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America’s Southern Crisis

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The nation of Haiti must be one of the most luckless countries on earth. From brave beginnings two centuries ago when a slave revolt established the state – the only successful slave revolt in history – the nation has progressed hardly at all.

It was cursed with awful government from the start. A favourite of Far Left speakers for decades, they used it as agitprop in their eternal quest to find a People’s Revolution that worked – with all the usual excuses of colonialism and such as to why it had not. I recall a girlfriend in the 1980’s dragging me along to one of these talks and after hearing the thunderous denunciations, mainly of the USA of course, I was rather surprised when I did some investigation and found that Haiti shared the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic. To hear the speakers you’d have thought Haiti was an island unto itself – which I’m sure was the intention with mainly First Year students, otherwise questions might arise about how two places sharing very similar histories, racial and ethnic makeups, climate and so forth, and separated only by an artificial barrier, could have such utterly different economic and social outcomes (DR has $US 20,000 GDP per person, ten times Haiti’s)?

The 21st century has seen no improvement as it has suffered a a coup d’état and a catastrophic earthquake that killed over 250,000 people. There was another massive earthquake in August 2021. Tens of thousands of Haitians decided they had enough. Strangely they did not attempt to cross into the Dominican Republic, but headed for the USA. It’s quite a swim but they weren’t aiming for Florida but Mexico, following along with people from Venezuela and much of Latin America, plus Africans and even (more recently Ukrainians). Why Mexico?

Because that’s where they can cross most easily into the USA.

America’s Southern border was already in strife thanks to the feckless stupidity of the Biden administration or – if you incline to conspiracy theories – a plan to wreck the Republican stronghold of Texas and convert it to being a Blue State. The numbers below show how bad it is compared to previous years: Biden’s excuse of early 2021 – that it was a Winter-Spring surge that would end as illegals avoided the heat of summer – has long since gone down the gurgler.

That was 2021 and by September there were plenty of indicators that showed it was going to get worse in 2022 – starting with the hilarious plan to appoint Vice Cretin Harris as a “czar” dealing with the problem, a plan so poor that even Democrat Party butt plug MSNBC gagged:

“How about the message from our Vice President, where is she?” Ruhle wondered. “She was supposed to be in charge of all of these migration issues, going to those Northern Triangle countries – that’s obviously not Haiti, that was one of her first international trips with the message ‘do not come here illegally.” “People aren’t listening…. What is she saying now?”

Harris was saying nothing, preferring to let other members of her team lie for her:

“We are expelling individuals based on Title 42, specifically because of COVID, because we want to prevent a scenario where large numbers of people are gathering” – Jen Psaki (WH Press Sec)

“Our borders are not open” – DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

As Fox News’s journalist Bill Melugin, who specialises in immigration, refuted every single point – with evidence.

“I can tell you that is a tough pill for border agents to swallow. They talk to us off the record and they roll their eyes,” and then gesturing to the thousands of illegal immigrants camped out at the Del Rio, Texas/Mexico border behind him as evidence that Mayorkas was being dishonest.

It’s also “not always” true that migrants are expelled under Title 42. “Tens of thousands have been released,” he reported while confirming during a live segment that there were “no vaccine mandates” and there was “no COVID testing” going on at the southern border.

If anyone in the White House actually came down here and spoke to some migrants, they would realize these people have zero intention of leaving the US & every intention of trying to stay permanently. You don’t travel that far to spend a day or two in Del Rio & then leave.

And that last is the main point; the Biden Administration has simply ignored this crisis. Texas showed what could be done:

The knee jerk reaction of the Administration was not to congratulate Texas on this effort but to seize on a series of photos of Border Patrol officers on horses grabbing Haitian immigrants (see photo above), claiming that the horsemen had been whipping them. Even the man who took the photos said that that was a lie, but that made no difference to Paski, Pelosi and other Democrats: they just lied about it anyway. Hilariously the Democrat Party Wall for once showed a crack as they failed to coordinate with DHS Sec Mayorkas, who initially said he saw nothing amiss.

By next morning he’d changed his mind! The officers were suspended and investigations started into “Whipgate”. President Biden infamously corrupted a potential investigation by saying the agents who had allegedly “strapped” the migrants “will pay” Months later they were cleared of criminal wrongdoing, but because Biden could not be so humiliated in front of his base, there continued to be talk of “disciplinary measures” against two officers for “administrative violations”.

Things naturally got worse heading into 2022.

As you can imagine all this hasn’t gone down too well with the Border Patrol. Months later video was leaked of the rank and file clashing with CBP head Raul Ortiz in a very tense meeting in Laredo, Texas, right on the border :

Perhaps the most telling phrase in light of recent events in Martha’s Vineyard:

“You’re allowing illegal aliens to be dropped off in communities”.

