Saturday Movie Matinee: Black Violence In Schools

It’s a huge problem:

Colin Flaherty: Black violence in schools. More and more and more and more.

Colin Flaherty: Black violence in schools. Even unions cannot ignore it any more:

Colin Flaherty: New one on me: Black violence in schools turns over new leaf:

Colin FlahertyBlack violence Under Reported in Schools. Thus, it does not exist:

Colin Flaherty: Black mob violence in school. This time Fitchburg, aka Madison. Issues?

Asian students sick of being attacked by racist black teens:

Black on White Violence in School:

Language warning:

Student Slams Principal to The Ground in Massive Brawl at Florin High School – California:

Students Fight Cops! [4 Officers Injured]

Now watch this video – which is the only one the media seems interested in –

A student resource officer was asked to remove a defiant, non-compliant girl who was caught using her cell phone during class.  She had already been asked to leave by the teacher and an administrator, and refused.

A longer video shows Fields asking the student if she’ll leave, she refuses, he reaches down and says, “I’m going to get you up,” she appears to resist, then the officer escalates his use of force:

The problem there, wasn’t the officer.

Colin Flaherty: Black Bullies Kill White Autistic Kid: Special comments from Marlin Newburn:

See also: 

USA Today: Students walk out to support fired S.C. deputy:

The students walked out of classes at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., around 10 a.m. and gathered in the atrium to express their views on the firing of Deputy Ben Fields.

Some in the crowd — which included both black and white students — wore T-shirts reading “Free Fields” or “#BringBackFields.”

David French, NRO: The Spring Valley Arrest Video Isn’t Disturbing: Here’s Why

David French, NRO: The Viral Videos the Anti-Police Left Won’t Publicize

New York Post: Obama fuels the flames of the anti-cop movement

New York Post: Watch the rats flee the anti-cop ship

Wall Street Journal: ‘Something Deeply Disturbing Is Happening All Across America’

The Wall Street Journal excerpts a speech by FBI Director James B. Comey: “ Something deeply disturbing is happening all across America

Megyn Kelly: White House Breaks With FBI’s Comey Over Remarks On Crime Spikes, Policing:

And now, something uplifting:

CBS: Marlins Man: Who is that guy always behind home plate?


The Council Has Spoken! Our Watcher’s Council Results

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

” I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs,dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means,
warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is?

If you prick us, do we not bleed?” – Shylock in Shakespeare’s ‘The Merchant of Venice‘ Act 3 Scene 1

“The attempt to force human beings to despise themselves is what I call hell.” – Andre’ Malraux

“There is no difference whatever between anti-Semitism and the denial of Israel’s statehood. Classical anti-Semitism denies the equal right of Jews as citizens within society. Anti-Zionism denies the equal rights of the Jewish people its lawful sovereignty within the community of nations. The common principle in the two cases is discrimination.” – Abba Eban, 1975

This week’s winning essay, Joshuapundit’s Why So Many Jews Support The Left – And Why They’re So Anti- Israel is my response to a question I get asked frequently that may, perhaps, shed some light on the subject. Here’s a slice:

A good friend of mine forwarded me some questions from someone she knows whom is absolutely baffled.

He’s certainly no anti-semite. But in his contacts with Jews, he finds that many of them while quite intelligent engage in behavior he finds both irrational and inexplicable. Here’s what he basically had to say:

“What baffles me is everyone of them put Obama in office during his first election, and couldn’t understand my disdain for the man. These are intelligent people. Lawyers, investment bankers, stock brokers, etc..They have been voting Democrat for all their lives. {…}

These people are so unfriendly to all things Israel I just don’t understand it. It’s as if they are trying to destroy the country of their origin, or a death wish, I don’t know. They all hated Bush and he loves Israel. I’m confused, because the trouble I see in Israel right now is partly due to them. I feel bad because I so admire Israel and I know if they fall we will be next or at least deep in the fight. Please, enlighten me.”

I only get asked this once a week or so…but I thought I’d share my answer to him with you.

Hello —

Actually, I have a decent perspective on this, as I’m a Jew, a native Californian (gasp!) and someone whom grew up in a home of liberal FDR Jews who always voted Democrat, except for two occasions which I’ll get to shortly and which shed a bit of light on th ematter at hand.

You’re actually asking a lot of different questions here, which I’m going to try and sort out. Here’s what I think you’re asking, and forgive me if I seem to be putting words in your mouth.

Why are so many Jews lefties when they seem to be so smart? Why do they vote Democrat even if it seems to be against their interests? And why would so many vote for Obama, especially when they’ve seen how anti-Israel he is?

That about cover it?

