You can examine the picture of the US counties in more detail by opening it in a new tab. The Distribution of murders The United States can really be divided up into three types of places. Places where there are no murders, places where there are a few murders, and places where murders are very …
Recently a deacon at my church went off on the congregation calling us hypocritical Christians if we supported President Trump’s temporary ban on immigration. He is a big-hearted fellow and the church has a very large Hispanic population, so he believed he was saying the right thing to the right group. Unfortunately, he is a bit ignorant of world history as well as current events. He bought into Amazon’s television advertisement, released in time for Advent, where the priest and imam exchange Christmas gifts of knee-pads. While his heart is in the right place, wanting to bring peace, safety and security to the suffering, he is also willfully ignorant of the consequences of careless, feel-good immigration policies. He also seems to have forgotten that the Bible tells Christians to respect and adhere to the laws of the land where they live. Europe is years ahead of America when it comes to transplanted Muslim communities. In place of gratitude for their charitable actions, absorbing a never-ending stream of refugees from one conflict or another, they now have to deal with hundreds of Muslim neighborhoods that are “no-go zones” for police. Nice, eh? So when my deacon stood up and sermonized that I am a hypocrite and a hater, he missed the mark. It is not out of hatred that I want a strict American immigration policy. I simply do not want all the troubles that open borders have caused France and Germany. Not that he will ever read this, but here is my response to his impassioned sermon disguised as a homily.
There are three very simple three-step solutions to the current Syrian refugee crisis.
Solution Number One – Peace:
Step 1. Islam, the religion of peace, stops fighting.
Step 2. Refugees return to their homes.
Step 3. Syrians learn from their mistakes, and rebuild as a peaceful and prosperous country.
Solution Number Two – Extreme Bloodshed:
Step 1. Earth’s forty-three Muslim nations open their hearts and borders to their suffering Muslim brothers and sisters and give them refuge for the remainder of the conflict.
Step 2. The two warring side gather all their forces, drive out into the desert, have one great battle, soak the sand with needless bloodshed, and achieve absolutely nothing of substance except their mutual destruction.
Step 3. Syrians learn from their mistakes, and rebuild as a peaceful prosperous country.
Solution Number Three – Hit Them in the Pocketbook:
Step 1: The United Nations sets aside a permanent territory for Muslim refugees, regardless of the current conflict, Shiite, Sunni, or whatever, conveniently located in the region of the Middle East so various refugees can easily gain access. It would be like a summer camp facility that rents out to various groups as conflicts wax and wane.
Step 2A: Frozen funds from terrorist groups would finance the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 2B: Frozen funds from terrorist sponsoring nations would finance the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 2C: Muslim nations would fund the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 2D: Nations and manufacturers who make and sell weapons to current warring factions would fund the costs of maintaining the refugee area until funds are exhausted.
Step 3: Islam would look at the financial cost of hatred and war, and finally stop fighting. Peace would ensue and refugees would go home to build a peaceful and prosperous country.
The Ridiculous Solution – Political Correctness:
Step 1. Through international meddling, ensure the Syrian and like conflicts continue for many, many years.
Step 2. Export the refugees to foreign countries thousands of miles away, with radically different cultures, religions, languages and ways of life where they will have no choice but to seek out culturally like-minded neighborhoods as a matter of survival.
Step 3. Allow these Muslim neighborhoods to become police “no-go zones” where the laws of host nation are disrespected and ignored in favor of Sharia law, ultimately bringing microcosms of Islamic conflict to the rest of the world.
