11 US cities — all governed by Democratic mayors — listed among 50 most dangerous in world

https://justthenews.com/nation/crime/tue-dangerous-cities

11 US cities — all governed by Democratic mayors — listed among 50 most dangerous in world

Three Democrat-run U.S. cities rank in top 20 on annual list: Baltimore (#15), Memphis (#18), and Detroit (#19). Two more are among world’s 30 most dangerous: Albuquerque (#23) and St. Louis (#27).

By John Mac Ghlionn

January 31, 2023

Eleven U.S. cities rank among the 50 most dangerous in the world, according to a recent report published by Numbeo, a global quality of life database. All 11 are governed by Democratic mayors.

Three U.S. cities — Baltimore, Memphis and Detroit — are ranked among the 20 most dangerous cities on the planet.

The three cities have more in common than just violent crime. All three are run by Democrats.

Baltimore ranks #15 on the annual dangerous cities list, with Memphis and Detroit close behind at #18 and #19, respectively.

Brandon Scott, just 38 years of age, is the mayor of Baltimore. Jim Strickland Jr., an attorney and politician, is the 64th and current mayor of Memphis, where the Memphis police department has just announced plans to permanently deactivate the unit that five of the officers involved in the vicious beating of Tyre Nichols belonged to. Mike Duggan, meanwhile, is currently serving as the mayor of Detroit.

Two more U.S. cities run by Democrats appear among the 30 most dangerous in the world: Albuquerque (#23), where 45-year-old Tim Keller serves as the 30th mayor, and St. Louis (#27), where Tishaura Oneda Jones has served as mayor since April of 2021.

Tracking back for a wider view yields a still grimmer perspective for Democrats, as another six Democrat-run cities rank among the world’s 50 most dangerous: New Orleans (#35), Oakland (#38), Milwaukee (#40), Chicago (#43), Philadelphia (#46), and Houston (#50). Again, all of these cities are run by Democrats.

Numbeo’s report contains both a Crime Index, which is an estimation of overall levels of crime in a given city, and a Safety index. A city with a high safety index is considered very safe. A city with a high crime index is considered anything but. If a city’s crime levels are lower than 20, for instance, this is considered excellent. Crime levels between 20 and 40 are considered good; crime levels between 40 and 60 are moderate; crime levels between 60 and 80 are considered high. Finally, crime levels higher than 80 are considered dangerously high. The Safety Index, meanwhile, is ranked in the completely opposite way, with scores higher than 80 indicating that a city is very safe, and scores under 20 indicating that a city is borderline uninhabitable.

Baltimore has a Crime Index score of 75.5 and a Safety Index score of 24.5. “Charm City” finds itself sandwiched between Port of Spain, the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, and Rosario, Argentina’s third-most populous city.

In 2019, then-U.S. Attorney General William Barr referred to Baltimore as the country’s “robbery capital.” Although the comment was deemed controversial by some commentators, it is amply substantiated by crime statistics. Last year, the city of 576,000 experienced a sharp spike in robberies, with robberies of convenience stores jumping by 300%. Baltimore also suffered a sharp increase in homicides.

Some 900 miles away, in Memphis, overall crime increased by more than 8% last year. By August of 2022, 4,501 crimes had been reported in the downtown area of the city, 600 more than had been reported by August of 2021, according to the city’s Data Hub.

In Detroit, more than 220 officers left the police department last year. Long known as the automobile capital of the world, Detroit has, in recent times, become more closely associated with assaults, shootings and homicides. On New Year’s Day, for instance, a total of 6 people were shot, one of them fatally. Five days later, a 16-year-old was killed and an 11-year-old was injured in yet another shooting.

Democrats have often been labeled “soft on crime” by their opponents. The latest Numbeo report will do little to stem such denunciations.

February 5, 2023. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

One suspect in Macon liquor store worker’s murder is a convicted killer just out of prison

https://www.yahoo.com/news/one-suspect-macon-liquor-store-155535922.html

One suspect in Macon liquor store worker’s murder is a convicted killer just out of prison

By Joe Kovac Jr.

February 1, 2023

A Macon man who on Tuesday was charged with murder and aggravated assault for his alleged role in the Jan. 20 slaying of a liquor store worker and the wounding of two members of the worker’s family was released from prison last fall.

The suspect, Terrell Ugean Mills, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter 20 years ago and has been in and out of prison three times since. He was last freed from prison in September after serving three years of a five-year term for shooting at his brother in an argument in early 2019.

In recent days, Mills, 40, was arrested in neighboring Jones County after investigators there said they linked him to an armed robbery at a convenience store on Shurling Drive in east Macon. Other suspects in both incidents were being sought.

The 49er mart convenience store stickup happened within hours of the late-night shooting death of Pinalkumar Patel, a manager at Shurlington Package Store. The package store sits less than a mile west of the 49er Mart that the authorities in Jones County say was robbed not long after Patel was slain.

Patel, 52, was killed in the driveway of his home on Thoroughbred Lane in south Bibb County by masked bandits, investigators said. Sources familiar with the investigation have said it was possible that whoever shot Patel had followed him some 15 miles from the liquor store with intentions to rob him.

In recent days, Mills became a suspect in Patel’s death after he was charged with robbing the 49er Mart.

On Facebook, Jones sheriff’s officials posted a photograph of an unmasked suspect in that heist, a man investigators now say was Mills.

Mills, whose last known address was on Swan Drive near Henderson Stadium, was apprehended by U.S. Marshals on Friday. He was arrested in connection with the alleged 49er Mart robbery when he visited his probation officer on North Avenue in east Macon.

Twenty years ago this fall, Mills pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Orreze Culler, a 20-year-old man who was found dead on Empire Lane in Macon’s Pleasant Hill neighborhood. Investigators at the time said the shooting may have been part of a retaliation attack in the wake of a deadly game of Russian roulette.

Mills was released in prison in August of 2014 but was back in a year later after he was convicted of charges that included cruelty to children, battery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In that domestic-violence incident, he had been accused of pointing a pistol at the head of a woman he had lived with, but he pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

His prison term in that case ended in August 2018, but he was back behind bars six months later after shooting at his brother.

February 3, 2023. Tags: , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

This guy confessed to 10 armed robberies, but was let out of prison after less than 7 years. Guess what he did after he got out? Why should this guy ever be set free again?

https://www.yahoo.com/news/operation-d-j-vu-man-211133382.html

‘Operation Déjà Vu:’ Man out of prison 21 days commits 11 armed robberies, Jacksonville sheriff says

By Meghan Moriarty

February 1, 2023

A man is back in jail, charged with committing several armed robberies in three days.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said 33-year-old Branon Purcell was targeting convenience stores all across the city.

JSO said Purcell faces 11 counts of armed robbery at 10 different businesses.

“Purcell is no stranger to criminal activity as he had just been released from Florida State prison 21 days, 21 days before this arrest.” Jacksonville Sheriff T.K. Waters said.

