Karma Is a Bitch

From The Other McCain – Courageous Social Justice Activists Vandalize CNN Atlanta Headquarters.

I much prefer the bit from Proverbs. “Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster.” If you encourage rioters by calling them “mostly peaceful” (which granted, was actually done by MSNBC) then you can expect the waves to continue. But CNN and MSNBC have moving in lockstep for a very long time.

The Other McCain isn’t very upset about the situation in Atlanta…

Terrible? No, it’s beautiful. Karma is a beautiful thing.

Come on. Tell us how you really feel!

Minneapolis, Anarchy and Media Spin

Anarchy in Minneapolis: Democrats Celebrate Rioters Who Burned Down City

The idea that these criminals were “protesters” or “demonstrators” is an insult to the intelligence of everyone who watched — and the videos were streaming all over Twitter — as thieves and vandals not only destroyed a police precinct station, but looted or damaged some 170 businesses. The media, however, continued promoting the narrative that anyone who condemned the riots was thereby endorsing police brutality. This is what students of logic call the false dilemma fallacy,

Click thru and read the whole thing.

The Staff at The NY Times Had One Job

Accuracy is apparently not an issue in NYC. ‘A Team of Editors’.

This is of course about the infamous “list of (some of) the dead” from COVID-19 published by the New York Times. Their “staff devoted hours to the project.”

Scarcely five minutes after their list was published, people on Twitter began pointing out an obvious error: Jordan Haynes, 27, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was the sixth name on the Times list, but he did not die of COVID-19. He was a homicide victim, whose body was found in a car in a wooded area near Interstate 380. Exactly how the “team of editors” made such a colossal blunder, we don’t know, but they’ve deleted Haynes’ name from the list and promised to publish a correction tomorrow.

So either they just selected a random set of dead people from “flyover country” and trusted that no one would check their work, or they really are that stupid. Or both.

Millions of Americans Lose Jobs, Journalists Hardest Hit

Or that’s how the journalists feel. The Atlantic Lays Off 68 Employees, Cuts Executive Pay.

It seems that they don’t teach the fact the journalism is a business in school anymore. Did they ever?

The Atlantic is announcing a layoff of 68 of our colleagues,” wrote David Bradley, chairman of Atlantic Media, in an email to staff reviewed by TheWrap.

He wrote that the Atlantic is “accelerating its turn to a consumer revenue strategy” and focusing on the premium and subscription services behind its recently-added paywall, but “the overnight and near-complete undoing of in-person events and, for now, a bracing decline in advertising” led to the cuts.

That 68 people amounts to 17 percent of the workforce at The Atlantic. They are also cutting executive pay and freezing salaries for everyone else.

I would insert the “find a job in computer science” meme here, but it apparently is insulting when you say it to journalists. Though they’ve said it to enough others, that it makes me wonder when the rules changed.

CNN has praised its pandemic coverage. I won’t comment on that.

The New York Times seems even more distraught.

The announcement followed a burst of layoffs in the news media business last week: 155 jobs lost at Vice, 100 at Condé Nast, 90 at The Economist, 80 at Quartz. The cuts at those companies and publications came in the wake of a free fall set off by the coronavirus pandemic, which has cut deeply into advertising revenue.

And they are even more confused about the whole business part of the journalism business. You see The Atlantic has added a whole bunch of subscribers to their new paywall portion of their website. But that still isn’t getting it done.

But the emphasis on subscriptions over advertising revenue was not enough to prevent the job cuts.

The Times even pines for the days, 140 years ago, when EVERYONE important subscribed to the Atlantic. Times change.

Ads have always paid for everything in journalism. The local fish-wrapper was done in by the death of classified advertising, which was eliminated by eBay and Craigslist. Glossy magazine ads can’t compete with a decent website. Technology is killing print. (When was the last time you read a newspaper? How many actual magazines do you get in the mail every month?) And right now everyone is being killed by the down economy.

