Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

Category Archives: Politics

Nine-year-old Girl Accidentally Shoots Instructor: Should Our Freedoms Be Casualties, Too?

This article first was published at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, August 29, 2014:

Indoor Shooting Range at Sarasota, Florida, US...

Must every tragic and unusual gun death be accompanied by irrational calls for more government intrusion into our lives? Virtually all of us have heard about Arizona firearms instructor Charles Vacca, who was accidentally shot and killed Monday at the Last Stop gun range by a nine-year-old girl he was teaching to shoot a fully automatic Uzi. The incident was caught on video and, not surprisingly, has caught the nation’s attention. Unfortunately, though, it’s reason and reality that are caught in the crosshairs.

Many Internet commenters have seized the opportunity to place blame for this unfortunate accident on who they call “gun nuts”:

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Constitutional Sheriffs making NBC Nervous

This article first appeared at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 27, 2014:

Wicomico County, MD sheriff's deputy patrol car

Wicomico County, MD sheriff’s deputy patrol car

In just the last five years, both Oath Keepers and the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) have reported increased numbers of members and influence. For instance, in February CSPOA announced that more than 480 of the country’s 3080 county sheriffs have signed up and enlisted in their campaign, promising to uphold their oaths to defend the constitutions of their states and the federal government. This has made NBC News nervous and, in their latest report, Gun Laws, four writers investigated the growing constitutional Sheriff movement.

Franklin Shook, a member of the board of Oath Keepers, explained that “What Oath Keepers is saying is:

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Al Sharpton Continues to Gain Influence in the White House

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 25, 2014:

Al Sharpton by David Shankbone

In noting that Al Sharpton will be giving the eulogy in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday at the funeral of Michael Brown, Fox News analyst Howard Kurtz reviewed Sharpton’s rise to prominence despite his incendiary background and asked: “How is this allowed?” He wrote:

In the Trayvon case, he met with the family and its attorney, Ben Crump (who is also representing Michael Brown’s family). One minute, he was speaking as their advocate. The next, he was interviewing them on his show. This isn’t blurring the lines, it’s obliterating them.

Now we see the same syndrome in the Ferguson tragedy: Sharpton with the family; Sharpton leading rallies; Sharpton quietly working with Obama; Sharpton denouncing the police on MSNBC.

How is this allowed?

A better question to ask would be:

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New Black Panthers Flooding into Ferguson, Stoking riots

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 20, 2014:

New Black Panther Party

Members of the New Black Panther Party have been flooding into Ferguson, Missouri, to foment unrest, increase violence, and stoke the flames of racism. This is not theory, nor an overstatement. Continuous updates on its website confirm the group’s intentions and purposes:

All comrades are alive and well … unnamed men in ski masks blasting on the crowds … believed to be pigs agitating … slander campaign … from the assassins of Michael Brown….

Pigs tear-gassed the St. Louis residents … Panthers in the middle … riot gear … and returned push with bottles thrown, bricks, and available self-defense options….

This is the same revolutionary language leaders of the party used when invading the unhappy town of Sanford, Florida, back in 2012 following the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. Three of them joined in a phone call to plan disruption and violence there:

[W]e got to suit up and boot up … and get prepared for the war that we’re in … this stuff got to boil over, and all your greats talked about that happened to be bloodshed involved with revolution – true revolution means some bloodshed, so there’s blood being spilled because there’s a new life that is beyond this bloodshed.

This reflects the revolutionary intents and purposes of the “party,” going back to its beginning. The ADL – the Jewish Anti-Defamation League – has had this gaggle of criminals on its radar for years, reporting that

Much of the NBPP’s ideology derives from the notion that African-Americans continue to suffer as a result of a racist white power structure that has oppressed them politically and economically since slavery. The primary perpetrators of this institutional racism, according to the NBPP, are whites, whom it views as ultimately responsible for Black exploitation; Jews, whom it sees as wielding disproportionate control of political and economic affairs; and law enforcement, which it sees as facilitating racial injustice on the ground.

