Home to Roost – by Professor Ornery Dragon
It appears as though the Democrats’ chickens are finally coming home to roost. In Philadelphia, Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) was carjacked and all her belongings stolen in broad daylight in FDR Park by a group of young black men. FDR Park is a very large park and golf course in the south of Philly, just a couple blocks west of the sports complex. It is not some little pocket park in a bad area of the city. Scanlon is a huge supporter of the defund the police movement and Philly DA Larry Krasner (a Soros creature). Jim Kenney, the erstwhile mayor of Philly, and another Krasner supporter was “appalled” to learn of the carjacking. It is to laugh. Hey, Jimmy-boy! Perhaps you should give the police more money and support!
In a Chicago suburb, an Illinois state senator (Kimberly Lightford, Democrat) was carjacked as well. Again in broad daylight. And in San Francisco, a growing wave of drug deal killings and overdoses in the Tenderloin (a notoriously bad area of the city), has finally drawn the attention of the city’s progressive mayor, London Breed (Democrat), whose call for stronger and more frequent policing of the area has caused her DA, Chesa Boudin (D-Soros funded and so progressive he makes progressives look conservative) to get mad at her.
In Oakland, California an NBC news crew was robbed of their cameras at gun point. Now, while many of us familiar with the area might say, “well, yeah, Oakland” it must be pointed out that in the years I lived in San Francisco, and the twenty-five years my parents lived there, I didn’t hear any stories like that. An entire news crew, held at gunpoint and robbed…wait for it…in broad daylight.
Finally, we’re seeing the consequences of the defund the police movement being noticed by the national news services. Fortunately nobody was injured in the two carjackings. Sadly, many people will die before Boudin does something about the Tenderloin. But we are seeing some chickens come home to roost. Those who support the defund the police idea are now victims of the crime wave they created.
It did take some high-profile victims for that to happen, but that indeed was only a matter of time. You know that if the carjacking had happened to your average Philadelphian or Chicagoan, the response would have made the Slowsky family look positively swift-footed.
In many cities the mayors and city council members who agitated for defunding the police have resorted to hiring private security for themselves while the city residents are left to fend for themselves. Yeah, that goes over well with voters.
In the Philadelphia case, the cops found the car, with all five carjackers in it, in Newark, Delaware (about 25 miles south of Philly) a few hours later. Please note that it wasn’t social workers who found the car and convinced the carjackers to pretty-please give it back. I seriously doubt you could find a currently employed social worker who would be willing to confront a car full of five armed “youths”.
The entire defund the police movement was predicated on the idea that cops always abuse force. This image was further enhanced by the media’s highlighting of every single police-involved shooting or altercation and the continued implication that the only reason there was an altercation was because the police had started it. This is a completely b.s. view and explicitly designed to demonize all police officers – good, bad, indifferent, white, black, Hispanic, and Asian, Republican voters, and Democratic voters. All of them.
Progressive politicians and the media have only themselves to blame for becoming crime victims. The media is finding out that they’re fair game to criminals as well, and perhaps even a fun challenge. After all, if your “employment” is armed robbery, then robbing a news crew in broad daylight probably seems like an entertaining challenge. Just like all the smash-and-grab robberies going on in San Francisco in its high-end, trendy stores. In this case, blame the victim is perfectly allowable.
The schadenfreude of all these attacks is beautiful to behold. But what’s even more fun is that they are being reported on national news. The powers-that-be have no choice but to comment on them. Of course, many of the comments will be like those of Jim Kenney…expressing shock without the teensiest bit of acknowledgement that he bears even one iota of responsibility for them.
And that’s how the left operates. “Let’s do all these feel-good things! If you object, you’re an eeebil, raaaacist unperson!” Thing goes into operation. Lefty and Lefty’s friends smile and ignore the objections of the hoi polloi, after all, the hoi polloi is just a bunch of knuckle-dragging raaaaacists. Then suddenly one day, one of Lefty’s friends is just SOCMOB (standing on corner, minding own business) when BAM! Out of nowhere and for no reason, some maladjusted yute robs them at gunpoint. “Wait just a damn minute,” Lefty yells. “That’s supposed to happen to the other guys not me and my friends! How dare you! I’m calling the cops!”
This is what we call irony. Lefty now needs and wants a police presence. But…there’s a problem. The cops, having been vilified for the last several years by Lefty and friends, told that they are all just raaaacist killers, are less than enthusiastic when it comes to putting their lives on the line for Lefty et al. Shrug. “Sorry, sir. We simply don’t have the manpower to investigate a simple mugging.”
Yes, there are parts of the criminal justice system that need real reform, but defunding police, and raising the value limits on stolen goods for prosecution purposes among other ridiculous and stupid measures ain’t the reform needed.
And there will be even more schadenfreude to enjoy when Lefty et al recognize that the perpetrators of the crimes on their friends are black. Now what’s a good white liberal to do? Go count the chickens you’re missing. That’s how many have yet to come home.
For the rest of us, stay safe and stay alert. Pay attention to your surroundings. Trust your gut. Because if you become a crime victim the system will grind much more painfully and slowly for you than it does for the politicians. After all, you are a mere peasant to their nobility.
In the meantime, pass the popcorn and enjoy the show!
186 thoughts on “Home to Roost – by Professor Ornery Dragon”
“when Lefty et al recognize that the perpetrators of the crimes on their friends are black.” Oh nonono, the perpetrators are not black! Or even if they do seem to be melanin abundant, they are obviously just the victims of righteous rage at white privilege. The solution cannot possibly be to apply so white a concept as justice or criminal punishment! /sarc off.
Practice your doublethink, comrade. You need to sort all the real blacks and unreal ones (who do not support the people blacks support).
