Buckhead should join Alabama

Part of the Confederacy is seceding. Buckhead is trying to secede from Atlanta.

For you Yanquis, be aware that Buckhead is a rich Atlanta neighborhood which pays a ton of property tax to Atlanta. Which is to say they are a bastion of white privilege that deserves punishment. And so, it’s punishment that they are getting.

You see, Atlanta is very woke. That means the police are handcuffed in their efforts to control crime. And that means crime rates in Buckhead are skyrocketing. And that means people who are not criminals – people like the residents of Buckhead – are disappointed and often endangered. It’s not about slavery. It’s about crime.

Buckhead may succeed in seceding. Organizers say 80% of Buckhead residents back it.

But here’s the problem with Buckhead’s scheme. If Buckhead secedes, it’ll still be part of Georgia. In last year’s presidential election, Georgia voted for Hunter Biden’s daddy, a/k/a The Big Guy who gets 10%.

And Georgia voted for not just one but two Democrats for U.S. senator, thereby turning the entire senate over to the Dem crazies who want to give everyone a trillion dollars to persuade them not to work. Which will be worth, after inflation, about $1.32.

And there’s a crazy Dem woman who lost the Georgia governor’s race back in 2018 but still has not conceded and has not denied that she will mount an insurrection.

I think Buckhead is on the right track, but thinks too small. They should not just secede from Atlanta, but should secede from Georgia and join their neighboring state, Alabama.

Lynyrd Skynyrd deserves some credit for this idea. Recall a few thousand years ago that Neil Young wrote a song stereotyping and smearing Americans of The South. He called it “Southern Man.” Americans of The South called it crap. Even Neil Young acknowledged in his later years, in which he is now fully immersed, that it was kinda crappy.

In answer to Young’s crap, Lynyrd Skynyrd wrote some non-crap called “Sweet Home Alabama.” It’s still a rock classic.

“Well I heard Mister Young sing about her
Well I heard ol’ Neil put her down
Well I hope Neil Young will remember
A southern man don’t need him around anyhow.

Sweet home Alabama
Where the skies are so blue
Sweet home Alabama
Lord I’m comin’ home to you.

You get the idea. A later verse proclaims,

Now Watergate, does not bother me
Does your conscience bother you?
Tell the truth.

OK, I’ll tell the truth. Watergate does not bother me. At least the Watergate guy could speak intelligibly. At least the Watergate guy knew who he was, where he was and with whom he was. At least the Watergate guy wasn’t taking 10% off the top on deals with communist dictators conducted though his racist, criminal, drug-addicted, lap-top misplacing, whore-mongering, child support-evading son.

But that’s just me. I asked some prominent GOP figures whether Watergate bothers them.

Tom Cotton: “Watergate? Hell no! Watergate don’t bother me. I love the Florida State Watergators. Not as much as the Arkansas Razorbacks, mind you.”

Ted Cruz: “Watergate? Hell no! Watergate don’t bother me. In fact, that’s exactly what we need. We need a wall. With a gate. With a big lock on the gate. We need a Wallergate.”

Dick Cheney: “Watergate? Hell no! Watergating don’t bother me. We should watergate them all till they confess.”

Donald Trump: “Watergate? Hell no! Watergate don’t bother me. I like water sports!”

So there you have it. Watergate don’t bother me, and it don’t bother anyone else who matters. Buckhead should join Alabama.

America’s taxpayers give half a mil to Aspen’s vagrants

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A fawning “report” in the Aspen Daily News breathlessly announced more federal COVID funds for Glitter Gulch, otherwise known as Aspen, Colorado. To be exact, $538,073.

You know the place. It’s where the house pictured above just sold for $72 million, and houses routinely go for $3-5,000/sq ft. Where insiders such as newspaper reporters and city council members get slope-side multimillion dollar homes for dimes on the dollars under the taxpayer-subsidized housing program.

The fed money this time is for Aspen’s vagrants. Er, I mean “homeless.” Er, I mean “persons experiencing homelessness.” Whom, we’re told, are camping on the sidewalks and pooping in the gutters because they’re afflicted with something called “shelter-resistance.”

Pity the left’s Sisyphean task in the dictionary of euphemisms. Once they find and roll up the hill a suitable euphemism for “vagrant,” such as “homeless,” the euphemism rolls back down the hill because it becomes associated with people who behave like vagrants.

