22 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-13-21

  1. Surprise, surprise – no Dems are condemning this…

    When you courageously report the truth, evil people will try to silence you (and we know who they are).

    Such evil people are silencing/condemning people in the USA as well, just using different tactics (and they have aligned themselves with the CCP…).


    “Four intruders barged into the printing plant of the Hong Kong edition of The Epoch Times in the early hours of April 12, damaging computers and printing equipment in an attack believed to be the latest effort by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to silence the news outlet.

    In an attack on the same facility in November 2019, four masked men set fire to two printing presses; the perpetrators are still at large.

    Cheryl Ng, a spokeswoman for the Hong Kong edition, said the intrusion was characteristic of the CCP and had the aim of silencing an independent outlet from reporting on topics that are taboo to the communist regime.

    Ng, who condemned the attack, said it was a crime against Hong Kong’s freedom of speech.

    The Epoch Times, one of the few independent media outlets in Hong Kong, is known for its uncensored coverage of China, including political infighting within the CCP, the regime’s human rights violations against ethnic minorities and religious groups, and Beijing’s propaganda and influence operations abroad.

    The Hong Kong edition also has provided extensive independent coverage of the city’s pro-democracy movement, which started in June 2019 but subsided in July 2020 when Beijing imposed a draconian national security law on the China-ruled city. The law has further stripped Hong Kong’s dwindling autonomy, in particular the city’s press freedoms.”



  2. Let the burning, looting, and rioting begin!


  3. “The Schoolyard Bully Morphs Into the Corporate Bully”


    “When I was growing up in Stony Point, N.Y., a half-century ago, the schoolyard had its share of bullies — people who would try to intimidate you into acting or talking just like them.

    Me being a bit of a loudmouth even then, I had a tendency to push back. Of course, the stakes weren’t usually too high. Just public humiliation and maybe being shoved to the ground or wrestled into submission. Nor were these debates of great consequence. Could be a fight about the Monkees vs. the Beatles or the Mets vs. the Yankees, but the underlying principle was the same as what we fight over now: Do I have a right to my own opinion or not? And back in those days, there was a law that was immutable, an argument that was invincible, a question that had no rejoinder:

    “It’s still a free country, isn’t it?”

    The answer was obvious. We were the land of the free, the home of the brave. We were born in a struggle against tyranny. We had saved the world from the Nazis and the fascists. Since then, we had been engaged in a death struggle with the forces of evil and enslavement in the form of the Soviet Union and Marxist ideology. And the most important standard of our freedom was the ability to say whatever we wanted, even if it pissed somebody off.

    But that was then; this is now.

    Now, the schoolyard bully has morphed into the corporate bully. It’s Coca-Cola, Delta, Major League Baseball, Google, Twitter, etc. They think they are the cool kids who can impose their will on the rest of us, make us toe their line and parrot back their woke words. It is an obscene distortion of free speech.

    The latest round of corporate bullying was triggered by Georgia’s decision to reestablish voter confidence in that state’s elections following the free-for-all that we witnessed in the 2020 presidential election and the 2021 Senate runoff elections.

    Of course, everyone knows that the official party line out of Washington and the state-run media is that there was no election fraud in 2020. That’s fine. People can believe whatever they want, but when they try to prevent their opponents from exercising their sovereign will through legislative action, that cannot be tolerated.

    No need to get into the allegations of voter fraud in 2020. All you have to know is that the legislature of each state is responsible for establishing election rules, and that this very important constitutional provision was violated in 2020, not just in Georgia but in a number of states. The Georgia legislature reasserted its authority last month and established rules for how to assure fair elections going forward.

    That should be the concern of the voters in that state, who elected the legislators who passed the law and the governor who signed it, voters who also have to live under the provisions the reforms established, including the requirement that voter ID be documented for mail-in voting.

    But it is none of the business of corporations that sell soft drinks or provide transportation to and from the wonderful state of Georgia. Wait, that’s not quite right. If companies want to be wrong about voter ID, that’s their business. But if they want me and others like me to be wrong about voter ID, that’s my business. And if they try to intimidate the state of Georgia into doing what Delta or Coca-Cola wants, that’s everybody’s business.