Rep. Scanlon’s carjackers were arrested at Christiana Mall in Delaware. All of them except one were under age. And the Wilmington, Delaware newspaper did not carry the news of this at all. I wonder why?
Not even to call them “youths”?
Would have been much more satisfying to remotely lock the doors, pour gasoline all over the car, and torch it with them inside, and then film it for national broadcast with commentary of, “This is the standard of punishment for carjacking from now on. Race is irrelevant. Age is irrelevant. Jack a car, die like rats.”
Rats are too smart for that. Don’t insult them.
The Whole Nine Yards.
Happy new year, Mike. I’m with you 100%. All they understand is violence and death.
It’s time to take care of business.
The problem is that we’ve allowed far, far too many problems to come to roost, hide in the rafters, and make themselves at home.
Fixing them is going to be painful on many, many levels. It’ll be like the 1970’s (remember those days? At least the turnstile jumpers and the chain snatchers weren’t competing on TikTok to see what sort of crazy they can pull off), but with a media environment that is still rooting for the “authenticity” of criminals and the homeless and their like.
It’s going to get better. It just won’t be quick-or easy to get there and we’re going to suffer for it.
Actually it would be fast and easy. Remember people do more of behaviors that are pleasurable and not punished. Don’t want those behaviors? PUNISH THEM. Geesh.
Yup. Giuliani’s New York City showed the way. Broken Windows anti-crime measures shut down New York City’s crime problem very quickly.
And now the left is doing the exact opposite.
Part of what we’re seeing is the left trying to bring back the seventies “solutions” as though we haven’t seen how this works in the interim. It’s bizarre.
They can do this in part because it’s been long enough that many of the people alive now weren’t around then. Or they’re too young to remember it.
Broken Windows policing has also taken a notoriety hit because people automatically conflate it with Stop and Frisk, which was implemented later under Bloomberg, iirc.. I don’t know enough about the consequences of the latter to talk about it. But the complaints about Stop and Frisk have nothing to do with Broken Windows policies
If you’re having a fevered conspiracy-dream moment, Bloomberg is primo evidence that professional Republicans exist to help the Left take over.
IMO, Bloomberg only claimed to be a Republican to get elected using the goodwill toward Giuliani. IIRC, he switched his affiliation to independent after leaving office. In any case, I agree that he’s done a lot of harm.
If I recall correctly, Bloomberg claimed to be Republican because he saw the vast Democrat field for NY Mayor, and noticed that hardly anyone wanted to be a Republican NY Mayor (even after Guiliani), and decided to go for it.
Every so often I wonder why more Presidents, Mayors, Governors, and so forth, don’t try to groom their replacements, so that there’d be a Republican (or Democrat, for that matter) ready to go, who knows the ropes and hopefully the mood of the people, to take their place.
See Dan Quayle.
Oh, come on man, Bloomborg was always a closet Democrat!
*cue fever dream* Aren’t they all? *end fd*
I think that really is the point, though.
The more I see of Bloomberg or Bloomberg news, the gladder I am his Presidential trial crashed.
1970’s NYC “effectively 2+2 is 7”
Mayor Dinkins “Neat answer lets go with that”
Mayor Giuliani “No you Morons 2+2 is 4”
NYC “Wow 2+2 is 4!!! look how nice times Square is!”
Mayor Bloomberg “2+2 is 4 but its RAACISSST”
NYC “Yeah it is Racist but we like being able to walk in Central park without TOO much fear of mugging leave be”
MAYOR de Blasio “2+2 =4 is RAAACIST, My wife has ideas on how to fix that pay her”
8 years later
NYC Middle class “Holy crap this is screwed up, we’re outta here”
NYC upper class “This sucks but we do it for the good of our browner poor”
NYC poor “Can we get Giuliani back? we don’t care what 2=2 is”
Sorry rambling a bit but I think you get the idea 🙂
There’s also Koch in there between Dinkins and Giuliani, iirc.
Deblasio’s supposed to be the worst of the five by a hefty margin
Per https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mayors_of_New_York_City Koch was BEFORE Dinkins (Koch 1978-1989, Dinkins 1990-1993). Not that Koch did anything all to useful… Visited NYC with the Glee Club of my Alma Mater in spring 1980 (we were there to sing Poulenc Gloria with Smith College at St Patrick’s). Was nearly mugged in Times Square (trying to find food I could afford a Burger King), Hotel we stayed at was raided by NYC Vice squad, two floors up from us was full of “ladies of the evening”. Lovely place in that period.
Those were the best days of my life. Grew up in NYC during the 70’s. When I went to uni in upstate NY they all wanted to know if I lived in an apartment? – no, was I in a gang? – no, had I ever been mugged? – no. I don’t ever remember feeling unsafe. One had to be alert and I still don’t carry money in my wallet, but I never had any problems and I spent an awful lot of time in the East Village and Lower East Side, which were fairly gritty. Still, I can remember shooting water balloons across Avenue B at 2:00 in the morning using surgical tubing tied to the old Elm trees in Tompkins Square Park with the skells laughing at the crazy white boys.
It wasn’t so much the mayor, Koch was actually a pretty good one, as the economic changes and the heroin. Rudy and Bloomberg reaped the demographic sweet spot, though they were mostly honest and mostly competent. Bloomberg, though, is responsible for DiBlassio since Bloomberg crushed any possible number two and had no visible successor. Anthony Weiner would have been better than what we got, think on that for a second, but he couldn’t stop flashing his so that was that. Our option was DiBlassio or Christine Quinn and she makes Bill the Bolshevik look competent.
Dinkins wasn’t a bad man so much as a weak one. He was just a politician. DiBlassio is a commie and that makes all the difference. That SOB destroyed my hometown,
IIRC, Ed Koch also exposed himself – to art.
