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Sunday, June 26, 2016

10,000


I just checked out my Blogger page, and it says that I have published 10,539 posts—at this blog alone—since March 16, 2006, and until a few years ago, I only occasionally blogged.

That’s a testament to something. Stupidity? No, I don’t like that interpretation. Insanity? That sounds even worse than stupidity.

Here’s what I like: Courage and perseverance. Don’t they beat the heck out of stupidity and insanity?

Please hit the PayPal “donate” button at the top, and make a generous donation of as much you possibly can, so that I can continue to be (insert positive adjectives of your choice).

Thanks, in advance!

Sincerely,

Nicholas Stix

“Brexit is Proof that Trump Will be the Next President”: “Anti-Immigration” Message and Shift to the Right that Led to UK's Seismic Break with Europe Draws Parallels with Rise of The Donald

By Unknown Reader

N.S.: I just hunted fruitlessly after the identity of the buddy who sent me this headline and link. Sorry.

At the Daily Mail.

Orlando: More Democrat Logic (Graphic)



The Ultimate Argument for Why We Cannot Wait on More Gun Control Legislation!



Progress in America, from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama! (Graphics)




On Integrating Islam and Western Civilization (Infographic)




My understanding is that the first sentence had come later, and was moved in front of the rest of the quote, by whoever put together the quote box, or whoever he was quoting, but that the sentiments were all Samuel P. Huntington’s.

Guardian Lefty: Forget BREXIT; Resistance is Futile; Poison Pill Requirements Mean that Whatever You Do, We Win!




Bollocks. Leftists always produce sophistry, explaining how there is no possible alternative to their statist machinations.

The Election was Just Decided by … Free Tampons! (Not a Satire!)



Godwin's Law is One Jerk: Classic Dilbert Cartoon!

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix
 


 

By Scott Adams

Death is a Caberet! The Angel Merkel; Lotte Lenya and Anne Kerry Ford’s “The Pirate Jenny”; Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill; and Moslem Integration (Political Cartoon, Music Videos, German and English Lyrics!)

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix



The end of this cartoon reminds me of “Die Seeräuber Jenny” (“The Pirate Jenny”) number from Die Dreigroschenoper (The Three Penny Opera), the 1928, Communist adaptation, by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, of Englishman John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera, which I am convinced was its inspiration.

“The premiere was on August 31, 1928, in Berlin’s Schiffbauerdamm’s [Shipwright’s Dike] Theater.” [German Wikipedia, translated by Nicholas Stix.]

The embittered Jenny sings of what she will do when she’s in charge, and can have her revenge on the city in which she had been a lowly maid. To the question, “Whom shall we kill?,” She answers, in a stage whisper, “All.”
 

Lotte Lenya Singing “Seeräuber Jenny” (Pirate Jenny)
 


 

Uploaded on Jul 7, 2008 by rongcentury.

Lotte Lenya singing "Seeräuber Jenny" in the original 1931 film Die Dreigroschenoper (The Threepenny Opera). So intense in its simplicity!
 

Anne Kerry Ford Sings “Pirate Jenny” by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht (2006)
 



Uploaded on Jan 12, 2007 by Raymond Singer.
 

Anne Kerry Ford (singer), accompanied by John Boswell (pianist), performs "Pirate Jenny", the Weill/Brecht classic from "The Threepenny Opera" at the Zalk Theater in Ojai, CA, November 2006.
 

Seeräuberjenny (Pirate Jenny )
Musik von Kurt Weill
Worte von Bertolt Brecht

Meine Herren, heute sehen Sie mich Gläser abwaschen
Und ich mache das Bett für jeden.
Und Sie geben mir einen Penny und ich bedanke mich schnell
Und Sie sehen meine Lumpen und dies lumpige Hotel
Und Sie wissen nicht, mit wem Sie reden.
Und Sie wissen nicht, mit wem Sie reden.
Aber eines Abends wird ein Geschrei sein am Hafen
Und man fragt "Was ist das für ein Geschrei?"
Und man wird mich lächeln sehn bei meinen Gläsern
Und man sagt "Was lächelt die dabei?"

Und ein Schiff mit acht Segeln
Und mit fünfzig Kanonen
Wird liegen am Kai.

Man sagt "Geh, wisch deine Gläser, mein Kind"
Und man reicht mir den Penny hin.
Und der Penny wird genommen, und das Bett wird gemacht!
Es wird keiner mehr drin schlafen in dieser Nacht.
Und sie wissen immer noch nicht, wer ich bin.
Und sie wissen immer noch nicht, wer ich bin.
Aber eines Abends wird ein Getös sein am Hafen
Und man frag "Was ist das für ein Getös?"
Und man wird mich stehen sehen hinterm Fenster
Und man fragt "Was lächelt die so bös?"

Und das Schiff mit acht Segeln
Und mit fünfzig Kanonen
Wird beschiessen die Stadt.

Meine Herren, da wird ihr Lachen aufhören
Denn die Mauern werden fallen hin
Und die Stadt wird gemacht dem Erdboden gleich.
Nur ein lumpiges Hotel wird verschont von dem Streich
Und man fragt "Wer wohnt Besonderer darin?"
Und man fragt "Wer wohnt Besonderer darin?"
Und in dieser Nacht wird ein Geschrei um das Hotel sein
Und man fragt "Warum wird das Hotel verschont?"
Und man wird mich sehen treten aus der Tür gehn Morgen
Und man sagt "Die hat darin gewohnt?"

Und das Schiff mit acht Segeln
Und mit fünfzig Kanonen
Wird beflaggen den Mast

Und es werden kommen hundert gen Mittag an Land
Und werden in den Schatten treten
Und fangen einen jeglichen aus jeglicher Tür
Und legen ihn in Ketten und bringen vor mir
Und mich fragen "Welchen sollen wir töten?"
Und an diesem Mittag wird es still sein am Hafen
Wenn man fragt, wer wohl sterben muss.
Und dann werden Sie mich sagen hören "Alle!"
Und wenn dann der Kopf fällt, sage ich"Hoppla!"

Und das Schiff mit acht Segeln
Und mit fünfzig Kanonen
Wird entschwinden mit mir.

