32 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-12-21

  1. We’ll start with this one, to go with the header.

    “IT’S TIME TO SHOOT BAMBI”

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/07/its-time-to-shoot-bambi.php

    “In many suburban neighborhoods, deer now rival raccoons as pests. I take this personally because deer have been ravaging our flower gardens this year, but I have never understood why deer seem to like gardens so much. After all, we live in a lush part of the world with plenty of rainfall and lots of open space. So why do the deer love suburbs?

    This Wall Street Journal article confirmed that my yard is not the only place where deer are a menace, and answered some of my questions: “How to Solve America’s Wild Deer Problem? Eat Them.”

    Before Europeans came to America, there were an estimated 30 million wild deer in what is now the eastern U.S. By 1900 that figure had fallen by 99% due to unrestricted hunting, and conservationists made it their mission to protect deer from extinction. They might have succeeded too well. Today the wild deer population has rebounded to precolonization levels, becoming a nuisance to suburban homeowners who find deer invading their yards and gardens.

    Where I live, wolves once kept deer populations in check. No longer. This is what I hadn’t understood:

    The reality is that suburban sprawl creates better deer habitat than a feral forest can. … With our pampered gardens for their dining rooms, deer find richer foods than whatever once grew on the wild plots swallowed by suburbia. Gorging like gourmands on 7 pounds of plant matter a day, a doe that might normally drop one fawn a year now often gives birth to twins or triplets.

    I also hadn’t realized that deer are harmful to the environment:

    Large deer populations also inflict serious damage on wild lands. A 2013 report by The Nature Conservancy declared that “no other threat to forested habitats is greater at this point in time—not lack of fire, not habitat conversion, not climate change.” Urban-adjacent deer multiply at the expense of forest tree seedlings, songbirds and native plants, as well as farmers and drivers.

    The sheer number of deer living in the suburbs is stunning:

    Before European settlement, white-tailed deer thrived in the eastern U.S. at a density estimated at 2-4 animals per square kilometer. Research shows that if the density rises to more than 8 deer per square kilometer, many songbirds and native plant species decline. Today, there are as many as 50 to 114 deer per square kilometer in some developed areas of the U.S.

    I think my neighborhood may be in that category. What to do about all those deer? An obvious solution is to put up a fence, but the Journal article notes that “[s]ome deer can jump as high as 11 feet.” The real solution is to shoot, and eat, the deer. I am pretty sure this is a concept that Steve can get behind:”

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  2. Finally.

    The citizens of Cuba may have finally had enough. 🙂

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    The commies won’t go without a fight though.

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  3. America’s garbage media sides with the commies, of course.

    Only at the NY Times is shouting “Freedom!” considered an anti-govt slogan.

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  4. Burn and loot a federal courthouse, charges get dropped by lib prosecutor, case gets dismissed.

    Trespass (at worst) in the White House, you get the Gitmo treatment and spend longer in jail waiting for trial than the actual penalty for the crimes charged would be.

    Seems fair.

    Only in America, when it’s run by commie Dem scum.

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/07/08/no-relief-for-lego-man-or-other-january-6-detainees/

    “Joe Biden’s Justice Department wants the Lego Man kept behind bars—indefinitely.

    Federal agents seized a plastic replica of the Capitol building from the Pennsylvania home of Robert Morss during his arrest on June 11. Justice Department officials are citing the Lego model as evidence in the criminal case against Morss for his involvement in the January 6 protest: “During his arrest, law enforcement recovered some clothing and other items that appear to match those he carried with him on the 6th—including a ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flag, a neck gaiter, a military utility bag, a black tourniquet, and military fatigues. (Law enforcement also recoverd [sic] a fully constructed U.S. Capitol Lego set.)”

    So wrote government prosecutors in a July 2 filing asking the D.C. District Court to deny Morss’ release while he awaits trial on nine counts, including assaulting police officers and disorderly conduct.

    While dangerous criminals daily threaten the safety of innocent people in cities across the country—and many are released on bail—the FBI continues its nationwide manhunt for Capitol protesters while the Justice Department repeatedly petitions the court to keep the accused incarcerated for months on end.

