Disconnected Reality

Some events are so big they cry out for context. Sometimes context is almost irrelevant. We like to crowd-source events with facts. Yet sometimes the events are just what they are; and collateral damage is just what it is.

Hodgepodge from the hood of my Dodge.

There are times I feel like I am only watching random events from the hood of my Dodge. Which is important, what I’m watching or where I’m watching it? I confess that sometimes it matters where I’m sitting. Though often you could sit anywhere.

Sometimes that doesn’t seem to matter at all – any seat is the same. It prompts the proverbial question: which is more important, what I see or my seat?

I say all that because of recent events. No one wants to see things in isolation or a vacuum. That’s why time and date stamps on photos matter. That’s why sequence or context can be important. And neither can history be ignored. I understand.

Take the COVID crisis for example. We began asking if the cure was worse than the disease? Many people came to the conclusion that the restrictions were far more hazardous than the national illness demanded. But that was after weeks of shutdown and self-isolation from the virus. You can still come to your own personal conclusion on that. You are welcome to consider all relevant information in doing so. And there is a lot of it.

President Trump makes a statement and the media goes nuts. So often the entire context makes a difference but they give that short shrift. On other things, they demand it be given some perverted context only they see and understand the significance of. Context is controversial to media.

Then a man is killed by a Minneapolis cop from a knee on his throat, in a video spread instantly that makes everyone gasp for air. The context too — like what did he do and what were all the other cops doing as he did it — matters. We all know and are appalled by it. The relevant facts indeed matter. So it prompts a national reaction and protests.

Major events can cause a reaction. Covid in nursing homes brought a reaction too, at least to anyone paying attention. Our collective stomachs are sickened, rightfully so. Did it matter whether by accident or that the governors forced COVID into them? Yes. Did it matter what he said after and the official reaction to it? You bet.

Did it also matter the reaction of people to the killing of George Floyd? Sure, it did. And there were immediate firings and a major investigation. Then they arrested the cop shortly after. Justice, it seemed, was on the heels of the cops. And everyone agreed it was horrible. What’s left to decide?

Flash forward, the protests start causing even more outrage as the riots and looting began. So which is worse the disease or the cure? Well it doesn’t take too much more time to come to another conclusion. Reality should matter, too.

What is happening, organized across the country, nationalized the killing of a black man. Everyone knows his name. It propels marches and an outpouring like no other. The “mad as hell” reaction rules.

Still there is the matter of rioting. By day they are just mild-mannered protestors, but by nightfall they turn into sinister, raging crowds of anarchists looting and torching buildings. Arson, as I recall, is not a form of protest.

For days on end it continued into wee hours of the morning with large crowds breaking windows and looting out stores, one by one. Each night a different neighborhood trashing and pillaging the cities as they went. Gangs of thugs ran the streets with bags of loot into cars shuttling them from one location to another. Police could hardly get a handle on it.

Did I neglect to mention that on the first night of rioting they burned a police precinct and descended on others? It all happened as we watched in outrage.

But meanwhile, the rioting, looting and burning continued undeterred, as if the protesting and marches were only a diversion for what was really going on…. organized chaos and destruction. Civil society was on the chopping block now and it was not faring too well. The National Guard was called.

The breaking and looting led to more organized breaking and looting in neighborhoods across America. The cause for it was only a distant memory. What mattered is what was happening now. Their anger and frenzy seemed romanticized by some in the media. The old saying came back as a ghost declaring, “the chickens have come home to roost.”

What is lost in it all? Start with the real victim, George Floyd. At a memorial service where Floyd’s brother painfully paid his respects at the scene where it happened, he asked the crowd “what are you doing?” Not in my name. It was not the first plea he made for protestors to stop the violence and looting.

That didn’t seem to matter as night fell when the violence and looting continued right on schedule. Almost as if it were two separate events, with two separate narratives, disconnected from each other on paths of their own.

But there are other victims, too. Lots of them. Businesses and property owners who had no say in it from the beginning. In fact, they had nothing at all to do with any of it. They are only disconnected victims of reality now. Collateral damage.

Even businesses are almost lost in the amount of damage being done. They are each but one store owner or business. They become lost in the totality by design. Who cares?

Never mind the context of those stores who had been shuttered for months taking it on the chin for a virus they had no control over and nothing at all to do with. They have become merely irrelevant collateral damage of the people disconnected from reality.

