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MAY 2-3,  2023

I'M SO GLAD WE KNOW:  I just don't know how I could live without these remarkable insights:  From Legal Insurrection: 

The Colorado Education Association [CEA] reportedly passed a resolution that declares that “capitalism inherently exploits children, public schools, land, labor, and resources.”

A final version of the resolution that was passed states that “CEA believes that capitalism requires exploitation of children, public schools, land, labor, and/or resources. Capitalism is in opposition to fully addressing systemic racism (the school to prison pipeline), climate change, patriarchy, (gender and LGBTQ disparities), education inequality, and income inequality.

However, a screenshot captures an earlier draft of the resolution that included a call to replace capitalism with a “new equitable economic system.”

The screenshot of the original version of the resolutions reads “CEA believes that capitalism requires exploitation of children, public schools, land, labor, and/or resources and, therefore, the only way to fully address systemic racism (the school to prison pipeline), climate change, patriarchy (gender and LGBTQ disparities), education inequality, and income inequality is to dismantle capitalism and replace it with a new, equitable economic system.”

“We are constantly using band-aids and minor reforms to make things better, which is good, but the system itself is the problem, and it needs to be named,” a statement under the resolution reads.

A former federal official sent a screenshot of the original version to an outlet called The Lion, which obtained the document first. The Lion “sent the screenshot to Lauren Stephenson, director of communications at the CEA, who belatedly admitted to the original resolution. She sent the Lion the revised form of the resolution that passed the assembly.” The CEA had previously decided not to disclose the resolution, citing “process” and privacy concerns.

COMMENT:  What they're really concerned about is being found out.  This is what they're "teaching" to our kids.

We have to ask how these "teachers" became brainwashed in Communism in the first place.  The answer, of course, is the educational system, especially teachers' colleges. 

Teachers aren't in school to impose their ideologies on students.  They're in school to teach subjects in a neutral and thorough manner.  But what are the chances of that when the teachers' unions run the schools and do everything they can to prevent parents from knowing what is actually going on?

May 3,  2023     Permalink

 

HOW LOW CAN YOU GET?  Some psychiatric out-patients in the Democratic Party are actually threatening to remove the security around Supreme Court justices.  What comes next?  Stealing their children?  From Hot Air:   

Well, I should have seen this coming, but I didn’t. Even I underestimate the willingness of the Democrats to use the threat of violence to force compliance with their demands.

According to both Senators Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley, 15 Democrats from the Judiciary Committee have sent a letter to the Appropriations Committee asking that funding for the security that defends the lives of the Supreme Court justices and their families be denied until the Court buckles to the demands of the Democrats.

As you have undoubtedly noticed, a smear campaign has been directed at the justices, particularly Justice Thomas. It became so vicious that Thomas’ colleagues took the extraordinary step of chastising the Democrats for their ridiculous smears against the Justice.

The Democrats are making demands that the Court accept a Code of Ethics being pushed by the Left, and apparently, they have threatened to withhold funding for the security details that protect the justices unless Chief Justice Roberts caves to their demands.

During a Senate Judiciary hearing on Supreme Court ethics reform, Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Josh Hawley, R-Mo., tore into their Democratic colleagues for “threatening to cut off the funding for the security at the Supreme Court,” as Cruz said.

“The Left is willing to threaten the lives of the justices,” said the Texas senator. “This is disgraceful.”

It’s an outrageous overreach, breaching the inviolable wall between the branches of government - dictating to the Court with what amounts to a death threat, given the level of vitriol and actual violence that has been directed at the conservative (and only the conservative) members of the Court.

COMMENT:  The people running the Democratic Party are part of the left-wing lunatic fringe that has gained far too much power in recent years.  They don't much like America, and they show it repeatedly.

May 3, 2023       Permalink

 

NOT THE OLD CITY, NOT BY A LONG SHOT:  For those of you who like the film musicals of the 1930s, you'll remember Jeanette MacDonald belting out "San Francisco, open your golden gate," in the great movie about the great earthquake of 1906.