    Attorney General Merrick Garland, who despicably compares January 6 to the Oklahoma City bombing, recently bragged his office reached a “benchmark” of 500 arrests. (Who knew criminal investigations had quotas?). In more than 100 cases and counting, Garland’s prosecutors have sought and often received pretrial detention for first-time offenders, including defendants not accused of committing any violent crimes.

    The government’s justification for keeping Capitol defendants in jail until either a plea agreement or trial is that the events of January 6 were uniquely horrific and anyone who participated poses a threat to the country.

    “Morss’s dangerousness is not limited to his past actions, but presents a future threat,” assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Jackson warned in the July 2 detention motion. “It is difficult to fathom a more serious danger to the community—to the District of Columbia, to the country, or to the fabric of American Democracy—than the one posed by someone who knowingly and eagerly engaged in a violent insurrection to occupy the United States Capitol and abort the certification of a lawful and fair election.”

    Really? It’s “difficult” to think of a worse threat than unarmed and often nonviolent Americans who participated in what they believed to be a legitimate protest against a clearly rigged presidential election? Perhaps Jackson can explain her logic to the heartbroken mother of Max Lewis, a 20-year-old University of Chicago student who was shot and paralyzed while riding a CTA train on July 1 and who had to instruct his parents by blinking at them to take him off life support. Or to the other family members of victims killed in America’s surging crime wave.

    But what Jackson and her fellow prosecutors want more than justice is revenge—to punish Americans who repudiate the election of Joe Biden. It’s unimaginable to think any other president or attorney general could get away with such a politically flagrant use of the most destructive government legal powers, but here we are.

    Dozens of defendants have languished in a D.C. jail for months without any relief in sight. This week, the D.C. Court of Appeals refused to overturn the pretrial detention order for Timothy Hale-Cusanelli who was arrested on January 15 and has remained behind bars ever since.

    A New Jersey judge initially ordered Hale released on conditions but the government quickly moved to keep him incarcerated. A federal judge agreed.

    Hale, an Army reservist for the past 11 years, was working as a security contractor at a naval station in New Jersey when he traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in the “Stop the Steal” rally for President Trump. Afterwards, Hale was spied on by a friend wearing a wire and investigated by naval intelligence—which included officials interviewing nearly four dozen of his co-workers in an effort to substantiate Hale’s “white supremacist ideology”—for his role in the protest. (More on his egregious case in a future article.)

    Hale is not charged with any violent crime; he didn’t assault officers or bring a weapon or vandalize federal property.

    But prosecutors insisted Hale is a threat to society. “Not only is Defendant’s enthusiasm for Nazi Sympathizer/White Supremacist ideology well documented, Defendant has made clear that this ideology is the driving force behind his desire to start ‘a Civil War,’ and that this motivation is inextricably bound up with his participation in the January 6 Capitol riot,” prosecutors wrote in April. Hale’s alleged “animus” toward certain groups, not necessarily his actions on January 6, make him a menace to society.”

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    “Hale isn’t the only January 6 defendant who won’t see the light of day for at least the next several months. Judge Royce Lamberth this week once again denied the release of Jacob Chansely, the so-called “QAnon shaman” incarcerated since his arrest in mid-January. Like Hale, Chansely is not charged with a violent crime. In fact, videos show Chansley speaking with police officers inside the building on numerous occasions.

    Chansley, a Navy veteran, was arrested on January 9; the Justice Department immediately petitioned for pretrial detention. “The defendant has espoused disbelief in the outcome of the 2020 Presidential election, and violently acted on that world view,” prosecutors wrote in February. (He didn’t act violently.) “Given his participation in the obstruction of the normal functioning of the government, and his disbelief in the legitimacy of the current United States government, it is unlikely that the defendant will obey any pretrial release condition.”

    In March, Lamberth agreed with the government and ordered Chansley kept behind bars. “Were the defendant released pending trial, he would have the opportunity to again attempt to disrupt the United States government or harm members of Congress,” Lamberth wrote. (Neither Chansley nor any of the more than 500 defendants have been charged with attempting to harm members of Congress.)

