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Feb 21 2020

Property Rights Erode in California

The fundamental basis of civilization is property rights. Without them, society disintegrates into tyranny and/or chaos. California is a case in point:

After a group of homeless moms simply moved into a vacant three-bedroom house in Oakland owned by a company that invests in local real estate, local progressives turned them into folk heroes.

Immaculate conception is unlikely to involved in the story of these homeless mothers. Where are the fathers, who should be making sure there is a roof over their heads? Is sexual morality starting to make sense again yet?

These women weren’t squatters who took something that wasn’t theirs, but valiant protesters who were standing up for their communities against — all together now — corporate speculators.

In the early days of the Soviet Union, you could get in big trouble if someone denounced you as a “speculator.” Basically, it means capitalist.

As one of these Oakland moms said, “Housing is a human right. I pay bills there. I pay water, PG&E, internet. We live there. We want to purchase the home; it needs to belong back in the hands of the community. It was stolen through the foreclosure crisis.”

Property is theft, according to Marxist ideology. “You didn’t build that,” as Barack Obama would say.

Even Marxism is less incoherent than modern moonbats, who seem to believe in a twisted form of ownership. Pay the utility bills, and you own a house. The people who paid for the house don’t have a right to own anything, because they are speculators.

Who will build houses and provide mortgages in a world with no coherent property rights? That is no concern of leftists. You may just as well ask a robber, who will serve Slurpees after the corner 7-11 has been held up so many times it has to close down? The smash and grab mentality is not future-oriented.

Alarmingly, this dysfunctional mentality characterizes not only lowlifes who rob convenience stores and occupy other people’s property, but the modern Democrat Party.

Here’s how local pols responded to the Oakland squatters:

Assemblyman Ash Kalra, D-San Jose, inveighed against “opportunistic landlords and corporate landlords” who “keep our homes vacant,” according to news reports. …

“I want to thank Moms 4 Housing for taking that house and for demonstrating that nowhere, nowhere should there be a vacant house anywhere in California when we have the housing crisis that we have,” Sen. Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, told the Los Angeles Times. “And it was totally legitimate for those homeless moms to take over that house.”

Theft is okay in California. Just don’t do something serious, like provide plastic straws to restaurant customers. Then you’re in trouble. The term for this is anarchotyranny.

Housing is a human right, screech the moonbats. If you have a “right” to take something that does not belong to you, then the concept of rights has been rendered absurd. In that case, how are we to defend real rights, like the ones enshrined in the Constitution? Uncoincidentally, these rights — such as freedom of speech and the right to bear arms — are under attack from the same people who want us to believe they have a “right” to force others to pay for housing, medical care, et cetera.

From the leftist point of view, it is oppressive to have to steal on your own. The government is there to commit theft on your behalf, as we see further down the Left Coast:

The Los Angeles city council might use the power of eminent domain to seize a 124-unit apartment building called Hillside Villa in Chinatown.

The owner wants to rent apartments at market rates.

Councilman Gil Cedillo’s plan would have the city take the apartment building to maintain the lower rents. “If it works, Cedillo wants the city to consider seizing other privately-owned buildings whose owners are on the cusp of converting their rents from below-market to market rate,” according to an editorial in the Los Angeles Times. In other words, this might just be the beginning.

This is the main reason the Third World is poor. There is no point building anything if the thugs running the government will just take it away. So nothing gets built.

If Democrats prevail, the USA will become a Third World country; it is beginning to happen already, where they hold sway.

On a tip from Sean C.

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Feb 21 2020

Mick Mulvaney: Open Immigration Floodgates Still Wider

There is enough moonbattery out there without getting still more from Trump’s acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney:

“We are desperate — desperate — for more people,” Mulvaney said. “We are running out of people to fuel the economic growth that we’ve had in our nation over the last four years. We need more immigrants.”

At least Mulvaney wants the immigrants to arrive in a “legal fashion.” But he is forgetting that a major reason Trump was elected was to stem the tide of massive Third World immigration that threatens to do to the whole country what it has already done to California and Virginia.