Where is Jeanette now that we need her again?  San Francisco is suffering a new kind of earthquake, manmade, destroying the city, tearing it to pieces.  And no one is singing.  People are too busy leaving.  From Fox Business: 

Nordstrom will close both of its downtown San Francisco stores in the coming months, citing the "dynamics" of the downtown market as the region continues to see a rash of retail thefts by brazen thieves. 

In a memo to employees, Chief Stores Officer Jamie Nordstrom said the company will not renew its lease for its San Francisco Centre Nordstrom store and the Market Street Rack store across the street.

We’ve spent more than 35 years serving customers in downtown San Francisco, building relationships with them and investing in the local community," the message said. "But as many of you know, the dynamics of the downtown San Francisco market have changed dramatically over the past several years, impacting customer foot traffic to our stores and our ability to operate successfully."

The last day of business for the Market Street Rack will be July 1, and the San Francisco Centre location will close at the end of August. 

The Westfield mall, where the downtown Nordstrom is located, and its owner, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, said the closures "underscores the deteriorating situation in Downtown San Francisco," the San Francisco Standard reported.

"A growing number of retailers and businesses are leaving the area due to the unsafe conditions for customers, retailers, and employees, coupled with the fact that these significant issues are preventing an economic recovery of the area," a mall spokesperson said.

"[Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield] has actively engaged with city leaders for many years to express our serious concerns, which are shared by our customers and retailers. We have urged the city to find solutions to the key issues and lack of enforcement again," the statement added...

...The National Retail Federation’s 2022 retail security survey ranked San Francisco/Oakland as the second-most hard-hit metropolitan area by theft in 2020 and 2021, behind Los Angeles. New York City was third while Houston placed fourth.

COMMENT:  Jeanette, you're on.

May 2, 2023     Permalink

 

 

 

APRIL 30 - May 1,  2023

WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?  I haven't seen a story like this in years, and I'd like to know if there's a sudden urgency.  From Fox: 

Texas residents were warned by the FBI that a week-long nuclear incident training exercise will happen in Houston starting Monday.  

FBI Houston alerted the public that the exercise will last from Monday to Friday this week. 
"A large-scale, multi-agency nuclear incident TRAINING EXERCISE will take place May 1-5 in southeast Houston and Harris County. The training exercise will NOT pose risks to area residents. Please do not be alarmed by training-related activity," FBI Houston tweeted Friday. 

The training exercise will take place from in and around NRG Park/SH 288 to SH 146 to I-10 E to Hwy 225 and in and around Ellington Field. 

"Please do not be alarmed by training-related activity, including presence of military personnel/aircraft and people in protective equipment," the FBI added. 

Last May, the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration led a similar "major radiological incident exercise" in Austin, Texas. 

More than 30 local, state and federal agencies were said to have taken part in the exercise called "Cobalt Magnet 22" from May 16-22. 

The exercise took place at various locations around Austin and was m

 

eant to simulate a radiological attack, enabling response personnel to practice protecting public health and safety, providing emergency relief to affected populations, and restoring essential services.

COMMENT:  Sounds like the right thing to do, but I wonder whether something is happening to stimulate a sense of urgency.  Iran, we know, is moving closer to perfecting an atomic bomb.

If we are in the midst of a major crisis, someone might nudge the White House to level with us.

May 1, 2023       Permalink

 

A WELL-DESERVED SLAP:  The American people hold the news media largely responsible for dividing the nation.  Of course the news media will respond by declaring themselves "just the messenger."  Right.  From AP:   

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to the news media and the impact it’s having on democracy and political polarization in the United States, Americans are likelier to say it’s doing more harm than good.

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. adults say the news media is increasing political polarization in this country, and just under half say they have little to no trust in the media’s ability to report the news fairly and accurately, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

The poll, released before World Press Freedom Day on Wednesday, shows Americans have significant concerns about misinformation — and the role played by the media itself along with politicians and social media companies in spreading it — but that many are also concerned about growing threats to journalists’ safety.