English

You men always see me washing this glass,
And how I make your beds for you daily,
But you toss me a penny, and I'm always quick to thank,
Even though you see my rags and this shabby old hotel,
But you don't know to whom you're talking.
But you don't know to whom you're talking.
But one evening you'll hear shouting at the ports,
and you'll ask "What's all that shouting for?"
And you'll see me laughing to myself by my glass,
and you'll ask "What's she laughing about?"

And a ship with eight sails,
And with fifty canons,
Will lay by the docks...

You'll say "Go wash your glass, little girl,"
And you'll hand a penny to me.
And I'll take that penny and make your bed!
Because you won't be sleeping in it tonight...
And you still don't know who I am.
And you still don't know who I am.
But one evening there'll be a roar by the port,
And you'll ask "What's all that noise about?"
And you'll see me gazing out my window,
And you'll ask "What's she smiling about?"

And a ship with eight sails,
And fifty canons,
Will fire at the shore...

My Sirs, there you're laughter will stop,
Becuase the walls will fall,
And the city will be level with the ground,
And only one hotel is left unscathed,
And you'll ask "What special person lives there?"
And you'll ask "What special person lives there?"
And in this night there'll be a shouting around the hotel,
And you'll ask "Why was this hotel spared?"
And you'll see me step out in the morning,
And you'll say "that's who live's there?"

And a ship with eight sails,
And with fifty canons,
Will raise up her flag...

And by noon the men will come by the hundreds,
And into the shade will step,
And they'll catch any man who steps out the door,
And put them before me in chains,
And they'll ask me "Which one's should we kill?"
And this afternoon it will be silent at the ports,
And when they ask me who must die,
You'll hear me say "All of them!"
And when the heads fall I'll say "Whoops!"

And the ship with eight sails,
And fifty canons,
Will disappear with me...

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The Empire Strikes Back! Twitter Did It Again! Social Media Giant Retaliates, and Freezes Account of Writer on Its Enemies List for the Seventh Time, Since Its Anti-Free Speech Edict Went into Effect on June 3

 

[Previously: “How Twitter Beats Up on People on Its Enemies’ List.”]
 

By Nicholas Stix

That would be me.

That must be a very long list. I wonder if it’s as long as the list at the New York Times, which I’m also on, along with many others (i.e., many other lists, and many other whitelistees).



I was tempted to get cute and say, “Twit,” instead of “Twitter,” but that would have been futile. After all, less than hour before Twitter shut me down, I did just that, when I criticized Twitter for trying to ram homosexuality down our throats, and my minder immediately reported me and had me blocked.



Revival Planned of Robert Bolt’s Classic Play, A Man for All Seasons!




Rich Lowry to produce, David French to direct, Jay Nordlinger to re-write, starring George Will as Thomas More, and Donald Trump as Henry VIII!

This show must open prior to Tuesday, November 8, 2016. On November 8, Mssrs. Lowry, Nordlinger, French and Will will lose all usefulness to the Clinton re-election campaign.

Reconquistas Trespass vs. Donald Trump in Scotland?! (Photograph)



Hurray for WEXIT! George Will Has Left the Republican Party!

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

At tip ‘o the hate to my friend, Oak Park, Illinois journalist and blogger, Jim Bowman, author of, most recently, the absorbing, moving, funny memoir, Company Man: My Jesuit Life, 1950-1968, which will seem to some younger readers to be about a foreign country, centuries ago, but which actually takes place in the Land of Lincoln, not so long ago.
 

What does “conservative” George Will hope to conserve?

In order to appreciate George Will’s hatred for Donald Trump—or rather for the long ignored voters Trump represents—you have to understand that Will once hated Ronald Reagan, too. Will was against Reagan, before he was for him.

Back last August, when Will declared war on Trump, he waxed nostalgic for Reagan, but as a National Review reader pointed out, Will had long been a Reagan-hater.

Will had worked against Reagan, whom he demed “unelectable,” in 1976, and early in 1980. And, as MoFo Politics reminds us, Will has a history of being wrong on almost everything!

The Reagan Democrats, whom Will hates with a vengeance, gave America the Reagan years, Donald Trump as Republican nominee, and are the difference between the GOP possibly recapturing the White House, and both the Party and America—barring a bloody Civil War II—being lost forever.
 

Conservative columnist George Will says he's leaving GOP over Trump
By Daniella Diaz
Updated 4:23 P.M. ET, Sat June 25, 2016
CNN

Washington (CNN) Conservative commentator and columnist George Will says he is leaving the Republican Party because of Donald Trump -- and he's advocating that others do the same.

In a speech at a Federalist Society luncheon Friday, he told the audience, "This is not my party," according to PJ Media, a conservative news website.

[You’re darned tootin,’ it’s not your party! That’s one thing we can agree on.]

The Pulitzer Prize winner confirmed to PJM in an interview after his speech that he had left the party and was now "an unaffiliated voter in the state of Maryland" before switching the subject.

PJM reported that Will cited House Speaker Paul Ryan's endorsement of Trump is one of the reasons why he decided to leave the party. Will didn't say whether he'd vote for either Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton or a third-party candidate, such as Libertarian Gary Johnson.

Will, who worked on President Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign, also said at the luncheon that Trump as president with "no opposition" from a Republican-led Congress would be worse than Clinton as president with a Republican-led Congress.

When asked by PJ Media about his message to conservatives regarding Trump, Will responded, "Make sure he loses. Grit their teeth for four years and win the White House."

[It was recently reported that this is the strategy of the “NeverTrump” slutservatives who are working to help Hillary Clinton win the presidency. It doesn’t seem to occur to them that this is it, and that if Trump loses, it’s all over for the GOP. A President Hillary Clinton would turn so many criminal foreign invaders into “citizens” that the Democratic Party would be guaranteed a one-party dictatorship in perpetuity.]

CNN efforts to reach Will were not immediately successful Saturday.

Will has long been a harsh critic of Trump. Just earlier this month, he told Fox News that Trump is a "real amateur in politics."

[As opposed to Mitt Romney, whom Will predicted four years ago to win in a “landslide” against “Obama.”? Then I guess we need more amateurs.]

