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MARCH 5-6,  2023

SHORT TAKES ON THE DRIFTING WRECKAGE

I LOVE A VICTORY LIKE THIS:  FROM FOX:  A Los Angeles County jury awarded $1.5 million to a prosecutor as part of a retaliation lawsuit against District Attorney George Gascon, who faces similar complaints in a series of legal actions.   Shawn Randolph sued Gascon, claiming she was transferred from supervising the DA's juvenile division, and effectively demoted, for speaking out against his policies, which have come under heavy scrutiny from his own prosecutors and elected officials. Randolph previously raised concerns that Gascon's criminal justice reforms could be harmful or unethical.   She was eventually transferred to the parole division.  Her main objection stemmed from policies to reduce charges against underage offenders, even those accused of committing violent crimes, to limit strikes against children.  Gascon faces a dozen similar lawsuits from deputy district attorneys who say they were demoted for publicly raising concerns about his directives. "George Gascón said he didn’t need any experience being a prosecutor because the DA is only a manager," John Hatami said of his boss Monday. "Well George, you are a horrible DA and an even worse manager. You have cost the taxpayers millions of dollars with 17 total lawsuits against you."  "You called DDA’s ‘internal terrorists,’ ‘unfit,’ ‘delusional,’ and ‘hyper partisan,’" he added.   Of all the Soros-assisted district attorneys, Gascon is one of the worst.  Yet, the people of Los Angeles are dumb enough to keep him on, and have just elected hard leftist Karen Bass as mayor.  Some populations deserve what they get.

March 6, 2023       Permalink

 

FADEOUT:  A once-beautiful American city goes into a deep decline.  I'm afraid we're seeing this repeated in leftist-run cities throughout the country.  From Daily Mail:

Walmart has announced it is permanently closing all of its locations in Portland months after its CEO warned of a historic rise in theft at its stores.

The locations, located at the Delta Park and Eastport Plaza shopping centers in North and Southeast Portland, will shutter Friday, March 24, the retail colossus revealed in a statement this week. 

Walmart says they are closing the stores - which serve as a haven for low-income shoppers across the city - because they were not meeting financial expectations.

That said, the closures serve as the latest instance of businesses relocating or closing shop altogether amid a pronounced rise in crime and homelessness.

The mass exodus has been carried out by owners fed-up with the Portland's sad state, and officials' subsequent failure to quell both crises.

Once hailed as the 'crown jewel of the West' for its trendy art and food scenes, the city has already seen a Portland Nike store shut down last year due to mass shoplifting, as well as a popular retail store in the city's downtown that was broken into 15 times over the course of just two months.   

Portland's current predicament has persisted since the pandemic, and will now deprive residents of two of the last remaining convenient and cost-effective outlets at a time of surging food costs and economic uncertainty.

In a statement to local outlet KPTV, brass for the big box store cited such uncertainty for the reasoning behind closing down the two last remaining Portland Walmarts. 

'The decision to close these stores was made after a careful review of their overall performance,' a rep told the station this week.  

'We consider many factors,' the spokesperson would then add, pointing to 'current and projected financial performance, location, population, customer needs, and the proximity of other nearby stores' when making the 'difficult' decision.

COMMENT:  We await comment from the socialist masters of Portland, and the state of Oregon.  No doubt they will blame Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis, and Fox News for their plight.  I don't think we should send them any foreign aid money.

March 6, 2023       Permalink


DANGER IN TAIWAN:  The Chinese government is not joking when it comes to its wish to take over free Taiwan.  From Reuters:

Taiwan Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng warned on Monday the island has to be on alert this year for the

Chinese military's "sudden entry" into areas close to its territory amid the rising military tensions across the sensitive Taiwan Strait.

China has stepped up its military activities around Taiwan in recent years, including almost daily Air Force incursions into the island's air defense identification zone.

However, Taiwan has not yet reported any incident of Chinese forces entering its contiguous zone, which is 24 nautical miles (44.4 km) from its coastline.

Answering questions from a lawmaker in parliament, Chiu said the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) might find excuses to enter areas close to Taiwan's territorial air and sea space as the island steps up its military exchanges with the United States, to Beijing's ire.

He said the PLA might make a "sudden entry" into Taiwan's contiguous zone and get close to its territorial space, which the island defines as 12 nautical miles from its coastlines.

"(I) specifically make these comments this year, meaning they are making such preparations," he said. "Looking forward, they would use force if they really have to."

Taiwan has vowed to exercise its right to self-defense and counterattack if Chinese armed forces entered its territory.

China claims self-governed Taiwan as its own and has not renounced the use of force to bring the island under Chinese control, if needed. Taiwan strongly rejects China's sovereignty claims and says only its people can decide their future.

COMMENT:  Taiwan is with us as one of the three major international crises we face – Ukraine, Iran, and Taiwan.  And we have an administration that has no clear strategy for any of them.  But Kamala Harris will no doubt apply her intellect and lead us to victory.  Stop laughing.

March 6, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

MARCH 3-4,  2023

CHICAGO FALLOUT:  The defeat for re-election of Chicago's monumentally incompetent Mayor Lori Lightfoot has sent shock waves through the Democratic Party.  I mean, she checks off three boxes – female, black, and lesbian – and got beaten anyway, winding up in third place.  How could this be?  It must be the racism and sexism of the voters, her mouthpieces say, the same ones who put her in office.  Uh, sorry, but no grown-up is buying that, including Mayor Eric Adams of New York, the most watched mayor in the country.  From Fox:

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Sunday that fellow Democrat Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s election defeat last week should serve as a "warning sign for the country," rejecting criticism that he is feeding into the Republican narrative on crime in addressing public safety concerns in the Big Apple.

