July 23, 2013

Real Weiner News: He Kept in Contact With Sexting Partner Until Month Before He Began NYC Mayoral Run

For some reason, press reports I’ve seen thus far dealing with revelations that disgraced former congressman and now-New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner continued “sexting” after his June 2011 resignation won’t directly tell us that he didn’t stop sexting — assuming we’ve heard the last of this, which is by no means certain — until November 2012 or January of this year, 4-6 months before he declared his Gotham mayoral candidacy. Additionally, he kept communicating with one of his partners, while supposedly not sexting, until April, the month before he began his run.

The four-month time frame can be inferred from the first excerpted paragraph after the jump in an Associated Press report by Jonathan Lemire (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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Steve Malzberg Show Audio on Trayvon Martin and ‘Lean’

Click on the “Steve Malzberg” link below to listen to audio addressing the Zimmerman car rescue, Trayvon Martin and “lean,” and the lie that “Zimmerman was told to stay in his car.”

Steve Malzberg

Detroit’s Demise Came From Following a Race-Based Model the Elites Once Praised

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:51 am

“When people ask me why I moved from liberal to conservative, I have a one-word answer: Detroit.” — Michael Barone.

In 1976 the New York Times once thought the mindset behind Detroit’s attempted revival was a good one:

BlacksSeeDetroitAsTheirOwnNYT1976

Putting aside the self-evident racism — What this attitude “accomplished” was to give the city’s corrupt and ineffective mayors from Coleman Young through Kwame Kilpatrick license to be corrupt and ineffective. It gave its entrenched, bloated civil service unions and their workers license to enrich themselves at the city’s expense and to resist all attempts at structural improvement. It gave the public schools license to fail to educate the city’s children.

Anytime anyone — even eventually other blacks — dared to criticize what was happening in Detroit’s government or its schools, the reflexive response, all too often accompanied by implied threats of violence, was, in effect: “You’re a racist/Uncle Tom. This is our city. Shut up … or else.”

Eventually, critics said: “Okay. If you’re so damned sure you know what you’re doing, have at it.”

The rest is history.

As Barone notes, first whites, and then the “Uncle Toms,” voted with their feet in large numbers:

The high crime rates of the Young years reduced its non-black population from 853,000 in 1970 to 250,000 in 1990; it was down to 125,000 in 2010.

… Detroit’s black population peaked at 777,000 in 1990; it leveled off to 775,000 in 2000 and plunged to 590,000 in 2010. Blacks with decent jobs and steady habits have been moving to the suburbs or back to their grandparents’ South, and those who remain tend to be the people with no good alternative and no hope.

High taxes, out-of-control crime, and disgraceful schools, all insulated from reform because it’s racist to criticize and especially racist to suggest how to help — It was, and still is, all there. Forcing the city through bankruptcy won’t solve that, it will only rewind it for the next round of more of the same. Inclusive, funda-”mental” reform is what’s needed.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072313)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

Continuing what I started Wednesday, I’m going to keep this open thread at the top during the day.

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

If you are on the front page, click “more” to see today’s items (updated sporadically).
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Positivity: Frenzied Crowds Greet Pope Francis in Brazil

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rio de Janiero:

Jul. 22 6:14 PM EDT

Frenzied crowds of Roman Catholics mobbed the car carrying Pope Francis on Monday when he returned to his home continent for the first time as pontiff, embarking on a seven-day visit meant to fan the fervor of the faithful around the globe.

During the pope’s first minutes in Brazil, ecstatic believers swarmed around the closed Fiat several times when it was forced to stop by heavy traffic on the drive from the airport to an official opening ceremony in Rio’s center. A few security guards struggled mightily to push the crowd back in scenes that at times looked alarming. A city official told Globo TV that the pope’s driver turned into the wrong side of a boulevard and missed lanes that had been cleared.

Francis looked calm during the frenzy. He rolled down the window on the back passenger-side of the car where he was sitting, waving to the crowd and touching those who reached inside. At one point, a woman handed the pontiff a dark-haired baby, whom he kissed before handing it back.

After finally making it past crowds and blocked traffic, Francis switched to an open-air popemobile as he toured around the main streets in downtown Rio through mobs of people who screamed wildly as he waved and smiled. Many in the crowd looked stunned, with some standing still and others sobbing loudly.

Idaclea Rangel, a 73-year-old Catholic, was pressed up against a wall and choking out words through her tears. “I can’t travel to Rome, but he came here to make my country better … and to deepen our faith,” she said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.