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Where did Wokeness come from?

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Is the title of an interesting article at the City-Journal website by one Theodore Kupfer.

It may have started in the USA, but its roots are varied.

He reviews the leading theories, which I’ll summarise here:

  • Idealist
    the offspring of long-gestating intellectual trends”.
  • Psychological
    Either a quasi-religion “filling a spiritual vacuum in American life” or “a byproduct of the infantilization of young Americans”.
  • Materialist
    “woke capital” finding money making opportunities in fads like ESG or “woke labor”“a glut of well-educated but insecure white-collar workers use their control over corporate resources to push a political agenda that they not only agree with but also depend upon for job security”.
  • Legalist
    “Civil rights laws intended to combat discrimination growing cancerously into a set of legal doctrines that actively promote it.”

Kupfer doesn’t think that any of these has sufficient explanatory power by itself, which I agree with. It’s all of them:

Left with a set of theories that don’t seem to work on their own but complement each other well, one could embrace a synthesis: a perfect-storm view, in which all these different phenomena happen at once.

Thus, a certain brand of overprotective parent raised a generation of kids susceptible, in an era of declining religiosity, to morally urgent ideologies.

The theory-suffused academy was happy to supply such an ideology, which these kids took up with gusto upon arriving on campus, despite its evident shortcomings.

When they graduated and started entering the white-collar work force, litigation-averse corporations – already seasoned in adjusting their behavior to comply with civil rights laws – happily indulged the political demands of this socially engaged class of workers.

And, thanks to the immense cultural power of well-educated Americans and the economic power of large companies, that ideology became increasingly visible, and eventually all but inescapable.

And as I often say, theories, fads and trends that emerge in America spread elsewhere fast, at least in the Western world. I already made reference to this in a comment on my own post about the slowly growing pushback by gays and lesbians against the Trans movement, which comment was to this link:

Shame on the British Police (again: see Will be I arrested now, or later?).

Also see this article in the British Spectator, Why are lesbians no longer welcome at Pride:

Whilst Pride became populated with floats carrying drag queens resplendent in tassels, glitter and sequins, with rollerskating nuns following behind, lesbians sought to continue to remind the world that there were real issues to be fought, such as women losing their children to violent men because of anti-lesbian bigotry in the family courts; compulsory heterosexuality and the pressure to marry men and have babies, and a total lack of understanding that women have the right to control our own sexuality.

Lesbians have had enough, as we saw from the Cardiff parade yesterday. If gay men wish to turn what used to be an honourable protest march into nothing more than a street party, and include kinksters and cross dressers in the rainbow flag, that’s up to them, but lesbians have a lot of work left to do.

As Angela Wild, a founder member of GTLO told me, they protested the march to highlight the appalling treatment of lesbians by the queer-identified crowd, and the climate of sexual coercion that lesbian have to navigate daily. ‘The way we were treated, both by the LGBT crowd and the police who refused to let us march and failed to protect us is a clear reflection of the current anti-lesbian image brought by trans activists,’ says Wild.”

Welcome to Straight World, sweetie – or should I say “Cis-gendered” World – including all the standard agitprop strategies and tactics you’ve employed for decades now. Something, something Ouroboros.

Political Akido

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The philosophy of the martial art of Akido is to use an opponent’s strengths and energy against them to defend oneself and defeat them.

To that end I’ve been highly amused by a series of billboard and newspaper advertisements that have been appearing across the USA that proclaim the nuttiest “Woke” beliefs of the Democrat Party; ideas that are clearly supported and endorsed within the Party, but which they do not proclaim in public.

The group behind this is called For Sanity. Politico refers to what they call “Citizens For Sanity” as a “dark money” group (they’re fine with dark money for Democrats of course) – so you know those assholes are scared of the impact of having the left’s woke agenda exposed to normal Americans, and likely the rest of the MSM are as well. The Sanity site doesn’t seem to be soliciting for funds, so I guess they’ve got all the “Dark Money” they need! Here’s some examples of their work.

