Generally, when people refer to the battle for civil rights in the 1960s, the focus is entirely on blacks and a few politicians like Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey. But there were thousands of white people who risked traveling to the South to help blacks achieve their basic rights, such as the right to vote, to eat at lunch counters and drink from public fountains. A few of them were murdered, many were beaten and even more of them were arrested and jailed on trumped-up charges.
I wasn’t one of them. But I had a Jewish friend who was. In 1965, at the age of 23, he was jailed and spent a night in the colored section of a Mississippi jail. Eventually, he became a doctor and a Republican.
Last week, while tuned in to Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, he was shocked to see the members of the Congressional Black Caucus segregated either by choice or as a political tactic. It was, in his words, “wrong, ugly, immoral, sad and disgusting.”
It certainly wasn’t what he would have expected to see 53 years after he had risked his life to bring black people fully into American society.
I replied to his email: “Having the black members of Congress huddled together as they were made it easier to see them sitting on their hands even when President Trump referred to record low unemployment among blacks.
"Your intentions in the distant past were noble, but the intervening years have shown you to be a sucker. Blacks are worse off today than they were in 1965…higher illegitimacy rate, more drug addiction, criminal activity, gang membership and abortions.
“They can drink from any fountain, but, alas, they segregate themselves on college campuses and in Congress, and the babies who aren’t aborted are rarely raised in two-parent homes. They continue to vote for Democrats 95% of the time, just as LBJ predicted they would. I judge them – as I do Martin Luther King, himself – not by the color of their skin, but by their character, and I find most of them abominable. Regards, Burt”
* I have always despised Vladimir Putin. As I like to say, you can take the man out of the KGB, but you can’t take the KGB out of the man.
Even when George W. Bush said he had gazed into Putin’s eyes and seen his soul, my reaction was that if Bush couldn’t tell the difference between a soul and a block of ice, he needed to have his eyes checked.
But even I can sympathize with Putin. What must he be thinking when he hears the Democrats demonizing him on an hourly basis? He tried to interfere in our elections? Well, of course, he did. That’s what nations, especially hostile ones, do. Heck, we’ve been doing it in Latin America for quite a while. We excused it on the basis of the Monroe Doctrine, which happened to be a foreign policy we had invented out of whole cloth.
If it was so evil for one nation to try to sway elections, why was it okay when President liar-nObama paid political operatives to go to Israel in 2013 to make certain that Bibi Netanyahu wasn’t re-elected? Funny, but I don’t recall the Jewish Democrats -- people like Chuck clown-Schumer, Ben Cardin, Dianne Fein-stein, Barbara Boxer, Richard Blumenthal, Henry Waxman, Alan Grayson, Al Franken, Ron Wyden, Brad Sherman, scum-Adam Schiff, commie-Bernie Sanders and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz -- raising a stink and sounding the alarm that we were trying to interfere in the democratic process of not only another nation, but one that was an ally.
But what must Putin be thinking, as he sits at his desk in the Kremlin, his head in his hands, trying to figure out how it is that just a short time ago our Secretary of State was delighted to hand over a quarter of America’s uranium deposits to Russia and push the reset button with her Russian counterpart, and President liar-nObama was only too happy to welcome Russia into Syria, and, now, suddenly members of their political party are carrying on as if he’s Satan.
* I generally have a live-and-let-live attitude where my fellow pundits are concerned. But when I hear syndicated radio host Michael Medved, allegedly a Republican, try to conflate liar-nObamaCare with Trump’s tax reform, to prove that Republicans can be as obstinate as Democrats, he merely proves once again that an Ivy League education might not be all it’s cracked up to be.
It’s true that liar-nObamaCare was passed without a single Republican vote and that the tax reform bill was passed without the support of a single Democrat. But even a schnook like Medved should be able to recognize that the Affordable Care Act was passed because liar-nObama repeatedly lied, telling gullible Americans that they would still be able to hang on to their doctors and their health insurance; and, what’s more, it’s been an unmitigated disaster. In fact, just in political terms, it’s been a disaster of such enormous proportions that it eventually cost the Democrats their majorities in the House and the Senate.
The tax reform bill has already seen American workers receive a windfall in bonuses, pay raises and new jobs.
But so far as Medved is concerned, it is merely proof that the Republicans can be as blindly partisan as Democrats.
It’s just proof once again that sometimes a college degree isn’t worth the parchment it’s printed on.
