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Jan 26 2021

America 2021

Paul Joseph Watson offers an indication of what America has come to look like from overseas during its disgraceful moonbattery-induced decline:

On a tip from Occam’s Stubble.

Jan 26 2021

John Stossel on COVID-19 Hypocrites

Now that John Brennan has fingered libertarians as potential Enemies of the State who should be investigated by federal intelligence agencies, we had better listen to what John Stossel has to say before people like him start disappearing. Here he sounds off on COVID-19 hypocrites displaying the Do As I Say Not As I Do mentality characteristic of authoritarian liberals:

The bigger Big Government gets, the more unjust the tyranny will be.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Jan 26 2021

Free From His Own Proscriptions, Ted Wheeler Applies Some Pepper Spray

Portland has been subjected to well over 100 riots over the past year. Mayor Ted Wheeler has forbidden the police to use tear gas to keep them under control. From September:

Wheeler, who was also gassed during a protest earlier this year, made the announcement saying “we need something different” to quell more than three months of nightly unrest in Portland following the May 25 police custody death [probably from overindulging in fentanyl] of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

However, chemical agents are okay if brandished by liberal politicians, as Wheeler did Sunday night:

Robert King, Senior Policy Advisor on Public Safety for Wheeler … notified the [Portland Police Bureau] that Wheeler had been involved in an incident in which “WHEELER used pepper spray against an unknown person.” …

According to Wheeler’s statement, he was leaving the Hillsdale McMenamin’s pub, and was confronted by a middle-aged male, who was taking video of Wheeler with a cell phone.

The male suggested he “had been photographing” Wheeler while he was inside the restaurant. The male accused Wheeler of not wearing a mask.

Presumably a constituent, the guy followed him to his car and would not get out of his face, so Wheeler “pulled out my pepper spray and I sprayed him in the eyes.”

Wouldn’t it be nice if police could do the same to rioters? Civil order might be restored.

Neither Wheeler nor [his companion former Portland mayor Sam] Adams indicated that the man who was sprayed posed an imminent threat or had physically threatened him, only that he was “in close proximity.”

But Wheeler fretted that he could have caught COVID-19 from him.

Let that be a lesson to the public. Even Ted Wheeler can be pushed only so far!

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Jan 26 2021

Harvesting the Fruit of Black Lives Matter

From a diseased tree comes poisonous fruit. The tree of Black Lives Matter is rotten from the roots, having grown out of the same fetid morass of Marxism and black supremacism as the Black Panthers before it. Heather Mac Donald takes stock of the harvest:

The year 2020 likely saw the largest percentage increase in homicides in American history. Murder was up nearly 37% in a sample of 57 large and medium-size cities. Based on preliminary estimates, at least 2,000 more Americans, most of them black, were killed in 2020 than in 2019.

The explosion of violent crime was precipitated by the War on Police — i.e., the eagerness of the liberal establishment to side with criminals against law and order in its embrace of Black Lives Matter.

The local murder increases in 2020 were startling: 95% in Milwaukee, 78% in Louisville, Ky., 74% in Seattle, 72% in Minneapolis, 62% in New Orleans, and 58% in Atlanta, according to data compiled by crime analyst Jeff Asher.

Liberals champion the BLM anti-police agenda to demonstrate that they revere blacks, which they have been told is the primary distinguishing characteristic of good people. Yet the dozens of children who have been killed in this bloodbath are overwhelmingly black.

Fifty-five children were killed in Chicago in 2020, 17 in St. Louis, and 11 in Philadelphia. In South Los Angeles alone, 40 children were shot, some non-lethally, through September.

The liberal establishment that caused this tries to blame it on COVID-19.

But crime fell during the first months of the pandemic shutdowns, both in the U.S. and globally. Only at the end of May did that trend reverse itself…

On May 25, George Floyd died, apparently of a fentanyl overdose, while in police custody. This was seized upon as a pretext for widespread violence that was aggressively supported by the liberal establishment, with the media barking Black Lives Matter talking points, ball players kneeling in obeisance to rioters, corporations donating $millions to BLM and related organizations, Kamala Harris egging on rioters and raising funds to bail them out of jail, and local Democrat politicians giving the rioters free reign to inflict mayhem at the expense of law-abiding citizens.

