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The Five Pillars

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No, not the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the autobiographical account of the experiences of Lawrence of Arabia.

This one involves much less wisdom. So much so that it’s likely that there is no wisdom at all involved.

This is the grand plan of Chicago Democrat Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, to combat the increasing violence in Chicago this year even as the CPD find themselves on the back foot with mass retirements, funding cuts and prescriptive restrictions on how they interact with criminals.

  • Empower and heal those actively engaged in violence, whether victims or perpetrators.
  • Reclaim neighborhoods and safe spaces by directing resources to neighborhoods with most violence.
  • Improve relations between police and communities “by developing credibility, trust and authentic relationships.”
  • Consider the impact of ordinances and laws on violence and advocate for policies that will increase support for those impacted.
  • Constant collaboration, proactive planning and coordinated efforts between the city and … the justice system, community groups and private companies.

So how’s this approach been working out for the city?

As expected. At best things have not improved on 2020 and may turn out worse. Clearly the city’s District Attorney, Kim Foxx, is starting to (finally) feel the heat over all those people she’s refused to prosecute on gun laws and such, although rather than front up she sent out a minion who specialises in spin. However, after starting with a bang even he had to admit the obvious:

A top advisor to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told reporters last month that it’s a “misconception” to say gun violence is skyrocketing in Chicago. “2020 did have a lot of shootings in it,” Matthew Saniie, Foxx’s chief data officer, said. “But it’s also important to put this into perspective.”

“2020 was a pretty gross year for murder,” Saniie allowed. “June and July were the worst June and Julies that we’ve had going back 60 years…May was the 2nd worst May. September was the sixth-worst September.

Saniie told the reporters that there is no reliable data regarding the number of shootings from more than ten years ago. So, he looked at murder data, which goes back several decades instead.

“A good proxy for shootings is murder,” Saniie claimed.

But as the CWB pointed out:

But is it a good proxy? The city’s population has declined 25% over the past sixty years, 20% since 1970, and 11% since 1980. But Saniie did not adjust historical murder counts for population changes.

Here in New Zealand we don’t have the gun crime problems that Chicago has, but the thinking behind the Five Pillars approach is coming to New Zealand, if not already here in Andrew Little’s head. I expect it will have a similar failure.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 3, 2021 at 6:00 am

An important election in New York

In this case the selection of the Democrat candidate for Mayor of New York City from the recent primary campaign.

Whoever wins the Democrat primary will go on to win the general election, given how corrupted and useless the NYC GOP is.

As of today the winner of the race appears to be one Eric Adams and although his lead is slim in the complex ranked voting system used, it looks like it will hold.

Now while you would think that the US Left would be overjoyed at yet another Black man rising to a prominent political position in the USA you would be wrong:

According to Lisa Lerer’s latest “Political Memo” for the NYT, candidate Eric Adams, a retired police captain, has “rejected calls to defund the Police Department and pledged to expand its reach in the city.”

Wait! What? I thought Defunding The Police was all the rage among Democrats? Well it was in 2020. But then crime rates started to climb fast in those Democrat-controlled cities that had made such proclamations – and acted on them in many cases as well as making it clear that their Police were the problem rather than criminals.

But more than that, it has become apparent that the Right’s claims that this was virtue-signalling bullshit from rich, “liberal” Whites and that it would be poor POC (People of Colour) communities who would suffer the most, turned out to be right on the money.

That’s a problem because Adams’ law-and-order appeal “adds evidence to an emerging trend in Democratic politics: a disconnect between progressive activists and the rank-and-file Black and Latino voters.”

Lerer quotes Hakeem Jefferson, an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University, explaining that “The median Black voter is not A.O.C. and is actually closer to Eric Adams.”

I won’t supply the link to the disgusting New York Times original but the title of their article says it all:

Progressives’ Urgent Question: How to Win Over Voters of Color.

Awwww. All the experts have told me that the Democrats have POC in their back pocket. You can see why it is so vital for the Democrats to crank up the screams about GOP racism to eleven on the scale. You can also see why there have been recent attempts to backpedal from all this with: “No, No, We never meant to defund the police”.

They’re even trying to pin it on the GOP, but even with their MSM stenographers to help I think they went in too deep on this one to escape.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 30, 2021 at 6:00 am

Grateful and Ungrateful

I don’t know about you but I’ve never walked into a hardware store like Mitre10 or Bunnings and thought to myself how beautiful it is, or that some parts are like a carnival.

But then I’m not from Cuba, whereas the guy in this video is and it documents his first ever visit to a Home Depot store in the USA.

Watching it I’m reminded of a scene from the 1980’s movie Moscow on the Hudson, where Robin Williams, playing a Soviet circus musician who defects during a US tour, is so overwhelmed by his first experience of supermarket shopping that he faints.

Little ordinary things that we all just take for granted in Western democratic capitalist nations.

