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NEW ZEALAND … THE WAY WE’VE GOT IT

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Mrs Veteran has just returned from pilates … shaken by this story. Her friend even more so … returning from Kerikeri on SH 11 at 8.00 pm her car was tailgated in the 80k zone between Puketona Junction and Haruru Falls. Just short of Watea (upmarket housing development) the car roared passed and then stopped in the middle of the road with both the left and right hand side doors open … a man and a woman got out and started waving their arms … a third male then got out from the back holding something. She decided discretion was the better part of valor and maneuvered her car around them continuing on to Paihia. Next minute a bang and a bullet hole in her boot.

The police have been informed and apparently have reviewed CCTV footage from the cameras at the entrance to Watea but the images are inconclusive. I guess (in police parlance) … inquiries are continuing.

So there it is … in little old (once safe) Paihia on a busy state highway. A near shooting fatality of someone going about their lawful business. What to look forward to … when is this going to stop? And all this per courtesy of a government soft on crime. and softer on criminals

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July 1, 2022 at 1:21 pm

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The Democrat Party is a Clear and Present Danger to the USA

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In Ken Burn’s famous documentary series, The Civil War, one of the voiceovers from the primary narrator – the wonderfully warm, Mid-Western voice of historian David McCullough – describes one of Abraham Lincoln’s dilemmas:

To preserve the Constitution, Lincoln had for three months gone beyond it: waging war without Congressional consent; seizing Northern telegraph offices; suspending habeas corpus. To keep the border states from seceding, Lincoln sent troops to occupy Baltimore and clapped the mayor and 19 secessionist legislators in jail, without trial. Chief Justice Taney ruled that the President had exceeded his power. Lincoln simply ignored him. “More rogues than honest men find shelter under habeas corpus,” he said, and even contemplated arresting the Chief Justice.

Perhaps when the dust has settled on the Jan6 “investigatory” committee and the rest of the hysteria, especially when it’s decommissioned by the incoming GOP majority in November, the Democrats might try and align themselves with Lincoln in this argument as well; that they’ve had to go beyond the norms of law and a democratic society in order to save democracy. Here’s the latest example.

Add this to the arrest a couple of weeks ago of former Trump economic adviser Peter Navarro for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the Democrats’ Jan6 committee. No turn-yourself-in style arrest either but the full monty of FBI handcuffs in public at an airport. By contrast Mr Eastman should be grateful they only took his cellphone, even if they failed to show the warrant first as the law demands.

As that article points out, Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, was held to be in contempt of the House for his refusal to cooperate with an investigation by turning over papers he held. Obama’s “wingman” literally laughed it off, as did Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper after lying to Congress about them spying on House reps, as did former Obama CIA Director James Brennan for also lying to the House.

Suffice to say that they’re all living the good life and never even saw a search or arrest warrant, let alone a set of handcuffs, FBI agents and a SWAT team, plus an alerted (alerted by who) CNN TV crew to cover their house at 5am for the arrest.

And here is perhaps the worst aspect of this; there is not one Trump opponent, whether private or public, who is willing to call out this ends-determine-the-means evil. They hate Trump that much that they’re willing to bend or break any rules. They literally do not care about democracy or the rule of law even as they scream that they do at the top of their lungs. As President Reagan once said of similar people:

“[They] reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat and that the only morality they recognize is what will further their cause.”

We expect double standards in politics and “rules for thee but not for me” is pretty much an embedded characteristic of the Left. But the US Democrat Party are pushing it to the edge of civil war (perhaps that’s what they want?) and this is the worst turn of that to date. Which brings me back to Lincoln :

A house divided against itself cannot stand.

No it can’t. This is not going to stop with a devastating election defeat this year or in 2024 but only when an empowered GOP is willing to play by these same rules and forgo the civility bullshit and “We’re better than that” attitudes. Until that happens – until people like the Democrats on this committee and elsewhere are subjected to the same rules they’re imposing on others, and are hurt in professional ways beyond mere voting losses – they will continue to push the boundaries of the norms of democracy and the rule of law in order to gain more power and hold on to it.

Fascism, straight up. Or communism. Take your pick. I’ll go with Claremont’s selection of Beria as the sort of person these Committee members are.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 29, 2022 at 5:27 pm

Thar’s Guns in them thar Beverley Hills

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There would be few places in the USA, in the world, more liberal than Beverly Hills – at least when it comes to seemingly costless social issues.