What is so effective about this type of messaging is that Democrats cannot deny the actual message. If they object, then they have to go on record denying their own agenda. Their Far-Left base won’t let them do that.

Perhaps ACT or National, or some private group that supports them, might consider a similar series of advertisements here in New Zealand aimed at the true beliefs of Labour and the Greens that we hear from their online supporters and even sometimes in public, on topics like the environment, 3 Waters and He Puapua.

Of course they’d have to first make sure that their own side doesn’t contain people who believe the same things. For example the following advertisement contains an idea I’ve heard expressed by at least one former National Cabinet Minister – and with the same sort of lofty, dismissive contempt as “Elite Pete”.

Thar’s Guns in them thar Beverley Hills

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yeah, right….

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

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

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

Well yes, and so the inevitable has happened:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Tom Hunter

June 28, 2022 at 1:00 pm

Chicago on the Takapuna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Tom Hunter

June 18, 2022 at 8:53 pm

Canada – then and now

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Canada’s use of the war-time Emergencies Act has certainly startled a lot of people around the world, and probably in Canada too, given that it’s not the sort of fascist play we expect from that nation.

But for those who support such measures, which seems to include about half the nation’s people, there appear to be no qualms at all. Included in that is hypocrisy in its most pure form, where the past is memory-holed.

The truckers were heroes for the modern Left who cosplay around the world about how they’re with the Working Class – right up until they were declared terrorists.

Or how about the Trudeau government’s statement on the Hong Kong protests in April 2021:

Canada expresses grave concerns over the targeting of ten of Hong Kong’s most prominent pro-democracy activists for participation in a peaceful assembly.

The stifling of peaceful political expression continues to encroach on fundamental rights and freedoms in Hong Kong. Democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of assembly are enshrined in the Basic Law, and are part of Beijing’s obligations to the people of Hong Kong under the UN-registered Sino-British Joint Declaration.

They will issue such condemnations in the future but the audience of praise will have shrunk a lot, and the targets of their criticism will nw crack back with mocking laughter.

The hypocrisy is not just in Canada either, as the usual fun is had with the NYT then and now:

Perhaps it’s the blatant double standards that have led to protests swelling in size across Canada in response to the Ottawa bullshit:

The protesters in Ottawa are hoping to make it through the weekend until the Senate convenes. They want to make it to Monday because the Emergencies Act has to be approved by the Parliament within seven days of it being called for, which was on February 14. So it has to be approved by tomorrow. They are hoping that the legislators will not approve it, the police will back off, and the Parliament will address their concerns.

One thing that is a little strange is that it seems those people “arrested” in Ottawa the other day never saw the inside of a jail cell – or charges, as these gentlemen explain:

It’s actually a good sign that the authorities themselves, at least at ground level, are not going full Police State. That could be because they’re aware that Trudeau may not be able to get Parliamentary approval for his use of the Emergencies Act (UPDATE: He did, by turning into a confidence motion for the government).

It could also be that they’re aware with so much focus on Ottawa, police have been pulled from other parts of the nation, leaving it exposed to things like this:

On Thursday, February 17, 2022, shortly after midnight, Houston RCMP was called to the Marten Forest Service Road (FSR) after Coastal Gas Link (CGL) security reported acts of violence at their work site. It was reported approximately 20 people, some armed with axes, were attacking security guards and smashing their vehicle windows. It was initially reported that some CGL employees were trapped, but all had managed to safely leave the area.

Upon police attendance at the 41 km mark, the roadway had been blocked with downed trees, tar covered stumps, wire, boards with spikes in them, and fires had been lit throughout the debris. As police worked their way through the debris and traps, several people threw smoke bombs and fire lit sticks at the police, injuring one officer.

“In one of the most concerning acts, an attempt was made to set a vehicle on fire while workers were inside. The attackers also wielded axes, swinging them at vehicles and through a truck’s window. Flare guns were also fired at workers. Workers fled the site for their own safety and remain shaken by this violent incident.”