But reality is very real to them. Their lives and fortunes suffering from forces they have no say or control over. Who’s going to pay? Minneapolis seems such a long way away.

And in comes the merchants of grief , once again, telling them they must pay the fiddler. For what doesn’t matter. Damn reality!

Right Ring | Bullright | © 2020

Freedom of Protest

In a country of 325 million people there are apparently so many people out there who don’t understand a basic fact. So here it is in a nutshell.

The first amendment does not grant anyone a right to destroy property.

One is a right and the other is a crime. Some conflate the two as one right. Freedom of speech and assembly does not equate to destroying property.

Many people rush to compare political sides to defend these protestors.

One big difference here between the right and left, though largely symbolic, is that a protest on the right is not followed by riots and looting. Usually they don’t leave mountains of garbage behind when it is over either.

On the left, those extra curricular rights seem to be generously included anymore.

Like most rights, they have an implied responsibility to the user. The protestors should be capable of having some self-control within their ranks. How come the right is expected to do that but the left is not?

Oh, instead they make up things about people being righteously angry and that violence is almost justified because of what they have experienced. And we’re supposed to accept that as just the way it is, unfortunately. The left turns protests into mere opportunities to lash out at the community or public where they hold them.

But then, like putting the icing on a cake, the media gives us a steady diet about “peaceful protests” – or mostly peaceful. But don’t keep count of the losers, those are the breaks..

Wouldn’t you think because people on the left have so many protests, at the drop of a hat, that they would be skilled at the process by now? Maybe they would know what is and what is not included under the rubric of protest. But no, things like burning police cars, looting and burning down buildings are just perks of a meaningful protest to them.

Right Ring | Bullright | © 2020

A word on business appreciation

(isn’t there a national holiday for that or something?)

It’s being reported that CVS will rebuild two locations in Baltimore following the nasty, ugly riots and fires that followed. Sounds like a good idea, no?

In a press report, they say they are going to also donate 100,000 to a United Way in Baltimore area, and the “Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore.”. They claim they are really obligated to people’s health, and this is an extension of their efforts to help people.


Truth Revolt

“Our purpose as a company is helping people on their path to better health,” [CVS Health CEO Larry Merlo] said. “There is no better way that we can fulfill that purpose than to reopen our doors and get back to serving the community.”

You don’t say?
Well, pardon this satire: (hopefully everyone knows how satire works)

It turns out that it’s a great sign of appreciation to get looted and burned out. Who knew? It simply means they like you, in urban lingo. So take it as consumer appreciation.

This is not the first time. In Ferguson they looted and burned auto parts stores. That is probably where locals buy all their fancy accessories, parts and brakes for their rides. Naturally those stores would be at the top of thugs’ list to loot, destroy and burn. It’s a sign of endearment. It’s urban speak, sort of like getting jumped into a gang. But once you are in, well, all those perks.

So this is seen by retail insiders as a wise business move.(and great for the bottom line) It’s what you do. Maybe, like some stores in Ferguson, they will have the privilege of being looted or destroyed multiple times? Hey, that means you have really arrived.

So quit being so hard on them, it’s the right thing to do. Seems the more they like you, the more they rob you. Don’t you get it? It makes sense.

See you next riot ‘business appreciation day’. And what a healthy community it will be!

H/T to Truth Revolt

Obama’s trust deficit and BS surplus

And the trouble with peaceful protests that are not so peaceful

Obama just said that “there is no excuse for the violence and destruction we saw last night,” in his presser.

Well, but there are excuses. The liberals make them all the time. As does Al Sharpton, Malik Shabazz and Louis Farrakhan. So liberals come out all the time to do exactly that, rationalize the behavior of criminal thugs who are in the streets wreaking havoc on communities. It’s partly why we’re at this point. If not directly making excuses, they are welcoming the behavior by the signals they send to would be rioters and looters.

Then we have naive or sympathetic politicians who let them run wild, or even issue stand down orders to police. (but that’s really a larger topic) In Ferguson, they made the decision to back off and allow the destruction, rioting and looting of businesses that have absolutely no part in it. Pacify them with your loot and property. This time in Baltimore we saw the police stand off at a distance, in lockstep, watching as they burned the city.

