Sunday, May 27, 2018

David Hogg’s Publix stunt is an Alinsky-style shakedown

Ed. The gutless Piss-Ants who manage corporations like Publix don’t understand that a far greater percentage of the American public would favor standing up to weasels like Hogg rather than knuckling under to them. These uninformed fools are shaming themselves and losing customers at the same time!

It's doubtful that this little exploiter of tragedy will extort the extraordinary amount of dough that professional thugs like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton accumulated. For sooner or later someone with a spine will Jap-Slap the kid back to Mom and Dad's house where he will spend the next 20 or 30 years in total obscurity.

The following article appeared in the American Thinker on May 26th

David Hogg is back at it, doing the only thing he apparently knows, which is mau-mauing business.

The youthful gun-control activist staged a 'die-in' at Publix in Coral Springs, Florida, to protest the grocery retailer's donation to a pro-business Republican candidate who also supports the Second Amendment. Apparently, you can't do that and must only work to elect anti-business leftists, or else Hogg will come protesting, bringing his media gaggle, at you.
David Hogg; foul-mouthed, horse's behind

Hogg's do-this-or-I'll-stage-a-dramatic-protest-and-bring-the-press is nothing but 'a shakedown.' It doesn't matter that you might be supporting a Republican for business reasons to represent you, you must support leftists or else be declared a mass murderer, all in for the slaughter of high school children. What a bargain. And if you want to talk about divisiveness, and demonizing the opposition, this is how it's done.

Sadly, Publix, wary of boycotts, has caved in, apologized for being 'divisive,' and declared it has halted all corporate political donations in the service of its business interests. That pretty well ends donations to any Republicans now.

Pick a target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it, as Saul Alinsky used to say in his Rules for Radicals, the textbook guide to politically motivated racketeering.

Orlando Sentinel columnist David Whitley has an excellent local perspective here.

What's frustrating here is that Publix didn't stand up to this little monster, whose piling-on victories have increased his power and public influence, not through the force of his ideas (which have no force and which won't lead to any gun control) but through the force of his coercion. He's already shown how immature he is, unable to convey his losing ideas to the public, so now he uses Chicago-style muscle as a frontman for the sleazy leftwing groups that are financing him. Because he's not even old enough to remember the nuclear 'die-ins' of the Reagan era that inspired this stunt against Publix, - but the moneybags backing him are.

Now he's got a new battery to go pull another stunt on some new hapless business as well as make other companies think twice before giving to Republicans. Would having a one-party state premised on leftist ideas help America? Would turning it into California or Venezuela be helpful. Maybe he can ask some of his Venezuelan-American classmates or his former California classmates about that one.

In the meantime, one can only pity Hogg for his ever-worsening downslide, from Parkland survivor kid, to godawful shakedown activist, and wonder if the bad course is really the result of his rage at not being able to get into the college of his choice. Eric Hoffer used to write about such disappointed fanatics and the result is never pretty.

Why are white ‘bigots’ stockpiling guns?

Ed. To the authors of Scientific American magazine, Whiteness and Bigotry and undoubtedly one and the same. But the learned SA writers fail to explain how it is that American Whites, those voracious stockpilers of weaponry, commit fewer homicides than American Blacks! And not only do Whites scarf up all the guns, they also hold a massive population edge. 

According to the FBI, in 2016, 4192 Whites were arrested for Murder or Non-negligent Manslaughter. During that same year, 4935 Blacks were arrested for those offenses.

The following article appeared in the American Thinker on May 26th

I propose that Scientific American magazine (SA) be renamed Pseudo-Science Magazine. 

My inbox, every so often, receives articles from SA's online platform, and as I have previously reported here, they contain decreasing amounts of science and increasing amounts of leftist drivel.

The latest is titled "Why Are White Men Stockpiling Guns?"  My expectation would normally be that the commentary provides yet another excuse to demonize Caucasian men.  Normality strikes again.  While the piece moderates its bias, the portrait is clear.  Quoting the subtitle:

Research suggests it's largely because they're anxious about their ability to protect their families, insecure about their place in the job market and beset by racial fears.

