If America sucks so bad, you’re free to leave

https://townhall.com/columnists/derekhunter/2020/07/19/if-america-sucks-so-bad-youre-free-to-leave-n2572724

If America Sucks So Bad, You’re Free to Leave

By Derek Hunter

July 19, 2020

Dear leftists, mutants, rioters, perma-protestors, and all those funding or cheering on these violent goons destroying once-great cities of every color and possible human configuration (I realize that’s a long way to address a letter, but I wanted to make sure to be “inclusive,” lest someone feel offended or left out).

I write to you today on behalf of everyone else – not just the people who roll their eyes in disgust at the sight of you, but the people you don’t see – the people going to work every day, people with families or without, those stuck at home, those trying to get an actual education, and anyone else who loves this country, people of every race and ethnicity. In other words: normal Americans.

You really seem to hate it here. So, we have a question: why are you still here?

Honestly, if the country is such a cesspool of racism, sexism, homophobia, oppression, brutality, and is fundamentally rigged against everyone not born with a silver spoon in their mouth, why the hell have you stayed?

It’s not like you’re in prison here, no matter how much you whine that it is like one. You’re out in the streets seemingly every other week “fighting oppression” over just about every way you can dream up to claim someone is oppressed, crying about the fascism of this or that without it sinking in that you’re still free to whine about imagined fascism and if we really were a fascist country you’d be in jail or dead, why not get out?

You don’t seem to have a coherent message beyond you hate it here, so leave.

You’re spending an awful lot of time trying to impose a system of government you claim to be fighting, which is a testament to how you were failed by the education system, your parents, or both. Whatever the case, we don’t care. We aren’t interested in what you’re selling. Our Second Amendment makes it really difficult for you to force it on us, so your fight is likely an unwinnable one.

Yes, you have the Democratic Party on your side now, but even a win in November won’t bring about the complete “transformation” you’re seeking. But there are countries out that that have what you want – North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba – or others that have lighter versions of the same. There’s a country for whatever level of stupid you happen to suffer from, or simply other places that aren’t “colonizing, imperialist, capitalistic” pits of despair, and you can get to any of them in a matter of hours. Go.

Why spend your whole lives fighting for something you may never get when what you want is readily available elsewhere? What walls we do have on our borders aren’t meant to keep you in, you’re free to leave.

Now, you may find that other countries, “more fair” countries, might not want you. Most of the rest of the world only takes in people who bring something to the table and, let’s face it, you’re not bringing much. But you could probably convince them to take you, if only for the propaganda victory against the U.S. It’s a sacrifice we’re willing to make.

I get that moving to a new country is tough, but if I were born into what I thought of as a prison with no hope for a better future, I’d find a way. In fact, I did. I was born and raised in Detroit, but I got out. It wasn’t easy. When I moved out I had about $500 to my name, one month’s rent, but I did it because there was nothing for me professionally there. What’s your excuse?

Here’s a deal I propose to help with that, actually. Since the government is just printing money like crazy right now (for a long time, really), how about a one-time payment of, say, $20,000 to help you start your new life in an existing Utopia? You pick it, we’ll move you there and give you some money to help you get started.

It can be anywhere in the world, totally up to you. All you have to do is get them to accept you, and we’ll take care of the rest. We’ll move your record collection, vintage video games, ferret or snake (no judgement), your books (from Communist Manifesto and Mao’s little red one to comic or White Fragility), and any clothes you have beyond the all black outfit you always wear to the country of your choice.

There’s just one little catch, because there always is: you can’t come back. Part of this deal is when you sign for your check you are renouncing your US citizenship. Seems like a fair trade to me – why would you ever want to return to this disgusting place, right?

A free move, free cash, and freedom from the United States of America to wherever you can find. Imagine being able to live in a country without a single statue of Columbus, Washington, Jefferson, or anyone else you couldn’t hold a candle to if you lived to be 1,000. Wouldn’t that be great?

One more caveat: you’ve got to take most, if not all, of your fellow travelers with you. Since you can’t come back, not even to visit (Skype with your parents or they can go visit you, if they still talk to you), think of it as a chance to see the world with your likeminded, gender non-conforming, flag burning, cop-hating, brick-throwing extended family. In other words, it’s a package deal.

It shouldn’t be difficult to convince most of them, your old college professors and unshowered drum circle comrades likely don’t enjoy it here anymore than you do. Sure, it would damage the chances of Democrats winning in the fall, but that wouldn’t really matter anyway since 99 percent of the ones in Congress already would be going with you.

What do you say? Do we have a deal?

Sincerely,

Everyone else

July 19, 2020. Tags: , , . Immigration, Social justice warriors. 3 comments.

Police arrest alleged brake line cutter caught on camera under NYPD van

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/police-arrest-alleged-brake-line-cutter-caught-on-camera-under-nypd-van/2520824/

Police Arrest Alleged Brake Line Cutter Caught on Camera Under NYPD Van

24-year-old Jeremy Trapp has been charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief

By Jonathan Dienst

July 19, 2020

The NYPD arrested a man they say cut the brake line to at least one police van parked on a street in Brooklyn.

Video of the man sabotaging the vehicle shows the suspect underneath the van in Sunset Park along 4th Avenue and 42nd Street. Police spotted the man before they got into the van.

A senior police officials say a mechanic confirmed the brake line damage that would have prevented the van from coming to a stop.

Officers arrested 24-year-old Jeremy Trapp. He has been charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

Officials say Trapp was seen at times coming and going from the Occupy City hall protests in recent weeks.

The alleged crime comes amid what NYPD officials are calling deeply troubling anti-police environment – they point to previous cases of police vehicles firebombed, officers attacked and vehicles sabotaged in others way – lug nuts loosened on their cars for example.

Trapp was arrested by police on July 17 after he was allegedly seen emerging from under the NYPD van. Attempts to find him for comment were unsuccessful and the public defender’s office could not be reached for comment.

July 19, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . Antifa, Black lives matter, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Portland Antifa and BLM launch explosives at federal building while barricading agents inside

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/breaking-portland-antifa-blm-launch-explosives-federal-building-barricading-agents-inside/

Portland Antifa and BLM Launch Explosives at Federal Building While Barricading Agents Inside

By Cassandra Fairbanks

July 18, 2020

Portland Antifa and Black Lives Matter launched explosives at the Federal Courthouse and Justice Center while attempting to barricade agents inside on the 50th night of riots in the ultra liberal city.

There was also severe violence against random citizens that they disagree with politically during Friday night’s chaos.

https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1284391255359787008

https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1284394501365215232

The Portland Police tweeted “Officers have observed people in the area of the Federal Courthouse and Justice Center on SW 3rd Ave place fencing and sandbags in front of doors. This is criminal behavior. Participants not involved in criminal behavior are encouraged to leave the area immediately.”

https://twitter.com/CassandraRules/status/1284400638114365445

https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1284387572152782849

A street preacher was violently assaulted and carried away by a mob. A witness at the scene said that a gun had been pulled on him. The witness also said that another man was tied to a fence, beat, and then had the fence pushed over on top of him.

https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1284394065958703106

https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1284337804286337024

https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/1284341359969816576

The rioters also deployed smoke bombs and lasers, which they use to impede the vision of police officers.

https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1284394065958703106

Around 1:30 a.m. local time, the Portland Police Department tweeted that “participants have 5 minutes to remove all barricades around the facility. Failure to follow this direction may subject you to arrest, citation, or use of force including crowd control munitions. Leave the area to the west. SW Columbia to SW Taylor from SW 1st to 6th is closed.”

https://twitter.com/PortlandPolice/status/1284405547077218304

Shortly after the 5 minutes were up, law enforcement began shooting massive amounts of tear gas into the crowd to disperse them, according to a livestreamer on the scene. They also tore down the barricades set up by the rioters.

https://twitter.com/selfdeclaredref/status/1284417707186761728

A Twitter user who goes by the name Maria Viti has been diligently archiving important footage from various riot livestreams across the country for months. You can follow the account here for more footage of the shocking violence tearing apart our cities.

