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(BenQQ) Yes, just for fun I've posted my miner obsession of documenting messages of visitors on the Graceland mansion wall. This is a walk-by of those messages with pictures of them taken from the sidewalk. There is both a slide gallery and 4 minute music video on the same page.
Memphis can be recognized for a number of good and not so good things, but at least we can boast of the world's longest running fan wall at Graceland. (If anyone knows of a longer one where people inscribed messages please let me know.)
I think its a pretty remarkable location--a kind of modern Lascaux Cave Painting except its not 15,000 years old and the artist(s?) had more time to work on the drawings than those standing in line to tour Graceland. However, the last time I was there taking pictures with few people around a pre-teen English girl asked me if I had a marker so she could leave a message. I had to tell her I didn't. It would have been a great pic. But I have used the wall for other portrait backgrounds as well.
Thankfully nobody comes into the Lascaux cave to sandblast the art on the walls like they do at Graceland. If you look closely at the messages on the "King's Walk" images, you can see old fading messages that grittily persist like ghosts. These pictures were taken soon after the death of Lisa Marie. I included some of those memoria.
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Here is the link to "I Cried Lots" gallery and video.
What's interesting about the saga of New York DA Alvin Bragg is how much the eastern intelligentsia wanted him to "uncover" at long last a final illegality that would not only stop Donald Trump, but perp-walk him before the salivating commentators of MSNBC and corporate media. Bragg had no problem making his key witness against Trump a discredited convicted former Trump attorney before the grand jury.
This affair is nothing but a footnote in the long story of how the powerful conspire to keep their power. But Bragg's office, like another one upstate, had no compunctions about radically politicizing his mission. Forget that released cameras reveals people being bludgeoned in the street. Get Trump. That's all that matters.
Bragg should be disbarred at least. His office should be fumigated from the apparatchiks who think Donald Trump is an--as our own Representative Steve Cohen calls people with whom his party disagrees--an "enemy of the state."
What continues to be made ever more clear is the willingness of Democratic politicians to sacrifice law and traditions such as the client lawyer relationship, government as a weaponized tool against whom they see as political enemies and the entrenchment of the deep state that results in continued policies favorable to world globalist economics.
Not surprisingly, local Democrats out of habit or lethargy, continue to ignore it all. Memphis media leans toward bringing comfort to the powerful. Memphis Democrats should walk away and vote their security and job interests with Trump. They should start looking and listening.
--from LGBTQ Nation. A Hendersonville Public Library fired the director after staff allegedly disrupted permitted filming of conservative podcast against transgenderism, CRT and the 1619 Project. The library board apparently felt they had the right to fire the director while opponents, not all that concerned about rights of free expression, objected. The issue is why: did library staff infringe on the permitted production of a media product? Work through this article.
--from the Commercial Appeal. TBI identifies woman fatally shot by Shelby Co. deputies Saturday; investigation continues (Bartlett) While not as sensational as the Tyre Nichols beating, authorities shot a Brownsville woman they said was suspected of a domestic violence incident. The story cites the stats of law enforcement shootings in and around Memphis: 10 in 2022 and 4 so far this year. Excepting the Tyre Nicholls case, police fatalities occur within an exceptional scenario but the article does not report if the decedent was armed or threatened the lives of the officers or others.
(BenQQ) Through my years in Memphis, I've noted--probably like everybody else who interacts with them--changes in policing style in various situations by different members of the police force. When I'm out doing work, I'm usually with gear and sometimes make "verbal contact," that is, say hello and maybe ask a question. Most were friendly and enjoyed interacting. Some were standoffish, a few rude and one hostile. No situation reflected a rational continuum or expectation of behavior. Regardless, I think that's a very good average.
However, in that we saw via video a growing group of officers apparently behaving the same way--that is participating in or passively condoning after the fact--the beating of Tyre Nicholls indicates something far more serious than lack of training. I'm assuming that "training" includes not beating motorists nor acting out some personal vendetta under color of law as has been reported in some media.
The Memphis City Council's recommendations are politically based on constituent demands. Understandable, not necessarily a bad thing, but it doesn't answer the real problem.
What worries me is group think among organizations. We see it everywhere. Especially among professions, especially imitative and socially restrained mass media, civil and military governance and, of course, among political parties. Some group think is advisable. You don't want every single member of the group running off doing their own thing except in political discourse. Nor do you want sub-groups to form to go around rules of the dominant group, which seems possibly to be one of the things here.
But you do want your group members to think independently when others are breaking the rules. You have to be psychologically strong, a self-leader by your own standards.
So my question is at this point and barring no further disclosures: how is it possible that not one person officially responding to the incident acted according to their notion of a broader standard of justice? Does "training" account for that?
I ran across this term "just procedure" (that is, "just" as in justice) when researching group think and police in this article. It somewhat applies here.
(BenQQ) Since I went to college years ago in Memphis, alternative gender related behaviors were always happening in micro-pockets of the city. Not as out there as, say, Weimar Berlin, but nevertheless there with real practitioners.
Giving voice to what some would consider aberrant behaviors has gone to legitimizing and demonstrating such behaviors in front of children. That's what the new state law is about.
Not too long ago, I commented against the Commercial Appeal newspaper running a front page picture of the huge multicolored gay pride banner in a parade (scroll down) as pandering and journalistically imitational. The story reeked of ulterior woke motive to validate the alternative lifestyle.
Local station WMC had to get into the new civil rights struggle but this time more objectively. In response to a station's story in Knoxville, WMC asked a local drag queen performer if he would abide by the new state law that prohibited children from watching drag queen shows. Of course he said he would not.
