When Washington fiddled while Baltimore burned

posted at 9:01 am on April 27, 2015 by Noah Rothman

Gradually, and over the course of the last two decades, the White House Correspondents’ Association’s annual dinner has evolved from a modest roast, in which reporter and subject let off a bit of steam, into an entertainment event. The self-effacing term “nerd prom” was not originally a dishonest attempt to strike an ironic tone, but rather a genuine effort to describe the paradoxical event and its unassuming attendees. No longer. Today, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner is, like so much of what goes on inside the Beltway, a spectacle. Hollywood celebrities mingle with media celebrities, and on actual red carpets no less. A gaggle of photographers scramble to grab the best shots of their fellows, members of the same industry, as they file into another of the proliferating events that honor the craft of journalism. For the attendees, it must be quite an intoxicating experience.

This year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner was similar to most others; celebrities and journalists hobnobbed, the president told some well-timed but unmemorable jokes, after parties had been supplanted by late-night parties, Rachel Maddow made a mean martini. But this year was different in that the members of the media who attended and covered these events abdicated their responsibilities as journalists so freely, and while an event of such a critical magnitude was ongoing just a few miles away. As reporters, television stars, and White House officials mingled live on your television on Saturday night, the city of Baltimore descended into chaos.

On April 12, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Baltimore man, was taken into custody by police after being pursued on foot by officers through a variety of housing complexes. Gray resisted arrest and sustained some injuries to his spinal cord during the process. Though he complained of shortness of breath, Gray was not properly buckled into the vehicle that transported him to the police station, and he did not receive timely medical care when he arrived. On April 19, Gray died.

What started as peaceful protests against the Baltimore Police Department evolved into something more violent on Saturday night, just as the Washington political establishment filed into the ballroom to attend their long-awaited gala. Thousands gathered in the city’s downtown area near Camden Yards. There, events took a turn for the violent as protesters smashed windows and damaged police vehicles.

“Saturday’s trouble began in the early evening, when a group of protesters, as many as 10 by some accounts, split from the main group as the City hall rally was breaking up and went on a rampage, throwing cans, bottles, and trash bins at police officers,” The New York Times reported, “and breaking windows in some businesses.”

“As the breakaway group reached Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Oriels were playing the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night, it was met by police officers in riot gear,” the reported continued.

“Shut it down if you want to,” the president of the Washington D.C.-based group Black Lawyers for Justice, Malik Shabazz, told protesters on social media prior to the outburst. “Shut it down!” And the rioters led by a familiar but shadowy group of outside “agitators” did just that.

“Officials said 31 adults and four juveniles were arrested, and six police officers were hurt after several storefronts were vandalized and other properties were damaged in the waning hours of the Freddie Gray demonstrations,” WBAL reported.

Shockingly, the violence and property destruction was apparently condoned by the city’s mayor. “It’s a very delicate balancing act,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. “Because while we try to make sure that they were protected from the cars and other things that were going on, we also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well.”

It was an episode begging for media coverage. Recall how not merely reporters but flagship cable news anchors descended on Ferguson, Missouri, when anti-law enforcement demonstrations broke out there in August and again in November of last year. Remember how journalists like CNN’s Don Lemon embedded himself within a group of protesters and feigned effrontery when he was pushed back by riot police along with those protesters with whom he had aligned himself. Recount how MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was positioned so close to the violence that he was targeted by rock-throwing demonstrators.

It was not merely Ferguson where reporters fought for a front-row seat to the violence. Following a New York City grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer responsible for the death of Eric Garner, the journalistic establishment didn’t have to go very far to amplify the ensuing demonstrations beyond their reasonable proportion. When demonstrators were inexplicably allowed by that city’s sympathetic mayor to barricade the West Side Highway in protest, the news media was right there beside them.

So, where were the cable networks on Saturday night as Baltimore was rocked by violence? Telling their viewers to go to Twitter if they wanted to read the news.

“This is always about choices, right? I mean you know, you have to make a decision, what are you gonna do with this two hours of time. And we, you know, CNN made its decisions, and is sticking to its plan and so forth,” CNN political correspondent Errol Louis told the network’s viewers remorselessly.

