She Miscalculated The Impact of Her Threats

Because Cancel Culture is NOT supposed to apply to the Woke! From The Other McCain – Play Stupid Games, Win Stupid Prizes.

Having a high SAT score doesn’t mean you’re smarter than everybody else, at least not in terms of basic common sense. Like, maybe it’s not a genius idea to post videos to social media of yourself making threats of violence against people you disagree with?

Claira Janover isn’t exactly a Karen, but she’s pissed because there are repercussions from being an asshole.

Claira Janover said in a new video posted Wednesday afternoon. “The job that I’d worked really hard to get and meant a lot to me has called me and fired me because of everything.”

Go figure. Oh, and of course, Orange Man Bad. But really, Karma is a bitch.

Free Speech? Not if the Left Has Anything to Say

A systematic campaign of cyberstalking was undertaken by a team of eBay executives. Now ex-eBay-executives. Former eBay Employees Sent Cockroaches, Bloody Pig Mask to Mass. Couple In Harassment Campaign.

Their crime? They DARED to criticize eBay in a newsletter.

In a news conference, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said Monday the former employees sent menacing packages to the couple’s home — including a bloody pig mask — to deter them from writing critically about the San Jose, California-based company.

Lelling said eBay executives were “enraged” by the coverage of the company on the couple’s website. One allegedly said he wanted to “crush this lady,” referring to the woman in the couple that ran the site.

Because the Left is convinced that you don’t have the right to say things that they disagree with, and they have the right to do anything they want to stop you from speaking your mind.

The employees allegedly involved in the scheme were James Baugh, eBay’s former Senior Director of Safety and Security; Stephanie Popp, a senior manager of global intelligence; Stephanie Stockwell, an intelligence analyst; Veronica Zea, a contractor; Brian Gilbert, a senior manager of special operations; and David Harville, former director of global resiliency.

All have been fired by eBay.

All six are being charged with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with an investigation.

“Free speech? We can’t have that! Especially if they are going to criticize US!” </sarcasm>

Free Speech? Not if Left Has Anything to Say

Dr. John Lott on how the Left is doing everything it can to silence people with differing views. Why the New York Times Capitulated.

On Sunday, [a week ago] New York Times opinion editor James Bennet resigned after daring to publish a column by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, who argued for using the military to help quell the riots that arose from George Floyd’s murder.

The publication of a conservative opinion was too much for many staff members and political activists. It simply deviated too far from the liberal orthodoxy.

No one must be allowed to read anything not approved by the SJWs, because they don’t want to try to win in the arena of ideas, they just want to beat you into submission.

He adds a few anecdotes about his own silencing by the Left.

Reality Is Racist

You knew it was. Facts are bad. Instagram Censors FBI Crime Stats Graph As ‘Hate Speech’.

Facebook-owned Instagram is now censoring FBI crime statistic graphs as “hate speech,” according to Blaze TV’s Elijah Schaffer.

“Instagram is now removing FBI crime statistic graphs,” Schaffer said Saturday on Twitter. “Posted with the necessary citations [as] ‘hate speech.'”

“We are getting to the point where narratives are more important than truth,” Schaffer said. “And the truth when inconvenient makes you a hateful person. This is 1984.”

The graphs are from the 2013 FBI Crime Report, and the 2018 Bureau of Justice Statistics National Crime Victimization Survey. They cover the rates of interracial crime. Though I’m not sure why the 2013 FBI Crime Report is referenced.

You can find all of the FBI reports at the following site. FBI: UCR – Crime in the U.S. The 2019 preliminary report is available, but you can find the complete report for 2018 at this link. You can download the spreadsheets and make whatever graphs you care to make. The 2018 report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics is also the most current data available. Criminal Victimization, 2018. Though I have not looked at that report in a number of years, the data tables are available for download, as are both the summary and full reports.

Hat tip to 90 Miles from Tyranny, who notes…

While Instagram has apparently deemed FBI crime stats off limits, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal are now running them on their front pages.

I think this falls under the heading, “F*c*book wants its own facts,” because the facts the rest of us use, don’t fit their world view.

Burning Books Is Just Around the Bend

Of course in this enlightened age, they are going to ask you to burn your own books. At least at first. The Morning Briefing: We’ve Reached the Book Burning Phase of 2020 Riot Wokeness.