When it comes to money I’m quite sure the bastards are capitalists red in tooth and claw, but then that’s the case will all of America’s Left wing, including fakes like Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Occasio-Cortez and the leaders of Burn Loot Murder. Even the little luvvies of Antifa seem to come from middle-class backgrounds.

But on social issues they’re predictably Left, Left and more Left. Of course that depends on that word I used above – costless. Once the costs start mounting up attitudes change – fast, even on gun control, as was recently discovered when this happened:

Last week, an 81-year-old Beverly Hills resident was shot and killed during a home invasion. Unlike yet another drive-by in Inglewood, news like that tends to get people’s attention. When one of Oprah’s friends is victimized, the crime problem suddenly becomes real.

Avant was largely unknown to the general public – but not to the wealthy, powerful insider world of Hollywood where she was married to the famous music and movie producer, Clarence Avant (that’s him in the photo), so her death, especially in such a manner, caused an earthquake in her neighbourhood, despite a lot of gaslighting from the DA, who I’m sure all these people voted for:

[Nazi Collaborator] Soros-backed “prosecutor” George Gascon [got] himself in front of reporters earlier this week to try to tell LA residents to calm down. His soft-on-crime approach to criminal justice is working out spectacularly well, he said. Really. Everything is just fine.

Yeah, right….

What you’re seeing is the spillover into these communities of crime and violence,” explained LA police officer Steve Robinson. “Before, you would never hear of a robbery or a shooting [In Beverly Hills], or if you did, it was once or twice a year. In 2020, the Beverly Hills Police Department pulled 18 guns off Rodeo Drive. You go back any year before that, and it may have been zero to one or two.”

“It’s like we’ve been taken over by gang members and criminals because they know that Gascón is going to make sure he doesn’t prosecute them,” said one woman, a writer in the entertainment industry, who did not want to be identified. “He’s saying, ‘Hey, go out and rob someone for $900 worth. Get arrested, go back out on the street.”

Woah! You mean to say that all these “new”, Lefty ideas about eliminating cash bail, defunding the police, and declining to enforce large swaths of the criminal code eventually come home to roost? That a point is reached where endless talk about “root causes” just collapses in the face of brutal reality?

Well yes, and so the inevitable has happened:

According to LA County Sheriff Alejandro Villanueva, the department has received 8,105 concealed carry weapon applications and approved 2,102 of them since he took office in December 2018, compared to his predecessor having issued 194 permits in four years.

“Even hardcore leftist Democrats who said to me in the past, ‘I’ll never own a gun’ are calling me asking about firearms,” said Joel Glucksman, a private security executive. “I’d say there has been an increase of 80 percent in the number of requests I’m getting this year.”

“’It’s gotten to a point where residents feel insecure even going from their door to their car,’ said resident Shirley Reitman. ‘A lot of residents are applying for a concealed carry weapon permit, even though that’s a great challenge in LA County.’”

In that case they’ll be thrilled about a SCOTUS decision from a few days ago that’s been overshadowed by the Roe ruling. In another 6-3 decision in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the court decided against NYC’s “proper cause” requirement for obtaining a concealed-carry license and did so not just on the basis of the 2nd Amendment but the 14th:

…there is “no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need.”

I’ll write more on that in another post but what’s relevant here is that California promptly capitulated on the same issue:

California Attorney General says “effective immediately, issuing authorities should no longer require proof of good cause for the issuance of a public-carry license.”

I’m sure they’ll try lots of other stunts to block such licenses, such as the “good moral character” test! And of course, as that first article points out…

Ms. Reitman and her newly-concerned friends probably don’t have to worry too much about navigating the intentionally arduous gun acquisition process in LA County. While Sheriff Villanueva is still turning down 75% of the applications he receives, Reitman and her well-to-do friends probably have the clout, connections, and cash needed to ensure their applications are approved forthwith.

It’s not just the culture of Rich, White Liberals that’s changing when it comes to owning guns:

With 40% of all gun purchases during the past 2 years coming from new gun owners, it’s no surprise that Hispanics (as well as African-Americans) are increasingly voting more for individual rights than for government “protection”.  In Berkeley, California, of all places, the Latino Rifle Association has grown by hundreds of members since 2020.

And a much bigger organization, the National African-American Gun Association, has added tens of thousands of new members since 2016, accelerating (along with many local gun clubs oriented toward minorities) during the past 2 years.

That’s because Latinos and Blacks are exposed to much greater violence of all kinds, including gun violence, than the largely White denizens of leafy places like Rodeo Drive, and they increasingly know the cops aren’t going to be there to save them. As the famous American journalist, Andrew Breitbart, once said, “Politics is downstream of Culture”, and this culture is changing fast – largely thanks to idiot Leftists’ approach to law and order.

The following quote could be applied to a lot of issues to which Rich White Lefties apply their ideas:

“My industry is filled with progressives who have the luxury of being idealists and espousing philosophies they they thought would never come back and bite them,” said the entertainment writer, who is in her early 60s. “There’s a shift now that it’s become so much more dangerous.”

Written by Tom Hunter

June 28, 2022 at 1:00 pm

The beatings will continue until lessons are learned!

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I’m sometimes tempted by the thought that a Labour/Green government should be elected in 2023 so that we can really test all their ideas to destruction.

But then I think of places like 1930’s Germany and 1990’s Venezuela where people voted for ideas they thought would be great for their countries which, filled with easily re-distributed wealth and arts and culture, would be secure against policy mistakes – safe in the knowledge that “There is a great deal of ruin in a nation.”, as Adam Smith once declared to a student.

Over the last few years, in my part of Auckland, there has been a lot of new state housing built; solid 1940’s wooden houses on large sections replaced by six or more modern two-story units. They look nice – so far. There are a lot more cars on the road and a lot more people around. All sorts of people. In the neighbouring suburbs there has been a large jump in all sorts of crime. The ram raids, stabbings and shootings make the news. What doesn’t are the “small” crimes involving teenagers and others being held up by knives or fists in the near-East suburbs.

We were aware of all of this via the local Facebook and Neighbourly websites but it really struck home a couple of months ago when the teenage son of our next door neighbour got punched out while walking home on our quiet streets with his girlfriend from a party late on a Saturday night. Two cars pulled over beside them, several guys jumped out and laid into him. They did at least leave his girlfriend alone even as she called the cops and an ambulance, so he was able to find out what had happened when he regained consciousness a few hours later in hospital. Luckily he suffered no major injuries but of course there’s no more such late night walks for him – or for many others of our kids as word spread fast. The attack was entirely random. Nobody has been arrested nor do we expect anybody will be.

People always ask how things like this can just start happening, and in this case I’m sure we’re looking at gang recruitment; “prove yourself to us”.

But there are plenty of examples from overseas, starting with Minneapolis. I knew only one thing about that smallish, Mid-Western city when I was growing up watching American TV in NZ:

Yeah, the hat throw in the intro to The Mary Tyler Moore Show. So iconic that the city put up a statue of it decades ago, which may almost be as popular as the ones for local hero George Floyd. Now the state’s Supreme Court has ordered the city to start hiring police officers to build up to the number legally required by city ordinances to meet legal requirements:

I’ve asked who in his right mind would go to work for the department. The Star Tribune is singing from the Beatles songbook: “Nothing’s gonna change my world.” At least the song comes with a mantra to soothe the troubled soul.

But I was also reminded of the following story from the USA, located in, of all places, a post by retired Law Professor Ann Althouse early in 2021 when she commented on seeing the Oscar-winning movie, Nomadland, “For people whose only home is a vehicle, the knock is a visceral, even existential, threat. How do you avoid it?”.

The movie is about an aging homeless woman who lives in an old van (“I’m not homeless. I’m just houseless.”) and travels around America seeking whatever work and comfort she can find. It was a story from one of her commentators that struck me in its similarities to the worsening crime situation in Auckland:

Until last year I lived in a neighborhood which used to be nice. Then, mysteriously, it began to fill with trash. My wife and I would walk the dog, and she would spend the walk picking up trash. Every day. I gave up.

Drug needles appeared on the ground. Our cars were broken into while parked in front of our house. Our trash and recycling would be rummaged through at night and we’d have to clean up the mess in the morning. Vehicles would park in a nearby side street and sit there until the cops came. They were replaced by more.

Finally, we moved. While our house was on the market someone broke in and left used needles in the toilet. Twice. It’s a great selling point for potential buyers.

In the new neighborhood, my wife doesn’t have to pick up trash on our daily walks. The worst thing we’ve had to deal with was someone leaving dog poop on the lawn. I do not believe in turning the homeless into a class of people who cannot be criticized. There’s nothing about being homeless that requires you to leave trash everywhere. There’s nothing that requires taking drugs. Or breaking into cars and houses.

I suspect, however, that people who are neat and law-abiding don’t tend to become homeless. I’ve worked a lot of minimum wage jobs and restaurant jobs, and I was always able to at least rent a room. What’s really being pushed by homeless activists is a lifestyle choice where the homeless are free of all social obligations- work, family, and community. It’s an antisocial way of life that harms other people. Homeless people aren’t disliked because they are houseless. It’s the trash and crime they create. They make life worse for the people around them.