    Chansley now sits in a cell for 23 hours a day, according to his attorney, in a Colorado jail. A mental health examination is pending and his condition is deteriorating, his lawyer said in a court filing. But Lamberth claims Chansley, who had lived with his mother in Arizona, is a flight risk. “[T]he court will not revisit its prior finding that no conditions of release would reasonably prevent him from fleeing,” Lamberth concluded this week.

    Another preposterous accusation. But what Lamberth, a 78-year-old Reagan appointee and longtime Beltway fixture, cannot say in open court is that releasing Chansley would greatly undermine the notion that January 6 was a deadly, violent insurrection executed by dangerous Trump supporters to overthrow the government. Chansley is the face of that insurrection; letting him go jeopardizes the entire narrative.

    So Robert Morss, too, should expect to remain in jail for at least the next few months. His bail hearing is scheduled for July 13 before Judge Michael Harvey but it’s unlikely Harvey will object to the government’s request.”

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    This. Is. Bull%$#@.

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  5. Meanwhile, those commie Dem scum I spoke of continue the charade.

    “Fear, Incorporated: 6 Months After Jan. 6 Riot, The Only Thing Democrats Are Serious About Is Power

    The six-month anniversary of the Capitol riot not by Black Lives Matter exposes exactly how unserious the left is about the reality of that day — and how serious they are about using it for their own political ends.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/07/08/fear-incorporated-6-months-after-jan-6-riot-the-only-thing-democrats-are-serious-about-is-power/

    “The fencing around the Capitol is still up. It’s been up for more than half a year.

    “Jan. 6 was worse than 9/11,” a guest and host agreed on MSNBC, above a chyron accusing the GOP of trying “to rewrite history.” The segment “nails” it, HuffPo gushed.

    In interviews with Vice, reporters cried. They said they can’t sleep anymore and are afraid to go to work. “I used to call the Capitol my girlfriend,” one adult man said, choking back tears.

    Democrats tried to launch a truth commission with unfettered authority and access to their political opponents’ records and communications. The riot, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi intoned, “was one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. ”

    Some of them told CBS they’ve formed a support group and are in therapy now. Another donated his blue suit to the Smithsonian Museum for posterity. Perhaps some more ought to seek therapy.

    Meanwhile, the raids on suspects continue, while some arrested months ago are still being held in solitary confinement. In the early days of the investigation, every available FBI agent was reportedly assigned to the case, which is still ongoing. Six months in they crowed that they’d seized a Lego set from one man’s home.

    As a regular consumer of this cringe-inducing panic pornography, you could be forgiven for not knowing all the power of the FBI has failed to unmask the suspiciously Antifa-looking suspect who set live and deadly pipe bombs at the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee headquarters. He’s received nearly zero attention from either congressional Democrats or their media fixers. It’s funny.

    You might also be forgiven for not realizing only one person was killed that day. Her name was Ashli Babbitt, she was one of the rioters, she was unarmed, and she was shot by an officer — although we still don’t know the officer’s name.

    Corporate reporters don’t seem bothered by this. Nor do any appear bothered by their roles in spreading the lie that Officer Brian Sicknick was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher. Nor do any appear concerned with tracking down the suspects and instigators of months of national race riots that killed dozens of innocent people, destroyed hundreds of millions in property, and were cheered on by Democrats.

    Also, while a “bipartisan report released by the top Republican and Democrat on both the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Rules and Administration Committee” found that the Capitol Police failed to protect the the Capitol that day, and while six months later CNN reports they still are in complete disarray, the Capitol Police are busily expanding their authority beyond the Capitol they failed to secure.

    The six-month anniversary of the Capitol riot not by Black Lives Matter exposes exactly how unserious the left is about the reality of that day — and how serious they are about using it for their own political ends.

    It isn’t simple bungling that leads elected officials to lie about Sicknick practically disregarding an active terrorist and the shooting of Babbitt. It isn’t casual foolishness that brings the entire weight of the FBI down on one riot while many of the the leaders of last summer’s deadly race riots, including those at the White House targeting Republicans, remained uncharged or free. It’s not just a goofy side note that we’re barraged with daily updates on what toys were seized from which suspect’s home while calling down the memories of those American men and women who died and who gave their lives in the service of our country on Sept. 11, 2001.”