So an actual terrorist attack then. But Justin Trudeau said nothing. He did not point out that the attack on the Coastal GasLink workers was “not a peaceful protest.” He did not note that attacking the pipeline hurt the Canadian economy and that the ecoterrorists’ violent actions endangered public safety. He did not invoke the Emergencies Act in connection with this attack or announce that the attackers’ bank accounts would be seized.

That’s because, as with BLM, he’s on the side of those terrorists.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 24, 2022 at 6:00 am

Oh Canada – or why the global Left have wet themselves in delight

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A Pinochet the Left can love

You can see it in uncounted comments on things like FaceTwit. It’s not just Canadian Leftists having a huge orgasm about finally having the cops on their side, ready to go for the bash that they once decried as the horrors of State Violence.

No, the reaction is also across the US and seen even here in NZ with the angry frustrations of the likes of Chris Trotter that the Force have not piled into our local copy of the Ottawa trucker protest.

The funny side of this – if there is a funny side – is that even members of Soy Boy Trudeusescu’s party are feeling … uncomfortable at the idea of implementing what are basically War Powers in peacetime against a bunch of people who have not burned anything down, killed anybody or even beat up anybody.

Unlike the Antifa/BLM protestors, whom this cunt kneeled with in 2020. He would have only be happier if he’d had Fidel Castro to hug. The War Powers Act , renamed some years ago as the Emergencies Act, was last enacted by Pierre Trudeau, the current PM’s father, in response to actual armed, violent terrorists during the great Quebec crisis of 1970 when the Front de libération du Québec kidnapped a provincial Deputy Premier and were threatening all manner of violence.

It enables basically the ultimate in State Power, one-man rule, including tracking down and freezing the bank accounts of people who contributed a few bucks to buying food and fuel for the trucker convoy – and anybody else who has given the finger to this rich-prick child.

And so… “It’s for your safety”.

The Ottawa police actually tried to claim that a bicycle had been thrown at the horses legs. You’d think that trained police officers would have better observation skills to enable distinguishing between a bicycle and a mobility scooter. Such lies might have worked in the pre-smart phone era but not nowadays:

Then their story kept evolving from thrown bicycle to adding later that the “horse tripped.” The horses didn’t trip; they ran them right at the people. This isn’t going to look good for Justin Trudeau, when these pictures are splashed all over the front pages of media. 

Bwahahahahahahah. I checked out a couple of NZ MSM sources and saw nothing of this – of course.

Similarly You can see another protester here, apparently being beaten with a butt of a gun by the police. Keep in mind, none of these people hit back at the police; at best, they resisted being torn from the locked arm lines. Police claim they needed to do that because of protesters’ “assaultive behavior”. Another example here where there is no video to support the police claims. What is captured are police firing some sort of gassy projectiles at the crowd – who then kick them back. Authorities cannot make claims like this in the era of the smart phone. As you can see in this collection of videos or these ones there was no such behaviour. There are no videos that I have seen of any protester’s “assaultive behaviour.” That might be resisting, but that isn’t assault. The cops also beat and pepper-sprayed a reporter so there will court action on that.

But it’s actually the non-violent stuff that is the real threat to Canada’s liberties – and to other democracies, as this US law blog points out:

Fascism is an overused and elastic term that in our politics mostly is used against Republicans for anything liberals don’t like. Donald Trump calling people names on Twitter is not fascism.  Justin Trudeau commanding private businesses unilaterally and without legal consequence to freeze the assets of his political opposition and their supporters is fascism.

Trudeau is dangerous not just because he’s abusing Canadians, but because he is providing the wish list for crackdowns by Democrats in the U.S. We see it already. Big tech corporations do the Democrats’ bidding in silencing critics through deplatforming, censoring content from publication or social media sharing, deplatforming websites from hosting companies and, as in the case of Parler, from the cloud and app stores. Funding platforms like GoFundMe are pressured to suspend fundraising and deprive the beneficiary of the donations, and payment processors and banks are pressured to cut off deplorables.