A lot of it has to do with history. Many lefty Jews today are not only rigorously secular, but disdainful of those Jews whom are religious. That also explains why so many of these overtly secular Jews dislike Evangelicals, Mormons and other religious, pro-Israel Christians. To these Jews, all religion represents not only something they’re trying to get away and distance themselves from, but way down deep, a secret source of shame for many. You don’t destroy a part of whom you are without sustaining some damage.

Read this and see if it clears up the history a bit. The short version is that many Jews, once they were freed from the ghettos by Napoleon that they’d been literally locked up in for centuries made a determined attempt to assimilate. They really wanted to be good Germans, French, Austrians, Poles, what have you. It failed utterly. The majority of Europeans simply wouldn’t allow it.

A number of thse Jews made the obvious connection and allied themselves with the Left, especially the Marxists. They stupidly thought that their religion was the only basis for the psychotic hatred they faced, and that religion itself was the reason they were treated the way they were. So they not only gave up all semblance of their own religion, but turned to an ideology that likewise despised all religion while it was essentially creating its own.

To expand that a bit, here in America while there was never legal, government sponsored Jew hatred as there was in Europe and Muslim countries, there was quite a bit of de facto anti-semitism during the period when Jews were heavily migrating to America…say, the 1880’s to about the 1920’s or so and well into WWII.

So just as in Europe, some of these immigrants and quite a few of their offspring born here dropped the Orthodox Judaism they were raised with and much of their religious practices because the emphasis then was on assimilating..being, you know, real Americans like everyone else. That didn’t work so well with many of the Republicans of that time or a lot of other people, but the Left was a somewhat different story, especially once FDR came on the scene. Ironic, of course, since he was instrumental in instituting quotas to stop too many Jews entering the Ivy League.

As for the communists, they were more than willing to recruit what Lenin aptly referred to as useful idiots.Conservative author David Horowitz, whom grew up as a ‘red diaper baby’ in a home where both parents were communists and under what was referred to as Party Discipline give us an illuminating look at how this worked in his autobiography ‘Radical Son.’

What changed things when it comes to the issue you’re talking about was the Holocaust and the recreation of Israel. Realizing that much of the world either participated at worst or at best ignored what amounted to a war against defenseless Jews simply because they were Jews was a traumatic event that changed everything for Jews in places like America whom escaped.

It was a unique event in history for reasons I’m happy to explain to you any time if you’d like me to. In many quarters, it made openly expressed Jew hatred socially unacceptable, at least for a while. And it shamed the world into finally keeping the agreements made after WW I in the original League of Nations Palestine Mandate and the subsequent 1923 San Remo Agreement to create a Jewish State in their ancient homeland on the remaining 21% of the Palestine Mandate that was left.

So for even aggressively secular, left leaning Jews like my parents, Israel was the issue that crossed all lines. It did so because they were the generation that was closest to the Shoah and they realized how important Israel’s creation was to Jews in the Diaspora and their comfortable lives there. And yes, there was also some residual guilt involved, because many of the Jews surrounding President Roosevelt took an active part in successfully combating Jews who wanted the make the ongoing Shoah a major public issue and push FDR to make attempts to stop or at least slow down the carnage of Jews in Europe.

That Jewish identification with Israel especially became apparent after the miraculous Six Day War when Jews around the world suddenly realized they might have lost Israel and had to experience a second Holocaust while the world watched and did nothing.

I mentioned that there were two times my devoutly Democrat parents didn’t pull the lever for Democrats? One occasion was in 1972 when the Angry Left took over the party and the anti-Israel George McGovern was their candidate for president. The other time was in 1980, when Jimmie Carter ran for re-election.

My parents literally hated Nixon and Reagan and they weren’t too pleased with yours truly either when I cast my very first vote ever for Ronaldus Maximus. But they simply weren’t going to vote for anti-Israel candidates. So they just voted for a straight Democrat ticket otherwise and passed up voting for president in those elections.

So what changed that closeness to Israel? Well, three things – the birth and maturity of two generations much further removed from the Holocaust, the ascendancy of a center right government in Israel when the Labor party was literally tossed out of office after the Yom Kippur War fiasco and most of all, the continued movement of the Democrat Party to the far left.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Mark Steyn with an interesting piece, Mark SteynFings Ain’t Wot They Used T’Be submitted by The Watcher.

It’s an interesting piece, looking at some recent events that would have been unthinkable a decade or two ago but are now ‘depressingly routine’ as he aptly puts it.

Here are this week’s full results. Maggie’s Notebook, The Independent Sentinel, Don Surber and The Noisy Room were unable to vote this week, but none were subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

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Our Weasel Of the Week!!

Yes, once again, It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were particularly slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner…the envelope please…
 Democrat Front Runner Hillary Clinton!

