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JUNE 26,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT:

LATEST POLLING – PROBLEMS FOR BIDEN – FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER:   The Biden administration is failing big time with its inability to control illegal immigration, adding it to one of several issues that could doom Democrats if left unchecked.  In a new Harvard/Harris poll, an overwhelming 80% said that illegal immigration is a serious issue and one that needs more attention than President Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris are giving it.  What’s more, 68% said that signals from Biden’s White House are encouraging illegal immigration and 55% believe that former President Trump’s border closing policies should have been left in place.  Pollster Mark Penn sized up the issue this way: “Immigration is boiling up as an issue.”  Add it to increasing voter concerns about inflation, taxes, the Critical Race Theory controversy, and this could be a summer of woe for Democrats. “These are not good numbers for Democrats,” said an adviser to House Republicans.  The fears of illegal immigration were a key part of Penn’s analysis of his June poll for Harvard’s Center for American Political Studies and the Harris Poll.  The president himself remains reasonably popular, scoring in the low fifties in most approval polls,  But his policies are increasingly seen as far too leftist for the public to bear.  Those policies, not the president's likability, will be the center of next year's elections, rapidly coming upon us.  Dems have reason to be concerned.  This is not a far-left or far-right country.  Go too far and the public generally pushes back toward the center.

June 26, 2021       Permalink

 

STORY OF AN OUTRAGE – OVERNIGHT:  Polls show that Americans are starting to focus on crime as one of the most important issues in the 2022 midterms.  And no wonder.  The takeover of the criminal-justice system in large cities by leftist philosophers has had a devastating effect on law enforcement and public safety.  Consider this latest example, from the New York Post: 

The gangbanger accused of opening fire on a Bronx street inches away from two terrified children was inexplicably set free after a knifepoint robbery — and critics on Saturday demanded answers about why he was sprung in the first place.

Michael Lopez was charged in the Manhattan robbery in January 2020, a crime he allegedly committed while on parole for other offenses.

“Somebody has to answer for this guy,” said Joseph Giacalone, an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former NYPD sergeant.

Lopez, 27, was arrested Friday on attempted murder and other charges in the shocking June 17 sidewalk shooting, which was captured on video seen around the world.

Lopez allegedly kept gunning for his target, who trampled a 13-year-old girl and her 5-year-old brother out to get candy at a nearby bodega. The children were miraculously not injured.
But over a year before, in January 2020, Lopez was charged in connection with a Manhattan robbery, a crime he allegedly committed while on parole for other offenses.

Assistant Manhattan District Attorney Janene Carter said in court Friday that Lopez was on parole for three felony convictions and had been charged in two pending cases, including “a violent felony offense, robbery in the first degree and a misdemeanor.”

She also noted that Lopez had previously failed to appear in court on two recent occasions.

A spokeswoman for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office did not return a request for comment.
After Lopez’s arrest, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea wondered why he was out at all.

“I think the main question we should all be asking is how does an individual released to parole get arrested for knifepoint robbery and is walking around on the streets? And is that justice for those little kids?” the commissioner said Friday.

The NYPD tells the state Division of Parole when a parolee is arrested and they are responsible for putting people back in prison if warranted, the top cop noted.

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea was stunned how alleged shooter Michael Lopez was never locked up following his knifepoint robbery.

A spokesman for the Parole Division did not immediately return a request for comment Saturday.
Giacaolone said bench warrants should have been issued for Lopez after he missed court dates in his previous arrests.

“This is a prime example of somebody who shouldn’t have been out in the street. When are the state representatives who passed all these reforms going to be called on the carpet to answer for them? Those little kids are lucky to be alive,” he added.

COMMENT:  Five years ago New York was the safest large city in America, the result of work done by Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Mike Bloomberg.  Today it is a shooting gallery.  The sense of safety is gone.  Street crime is way up, as are violent demonstrations that result in large property crimes.

Kind of like the old days, the 1970s.