If they were operating alone it would be bad enough. But this revolutionary collection of collectivists has a lot of company: there are the “tourist looters,” leftovers from the Occupier movement, the United Nations, and, inevitably, Eric Holder on orders from his boss.

When reporters from the Washington Post were interviewing an officer with the Ferguson Police Department, he showed them a sheaf of more than 50 arrest reports and said: “It’s like looting tourism. It’s like they are spending their gas money to come down here and steal.”

Occupiers with nothing better to do have also shown up, instructing protestors how to make home-made gas masks out of hospital masks and duct tape.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations has also gotten into the act, demanding the local authorities in Ferguson “abide by international standards in dealing with demonstrators.” As Alex Newman pointed out in his article at The New American, that must mean that the S-G wants them to treat protestors like China treated protestors in Tiananmen Square in 1989. Or like Putin treats protesters in his new soviet state of Russia. Noted Alex:

Most of the UN’s member regimes are notorious for human rights abuses. The UN’s military forces, called “peacekeepers” in a perfect example of Orwellian thinking, are marauding all over the world while engaging in heinous abuses – especially against Africans and their descendants.

All of this is obvious to Ron Johnson, the Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain who is trying to keep a lid on things. He reported Tuesday morning that 78 more people had been arrested Monday night, noting that only four of them were from Ferguson. Fifty-six of those arrested were from outside Ferguson, while another 18 were from states like California, New Jersey, Texas, and Illinois. He said:

Our officers came under heavy gunfire. This was not an act of protesters. This was an act of violent criminals.

Protestors are peaceful and respectful. They don’t clash with police. They don’t throw Molotov cocktails.

To make the point, he held up two handguns and a Molotov cocktail his people had seized while making those arrests.

Johnson had little support from another outsider, a ward committeeman from St. Louis. Anthony Bell expressed sympathy and support for the protestors, claiming that they were just boys letting off a little steam:

To get them to go home is going to be difficult. The young people who come into the world nowadays, they have minds of their own….

[They’re just] releasing frustrations. We’ve got to let them vent.

Boys will be boys, don’t you know? And besides, who is this we? He’s from St. Louis, ten miles down the road from Ferguson.

One observer with no apparent agenda showed up to see what was happening and then wrote about his experience. Marc Lamont Hill, a contributing writer for CNN, commented:

It was a peaceful rally. I was at the rally, at the church….

I was standing there talking to them. They said they were committed to having a peaceful march….

Two things seemed apparent to me: one was that [some] young people … moved beyond an area that [was restricted]: the command center. They attempted to enter that area … somebody did.

Second … there is a small group of people who are doing something different and out-of-step from everyone else. They’re out-of-towners. The ones [in that group that] I spoke to are actually from Oakland. I saw them last night past curfew. I saw them this morning. They are the ones who initiated violence.

All of this was just too much temptation for Obama to stand, and he ordered his enforcer-in-chief, Eric Holder, to see for himself what he could do to keep the kettle boiling in Ferguson. He is due to arrive on Thursday to confer with FBI officials in person (such conversations by telephone are just too unsatisfactory, don’t you know). This is the administration that provided Ferguson police with leftover military equipment and then criticized them for using it in dispersing angry crowds. But, never mind, he is on a mission of peace and love and so forth….

The media has also had a serious hand in making things worse in Ferguson. Fox News Channel’s Howie Kurtz, host of “MediaBuzz,” saw Huffington Post’s coverage – if it can be called that – of events in Ferguson, and called them out for it:

Some liberal outlets [are] creating almost a lynch mob mentality around this. [For example] the Huffington Post today, screaming banner headline “Arrest Him.”

Now, [neither] the Huffington Post, nor you or I, knows exactly what happened [in Ferguson during the shooting]. When you cross that line into becoming an advocate … demanding that somebody be prosecuted before the facts are in, while the investigations are going on, you’re grandstanding, you’re trying to keep the story alive….

Of course they are. Here’s another one of those opportunities not to be missed, to promote their agenda: more government, preferably at the national if not the international level. To do that, the local police must be denigrated, embarrassed, and harassed in their efforts to keep the peace. Their officers must be threatened, and the officer involved in the shooting of Michael Brown must move out-of-state to an undisclosed location to keep himself and his family safe.

