27 thoughts on “News/Politics 1-24-22

  1. This one?

    There’s just so much wrong here.

    “Christ and cocaine: Rio’s gangs of God blend faith and violence”

    “In the city’s favelas, a new generation of ‘narco-pentecostals’ are embracing Christian symbols”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/23/christ-and-cocaine-rios-gangs-of-god-blend-faith-and-violence

    ““Pastor, do you think we could hold a service at my house next Thursday?” the peroxide-haired gangster wondered, cradling an AK-47 in his lap as he took a seat beside the man of God.

    A few months earlier, the 23-year-old had bought his first home with the fruits of his illegal work as a footsoldier for one of Rio de Janeiro’s drug factions. Now, he wanted to give thanks for the blessings he believed he had received from above.

    “I’ve dodged death so many times. It was He who delivered me from evil,” the drug trafficker reflected as he began another 12-hour night shift on the frontline of the Brazilian city’s drug conflict.

    That Christian conviction was echoed all around the young outlaw, on walls adorned with frescoes of the Old City of Jerusalem and an extract from the Epistle to the Galatians: “Walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.”

    The gangster’s body celebrated his religion, too. One wrist carried a tattoo of a cross and the words “Jesus lives”. The other featured the motto: “May my courage be greater than my fear and my strength as great as my faith”.

    “They know theirs is a cut-throat world so they seek something to believe in,” said Elias Santana, a favela-based preacher who has made it his mission to save the souls of Rio’s ever more evangelical gangsters.

    When Rio’s drug conflict exploded in the 1980s, Brazil’s evangelical revolution was still gathering pace and many gangsters looked to Afro-Brazilian deities such as Ogum, the God of war, for protection. Drug bosses frequented Afro-Brazilian temples, built shrines to Orixás and wore necklaces to show their devotion to the Umbanda and Candomblé faiths.

    Four decades later, many of those sanctuaries have been replaced with sculptures of Bibles and murals of the Last Supper, as a new generation of born-again criminals takes power, influenced by a brotherhood of pentecostal preachers.

    The sway those pastors hold over Rio’s so-called “narco-pentecostals” is unmissable in the hundreds of favelas controlled by gunmen from its three main gangs: the Red Command (CV), the Friends of the Friends (ADA) and, perhaps the most evangelical of all, the Pure Third Command (TCP).

    Drug lords, some regular churchgoers, have incorporated Christian symbols into their ultra-violent trade. Packets of cocaine, handguns and uniforms are emblazoned with the Star of David – a reference to the Pentecostal belief that the return of Jews to Israel represents progress towards the second coming. Gang-commissioned graffiti offers spiritual guidance and heavenly praise.

    On one recent evening, a senior trafficker wandered into a service in suburban Rio, unarmed and unannounced, as a preacher read from the Book of John. “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” Surrounded by local children and their smartly-dressed parents, the gangster took a white plastic chair in the corner, bowed his head and began to pray.

    Nowhere is the evangelisation of Rio’s underworld more visible than the Complexo de Israel, a cluster of five favelas near the international airport governed by Peixão (“Big Fish”), a preacher turned drug peddler who takes his nickname from the ichthys “Jesus” fish. (The drug lord’s second-in-command is named after the Judaean prophet Jeremiah, while their troops are known as the Army of the Living God).

    In tribute to the area’s boss, a mural of the cartoon character Fishtronaut has been painted at one entrance, framed by a line from Psalm 33: “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord”.”

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  2. “The Democrats’ Voting Rights Agenda Isn’t for Us. It’s for Them”

    https://www.newsweek.com/democrats-voting-rights-agenda-isnt-us-its-them-opinion-1671250

    “Like the one plaguing shelves in grocery stores across America, there is a supply shortage of racism in the country—but when it comes to the leaders of the Democratic Party, the demand remains high. The Democrats seem to think that the rallying cry of racism is essential to galvanizing their most loyal demographic, Black Americans. And that’s how they have been talking about their new voting rights bill, the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act.

