BLM: Open Under New Management

The phrase “Black Lives Matter” is a truism doubling as the name of an organization.  The simple statement that, “black lives matter” is universally understood and accepted.  The phrase becomes tortured when it is also used as the name of a movement.  Should one disagree with the tenants of the Black Lives Matter, (BLM) organization, their detractor’s accuse them of believing that black lives don’t matter, an obvious word trap. 

Like “Planned Parenthood” or the “Southern Poverty Law Center”, parenthood, poverty and in the case of BLM, black lives take a secondary role in the actual mission of these organizations.

According to BLM documents, their first stated goal is to, “Eradicate White Supremacy.”  Eradicate means to “destroy completely”, or “pull out by the roots.”  White supremacy only exists in the hearts of white supremacists, actual people.  So by definition, in order to eradicate white supremacy, one needs to kill white supremacists.  How else could this goal be attained?  Maybe re-education camps, like the Chinese use.

The second BLM goal is to, “intervene in violence inflicted on black communities by the state and vigilantes.”  This statement requires that the reader accept as true that the, “state and vigilantes” are actually inflicting violence on the black community.  Who are these “vigilantes”?  How is the “state” raining down this violence?  This as an out-and-out lie offered without a shred of evidence.  Once this imaginary issue is addressed this will result in, (according to BLM’s words,) “creating space for black imagination and innovation, and centering black joy.” 

What in heavens name is black imagination, innovation and black joy?  This is nothing but gibberish. 

In reading the disjointed and poorly worded BLM statements, only twice do the author(s) assign any responsibility to the black community itself for anything.  In the first instance they say, “…we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in black communities.”  Considering that the black community is not actually a nation, it is left to be guessed what this actually means and no further explanation is offered.

But this is where the BLM movement comes off the rails in terms of staying focused on the mission to which most of their supporters identify.

“We affirm the lives of black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all black lives along the gender spectrum.”

Notice the absence of men but the acceptance of the notion of multiple genders?  And herein lies the second admittance of some responsibility within the black community, but clearly directed squarely at the men.

“Our network centers those who have been marginalized within black liberation movements.”

Here we see the tie-in to the past organization of the 60’s, the Black Liberation Movement, and the complaint that it was a male-dominated group.  In other words, “Our network centers on those who have been marginalized… namely WOMEN!

The militant trio of misandrist lesbians who run today’s BLM have relegated men not only out of the family, but out of the organization as well.  The matriarch is in charge, and they’re pissed off at everyone and everything, but especially black men.

“We are working for a world where black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise.  We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.”

“Systematically targeted for demise?… Deadly oppression”?  These accusations against society are insultingly racist, bigoted and libelous garbage.

This is the last sentence in their manifesto:

“The call for black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL black lives striving for liberation.”

The biggest barriers to the success or “liberation” facing BLM adherents are their own poisonous attitudes and their refusal to assimilate.  This misguided subset of the black community needs to stop lying to themselves and take responsibility for their own shortcomings and begin managing their success instead of excusing their failures.  The bounty of America and the access to her opportunities are only limited by the artificially constructed barriers erected in the closed minds of people who hate at the expense of embracing and accepting liberation from themselves and the reject of their poisonous assertions.

The larger black community that smartly rejects the anthem of the BLM organization knows better than to embrace the mantle of victimhood when the arms of freedom, self-determination and true liberation are there for the embracing if you simply participate in all that America has to offer.

BLM points its adherents toward the fallacy of victimhood, impossible limitations and the lie that they’re being held back by an outside force.  The oppressiveness of this philosophy produces and encourages despair and a culture of congenital hopelessness.  The fabulous story of the United State of America rejects this and invites everyone to participate in the continued construction of the greatest achievements the world has ever known, here in the greatest country the world has ever seen.

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Militant Lesbians Kick Men Out of BLM

Today’s Black Lives Matter movement, (BLM,) has been co-opted by a Black Lesbian Management team that has little resemblance to the Black Liberation Movement and the Black Panther’s of the 1960’s, although they want you to think otherwise.

Fast forward three generations to the same initials but a split agenda.  With a new crop of naïve devotees blissfully devoid of historical perspective, this ignorance leaves as unknown to them the fact that communism, collectivism and the theories of Stalin and Mao underpin the BLM philosophy.  Today’s leadership adds misandry and the rejection of heterosexuality and tradition in blurring those historical lines.   

According to the BLM manifesto, the horsepower driving their activism today is the death of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, two black thugs that died at the hands of white men.  In both cases, the killings were adjudicated as legally justified homicides yet the BLM community inaccurately calls the incidents “murder.”

The refusal to accept unfavorable judicial verdicts is one hallmark of BLM.  This supports the fallacy that rulings they disagree with prove the illegitimacy of the “system”. This “circular nonsense” justifies their outrage and whatever flows from it as a result; like the rioting, looting, arson and anarchy we see today.

Without a current cause celebre, the BLM movement was suffering along in relative dormancy until the death of George Floyd provided renewed torque and traction to their cause.  Ironically, Floyd’s last breath breathed life back into the BLM movement.

Floyd’s death at the hands of the police is being wielded as a hammer by BLM, attempting to amalgamate the false narrative that all interactions between blacks and cops are illegitimate and likely lethal.  Floyd’s assailants were swiftly charged and jailed.  Their fate rests in the same judicial system BLM seeks to nullify, that is unless that system produces for them the result they want.  Floyd’s death rightfully brought indictments on those responsible.  Expanding that indictment to the entirety of our nation’s police officers is not only wrong, it is irresponsible and reprehensible.

BLM is by their own definition a hate group.  They hate the “system” and the state and by extension the white men who they believe unfairly control both.  This is what they say:

“We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position.  The impetus for that commitment was, and still is, the rampant and deliberate violence inflicted on us by the state.”

Miami Downtown, FL, USA – MAY 31, 2020: Protests for the rights of black people. Emotional man with black skin holds his hand up. Activist in a demonstration after George Floyd death

Imagine replacing the words black with white in the above statement.  BLM would explode with accusations of racism yet fail to see their own hypocrisy. 

If BLM actually gave a damn about black lives, their efforts would concentrate on black-on-black murders which account for the overwhelming cause all black homicides.  The closer examination of black lives matter more to BLM when they are on caught on camera at the hands of a white man because that narrative is easier to protest than it is to explain why blacks overwhelmingly kill each other.

Proudly stating, “we need not qualify our position,” is understandable because it is not legitimately qualifiable.  Declaring that, “rampant and deliberate violence inflicted on us by the state.” is a serious and unsubstantiated statement unworthy of debate in the absence of some proof, or in the words of BLM, “we need not quality our position” on how nonsensical is this assertion.

BLM goes on to de-legitimize the traditional nuclear family structure.  Here is what they say:

“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”

Notice the deliberate absence of the word “father”?  That is because this modern iteration of the Black Liberation Movement is run by a small group of young misandrist-minded, hetero-hating women.  It would appear that just like their role in the family, black men are missing in action when it comes to the leadership of BLM as well.  No wonder when this is what BLM says about their view of men:

“We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.”

They go on to say, “We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual.”

Today’s BLM lesbian leadership team is marginalizing black men while taking over the organization and expanding its agenda.

BLM is a hate-filled cancer that is attempting to hijack normal and decent people in the black community.  Ironically, it has found more success in the young, white female population, most eager to prostrate themselves due to their learned self-loathing simply because they were born white.  A generation indoctrinated in schools that preach a narrative instead of teaching one how to reason with healthy skepticism produces blind followers.

The United State of America has done more to address racism than any other nation on the face of this Earth.  The USA is the overwhelming choice for emigrants from all over the world, and the vast majority are non-white.

BLM adherent’s use the freedoms afforded them by virtue of being Americans to argue for dismantling that very gift, along with the greatest society mankind has ever created.  They must not be negotiated with, but like any other cancer, these outrageous ideas and accusations must be cut-out, discarded and inoculated against by the ideas and ideals of a better, enlightened vision.

This is from Black Liberation Movement propaganda and today’s organization  shares these goals:

“SMASH OPPORTUNISM, MODERN REVISIONISM AND IMPERIALISM UP WITH THE DICTATORSHIP OF THE PROLETARIAT
BUILD A GENUINE MULTI-NATIONAL COMMUNIST PARTY.”

Look at the recent funding of BLM.  Here are the facts:  The Ford Foundation donated $100 million to BLM, according to the Washington Times.  Another donation of $33 million was reportedly issued by the Open Society Foundations.

BLM and the organizations that fund them need to be exposed for the hate-filled and vile ideologies they foster.  America recognizes her imperfections and is always improving.  That fact deserves celebration and support not efforts to destroy.

The United State of America is at a historical tipping point.  We will either vanquish those who seek to destroy, dismantle and re-define us as a nation, or we will be homogenized into the mediocrity that these small-minded and self-loathing people wish for us to be destined.  The fight against BLM is that battle and their poison ideology is that hill worth dying on, no longer philosophical, mythic, or poetic, but as worthy of the cause as was Gettysburg, the Battle of Somme or Midway.