Islam, the religion of peace, has been in a constant state of war since 624AD. They fight each other, and they fight Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists. They have openly vowed to wipe Israel off the face of the earth and drive the Jews into the sea. Since the decline and fall of the Ottoman Empire in the 19th Century, Islam has engaged in perhaps the greatest ongoing genocide in the history of modern man. Millions of Christians and Jews, as well as followers of fringe Muslim sects, have been slaughtered in the name of Allah over the past 130 years, starting with the Armenian Genocide. Today, Christianity and Judaism are on the brink of extinction in many Muslim countries. The Shiites and the Sunnis do not live in peace with each other or anyone else. America and Europe cannot solve the humanitarian crisis generated by 1400 years of discord, hatred and war. Our efforts amount to applying a band-aid to a cancerous tumor. Islam created this problem and Islam is the only entity that can fix it. That will not happen until they acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, and that Jews and Christians are in every way their equals. Oh, and stop fighting. Until then, the endless fighting and suffering will continue until there is a clear winner and everyone else is dead, no matter how many refugees we take.
Not long ago I was talking to a Millennial friend of mine who was bemoaning his inability to get to work on time.
“I need to get you a copy of Poor Richard’s Almanack,” I laughed. All I got was a puzzled look from my friend.
“You, know, ‘Early to bed and early to rise…?” I asked, hopefully.
“Huh?” he replied.
He shook his head.
“Electricity? Spectacles? The pot-bellied stove? Ben Franklin? The guy on the one hundred-dollar bill.”
“Oh yeah, he is the only non-president, right?”
“That’s the guy,” I said, “He wrote Poor Richard’s Almanack. It had lots of useful information and sayings, like ‘Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise,’ You should have learned about it in grade school.”
My friend shook his head. He did not know anything about the life and times of Ben Franklin.
There were several other Millennials in our group. Young adults educated in schools all around America. None of them had heard of Poor Richard’s Almanack, and Franklin was just the face on the $100. Why he was there, they knew not. I groaned and said something about the sad state of education in America.
When I was a kid, we learned fun facts about Ben Franklin the writer, inventor and scientist in class. When I was in high school we learned about his political life and how he was an integral part of American Revolution and the early survival of our nation. My teachers had survived the Great Depression, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. An elderly Auschwitz survivor came to my school and showed us her tattooed serial number. My teachers made sure, as poor a student as I was, that I knew my origins. Not so much, today.
Today, we live with an educational system where it is no longer politically correct to teach that our Founding Fathers were great men who wrote, and fought and died for, the Constitution of the United States of America, the greatest document of its kind ever to exist. Now that Common Core is the rule of the land, our children are no longer being taught to read and write cursive, so it is only a matter of time before Americans cannot even read the Constitution in its original form. Today’s teachers, made up primarily of Baby Boomers and GenXers, have absolutely failed to teach the Millennial generation what they need to know to survive, starting with the wisdom found in Poor Richard’s Almanack. For that, we owe them an apology.
“Sell not virtue to purchase wealth nor liberty to purchase power.”
“Meanness is the parent of insolence.”
“Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.”
“Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarce in that.”
“Diligence is the mother of good luck.”
“Have something to do tomorrow? Do it today.”
“There are no gains without pains.”
If I were to develop a game, a form of purposeless, recreational entertainment, with the sole purpose of having a bit of fun at the expense of others, I would start by convincing the game’s players to download an app that turned their smart-phone into a virtual beagle. Beagles are some the best hunting dogs around. They go a-sniffing and a-howling and can scare up just about any sort of quarry, dragging you along in just about any direction. Then I would encourage the players to take their virtual beagle for a walk, so it could sniff out thousands of little, invisible digital cartoons. I would tell the players the little cartoon drawings were TERRIFYING DIGITAL MONSTERS capable of doing battle to make them feel better about themselves, but they would still be nothing more than poorly drawn cartoon characters. Each virtual beagle would then drag their owner around a virtual map overlaying the real world, as they sought out the exact locations of all the little, invisible, digital cartoon characters. Once the beagle found its quarry, the smart-phone would suck the invisible cartoon out of the air and display it for everyone to see. It would be an endless digital treasure hunt. Call it a form of instant-gratification geo-caching for the lazy.
