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The Memphis Commercial Appeal editorially supported the
resolution in a guise of journalistic objectivity. screen capture
With a 10 year DC based background in such, I think I can spot those campaigns with ulterior motives (and which campaigns don't have ulteriors?). So the "Pandemic as Racism" (my title) campaign was set in motion with businesses, activists and local media ultimately to do what else? Undermine Trump while politically siding with Black Lives Matter, Antifa and assorted malcontents. The recent vote by the Shelby County Commission to declare racism a pandemic is registering high and wide at least on my bull**** radar.
My attempts to find out who set into motion this organized operation with all the players and worked with the local paper to place the story above the fold with a color photo never even got a call back.
To my experience, the campaign was designed to, among other things, make the gullible think of the president, as our US Rep.Steve Cohen (D) often declares without even fractional evidence or certainly local media question, as the penultimate racist.
So it goes down like this: between budgets and grind of county business, the Shelby County Commission this summer found time to pass: “Resolution recognizing Racism as a Pandemic and a commitment to enacting policies that unequivocally defend Minorities and aim to eradicate the effects of Systemic Racism affecting Black People, and other Minorities, throughout Shelby County, Tennessee.”
There were two "no" votes from Commission Chair Mark Billingsley and Commissioner Amber Mills.
I received no return call from the office of Amber Mills.
One of two who voted no: Shelby County Commissioner Amber Mills.
Screen capture only not video.
Link to podcast of Shelby County Commission meeting.
In session Mills cited the negative response of businesses considering a move into an area where the governing body decided it had to declare minorities actually needed defending. Ya think? She waved a yellow legal pad that apparently contained her many objections but said little more than it would be getting into politics to discuss it further.
Council member Tami Sawyer said in response that the resolution was “well thought out.” She said the resolution was for all minorities—blacks, Hispanics, Asians. However, no one heard a full debate on the resolution. There wasn’t one, although The Commercial Appeal posited many points on the side of the resolution and only afforded Mills' objections at lower third of the article. (link above)
It was unfortunate Mills chose not to force debate if not for language alone. One could say the use of the word "pandemic" applied to "racism" infers an infectious agent that invades, incredibly enough, only members of all minority races in not only Shelby County, but presumably everywhere else. Such is the language of toxicity. It ranks right up there with declaring the president of the United States a racist, mentioned previously herein.
Let me roll this out: the resolution is an insidious socially destructive and politically facile analogy. Now let me unpack it: Insidious because it infers whites visit the "effects" of racism upon minorities and facile because Shelby County minorities are likely to be influenced by the one sided editorial coverage, as illustrated by the Commercial Appeal article and easy Democratic demagoguery as spewed by Cohen.
Interestingly, the commission did not use "epidemic" to at least keep it local but there may have been a strategic reason for that. Local doesn't have the ideological heft. The term "pandemic" stops cold that ostensibly long desired discussion about race by automatically positioning the other side, i.e. today's whites, behind an eight ball. This type of political antics further balkanize the races. It can get out of hand.
Speaking of eight, the "eight can't wait" policing reforms have been supported by both the city and county governing bodies. Judging by reporting, these use of force restrictions have been pretty much accepted by local police administrations as well, which, by the way, undermines the need for the "pandemic" language. (link below) Of particular interest to me are the "no knock" warrants where police show up in early morning and break into homes to serve warrants.
The Commercial Appeal bent over backward to explain it. The term "pandemic" was used because it is something affecting the whole country. The article assembled experts from a CEO of Regional One Health to Shelby County Director of Health Alisa Haushalter to weave a justification, which included the police killing of George Floyd, as to why we should accept social circumstances as precusors to health conditions. In so doing, we must accept racism as an infectious agent that is attacking minorities everywhere.
Users of the concept of pandemic racism want to infer this endemic malady has been spread presumably by (who else?) whites. They don't even have to say that. Somebody contributes to the racist pandemic and we know WHO, don't we?
The words "racism" and "pandemic" when used together infer there is a disease of racism that has been gestated by whites and delivered to minorities toward their presumably ongoing unhealthy predicament.
But if "pandemic" is appropriate in describing the effects of racism, others can surely use the term in describing another form of bad behavior: political violence that has swept the country.