According to the establishment narrative, cops are now the bad guys.

Officers believe they face a political and legal environment that is eager to sacrifice them in the name of racial justice.

As might be expected, they are now keeping their heads down instead of doing their jobs.

An Oakland, Calif., officer who has arrested dozens of known murderers and gang members over his career tells me he is scared for the first time, “not because the criminals are necessarily more violent, even though they are.” But if he has to use force on a resisting suspect, he could lose his career, his life, or his liberty, he says. A “simple cost-benefit analysis” recommends simply responding to calls for service and collecting a paycheck. “All cops now understand this.”

Criminals understand it too. The result is increasingly brazen lawlessness.

Forget about the proactive police work that prevents crime from happening in the first place. According to liberal ideology, it is racist.

Across the country, specialized police units that got guns off the street were disbanded, since they were said to have a disparate impact on African-Americans. Police chiefs and prosecutors have refused to enforce low-level quality-of-life laws for the same reason.

The broken windows approach that allowed Rudy Giuliani and William Bratton to clean up New York City in the 1990s would be unthinkable now.

The consequence: More gang members are carrying guns, since their chances of being stopped are slim. They are enthusiastically killing each other and innocent bystanders out of opportunism, not economic deprivation or existential angst.

Democrats will respond to this by confiscating firearms from law-abiding citizens, so that we have no chance to defend ourselves.

2020 is finally over. If only we could say the same for the chaos liberalism has unleashed. 2021 has been more of the same:

Shootings in South Los Angeles rose 742% in the first two weeks of the year. In Oakland, homicides were up 500% and shootings up 126% through Jan. 17. In New York, murders were up 42% and shooting victims up 15% through Jan. 17.

According to the media, everything will get better, now that Biden’s handlers control the White House. In reality, everything will get worse:

During the campaign, [Biden] claimed without justification that African-Americans rightly feared that their loved ones could be killed by a cop every time they stepped outside. His criminal-justice blueprint promises to eliminate racial disparities in law enforcement. Given vast racial disparities in the commission of crimes, that can be done only by eliminating law enforcement itself.

The federal government will now impose the same demented leftist policies that have been making our largest cities uninhabitable.

[T]he Biden Justice Department will treat disparate stop or arrest rates as evidence of police bias and seek to put as many police departments as possible under costly consent decrees. It will even try to extend its oversight authority to local prosecutors’ offices, should district attorneys generate racially disparate charging data (an inevitability, in light of the reality of crime).

Attempting to shoehorn reality into a delusional ideology inevitably causes a great deal of pain.

High-profile homicide trials of police officers will take place this year in Minneapolis, Atlanta, Louisville and Rochester, N.Y. If there are acquittals, more riots—followed by an even greater shooting surge—seem likely.

Alternatively, officers innocent of the crimes they are accused of may be sent to prison as sacrificial offerings to the Black Lives Matter mob. This will have an even worse effect, emboldening the mob and demoralizing the police still further.

Civilization is more delicate than people realize. If we do not cure ourselves of liberalism soon, it will collapse.

On a tip from Varla.

Jan 26 2021

Welcome Back to New York

One price of submitting to liberal rule is that it is no longer safe to go out in public, even in broad daylight. When Giuliani was mayor, New York City was famous for its safety. After years of Bill de Blasio, we read stories like this:

The New York City Police Department is seeking dozens of suspects in connection with a brutal attack on a 26-year-old male who was beaten, slashed, and disrobed.

They even stole his underwear, and as usual also his phone.

The victim is from Brooklyn, but was just exiting a bus from Atlanta.

The attack, which was caught on surveillance camera, shows hordes of people rushing to punch, push, shove, and hit the victim, who eventually ends up on the ground. While on the ground, other people in the group can be seen jumping on and stomping the victim.

Once the blood starts flowing, everybody joins in.

What do you expect in a country that glorifies criminality, and a city that has marginalized the police in the name of leftist ideology? Scenes like this are what liberals embrace when they embrace Black Lives Matter.

The victim is reported to be a gang member with 43 arrests, 17 for felonies. That he was walking around loose is a symptom of the same disease that allowed the attack to occur at 11:30 in the morning.

Presumably, there was history between at least some of the attackers and the victim. But these days, who knows? If you are walking down the street and someone doesn’t like your face, the same could happen to you.

