The New York Times “fact-checked” Attorney General Bill Barr’s statement that about 90% of blacks are killed by other blacks, mostly by gunfire. The comment was called “misleading” and the Times accused Barr of “echoing many of the President’s inaccuracies” and “falsehoods.”
So what was false, inaccurate or misleading about Barr’s statement? Nothing, really. The Times admitted that “he is correct that about 88.9 percent of Black murder victims were killed by Black perpetrators in 2018. But left unsaid was the fact that murder victims and their perpetrators are overwhelmingly of the same race or ethnicity: 80.7 percent of white murder victims were killed by white perpetrators, and 68.4 percent of Latino murder victims by other Latinos.”
And the proper response to that is: “So…?” Barr said something correct, but it’s a misleading, inaccurate falsehood because he didn’t include some other facts that are irrelevant to the point? As one commenter noted, all this does is lead readers to conclude that violent crime is more deadly to people of every ethnic group than the police are.
It’s “fact-checks” like this that have forced us to add quotation marks every time we use the phrase “fact-check.”
I’m very sad to report the death of Bill Montgomery, co-founder of the student conservative organization Turning Point USA, at age 80, reportedly of coronavirus-related complications. In a statement, TPUSA wrote, “Bill’s steadfast devotion to his family, his country, and the organization he helped create have left a permanent mark on the entire Turning Point USA community, and by extension an entire generation of students.” TPUSA president and fellow co-founder Charlie Kirk said, “An American hero died today.”
In a time when merely voicing a non-leftist opinion on campus can get you targeted, silenced, assaulted, expelled or even hounded to suicide, TPUSA is providing an ever-more-important service in defending not only conservative principles but the very concept of free speech. Their most recent initiative involves encouraging donors who believe their alma maters no longer represent their values to recommit their donations to other causes instead of “leftwing indoctrination.” What a great idea: I bet socialist professors would stop denouncing capitalism so loudly if they realized it was going to cause a big pay cut for them.
Our deepest condolences to Bill’s wife Edie and his family. And to learn more about Turning Point USA (and maybe support them instead of your former school’s descent into leftwing madness), visit https://www.tpusa.com .
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
In Case You Missed The Entire Embarrassing Debacle: Here are four high(low)lights from the House Judiciary Committee’s attempt to publicly stone Attorney General Bill Barr:
Matt Margolis sees your four and goes you six better.
A BETTER CHOICE FOR MINNESOTA PLEASE
It’s good to see that not every Democratic politician is willing to overlook the rising tide of anti-Semitism from the far left. Colorado’s Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, who is Jewish, gave a $1,000 donation to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s primary challenger, Antone Melton-Mieux.
Melton-Mieux raised $3.2 million last quarter, compared to Omar’s $471,000. Omar supporters claim that he’s funded by "corporate and Republican dollars,” but those donations include $273,000 from constituents in the heavily-Democratic district, compared to $8,000 for Omar. Good for them. I have no problem with arguing policy with people who hold legitimate differing views, and if those voters want a Democrat representing them, it’s their choice. But they can certainly find a better choice than someone who was recently named by StopAntiSemitism.org as the “Anti-Semite of the Year.”
Here's a hopeful sign for the health of America, and hopefully, for the November elections. Trader Joe’s, after initially caving in to the “cancel culture” and announcing that they would change the “racist packaging” of international foods sold under such names as Trader Jose’s, Trader Giotto’s and Trader Ming’s, has changed their mind. They now say they are only pulling items that don’t sell well and not changing any packaging.
The company said, “Recently we have heard from many customers reaffirming that these name variations are largely viewed in exactly the way they were intended—as an attempt to have fun with our product marketing.” In other words, speaking up against this madness works. That’s why the left wants you to scare you into silence.
Hardly anyone, including minority customers, had complained about the products. The chain claimed they don’t make decisions based on petitions, but the fact is that this was never even an issue until an online petition started by a 17-year-old girl in (yes) San Francisco garnered a whopping 4800 signatures and the media turned it into a phony “public OUTRAGED!!!” story.
Let us hope that between Ford, the Wall Street Journal and now Trader Joe’s snapping out of their hypnotic trance, and all standing up to say “NO!” to the cancel culture, the spell will at last be broken. People may once again start replying to their angry demands with “Children should be seen and not heard!”
TODAY'S MUST READ
Today’s Must-Read: Far too many Americans today have known nothing but the freedoms, comfort, security and prosperity provided to them by their national heritage and, consequently, have zero appreciation for any of it. Many immigrants, however, fled here from other places that have none of those blessings. To them, America was a dream that sustained them through the darkest of times, and now, being here is a dream come true. But they’re fearful of what might happen because the people who are trying to “transform” America have the same beliefs, tactics and rhetoric as those who used to oppress them. That’s why many immigrants see the dangers America is facing more clearly than native-born Americans.
In this article, Albanian-born Nikola Kedhi describes what his nation went through under the “benevolent” rule of the communists: “Our ‘universal health care’ was light-years behind similar systems found in the West. Our ‘free schools’ taught only what the regime allowed. You could go to prison or die for saying the wrong thing or wearing the wrong outfit.” Yet through it all, despite torture, brainwashing and decades of anti-American propaganda, the Albanian people never lost their desire for freedom or their image of America as the “shining city on a hill” they all aspired to.
But in America today, Kedhi writes, “Leftist fascists who hate what America stands for want to transform it into a censorious, barren land of misery, without identity or soul. They cannot — or refuse — to understand what America has brought to the world through blood and sweat. They do not comprehend or understand the greatness of the American model, so they loathe it. Because the modern radical left is unable to appreciate hard work, love for country, meritocracy, protecting history, or valuing tradition, they do what they do best: destroy.”
Read the entire article. I think it’s something you’ll want to bookmark and share far and wide.