July 19, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , . Antifa, Black lives matter, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Portland riot organizer claims mission is the ‘abolition of the United States as we know it’

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/portland-riot-organizer-claims-mission-abolition-united-states-know/

Portland Riot Organizer Claims Mission is the ‘Abolition of the United States As We Know It’

By Cassandra Fairbanks

July 18, 2020

A Portland riot organizer gained massive applause after saying that their mission is the “abolition of the United States as we know it” and referred to our nation as “stolen land.”

Lilth Sinclair could barely contain her excitement at the cheers when she announced herself as an “Afro indigenous non-binary” protest organizer on Friday.

https://twitter.com/ElijahSchaffer/status/1284512759934267392

During her speech, she said that she is working towards “not just the abolition of the police state, but also the United States as we know it.”

She went on to claim they were standing on “stolen land,” which of course is not the case. The land was conquered and purchased.

Following her speech, rioters violently attempted to barricade federal officers inside the Portland Federal Courthouse and Justice Center while launching explosives at the building. They also allegedly tied a man to a fence and beat him and held a street preacher at gun point before brutalizing him and physically removing him from their protest, according to a witness at the scene who spoke to livestreamers.

Liberals and some of the more media-focused organizers have repeatedly claimed that the Black Lives Matter riots’ goal is simply to end police brutality, while most of us knew that wasn’t these Marxists only agenda. This woman just let the mask slip on what those of us paying attention already knew.

There have now been 50 straight nights of rioting in Portland.

July 19, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Antifa, Black lives matter, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

This video proves that Los Angeles police officer Toni McBride was justified in shooting Daniel Hernandez

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

July 19, 2020

In Los Angeles, a police officer named Toni McBride recently shot and killed a guy named Daniel Hernandez.

Hernandez’s family is now suing McBride.

But this video proves that the shooting was justified.

The video shows that Hernandez was holding a boxcutter, he was walking toward McBride, and he repeatedly ignored her order to drop the boxcutter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4SWYSzA1eE

 

July 19, 2020. Tags: , , , , . Guns. 3 comments.

Video from Lansing, Michigan: Black Lives Matter protestors block the road and point their guns at a driver. Police watch and do nothing.

This is a new video from Lansing, Michigan.

Black Lives Matter protestors block the road and point their guns at a driver.

Police watch and do nothing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWlJ1ySOtQ0

 

July 17, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . Black lives matter, Idiots blocking traffic, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Bari Weiss on why she left the New York Times

https://nypost.com/2020/07/14/bari-weiss-on-why-she-left-the-new-york-times/

Bari Weiss on why she left the New York Times

By Bari Weiss

July 14, 2020

Dear A.G.,

It is with sadness that I write to tell you that I am resigning from The New York Times.

I joined the paper with gratitude and optimism three years ago. I was hired with the goal of bringing in voices that would not otherwise appear in your pages: first-time writers, centrists, conservatives and others who would not naturally think of The Times as their home. The reason for this effort was clear: The paper’s failure to anticipate the outcome of the 2016 election meant that it didn’t have a firm grasp of the country it covers. Dean Baquet and others have admitted as much on various occasions. The priority in Opinion was to help redress that critical shortcoming.

I was honored to be part of that effort, led by James Bennet. I am proud of my work as a writer and as an editor. Among those I helped bring to our pages: the Venezuelan dissident Wuilly Arteaga; the Iranian chess champion Dorsa Derakhshani; and the Hong Kong Christian democrat Derek Lam. Also: Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Masih Alinejad, Zaina Arafat, Elna Baker, Rachael Denhollander, Matti Friedman, Nick Gillespie, Heather Heying, Randall Kennedy, Julius Krein, Monica Lewinsky, Glenn Loury, Jesse Singal, Ali Soufan, Chloe Valdary, Thomas Chatterton Williams, Wesley Yang, and many others.

But the lessons that ought to have followed the election — lessons about the importance of understanding other Americans, the necessity of resisting tribalism, and the centrality of the free exchange of ideas to a democratic society — have not been learned. Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else.

Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor. As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions. I was always taught that journalists were charged with writing the first rough draft of history. Now, history itself is one more ephemeral thing molded to fit the needs of a predetermined narrative.

My own forays into Wrongthink have made me the subject of constant bullying by colleagues who disagree with my views. They have called me a Nazi and a racist; I have learned to brush off comments about how I’m “writing about the Jews again.” Several colleagues perceived to be friendly with me were badgered by coworkers. My work and my character are openly demeaned on company-wide Slack channels where masthead editors regularly weigh in. There, some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name. Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are.

There are terms for all of this: unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge. I’m no legal expert. But I know that this is wrong.

I do not understand how you have allowed this kind of behavior to go on inside your company in full view of the paper’s entire staff and the public. And I certainly can’t square how you and other Times leaders have stood by while simultaneously praising me in private for my courage. Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery.

Part of me wishes I could say that my experience was unique. But the truth is that intellectual curiosity — let alone risk-taking — is now a liability at The Times. Why edit something challenging to our readers, or write something bold only to go through the numbing process of making it ideologically kosher, when we can assure ourselves of job security (and clicks) by publishing our 4000th op-ed arguing that Donald Trump is a unique danger to the country and the world? And so self-censorship has become the norm.

What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity. If a person’s ideology is in keeping with the new orthodoxy, they and their work remain unscrutinized. Everyone else lives in fear of the digital thunderdome. Online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets.

Op-eds that would have easily been published just two years ago would now get an editor or a writer in serious trouble, if not fired. If a piece is perceived as likely to inspire backlash internally or on social media, the editor or writer avoids pitching it.

If she feels strongly enough to suggest it, she is quickly steered to safer ground. And if, every now and then, she succeeds in getting a piece published that does not explicitly promote progressive causes, it happens only after every line is carefully massaged, negotiated and caveated.

It took the paper two days and two jobs to say that the Tom Cotton op-ed “fell short of our standards.” We attached an editor’s note on a travel story about Jaffa shortly after it was published because it “failed to touch on important aspects of Jaffa’s makeup and its history.” But there is still none appended to Cheryl Strayed’s fawning interview with the writer Alice Walker, a proud anti-Semite who believes in lizard Illuminati.

The paper of record is, more and more, the record of those living in a distant galaxy, one whose concerns are profoundly removed from the lives of most people. This is a galaxy in which, to choose just a few recent examples, the Soviet space program is lauded for its “diversity”; the doxxing of teenagers in the name of justice is condoned; and the worst caste systems in human history includes the United States alongside Nazi Germany.

Even now, I am confident that most people at The Times do not hold these views. Yet they are cowed by those who do. Why? Perhaps because they believe the ultimate goal is righteous. Perhaps because they believe that they will be granted protection if they nod along as the coin of our realm — language — is degraded in service to an ever-shifting laundry list of right causes. Perhaps because there are millions of unemployed people in this country and they feel lucky to have a job in a contracting industry.

Or perhaps it is because they know that, nowadays, standing up for principle at the paper does not win plaudits. It puts a target on your back. Too wise to post on Slack, they write to me privately about the “new McCarthyism” that has taken root at the paper of record.

All this bodes ill, especially for independent-minded young writers and editors paying close attention to what they’ll have to do to advance in their careers. Rule One: Speak your mind at your own peril. Rule Two: Never risk commissioning a story that goes against the narrative. Rule Three: Never believe an editor or publisher who urges you to go against the grain. Eventually, the publisher will cave to the mob, the editor will get fired or reassigned, and you’ll be hung out to dry.