Attackers are unlikely to be punished in a place like New York, even if they are caught — which they probably won’t be. Everyone knows that the moonbats in charge at both the city and state level are on the side of criminals, not the police. As of January 20, this is now true also at the federal level.

Behold what liberalism is turning our country into:

On a tip from Don M.

Jan 26 2021

Now Monkeys Are Oppressed

Cultural Marxism requires that progressives constantly find new identity groups to designate as oppressed. When every last human who is not a native-born able-bodied white male heterosexual Christian has been granted precious victim status, they will have to turn to the animal kingdom. It will start with monkeys:

Target will no longer sell coconut milk made by the Thai company Chaokoh after an investigation alleged the drink is tied to forced monkey labor, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals announced Monday.

Major corporations used to prioritize pleasing their customers. Now they seem primarily motivated by an obsessive desire to earn pats on the head from left-wing activist groups.

“By dropping Chaokoh, Target is joining thousands of stores that refuse to profit from chained monkeys’ misery,” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman wrote in a statement.

Chaokoh has been canceled. Too bad for the Thais who were relying on it for income.

They should have made the monkeys join a union. Then leftists might have left them alone.

According to PETA, monkeys have been forced to pick coconuts in Thailand and even to wear chains around their necks. Sell your PetSmart stock before PETA finds out it sells leashes.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Jan 26 2021

Open Thread

In the good old days when I was a senator, I was my own man. - Joe Biden
Jan 25 2021

No Past, No Future

As Douglas Murray explains, liberals’ escalating War on History is “not merely foolish and unfair; it’s dangerous”:

The horrifying spectacle of Black Lives Matter/Antifa rioters tearing down statues of historical giants with the tacit approval of the liberal establishment is another appalling consequence of letting leftists take control of education. Under domination by progressives, education no longer imparts knowledge; it deliberately obliterates knowledge. Because Ignorance Is Strength.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Jan 25 2021

Tony Fauci’s Possible Role in Creating COVID-19

Despite being regarded as the infallible voice of the technocracy by the liberal media, Anthony Fauci’s handling of the ChiCom virus has been characterized by dramatic reversals and even admitted lies. Now it emerges that he may share responsibility for the creation of the virus.

The new boss is the same as the old boss regarding Fauci, who stays on as chief medical advisor to the White House. With characteristic arrogance, Fauci recently averred that a lack of candor by the former administration cost American lives. This from the guy who admits that he deliberately lied regarding herd immunity.

Miranda Devine notes that among his other notable missteps (such as backflipping on masks), Fauci shared Biden’s view, as the virus began to spread from its birthplace in Wuhan, that travel from China should not be restricted:

It was Jan. 28, and Trump had asked his trade adviser, Peter Navarro, into the Situation Room to convince Fauci and other officials that the China travel ban would save lives.

“The guy I fought the most that day was Fauci,” Navarro told me Sunday. “He was adamantly opposed to the travel ban. All he kept saying was travel restrictions don’t work.” …

Trump imposed the travel ban on Jan. 31 and Fauci later credited the action with saving lives.

But, says Navarro, “If Biden had been president and Fauci had been the top adviser, we would probably have a million more Americans dead.”

Even this would pale in comparison to helping to create the virus in first place, as suggested by Steve Hilton.

COVID-19 could be the result of gain of function research, whereby viruses with dangerous capabilities are created deliberately for research or bioweapon purposes.

Via BizPac Review:

This research was carried out around the world, with Wuhan, China being home to a leading laboratory, funded in part by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, headed up by Dr. Anthony Fauci.

The Obama Administration was responsible enough to put the kibosh on this, likely because of the devastating consequences should a Frankenstein virus escape the lab.

“Despite the controversy surrounding this type of research,” [Hilton] said, “it always had one steadfast champion, a leading figure in the world of infectious diseases, Anthony Fauci.” …

Fauci “continued on by subcontracting it” to the NY based EcoHealth Alliance. …

Hilton noted that EcoHealth Alliance then subcontracted the gain of function piece to the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

Hilton traced a money trail from Fauci to Wuhan, where novel coronaviruses were discovered in bat feces from rural China, and new viruses were created in the lab. These activities may have resulted in a reengineered bat virus that can infect humans through the air.