    President Biden himself has called opposition to the bill “Jim Crow 2.0.” “Jim Crow 2.0 is about two insidious things: voter suppression and election subversion,” the President tweeted. “It’s about making it harder to vote, who gets to count the vote, and whether your vote counts at all.”

    The President was not alone. He was backed up by major media and political personalities. “Welcome to Jim Crow 2.0,” wrote New York Times columnist Charles Blow. “This is Jim Crow 2.0,” Rep. Clyburn said on ABC this week.”

    “This amounts to little more than gaslighting us into submission, into voting for a party that has long ceased to do anything for us. Because here’s the ugly truth: The Democrats’ agenda, specifically this new voting rights bill, is not actually about helping us Black voters or even American public. It’s about helping the Democratic Party establish and maintain political power. It’s not about protecting Black voters’ right to vote, but about protecting what the Democrats’ see as their right to those voters—in exchange for nothing.

    It’s disrespectful at best for the Democratic leadership, paid celebrity shills of the Democratic party, left-leaning political pundits, and more importantly, the President of the United States, to to call any of the recent voting legislation passed in multiple states “Jim Crow 2.0″ when voting has been the easiest it’s ever been for any American, especially any Black American. To compare anything happening today to the Jim Crow era is egregious and dastardly, a testament to how the Democratic Party has treated its most loyal base for decades.

    Black Americans continue to do the work for the Democrats, yet all we get are symbolic victories and shoutouts during speeches. Black Americans willfully give the Democratic party their votes, do their best to ensure that Democratic politicians are elected, and all they have to show for it is a Juneteenth holiday.

    It’s time for Black America to wake up and realize that we are being exploited.”

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    Good luck with that.

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  3. PolitiFact?

    Still garbage….

    “Politifact Rushes to Biden’s Aid After ‘Bull Connor’ Smear Backfires

    “While Biden didn’t explicitly accuse those who don’t support the voting bill of being racists, he did say that their vote would be remembered unfavorably in history, much like the actions of those past figures who didn’t support civil rights or an end to slavery.”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/01/politifact-rushes-to-bidens-aid-after-bull-connor-smear-backfires/

    “Because Democrats are so used to getting a pass from the mainstream media every time they trot out the race card against their political opposition, the last week and a half of the Biden administration continuing to get peppered with questions about the racially-charged smears Biden made during his Georgia speech earlier this month have to be giving the White House nightmares.

    For those who missed it, during the speech Biden gave during a so-called “voting rights” rally in Georgia on January 11th, here’s what Biden said about people who disagree with him on changing the Senate’s rule on the filibuster and/or who disagree with him on his “voting rights” bills:

    “I ask every elected official in America: How do you want to be remembered? Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis? This is the moment to decide. To defend our elections. To defend our democracy.”

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    “Naturally, when Democrats have boxed themselves into a corner, which the Biden administration absolutely has done here, we see so-called “fact-checkers” jump in to try and rescue them, which is exactly what happened after that disastrous Thursday presser.

    Here’s Politifact, claiming Joe Biden’s Bull Connor comments needed “context”:”

    “In the piece, they noted who Connor, Wallace, and Davis were from a historical perspective before specifically pointing to Biden’s “heated” back and forth with Wegmann, which lets me know that Biden’s embarrassing answer was the catalyst behind their “contextual” look at his Georgia speech. What they claimed, however, defies all logic:

    “Go back and read what I said,” he told Wegmann.

    We went back to read what he said. While Biden didn’t explicitly accuse those who don’t support the voting bill of being racists, he did say that their vote would be remembered unfavorably in history, much like the actions of those past figures who didn’t support civil rights or an end to slavery.

    This Twitter user had perhaps the best translation of them all in response to Politifact’s failed attempts at spinning this issue in a more favorable light for Biden:”

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    “While that’s true, unfortunately for the Politifacts of the world every time they get caught running blatant interference for one political party over the other – which happens often – another layer of their supposed credibility burns to the ground, with fewer and fewer people trusting anything they say, and for good reason.”

    And the fools lap it up.

