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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: December 5, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Elder.gif\" /></p>\n<p>Let&rsquo;s examine some of the many reasons why billionaire Michael Bloomberg is wasting his money on his bid to win the Democratic nomination for president.</p>\n<p> FIRST, none of the Democratic candidates can win the nomination without the black vote. That means the former New York City mayor needs to pry black voters from former vice president Joe Biden, who owes his front-runner status to the black voters who embrace him, given his eight years as a loyal second-in-command to the extremely popular former President Barack Obama. Bloomberg has his work cut out for him. Consider the recent New York Times op-ed by a Times black columnist, Charles M. Blow, who said, &ldquo;No black person &mdash; or Hispanic person or ally of people of color &mdash; should ever even consider voting for Michael Bloomberg in the primary.&rdquo; Blow urged blacks, Hispanics and their &ldquo;allies&rdquo; to reject Bloomberg because of his allegedly &ldquo;racist&rdquo; stop-and-frisk policy. Bloomberg recently apologized for the policy, after defending it only months ago.<br />\n Second, Bloomberg, despite an estimated net worth of over $50 billion, is still an old, white male in a gender/race/ethnicity identity-obsessed party where being an old, white, male presidential candidate &mdash; Biden excepted &mdash; is an increasingly tough sell. Bloomberg&rsquo;s a determined gun controller, although unlike former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O&rsquo;Rourke, Bloomberg does not &mdash; at least not yet &mdash; push a &ldquo;mandatory buy-back&rdquo; plan. But, like O&rsquo;Rouke, Bloomberg never bothers to ask how many Americans defend themselves every year with a firearm.<br />\n Third, then-Mayor Bloomberg, even beyond the typical &ldquo;progressive&rdquo; Democrat, attempted to take the nanny state to a level that New York state&rsquo;s highest court rejected as an overreach. After placing restrictions on smoking in parks and bars, regulating tanning salons, banning the use of trans fats in restaurants and requiring chain restaurants to post meal calories, Bloomberg attempted to ban sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in some restaurants, movie theaters and other businesses. The liberal New York high court said, &ldquo;By choosing among competing policy goals, without any legislative delegation or guidance, the Board engaged in law-making and thus infringed upon the legislative jurisdiction of the City Council.&rdquo;<br />\n Bloomberg acknowledges that his sugary soda tax would have fallen disproportionately on the poor, who also disproportionately drink sugary drinks, just as cigarette taxes disproportionately fall on the poor who disproportionately smoke cigarettes. But Bloomberg easily justifies it: &ldquo;Some people say, well, taxes are regressive. But in this case, yes they are. That&rsquo;s the good thing about them because the problem is in people that don&rsquo;t have a lot of money. And so, higher taxes should have a bigger impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves. So, I listen to people saying, &lsquo;Oh, we don&rsquo;t want to tax the poor.&rsquo; Well, we want the poor to live longer so that they can get an education and enjoy life. And that&rsquo;s why you do want to do exactly what a lot of people say you don&rsquo;t want to do.&rdquo; So the &ldquo;poor,&rdquo; according to Bloomberg, &ldquo;can get an education&rdquo; because they&rsquo;ll &ldquo;live longer&rdquo;?</p>\n<p> ALL OF this makes Bloomberg the very definition of the &ldquo;moral busybody&rdquo; scorned by respected writer C.S. Lewis, who said: &ldquo;Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron&rsquo;s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.&rdquo;<br />\n Why not levy taxes on the rich people to deter them from engaging in &ldquo;unhealthy&rdquo; behavior? Why not a wealth tax on luxury cars, diamonds, private air travel, five-star hotel suites, McMansions and pricey restaurants, you know, to help the spiritually empty rich curb their unhealthy consumerism? Through minimum wage laws, we forbid employees from earning below a certain amount. So why not a maximum wage law? After all, President Obama said, &ldquo;I do think at a certain point you&rsquo;ve made enough money.&rdquo;<br />\n As to Bloomberg&rsquo;s argument that the poor need to be coerced into making better, more healthful decisions, Thomas Jefferson wrote: &ldquo;I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> FREEDOM, by definition, means people can and will make choices others will not like. But to encourage people to make better decisions, one does not rob them of freedom of choice. One uses persuasion, not compulsion.<br />\n Good luck, Mr. Bloomberg.