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Jul 23 2021

Shopping in California Under Moonbat Rule

The progressive viewpoint entails siding with criminals against civilization. For the same reason liberals reward riots by Black Lives Matter sociopaths, they have decriminalized shoplifting for thefts under $950 in California. Consequently, looting is the new normal in the erstwhile Golden State. Already, major chains are starting to shut down their stores. Organized crime has capitalized, turning shoplifting into big business. No worries; liberal authorities are always on hand to apply Band-Aids to the gaping wounds they inflict:

California Gov. Newsom announced new efforts to crack down on a surge of retail thefts and other crimes Wednesday following a series of violent incidents involving shoplifters in recent months.

Since the extravagantly expensive government refuses to stop shoplifting, storeowners are forced to confront thieves themselves. This sometimes gets them killed.

Appearing with law enforcement officials and mayors from throughout the state at a small business in Long Beach, the Democratic governor signed a bill to create crime task forces around the California Highway Patrol and local agencies to address organized theft rings.

The point as usual is for Democrats to make believe they are doing something about the crisis they created, a pose Newsom has been forced to adopt because he faces a recall election. Meanwhile, pro-crime maniacs George Gascon and Chesa Boudin are still the district attorneys of Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively, guaranteeing that criminals will continue to enjoy open season on businesses. As the cancer metastasizes, the likeminded Alvin Bragg will soon become Manhattan’s DA.

“The overall problem is a challenge — the brazenness of some of these crimes,” San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott said Wednesday. “When they see these things go viral, the perception of lawlessness, the perception that anything goes — that has to be overcome, too.”

The only solution is to remove leftists from positions of power. But the current demographics of California make that impossible, thanks to the mass emigration that transformed the state that launched Ronald Reagan into a moonbat dystopia. The same is becoming true for the country as a whole, with millions crossing the deliberately undefended border.

Soon the whole country will shop the way it is done in California:

Hat tips: PJ Media, Maggie’s Farm.

Jul 11 2021

Next Menace Ahead: Alvin Bragg

Buffalo can look forward to the chaos unleashed by a radical mayor. At the opposite end of the Empire State, NYC will soon face Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who like India B. Walton has won the Democrat primary in a single-party jurisdiction. This represents a setback for civilization:

That he wants the Manhattan DA’s Office to emulate the prosecutors’ offices in Chicago, Philadelphia, Baltimore and San Francisco should alarm the NYPD and law-abiding citizens.

For example, the San Francisco’s DA is Chesa Boudin, offspring of cop-killing terrorists Kathy Boudin and David Gilbert. He was raised by two other Weather Underground terrorists, Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. Boudin ran on a platform of openly siding with criminals against law enforcement. As you would expect, San Francisco is degenerating into dysfunctional anarchy.

Under antipolice, pro-Black Lives Matter Bill de Blasio, New York City has set off on the same path. Bragg looks likely to accelerate the decay.

Bragg will immediately begin de-prosecuting certain offenses, refusing to punish violations of duly enacted criminal laws. These include resisting arrest, trespassing, fare evasion, marijuana possession, driving with a suspended license and any traffic violation.

Rudy Giuliani and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton applied broken windows theory to clean up the mess left by earlier administrations and make the Big Apple safe and livable again. The strategy calls for preventing big crimes by cracking down on small ones.

Lately, Democrats have been applying broken windows in reverse, deliberately creating explosive crime rates for motives that are not yet clear but that could not possibly be benign.

Liberal bail reform has flooded New York streets with criminals, placing law-abiding citizens at great risk. Expect more of this malevolent lunacy under Bragg:

“Non-incarceration is the outcome for every case, except those with charges of homicide or the death of a victim, a class-B violent felony in which a deadly weapon causes serious physical injury or felony sex offenses,” his campaign materials read. … Bragg proposes virtually the same non-incarceration path for both bail and criminal convictions. Thus, these offenders will walk out of jail the same day they are arrested and apparently will never return.

This will be imposed on the public under cover of the usual leftist claptrap:

Bragg tops off these detailed proposals with the usual progressive mantra of ending mass incarceration, racial disparities and police misconduct.

He is serious about putting even more criminals on the streets, promising to hire a senior staff member to “oversee implementation of new policies relating to declination and diversion, alternatives to incarceration, reentry and restorative justice.”

The $5 words, manufactured at great public expense by pernicious chin-pullers in academia, are euphemisms for letting criminals run loose.