On the other hand there’s this video from San Francisco that has gone viral in the last few days. It shows a shoplifter just blatantly filling up a garbage bag with stuff from a Walgreens store in daylight and right in front of a security guard, who simply videos the whole event. When the thief cycles out of the place, the guard does make a half-hearted grab for the bag but fails.

The woman beside the guard is also videoing the theft and asks about calling the cops on 911. However, arresting the man would be a waste of time since San Francisco has implemented a policy of not charging shoplifters if they steal less than $950, which has produced daily scenes in the city like this one, as shown in the rest of the video.

The inevitable happened when Walgreens recently closed seventeen of its stores in the city, but blatant shoplifting like this has become a common feature of other large, Democrat-controlled cities as well.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 20, 2021 at 3:04 pm

These Six Simple Steps will increase crime

You too can have violent crime like this if you do the following:

  1. Defund the police so that they have to reduce staff and policing activities.
  2. Make it clear that it’s the Police who are the problem, thereby causing officers to quit in large numbers before they become the next scapegoat to political ambition, and severely restrict the policing they do, both of which reinforce step 1.
  3. Have District Attorneys (DA’s) with policies to reduce prison populations by releasing long-term convicted prisoners, including those convicted of violent crime.
  4. Have DA’s release people just arrested by police (no cash bail and so forth), as well as dropping charges against them, especially if they’re BLM or Antifa protestors.
  5. Reduce the thresholds for “minor” crime, like refusing to prosecute unless it’s more than $900-$1000 of theft.
  6. Vote Democrat Party politicians into power in all positions and levels in your city for decades, because One Party control has always worked before.

I should add that there is a seventh step:

Make sure you have an MSM willing to cover your Democrat backside on all this until things become too awful to ignore and then report on it as a surprising new piece of unexpected news.

GFAZ

In 2020 in Seattle, Antifa booted the cops out of one part of the city and created the CHAZ, the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, a fabulous new Anarcho-Communist area of the USA that began falling apart after a couple of days with food shortages and violence.

It looks like something similar has been created in Minneapolis, the George Floyd Autonomous Zone, an area around the site of Floyd’s death which has been barricaded, where Militants rule and the local cops are not welcome, although it seems that it’s only the police they want kept out rather than the rest of the system.

Not that the cops bother trying to go there anymore, especially having lost an incredible one third of their number in the last year, with the survivors well aware that they have zero backing from the community and the political leadership. Even the slightest mistake or mis-judgement will be pounced on as evidence of “police brutality” and likely “racism” as well. Why stick around for that.

“One of us is gonna get killed and nobody cares. And that’s what’s sad. Nobody cares. Not the citizens, not our brass. Not our administration, not our city. They don’t care. They don’t care one bit.”

Even the MSM are uninvited, as this reporter found out.

Several people have been shot and killed in the Zone, with no consequences. Incredibly some businesses in the area apparently still think they can save themselves by siding with these people, including one place that was torched during last year’s riots.

Reminds me of the classic Biblical story.

For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

Except in this case it’s not working, and the effects are spreading across the city:

… the prevalence of unjust killing and violence in the Twin Cities area has vastly increased since last summer’s protests and riots. Minneapolis recorded its second-most homicides ever in 2020 — after only 1995, when the city was ignobly dubbed “Murderapolis” in national media. And the trend has continued to escalate in 2021: between January 1 and April 25, the number of homicides increased by 92% compared to the same period in 2020.

A retroactive analysis showed a 537% increase in carjackings in one month — November 2020 — compared to November 2019. Yes, you read that correctly: 537%.

Good heavens! I’m stunned and amazed.

More than 80% of the shooting victims in 2020 were black.

This is my shocked face. Also, you’ll be stunned to learn that the vast bulk of these shootings were not committed by White Supremacists, the Proud Boys or any of the other boogeymen conjured up by the Democrat Party to justify their Washington D.C. hysteria dance of the last few months.

At least The Guardian covered it. On the left is the front page of the local paper, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, the next morning. They’re totally complicit in this with their No Enemies To The Left reporting narrative.

I did like this little caveat in that previous article:

Yes, it’s true: police are generally not credentialed experts in criminology or sociology, and their theories for complex multi-causal phenomena obviously should not be taken as gospel. Still, it is worth incorporating their viewpoint into any assessment of the overall situation.

That turns out to be not just a “Don’t hurt me for reporting an opinion” but a segue into telliing what the “non-police citizens” think. This one is my favourite:

Kevin C. is 22 years old and lives with his younger sister in their great-grandmother’s house off Lake Street in South Minneapolis — the epicenter of last summer’s riots and protests. He was a protester himself, and even had to jump out of the way during an infamous incident when a tanker truck nearly barreled into the crowd he was in on the interstate.

A few weeks ago, he said, there was a shooting in the alley behind his house — bullets were flying just yards from him and his sister. “The police came, but they didn’t really like, investigate,” he recalled. “They just shined their lights and then drove off.”