    Major League Baseball pulled the All-Star Game out of Atlanta to punish Georgia for its new law. It did so without due process and without recourse. That would make sense in a totalitarian society where we all are expected to think alike, or at least to cower in fear when told what to think. But the United States of America isn’t supposed to be like that, and if it is, if corporations can control what you think or say, then what exactly makes us better than China or Iran or North Korea?

    Think about it. If corporations can take away our rewards and privileges because they don’t like an exercise of legal authority by a state government, then what can’t they punish us over? Facebook has already banned “the voice” of Donald Trump from its platform, and Twitter refuses to archive the record of the 45th president’s historic conversation with the American people on its social media platform. What’s next? Will Google ban some of us from using its Internet services because it disagrees with the content of our speech? (That’s a rhetorical question. YouTube has already removed more than half a dozen videos from my channel because they dared to mention court challenges to the 2020 election.) Will Bank of America refuse to lend you money because of your politics? Will Delta forbid certain people from flying on their airplanes because they expressed opinions contrary to the company’s new leftist philosophy? Any of those may well be coming.”


  4. Some good news.

    But it should only be the start. The cops abused this man for no reason, and they violated his civil rights. They need to be held to account using the full extent of the law.


    “Caron Nazario: Windsor police officer fired over pepper-spray traffic stop”

    One of two police officers accused of pepper-spraying and pointing their guns at a Black US army officer during a traffic stop has been fired, a Virginia town announced late on Sunday, hours after the governor called for an independent investigation.

    Saying it took the action because it “prides itself in its small-town charm and the community wide respect of its police department”, the town of Windsor said it joined calls from elected officials, including Governor Ralph Northam, in requesting an investigation by Virginia state police.

    In the December 2020 encounter, two officers are accused of drawing their guns, pointing them at army second lieutenant Caron Nazario and using a slang term to suggest he was facing execution.

    Nazario, who is Black and Latino, was also pepper-sprayed and knocked to the ground by the officers, Joe Gutierrez and Daniel Crocker, according to the lawsuit he filed earlier this month against them.

    The two sides in the case dispute what happened but Crocker wrote in a report that he believed Nazario was “eluding police” and he considered it a “high-risk traffic stop”. Attorney Jonathan Arthur said Nazario wasn’t trying to elude the officer but was trying to stop in a well-lit area.

    In a statement on Sunday, Windsor officials said an internal investigation opened at the time determined department policy wasn’t followed. Officials said disciplinary action was taken and Gutierrez had since been fired.”


    The Army is praising the Lt.’s reaction to it all.


    “Army Sgt. Maj. Michael Grinston ‘Very Proud’ of Caron Nazario’s Conduct During Police Incident”

    “Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston said he is “very proud” of Second Lieutenant Caron Nazario for his conduct during a police incident last year in Virginia during which Nazario was pepper-sprayed.

    “Like many of you, I was concerned by the video of LT Nazario’s traffic stop in December. He represented himself and our Army well through his calm, professional response to the situation – I’m very proud of him,” said Grinston, the Army’s senior enlisted member, in a Monday tweet.

    “I cannot comment on ongoing litigation, but I’ve been assured he is receiving the support from his leadership he needs during this time,” the sergeant major added.”


  5. ‘Wildly misleading’ headlines are creating a panic.

    What were the chances?




  6. A message for the peasants about our 2 tiered justice system.


    “The fact that the loser spawn of Grandpa Badfinger is thumbing his coke-caked nose at the justice system represents not merely the tacky machinations of a crusty pol protecting the family Fredo. It has a deeper and more cynical purpose – to show us that our overlords are unaccountable and that the law is now merely another implement in the regime’s toolkit of oppression. They are telling us that they and their scumbag progeny can do whatever they want, but that we can’t.

    In the short term, this is infuriating. In the long term, it could bring down the system our garbage ruling caste inherited.