But being "beset by racial fears" is not enough for SA.  Association with white racism must be emphasized, and the article struggles to make that connection.  For example:

2013 paper by a team of United Kingdom researchers found that a one-point jump in the scale they used to measure racism increased the odds of owning a gun by 50 percent.

Of course, in the UK, with its rigid policy of gun confiscation, one would expect to find anti-gun bias.  Moreover, "the scale they used to measure racism" is unlikely to be unbiased.  Finally,

"... these men tend to see themselves as devoted patriots, but make a distinction between the federal government and the 'nation,'" says Froese. "On that point, I expect that many in this group see the 'nation' as being white."

Oh, horror of horrors.  Do some people actually perceive a difference between a nation itself, and a governing body saturated with leftists and imitation conservatives?  And of course, Froese's "expectation" that you are a bigot is an important expectation, which SA could not omit.

Now there is one important statistic that SA is probably accurate on, but which actually works against the point it is trying to make. 

Three percent of the population now owns half of the country's firearms[.]

This undermines the entire argument that white men own guns because they are racists.  The very small percentage of people who hoard anything, be it guns, twinkies, or miscellaneous household items, are outliers.  They are not average people, and their hoarding is more likely to indicate the very disorders mentioned in the article other than racism.

What SA seems utterly disinterested in reporting on is, who owns guns illegally?  Who uses them to commit crimes?  Who are the people who carry them on the street in search of victims? 

Maybe they are disproportionately Caucasian, but my "expectation" is that, if that were the case, SA would have featured it in the article.  If instead, it is nonwhites who disproportionately use guns illegally, then, is deliberate avoidance of those statistics indicative of anti-white racism? 

My "expectation" says yes.

Two misguided left-wing theories of housing discrimination collide

Ed.  Picture Below: Liberal brain explodes due to lack of sufficiently clear direction to incontestable, Politically Correct course of action.

In short: libs aren’t too hot at making up their own mind, so they fry!

The following article appeared in Powerline on May 26th

By Paul Mirengoff

The Washington Post reports on a suit in federal court alleging that policies instituted by the District of Columbia government to attract younger, more affluent professionals to poor, African-American neighborhoods discriminate against poor and working-class Blacks who have lived there for generations. The city stands accused of breaking up “close-knit” black communities.
Decisions, decisions...

The policies challenged were undertaken pursuant to D.C.’s “New Communities” program, initiated to turn aging public housing complexes into mixed-income developments. The idea was to “economically integrate” neighborhoods. With encouragement from and incentives provided by the city, developers and business owners constructed apartment towers, renovated row houses and opened restaurants, coffee houses and bars that catered to a younger, more affluent breed of Washingtonian.

The lawsuit alleges that these policies are “classist, racist, and ageist.” Although the result of the policies so far has been to integrate neighborhoods, the plaintiffs say that the intent was to “re-segregate black communities into white upper class and creative class communities.”

The left, though, supports government action to create mixed-income communities. More than that, it claims that the failure to create them violates fair housing law because it discriminates against Blacks, who are said to need white neighbors and businesses to escape from poverty. That’s the thrust of the Obama administration’s “Affirmative Furthering Fair Housing” rule (AFFH).

Is it race discrimination to break up close-knit black neighborhoods by encouraging an economic and racial mixture? Or is it race discrimination not to promote/mandate the creation of such neighborhoods?

I don’t think both can be race discrimination. Indeed, I don’t think either is. Race discrimination in housing is when people aren’t allowed to buy properties they can afford because of their skin color. Nothing more.

Families Steal Ebola Patients from Hospital in Democratic Republic of Congo

Ed. Ebola is one of the viral hemorrhagic fevers.

"These illnesses typically cause fever as well as extreme dysfunction in the body's network of blood vessels, which can result in profuse bleeding."  "For the most part there are NO TREATMENTS AVAILABLE for people with any type of viral hemorrhagic fever..."

Imagine being rushed to the hospital pictured below with ANY malady, never mind a life threatening ailment like viral hemorrhagic fever. Much of the world considers the American people to be "lucky," foolishly believing as they do that first rate medical care is simply God's gift to an undeserving and unappreciative population. Barack Obama perpetuated this idiotic myth during his 8 long years at Pennsylvania Avenue. 

