Kudos to Keisha Lance Bottoms

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is the only Democrat who has had the guts to tell the sainted protesters that they are bringing death and destruction.

“The reality is this, these aren’t police officers shooting people on the streets of Atlanta,” Mayor Bottoms said. “These are members of the community shooting each other – and in this case, it is the worst possible outcome.”

Unfortunately, it has taken a brutal murder of an 8-year-old girl for at least one Democrat to offer a mild criticism of the looting, marauding, violent crowds but at least Bottoms said something. She even hinted that “police brutality” isn’t the greatest cause of violent death among African Americans.

The rest of the Democrats are keeping completely silent on the explosion in murders, shootings, and assaults that accompany the “mostly peaceful” protests.

16 thoughts on “Kudos to Keisha Lance Bottoms”

  1. “the only Democrat who has had the guts to tell the sainted protesters that they are bringing death and destruction.”

    Well, the cheers for Mayor Bottoms are coming a little late — just like the cheers for another big-city mayor, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. Both of them refused to enforce the basic laws of a civilized society against violent anarchic thugs for many days, until the inevitable result when shots were fired and innocents were killed.

    The blood of children is on both of these cowardly mayors’ hands, and they’ll get no praise from me.

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    1. But at least she said something. The bar is extremely low right now. A Democrat could rise to national prominence by speaking out against this insanity. Yet nobody is even trying.

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  2. Have you read Tucker’s interview on The Federalist Radio Hour ? The transcript is here:

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/07/05/tucker-carlson-on-the-federalist-radio-hour-you-shouldnt-wait-to-say-what-you-think-is-true/#.XwIqlDEP16A.twitter

    Two passages stood out to me. (quotes below) . Regarding the first passage, what is your explanation? I do not believe in Tucker’s assumption it’s guilt. The second passage talks about universities. I know you agree with many (most?) things Tucker says, but surely not this?

    PASSAGE 1

    … literally the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, is funding the riots. Bezos owns the Washington Post, which is cheering on the rioters, helping the rioters think of new things to destroy.

    He is not simply an accomplice. He’s a driver of this chaos and violence, and you have to ask yourself, why is that? Wy would people who seem to be so deeply vested in a society work to destroy that society? And it’s actually a quite a question and I don’t fully understand the answer, but it’s something worth ruminating.

    PASSAGE 2

    TC: Look, it takes centuries to build functioning and impressive institutions, of course. They’re not legacy institutions by accident, they’re legacy institutions because they have a legacy. So, you know, it’s a longitudinal process. And in point of fact I am for abandoning the universities. Most, not all, but most of them, I think should go out of business and [they would make] fantastic housing.

    I mean, housing prices are really high. I don’t know why we shouldn’t be putting, I don’t know, every member of MS13 and their baby mamas in the administration buildings at Brown. I’m not joking.

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    1. el, what’s mysterious there? The rioting is an unholy alliance between bored college students and our corporate overlords, against ordinary working Americans. It is bizarre in the extreme: where exactly does Amazon’s business go, when there is no doorstep in America where you can safely drop off a package? Or drive a delivery truck? Yet pretty much every giant corporation has leapt to defend and encourage BLM and its agenda. Why?

      Universities in America have become predatory institutions, in part thanks to government-backed, easily-obtained student loans. Because nearly anyone can go to college these days (and this is not a bad thing in itself!), there has been a lot of credential inflation: many jobs that did not previously require a college degree, now require a college degree. Jobs that used to require a bachelor’s degree, now require a master’s degree, etc. And because you need that to get a good white-collar job, and anyone can get a loan, the universities have jacked up tuition into the stratosphere. My mother, back in the 70s, paid her way through a masters’ degree by waiting tables, without debt. Nobody can do that now!