Too bad we don’t have much in the way of an independent media to follow up on leads like this.

“The response from the medical establishment has been shocking,” [Hilton] added. “Instead of trying to figure out what happened, they have been pushing a cover-up.”

With Beijing Biden in the White House, where Fauci now enjoys an enhanced role, the liberal establishment will bury this story all the deeper.

On tips from Stormfax, Dragon’s Lair, and ABC of the ANC.

Jan 25 2021

Why WaPo Won’t Keep Biden Lie Database

To quote the figurehead of our ruling oligarchy, “We choose truth over facts.” That could be why, with Biden’s handlers in power, WaPo no longer needs to fact check presidential statements, after 4 years of having politicized fact checkers denounce nearly every utterance from Trump.

The Daily Caller reports:

The Washington Post ended its false claims project for President Donald Trump on Wednesday and has no current “plans” to start a new database for President Joe Biden, the paper told the Daily Caller.

WaPo fact checkers discovered 30,573 “false or misleading claims” by Trump. Maybe they don’t want to do the same with Biden because the sheer volume of lies would bury them.

Biden is infamous for attempting to glorify himself with easily disprovable or outrageously unlikely lies. For example, lying about his performance in law school was one of the reasons his 1988 presidential bid collapsed amid gales of laughter.

Via Time:

The “final blow” for the campaign came when Newsweek unearthed C-SPAN footage of Biden rattling off his academic accomplishments, including saying that he graduated in the top half of his law school, when in fact, he ranked 76th out of 85.

More recently, Biden has lied repeatedly about being arrested in South Africa for attempting to visit Nelson Mandela.

Some of his tall tales are hilariously improbable, like his Corn Pop adventure:

Other Biden whoppers include:

1. Biden said his helicopter was “forced down” near Osama bin Laden’s lair in Afghanistan

2. Biden said he was a coal miner

3. Biden said he was “shot at” in Iraq

4. Biden said he called Slobodan Milošević a “damn war criminal” to his face

5. Biden said he participated in sit-ins at segregated restaurants and movie theaters

6. Biden said he criticized President George W. Bush during lengthy private meetings in the Oval Office

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Occasionally Biden’s lies could be vaguely based on reality, as with his distorted and embellished story about giving a reluctant Navy captain a Silver Star in Afghanistan, which he vouched for with “my word as a Biden” and proclaimed to be “God’s truth.”

The Federalist published a list of lies Biden had told as president 2 days into his presidency. Keeping such a list current beyond a few weeks would require such massive data storage as to be infeasible, especially since Amazon Web Services would pull the plug on it.

On a tip from Occam’s Stubble. Hat tip: Summit News.

Jan 25 2021

Big Government Follows Through on Big Tech Parler Attack

Even now, some fall for the argument that political censorship is okay so long as it imposed not by the government, but by a cartel of private companies. However, once it gains a foothold through public acceptance, authoritarianism won’t stay private for long.

The liberal establishment wants to destroy Parler for offering an alternative to leftist controlled, politically weaponized Twitter. Google and Apple inflicted damage by suppressing Parler’s app, then Amazon took it completely offline through its dominance of web services. But these broken kneecaps do not satisfy the totalitarian thugs comprising the Democrat Party. They want the power to destroy alternative voices directly, rather than through Big Tech cat’s paws. That’s why we read this:

Carolyn Maloney, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, is asking the FBI to conduct a “robust examination” of the role social media site Parler played in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, specifically whether the platform was a “potential facilitator” of planning or inciting the violence.

There is no reason to believe Parler played as large a role in planning the Capitol Riot as Facebook and Twitter. But Facebook and Twitter are solidly on the Democrat team.

Maloney, D-N.Y., in a letter to the FBI Thursday, requested that the FBI review whether Parler facilitated planning and questioned whether it is “a potential conduit for foreign governments who may be financing civil unrest in the United States.”

The gradual conversion of the FBI into a KGB-like tool of the Democrat Party got underway under Obama. Under the rule of the unprincipled Biden and his radicalized party, it will now go into overdrive.

As we saw when Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton absurdly accused Trump of plotting with Putin to plan the Capitol Riot, the debunking of the Russian collusion hoax has not put an end to the Democrat tactic of accusing everyone they want to destroy of conspiring with the increasingly irrelevant Russians.