He said he’d noticed a steep decline in police presence lately, especially after last week’s trial of Derek Chauvin ended with a guilty verdict. “Even before the trial,” he said, “they would drive through here, but there wouldn’t be any, like, policing going on.”

It’s like,… you know,… like a complete mystery isn’t it Kevin? My suggestion is to join a local pistol club, buy an AR-15 at a minimum and get some firearms training: the NRA provides that. Nice people too.

I don’t think the reporter chose the following very well in further describing Kevin. I’ll just leave this here:

He is shortsighted, and said the eyeglasses store he used to go to down the street has been permanently shuttered since last summer. 

The article goes into some backgrounds of the people who have been murdered, which is nice because otherwise they’d be forgotten by history, like 78 year old Maria Elena Mantini, who was stabbed to death at a bus stop on the morning of March 17.

But the criminals are just getting started. As the weather warms up so does the crime:

A nine-year-old Minneapolis girl is in the hospital after she was struck by gunfire over the weekend, making her the second child to be shot in the city in under a month. The girl was shot in the head while she played with friends on a trampoline

six people were shot in Minneapolis the same Saturday night.

The criminals are also getting bolder than just randomly shooting little girls:

Multiple police officers were injured throughout the night while responding to calls. In one case, officers were maced by someone with a “party can” of pepper spray when responding to a stabbing around 2:15 a.m. outside the Pourhouse on Hennepin Avenue, according to Crime Watch Minneapolis. Two officers were taken to the hospital about an hour earlier when a group of street racers threw rocks at the first responders.

This caused Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to conduct a press conference where he pleaded with judges to stop releasing violent offenders, which has been another Democrat policy across the USA with many elected District Attorney’s carrying it out (once again I note the similarity of Left policies in the USA and here). The Chief’s pleas will likely fall on deaf ears, judging by this response from none other than the City Council President Lisa Bender (love the mask):

Basically nothing has changed since this 2020 interview with the same evil moron.

With people like this in charge, “Murderapolis” is now well on the way to joining Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago and a bunch of other Democrat-run shit holes, and unlike the mid-1990’s when national Democrats like Bill Clinton and Joe Biden were keen to be tough on crime, I can’t see Minneapolis recovering this time around thanks to the culture change.

Minneapolis has been under total Democrat control for more than five decades, and they’ve been “progressive” Democrats too rather than those nasty old guys like Democrat National Committee member, Alabama’s ‘Bull’ Conner.

Democrat politicians and voters are just going to have learn the hard way, as one Democrat did a few days ago in Atlanta (shootings up 46 percent, murders up 59 percent and car thefts up 25 percent in the last year):

A councilman and mayoral candidate in Atlanta who backs the ‘Defund the Police’ movement and voted to cut the police budget by $73 million, was dragged from his car while it was being stolen Wednesday.

Brown held on and was dragged for a block before he let go… [he] says the thieves appear to be children from 7 to 11 years old … He claims it took 45 minutes for police to arrive because it was assigned as a low-priority dispatch.

Antonio Brown

Awwww! Somebody may need to explain to this utterly un-self aware asshole that when funding and staff get cut priorities have to be imposed, and it looks like carjackings are not as high up the list as he must have hoped when he called the cops.

Mmm… Mmm….. that is schadenfreudelicious.

But no word on whether it has changed his mind any more than Bender has changed hers. Given that he’s currently under indictment on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, and bank fraud you’d have thought he’d have the decency to admire than handiwork of the boys rather than snitching on them to the cops.

See also:

The Democrat Cities: Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Riots: Looking back – and forward

It was a good laptop, Marilyn, and I liked it.

No matter how crazy you think the USA can be, there will always be some real news out of the nation that beats your fictional idea hands down.

One of the latest comes out of Alaska where the Anchorage Daily News interviewed a woman named Marilyn Hueper about how she got raided by the FBI:

Hueper said the agents broke down her door Wednesday morning as she, her husband and some guests were asleep. When she asked why they didn’t just knock, she was told that they did, but no one answered, so the agents went to get breakfast. When they returned, they knocked again, and when no one answered, they broke open the door, she said.

Hueper said the officers had guns drawn and handcuffed her, her husband and their guests. She and her husband were put in different rooms and couldn’t see what was happening as the officers searched, according to Hueper.

Sounds serious. The FBI thought they had the right suspect:

An officer pulled out a photo of a woman in the Capitol on Jan. 6 and asked if she knew who the woman was. Hueper was surprised, she said, because the woman looked like her and had a coat like one she owns. But Hueper said she’s never had a sweater like one the woman was wearing in a second picture.

Hueper said she was able to point to other photos, provided later in the interview, to show differences in her appearance from the woman shown. The woman in the photo has detached earlobes — hers are attached. The other woman also has a different brow shape, Hueper said, adding that she’s never worn the kind of high boots that the woman wore.

