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California Screaming – Inflation (UPDATE)

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I can’t say I ever enjoyed the gigantic expressway network of Los Angeles, even back in the 1990’s when it was nowhere near as bad as it is now in terms of traffic congestion and poor maintenance.

Even so, the one drive I did like was from LA International Airport down I-405 to Mission Viejo. Six months of blue skies, sun, warm but not oppressive temperatures, the wind in my face in the rented convertible, a smooth drive and traffic loads not much more than heading south on Auckland’s Southern Motorway in a mid-afternoon week day.

Then there were the gas prices. Surprisingly for a place where wages and salaries were about 20% higher than Illinois and where some goods and services were more expensive than in the Windy City, the price of gasoline was actually lower than Chicago. But that was a long time gone. This is an LA gas station just a couple of days ago.

Regular is equal to our 91-grade so let’s do the math:

  1. One US Gallon is 3.785 litres
  2. That means a price of $US 2.13 per litre.
  3. $US 1.00 dollar is $NZ 1.53.
  4. So that’s an equivalent of $NZ 3.25 / litre.

Cool. So California, or at least LA and likely the rest of the coastal strip, is now as expensive or even more expensive for petrol as Auckland, New Zealand – although there are some Auckland stations that approach the CA level.

Welcome to the rest of the world, America – or at least, welcome California.

UPDATE:
Oh dear, Calvin & Hobbes was prescient.

That cartoon is from the mid-late 1990’s when the average price of a gallon of US regular gasoline was in the range of $US 1.10 (inflation adjusted that’s $US 1.55), with some states like Illinois being higher (and Chicago higher still), and states like Texas lower.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 3, 2022 at 7:59 pm

Election conspiracy theory updates

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As a long-time observer of US elections in my lifetime, and with great interest in their history, leading to being an avid reader of books like Down For The Count (Dirty Elections and the Rotten History of Democracy in America) by Guardian writer Andrew Gumbel, I got quite a kick out of the sudden and dramatic turnaround of the US Democrat Party, the MSM and all “balanced and impartial observers” with regard to claims of election corruption in the wake of the 2020 US Presidential election.

Suddenly all those claims about corruption and cheating in the 2000, 2004 and 2016 US elections started to get memory-holed. It’s perhaps not surprising then that the book quoted above, first published in 2005 and updated in 2008, does not have a Wikipedia entry (it’s also known as Steal This Vote)!

However, perhaps the reason is that the people who won the election for Joe Biden in 2020 actually didn’t keep quiet about it, but burst forth into print just a few months later to boast about their efforts in the now infamous TIME magazine article, The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election. Rather than memory holing, the tactic was blatant spin as the election was “fortified” (not stolen you see).

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.

You see! It was Trump that was stealing the election and the USA was “saved” by all these brave and honest billionaires and Democrat activists.

Also “behind the scenes” since then has been a major effort by the Republican Party across the USA to fix up the process and make sure the sort of crap pulled in 2020 does not happen again, at least not on as large a scale and not in swing states. Interestingly the progress that has been made shows up the same things that the TIME article noted – except from a POV that they were corrupted things rather than good ones.

First up is a Wisconsin legal decision on ballot drop boxes:

A judge in the state of Wisconsin ruled on Thursday that the use of ballot boxes in the 2020 election was, in fact, illegal. Joe Biden was declared the winner over Donald Trump in the state by 20,682 votes.

This stunt was pulled in various places leading up to the 2020 election: various election practices not approved of by the state legislature as legally required. In this case simple instructions issued by election bureaucrats, along with no legal requirements on what a drop box could be, on protecting them or even having a chain of custody log or ballot count.

The Healthy Elections Project reports that, during the 2020 election, “only eight states explicitly permit[ed] or require[d] ballot drop boxes by statute or regulatory guidance,” but that drop boxes were nonetheless available to voters in at least 19 states. In other words, under the umbrella excuse of COVID!, at least 11 states used drop boxes without legislative authorization to do so.

By an odd coincidence, Wisconsin is one of a handful of swing states where “midnight magic” occurred on election night. These were the states where, at some point in the wee hours, massive vote dumps produced huge jumps in Biden’s, and only Biden’s, vote tallies.

Associated with this was testimony from former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman, who led an audit of the 2020 election in his state, that the election was so corrupt that the state legislature should “take a very hard look at the option of decertification of the 2020” presidential election. Purely symbolic at this stage re “President” Biden of course and it’s more important to focus on future elections.