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Things Are Not As They Seem

As the black-socialist, radical underground movement tunnels its way to the surface of a world gone mad, normal is under attack.  A closer examination reveals that it isn’t a black uprising at all, but a subset of predominantly white, self-loathing young people ashamed of their own existence and seeking atonement at the alter of the myth of systemic racism in America.  Years of misinformation, a lack of historical teaching, and an agenda-driven educational system geared to indoctrinate rather than inform by teaching what to think instead of how to think leads us to this moment.

Ward Connerly is a well-respected 81-year-old black iconoclast and founder of the American Civil Rights Institute.  An actual descendent of slaves, he has lived through the era of Jim Crow and defacto racism and this is what he had to say recently in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal.

“The claim that America is “systemically racist” is a false narrative that fuels racial paranoia, division and hatred.”  He went on to say, “Our history is the best proof that America is not a racist nation. A nation of white racists wouldn’t elect and re-elect a black man as president. Those who assert that the U.S. is racist must, at a minimum, address this historical fact.”

Since 1980, more than 2 million sub-Saharan African’s have legally emigrated to the US.   Would they flock to a racist nation?  U.S. Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is one of those emigrants.  After the United States of America saved the lives of her and her extended family by allowing their settlement here from Somalia, she was able to rise to the highest level of political office.  Today, Omar uses her office as a bully-pulpit to trash America.  Back in Somalia, her words would get her killed.

As hate-filled as Omar is, America is unique in protecting her right to her hatred.

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Born a poor black girl in America, billionaire Oprah Winfrey becomes so popular she is recognizable by only her first name.  Professional football player Colin Kaepernick took a knee during our national anthem expressing his opinion about racial oppression, while under contract to make upwards of $126 million.  Many National Basketball Association players have lots of opinions about racism and the police, never mind that the league is 75% black and the average salary is $7.7 million. 

These very people, the most recognizable and vocal with a media platform to reach millions, sadly use their voices to convince us that what we see with our own eyes isn’t true.  These famous people are living proof that achievement and success are a part of the American fabric.  Better their voices be directed at those in despair and facing in the wrong direction.  Better to use those powerful voices to say, I did it, you can do it too, instead of trying to convince us that the greatness, the beauty and traditions of the United States of America are anything less than extraordinary, exceptional and a gift from God Almighty.

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Occupy Lake Wobegon

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Just as true today………….

Unlike the noble efforts of George Washington and his brave troops at Valley Forge during the terrible winter of 1777, the newly minted men of the neo-emasculation movement fold up their tents as the winter of 2012 descends upon them.  Instead of celebrating the good fortune of being born an American and thanking God almighty for limitless opportunities, these socially constructed eunuchs chant for a modern day Robin Hood. Far from wanting a level playing field, this group despises the game itself, preferring mutual mediocrity for all.


The days of scoreless T-Ball are over kids.


If you’re surprised by this outcome, you shouldn’t be.  This is the mentality bred when competition is scuttled from childhood via the enlightened helicopter parent’s who present the gift of  “illusory superiority” to their precious little one-of-a-kind brats in training.  Illusory superiority overstates ones abilities while understating their weaknesses.  In one study, 85% of high school students rated themselves as above average while 25% put themselves in the top 1%.  While all of the children in Garrison Keillor’s make-believe town of Lake Wobegon were above average, those NPR listening parents must have believed it to be real.

When you promote, support and endorse mediocrity, you demote success, achievement and drive.  When you punish the successful and gifted by forcing them to slow their pace to match the lowest performer, you sap their enthusiasm under the misguided assumption that doing so somehow rewards those at the bottom.

When you do away with the class valedictorian under the guise of offending lower performers, you breed the acceptance of low expectations.  When every kid in a classroom gets an award or certificate, so we don’t leave anyone out, you breed self-loathing.  When you encourage high self-esteem in those who should be reticent and reflective about poor choices, you breed narcissism.

When you allow a dose of reality to squarely hit your kid along side the head when he deserves it, you breed self reliance.  When you refuse to interfere with a social problem involving childhood rivalries and disputes, you teach self awareness and pride.  And when you punish bad behavior and reward exemplary performance, you build the foundation upon which cannot rest the mentality of the occupy movement. 

People from all over the world are willingly risking arrest, deportation, imprisonment and even death itself, just for the opportunity to set foot on American soil.  Their reasons and motivations for doing so are a much better study in what is good about the United States than the sad portrait painted at the not so artful hand of today’s occupiers, so far removed from their proud relatives at Valley Forge.   

