A new – and dishonest – tool in the progressive far-left toolbox

It seems some progressives are prepared to deliberately twist copyright laws to use them against those whose political views they abhor. RJ Jones writes, “My friend gave me a tip! If you need to drown out fascists, bring a speaker & play copyrighted music at their rallies cause it will be easy to report their videos & get them taken down for copyright.” This is a reference to Youtube’s idiotic Content ID automated takedown system (soon to be mandatory for all online platforms in the EU), which indiscriminately blocks anything that it believes to contain a copyrighted work. It’s not clear whether

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Political correctness versus reality – Chicago edition

I see the new mayor of Chicago – now Heronner instead of the traditional Hizonner – is trying to blame outside factors for her city’s culture of crime and death. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot weighed-in over the weekend on her city’s unprecedented gang violence; blaming nearby Indiana for the flow of guns into the region. “Previously we had a law enforcement first and only strategy and it wasn’t working. It’s not working when you talk about neighborhoods where the unemployment rate is 25% or higher. It’s not working when you think about the fact that in many communities, 90% or more of residents are

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Lies, damned lies and politics

I see the old Trojan Horse candidate ploy is still going strong in New York City politics.  It seems a “former” (?) supporter of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez may be running “against” (?) her as a Democrat in Republican clothing. The launch of a “republican” political challenger in NY-14 to challenge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sherie Murray, follows a very familiar political ploy…. A fake candidate intended to protect AOC in 2020.   In June of 2018 Sherie Murray was an avid AOC supporter. In the last 36 hours you may have seen “republican” candidate Sherie Murray promoted, seemingly out of nowhere, by a variety of media platforms

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It pays to be a Palestinian terrorist

When I worked as a prison chaplain, I came across more than one Palestinian terrorist behind bars.  They usually received a check each month, deposited into their prison commissary accounts, from “their family in Palestine”.  We all knew this was from the Palestinian government.  It was routine. Strategy Page discusses what it calls this “pay-for-slay” terrorism, and its consequences for Palestine. In the West bank the Palestinian Fatah government accuses Hamas of being unable to control all its Gaza factions and make it possible to form a unified Palestinian government. That is an accurate assessment but it ignores the fact the Fatah is

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I hate being proved right like this, at taxpayer expense

I’ve warned many times about the catastrophic state of many city and state pension funds.  Particularly (but not only) in Democrat-controlled areas, many of them are underfunded, overdrawn, and not in a fit state to pay out the demands that will, according to actuarial calculations, be made upon them.  I’ve predicted several times that efforts will be made to foist their pension debt onto the backs of all US taxpayers, in the form of a federal government bailout of insolvent pension funds.  Back in May, I highlighted an underhanded attempt to use federal funds to bail out multiemployer (read: union) pension funds, and ultimately to write

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“Government” and “Efficiency” . . . two words seldom found together

In recent weeks, two fellow bloggers have posted strong views on government (in)efficiency. Aaron, a lawyer blogging at The Shekel, notes that “Your Call Back Time Will Be In Approximately 1,144 Minutes“. So in short, USCIS has lost an application, refuses to do anything about it, refuses to connect me to anyone who can do something about it and this should in a normal world not take this farging long and this much time to even get to the point to find someone to fix their mistake, and we’re still not there. And all this for a simple I-129 application that should have been granted

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He may be right

Looking at all the frothing-at-the-mouth hysterics from progressive, far-left politicians and their supporters over the past few days, particularly over the border crisis and the July 4th celebrations in Washington D.C., I’m beginning to think that Robert Vincent may be right. Writ large, what the self-styled “progressive left” is selling amounts to a modern version of feudalism, in which a self-appointed elite, whose status is maintained by the promotion of a self-serving “progressive,” neo-Marxist dogma, is anointed to tell the rest of us peasants how we must live our lives, not unlike the Divine Right of Kings.  The Rest of Us

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Leaving out the critical element

I was saddened to read about the deaths by drowning of Oscar Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter Valeria as they attempted to gain illegal entry into the USA.  The tragedy shows very clearly the need to prevent such illegal crossings, and thereby avoid more such tragedies in future. However, the forces opposed to law and order lost no time in obfuscating the issue.  In particular, Senator Schumer (D – NY) put on his usual display of nauseating hypocrisy and misleading half-truths. “How could president Trump look at this picture and not understand these are human beings, fleeing violence and persecution, willing to

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Satire, skirting dangerously close to reality

I enjoy satirical news articles, poking fun at the shibboleths of modern living.  Unfortunately, sometimes the satire is very near the bone. In a move to make purchasing congresspeople easier and faster for lobbyists, Congress voted to approve a new measure that calls for congresspeople to wear barcodes on their foreheads so lobbyists, activists, and corporations can simply scan them and self-checkout. Self-checkout machines will be installed at all exits of the Capitol Building, so once they’ve added congresspeople to their cart, lobbyists can pay right on the way out. “Purchasing congresspeople used to be a time-consuming, expensive process,” said a

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A self-centered, narcissistic, “I’m entitled!” whiner

Kim du Toit refers to some things as “RCOB moments”, meaning “Red Curtain of Blood”.  Something is so egregiously wrong, or stupid, or ridiculous, that one experiences a red curtain of blood over one’s vision as one instantly loses one’s temper.  Comprehensively. I had such a moment – several of them, in fact – while reading this article. I have $235,000 of student debt. The first $120,000 came with a bachelor’s degree from my state school. Another $70,000 or so came with my master’s degree. The remainder is accrued interest. . . . I would have to begin devoting half of my

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