“This chick looks like she has detached earlobes, which makes me jealous,” Marilyn Hueper said of the woman in the screen grabs. “I’ve always wanted detached earlobes.”

Don’t we all. But it turns out that this was not about any charge of trespassing, let alone “sedition” or “insurrection”.

You may recall such terms being thrown around after Jan 6 by hysterics and Democrat partisan axe grinders looking for their own Reichstag Fire moment.

No, this was about a laptop. A very special laptop:

“And they said, ‘Well, we’re here for Nancy Pelosi’s laptop.’ And I said, ‘Oh, so it was stolen and it’s at large, good to know. I thought maybe it was just conspiracy theory, so thanks for the intel,’” she said.

Heh. She sounds like a very cool customer. It was actually confirmed way back in early January by Pelosi’s COS that one of her laptops was missing, but “was only used for presentations.” Well sure, but there could still be some very juicy stuff on there and I’m sure Botox Pelosi wants it back.

Sending the FBI to get it is probably a mistake however, given their recent standards of investigation, as evidenced by the picture on the right that they recently submitted in a criminal complaint.

In addition, if the USA wanted actual comedians who enjoyed puncturing the pompous and the powerful, you really couldn’t do better than using this story of the FBI, Pelosi’s laptop and Alaska as the basis of a parody skit.

I very much doubt Saturday Night Live or any of the late-night comedic hosts will do so, but if they do here’s the famous movie scene they could use:

Written by Tom Hunter

May 2, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Sabrina the teenage felon – and other idiocies

The phrase, The Law is an Ass, has been around for a very long time, with the book Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens held to have publicised what likely already existed in everyday British talk.

Today’s example comes from the USA and it’s quite a doozy:

A former Oklahoma resident got married and when she tried to change her last name on her Texas driver’s license, found out she was a wanted woman in her old state — for failing to return a VHS tape over two decades ago.

“The first thing the woman answering the phone at the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office told me was I was wanted for felony embezzlement, so, I thought I was gonna have a heart attack,” McBride said.

Online documents show Caron McBride is a wanted woman for never returning a rental VHS tape of “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” in 1999.

Felony embezzlement in Oklahoma has the following penalties:

  • Less than $500 is considered a misdemeanor and may be punished by a maximum of one year in jail and a fine of $1,000
  • $500 to $999 is considered a felony, and punishments may include up to one year in jail, a $5,000 fine and payment of restitution

So normally it would be the first, but like library fines, the costs could have mounted to beyond $500 after twenty one years. That link also explains why it’s regarded as embezzlement and not plain old-fashioned theft.

To be fair to the authorities it seems that her case will be dismissed & the Cleveland County Court Clerk has been ordered to expunge the indictment. The business closed years ago so technically there’s no victim here.

Meantime there are other thefts being committed.

Meanwhile crimes against good taste are being committed every day.

Yes, that is a children’s book written by the current Vice-President of the USA, Kamala Harris.

It’s a nice theme, but does it really have to have her on the cover with the Capitol Building the in background? Talk about self-promotion, but perhaps such children’s books are a thing with female leaders nowadays.

It could be worse though. Last year, amidst all the excitement of riots and looting in the USA a little book was published that took a very unusual view of such things.

But what really made me laugh was the standard stuff you find inside all published books.

Sooner or later somebody will scan this book and release a free PDF. How will the author respond to the “looter” who has deprived her of nothing except the fees she hoped to collect from sales of the book?

I doubt Ms Osterwell will be writing a book about the history of irony any time soon.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 30, 2021 at 12:17 pm

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The Chauvin Trial

George Floyd’s death in 2020 while being arrested in Minneapolis, led to violent riots across American cities for months, leading to multiple deaths, vast amounts of property destruction, particularly of small businesses and – for all practical purposes the destruction of the Minneapolis CBD, as well as severe damage to the CBD’s of other small cities and, in the case of Chicago, one big city.

Given this, the trial of the police officer in charge of Floyd’s arrest, Derek Chauvin, on charges of second degree murder, is likely to be one of the more important trials in the history of the USA. If Chauvin is found not guilty, I have no doubt that the riots will be repeated across the USA. Whether the Democrat Party will move against them or not is a question mark, given that they will no longer be useful as a weapon to be wielded against a sitting GOP President.

For reasons of ideology – the demand of Critical Race Theory (and its street thug version, Burn Loot Murder) that America is a systemically racist country – and a simple and well-founded fear of the mob, the state forces of Minneapolis and Minnesota absolutely must obtain a conviction of Chauvin.

To this end the city and state have marshalled huge resources for the prosecution, with multiple lawyers and all the research backup one could want. That’s before we even consider whether a impartial jury can even be hoped for after this last year.

By contrast, Chauvin’s defence lawyer, Eric Nelson, is basically on his own, other lawyers and law firms having backed away from having any contact with the defence because they’re afraid of the mobs, both street and professional. This list includes numerous law firms that have gleefully provided pro bono legal defence to Islamic Jihadist terrorists over the years – and been applauded for that by their fellow trial attorney’s.