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How BLM Insults White People

Normal every-day white people are insulted by the phrase, “Black Lives Matter”, (BLM) because the presumption is that white folks need to be reminded of the sanctity of black lives.  How racist, patronized and insulting, assuming that of an entire race of people. 

Isn’t generalizing by race a major complaint that blacks have about how they believe whites view them?   

Not a single person I know discounts the value of a life based on skin color.  There is not a shred of empirical evidence to back up that outrageous claim.

If BLM leadership sincerely cared about all black lives, they would be focused on America’s major cities, figuring out why blacks are killing each other at alarming and increasing rates.

Over Father’s Day weekend in Chicago, there were 104 people shot, 15 left dead including a 3-year old.  The weekend before, 84 shot, 24 dead, shooters and victims predominantly black.  Last year Chicago had 2151 shootings with 492 dead.  This year it looks like those numbers will increase.

71% of those killed in Chicago are black and 75% of their murders are also black.

Didn’t notice any BLM rallies in Chicago protesting this on-going tragedy.

Black lives seem to matter more to BLM when they are taken by white police officers being videoed for public consumption.  While the death of George Floyd was unwarranted, the murder of an innocent three-year-old in Chicago ought to foment more outrage than a career felon dying during the investigation of a crime in which he was involved.

BLM isn’t interested in solving problems any more than Al Sharpton wants to end racism.  Both need controversy, animosity and ignorance in order to advance an agenda and create a payday.  If you point this out, you will be labeled a racist, your point of view marginalized while you are effectively censored.

BLM doesn’t seek a discussion, they demand your submission.

Miami Downtown, FL, USA – MAY 31, 2020: Protests for the rights of black people. Emotional man with black skin holds his hand up. Activist in a demonstration after George Floyd death

Shifting blame, controlling the narrative and refusing to take responsibility is BLM’s strategy.  As long as this kind of race-baiting goes on, the actual solutions are ignored and the problems only worsen. 

White people are now demanded to solve the black’s problems by admitting their privilege, prostrating themselves by taking a knee and publicly groveling as a form of virtue signaling.

A 75% out-of-wedlock birth rate, broken families and blacks killing each other in records numbers are realities hard to pin on the myths of systemic racism or white privilege. 

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What Happened to America?

The era of Trump, the China virus and the death of George Floyd has created a trifecta of turmoil in our country.  The normal division between liberals and conservatives became the Great Divide when a Trump victory denied the anointing of Queen Hillary when the chattering-class mistook Trump as the Rodney Dangerfield of the political race.  Unexpectedly and inexplicably to those deniers, the Trump administration ushered in record economic prosperity and unheard of low unemployment rates, courtesy of a neophyte that the politically-swampy unanimously thought would fail.

In his success, Trump simultaneously enjoyed pissing off liberal skeptics by purposely pushing their buttons at every opportunity, (Twitter) including the media, which he has played like a finely tuned fiddle.  As a result, some of those most affected have acquired TDS, (Trump-Derangement Syndrome), a malady so severe that his cure for cancer would face their objections.  TDS dulls the senses, making it impossible for those afflicted to see or sense any righteousness or progress, (even if they agree with it,) for no other reason that it emanates from Trump, (like the Crime Bill that no one could seem to pass yet Trump did with little to no accolade.)

As the love-hate relationships play out domestically, enter the China virus and see an entire country, and eventually the whole world, dive into a hasty hibernation.  Trillions of dollar gains in the stock market gone, virtually over-night along with almost instant double-digit unemployment and societal conditions lining up to challenge those of the Great Depression 100 years earlier.  While the jury is still to be impaneled to determine what, if any role the Chinese Communist Party, (CCP) had in this pandemic, concurrent with this outbreak, US policy towards China was harsh and getting harsher.

Coincidence?

Should that jury return an indictment of the CCP, there will be hell to pay.

Because the virus struck regions of the US in very different ways and at significantly varying levels of severity, Governor’s and other elected officials scurried about fashioning response and reaction that was as differing and wide-ranging as it could possibly be.  Police were arresting single moms in parks, parishioners at church, lecturing parents about social-distancing and where their kids were playing.  New York Governor Cuomo, overwhelmed with metro-New York City outbreaks prescribed a politically-induced coma over citizens and businesses.  Cuomo’s bad decision-making condemned over 5000 to death in nursing homes.

