Enjoying Blago

Is it only me, or is there a wonderful lunatic charm to Blago?  I adored the way in which he appointed a megalomaniac black man to the Senate, forcing Reid either to seat someone he normally wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole, or risk opprobrium as a racist.  Likewise, I really enjoyed Blago’s press conference today, in which he asserted his white knight status (and that despite the audio tapes), all the while castigating everyone else in Illinois politics.  If he’s going down, he’s going to take everyone with him — and since I have little respect for the Chicago political machine, including our president-to-be, I’m enjoying the spectacle tremendously.

Speaking of race relations, you may or may not have heard that, two nights ago, there was a big race riot in Oakland, California, stemming from the fact that a black man was shot to death by a policeman working for the Bay Area Rapid Transit district.  The real tragedy appears to be that the policeman simply got left and right hand confused.  He had a taser on one side of his belt and a gun on the other.  In the adrenalin rush of taking down a bad guy, he meant to tase and ended up shooting.  As someone who periodically puts dirty plates in the refrigerator and food in the dishwasher, I completely understand how those circuits can be crossed.

Accidental shooting or not, the grievance mongers were out in force in Oakland on Wednesday night, in full fledged riot mode.  What I found naively charming about the whole thing was that, this morning, Mr. Bookworm expressed surprise to me about the riot:  “I thought that, with Obama as the incoming president, we wouldn’t have these race riots any more.”  Yet another bill of goods the Democrats sold the voters, right?  Of course, you and I knew all along that the grievance mongers have too much invested in the anger of identity politics to give it up just because a vaguely black man got placed above his pay grade in the White House.

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  • Zhombre

    Perhaps the officer confused his left hand with his right hand but even so that is still involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment, no? You’re a lawyer, Book. Police officers use tasers every day w/o pulling the Glock by mistake.

    As for Le Affaire d’Blago, I suppose there’s a certain schadenfreude seeing the Democrats so quickly hit the shoals and founder. A very liberal friend of mine a few weeks ago remarked that he expected the Democrats now in power would inevitably screw it up (and I tone down his remarks by using the phrase “screw it up”). I can’t look at a Congress that seats Roland Burris and Al Franken and very likely Caroline Kennedy on a ‘heritage admission’ and retains Barney Fwank and Chris “Don’t Ask Me About My Mortgage” Dodd in positions of power w/o regarding it as a carnival.

  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    George Bernard Shaw is purported to have said, “If you can’t keep your skeletons in the closet, make them dance.

    Who knew Governor Blagojevich was a GBS fan?

  • Ymarsakar

    “I thought that, with Obama as the incoming president, we wouldn’t have these race riots any more.”

    These are the same people who thought if Israel pulled out of Gaza and the West Bank, peace would come.

    Nothing but tools in the shed here.

    The same psychological need to find grievances and blame others and to hate is why blacks are still economically depressed, just like the people in Gaza. Same psychology, same politics, same psychology. Different ideology.

  • Tiresias

    I’m with you in genuinely enjoying Blagojevich’s performance – he’s putting it right out there where everyone except Helen can see it, isn’t he?

    “Hell yes, we’re completely full of s**t on race and use it 100% for political purposes; hell yes, we’re completely full of the same substance on matters ethical and are proud to have none; hell yes, we’re two-faced as it’s possible to be in calling you out for doing things that are matters of routine for us: hell yes: the democrat party’s goal in life is only occasionally and by accident the betterment of America – but it is at all times focused on the accrual of power and benefits to ourselves! Hell yes!”

    And I’m pleased that he manipulated Harry Reid into painting himself into a corner, (Harry Reid is genuinely a moron, isn’t he? I mean, it’s one thing to be in the opposite camp and not like the way someone operates and therefore be inclined to call him names, but I’m way beyond that on this one! I’m stating actual facts, here: “tomorrow morning the sun will be up, and the Majority Leader of the self-billed ‘greatest deliberative body in the world’ is a genuine, low IQ, real-time, large as life, MORON!”), though that’s not much of a challenge; and has the entire democrat senate showing us plainly exactly who they are.

