Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is pro-rape

NBC News just reported the following:

“A New York man is accused of sexually assaulting five people in the Bronx a week before he was going to be sentenced to 30 days in jail as part of a plea deal in a separate rape case.”

“Justin Washington was out on bail when he allegedly assaulted four women and a man in a string of attacks on Sept. 15, according to a criminal complaint obtained by NBC News.”

Alvin Bragg is the Manhattan District Attorney.

He thinks a rapist should only get 30 days in jail.

And he let that rapist out on bail before serving the 30 day sentence.

And while out on bail, that rapist raped five other people.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is pro-rape.

That is the only possible explanation for what he just did.

N.Y. man accused of sexually assaulting 5 people a week before he was scheduled to be sentenced in prior rape

Justin Washington was going to be sentenced Wednesday in Manhattan after he agreed to a plea deal that would have put him in jail for 30 days.

By Minyvonne Burke

September 23, 2022

A New York man is accused of sexually assaulting five people in the Bronx a week before he was going to be sentenced to 30 days in jail as part of a plea deal in a separate rape case.

Justin Washington was out on bail when he allegedly assaulted four women and a man in a string of attacks on Sept. 15, according to a criminal complaint obtained by NBC News.

Washington, 25, was due in a Manhattan court on Wednesday to be sentenced in connection with a Feb. 22 incident involving his relative. The New York Post was first to report the news.

In the Bronx case, Washington allegedly broke into a man’s apartment through an open window around 8:20 a.m. The man told police that he was sleeping in his bedroom and woke up to Washington touching his buttocks under his underwear, according to the criminal complaint. Washington asked the man, “Can I get a dollar, bro,” it states.

The man said he offered Washington a dollar but Washington refused while stating, “nevermind, you’re not understanding.” Washington fled through the window as the man said he called 911, the document says.

About 40 minutes later, Washington allegedly went to the apartment of a woman who said she was home with her 9-month-old son. The complaint says that Washington started banging on her closed window. The woman said she called 911 and then opened the curtains to see Washington masturbating, according to the complaint.

Washington ran away and allegedly broke into the apartment of another woman, the complaint states. The woman told police that she heard a loud noise and when she went to investigate, she saw Washington standing in her living room masturbating, the document says.

The woman said Washington allegedly pushed her down on her bed, pulled her nightgown up, climbed on top of her and started masturbating, according to the complaint. The woman said she fought off Washington by biting his hand and hitting him in the head with a hammer. According to the complaint, the woman said Washington asked, “Can I get a dollar?”

Washington again allegedly fled. The complaint alleges that a fourth victim, a woman, told police that she was in the shower and saw a man’s hand reach through her bathroom window and grab her underwear. The woman said she looked out the window and allegedly saw Washington masturbating before he ran off.

The fifth incident occurred around 10 a.m. and involved Washington allegedly assaulting a transient woman who was laying in the lobby of an apartment building. The complaint says that security footage showed Washington entering the building, pulling the woman’s pants down and masturbating.

September 23, 2022. Tags: , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Here’s something very unusual: An episode of “Hoarders” that won’t make you feel disgusted. “Forrest,” season 12, episode 2.

September 22, 2022. Tags: , , . Television. Leave a comment.

Barack Obama quote in the New York Times: “We know the statistics – that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison.”

“We know that more than half of all black children live in single-parent households, a number that has doubled – doubled – since we were children. We know the statistics – that children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it.”

– Barack Obama, New York Times

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September 21, 2022. Tags: , , , , , . Barack Obama, Education, Parenting, Racism, Violent crime. 2 comments.

Sydney Rawls, a teacher from Tennessee, talks about the government bureaucracy regarding books

September 20, 2022. Tags: , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Police state. Leave a comment.

Hypocrites: Martha’s Vineyard Leftists Claim There is NO ROOM on Island for Illegals – but Hotels and Vacation Homes can House Thousands!

Hypocrites: Martha’s Vineyard Leftists Claim There is NO ROOM on Island for Illegals – but Hotels and Vacation Homes can House Thousands!

By Jim Hoft

September 17, 2022

The meltdown over the 50 illegals flown to Martha’s Vineyard is fun to watch.

On Wednesday, Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis sent two planes carrying illegal immigrants to the island of Martha’s Vineyard.

The racist white limousine liberals on Martha’s Vineyard are not happy about their new poor, brown neighbors.

The very same folks who brag about being a safe haven for illegal immigrants.

This sign at Martha’s Vineyard says:

“The Island of Martha’s Vineyard… We stand with IMMIGRANTS, with REFUGEES… All Are Welcome Here”

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Martha’s Vineyard Homeless Shelter Coordinator Lisa Belcastro melted down over the 50 illegals during an interview with the Cape Cod Times.

“The difficult challenges are — we have to, at some point in time they [illegals] have to move from here to somewhere else – we cannot, we don’t have the services to take care of 50 immigrants and we certainly don’t have housing. We’re in a housing crisis as we are on this island! We can’t house everyone here that lives here and works here!”

She continued,

“We don’t have housing for 50 more people.”

Watch the video below:

Martha’s Vineyard happily hosts thousands of tourists every summer, however, when 50 poor illegals are dumped on the island, it is a “humanitarian crisis” but 4.2 million illegal immigrants in 19 months, a “secure border.”

U.S. News has analyzed hotel star ratings, guest reviews, and industry awards to compile this list of Martha’s Vineyard’s top hotels.

1. Winnetu Oceanside Resort – Perched on the shores of Edgartown, Massachusetts, on Martha’s Vineyard, the Winnetu Oceanside Resort is a sought-after vacation haven. the property has multibedroom suites that can accommodate up to 15 lodgers – perfect for groups or multiple families bunking together.