I would then hide my invisible cartoon characters all over the world in all sorts of unexpected, humorous and dangerous locations. I would put them on private property to make sure the players broke the law and trespassed. I would put them in the middle of busy intersections, homeless camps, abandoned warehouses, mines and wells. I would put them in the middle of swamps and lakes, off the edges of cliffs, near dead bodies, in government buildings and restricted areas of airports. The players would become my own personal zombie army, blindly following their virtual beagle in search of brains… oops, I mean TERRIFYING DIGITAL MONSTERS!!! I would then send my newly created young, urban zombie army into the midst of Black Lives Matter protests as well as to the Democratic National Convention where they would be rewarded with the ultimate fighting edition of a cartoon Bernie Sanders with kung-fu grip. I would make other little cartoons available at only certain times of the day, certain days of the week, as well as seasonal special characters, making sure players who played 24/7 were well rewarded. Every city and every country would have their own special character, encouraging the players to spend money traveling all over in search of rare and TERRIFYING DIGITAL MONSTERS.
I would then give players the ability to gather in groups, say at transit centers, shopping malls and public parks, so their smart phones could take the little cartoon characters and do battle with other smart phones’ characters. It would be like taking the virtual beagle to the virtual dog park for virtual play. It would be a great twist on live action role-playing, or LARPing. We could call it Virtual LARP or V-LARP. The players would simply mill around fiddling with their phones in awkward groups while passers-by wondered what the hell they were doing. If some gutsy onlooker were bold enough to actually ask what all the weirdness was about, sum yung guy could condescendingly say, “We are V-LARPing. There is an epic battle of TERRIFYING DIGITAL MONSTERS going on as we speak. You have heard of V-LARPing, haven’t you?” and then giggle maniacally.
But the joke, the real joke, the super double-secret inside joke, would actually be on the players themselves. I would be watching them and keeping a scrapbook of all the stupid things they do and all the trouble they get into while questing for invisible cartoon characters, and laughing until my sides split open. The trip to the hospital would be oh-so-worth it! I would be sending out camera crews to monster hotspots and secretly film everything. Then I would get a good writer and film a prequel to the great American satire, Idiocracy, called Pokie Man’s Zombie Horde. If I were to develop that game.
After 5 police officers were killed and another 8 people injured in Dallas, Texas, all attention seems to be focused on just that. Unfortunately, another mass shooting just took place – and there’s only one reason you didn’t hear about this one.
John Boehner, a professional politician but never a real statesman, is a Republican in name only. The chasm between his rhetoric and his actions had grown so vast by the time he left office it was like he had an evil twin or split personality. If a poacher cut off this rhino’s horn it would grow back in no time at all. It comes as no surprise that he dislikes Ted Cruz. Boehner tried to piss down everyone’s back and tell them it was raining, and Cruz did not buy in. He refused to get on board when Boehner sold his constituents and party down river as a favor to his left-wing, Democrat friends. Boehner as much as admitted he prefers Bernie Sander’s political views over Cruz’s, and now has made the very public claim that Ted Cruz is, indeed, Lucifer in the flesh. Well, Mr. Boehner, I have news for you. If Lucifer were here, in the flesh, he would be winning this year’s presidential race, and your next round of golf would not be with Donald Trump. You ought to crack open the Good Book before you go shooting off your mouth about end-times. By the way, why are you texting buddies with the Donald, anyway?
That number would actually be over 80%, except that journalists are terrified to mention the perpetrators’ and victims’ race. Up to 80% of the victims of mass shootings are also black. In other words, for the year 2015, of the 338 verifiable mass-shootings in America 90% were white-free. The myth that mentally unstable white men are the source of most mass shootings is simply false.
- Street crime, gangs, drugs and the like, accounts for 87% of mass shootings.
- In 60% of the mass shooting cases, despite plenty of witnesses, the perpetrators are never identified by police because of the “No Snitch” culture existing in the black community.