Bragg won’t go after criminals, but he will prosecute Donald Trump.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Jul 06 2021

Shopping in San Francisco

The Future of the Democratic Party blames the explosion in shoplifting that we have seen since the Ascension of Saint George of Fentanyl on starving people who “either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry.” There was no bread on display at Needless Markups, so they had to settle for pricey handbags:

Shoplifting can still lead to arrest even in California if you take more than $950 at a time. But as Democrats have proven by applying Broken Windows policy in reverse, if you allow some crime, you get a lot of crime.

On a tip from Wiggins.

Jun 13 2021

Looting Is New Normal in San Francisco Area

Liberalism is why we can’t have nice things — or at the very least why they can’t be displayed for sale in California, except in locked cases.

From KPIX:

Nearly a dozen thieves working together swarmed into a Louis Vuitton store in Palo Alto, stealing more than $100,000 in handbags in the second such theft at the Stanford Shopping Center in three weeks, police said Wednesday.

The culprits were what are usually described as “youths” or “teens.”

Witnesses were only able to describe the suspects as males and females, possibly in their late teens or early twenties, all wearing face coverings, police said.

They didn’t even need weapons, civilization having essentially collapsed in the San Francisco Bay Area.

No doubt they were only stealing the fancy handbags so as to feed their starving families, as AOC has asserted regarding the tsunami of crime that began after the ascension of violent career criminal George Floyd into the liberal pantheon.

The five vehicles used in the getaway were a gray Lexus sedan, a gray Infinity SUV, a white Audi sedan, a black four-door Hyundai sedan, and a red two-door Honda sedan.

Despite our extravagantly generous welfare state, economic hardship requires them to keep stealing. No self-respecting crusader for justice and equity wants to be seen in a Hyundai or Honda. A certain lifestyle must be sustained.

On May 19, a similar theft happened at a different store at the Stanford Shopping Center, where a group of at least ten suspects stole more than $150,000 in handbags from Neiman Marcus, although police said the vehicles used in that incident were different than the one at the Louis Vuitton store.

The day before,

On May 18 in San Francisco, a group of thieves ransacked a Saks Fifth Avenue store in Union Square, making off with $90,000 in merchandise.

An organizer for Black Lives Matter has informed us that such activities are to be regarded not as theft but as “reparations” owed to those who are oppressed according to liberal doctrine.

Walgreens has been closing stores because it is effectively legal to shoplift in Democrat-dominated California. Thieves are expected to limit themselves to swiping less than $950 worth of merchandise at a time. However, if you allow any crime, you get a lot.

This was the insight behind the Broken Windows approach to police work that allowed Rudy Giuliani to clean up New York City, which has since slipped back into dysfunction thanks to liberal rule. The current War on Police and ever more lenient treatment of criminals puts Broken Windows into reverse by encouraging crime.

On tips from Steve T and Wiggins.

Jun 11 2021

Bank Robber Released, Robs Another Bank the Next Day

Democrats screech that America has excessive incarceration rates and that this is racist. Their solution: let criminals out of jail, in the name of Covid, overcrowding, bail reform, or simply sheer moonbattery. New York City demonstrates how this works in practice:

An alleged thief was collared shortly after sticking up a Manhattan bank on Thursday — just one day after he was cut loose in an earlier bank heist, The Post has learned.

Chi Ngo is accused of pulling off the robberies at two separate Chase Banks in as many days, according to sources and court documents.

After stealing $2,300 from a Chase branch on Canal Street, Ngo was charged with third-degree robbery and possession of a weapon and burglar’s tools. But that was no reason not to let him loose on “supervised release.”

Good thing the release was supervised. Otherwise, he might have really gotten up to trouble.

You can see why the lavishly establishment-backed Black Lives Matter wants to abolish police and prisons. What’s the point of arresting people and locking them up if they are just going to be set free again to resume their criminal activities? If we let criminals run riot, they will soon steal everything worth having, and we won’t have to worry about theft anymore.

On a tip from Wiggins.

May 28 2021

Anticop Atlanta Pol Has Car Stolen in Front of Him

Leftist demagogues are willing to subject impoverished neighborhoods to sharply increased crime rates for the sake of Black Lives Matter posturing. Gratifyingly, what goes around, comes around.

In Atlanta, for example, homicide is up 57%, rape 55%, aggravated assault 36%, and car theft 31% from last year. Democrat Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms isn’t bothering to run for reelection with out of control crime hanging around her neck. Don’t expect an improvement if she is replaced by Atlanta City Councilman Antonio Brown.