    They are throwing it in our faces, thinking it’s a good plan to force us to submit. Right now, hundreds of Americans are being prosecuted for trespassing inside their own Capitol building, and eager agents of the American Stasi are salivating at the idea of charging them with “sedition” for doing exactly what hordes of leftist dirtbags did in the past. Of course, none of the leftist dirtbags were shot dead while unarmed by some cop whose name we still don’t know. That’s another message. If you are a petty criminal dying of a self-inflicted fentanyl overdose while you resist arrest, we’ll know the name of the cop unlucky enough to be the guy arresting you when you expired. But cap an unarmed female vet for climbing through a window? Shhhh. That’s a secret.

    President Asterisk came out and announced that his administration was going to be cracking down on those terrible gun people even as his Snortunate Son got a pass for lying about his drug addiction on his background check. Think you would catch a break? Maybe if you were in a blue big city – weirdly (okay, not weirdly – by design) the inhabitants of Democrat petri dishes don’t get charged for this kind of gun crime.

    It’s more than just helping out a relative or catering to commie voters. It’s a demonstration of power. They can make the rules and break the rules, or break the rules over their enemies’ heads.

    You are their enemy. The law is not designed to stop crime or save lives but to create another way to keep you in line, frightened and defenseless.

    This dual track justice system is nothing new – it’s been going on for a while. We saw it with Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit, whose classified info antics would have sent any of us off for a stretch in the stony lonesome. Not her. She didn’t miss a single goblet of her screw-top Trader Joe’s chardonnay. Those of us who handled classified info understand at a gut level just how appalling this whole thing was. There’s no leeway for people like us, no bending over backwards and then around again into a knot to explain the crimes away when a peasant screws up, even by a simple oversight. But she is special. She did it on purpose, got caught, and all the best and the brightest made sure she skated.


    Again, it’s not merely that she’s connected and she called in some favors. There’s a method to their mendacity. They want us to know that the law is but a weapon to be used against you if you step out of line.

    Andrew Cuomo was taking liberties with lib girls (who pretended to be astonished that he acted just like every other lib potentate) when he wasn’t taking thousands of lives of old people killed in COVID hotboxes. He’ll walk. You wouldn’t.

    DC teen sociopaths kill a hardworking guy while stealing his car. They got a deal. You wouldn’t.

    But a patriot comes to Washington and walks through the Rotunda – lock him up forever!

    Yet when some BLM/Antifa pustule tries to set fire to a federal courthouse? Case dismissed – for him, her, or whatever its nonbinary pronoun is this week.

    Gee, maybe our intrepid, licensed, registered regime journalists will call out this outrageous corruption. Oh right, no they won’t. In fact, instead of being attracted to this reeking pile of corruption that was just begging for exposure, the media grown-up maggots instead went and started buzzing around Ron DeSantis.

    Does anyone imagine that if Don Jr. had been a meth-mouthed pervert who got kicked out of the Navy on his first day for drugs and who had filled out a false background check for a gun that this would not have been the first question to President Trump? Did it even get brought up to *, much less in any of Huffer Biden’s interviews for his new zillion-dollar book, “My Ghostwriter Wrote This So My Loser Family Could Get Yet Another Laundered Pay-Off?”

    Surely you jest. I just hope he had the class to buy the swooning reporters dinner first and to wear protection.

    So, the prosecutors won’t prosecute and the reporters won’t report, though they’ll all babble endlessly about the importance of our sacred institutions even as they set them aflame. This is unsustainable. What will we citizens do? “


  7. The media continues to set the stage for violence, because it sells.


    “We Must Have The Hard Conversations

    As the trial proceeds in Minneapolis, establishment media continue to set the stage for violence.”

    “We ignore uncomfortable truths. The melding of the horrors of slavery and Civil Rights-era lynchings with the killing of George Floyd, all wrapped in the theory of everything that is systemic racism, flirts with incitement to violence. It won’t fix anything but falling mainstream media circulation rates, but that’s sort of the point.

    Charles Blow writes in the New York Times that there is a direct line from slaves whipped in the 17th century to black Americans lynched in the 20th century to George Floyd, cranked on fentanyl, dying in restraint after trying to pass a phony $20 bill in 2020. America has gone from “the noose to the neck,” Blow writes. Anger today is insufficient unless fanned by multipliers from the past.