June 26, 2021       Permalink

 

 

 

JUNE 25,  2021

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE – OVERNIGHT: 

WE FEEL THEIR PAIN, DON'T WE? – FROM BREITBART:  Since announcing that he is a homosexual, Carl Nassib, NFL defensive end with the Las Vegas Raiders, has received praise from President Joe Biden and the establishment media.  However, when rumors started to fly that Nassib is a Republican — and could have been a supporter of former President Donald Trump — his newly minted hero status hit a snag.  To Carl Nassib and Kumi Yokoyama – two prominent, inspiring athletes who came out this week: I’m so proud of your courage. Because of you, countless kids around the world are seeing themselves in a new light today.
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 23, 2021

However, after reports that Nassib might be a Republican began to surface, it didn’t take leftists long to let their true colors show.  Most were obvious with their bias:  I’m proud of and support Carl Nassib for coming out….unless he’s a Trump supporter then that is just problematic.
— Billy HowRad ??? (@BillyHoward423) June 22, 2021

Nassib was registered to vote as a Republican in two states as recently as 2019, according to reports. How truly Soviet the leftists have become.  You must be perfect in every way to stay in their ranks.  One deviation from the ideology sends you to the Gulag.  Look, a movement has to have standards, and no one can expect to live forever.

ANOTHER NICE, WARM LEFTIST – FROM BREITBART:   Tracy Stone-Manning, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be director of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), described American children as an “environmental hazard” while advocating for slowing U.S. population growth in her 1992 graduate thesis.
The Daily Caller reported on Stone-Manning’s thesis, titled “Into the Heart of the Beast| A case for environmental advertising,” after which she was awarded a master of science degree in environmental studies. Her thesis, however, amounted to public policy recommendations for the University of Montana described as “environmental education.”  Stone-Manning called for an advertising campaign to lessen procreation among Americans, ostensibly towards “environmental” ends. She produced a sample poster deriding a shirtless child as an “environmental hazard.”   The nut parade continues, but the damage from people like this can be serious.  Sometimes their policies take years to dislodge.

June 25, 2021       Permalink

 

GIVING IN GRADUALLY – OVERNIGHT:   The chokehold of China gets stronger and stronger, and we seem to have little will to fight back.  When big companies with famous names have no problem identifying themselves with one of the most repressive dictatorships on Earth, we are in trouble.  From Fox Business: 

Nike CEO John Donahoe called the sportswear apparel giant a "brand of China" this week, following a fiasco it was involved in earlier this year over concerns about human rights abuses committed by the communist government.

During an earnings call this week, Donahoe explained that Nike had a long-term view of its operations in China, where it had been operating for about four decades.

"We are the largest sport brand there, and we are a brand of China and for China," Donahoe said. "And the biggest asset we have in China is the consumer equity. Consumers feel a strong, deep connection to the NIKE, Jordan and Converse brands in China. And it’s real."

Donahoe went on to say that the company intended to keep investing in its China operations as it reported better than expected revenues in its fiscal fourth quarter. Its sales in China missed Wall Street expectations.

Shares of Nike hit an all-time high during Friday's trading session, driven by its strong financial results.

Nike recently came under fire in China for a comment it made raising concerns about forced labor practices in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). It reassured customers that it does not source textiles or products from the region, like cotton.

After the U.S. and other Western countries responded to the forced labor allegations with sanctions, its statement was resurfaced and resulted in calls among Chinese consumers to boycott the brand – as well as others like H&M.

The Chinese government has characterized companies' decisions to avoid using cotton sourced from the region as an effort to undermine its economy.

U.S. companies are increasingly coming under scrutiny over their operations in China, where critics wonder how far they have to bend their practices in order to satisfy the communist government.

COMMENT:  They will bend unless they are forced by American consumers and the American government not to bend. 

We've been here before.  There were plenty of companies doing business with Nazi Germany right before World War II, and of course, as we've noted here earlier, we sold scrap iron to Japan right before Pearl Harbor, and it came back to us in the form of bullets. 

My great concern right now is that China sees us as weak, especially when it looks at our border policies.  The Chinese government may get the impression that this would be a good time to try to take Taiwan, and we would then face the greatest military challenge of our time.  But no one seems interested.

June 25, 2021       Permalink 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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