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Supersize that fraud

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There was a rather silly “documentary” film made some years ago called “Supersize Me”, which took a crack at the consumer practices of American fast food places.

It did this by having the maker of the doco live on nothing but McDonald’s food for 30 days and taking full advantage of their Super Size option if it was offered. He gained 11 kilos in that time and sent his cholesterol through the roof. It took months to lose the weight but he suffered no long-term problems with his health.

Six weeks after the film’s debut, McDonald’s discontinued its supersize portions.

It’s a shame that promoters of massive and ever-increasing government spending don’t learn the same thing, as this rather astounding article in the NY Post reveals:

[The Federal government has] already appropriated some $6 trillion in fighting COVID, though. That’s more than we spent fighting WWII, which cost about $4.1 trillion in inflation-adjusted dollars.

For that the US got dozens of fleet carriers, hundreds of other warships, tens of thousands of tanks and planes, millions of rounds of ammunition, plus supplying food and medical care to some twelve million men – plus the Manhattan Project and winning the war against two substantial enemies. As the article says:

Unlike in the ’40s, though, we’ve pretty clearly lost World War C. COVID has killed way more people than Hitler and Hirohito did, and unlike the Third Reich, it’s never going to go away. So while we’re getting used to the Forever Virus, we might as well pause for a sec and wonder: What the heck did all that spending buy us? 

Good question. I guess you could say it kept a lot of businesses afloat, and given the much larger US economy of today perhaps $6 trillion is not a surprise. Still, it seems rather thin compared to WWII results. But the real kicker of the article is this:

So far, $100 billion of it has been straight-up stolen, “resulting in the arrest of more than 100 suspects who span the spectrum from individuals to organized groups,” according to a CNBC report. Don’t worry, though, the feds are on the case, and so far they’ve recovered … $2.3 billion. 

$100 billion just flat out stolen? That’s most of NZ’s GDP! How is that even possible? Of course in just one state, California, they’re not able to account for where 49 million cheques totalling $320 billion of spending went in 2018 alone (Money. Wall. Pissing Against.) so maybe the Federal government’s doing better?

The article looks at a few of the crooks and scammers, but only the ones we know about that are responsible for a piddling few billion. There must be bigger crooks out there responsible for the remaining $97.7 billion still missing.

Incidentally, according to that article, Operation Warp Speed cost just $18 billion, and it’s one of the few C-19 programs that succeeded in doing what it claimed it would do.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 24, 2022 at 11:50 am

Advice to Kiwis returning home

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As sorry as I have felt for the thousands of Kiwis stranded overseas, desperate to return home, but stymied by the MIQ lottery system, it seems that there are legal ways around it.

As far as I know the rather clever and wonderfully nasty lawyer, Cactus Kate, first put forward this argument back on November 18, 2021 with her post How To Get Home For Christmas…. Even then it appears she was piggy backing off a series of Mathew Hooton Tweets and judging from the comments there were more than a few people already aware of it. I can only guess that many people did not want it to be further advertised.

However, with yesterday’s announcement from the government that MIQ booking is going to be “temporarily” closed because of the approaching Omicron Terror (announced via Tweet), it appears that lawyers have decided to start publicising this method, starting with one Tudor Clee in a guest post at Kiwiblog: Are Kiwis too scared to come home? The border is wide open.

Tudor Clee is apparently an Auckland based Barrister who assisted 30 pregnant couples through the MIQ system including filing 8 Judicial Reviews pro bono to obtain MIQ vouchers.

The basic strategy is no different than that outlined earlier; you buy an airline ticket transiting through Auckland to somewhere else (Fiji, LA), then just change your mind after landing in Auckland and decide not to fly on. As a New Zealand citizen you can’t be deported or anything else, just escorted to your lovely MIQ waiting area.

But her article contains more detail on what’s involved here, especially the stunts pulled by the government on all this. As she says:

No citizen is stopped entering. Let me say this one more time, no citizen is stopped entering.

In other words, despite various claims, the Labour government is not breaching Section 18 of the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 – being the right to enter New Zealand.

So how have they managed to avoid that, while also “stopping” thousands of Kiwis returning as is their right?

The first course of action was to provide misleading information on their own websites.

https://covid19.govt.nz/travel/international-travel-and-transit/transit-through-new-zealand/

This page discusses transiting in New Zealand. It states:

“You can only transit New Zealand through Auckland International Airport, where you must stay in the transit area of the airport. You cannot apply to enter New Zealand.”

It doesn’t provide an asterisk to advise New Zealand citizens that they don’t need to ‘apply’ to enter New Zealand and cannot be held in a transit area. The ambiguity helps maintain the falsehood that the border is shut to Kiwis.

The second course of action is to maintain the high level of fear for all travellers. One person told me her friend said the transit passengers were ‘escorted by armed Police’ as if to ensure no one make’s a break for it.  

Clever, clever. As she points out, most people just are not familiar with the law, but “armed Police” aside the simple fact is that the government cannot criminalise a citizen just for entering the country:

If a Police Officer of Immigration Officer attempted to ‘hold’ a citizen in a transit lounge they would at best only be sued for false imprisonment and likely fired – and at worst criminally prosecuted for kidnapping. 