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  4. Don’t worry, we have some comedy this morning too. 🙂

    “A Canadian COVID Hysteric Goes to Florida and Absolute Hilarity Ensues”

    https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/01/23/a-canadian-covid-hysteric-goes-to-florida-and-absolute-hilarity-ensues-n511476

    “What possesses a person to travel to another country for a luxury vacation only to complain it doesn’t mimic the dystopian hellscape they came from? I wouldn’t know, but perhaps Josh Freed, a writer for the Montreal Gazette, can offer some insight. That’s exactly what he did after vacationing in Florida and then returning to his home in Quebec, Canada.

    The obvious COVID hysteric penned an entire piece detailing the horrors of freedom that await those traveling to the Sunshine State, and it’s one of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time. There haven’t been this many quotable moments since “Napoleon Dynamite” came out.”

    “Let’s dive into some of the highlights, shall we? Here’s the opener, which is just a barrel of contradictions.

    A friend told me about an available condo in Florida, my wife and I made a last-second decision to briefly escape and work remotely. But the second we landed, it felt like we’d arrived on another planet.

    While Quebec is in full confinement mode, Florida is Cowboyland, where you barely know COVID is happening, despite much higher new case and hospitalization rates than ours .

    It’s lunacy by Canadian standards, but an eye-opening experience. For starters, everyone’s out and about, filling bars, restaurants, movies, gyms, and jam-packed sports arenas.

    Note that Freed pointedly says he had to “escape” his current situation in Quebec, which is rife with curfews and other tyrannical mitigation measures. It “felt like we’d arrived on another planet,” the writer proclaims, shocked at people doing such insane things as eating at restaurants and going to the gym.

    But the wide-eyed wonder at people not being forced to seal themselves in their homes after a certain time didn’t last for long. Eventually, Freed’s article devolved into the typical, virtue-signaling trash we’ve come to expect from those who treat the pandemic as a religion.

    In ever-friendly America, some customers even shake hands with their waiters before leaving, to say: “Thanks, I’ll have some germs for dessert.”

    It’s easy to spot Canadians at restaurants, as we’re the ones properly masked and nervously sitting on the terrace, even in the rain.

    Yes, it is easy to spot the Canadians doing completely irrational things like eating in the rain because they are so convinced that Omicron is going to kill them, despite being triple-vaxxed and masked up. Of course, from such behavior emerges the obvious question: What exactly is the point of all that mitigation, including the vaccines, if people still feel the need to glue an N95 to their face and avoid human contact?

    Freed continued by being shocked that the local news outlets would dare report on anything but COVID-19.”

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  5. The walking debacle continues to rack up losses.

    “More “overperforming?” After Keystone XL cancelation, we’re now importing more oil from Russia”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/01/23/more-overperforming-after-keystone-xl-cancelation-were-now-importing-more-oil-from-russia-n443494

    “As you likely recall, one order from the flurry of executive mandates that Joe Biden issued immediately upon taking office was the cancellation of construction on the Keystone XL pipeline. No big deal, right? I mean, who needed that crazy pipeline? Well, as it turns out… we did. As the country recovered from the shutdowns and commercial vehicular traffic started growing back toward pre-pandemic levels, the oil and gas industry kicked back into gear as demand increased. But under the new White House policies, supply hasn’t been able to keep up with demand and that situation inevitably leads to two predictable results. First, gas prices began steadily climbing and they are now at levels not seen in many years. The other result is that we’ve had to start importing more oil to keep up with the needs of the refineries. And one of the suppliers benefitting the most from this emerging market is none other than Russia. What could possibly go wrong? (Energy Now)

    One year since President Joe Biden canceled approval for the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, and the United States’ thirst for oil is as strong as ever and rising.

    U.S. oil imports from Saudi Arabia and Russia have increased, and gasoline prices are higher than they have been in the last five years.

    “[Keystone XL] was a missed opportunity to increase North American energy security, lower costs for American consumers and reduce dependence on foreign energy sources that are hostile to U.S. interests,” says Frank Macchiarola, senior vice-president with the American Petroleum Institute.

    “The Keystone XL pipeline would have provided good-paying union jobs to American workers while delivering affordable, reliable energy to American consumers from a close U.S. ally.”