Was Art offended? 😀
My high school system did a trip to NYC in 1973. We stayed in a hotel just off Times Square and I was what would now be called, “sexually assaulted,” in the hotel elevator. (I told my fellow students there had been a masher in the elevator. And pointed him out as we were leaving. Watching him hunch into his trench coat and slither out was nice). And some guy propositioned my boyfriend. It was memorable in every sense of the word.
I’m sorry about that. Like I said, I never had a problem and neither did my wife, nor my sisters. Maybe we were lucky or maybe our radar was more attuned to it. I’ve been propositioned by men, I used say no thank you and they’d leave me alone. I had one guy do it while I was standing with my wife, she almost died laughing since i was not the ideal of male pulchritude. Now that I’m old and fat I don’t have to worry about that anymore. Alas for my youth.
I remember being told by a person who grew up in a small town that they had crazy people too but there weren’t so many people between you and them,
The only time I felt threatened, other than by bombings, several places (WTC, Jakarta Marriott, Athens Intercontinental) I was in got blown up — was by some “youths” in Paris, who were people of peace as it happens. They threw a bottle at me. I was prepared to run for it, but first took a step toward them and they ran. TG
Which Hotel? There were a number that were homeless shelters for a while. The Hotel Martinique by Herald Square used to be notorious, it went from being a four star hotel, to a homeless shelter to a funky four star hotel and looks to be going back to a homeless shelter. Ante DiBlassio you paid a lot of money to stay in it., I remember laughing at the first person who bragged about how hip it was to stay there and how expensive it was.
In my youth, I, too was occasionally propositioned by gay men. When queried why I refused, with the appeal of how did I know I wasn’t gay, or at least bi, I replied that I’d been having erotic dreams for (current age – time of entering puberty) years, and had never had one about a guy. The usual follow-up was how did I know I wouldn’t like it unless I tried it. My response was that I’d never shot myself in the head with a .45 pistol, but I was pretty sure I wouldn’t enjoy it.,
I finally hit on a good response: “You’re fishin’ in the wrong lake, bub.”
Delurking to say thank you for the detail. I was on that trip — as a toddler — and I now have a context for what is possibly my earliest memory.
Did Koch manage to introduce significant changes in course?
He stopped the rot and allowed Felix Rohatin to fix the city’s finances, so yes. Nothing Giuliani did could have been done had NY become Detroit or Chicago. Koch is the reason it didn’t. Koch was really the last of Tammany Hall. Dinkins was a dem machine guy, but he was never part of Tammany. Honest graft they called it. Lots of people sneer at that, but it’s about the best you can do in this fallen world. Before the reign of error, no matter how corrupt the city was, the heads of the critical departments, Police, fire, etc., had to be competent, corrupt perhaps, but still competent. it’s the stupidity and incompetence, not the graft, that gets you.
Like Willie Brown. Crooked as a spastic snake, but competent. The people’s business got done on top of the graft.
I’m not sure Koch was all that crooked himself but there was a great deal of crookedness in the system. He was a pragmatist. At the end of the day you didn’t sh-t where you ate. The clowns we have today are, by and large, offspring of wealth and privilege and so they don’t have to eat where the rest of us do. When NYC was run by a bunch of working class guys, it worked; now it’s run by the Yale alumni club and it doesn’t.
The best thing I remember Koch saying was if you agreed with 7 out of 12 of his positions you should vote for him but if you agreed with 12 out of 12 you should see a psychiatrist,or,perhaps his quip on losing to Dinkins that the people had spoken and now must be punished.
Chicago was like that. Under Richard J. Daley, “honest graft” played through. An expressway (Californinans, think “freeway”) was completely rebuilt 12 years after original construction, and it needed major resurfacing two years later. But, It Got Done. Hell, when MacCormick place burned down, it got replaced immediately (as best as I can recall…)
Fast forward through a bunch of mayors, decreasing in skill and effectiveness, and now you have Mayor Groot. Between her and OBummer, I hesitate to admit I was from Chicago.
Heck, even in the 70’s prosecutors didn’t declare that they weren’t going to seek prison time for many offenses. https://nypost.com/2022/01/04/manhattan-da-alvin-bragg-to-stop-seeking-prison-in-some-cases/
I’d say Eric Adams has his work cut out for him.
They forget their own history as well.
It took what, a couple of years for Giuliani ‘s reforms to take effect? That’s pretty damned quick.
Much like Clinton and the “great moderation” Giuliani had a demographic boost. The proportion of young men in the peak crime years was rather low. The proportion of young men in the peak crime years is rather high now. Even were they competent, crime would likely be higher. not this much higher, but higher.
The economy under Trump got a demographic boost and Biden has pissed it away. Another couple of years and the tide starts to go out again.
I’m in full agreement, Great Aunt! The problem is getting past all of the “feel good” bumf that we’ve been covered in the last few decades to get to “you do something wrong, you get punished” for too many people.
Haven’t we learned by now that by itself, prison doesn’t do much for rehabilitation? Incarceration is not really an effective method of punishment. Let the punishment fit the crime, The penalties for violent crime should be physically painful, those for property crimes should hit the pocketbook.
How about we remove some of the expensive things to make prison more about rehabilitation and less about punishment before that, see if the previous effectiveness of prison may have had something to do with it not becoming Criminal College and Social Hour?
I think some sort of boot camp regimen might produce results in many cases. They’re in for failing to follow rules; therefore, give them a LOT of rules to follow, with rewards for success and punishment for breaking the rules.
Rewards can be better food and activities, like reading. Punishment consists of withholding same. A few weeks of unsweetened oatmeal 3 times a day combined with total boredom should bring about some degree of attitude adjustment.