She also deals to frightening threat of being fined $1000 for “infringing” the system – entering without an MIQ voucher:

A breach of a requirement where the worst potential outcome of the breach is a possibility of transmitting or spreading COVID-19 or limiting the capability of the public health response, which does not otherwise meet the description for low risk or high risk.

How this is arrived at is not explained.  Every single traveller has a ‘worst potential outcome’ of transmitting COVID as we have seen with foreign DJ’s who freely enter the country, break the rules and even then are still not prosecuted.

It also doesn’t ‘limit’ the public health response – it makes use of it.  MIQ was set up for overseas citizens returning – and these are overseas citizens returning.

In my view the infringement is challengeable in Court – paying a fine to enter your own country, or for the Government’s failure to plan a public health response 2 years into a pandemic, doesn’t seem like the kind of thing that would hold up in court.

Ms Clee has apparently decided that enough is enough in the wake of yesterday’s bullshit announcement and decided to start publicising this legal work-around as far and as wide as possible in the face of MSM and Social Media (meaning FaceTwit) indifference or compliance with silence on the issue.

Actually now that I think about it, don’t National and ACT have some rather clever lawyers working for them? Haven’t they figured this out yet, and if so, why haven’t they promoted this? A stick in the eye for the Labour government and the gratitude of thousands of returning Kiwis, plus their rellies here in NZ. Luxon and Seymour could even meet them when they’re finally released from MIQ: what a TV and photo opportunity that would be.

Consider this post as No Minister helping in that effort. If you have rellies stuck overseas, spread the word.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 19, 2022 at 11:44 am

We can ignore their criticisms of Communist China

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Australia and Holland that is, given how they’ve reacted to the Chinese Lung Snot virus in 2021 and now. Australia has perhaps been the most visible example, with numerous viral videos showing police viciously beating people for transgressions as small as not wearing a mask in public. Then there are the COVID concentration camps where people are forced into multi-week confinement — even if they aren’t positive for the virus.

But Holland’s not far behind:

You’d think it was filmed in mid-’30s Germany or perhaps Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. It comes from Amsterdam, and involves police assaulting people and attacking them with dogs. All because they’re protesting new government lockdowns as Holland’s C-19 case numbers exploded again with the arrival of the terrifying Omicron variant. Never mind the vaccination rates or the medical evidence from these cases around the world showing that it’s barely able to get people sick, let alone being kill them. Such things do not matter to “democratic” authorities who have the authoritarian bit between their teeth.

Sweden by the way has none of this.

There was some good news from the benighted nation of dikes and windmills:

Plus this news about the Dutch protests:

The demonstration came on the same day Dutch police said they would take action to protest the increasing demands of their work. Union representatives have said riot police would continue to work, if necessary.

Heh. Just wear down the cops. I’ve long thought that the way to really do civil disobedience is just to overwhelm the system with numbers. No fighting, just force the cops into 24/7 arrests, fill the jails and courts to the brim.

There’s always voting of course, but as in China, it appears to make no difference.

Written by Tom Hunter

January 3, 2022 at 3:15 pm

The Vax Police

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Since a couple of months ago when a friend sent me an article from Stuff, stating that some 17% of NZ Police Officers were unvaccinated, I’ve wondered what progress the government had made in forcing them to do so.

I very much doubted that we would see the same level of coercion applied as in other sectors, where even doctors and nurses have been dismissed. The government, especially a Left-wing government, may claim that state healthcare is vital, but it is the Police and the Army that all states preserve at all costs.

As it happens there have been some updates:

All police officers and recruits must have had their first Covid jab by January 17 and their second vaccine by March 1 in order to keep their jobs. 

New Zealand Police said 94.1 per cent of constabulary staff have had their first jab, while 89.5 per cent are fully vaccinated as of December 7

Slow progress. It means that around 600 cops risk losing their jobs next month if they don’t get the first jab and another 400 if they do not get the second jab by March.

It’s not something that the Government should take lightly,’ an unvaccinated police officer, who has not been named, told the newspaper.

‘Even losing a couple hundred sworn staff will have a massive impact. There’ll be major ramifications.

‘Skills come with time, knowledge you can generate yourself but there’s no substitute for experience.’ 

Given that crime is increasing, especially in Auckland, and especially with gangs, you do have to wonder what’s going to happen? Aside from the usual Mongrel Mob-Black Power scuffles there have been some very shady incidents occurring recently in the wealthy, Eastern suburbs of Auckland that may be related to the Comancheros gang built on the experiences of the so-called “501” criminals booted to NZ from Australia. Related in that there has been a spate of street robberies and other attacks involving knives that may have been recruitment challenges by the gang for teenage youth.

