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Beer Summit in the Rose Garden

To wrap up the Gates arrest saga, President Obama on Thursday hosted Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sergent Joseph Crowley in the White House Rose Garden, in what is called the “Beer Summit:

The black scholar and the white police sergeant who arrested him agreed to disagree and promised to talk again, a gracious conclusion [...]


As president Barack “I won” Obama’s agenda begins its slow swirl down the drain, the market seems to be improving.  That may not be a coincidence:

The Democratic agenda in Washington has gone off the rails just as markets are enjoying their best run of the Obama presidency, and there’s a school of thought on [...]


Much has been made of Obama’s being called a socialist.  Typically, the sorts of people who object to this characterization of Obama are the same people who voted for him.  And, let’s face it: nobody who voted for Obama really did so because they wanted less government interference in their lives.

Here’s a definition of [...]


What was Waterloo?  Waterloo refers to the Battle of Waterloo, fought and lost by Napoleon Bonaparte, the famous French military and political leader. 

Upon Napoleon’s return to power in 1815, many states that had opposed him formed the Seventh Coalition and began to mobilise armies.  The defeat at Waterloo put an end to Napoleon’s rule [...]

Car Bomb Explodes in Burgos, Spain

Terrorism in Spain:

By ISRAEL LOPEZ, Associated Press Writer Israel Lopez, Associated Press Writer – 4 mins ago

BURGOS, Spain – A powerful car bomb exploded early Wednesday outside a barracks housing police officers and their families in this northern Spanish city, slightly injuring 46 people and causing major damage in the area. The attack was [...]

Obama to Meet with Gates and Crowley on Thursday

I have no idea what good this will do, but President Obama plans to meet with Gates and Crowley:

A senior administration official said Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge, Massachusetts, Police Department will be visiting the White House Thursday. The meeting among the three men will take place at [...]

Still Undisputed: The Facts About Discrimination Against Blacks in America

There is no doubt that blacks continue to face discrimination in America.  This discrimination occurs on the roads, in the neighborhoods and in the workplace.

On the Roads:

According to the Rhode Island Traffic Stop Statistics 2004-2005:  “As with most racial profiling studies, the Rhode Island traffic stop study relied upon law enforcement officers to [...]

Undisputed Claim Disputed

Heather Mac Donald talks about the Gates/Crowley incident.  One interesting bit is here:

Obama then decided he was going to give us a history lesson: “What I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement [...]

President Obamessiah Refuses to Apologize for Maligning Police Officer

“Re-calibrating” is the new term for wishing you’d said something less stupid in public:

Taking the briefing-room podium just hours after Cambridge police union officials called on Obama to apologize for saying the officers involved in the incident with Gates behaved “stupidly,” Obama conceded that he erred in his “choice of words.”

Obama said he [...]

President Obama Defends Stupid Comment About Henry Louis Gates Jr. Arrest

President Obama will defend his stupid comment about Henry Louis Gates Jr. on television tonight:

President Obama today stood by his comments that the Cambridge, Mass., police department acted “stupidly” in its arrest of Henry Louis Gates, telling ABC News that the Harvard University professor should not have been arrested.  “I have to say I [...]

Sgt. Crowley, Who Teaches a Course on Racial Profiling, and International Association of Chiefs of Police Answer Gates and Obama

The arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. continues to be a very interesting story.  After the Mayor of Cambridge called Gates to apologize for the incident, Sergent Crowley gave a short interview to a Boston radio station regarding the incident.  Crowley will not apologize, nor does he feel he should:

“That apology will never come from [...]

Sergent Crowley, the Man Who Arrested Henry Louis Gates Jr., Will Not Apologize

The Boston Herald wrote an illuminating profile of Sergent Crowley of the Cambridge Police Department, the police officer who arrested Gates.  Sergent Crowley says he has nothing to apologize for:

When Sergeant James M. Crowley climbed the front steps of Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s house last week and unexpectedly placed himself in international headlines, it [...]

President Obama Talks About the Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

I cannot remember a time when a President weighed in on a local law enforcement matter.  perhaps there are other precedents.  If you know of any, please comment on this post.  In this instance, President Obama answers a question about the arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a situation addressed here and here.

Americans got [...]

“Is this what happens to black men in America?” Charges Dropped Against Henry Louis Gates Jr.

One of the biggest stories of late has been the arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr.  Owing to Professor Gates’ stature in the Harvard community, charge of disorderly conduct against him was dropped:

A prosecutor is dropping a charge against prominent Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. after Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the city’s police department [...]

“ya, I’ll speak to your mama outside:” Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Arrested

Noted scholar of race issues in America, Henry Louis Gates Jr., was arrested for his public behavior following a report of a break-in to his home:

 Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., one of the nation’s pre-eminent African-American scholars, was arrested Thursday afternoon at his home by Cambridge police investigating a possible break-in. The incident [...]