2012 in Review
I have been taking a little personal time this past week (Gasp!!!) so this is a little late:
But here are the top 6 posts of 2012:
A Tale of One Tragedy and Two Campaigns
As I am sure you have heard several states are in a state of emergency due to a sudden thunder-storm that was accompanied by high winds. Millions were left without power during days of record heat. I am among the powerless.
The people of Virginia have been struggling to find cool places to stay. Hotel rooms are sold out and the few malls that are opened are jam-packed with people looking for some relief from the heat and some hot food. In my area there is one gas station open. One major mall had to close early Saturday evening due to no water. The only thing open for miles was a McDonald’s.
In response to this emergency the presidential campaigns handled it in this fashion:
First from the Romney Campaign through email:
The severe storms that ripped through Virginia Friday claimed at least six lives across the commonwealth and left thousands without power. It could be several days before power is restored to those affected.
If you’d like to make a donation to the relief effort, please bring supplies to the Romney for President Headquarters located at 3811 N. Fairfax Dr., Suite 750 in Arlington tomorrow between 10am and 7pm.
We will distribute donations to various relief centers in the area.
Here’s what we need:
- Bottled Water
- Non-perishable food items, such as beef jerky, granola bars, peanut butter, etc.
Bring your supply donations to our headquarters tomorrow and we’ll ensure it gets to your fellow Virginians who are in need on Tuesday.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Virginia State Manager
P.S. We know that everyone wanting to help cannot make it to Arlington. If you would like to donate to the Red Cross, please call 1-800-Red-Cross, or visit this link to make a donation online:
From the Obama Campaign Via Twitter:
Keep cool while you’re canvassing this summer, Our Vote Obama Tank Top is a stylish and fun way to show your support
While some may say that the Romney campaign may just be pandering to people who are dealing with an emergency, there are plenty of stories of how Romney has handled emergencies in the past. One such story being the story of a co-worker’s daughter who was kidnapped while out partying in New York. He shut down Bain, flew the employees up to New York City, set up a nerve center, and canvassed the city with flyers until the girl was found and returned home to her anxious parents.
This is who Romney is.
Obama wants you to buy a $30 T-shirt.
I don’t know about you, but this says a great deal about the character of these two men to me. You can decide for yourselves.
As an aside, I want to say a huge thank you to Iain’s wife who took mercy on my sorry unairconditioned and no water self. I am currently sitting in her sitting room and enjoying some cool air. So thanks to her for putting up with me.
Linked at Instapundit. Thanks so much
Linked at Breitbart. Thanks so much
The Additional Tragedy of the Tayvon Martin Death
First, I want to make it perfectly clear that I feel that this case should go in front of a grand jury and let them decide what, if any, charges are brought against Zimmerman. It should not be tried in the court of public opinion.
The problem is that this case is being tried by the media, the pundits, the race baiters of our country, social media, and around kitchen tables all over America. It is really criminal that this boy’s death is being used in this way. There are people with an agenda that are making statements that may very well have no basis in fact.
The police have released very little information on the evidence that they have on the case. Maybe because they did a awful job investigating it or just maybe because they are doing a better job than people are willing to admit and are making sure that they are covering every base. It isn’t all that unusual for it to take time for charges to brought against someone. Police have to build a case that they believe will hold up in court.
We also can look at the photos that are being used. Below is the photos that media are using. Photos that are old and paint a picture that they want to paint.
They are using pictures of Tayvon that are old and make him appear much younger than his 17 years. They are using an old mug shot of Zimmerman that is a close up picture of his face that makes him look much bigger than the picture to the right of it. Media narrative. The facebook picture of Trayvon clearly shows that he was much bigger than what the media would like you to believe and that Zimmerman isn’t as big as they want you to believe.
In Chicago there was a march to honor the life of Trayvon. But there was barely a mention of the people who were killed by gang violence in a city that has been overrun by gang related crime and deaths this year. 57 children have lost their lives since the beginning of the school year. The majority of them were gang related. Are those children’s lives less valuable? Don’t their parents want justice too?
We have movie director and producer Spike Lee tweeting out Zimmerman’s home address, not just once, but twice. He have Al Sharpton involving himself in this crime. We have Jesse Jackson saying that black men are under attack. On this point we sort of agree:
While African Americans comprise 13.5% of the U.S. Population, 43% of all murder victims in 2007 were African American, 93.1% of whom were killed were African Americans.
Shouldn’t we be just at outraged about these murder victims as well?
It isn’t that anyone is saying that Jayvon’s death isn’t a tragedy. It is. No parent should bury a child, ever, under any circumstances. It goes against the nature of things. My only point being we need to examine why this particular crime is getting so much attention and how the media is creating a narrative that may or may not be based on facts. George Zimmerman has been tried and convicted in the court of public opinion. Not only as a murderer, but a racist as well. The evidence of that is quite lacking.
Black parents have some worries that others do not. They have to talk to their sons in a way that their white counterparts do not. Racism exists in this country. That cannot be denied. But not every crime that have people of different colors involved is about racism. It just isn’t. The above stat proves that. Only 7.9% of black murders are even committed by someone of another race. These numbers may not be comfortable for people like Jackson, Sharpton, and Lee to look at, but it doesn’t make them less true.
We have to decide as a society if black murder victims are only cared about when they are killed by someone who is not black. It is about time we have the difficult discussions and broach the topics of why the numbers are so skewed. Until we talk about the real issues, the problems will never be solved.