Yes, that’s how screwed up this whole system of law and order is, let alone justice, which is always something different from law and order.

The best source of analysis of the trial that you’re going to get will be Scott Johnson at the Powerline blog. The following link, The Chauvin Trial, includes past commentary as he analysed the lead up to the trial, including jury selection, and the latest updates going forward:

The reasons for following Johnson on this trial are as follows:

  • He is a retired attorney with hundreds of trial cases behind him. He understands both the law and the tactics of a legal case fought in the courtroom, whether criminal or civil.
  • He has been writing for twenty five years on public policy issues such as income inequality, income taxes, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, welfare reform, and race in the criminal justice system.
  • He is a Minneapolis resident, so is intimately familiar with the local politics, law and people; the world in which judgement is going to be rendered on Chauvin.
  • He is a right-winger, meaning more than simple membership of the GOP. This means he brings a perspective unlikely to be found in the MSM, especially here in NZ, where it will simply be Reuters/AP/WaPo channeled through the likes of the NZ Herald.

If you are at all interested in this criminal trial I strongly urge you to follow what Scott Johnson writes about it at Powerline.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 2, 2021 at 7:00 am

The Struggle Sessions – Everyday Life

So far in the Struggle Sessions I’ve looked at where it came from, its effects in Academia, MSM, and even Science.

But it’s beginning to hit home to everyday people as well.

Some of this is obvious, as shown by Matt Taibbi’s article on the MSM:

Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey, who argued for police reform and attempted to show solidarity with protesters in his city, was shouted down after he refused to commit to defunding the police. Protesters shouted “Get the fuck out!” at him, then chanted “Shame!” and threw refuse, Game of Thrones-style, as he skulked out of the gathering. Frey’s “shame” was refusing to endorse a position polls show 65% of Americans oppose, including 62% of Democrats, with just 15% of all people, and only 33% of African-Americans, in support.

Each passing day sees more scenes that recall something closer to cult religion than politics. White protesters in Floyd’s Houston hometown kneeling and praying to black residents for “forgiveness… for years and years of racism” are one thing, but what are we to make of white police in Cary, North Carolina, kneeling and washing the feet of Black pastors? What about Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer kneeling while dressed in “African kente cloth scarves”? 

There is symbolism here that goes beyond frustration with police or even with racism: these are orgiastic, quasi-religious, and most of all, deeply weird scenes,

Heh. What is not deeply weird is the classic feature of Nineteen Eighty Four, in which history is constantly updated, and woe betide anybody who does not keep up:

Even people who try to keep up with protest goals find themselves denounced the moment they fail to submit to some new tenet of ever-evolving doctrine, via a surprisingly consistent stream of retorts: fuck you, shut up, send money, do better, check yourself, I’m tired and racist.

I’ve referred before to Andrew Sullivan’s 2018 piece, We All Live on Campus Now, which pointed out that campus insanity was going to spread beyond universities as people graduated:

Why does it matter? These are students, after all. They’ll grow up once they leave their cloistered, neo-Marxist safe spaces. The real world isn’t like that. You’re exaggerating anyway. And so on…

The reason I don’t agree with this is because I believe ideas matter. When elite universities shift their entire worldview away from liberal education as we have long known it toward the imperatives of an identity-based “social justice” movement, the broader culture is in danger of drifting away from liberal democracy as well. 

To put it another way: the Culture Wars in the USA matter because their impacts are real and spreading not just across the USA but across the Western world. Sullivan has followed that article up with this one in 2020, Is there still room for debate?:

In the last couple of weeks, as the purges of alleged racists have intensified in every sphere, and as so many corporations, associations, and all manner of civic institutions have openly pledged allegiance to anti-racism, with all the workshops, books, and lectures that come with it, I’m reminded of a Václav Havel essay, “The Power of the Powerless.”

Short answer: NO! With regard to Havel, I thought I’d coined that phrase in 2007 on Kiwiblog. Nuts!

A lot of the crap that’s hitting the corporate world outside of the MSM places Sullivan is writing about, is a nasty little polemic called White Fragility. Back to Taibbi again as he reviews this ludicrous best selling book, Taibbi is not gentle. The book is actually being used as a basis for “training” in the Human Resource departments of US corporations and government departments, hardly surprising given that its author, Robin DiAngelo, is a former corporate consultant. She certainly landed on the gravy train with this one.