For these young writers and editors, there is one consolation. As places like The Times and other once-great journalistic institutions betray their standards and lose sight of their principles, Americans still hunger for news that is accurate, opinions that are vital, and debate that is sincere. I hear from these people every day. “An independent press is not a liberal ideal or a progressive ideal or a democratic ideal. It’s an American ideal,” you said a few years ago. I couldn’t agree more. America is a great country that deserves a great newspaper.

None of this means that some of the most talented journalists in the world don’t still labor for this newspaper. They do, which is what makes the illiberal environment especially heartbreaking. I will be, as ever, a dedicated reader of their work. But I can no longer do the work that you brought me here to do — the work that Adolph Ochs described in that famous 1896 statement: “to make of the columns of The New York Times a forum for the consideration of all questions of public importance, and to that end to invite intelligent discussion from all shades of opinion.”

Ochs’s idea is one of the best I’ve encountered. And I’ve always comforted myself with the notion that the best ideas win out. But ideas cannot win on their own. They need a voice. They need a hearing. Above all, they must be backed by people willing to live by them.

Sincerely,
Bari

July 16, 2020. Tags: , , , . Cancel culture, Media bias. Leave a comment.

The Smithsonian’s racist National Museum of African American History and Culture says that “the nuclear family,” “scientific method,” “hard work,” “plan for future,” and “delayed gratification” are “aspects & assumptions of whiteness & white culture”

The Smithsonian’s racist National Museum of African American History and Culture just said that “the nuclear family,” “scientific method,””hard work,” “plan for future,” and “delayed gratification” are “aspects & assumptions of whiteness & white culture”

They said so in this chart. You can see a bigger version of the chart by clicking here and scrolling down: https://web.archive.org/web/20200603163659/https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race/topics/whiteness

 

July 16, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Texas A&M police say student who reported racist notes placed them there himself

https://www.kbtx.com/2020/07/10/texas-am-police-say-student-who-reported-racist-notes-placed-them-there-himself/

Texas A&M police say student who reported racist notes placed them there himself

The 21-year-old senior continues to maintain his innocence even after police closed the case.

By Rusty Surette

July 9, 2020

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – In a report released to KBTX on Thursday, police at Texas A&M University said a student who reported finding racist notes on his car’s windshield last month may have placed the papers there himself. However, the 21-year-old at the center of the case strongly denies those claims.

Isaih Martin, a senior at A&M, called police on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 24, to report finding three handwritten notes on his car that said “All lives matter” and “You don’t belong here.” The third note contained the N-word.

According to the report, Martin parked his car at his apartment complex on George Bush Drive just after 11:00 a.m. and walked into a nearby apartment. Roughly 90 minutes later Martin returned to his car where he claims he then found the papers.

Police said in their report there was no nearby camera to clearly show what happened, but there was surveillance video from a nearby pool camera that showed a couple of people walking near Martin’s car during that time frame, but they were only near the car for a few seconds each.

Around 12:55 p.m., Martin is seen on video walking back to his car.

Police wrote in their report, “Martin immediately walks to the passenger side of his vehicle, but does not open any doors. Martin is seen toward the front of his vehicle. A brief white speck is seen from about mid-torso of Martin moving toward his vehicle. Another white speck is seen near his chest area. Martin is then seen stepping back and onto the sidewalk in front of his vehicle, most likely taking photos and videos. He then approaches his vehicle again on the passenger side and remains there for a few moments. He is then seen walking around the front of his vehicle. Martin then enters the driver`s door and drives away a few moments later. The total time spent at his vehicle is 1 minute, 15 seconds.”

Police said in the report it was “difficult to distinguish any characteristics of the suspect in the video” but “based on video evidence, no other person had enough time to place the messages on Martin`s car other than himself.”

The report goes on to say, “the other individuals that walked past Martin`s vehicle were not hidden for more than 5 seconds, and would have had to reach over the hood to place the notes.”

“He was the only person with enough time to place the notes on his car,” said police.

KBTX has requested a copy of the video police used to make their conclusion but it was not released on Thursday along with the police report. The request for the video is still pending at this time and a university spokesperson did not immediately know the reason why it wasn’t released with the report.

“I am utterly disappointed,” said Martin on Thursday, in response to the conclusions of the police report. “There are several things they did not include in this report.”

Martin, who believes the notes were left by one of the men seen in the video walking a dog, has taken to social media to share his side of the story. There, he’s been faced with increased skepticism, especially after announcing this week he consulted with an attorney and was no longer speaking with police.

“I’m in a predicament where the topic of the case was let’s find out who did this to them pointing the finger at me,” said Martin on Twitter. “In the end, I stopped talking to them because it seemed they were more interested in me getting the blame for this hate crime instead of finding the actual person who did it.”

Police shared their findings with the county attorney who determined no crime was committed since the notes did not contain a threat.

“I was told that this fell under the 1st Amendment free speech protections and that no crime had occurred,” wrote the officer who filed the report.

Police also asked the county attorney’s office to see if the incident would be considered a false report but were told the case “does not meet the elements since Martin did not report a crime.”

The case is considered closed, according to university police.

After the incident was reported last month, A&M’s president offered a $1,200 reward for information that could lead investigators to who put the notes there.

On Thursday, President Michael K. Young released the following statement:

“Racism of any kind has no place at Texas A&M. I appreciate the efforts of university police who investigated with professionalism in pursuit of facts. We will continue to take an active stance to review claims of harassment, stalking and/or related retaliation that violates a person’s civil rights, wherever it may lead. We will continue to develop a safe and welcoming environment.”

Texas A&M University also released the following statement:

“The University Police Department closed this case after consulting with the Brazos County Attorney’s Office. The police report and related available information affiliated with their work are being released through standard protocols. As a public university, Texas A&M is limited by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) on providing specific student information and therefore will be unable to provide additional details.”

July 16, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Fake hate crimes, Racism, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

NYPD Chief who knelt with protesters in June gets injured in clash with protesters

https://www.dailywire.com/news/nypd-chief-who-knelt-with-protesters-in-june-gets-injured-in-clash-with-protesters

NYPD Chief Who Knelt With Protesters In June Gets Injured In Clash With Protesters

By  Hank Berrien

Jul 15, 2020

The highest-ranking uniformed member of the NYPD, Chief of Department Terence Monahan, who knelt with protesters at the beginning of June, was one of four NYPD officers injured during protests in New York on Wednesday. Monahan and the other injured officers were marching with a pro-police group when they clashed with anti-police activists.

“Police photos of the aftermath showed a lieutenant with a bloodied face, a detective holding a bandage to his head, and a bicycle officer helping a fellow officer dress a head wound. Monahan, who last month kneeled in a show of solidarity with protesters, sustained injuries to his hand,” The Associated Press reported Wednesday.

Monahan was “said to be bloodied but not seriously hurt,” ABC 7 stated, noting that a sergeant and a lieutenant who were attacked with canes and bats were transported to a hospital.

https://twitter.com/NYPDnews/status/1283442839884627980

Bill Casey of the Retired Sergeant Association told ABC 7, “We’re fighting for unity. It just seems that there’s so much violence. And the cops are being portrayed as villains instead of what they really are, which is heroes.”

On June 1, Monahan knelt with protesters.

https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1267775265507336192

Monahan stated that his kneeling was the first step in “getting this together” and “getting those groups out of here,” referring to reputed outside agitators stirring up trouble. “The people who live in New York want New York to end the violence. Get the intruders that are not from this city the h*** out of here and give us back our city.”

“We’ve had five days of war here, that needs to end. It has to end today,” he added, telling protesters, “Leave it out to those who are to cause damage and we’ll get rid of them. We’ll get rid of those that are ruining your neighborhood.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Monahan, saying, “Terry Monahan defused a very tense situation in Washington Square Park. This is not just an average cop. He took a knee with the protesters out of respect. That’s an indelibly powerful statement.”

