BREAKING: Port of Charleston Terminal Evacuated Over ‘Potential Threat’Posted: June 14, 2017 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, U.S. News, War Room | Tags: Archaeology, Associated Press, Carolina, Charleston, Clemson University, Dirty Bomb, Evacuation, H. L. Hunley (submarine), South Carolina, United States, United States Coast Guard Leave a comment
Authorities are investigating a ‘potential threat’ in a container aboard a ship at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina.
Faith Karimi and Dave Alsup report: Authorities are investigating a “potential threat” in a container aboard a ship at the Port of Charleston in South Carolina, the US Coast Guard said Wednesday night.
The ship, Maersk Memphis, is at the Wando terminal. The terminal is used for container cargo, and has been evacuated to allow federal, state and local bomb detection units to investigate, the Coast Guard said.
The threat came in at about 8 p.m. ET, the Coast Guard said in a statement.
It later tweeted that a “safety zone has been established around the vessel while law enforcement authorities investigate the threat.”
#Update A 1 NM safety zone has been established around the vessel while law enforcement authorities investigate the threat.
— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) June 15, 2017
Capt. Greg Stump, the commander for the Coast Guard sector in Charleston, told ABCNews4 that a YouTube “conspiracy theorist” made a claim about a threat on board one of the ships.
Coast Guard: FBI investigating report of dirty bomb in South Carolina.
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCSC) – The U.S. Coast Guard is telling WCSC-TV in South Carolina that both state and federal authorities are investigating a potential dirty bomb threat at the Wando Terminal Wednesday night.
“the Maersk Memphis is currently moored at Charleston’s Wando terminal which has been evacuated while bomb detection units from federal, state and local law enforcement agencies investigate the threat.”
— Coast Guard official
According to witnesses on the scene, the terminal was evacuated and agents were seen taping off the ship.
A dirty bomb is an explosive made with radioactive material. Read the rest of this entry »
Ex Top Cop: We Need a New Model of PolicingPosted: August 20, 2016 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Think Tank | Tags: African American, Apple Valley, Associated Press, Baltimore Police Department, Baton Rouge, California, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Louisiana, Minnesota, Myrtle Beach, Race and ethnicity in the United States Census, Saint Paul, South Carolina, University of Chicago 1 Comment
The horrific deaths of Philando Castillo in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, give us an updated and up-close glimpse of police encounters gone bad—but they are rooted in decades of problematic policing in America. “Historically in this country, the police have never really been the friends of the black community,” says Neill Franklin, a former officer with the Baltimore Police Department and current executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (L.E.A.P).
Franklin talked with Reason TV Editor-in-Chief Nick Gillespie at this year’s Freedom Fest in Las Vegas, Nevada, pointing out that slavery may have ended officially in the late 1800s, but a lot of policing was born out of that era and the one that followed, when police deliberately enforced laws in ways that targeted black citizens. Even today, police are tasked with enforcing laws—from driving without a license to missing a court date—that tend to target poor communities and communities of color.
“You know a $250 fine doesn’t mean much to people who have money,” says Franklin. “But when you enforce these policies in poor communities, a hundred dollar fine can devastate a family.” Read the rest of this entry »
Did an FBI Agent Help Convince ‘Draw Muhammad’ Jihadi Shooter to Attack?Posted: August 4, 2016 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere, Terrorism | Tags: AK-47, Brennan Center for Justice, Charlotte, Elton Simpson, FBI, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Garland, Islamic state, Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, North Carolina, Pamela Geller, Providing material support for terrorism, South Carolina, Texas 1 Comment
‘Tear up Texas,’ the agent messaged Elton Simpson days before he opened fire at the Draw Muhammad event, according to an affidavit filed in federal court Thursday.
Katie Zavadski reports: Days before an ISIS sympathizer attacked a cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, he received a text from an undercover FBI agent.
“It would certainly be inappropriate for an FBI undercover agent or cooperating witness to provoke or inspire or urge a person to commit an act of violence.”
“Tear up Texas,” the agent messaged Elton Simpson days before he opened fire at the Draw Muhammad event, according to an affidavit filed in federal court Thursday.
[Read the full text here, at The Daily Beast]
“U know what happened in Paris,” Simpson responded. “So that goes without saying… No need to be direct.”
“I could imagine an undercover agent thinking it was just the hyperbolic rhetoric they are participating in, and it wasn’t an intent to go to texas and do harm.”
— Michael German, a former FBI agent now at the Brennan Center for Justice
That revelation comes amidst a national debate about the use of undercover officers and human sources in terrorism cases. Undercover sources are used in more than half of ISIS-related terror cases, according to statistics kept by the George Washington University Program on Extremism, and civil liberties advocates say some of those charged might not have escalated their behavior without those interventions.
“The affidavit raises a lot more questions than it answers, and I would hope that overseers within congress and the Justice Department would want to take a hard look at the scope of this investigation.”
“It would certainly be inappropriate for an FBI undercover agent or cooperating witness to provoke or inspire or urge a person to commit an act of violence,” Michael German, a former FBI agent now at the Brennan Center for Justice, told The Daily Beast. “I could imagine an undercover agent thinking it was just the hyperbolic rhetoric they are participating in, and it wasn’t an intent to go to texas and do harm.”
