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Garner Guns and Police Protection

Of course the Eric Garner situation has done nothing but add fuel to the racial embers burning in the black communities. While the vast majority of “white America” has been over the racial divide for last 10-20 years, the race hustlers continue to stir the pot. After all – it’s how they make their living.

Naturally, the debate rages on social media, so I figured I’d share one of my recent conversations. Calvin Lester decided to share Rep Hank Johnson (D-GA) ridiculous “I can’t breathe” speech from the House floor.

As a reminder, Rep Hank Johnson has already provided us with a wealth of comedy – he thinks Guam (the island territory) might actually tip over. Even The Young Turks can’t defend that one..



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@Jarvis – maybe you misunderstand. “We” don’t have guns because of a mistrust of the police at the all. “We” actually trust the police to do their job – which is NOT protecting “us”. That would require some sort of pre-crime analysis which isn’t possible with current technology. Protection also isn’t feasible since it would require 24/7 supervision for all of us. There simply aren’t enough cops.

The job of the police is law enforcement, hence their title as law enforcement officers. That enforcement happens AFTER the fact 95% of the time. Of course, that means a crime has to first happen before they can show up with the lights and guns and yellow tape.

“We” have guns (and other means) of protection because we believe that ultimately “we” are responsible for both our own actions and our safety.


In the case of Garner, I do agree with you that the actions by the cops were ridiculous. Whether they were on orders to increase the pressure on the local riff-raff doesn’t matter. Arrest for selling illegal cigarettes? Really?

In my opinion that should be a ticket and court appearance. If the local businesses complained (apparently) then give him the opportunity to vacate the area or face arrest.

I also don’t care if he had a record or not. This was an overstep of the local government – not of the police.

On the other hand, verbally resisting and complaining is not the same as physically resisting. Once he physically resisted, the outcome was never going to be in his favor. More cops will simply show up. Did he “fight” the cops? Not exactly – but as any parent knows, trying to drag or control or contain a child throwing a tantrum where you are fighting dead weight is difficult enough. Now imagine a 350lb man.

Ultimately, the cop(s) did NOT kill Garner. He killed himself by his actions that were precipitated by local overreach.

Saving Prisoners

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Well if we get away from the stupid rhetoric and look at the facts, it makes things a little easier. The US prison population has skyrocketed since the 80’s. Why you ask? Primarily because of mandatory sentencing guidelines that were all the rage of elected officials voted in – on both sides of the aisle.

Now, while violent crimes rates have dropped considerably in the last decade, most of the mandatory sentencing is due to drug related crimes. When the NOLA article mentions the likelyhood of the children of offenders becoming incarcerated, they fail to mention the most likely cause.

We ought to be concerned because we recognize that incarcerations beget incarcerations. Parents who go to prison leave behind children who eventually follow them there. Some might want to blame genetics, but it’s just as likely that seeing one’s parent sent away — even a parent with problems — further destabilizes a child’s household and contributes to their worsening behavior. — Jarvis DeBerry  – NOLA – Sunday, March 27, 2011

It’s not some magic advanced Darwinian DNA evolution among criminal bloodlines. It’s simply drug use and the impressions passed on from parent to child. It’s not society’s fault nor social injustice. People make bad decisions and if caught have to do the punishment. Children see this and unfortunately a large percentage learn the bad habits.

Who do people like Brett Malone want to blame? The Christians, evil profiteers, the governors…everyone but the people who are ultimately to blame. Guess who that is? The people who consciously make the wrong choices.

Now some people argue that privatizing prisons would invite corrupt policies to send more people to prison. Why would a company purchase (or invest in building) a prison with no inmates?

Again, if we move away from the rhetoric, a private company would typically build a facility that is designed to hold enough prisoners for which the market bears. Private businesses most likely would not build something to hold 1,000 prisoners (as an example) if the state was only able to send 200. It wouldn’t make financial sense, and private business is there to make a profit.

The private company can’t simply order extra prisoners. The judicial and legal system has to generate them – all through elected laws and officials.

Will Jindal’s suggestion to privatize prisons save taxpayers money? Good question and I haven’t researched it enough to make an educated guess. It’s painfully obvious that the current methods and policies combined with bad choices by offenders will certainly continue to cost us taxpayers money.

However, one thing is for sure: the “social justice” programs have caused this state and others some very real fiscal problems. Those have to be solved through short-term and long-term strategies.

Millionaire’s Tax Rant

As many of you know, Facebook provides a fertile ground for political and economic debate. This one ended up pretty good, so I’m posting it here. You can read the full thread by reading the image at the bottom of this article.

Calvin Ben Lester: How can you be seriously for deficit reduction and give a trillion dollar tax break for the top 15% of the country? Vote no for unemployment benefits but yes for tax breaks for Millionaires? C’MON SON!

Calvin Ben Lester: So the Bush tax cuts have had what effect on the unemployment rolls exactly??? Can’t seriously attack defecit without dealing with revenues and expenditures.