Via Fox 5 Atlanta:

Atlanta Police are searching for a group of very young thieves who stole Mayoral Candidate Antonio Brown’s car. The thieves were between the ages of 6 and 12, officials stated.

Brown was standing only a few feet away from his white Mercedes coupe at the time.

Brown said he tried to stop them, but got dragged a short distance and eventually let go after about a half block.

That was wise. If he held on, he might have ended up like Mohammad Anwar in Washington, DC, a city run by similar people with similar results.

Officers said they found Brown’s car a few hours later but did not say if they made any arrests. Brown said he does not want to press charges.

Of course not. The reason there is so much crime in inner cities is that there are usually no meaningful consequences.

Regarding Brown’s campaign,

Brown launched his mayoral campaign with a platform calling for the “reimagining” of policing. …

He was also one of seven council members to support withholding $73 million from the [Atlanta Police Department]’s budget until the mayor’s administration came up with a plan to “reinvent the culture of policing in the city.”

In the context of law enforcement, “reinvent” is liberalese for defund, hamstring, and all but abolish law enforcement, which Brown has good reason not to be fond of, considering that he is under indictment on multiple federal fraud charges.

If only all left-wing politicians could be locked up for fraud, inner cities might be reclaimed from the jungle.

On tips from Mr. Freemarket and Dragon’s Lair.

May 28 2021

The Status of Property Rights in Suburban Seattle

According to leftists, property is theft. It should come as no surprise that with them in charge, property is not respected. In the Seattle suburb Sammamish, this resulted in an absurd situation after squatters infested a multimillion-dollar home:

“The amount of guns, drugs, et cetera that were confiscated out of that place are not for personal use or for any good reason,” Sammamish Police Chief Dan Pingrey told KIRO 7 TV. …

The homeowner lives overseas, but a few people living locally help maintain the home with routine checkups. One of those workers stopped by the home and found 12 guns, bulletproof vests, more than 15,000 fentanyl pills, heroin, meth, and over $40,000 in cash.

The squatters, who appeared to be running a criminal enterprise out of someone else’s house, were arrested for burglary. Within a few days they were out of jail and back at the house, along with friends. They wanted “their” property from inside the house. Pingrey was required to let them take what had not been confiscated.

Pictures taken by a neighbor show police vehicles lined up on the street with officers watching as the squatters filled a U-Haul truck. Another picture shows a garage full of appliances, including an ATM.

No doubt much of it had been stolen elsewhere. Some of it was probably the property of the homeowner. Police were not allowed to go in the house while the squatters went on a farewell looting spree before most likely moving on to do the same to someone else’s house.

A society that glorifies Black Lives Matter looters, and that does not allow police to deal with criminals in an effective manner, can expect this behavior to increase.

On a tip from R F.

May 27 2021

Open Thread

If a state, or nation, has laws it will not enforce for political reasons, it mocks both the law and politics, to say nothing of the cultural order. - Cal Thomas
May 05 2021

Chauvin Juror Revealed as Black Lives Matter Enthusiast

It was clear all along that the Derek Chauvin trial was not a legal proceeding but a political spectacle. Two of the charges were preposterous, and there was never any chance that he would receive a fair trial in a venue where everyone knew that the city would be burned down by leftist thugs if they did not reach the desired verdict. Powerful Democrat Maxine Waters actually traveled to Minneapolis to inflame the mob and to clarify its demands. The President of the United States was irresponsible enough to weigh in. We already knew it was a travesty of justice. Now we learn that one of the jurors, Brandon Mitchell, was a Black Lives Matter activist before the trial began — that is, he was essentially part of the same lynch mob that terrorized the other jurors into reaching their quick decision:

During jury selection, Brandon Mitchell — a 31-year-old high school basketball coach who was known as Juror #52 before speaking publicly last week — told Judge Peter Cahill that he only heard “basic info” about the high-profile case, and was certainly not aware of any information that would hinder his ability to serve as an impartial juror.

However, Mitchell was pictured last August wearing a T-shirt that included references to George Floyd’s death and Black Lives Matter.

The picture shows Mitchell wearing a shirt with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s picture surrounded by the words “GET YOUR KNEE OFF OUR NECKS” and “BLM.” He is also seen wearing a Black Lives Matter baseball cap.

An equivalent would be if an O.J. Simpson juror had been photographed wearing KKK robes and burning a cross on someone’s yard — the main difference being that O.J. was guilty.

Chauvin has filed a motion for a new trial which does not explicitly mention Mitchell evidently lying on the jury questionnaire.

