Concentration

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Wall Street Journal article headline says “Rich Get Richer as Billionaires Increase in Number” (hidden behind its pay-wall, must subscribe to read). 

 Headline implies world-wide economy is booming, but other possibilities include:

 The world-wide economy is failing and the remaining wealth is consolidating in fewer hands as the middle class loses upward mobility; or

 The world-wide money supply is increasing as governments print money to prop up welfare programs, and the resulting inflation makes “billionaires” out of people who previously would have been “millionaires;”  or,

 The statistics are lies.

 Hard to tell which factor – or combination of factors – is correct.

 Joe Doakes

As with most things economic, I say “both”.

Blowing Smoke

As the story of Ilham Omar’s, er, convoluted legal history starts to seep out into the mainstream media, the DFL is starting to do what it does best when it has a hard time managing a story; make threats.

This is a tweet from Tom Lyden of Fox9 about a tweeted “warning” he received from the president of the MN DFL Youth:

Bear in mind, this is Tom Lyden; he’s never been mistaken for a conservative tool.  Or a conservative anything.   Quite the opposite.

Conrad Zbikowski looks like he’ll have a big future as a Chicago ward heeler.   Or a Mafia soldier.

Remember, Corey – if everyone’s a misogynistic racist, then nobody is.

It’s The Other Guys

Over the weekend I read this piece, about Hollywood’s hypocrisy about guns; they donate to gun-grabber groups, while making billions off of violence-drenched action movies (and living in many cases behind gates with armed security).

It’s nothing new, really – nothing this blog hasn’t been covering for years (although these two examples are still the most obnoxious).

But I thought this quote was interesting; a flak from “Everytown”, Michael Bloomberg’s gun-grabber group, reassuring Hollywood that it’s just not their fault:

“Content creators are quite anxious about that conversation, because they often feel guilty or wonder, ‘Am I somehow responsible?’ ” says Jason Rzepka, director of cultural engagement for Everytown, which launched a creative council in October chaired by Julianne Moore and whose members include J.J. Abrams, Judd Apatow and Jennifer Lawrence. “They are usually quite relieved when they hear that from all of our research on this subject,  [Pfffft – Ed.] violence in television and film is by no means a primary culprit in our gun violence crisis in America.”

“Oh, no – don’t change your ways; keep profiting from the exploitation of consquence-free violence, while writing big checks to my employer”.

Let’s leave aside Everytown’s “research on the subject” [Pffft – Ed.] for a moment.   I’m sure anyone claims that “The Expendables” prompted anyone to shoot anyone.

But does Hollywood’s well-trod market for violence without consequences (along with many other media doing the same) cause at least some parts of society that’s already full of fault lines over race, class and myriad other dysfunctions to think violence isn’t the worst possible solution to whatever ails them?

If it takes even one life…

Scroogified

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

I didn’t need the revised economic numbers to tell me the economy was bad, I see it driving around town.  Time was, you might see a panhandler at the top of a particularly busy freeway exit ramp.  Nowadays, there are several working shifts plus more at stop lights in town. 

 I wonder why there are so few stories in the mainstream media analyzing the Obama Administration policies that have created so many beggars, versus so many sob stories trying to shame me into giving more charitably.  It’s not working; the more they hector me, the more I feel like Ebenezer Scrooge: “Is there no welfare, no homeless shelter?”

 Joe Doakes

The term “compassion fatigue” is becoming old and shopworn – but it hasn’t lost its meaning.

Bloodlust

Earlier this week: Donald Trump urges Second Amendment supporters to stand up for their rights to the political process. Mainstream media and the left (pardon the redundancy) craps a kitten at the “call for violence” which was not.
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Earlier this week: Donald Trump urges Second Amendment supporters to stand up for their rights to the political process. Mainstream media and the left (pardon the redundancy) craps a kitten at the “call for violence” which was not.

Democrat strategist calls for assassination of whistleblower. 

Wait – do you think there’s a conclusion to this?