[Read the full story here, at The Daily Beast]
“The affidavit raises a lot more questions than it answers, and I would hope that overseers within congress and the Justice Department would want to take a hard look at the scope of this investigation,” he added.
The texts were included in the indictment, released Thursday of Erick Jamal Hendricks of Charlotte, North Carolina. He was charged with conspiring to provide material support to ISIS. The 35-year-old tried to recruit other Americans to form an ISIS cell on secret compounds and introduced an undercover agent to one of the Draw Muhammad attackers, according to the FBI.
But Hendricks did more than make a connection. According to the court papers, he asked the undercover officer about the Draw Muhammad event’s security, size, and police presence, during the event, according to an affidavit filed in court.
[VIDEO] REWIND 1977: Ronald Reagan’s Speech at the 4th Annual CPAC ConventionPosted: March 3, 2016 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, Politics, Think Tank, White House | Tags: 1970s, Bernie Sanders, Chris Christie, Conservatism, Conservatism in the United States, Conservative, CPAC, Democratic National Convention, Donald Trump, Florida, Iowa, Marco Rubio, New Hampshire, Political action committee, Presidential nominee, Republican Party (United States), Ronald Reagan, South Carolina, Ted Cruz 1 Comment
I’m happy to be back with you in this annual event after missing last year’s meeting. I had some business in New Hampshire that wouldn’t wait.
Three weeks ago here in our nation’s capital I told a group of conservative scholars that we are currently in the midst of a re-ordering of the political realities that have shaped our time. We know today that the principles and values that lie at the heart of conservatism are shared by the majority.
Despite what some in the press may say, we who are proud to call ourselves “conservative” are not a minority of a minority party; we are part of the great majority of Americans of both major parties and of most of the independents as well.
A Harris poll released September 7, l975 showed 18 percent identifying themselves as liberal and 31 per- cent as conservative, with 41 percent as middle of the road; a few months later, on January 5, 1976, by a 43-19 plurality those polled by Harris said they would “prefer to see the country move in a more conservative direction than a liberal one.”
Last October 24th, the Gallup organization released the result of a poll taken right in the midst of the presidential campaign.
Respondents were asked to state where they would place themselves on a scale ranging from “right-of-center” (which was defined as “conservative”) to left-of-center (which was defined as “liberal”).
- Thirty-seven percent viewed themselves as left-of-center or liberal
- Twelve percent placed themselves in the middle
- Fifty-one percent said they were right-of-center, that is, conservative.
What I find interesting about this particular poll is that it offered those polled a range of choices on a left-right continuum. This seems to me to be a more realistic approach than dividing the world into strict left and rights. Most of us, I guess, like to think of ourselves as avoiding both extremes, and the fact that a majority of Americans chose one or the other position on the right end of the spectrum is really impressive.
Those polls confirm that most Americans are basically conservative in their outlook. But once we have said this, we conservatives have not solved our problems, we have merely stated them clearly. Yes, conservatism can and does mean different things to those who call themselves conservatives.
You know, as I do, that most commentators make a distinction between they call “social” conservatism and “economic” conservatism. The so-called social issues—law and order, abortion, busing, quota systems—are usually associated with blue-collar, ethnic and religious groups themselves traditionally associated with the Democratic Party. The economic issues—inflation, deficit spending and big government—are usually associated with Republican Party members and independents who concentrate their attention on economic matters.
Now I am willing to accept this view of two major kinds of conservatism—or, better still, two different conservative constituencies. But at the same time let me say that the old lines that once clearly divided these two kinds of conservatism are disappearing.
In fact, the time has come to see if it is possible to present a program of action based on political principle that can attract those interested in the so-called “social” issues and those interested in “economic” issues. In short, isn’t it possible to combine the two major segments of contemporary American conservatism into one politically effective whole?
I believe the answer is: Yes, it is possible to create a political entity that will reflect the views of the great, hitherto, conservative majority. We went a long way toward doing it in California. We can do it in America. This is not a dream, a wistful hope. It is and has been a reality. I have seen the conservative future and it works.
Let me say again what I said to our conservative friends from the academic world: What I envision is not simply a melding together of the two branches of American conservatism into a temporary uneasy alliance, but the creation of a new, lasting majority.
This will mean compromise. But not a compromise of basic principle. What will emerge will be something new: something open and vital and dynamic, something the great conservative majority will recognize as its own, because at the heart of this undertaking is principled politics.
I have always been puzzled by the inability of some political and media types to understand exactly what is meant by adherence to political principle. All too often in the press and the television evening news it is treated as a call for “ideological purity.” Whatever ideology may mean—and it seems to mean a variety of things, depending upon who is using it—it always conjures up in my mind a picture of a rigid, irrational clinging to abstract theory in the face of reality. We have to recognize that in this country “ideology” is a scare word. And for good reason. Marxist-Leninism is, to give but one example, an ideology. All the facts of the real world have to be fitted to the Procrustean bed of Marx and Lenin. If the facts don’t happen to fit the ideology, the facts are chopped off and discarded.