He added that those anxious viewers will “find out all about what happened in the streets of Baltimore by this time tomorrow.” Have some patience, or go “find a live feed somewhere.”

“CNN was covering the WHCD and MSNBC was covering the WHCD and Fox was showing some already-taped crap,” The Washington Free Beacon’s Sonny Bunch noted before observing that those who attended the baseball game at Camden Yards were held in place as the violence escalated outside the stadium. “And it’s a perfect example of why the rest of the country is so sick of Washington, so hateful toward the press corps.”

The press has demonstrated a ravenous hunger for news stories involving young, disaffected, primarily African-American men lashing out violently at the police. They have shown a willingness to devote hours if not whole days to covering similar events. Editors have assigned reporters and flagship talent alike to travel great distances in order to cover those stories. But when one is occurring in the Beltway media’s backyard, they simply ignore it because it conflicts with the night in which they finally get their due.

That editorial instinct, one shared by virtually every media outlet, reflects a toxic level of self-veneration and an ugly disdain for the public this institution supposedly serves.

In the words of the mollycoddled student editors of Oberlin’s college newspaper, Saturday’s coverage of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was the press’s “love letter to ourselves.” The members of an association that had not long ago embraced its corruption and venality would be humiliated by this display of callousness toward real suffering in defense of a customary and cherished privilege. But you aren’t hearing very much embarrassment this morning, are you?


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Bmore on April 27, 2015 at 1:48 PM

The TRUTH is that we have 93,000,000 PEOPLE out of WORK!

This causes any small issue, like a bad cop, to result in major rioting.

Never forget the Obama economy is totally unaddressed by the administration as well as the MSM!

Freddy on April 27, 2015 at 1:48 PM

Obama is the Caligula Von Nero of modern politics.

Corrupt, sociopathic, megalomaniacal and incompetent.

Diddling while everything burns.

profitsbeard on April 27, 2015 at 1:52 PM

Of course, conservative media won’t report on the positive stories of how the Nation of Islam’s scumbag prophet waited until Aisha was 9 before raping her.

libfreeordie on April 27, 2015 at 12:45 PM

Fixed.

WhirledPeas on April 27, 2015 at 1:55 PM

Power Line’s Paul Mirengoff has a different take on this story.

The Baltimore Protests-Are They Really About the Police?

Del Dolemonte on April 27, 2015 at 9:38 AM

I take issue with Paul on one point: he claims that the black officials and majority-black PD can’t be racists; this is wrong.
Racism is hatred of others based solely or primarily on a perceived racial grouping.
There are plenty of black people who hit on other blacks when they have the power to do so, and they have a strong conception of race-within-race that justifies that to them.
It is similar to the way white elites look down on flyover whites: they view the rubes as so unlike themselves as to constitute a separate race.

Genetically, the distinctions among humans marked by pigment and morphological structure are insignificant relative to the distinction from non-human entities, but some of these distinctions are more visible than others. Thus, race is not just a cultural and social construct; racism is.

Analysis of genomes from around the world establishes that there is a biological basis for race, despite the official statements to the contrary of leading social science organizations. An illustration of the point is the fact that with mixed race populations, such as African Americans, geneticists can now track along an individual’s genome, and assign each segment to an African or European ancestor, an exercise that would be impossible if race did not have some basis in biological reality.

Racism and discrimination are wrong as a matter of principle, not of science. That said, it is hard to see anything in the new understanding of race that gives ammunition to racists. The reverse is the case. Exploration of the genome has shown that all humans, whatever their race, share the same set of genes. Each gene exists in a variety of alternative forms known as alleles, so one might suppose that races have distinguishing alleles, but even this is not the case. A few alleles have highly skewed distributions but these do not suffice to explain the difference between races. The difference between races seems to rest on the subtle matter of relative allele frequencies. The overwhelming verdict of the genome is to declare the basic unity of humankind.

Or, in religion-speak, all of us are God’s children, and we should love one another as ourselves.

Biological distinctions of race are not inherently negative; they can be used for more effective medical treatment.