The BP is not the only law enforcement agency that is bearing the brunt of the massive wave of illegal aliens. Ordinary Sheriff’s Departments and Police Departments are naturally sucked into its vortex:

Mark Dannels is the well-known and respected sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona… [his] department patrols eighty-three miles of the state’s four hundred mile boundary with Sonora, Mexico, halfway down a narrow ribbon of thirty-one counties stretching from California to Texas.

Naturally the wall construction in that area (and elsewhere of course) was scrapped as soon as Biden became President, but he also scrapped almost everything else. A quarter-billion in leftover border funds were redirected to military projects. No drones or smart tech – despite being promised in lieu of the wall (in fact local cops gave Bill Melugin a chopper ride to view the migrant crowds because Biden ordered the FAA to forbid all drone flights.). Three federal checkpoints in Cochise were shut down and three hundred border agents reassigned to immigrant childcare and processing duties. The Administration even allowed illegal immigrants to take domestic flights without formal ID. Try that as an ordinary tourist in the US, or a US citizen: it’s actually an inverse of rights, where illegal aliens have more rights than anybody else.

And so:

With the help of hundreds of county-installed cameras in the desert, Dannels estimates that out of five thousand alien border crossings in October 2021, more than 3500 aliens may have eluded his thinned patrol ranks.  During 2021 to date, SABRE has encountered 33,000 aliens, arresting forty-seven drug mules and seizing more than eight hundred pounds of marijuana and other drugs such as methamphetamine and heroin…Crime and trespassing complaints in the border towns have skyrocketed.  Ranchers walkabout their property well-armed, often bumping into small groups of migrants and drug couriers dressed in military-style camo and sporting heavy backpacks laden with belongings or narcotics.

One politician who did visit the border, Kansas GOP Senator Roger Marshall, put it bluntly:

“At nighttime, it looks like a war zone. There’s a sea of humanitarian crises here every evening. And every day, it’s lived out as well…. [Biden should] go up the interstate here 60 miles and pick up people that have been traveling for two or three days without water in the desert here as well… He needs to go with those farmers and ranchers who are finding dead bodies on their ranches now. Most every day now, they’re finding dead bodies”

What has happened in 2022 is entirely predictable:

The surge has shifted from being primarily Haitians in 2021 to Venezuelans in 2022. Based on the increasing violence of the drug cartel wars in Mexico and the resulting deterioration of institutions there, the US could see a wave of illegal Mexican immigrants that dwarfs the past.

There’s nothing humane about Biden’s illegal immigrant policies. In July 53 illegal immigrants died of heat while locked in a tractor-trailer unit. Thanks to the associated massive increase in methamphetamine smuggling, drug overdose deaths across the USA have soared by thousands as well (over 100,000 in 2021). More bodies added on Biden’s pile, but this is what he and his staff and the Democrat Party wanted. They proudly opened the border on day one of Biden’s administration. The word went out to friend and foe and everyone in between. As Powerline’s Scott Johnson put it:

I first heard “Abolish ICE” advocated as a policy by Ilhan Omar speaking to the special DFL endorsing convention on June 17, 2018. I covered the convention for Power Line on a Sunday afternoon. It was one of Omar’s leading themes in her remarks to the assembled Marxists, pacifists, and vegetarians whose endorsement she won. I thought it was a little out there, but Biden et al. have delivered the functional equivalent.

It’s no wonder that Texas Governor Abbott and Florida Governor DeSantis decided to bring the border crisis to the doors of the “Sanctuary Cities” run by smug Democrats.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 26, 2022 at 6:00 am

Trump is no longer so evil – New York Times

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Exactly as I predicted in last year’s post – The next GOP Hitler.

Also known as Strange New Respect, though they’re not quite there yet with Trump.

The cycle of demonising the next GOP President by rehabilitating the previous ones who were condemned in their time as Evil, Moronic Scum Who Would Destroy The Nation:

“Some Democratic opposition researcher floated the idea that Goldwater was infatuated with the Nazis. It was ugly stuff.”
Sure it was, about the man who a later Leftist journalist would describe as “principled”, decades later when Goldwater was safely dead. But then, every Republican presidential candidate, from Thomas Dewey (smeared as a Nazi by no less than Harry Truman) to the present will be attacked by the left in this fashion, no matter his temperament, or small-government policies (you need Big Government for real Fascism). In his 1984 book, Troubled Journey: From Pearl Harbor to Ronald Reagan, Fred Siegel, points out that this nasty crap started as far back as 1940:

Even back then I noted some of the commentary from rather obscure, nasty corners of the Democrat Internet was aimed at DeSantis, but in the wake of his rising tide in Florida and across the nation – particularly with things like his delivery of fifty illegal aliens to the quiet, wealthy Lefty streets of Martha’s Vineyard – he’s become enough of a threat in 2024 to make the pages of one of the Democrat Party’s media organs, the NYT:

Yes, when viewed from the perspective of partisan media, DeSantis looks almost unstoppable. But to a typical person — someone who may have heard about these stunts but doesn’t know much about DeSantis otherwise — he looks a lot like a bully, someone willing to play high-stakes games with people’s lives for the sake of his own ego and advancement.