But before the fact, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake actually said “We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.” Then claimed she never said it and blamed media for her own statement. The governor was calling the mayor to get her response on sending the resources like the national guard. She evidently did not want to bring them in or she would have been burning the phone line. (something she will also deny — it’s what liberals do) Let’s give credit where due to ilk like Mayor Ray Nagin, Mayor James Knowles, Governor Jay Nixon, Mayor Tom Barrett, and now Mayor Stephanie Blake as strident examples in stellar performances.

One burning building will be looped” on a news broadcast, but thousands of peaceful protestors who have been out there for days are marginalized, Obama said at his press conference. Then they always add that it is a few violent protestors. Since when do you need an army to create chaos? Is that the point the number of them? We’re always told you have a few bad apples. Well, they say bad apples in police departments taint the motives of the whole. Then they completely dismiss the violent protestors as just a few and that maybe they have good reason to be angry.

He referred to “a handful of criminals and thugs who tore up the place.” Again with the: “This is not new. It’s been going on for decades.” There is just a new awareness to these social problems because of technology and social media, Obama contends. Liberals all point back and say but we saw peaceful protests; in itself making excuses for and ignoring the currents of violent rioting. But that damage and cost is hard to ignore. Oh let’s remember long after the protestors and anarchists are gone the expenses are still very real. In fact, even more real than they were at the time because it is a constant reminder that cannot be covered easily. Reports are that Baltimore never really recovered from the 68 riots. Well, history does repeat itself.

The talking points are: there are some policemen who are not doing the right thing, like in every other sector. Then the nation must “do some soul searching,” Obama tells us. What kind of searching are they doing over accompanying violence and destruction to their message? Make excuses? That’s exactly what they’ve done by divert, deflect and deny.

Once again, my BS detector has exploded. The great, or strange, thing about the liberal “social justice” rhetoric is that they want to deny the chief ingredient in the movement is violence and destruction — sort of Darwinesque — along with personal attacks and smearing opponents, but that aside.

Every time one of these all too common episodes explode now, two things happen: People are outraged that this conduct is happening in our towns, on our streets. And Obama comes out to make a statement which ends up lending credence to protestors and the opportunist rioters who follow. Then we play this scientific game of trying to separate the protestors and their grievances from the rioters and their motives. And, in the meantime, some have gotten all too skilled at denial.

“Peaceful protests” and the looting must go on. It is far more than one or a handful of persons — a handful couldn’t do that much looting. More than one building was burned. And more than Obama is responsible for the problems as well. But suffice it to say that Obama promised unity in ‘hope and change.’ What he delivered was a nation of irreconcilable differences. That is whether you look at the national political level, or now within our towns and communities. If anyone’s chickens have come home to roost, it is those of progressives and Obama.

RightRing | Bullright

It’s all politics, all the time

Bad enough that we have one ideologue politician in the White House, but we also have a politico, Attorney General running the DoJ.Why does that matter? Whenever credibility or trust is a factor, then it becomes an issue.

A week since the Grand Jury decision was released and we found out the details. No hands in the air, he assaulted the cop in the car and tried to get his gun. Then he bum-rushed the cop. Even the blood trail showed the direction he was traveling. So all that they had been saying was wrong. And race had noting to do with it. Those results are the backdrop.

Then we had the nasty riots and fallout of the decision. That night DeAndre Joshua was shot, who may have been a witness to the Brown shooting, and also friend to Dorian Johnson, is hardly getting covered. It’s being dismissed as is Louis Head’s incitement.

A week later Obama has a WH meeting with his race-bating buds. All the facts are out now and a lot of people have egg on their face. So that evening Holder travels to give a speech in Atlanta. Holder said the events in Ferguson were not unique to Ferguson but nationwide. Then he mentioned he was going to write policies on profiling.

But we scream that profiling did not have anything to do with Ferguson. Well, precisely the point. The issue of profiling is another poll-tested issue. They know it is a popular whipping post, with many people. So the subject and narrative on Ferguson is now bad. What to do? Change the subject almost as if Ferguson was about profiling.

Obama has a pow wow with his race-baiters. He decided lets change the subject to something that is popular, we can rally people to support. And it gets away from the losing, declining narrative about the Ferguson details. Face it, after the second round of riots and destroying much of the city, it has been stained. The narrative is now about the violence and the riots, and the lies flowing from there since August.

