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Dec 23 2020

Eric Garcetti: Money Taken From Police Must Go to Moonbattery

When urban progressives defund the police despite soaring crime rates, at least taxpayers get some of their money back, right? Just kidding of course. Not only do characters like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti keep the money, they insist that it be put toward a destructive purpose:

Garcetti vetoed a plan backed by black and Latino members of the City Council to redistribute money cut from the police Tuesday because he said it was too focused on everyday needs and not on the “call of history.”

The “call of history” means pernicious moonbattery.

The plan, which was originally passed 13-2, included funding to trim trees, improve parks, and repair sidewalks in poor neighborhoods.

No dice; too constructive. If Garcetti wanted to help minority neighborhoods, he would see to it that they are policed sufficiently.

A little background:

In June, as the city was under curfew and the National Guard was on the streets, Garcetti acceded to a demand by Black Lives Matter activists to defund the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) by $150 million, more than 10% of the budget.

The terrorists did not have to twist his arm very hard.

The funding was to be redistributed to “communities of color.”

This is known as “racial justice” or more accurately as “racial spoils.”

The move led to a collapse in morale within the police department, and coincided with a surge in homicides in Los Angeles.

You can’t make a leftist omelet without breaking eggs. If you want a pretext for a gun grab, breaking eggs may be the objective.

How to waste the money in a way that would suit Garcetti? A giant golden statue of fentanyl casualty George Floyd? No good; not local enough. Better to make it a statue of Floyd’s fellow career criminal Deonte Murray, who was arrested for seriously wounding two Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies in an attempted assassination on September 12, presumably as part of the mostly peaceful protesting that had led to the police being defunded.

Hat tip: Liberty Daily.

Dec 22 2020

Drugs Kill Nearly 4× More Than COVID-19 in San Francisco

Lacking from the ChiCom virus response in jurisdictions run by Democrats is a sense of perspective. They could get some from liberalism’s capital city:

A record 621 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco so far this year, a staggering number that far outpaces the 173 deaths from COVID-19 the city has seen thus far.

That makes recreational drugs almost four times as deadly as coronavirus. Yet while authorities drive countless businesses into bankruptcy in the name of the virus, they also pass out free needles, encouraging drug use.

Many people overdosed in low-income apartment buildings and in city-funded hotel rooms for the homeless. Others died on sidewalks, in alleyways and parks around the city.

Democrats care about the poor. That is, they care about making them more abundant, and then harvesting their votes. Enabling the junky lifestyle supports the agenda, but alleviating the exploitable plight of the miserable is the last thing they want to do.

Elsewhere in California,

Other areas of the state have seen a spike in drug use and overdoses amid lockdowns, including in Los Angeles County. In 2013 in the county, fentanyl accounted for 3% of drug-related deaths. At the start of 2020, 42% of drug deaths were fentanyl-related in the area, and that number jumped to 51% when lockdowns were enacted in March.

Like COVID-19 and much of the money in the bloated bank accounts of the Biden family, a large percentage of fentanyl comes from communist China. It is smuggled in across the underdefended Mexican border.

Nationwide, the lockdowns are driving up drug use and suicide among teenagers. It’s almost as if the point of the lockdowns is not to save lives after all.

On tips from ABC of the ANC, DCGere, and Varla.

Dec 18 2020

California: Rigid Restrictions, Skyrocketing COVID-19

It’s true that business owners have suffered terribly under the lockdowns inflicted on California by bureaucrats who arrogantly disregard the restrictions they impose on others, but at least the spread of COVID-19 has been kept under control, saving lives among the elderly and those with preexisting conditions. Or maybe not:

The Southern California region reached 0% ICU capacity amid a record-breaking surge of COVID-19 cases across the state. …

On both Tuesday and Wednesday, California recorded more than 50,000 new cases of the coronavirus, according to the state’s website. For perspective, Brazil, which is experiencing one of the world’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks, recorded just over 70,500 cases on Wednesday, according to the New York Times. If California were a country, it would be among the world’s top outbreaks.

It may also be among the world’s most repressive regimes when it comes to arbitrary coronavirus restrictions. Nonetheless:

California has activated its “mass fatality” program as novel coronavirus cases and deaths continue to soar, NPR reported. …

The California Office of Emergency Services said the mass-fatality program was implemented when there were more deaths in a given time period than the local coroner or medical emergency personnel could handle.