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  6. “WHO KILLED ASHLI BABBITT, AND WHY?”

    I’ll answer that, since our cowardly press won’t name the murderer.

    Never forget this coward’s name.

    Lt. Michael L. Byrd

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2021/07/who-killed-ashli-babbitt-and-why.php

    “People who read my posts about policing know that I’m pro-cop. They know that when police officers use force against people who are violating the law or refusing to follow reasonable instructions, I’m inclined to give the officers the benefit of the doubt, if there is doubt.

    That’s how I view these cases whether the person shot by the police is a street criminal, an antifa thug, or a right-winger. The standards of conduct and the presumptions should be the same regardless of who has been shot.

    However, there are, indeed, standards of conduct that apply, and police officers must be held accountable if they don’t adhere to them. In addition, there must be transparency.

    It will not do to conceal the identity of police officers who kill people. Nor, as far as I know, has the identity of such officers been withheld for long in cases involving police shootings of Blacks. In fact, most police departments are required to release an officer’s name within days of a fatal shooting regardless of the race of those involved.

    Furthermore, it will not do to withhold from the public the stated reasons for police killings or the circumstances that caused the officers in question to resort to lethal violence. Again, this information was not withheld in any case I followed where an officer killed an African-American.

    Yet, it’s been half a year since a member of the Capitol Police Force shot and killed Ashli Babbitt on January 6. And still, the name of the officer who shot her has not been disclosed.

    In this report, Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations provides the name of the officer who likely killed Babbitt. However, his identity has not officially been confirmed.

    Nor has the public received any explanation as to why this officer shot an unarmed woman who, as far as I can tell, was not attacking him or anyone else. (According to Sperry, the shot that killed Babbitt was the only one fired in the Capitol that day.) Nor has anyone explained why the shooter was cleared of wrongdoing, as has been reported.

    Why not? Why shouldn’t such information be released?

    I can think of no reason why the officer who killed Babbitt is entitled to more secrecy — greater protection from publicity — than, say, Garrett Rolfe who killed Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta or Paul Huynh, Darcy Klund and Jason Schmitt, the three officers who shot Dolal Idd in Minneapolis. In the latter case, the police department made public the personnel files of all three officers.

    It’s true that the Capitol Police Force is controlled by Congress, not by any municipal government. But that shouldn’t matter. Its officers should be just as accountable to the public as members of any police force. They aren’t private contractors. We pay their salaries, just as we pay the members of Congress.”

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  7. A government of, by, and for the corporations.

    “Jeff Bezos Says Quiet Part Out Loud”

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/07/10/jeff-bezos-says-quiet-part-out-loud/

    “The quiet part is “I am ripping you off and getting even richer thanks to taxpayers.”

    One thing that enrages voters and motivates them to support disruptors like Donald Trump is when they see rampant cronyism in the lobbyist infested swampland of Washington, D.C. But the reality is the swamp is winning and cronyism is worse than ever in Joe Biden’s D.C.

    Amazon ranks second on the Fortune 500 list of prosperous and successful companies. Amazon’s founder and former CEO, Jeff Bezos, is now worth over $200 billion and ranks as the wealthiest human on earth. And even though he admits that he is rich because of government subsidies, he still wants more.

    The quiet part is that Bezos has admitted that the heavily taxpayer subsidized United States Postal Service (USPS) allowed Amazon to use a de facto taxpayer subsidy to build one of the largest corporations in the world.

    Business Insider reported in July 2019 that, “Amazon would not be the $995 billion company it is today without the U.S. Postal Service, according to CEO Jeff Bezos.” Bezos said “the Postal Service gave Amazon a huge helping hand from the outset, as the online retailer did not have to invest in a delivery network.” And the only reason that worked is that U.S. taxpayers were absorbing the massive losses of the USPS; essentially we were the ones who made the billions in investments to set up a delivery network for Amazon to thrive.