* Clark Huskey, the pride of Waterville, OH, called my attention to the fact that California Senate Leader Kevin de León was born Kevin Alexander Leon. In other words, he was born with a middle name, but no preposition and no accent mark. But in a state with a huge Hispanic population, apparently every little bit of deception helps.
I was reminded, although he’d never want you to know it, the man who has cashed in on being Geraldo Rivera for all these years was born Gerald Michael Rivera, whose father was Puerto Rican but whose mother was a Russian Jew, and who, when it was to his advantage, went by the name Jerry Rivers.
* Speaking of phonies, Joseph Kennedy III, who voiced strong objection to Trump’s wall during his rebuttal to the President’s State of the Union address, grew up behind a huge wall. It was the one that surrounded the Kennedy compound in Hyannisport, Massachusetts. But of course, that’s different, because whereas Trump’s wall would only protect America; the one in Hyannisport protected the Kennedy clan.
It occurs to me that if Jennifer Lopez can be called JLO and Alex Rodriguez can be called AROD, there’s certainly no reason that Joe Kennedy III can’t be called JOKE.
* I was sent something titled “Secrets to Inner Peace”:
If you can start the day without caffeine;
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains;
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles;
If you can eat the same meal every day and be grateful for it;
If you can accept it when your loved ones are too busy to pay attention to you;
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment;
If you can relax without alcohol or tobacco;
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs;
You are probably the family dog.
In conclusion, it states that we should handle stressful situations the way our dogs do: If you can’t eat it or play with it, piss on it and walk away.
GOP Activist Investigating Hillary Clinton’s Lost Emails Found Dead — Apparent Suicide By Black Plastic BagRepublican activist Peter Smith was found dead in his hotel room in May 2017 in Rochester, Minnesota.
The hotel staff found Smith with a black plastic bag on his head. He was trying to obtain Hillary Clinton’s lost emails.
UPDATE: Mueller and Congressional investigators have interviewed Smith’s acquaintances several times. Our sources say there is much more to this story.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
Peter W. Smith, a Republican political activist and financier from Chicago who mounted an effort to obtain former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers, died on May 14 after asphyxiating himself in a hotel room in Rochester, Minn., according to local authorities. He was 81 years old.
Mr. Smith’s body was found by a hotel clerk in the Aspen Suites hotel, located across the street from the Mayo Clinic, according to a Rochester Police Department report. An associate of Mr. Smith said that he had recently visited the clinic. A representative for the facility wouldn’t confirm if Mr. Smith was a patient.
Mr. Smith died about 10 days after an interview with The Wall Street Journal in which he recounted his attempts to acquire what he believed were thousands of emails stolen from Mrs. Clinton’s private email server. He implied that Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, then serving as the senior national security adviser to presidential candidate Donald Trump, was aware of his efforts…
…The police report said Mr. Smith was found by a hotel clerk with a plastic bag around his head attached tightly with black rubber bands. Mr. Smith “left documentation on why he committed suicide, medical records, his written obituary, and life insurance” on a table in his room, the report said.
Massachusetts Man Arrested After Trying To Hire A Hit Man On Twitter To Kill ICE Agents For $500
A 33-year-old lefty from Cambridge, Massachusetts named Brandon Ziobrowski was arrested Thursday after offering anyone on Twitter $500 to kill ICE agents.
Ziobrowski also expressed his desire to slit John McCain’s throat in several tweets.
FOX News reported:
A Massachusetts man was arrested in New York on Thursday after trying to hire a hit man on Twitter to kill ICE agents for $500 and sharing his desire to slit the throat of Sen. John McCain, federal officials said.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said that Brandon Ziobrowski, 33, from Cambridge, Mass. was charged with one count of use of interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat and injure another person for the alleged Twitter posts this year.
Federal officials said Ziobrowski tweeted a murder for hire solicitation to kill Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for $500, and repeatedly tweeted his desire to slit the throat of McCain, R-Ariz.
“The agents and officers out there enforcing federal laws are doing their job, plain and simple,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a news conference. “There is a difference between public debate and putting others in fear of their lives.”
Federal officials said Ziobrowski in March started tweeting threatening messages against federal agents that work for ICE.
On July 2, the 33-year-old allegedly tweeted: “I am broke but will scrounge and literally give $500 to anyone who kills ICE agent. @me seriously who else can pledge get in on this lets make this work.”
The Justice Department released a statement on the arrest of Ziobrowski: