July 22, 2016

Tavis Smiley, on MSNBC, in USA Today Column, and on PBS Portrays Gavin Long and ‘Disaffected Black Men’ As Victims

Early this week, in an MSNBC interview, Tavis Smiley said that there’s far too much attention being paid to “cop killers” and not enough to “killer cops.”

Then, in a Tuesday USA Today column, he cast his sympathetic lot with Gavin Long, who killed three Baton Rouge police offices on Sunday before a police sharpshooter killed him. Smiley told readers that we should “Listen to the Baton Rouge police killer.” Later in the week, he interviewed Corine Woodley, Long’s mother, on his PBS show. Woodley’s own words indicated that what caused her son to snap was that he bought into both the lies of the violent Black Lives Matter movement and the left’s obsession with “the one percent.”


Cleveland Rocked

Filed under: General,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:35 pm

I have to admit that I was among those who thought that the Republican Party’s selection of Cleveland as the site of its 2016 convention was unduly dangerous and a potentially very big mistake. I am pleased to admit that I was wrong.

Cuyahoga County is legendarily leftist, and still has a far-too-high concentration of folks straight out of the fever swamps. When Cleveland was selected in April 2014, memories of the horribly violent Occupy Wall Street chapter there weren’t exactly fresh, but neither were they forgotten. Just two years earlier, the FBI arrested five group members who were eventually convicted of plotting to blow up a key 1,130-foot area bridge.

From a related August 2012 post (bolds are mine):

… In a May 2 story (“Bridge bomb plot: Suspects were active in Occupy Cleveland, even as movement slowed to a crawl”), the PD’s (Cleveland Plain Dealer’s) Henry J. Gomez tagged all five suspects as “involved in Occupy Cleveland.” Gomez also described one of the five, Brandon Baxter, as having “helped organize … (late April’s) Heart Fest, the event Occupy Cleveland leaders hoped would help re-energize the movement as warmer weather approached. Baxter created the Facebook page for the festival.”

Attempts at deflection went into full swing. Gomez wrote that “(Cleveland City Councilman Brian) Cummins recalled … (that four of the five suspects were) members of a small but vocal faction that ‘found little use for peaceful demonstration.’”

Nice try, Councilman. Three days later, the PD’s Michael Sangiacomo reported that Anthony Hayne, one of those arrested, “signed the lease for a West Side warehouse where about a dozen members of the Occupy Cleveland group live.”

Additionally … the FBI complaint showed that “Baxter was planning to use his position as a leader in Occupy Cleveland to divert attention away from the planned terror attack.”

Despite the wealth of readily available information about the suspects’ Occupy involvement, as well as the indictment’s specifics about destruction targets on their wish list had their bridge blow-up gone successfully (e.g., the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Cleveland Justice Center, and others), the Associated Press has carried no news of the demonstrated high-level leadership and management involvement of at least two of the suspects.

The AP wrapped up their six-month national news cover-up in November 2012 when it “utterly failed to note the active involvement of the convicted domestic terrorists (the sentencing judge’s characterization) with Occupy Cleveland. It also failed to note a supportive tweet sent by Occupy Wall Street (HT Twitchy.com) claiming ‘entrapment’ and linking to a legal defense fund web site.”

That attempted terror attack, the national OWS support, and the national media’s clear determination to minimize their exposure were alarming, and an indication that violent leftists and anarchists gathered from all over the nation might, if motivated, target the Republican convention and overwhelm security.

Fortunately, as I’ve noted in the past few days, the protest crowds were low — so low that protest leaders have openly expressed how “extremely disappointed” they were with the turnout.

Many factors are involved here, but for my money I primarily credit:

  • Law enforcement, led by Cleveland law enforcement, for formulating plans that were seen by outside groups as sufficiently effective at deterring potential violence (which explains why the ACLU tried so bitterly to smear the Cleveland PD’s plans).
  • The reasonable and firm stance of Trump supporters, as exemplified in this quote from Ralph King: “We will not encourage any confrontation, we will try to defuse any confrontation, but we’re are not going to ask anybody to sit there and take a beating.”
  • The existence of open carry in Ohio. Protesters themselves are citing “fear” of open carry as an excuse. Given the trigger warning- and microaggression-obsessed nature of the many snowflakes now among them, thanks to execrable college campus PC, that is entirely plausible.
  • The nearly complete lack of any violent incidents at the recent celebration of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ NBA championship. To an extent, that event may also have served as an RNC warm-up for law enforcement.
  • Last but not at all least, the city’s and area’s determination to pull off a successful event.

Fantastic job, folks.

This week, Cleveland rocked.

In Critique of Peter Thiel, NY Times Writer Cites ‘Militant Open-Mindedness’ in Silicon Valley

New York Times reporter Farhad Manjoo and his editors apparently are so insulated in their politically correct bubble that they fail to recognize embarrassing text anyone outside of that bubble with two eyes and and ounce of sense can clearly see.

In a Wednesday piece (Thursday print edition, Page B1) designed to cast Republican National Convention speaker, Donald Trump supporter and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel as an outlier, Manjoo described Silicon Valley as a place of “militant open-mindedness” which will “severely punish any deviations from accepted schools of thought.” Manjoo also illustrated how one Silicon Valley executive has allowed that area’s culture to save him having to do his own political homework. These are considered good things in Old Gray Ladyland.


Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072216)

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

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: The Drone 100

Filed under: Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

A Wow:

AP Helped Set Expectations For RNC Protest ‘Chaos’ in Cleveland, and It Didn’t Happen

The headline at Dan Zak’s Arts & Entertainment column at the Washington Post early Thursday evening: “We were promised a riot. In Cleveland, we got a block party instead.” (There were occasional exceptions.) Though his article’s tone was generally positive, he did complain that “Cleveland is basically a police state this week.” Gosh, I didn’t know police states had so much freedom of speech and expression.

What Zak found was “general comity,” which included people giving out hugs and cuddles (seriously), and spontaneous outbursts of live music. So it’s worth asking who made the “promise (of) a riot,” or at least who built the expectation. To what should be no one’s surprise, the Associated Press had a big role.