Not a bad story, but I would have appreciated a view of at least a mental health professional discussing the impact, if any, of a child watching a gender bending male crossing over to female behavior. See the story here.
(BenQQ) As laborious research on the 2020 election fraud comes to light in both buckets and drips, it reveals what most people with common sense knew, or heavily suspected, after Nov. 2. The fraud was so in your face that a million protesters--like millions of others before them on such issues as civil rights and war policy--congregated at the national capital to hear Trump implore them to be peaceful.
Though their protests to protect the vote from partisan vipers who would steal it were every bit as legitimate as the previous great historic demonstrations, the Democratic comforting media hacks instantly painted them as killers, violent rioters and fifth columnists. It could have been a scene out of a 1930s Bolshevik newsreel.
Unsurprisingly, these great journalists and commentators dismissed as unworthy coverage of the point-blank shooting of one protester by a trigger-happy capital cop and fraudulently blamed the death of a policeman on a beating from rioters. It follows the pattern of modern Democrats we've all seen so many times of blaming others for their own crimes.
Now, new tape that that Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy recently gave to Tucker Carlson of Fox News reveals a substantially different story than the ones ginned up and fed to us by state media, politicians and the infamous Jan. 06 kangaroo court sideshow. In fact, Carlson calls many of them crudely cut and ham-handed video lies.
Perhaps someone will dig into this new phenom of how tribal blood reporting works with scurrilous politicians to create a substantially fictionized account to retain power. See Carlson's report here.
(BenQQ) If there is any lesson in today's politics of ephemera and lies spewed by Dems and many Republicans, it is to recognize the end of Pax Americana as we have known it. That means the idea that government exists for the people and not those politicians in government, the oligarchs or the media. But now liberal Democrats, their allies in the Republican Party, the industrial-media complex and current political establishment have ever so progressively aligned themselves on the side of the Communist Chinese. No longer is democracy the thing, but now high-tech Orwellian control over populations is the wave of the future. And they like it.
This international political trend has helped to more easily put our country in the crosshairs of our enemies. Our political environment now actively supports media whipping up low information voters over issues like reparations, supporting the staunching of freedom of expression, weaponizing government against innocent taxpaying citizens, perverting standards of justice, and disunifying with woke nonsense everywhere.
All the while with an addled president whose party is well documented in criminally stealing the election for that very president about whom could be rightfully concluded to be compromised by both future kinetic enemies: Russia and China.
Not in modern times have we been so vulnerable from foreign enemies and so leaderless at the same time. At least the German bund dissolved right before WWll and the country got itself unified to fight. Otherwise, fascism would have won.
Will we ale to unify, that is to show Russian and China we are unified in fighting them? Will we be able to show them we stand by our traditional principles for a world that only recently fought to throw off its shackles? Now Russia and China want to reshackle the world with both military and financial (Belt and Road) enslavement. To quote our president manipulating black voters as a candidate but blind to foreign enemies: "They want to put YOU back in chains!" This idiotic scurrilous quote really applies to the world.
How can we be prepared for the coming alliance between Russia and China and a few other rump states, when:
-our own president is pushing a treaty with the Chinese-allied World Health Organization with little interest in consulting congress. Though unlikely to get past the courts, this is galling and shows where Biden's loyalties lie. If war breaks, is he also likely to declare an American stand-down due to world health issues? Is this a traitorous act toward our own sovereignty?
-our own Director of National Institute of Health was so quick to dismiss Chinese bioengineering at the Wuhan lab to which his National Institue of Health partially funded research. It is alleged he lied to congress to cover up this gain of function research. This is a code term for military bio-weapon development.
-our own Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley revealed he would call his counterpart in Communist China to warn him Trump was preparing a nuclear strike? With China continually expanding into the South China Sea and probably soon attacking Taiwan and her allies, would Milley still pick up the phone? He should be dismissed immediately.
-our own Attorney General Merrick Garland refuses to protect our southern border while launching attacks on political enemies from school board parents to Trump supporters? Hopefully, he will be impeached but there are bigger problems...
Conservative elements are falling away from stopping Russia from invading Europe while China is declaring there will be a future war with America. All this while our alleged president remains incapable of being strong especially toward the very enemies who are raising their nostrils at the smell of our blood where we are now vulnerable. China wants Taiwan. We must protect Taiwan because that is the source of the best computer chips and we need those chips to fly our advanced military aircraft and operate ground assets. If Japan fought over oil in the 1930s, the advanced world will fight over Taiwan's chips.
In response to their previous timidity, the Democrats are now finally seeing what has been in front of the public for years. The danger here: a Democratic over-response that could initiate WWlll. When all you've done in your art of governance is conduct woke policies, you are not experienced enough to calibrate steps through a thermonuclear mine field. Little wonder some Democrats are framing the Chinese as "competitors" and not "enemies" or even "antagonists."
Its time we radically change to a war footing that sends a message to both Russia and China. Don't want to send that message? Then we will likely be at war before Biden's end of term. Tragically, that likely will cause Biden to actually be re-elected.
In the meantime, rank and file Democrats especially who know nothing more than reading their local media and watching TV, should immediately begin consuming other media on the internet. All Russian and Chinese citizens have are state controlled media. All they know is what their government tells them. Thus, instead of being the first stop, they are pushing the world into war. We saw this with Japan and Germany 70 years ago.
Democrats should not put themselves into the same boat with their media.
Unlike in the 1930's, we should be prepared for war and show our willingness to use that preparedness to all who declare themselves our enemies.
(2.23.23 BenQQ) There is a current uproar among children's book writers because it has been revealed that allegedly 90% of children's books have been written and illustrated by Artificial Intelligence (AI). Writers are blown over. And its only the beginning.