Then there’s another big swing state, Pennsylvania, where the ballot mail-in laws have been found to be unconstitutional:

This will be bittersweet news for a lot of people. A five-judge panel has ruled that Pennsylvania’s universal mail-in voting law violates the state’s constitution, an argument conservatives have been making since it was enacted in 2019. That election law went on to play a pivotal role in delivering the state for Joe Biden in 2020, who trailed on Election Night, but pulled ahead as more and more mail-in votes were counted.

Now this is not the end of the matter. Democrat Governor Tom Wolf will appeal the decision and it will make its way to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where the Democrats have a majority so it will likely be reinstated. I’d like to think that it will then be taken to the US Supreme Court, given how important it is, both as an election-corrupting law in general and as an example of how constitutions don’t matter a crap to the Democrat party unless their ox is being gored.

We live in an era where the judiciary is simply an activist wing for Democrats. While you are always holding your breath on how a Republican-nominated judge will rule, those put in place by Democrats typically vote in lockstep.

The idea that the “right to vote” only exists in the absence of any and all guardrails is moronic. But that’s the argument Democrats are making all over the country, including in Pennsylvania. By their logic, why not let people vote on their phones? Heck, let’s have a full year of early voting. If all procedures and protections qualify as voter suppression, as Democrats claim, then what’s the argument for not just blowing up everything?

As an addendum to this, recent video and audio recordings from the state’s Delaware County (3rd largest in Pennsylvania), have revealed ever more systemic problems with the voting than previously suspected:

To date, the videos have exposed a wide array of problems with election integrity, including on-tape admissions that the election laws were not complied with, that 80 percent of provisional ballots lacked a proper chain-of-custody, that there were missing removable drives for some of the voting machines, and that election workers “recreated” new drives to response to the Right to Know request.

With boxes of voting sheets lining the basement floor of a Delaware County building, the election worker tells Miller, “There were six precincts in one location and all of the machines were, all of the scanners were, programmed to accept any ballot of those six precincts.”

“It was a nightmare,” the Delaware County official explained, adding that “you couldn’t, there’s no way you could reconcile” the results.

To a certain extent what is described there is little different than what Gumbel describes in his hilarious (and hair-raising) chapters on electronic ballots, mail-in ballots and scanners, starting in the 1970’s. This is just bigger than the elections he looked at.

They’ll be more stories to come from many US States as they repair the system and with Chinese Lung Rot in abeyance the primary reason for mail-in ballots, ballot-harvesting and the like will also recede. One note not mentioned in these articles or cases is that while the number and proportion of mail-in ballots showed massive increases in 2020 the error rates collapsed:

  • Georgia: 6.5% rejections in 2016 to a mere 0.2%, more than 30 times lower.
  • Pennsylvania: 1% in 2016 to 0.03% this year.
  • Nevada: 1.6% in 2016 to around 0.75% this year.
  • Michigan: 0.5% in 2016 to 0.1% this year.
  • North Carolina: 2.7% in 2016 to 0.8% this year.

The folks at FiveThirtyEight provide several sober reasons for this incredible improvement in quality control, but given the screwups in so many other areas of the election that looks like special pleading that would not be used if Trump had won.

We’ll have to wait for the 2024 elections to see if these miracles re-occur.

Meantime I’m reminded of a line from Down For The Count where the advisor of one long-forgotten losing candidate’s said of his opponents: “They cheated fair and square”.

Written by Tom Hunter

March 25, 2022 at 3:46 pm

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 $302 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.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 2, 2021 at 11:24 pm

The Northern US Confederacy

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Classical historian Victor Davis Hanson is always an interesting read. Just one of his books, Carnage and Culture, being an unusual take on Western warfare by looking at the often unseen cultural strands that tie into how the West has fought wars during the last two thousand years.

His long-form essays are good too, often derived from his unusual lifestyle mix. He lives in California’s Central Valley in an old farmhouse owned by his grandmother more than a century ago, and observes the daily events there – but then commutes to the coast every week to lecture, thus observing the lifestyles of the Silicon Valley crowd and other elites. Unlike most other academics he knows both worlds.

