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Portland’s own Shift is one of the most underrated and brilliant writers on the Web-Internet-thing, and he’s got a great post up at Street Carnage addressing one man’s crusade to get an asteroid named after Trayvon Martin.

Excerpt:

William Lowell Putnam III, a weird old lily-white nutjob with the Lowell Observatory somewhere in Arizona, has petitioned the Minor Planet Center, an organization apparently in charge of naming errant space rocks after minors, to name an asteroid after Trayvon Martin, the “unarmed teen” shot while innocently slamming someone’s head into concrete in Florida in 2012.

Does he expect those of us who’ve actually met a black person to tell them about this?

I’m sure there are about as many African-American astronomy enthusiasts as there are black Bruce Springsteen fans or black Hardball With Chris Matthews viewers.

Portly provocateur and Trayvon idolator Michael Moore of Stupid White Men fame has about as many black followers as Lawrence Welk did.

Let’s “honor diversity” from outer space, but not in our own breakfast nooks and gated communities here on Earth.

Let’s “honor diversity” by tipping our doorman.

On a related note, Street Carnage contributor Lasse created this goddamn humdinger of a solidarity asteroid:

Solidarity Asteroid Hoodie

JUSTICE FOR THE STARS, JUSTICE FOR CELESTIAL BODIES, JUSTICE FOR URANUS!

HUZZAH, MOTHERFUCKERS!

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 Spider Woman by Alex Maleev

  • Daniel Kalder on Edward Snowden and the irony of leaking:  “…when it comes to leaks, irony abounds. The Russians and the Chinese and the Cubans relish the irony of protecting a dissident from the US, the self-proclaimed champion of human rights. Snowden hopes to escape to a country less free than the one he betrayed in the name of freedom. And let us not forget the master-leaker, Julian Assange of Wikileaks, who entered the Ecuadorean embassy in London to avoid being sent to prison, and now lives in what is, essentially, a prison. After a year of seeing his pasty face around their offices every day, I cannot imagine how much those diplomats must hate him. Those whom the gods would destroy…”
  • More Kalder — on the last words/goodbyes of death row inmates: “…it’s easier for the condemned if they have religious faith. God, Jesus, or Allah provide reassurance that life’s journey is not about to end on the executioner’s gurney, and that even the worst murderers will be forgiven in heaven as they were not forgiven by the State of Texas.”
  • Noah Rothman on the media’s transgressions in covering the Trayvon Martin trial: “Clearly, the public is more sophisticated than some members of the media believe. The way in which baseless speculation motivated by personal bias is packaged to appear to be analysis is as transparent as cellophane. It is insulting and it is detrimental to the future of the business of television journalism.”
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The previous post bleeds into this one, although this time I’m exploring the statistical crevices and crannies of the United States and the United States alone.

Did you know that…

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It’s been awhile since I’ve discussed my favorite home invaders, Alexis, Jorge and Benito.

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You may recall that these young men — innocent until proven guilty, of course — recently (and allegedly!) traumatized a 12-year-old Troutdale girl while attempting to burglarize her home.

Oh…

And lest I forget, these Three Stooges were arrested just down the street from my place30 minutes after two or three cretins ransacked every room in the house and stole $3,000-plus worth of loot.

Curious! A many layered quilt, this world! Will coincidences — and wonders — ever cease?

These cretins not only traumatized the heroic 12-year-old girl who called 911 on them, but they’ve ALLEGEDLY made it hard for me to explain to my 5-year-old son why our home was completely trashed one night and a bunch of stuff had suddenly disappeared.

I did not tell him that two or three animals broke into the house, helped themselves to beer and soda and began taking anything and everything of value. I never told him, but he knows something strange occurred. He knows that his home, a place that’s supposed to be safe from the garbage of the outside world, was somehow violated. That unsettling feeling will stick with him for awhile.

The Elephant in the Room

There’s an interesting subplot to this story, as one or two of the Three Stooges may be illegal aliens. And if you read some comments on local blogs and news stories about AlexisJorge and Benito, you’ll see plenty of rancor coming from the anti-Mexican crowd. Read the comments, please do, but promise me this: don’t shed any tears for Alexis, Jorge and Benito.

Their ALLEGED crimes couldn’t come at a worse possible time. Race-fueled arguments are taking place all over the country due to what’s going on in Arizona.

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However, here’s what makes the timing of these three goons’ ALLEGED misdeeds so idiotic: the truth, for those who care to know it, is that Americans are slowly coming to empathize with illegal aliens. Perhaps not in Southern California, perhaps not in Arizona, but there are signs of progress.

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Case in point: A great article called “His-Panic” recently caused quite a stir in theAmericanConservative, of all places. The piece works hard to destroy common misconceptions about immigrants. Its sub-header reads:

“Talk TV sensationalists and axe-grinding ideologues have fallen for a myth of immigrant lawlessness.”

Author Roy Unz does a nice job with both the story and some crime statistics (which are always easily manipulated, sure, but let’s put down our Cynic Gloves for a moment). Writes Unz, all emphases mine:

“Nearly all of the most heavily Latino (American) cities have low or even extremely low crime rates, and virtually none have rates much above the national average. Eighty percent Latino El Paso has the lowest homicide and robbery rates of any major city in the continental United States. This is not what we would expect to find if Hispanics had crime rates far higher than whites. Individual cities may certainly have anomalously low crime rates for a variety of reasons, but the overall trend of crime rates compared to ethnicity seems unmistakable.”

Intriguing, right? And what makes the ALLEGED acts of AlexisJorge and Benito so impossibly dumb is the following passage, which literally hits home. Unz makes a convincing case that cities with giant Latino populations generally have LESS crime than predominantly white cities, like…drum rollPORTLAND, OREGON.

“…if we restrict our analysis to major cities of half a million people or more and compare the average crime rates for the five most heavily Hispanic cities—Albuquerque, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Antonio, and El Paso—to the those of the five whitest—Oklahoma City, Columbus, Indianapolis, Seattle, and Portland. This time, the more Hispanic cities are the ones with the lower crime rates—10 percent below the white cities in homicide and 15 percent lower in violent crime. A particularly remarkable result is that gigantic Los Angeles—50 percent Hispanic and frequently perceived as a dangerous urban hellhole—has violent crime rates close to those of Portland, Oregon, the whitest major city in the nation at 74 percent.

So it’s not all hatred, not all doom and gloom. Things may be getting better for race relations. Or so it seems. But the situation is fragile enough that the slightest misstep, even on a local level, can start to unravel the majestic quilt of tolerance.

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As always, there’s plenty of blame to go around. But if you wish to channel your self-righteous liberal rage at those who perpetuate racial discord, then please start with three awful human beings named AlexisJorge and Benito.

They make atheists like me wish there truly was a hell for them to roast in. If you have a problem with this, then I suggest you join AlexisJorge and Benito in the furnace. Tell Satan I said “hi.”

Tolerance For You, Me and Everyone!

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