For years now, we've been seeing the early stages of robots penetrating the average workplaces and activities like restaurants, driving vehicles, writing, illustrating, phone answering services, technical support and even surgeries and law. There is no stopping it. It's like The Terminator from James Cameron:
"That terminator is out there. It can’t be bargained with. It can’t be reasoned with. It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead." (my bold)
The process is already on for AI robots to reduce work hours. Regardless the political struggle between Democrats and Republicans, the fight over GUI, or Guaranteed Universal Income, takes on a whole different meaning when employers use AI to replace workers en masse. People, as they say, are unreliable, come with all sorts of baggage, need breaks and make unnecessary noise.
In particular, what will Democrats do? Will Dem populated luddite unions demand no use of AI among employers? Of course I believe they will, but that has never been successful. The thing most everybody eventually will agree on is a need for Guaranteed Universal Income (GUI).
In fact, glomming onto something possibly called "AI Subsistence" is the fastest way Dems can gain true popular power based on legal policy. Add that to the millions of illegals they've imported to be voters and their massive cheating operations in elections, their Orwellian landscape will calcify into an inescapable downward spiral into an inhuman nightmare.
Unless Republicans wake up on so many levels--like planning for GUI right now--the future looks bleak.
(2.20.23 BenQQ) Americans woke up to images of their president doddering along with President Volodymyr Zelensky on Ukrainian soil, much to the chagrin of many liberal commentators and conservative head shakers who are part of a growing alliance opposed to giving further support to fight the brutal Russian invasion that has grown to genocidal proportions.
They apparently don't care enough to want to stop the psychopathic Russian dictator next door who will do anything to reconstitute the old Russian empire. That included of course Ukraine but also Belarus, Moldova, Finland, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan. Once that is accomplished, Poland thinks they would be next. The opponents have to decide if letting Russia take over other countries is actually OK or if Ukrainian political/cultural erasure off the map bodes the same fate for other countries.
What we saw this morning was our faux president, "elected" under what we now see as growing dubious circumstances, whose weak inaction with Russia and slow support to Ukraine a year earlier virtually assured the invasion. He gave a short uninspiring speech and promised more money.
The problem is, Biden has wasted trillions of tax dollars on ephemera, not to mention draining the oil reserves set aside for emergencies, while increasing inflation. The result: popular intolerance toward dollars going to Ukraine to "protect its borders and not ours," as some media mavins have put it. Its a false analogy.
Frankly, I expect Biden to fubar most everything he touches. Like all of his messes, he makes a big deal "fixing" the problem after he's broken it. Much the same routine with Ukraine. Russia ignored Biden's entreaties to please stand down and pull back from the Ukrainian border in 2021. A big diplomatic fail.
What he should have done this morning was ring out the message the West, lead by the United States, will never allow Russia to throw the world into another European, even global, war. He has European history to point to. Had England not done the Munich agreement and forcefully declared they and western Europe would fight for Czechoslovakia in 1939, Hitler would have backed down. Hitler was gauging England's response. Germany had been given the time to rearm, invade and assess the West's reaction. Biden's message should have been: The free world need not fail again in this century as it did in the last.
Just as with most of the Biden decisions and actions, they are either wrong or miss entirely. His speech this morning should have been a clarion call to the Russian dictator--and to that one in China--there is hell to pay if they try to redraw the outlines of Europe and Asia. It was his chance to genuinely unite the American people over a genuine global threat--that is, something other than white supremacists, fascist Trumpers, and global warming. He could have declared a new doctrine that's always worked: peace through strength. He failed to do that.
What Biden did do was show Russian and China we will continue to throw our tax dollars into the fray until voters are persuaded its not worth it--because he cannot convince them it is. Russia is likely to step back until the US runs out of money and arms (another unseen catastrophe) and Europe can't stand being cold for another winter.
All this while Russians, under the sway of state media, believe patriotically the Russian Mir will rise again. Meanwhile, another crazy, murderous dictator ruling with the support of state media, Xi Jinping watches and waits.
(2.9.23 BenQQ) In the first criminal case of voter suppression it could come up with, Biden's DOJ has brought charges against an anti-Hillary Clinton commentator--and other "co-conspirators"--during the 2016 elections.
The DOJ charged Douglass Mackey, dubbed variously a "pro-Trump influencer" by Forbes.com or "right-wing provocateur" by The New York Times, with "election interference" by spreading memes that people could vote for Hillary Clinton by texting.
Mackey is now being prosecuted for violating 18 U.S.C. § 241, a federal law that punishes conspiracies “to injure, oppress, threaten, or intimidate any person ... in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution.” So satirizing how easy it is to vote can be taken as a lie and a lie about voting is a denial of rights. If the government is successful, campaigns will get even dumber with all sorts of CYA legal language and therefore less funny.
This, coming at the beginning of hearings about the DOJ itself running what could be called the ultimate disinformation campaign against Donald Trump in alliance with Twitter that denied voters of information about the laptop of Biden's son while deflecting attention from Hillary's email server and subsequent destruction of emails. Not to mention about what we now know to be the pandemic-related manipulation of elections.
But that provided no pause on the keystone zealots at the DOJ possibly eager to use a sanctimonious cause to distance themselves from the discredited Russia hoax (relentlessly shilled by our own Rep. Steve Cohen) and Biden's laptop from hell.
Anyway, here are two quotes from the barricades:
From The New York Times: “'With Mackey’s arrest, we serve notice that those who would subvert the democratic process in this manner cannot rely on the cloak of internet anonymity to evade responsibility for their crimes,' said Seth DuCharme, the acting United States attorney in Brooklyn, whose office is prosecuting the case."