</p>\n', created = 1576391019, expire = 1576477419, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:6b9b8e1b3f28975acb532c222534a9bf' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>RACE: November 28, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Elder.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Among the reasons Democrats and their media sympathizers offer to show President Donald Trump&rsquo;s alleged &ldquo;racism&rdquo; is that he called Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., a &ldquo;low IQ individual.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> AT A July 2018 rally in Montana, Trump said: &ldquo;She is a low I.Q. individual, Maxine Waters. I said it the other day. I mean, honestly, she&rsquo;s somewhere in the mid-60s, I believe that.&rdquo; And in June 2018, Trump tweeted: &ldquo;Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!&rdquo;<br />\n Trump&rsquo;s tweet was in response to a fiery Water&rsquo;s speech in which she urged a campaign of harassment against members of Trump&rsquo;s cabinet: &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they&rsquo;re not welcome anymore, anywhere.&rdquo;<br />\n Now, Trump, of course, frequently calls people, politicians, policies, Democrats and many Republicans of all stripes and colors &ldquo;dumb&rdquo; or &ldquo;stupid.&rdquo; A recent example occurred last month at a Minnesota campaign rally when Trump slammed (white) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: &ldquo;She&rsquo;s either got one of two problems: she&rsquo;s either really stupid or she&rsquo;s really lost it, or maybe there&rsquo;s a certain dishonesty there.&rdquo; In July, Trump called the (white) British Ambassador to the United States &ldquo;a very stupid guy&rdquo; for criticizing Trump in diplomatic cables published in a British newspaper.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />\n But questioning Rep. Waters&rsquo; intelligence, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin proclaimed, is ... &ldquo;racist.&rdquo; After all, Waters is black, which to Toobin, places her snugly and safely in a no-fly zone. Toobin said: &ldquo;How about this Maxine Waters stuff over and over again? Low I.Q. How racist is that? I mean, come on. Let&rsquo;s just be honest about this. How many black people does the President have to attack in these terms? I mean, he&rsquo;s always like whether it&rsquo;s NFL football players or, you know, the UCLA basketball players? I mean, come on. Is it a coincidence that he calls a senior black legislator low I.Q.? I mean, it&rsquo;s revolting and we should just be clear about what&rsquo;s going on here.&rdquo;<br />\n But does the civility toward &ldquo;people of color&rdquo; that Toobin expects apply to Rep. Waters?</p>\n<p> AFTER (black) Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson complained about Waters&rsquo; &ldquo;lack of good manners&rdquo; for failing to reply to a letter he sent her, Waters blasted Carson: &ldquo;I sent him a letter, and he sent me a letter claiming that I had no manners, etc. I basically said to my staff, I really don&rsquo;t have time to be bonded with somebody who does not know the difference between REO and OEO ... This guy just doesn&rsquo;t have the background, the capability, the intelligence to do the job. He doesn&rsquo;t know what he&rsquo;s doing.&rdquo;<br />\n Waters argues that Carson, because he supposedly &ldquo;doesn&rsquo;t know the difference between REO and OEO,&rdquo; lacks &ldquo;the intelligence to do the job.&rdquo; Why, that&rsquo;s almost as embarrassing as when Waters, chair of the House Financial Services Committee, grilled seven bank CEOs on student loan debt. Waters asked, &ldquo;What are you guys doing to help us with this student loan debt?&rdquo; Apparently the chairwoman&rsquo;s staff did not inform her that, years ago, the feds took over that business. The CEO of JPMorgan Chase replied, &ldquo;When the government took over student lending in 2010 or so, we stopped doing all student lending.&rdquo; Why, that&rsquo;s almost as embarrassing as the letter Waters wrote to Fidel Castro urging the dictator not send back to America a New Jersey fugitive named Joanne Chesimard, a former Black Panther member who escaped from prison after being convicted of murdering a New Jersey State Highway Patrol officer. Waters claimed the escapee was persecuted and compared her to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.<br />\n Did Waters, a sociology major from California State University, Los Angeles accuse Carson, the former director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and who graduated from Yale and the University of Michigan Medical School, of lacking the &ldquo;intelligence&rdquo; to perform his duties as HUD secretary? She sure did.<br />\n So what are the rules, Mr. Toobin?</p>\n<p> WHEN a white, male, Republican politician, like Trump, questions the intelligence of a white, male, British diplomat politician, that&rsquo;s just hardball. When a white, male, Republican politician, like Trump, questions the intelligence of a white, female Democrat, like Pelosi, that&rsquo;s &ldquo;sexism.