William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 11-23-14

William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 11-23-14

 

 

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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: The greatest evil is not done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to pain. It is conceived and moved, seconded, carried, and minuted in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices.
C. S. Lewis

The greatest evil is not done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to pain. It is conceived and moved, seconded, carried, and minuted in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voices. C. S. Lewis

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Threats Prevent True Justice

Threats Prevent True Justice
By Chris Freind

To many, the “unthinkable” occurred in 2012 – President Barack Obama was re-elected. Despite cries that America would be ruined beyond repair, two things occurred:

1. The country, despite its many problems, is still here, intact and chugging along.

2. The president, unpopular as he may be, is also intact.

There were no assassination attempts, riots, or military coups. In fact, life has been pretty normal for most Americans. Just like always.

And given the recent Republican landslide, many Democrats are extremely distraught, yet they are protesting the GOP’s ideas politically – and peacefully.

Dealing with change in a tranquil manner proves just how amazing Americans really are. With all our bickering, it’s easy to forget that which makes us unique – our ability to accept, without reservation, the transition of power from one political party to the other, peacefully and honorably.

To be sure, we’ve endured our share of tragedies, from Lincoln to Kennedy, but through them all, the show still went on. America refused to allow such acts of evil to affect who we were, or destroy the system we fought so hard to attain. Our respect for the rule of law, and the order and stability it produces, has been a bedrock value for so long that it is often taken for granted.

But that seems to be changing.

And nowhere is that on display more than in Ferguson, Mo.

By now, we all know the storyline: Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year old black man, who had allegedly just committed a felony inside a convenience store, got into a physical confrontation with white police officer Darren Wilson. Wilson shot Brown multiple times, resulting in Brown’s death.

Riots ensued, with bedlam lasting for weeks. The situation became so untenable that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called in the National Guard to help quell the unrest.

Irrelevant to the rioters were those pesky things called facts, many of which weren’t known then, and remain undisclosed today.

To get to the bottom of what really happened, a grand jury has been investigating the case. After sifting through mounds of evidence, it is due to release its findings – namely, whether to charge Officer Wilson with a crime – at any moment.

In anticipation of problems, Nixon has mobilized not just thousands of police, but more significantly, the National Guard. And for that, he has been sharply criticized by, among others, Brown supporters and armchair analysts nowhere near Missouri. They contend that, by doing so, he is enflaming tensions and throwing fuel on the fire, which could actually incite violence.

That criticism is so misplaced, so devoid of common sense and logic, that it defies belief. Here’s a sobering look at a very tense situation:

1. First things first. Nixon’s media conference call on the security situation turned into a debacle when he couldn’t even articulate who would be in charge of the operation – the police (and if so, which force?), or the National Guard. Since that would be an obvious question, Nixon’s fumbling the answer didn’t help matters.

But looking foolish doesn’t make Nixon wrong. Mobilizing the Guard was the prudent thing to do.

2. Nixon has also declared a state of emergency in anticipation of the grand jury decision, and was right doing so. He deserves credit for being decisive even though he was boxed into a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t situation: if he didn’t act pre-emptively by mobilizing the National Guard and ordering a large police presence, and chaos ensued, he would have been demonized for being asleep at the switch while Ferguson burned. And, as we’ve seen, by acting proactively, he catches hell from the “offended” class who cry racism and accuse him of strong-arm tactics.

Given the threat to life and property, especially in view of Ferguson’s track record, it’s infinitely wiser to err on the side of caution.

3. Let’s be very clear: the government’s response is not directed at protesters, but those intent on violence. And they are completely different. People have the freedom to protest peacefully, no matter how ill-informed they may be. But those engaging in vandalism are simply using the situation as an excuse to loot and hoot, taking advantage of the chaos to break the law.

4. Here’s the elephant in the room: where are we going as a society when the National Guard and riot police need to be mobilized every time a case has a racial element (perceived or real) to it? Why are leaders of all races and both parties not condemning the violence (and ignorance) in stronger fashion? Why do we not call out the agitators – the ones with ulterior motives rooted in self-interest – who use inflammatory language and tactics to rile people up and ignite the powder keg? When are we going to stop cow-towing to political correctness and start leading based on facts, not color?

5. America’s justice system is certainly not perfect, but it is, and always has been, the best in the world. We must have faith that the grand jury will come to the correct conclusion, and that justice will be served. Wilson should not get railroaded because jurors fear riots if they clear him. Nor should Brown’s death be in vain, regardless of prior criminal acts, if excessive force was used.

America’s racial gulf widens when disingenuous leaders want it both ways: organizing protests and tacitly condoning violence when convenient (Ferguson, the Trayvon Martin case, the Los Angeles riots), but not when the circumstances don’t fit their agenda, such as when O.J. Simpson was acquitted. The result is more racial tension.