But you can’t say any of this in public anymore. If you do, you are a privileged jerk because you want to live in a clean neighborhood while so many people are living in squalor.

Of course the idea where I live is that building lots of houses will obviously cure homelessness and thus reduce poverty and crime. So far the evidence is exactly the opposite. But it’s early days yet. As I said, the new houses look nice. My Chicago-born wife mutters “ghettos” as she drives through the areas.

At the last neighbourhood meeting in our area to discuss further housing developments, both public and private, that will quadruple the concentration of people living there, the authorities present suggested to the people who turned up that every effort would be made to educate them out of their various fears.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 28, 2022 at 6:00 am

Roe v Wade is aborted

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As has been anticipated for weeks now – ever since the leak from the US Supreme Court of a draft decision written by Justice Alito that overturned the infamous SCOTUS Roe v. Wade decision on abortion – the official ruling has been released that confirms the draft. Full opinion here. An excellent concision of it here.

The 1973 case that set US abortion policy across the nation, has been overturned. So too has its lesser known but equally important – some would say more important – 1992 decision, Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

Casey had already booted the trimester nonsense of Roe but kept in place the even more ridiculous notion that abortion derived from a right to privacy supposedly embedded in the 14th amendment, itself a result of an earlier SCOTUS ruling in the mid-1960’s.

Despite lasting for fifty years and seemingly settled in the minds of most US Liberals, the ruling was always on shaky ground with its talk of rights based on “penumbras”, – implied rights that could be glimpsed in parts of the US Bill of Rights as derived from other explicit rights. Almost from the moment the decision was made it was attacked by constitutional scholars, such as this Yale Law school paper from 1973, The Wages of Crying Wolf, which laid out the arguments for and against abortion but focused on the weakness of the privacy claim. The author of that paper appears to support the right to an abortion, and there have been other pro-abortion legal scholars who have, nevertheless, explained why Rose was such a weak, unconstitutional and plain bad law. Such people included none other than Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:

She thought Roe v. Wade went too far. “Measured motions seem to me right, in the main, for constitutional as well as common law adjudication,” she argued. “Doctrinal limbs too swiftly shaped, experience teaches, may prove unstable. The most prominent example in recent decades is Roe v. Wade.”

Ginsburg noted that Roe struck down far more than the specific Texas criminal abortion statute at issue in the case. “Suppose the court had stopped there, rightly declaring unconstitutional the most extreme brand of law in the nation, and had not gone on, as the court did in Roe, to fashion a regime blanketing the subject, a set of rules that displaced virtually every state law then in force,” she said. “A less encompassing Roe, one that merely struck down the extreme Texas law and went no further on that day, I believe and will summarize why, might have served to reduce rather than to fuel controversy.”

Ginsburg went on to contrast the court’s landmark decision in Roe with a slew of decisions from 1971 to 1982 in which the court struck down “a series of state and federal laws that differentiated explicitly on the basis of sex.” Rather than creating a new philosophy of law and imposing it on the nation immediately, “the court, in effect, opened a dialogue with the political branches of government…In essence, the court instructed Congress and state legislatures: rethink ancient positions on these questions,” Ginsburg noted. “The ball, one might say, was tossed by the justices back into the legislators’ court, where the political forces of the day could operate.”

It is this reasoning that has turned up in this decision, and exactly as Ginsburg stated, the ball has now been thrown back to the legislators, especially the State ones, and as my co-blogger GD explains, that does not mean it has been banned.

Some states will be hardline in both directions, others will find middle ground that their voters accept. I expect the Deep Blue parts of the nation like California, Illinois and New York, to promptly pass laws that widen abortion laws even further – perhaps as low as the standards of New Zealand, where anything goes – whereas others, especially Red States, will be more restrictive, although I don’t expect any of them to outright ban abortion. Even the Mississippi law that triggered this case allows abortions up to 15 weeks of pregnancy, which brings up this interesting factoid:

This is similar to other European countries, including Western Europeans like Sweden.

Of course now that the decision is back in the hands of politicians that’s going to mean a lot of problems for them – or at least for the principled ones.

However, as this article explains, other groups will no longer be able to hide behind “Law Of The Land” arguments and the fight either, like the US Roman Catholic Church:

For years, Supreme Court rulings like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey allowed our leaders to hide. Republicans could campaign against it, rallying their base and decrying its injustice, then once in power make the excuse that, like it or not, Roe was “the law of the land.”