I consider this to be the complete opposite to principled conservatism. If there is any political viewpoint in this world which is free for slavish adherence to abstraction, it is American conservatism.
When a conservative states that the free market is the best mechanism ever devised by the mind of man to meet material needs, he is merely stating what a careful examination of the real world has told him is the truth.
When a conservative says that totalitarian Communism is an absolute enemy of human freedom he is not theorizing—he is reporting the ugly reality captured so unforgettably in the writings of Alexander Solzhenitsyn.
When a conservative says it is bad for the government to spend more than it takes in, he is simply showing the same common sense that tells him to come in out of the rain.
When a conservative says that busing does not work, he is not appealing to some theory of education—he is merely reporting what he has seen down at the local school.
When a conservative quotes Jefferson that government that is closest to the people is best, it is because he knows that Jefferson risked his life, his fortune and his sacred honor to make certain that what he and his fellow patriots learned from experience was not crushed by an ideology of empire.
Conservatism is the antithesis of the kind of ideological fanatacism that has brought so much horror and destruction to the world. The common sense and common decency of ordinary men and women, working out their own lives in their own way—this is the heart of American conservatism today. Conservative wisdom and principles are derived from willingness to learn, not just from what is going on now, but from what has happened before.
The principles of conservatism are sound because they are based on what men and women have discovered through experience in not just one generation or a dozen, but in all the combined experience of mankind. When we conservatives say that we know something about political affairs, and that we know can be stated as principles, we are saying that the principles we hold dear are those that have been found, through experience, to be ultimately beneficial for individuals, for families, for communities and for nations—found through the often bitter testing of pain, or sacrifice and sorrow.
One thing that must be made clear in post-Watergate is this: The American new conservative majority we represent is not based on abstract theorizing of the kind that turns off the American people, but on common sense, intelligence, reason, hard work, faith in God, and the guts to say: “Yes, there are things we do strongly believe in, that we are willing to live for, and yes, if necessary, to die for.” That is not “ideological purity.” It is simply what built this country and kept it great.
Let us lay to rest, once and for all, the myth of a small group of ideological purists trying to capture a majority. Replace it with the reality of a majority trying to assert its rights against the tyranny of powerful academics, fashionable left-revolutionaries, some economic illiterates who happen to hold elective office and the social engineers who dominate the dialogue and set the format in political and social affairs. If there is any ideological fanaticism in American political life, it is to be found among the enemies of freedom on the left or right—those who would sacrifice principle to theory, those who worship only the god of political, social and economic abstractions, ignoring the realities of everyday life. They are not conservatives.
Our first job is to get this message across to those who share most of our principles. If we allow ourselves to be portrayed as ideological shock troops without correcting this error we are doing ourselves and our cause a disservice. Wherever and whenever we can, we should gently but firmly correct our political and media friends who have been perpetuating the myth of conservatism as a narrow ideology. Whatever the word may have meant in the past, today conservatism means principles evolving from experience and a belief in change when necessary, but not just for the sake of change.
Once we have established this, the next question is: What will be the political vehicle by which the majority can assert its rights?
I have to say I cannot agree with some of my friends—perhaps including some of you here tonight—who have answered that question by saying this nation needs a new political party. Read the rest of this entry »
Editorial Correction of the Day: Democrat Segregationist George Wallace, Republican?Posted: February 20, 2016 Filed under: History, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: 1988 Republican National Convention, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, George Wallace, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, Republican Party (United States), South Carolina, Ted Cruz, United States 1 Comment
Jerome Hudson reports: Mark Hensch, a staff writer for The Hill, wrote an article tiltled, “Kiefer Sutherland: Trump recalls segregationist George Wallace,” in which Hensch wrote, “Actor Kiefer Sutherland sees similarities between GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump and former Alabama Gov. George Wallace (R), one of American history’s most vocal segregationists.”
The glaring problem here is George Wallace was never a Republican…(read more)
This Chinese Company Moved Production to South Carolina to Save MoneyPosted: February 17, 2016 Filed under: Asia, China, Global | Tags: Greenville, Jeb Bush, New Hampshire primary, Republican Party (United States), South Carolina, The Wall Street Journal Leave a comment
Part of Beijing’s strategy was to encourage Chinese companies to invest overseas as a way to build their global presence to find markets for excess supply. The strategy also could boost Chinese exports. That’s because foreign firms generally look to home companies for supplies.
Bob Davis reports: South Carolina officials have fished successfully in foreign waters for investment over the past decade. Now they’re even reeling in catches from China, a nation blamed throughout the state for battering South Carolina’s economy over the past two decades.
“No one could have imagined five years ago that China would look at the cost structure in South Carolina and say it’s more profitable to locate in South Carolina than in China,” says Auggie Tantillo, a South Carolina native who heads the National Council of Textile Organizations.
[This has been cross-posted from WSJ’s Real Time Economics blog]
For years, South Carolina’s business leaders were at loggerheads with China. Roger Milliken, the former chief executive of textile giant Milliken & Co., bankrolled unsuccessful efforts to block China’s entry into the World Trade Organization because he believed Chinese competition would undermine U.S. firms. Former Sen. Jim DeMint, who won office as a free trader, says that many people in his home state believed they were losing their jobs because of low-cost Chinese competition.