From DashDaily.com "So, this nasty Twitter troll who had 58,000 or so followers could be facing years in prison because a few thousand people tried to vote by text based on a meme that he posted? He’s responsible for posting a meme that stupid people fell for? / My hot take: If you think you can vote in a Presidential election by text as you do with American Idol or Dancing With The Stars — then you probably shouldn’t be voting at all."
Watch this one. We believe it to be an example of the phenom of lawfare or using laws to damage or delegitimize an opponent, frequently impoverishing him with legal expenses. It should have some hilarious moments in court if it weren't deadly serious for all of us smart enough to appreciate political satire.
(2.7.23 BenQQ) The Miami-Dade Black Affairs Advisory Board apologized to FL. Gov Ron DeSantis (R) after one of its members called him a racist last week, according to the Miami Herald. These Florida Democrats may have done more to advance the quality of political discussion throughout America--up to a point.
Our comment: It broke the local headlines just when blacks should be concerned about job losses to undocumented workers entering the county via open borders as well as inflationary policies such as printing millions of dollars for everything from the care of those illegal immigrants to funding the omnibus bill. Last week Biden claimed his policies resulted in a huge job gain. That was another calculated falsehood: most of it was only seasonal.
Back to the story: The organization's head Pierre Rutledge said, "We take it to heart when someone uses the term racist,” Rutledge said, reported Fox News and the Miami Herald, which reported that he made that comment at a Feb. 3 press conference. “Words matter. And so as chair, I must start by saying we want to pull that back. There’s nothing wrong with saying ‘we’re sorry.’ That’s not what we intended to say or be depicted by anyone. And that’s not the feeling of this board.”
But the official statement did not come without the usual rant toward Republicans. Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam claimed DeSantis' policies "“always [seem] to attack black people and people of color,” but he did not say how. Ironically, it could be argued DeSantis anti-illegal immigration efforts actually help black communities by protecting wages from illegal competition.
The issue arose over DeSantis' opposition to the Florida Department of Education's Advanced Placement African American Studies course that he said had topics pertaining to Black Lives Matter, reparations and "queer theory" in the state's school curriculum. The DeSantis administration held these topics are not legal subjects in the state's course curriculum.
(1.30.23 BenQQ) To me, there are 5 similarities in the ways Joe Biden and Vlad Putin operate. Here are my 5 but you may have more in other categories or none. Write me at the link above either way.
They both know how to deploy their respective machines to trigger instantaneous approval from their respective bases. But let's go further...
-Putin fabricated his excuse for his campaign to win approval of war on Ukraine as a battle against practically non-existent Nazis.
-Biden fabricated his excuse to increase political power to fight practically non-existent and over-exaggerated fascists (“white supremacists.”)
-Putin dumbs down and thus wins instantaneous support of his base with repeated emotional patriotic messaging and symbolism, harkening to WWll.
-Biden dumbs down and wins support of his base with threats of a Jim Crow era return, crudely exploiting the civil rights struggle.
-Putin uses state power to suppress and kill domestic opponents. (anti-war protesters and political/policy opponents)
-Biden weaponizes federal agencies to suppress others outside his usual support base using some sort of legal pretense. (Abortion protesters and Jan. 06 political prisoners continued incarceration and over-sentencing.)
-Putin's party controls all of the media to spew one sided lies and self-serving misrepresentations, thus keeping people in the dark and, by the way, blunting life-saving critical thought (Russian state media + more)
-Biden's party relies on normie acquiescent and active propaganda media to influence people already in his camp for continued support. (Time Magazine + more.) Yes, this is a link on my analysis of Time Magazine's rich and famous prop piece on how the Dem's "saved" the 2020 election. Youtube eventually discovered my little video and took it down for being vaguely "dangerous."
True, perhaps all politicians are alike to some degree in these ways but I believe Biden and Putin both are dangerous politicians because people give them power by ignoring or thoughtlessly approving them. Based on any democratic standard, Putin is true evil considering the gratuitous criminal destruction he's doing to Ukraine and his country all for his own egotistic desire to rebuild the old Russian Empire.
Admittedly, Joe Biden is not inherently as bad but merely a politician who is self-entitled and generally oblivious except when he wants to treat other Americans as enemies. And Biden cannot get away with what Putin does because their respective political playing fields are diametrical opposites. Even though most of Biden's decisions have been bad, malign or corrupt, he still can make the right ones to keep Russia and China from starting WWIII by picking up speed to deliver the right weapons to both Ukraine and Taiwan.
The ironic thing is just by becoming aware both their bases can be turned for their own good as well as everybody else's.
(BenQQ 1.29.23) I've used this word below in writing about the Nichols beating and subsequent death 3days later: awkward.
In what way is it and to whom is it awkward?
First, it is awkward, of course, because all the defendants are black. There is not one white officer in the initial crew of 5 nor even in other officers groups who arrived on scene minutes after unarmed Tyre Nichols, an employed tax paying black citizen, was yanked from his car after allegedly driving wrecklessly.
The left industrial complex of media, politicians and corporations need the Nichols case to be seen as racially motivated. If this case puts us beyond race, the grip on using racism to secure black votes in order to accomplish globalist objectives that do nothing for blacks, nor the country, is lessened.
Just like Obama said his election puts us in a post racial society, the prosecution of black officers against a black man is an elephant in the room that knocks down the old shibboleths. It puts us beyond using racial animosity as an over-arching motivation from the white dominant culture. This means—or its at least more difficult--to be used as the usual political racial cudgel against independent blacks or whites for that matter.
So how many ways could the MPD police action against Mr. Nichols be deemed racist?