Action News Jax told you back in 2016 when Purcell admitted to 10 armed robberies in Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Neptune Beach, according to officers.

He served six-and-a-half years in prison and investigators say he is back at it again, hence why JSO is coining this sting, “Operation Déjà Vu.”

“Percel committed three back-to-back robberies on January 19, making our robbery detectives acutely aware that they were dealing with a serial robber,” Waters said.

JSO said Percell hit the Gate gas station on Collins Road, along with three other gas stations and several CVS and Walgreens locations.

Police said in one instance, he even robbed a woman as he was leaving one of the businesses he just ransacked.

These robberies spanned all across Jacksonville in a matter of three days.

“Percell maintained an almost identical routine during his robberies. He would arm himself with a handgun. Cover himself with a mask, a hat and a hoodie. He would walk up to the register. Hold the store clerk at gunpoint and demand money from the cash register,” Waters said.

Percell was caught by police after robbing a CVS, where he took $241. They had to chase him as he drove off.

He was taken into custody and then taken to UF Health with minor injuries from the pursuit.

February 3, 2023. Tags: , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Telegraph: “Applicants to the police who can barely write in English are being accepted by the Met in an attempt to improve diversity”

https://web.archive.org/web/20230126211618/https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/01/26/applicants-functionally-illiterate-english-accepted-met-bid/

Applicants ‘functionally illiterate in English’ accepted by the Met in bid to improve diversity

HM Inspectorate says while it is ‘noble and right’ recruitment should not be at the expense of standards

By Martin Evans

26 January 2023

Applicants to the police who can barely write in English are being accepted by the Met in an attempt to improve diversity, one of His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has warned.

HMI Matt Parr said that while it was entirely “noble and right” that Scotland Yard was aiming to be more representative of the community it policed, it should not be at the expense of standards.

In 2021, Dame Cressida Dick, the then Met Commissioner, declared it was the force’s aspiration to recruit 40 per cent of its officers from the black and ethnic minority communities by 2023.

But despite the Government’s programme to boost the number of officers across the country, which has seen a significant recruitment campaign across policing, the number of BAME officers in London remains at less than 17 per cent.

Ambitious targets

Mr Parr said setting ambitious targets both around the number of police recruits and diversity was understandable, but that it increased the risk of lowering standards and recruiting people who were not suited to the job.

He said there was even anecdotal evidence that some applicants were being accepted even though they were “functionally illiterate in English” and had difficulty writing up crime reports.

Mr Parr told The Telegraph: “We completely support the idea that London – which will likely be a minority white city in the next decade or so – should not be policed by an overwhelmingly white police force.

“That is clearly wrong. It is not just wrong from a legitimacy point of view, and from an appearances point of view, it is also operationally wrong because it means that the Met does not get insight into some of the communities it polices and that has caused problems in the past.

“So we completely support the drive to make the Met much more representative of the community it serves than it is at the moment.”

But he added: “We have a risk of recruiting the wrong people. You will hear people from their training school say that they are taking in significant numbers of people who are, on paper at least, functionally illiterate in English and therefore just writing up crime reports has become quite difficult in some areas.

“So in that drive there is at least anecdotal evidence that they have lowered standards.”

Mr Parr said since taking over as Met Commissioner in September, Sir Mark Rowley had made it clear that he wanted to “dial down the requirement to meet those targets” and focus on ensuring the force recruited the right people.

A review of recruitment and vetting by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) published in November warned that as many as ten per cent of police officers should never have been admitted into the police.

Managed risk

But he said when it came to vetting he was not advocating a “zero tolerance” approach to minor misdemeanours, but rather one of managed risk.

He said young black men tended to have a greater involvement with the criminal justice system in London than any other group but that did not mean they should be barred from the police.

“I think the Met are doing absolutely the right thing in taking a risk on those people, they have got to, and it is the right thing to do. It is not only a necessary thing but it is a noble aim for all sorts of reasons.”

But he said the recent HMI review of vetting suggested that in some cases the police were taking too much risk with candidates or were failing to put safety measures in place to mitigate the risk.

He said: “Everyone is trying to do the right thing here and they are all acting from noble motives by and large but the upshot is they are taking too much risk with people and where they are taking risk – and I would support them in taking risk – they are not managing it properly as well.”

David Spencer, a former Met officer, who is now head of crime and justice at the Policy Exchange think tank, agreed that the pressure to meet the uplift and diversity targets increased the risk that standards would be lowered.

He said: “There is a tension between volume, quality and diversity and something has to give. Someone has to ask what is the most important of those three things and you have to be really careful because once you have recruited someone they are possibly going to be there for the next 30 years.

“When you are making a risk assessment, if you are trying to hit a target your capacity for risk is going to increase.”

February 1, 2023. Tags: , , , , . Dumbing down, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

The pro-crime city of Oakland, California kept releasing a violent serial criminal named Romeo Lorenzo Parham again and again and again, because they wanted him to commit as many violent crimes as possible. The city got exactly what it wanted. He just punched a 91-year-old Asian woman with dementia, and knocked her into the concrete.

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

January 30, 2023

Romeo Lorenzo Parham is a violent serial criminal who lives in Oakland, California.

This is his arrest record. Source: https://www.localcrimenews.com/welcome/detail/79823620/romeo-parham-arrest.html

Previous Arrests

Romeo Lorenzo Parham

Violation Parole: Felony 4/9/2022

Battery w/Serious Bodily Injury 5/11/2017

Robbery Violation of Probation 5/9/2017

Battery w/Serious Bodily Injury, Assault w/Deadly Weapon Or Assault w/Force Likely To Produce GBI 6/30/2016

Battery, Assault w/Deadly Weapon Or Assault w/Force Likely To Produce GBI, Theft 12/27/2015

Battery, Theft 5/11/2015

Assault w/Deadly Weapon Or Assault w/Force Likely To Produce GBI 5/7/2015

Battery, 6/27/2014

Violation Parole: Felony, Theft 6/26/2014

Battery 5/30/2014

Assault w/Deadly Weapon Or Assault w/Force Likely To Produce GBI 5/29/2014

Parole: Felony 4/16/2014

Battery 2/10/2014

Violation Parole: Felony, Threats Of Violence 2/6/2014

Violation Parole: Felony 1/4/2014

The pro-crime city of Oakland kept releasing this violent scumbag again and again and again, because they wanted him to hurt as many innocent people as possible.

Now the city of Oakland is celebrating Parham’s latest brutal assault.

Parham just punched a 91-year-old Asian woman with dementia, and knocked her into the concrete. Source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/91-old-woman-dementia-punched-154448298.html

Here’s a picture of her that was taken after Parham assaulted her. Source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/91-old-woman-dementia-punched-154448298.html

2 victim of Romeo Lorenzo Parham

And here’s a picture of Parham from the security video of him while he was committing the assault. Source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/91-old-woman-dementia-punched-154448298.html

Romeo Lorenzo Parham

Here’s partial video of the assault. This is not complete, but it’s the most that I could find:

https://twitter.com/DionLimTV/status/1619215262879973379

This is yet one more example of how California is pro-crime.

