A.) we actually know the facts, and (B.) we focus on the most important issue, which is praying for the victims and their families, and keeping up with the news to see if there’s anything we can do to help them.
Whenever there’s a tragedy, some people will always try to exploit it to sow division or tear down America. That’s the kneejerk response for too many media outlets. But for a welcome antidote to those toxic narratives, read this by Sean Dietrich.
It’s about the deadly crash and derailment of an Amtrak train in Mendon, Missouri, but it tells a side of the story that hardly any news outlets mentioned. It’s the story of the hundreds of local people of all ages, ethnicities, beliefs and economic backgrounds who immediately rushed to the scene to do anything they could to try and help save and comfort the victims, all of whom were strangers to them. Remember this July 4th, that is the real America, not the false hateful, racist caricature that we’re constantly being fed.
CNN SAYS RECESSIONS ARE RACIST
Latest thing that’s racist, according to CNN: Economists who notice we’re entering a recession while Joe Biden is in office.
URGENCY IS RACIST TOO
And what’s not only racist, but “white supremacist?” Acting with “urgency.”
It sounds as if the Oregon health official who came up with that has some notion that black people aren’t capable of acting with urgency, which sounds like an incredibly racist idea pulled from old Stepin Fetchit movies.
I hope you had a safe, fun and patriotic Fourth of July. Not wanting to ruin your good mood, I’ll just pass this along for you to read later. It’s a round-up of some of the overpaid media and Hollywood figures who spent the 4th cursing America and badmouthing the flag and other symbols of this great nation.
What do you want to bet that next July 4th, each and every one of them will still be cursing this nation, still claiming it’s so much better somewhere else, and yet still living here?
I think Mitt Romney had the right idea when he was tweeting under the pseudonym of “Pierre Delecto.” He should’ve given this interview to the Atlantic under a fake name.
TIME TO DEFUND NPR
NPR used to always read the Declaration of Independence on the air as a 4th of July tradition. But this year, they decided to “break with tradition” and show us how much better one of the greatest and most important documents in the history of the written word could have been if only it had been edited by a woke NPR wonk. Maybe it’s time we broke with the tradition of our tax dollars funding this.
HIGHER EDUCATION FAILURE
Here’s yet another example of how today’s colleges are definitely not preparing students for real life:
Michael Lopez was a young production coordinator for Universal Music. His job required him every Friday to process reports on new music releases and email them to 275 people who needed them to do their jobs. But last Friday, he decided not to do it. Instead, he sent an email reading, "I didn't do them today. I'm in mourning due to the attack on people with uteruses in the US. Federally guaranteed access to abortion is gone. Vivendi and Universal Music Group must stop donating to anti-abortion, anti-queer and anti-trans politicians. Politicians like Marsha Blackburn, Ken Buck, Victoria Spartz, etc. Or expect more unproductive days. Yours in fury, Michael Lopez."
Lopez is now slamming Universal Music for firing a “queer, brown person” like him during Pride Month, just for “Not doing your job, disrupting the day of 275 people and poor judgement.” He accused them of only caring about profits and of saying “F--- you to the working class.”
Um, Michael? I don’t know if you can comprehend this, but when you claim you’re just too triggered to do your job, you’re not doing “work.” You’re doing “woke.” Keep up this attitude, and you’ll never be part of the working class again.