Nature Genetics 36, S28 – S33 (2004)
Published online: ; | doi:10.1038/ng1435
Genetic variation, classification and ‘race’

Lynn B Jorde & Stephen P Wooding
Department of Human Genetics, University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah 84112, USA.

New genetic data has enabled scientists to re-examine the relationship between human genetic variation and ‘race’. We review the results of genetic analyses that show that human genetic variation is geographically structured, in accord with historical patterns of gene flow and genetic drift. Analysis of many loci now yields reasonably accurate estimates of genetic similarity among individuals, rather than populations. Clustering of individuals is correlated with geographic origin or ancestry. These clusters are also correlated with some traditional concepts of race, but the correlations are imperfect because genetic variation tends to be distributed in a continuous, overlapping fashion among populations. Therefore, ancestry, or even race, may in some cases prove useful in the biomedical setting, but direct assessment of disease-related genetic variation will ultimately yield more accurate and beneficial information.

AesopFan on April 27, 2015 at 1:58 PM

Of course, conservative media won’t report on the positive story of how a nine-year old black child was shot and left to bleed out on the street because his mother accidentally made him wear the wrong color shirt.

libfreeordie on April 27, 2015 at 12:45 PM

Fixed.

WhirledPeas on April 27, 2015 at 1:59 PM

Another piece on genetics and race, arguing for less definitive racial boundaries.

Genes certainly reflect geography, but unlike geography, human genetic differences don’t fall along obvious natural boundaries that might define races. As my Washington University colleague Alan Templeton has shown, by objective genetic definitions of race, human races don’t exist. Writing in Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Templeton notes that “Human populations certainly show genetic differences across geographical space, but this does not necessarily mean that races exist in humans.” For an objective, biological definition of race, this genetic differentiation has to occur “across sharp boundaries and not as gradual changes.” Templeton examined two genetic definitions of race that are commonly applied by biologists to vertebrate species. In both cases, races clearly exist in chimpanzees, our nearest relatives, but not in humans.

I would venture that the way the scientists here define “race” is more exact than the way most people perceive “race” to be.

AesopFan on April 27, 2015 at 2:11 PM

One more, with a bit more scientific precision.

Much of the confusion surrounds the term itself. What is race and how is it defined? What relevance does race have to science, if any? These are questions that help to frame a debate that is often confusing, where words such as ancestry, population, and ethnicity are bandied about and superimposed upon one another often inappropriately by researchers and journalists alike. Members of the public are faced with conflicting headlines such as “DNA Test in LA. Killings Is Said to Have Indicated Attacker’s Race,”[2] or, “Race is the biggest reason America treats its poor more harshly than any other advanced country,”[3] which highlight the debate between nature and nurture, but offer no guideposts to discerning it. Within communities of scientists there seems to be little agreement on the semantic platform as to a common definition.

R.C. Lewontin, a Harvard scientist, explains in his essay “Confusions About Human Races,” that 85% of human genetic variation occurs within any given population, such as those of European descent. About half of the remaining 15% is attributable to variation between local populations, such as the French and the Ukrainians, whereas an unclear 6-10% defines variation between the more “classically defined geographical races.” (e.g., African versus European). Lewontin maintains that the exact proportion of this variation is unclear due to the inherent problems in attributing groups to racial categories.

There is no evidence to suggest that the small number of markers isolated in some groups implicates for differences beyond mutations for a handful of diseases or outward physical appearance, yet the use of race in genetics is often stretched to areas where it does not belong.

But even within the parameters that define the tiny biological differences between groups, race is not useful as a proxy to judge these differences. This is true for a couple of reasons. First, a person’s apparent race often does not reflect the genetic diversity represented in their biology. For example, though they are of one race, many African-Americans have descendants from Europe and the Americas as well as Central and West Africa. Their “race” is considered to be African-American, but their ancestry is mixed. Ancestry refers to an individual’s line of descent that can be traced through ancestors back to a geographic region(s) of origin. A given individual may have ancestors who all originated from the same region, but this is rare. Further, each individual’s ancestry is different and it is possible for individuals from the same “race” to have very different ancestries. What you see isn’t always what you get. Second, it is possible, even likely, that a given individual will not know the extent to which they are genetically mixed. Medical advice and clinical studies based on information about “race” from self-reports or by judgments about “race” made by doctors and researchers, therefore, can only lead to erroneous conclusions.
…Confusion between the categories race, ethnicity, and population is something that professionals and scientists in the field of genetics should be trying hard to combat.