Well, for this to work the easiest of course is for all the officers to have been white. Less so but still workable is even with a racial combo. Let's say for example 3 whites, 1 Asian and 1 Hispanic. The calculus of “systemic racism” would fit at least rhetorically (but by no means necessarily contextually to each individual officer.)
In the above racial configurations, the political race hustlers in Black Lives Matter and fascist rioters in Antifa would have a factual angle to crow about. But it didn't happen that way. If left commentators are to use race, they must resort to social abstractions as dense as that of defeated and dead Karl Marx.
But commentaors say in fact, Tyre's death is a result of “systemic racism.” Here is an example.
And of course, there are commentators like Van Jones who sees prevalent racism in this case. You decide the merits of his assertions.
Finally, a lawyer gets into the act.
Yes, I acknowledge some sub-units of an organization can break from the rules to persuade some black members of said organization to act against other blacks. That has not been proven here. Maybe it will be. It is also cultish and already illegal on its face.
But the argument I make below along with a growing number of left commentators is that the problem lies within cultures—the culture of the policing body and, unmentioned below, to a lesser extent, the culture of the policed. The “cultural” problem could be procedural aggressiveness, suspicion and hostility regardless of race. I don't know. I'm not in the business.
Lefties commentators say little about the difference between this police action and that of other police actions. They are all racially motivated shootings and beatings. Racism is assumed to be in the culture of the organization.
But it is much harder to make the case racism drove black police officers to abuse and kill a black motorist. Something else was going on.
But even the New York Times says this case is too complex to be only about racism.
My conclusion: we are all better off when we don't try to shoe-horn race in every case. We are way beyond that. If a racial motivation continues to be needlessly used, it does more harm than good by eating up financial resources after the fact and engendering resentments where none should be.
(1.28.23 BenQQ) If you have ever worked in any sized company or organization, you know something about external behaviors and internal values. They all add up to the organization's culture. In a complex organization, you can have subcultures that break from the touted standards of the organization.
We see that cultural corrosion today with Biden's Department of Justice, FBI and other departments and agencies. Ambitious federal employees quickly jump into the “culture” to get ahead. They do it without thinking. Did the officers in the recent Tyre Nichols case play into an organizational culture? Therefore, we ask:
How is it that 5 trained Memphis Police Department officers apparently can be triggered to act as single unit gone rogue upon an unarmed driver?
What factors pushed the buttons for all 5 officers, now second degree murder defendants, to act like a street gang punishing a member of another gang for entering their territory?
Was it working in a gang infested part of the city? Was it previous arrests of gang members resisting them? Did the whole incident have a pattern similar to the many previous arrests of gang members in the area? Was the car of the victim driving aggressively away from them? Did any of these issues come together to set in motion a violent mindset among the officers toward the victim?
First, keeping the small crowd under control in Memphis last night—and discounting the hungry horde of national media “covering” the event—was the awkward fact that no one could claim the beating was motivated by race. Otherwise you agreed with some of the pundits that black officers and police chief were racists institutionally. That is, the system is so mired in racism that an organization's public culture cannot squelch it. That's an abstraction only consumed by MSNBC viewers for sure.
Further, continuing on race, this particular police action upsets the popular but statistically discredited narrative of white police committing bad acts on blacks. The role of white cops perpetrating on black citizens has been shown to be overblown. Possibly, it is most represented by this very MPD police action.
Second, that leaves the most often mentioned thing: training. Other media organizations have all brought up bad “training” as the culprit, the real reason all this occurred. But who really believes the officers had not been trained in how to stop and detain nonviolently a reckless driver?
Somehow 5 individuals—and others standing around watching and allegedly even a couple of EMTs—did little to stop the mayhem under color of law on a single individual. They all allegedly kicked in as one. Reportedly by ubiquitous bodycams, no one did anything to stop the obvious outrage occurring before their eyes. Again, they had all been "trained."
Based on history, here's what may happen in the future:
-Good cops, that is those who are not triggered, will weigh each law enforcement action more slowly and deliberately. In a city racked with crime, that could be not so good, depending.
-The current police chief will be asked to resign. She did not even show up for the prosecution news conference earlier this week.
-The fight against predatory gangs has been temporarily stopped or slowed at least until that unit can be replaced or reconstituted. Update as of today: The "Scorpion" unit of MPD set up to fight gangs reportedly has been disbanded. Politicians rush to judgement and the media want to validate. Such a unit can save kids involved in gangs and stop gang activity. It's a big mistake to disband.
-The Memphis Police Department will again be brought under federal control. Some law firm will be appointed to run the department. Legal payments to that law firm will cost the city millions in addition to the winnings to the family and Ben Crump, the lawyer that always pops up in these types of cases.
-The city will announce some sort of new and expensive "retraining" program that probably will miss the hardest part about organizational change: culture.
-Companies considering setting up shop in Memphis will rethink it.
But for sure: One life and the professional lives of the officers involved have ended forever at enormous expense of families and the city.
(BenQQ 1.19.23) Memphis is not San Francisco. As a former frequent visitor from L.A. to SF, I can tell you I made up reasons to go there. The city was friendly, affluent, artful and tasty. In other words, socially liberal. Now, the great social change from the last century to the present-day San Francisco shows itself not the city to be.
With, in part, policies that are soft on crime, opening doors to a steady influx of massive illegal populations into "sanctuary" cities and record-breaking spending levels driving out taxpayers, visitors should think twice about their destinations in California. In the article above, the only reason given for the conditions of the man above to spray down the woman is the "success" of Silicon Valley. Huh? Memphis should only have that success.