I know that I view the police differently than many in the black community do. I trust the police for the most part. There are bad apples of course, but by and large they do their dangerous jobs well. Many in black communities have a very different view of the police. But I do feel that is more socio-economic related than race related. I think that distrust of the police is just more prevalent in poorer communities were crime rates are higher than they are in lower crime rate areas. I have had very few run-ins with the police in my life. So from my vantage point they are doing their job keeping criminals away from my property. When you live in a high crime area you are going to see police more often. You will see people getting arrested more. You may even feel hassled if they question you because their was a crime in your neighborhood, you will also know more victims of violent crimes and you will know more people who have spent time in jail. You wonder why they are not doing more about the gangs, the drugs, and whatever else is more of a daily occurrence in your neighborhood than what happens in mine. Those are the biases that people from my vantage point and people from other vantage points bring with them when they look at this case. It isn’t about racism, it is about human nature. We look at the world from what we have experienced and seen for ourselves.
Read here What if Trayvon Martin were white. A true story of white teen killed by a black shooter. A different state with different gun laws. There is an agenda to why this story is getting the attention that it is.
President Obama Most Arrogant Man in the World – Mourns Neil Armstrong by Posting his Own Picture
If you read this stuff in a book you wouldn’t believe it.
H/T to Sooper Mexican
Quote of the Day – Lisa Woodman Edition
‘I was totally in shock and really humiliated. I look after myself and I’m only 28. I just want to be treated with a bit of respect.”
Lisa Woodman, single mother of four, who is upset she has been banned from nightclubs in her hometown in the UK due to inappropriate outfits for her age.
Culture and Respect in Japan
I have been very impressed by the fact that people in Japan have remained so calm. The pictures that we see are heartbreaking. The news reports are now talking about bodies are washing up on shore and there are not enough body bags and coffins for all the dead. They are living with the fear of nuclear meltdown which could have catastrophic effects on generations to come. The people have little food, in many cases they have no power, and to add insult to injury snow is in the forecast.
What you are not seeing in Japan is looting. You are hearing stories of vendors who are lowering prices and in some cases giving emergency supplies to people in need. People are waiting in line in an orderly fashion even though gas lines can last for hours. In the Japanese culture, respect is considered to be of the highest importance. The belief system that when you shame yourself you bring shame onto the entire family.
It leaves one to wonder why other cultures cannot do the same during times of trouble? The looting in the aftermath of the earthquake in Chile last year was so severe that troops had to be brought in to get it under control. At one point the army resorted to using water hoses to stop the looting of banks and electronic stores, where people were taking plasma televisions and cash.
The same thing happened after Katrina in New Orleans: A quote from a man who in the flood ravaged city the day after the levees broke.
“To be honest with you, people who are oppressed all their lives, man, it’s an opportunity to get back at society,”
It would seem to me the difference between the events is only the mentality of the people who were afflicted by the tragedies. In Japan the culture is that you respect authority, it seems in many other parts of the world the culture is that the government owes you something. The next time someone says to you that the culture of a society doesn’t matter, remind them of this.
Updated Democratic National Convention Schedule – Satire
2012 Democratic National Convention Agenda — Charlotte , N.C.
▸ 4:00 PM – Opening Flag Burning Ceremony – sponsored by CNN.
▸ 4:05 PM – Singing of “God Damn America ” led by Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
▸ 4:10 PM – Pledge of Allegiance to Obama.
▸ 4:30 PM – Tips on “How to keep your man trustworthy & true to you while you travel the world” – Hillary Clinton.
▸ 4:45 PM – Al Sharpton / Jesse Jackson seminar: “How to have a successful career without having a job.”
▸ 5:00 PM – “Great Vacations I’ve Taken on the Taxpayer’s Dime Travel Log” – Michelle Obama.
▸ 5:30 PM – Eliot Spitzer Speaks on “Family Values” via Satellite.
▸ 5:45 PM – Tribute to All 57 States – Nancy Pelosi.
▸ 6:00 PM – Sen. Harry Reid – 90-minute speech expressing the Democrat’s appreciation of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and George Soros for sparing no expense, for all that they have accomplished to unify the country, improve employment and to boost the economy.
▸ 8:30 PM – Airing of Grievances by the Clintons .
▸ 9:00 PM – “Bias in Media – How we can make it work for you” Tutorial – sponsored by CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times.
▸ 9:15 PM – Tribute Film to Brave Freedom Fighters incarcerated at GITMO – Michael Moore.
▸ 9:45 PM – Personal Finance Seminar – Charlie Rangel
▸ 10:00 PM – Denunciation of Bitter Gun Owners and Bible readers.
▸ 10:30 PM – Ceremonial Waving of White Flag for IRAQ , & Afghanistan .
▸ 11:00 PM – Obama Energy Plan Symposium / Tire Gauge Demonstration / You too can get rich with Green Investment bankruptcies.
▸ 11:15 PM – Free convicted felon IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich rally.
▸ 11:30 PM – Obama Accepts Oscar, Tony and Latin Grammy Awards.
▸ 11:45 PM – Feeding of the Delegates with 5 Loaves and 2 Fish, Obama Presiding.
▸ 12:00 AM- Official Nomination of Obama by Bill Maher and Chris “He sends a thrill up my leg” Matthews.”
▸ 12:01 AM – Obama Accepts Nomination as Lord and Savior.
▸ 12:05 AM- Celestial Choirs Sing.
▸ 3:00 AM – Biden Delivers Acceptance Speech.