Fausta’s Blog: Hillary, Weasel Queen par excellence. ‘Nuf said.

 The Independent Sentinel : How do you beat Hillary -lied her butt off Thursday and did it so well!

Indeed, how could you beat Mrs. Clinton’s performance last week? It does indeed take a special kind of human being to knowingly lie to the entire country and to the grieving families of four dead Americans literally over their coffins. And all just to cover for Barack Obama and get him re-elected.

A number of Mrs. Clinton’s friends and minions in the media referred to her performance as a ‘triumph’ and a ‘win.’ In actuality, the fact that she’s unlikely to face any cost or punishment for her behavior or her illegal server and destruction of documents that were by law all supposed to be turned over when she left office is a major defeat..for the country. It always is, whenever a nation’s standard of justice, integrity and trust in public officials is compromised.

That includes the partisan Democrats on the Benghazi committee as well as the media.When ranking members of an investigating committee set up by congress contemptuously break House rules and openly leak what was supposed to be closed door testimony to the media in order to undermine it, there’s not much more to be said.

Well Mrs. Clinton, enjoy your Weasel. I had the names of Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty engraved on it. Since, as you say, you already live with this every day and lose sleep over it, what difference does it make at this point?

All the perfumes of Araby don’t fix it. Just ask Lady Macbeth.


Well, there it is.

Check back next Tuesday to see who next week’s nominees for Weasel of the Week are!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum, and remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

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Our Watcher’s Council Nominations – Liar Liar Edition

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

Virginia’s top blogger, Tom White at VA Right scored another triumph with an appearance scheduled today on the 5PM and 6PM – and probably 11PM news his local NBC affiliate over a story he broke on a state senator’s HIPAA violation. Get us a copy of the video if you can, Tom…congrats!.

This week, The Pirate’s Cove, The Federalist, and Simply Jews earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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Forum: Is America A House Divided Against Itself?

Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question
: Is America A House Divided Against Itself?

 GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD : When 16 gave his famous “House Divided” speech, Lincoln chose it because it was a biblical idea familiar to Americans. Quoting Jesus Christ: “A house divided against itself cannot stand” (Mark 3:25). A nice ending segue into “I do not expect the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect the house to fall—but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all of the other.”

Surviving things like a Civil war, Beatlemania, fiery race riots, massive civil mayhem during the Viet Nam war era may make America seem invulnerable to divisions from the past, many that still afflict nation states today.

Bill Bishop’s book The Big Sort points out “Americans have sorted themselves geographically, economically, and politically into like-minded communities over the last three decades.” One of Mr B’s key findings was that the number of counties in which a presidential candidate of either party won the vote by a landslide nearly doubled between 1976 and 2004.

The maps depicting this shift offer visually compelling evidence of a dramatic decline in the competitive counties once prevalent in the American landscape. “People living in homogenous communities grow both more extreme and more certain in their beliefs” as a result “Congress has lost most of its moderate members and is mired in conflict.”

If “the clustering of like-minded America is tearing us apart,” will compromise bring us together?
Not a laugh line, yet it’s nigh impossible to imagine a compromise on stuff like federal funding of Planned Parenthood. Either taxes finance it or they can start a go fund me site.

“X used the “house divided” metaphor (Mk 3:22-27) to counter the accusation that he cast out demons with the power of Satan. Satan cannot be divided against himself. He is an irreducible unity. One cannot compromise with Satan; one can only overpower Satan. Abraham Lincoln invoked the passage in a somewhat similar vein. The United States could have only one character: it must be a union, and that union must repudiate slavery. In any other condition it would not be the United States. The coexistence of irreconcilable opposites was impossible; one side had to prevail and to impose its vision of the country.”

Instead of reaching across the aisle or negotiation, prepare for victory or defeat.

Divisions au courrant are seemingly used by national leaders purposely set Americans against each other – often and specifically on things that simply cannot be changed (all apologies to Rachel Dolezal and Shaun King) like a persons race.

One potential contributing factor comes from a fascinating piece in National Affairs by Marc Dunkelman, who fears the winnowing out of so-called “middle-tier relationships” for the American citizen.

These relationships have long been, as Dunkelman puts it, “at the root of American community life,” and encompass such different-minded acquaintances as “bridge partners, brothers in the Elks club, fellow members of the PTA.” But these connections have withered in recent years, even as we stay close to those like-minded folks who inhabit our inner circles of friends and family, and are connected on an unprecedented scale by technology and social media to those farther away.

Without these vibrant, heterogeneous “middle-tier” relationships, Dunkelman argues, it may simply be much harder to build the sense of public trust and unity that allows people to stand up to big challenges together.