Since these attacks have been on streets like St Heliers Bay Road and Tamaki Drive, some of the wealthiest areas of the nation, and given that the Comancheros appear to have bought a house in St Heliers, people in the Eastern suburbs are increasingly worried. The attacks it should be noted, rarely appear in the MSM but are seen in online groups like Neighbourly and Facebook suburban communities where residents talk of a son or daughter confronted, threatened and robbed (no rapes – yet) and streams of Harley Davidson’s abreast across Tamaki Drive with not a cop in sight,

With the massive increase in state housing in the area that started years ago under the National Party and focused on near-East areas like Point England and Glen Innes, people are also wondering whether the problems of Kāinga Ora highlighted in other parts of NZ are also turning up here, as well as supplying the gangs with new recruitment pools.

Losing a thousand officers, or even half that number, would not be good in this environment.

I was reminded of all this by the following story from my old home town, Why are Police Officers Refusing the Vax?. It’s not just NZ:

… they question the efficacy of the jab and believe that public health officials and other government officials have simply gone too far. “My body; my choice” has become a semi-ironic rallying cry among those who want to retain their medical freedom — whether its police officers or employees of small and large businesses facing mandates.

One Chicago police lieutenant who spoke to the Chicago Tribune under the condition of anonymity said: “I would sooner resign than be forced to get the vaccine.”

“Last year, when the riots were going on and the city’s burning, they were putting us 50 people deep on a CTA bus and driving us around,” he continued. “They made us work 12-hour days for 40 days straight, with no days off. That’s our job. That’s what we did. And people are now forgetting about that.”

Chicago’s crime is on a different scale to Auckland of course, but as I’ve pointed out, the same ideological ideas about “reforming” our systems of police and justice that are driving the rapidly increasing rates of violent crime in the US, and especially in Deep Blue cities like Chicago (which are basically One Party places), are appearing here in NZ, from pressure for reduced charges to light sentences to reduced prison numbers.

The numbers of unvaxxed cops are similar also:

Since Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s directive went into effect, 84% of Chicago police have reported their vaccination status on the city’s official portal. The anonymous lieutenant is among the 23% of who reported they are not fully vaccinated.

I fear that the phrase I may hear from this government at some point will be that of the Pentagon, that the goal has been achieved with “acceptable collateral damage“.

The Juicy story ends well

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The bigger story is that in the USA of Trump in 2019 it meant – and was intended to mean – far more: about America’s “systemic racism”, “White Supremacists”, and so forth.

The story of “Juicy Smallay” that is, as comedian Dave Chappelle labled the pathetic little shit two years ago when he first burst into the news about his attempted “lynching” by MAGA Trump fans.

In downtown Chicago.

At 2am on a January morning while he was getting a Subway sandwich.

Chappelle nailed his ass to the wall early on. Watch and enjoy.

No, none of these details added up, as I pointed out in The Chicago Way in March 2019:

Just to recap, Smollet is a gay, black actor with a role in a TV show called Empire. Judging by ratings and critics, most Americans have never seen it. Smollett apparently decided he needed more fame by climbing on the OrangeManBad train. He claimed that at 2am on a bitterly cold Chicago morning in January, after getting a Subway sandwich, he was jumped by two MAGA-hat wearing white dudes who poured bleach on him, hung a noose around his neck, and yelled at him that “This is MAGA country“.  Somehow he fought them off – and kept his sandwich.

All of this supposedly happened in the neighbourhood of Streeterville, one of the toniest parts of downtown, Northside and just a step away from The Magnificant Mile, Michigan Avenue’s expensive shops. The story got massive national attention from the MSM who naturally added it to their list of Trumpian sins and wailed about how far America had fallen into the pits of racism and other phobias.

Initially the charges against Smallay were dropped which, as I pointed out, were completely in keeping with past legal stunts in Chicago, like the sealed divorce records of Obama’s two main opponents in his 2004 Senate run (one Dem in the primary and then the GOP opponent in the general election), suddenly having their details appear in public, causing them to drop out

Similarly Cook County DA and Friend of Criminals, Kim Foxx stepped aside because of her Hollywood connections with Juciy, and then her deputy dropped the charges. All this with stories of phone calls from Michelle Obama in the background (the Obama’s being big fans of Juicy). But this time the anger was too great to contain and Foxx was forced to appoint a special prosecutor to review the case, where he recommended a grand jury trial, which led to the full trial just concluded with Juciy convicted on five out of six charges.

In an ordinary world this stupid tale of an F-grade hack actor trying to boost his career with such nonsense would have belonged to the back pages of the Hollywood Reporter.

The bigger story is that in the USA of Trump in 2019 it meant – and was intended to mean – far more: about America’s “systemic racism”, “White Supremacists”, and so forth. Which mean that almost all the usual suspects should have known better. I suspect some did but didn’t care because there was a Narrative to push and it was any weapon to hand.

Even if that weapon was designed to incite racial hatred. In fact that was the intention of every single Democrat.

The Washington Free Beacon has a comprehensive roundup and concise summary of the blabbing of each of these assholes. They include almost all of those people currently in US government running the nation.

Joe Biden

“What happened to Jussie Smollett must never be tolerated in this country.”

Kamala Harris

“This was an attempted modern day lynching.”

Nancy Pelosi

“The racist, homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett is an affront to our humanity.”