Monahan stated on “CBS This Morning” of the protests after the death of George Floyd, “What happened in Minnesota was an outrage, completely and totally. But 800,000 law enforcement officers around this country are paying the price for what that guy did in Minnesota.”

He then appealed to the protesters, saying, “Protest, yell, scream, let your rage out, but don’t take your rage out on the community, destroy the businesses that actually employ members of this community.”

Monahan continued, “Bottles and rocks thrown at my cops, windows being broken, stores being looted … got no place in American society … You have to look at the entire incident. You have to look at the rocks being thrown, the injuries to my officers, what happened before, what precipitated that event. Knowing that we had a commanding officer trapped in his car, his last transmission was, ‘This may be my last transmission,’ dragged out of that car. This is what’s going through a cop’s mind as he gets surrounded.”

“I would never say that we are a racist police department. Absolutely not,” he concluded. “Have incidents happened? Maybe there was a racist incident, something, and that person has been removed from this agency? Absolutely. We all care about the communities we work in. We care deeply in the minority communities, the cops that work there, each and every day.”

July 16, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . Antifa, Black lives matter. Leave a comment.

Jo Jorgensen: I’m running for president as a libertarian – and I want you to understand what libertarianism really means

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/libertarianism-meaning-trump-healthcare-medicare-wars-environment-a9621221.html

I’m running for president as a libertarian – and I want you to understand what libertarianism really means

First of all, I want to turn America into one giant Switzerland – armed and neutral

By Jo Jorgensen

July 15, 2020

Polarization in American politics sometimes feels like it’s at an all-time high.

Last year, the Pew Research Center conducted a poll on Americans’ feelings about ideologies. Predictably, Republicans approved of conservatives and disapproved of liberals and progressives, and Democrats felt the opposite. But in this time of division, one label earned majority support from both groups: libertarian.

What, then, does it mean to be a libertarian?

Libertarians believe that as long as people are not harming others, they should be left to do as they wish. We know that communities are best equipped to handle most issues and that people spend their money better than any politician ever could. We welcome free trade and open immigration, and encourage peace and diplomacy in foreign affairs.

As president, I want to unite Americans behind the cause of personal responsibility and individual liberty.

Take healthcare. For decades, American politicians have insisted that the free market has failed and that we need to go to a single-payer system.

I have news for them: we haven’t had anything even resembling a competition-based system in nearly a century. The alternative to our current, big-government failure isn’t an even bigger government failure.

The most startling problem with the American healthcare system is that most insurance is government-mandated, and therefore is not actual insurance. Real insurance only pays for unexpected costs, and because of that, costs generally remain low.

Just think how expensive car insurance would be if it paid for gas, oil changes, or car washes. Americans would have no reason to shop around for those services, and all of the gas stations and mechanics could increase costs without them even knowing. The car insurance companies wouldn’t care because they would be getting paid big dollars either way.

This is exactly what has happened in our healthcare system: there is no incentive to look for better prices, and as a result, healthcare providers have no reason to compete. Insurance companies can charge higher prices without any accountability, and all of us have to foot the bill.

The two most free-market health specialties — cosmetic surgery and LASIK surgery — are convincing examples. Because insurance doesn’t pay for these procedures, patients shop around for the best price and quality, and doctors have to compete with each other to get their business. In both of these specialties, unlike the rest of healthcare, prices have gone down while quality has gone up.

The best example of how a market-based healthcare system can operate is in Singapore, which reserves the use of insurance for catastrophic care. In 2014, Singapore spent less than a third per person on healthcare than what the United States spent.

So, how about another big American issue: the military?

I want to turn America into one giant Switzerland – armed and neutral.

Virtually none of the countries we’ve invaded since the Second World War have posed a clear and present danger to America. These needless wars caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of American soldiers and foreign citizens, and wasted trillions of taxpayer dollars. Worse, the damage we left behind only created new enemies.

It’s time to bring America to peace. We must stop inserting ourselves in countries where we don’t belong. We should instead engage the world through free trade; history shows that peaceful commerce prevents conflict. When goods don’t cross borders, troops do.

And then there’s the environment. When you look at a globe, you’ll quickly notice that countries with larger governments tend to have more pollution. Freer markets lead to innovation and better technology, and away from older and dirtier sources of energy.

We need to take advantage of nuclear energy. Companies like Rolls Royce are innovating to earn business, and as a result, they are now developing reactors that are safer and one-tenth of their original size.

Progressives have rightfully railed against the Department of Defense as the world’s largest polluter. But if government is the problem, then why would we trust them to fix it? This is the same federal government that grants $15 billion annually in subsidies to oil and coal companies and whose red tape prevents cleaner and more sustainable energy from entering the marketplace.

Lastly, it’s important to consider education. Education should be a local issue decided by parents, teachers, and students. Instead, we have a federal Department of Education, which imposes a top-down, one-size-fits-all curriculum. It is more concerned with the next standardized test than preparing children for adulthood. Schools have had little incentive to compete or improve, as parents often get stuck sending their kids to the school nearest where they happen to live.

Instead of allowing only those with the resources to pay for private schooling to have a choice, we owe that right to all American families.

July 16, 2020. Tags: , , . Politics. Leave a comment.

The Maduro diet: How most Venezuelans lost an average of 43 pounds in two years

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

July 15, 2020

In May 2017, the Washington Post reported:

In a recent survey of 6,500 Venezuelan families by the country’s leading universities, three-quarters of adults said they lost weight in 2016 — an average of 19 pounds… a level of hunger almost unheard-of outside war zones or areas ravaged by hurricane, drought or plague.

In February 2018, Reuters reported:

Venezuelans reported losing on average 11 kilograms (24 lbs) in body weight last year… according to a new university study…

That’s 43 pounds in two years.

Before I explain how this came to happen, I want to start out by explaining what did not cause this to happen.
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July 15, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Communism, Economics, Food, Military, Police state, Politics, Social justice warriors, Venezuela, War against achievement. Leave a comment.

R.I.P. Grant Imahara

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/grant-imahara-dead-mythbusters-host-was-49-1303101

Grant Imahara, Host of ‘MythBusters’ and ‘White Rabbit Project,’ Dies at 49

July 13, 2020

An electrical engineer and roboticist by training, he worked for a long time at Lucasfilm’s THX and Industrial Light and Magic divisions.

Grant Imahara, an electrical engineer and roboticist who hosted the popular science show MythBusters and Netflix’s White Rabbit Project, has died. He was 49.

Imahara died suddenly following a brain aneurysm, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. “We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” a representative for Discovery said in a statement on Monday.

An electrical engineer and roboticist by training, he joined Discovery’s MythBusters in its third season, replacing Scottie Chapman and was with the show until 2014 when he left with co-hosts Kari Byron and Tory Belleci. The trio would reunite in 2016 for Netflix’s White Rabbit Project which lasted for one season. On MythBusters, Imahara used his technical expertise to design and build robots for the show and also operated the computers and electronics needed to test myths.

While part of the Mythbusters team, he sky-dived and drove stunt cars, on film sets he came into contact with some of the most iconic characters in screen history, installing lights onto Star Wars’ R2-D2, creating the robot Geoff Peterson for The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and working on the Energizer Bunny.

On Monday evening, Imahara’s MythBusters and White Rabbit Project co-host Byron tweeted, “Sometimes I wish I had a time machine,” and included a picture with Imahara and Belleci.

Later on Monday, Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage also tweeted: “I’m at a loss. No words. I’ve been part of two big families with Grant Imahara over the last 22 years. Grant was a truly brilliant engineer, artist and performer, but also just such a generous, easygoing, and gentle PERSON. Working with Grant was so much fun. I’ll miss my friend.”