Riots will continue in Ferguson until the truth comes out. There is strong evidence that the officer, Darren Wilson, was defending himself “in the gravest extreme” from a monster fresh from stealing and then intimidating a convenience store clerk who dared to challenge him. Still on an adrenalin high, it’s likely that Brown didn’t take kindly to the officer’s request that he stop blocking traffic and instead walk on the sidewalk. Once the truth comes out, all the miscreants and criminals and troublemakers will disappear, having accomplished what they came for, which has nothing to do with the truth.

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Sources:

The Washington Post: Ferguson protesters: The peaceful, the elders, the looters, and the ‘militants’

Kurtz: Some Liberal Outlets Creating ‘Almost a Lynch Mob Mentality’ in Ferguson

Huffington Post: U.N. Chief Calls For Protection Of Rights In Ferguson Protests

Washington Times: Obama appeals for calm from protesters, law enforcement in Ferguson, Missouri

NBPP website

CNN: Out of Towners from Oakland Inciting Violence in Ferguson

Los Angeles Times: 31 arrested in Ferguson unrest, some from CA and NY, officer says

Background on the New Black Panther Party (NBPP)

Rasmussen: How Would the Media React If the Cop Was Black and the Victim Was White?

The New American: UN Boss Pushes “International Standards” for Ferguson Police

Huffington Post: National Guard no Help

Tiananmen Square protests of 1989

USA Today: Ferguson shooting case now heading to grand jury

DUIs drop when Ride-Sharing Companies come to town

This article was published by the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, August 25, 2014:

Franzia, straight from the tap.

Hearty partying

As ride-sharing smartphone apps like Lyft, Uber, and Sidecar continue their inevitable expansion, additional benefits are being felt. Last June Uber announced that DUI arrests dropped 10 percent in Seattle after they entered that market. Other cities noticed similar experiences, so one of the Washington Post’s writers enlisted the help of Nate Good, a statistics expert, to prove it. They looked at Philadelphia: DUIs have been declining there ever since Uber entered the Phillie market in early 2013. The decline is especially notable for those under age 30.

In San Francisco, the birthplace of the ride-sharing phenomenon in June 2010, the results are even more remarkable:

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Ferguson: Rule by Law or Rule by Mobocracy?

AFL-CIO endorsed candidate for MO Governor and...

Jay Nixon, Governor of Missouri

 

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 21, 2014:

With Missouri Governor Jay Nixon concluding that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is guilty of murder and the New York Times concluding that if the grand jury fails to indict Wilson for murder there will be hell to pay in Ferguson, the question has to be asked: What has happened to the rule of law? What has happened to the fundamental understanding that under the rule of law, Wilson is innocent until proven guilty?

Following a night of relative calm in Ferguson, Missouri (there were only six arrests Wednesday night compared to 47 arrests the night before), focus is now being directed to the start of the investigation by the grand jury into the

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Will New Information Exonerate Ferguson Policeman?

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 20, 2014:

English: Image of the St. Louis County Police ...

Additional information has been reported in the last couple of days that, if accurate, may exonerate Darren Wilson (shown), a white Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, from claims repeated by the national media that he shot Michael Brown, an innocent, unarmed, 18-year-old black man, while Brown was running away from him.

Christine Byers, a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, tweeted on Monday, August 18, “Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop’s version of events in shooting #Ferguson.”

Jim Hoft, blogging at Gateway Pundit the next day, claimed that Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket” as a result of his confrontation with Brown. Hoft claimed that his information came from

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New Black Panthers Arrive in Ferguson, Missouri

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, August 15, 2014:

Fox News Channel

When Martha MacCallum got word that members of the New Black Panther Party had arrived in Ferguson, Missouri, she went to their Facebook page and was astonished at what she found: “The FBI is very concerned about this and when I went on their Facebook page today of the leader of the group, Chawn Kweli, it was astonishing to me the things that he is saying.” She then read excerpts from it:

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Pro-gun Sheriff Reelected Despite Bloomberg Funding Opponent

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg opening ...

