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Progressives ruin another city…

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This time it’s San Francisco,  where Mayor Willie Brown terminated ordinances,  then city district Attorney Terence Hallinan refused to prosecute  so-called “victimless”  crimes involving drugs and prostitution.   The result is that San Francisco now has an  online map  to track poop so pedestrians can try to avoid it.   Public urination is so widespread it has damaged subway elevators and escalators,  building walls and power poles.

The gleaming jewel by the bay  that was San Fran is now a waste pit thanks to the policies of its totally progressive leaders.   Quick,  name me an American city of any size run by liberals of any ethnicity which has improved even slightly in any category whatsoever.   Trick question  — there are none.  Think Baltimore, Maryland, once a jewel of its own with sterling amenities, now a stateside hellhole.  Detroit,  Cleveland,  Reno,  Chicago, Camden,  Memphis,  even New Haven, CT, home to Yale.   All these places have suffered massively from liberal politics and policies,

 

 

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Written by timeforthorns

January 16, 2018 at 3:31 pm

MLK, half a century on…

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered for his civil rights advocacy which he held out to spring from his religiosity.  It has been fifty years since his assassination,  and also fifty years 50th since the passage of the federal Fair Housing Act.  I mention the latter because I find it rather ironic that the law has been changed by liberal Supreme Court justices  to allow “disparate impact” causes of action.   This basically means that a policy which results in statistically different results for different racial and ethnic groups can be held to be discriminatory.  That makes Dr. King’s famous remarks on “contents of one’s character” meaningless,  does it not?

Dr. King certainly brought the cause of civil rights and inequality to the forefront,  but he was the perfect example of a deeply flawed man doing good.   He was a serial adulterer,  and showed less than stellar judgment in the parties he sought funding from.

Like Jackie Kennedy and Hillary Clinton,  Coretta Scott King knew what and who she was marrying.   I saw her in person several times after Dr. King’s assassination,  and she played the part of the noble widow to perfection as she stepped out in her fur coat with her security detail clearing the way for her.   She certainly made the best of the hand Fate dealt her.

And as an aside,  you’ll be interested to note that  MLK’s nephew  doesn’t think Pres. Trump is a racist.  A whole bevy of states,  not all Southern,  are banding together to promote  civil rights tourism,  with a big marketing push around the King holiday.   Jeremy Hunt offers some sound advice  on not politicizing the day,  but you can be certain it will be ignored.   This  may help,  as may this  message from  Dr. Ben Carson.

I’d say these young  women offer  hope for everyone,  except the Lefty race-baiters.

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January 15, 2018 at 3:23 pm

Hawaii alarm…

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Some pluperfect numbskull hit  the wrong button  and scared Hawaiians half to death with a  false message  on the Emergency Alert System that a missile was incoming.   The FCC is investigating  the wireless emergency alert,  but the real question will be whether that extremely blue state will actually be moved to fire the personal responsible.   The answer is that the twit will be “retrained”,  which may not help since he apparently did not realize what he had done until the false message was received on his own phone.  Perhaps a little retraining of the system itself might be in order.

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is outraged but still found time  to try  to blame Pres. Trump for the incident.  She seems not to have noticed that his firm stance to North Korea has resulted in the NoKos deciding to talk with their South Korean counterparts for the first time in years.

One of Obama’s former officials sent the usual  snarky tweet  about Pres. Trump.  It must be very depressing to realize that the progressive idol who employed you not only had feet of clay,  but also got nearly everything wrong.

But this civil defense farce has shown us one thing,  as so exquisitely displayed by the tweets of New York Times  editor Max  Fisher  “because Donald Trump has created an atmosphere where nuclear war can take place at any time”  we are all in immediate peril.

UPDATE:  The unaware worker has now  been “reassigned”  to other duties,  and a “Cancel” button has been added to undo future mistakes.  The latter does not give me much confidence in Hawaii’s Civil Defense system, especially as no one there seemed smart enough to know they could call the military and discern in seconds whether there was anything in the air.   I can understand why ordinary civilians might not know that,  but if you work for a state government emergency management agency and don’t,  your training was insufficient.

 

 

 

 

 

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January 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm

Retention or not?

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Democrats and the media  —  but I repeat myself,  don’t I? —  are drooling all over themselves at the prospect of Democrats taking back the House of Representatives,  and perhaps the Senate as well.   I don’t know nearly as much about it all as Guy Short does,  but being a Southerner,  I can tell you that the election of Democrat Doug Jones as Senator from Alabama does not presdage a blue wave in a very red state.  Now that he has been seated,  Sen. Jones is about to have to vote instead of just talking.  If he votes as the mild moderate he ran as,  he’ll survive, but he’ll get zero support from the Democratic Party.  If he votes like the liberal he pretends not to be,  the voters will toss him out on his ear.   His major support came from black women,  by a considerable margin,  and even they may have a hard time supporting a member of the party which wants to take away the extra dollars in their paychecks.

I agree  with Short  that the Republican advantage in money provides real advantages for the 2018 candidates,  and I certainly can’t argue with his other conclusions.   It makes for interesting reading.

 

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January 13, 2018 at 3:57 pm

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California waking?

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Despite Gov. Moonbeam’s best efforts to stop it,  there is an  effort to recall state Senator Josh Newman,  one of the key players who allowed the tax  increase to pass without a single Republican vote.   Does this mean Californians are finally beginning to wake up,  or will they continue to re-elect the same politicians who have dedicated themselves to crushing personal freedoms and raising taxes for decades?

 

 

 

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January 12, 2018 at 3:20 pm

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California whining…

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Droughts,  fires,  rains,  and  now mudslides.   And the media seems shocked that people are having to be plucked off rooftops,  and some have even died.  They were warned   —  they had been told to evacuate,  but they had “evacuation fatigue” and all but 10 or 15% ignored the warnings.  If you are that stupid and that unaware,  you don’t get to complain about your lot in life,  nor have you earned any sympathy from me.   The only ones I feel sorry for are the first responders stuck with trying to rescue your stupid asses, and the animals you did nothing to protect from a perfectly knowable set of circumstances,  arising partly from nature,  and also from the idiotic politicians who pass insane laws trying to prohibit people from employing xeriscaping and other methods to mitigate the foregoing.

Obviously none of you learned anything from Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans.   Let me make it easy for you —  corrupt Democratic politics kills!

 

 

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January 11, 2018 at 3:17 pm

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Another reason to adore Nikki…

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George Stephanopoulos must still be wondering how he ended up in a train wreck as Amb. Nikki Haley  utterly destroyed  him with once sentence.

 

 

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January 10, 2018 at 6:21 pm