AesopFan on April 27, 2015 at 2:21 PM

The Problem is that Baltimore has a Black Mayor and a Black Public Safety Commissioner, so the positioning of the bad guy in the narrative is tough.

the drill sgt on April 27, 2015 at 9:52 AM

Has there been any information on the arresting officers?
If they are black as well, the entire narrative was a “loser” for DeMedia, which doesn’t always have exactly the same agenda as the riot-instigators.
And Sharpton hasn’t had much to say, so far as I can tell.

#BlackLivesOnlyMatterIfWhitesCanBeBlamed

AesopFan on April 27, 2015 at 2:24 PM

There are more whites on welfare than blacks because there are far more whites. But I’d love to see it broken down by percentage. 12% of the population is black. 55% of violent crimes are committed by blacks on average. What percentage of the black population is on welfare?

ConstantineXI on April 27, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Actually there are more blacks than whites on welfare despite that blacks are only 13% of the population vs whites who are 72% of the population. Blacks make up 39.8% of the welfare population whereas whites make up 38.8% of the welfare population and the remaining is from the others groups (Hispanics, Asians, etc…). Source: http://www.statisticbrain.com/welfare-statistics/

mnjg on April 27, 2015 at 10:10 AM

You beat me to it. Here’s more details.

Total number of Americans on welfare — 11,400,000
Total number of Americans on food stamps — 41,700,000
Total number of Americans on unemployment insurance — 10,200,000
Percent of the US population on welfare — 4.1 % [not as bad as I thought]
Total government spending on welfare annually (not including food stamps or unemployment) $131.9 billion
[they don’t dare give the full total]
Welfare Demographics
Percent of recipients who are white 38.8 %
Percent of recipients who are black 39.8 %
Percent of recipients who are Hispanic 15.7 %
Percent of recipients who are Asian 2.4 %
Percent of recipients who are Other 3.3 %

AesopFan on April 27, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Oh to be at City Hall on Sunday or this morning to hear the reaction to Rawlings-Blake’s comments by Orioles owner and big-time Democratic Party donor Peter Angelos, who gets most of his customers from the suburbs and likely doesn’t think much of the idea of giving some of the angrier local residents space to destroy around his ballpark.

(On the other hand, if you’re big-time Democratic Party donor Peter Angelos, you’re probably overjoyed that CNN and the other broadcast networks didn’t cover the Camden Yards riots — when Edward Bennett Williams and the city of Baltimore built Camden Yards back in the early 1990s, it was specifically because it was getting tougher and tougher to get suburban fans to go see the O’s games at the old Memorial Stadium on 33rd Street. Camden Yards was part of the Inner Harbor redevelopment plan, with the harbor itself creating a natural barrier on two sides to make the place feel safer for people to drive or take commuter rail to. Widespread publicity of how that may not be the case in 2015 is not something Angelos would want broadcast to the world.)

jon1979 on April 27, 2015 at 10:25 AM

Soon there will be no safe places left.

AesopFan on April 27, 2015 at 2:32 PM

libfreeordie on April 27, 2015 at 12:45 PM

LOL, you imbecile.

Midas on April 27, 2015 at 2:35 PM

More whites are killed by the police every year than are blacks, by the way.

Looks like it’s time to riot, or something.

Midas on April 27, 2015 at 2:36 PM

i’m not sure what being on welfare has to do with rioting. Nor am I sure what percentage of the rioters are on welfare.

i do know that rioting takes the focus off the legitimate concerns and grievances that are there.

theblackcommenter on April 27, 2015 at 11:27 AM

It’s very possible the actual rioters are not on welfare (but then again, lots of Islamic jihadis are living off the societies they are trying to destroy).