DiAngelo isn’t the first person to make a buck pushing tricked-up pseudo-intellectual horseshit as corporate wisdom, but she might be the first to do it selling Hitlerian race theory…

DiAngelo’s writing style is pure pain. The lexicon favored by intersectional theorists of this type is built around the same principles as Orwell’s Newspeak: it banishes ambiguity, nuance, and feeling and structures itself around sterile word pairs…

Writers like DiAngelo like to make ugly verbs out of ugly nouns and ugly nouns out of ugly verbs (there are countless permutations on centering and privileging alone)…

Put simply, the book is dumber than the average business book of the last forty years, and is certainly having worse consequences than something like the hideous 1980’s tome, In Search of Excellence, which, as just one example, highlighted IBM just before it started going down the crapper. It’s not surprising that White Fragility manages to twist the story of Jackie Robinson completely inside out, arguing that people back in the 1940’s believed that “Robinson finally had what it took to play with whites”. Taibbi really takes issue with this:

There is not a single baseball fan anywhere – literally not one, except perhaps Robin DiAngelo, I guess – who believes Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier because he “finally had what it took to play with whites.” Everyone familiar with this story understands that Robinson had to be exceptional, both as a player and as a human being, to confront the racist institution known as Major League Baseball….

Robinson’s story moreover did not render “whites, white privilege, and racist institutions invisible.” It did the opposite. … Robinson’s story, on every level, exposed and evangelized the truth about the very forces DiAngelo argues it rendered “invisible.” 

It takes a special kind of ignorant for an author to choose an example that illustrates the mathematical opposite of one’s intended point, but this isn’t uncommon in White Fragility, which may be the dumbest book ever written. It makes The Art of the Deal read like Anna Karenina.

Heh! But that’s what you get when dumb theories are applied to the real world, which is the story of Critical Race Theory. Because of his grounding in Old Fashioned Socialism Taibbi spends more time sticking it to the Capitalist Masters using this shite…

For corporate America the calculation is simple. What’s easier, giving up business models based on war, slave labor, and regulatory arbitrage, or benching Aunt Jemima? There’s a deal to be made here, greased by the fact that the “antiracism” prophets promoted in books like White Fragility share corporate Americas instinctive hostility to privacy, individual rights, freedom of speech, etc.

… than he does sticking it to his fellow Lefties who have pushed it for twenty years now. Still, I appreciated this bit:

White Fragility has a simple message: there is no such thing as a universal human experience, and we are defined not by our individual personalities or moral choices, but only by our racial category. If your category is “white,” bad news: you have no identity apart from your participation in white supremacy (“Anti-blackness is foundational to our very identities… Whiteness has always been predicated on blackness”), which naturally means “a positive white identity is an impossible goal.” 

DiAngelo instructs us there is nothing to be done here, except “strive to be less white.” To deny this theory, or to have the effrontery to sneak away from the tedium of DiAngelo’s lecturing – what she describes as “leaving the stress-inducing situation” – is to affirm her conception of white supremacy. This intellectual equivalent of the “ordeal by water” (if you float, you’re a witch) is orthodoxy across much of academia.

Read the whole thing.

And the real-world impacts on people are here, as a former HR person describes how she saw the shift when VP of Diversity and Inclusion for Apple, Denise Young-Smith was forced to resign for saying the following at a conference:

“Diversity is the human experience. I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT.” Her answer was met with a round of applause at the session. Young Smith went on to add that “there can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blonde men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.”

Ms Young-Smith is Black and that was in 2015, before the whole White Fragility and Critical Race Theory really got started in the HR departments, as witnessed by the city of Seattle:

In the US this is happening in Federal Departments as well:

The “HR” components in various offices are not run by “political appointees”.  These offices are run by career officials who carry over from one administration to the next.  In my experiences over 22+ years, EVERY such office was stocked by raging left-wing liberals.  Political leadership was largely powerless to “rein them in” because any such action would be seen as being based on the “content” of their HR advocacy, and itself the subject on HR complaint.  The people in those positions are pretty much “independent operators” within the agencies where they work, and the greater workforce is compelled to be silent about their pushing left-wing social policies under the guise of “HR” compliance.

Including – I shit you not – Sandia National Laboratories, a nuclear weapons lab, where it was found that expectations of competence are “devastating” to lesbians and “people of colour.” And where white male employees found themselves subjected to psychological abuse, before being told to issue hand-written apologies, atoning for their maleness and the colour of their skin. I don’t know about you but I very much like people working around nuclear weapons to be competent, although perhaps this is just another Leftie angle at eliminating such weapons?

All of which was why Trump issued an Executive Order to refrain from teaching this racist crap in Federal areas:

The President has directed me to ensure that Federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions…. [A]ll agencies are directed to begin to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any training on “critical race theory/”white privilege,” or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil. In addition, all agencies should begin to identify all available avenues within the law to cancel any such contracts and/or to divert Federal dollars away from these un-American propaganda training sessions.

Naturally this was categorised by helpful propagandists like Chris Wallace of Fox News as merely “teaching racial sensitivity“, and he did that in one of the Presidential debates. Awww…. who could be against something so moderate? The incoming Harris-Biden administration will reverse that EO and put CRT training on steroids. But the same shit is happening in private sector corporations and their “training sessions” as well.