But now Chinese investment in the state, although now at modest levels, is starting to build. Chinese investors are buying golf courses near Myrtle Beach, and setting up yarn, plastic and chemical companies elsewhere. In one of the biggest investments, Chinese-owned Volvo Car Corp. last year said it would invest $500 million to build a new vehicle plant near Charleston.
So far, Chinese firms have invested about $300 million in South Carolina and employ about 1,000, according to Rhodium Group, a New York research group. That’s a small fraction of the approximately 130,000 South Carolina workers who now work for foreign-owned firms in the state, mainly from Germany, France and elsewhere in Europe. South Carolina’s success in snagging foreign investment is the subject of a Wall Street Journal front-page story.
[Read the full text here, at China Real Time Report – WSJ]
The state has focused on Chinese investment since at least 2001, said John Ling, who until recently headed the state’s Chinese investment efforts. “The breaking point,” Mr. Ling said, was in 2009 when China spent heavily to stimulate its economy and pull itself out of the global recession. Part of Beijing’s strategy was to encourage Chinese companies to invest overseas as a way to build their global presence to find markets for excess supply. The strategy also could boost Chinese exports. That’s because foreign firms generally look to home companies for supplies. Read the rest of this entry »
REWIND: ‘This Type of Mass Violence Does Not Happen in Other Advanced Countries’Posted: November 14, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, Self Defense, War Room, White House | Tags: 2nd amendment, Barack Obama, Civil Rights, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Ferguson, Gun control, Gun laws, Guns, Islamism, Jihadism, Mass Violence, Missouri, murder, Osama bin Laden, Paris Attacks, Republican Party (United States), South Carolina, Terrorism, United States, White House Leave a comment
Obama’s Statement on the Shooting in South Carolina
REWIND: June 18, 2015: Good afternoon, everybody. This morning, I spoke with, and Vice President Biden spoke with, Mayor Joe Riley and other leaders of Charleston to express our deep sorrow over the senseless murders that took place last night.
“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries.“
Michelle and I know several members of Emanuel AME Church. We knew their pastor, Reverend Clementa Pinckney, who, along with eight others, gathered in prayer and fellowship and was murdered last night. And to say our thoughts and prayers are with them and their families, and their community doesn’t say enough to convey the heartache and the sadness and the anger that we feel.
Any death of this sort is a tragedy. Any shooting involving multiple victims is a tragedy….
I say that recognizing the politics in this town foreclose a lot of those avenues right now. But it would be wrong for us not to acknowledge it. Read the rest of this entry »
Je Suis Désolé! Jeb Bush Apologizes to France for 3-day Workweek WisecrackPosted: November 3, 2015 Filed under: Global, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Florida, France, French, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, New Hampshire, South Carolina Leave a comment
Sacré Bleu! Vous me l’avez offensé !
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush apologized to the people of France on Tuesday for making fun of their work week during last week’s Republican debate.
“I now know that the average French workweek is actually greater than the German workweek. So, my God, I totally insulted an entire country—our first ally—that helped us become free as a nation! And I apologize.”
Speaking to reporters aboard his campaign bus on the first leg of a three-day swing through New Hampshire, Bush once again criticized congressional lawmakers for working a three-day week, saying lawmakers have over-promised and under-delivered to the the American people in successive elections.
Quite literally the worst thing you could possibly do in a Republican primary election. https://t.co/0xiwZlZNgW
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) November 4, 2015
But the GOP presidential hopeful acknowledged he was wrong to criticize the French when he was trying to highlight rival Marco Rubio’s poor voting record in the Senate.
“That did a huge disservice to France. It didn’t really get to the magnitude of the problem: Three day work week.”
“I made the mistake of saying that the Congress operates on a French work week—I really did a disservice to the French,” Bush said with a chuckle Tuesday.
“My inbox was full of French journalists,” piped in campaign spokesman Tim Miller. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Benghazi Hearing Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy on Hillary Clinton’s ‘Unusual Email Arrangement’Posted: October 22, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Politics, War Room, White House | Tags: 2012 Benghazi attack, Benghazi, Benghazi Investigation, Congress, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, FBI, Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution, Hillary Clinton, Libya, Personal Server, Republican Party (United States), South Carolina, Transparency, Trey Gowdy, United States Department of State Leave a comment
Representative Trey Gowdy, Republican of South Carolina, said Hillary Clinton’s “unusual email arrangement” complicated the investigation into the attack in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.
Prosecutor to Seek Death Penalty for Dylann Roof, Accused in Charleston Church ShootingPosted: September 3, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, U.S. News | Tags: African Methodist Episcopal Church, Apartheid in South Africa, Associated Press, Capital punishment, Charleston SC, CNN, Columbia, Hate crime, Prosecutor, South Carolina Leave a comment
Roof faces murder charges in state court. That trial is scheduled to start July 11, 2016
A prosecutor in Charleston, South Carolina, will seek the death penalty against Dylann Roof, accused of killing nine people during a prayer meeting at a historic African-American church, according to court documents filed Thursday. Roof has been charged with nine counts of murder.