Thus this latest piece, The New Blue Confederacy. He asks the following hypothetical questions that could have been put the American public in the decades following the conclusion of the Civil War in April 1865:

  • One-hundred-fifty-six years from now, in the year 2021, where in the United States will Americans most likely discriminate on the basis of race?
  • Where will citizens squabble over the racial percentages of ancestral bloodlines, and schools admit or reject students in part on the DNA of an applicant?
  • Where will free speech and expression become most endangered?
  • Where will states’ rights boosters deny federal officers the right to enforce federal law?
  • Where will the major cities be the most unsafe and the middle classes the most embattled? And from which regions of the country will people flee, and to which will they migrate?

His factual observations may come as a surprise to people who only read the MSM or who only have “Liberal” friends in the USA, but will not come as a surprise to other people:

But there is a growing red state/blue state divide—encompassing an economic, cultural, social, and political totality. The public seems to sense that the blue-state model is the more hysterically neo-Confederate, and the red state the calmer and more Union-like. The former appears more unsustainable and intolerant, the latter is increasingly more livable and welcoming.

The people themselves are voting with their U-Hauls.

The only problem with this scenario is that these people may not have learned anything and will simply screw up their new homes by voting for the same dopey ideas. An influx of Californians has certainly done that to Colorado over the last decade, and may do the same to Nevada.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 2, 2021 at 6:53 am

Psycho-pathology in politics

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That of course was the title of the infamous piece published by Labour MP John A Lee just two days before the sainted Mickey Savage karked it back in 1940.

Labour never forgave him of course, as is their wont: nor, to be fair, did he forgive them. But the reality is that Lee’s crack has been true of all too many political leaders in history. Not just political leaders either. Several years ago an article was published that laid out the similarities between business leaders and psychopaths:

The hallmarks of the psychopathic personality involve egocentric, grandiose behavior, completely lacking empathy and conscience. Additionally, psychopaths may be charismatic, charming, and adept at manipulating one-on-one interactions. In a corporation, one’s ability to advance is determined in large measure by a person’s ability to favorably impress his or her direct manager. Unfortunately, certain of these psychopathic qualities – in particular charm, charisma, grandiosity (which can be mistaken for vision or confidence) and the ability to “perform” convincingly in one-on-one settings – are also qualities that can help one get ahead in the business world.

I’m sure the average Lefty will have no problem making that association, also with certain Right-WIng politicians. Less so with their own idols of worship, like Michael Gunner, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory in Australia:

I see he’s had heart surgery recently so one can hope.

Then there’s this asshole, shown here on the cover of his book, published at a time when the US MSM was still slobbering over him.

Cuomo eventually got his beans because he’s another prick who felt entitled enough to get grabby with attractive young woman who strayed into his orbit.

But as this NY Post article put it, however low you think this scum could be,…. “There’s always more, and it’s always worse than you thought. Much worse”:

That’s one lesson from the state Assembly report, which reveals new details of Cuomo’s venality. From sexual harassment to lies about nursing home deaths and his forbidden use of state employees to help finish his book, the governor is convincingly portrayed as a greedy, dishonest man without a shred of decency. 

All of this has actually been known for some time, but you had to be reading Right-Wing news sources like RedState and Powerline to know because the MSM did not want to know, and certainly didn’t want voters to know, until the very end when it became undeniable:

The thing that I always wanted him to be hammered for was the very thing that was ignored even at the end:

The biggest lapse is how the report fails to deal with the impact of Cuomo’s infamous March 25 order of last year that required nursing homes to admit discharged hospital patients infected with COVID-19. The order also barred the sites from even testing the patients until they were admitted. 

Exactly, and the resulting death toll was in the thousands. At best he’s getting done for sexual harassment, his shitty book deal worth millions of dollars (a form of corrupt graft in itself, since the book was never likely to be a best-seller recovering the “investment”) and for lying through his teeth about the number of people he killed in those nursing homes:

Key among those is showing how Cuomo overruled Department of Health employees and reduced the number of reported nursing home deaths by about 35 percent on the very days he was negotiating the contract for his book deal on pandemic leadership.

It’s entirely typical that psychopaths don’t get done for the worst crimes they committed. Still, like Al Capone getting jailed for tax evasion rather than murder, I suppose we should be grateful that at least this much happened to the POS.

As always, don’t forget the MSM that enabled this creature for so long, just because he was a Democrat and not Trump, and how they enable many others too with displays of sycophantic stenography.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 26, 2021 at 12:09 pm

The Democrats are not learning

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You would think that after the recent election losses in Virginia and the fright they got in New Jersey, not to mention the underwater polling of “President” Biden and the Democrat Party across the nation and across seemingly all issues, that they would be learning from their mistakes and trimming their sails as Bill Clinton did after the 1994 mid-terms elections booted his Democrats from power in both the Senate and, for the first time in forty years, from the House.