Too few appreciate the centuries of genius, the work ethic, the desire and the effort necessary to create the United States. These ignorant and ungrateful fools should spend a week being treated at the Hopital General de Reference shown in the picture.

The following article appeared in Breitbart on May 26th

By Frances Martel

International public health authorities confirmed 52 cases and 22 deaths in the ongoing outbreak of Ebola virus in Democratic Republic of Congo this week, where locals’ fear that medical professionals are intentionally spreading the disease has triggered at least two cases of families stealing patients out of hospitals.

Some locals believe that Ebola is a curse, not a medical condition, and prefer traditional healers to use magic against the curse rather than modern medicine. Others suspect the international relief organizations trying to prevent the disease from spreading are the ones who brought the virus into their communities, making containment and treatment difficult.

These concerns echo the struggles of fighting Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia in 2014, when an outbreak there killed over 11,000 people.

The incidents in which families stole patients out of hospitals occurred on Monday in Mbandaka, a port city near the urban capital of Kinshasa. According to Reuters, family members smuggled the relatives out by “walking them out of the hospital before putting them on the back of motorcycles.”

One of the patients died at home hours later. The other patient died dramatically in a local evangelical church, where an unidentified witness told Reuters she “came to testify that God had cured her of her illness” but died shortly after hospital officials found her in the church and brought her back to their care.

At least 19 people attended the church meeting where she had last spoken, leaving them exposed to the virus.

“It is unfortunate but not unexpected. It is normal for people to want their loved ones to be at home during what could be the last moments of life,” World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told CNN. “We are working with local community leaders, traditional leaders and healers, and religious leaders to better engage with communities so that we understand each other better and can work together in stopping the outbreak.”

Reuters notes that these two cases of suspicion, while the most dramatic among them, were not the last. Some reports have begun to trickle in that locals near Mbandaka have begun to threaten medical staff attempting to enter their villages to stay away.

Such hostility was a staple of the West African Ebola outbreak that lasted from 2014-2016. Relatives struggled to steal away patients from hospitals in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, fearing that they were being killed. Local publications claimed that the United States had fabricated Ebola to kill Africans.

In a particularly violent incident in Guinea in 2014, an angry mob attacked a Doctors Without Borders treatment station, throwing rocks at the doctors and tents where patients were being held in isolation. Local residents believed Doctors Without Borders had brought the virus to their village to kill them. Doctors Without Borders was forced to withdraw.

Families also attacked health workers for incinerating bodies, preventing a traditional burial but also the traditional washing of bodies, which allows for easy transmission of Ebola.

An Ebola outbreak often begins with the consumption of “bush meat” – monkeys, rats, bats, and other smaller creatures consumed in areas of Africa where sources of protein are scarce. From there, humans can spread the virus to each other through bodily fluids like blood, sweat, and saliva. Ebola can be sexually transmitted.

Among the biggest challenges in containing the Ebola virus is tracking who has come into contact with an Ebola patient or may have inadvertently touched a contaminated bodily fluid. Medical professionals are struggling now, reports state, to find and test anyone who may have come into contact with the two quarantined patients during their escape. Doing so in an urban area, where many people can come into contact with each other or touch doorknobs, guard rails, and other common items, is significantly more challenging than in rural areas.

To prevent the current Ebola outbreak from triggering as much panic as the 2014 one, international aid groups are reaching out to local religious organizations and traditional healers in the hopes of using them to ensure locals that going to hospitals is not a death sentence.

“We try to raise awareness and tell people that, no matter their beliefs, it is crucial for patients to remain in health centers for treatment,” DR Congo’s Health Minister Dr. Oly Ilunga Kalenga told Voice of America this week. “Religious and traditional leaders must be involved, because there are many beliefs surrounding the Ebola virus.”

According to the UN Children’s fund in a report released Wednesday, the WHO has confirmed 31 cases of Ebola, has documented 13 probable cases, and 8 suspected cases of infection. 22 people have died since May 3, 2018.

Unlike the 2014 outbreak, an experimental Ebola vaccine exists, which the Congolese government has allowed the WHO to distribute in an attempt to contain the virus.