davidl on August 7th, 2020

Slow Joe attempts to talk about diversity, sticks foot in mouth, via Ann Althouse:

“What you all know that most people don’t know, unlike the African American community with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things,””What you all know that most people don’t know, unlike the African American community with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things,”

Comment by Professor Althouse:

I think what happened is that Biden, in cognitive decline, is losing the ability to maintain the boundary between what is said behind the scenes with his advisers and what is appropriate for speech to the general public.

I quibble with the Professor.  The concept of diversity, whatever it may be, is both ill-defined and explosive.  Thus it is a subject a smart politician may feign homage, but never discuss. And even in his better days in the lower half Syracuse Law, Slow Joe was never that smart.  Slow Joe may have been a closeted racist, but if he had only been smart enough to keep the door closed

davidl on August 6th, 2020

The first modern general, William T Sherman, described war:

War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is, the sooner it will be over.

The first modern President, Harry Truman, demonstrated Sherman’s description, from Federalist:

On August 6, 1945, 30-year-old U.S. Air Force pilot Col. Paul W. Tibbets Jr. took to the sky in the Enola Gay, his Boeing B-29 Superfortress heavy bomber. His destination, the Japanese city of Hiroshima, was not an especially notable target. His payload, however, a single bomb nicknamed “Little Boy,” would change the course of history.[…]
A near-impossible decision faced President Harry S. Truman in the summer of 1945. To his credit, and to the salvation of millions, his fateful choice was the right one.

Needless to say, Harry’s two days of Hell, would be no match for what eighteen months of Japanese suicide attacks, a Soviet offensive and possible US poison gas attacks.  After all, War is Hell.

davidl on August 5th, 2020

Call this a Skokie post.

Did the late George Floyd commit suicide? More to the point can the State of Minnesota prove beyond at reasonable doubt that Floyd did at the hands of former police officer Derek Chauvin et al?  From Law Officer:

And as we have pointed out before, there remains not one shred of evidence that race was a factor in this incident and the body camera footage makes that crystal clear. This incident certainly appears to revolve around a suspect high on fentanyl and methamphetamine along with a pre-existing heart condition that committed a crime and resisted officers until his death.

The evidence should show that Floyd was high on fentanyl and methamphetamine, had a pre-existing heart condition and resisted arrest until he passed.  Any competent defense attorney should be able to convince the jury that absent these factors Floyd would not have died.

All these was known, or should have been, before Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed charges.  So if justice was not, in not, Ellison’s motives, what is?  Was Ellison trying both fuel and spark a race riot?  Or was he just trying to railroad four non-black police officers.

Parting question, should the federal DOJ open a civil rights investigation into Ellison for the violation of Chauvin et al civil rights?

davidl on July 29th, 2020

As the old joke goes: What do the Sun and Eastman Kodak have in common? Both are large yellow objects that used to seen in Rochester. Well the Sun is still missing, but like Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, a Kodak sighting has been reported, from Star Tribune:

Eastman Kodak will receive a federal loan of $765 million to help reduce the country’s reliance on other countries for ingredients used in generic drugs.

The plan is to create a Kodak Pharmaceuticals division, adding 300 jobs in Rochester, N.Y., and 30 to 60 jobs in St. Paul, officials told the Wall Street Journal.

The division would produce ingredients for generic drugs, including the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine that President Donald Trump has touted in the treatment of coronavirus, the report said.

Get that the production of generic drugs to in include hydroxychloroquine.  The should provoke a firestorm.  The sure to enraged include Fredo Sr., b/k/a Governor Andrew Cuomo.  Fredo is never opposed to killing Upstate New York jobs, especially with the added bonus of killing New Yorkers.

Mayor Connie, b/k/a Mayor Lovely Warren, Rochester, will she even know what to do with having her string yanked by the now departed Assemblyman David Gantt?