Don’t get me wrong, we need decent journalism. What we don’t need is what we have, which are cheerleaders for one side of the political aisle, opinion and bias masquerading as news, and all the other stuff that is not journalism. Or not good journalism.

Hat tip to Captain Capitalism, who notes…

Oh darn. More journalism majors laid off. *Too bad*

Those Damn Freedom-loving Americans

They spoil everything. WaPo writer: We can’t beat the virus because Americans stubbornly love their freedom too much.

The author argues, we may never succeed in the same fashion because such programs would require not only a willingness to surrender considerable privacy rights and freedoms, but also a general attitude of trust towards the government which doesn’t exist in the United States today.

If only we would surrender our freedom and privacy to the .gov, then life would be better, according to the Stalinist-dreamer at the WaPo, anyway.

Media Bias? What Media Bias?

If it weren’t for double-standards, the media would have no standards at all. Spot The Difference: Two Governors Reopened Their States, Only One Was Accused of ‘Human Sacrifice’.

A Republican governor and a Democratic governor walk into a bar. Only one is accused of being an alcoholic.

The governors of Georgia and Colorado have at least one thing in common. They both took steps to reopen their states’ economies in late April amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But for some reason, the media’s coverage of Gov. Brian Kemp (R., Ga.) has been slightly different from the media’s coverage of Gov. Jared Polis (D., Colo.).

Kemp, for example, has been accused of experimenting with “human sacrifice.” So reads the headline of an April 29 article published in the Atlantic, which accuses Kemp of turning Georgia residents into “unwilling canaries in an invisible coal mine, sent to find out just how many individuals need to lose their job or their life for a state to work through a plague.”

In a brief aside, the article acknowledges that some other states, including Colorado, “have already put similar plans in motion.” Polis, for some reason, is not identified as an accomplice in Kemp’s murder scheme.

Objective? I don’t think so.

I’m Shocked that the Media Was Completely and Utterly Wrong

OK, I’m not that shocked. I am also not expecting this apology to occur in my lifetime. Dear Media, Governor Kemp Will Accept Your Apology Now.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp reopened his state. The doom and gloom predictions where universal – from the media. People would die. Cases would skyrocket. The sky would fall.

Well, the results are in and the media can now apologize for the savaging of my governor. Since the tentative reopening on April 24, the state has not seen a spike in the percentage of positive cases or hospitalizations. Kemp and his team are measuring this correctly. [SNIP]

The entire purpose of mitigation was to protect the hospital system and ensure those critically ill with COVID-19 could be adequately cared for. Georgia has a more than adequate capacity to deal with a hot spot. Despite increased testing, a lower percentage are testing positive

So, everything is OK, and the sky didn’t fall. Not that the media will admit they are not perfect predictors of the future.

Hat tip to The Other McCain, who asks Remember How Everybody Was Going to Die Because Georgia Ended Lockdowns? And he notes…

Epidemics are always subject to Farr’s Law, in which cases rise and fall in a bell-curve pattern. The death toll peaks and then recedes because, in the early stages of the outbreak, the disease “grabs the low-hanging fruit” (the most vulnerable population), but eventually runs out of such victims. While quarantine policies can “slow the spread” and “flatten the curve,” ultimately no human intervention matters more than the effect of Farr’s Law.

It’s Funny How the Rules Change

When the Democrats are the ones the media is reporting on. The ‘Deep State’ Unmasked: Joe Biden Targeted Trump Aide Gen. Flynn.

Remember when anti-Trump rhetoric was about his supposed violation of “norms”? Remember when Trump’s criticism of hostile media was considered a threat to a free press? Yeah, forget all that: [SNIP]

As recently as May 3, the Biden campaign considered it “authoritarian” to criticize “independent media,” but when the media reports that Biden was part of the Obama administration’s illegal surveillance of their political opponents, suddenly the standards change.

Maybe “funny” isn’t the right word.

The Media Hates Any Governor Who Is Not a Democrat

Or a Democratic-Stalinist. And reporting the news is such a 20th Century idea. Media Attack Gov. Kristi Noem For Not Panicking And Destroying Her State.