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Six possible reasons the Dems want lockdowns forever

A recent Gallup poll showed that most Americans think it’s time to move on from the pandemic. But not the Democrats.

Democrats say by a 71-29% margin that we still should not “live normal lives”, but instead should “try to stay at home.” That’s despite the fact that the COVID death rate in America is down nearly 90%, the new cases are down about 65%, over half of Americans have been vaccinated (and over 80% of the vulnerable ones) by vaccines shown to be 95% effective, and even the redoubtable (or perhaps doubtable) Dr. Fauci says we can go out now.

So what gives? I can suggest at least six answers to that question.

First, maybe it’s just because the Dems are chickenshit. We do know that they’re chickenshit, after all. Honestly, if you were a soldier in a battle with the odds against you, would you want to share a foxhole with a Democrat?

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Why do black African immigrants do better than American-born blacks?

Millions of sub-Saharan blacks seek to immigrate to America. They apparently haven’t gotten the memo that this is a wretched land of systemic anti-black racism.

When they get here, they’re strangers in a strange land. English is usually not their first language. Their skin color tends to be very black, not the lighter color of American blacks who have an average of about 25% white blood in them.

Despite those handicaps, they do better than American-born blacks. Compared to American-born blacks, their income is about a third higher, their poverty rates are significantly lower, their educational achievement is higher, and their marriage rate is double.

Here’s the most intriguing statistic. Although black immigrants are more successful than American-born blacks, their relative success does not get passed on to their children. Compared to the immigrant parents, their grown children work less, are impoverished more, obtain less education and are less-often married.

Why is this? Does the notorious systemic racism of America somehow target the children of black immigrants while leaving the immigrant parents unscathed?

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On the one-year anniversary, the radical left celebrates George Floyd’s death and hopes for more

About a year ago, a cop arrested, handcuffed and foolishly killedftnt a violent career criminal, drug addict, thief, robber and ex-con named George Floyd who was high on fentanyl and methamphetamine.

Last week on the anniversary of Floyd’s death, the left marked the day. Not with mournful candlelight vigils as civilized people might, but by celebrating in the usual Third World way by shooting guns into the air, into windows and into other people. 

The left lives for these tragedies. It gives them an excuse to go out rioting, and they did. Not because they give a damn about Floyd, but because they like to riot. They like to riot because they hate America.

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Making Satan great again: The glamorization of evil

“. . . leftists are morally disordered people . . . . perhaps the best way to prepare yourself for contending with them is to pretend you’re dealing with Satan.”

— Selwyn Duke

“Pretend”?

Satan may not be much more to you than a medieval caricature, looming large only in the minds of 17th century Puritans. The European Enlightenment, after all, disinfected such bogeymen with the light of Reason.

But one is tempted to ask, to what end? As Goethe wryly observed in Faust, thanks to The Enlightenment “The Evil One is gone, the evil ones remain.”

Who is this dude Satan? Jesus spoke of him a lot. As told by Matthew, he’s the subject of Christ’s first two parables. The second is particularly chilling, reading like the original screenplay for The Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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They lie – they overplayed COVID dangers, and now they’re underplaying COVID inflation

Early in the pandemic, Dr. Fauci said, “there’s no reason to be walking around wearing a mask.” He said masks might cause more harm than good.

In the kind of pirouette for which he’s now famous, Fauci later told us all to wear masks indoors and out. Fauci himself starting wearing two at a time. (Why not three?) His baffled boss, Joe Biden, wears them for Zoom calls – even though he’s been fully vaccinated.

As it turned out, Fauci lied about his reason for initially telling us not to wear masks. The real reason was that he wanted to save them for doctors such as himself.

Fine, Fauci didn’t want to spark mask hoarding similar to the toilet paper hoarding we saw early on. (By the way, how’s that closet full of toilet paper working out for you hoarders?) In short, they lied to us to protect us.

But lying is not the way to manage grownups. Fauci should have explained that masks are probably effective to some degree, but that for a few weeks we needed to save them for front-line health workers who were in daily contact with the virus.

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One tin soldier will ride away

This song was for an movie that became a leftist icon. How ironic that the lyrics now speak to the right.

Because the left’s politics of hate, envy and greed — all done dishonestly in the name of heaven — will end badly. On judgment day, our nation of liberty will be gone. Just one tin soldier will ride away. Listen HERE.

Listen children to a story
That was written long ago
Bout a kingdom on a mountain
And the valley folk below.
On the mountain was a treasure
Buried deep beneath the stone.
And the valley people swore
They’d have it for their very own.