The four most populous states include two run by authoritarian liberals and two run by pro-liberty conservatives. Let’s compare the CDC data regarding average daily coronavirus cases per 100,000 population over the past 7 days:

California: 98.6

Texas: 37.4

Florida: 48.7

New York: 60.5

Looks like you are safer in the states with lighter restrictions. The lockdowns that have destroyed so many people’s lives serve no constructive purpose.

On a tip from Varla. Hat tip: KKNT.

Dec 16 2020

California Restaurant Owner Sounds Off

Given their smugness, the liberal elite probably believe that the backlash against what they are doing to this country began with the Tea Party and ended with Monday’s vote in the Electoral College. Actually, the backlash against their depravity and arrogant authoritarianism is only beginning to get serious. You can see it gathering steam in places that progressives think have already been conquered. New York, for example. For another example, California:

The owner of a restaurant in Ventura, California, exploded in anger at a couple of health department workers who issued him a citation Monday over his refusal to close…

A news outlet’s video camera was already at Nick the Greek for an interview with owner Anton Van Happen — and it picked up the highlights of him reading the riot act to the officials enforcing far-left Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s new COVID-19 order requiring restaurants to serve only takeout and delivery.

That would be the same Gavin Newsom who dines luxuriantly amid large maskless gatherings inside opulent restaurants while his subjects are ground into poverty by his senseless and arbitrary decrees.

Too bad Van Happen’s passion is earning a living, employing others, and serving the public by running a business. If he were into looting, vandalism, and tearing down statues of the Founding Fathers in the name of leftist politics, the authorities would leave him alone.

Here’s a guy who has had enough:

There are more like him every day.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Dec 16 2020

Orange County Sheriff Resists Releasing Criminals

The war that liberals have been waging against the police is specifically a war on local police. You won’t hear demands from the Democrats to defund the politicized FBI. Progressives hate local police because they tend to be responsible, patriotic Americans, loyal to the communities they serve, rather than to centralized Big Government or leftist ideology. Orange County, California Sheriff Don Barnes, for example.

Via Fox News:

Barnes pushed back against an “absurd” order from a local Superior Court judge ordering the release of 1,800 inmates, including some who are locked up for murder and child molestation, due to the coronavirus.

“I have no intention of doing that, of releasing those individuals back into the community. I think they pose a serious threat,” Barnes told “Fox & Friends.”

As noted yesterday, Judge Peter Wilson ordered half the population of the Orange County’s jail unleashed upon the public, because COVID-19. This comes after a 45% reduction last spring.

“We’ve released 1,400 inmates to date since March for low-level offenders. The only inmates remaining now are serious offenders,” [Barnes] explained. “Of the medically vulnerable, 90 of them are in custody for murder or attempted murder, 94 for child molestation.”

Just wait until the full effects of electing George Gascon District Attorney of neighboring Los Angeles County kick in. The only people in jail will be law-abiding citizens who seek shelter there to escape the violent chaos to which liberals have reduced the streets. In the meantime, patriots like Barnes will defend the dying embers of civilization from leftist zealots like Wilson.

On a tip from Chris Neilson.

Dec 16 2020

What Pro-Criminal DA George Gascon May Set Loose

Let’s give some more thought to what it means that Los Angeles voters elected the Soros-backed openly pro-criminal George Gascon to be County District Attorney. Via KABC:

[A]ttorney Samuel Dordulian … is representing several families of crime victims.

In one case, a baby sitter is accused of beating a 6-month-old girl with a blunt object, shattering the baby’s skull and causing severe brain damage. The girl, now 3-years-old, is blind and forced to eat through a feeding tube.

Dordulian says under Gascon’s new directives, the baby sitter can no longer be charged with a great bodily injury enhancement which could have sent the woman to prison for up to 10 years.

That means she will almost certainly get out on probation, putting her in a position to inflict further horrors on the defenseless.

“You can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs,” Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times propagandist Walter Duranty wrote as he shrugged off Stalin’s atrocities. If he were around today, he might write, “You can’t construct liberal utopia without cracking a few babies’ skulls.”

In another case, a misunderstood victim of mass incarceration shot his 20-year-old girlfriend in the face eight times. The deputy DA handling the case worries that Gascon’s directives will result in him getting out on parole as well.

Then there’s Rhett Nelson, believed to have murdered Los Angeles County Deputy Joseph Gilbert Solano. Via Fox News:

Nelson, 31, of Utah, was accused of walking up to Deputy Solano at a Jack in the Box fast-food outlet in Alhambra in June 2019 and shooting him in the back of the head. The 50-year-old Solano died two days later.

Earlier that same day, prosecutors said Nelson also fatally shot Dmitry Koltsov, a professional skateboarder from Russia.

Nelson’s alleged crimes include aggravating special circumstances like shooting out of a vehicle and using a handgun to commit a crime. Such special circumstances allow authorities to keep truly heinous criminals locked away so that the public will be safe from them.

But not with Gascon in charge. He plans to drop the special circumstances allegations.

As charged, Nelson faces a maximum prison sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole, Fox 11 reported.

Without the special circumstance allegations, Nelson faces a sentence of at least 40 years and be eligible for parole, according to the station.

Gascon’s representative confirms that the plan is to make Nelson eligible for parole. After all, he might become rehabilitated and promise not to do it again.

If you think maniacs should be set loose to resume their violent behavior in the name of a deranged ideology that views criminals as put-upon victims, vote Democrat, so that leftists like Gascon call the tune. Then hope that what goes around doesn’t come around to you.

On a tip from R F. Hat tip: Frontpage Mag.

Dec 15 2020

Judge Orders Half of Orange County Jail Let Loose

Given the excessive power held by ideologically deranged judges in California, almost any extreme of malevolent lunacy can be inflicted on the public in the name of COVID-19 — even letting half the criminals out of jail:

A Superior Court judge has ordered that the Orange County jail population be cut in half, ruling that the sheriff had failed to reduce the number of inmates to ensure adequate social distancing.

Credit the ACLU with an assist:

The move came in response to a lawsuit filed in April by the American Civil Liberties Union against Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, seeking the release of medically vulnerable and disabled inmates as well as necessary measures to protect those remaining in the jails from the coronavirus.

So Judge Peter Wilson decided to let half the criminals loose. That way, everyone will be safe from the ChiCom virus.

Barnes said in a statement that the order would result in the release of more than 1,800 inmates, many of whom have been convicted of or are awaiting trial for violent crimes…

Why not just let all the criminals loose and put anyone who isn’t a criminal in jail? At least the law-abiding would be safer there than out in public in a state succumbing to anarchotyranny.

Wilson has commanded Sheriff Barnes to maintain the insane reductions “until the current COVID-19 emergency is declared terminated.” You can see why they wanted the curve as flat as possible; the flatter the curve, the longer they can draw this out.

Daisy Ramirez of the ACLU of Southern California crows triumphantly:

“This order recognizes that we must not forget the humanity of incarcerated people, and they should not be put in mortal danger.”

However, forgetting the humanity of regular Americans and putting them in mortal danger by unleashing violent felons upon them is SOP for the ACLU and for California’s liberal overlords.

Daily Wire has some background on the Orange County jail, which at least until recently was the second largest in California:

Barnes reduced the jail population by about 45% last spring and was instructed by a court to release even more detainees, including some sex offenders. According to the agency, the average daily jail population count declined to 2,826 on May 11 at the height of the active COVID-19 cases in its system. That number has steadily increased to 3,628, far below its capacity of 6,159.

Of Orange County’s 691 inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19 since March, none have died, and only three have been admitted to hospitals for treatment, recent data provided by the department indicates.

But we already knew this isn’t about keeping criminals safe from coronavirus. It’s about unleashing chaos while simultaneously criminalizing constructive activities like running a restaurant.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Dec 09 2020

New LA County DA George Gascon Promises Anarchy

Have you enjoyed the violence, property loss, and senseless destruction, as the liberal establishment wages a propaganda war against law enforcement, defunding it, deliberately egging on criminals, and then seeing to it that they are not incarcerated? If so, you will be pleased to hear that Los Angeles is following in the footsteps of San Francisco and New York, which are governed on behalf of criminals at the expense of the law-abiding.

LA County District Attorney George Gascón took the helm of the nation’s largest prosecution office Monday and unveiled an ambitious agenda that includes the end of cash bail for many offenses, not seeking the death penalty and the refusal to pursue charges for certain crimes.

When charges are not pursued for a crime as a matter of official policy, it is for all intents and purposes no longer a crime. That’s how shoplifting became effectively legal in California. In this way, radical district attorneys have the power to overrule legislatures. That’s why George Soros invests so much money in them (including Gascon).

