Priorities

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

Screenshot from this morning.

 

Tommy Robinson put in deadly peril for protesting Muslim child-rape gangs who sexually abused thousands of real girls; Congress about to ban child sex robots used by perverts who hurt no living person.  Protecting evil while punishing fantasy.  Insane.

Hard to know who to want to smack, some days.

More, Faster.

False rape accuser headed to prison:

Last year a young woman from Long Island who was attending Sacred Heart University in Connecticut came to the police with a harrowing tale. Nikki Yovino told the authorities that two football players from the school had trapped her in the bathroom at a party they were attending and raped her. Police immediately began investigating the horrible crime and quickly identified the suspects. They claimed that the sex was consensual but the victim was adamant. Or at least she wasadamant until others came forward to testify that the football players were telling the truth.

Eventually, Yovino retracted her story and admitted that she had engaged in sex with the boys at the party willingly. Later she decided to make up the rape story to win the support and affection of a different boy she had wanted to date. Then, in a shocking turn of events which we rarely if ever see in such instances of false accusations, Yovino was charged with a crime over her lies. Now, following a very generous plea deal, she’s heading off to prison. (Legal Insurrection and the College Fix)

Swine like this deserve, and should get, exactly the same sentence as the rapists themselves.

He Knows What Matters

The mayor of London has clearly solved all of their real problems:

If I lived in London, I would start by writing a biography of every woman that was stabbed in the past year, now that London’s violent crime rate has surpassed New York City’s for the first time in history.

Happy to help, Mayor Khan.

Never Waste A Chance To Create A Crisis

Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:

I’m skeptical of the present suicide media craze.

There were a couple of high-profile celebrity suicides.  Nobody knows why.  But the CDC used the occasion to rush out a study showing a massive rise in suicide rates, then used that study to justify demands for restrictions on “lethal means.”  Since both celebrities hanged themselves in hotels, about which nobody proposes to do anything, the CDC is engaging in politicized research again.  Its demand is just code for “gun control” based on a supposed crisis of suicide.

And is there actually a crisis?  I question the data set.  Notice that it ran from just before the real estate crash until the end of the Obama administration.  Everybody bought real estate to hop on the escalator of wealth – we were all going to get rich.  Then it crashed and millions of families lost their life savings.

Who commits suicide?  People who have lost hope.  People engulfed in despair.  And during those years, who were those people?  Middle-class, middle-aged White men in flyover states.  The people society insisted didn’t build anything, hadn’t earned any respect.  The people mocked in every commercial and television show as bumblers when they weren’t portrayed as evil.  The people society couldn’t wait to die so the world would be a better place.

Lost your home. Lost your job.  Wife was unfulfilled in the marriage so she took the kids and family court stripped you of access to your own kids.  The President scorns you as a bitter clinger.  The queen-apparent thinks you’re deplorable.  Immigrants are swarming into the country having more rights and benefits than you, who spent your entire life working to better this nation.  What’s to live for?

But then, Trump.

The economy has flipped.  The nation has jobs.  People are daring to have hope.   People are glimpsing a better world, one worth living in.

Do we still have a suicide crisis?  Or was that a temporary problem caused by Obama and his Liberal allies?  Maybe we’ve not only started to make America great again, maybe we’re making ourselves proud again, making life worth living again?  Now THAT would be an astonishing Presidential legacy.

Joe Doakes

The timing is awfully convenient…

The $15 Minimum Wage Fights Poverty…

…in exactly the same was as gun control addresses crime.

Not at all, but for the sinecure-mongering and virtue-trumpeting:

The study, led by the University of California, Irvine economist David Neumark and published by the business-backed Employment Policies Institute, finds that, over the course of decades, higher minimum wages don’t reduce poverty in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Rather, the analysis finds that a $1 increase in the minimum wage raises poverty rates and government dependency by about 3 percent.

The report also finds evidence that cash welfare fails to lower poverty.

To be fair, none of them were intended to do any such thing.

If you look at the effects of minimum wage hikes on communities of color and low income, you’d almost think they were intended to be racist.