    To the point where the democrats in Illinois are terrified to have an actual election for the vacated seat because it’s become possible – in that benighted state! – a republican might actually win! To the point where they’re compelled to admit that that in itself is – in their book – a good and sufficient reason not to have an election. “The people want to have an election? Well… welll… what do they know? The state constitution (now, there’s a roll of toilet paper) says the position has to be filled by an appointment from the governor! No election!” Ah, I see: now we’re for the rule of law.

    I’m loving every minute of it. This guy Blagojevich has plainly moved beyond caring, he’s effortlessly smarter than most of the democrat clowns currently occupying the senate – that would include the head of the Office of the President-Elect – (what in the hell is the “Office of the President-Elect,” anyway?) who, to judge from his reactions thus far, doesn’t (to borrow an ancient phrase I’ll clean up) seem to know whether to defecate or abrogate his eyesight at this point – and Blago’s just having himself a swell time. This kid’s going to smash every plate in the room, and on his way out the door pitch a lit match back in over his shoulder.

    Or – always possible – our high-toned and moral democrat party will find a way to quietly get him so much dough, and such a shortened sentence that he’ll keep mostly quiet.

    Let’s hope not. Let’s hope he’s sufficiently pissed off at them all they won’t be able to control him! Whatever he costs the Illinois democrat machine (and who really cares?) – he’s excellent value for money!

  • Ymarsakar

    I’m enjoyable the spectacle tremendously.

    I think you meant enjoying.

  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    In regard to the Oakland shooting by the BART policeman, there are three things that are of interest to me.

    First, there is the current level of contention between young Negroes and the police. It is almost some kind of cultural requirement for them to get loud and uncooperative when they are confronted by officers. Having grown up in the Bronx of the ’50s and ’60s, when the beat officer came down the street flipping his nightstick, the current behavior would have resulted in its immediate application to the more sensitive parts of the individual’s anatomy. Nowadays, it seems to me, that police officers are trained to endure verbal abuse and physical resistance as a part of good minority relations. I don’t hear anyone from the Negro “community” expressing any disapproval of this behavior or counseling their next generation to amend its ways.

    Second, as we have become used to since the success of the Rodney King episode,
    the videos released and propagandized neither show nor tell the whole story. The videos don’t show the activity that brought the police to the station nor the verbal and/or physical exchanges between the officer and the individual prior to and during the incident. There are some rather vague references to the individual’s “getting his life on track” but very little in the way of facts. Has the “Jena 6″ fiasco been formally regulated to the media dustbin?

    Third, several years ago, on one of my internet safaris, I arrived at the US Department of Justice’s web site. I going over the murder statistics, it became apparent to me that a white person had 3-4 times the chance of being murdered by a black person, than a black person had of being killed by a white person. This datum, obviously, is of no interest to the media, either as something to look into or as a bit of perspective when situations like the Oakland BART situation occur.

    What’s important to me, at this point, is that a proper investigation be done and the pertinent facts, all of them, be brought to light. Obviously, something on some level went very wrong that night but when the “civil/human rights (millionaire) baiters” start circling, as they already have, the politicians start folding their tents if not genuflecting.

  • Ymarsakar

    http://www.manews.org/0105sawarning.html

    That Weasel non council link is particularly historic.

  • Ymarsakar

    In another generation, America may well face what Africa is now experiencing – invasions of private land by the “have-nots;” the decline in health care quality; roads and buildings in disrepair; the banishment of your history from the education of the young; the revolutionization of your justice system.

    In South Africa today, only 9 percent of murderers end up in jail. Court dockets are regularly purchased and simply disappear. Magistrates can be bribed as can the prison authorities, making escapes commonplace. Vehicle and airplane licenses are regularly purchased, and forged school and university certificates are routine.

    What would you think of the ritual slaughter of animals in your neighbor’s backyard? How do you clean up the blood and entrails that litter your suburban streets? How do you feel about the practice of witchcraft, in which the parts of young girls and boys are needed for “medicinal” purposes? How do you react to the burning of witches?