Born in Los Angeles, Imahara studied electrical engineering at the University of Southern California (though he briefly had doubts and wanted to become a screenwriter) before combining the two passions and landing a post-graduation gig at Lucasfilm-associated THX labs. In his nine years at Lucasfilm, he worked for the company’s THX and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) divisions. In his years at ILM he became chief model maker specializing in animatronics and worked on George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels, as well as The Matrix Reloaded, The Matrix Revolutions, Galaxy Quest, XXX: State of the Union, Van Helsing, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, A.I. Artificial Intelligence and Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines.

In 2000, Imahara also competed in Comedy Central’s BattleBots with a robot he built himself called “Deadblow” that won two Middleweight Rumbles, was the first season’s Middleweight runner-up and became the third season’s first-ranked robot.

As computer graphics began to supplant model-making in the aughts, former ILM colleague Tony Belleci suggested Imahara come aboard Mythbusters, the Discovery show Belleci co-hosted. As a co-host, he became a self-described “human guinea pig,” though if they determined a situation unfit for humans, they created machines to test them in their place.

Imahara also starred in several episodes of the fan-made web series Star Trek Continues. He played Hikaru Sulu, a lieutenant, helmsman and third officer on the USS Enterprise, in the show that was an unofficial continuation of Star Trek: The Original Series.

In a 2008 interview with Machine Design, Imahara told the publication that he wanted to be an engineer because “I liked the challenge of designing and building things, figuring out how something works and how to make it better or apply it in a different way. When I was a kid, I never wanted to be James Bond. I wanted to be Q, because he was the guy who made all the gadgets. I guess you could say that engineering came naturally.”

July 14, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , . Science, Science fiction, Star Wars, Technology, Television. Leave a comment.

Keri Smith: On leaving the SJW cult and finding myself

https://medium.com/unsafe-space/on-leaving-the-sjw-cult-and-finding-myself-1a6769b2f1ff

On Leaving the SJW Cult and Finding Myself

By Keri Smith

I’ve been undergoing a pretty significant change in the way I interpret the world and how to ‘be’ in it. As I’ve grappled with how to understand my shifting perspective, I’ve found that writing down my thoughts has helped to put them in some kind of order, so this is an attempt to continue doing that. I know some of my friends have wondered why I’ve lately been so critical of the left, my home, so I wanted to share with you what a vocal part of my particular and admittedly self-selected echo chamber is like.

For the record, this is not illustrative of all of the left or even and especially of all of my liberal friends. (That shouldn’t have to be said, but we seem to have spell out things like that these days.) In fact, I’m partially writing this because I know a lot of my liberal friends are blessedly NOT privy to this part of the left. I was talking with a friend who is also liberal and she does not see this kind of stuff regularly, like I do. In the venn diagram that is Facebook, I hope you don’t find yourself overlapping with this circle, or maybe I do, because my vantage point may shed some light on why my beliefs are changing, and on where I see things possibly headed.

I see increasing numbers of so-called liberals cheering censorship and defending violence as a response to speech. I see seemingly reasonable people wishing death on others and laughing at escalating suicide and addiction rates of the white working class. I see liberal think pieces written in opposition to expressing empathy or civility in interactions with those with whom we disagree. I see 63 million Trump voters written off as “nazis” who are okay to target with physical violence. I see concepts like equality and justice being used as a mask for resentful, murderous rage.

The most pernicious aspect of this evolution of the left, is how it seems to be changing people, and how rapidly since the election. I have been dwelling on this Nietzsche quote for almost six months now, “He who fights with monsters, should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.” How easy is it for ordinary humans to commit atrocious acts? History teaches us it’s pretty damn easy when you are blinded to your own hypocrisy. When you believe you are morally superior, when you have dehumanized those you disagree with, you can justify almost anything. In a particularly vocal part of the left, justification for dehumanizing and committing violence against those on the right has already begun.

I don’t yet know what to call this part of the left. Maajid Nawaz calls them the “Regressive Left.” Others call them SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) or the Alt-Left. The ideology is post-modernist cultural marxism, and it operates as a secular religion. Most are indoctrinated in liberal elite colleges, though many are being indoctrinated online these days. It has its own dogma and jargon, meant to make you feel like a good person, and used to lecture others on their ‘sin.’ “Check your privilege”- much like “mansplaining” and “gaslighting”- all at one time useful terms- have over time lost a lot of their meaning. These days I see them most frequently being abused as weaponized ad hominem attacks on a person’s immutable identity markers….a way to avoid making an argument, while simultaneously claiming an unearned moral highground in a discussion.

I have been wondering why more people on the left are not speaking up against violence, in favor of free exchange of ideas and dialogue, in favor of compassion. But I know why. I was in the cult. Part of it is that you are a true believer, and part of it is that you are fearful of being called an apostate — in being trashed as a sexist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic, xenophobic, fascist, white supremacist nazi. A friend recently wrote to me privately to say they find my latest posts “refreshing,” and that they believe in free speech, but as someone who works in entertainment, they can’t say anything that might cause them to lose their job. As someone who has gone through and is still going through a change in my underlying systems of belief, I can say this: when you finally get past fear, it is so liberating. After a lot of self-reflection, I eventually came to the opinion that if I lose friends or jobs over trying to speak and find the truth in situations, and to do so in a way that reflects my belief in compassion, then perhaps those were not friends or jobs that were healthy for my growth.

Since shedding the prison of my former ideology, I have a renewed passion for reading, a newfound interest in philosophy, psychology, history and spirituality. Instead of trying to fix others, these days I try to focus on improving myself, which I can tell you is a *much* harder though less futile endeavor. I question myself daily. I try to make a gratitude list daily. I try to meditate, although I admit I’m pretty shitty at it so far. I observe my emotional response to stimuli, then try to let it pass and practice empathy in my disagreements with others. Many times I fail, but over time it is getting easier (though I doubt it will ever be easy). I believe I finally understand that quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” It is not enough to speak about a belief in equality, justice, liberty, tolerance and love if by your actions you are illustrating the opposite by dehumanizing people, calling for their murder, justifying physical violence against them. Your actions speak louder than words.

What example are we each setting with how we act in the world? I am reminded here of Daryl Davis, the musician who is bringing people out of the KKK by befriending them. What an evolved character he must possess. What a mode of being to aspire to be like, to set your course towards. I believe taking on the task of honestly assessing and trying to improve my character, and speaking up for principles of equality, justice, free speech, liberty, peace and love in a WAY that supports those principles rather than increasing resentment, hatred, and murderous rage, is the way to change the world. If that makes me a moron, a naive peacenik, a privileged bigot -a heretic- in your ideology, so be it.

July 13, 2020. Tags: . Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Video evidence shows that recycling hurts the environment, and landfills help the environment

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

July 13, 2020

Below are two videos.

The first video shows that much of the recycled garbage from rich countries (the U.K. in this case) gets sent to poor countries, where it just sits there on the ground without any covering or protection, getting blown around, and often ending up in rivers and ultimately the ocean.

The second video shows a landfill in a rich country (New York in this case). The landfill is well sealed and covered, and is now a park with grass, trees, plants, and animals.

Recycling is a scam. It makes people feel good, but it actually hurts the environment instead of helping it. The environment would be a lot better off if we stopped recycling, and put our garbage into landfills. The proof is in the videos.

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

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

 

July 13, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Environmentalism. 1 comment.

The website nextdoor.com invited me to join. Then they deleted my post about a local Black Lives Matter protest. Here’s what I wrote.

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

July 12, 2020

I’m 49, and I’ve lived in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for my entire life.

Technically, the neighborhood is divided into two sections, Squirrel Hill North, and Squirrel Hill South.

I live in Squirrel Hill South.

But realistically, most people never make the distinction between North and South. I myself had lived here for decades before I even became aware of it.

Anyway, the website nextdoor.com invited me to join. Then they deleted all three threads that I started.

In my mailbox (my actual mail box with paper letters), there was a letter with my name on it, from the Squirrel Hill South message board from nextdoor.com, inviting me to join.

So I joined.

And they deleted all three threads that I started.