Flare

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

In 1994, when Bill Clinton was President, there was another flare-up in the long-standing war between two African tribes – the Hutu and the Tutsis – fought mainly in Rwanda over the issue of political control to give special privileges to the dominant tribe’s members.  The losers fled to The Congo and continued the fight.  Nearly 5 million people have died and inter-tribal killing continues.

 In the United States today, Black people want special privileges.  They’ve been able to shame White people into going along because some White people were guilty of slavery so all White people should pay for it.  Hispanics are less sympathetic and Asians outright hostile because neither of those groups feels racial historical guilt over offenses committed 100 years before they arrived in this country.

 Black Lives Matter has upped the ante.  They called for dead cops and are starting to get them.  Black Lives Matter does not seek progress, it seeks regress.  It seeks to return Western Civilization to the level of Africal Tribal Warfare.

 Hispanics, Asians and Whites get lumped together as “White” for purposes of crime reporting and affirmative action.  As a “tribe,” Whites together with Hispanics and Asians, are 85% of the population.  We’re more numerous, more prosperous and better armed than Blacks.  If Black Lives Matter starts a race war, it’s going to be a damned short one.  But then, if Black Lives Matter had the ability to look at the big picture and take the long view, they wouldn’t be trying to start a race war at all.

 Joe Doakes

Y’know, it’s not something I care to discuss, since no rational person on “either side” is remotely interested in things turning out that way.

But I think the talk of militants – especially militants whose target is society at large – is wishful to the point of comical.

Your Silence Speaks Volumes

Truth!

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Among the best ways for me to file your “argument” under “not worth the effort” is to begin with something like “your silence about [pick an issue that is not actually the subject of the current discussion] speaks volumes”, delivered with a rhetorical and literal “shame finger”.

I mean, I do appreciate the vote of confidence – your apparent belief that my addressing an issue on my show or blog will have some sort of affect on that issue over time, and that my “silence” – generally less “silence” than “lack of opportunity, interest, or any angle on which I have anything to contribute to the discussion” will cause the world such damage.

I assure you, it will not, but thanks for thinking I’m such a big cheese.

Berg’s Seventeenth Eighteenth Law Is In Full Effect

A mass shooting in München (Munich) is just breaking.

Motives are nowhere close to being known – some sources claim “terrorism”, others are invoking Anders Breivik the anti-immigrant Norwegian who killed 70+ a few years ago.

Berg’s Eighteenth Law is iron-clad.

UPDATE:  Hmmmm:

A witness who wanted to be identified only by her first name, Lauretta, told CNN her son was in the bathroom with a shooter at the restaurant.

“That’s where he loaded his weapon,” she said. “I hear like an alarm and boom, boom, boom … and he’s still killing the children. The children were sitting to eat. They can’t run.”

Lauretta said she heard the gunman say, “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is great” in Arabic. “I know this because I’m Muslim. I hear this and I only cry.”

Again, Berg’s 18th Law is in full effect.  It’s entirely possible the killer is a Christian NRA member from Texas driven crazy by Trumpism and hatred of Obama and black people.    We are assured that a wave of such violence is around the corner – for like 20 years now.

The major media is never to be trusted for fast accurate reporting on these sorts of stories.

Never!

But if true…

The Little Monetary Fund That Cried “Doom”

The International Monetary Fund, after predicting that Britons would be “praying for the sweet release of death” with the Brexit vote, scaled back the gloom and doom:

After saying that leaving the European Union could trigger a UK recession, the International Monetary Fund now expects the British economy to grow by 1.7 per cent this year and 1.3 per cent next year.

That is weaker than the 1.9 and 2.2 per cent growth forecasts before the referendum, but the UK is still set to be the second-fastest growing economy in the Group of Seven industrialised nations this year – behind the United States – and third-fastest next year, behind the US and Canada.

Not that that’s any barn-burner growth rate – but since the IMF and the rest of Europe’s “elites”  predicted a zombie apocalypse, I’d call this a signifcant development.

As predicted, so far.

Rumor Mill

To: Betsy Hodges, mayor, Minneapolis.

From: Mitch Berg, ornery peasant

Re: Rumors

Mayor Hodges,

Over the weekend, the rumor mill announced that you had told a gathering somewhere in Minneapolis you were planning on holding a “gun buyback”.