And Cuomo gets a pass even though he made mistakes around nursing homes (sending sick people there to infect others), ignoring the complete lack of social distancing in NYC and on the subways in particular, requesting a bunch of ventilators that never got used, and host of other things because he hates Trump. And the reporters hate trump and objectivity is another 20th Century concept.

The target of their hatred is South Dakota governor, Kristi Noem.

The media sense that they will face less scrutiny for their preferred policy position if they can remove sane alternative policy approaches from the table. To that end, Noem and others who reject the mandatory, long-term, government-forced shutdown model as the preferred option for their states must be condemned.

The WaPo screamed (in April) that South Dakota’s refusal to become a Stalinist dictatorship had given them “one of the nation’s largest coronavirus hot spots.”

The article, which was tweeted out by the New York Times’ Ken Vogel, CNN’s Jake Tapper, NBC News’ Sahil Kapur, the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and many others, was written at the time that South Dakota had 6 deaths. As of May 3, the number had risen to 21. The outbreak was at a Smithfield pork processing facility that even the most stringent of state lockdowns would have deemed an essential business to allow to keep open in preservation of the country’s food supply.

Modelers predicted South Dakota would need 10,000 beds if no government order were put in place and nothing were done to stop the spread of Coronavirus. While no government stay-at-home order has been put in place and Noem has simply encouraged citizens of the state to make good decisions, the latest prediction is that the state will need a peak total of 127 beds on June 20.

As they say, go read the whole thing.

If a Muslim Immigrant Kills a 7-yr-old Girl…

And the media buries the story, did it really happen? Yes, it did happen. But the Left’s preferred narrative makes it necessary for the media to make sure you never know about it.

So in that place where Great Britain used to be… Somali National Stabs to Death 7-year-old in UK Park; Katie Hopkins’ Letter is a Must Read.

It happened in March, but made little news mostly we can only assume, and others have speculated, that it is because the violent act was perpetrated by a Somali woman against a beautiful innocent white child unknown to the attacker.

Early reports of the killing never mention a word about the identity of the attacker as a migrant from Africa.

Political Correctness dictates that the facts (which are racist) cannot be brought to light. People might begin to think thoughts that are not government approved, or approved by the Left!

A news article from a month ago. Somali national arrested for stabbing 7-year-old British girl in the throat, killing her while she played in the park.

Hat tip to mobiuswolf at The zombie apocalypse survival homestead, who you really should be reading.

The Media Keeps Hoping That COVID-19 Will Hit Red States

But like most contagious disease, this one hits cities harder than rural areas. They keep hoping that isn’t true. Blue-State Media Continue Wishcasting Coronavirus Epidemic in Red States.

While you should read the whole article, the stats are what caught my eye. The data is at this link, though Firefox wouldn’t open it, and I had to resort to the Pale Moon browser. (That may have something to do the way I have Firefox set up for privacy; it does occasionally trip over something.)

However many new cases emerge as a result of ending the lockdown in Tennessee or Texas, it is impossible that these states will ever eclipse New York as the “epicenter” of the pandemic, in terms of per-capita death rates, simply because (a) the conditions enabling transmission of the virus are not equal and (b) New York has such an enormous head start in the cumulative death toll. Here are the highest per-capita death rates, expressed as deaths per million population:

New York ………………….. 1,227
New Jersey …………………. 849
Connecticut ………………… 653
Massachusetts ……………. 544
Louisiana ………………….. 422
Michigan …………………… 388
District of Columbia …… 337

And here are the rates for other selected states:

Georgia ……………………. 113
Ohio …………………………. 86
Florida ……………………… 64
North Carolina …………… 41
Tennessee ………………….. 31
Texas ………………………… 30

The Other McCain discusses the difference between these rates.

Media Bias? What Media Bias?

The Compassionate Left – Not so Compassionate

I thought ‘victimhood’ was one of the saintly qualities the Left promotes. I guess that doesn’t apply when the victim isn’t holding to the narrative. Rotherham rape gang survivor reveals online abuse from far-left groups.