Time to change the subject.

Anything Holder does will be an attempt to start an argument about profiling and steer the attention right into that, as if it were the central issue. We’ll see how fast both media and race-baiters pick up on the narrative. It was already reported MSNBC was posing provocative questions on profiling.

“Like you, I understand that the need for this trust was made clear in the wake of the intense public reaction to last week’s grand jury announcement. But the problems we must confront are not only found in Ferguson. The issues raised in Missouri are not unique to that state or that small city. We are dealing with concerns that are truly national in scope and that threaten the entire nation.”

“Third: in the coming days, I will announce updated Justice Department guidance regarding profiling by federal law enforcement, which will institute rigorous new standards – and robust safeguards – to help end racial profiling, once and for all. This new guidance will codify our commitment to the very highest standards of fair and effective policing.”

This is a straight from the top, race power-brokers, an attempt to commandeer the Ferguson issue into a wider grievance issue. Holder stressed these were national issues. It was Ferguson, it was a local matter. But, as is typical, when controversy and trouble arise they broaden the issue.

Holder said: “Our police officers cannot be seen as an occupying force disconnected from the communities they serve.” Well, where does that come from?

He also said: “But the issue is larger than just the police and the community. Our overall system of justice must be strengthened and made more fair. In this way, we can ensure faith in the justice system. Without that deserved faith, without that reasoned belief, there can be no justice.”

Really? Most people have no trust in Obama or Holder, their cred on anything is MIA.

Holder told them: “As this critical effort unfolds, we will remain firmly resolved to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you in driving this work into the future. And this commitment will also fuel our broader efforts to bring change – and meaningful reform – to urgent challenges far beyond the realm of community policing.”

Can you say politics?

RightRing | Bullright

Faux step-dad being investigated

Michael Brown’s stepdad investigated for comments

AP  By JIM SALTER — 12/2/14  | Yahoo News

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police are investigating Michael Brown’s stepfather for angry comments on the streets of Ferguson after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who fatally shot his stepson, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Officials want to talk to Louis Head about his comments as part of a broader investigation into the arson, vandalism and looting that followed the Nov. 24 grand jury announcement, St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman said. Twelve commercial buildings were destroyed by fire. …/

Video widely circulated after last week’s grand jury announcement shows Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, on top of a car and breaking down as the decision blares over a stereo. Head, her husband, comforts her then yells angry comments, including “Burn this bitch down!”

Family attorney Benjamin Crump has called the reaction “raw emotion,” but “completely inappropriate.” He did not immediately return messages seeking comment Tuesday.

Head has not yet been interviewed by police, and there is no timetable for when the investigation will be complete, Schellman said. He declined to discuss what specific charges Head could face. A message left with a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch was not immediately returned. …/

Ferguson Police spokesman Jeff Small said that department is not conducting a separate investigation of Head. …/

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that teachers joined the students and the Ferguson-Florissant School District provided buses to pick them up and return them to classes by mid-afternoon. It was their first day back in class after Thanksgiving break was extended a day due to bad weather Monday, when similar walkouts were staged across the country.

More: http://news.yahoo.com/michael-browns-stepdad-investigated-comments-204459408.html

Well, that took some time. They keep reporting him as the Step-dad. Crump made media appearances calling it an emotional statement. Oh, it was filled with emotion all right.

Because he was emotional does not negate his words or what he said. He repeated it enough times. You’d have to prove temporary insanity to say he didn’t know what he was saying. Most likely a planned response, IMHO.

I wonder if someone screaming fire in a theater can be excused because he was emotional? It was probably that emotion which lent even more credibility to his statements. We had a president elected largely on emotions. But when someone incites a riot, emotion is somehow supposed to be an excuse? Go figure.

PS: district school buses shuttle students and teachers from protest?

RightRing | Bullright

Ferguson store with revolving door

Ferguson Market and Liquor then – August after looting

Ferguson Market & Liquor — 9:55 pm on 11/24 after announcement:

Ferguson Market and Liquor

The store Brown robbed the day of his death, robbed in August rioting, and among first to be looted on 11/24. The store that keeps on giving. Despite being partly boarded up with ‘hands-up’ signs, they lined up to have a go at the loot. Didn’t burn that one down.

See CNN video Breitbart.

The store that keeps on giving..and giving. Mike Brown protestors keep on taking.

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