    President Trump was spot on when he described the USPS as Amazon’s “delivery boy” on Twitter. Bezos was a big beneficiary of this giant subsidy, yet it gets even worse: reports indicate that average taxpayers paid more than billionaire Bezos to the federal government in income taxes. Using leaked documents, ProPublica reported on June 8 that Bezos did not pay any federal income taxes in 2007 and 2011. Just so we’re clear: federal policies allowed Bezos not to pay a penny of federal income taxes while he was being subsidized to the tune of billions in (forced) taxpayer dollars. That should outrage every American taxpayer.

    Most people know the USPS is a black hole for taxpayer money, but are uncertain at times as to how much is being lost every year. According to the postal service’s CEO, Louis DeJoy, the USPS lost $9.2 billion in 2020. When the richest man in the world was paying no taxes in 2011, the taxpayers footed the bill for $5.1 billion in Postal Service losses that year. Back in 2007 when, yet again, Jeff Bezos paid zero in income taxes, the USPS lost another $5.1 billion. As a matter of fact, the USPS experienced massive losses over a period of 14 years while Bezos used taxpayer-funded delivery of his products to have the best 14 years of any corporation in human history.

    Now comes an Amazon-backed group called the Package Coalition to further bilk the taxpayer. Section 202 of the proposed “Postal Service Reform Act of 2021” would integrate package delivery and regular mail to make it so the Postal Service will be locked into package delivery forever. This means taxpayers will subsidize upgrades to Amazon’s postal deliveries in the form of new trucks and more capacity at postal hubs to handle more packages.

    Ain’t crony corporatism grand?

    In typical D.C. swamp fashion, the postal reform bill merely shifts the costs off of the USPS and onto the taxpayer by ending the postal pre-funding of retirement accounts for employees and pushing many employees into a government-funded health care system. The bill requires employees to enroll in Medicare when they are eligible as a way to shift costs from the USPS balance sheet and on to the taxpayer.

    Why? Because it’s a really good way to hide losses when an entity does not have to pay its employees’ health care costs. The bill also hides costs with a provision that ends the pre-funding of retiree health benefits that may lead to an underfunded account by virtue of the fact that the USPS loses billions every year and will need to find savings to balance the USPS checkbook.”

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  8. Aj @8:15 It’s so ironic that Cubans are fighting for freedom and capitalism, while our current administration wants to abolish such ideals in the USA.

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  9. Move along….

    Nothing to see here…..

    “New Evidence Indicates Enough Illegal Votes In Georgia To Tip 2020 Results

    In Georgia, there was both an audit and a statewide recount confirming Biden’s victory, but ignored in the process was evidence that nearly 35,000 Georgians had potentially voted illegally.”

    https://thefederalist.com/2021/07/09/new-evidence-indicates-enough-illegal-votes-in-georgia-to-tip-2020-results/

    “New evidence indicates that more than 10,300 illegal votes were cast in Georgia in the November 2020 general election — a number that will continue to rise over the next several months, potentially exceeding the 12,670 votes that separated Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

    While this evidence does not change the fact that Joe Biden is our president, all Americans who genuinely care about free and fair elections and the disenfranchisement of voters should demand both transparency and solutions to prevent a repeat in future elections. This evidence also vindicates former President Trump and his legal team for the related public (and private) comments and legal arguments made in challenging the Georgia election results.

    Under the cover of COVID-19, Georgia, like many other states, flooded residents with absentee ballot applications. Also like sister states, Georgia ignored various legislative mandates designed to prevent fraud and to ensure the integrity of the vote. These facts, coupled with the closeness of the presidential contest in Georgia and other states, led to a flurry of accusations and litigation charging vote fraud, illegal voting, and violations of the Elector’s Clause of the constitution.

    In Georgia, there was both an audit and a statewide recount confirming Biden’s victory, but ignored in the process was evidence that nearly 35,000 Georgians had potentially voted illegally.

    Under Georgia law, residents must vote in the county in which they reside, unless they changed their residence within 30 days of the election. As Jake Evans, a well-known Atlanta election lawyer, told me, outside of the 30-day grace period, if people vote in a county in which they no longer reside, “Their vote in that county would be illegal.”