    A chart from the U.S. Energy Information Administration tells the tale in plain figures. This table tracks our import levels for oil and other liquid energy products. Our number one supplier by a wide margin remains Canada, thankfully. But even with their vast resources, they can’t keep up with our shifting levels of demand now. Our imports from Saudi Arabia – our largest OPEC partner – more than doubled between December of 2020 and October of 2021. Meanwhile, our imports from Russia more than tripled from February of 2019 through September of 2021″

    Biden has repeatedly asked both Russia and Saudi Arabia to increase production to reduce costs. They’ve both consistently ignored him.”

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    But no mean tweets, right you 81 million morons?

    “Allegedly” of course…..

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  6. Should have been, but the Branch Covidians won’t allow reality and common sense to interrupt their attempted takeover of America.

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  7. Maybe the sheep are getting a clue?

    Doubt it.

    All the debacles you may have missed. Links galore.

    “Biden’s Collapsing Presidency Week at Legal Insurrection”

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/01/bidens-collapsing-presidency-week-at-legal-insurrection/

    “A year into Biden’s presidency, he has been reduced to a man yelling into a void.

    Biden Says 2022 Election “Could Easily Be Illegitimate”
    America Wins: Senate Filibuster Remains Intact As Manchin, Sinema Vote With Republicans
    CNN Skewers Biden’s Voter Suppression Lies. Yes, CNN.
    The political landscape is shifting quickly.

    Democrats had Nine Point Preference Advantage Starting 2021, But GOP Ended on Top
    Ominous: 28 House Democrats Not Running For Reelection in 2022
    Politifact is pathetic.

    Politifact Rushes to Biden’s Aid After ‘Bull Connor’ Smear Backfires
    It looks like Virginia is turning a corner.

    VA Gov. Youngkin Hires Anti-CRT Scholar As Chief Diversity, Opportunity, and Inclusion Officer
    Virginia Republicans Continue To Clean House As AG Fires Political Appointees And Announces Investigations
    Most of Virginia, anyway.

    Public Schools in Fairfax County, VA, Have Students Play ‘Privilege Bingo’
    New York has a long way to go.

    NYC Hate Crimes Soared in 2021, Especially Against Jews, Asians, Hispanics
    Homeless Man Faces Murder Charges for Allegedly Pushing Michelle Go in Front of NYC Subway Train

    California also has major issues.

    California Gov. Newsom Shocked To See The State He Governs Looks “Like A Third World Country”
    In DA George Gascón’s L.A., “Smash and Grab” Morphs Into “Slash and Dash”
    LAPD Arrests Suspected Killer of UCLA Grad Brianna Kupfer
    The hero of the synagogue attack in Texas was the rabbi.

    Hostages at Colleyville Synagogue Were Rescued by Themselves, Not the FBI
    Texas Synagogue Hostage-Taker was Under Investigation by British MI5, Supported Pro-Palestinian and Jihadi Causes
    Baffling Biden Statement: “I don’t think there is sufficient information to know about why he targeted that synagogue””

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  8. So are most people….

    “UCSF doctor: I’m about done being cautious because of COVID”

    https://hotair.com/john-s-2/2022/01/21/ucsf-doctor-im-about-done-being-cautious-because-of-covid-n443196

    “I’m sure a lot of people are thinking they were done with COVID a year ago or longer. What’s significant here is that this is coming from a doctor who has spent the entire pandemic urging caution on Twitter. Bob Wachter has been warning his 250,000 followers that the pandemic is not over while posting snapshots of data from the hospital where he works. But recently he’s started changing his tune based on what he’s seeing from omicron and that has been jarring for some of his very cautious followers. It started with this tweet last Tuesday.”

    “In an interview published a week ago, Wachter explained why he’s finally ready to be done with COVID.