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2. The Harbor View Hotel – known for its stunning grounds and views overlooking Lighthouse Beach and Chappaquiddick Island. Retiring to their accommodations, guests will find that each of the 114 guest rooms includes Wi-Fi access, plush robes, a minifridge and coffee maker. Recent guests agree that the hotel’s concierge is a highlight, with friendly, helpful staff who go out of their way to make your trip memorable.

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3. The Mansion House has been hosting visitors to Martha’s Vineyard since 1971 and was rebuilt in 2003. Just a block from the water, the sweeping deck provides guests with stunning views of Vineyard Sound, as well as the sailboats and ferries that dock there. All 48 guest rooms feature a soaking tub, flat-screen TV and fireplace, and some include a balcony.

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4. Vineyard Square Hotel & Suites – according to recent guests, it is the perfect base for a Martha’s Vineyard vacation. Located about two blocks northeast of the restaurants and shops situated along Main Street, the hotel is less than a half-mile walk to the Edgartown Lighthouse. It has 34 rooms.

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5. Summercamp Hotel – True to its name, it advertises the opportunity to be a kid again on your next vacation to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. There’s plenty for both adults and families to enjoy at this Oak Bluffs property, from expansive decks and balconies to a game room. Each of the 95 guest rooms sports colorful, fun and stylish decor. All accommodations also feature modern amenities including a flat-screen TV, a minifridge, complimentary Wi-Fi access, coffee stations, robes and complimentary iPads to use during stays.

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6. The Sydney – is a chic, seasonal hotel located on the posh island of Martha’s Vineyard. The boutique hotel is right in downtown Edgartown, Massachusetts, within walking distance of the Martha’s Vineyard Museum and plenty of other shops, restaurants and attractions. Choose a room in either the Captain’s House (the 19th century home of whaling Captain Charles William Fisher) or the newly-renovated, modern hotel quarters. Each of the 22 accommodations features plush linens and pillows, blackout shades, a flat-screen TV, complimentary Wi-Fi access, iPads (upon request) and bathrobes

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7. The Harborside Inn – is a waterfront property on Martha’s Vineyard. Each of the 90 guest rooms comes equipped with a minifridge, a coffee maker and complimentary Wi-Fi access. Bathrooms feature a walk-in shower, and some guest rooms also boast private patios or balconies.

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8. Kelley House – is a 3 star hotel located at 23 Kelly Street in Martha’s Vineyard.Preliminary plans call for a total of 75 hotel rooms and 34 parking spaces (a decrease from the current 45 spaces) according to MVC documents. Restaurant seating would increase from 175 to 300.

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9. The Clarion Inn Martha’s Vineyard – is on the outskirts of Edgartown and about a mile inland from area beaches and downtown Edgartown. This Martha’s Vineyard property’s guest rooms come equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi access, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and coffee makers.

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10. The Pequot Hotel – is situated just a block west of a beach on Martha’s Vineyard, nestled among the famed gingerbread cottages in Oak Bluffs. Guests say the location is very convenient and close to shopping, restaurants, transportation and popular landmarks, like the Flying Horses carousel. The property’s 32 guest rooms and suites are uniquely decorated and spread out among three buildings. All guest rooms feature air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi access and private bathrooms. Note not all rooms come with TVs.

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11. The Christopher is a 3-star hotel located at 24 South Water Street in Martha’s Vineyard.

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12. Thorncroft Inn is a 3 star hotel located at 460 Main St in Martha’s Vineyard.

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Aside from these hotels, you can also book 33 vacation houses on Airbnb for a month from Sep. 17 to Oct. 31.

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September 17, 2022. Tags: , , , . Immigration, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Sahar Tartak in the Wall St. Journal: My High School’s ‘Antiracist’ Agitprop: Teachers tried to bully me into signing a $375 student government check for a group promoting critical race theory. I refused.

My High School’s ‘Antiracist’ Agitprop: Teachers tried to bully me into signing a $375 student government check for a group promoting critical race theory. I refused.

By Sahar Tartak

September 15, 2020

I was educated in the school district ranked by as America’s third-best. Immigrants from around the world come to Great Neck, N.Y., to raise their children. My best friend’s father was at the Tiananmen Square massacre. My classmates left behind their families in El Salvador. My mother escaped revolutionary Iran, and my grandfather escaped the Nazis.

Lately, though, the area’s diverse and liberal-minded residents may have reason to think their local school officials aren’t as open-minded as they thought. In 2021 Great Neck North High School directed the student government to give $375 of student funds to a “racial equity” group to speak to the student body about “systemic racism.” I was the student government’s treasurer, and I felt we didn’t know enough about the organization and its mission to disburse the funds. So I refused to sign the check.

In response, the teachers who advise the student government berated, bullied and insulted me at our next meeting, which took place over Zoom for my parents to overhear. They began by announcing that my social studies teacher would be present. Together, the three adults told me that the principal himself found my stance “appalling.” I had made them and the school “look bad,” they told me. One teacher said the situation gave her “hives.”

When I suggested that students might not need or want a lecture on systemic racism, my social-studies teacher asked whether I’d also oppose a Holocaust survivor’s presentation.

I objected to that comparison, but she cut me off: “If you’re not on board with systemic racism, I have trouble with that, girlfriend.”

When I didn’t back down, she made a bizarre accusation: “The fact that you think slavery is debatable . . .”

I logged off Zoom and started crying. My parents comforted me, and I decided I wasn’t going to sign that check.

That’s when I noticed how illiberal my liberal high school had become. I once expressed disagreement with the narrative of the “1619 Project,” and that same social-studies teacher snapped that I was opposed to hearing other perspectives. I had signed up for her class because it was described as “discussion-based,” but certain discussion seemed forbidden.

Later, a friend showed me a lesson from his English class—a Google Slides presentation urging that students pledge to work “relentlessly” in the “lifelong process” of “antiracism.” According to these slides, America is a place where racism is “no better today than it was 200 years ago.” I disagreed but didn’t mind the debate. Yet this wasn’t about debate: Immigrant children were being told to “pledge” to defend a view many of them don’t hold.

I doubt students could have comfortably objected in class. The lesson pre-empted criticism by imputing to them “white fragility,” which means they “close off self-reflection,” “trivialize the reality of racism,” and “protect a limited worldview.” The adult presenting this accusatory material was a teacher who had the power to grade them and affect their prospects of getting into college.

When parents caught wind of this presentation, their group chats exploded: “I feel like I live under a rock.” “I did not realize the extent of this at all.” “If you too are troubled by this, join us at the upcoming school board meeting.”

I decided to tell the school board about my treatment at the hands of teachers and school officials. I was nervous but I made my case. The response, to my shock, was a standing ovation. I also received many expressions of support from fed-up parents, from teachers who silently abhorred their one-sided “professional development” courses, and from students who had been punished by administrators for questioning the orthodoxy of systemic racism. (One of those students had been sent to the principal’s office for refusing to sign an “antihate” pledge.)

That experience prompted me and a few like-minded others to look into our school’s curriculums. What we found was an arsenal of lopsidedly race-obsessed lesson plans. One was about the American Psychological Association’s “Apology to People of Color” for its role in “Promoting, Perpetuating, and Failing to Challenge Racism.” Another was titled “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.” My favorite: “A Critical Race Theory Approach to The Great Gatsby.”

The schools in our district had always followed the guidelines of New York state’s comprehensive social-studies curriculum, which included teaching about the pervasiveness and evils of slavery, mistreatment of Native Americans, discrimination against Chinese immigrants and so on. What we discovered was something else—partisanship and race essentialism, mixed in with administrative intimidation and bullying that our officials refused to address.

District officials responded in the way school officials often do when criticized. They ignored us for as long as possible, then delayed taking action for as long as possible, clearly hoping everybody would forget the controversy and move on. They didn’t respond to my father’s freedom-of-information request until the day before a contentious school-board election. The board then promised to further investigate the curriculums, but we never heard anything after that. My school brought in a member of the state Education Department’s Board of Regents, to discuss curriculums, but that resulted in nothing.

I graduated last spring, but no one has moved on. Students and parents across the country are finally asking tough questions about anti-American curriculums. Immigrants like my mother and grandfather found refuge in America because for all its problems, it’s a wonderful place full of generous and open-minded people. The nation’s schools have a duty to teach students that basic truth.

Sahar Tartak is a freshman at Yale and a fellow at the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism.

September 17, 2022. Tags: , , , , , . Education, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Bill Maher: New Rule: A Unified Theory of Wokeness

September 17, 2022. Tags: , , . Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Tucker Carlson talks about the hypocrite liberals at Martha’s Vineyard who used the U.S. military to remove 50 illegal aliens

September 17, 2022. Tags: , , , , . Immigration, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Why does it take decades to execute someone when there is video evidence that they are guilty?

My biggest objection to the death penalty has always been that the person might be innocent.

But here’s a video, from Tupelo, Mississippi, that shows a robber shooting a store employee in the head, after the employee had already handed over the money:

Here’s an article explaining that the guy has been arrested, and charged with capital murder. He could face the death penalty:

I hope this guy gets executed.

And I hope it doesn’t take decades.

I hope his execution happens before the end of this year.

September 16, 2022. Tags: , , , . death penalty, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

The fact that San Francisco tolerates people shooting up illegal drugs in areas where schoolchildren have to walk through every day is an absolute abomination. The government even gives free needles to these drug addicts!

The city of San Francisco gives 4.5 million free needles to illegal drug addicts every year.


The city also employs 10 people whose “sole job” is to clean up those needles from the sidewalks and other public areas.


Here’s a video about these free needles, and the city employees who clean them up, from the San Francisco affiliate of CBS News:


And most importantly, here’s a video from the San Francisco affiliate of CBS News, which shows schoolchildren walking through areas where drug dealers are shooting up:

I think there should be a place where drug addicts can go to get the help that they need, with doctors, and even safe injection sites. But it should not be in areas where schoolchildren have to walk through every day.

The fact that San Francisco tolerates people shooting up illegal drugs in areas where schoolchildren have to walk through every day is an absolute abomination.

What kind of society would force children to do that?

What kind of society would tolerate drug addicts shooting up right in front of schoolchildren?

And what kind of society would give free needles to the people who shoot up illegal drugs right in front of school children?

There is something very wrong – ethically and morally – with the voters of San Francisco.

September 16, 2022. Tags: , , , . Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Gender Studies Grad Demands Blue-Collar Worker Pay Off Her Loans

September 13, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , . Education, Humor, LGBT, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Californians Adjust To New Life In Texas

September 13, 2022. Tags: . Humor. Leave a comment.

Minneapolis neighborhoods face food desert after looting closes multiple stores

Minneapolis neighborhoods face food desert after looting closes multiple stores

By John Ewoldt

June 2, 2020

With Cub, Target, two Aldi stores and many small markets damaged by rioting over the past week, Longfellow and about eight other neighborhoods have nearly become a food desert.

“I consider the loss of these businesses devastating,” said Melanie Majors, executive director of the Longfellow Community Council. “Besides just the food, there’s a lack of retail for diapers, formula, household goods, even clothing.”

Many residents of the area shop lower-priced stores such as Aldi or dollar stores. Two of those dollar stores — including Family Dollar on Lake Street — were destroyed in last week’s looting and violence that arose after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis police custody.

One Aldi store on E. Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis reopened Monday after power was restored to it. The frozen foods section had been cleared out due to the outage that started late last week, but shelves were being restocked Monday.