And sorting it out is going to have enough honest challenges that I hesitate to simply vent based on how upset it makes me.
I think I’ve proven that I will rave on this stuff at great length, and that most of the regulars here do /not/ need to have citations in support of the claim that I rave about it.
Who knew that decriminalizing crime could have such disastrous consequences?
But, but, all the lovely theories say that once we address the root causes and improve the self-esteem of members of the previously underserved communities, everyone will live in peace ‘neath his vine and fig tree!
Or so the truly bewildered do-gooders seem to think. The actively malicious Alinsky-ites want to burn everything down, so the once-middle-class will leap with joy into Communism.
I recall the line from A Clockwork Orange (not sure if it’s in the book, but definitely in the movie)
[roughly] “We need to get the criminals out of the prisons to make room for the political prisoners.”
*passes you a mop and bucket for that massive puddle of sarcasm*
My sarcasm has become quite strongly developed the past few years.
Some of the missing chickens, at least, have been stolen and eaten by their precious Oppressed Minorities. 😀
The police might not have funding to arrest looters, rapists and murderers, but they’ve got plenty to arrest people with ‘counterfeit vaccine passports’ and the Soros D.A. in New York is holding them in jail on charges that can bring 7 year sentences. No ‘bail reform’ for them!
Now the Democrat congresscritters are trying to make up for their policies of ‘defunding the police’ with FEDERAL GOVERNMENT funding of LOCAL police. Nationalizing the police departments, now where have we seen that before…?
When police shoot violent criminals to protect innocent people, they are jackbooted fascist stormtroopers.
When police shoot innocent people to protect corrupt politicians, they are National Heroes.
Sounds to me like they’re taking a page from the Failed Seminarian’s playbook. In the XUSSR, the thieves ruled the prisons and the camps, lording it over the zeks (political prisoners). Solzhenitsyn and other writers of the era describe the dynamic.
And some of them were “stolen” by the folks they actually belonged to before The People’s Chickens were cooped up!
I am absolutely for only policing in areas that support the police. Make a hard boundary and defend it. Oh, and no border jumping.
Side note: since whatever busted WordPress a bunch of places the past couple days, and starting here today, I can no longer comment normally. Have to write it elsewhere and paste it in, cuz I can’t see the comment box.
Define “support the police”. Do we really want to support police that arrest conservatives while giving SturmAntifa a pass? or carrying out mandate enforcement when the mandate is clearly unconstitutional?
Support the rule of law. Support good honest cops.
Yeah. The Covidian gestapo and the Kare commissariate… Not so much. And the tragedy is that the good ones are being driven out. It’s going to be just like the military.
Darned if I know what I can do to help.
Yeah, that. Rule of law, which implies honest cops. The rest of ’em can have each other.
My default “back the blue” stance has taken a great hit the last two years. It’s no longer my default.
I know a couple cops. I support them. Everyone else needs to be proved.
I still can see the comment box, but it’s often been stupid narrow (vertically). Usually there is a little tab-thing inside that I can use to stretch the box into being properly useful. Usually.
I’m not seeing a change, though I’m not logged into WP. All scripts and widgets for WP are enabled, though.
To everyone in Blue States from the people in the Red states, “repent your stupid progressive ways and move here to live free, or don’t do that and DIE, we don’t care about the areas you infest and control anymore.” Any time we suggest changes that would help you screech raaaaacccciiissstttt, and our side can’t get elected to fix your progressive messes. So, to all the Blue states, “burn and die, you are no longer our fellow countrymen.”
Except they won’t leave us alone.
And note this summer 99% of my friends relocated to red areas. (My friends are not commies.) As soon as not required to stay in the blue zones for work, they beat feet. I don’t think they’re alone.
This is why #teamheadsonpikes will soon have to hit the playing field. Sigh!
Stop me before I make a t-shirt.
Not a chance. I’ll be first in line.
I’ll be second in line…
Coffee cups, not tee shirts, more durable, last longer!
OK, maybe beer mugs too.
And you can use a coffee cup as a close-in weapon, granted it’s a one-shot weapon, but smack someone over the head with a nice, heavy, thick-walled coffee mug, they’ll KNOW they’ve been hit!
Now I’m trying to imagine the logo for the team…
Coffee mugs = > more coffee! = > properly jittery pike-carving and much more efficient staking!
One of the BEST little details in The Gods Must Be Crazy!
Ah, yes, one Noble Savage conks another one over the head — proving that the bottle is Eeevul. Must take it to the end of the world and throw it off!
Nope, during the opening when the terrorists/paramilitary with guns run into the office building, and the matronly looking Office Lady takes one out with a screech and a nice big mug of flung coffee.
Oh. Been a while.
Did you mean to respond to tregonsee314, below?
Nope! He just made a rhyming point– for that matter, that’s probably WHY I remember that bit of the movie so well, my folks paused it and we talked about improvised weapons for a while. 😀
Hot Coffee (especially black straight from the pot) is itself a nasty weapon at 160-190 farenheit… Coffee in the face and THEN hit them with the mug :-).
An elderly lady down state was surprised in her kitchen. The perp caught a pot of boiling pasta and water in the face. He was still on the floor, screaming, when the cops arrived and took him to the ER, then the burn unit.
An elderly lady downstate was in her kitchen when a would-be-perp busted in the door and attacked her. She threw a pot full of boiling pasta and water at him. He was still curled up on the floor, moaning and wailing, when the cops arrived. First the ER, then the burn unit. Pasta-water is mean stuff.