Your second sentence is very true; and makes it difficult to even discern what those concerns are, much less how legitimate they might be.
PS Grievances and legitimate concerns are not necessarily the same thing. At the moment, US universities have a lot of grievances about rape culture, but their legitimate concerns about the prevalence of rape on campus (which is less likely than off campus) are not even being articulated, much less addressed because to do so would shut down the RadFemLibbers narrative about EvilWhiteMen.

AesopFan on April 27, 2015 at 2:38 PM

So, Ms. Mayor, looters have to be protected from cars? You can’t put up police barricades to keep protesters on the sidewalk and let others drive their cars by in peace? Why do “those who wish to destroy” need space? Is it now legal to loot in Baltimore? You can’t have police to protect the stores, and channel the protesters into a public park?

Steve Z on April 27, 2015 at 11:27 AM

Apparently not.
The official consensus seems to be like all of Obama’s straw-men dichotomies: the only two choices are allowing rioters the freedom to destroy anything they want, or shooting them all dead.
If they do not modify the first (by your very good suggestions, perhaps), they will eventually have the populace opting for the second.

AesopFan on April 27, 2015 at 2:40 PM

Baltimore is only a symptom of something far larger and more menacing. Sort of like a bloodshot eye of an Ebola victim. We see it in Ferguson, Detroit, New Orleans, Camden NJ and in 500+ other cities and towns and that is the destruction of the black family as a viable unit in society. The only uncertainty is the exact location of where the next symptom will erupt. There is almost nothing any outsider can do to ameliorate this illness although ,I suspect billions more of totally useless money will be thrown at the problem.

We get an illusion of black progress because of a black president and two high profile black attorneys general back-to-back. But shouting and screaming and projecting your failures onto whites has not solved the societal and economic gap and, in fact, -probably has made it worse. But I think we all know that the failure of our current president, largely hidden by a protective PC press will soon be fully revealed and it will be a long, long, long time before another black president will be elected.

You cannot have a society where almost 80% of your children grow up fatherless. NOBODY (not just blacks) can. What this means is that the male children are doomed to emulate their father’s shiftless and sexually irresponsible life styles. The mothers might try to control their sons, but as soon as they reach the age of 11 or 12, when they can physically overpower their mothers, they do so and become the boss.

The ONE positive thing I was hoping from Obama was that he might teach blacks by example and lecture them on self responsibility but instead, he echoed Al Sharpton, hy projected all blame onto whites. The ONLY people who can improve this situation are blacks themselves. So in a constantly more complex environment in which independence and technical skill is paramount, blacks are growing continually more dependent and ignorant and, maybe, a PERMANENT UNDERCLASS.

MaiDee on April 27, 2015 at 2:47 PM

Of course, conservative media won’t report on the positive stories coming out of the protests. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/04/27/the-bloods-and-crips-anti-cop-ceasefire-in-baltimore.html?via=desktop&source=facebook

libfreeordie on April 27, 2015 at 12:45 PM

How nice to see some good news for a change.

Before protests over Freddie Gray’s death turned chaotic, an unlikely alliance was born in Baltimore on Saturday: Rivals from the Bloods and the Crips agreed to march side by side against police brutality.

The alleged gang members are pictured on social media crowding together with Nation of Islam activists, who told The Daily Beast they brokered the truce in honor of Gray, who died last week after sustaining spinal injuries while in police custody.


The detente was only a small part of the demonstration drawing 1,200 people to Baltimore’s City Hall, but it raised eyebrows among activists. Are things so bad that even Baltimore’s gang adversaries are joining forces to combat law enforcement?
..
“We can unite and stop killing one another,” Muhammad told The Daily Beast, “and the Bloods and the Crips can help rebuild their community.”

DeRay McKesson, an organizer known for his work in Ferguson, also confirmed the street-crime ceasefire. He live-tweeted Saturday’s mostly peaceful demonstration, which later descended into clashes with police and smashed storefronts and cop cars, and alerted followers of a possible respite in gangland.

“The fight against police brutality has united people in many ways that we have not seen regularly, and that’s really powerful,” McKesson told The Daily Beast. “The reality is, police have been terrorizing black people as far back as we can remember. It will take all of us coming together to change a corrupt system.”

On Sunday, Baltimore police announced that 35 people were arrested and six police officers were injured in demonstrations.

… Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanked those who were discouraging violence—and even singled out Nation of Islam’s peacekeeping efforts.

“I want to also thank the Nation of Islam, who have been very present in our efforts to keep calm and peace in our city,” she said.

So, “police have been terrorizing black people as far back as we can remember.”
In a town that has had black leadership and majority-black PD as far back as we can remember.
Once the gangs and jihadis (that is what NoI supports) take down the PD, who is going to protect the city from their intramural fights to “rebuild the community” under their own control?
And if this an example of how NoI keeps “calm and peace” in a city: no thanks.

AesopFan on April 27, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Note to the indignant – if the rioters had jobs they wouldn’t be there.

Schadenfreude on April 27, 2015 at 12:56 PM

Quick, somebody get Marie Harf on the case.

AesopFan on April 27, 2015 at 2:49 PM

The ONE positive thing I was hoping from Obama was that he might teach blacks by example and lecture them on self responsibility but instead, he echoed Al Sharpton, hy projected all blame onto whites. The ONLY people who can improve this situation are blacks themselves. So in a constantly more complex environment in which independence and technical skill is paramount, blacks are growing continually more dependent and ignorant and, maybe, a PERMANENT UNDERCLASS.

MaiDee on April 27, 2015 at 2:47 PM

Go back to that first article I linked on genetics; it continues to discuss the relatively modern evolution of national populations.

Economic historians tend to see the Industrial Revolution as a relatively sudden event and their task as being to uncover the historical conditions that precipitated this immense transformation of economic life. But profound events are likely to have profound causes. The Industrial Revolution was caused not by events of the previous century but by changes in human economic behavior that had been slowly evolving in agrarian societies for the previous 10,000 years.

(This is from that well known bastion of Conservative Right Wing lunacy, Time Magazine.)

AesopFan on April 27, 2015 at 2:58 PM

Hahaha. Nation of Islam keeping peace. Hahaha.

SpongePuppy on April 27, 2015 at 3:17 PM

Growing continually more ignorant. Maybe the black gorillas gang might do some tutoring once they learn to read.

They actually call themselves black gorillas? Where is Jane Goodall?

SpongePuppy on April 27, 2015 at 3:20 PM

The mayorette has [a] concern[]: that the rioters…have enough space to safely destroy stuff.

Akzed on April 27, 2015 at 9:46 AM

By the same token, I think the mayorette will agree with me that on our college campuses there should be spaces set aside where men who feel the need to destroy women by raping them can safely do so.

FlameWarrior on April 27, 2015 at 3:28 PM

Baltimorons decide that Mondawmin Mall is racist, and must be destroyed.

Akzed on April 27, 2015 at 3:55 PM

Cop injured at racist Mondawmin Mall.

Akzed on April 27, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Additional officers have been injured in the area of Liberty Heights and Reisterstown Rd. The group continues to throw bricks at officers
5m ago

Akzed on April 27, 2015 at 3:59 PM

BREAKING: Police have opened fire on protesters in #Baltimore #FreddieGray @BaltoSpectator pic.twitter.com/1fpMtrUhya

Akzed on April 27, 2015 at 4:01 PM

Lolz! Anyone else see the guy mooning the police? Brooke Baldwin clutching her pearls, “It’s Freddie’s Funeral!!!”

LMAO!

WhirledPeas on April 27, 2015 at 4:05 PM

Balto fire dept refuses to hose mob!

Akzed on April 27, 2015 at 4:07 PM

Baltimore police should pack up and go home to their families. Let the Bloods, the Crips and the Black Guerilla Family take over.

(I promise you wouldn’t notice much difference).

WhirledPeas on April 27, 2015 at 4:10 PM

Where are all the MRAP’s?!

Akzed on April 27, 2015 at 4:13 PM

Obama is the Caligula Von Nero of modern politics.

Corrupt, sociopathic, megalomaniacal and incompetent.

Diddling while everything burns.

profitsbeard on April 27, 2015 at 1:52 PM

Incompetent?

Hardly! The man is a f**king genius! He has set out to destroy the US, and has been held back in only frivolous ways.