The first thread that I started was about how hypocrite Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf violated his own COVID-19 lockdown by going to a Black Lives Matter protest.

This was my source:

Why did Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf join a protest with hundreds of people, breaking the rules in a yellow-phase county?

The second thread that I started was about how the Pittsburgh public schools never should have been shut down for COVID-19. I cited these three sources:

Risk of coronavirus spreading in schools is ‘extremely low’ study finds

Denmark, Finland say they saw no increase in coronavirus after schools re-opened

Reopening schools in Denmark did not worsen outbreak, data shows

The third thread that I started was about a Black Lives Matter protest that had taken place in Pittsburgh that same day.

For a while, I had a separate window open for each of the three threads, and I was reading other people’s comments, and responding to them.

Then I noticed that both of the first two threads had been deleted.

Fearing that the third thread had also been deleted, I copied my original post and saved it to a text file.

At that time, the thread was still intact. But several hours later, it had in fact been deleted, just like the other two.

In that third thread, some people agreed with me.

Some people said I had raised some good points, without necessarily agreeing or disagreeing with me.

And some people falsely said my comment was “racist.”

My comment was not racist.

Instead, my comment simply consisted of saying things that were true, and citing links to sources to verify my claims.

So, here is the full text of my post on Black Lives Matter, which I posted at the Squirrel Hill South section of nextdoor.com, and which was later deleted:

July 11, 2020: Black Lives Matter protest in Pittsburgh.

Here’s a video of today’s Black Lives Matter protest in Pittsburgh:

https://www.yahoo.com/news/protesters-confront-pittsburgh-police-riot-235000923.html

The woman in today’s video criticizes capitalism. I’m not surprised. Here’s a video of the founder of Black Lives Matter saying “We are trained Marxists.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EvOyW5vIdg

The woman in today’s video also talks about slavery. I wonder if she knows that Democrats are the party of slavery. I wonder if she knows that the first Republican president was the one who freed the slaves.

She also refers to someone getting shot three times. I think she’s referring to Antwon Rose Jr.

Rose was not exactly “unarmed,” as his defenders claim.

Just a few minutes before Rose was shot, he was in a car that was used to carry out a drive by shooting.

Rose had gunshot residue on his hands.

He had an empty 9-mm gun magazine in his pocket.

His DNA was found on a 9-mm gun that was in the car.

Rose had allegedly stolen a gun during an armed robbery earlier that day.

Sources:

https://www.wtae.com/article/juvenile-suspect-arrested-north-braddock-drive-by-shooting-antwon-rose/21947389#

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/crime-courts/2019/03/01/Michael-Rosfeld-Antown-Rose-shooting-east-pittsburgh-drive-by-victim-tells-police/stories/201903010161

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/21/us/antwon-rose-police-killing-protests.html

https://abcnews.go.com/US/police-officer-charged-fatal-shooting-unarmed-east-pittsburgh/story?id=56196640

https://triblive.com/local/pittsburgh-allegheny/witnesses-rosfeld-was-crying-shaking-panicking-distraught-after-shooting-rose/

https://www.wpxi.com/news/officer-trial/judge-rules-on-what-can-cannot-be-discussed-in-michael-rosfeld-trial/931688661/

Also, the Black Lives Matter website says they want to get rid of the traditional nuclear family structure. They talk about black mothers, but they don’t say anything about black fathers.

https://blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/

Also, there has never been a nationwide BLM protest against any of the 93% of black murder victims who were killed by other blacks. BLM doesn’t seem to care about those black lives.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/feds-49-of-murder-victims-are-black-men/

 

July 12, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, COVID-19, Pittsburgh, Racism, Squirrel Hill. 1 comment.

One of the biggest examples yet of why the lockdown is a scam! NBC News “medical expert” Dr. Joseph Fair appeared on air nearly a dozen times to document his “struggle” with COVID-19. But later, he admitted that he never actually had COVID-19! From the very start, every single one of his COVID-19 tests was negative! Here are some of NBC’s bogus, con-game videos for you to watch!

By Daniel Alman (aka Dan from Squirrel Hill)

July 10, 2020

I’ll definitely be adding this one to my list the next time I update it. My current list can be read at Here are 167 reasons why I’m against the COVID-19 lockdowns

This is just too funny!

This is one of the biggest and best examples of the media bias that is being used to exaggerate the problem of COVID-19.

NBC News “medical expert” Dr. Joseph Fair appeared on air nearly a dozen times to document his “struggle” with COVID-19.

But later, he admitted that he never actually had COVID-19!

From the very start, every single one of his COVID-19 tests was negative!

Here’s a picture of Dr. Fair from one of his reports. I got this image from the following link, which also has a great article about how NBC pulled off their huge con:

https://freebeacon.com/media/nbc-contributor-reveals-he-never-had-coronavirus-after-network-documented-his-recovery/

Here are some of the videos of NBC’s con that aired on the network:

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

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjZbSHv6lws

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=of4RlbgUbEc

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RyizJh3–5o

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_tupmKGy0c

 

July 10, 2020. Tags: , , , , . COVID-19, Media bias. 3 comments.

Way to go: BLM idiots vandalize statue of a former slave outside black church in Indiana

https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2020/07/way-go-blm-idiots-vandalize-statue-former-slave-outside-black-church-kentucky/

Way to Go: BLM Idiots Vandalize Statue of a Former Slave Outside Black Church in Indiana

July 9, 2020

Idiotic Black Lives Matter supporters have vandalized a statue of a slave fleeing with her infant daughter outside a black church in New Albany.

The faces on the statue were painted red, similar to what we have seen done to statues of Confederate generals and Christopher Columbus, and tagged with “BLM.” Ironically though, the statue at the nearly 170-year-old Second Baptist Church is of former slave Lucy Higgs Nichols, escaping slavery with her baby.

The church was known for helping slaves who were fleeing during the civil war. Higgs Nichols went on to become a nurse in the Union Army.

The church is now putting up security cameras to keep an eye on the statues and the church itself. A GoFundMe campaign to help has raised nearly $5,000.

“All community donations, just people saying, ‘I want to help,‘” Friends of the Town Clock Church Treasurer Jerry Finn explained to WAVE 3 News. “What it will allow us to do is put cameras in place to monitor the gardens and the church as well.”

July 10, 2020. Tags: , . Black lives matter, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Omar: ‘We must dismantle the oppressive system that allowed a refugee to get elected to the highest legislative body in the land’ (satire)

https://babylonbee.com/news/omar-we-must-dismantle-the-oppressive-system-that-allowed-a-refugee-to-get-elected-to-the-highest-legislative-body-in-the-land

Omar: ‘We Must Dismantle The Oppressive System That Allowed A Refugee To Get Elected To The Highest Legislative Body In The Land’

July 9, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.—During a press conference earlier this week, Representative Ilhan Omar called on the nation to dismantle the oppressive, racist system that allowed a Somalian refugee to become a citizen and get elected to the highest legislative body in the land.

She delivered her scathing comments on national media outlets that happily provide a platform for the woman who came from a war-torn country and was welcomed into the United States to ascend to state and eventually national office.

“Now that I have climbed to the top of the ladder, I am calling on the ladder to be kicked down for its systemic prejudice against oppressed women of color,” Omar said. “I am hereby using the power and platform afforded to me by the incredible opportunity available in this country to call on my countrymen to bring the whole thing crashing to the ground.”

“The whole thing is racist — dismantle it all,” she added before heading to a dinner party for elites in Washington.

July 10, 2020. Tags: . Ilhan Omar. 1 comment.