Elizabeth Warren

“The fight for equality isn’t over—no one should have to live in fear of being beaten on the street because of who they are.”

Bernie Sanders

“The racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett is a horrific instance of the surging hostility toward minorities around the country.”

The Libs of Tik Tok have another nice set of contemporary comments with their statements in full.

In case you’re wondering, none of these people have or will suffer any downside from what they said and did. Neither did these people:

In 2019, for example, an Ohio University student claimed to have received three threatening anti-LGBT letters. Law enforcement officials said later she authored the messages herself, charging her with three counts of making false alarms.

A former student at North Park University in Chicago was likewise caught fabricating a story about receiving threatening, slur-riddled notes mentioning then-President-elect Donald Trump. Like the aforementioned Ohio University incident, the North Park student posted the messages, some of which contained anti-gay slurs, herself.

Earlier, in 2016, a former employee of St. David’s Episcopal Church in Bean Blossom, Indiana, was discovered to have vandalized his own place of employment following the election of Trump. The former employee, who is gay, defaced the church with an image of a swastika and the words “Heil Trump” and “Fag Church.”

Elsewhere, a Muslim student at the University of Louisiana said two white men wearing “Make America Great Again” hats ripped her hijab from her head the day after Trump won the election. She admitted later she concocted the story from thin air.

These people keep doing these things because they know they’ll be backed up by the grifters of the Left.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 12, 2021 at 2:30 pm

Hot Girl Rules

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Ewwwwwww…..

No, not him, although we’ll get back to The Covid Rules and Boris in a bit.

No, the Hot Girl Rules are the unspoken set of protocols across the Western world that mean that if you’re a hot girl you can get away with a lot of stuff that nobody else can.

Like being the Prime Minister of a country, going clubbing until 4am and leaving your phone at home so you can’t be contacted. Which then proves awkward when your Foreign Minister tests positive with Chinese Lung Rot and your officials try calling to say that you need to quarantine because you’ve been exposed.

That’s the women we’re talking about. Sanna Marin, PM of Finland at 36 years of age. She said she didn’t get the message, which I frankly think is a lie, what Millennial would be found without a phone on them. I think she just wanted to keep on clubbing. Good on her too!

Oh, she’s apologised but that’s a formality to keep the press off her back. I’m sure that she’s not sorry at all, and again, good on her.

So perhaps I’m applying Hot Girl Rules when I say that I can laugh off this incident while also being pissed off at the number of rulers around the world who have clearly ignored the C-19 lockdown rules they’ve imposed on their populations. I’ve covered this before with the numerous and ongoing incidents, starting with Britain’s very own fear-monger, Neil Ferguson and his booty calls, as well as the stunts pulled by SF Mayor, London Breed, CA Governor Newsom, and fundraisers and parties thrown by Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, as well as the Met Ball: all unmasked Democrats, all servants were masked.

The latest to be outed is the British Tory PM, Boris Johnson, who had a very nice Christmas Party last year at the PM’s residence, No. 10 Downing Street: 40 to 50 people gathered, cheek-by-jowl with no masks. While at the same time:

… the law banned all indoor gatherings of two or more people. And though exceptions could be made for business meetings, the government’s guidance made clear that it was forbidden to hold a work Christmas party. While it is true that the Covid regulations were so fiendishly complex that at times even the authorities struggled to understand them, the no-Christmas-party rule was helpfully shared by the government’s Twitter account on the day before the Downing Street gathering.

There were a whole lot of other harsh government rules about what you could not do, that left people feeling more isolated and oppressed than they had in The Blitz. You can read the details at that link.

There was no area of life too important or trivial to escape the health minister’s glare. This was, as Court of Appeal judge Lord Justice Hickinbottom put it, ‘possibly the most restrictive regime on the public life of persons and businesses ever’.

But what’s worse is video recently leaked to ITV, of another little meeting that occurred a few days after the Christmas event, which that Spike article above correctly titles:

They’re laughing at us. Literally. The PM’s former spokeswoman, Allegra Stratton, has been caught red-handed and red-faced on camera, joking about how best to deceive the public about the alleged Christmas party in Downing Street last year.

Perhaps they could call it a ‘business meeting’, she muses in the now infamous video leaked to ITV, filmed just days after the denied gathering took place. Another Downing Street aide offers: ‘It wasn’t a party, it was cheese and wine.’ ‘This is recorded’, Stratton reminds the room, before laughing again. Oh, how they laugh.

Moreover, they’re laughing at us while smashing us over the head with cudgels:

A day before Downing Street’s Christmas party, police broke up a wedding of 40 or so people in Barking. The Met Police are currently prosecuting a gathering in Ilford held on the exact same day as the Downing Street bash. The fine for larger gatherings was, at this point, a life-ruining £10,000.