I’d like to remind everyone that a year ago, it was reported that a guy named Derik Barreto was single handedly responsible for more than half of all of the anti-Asian hate crimes that were committed in San Francisco in 2021. Source: https://www.yahoo.com/news/sf-man-allegedly-responsible-half-003342965.html

The city of San Francisco kept releasing Barreto again and again, because they wanted him to commit as many anti-Asian hate crimes as possible.

I judge people by their actions, not their words. The people of Oakland and San Francisco claim to be against violent crime, hate crime, and other crimes. But it doesn’t matter what they say. The only thing that matters is what they do. And based on what they do, it is very clear and obviously to me that the voters of Oakland and San Francisco are in favor of violent crime, hate crime, and other crimes.

January 30, 2023. Tags: , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Attorney who helped firebomb NYPD car during BLM protests sentenced to prison

https://www.yahoo.com/news/attorney-firebomb-nypd-car-george-floyd-protests-blm-sentenced-prison-142139479.html

Attorney who helped firebomb NYPD car during BLM protests sentenced to prison

By Alexander Nazaryan

January 27, 2023

BROOKLYN — In a dramatic hearing on Thursday, a federal judge sentenced a corporate attorney who firebombed a police car during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests to a year in jail, arguing that his prestigious education — boarding school, Princeton, a law degree from New York University — should have rendered him a peacekeeper, not an instigator.

“You’re not one of the oppressed. You’re one of the privileged,” senior Eastern District of New York Judge Brian Cogan told Colinford Mattis, even as he expressed admiration for what the 35-year-old had accomplished in his life.

The sentencing marked the culmination of a two-and-a-half-year legal battle that saw Mattis and his co-defendant, Urooj Rahman, become symbols of the nation’s political tumult and divisions. Spanning two presidential administrations, their case saw competing imperatives play out in public and in the courtroom, as well as in the media.

To the Heritage Foundation they were “terrorists,” while New York magazine allowed that they could be seen as “civil-rights heroes, even martyrs.” The Daily Mail called them “woke lawyers.” In the pages of the New York Times, they were described by a guest contributor as victims of “deeply ingrained injustices.”

The Justice Department under then-President Donald Trump sought to put them away for at least 45 years. But then Joe Biden became president, and in both cases the Justice Department settled for much less. They ended up pleading guilty last summer to conspiracy to commit arson. Both will lose their law licenses.

“You’re a good guy. No question,” Cogan told Mattis, dressed in a blue shirt and tan khakis. Before reading the sentence — 12 months and one day, a fine of $30,000 and one year of probation — the judge asked for a few moments of quiet contemplation, a final opportunity to think through a case that had become a topic of national interest and a referendum on racism and policing, privilege and justice, not to mention the coronavirus pandemic that seemed to bring those and other forces into inescapable public confrontation.

The facts of the case were never in dispute. But what those facts mean remains deeply unsettled, as the nation continues to struggle with racial and social divisions. Promising attorneys who seemed to embody a fundamental American promise, Mattis and Rahman both said in court that they had allowed anger to consume them.

“I’ll be spending every day for the rest of my life trying to make this right,” Rahman said at her sentencing. She will spend 15 months in jail. Standing before the same judge three months later, Mattis voiced the same sentiment. “I ruined my life with my conduct that night,” he said on Thursday.

In succumbing to anger at a time of profound division, fear and isolation, the two were perhaps no different from many other Americans who see no meaningful outlet for their frustration at what they see as society’s misguided direction. Political violence remains rare, but it is rising. For the most part, the perpetrators are far-right extremists. In this case, the malefactors were progressives, which may be why the case gained national attention.

It was Rahman, a social justice activist who worked in housing law, who threw a Bud Light bottle filled with gasoline — a wick of toilet paper served as the fuse — at an abandoned New York Police Department vehicle in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn in the early hours of May 30, 2020, as New York and many other cities, large and small, across the nation erupted in social justice protests.

Mattis drove the car. But it was he who purchased the gasoline used to make the flaming Molotov cocktail that Rahman threw.

Though generally peaceful, the ragged edges of that summer’s Black Lives Matter protests sometimes devolved into violence, mostly involving destruction of private property. Whereas more than a few defendants from the Jan. 6, 2021, pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol have achieved a measure of public notoriety — several have even run for public office — Rahman and Mattis are the rare social justice protesters privy to the same attention.

Cogan’s obviously genuine compassion for Mattis — who is raising three foster children, for whom he was left to care after his mother died from uterine cancer — was overcome by a sense that the vehement demonstrations that followed George Floyd’s killing needed attorneys to monitor police misconduct instead of partaking in misconduct of their own.

“We really needed you. We really needed the lawyers,” Cogan said as he mulled the “horrible night” that saw violence erupt all over New York. Several officers of the NYPD were accused of overly aggressive tactics in confronting protesters throughout late May and early June 2020.

Mattis’s defense attorney Sabrina Shroff argued that her client’s alcohol abuse and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, prevented him from thinking clearly. She said that late night calls with him could be something of an ordeal.

“He just sounded drunk,” Shroff said.

Cogan appeared unconvinced by appeals to neurodivergence or substance abuse, pointing to Mattis’s educational and professional record as evidence that he had more internal fortitude than Shroff suggested.

Still, the proceedings were informed by the knowledge that a much worse fate could have awaited Mattis and Rahman. In the broadest terms, it was the 2020 presidential election that came to their rescue.

Within hours of their arrest, the case was transferred from state to federal court, an unusual move for a crime that involved no bodily harm or loss of life. The police van they torched had already been vandalized. Trump’s Justice Department plainly wanted to make an example of the duo, as the unstinting June 11 indictment filed against them made clear.

Prosecutors also fought to keep them in pretrial detention, leading to a campaign on the imprisoned pair’s behalf. “The Trump Administration is wielding the punitive force of this system against Colin and Urooj, who are Black and South Asian, respectively, in order to chill popular protest against the unjust status quo,” read an open letter from civil rights and progressive advocacy groups. The letter said that “cruel and unnecessary” treatment the two experienced “reflects the Trump Administration’s animosity towards the powerful and growing Movement for Black Lives.”

A judge set them free on bond that June. Even then, they still faced a potential minimum 45-year prison sentence from prosecutors who seemed determined to see them as domestic terrorists, not hapless vandals. But then came the turnover of presidential administrations; almost exactly a year after the two were first arrested, federal prosecutors — now in Biden’s employ, not Trump’s — gave Mattis and Rahman a plea deal that, were they to accept it, would give them no more than two years in jail.

Conservatives were outraged, with a National Review editorial criticizing Biden for “shameful pandering.” That and similar charges seemed to ignore the fact that Mattis and Rahman have their professional and personal lives ruined for the foreseeable future — and perhaps for the rest of their lives.

