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Weekend Hunter Headlines

Of course these won’t be headlines, even though they should be.

First up is news from the world of US Left-Wing corruption, starting with Burn Loot Murder seemingly having nobody in charge of the accounts that still have $60 million of donated moolah sitting in them. You know that it’s actually a sign of respect (a small sign) that the BLM leaders ripped off only $30 million from it. I guess there were more BLM real estate investors like Patrisse Cullors than anybody knew.

Anyway the good news is that a lawyer has stepped in to take care of things: Marc Elias. And who is he? Why he’s Hillary Clinton’s chief fixer, her Russia Collusion cut-out man, and as a result currently a person of interest for the Durham inquiry. Remember that great TIME magazine story about how the 2020 election was “fortified”?:

There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain–inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protests–in which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.

So the word went out: stand down.

So the Democrat Party, which claims to be separate from BLM and Antifa, can strike deals with them to tamp down on the violence and rioting the two months before the election so that they don’t hurt the Democrats’ chances – all while claiming to not have anything to do with them – besides donating to them and bailing their criminal thugs out of jail. And now, over a year later, one of Clinton’s key guys swoops in to take care of BLM’s loose change

Elias, best known for his funding of British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s discredited anti-Trump dossier while he served as Clinton’s 2016 campaign general counsel, appears to be representing the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation through his recently formed Elias Law Group. BLM’s national organization repeatedly lists the Elias firm as one of its addresses and states in its short-year 2020 Form 990 that its books were now in the care of the Elias Law Group.

Additionally, Minyon Moore, a longtime top ally of both Bill and Hillary Clinton, is now listed as part of BLM’s board of directors in the charity’s filings.

The level of corruption in Washington D.C. is off the scale, in the sense that these people can pull these stunts right in front of you and get away with it. Of course part of the secret to getting away with it is to have cover from the MSM, like the NYT – and this news deserves to go not to them but their cross-town rivals, the NY Post, who cracked the original story of Hunter Biden’s laptop:

How did The Times “authenticate” the laptop? It doesn’t say. Unlike The Post’s reporting, which detailed exactly how we got the files and where they came from, The Times does a hand wave to anonymous sources. No facts have changed since fall 2020. They knew the laptop was real from the start. They just didn’t want to say so.

There’s never any shame with these 180s. Sorry that we wrote a “fact check” that turned out to be bull! Sorry we wrote a piece claiming something wasn’t a story and you were stupid for thinking so!

Twitter banned us for supposedly publishing “hacked materials” that weren’t hacked. The company’s CEO apologized, but by that point they had accomplished what they wanted. Like The Times, they cast enough doubt to avoid making their preferred candidate look bad.

Readers of The Times have discovered in March 2022 that Hunter Biden pursued business deals in Europe and Asia, and may have leveraged his father’s position as vice president to do it. Hunter also may not have properly registered with the government nor declared all his income. All legitimate topics of discussion about a presidential candidate’s family, no?

Readers of The Post have known this since October 2020. We also have a much better sports section. We’ve authenticated it.

Remember that the Post is dismissed as a mere “tabloid” – unlike that paragon of reporting, the NYT, who ignored this story in late 2020 because the only thing that mattered was beating Trump, and who now bury it 20 pages into their A-section. Remember also that they and the WaPo, among others, screamed about how some fifty retired “intelligence professionals” swore up hill and down dale that the laptop story was “Russian Disinformation”. What are the odds that any of these MSM “journalists” will follow-up on those assholes?

And gee, who could the President of the United States have been thinking of when he gaffed this out the other day unscripted…

Between naked shots, hookers, cocaine, booze and shady deals from China to the Ukraine the question is what Putin and the FSB (and the Chinese) don’t have on Joe Biden.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 19, 2022 at 9:07 am

The Samizdat remains the same

The failure of new generations of Leftists to actually build anything that could be described as Left-wing has started to be noticed by at least some Leftists.