It starts off with a nice reference to Fahrenheit 451, the classic reference to book burning. And then a review of the editing of Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. But it won’t stop there.

Just when you think that there couldn’t be anything more annoying than watching idiots kneel all about the place comes a post on titled “Your Bookshelf May Be Part of the Problem.”

Yep. What you are reading, and what you have read is a problem. Of course in the day of Kindle, Amazon can just delete everything they find offensive.

A recurring theme in history is that the thought fascists like to tightly control what the people it seeks to oppress read. Propaganda doesn’t work well if the masses can read whatever they want.

Hence the effort to silence anyone who doesn’t spout The Party’s line on anything and everything.(Hat tip to The Right Way.)

We Are Bankrupting Ourselves for Security

You can’t guarantee perfect safety, but Americans want to “feel safe.” Bubble-Wrapped Americans: How the U.S. Became Obsessed with Physical and Emotional Safety.

Physical safety = nothing the scolds view as dangerous. Emotional safety = you can’t say anything that might upset me. It all adds up to insanity.

Why are Americans so obsessed with safety? What is the endgame of those who would bubble wrap the world, both physically and emotionally? Perhaps most importantly, what can we do to turn back the tide and reclaim our culture of self-reliance, mental toughness, and giving one another the benefit of the doubt so that we don’t “bankrupt ourselves in the vain search for absolute security,” as President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us about?

As so many things, it is about education. And the lack of it.

Education from kindergarten up to the universities is increasingly about teaching doctrines and ideology, rather than critical thinking and problem solving skills. All of this is a dangerous admixture that combines the full weight of the academic, cultural and business elites in this country. And its consequences are far reaching.

Go read it. Grab a coffee first. (Hat tip to Wirecutter.)

The Truth Is Racist

If the Left doesn’t like that truth, that is. Sweden: Muslim migrant-linked gang violence increases despite coronavirus.

This should come as no surprise. Bombings by Muslim migrants have long turned many areas of Sweden into a war zone. Sweden saw some 230 bombings in 2019 alone. The majority of shooting suspects were from Africa and the Middle East, and some Swedish politicians have also blamed the large flows of immigrants who arrived in Sweden during the 2015 migration crisis.

230 bombings in 1 year in a country that has a land area (there is a lot of water in Sweden) a bit larger than Montana. But you can’t talk about that, for fear of being charged with “inciting race hatred.” The put a cop under investigation for that charge, because he dared to quote some statistics about serious crimes in that country. Isn’t it a good thing that guns are so controlled in that part of Europe! (Hat tip to Pirate’s Cove.)

In That Place Where Great Britain Used to Be

There is no free speech in the UK, and that most definitely includes Scotland. Former UK Ambassador Craig Murray Indicted.

His crime? He critizised the government, and so he must be sent to jail. A jury? A trail? Don’t be stupid. This is a police state we are talking about.

“The state believes it has finally discovered a way to put me in prison without the inconvenient hurdle of a jury of my peers. Contempt of Court is just decided by a judge. It is extraordinary that you can go to jail for a substantial two years with no jury protection and no test of ‘beyond reasonable doubt’; and on the whim of a judge defending what he may view as the dignity of his own office. This really is the epitome of bad law. To use it against freedom of speech is disgusting. …

“I am charged specifically with saying that the Alex Salmond case was a fit-up [in America we would call it a frame-up for crime] and a conspiracy in which the Crown Office was implicated. So I thought I would say it again now: ‘The Alex Salmond case was a fit-up and a conspiracy in which the Crown Office was implicated, foiled by the jury. If Scotland is the kind of country where you go to jail for saying that, let me get my toothbrush.'”

You questioned their authority. You didn’t do exactly what you were told to do. You believe something that is not government approved. and you said something that is not government approved. Of course the police state is going to put you in prison. What do you think they do? (In the old Soviet Union, they might have sent you to a mental institution. Hardly different.)

Free Speech Is Racist, And Other Leftist Ideas

So says the university professors. The College Fix – Professor calls free speech ‘racist’ (audio).

A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor recently called free speech racist and said he worries that if a Democratic presidential candidate wins the 2020 election it could spark another Civil War.

Hat tip to Wombat-socho and Political Hat, who has more on the state of “education.”

It Isn’t that Irony Is Dead, So Much as Impossible

Michelle’s Mirror has the story. Life Imitates Art.

