Everyone – Outside of Ukraine – Is Still Calling It a “Conflict With Russia”

At what point due the leaders (and reporters) of the world admit that it is a war? Russia Tries to Strangle Ukraine with New Maritime Strategy.

Russia is adopting a new tactic in its ongoing conflict with Ukraine by cutting off the latter’s access to its important ports in the Sea of Azov.

Spiegel is slightly to the Left of the BBC, so I don’t really expect much from them, but they do translate some of their stories into English.

The new Crimean Bridge, it turns out, not only connects people, but can also be used by Moscow to close off access to the Kerch Strait. That Sunday, Russia declared the Sea of Azov, which is located northeast of the strait and whose coastline it shares with Ukraine, semi-officially to be its own. There’s not really anything Ukraine can do to oppose it.

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Brazil Moving Toward More Armed Citizens

First Bolsonaro gives the climate conference the heave-ho, and threatens to withdraw from the Paris Accord, now this. The New York Times is NOT happy. Brazil’s New Leader Wants to Ease Gun Laws. Supporters Are Ready, and Training.

For a population angered by the last few years of political and economic turmoil and worried by escalating violence, Mr. Bolsonaro’s vow to break with Brazil’s restrictive attitude toward weapons and make it easier for “good guys” to own guns was particularly resonant.

It’s almost like he isn’t a Leftist. (He’s not, and the NY Times is SO confused.)

Mr. Bolsonaro’s tough-on-crime stance helped catapult him to the head of a splintered race in a country reeling from a record-level epidemic of violence. Last year there were roughly 175 homicides per day in Brazil, according to the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety. Often simulating gunfire with his fingers at campaign rallies, Mr. Bolsonaro said he would combat the homicide epidemic by easing firearm laws and giving the police more freedom to shoot suspects.

“We have to stop this politically correct thing, saying that disarming everyone will make Brazil a better place — it won’t,” Mr. Bolsonaro said.

And for all of that, the NY Times HAS to call him “far right.” Funny how no one is ever “far Left” in the world view of NYT.

The Officer From Chicago Who Was Shot…

The media has been going on about this guy like he could walk on water. Which is odd, really, considering that they don’t usually have anything nice to say about cops in general, or about Chicago cops in particular.

It brought up a line from my favorite movie, Casablanca. “Today they’re the honored dead.”

For the info on what I am talking about, see this link.

Kasparov on Socialism

We called them the Communists, after the ruling party, but the country was The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. (Союз Советских Социалистических Республик or Soyuz Sovetskikh Sotsialisticheskikh Respublik) Battle of Quotes.

Commenting (third hand) on a Twitter “conversation” about Socialism, SiGraybeard had a few comments, but his link to Kasparov deserves to be repeated.

There are still plenty of people who escaped from the old Soviet Union and Warsaw Block living in this country. It is sad that they are not sought out by the media more. They lived through Socialism.

But then the media won’t even report on what is going on today in Venezuela.

Private Citizen – Who Happens to Work for City – Killed While Off Duty

The MSM is Screaming about this story. I found one article that has his off-duty status listed in the headline. This isn’t it. Texas firefighter shot to death during fight after party. Though they at least note that he was off-duty in the first paragraph.

Investigators say a Houston-area homeowner has fatally shot an off-duty firefighter after both attended a party and later got into a physical fight.

Several other stories only get to the “off-duty” fact about halfway, or more, through the story. The only good explanation is that the MSM is trying to paint this as an attack on a firefighter doing his job. It isn’t. (They just can’t stand the idea that a state actor might be answerable to an average citizen for his actions, even while off-duty.)

It’s worse. This off-duty-firefighter-otherwise-known-as-a-Private-Citizen went to someone else’s home – someone he had a disagreement with earlier – apparently with the intent of continuing the disagreement. Things didn’t work out the way he planned.

[Sheriff’s Lt. Scott] Spencer says the homeowner reported he felt threatened when Daniel drove up, opened the door of the home and they fought.

The homeowner contacted deputies after the shooting.

The DA and maybe a grand jury will decide what happens, but this is Texas, where you can defend yourself in your own home. The MSM doesn’t like that either, but Self-defense is a Human-right.

Not Fake News, Fake Endorsements

I’ve heard of tailoring your message to fit your audience, but this is insane. LA Times Publishes Completely Different Political Endorsements in English and Spanish.

The LA Times has endorsed the white candidates in the English-language version of the paper, and the Latino candidates in the Spanish-language version. Talk about speaking out of both sides of your mouth. Apparently they don’t have enough backbone to just say “We don’t endorse anybody.”

The truly amazing thing is that they thought no one would notice. (Hat tip to Daily Gator.)

It Isn’t an Attack on the Free Press

It is an attack on the BIASED press. And I’m not talking about Trump. Tommy Robinson supporters chant ‘scum’ at journalists as EDL founder calls media ‘enemy of the people’ in attack on free press outside court.

The media – on both sides of the pond – would like you to believe that ANY attack on them, or their biases or the way they go about their job, is an attack on the institution. But it isn’t an attack on the Freedom of the Press. It is an attack on the one-sided, biased, lying press.

Speaking ahead of the court hearing this morning, Robinson said: “You wish to portray that I’m hated, whereas in reality it’s you that are hated.

“You have lied, you have played your part and all of you who call yourselves journalists you all knew what was happening to those girls in all those towns and cities and you’d done nothing, you said nothing.”

He was speaking of the Pakistani rape gang that was recently convicted of raping at least 15 victims between the ages of 11 and 17.

Tommy Robinson was arrested for breaching a “press blackout” on the rape-gang trial, but 3 national journalists also breached reporting restrictions the same weekend. Guess which one was arrested and help in prison for 13 months.