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Time to Go

05.12.2017 (11:27 am) – Filed under: Politics,Term Limits ::

27-term Michigan Rep. John Conyers’ retirement is a “sad end to a long career.”

Hardly. Conyers made a career out of race-focused politics. Leaving the current sexual harassment witch hunt and his wife’s bribery conviction out of the discussion, fifty years is enough.

Unhappy Thanksgiving in Texas

24.11.2017 (12:06 am) – Filed under: Crime,Race ::

Thanksgiving is the wrong day on which to mark the murder of a Texas State Trooper, gunned down in his vehicle after stopping Darbrett Black, a repeat criminal offender.

The public safety department said the trooper made a traffic stop about 3:45 p.m. on Interstate-45 in Freestone County. The trooper went up to the car, talked to the suspect, and returned to his patrol car.
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The trooper died in his car after the suspect fired multiple times with a rifle, the department said.

This occurred only one day after Brandon McDaniel shot at police in Huntsville, Texas after first attempting to evade police and crashing his car, then fleeing on foot.

Black’s murder of the unidentified trooper bought him two hours of life on the run and, ultimately, will end with him in a spot on Texas’ death row. Who knows what McDaniel thought he would accomplish by attempting to shoot at and outrun the police, on foot of all things? Who cares? His motivation, like Black’s, ceased to matter the moment he picked up a weapon and aimed it in the direction of law enforcement officers.

Americans enjoy freedom of speech, expression, and association as Constitutional rights. These rights which exist only through the continual enforcement of the rule of law, a thankless task performed by officers of every race and nationality under extremely difficult, dangerous conditions. These officers need and deserve the support and respect of every American of every creed and color, every day of the year.

Fact: Black and McDaniel are both African-American. What of it? It’s their actions, not their skin color, that marks them as public enemies. In this they join Devin Kelley, the white-as-a-sheet ex-Air Force serviceman who earlier in the month murdered 26 Texas churchgoers in a cold-blooded revenge shooting, as being undeserving of either human sympathy or protection.

Fact: Devin Kelley should have been thrown in the stockade for domestic violence and barred from possessing a firearm. Darbrett Black should also have been behind bars, not driving around free.

Liberals make the issue about the tool, guns, and ignore the problem: human beings’ bad behavior. Fundamentally the issue is that Americans have lost the ability to judge the kidnappers, rapists, and murderers among us for what they are. There is, behind all things, a fear of taking a definitive position on anything, of judging any act, no matter how depraved, as wrong, lest some fool with an Internet following take offense. Far too often, only those who wrongly believe the platitude of non-judgment are allowed to speak.

My foil in this is Dave Winer, who is an interesting enough fellow that I still follow him even though ~30% of what he writes is pure nonsense. Recently Dave wrote:

When people say someone is tone-deaf, clueless, doesn’t get it — someone’s mind is closed, one point of view is dominating others.

Of course, it’s desirable to keep an open mind until the plurality of the facts are known. After that, however, continuing to pretend that A is not A is mere foolishness. Tone-deafness, in other words, is frequently simple disagreement misinterpreted by one whose intellectual preparation is unequal to the task of acknowledging the right of another to have his/her own opinion.

At BSP, our philosophical position is that everyone has the right to be just as wrong as they want to be. However, law-and-order is an entirely different, pragmatic, non-philosophical matter. In that regard, society must pursue a policy of firm, resolute decision-making as regards socially tolerable behavior. Kelley, Black, and McDaniel are individuals who demonstrated a record of unacceptable criminal actions and were given a pass to walk among us as equals. The result of this leniency now evident.

Changing our pattern to expel criminals from society will require some guts. It won’t be easy, because it’s not the hip think to do, like tweeting about Roy Moore or Al Franken copping an unwanted feel ten – or thirty – years ago. It will be much harder than that, because it’s real and it’s personal and, most importantly, it’s now. It’s about admitting that your daughter, your brother, your uncle, or some stranger who happens to share a skin color, country of origin, or political viewpoint with, is a rapist or a murderer and telling the truth about it. No prevarication, no obfuscation, no justification, no excuses.

That is what justice is: Speaking the truth and letting the chips fall where they may.

George Bush Sr calls Trump a ‘blowhard’

04.11.2017 (8:46 pm) – Filed under: Politics ::

Considering how chill former presidents are, this is a big statement. Not that a blowhard like Trump cares.

Mike Rowe

07.10.2017 (11:52 am) – Filed under: Politics ::

One of the most eloquent defenders of common sense in the U.S., Mike Rowe seems to have run afoul of the thought police at YouTube. Google, don’t be evil.

AI hacks are trying to turn code into intelligence like alchemists tried turning lead into gold

28.09.2017 (1:13 pm) – Filed under: Politics ::

Craig is absolutely right about this. A more recent anology is the failed promise of nuclear fusion. Alchemy, cold fusion, and AI may happen someday, but not any time soon.

How digital media fuels moral outrage – and what to do about it

22.09.2017 (9:02 pm) – Filed under: Politics ::
Interesting thought exercise: Imagine an Internet without Google search and Google ads. One would be missed. The other would not.

Miss America Drama

11.09.2017 (11:35 am) – Filed under: Politics ::

Is it a beauty pageant or a political debate? I sort of like these questions as it reveals a thoughtful character. What I dislike is that a politically correct sound bite must be given in place of a thoughtful, nuanced answer if the contestant wants to remain in contention. With years of preparation on the line, contestants literally can’t afford to tell the truth.

9/11 Remembrance Day

11.09.2017 (10:18 am) – Filed under: Terrorism ::

16 years ago we belatedly recognized the Taliban as the enemy of truth, justice, and the American Way. The fact that they are an enemy is not in itself a reason for war. It’s the attack that justified and required retaliation. #fb

Trump to donate $1 million to Texas recovery

31.08.2017 (9:05 pm) – Filed under: Politics ::

Seven figures isn’t something to sneeze at, but Donald Trump donating a million for Harvey relief is like you or me giving $50. Let’s all do better than that! #bthoharvey

Sachs: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, you need to resign

30.08.2017 (12:41 pm) – Filed under: Politics ::

Apparently it’s not too soon for Jeffery Sachs to start the political dog-pile. Of course, he ignores the real big-picture issue: Why are the majority of the country’s refineries in a hurricane-prone region? Why don’t we build more of them in places far away from Houston? Because people like Jeff Sachs won’t allow them to be built.