So a professor gave a trigger-warning, and then proceeded to read a 1920s U.S. Senate document, which included the use of the N-word.

But, none of that excused his actions, so the Black Emergency Response Team is staging a sit-in. They are demanding a couple of firings, and refuse to negotiate.

Far more entertaining however is the rest of the student’s list of non-negotiable demands:

Demands from the group also include a semester-long class focused on diversity, and a new multicultural center that will feature meeting spaces for marginalized students, common areas, study rooms and a Popeyes restaurant.

Wait, what? They want a Popeye’s restaurant?

Click thru for more and the 1990s Doonesbury cartoon. That alone is worth a look.

Crash and Bernie

This is a longer video than I like to include here – it is 34 minutes. But at least watch the first 6 or 7; I laughed out loud. Actually the whole thing is worth the 34 minutes, if you have the time.

Crash and Bernie – Intellectual Froglegs

You can find all the info on Intellectual Froglegs at their homepage.

Hat tip to The Right Way.

More Riots in Paris

Because if you disagree with someone, rioting is the 21st Century version of a reasoned response. Police arrest 54 protesters as major fire hits Paris’s Gare de Lyon station: Arsonists start blaze then clash with firefighters during protest against concert.

Riot police had been called to the area after opponents of the regime in the Democratic Republic of the Congo started demonstrating against a concert by the singer Fally Ipupa.

The 42-year-old performer is a supporter of Congolese president Felix Tshilombo and there is a large opposition movement against him based in Paris.

The Daily Mail is too polite to say, but the rioters are Congolese immigrants.

And the crowds were trying to keep firefighters away from the fires. One picture is of a broken truck windshield, but they don’t say it is a firetruck.

So do riots in Paris even qualify as news anymore?

“This Is NOT How Arguments Work”

Thinking is not what they teach in college these days. They teach dogma. College Students Who Can’t Think.

A story of Heather Mac Donald at Colgate University “($72,585 a year, including room and board)” and the reaction.

College students have lost the ability to think. The emotional protests at elite schools like Colgate show that students are incapable of weighing evidence and discerning between truth and fiction. Instead of making arguments based on facts and logic, students can only chant slogans and engage in fascist-style bullying tactics to silence opponents.

Go read the whole thing.

Western Civilization was nice while it lasted.

A View of How the Left Destroys Free Speech

In the old Soviet Union, if you disagreed with the Party, you could be sent to an insane asylum. This is the same, just using the words of 21st Century Socialists, as opposed to the 20th Century variety. John Arena, COPA, and the Defaming of Chicago Police Officers.

This is a story of a systematic effort by a one-time-Chicago Alderman, John Arena, and his attempt to subvert the first amendment rights of citizens of Chicago, and in particular 31 police officers who dared to disagree with him. “How dare you,” seems to be the catch phrase of the Left.

Arena was an alderman (what Second City Cop usually calls an Aldercreature) in the City of Chicago. A bunch of people disagreed with his plans to for developing a certain piece of property in his district. But how dare you disagree with him. How dare you.

Instead of shrugging off criticism of the plan, Arena, in the attempt to silence dissent, lashed out at his critics from his official Facebook account. In a series of grammatically illiterate posts designed to portray opinions differing from his as villainous, sinister, or heretical, Arena publicly branded his detractors racist and painted a portrait of the Jefferson Park neighborhood as a pantheon of deranged bigots.

That process went on for about 2 years until he was finally defeated in an election last year. But during that time, he also lodged a bunch of complaints against cops, who also happened to live in the area, and were also opposed to the development. That is where COPA, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, comes in.

In early December 2019, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) quietly revealed 29 of 31 Complaint Registers (CRs) Mr. Arena lodged against members of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) residing on the Northwest side of Chicago were determined to be utterly groundless.

There is more. Details of the development, details of the smear campaign, members of the Alderman’s staff building an “enemies list” based on their opposition to this development, but what really is important is the Left’s casual attempt at destroying free speech for anyone who dares to disagree with the people on the Left. And make no mistake, there are no Republican aldermen on the Chicago City Council.