    Blow uses all of his high school creative writing class skills to make his lurid case; slaves aren’t just whipped, it is black bodies that are punished and defiled. Blow writes of “the flaying of flesh, the human beings torn apart by hounds, the stiff bodies dangling from the stiff branch of a tree. The display was the thing. The theatrical production of pain, to the point of mutilation, was the thing. The transmission of trauma was the thing.”

    Those are fighting words. They are meant to set the stage should that Minneapolis jury fail to satisfy the blood lust masquerading as a call for justice. The certainty across America that cities will burn if the jury reaches the “wrong” conclusion makes clear that eye for an eye will be taken one way or another.

    The sad thing about what Blow writes (and obviously he is just an avatar who puts into words what many think) is the assumption of intent by the cops who killed George Floyd. Intent is a critical part of justice. It’s the difference between Murder One and lesser crimes such as manslaughter or even self-defense. Blow seems to see no such distinction because it was a cop and a black man. At an Upper West Side cocktail party, he would probably say the application of intent in such cases is racist itself if it saves a cop from the gallows.

    Within the horrors of slavery the intent was indeed to create ghoulish examples. Violence was a cruel tool of communication. Same for the ravages of the Civil Rights era, where Klansmen went out of their way to tell people that though they may have hung the wrong man for the alleged rape of a white woman, no matter, they’re all guilty of something. Same for the assaults on Freedom Riders—how many do we have to kill before y’all stay home? The violence was systemic, intentional, and towards a common purpose of racial dominance. We share a sick history.

    But does any thinking person believe those Minneapolis police officers woke up one day with the intent and desire to kill whatever black man fate put into their hands? That they each wanted to send a signal that white power as exercised by uniformed cops, like modern day overseers, will keep black Americans in their place? That in the chaos of that moment a complex socio-racial-political drama was intentionally acted out?

    That is exactly what Blow, establishment media, and BLM want everyone to believe. They use every tool available to create that emotional narrative, complete with an awkward martyr, from Blow’s dramatic prose to the media linking every white-on-black act of violence to a national, racial supremacist conspiracy while ignoring black-on-black crime or any other kind of violence. The job is to start a fire, and you can’t start a fire without a spark.

    Linking hundreds of years of events under the rubric “systemic” fans the flames. Each week we have a new national outrage pulling on that thread. Which thing is elevated is driven by the presence of good video, a clever hashtag, and the ease with which the new tragedy can be linked to others.

    So the mass shooting in Atlanta zooms to first place because of the anti-Asian/POC theme (which is untrue) while the mass shooting in Colorado fades quicker than a beer buzz. The recent murder of a Capitol cop by a black nationalist received little coverage, and less political comment. In the cesspool Facebook has become it is easy to see the tide come in on an issue and then just as quickly go out. The same people upset about Russiagate last year were all about anti-Asian violence last week and have shifted back to Floyd with equal vitriol this week.

    Thought is not allowed. Apart from the crude techniques of deplatforming and canceling one trick is to simply disallow people who speak uncomfortable truths or propose counter-narratives. The disallow response usually starts with “as a…” with the commentator moving on to say “as a woman…” or “as a trans man…” and dismissing any other understanding of events because of an inability to have their lived experience. So what can I know about George Floyd, systemic racism, etc.? HuffPo built an entire vertical around this, with various “as a…” people claiming victimhood as birthright.

    As a human being I cite the ability to learn about others’ lives through books, music, or listening to people, whether in real life or via documentaries. Isn’t that what all that stuff in the library is for anyway? But we dismiss education today as part of the same system of racism. We self-righteously allow tweeting mobs to ban books. We want to believe emotional narratives, as people once did with tales about angered gods who controlled the sun and tides.”


  8. Chauvin trial update….


    “Chauvin Trial Day 11 Update – State’s Desperate Moves Reveal Vulnerabilities In Prosecution of Chauvin

    Prosecutor Schlieter: “Authorized use of force a complete defense to all charges.””

    “This morning I pointed out that it’s not enough to convict Chauvin on the merits of this case even if his restraint of Floyd was a contributing factor to Floyd’s death. It is also necessary that his use of force upon Floyd was wrongful, meaning not justified, meaning unreasonable under the totality of the circumstances.

