Why is Baltimore violent?

Here is an interesting article about rising violent crime in Baltimore and Chicago.  Really only certain neighborhoods in Chicago.  It blames poverty, lack of policing (the Ferguson effect), and a surge in demand from suburban white people for drugs.

I hate to break it to the author, but Baltimore and these Chicago neighborhoods were not great places prior to the shooting in Ferguson.  There may have been slightly less murders and gunshots, but these were not safe or desirable places to live.

Options to significantly violence are as follows:

  1. Spend an insane amount of money on cops so there’s one on every block and they’re constantly harassing anybody who stops at a corner or loiters in front of a building.  But this could lead to riots eventually, and may require raising taxes on businesses or the few non-violent neighborhoods to the point where you drive the remaining productive people out of the cities.
  2. Legalize drugs.  This is the main economic activity for the gangs that control these areas through violence.  Let people buy drugs at local convenience stores, and the gangs lose their main reason for existing and their main motivation for shooting rival gang members.  Nobody gets shot over the right to sell Budweiser on a specific street corner.

But keep in mind neither of these proposals will turn Baltimore or Chicago’s South Side into nice places.  They will still be violent areas because a lot of the local residents are violent anti-social people.  They will, however, be less violent (although number 1 is probably only a short term solution while number 2 could have a real lasting impact.)

As far as alleviating poverty, that’s a bunch of garbage.  There are plenty of poor people who don’t shoot each other.  If you think giving everybody in Baltimore a few thousand bucks is going to solve anything you’re an idiot or a Democrat.

There is one full proof method to getting rid of violence in these areas.  Convince rich people to move there and gentrify the neighborhoods.  Driving up the rent and getting rid of section 8 housing will turn these into much nicer places.  Of course that’s only because the existing residents will be forced to move and turn some other city or town into a violent cesspool of crime.  Kind of like what happened to Ferguson, Missouri.

Predictions on Trump

The Dilbert guy brags about his Trump predictions here.  He’s usually an interesting read so let’s see how I did.

Trump will never win the GOP nomination. I definitely thought that initially.  I didn’t even really think he was seriously trying.  Although I did start to realize he would probably win around the time Jeb Bush totally fizzled out.  I never though Cruz or Rubio really had a shot.

Trump will never win the presidency. Honestly, I figured most states that were close would just rig the elections and say Hillary won.  I appear to have been wrong (unless of course that happened and Trump would have won by a landslide without it).

Stocks will drop if Trump is elected. I predicted that the Fed would raise rates and tank the economy if Trump was elected.  But I specifically said they would wait until later in his second term so there wouldn’t be time for a recovery prior to the 2020 campaign.  So this could still come true.  Not sure whether it will or not, but the jury is still out.

President Trump will deport ten million illegal immigrants. I never thought this would be possible or that any president, no matter who they are, would have the political courage to attempt it.  I never advocated it either.  My preference on immigration is not to round up as many people as possible and start checking their papers.  I simply want to let far less people into this country moving forward.  Rounding up illegal immigrants en masse and deporting them while letting millions immigrate legally is pointless.

Trump will be gone (impeached, jailed, or quit) by end of 2017. I thought this was a possibility, but never predicted it would happen by the end of 2017.  Seeing how the Russia nonsense has produced absolutely nothing so far that can touch Trump, my best guess he will make it through his first term.  It is hard to predict, however. I’ve never seen the “Deep State” so vociferously opposed to a politician before.  You’d probably have to go back to Nixon’s peace with China and Watergate to see anything remotely like it.

Trump’s immigration ban on several Muslim countries will be found unconstitutional. I never predicted this. I know there are some Left-wing activists posing as Supreme Court Justices these days, but there aren’t five that are that far out there. Can anybody point to the part of the Constitution that says the government is forbidden from controlling who enters the country?

Trump colluded with Russia, and that’s a crime. Anyone who’s bothered to look into this at all and thinks it’s true is delusional. It was obvious to me from the start this was all complete garbage.

Trump obstructed justice (a crime) by firing Comey. Yeah, it’s illegal for the president to fire someone.  This is just partisan nonsense.