The County Commisioner's resolution falls on the side of the rioters who will point to it as another justification for their criminal acts because, after all, it is the "system" that is racist.
To further extend medical analogies in purging the system of racism, perhaps the County Commission can be talked into using a kind of racist meter the same way a temperature gauge is used to help spot Covid-19 carriers. That would really get the job done:
In another political health parallel, the Nazis proclaimed Jews and others as unhealthy for good Aryan Germans. And they had a whole medical establishment of doctors and nurses to offer a cure. It was called extermination.
However, already we've seen Antifa and their radical allies try to burn down a building in which their "enemies" were sequestering for protection. But wait, I digress. That's really not the kind of "health issue" the Shelby County Commission wants you to think about.
I'm not calling the Shelby County Commission Nazis--nor am I saying they and their allies are wrong in identifying racial economic, social and health disparities. What I am saying is the language used to focus on it is inflammatory.
They should rescind their resolution and replace it with one that unites instead of divides.
I suspect this resolution was a product of a coordinated campaign to get Democratic run cities to declare racism as pandemic in America. That, of course, is a political lie but is cheap chum to throw into the very real and increasingly bloody waters of American cities. Most recent: last night in Chicago.
Part 2 of this theme is coming up. I also requested a comment from Region One Medical and the Shelby County Health Department but received no call back. Of course, email me your thoughts and opinion. I may publish them so if you do not want them published, please so indicate. Please title your email "Racism Pandemic."
Portland Rioters Burn Police Union Building,
Barricade People Inside Justice Center
(Memphis 7.9.20, BenQQ) Jim Jordan (R-OH 4th Dist) pointedly said this morning in a Fox News interview House Judiciary Committee member Steve Cohen (D-TN 9th Dist) is pushing impeachment again. In a letter to congressional members Cohen targetted Attorney General William Barr because he, per Politico, has "continually tried to delegitimize the investigation into foreign interference in the 2016 election.”
Excepting reportedly Reps. Tlaib (MI) and Pascrell (NJ), few Dem members have the desire for another failed Republican impeachment campaign. Even House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) reportedly called Cohen's political venture a “waste of time.”
Yet, with shades of his previous anti-Trump obsessions, that did not stop Cohen declaring this week: “We should pursue impeachment of Bill Barr because he is reigning terror on the rule of law.”
So, with not even the lineup of usual supporting members, nervous Democrats may be showing uncharacteristic prudence on being on the receiving end of independent voter sting in response to another baseless impeachment attempt.
However, Cohen has no reason to fear abandonment from his usual base who apparently out of habit (and with local media neutrality, if not support), will probably vote for him anyway. Cohen represents a heavily black Democratic constituency in a low income district that includes Memphis.
Cory Strong, has announced he is running against Cohen in the Democratic Primary Aug. 6, though, judging by his web site, he seems to have little substantive difference with Cohen.
Barr has agreed to appear before the Judiciary Committee July 28.
a first person account from inside a three car smashup, pics and words by Ben "BenQQ" Harrison
(Memphis 4.5.20) Yesterday. A perfectly clear mid afternoon. Only 1 mile left to go. Just make the bend in front of Rodney Baber Park. Then a short hop and I would be home where first thing I absolutely had to do was feed my dogs and cats.
Pedestrians help with accident victims. Note the complete side damage.
It wasn’t to be. Bam. Loud. I heard no screech of locked breaks on pavement, remembered no attempt by the speeding car running the red light to swerve away from the car passing under it. Three people would be sent to hospital. I heard the impact mixed with what I thought was a scream from either a person or metal scraping against metal.
Instantly my attention locked onto the car being pushed with a force that, from my vantage, was not letting up. Since its sideways path started in the center of the intersection, I watched the agonizing impact from what I believed would be a safe distance. Yes I, like every other gawker, would have the best seat in the house to watch a major car crash.
For a moment I expected it to be knocked over sideways. Then I realized the full force impact was propelling--or perhaps bulldozing--the deadstick vehicle directly to me. The little red car that had run the red light was still pushing it. Still going after it broke away at high speed and veered toward an empty field.
At the sight of the vehicle twisting toward me sideways I instinctively sunk low and pushed back in my seat. But I couldn't take my eyes off it. It hit hard. The sound exploded in my head. I felt myself pitching slow motion into a white pillow while my body pitched siideways toward the half open side window. The seatbelt cinched hard on my chest.