    Soon after the November general election, Mark Davis, the president of Data Productions Inc. and an expert in voter data analytics and residency issues, obtained data from the National Change of Address (NCOA) database that identified Georgia residents who had confirmed moves with the U.S. Postal Service. After excluding moves with effective dates within 30 days of the general election, and by using data available from the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office, Davis identified nearly 35,000 Georgia voters who indicated they had moved from one Georgia county to another, but then voted in the 2020 general election in the county from which they had moved.”

    “Some of those moves could have been temporary, involving students or members of the military, Davis stressed, adding that under Georgia law temporary relocations do not alter citizens’ residency status or render their votes illegal. But, given the margin separating the two presidential candidates, approximately one-third of the votes at issue could have altered the outcome of the election. Yet the media, the courts, and the Secretary of State’s Office ignored or downplayed the issue.

    “It was disconcerting to see the media and the courts largely ignore serious issues like these, especially since the data I was seeing showed very legitimate issues,” Davis said. “In fact, I heard members of the Secretary of State’s team admit some votes were cast with residency issues, but then claimed there weren’t enough of them to cast the outcome of the election in doubt,” Davis added. “That was not at all what I was seeing, and as far as I am aware the Secretary of State’s Office has never put an actual number on the ones they did see.”

    While frustrated, Davis told me that he never stopped working on these issues. “In May I received an updated voter database from the Secretary of State’s office, and I imported the data and compared voter’s addresses to the NCOA information I processed in November.”

    The Data Speaks for Itself
    When Davis ran the data, he found that, of the approximately 35,000 Georgians who indicated they had moved from one county to another county more than 30 days before the November general election, as of May, more than 10,300 had updated their voter registration information, providing the secretary of state the exact address they had previously provided to the USPS. Those same 10,000-plus individuals all also cast ballots in the county in which they had previously lived.

    “That number continues to increase every day as more and more people update their registrations,” Davis said. “I have little doubt that the total number will eventually meet and then exceed President Biden’s margin of victory in Georgia.” Davis, who has testified as an expert witness multiple times in disputed election cases, believes Trump might have won a challenge to the Georgia election results had a court actually heard his case.”

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    Nothing to see here, just Dems voting early and often….

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  10. My 91 year old eyes couldn’t read all of that
    But
    There was a time when people went to the polls and cast his/her ballot.
    That’s the way democracy works.
    No mail in. no nothing else.
    Just show up and vote.
    It works that way.

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  11. Definitely time to shoot Bambi. Deer use river valleys, electrical tower corridors, and abandoned railway lines to wander into the city and away from predators. Wild venison should appeal to those who environmental types who aren’t vegan.

    Read a few articles on the Cuba protests. Besides demanding freedom, the protesters were complaining the state failed to deliver vaccines and provide subsidized food. I’m not sure they understood the irony or contradictions of their demands. Reminds me of Polish friends who protested the communist government demanding both freedom, democratic elections and subsidized bread. Not sure what the Cubans want but as my Polish friends said later — we realized later we wanted Swedish socialism but they gave us American style democracy. As the ancient proverb states — Be careful what you wish for.

    As for “anti-government slogans” showing bias — more accurate to say it show laziness and/or a need to limit the word count in the article.

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  12. The USPS service may not actually be losing money. They are mandated to keep pension obligations for the next 50(?) years which makes it look like they lose money when in fact they balance the books almost every year (not sure how many years but know its a ridiculous amount).Bezos used an already fully functioning distribution network to deliver his products — would you rather it didn’t function? Obviously the issue is not his use of the post office but its low rates as he seems to have generated a massive profit. The USPS should increase the rate of commercial bulk mail.