    Don’t laugh. All that is quite common in South Africa today.

    Don’t imagine that government officials caught with their fingers in the till will be punished. Excuses – like the need to overcome generations of white racism – will be found to exonerate the guilty.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Zhombre, you forgot to list Al Franken, the next most likely addition to the U.S. Ship of Fools.

    Re. an open election in Illinois, the reason that the Democrats are terrified of an election is that the most-likely candidate would be my own Republican Representative, Mark Kirk, who has repeatedly done well in a relatively liberal country adjoining Chicago’s Crook County. He’s more liberal than I would like on domestic issues but he is also a Naval Intelligence officer who does his reserve duty in Afghanistan and is very well respected with regard to military and international affairs. The Dems have a lot of reason to be worried.

    Re. Mr. Book’s reaction, Bookworm, there is another side to this that we talked about before Obama’s election. Everyone seems obsessed with what Obama’s election means for race relations. However, the flip side is…what will it do for race relations if Obama, our first Black President, turns out to be a colossal failure? What will that do (unfair as it is) for the prospects of future, truly-qualified Black candidates? Of course, the Dems can’t think that far ahead, can they?

    Just asking.

  • Charles Martel

    One of the great moments in “My Fair Lady” is when Liza Dolittle, decked out in the most beautiful dress at Ascot and having impressed everybody with her pseudo-sophisticated conversation, blows her cover as she urges on a horse during the climactic race: “C’mon, Dover, move yer bloomin’ arse!”

    The Obamaites will soon have their Dover Moment. When it happens, the Helens of the world will gasp in dismay and utter surprise: How could we have been so taken in?

    I’m laying in popcorn for the event.

  • http://www.protestshooter.com ProtestShooter

    If the left hand/right hand thing is true it speaks to an utter and complete failure of training and these guys shouldn’t be carrying firearms.

  • Zhombre

    Oh Danny, read that again. I wouldn’t forget Al Franken, my brand new bete noire.

    Y:

    “These are the same people who thought if Israel pulled out of Gaza and the West Bank, peace would come.”

    Fast forward and new meme will be ‘if the U.S. only stops supporting Israel, peace will come’ even if that means the dismantling of the state of Israel.

  • Charles Martel

    Zhombre:

    It’s Fwanken, as in Barney Fwank, and Fwankenstein, and the Fwench (the bravest, most moral people on earth).

    I mean, if people from Elmer Fudd comics are going to get “elected” to high office, their names should be pronounced accurately.

  • Ymarsakar

    I’m laying in popcorn for the event.

    Don’t forget the butter and the ammo.

  • Ymarsakar

    It’s too bad the police are taught that the tazer will make them safe. So that pulling it out is SOP.

    The problem with that is people tend to hurry things along if they believe that they don’t have any options when they become disarmed. When the Code Duello was still around, many duelists actually shot first and missed, because they didn’t take the time to aim. When death comes calling, the instincts demand that you be hasty. But given today’s dexterity orientated tasks, haste is not all that wise.

    Still, if the police understood that he could totally incapacitate the subject, regardless of what he does and regardless of whether the police is armed or not, or even whether the suspect grabs the policeman’s gun or not, then the police would not have reacted with such alacrity to the drawing of a gun or tazer. Thus it would have reduced the mix up signals because the police would have taken all the time he needed to figure out what to do, instead of going back to rely upon a trusty tool to do everything for you.

  • Ymarsakar

    Extra police were posted Thursday at Bay Area Rapid Transit stations after a group of angry demonstrators smashed storefronts late Wednesday, set fire to cars and clashed with officers equipped with riot gear and tear gas in downtown Oakland. More than 100 people were arrested.

    Sounds like Arabs to you?

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090108/ap_on_re_us/train_station_shooting

    People who have no self-control have no right to demand anything from the system.

  • Mike Devx

    I’m in a disgruntled mood this evening. Can anyone point me to the nearest riot, so I can burn some of this off?