    I believe it’s likeliest that it peaks soon and comes down in February, and we’ll find ourselves in a world where the risk to fully vaccinated individuals is quite low, and it gets low for a few reasons. For one, everyone should have some immunity because with the unvaccinated, most if not all will have been infected by the time this wave ends. This variant of the virus, which is now dominant, is more mild on average. And the risk is lower for immunocompromised and high-risk individuals because of the increasing availability of medications that decrease the chance they’ll get super sick…

    I also think the “it’s been two years” thing has meaning. If we’re in a better spot and we know that COVID is going to be around forever, and you’re still looking at the world and saying, “I’m not comfortable visiting family, I’m not comfortable going on vacation,” what you’re basically saying is, “I’m never going to do that again.” How can that be a good life? If after two years you look around and say, “I’m still in hunker-down mode,” you’re going to be that way forever.

    And I am not going to do that. I’m looking at risk levels to determine what allows for normal life, and I think it’s likelier than not that’s going to happen in the next month.

    As for the blowback he received from some people on Twitter, Wachter says people who trusted him when he said there was a risk should continue to trust him when he says there isn’t:

    What’s shocking in the blowback I received is people saying, “I trusted you, but not anymore.” It’s sad, but I hope they trust me if, in my judgment, I say we can soon do things we’ve been very careful about not doing. I’m 64 years old, so it’s hard to change the way I do anything, but the way I weigh risks in my life is locked in.

    He also says the concern about young children and the immunocompromised is overblown. At some point, you can’t ask everyone to stop living because of the minute chance it might impact a small minority of people:

    …counting on people in the community to do things to minimize the chances of exposing kids under 5 is too much to ask of community members, especially when the risk to kids that age is so small.

    And that analogy is true of the immunocompromised too. If I know I’m interacting with someone who is immunocompromised, I will happily wear a mask. But there are 7 million people in the U.S. who can be classified as immunocompromised. That’s 7 million out of 350 million. To ask everyone else in the 350 million to be much more careful in their lives than the situation would dictate for them in order to protect the 7 million, that’s a lot to ask.

    From the beginning of the pandemic it has been clear that differing people have very different views of how much risk is acceptable. Dr. Wachter has been a voice of caution and even last week he was still warning we needed to wait a few more weeks until the omicron peak was over. Still, even for someone advising people be extremely careful, his advice is now shifting to something like get vaccinated and be done with COVID.”

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  9. But there are pockets of stupidity that remain…… i.e. Cali…..

    “California bill would allow preteens to be vaxxed without parental notification”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/01/22/california-bill-would-allow-preteens-to-be-vaxxed-without-parental-notification-n443383

    “Not only don’t the Democrats in California (and elsewhere) want parents finding out about what’s being taught to their children in our public schools, they really don’t want them informed about much else that goes on in their kids’ lives. That apparently includes medical decisions. A new bill being introduced in California this month would allow for children age 12 and older to be vaccinated against COVID without receiving consent from or even informing their parents. Of course, since we’re talking about California here, this isn’t entirely new ground that they’re breaking. They’ve been eroding the rights of parents for decades. But something about this bill seems particularly intrusive, especially when you consider the current controversy and debates over the COVID vaccines. Should some nameless official at a public school (or elsewhere) be able to not only perform a medical procedure on a child without permission but also hide the fact from the parents? (Associated Press)

    California would allow children age 12 and up to be vaccinated without their parents’ consent, the youngest age of any state, under a proposal late Thursday by a state senator.

    Alabama allows such decisions at age 14, Oregon at 15, Rhode Island and South Carolina at 16, according to Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco who is proposing the change. Only Washington, D.C., has a lower limit, at age 11…

    “Giving young people the autonomy to receive life-saving vaccines, regardless of their parents’ beliefs or work schedules, is essential for their physical and mental health,” he said. “It’s unconscionable for teens to be blocked from the vaccine because a parent either refuses or cannot take their child to a vaccination site.”

    As is noted in the linked article, this isn’t the first time that California has moved to grant such autonomy to young children. But the fact that not all vaccinations are treated in this fashion should be revelatory when considering the question. The state already allows 12-year-olds to choose to receive vaccinations against Hepatitis B and Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, and mental health disorders. Notice how these selections tend to involve at least the possibility of sexual activity, while not allowing them to opt for vaccinations against things like smallpox without at least notifying the parent. If your 12-year-old daughter came down with a sexually transmitted infection, don’t you suppose that you would like to know about that and demand an investigation into how it happened? Or if she was abusing drugs?