Trump’s skills as a “con man” might get him elected but it won’t transfer into doing the job of president. Hard to really judge this.  Every candidate for president is a “con man” in the sense they are lying to get votes.  Did Obama con the country when the said “you can keep your doctor” and that Obamacare would save money and people’s premiums would go down?  I’ve also never taken such a superficial view of the presidency to where part of “doing the job” is reading someone else’s speech on a teleprompter and looking good on TV.  So I didn’t buy into the idea that Obama, or Bill Clinton or Ronald Reagan were doing the job of president so well because they looked good on TV.  At least, that’s not what the office of the president was designed to do.

Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will cause huge problems. This decision has caused “huge problems” in other parts of the world and in my opinion, for no good reason.  But to say it’s really affected average Americans, at least so far, would be incorrect.  But then again, it just happened.  This is the type of thing that leads to blowback.

Trump’s tweeting will cause huge problems. I never thought it would cause Trump any huge problems. The press was going to do their best to destroy him no matter what so why not talk straight to his base via Twitter.

GOP will never embrace Trump. I definitely thought that.  But this one is debatable at best. Has the GOP really “embraced” Trump?  He got his tax bill passed, but tax cuts are religion among the Paul Ryans of the world.  Let’s see if they embrace him when he wants to build a wall or actually improve relations with Russia.

Trump will get nothing important done. This is a rather vague statement, but unless he was forced to resign somehow, it would be absurd to say he would get nothing “important” done.  However, whether it would be good or bad is a different story.  Obama got important things done in his first two years but they were all horrible.  (Then he did one good thing in his second term – the Iran deal).

Trump will not work effectively with leaders of other countries. The fact that he wasn’t a knee jerk “Putin-is-Hitler” ideologue made me think he would work effectively with foreign leaders in a way impossible for a neocon/liberal interventionist.  

GOP senators will vote against GOP priorities because of President Trump’s mean tweets. Not sure it’s because of his tweets, but with the exception of the tax cuts there have been plenty of senators that have voted against or held up bills that Trump supports. Sometimes with good cause.

Trump will not nominate qualified judges to the Supreme Court. I had slightly more faith in Trump on this issue than basically any other candidate that ran in 2016, save Rand Paul.

Trump is incompetent. Whatever that means I never said it.

Presidential approval polls are a good predictor of how a president will perform. I’ve never put much stock in approval polls.  I don’t necessarily believe they’re accurate in the first place.

The military won’t follow Trump’s orders. The average soldier will blindly do whatever their commanding officer orders.  Whether or not the generals would follow Trump’s orders depends at least somewhat on what those orders are.  It would be interesting to see what would happen if he did anything on the extreme ends.  If he said to close all the overseas bases and bring the troops home, would they actually do it?  On the other end of the spectrum, if he told them to invade China or something crazy would they do that?  Who knows, but I doubt he’ll order them to do anything that they would oppose enough to disobey, and I never predicted he would.

GDP will never stay above 3%. I would never predict that because it’s too easy for the government to manipulate the number.

Trump’s best friend locks up teenage girl for slapping someone

Trump’s (and really, all Americans’) master, Benjamin Netanyahu arrested and continues to jail a sixteen year old girl for slapping and pushing some Israeli soldiers who were trespassing on her family’s property.

Let’s give him another couple billion. He needs it to protect his poor, innocent, weak, government from evil little girls.

FBI foils terror plot in San Fransisco?

Did the Feds take a break from trying to overthrow Trump and actually stop a crime from happening?  Doubtful.  This article doesn’t give much info, but my guess is this whole thing was an FBI setup.  They most likely egged this idiot on, gave him phony explosives, and then arrested him claiming to be heroes.  That’s normally how these “investigations” go.  Actual terrorist attacks don’t get foiled so easily.  I’m not aware of the FBI ever stopping someone unless they were the ones planning it.

Can’t say I feel sorry for this guy though:

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Good for Rand Paul

He’s trying to block some lawyer for the merchants-of-death from being appointed as Assistant Attorney General over privacy concerns.  Seems Trump’s nominee is anti-4th amendment and would be in a position to issue warrants to allow even more mass surveillance of innocent people.

This quote in favor of the nominee and mass spying in general really gets me:

“I think it should be a top priority, especially with all that’s occurring in the national security space right now, to have someone senior and approved by the Senate filling such an important role,” – Josh Geltzer, formerly a lawyer in the front office of the National Security Division

I’m so sick of this non-argument that “right now” at this very instant, the world is so dangerous that we have to be spied on twenty-four hours a day to protect us from the evil Emanuel Goldstein or Osama Bin Laden or ISIS or North Korea or Iran or Putin or whatever Cable News thinks I should be scared of.  You see in the past people managed to survive without mass surveillance, but that’s because everybody everywhere was super peaceful and there was never any turmoil anywhere in the world.  Not like today.