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  13. Hundreds if not thousands of protesters were arrested last year. Most were let go without charges simply because the mass arrests did not have sufficient evidence and some of the arrests were done illegally; some were even “kidnapped” and thrown in unmarked mini vans by undercover agents. In the case of the January 6th riot, there’s plenty of evidence. Because the protesters were so confident what they were doing would be approved by “traditional” Americans they didn’t bother to hide it. They streamed it live on social networks, they left their location enabled on their cell phones, they bragged to friends and co-workers before and after the riots, they openly discussed plans in chat rooms, etc etc. For people who hate central gov’t and authority they were strangely ignorant on how easy it is for police to track them and work the evidence backwards. To keep the clothes and apparel you wore that day and captured on video is the height of either naivety or delusional confidence.

    To correlate political riots with urban gang violence is to compare apples and oranges and is just plain weird, Is the capitol police and the DOJ to drop everything and move to Chicago? Even I understand the jurisdictional problems of his correlation. As for the unfortunate woman who was shot, she’s not a martyr; she was committing a petty crime and didn’t listen. Now in other countries she might not have been shot but even I in Canada would not break into a building and try to knock down a door protected by armed men, And I would think this applies doubly for America, where no-knock warrants will kill people in their beds, where stand your ground means you get shoot a boy with a chocolate bar because you are scared and police have qualified immunity and can reasonably be afraid enough to shoot an autistic boy. I’m not saying the lady deserved it but its the epitome of privileged to think you can get away with riot in the capitol and not get shot.

    As for the policemen who are now on disability for PTSD from the events of that day — you have to love the police union benefit package and power. The left is not surprised by the policemen’s claims of PTSD — exaggerate the fear and trauma caused has been their MO for decades.

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  14. The whining never stops. Why somebody insist on supporting the complaints of a trust fund baby who never grew up is beyond me. The 2020 election results has to be the most scrutinized election of all time and yet all the critics have are a “we might have something here or there”. There’s nothing there or here. Now they say some people may have voted in the wrong poll or precinct — so what? They were voting for president — ie the names on that ballot don’t change from poll to poll. I can see some municipal politicians being upset as it may change their part of the ballot but that’s about it. The Republican game plan is simply; find any way to disenfranchise the voter. Young people frequently move even if they aren’t students so they use their parents address for important mail — driver’s license, taxes, voter registration etc. The writer of the article assumes the voters who voted in the wrong place would’ve voted for Biden — hard assumption to make since many military personnel (who mostly vote Republican) also move frequently.

    Chas is right — show up and vote, the voter shouldn’t have to worry that they crossed all the T’s and dotted all the I’s so they can be allowed to vote. But we need to make it accessible — ramps for wheelchairs, polls every few blocks, plenty of ballots and machines so there are no lines, polls in nursing homes, retirement complexes, workplaces, regular apartments, universities (anywhere people congregate), advance polls without excuses needed for those who travel or have business, automatic voter registration if you file taxes or renew a driver’s license, etc etc.

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  15. hwesseli: The Polish friends I know are thankful for American-style democracy.

    Concerning the election, there is far, far more than “we might have something here or there” – this was the most extensive election fraud in history. Since folks like you refuse to see the obvious of what happened even stateside, there will be more concrete evidence rolling out starting next month, so that “those who do not see may see.”

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  16. Sure HRW, for space purposes….. 🙄

    Or maybe because the Bad Orange Man still lives rent free in their heads.

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  17. Strange indeed.

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    The American Communist Party (formerly known as the DNC) has your best interest at heart.

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  18. “Not sure what the Cubans want”

    Then why give your opinion on what you think that is?

    Here’s a hint, those silly oppressed masses are looking for extravagant things…

    Ya’ know, like food.

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  19. Papers please….

    Ve vant to see you papers…..

    And to think the wusses on the left thought Trump was the authoritarian.

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  20. Poland has changed a lot since I went there in 1991. In 91 – 92, many young people were eager to join the west but on the Nordic model. Social issues weren’t important they just wanted to reform the economic model and were upset the changes were starting to leave people behind. My last time there, three years ago, the young people were far more conservative, religious, and nationalistic. It’s a classic corporatist state — Mussolini style; business, farmers union, church, and other favoured groups are pandered to in the form of grants, subsidies, laws and regulations. Meanwhile marginalized groups — minorities, migrants, LGBQT, etc are ignored or persecuted. In fact its treatment of the minorities, refugees, and LGBQTs has led the EU to sanction them.