    In his argument to the judge today, Prosecutor Schleiter explicitly affirmed this challenge for the state, stating:

    “The authorized use of force is a complete defense to all of the charges in this case. It is primary, front and center.”

    In other words, the last weeks’s worth of medical testimony is entirely inadequate to convict Chauvin of any crime, no matter the extent to which it may have contributed to Floyd’s death, if that use of force was that of a reasonable officer under the totality of the circumstances.

    And those circumstances include officers’ concerns about excited delirium, awareness that paramedics were arriving imminently, the fact that it had taken four officers to subdue the 6’ 6” 230-pound Floyd as he forcibly fought arrest, and the presence of the hostile crowd shouting threats of imminent physical violence sufficiently believable that even the arriving paramedics chose to do a “load and scoot” rather than attempt to save Floyd’s life on scene, and where members of the crowd were being held back by others from advancing on the officers—including the state’s own MMA “expert” Williams who is visible at the scene wearing a Northside Boxing Club sweatshirt, shouting threats of imminent violence, and with a rather deranged expression on his face (as visible in our featured picture).

    If the state can’t overcome that challenge, and do so beyond any reasonable doubt, they cannot gain a conviction on the legal merits of this case.

    And that prospect is scaring the heck out of them.

    Also of huge concern to the state is the interpretation of Floyd’s in custody statement that (the defense argues) “I ate too much drugs.” The state argues Floyd actually said, “I don’t take no drugs.”

    Suddenly, just this past Friday evening, the state prosecutors dumped at Nelson’s office a just-created report by Stoughton that purports to provide some in-depth analysis of Floyd’s speech, including exhibits with slowed down video, subtitles and so forth.

    The sudden creation of this report and exhibits tells you exactly how much the “I ate too much drugs” interpretation of Floyd’s words—by THEIR OWN WITNESSES—scared the prosecution.”


  9. Interesting to see that interpretation of the trial. I can’t say I agree with it. We shall see what the jury does decide. I am anxious to see the defense, also.


  10. I was surprised to hear that Brooklyn Center does not have police officers that live in the community. I have a relative who is a highway patrol man and he has to live within a certain area. I know some communities demand officers live within them. I wonder if the children in those Brooklyn Center are ever encouraged to become police officers? It is easy to whine about this, but if the community does not encourage their own to become officers it seems wrong to do so. I am afraid that we are going to find it very difficult to get young people to go into this line of work and I can’t blame them. I do agree that police have to also police their own and get rid of the bad apples. We all deserve to be treated with respect, regardless of race etc.


  11. Here’s today’s….


    “LIVE: Chauvin Trial Day 12 – Meet the Jury Instructions, Bring On The Defense Case”

    “It seems likely that today will see an important inflection point in this trial, with the state resting its case in chief intended to meet the state’s burden to prove defendant Chauvin guilty as charged beyond a reasonable doubt, and the defense beginning the start of its case in chief intended to raise a reasonable doubt in the juror’s minds with respect to the criminal charges.

    Interestingly, the defense case in chief is expected to be much more brief, only about three days, in contrast with that of the state, which is now entering its 12th day of testimony.

    Once the defense has also rested, it will be time for the jury to receive its instructions on the law from Judge Cahill before they go into deliberations, tasked with arriving at a unanimous verdict of either guilty or not guilty for Chauvin on each of the criminal charges brought against him, and perhaps lesser included charges, as well.

    Judge Cahill has indicated that he’s likely to allow closing arguments to take place on Monday, with jury instruction and deliberations to follow immediately afterwards, at which point the jury will be sequestered in deliberations.

    Minnesota, like almost all states, has developed a set of standardized jury instructions, and for its criminal courts refers to these as the Criminal Jury Instruction Guide, or CRIMJIG. Within the CRIMJIG the individual instructions are organized in much the same manner as Minnesota criminal statutes, and each CRIMJIG jury instruction is assigned a distinct identifying number.

    As we rapidly approach the point of the jury being instructed I thought it might be helpful to share with all of you the relevant CRIMJIG instructions on the criminal charges in this case. Note that there are also additional instructions, beyond those related to the criminal charges, that the jury will also receive, usually of a more administrative sort—defining “reasonable doubt,” for example. Here, however, I’m focusing strictly on the criminal jury instructions.