Among Gascon’s stated social engineering goals, he wants to “end mass incarceration.” He also promises to end bail completely. Ending bail for many criminals proved disastrous when inflicted by the maniacs running New York.

With progressives in charge, crime will continue to rise, as a result of liberal policies and the ideologically driven defunding of police. To reduce incarceration while increasing crime means more criminals running loose, inflicting mayhem on the law-abiding. Why liberals want this is subject to debate, but one thing we know for sure is that they do want it.

Like many leftist apparatchiks, Gascon has failed upward. He held the same position in San Francisco, which he helped reduce to the zoo it is today.

Maxwell Szabo, a spokesperson for Gascón, highlighted the district attorney’s success in reducing San Fransisco’s prison population…

In a sane world, an attorney general would attempt to reduce the prevalence of crime, allowing the prison population to fall as a consequence. It should be obvious even to liberals ensconced in their propaganda bubble that this does not work in reverse; letting criminals go free does not reduce crime.

The LAPD is facing a proposed $150 million budget cut, which the city approved in July and which will lead to the lowest staffing level in 12 years at the department.

No worries; there is no point in arresting criminals in a place run by the bad guys anyway.

On a tip from Lyle.

Dec 07 2020

Why Moonbats Hate Cops: Sheriff Chad Bianco

On the surface, the demented hostility of the Party of Government toward the police seems counterintuitive. How can you have a police state if you have defunded the police? But it is not police in general that Democrats oppose; it is local police. If you wonder why, consider the refusal of Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco to impose the COVID-19 tyranny decreed by flagrant coronavirus hypocrite Gavin Newsom.

The key quote from the video below:

“The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will not be blackmailed, bullied, or used as muscle against Riverside County residents in the enforcement of the Governor’s orders.”

Then he put a cherry on top by wishing viewers a Merry Christmas, no doubt causing tolerant liberals like Newsom to grind their teeth in rage.

Fortunately, Sheriff Bianco is not alone.

Tyrants won’t get pushback like that when federal swamp creatures like James Comey and John Brennan control law enforcement.

On tips from Dragon’s Lair and seaoh.

Dec 05 2020

Tyranny and Injustice in Los Angeles

The moonbat-infested movie industry has a lot of pull with Democrats like Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Small businesses do not. On the contrary, Democrats routinely crush small businesses on behalf of their megabucks donors and middle class–despising ideology. That’s why COVID-19 tyranny is implemented like this:

Handouts are not the solution. Our grandchildren won’t make enough money to finance paying half the population not to work. Big Government, which is a vastly more serious problem than the ChiCom virus, must be made to get out of the way. But this won’t happen so long as people can be duped into voting for Democrats.

I hope she didn’t waste time posting this on video on YouTube. It would be censored.

On tips from Zachary B, ScrewyPuppy, and Sad Hill.

Dec 05 2020

Gavin Newsom Has Not Changed

This ad from 2008 reminds us that even Gavin Newsom has a redeeming quality. His is consistency. See how little he has changed over the years in his tendency to triumphantly ram moonbattery down the public’s throat:

“It’s going to happen whether you like it or not.” Newsom’s party ought to adopt that as its official motto as it fundamentally transforms America into its depraved conception of utopia.

On a tip from Henry.

Nov 23 2020

California Law Enforcement Balks at Enforcing COVID-19 Tyranny

No wonder Democrats are so hostile toward local law enforcement. They will never impose the Great Reset if law enforcement sides with local populations against the globalist ruling class. This is giving Gavin Newsom a migraine as he attempts to impose COVID-19 tyranny on California:

Sheriffs in five Southern California counties with a total population of 17.25 million people — equivalent to the fifth most populous state — are defying that state’s governor. They will not arrest people for violating the statewide curfew that Governor Gavin Newsom has imposed starting [Saturday], apparently on the belief that the virus wakes up and goes out at 10 P.M.

Imposing the outlandish coronavirus decrees of Governor Gavin must be particularly distasteful, given his Pelosi-esque level of ChiCom virus hypocrisy:

He was caught and exposed flouting his own ridiculous strictures on eating in restaurants (put your mask back on between bites of food). Public exposure of his mask-less attendance at a party full of lobbyists at one of the fanciest restaurants in the world with no social distancing was bad enough. But his subsequent lying, smirking non-apology apology may well be the death knell for his political career.