&rdquo; When a white, male, Republican politician like Trump questions the intelligence of a black female politician, that&rsquo;s &ldquo;racism.&rdquo; When a black politician, like Waters, questions the intelligence of a black male Republican, well, that&rsquo;s just hardball.</p>\n', created = 1576391019, expire = 1576477419, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:3591beffacb48c7a58aa8a53f60b67ac' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>OBAMA PRESIDENCY: November 21, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Elder.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently put President Donald Trump on notice about any possible retaliation against the whistleblower who filed a complaint against Trump. Pelosi warned: &ldquo;I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower. I was there. I told the President, you&rsquo;re in my wheelhouse when you come after the whistleblower.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> BUT WHERE was this love for whistleblowers during President Barack Obama&rsquo;s administration? Obama remains enormously popular among Democrats. But many in the how-dare-President-Trump-attack-a-whistleblower camp paid little attention to Obama&rsquo;s unprecedented attack on whistleblowers, as well as on the reporters who reported on their whistleblowing. Liberal filmmaker Robert Greenwald released a documentary in 2013 called &ldquo;War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State&rdquo; that examined the fate of four whistleblowers during the Obama administration. Greenwald said: &ldquo;One of the things that was a common denominator with all the whistleblowers we interviewed is the terrible personal price they paid ... And what is happening over and over again is the Obama administration and previous administrations are literally shooting the messengers &mdash; punishing the whistleblowers, trying to pass laws that make it harder for whistleblowers.&rdquo;<br />\n In a 2011 article titled &ldquo;Obama&rsquo;s War on Whistle-blowers,&rdquo; the center-left publication the Atlantic wrote: &ldquo;The Justice Department&rsquo;s subpoena of New York Times reporter James Risen ... was the latest sign of how aggressive the Obama administration is being in its campaign against government whistle-blowers. The purpose of Risen&rsquo;s subpoena is to force him to testify that Jeffrey Sterling, a former CIA agent, gave him confidential information about the CIA&rsquo;s efforts to sabotage Iran&rsquo;s nuclear program. The extent to which the administration is prosecuting leakers has troubled those who see leakers as speakers of truth to power. &lsquo;In President Obama&rsquo;s 26 months in office, civilian and military prosecutors have charged five people in cases involving leaking information, more than all previous presidents combined,&rsquo; reports the Times.&rdquo;<br />\n Similarly, in 2011, left-wing magazine the New Yorker wrote: &ldquo;When President Barack Obama took office, in 2009, he championed the cause of government transparency, and spoke admiringly of whistle-blowers, whom he described as &lsquo;often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government.&rsquo; But the Obama Administration has pursued leak prosecutions with a surprising relentlessness. ... It has been using the Espionage Act to press criminal charges in five alleged instances of national-security leaks &mdash; more such prosecutions than have occurred in all previous Administrations combined.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> ALEX GIBNEY is a left-wing filmmaker described by the left-wing magazine Esquire as &ldquo;the most important documentarian of our time.&rdquo; He directed the documentary &ldquo;We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks.&rdquo; As to Obama&rsquo;s treatment of whistleblowers and journalists who report their disclosures, Gibney said: &ldquo;Let&rsquo;s be honest and say that the Obama administration is the most aggressive prosecutor of leaks in American history. And they&rsquo;re going after leakers and, in a collateral way, after journalists, in a way that is more aggressive than anything that has ever been seen in our history.&rdquo;<br />\n The Obama administration prosecuted Thomas Drake, a National Security Agency official who gave reporters material on alleged failures of that agency. About Drake&rsquo;s prosecution, Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers during Nixon Administration said: &ldquo;For Obama to indict and prosecute Drake now, for acts undertaken and investigated during the Bush administration, is to do precisely what Obama said he did not mean to do &mdash; &lsquo;look backward.&rsquo; Of all the blatantly criminal acts committed under Bush, warrantless wiretapping by the NSA, aggression, torture, Obama now prosecutes only the revelation of massive waste by the NSA, a socially useful act which the Bush administration itself investigated but did not choose to indict or prosecute!