    I should note, however, that the standardized CRIMJIG instructions are not likely to be the final form of instructions received by the jury. The standardized instructions are best thought of as the starting point for the final instructions to be used in deliberations.”

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  12. I don’t see the point of the chief doing so, but it’s appropriate that the officer who appears to have just made a horrible mistake does so.


    “Brooklyn Center Police Chief And Officer Who Shot Daunte Wright Resign”

    “Kim Potter, the Brooklyn Center, Minn., police officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright, has resigned. Potter had served 26 years on the force before the fatal encounter Sunday where officials said she mistakenly fired her handgun instead of her Taser.

    Police Chief Tim Gannon, who on Monday released the body camera footage and characterized the shooting as an “accidental discharge,” has also stepped down.

    Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced the resignations at a news conference Tuesday.

    “We’re hoping that we’re turning over a new leaf now,” Elliott said.

    Potter, who had previously served as president of the local police union and whose duties included training other officers, had initially been placed on administrative leave, but pressure had grown from community members to fire her. Critics had raised questions of how someone responsible for police training could have mistaken a Taser for a handgun.

    Elliott said that he had not asked for her resignation, though on Monday he did express support for her firing.

    “I’m hoping that this will help bring some calm to the community,” he said. “Although I think ultimately people want justice. They want full accountability under the law, so that’s what we’re going to continue to work for.”

    The mayor also called on Gov. Tim Walz to transfer criminal prosecution to the state attorney general’s office, rather than have the case handled by a county prosecutor. The governor took that step last May when he appointed Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison as lead prosecutor on the Derek Chauvin case.”


    Don’t let Ellison get his filthy hands on it. That’d be the death knell for real justice.


  13. Jen thinks we’re all just a bunch of hayseeds….



    “Jen Psaki held a press conference yesterday where she revealed the Biden administration’s plan to reach out to dumb redneck conservatives to get them to take the vaccine. She had many great ideas for getting these backward hicks to get the jab.

    Here are her ten great ideas:

    1. Line the insides of all MAGA hats with needles – When they put on their MAGA hat while getting ready for work or a fancy dinner, bam! They’re vaccinated!

    2. Introduce a ranch-flavored vaccine – White hicks can’t resist some delicious Hidden Valley.

    3. Run a promotion offering free AR-15s with each vaccination – Jen clarified, of course, that the AR-15s would be confiscated shortly after.

    4. Have Florida-Georgia Line write a song where they drive down a dirt road with a girl all up in their truck to go get the vaccine – It will surely top the Billboard charts in the Bible Belt. It’s like “We Are the World” but for the vaccine.

    5. Tell them not getting the vaccine is gay – Super gay.”


  14. Thanks, Kizzie (7:58). The 99.5% for 50-69 is highly suspect . . . and realistically it also doesn’t make sense to put 50 and 69 in the same category. Those of us above 50 begin to be high risk, and every decade increases the risk quite a bit, especially if there are co-morbidities. (and the chance of a person having co-morbidities increases with age). Anyway, that particular statistic was clearly inaccurate, and the list as a whole doesn’t match any numbers I’ve heard.

    Such numbers also ignore the fact that a person can be seriously injured by the disease, or have long-term effects, even if he doesn’t die from it.

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  15. Kizzie,

    I can’t vouch for what Tychicus posted, but the CDC does in fact publish those stats,ut you have to do your own math.



    They clearly provide cases and deaths by age group, race/ethnicity, sex, you name it.

    Doing some quick math on the 0-19 age it’s 488,333 case with 110 deaths, or 99.98%

    You can check the rest, the age groups are slightly different but they appear to show that Tychicus’ numbers seem accurate.


  16. OK,

    Going with the CDC numbers here Cheryl, like I said you have to do some math….

    With the 50 to 64 age group….

    Total cases…. 4,962,925
    Deaths…… 63,783
    Percent surviving…. 98.65%

    With the 65-74, the next CDC age group….

    Total cases…. 1,853,770
    Deaths… 92,685
    Percent surviving… 95%

    The numbers Tychicus posted are correct. Sorry ladies.


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