  • Danny Lemieux

    Wait a second – upon reflection, how could this be? Isn’t Oakland a Democrat Utopia like Detroit, Newark, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, New Orleans, the Chicago South Side, LA….? Everybody just gets along, don’t they? Don’t they?

  • Danny Lemieux

    Wait a second – upon reflection, how could this be? Isn’t Oakland a Democrat Utopia like Detroit, Newark, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, New Orleans, the Chicago South Side, LA….? Everybody just gets along, don’t they? Don’t they?

    My bad, Zhombre…I read your post too quickly, apparently.

  • Charles Martel

    Danny, don’t forget the liberal utopia of San Francisco. Like all Democrat utopias we have:

    — Urine and feces encrusted on many major streets.

    — Hostile, often psychotic, out-of-control street beggars.

    — A broken city transit system that thinks it’s really making progress when year after year it promises that its buses, trains and trams will arrive on time at least 70 percent of the time.

    — A police department that cannot solve any crime unless the politicos need to nail a perp to look good. Its donut-chomping affirmative-action imbeciles ride around for hours at a time and rarely manage to solve a robbery, murder, burglary or theft.

    — A metrosexual mayor whose primary talent is diddling vaginas he’s not married to, pandering to radical gays and walking ever lighter in his designer shoes as the months progress.

    — A district attorney whose sole claim to fame is that she’s a half-black “progressive” who refuses to prosecute any capital cases and is always sniffing the air for racism (her own, of course, is never examined).

    — A magnificent park slowly being turned into a weed patch by indifferent administrators and workers who can’t be bothered to learn how to properly trim or maintain plants.

    — A school system that, with the exception of one heavily Asian high school, is incapable of graduating thoughtful, literate and numerate people.

    — A wannabe major university, San Francisco State, that is a hotbed of pathetic identity politics and cosseted Jew haters.

    Otherwise, life in a sophisticated city run by the world’s most intelligent, progressive and compassionate people is a true joy!

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  • Deana

    Bookworm –

    I’m just astonished that your husband said that! Are you sure he wasn’t kidding? I just don’t know how people could actually think that.

    Danny – I remember either right before or right after the election, Charles and I talked about the very issue you raise: that Obama will wind up damaging race relations to a point we have not seen in this country for a very long time. The only thing that might mitigate that somewhat is the fact that sooooooo many white people went for him. His failure won’t benefit black America but it will be much more damaging to the leftists in this country.

    Deana

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Interestingly, my Mom (who voted for Obama), just told me that she did so despite believing that the effect the Obama presidency will have on race relations is to make African-Americans, not less, but more demanding of entitlements — which is precisely what we see in Chicago, with Obama’s Senate seat now the “black seat,” a designation Blago played brilliantly.

  • Deana

    Listening last week to Rep. Bobby Rush demand that only a black person (Burris) be placed in the seat vacated by Obama was extraordinary. He was bold and upfront and clearly did not feel the need to mince words. There was no discussion of merit, talent, wisdom or capability. It was pure “you owe us.”

    It was disgusting. It is shameful to be from Illinois right now.

    Deana

  • Ymarsakar

    Hey, Book, have you ever wondered why people who insist that mixed and creole people are “black” don’t ever get what they are really doing?

    Back in historical times, even if you have 1/4th of black slave blood in ya, you were considered a slave.

    Now “blacks”, who are really mixed and some more white than black, are considered still “blacks” even though they are mostly brown.

    Blacks talk about ending institutional racism by fighting the White Man, but I don’t really think they know what they are doing.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Another nail hit on the head, Y. I’ve always been more attuned to culture than color. Racial designations tend to be used for nefarious purposes, and often have little to do with genetics. It’s why I refuse to view Obama as, truly, the first black president. While his skin is darker than mine (and, to be honest, anyone’s skin is darker than mine, given how fair I am), he is the whitest person one could imagine, raised solely in white circles and educated at white institutions. There’s nothing truly black about him, something his faithful will discover to their cost.

  • Ymarsakar

    It is always an honor to hit nails on the head for you, Book.

  • Danny Lemieux

    Uh, Book…his wife is black.