Admittedly he and his party didn’t trim until after that catastrophe so perhaps we’re looking at the same thing here.

But I suspect it’s worse than that. Back in those days representatives from Deep Blue districts were not extreme in their approach, despite having majorities the GOP couldn’t touch. Now we’ve got the likes of AOC, who feels she can push the edge of the envelope on policy and extremist verbiage, as well as applying heat to fellow New Yorkers like the previously sensible Jerry Nadler in the form of implied primary challenges that might replace him as she replaced a Democrat Old Guard rep.

It’s not like there’s a shortage of fellow Democrats trying to tell the rest of the party what’s going wrong. Former Clinton advisor, James Carville (the Rajun Cajun) has snarled about “Toxic Wokeness”. Lefty comedy icon Bill Maher has ripped the Democrats over wokeness with increasing passion in the last few months, directly attacking the likes of Chris Cuomo, AOC and others. His audience sometimes clap but you can tell they’re in shock. Senators Manchin of West Virginia and Sinema of Arizona have been more diplomatic but also clear in their opposition to many things their party is pushing. For their pains, all these people have been snarled at by their erstwhile comrades, including activists following Sinema into the lavatory to confront her.

That’s a big difference from the mid-1990’s. The party has changed and shifted dramatically left, especially on social issues, and when these have backfired the response has been a pyschotic mix of denial and attack about the polices: “there’s no Critical Race Theory in schools, that’s just GOP Culture War shit, but we need to teach little kids about oppressors (White) and oppressed (POC), and if you stop us you’re a racist”.

Seriously, that’s the argument, and even Maher – no social conservative he – has called them on this bullshit, as have other lefties like Matt Taibbi (writing on Substack as most good reporters now are):

McAuliffe’s collapse, and the corresponding underdog win by private equity titan Glenn Youngkin, is already being caricatured nationally using the language of 1980s politics. We’re meant to understand that the Loudoun County story – which is too complex to summarize easily but involves furious disputes between local parents and the school board over a variety of issues, including a pair of sexual assaults – was cooked up by Republicans as a cynical dog-whistle campaign.

The GOP ran a master class on race-based identity politics,” wrote CNN’s Bakari Sellers. “The return of the Lee Atwater playbook. Pretty grim,” is how former Harry Reid chief of staff Adam Jentleson put it. “Hats off to the depraved cynicism and villainy and race baiting. It worked in Virginia,” seethed Wajahat Ali of The Daily Beast. Van Jones last night called Youngkin the “Delta variant of Trumpism.”

Just as McAuliffe had no message apart from trying to tie Youngkin to Trump, these commentators seem helpless to do anything but fall back on a cookie-cutter formula for responding to Republican electoral victories in the Trump era.

I already wrote about this gaslighting of CRT, but since then, on the ground, parents, have found out exactly what’s going on in their schools:

It’s that simple. The left keeps pretending that Critical Race Theory is only this “high-level academic concept” that only very educated people could possibly fathom. That’s bullshit; it’s simple-minded pile of stupid nonsense and gobbledy gook terms that idiots can master in days, which is why it’s so fantastically popular among the stupid and academically ungifted.

That same teacher turned up on a Fox News interview and pointed out that there are two elements of teaching: curricula (what is taught) and pedagogy (how it is taught).

The game teachers are playing is saying “there is no CRT in the curricula,” which is true(ish) – but what they’re not telling you is that they are explicitly embracing CRT in the pedagogy – that is how they teach everything. Critical race theory is the lens through which they teach everything, even math.

Tony Kinnett “Oh yes, definitely math — ‘ethnomathematics,’ a mathematics based on a student’s individual cultural beliefs and traditions, is all the rage among CRT acolytes.”

One irony here is that teachers unions have made it so difficult to fire teachers that these guys can step out and say these things in public with little to fear, aside from being removed from classes and made to sit in a room alone all day on full pay.

