Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics

Well we all "know" that police murder young black men with impunity (that means whenever they feel like it for those of you in Rio Linda). NFL players are kneeling during the national anthem because it's such an epidemic of official oppression that someone needs to stand up to it (apparently by kneeling down which doesn't make a lot of sense unless they are praying which they are not). White cops are hunting down and killing tens of thousands of young black men.

At least that's what you are meant to believe.

But the numbers game is as Benjamin Disraeli described it - "...lies, damned lies and statistics."
Let's look a violence against the Police, where the narrative can be somewhat at variance to the facts. In 2016, for example, 135 police officers were killed. There are around 900,000 law enforcement officers of one sort or another in the country. According to one set of relatively reliable statistics, cops are 32 times more likely to be killed by citizens than the other way around. In those shootings, the perpetrator has a 50 percent chance of being black.

Let's use the "progressive" approach and parse that statistic against percentage of population. Since blacks make up just over 13% of the population against 87% of us are some other race, that means that a mere 13% of the population kill half the cops that are murdered each year.

Let's look at the claim that white cops are the killers. It turns out that black police officers are 330% more likely to fire their guns at a crime scene than any other ethnic group of cops. When a black cop is shooting at black Americans, the numbers are even higher.

But how can that be? Fat overfed football divas are kneeling during the national anthem? They wouldn't do that if cops weren't really hunting down and killing young innocent black men. Well, as it turns out, what you feel must be true may not necessarily be true. One can take the same batch of statistics and select out bits and reframe them and voila' - white cops can be made to seem to be murdering poor innocent black people with impunity.

Don't get me wrong. The problem isn't race. No race of people are entirely to blame. Black people are not bad people as a race. They've gotten mistreated for sure. They've been lied to, manipulated and kept down, not by white men, cops or otherwise, but by a political system playing head games with the black community. Malcolm X recognized the problem. "
Both (liberals and conservatives) want power, but the white liberal is the one who has perfected the art of posing as the Negro’s friend and benefactor; and by winning the friendship, allegiance, and support of the Negro, the white liberal is able to use the Negro as a pawn or tool in this political “football game” that is constantly raging between the white liberals and white conservatives."

The problem is that what to many seemed a well-meaning attempt to "end poverty" (a good thing) was created and managed by a cynical, power-loving group of individuals that have deliberately created vast islands of institutionalized poverty, dependency, anger, monolithic voting, and resentment against the enemies of the people who put them in this unhappy position. In selling our political views, manipulating statistics and rigging the welfare system to keep people in poverty so they'll vote the right way, we've triggered a backlash. I say "we" because good people have forgotten how God has led us in the past and sat by and let them do it. We even enjoyed feeling good about what was being done without actually looking at the damage that was being done by it to black families, culture and community.

The thing is, I don't blame black folk for being angry. They have been practiced upon by the political upper classes. I don't condone it, but I also understand why racism hasn't vanished as it should have after the Civil War. It has been in the interest of politicians to keep the warfare between races going. Racial tension gets elite folks re-elected.

If politicians keep dividing people into victim groups by race, war is what they're going to eventually get. Who knows, the more sinister politicians may actually be hoping for such a war so that some form of marshal law can be put into effect which will allow a massive seizure of power such as happened in Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia, Pol Pot's Cambodia and Mao's China. Mild-mannered university professors, some of whom have been consultants to the White House in the previous administration, have suggested that collapsing the economy would be a good thing, in that it would allow for the establishment of a socialist state in the ensuing confusion. They do this seemingly with no recognition of misery this would cause the very people they claim to be helping.
All of this game of statistics is nothing more than manipulation for political purposes. Both sides of the argument do it sadly. Far right "conservatives" do it. Far left "liberals" do it. People in the middle fall for it because most of us never take a statistics class in school. I've taken three graduate level statistics classes. It's hard to read the news without getting my blood pressure raised because of it. I know their nasty little tricks and how they manipulate statistics.

This is a power game, folks. You are being fed cold-blooded propaganda as surely as if Joseph Goebbels was running the media. Sometimes I think his ghost is running it. After all, Goebbels was a socialist!

© 2017 by Tom King

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

It's Over When the Fat Divas Kneel...

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm about done with the NFL!  They have, I believe, reached a tipping point beyond which there may be no return and no forgiveness. Football fans tend to not be precious snowflakes, though some of the players appear to have gone over to the flakey side.

Even my beloved Dallas Cowboys took a knee in a copout gesture, then stood for the national anthem with arms locked. I'm a more than a little disappointed in Jerry Jones the Dallas owner, but then that's not anything new with me.