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke won his primary election on Tuesday over Bloomberg-supported Chris Moews, a Milwaukee police lieutenant, 52 percent to 48 percent. Because there is no Republican candidate running for the position, Clarke’s win virtually assures him of another four-year term in November.

Chris Cox of the National Rifle Association, which had been helping Clarke’s campaign, offered his congratulations:

On behalf of the NRA’s five million members, we would like to congratulate Sheriff David A. Clarke on his hard-fought victory in yesterday’s Primary election for Milwaukee County Sheriff. Sheriff Clarke’s outspoken commitment to the Second Amendment earned him the admiration of NRA members and gun owners nationwide.

Cox then noted one of the main reasons that Clarke won and Moews lost:

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Local Black Leaders Nervous About Sharpton’s Presence in Ferguson

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 14, 2014:

Tawana Brawley at a press conference in 1987. ...

Tawana Brawley at a press conference in 1987. Standing next to her is Al Sharpton. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Newsmax’s The Steve Malzberg Show on Wednesday, Ferguson, Missouri, Mayor James Knowles expressed his concerns about Al Sharpton’s presence in his town following the shooting death of Michael Brown by a local police officer on Saturday. Knowles told Malzberg, “There’s a lot of concern among a lot of the African-American leaders here. I have the concern that we’ll … become a national spectacle. Sometimes star power is not always a good thing.”

Sharpton showed up in Ferguson on Tuesday and walked arm-in-arm with Brown’s family members, their attorney, and some clergy members. He then gave an incendiary speech at the city’s Old Courthouse predictably pushing his “America’s racism” view:

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Another Trayvon Martin case in St. Louis?

This article first appeared at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 13, 2014:

 

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According to Michael Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, they were just walking down the street in Ferguson, Missouri – a small, mostly black community northeast of St. Louis – on Saturday morning when a police officer in his cruiser drove up and started hassling them. He demanded that they walk on the sidewalk instead of in the middle of the street. How rude! How inconsiderate! How impolite!

The “conversation” became heated, shots were fired, and Brown was dead. There were several eyewitnesses and some video of the incident, although the video has been commandeered for the investigation into what really happened. But the eyewitnesses were very sure of what they saw,

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St. Louis Shooting Sparks Riots, Accusations, Outside Intervention

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Tuesday, August 12, 2014:

Gateway Arch, St. Louis (MO)

Gateway Arch, St. Louis (MO) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Riots in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, began Sunday following a vigil for Michael Brown, who was shot and killed by a police officer on Saturday afternoon. The riots continued on Monday.

Almost from the beginning, estimates of the number of people involved in the riots, the damage inflicted on businesses, and testimonies from eyewitnesses of the shooting varied greatly and conflicted with police reports. A minimum of 12 businesses were

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Philadelphia Mother Headed to Jury Trial for Carrying a Gun in N.J.

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, August 11, 2014:

 

English: Bersa Thunder 380 pistol with nickel ...

English: Bersa Thunder 380 pistol with nickel finish. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By declining a plea bargain offered by Atlantic County, New Jersey, prosecutor Jim McClain to spend the next 3 ½ years in jail, Shaneen Allen assured herself the best chance to vindicate herself in a case that has drawn national attention: a jury trial. She is hoping that common sense will prevail — something that has not been evident in the proceedings until now.

Early in the morning of October 1, 2013, Allen was driving from Philadelphia to Atlantic City when

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Minnesota Café Adds “Minimum Wage” Fee to Customers’ Bills

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Friday, August 8, 2014:

Café Café

Craig Beemer, the owner of Oasis Café in Stillwater, Minnesota, employs just six servers, but Minnesota’s minimum wage increase that kicked in on August 1 forced him to make some tough decisions. The wage increase to $8.00 an hour for his workers will cost more than $10,000 a year, and something had to give. Beemer decided that rather than increase his prices he decided to

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Welfare State Costs Taxpayers More Than $2 Trillion a Year

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Wednesday, August 6, 2014:

 

Following the release of the latest budgetary statement from the U.S. Treasury, Ali Meyer dove into the statistical morass of charts and graphs to determine just how much the welfare state is paying out in benefits. Meyer, writing at CNS News, concluded that beneficiaries received over $2 trillion from the American taxpayer last year, or almost

 

Tea Party Protest, Washington D.C. September 1...