    Also, as pointed out above, minors of various ages are currently allowed to make such choices in other states, including both red and blue ones. But that doesn’t make it right. Pointing to someone else’s bad behavior shouldn’t be a justification for you to carry on with your own. Perhaps the better question here would be why parents in those other states aren’t calling for an end to such practices.

    The legislator pushing for this bill attempts to cloud the issue by claiming that it would help not only children whose parents don’t wish to get them vaccinated yet but those who are unable to take them to be vaccinated. In the immortal words of Sherman T. Potter, that’s a load of horse hockey. As with the rest of the country, it’s ludicrously easy to arrange for a vaccination in California. If you can’t make it to a vaccination pod or a doctor’s office, there is a toll-free number you can call and people will come to your home to administer the shot. And they’ll do it for free. This is strictly about overriding the decisions of the parents if those decisions are politically unpopular.

    In California, as in most of America, if a school nurse gives an aspirin to a child without a note from a parent or guardian they can lose their job. If you give a tattoo to a minor you can literally go to jail. But if you want to hide from the parents the fact that their child was given a vaccine that was only quite recently granted emergency approval for distribution by the CDC, that’s apparently just fine and dandy.”

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  10. Who could have seen this coming?

    I mean besides anyone with a functioning brain.

    “”Safe streets worker” (replacing police) gunned down in Baltimore”

    https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/01/22/safe-streets-worker-replacing-police-gunned-down-in-baltimore-n443350

    “During the course of the madness that promoted “defunding” or abolishing the police, there was an emphasis placed on replacing police in some circumstances with “community safety” workers who would supposedly act as unarmed “violence interrupters” and reduce the number of lethal use of force incidents by police officers. In Baltimore, Maryland’s violent gang territories, an existing organization known as the “Safe Streets Program” gained a lot of attention and municipal support in this effort. The goal of the program is to deploy former gang members (or “former”) into areas controlled by the gangs to negotiate nonviolent resolutions to conflicts. Unfortunately, as we’ve seen with other proposed “violence interruption” programs in major cities, sending someone with a clipboard out to resolve a beef between gang members isn’t always effective. That was sadly this case this week when one of Baltimore’s Safe Streets workers was shot to death along with several other people on the East side of Charm City. (Baltimore Sun)

    A quadruple shooting in East Baltimore on Wednesday night left three people dead, including a Safe Streets worker, and one person injured, police said. Three others were injured in separate shootings in West and South Baltimore.

    At about 7:25 p.m., Eastern District patrol officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 2400 block of E. Monument St. Once there, officers located four men suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

    A 28-year-old man was pronounced dead on the scene. Medics transported three other victims to area hospitals, where a 24-year-old man and another man were also pronounced dead.

    Just to be clear, I am not an opponent of the Safe Streets Program and this murder was particularly appalling, even in a city where murders are literally a daily occurrence. Tragically, the murder rate in Baltimore is still higher than what you see in Kabul, Afghanistan during any given week. If they can find people who are able and willing to go out there and talk some of the gang bangers back off the edge instead of settling their beef with illegal firearms, God bless them. They need to be willing to try anything at this point.

    And it’s not as if the program has been wholly ineffective. In the specific neighborhoods that Safe Streets focuses on, there have been some measurable (if not drastic) reductions in shootings and homicides at times. Last summer, the Cherry Hill neighborhood was able to celebrate a solid year without a single gun death on the streets, though that winning streak sadly ended a short time later.

    But this killing also underscores the fact that violent crime, particularly when we’re talking about gang violence, sometimes requires a legal, violent response. The Baltimore Police have been cut down in numbers and in a type of retreat ever since the Freddie Gray riots. The city’s government has spent more time trying to prosecute its own cops than the gangs that have largely retaken control of the streets in many parts of Baltimore. When law enforcement is viewed as being weakened or ineffectual, the gangs move in to fill the power vacuum.”

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    Reality is a ……..

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  11. Oh goody, a spin off of The Branch Covidians….