“I will never be able to hold her again, but I forgive you. And have mercy on your soul. You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people but God forgives you, and I forgive you.”
— Daughter of Ethel Lance
Roof, 21, is accused of shooting participants at a June 17 Bible study class at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston.
Nine people died, including the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who also was a state senator in South Carolina. Read the rest of this entry »
Report: LGBT Rainbow Hate-Flag Found In WDBJ Killer’s Virginia ApartmentPosted: August 28, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Politics, U.S. News | Tags: ABC News, Anti-Christian sentiment, BEN SHAPIRO, Charleston SC, Flags of the Confederate States of America, Gay pride, LGBT, Rainbow flag (LGBT movement), South Carolina, The Daily Telegraph 1 Comment
Like the Confederate flag, the provocative gay pride flag, a symbol of religious oppression, has flown on government property.
John Nolte reports: The Daily Telegraph has learned that “police reportedly confiscated a gay pride flag” from the apartment of Vester Lee Flanagan Wednesday. In an apparent hate crime, Flanagan is the 41 year-old black journalist who murdered two white Virginia reporters on live television Wednesday morning before turning his gun on himself.
In a manifesto faxed to ABC News, Flanagan, an Obama-supporter, claimed that his motive involved a “race war.” Flanagan was black and gay and apparently angered by the fact that he had been a victim of racism and homophobia at the hands of “black men and white women.”
Both of Flanagan’s intended victims were straight. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] THE PANTSUIT REPORT: The Weekly Standard‘s Hillary Clinton Fake Southern Accent Intensity RankingPosted: August 5, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Administration of federal assistance in the United States, Barack Obama, Iran, Joni Ernst, media, news, Pantsuit Report, South Carolina, Southern Accent, The South, The Weekly Standard Leave a comment
The Weekly Standard made a mashup of some of the most painfully pandering moments, and ranked the intensity of her accent with cowboy boots (1 = lowest, 5 = strongest).
Gavin McInnes: The Reality DisconnectPosted: July 15, 2015 Filed under: Humor, Mediasphere, Politics, Think Tank | Tags: Ann Coulter, Charleston SC, Confederate States of America, Flags of the Confederate States of America, Fox Business Network, Gavin McInnes, Geraldo Rivera, Governor of South Carolina, Illegal immigration, Immigration, Manhattan, Nikki Haley, South Carolina, Washington Heights Leave a comment
Gavin McInnes writes: Geraldo and Ann Coulter recently had a debate about immigration that was fun to watch, but Washington Heights came up as an example of “immigrant vitality.” It was wedged in with a bunch of other predominantly Hispanic communities and it sounded good in an argument, but I live in New York and Washington Heights sucks. It is quite possibly the least vital place in America, crammed with unemployed men lining up to get their hair cut, again. Kids play in the street into the wee hours as their single parents watch movies projected onto the side of a building. It’s like a retirement community for twentysomethings and I wouldn’t fault them for it if it weren’t on my dime. It’s actually a great example of the reality disconnect we have in this country. In our minds, Washington Heights is a cute little Hispanic village where fathers bring home some bacalaítos for the family after a hard day’s work. In reality, Dad’s long gone and his son will “eat your food” (cut your face) for disrespecting DDP (Dominicans Don’t Play). It’s like the FDNY. We like the idea of men fighting fires and we hold a candle for 9/11, but there aren’t any fires in New York anymore. The ideal of the firefighter is bankrupting us.
[Order Charles Murray’s book “Coming Apart: The State of White America, 1960-2010” from Amazon.com]
This is what we do in America today, and Charles Murray predicted it in his book Coming Apart. Politics has become a sport that we watch on TV instead of playing outdoors. Hypotheticals take precedence over hate facts. The net result is a mythical fairyland that bears very little resemblance to the America we all see when we walk out our front doors. I’m not talking about anecdotal evidence. I’m talking about reality.
“Politics has become a sport that we watch on TV instead of playing outdoors. Hypotheticals take precedence over hate facts. The net result is a mythical fairyland that bears very little resemblance to the America we all see when we walk out our front doors. I’m not talking about anecdotal evidence. I’m talking about reality.”
The basic tenets of the liberal narrative include: Women are thriving in the workforce since being freed from the prison sentence that is the housewife’s life. Southerners are stupid, racist rednecks who are proud of slavery. Undocumented workers are hardworking people who love their families and are just coming here for a better life. Islam is a religion of peace; the extremists are only acting like that because we made them that way. Gender is a construct. Gays are madly in love and can’t wait to devote themselves to the bliss of matrimony. Blacks are struggling a little, yes, but that’s because “systemic” racism is “alive and well” today and cops are out to get them. The only problem with America these days is white men.
“If you call bullshit on the basic tenets of the liberal narrative, you’re a bigot or a racist or a sexist. All right, fine. If using my eyeballs and ear holes is wrong, I don’t want to be right.”
It’s a weird narrative that seems to come more from bratty spitefulness than from any kind of rational long-term plan. I think all these ideas may have started in the right place, but after achieving their goal of true equality they just kept steamrolling over us into the sunset. If you call bullshit on them, you’re a bigot or a racist or a sexist. All right, fine. If using my eyeballs and ear holes is wrong, I don’t want to be right.