Here in New Zealand the likes of “Bomber” Bradbury have been railing about the uselessness of Ardern’s Labour government to actually solve homelessness, and poverty, despite almost five years in power, the last two with an overwhelming majority in Parliament. Moreover “neo-liberal” capitalism is still here, smashing house prices through the roof and killing young people’s chances of home ownership – with all that implies for starting families.

Moreover, Bradbury notes that even as these failures pile up the fighting over woke politics grows ever more vicious:

I see a woke activist base who act more like a cult protecting dogma than agents of progressive change. I see a Green Party that is next to fucking hopeless on anything other than the delivery of woke empty gestures welded to their own middle class pretensions.

The material issues that truly matter have been dumped in favour of middle class identity politic virtue signals that are parroted by the Twitter mob and anyone who breathes differently gets cancelled.

But it’s a global phenomena. Environmentalist Michael Shellenberger, in his article, What happened to ‘Yes we can’?, bemoans what has happened to the dream of progressives on issue after issue:

For all of my adult life I have identified as a progressive. To me, being a progressive meant that I believed in empowerment…But now, on all the major issues of the day, the message from progressives is “No, you can’t.”

From climate change to drugs to homelessness and racism, Shellenberger sees what Bradbury sees, an ideological and political movement that has gone off the rails:

The reason progressives believe that “No one is safe,” when it comes to climate change, and that the drug-death “homelessness” crisis is unsolvable, is because they are in the grip of a victim ideology characterized by safetyism, learned helplessness, and disempowerment.

This isn’t really that new. Since the 1960s, the New Left has argued that we can’t solve any of our major problems until we overthrow our racist, sexist, and capitalistic system. But for most of my life, up through the election of Obama, there was still a New Deal, “Yes we can!” and “We can do it!” optimism that sat side-by-side with the New Left’s fundamentally disempowering critique of the ­system.

That’s all gone. On climate change, drug deaths, and cultural issues like racism, the message from progressives is that we are doomed unless we dismantle the institutions responsible for our oppressive, racist system. Those of us in Generation X who were raised to believe that racism was something we could overcome have been told in no uncertain terms that we were wrong. Racism is baked into our cultural DNA.

So too does the more hardline Leftist, Matt Taibbi in this article, The Vanishing Legacy of Barack Obama, which starts off in typical Taibbi fashion:

On the road from stirring symbol of hope and change to the Fat Elvis of neoliberalism, birthday-partying Barack Obama sold us all out

Ouch! It only gets nastier from there as he starts with Barack’s fabulous 60th birthday bash in his “Who’s Afraid of Climate Change” $12 million mansion in Martha’s Vineyard:

… advisers prevailed upon the 44th president to reconsider the bacchanal. But characteristically, hilariously, Obama didn’t cancel his party, he merely uninvited those he considered less important, who happened to be almost entirely his most trusted former aides.

There’s a glorious moment in the life of a certain kind of politician, when either because their careers are over, or because they’re so untouchable politically that it doesn’t matter anymore, that they finally get to remove the public mask, no pun intended. This Covid bash was Barack Obama’s “Fuck it!” moment.

I must admit that I laughed out loud at that last bit. Closer observers of Obama had already noticed that aspect of his personality years ago:

Obama was set up to be the greatest of American heroes, but proved to be a common swindler and one of the great political liars of all time — he fooled us all. Moreover, his remarkably vacuous post-presidency is proving true everything Trump said in 2016 about the grasping Washington politicians whose only motives are personal enrichment, and who’d do anything, even attend his wedding, for a buck.

Heh. Trump spoke a great many truths about The Establishment in D.C.