AOC, b/k/a Representative hydroxychloroquine, the only job of which AOC approves, other than her own, is shop lifting, assume from a mom and pop because the big box stores will not go near NYC.  AOC temper tantrum killed proposed Amazon expansion in NYC.

Last Mrs. Pelosi, the receipt of the federal loan caused Kodak’s share price to explode.  Beware of her rage should sober up and finds she missed out on a potential insider trade.

Note in passing, this is not the old Yellow Box.  The old Kodak died in bankruptcy.  The old shares were zeroed out, and new shares created for the bond holders

davidl on July 24th, 2020

The only group which uses word white to describe a population is the Klu Klux Klan.  The Klan and the democrats, but I repeat myself, from Washington Examiner:

  1. We will never amplify or legitimize the voices of bigotry, racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or white supremacy.
  2. Median incomes are lower and poverty rates are higher for Black Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and some Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, compared to median white households.
  3. And there is a persistent, pernicious racial wealth gap that holds millions of Americans back, with the typical white household holding six times more wealth than the typical Latino family and 10 times more wealth than the typical Black family.
  4. The wage gap between Black workers and white workers is higher today than it was 20 years ago.
  5. It takes a typical Black woman 19 months to earn what a typical white man earns in 12 months — and for typical Latinas and Native American women, it takes almost two years.
  6. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the uninsured rate was nearly three times higher for Latinos and nearly twice as high for Black Americans as it was for whites.
  7. Black children are far more likely than white children to suffer from asthma.
  8. Latinos, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Black Americans are diagnosed with diabetes at higher rates than whites.
    Black women are more than three times as likely to die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth compared to white women.
  9. President Trump’s words and actions have given safe harbor and encouragement to bigots, anti-Semites, Islamophobes, and white supremacists.
  10. The extreme gap in household wealth and income between people of color — especially Black Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans — and white families is hurting our working class and holding our country back.
  11. We will confront white nationalist terrorism and combat hate crimes perpetrated against religious minorities.
  12. Each year, the United States spends $23 billion more on schools in predominantly white districts than in non-white districts.
  13. We will root out systemic racism from our military justice system, where black service members are twice as likely as white ones to face court-martial.
  14. Our counterterrorism priorities, footprint, and tools should shift accordingly, including to respond to the growing threat from white supremacist and other right-wing terrorist groups.

If you are on the democrat Klan list, Joe Biden is not your friend.

davidl on July 23rd, 2020

I don’t believe that any presidential candidate of may lifetime brings less mental horsepower, with more accompanying baggage, to the general election than Slow Joe, b/k/a Joseph Biden(moron – Delaware) Slow Joe is an all-beef patty short of a quarter pounder, from Tyler O’Neil,PJ Media:

It wasn’t enough for Joe Biden to call President Donald Trump racist. On Wednesday, the presumptive Democratic nominee said Trump was the most racist president ever — in fact, he said Trump was the first racist American politician to win the presidency. This is a truly absurd claim to make about any modern politician, given America’s sad history with racism. Whatever you think about Donald Trump, he is nowhere near as racist as Woodrow Wilson[…]
The twentieth century provided some of the worst examples of presidential racism. Woodrow Wilson, a Democrat and a pioneer of the Progressive movement, reintroduced racial segregation into the federal government

I am not going deep into the presidential thicket of racism.  Suffice to say that twelve of our Presidents have owned slaves.  But somehow in Slow Joe’s demented head, owning people is not as bad as being Donald Trump.

davidl on July 20th, 2020

In the wake of public officials using public spaces for partisan political purposes, I pose two questions.  One, do public officials have such a right in the first place. Second once having created a political speech zone, do politicians have the right to censor the views expressed in such a zone.  To which, I say no.

For his part, America’s dumbest mayor, Bill de Bassio, is using New York City streets, resources and scarce police officers wage political war against one time city resident Donald J. Trump.

