Do Not Descend Into That
One of the bits of guilt I carry around over running RedState is that I am often given credit for the great work of others. Leon Wolf, not me, wrote this tremendous piece on the Ferguson Police Department. Though I did not write it, I agree with it and hope you will read it. In the process of some giving me credit, however, some too | Read More »
Police arrest #Ferguson demonstrator for shooting those two cops.
Truth Revolt has both the details, and this video: Essentially, the police are alleging that their suspect (20 year old local Jeffrey Williams) is a known Ferguson protester who has participated in several demonstrations. They’re also saying that the suspect is claiming that he was aiming at somebody else at the time. Which is… novel, as defenses go. Essentially, the best-case scenario here then for | Read More »
Many Conservatives are Blowing it on the Ferguson DOJ Report
It’s unfortunate, the way news is consumed and interpreted in the age of twitter. Everyone feels tremendous pressure to form an opinion quickly and state it loudly and with certainty. Once this has been done, people are highly resistant to changing their minds and they become impervious to new evidence, often dismissing out of hand outright facts just because they are reported by a given source | Read More »
The Ferguson protest movement: Ripe For The Plucking.
It’s like watching a horror movie, really. Admittedly, one where you’re not really emotionally invested in who lives and who dies, but there’s still that sense of Yeah, don’t go into the cellar. Yup, you went into the cellar. Fine, let’s get this over with. Here we go: The next move after expressing anger in the street is often the hard part for new civil | Read More »
Why it’s stupid to protest in the highway.
Because eventually the people who do become the miserable [expletive deleted] who do this to people: A beloved 83-year-old West Bridgewater grandfather has been left with spinal fractures and broken ribs after his ambulance had to be diverted around this morning’s protest on I-93, his daughter said, describing herself as “livid.” “I understand your plight, but it’s moronic to put other people’s lives and public safety | Read More »
The Daily Beast ‘realizes’ that the Black Bloc blackshirts have infected the #ferguson protests.
The Black Bloc uses protests the way that a digger wasp reproduces. Now it’s the Ferguson protests’ turn.
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Reacting to killing
I hate Twitter, mostly for politics. I use it for work, for which it is quite useful. But for discourse about controversial topics, it is a horrid medium. And with the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, Twitter and other outlets such as blog comments have again shown themselves to be atrocious places to converse about such events. There has | Read More »
Ferguson and the Boston Tea Party: or, On speaking truth to political auto-eroticism.
My friend and RedState colleague Dan McLaughlin has written an article for the Federalist on the myriad differences between the Ferguson riots and the Stamp Act protests/ original Boston Tea Party*. It is well-written, historically-aware, perfectly correct… and absolutely useless in terms of its original purpose, which was to try to educate writers like Ta-Nehisi Coates and/or Jamelle Bouie (both named in Dan’s essay). There’s a reason for that. | Read More »
Ownership is justice
If property is peace, then ownership is justice. Earlier I proposed that respect for property rights is an essential ingredient to a peaceful and orderly society. The atrophy of property rights – most definitely including the aggressive seizure of wealth by redistributionist government – correlates directly with social strife. That’s one of the reasons anti-capitalists turn up at violent and anarchic protests, such as the | Read More »
Put Body Cams on All the Cops
I ran across this video yesterday of an interaction between a law enforcement officer and a young black man in Pontiac, MI that as far as I can tell was filmed on Thanksgiving morning. The video graphically and starkly shows a young man being harassed for the crime of walking while being black on a Thursday morning, also helpfully illustrates the power of video recording | Read More »
Welcome to The Vine, where every week I strive to bring you updates from around the pro-life community to help you keep up with the ever constant battle to save lives. If you aren’t plugged-in, it is my sincere hope that The Vine will allow you to get familiar with those on the front lines and find your place among them. If you asked anyone | Read More »
Property is peace
Here’s an interesting non-sequitur about the Ferguson riots and their ostensible justification: Also, property damage is apparently more important than a kid getting killed. Reminds me of this tweet. https://t.co/Rc42BJi7KB — Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) November 25, 2014 Call it the redistribution of justice: how can anyone worry about mere property rights when a “kid” has been killed? The moral logic of rioting and looting is built upon | Read More »
Obama’s Five Stages of Grief
Have you ever heard of the Kübler-Ross model? You might have, but you probably know it by its more common name, The Five Stages of Grief. These are generally accepted stages put forward by psychologists that a person who is facing their own death or the death of someone close to them go through. These stages are even referred to in pop culture (one of my | Read More »
RedState Weekly Briefing: Ferguson and Obama’s Legacy on Race Relations #RSWB
This week on the RedState Weekly Briefing Thomas LaDuke, Joe Cunningham, and I will be joined by Laura Fillault to discuss the lack of an indictment in Ferguson, Missouri, the ensuing riots and national race discussion, and President Obama’s legacy on race relations in America. We’ll be live at 7 pm Eastern. If you would like to join in the discussion, ask questions, or get | Read More »
Why I Said I’d Have Shot Michael Brown in the Face
I strongly believe twitter is a platform which is every bit a part of “real life” in that things said there can have huge consequences (see Anthony Weiner for example). And while I also believe Michelle Malkin is correct that social media “democratizes influence,” I’m of the opinion that there is a bubble of sorts in which some with less influence are treated as though | Read More »