According to NPR, this video from Louisville, Kentucky is a “right-wing extremist” attack

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpZ1D0Ylbsk

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/21/880963592/vehicle-attacks-rise-as-extremists-target-protesters

Vehicle Attacks Rise As Extremists Target Protesters

June 21, 2020

Right-wing extremists are turning cars into weapons

July 9, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , . Black lives matter, Idiots blocking traffic, Media bias, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

Liberals standing on the road in front on oncoming traffic in Ventura County, California

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhEDWdyFH9k

July 9, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . Black lives matter, Idiots blocking traffic, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

White woman who attacked police officers with firebomb blamed ‘black man’ for giving her the materials until her white accomplice confessed

https://atlantablackstar.com/2020/07/08/white-woman-who-attacked-police-officers-with-firebomb-blamed-black-man-for-giving-her-the-materials-until-her-white-accomplice-confessed/

White Woman Who Attacked Police Officers with Firebomb Blamed ‘Black Man’ for Giving Her the Materials Until Her White Accomplice Confessed

By Niara Savage

July 8, 2020

Samantha Shader, a 27-year-old white woman, was arrested on charges of throwing Molotov cocktails at an NYPD vehicle occupied by four officers at a protest following the death of George Floyd in late May. She faces charges including use of explosives to commit a felony, arson, and use of a destructive device.

Shader’s actions were caught on tape and she admitted to throwing the makeshift explosive but claimed three “Black” strangers had approached her on the street and given her the bottle. But this past Friday, July 3, police arrested a white man who admitted to federal authorities he’d given Shader the materials for the firebomb. Timothy Amerman, a 29-year-old painter, now faces up to 10 years of prison time if he is convicted on charges of civil disorder or civil disorder conspiracy.

Although Shader’s story about a group of Black people giving her the Molotov cocktail gear is false, her account of the encounter is fairly detailed. She said the man who gave her the bottle was a “thicker guy’ with his hair in “skinny dreads,” of different colors. She said the second man was wearing a hat and that the woman who was with them had “poofy” hair. Shader says she felt important at the time because she was the only white person around, and took the bottle.

No one in the police vehicle Shader targeted was injured, and the officers escaped the van to apprehend her. Prosecutors say Shader bit an officer’s leg as they took her into custody.

Upon searching Shader’s vehicle, police found a note with Amerman’s fingerprints on it that said: “I found a few more glass bottles than I thought I had, though still not many. I’m giving you my mask in hopes that helps. Wish I had more. There’s also a bag in here for you. BE SAFE Please. Really Good Luck, – Love Tim.”

Amerman told police he gave Shader “projectiles to throw at police and counter-protesters.”

According to federal agencies, the accomplices regularly post anti-police memes on Facebook. Shader posted that “Black people should be allowed to burn down the country thew built for free, and Amerman said in a post from late May that cops are “Tax collectors with guns. Wife beaters. Murderers.”

Amerman is currently being held in Albany, New York, as he waits to face his charges, and Shader, who has been arrested 11 times before, faces life in prison.

July 9, 2020. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Antifa, Black lives matter, Racism, Rioting looting and arson, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

You know what’s the ultimate ‘place of privilege’? Living in the USA

https://thefederalist.com/2020/07/06/you-know-whats-the-ultimate-place-of-privilege-living-in-the-usa/

You Know What’s The Ultimate ‘Place Of Privilege’? Living In The USA

People who come to this country don’t throw around that ‘privilege’ word as if to highlight some victimhood. They know America is still the shining beacon of hope for all mankind.

By J. Motos Gordon

July 6, 2020

From the moment I first saw a helicopter land in the rice fields of my small town in the Philippines when I was a kid, I was captivated. I wanted to fly. I never thought I’d ever get to fly anything but the homemade kites we used to make out of cement bags and bamboo sticks.

Then I got an amazing, life-changing gift: opportunity.

America, the Land of Opportunity

When I was about 10 years old, my mom brought me to the United States. She had come to the U.S. many years before with only about $200 in her pocket when she stepped off the plane. She made a life for herself, and when she was finally able, she brought me. She eventually met my dad, and he later adopted me. It was one of the happiest days of my life.

My mom and dad are amazing people — caring, salt of the earth, hard-working people. Thrift shops and Goodwill stores were our malls when I was younger, and to this day I feel a sense of excitement when I enter one. My parents gardened in the backyard, spent their money frugally, and continued to save for part of that American Dream: their own house.

I hated when my mom forced me to do my English and math with chalk and a chalkboard in our small hallway. With that tough love, she would always say, “When your grandfather was a young man in the Philippines, he helped take care of a farm. Then one day, they took it away. And so, he told me, ‘Go to school. People can take away your clothes and your house and your farm, but they can’t take away your education.’”

Although I never did become a pilot, I did get to fly in some of those planes I dreamed of flying. As the saying goes, sometimes we create our own opportunities. And sometimes, some of us don’t work hard enough to make our dreams a reality, but that’s on me, not the system. Nothing, not opportunity nor education, is ever guaranteed without sacrifice or hard work.

My experience isn’t special. I’m just a kid from a rice-farming town. Given the same opportunity, any of my relatives in the Philippines right now would love to come here to pursue the American Dream, and I have no doubt they would achieve it — irrespective of their background, skin color, accent, or any other perceived racial or economic disadvantage. Some of them are pursuing it right now.

This is America, after all, with better opportunities and freedoms than the place they would leave behind. They are proud, smart, hard-working, and family-loving people. The only difference between them and all Americans is that we are here in the land of opportunity, a land where your success is directly proportional to your effort. A land where freedoms and liberties are enshrined on old parchment papers, and bled for by young men and women.

If You Don’t Want to Be Here, Leave

I can’t help but wonder why statues of the Founding Fathers are being toppled and why people are calling to defund police. I can’t help but wonder why the push for racial parity is being hijacked by some to a dangerous phase where the worth of one race is extolled above others to the point that saying “all lives matter” is now deemed racist.

To those who hate this country, look at all the people who want to come here and become U.S. citizens. This nation is imperfect, but it is still a great country — many would contend it’s the greatest. If America is not a good fit for anyone because it is so horrible, they can leave it and go to another country. No one is stopping them from renouncing their U.S. citizenship and making room for somebody who wants to be here.

If people choose to stay, however, to make America a better place together, let’s exercise “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances,” enumerated in the Constitution. Let us not put each other down with name-calling, not topple statues, not set fire to neighborhood businesses, not riot and throw frozen water bottles, not loot stores for electronics, and certainly not kill others.

Being an American Is a Privilege

I recently had a discussion with someone who was born in the United States. Our viewpoints differed, and he hinted it may have something to do with my privilege. Excuse me? Let me hint at something.

If you grew up with lights and electricity in your house instead of kerosene lamps and candles just so you could read at night or feel safe, you have privilege.

If you have indoor plumbing instead of having to go outside and hand-pump your water out of the ground, you have privilege.

If you can sit on a porcelain toilet instead of between two bamboo trunks to go to the bathroom, you have privilege.

If you have shoes under your feet instead of flip-flops cobbled together with safety pins because you can’t afford new ones, you have privilege.

If you have more than two or three outfits instead of using the same ones over and over because you can’t afford more, you have privilege.

If you can throw your clothes in a washing machine instead of having to go to the river to hand-wash them, you have privilege.

If you feel safe during storms instead of having to worry about whether your thatched roof will leak again or if the typhoon will sweep away your house and family, you have privilege.

If you can reach into your cupboard for your box of Uncle Ben’s instant rice instead of having to harvest the rice fields, lay out the rice onto the street to dry it under the sun, use the wind to separate the husks from the rice, bag it, and then store it in a warehouse and hope the rats don’t eat it, you have privilege.

If you have a car to get where you need to go instead of having to pack yourself like sardines into an old Jeep with questionable safety, you have privilege.

If you can microwave food or grab Pop Tarts from your kitchen instead of having to dig up potatoes in your yard or steal guava fruits from your neighbor, you have privilege.

If you had an Atari, Nintendo, or Xbox instead of having to carve your own toys from a tree branch or use a Campbell’s soup can to make your own toy car or scrounge for coconut husks around town just so you can play a game, you have privilege.