But it didn't stop there. The car that was propelled into mine continued to the the lanes of opposing traffic. That hit in turn pivoted my little 2005 Scion B from west to north. Our two vehicles ended up facing opposite each other on James Rd.
After impact, I sat still for a moment. I felt no injury but the cab was filling with smoke. I thought something was burning. My door was wrenched solid. I had a quick image of getting pulled with the Jaws of Life. Relieved that it still worked, I unbuckled my seat belt and crawled over the gear shift to the opposite side door. I was relieved when it opened and tumbled out head first. Nothing was on fire. The smoke was the powder from the airbag that had burst. That pillow saved my teeth or more. Ironically, it was an airbag that had been recalled and I had not bothered to replace it. I was lucky it worked.
Once standing for a moment, a man walked over and asked if I was alright. I said I thought I was.
A moment or two passed, I walked over to the car that had been hit in the intersection. The driver's side from fender to fender had crunched in. The woman driver was moaning and told me her arm was broken. I told her help was on the way and to stay still. I looked around and saw the little red vehicle that had caused this mayhem stopped about a hundred feet into a field. People were heading toward it. In a few moments, the occupants were screaming wildly at the apparent driver who was laying on the ground. I didn't want to cross over.
Police and ambulance services arrived quickly. As it turned out there were no life threatening injuries, according to police.
This is the car that ran the red light and hit the car above .
Driving from Frayser to Kroger in Bartlett in that late morning had been uneventful with little traffic but it was a different story on the way back. Distinctly more cars, some speeding and speeding wrecklessly. But luck ran out this morning at the intersection of James Rd. and Highland Ave.
It seems luck often runs out at this fated location. I had seen bad wrecks here before. For James Rd. however, this particular spot was not much different than any other part of this long stretch of road that starts at Watkins St in Frayser and stretches all the way into Bartlett where it turns into Stage. You can often see the crosses where someone had lost his or her life in accidents like this one. No one was killed here today.
As my brother and I collected groceries and various tools from my now ruined car, I decided to go to hospital just to get checked out. I had to be checked for coronavirus before entry. Subsequent various tests said I was OK but they gave me prescriptions which I did not fill.
For the three hours I was in the emergency room, I began thinking: was the accident I was in just made possible in part by the coronavirus itself? Sure, there were stupid kids speeding but did they not have more opportunity to speed with less populated streets? I see speeding more now with the slowdown and stay at home instructions than ever before. And does that mean a government will never get strict stay at home results?
On the same day as this accident, the Daily Mail said Tennessee and Arkansas was not taking the virus seriously. In one county in each state outdoor activity even increased.
Goodbye old friend.
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by Ben "BenQQ" Harrison
(Bartlett 3.30.20) Coronavirus. It’s changed everything in a matter of weeks. When I started writing this piece, President Trump had not declared a national shut down. Bartlett small businesses were watching and keeping up with the changes that can affect their market arenas. That was 10 days ago when I thought I had finished this story, but the virus does not seem to have reached its point where the docs can say its time for it to begin to drop off.
One virologist (Alanna Shaikh) said Covid-19 can range from a dry cough to a “fatal viral pneumonia.” After months of it being around we now it can lurk undiagnosed in your system with its ominous looking spikes to puncture your cells, hence corona.
When news of the virus was just picking up a media tailwind in early February, You could feel its approach from afar locally. My old MacBook Pro broke down and it was taking forever to get the repair piece shipped from China. I never suspected that had anything to do with the "Chinese virus" but by late February it had taken two weeks to receive a replacement part. So the repair shop, Bartlett Electronics, was threatening to go to the post office and find out where the package had landed.
Finally, when trying to trace the package, I saw a notice online that priority mail “from Asia" had been stopped. I assumed that meant China. Maybe the USPS was keeping packages enroute for as long as possible until any virus clinging to surfaces hopefully had died. I still haven't heard how long this version of Corona lives on surfaces with any number of variables like temperature and type of surface.
Thanks to the tech capacity to track viruses better than ever, experts are learning new things constantly about this “novel” or new virus. Recently researchers could say the virus only killed older persons especially with “underlying conditions.” The most recent news: it can infect and kill younger persons as well.
