THE DISCONNECT BETWEEN PERCEPTION AND REALITY
I’m sure you are as sick as I am of reading about race-baiting, America-hating communist radicals smashing statues and demanding that all of America’s history be erased to soothe their injured feelings. You’d probably like to start your weekend without hearing about these over-indulged, under-educated, ungrateful, loud-mouthed, self-righteous, man-bunned, nose-pierced brats.
Well, trust me, you are not alone. If you listen to the media, you’d think that all of America is in flames, when it’s actually mostly isolated areas of deep blue cities. Everywhere else, Americans of all races are doing pretty much what they’ve done for years: they’re working together, serving each other, dining, watching sports and going to church together, and all without flying into a rage and killing each other.
This disconnect between perception and reality started long ago, with the rise of mass media, and it’s been exacerbated by news channels and social media, which need "shocking" provocative content 24/7. Years ago, it was noted that even though the murder and violent crime rates were steadily falling, polls showed that people believed they were going up. The main reason was the media’s motto: “If it bleeds, it leads.”
In the 1800s, you could live your entire life without ever hearing about a murder that took place 100 miles away. Today, you immediately hear about murders that take place 2,000 miles away. There’s never any shortage of scary stories if you get every one of them that happens anywhere in the world poured into your head through a funnel. That’s why it’s so important occasionally to turn off the “news,” get off the Internet and social media, and go outside to clear your head and see that the sky really isn’t falling and most people are decent folks just trying to live their lives and get along with each other.
Here are a couple of stories to help you get started washing all that negativity out of your head so you can enjoy the weekend. You likely will not hear these on the “hair-on-fire” news channels, but they’re really more important than many of the stories they do report.
In a cell phone video that went viral, a young African-American woman says her brother is chasing down a young black man whom they saw robbing an elderly white man. When they catch him in a parking lot, the brother forces him to sit down and demands that he hand over the loot. When he tries to play dumb, the sister tells him they saw him do it: “You just robbed that man like that… and this is what we are fighting for right now.” He finally hands over the money, and when the victim drives up, she asks him, “Are you okay, sir?” as her brother gives him his money back.
Meanwhile, last Sunday, another Huck’s Hero, Daylan McLee of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, was at a Father’s Day cookout when he heard an explosion that felt like an earthquake. Someone said a police cruiser had just crashed. McLee ran to the scene, somehow ripped open the car door, and pulled the injured officer inside to safety, just as flames overtook the car. The cop had surgery to repair a serious leg injury, but he will survive.
Backstory: McLee is black, and he would have every reason not to risk his life to help the police. A cop once accused McLee of drawing a weapon on him in a parking lot, even though security cam footage upheld his story that he’d broken up a fight, taken the gun away from someone else and tossed it aside before the cops arrived. By the time he was acquitted, he’d spent a year in jail. He’s also fighting a charge of fleeing and resisting arrest (he says they were plainclothes cops who approached him with guns drawn and never identified themselves.) So why would he risk his life to save a police officer? His response:
“Human life. A lot of crazy things are going on in the world, and I haven’t had the best ends in life, but I know the value of human life. You can’t replace it. It’s Father’s Day. I’m not sure if he has children, but I know he has family, and I’m pretty sure they’re glad to have him there, and I’m glad he’s home, or going to be home.”
“I know this man is my brother through Christ, and I couldn’t leave him behind.”
Can you imagine how different the national mood might be if stories like that – and there are a lot more of them than you think – were leading the news 24/7?
THE EMANCIPATION MEMORIAL SURVIVES THE NIGHT
As the sun rose Friday morning, the Emancipation Memorial in Washington, DC, was still standing, police having prevented protesters from making good on their threat to tear it down Thursday night. As President Trump said in a Fox News town hall last night, “I can understand certain things being taken down. But they ought to go through a process, legally. And then we take it down, in some cases put 'em in museums or wherever they may go.”
The protesters admit that the memorial was started with contributions from freed slaves as a tribute to Lincoln, but they claim the donors had no say over its design, and that the slave figure in front of Lincoln depicts blacks kneeling in subservience.