Governor DeSantis of Florida had a much more laissez–faire attitude, yet outcomes were diametric with Florida fairing much better than NY in outcomes, at least initially.  From the wide variety of responses from all levels of government, exposed were the tyrants for all to see.  Governor Whitman from Michigan micro-managed what Lowe’s could and couldn’t sell in their store.  Our own local county executive, Jason Garner wanted to ration travel by the first letter of your last name.  And even as the country gradually awakens, health professionals warn us that this is a fluid event with a likely “2nd wave” of infection to follow and so uncertainty and fear continue, even after 100 days.  The tyrants learn that fear equals control, so Cuomo holds a daily virus briefing, thinly disguised as a run for President as the wheels fall of Joe Biden as he hides in his basement.

After three months of having the governments thumb on all of our backs, we witness George Floyd and the now infamous knee on his neck.  Everyone was already in a pissy-mood due to being quarantined, misled and lied to.  Enhanced unemployment benefits, along with a $600.00 weekly bonus courtesy of the vote-buyers in Washington, created a perverse incentive to do nothing while at the same time gradually fomented resentment at the way people were being treated.  In the back of many minds remains the nagging thought that citizens are being herded more than governed.

Resentment turned to rage as the life drained from Floyd under the image of a white cop dripping with indifference and an under-class looking for an excuse to cut loose.  A single tragic and senseless act in Minneapolis becomes a blanket indictment on authority nationwide.  Don’t let a tragedy go to waste.  The accusations towards authority morph into assertions of systemic racism.  Silence is violence.  Take a side or be labeled, accused, ostracized and marginalized.  Declare the debate as over and take note on who is on which side, simple as that.  Draconian enforcement of social distancing rules yields to Seattle police being chased out of their own precinct and a band of thugs taking over a half-dozen city blocks while the mayor and governor of that state let it happen without consequence, celebrating lawlessness.  If the mob could, they would storm the jail and take Derek Chauvin from his cell and hang him in the public square, without the slightest inkling of irony.

George Floyd’s gravitas was fortified by his felonious criminal past.  That made him “authentic”, he “kept it real,” Dog-whistle language for unassimilated, defiant of authority, dismissive of societal norms and angry at the world for his own failures in life.  Holding a gun to the stomach of a pregnant woman while your accomplices rob her home is now the hot resume for social worship fame.  And no wonder.  Hip-Hop culture finds it’s authenticity in the gangster-lifestyle, celebrated, revered and copied in real life.  Lyrics about killing cops, raping and mistreating women, the worthlessness of life, the glorification of violence, it is part and parcel of a large segment of the black culture.  Thug life is celebrated, not condemned.

Al Sharpton can certainly speak understandable English if he so desires, but instead he resorts to a version of the spoken-word that is nearly unrecognizable to anyone outside of the “hood”, and he does so to signal to those folks that he is authentic, “down for the struggle”, refusing to assimilate to his own country.

 “Ask” becomes “axed”, why, because it is a symbol of defiance, a single word that clearly delineates the real blacks from their Uncle Tom brethren, those sell-outs who have prospered and excelled, using the same tools of opportunity that were available to everyone in this country but rejected as tainted by indignant blacks.  This is how you pick the wrong leaders:

Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and George Floyd; authentic.

Colin Powell, Clarence Thomas, Condoleezza Rice; frauds ceding credibility to the white man.

The militant black power-structure in this country refuses to talk about black-on-black crime or a 75% out-of-wedlock birth rate because it is hard, even for them, to pin this on white supremacy claims or systemic racism.  Equally difficult to square with logic, is how black Africans arrived today on our shores are statistically near zero in their impact of social services and seem to quickly find prosperity, happiness and success here.

As noted black educator and author Shelby Steele has pointed out numerous times, until blacks take control of their own destinies and decide for themselves how best to tap into the limitless opportunities that define America, no amount of affirmative action or other well-meaning but unsuccessful programs, engineered by whites for the benefit of blacks will do.  Realizing that all such programs have as an underlying assumption, that without the help of whites, blacks can’t do it on their own is insulting and accomplishes exactly the opposite of what on its face seems like a good effort.  Instead, it embodies the terrible notion of the soft bigotry of low-expectations.

Black’s have been exploited and lied to by liberal Democrats forever and the solution is so clear that it is apparently not obvious.  Stop listening to others and begin to grasp what is and has been right in front of you all along, American opportunity, the availability of education, jobs, support, encouragement, guidance, it is all there and the proof that you can do it is in the faces of the multitudes that risk their very lives to come here just to experience what we take for granted, the American dream in the greatest country of the face of God’s earth.  If the world’s poorest people, most with no command of the language, customs or culture can succeed, American-born blacks have run out of excuses in not joining with that success.  The illogic of a supposed white guilt is just another canard that impedes black success by tying their misfortune to someone, anyone else and by doing so, making it someone else’s responsibility for fixing it.  Taking a knee or paying reparations will solve nothing.