[Read the full text here, at Taki’s Magazine]
Some women thrive at work. I find they’d be much happier at home shaping lives. They sweat the small stuff better than men. Read the rest of this entry »
[VIDEO] Dash Cam Video of Charleston Church Shooting Suspect Dylann Roof’s ArrestPosted: June 23, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Charleston SC, Charleston shooter, Dash Cam Video, Dylann Roof, Shelby NC, South Carolina 1 Comment
Dylann Roof was arrested near Shelby, N.C. the day after he allegedly shot nine people dead in at a church in Charleston, S.C. The Shelby Police Department has released dashcam footage of that arrest.
Two dash camera videos show the moment when police pull over Dylann Roof the morning after he allegedly opened fire in a Charleston church, killing nine people.
In the footage, two officers are seen approaching Roof’s car, one with his weapon drawn, after they catch up to him in Shelby, North Carolina on June 18. The other is seen putting his gun back in his holster as he approaches the driver’s side window.
CCC: Conceal Carry in Church: Charleston Shooting Prompts Gun-Rights Supporters to Call for More Concealed-Carry at ChurchesPosted: June 23, 2015 Filed under: Religion, Self Defense, U.S. News | Tags: 2007 Colorado YWAM and New Life shootings, Alabama, Assam, Barack Obama, Civil Rights, Colorado, Colorado Springs, Concealed carry in the United States, Emanuel AME Church (Mobile, Gun politics in the United States, John Lott, Matthew Murray, New Life Church (Colorado Springs, Security guard, Self-defense, South Carolina 1 Comment
“At a time when religion is under attack and we have the government every day running God out of the public square, churches have become the targets of opportunity for deranged people. Particularly if they assume that folks are not armed.”
Murray had already shot and killed two people in the parking lot when he burst into the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. Before he could pull the trigger again, however, the 24-year-old shooter was gunned down by Jeanne Assam, a volunteer security guard with a concealed-carry permit.
[See John R. Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws, Third Edition at Amazon]
[PHOTOS: 11 times a good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy, saving lives]
[Read the full text here, at the Washington Times]
[Also see – VIDEO – How the Civil Rights Movement Changed Black Gun Culture]
That was eight years ago, but even though Ms. Assam was credited for saving as many as 100 lives that day, a dozen states continue to restrict the carrying of concealed firearms in churches — including South Carolina. Read the rest of this entry »
Drawing by 7-Year-Old Madeleine Schimming, CharlestonPosted: June 21, 2015 Filed under: Art & Culture, Religion | Tags: Angels, Charleston, Church Massacre, Crayon, Darwing, Faith, Illustration, Madeleine Schimming, South Carolina, Twitter 1 Comment
BREAKING: Charleston Church Shooting Suspect Dylann Storm Roof ArrestedPosted: June 18, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Religion | Tags: African American, African Methodist Episcopal Church, Bible study (Christian), Black church, Charleston SC, Chief of police, Church (building), Grand jury, Hate crime, Methodist Episcopal Church, murder, North Charleston, Police officer, South Carolina, United States, Walter Scott Leave a comment
• Charleston church shooting suspect Dylann Roof has been taken into custody in North Carolina, a senior law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told CNN’s Deborah Feyerick.
• Roof, 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, is the suspect in Wednesday’s deadly shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, city police said Thursday.
• Witnesses say the suspect stood up and said he was there “to shoot black people,” a law enforcement official said. The shooter is also thought to have used a handgun, according to the official.
The white man who killed nine people at a historic African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, told his victims he was there “to shoot black people,” a law enforcement official said Thursday, citing witnesses to the shooting.
The suspect, identified as Dylann Roof, 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, was still at large on Thursday as law enforcement officers searched the region.
The man spent an hour in a prayer meeting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night before he opened fire, Charleston police Chief Greg Mullen said Thursday morning.
A law enforcement official says witnesses told them the suspect stood up and said he was there “to shoot black people.” The shooter is also believed to have used a handgun, according to the official.
Police were searching for information about Roof. A picture of him on social media showed him wearing a jacket with what appear to be the flags of apartheid-era South Africa and nearby Rhodesia, a former British colony that was ruled by a white minority until it became independent in 1980 and changed its name to Zimbabwe.
Six females and three males were killed, Mullen said. Three people survived, including a woman who received a chilling message from the shooter. Read the rest of this entry »
BREAKING: Mass Shooting at South Carolina’s Mother Emanuel AME ChurchPosted: June 17, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere, Religion | Tags: Charleston SC, Church, Mother Emanuel AME Church, New England, New York Stock Exchange, Shooting, South Carolina, The Post and Courier 2 Comments
A shooting took place at a church in Charleston, South Carolina on Wednesday night.
According to The Post and Courier, authorities responded to a shooting around 9 p.m. at 110 Calhoun Street, which is the location of Mother Emanuel AME Church.
BREAKING FOX24 #CHARLESTON: shooter is a white male in 20s, slender/small build, grey sweatshirt, blue jeans, clean shaven.
— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoFOX46) June 18, 2015
The publication noted that police are on the hunt for the gunman.
While there are victims, authorities don’t know how many…,
Developing… Read the rest of this entry »
Ex-SC Officer Michael Slager Indicted for Murder in Shooting of Unarmed ManPosted: June 8, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption | Tags: Black people, Capital punishment, Ferguson, Indictment, Missouri, North Charleston, Police officer, South Carolina, Traffic stop, Walter Scott Leave a comment
(AP) — A white former North Charleston police officer was indicted on a murder charge Monday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man who was running away from the officer after a traffic stop.
The shooting April 4 was captured on video by a bystander and showed officer Michael Slager firing eight times as 50-year-old Walter Scott ran away. The shooting rekindled an ongoing national…(read more)
[VIDEO] DANG! Clinton Breaks Into Southern Accent At First Southern Campaign EventPosted: May 28, 2015 Filed under: Mediasphere, Politics, White House | Tags: Appalachian Mountains, Atlanta, Hee Haw, Hillary Clinton, South Carolina, Southern American English, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Pantsuit Report, The Real Housewives of Atlanta 1 Comment
Todd Starnes writes: Hillary Clinton went down to Dixie this week and tried to pull off a faux Southern accent. Sweet Lord Almighty, folks – it was pitiful.
Miss Hill’ry was drawling and dropping “g’s” all over the stage during a speech to Democrats in South Carolina – the Palmetto State.
I was surprised Miss Hill’ry didn’t show up at her campaign rally in bare feet, waving a cast iron skillet and singing Dixie.
“Clearly, Miss Hill’ry has mastered the art of speaking from both sides of her mouth – but she still needs to work on her drawl.”
“Hillary Clinton’s southern twang is back,” announced New York Times writer Maggie Haberman on Twitter.
The folks over at Hot Air crafted a spot-on analysis of Miss Hill’ry’s politically expedient dialect in a story titled, “Hillary’s Fake Southern Accent is Back.”
“The truth is that lady couldn’t tell the difference between a collard green and a turnip green. She probably thinks fat back is something a personal trainer can help you get rid of. And heaven only knows how she would smoke a pork butt.”
The problem is that it’s not a very good Southern accent. It’s almost like her linguistic advisors made her watch every episode of “The Beverly Hillbillies.”
“It’s ce-ment pond, not cement pond, ma’am. And it’s ‘pert near’ not ‘pretty near.’”
Folks, I’m a native of Tennessee – the Volunteer State. And there’s nothing more unpleasant to the ear than a phony Southern accent. It’s downright disrespectful and a bit condescending. But because she’s Miss Hill’ry – the mainstream media laughs off her faux dialect. Read the rest of this entry »
As Many as 30,000 Police Officers Gather to Honor Fallen NYPD Officer #BrianMoorePosted: May 8, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Baltimore, Baltimore Police Department, Brian Moore, media, NBC News, NBC Nightly News, news, North Charleston, NYPD, Police officer, South Carolina, Twitter, Walter Scott Leave a comment
As many as 30,000 police officers gather to honor fallen NYPD officer #BrianMoore http://t.co/Y0uZBM0m4f @NBCNewYork pic.twitter.com/nc9NZJivbg
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) May 8, 2015
THE PANTSUIT REPORT: Hillary Called to Testify Before House Benghazi CommitteePosted: April 23, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Politics | Tags: Benghazi, Elijah Cummings, Hillary Clinton, John Boehner, Obama administration, Republican Party (United States), South Carolina, The Pantsuit Report, Trey Gowdy, United States Secretary of State 1 Comment
(WASHINGTON)— Matthew Daly reports: The chairman of a House committee investigating the 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, has called former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to testify next month, setting up a high-profile showdown over Clinton’s use of a private email account and server while she was secretary of state.
Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina says he wants Clinton to testify the week of May 18 and again before June 18. The first hearing would focus on Clinton’s use of private emails; the second on the September 2012 attacks that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.
Gowdy’s action comes a day after the GOP-led panel signaled its final report could slip to next year, just months before the presidential election. Clinton is the leading Democratic candidate.
[VIDEO] South Carolina Police Officer Michael Slager Charged With Murder, Denied Bond, Could Face 30 Years in PrisonPosted: April 8, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Law & Justice, Mediasphere | Tags: Black people, Charleston SC, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Life imprisonment, North Charleston, Police officer, South Carolina, Traffic stop, United States Department of Justice, Walter Scott Leave a comment
South Carolina police officer Michael Slager was charged with murder after a video emerged of him shooting a black man in the back eight times. Mark Kelly reports.
Rare, Gigantic, Big-Ass 475-Pound Leatherback Sea Turtle Rescued in South CarolinaPosted: March 11, 2015 Filed under: Science & Technology, U.S. News | Tags: aquarium, Endangered Species Act, Leatherback Turtle, Marine biologist, South Carolina, South Carolina Aquarium, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Yawkey-South Island Preserve Leave a comment
(CNN) — Marine biologists at the South Carolina Aquarium are treating a rare, 475-pound leatherback sea turtle that washed up Saturday on a nearby beach.
