No Contrition Over the Houston Shooting Incident

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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How could they have been so wrong? I mean, for all the supposed “witnesses” to Jazmine Barnes’ seemingly random killing to be 100% wrong is incomprehensive in any other setting and in any other scenario.

What we thought we knew 

And by that, I mean days ago, not decades ago.

It was 6:30 A.M. Sunday, December 30, 2018. It was still dark in Houston Texas. LaPorsha Washington drove her four daughters, including 7-year-old Jazmine Barnes, in the family’s silver car to the local Walmart near Houston. Jazmine was seated in the back directly behind her mom.

“Fifteen-year-old Alexis Dilbert, Washington’s oldest daughter, was sitting in the front passenger seat when she noticed a red truck pull up beside their vehicle. She described the driver as a blue-eyed white man wearing a black hoodie and looking sickly. The family, who is black, didn’t give the truck a second thought until it changed lanes, moving around from behind to the driver’s side of Washington’s vehicle and the driver opened fired. Washington was hit by gunfire in her arm. Jazmine was shot in the head and died at the scene.” read more

Politics and the Military

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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James “Mad Dog” Mattis is out as Secretary of Defense and the left, who hated him, is now treating him like the King of Kings. So the SecDef disagreed with his boss, the Commander-in-Chief. Big deal. Like that has never happened before and will never happen in the future.

So what’s in store for the General after he leaves? He will know doubt be offered a position at one the cable networks. Just like many other former military brass.

We’ve all heard them. We’ve all seen them. An increasing number of retired Army/Air Force/Marine Generals and Navy Admirals on various cable news networks, spouting off about politics. And if that isn’t bad enough, they are hired by these networks specifically to promote the left or right agenda. They’re not contracted because of their vast knowledge of military history and battlefield strategy, but because they’ve become political pundits and Washington insiders.

In my opinion, senior military officers should remain apolitical, both while in service and in perpetuity. Some would say this just isn’t fair. After they retire from service, regardless of rank, they should be able to come out of the apolitical closet and speak their minds. True enough. It is their Constitutional right to do so. But is it proper? read more

Somali Immigrants Make Demands of Amazon

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Despite being THE online powerhouse and a great place to find virtually anything, Amazon is apparently not the best place to work, at least for some.

I’m sure many of us have read and heard multiple accounts of employees anonymously complaining of working conditions and “unreasonable” production demands.

But it seems none more than the Muslim community.

Adherent Muslims are required to pray five times a day, every day. If anyone is interested, the five prayers are as follows:

Fajr – the dawn prayer.
Dhuhr – the noon prayer.
Asr – the afternoon prayer.
Maghrib – the sunset prayer.
Isha’a – the night prayer.

According to Vox.com, Amazon warehouse workers get two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute break each shift, per federal regulation. Considering how often Muslims must pray, this doesn’t give them anytime to do anything else. So they have to make a choice. Or do they? read more

Video Podcast – Politics vs. Humanity

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

**Update** It’s been brought to my attention that segment 2 of this podcast is grainy and out of focus. My efforts to rectify have been unsuccessful. I apologize.

This story isn’t political. Okay the first half is. The second half has no political message, just a human message.

Segment one is of a Costa Rican retreat where whites are not invited or admitted. The retreat is only for people of color to take a break from white people.

Segment two is a story of kindness, generosity and color-blindness. It is decided not political. The juxtaposition of the two is fascinating. read more

Boys Scouts Fate was Entirely Predictable

from The American Spectator:

The other day President Trump called Rex Tillerson “dumb as a rock.” That was payback for an interview in which his former Secretary of State called Trump undisciplined and a poor study. Trump had selected Tillerson for the job based in part on the recommendation of Robert Gates, Obama’s Secretary of Defense, according to press reports. Gates and Tillerson knew each other largely from the Boy Scouts, where they both held leadership positions during its transition from a traditional organization to a politically correct one.

As president of the Boy Scouts, Gates had endorsed the adoption of the LGBT agenda, urging the organization to succumb to the demands of its critics. He cast adherence to Christian principles, not their betrayal, as the real threat to the organization’s future. read more

Song from 1949 Should be Banned, but Misogynistic Rap is Fine

from the Blaze:

Students who say ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside’ is ‘suggestive’ are asked if misogynistic rap should be banned. The hypocrisy is glorious.

Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform visited George Mason University in northern Virginia recently to ask students what they thought of the controversy over the classic holiday song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” — specifically if it’s the right move to ban the tune over lyrics that suggest a man is seducing a woman against her will.

The reactions were mixed. Some woke students were all for banning the song; others believed the dust-up has been overblown. read more

Is Parler News the New Conservative Twitter?

from the Daily Caller:

CONSERVATIVES BURNED BY TWITTER FLOCK TO NEW PLATFORM

After an unexpected surge of new users caused some technical difficulties earlier in the week, the new app that some are calling the answer to the ongoing battle between conservatives and Twitter is back up and running, promising to support free expression online.

The platform, called Parler News, is named for the French word meaning “to speak,” and many are saying it is the next logical move for those who wish to do so freely without fear of being silenced. read more

#WalkAway and Turning Point USA Should Join Forces

by: Brent Smith at the Common Constitutionalist

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Or at the very least, give the brave #WalkAway converts a platform to help them spread their word of freedom and conversion. In my opinion, it’s a perfect fit.

Both movements cater to a similar demographic, say the 18 to 35 crowd, as older leftists tend to be more set in their ways, more averse to change, or frankly even opening their minds long enough to see and hear another view.

For those unfamiliar, Brandon Straka, the founder of #WalkAway, describes the movement thusly: “The #WalkAway Campaign is the movement bringing Americans together to #WalkAway from intolerance and societal discord; to leave i

dentity politics behind; and to walk towards unity, civility, respect, and the American ideals of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all.”

The Turning Point, “organization’s mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government.” read more

Behar and the Left Use the Bush Family to Bash Trump

from Michelle Malkin at Conservative Review:

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Impolite question, but it needs to be asked: Is there a Republican dead body that left-wing partisans won’t use to bash Donald Trump?

This week’s partisan corpse abusers callously exploited the passing of George H.W. Bush, America’s 41st president, to get in their digs at the current commander in chief. Their vulgar level of incivility was inversely propositional to their sanctimonious calls for decency. read more

WND Exclusive – WHAT IS REAL CONSERVATISM?

by: Brent Smith for World Net Daily

Many of us, like me, refer to ourselves as conservatives. And that means something – something different to almost everyone. Ask a dozen people what a conservative is, and you’ll get a dozen varied answers.

This is why it’s really not proper to just call oneself a conservative.

Because everything these days seems to boil down to politics, the term conservative invariably evokes an emotional response, much like the term liberal, or progressive.

But if we strip away the politics, a conservative is just one who wishes to conserve, or preserve. Conservative is broadly defined as one who is disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditional ones, or to limit change. read more