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Mar 21 2019

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Mar 21 2019

Hilarious Venezuelan Military Footage

In light of the Venezuelan military footage below, maybe Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and any other allies Nicolas Maduro may have among the radicalized Democrats are right that US forces must stay out of Venezuela no matter what happens down there. Imagine American troops trying to fight while rolling on the ground laughing.

This training video was supposedly released “in an attempt to intimidate American Armed Forces”:

I’ve seen scarier scenes on the Benny Hill Show.

Looks like the socialist regime has run the military about as well as it runs the oil industry.

On a tip from Anonymous.

Mar 21 2019

Travel a Portland Multi-Use Path

Bike paths are a priority in cities run by moonbats. Other characteristics of cities run by moonbats include widespread vagrancy and general social decay. Consequently, bike paths don’t always resemble a road through the Mister Rogers neighborhood. For example, a multi-use path in Portland is usable only by riffraff. From KGW8:

Bicyclists are frustrated over the mess that appears to be out of control along the I-205 multi-use path.

Many said the path is harder and harder to use because of all the trash and homeless tents spread out on it. Some said they do not feel safe going through there anymore.

Consequently, cyclists have been refusing to use the path.

When a KGW crew was on the path Monday, they witnessed several people using drugs and yelling profanities. Our crew did not feel very safe either.

Good thing we don’t have to take the path ourselves to see how bad it is. We can just take a video tour:

On a tip from Steve T.

Mar 21 2019

South Africa Could Go Dark for Weeks

When South Africa was turned over to the African National Congress, Afrikaners must have asked themselves how long the lights would stay on. They now have an answer: not much longer.

Eskom officials said they are in a race against time to avoid a complete grid collapse and a national electricity blackout.

The electricity utility, the largest of South Africa’s government-owned enterprises, is falling back on massive load-shedding.

These extreme measures are needed because 17,000MW of Eskom’s 47,000MW installed capacity is not available for service due to unplanned breakdowns.

Also, there is a diesel shortage. If those in charge can’t keep military horses from starving, how are they going to keep power plants fed?

Energy advisor Ted Blom said a total blackout in South Africa is “totally possible”.

This will provide widespread opportunities for further wealth redistribution on a more informal basis than what the government has been doing.

A national blackout would result from demand exceeding supply, leading to cascading trip mechanisms. This would require restarting the power plants without electricity, which is called a “black start.” Expect the government to step in soon and forbid the use of such racist terms.

A black start would take 2 to 3 weeks. When the lights come back on, the scene they illuminate could be so hideous that people will want them back off again.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Mar 21 2019

Dem Resistance to Teaching Constitution

State law requires University of South Carolina to teach students a course on America’s founding documents, including the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Federalist Papers. However, universities answer to a higher authority: moonbattery. Consequently, the law has been ignored. This may change, but not without bitter resistance from Democrats:

South Carolina Democrats argued for more than an hour to prevent legislation that would require state universities to teach a “Constitution 101” course Tuesday.

The Republican-proposed bill would update an existing 1924 requirement to teach the course, which the University of South Carolina has hitherto ignored. The legislation has already passed in the Senate, but Democrats in a Tuesday House subcommittee hearing argued the update would be too burdensome on students both financially and academically.

Democrat state reps of color Ivory Thigpen and Wendy Brawley denounced the class on the grounds that students at state-supported schools might have to help pay for it and worse yet could be tested on the material.

The real issue is that the material in question would undermine the leftist indoctrination that has increasingly become a central purpose of higher education. It might even encourage love of American heritage, which is the opposite of what the Democratic Party has come to stand for.

On a tip from Stormfax.

Mar 21 2019

The United Nations and Che Guevara

The malice of the United Nations exists not only in the minds of those who oppose its left-wing globalist ideology. Sometimes the organization is quite straightforward in its maleficence, as when it openly honors the chief executioner of the brutal dictatorship that ruined formerly prosperous Cuba. Humberto Fontova notes that the UN and Che Guevara share a long history:

“The United Nations office in Geneva, the home of its Human Rights Council, is showcasing a giant photograph of notorious Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara in its halls, a U.N. watchdog group revealed….Hillel Neuer, the executive director of U.N. Watch, tweeted the picture of the photograph from the building in Switzerland.” – Fox News, March 1st.