“He seems to confuse the enthusiasm of the crowds in front of him at the moment in the high school auditorium with the larger electorate,” he said. "Whereas, in fact, crowds are definitionally not a representative selection of the American people."

[What a stupid thing to say. First of all, Trump is packing stadiums, and second of all, if Will were right, Trump would never have won the Republican nomination. Trump’s nomination victory proves, definitionally, that his crowds are a representative selection of Republican voters. As for the American people, no political crowd is a representative selection of them, so that criticism was irrelevant.]

And this is not the first time the conservative has broken with Republican Party orthodoxy. In 2009, he wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post calling on the United States to get out of Afghanistan, which received criticism from his party.

Drudge: More Trouble in EU Paradise

 

 
5 MORE COUNTRIES TO LEAVE?

Wikipedia Co-Founder: Fake Encyclopedia was Almost Immediately Taken Over by “Trolls” at Its Inception in 2001, with the “Inmates Running the Asylum” Since at Least 2002

 

When you see this symbol, think, “Danger ahead!”
 

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy “Jimbo” Wales has long been the face of intellectual fraud, but is he now also the face of knuckle-dragging racism?
 

[The greatest exposé ever written about The Pretend Encyclopedia:

“‘Wikipedia on Race’: My American Renaissance Exposé.”

A list of other articles on The Pretend Encylopedia follows the article below.]
 

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix
 

Wikipedia co-founder Larry Sanger says website has been 'taken over by trolls'
46-year-old says he walked away from the internet phenomenon in 2001 because 'the inmates were running the asylum'
By Paul Gallagher
@PMGallagher1
Thursday 12 November 2015
4 comments

Sanger went on to establish the rival 'free knowledge project' Citizendium
 

Wikipedia’s co-founder has said that mob rule and anti-elitism ruined the website he helped set up leading to “inmates running the asylum”.

Larry Sanger said that he walked away from the internet phenomenon just one year after it began life in 2001 because it quickly became “taken over by trolls”.

The 46-year-old went on to establish Citizendium, a rival “free knowledge project” where user generated content would have to be approved by editors with minimum levels of qualifications, such as college diplomas or degrees.

“Wikipedia never solved the problem of how to organize itself in a way that didn’t lead to mob rule,” the Ohio-based internet project developer told Vice.com. “On the one hand, it isn’t a mob at all. It’s highly organized and structured and there’s a lot of rules, so it seems like the very opposite of that, right?

“But on the other hand, the way that the community is organized isn’t codified or decided upon in any type of constitutional way. So there might be some people who selectively apply rules according to positions that other people take on their pet issues. And that’s inherently unfair, right?

“I think a small amount of that goes on. A lot of the behaviours that people associate with so-called social justice warriors today, I remember seeing back in 2001, 2002, with the new arrivals.
 

Mr Sanger says he would have insisted on a more academic system of approving articles
 

“I don’t want to be in the business of Wikipedia-bashing anymore. But I do think it has a root problem that’s social. People that I would say are trolls sort of took over. The inmates started running the asylum.”

Fellow Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, who still oversees the website, was one of three founders of a free online encyclopaedia called Nupedia when he brought Mr Sanger on board to develop the project. The latter’s background in philosophy, especially the theory of knowledge, was seen as critical to its development.

Having synthesised emerging “wiki” technology, a website which can be edited directly from the web browser, by anyone, Mr Sanger came up with the name Wikipedia. He also wrote its founding documents and spent the next 14 months as the site’s sole paid editor and philosophical leader.

“People that I would say are trolls sort of took over. The inmates started running the asylum”

Larry Sanger

If he could go back to his time at Wikipedia again Mr Sanger would have insisted on a more academic system of approving articles and edits as “credible” – but he said a lack of leadership meant it never happened.

He told Vice.com: “But by the time the new recruits arrived—the anarchist crowd, as I called it at the time—all that stuff became deeply unpopular. Because there wasn’t anyone who was really leading the project, including Jimmy Wales—he just sort of let the thing run itself after I left—there needed to be a way for new ideas to be proposed and voted on by the community.

“And right now, I think Wikipedia is sort of stuck, and has long been stuck. They’re very slow to adapt, because they don’t have any community-approved mechanism for proposing and approving new changes. So there needed to be a constitutional system for doing that. And I think it could have been added, but never was.”

The English Wikipedia currently has almost 27 million users who have registered a username. Of these almost 130,000 could be classified as “Wikipedians”, volunteer contributors who write and edit Wikipedia articles, having edited a page over the last 30 days and more than half of them (53 per cent) are aged 29 or under.

Although the rival homepages look similar, Citizendium has only published almost 17,000 articles in English compared to Wikipedia’s five million plus.

Although he has often berated the website over its accuracy Mr Sanger said he remained “moderately proud” of his role in Wikipedia’s history.

“I always sort of felt like we just got lucky with the right idea at the right time, and we had a reasonably successful implementation of the idea,” he said. “A lot of the success of Wikipedia was exactly what we hoped and dreamed. And some of the policy choices that we made were definitely the right ones. I think the neutrality policy is absolutely instrumental, for example. The changes that we made to the way that wikis work was instrumental. So we definitely did some right things that we can take credit for. But I don’t know."

A spokesperson for the Wikimedia Foundation said: “Wikipedia has been edited by millions of people around the world who have contributed more than 35 million articles across 291 languages. These volunteers make up a vast, diverse community that can’t be defined by any single set of characteristics. No single group controls Wikipedia -- editors come from a variety of backgrounds, and each person has unique reasons for editing.”

Comments

 
Charles Ewing

The domination of Wikipedia by SJWs is noticeable on any politically-charged page. For example, the entry on climate change nowhere mentions the RSS satellite data, even though that is one of the half dozen global temperature series.

Try adding it. The change disappears within five minutes. That's because RSS shows no warming since 1998. There are people paid by the green lobby to watch Wikipedia constantly and make sure only the approved narrative survives.
 

Mario Tabone-Vassallo

I agree there are inherent dangers with Wikipedia but there are greater ones with the proposed alternative. Plato asked a question some 2,400 years ago that is still unanswered: Who is going to 'guard' the 'guardians'?
 