The result is that all blacks become guilty-by-association, and that is a tragedy, since it wipes out the tremendous work done by black pastors, civic leaders, and others to advance equality and keep the peace. The louder the obnoxious ones are (and the more media coverage they receive), the more overshadowed the genuine leaders become. That must change.

It is time that Americans – all Americans – remember who we are, and what makes us so special. We may not always agree with judicial decisions, and we should continue to fight for fairness, but we must hammer those who resort to intimidation, threats and violence every time they don’t like something.

That principle couldn’t be more black-and-white.

Threats Prevent True Justice

William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 11-22-14

William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 11-22-14

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Answer to yesterday’s puzzle: The soul that is within me no man can degrade.
Frederick Douglass

Answer to yesterday's puzzle: The soul that is within me no man can degrade. Frederick Douglass

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Pathetic 76ers Forces Papa John’s To Change Promo

Papa John’s in October launched a Philadelphia-area promotion entitled “76ers Win, You Win” in which online pizza orders were half price the day after a 76ers win.

It didn’t worked out for them.

So they switched it.

It’s now half price for menu price online orders the day after the Sixers score 90 or more points.

It’s working out better for them a little bit as the NBA team still has yet to win but has managed to score 90 points.

The 76ers have achieved legend status in the realm of pathos it can be safely said.

Pathetic 76ers Forces Papa John's To Change Promo

Pathetic 76ers Forces Papa John’s To Change Promo

Hat tip Breitbart.com

Obamacare Deceiver Got Rich Off Obamacare

Jonathan Gruber, the MIT professor who has boasted about how he deceived the “stupid” American people to get Obamacare passed, has been paid  $5.2 million by the federal government and 12 state governments for consulting services to assist in the design and implementation of the “Affordable” Care Act, reports Breitbart.com.

Gruber  certainly  did deceive a lot of people who put their trust in traditional media authorities. These weren’t the conservatives though, and most of those he did successful deceive are of the “fooled me once shame on you,” types which bodes ill not just for the future of the old media establishment but for the Democrat Party itself.

Obamacare Deceiver Got Rich Off Obamacare

Obamacare Deceiver Got Rich Off Obamacare

William Lawrence Sr. Omnibit 11-21-14

William Lawrence Sr. Omnibit 11-21-14

The English Parliament remained in session without a break from 1640 to 1653. That’s why it’s called “The Long Parliament.”

It was called into session by Charles I and wound up cutting off his head.

It’s kind of an appropriate Omnibit for today.

It should be noted that those responsible for Charles’ execution were themselves executed when the Royalists returned to power in 1660, some by being hanged (to near death), drawn (removal of bowels while still alive) and quartered (cut in pieces after death).

One of those subject to such was Major-General Thomas Harrison, who remained cheerfully unrepentant during his ordeal. He reached over and smacked his executioner during the disemboweling, which cause his head to be prematurely removed.

It seems much aggravation could have been avoided if Parliament merely impeached Charles.

Long Parliament Has Lessons For Today

Maple Leaf Fans Finish US Anthem After Mic Failure

The Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Nashville Predators, Nov. 18, when the microphone failed during the singing of the U.S. National Anthem.

The fans knew the words to The Star Spangled Banner and finished it. Remember, they are Canadians.

See it here:

Hat tip J. Christian Adams at PjMedia.com

Maple Leaf Fans Finish US Anthem After Mic Failure

Maple Leaf Fans Finish US Anthem After Mic Failure

Fat Shaming Is OK As Smoker Shaming

Fat Shaming Is OK As Smoker Shaming
By Chris Freind

Let’s face it. Smoking is cool.

Yet as the last minority with no rights, smokers get kicked in the butt: high taxes make cigarettes expensive, and society hammers them for their lifestyle choice. Enough already! It’s time we stop shaming smokers for just doing what makes them feel good.

So what if smoking causes cancer and heart disease? Who cares that smokers drive up the cost of health care for everybody else? And how dare anyone (especially the government) air commercials showing the effects of puffing tobacco: smokers talking through holes in their throats, amputees, women’s faces that look like they were run over by a bus, toothless men, and babies in intensive care because their mothers smoked during pregnancy.

If smokers are comfortable with themselves, why should we be concerned? After all, it’s not how they look on the outside that matters – shame on us for being so prejudicial – but what’s on the inside.

Right?

Wrong.

Most people would vehemently disagree with the above, and justifiably so. Since smoking is unhealthy, the shock-and-awe campaigns aimed at reducing it and preventing young people from trying it are widely accepted. And they are, unquestionably, effective.

“Smokers have told us these ads help them quit by showing what it’s like to live every day with disability and disfigurement from smoking,” said Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers For Disease Control. Despite declines in smoking, however, the CDC says the campaign is still needed, as 18 percent of adults still smoke cigarettes and 21 percent use a tobacco product every day.