Shashana Craft of Maple Grove purchased groceries there Monday for Headway Emotional Health Services, where she works with Indigenous families.

“I’ve never seen the shelves this empty,” she said. “If people can’t get to their grocery store, they should check with churches or support groups offering free food and groceries.”

Majors said a few places were offering free food and supplies: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church near 31st Street and Minnehaha Avenue; Heart of the Beast Theatre at S. 15th Avenue and E. Lake; and Sanford Middle School at E. 35th Street and S. 42nd Avenue.

Amplifying the problem over the weekend and again on Monday was the fact that Metro Transit was not operating buses or trains. Public transportation will again be shut down on Tuesday.

Sylvester Hudson walked about 40 minutes from Fort Snelling Apartments to the Cub Foods at E. 46th Street and Hiawatha Avenue.

It is the only supermarket left in the Longfellow neighborhood along the light-rail line after four other supermarkets closed because of destruction during the protests.

“I don’t know if I’ll be able to catch a cab, so I’ll probably have to walk,” said Hudson, 70, who brought a two-wheeled cart for grocery transport, as he finished shopping at Cub Foods. “This is the only store left open in the neighborhood that I can walk to.”

Area residents with a vehicle could find open supermarkets nearby at Longfellow Market, S. 38th Avenue and E. Lake, and Lunds & Byerlys in St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood.

Although shorter on Monday, there were lines out the door at several of the city markets on Sunday, similar to when Gov. Tim Walz first issued the stay-at-home order to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Business has been up more than 60% at Longfellow Market since the other stores were forced to close, according to manager Terry Mahowald.

“We never planned to be this busy,” he said. “Everyone’s stressed. This is certainly not the way we wanted to increase traffic.”

He plans to add more lower-priced, generic items to help keep prices reasonable for shoppers at the natural and organic grocery.

Home delivery through Shipt or Instacart isn’t an option for the neighborhoods, either.

Delivery services usually pick from stores nearby. With four of them closed, other arrangements are being made.

Target owns Shipt and is working on arrangements to fill delivery orders through other Targets, a spokeswoman said. The Minneapolis-based retailer also has pledged to rebuild the Lake Street store, hopefully by the end of the year.

Mahowald thanked neighborhood volunteers for saving the Longfellow Market.

“We’ve had nearly 25 people from the neighborhood guarding it every night since Tuesday,” he said.

September 13, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Chicago makes it really, really easy for serial armed robbers to avoid getting caught

Moments after 2 more armed robberies in Wicker Park, CPD boss orders cops to stop following men wanted for over a dozen hold-ups

September 10, 2022

An armed robbery crew that has struck repeatedly in Wicker Park and Avondale returned to the area to commit two more daylight robberies on Friday morning. Chicago police spotted the offenders as they fled from the second robbery scene, but a CPD supervisor ordered units not to follow the car onto the expressway. So, the armed men, wanted for more than a dozen armed and sometimes violent robberies, remain at large to commit more crimes.

Chicago police say both robberies happened around 11 a.m. on Friday, about 10 minutes apart.

First, two men got out of a dark sedan and grabbed a 50-year-old woman’s purse as she walked in the 1800 block of North Winchester, a CPD spokesperson said. The purse strap broke, but the robbers couldn’t get it from her before they fled the scene, according to police.

One of the robbers was armed with a handgun.

The CPD spokesperson said that minutes later, two men stepped out of a dark-colored car and confronted a 30-year-old man walking in the 2300 block of West Wabansia. While one offender pointed a gun at the victim, the other went through the man’s pockets to take valuables, according to CPD.

In both cases, the offenders were described as Black males wearing hoodies and face masks who escaped in a four-door car with a passenger-side window taped up or covered with a garbage bag.

That’s the vehicle and suspect description given in a string of robberies reported in the area since August 22, including at least eight other robberies this month. The crew has pistol-whipped some victims and fired shots during at least one hold-up, according to CPD.

Detectives have publicly linked robberies on the following dates and times to the same group:

1300 block of North Parkside Ave on August 22 at 1:40 p.m.

4700 block of West Le Moyne Ave on August 22 at 1:46 p.m.

2000 block of North Campbell Ave on September 4 at 8:10 p.m.

5900 block of North Central Park Ave on September 4 at 8:40 p.m.

2000 block of West Potomac Ave on September 4 at 9:05 p.m.

2800 block of North Maplewood Ave on September 5 at 11:30 p.m.

2800 block of North Campbell Ave on September 5 at 11:34 p.m.

1900 block of North Spaulding Ave on September 5 at 11:50 p.m.

1700 block of West Ellen St on September 6 at 6:58 p.m.

1200 block of North Wood St on September 6 at 7:01 p.m.

On Friday, cops spotted the car, a black Kia with a taped-up rear passenger window, at 11:09 a.m., moments after the second robbery, according to police radio transmissions. They followed the vehicle until it reached the Kennedy Expressway.

“After it gets on the expressway, let it go,” a supervisor radioed.

The officers followed those directions, as CPD’s auto pursuit policy requires.

CPD’s pursuit rules, written in August 2020, provide officers with 11 pages of instructions to consider when deciding if a vehicle should be pursued. It says very clearly that the CPD won’t punish any officer for ending a car chase and that they must obey any order from a supervisor to stop following or chasing a suspect.

The order was meant to reduce the number of accidents and injuries to innocent bystanders during police chases. Chicago has paid out millions of dollars to settle lawsuits filed by crash victims and their families.

But one consequence of the city’s policy is that people who commit violent crimes remain on the loose to commit more violent crimes.

As CWBChicago reported just days ago, Chicago cops terminated pursuits and “follows” of another robbery crew’s vehicle at least five times in the six months between November 2021 and May 2022. That group of offenders is believed to have robbed well over 50 people, often pistol-whipping and sometimes firing shots. Their string of crimes culminated with the brutal shooting and robbery of Dakotah Earley in Lincoln Park on May 6.