Johnson has “apologised” for the video and says he’s “furious” about it. Politicians usually are when their minions so thoroughly show them up. I regard all politicians as being useful in the same way that toilet facilities are; you use them and move on. Boris was useful for winning an election and thereby executing Brexit. But that’s it. He has the same depth of belief in civil liberties and freedom that Jacinda Ardern, Joe Biden, Dan Andrews, and a host of others have. That is to say, freedom for them and their friends, not us. There’s also been press outrage but:

Now that the Downing Street party has been exposed, there has been an orgy of misplaced self-righteousness. The media cannot hide their glee at the scandal. But we know that some lobby journalists were at that party. And we know journalists have been caught out on past occasions, too. Often it has been the same journalists who spent every Covid press conference baying for harsher measures, tighter restrictions and ever-longer lockdown. They never raised any issue with the life-denying rules. They are laughing at us now, too.

Are our rulers really so certain that we live in such rarefied times that they face no prospect of being hung from a gibbet, guillotined, or just lined up against a wall and shot by the angry mob they’ve incited? Perhaps they’re that confident in their surveillance systems and informers (especially the C-19 ones), combined with the rich, lazy apathy that modern capitalism has created?

There’s one thing that they’ve certainly got in their back-pocket, at least in Britain (and likely in New Zealand as well) and that is the very public that’s now angry with Boris and company:

A ComRes poll found that 69% support vaccine passports, compared to just 10% who oppose the scheme, despite the fact that the UK government’s own study found that vaccine passports don’t won’t.

Co-dependency I think it’s called? Battered wife syndrome? Or perhaps there are more subjects among us than we know who crave the sting and control of a Madame Lash.

I’ll leave you with another photo of the rather lovely Ms Marin, because beauty assuages anger. Perhaps that’s why Hot Girls Rule?

Do The Crime. Do The Time (Part 2)

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In part 1 I listed a number of ways that Democrat District and City Attorneys in the USA have contributed to the crime wave in the USA.

These are the key factors – and remember that this does not even touch the anti-Police actions. These are simply the factors controlled by the DA’s and CA’s in Democrat-controlled cities

  • Reduced thresholds for laying charges.
  • Quality of Life crimes ignored.
  • Gun “Control”.
  • Bail Reform.
  • Dropping charges
  • Releasing prisoners and Reduced Sentences

I covered the first three in Part 1, so here are the other three.

Remember as you read these, that most of this is coming to NZ via the current Labour government.

Bail Reform

The elimination of cash bail has been done on the basis that it discriminates against poorer defendants: New York, Seattle & Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. That last is actually a study of the effects on crime in Chicago:

In addition, as reported last week in a hard-hitting investigative report by the Chicago Tribune, good reason exists for thinking that these figures on violent crimes committed by releasees may have undercounted what actually happened after the reforms, including undercounting a significant number of homicides by pretrial releasees. 

No similar studies have been done for those other cities but there’s no reason to think they’d be different.

The most recent egregious example is the case of Darrell Brooks, Jr., the guy who killed six people and wounded at least 40 others at a Christmas street parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, by running them over in his car. The man had been released on $1,000 bail after running over his girlfriend, just three weeks earlier and had a rap sheet as long as both your arms.

Dropping charges

The most egregious example in recent times were the incredible number of charges dropped against Antifa/BLM rioters in 2020, Portland being Ground Zero in the practice:

Most of the 550 cases since rioting began on May 29 will be dropped. Out of those numbers, 140 of them were for felonies including assault, arson, riot and theft. Only 45 of those felonies have so far been charged, with many of the rest likely being dropped and others being reviewed.

But these actions apply to a wider group of criminals than Antifa/BLM. Chicago again:

Foxx has dismissed felony cases brought by the police at a rate 35 percent higher than her predecessor

Foxx was already infamous nation-wide for her refusal to prosecute D-grade actor Jussie Smollett in the wake of his faked attack by MAGA’s in one of the same expensive areas just trashed, Streeterville. And that 35 percent dismissal rate of felony crimes (eg. jail time) translates into a total of 25,183 defendants in one year to November 2019.

She’s still at it:

…Foxx declined to approve felony charges in another chilling incident in Chicago’s gang-infested Austin neighborhood. On October 1, a carload of Four Corner Hustlers confronted and opened fire on a rival faction on the 1200 block of North Mason. Caught on film, the brief gun battle between members of the two competing wings of the gang ended with one the attackers dead and two others injured. This exchange of gunfire unfolded right in front of Chicago police officers.

Same in Los Angeles and San Francisco where one such was notably awful even for DA Boudin:

[Boudin] dropped domestic violence charges twice on suspect before he killed a baby… Boudin has reportedly dismissed cases against 113 out of 131 people arrested for felony domestic violence in the last three months of 2020.

Releasing prisoners and Reduced Sentences

There was a terrible example of this just recently in Fairfax County, Virginia:

Judge Randy Bellows has rejected a Descano plea deal. In this one, a man indicted for raping a girl four times during a period in which she was in fifth-through-seventh grade would have received only a three-year prison sentence.

Unfortunately, this case is almost certainly the tip of Descano’s leniency iceberg. Conscientious Fairfax County judges like Bellows won’t be able to correct ultra-lenient policies and practices that lurk below the surface.