Here is the charming picture of communist Cuba’s answer to Heinrich Himmler:

The UN–Che connection goes back a ways:

“Certainly we execute! And we will continue executing as long as it is necessary! This is a war to the death against our revolution’s enemies!” – Che Guevara, Dec. 9, 1964 to an ovation while addressing the hallowed halls of the UN General Assembly.

At the time, Guevara et al had executed about 15,000 Cubans in the course of imposing a Stalinist dictatorship.

At a ceremony in Havana in July, 2013, UNESCO (the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) honored Guevara by enshrining his writings in its hallowed “Memory of the World Register.”

By honoring Guevara, the UN honors this:

“We reject any peaceful approach!” declared the man the UN honored in Geneva this month. “Violence is inevitable! To establish Socialism rivers of blood must flow! If the nuclear missiles had remained [in Cuba] we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City. The victory of socialism is worth millions of atomic victims!”

Far and away, the #1 financial sponsor of the United Nations is the USA. Obviously, this must change.

On a tip from Lyle.

Mar 21 2019

Judge Blocks Drilling in Name of Climate Change

There is more than one way to skin a cat. When progressives cannot impose their agenda through democratic means, they turn to activist judges, who do it on a more openly tyrannical basis. Leftists oppose freedom and the wealth it creates because wealthy free people are more difficult to control. Consequently…

…a US judge has temporarily halted hundreds of drilling projects for failing to take climate change into account.

Drilling for oil and natural gas has no measurable effect on the weather. They may just as well halt drilling projects that fail to take into account homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, racism, patriarchy, or any other item out of their grab bag of balderdash.

Drilling had been stalled on more than 300,000 acres of public land in Wyoming after it was ruled the Trump administration violated environmental laws by failing to consider greenhouse gas emissions. The federal judge has ordered the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which manages US public lands and issues leases to the energy industry, to redo its analysis.

They only have to bog it down in bureaucratic BS long enough for Bernie Sanders to get into a position to put the kibosh on it altogether.

Environmental advocates are praising the move, with Jeremy Nichols, WildEarth Guardians’ Climate and Energy Program director, calling it a “triumph for our climate”.

At least they don’t try to control the weather by cutting out children’s hearts, a comparably effective technique employed in this hemisphere before Columbus arrived.

Not that the moonbat approach to climate control is not highly injurious in its own way.

Nichols predicts there will be implications for public lands across the west. His group is now poised to bring litigation to block drilling on hundreds of thousands of acres in other states.

If economic saboteurs like Nichols get their way, we will be forced to pay more for energy, while financing the Islamic regimes of the Middle East rather than producing it ourselves.

On a tip from 1-Bodhisattva.

Mar 21 2019

Kirsten Gillibrand: Let Illegals Collect Social Security

Desperate to draw attention to her floundering presidential campaign by outmoonbatting the other moonbats, Kirsten Gillibrand now calls for people who are in the country in violation of US law to be paid Social Security benefits by the US government — after they are rewarded with amnesty:

In the midst of a full-scale crisis as numberless hordes of needy invaders storm the border, she also wants to abolish ICE.

Gillibrand could not possibly make her contempt for America and its laws any clearer. But no doubt she will keep trying.

On a tip from Chuck A.

Mar 20 2019

Open Thread

The greed of the billionaire class has got to end and we are going to end it for them. - Bernie Sanders
Mar 20 2019

Interview With an Academic Dupe

Esteemed countermoonbat John Stossel follows up on his follow-up on the academic hoax articles that confirmed what absolute gibberish can be accepted as scholarship so long as you sprinkle it with politically correct buzzwords. Have America’s intellectual gatekeepers learned anything from the egg on their faces? Stossel interviews the editor of a useless journal that was duped by the hoax and confirms that they have not:

Evidence accrues that higher education outside the hard sciences is a racket of little if any benefit to society, and that it should not be subsidized on a coercive basis by taxpayers.

On a tip from Eddie_Valiant.

Mar 20 2019

Now Progressives Like Segregation

The issue is never the issue, so don’t expect consistency from leftists on anything other than the real issue, which they call “revolution.” Progressives used to decry segregation with maximum self-righteousness. Now, they promote it. “Separate but equal” used to set off thunderous diatribes against racism. Now, they like the idea.