"Public safety is a prerequisite to prosperity. Same as Chicago, like New York, and many of our big cities across America," Adams said during an appearance on CNN’s "State of the Union."

"That is why we zero focus double-digit decrease in shootings, double-digit decrease in homicides, which we have witnessed this year, particularly the month of February," he added. "All of our index crimes are low, low for the entire year. We are focused on public safety because people want to be safe. They don't feel safe. And they actually say then you're going to lose control of your city."

Lightfoot became Chicago’s first mayor in 40 years to serve just one term.

Asked if he considered what happened to Lightfoot a warning sign for him in New York, Adams countered, "To the contrary, I think is a warning sign for the country."

"Eric Adams has been talking about public safety, not only on the campaign trail, but for the first year I showed up at crime scenes," the mayor added, referring to himself in the third person. "I knew what New York was saying, and I saw it all over the country. I think if anything, it is really stating that this is what I have been talking about. America, we have to be safe."

Adams responded to criticism from Rep. Mondaire Jones, D-N.Y., who argued the mayor was helping to feed the Republican narrative on crime and in turn, hurting Democrats ahead of 2024.

"You know the difference between a comment like that and what I say -- I listen to Americans in New York. The polls were clear. New Yorkers felt unsafe, and the numbers show that they were unsafe," Adams said. "Now, if we want to ignore what the everyday public stated, then that's up to them. I'm on the subways. I walk the streets. I speak to everyday, working-class people.

"And they were concerned about safety. We zeroed in on that unprecedented historic numbers of felony arrests, removal of guns on our streets, close in homicide cases. We have a recidivism problem in New York, and far too many people, about 2000 people who are repeatedly… catch, release, repeat in crimes. If we don't take them off our streets, they're going to continue to prey on innocent people."

COMMENT:  Good words from the mayor.  He's given us some good actions as well, but his hands are tied by an ultra-liberal city council and the refusal of his party in the state capitol to change laws that are putting thugs back on the streets. 

March 4, 2023      Permalink


WHAT "NEWS" MEDIA?  As more and more information comes out about the record of news organizations in the last three years, the already low approval numbers for those outlets should sink even further.  From Just the News: 

It took The Washington Post fewer than 50 words to retract its 2020 attack on Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton's credibility for speculating that the COVID-19 virus emanated from a Chinese lab leak — a theory now deemed credible by the U.S. government. The words spoke volumes more, however, about the traditional media's record of failings during the era of former President Donald Trump and the coronavirus pandemic.

"Earlier versions of this story and its headline inaccurately characterized comments by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) regarding the origins of the coronavirus," the Post declared in an undated correction to a Feb. 20, 2020 article that accused Cotton of spreading a "fringe theory" that had been debunked as a conspiracy.

"The term 'debunked' and The Post's use of 'conspiracy theory' have been removed because, then as now, there was no determination about the origins of the virus," the outlet explained.

In other words, the Post admitted it drew its conclusions in a story and headline before the facts were clear enough to do so. This pattern has repeated itself far too often since Trump walked down the escalator at Trump Tower in 2015 to launch a campaign that turned political convention, Washington elites and the news media upside down. 

Russia collusion was a Watergate-sized scandal, until it turned out to be a Democratic Party dirty trick. The Russians had bounties on the heads of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, until they didn't. Natural immunity was inferior — and masks superior — in the fight against the coronavirus, until science determined otherwise. The Hunter Biden laptop discovery was Russian interference and election disinformation, until it became a verified source of evidence in the hands of the FBI, well before the 2020 campaign.

The accelerated unraveling of such stories from the mainstream media has taken a toll on the industry's credibility — only about a third of Americans in a Gallup poll trust the media regularly in what is a near-record low. It has, moreover, exposed an unhealthy alliance between government bureaucrats and liberal operatives, pushing storylines to willing recipients despite them being less than accurate, if not entirely untrue, experts said.

"This," said investigative journalist Ashley Rindsberg, "was the media kind of proverbially gearing up for their fight where they say, 'OK, Trump is too far outside of the window of acceptable discourse, so we're gonna have to readjust the standards of journalism, recalibrate it, to meet this the threat.'"

The media "had deemed him a threat ... and that's where the journalistic standards are just tossed out," said Rindsberg, author of "The Gray Lady Winked," a book that exposed decades of failures inside The New York Times. 

There are some small signs the industry has taken stock of its loss of credibility. The Columbia Journalism Review — the industry's scholarly journal — recently published a four-part, 30,000-word series by Pulitzer-winning former New York Times reporter Jeff Gerth exposing breathtaking failures of major journalism institutions.

Even Bob Woodward, the legendary, Pulitzer-winning Watergate journalist whose former partner Carl Bernstein fanned the early flames of Russia collusion, has repudiated his colleagues for taking as gospel the unverified Steele dossier, a product he has labeled "garbage."

Woodward suggested journalism "cheated" the public out of the truth on Russia and urged newsrooms to "walk down the painful road of introspection" with regard to their failures.

COMMENT:  Please read the whole thing.  This is the best summary of press failure that I've seen recently.  And while some journalists are finally admitting the extent of their disgrace, others go merrily along, ready to destroy Ron DeSantis if he dares run for president.

I'm afraid that, ultimately, we will need new news organizations because the current ones are beyond repair.  Their staffs are too often filled with ideologists who believe their mission in life is to save an evil, corrupt nation.  After all, look what they've too often been taught in school.

But where will we get new reporters and editors who want a corruption-free industry?  That is not an easy question.

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