If you live under an economic system that allows you to work hard, persevere, and be creative to pull yourself out of poverty and rise into your own definition of success instead of toiling with the same amount of blood, sweat, and tears only to be limited by a government filled with corruption and nepotism, you have privilege.

If you live in country where fundamental human rights and liberties are protected by a Constitution with its ingenious system of checks and balances instead of a country where your rights depend on who is in power, you have privilege.

If you live in the United States of America instead of a Third World country, you have privilege.

Make America Better Together

The difference is that people who come to this country don’t throw around that “privilege” word as if to highlight some victimhood. They keep to themselves, work hard and smart, realize how special this country is, believe in the American Dream, and go after it. They’re just happy to be here.

This country has disparities that still need to be addressed, but they are complex, just as complex as the history behind it all. A real, meaningful solution will be equally complex.

We must work together, not by marginalizing or denigrating those with a different point of view. In putting down and belittling the voices of other people, we miss out on the opportunity to talk to one another — and we may very well inadvertently silence those who would have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with us to effect change.

In the end, this is still our country. Despite all its imperfections, America is still the shining beacon of hope for all mankind. Just ask anyone who wants to come here.

We can make it better — not through name-calling, not through riots, not through violence, not through erasing history. But together.

An immigrant to this amazing land of opportunity, Joe Motos Gordon is a retired Air Force officer and an alum of the United States Air Force Academy, Auburn University, and also holds a PhD in applied physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology. Fueled daily by two parts curiosity and one part creativity, he lives with his wife and daughter in the Austin, Texas, area where he likes to write screenplays in his spare time, and founded a company, inventgen inc, as a place to pursue his passion for creating solutions.

July 9, 2020. Tags: . Immigration. Leave a comment.

Marquette University threatened to rescind student’s admission over pro-Trump TikTok video

https://www.tiktok.com/@conservativegirl0/video/6835771976825474309

 

https://www.thecollegefix.com/marquette-university-threatened-to-rescind-students-admission-over-pro-trump-tiktok-video/

Marquette University threatened to rescind student’s admission over pro-Trump TikTok video

By Jackson Walker

July 7, 2020

Soon to be Marquette University freshman Samantha Pfefferle has yet to even step foot on campus, yet she said she is already facing possible dismissal from the school.

The threat to cancel Pfefferle’s admission came after she posted a video to her account on the popular social media site TikTok showing her support for President Donald Trump.

The video, titled “When the libs find their way to your page,” lists captions such as “When people see that I support Trump,” “Then try to hate on me,” and “And think I’ll change my views,” over a video of Pfefferle dancing.

The video features a Trump 2020 flag as well as a sign reading “Marquette 2024.” The song used in the video is rapper 6ix9ine’s GOOBA, and plays lyrics such as “ He’s mad, she’s’ mad, big sad, haha, don’t care, stay mad.”

Pfefferle’s post has been watched nearly 600,000 times and has since caught the attention of the Marquette community, some of whom began harassing Pfefferle. Others threatened her life.

“I hope you get shot,” one commenter told Pfefferle. “I’d pray for you but you’re not worth it,” another user added.

“I was extremely disappointed by the incendiary comments,” Pfefferle told The College Fix in an interview. “The response from my peers has been repulsive.”

Pfefferle explained that following the TikTok, she was contacted by Brian Troyer, dean of undergraduate admissions at Marquette, who she said told her her acceptance to the school was far from certain.

“[He] had the heart to tell me I wasn’t a student,” Pfefferle said. “This means that my classification is still in limbo and is currently being decided by the administration. I have been accepted, I paid for my housing, I have my roommates, I even have a complete class schedule. If that doesn’t make me a student, what does?”

Some Marquette administrators also asked Pfefferle a series of questions meant to judge her morals, she said.

“They also asked me hypothetical questions regarding Dreamers,” she said. “How would I respond if a Dreamer who lived down the hall from me came up to me and told me she didn’t feel safe or comfortable with my views and me being on campus. They also asked me if they thought there was anything I could do to improve my image on campus. They proceeded to ask if I was comfortable with the reputation I have established for myself. The assistant dean asked if I put any thought into the response I would be getting from my videos.”

The College Fix reached out to Marquette University, which did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

A Marquette spokeswoman told Empower Wisconsin that the school had not rescinded Pfefferle’s offer, although acknowledged “the admissions team did recently have a conversation with incoming freshman Samantha Pfefferle about statements made on her social media accounts.”

Other social media users are beginning to band together against Pfefferle as well.

An Instagram user has since created a copy and paste email template requesting to have Pfefferle’s admission rescinded from Marquette and is encouraging others to send the email to Marquette’s administration. It states in part:

Ms. Pfefferle has been very vocal on social media (TikTok, Instagram) about how she is enthusiastic about coming to Marquette in the Fall. As a Marquette student who is passionate for the University’s core values, such as Cura Personalis, and recognizing everyone’s human dignity, these transphobic, racist, and xenophobic comments should not be tolerated.

These comments made by Ms. Pfefferle were shared publicly, and were clearly presented as mocking jokes. Ms. Pfefferle is obviously proud of her statements, as she stands behind her words in every post.

These comments create and perpetuate an unsafe space for the LGBTQ+ community, first generation students, and Dreamers at Marquette.

Samantha Pfefferle is proud of her transphobic and xenophobic opinions, which under no circumstances should be allowed at Marquette. The University can and should make it their priority to ensure students (specifically LGBTQ+, immigrants, first gen, and POC) feel safe, valued, and appreciated on campus.

Commenters on TikTok are also continuing to express their disapproval of Pfefferle’s conservative views.

“how can i help. she will not be going to college next year,” wrote a commenter. “Free speech does not mean no consequences,” commented another. “i love love LOVE conservatives getting their school offers revoked,” added one user.

Pfefferle is not alone in her fight to attend Marquette, however, as a petition on Change.org titled “Stop Marquette University From Removing Incoming Conservative Student for Her Beliefs” aims to keep her enrolled.

“Freedom of expression is the most fundamental of all rights,” the petition states. “What precedence are we setting for future conservative generations? We can’t afford to capitulate in the face of tyranny when our youth are depending on us to protect their rights.”

“Since when did one’s political leanings make a difference as to whether or not one can attend a college?” one petition signer asked.

The call to action, which has reached more than 1,200 supporters in seven days, petitions the Republican National Committee along with 16 other famous conservatives including former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, President Donald Trump, and conservative talk show host Sean Hannity, to help spread awareness of Pfefferle’s fight.

When asked her plans for this fall, Pfefferle explained she still hopes to attend Marquette.

“I still would like to attend Marquette University,” she said. “However, because of the death threats, bullying, and harassment, this transition will be difficult to make. As of right now, I’m being left in the dark as to how Marquette is addressing the harassment.”

Editor’s note: After publication Tuesday, Pfefferle reached out to The College Fix and said that the school on Monday finally told her it would not revoke her admissions. Campus officials still have not responded to numerous requests from The Fix for comment.

July 9, 2020. Tags: , , , , , . Cancel culture, Education, Social justice warriors. Leave a comment.

I really like this idea from Kurt Schlichter: “student loans need to come from the school and to be dischargeable in bankruptcy”

Kurt Schlichter just wrote this excellent column, with a whole bunch of ways to improves colleges.

Of Schlichter’s many excellent ideas, this one is my favorite. He wrote:

Third, student loans need to come from the school and to be dischargeable in bankruptcy. A school is going to be a lot less eager to say, “Sure, go ahead and major in Norwegian Feminist Dance Theory” if they are on the hook when their ardent young scholar can’t get a gig that can pay back the sticker price.

That’s brilliant – absolutely brilliant.

I hope Schlichter’s idea gets adopted as national policy.

July 9, 2020. Tags: , , , . Education. Leave a comment.

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