Nicholas Stix

Plato asked that question about the ideal government, not about knowledge. So, let me guess. You heard about this smart come back from Plato, and you pull it out of your back pocket all over the place, mostly where it’s completely inappropriate. Aren’t you a bloody genius!
 

trisul

Much of it is true. I have noticed this with the ascendancy of Putin. Wikipedia had a precise description of fascist societies, that fit Putin's Russia 100%, as well as other fascist societies throughout history, people started quoting this, and the whole entry was recently reorganised to erase the description. Not a simple edit, a wholesale rework by Russian trolls ... The inmates have taken over.
 

Razzydog

Oh great, "elitist" academics running the asylum instead, looks like jumping out of the frying pan into the fire. I'll stick to Wiki and Google combination thanks.
 

Nicholas Stix

If you care about knowledge, you care about truth and about clear communication, e.g., how to properly use quotation marks. That makes you an elitist.

But you’re no elitist, no sir. Then why do you “stick to Wiki and Google,” instead of just making up your own lies?
 

[More on The Pretend Encyclopedia, at WEJB/NSU:

Wikipedia: Openness Through Lockdown”;

“Wikipedia and the Importance of being Ignorant”;

“Race Hustler Alert at Wikipedia! Someone Has been Making Mischief Regarding Maurice Clemmons’ Lakewood Massacre”;

“Baloo: Wikipedia Nation”;

“Wikipedia’s Censors are Hard at Work, Ensuring That Readers Do Not Learn about Crimes Committed by Members of ‘Protected Classes’ Against Members of ‘Non-Protected’ Classes”;

“Yet Another Wikipedia Cover-Up!”;

“Editor Laments: Anonymous Ideological Thugs Rule Wikipedia Now”;

“Nadine Gordimer’s Racism, and Wikipedia’s Attempt to Cover It Up”;

“What is Wrong with Wikipedia?”;

“Guaranteed Dishonesty: The Wikipedia Method”;

“Wikipedia Turns Racist, Premeditated, First-Degree Murder of a San Francisco PD Sergeant into a Case of ‘Alleged Attempted Murder’”;

“Dangerous, Racist Organization Seeks to Fill Its Moneybags at the Expense of Deluded, Deceived Saps”;

The Pretend Encyclopedia (aka Wikipedia) Turns 15, but the Racial Socialist Goons Who Have Taken It Over Have Caused the Number of Editors to Dwindle Since 2007”;

“Another Former Wikipedia Editor Chimes in on The Pretend Encyclopedia; and

“Black Activists: Wikipedia Racially Discriminates Against Blacks!”]

Friday, June 24, 2016

BREXIT's "Political Earthquake" in England--the Ruling Elites Refused to Acknowledge the Tremors, or to "Listen to the People on Immigration," Just Like in America

"And as the repercussions of the political earthquake reverberate through the nation–indeed the continent–Whitehall may be facing questions as to why it did not listen to the people on immigration–a massive and integral part of the debate for many.

"Much of the evidence suggests immigration was one of the main reasons why many leavers voted to quit . . ."

“It all ends in tears: David Cameron stands down in the wake of historic Brexit vote with emotional resignation speech as rival Boris Johnson makes first pitch to take over”
24 June 2016
Daily Mail

I thank the friend who sent me this story.

SEE EU Later! Check Out the Historic Front Page of London's Daily Sun

 

Secretary Clinton, Someone’s on the Phone for You; He Says It’s a Matter of Life and Death (Powerful Graphic)



Can You Stand It?! Watch Hillary Clinton Lie for 13 Minutes Straight (Amazing Video!)

 


 

Published on Jan 29, 2016 by Michael Armstrong.

Hillary, the inevitable liar.

See the Historic Daily Mirror BREXIT Result Cover!



Freddie “Grifter” Gray Case: Officer Caesar Goodson Acquitted on All Counts!

The Baltimore Sun: Freddie Gray Case: Officer Caesar Goodson Not Guilty on All Counts
Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Thanks to my friend and partner-in-crime, David in TN, who asks,
How about charging Malicious Prosecution?

State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby should be charged and disbarred, but we know that no such thing will happen.

A lot of right-of-center observers claimed that Mosby indicted the Baltimore Six out of fear of the mob. That’s ridic. Mosby didn’t fear the mob, she and her husband, Councilman Nick Mosby, led the mob!

The good news is that black Circuit Judge Barry Williams has so far acquitted Baltimore City policemen Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson of all charges, in two bench trials. The bad news is that Judge Williams permitted the trials to go on at all. As he admitted in the Goodson trial, the prosecution provided no facts, but instead required that he make assumptions. But when the prosecution charges someone with no basis to the charges, the judge is obligated to dismiss all charges with prejudice, so that that the trial is shut down, and the defendant(s) cannot be recharged for the alleged crimes in question.
 

Document: Full Verdict in the Trial of Officer Caesar Goodson [PDF]
 

Freddie Gray case: Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. not guilty on all charges
By Justin Fenton and Kevin Rector
June 23, 2016, 6:54 p.m.
The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore judge overseeing the trials of the six police officers indicted in the death of Freddie Gray on Thursday acquitted the officer facing the most serious charges, delivering a broad rebuke of a case that he said lacked evidence.

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 46, who was driving the transport van in which Gray sustained fatal injuries, became the second officer cleared in the high-profile case. Circuit Judge Barry Williams, in a bench trial, found Goodson not guilty on charges that included second-degree depraved-heart murder and three counts of manslaughter.

The acquittal throws the rest of the cases into jeopardy, as the other officers charged face similar but lesser accusations. Legal observers said Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who drew widespread praise and also condemnation after charging the officers in May 2015, must now re-evaluate the remaining cases.

[She’ll do no such thing.]

Prosecutors had alleged Goodson deliberately threw the shackled, but unrestrained Gray around the back of the van by giving him a "rough ride." Williams said the state lacked evidence and was asking him to make assumptions.

"As the trier of fact, the court can't simply let things speak for themselves," Williams said.

After the verdict, Goodson's attorneys patted him on the back, and a group of about 10 family members including Goodson's father hugged and wiped away tears. One man grabbed and kissed the top of Goodson's head and then raised his palms to the ceiling.