Segregation is especially conspicuous on college campuses, which may indicate that we can expect far more of it in the future. Ami Horowitz visited the campus at ultraleft Columbia University to see how students feel about this, and found that they are on the same page as the KKK:

Trolling whites ought to demand safe spaces, separate graduation, and separate gyms just to watch the fireworks.

On a tip from Lyle.

Mar 20 2019

Palestinian Authority Pays Terrorists More Than Doctors

An economy that runs not on productivity but on handouts from fools in the West can provide monetary incentives that would be hard to find elsewhere. Under the Palestinian Authority, terrorists are reportedly paid more than doctors and judges:

According to [a Palestinian Media Watch (PMW)] report, which is based on translations of articles in the PA’s official daily paper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, among other sources, the salaries are enough to cultivate in members of the Hamas terror group admiration for its bitter rival the PA and its umbrella organization the PLO.

Terrorist Marwan Abu Shariah praises the generous PLO:

“I’m in favor of the PLO because I discovered that all of the prisoners, and prime among them the prisoners from Hamas and Islamic Jihad, receive their salaries from the PLO, and that sometimes they are higher than salaries of judges and doctors. This is while their factions did not give them and their families even a tenth of what the PLO gave them, despite the difficulties and harassment that the PLO is dealing with on this matter. If not for these salaries, their families would have been abandoned to their fate. The same is true about the martyrs and the wounded.”

Now you know what American and European tax dollars do after bureaucrats shower them down upon Palestinians.

This isn’t a secret. It is actual law:

Under the PA’s 2004 Law of Prisoners and Released Prisoners, both prisoners and ex-convicts have a right to receive a payments from the PA, which admitted that in 2018 it paid more than $134.2 million in salaries and other benefits to terrorists and released prisoners.

Palestinians have admitted to carrying out terrorist attacks for the money. Any government or other agency that provides aid to the Palestinian Authority is guilty of financing terrorism.

On a tip from R F.

Mar 20 2019

African Terrorizes Bus Full of Children in Italy

The Africanization of Europe promoted by progressive social engineers like France’s Emmanuel Macron is turning out as well as any sane person would expect. From Italy:

A bus full of school children was set on fire by its driver in the outskirts of Milan on Wednesday in an apparent protest against migrant drownings in the Mediterranean, Italian authorities said.

Thankfully,

All the children managed to escape unhurt before the bus was engulfed in flames.

The driver is of Senegalese origin.

A video posted on Italian news sites showed the driver ramming the bus into cars on a provincial highway before the fire took hold. … One of the children told reporters that the driver had threatened to pour petrol on them and set them alight.

With every passing day, more Africans pour into Europe, making it a little more like Africa, where senseless savagery is the norm. Unless this is reversed, eventually a tipping point will be reached, and Europe will become an extension of Africa.

The kids running and screaming in this video just caught a glimpse of their future:

On a tip from Sean C.

Mar 20 2019

Catholic Journalist Could Face Prison for “Misgendering”

Under absolute tyranny, truth is not merely discouraged. It is literally illegal. They will throw you in prison for stating an indisputable scientific fact. Consider the unfolding fate of Caroline Farrow in Britain:

A Catholic journalist in the United Kingdom faces legal trouble and potential jail time for “misgendering” a 25-year-old transgender woman.

A “transgender woman” is what we are expected to call a deranged man who presents himself as a woman. We are also expected to refer to such men with feminine pronouns so as to actively endorse the lie that they really are women despite the objective biological fact that they are not.

Caroline Farrow, the journalist, said Monday that the mother of the transgender woman had reported her for the offense.

Farrow stands accused of sending tweets months ago that she does not remember in which she referred to the psychosexually addled he as a he rather than call him a she. The police announced that Farrow must undergo formal interrogation for this thought crime.

Big Brother is not her only problem. Tyranny is usually imposed partially on an unofficial basis by agents acting outside the government. Farrow reports,

“Meanwhile a group of people have terrified and harassed my family. Doxed my children, made violent and sexual threats, signed me up to porn accounts, did the same to my husband, threatened to visit here.”

