Thoughts on America — Thanksgiving 2014 (During the Ferguson riots)
The posts below are some of the better ones I’ve seen. I feel sorry for the poor and the Blacks trapped on the Government plantation by liberal policies. Long ago and far away my mother used to be a Welfare Director in one of the NE towns — it didn’t used to be that way, but the Great Society turned the system over to a mindless bureaucracy and destroyed Black Families. Others have recognized this. Allen West’s book has an excellent section on this, but now it is politically incorrect and “racist” (West is a Black American, of course) for anyone to dare mention this.
A Black youth assassinated: Was Murdered Ferguson Man a Grand Jury Witness?DeAndre Joshua was shot in the back of the head, and his body was set on fire. Unexplained death prompts speculation about retribution killing.
by Paul Joseph Watson | November 26, 2014
Questions are swirling over the unexplained murder of DeAndre Joshua, found dead in his car on Tuesday morning, with some speculating that the 20-year-old may have been the victim of a retribution killing for testifying in front of the grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting case. Joshua was found dead inside a parked car near Ferguson’s Canfield Green Apartments around 9 a.m. Tuesday, just two blocks from where Brown was gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson.
According to one resident, four individuals were overheard discussing plans to kill somebody on Monday night. The New York Daily News reports that Joshua’s family is, “positive his death is tied to the demonstrations over a grand jury’s decision not to indict Michael Brown’s killer.”
Joshua was described as a “good kid” who was not into drugs and had a steady job.
“DeAndre Joshua, 20, fits the social profile of an eye-witness who gave a police/FBI statement and testified before the Grand Jury in the Mike Brown shooting case,” writes the Conservative Treehouse blog. “He was an employed black male, with no history of drug use or illicit behavior. He was also a friend of Dorian Johnson who is currently under protection.”
A Facebook post by Johnson, who was with Michael Brown at the time of the shooting, appears to confirm that the two knew each other. The blog also claims that many witnesses who gave testimony to the grand jury which confirmed Officer Wilson’s version of events “were threatened by the local Canfield Greens community.” This is confirmed by police reports (page 20) which include interviews with residents such as one female eyewitness who said she was apprehensive in talking to detectives “for fear of retaliation.”
“While officials would not say if Joshua was in fact, a witness to the shooting death of Michael Brown, nor if he actually provided testimony to the grand jury which ultimately cleared Officer Darren Wilson of any wrongdoing in the shooting, his murder does point to a retribution-type killing,” reports UFP News.
In a separate incident linked to unrest in Ferguson, two FBI agents were shot after they responded to a situation where a person had been barricaded inside a home. FBI agents were sent to Ferguson in advance of the grand jury decision in part to “assist with threats to federal employees.” Was Joshua the victim of a retribution-style killing for giving testimony which absolved Officer Darren Wilson of murder? The case remains unexplained, but the fact that someone living a stone’s throw away from where Brown was killed, in addition to being a friend of Dorian Johnson, being the only fatality after two nights of violence, suggests that Joshua may not merely have been the victim of a random act.
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The “Big Mike” incident – Trayvon 2.0. “If Obama had a son….”
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O’Reilly raised the issue of the “Disintegration of the African American Family.” He makes a lot of good points about that.
Daniel Henninger in today’s Wall St Journal takes another angle on Ferguson while noting as cannot helped but be noticed the tremendous irony of Ferguson happening on the 50th Anniversary of Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty–right down to the day Johnson signed his opening shot of that misbegotten War on August 20, 1964:
50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a Ferguson doesn’t need to happen.
“It has been 50 years since Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Across that half century, the condition of inner-city black life in America has consumed immeasurable amounts of the nation’s public and private spending, litigation, academic study, cultural output and opinion. And yet everything about Ferguson is familiar.
A poor neighborhood has erupted over a police killing, protesters are in the streets, civil-rights leaders are everywhere, local businesses have been looted and cameramen are recording the most familiar image of all-young black men in a state of rage. Eventually Ferguson will subside as a daily news story, and then life in this small town in the middle of the country will return to being what it was.
We will leave it to others to plumb the riddles of whether racism and injustice create the Fergusons of America. A question more open to the possibility of an answer is: Why don’t more young guys in places like Ferguson have a job to occupy their days?
The short answer is, they don’t work because there is no work. And anyway, who would hire them? President Barack Obama explained all this in February when he announced the “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative.
“As a black student,” Mr. Obama said, “you are far less likely than a white student to be able to read proficiently by the time you are in fourth grade. By the time you reach high school, you’re far more likely to have been suspended or expelled.” And the future? “Fewer young black and Latino men participate in the labor force compared to young white men. And all of this translates into higher unemployment rates and poverty rates as adults.” All indisputable.
The goal of “My Brother’s Keeper,” Mr. Obama said, is to find out “what works,” and then build on what works.