How do these Leftist betrayals keep happening? The thing that Taibbi, and the German Critical Theorists and Gramsci and all the rest of these fabulous Marxist theorists continue to miss is that no matter how you dress up the pig, it’s still a swine, as Tom Wolfe waspishly noted years ago in The Intelligent Co-Ed’s Guide to America, writing about Solzhenitsyn’s coming to America:

With the Hungarian uprising of 1956 and the invasion of Czechoslo­vakia in 1968 it had become clear to Mannerist Marxists such as Sartre that the Soviet Union was now an embarrassment. The fault, however, as tout le monde knew, was not with socialism but with Stalinism. Stalin was a madman and had taken socialism on a wrong turn. (Mis­takes happen.) Solzhenitsyn began speaking out as a dissident inside the Soviet Union in 1967. His complaints, his revelations, his struggles with Soviet authorities—they merely underscored just how wrong the Stalinist turn had been.

The publication of The Gulag Archipelago in 1973, however, was a wholly unexpected blow. No one was ready for the obscene horror and grotesque scale of what Solzhenitsyn called “Our Sewage Disposal System”—in which tens of millions were shipped in boxcars to con­centration camps all over the country, in which tens of millions died, in which entire races and national groups were liquidated, insofar as they had existed in the Soviet Union. Moreover, said Solzhenitsyn, the system had not begun with Stalin but with Lenin, who had im­mediately exterminated non-Bolshevik opponents of the old regime and especially the student factions. It was impossible any longer to distinguish the Communist liquidation apparatus from the Nazi.

I always have to laugh at the trajectory that Leftists follow in this descent. People like Gorbachev and Dmitry Volkogonov at least had the excuse of having grown up in a brainwashed system, but not their Western counterparts:

Yet Solzhenitsyn went still further. He said that not only Stalinism, not only Leninism, not only Communism — but socialism itself led to the concentration camps; and not only socialism, but Marxism; and not only Marxism but any ideology that sought to reorganize morality on an a priori basis. Sadder still, it was impossible to say that Soviet socialism was not “real socialism.” On the contrary — it was socialism done by experts!

Intellectuals in Europe and America were willing to forgive Solzhe­nitsyn a great deal. After all, he had been born and raised in the Soviet Union as a Marxist, he had fought in combat for his country, he was a great novelist, he had been in the camps for eight years, he had suf­fered. But for his insistence that the isms themselves led to the death camps — for this he was not likely to be forgiven soon. And in fact the campaign of antisepsis began soon after he was expelled from the Soviet Union in 1974. (“He suffered too much — he’s crazy.” “He’s a Christian zealot with a Christ complex.” “He’s an agrarian reaction­ary.” “He’s an egotist and a publicity junkie.”)

I vividly recall that this was still the standard take on the man when I was at varsity in the 1980’s.

Solzhenitsyn’s tour of the United States in 1975 was like an enormous funeral procession that no one wanted to see. The White House wanted no part of him. The New York Times sought to bury his two major’ speeches, and only the moral pressure of a lone Times writer, Hilton Kramer, brought them any appreciable coverage at all. The major tele­vision networks declined to run the Solzhenitsyn interview that created such a stir in England earlier this year (it ran on some of the educa­tional channels).

And the literary world in general ignored him completely. In the huge unseen coffin that Solzhenitsyn towed behind him were not only the souls of the zeks who died in the Archipelago. No, the heartless bastard had also chucked in one of the last great visions: the intellec­tual as the Stainless Steel Socialist glistening against the bone heap of capitalism in its final, brutal, fascist phase. There was a bone heap, all right, and it was grisly beyond belief, but socialism had created it.

But the betrayals of Obama and Clinton and Blair and Brown and Ardern (“Wonder Woman”) and Clark and Lange and all the rest, don’t matter. The next leader of the Centre-Left parties will be hailed as the new saviour, and the entire hideous personality-cult-plus-central-control process will start all over again. These are the same people who will tell you earnestly to your face that there’s no way a modern Lenin, Stalin or Mao could arise because the Left would never make that mistake again.

