Is criminal violence in America’s largest cities being deliberately under-reported?

I’m more and more getting the impression that it is.  It’s not just that police departments are under political pressure to under-report crime, or wrongly classify more serious offenses under less serious codes:  it’s that the news media, nominally independent, are nevertheless deliberately under-reporting the crime situation as well, if not completely ignoring it, in blatant support of an ideological agenda. An excellent example was provided in Chicago over the Memorial Day weekend.  The news media were largely silent about an epidemic of mob violence in one of the city’s premier shopping districts, particularly because it apparently involved “youths” of

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An e-mail conversation with Intuit concerning their customers in the firearms industry

Following my two posts (linked below) about the Intuit imbroglio, I thought the following e-mail exchange between myself and Mr. Brad Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Intuit, might be of interest to my readers.  It began a couple of days ago, when I e-mailed him concerning the situation at Gunsite. Dear Mr. Smith, I understand that your company has chosen to discriminate against Gunsite Academy in Arizona by denying them the use of your financial services.  I might point out that Gunsite Academy is involved in training some of America’s finest military personnel and first responders.  I speak as a

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It seems it really IS risky to do business with Intuit!

Yesterday I noted that “Clearly, you do business with Intuit (Quickbooks, TurboTax, etc.) at your own risk“.  This followed Intuit’s cancellation of its contract with Gunsite Academy, and its deliberate withholding of funds from that institution, returning them to its customers rather than paying the debts incurred at Gunsite by those customers. It seems they’re at it again – this time to the tune of $150,000 – for a non-firearms transaction! On May 11th, Lone Wolf made two of what would be three transfers to Flint River. On May 14th they completed the third transfer. The transfers were made through

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Clearly, you do business with Intuit (Quickbooks, TurboTax, etc.) at your own risk

Intuit – owners of Quickbooks, TurboTax and other widely used financial software products, as well as a provider of financial services such as credit card payment processing – has just dumped one of its customers firmly in the dwang, for politically correct – not legal – reasons. A couple of months ago Gunsite decided to make a change to a new credit card processor, QuickBooks. It seemed to be a wise business choice at the time and may have been, had Intuit not chosen to go the way they did. . . . Then, a week ago – May 11th,

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“You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to”

That’s the title of an article in Aeon. Beliefs are factive: to believe is to take to be true. It would be absurd, as the analytic philosopher G E Moore observed in the 1940s, to say: ‘It is raining, but I don’t believe that it is raining.’ Beliefs aspire to truth – but they do not entail it. Beliefs can be false, unwarranted by evidence or reasoned consideration. They can also be morally repugnant. Among likely candidates: beliefs that are sexist, racist or homophobic; the belief that proper upbringing of a child requires ‘breaking the will’ and severe corporal punishment;

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On the road today

Miss D. and I are visiting friend and fellow author Alma Boykin today, and speaking to her high school class about Africa and its post-World-War-II history.  She likes them to get a feel for how things really were, rather than the sanitized, skimmed-over pablum served up by their textbook, and pulls in outsiders with experience to discuss such things.  It’s kinda fun. Blogging will be light for most of today, although I’ll try to post later this afternoon, travel permitting.  Meanwhile, please amuse yourselves with the folks in the sidebar. Peter

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If they can’t take our guns and ammo, they’ll make it difficult to buy them

Anti-gun forces are exploring a new avenue of attack against law-abiding buyers of firearms and ammunition. Banks and credit-card companies are discussing ways to identify purchases of guns in their payment systems, a move that could be a prelude to restricting such transactions, according to people familiar with the talks. . . . The financial companies have explored creating a new credit-card code for firearms dealers, similar to how they code restaurants or department stores, according to people familiar with the matter. Another idea would require merchants to share information about specific firearm products consumers are buying, some of the

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So much for tolerance, civility and balance

It’s been obvious to all of us for some time that people on the extremes of US politics, both left and right, are growing more and more intolerant of anyone who disagrees with their warped, twisted, monomaniacal perspectives.  Please note that I blame both sides equally.  You can’t point a finger at a right-wing screed without finding one just as bad, if not worse, on the left, and vice versa. That said, this diatribe by a far-left-wing commentator is so over-the-top as to be nauseating. When I write that CNN politics writer Chris Cillizza is the rankest ***brain in the

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Blade fade?

I was surprised to read about a British “art” project that’s supposed to mobilize social opinion against “knife crime”.  You can read about it here, but the video below is probably more enlightening.  (George R. R. Martin or HBO might be justified in suing them for copyright infringement, but clearly the artist(s) think that social progress is more important than mere commercial considerations.) The real problem, of course, is that, just as with gun control, those agitating against “knife crime” in Britain are completely misguided.  They’re focusing on the instrument, not the person(s) wielding it.  This campaign is utterly pointless (you

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