Hmmm. Something doesn’t taste right. Let’s review:

An ad campaign employing heavy use of shame, aimed at reducing the number of people engaged in this unhealthy lifestyle choice, is perfectly fine.

But swap out “smoking” for “obesity,” and you get the opposite response: a massive firestorm from America’s overweight as they circle the food wagons, labeling any such effort as ignorant, insensitive, discriminatory, sexist, bigoted, counter-productive, and, of course, sizeist (love that one!).

Most baffling, they object despite overwhelming evidence that shame campaigns work. In the 1970’s, over 40 percent of American adults smoked. Yet the more anti-smoking campaigns became in vogue, the more smoking rates dropped. Now, fewer than one in five smoke.

Tough as this is to stomach, the number of overweight adults has ballooned, doubling since the 1970’s (also doubling among children, and tripling among adolescents).

Despite the vitriolic protests from the overweight “I’m-offended-by-everything” class who cries foul anytime someone calls out their lifestyle, they’re wrong. They can’t have their cake and eat it, too, approving shame so long as it doesn’t apply to them. The statistics speak for themselves.

Shame works. And it’s time for them to chew the fat on that concept.

• • •

The latest episode in America’s Fat Wars is a Change.org petition that takes big offense to Old Navy (owned by The Gap) selling women’s plus-size jeans for more money than men’s plus sizes. It is a story that has gotten huge headlines, but unfortunately has been weighted down by extraneous issues.

First, to Old Navy’s credit, the company is standing its ground – a rarity given that corporate courage is in thin supply. Old Navy explained that it utilizes more resources when designing and manufacturing women’s plus-size jeans, as its fashion experts craft them to be more flattering. Since men care significantly less about such things, their plus-size jeans are an easier design, and thus less expensive.

But the petition organizer, seemingly ignorant of the reality called “business,” called Old Navy’s pricing model “sexist” and “sizeist.”

Sexist? Not a chance. Sizest? Absolutely. And that’s the way it should be. For the 99 percent of overweight people who aren’t fat due to a thyroid condition (though you’d think that’s the cause of fatness for almost everyone), that’s the price you pay when you indulge in an unhealthy lifestyle. To think you’re entitled to being treated like those of normal weight is both naïve and obnoxious.

Here’s food for thought on combatting obesity:

1. The world doesn’t revolve around the obese, so they need to stop throwing their weight around and bullying those who take issue with their sense of entitlement. It’s simple: if you don’t like how Old Navy does things, don’t buy their jeans. Same goes for patronizing the other companies eaten alive by the obese crowd: Victoria’s Secret for using thin models (hello? It’s a lingerie company!), Wal-Mart for its fat-girl Halloween costume, and the Carrot Fit app that uses tongue-in-cheek insults to motivate the user to lose weight, to name a few. The beauty of America is that everyone, even the waistline-challenged community, has the freedom to choose.

The biggest irony is that those most opposed to “shaming” are actually using it against the companies with whom they disagree.

2. Stop blubbering that shaming should not be part of the discussion. It should unequivocally be on the table, and those opposed, rather than simply hurling insults, would serve themselves better by having a rational conversation. If either side has a thin skin, the problem will only grow.

3. It’s not just smoking where shame works. Shaming those who used drugs, shoplifted, got convicted of DUI, and even got detention at school, have had considerable success. Why then are so many ducking the obesity issue by ranting about bullying, hurt feelings, sexism and sizeism? Here’s a novel idea: let’s focus on the actual problem, not irrelevant tangents.

4. Some critics claim shaming only makes a situation worse. If we’re going to indulge that thought, there must at least be a morsel of evidence that something else is better. So what is it? Is it positive reinforcement? More education? Counseling? Well, they’ve all been tried (typically in the absence of shame), and, no surprise, they’re not working. So given that the problem is, in fact, growing, doesn’t common sense tell us we need to try something else?

5. The problem with the anti-shaming movement is that it cracks open the door to government intrusion. How soon until legislation is introduced banning companies from charging different rates for what a bureaucrat sees as “the same thing?” How long until venues are required to widen their seats, and airlines are told they cannot charge obese people for two tickets even though their girth disenfranchises other passengers? How long until the obese movement tries to become a protected class under federal law?

• • •

The real issue is how to gnaw away at obesity (it accounts for over 20 percent of health-care spending) and the correlating rise in diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Insurance premiums keep increasing to subsidize the obese, and worker productivity is down. Most alarming, America’s youth are being desensitized to obesity and its negative effects. In a “do-whatever-makes-you-feel-good” society, that’s a dangerous recipe. The way to change that “fatitude” is not through government mandates, nor a “pie-in-the-sky, all-will-be-OK” mentality.

There’s too much at stake not to lighten America’s load. It’s time we tip the scales against obesity by embracing shame.

Fat Shaming Is OK As Smoker Shaming

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