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On Race and the Trump University Case

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First, let me state that Trump is not my preferred GOP candidate. I find him far less troublesome than the #NeverTrump crowd. I want my president to be thoughtful of the constitution, temperate and to lead by setting a good example – a man who can be thought of well even by those who oppose his party and policies.

Well that ship sailed a while ago, so we have Trump.

The latest of a massive list of controversies is the accusation by Trump that judge Gonzalo Curiel cannot be impartial because the good judge has Mexican heritage…or something like that.

The reaction from all the right people has been to get their skirts over their heads calling Trump a racist. While I wish that Trump would be a bit more thoughtful, the fact is that the man – Trump that is – has a fair point.

Consider this: If a black man accused of a crime is to be tried by 12 white jurors, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? While I personally think the race of a jury ought not matter in most circumstances, the fact is that for DECADES we have been told that in the interests of justice we have to consider the race or the participants, from cops to investigators to jurors and yes, judges.

Now, I think a judge ought to, as a matter or propriety, stay away from politics, especially identity politics where one’s “heritage” is a key factor of one’s influence. I am a Scot, but other than my name and a few gags about being cheap, it is not a key factor of my ability to influence others. Judge Curiel, no doubt a fine man, still has given a boatload of money to the Clinton Foundation, and is an active member of a legal society that is built – not around common factors such as law philosophy or a neutral charity, but rather race. It’s called The Race for pity’s sake.

Minority groups exert enormous pressure on those within it to be “unified” and in our current environment, the dominant “Latino” position is to be hostile to reducing illegal immigration. I’ll not bore you pointing out the rioters  waving Mexican flags at Trump rallies. You are not an idiot.

Judge Gonzalo Curiel decided long ago to make his ethnicity a key component of his influence, signalling some kind of political and/or racial solidarity with the greater Latino community. Now that Trump is in a heated contest with Clinton, I think it is perfectly reasonable to take the Judge at his word that he makes his something of a priority and expect, much less ask, that he recuse himself. The judge has nobody but himself to blame.

The identity politics of the Left has brought us to this place where one citizen suspects the fairness of perspective of another if the heritage between them is an insufficient match. Don’t blame Trump for following the rules they laid down.

Cliven Bundy’s Comments on Race – Unedited

This is supposedly the unedited version of the comments made by Cliven Bundy:

Cliven Bundy - Photo Business Insider…” and so what I’ve testified to ya’, I was in the WATTS riot, I seen the beginning fire and I seen the last fire. What I seen is civil disturbance. People are not happy, people is thinking they did not have their freedom; they didn’t have these things, and they didn’t have them.

We’ve progressed quite a bit from that day until now, and sure don’t want to go back; we sure don’t want the colored people to go back to that point; we sure don’t want the Mexican people to go back to that point; and we can make a difference right now by taking care of some of these bureaucracies, and do it in a peaceful way.

Let me tell.. talk to you about the Mexicans, and these are just things I know about the negroes. I want to tell you one more thing I know about the negro. Continue reading Cliven Bundy’s Comments on Race — Unedited

Sheep Asleep?

From the Wiki-How article "How to pretend to be asleep"Among the Facebook crowd, you occasionally get “that guy” who posts some fresh hell to their timeline and announces in all caps “WAKE UP SHEEPLE!”

Generally, I try to avoid screaming at my Facebook friends. I post plenty of fresh hell links demonstrating the mendacity of Big Government with pithy comments thrown in at no extra charge, but I have wondered why there are so many who are blind to the menace of a Government that is increasing in power exponentially. Are Americans “asleep” – are they “sheeple”. Continue reading Sheep Asleep?

Hardly a Constitutional Crisis

Burning ConstitutionA meme that has been galloping around the internet is that somehow the attempts by the House of Representatives to defund Obamacare is prompting an unconstitutional crisis.


Admittedly, the House is manipulating parliamentary procedure to make it impossible for other proposals to make it to the floor of the House for a vote, but the constitution does not speak to the procedures for bringing up laws for a vote. I may not like it, but that’s what elections are for, to toss out people who do things we do not like. Continue reading Hardly a Constitutional Crisis

The True Shame of the NSA

NSA ScandalThe real shame of the NSA isn’t that they have been gathering massive amounts of data. The real shame is that somehow an idiot like Edward Snowden was in a position to dump our dirty laundry hamper into the street for everyone to see.

The government necessarily has police powers. You and I can use force in emergent circumstances. The government can sit around, think about it, then decide to use force. Usually it is legitimate, like when they decide to raid a meth lab, or pick up a guy caught on camera sticking up a liquor store.

That power can be abused, too. I do not think every idiot who wants to dodge taxes should be able to declare their work a not-for-profit. It is legitimate for the IRS to use its police power to investigate organizations and make sure they comply with the law. The problem is that the IRS clearly used its authority to hamstring the opponents of those currently in power. We may very well be saddled with the most arrogant, narcissistic, incompetent administration in modern history in part because the IRS crippled the political opposition. Continue reading The True Shame of the NSA

Have a Heart…

Have A HeartToday I tuned into National Public Radio (yes, dammit, I listen to NPR.  For the articles) and was blessed with a story about the Framingham Heart Study.  Conceived in the late 1940s, the NPR story credited this study with creating the body of medical knowledge that has lead to a 70% reduction in deaths by heart disease.

For over 60 years, the study, funded by the Federal government has chugged along, giving residents of Framingham Massachusetts yearly physicals.  Successive generations of Framingham residents have dutifully shown up to be poked, prodded and interviewed about their lifestyle.  Collected by doctors, these firsthand accounts from modern physicians are indeed a magnificent treasure trove of data. Continue reading Have a Heart…

Rebuking the Rebuker of the Rebukers

FB_Rand_Paul_McCain_DanforthEd Martin called it right.

In my view, there is an enormous overburden of crap that the GOP could be criticizing about the Democrats.  They spend too much, they have a warped view of what freedom is, they are bullies.  Every one of their policies have the opposite effect of what they are supposed to do.  With such a target-rich environment, you would think that everyone in the Republican Party would have more than enough to complain about long before they made their way down the list to another Republican.

You would think wrong. Continue reading Rebuking the Rebuker of the Rebukers

Ed Martin: MOGOP Chairman – Hot Damn!

Ed Martin is now Chairman of Missouri’s Republican Party.

Let that sink in for a minute.

The former chairman and the choice preferred by the GOP Establishment lost Saturday to Ed. The entire GOP delegation to Congress lined up behind the other guy. Normally when you are the head of an organization that puts up an epic fail like that suffered in 2012 here in Missouri you are politely invited to find another way to serve. Instead, the GOP-E backed the loser, which goes a long way to explaining how Speaker Bohener still has his job.

See, the establishment is not about winning, they are about not losing and so long as they have a seat at the table, they don’t seem to care about how wrecked everything surrounding the table gets. Continue reading Ed Martin: MOGOP Chairman — Hot Damn!

Ed Martin for Chairman of the MOGOP

Quick question – do you know who the chairman of the Missouri GOP is?

Neither do I, and that’s a huge problem. At the Federal level, progressives run the show. Establishment GOP is spineless, the media are mendacious and the people are deeply confused about what should be done by the Feds. Part of the problem, candidly, is a moral failing of the electorate. Too many of us have our hand out and are wanting the government to do those things that ought to be done in our communities and families or by ourselves. Another part is a lack of leadership. Continue reading Ed Martin for Chairman of the MOGOP

Will America Collapse?

For many in America – myself included – the “fiscal cliff” is a forgone conclusion. We are going over. Exit polls in November showed a substantial number of Obama voters still blame President Bush for economic troubles and America voted for more of Obama’s medicine. The GOP was wrecked by FDR for decades, even though the Great Depression ground on despite (or because of) the New Deal. Post-cliff deprivations might be worth it to the President for a new Progressive hegemony. It’s not like any of his friends will go hungry.

Continue reading Will America Collapse?