Well, you might say, Donald Trump is a bully, too. Yes, he is. But Donald Trump is also a lifelong celebrity with a public persona that is as much about “The Apprentice” and even “Home Alone 2” as it is about his political career. What’s more, Trump has the skills of a celebrity. He’s funny, he has stage presence, and he has a kind of natural charisma. He can be a bully in part because he can temper his cruelty and egoism with the performance of a clown or a showman. He can persuade an audience that he’s just kidding — that he doesn’t actually mean it.

Wait? What? “Trump’s funny“; “natural charisma”?

Oooooo… Trump’s rough edges are being ever so slightly sanded down and softened – with caveats about cruelty and egoism of course – so that the comparison can be made to The Next Evil GOP Threat.

Again.

In case you missed it, “bully” is the word that’s been programmed into the Democrat Media NPC’s to describe DeSantis and will it remain until they or the public get bored with it and want something fresh.

At some stage a word will have to be invented to also describe his “cult-like” followers, although after working for six months the Democrat marketing research group that finally squeezed “Ultra-MAGA” may just decide to stick with that and try to attach it to DeSantis. You don’t throw away something you’ve workled so hard to create and to which you have attached so much usefully political slime.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 25, 2022 at 1:00 pm

Who’s in charge of the USA?

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Because it sure as hell does not seem to be “President” Biden.

Last week he got interviewed on the long-running American current affairs show, 60 Minutes on CBS, by one Scott Pelly, one of the friendliest Democrat interviewers around.

Predictably Pelly asked lots of softball questions and crucially, did not follow up on the answers – especially after delicately raising the matter of Hunter Biden, where Pelly allowed the President to put only his spin on it (it’s just GOP trouble-making)!

Yet even with such a soft touch, Biden got himself repeatedly in trouble.

First, with dismissive snark about the rate of inflation, denying that it’s a problem (“You’re acting like all of a sudden ‘my God it went to 8.2%’”). When it comes to bad economic news, there are two ways to handle it as a president. The right way is to admit the truth and then lay out a plan – preferably one with numbers – for how you’re going to improve things. Americans are very forgiving of politicians who speak plainly to them, as the likes of JFK, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton knew. On the other hand, the wrong way is to simply pretend that everything is just peachy and that anyone who doesn’t think so is an idiot. Guess which strategy Biden has chosen?

His skin is so thin you can see through it.

He also bragged about using the oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which is at its lowest level since 1984, and which was established after the Second Oil Crisis (1979/1980) for strategic defense purposes – not to lower gas prices to ease the pain for the Democrat Party during elections.

Biden says he’ll refill it once things have improved, but that’ll be at $80 barrel. It should be noted that when Trump wanted to top it up at $24/barrel the Democrats stopped him in Congress.

But, incredible as it may seem, those weren’t his worst gaffes. He had two doozies.

Taiwan

Pelly: But would US forces defend the island?

Biden: Yes. If in fact there was an unprecedented attack…

Pelly: So unlike Ukraine – to be clear, Sir – US forces, US men and woman, would defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion.

Biden: Yes.

Holy shit! The Whitehouse rapidly walked this back, making it clear that US policy has not changed – and that policy is one of strategic ambiguity where they officially will not say whether they would, or would not, defend Taiwan.

The thing is that the WH had the opportunity to wave a big stick at China almost two months ago when Nancy Pelosi (Speaker of the House and basically the third-most powerful US politician) visited Taiwan (Nancy Pelosi is doing the right thing)- resulting in a flurry of threats from China, one of which implied that they might shoot her plane out of the sky.

That last was always an empty threat, but still, in the world of diplomacy it’s harsh and should have been condemned by the Biden Administration – but it wasn’t,

John Kirby (National Security Council): “The Speaker has not confirmed any travel plans and it is for the Speaker to do so, and her staff. We won’t be commenting or speculating about the stops on her trip…Congress is an independent branch of government…the Speaker has a right to visit Taiwan.”
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CBS’s @NancyCordes: Why was the Speaker being urged not to go [to Taiwan]?
Kirby: I don’t know that she was…Who urged her not to go?
C: [Biden] said on July 20 that the military doesn’t think it’s a good idea for her to go.
K: [She] makes her own decisions.
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Reporter: “Why did the president bother w/ this drama…why not call the Chinese bluff or tell them to pound sand?”
Kirby: “What’s the drama?”
R: “Have you watched the [Chinese] briefings the past couple weeks?”
K: “I haven’t seen any drama…you’re manufacturing it with your question.”