DANG that had to hurt. At least 2nd degree burns over any uncovered surfaces. Bet that perp wished the Little old lady had had a gun the pain would have been briefer…
I forget the book, but the main character was expecting trouble. Boiled up a big kettle of water, flour and a few other ingredients, then threw the boiling-hot, gummy, sticky mass all over several intruders. Did not go well for them.
The Dance of Time series, Vol 2 IIRC. She doused them with boiling gravy and then went to work with a meat cleaver.
Got it! Calling it the ‘Dance Of Time’ series threw me for a bit; most folks call it the Belisarius series.
Antonina ducked into a little hole-in-the-wall cook-shop to escape from assassins, dumped flour into a pot of boiling broth and threw it on them. Then she laid into them with an old meat cleaver. By the time Anastasius and Valentinian show up to rescue her, she doesn’t need any.
A History of Violence
-or as a wee bit beyond arm’s reach weapon, keep your cup close and the coffee in it scalding hot!
I think there are great branding opportunities in the brass knuckles space.
I’ll be second in line, and also waiting for the coffee mugs. And wool caps, it’s winter.
Ooh, I want one!
Losing one liberal and one conservative from the town select board this year. I think we’re going to replace them with 2 conservatives, myself and another fellow. We’ll see how the election goes. At least I can take partial credit for keeping the municipal tax rate flat this year. School district is a completely different kettle of fish, rotten fish at that.
And today’s announcement that 4.5 million people quit their jobs in Novenber is another flag. How many quit ahead of vaccine mandates?
Been pointing this out to folks talking about how horrible it is they can’t find any fast food workers…. I wouldn’t be sitting in a fast food joint for 8 hours with a mask on, either.
This is why a lot of people quit Walmart, too.
Not just customer service, but customer service with everyone under incredible stress *and* everyone being “faceless” so their worst impulses are more likely, all while you can’t breath properly….
Exactly. And constant pressure to get the shot rather than get tested. Ouch.
I had my periodic visit with the vax-pushing primary care doctor. I think he’s giving up. He brought up the vax, and I responded that with the Vax adverse reaction specs and medical advice from explicitly unnamed doc to avoid it, No Way was I going to take it.
He ignored the VAERS results and trotted out the “90% of the people hospitalized in [redacted] Medical Center are unvaxxed.” I didn’t snort–it seems it’s *Always* 90%. Curious, that. No, I can’t fire him, too small of a population center and I really don’t want to go 100 miles for another doctor.
a doc like that i’d have showed up with numbers to the contrary….the real answer seems to be 60%.
Just took the 3rd booster. OTOH hubby isn’t going to be exactly enthusiastic about getting it. Was in, for reasons, and was getting the annual Flu and I’m-65-Pneumococcal vaccines. It has been (almost) a year since first jab. Now ask if I plan on doing that again!!!!
It has kicked my ASS! Both arms hurt; shots were split. Need to be iced. I ache. I’m coughing. I am running a fever (100.5). My heart is racing; 166 BPM, I don’t let it get that high exercising.
Now is it a reaction because of 3 shots together? Or because son tested positive, hubby had been sick, not that either of them were this sick, and I was probably fighting it off without actually feeling sick? Who Cares? I feel like crap.
Worse Pepper and I missed Agility Barn Time practice for the second week. Last week snow/ice, this week I had no business out in a cold barn with a 100+ fever (covered or not), running around. Bonding fun time.
I went to my bank to resolve an identity theft problem, and found a serious shortage of bank tellers and bankers. It’s not just fast food.
It’s a massive shortage of customer-facing positions because, as Foxfier said, nobody wants to be sitting there with a mask on all damn day facing cranky people. They were stressful jobs to begin with, but masks and mandates made them completely unworkable. And some businesses haven’t figured that out yet.
We have no reason to think that the Democrats haven’t been cheating, substantially, in presidential elections for as much as thirty years.
We have no reason to think that the 2008 and 2012 elections were fairly won by the pro crime race war nutter.
We have no reason to think that folks in allegedly blue states haven’t been voting for those changes proposed by our side.
So, refusing to treat the blue staters as our countrymen may be a fractally wrong position that the left wants us to hold.
Separation is not a viable answer to our current problems. Separation gives the left a free hand to abuse some of the innocents under their power, and resources for open war against us, later.
Our only answer is in removing at least some politicians from power, and killing at least some criminals. The actual questions are in ‘how many’ and ‘by what means’?
There are folks here who assert that I am wrong when I suggest that killing the pot smokers is a good first step. Perhaps we could agree on another good first step. More broadly speaking, waiting for an actual consensus on next steps may actually be a position with arguments in favor of it. Definitely it is worth looking for proposals that moderates may be willing to live with, that will drive the hard left absolutely apeshit.
Coming from a state where the fraud was massive in 2008 and now it’s all fraud by mail, you are right on that.
Sarah, you will not see another Republican Congressman elected from CA or likely anywhere else. This episode was from 2016 in Issa’s district; I’ve posted it before. No one will even give it a second thought. This is why Nunes is quitting.
Don’t forget the carload of blank ballots they found before the Herr (or should that be Hair) Fuhrer Newsome recall. Does anybody believe 62% actually voted to keep that ass-clown?
I’m skeptical whether or not 62% did. My problem is trying to determine whether 51% did. I don’t know the answer to that.
“or likely anywhere else there is only mail in voting.”
Fingers are behind brain.
Actually that’s long been known, Steve. Everywhere that goes mail in — aka fraud by mail — becomes democrat FOREVER. Just coincidence, I’m sure.
Yeah, and most of the optimism I’m seeing about 2022 is totally ignoring it and the fact that we will have to overcome that deficit in honest jurisdictions.
I’m sure it’s also a coincidence that Larry Elder has also decided he’s not going to waste money and time running for Governor.
So, refusing to treat the blue staters as our countrymen may be a fractally wrong position that the left wants us to hold.