Political culture of cites in Democratic Cali exclude fair solutions for homeless and businesses alike. Apparently, so does the publication itself. Memphis has the possibility of being something like "San Francisco on the Mississippi," but city and county have got to declare a radical unified front for new business growth with protections from crime, excessive taxes and never letting public sidewalks become residential camps.
Final word: Woke doesn't build cities. For profit businesses build cities. Cities should act like they know that and develop policies accordingly.
(1.16.22 BenQQ) In an astonishing step toward what looks like Communist Chinese social scoring--you know, how Communist China rates and controls every aspect of people's lives by totally monitoring their online life--Biden snuck in a measure in the recently passed 2700 page trillion dollar plus "Omnibus" bill that requires car manufactured by 2026 to monitor your various driving metrics ostensibly to determine if you are driving drunk. Similar to Biden's app that makes it easier for illegal aliens to get into the country, this is another convenient digital device--for government. Dubbed "kill switch" that reportedly can be remotely opened by "authorized third parties" at any time, Biden's measure invades your privacy in your car. Even the "castle doctrine" allows you to shoot someone in your car threatening your life (Tennessee). If such privacy tenets are to be ignored, how long will it be before Biden cooks up with other privacy invasion excuses for your home? No doubt, many Democrats will follow along giving up ever more privacy rights to the government. But for everybody else, hair should be standing on end.
(1.14.23 BenQQ) With the latest never ending series of Biden scandals revealing breathtaking levels of hypocrisy, those secret classified documents continue to be discovered everywhere from the left wing CCP sympathizers at the Penn Biden Center at the University of Pennsylvania as well as various open places at one of his homes.
Strictly speaking, in a democratic professing system, those who are truly responsible are the voters. They had every opportunity to learn about the career deep state elitist candidate with personal financial ties to the Communists globally well before the 2020 election. However, the Democrats give themselves a lot of slack.
Instead, the Democrats mounted what is now a well documented strategy of gas lighting and outright theft of votes. Few judicial jurisdictions ever even heard Trump's arguments defending the rights of his voters. The Democratic propaganda media dubbed them "The Big LIe." Of course I've written about that before, but this time, we have a prima facie crime in that Biden or someone close enough to get into his home garage stole and stored classified secrets apparently going back to when he was Obama's corrupt vice president. According to former business associate Tony Bobulinski, Hunter Biden was doing deals for Joe Biden who was coded "the Big Guy" in Hunter's conversations with foreign governments that Bobulinski said were paying to have access.
But now there is a whole new set of security scandals involving the mostly out-to-lunch administration, that is, classified documents next to the tail pipe of his favorite toy, a classic 1967 Corvette. Bloviating Democratic commentators such as Joy Behar on The View promptly suggested (later reportedly retracted) the discovered evidence against Biden was planted. Let's put that in the category of no real murderer has come forward to satisfy O.J. Simpson's mission to solve the crime for which miraculously he was found innocent.
But wait a minute. Maybe the parochial Manhattan Queen of Dem Group Think is right but not for the reasons she hysterically lays out. My addon to her thinking is If the documents were planted, they could ever so conveniently become the instruments that get the corrupt Biden family albatross from around the Dems collective necks. (Cut to: Biden's incredulously mouthing how he could not understand how those documents got into his garage sounding more like a gangster out of the movie The Godfather rather than a president.)
But wait again, friends, that's not all—and this one is just as troubling—the amount of energy consumed by this effort would deflect from a real investigation formally recognizing the financial connections between Joe Biden and communist dictatorships around the world. A sobering question: is the President of the United States literally be personally compromised by the likes of the CCP and Russia?
Yes, the limited view of The View just might be right in an accidental way. With the classified docs, planted or not, Dems get a fast and easy trifecta win:
Update: as of 12:52 pm CST, reports of additional documents found at Biden's Wilmington Delaware home.
(1.9.23 BenQQ) First there was Biden standing in front of Independence Hall that his people bathed in blood red with threatening military flanking his sides as he painted Trump supporters fascists. This weekend he's seen hobbling around El Paso that was reportedly cleaned up from the mess caused by his own politically beneficial policy of border destruction. There are many examples of Potemkin Villages through history but old Joe Stalin hosting another Democratic acolyte US Vice President Henry Wallace visiting a gulag penal camp where he believed prisoners were "volunteers" seems another arguable historical parallel.
Of course the whole thing could have been an attempt to clean up a city overrun by illegal border crossers but that even begs the question: what did Biden see and if he saw anything would it make a difference? He was overheard asking (carefully selected?) insufferably polite border patrol agents what they would have him do if he "had a magic wand." It was an insult to a group of officers who have suffered suicides in their ranks, numerical imbalance to cope with the 5 million plus illegal invaders and not even added money to hire more CPB agents in Biden's obscenely wasteful and inflationary Omnibus bill to their overwhelmed ranks. One felt for the agents having to stand before an addled Biden to hear, understand and commiserate to anything they said is nonsense.
Rank and file Democrats never fully grasped what massive illegal immigration means to them thanks to Democratic leaning media. Generally, it means loss of wages in contract labor jobs, low skilled hires and higher community crime from undocumented people who include felons to terrorists. And lets not forget unregistered businesses from plumbers to roofers who compete against legal companies. One thing for sure: massive illegal immigration does not touch the high paid TV news readers, elite Democratic politicians who are supported by big tech and industries who benefit from lower waged undocumented employees.
Therefore, most, but not all, rank and file Democrats never voted in their own interest to protect their economies and communities.