But parents began to see all this for themselves over the last eighteen months because schools wanted to do Zoom classes with the kids at home, but weren’t smart enough to switch off the indoctrination. Hence the reaction as they turned up to School Board meetings (normally dullsville) reading out the stuff their kids were being taught, demanding it stop, and also demanding to know how the hell it got started. For their pains they got booted out and sometimes arrested as in Loudon County, Virginia (Rape, Racism, Terrorists and Elections), and/or “cancelled” out of participating in the whole process (The Culture War Against the Little Man, by Wenyuan Wu ). Wu describes a smear job from the LA Times that resulted from an effort to replace CRT proponents on the Orange County Board of Education (OCBE):

Let me set the record straight, as the expert “detractor” who volunteered to replace a vocal proponent of CRT at the OCBE meeting. Volunteer board members and their community supporters spent two months assembling a diverse expert panel… Each panelist holds an advanced degree in a social science discipline, and four are life-long educators. All panelists supported the teaching of history and ethnic studies in a constructive, unbiased, and unabridged manner. None gave even a slight indication that we should refrain from discussing racism.

One of the emotive arguments used by CRT proponents is that if you oppose the teaching of these derivations of CRT (lets call the praxis or Applied CRT) it means you don’t want to teach young minds about America’s evil past of racism and slavery, which has not been true in decades.

My daughters began attending public school in Montgomery County, Maryland in the early 1990s. Every February, from Kindergarten on, they received an accounting of racism in America via Black History Month. Nor was this accounting confined to February. It informed the selection of literature my daughters were assigned. And the U.S. History textbooks used in my daughters’ classes in Middle School and High School did not soft-pedal racism in America.

As the Orange County guy describes the LA Times attack (another perfect example of the Cathedral in action):

It is ironic that a top regional media corporation felt it necessary or fashionable to lambast a small local educational board consisting of five elected trustees and two staff members. More disturbingly, the L.A. Times editorial board even went as far as to disparage the parents and community members present for failing to toe the line of political correctness and support its favored narratives of CRT, systemic racism, and a particular brand of ethnic studies.

Even Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferer and uber-Leftie, Andrew Sullivan (Mr Gay Marriage himself, with a little detour supporting the War on Terror twenty years ago), can see though the Left Democrat smoke and mirrors of this fight:

[W]hen the Democrats and the mainstream media insist that CRT is not being taught in high schools, they’re being way too cute. Of course K-12 kids in Virginia’s public schools are not explicitly reading the collected works of Derrick Bell or Richard Delgado — no more than Catholic school kids in third grade are studying critiques of Aquinas. But they are being taught in a school system now thoroughly committed to the ideology and worldview of CRT, by teachers who have been marinated in it, and whose unions have championed it.

In 2019, the [Virginia DOE] sent out a memo that explicitly endorsed critical race and queer theory as essential tools for teaching high school. Check out the VA DOE’s “Road Map to Equity,” where it argues that “courageous conversation” on “social justice, systemic inequity, disparate student outcomes and racism in our school communities is our responsibility and professional obligation. Now is the time to double down on equity strategies.”

Equity! That new magical word that sounds like “equality” but really isn’t. When you encounter somebody using that word you know you’re talking to a person trying to gaslight you about what they really want, which is the old Marxist notion of everybody ending up in the same place:

The other big teachers’ union, the National Education Association, has explicitly called for teaching children CRT, pledging to publicize “an already-created, in-depth study that critiques white supremacy, anti-Blackness, anti-Indigeneity, racism, patriarchy… capitalism… and other forms of power and oppression.” They back The 1619 Project as a teaching tool. So all the unions, the governor, the Virginia education department, the paper of record, and the federal government think CRT is obligatory for teaching children. But absolutely none of that ever, ever reaches into the classroom. Please.

Of course it does. To use a term the woke might understand, it is, in fact, structural.

And exactly as those teachers above describe, it’s the “lens” through which all else must be taught:

In Virginia, the goal is not to make obscure CRT texts mandatory in a course curriculum; it is to filter all education first and foremost through the CRT lens of race and identity; to “interrogate” mathematics, literature, philosophy, and science not as fields of study, but as suspect products of “white supremacy”; to remember “positionality” before you even speak; to grade and discipline so as to remove any group differences; to abolish standardized tests, because there are different group outcomes; to end gifted education, because it’s allegedly racist; to hire and fire on identity grounds; to teach children that sex is not binary and can be chosen; to open restrooms and locker rooms to both sexes; and, most of all, to keep parents at bay and in the dark about all of it.