What the heck is there to protest? The biggest complaint from a black person I've heard is that they were stopped by cops for being the wrong color. So what? I've been stopped for being white while driving in a black neighborhood in South Dallas. Two cops stopped my wife and I - one black cop and one white one. They said we were not the sort of people usually driving in that neighborhood - meaning we where white.  These guys are making tens of millions per year. They are in no way oppressed and, truth is, there is nowhere near the oppression in America that this protest seems to believe there is.

Most of this racism rabble-rousing is a product of 8 years of Barak Obama's efforts to secure all-power for the Democrat Party. It is critical for progressives to stir up feelings of resentment, anger and rage. It matters not if the object of all this unfocused rage is anything real, just so it's rage against anyone or any thing that supports the Constitution and the rights outlined in it.

You want to get mad about slavery and racism, how about getting mad about sex-trafficking? It's vastly more common in Asia, Africa and parts of Europe and South America. There's actual slavery still common throughout the Middle-East and parts of Asia. Get mad about places where there is real misery.

And how about giving white people break okay? We're trying. How long are those of us who stood with Civil Rights marchers and who have spoken out against racism all our lives. You want to end racism? Then let it end for crying out loud. If you treat others, including white people the way you want to be treated, you marginalize actual racists and take away their power. By making the pitiful handful of actual racists into a national bugaboo, all you do is give them power they don't deserve and you foment a race war.

I'm tired of watching my country slide inexorably toward Marxism.
It always ends up badly and always people wind up dying in large numbers and abuses like racism, sexism and oppression at the hands of the Dear Leaders that inevitably wind up in charge of the whole shootin' match. As someone who has always treated my black brothers and sisters with respect and as equals, I find it hard to feel all warm and fuzzy about being told I'm a congenital racist by a bunch of overpaid over-sized, steroid stuffed spoiled brats who's sole claim to the moral high ground is that they play a children's game professionally.

I miss the days of Tom Landry, Vince Lombardi, Roger Staubach, Drew Pearson, Terry Bradshaw, Walter Payton and Emmitt Smith.

© 2017 by Tom King

Thursday, September 14, 2017

My Oppressor Is Better Than Your Oppressor

Florida AG Pam Bondi and Trump
The Great Controversy continues...

Trump hired Attorney General Pam Bondi, from Florida the other day to be an assistant AG with the Justice Department.
Bonidi shut down an investigation of Trump some years ago, so the Dems are immediately crying foul. They say that if a person shut down an investigation of Trump or pretty much any Republican for that matter, she must be taking a payoff. It couldn't be that the president hired a competent lawyer for the job. The charge is not surprising. Of course, to a Democrat, only the investigation shut-downs which benefit Democrats are righteous ones.~ If a Republican shuts down an investigation, he or she must be getting paid somehow.  Shut down the investigation into Hillary's emails or her manipulation of the primary vote and it's just "not wasting the people's money." Because, of course, as we all know Republicans only care about the rich and those nasty evil corporations and their nasty evil profits. Democrats, on the other hand, only care about "the people" or the "working man".

I call shenanigans! Truth is, the rotten whole mess is corrupt in politics from top to bottom. Some of them are more corrupt than others. What we're arguing here is about whether my corrupt AG is better than your corrupt AG. It's all about advancing an agenda and holding power. It has little or nothing to do with what's right or what serves the American people. Why don't we call it what it is? It's a power game. 

And there are basically two sides playing:

1. One side believes we that if we assemble the right leaders and the right sets of laws, we can perfect people and create a human-designed utopia. Like John Lennon put it - no heaven, no hell, no wars, no religion, and no possessions. A brotherhood of man. The Marxist dream world.

2. The other side believes we can't. Only God can perfect people. We believe that people are basically sinful and that we need to keep concentrated power out of their hands as much as possible.

There are, of course, non religious conservatives, but they, like Democrats, believe man can, at least, be improved upon. And they believe that if they just had enough power....

Dinesh D'Souza - American political prisoner
Rush Limbaugh (now don't stop up your ears just yet; hear me out), Rush once said that "The law is a teacher." This is true in a Judeo-Christian sense as well as the political sense. So what do we teach when we write laws that are 2000 pages long and that no one ever reads unless they plan to prosecute you for something the government doesn't like. What do we learn when law enforcement punishes you for something you do that's not illegal, by prosecuting your for some accidental violation of the law the way they did Dinesh D'Souza for his movie criticizing the president? You learn to keep your mouth shut - an essential feature if you plan to run a totalitarian socialist state.

 Malcolm Reynolds - Serenity
Our complex laws teach that people ought to be dependent on the goodwill of their government, because we can't understand the law for ourselves well enough to do for themselves. Or as Hillary Clinton said in her new book, "The goal (of George Orwell's dystopian novel, 1984) is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves."  In other words, trust the press, your leaders and their experts and don't worry your pretty little heads about anything else.

