Reparations For Slavery?

A handful of members of Congress, led by Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), have introduced and are pressing for a vote on a bill that would pay reparations to black Americans for slavery.

That raises the question:  should we also require reparations from Japanese-Americans for Pearl Harbor? No?  Then you see how ridiculous that whole topic is.

On a broader scale, the very thought is so ridiculous that imposing mass punishment on a population for a crime or crimes committed by certain people is specifically prohibited by the Geneva Convention. Even agreed upon international law thinks the question is so obvious that it is outlawed across the globe.

San Francisco Logic

In an ongoing feature called “San Francisco Logic”, we will be providing periodic items in the news from the world of San Francisco, where the predominant thinking is….how should we say?…somewhat different than the rest of us.

In the most recent example the head of the school board, Gabriela Lopez, talks about all the good things that coming from NOT having in person learning in schools. Students “are learning more about their families and their culture spending more time with each other. They’re just having different learning experiences than the ones we currently measure and the loss is a comparison to a time when we were in a different space.”

Trump’s Legacy?

In retrospect, it’s clear that I should have shared my thoughts on the legacy of the Trump Presidency before January 6. My goal was to share some objective thoughts on a divisive figure, who I once felt gets too much praise from his worshippers and too much hatred from his detractors.

Yet the attack on the Capital, the very seat of our government, and the attempt to capture lawmakers who were meeting at the time forever sealed the legacy of Donald Trump. To all but those he said infamously (but shockingly prophetically) would follow him even “If I murdered someone on 5th avenue”, he will go down as the President who tried to overturn an election with violence. 

Let’s not be naïve and think that his selection of January 6 to hold a rally was coincidental. It was not. Yet few of us would have imagined the events that followed. After encouraging his followers to ‘march to the Capitol’ and show some strength, he was followed by his son Donald Jr., who encouraged followers to march to the Capitol and ‘fight’ for what was ‘right’ and then by his lawyer who encouraged the mob to put lawmakers through ‘trial by combat’. The mob obliged and attacked the Capitol, several photographed holding plastic handcuffs and wearing body armor while hunting for lawmakers amid a crowd chanting “Hang Mike Pence”.

Donald Trump’s legacy has been sealed for history. If you are like me, you still have trouble wrapping your mind around the events of Jan. 6 and that a number, though a very clear minority, of seemingly decent Americans excuse or minimize it. In my wildest imagination I never dreamed I would see video of someone beating a Capitol police officer with an American flag and people breaking windows to get into the House and Senate chambers, and I have not even been able to formulate words to say.

Yet, in coming days, Thinking Man will have some thoughts to share on what four years of a Trump Presidency have left us. Stay tuned.

Andrew Cuomo Reminds Us Again of His Incompetence

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reminded us again twice this week why he may be the most incompetent governor in the country, oddly in spite of the fact that he seems to be a media darling.

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Rioters Demand Justice, But Riot Before That Can Happen

Yesterday, police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot a man half a dozen times at close range. Though we must always wait for all the facts, video of the incident looks real bad. The man was shot at point blank range and there is no apparent reason other than he is disobeying an order to stop walking away.

Within hours, protests had turned to riots. Businesses away from where the incident took place were burned, including a car dealership and the people woke up to find the city was ‘a scene out of hell’, according to one resident.

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The Post Office in town had to be closed today because of the threat of violence. The Mayor, less than 24 hours after the incident, tried to hold a press conference to give an update on what was being done. The Mayor came outside to share information but was shouted down by the same people who were supposedly demanding answers. He was forced to move the conference and limit attendance because of the unruly protests and unsafe situation and even when he did, the doors were ripped off their hinges as rioters tried to get in.

Riots began even before the sun went down. If there is a crime committed, we should allow that criminal prosecution play out or at least see if that system is going to work. Rioting began before a police report could even be filed. The incident came late on a Sunday afternoon and the officers were already pulled off their jobs by morning.

It’s hard to imagine how the city could have moved faster to address the disturbing incident. Protesters say they want justice. But yet they did not wait for anyone to even respond and when the Mayor tried to respond, he couldn’t. Given the video, it’s easy to see how people are outraged. It’s not easy to understand how they immediately start rioting, burning a car dealership, smashing windows and doing a lot of damage to people who had nothing to do with the incident.  There wasn’t even a chance to carry out any semblance of justice, much less an investigation.

This mindless lashing out only serves to defeat the purpose. It turns people off, because the object is clearly not justice. It’s blind violence against anyone and anything near by. We can’t keep reacting like this. It will destroy our country and worse, destroy out soul. Justice should be served. It should not be served by an angry mob.

Jacob Blake, the man shot by the officer, is listed in stable condition as of late Monday afternoon. May his family find strength is the difficult time.

 

Norway Backs The Confederacy?

Owners of a Bed and Breakfast took down a flag honoring their heritage, in order to save their business.

A couple in St. Johns, MI had a Norwegian flag flying in honor of their Norwegian heritage. However, some ‘hate police’ got the Norwegian flag confused with the Confederate flag and posted negative reviews so the couple was afraid of it hurting their income.

Thought Police Attack Free Speech (Again)

In the continuing attempt by some to stifle free speech, several players and officials in the WNBA (the Women’s National Basketball Assoc.) have asked the league to remove an owner. Why? Because the co-owner of the Dream, Kelly Loeffler, has said that they league should not be supporting political causes and so should not be giving money to Black Lives Matter.

That’s it. People are saying that a business owner, in this case a team co-owner, should have her business taken away because she expressed her opinion. That’s pretty much it. She spoke out and had an opinion that is different than some. To these people, it’s not enough to disagree with what Loeffler said, she should pay financially for having an opinion.

We continue to see assaults on free speech and it is increasingly disturbing. People should be free to have an opinion and to express it, even if it’s an unpopular one. To suggest that someone should literally pay for expressing their opinion is very concerning.

 Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler