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Mayor wears battle helmet to talk to peaceful protesters

This is akin to the CNN reporter talking about mostly peaceful protests while buildings are burning in the background. How stupid is the world we live in now? Mayor Mike Elliott of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota should change his name to Mike Idiot.

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MLB moves All Star Game from mostly black Atlanta to mostly white Denver

Major League Baseball infamously cancelled the All-Star Game in Atlanta, Georgia supposedly because of “racist” changes to voting laws in Georgia. It’s being reported today they moved the game to Denver. Is this move racist? Denver is 91% white while Atlanta is 51% black.

I think MLB was being pragmatic in their move. They did a cost benefit analysis based on the amount of negative press the new voter law was getting and decided they didn’t want the All-Star Game and the MLB Draft to lose out in news coverage to the protests that were sure to happen outside Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park.

The funny part about the entire thing is that the voting laws in the two states are pretty much the same. And some of the laws in Georgia allow more access to voting than Colorado.

You just can’t make this stuff up.

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Just when I wanted to get back into baseball…

I’ve been a Chicago White Sox fan since 1998. I was a season ticket holder for about 12 years. I moved to Georgia from Chicago in 2020. I’m in a new house, new town, and new state. I thought, now might be a good time to get back into baseball. I’m far from my ancestral home and what better way to soak up some Chicago, without all the stench from the politics, by subscribing to MLB online. I can watch all the White Sox games since I’m out of market and I’m no longer subject to blackout restrictions. Then the MLB pulls this bullshit about the Allstar Game.

Major League Baseball announced on Friday that it will relocate the 2021 All-Star Game and MLB Draft, originally scheduled to take place in Atlanta, to a to-be-determined location.

The decision comes a little more than a week after the passage of S.B. 202, a Georgia law that President Joe Biden criticized earlier this week, saying that it will restrict voting access for residents of the state.

Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement that the decision to move the All-Star Game was “the best way to demonstrate our values as a sport” and was made after consultation with teams, former and current players, the MLB Players Association and The Players Alliance, among others.

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No one has actually looked at the facts surrounding the changes in voting laws in Georgia. The news is telling all lies about the law. There is nothing restrictive about them whatsoever. In fact, several things were expanded. The one change that might actually make a difference is to require an ID for an absentee ballot. If you don’t have one the state will provide one FOR FREE. This eliminates trying to match signatures which is hard to do anyway. Weekend voting was expanded. Early voting stays the same. Drop boxes were moved indoors for security. I’m going to write a separate post about the voting laws. What’s being reported is misinformation and a giant load of bullshit.

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Woman survives Holocaust only to be killed by Cuomo’s COVID-19 policies

Felicia Friedman lived to be 94 years old. She died on May 19, 2020 due to Emmy winning Governor Cuomo’s decision to send COVID-19 patients into nursing homes. How’s the impeachment going in NYC? Oh… it’s not. Turns out if you’re a Democrat you can send people to their deaths and diddle your staff with no repercussions.

Born Felicia Deutscher, a Jewish girl in Poland, she was 13 when the Germans invaded in 1939. From the ghetto in Kraków to the Płaszów labor camp, from Auschwitz to a death march west to Neustadt-Glewe, she would spend the next 5½ years caught up in the Holocaust. She saw her 6-year-old cousin shot for picking a flower. She was beaten repeatedly for the offense of being a Jew with a German-sounding surname. She was chased by military dogs and hounded by SS guards. She watched a friend executed for humming a Russian tune.

Wall Street Journal

When I read what the Holocaust survivors had to endure to live another day it makes me sick when today’s “progressives” cry victim. They have no fucking clue what being a victim is.

In the fall of 1944, she and others from Płaszów were shipped by cattle car to Auschwitz. Lined up for the gas chambers twice, she survived the first time when the gas ran out, and the second time when a group of gypsies were herded in ahead of her.

In January 1945, with the Red Army approaching, a group of Auschwitz prisoners were forced on a death march. Felicia observed her 19th birthday trudging through the snow toward the German border.

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The Nazis proficiency in killing people could take her down. She met her end at the hands of an incompetent governor that was heralded by the media and the Democrats because they hated an orange colored man in the White House.

In the end, she died as a result of bureaucratic bungling when Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration allowed Covid-19 patients to be moved to nursing homes—stealing from us a treasure of historical memory.