Even from a distance of two years, this entire episode remains difficult to stomach. A reckless attempt to destroy the lives and careers of 31 Chicago police officers, John Arena’s throw at the dice to mute criticism of his plan to build a Progressive Xanadu in the 45th Ward was an assault on free speech. While posing as a de-facto moral censor, Arena overlooked free speech is a fundamental right secured in the American political compact known as the Constitution, free speech is an important tenet to a free and healthy society, and free speech applies to all private citizens irrespective of their career. Furthermore, while attempting to brutally suppress private citizens’ freedom of expression on social media, Mr. Arena also ignored the First Amendment guarantees freedom from governmental suppression of thought and the expression of ideas, regardless of whether the ideas in question are revered or despised. Last, Arena dismissed the fact a government agency and public official cannot and should not have the power to subordinate individual liberties to their personal sensitivities.

If you want to know what the country would look like if the socialists take over everywhere, all you need do is look at the one-party state that is the City of Chicago.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who asks “Is There a Lawyer in the House?”

Remember, these are government employees on the public dime, compiling an “enemies list” and using another government agency (COPA) to inflict as much personal and professional damage on them as possible – real East German Stasi and USSR bullshit here in the People’s Republik of Chicago.

There ought to be thirty-one defamation lawsuits working their way through the Courts as we speak.

College Indoctrination in the Frozen North

Heh. White Guilt at 28°F: $50,176 a Year.

Concordia University in Moorhead, Minnesota, versus Florida Gulf Coast University on the beach at Sanibel. 28° or 70°? Which would you pick?

I can’t imagine that a degree from Concordia has so much more prestige than an FGCU diploma that you’d spend an extra $80,000 to send your kid to frosty Minnesota where they can be lectured about their “white privilege”:

For this past Monday’s Martin Luther King Day, Minnesota’s Concordia College offered a racially segregated seminar titled “How to Embrace Your Inner Racist: A Session for White People.”

Because it is all about indoctrination. Education is such an antiquated concept.

The Left Hates Free Speech

No surprise really. Professor Demands Censorship.

Thomas J. Main is a professor in New York City. Of course he is.

As Stacy McCain does, I give Thomas Jefferson the last word.

Permit me to quote a Virginia slave owner:

“Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself … she is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless by human interposition disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate, errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.”

So wrote Thomas Jefferson in the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom.

There is more on the Liberal Professor, and more from The Other McCain. Go read the whole thing.

The End of Freedom in Germany?

But then I’m not sure Germans have really had freedom in over a Century. Not during WWI, and definitely not during WWII. And I don’t think they’ve had much since then. It isn’t getting better. Angela Merkel and German ‘Freedom’ of Speech.

Germany can limit “Hate Speech.” Define Hate Speech. It isn’t possible. I don’t like communism. I point out how communism has killed hundreds of millions of its own citizens. You get triggered and call me a hater for casting aspersions on your hero Marx, or the Russians or the People’s Republic of China. It gets even worse if we talk about illegal immigration because then you call me a racist. My speech about economics and history and open borders gets censored.

Instead of violence, which is a physical act, language is entirely abstract. Merkel’s definition applies an immeasurable emotional filter to language in order to drag it from the abstract to the physical. By speaking of hatred and dignity as if they are physical bodies of flesh and bone that can be torn or cut, Merkel deliberately destroys the boundaries between words and violence. Is it any wonder why the phrase “speech is violence” is now widely accepted?

As they say, go read the whole thing.

Dave Chappelle Gives Political Correctness the Raspberry

I liked this guy before. Click thru and watch the video. It’s only a few seconds long.

HOAs Are Just Evil

This is one of the more stupid actions a home owners’ association has taken. Woman whose son was killed in Aurora warehouse shooting told by North Carolina homeowners’ association to remove Aurora Strong flag.

So this grieving family was threatened with fines of $100 per day, because flag poles are evil in the view of the HOA.

“I contacted the association and said to the architect, can I tell you about the five people who were murdered and the five policemen who were shot? Can I tell you about the other people who will never be the same who were there that day?” Kendra said.

Once the story was picked up by a local news station and the idiocy of the board was on public display, they backed off on the fines, but still want the flag pole gone. Or at least moved. And they only want her to fly the flag honoring her dead son one day out of the year.

New York Times Doesn’t Like the First Amendment

How does that work? NY Times Wants To Crack Down On Freedom Of The Press Over Noxious Language.

Oh, wait, wait, no, sorry, they just want Other People punished for daring to use their Constitutional Republic protected Free Speech right

Because unless you are the NY Slimes, you shouldn’t have a permit to exercise Free Speech, or something. Lot’s of details at the link.