In Chicago prisoners are going to be released in order to achieve “equitable incarceration” for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), meaning jail time in proportion to their makeup in the general Chicago population, thus tackling the “systemic racism” of the system:

Thanks to Hey Jackass, we know that as of Nov. 15, roughly 80 percent (67) of identified assailants in 2021 Chicago homicides are black, 15 percent (13) are Hispanic and 5 percent (4) are white*. Now contrast this with Chicago’s general population demographics in which 29 percent is black, 17.3 percent Hispanic and 33.5 percent white.

If my math is correct, we’ll need to tip the black-white incarceration ratio by 500 percent to achieve equity as part of this new diversity and inclusion program as we work together to dismantle systematic racism.

The author has some suggestions to widen this effort, including increasing the percentage of White prisoners via:

  • Any Northside resident who uses the phrase “looting” to describe equitable retail wealth redistribution 
  • Anyone who describes an act of a black person driving into a white crowd in Waukesha as a hate crime  
  • Anyone who does not believe that Kyle Rittenhouse is a white supremacist 

In San Francisco in 2020, Boudin released 40% of prison inmates during the Covid-19 pandemic. He claims that his office “looked closely” and asked of each inmate, “Do they really need to be incarcerated?”. Same in Los Angeles (1700 “non-violent” prisoners or 6%), New York (1,500 or 20%), and Seattle.

While the Covid-19 pandemic was the reason given it was a timely excuse for what these authorities had been wanting to do anyway.

Then there’s the matter of criminals never seeing the inside of a prison in the first place. The following is typical and there have been hundreds like this across the big (and small) Democrat cities.

The District Attorney’s who make this all possible

All of this is down to District Attorneys like Boudin in SF, Gascon in LA and Foxx in Chicago, Mike Schmidt in Portland (who admitted he was an old buddy of a prominent Antifa militant).

The results in Portland:

The Initiative describes a neighborhood needle exchange program degenerating into “human waste in neighbors’ yards, a large vehicle hosting drug deals in the parking lot of the exchange, heroin users shooting up and passing out and then driving off intoxicated, people urinating and defecating in public, clients shooting up in neighbors’ yards, even having sex on a neighbor’s front porch.”

It’s no wonder that Portland’s formerly hot housing market is cooling off and home values are falling. As housing prices increase, not everyone wants to pay record prices to live next to a needle exchange.

The escape from Portland has begun.

One of the incredible aspects to the DA story is that after fucking up San Francisco, the DA, Gascon, decamped a little further south to Los Angeles, where he proceeded to do the same things:

It didn’t take long for Gascón to make enemies and for his policies to offend. Even one of his own deputy DAs couldn’t stomach this boss’s preference for lightening the burden on the criminal’s back and publicly rebuked his superior. The prosecutor says Gascón should never have ruled out the death penalty in the case of a woman and her boyfriend accused of torturing and murdering a 10-year-old boy. “This is not based upon new evidence,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said, according to the City News Service. “This is not based upon new mitigation or new law. I stand by the special-circumstances committee decision that I announced to the court on the record two years ago.” 

Even more amazing perhaps is the DA that the people of San Francisco elected in 2019 to take Gascon’s place, Chesa Boudin, the son of the 1960’s Far Left terrorists David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin. By 2021 there were regrets:

The San Francisco government has abdicated on that responsibility. It is focused on equity & “justice” at the expense of fulfilling its basic duties. Fee caps, school renaming, criminal justice experiments, public banks, red tape, corruption… the list goes on.

My whole life I’ve considered myself a proud liberal, progressive San Francisco Democrat. Today I am ashamed of my city. I see smug ignorance of the laws of unintended consequences. Moral grandstanding winning over data, logic, and facts.

This is not how an American city should look and feel. I feel like I’m on the brink of being red-pilled. How can I not, when our policies are so aligned with the radical left?

But you don’t need to see those figures to feel what that San Francisco women feels”

And it isn’t about metrics. Nobody is saying we are “X% up” in this category. It’s how they feel walking the streets. It’s walking a stroller next to a tent that has a pile of bikes next to it. It’s being screamed at or chased by someone who seems mentally unstable.

Anecdotally, every single one of my friends right now is considering leaving SF (and frankly, myself included). The biggest driver is no longer cost of living. It’s crime. My friends are scared for their children, and their husbands are scared for their wives

I can’t say I’m too impressed by all these people escaping these Democrat-controlled cities when they voted these people in, repeatedly. Have they actually learned anything or will they screw up the next state or city they land in?

Written by Tom Hunter

December 7, 2021 at 5:00 am

Do The Crime. Do The Time (Part 1)

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In the last couple of months there have been two rather extraordinary developments to do with American crimes committed long ago.

First up, in New York the disgraced Governor, Andrew Cuomo, as he went out the door, granted clemency to David Gilbert, a member of the Far Left terrorist Weather Underground group. They had been most active in the late 60’s/early 70’s but Gilbert was jailed for life for his role in the murder of a security guard and two cops during an armoured car heist in 1981.

His partner in the murders, Kathy Boudin, was set free in 2003 and became a professor at Columbia University in New York City. Pretty standard for the US Left actually.