Trump doubles down on stupid Jerusalem decision

128 Nations are against moving the Capital of Israel to Jerusalem.  Now I don’t care who lives in Jerusalem or where the Israeli government decides to put its headquarters.  And I’m all for cutting off aid to the UN.

But of all the things to take a stand on, why is the location of the US Embassy in some tiny country in Asia worth upsetting the vast majority of the world’s governments?  Explain how this benefits average Americans?  Wasn’t that supposed to be the whole point of a Trump presidency?  America first?  He was supposed to stop putting the interests of globalists, neocons, international banksters, etc. before those of normal, everyday American citizens.  So why is he making his biggest foreign policy initiative a totally symbolic move designed to pander to Sheldon Adelson and Bill Kristol while angering the entire Muslim world and just about all of Europe?

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What happened to America First?

Explain to me how moving the US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem benefits the average American citizen in any way. I can see how it could benefit war profiteers and a lot of American Israeli-Firsters might like it, but what is that, about 0.1% of the US population? So I’m not seeing much benefit, but I am seeing some serious downsides:

  1. The cost of moving the embassy.  How many hundreds of millions of taxpayer/inflationary dollars will it cost to move the perfectly good embassy that already exists in Tel Aviv?
  2. The cost of securing the new embassy in a much more dangerous place?  How many millions or billions in additional security will be flushed down the toilet so Trump can make our Israeli masters happy? Not to mention the increased risk to US diplomats if the security fails.
  3. Inflaming tensions all over the Middle East.  This has a number or potential repercussions:
    1. Makes our corrupt politicians hand over even more of our money to Israel, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, etc. to subsidize their militaries that will be stressed trying to put down possible riots
    2. Americans (or any Westerners really) trying to do any business in Middle Eastern countries will now be even bigger targets for Muslim violence.
    3. Blowback. Possible terror attacks on the home front.  Not only does this kill or injure random Americans who probably don’t give a shit about Israel, it leads to possible new overseas wars and increased surveillance/reduction in liberties here at home.

Now the upsides for non-Neocons and non-merchants of death:

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I’ll have to get back to you if I think of anything.

So anyway Trump, thanks for cutting my taxes, but stop sucking up to Netanyahu and put America First.

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Are whites depicted as evil in Hollywood?

You’ll often read on alt right blogs about how Hollywood movies cast white men as the villains.  In many cases they go so far as to give them German accents or blonde hair to really further the phony narrative that only white gentiles are capable of being soulless psychopaths willing to commit mass murder for financial gain or ideological purposes.

If in fact this is true, you could speculate on the motivation for this in multiple ways.  Are they just trying to stoke anti-white feelings among movie goers?  Are the movie makers white racists themselves, and feel it would be unbelievable to to cast a non-white in the role of a genius villain because they’re not smart enough?  Are they just trying to avoid any potential backlash for portraying a designated victim group in a bad light?  Is there some hidden market research that indicates casting whites as villains sells more movie tickets?

It’s impossible to determine the absolute truth on what the motives are.  But is the premise even true?  Furthermore, are big budget movies just dominated by whites overall?  Are the heroes increasingly non-white while the villains remain white, or are all the lead roles typically white men?

Not that this is any kind of definitive study, but I figured I’d look back at the highest grossing films of recent years.  I acknowledge that the studios didn’t necessarily know these would end up being the most popular movies of the given year when making the casting decisions, but I had to start somewhere:

2017: Beauty and the Beast

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The villain is a white man, but this is set in 18th century France and has an almost entirely white cast which seems appropriate.  Hard to make too much out of this.

2016: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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The villain is a white man.  The all white male Galactic Empire is back from the original 1977 movie here (it’s set in the days prior to the start of the original trilogy), but Director Krennic is a new addition.  It’s also worth noting that while the Empire has remained white, the rebel alliance has been diversified for 21st century audiences.  The main hero is a white female.