In her letter, Maloney went on to point to questions raised about “Parler’s financing and its ties to Russia.”

Whether Parler has meaningful ties to the Russian government is doubtful. Merely to get the idea out there is helpful to Democrats, so that people who are not paying attention will be left with the general impression that Parler schemed with Putin to attack the Capitol so of course it had to be crushed.

Maloney even went so far as to try to link Parler to Hamas through DDos-Guard, the Russian company Parler turned to for help getting back online after Amazon kicked it off the Internet for not being part of the Left-Wing Elite club. We no longer live in a country where a company associated with dissidents can easily find a web host.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Jan 25 2021

Ayanna Pressley: Commute All Federal Death Sentences

By aligning themselves with mobs of looters, exploiting COVID-19 as a pretext to release convicts onto the streets, and selecting the notoriously corrupt Joe Biden as their figurehead, Democrats have made it more obvious than ever that they are the party of criminality. So this should come as no surprise:

[Squad member Ayanna] Pressley and U.S. Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., led 35 of their colleagues … in sending a letter to Biden urging him to “immediately commute” the sentences of all 49 prisoners on federal death row and ensure a “fair re-sentencing process.”

Being a leftist, Biden opposes the death penalty, except when applied to inconvenient babies. These will be killed on the US taxpayer’s dime in foreign countries thanks to one of his many executive orders.

Pressley is also pushing a bill to abolish the federal death penalty with Bush and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Cori Bush is a Black Lives Matter organizer who entered Congress last year. More than anything else, BLM stands for criminals in opposition to law enforcement.

Because Pressley is a Democrat and therefore a Cultural Marxist, she frames the death penalty in terms of racial favoritism:

“State-sanctioned murder is not justice, and the death penalty, which kills Black and brown people disproportionately, has absolutely no place in our society,” Pressley said in a statement.

Pressley’s jihad against the death penalty could save the neck of multiple murderer Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who may yet face appropriate justice despite a judge throwing out his death sentence. No doubt executing Tsarnaev would be Islamophobic and xenophobic. The Chechen refugees Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev killed three and wounded over 260 by setting off a bomb at the Boston Marathon in 2013, then continued to enrich the multicultural tapestry with the execution-style murder of 27-year-old police officer Sean Collier.

By the way, Pressley’s husband Conan Harris spent 10 years in prison for drug trafficking. Her father was in jail for much of her childhood. She has the right background to achieve prominence as a Democrat.

On a tip from Jack D.

Jan 25 2021

Open Thread

Every single morning since I've been 27 years old, I've got up and someone's handed me a card like the one I have in my pocket with the schedule on it, of all the things I'm gonna do. I don't know what to do if I didn't have that card. - Joe Biden
Jan 24 2021

Executive Order Turns DOJ Into Shakedown Operation

Joe Biden is the personification of the Swamp — i.e., bloated Big Government at its most arrogantly authoritarian and corrupt. With him serving as figurehead, looting will go into overdrive. One of the many autocratic Executive Orders Biden has already signed indicates how the Department of Justice Injustice will do its part.

The order reverses…

… a DOJ policy put in place by Attorney General Jeff Sessions which prohibited provisions in settlement agreements in civil litigation that directed the opposing party to pay the money from the settlement to some third-party interest group…

A politicized DOJ commands its victims to cough up money not to the US Treasury, but to left-wing activists. This practice became common under the Obama Regime.

The government would bring a civil action against some offending corporation, and then offer the corporation an opportunity to settle the dispute with a condition that required the corporation to pay some or all of the settlement money to a third party designated by the government.

A prime example of how this worked…

…was the 2014 settlement of claims against Bank of America relating to the 2008 mortgage fraud crisis. Out of the total of $17 billion DOJ required BofA to pay, nearly $7 billion went to left-wing activist groups associated with Democrat party special interests.

Bad times lay ahead for regular Americans, but not for radical moonbats.

The Biden Administration — before there is even a new Attorney General — has decided to resurrect that old grift in order to get the spigot of money turned back on for left-wing interest groups who look to the Justice Department to be their collection agency.

Putting the bad guys in charge never comes cheap.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

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