The other one happened in California and the release of its criminal is still uncertain since it’s the decision of the Governor whether to follow the state parole board’s grant of parole to Sirhan Sirhan, who famously assassinated Robert Kennedy in 1968.

But both of these high profile cases are merely the tip of the iceberg that is the increasing decriminalisation of criminals across the USA, or at least in large cities controlled by the Democrat Party. This is related to the Defund The Police movement that gained some traction in the wake of the George Floyd murder.

But it’s far more about simply going easy on many types of criminals, and doing this through control of the District Attorneys who prosecute them after they’ve been arrested. This shows up in several ways:

  • Reduced thresholds for laying charges.
  • Quality of Life crimes ignored.
  • Gun “Control”.
  • Bail Reform.
  • Dropping charges
  • Releasing prisoners and Reduced Sentences

I’ll cover the first three in Part 1 and the other three in Part 2.

Remember as you read these, that most of this is coming to NZ via the current Labour government.

Reduced thresholds for laying charges.

This has mainly focused on “small” crimes, particularly shoplifting, where the threshold was raised from $300 to $1,000 (Chicago):

So far this year [2019], Foxx’s office has rejected 69% of Chicago police officers’ requests for felony retail theft charges, according to data released by her office. And that only applies to those situations where the store signed a complaint. As noted above, that increasingly does not happen in the Chicago area.

I already covered this in the 2020 post, Deck The Halls with Chutzpah, but since then they’ve gone even more upscale than Marshalls. The result is the likes of Macy’s and Disney have left even the high profile shopping area of The Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue) because of ongoing mass shoplifting, and police have issued a formal warning about robberies. A stretch of North Michigan Avenue remains vacant and locked up, something I never imagined could happen there.

In San Francisco and LA it’s $950. The result is the huge drug store chain Walgreens closing 17 stores and Target closing all six SF stores because of rampant shoplifting. There is now no doubt that this is organised looting as many individuals attack a store at once and run out to waiting cars, places like Louis Vitton and Nordstrom’s. And it’s spreading to the tony suburbs of San Francisco (Santa Rosa), LA (Canoga Park, Walnut Creek) and Chicago (Oak Brook): all were daytime attacks.

“They don’t care. There’s no consequences. Literally zero consequences. I’ve kicked out… I’ve been here since 9 AM today. I probably have already kicked out eight or nine people and I’ve recovered a thousand dollars worth of stuff alone off of that. Whether we kick them out, tell them they can’t come back, whether I put them in handcuffs and take them down to the county jail—there is no difference. Because they will not be prosecuted by the district attorney. Therefore, there is nothing documented that they can’t come back here. You know, they get no time in jail to think about what they did, right? There is zero consequence.

Plenty of other small businesses in SF are getting destroyed for the same reason. Just the other day Kevin Nishita, a former police officer working as a security guard, was killed by a group that pulled up on the KRON news crew to rob them in the Bay Area as they were doing a story about all this.

Quality of Life crimes ignored

It’s the West Coast cities where this has shown up the worst.

… former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon decriminalized anti-social behaviors – open-air drugging, urinating and pooping on the streets. He refused to enforce the law and, indeed, wrote Proposition 47 – passed by voters – that has made the homeless problem even worse.

Aside from having screaming drug-users crapping in front of your house this impact has shown up on things like public transport:

The grand jury connected rising crime to four “interrelated quality of life issues” in the BART system: homelessness, cleanliness, fare evasion, and “security and perception of safety.” These factors reflect broader challenges for the city, which struggles with one of the nation’s largest homeless populations and a prolific waste-management problem.

It should come as no surprise that annual ridership on the BART system has declined by 10 million people over the last decade.

These people are not just harming themselves however, as one young couple found out in a Santa Monica carpark when some meth head attacked them once at their car and then when they got away, attacked at the exit (I guess he wasn’t so addled as to not know how to beat the car to that point):

He again demanded he have sex with the girl before they could leave. And again, started dragging her out of the car. The boyfriend jumped out and knocked him off her. At this point, the vagrant ran around to the driver’s seat, and jumped in the car. The girl then jumped out. The vagrant sped away, and the boyfriend chased him down Colorado. The vagrant abruptly stopped the car, and threw it in reverse. He then ran over the boyfriend, back and forth, several times.

The boyfriend survived, with multiple major injuries. This incident was more violent than most but this is now everyday life for people in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Gun “Control”

For all the Democrat screams for more gun control, the evidence of the cities they run is that they don’t mean criminals with guns. Baltimore:

The Baltimore PD released data showing that the average homicide suspect arrested in Baltimore has eight previous arrests. They don’t have the resources to closely monitor all of the violent criminals who are out on parole, so the same shooters wind up being arrested over and over again.

But it’s the same in Seattle

They both have previously been arrested and charged with drive-by shootings and unlawful possession of a firearm in 2018. So the courts knew full well that these were gun-toting gang members. Why did our justice system let them walk free? 

Chicago:

Chicago police seized four weapons and a 50-round ammunition magazine after officers saw four men openly displaying guns amidst a large gathering outside a Near West Side housing complex early Saturday, authorities said. But prosecutors only approved felony charges against one of the accused men. All of the others, charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon, were released on recognizance bonds.