It is doubtful that Chauvin directly caused Floyd’s death. The manslaughter charge may have had merit. The second- and third-degree murder charges did not. No matter; Chauvin would have been found guilty no matter what the charge. He was not being tried as an individual who committed an individual act, but as a symbol of what people like Mitchell fanatically hate.

What is on trial now is our system of justice. Can it withstand the onslaught of Black Lives Matter moonbattery? Does it still matter whether defendants are innocent or guilty, or only whether they are politically favored or disfavored? Until Chauvin gets the fair trial that all Americans deserve, we will have to assume the latter.

Behold the impartial juror on the right:

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

Apr 27 2021

Chief Medical Examiner Targeted for Chauvin Testimony

Given the vindictiveness of Democrats, it is not enough that their chosen victim Derek Chauvin was offered up to the mob by a kangaroo court. Those who undermined his lynching must be punished too:

The Maryland’s Attorney General’s Office said Friday it believes there should be a review of “in custody” death reports produced by the state’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner during the tenure of Dr. David Fowler, nine days after Fowler testified that an ex-Minneapolis police officer was not responsible for the death of George Floyd in police custody. …

Attorney General Brian Frosh’s office said Friday afternoon that it agreed for the need to review Fowler’s work…

Frosh is a Democrat former state senator who filed nuisance suits against the Trump Administration.

Frosh sent out tweets praising the jury’s verdict in the Floyd case, never mentioning that Fowler, Maryland’s longtime chief medical examiner, served as a primary witness for Chauvin’s defense.

The doctor’s crime was the following:

Fowler testified that Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm problem due to his heart disease while being restrained by police, contradicting several experts who said Floyd died due to a lack of oxygen.

Fowler’s testimony is consistent with the findings of Andrew Baker, Hennepin County, Minnesota’s chief medical examiner. However, it contradicts the liberal narrative, and is therefore incorrect.

His testimony could have helped Derek Chauvin get a fair trial. Chauvin has been designated as an enemy of wokeness. Therefore, Fowler too is an enemy of wokeness.

Good thing they can’t fire him. He retired in 2019. However, the damage Maryland authorities are inflicting on his reputation is likely to cripple his private consulting practice.

He was considered one of the foremost medical examiners in the country and served on national boards.

That is probably behind him now.

How many people over the age of 40 thought they would live to see America degenerate into a country where expert witnesses are targeted for destruction after their testimony helps the wrong side in a political show trial?

The odds of getting a fair trial keep getting slimmer for those the liberal establishment wants found guilty. Just as jurors are unwilling to risk violence, expert witnesses will be unwilling to risk their careers.

On a tip from Steve T.

Apr 20 2021

Could Maxine Waters Spring Derek Chauvin?

Assuming that Derek Chauvin is not criminally responsible for George Floyd’s death — and it appears that he is not — the best outcome would be a not guilty verdict and the ensuing mob violence kept under control. To that end, Minneapolis has been made into a fortress. The next best outcome, if the jury succumbs to intimidation and votes guilty, would be Chauvin getting sprung after the trial is declared null and void thanks to the antics of Maxine Waters.

Readers will recall that like Al Sharpton, Waters traveled to Minnesota to exploit the Chauvin spectacle. After asking for police protection, she encouraged mob violence against the police. This was followed within a few hours by a drive-by assassination attempt on National Guard and Minneapolis police. Although powerful Persons of Color are not subject to criminal penalties (as Waters has already demonstrated), she not only committed incitement to riot, but also potentially tampered with the jury by calling for violence if they don’t return a verdict to her liking. Her behavior outraged even the pro-prosecution judge, Peter Cahill.

Via American Thinker:

Cahill denied that the jury would be influenced, but nevertheless, he lit into Waters for talking about the case, “especially in a manner that is disrespectful to the rule of law” …

Judge Cahill added that Waters’s conduct not only was “abhorrent,” but could result in the case being overturned on appeal if Chauvin is convicted.

Although Cahill is not willing to declare a mistrial, an appeals court may acknowledge the obvious: Derek Chauvin is not getting a fair trial.

An appellate court might chicken out too and sacrifice Chauvin to Black Lives Matter. But it is always possible that someone will exhibit enough character to defend our system of justice against a vicious mob.

Even if Waters didn’t derail the railroading of Chauvin, she has helped expose the vileness of today’s Democrat Party. Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one of the three most powerful Democrats, actually defended her outrageous incitement to riot.

The Democrat Party is rotten all the way to the top. We are past the point where any person who is both decent and informed could support it in good conscience.

On tips from Varla, TCS III, and Mr. Freemarket.