<br />\n &ldquo;Bush brought no indictments against whistleblowers, though he suspended Drake&rsquo;s clearance. Obama, in this and other matters relating to secrecy and whistleblowing, is doing worse than Bush. His violation of civil liberties and the White House&rsquo;s excessive use of the executive secrecy privilege is inexcusable.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> THE OBAMA administration, according to the Washington Post, obtained a warrant to search phone records of Fox reporter James Rosen, who published sensitive information about North Korea. The Post reported in 2013: &ldquo;They (the Justice Department) used security badge access records to track the reporter&rsquo;s comings and goings from the State Department, according to a newly obtained court affidavit. They traced the timing of his calls with a State Department security adviser suspected of sharing the classified report. They obtained a search warrant for the reporter&rsquo;s personal e-mails.&rdquo; Take comfort knowing that Democrats like Pelosi and their media sympathizers, after taking time off for eight years, think so highly of whistleblowers, especially when they whistleblow on Trump.</p>\n', created = 1576391019, expire = 1576477419, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:d91bedfc904c49187cb5174d41230f51' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>HEALTHCARE: November 14, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Elder.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wants &ldquo;Medicare for All,&rdquo; as does Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., her self-described &ldquo;Democratic socialist&rdquo; rival. Unlike Sanders, however, Warren claims she can finance her plan by raising taxes only on the superrich. The middle class, Warren insists, will see their health care costs go down and their taxes will not go up.</p>\n<p> SOME OF her nearly equally left-wing rivals demanded specifics. Who pays? And how much? After a Democratic debate, one rival, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, said Warren was &ldquo;more specific and forthcoming about the number of selfies she&rsquo;s taken&rdquo; than about her plan.<br />\n Buttigieg said: &ldquo;Not only is it important to have &lsquo;yes-or-no&rsquo; answers to &lsquo;yes-or-no&rsquo; questions at a time when people are so frustrated with Washington-speak, but also there&rsquo;s still been no explanation for a multitrillion-dollar hole in this plan.&rdquo;<br />\n Not that Democrats and their media sympathizers truly care about costs or whether promises about costs are even kept. President Barack Obama made numerous unrealized promises about his health care plan. He insisted Obamacare would save the average family $2,500 a year, that it would &ldquo;bend the cost curve&rdquo; downward and that people could keep their health care plan if they wanted to. PolitiFact pronounced Obama&rsquo;s &ldquo;if you like your health care plan, you can keep it&rdquo; promise 2013&rsquo;s &ldquo;Lie of the Year.&rdquo;<br />\n Democrats, of course, quickly employed their fallback position on rising costs: blame Republicans. Sally Pipes of the Pacific Research Institute, a conservative think tank, said last year: &ldquo;Despite the fact that premiums rose throughout President Barack Obama&rsquo;s second term, Democrats claim that the most recent rate increases are President Donald Trump&rsquo;s fault. In August, four liberal cities -- Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus and Cincinnati -- filed a lawsuit alleging that Trump is &lsquo;waging a relentless campaign to sabotage and, ultimately, to nullify the law.&rsquo; That&rsquo;s nonsense. Obamacare is imploding under the weight of its own regulations.&rdquo;<br />\n A month before Warren finally revealed the cost of her plan, the Urban Institute, a center-left think tank, estimated the cost of a single-payer plan for everyone, including illegal aliens, at $34 trillion &ldquo;in additional federal spending&rdquo; over 10 years. Other conservative groups, like the Heritage Foundation, put the price almost as high. Last year, Heritage estimated the cost at $32.6 trillion. The American Enterprise Institute warns that these cost estimates don&rsquo;t consider the number of health care-related jobs that will be lost. According to a recent article in The Washington Post, some economists estimate the number of jobs lost at 2 million.</p>\n<p> ABOUT Medicare for All&rsquo;s price tag, the center-left Atlantic magazine said: &ldquo;That&rsquo;s more than the federal government&rsquo;s total cost over the coming decade for Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid combined, according to the most recent Congressional Budget Office projections. ... Over the next decade, the plan on its own would represent a nearly 60 percent increase in total expected federal spending, from national defense to interest on the national debt.