In San Francisco the latest brilliant plan is to pay people not to shoot others:

That’s the principle behind the city’s new Dream Keeper Fellowship, which will enroll 30 individuals deemed at high risk of shooting or being shot and pay them a $300 monthly stipend. They can collect an additional $200 per month for completing such milestones as taking job interviews

Written by Tom Hunter

December 6, 2021 at 6:00 am

Come with us…

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This is deserving of its own post, rather than being put in the previous one, The dark night… even though it’s the same terrible story.

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December 5, 2021 at 11:04 am

Not the way their lives should end

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Over at Chris Trotter’s blog, Bowalley Road, he recently had a post on the problems that state housing provider Kāinga Ora (KO) is having with “unruly tenants”.

Specifically the problems they’re having with gang members terrorising their neighbours, often very aged neighbours, and the seemingly complete inability of KO to do anything about it. Chris claims that it’s a case of the Labour Minister, Poto Williams, being “entirely captured by her officials”.

No! It is the entirely logical outcome of a modern Left-wing approach to crime that sees criminals as merely a by-product of a bad society, who cannot and should not be punished further.

To that end I saw a comment there from one “Swordfish”, which Chris did not publish but advised to be taken to reporters. Being somewhat familiar with the commentator I tracked him down to his blog, Subzero Politics (which I don’t frequent), and specifically the story of his parents and KO. I won’t re-produce the whole thing here but hopefully the NZ blogosphere will spread this wide enough that the MSM might take an interest in it. It’s horrifying.

My Parents (aged 90 & 91) have been forced to endure 4 years of constant, prolonged violent intimidation and extreme anti-social behaviour (the latter including being very regularly kept awake until dawn, sometimes over 2 or 3 consecutive days) from the Kainga Ora tenant on the other side of their dividing-wall in a two-house Unit (My Parents have lived in their house for almost 60 years & have owned it since the 1970s).

His parents have been driven into a very poor state of health as a result of all this, largely coming from one man, with assistance from an occasional friend of his. “Swordfish” has kept a detailed diary of events and there have been multiple calls to the Police.

Based on my diary entires, my Parents have suffered precisely 116 – let me repeat that … 116 !!! – really large-scale explosions of violent intimidation since their neighbouring tenant arrived in late 2017. Together with several hundred mid-level, more minor & sporadic acts of violence & intimidation. The latter occur on an almost daily basis, except when he is away. This tenant has always been very violent & aggressive in his everyday behaviour, clearly a deeply-ingrained facet of his personality. 

These have involved violent confrontations with others, sometimes out on the street, with what can only be described as insane behaviour inside his own house, which apparently shares a concrete brick wall with the parents. In the last three years his rage has been directly aimed at the parents.

In the very worst of the Major Explosions (and there have been 7 of these = out of 18), in the midst of his multi-hour intimidation, he has gone right along their fenceline, down to their letterbox & driveway, aggressively strutting back & forth straight outside their house, violently swearing & making loud threats – just the most blatant violent intimidation – interspersed with loud declarations of dominance / fighting prowess (essentially Maori Warrior-style ‘Proclaiming’) … and on 3 separate occasions he has actually rushed onto their front lawn in the middle of his explosion & vandalised their property (in one of the worst cases, for instance, smashing their concrete fence with a sledgehammer at 2am.

But there’s been plenty going on inside his house, at all hours of the day. “Swordfish” lists some of these activities, including:

1) Uber-Violent slamming into the dividing-wall with full force (punching, thumping, pounding and full body-slamming)

(2) Throwing very heavy objects or weights at the dividing-wall with full force (we don’t know exactly what the objects are but the noise is always so shocking that it sounds like some kind of heavy steel builder’s tool or similar … like something really heavy & substantial being thrown or slammed into the wall with full force … like he’s trying to smash a hole right through the dividing-wall … just makes my Parents jump 10 feet in the air with total shock)

(3) Driving large or heavy objects (presumably the same things as above) into the bedroom floorboards with all his strength

(4) Doing very aggressive haka-like stomping in the bedroom right next to the dividing-wall with full force … clearly aiming to scare & intimidate.
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Twice his parents were so terrified that they fled to their neighbours across the road to phone the cops.

To me, one of the saddest aspects is the following:

My Parents are not only lifelong Labour voters but also long-term Party members with a long family history in the Labour Movement … they’ve been viciously betrayed by this Govt … having voted Left all my life, I swung into Non-Voting at the last Election.

I cannot help thinking this is the experience of many older Labour voters (and in the USA, older Democrat voters), who do not realise just how fundamentally their Left-wing parties have changed. These sad old people have been let down by almost every arm of the government (save the healthcare system) in every way in their twilight years. If even the cops are powerless then what hope is there for these people, and many others like them, judging by other stories?

What a hell of a way to end up and it will not just be Left-wingers who end up being betrayed. I can only hope that I’ll have enough wealth in my latter days that I won’t be reduced to depending on our governments in any way in the future.

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November 30, 2021 at 10:15 am