I am still in Las Vegas enjoying the Continental Curling Cup (go, USA!), with tickets to see Cirque du Soleil Saturday night, and spending time with our dear friend, Gina. What a gift THAT is. And, by the time this posts, I will have seen “13 Hours.” Just from the trailer, I expect this to be an intense, riveting movie, but even more so from having watched interviews with the three men who fought to protect Americans.
Of course, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a whole lot going on in the political realm. I imagine there is still some fallout from the latest Republican Debate from Thursday night, not to mention Obama’s State of the Union Address (ugh). Hopefully, the FBI is coming ever clsoer to charging Sec. Clinton with more than a few crimes. But, hey – I’ll leave that to you to discuss.
Since I have shared a bunch of cool Curling shots already, this is the Cirque du Soleil performance we will be attending:
Just incredible, isn’t it? I never cease to be amazed at the abilities of the human body. What is even more amazing is how many people are capable of performing these kinds of feats. This is but ONE of the Cirque du Soleil shows going on in Las Vegas. There are a number of them. Just incredible…
Oh, who am I kidding? Of COURSE I have to do a Curling clip:
Such a game of skill and strategy, all on ice. Amazing!
Ans since I won’t be back until Tuesday, I would be remiss to not mention the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who is celebrated on Monday, January 18. And I cannot mention Dr. King without including this historic clip from his speech so many years ago:
The power of King’s words resonate today as much as they did over fifty years ago. Oh, how I long for King’s dream to be fulfilled that content of character is what is most important in this nation. “Let Freedom Ring” indeed.
Sadly, at this point, that is just not the case. And sadder still, the chasm between races is greater now after having elected a biracial President not once, but twice. That I find to be particularly demoralizing, especially how that divide has deepened over the course of the past few years, particularly the “Black Lives Matter” movement.
[…] Black Lives Matter is a movement built on the fiction that police have declared an open season on innocent blacks. According to progressive fictions, police are the agents of a “white supremacist society” – a claim alone that should make one wary of the sanity of those who advance it. Facts belie the very basis of the claim that there is open hunting season on African Americans. African American males, accounting for 6% of the population are responsible for more than 40% of violent crimes. But a Washington Post report on all 980 police shootings of 2015 reveals that only 4% of fatal police shootings involved white officers and black victims, while in three-quarters of the incidents, cops were either under attack themselves or defending civilians,” in other words,” as Michael Walsh observed in the NY Post, they were “doing their jobs.”
Ignoring the facts, Black Lives Matter promoted the lie invented by Brown’s robbery accomplice, that Brown had his hands up and was attempting to surrender when he was shot. “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” quickly became the anthem of the movement. But this lie was refuted not only by black eyewitnesses testifying before the Grand Jury, and by forensic evidence, but by a review conducted by the Holder Justice Department, otherwise bent on demonstrating the existence of bigotry in the Ferguson police department. Meanwhile Black Lives Matter went about setting fire to Ferguson, causing millions of dollars of damage, because if there was no justice – no hanging of Wilson – there would be no peace, as the now familiar lynch mob slogan framed it. Black Lives Matter then set about taking its crusade to other cities, most prominently to Baltimore, where a career criminal named Freddie Gray became another cause celebre. Gray had suffered fatal injuries inside a police van where only another captive was present. As the Black Lives Matter inspired mobs began to gather in “protest,” Baltimore’s black Democratic mayor ordered police to stand down allowing them to destroy millions of dollars of property. The state’s black Democratic prosecutor then indicted six officers, three of them African American, on various ludicrous charges including first degree murder, although none except the African American driver were in the van with Gray.
The immediate result of Black Lives Matter’s war on law enforcement was an epidemic of crime, as police officers decided that aggressive law enforcement was dangerous to their careers and lives. Homicides in the St. Louis Ferguson area and in Baltimore jumped 60% setting records in the annals of criminal mayhem. Virtually all the victims were blacks, revealing the hypocrisy of a movement for which black lives didn’t really matter – the attacks on the law enforcement and the “power structure” and on whites did.
Blindness to the accountability of inner city populations for their off the charts violent crime rates, and their failures to shoulder the responsibilities of parenthood is as characteristic of the progressive attitude as is its blindness to the betrayal of inner city communities by Democrats and progressives. The disgraceful conditions of America’s large inner cities is almost entirely the responsibility of these two political actors. Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, St. Louis and numerous other sites of out-of-control black poverty, failed public school systems and black on black violence are 100% controlled by the Democratic Party and have been for 50 to 100 years. Yet 95% of the black vote and 100% of the progressive vote continues to go to Democrats who oppress African Americans. […] (Click here to read the rest.)
I cannot help but wonder what the good Reverend King would think of the Black Lives Matter movement. I can share with you what his niece, the RecDr. Alveda King, has to say about it:
And if you want to see a longer piece on Dr. King’s thoughts on the BLM Movement, you can click HERE.
In any event, one thing is clear: we still, over fifty years later, have a long, long way to go…
Okay that is it for me. Feel free to discuss any of the above, or whatever else is on your minds. Have a good weekend, friends!