(10.30.19 BenQQ) I fall into that category that expects basic facts to justify a story--not the story acting as if adversarial prepositions are facts. For those journalists who are predispositioned that way or otherwise work for big media outfits that force them to their own a-journalistic adversarial positions, be forwarned: your product will suffer--and so will you.
Jonathan Allen starts off his article today by declaring Pellosi's patience has been "rewarded" with an imminent, at least as "reported," impeachment vote. Fact is, she is running out of time for an impeachment that will not get Trump out of office.
That's why instead of a story about Pellosi being rewarded, the first link in his story goes to another link that would supposedly show her getting rewarded. It does not do that. It goes to a Sept. 16 story also by Allen about Pellosi being pressured to go along with liberal, translated radical, Dems foaming for impeachment. I thought I'd see a headline that said something like, "FINALLY, NANCY GETS REWARDED." It was nothing like that--even when it was written by Allen himself. However, the link went to his story about how her "reward" is a one time impeachment vote in the House that would minimize local coverage in swing districts.
Let's go to para 2:
"Flipping?" Jonathan. Where did it flip? Again, let's look at your link.
(10.25.19 BenQQ) NBC left out in today's story about the release of Maria Butina, a convicted Russian operative, the fact that a former CEO claimed he was manipulated by Obama government officials into helping her infiltrate domestic political campaigns.
Patrick Byrne, the former Overstock CEO, said he was asked to continue an affair with Butina by Obama government officials. He appeared on Fox News, Fox Business and NPR during August to make his dramatic allegations.
Coincident to that, Rep. Steve Cohen (D) 9th District (Memphis) continuously called Trump without challenge a traitor and liar in some local and national media .
NBC News has been called out by conservative news outlets as a virtual spokesperson for the Obama administration, liberal and anti-Trump media.
We produced an opinion video about what we called the 'Patrick Byrne Affair' (below).
Is Cohen's Impeachment Dream Kaput?
(8.10.19 BenQQ) Rep. Steve Cohen (D-09), serving most of Memphis, cannot stop campaigning for impeachment, calling the president repeatedly a liar, Russian colluder, racketeer, racist, and to top it all off with a cherry on top, a traitor. As usual of course, what's surfacing is little evidence, especially evidence that would get the senate to convict. Cohen's activities not only do not serve his district but are actually intended--surprise surprise--to deflect attention away from Attorney General Barr's investigations about the Russia Hoax and related illegal attempts of the federal government to undermine Donald Trump's campaign and administration. Some accurately call it a coup.
A Roadmaster Driver Training Truck Crosses Sidewalk, Knocks Down Things
(Bartlett 6.1.19 BenQQ) A Roadmaster Driving School truck heading west on Bartlett Blvd went into the sidewalk yesterday. No one appeared to have been injured at the time these pictures were taken.The building had what looked like a half inch crack in the masonry. The entire building was taped off today. Three businesses appear to operate from it. Otherwise, the big training rig took out some fencing on the inside of the sidewalk before apparently stopping in the parking area of the street. The truck was driven away soon after the accident.
The Amazing Adventures of Steve Cohen as he jousts at the windmill of
President Donald Trump.
(3.12.19 BenQQ) Rember the outrage in some quarters of discovering some people
wore blackface? Quickly that spread to fraternity members donning Confederate
uniforms in parties and even going farther. At Wake Forest University one
administrator is the target of a campaign to make her resign. (Yes, this is the same
WFU that was named in the recruitment scandal revealed today, but she is
apparently not named.) I have another video planned on blackface/confederate
campus take from days at Memphis State University.
(1.17.19 BenQQ) Now that Mueller's report is pretty much a bust for the Dems,
its doubly so for Steve Cohen (D-9th Dist) who has spent thousands of
tax dollars in time and reputation in charging that Trump and/or his staff "colluded"
with the Ruskies. But now he has switched to new things. See him in action
with the excited Lawrence O'Donnell (MSNBC).
8.11.18 From Seditious to Crazy. Its the Memphis water. First Mudd wants political relief by Deep State, then Cohen "jokes" Trump will tell a Republican candidate to jump off the Harahan Bridge.