April 2, 2012

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (040212)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:00 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.


J. Christian Adams at PJ Media (“Holder Charges Kidnapping Solicitation of White Supremacist, Not New Black Panthers”):

Here we go again.  Eric Holder’s Justice Department last month oversaw a guilty plea for solicitation of kidnapping, a federal offense.  Jayen Patel entered a plea in New Jersey for soliciting a purported white supremacist (actually an FBI agent acting as a white supremacist) to conduct a kidnapping.

I wrote earlier this week and appeared on Fox News to say that solicitation of kidnapping is a federal crime.  The New Black Panther Party has put a bounty out on George Zimmerman being taken “dead or alive.”  From Eric Holder, crickets.


In a Sunday Wall Street Journal editorial (“Assailing the Supreme Court”):

Judicial activism is not something that happens every time the Supreme Court overturns a statute. The Justices owe deference to Congress and the executive, but only to the extent that the political branches stay within the boundaries of the Constitution. Improper activism is when the Court itself strays beyond the founding document to find new rights or enhance its own authority without proper constitutional grounding.

Like Roe v. Wade.


At Media Bistro yesterday:

NBC News to Launch Internal Investigation into Trayvon Martin Story

A story that aired on the “Today” show last week caught the attention of media watchdog group Media Research Center, whose founder then went on Fox News’s “Hannity” Friday night to share what they’d uncovered: selective editing of a 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case.

… NBC News says it is investigating the story.

… Here’s how the “Today” show story, reported by Ron Allen last Tuesday, included the call:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

Here’s how the conversation happened, with the dispatcher’s question:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he white, black, or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

An agenda-driven disgrace.


“Arab Spring” Update:

Brotherhood presidency bid turns up heat in Egypt race

… Khairat al-Shater is aiming to bring Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood to the pinnacle of power for the first time in its 84-year history.

… It marks a dramatic shift for the Brotherhood which has U-turned on its earlier pledge not to field a candidate to avoid charges of monopolizing power in post-Mubarak Egypt.

All who actually believed the original promise have been exposed as fools.


Rich Lowry, at National Review:

The Murders That Don’t Count
In America, the lives of young black people are cheap, unless they happen to fit the right agenda.

… Jesse Jackson is right that “blacks are under attack.” According to a 2005 FBI report, blacks accounted for 13 percent of the population and 49 percent of all homicide victims. In 93 percent of the cases, the killer was black. Half of the victims were ages 17 to 29. That works out to 4,000 murders of young blacks in one year, overwhelmingly at the hands of other blacks. In the communities where these killings occur there is, to put it in Jackson’s inimitable terms, no justice and no peace.

There is no comparable epidemic of half-Hispanic neighborhood-watch volunteers like George Zimmerman shooting young black men.

Jackson’s, and Al Sharpton’s actual internal creed: “No racial pot-stirring potential, no concern.”


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