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Rex Moncrief: Thats funny – when you look at this graph and the fact that the tax cuts were enacted in ’01 and ’03, it looks like there was a downward trend. That’s really odd isn’t it?

It’s also funny how it sharply increased after spending started to jump and the economy fell through..but that’s another story.

Mollie Walton Corbett: Responsible wealthy business people know they should be taxed at a hgher rate and welcome it, people like Bill Gates. The trickle-down economics that would have us believe that tax-cuts for the wealthy translate to jobs for the lower classes make for interesting reading in a recession. The whole damn thing finally imploded, so more of the same old policies is irresponsible.

Bobby Lister: ‎@Rex, unless you hit a gold mine somewhere since the last time I saw you, you should be about in the same shape as the rest of the working class. I dont understand how you champion the Republican ideas such as extending the tax cuts for the wealthy and cutting unemployment, busting up healthcare, lowering the minimum wage, etc. Let me ask you this: You seem to like pretty little graphs and numbers; give me a comparison ( or point me to the right source) between what passing the tax cuts as they stand would cost taxpayers versus what passing tax cuts for just the middle class would cost? I think Mollie has a valid point. I will go even further by saying that wealthy Americans (15% of the population) are “Coporate America” who instead of creating jobs in the American labor force, opt to send the jobs overseas where they can get cheap labor and production costs and rake in huge profits.

Rex Moncrief: @Bobby – first don’t try to guess what “class” I’m in. You see, I don’t think of classes. I think of people who either (a) work or (b) don’t work. It’s that simple. I’d suggest you back off the class warfare crap. It’s a self-fulfilling prophesy and you are trying with all your might to keep the glass running over. Enough already.

@Everyone else:

First, NAFTA was signed by your hero, WJ Clinton. While a Congress of 1/2 idiots passed it, there were a lot of people that were definitely not 100% on board.

Next, there is a core difference in character and morals between those who believe “the rich” should give money to them. Yes, that’s right. If you believe the rich should give more money to the Federal government, then you have your hand stuck out to the nanny state waiting for someone to pass you the plate.

But here is the easy fix to all of this. Why don’t liberal progressives quit being hypocritical morons? If you want to help bring down the deficit by increasing revenues (taxes), then simply start a movement to donate to the government.

That’s right – all the “rich who are willing to pay more” are full of bullshit. They legally CAN pay more – they just WONT when it comes down to the nut-cutting. Neither will any of you who think along the same lines.

It’s called a “Gift to Reduce the Public Debt”. Don’t believe me? Try doing your homework and actually thinking something through the next time:

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You see, when it comes down to it – you really want to keep your hard-earned income. You just won’t admit it to the like-minded fools around you, because that would cause less chaos. With less chaos would naturally come more order – and some people would have to work harder and beg less.

Any doubt how I feel when people try to tell me (with rhetorical bullshit) how to spend my hard earned money that feeds my family and helps my friends? Go straight to hell and don’t collect that $200 either.


I’ve been reported – by a Republican!

The sheer stupidity of some people never ceases to amaze me. Facebook certainly makes you realize how many people go through life truly clueless.

Of course, this is all the fault of Jim Wells. Somehow, he managed to post on the wall of Gail Hart from Lawton, Oklahoma. As you can see in the screenshots, she posted something about Bush and Perry’s new books. Then she followed up with a comment:

me don’t think it’s a good idea to keep moving everything we use in the US to other countries – where are our jobs for the unemployed that are losing homes and can’t feed their children? — Gail Hart via Facebook

That’s where Jim stepped into the yard and threw a few pebbles.

You’re blaming the wrong person. Obama has called for doing away with tax incentives for companies that outsource. I hope that the Republican House will go along with this. — Jim Wells via Facebook

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Apparently, Gail didn’t like Jim’s statement of fact – as much as it pains me to admit anything positive about Obama.

Then Calvin Lester jumped into the yard and started a rock fight.

FYI, isn’t this the same Governor who suggested that Texas seceed from the Union ? Plu-lezzze! — Calvin Lester

That apparently sent Gail over the edge. How dare someone talk about Rick Perry. So…she decided to claim her little spot on Facebook (with her privacy set to “everyone” nonetheless).

Oh and Calvin, I don’t know you or who you even are so get the heck off my wall!!!!! You are not welcome here and I will report you. This is a warning and I will not say it again. — Gail Hart

The conversation bounced back and forth, and finally I added my little tidbit to remind everyone of the ramifications of outsourcing, including sparking inflation especially when combined with quantitative easing. Plus, I decided to school Gail on how social networking works.

Now – about Facebook and posting on walls. If your privacy is set to “everyone” or “friends of friends”, then there is nothing to report. You know – it’s the whole idea of “social networking”. 😉 — Rex

Apparently she didn’t like that response. She also apparently didn’t comprehend my explanation about inflation, etc. For the first time, I was kicked out of a conversation by a Republican – and kicked out with Calvin Lester, a progressive.

Rex and Calvin – you have both just been reported — Gail Hart

Reported to the Facebook political police. What a day.