Fortunately, not everyone in the White House is on the same page.

Mulvaney’s remarks appear in contrast to the public position of several top figures in Trump’s White House — especially that of senior policy adviser Stephen Miller — who have been working to slash legal and illegal immigration through a slew of policies that aim to close off the U.S. border to foreigners. They have insisted that the steady arrival of newcomers depresses wages for the blue-collar U.S. workers whose votes helped lift Trump to the presidency in 2016.

That’s more like it. The economy will eventually cool. When it does, we had better not have too many Democrat voters on the rolls, or we will never be able to heat it up again. Past waves of immigration have been followed by decades of keeping the gates closed so that assimilation could occur. It is past time to do this again.

On a tip from Feet2Fire.

Feb 21 2020

Michael Bloomberg Alienates Indians

Democrats may resent Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to buy the nomination out from under the communist Bernie Sanders, but they can’t say Mini Mike is not inclusive. He alienates everybody — blacks, Hispanics, farm and factory workers, women, pro-lifers, people who like freedom, the elderly, transsexuals, and also Indians:

Bloomberg suggested the governor of New York don a cowboy hat and stare down Native American tribes with a shotgun over a disagreement on cigarette taxes.

Bloomberg … made the insensitive comments during his weekly segment on WOR 710-AM with John Gambling in August 2010. At the time, then-New York governor David Patterson was proposing to tax cigarettes sold on Native American reservations…

“I said, you know, ‘Get yourself a cowboy hat and a shotgun,’” Bloomberg told Gambling. “If there’s ever a great video, it’s [Patterson] standing in the middle of the New York State Thruway saying, you know, ‘Read my lips—the law of the land is this, and we’re going to enforce the law.’”

Imposing confiscatory cigarette taxes on technically sovereign Indian reservations has been an explosive issue in New York. Members of the Seneca tribe clashed with state police over it in 1992. Burning tires were dropped from highway overpasses.

This same tribe has demanded an apology from Bloomberg for his “inflammatory and racially insensitive” rhetoric. Maybe he should pay the Seneca Indian Nation to sign a nondisclosure agreement, like he does with so many of the women he has allegedly harassed and discriminated against.

Mini Mike reaches out to Indians.

On a tip from Rapinhoe.

Feb 21 2020

Open Thread

The main thing that endears the United Nations to member governments, and so enables it to survive, is its proven capacity to fail... You can safely appeal to the UN in the comfortable certainty that it will let you down. - Conor Cruise O'Brien
Feb 20 2020

Sanders’ Scary History of Socialist Praise

Last night, Bernie Sanders snarled that it was a “cheap shot” to characterize his ideology as communism. Yet he has been praising communist tyrannies for decades, as Maxim Lott documents at Stossel TV:

His supporters know that Sanders is a communist. That is the point of his candidacy. When facing the public, communists prefer to use the word socialism, but as Russia’s version of Bernie Sanders noted, “The goal of socialism is communism.”

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Feb 20 2020

Bloomberg Candidacy Already Hits the Rocks

Despite being almost unique among the candidates in not projecting a demeanor suggesting uncontrollable mental illness, Michael Bloomberg did not have a good night at the Democrat debate in Las Vegas last night. Mini Mike hasn’t even appeared on any ballots yet and already Mark Dice may have recorded his candidacy’s obituary:

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Feb 20 2020

Bernie Sanders, Unethical Phony

One reason Bernie Sanders is running away with the Democrat nomination is that Dems perceive him as less phony than his competition. This may be why he doesn’t comb his hair or brush the dandruff off his shoulders; it creates a superficial impression that he doesn’t care about impressions.

In reality, Sanders is far from genuine. He is a lifelong communist (see here, here, here, here) whose campaign is infested with Stalinists who gloat about gulags (see here, here, here, and here). Yet when Bloomberg accurately described his ideology as communism in the Las Vegas debate last night, Sanders absurdly denounced the observation as a “cheap shot.” Bloomberg also accurately reminded the audience that Sanders is a millionaire who owns three homes; this is hardly consistent with his eat-the-rich rhetoric.

Also, Sanders is unethical, as the premier expert on Democrat corruption Peter Schweizer reveals:

According to Schweizer’s investigations, Sanders’ wife Jane Driscoll Sanders was appointed to several positions of influence when he was mayor of Burlington, Vt. After the pair were married in 1988, she received a big pay increase — ignoring objections from the city council. …

Schweizer said that shortly after his wife joined Sanders’ administration, she set up a media buying business registered to the Sanders’ home in Vermont – despite having no previous experience in the field – and started doing media buying for her husband’s campaign.

Media buyers are entitled to 10–15% commission. This is a technically legal technique for funneling campaign funds into the pockets of relatives; it brought in at least $150,000. Sanders allies running for office in Vermont received his endorsement only after hiring his wife as a media buyer.

Sanders is a hypocrite who promises to abolish capitalism while profiting from it. According to Schweizer,

“He’s not buying solar company stock or buying into an organic cattle farm. He is buying Fortune 500 companies. So, he attacks Wall Street, he attacks big pharma, he attacks big oil…He is invested in those companies; that’s where he is actually putting his assets.”

Unfortunately, none of this hypocrisy will prevent him from deliberately destroying the US economy if he is given the political power to do so. Sanders knows he won’t be hurting for money; no socialist dictator ever is, even in countries that socialism has reduced to extreme poverty like Venezuela.

On a tip from Scott D.

Feb 20 2020

Recycling Is a Waste

This won’t come as a big surprise, but it has been revealed that recycling is largely a waste of time and money. Via WUWT:

[T]he value of recycled materials has fallen dramatically in recent years because far too much unrecyclable material is put in the bins by the public and much of what is recyclable is contaminated with water, food, or other contaminates that make the “good” stuff unusable. Waste disposal companies often charge “contamination fees.” In addition to the contamination problem, the value of recyclables is going down and cost to process them into a usable form is going up. Processing, that is cleaning and sorting a load of recyclable material, has gone from earning a community $25/ton to costing the community $70/ton or more in many areas. …

Paper and metals, especially aluminum, are the easiest and most valuable materials to recycle, but if they are stained with food or left-over beer or soda, they are rejected and wind up in the landfill anyway. Wet paper, even wet with water, often cannot be recycled. …

Glass is still recycled in some areas, but most reject all glass currently because non-recyclable glass items and dirty bottles are too commonly placed in the bins.

A lot of supposedly recyclable garbage is shipped overseas.

China used to buy up to 70% of the world’s waste plastic, but they stopped taking it and this has caused the cost of recycling to go up dramatically. … Even Vietnam, Malaysia, and some countries in Africa are limiting their imports of recyclables. They would welcome cleaner recyclables, but the contaminated portion of the loads wind up in local rivers and in the ocean, where they are not only unsightly, but they affect the fish and can [cause] disease.

Processing recyclables requires massive amounts of water. Afterward, the contaminated water often finds its way to local rivers. Since most of the plastic shipped overseas cannot be recycled, it ends up floating around in the ocean.

Burning garbage is much better for the environment. Ash can be contained, pathogens destroyed, and valuable metals extracted afterward. Sorting and cleaning are not required. But as with nuclear energy, moonbats don’t approve of incineration for ideological reasons disconnected from reality.

But it’s not as if recycling serves no purpose. It has a religious function. For moonbats, it signals virtue. For everyone else, it is a constant reminder that we are ruled by moonbats and must make obeisance to their religion by going through the motions of their absurd rituals.

On a tip from R F.

Feb 20 2020

Jon McNaughton Captures the MSM’s Essence

Great likeness of Jim Acosta behind the mime:

On a tip from Sean C.

