Fifteen years ago, when Republican Senator Larry Craig was alleged to have sought sexual favors from an undercover cop in a rest room on the baggage claim level at Minneapolis/Saint Paul International Airport, there was no delay in getting the story out to the public.
Today – a few weeks after Sam Brinton, a much-noted Biden Administration official and gender-fluid person was arrested mere feet away for allegedly stealing a woman’s suitcase off the luggage carousel (after not checking a bag of, er, their own for the flight at all), we get…:
Look – if you want to shave your head, put on neon lipstick and a dress and excessively high heels, you go and live your best life. Go with God. Stay tf out of my business, I’ll stay out of yours.
The beef here is, as usual, the Strib had to be shamed into covering news unflattering to Democrats by a newspaper outside the Twin Cities. The New York Post took a shift (the London Daily Mail has spent so much time scooping the Strib on Ilhan Omar, it’s affecting the trade balance).
The Strib covered the story three days after conservative Alpha News.
The court filings themselves would be the sort of thing late night comics might have had a field day with…
…back in the day when late night comics weren’t bigger Democrat PR flaks than the Strib.
He had what appeared to be a “deer in the headlights” look about him – like he never expected to win the race, I had no idea what to do when he did. When he said “we shocked the world“, he was being inclusive.
There are those who say Donald Trump was in the same basic boat; He never really expected to become president. I don’t necessarily believe that.
But I could read this next story and wonder if he’s really thought all that terribly hard about running again.S
Stay with me, here.
Now, I was never a Donald Trump fan, but it would be dishonest not to say that he did some great things in office, and punched way above his weight on many levels.
One of his greatest achievements? The sentencing reforms he drove halfway through his term, reducing federal sentences for petty drug distribution convictions and renegotiating sentences imposed during the insanely oversentenced crack epidemic, started breaking the log jam of the black vote.
This was one of his announcements last night:
Is he actually going to do a complete 180 on one of the best things he ever did for the actual party that nominated him?
She tries to say in the op-ed that there are solutions. She doesn’t name any.
It doesn’t appear as though she called the police at all over either incident, so she is complicit, in my opinion, to allowing these criminals to terrorize others, maybe even kill someone next time. She doesn’t seem to care.
If she found herself visiting a small rural town, where several white rural stereotypes were shooting at each other and pointing their guns at her and her children, would she have the same beliefs? I don’t know.
But, in either case, she should be calling the police. Fine, believe in, advocate for early interventions. But, when someone is actively engaged in criminal activity, early intervention is too late. They are criminals. We have laws. Why is that so hard for people to understand? Does half the country have Stockholm Syndrome?
I saw this morning that Peggy Noonan wrote that crime might elect a Republican in New York. And it is possible here in Minnesota, as well. I’m not going to win any friends by saying this, but I’ll say it anyway- I hope Republicans are truly prepared for that possibility.
Yeah, that’s kind of (pun incoming) elephant in the room: the GOP is going to need to deliver on a lot if they win significant enough majorities…well, anywhere.
If the cause of rampant inflation was easy credit causing “too much consumin’ goin’ on,” then tightening interest rates would reduce the credit, reduce consumption thereby and reduce inflation. If the cause of rampant inflation is lack of supply, tightening interest rates does nothing to generate more supply so it won’t bring down inflation.
Case in point, trailers in the senior citizens mobile home park last year were selling for $80,000 when we bought ours. There were plenty to choose from. After Hurricane Ian there are two for sale, the cheapest is $120,000. Interest rates have nothing to do with it: this is a supply problem. Raising rates won’t put more trailers online.
Similarly, strangling American oil production limits supply, causing prices to rise for everything that needs oil, including consumer gasoline, but also higher priced diesel for trucks and trains to haul goods and higher priced electricity made from natural gas. Raising interest rates won’t put more oil online.
In fact, raising interest rates makes it harder for business to afford the higher priced oil, giving them a double whammy. Hayward’s asks whether the Fed is raising rates too fast. I question whether they should be raising rates at all.
Either I’m dumb as a box of rocks, completely failing to understand economics, or the Fed is pushing the rate hike button because it’s the only button they have to push. It’s not going to work and they know it so they need some distraction for the voters. Hence Putin, Ukraine, Trump, slavery…
I remember thirty years ago, when all the Democrats who’d backed the wrong side in the Cold War got very, very quiet when the crimes of the Soviets over the previous seven decades became too clear to miss.
They ducked, weaved and deflected – but they ultimately got quiet.
As we speak, Iranian police and “Basij” – the Iranian version of Brownshirts, ZOMO or government-sanctioned “Anti”-Fa – are gassing, beating and shooting people protesting the death of a woman who was beaten to death, not for not wearing a hijab, but for not wearing it right. Up to 400 have died, and the demonstrations – which the Biden Administration hasn’t thrown under the bus quite yet – aren’t slowing down yet.
It is obscene that the Palestinian-American activist Linda Sarsour and U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar have failed to say anything about these brave Iranian women, let alone offer their moral support.
Sarsour and Omar continue to glorify their wearing of hijab as a protest against white racism and alleged “Islamophobia.”
U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib posted a statement Sept. 23 expressing solidarity with the protesters “as they fight for a woman’s right to bodily autonomy and against police brutality in the wake of the horrifying murder of #MahsaAmini.”
