Five cops dead, half a dozen wounded at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Dallas. Snipers took out the cops. Another half-dozen wounded.
There is a very simple test one can apply when trying to sort out complex questions like those raised by the assassinations overnight: When does this become domestic terrorism?
“International terrorism” means activities with the following three characteristics:
?Involve violent acts or acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
?Appear to be intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and
?Occur primarily outside the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S., or transcend national boundaries in terms of the means by which they are accomplished, the persons they appear intended to intimidate or coerce, or the locale in which their perpetrators operate or seek asylum.*
“Domestic terrorism” means activities with the following three characteristics:
?Involve acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law;
?Appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination. or kidnapping; and
?Occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the U.S.
18 U.S.C. § 2332b defines the term “federal crime of terrorism” as an offense that:
?Is calculated to influence or affect the conduct of government by intimidation or coercion, or to retaliate against government conduct; and
?Is a violation of one of several listed statutes, including § 930(c) (relating to killing or attempted killing during an attack on a federal facility with a dangerous weapon); and § 1114 (relating to killing or attempted killing of officers and employees of the U.S.).
* FISA defines “international terrorism” in a nearly identical way, replacing “primarily” outside the U.S. with “totally” outside the U.S. 50 U.S.C. § 1801(c).”
That Black Lives Matter has denied many people seeking political office access, including famously keeping Bernie Sanders from speaking in Seattle, seems to me to bump right up against some definitions, as I have mentioned previously.
Now, with the feds and Dallas PF reportedly holding suspect information from the public, we have to wonder what, exactly, they don’t want us to know? Are the suspects white crazies, black crazies, or Islamic terrorists who have infiltrated America and have figured this is a path to fomenting civil war in the USA? For now, no details.
Yet another set of bad actors to consider: California gang members have been charged with targeting blacks. Is Dallas related? Again, the surnames may help when released.
That’s a really bad move. Right now we need transparency. *(Remember that joke?)
The problem, from a social-psychology standpoint is that the lack of information simply feeds The Monetizing Monster – the Internet.
With the tragedy in Dallas, organizations already monetizing racism are reported here to have used the Alton Sterling case as a fund-raising rally point.
The American Left magically deifies victims like Sterling, who is pictured by them as a black father of five. But a more evenly read view notes that Sterling had a long rap sheet and reportedly had a gun on him. That’s illegal in Louisiana; for a felon which Sterling was reported to be. Law doesn’t matter to the Left, though, as the Teflon Princess has just rubbed in our faces.
Nevertheless, monetizing the Racial Divide in America marks a new low-point in domestic political relations. If you read that previous link, you find that:
“Predictably MoveOn and Color of Change –which was founded by self-described “rowdy black nationalist” Van Jones and MoveOn alumnus James Rucker— didn’t bother waiting for the facts to be known before using the incident to raise money. On Wednesday MoveOn sent out a mass email to members demanding that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch hold the police officers involved accountable.”
Even entertainment figures, such as Beyonce, are wading into this. New songs equals new revenue. Toss in a Molotov of emotion-marketing and happy endings get to be few and far between.
Still the Progressives continue to inch closer to revolution – which I think is the point. Hillary may be the straw…but we shall see.
Free speech or monetizing racism? It’s an easy sell of the former to the young, who have had understanding of America core values washed out of them by curriculum engineers’ intent on containing American independence of viewpoint and critical thinking.
As always, we support our police, mindful that they can’t take human lives on a whim. However, there is generally still justice when things don’t work as they should.
Which gets us to the opening observation this morning: The United States – thanks to the progressive left and monetizing racism which excuses things like a long-time felon carrying a gun, in order to further their agenda – is sliding us into the new Divided States of America more rapidly than we had anticipated.
The political monetizing, in retrospect, really started with Al Gore and Greenpeace.
Gore may not have invented the Internet, but monetizing “global warming?” Oh yeah. And monetize those whales and seal pups while we’re at it.
The point is this: We are no longer ruled by principles. We are ruled by the Dollar Almighty. We can’t speak of God anymore, but we can speak of cash…that’s just fine.
Having cast off our moorings to the Rule of Law, equality for all, and with the help of the “division monetizers,” we can hardly wait to see if the Nation can survive eight more years of Obama under Hillary.
I have my doubts.
But then again, we have our passports and friends overseas.
The Grand Illusion of Jobs
It is no surprise that the happy talk about jobs will likely power the market up at the open this morning. Here’s the latest govspiel….
“Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 287,000 in June, and the unemployment rate rose to 4.9 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Job growth occurred in leisure and hospitality, health care and social assistance, and financial activities.
Employment also increased in information, mostly reflecting the return of workers from a strike. Household Survey Data The unemployment rate increased by 0.2 percentage point to 4.9 percent in June, and the number of unemployed persons increased by 347,000 to 7.8 million. These increases largely offset declines in May and brought both measures back in line with levels that had prevailed from August 2015 to April. (See table A-1.)
Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult women (4.5 percent) and Whites (4.4 percent) rose in June. The rates for adult men (4.5 percent), teenagers (16.0 percent), Blacks (8.6 percent), Asians (3.5 percent), and Hispanics (5.8 percent) showed little or no change. (See tables A-1, A-2, and A-3.)
The number of persons unemployed less than 5 weeks increased by 211,000 in June, following a decrease in the prior month. At 2.0 million, the number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) changed little in June and accounted for 25.8 percent of the unemployed. (See table A-12.)
In June, the number of job losers and persons who completed temporary jobs rose by 203,000 to 3.8 million, after a decline in May. (See table A-11.) Both the labor force participation rate, at 62.7 percent, and the employment-population ratio, at 59.6 percent, changed little in June. (See table A-1.)
The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) decreased by 587,000 to 5.8 million in June, offsetting an increase in May. These individuals, who would have preferred full-time employment, were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job.”
While the Hallelujah Choir sings songs on praise, a bit of reality sinks in. Not that least of which is we have seen absolutely ZERO POLITICAL LEADERSHIP on the coming mass replacement/obsolescence of humans by robots.
This reinforces our view that politics is reactive (and badly) rather than directive and positive in nature.
Dow futures were up about 40 in the wake of this.
NATO and EU to Play Nicely
Will the idiots in Washington stop funding the defense of Europe? Nope. And we’ll continue giving them breaks right and left.
What’s Left of the GOP
Like that’s a surprise, eh comrade?