A few local residents, to include one Beverlyn Beatty, have been reclaiming the First Amendment, video:

According to inside sources, Mayor Bill has deployed twenty-eight NYPD officers to protect the Mayors graffiti.  Beatty’s volunteers can improve the graffiti faster Mayor Bill can degrade the graffiti.

Give Beatty a hand, a donation, or beautify your neighborhood.

Eric Florack on July 18th, 2020

I’m not starting a fight, but it is something to think about. This may open up a ton of outraged comments by some. Many who will argue how “wrong” this post is. My suggestion, save your time and effort! You’re not changing the reality of what we are living by trying to somehow justify this insanity. Nevertheless, I couldn’t resist because we are becoming the Twilight Zone. We have become a nation that has lost its collective mind!

• If a dude pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him.
• Somehow it’s un-American for the census to count how many Americans are in America.
• Russians influencing our elections are bad, but illegals voting in our elections are good.
• It was cool for Joe Biden to “blackmail” the President of Ukraine, but it’s an impeachable offense if Donald Trump inquires about it.
• Twenty is too young to drink a beer, but eighteen is old enough to vote and register for the draft so you can die girl your country that won’t let you drink .
• People who have never owned slaves should pay slavery reparations to people who have never been slaves.
• Inflammatory rhetoric is outrageous, but harassing people in restaurants is virtuous.
• People who have never been to college should pay the debts of college students who took out huge loans for their degrees.
• Immigrants with tuberculosis and polio are welcome, but you’d better be able to prove your dog is vaccinated.
• Irish doctors and German engineers who want to immigrate must go through a rigorous vetting process, but any illiterate gang-bangers who jump the southern fence are welcome.
• $5 billion for border security is too expensive, but $1.5 trillion for “free” health care is not.
• If you cheat to get into college you go to prison, but if you cheat to get into the country you go to college for free.
• People who say there is no such thing as gender are demanding a female President.
• We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, but it seems like a great plan to us.
• Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now.
• Criminals are catch-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it’s a violation of THEIR rights.
• And pointing out all this hypocrisy somehow makes us “racists”?!

Nothing makes sense anymore, no values, no morals, no civility and people are dying of a Chinese virus in the media, but 99.8% will survive if infected.
We are living in an upside down world for sure.

Not my words but very accurate and disturbing!

Eric Florack on July 17th, 2020

davidl on July 17th, 2020

The Universal Insult cuts both ways. In maybe the most boneheaded move since July 3, 1863, the Smithsonian published whiteness chart, from Washington Examiner:

The topic went viral online, and the museum quickly acted. “Since yesterday, certain content in the ‘Talking About Race’ portal has been the subject of questions that we have taken seriously,” the museum wrote in a statement Thursday. “We have listened to public sentiment and have removed a chart that does not contribute to the productive discussion we had intended.”

The Smithsonian publishes a chart which divides the population in to two parts. Then lists several good habits, but calls one group racist, and implies that the other group is either too stupid or too lazy to adopt these habits. The Smithsonian acts stunned that their racist ploy went over like a fart in church.

Hint for the Smithsonian, outside of the late Bobby Byrd and maybe David Duke, nobody describes themselves as white. Only racist describe people as white.

Does the Smithsonian want people to give up good habits like punctuality to further racial unity? If so, why?

The Universal Insult cuts in the other direction, from Power Line Steve Hayward excerpts John McWhorter’s article in The Atlantic out today attacking the whole “white fragility” narrative:

I have learned that one of America’s favorite advice books of the moment is actually a racist tract. Despite the sincere intentions of its author, the book diminishes Black people in the name of dignifying us. This is unintentional, of course, like the racism DiAngelo sees in all whites. Still, the book is pernicious because of the authority that its author has been granted over the way innocent readers think. . .

DiAngelo’s book is replete with claims that are either plain wrong or bizarrely disconnected from reality. . .