Democrats alike could claim they were personally against abortion, but believed it was up to the woman. Moreover, they didn’t need to vote much on the issue — it was already decided; it was “the law of the land.”

Even Catholic bishops could shirk confrontation, pointing to those politicians’ dodges and excuses, and hiding behind the same. No drastic action needed.

I’d like to think that the spineless fucks who lead the RC church nowadays might even consider excommunication for the likes of Nancy “Abortion is Sacred” Pelosi and Joe “Mass Every Sunday” Biden. Being a Catholic who quietly supports abortion is one thing: loudly proclaiming that you love and defend even its most extreme versions is something else. No principled person would remain in such a church, but of course Pelosi, Biden and other politicians have done so because they know there are (or were) millions of traditional working class Catholics who also religiously voted Democrat and loved being able to vote for Democrat Catholics – without thinking too much about how Catholic these frauds were.

Such nonsense was already changing before this ruling. Long gone are the days when liberals like Bill Clinton took the demure position that abortion was basically a necessary evil that should be “safe, legal, and rare”. Neither he nor any other recent Democrat president would dare take that position now. which is why Pelosi, Biden and other Democrat “Catholics” have basically stiffed the church while hiding behind its public garments.

The political and cultural brawl that is about to commence will be nasty – I often think that with Roe, SCOTUS was trying in good faith to avoid this, but it’s more like the similar screwup with the Dred Scott decision in 1857, thinking they had resolved the issue of slavery – but it will likely be less Federal than at the State level. That’s because the Democrats have held off putting Roe and Casey into Federal legislation over the last fifty years, even when they had big majorities, because it is still so controversial with their own voters – and again because they could hide behind the SCOTUS decisions.

No longer:

Lenin allegedly said, “There are decades when nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.” He was supposedly discussing the Bolshevik Revolution, but the saying could be applied to America’s growing turmoil at home, too.

Ever upward is the only path liberal government permits, which is why the repeal of Roe would be devastating. “Our democracy,” as they call it, depends not only on never turning back the clock of social reform, but never even admitting such a thing is possible. Even if, as is likely, almost half the states would enact abortion regimes as permissive as, or even more permissive than, the current one, the game would be up. The nature of such modern rights would be exposed, unforgettably. It would be, as the liberals fear, a kind of revolution.

Which is why they have little choice but to object not merely to the leaked decision and the brave justices who support it, but to the whole system…. Prepare for decades to happen in the next year or so of our politics, as the battle between the progressives’ constitution and the founders’ Constitution intensifies.

That was written just after the leak happened, and we’ve already seen what was directed at the key Justices, with attempted protests outside their homes – illegal actually but not enforced by Biden’s politicised DOJ of course – plus attempted an assassination and implied threats of such.

The Democrats are not helping themselves with crap like that, or this:

Representative Bishop followed up [with abortion activist Aimee Arrambide ], “Do you believe then that men can become pregnant and have abortions?” She had those eyes — the ones that make you know you’re going to get an answer that you’re going to regret. “Yes,” she declared.

Party of science did you say? I also can’t wait for the whole My Body, My Choice argument to re-appear, shamelessly so in the wake of vaccine mandates pushed relentlessly by many Democrats.

The protests are already on the way with the Nights of Rage, and given the arsons and attacks that have already been made on dozens of Catholic churches and pro-life pregnancy clinics I’ve no doubt that there are going to be even more:

Brace for impact.

However, it should also be noted that the SCOTUS leak of this ruling, undoubtedly done to try and intimidate the Court and gin up Democrat voters for the up-coming Mid-Term elections, failed on both counts. Yes, there have been protests, but they have not been very large, have consisted of little more than the White Liberal Woman demographic, and have not shifted the issue up the scale in polls of voters over the last month.

I doubt the next wave will be any more successful, though I’m also sure the MSM will amplify it as much as possible to make it seem that way.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 25, 2022 at 5:36 pm

Laughter and tears

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Laughter first.

I’ve referred to the wonderful online personality Titania McGrath a couple of times before (No Parody. Only Truth, You just can’t make this stuff up!, and Wax That Scrotum).

But she’s expanded into long-form with Laughter is a fascist hate crime.

At a recent “comedy” show in Los Angeles, a brave audience member peacefully attacked comedian Dave Chappelle in self-defence against his violent jokes. Some reports have suggested that the assailant wasn’t a social justice activist at all, but a victim of mental illness. But the two are by no means mutually exclusive. Many of my best friends are clinically insane. 

