December 3, 2014

White Privilege Rears Its Ugly Head Again

Black Crime Claims Life of Apologist for Black Crime

David Ruenzel knew, better than most, about the white privilege that killed him.

As a writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of this favorite topics was rooting out racism. And how white racism is permanent. White racism is everywhere. And white racism explains everything.

This mantra of the Critical Race Theory and the Southern Poverty Law Center applied to all white people because, even if they were not personally cracking the whips, or breaking the skulls, white people benefitted from a racist system that did all that — and a lot more.

Ruenzel was writing about white privilege for the Southern Poverty Law Center as far back as 1997 — long before it became the rage at college campuses, newsrooms, churches, high schools and even grade schools.
He's dead. Shot by a coupla black thugs. Three times. In a park. In the head. Guess they didn't get the memo. Probably didn't even realize they were suffering from white privilege. Poor guys.

Story here

I was looking at black and white murder statistics for the US last year and made an interesting observation. Using the 2013 racial breakdown of murder victims and defendants (victims: White 5,855 and Black 6,454), racial breakdown of persons arrested for murder White 2,755 and Black 2,698) and US population estimates (white 244,495,567 and black 41,204,793) you come up with the following:

For whites, the national rate last year was 2.4 victims per 100,000 white population.
For blacks, the national rate last year was 15.7 victims per 100,000 black population.

For whites, the national arrests for murder last year was 1.2 persons per 100,000 population.
For blacks, the national arrests for murder last year was 7.0 persons per 100,000 population.

Our national murder rate in 2013 was 4.5 per 100,000.  The white population victim murder rate for the US that same year (2.4) was close to Canada's national murder rate:
The national homicide rate fell to 1.44 murders per 100,000 people in 2013, down from 156 the year before. There were 505 murders reported last year, 38 fewer than in 2012.

Toronto topped the list with more murders than any other city in Canada, while Regina, Sask. had the highest homicide rate per 100,000 people. Regina’s 3.84 homicide rate was nearly twice the national average.

November 30, 2014

Of Justice And Ham Sandwiches

From the National Review:
As Ferguson burned this week, the law books got a workout. Suddenly, grand-jury procedure was all the rage. Commentators better known for parroting the bromide that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich went berserk when the sandwich on offer was a white cop and the grand jury refused to bite.
Our criminal justice system is predicated upon the premises that a defendant is assumed innocent until proven guilty and the burden of that proof falls upon the State. Sometimes this galls us in prosecutions of particularly heinous or egregious crimes or when the defendant in question has multiple previous convictions. In the former we say, "hang him!" and in the latter we insist,"off with him, enough is enough!". These are angry responses but they are honest in that, for the most part, they are fueled by Righteous Indignation. And nothing gets America' s dander up like Righteous Indignation. Ask the Japanese.

So then, our legal system stands (hopefully) betwixt and between the crime and the exercise of Indignation. If not, Indignation usually manifests itself in the form of an angry mob, a sturdy tree branch and a length of rope. Some assembly for these component is required, but the instructions are simple; even the most ignorant can figure it out easily. When required, men with guns and badges are employed to interrupt the assembly process.

From the same article, Andrew C. McCarthy of the National Review made this point:
Darren Wilson was a white cop and Michael Brown was a black teenager killed in a violent confrontation with Wilson. Therefore, Brown was the victim of a cold-blooded, racially motivated murder, Q.E.D. That is the myth, and it will be served — don’t bother us with the facts.

Once you’ve got that, none of the rest matters. In fact, at the hands of the left-leaning punditocracy, the rest was pure Alinsky: a coopting of language — in this instance, the argot of grand-jury procedure — to reason back to the ordained conclusion that “justice” demanded Wilson’s indictment for murder. And, of course, his ultimate conviction.
The mission of our nation's race pimps and community organizers is to manufacture Righteous Indignation in order to manipulate the criminal justice system. The object is two fold: encourage violent, lawless elements to become even more so and to dishearten law abiding citizens, to remove their confidence and trust in government. While they failed to corrupt the grand jury process, they certainly created an atmosphere of distrust and violence and precipitated an economic catastrophe.

Compare the actions of St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch who pursued the truth in the Michael Brown shooting with that of Michael Nifong, the Durham County District Attorney who pursued political expediency in the prosecution of the Duke University lacrosse players in 2006.

As a result of his reckless disregard of truth seeking, Nifong was removed from office and disbarred. The disgraced prosecutor admitted that the punishment was appropriate.
"We are in unanimous agreement that there is no discipline short of disbarment that would be appropiate in this case," said F. Lane Williamson, the committee's chairman.

Before the panel announced its punishment, Nifong said he believed disbarment would be appropriate and that he planned to waive all rights to appeal the findings of the bar panel, his attorney David Freedman said in court Saturday afternoon.

"He hopes that in light of his accepting his punishment it will restore some of the confidence in the criminal justice system," Freedman said. "You have some semblance of relief when this is all over, regardless of the outcome."
Just how bad was the prosecution of the three Duke lacrosse players? Read what the Duke University College of Law has to say:
The Duke lacrosse case was a disaster—a caricature. The case, which involved false rape charges against three Duke University lacrosse players, began with gang rape allegations by an exotic dancer at a team party in March 2006 and ended with the declaration of their innocence in April 2007 and the disbarment of Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong in June of that year. Often a full examination of the facts of a notorious case reveals that events were ambiguous and the reality is not as bad as early reports suggested. This case does not fit that pattern; it gets worse on inspection. At the end of a five-day disciplinary hearing, Lane Williamson, chair of the North Carolina State Bar’s hearing panel, called the case a “fiasco” and reiterated the term, giving assurance that it was “not too strong a word.” He was clearly right, and could well have added adjectives.

[...]The Duke lacrosse case is extraordinary both in the clarity of its facts and in the violation of the prosecutor’s fundamental duty to do justice.
This is a good read on how bad the system can get. Nifong treated the system as his personal ham sandwich. Bob McCullough treated the system for what it is - the reflection of a community's investment in justice.

Confidence in the system is what the battle is about. Not only confidence in the criminal justice system, but confidence in a responsive, responsible government.

I can only hope that the new Republican majority realizes this and acts accordingly.

Scientists Do Science

I am old enough to remember the first polio vaccinations and being anesthetized with ether (tonsils - I still remember being scared to death when they put the gauze cup over my face and told me to count backwards from 100).

The article that follows is truly amazing to me. From Forbes:
Researchers at the Tufts University and University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana successfully delivered an antibiotic treatment to mice with a bacterial infection with what’s considered to be the first resorbable wireless electronic implant.

The wireless implant, made of silk and magnesium, delivered heat to infected tissue in the mice by a remote wireless signal. After the wireless treatment, the device harmlessly dissolved in the mice. This breakthrough research was recently published online the week of November 24-28, 2014 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The implantable medical device market is expected to increase 8% annually to $73.9 billion by 2018 according to a new report by Transparency Market Research.