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1. Something to Crow About – Some crow, others eat crow after Trump becomes the presumptive nominee. And conservatism looks into the abyss.
2. 2nd Half: What Does Black Lives Matter Want? – We try to answer this question after reading Ghettoside by Jill Leovy. (1h 11m 10s)
SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT
Bloomberg, May 3, 2016: Trump Becomes Presumptive Nominee as Cruz, Kasich Exit Race
Wikipedia: National Lampoon (magazine)
Real Clear Politics, May 3, 2106: Schmidt–There Will Be An Organized Effort By Clinton To Grab The Republican Foreign Policy Establishment
James Poulos in The Federalist, May 3, 2016: Why Donald Trump Can’t Defeat Neocons
Dean Obeidallah in The Atlantic, May 6, 2016: Why Won’t Trump Denounce His Anti-Semitic Supporters?
Philip Klein on Twitter, May 3, 2016: “I have officially de-registered as a Republican.”
Rasmussen Reports, May 2, 2016: Trump 41%, Clinton 39%
Joe Herring in the American Thinker, May 2, 2016: Clinton Was Never Intended to Be the Democrat Nominee
Washington Post, Apr. 27, 2016: Trump: If Clinton ‘were a man, I don’t think she’d get 5 percent of the vote’
Radar Online, Apr. 20, 2016: Experts Say Cruz Can’t Explain Away The Disturbing New Photos Of His Dad
Death and Taxes, May 4, 2016: 24 hours after running for VP, Carly Fiorina spotted alone at Indianapolis airport
tothekick: Biggest Golden Handshakes in History
Mike Cernovich in Crime and Federalism, Apr. 27, 2016: Who Owns Your Favorite Pundit? How to Follow the Money
Peter Brimelow in Vdare, May 2, 2016: Rasmussen–Trump Beats Clinton 41%-39% With Still-Moderate White Share. Reagan-Style Landslide Coming?
Youtube, Dec. 21, 2011: Peter Schiff mocked by Mike Norman and Ben Stein for correctly predicting the housing crash
Mediaite, Apr. 4, 2016: ‘Sheer Idiocy’: Ben Stein Goes Ballistic on Trump for ‘Horrifying’ Economic Ignorance
And playing us out:
Youtube: Neil Young ‘Walk On’
WHAT DOES BLACK LIVES MATTER WANT?
Goodreads: Ghettoside–A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy
LA Times, Jan. 22, 2016: Review ‘Ghettoside’ focuses on one L.A. murder to make case for more policing
New York Times, May 6, 2016: For Black Chicagoans, Isolation, Frustration and Worry
Vox Day, Oct. 23, 2015: Immigrants don’t share American values (Magic dirt theory)
Steve Chapman in the Chicago Tribune, Jan. 29, 2016: Is this rise in crime a ‘Ferguson effect’?
Leon Neyfakh in Slate, Nov. 20, 2015: There Is No Ferguson Effect–But in the rush to disprove it, we’re ignoring a very real tragedy unfolding in cities like Baltimore and Milwaukee.
Heather MacDonald in the LA Times, Jan. 13, 2016: The Ferguson effect in Los Angeles – more crime
Wikipedia: The Talented Tenth
Ryan Landry in Social Matter, Apr. 10, 2016: Progressives Will Pay The Crime Away
Promo for this episode written by Kevin Michael Grace for vdare.com and posted there first May 12, 2016, 12:09 am
2Kevins With Grace & Steel: The Conservative Movement is Dead; What Does Black Lives Matter Mean?, etc.
Episode 36 of my podcast with Kevin Steel is now posted here (with copious links). In Part 1, we note a major historical event—the Conservative Movement is dead. More precisely, it set it itself on fire and then threw itself over a cliff. The Never Trump Brigade, membership of which consists of about 500 pundits, consultants and PR spivs, had warned that if Donald Trump captured the Republican Party, they would depart in disgust. With all the drama of Martin Luther nailing the Ninety-five Theses to the church door—Ich kann nicht anders—they took to Twitter to announce their formal apostasy. And America yawned. Mere hours after Trump’s decisive victory in Indiana, the Never Trumpers were reduced to bellowing—to no one in particular—“We wuz kangz!”
It had seemingly never occurred to the Movementarians that the collapse of Communism a quarter-century ago had robbed them of their raison d’être. That an “intellectual movement” led by the likes of Jonah Goldberg, Dana Loesch, John Podhoretz and someone called “Kat Timpf” was hardly to be taken seriously. Or that pride goeth before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. Where will the Movementarians go? The neocons are already returning to the Democratic Party. As for the Muh Constitution gang, its men would do well to consider the words of Alec Baldwin in The Departed, “World needs plenty of bartenders.” And the conservababes have all the necessary qualifications to peddle tat on QVC or the Home Shopping Network.
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has yet to dispatch 60s revivalist Bernie Sanders, even as the FBI closes in on her. It is suggested she will accept a pardon from President Obama and clear the field for a Biden-Warren juggernaut. I demur. She is too proud and too desperate to walk away from “her turn.” More likely is that her party will be compelled to consider the Roman option: smothering her with a pillow and then announcing her sudden death from a previously undiagnosed respiratory ailment.
In Part 2, we consider the shocking condition of the Inner City with reference to Jill Leovy’s Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America. This is a fascinating and valuable book, but it refuses to confront the terrifying question: If Black Lives Matter, why are ghetto residents so comfortable with the culture of murder? The truth is in there, but Leovy insists on blaming whites for black failure. Her proposal to devote even greater resources to inner-city detective work would bankrupt America’s cities, and, in the event, police will not solve many more black murders given the reality of “Everybody know” but “Snitches get stitches.” Everything old is new again, and BLM moves ever closer to open advocacy of segregation. I suspect the alacrity with which White America would accept that deal would astonish them.