I’m so looking forward to sitting on the right side of history and heckling Omar.
It’s been my theory – almost but not quite a Berg’s Law – that DFL pols know they can say anything they want about anything they want, because they know “their” voters – especially the highly “educated” middle-class white progs that have become the DFL base – are basically herd animals incapable of critical thought, and the media will do nothing to change that.
Submitted as evidence:
If Keith Ellison has prosecuted a crime more “violent” than keeping a bar open during the pandemic, it’s only after Ken Martin and a bunch of the little endomorphic wannabe tough guys from Macalester who work for him barged into his office with a stack of internal polls showing electoral doom and made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
What about this time 21 years ago, Americans were united in a way they had not been since the VJ day; President Bush’s popularity rating was climbing towards 90% faster than an F//15 scrambling to find a bogey.
And we were pretty sure we knew who the enemy was.
I have a hunch that if 9/11 were to happen today, the leftist dominant culture in our country would ruefully admit we deserve – – unless it happened in red America in which case it would be positively celebrated.
The new head of Planned Parenthood Twin Cities is Ruth Richardson.
Who also happens to be a Minnesota state representative:
Wonder if she plans on recusing herself from votes on Planned Parenthood funding if the media would say anything about it even if she didif the media would say anything about it even if she did or BWAHAHAHAHAHhHhaaaaa sometimes I say the dumbest things.
On Monday, third district Congressman Dean Phillips claimed complete ownership of Labor Day:
Seems a little presumptuous – foreclosing all communication that is ambivalent to opposed re unions – unless Phillips is a real champion of labor.
But a quick search doesn’t indicate that the Phillips distillery in Princeton Minnesota is unionized; a look through a court document related to a workmen’s compensation case mentions no union involvement on behalf of an injured warehouse worker, so I don’t think it’s a reasonable stretch to assume the plant is not, or not fully, unionized.
I will be putting in a call to representative Phillips‘s office on this today.
In 2020, a group of activists tore down a statue of Christopher Columbus on the Capitol mall in Saint Paul.
Although the entire episode was carried live in TV, only one person was arrested; that person was “sentenced” to teaching elementary school kids about the evils of Columbus, which is a little like sentencing drunk driver to teaching mixology to high school kids.
This happened, even as the person in charge of the Capitol Architecture Commission, Peggy Flanagan (have you heard she’s Native American?), had the power in her hands to remove the statue via due process – which is slow and boring, compared to having your activist buddies do it for you.
And lefty social media was clogged with addlepated lefties nodding and going “rules, schmules; at least it’s gone”.
One needn’t imagine what’d happen if some non-DFL group decided to tear down a statute of their bete noir; I’ve thought about how fun it’d be to rip down the statue of noted authoritarian socalist Floyd Olson. I don’t suspect I’d get “sentenced” to teaching high school kids about the evils of socialism.
This episode highlights three facets of the sort of authoritarian government that is, in fact, the sort of “fascism” that Big Left is trying to paint the right with:
The Rule of Law is for Other People: Don’t want to go through the Capitol Architecture Committee – or get your Student Loan Redistribution passed by Congress, or have to convince the American people and their state legislatures of the rightness of your cause, or convince Republicans of their wrongness? Just have your buddies tear it down, or declare $10K null and void with no statutory authority, or pack the Supreme Court, or send your “Anti”-Fa crowd in to bust some heads. Rules are for peasants.
Different Versions of Justice For the Political “Haves” and “Have Nots”: Lois Lerner will never go to jail for gang-raping the First Amendment. Not only did the Ramsey County Attorney’s office not actually punish Woody Kane for leading a planned, coordinated assault of Republicans, they may as well have sent him off with a voucher for a hooker and dinner at the Saint Paul Grill.
The Ends Justify The Means: If your idea of government, like the people approving of the tearing down of the statue, is “to get the things I want done, done”, or the shorter but more cynical “move things forward” – whether good, evil or indifferent – then you don’t really get self-government, and likely don’t want to.
“But Trump did all those things!”
Are you sure you want to make “our leadership is doing the same thing the person we call ‘literaly Hitler’ did” your lede?
Just A Note Before We Go
We’ve talked about four attributes of authoritarian government – defining boogeymen, circumventing the rule of law, and making one’s ends justify one’s means.
There’s one more; wrapping ones side in some larger cause, be it “history” or nationalism or, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess, “the soul of the nation” – about which President Brandon will be talking today.
mericans are less concerned now about how climate change might impact them personally — and about how their personal choices affect the climate — than they were three years ago, a new poll shows, even as a wide majority still believe climate change is happening…Overall, 35% of U.S. adults say they are “extremely” or “very” concerned about the impact of climate change on them personally, down from 44% in August 2019. Another third say they are somewhat concerned. Only about half say their actions have an effect on climate change, compared with two-thirds in 2019.
The story is, in fact, more climatemongery, and goes on to try to re-bury the lede – but between the lines, the message is there; other priorities are taking over for people in the real world, outside the upper-middle-class progressive bubble.
And if people ever make the connection between the output of the “green/sustainable/equitable“ mafia policies, and the depression in their standard of living, that’s going to be a big problem for the greens.
Forget about cultural conservatives. I’m waiting for the world’s feminists to rise up in anger at the trans mafia that is appropriating and canceling womanhood itself (without which the Joan of Arc story is just another insurgency).