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May 25 2020

Open Thread

The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we - in a less final, less heroic way - be willing to give of ourselves. - Ronald Reagan

May 24 2020

Mike Rowe Commencement Speech

While Hollyweirdos and other moonbats bestow congratulations on this year’s college grads, Mike Rowe delivers a commencement speech for those smart enough to go to trade school rather than dig themselves into decades of debt while undergoing leftist indoctrination:

Meaningful work is productive work. Not much productive work is accomplished with liberal arts degrees. As noted earlier, the only real purpose of many degrees is to serve as a proxy for the intelligence tests employees are no longer allowed to used thanks to the insane and tyrannical but highly politically correct Griggs v Duke Power Co ruling. Becoming skilled at a useful trade serves this purpose more efficiently.

Via Maggie’s Farm, on a tip from Frances J.

May 24 2020

COVID-19 Lockdowns and the Toolkit of Total Control

By now, you would have to be drinking the Kool-Aid straight out of the pitcher not to have figured out that the point of the economically devastating COVID-19 lockdowns is not to stop the virus. If it were, the lockdowns would have disappeared as soon as it became obvious that lifting them has no appreciable negative effect. Supposedly, the original point was to prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed; laid off and furloughed medical professionals across the country can laugh at that one.

What is the point of the lockdowns? In this video from 2014, investigative journalist Harry Vox (no relation to Vox.com) explains:

Vox may be slightly paranoid, but just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you. Long before the virus existed, he saw the overall COVID-19 picture and even some of the details, like our ruling class’s emulation of the communist Chinese.

The widespread acceptance of the Kung Flu lockdowns at face value and the relative paucity of resistance to them could be the most alarming political development since the rise of communism a century ago. What Big Government gets away with, we will get more of.

On a tip from Mike_W20.

May 24 2020

Alyssa Milano’s Crocheted Mask

Just how clueless are the militant Tinseltown moonbats who righteously preach to the rest of us regarding what we should think and how we should live? Actress/activist Alyssa “Karen” Milano provides an indication:

A crocheted mask to keep out a virus. She should have gone into comedy.

Rumors could not be confirmed that Milano is putting up a chain link fence around her mansion to keep out mosquitos.

Karen I mean Alyssa claims there is a carbon filter underneath her crocheted mask. I doubt it, but maybe. Carbon filters are not recommended against Kung Flu anyway.

Here’s a better idea than the witless Alyssa’s:

On a tip from Varla.

May 24 2020

Another Misadventure in Multiculturalism

If you can take what they say at face value, liberals must believe that when immigrants arrive in advanced countries from savage parts of the world, the moment they touch ground, they adopt the customs, values, traditions, and temperament of their new home. This belief is misguided, as Sweden continues to demonstrate:

A teenage girl was beheaded by her ex-boyfriend when she returned to his flat to collect her belongings after she broke up with him, it has been claimed.

In certain cultures, breaking up with a boyfriend is a reckless thing to do. But we are not allowed to dwell on the negative aspects of such cultures, so you can’t blame someone as young as Wilma for not knowing better.

Wilma Andersson, 17, disappeared on November 14 last year before police found a ‘body part’ a fortnight later which turned out to be her head.

Her ex-boyfriend Tishko Ahmed Shabaz was arrested and has now been charged with her murder in a case that has shocked Sweden because it is deemed as one of the safest countries in the world, Expressen reports.

It is not so safe anymoreespecially for teenagers. It turns out that safety is not absorbed from the Nordic air but rather results from Swedes being Swedes.

Police claim the 23-year-old decapitated Wilma before wrapping her head in foil and hiding it at his home.

She didn’t die easily.

Prosecutors claim Wilma was subjected to ‘repeated violence’ during her death.

That could be why Shabaz’s neighbors heard screaming.

The rest of her body remains missing — although they did find her coat and handbag in his apartment.

Shabaz, who is claimed to have been born in Iraq before becoming a Swedish citizen in 2014, denies all the allegations, telling investigators: “You forget that this is a girl that I have loved and that I have lived my life perfectly.”

According to the Koran, that last part may be true.

Social distancing really can save lives — when applied in the appropriate context.

On a tip from Lyle.

May 24 2020

University of California Drops Standardized Tests From Admission Requirements

You can’t have equity so long as there is an achievement gap. There will always be an achievement gap so long as there are meaningful objective standards. So you can see why the University of California is dumping standardized testing from admission requirements:

The University of California Board of Regents unanimously voted to suspend the SAT and ACT testing requirements for freshman applicants through 2024 and eliminate them for California students after that – a plan proposed by Janet Napolitano, the university’s system’s president.

That Uncle Mort of the Obama Administration proposed it is all you need to know regarding the plan’s extreme moonbattery and perniciousness.

The UC system has about 280,000 students and includes the fairly prestigious UCLA and Berkeley. How long they can remain prestigious without meaningful admission standards remains to be seen. This depends on how fast the rest of academia discards standards on the grounds that they discriminate against people who do not belong in college.

When utopia has been achieved, not being a white male heterosexual will be the only admission requirement anywhere. Excellence will continue to fade into the past.

On a tip from Steve T.

May 24 2020

Open Thread

The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount…If we don’t have a proper fundamental moral background, we will finally end up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State. - Harry S. Truman
May 23 2020

Joe Biden Campaign Song

What a sad end to a long career. I wish I could say Biden deserves better than the humiliation his handlers are dragging him through.