And it’d be hard to prove you wrong:

Take, for instance, the minimum wage. The founding fathers of progressivism at the University of Wisconsin, but also such figures as Sidney Webb, saw the discriminatory aspects of the minimum wage as among its chief selling points. “Of all ways of dealing with these unfortunate parasites,” Webb said of the “unemployables,” “the most ruinous to the community is to allow them unrestrainedly to compete as wage earners.” E. A. Ross, the extremely influential progressive intellectual and author of the “race suicide” thesis (who was particularly bigoted against Chinese labor), explained the benefits of a minimum wage pithily: “The Coolie cannot outdo the American, but he can underlive him.” In other words, if you force employers to only pay a white man’s wages, he will only employ white men. Royal Meeker, a Princeton economist and adviser to Woodrow Wilson, explained: “Better that the state should support the inefficient wholly and prevent the multiplication of the breed than subsidize incompetence and unthrift, enabling them to bring forth more of their kind.”

Coates doesn’t mention the words “liberal” or “progressive” or “conservative. His indictment is aimed squarely at “America.” And as a collective matter, America surely deserves blame for the mistreatment of African Americans in the past. But it’s also worth noting that the more immediate authors of the “half-assed social contract” Coates rightly denounces are today counted as champions of the progressive movement.

As in all other things progressive – it’s better to appear to be doing good than to actually do good.

Homeowner Privilege. No, Really.

A friend of the blog writes:

There are a lot of heated conversations on my neighborhood’s Nextdoor about the new Minneapolis 2040 plan. Southwest Minneapolis is NOT in favor of higher density. The NIMBY principle is rising to a new high dudgeon. I posted the idea below a little bit ago on a post about some cards that are being sent out. Some critics of the plan (not me) have received the card below. I wrote a lengthy proposition to my neighbors. Enjoy.

The friend sends a posting:

If you look at my picture, you will quickly realize that I am no revolutionary. But I am in favor of local democracy which seems more and more like a revolutionary idea. Many people including me who live in Minneapolis do not want this increased density. However a growing number of Minneapolitans do want it. Have we reached a tipping point in those who do want more density? The attached flyer above shows the animosity and shaming being done to those of us who believe a healthy city will have wide swaths of single family domiciles with very few multiunit dwelling structures.

 

As with others here I am not very likely to be swayed by such shaming.

It’s not race or class it’s economics. Other people in my social circles with whom I am close have also let me know in clear terms that they are not sympathetic to keeping multiunit dwellings out of historically single family home neighborhoods. Those people clearly tell me that they have no sympathy and it is about time that our neighborhoods begin to look more like their parts of Minneapolis. All of this leads me to propose to my fellow citizens that we consider a drastic thought…seceding from Minneapolis. This is not said lightly nor in jest. But it appears it may be the only way to preserve our desired neighborhoods of single family homes. We are rapidly becoming subject to a majority who have no serious sympathy for a different point of view. Edina recently rejected some of these high density development projects. Perhaps the residents of Edina might welcome us. It would be expensive and difficult to extract ourselves from Minneapolis but for many of us, our largest asset is our home. Those asset values are at risk if our fair city decides to allow large dwellings to rise in single family neighborhoods without adequate parking, etc. Of course I have the option to move now to a city more tolerant of my point of view like Edina (in a much smaller house). Sincerely I think that Minneapolis is better off with the diversity of higher density areas and sections that are reserved for overhwhelmingly single family homes. We need diversity of thought in this city and having diversity of neighborhoods will encourage that diversity. Maybe secession is just too unpalletable to my fellow citizens or perhaps the 2040 plan is just not a big enough issue. Please save your comments on my being crazy and if you are not interested this idea will die a natural death. Is there any appetite for such a plan? Words may not be enough to convince our fellow citizens, we may need a more active protest…maybe a lawful drastic plan like secession.

I love the idea of seceding from Minneapolis.  Or trying.

But Minneapolis is full of people, like Saint Paul, who whinge about DFL policies that impact them badly – and there are a zillion of them in both cities – and yet would never dream of voting for the opposition.

Until that changes, I’m dubious anything can happen.

I’d love to be surprised.

Diluting Your Culture Willy Nilly Is Always Fun Until Someone Gets Hurt

Iraqi asylum seeker allegedly1 rapes and murders a 14 year old girl in Germany.

Germans are starting to think unrestricted immigration, as well as the corruption it engenders, might not be a good idea:

The killing comes on top of a deepening scandal and calls for a full-blown parliamentary investigation over allegations that civil servants may have granted asylum to as many as 1,000 migrants in exchange for money — and that some of those migrants may have been criminals or even terrorism suspects.

What?   A smothering “benevolent” social welfare state nurtures corruption?

I’m going to have to absorb this for a bit.

The murder suspect, identified as Ali Bashar, a 20-year-old Iraqi, arrived in Germany in October 2015, shortly after Ms. Merkel opened the borders to hundreds of thousands of migrants. He was rejected in late 2016, but was allowed to stay in the country while his appeal was pending.

“If he had been deported, she would still be alive,” read a headline in the country’s largest tabloid, Bild, which devoted two pages to the case.

He came to the attention of the police several times, involving allegations of jostling a police officer, robbing a passer-by and carrying a knife.

Why, it’s almost as if letting hundreds of thousands of people into cultures like Germany and France and Sweden that are culturally unadapted to assimilating people (even if they want to be assimilated).

 

Gonna Miss Her When She’s Gone

I don’t say this nearly enough – indeed, I may never have said it – but Scott Johnson may be the most overlooked music critic in town.

As we see in his review of Shawn Colviln’s four-night stay at the Dakota.

Speaking of which:  I see the Dakota starts booking acts about six months out.  That means I’ve got about three months before I need to jump on tickets for the next Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes show  at the Dakota, which seems to have become a March tradition at the Minneapolis stop.

Broken China

In the early morning hours of July 1st, 1917, Peking was a capital on the edge.

From the beginning of the Great War, China had debated whether or not to enter the conflict, even going so far as offering the British 50,000 troops to invade the German colonial city of Tsingtao.  But internal divisions – both within China and among the Entente – kept Peking on the sidelines of a war occurring in their own backyard.

For the past year, the debate over the war had divided the capital between President Li Yuanhong and Premier Duan Qirui.  Yuanhong, the successor to General-turned-President-turned-Emperor-turned-President again Yuan Shikai, wanted to keep China out of Europe’s squabbles.  Qirui saw an opportunity to exert Chinese power abroad in hopes of securing European alliances that might undo the various concessions the nation had endured, including the “Twenty-One Demands” foisted upon them by Japan in 1915.  But despite his internal popularity with Peking’s politicians and various warlords, few wanted to follow Qirui into war.  Yuanhong had seemingly put an end to the debate as he dismissed Qirui from power.

The troops that entered Peking that morning were not supporters of Qirui, nor were they loyalists to the otherwise unpopular central government.  The troops of General Zhang Xun had an entirely different future for China in mind – a return to the Imperial model and restoration of the Qing Dynasty.  The shape of the war in Europe would depend on the outcome of a coup in China.

Pro-Qing Dynasty troops await orders


The dissolution of the nearly 300-year reign of the Qing Dynasty in 1912 had left China with a massive power vacuum.  Rebellious southern provinces, various generals and pro-republican politicians each had sought power for themselves, with little unifying an already fractured empire.  One man had appeared capable of bringing together such disspitate parties  – General Yuan Shikai.  Through alliances, guile and force, Shikai positioned himself as the first President of the newly formed Republic of China.   Continue reading

Tempus Fugitive

I first remember James Lilkes’ daughter Gnat as a toddler around about 9/11, in the Daily Bleat.  Near-daily updates about Gnat were a part of the early years of this blog, reading the Bleat every morning on my way about the rest of my life.

Gnat has just graduated from high school.  It should go without saying that it snuck up on me.

Congratulations, Gnat!   And the whole Lileks family, while we’re at it.

I Walk Up On High, I Stand At The Edge, And See The NARN Below

Join me from 1-3PM today on the NARN!

Today on the show:

  • Is there enough lipstick in the world for this pig?
  • Rep. Jim Newberger,  GOP-endorsed candidate for US Senate.

Don’t forget – King Banaian is on from 9-11AM on AM1440, and Brad Carlson is  on “The Closer” edition of the NARN Sundays from 2-3PM.

So tune in the Northern Alliance! You have so many options:

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Downfall

Europe – blessed by US deterrence with the longest period of peace in its history – loves to hector America about how much better Europe does, well, everything.  

Laugh it up, Eurotrash:

There is a Roman Empire-like sameness throughout Europe in fashion, popular culture, and government protocol — a welcome change from the deadly fault lines of 1914 and 1939.

Yet, as in the waning days of Rome, there is a growing uncertainly beneath the European calm.

The present generation has inherited the physical architecture and art of a once-great West — cathedrals, theaters, and museums. But it seems to lack the confidence that it could ever create the conditions to match, much less exceed, such achievement.

The sense of depression in Europe reminds one of novelist J. R. R. Tolkien’s description of the mythical land of Gondor in his epic fantasy The Lord of the Rings. Gondor’s huge walls, vaunted traditions, and rich history were testaments that it once served as bulwark of a humane Middle-earth.