2015: Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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While technically a sequel to 1983’s Return of the Jedi, this is really just a remake of the original 1977 Star Wars film.  Darth Vader has been replaced by a white guy where you can actually see his face.  Grand Moff Tarkin has been replaced by a red head and the Nazi imagery was laid on pretty thick.  Meanwhile Luke Skywalker was replaced by a girl.  The closest thing to Han Solo is a Guatemalan actor.  And the closest thing to Princess Leia is a black guy.

2014: Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Couple of white male villains here.  Although the hero is also a white male.

2013: Frozen

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Villain is a white male (although an all white animated cast).  Hero is a white girl who may be a lesbian.

2012: The Avengers

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White dude.  Main heroes are white men (Iron Man, Thor).

2011: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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Never saw the movie, but the cast order suggests that while there are two white male villains, the main villain appears to be a white female.  Main hero is a white male.

2010: Toy Story 3

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A cartoon Bear.  Hero is a white male toy.

2009: Avatar

On the upper half of the poster are the faces of a man and a female blue alien with yellow eyes, with a giant planet and a moon in the background and the text at the top: "From the director of Terminator 2 and Titanic". Below is a dragon-like animal flying across a landscape with floating mountains at sunset; helicopter-like aircraft are seen in the distant background. The title "James Cameron's Avatar", film credits and the release date appear at the bottomStephen Lang 2014.jpg

White guy. Main hero is a disabled white man pretending to be an alien.

2008: The Dark Knight

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White villain, white hero.

2007: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

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Never watched any of these films, but looks like both villain and hero are white guys.

2006: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

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I think it’s pretty much the same set up as the 2007 film.

2005: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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White men are hero and villain

2004: Shrek 2

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I think it’s this guy.  So the villain is a white male and the hero is an ogre.

2003: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Seems like it’s some kind of non-human thing.  The hero is a white male.

2002: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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White male villain, white male hero.

2001: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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White male villain, white male hero.

So it looks like each year’s main blockbuster in the 21st century had a white male as the main villain except three. One was a white female, and two were non-humans. Most of the main heroes were also white, but much more likely to be female.  It’s also worth noting that there were limited casting choices for a number of these films.  The characters were often established by novels or comic books so it would have been strange for example, for a studio to cast a black guy as the Joker.

Might be more interesting to look at the films that are given academy awards.  Or just the top 10 movies from each of the last five years or something.

More to come if I get bored and feel like looking up more stuff on this topic.

The honorable Sen. Al Franken

Remember, Trump is an evil woman hating racist Nazi bastard who said the word pussy on tape 10 years ago and as a result of his election the world’s going to end and there will be concentration camps and nuclear wars and slavery and we can only imagine what else, but this guy can be Senator and that’s OK because Democrat.

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Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria is what’s wrong with America

For those not familiar with Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria, he’s apparently in charge of the United States Air Force Academy.  Some black cadet wrote a racial slur on a whiteboard in the dormitories there to stir up trouble.  The esteemed Lt. General jumped to the foolish conclusion that a white cadet wrote it, and made a speech that was picked up by the usual suspects in the media as a great moment in the war against racism.

I have a number of problems with this whole story:

  1. Hoaxes like this have become very common in today’s America.  Silveria should be condemned for berating his troops about their racism before knowing the facts, but instead he’s being given awards by Left Wing organizations for taking a brave stand which of course wasn’t brave at all.
  2. He said this as he was about to deliver his speech “I want you to videotape this so you have it, so you can use it — so that we all have the moral courage together.”  So he encouraged people to record his speech about how awful racism is (how very, very brave!).  This would suggest he intended for his remarks to go viral so that the Establishment could all give him a high five and his career as a big shot government employee would be advanced.
  3. This line in his address to the academy got the most attention: “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, get out.”  The point of the Air Force in theory is to bomb foreigners who are a threat to the United States.  The point of the Air Force in practice is to bomb those foreigners whom powerful American politicians feel it is in their political interests to kill.  Why do the cadets training to carry out these bombing missions need to treat anyone with dignity and respect?  If anything I would think that might be a detriment.  You might actually question the morality of bombing someone in Iraq, Serbia, Libya, Yemen, Afghanistan, or Syria if you were prepared to treat those people with any dignity or respect.

So anyway, Jay Silveria will probably now continue up the ranks in the Military, run for Congress, become CEO of a defense contractor, or become a cable news contributor (or maybe all 3 over time).  That’s what’s wrong with America.

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