Going off of every single other instance where we CAN check, and their position depends on “there is nowhere else for you to go”? It is likely.
I worry that the moves are going to intensify the crazy/totalitarian tendencies in blue areas, as those who even slightly disagree get out and the fanatic, ignorant and seriously poor folks remain.
I worry, too– just nothing we can do about it, other than get victims out we can.
This. My house buying thoughts include maybe, if lucky, finding a place with a mother-in-law apartment or 4 bedrooms, so that we can temporarily house escaping family and friends.
Somebody even wrote a book about it that made it into the more mundane elements of the right. It was called “If it is not close they can’t cheat.” c. 2094
I kid you not.
We’ve known this is the case and we had as a conservative policy: vote harder because we cannot stop the cheating.
I think this is one of the things that drives David Cole sparee over on Takimag. Now I’ve got my differences with him. But he’s not wrong: if we spent as much time focusing on elections of the people who count the votes and prosecute voter fraud we would be so far ahead of the game it’s not even funny.
Perceive what happened in Florida where they got serious about the fraud and got rid of the crone of broward county even though she was *gasp* black and they were gonna call them racists.
2004. Not time traveling any more than usual.
2094 is a logical date; it’s the date some buggy BIOS chips started showing as of 1999 (not 2000).
There have been attempts to reign in vote fraud, but they always run into trouble. Dubya ordered the federal attorneys to focus on voter fraud during his second term. But quite a few of them told him no, using the timeworn excuse that voter fraud doesn’t exist in large amounts that are worth pursuing, and that there were more important crimes to prosecute. Since Dubya was a Republican, and the left claims vote fraud isn’t a problem, the press instantly began preemptively screeching about Dubya’s attempts to intimidate those heroic, fearless, non-partisan federal attorneys.
Trump created an election fraud commission. But the majority of states refused to cooperate with it. This left the commission unable to accomplish anything.
I was thinking state level efforts to turf out the vote-counters and so on. No-one expects the Feds to do anything but make things worse.
Even if the Democrats don’t get HR4 to nationalize elections, what will happen then is that the DOJ “Civil Rights Division” will take it to court on grounds of “voter suppression” and get an injunction.
No, but Fed efforts can shine a spotlight, which can put the local governments under pressure to clean things up. Without that, nothing will happen. There were six problem states in the presidential election, and exactly one of them -Arizona – has taken a closer look at what happened.
Florida responded to the 2018 fraud. Did anyone else?
Texas has been trying; it’s why we’re being sued by DoJ right now.
OTOH, the folks at TrueTheVote have apparently scored a solid victory in Georgia:
“Now, it must grapple with the question of whether some voting activists cheated by gathering lawful ballots in an unlawful manner.
Raffensperger’s team received an overview of the evidence from True the Vote in the fall, got a formal complaint on Nov. 30 and chose, unlike Kemp, to run the information to ground with a full-scale probe, according to officials briefed on Raffensperger’s plans.
True the Vote’s complaint offered Raffensperger’s office access to what are characterized as detailed phone records and surveillance video it said would show as many as 242 people repeatedly made trips to the drop boxes to deliver ballots in what it described as a mass “ballot trafficking operation.” The aspect of the complaint that the secretary’s office believed merited attention was the allegation the group had spoken to a man who admitted he and others engaged in ballot harvesting.
Using a tactic increasingly used by the FBI and the intelligence community to solve crimes or national security threats, the group said it bought commercially available geospatial mobile device data showing the locations of suspected ballot harvesters’ cell phones in the vicinity of the ballot drop boxes at the times people appeared on the surveillance footage stuffing multiple ballots into a drop box.”
I have been supporting them ever since they were founded, in Houston. The chairwoman, Catherine Engelbrecht, has also been systematically targeted by various “Good Guys” at FBI, IRS, EPA, and several other agencies for harassing investigations.
Thank you for this. There’s another “boxing day” gift to send.
Problem 1 is the state needs to NOT have a Soros supported Sec State. Where that is an elected office they need to go. If not removed they start pushing (or even enacting in some states where the state legislature has delegated their power) nonsensical voting requirements They also make things like provisional votingfavor their desired result and ignore other votes (e.g. out of Country Military). Problem 2 is the Soros Supported Attourney Generals and DA’s. They will NOT prosecute clear violations of state voting law rigorously enough to discourage it. Last of all the Legislature needs to be able to take over voting in the blue hell holes and force (via legal methods) the laws on the books. Without that or without lots of heads on pikes or statesman swinging from high objects via piano wire you can’t get a trustworthy election. The Apocryphal statemet attributed to Stalin that its not who votes but who counts the votes holds true.
Now, now, piano wire tends to snip the heads off. Ewww! Besides, rope is organic. They should appreciate that.
Imaginos said “Now, now, piano wire tends to snip the heads off.”
This is a problem how? Then they can be more easily placed on pikes…
Of course, fedgive Republicans leading fed-level efforts that go nowhere fire up the whacky left (It’s Selma times eleventy). And cause state level grassroots efforts to imagine they’re not needed.
Dang. I’m having a morning.
So, if there’s no significant election fraud, why all the hysterical screeching every time somebody proposes investigating the ‘insignificant’ fraud? Why is it so important that there be no investigations, that no court examine any evidence?
I used to live on a farm. I know what bullshit smells like.
Courts do step in occasionally. But they’re traditionally reluctant to do so unless the fraud is extremely blatant. A case in point was the elections in a city in New Jersey a few years ago, where large bundles of fraudulent mail-in ballots turned up in places where the public could see them. The court ordered a new election. Without that, courts are typically very reluctant to overturn an election.