When they were a collection of smallish, ethnically and culturally homogenous statelets, they had something going for them (other than the whole “going to war with each other every generation or more” thing).

But the thing about European cultures is, you can never “become” French, or Norwegian, or Dutch; those societies are defined by language, history and ethnicity (even polyglot Switzerland).  Combine that with being in demographic death spirals (at least those countries west of the German/Polish border) and importing millions of people, first “guest workers” and later refugees to fill in the demographic gaps, workers who can never be truly assimilated into their respective societies…

…and all that placid homogeneity that allowed Swedish and Dutch and French society to actually be Swedish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, whatever, is all by the boards.

And then, the best they can hope for is to become occasionally fractious, like we do.  The worst?

The same thing that always happens when one culture drowns in another.

“It’s Better To Think Good Than To Do Good”

The New York Times, in a piece by David Brooks, points out to the “woke” audience what we muggles pretty much already knew:  that being “woke” is more about saying one believes the right things than doing the right thing.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned on “Meet the Press” that for all the horror of the recent school shootings, we shouldn’t be scaremongering. There’s much less gun violence over all in schools today than in the early 1990s. Four times as many students were killed per year back then than in recent years.

This comment elicited a lot of hatred on social media, of a very interesting kind. The general diagnosis was that I was doing something wrong by not maximizing the size of the problem. I was draining moral urgency and providing comfort to the status quo.

“Woke” isn’t just a liberal phenomenon – Brooks points out rightly that it crosses ideological lines; the relentless purity-testing of the Ron Paul, and now some of the more, er, “focused” Trump fans, shows this.  Conservatives get triggered, too – some by the mere mention of David Brooks.

But it’s become a caricature on the left:  when “progressive” plutocrats take private jets halfway around the world to hobnob about pollution, when “progressives” propose gun controls that can not affect crime but will impact law-abiding citizens, when “progs” propose minimum wage laws that will result in fewer people earning less money, when they jam down bad healthcare to promote…healthcare?

Read the whole thing.

Toxic Feminization

For all the caviling the LGBT community makes about being misunderstood, it’s a fact that even when I was in high school, psychology knew that the worst thing you could do with a gay kid was to force him/her to act straight.  The problems it caused were utterly intolerable.

And yet today, making boys act like neutered non-boys is generally accepted, at least in academia and the public schools.   And the effects are both identical and much more societally more sweeping:

Doesn’t it seem a little odd that masculinity gets blamed when some kid without a dad turns into a rapist or ends up in prison? Doesn’t it seem weird that masculinity would get blamed for a feminist ally like Harvey Weinstein, “who championed older actresses like Meryl Streep and Judi Dench, joined a Women’s March, donated to Democratic candidates, raised money for Planned Parenthood and publicly venerated Gloria Steinem”?We take a young man and kick his father out of his life, send him to school where he has mostly women teachers, barrage him with negative messages about masculinity, then turn him loose at college where we treat him like a guilty-until-proven-innocent rapist, and after all that, we blame “masculinity” when he goes off the rails despite the fact that he spent a lifetime bathed in femininity. Unsurprisingly, the more women try to change masculinity, the more negative and toxic it actually becomes. Yet, articles explaining how masculinity needs to be changed and rewired—written by women or feminized males—are practically a cottage industry these days.

The problem isn’t masculinity .It’s the forcing of genuine masculinity underground.

Because Trump

Saint Paul Public Library to start a Drag Story Hour:

“Drag pushes people to break boundaries and explore creativity, ” said Chad Kampe, a Minnesota activist who organizes queer-friendly events and is promoting the series with SPLL. “At a very young age, we are taught to embrace our differences. Drag not only provides an opportunity to embrace who we are, it allows for us to broadcast and share who we are with the world.”

Why?

Because Trump, of course:

The series is part of an inclusivity campaign called “We Belong Together,” a 2017 initiative that SPPL officials said was a “response to the Trump Administration’s so-called ‘Travel Ban.’”

Not sure the ban specifically covered cross-dressers, but I could be wrong.

Of course, no part of this is about “embracing our differences”.  It’s about “othering” the mainstream; about defining the”Thems” in the “Us vs. Them” equation that dominates all progressive politics.

And the Saint Paul Library system is part of the machine, these days.

“But Why Do You Need An Assault Rifle?”

Philadelphia man kills two home invaders with his AK47 (which liberals seem to have forgotten about in the past few years)?