The nuclear, traditional American family and her re-birth will go a long way in solving a multitude of problems that may seem unrelated.  Boys need fathers that role-model positive behavior.  Without this the chances for good outcomes diminishes greatly.  Every child deserves two loving parents.  In the absence of this, the positive results fall even further.  Households need to be free of violence while encouraging education, moral behavior and strong religious beliefs.  Without this, chances of success are almost nil. 

Put the responsibility back where it belongs, onto the parents of children.  If the parents are products of a failed family life, they are likely to model one that also fails.  In the absence of a solid and stable family, social services and schools only provide triage and hospice care to a patient that is terminally ill.

Thug-life won’t take blacks where they want to go.  Glorifying violence, misogyny debauchery and drug use won’t help their children flourish.  Bragging up on how many times one has gone to prison is not a recipe of success.

 When funerals are the replacement for parties, something is wrong.  The militant and resentful in the black community need to get that giant chip off of their collective shoulder and quit complaining about how the successful are somehow responsible for their failures.    Availing themselves to all America has to offer and doing so with an open mind and a willingness to assimilate to a system that works, that is fair, and that holds everyone accountable for their own actions and outcomes is the best path towards success.

I’ve worked hard my entire life, delivering newspapers as a pre-teen, graduating to gas-station attendant, and then working in a canning factory warehouse after school where the main-full-time employees were parolees from prison.  I’ve been forced to fight because my dad was a cop.  Kids thought I was a “nark” and it put a target on my back.  I’ve been attacked and had to fight just because neighborhood kids were hungry for a battle.  Blue-collar bullying in the 60’s was a regular reality where I lived.  I’ve been ridiculed, fired, verbally and physically abused and mistreated any number of times during the course of my life.

I drove a limo to pay for college and unloaded UPS trailers full of boxes from 4AM until 8AM before attending to my philosophy class at 9AM at the local university.  For the final two years of college, I worked fulltime in a factory while going to class full time. That’s the way life goes and I wouldn’t normally bring it up except to say, by way of demonstration, no one gets out of their childhood or progresses through their life without strife, struggle and some bad experiences along the way.  I’m tired of accepting the notion that only a certain group saw their share of struggle.  We all have struggled.  I’m tired of being marginalized by the notion that only certain people have experienced mistreatment.  Most just don’t cry about it and use it as an excuse.

Much of life was and is hard, but I didn’t expect an “atta-boy” for living it.  All of the moving parts of our lives ultimately shape who we are and culminate to our own advantage.

None of us knows the burdens others carry, but today is today and we all can move forward with a new outlook.  No one said it was easy or even fair, it’s not, but that shouldn’t keep you and me from moving forward.  And we’re far better off doing that together than apart.  It is those in government who are fanning the flames of discontent.  If we don’t open our eyes to that reality, those tyrants will have many convinced of things that just aren’t so.  Be careful, be aware, and be naturally pessimistic of those who seek to “lead” you.  We’re more alike than we are different.

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A Knee to the Neck for Floyd, A Kick in the Nuts to America

A nine-minute cell phone video has given excuse to anarchists and low-life criminals for their acts of mayhem.  Nationally organized, these rent-a-mobs are tools of a higher order directed at dismantling societal norms.  Rioters and looters aren’t concerned with injustice; they use it as cover for their felonious acts aimed at a hatred of America.

In a rush-to-judgment, fomented by those with an axe to grind, the assumption is that racism had a role in this death.  The idea of a white cop/black perp, instantly equating racism is an act of racist assumption in and of itself.  No doubt, Mr. Floyd is dead at the hands of the Minneapolis police.  Accordingly, the man responsible is in custody awaiting adjudication for murder.  What more can the mob want?  How is that relevant to the thousands of other police departments scattered throughout the US that killed no one today?

Was Mr. Floyd a criminal?  Yes, a career criminal, with prison stints dating back to the 1990’s.  Had he not been committing a crime again, (this time passing counterfeit currency), this incident would not have happened.  Floyd didn’t deserve the death sentence, but it is fact that his own actions contributed to the situation in the first place.

Looters and arsonists should be shot.  When gatherings turn violent, participants that fail to lawfully disperse ought to face pepper-spray, tear-gas and water cannons, then be arrested and convicted.

Peaceful protests should be protected and the general public of the law-abiding ought to arm themselves against the street-scum hiding behind the casket of George Floyd, two-thirds of whom couldn’t tell you the mans name.

The national frenzy over this incident has less to do with Floyd and more to do with the organized and well financed evil forces in America that seek her destruction.  Bus loads of professional thugs, pallets of bricks and piles of money incite these riots, carried out by the useful idiots our broken education system has produced, those incapable of thought and indoctrinated with a hateful agenda they can’t even articulate.