Goodson embraced supporters, including Officer Edward Nero, who was acquitted last month, and Officer Garrett Miller, whose charges are pending. His attorneys said he and his family were prevented from commenting due to a gag order in place until all six cases have concluded. The gag order also bars prosecutors from discussing the case.

The verdict drew mixed reaction. Outside the downtown courthouse where dozens had gathered, many expressed frustration at the not-guilty verdicts. Meanwhile, there were calls from supporters of the officers for the remaining charges in the case to be dropped.

Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore NAACP, called the verdict very disappointing and said it shows flaws in the system. [Like what? The inability to railroad innocent policemen?] She said many were expecting the Goodson case to be the one in which prosecutors had the best chance of a conviction.

"We have to go back to the drawing board here in Baltimore and Maryland with rules and regulations and laws that affect the police behavior," she said, "because it's clear that they can do action that we feel is not correct, but in the courtroom ... is not a criminal act."

The city police union called on Mosby to "reconsider her malicious prosecution" of the officers and said she was wasting taxpayer money.

"It is time to put this sad chapter behind us and move forward in a positive manner," FOP President Gene Ryan said. "We must all come together to make Baltimore a safe place to work and raise a family."

Gray's family was "enormously frustrated," attorney William "Billy" Murphy said at an evening news conference with Gray's mother and stepfather. [Why? They got $6.4 million in taxpayer blood money they had no right to, much more than they earlier got in a lead paint scam.] They support Mosby, who Murphy called "one of the most courageous prosecutors" in the country and said "she is fighting for a just cause."

The family, who received a $6.4 million civil settlement, is "still waiting for justice, whatever that is," Murphy said.

Gray, 25, died on April 19, 2015, one week after his arrest. His death touched off citywide [riots] protests against police brutality, and his funeral was followed by rioting, looting and arson. The six officers involved in Gray's arrest and transport were criminally charged soon after.

During the eight-day trial, prosecutors alleged Goodson had five chances to render aid to Gray after his neck was broken in the back of the van, which they said demonstrated a "depraved heart." There was a mix of frustration, calls for patience and pressure to drop the remaining cases against police officers Thursday as Baltimore processed the news that Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. was acquitted of all charges related to the death of Freddie Gray.

Troy Clay, 22, of Pigtown, was visibly shocked...

There was a mix of frustration, calls for patience and pressure to drop the remaining cases against police officers Thursday as Baltimore processed the news that Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. was acquitted of all charges related to the death of

They also said Goodson was the direct cause of the injuries, driving the van in a reckless manner that threw him in the back of the van's steel cage, shackled but unrestrained by a seat belt. As a certified field training officer, prosecutors said Goodson knew Police Department rules better than most officers but disregarded them.

[The prosecutors lied. The new rules were only three days old, and had not yet been disseminated to Goodson or the rank and file.]

The defense sought to raise questions about the timeline of Gray's injuries, placing them later in the van's journey and therefore minimizing the opportunities Goodson had to intervene. Both sides called medical experts who presented conflicting testimony.

Judge Williams, a former city prosecutor who investigated police misconduct for the Justice Department, said there were five "equally plausible scenarios" for when Gray was injured. He quoted the state medical examiner who performed Gray's autopsy, who said, "We don't have any evidence one way or the other."

Williams repeatedly cited the testimony of the prosecution's medical witnesses – that Gray's injuries would have been progressive, and that he could have talked, moved his head and held himself up at various points along his transport – to suggest that it would have been difficult for Goodson to tell if Gray was injured.

After he was acquitted in all charges, Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. was patted on the back by his attorneys as he still stood at the trial table in the courtroom.

After the verdict, Goodson's attorneys patted him on the back, and a group of about 10 family members, including Goodson's father, hugged and wiped away tears. One man grabbed and kissed the top of Goodson's head and then raised his palms to the ceiling. 
Goodson embraced supporters, including Officer Edward Nero, who was acquitted last month, and Officer Garrett Miller, whose trial is pending. Goodson's attorneys said a gag order prohibits him and his family from talking publicly until all six cases have concluded. The gag order also bars prosecutors from discussing the case.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Goodson will remain suspended by the Police Department and now faces an administrative review. In Maryland, the results of such cases are not revealed to the public. With Goodson's acquittal, however, his pay will immediately be restored, and he may apply for more than a year of back pay. His annual salary in 2015 was $72,540.

The verdict drew mixed reaction. Outside the downtown courthouse, where dozens of protesters had gathered, many expressed frustration. Meanwhile, supporters of the officers called for the remaining charges in the case to be dropped.

Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore NAACP, said she was disappointed in the verdict and that many thought the Goodson case presented the best chance for prosecutors to secure a conviction against one of the officers. She said the outcome exposed flaws in the justice system.

"We have to go back to the drawing board here in Baltimore and Maryland with rules and regulations and laws that affect the police behavior," she said, "because it's clear that they can do action that we feel is not correct, but in the courtroom … is not a criminal act."

Freddie Gray case: Live updates after verdict in Officer Goodson trial

The city police union called on Mosby to "reconsider her malicious prosecution" of the officers and said she was wasting taxpayer money.
"It is time to put this sad chapter behind us and move forward in a positive manner," FOP President Gene Ryan said. "We must all come together to make Baltimore a safe place to work and raise a family."

Gray's family was "enormously frustrated," attorney William "Billy" Murphy said at an evening news conference with Gray's mother and stepfather. They continue to support Mosby, he said, calling her "one of the most courageous prosecutors" in the country who is "fighting for a just cause."

The family, which received a $6.4 million civil settlement from the city, is "still waiting for justice, whatever that is," Murphy said.

Resignation over Goodson verdict, and the larger problems raised by death of Freddie Gray

Gray, 25, died on April 19, 2015, one week after his arrest. His death touched off citywide protests against police brutality, and his funeral was followed by rioting, looting and arson. The six officers involved in Gray's arrest and transport were criminally charged within days.

During the trial, prosecutors alleged Goodson didn't secure Gray in a seat belt and had five chances to render aid to Gray after his neck was broken in the back of the van; they said his failure to give aid demonstrated a "depraved heart."