So weak as dishwater back then – now yammering about US troops defending Taiwan against a Chinese invasion. It’s schizophrenic.

Admittedly Pelosi was not much better; with her back-and-forth media announcements and initial hesitation in the face of the Chinese threats, she added to the strategic confusion at the White House and Pentagon who opposed her visit, and she never really explained why she was visiting, saying that as a child she used to like China and at the beach would dig in the sand to reach Beijing. Seriously? As historian VDH summed up, her diplomacy was childlike:

In other words, in her eight decades since infancy, Pelosi has not yet learned the difference between Chinese Taiwan and the Chinese Communist mainland and has come up with no greater affinity with the Chinese than remembering as a child vainly digging in the sand to reach them.

The internal administration discord reminded the Chinese that the Biden Administration can still become even more inept than it has been since its inaugural humiliation in Anchorage, Alaska. 

And lastly, Pelosi showboated with loud freedom rhetoric while carrying a mere twig.

So, yes, ostensibly, it was silly for Nancy Pelosi to freelance in foreign policy by going to Taiwan. She has no record of any foreign policy accomplishment. Ever since her first speakership 15 years ago, Pelosi has always seen foreign policy as an arena to embarrass her political opponents.

We remember her dishonest post-9/11 public reversals about enhanced interrogations, and her all-but-rooting-for the surge in Iraq to fail.

We remember her lunatic visit and glad-handing with the murderous, children-killing Assad government in Syria (i.e., “The road to Damascus is a road to peace.”)?

While in Damascus in 2007, Pelosi legitimized the Syrian dictatorship right after it had helped start the 2006 Lebanon war, right during the U.S. surge in Iraq, and right during the influx of Syria’s jihadists across the open border to Iraq to kill Americans. 

The cherry on top was getting snubbed by the South Korean president when she dropped in to visit there.

But Pelosi’s incoherence is no excuse for that of the Biden Administration’s, so the South Korean snubbing of her should not be a surprise. It was aimed at the whole US government.

Covid-19

The other remark that got him in big trouble was his declaration that “the pandemic is over.”

Aside from totally pissing off that part of the Democrat base that never wants to see an end to mask mandates or any other aspect of government control for the disease, it also threatened to blow up his recently announced Student Loan forgiveness program.

Why? Because that relies on an existing piece of legislation, the 2003 HEROES Act, which was passed to relieve the loan burden from university students who might get called up for military service during their studies (these are people already signed on to the military and who have likely done training or even service but are studying at present).

Obviously it was a stretch to use that Act for all students, but the key word was “Emergency” written in the Black Letter law; as long as the Chinese Lung Rot is an “Emergency” the loan forgiveness plan might stand up to court challenges.

But if “the pandemic is over.” then the whole thing collapses. Not a good look with the Mid-Term elections coming up fast. So the The Powers That Be had to throw Biden under the bus on that one too.

You feeling all that experience and competence yet? All the stuff that Biden supporters screamed that Trump had none of but Biden had in spades? Back to “norms” – and no Mean Tweets.

Ace of Spades had a good take on what’s actually going on here:

It is clear to me that he is not fronting any one person or even a small, tight-knit cabal that is actually in charge. What he’s fronting appears to be an enormous complex of competing committees. There have been many examples, but the two big ones in my mind are the Afghanistan withdrawal and the COVID wind-down.
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COVID has been slower-motion but similar. What I call the “COVID is over” faction starting sending up trial balloons just before Delta hit. The “COVID forever” faction won that round. The “over” faction tried again in December(ish) of last year, just as Omicron was hitting. They were more successful and went harder at it. They have ultimately won the war, though the occasional battle is still being fought.

And Biden has been right there saying that both sides are right all the while. Sometimes COVID is over, sometimes COVID is never over. Sometimes Afghanistan was just bad luck and Trump’s fault. Other times, it all went according to plan and was the Afghan government’s fault. It likely depends on which faction is feeding him his talking points.

That sounds about right. You see such faction fights in all parties, and when the leadership is lost the fights are obvious and destabilising (see Labour 2008-2017 and National 2020-2022).

But being that New Zealand is such a pipsqueak of a nation such things only hurt us. When it’s a US Presidential Administration a lot of people around the world could get hurt badly.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 24, 2022 at 12:23 pm

Better call Saul

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Alinksy that is.