- Semi-automatic handguns are by far the weapons of choice. Shotguns and assault rifles are rarely used.
- Only 9% of shooters had a confirmed right to own a firearm, the rest likely obtained their guns illegally.
- Almost all the weapons recovered by police were stolen.
- Mass shootings rarely cross racial barriers. Blacks shoot blacks. Hispanics shoot Hispanics, and whites shoot whites.
- Mental illness, terrorism, and hate crimes combined accounted for only 5% of mass shootings.
- Of the three mass shootings that are classified as hate crimes, white males committed two and two Hispanic males committed one.
- Journalists are more likely to mention the color of the car involved in a drive-by shooting than the color of the shooter or victims.
In 2015 America suffered a mass shooting, an event where four or more people are shot or killed, nearly every day. While America’s black community is disproportionately responsible for and affected by mass shootings, do not fall into the trap of believing that race plays a part in these crimes. Blacks are not genetically predisposed to random acts of violence.
While modern black culture is certainly not doing itself any favors, the broader problem is global devaluation of the family. Family is the foundation of civil society. A man and a woman marry, rear children, and build a life within a community. Globally, birthrates for unmarried women are skyrocketing. An ever-increasing number of children are being raised in homes where there is no parent stability. Shack-up boyfriends come and go, mothers are either working all the time or on welfare, and the children are left to rear themselves.
America’s black community, unfortunately for them, is at the forefront of this new global culture that has shrugged off the responsibilities of marriage and child rearing. Well over half of all black American’s under the age of forty were born to unmarried mothers. Almost 70% of blacks under the age of twenty-five were born to unmarried mothers. The rate for Hispanic children has recently gone over 50%, and white children are closing in on 40%. The number of American children born out-of-wedlock has nearly quadrupled since 1970.
Family is where is all starts. Parenting is the single greatest responsibility most people will ever undertake. Children learn all they know about survival from their parents. Parents teach children that rules and laws actually have a valid purpose. Parents teach that respect for authority is actually important. Children glean wisdom from the experiences, successes and failures of their elders.
Parents supply a safe place for children with food on the table. For rich or for poor, it is every parent’s responsibility to use what tools they have to provide their child with a life as close to a Norman Rockwell painting as possible. My grandmother used to say, “I cannot help being poor, but there is no excuse for being dirty as long as you can afford a bar of soap.” She was a widow with five children at the height of the Great Depression and did not have two nickels to rub together, but she kept a neat, tidy home and made darn sure her children went to school with food in their stomach so they could learn. Mothers and fathers are supposed to help sons and daughters navigate the difficulties of childhood and adolescence so they can safely reach adulthood. When parents abdicate those responsibilities, something else will fill that void and that something is all too often gangs and crime.
Instead of being stranded on a deserted island, as in William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, these children find themselves surviving a hopeless existence in a lawless urban jungle. They band together in roving gangs that live by the feud and die by the feud. They terrorize their neighbors, stay out to all hours partying with illegal drugs and alcohol, and they fight amongst themselves, wantonly killing anyone for any perceived slight. Most have criminal records by the time they reach the age of majority. They take their battles to concerts, to city parks and playgrounds, shooting babies, pregnant women, the elderly, and anyone else standing in the way of their vendetta without so much as a second thought. Collateral damage means nothing to these young men and they use a form of urban terrorism to silence those who would testify against them.
President Obama’s solutions, such as blocking legal sales of firearms to people on the government’s “No Fly List,” criminalizing the private sales of firearms, and authorizing friends and family to put a “mental health block” on the legal purchases will do nothing to stop this problem. There is not a country on Earth where criminals are not well armed, no matter the law. If President Obama really wants to stop mass shootings, he should start by going home to Chicago and holding a peace summit with all the black gang leaders. He should hold up his own family as a shining example of how love, marriage, education and good parenting can stop the cycle of hopelessness and violence. Otherwise the solutions will fail and the cycle will continue.