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Oct 18 2019

Seattle Pays $435 per Manhour to Clean Up After Bums

As noted yesterday, big money goes into the homelessness industry on the Left Coast. There are a lot of losers, namely taxpayers. But at least there are a few winners. KIRO’s Dori Monson reports on a contract she received from a tipster for cleaning up derelict encampments in Seattle:

This private company that the city of Seattle has contracted with gets $435 per technician, per labor hour. The overtime hourly rate per worker is $652.50. I’m not talking about an eight-member crew getting that much to split. I’m talking about every single homeless camp cleanup worker.

It’s nasty work, cleaning up drug needles and human waste, but not skilled work. Others were willing to do it for the much lower but still extravagant rate of $80 per manhour. But Seattle gave the job to the $435 per manhour bid. Sounds like somebody has friends in high places.

Again we see that the more money Big Government spends, no matter what it is ostensibly spent on, the more opportunities there are for graft and waste. If you want an honest and efficient government, you want the smallest government possible.

On a tip from DCGere.


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Oct 18 2019

I Can See Why Tom Arnold Deleted This

Tom Arnold gives an idea of the level of hysterical bloodthirsty Jacobinism that prevails in Tinseltown these days:

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This was in response to a Trump tweet referring to the size of the turnout for a campaign rally in Dallas yesterday — which of course is where John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

Arnold’s threat received 617 likes before someone told the idiot (who has threatened Trump before) to take it down before the Secret Service shows up at his door. It’s getting scary out there.

On a tip from Stormfax. Hat tip: Weasel Zippers, Conservative Opinion.

Oct 18 2019

Public Gets Fed Up With Extinction Rebellion Climate Moonbats

Looks like London is finally fed to the teeth with Extinction Rebellion climate moonbats causing havoc on behalf of their demented and malevolent antihuman ideology.

Via Daily Mail:

Extinction Rebellion’s reign of mayhem in London finally hit the rocks [yesterday] when commuters took matters into their own hands and pulled activists from a tube train – prompting the group to cancel its planned Gatwick ‘shutdown’.

As their eco-protest enters its 11th day XR activists launched a co-ordinated strike on three London Underground stations, clambering on top of carriages and glueing themselves to doors despite Monday’s city-wide ban issued by the Met Police.

I doubt the planet appreciated it. I know people with jobs to go to didn’t. Watch and cheer as a crowd in Canning Town unceremoniously drags the screwballs off a train:

That went about as well as their slapstick attack on Her Majesty’s Treasury.

Good thing for the ecokooks that transport workers were on hand to save them from the beating they richly earned.

This nonsense has been going on for too long:

So far more than 1,642 protesters have been arrested, and 133 charged.

XR’s stated tactics are to overwhelm the capacity in police custody, including by refusing bail after being arrested.

If the police are not able to maintain public order in the face of soft terrorism, maybe they should just give a green light to the public to deal with XR moonbats as it sees fit. That might put a quick end to the sociopathic posturing.

On tips from Don M and 😈 😈 BLACK 😈 DEVIL 😈 😈.

Oct 18 2019

Open Thread

There is a point where political correctness becomes an acid that erodes freedom. - Bill O'Reilly
Oct 17 2019

Bad Lip Reading: Biden 2020

Bad Lip Reading takes on Biden 2020:

It was a good effort, but they couldn’t put gibberish in Biden’s mouth that is any more muddled than what he actually says. Watch him in action at the Democrat debate in Ohio on Tuesday. The video starts with him fending off a question on his son Hunter’s corrupt influence peddling by raving about George Washington:

The Bad Lip Reading version of Biden is more coherent.

On a tip from Varla.

Oct 17 2019

Are Democrat Voters as Socialist as Democrat Pols?

In economic terms, capitalism equals freedom and socialism equals slavery. Freedom generates vastly more wealth, but socialism has a selling point too: it affords more opportunity to exert coercive power over others through Big Government.

The increasing dominance of Marxists and quasi-Marxists like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and the Squad indicate that the Democrat Party is rapidly becoming socialist. But outside hotbeds of extreme moonbattery, are Democrat voters really ready to flush their country away?