The Zombie Returns

While the USSR collapsed in 1991 – fittingly on Christmas Day as if in a final tip-of-the-hat to the Christianity against which it had so long fought – and while this followed on from the collapse of all its little Mini-Me’s in Eastern Europe a couple of years earlier, there were still plenty of Marxists around, even if they seemed a little “off” from a traditional Marxist perspective:

Nominal communist regimes still exist, but they are knock-offs, systems determined to survive by being different. There is little Marx in China. Cuba also has gone to market to try to save itself. North Korea has enshrined Asian monarchy rather than European philosophy. But no one has attempted to remake Soviet communism.

Aside from those examples True Marxists (self-proclaimed) have soldiered on in the West, even gaining some traction with movements like Antifa and Burn Loot Murder, discontent with “neo-liberal capitalism” and certainly engaging in struggle sessions in many areas.

As this article, Zombie Marxism, makes clear, there’s a lot going on to once more modernise ancient Marxist ideas. That article looks at the two basic pathways to yet another socialist revolution: practical grassroots organising; and destroying a society’s ideas about itself. That last is mainly about Italian communist Antonio Gramsci:

Writing in the 1920s and ‘30s, after the failure by Italy’s workers to set up a communist state in 1918, Gramsci said the proletariat was consenting to his own enslavement. How so? He buys into the cultural trappings of his bourgeois oppressor—the church, the family, the nation-state, etc.

The communists at the turn of the 20th century had struck similar problems as the industrialised nations of Europe failed to undergo “natural” communist revolutions. Lenin’s answer was a Vanguard Party to lead the clueless workers. But Gramsci saw that outside of Russia that wasn’t working either. Something else was needed, and his key insight was that:

popular beliefs and similar ideas are themselves material forces.’ Gramsci upheld the assertion that a successful revolution would ultimately require the overthrow of the bourgeois state…However, because the capitalist hegemony does not function through state violence alone but that it also mobilizes civil society in order to promote oppressed peoples consent to and participation in the system, a successful revolutionary movement would first have to engage in a long-term effort to undermine that consent.

Screw economics in other words, the focus of Marx and Engels. Gramsci proposed that the things a civil society believes about itself, its culture, buttressed by its institutions, all the things that the oppressed foolishly believed in, would need to be torn down and rebuilt embedded with Marxist theory.

Which is where the German Critical Theorists come into the picture. They had the tools to enable the destruction, starting with the harmless, innocuous world of academic Western literature and then spreading beyond that to other parts of academia and from that into society, even into the ranks of the professional/managerial classes – with the NYT’s “educational 1619 Project, designed to tear down the myth of 1776 and replace it, being the most prominent example. As one modern Marxist, Harmony Goldberg, admiringly said:

Revolutionaries would themselves have to engage in the long-term battle of ideas in order to clarify the need for revolutionary transformation.” All-out ideological war is needed. A crisis can be used to overthrow a society, but the long-term subversion of a culture must come first.

Remember that when you strike idiot Right-Wing politicians who insist that “they don’t do culture wars”.

Aside from the ideas needed to destroy all those things there’s also the practical organising – which is where the likes of Burn Loot Murder come into the picture (and here you were thinking they were about Blacks being brutalised by the Police). The creators of BLM are people like Alicia Garza and Patrice Cullors:

 In 1996 Harmony Goldberg founded the School of Unity and Liberation (SOUL). This is the same place where, seven years later, Black Lives Matter founder Alicia Garza, then 22, began her Marxist training [in “community organising”].

In Cullors’s case, the ideological mentor was Eric Mann. He is a former member of the Weather Underground who founded the Labor-Community Strategy Center in LA (which Mann jokingly calls “the University of Caracas Revolutionary Graduate School”).

These bastard organisations may die off, as the murderous Weather Underground did after the early 70’s, but their poison lives on to create new horrors like BLM. Mann had already developed the key insight that in America Gramsci’s cultural attack would work best if it was boiled down to racism, the great fault line in America. The training of Cullors, Garza and others like them would also focus on a group of people not necessarily “working class”:

Early on, Mann settled on Los Angeles bus riders as more easily organizable and indoctrinated than factory workers. They were more destitute, more black, Latino, and Asian, and more female, than the average worker. “At a time when many workplaces have 25 to 50 employees, an overcrowded bus has 43 people sitting and from 25 to 43 people standing,” he wrote. “Ten organizers on ten different buses can reach 1,000 or more people in a single afternoon,” That’s why his Center pioneered the creation of a Bus Riders Union.