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Liberals lamenting progressives

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We really are living in dystopian 1984. Progressives are not liberals. They, in fact, are regressives. They are the ones now calling for segregation by race. They want special ceremonies for so-called “marginalized groups” instead of the inclusive ceremony for all. They call exclusion inclusion by shutting Caucasians out. And when an actual liberal calls out progressives those liberals get thrown under the bus.

To say the piece didn’t go over as he expected is an understatement. Although some liked it, he was stunned by the reaction from people he once considered political allies. “People were like, ‘Fuck you, Frank!’” he says, half-laughing.

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What did Thomas Frank say that got his own allies riled up?

This is a party that has courted professional-managerial elites for decades, and now they have succeeded in winning them over, along with most of the wealthy areas where such people live. Liberals scold and supervise like an offended ruling class because to a certain extent that’s who they are. More and more, they represent the well-credentialed people who monitor us in the workplace, and more and more do they act like it.

What all this censorship talk really is, though, is a declaration of defeat – defeat before the Biden administration has really begun. To give up on free speech is to despair of reason itself. (Misinformation, we read in the New York Times, is impervious to critical thinking.) The people simply cannot be persuaded; something more forceful is in order; they must be guided by we, the enlightened; and the first step in such a program is to shut off America’s many burbling fountains of bad takes…

… Let me confess: every time I read one of these stories calling on us to get over free speech or calling on Mark Zuckerberg to press that big red “mute” button on our political opponents, I feel a wave of incredulity sweep over me. Liberals believe in liberty, I tell myself. This can’t really be happening here in the USA.

But, folks, it is happening. And the folly of it all is beyond belief. To say that this will give the right an issue to campaign on is almost too obvious. To point out that it will play straight into the right’s class-based grievance-fantasies requires only a little more sophistication. To say that it is a betrayal of everything we were taught liberalism stood for – a betrayal that we will spend years living down – may be too complex a thought for our punditburo to consider, but it is nevertheless true.

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Liberals over the last 30 years gave rise to the progressives. Classical liberalism is actually today’s conservatism. Liberals coddled too many into believing that equality of outcomes was possible. When the Millennial generation became adults and realized that the world is not a very nice place they started stamping their feet in a massive spoiled brat hissy fit. That’s what we’re living with today.

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Race baiters politicize crazy man’s rampage

I’m half Asian and half white. I have standing to talk about this subject. I’ve also been alive over a half century and have some life experience. I was born in 1966 when my family was the only family with the last name Bae in the Chicago phone book. Growing up I was the target of some discrimination by both sides. Koreans were not welcoming of half-breeds back then and most white people I ran across in my early years didn’t know where a Korean was from. My favorite was always, “so you’re Chinese then?” Shit happens. I just wanted to get the above out of the way before I get accused of being a racist white supremacist.

Robert Aaron Long (When you kill this many we have to use three names) allegedly killed 8 people. 7 were women and one man. The highlight is that 6 of the dead were Asian. Let’s ignore the unfortunate other two victims because they were white. It’s sad that they were as much a victim of a nut job as the other 6 but they are cast aside because they’re just white.

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will meet with Asian-American leaders during their visit to Atlanta on Friday to offer support to the community after the shooting deaths of eight people, six who were Asian women, at spas around the metro area.

The White House said Biden and Harris will speak with state legislators and community advocates from the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community to hear their perspective on the rise of anti-Asian hate incidents, which have surged since the coronavirus pandemic.

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Only one thing seems to be for sure. He targeted massage parlors. The massage parlors are 30 miles apart. He wasn’t going to random places. Those are facts.

Did he specifically target women? Did he specifically target Asians? Nobody knows right now for sure. Everything in the news is an assumption without facts. Long was captured and interviewed by police who say they asked him if he was targeting Asians and Long said no. But that in of itself doesn’t mean much right now.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution disgustingly fans the flames of race with story after story about how Asians are being killed seemingly by the busload. Even though this is not at all true. They also report on this as if these 6 people are somehow more important than the daily killings and violence in the City of Atlanta. I thought black lives matter? The the pullquote below the Atlanta Journal tries to scare the living crap out of elderly Asians.

The husband and wife, both 77, had an important talk before they went grocery shopping from their Atlanta home Wednesday morning.

They agreed: They would go straight into the Duluth store, get their shopping done and go home. No walking in the park this time. No relaxing. Not after Tuesday’s shootings at three metro Atlanta massage parlors that left eight people dead — six of whom were, like them, Asian.

“It’s too dangerous to go outside,” said Soon Ja Kim, with her husband, Seok, by her side. “We are so scared now.”