So go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won’t be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgment day.
But on the bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away.

So the people from the valley
Sent a message up the hill,
Asking for the buried treasure
Tons of gold for which they’d kill.
Came an answer from the kingdom
“With our brothers we will share
All the secrets of the mountain
All the riches buried there.”

Now the valley cried with anger
“Mount your horses, draw your swords.”
And they killed the mountain people
So they won their just rewards.
Now they stood beside the treasure
On the mountain, dark and red.
Turned the stone and looked beneath it
“Peace on earth” was all it said.

So go ahead and hate your neighbor
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of heaven
You can justify it in the end.
There won’t be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgment day.
But on the bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away.

At United Airlines, racial and sexual discrimination are their copilots

United Airlines has apparently conquered such mundane issues as late flights, canceled flights, uncomfortable flights, rude counterworkers, lost baggage, multi-hour delays in answering their phones, that plane urchin who keeps kicking the back of your seat and the ample passengers who’ve sandwiched you into the middle seat and the moron in front of you who’s thrown his seat back into your knees at about Mach 2.

Not to mention United’s pesky problem of occasionally terrifying the passengers moments before slicing, dicing, incinerating and vaporizing them.

And so United has announced they’re joining the woke wars. They boast that they will reserve 50% of their new pilot slots for People of Color and women. The wokerati applaud.

This presents a question. Why doesn’t United already have at least 50% POC and women pilots? Instead, United’s pilot corps are about 13% POC and 6% women.

There are two potential answers to this question, and only two. Both lead to the conclusion that United is sexist and racist.

One answer is that United actively discriminated against POCs and women over the years. Plaintiff’s lawyers, are you listening?  Department of Justice, are you listening? 

The second possible explanation is more persuasive. There just aren’t many POC and women pilots out there to be hired. Indeed, less than 7% of all licensed pilots – not just pilots who fly for a living – are women and less than 4% are black, for a total between them of about 10% of the entire population of licensed pilots. Those numbers roughly correspond to the pilot ranks at United.

OK, that explanation gets United out of the discrimination frying pan for having so few POC and women pilots. But it gets them into the discrimination fire for their announcement that they’ll reserve 50% of new pilot slots for POCs and women.

Let’s assume that the skill of POC and women pilots is about the same as white male pilots. Given that POCs and women comprise roughly 10% of the potential hires, while white men comprise 90%, United will have to delve about nine-times deeper into the ranks of POCs and women.

That means that a white male pilot of average skill will have very little chance of being hired, while a POC or woman pilot with the same average skill will be a nearly-certain hire.

For that matter, a pilot in only the 10th percentile of skill – a pilot who relatively speaking can only be characterized as a bad one – will stand a good chance of being hired if, and only if, he or she is POC or female (and an even better chance if she’s both, since that would check two quota boxes).

This constitutes sexual and racial discrimination explicitly prohibited by the Civil Rights Act of 1964. United is back to civil rights discrimination that was outlawed half a century ago – and proud of it. The “friendly skies” are now officially more friendly or less friendly depending on one’s sex and race.

What’s next, will POCs and women passengers get priority in boarding the plane? That sounds ridiculous, but it’s less ridiculous than POCs and women getting priority in hiring.

What about United’s passengers who’ve effectively been told that United’s priority is not to hire the best pilots available to fly these 50-ton machines going 600 mph at six miles above the ground, but to fill woke quotas?

The most common cause of airplane crashes is pilot error. Maybe it’s racist or sexist these days to say this, but I will anyway: Bad pilots make more errors than good ones. I want to fly an airline that hires the best pilots available. Period.

Note: Glenn Beaton is a former aerospace engineer for Boeing. 

Do those yard signs signal virtue or stupidity?

On a recent walk, I came across a neighborhood littered with the yard sign in this photo. It seems the provocative platitudes we’ve seen on bumper stickers for a century have now taken root in our yards.

And for the same reason: To tell the world that the sign-planter holds wonderful beliefs that he’s willing to impose upon and attribute to the rest of his family. It’s surely not because the sign-planter thinks he’s persuading anyone of the rightness of his position, as if the neighbors reading the sign will say to themselves, “Gee, ‘Democracy dies in darkness’ is a great point. I’d never thought of it that way.”

OK, people preen. And leftists impose their beliefs on others. It’s what they do. But this one is stupid.

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