This incident occurred only weeks after the actor Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the Academy Awards for making problematic jokes about his wife. Soon after, Smith was presented with an Oscar, which was presumably the racist movie industry’s way of rewarding him for hitting a person of colour.

Read the whole thing.

Now to the tears.

Even with the US Left’s meltdown over Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh during his 2018 hearings I think it’s safe to say that Clarence Thomas is still the Justice they hate the most. He is of course a Black Conservative, and any coloured person who strays off the Democrat party reservation is placed in the Hate column (“Uncle Tom” – of course). Add to this the fact that their Kavanaugh-style takedown attempted on him during his nomination in 1991, also failed and we’re talking Hate+.

For his first few years on the SCOTUS bench he didn’t ask many questions and so the Left could content themselves with implying (quietly to themselves) that he was a moron. Unfortunately for them in recent years they’ve begun to realise the influence he’s had on key decisions, clerks and the court in general – and they’re scared: (Hate++)

The oft-misunderstood Justice has single-handedly reshaped the way conservatives think about the law. God help us.

So as usual with the Left they’re always looking for a chance to take him down, and the latest opportunity has come via his wife (yes, she’s White, another black mark against him) who, in online messages on January 6, 2021, cheered on those who thought the 2020 election was crooked – that link is to NPR, the US equivalent to RNZ, but the person interviewed is the extremist partisan New Yorker “journalist” Jane Mayer, who has never let a dishonest smear of a Republican pass her by so you know what to expect. The argument is that Thomas will need to recuse himself from any related cases that come before SCOTUS.

Thomas of course has laughingly told such critics to get stuffed, knowing the law as he does:

Justice Thomas to the media: “I will absolutely leave the Court when I do my job as poorly as you do yours.”

But that hasn’t stopped the ongoing drumbeat against him – which was why the news that none other than Justice “The Wise Latina” Sotomayor, at the opposite end of the ideological spectrum from Thomas, had stepped in to defend him, caused an even bigger meltdown.

I actually feel sorry for Sotomayor, who revealed her humanity and decency here – and has discovered that such qualities are not wanted by the US Left. It really doesn’t matter how good a lefty you think you are; you put one foot out of line and it’s the rack for you.

Back to the drawing board for the Democrat party and the Mid-Term elections.

But it’s the following story that counts for more, since Thomas is used to the slings and arrows of the Washington D.C. Democrat hate, while people like Liz Collin and her husband Bob Kroll, living in Minneapolis, are not.

Liz was an Emmy award-winning reporter and anchor on Minneapolis TV station WCCO-TV (a CBS affiliate), which she described as her “dream job” when growing up in the city. But all that came to an end in 2020 when the BLM/Antifa crowd and their Democrat Party comrades went after her husband because he was a Minneapolis police lieutenant and president of the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) union. Here’s an interview with both, and while Kroll’s story is interesting in itself (the local politicians basically threw the MPD to the wolves), it’s the hate that opened up on Collin – merely because she was Kroll’s wife and also a prominent TV personality – that amazes me, even though I should not be amazed by such things now. She got this not just at work (demotion) but at home, where death threats against her became an everyday occurrence, often she had to send her kids to friends.

She now works for a small, online outfit called Alpha News, and if there’s any justice in the world they’ll begin pulling viewers away from the likes of WCCO.

This is America.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 20, 2022 at 6:07 pm

Chicago on the Takapuna

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One of my favorite takes – especially when I am confronted by people raving about my focus on America – is that whatever crazy theory is created there will turn up here sooner or later.

So…. a couple of years ago, not long after I joined this blog I posted this…
Deck The Halls with Chutzpah:

And here we are two years later in NZ: compare and contrast

The funny thing is – if you’re in the mood for humor – when I covered the Chicago angle a couple of years ago on our old No Minister blog, I got this Leftie’s response:

Wizzard, allow me to introduce you to Tom Hunter, our resident racist. No one but Tom Hunter could draw a connection between crime in Chicago and New Zealand corrections policy.

But then, Tom Hunter is a supporter of a justice policy based on the rules of baseball.

You see? This is how it develops. Crime in our society is the result of class warfare.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 18, 2022 at 8:53 pm

Who will rid me of this troublesome Justice?

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I’ve finally found a real US domestic terrorist threat that Biden’s poolboy, Merrick Garland, and his fabulous FBI and DOJ, could look into.

