Monday, June 8, 2020

Whatever happened to common sense?

In the seventh chapter of Joshua, the defeat of Joshua's troops at Ai led to the discovery of Achan's looting, where he admits he stole 200 shekels of silver, 50 shekels of gold, and others, hiding them in his jacket.  When discovered, Joshua asked why he had done such.  The consequence of the loss in battle, and Achan's looting, was death by stoning.  That warning was given over 2,500 years ago, and we are seeing the same consequence again after one incident in Minneapolis.

In the Minneapolis incident, we have a gentleman who comes to a convenience store, purchasing with a fraudulent $20 bill various sundries.  That's the first violation here.  As we learned in the indictment reports, he complied with police reports at first, but when officials uncovered the fraudulent scheme and had him handcuffed, the trouble began.  He acted in a manner that he did not want to be arrested.  As was exposed, we have a case of a habitual offender, and he started to act in his old manner when he refused to enter the police cruiser as warranted.  He had deliberately resisted arrest.  Why he did so is the question we must ask.  Meanwhile, Lt. Bob Kroll of the Minneapolis police department had an e-mail to fellow police with this position in the union that manages police.  He called the riots a "terrorist movement," and specifically called out leaders for reducing the size of police departments, and taking police funds to support anti-police community activists.  Lt. Kroll's letter also noted the repeat offender status of Mr. Floyd.  The only reason I am referencing this is that we must understand what happened according to official reports.  One little nudge that grew the officer suspicious was what happened.  But the ensuing riots and the activism of such "BLM" types is more disturbing, and that is what we are discussing.

But before we go further, I am reminded of what happened a generation ago in my hometown.  Two Alabama prisoners escaped and stole vehicles, crossing two state lines into South Carolina.  After that, they kidnapped a man, driving him just a few miles north of my home, shooting him to death, then throwing his body on the side of the road while they abandon the car, stealing a second car, this time with blank cheques ready for their next bit of criminal activity.  They follow their way to the local mall, using the fraudulent cheques to purchase köln and other toiletries.  The clerk at Belk was very suspicious, calling police as happened in Minnesota recently for the bogus currency.  Initially, officers centered the action on the accomplice of the two, freeing the two fugitives.  Sgt. Thomas C. Harrison Jnr questioned Thomas Ivey, who was one of the fugitives.  As that happened, Mr. Ivey's gun fired, hit the ground, and bounced into the policeman.  After that, Mr. Ivey shot Mr. Harrison five more times to death.  In 2009, Thomas Ivey sent executed with lethal injection for his antics in killing a policeman.  We remember total unity were we wore black and white ribbons for him (there was also a shooting a few months back involving a teacher who was a close friend of mine;  thankfully, she recovered and now runs a homeschooling Web site, and her oldest graduated from Upstate last year).  Sadly, activists would not allow such unity of community as was the case back in the day, and the modern-day BLM crowd would probably claimed they wanted justice for Mr. Ivey, disregarding his criminal behaviour and blaming it on race (as I remember one international amnesty organisation pushed).

The anti-police mentality, especially by the social justice warriors, is too reminiscent of rapper NWA's "Foxtrot the Police," the centrepiece of the 2015 movie Straight Outta Compton, a hit song where police are called "white bread, chicken sierra, mike foxtrot".  This type of bashing the police and attacking them for the faux currency ruse attacking police sadly forgets what happens when people steal and want to steal.  We see these riots as post-modern relativism, self-centredness, and the idea certain groups are "empowered" to have special rights most people do not have, such as the right to make our laws, policies, and rules that most people are not entitled to have.  This is why the Roy Cooper-Donald Trump battle over the Republican National Convention at the Spectrum in Charlotte is crucial.  Mr. Cooper's accomplishments were to use the courts in a "pocket veto" by refusing to defend a marriage definition passed by a clear supermajority in the Tar Heel State as the state's Attorney General and overturning the amendment himself, then activists followed by posting newspaper headlines showing Mr. Cooper's stance on Jesse Helms' grave to celebrate eliminating the Moral Majority and letting the immoral minority rule, showing regular America has no rights, on the Left's chosen social justice warriors who base the world on race, sex, and behaviour have rights nobody else has.