Mattis’s defense attorney Shroff said on Thursday that the crime her client had committed was “going to forever mark him.” Speaking a few minutes later, Mattis described the family he was trying to build, the three children from whom he will be separated once his jail term begins in several weeks.

“I ruined that,” he said.

January 27, 2023. Tags: , , , , , . Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr: “This is not Oregon. We are not Washington or New York or California. We’re Georgia. Do not come to our state and engage in violence against our citizens, against our law enforcement or break our laws. It will not be tolerated. You will be charged, and we will not stop until we make sure that everybody that’s been a part of this has been held accountable.”

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

January 25, 2023

Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr recently said the following:

“This is not Oregon. We are not Washington or New York or California. We’re Georgia. Do not come to our state and engage in violence against our citizens, against our law enforcement or break our laws. It will not be tolerated. You will be charged, and we will not stop until we make sure that everybody that’s been a part of this has been held accountable.”

CNN recently published this article, which is titled, “7 charged with domestic terrorism after deadly shooting near proposed Atlanta police training facility.”

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. Every city has exactly as much crime as it’s willing to tolerate. The above quote from the Georgia Attorney General is just as much a criticism of those other states as it is of the criminals. I hope all of these criminals are prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

January 25, 2023. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Antifa, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

In the name of diversity, equity, and inclusion, a Connecticut bill would require fire departments to hire female firefighters who aren’t strong enough to do their job

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

January 23, 2023

In the name of diversity, equity, and inclusion, a Connecticut bill would require fire departments to hire female firefighters who aren’t strong enough to do their job.

I’m against this proposal.

As always, I support 100% meritocracy.

For the record, I am male, and I am too weak to pass their strength test. Weaklings like me should not be firefighters. Any woman who is strong enough to pass the test deserves to be hired.

I support meritocracy because I want airplanes that don’t crash, bridges that don’t fall down, doctors who don’t kill their patients, and firefighters who fight fires and save lives.

https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/proposed-bill-could-alter-female-firefighter-test/2958127/

Proposed Bill Could Alter Female Firefighter Test

A proposed bill is stirring up debate on whether the physical test for female firefighters should be changed.

By Briceyda Landaverde

January 19, 2023

“In the fire service, everybody pulls their own weight,” firefighter Kori Kelly said.

Kori Kelly is a 13-year veteran career firefighter.

“I know I’m held to a standard and on top of that, I hold myself to a higher standard to make sure that I don’t slip,” Kelly said.

Kelly is concerned over newly proposed legislation that would lower the physical test requirements for women to become firefighters.

“It’s a huge safety liability, the whole point of having the national standard is having a bar that everyone has to reach,” Kelly said.

Currently, all candidates regardless of gender are required to wear a 50-pound vest during the test. It is supposed to mirror the experience of wearing heavy gear and an air tank while performing firefighter duties.

The risk, Kelly said, if someone does not have to meet these capabilities, will they still be able to save lives?

“I can’t change any of the weights of the civilians I have to rescue,” Kelly said.

Five democrats introduced the bill earlier this month. According to the language, the purpose is to allow for a more diverse class of candidates by offering an alternative to the 50-pound vest component.

“We know there are not enough women involved in the fire service and really the big barrier to get into the fire academy is the candidate physical ability test,” Hamden Mayor Lauren Garrett said.

Garrett is pushing for the bill to pass. In town, the fire department has been forced to turn women away because they didn’t pass the required test by a small margin.

“I’m looking at just taking a few pounds of the backpacks, the weighted vest so that we can get more women to pass the CPAT test and then not at all changing the standard with the Connecticut Fire Academy,” Garrett said.

The language did not address exactly what the alternative would be. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Public Safety and Security.

January 23, 2023. Tags: , , , , , . Equity, Sexism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Houston is pro-crime

https://abc13.com/kidnapping-suspect-out-on-2-bond-man-commits-another-crime-aubrey-taylor/12720944/

Kidnapping suspect out on $2 bond back in court for allegedly committing the same offense

By Courtney Carpenter

January 20, 2023

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A kidnapping suspect who was let out of jail on a $2 bond is back in court on Friday, and he’s being called a repeat offender.

In December, court records show Aubrey Taylor was arrested for choking and kidnapping a woman he was dating.

A judge granted Taylor a $1 bond for each charge, a total of $2, and he bonded out last Saturday. He was given an ankle monitor and was ordered to be on 24/7 house arrest.

Taylor did not follow those orders and within two days of bonding out, he allegedly threatened the same woman with a gun.

He now faces several charges, including the original charges of aggravated kidnapping and assault of a family member.

While the Texas Constitution guarantees all prisoners should be bailable, unless for capital offenses, this sort of situation is one that many in Houston have heard about before. A suspect accused of a violent crime is out on bond and commits another violent crime.

Judge Josh Hill is the one who granted Taylor the $2 bond. He is one of the judges who sat down with ABC13’s Brooke Taylor last spring and answered some of our questions on bond.

“I will say, every decision I make weighs on me and whatever the outcome of my decisions is, I try to stay on top of it,” Hill said in last spring’s interview. “If I think I am going to give somebody a second chance that maybe shouldn’t have gotten that second chance, I look for patterns so that when I make decisions in the future, I can make better informed decisions.”

In this case, Taylor’s bond is denied since he violated his bond conditions. He’s due back in Hill’s courtroom Friday morning.

January 20, 2023. Tags: , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Washington D.C. Council votes to “reduce the maximum penalties for offenses such as burglaries, carjackings and robberies”

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

January 17, 2023

Those aren’t my words. Those are the words of the Washington Post, which just reported:

The D.C. Council on Tuesday voted to override Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s (D) veto of a major overhaul of the city’s criminal code, which city lawmakers had unanimously approved in November despite concerns from court and law enforcement leaders.

The bill would, among other things, eliminate most mandatory minimum sentences, allow for jury trials in almost all misdemeanor cases, and reduce the maximum penalties for offenses such as burglaries, carjackings and robberies.

Every city gets exactly as much crime as it’s willing to tolerate. And apparently, the voters of Washington D.C. are willing to tolerate a lot of it.

January 17, 2023. Tags: , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Instead of building enough desalination plants, California is trying to solve its water shortage by removing the racism from water

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

January 16, 2023

While the brilliant people of Israel have built enough desalination plants to end their water shortages, and the country pays only 40 cents per cubic meter for as much water as people want, all in a densely populated country which is a desert with perpetual drought, the idiotic people of California have chosen to reject desalination in favor of continued water shortages.

But that doesn’t mean that California doesn’t have a plan for its water.

California is planning to remove all of the racism from its water. This is the text of their plan:

https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/board_info/agendas/2023/jan/011823_4

STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD

BOARD MEETING SESSION – EXECUTIVE OFFICE

JANUARY 18, 2023

ITEM 4

SUBJECT

RACIAL EQUITY ACTION PLAN.