But some black historians (yes, we actually still have some people who care about learning actual history) say they are misinterpreting what the statue depicts. They say the statue fund began with $5 from Charlotte Scott. It was the first money she earned after being freed from slavery, and she wanted to give it in homage to Lincoln. A spokeswoman for the group FREED (Female RE-Enactors of Distinction) said that if you look at the position of the freed slave, he isn’t kneeling on both knees with his head bowed. He’s in the process of standing up from kneeling, with his head up, “because he’s looking forward to a future of freedom.
However you interpret it, it’s both an important piece of history and a great work of art. Whether it's in a park or a museum is a matter that people of good faith can debate. What’s not debatable is that smashing it with hammers is, and ought to be, a federal crime, as well as a crime against both history and posterity.
120 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE DIED FROM CORONAVIRUS?!?
Joe Biden was actually allowed out of his basement to make a campaign appearance, but it was in front of fewer people than were waiting in line in front of me the last time I went to Starbucks. I keep hearing that he's leading Trump by 10, 15, 20 points in the polls, but where are all these Biden groupies? While there, he made another strange gaffe, claiming that 120 million Americans had died of the coronavirus (it’s actually about 124,000, although that number is likely inflated.)
Add that to the 150 million Americans he claimed had been killed by gun violence since 2007, and it’s a miracle if there will be anyone left alive to vote in November.
The elected officials of Seattle refuse to do anything about anarchists taking over six city blocks of other people’s property, covering it with trash and threatening them with guns. And since the criminal justice system refuses to do its duty, a group of business and property owners and residents are turning to a different, potent means of defense. No, not the Second Amendment (it is Seattle, after all.) I mean the civil court system. They’ve filed a federal class action lawsuit against the city government for its utter failure to do its basic duty of protecting the safety and property of Seattle residents.
Check out that link and read excerpts from the lawsuit, which include stories of what the people stuck inside that Hell zone have had to endure while the Mayor babbled on about it being “patriotic” and a “peaceful expression of our community’s collective grief and their desire to build a better world.”
After you read it, I think you’ll agree that step one to building a better world for Seattle residents would be to replace the entire city leadership. Incidentally, note that this story includes a gem of an illustration of white liberal guilt: the plaintiffs start off their lawsuit by stressing that they support many of the political and social goals of the protesters – then go on to detail how the “protesters” are a bunch of violent, filthy, thieving, bullying vandals.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that!
On the other hand, some people who are fed up with the CHOP wokesters are taking a more direct approach. Like this black Seattle resident who'd had enough of with them perverting and exploiting a legitimate protest to put on their commie flea circus. So he started tearing down their barricades while cursing them out thoroughly and telling them to go home (Warning: very bad language at this link, but no filthier than the people living in CHOP.) I think he may be an indicator to Seattle’s “leaders” that people of all colors are reaching their “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!!” stage.
A SECOND PROJECT VERITAS VIDEO
Despite the best efforts of the mainstream media to pretend it doesn’t exist, Project Veritas just released a second undercover video from a second Facebook insider/whistleblower, and it might be even worse than the first.
Content moderator Ryan Hartwig says he signed a confidentiality agreement to work at Facebook, but he couldn’t keep quiet after learning what goes on there. He said, “I was seeing them interfering on a global level in elections. I saw a blatant exception that just targeted conservatives or favored liberals—and you know, we're deleting on average 300 posts or actioning 300 posts a day. If you magnify that by however many content moderators there are on a global scale, that's a lot of stuff that's getting taken down.”
Warning, there’s some bad language in the undercover quotes from the Facebook staffers, who brag about classifying all Trump supporters with Hitler and Nazis, but allowing “hate speech” if it’s in support of the LGBTQ agenda.
Meanwhile, Facebook finally responded by firing one staffer and claiming that the attitudes exposed in the tapes are “not consistent with our policies” and they will be “reviewing training and oversight.”
That’s sort of like dealing with a fungus-plagued redwood by plucking one leaf off of it. When you’ve got that much internal rot, you can’t fix it with tweezers. It’s time to fire up the chainsaw.
Last night, President Trump sat down for a town hall on Fox News, hosted by Sean Hannity. He talked about his political opponents, the protests in the streets, John Bolton, and the crime in Democrat-run cities, which he said was like “living in Hell,” while he compared Chicago to Afghanistan, which might arguably be worse. The highlights are recounted here.
And you can stream the entire broadcast on YouTube at this link.