    “If You Liked Covid Censorship, You’ll Love The Latest “Climate Change” Censorship Push

    Advance Democracy activist group “investigates entities undermining the global consensus on climate change””

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/01/if-you-liked-covid-censorship-youll-love-the-latest-climate-change-censorship-push/

    “Big Tech spent two years censoring much-needed debate about covid-related measures like lockdowns and masking; anyone who didn’t parrot the “approved science” was banned, shut down, locked out. Now that the CDC is saying the same thing the “disinformation spreaders” and wrongthinkers have been saying all along, it’s suddenly okay to question the efficacy of cloth masks, etc.

    Climate alarmists apparently got thrills up their legs at the censorship potential for their pet cause and have been calling for information sharing and public debate to be censored just as aggressively as the truth was censored during the height of the pandemic fear porn onslaught.

    The targets for this latest call for censorship are the usual suspects: Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter (Tik Tok is also included).

    USA Today “reports” (archive link):

    Climate change falsehoods, hoaxes and conspiracy theories are still prevalent on Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube despite pledges to crack down, a new report says.

    Social media posts and videos denying climate change, disputing its causes, or underplaying its effects not only can still be found on these platforms, they are often missing warning labels or links to credible information, according to Advance Democracy, a research organization that studies misinformation.

    Climate scientists say they’re frustrated by the lack of progress in stemming the tide of climate change misinformation. For years, they’ve urged social media companies to identify, flag and take down the misinformation and the accounts that spread it.”

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    “This Advance Democracy outfit doesn’t appear to have published this double-top secret report on its website, but it does pledge to investigate “entities undermining the global consensus on climate change through financial corruption, clandestine front-groups, social media influence operations, disinformation, vexatious litigation, lobbying, and front-facing public relations activity.”

    “Undermining the global consensus” is bad, it must be stopped, the correctness of the (nonexistent) ‘global consensus‘ cannot be challenged. Why not? If it’s true, why can’t it stand up to debate, why can’t it be challenged or questioned? What is this new “science” that is all-knowing and has all the answers already, to the extent that it no longer needs to ask any questions or permit any to be asked?

    These climate alarmists don’t really care about science, of course. They are not calling for more information, more studies, more access to data for the general public. They just want to scream “Shutup, shutup, shutup!” and have Big Tech do their bidding in censoring anything—up to and including opinions and research conducted by scientists in climate-related fields—that “undermines” their preferred narrative.”

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  12. Buyers remorse.

    We all suffer for their stupidity.

    “Not A Single CBS Focus Group Participant Believes America Is In A Better Place Now Than One Year Ago”

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  13. “Wokeism Is a Cruel and Dangerous Cult

    Wokeism’s natural logic is to destroy the lives of people of both genders, of all races, and—if need be—of those of every age, all to leverage an otherwise unworkable ideological agenda.”

    VDH nails it again.

    https://amgreatness.com/2022/01/23/wokeism-is-a-cruel-and-dangerous-cult/

    “Wokeism has been described by its critics as the omnipresent use of race—and to a lesser extent, gender—to replace meritocracy and thus ensure equality of result. What follows from implementing that ideology are reparatory actions to reward those of the present by atoning for the injustices done to others in the past.

    Some see it as an update of 1960s cultural Marxism fads. Others scoff that it is just a return to 1980s-style political correctness.

    Still more see it as the logical successor to 1990s-type race, class, and gender obsessions—albeit with a shriller and more dangerous Jacobin, Soviet, and Maoist twist. Wokeism’s hysteria also invites comparisons to the Salem witch trials and McCarthyism.

    But few have described wokeism as the cruel creed that it is.

    Wokeism’s natural logic is to destroy the lives of people of both genders, of all races, and—if need be—those of every age, all to leverage an otherwise unworkable ideological agenda. It is nihilist and destroys everything it touches. It tears apart foes and friends alike, whether by fueling media-driven hatred of Donald Trump or faux-deification of the disaster that is now Joe Biden.

    Woke’s Victims
    Defunding law enforcement and defaming police resulted in record numbers of murders in 12 U.S. cities. A wave of violent crime is even hitting America’s suburbs.