DISCUSSION

The Racial Equity Action Plan is a compilation of goals, actions, and metrics intended to advance the State Water Board’s efforts to create a future where we equitably preserve, enhance, and restore California’s water resources and drinking water for all Californians, regardless of race, and where race is not a predictor of professional outcomes for Water Boards employees.

On August 18, 2020, State Water Board staff presented an informational item to the State Water Board on a framework for addressing racial equity. The State Water Board acknowledged the historic effects of institutional racism that must be confronted throughout government and directed staff to develop a priority plan of action.

In fall 2020, State Water Board’s Executive Director, Eileen Sobeck, convened a Water Boards Racial Equity Team with the purpose of advancing racial equity both for the communities that the Water Boards serve, and internally within the organization. The Water Boards Racial Equity Team is comprised of Water Boards staff representing all levels of the organization and includes support staff, engineers, scientists, technologists, and executives. The Racial Equity Team has been tasked with three major priorities: 1) establish a foundation of internal and external engagement that values listening and collaboration to drive action; 2) draft a resolution on racial equity to be considered for adoption by the State Water Board and leveraged by the nine Regional Water Boards to adopt their own resolutions; and 3) develop racial equity strategies and action plans to drive efforts for the coming years.

The Water Boards reached a major milestone on November 16, 2021, when the State Water Board adopted the Racial Equity Resolution, “Condemning Racism, Xenophobia, Bigotry, and Racial Injustice and Strengthening Commitment to Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Access, and Anti-Racism” (Resolution No. 2021-0050). The Resolution directs staff to develop a plan of action to advance racial equity within the Water Boards.

In March 2022, the Water Boards Racial Equity Team began working with a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant to articulate a vision and strategic directions that serve as the framework for our action planning.

Throughout spring 2022, Water Boards staff, community partners, tribes, and communities impacted by racial inequities began to identify draft actions to incorporate into a Racial Equity Action Plan. In April 2022, the Water Boards began soliciting requests for government-to-government tribal consultations. And in May 2022, community partners and State Water Board management and staff came together for visioning and strategizing sessions, as well as a series of action planning workshops.

The Water Boards Racial Equity Team compiled draft actions through feedback from members of the public, tribes, and Water Boards staff and leadership and partnered with community organizations to host four public workshops in July 2022 to present the draft action ideas. The Racial Equity Team incorporated feedback received during the July 2022 workshops and Water Boards staff and released the draft for public comment on September 23, 2022.

On October 19, 2022, the Racial Equity Team presented the draft Racial Equity Action Plan at a State Water Board workshop. That version of the draft action plan was posted online for public review and comment on September 23, 2022, and comments were accepted through October 24, 2022. The Water Boards Racial Equity Team incorporated resulting feedback and worked with leadership from State Water Board Divisions and Offices to finalize the draft.

The State Water Board will not take action to approve or deny the Racial Equity Action Plan, which was designed to be a living document that is updated periodically through Board and community engagement. California Native American tribes can continue to request government-to-government consultations to provide feedback and guidance on this work on an ongoing basis. Other interested parties may still provide general comments about the Water Boards’ racial equity work by emailing
racialequity@waterboards.ca.gov. Although this is an action plan for the State Water Board, the Regional Water Boards have strongly supported the State Water Board’s racial equity efforts and may leverage this plan to inform their own racial equity work, as they have the State Water Board’s Racial Equity Resolution.

POLICY ISSUE

This is an informational item to present the 2023-2025 Racial Equity Action Plan. The State Water Board will not approve or deny the Racial Equity Action Plan. However, staff will update the Board on its implementation at least annually.

FISCAL IMPACT

No additional fiscal impact to currently budgeted program resources.

REGIONAL BOARD IMPACT

The State Water Board will not take action at this public meeting; there is no Regional

Water Board impact at this time.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

The State Water Board will not take action at this public meeting; there is no staff recommendation at this time.

January 16, 2023. Tags: , , , , , . Desalination, Equity, Racism, Social justice warriors. 9 comments.

New York City District Attorney Alvin Bragg just offered a 6 month plea deal to a violent criminal who said, “I would do it again.” This is instead of a 7 year sentence if he was actually convicted. Bragg is pro-violent crime. Shame on him!

https://nypost.com/2023/01/12/manhattan-da-offers-cushy-deal-in-brutal-anti-semitic-attack/

Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg offers sweetheart plea deal to suspect in brutal anti-Semitic attack

By Elizabeth Rosner and Jorge Fitz-Gibbon

January 12, 2023

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office is offering a sweetheart plea deal to a suspect charged in the brutal anti-Semitic beating of a Jewish man in Midtown, prosecutors confirmed.

Waseem Awawdeh — who defiantly said “I would do it again” after his arrest in the cowardly assault on Joseph Borgen near a pro-Israel rally — has received a six-month plea deal offer from the controversial prosecutor.

That would be a slap on the wrist compared to the up to seven years he would face if convicted of the charges, including attempted assault as a hate crime, at trial.

Awawdeh, 24, was part of a gang of brutes busted in the May 20, 2021 attack on Borgen, who was wearing a yarmulke as he walked to a pro-Israel rally near Broadway and West 49th Street.

Borgen, an Upper East Side accountant, said his attackers called him a “dirty Jew” and yelled “F–k Israel, Hamas is going to kill all of you” as they pummeled him.

“I felt a liquid being poured on my face, and at first I thought I was getting urinated on,” Borgen told The Post at the time.

“But it turned out I was getting Maced and pepper-sprayed,” he said. “My face was on fire. That pain was worse than the concussion and all the other stuff that followed.”

Awawdeh, of Brooklyn, and three Staten Island men, Mahmoud Musa, Faisal Elezzi and Mohammed Othman, were all hit with charges over the attack, including assault as a hate crime and gang assault, following their arrests.

At his arraignment, prosecutors said Awawdeh told jailers he had no regrets.

“If I could do it again, I would do it again,” he said. “I have no problem doing it again.”

He has remained free on $10,000 bail while the case is pending.

Awawdeh’s lawyer, Peter Marc Frankel, confirmed the DA’s plea deal offer, which was first reported by the New York Sun.

“The six-month plea deal has been offered at this point,” Frankel told The Post on Thursday. “No decisions have been made by [my] client on what to do. We have been in contact with the DA for over a year about this case.

“It’s complicated,” he said. “This is not the potential outcome I was looking for but this is their current position. I am going to discuss this with my client.”

A spokesperson for Bragg’s office defended the deal Thursday, claiming Awawdeh did not initiate the attack but rather was the sixth person to join and left before it was over.

The spokesperson noted that Awawdeh is charged with beating the victim with his crutch, but that he did not pepper-spray, punch or kick Borgen and that he has no prior convictions.

“Anti-Semitic hate has no place in Manhattan and the office is requiring felony hate crime pleas and incarceration for three men charged in connection to this despicable act,” Emily Tuttle said in a statement.