In a a recent interview, an anonymous woman who has claimed to have been raped over 100 times by a Pakistani grooming gang in the Yorkshire town of Rotherham, during the scandal has revealed that for airing her criticism online on social media, she was still receiving abuse, much of it from the ‘far-left’ and ‘academic feminists’.

And Twitter, the tech company that is so in tune with stopping online abuse, doesn’t seem to be interested in stopping abuse when it the far-Left doing the abusing.

The narrative that is being protected is that anyone who has issues with immigrants – like having been raped by a gang of them – is a horrible person who must be destroyed.

She was amazed by how much abuse she was getting, claiming that ‘they tried to shut me down, shut me up and drive me off Twitter. I’ve never experienced such hate online in my life. they accuse me of ‘advocating for white pedophiles’ and being a ‘sinister demonic entity’.

The Twitter cops can apparently do nothing to stop this. In other news the Twitter cops suspended Candace Owens for daring to disagree with the Governor of Michigan.

Media Bias? What Media Bias?

Oh, that media bias. Even a pandemic can’t slow Philly’s gun violence.

The reports make clear that the entrenched issues that have long fueled violence — poverty, drugs, easy access to guns — don’t simply go away when the city shuts down.

I would ask the “journalist” how “easy access to guns” causes crime, when more than 99 percent of guns in the hands of Americans have never been used in a crime. Those of us with guns certainly have easy access, yet I am not a violent person because of it. And there are whole lot more guns in the country than there were in the early 1990s when violent crime was higher than it is now. A few years back, South Dakota had the highest percentage of the population that held concealed carry permits, and yet blood was somehow not running the streets. In fact, South Dakota has a very low rate of murders and violent crime.

But journalism in the 21st Century is not about reporting facts, it about “shaping ideas” to bring about the Socialist Paradise that all those journalist, who apparently never studied East Germany or the Soviet Union, or Venezuela, are just so sure will work this time.

More Hollywood Lies About the AR-15

I’ve already said that I consider the S.W.A.T. television series to be much inferior to the Canadian version (from a few years back) Flashpoint. Sure S.W.A.T. can afford to blow more stuff up than the budget allowed to Flashpoint, but that just means that they spend time blowing stuff up, and crashing cars, or whatever, instead of actually having to tell a story.

That said I have seen more than my allotted share of S.W.A.T. episodes. Case in point, an episode that originally aired on March 4th, they talk about a suspect who owns and AR-15, but the gun that guy uses is clearly fully automatic, not semiautomatic.

If you have access to episode, via a cable recording or whatever, the offending sequence starts at about 6 minutes and 30 seconds into the program.

Because if you are going to be anti-gun, and you have access to a big megaphone, why not tell lies? </sarcasm>

Media Bias? What Media Bias?

Oh yeah, that media bias. After seeing teens near his car at 3 a.m., off-duty police officer opens fire, shooting 14-year-old in the head.

If things transpired the way a dozen headlines are saying, the cop in question would have been arrested.

That’s when, Lopinto said, that off duty officer saw those juveniles around his vehicle and shot. A 14-year-old was shot once in the head and taken to University Medical Center in New Orleans. It’s a scene Lopinto said could have been avoided.

“It’s never a good call when you get a call that your child has been shot,” said Lopinto. “All that can be prevented if we keep our children home, especially at that time of night.”

My guess, which is only a guess, he heard them, or was alerted by a security system and confronted the “teens” (it would be politically incorrect to call them criminals, or worse), and they threatened him, at which point he defended himself. But it is soooo much more in line with the narrative to just insinuate that he opened fire for no reason.

I expect to see more about this story in the next few days.

Completely Non Essential Employees Mad They Still Have Paychecks

Or that those paychecks aren’t as high as they used to be. ‘Ellen Degeneres Show’ crew furious over 60% pay cut, lack of communication during coronavirus crisis: report.