Remember this also the next time you read the likes of old time Leftist Chris Trotter sneering about the mindless, lower-class of the “lumpenproletariat“, as he did about the Wellington protestors. By contrast Mann and company see such people as equally valuable for their revolution, perhaps more so than the Working Class that buys into the capitalist dream.

So far it’s been quite successful: Critical Theory has laid waste to academic fields, and the most prominent outcome of BLM has been the Defund the Police movement. The article also points out the MSM has been brought into the picture in just the last few years, with a tenfold increase in the use of CRT terms such as “White Privilege”, “Systemic Racism”, “Racial Privilege and so forth. How helpful!

The thing is that the likes of Lenin, while they may not have been as focused on this stuff as a primary driver of revolution, effectively ended up doing the same thing after the revolution, as a rather surprising modern political figure confirms:

Cambodia’s Year Zero was not new or unique.

As much of a concern as these efforts are in their trashing of our Western civilisation, they’ve also turned out to be almost as much of a disappointment as their forebears in building the new Heaven On Earth, luckily without as much blood being split. For example the Defund The Police movement is rapidly collapsing as frightened Democrats back away from the massive surges in crime that have resulted in cities stupid enough to follow the advice of BLM, and US university enrolments are in long-term decline in areas such as English, Sociology, and History where Critical Theory has dominated.

But like old Communism, even as they fail they can be incredibly damaging. In the article Confessions of a student Marxist, we get some insight into this wasteland, as described a man who spent his teenage years “immersed in Marxist and anarchist circles and literature”, before getting to Cambridge University where he’s thrilled to discover others like himself and it all gets very exciting – for a while:

The college was a bucket of crabs and happiness itself suspect, a mark of privilege, as with the rugby lads who had the audacity to actually enjoy themselves. When there was laughter it was heavy and jarring, filled with irony and bitterness, never light or free. …Though we were aware of our enormous privilege we contrived to see our time at Cambridge as some grim fate foisted upon us.

Unhappiness brings with it power over others. Where compassion is the highest virtue, this power is almost limitless. Misery also provides the motive to wield this power, and mental blindness to one’s own culpability in its exercise. 

Eternally oppressed victims. There can be no uglier oppressors. He writes about seeing clips of people expressing their mental distress of oppression – “They are there in the voice, constantly on the point of breaking, in the incredulous, widening eyes, and in the earnestly furrowed brow” – and that when he sees BLM using the same “therapeutic language”, it makes his skin crawl.

Social theorist Mark Fisher described from first-hand experience the manipulation of this scene as a Vampire Castle which “feeds on the energy and anxieties and vulnerabilities of young students, but most of all it lives by converting the suffering of particular groups — the more marginal, the better — into academic capital. The most lauded figures in the Vampire Castle are those who have spotted a new market in suffering — those who can find a group more oppressed and subjugated than any previously exploited will find themselves promoted through the ranks very quickly.” The Vampire Castle recruits on the promise of community and self-healing. The reality is an ouroboros of emotional manipulation…

Emotional manipulation has become the primary, in some ways the only, driver of our politics: Jacinda Ardern is a leading example, including the fact that she is a wealthy, Middle-Class person:

The emotional manipulation developed in elite institutions has developed a motte-and-bailey style of argument (superbly analysed by Jacob Siegel) which is impossible to push back against without seeming callous. And every institution, public or private, has simply buckled.

the embrace of this movement by the rich, and the profound philosophical break it represents with the old order, suggests it has a logic and a momentum of its own and its potential is without limit. It is a politics of negation and renunciation and there is no end-point. There is always more work to be done.