&rdquo;<br />\n Under pressure, Warren recently revealed the cost of her plan: $52 trillion over 10 years, including $20.5 trillion in new federal spending. About Warren&rsquo;s plan and her promise not to raise taxes on the middle class, the executive vice president of Third Way, a &ldquo;centrist&rdquo; Democratic organization, said: &ldquo;The gap between what she says it will cost and what it will really cost is in the trillions of dollars, and the middle class will be on the hook to fill that gap. My guess is that with accurate numbers, she&rsquo;s somewhere between $5 trillion and $10 trillion short. (Her plan taps) the rich and corporations as much as possible. Who&rsquo;s left? The middle class.&rdquo;<br />\n The Kaiser Family Foundation executive vice president for health policy told The Atlantic: &ldquo;The only way to make that math add up is to pay doctors and hospitals and drug companies a lot less, as Warren has proposed. The fundamental question here is: Can you lower health-care prices enough to offset the increased costs from universal coverage and very comprehensive benefits?&rdquo;</p>\n<p> THE ANSWER to that question is an unequivocal yes, provided one doesn&rsquo;t care who pays, how much or whether a Medicare for All plan can actually achieve its objectives of insuring everyone for less money while maintaining quality. To Democrats, this isn&rsquo;t even a heavy lift. They believe there is such thing as a free lunch and the Republicans are stopping them from eating it.</p>\n', created = 1576391019, expire = 1576477419, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:af4178d0dd9be31bc334418b36432933' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>RACE: November 7, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Elder.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>Michelle Obama recently complained about &ldquo;white flight&rdquo; in her old Chicago neighborhood. By &ldquo;white flight &ldquo; she means that whites left her neighborhood as it became increasingly black. &ldquo;Upstanding families like ours, who were doing everything we were supposed to do and better &mdash; as we moved in, white folks moved out, because they were afraid of what our families represented,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;I always stop there when I talk about this out in the world because I want to remind white folks that y&rsquo;all were running from us. This family, with all the values you read about: You ran from us. And you&rsquo;re still running.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> MY FAMILY was the second black family to move into my South Central neighborhood in Los Angeles. We moved there in 1959, when I was entering the second grade. By seventh grade, virtually all the whites in my neighborhood had moved out.<br />\n For one semester, I attended Washington High, a high school that still had a fairly large white student body, perhaps 50%, while a high school closer to my home was being built.<br />\n On my very first day, I was by myself eating my lunch. There was a white kid a few yards away eating his lunch, when three or four black kids approached him. One black guy reached into his pocket and pulled out a white handkerchief, placing it across the rail the white kid was leaning against. He told the white kid, &ldquo;Pick up that handkerchief and shine my shoe.&rdquo; The stunned white kid said, &ldquo;Excuse me?&rdquo; The black kid repeated the demand, pointed to a clock on the wall, and said, &ldquo;When the clock hits 1 o&rsquo;clock and the bell goes off and you haven&rsquo;t shined my shoe, I&rsquo;m gonna kick your a--.&rdquo; The white kid kept asking why, what did he do to warrant this abuse? The black kid replied, &ldquo;Because I told you to.&rdquo;<br />\n The white kid refused. The bell rang. The black kid slammed his fist into the white kid&rsquo;s face. But the white kid knew some form of martial arts, so he assumed a fighting position and repeatedly struck the black kid, knocking him down. Then the black kid&rsquo;s friends jumped in and started pounding on the white kid. Soon several other blacks joined in and started hitting the white kid, too. The white kid started running, and a group of some 20 blacks ran after him.<br />\n This was my first day.<br />\n Throughout that semester, I observed several instances, thankfully not this dramatic, in which whites &mdash; boys and girls &mdash; were verbally abused and physically bullied. In one case, a big, muscular black kid walked through a crowded hall between class periods and struck white male students in the chest with his fist, pointedly allowing black kids to walk by undisturbed.</p>\n<p> NO DOUBT, there were instances of white versus black clashes in which white kids were the instigators. But I never observed any. How many white kids went home to their parents and complained about the taunts and the bullying? To what degree did this contribute to the &ldquo;white flight&rdquo; that Michelle Obama complained about and implied was completely due to anti-black racism?