      To see what I mean, look at teaching: at the beginning of the 20th century, all you had to do to become a schoolteacher was pass a state teacher exam and collect a few letters of recommendation. Now you need a masters’ degree in education– and you can ask any experienced schoolteacher, and they will tell you everything they learned for that degree is crap, and that everything they know about being a teacher, they learned during their first couple of years on the job. And at the same time, education standards have gone down. In addition, we’re graduating all these fresh new teachers with loads of student loan debt, and then around half of them drop out of teaching in the first ~5 years because they hate the job. Think of that! Three years of teacher college and two years of student teaching, and that’s not enough to weed out people who will hate being in a classroom with children! And worse are the handful of remaining teachers who are totally unsuited to the job, but are now trapped in it because they have loans to pay off, and can’t go back to school for a different degree. No exit strategy. They’re horrible, burned-out teachers for decades, and the teachers’ union protects their jobs. Then we wonder why our schools are so awful…

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      1. // The rioting is an unholy alliance between bored college students and our corporate overlords, against ordinary working Americans. It is bizarre in the extreme: where exactly does Amazon’s business go, when there is no doorstep in America where you can safely drop off a package?

        That was precisely Tucker’s and my question too: Amazon and people like Bezos are the winners in today’s world. Why would they be so ardently for those riots ?

        Btw, I am from a family of 3 generations of teachers and, yes, college simply cannot prepare one for being one on one with students. I would not call teachers who drop out people who “hate being in a classroom with children;” the reasons for failure can be numerous such as lacking some skills (which could sometimes be developed) or starting to work with very challenging students at the start of one’s career. Finding a good school is important for a teacher just as finding a good teacher is important for a school.

        Also, at least in Israel, there are two strong teachers’ unions, yet a bad schoolteacher can be fired quite easily. In America, teachers’ unions are probably weaker, so I wouldn’t blame them for protecting jobs of horrible teachers.

        I also disagree there was a Golden Age of great teachers and schools, while now bad teachers are responsible for “schools are so awful.” (Don’t believe there are more bad teachers than bad workers in other professions.)

        There are great schools in America and Israel, and there are bad ones. Usually, quality of a school depends on quality of students entering it, not on teachers.

        Another crucial point is the salary teachers receive. The job is not as simple as it may look from the outside, the salary is extremely low, yet people complain about the quality even though teachers are not the main reason for worsening of schools (if they had truly become worse and it’s not a legend).

        Look at this: teaching as a profession is outsourced in America. After Filipino nurses, welcome Filipino teachers! We have the first in Israel, but the the second and I hope this trend doesn’t arrive here. 😦

        // Across the US, schools are hemorrhaging teachers while fewer college graduates enter the profession.
        In 2018, the US had an estimated shortage of 112,000 teachers, according to the Learning Policy Institute.

        So schools like Casa Grande Union High have hired several Filipino teachers using J-1 visas. Those visas allow teachers to stay in the US for up to five years.

        “The average starting pay (for teachers) in Arizona is about $36,300.”
        While that salary may seem paltry for many Americans, Filipino teachers like Noel Que say their jobs in the US are much more lucrative, allowing them to live better.

        Que, like other Filipino teachers at his school, lives with roommates to cut down on expenses.
        While teaching in America has brought financial rewards, there are also emotional costs.

        https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/06/us/international-teachers-us-shortage/index.html

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        1. // We have the first in Israel, but the the second

          We have the first in Israel, but NOT the second

          Meaning, in Israel, Filipinos who live here “work primarily as caregivers to the elderly”, not as schoolteachers.

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        2. If Bezos benefited so much from the early decades of the neoliberal Revolution, how much will he benefit from its culmination (which we haven’t reached yet)?

          Your question – with all due respect – is like that joke about the Soviet policeman who already has a book, so it makes no sense to give him another one for his birthday. I’m doing great as a scholar but I wouldn’t at all mind increasing my productivity tenfold.

          As for teaching, our students in the teaching program don’t graduate unless they spend a year in the classroom actually teaching. We certify them in-house but there’s a lot of actual teaching involved.

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        3. el, I used teaching as an example, because my mother retired from teaching after forty years, and I know something about it. Yes, there’s more to it, but I was not trying to write a book 😉

          A year of student teaching is standard to graduate from teacher college. We still have a horrible rate of teachers leaving the job in the first few years. The NEA (teachers’ union) is very powerful here, and does not care about teacher quality at all. They have a lot of political clout, and you almost can’t get a job as a teacher in the US without joining the union. Health insurance is through the union, not the school system.

