Reduce the housing shortage by . . . making home ownership more costly???

One wonders whether the San Diego City Council has ever heard the expression, “a contradiction in terms”.  Its housing policy appears to exemplify it. A San Diego committee took a preliminary step Wednesday toward placing a $900 million housing bond on the November 2020 ballot. . . . The measure was designed to help San Diego secure a greater share of state money devoted to homelessness and affordable housing by providing local matching funds typically required for such assistance. Supporters say evidence the bond is necessary includes city estimates that San Diego needs more than 5,400 additional housing units geared for homeless

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The collapse of America’s cities into Third World conditions

It’s infuriating to be living in the leading nation in the First World, the largest or second-largest economy in the world (depending on who’s measuring, and how), and the most powerful nation in the world, and yet see Third World levels of filth, infrastructural breakdown and dysfunctional government invade many of our cities. The headlines over the past few years tell a horrifying story to anyone who values the achievements of civilization.  I won’t bother linking to actual reports here;  there are so many that simple Internet searches will find an abundance of them.  Consider these areas of concern: Public

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The money quote on the impeachment resolution

So the Democratic Party has used its majority in Congress to ram through an impeachment investigation resolution that’s seriously deficient in fairness, transparency and integrity.  What else did we expect? Ace of Spades points out: The “impeachment” resolution slated for today gives the Democrats carte blanche to go after Trump, his business dealings, family and allies in almost every area of his past public and personal life. As if to rub salt into an open wound, one of the people, biologically anyway, who sits on the rules committee and crafting the guidelines for impeachment is none other than Alcee Hastings. Alcee-*******-Hastings. For those not

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Well, what did they expect?

Australian reader Snoggeramus brings us another example of bureaucrats living in a dream world – that backfires on them. Two social workers at Melbourne’s controversial safe injecting room are facing drug trafficking charges. A 49-year-old man and 36-year-old woman were arrested on Thursday, along with six others, following raids at North Richmond Community Health and several homes. The centre has been the site of Victoria’s first safe injecting room since 2018, as part of a two-year trial. The pair, who work as counsellors, are accused of supplying drugs to addicts who use the service and have been stood down following their arrest.

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Fake news – shooting sports edition

“Don’t believe everything on the Internet” is an overworked statement, but remains as true as ever.  It was proven again by a 2017 forum post, which is making the rounds in the shooting community at present (example). This guy and his co workers were discussing whether a steel toe boot would withstand a round from a .45, so what do do you think would be the best way to test this theory? YUP, you guessed it. Good thing he wasn’t testing his hard hat. There’s more at the link, including pictures of the perforated foot. The only thing is, it’s not

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Crying “Wolf!” has endangered our entire nation

I’m sure most of us know the ancient fable about the boy who cried “Wolf!”. There was a Shepherd Boy who tended his sheep at the foot of a mountain near a dark forest. It was lonely for him, so he devised a plan to get a little company. He rushed down towards the village calling out “Wolf, Wolf,” and the villagers came out to meet him. This pleased the boy so much that a few days after he tried the same trick, and again the villagers came to his help. Shortly after this a Wolf actually did come out from the

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Hearsay and lies

Now that the full complaint by the so-called “whistleblower” against President Trump has been released, we can zero in on what is, to me, the most critical part of it. “I was not a direct witness to most of the events described.  However, I found my colleagues’ accounts of these events to be credible … I do not know which side initiated the call.” Are you s******g me?  Do you really expect me to support official, judicial or legislative action on the basis of hearsay?  Any court in the country would toss out such a case even before it began, on the grounds

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If at first you don’t succeed, lie, lie again

The brouhaha over a (very tenuously) alleged “assault” by Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh, reported by the New York Times over the weekend, is utterly ridiculous and nonsensical.  It also exposes that newspaper (yet again) as a hollow shell of its former self, a propaganda organ rather than a serious journalistic endeavor.  Consider: The alleged “victim” of the “assault” has no recollection of it ever occurring, and refuses to discuss it.  As another reporter noted, “Omitting this fact from the New York Times story is one of the worst cases of journalistic malpractice in recent memory.”  The newspaper later updated its story to reflect this, but by then

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Again I say: if you live in Illinois, LEAVE!!!

We’ve spoken more than once about Illinois’ financial woes in these pages, and Chicago’s in particular.  Now comes news that the situation is far worse than previously reported, because generally accepted accounting principles were not followed. The State of Illinois recently reported its biggest annual financial loss ever. Instead of clear reporting on that, we’ve seen perhaps the most glaring example yet of how the state’s finances can be misunderstood, misreported and intentionally distorted. The loss of $47 billion for the state’s 2018 fiscal year, shown in audited financial statements released late last month, is an astonishing number. For some perspective,

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Good question, Chicago!

Chicago politicians have consistently blamed the “flood” of guns coming in from outside for the incredibly high figures for gun crime in that city.  That’s nonsense, of course, but they continue to parrot the same old excuse.  Just days ago, Mayor Lightfoot got into a Twitter spat with Senator Ted Cruz on the subject. I think the problem is nicely summed up in this meme, that I found over at Chief Nose Wetter‘s place. Good question, Ms. Mayor!  Let’s hear your answer! Peter

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