An especially weird passage is where DiAngelo breezily decries the American higher-education system, in which, she says, no one ever talks about racism. “I can get through graduate school without ever discussing racism,” she writes. “I can graduate from law school without ever discussing racism. I can get through a teacher-education program without ever discussing racism.” I am mystified that DiAngelo thinks this laughably antique depiction reflects any period after roughly 1985. . .

A corollary question is why Black people need to be treated the way DiAngelo assumes we do. The very assumption is deeply condescending to all proud Black people. In my life, racism has affected me now and then at the margins, in very occasional social ways, but has had no effect on my access to societal resources; if anything, it has made them more available to me than they would have been otherwise. Nor should anyone dismiss me as a rara avis. Being middle class, upwardly mobile, and Black has been quite common during my existence since the mid-1960s, and to deny this is to assert that affirmative action for Black people did not work.

White Fragility is, in the end, a book about how to make certain educated white readers feel better about themselves. DiAngelo’s outlook rests upon a depiction of Black people as endlessly delicate poster children within this self-gratifying fantasy about how white America needs to think—or, better, stop thinking. Her answer to white fragility, in other words, entails an elaborate and pitilessly dehumanizing condescension toward Black people. The sad truth is that anyone falling under the sway of this blinkered, self-satisfied, punitive stunt of a primer has been taught, by a well-intentioned but tragically misguided pastor, how to be racist in a whole new way.

IF the Smithsonian was willing to argue one culture can be superior/inferior to another, it must admit that the old mantra that all cultures are(somehow) equal, is flat out wrong.

davidl on July 16th, 2020

Dr. Fauci

We are told to get the seasonal flu vaccine every year. Now if you don’t get the seasonal flu vaccine, you might or might not get the seasonal flu. One the other hand, it you do get the vaccine, you will get the flu. We are told a weakened version of last year’s flu, from Natural News:

Moderna coronavirus vaccine causes side effects in over 50% of patients; antibodies disappear in 2-3 months, rendering the vaccine pointless

The widely-hyped Moderna coronavirus vaccine caused adverse events (side effects) in over 50% of clinical trial participants, including, “fatigue, chills, headache, myalgia, and pain at the injection site.” While it generates antibodies in the short term, new studies indicate those antibodies fade very quickly, rendering the vaccine pointless in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ever recall anybody dying of AIDS.  No rather than dying from AIDS, patients are described as dying from the complications of AIDS.  Likewise it is not the Wuflu that kills, but rather the complications from the Whuflu, and the complications are inflammation, which physician have lots of experience and drugs for treatment.

Eric Florack on July 16th, 2020

The state of California, forever altruistic with money it doesn’t have, is teaching the rest of us a lesson as regards to “helping the disadvantaged.”

Thousands of homeless people have been housed in San Francisco’s empty hotels in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Well, that’s the stated reason. But observe closely what’s happened:

However, City Journal contributor Erica Sandberg told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Wednesday the policy has been an “absolute disaster,”

“It’s solving exactly nothing and as a matter of fact, it’s making all the problems worse,” said Sandberg, who described the scene inside the hotels as “about as bad as you can imagine, only exponentially worse.”

“You are talking drug-fueled parties, overdoses, deaths, people are being assaulted. You have sexual assaults going on, it is pandemonium,” she said. “It is extremely bad and it needs to stop.”

The thing is, it’s not like this stuff wasn’t totally predictable. You see, one of the things about helping the “disadvantaged”that’s kind of requirement for improving their situation is changing the behavior that got them in these situations in the first place.. not reinforcing their bad behavior.

There’s a secondary behavioral point to be made here as well…it’s not just Democrat Party elected officials that are failing to make the connection between behavior and conditions. We are about to see a massive Exodus from places run by Democrats because of the hellholes they’ve become. The problem is that the people escaping such places will in large part be bringing their voting habits with them, the Springfield Democrat Party policies with them.

By the way, did we mention that this is happening in Nancy Pelosi’s home district?

And wasn’t it just yesterday that we heard somebody mutter that hard work was a sign of whiteness?