In fact, CWB has reported, police terminated a “follow” of that group’s car about an hour before it rolled up Earley.

During a recent discussion about the growing police practice of not pursuing violent offenders, former New York City police sergeant Joseph Giacolone tweeted, “You’re dammed if you do and dammed if you don’t, however, dammed if you don’t is what the politicians want.”

September 12, 2022. Tags: , . Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Gov. Kate Brown signed a law to allow Oregon students to graduate without proving they can write or do math. She doesn’t want to talk about it.

Gov. Kate Brown signed a law to allow Oregon students to graduate without proving they can write or do math. She doesn’t want to talk about it.

By Hillary Borrud

August 6, 2021

For the next five years, an Oregon high school diploma will be no guarantee that the student who earned it can read, write or do math at a high school level.

Gov. Kate Brown had demurred earlier this summer regarding whether she supported the plan passed by the Legislature to drop the requirement that students demonstrate they have achieved those essential skills. But on July 14, the governor signed Senate Bill 744 into law.

Through a spokesperson, the governor declined again Friday to comment on the law and why she supported suspending the proficiency requirements.

Brown’s decision was not public until recently, because her office did not hold a signing ceremony or issue a press release and the fact that the governor signed the bill was not entered into the legislative database until July 29, a departure from the normal practice of updating the public database the same day a bill is signed.

The Oregonian/OregonLive asked the governor’s office when Brown’s staff notified the Legislature that she had signed the bill. Charles Boyle, the governor’s deputy communications director, said the governor’s staff notified legislative staff the same day the governor signed the bill.

Boyle said in an emailed statement that suspending the reading, writing and math proficiency requirements while the state develops new graduation standards will benefit “Oregon’s Black, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Tribal, and students of color.”

“Leaders from those communities have advocated time and again for equitable graduation standards, along with expanded learning opportunities and supports,” Boyle wrote.

Lawmakers and the governor did not pass any major expansion of learning opportunities or supports for Black, Indigenous and students of color during this year’s legislative session.

The requirement that students demonstrate freshman- to sophomore-level skills in reading, writing and, particularly, math led many high schools to create workshop-style courses to help students strengthen their skills and create evidence of mastery. Most of those courses have been discontinued since the skills requirement was paused during the pandemic before lawmakers killed it entirely.

Democrats in the legislature overwhelmingly supported ending the longtime proficiency requirement, while Republicans criticized it as a lowering of academic standards. A couple lawmakers crossed party lines on the votes.

Proponents said the state needed to pause Oregon’s high school graduation requirements, in place since 2009 but already suspended during the pandemic, until at least the class of 2024 graduates in order for leaders to reexamine its graduation requirements. Recommendations for new standards are due to the Legislature and Oregon Board of Education by September 2022.

However, since Oregon education officials have long insisted they would not impose new graduation requirements on students who have already begun high school, new requirements would not take effect until the class of 2027 at the very earliest. That means at least five more classes could be expected to graduate without needing to demonstrate proficiency in math and writing.

Much of the criticism of the graduation requirements was targeted at standardized tests. Yet Oregon, unlike many other states, did not require students to pass a particular standardized test or any test at all. Students could demonstrate their ability to use English and do math via about five different tests or by completing an in-depth classroom project judged by their own teachers.

A variety of factors appear to have led to the lack of transparency around the governor’s bill signing decisions this summer. Staff in the secretary of the state Senate’s office are responsible for updating the legislative database when the governor signs a Senate bill. Secretary of the Senate Lori Brocker said a key staffer who deals with the governor’s office was experiencing medical issues during the 15-day period between when Brown signed Senate Bill 744 and the public database was updated to reflect that.

Still, a handful of bills that the governor signed into law on July 19 — including a bill to create a training program for childcare and preschool providers aimed at reducing suspensions and expulsions of very young children — were updated in the legislative database the same day she signed them and email notifications were sent out immediately to people who signed up to track the bills.

No notification ever went out regarding the governor’s signing of the graduation bill. That was because by the time legislative staff belatedly entered the information into the bill database on July 29, the software vendor had shut off bill updates to member of the media and the public who had requested them. They cut it off because of a July 21 system malfunction, said legislative information services Systems Architect Bill Sweeney.

September 11, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

At Venice High School in Florida, an advanced placement and honors English teacher quit her job after the school ordered her to remove several books from her classroom shelves

Shame on the school for banning these books.

I trust the teacher to offer these books to her students.

This skilled and talented teacher is very brave to quit her job.

Atlas is shrugging.

Here’s the article:

‘Why I quit’: a Sarasota teacher’s story

By Carrie Seidman

September 9, 2022

Janet Allen comes from a long line of educators. Her mother taught fourth grade, her father high school English. Her sister is a college professor and her brother was a teaching assistant before earning his MD.

“It’s sort of in my DNA,” says Allen, a national board-certified teacher rated “highly effective” during her time in the Sarasota County Schools district.

But this fall, for the first time in 16 years, Allen is not spending days in the classroom and nights grading papers. Last month – on the first day of the current academic year – Allen resigned from Venice High School, where she had taught Advanced Placement and Honors English since 2015.

“I didn’t quit until the last day for any other reason than hope,” Allen says. “Hope that something might change.”

Abruptly, she excuses herself to find some tissues.

“I might cry here,” Allen says apologetically. “It’s like a breakup. A very long, drawn-out breakup.”

Allen is among the teachers who felt so vilified, undermined and threatened by the legislative reforms instituted by Gov. Ron DeSantis that they chose to leave their jobs. The restrictions have not only hamstrung teachers, Allen says, but are harming students by undermining trust and depriving them of the education necessary to compete on a national level.