Warner Bros. Television, which distributes the show, told Variety that employees have been paid regularly, but at reduced hours. “Our executive producers and Telepictures are committed to taking care of our staff and crew and have made decisions first and foremost with them in mind,” a spokesperson said.

Now they could just layoff all of these ungrateful wretches and let them collect unemployment, and I hope someone has done the math, but my guess is that they still have benefits and are making at least as much as they would get from unemployment.

The show called in a green-screen company (Key Code Media) so Ellen could tape her show at home. So the people complaining have nothing, or very little, to do.

But they are the people of Big Media, and this kind of crisis isn’t supposed to impact them. Or something.

Schadenfreude. It’s what’s for breakfast.

Firearms Do Not Cause Suicide

And they aren’t used for suicide more often than self-defense. Here’s the story of the day. Bogus Study Claims Guns Used In Suicide More Than Self-Defense.

Which is wrong. Click thru for the details. (Hat tip to MaddMedic.)

Here’s a link to the story about how Canada changing the laws around handguns had virtually no impact on the suicide rate, while it did change the methods used. Suicide vs “Gun-death” Suicide.

A study of 20,851 suicides in Quebec from 1990 to 2005 found that hanging, strangulation and suffocation were the principal causes of death (males, age-adjusted rate of 15.6 per 100,000; females, 3.6), followed by poisoning (males: 5.7; females: 2.9).[17]

Should Canada tightly restrict access to rope? I mean that must be what causes suicide right?

And here’s a link to the Archives from 2012 comparing methods used between Canada and the US. (At the time, both countries had suicide rates that were comparable.) TFS Magnum – Archives: Canadian Suicide and the Myth of “Gun Deaths”

Well it turns out, that people don’t commit suicide because they have access to firearms. When they decide to commit suicide, they turn to whatever means they have available. Be fair, do you really think that Canada should enact “rope control” to cut down on the “rope deaths” – that is hangings – in this statistic? (It would be “for the children.”)

Both of my previous posts have some graphics, if your interested.

The New Way to Finance College

The Other McCain notes that When They’re Dead, They’re Just Hookers: Mackenzie Lueck, ‘Sugar Baby’.

Or maybe it isn’t so new.

OK, let’s pause the italic/parenthesis fisking mode here, because I’m about to rant at this anonymous “friend” and anyone else who makes excuses for whoring: STOP RATIONALIZING AND JUSTIFYING.

Your vague “blame-society” rhetoric is a cheap feminist scam, a defensive rationalization to evade personal responsibility.

Personal responsibility is such a 20th Century idea.

So this is what passes for a college education in the 21st Century?

Irony Isn’t Dead. Yet.

And maybe there is a smidgen of Justice in the universe. Sad: Woman accused of stealing COVID-fighting materials from hospital complains about lack of COVID-fighting materials in county jail.

She was arrested for stealing masks, hand sanitizer, and other protective gear from The University of Chicago Hospital as well as cellphones and jewelry from nurses and patients. She then had the gall to complain about lack of supplies in the jail hospital. Though she’s left jail in the interim.

This is all (well, somewhat) covered in a TV news story, that omitted anything that didn’t agree with the reporter’s bias.

Huff has six felony convictions. She’s also on bond for separate felonies in DuPage, Williamson, and Grundy counties. Those details were also not included in the TV report.

Goes to why she was in jail… Repeat offender.

Of Course It Was All Political

There was never even any smoke, accept for the stuff generated by the FBI Agents who wanted Hilary to win the election. The 13 revelations showing the FBI never really had a Russia collusion case to begin with.

The list is not that long. My favorite…

6.) Information Steele provided to the government was proven, before the FISA warrants were granted, to be false and inaccurate. Specifically, he told State official Kathleen Kavalec in early October 2016 that he believed Russia was funding its hacking operations through its consulate in Miami. The Russians did not have a consulate in Miami, Kavalec reported in her notes.

If you’re going to do a frame job, on anyone, you should at least do some work with the internet search engine of your choice, beforehand. (Hat tip to 90 Miles from Tyranny, who you should be reading.)