He has demonstrated, since Day One, that he hates democracy, capitalism, white people and the dream that the Founders had for a country that should have been (and for some time actually was) a shining city on a hill.

Incompetent? How? How has Obama failed?

How did Hitler fail at loathing Jews?

It frankly stuns me how people call him incompetent. Jimmy Carter was incompetent. He wanted to help America, but was too stupid to do so. Carter, for all his failures (many!) had a smidgeon of honor. Jack Kennedy, also a Democrat, knew what honor meant. Does anyone here really think if JFK were alive today, he wouldn’t give Obama a Pattonesque slapping?!

Obama? He only knows what an honor killing is. Incompetent? He makes Einstein look like a monkey.

thejackal on April 27, 2015 at 4:20 PM

http://time.com/91081/what-science-says-about-race-and-genetics/

Exploration of the genome has shown that all humans, whatever their race, share the same set of genes. Each gene exists in a variety of alternative forms known as alleles, so one might suppose that races have distinguishing alleles, but even this is not the case

AesopFan on April 27, 2015 at 1:58 PM

Re: that portion quoted above of that article you earlier quoted in your remarks:

it’s not accurate (and it’s from Time.com, still it’s inaccurate)…

“All humans” DO NOT “share the same set of genes” not specifically — I suppose that article’s author is referring to the definition of who/what is “human” but specifically, “the set of genes” that “all humans” have varies, though they “as humans” can “all” still be defined as “human”.

So that language is highly inaccurate and it’s misleading in that article there.

There are a variety of “set of genes” within different varieties, so to speak, of “humans” — though all human as a species, different as what TYPE of human they are.

For example, Sub-Saharan “blacks” or Africans are more genetically close (have more in common genetically) with bonobos and chimpanzees THAN THEY DO WITH OTHER HUMANS. THIS IS NOT TO SAY that they are bonobos and chimpanzees, BUT THAT THEY HAVE GREATER SHARING OF GENETIC MATERIAL with those other animal species than they have with “OTHER HUMAN ANIMAL SPECIES”. They’re more closely related, in other words, (“share more genetically with”) bonobos and chimpanzees than they do with the rest of the human animals (thus, all of us who are not Sub-Saharan African).

What this means if that those humans (Sub-Saharan Africans) developed differently or upon a separate evolutionary path than the rest of human beings have (and among the rest of human beings, there are also a variety of evolutionary developments but we are all still “human”). Sub-Saharan Africans are also human but they are more closely genetically to bonobos and chimpanzees than they are with other humans.

Even discussing these facts from science is condemned sociologically because there are always people who misunderstand the science and view this information purely from an emotional or subjectively socio-political perspective, assuming wrongly that this genetic information is some sort of condemnation or “bad thing” while it’s simply and only simply science.

So, again, Sub-Saharan Africans have developed along a separate evolutionary (genetic) pathway than the rest of humans.

This may, however, contribute to some behavioral differences among human populations. Humans who are of races/ethnicities other than Sub-Saharan Africans have, also, developed genetically by interbreeding with Neanderthals, as in, some humans who earlier populated parts of Europe. Sub-Saharan Africans do not share this development, do not carry any genetic reference to Neanderthals while other humans do.

Lourdes on April 27, 2015 at 6:33 PM

To any who are interested, there is this:

The African Genome Variation Project shapes medical genetics in Africa

Lourdes on April 27, 2015 at 6:37 PM

I lived near Baltimore when I worked in DC. I left there 21 years ago. Maryland makes Pennsylvania look like Texas.

Camden Yards was built to keep the Orioles from moving to Washington, DC, which was always an implied threat when Washington lawyer Edward Bennett Williams owned the franchise. Camden Yards was also built to lure an NFL team to replace the Colts because first Carroll Rosenbloom and later Bob Irsay hated Memorial Stadium with every fiber of their being.

I’m not saying this couldn’t happen in Pittsburgh, but it’s a lot easier to own a gun in Pennsylvania and we won’t put up with that crap here.

Penguins Fan on April 28, 2015 at 1:10 PM

Lourdes on April 27, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Are you being sarcastic?

Neitherleftorright on April 28, 2015 at 2:20 PM