That part about the rich jumping onboard with the bullshit shows both its danger to Western society as well as it weakness. Critical Theory and all the Gramscian stuff is doing a great job of tearing things down, but when it comes time for building they’re still stuck with Marxism, which only builds vast systems of centralised command and control that degenerate and then collapse.

But in this case, the approach has also produced, not a generation of hardened revolutionaries but a bunch of privileged cry-bullies: emotionally fragile people who, like their theories, can tear down but not build.

Seemingly on the cusp of victory (Defund the Police) they crap out in the face of reality (increased crime), and in the case of even the trained Marxists, it turns out that they love money and owning houses, having bought into the cultural trappings of their bourgeois oppressors.


Written by Tom Hunter

March 17, 2022 at 6:00 am

Which Southern Jim Crow White Supremacist did this?

The answer is none of the above.

First, that’s in Denver, Colorado.

Second, it’s not from the Jim Crow era but today.

Third, it was not the Democrat Party’s favourite boogeyman but actually … Democrats.

There is nothing right about this story. It’s George Wallace’s dream come true: “Segregation forever!”

It’s also important to note, as one Twitter user has, that this type of explicit racial segregation is illegal in Colorado.

According to Centennial Elementary staff, this event was organized by the school’s “Dean of Culture,” Nicole Tembrock.

As you can see Nicole is Whiter than White – but in a good way you understand. No George Wallace she.

If civil rights activists from the 1950s popped out of a time machine today, and saw all this stuff, they would infer that their movement had failed, but it’s the entirely logical result of accepting Critical Race Theory which remember, is absolutely not being taught in schools.

Allow me to also introduce you to a classic style of argument that is very much in favour nowadays, the Motte-and-Bailey:

The motte-and-bailey fallacy (named after the motte-and-bailey castle) is a form of argument and an informal fallacy where an arguer conflates two positions that share similarities, one modest and easy to defend (the “motte”) and one much more controversial (the “bailey”). 

The arguer advances the controversial position, but when challenged, they insist that they are only advancing the more modest position. Upon retreating to the motte, the arguer can claim that the bailey has not been refuted (because the critic refused to attack the motte) or that the critic is unreasonable (by equating an attack on the bailey with an attack on the motte).

Here it is in a visual form and applied to CRT.

Incidentally this is what TV interviewer Chris Wallace did to Trump in the 2020 debate with Biden (and Wallace), when he converted CRT into mere “racial sensitivity training”, and asked how anybody could object to that. Wallace quit Fox News the other and has joined CNN. Of course.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 16, 2021 at 6:20 pm

Do The Crime. Do The Time (Part 2)

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)

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

Justice at last

Pretty dramatic stuff that you normally never see outside of a TV show.

I guess we’re about to find out if Antifa/BLM still have enough power to riot in the streets, or whether the Democrats who run those cities no longer need them or want them now that Trump is gone.

A Grabien supercut of the media excusing, justifying, and actively promoting violence in the streets.

Certainly they wanted Rittenhouse found guilty in this political trial. Given the hopelessness of the prosecution and its witnesses it seems obvious that the charges should never have been laid in the first place.

Here’s a run down of the MSM’s riot-inciting lies about Kyle Rittenhouse, including it hyperventilating about Rittenhouse crossing a state line. In fact, he didn’t; he was working as a lifeguard at a pool in Kenosha, which is where his dad and grandparents lived, and where he used to live.

Rittenhouse can’t sue Biden for that, but he can sue the MSM for all the shit they pulled on this event, including numerous claims that the people killed were Black.

They’re still at even now in the face of the acquittal. MSNBC was banned from the courtroom because one of their people tried to follow the jury members, undoubtedly to dox them to the Antifa crowd.

Rittenhouse will have the Covington kid, Nick Sandmann, to help him, hopefully, like Sandmann, winning from the MSM millions of dollars, which he’ll need to build a new life away from the Antifa crowd who likely will hunt him down.

BTW, they’ve identified one of Rittenhouse’s other attackers, one who didn’t get shot. His background is similar to the pedophile and the domestic abuser who were killed.