The episode marks the first rescue of a leatherback sea turtle in South Carolina and is believed to be only the fifth live rescue of this species in the United States, according to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.
The endangered turtle was found stranded on the Yawkey-South Island Preserve, a wildlife refuge near Georgetown, South Carolina. Rescuers named it Yawkey.
Because the turtle is believed to be a juvenile — rescuers say it’s probably less than 10 years old — and has not reached sexual maturity, biologists can’t yet determine its sex.
Rescuers found no external signs of trauma to the reptile, although it was hypoglycemic. Staffers with the aquarium’s sea turtle rescue program gave it antibiotics, vitamins and some time to recover at their facilities. Read the rest of this entry »
The Girl’s Gotta Have It, and Have It Now: Denied Sex, Woman Pulled Gun On BoyfriendPosted: February 16, 2015 Filed under: Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere | Tags: 1994 Miami Hurricanes football team, Africa, Annapolis, Associated Press, Domestic violence, Funeral, Maryland, Monday Night Football, South Carolina, Task force 2 Comments
FEBRUARY 16–After having her “sexual advances” rejected by her live-in boyfriend, a South Carolina woman allegedly threatened to shoot her beau, cops allege.
Ryan Rucker, 33, was sleeping early yesterday when Michelle Smart,by her own admission, “attempted to make some sexual advances toward” him, according to a police report detailing the 2 AM incident.
Rucker told cops that he pushed the 30-year-old Smart off of him, which prompted an argument during which Smart “told him she would shoot him because she has the gun.” Smart told officers that after Rucker “rejected her and pushed her off of him,” he punched and kicked her multiple times.
Cops noted that Smart “continually was changing her story throughout the investigation,” adding that, “For these reasons, Ms. Smart’s account became less believable.”
Smart, judged the “primary aggressor” by cops, was arrested for domestic violence since Rucker “feared for his safety when Ms. Smart pulled the gun out and threatened to use it.” Cops seized a Ruger handgun and six bullets, which were placed into evidence.
Seen in the above mug shot, Smart spent about eight hours in custody before bonding out of jail Sunday afternoon on the misdemeanor charge….(read more)
Looking For Love In All The Wrong PlacesPosted: February 14, 2015 Filed under: Breaking News, Crime & Corruption, Mediasphere | Tags: ABC7, Bell Gardens, California, California State Route 1, Chesterfield County, Dana Point, International Union of Food, Robert Holguin, Sex Scam, South Carolina, Texas, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Association 2 Comments
Two people have been arrested of running a sex scam where they would lure victims to hotel rooms and then rob them.
Authorities believe Christopher Herrera, 27, of Bell Gardens, and Sandy Cacero, 24, of La Palma, along with other women, may be responsible for additional robberies.
On Wednesday, Herrera and Cacero allegedly assaulted and pepper sprayed a victim they contacted on Backpage.com, which advertises escort services, at a Best Western Hotel in the 24200 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point.
They then stole the victim’s cash, phone and tablet before fleeing in a white 2013 Nissan Maxima with the license plate 6XCC446.
Orange County sheriff’s deputies arrested Cacero and Herrera the same day.
“The women get there, then the male suspect shows up and robs the victim,” Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. Read the rest of this entry »
The Vandenburg Volley GunPosted: February 5, 2015 Filed under: Guns and Gadgets, History, War Room | Tags: American Civil War, Barcelona, Cannon, Civil War, Columbia, England, EUROPE, Gun, Premier League, South Carolina, Union Army, Vandenburg Volley Gun, William Tecumseh Sherman 1 Comment
The Vandenburg Volley Gun
A weapon of questionable value, this large volley gun was manufactured in England and saw limited use in Europe and in the American Civil War. Different models could have anywhere from 85 to 150 barrels that fired all at once. The method of ignition was unique in that the center charge was fired by percussion and ignited the whole volley simultaneously. However, by plugging off the vents, or ignition galleries, in advance, the discharge of the piece could be regulated to fire by clusters or rows of one-sixth, one-third, or one-half of the group. The other sections remained charged, ready to be fired by inserting a new percussion cap, and opening the formerly plugged orifices. The gun was loaded from the breech with the back unscrewing to expose the chambers. A loading machine for facilitating the charging of the many chambers in the breech. The device, when placed on dowels, was in proper position over the holes in the chambers. By manipulating a lever, measured charges of powder were dropped simultaneously into every chamber. This mechanism could be removed quickly, to be replaced by another containing lead balls. When properly positioned, the latter dropped the bullets into place. A ramming device was then put on, and all charges were compressed at once by the action of a lever on the loading plungers. Unfortunately the gun was big, heavy, and hard to move, making in difficult to place in order to achieve maximum effect. Plus the tightly grouped shot pattern of the gun was not large enough to cover a large area, and cannon grapeshot was considered to be a more effective weapon.
Nominee for Headline of the Year: CNNPosted: October 14, 2014 Filed under: Breaking News, Entertainment, Mediasphere, Politics | Tags: Barack Obama, CNN, Headline, Jake Tapper, Joe Biden, South Carolina, Tea Party, Vice president, White Boy Leave a comment
With headlines like this, who needs body copy?