“Our Hate Crimes Unit made these appropriately strong recommendations following a thorough investigation that illuminated facts, evidence and varying levels of culpability among this group of individuals.”

Among the other accused attackers, Othman and Musa — who both face class C felonies — have not been offered plea deals, the rep said, while Elezzi has been offered one in his misdemeanor case. All appear to have pleaded not guilty.

The incident came amid high tensions between Jews and Palestinians, with several clashes in New York City during protests and demonstrations.

“It really is outrageous,” former state Assemblyman Dov Hikind said on Thursday. “What do you have to do? Kill a Jew to get justice? It seems like Jewish blood is cheap, especially with the Manhattan DA, a guy who clearly has greater pity for the perpetrator than the victim of the crime.”

January 15, 2023. Tags: , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

New York City continues to be pro-crime

New York City kept letting this violent serial criminal out again and again and again, until he finally murdered a 61-year-old woman by repeatedly hitting her on the head with a rock. For this murder, he was only sentenced to 20 years. With parole, he could be out a lot sooner. I wonder how long it will be until he gets out and murders someone else. Every city gets exactly as much crime as it’s willing to tolerate.

January 11, 2023. Tags: , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

Democrats are idiots for wanting this black man in jail

NBC News just published this article called, “Outrage mounts in D.C. after man fatally shoots boy, 13, he suspected was breaking into cars”

This shooting happened at 4 a.m. Both the shooter and the shooter are black. The shooter called police and gave CPR to the shootee.

I’m against putting the shooter in jail, because he poses zero threat to law abiding people. If anything, he has saved an unknown number of law abiding people from being victims of future crimes.

Two other young people were seen running from the scene. If they were car thieves, I hope they learned a lesson from this, and never commit any more crimes.

If anyone deserves blame for this, it’s the parents of the 13-year-old.

The article says, “He is survived by his mother and three younger siblings.”

No mention of his father.

I’d like to end this with my favorite Barack Obama quote:

“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.”

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20190218103937/https://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/15/us/politics/15text-obama.html

January 11, 2023. Tags: , , . Black lives matter, Parenting, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

I’m guessing that the person in this very short video is a college student, and that their major is not STEM or medicine

https://twitter.com/libsoftiktok/status/1611409640167718920

January 7, 2023. Tags: , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Woman Was Asked “How is it like Being Homeless In Portland?”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uyc15c9_5-g

January 4, 2023. Tags: , , , , . Housing, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Derrick Z. Jackson thinks blacks are too dumb to get admitted to college based on their grades and SAT scores

Writing for The Root, Derrick Z. Jackson said:

“One thing seems certain if the Supreme Court bans affirmative action in college admissions: The only Black men left on campus will be athletes.”

Mr. Jackson thinks blacks are too dumb to get admitted to college based on their grades and SAT scores.

December 30, 2022. Tags: , , , , , . Dumbing down, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Bill Maher: Woke and Liberal are the OPPOSITE of each other

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hx_8AeiUDlU

December 30, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , . Political correctness, Politics, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

In California, a violent serial criminal named William Shae McKay was supposed to spend the next 25 years in prison. But Judge Cara D. Hutson, from the Rancho Cucamonga branch of the San Bernardino County Superior Court, let him out. McKay then murdered a deputy named Isaiah Cordero.

This is absolutely despicable.

In California, a violent serial criminal named William Shae McKay was supposed to spend the next 25 years in prison.

But Judge Cara D. Hutson, from the Rancho Cucamonga branch of the San Bernardino County Superior Court, let him out.

McKay then murdered Deputy Isaiah Cordero.

The Palm Springs affiliate of NBC News reports:

McKay’s criminal history included convictions for kidnapping, assault on a California Highway Patrol canine and armed robbery.

“This tragedy should have been (prevented) by the criminal justice system,” Bianco said. “This suspect was on his third strike in 2021. But instead of receiving a sentence of 25 years to life in state prison, a judge lowered his bail. He failed to appear for sentencing … and the same judge released him again. We would not be here today if this judge had done her job.”

San Bernardino County Superior Court documents show that the judge was Cara D. Hutson, out of the Rancho Cucamonga branch. She was re-elected to the bench in June and has been a judicial officer since 2007.

“(McKay) should have been immediately sentenced. The judge allowed him out, and here we are today,” Bianco said.

I’d be very curious to hear Judge Hutson’s explanation for why she allowed this violent serial criminal to murder an innocent person.

You can read the complete article at this link:

https://nbcpalmsprings.com/2022/12/30/deputy-fatally-shot-during-confrontation-with-felon-in-jurupa-valley/

Deputy Fatally Shot During Confrontation with Felon in Jurupa Valley

By Paul J. Young

December 30, 2022

The man accused of shooting a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy is dead Friday after a confrontation with law enforcement officers and a lengthy chase that ended in Norco, leading to a freeway closure.

Deputy Isaiah Cordero, 32, was fatally shot by a convicted felon during a traffic stop in Jurupa Valley on Thursday shortly before 2 p.m. in the 3900 block of Golden West Avenue, near Rathke Drive, less than a block from Rustic Lane Elementary School, and the gunman was killed by police officers two hours later, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

“He certainly embodied our motto, `Service Above Self,”‘ Sheriff Chad Bianco said about Cordero during a briefing at sheriff’s headquarters in downtown Riverside Thursday night. “He was a jokester around the station, and all of our deputies considered him to be a little brother.”

Gov. Gavin Newsom has ordered state flags to be flown at half-staff in Cordero’s honor.

“Jennifer and I extend our deepest sympathies to Deputy Isaiah Cordero’s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time. He served his community selflessly, and with dedication and courage. We owe him our respect, gratitude, and will remember his sacrifice.”

The Riverside Sheriff’s Association also shared its condolences for Cordero.

“We are devastated by the grief of losing Deputy Isaiah Cordero, a deputy who was a ray of sunshine in the Riverside Sheriff’s Department, a person who was dedicated to protecting others,” the statement said. “Once again, we face a tragic reminder of the selflessness and unwavering courage required of peace officers and their families.”

Bianco said Cordero, a motorcycle patrolman, stopped 44-year-old William Shae McKay of San Bernardino, a three-strike felon, for reasons still under investigation but possibly related to irregularities with the black pickup he was driving.

“As (Cordero) approached the vehicle, the suspect produced a (handgun) and shot the deputy,” the sheriff told reporters. “A community member witnessed it and called 911. Residents tried to help the deputy until paramedics arrived.”

Although life-saving measures were attempted and Cordero was taken to Riverside Community Hospital, Bianco said the gunshot wound killed the deputy on the spot.

According to Bianco, because of the witness, responding sheriff’s deputies were able to quickly broadcast a region-wide alert, providing key details regarding the vehicle and driver.

“Law enforcement agencies in San Bernardino and Riverside counties began a massive manhunt,” he said. “We were looking for that vehicle and located it very quickly. The suspect was located in San Bernardino, and there was a pursuit, which came back into Riverside County.”