“The news riles people up,” said 53-year-old Barbara Jordan, a Democrat from Hutchinson, Kansas. Jordan said she now does her own online research instead of going by what she sees on the TV news. “You’re better off Googling something and learning about it. I trust the internet more than I do the TV.”

That breakdown in trust may prompt many Americans to reject the mainstream news media, often in favor of social media and unreliable websites that spread misleading claims and that can become partisan echo chambers, leading to further polarization.

While a slim majority of Americans say they have some degree of confidence in the news media’s ability to report the news fully and fairly, only 16% say they are very confident. Forty-five percent say they have little to no confidence at all.

The survey reveals the complicated relationship many Americans have with the media: A majority rate in-depth and investigative reporting as very helpful or extremely helpful for understanding the issues they care about, but they are more likely to say they regularly scan the headlines than read an in-depth investigative article. And while overall trust in the media is low, a majority of respondents say the media is doing at least somewhat well in covering issues they care about.

Four in 10 say the press is doing more to hurt American democracy, while only about 2 in 10 say the press is doing more to protect it. An additional 4 in 10 say neither applies.

COMMENT:  Journalistic standards have declined dramatically since my days, many decades ago, at The New York Times.  The Pulitzer standard generally applied then – to report the news without fear or favor.  Now the emphasis seems to be on "making a difference."  Young journalists, often brainwashed at leftist universities, charge ahead to try to change society through their journalism.  That's fine if you work for the editorial page, not fine if you're a news reporter. 

A fundamental rule of journalism is that you cannot tell people they don't see what they actually do see.  And yet, we too often are given "news" reports that deny obvious truths, like our massive crime problem or the corruption in too many school systems. 

The Washington Post has a cynical slogan, "Democracy dies in darkness."  It's accurate, especially when the darkness is provided by the press itself.

May 1, 2023       Permalink

 

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR 2024, DELIVERED BLUNTLY BY THE REPUBLICAN CHAIR:  THE GOP STRUCK OUT AMONG INDEPENDENTS IN THE RECENT ELECTION.  FROM THE HILL:

Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said Sunday a recent report on the party’s disappointing performance in last year’s midterms showed that the GOP was unable to lock down the support of independents, citing abortion messaging as a key reason why.

“The biggest takeaway we’re taking is independents did not break our way, which has to happen if we’re gonna win in 2024,” McDaniel said on “Fox News Sunday,” adding that the support of independents usually contributes to a “red wave.”

McDaniel commented on a Washington Post article last week that detailed the party’s study on the midterms, with the newspaper saying a draft of the report did not mention the role or leadership of former President Trump, who was heavily criticized for the candidates he chose to support and his continuing message that the 2020 election was stolen from him.

“The Washington Post does not have a final draft, because there is not a final draft,” McDaniel said on Sunday. “Many of the committees have not completed that, so that’s inaccurate reporting.”

Republicans were expected to have a relatively strong performance in last year’s elections, with the party that is not in the White House historically picking up seats in the House and Senate in midterm races. But the GOP secured only a slim majority in the House and was not able to win a Senate majority. Republicans also lost a number of high-profile governor races.

Trump threw his support behind a number of candidates that ultimately lost, including Senate candidates Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Herschel Walker in Georgia. But McDaniel during the Fox News interview pivoted from talking about Trump, instead saying other issues were more important.

McDaniel pointed to abortion as one of the reasons that Republicans were unable to secure enough support from independents last year, saying GOP candidates needed to do a better job of articulating their own stance on the issue as well as calling out Democrats.

COMMENT:  Republicans also must learn to run as if they're 20 points behind, and to hit back hard at Democratic distortions.  Republicans still do not understand the implications of a left-wing press and leftist colleges.  And too many of them sound as if they went to finishing school.

Also, they must get hip about the new forms of voting – early voting in  particular.  We may not like some of the gimmicks, but they exist.  Unless we master them, we're cooked.

April 30, 2023       Permalink

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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