They also said Goodson caused the injuries, driving the van in a reckless manner that tossed Gray around the back of the van's steel cage. As a certified field training officer, prosecutors said, Goodson knew Police Department rules regarding transport safety better than most officers but disregarded them.

The defense sought to raise questions about the timeline of Gray's injuries, saying he was hurt late in the van's journey, minimizing the opportunities Goodson had to intervene. Both sides called medical experts, who presented conflicting testimony.

Officer Caesar Goodson's family in courtroom for not-guilty verdict

Williams, a former city prosecutor who investigated police misconduct for the U.S. Justice Department, said there were five "equally plausible scenarios" for when Gray was injured. He quoted the state medical examiner who performed Gray's autopsy, who said, "We don't have any evidence one way or the other."

Williams repeatedly cited the testimony of the prosecution's medical witnesses — who said that Gray's injuries would have been progressive, and that he could have talked, moved his head and held himself up at various points along his transport — to suggest that it would have been difficult for Goodson to tell if Gray was injured.

"This injury manifested itself internally," Williams said. "That is one of the key issues here. If the doctors are not clear as to what would be happening at this point in time, how would the average person or officer without medical training know?"

Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow laid out his "rough ride" theory in his opening statement.

Prosecutors identified an unexplained stop of the van as a key moment. Goodson pulled over but did not notify dispatchers, then asked for assistance from another officer. Schatzow said it could be inferred that Goodson had hurt Gray, perhaps worse than he intended, and sought help.

Williams called "rough ride" an "inflammatory term" that is "not to be taken lightly," and said the state had failed to prove such a ride was given to Gray.

"In order to show a rough ride, there must be evidence," Williams said.

Prosecutors said Goodson knew he should have put a seat belt on Gray, while defense attorneys said Goodson deferred to other officers —
including a supervisor — who had taken more active roles in Gray's arrest.

Williams said the only time the prosecution proved that Goodson had neglected his duty to secure Gray with a seat belt was at the van's fourth stop.

"The failure to seat-belt may have been a mistake or it may have been bad judgment, but without showing more than has been presented to the court concerning the failure to seat-belt and the surrounding circumstances, the state has failed to meet its burden to show that the actions of the defendant rose above mere civil negligence," Williams said.

The judge repeatedly mentioned the higher burden to prove criminal negligence, compared to civil negligence.

After three trials, prosecutors have been unable to secure a conviction on any count. The first trial, of Officer William Porter, ended in a hung jury and mistrial last December. The second, of Nero, ended last month with the officer being acquitted of all charges by Williams in a bench trial.

A juror in Porter's trial told The Baltimore Sun that the jury voted 11-to-1 to acquit Porter of manslaughter but had been leaning toward convicting him of lesser counts before deciding they were deadlocked.

In pursuing the charges against the officers, prosecutors won a victory in the state's highest court earlier this year when the Court of Appeals ruled that officers charged in the case can be called to testify under immunity against their co-defendants. As a result, to guard against the officers' testimony being used against them, two of the upcoming trials — of Porter and Miller — must be handled by a new team of prosecutors.

The next trial, of Lt. Brian Rice, who is charged with manslaughter, is scheduled to begin July 7. The other officers' trial dates are: Miller, July 27; Porter, Sept. 6; and Sgt. Alicia White, Oct. 13.

All of the officers have pleaded not guilty.

jfenton@baltsun.com
krector@baltsun.com
Baltimore Sun reporters Jessica Anderson and Alison Knezevich contributed to this article.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

BREXIT Update: 51.1% Say Leave!

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Google:

Referendum of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union
Last updated Jun 23 at 11:27 PM

Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?
65.4% Reporting
Votes

Remain a member of the European Union
48.9%
9,805,419

Leave the European Union
51.1%
10,227,085

BREXIT Vote Update: “Leave” Presently Ahead of “Remain” by 3.6% (Table)



This Obscene Graphic About Education and Race Has to be Seen to be Believed! (Trigger Warning!)

By Nicholas Stix

Jared Wyand: “Plot twist...it's black culture that stifles education, not their income.”

I respectfully disagree with Jared Wyand. It’s black genetics that primarily limits black educational attainment. However, black culture reinforces black genetics.


Antonin Scalia’s Pillow Abstains, the Brexit Vote, the Caesar Goodson Jr. (Freddie Gray II) Trial and Other Big News Today

By Grand Rapids Anonymous

Today was a huge day in the news—Supreme Court decisions, a probable terrorist attack in Germany, and Brexit.

1. Affirmative action okayed for college admission.

A reason for a Trump vote. Putting a black in college who is unqualified is as much a waste of money as welfare--in fact it IS welfare, just a variation thereof.

2. Obama Immigration policy denied, due to 4-4 SC Vote, with Scalia’s Pillow Abstaining.

Sounds like Obama is parsing the decision, but he's not happy—so it must be a good thing. (Simple analysis is best sometimes).

3. Shooting in German movie theater.

Let's see who the shooter (who was killed) had an affiliation with. Could Britain look at this and change a few votes late toward Brexit?

4. Obama is an idiot. “Just because someone doesn't pray like us, doesn't mean we should fear them.” Islam is different—that's why he won't say the words “Islamic radical.” It doesn't fit into the plan that allows him to flood the country with more Muslims. If he stated that Islam was dangerous, he could not logically allow them in. By denying their danger, he continues their unimpeded path into this country.

5. Freddie Gray Trial II: Not guilty verdict were reached on all counts in the Freddie Gray trial against policeman/driver Caesar Goodson Jr. This was the case featuring the most serious charges filed against any of the officers charged--but no conviction.

That makes the scorecard... two cases, two acquittals. I have only one question: Why the hell did the City of Baltimore pay out $4.3 million to the Gray family, when no criminality is being found on ANY of these cases?

N.S.: Because there was no connection between Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's desire to pickpocket white net taxpayers, and put their money into the pockets of the Grifter, er, Gray family, and any criminal acts by policemen.

Bill and Hillary Clintons’ Storage Issues (Political Cartoon)



BREXIT, Eurabia, and Oriana Fallaci (Graphic)



Wednesday, June 22, 2016

John Derbyshire, on the Fraudulent "University" that a Presidential Candidate Made Millions Off of; No, Not Trump University, the Clintons' Laureate University!

