If your only source of news is the legacy media, the Trayvon Martin story is continuing on the traditional path: Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are doing the demagoguing they do best, while every network is pushing harder and harder to turn the Trayvon Martin case into an indictment of this country on racial issues, and to generate outrage in the black community.
Yet if—like most Americans—you get your news from the web and social media, you are getting word of some deaths in the black community, that aren’t generating national outrage:
Police say the two gunmen entered the Bishop Golden Store in the the 1400 block of West 79th Street around 6 p.m. and opened fire, hitting six people inside the store between the ages of 16 and 24.
Shawndell Harris, of the 9600 block of South Perry Avenue, was killed, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
Fourteen people have been shot and two are dead in what may be one of the worst mass shootings in South Florida history.
The shooting took place around 9:30 p.m. outside the Funeraria Latina Emanuel funeral home at 14990 W. Dixie Highway Friday night.
One of the victims, a 43-year-old man, died outside the funeral home, authorities said. The other, a 27-year-old man, died at the hospital. Witnesses at the funeral home had said one of the two people killed was shot in the chest…
…No arrests have been made.
It is highly unlikely that Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson, or Touré will be holding marches for any of these people. Their killers were the wrong color, as Rich Lowry put it:
If Martin had been shot by a black classmate, if he had been caught in a random crossfire, if he had looked at a gang member the wrong way, his death would have been relegated to the back pages of the local newspaper. Not a cause, not even a curiosity: Just another dead young black man. Nothing to see here. Please, move on.
For pointing out this fact Lowry is attacked on liberal sites as someone who “just doesn’t get it,” but he gets it very well. To confront the reality of the numbers would mean police forces in cities would have to confront black killers in liberal cities—and when that happens, people like Jackson and Sharpton, et. al, cry “profiling.” Stacy McCain explains:
The Future Once Happened Here recounts how liberal policy turned three once-great American cities — New York, D.C., and L.A. — into dangerous urban nightmares, and one of the things Siegel describes is the “riot ideology,” whereby organized violence (or the threat thereof) is used to intimidate officials into doing the bidding of “community leaders.”
And let’s talk about that change:
As Heather Mac Donald of the Manhattan Institute has written, from January to June 2008 in New York City, 83 percent of all identified gun assailants were black, and 15 percent were Hispanic.
Together, blacks and Hispanics accounted for 98 percent of gun assaults.
Translated: If a cabdriver is going to be mugged or murdered in New York City by a fare, 49 times out of 50 his assailant or killer will be black or Hispanic.
Fernando Mateo of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers has told his drivers, “profile your passengers” for your own protection. “The God’s honest truth is that 99 percent of the people that are robbing, stealing, killing these guys are blacks and Hispanics.”
Fernando Mateo is himself black and Hispanic.
There was a time when such stories and columns would be consigned to the pages of magazines that would never been seen by the public. Unfortunately for our friends on the left, in the internet age these facts are easily accessible to the masses, and—even worse for the MSM—so are things like this:
“This guy looks like he’s up to no good … he looks black,” Zimmerman told a police dispatcher from his car. His father has said that Zimmerman is Hispanic, grew up in a multiracial family, and is not racist.
The quote gives the impression that Zimmerman was somehow equating the fact that Martin was black with his looking suspicious, or “up to no good.” Here is what MSNBC and NBC News left out, thanks to convenient ellipsis—
ZIMMERMAN: This guy looks like he’s up to no good, [begin ellipsis] or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
911 DISPATCHER: Okay, is this guy, is he white, black, or Hispanic? [end ellipsis]
ZIMMERMAN: He looks black.
Not only did Zimmerman not equate Martin’s skin color with his looking suspicious; he didn’t even initiate the comment.
That part of the story has broken through to the legacy media. Which is why the left is so interested in shutting down conservative voices, and why they still hate Breitbart, even after death.
Still, our liberal race-baiting media are as giddy as the Big Bang Theory crew at Comic-Con, so I don’t see them abandoning this story anytime soon. It certainly beats covering the economy, or Obamacare, or the President’s inaction about Iran, or gas prices. Etc. etc. etc.
And there’s always a chance that it will boost the black vote for the President come November. What it will do with the Latino vote in swing states like Nevada—and especially Florida—may be another matter . . .
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Ah, traffic. Last week I wrote about Rush Limbaugh and the Washington Post’s scrubbing of the “less than five” sentence from their piece on the subject. I had a post with the screen shots on my own site . . . and the Instalanche I received on that post brought my total hits since blogging (old WordPress.com site + new site) to over 1,000,000. Millionth hit took place during my radio show this weekend:
It took me
854 1219 days to reach those first million hits.
My thanks to all of you responsible for that first milestone. The new goal is to make the 2nd million in half the time.
Just as I’ve reached a blogging milestone, Keith Olbermann reached the milestone of getting fired from a network that almost nobody has heard of—after only 40 weeks, five-year $50,000,000 contract notwithstanding.
“DaTechGuy on the Radio” = 1,000,000 hits and counting, after 71 weeks on the air on WCRN
Keith Olbermann = 40 weeks on Current TV—and then fired.
If that’s not proof there is a God, I’d like to know what is.
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Olbermann does have it over me in one important way: pay. He was paid $56 per average daily viewer. Between the ads for my show (which I sold last year) and my tip jar, I pulled down between $3 and $4 per daily reader. If I made the same rate per daily visitor I’d be pulling down $70K+ per year, and my days of blegging would be behind me.
I’m working on it—and harder than you know.
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James Taranto tells us the story of Cardinal Dolan’s meetings with the President regarding the Obamacare mandate. He notes that our friends on the secular left consider the possibility of the departure of the Church from works for the public good to be . . . a public good:
The Archdiocese of Washington, in a very courteous way, went to the City Council and said, ‘We just want to be upfront with you. If this goes through that we have to place children up for adoption with same-sex couples, we’ll have to get out of the adoption enterprise, which everybody admits we probably do better than anybody else.’ And one of the City Council members said, ‘Good. We’ve been trying to get you out of it forever. And besides, we’re paying you to do it. So get out!’
For our friends on the left, hatred of the Church will always surpass compassion for their fellow humans.
Speaking of the Church, Anna Maria College in Paxton, Massachusetts, lists one of its goals as “Celebrating and affirming the College’s Catholic identity through programs, events and public statements.”
Oddly, Anna Maria—whose president assured me three years ago of its commitment to its Catholic Identity—didn’t have a presence at the Boston Catholic Men’s Conference this year . . . or last year, or the year before. They did manage, however, to invite Ted Kennedy’s widow, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, to be their commencement speaker this year.
On Friday, though, the invitation was withdrawn. For some reason Bishop Robert McManus of Worcester felt a Catholic who publicly supports abortion, gay marriage and contraception might not be the best choice when it comes to “affirming the college’s Catholic identity.”
They are going to get a lot of flack from the mainstream media over this, but unlike Notre Dame they at least acted on the Bishop’s concerns—so there is still hope. The first step in solving a problem is to acknowledge it.
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Finally, I was recently at Romano’s Market, where they can’t keep up with the orders for ground beef since the pink slime business hit the news. If you don’t know what “pink slime” is, Josh Romano explains it:
“The dogs won’t eat it.” That says it all, doesn’t it?
I’ll see you this coming Easter weekend.