The screeching about not conducting investigations typically claims that looking for fraud is a waste of time and money that could be better spent elsewhere.
Yeah, on mobilizing more fraud.
They should be complimented on their (coded) honesty.
Maybe it has to happen at the local, County level.
I just finished reading about The Battle of Athens, Tennessee in 1946. The communist/Democrats had been stealing elections while the soldiers were at war. They came home, said “Oh, hell no!”
They used the force of arms to fix that problem, after creating their own party and refusing to let the communists count the ballots at the jail as they had for a decade.
I think we have that book.
30? being kind, are we?
iirc There is evidence JFK was frauded in
Kennedy even admitted it, after the fact. He wasn’t directly involved; the Party just did him a ‘favor’ without asking. Pretty sure Johnson was aware of the fraud, at least in Texas.
That’s always been a favorite alternate history thought of mine, Nixon rather than yielding fights the fraud and wins. What the hell happens then? Bay of Pigs? Seems likely it was in process, although Eisenhower may discourage it, or Nixon may push hard enough to collapse Castro and actually win. Cuba Blockade and close approach to WWIII? Part depends on Bay of Pigs, Part depends on the fact that Kruschev thought Kennedy was a pushover and so he(and the KGB) tries more stuff then he might against the known quantity of Nixon. Do we have the moon program (that was a Kennedy push and Johnson used it as a money/land grab). And yet Missile and Moon program drive miniaturization in the 70’s. Do we get the assassination in 1963? Depends on what your view of what the reason was and who Oswald was. And would Nixon sit out in the open with his natural paranoia? Would he even be in Texas given at that time it was a solidly Democrat state? What happens in Vietnam? What happens with voting rights? Likely NO Great Society That takes Johnson pushing like mad and using the death of Kennedy to guilt folks into it. So different and yet surely much would be familiar.
Khrushchev did think Kennedy was young and naive. He figured Kennedy would cave once he knew there were Russian missiles in Cuba. But the Cuban missile crisis was a result of the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Castro asked for help against “imperialistic United States” and that’s what he got. In you alt history line, I don’t think Nixon would have gone for the Bay of Pigs plan (which was a HUGE groupthink failure), so there likely wouldn’t have been a missile crisis.
Yeah part of why Khrushchev decided to put the missiles there was that Kennedy had blinked when the USSR really couldn’t have done much about Bay of Pigs, and Khrushchev knew he would have forged ahead. Part of it was that the U.S. Had Thor Missiles in Turkey and the UK as well as bombers in the UK that could easily hit the USSR. The USSR’s strategic bombers at that time were a joke, few could reach the U.S. and the few that could were either massively obsolete (TU-4 Bull essentially monkey copy B-29s) or would have no hope against period interceptors. USSR ICBMs were VERY limited in number(a couple dozen at best), and took long periods to go from sitting to operational vs the Atlas, Titan and Polaris hardware. The USSR wanted to be able to counter with something with quicker response time and reach at least into important parts of the US.
Its part of why this is such a tantalizing historical departure point. It would be interesting to see Turtledove or similar tackle it. The other part of it though is what story do you tell? it’s interesting from a historical viewpoint, but that’s not enough (CF the Hot War series that kind of drags)
it wasn’t a monkey copy, it was a very precise well done copy right down to the cast-in parts serial numbers!
There was a Air&Space Magazine that had an article on it and a 2 hour special on History channel with great info on the TU-4/B-29 caper. One interesting thing was they couldn’t manufacture the tires/landing gear fast enough initially and so were allegedly surreptitiously buying hardware for the B-29 from boneyards as the B-29s as they were retired.
Johnson was so crooked he had to screw on his socks, per my maternal grandfather, who was in a position to know. I wasn’t old enough to ask for details. Given how politics worked at the time, yes, Johnson knew.
Johnson Knew is far to mild a statement. I think it is more correct to say Johnson helped with his friends in Texas. He was classic machine politico.
IL, TX, and WV especially from what I recall.
IIRC, JFK and Nixon were both working hard to fraud different parts of IL.
That was back in the days when downstate still mattered. Nowadays, solidly Democratic Chicago and its suburbs vastly outnumber the Republican counties, thanks to demographic changes driven by the economics of agriculture.
Even in the 1970’s, when I was growing up, a farmer could make a living on 400 or 500 acres. By the 80’s, that was a small spread, and the little guys were getting squeezed out of the business. Nowadays a single farm family can run an acreage that would’ve been farmed by five or even ten different families. The children of those other families found town jobs, and often as not ended up migrating to better jobs in and around the Windy, or left the state altogether.
easier to do in Chitcago
Chicago put JFK over the limit. Do I have to say anything more?
I heard it said, in WV every miner and their family voted for JFK, whether they went to the poll in person or not.
At least 60 years? Thousands of dead Chicagoans voting for Kennedy can’t be wrong . . .
Ummm JW, stick it up your jumper. I really don’t want to get banned so I’ll leave it at that.
I’ve long thought that having a draft for police work would change a lot of thinking about this. I know it would create problems, but at this point I don’t care.
Interesting concept. Would need some screening for able-bodied and not psycho, but would ensure lots of skin in the game.
Others have proposed a draft for Representatives. Limit the term to two years.
I’m not entirely sure that such a draft (and its various problems) would be that much worse than what we have now ….
Had a late Christmas card from an old friend who lives in Seattle. He and his wife absolutely accept the mainstream covid view, are vaccinated, boosted, etc. Nothing surprising, but then I read that one branch of the family lives in Canada. Part of his family went to visit while the rest stayed in Vancouver, WA to wait for their return. They stayed at a hotel, they saw neat things, they had a really good time. And there was only that unfortunate event
(their words) when their car window was caved in overnight. No biggie, just one of those things.