    I’m still waiting for Trump supporters to open up the Kraken of evidence they promised the courts last year. They arrived at court and admitted they had nothing and they still have nothing…..its time to go home.

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  21. How can I put this….

    Go %$#@%$@$^%^ %$##^^%%^.

    “FBI Urges People To Report “Family Members And Peers” For “Suspicious Behaviors”

    I’m pretty sure they don’t mean Antifa/BLM thugs who burned, looted, and murdered their way through American cities last year.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2021/07/fbi-urges-people-to-report-family-members-and-peers-for-suspicious-behaviors/

    “We’re all familiar with the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List and that bureau reps would frequently appear on television shows like Unsolved Mysteries seeking tips on kidnappings, serial killers, and bank robberies. Tips from the public are a foundational part of law enforcement, including at the federal level. Soliciting such tips regarding actual crimes like kidnapping, murder, and bank robbery is perfectly acceptable, even essential in solving complex cases.

    However, soliciting the public to report their family and peers for possible future crimes and wrongthink is another thing altogether.”

    “As we saw with the needless and embarrassing harassment and intimidation of the Alaska couple who attended the January 6th Trump rally but never entered the Capitol building and with the more recent Lego incident that has made them a laughingstock, the FBI has become hopelessly woke and not a little corrupt.

    With the focus on “extremists” being defined as Trump supporters, Republicans, Libertarians, self-identified “patriots,” essentially anyone not toeing the woke commie line, the pdf is a bit alarming.”

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  22. Cuba protesters have demanded both freedom and subsidized food. Are they demonstrating for free press or free food and health care; my experience in Eastern Europe lends me to say the latter and it seems AJ agrees with me. The Cubans want food and health care — they can get that by transitioning to a Nordic or Rhine version of social democracy but its unlikely they will be allowed to as the push from the US and the Cuban expat community is for an old school right wing Latin American psuedo democracy.

    There is truth to the idea that tightened financial sanctions have made it difficult for Cubans to receive remittances and support from relatives in the US. And the Cuban government itself has had difficulties accessing international banking because of these sanctions. This makes it difficult to claim the food and medicine shortage is wholly the fault of the socialist economic system. If the system is so wrong why the need for sanctions to make it fail. All you do is give the regime an excuse for failure — this is true in Cuba as well as Venezuela.

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  23. Why do people panic so easily? The gov’t can’t read your texts even if they wanted to and private social media platforms already have algorithms in place to correct, block or question (mis)information about Covid. The DNC isn’t some bogeyman under your bed — its the corporate world; that is don’t worry about communism worried about fascism.

    Schools, factories, offices, etc all have the right to establish health and safety rules for their premises. If they state you need a vaccine to work there or to be served, then you either go elsewhere or get the needle. I’ve been vaccinated — I imagine it will be a requirement for my work so I got it done plus vaccines work. Most school systems require the full measure of childhood vaccines plus grade 7s are vaccinated at school for Hep B, HPV and meningitis. I don’t see this vaccine requirement as any different.

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  24. Oh you found the meme….the Justin Trudeau as Fidel’s son has long been rumoured on the far right of Canadian politics. For the most party the rumours are ignored or probably not known by Canadians who don’t follow politics. The math of course doesn’t work — Maggie Trudeau didn’t go to Cuba until 4 years after Justin was born.

    My body, my choice — exactly. You can choose to have or not have a vaccine but this doesn’t mean your employer has to accept it. If you insist on allowing your body to be a vehicle for a contagious disease, workplaces and public places have a legal responsibility to protect other employees and patrons from a possible contagion.

    The FBI has long harassed the left and their family members on the flimsiest of pretenses. Welcome to the club. Lets advocate for a defunding of the FBI and other police forces.

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  25. Re: the New York Times tweet (or whatever it was). My reading of the word “anti-government” (spell-check doesn’t want the hyphen in there, btw), whether it is applied to Cuba or Hong Kong or other places seeking freedom, is that it is referring to “anti-[this particular repressive] government”, not “anti-all-government”.

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