I’ve no doubt he’s learned nothing from his lucky survival and will be a gleeful participant in the next Antifa/BLM “fiery but peaceful protests”.

Maurice Freeland, 39, has admitted that he was the one who kicked Kyle Rittenhouse in the head on the night of August 25,2020.

Rittenhouse is charged with First Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety of Freeland, who was only known as ‘jump-kick man’. The state has painted all these actors as heroes attempting to take down an ‘active shooter’

[Freeland] was charged with Battery Domestic Abuse, Criminal Damage to Property Domestic Abuse and Disorderly Conduct Domestic Abuse

Also remember that none of this would have happened if the people who run the town of Kenosha – Democrats of course – had allowed the Police to do their job, rather than telling them to stay out of the way while Antifa/BLM went apeshit on their town.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 20, 2021 at 10:22 am

Perhaps it will frighten the jury?

The man holding that AR-15 rifle is the lead prosecution lawyer in the Kyle Rittenhouse case in the USA, and he is aiming it at the jury to demonstrate… something.

Un.

Fucking.

Believable.

Just look at the lack of trigger discipline in the photo. That alone made me cringe.

Here are just four basic rules of using a rifle (or any gun) that I learned from my Dad when I was twelve years old:

  1. Always check that a gun is not loaded when you get it (and by loaded I mean one up the spout).
  2. Never point it at anyone even when you know it is unloaded.
  3. Always assume it’s loaded and treat it like that.
  4. Never put your finger like that near the trigger unless you intend to shoot.

No wonder the judge lost his temper a few days ago with this idiot. He didn’t seem to be any better at handling law than he is at handling a rifle.

Seeing this and thinking of things like Alec Baldwin killing the poor woman a few weeks ago because the gun had been passed to him by three assistants who were sure it was safe – meaning that he didn’t have to check it – I can’t help thinking that people like Bingham are terrified of gun owners because they’re so fucking clueless and careless around firearms themselves and assume everybody else is as well, aside from soldiers, police and other “trained” people (little do they know on that score also).

Written by Tom Hunter

November 16, 2021 at 2:18 pm

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The Rittenhouse Judge loses it

Strange things continue to happen in the USA, especially on the legal front with some startling developments in the case of what might as well now be called The Clinton Dossier and the rich connections between the Clinton Campaign and Russians.

But what’s probably getting more public attention is the trial of young Mr Rittenhouse, which has been underway for several days now.

As you may recall, during the Mostly Peaceful Protests of 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where many buildings were burned by BLM/Antifa gangs roaming the streets after a Black man was shot by local police, 17 year-old Rittenhouse joined a group of people trying to protect businesses from being trashed and was issued a rifle.

In the midst of this mayhem, Rittenhouse shot three Antifa protestors, killing two and injuring one. He claimed self-defence.

Against expectations the trial has not gone well for the prosecution.

Among other things the key takeaways from this are as follows.

First, FBI drone video showed Rittenhouse clearly been chased by all these people, not the reverse. One interesting question arising from this is that the defence only found out about this video as the trial started: the FBI sat on it for a year. Irrelevant to the trial but a fascinating question arising from this is how much surveillance of such protests is done by the FBI.

Second, the main police detective simply would not indulge the prosecution continually trying to say that Rosenbaum was “falling” towards Rittenhouse when the latter shot him. The detective insisted that every witness they interviewed, plus photos and video showed Rosenbaum “lunging” for Rittenhouse.

Third, a key prosecution witness, one of the three men shot by Rittenhouse who survived, admitted that he was shot only after he’d pointed his own handgun at Rittenhouse. He probably felt he had no choice but to admit this as photos clearly showed him aiming at Rittenhouse while the latter was on his back, having been kicked in the head and beaten with a skateboard by other “protestors”.

The three people seen on the left of this coverage are lawyers supplying legal commentary during live-streaming of the trail.