My buddy and his wife are very bright people. But that just made me want to put my head on the desk.
Virtually everyone up here has that mindset. There is no fixing this short of death and destruction, whatever that looks like.
A relevant link:
Our host mentioned a T-shirt. How about:
Not my heads. Not my pikes.
( grin )
I’d go for that one, too. 🙂
I have a T-shirt which reads, “Not my Circus, not my monkeys,” in Latin. For those times we’re not team leaders.
I think it was Vin Suprynowicz who proposed that any person who shoots and kills a criminal in defense of self or property should be paid a bounty equal to or greater than the cost of incarcerating the would be miscreant.
Another beautiful -20° morning. I need to head to the post office to pickup mail. Let’s see…
Jeep keys? Yep.
Winter gear suitable to walk home in if rig breaks down? Yes, wearing most, rest is in a bag in the back of the rig if needed.
Projectile pusher? Of course, ready to hit the ice covered road.
You’re in much better shape than the poor sods who were trapped on I-95 south of D.C. Something like 20 hours trapped on an icy highway. You know to take precautions.
From what I’ve read, the state department of transportation knew about the problem for hours and didn’t even make any effort to warn people to avoid I-95, let alone actually block off the on-ramps. Up in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where storms like that are regular occurrences, they have gates like the ones at railroad crossings, and when the roads get bad, they’re lowered and travel stops. Even down here in Indiana, ISP will declare the roads closed, block off the on-ramps, and keep the snarls from getting bigger.
I suspect that VDOT didn’t think the idiots would actually attempt I95 yesterday given the weather forecast. It rained heavily for several hours before the snow started, making the normal pretreatment regime done around here impossible. Although the fact that it was 60 deg here in the Richmond VA area on Sunday may have also caused some skepticism about the forecast. Yesterday I cleared 6″ of heavy wet climate change from my driveway.
The other amusing thing was the resident idiots on Twitter immediately blamed Governor Elect Youngkin for the fiasco. He doesn’t actually become governor until January 15th. Lord Ralph of Blackface remained blameless.
A lot of people don’t realize that any officeholder elect does not actually take office until the swearing ing.
Not the swearing at, that happens during the elections. 😉
Nah, the swearing at happens all the time. Even after they’ve been out of office for years. 😛
One of the articles I read about that today, the person interviewed commented how the big VDOT traffic signs were all flashing things like “Mask up! Save lives!” and other such COVIDiocy, rather than helpful traffic info like “DO NOT stay on this freeway, get off NOW” or “Icy roads, slow down”
Not helped by the way that Virginia is full of drivers who have no clue how to handle driving on snow.
My sister complained, after a year of heavy snow, that they hadn’t learned a thing.
We often have snowy winters up here. People forget how to drive from one year to the next. Eventually, they remember how to drive in snow.
I suppose most drivers in Virginia don’t have snow tires and all wheel drive.
TXDoT will also close highways and interstates. They treated the roads on Friday afternoon, and were telling people to stay home on Saturday. (Not a problem, what with the nasty cold and a lot of people nursing hangovers.)
TXDoT will happily close interstates and highways, at least up here. They also started asking people to stay home Friday afternoon, when they treated the roads. Saturday was vewy, vewy quiet.
Well, to be fair, JiminAlaska, has a chance to run into real wolves, bears, disgruntled moose, etc., just not the two legged kind. He doesn’t have to worry about non-two-legged snakes or 4 legged cougars … Anyone who lives in Alaska (VS visiting regardless of how traveled there) goes adequately prepared.
“raising the value limits on stolen goods for prosecution purposes” This I am potentially okay with, so long as those . . . pick your epithet . . . folks are running the financial system. In fact, let’s peg it to the same inflation numbers used to calculate SSI increases.
I don’t see why we don’t prosecute all values of stolen goods, mind you. That seems a more sensible solution to me, but if you’re going to have a crazy system like this then at least let’s allow for printer go brrr.
In the department of good news, it turns out that the asthmatic nurse who caught Coof and then a respiratory infection, and was almost dead until they gave her some Viagra, was another one of those darned Almeidas from Portugal.
You got some feisty cousins, Sarah!
Oh. Yeah. We’re nearly unkillable. Not that I like to test it.
You’re in much better shape than the poor sods who were trapped on I-95 south of D.C. Something like 20 hours trapped on an icy highway. You know to take precautions. Meant for Jim in Alaska. WPDE!
I’m also see the chickens coming home to roost in the form of women getting their butts kicked by transgender athletes.
Women have historically been at the forefront of this nonsense, from Prohibition to “refugees welcome” signs to the overwhelming opposition to Trump, and it’s good to see they’re finally starting to feel the consequences.
*dual middle fingers*
Big guy thinking it’s great that some little girls get destroyed because Some Chick Did Something He Didn’t like, starting well before she was born.
Yeah, that “overwhelming opposition” to Trump of… a bit more than the gap between a completed college degree vs not, going of of known cruddy polling.
Prohibition? Ah, those dang women, forcing through the 18th amendment! Thank goodness that after those wise men forced through the 19th amendment, so women could vote, the 21s then maaaaagically happened by Guy Power to undo that Icky Girl Prohibition….
Congratulations! You are showing that you deserve any abuse you got, because your only complaint is the target– not the injustice.
If only the rest of us didn’t have to suffer along with you.
Uh, yeah, don’t know what alternate dimension you hail from but in this one, the 2020 election was decided by massive fraud.
Candidate Joe Biden, August 2020: “We have assembled the most extensive, comprehensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.”
2 minutes later: “What do you mean, I wasn’t supposed to say that?”
they’re hiring *armed* private security…
sometimes, on taxpayers’ dime
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