Just as the Democrats brought us the Ku Klux Klan in the middle 1800’s, that same party hosts what we see today, new name, similar tactics, same mindset and game-plan; bring capitalism to its knees, destroy Trump, and do so at all costs, even if it takes the very life of the country.  Pelosi, Schumer et.al, silent in complicacy. 

Today’s Left are gutless thugs when the fighting is restrained by political officials in large cities.  Bring that fight to the Conservative battlefields of suburban and rural America and remind yourselves my liberal snow-flakes, when the gloves come off and the real fighting starts, which side has more guns, is better trained, and will be happy to use them on you?

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In Passing

I’m used to writing about other people’s shortcomings or misdeeds.  Today I write about my own.

A friend of mine recently lost her mother.  In writing her obituary, she purposefully omitted the name of one of the several grand-children, specifically her own son.  She justified this by pointing out her son’s long-time distancing from her and the family and his lack of interaction with his grand-mother.  What it really was about was a long-standing beef between her and her son.

Had this woman spoken this in a private, one-on-one conversation, I would have told her what a mistake I thought that was but because there were others in on the conversation, I kept my comments to myself.  Inside, I was indignant towards her and the first thought that came to my mind was how wrong she was and how urgently someone, (best of course being me,) ought to tell her so.  Using her mothers’ death to punish her own son seemed so obviously the wrong thing to do, an easy judgment call.

Then I reflected about how I handled my own fathers’ funeral.

I too had a beef then, but it was with my step-mother.  Helen and I occasionally butted-heads during the 20-some years she was married to my dad, mostly the routine stuff I imagine many “blended families” encounter as they sort through the pages of living life’s novel.

After dad died, Helen vetoed every suggestion my sisters and I had about how best to honor him.  My father was a career cop and my sisters and I knew he would have liked the involvement of the police at the funeral.

Helen said absolutely not.

Dad was a lifetime member of our Presbyterian church and loved more than anything singing in the choir.  Helen was a Catholic and in order for her to be remarried in the Catholic faith, dad converted to Catholicism in order to comply with all of the formalities that go with the rules of that denomination.  While dad did enjoy elements of the Catholic service, his main reason for converting was not a rejection of his life-long relationship with our church and denomination, but his devotion to his new wife and her traditions. 

He never stopped singing in our choir.

Helen insisted on a Catholic funeral.  While my sisters and I went along, we also suggested to Helen that we have another celebration of dad’s life in the church in which he had been raised, the church where his mother was a founding member, the church where all of his children were baptized, where he sang and where he was married.

Again, the answer was no.

That did it for me.  After giving this all of a days worth of thought, I announced to my sisters that I was not going to attend the funeral mass for my father.  I would attend the viewing and receive all of our friends and family at the funeral home, but I was sitting out the funeral itself.

While I somehow managed to convince the girls that what I was doing was righteous, they were gracious enough to not confront me at the time and I did not attend my own dad’s funeral.  To this day they have never brought the subject up and I’m amazed at their grace and tolerance in not doing so.

I made a colossal mistake, one I have been avoiding accepting until I heard the hollow words of admonishment in my own head that I contemplated showering down on my friend.  My opinion about what she did is worthless in light of my own failings.  I was judging her to a standard to which I myself had not met. 

I completely neglected the needs of my own sisters during that time.  I never thought how my absence, as the oldest and only boy was going to impact them.  I failed to provide leadership within our family.  I never considered the whispers that surly came from everyone there noting my absence.  I let my sisters down in that moment and worse yet I let down my dad.  If I had simply asked myself at that time, “What would dad have me do?” I surly would have attended that funeral mass.  It is a mistake which I terribly regret and I want to apologize to everyone that it affected, especially my sisters, I’m so very sorry.  I thought too much and felt too little, an issue I struggle with to this day.

The irony of my anger towards my friend and her situation only became clear when I was thinking about how I was going to react to her if the subject ever came up again.  In this matter, I clearly have nothing to say other than I was dead wrong. And I regret it.

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State of the Empire

Twenty years ago I could see the changing business horizon in my field and I decided to take steps in order to remain competitive into the foreseeable future.  I own and operate a small business in upstate New York that at that time conducted insurance adjustments, appraisals and investigations exclusively for insurance carriers.  I determined that the addition of a private investigators licensure would expand my customer base as well as its reach.  With that, I could work for attorneys, municipalities, as well as local, state and federal governmental agencies.