And in particular his little missive, Rules for Radicals, so beloved of the Left for decades now.

In particular rules #4, #5, #6:

RULE 4: “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.”
RULE 5: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”
RULE 6: “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”

What Governor DeSantis (R) of Florida did, at the same time as Governor Abbot (R) of Texas, was to apply these rules to the Democrats on the subject of illegal aliens, in particular those Democrats of the North East and Mid-West who so loudly trumpeted about their “Sanctuary States” and “Sanctuary Cities” where the evil Trump troops of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) would not be allowed to enforce the law.

But there was more to this than simply exposing the hypocrisy and double standards of the Democrats on this matter, as fun as that is to do. No, the real objective was to actually make it clear to the rest of the nation, and the Democrats, that this is their problem too; that they don’t just get to pawn it off on the border states.

Problem is too understated a word. It’s a crisis on America’s Southern border with Mexico and has been brewing up for almost two years now. There’s detail that belongs in a seperate post but suffice to say that none of the disasters that have occurred to date – the vast crowds swarming at the border overwhelming law enforcement, pouring across into towns and cities in Texas and Arizona (the two worst affected states) who don’t have the social welfare, healthcare or law enforcement resources to cope, the countless dead bodies found in the desert, the huge amount of drug smuggling included and the deaths arising from that – none of this has caused the Biden Administration to shift off its ass and do something practical to bring it to a halt or even slow it down.

Over a year ago twenty one Governors wrote a letter to President Biden almost begging him to do something. In return they effectively got the back of his hand, not even bothering to visit the border regions to see for himself (same from his VP).

DeSantis and Abbot thus decided on what might be called Direct Action. As the logo above has it, if Democrats would not come to the border, they’d bring the border to the Democrats. They decided to start sending these illegal aliens on buses and planes to these Democrat Sanctuary cities:

Abbot chose Chicago as one of his targets, and the “mayor” of my second home predictably started squealing:

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot Says Governor Abbott Is a ‘Man Without Morals’ After Bus of Illegals Arrives

Candidate Lori Lightfoot Gets Smushed by the Hypocrisy Truck

Lightfoot ships Illegals out of Chicago to suburb of Burr Ridge

That last one is a doozy.

“Chicago is and will continue to be a welcoming city. We are collaborating across various City departments and with local, state and community partners to ensure everyone who arrives in Chicago is greeted and treated with dignity and respect,” said Lightfoot.

“I am concerned neither the village administrator nor I were told about this,” Burr Ridge Mayor Gary Grasso told WGN. “We want to know: Why Burr Ridge?”

They barely touched the Chicago tarmac before getting moved on – and there was no one from the city to greet them or show them where to go next, they just went from one bus to another. And that was with just a small fraction of those moved; so far Texas has sent about 7,900 to Washington, D.C. with another couple of thousand sent to New York City. The NYC mayor was squealing too:

[Mayor Adams said] ‘In this new and unforeseen reality, where we expect thousands more to arrive every week going forward, the city’s system is nearing its breaking point. As a result, the city’s prior practices, which never contemplated the bussing of thousands of people into New York City, must be reassessed.”

It should be noted that the city of El Paso – one of the sources of those buses to NYC – has had 1400 to 2000 illegals a day dumped on its streets by Biden’s Border Patrol for over a year now. Nobody in Washington D.C., Chicago or New York gave a shit.

But for all of Abbott’s efforts it was DeSantis who showed just how sharp a politician he is – and with an eye on the 2024 Presidential nomination – by doing something with just fifty illegals that was guaranteed to draw the Kardishan MSM in droves. He sent them to one of the toniest, wealthiest, Democratist parts of the USA: Martha’s Vineyard, 2nd (3rd) home to the likes of Barack Obama.

The Democrats promptly melted down.

Turtleboy News Senior Editor Aidan Kearney brings us an inside look into the agonizing conversations among the island’s residents as they are faced with a whopping 50 (FIFTY!) illegals flown in by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. (They’re already being removed from the island as of this morning)

And to a military base for good measure.

Looks like they’re gonna have to update their virtue signalling sign.

Given that a few people had inside access to some of the Vineyard Facebook and Twitter groups there was some interesting reveals of reactions from all these good Democrat voters as they turned on each other.