Eric Florack on July 15th, 2020

“Don’t worry about Grandma, dying alone in the nursing home. She has dementia and is scared, but she surely understands. It’s for the greater good.”
“Don’t worry about losing your business, the dream business that you opened with a second mortgage on your house… oh, and don’t worry about losing your house. It’s for the greater good.”
“Don’t worry about your child’s depression because she can’t figure out how to navigate the online classes and she misses her best friend. It’s all for the greater good.”
“Don’t worry about your Aunt who can’t get treatment for her cancer. Her sacrifice is saving lives…just not hers. It’s for the greater good.”
“Make sure you call CPS on your neighbor for letting her kids go outside to play! Don’t worry when the stranger takes her kids while they cry out for their momma. It’s all for the greater good.”
“Don’t worry about the looters and people burning down your town. They’re peaceful. It’s all for the greater good.”

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HOW DID THEY CONVINCE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TO:

▪️social distance
▪️mask up
▪️have no funerals
▪️forcibly homeschool while still taxing us for public education
▪️stay in our homes
▪️stop going to church
▪️forfeit incomes and personal businesses
▪️turn on our friends and neighbors with a phone number
▪️hug our grandparents through plastic
▪️thoroughly have us on the verge of civil war with each other.

ALL TO TURN AROUND AND TELL US THAT MOST OF IT IS NIXED AND COMPLETELY NEGATED, IF WE WANT TO:

▪️protest
▪️riot
▪️kill even more people
▪️loot businesses (many already on the brink of bankruptcy)
▪️deface national monuments
▪️destroy our cities
▪️defund & disband our police
▪️set everything on fire

…and all the while, we’re allegedly at tremendous risk of an oh-so-deadly virus that can be diagnosed without official testing, or with so-called testing being counted & reported dishonestly, and reported on death certificates even if we die by falling off a cliff…

…and even though it’s super “dangerous”, the things that actually keep us healthy, like:

▪️health food stores
▪️farmers markets
▪️garden nurseries/seeds
▪️gyms
▪️health facilities
▪️chiropractic centers
▪️naturopathic health centers
▪️outdoor activities and parks

are taken away. But:

▪️cigarettes/alcohol
▪️fast food joints
▪️Walmarts

THINK ABOUT IT. THINK HARD. IT’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.
Copied from Open Texas post.

davidl on July 15th, 2020

Fredo, Sr. b/k/a Andrew Cuomo, Governor New York, may still have CNN cub and younger brother, Fredo, Jr. in his corner, but he has lost Jake Tapper, from Breitbart:

Tapper said, “New York’s Democratic governor Andrew Cuomo seems to be on something of a victory tour congratulating the state and himself for defeating the virus. Even selling this poster, which shows his state getting over the mountain by bringing down the curve during the 111 days of hell, as the governor put it.”

He continued, “The poster includes references his daughters, a boyfriend, little inside jokes. There are no illustrations, however, of the more than 32,000 dead New Yorkers, the highest death toll by far of any state. No rendering on that poster of criticism that Governor Cuomo ignored warnings, no depiction of the study that he could have saved thousands of lives had he and Mayor De Blasio acted sooner. No painting there on the poster of his since rescinded order that nursing homes take all infected patients in.”

New York State lead the nation in Chinese virus deaths by a wide margin. New York lapped number two New Jersey. New York City served as the national port of entry for the virus. No mayor was less aware of the threat of the virus than Bill de Blasio. No Fredo, this is not a time for a victory lap.

Eric Florack on July 14th, 2020

From National Review…

Last night, 76-year-old radical Angela Davis was trending on Twitter due to her endorsement of 77-year-old presidential hopeful Joe Biden. Bravely we go into the future, I guess. While no politician can control who supports them, apparently numerous pundits believe that the Davis endorsement is worthy of celebration (though most also carefully avoided noting her blessing was made on Russian propaganda television).