A good way to relieve the pressure on a divided polity is to keep government limited.

Bookworm Room : Yes, it is a house divided against itself because we’ve lost the center. Those Americans who vote in federal elections seem to have settled fairly implacably, and in fairly equal numbers, on either side of the political divide.

More significantly there is no common ground. In past years, when there was a problem, both sides saw the government as a vehicle to carry out change, although each side attributed a different role to the government and a different price tag. Of late, however, conservatives have come to realize that, thanks to a steady push to the Left for the last half century, government is the problem. Meanwhile, led by the Obam-ites, Progressives (or Leftists, if you will) see the government, not just as a facilitator towards the answer, but as the answer itself.

Obama broke this gridlock in 2008 by getting out black voters who traditionally sit out the election. (It’s the white Democrats who are hysterical about preserving the black right to vote.Blacks, if one judges by their participation levels in elections, not so much).

In 2012, Obama again broke the gridlock, this time by galvanizing a smaller portion of blacks, while at the same time weaponizing the IRS to shut down effective conservative opposition to his policies. (A weaponization, incidentally, that will only get worse for conservatives because Lynch’s DOJ declined to prosecute Lois Lerner, despite the fact that uncontradicted evidence shows that she violated federal laws and, in doing so, damaged the integrity of the election process.)

The one candidate who seems to be paying attention to these trends is Ted Cruz. Recognizing that Republicans can win only if they release on the polls a hitherto quiescent voter class, he’s trying to do the mirror image of what Obama did with blacks: Cruz is seeking out conservatives who have retired from the federal election process because they believe it’s a game rigged against them.

As for Trump, who seems to be sticking to the top of the polls, I continue to believe that he’ll will flame out. There simply isn’t substance behind the populist, often demagogic, rhetoric. Then again, it was none other than P.T. Barnum (who was, in many ways, Trump’s predecessor) who noted that “there’s a sucker born every minute.” What’s preventing people from realizing what’s going on with Trump is that the media is propping him up, delighted that he’s sucking the oxygen out of other more realistic Republican candidates.

The Glittering Eye:Yes, it is and divided in a way we haven’t haven’t seen since the Civil War. I’m afraid it’s a bit late for a reconciliation and there may be a painful divorce ahead. There might be a strategy that could keep the Union together. Federalism and tolerance of differing points of view. So crazy an idea that it might work.

Laura Rambeau Lee,Right Reason : A nation is defined by it borders, cultures, and laws.  Everywhere we look we see division in America.  This division has been building for decades, being amplified and accelerated under the Obama administration.

The left knows in order to destroy America it must attack on many fronts.  When I returned to college our American Studies professor told the class that “nationalism” was the biggest challenge to progressives (she meant socialists) achieving their goal of a better America.  Our schools teach our youth to be ashamed of our history.  The curriculum focuses on slavery and other sins against aggrieved peoples and the myth of The American Dream. This is a concerted effort to pit one group or class of people against other groups or classes.

The ease with which this indoctrination has been able to mold the developing minds of our youth is frightening, but those who wish to destroy our country have the blueprint.  These methods have been successful in the past.  One only has to look at Nazi Germany to realize how controlling the education of children is the primary tool in achieving a society’s destruction.  Through public education an entire generation of millennials believes America is not an exceptional nation; no better than any other and in many instances worse.  They have been taught to mock and ridicule the traditional values and mores that are the foundation upon which this country was established.  They consider themselves victims and look to government to solve all of their problems.

People like Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton appeal to this need to blame others and promise to help them out of whatever negative position they find themselves in, whether it be an inability to find employment or crushing student loan debt.  In addition, we see too many self-proclaimed young conservatives leaning towards socialism or libertarianism, particularly when it comes to social issues. They take their cue from “moderate” Republicans like Jeb Bush who consider illegal aliens coming across our borders as committing “acts of love.”  The rule of law that once provided certainty has been turned upside down and inside out depending on the situation and the whims of those in positions of power.

The Democrat Party has been infiltrated by socialists and communists, yet most voters fail to recognize it and when challenged Democrats simply deny it. We have a generation of young adults who do not understand the dangers of socialism who will be voting for president in 2016.  Many believe they should vote for Hillary Clinton simply because it is time for the first woman to be president.  They do not care about her positions on policy or her questionable character; to them it is all about “social justice.

Progressives understand the time involved in fundamentally transforming a society and the necessity of focusing on the youth and their education.  Conservatives must understand it will take time to reverse the process.  We need people of honor and conviction to speak out and educate the people about the American values we hold dear to counter the emotional appeals of the left.  We need teachers who will educate our children and teach them how to think, not what to think. We must take back the control of our education system.

Well, there you have it.

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum. And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

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