<br />\n Former Attorney General Eric Holder complained about the fact that black kids are suspended and expelled from school disproportionately more compared to their population in a given school. Holder attributed it to racism. But the disproportionate suspensions occur irrespective of the racial composition of the school board and irrespective of the race of the principal.<br />\n Michelle Obama also inadvertently offered another reason for &ldquo;white flight.&rdquo; During the 2008 campaign, &ldquo;60 Minutes&rdquo; interviewed her and Barack Obama. Correspondent Steve Croft asked Michelle whether, given the possibility that Barack Obama could become the first black president, she feared for his safety. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t lose sleep over it,&rdquo; she replied, &ldquo;because the realities are that ... as a black man ... Barack can get shot going to the gas station. ... So, you know, you can&rsquo;t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen. We just weren&rsquo;t raised that way.&rdquo;<br />\n Isn&rsquo;t Michelle Obama conceding that some neighborhoods are more dangerous than others? Chicago is about one-third black, one-third white and one-third Hispanic. Yet, in the last 365 days in Chicago, blacks have been 55% of all homicide victims. And what about violent black-white interracial crime? According to the FBI&rsquo;s Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2018, there were about 600,000 such instances. In 90% of them, the perpetrator was black, the victim white.<br />\n What about the quality of schools? To avoid her local public school, Michelle Obama spent almost three hours a day busing to a high school that her family felt offered her a better future.</p>\n<p> MY CHILDHOOD neighborhood also saw &ldquo;black flight.&rdquo; Concerned about the declining quality of schools and neighborhood crime, some families moved out. No doubt, much of the &ldquo;white flight&rdquo; that Michelle spoke about and I witnessed was due to a bigoted fear of blacks. But she paints an incomplete and unfair picture by attributing the &ldquo;flight&rdquo; solely to racism.</p>\n', created = 1576391019, expire = 1576477419, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:3f84ebd2bb8b1162a53c4ec948a4c670' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>LYNCHING: October 31, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Elder.gif\" style=\"width: 300px; height: 116px;\" /></p>\n<p>President Donald Trump ignited yet another controversy when, on Twitter, he compared the Democrats&rsquo; pursuit of his impeachment to a &ldquo;lynching.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> HIS TWEET that launched a thousand denunciations read: &ldquo;So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here &mdash; a lynching. But we will WIN!&rdquo;<br />\n Immediately, Trump derangement syndrome kicked in. The critics cried: How dare Trump &mdash;a white man &mdash; trivialize America&rsquo;s history of blacks lynched by white racists?<br />\n NPR&rsquo;s Tamara Keith promptly fired off this tweet: &ldquo;This is new rhetoric from President Trump. From &lsquo;witch hunt&rsquo; to &lsquo;coup&rsquo; to &lsquo;lynching,&rsquo; Trump keeps escalating his language. (Clarence Thomas called his confirmation process a &ldquo;high tech lynching&rdquo; but there is a big difference between Trump and Thomas).&rdquo;<br />\n Presumably, Thomas, a black man, could acceptably refer to his confirmation hearing, in which he was accused of sexual harassment, as a &ldquo;lynching,&rdquo; but, Trump, a white man, cannot.<br />\n Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden tweeted: &ldquo;Impeachment is not &lsquo;lynching,&rsquo; it is part of our Constitution. Our country has a dark, shameful history with lynching, and to even think about making this comparison is abhorrent. It&rsquo;s despicable.&rdquo;<br />\n Speaking at a historically black college, according to Axios, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris said: &ldquo;What do we have in Donald Trump? Someone who dares &mdash; dares &mdash; to use the word &lsquo;lynching&rsquo; with the blood that has been poured on the soil of South Carolina and so many (places). And dares to talk about his victimization and compare it to those who have suffered in a criminal justice system in America that has too often been informed by racial bias and by injustice. And he dares to compare himself to the people who have been at the wrong end of a system that is in need of reform.&rdquo; Harris tweeted: &ldquo;Lynching is a reprehensible stain on this nation&rsquo;s history, as is this President. We&rsquo;ll never erase the pain and trauma of lynching, and to invoke that torture to whitewash your own corruption is disgraceful.&rdquo;<br />\n Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., a black congressman, tweeted: &ldquo;You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the h--l is wrong with you? Do you know how many people look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you.&rdquo;<br />\n The left-wing website Slate published an article with the headline &ldquo;Trump&rsquo;s &lsquo;Lynching&rsquo; Tweet Isn&rsquo;t Just Offensive. It&rsquo;s Dangerous.&rdquo; Slate wrote: &ldquo;The word lynching conjures the imagery of the 4,000 killed in racial terror lynchings by the 1960s, what Billie Holiday sang as &ldquo;Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze.&rdquo; By definition, to be lynched is to be punished or killed (often by a group) without due process or a trial. The president&rsquo;s claim is facially absurd because he is not being punished without process.&rdquo;</p>\n<p> HERE&rsquo;S THE problem: Where were the voices of indignation during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton when his defenders used the very same word? Let&rsquo;s go to the 1998 videotape:<br />\n White male Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., described those pursuing Clinton&rsquo;s impeachment as a &ldquo;political lynch mob.&rdquo; McDermott said, &ldquo;Find the rope, find the tree and ask a bunch of questions later.&rdquo;<br />\n White male Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., said to Clinton, &ldquo;The lynch mob, though, Mr. President, now has a new leader.&rdquo;<br />\n White male Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., said, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a verbal political lynching on the floor of the Senate.&rdquo;<br />\n Rep. Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y., on the House floor, said: &ldquo;What we are doing here is not a prosecution, it&rsquo;s a persecution and indeed it is a political lynching.&rdquo;<br />\n Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., on the House floor, said: &ldquo;I will not vote for this nightmare before Christmas. I will not vote for this lynching in the people&rsquo;s House. I will vote against these resolutions.&rdquo;<br />\n Biden, another white male, in 1998 told CNN that history will judge&nbsp; Clinton&rsquo;s impeachment as a &ldquo;partisan lynching.&rdquo; When asked about the apparent hypocrisy of slamming Trump for using the same lynching rhetoric he once used, Biden apologized for using the word &ldquo;lynching&rdquo; in the case of Clinton. But Biden argued that when Trump used the word, he did so as a &ldquo;dog whistle,&rdquo; meaning Trump did it to fuel his supposedly racist political base.<br />\n Biden said: &ldquo;I apologize for it then, and I apologize for it now. The fact of the matter is it shouldn&rsquo;t be used at all, but the encouragement of white supremacists, which (Donald Trump has) done his entire presidency, that&rsquo;s what I was responding to. Because that&rsquo;s what it was. It was like a dog whistle ... he&rsquo;s done it throughout &mdash; from Charlottesville on.&rdquo; Note that Biden, once again, mischaracterized what Trump said about Charlottesville.</p>\n<p> SO, WHEN President Trump gets reelected, get ready for four more years of Democrats&rsquo; double standards and selective outrage.</p>\n', created = 1576391019, expire = 1576477419, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:5294cc7bf4c7238a0e06395e0eee7f75' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Larry Elder

12/09/2019 - 12:41am
MICHAEL BLOOMBERG: December 5, 2019 Let’s examine some of the many reasons why billionaire Michael Bloomberg is wasting his money on his bid to win the Democratic nomination for president. FIRST, none of the Democratic candidates can win the nomination without the black vote. That means the former New York City mayor needs to pry black voters from former vice president Joe Biden, who owes...
12/01/2019 - 8:19pm
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11/25/2019 - 1:03am
OBAMA PRESIDENCY: November 21, 2019 Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently put President Donald Trump on notice about any possible retaliation against the whistleblower who filed a complaint against Trump. Pelosi warned: “I will make sure he does not intimidate the whistleblower. I was there. I told the President, you’re in my...
11/18/2019 - 12:33am
HEALTHCARE: November 14, 2019 Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., wants “Medicare for All,” as does Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., her self-described “Democratic socialist” rival. Unlike Sanders, however, Warren claims she can finance her plan by raising taxes only on the superrich. The middle class, Warren insists, will see...
11/09/2019 - 11:35pm
RACE: November 7, 2019 Michelle Obama recently complained about “white flight” in her old Chicago neighborhood. By “white flight “ she means that whites left her neighborhood as it became increasingly black. “Upstanding families like ours, who were doing everything we were supposed to do and better — as we...
11/02/2019 - 3:25pm
LYNCHING: October 31, 2019 President Donald Trump ignited yet another controversy when, on Twitter, he compared the Democrats’ pursuit of his impeachment to a “lynching.” HIS TWEET that launched a thousand denunciations read: “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny...
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