Feb 20 2020

Michael Bloomberg Alienates Transsexuals

So far the groups Michael Bloomberg has rudely alienated include blacks, Hispanics, farm and factory workers, women, pro-lifers, people who like freedom, and the elderly — not to mention transsexuals and their champions.

At a Bermuda Business Development Agency forum in New York on March 21, 2019, Mini Mike croaked,

“If your conversation during a presidential election is about some guy wearing a dress and whether he, she, or it can go to the locker room with their daughter, that’s not a winning formula for most people.”

What he says is true enough, but referring to a transsexual as “it” is not the surest way to win the Democrat nomination. Most Democrats worship transsexuals as second only to persons of politically preferred pigmentation in the hierarchy of sacred oppression.

Buzzfeed reported the remarks, plus another disparaging reference to transgender issues as a “man in a dress,” on the same day the Bloomberg campaign posted a video touting his stance on “LGBTQ+ youth,” and claiming that “Mike is so incredibly sensitive to this issue.”

Bloomberg’s phoniness is conspicuous even by the standards of politicians.

No worries; he’s got $billions to spend on television and the Democrat establishment backs him. Surely that is enough to let him stop Bernie from revealing that Democrats are closer to communists than to people regular Americans would vote for — not that many regular Americans would vote for Michael Bloomberg.

On tips from Ryan H and Rapinhoe.

Feb 20 2020

Open Thread

Mercy detached from justice grows unmerciful. - C. S. Lewis
Feb 19 2020

Media Adulation of Michael Avenatti Did Not Age Well

Don’t feel bad, CNN moonbats. You weren’t the only ones in the “mainstream” media to idolize disgraced porn lawyer Michael Avenatti, as Tyler Zed notes in this special edition of “Things That Didn’t Age Well”:

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Feb 19 2020

Muslim Oppressed on Video

Despite their control and aggressive exploitation of the media, liberal social engineers still have work to do when it comes to instilling the proper attitude toward Muslim colonists in Europe. Watch in horror as this poor guy is expected to wait in line like a mere infidel:

Once Muslims achieve majority status, no one will be so Islamophobic as to expect them to wait in line behind those dhimmis who are allowed to live.

On a tip from Sean C.

Feb 19 2020

Homophobes, Sexists, Racists to Be Denied Healthcare in UK

The reason socialized medicine is the holy grail for leftists is that once Big Government controls healthcare, it controls who gets healthcare. This is bad news for those who are past their taxpaying prime, as Michael Bloomberg reminds us. It is also bad news for those the government regards as thought criminals.

From Britain, land of the socialist National Health Service, via Sky News:

Sexist and racist patients could be barred from non-emergency care at NHS trusts, under new rules to be enforced from April.

Denial of “non-emergency care” will inevitably lead to life-threatening situations in some instances.

Currently, staff can refuse to treat non-critical patients who are verbally aggressive or physically violent towards them.

But these protections will extend to any harassment, bullying or discrimination, including homophobic, sexist or racist remarks.

If you ever have the misfortune to find yourself in a British hospital needing treatment, be extra polite to the bureaucrats and avoid any remark that could have political overtones, lest they decide you hold incorrect attitudes.

In addition to denying medical care, the NHS will also sic the police on thought criminals who commit microaggressions:

Health Secretary Matt Hancock wrote to all NHS staff on Tuesday to announce stronger measures to investigate abuse and harassment towards staff, saying “no act of violence or abuse is minor”.

In the realm of moonbats, if a member of a protected group is offended by something, this constitutes “violence.”

“All assault and hate crimes against NHS staff must be investigated with care, compassion, diligence and commitment,” he said.

There won’t be much compassion for accused thought criminals though. Otherwise, they would be given medical care.

Under socialism, all the animals on the farm are equal. But racists/sexists/homophobes/transphobes/Islamophobes/ableists/white supremacists/global warming deniers/conservatives/etc are not as equal as those who find them offensive.

On tips from ApolloTrack89, ABC of the ANC, and Chronos Z. Wonderpig.

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