However, there may be hope:

The Conservatives have gone up 10 points because people are looking at the liberals and seeing what a mess they are. In January, they were dead even with the liberals.

The 10-point jump for the Conservatives comes as Bergen advocates for protesters who’ve been encamped in Ottawa for 22 days to protest federal vaccine mandates, and as the Tories oppose the government’s use of the Emergencies Act, which was invoked to give police new powers to remove those same demonstrators.

Good, although frankly the Canadian people should never had fallen for this shallow, vacuous, doe-eyed worshipper of Cuba and China in the first place.

Written by Tom Hunter

February 22, 2022 at 6:00 am

Do The Crime. Do The Time (Part 2)

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In part 1 I listed a number of ways that Democrat District and City Attorneys in the USA have contributed to the crime wave in the USA.

These are the key factors – and remember that this does not even touch the anti-Police actions. These are simply the factors controlled by the DA’s and CA’s in Democrat-controlled cities

  • Reduced thresholds for laying charges.
  • Quality of Life crimes ignored.
  • Gun “Control”.
  • Bail Reform.
  • Dropping charges
  • Releasing prisoners and Reduced Sentences

I covered the first three in Part 1, so here are the other three.

Remember as you read these, that most of this is coming to NZ via the current Labour government.

Bail Reform

The elimination of cash bail has been done on the basis that it discriminates against poorer defendants: New York, Seattle & Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. That last is actually a study of the effects on crime in Chicago:

In addition, as reported last week in a hard-hitting investigative report by the Chicago Tribune, good reason exists for thinking that these figures on violent crimes committed by releasees may have undercounted what actually happened after the reforms, including undercounting a significant number of homicides by pretrial releasees. 

No similar studies have been done for those other cities but there’s no reason to think they’d be different.

The most recent egregious example is the case of Darrell Brooks, Jr., the guy who killed six people and wounded at least 40 others at a Christmas street parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, by running them over in his car. The man had been released on $1,000 bail after running over his girlfriend, just three weeks earlier and had a rap sheet as long as both your arms.

Dropping charges

The most egregious example in recent times were the incredible number of charges dropped against Antifa/BLM rioters in 2020, Portland being Ground Zero in the practice:

Most of the 550 cases since rioting began on May 29 will be dropped. Out of those numbers, 140 of them were for felonies including assault, arson, riot and theft. Only 45 of those felonies have so far been charged, with many of the rest likely being dropped and others being reviewed.

But these actions apply to a wider group of criminals than Antifa/BLM. Chicago again:

Foxx has dismissed felony cases brought by the police at a rate 35 percent higher than her predecessor

Foxx was already infamous nation-wide for her refusal to prosecute D-grade actor Jussie Smollett in the wake of his faked attack by MAGA’s in one of the same expensive areas just trashed, Streeterville. And that 35 percent dismissal rate of felony crimes (eg. jail time) translates into a total of 25,183 defendants in one year to November 2019.

She’s still at it:

…Foxx declined to approve felony charges in another chilling incident in Chicago’s gang-infested Austin neighborhood. On October 1, a carload of Four Corner Hustlers confronted and opened fire on a rival faction on the 1200 block of North Mason. Caught on film, the brief gun battle between members of the two competing wings of the gang ended with one the attackers dead and two others injured. This exchange of gunfire unfolded right in front of Chicago police officers.

Same in Los Angeles and San Francisco where one such was notably awful even for DA Boudin:

[Boudin] dropped domestic violence charges twice on suspect before he killed a baby… Boudin has reportedly dismissed cases against 113 out of 131 people arrested for felony domestic violence in the last three months of 2020.

Releasing prisoners and Reduced Sentences

There was a terrible example of this just recently in Fairfax County, Virginia:

Judge Randy Bellows has rejected a Descano plea deal. In this one, a man indicted for raping a girl four times during a period in which she was in fifth-through-seventh grade would have received only a three-year prison sentence.