The reaction of one of the prosecution lawyers says it all. Funnily enough we just had a family movie night watching the old classic, A Few Good Men, and in one part of the movie Tom Cruise’s character tells his team that whether good or bad things happen in the courtroom they must not react in any way. I guess this guy never watched the movie, which shows the differences between book law and trial law.

Fourth, another prosecution witness directly confronted the prosecutors and told everybody that they had insisted on him changing his statement.

Given how well things were going for the defence I was still surprised when they decided to put Rittenhouse on the stand, which is always a risky move. But that brings me to the last point, and it really sums up how useless the prosecution team has been.

Of course this is a jury trial and the jurors were selected from a still frightened and traumatised population, some 60% of whom, according to polls taken before the trial, think that Rittenhouse is guilty of murder.

I would not bet on these people leading free lives back in their community should they declare Rittenhouse innocent of murder, but we will see.

UPDATE

Have just come across this analysis by the Legal Insurrection blog of what Assistant District Attorney Binger did and it’s even worse than I thought. No wonder the judge lost it:

If there’s a single most inviolate civil right in American criminal law, this is it—the right of a defendant to remain silent, and not have the exercise of that right be used against them.

To observe an experienced prosecutor breach this fundamental Constitutional right in open court, in the presence of a jury, was professionally shocking to me personally—and the defense and Judge Schroeder acted with the severity you might expect.

A short time later, Binger asked a lengthy series of questions about Kyle’s understanding that deadly force cannot be used in defense of mere property.  He asked the question in perhaps a dozen different ways, and then revealed that it was all a long build-up into asking Kyle about the CVS video.

This on top of repeatedly trying to introduce evidence that the judge had already ruled as inadmissible.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 11, 2021 at 12:44 pm

Posted in Law and Order, USA

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Your Brain on Murder – and Covid-19

A year ago, during the insanity of the BLM/Antifa riots across US cities that killed dozens, caused billions of dollars of property damage and screwed up a number of Central Business Districts (CBD’s), I came across a statistic that should not have surprised me but did.

The number of unarmed Black men that the public think are killed by the police in the USA in 2019, broken down by political ideology.

Putting that into an even simpler form:

Very Liberal respondents:

  • 14.29% said ‘about 10,000’
  • 31.43% said ‘about 1,000.’

Liberal respondents:

  • 6.67% saying ‘about 10,000’
  • 26.67% saying ‘about 1,000.’

According to the database at Mapping Police Violence, the number was actually 27 in 2019.

As you can see from the above chart, it’s the Moderate, Conservative and Very Conservative thinkers who have a much better grip on reality in this case.

Is it any wonder that these “Liberal” and “Very Liberal” people were all in on the BLM violence in 2020. I suppose you can at least say they’re genuine in their rage.

But then I ran across the same gap between reality and human minds on another issue, Covid-19, this one from a Gallup poll and splitting only by US political affiliation (Democrat, Independent, Republican):

Again making it even simpler, the percentages of those groups who think that the unvaccinated have a 50% chance of being hospitalized because of COVID:

  • 41% of Democrats believe that
  • 26% of Independents believe that
  • 22% of Republicans believe that.

The correct answer: Fewer than 1% of unvaccinated people infected with COVID will have to go to the hospital.

The good news, sort of, is that at least all three groups had a near majority thinking that the chances of vaccinated people being hospitalised is less than one percent, which is the correct answer for the USA:

The hospitalization rate for both vaccinated and unvaccinated COVID patients is under 1%:

  • The hospitalization rate for vaccinated COVID patients is 0.01%, or 1 out of every 10,914 patients
  • The hospitalization rate for unvaccinated COVID patients is 0.89%, or 1 out of 112 patients.

While it’s easy to be snide about the political and ideological mindsets that lead to such conclusions, if we like to think that most people, maybe more than 50%, are intelligent and rational enough to accept factual data – and god help me I want so much to believe that – then the fault for these massive differences from reality must lie with our MSM, Social Media and governments, who have such great influence in telling people what’s going on.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 7, 2021 at 6:46 pm