But the progressive left is clearly going to double down on all-racism-all-the-time. The Overton Window has shifted and they intend to keep on pushing Left:

What has happened this past week, I suspect, is that the woke revolution has finally met its match: educated parents. People can tolerate sitting through compulsory “social justice” seminars, struggle sessions, pronoun rituals, and the rest as adults, if they have to as a condition of employment. But when they see this ideology being foisted on their children as young as six, they draw a line.

And when the public authorities try to disguise this, when a governor says that parents should not decide what is taught in public schools, when the parents are scorned as “white supremacists” for wanting their children to be taught math that doesn’t take a position on racism, and when the media reflexively calls them liars, they are going to get mad enough to vote Republican again. I don’t blame them.

Having said that, even if the GOP takes power over the House and Senate in 2022, and even if they add the Presidency in 2024, what exactly can the Federal government do about this? It’s going to have to be handled at the lower levels of States, cities and counties, so far and deep has it spread.

Disempowering these toxic people is the key. At the Federal level they could start by demolishing the Federal Department of Education, which was only invented in 1979 anyway. That’s right, a huge amount of the USA’s fabulous history of invention and innovation occurred in the 200 years before the Federal DOE came about.

At state levels they could start by firing most of the staff of the “diversity, equity, and inclusion” (DEI) offices in the public universities, and then really empowering like-minded parents, mayors and others to get into those boards. Ripping apart the specialist Education universities and Education Departments of universities would also be a good thing, since they’re the factories churning out teachers armed with these theories.

BTW, all this is coming to New Zealand soon, if not here already, as shown by the latest Royal Society of New Zealand nonsense.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 21, 2021 at 4:36 pm

Justice at last

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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

Omens from Chicago

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When looking around the world for trends that may impact us here, we have increasingly looked at the USA over the last fifty years.

Even as a child I could still see in New Zealand many cultural influences from Britain, right down to children’s TV shows like Thunderbirds (although that was a mix) and slang, as well as countless British TV shows in drama and comedy. We were aware of American of course, who could not be with Hannah Barbera cartoons, Disney every Sunday evening and The Roadrunner. The movies were overwhelmingly American. US TV comedies were despised, with exceptions like All In The Family and Barney Miller.

But as I got older and into music it would be fair to say that the British music scene outweighed the American one, largely due to Punk attacking Disco, a distinct appeal to those of us who could not dance like Tony Manero.

Nowadays the cultural influence of America is vastly greater. Even as recently as twenty years ago a person using the word “pissed” was clearly talking about someone who is drunk. The American use of the word (angry) was barely known and a source of bemused puzzlement. Now among young people it’s standard thanks to US cultural spread via the giant new machines of Social Media, which dwarf their predecessors of TV, movies and radio.

The ideas are coming thick and fast too. Old Socialists still bitterly complain about “The Chicago School” of economics that smashed into this nation in the 1980’s. But the main ideas have come from the East and West coasts of the USA.

Still, Chicago can still be a place where ideas, both good and bad, can be seen in their practical, everyday implementation by supposedly solid Midwestern children of the prairie.

On the vibrant diversity front came a story about the wonderful Art Institute of Chicago, one of the great art museums of the world, with probably the finest Monet collection. Like most such places it’s kept afloat by a combination of regular charitable donations, permanent private endowments, and local government support, plus relatively small charges from the visiting public.

Even so, the place could not operate without the help of the docents, about a hundred unpaid guides who guide millions of visitors around the Institute every year, explaining the art. Given the lack of money for doing this, the docents are largely older, White women, and in our age that’s a problem:

The Art Institute of Chicago fired all of its trained volunteers and guides last month, who were mostly older White women, to diversify its team. 

“We were surprised, we were disappointed,” Gigi Vaffis, president of the docent council, said in an interview with radio station WBEZ of the firings. “There is an army of very highly skilled docents that are willing and ready and able to continue with arts education.”

Word to Democrat voting “Liberals” in the Blue Cities and States: you should not be surprised by this.

[The] executive director of learning and engagement, Veronica Stein, sent an email on Sept. 3 firing them all…The firings were apparently sparked by the fact that most of the docent staff was composed of older White, financially well-off women, the outlet reported. Stein said that the museum needed to take a new path:

“… in a way that allows community members of all income levels to participate, responds to issues of class and income equity, and does not require financial flexibility.” 

“Equity” is the new magic word being cast by the 21st Century Left – and they’re not just talking about income or wealth any longer. In fact they’re not talking about that at all as did the old communists. This “equity” applies to all areas of life, as the Chicago docents have just discovered.