The county’s top lawman said that during the multi-agency chase, a spike strip was deployed on the Pomona (60) Freeway at Valley Way, and McKay ran over it, blowing out the pickup’s two rear tires. However, the vehicle remained drivable, and the felon continued on, ultimately turning south on Interstate 15 in Eastvale, with a phalanx of law enforcement officers closely behind.

The chase came to an end on southbound I-15 at Fourth Street in Norco.

“The vehicle became disabled, and he had an accident,” Bianco said. “The (rear) tires came off, and eventually that caused the axle to fail. He shot across the freeway and (crashed) …. The suspect started shooting at deputies, which prompted them to shoot back.”

McKay was fatally wounded during the exchange, Bianco said. No other deputies were injured.

According to the sheriff, McKay’s criminal history included convictions for kidnapping, assault on a California Highway Patrol canine and armed robbery.

“This tragedy should have been (prevented) by the criminal justice system,” Bianco said. “This suspect was on his third strike in 2021. But instead of receiving a sentence of 25 years to life in state prison, a judge lowered his bail. He failed to appear for sentencing … and the same judge released him again. We would not be here today if this judge had done her job.”

San Bernardino County Superior Court documents show that the judge was Cara D. Hutson, out of the Rancho Cucamonga branch. She was re-elected to the bench in June and has been a judicial officer since 2007.

“(McKay) should have been immediately sentenced. The judge allowed him out, and here we are today,” Bianco said.

Assemblyman Bill Essayli, R-Corona, vowed to pursue changes to state laws that may have indirectly led to Cordero’s death.

“Words cannot describe my outrage following today’s tragic deadly shooting of Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy Isaiah Cordero,” Essayli said. “We must do more than mourn; we must take an honest look at how our laws, and their enforcement, led to today’s tragedy. What makes this line of duty death beyond tragic is that it was completely avoidable: the perpetrator was on his third felony strike as of 2021, but instead of 25 years-to-life in prison, a San Bernardino judge had the discretion to give this career criminal a reduced bail and released him on our streets.

“I am committed to fixing our laws so violent career criminals like the one who murdered Deputy Cordero are not allowed back on our streets to terrorize our communities.”

Bianco extended his “sincerest condolences” to Cordero’s mother, father and stepbrother, by whom he is survived. The fallen deputy was not married but was in a relationship, the sheriff said.

“There’s nothing worse than losing a life in a senseless manner while serving the community,” Bianco said. “Anyone who targets law enforcement in our county will be dealt with, by swift action.”

Funeral arrangements for Cordero were pending.

Southbound I-15 was completely shut down at Sixth Street in Norco, where motorists were detoured, while the scene where McKay was killed was processed. A miles-long traffic jam ensued, stretching all the way back into San Bernardino.

Cordero’s remains were borne from Riverside Community Hospital south to the coroner’s bureau in Perris for an official autopsy and cause of death ruling.

The transfer was solemnized by an extensive procession of law enforcement including sheriff’s deputies, CHP officers, police from the Riverside, Menifee, and Corona departments, as well as personnel from agencies outside Riverside County.

County fire engines and trucks parked on overpasses, and crews saluted as the hearse carrying the fallen deputy headed south along Interstate 215. The CHP ran traffic breaks to clear motorists out of the way of the procession, which coursed along the freeway and surface streets for an hour as part of the tribute.

Rustic Lane Elementary School is on winter break, and no classes were in session at the time of the shooting.

December 30, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

In California, this violent serial criminal was supposed to be in prison for the next 25 years. But a bleeding heart judge let him out. Anyone who isn’t an idiot can guess what he did next.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-deputy-killed-driver-violent-history-was-later-killed-shoot-rcna63707

California deputy killed by driver with violent history who was later killed in a shootout

The suspect had a criminal history stretching back to before 2000 that included kidnapping, robbery and multiple arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, including the stabbing of a California Highway Patrol dog, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said.

December 30, 2022

JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. — A Southern California sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed Thursday by a man with a violent criminal history during a traffic stop and the suspect later died in a shootout on a freeway, authorities said.

Isaiah Cordero, 32, had pulled over a pickup truck just before 2 p.m. in the city of Jurupa Valley, east of Los Angeles. As he approached the vehicle, the driver pulled a gun and shot him, Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said at an evening news conference.

A witness called 911 and residents tried to help Cordero until paramedics arrived but he was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A “massive manhunt” then began for the shooter and he was spotted in neighboring San Bernardino County, sparking a chase on freeways through both counties. A spike strip disabled two rear wheels but the truck kept going, the sheriff said.

TV news showed dozens of Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol cars chasing the truck.

On Interstate 15 in Norco, the truck finally became disabled, losing an axle, and crashed, Bianco said.

“At the conclusion of the pursuit, the suspect fired rounds at deputies” with a handgun and they shot back, killing him, Bianco said.

The suspect, William Shae McKay, 44, of San Bernardino County, had a long and violent criminal history stretching back to before 2000 that included kidnapping, robbery and multiple arrests for assault with a deadly weapon, including the stabbing of a California Highway Patrol dog, the sheriff said.

Cordero was a motorcycle officer assigned to Jurupa Valley, a city about 45 miles east of downtown Los Angeles that contracts with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department for policing services.

Cordero joined the 4,000-member strong department as a corrections deputy, worked in local jails, became a sworn deputy in 2018 and completed motor school to become a motorcycle deputy in September, Bianco said.

Cordero “learned from his mother the value of serving and helping others” and his goal at the department was always to become a motor deputy, Bianco said.

“He was naturally drawn to law enforcement and certainly embodied our motto of service above self,” Bianco said. “He was a jokester around the station and all of our deputies considered him their little brother.”

The sheriff said McKay had been convicted of a “third strike” offense last year that should have put him in state prison for 25 years to life but a San Bernardino County judge lowered his bail, allowing his release, and later released him following an arrest for failing to appear at his sentencing.

“He should have been immediately sentenced to 25 years to life,” Bianco said. “We would not be here today if the judge had done her job.” Bianco said.

Several hours after the shooting, dozens of motorcycle officers and patrol cars escorted a hearse transporting the deputy’s flag-draped casket from the hospital to the county coroner’s office.

December 30, 2022. Tags: , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

At Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia, Principal Ann Bonitatibus and Director of Student Services Brandon Kosatka deliberately avoided telling high achieving students about their possible eligibility for academic awards and scholarships because too many of them were Asian-American

At Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, Virginia, Principal Ann Bonitatibus and Director of Student Services Brandon Kosatka deliberately avoided telling high achieving students about their possible eligibility for academic awards and scholarships because too many of them were Asian-American.

I am in favor of high academic standards for all people of all races. I am against what this school did. I hope that the school officials who did this will be fired. I also hope that all of the students will be given, retroactively, as many awards, college admissions, and scholarships as they actually earned, to the degree that this is practical and possible. For students who ended up attending a lesser college instead of a better one many years ago because of this, it may be impossible to properly reimburse them for what they had earned through their hard work. Lives may have been ruined because of what these evil people did.