Actually that is the point. Obama certainly does have the space, as currently, his 8-bedroom mansion sits empty; it rests on on 29 acres (!), certainly enough to house a large tent city. Plenty of room for Porta Potties. Some good, solid Fear Of The Other too…

Get her locks changed? Why on earth would she want to do that; doesn’t she want to welcome the new additions with open arms? The best part of this thread is when they realize they’ve been found out and people are laughing at them:

The Highly Moral and Ethical Republicans of the NeverTrumper movement, filled with Civility Bullshit, weighed in on the evil DeSantis:

All this over fifty illegal aliens. Makes you want to send some El Paso size batches to Martha’s Vineyard. I loved this response to that prick:

In all seriousness, we are “under siege.” There is an invasion at the southern border. Why isn’t Biden doing anything? Because “doing something” would be admitting a massive mistake and he can’t have that less than two months from an election. So, he will allow enough fentanyl to flow across the border to kill every American living. Winning elections is more important than American lives I guess. And Biden has now allowed two million illegal aliens to simply walk or swim across the border. That is literally an attack on America Mr. Schmidt, you beer-bellied boob.

This is not a one-off. DeSantis has plans to send more illegal aliens to…. Delaware. Specifically the lovely beach town part of Delaware that’s a second home to none other than President Biden.

BTW, for those of you who are consumers of CNN, MSNBC, NYT, WaPo, NBC, etc…. be aware that the screams about DeSantis facing criminal charges of “human trafficking” are being brought to you by the same people who pushed “The Walls Are Closing In” meme on Trump all these years. None other than Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley dumped on that. Meantime DeSantis summed it all up perfectly.

“Scrambling to get his cabinet together?…. It’s only when you have 50 illegal aliens end up in a wealthy rich sanctuary enclave that he decides to scramble on this..

Now we see, in New York and D.C., they used to beat their chests when Trump was in office, saying they are sanctuary jurisdictions. Then the minute Texas starts bussing there, they get very bent out of shape about it…these are just the beginning efforts. We got an infrastructure in place now. There is going to be a lot more that’s happening”

As an aside, if all this reminds you of a crucial argument in US history it should. Aside from slavery the Civil War was also supposed to put a stop to the idea that individual states can stiff-arm Federal law whenever it suits them.

Social Media and its Standards

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There’s an increasing focus being brought to bear on the connections between the US Administration and social media giants like Facebook and Twitter (with search giant Google likely in the mix as well).

But this sort of partisanship is not new, with the most egregious along with burying the Hunter Biden story in 2020 to help get Joe Elected. It’s actually worse than the “Fact Checking” industry that works with Facebook and company.

The thing is that this partisanship is merely an outgrowth of the progressive ideology that drives these outfits nowadays and shows in non-political cases:

As reported by The Daily Wire, Twitter in March 2021 moved to dismiss a child pornography lawsuit by claiming protection under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Section 230 is a section of Title 47 of the U.S. Code enacted as part of the Communications Decency Act, which generally provides immunity for website platforms with respect to third-party content.

As noted by Daily Wire, the victim, named “John Doe,” said the company refused to remove pornographic images and videos of him and another teen because the platform “didn’t find a violation of our policies.”

As reported in early 2021, in another lawsuit against Twitter, a young boy who was solicited and recruited for sex trafficking alleged that he was also forced to endure his own sexual abuse content on Twitter, even after attempts were made to remove the objectionable content.

That’s quite a different approach to the one they take to political and ideological causes they oppose; those they’re more than happy to remove from their platforms, citing how hosting might hurt them, or simply saying that it’s their right as a private company.

Then there was the case of YouTuber Shane Dawson – who boasted more than 20 million followers –

.. booted from the platform in 2020 after old videos surfaced in which he made racial slurs, portrayed racial stereotypes, and told jokes about pedophilia. In 2019, an audio snippet from his 2015 podcast Shane and Friends also emerged online, in which he joked about sexually abusing his cat.

After all of the above (and worse), Dawson triumphantly returned to YouTube in October 2021 after predicting he would, 16 months after being unceremoniously shown the door.

All of that filth led journalist Lara Logan – a woman who knows something about sexual assault – to say earlier this year that she’d had enough, even if it would hurt her journalist outreach to readers.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs convened on Wednesday to hear from current and former social media executives. The hearing was called to address the impact of social media on homeland security consistent with Biden administration talking points — you know, “white supremacist, conspiracy related, and anti-government violence’” That is a quote from committee chairman Gary Peters’s opening statement.

After watching this I’d say that Section 230 is headed for the scrapheap if the GOP win the Presidency, Senate and House in 2024 – and that’s assuming Facebook doesn’t start getting hit with 1st Amendment lawsuits on the now established basis that they’re acting as agents of the US Government.