This ton of bricks was dumped upon her head due to her Christian beliefs and because she does not believe that men can be transformed à la The Island of Doctor Moreau into genuine women.

Lest you get angry on her behalf, keep in mind that failing to find militant transsexuals appealing is an even more serious thought crime than referring to them with the proper pronoun. Authorities call it hate.

Orwell would smile sadly at the irony of the government’s involvement:

Under the U.K.’s Malicious Communications Act, a person may face up to two years in prison, a fine, or both if found guilty of “a message which is indecent or grossly offensive,” “a threat,” “information which is false and known or believed to be false by the sender,” or “any article or electronic communication which is, in whole or part, of an indecent or grossly offensive nature.”

She could be given prison time for telling the objective truth under a law that purports to punish those who tell lies. Political correctness decrees that the truth is a lie.

Democrats plan to impose a similar law in the erstwhile Land of the Free, namely the outrageous Equality Act, an Orwellian proposal that would officially establish transsexuals as more equal than others by allowing them to compel speech to advance their grotesque ideology.

If they can force us to pretend to believe that men are women, what other absurd and pernicious beliefs might progressives impose?

On tips from 1-Bodhisattva and Lyle.

Mar 20 2019

Beto Literally Ate Dirt After Senate Loss

Robert Francis O’Rourke, aka Beto, is an eccentric guy. In addition to writing stories about the joys of running over children and obscene bovine poetry, he also eats dirt. Magic dirt, of course.

WaPo describes the state he was in following his Senate loss to Ted Cruz:

Whatever post-defeat sadness [his zillionaire’s daughter wife] Amy felt, she was able to kick quickly; she’s always been the stable one. Beto, on the other hand, more prone to higher highs and lower lows, was in a “funk.” In January, Beto hit the road, much as his father had done before him, and drew energy from the people he met, and — on one stop in New Mexico he didn’t write about in his blog — by eating New Mexican dirt said to have regenerative powers. (He brought some home for the family to eat, too.)

President Beto would have the whole country eating dirt after spending the economy to ruin on screwball foolishness like the Green New Deal and socialized medicine.

On a tip from Byron.

Mar 20 2019

Harvard Discards Fundamental Legal Principle

When the people who rule college campuses say they want to abolish whiteness, they don’t just mean people with white skin. They mean the culture created by people with white skin. They mean things our ancestors painstakingly developed over centuries and that we are so used to by now that some people take them for granted no matter how precious they are. An example would be the right to a fair trial with legal representation even for people who are no longer in fashion, like former Hollyweird bigwig Harvey Weinstein. From the esteemed countermoonbat Heather Mac Donald:

Harvard has opened an investigation into law professor Ronald Sullivan, who earlier this year joined Harvey Weinstein’s criminal-defense team. Some undergraduates complained that Mr. Sullivan’s decision to represent Mr. Weinstein, who is charged with rape in New York, puts them at risk. By taking the complaint seriously, Harvard puts its commitment to identity politics above the core tenets of due process.

Core tenets of due process are the work of dead white males. They must be abolished. You can’t have justice if you want social justice.

Student backlash was immediate when the New York Post reported in late January that Mr. Sullivan would be representing Mr. Weinstein. A visual and environmental studies major started an online petition to remove Mr. Sullivan from his position as faculty dean of Winthrop House, one of Harvard’s 12 undergraduate residential houses. Mr. Sullivan’s choice of client was “deeply trauma-inducing,” and shows that Mr. Sullivan doesn’t “value the safety of students,” the petition announced.

Look out. When student crybullies whimper the words “trauma” and “safety,” that means they are lacing up their boots so they can stomp on someone’s face.

Would Winthrop residents “really want to one day accept [a] Diploma,” the petition asked, from someone who “believes it is okay to defend” Mr. Weinstein?

Would any American want a diploma from someone who believes it is okay to deny Weinstein legal defense?

The repugnant Harvey Weinstein was denounced at this site long before liberals stopped loving this major Obama fundraiser. But this is an American website, so it believes that the accused have a right to legal defense, even if they are slimy moonbat creepazoids. Whether Harvard is still an American institution in any meaningful sense is for readers to decide.