Unfortunately, this case is almost certainly the tip of Descano’s leniency iceberg. Conscientious Fairfax County judges like Bellows won’t be able to correct ultra-lenient policies and practices that lurk below the surface.

In Chicago prisoners are going to be released in order to achieve “equitable incarceration” for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), meaning jail time in proportion to their makeup in the general Chicago population, thus tackling the “systemic racism” of the system:

Thanks to Hey Jackass, we know that as of Nov. 15, roughly 80 percent (67) of identified assailants in 2021 Chicago homicides are black, 15 percent (13) are Hispanic and 5 percent (4) are white*. Now contrast this with Chicago’s general population demographics in which 29 percent is black, 17.3 percent Hispanic and 33.5 percent white.

If my math is correct, we’ll need to tip the black-white incarceration ratio by 500 percent to achieve equity as part of this new diversity and inclusion program as we work together to dismantle systematic racism.

The author has some suggestions to widen this effort, including increasing the percentage of White prisoners via:

  • Any Northside resident who uses the phrase “looting” to describe equitable retail wealth redistribution 
  • Anyone who describes an act of a black person driving into a white crowd in Waukesha as a hate crime  
  • Anyone who does not believe that Kyle Rittenhouse is a white supremacist 

In San Francisco in 2020, Boudin released 40% of prison inmates during the Covid-19 pandemic. He claims that his office “looked closely” and asked of each inmate, “Do they really need to be incarcerated?”. Same in Los Angeles (1700 “non-violent” prisoners or 6%), New York (1,500 or 20%), and Seattle.

While the Covid-19 pandemic was the reason given it was a timely excuse for what these authorities had been wanting to do anyway.

Then there’s the matter of criminals never seeing the inside of a prison in the first place. The following is typical and there have been hundreds like this across the big (and small) Democrat cities.

The District Attorney’s who make this all possible

All of this is down to District Attorneys like Boudin in SF, Gascon in LA and Foxx in Chicago, Mike Schmidt in Portland (who admitted he was an old buddy of a prominent Antifa militant).

The results in Portland:

The Initiative describes a neighborhood needle exchange program degenerating into “human waste in neighbors’ yards, a large vehicle hosting drug deals in the parking lot of the exchange, heroin users shooting up and passing out and then driving off intoxicated, people urinating and defecating in public, clients shooting up in neighbors’ yards, even having sex on a neighbor’s front porch.”

It’s no wonder that Portland’s formerly hot housing market is cooling off and home values are falling. As housing prices increase, not everyone wants to pay record prices to live next to a needle exchange.

The escape from Portland has begun.

One of the incredible aspects to the DA story is that after fucking up San Francisco, the DA, Gascon, decamped a little further south to Los Angeles, where he proceeded to do the same things:

It didn’t take long for Gascón to make enemies and for his policies to offend. Even one of his own deputy DAs couldn’t stomach this boss’s preference for lightening the burden on the criminal’s back and publicly rebuked his superior. The prosecutor says Gascón should never have ruled out the death penalty in the case of a woman and her boyfriend accused of torturing and murdering a 10-year-old boy. “This is not based upon new evidence,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said, according to the City News Service. “This is not based upon new mitigation or new law. I stand by the special-circumstances committee decision that I announced to the court on the record two years ago.” 

Even more amazing perhaps is the DA that the people of San Francisco elected in 2019 to take Gascon’s place, Chesa Boudin, the son of the 1960’s Far Left terrorists David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin. By 2021 there were regrets:

The San Francisco government has abdicated on that responsibility. It is focused on equity & “justice” at the expense of fulfilling its basic duties. Fee caps, school renaming, criminal justice experiments, public banks, red tape, corruption… the list goes on.

My whole life I’ve considered myself a proud liberal, progressive San Francisco Democrat. Today I am ashamed of my city. I see smug ignorance of the laws of unintended consequences. Moral grandstanding winning over data, logic, and facts.

This is not how an American city should look and feel. I feel like I’m on the brink of being red-pilled. How can I not, when our policies are so aligned with the radical left?

But you don’t need to see those figures to feel what that San Francisco women feels”

And it isn’t about metrics. Nobody is saying we are “X% up” in this category. It’s how they feel walking the streets. It’s walking a stroller next to a tent that has a pile of bikes next to it. It’s being screamed at or chased by someone who seems mentally unstable.

Anecdotally, every single one of my friends right now is considering leaving SF (and frankly, myself included). The biggest driver is no longer cost of living. It’s crime. My friends are scared for their children, and their husbands are scared for their wives

I can’t say I’m too impressed by all these people escaping these Democrat-controlled cities when they voted these people in, repeatedly. Have they actually learned anything or will they screw up the next state or city they land in?

Written by Tom Hunter

December 7, 2021 at 5:00 am

Do The Crime. Do The Time (Part 1)

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In the last couple of months there have been two rather extraordinary developments to do with American crimes committed long ago.

First up, in New York the disgraced Governor, Andrew Cuomo, as he went out the door, granted clemency to David Gilbert, a member of the Far Left terrorist Weather Underground group. They had been most active in the late 60’s/early 70’s but Gilbert was jailed for life for his role in the murder of a security guard and two cops during an armoured car heist in 1981.

His partner in the murders, Kathy Boudin, was set free in 2003 and became a professor at Columbia University in New York City. Pretty standard for the US Left actually.

The other one happened in California and the release of its criminal is still uncertain since it’s the decision of the Governor whether to follow the state parole board’s grant of parole to Sirhan Sirhan, who famously assassinated Robert Kennedy in 1968.

But both of these high profile cases are merely the tip of the iceberg that is the increasing decriminalisation of criminals across the USA, or at least in large cities controlled by the Democrat Party. This is related to the Defund The Police movement that gained some traction in the wake of the George Floyd murder.

But it’s far more about simply going easy on many types of criminals, and doing this through control of the District Attorneys who prosecute them after they’ve been arrested. This shows up in several ways:

  • Reduced thresholds for laying charges.
  • Quality of Life crimes ignored.
  • Gun “Control”.
  • Bail Reform.
  • Dropping charges
  • Releasing prisoners and Reduced Sentences

I’ll cover the first three in Part 1 and the other three in Part 2.

Remember as you read these, that most of this is coming to NZ via the current Labour government.

Reduced thresholds for laying charges.

This has mainly focused on “small” crimes, particularly shoplifting, where the threshold was raised from $300 to $1,000 (Chicago):

So far this year [2019], Foxx’s office has rejected 69% of Chicago police officers’ requests for felony retail theft charges, according to data released by her office. And that only applies to those situations where the store signed a complaint. As noted above, that increasingly does not happen in the Chicago area.

I already covered this in the 2020 post, Deck The Halls with Chutzpah, but since then they’ve gone even more upscale than Marshalls. The result is the likes of Macy’s and Disney have left even the high profile shopping area of The Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue) because of ongoing mass shoplifting, and police have issued a formal warning about robberies. A stretch of North Michigan Avenue remains vacant and locked up, something I never imagined could happen there.

In San Francisco and LA it’s $950. The result is the huge drug store chain Walgreens closing 17 stores and Target closing all six SF stores because of rampant shoplifting. There is now no doubt that this is organised looting as many individuals attack a store at once and run out to waiting cars, places like Louis Vitton and Nordstrom’s. And it’s spreading to the tony suburbs of San Francisco (Santa Rosa), LA (Canoga Park, Walnut Creek) and Chicago (Oak Brook): all were daytime attacks.

“They don’t care. There’s no consequences. Literally zero consequences. I’ve kicked out… I’ve been here since 9 AM today. I probably have already kicked out eight or nine people and I’ve recovered a thousand dollars worth of stuff alone off of that. Whether we kick them out, tell them they can’t come back, whether I put them in handcuffs and take them down to the county jail—there is no difference. Because they will not be prosecuted by the district attorney. Therefore, there is nothing documented that they can’t come back here. You know, they get no time in jail to think about what they did, right? There is zero consequence.

Plenty of other small businesses in SF are getting destroyed for the same reason. Just the other day Kevin Nishita, a former police officer working as a security guard, was killed by a group that pulled up on the KRON news crew to rob them in the Bay Area as they were doing a story about all this.

Quality of Life crimes ignored

It’s the West Coast cities where this has shown up the worst.

… former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon decriminalized anti-social behaviors – open-air drugging, urinating and pooping on the streets. He refused to enforce the law and, indeed, wrote Proposition 47 – passed by voters – that has made the homeless problem even worse.

Aside from having screaming drug-users crapping in front of your house this impact has shown up on things like public transport:

The grand jury connected rising crime to four “interrelated quality of life issues” in the BART system: homelessness, cleanliness, fare evasion, and “security and perception of safety.” These factors reflect broader challenges for the city, which struggles with one of the nation’s largest homeless populations and a prolific waste-management problem.

It should come as no surprise that annual ridership on the BART system has declined by 10 million people over the last decade.

These people are not just harming themselves however, as one young couple found out in a Santa Monica carpark when some meth head attacked them once at their car and then when they got away, attacked at the exit (I guess he wasn’t so addled as to not know how to beat the car to that point):

He again demanded he have sex with the girl before they could leave. And again, started dragging her out of the car. The boyfriend jumped out and knocked him off her. At this point, the vagrant ran around to the driver’s seat, and jumped in the car. The girl then jumped out. The vagrant sped away, and the boyfriend chased him down Colorado. The vagrant abruptly stopped the car, and threw it in reverse. He then ran over the boyfriend, back and forth, several times.

The boyfriend survived, with multiple major injuries. This incident was more violent than most but this is now everyday life for people in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Gun “Control”

For all the Democrat screams for more gun control, the evidence of the cities they run is that they don’t mean criminals with guns. Baltimore:

The Baltimore PD released data showing that the average homicide suspect arrested in Baltimore has eight previous arrests. They don’t have the resources to closely monitor all of the violent criminals who are out on parole, so the same shooters wind up being arrested over and over again.

But it’s the same in Seattle

They both have previously been arrested and charged with drive-by shootings and unlawful possession of a firearm in 2018. So the courts knew full well that these were gun-toting gang members. Why did our justice system let them walk free? 

Chicago:

Chicago police seized four weapons and a 50-round ammunition magazine after officers saw four men openly displaying guns amidst a large gathering outside a Near West Side housing complex early Saturday, authorities said. But prosecutors only approved felony charges against one of the accused men. All of the others, charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon, were released on recognizance bonds.

In San Francisco the latest brilliant plan is to pay people not to shoot others:

That’s the principle behind the city’s new Dream Keeper Fellowship, which will enroll 30 individuals deemed at high risk of shooting or being shot and pay them a $300 monthly stipend. They can collect an additional $200 per month for completing such milestones as taking job interviews

Written by Tom Hunter

December 6, 2021 at 6:00 am

Come with us…

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This is deserving of its own post, rather than being put in the previous one, The dark night… even though it’s the same terrible story.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 5, 2021 at 11:04 am

Not the way their lives should end

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Over at Chris Trotter’s blog, Bowalley Road, he recently had a post on the problems that state housing provider Kāinga Ora (KO) is having with “unruly tenants”.

Specifically the problems they’re having with gang members terrorising their neighbours, often very aged neighbours, and the seemingly complete inability of KO to do anything about it. Chris claims that it’s a case of the Labour Minister, Poto Williams, being “entirely captured by her officials”.

No! It is the entirely logical outcome of a modern Left-wing approach to crime that sees criminals as merely a by-product of a bad society, who cannot and should not be punished further.