Of course the old MSM are still at it with ever-lowering standards, with ABC News pushing its gun control agenda by interviewing the recently released John Hinckley Jr on the subject. Yes, you should know that name because he’s the guy who tried to assassinate President Reagan in 1981, while also leaving another person with brain damage, confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life, plus Secret Service agents suffering life-long gun shot injuries as well:

As a thought experiment, imagine if Fox News brought on someone who tried to assassinate Barack Obama so they could talk about how pro-life they now are. How do you think the press would react to that? The answer is that they’d lose their ever-loving minds, not only freaking out that the would-be assassin was given a platform, but they’d also use it as proof that the pro-life movement is poisoned.

Remember, this is the same liberal press that wants to expel anyone who has come within 50 feet of Donald Trump from polite society. But if you try to kill a GOP president, then you can get an interview with ABC News and talk about the wonders of gun control.

Good to know that it’s not just viewers, listeners and readers that are giving the MSM the boot but other corporations as well.

Two further bits of recent news on this topic.

First, the Fifth Circuit Court has upheld a Texas law that says that any social media platform with over 50 million subscribers may not indulge in censorship people outside of some narrowly defined limits. So no more bullshit about claiming that you’ve “violated the terms of the contract” with the likes of Facebook. The law as stymied by an injunction from a lower court but Circuit court booted that and got stuck into the self-contradiction that lies at the heart of section 230:

Section 230 undercuts both of the Platforms’ arguments for holding that their censorship of users is protected speech. Recall that they rely on two key arguments: first, they suggest the user-submitted content they host is their speech; and second, they argue they are publishers akin to a newspaper. Section 230, however, instructs courts not to treat the Platforms as “the publisher or speaker” of the user-submitted content they host. Id. § 230(c)(1). And those are the exact two categories the Platforms invoke to support their First Amendment argument. So if § 230(c)(1) is constitutional, how can a court recognize the Platforms as First-Amendment-protected speakers or publishers of the content they host?

I’m sure this is headed for the Supreme Court with appeals, but at this stage I’d say it’s a race to see whether Congress or the Court kills section 230 first.

Second is this, PayPal, Venmo, and Google Cut off Group Fighting to Protect Children From Groomers:

Gays Against Groomers are “a coalition of gays against the sexualization, indoctrination, and medicalization of children,” as they describe themselves in their Twitter profile. Now, one would think that most Americans would be supportive of fighting against the sexualization and indoctrination of children.

But fighting against such things now appears to be against the liberal narrative.

The group announced that they had been banned from Venmo and Paypal because they supposedly violated their user agreements. This can largely cut them off from the ability to financially operate.

You can watch one of the founders of Gays Against Groomers being interviewed here by Tucker Carlson (and boy I’ll bet that burns a lot of the Left).

Man clubbed to death – live on CNN

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This is what happens when you’re a cretin and a TV anchor (but I repeat myself) with all the Lefty soundbites needed for TV, but a birdbath deep knowledge of history – and you come up against someone at least as verbally slick as yourself – but smarter and more informed.

She was brilliant in agreeing with his premise and then turning the tables on him. The look on his moronic face and his silence when she finishes talking is just priceless. You can almost see the gears turning upstairs and – he has nothing so ends the segment.

Lemon was recently demoted to some CNN morning show and was on tenterhooks about getting fired like Stelter, John Harwood and others. This won’t help his employment prospects, let alone promotion back to prime time.

For future reference in case that Twitter link gets killed, here’s what she said:

“Well, I think you’re right about reparations in terms of, if people want it though what they need to do is you always need to go back to the beginning of a supply chain.

Where was the beginning of the supply chain? That was in Africa, and when it crossed the entire world, when slavery was taking place, which was the first nation in the world that abolished slavery? The first nation in the world to abolish it, it was started by William Wilberforce, was the British. In Great Britain, they abolished slavery.

Two thousand naval men died on the high seas trying to stop slavery. Why? Because the African kings were rounding up their own people, they had them on cages waiting in the beaches. No one was running into Africa to get them.

And I think you’re totally right. If reparations need to be paid, we need to go right back to the beginning of that supply chain and say, ‘Who was rounding up their own people and having them handcuffed in cages?’ Absolutely. That’s where they should start. And maybe, I don’t know, the descendants of those families where they died in the high seas trying to stop the slavery, that those families should receive something too, I think, at the same time.”

Before you get too excited about the words of one Englishwoman who’s not going to accept such debate framing, you need to take a look at these other members of England:

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September 21, 2022 at 1:55 pm

Your Daily Sniff and Vomit

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And just like that, #MeToo and #BelieveAllWomen were dead.

Have you purged yourself today?

Have you digested your breakfast and lunch?

No coffee, wine, whiskey or other drinks at hand at the moment?

Good. Then you are ready for this.

Nothing new here of course, as Liberal loudmouth actress Alyssa Milano already demonstrated two years ago.