I carefully reviewed the license application instructions and determined that I was more than qualified by experience and education.  It was also clear to me that the entire licensing process in NY had been drawn around the concept that retired police officers would be given carte blanc entry into the field, needing to do nothing more than take a test and make the application.  What I failed to notice that the rules for attaining the license were not only pro-police but anti-everyone else.  I found this out when my initial application was denied.

I filed an appeal and the person handling my file demanded scores of files in order to review my past investigatory cases.  I complied.  She demanded even more.  I again complied.  She denied the license again.  I appealed.  This time it went to an Administrative Law Judge, (ALJ) for a formal hearing.  The judge reversed the State and my license was issued, some 18 months after the initial application.

 Fast-forward to the present.

 I continue to hold my private investigators license in New York, (NY) and now I am also licensed in Colorado, (CO.)  Renewal of both are due in the spring at about the same time. 

 Here is how it works in NY.

A paper renewal package arrives via US mail.  This must be completed using a pen, hand-writing various bits of information and hand-checking off various boxes.  A surety bond must be secured, (again, in pages of physical paper,) and it must be notarized and then include into the returned-by-snail-mail process.  This package of material must arrive at least 6-weeks before the expiration of the license, or you are assessed an additional $100.00 on top of the $500.00 license renewal fee.  The bond is another $100.00.

A week after sending my NY renewal package back to the state, it was returned to me.  The reason?  My bonding agent had included my mailing address on the bond and not my physical address.  No indicators in the instructions that this was a requirement, and furthermore, the state already has this information in the myriad of other paperwork I have had to submit to them over the years.  The bonding agent has to prepare a bond rider and then the entire package is re-mailed back to the state and the late fee of $100.00 tacked on as a thank you gift.

I am then reminded, in thick black print that I am prohibited from practicing without my renewed license and if history is any indicator, I should receive it in 6 to 8 weeks.

 Here is how it works in CO.

An email arrives in my inbox indicating it is time to renew my CO private investigators license.  A link is included that tells me what I need to have at the ready for making my renewal and then asks if I want to continue.  I do, and the entire renewal process takes all of 15-minutes, all done on-line in real time.  I elect to pay with my credit card and my license is created and printable immediately. 

 Oh, and the fee?  $16.00

 NY is the most cumbersome and over-regulated bureaucratic juggernaut that exists within the 50-United States.  No wonder people are voting with their feet and leaving by the thousands every week.  In a recent dust-up between NYS Governor Cuomo and the federal government concerning the use of federal funds to help NY during this pandemic, Senator Rick Scott of Florida, (as well as the former governor of that state) had the following comments about NY leadership.  I think his words are right on and are excerpted here from his recent Wall Street Journal editorial.

“New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said it was “irresponsible” and “reckless” not to bail out states like his, a state with 2 million fewer people than Florida and a budget almost double the size of ours. The opposite is true. It’s irresponsible and reckless to take money from American taxpayers and use it to save liberal politicians from the consequences of their poor choices.”

 Bingo.

 This pandemic will provide Cuomo with the perfect storm of political slight-of-hand.  He will blame all of his fiscal mismanagement on the pandemic while simultaneously carving out his own TV mini-series that should be entitled:  I’m Running For President.”

 Frank Sinatra famously sang about New York claiming that…”if you could make it there you could make it anywhere…” and he was right.  Given persevering under the rule of Covid-King Cuomo, anywhere is looking better and better.

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September 30, 2021, New York Times news story.

Emperor Andrew the Adroit announced today the opening of the sixth re-education camp in Newer York.  Christened Camp Covid, this facility joins the other five camps spread throughout the Adirondack region, Camp Compliance, Camp Corona, The Masked Retreat, Camp Ventilator and The Muzzled Inn.

“I am happy to tell you, the calm and compliant, that those barbarians who keep babbling about individual rights, freedoms, the Constitution, and all of that other ancestral nonsense are being aggressively re-programmed to understand the greater good of assimilating into a nice, homogenized group and letting go of those archaic notions of self.”

“Yesterdays drone spottings and satellite images were very disappointing,” declared the Emperor.  “We continue to see evidence of clear-headed thinking and skepticism in many of our non-compliant neighbors.  The reward monies for reporting individuals exercising their freedoms are now being boosted to $100.00 for any call resulting in the arrest and relocation of the malcontent to one of our camps.”

While Covid-19 illnesses have all but stopped, Andrew the Adroit believes that compliance, obedience and a healthy dose of fear are all that is required to make for a happy and calm citizenry.  We trust that you agree, but if you don’t, we encourage your neighbor to call immediately the number we all have had to memorize, if we want that check every month, 1-800-SCREWED.

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