What’s even sadder is that we can’t be sure this senile swamp creature won’t win.

On tips from seaoh and Anonymous.

May 23 2020

Fauci Discovers the Downside to Lockdowns

Now he tells us. Here’s the latest from Technocrat in Chief Anthony Fauci on the lockdowns he has encouraged:

“We can’t stay locked down for such a considerable period of time that you might do irreparable damage and have unintended consequences, including consequences for health.”

It is wonderful that Fauci has finally noticed — as have many doctors before him — that the lockdowns have not only thrown 36 million Americans out of work, they have also had a negative effect on public health.

Irreparable damage has already been done. Millions of lives have been wrecked, largely due to local Democrat despots exploiting Fauci’s pronouncements to justify extreme measures. A large percentage of the jobs lost will never come back.

Just this month, Fauci claimed there would be “needless suffering and death” if the lockdowns were lifted too soon, although by then it was already obvious that they never should have been imposed in the first place.

Big Government’s sacred oracle of COVID-19 hysteria has reversed himself before. His assessments of the severity of Wuhan coronavirus have been all over the place. There was no need to change our behavior, then social distancing was crucial. We shouldn’t wear masks, then we had to wear masks.

One America was highlighting Fauci’s reversals over a month ago:

The next time an expert emerges from the federal bureaucracy to tell us freedom has to be set aside because of models and projections, we will know to coat him in tar, apply feathers, transport him upon a rail to the nearest body of water, and dump him therein.

On a tip from Ed McAninch.

May 23 2020

Will COVID-19 Tyranny Turn California Red?

Hard as it is to believe now, California was a red state until recently. Demographic transformation turned it deep blue forever. Or did it?

The media can’t keep it hidden indefinitely that the ChiCom virus lockdowns produced no appreciable net benefit for public health, and that 36 million Americans were thrown out of work for the sake of a power grab primarily by regional and local Democrat despots like Gavin Newsom and Eric Garcetti. As people realize that Big Government run amok has been destroying their country and their lives, the Party of Government will have limited appeal.

Californian Dave Morrison considers the possibility of a change for the better in Golden State politics:

If there is anything left of the California free spirit, we will know in November, now that Democrats have so closely associated themselves with arbitrary tyranny by pushing the lockdowns.

On a tip from Kate P.

May 23 2020

Reagan: Get Government Out of the Way

There has never been a better time than during ChiCom virus hysteria and the tyrannical lockdowns inflicted in its name to remember these words of Ronald Reagan:

No wonder the liberal authoritarians at YouTube and Facebook have it in for PragerU. Keeping Ronald Reagan alive in our minds does not advance the agenda.

On a tip from Frances J.

May 23 2020

Mika Meltdown

Karens don’t come more irritating than MSDNC’s Mika Brzezinski. But she does have one redeeming quality; it is pleasant to laugh at her when she melts down.

Mark Dice yuks it up as Mika fumes that Trump won’t make a fool of himself by wearing a mask at all times and then demands that the President of the United States be banned from Twitter for picking on her hapless husband. Less hilarious is that her hostility to free speech is shared by her fellow liberals running Big Tech:

On tips from KirklesWorth and Ellen O.

May 23 2020

Open Thread

The most dangerous diminutions of freedom come from those who are convinced of their moral rectitude. - Daniel Hannan
May 22 2020

Biden to Blacks Who Think Before Voting for Him: “You Ain’t Black”

No one has made the Democrat opinion of blacks this obvious since Lyndon Johnson smirked, “I’ll have those ni**ers voting Democratic for the next 200 years” thanks to the Civil Rights Act. Joe Biden’s handlers were fools to let him get in front of a microphone again.

Slow Joe appeared today on a black radio show with host Charlamagne tha God. A Biden aide tried to end the interview — with good reason, as it turned out. Charlamagne then asked Biden to come back on.

C.t.G.: “It’s a long way until November. We got more questions.”

Biden: “You got more questions. But I’m telling you if you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” he said.

You don’t have to think about it. You just have to vote as you’re told. Or you ain’t black.

No Klan wizard of a century ago ever expressed a more contemptuous opinion. We give you favoritism, we give you handouts. In return, you vote for us. We’ll do the thinking, you just vote as you’re told. We’ll even define your race for you, and kick you out of it if you don’t comply with our definition.

What makes Biden dangerous to other Democrats is that he is dumb enough to speak honestly occasionally. His remark drew attention to an attitude that is prevalent among the liberal ruling class. If you doubt it, consider the viciousness of their wrath whenever a black opts for self-respect over entitled victim status, as with Clarence Thomas or Condoleezza Rice.

Are the favoritism and handouts worth the price of being treated like a defective child by your masters?

Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), a plantation escapee, responds to Plugs:

“1.3 million black Americans already voted for Trump in 2016. This morning, Joe Biden told every single one of us we ‘ain’t black.’ I’d say I’m surprised, but it’s sadly par for the course for Democrats to take the black community for granted and brow beat those that don’t agree.”

If they give thought to the attitude Biden highlighted, this year it might be substantially more than 1.3 million.

On tips from Scott D, Rapinhoe, Occam’s Stubble, Varla, and Ed McAninch.

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