I’m guessing that all of these women are sickened by OrangeHitler and that none of them ever paid any attention to Tara Read (who?), even though VP Kamala Harris did.

As did others. Which makes sense given that this guy has history.

Related, Not a mask but a sickbag.

Takin’ It To The Streets

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I’m sure the Department of “Justice” and the FBI will get right on it, right Joe?

Episode 1,896,567 of the Democrat Party’s basic rule:

“Rules for thee, but not for me”.

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September 16, 2022 at 10:05 am

Money. Wall. Pissing against.

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You may have thought that the current NZ Labour government was a shocker when it came to spending vast sums of money to no good effect, but as is often the case now, the US state of California leads the way.

As if the high taxes, poverty, filth, crime, killer fires, water problems and energy problems were not bad enough it appears that they can’t even run a basic book keeping process.

This is Betty Yee, and she is the “State Controller” of California, which means that she is the person responsible for:

  • “Accountability and disbursement of the state’s financial resources.”
  • “Auditing all funds disbursed by the state and all claims presented for payments to [her office.]”

Given that California is the world’s fifth largest economy, that is a hell of a lot of spending responsibility. Her office issued 49 million checks in payments worth $320 billion in 2018.

Being in a public office she’s also accountable directly to the public in terms of more than just votes, being required to produce information about all this spending, subject to the usual Official Information Requests that we see across the Western world. There’s always scrapping between such offices and the people demanding the information as to timely releases and so forth – no bureaucrat is ever keen on revealing everything to the proles – but by and large the process works.

So it was no surprise when some activist group called Open the Books (OTB), requested to see the line item details of all these payments, starting in 2013. The letter they finally got in 2019 surprised the hell out of them:

“The State of California, State Controller’s Office does not maintain a centralized vendor contract database which would allow it to identify all contracts regardless of the agency awarding such contract,”

That came from Yee’s general counsel Richard Chivaro, who went further:

“In fact, many state contracts are paid for directly by the contracting agency,” Chivaro continued. “This procedure allows the contracting agency to make such payments as expeditiously as possible thereby taking advantage of an early payment discount which may be available.” 

“Moreover, the Controller’s Office receives literally thousands of claims for payment daily. Claims are batched by date received and are not segregated, logged or otherwise tracked by agency employee or payment type. Consequently, because of the way the claims are batched and processed by this office, we are unable to locate or otherwise provide you with the documents requested,”

The fuck? In other words the Controller’s Office literally cannot answer the question of where all the money went in a $320 billion spending list. They simply do not and cannot know exactly who got the money because they just don’t bother tracking that level of detail.

Incredible. Almost beyond belief.

OTB is suing the state of California but frankly I don’t know how that can succeed: if the system doesn’t track this stuff at a line item level (or even a couple of levels up) then what’s the lawsuit going to produce? They have had to sue Illinois and Wyoming in the past to get such data, but they did get it in the end, and they did not need to take such action to get spending records from the other 47 states according to the OTB Chairman:

“We even get the checkbooks from the historically, systemically corrupt Port Authority of New York and New Jersey,” he said. “We do get the second set of books from there.” 

In some respects it’s hardly surprising given an earlier story that blew out of the same state a few months ago:

California Labor Secretary Julie Su told reporters in a conference call Monday that of the $114 billion the state has paid in unemployment claims during the coronavirus pandemic, 10 percent, or $11.4 billion, involves fraud and another 17 percent is under investigation. 

Nearly all of the fraudulent claims were paid through the federally supported Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program. The program was approved by Congress to provide unemployment assistance to those who usually wouldn’t be eligible, such as independent contractors. 

The even got scammed by the usual suspects, criminal organisations from Russia and Nigeria, as well as 21,000 prisoners in the state who scored more than $400 million, including 100 prisoners on death row

I like to think the latter group really just did it for kicks, given that they’re not likely to be able to spend any of it.

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September 12, 2022 at 10:28 am

Never Mind: reprogramming the puppet

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Well that was fun – while it lasted.

It looks like slightly saner minds in the Biden Administration have decided that it wasn’t just the optics of Biden’s Reichstag speech at the Hall of Independence that were bad but the basic thrust of the speech…

“Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.
– Joe Biden, 2 September 2022

…. so now they’re trying to walk things back.

“C’mon, look guys, I don’t consider any Trump supporter a threat to the country.”
– Joe Biden, 3 September 2022

To be fair, Biden likely does not even remember what he said in that speech. It was written for him and everything else was set up by his handlers.

In his dementia Biden really is like those video game characters known as NPC’s (Non Playing Characters), that can be re-programmed to repeat different stuff for different scenarios.

But they’ll be back with the same stuff. They always are.