But this is a domestic terrorist group associated with the US Left and the Democrat Party so naturally there’s no interest.

When I say no interest I mean the MSM as well..

As always.

You think that these are merely “protests”? No, the “Ruth Sent Us” group also include juicy information like the above stuff about Barrett, just in case someone as passionate as Nick Roske decides to take sterner measures and needs to know exactly where to go (wink, wink)

However, there’s a new group on the scene and even their name is more explicit, “Jane’s Revenge”

Radical abortion activists who firebombed the office of a pro-life groups in Wisconsin and Oregon and who have vandalized over a dozen churches and pregnancy centers have struck again.

Early this morning police and fire departments in Buffalo, New York responded to smoke and fire at CompassCare, a pro-life medical office and pregnancy center that helps women and children. The building was firebombed and the windows in the reception room and nurses’ office were broken and fires lit.

Graffiti on the building left by the arsonists refers to the abortion terrorist group Jane’s Revenge reading, “Jane Was Here.” The group took responsibility for a firebombing of a pro-life organization in Madison, Wisconsin in May, and it could have been responsible for bombing the offices of Oregon Right to Life during the same month. It has also vandalized and destroyed multiple churches and pregnancy centers.

Actually we’re up to fifty nine such attacks as of this writing and Jane’s Revenge has made it clear that there will be more by sending out a announcement, which is as clear as Osama Bin Laden’s was in 1998:

You have seen that we are real, and that we are not merely pushing empty words. As we said: we are not one group but many. You have seen us in Madison WI, Ft. Collins CO, Reisertown MA, Olympia WA, Des Moines IA, Lynwood WA, Washington DC, Ashville NC, Buffalo NY, Hollywood FL, Vancouver WA, Frederick MA, Denton TX, Gresham OR, Eugene OR, Portland OR, among others, and we work in countless locations invisibly. You’ve read the communiqués from the various cells, you’ve seen the proliferating messages in graffiti and elsewhere, and you know that we are serious

Your thirty days expired yesterday. We offered an honourable way out. You could have walked away. Now the leash is off. And we will make it as hard as possible for your campaign of oppression to continue. We have demonstrated in the past month how easy and fun it is to attack. We are versatile, we are mercurial, and we answer to no one but ourselves. We promised to take increasingly drastic measures against oppressive infrastructures. Rest assured that we will, and those measures may not come in the form of something so easily cleaned up as fire and graffiti.

In other words, it’s a terrorist communique.

I do have to wonder why the SCOTUS Chief Justice Roberts has not simply issued the decision. Is he actually hoping that all this pressure will change one Conservative vote, even if only for the base reason of “not wanting violence”?

Meantime the President has finally spoken up…

“Violence and destruction of property have no place in our country under any circumstances, and the President denounces this,” White House Assistant Press Secretary Alexandra LaManna told The Daily Wire. “We should all agree that actions like this are completely unacceptable regardless of our politics,” she added.

Wow! The Assistant Press Secretary, someone you’ve never heard of, issuing a statement… via email and emphatically not on camera, so that they’ll be no actual evidence that the White House condemned one its few remaining Mid-Term Election Friends, as far as the Video-Is-King media is concerned.

You can tell they’re really serious about this.

I’m just waiting for the big FBI takedown where half of Jane’s Revenge will turn out to be FBI undercover operatives, like the collapsed case of the Great Kidnap Governor Whitmer Plot.

A run on Chinese Banks

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My co-blogger Nick K had already flagged one of the first signals of a China bubble bursting when he wrote about the problems of one of their giant property developers, China Evergrande, in September of last year, all $US 300 billion worth of it.

Where’s there’s one there’s bound to be more if the underlying problem is not fixed, and so…:

Multiple sources contacted by Asia Markets, have confirmed deposits at the following six banks have been frozen since mid-April.

  • Yuzhou Xinminsheng Village Bank (located in Xuchang City, Henan Province)
  • Zhecheng Huanghuai Bank (City of Shangqui, Henan Province)
  • Shangcai Huimin Rural Bank (Zhumadian City, Henan Province)
  • New Oriental Village Bank (City of Kaifeng, Henan Province)
  • Huaihe River Village Bank (Bengbu City, Anhui Province)
  • Yixian County Village Bank (Huangshan City, Anhui Province)

It’s understood the banks with branches across the Henan and Anhui Provinces successively issued announcements in April, stating they would suspend online banking and mobile banking services due to a system upgrade.

At the same time, clients reported their electronic deposits in online accounts, mobile apps and third-party platforms could not be withdrawn.