Allen, who recently shared her decision to leave with the blog Scary Mommy, says that in an effort to rile up his base for votes, DeSantis is “using the teachers and students as kindling and they are getting burned.”

“Education is about understanding as many different possibilities and perspectives as you can,” Allen says. You don’t have to agree with any of them. But to be exclusive with what kids learn is doing them such a great disservice.”

Allen began teaching in 2006 at an impoverished high school on Chicago’s north side with a largely minority and immigrant population. Her masters’ training at the University of Illinois at Chicago instilled a creative and experiential approach – for example, instead of a traditional report, Allen would ask students to create a commercial or a board game for the book they’d read – that proved highly successful.

When Allen and her husband moved to Florida in 2015 to be closer to her parents before the birth of their daughter, she was delighted to be hired at Venice High, a school where “nothing was dripping, I could use as much paper as I wanted – and there was air conditioning!”

The school seemed equally thrilled to have Allen. She says administrators often brought observers to her classroom to “show me off,” and that she was encouraged to “do my own thing.”

“I always branded myself as ‘teaching beyond the test,’” she says. “That I would teach critical thinking and that reading was not just for information, but interpretation. To get students to do something they didn’t think they could do and have it be a memorable thing for the rest of their lives . . . that’s the essence of learning.”

But Allen said she also “always treated my students as if their parents were in the room with me, as though anything was being recorded. I treated them with respect.”

When Allen discovered LGBTQ students at Venice High were being bullied, she volunteered to sponsor the school’s first GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance). From her years in Chicago, Allen knew that “sometimes the only place a kid feels safe is at school.” Almost immediately, she detected a shift.

“Whereas before I’d been seen as an asset,” Allen says, “now I was being seen as a liability.”

After the pandemic began – ostensibly for “practical reasons” — Allen says she was instructed to “get everyone on the same page” with standardized assessments. Last year administrations warned that teachers who taught anything outside of the pre-approved syllabus would not be “protected.” As mandates from the state increased and her autonomy dwindled, Allen struggled to maintain her standards.

Allen says she was pressured to change grades and forced to defend herself against lies spread when she became the GSA sponsor. She also says parental complaints were accepted without investigation, and that she was never asked for her side of the story in any conflict.

Allen had always gone above and beyond in her job, but now the stress, long hours and contentious atmosphere were taking a toll on her health and family.

The final straw came last spring when Allen says she was ordered to remove several books from her classroom shelves. One was Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye,” a book Allen says changed her life after her own sophomore English teacher gave it to her when she was bored.

“Maybe for some people it doesn’t seem like such a big thing to just take it off the shelf,” Allen says. “But for me it became ‘How much can I take? How much can I be a part of something where I’m sacrificing my entire teaching philosophy? If this is happening, what’s next?’”

Allen says that when even fellow teachers urged her to stop teaching certain material for fear of parental reprisal, she had nowhere left to turn for support.

“The message I got was that if I continued to be true to myself and teach the truth about literature and historical context, to allow kids to pick books that interested them and reflected their own lives or explored other cultures and experiences, to not tell on kids who prefer different pronouns, that it would only continue to make life harder for those around me,” she says. “Which would only make me feel even more unwelcome.”

Today Allen is a “room mom” in her 6-year-old daughter’s classroom; she is considering substitute teaching, but has no plans to return full time. She knows she’s fortunate to be able to make that choice but also feels she can “do more to help educators and education as a voter, a writer and a parent, unencumbered by the restrictions of being a teacher.”

A self-described “rebel” whose father, an active teacher’s union member, taught her to “speak truth to power,” Allen scoffs at the suggestion that speaking out publicly about her departure could sabotage future employment. “If burning bridges is what it takes, I’d be happy to burn them all,” Allen says.

“If parents had any idea of what is going on in the schools and how it is affecting teachers, they’d do the same thing. These kids are not going to be prepared for anything on a nationwide scale. And what does that mean about their being prepared for life? I’m much more interested in standing up for kids and educators than in having the opportunity to apply for a job with Sarasota County Schools.”

September 10, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Police state. 2 comments.

False advertising! Dole’s “100% juice” is not 100% juice. Dole deliberately adds insects to it.

Dole sells a product called, “Dole 100% Juice Orange Strawberry Banana.”

At least, that’s what is says on the front of the package.

However, on the back of the package, they admit that their claim of “100% juice” is a scam. A lie. A con. A fraud.

The back of the packaging says it includes something called “cochineal extract.”

Cochineal extract = insects.

Therefore, Dole’s claim that this product is “100% Juice” is a lie.

Shame on Dole!

September 9, 2022. Tags: , , , , . Food. Leave a comment.

The scumbag who just murdered four people in Memphis had previously tried to murder someone, but they let him out of prison early

Ezekiel Kelly, Memphis Shooter, Was Released Early From Prison

By James Bickerton

September 8, 2022

Ezekiel Kelly, the 19-year-old arrested following a series of shootings around Memphis, Tennessee, was sentenced to three years in prison for aggregated assault in 2021, according to court filings.

On Wednesday, four people were killed, and another three injured, during a series of shootings around Memphis which caused parts of the city to lockdown before the suspect was caught.

Police arrested Kelly, who has been charged with first degree murder, on Wednesday night following the attacks.

Court records show in 2020 Kelly was charged with attempted first-degree murder, reckless endangerment and possession of a firearm with intent to commit a felony.

He pled guilty to the lesser charge of aggravated assault and was imprisoned for three years in June 2021 at the Shelby County Department of Corrections, but was already out of jail, for reasons that are unclear. Kelly served only 11 months in jail and was released in March of this year.

September 9, 2022. Tags: , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Video shows sabotage in the Congo. Vandal cuts ribbon that was holding up a bridge.