          As a homeschooler, we end up doing letter-writing campaigns every couple of years, to get bits of NEA-sponsored legislation amended to keep homeschooling legal. They keep trying…

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          1. The teacher’s union is, indeed, very strong and it does protect crappy teachers. I still don’t fully understand why secondary education is quite this bad but it’s really really bad. I understand that a secondary school is nothing but a glorified babysitting service and I’m fine with that. But even the dumbest babysitter manages to teach something in 12 years.

            It’s a mystery I won’t comprehend until my kid actually goes to school. Then I’ll be able to report in detail.

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            1. Won’t N be homeschooling your kid by then? :-p Or sending her to a private school? Or hiring a private tutor like in ye olden days? :p

              You may be confronting the question of which crappy socialization process you subject her to sooner than you think.

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            2. It’s admin. For real.

              Mom taught special-ed-with-behavior-problems. For forty years. The worst kids in the school. She liked it– since it was a “special” class, outside the main program of the school, she had a small class and could do whatever she wanted, and actually managed to teach the kids something, a lot of the time– not being bound to the school’s “mainstream” curricula choices. She was fond of the students, but also checked the police arrest logs every week, to see which of her former students had been arrested, and for what. Some of them are in federal lockup for life. We paid extra for an unlisted phone number. She’s very proud of the ones who managed to go straight and become regular working adults with jobs and families.

              The years she hated most were the later ones, where principals would shuffle out her teacher’s aide every year or two, so she could never get one really trained to deal with the kind of kids she had. Or they’d keep changing up what grade she was teaching, so that the materials and books she’d acquired, and the lesson plans she’d painstakingly developed over ten years… all became useless because now she had to teach 6-year-olds, instead of 10-year-olds. They did this to try to get her to retire early, because scheduled raises made her more expensive than hiring a new young teacher. By the time she retired, she was glad to leave, because they had her teaching four year olds, some of whom hadn’t been toilet trained. She’d begun her career with kids whose parents were in jail, doing parent-teacher conferences with overwhelmed grandmothers who desperately wanted the kids to get a good education, stay out of jail, have a decent life. She ended her career doing parent-teacher conferences with moms who’d named their kids for video game characters, who’d say, to the kid, right in front of her: “You don’t have to listen to that honky white b*tch.” That, and all the meth babies, were demoralizing. There’s a lot you can do for crack babies. There’s not much you can do for a kid whose parent left them strapped into a car seat on the kitchen floor while they cooked meth on the stove.

              Definitely, the… parents got worse over the years. But having the support of a good principal is a make-or-break difference.

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            3. In Israel, school education is less good than it could’ve been since the classes are approaching 35-40 students.

              I don’t think the entire American secondary education is “really bad.” The students you teach seem to come from low income areas with overcrowded, underfinanced schools. Of course, the education they receive won’t be amazing. If you send Klara to a school in your suburb (area?), it should be significantly better.

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  3. Clarissa, have you seen this?

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/07/06/nyc-councilwoman-freaks-out-over-white-man-holding-black-child-it-hurts-people/

    After I picked my jaw off the floor… I don’t think we even have to wonder what these people think of interracial marriage, and mixed-race children. They’ll be trying to repeal Loving vs. Virginia before the year’s out! They’ll have tons of reasons why it’s the caring and not-at-all racist thing to do. :/

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    1. …and for anyone who needs it pointed out, this is totally, absolutely, 100% a class issue. Because among the supposedly-racist low-class masses who shop at my neighborhood Walmart alongside me, there are a LOT of white grandmas out shopping with their black grandkids. That was a huge taboo in the 80s. It’s totally normal now. Nobody stares anymore, because of course there are some nonwhite people in your family now! It’s the 21st century! Unless you’re a NYC councilwoman, I guess. It never even occurred to them that the kid in the video might be that guy’s relative. Because those people are managerial-class, and I guess that’s still taboo in the managerial classes?

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    2. “councilwoman-freaks-out-over-white-man-holding-black-child-it-hurts-people/”

      We have Becky (is that still a thing) and Karen… I suggest Robin (after DiAngelo and this fruitcake) as a white race hustler whose goal is to prevent people from different races feeling comfortable around each other.
      It’s even unisex enough to apply to men as well…..

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