Complex laws teach us that we are weak and ignorant and, since we can't understand all the laws that are on the books, we should trust our leaders to take care of us. We also learn to avoid criticizing the government or our leaders at all costs because we might have violated some unknown law and they could punish us for it. Complex laws invite us to fear law enforcement. How do we know whether or not we've violated some obscure law or other today? The fact is, we can't be sure. There are too many laws for us to keep up with.

The main reason I vote Republican is that I do not fear Republicans as much as I fear Democrats. I don't think Republicans are as interested in controlling everything I do or think. Democrats, I fear, have no compunctions about using the tens of millions of laws and regulations on the books to do just that. I'm pretty sure they won't hesitate to use one of those laws, I surely break every day without knowing it, and use them against me, should I make them angry.

At the same time, I don't think Republicans care what opinions I hold. It's clear to me that Democrats and the media do worry about what I think. Those on the left are not afraid of Republicans either. Those on the left, who by and large vote Democrat, say what they want, throw riots if they don't like something and try to undo the results of elections if their guys don't win. Even when Republicans hold both houses of Congress and the presidency and a majority on the Supreme Court and could seriously punish them if they wanted to, the left is not afraid. The converse is not true.

I like lazy politicians. If they aren't doing anything, they
can't be doing anything TO ME!
Democrats do know how to get things done, but I don't want a government that can get things done. Governments that can get things done also are good at oppressing people more efficiently. And governments always oppress their people. In America, the Constitution is supposed to limit the government's ability to oppress us. That's why I don't want anyone meddling with the Constitution. I suspect that's why Democrats want to "fix" the Constitution. In fact, I think Congress should meet for a couple of months every two years right after the elections while they still remember why we sent them to Congress in the first place. As Gideon J. Tucker once said, "No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the Legislature is in session."

I am suspicious of socialism of any sort and especially the "progressive" kind. They sneak Marxism in under cover of humanitarian ideals, create lots of incomprehensible law and claim that somehow all that law will make humans more perfect. Yet how many "Socialist Worker's Paradises" have wound up primarily perfecting the art of mass murder and mutually assured poverty?

I too dream of a perfect world - a New Earth if you will. But the only way to get there is to let God perfect me - not law. The only law that I recognize as necessary is quite simple - ten commandments synthesized down to two basic principles. If we people such a New Earth with only those who obey those simple laws, there will be no need for government at all.

I dream of a Utopia in which no structures are necessary to ensure the safety and prosperity of its inhabitants - not physical or legal ones. No walls are needed either; not walls to keep people in or walls to keep people out. No armies, no police, no courts and only one Judge whose job is already obsolete by the time we plant the first new tree. I do not believe such a thing will happen on this Earth during this time.

© 2017 by Tom King

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kim Jong Un Releases Scary Video Threat to the US

© 2017 by Kim Jong Un

If you watched this video, released by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (alias North Korea, aka KimJongUnville), you probably had three distinct reactions to the video.
  1. Here we go again. More military, uh, threats, uh..........................huh?
  2. What the heck am I watching?
  3. Oh @#$%. That little man is serious!  AND HE'S GOT NUKES!!!!!!!
The only thing missing from this video is a reaction shot of Simon doing a face palm! So here you go....

© 2017

Just Say "No!" A New Drug Epidemic

Notice how small the group of "warriors" is and how large
the group of people taking pictures. "Many a small thing has
been made large by the right kind of advertising." - Mark Twain

Want to know why Antifa, BLM, the KKK and the alt-right hate each other so much? They're rival socialist groups duking it out for power (see Germany 1932 - Communists vs Nazis). Neither of these extremist groups must win the center. Honest conservatives and liberals should stand back to back against these dangerous groups.

Violence and power are a kind of drug to extremists acting in mobs. It's addictive. Those who lust for power get off on it. It's the most effective path to power when used against those who dislike violence.

Violence is the most effective tool for seizing the power you lust for if you're just willing quiet your conscience and to use it without mercy. The biggest bully gets to rule the playground. You'd think we'd grow out of that after a while. No such luck!  Children who bully grow up to be bigger bullies.

We can have a civil discussion about the kind of government we should have so long as those having the discussion leave their bricks and bats at home. That's how our forefathers reached the good old American compromises that got us to where we are today. They were not always perfect compromises or even good compromises, but each one moved us ahead, if only a little bit.

If the forces of power and intimidation, the my way or the highway crowd win, if those who want powerful government prevail, then we're all in trouble. Give them power and they'll never leave us alone to live our lives in peace again (see 20th century Germany, Italy, Russia, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Uganda, Rwanda, Libya, Venezuela in the 21st, and all the rest).

Just say no to big government power of any kind. It just isn't American and the reason we American mutts left all the other nations of the Earth is because we didn't like being ruled by kings, queens, emperors, dictators, politburos and potentates. So why on God's green Earth would we want to create an image to those bloody beasts we left behind?

© 2017 by Tom King