September 9, 2022. Tags: . Humor. Leave a comment.

SC Democrats call on their party’s US Senate nominee to quit [After Project Veritas shows everyone what she said]

SC Democrats call on their party’s US Senate nominee to quit

By Meg Kinnard

September 8, 2022

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Democrat vying to oust Republican U.S. Sen. Tim Scott is facing calls from within her own party to fold her campaign, following the publication of additional leaked audio in which she appears to make disparaging remarks about her constituents.

The calls for state Rep. Krystle Matthews to withdraw just two months ahead of the general election came Thursday in reaction to leaked audio published by conservative activist group Project Veritas of Matthews speaking to one of its members, without her knowledge.

Sitting in a restaurant, Matthews, who is Black, is heard saying that she represents a “mostly white” district, adding, of white voters: “I keep them right here — like under my thumbs. … Otherwise, they get out of control — like kids.”

In a statement, Matthews acknowledged her voice on the recording, calling Project Veritas a “satirical MAGA Powered news outlet.”

The compilation also features more of Matthews’ conversation, parts of which were previously published by Project Veritas, in which she spoke to an inmate about funding her campaign with “dope boy money” and having Democrats run as Republicans, saying “secret sleepers” represent “the only way you’re gonna change the dynamics in South Carolina.”

At the time of the earlier release, ahead of South Carolina’s June primary runoff, Matthews confirmed to The Associated Press that it was her voice on the tape but said the edited audio of a “tongue-in-cheek” exchange didn’t reflect the full picture.

Matthews won the runoff to face Scott, who is seeking what he’s said will be his final Senate term and is among South Carolina’s most popular politicians. The Black Republican is widely expected to win the general election in South Carolina, where no Democrat has won a statewide race in more than 15 years.

On Thursday, Democrats including gubernatorial nominee Joe Cunningham said he concurred with state Rep. Justin Bamberg, who in an op-ed published online called Matthews “toxic.”

“If any of our white counterparts had said the same thing with regards to blacks, the minority community, including myself, would be up in arms calling for that member’s immediate resignation,” Bamberg added.

In a statement provided to AP, Cunningham said that “there is absolutely no place in our political discourse” for Matthews’ comments, adding that “the Democratic Party cannot and should not tolerate such behavior from our elected officials and candidates.”

State Sen. Brad Hutto, Democrats’ leader in that chamber — who was also his party’s nominee to challenge U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham in 2014 — echoed Cunningham’s comments about Matthews’ Senate bid, telling AP, “When candidates of either party start making irresponsible statements, beyond what party they’re from, they need to reevaluate their candidacy, and that’s what needs to happen here.”

One of the fellow Democrats Matthews defeated, Catherine Fleming Bruce, told AP she agreed with the calls for Matthews to step aside, saying the nominee “has made it impossible for her to be that standard bearer, representing our state’s diverse population.”

Trav Robertson, chairman of the state’s Democrats, emphasized on Thursday that Matthews didn’t represent the party’s perspective but stopped short of urging her to quit her campaign, which he said was “becoming a distraction to other Democrats on the ballot.”

“If I were advising her campaign, I would focus on her getting reelected to the (state) House of Representatives,” Robertson told AP.

Were Matthews to suspend her campaign, her name would likely still remain on ballots, which party officials said were already being produced for overseas voters. With no third-party candidate in the race, Scott’s name is the only other that would appear.

“Regardless of race, I love everyone,” Matthews said in her statement. “One thing you can learn from Project Veritas’s first audio attack on me, is obviously I have no biases toward a certain ethnic group.”

September 8, 2022. Tags: , . Project Veritas. Leave a comment.

Police putting more officers at Squirrel Hill bus stop after fight

September 8, 2022. Tags: , . Pittsburgh. Leave a comment.

Carnegie Mellon University professor’s critical tweet about Queen Elizabeth II goes viral

Carnegie Mellon University professor’s critical tweet about Queen Elizabeth II goes viral

By Jesse Bunch

September 8, 2022

Carnegie Mellon University has responded to a Twitter thread posted by one of its professors that wished Queen Elizabeth II’s death would be “excruciating,” condemning the message that was sent out to her 84,000 followers on the platform.

Around 6 a.m. this morning, Uju Anya, a professor in CMU’s department of modern languages, posted the following message to her personal Twitter account.

“I heard the chief monarch of a thieving and raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.”

Twitter has since removed the message from the platform, citing that violated the company’s rules. But subsequent Tweets from Ms. Anya appearing to double down on her sentiments have since garnered both backlash and support.

Around 4:45 p.m., Carnegie Mellon responded to the Tweets in a statement posted to the university’s account:

A Carnegie Mellon spokesperson did not immediately respond for comment on whether the school intends to take further against Ms. Anya.

According to the university’s website, Ms. Anya holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in applied linguistics, as well as degrees from Brown University and Dartmouth College.

Ms. Anya is listed as an associate professor of second language application.

September 8, 2022. Tags: , , , . Education, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Canadian stabbing suspect had 59 convictions, but the parole board decided that it would be safe to let him out of jail

Canada stabbings suspect Myles Sanderson taken into custody, police say

By Amanda Coletta

September 7, 2022

TORONTO — Canadian police said Wednesday that they had taken fugitive stabbing suspect Myles Sanderson into custody after a four-day manhunt that set the province of Saskatchewan on edge.

Sanderson, 32, and his brother, Damien, 31, were charged with murder in the stabbing attacks on the James Smith Cree Nation and the nearby village of Weldon on Sunday that killed 10 people and wounded 18 in one of Canada’s deadliest mass killings. Damien Sanderson was found dead on the James Smith Cree Nation on Monday with injuries that authorities said did not appear to be self-inflicted.