Meantime the increasingly doomed Mayor of the town has little time to get involved in such fights – assuming she disagreed with them anyway, which she likely does not – because she’s engaged in bigger brawls, like with the Chicago Police Department over Covid-19 vaccine mandates:

So, what is Lightfoot up to, really, in this petty and vindictive Covid war of hers against cops and firefighters who don’t want to comply with her mandate? She threatened them last week, played her unnecessary game of chicken, and when cops pushed back, she ran to a judge to get a gag order put on the police union boss.

This week, on the day a police officer was shot in the face and survived, she was back at it, all cold bureaucratic vengeance, calling cops in, stripping the non-compliant, even if they’d been vaccinated, of their guns and badges. Police Supt. David Brown began threatening officers who are considering retirement—and there are thousands of them in police department that is down at least 1,000 officers. His memo states “sworn members who retire while under disciplinary investigations may be denied retirement credentials.”

Incredible. She’s actually threatening even the retirement packages of cops who think they can just retire instead of complying. That makes no sense outside of trying to demonstrate raw power. The problem is that Lightfoot does not have the real leverage that provides power, for three reasons. First, she’s already caved to the Chicago Teacher’s Union on various Covid issues. Second the people she’s now attacking were, in 2020, hailed as “heroes”, so it’s terrible PR to now threaten them, and it’s not just cops.

From the outset of the pandemic, as Chicago Public School teachers stayed at home, other city workers, cops, firefighters, paramedics, Streets & San workers, all showed up on the job. They came to work with no Covid protection, no real direction, just City Hall saying get out there and work.

The mayor calls non-compliant cops and firefighters “insurrectionists,” even though they’ve risked their lives for the people of Chicago throughout the pandemic. 

If you’re one of the propagandists about the January 6, 2021 “insurrection”, you’ll love that little shout-out. In the future crafted by the Democrats everybody, including the parents of school kids, will be an insurrectionist and a “Domestic Terrorist” – and probably not just for fifteen minutes.

Third, we’re talking about one third of the CPD quitting or being fired in a city that is already a war zone.

And she’s desperate. She can’t deal with skyrocketing violent crime, in the rough neighborhoods and now violence is in the Loop, on the North Side, everywhere. And now police are issuing warnings about violence on Michigan Avenue. She has no clue. She never had a clue.

The writer is long-time beat reporter, John Kass, long recognised as the inheritor of the world-famous shit-stirring Chicago journalist and writer, Mike Royko. He’s been a supporter of Lightfoot, but is now reluctantly looking elsewhere politically. Elsewhere meaning inside the Democrat Party.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 22, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Free men and unfree men

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Free men are willing to act, knowing they are free.

It’s not the task of blogs to report the news, let alone the latest news. Blogs are here to analyse things, in particular to try and extract meaning that the news does not have in its immediacy and its shallowness.

But sometimes there are news stories that fit so perfectly with things under discussion that they should be noted when they happen.

In this case it’s a story out of Philadelphia about a rape that occurred on a city commuter train.

A man whom officials identified as Fiston Ngoy sat down next to a woman at about 10 p.m. on a train that was traveling westbound on the Market-Frankford Line toward the 69th Street Transportation Center. Mr. Ngoy “attempted to touch her a few times,” said Andrew Busch, a spokesman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, known as SEPTA.

The woman pushed back and tried to stop Mr. Ngoy from touching her, Mr. Busch said. “Then, unfortunately, he proceeded to rip her clothes off,” Mr. Busch said on Sunday.

The assault lasted about eight minutes, and no passengers in the train car intervened, the authorities said.

“I’m appalled by those who did nothing to help this woman,” Timothy Bernhardt, the superintendent of the Upper Darby Township Police Department, said on Sunday. “Anybody that was on that train has to look in the mirror and ask why they didn’t intervene or why they didn’t do something.”

Oh, but it gets worse…

Police Chief Thomas Nestel III said “as many as 10 people actually saw some part of the attack on this rider.” He said the police checked the surveillance video, “We were watching to see if somebody put a phone up to their ear indicating they might be calling 911. Instead, what we saw was people holding their phone up as if they were recording or taking pictures.

Then worse…

Ngoy is an illegal alien who entered legally on a student visa in 2012, but then overstayed. Court records show that Ngoy had multiple arrests and two misdemeanor convictions, one for controlled substances and one for sexual abuse.