This led to depositors rushing to local bank branches, only to be told they were unable to withdraw funds.

The report includes various videos of long lines at banks and protests so it appears to be a real thing and not just a rumour. The real question is whether the authorities can stop it, and that comes down to two questions to be answered: the degree of authority that can be exerted and the trust people have in the system. Nobody should doubt the power of the central Chinese State but when a people’s faith in institutions begins to waver there’s no force that can impose it:

Some depositors such as Xu have already lost trust in the system. The 39-year-old said he had withdrawn all of his deposits from 10 other small banks that had promised him an annualised yield of more than 4 per cent.

The Chinese Communist Party probably does not accept that last point, as can be seen in this sad article, The Dismantling of Hong Kong, by one Karen Cheung, who is approaching the tipping point of escape:

After the national security law passed in June 2020, friends began leaving Hong Kong every few weeks. One by one, they disappeared from the camera reel on my phone, leaving me with things they couldn’t take with them: an oven, a Sodastream, a sous-vide machine, a stone diffuser, and five bottles of ground cinnamon. From 2020 through 2021, it was reported that 116,000 residents had left, often departing for countries like Britain and Canada…

This has been coming for a long time; certainly since the first mass protests in 2014 but only really since the Great Chinese Sinus AIDS Pandemic hit:

Under the guise of pandemic social-distancing, public gatherings were banned, and protests disappeared from the streets. Later in 2020, a teacher had his license revoked after showing his class a documentary featuring a pro-independence activist; in the years since, prominent commentators, including Apple Daily writer Fung Wai-kong and academic Hui Po Keung, have been arrested at the airport while attempting to leave the city. New election rules implemented in 2021 now dictate that only “patriots” can administer Hong Kong. By early 2022, at least 50 civil organizations have disbanded in the ongoing crackdown, including a pro-democracy trade-union coalition and an activist group that commemorates the Tiananmen massacre.

My, how convenient is the claim of Public Health for tinpot dictators to exert minute control over the lives of their subjects. And as she outlines, the end result was a massive increase in cases and deaths anyway, plus the usual scenes of empty supermarket shelves and a failing public health care system:

Health officers would sometimes appear on your doorstep to inform you that your building had been locked down for mandatory testing; should you test positive, you would have to undergo quarantine at an isolation facility, which Hong Kong residents have described as a “madhouse.” A Hong Kong woman told a local news outlet that despite two negative rapid tests, she was not told when she could leave; some in quarantine attempted suicide inside the facilities, according to local media reports. The uncertainty and severity of the measures made me feel like the city was collectively being punished.

I’m absolutely sure it was. In that world it’s hard to tell the difference between political prisoners arrested for leading protests or writing articles and people who failed the dreaded C-19 test, since there seems little difference in treatment between the two.

I last visited Hong Kong in 1990 and it was great: a vast, teaming, lively city with beautiful views, whether from the waterfront or The Peak. But when the British handed back control to China in 1997 I knew the place was doomed, even if it might take years to show it. The CCP and their One Country: Two Systems always smelled like propaganda to me, but I relied on the CCP’s self-interest in hanging on to a rich crown jewel, especially as Communism became more honoured in the breach in China itself, hence more than two decades of peace, relative freedoms and prosperity. But I always knew that if a clash between the “Two Systems” ever occurred then the system of Chinese Communism would prevail and be imposed, whatever the cost.

Between the rise of Xi Jinping and the return of his cult of personality as well as the re-empowering of the Central State, the myriad little Cultural Revolution touches appearing again, the Hong Kong protests and finally the C-19 disease, it’s obvious that Hong Kong will soon be no more than another grim Chinese metropolis.

Something was fundamentally broken: If Hong Kong could botch the handling of a pandemic outbreak it had two years to prepare for, what does that say about future governance? Hong Kong used to be a city that understood its capitalism depended upon appearances; ever since the national security law was enacted, however, it no longer cared about the mask slipping.

Survivors guilt and all, it is time for Ms Cheung to get the hell out – and time for us to cut as many cords with China as we can afford.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 16, 2022 at 4:14 pm

Cassandra

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Actually all of the following things that Trump forecast for a Biden Presidency were entirely predictable, including a recession arising from all these forces, the reason being that Biden told people what he was going to do – shutting down the oil and gas industry, for example.

It’s just that Biden, his staff and his Democrat Party were stupid enough to think that these would lead to good results and refused to listen to anybody pointing out to them the perfectly logical consequences.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 15, 2022 at 12:40 pm