Please, please please please please please, oh please, please please please please please, I beg of you; go ahead with it.

You simply have to. I beg of you, with all my heart.

That is all.

UPDATE:  Rumor mill says it’ll be held August 27 at thePillsbury United Communities, or somewhere in that vicinity.

As We Wait, And Wait…

…for the wave of “right wing violence” that, we are assured, will be much worse than Al Quada and ISIS and is just around the corner, honest, we see the left’s propensity to thuggery is alive and well:

An adjunct professor at Southern State Community College (SSCC) in Ohio is under investigation for threatening to shoot up the NRA.

“Look, there’s only one solution. A bunch of us anti-gun types are going to have to arm ourselves, storm the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VA, and make sure there are no survivors,” James Pearce wrote in a Facebook post on June 13. “This action might also require coordinated hits at remote sites, like Washington lobbyists. Then and only then will we see some legislative action on assault weapons. Have a nice day.”

By all means, “professor ” Pearce, go for it.  

“Reasonable”

I have gun control advocates ask me constantly “so what’s wrong with ‘no fly, no buy’?” – in other words, with barring people on the feds’ double-dog secret terror watchlist from buying guns.

My response:  “You mean, other than completely sidestepping due process?   Well, there’s this sort of thing“:

Hawaii could become the first state in the United States to enter gun owners into an FBI database that will automatically notify police if an island resident is arrested anywhere else in the country.

Most people entered in the “Rap Back” database elsewhere in the U.S. are those in “positions of trust,” such as school teachers and bus drivers, said Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Hawaii could be the first state to add gun owners.

In other words, the feds, or anti-gun states, can abuse databases – basically making entire classes of otherwise law-abiding citizens into de facto criminals with de facto trashed civil liberties.

Then, remember what happened in 2009 – when Homeland Security Theater secretary Janet Napolitano told law enforcement to watch out, essentially, for all conservatives, as potential terror threats.

Now, combine the three; the urge to abuse federal law enforcement, the power to ignore due process at will, and the technology to strip entire groups of their freedoms with the touch of a top secret button.

Obama’s America:  Orwell was only three decades off.

Let Them Eat Cake

A friend of this blog writes:

Hard to tell if this is supposed to be positive or negative publicity for the light rail- median income is down, we haven’t gentrified the area, and people and still mostly poor here. Was that the goal of the Green Line?

The goal of the Green Line was to make everything better.  Everything.

You just gotta be patient.

No.  Patienter.

(First, we gotta deal with the crime problem.  Then comes the happiness and joy).

Offer

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails – reiterating something I myself posted on Facebook the other day:

Since the tragedy in Orlando, this sign has been popping up and gun sales to GLBT buyers are soaring.  

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Great – if you know how to use one.  I’ve been shooting 40 years.  My sincere offer: if any GLBT new gun owner would like lessons, let Mitch know and we’ll arrange it.  No politics; no judgment; no fee: just safety and accuracy.

Joe Doakes

I did in fact make this offer on Facebook.

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Pass

My mom worked at a nursing school. My niece is a NICU nurse.  I have quite a few nurses among my closest friends.  

So it’s hard not to say “I have all the sympathy in the world for the nurses that are striking at the various Alina hospitals”.

So I will let Larry from “Very Angry Bird” say it for me:

Normally, I am very sympathetic to anyone who is affected by the treachery and deceit of ObamaCare. The only ones who escape by shoulder to cry on are union types who supported ObamaCare when it was first being hatched. Since most unions are Democratic strongholds, the nurses union all supported ObamaCare. To put it in old west terms – they now know what it is like to be shot with their own gun.

nurses are wonderful people – but the nurses union is as hard left as the SEIU. The union jumped up and down and did cartwheels for Obama, and Obamacare, eight years ago.

Now, as the “Affordable Care Act” makes healthcare I’ll truly unaffordable for millions – exactly as predicted – the union is trying to insulate itself and its members from the policies that the union supported, worked for, and donated its members ‘money to.

Sorry, nurses. You lost me on this one.