    Deana – I used to be ashamed to say that I was from Illinois. The last Presidential Election changed that. We are ALL Illinoisians, now…Illinois is US!

    It’s quite an emancipating feeling, actually.

  • http://bookwormroom.com Bookworm

    Obama’s wife is another one who is racially black, but by upbringing, culturally white. I have no problem with that. Since black culture seems to have paralleled itself with ghetto culture, I applaud those blacks who reject the self-imposed limitations of skin culture and embrace the American dream (a dream hitherto embraced by whites, but one I think all Americans should view as their right to strive for).

  • Ymarsakar

    Since black culture seems to have paralleled itself with ghetto culture,

    Young blacks have an inferiority complex. They see themselves as inferior or they are told they are inferior. This is the complex the Palestinians have, due to the fact that Israel is so much better off than Palestine.

    Young blacks can’t tolerate the admission that it is something wrong with them. So they have to find a scapegoat. But not only that, but they must also find a way to get their self-esteem and respect back. They, like most terrorists, want to be respected because at heart, they know they are weak, sinful, and contemptible. That is why they go to such extremes to kill people, because it is the only way they can get “respect” and recognition.

    For blacks, that is gang culture or ghetto culture. They get respect through intimidation and fear. They make themselves feel tough by swaggering and wearing prison clothes and loose trousers/jeans. Even though in reality the way they shoot guns “gansta style” and the way they wear their clothes “underwear pulled up, pants pulled down, produces drastically inefficient methods, it doesn’t matter to them. Just like it doesn’t matter to the Palestinians that their rockets are unguided. The very act of doing it is its own reason for existence.

    The reason why this behavior persists, regardless of the real deficiencies, is due to the fact that no matter how a black person handicaps himself, so long as he has the willingness to kill and you don’t, you are going to get shot and he is going to run away, maybe arrested and maybe not. If you reproduce this situation on a macroscopic scale across the nation, what you get now is chaos and anarchy. Which is Palestine in a nutshell.

    Kuntar and his group took Danny and little Einat down to the beach. At the beach, Kuntar shot Danny in the back. Danny survived the gun shot, but moments later was drowned personally by Kuntar. All this was witnessed by the young daughter. Kuntar forced her to watch her father’s murder so that [in Kuntar's words] “his death would be the last sight she would ever see.” He then laid her down on a rock and smashed her head with the butt of his rifle. She didn’t die right away, so Kuntar beat her with his rifle repeatedly, over and over again, to ensure that she was dead.

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    After drowning Danny in the sea in front of little Einat, Kuntar, the brave Lebanese freedom fighter, then turned his attention towards the frightened little 4-year old. He took his rifle and then swung it across the little toddler’s head, knocking her to the ground. As little Einat was knocked to the ground, she was screaming and crying hysterically “mommy daddy help me,” while thrashing her little legs around in the sand. But unfortunately Einat was alone, and no one was there to save her. Kuntar then dragged the little toddler a couple of feet to the closest rock he could find, this was while she was begging him not to hurt her. Kuntar, then laid her head down on a rock, with the intention of crushing it with the butt of his rifle. Einat, instinctively covered her head with her little arms, Kuntar struggled with the little toddler until he finally managed to clear her arms out of the way so that he could aim for her head. Once her arms were out of the way, Kuntar proceeded on beating her on the head over and over with the butt of his rifle, and repeatedly stomping on her little body as hard as he could as well, until blood rushed out of her ears and mouth, and her little cries faded away as she was knocked into unconsciousness. Then, to ensure she was dead, Kuntar continued on beating her over the head, as hard as he could, several more times until her skull was crushed and she was dead.

    Do you all notice what I noticed? For all of Kuntar’s cruelty and intentional need to inflict pain on others, he is a pretty crappy killer. Totally inefficient to the point where he has to take that long to kill a four year old girl. That wasn’t intentional, mind you, but because he didn’t want her arms in the way of his rifle butt. The image comes to my mind of a fumbling terrorist trying to overpower a struggling 4 year old girl… That must have taken skill.