Renegade Southern California counties include Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura, and Riverside. More sheriffs have refused to enforce the curfew up north, including in Sacramento County.

Police departments also balk at the senseless authoritarianism. The police departments of Ontario and Laguna Beach announced they will not actively enforce the curfew.

If only the police could be demonized for trying to do their job, then defunded into nonexistence. Then they could be replaced by a federal enforcement agency, “just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as the US Military,” and as devoted to the Democrat Party and its agenda as the Deep State apparatchiks of the FBI.

On a tip from Kate P.

Nov 21 2020

Arizona Under Attack: Prop 208 Explained

What happened to Arizona? Until recently, this was the quintessential red state. Then Trump and Biden finished in a virtual draw, moonbat gun-grabber Mark Kelly was elected to the Senate, and possibly worst of all, Proposition 208 passed, comprising the largest tax increase in state history and demonstrating how the Land of Barry Goldwater is under attack from both within and without:

The proponents of Proposition 208 relied heavily on the class-warfare argument, framing it as a “millionaire’s tax” designed to give more money to the state’s K–12 education system. The reality is that the measure nearly doubles the income taxes imposed on small-business owners and individuals making over $250,000 a year, and it is devoid of accountability measures that would ensure the dollars end up in classrooms. An in-depth study we published at the Goldwater Institute found that the initiative would result in the loss of over 100,000 jobs as well as a significant loss of revenue to local and state coffers.

Prop 208 is a Marxist looting spree. It passed due to a massive advertising blitz and a still more massive displacement of the native population by refugees from California, where people cannot afford to live or to run businesses due to high taxes and other liberal policies.

The result of this population boom is that there are 51,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans since 2016, and 49,000 more independents — most of whom say they lean toward the left. Considering the last permanent tax increase to come before Arizona voters was in 2012 (which failed by a two-thirds margin), it’s not hard to decipher the significance of these shifting population trends. Unfortunately, most people moving to Arizona are not doing so to escape the politics of their home state, but rather the housing costs therein. Most of these transplants simply don’t see the intrinsic connection between the two — and so their liberal proclivities accompany them when they move.

The cancer that is making the erstwhile Golden State unlivable metastasized to give us Seattle and Portland. It continues to metastasize, sickening formerly healthy Arizona.

An immense amount of money was spent to push through Prop 208.

The final tally appears to be upwards of $25 million — the most money ever spent in support of an Arizona initiative, by a wide margin.

The money came from outside Arizona.

In a classic example of “good for thee but not for me,” almost none of the funding in support of the tax increase came from people who will have to live with its consequences. In fact, less than one percent of all contributions in support of Prop 208 came from individual Arizona donors.

Who paid to jack up our taxes and poison the business climate?

$17 million came from two out-of-state sources: the Washington, D.C.-based National Education Association (which also happens to be the largest union in the country) and the Portland, Oregon–based Stand For Children — neither entities known for their advocacy of fiscal restraint. Combined with other union donations and those of a couple of obligatory non-Arizona billionaires, the Prop 208 campaign was able to raise and spend a tremendous amount of money despite having virtually no financial support from actual Arizonans.

For pernicious and insatiably greedy teachers’ unions, the investment was sound, so long as it provides a lucrative ROI, complements of Arizona taxpayers.

Fortunately, it may not. Thanks to the Laffer curve, this confiscatory tax hike may reduce government revenue by enough to force reduction in the size of state government, which in turn could reduce union dues. That would give the looting spree a silver lining.

On a tip from Varla.

Nov 11 2020

Christmas Carols Under COVID-19

The Democrat dream of single-party rule has already come true in California. That means singing Christmas carols even at private gatherings will be different than in years past. Dictates from the California Department of Public Health set a new tone.

All gatherings must take place outdoors and include members of no more than three households. Singing is strongly discouraged, but not actually forbidden. However, there are guidelines to follow:

• All people who are singing or chanting should wear a face covering at all times while singing or chanting, including anyone who is leading a song or chant. …

• People who are singing, shouting, chanting, or exercising are strongly encouraged to maintain physical distancing beyond 6 feet to further reduce risk.

• People who are singing or chanting are strongly encouraged to do so quietly (at or below the volume of a normal speaking voice).

Merry Christmas, Californians! Or should I say, Merry Big Governmentmass!

On a tip from MrRightWingDave.

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