But we know what works. The build-out is simply waiting for a head contractor to get the job done.
The article also noted the massive shortfall in educational preparedness: “Just 5% of African-American students meet the ACT’s college readiness benchmark in all four subject areas: English, reading, math and science.”
Connect the dots: What younger black men need is a decent job and the education necessary to get and hold that job. Absent that, normal life is impossible, for them or for their neighborhoods.
The post-recession growth rate for the first five years of the Obama presidency was below 2%, and joblessness for young black men is unprecedented. Something, obviously, isn’t working.
Good growth is half of what works. Without a functional education, holding a job, or improving on the one you’ve got, is nearly impossible. Ferguson’s school system, the Washington Post’s visiting reporters noted Tuesday, “is crumbling.”
The decline of inner-city public schools is the greatest, most bitterly ironic social tragedy in the 50 years since passage of the liberating civil-rights acts. But what works here is no longer an unsolvable mystery. It is the alternatives that emerged to the defunct public system-charters schools and voucher-supported parochial schools. Over the past 20 years, these options, born in desperation, have forced their way into the schools mix. Freed of politicized, sludge-like central bureaucracies, they’ve proven they can teach kids and send them into the workforce.
Economic growth is nonpartisan. But inner-city public education is totally partisan. Democratic politicians made a Faustian bargain with the teachers unions, and the souls carried away have been the black children in those doomed schools.
What America’s Fergusons need – -from L.A. to Detroit to New York — is a president, and a party, obsessed with growth and messianic about giving a kid what he needs to hold the job that growth provides. Maybe by the 100th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.”
Daniel Henninger–Wall St Journal; August 21, 2014
No jobs to work. Who would hire them? 5% ready for college. 50 years of plowing TRILLIONS of dollars into bricks, mortar and teachers’ unions. Crumbling inner city schools? Souls carried away?
Like O’Reilly, Henninger fails to address the fact that what he and we see right in front of our faces and what we can all describe adequately–after all our noses are being rubbed in it — is all BY DESIGN.
Ferguson is the end product of what Sarah Palin calls “felled” Socialist Policies. 50 years of “felled” Socialist Policies aimed at destroying the Family, thereby rendering children incapable of succeeding in school, and in the process stripping them of the cultural, moral and spiritual tools that a man or a woman needs to function in Judeo-Christian Western Civilization.
The economy — the jobs thing — the “New Normal” of De-Growth–is also the result of deliberate Marxist planning.
The economy has been strangled by 50 years of Macro Prudential Policies of Big Nanny Welfare State that has left us with the highest corporate tax rate in all the Developed World, Corporations rushing to “Invert” themselves into foreign entities, a devastated, fake, fraudulent capital markets that are no longer “free” and no longer function to fuel a free capitalist economy where wages and prices are determined by human beings freely interacting for mutual benefit.
A fake prosperity for a few elites made possible by direct Government and Federal Reserve intervention into the equity and credit markets to produce the “illusion” of a sustained never ending bull market that will never be allowed to correct itself. A Political Economy where winners and losers are determined by access to Washington’s corrupt politicians. An ever growing cascade of rules and regulations at all levels of Government that make it practically impossible for entrepreneurs to start a business or take a risk.
We made it profitable for the manufacturers to skip the country and make profits in all the jungles of the “Emerging Economy”.
Henninger is right. There are no jobs for Ferguson’s young, illiterate, fatherless men who look to crime, vice, drugs, the Penal System and the U.S. Federal Government for their sustenance and well being. As will we all–especially our children– sooner or later and for exactly the same reasons plaguing the unemployed hopeless in Ferguson.
It’s not enough for the O’Reillys and the Henningers and the FOX analysts, and the rest of us to simply look at the wounded and the dead of the War on Poverty strewn all about the Ferguson battlefield, the Detroit Battlefield, the Chicago Battlefield and all the other traumatic places destroyed in the War on Poverty.
It’s not enough to say there are no jobs. The Schools stink. The criminals are running loose in the Streets. It’s not safe in the neighborhoods. It’s not enough to cry “Behold!”
We have to ask the question: Why?
The problem is we can’t handle the Truth. We can’t handle the answer to the question. It would require us ALL to do something about it.
Better to blame it on some racist cops. We can fire them.
We need a program. A Federal Program. We need a budget. We need a Director and a Deputy Director. An Assistant Deputy Director. An Associate Assistant Deputy Director. And some contractors. Lots of contractors.
The beat goes on. Another generation of fatherless children stripped of discipline, structure, a chance to learn and the love of Family and God doomed to scream out a rage of frustration and hopelessness that nobody will listen to because we can’t handle the Truth.
But they will be exploited by the Alinskyites. You can bet your bottom dollar on that. Agitated, polarized and manipulated to go vote against the racist Devil responsible for all their problems.
And so it goes. Where will it end?