But here is just one of many examples of this how horror is hitting ordinary people outside of HR departments – as it is ultimately intended to:

Last night I talked to a mother who described how her 11-year-old daughter is at a loss to know how to respond to the pressure she faces from her peers and others on Instagram to include a BLM hashtag on her posts. ‘Can I just post a cake that I baked on Instagram?’, she asked. When young children are faced with the demand to conform or else, it is clear that a powerful mood of illiberal intolerance is sweeping our societies. Threatened with being ostracised, children as young as 11 and 12 now feel compelled to fall in line. Suddenly, the term ‘peer pressure’ has acquired a whole new dimension.

Of course even your innocent little kids can’t escape. That’s one of the core aspects of totalitarian ideas. But I’ll leave the last word to Tatinia McGrath:

The Democrat Cities: Portland

If there’s one city in the USA that is ground-zero for the Antifa movement it’s poor old Portland, Oregon. I don’t know why that should be but the results are not good. The city where BLM/Antifa never stopped rioting. Disturbances continue nightly in Portland, as it has since May 29, though the targets are now more diffuse and away from the CBD (the morons tried recreating Seattle’s CHAZ in Portland).

It’s notable that things have cooled a bit since the November election, leading me to wonder how many of these BLM/Antifa types were just Democrats stirring things up so that “healing” could occur were Trump defeated. I base that suspicion on the fact that the anti-war movements of the Double O’s, including Code Pink, basically fell apart soon after January 20, 2009, leaving true believers like Cindy Sheehan to wonder why they had been abandoned when nothing on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan had changed from BushHitler days.

Still, Antifa criminals continue to be arrested, immediately released, and returned to the streets.

“Antifa rioters in north Portland have access to more than $1.3m in bail money, as well as pro bono lawyers. This is one reason even the extremely violent suspects get released so quickly to riot again.”

Antifa’s White Privilege

The whole White Privilege of Antifa, as evidenced by these photos of some Portland plonkers arrested on just one day.

Being arrested means nothing in Portland if you’re a member of Antifa. Aside from the bail money backing there’s the local DA:

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.

The Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner pinned the blame precisely:

To District Attorney Schmidt: You ran on a platform of police accountability, which was a thinly veiled threat to indict police officers. What about indicting rioters who loot, burn, destroy, and assault? What about your ethical and moral duties to uphold the law and keep all our citizens safe? The people committing arson and assault are not peaceful protestors; they are criminals. Step up and do your job; hold the rioters accountable. If there is no consequence for crimes from the District Attorney’s office, there is no reason for criminals to stop the chaos...

I am disgusted that our City has come to this. If it is acceptable for rioters to commit acts of violence against community members and to try and burn down occupied buildings, and if this conduct is allowed to continue, then Portland is lost.

Things were no better at the state level. When Oregon Governor Kate Brown(D) announced a plan in early September for dealing with the riots by bringing in more resources, sheriffs made it quite clear what the actual problem was:

Had Governor Brown discussed her plan with my office, I would have told her it’s about changing policy not adding resources. Increasing law enforcement resources in Portland will not solve the nightly violence and now, murder. The only way to make Portland safe again, is to support a policy that holds offenders accountable for their destruction and violence. That will require the DA to charge offenders appropriately and a decision by the Multnomah County Presiding Judge not to allow offenders released on their own recognizance, and instead require bail with conditions. The same offenders are arrested night after night, only to be released by the court and not charged with a crime by the DA’s Office. The next night they are back at it, endangering the lives of law enforcement and the community all over again.

It’s tempting to say, “Well, Duh”, but in fact the policies of Brown, Wheeler, the DA and many local Democrat leaders is not so much willful blindness and stupidity but active ideological intent. They want those criminals to continue acting as criminals because they think it will enable their political ambitions and they have come around to the old notion that it is societies that are the real criminals.

It should be noted that if the Proud Boys, Boogaloo Boys and company were actually involved in any meaningful way with these riots – and they are always mentioned in these discussions by defenders of the Democrats and Antifa – then there is no way that DA Schmidt would be allowing them to walk. The fact that so few such people are in jail in Portland and Oregon (or Seattle) is a testament to how irrelevant they are to this debate and how much of a convenient, bullshit excuse they are for the US Far Left.

There were also the larger political objectives, like getting rid of Trump. So when the President ordered various Federal agencies to start arresting people who attacked Federal buildings and employees – since the Portland Police seemed unable to do so – the outcry from the Democrat mayor and Oregon’s Democrat governor was immediate. They wanted that to stop. Apparently they like the “protestors” more than their voters in downtown Portland, which is now mainly boarded up.

Like most politicians he doesn’t say what specific pro-active methods he’s going to use to end these “violent demonstrations” and the fact that they ploughed on for over one hundred days proved that he either had no idea or didn’t care. At best he thought that the Feds leaving the city would do the trick, even though he’s part of the hated “Fascist System” as well. It’s not like the Portland Police had not already been a target of Antifa violence on many occasions.