Excerpted by Nicholas Stix

"We’ve all heard of Trump University by now, the ramshackle for-profit enterprise offering real-estate secrets to willing buyers, to which The Donald unwisely lent his name.

"Issues relating to this outfit are in litigation, as we all know. What I say about that is: Let the chips fall where they may.

"Meanwhile, how many of us had heard of Laureate University? I hadn’t, until the New York Post and Investor’s Business Daily ran editorials about it this week.

"Laureate is another for-profit operation offering to teach you business savvy. And guess what: it too is being sued by disgruntled customers...."

[Read the whole thing at VDARE.]

James Horner, One of the Greatest Movie Composers, Died One Year Ago Today; Let Us Celebrate His Life, by Listening to His Greatest Score, to Field of Dreams

 


By Nicholas Stix

James Horner died in a plane crash. He was piloting one of those expensive but not terribly safe little planes, which seem to regularly fall from the sky. He was 61.

We didn’t hear about Horner’s death, until returning from our annual trip to Trinidad. Too often, those trips coincide with bad news: Andy Griffith, Ernie Borgnine, et al.

Ever since, I’d meant to write about Horner, but failed to. Of those topics I want to write on, I find music the hardest, and Horner’s work was the most moving of any movie composer of his generation.

In recent years, Horner’s career also seemed to have taken a dive. He composed his greatest scores between Field of Dreams in 1989, and The Perfect Storm, in 2000. He was nominated for ten Oscars for composing original dramatic scores and songs for movies. He won two Oscars in 1998, both for the score and song to Titanic, from 1997.

His greatest scores were to Apollo 13, Titanic, The Perfect Storm and Field of Dreams .

In 1995, Horner was nominated for Best original Score for Apollo 13, but was knocked off by Braveheart, which was scored by one James Horner. That paved the way for Luis Bacalov to win the Academy Award for his sappy, inferior score to The Postman.

Like so many movie masterpieces, a literal description of Field of Dreams’ story sounds like a collection of clichés. And so, it is. But with movies, everything depends on the execution. Thus, the greatest Western ever made, Shane, is based on two clichés: A range war between a cattle baron and “sodbusters” (homesteaders), and the man with a past—a gunfighter searching for peace, who walks into it.

Field of Dreams is about:

1. Man and God;
2. Baseball;
3. America;
4. Fathers and sons;
5. The 1960s;
6. Redemption; and
7. Harmonic convergence.

Harmonic convergence was a New Age idea, whereby all of humanity would come spontaneously come together.

My description is dead-on, and yet I make the picture sound laughable. And yet, Field of Dreams is a masterpiece, albeit one whose 1960s’ aspect is too strong for it to make the movie Top 100.

As aging hippie Ray Kinsella, Kevin Costner gives the performance of his career, and as Terence Mann, a writer who is a cross between J. D. Salinger and James Baldwin, James Earl Jones found one of the rare movie roles that could fully exploit his unique talents. Amy Madigan lent able support as Kinsella’s spunky wife. (Spunky, after all, is what Amy Madigan does.)
 

Field of Dreams Original Soundtrack - The Cornfield



 

Scoring Field of Dreams: A Conversation between Composer James Horner and Director Phil Alden Robinson


Thanks to aaldere1 for the upload.
 

Is Trump Going to Screw the Dwindling Number of Responsible Americans, by Promising Student Loan Defaulters an Amnesty? Could the Specter of Such an Amnesty Cost Him the Election?

By Nicholas Stix

Millennial to Rush Limbaugh: Trump Should Find a Way to Forgive Student Loan Debt (Countenance Blog)

Countenance Blogmeister: I Think He Will

Just a day or two ago, I remarked to The Boss that we’ll end up getting screwed that way.

We had to make a 20% down payment on our place, thanks to a racist, Moslem bank worker (paper shuffler at the bottom of the pyramid; I had to go over her head, or we would have lost our mortgage and our first 10% down payment, and been stuck in renters’ hell). We’ve never missed, or been late with a mortgage payment. Our plan is to pay for The Boss’ Boss’ education, without taking out any loans, but if we do take out a loan, we’ll pay it back with interest, while the deadbeats, especially the colored ones, will get a free ride. Free rides for deadbeats, colored or no, are not ok in our book. If Trump gives the deadbeats a loan amnesty, then he has to go the full Bern, and give everyone free higher ed.

Free universal higher ed would break the system. The system requires that whites be pickpocketed, on behalf of blacks, Hispanics, other colored people (Moslems, Indians?), and white racial socialists (profs and administrators).

For a few years, some observers, you included, if memory serves, have predicted that the student loan bubble would be the next meltdown. Maybe so, but in diversity economics, one meltdown after another is inevitable. You have a society that is dominated (even without being a majority) by colored deadbeats with no work ethic, no respect for the law, and low IQs, who expect whites to pay for themselves and for them and their kids, even as the whites are increasingly pushed out of the workplace.

The racial socialist welfare state was illegal, unconstitutional, and a moral outrage, back when it began in 1964, but it was economically viable, so long as the nation was 90% white and 10% black. It has been collapsing since at least 2007, when GWB and the banks realized Jack Kemp’s dream, by giving millions of Hispanic and black deadbeats “free” home mortgages, thereby causing the Minority Mortgage Meltdown.

As for millennials? Screw ‘em. Most of them don’t vote, anyway, and if their few votes come with a price tag of loan amnesty, and Trump agrees to pay it, those of us who pay our own bills will have to reconsider both voting for him, and paying our bills. Why should we carry a nation of deadbeats?

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TV Viewer Alert for Tonight: “ABC” Has More than One Meaning

By Grand Rapids Anonymous

Today for your viewing pleasure... ABC has a diverse night of programming scheduled—one white show and three black shows. To get the token white one out of the way, ABC (All Black Content) starts with a half hour of The Middle, quickly moving to Blackish, followed by, Uncle Buck, a black show that I'm sure is so damned good, they had to stretch it out to an hour. Wrap up the fun by watching the new black To Tell the Truth, where lying black celebs (black celebs are no different than regular blacks) try to figure out if OTHER people are lying.