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Let’s give the media and race baiters the benefit of the doubt for just a moment. What if Long’s motivation was race? What if he killed 6 Asian women because he hated Asians? Does that make the crime of mass murder any different? Any more or less abhorrent? No. Hate in and of itself is not a crime because you cannot legislate what’s inside someone’s head. Hatred, racism, or in this case perhaps a psychotic belief that he needed to rid himself of sex addiction all leads to the same end. 8 people are dead. Those are motives. Motives can be used to prove a crime. Motives are not the crime.

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Puppet masters and the puppet

It is abundantly clear that Schumer, Pelosi, and Harris are the puppet masters that keep Joe Biden moving. It’s almost as if you can see them pulling the strings on his back.

I don’t think Joe Biden will make it through the year before they cut his strings and we have the first woman president, Kamala Harris.

If Hillary was dead she’d be spinning in that grave.

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Some Georgia Republicans think they’ll gain votes by being spineless

The mistake Republicans make is thinking that moderating their views will win over people that are not inclined to vote for them. I don’t think this has ever happened in the history of politics. I like to vote for people who have a set of principles and they try to stick to those principles even in the face of being unpopular. Sometimes the unpopular thing is the right thing.

Despite the Senate passage Monday, some of the state’s top Republicans have indicated they oppose curbing mail-in voting.

One of those Republicans, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan, is opposed to removing no-excuse absentee voting and some other measures proposed by fellow Republicans and opted not to preside over the debate. Three vulnerable Republican senators from swing districts — John Albers, Kay Kirkpatrick and Brian Strickland — were the only ones who did not co-sponsor the bill and opted to be excused from the vote. Republican Sen. Chuck Hufstetler was excused from the vote as well.

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Do these Georgia politicians think they are going to win over votes just because they didn’t vote on this bill? If anything they will be viewed as spineless by republican voters. Not only will they not gain voters from their wimpiness they will lose votes and subsequently lose their seats. This is what happened in the runoff elections for U.S. Senate here in Georgia. Too many republican voters stayed home because they believed either their vote wouldn’t count, they disliked Trump, or they disliked the candidates. Republican voters stayed home and democrat voters didn’t. Republicans lost.

Voting is a responsibility. It should not be so easy as to sit around in your chair at home and drop something in the mail. Voting is also not a right but a privilege set up by the government we created. It’s not a right because it is not at birthright. It is not like your right to life, your right to think, and your right to live your life as you see fit. Voting is part of a process to elect representatives to government. There should be some friction to voting in order to make it fair, free, and accurate.

When I talk about friction I don’t mean laws preventing people to vote because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other labeled group you can think of. When I talk of friction I’m talking about legal friction. Are you a citizen? Do you reside in the place in which you’re voting? Did you only vote once? Did you vote on time? Nothing more and nothing less. Mail-in voting, same day registration, and extensive early voting removes these frictions.

If voting is as important as we say it is then it should be proportional to the effort to cast the vote. If we are to keep early voting it should be limited to the week prior to election day. If you can’t find the time to cast your ballot over the course of a week then it’s not that important to you. Mail-in voting should be limited to those requesting absentee ballots. If you will be in the city in which you are voting you should show up in person to cast that vote. Right now in many places you have a month to find the time. Same day registration should be banned. This is a vector for fraud like no other. Imagine overwhelming a system by hoards of people registering to vote on election day. If your vote is important enough to you you’ll make sure you’re registered.

My solution is to have national guidelines. Not mandates as our country is big and diverse. The same rules for NYC won’t apply in Casper, Wyoming. Below are my guidelines.

  • National voting week for national elections.
    • Hard beginning and end. No exceptions
  • Any absentee ballot must arrive before end of day on the final day of voting. No exceptions
  • Voters must be registered a minimum of 30 days prior to election day. 60 days is optimal to me, however
  • Identification is required to cast a vote. No exceptions

I don’t think any of the above is too much to ask of a responsible citizen. Republican lawmakers need to stick to their positions on this. Not because they’ll win votes but because it’s the right thing to do.

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“Equity” is inherently less than “Equal”

What ever happened to the old saying, “Two wrongs don’t make a right”? That’s what the Biden Administration and Progressive Democrats are bringing you. They’ve found a word to replace the phrase, “social justice” and that is “Equity”. The problem is they’ve altered its meaning to fit their agenda.