Here’s the complete article:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-top-high-school-hid-213034509.html

US’ top high school hid over 1,200 students’ academic achievement in the name of ‘equity’

By Carl Samson

December 28, 2022

For years, administrators at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) concealed students’ National Merit certifications in the name of “equity,” according to a new report.

The damning discovery was published by author and journalist Asra Q. Nomani, whose own son had not been notified of being recognized as a National Merit “Commended Student” in 2020. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, an Illinois-based nonprofit, awards some 7,500 juniors the $2,500 National Merit Scholarship every March.

While a “Commended Student” distinction does not advance a student into becoming a National Merit “Commended Scholar,” the recognition is deemed helpful for college applications and other scholarship programs. Regardless of the degree of achievement, the TJHSST officials in question — Principal Ann Bonitatibus and Director of Student Services Brandon Kosatka — allegedly withheld informing recognized students and their families.

“I learned — two years after the fact — that National Merit had recognized my son, a graduate of TJHSST’s Class of 2021, as a Commended Student in a September 10, 2020, letter that National Merit sent to Bonitatibus. But the principal, who lobbied that fall to nix the school’s merit-based admission test to increase ‘diversity,’ never told us about it,” Nomani wrote in her City Journal piece, adding that parents from previous years reported similar situations.

On Sept. 16, National Merit sent the principal the names of 240 “Commended Students,” but it was not until mid-November when homeroom teachers distributed the accolades — after early-application deadlines had already passed.

“Keeping these certificates from students is theft by the state,” said lawyer Shawna Yashar, whose son also learned that he was a “Commended Student” too late. In a call with Kosatka, she learned that the decision to withhold the news from parents and notify students in a “low-key way” was intentional.

“We want to recognize students for who they are as individuals, not focus on their achievements,” Kosatka reportedly told Yashar. The student services director then claimed that he and the principal did not want to “hurt” the feelings of students who were not recognized, Nomani noted.

In an email to parents of “Commended Students” on Dec. 12, Kosatka reportedly informed them of their children’s “important recognition” and apologized for not sharing the news earlier, saying, “We are deeply sorry.”

He also said the school would contact college admissions officials to correct the students’ records, according to Nomani.

TJHSST, which is recognized as the nation’s top high school, has faced accusations of anti-Asian discrimination after eliminating standardized testing in favor of “experience factors” since 2020. In April, the Supreme Court blocked a petition to drop the new admissions system.

Nomani’s op-ed, which was republished by the New York Post, has triggered criticism and outrage in the Asian American community.

“They decided to screw over all of the kids (most of them Asian) who had worked so hard to earn this recognition and were unable to use it in their college application. Equity at the expense of Asians isn’t equity at all,” Hyphen Capital founder Dave Lu tweeted. “These two need to be fired for their deception and hurting the lives of so many kids because they chose to take matters into their own hands.”

“In the name of equity, aka equal outcomes, TJ principal refused to commend merit that cost students valuable scholarships. Accountability started with exposing the ugly premeditated actions of @TJAnnB by @AsraNomani,” tweeted Asian Wave Alliance President Yiatin Chu, who just recently was on the receiving end of anti-Asian comments at a New York City Council hearing.

“Next, TJ officials will ask the National Merit Scholarship Corporation to distribute the PSAT scores for equity reasons. Take from those that score high on the PSAT and give it to those that cannot or have not scored as high,” educator and entrepreneur Krishnan Chittur tweeted. “Need to serve the DIE Gods.”

December 28, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , . Dumbing down, Education, Equity, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Drag Queen Kitty Demure SLAMS Woke Culture For Exposing Children To Drag Shows

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jF7W3N1T7U

December 28, 2022. Tags: , , , , . LGBT, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Hamline University, a self described “liberal arts” college, fired a lecturer for showing adult students this piece of controversial art that is considered by art historians to be “a global artistic masterpiece”

Hamline University, a self described “liberal arts” college, fired a lecturer for showing adult students this piece of controversial art that is considered by art historians to be “a global artistic masterpiece.”

Some students had complained to the college that the artwork included a depiction the Prophet Muhammad, which is against their religion. Instead of standing up for the “liberal arts,” the college fired the lecturer who showed the artwork. Art historians consider the artwork to be “a global artistic masterpiece.” 

Source for image and information: https://reason.com/volokh/2022/12/26/hamline-university-apparently-fires-art-history-lecturer-for-showing-depictions-of-muhammed/

MohammedGabrielPainting-1024x775

December 27, 2022. Tags: , , , , , , , . Art and sculpture, Cancel culture, Dumbing down, Education, Islamization, Religion, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

The Bail Project paid to bail out a wife beater after he threatened to kill her. Anyone who’s not an idiot can guess what he did just hours after he was bailed out.

The Bail Project paid to bail out a wife beater after he threatened to kill her. Anyone who’s not an idiot can guess what he did just hours after he was bailed out.

Source: https://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/st-louis-man-convicted-of-killing-wife-hours-after-his-release-from-jail/article_0789f565-4086-5618-ba1a-8331a8bdd536.html

Now the charity has been sued out of existence after one of their other clients violently assaulted someone after they paid for his bail.

Source: https://www.8newsnow.com/investigators/non-profit-that-bailed-out-man-who-shot-chinatown-waiter-ceases-operations-following-backlash-from-critics/

December 26, 2022. Tags: , , . Social justice warriors, Violent crime. Leave a comment.

I asked ChatGPT the following question: “Does affirmative action cause mismatching?” Here’s how it answered.

ChatGPT is a chat bot. You can read about it at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChatGPT

I asked ChatGPT the following question: “Does affirmative action cause mismatching?”

Here’s how it answered:

Affirmative action refers to policies and programs that are designed to address past discrimination and promote equal opportunity in education, employment, and other areas. These policies can take many forms, such as setting goals or quotas for the representation of certain groups, providing preferences or advantages in admissions or hiring processes, or implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives.

One potential effect of affirmative action is “mismatching,” which refers to the idea that some individuals who are admitted to or hired for a position through affirmative action may be less qualified or less prepared than others who were not selected. This can occur if the requirements for admission or hiring are relaxed or modified in order to increase the representation of certain groups.

There is ongoing debate about the extent to which affirmative action leads to mismatching and the consequences of this phenomenon. Some research suggests that affirmative action can lead to mismatching and may have negative effects on the academic and career outcomes of some individuals, while other studies have found that affirmative action can have positive effects on the representation and success of underrepresented groups.

It is important to note that the impact of affirmative action can vary depending on the specific circumstances and implementation of the policies in question. In order to address concerns about mismatching and ensure that affirmative action programs are effective and fair, it is important to carefully design and evaluate these policies and consider their potential impacts on all stakeholders.

December 25, 2022. Tags: , , , , . ChatGPT, Racism, Social justice warriors. 1 comment.

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