To that end I saw a comment there from one “Swordfish”, which Chris did not publish but advised to be taken to reporters. Being somewhat familiar with the commentator I tracked him down to his blog, Subzero Politics (which I don’t frequent), and specifically the story of his parents and KO. I won’t re-produce the whole thing here but hopefully the NZ blogosphere will spread this wide enough that the MSM might take an interest in it. It’s horrifying.

My Parents (aged 90 & 91) have been forced to endure 4 years of constant, prolonged violent intimidation and extreme anti-social behaviour (the latter including being very regularly kept awake until dawn, sometimes over 2 or 3 consecutive days) from the Kainga Ora tenant on the other side of their dividing-wall in a two-house Unit (My Parents have lived in their house for almost 60 years & have owned it since the 1970s).

His parents have been driven into a very poor state of health as a result of all this, largely coming from one man, with assistance from an occasional friend of his. “Swordfish” has kept a detailed diary of events and there have been multiple calls to the Police.

Based on my diary entires, my Parents have suffered precisely 116 – let me repeat that … 116 !!! – really large-scale explosions of violent intimidation since their neighbouring tenant arrived in late 2017. Together with several hundred mid-level, more minor & sporadic acts of violence & intimidation. The latter occur on an almost daily basis, except when he is away. This tenant has always been very violent & aggressive in his everyday behaviour, clearly a deeply-ingrained facet of his personality. 

These have involved violent confrontations with others, sometimes out on the street, with what can only be described as insane behaviour inside his own house, which apparently shares a concrete brick wall with the parents. In the last three years his rage has been directly aimed at the parents.

In the very worst of the Major Explosions (and there have been 7 of these = out of 18), in the midst of his multi-hour intimidation, he has gone right along their fenceline, down to their letterbox & driveway, aggressively strutting back & forth straight outside their house, violently swearing & making loud threats – just the most blatant violent intimidation – interspersed with loud declarations of dominance / fighting prowess (essentially Maori Warrior-style ‘Proclaiming’) … and on 3 separate occasions he has actually rushed onto their front lawn in the middle of his explosion & vandalised their property (in one of the worst cases, for instance, smashing their concrete fence with a sledgehammer at 2am.

But there’s been plenty going on inside his house, at all hours of the day. “Swordfish” lists some of these activities, including:

1) Uber-Violent slamming into the dividing-wall with full force (punching, thumping, pounding and full body-slamming)

(2) Throwing very heavy objects or weights at the dividing-wall with full force (we don’t know exactly what the objects are but the noise is always so shocking that it sounds like some kind of heavy steel builder’s tool or similar … like something really heavy & substantial being thrown or slammed into the wall with full force … like he’s trying to smash a hole right through the dividing-wall … just makes my Parents jump 10 feet in the air with total shock)

(3) Driving large or heavy objects (presumably the same things as above) into the bedroom floorboards with all his strength

(4) Doing very aggressive haka-like stomping in the bedroom right next to the dividing-wall with full force … clearly aiming to scare & intimidate.
….

Twice his parents were so terrified that they fled to their neighbours across the road to phone the cops.

To me, one of the saddest aspects is the following:

My Parents are not only lifelong Labour voters but also long-term Party members with a long family history in the Labour Movement … they’ve been viciously betrayed by this Govt … having voted Left all my life, I swung into Non-Voting at the last Election.

I cannot help thinking this is the experience of many older Labour voters (and in the USA, older Democrat voters), who do not realise just how fundamentally their Left-wing parties have changed. These sad old people have been let down by almost every arm of the government (save the healthcare system) in every way in their twilight years. If even the cops are powerless then what hope is there for these people, and many others like them, judging by other stories?

What a hell of a way to end up and it will not just be Left-wingers who end up being betrayed. I can only hope that I’ll have enough wealth in my latter days that I won’t be reduced to depending on our governments in any way in the future.

Written by Tom Hunter

November 30, 2021 at 10:15 am