He pleaded guilty to the sex charge in 2017 in Washington DC and was sentenced to 120 days in jail, and was then placed in immigration detention in January 2018.

However, Ngoy was never deported, because an immigration judge granted him a ‘withholding of removal’ in March 2019, after an appeals board found that his sex crime was not a ‘serious crime’ that made him eligible for removal.

Most of the foreign MSM and non-MSM reports I’ve seen about this incident have contained the obligatory journalist passages of prose that say things along the lines of “It’s hard to imagine what’s going on in the souls of people who would respond that way”, and yadda, yadda, yadda.

Sure, these people are horrible cowards and hardly any better than the attacker themselves, but how different are they from the judge and an appeals board that let him stay in the USA after deciding that his particular earlier sex crime was not a “serious crime”?

The fact is that the two sets of people create one another.

What if the people on the train had stepped in to punch and kick what at first sight was a homeless man with Minority Person Of Colour status? You think they would have been praised, especially if they were White Males, or would they have been trashed in the MSM? Not to mention facing perhaps the now condemnatory judicial system who freed the attacker from his previous crimes.

Before lifting a finger, unfree men must first decide whose permission they need to obtain, and what the judicial system is likely to do to them afterward. Free men are willing to act, knowing they are free.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm

The Hunger Masks

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“They were careless people, Tom and Daisy—they smashed up things and . . . then retreated back into their money . . . and let other people clean up the mess they had made.”

I don’t know how many of our readers are aware of a famous and very successful series of books and movies from the last decade called The Hunger Games.

They’re SF stories set in a dystopian future where glittering technology exists in a feudal society. In fact that technology enables it. For the purposes of this post the following is a key plotline:

[The Hunger Games] universe is a dystopia set in Panem, a North American country consisting of the wealthy Capitol and 13 districts in varying states of poverty. Every year, children from the first 12 districts are selected via lottery to participate in a compulsory televised battle royale death match called The Hunger Games.

Capitol citizens are extremely wealthy and life moves very slowly until the Games,… Many Capitol residents are extremely shallow, always looking for ways to be noticed. An outrageous sense of style and fashion are very important to the citizens of the Capitol… Capitol citizens are noted to have quite high ranking and integral roles and occupations for Panem as a whole…

You get the picture.

While not quite as gaudy as those characters, the following is a great example of how the same attitudes are rampant among our rulers nowadays, as San Francisco Mayor London Breed, had fun the other day in a San Francisco nightclub. I guess she’s read some of these counter-narrative articles on masks.

What she’s actually doing in that video is announcing the new law that you do not have to wear a mask if:

  1.  You are “having a good time,”
  2. “Feeling the spirit,”
  3. Watching the reunion of a band you like.

BTW, she insists that the reunion of the jazz band, Tony Toni Tone, is the story here, and not her defying her own mask mandate. I especially loved this quote:

“We don’t need the fun police to come in and micromanage and tell us what we should or shouldn’t be doing,” she said during an interview, contending she was drinking at the time and started dancing because she was “feeling the spirit” and “wasn’t thinking about a mask,” according to reports.

The irony in that statement is so fucking thick you could cut it with a knife.

Perhaps SF citizens should keep that in mind if an actual cop (very much not “fun”) or some other asshole hassles them about wearing a mask. Maybe print out her interview answers on a card to show cops that the law has been repealed by the mayor herself.

This is nothing new of course, for in the past year the following has occurred:

California Governor Newsom at a lovely dinner with other unmasked rich people at one of the world’s most expensive restaurants, the French Laundry. The staff are masked of course, per order of the Governor.

Barack Obama’s 60th birthday unmasked bash with his celebrity friends at their home in Martha’s Vineyard. The servants wore masks.

Obama’s Party

Nancy Pelosi’s fundraiser in the expensive vine yards of California. The servants wore masks.

And of course, the Met Ball a few days ago.

These people either don’t believe their own bullshit about masks (and other things) or they’re glorying in applying those rules to little people who can’t fight back, at least not without ending up in jail.

Or perhaps what we Untermenchen should take from all these events is that they’re just deliberately rubbing our noses in this shit. That the whole point is to make it clear who the boss is: that the rules apply to us, not them, and they want us to know it.

We are ruled by terrible, unkind, incompetent, uncaring people. I’m tempted to say that they are evil people, not out of deliberation but shallow callousness.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 21, 2021 at 5:24 pm