That Harvard educrats are pandering to the crybullies rather than defending Sullivan suggests that the answer is no.

Hilariously, Sullivan — who is lucky enough to be black — is defending himself with the race card, preposterously suggesting that ultra-PC Harvard is out to get him because it is run by white supremacists. If only he would defend himself by referring to basic legal principles, there would be a good guy in this story.

On a tip from Varla.

Mar 19 2019

Open Thread

America's abundance was created not by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for America's industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages, and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance- and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way. - Ayn Rand
Mar 19 2019

How to Eat Spaghetti in a Burka

One advantage of multiculturalism is that the juxtaposition of fundamentally incompatible cultures results not only in violence but also sometimes in laughs, as when Muslimas attempt to eat spaghetti while wearing a burka:

On a tip from WDS.

Mar 19 2019

Exploiting the New Zealand Mosque Attack

Paul Joseph Watson weighs in on the alarmingly authoritarian efforts by the liberal establishment to exploit the New Zealand mosque attack:

More on the larger-scale yet widely ignored anti-Christian terrorism in Nigeria here.

On tips from StephaneDumas and Lyle.

Mar 19 2019

Decapitating the Americans Americans Won’t Decapitate

Illegal aliens are politically favored, but even they get punished sometimes. For example, Neri Damian Cruz-Carmano of Mexico was sentenced to 20–33 months in prison for decapitating 26-year-old Jamar Beach of Raleigh, North Carolina in a hit and run:

“He had no business here in the first place and he should not have been operating a vehicle,” Beach’s mother Cameo Robinson said. “He didn’t have a license. So therefore he’s being treated better than the citizen who’s been killed.”

Of course. American citizens are less likely to be dependent on government handouts. Therefore, they are of less use to the Democrats who control most everything regardless of who is in the White House.

Authorities believe that Cruz-Carmano was impaired and caused the accident. Drunken driving that causes fatalities is a specialty of illegal aliens from south of the border. Another specialty is supporting Democrats, so the floodgates remain open, regardless of the consequences for public safety.

Beach left a 2-year-old son who will grow up without a father but with lots of the multicultural enrichment that mass immigration without assimilation brings.

With credit for time served, Cruz-Carmano will be eligible for release in 14 months.

Look at the bright side; there is a chance he might be deported, which would put him to the trouble of having to sneak back into the country again along with the estimated 76,000 other illegal aliens who pour across the open border every month.

Beach was decapitated in the horrific incident. Cruz-Carmano dragged his body as he fled like Beto.

“Black lives matter!” they shriek. Yet Jamar Beach is one black life that does not matter to the open borders Democrats.

On a tip from Dragon’s Lair.

Mar 19 2019

Chinese Immigrants Reject Democrat Leftism

Chinese immigrants, having lived under totalitarian leftism, have been waking up as to where the Democrat Party is taking us:

When Saga Zhou first moved to the United States from China in 2009, she steered clear of politics. …

But Zhou’s interest in politics was piqued as she began to see the American Left embracing policies that reminded her of those she’d fled in China.

One such policy was the Left’s support for late-term abortion.

Zhou was horrified by a recent Virginia bill legalizing abortion up to and evidently beyond birth. The bill failed, but not for want of support from Governor Ralph Northam. Zhou herself was only allowed to live because China’s one-child policy had not yet been implemented in her city when she was born; otherwise, she would have been yet another victim of abortion, which Democrats champion with demonic zeal.

“Somebody has to understand the roots, where these policies come from,” Zhou said. “That’s why I’m so pissed. Damn socialism. Why are you chasing me?”

Somebody who does understand the roots of Democrat policies is her fellow Chinese immigrant George Li.

He finds the Left’s obsession with political correctness maddening because it intimidates people into silence. “This intimidation is so bad for freedom of speech,” he said. “A lot of things I see in this country are very similar to what I saw in the Cultural Revolution era in China,” He calls political correctness a “form of cultural Marxism.”

Those who have lived under Marxism know it for what it is: evil.

“I just want America to be America,” Li said, “not another Soviet Union, Cuba, or China.”

In stark contrast, Democrats think America should be fundamentally transformed so that it is more like the rest of the world.

On a tip from THOUGHTCRIMINAL2084.

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