“Myles Sanderson was located and taken in to police custody near Rosthern, [Saskatchewan] at approximately 3:30 p.m. today,” the Saskatchewan Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a statement. “There is no longer a risk to public safety relating to this investigation.”

Rosthern is roughly 80 miles southwest of the James Smith Cree Nation, where the killings began Sunday morning. Police received the first call at 5:40 a.m., then many more, about stabbings on the Indigenous reserve. By the end of the day, the carnage traced across 13 different crimes scenes.

The victims, whose identities were released on Wednesday, ranged in age from 23 to 78. All but one were from the James Smith Cree Nation. They included a mother who died protecting her children, an addictions counselor who was responding to an emergency call and a Canadian army veteran.

“It’s a huge amount of weight off a lot of people’s shoulders that he’s in custody,” Randy Hoback, a Canadian lawmaker who represents the part of Saskatchewan where the killings occurred, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. “I think a lot of people are breathing a big sigh of relief and will sleep a lot better tonight.”

After the stabbings, police said they believed Sanderson was in Regina, the provincial capital. On Tuesday, they converged on the James Smith Cree Nation after reports that he had been seen there, and urged residents to seek shelter.

But they later determined he wasn’t there and said his whereabouts were unknown.

Police on Wednesday afternoon issued an emergency alert for Wakaw, a community some 20 miles east of Rosthern, after reports of a man with a knife driving a stolen white Chevrolet Avalanche. They said they believed it could be connected to the mass stabbing.

Sanderson was arrested on the side a road. Video broadcast by the CBC showed the Avalanche surrounded by police vehicles.

Police have not identified a motive for the killings.

Since Sanderson was named as a suspect in the attacks Sunday, Canadians have asked why a man with 59 convictions as an adult and a violent criminal past spanning nearly two decades was on the streets.

Police had been searching for him since May, when he was declared “unlawfully at large” after not reporting to his parole officer.

He was serving a four-year, four-month sentence for charges including assault, robbery and other episodes of violence, including instances where he stabbed two people with a fork, beat a man unconscious and repeatedly kicked the head of a police officer, according to records from the Parole Board of Canada obtained by The Washington Post.

The records said Sanderson began using drugs and alcohol when he was 12, and grew up in an environment where physical abuse and domestic violence were common. According to the records, Sanderson had said he was easily angered when drunk and a “different” person when sober.

He was given a statutory release in August 2021. Canadian law requires some federal offenders who have served two-thirds of their sentences to be released from prison and placed under direct supervision in their communities.

Sanderson’s statutory release was canceled in November after he was not honest with his parole supervisor about living with a former spouse, in violation of the conditions of his statutory release.

“Your parole supervisor assessed that this situation indicated that you were in your domestic violence cycle and that your risk was no longer manageable in the community,” the board wrote.

The board canceled the suspension in February, writing that he would “not present an undue risk” to the public.

“Going forward, you need to be honest and open with your parole supervisor,” it wrote.

Marco Mendicino, Canada’s public safety minister, said this week that the board plans to review its decision.

September 7, 2022. Tags: , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark is pro-crime

September 6, 2022

The lawyer for New York City’s sucker punch attack suspect alleged at a hearing Tuesday that his client’s been subjected to “character assassination” by the media, as the brother of the victim left in a coma following the unprovoked beating from the sex offender parolee sobbed in the courtroom.

Bui Van Phu, a 55-year-old homeless convicted sex offender, was led into the Bronx courtroom in handcuffs, where the defendant kept his head down.

The Vietnamese immigrant, reportedly a member of a street gang, was arrested for the brutal Aug. 12 Bronx attack on 52-year-old Jesus Cortes.

The NYPD recommended an attempted murder charge, but Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark’s downgraded the charges, and Bui was released on no bail under the state’s controversial bail reform law backed by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Public outcry ensued over Bui’s release, and Hochul intervened, leading to the suspect being re-arrested for allegedly violating the terms of his lifetime parole. He’s been held at Rikers Island since. Clark’s prosecutors made no indication Tuesday on whether they’ll upgrade the charges against Bui.

September 7, 2022. Tags: , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Town After Town, Residents Are Fighting Affordable Housing in Connecticut

Town After Town, Residents Are Fighting Affordable Housing in Connecticut

By Lisa Prevost

September 6, 2022

In the town of Fairfield, Connecticut, nearly 2,400 residents have signed a petition opposing a project proposed for downtown that could bring 19 units of affordable housing.

In nearby New Canaan, homeowners have raised about $84,000 for a legal fund to fight a proposed apartment complex downtown on Weed Street that would include 31 rent-restricted units for households with moderate incomes.

And in Greenwich, a developer recently withdrew an application to build a project that would include 58 apartments priced below market rate, after residents living in nearby luxury condominiums objected

Throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut, local residents and elected officials are seeking to block large housing projects that include units affordable to low- and moderate-income households

The restrictive zoning “disparately harms Black and Latino households, and deepens economic and racial segregation in the area,” said Erin Boggs

That sort of suburban antipathy to density has contributed to a severe housing shortage in Connecticut, especially at the low- to moderate-income range

But many people who work in the towns cannot afford to live in them, said Karp, the developer.

“I already have a list of 20-plus people who work in town who would love to live here in a building that they could afford,” he said. “My view is, people who work in town deserve to be able to live in town.”

Affordability is a major deterrent to the many teachers in Greenwich who would like to live in town, said Aaron Hull, a longtime educator in town. Hull, who lives in Norwalk, said he and his wife had periodically contemplated moving their family to Greenwich, which he views as a “phenomenal community,” but couldn’t find anything within their price range.

His daily commute on Interstate 95, while only 14 miles, “can take anywhere from 45 to 90 minutes,” he said. “That seat time takes its toll.”

September 6, 2022. Tags: , , . Housing. Leave a comment.

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