The anonymous homeowner said he shot and killed the men — 17-year-old Demond Barnes and 28-year-old Azell Witherspoon — after retrieving the gun from a hall closet during the incident Friday.

When progressives get exercised about firearms, they are given to claiming that “assault rifles” are “designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible”.  It’s untrue, of course; they’re designed for two things; to never, ever jam, and to not run out of bullets before your attacker runs out of attack.

Mission accomplished.

 

As They Pour On The Vinegar, They Add A Splash Of Honey

California proposes a “no buy list” for guns, for people who fear they might commit suicide:

Assembly Bill 1927 would allow at-risk individuals to put themselves on a voluntary no-buy list, which would prevent them from purchasing guns from a licensed dealer. The bill was approved by the Assembly on Wednesday and is now in the state Senate.

Often, people at risk of suicide are well aware of their vulnerability, especially if they have chronic mental illness. Research shows that suicide is almost always an impulsive act during acute distress. A no-buy list, which recently passed in Washington state, allows suicidal crises to pass without a gun nearby. Once the crisis passes, individuals can take themselves off the list.

How to respond?

  1. While suicide may be an impulse, I’m going to guess buying a gun on impulse to check out is rarer than Erin Maye Quade going to a NASCAR race.  People who commit suicide by firearm tend to have owned them for  years, decades, without incident.
  2. Any bets on how long it’ll stay “voluntary” if it’s passed?  I say two years, outside.

This Great And Noble Undertaking

I first wrote this piece in 2009.   I’ve updated it, bit by bit, on successive D-Day anniversaries.  I’m reprising it today:


It was sixty-seven years ago today that the Allies started taking Western Europe back from the Nazis.

The first, inevitable step was to get past the Westwall – perhaps the most immense set of fortifications ever built, with the intention of making the beaches from Denmark to the Spanish border a bloodbath for any troops trying to cross the beaches.

In places, it worked:

In some places, the troops had to overcome the near-impossible:

And yet by the end of the day, nine allied divisions were ashore, a toehold for a bridgehead that would eventually expand, ten months later, across Western Europe.

There were troops from the US, of course, on the two western beaches…

…and farther east, beaches with Brits…

…and Scots…

And in the middle, linking the two and meeting the worst resistance other than Omaha, the Canadians:

Troops from the Canadian Third Division coming ashore at Juno Beach – where the ferocity and difficulty of the fighting was exceeded only by Omaha Beach.

…along with troops-in-exile from elsewhere in occupied Europe; French commandos – some of whom had spent four years in exile, and who spent the next year belying the notion that the French were cowards…:

…and Norwegians, who’d been without a homeland for four years…

HNoMS Svenner – sunk by German gunfire off Sword Beach.

…and Poles, who’d been in exile for five years and would, in some cases, remain there for forty-five more:

The world may see nothing like it again.

So – thank a D-Day veteran.

Here’s President Reagan’s address to the survivors of the US 2nd Ranger Battalion, thirty years ago today…:

…who at this time seventy years ago, French Time, were still a day away from being relieved by the troops coming in from Omaha Beach.

Tragedy

Fashionista Kate Spade commits suicide.

The popular designer, who shot to fame with her line of eponymous purses, told her only child, 13, that it was not her fault in the letter, which was found nearby after Kate was discovered ‘unconscious and unresponsive’ by her housekeeper on Tuesday morning.

She is survived by her husband Andy, who is the brother of actor David Spade, and daughter Frances.

Clearly, if we’d had common sense scarf control, we’d have saved just one life.

Peasants: Your Overlords Grant You Clemency!

StPaul residence now have until Friday to pick a trash cart…

… to replace the perfectly good trash buckets they had from the perfectly good trash haulers that, in many cases, they’ve been happily using for years. (Like my own trash hauler of this past decade, Highland Sanitation; if you live in their service area, they come highly recommended).

And if you are a low income or fixed income person who has been extemporizing by sharing a bucket contract with another neighbor?

Shush, present, and be happy to pay for your bureaucrats pensions!:

“Each unit does need to have its own cart and service,” \said Lisa Hiebert, a spokeswoman for St. Paul Public Works. “If they’re in a multi-unit building, or they’re sharing, there is no opt-out option

Of course it’s not an option. This is serious business.

And by serious business, I mean “this is a featherbedded contract to generate more city employees, meaning more public sector union dues, meaning more contributions to the Saint Paul DFL.

So with those stakes in mind, you will get exactly the options you are given, peasants!