Campus Reform sent Eduardo Neret to Westerville, Ohio in advance of the Democrat debate there on Tuesday to see how people feel about capitalism versus socialism:

Hopefully, the Democrat Party will not succeed in pulling its supporters off the rails to the left.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair. Hat tip: Whatfinger.

Oct 17 2019

Democracy as an Impediment to Climate Action

Bad news for our democratic republic. A chin-pulling University of Toronto poli-sci PhD student named Christian Elliott has determined that democracy poses a threat to the climate.

Via The Conversation:

We tend to assume that democracies, over the long arc of history, work towards progress and justice. But with an issue like climate change, we’re running out of time.

Note how he immediately conflates pushing radical leftism wrapped in the global warming hoax with “progress and justice.” He will go far in academia.

It may come as a surprise, but at the moment, democracy may be an obstacle to the rapid action we need on climate change.

That is the farthest thing from a surprise. “Climate change” is the new world communism. It is all about consolidating power in the hands of a ruling globalist elite. The UN’s sinister Christiana Figueres confirmed it years ago.

Democratic governments naturally swing back and forth between conservative and liberal control. But environmental issues are increasingly associated with liberal values exclusively in countries like Canada and the United States.

That’s because environmentalism has been hijacked by the global warming hoax, which even progressives will sometimes admit is about power, money, and imposing leftist ideology, not about the environment.

The transition from a liberal government to a conservative one often leads to a relapse of environmental policies, including program cuts, delays and even outright rejections or silencing of the science underlying climate change.

You want silencing of science? Put lefties like Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) in charge. He would literally throw you in prison for publicizing science that undermines global warming dogma.

If we are to save both the planet and democracy, we must get conservatives to buy into the global warming hoax. Christian tries his best:

Though by name the “Green New Deal” is associated with large-scale American public investment and thus “big government,” it’s also sensitive to the plight of citizens that might otherwise embody a conservative anti-environment sentiment.

Really? How so?

Coal mine workers, oil rig operators and the towns that support them are subject to major contractions and layoffs as oil prices and fuel demands fluctuate. Creating good, stable jobs to help transition former fossil sector workers into renewable energy brings together a unifying vision of shared prosperity.

Instead of making good money producing real energy, Big Government will give you a make-work job creating make-believe energy. What’s not to like?

If conservatives cling bitterly to their resistance to the Green New Deal anyway, democratic elections might have to go the way of the coal-fired power plant. But at least then the climate will stop fluctuating for the first time in the history of the planet.

Hat tips: Pirate’s Cove, Watts Up With That?

Oct 17 2019

San Francisco Subsidizes Homelessness, Gets More of It

Subsidize something and you get more of it. This is particularly true of homelessness, as San Francisco demonstrates.

Proposition C passed with 61% of the vote, imposing a payroll tax that would raise $300 million per year to bestow upon homelessness. This money has been held up in the courts, but that has not stopped San Francisco from spending in a big way, as noted at Manhattan Contrarian:

The basic budget for homeless services has gone from about $155 million annually in the 2011-12 fiscal year, to $271 million annually in San Francisco’s most recent 2018-19 spending plan. And then there’s the newly uncovered honeypot of money in something called the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund. What’s that? According to a piece in May from the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, “ERAF is a state program that requires counties to set aside a portion of local property taxes to a fund to be used for their school district. When the fund reaches its state-imposed cap, the remaining funds are then returned to the local government to be used for other purposes at the local government’s discretion.” According to that piece, San Francisco Mayor London Breed intends to spend much of this year’s ERAF “windfall” on “housing and homelessness initiatives,” including “$15 million for a new homeless navigation center, $40 million for anti-eviction measures, $14 million to buy land for affordable housing, $9 million to improve public housing and $42.5 million to complete construction of a homeless housing site.” That would look to be another $120 million or so in a year.

This cascade of cash has had the effect that any reasonable person would expect on homelessness.

