“But, But…The NARRATIVE!” In the midst of an explosion of crime and violence in New York City following Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s dismantling and demoralizing of the NYPD, he’s pushing on with plans to do away with the anti-crime unit. Meanwhile, a group of black community leaders and clergy gathered in Brooklyn on Tuesday to condemn DeBlasio’s police “reforms” and his support of anti-police protesters and to demand that he get crime under control. They also blasted so-called “community activists” who don’t live in their communities and are just stirring up trouble they don’t have to deal with.
Bishop Gerald Seabrooks told reporters, “The African American community is saying we don't want crime here. Ninety-five percent of the people here are decent, law-abiding citizens, and the law is for the lawless. So, please, mayor, take your handcuffs off of the police. Let them police with professionalism, respect, and courtesy.”
Someone needs to get that message to black leaders on the national level. Yesterday, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee appeared on Fox News, where she blamed the sudden epidemic of shootings and killings on…(drumroll)… Republicans and the NRA! You see, if it weren’t for us defending Second Amendment rights, those cities could pass strict gun control laws and remove all those guns from the streets, then the money spent on police and jails could be spent on more government programs like summer jobs for teens, and that would prevent crime.
Oh, where to begin unpacking the layers of crazy? First of all, the shootings are in cities run entirely by Democrats for decades (in Chicago, it’s been 89 years.) These blue cities already have strict gun control laws. Even if more were passed, who would take those guns away from violent gang members? Unarmed social workers trained in mediation? Sheila Jackson Lee? No, that’s the very dangerous job of the police, whom she wants to defund. In fact, New York City had an undercover police unit that had removed hundreds of guns from the streets, and DeBlasio did away with it. Finally, do you know the most effective way to create jobs in inner city neighborhoods? Get rid of the crime so that businesses feel safe to open there and hire the residents.
Seriously, folks, this ain’t rocket surgery…
PS – At least you can’t say the Democratic Mayor of Chicago is entirely devoid of any creative ideas for dealing with the city’s problems.
Wonder how long it will be before some Twitter troll claims that the Census Cowboy is offensive to Native Americans and demands the cancellation of both him and the horse he rode in on.
COLOR ME SURPRISED
Color Me Surprised: While everyone was buzzing about the scathing resignation letter from writer/editor Bari Weiss to the publisher of the New York Times (where she blasted him for selling out journalistic principles to a small group of far-left Twitter trolls), CNN and MSNBC chose to ignore the story entirely. Because the motto of all great news organizations is “If you pretend the truth doesn’t exist, it goes away!”
But as if to prove Ms. Weiss’ accusations about the Times prioritizing attacking Trump over journalistic standards, it appears that they might have run a story that was actually an unverified urban legend lifted off of a Facebook post. It’s not absolutely certain yet that the story isn’t true, but the point is that the so-called “paper of record” apparently did no research whatsoever to determine that it was true before running it. As long as it made Trump supporters look stupid, that was good enough for them.
And speaking of news outlets that can’t handle the truth, an NBC reporter asked five pediatricians if they would let their kids return to school, apparently expecting them to attack President Trump and say he wanted to kill children and teachers by reopening schools. Instead, all five said as long as the schools followed safety protocols, sure. The benefits of going to school outweigh the risk of the disease, particularly since the number of coronavirus deaths in California among people 17 and under is zero.
Why am I not surprised to learn that one of the co-founders of “the Lincoln Project” – a group of media-celebrated anti-Trump liberals who claim to be Republicans working to elect Joe Biden because they say the nation comes before party – registered last year as a foreign agent of Russia? Which nation is it they’re putting first again?
GOYA BOYCOTT BLOWS UP IN LIBERAL FACES
That leftist “boycott” of Goya because the CEO praised President Trump’s efforts to help businesses and create jobs is going just swimmingly. The backlash has made it hard to find Goya products on some shelves. And a Trump supporter who started a GoFundMe page to oppose “cancel culture” by raising money to buy Goya products to donate to food banks set a goal of $10,000. This article says that fund has raised $160,000, but as of Wednesday morning, it’s closing in on $252,000.