A pat on the back to ABC for making my decision easy to watch something on another network.


How Twitter Beats Up on People on Its Enemies’ List

By Nicholas Stix



I have had similar experiences. Since June 3, Twitter has forced me to change my password at least six times, each time using the same story as pretext.

“For security purposes, your Twitter Account has been locked.”

“Your account may have been compromised by a website or service not associated with Twitter.”

Note the significance of the first date. On June 2, Twitter and other social media heavyweights announced that they would enact new policies to fight “hate speech” over the next 24 hours. “Hate speech” means any statement opposing racial socialism.

The Politics of Hate

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Monday, June 20, 2016

A leader of the Conservatives in England today said she is no longer supporting the Brexit vote because she no longer wants to be part of “the politics of hate.”

Here's what I hate:

I HATE what's happening to the world. The Muslims being invited/allowed to stampede into countries and change them. The US is in the first inning, Europe the 4th inning of being transformed into Allah-land.

I HATE blacks and Mexicans being given reverential treatment and free government assistance for doing NOTHING but taking up space in America.

I HATE police being intimidated by black special interest groups... which includes BLM, the MSM, like the Washington Post, NY Times, Negro Nightly News. They, in coordination with Obama, are attempting to destroy laws that have been the backbone of our land.

I HATE when white people are not appreciated for having built this country.

I HATE that black society, being only 13.2% of our country, seems to be forced down our throats at a rate which would be seem closer to 50%.

I HATE that it seems an unknown group is promoting the demise of whites AND our country as we knew/know it.

I HATE that Republicans like Paul Ryan have power, but no brains.

I HATE that crooked politicians like Clinton get support from our people.

I HATE that blacks are untouchables in being criticized by anyone, for anything, but it's fine to accuse whites of everything from racism to hate crimes.

I HATE there's no honest discussion of the above topics.

To me, that's the politics of hate... and I hate that it's come to this.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Byron York: Don’t Worry, if Donald Trump Loses to Hillary Clinton, Because the Inability to Win National Elections is the New Normal for the GOP—but that Doesn’t Mean it’s Dead as a National Party

By Nicholas Stix





My position is that yet another “ordinary GOP defeat” against yet another, ordinary Democrat candidate will be a national party-ending calamity.

In 2008, John McCain (Media-AZ) went up against a weak opponent. A Republican who wanted to win the election would have hammered away at “Obama’s” genocidal racism, as evidenced by his over-20-year-long membership in a Black Liberation Theology church; and his support of black criminals, as evidenced by his support of state laws banning “racial profiling,” i.e.; and his Marxism. Instead, McCain, who had apparently decided that he wanted to go down in history as the first white man to lose the presidency to a “black,” not only did not contest the election, but he went out of his way to help “Obama,” by ordering surrogates to refrain from using TV spots aggressively attacking “Obama.” And in his one moment of good sense, when he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate, he was apparently influenced by party traitors like David Brooks, and either permitted, or ordered his aides to badmouth Palin. Thus did McCain grind manna from heaven into the ground.

In 2012, Mitt Romney (Invertebrate-MA) had not only Obama’s aggressive racism to use against him, but also his incompetent stewardship of the economy and the invisible recovery, including deceiving the taxpayers into letting him engage in trillions of dollars in deficit-spending, without being able to account for where the money had gone (e.g., the $787 billion-dollar stimulus package, which Obama claimed was for “shovel-ready” infrastructure jobs, which “Obama” had no intention of spending the money on). A candidate intent on winning would have constantly hammered away with questions like “Where’s the money? Show me the money!”

Instead, Romney apologized. When he made the perfectly true statement that the American legal system is based on Anglo-Saxon law, and New York Times black supremacist Charles Blow attacked him for saying so, instead of calling Blow a liar or a racist, Romney apologized! Likewise, when he pointed out at a fundraiser that 47% of the people in this country were sucking at the welfare teat, a film of the remark was leaked to the MSM, and his political enemies demanded he apologize, he did so.

Patriots did not want to vote for a spineless candidate, and so, millions of them stayed home for the second straight election.

Donald Trump has excited both the Republican base and Reagan Democrats more than any Republican since, well, Reagan. And he is up against an extremely unattractive opponent. If the most inspirational GOP standard-bearer in 32 years can’t beat Hillary Clinton, who can he beat? And who can the GOP beat?

In Hopeless Concession to His Media Enemies, Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump Sacrifices Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski

 

 

At first, I sought after the most recent story, but the latest posts were just quoting from the New York Times story.

At the New York Times.

Weekly Multicultural Wrap-Up

Excerpted by Nicholas Stix

Moving the Goalposts
By (and linked to by) Question Diversity/Countenance Blogmeister • 2 years ago

The other side has the luxury of moving goalposts in defining "diversity." At one extreme, "diversity" can mean only black Americans. At the other extreme, it can mean anyone but a straight white non-Jewish heterosexual cisgendered man. With lots of room and many gradations in between.

If you think SV has lots of diversity because SV [Silicon Valley] firms have lots of Asians, then you're using the definition of diversity that means anyone but white people. But the left uses "diversity" in the sense of the SV not having enough of it to mean that the line is between blacks/Hispanics and whites/Asians, meaning in this instance, Asians are considered to be honorary white people, or at least not diverse.

[Read the whole thing at Countenance, natch.]


Rapefugee Crime News from Germany: Tatort Karlsruhe: Robbery and Assault on a Bus; Translated by Nicholas Stix

 

[Of related interest, at WEJB/NSU:

“Viennese Police Cover-Up Fails: Two Months After Austrian Boy, 10, was Savagely Raped at Public Pool by an Iraqi “Refugee,” Police Finally Acknowledge Crime”; and

“Light My Fire: Rapefugee Crime News from Germany: Tatort: Rastatt; Translated by Nicholas Stix.”]
 

“Der Tatort” is German for “the scene of the crime.”



Karlsruhe, January 1, 2016
Aggressive North African (about 25) robs bus passenger, injures [wounds] the bus driver, and flees. Tips are requested.
 

Refugee Crime Map: Against the white-washing and covering up of refugee and migrant crime.