Taxpayers protesting

60 percent of all federal government spending. This included “means-tested” benefits — which require incomes to be below a certain level to quality for them — as well as “non-means tested” benefits such as Medicare, Social Security, unemployment insurance, workers’ compensation and the like.

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Illegal Immigrants Charged With Murdering Border Patrol Agent

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, August 7, 2014:

Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park, Texas. T...

Rio Grande in Big Bend National Park, Texas. The river forms the border to Mexico across on the opposite bank. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Sunday afternoon, Border Patrolman Javier Vega was enjoying some time off by fishing for gar in Santa Monica, Texas, along with his wife, three children, and his father, Javier, Sr. Two Mexican nationals approached Javier after he tied up his boat and demanded money. The conversation became heated and one of the nationals pulled a gun. Javier was shot once in the chest, fatally wounding him. His father, who was armed, returned fire, disabling the criminals’ vehicle. They were later arrested and charged with seven counts including capital murder, attempted capital murder, aggravated robbery, and tampering with evidence.

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Celebrating James Brady’s Monumental Infringement

This article was first published at The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Wednesday, August 6, 2014:

Brady Campaign

When James Brady, Ronald Reagan’s former press secretary, passed away on Monday at age 73, the media predictably crowed about the success of the Brady Bill, giving him credit for pushing it through a reluctant congress back in 1993. Brady was shot during an assassination attempt on Reagan in 1981, resulting in massive brain damage and putting him into a wheelchair for the rest of his life. The New York Times called him

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New York Times Calls Out City’s Pension System

This article was first published at TheNewAmerican.com on Monday, Augusts 4, 2014:

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

In a nearly 4,000-word lead article on Sunday, the New York Times clearly articulated exactly what is wrong with the city’s five separate pension plans: too-optimistic investment assumptions, excessive fees, overly generous pension benefits, and political interference. Mere tweaking on the margins will only delay the inevitable Detroit experience: drastic benefit cuts for retirees and higher taxes on taxpayers.

In 2000, the city’s contributions to its five pension plans (general city workers, police, firefighters, teachers, and other school personnel) consumed just two percent of the city’s budget, and the plans were considered to be adequately funded. For instance, the plan insuring the city’s general workers was actually overfunded by 36 percent. Today those pension plans soak up more than

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Friday’s Underwhelming jobs Report

This article first appeared at the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, August 4, 2014:

Liar

Criss Jami, the lead singer of the rock band Venus in Arms, may reasonably be accused of having given the president lessons in deceit, especially as they both live in the city where truth-telling is a lost art. Said Jami:

Just because something isn’t a lie does not mean that it isn’t deceptive. A liar knows that he is a liar, but one who speaks mere portions of truth in order to deceive is a craftsman of destruction.

When Friday’s jobs report came out from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), President Obama spoke “mere portions” of its truth:

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Labor Board Ruling Against McDonald’s a Huge Boost for Union

This article first appeared at TheNewAmerican.com on Thursday, July 31, 2014:

Français : Logo SEIU

The ruling by the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that McDonald’s is actually a huge employer of more than 175,000 workers in the United States, rather than a franchisor with thousands of independent franchisees, will, if it is upheld, allow the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to recruit those workers much more easily.

The ruling was supposedly about low wages and local disputes with a few of those franchisees, but it had precious little to do with that carefully crafted public perception.

Richard Griffin, the NLRB’s general counsel, said he investigated more than 180 claims by local McDonald’s’ workers that they were being penalized for protesting low wages in a series of one-day strikes earlier this year. He found 43 of them to be “valid” and, in the process, ruled that McDonald’s itself would be held jointly liable for any penalties along with the individual franchisees.

The New York Times, to its credit, saw through the scam, calling it

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