There is a subtle difference between equity and equal. For equity to exist you sometimes have to discriminate against one to favor another. For example, let’s say you’re involved in a project. The idea is yours but your partner provided most of the labor. The project can’t be sold without the both of you but the amount of work not equal. Let’s say the idea was genius and the labor to get it done was not unique or highly specialized. Or the idea is not all that unique but the labor is unique and highly specialized. What is the equitable split of the proceeds? An equal split is 50/50. But equitable? Equity could be 70/30 for one or the other depending on the value they brought to the project.

It is therefore the policy of my Administration that the Federal Government should pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality.  Affirmatively advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity is the responsibility of the whole of our Government.  Because advancing equity requires a systematic approach to embedding fairness in decision-making processes, executive departments and agencies (agencies) must recognize and work to redress inequities in their policies and programs that serve as barriers to equal opportunity.

President Biden Executive Order January 20, 2021

How about opportunity. Should we have equitable opportunities or equality of opportunity? Equitable opportunities will create preferences of one over another based on some criteria people compile. Equality of opportunity means the opportunity is open to all regardless of criteria. Two people compete for a job. How do you make it equitable for the company hiring if they must choose one over the other even if that person is less qualified. If the company had the freedom to choose they would have chosen another. What if because of the lack of qualification the employee suffers frustration and lack of growth because they don’t know what they’re doing? What if the company suffers losses because now they are paying for labor that doesn’t fit.

Equity as it’s being used today is a weapon. It’s being used to hold some people down because they may have some real or perceived advantage over others. That might be great in a utopian society where human nature is removed. But it is unworkable in real life and only results in the subjugation of all in the end.

We used to live by the concept of equal under the law. The law was meant to be blind. Does it always work? Obviously not because the law is administered by flawed human beings. But it is more fair than equity under the law. Equity under the law will be administered by the same flawed humans except they will now be empowered to discriminate and favor the groups they believe deserve special treatment.

Instead of making their case openly and honestly, advocates of equity twist and turn to avoid revealing their radical goal of re-engineering society through coercion. If the results fall short, as they inevitably would, the remedy is obvious: more money, more rules and more indoctrination. Why not tell us who will receive these special benefits and for how long? At whose expense? Who will administer these programs? Who will judge whether the outcomes are fair enough? When will it all end?

Since the ultimate goal is achieving equal outcomes, these evasions raise the hardest question of all. Isn’t equity just a new brand name for the oldest program of achieving equal outcomes? Its name is socialism.

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The concept of equal under the law is far superior to any application of equity by flawed humans.

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Idiotic WSJ article on minimum wage ignores supply in deference to demand

The article linked by this post is utter nonsense. They infer that people can’t afford housing because the minimum wage is too low. They report nothing about the lack of housing being built and government policies in most large cities preventing developers from increasing the supply.

The biggest expense for most Americans—housing—is unaffordable for people making the federal minimum wage in some areas, especially those where state governments have already increased the minimum wage above $7.25. This wasn’t the case 50 years ago. With a median rent of $117 a month ($809 in 2021 dollars), minimum-wage earners working 40 hours a week in the Atlanta metro area would have more than half of their pretax wages left over to spend on other things. The equivalent worker today would need a roommate or housing assistance at the state or federal level to have any more income for food and other necessities.

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Just look at post-COVID-19 NYC. People moved out of Manhattan in droves looking for more space, more freedom, or both. The result is a massive increase in the supply of available units. And magically rents came tumbling down.

Pre-pandemic, NYC rents had been steadily rising for about a decade. But the economic fallout from COVID-19 has taken a severe toll on the market, the report notes.

“We expected the rental market to match the weakness seen during the Great Recession, but the fact that the market has surpassed that level in less than one year shows how serious the crisis caused by the pandemic has been,” StreetEasy Economist Nancy Wu said in the report. “The rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and plenty of great rental deals will be the catalyst for many to return to the city, but we’re still a long way from the city’s return to normal. Until that happens, inventory will remain high and renters will continue to enjoy deals that were unheard of a year ago.”

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The Law of Supply and Demand is real. It ain’t no fake news people.

Then the WSJ proceeds to compare the cost of goods from 1968 to today. Of course, they do not look at the rise in the cost of labor or regulations since 1968 either. They take the most simplistic look at what a Big Mac or a gallon of gas cost in the past. They’re also not taking into consideration the massive amounts of money the Treasury is printing, especially during the pandemic, that severely devalues the purchasing power of our money.

What a load of crap!