Texas Gov. Abbott was shown handing Biden a letter pummeling him for visiting a "SANITIZED" city and demanding he take 5 simple (but perhaps complicated for Biden) common sense actions that included rebuilding the wall that had substantially stopped most of the illegal immigrants under the Trump administration. Sadly, Biden is likely to ignore it all, visit Mexico to find a way to allow more illegal immigrants around our laws and then claim wisdom and success before the '24 election.
(1.5.23 BenQQ) From Griff Jenkins, Fox News: of the total 617,250 the CBP encountered or apprehended, 186, 573 were expelled under Title 42. The rest, more than 425,000, were released. Not even considering the gotaways who crossed into the country illegally, Biden released "4,681 illegals every day for 92 days beginning October 1 and ending December 31," according to VDare.com. A CBP source told VDare last month, the border patrol is totally overwhelmed with "0 physical capacity to even begin to process them all."
Biden's trillion+ Omnibus bill gave nothing to the CBP to relieve the pressure on the agents. Jenkins report arrived at the estimation of 69.8 percent who cannot be processed, meaning agents will encounter 2.5 million by Sept. 30 Vdare reported. "Americans will be paying for the welfare, education, health care and criminal justice costs of 1.74 million largely penniless and likely illiterate foreigners."
That is about 3 times the size of Memphis. A large percentage of that mass undocumented population is destined to pass through Memphis. We have asked the Memphis Police Dept. if there are any plans regarding this alien influx but have received no answer to date. Biden is reported his first time border visit for Sunday. More later.
(1.3.23 BenQQ) The 43 year old Memphis rapper is reported to have collapsed on her Whitehaven home porch New Year's day. You don't die naturally at 43. Something or someone kills you. In Memphis, it could be one or the other.
We're watching closely because most drug deaths today seem to originate with Fentanyl, the components of which are mostly made in China and shipped across the southern border relatively unimpeded thanks to the open border policies of Joe Biden and his entire Democratic administration, excepting some border state Dems. Fentanyl is sometimes laced with cocaine and some other recreational drugs.
I have written about the damage of Biden's total destruction of Trump's controlled border that allows drug cartels to more easily get contraband, that is, drugs, humans and terrorists, into the United States at the southernmost Mexico-US border opening. That gives the cartels a near direct route "to and through" (My quotes) drug markets in Memphis and beyond.
Gangsta performed in the world of drugs, crime and social deviancy that defines much of her select audience niche. Whether rappers want to admit it or not, her high production videos extolled those worlds to a niche with a niche audience of young black boys and girls living in poverty. Consider her "Kill Bitches."
"I'm gon' hurt one of you bitches Mane
that's why I'm gone stay to myself
Cause these bitches mane, always wanna play
I'm gon' hurt one of you bitches Mane
that's why I'm gone stay to myself
Cause these bitches mane, always wanna play
It's hard not to kill bitches
It's like an everyday job not to kill bitches
It's hard not to kill bitches
It's like an everyday job not to kill bitches
So what's a gangsta do?
As a lifelong white guy, I interpret the song as addressing the age-old threat of losing a relationship to unbridled sexuality from a possible competing mate, but her solution to the issue could easily be taken as legitimate to ghettoized unguided teens and preteens. I suspect there is no filter between concept and action once those lyrics hit home with no other concept to compete with "kill bitches." And so on with all her--and the rap genre itself--pieces. As long as rap (along with social media) are pumped into the brains of poor, black kids with no other guidance we will continue to see violence and group/individual decline.
Yet, that doesn't make me dislike her. At first glance she was a gut sourced artist that put it all out and a lot of fun that could break past barriers to at least some, like me, who listened to her. Rest in peace Gangsta Boo. I would have missed you if I had known you. She seemed to have different personnas. As a photographer I would have loved to have captured her in those other moments.
(12/28/22 BenQQ) If you were wondering what the impact of permitting hundreds of thousands of unvetted unidentified illegal persons crossing the Southern border will look like in Memphis, you have to wait a little longer until the Supreme Court decides whether to keep Trump's anti-Covid measure in place. It was expected Title 42 to expire yesterday but the Supreme Court decided to keep Title 42 on the books at least for a short while. This is not what the Biden admin wanted. Critics say Biden would prefer the border states to be overrun by illegal immigrants as they penetrate northern states and overwhelm current demographics eventually to vote Democratic.
Whether through ongoing open border policy of the Biden administration or the expected huge influx of illegals when and if Title 42 is finally lifted, Memphians should be concerned.
The Heritage Foundation says previous stats show about half of all criminal prosecutions in federal courts in 2018 were illegal aliens charged with murder, drug trafficking, and kidnapping. These were only a "fraction" of their known non-convicted crimes. Biden's policy turned a successful Trump policy of stopping mass illegal alien absorption into the American homeland into an open funnel of drugs, human trafficking and property crime. On the first day of his administration Biden spitefully stopped construction of the southern border wall.
But a true U.S. Customs and Border Protection comparison for fiscal years FY17-23 of arrests of illegal aliens exploded under Biden this FY22 to 12,028 and 1,432 so far in FY23. (Fiscal Year 2023 runs October 01, 2022- September 30, 2023.) To be noted, these numbers show the convictions of illegal alien criminals. These numbers are said to dwarf actual criminals getting into the United States thanks to Biden's open border policy.
Memphis is reported to be on a major drug route used by Mexican drug cartels, heading to and through the city toward drug markets here and further north. Reported services include human trafficking, child prostitution and establishing drug distribution networks.
Does the city think we should be concerned? We've asked the city mayor, police department and council if we should be concerned about lifting of Title 42 and what if any plans are in the works to handle a possible flow of illegal immigrants through the city. We will post responses here.