Apr 12 2021

Expanding Concept of Rape by Redefining Consent

Critical theory, the ideology of our ruling class, is an outgrowth of postmodernism, which stresses the power of language to reshape what people think of as reality. Consequently, leftists have become masters at changing the definition of words. “Liberal” now means “leftist.” “Infrastructure” now means “whatever Democrats see fit to waste other people’s money on.” New York State Assemblywoman Rebecca Seawright has proposed a bill that weaponizes laws against rape by redefining the word “consent.”

Seawright’s proposed definition, via Simple Justice:

“Consent” means freely given knowledgeable and informed agreement; such agreement must be obtained without the use of malice such as forcible compulsion, duress, coercion, deception, fraud, concealment or artifice.

Consider the ramifications. “But you told me you were a big shot or I wouldn’t have put out” would qualify as a rape accusation.

You might say the accuser is a rapist too for wearing false eyelashes, which is artifice. However, the probable objective is to incarcerate men, who are the worst people on earth after Caucasians, according to liberal ideology.

What “malice” might mean in this context will be open to interpretation. Hate crime laws have opened a can of worms by trying to criminalize the way people feel.

As Simple Justice notes, this redefinition would potentially turn any sexual encounter that is regretted afterward into assault:

If so inclined, one need only parse the courting ritual for a claim that’s sufficiently wiggly to constitute deception and, boom, rape.

Daily Wire reminds us that undermining justice by distorting the concept of consent is old news on college campuses, which serve as incubation chambers for every new disease that leftists unleash on us.

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

Apr 07 2021

Transsexuals to Flood Women’s Prisons

Prison is never a good place to be, but especially not if you are female and live under the rule of left-wing lunatics:

A California law that took effect this year has prompted hundreds of transgender prison inmates to put in a request to be transferred to a facility that aligns with their gender identity.

As the Los Angeles Times Reports,

Inmates say guards have warned them that “men are coming” and to expect sexual violence.

So far this year, 261 requests have been made. If they are allowed to go through, expect this number to skyrocket. What guy wouldn’t rather be in a women’s prison? You can get lonely, after all.

Women may get lonely too — but not necessarily lonely enough to enjoy being locked up in the dark with male felons.

However, according to liberal dogma, if a guy says he is a gal, he literally becomes female and must have access to private facilities designated for the opposite sex.

Sane judges would put a stop to this madness by citing the Cruel and Unusual Punishments Clause of the US Constitution. Female convicts have been sentenced to prisons, not to rape rooms. But where are you going to find sane judges in California?

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Apr 07 2021

The Cop Who Shot Ashli Babbitt vs Derek Chauvin

There have been many hundreds of riots in the past year, but only one has been taken seriously by the media/government. Yesterday was the 3-month anniversary of the Capitol Riot, in which one person died by violence. Unarmed libertarian Air Force/Air National Guard veteran Ashli Babbitt was shot for trespassing in the People’s House by a plainclothes Capitol Police officer. To this day we do not know his name, although we have known for some time that he is unlikely to be charged.

The Wall Street Journal reported back on February 1:

Investigators have made a preliminary determination that the police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the U.S. Capitol riot shouldn’t be charged with any crimes in connection with her death, according to people familiar with the review.

The officer was suspended pending investigation, but was “expected to return to his previous status.” For all we know, he is already back on the job.

“Without question he should be cleared,” a lawyer for the officer, Mark Schamel of the law firm Lowenstein Sandler, said. “There’s no way to look at the evidence and think he’s anything but a hero,” he said.

There hasn’t been much in the news about Ashli Babbitt lately, and still less about Schamel’s client. Sharyl Attkisson is still trying to learn his identity.

As reported at BizPac Review,

The officer that took Babbitt’s life allegedly never issued a verbal warning to her and never attempted to arrest her. He fired a single shot into her chest that killed her. Babbitt never saw the officer before he shot her because he was in a room off to the side and out of view.

Some of this is disputed. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the facts to come out in a trial.

Contrast this with Derek Chauvin, who may or may not have been a contributing factor in the death of a violent career criminal who was resisting arrest. Chauvin certainly did not kill George Floyd on purpose in broad daylight in front of multiple witnesses.

It is highly unlikely that Chauvin is guilty as charged, and almost as unlikely that he will be found innocent. He will probably be offered up as a sacrificial victim to the Black Lives Matter mob.

It’s okay to kill an Ashli Babbitt, but you had better not be trying to arrest a George Floyd when he overdoses on fentanyl. Some animals are more equal than others under Democrat rule.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

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