    Without much fear of arrest, indictment, conviction, and incarceration, emboldened violent career criminals for the past year have robbed, assaulted, and killed the innocent with impunity.

    The victims at the bus stop, the subway, or in the furniture store do not seem to warrant media or progressive attention, much less sympathy.

    They are the ignored—the unnamed, and the forgotten collateral damage from the grand experiment of redefining crime as a social construct. The guilty are the elite academics, activists, and billionaires like George Soros who are untouched by what they birthed.

    We have all seen videos of the vast expanse of flotsam and jetsam strewn by train thieves along the Union Pacific tracks in Los Angeles. Yet the Wild West mess is still more than just the concrete manifestations of Los Angeles County district attorney George Gascón’s unhinged efforts to excuse criminals from legal consequences.

    The packages thrown along the ground by thugs and gangsters represent, among other things, lost COVID-19 test results of the ill. Presumably, they unknowingly are waiting still by the window for the delivery of results that never arrive. The package in the dirt was, perhaps, a key tractor part eagerly awaited, in vain, by the broke farmer in the Central Valley. The mess included the life-saving medicines shipped to the sick that disappeared.

    And our elected leaders did what in response? Governor Gavin Newsom apologized for using the insensitive word “gangs” to describe those who plunder, loot, and trash railcars.”

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    “The Forgotten Broken Eggs of the Woke Omelet
    The green wokeists postulate that they are saving lives by radical efforts to restrict gas and oil production, to raise fuel prices. They want to force Americans to buy high-priced alternative sources of wind- and solar-generated power and battery-powered cars. But away from the faculty lounge, millions of Americans are colder and less mobile this winter, paying far more to heat their homes and to drive to work.

    Most of the woke climate change activists rarely see the poor trying to empty their purses to scrounge combinations of cash and credit cards to leverage over $100 to fill their cars’ gas tanks. Tesla drivers might be the architects of last year’s war on carbon fuels. But real-life victims pay for their piety—those who have no such options to buy high-priced electric cars.

    For the cosmopolitan woke, the border is many things: a mere xenophobic construct, a racist barrier, a nationalist tic.

    But the thousands who live near the Mexican border see their homes and farms overrun with drug traffickers—and during a pandemic thousands of unvaccinated and possibly sick illegal aliens. They suffer firsthand from daily violence as all security disappears.

    For the American poor, who rely on government health clinics and state entitlements, the influx of thousands of illegal aliens into their communities becomes a zero-sum game. The more noncitizens put demands on such already oversubscribed services, the fewer citizens there are who will have access to quality care.

    The woke lecture that colleges and universities must now go beyond their former de facto racial quotas for admissions and hiring, already mostly based on proportional representation and disparate impact. But now a sort of reparations system emerges. It is what the Left itself used to call in derision “overrepresentation.”

    Equity in our Orwellian world is not equality, but payback. Again, it is the idea of making the current generation pay for the supposed sins of the long dead of centuries past. “

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  14. We need a few thousand more journalists just like Sharyl Attkisson.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/fact-checkers-are-used-to-confuse-the-public-sharyl-attkisson_4221169.html

    “Five-time Emmy award-winning journalist Sharyl Attkisson said she has seen an increased effort to manipulate the public to appreciate censorship and disapprove of journalism. One of the strategies that has been employed is the use of third-party fact-checkers, she said.

    “Nearly every mode of information has been co-opted, if it can be co-opted by some group, [and] fact-checkers are no different,” Attkisson told EpochTV’s “American Thought Leaders.”

    “Either they’ve been co-opted, in many instances, or created for the purpose of distributing narratives and propaganda,” said Attkisson. “This is all part of a very well-funded, well-organized landscape that dictates and slants the information they want us to have.””

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  15. Enjoy the suck!

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  16. Says the shrieking harpy not wearing a mask to the other shrieking harpies not wearing masks….

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  17. Not only listen to them, but vote according to what the harpies say.

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  18. If Bill’s not careful, the Cancel Clowns will come for him.

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  19. And it’s funny because he is.

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  20. Stop me if you heard this one before…..

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    Afghanistan 2.0

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