(12.26.22 BenQQ) The thoughtful media are talking about it: in one of his worst displays of mindless oblivion to the outside world affecting Americans, Joe Biden ran off to the Virgin Islands for some sun and fun in yet another vacation. There was little evidence of preparation as "the storm of a generation" seemingly caught travelers and the administration by surprise.
Said Michelle Tafoya, former NFL sideline reporter,: "The optics of this are horrible. Not only is it a vacation, but it's somewhere warm and beautiful while others are freezing, literally, to death."
Government sponsored media NPR downplayed reports of looting and portrayed Gov Kathy Hochul (R) much like another storm victim. However, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown called the looters "the lowest of the low."
Nationally, there were 5,000 airline cancelations and 1,800 delays. We presume the alleged president was not delayed on his vacation.
(12.22.22 BenQQ) The notion that an American president could be conspiring with fellow federal henchmen to launch a domestic enemies attack on political opponents is hard to get. The “hard to get” part makes it that much easier for the Democrats to carry out polices that look more like those in China and Russia than the United States.
With the pretense of rounding up enemy fascists who had the temerity to protest what they believed was the stealing of the 2020 election, Joe Biden continues to make America look more like Red China and Russia. Perhaps that's no accident, considering he reportedly became richer, as well as compromised, via his influence peddling son, Hunter. Forgotten Hunter's laptop? That's by design. Here ya' go.
Not since the early twentieth century has the dominant party acted with such open targeting of its opponents, though the FBI gave it a good try to civil rights and antiwar activists back in the 60's and 70's. What's most disturbing is rank and file Democrats have stood by without raising a voice in protest to Biden's power mongering and family corruption. Indeed, Democrats voted for it.
In just two years, Biden and his party increasingly have leaned toward central government autocracy almost every time you see him totter across the screens of his party's propaganda media.
He has turned the opposition into an enemy so his federal minions at even the field levels of such generally OK government bodies as the DOJ, IRS, DOHS and FBI to act as his party's ideological storm troopers. Biden is testing the limits of traditional American restraint. After his reign we may see a federal government unafraid to go after people in more ways with less reason. I know of no Democrat who voted for that. Yet, they remain silent to the many faces of Biden's outrages that undermine American values.
So now the concept of “loyal opposition” is a thing of the quaint past. Democrats have acclimated themselves to the opposition by painting them as fascists, racists, criminals and “enemies of the state” (As said by leading Russia hoaxer Steve Cohen D-Memphis). Such have Trump supporters been variously personified over the past 7 years by their normie propaganda media egged on by political stooges of the left.
All this is made easier because we have new young staffers indoctrinated by college professors who rail against traditional liberal American values. They are now working in all levels of government and supporting the deep state by ignorance, apathy or political enthusiasm. One thing we do know: Washington DC is now permanently demographically Democratic. Modern Democrats have thrown away any notion of procedural fairness, as shown by recent Trump associates snagged in DC courts.
As further illustration, the often mentioned CR—Continuing Resolution—would let the Republicans handle the budget in January. But nooooo. The Dems have rammed it through like a penis in a prophylactic and make everybody swallow it without ever even reading it. Gag effect worse: 17 Republicans voted for it with the vapid leadership of Mitch McConnel.
Everybody? That means Republicans and Democrats. As usual, the Dems are not serving even their own party by a bill so huge and full of fat the value of the dollar will continue to shrink. But they think their party members don't understand the word “inflation.” The results of the Nov. 8 “red wave” fiasco shows the Dems were right. There is a straight line between prices and common sense financial policy. Voting Democrats have yet to get it. Democrats may not believe it due to the propaganda media, but Donald Trump worked to keep every working American out of the Democratic financial morass.
(12.16.22 BenQQ) The Biden Department of Justice, weaponized to the point of launching on what this writer thinks are hysterical, uneven, politically biased charges and subsequent arrests complete with manhunts. These stemmed from the Jan. 06 2020 demonstration in which hundreds of thousands Donald Trump supporters assembled on the U.S. capital to protest their belief the 2020 election victory was stolen from them and President Trump. Up until that time there had been media coverage of Democrats manipulating, transporting votes and hiding voting processes. Few local and state courts looked at the evidence. Democrats called charges of vote theft the "Big Lie."
Subsequently computer forensic and captured video evidence respectively from Michael Lindell and Dinesh de D'souza have been shown to the public. Lindell provided a team of computer forensic experts who said the ballots were digitally transferred to China where ballots were changed for Biden. Lindell's findings have been generally ignored by media so there are few if any refutations from other experts to challenge his claims. D'Souza's movie 2000 Mules shows boxes of ballots, apparently in an organized effort, being stuffed into ballot drops by single individuals in various voting precincts around the country.
Free speech activist Cynthia Hughes said in a video of Epoch Times there had been 2,000 warrants issued to round up demonstrators. Hughes called for everyone who loves free expression to visit patriotfreedomproject.com and donate to the legal fund for families and lawyers of demonstrators, many of whom have been put in dire need as a result of the overwhelming legal assault by Biden's DOJ. Hughes said they had helped "probably about 15 or 16 lawyers at this point" who are representing arrested demonstrators.
Speaking on Epoch Times' Over the Target, she said while the wives and children of the arrested and imprisoned demonstrators are her priority, she said she also works to help lawyers as well. "These are not run of the mill criminal charges," she said.
"They [the aforementioned lawyers] are up against a corrupt--I call it 'corrupt'--and evil monster you know in DC. There's really no fair jury..." Host Lee Smith interrupted her at this point to say the federal prosecutors have limitless resources.
Hughes said she had received a telephone call from a disabled veteran, presumably a demonstrator, whose home had been swarmed by 17 fully armed FBI agents.
See the full interview here.