He’s now meeting with Goya executives to buy directly from them due to the huge volume, and expanding the number of food banks that will be helped. If you want to keep this ball rolling, here’s the GoFundMe link.
We should probably also thank AOC and all the other leftists who called for a boycott to punish Goya for straying from the leftist hivemind. This could be the first time they’ve ever done anything that helped the poor that didn’t involve forcing other people to pay for it.
A RISE IN ANTI-SEMITISM
In recent months, we’ve seen rising an alarming rise in a lot of negative things, but one that’s gone largely unremarked upon is the rise in blatant anti-Semitism. The demonizing of Jews and Israel has stretched from actors and rappers to professional athletes to leaders of leftist political movements we are warned not to dare criticize. The examples of it include both public repetition of vile anti-Semitic smears and conspiracy theories and physical assaults on Jews.
I was working on compiling a list of these atrocious incidents, but Derek Hunter at Townhall.com did such a good job of it, I’ll instead point you to his article, “Tolerant Liberals Sure Hate Jews,” as a must-read.
In an upside-down world in which people can lose their jobs or even their lives simply for saying something as benign and inarguably true as “all lives matter,” you might wonder just how hateful a comment about Jews you would have to make to get “canceled.” As Hunter points out, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson posted an anti-Semitic quote that he thought was from Adolf Hitler on his Instagram and all he faced was an undisclosed fine and a forced semi-apology. He wrote, “I probably never shouldn’t have posted anything that Hitler did cuz Hitler was a bad person” (duh!), but he was just trying to “enlighten my people and just let everybody know there’s no hatred involved.” Yeah, how could anyone think hatred was involved in repeating an anti-Semitic quote you thought was from Adolf Hitler?
Believe it or not, someone finally went far enough to find the breaking point at which a media outlet will fire a black liberal celebrity for racist and anti-Semitic comments. ViacomCBS has severed ties with Nick Cannon (host of the hit show “The Masked Singer” on Fox) after video resurfaced of his podcast with rapper Professor Griff in which they discussed some of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s more hateful comments and conspiracy theories about whites and Jews, and threw in a few of their own. You can read some of the details here, but brace yourself for a package tour into Hateville and Crazytown.
Cannon is refusing to “bow down” and apologize, saying he can’t be responsible for everything Farrakhan says, or, apparently, things he says himself.
I am certainly no fan of “cancel culture” and people losing their jobs for stating their honest opinions, so I don’t want to sound like I’m hypocritically demanding free speech for conservatives while cheering the firing of liberals. But there’s a vast difference between being fired for expressing a legitimate opinion that others take issue with and spreading vicious libel about an entire race or religion.
Cannon actually made several good points when he said this in trying to defend himself:
“To me apologies are empty. Are you forcing me to say the words ‘I’m sorry’? Are you making me bow down, ’cause then again, that would be perpetuating that same rhetoric that we’re trying to get away from. What we need is healing. What we need is discussion. Correct me. I don’t tell my children to say, ‘I’m sorry.’ I want them to understand where they need to be corrected. And then that’s how we grow…You can say sorry in as many different languages as you want to, and it means nothing. But until someone truly understands where they may have been wrong or where they may have offended someone, then that’s where growth occurs.”
That’s the kind of reasonable response that everyone should have always had whenever someone was targeted for destruction by the Twitter mob simply for stating an honest opinion. Unfortunately, it took a desperate and self-serving attempt to defend the utterly indefensible to get a liberal finally to say those words.
WELL WORTH THE READ
This is a very long article by Mark Hemingway in The Federalist, but when you have a little time, it’s well worth the read. Hemingway explains the contents of two of the most poisonous and racially-divisive books that are currently being forced upon America – “White Fragility” and “How to Be an Anti-Racist” – then suggests some books to read that more accurately reflect the history of America and race.
Not to downplay the seriousness of the coronavirus, but when people point to statistics to shut down every business and church, it would be good to first make sure the 98% positive COVID-19 test rate reported by a lab isn’t actually 9.4%. Or that 76% positive isn’t actually 6% positive.