According to a piece in the City Journal by Erica Sandberg on October 10, the official count of homeless in San Francisco is now 9,780. That represents an increase of at least 30% just since 2017.

When the Prop C money is freed up, San Franciscans will be spending about $600 per capita per year to subsidize homelessness. Expect the hordes of derelicts to skyrocket.

Spending money to help the homeless into homes they cannot afford (and are unlikely to maintain) will cause already stratospheric housing costs to skyrocket too. This happens when demand goes up while supply is held down by local regulators who make it economically unreasonable to build. The government is not likely to construct enough housing for the homeless to keep prices from rising as a result of “anti-eviction measures.” Consider the effect federal assistance has had on college tuition rates.

The blanket of human waste and taxpayer-financed heroin needles that covers the sidewalks will continue to thicken. The once beautiful city will tailspin ever faster into dystopia.

The same lunacy is unfolding down the Left Coast in Los Angeles.

It would be nice to think other parts of the country are at least learning from California’s example.

Hat tip: Maggie’s Farm.

Oct 17 2019

Dem Mayor Jacob Frey Feels Like a Woman

Mayor Jacob Frey invited some invective by denouncing the POTUS and trying to keep him out of Minneapolis. He has dealt with the criticism as well as you would expect of today’s Democrats. Watch as he reflexively grasps at the mantle of bogus oppression:

Frey may not know what it’s like to be a woman, but he has a pretty good idea what it’s like to be an effeminate snowflake.

Hat tip: Legal Insurrection.

Oct 17 2019

Coach Faces $500 Fine for Letting Team Score Too Many Points

Nothing could better sum up the mandatory mediocrity at the heart of moonbattery than a Pennsylvania youth football coach facing a $500 fine and possible suspension because he let his team score too many points.

Via Washington Examiner:

The Keystone Sports League, which is for children no older than 7, had ruled that no team was allowed to score greater than 30 points than the other team on the field. Coach Kyle Williams knew that he was dangerously close to breaking the rule as his team of young children already led by 30 but was unable to stop a 5-year-old boy from scoring an additional touchdown.

Williams did his best to hold down his team. He replaced starters with kids “who normally never played.” But he failed to keep the kids from trying.

Williams ran alongside the second-string 5-year-old, encouraging him to tank his scoring opportunity and fall down, but the boy crossed into the end zone anyway.

They teach kids to be ashamed to do their best because it might be better than someone else’s best. This is the progressive conception of equality in a nutshell. It is the essence of political correctness.

The coach’s brother-in-law is Torrey Smith, who used to play for the Eagles. He makes a few points:

1. Kids need to learn how to deal with failure. Don’t want to get smashed? Play better.
2. Life doesn’t let up. When it rains it pours.
3. The other kids can’t give their all because there is a rule. “Work hard but not too hard” that’s stupid.

Smith didn’t make it into the NFL by not trying. But in utopia, everyone will be equal, so trying won’t be necessary. For the sake of inclusion, everyone who wants to play will take turns in the NFL, and every game will end in a tie. People won’t need to know how to deal with failure, because no one will be allowed to fail.

Some people’s attitudes will have to be reengineered before utopia can be attained, to judge from this poll:

Hat tip: Liberty Daily.

Oct 17 2019

Massachusetts May Ban Balloons

Progressive rule means no fun allowed. They won’t even let you have balloons. Taxachusetts lawmakers are considering a bill to ban their sale and use.

Via CBSN Boston:

“The sale, distribution and release of any type of balloon, including, but not limited to, plastic, latex or mylar, filled with any type of lighter than air gas, both for public or private use, is hereby prohibited,” the bill sponsored by Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, states. Violators would be fined up to $100.

Leftists have come after balloons before. They say that balloons are hurtful to animals and the environment. Plus they are made out of petroleum products, which makes them offensive to the climate.

Progressives won’t be done banning things until there is nothing left to ban except their irrepressible urge to repress.

On a tip from R F.

Oct 17 2019

Open Thread

Traditionalists will have to master techniques of sustained activism formerly monopolized by the left. - Christopher Lasch


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