When Wheeler tried this stunt again in press conference he finally got fact-checked in real time:

A reporter then points out the riots were already happening for 5 straight weeks before DHS came.

To which there was no answer. Of course. Wheeler would then go on to embarrass himself by pleading with the rioters to stop (on the 68th night of rioting) – because they were helping Trump:

“You are creating the B-roll film that will be used nationally to help Donald Trump in this campaign. You don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up,”

Don’t appeal to any sense of law and order, or civility or decency. No, instead you appeal to the mob’s innate political Far Left beliefs and the idea that they might be helping their mortal enemies.

What a prick.

In any case the Antifa mobs ignored Wheeler completely, which is hardly a surprise when you listened to their “leaders”:

Black Lives Matter leader Lilith Sinclair says she’s “organizing for the abolition of not just the militarized police state but also the United States as we know it”

It should therefore come as no surprise when a number of Portland cops of all races, male and female, described what they’re facing:

“The crowd keyed in on [the female officers], saying some of the most vile things to them, talking about sex assault, about being sex objects for other officers,” Maxey said. “There was one individual that said that he was going to take the baton from one of the female officers and sexually abuse her with it. It was something that is so vile, no one should be exposed to it.

Sgt. Derrick Foxworth, who is black, agreed saying that he had not seen any racism from the Portland Police and that they can’t focus on other crime if they continuously have to deal with the rioters. He said they needed the community relationship engendered by the GVRT in order to successfully deal with gun crime.

Elijah Schaffer noted another Black cop giving his own insight into the Alice-In-Wonderland insanity he encounters with White BLM protestors.

You’re at a BLM protest, you have more minorities on the Police side than you have in a violent crowd. And you have white people screaming at Black officers: “You have the biggest nose I’ve ever seen”

They don’t even know that the tactics that they are using are the same tactics that were used against my people. And they don’t even know their own history…

Coming from someone who graduated from PSU with a History degree, it’s actually frightening. You know they say if you don’t know your history you’ll repeat it… and watching people do that to other people.

Every time I try to have a conversation with someone that looks like me someone White comes up and blocks them and tells them not to talk.

I disagree with one of Schaffer’s points: as that Antifa leader shows, they know exactly what they’re doing. They’re trying to destroy the entire system. That’s their goal and they could not care less about accusations of hypocrisy and double standards:

… an ongoing effort by a complex, distributed antifa network to conduct a “dilemma action,” intended to target the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) based on several days of open-source research and direct observation.

Put simply a dilemma action is a strategy using carefully-targeted types and degrees of civil disobedience to cause security forces to either concede the space and thus exhibit weakness, or respond in a manner that appears disproportionate and evokes negative sentiments in the population.

Win Win for Antifa.

Incidentally the GRVT that Sgt. Foxworth referred to is the Gun Violence Reduction Team, which was cut as part of the whole Defund The Police insanity. So much for the Democrat Party’s stand on “gun control”. The results here have also been predictable:

Portland had a higher number of homicides in July than they had during any other one-month period over the last 30 years. There’s also been a surge in assaults, burglaries, vandalism, and shootings. As of July 30, 15 people were killed in Portland in July alone, according to The Oregonian. They’ve already had 24 killings for this year. There were 63 shootings so far this month compared to 28 in July 2019, according to the Police Bureau, more than double last year.

All that blood is on Wheeler’s hands, as well as Antifa’s, although for the latter group it’s all grist to the mill in destroying the society they hate: Win Win for them again.

It therefore may surprise you to know that Wheeler was re-elected in November. It won’t surprise you when you learn who his opponent was:

Longtime Portland community organizer Sarah Iannarone has made no secret of her political sympathies. She declared last year that “I am Antifa” and wryly embraced the “Antifa mayor” label. She and her campaign manager, Gregory McKelvey, were featured in a December article in Playboy with the headline “Antifa in Focus.”

“I am antifa,” she tweeted in September. “I stand proudly beside the good people of this city organizing in countless ways every day to oppose hate in its myriad forms.”

Why yes, her skirt is covered with the faces of Che, Mao and countless other blood-soaked Communist murderers. Ignore the bland and stupid smiling face: these people are her heroes. If she wore images of Himmler, Goering and company she’d be politically dead, yet just a month before the election she led Wheeler in the polls by 11 points.

Un-fucking believable.

Wheeler won by the smallest margin in Portland mayoral history, 5.4%. But read that link to The Oregonian for the tongue bath it gives to Wheeler and Iannarone and note this:

“At the end of the day Portland is a liberal town, but it’s not that far left and there’s a ceiling for that, right now,” Horvick said. 

Key words those: “Right now.” But plenty of potential for Iannarone and company in the future.

If that’s how screwed up the voters of Portland are now then it’s hard to see how the city has a viable future.

The sad list: The Democrat Cities