These "social justice warriors" are pushing for the abolition of bail where habitual offenders are booked, then are released to do more dirty deeds.  They also want certain groups to be empowered with rights others are not entitled to have.  We see that in every hearing in the United States Senate over a judicial or cabinet-level (or sub-cabinet level)  nominee, where Senators such as Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, and others have questioned judges for being Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, or the like because they would end the party of the far-left that has coddled criminals, rewarded sexual perversion, promoted baby murder, and the ilk have had in being superior to others in policy making.  How is it the perverted can adopt children and promote their child abuse on the children by denying them a father or other, and how is it we can elevate lewd behaviour to a protected class when Americans oppose it 4:1?  If you have a Biblical worldview, you are disqualified from office, according to the Left's social justice warriors, where only those who believe in their worldview are allowed.  This also goes along with a push by some extremist activists that I heard locally say they want to :tax the white farmers out of existence," then impose a new tax on businesses so bad that they ejected television media trying to cover the meeting where the new tax passed.  We did not have talk radio to fight back, which we now have.

Now we have these same social justice warriors working to push full Deconfederatisation, removing of Confederate history (including Fort Sumter and those who fought on the Gray side) and war history where Memorial Day would be replaced with the birthday of sexual perversion activist Harvey Milk, and following the ideal of 1984 where only the Party (left-wing activists) can dictate law, policy, and what is taught while nobody else is allowed a voice.

The looters that break into a Specialized bicycle store in Miami during this outbreak to steal $12,000 UCI Grand Tour or ITU-level bicycles, let alone those who break into any store to steal $1,000 televisions, clothes, and the incident just a few hundred metres from my friend Kimberly's restaurant where someone drove a stolen vehicle into a pawn shop that sells jewelry and guns to steal them all in the name of "social justice" are pushing relativism into a deeper state of mind.   The view of these Achans is that of moral relativism, and specialised justice where certain "oppressed" groups have rights that the majority are not entitled to anything.  These Aachans believe they have right to ransack a merchant's store and will not apologise, unlike Aachan.

The double standards are not just in stealing with these social justice warriors.  A very popular Asian descent ("sansei") motor racer nicknamed "Young Money," which is also used by a rapper, had his FIA competition licence suspended by ACCUS (selected national series among the member clubs require a driver carry an FIA competition licence) and fired by his team when, in an online incident with a friend, he dropped an N-bomb (nota bene:  World of Outlaws is not a member of ACCUS, and he has been winning recently on the Outlaws).  Meanwhile, rappers, R&B artists, and other such blast the same offensive word in their songs and on-air with MTV networks (MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, BET, et al), and they do nothing.  No wonder motorsport fans in the US have been angry at the double standard where a rapper uses the word and is praised, but a superstar driver uses the same word and has a virtual prison sentence.  What does it say when these groups have rights to write our laws, policies, education regulations to push "diversity and inclusion" (meaning to replace American history and Constitution with feelings of these activists) that have led to 58% of college graduates into saying there is a legitimate reason to legalise mob mentality with riots that block streets where social justice warriors can overrule everyone else.

And this type of mentality is now hurting our boys.  While city-owned ball fields are staying closed because of the pandemic, you can see thousands of girls doing dance classes outside and they are able to participate in activities, while boys with no rights to play ball because their fields are closed are left to the sidelines.  Our county just spend millions in tax hikes to build six new ball fields behind Walmart and Prep -- and they are configured for girls fastpitch.  While girls cannot do football or fastpitch, the girls doing dance are happily able to participate in summer activities, while boys are left behind with no activities available -- the perfect storm for social justice warriors that are working to demand the women's national football team be paid more than the men, without regards for the fact men's players play in Europe in 34-38 game seasons in the world's most prestigious leagues, while women play on streaming services and very few games on television.  Some area are dictating new schools can only offer girls' sport, and the future is to use social justice warriors to eliminate boys events where Friday Night Lights is futbol for girls and boys are sent to nothing, just as envisioned by Christina Hoff Sommers' The War Against Boys, where she notes girls have a football team as role models and boys only have criminals.

What is next in this social justice?  Are we going to see school chorus, now prohibited from singing Bach, Händel, and Haydn, because of religious overtones, singing the latest Beyoncé Knowles, Melissa Jefferson, or Janelle Monae hit song from the charts?  What type of lesson does that teach except it follows the "diversity and inclusion" agenda of the Left, while we ignore reading Shakespeare and singing Mozart.

We have to beware.  Social justice warriors are erasing common sense.  There are consequences for violating the law.  The consequences are even worse for resisting arrest, especially when you're gloating over your heinous crime.
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