I’m Shocked – Shocked! – To Discover Criminals Don’t Obey the Law

OK, I’m not that shocked. Philadelphia’s Only Surging Industry.

It seems that the media’s ongoing attempts to downplay the rise in crime in Philadelphia is failing.

2020 is the most dangerous year since 2007, with violent crime up 11 percent, and even during the quarantine, crime is rising.

Though the Philadelphia Inquirer has tried to downplay the spike in crime, statistics show that, even as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds, crime has increased overall, despite a slight dip during the city’s first full week of shutdowns. [SNIP]

Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, newly transplanted from Portland, announced that her department—in response to the pandemic—will no longer make arrests for all narcotics offenses; thefts from persons, retail, and autos; burglaries, vandalism, and fraud; and prostitution. In addition, she announced a moratorium on bench-warrant arrests.

While I get that there are reasons to not arrest people during a pandemic, the lack of enforcement isn’t going to make the city safer.

Wake Forest Sheriff Gets a Bit of a Wakeup

The North Carolina sheriff stopped issuing pistol-purchase permits because of COVID-19. Wake sheriff to resume pistol permit applications halted by coronavirus concerns.

He still gets to take COVID-19 into account, but he has to issue permits.

The consent order gives Baker up to seven days to implement the changes needed to resume accepting pistol purchase applications. Information on the modified application process will be available on the Sheriff’s Office Pistol Permits Office’s website in the next few days.

Concealed carry permits are still on hold because they stopped doing fingerprinting. Infectious disease protocols, don’t you know.

So why is any sheriff issuing “purchase permits?” Seems very anti-Second-Amendment to me. (Hat tip to Pirate’s Cove.)

Liberals Buying Guns

They’ve been mugged by reality. Choose Your Weapon.

As most of these things go, they follow one person. A new gun owner. A woman in her 60s.

“I’m old and I live alone, and we don’t know if there’s going to be civil unrest. The world is not the same.” She added, “It didn’t have to be this way.”

She purchased a gun, and ammunition, and she said one of her son’s friends, a soldier, was going to give her some training.

The owner of the store mentioned that there has been a rush to buy weapons, and lot of the first-time buyers are liberals.

“I think she’s a liberal,” Bales said, once the door closed. “There’s so many coming in. First-time-gun-owner liberals. I’ve probably seen ten this week. It’s so funny, because I hope it just turns them on to liking the Second Amendment. I mean, the Constitution was created for a reason. To protect us.”

Hat tip to Shot in the Dark: A Conservative Is A Liberal That’s Been Mugged (By Reality), who notes…

If you are a new gun owner? Perhaps coming from the left?

On behalf of everyone who’s spent decades fighting to keep the right to keep and bear arms safe, you’re welcome.

Alyssa Milano Ignores Accusations Against Biden

I’m shocked that a Democrat has double standards. Hypocritical #MeToo Founder Alyssa Milano SILENT as Joe Biden Accused of Sexual Assault. OK, I’m not that shocked.

If it weren’t for double-standards, they’d have no standards at all.

A couple of years ago Alyssa Milano said, “You can’t pretend to be the party of the American people and then not support a woman who comes forward with her #MeToo story.” Now she’s refusing to support a woman who has accused her “friend” Joe Biden of sexual assault.

Hat tip to 90 Miles from Tyranny.

It Isn’t Just the Mask-shortage That’s a Problem

But that is the one that has the most attention right now. 90 Miles From Tyranny : The Worldwide Face Mask Shortage Reveals The Folly Of Outsourcing Strategic Resources To China.

Most of the world’s protective face masks are made in China and Taiwan, and even for those made elsewhere, some component parts are Chinese-sourced. Shortages have led China to declare the masks a “strategic resource,” reserving them for their own medical workers, leaving the U.S. and the rest of the world to operate with a very limited supply of protective masks. In January, Taiwan banned the export of masks, which left them with ample supply but exacerbated the worldwide shortage of masks.

Gee. Imagine that. A nation acting in its own national interest.

Other things we might not want to source completely from China? Medicine is high on my list. I’m sure you can think of other things.

NYC Teacher Spreads COVID-19, de Blasio, et al Cover It Up

Because that’s what politicians do. NYC teachers say de Blasio, Carranza helped spread coronavirus.

Travel from China was supposed to be halted before NYC schools had their break. But the rules don’t apply to EVERYONE!

At the Grand Street campus in Williamsburg, which houses three high schools, a teacher returned from a trip to China over the February break. Despite reports of the outbreak, the teacher did not self-quarantine, but returned to teach kids in all three schools Feb. 26 through Feb. 29, a staffer said.

The teacher then became sick and stopped working. The school was not closed, and employees were not notified, insiders said.

There were outbreaks in Brooklyn schools, but the NYC powers-that-be kept everyone in the dark, issuing DIRECTIVES to not tell anyone, including public health.

One infected teacher was so torn by the secrecy he took it upon himself to personally let all his students know his condition.

So sick teachers infected students, and staff, who then took it home to their families. Is it any wonder that New York is now the epicenter of COVID-19 in the US? As I write this, New York (I only have data at the state level) has about half of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US, at 15,777 with 114 dead. I’m sure this is Trump’s fault, at least according to the media.

Hat tip to The Other McCain, who notes.

Why would a teacher travel to China at a time when this dangerous virus outbreak was going on there? I mean, Trump shut off incoming flights from China on Feb. 3, and yet this Brooklyn teacher went to China nearly three weeks later, and taught for four days before falling ill? And then — to add insult to injury — the city’s department of education suppressed the information about this COVID-19 case? This is criminal negligence. Hell, it’s nearly manslaughter!

People in the Democrat-controlled fiefdom of New York City — the voters who elected this dishonest scumbag De Blasio, and who send vile subhuman monsters like Chuck Schumer to Congress — think they’re smarter than all the ordinary folks in “flyover country” who vote Republican.

Insider Trading? Not for Senators

You don’t think they make it so they have to obey the same kinds of laws you do. Dianne Feinstein, 3 Senate colleagues sold off stocks before coronavirus crash: reports.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California and three of her Senate colleagues reported selling off stocks worth millions of dollars in the days before the coronavirus outbreak crashed the market, according to reports.

The data is listed on a U.S. Senate website containing financial disclosures from Senate members.

It’s a lot of money. Millions of dollars worth of stock. (Hat tip to Wirecutter.)

The Typhoid Millennial

The image is from Michael P. Ramirez. You should definitely support him by buying stuff.

Though she isn’t a Millennial, I was going to include this image with the post on Evangeline Lilly, from earlier today. the cartoon fits. And she is definitely self-absorbed. (Is there any other kind of movie star?) But it stands on its own.

The most important thing in the universe is whether or not you are happy. Your feelings are paramount. Don’t tell me that I can’t have whatever I want, even if that means people will die.

And Ramirez is one of my favorite political cartoonists. You should at least view his stuff, and probably you should support him too.

Does This Mark the Start of a New Authoritarian Age?

According to Hoyt: Seven Days In March And she gets bonus points for referencing one of my favorite Cold War movies.

Anyway, the weird thing happening to me right now, through the Chinese-virus-panic, is that I’m sitting here in slack-jawed horror thinking that everything changed, that we’ve lost our last chance at restoring our republic and Western civilization with it, that the US and the world are on the brink of a new authoritarian age. And no one else seems to see it.

I think she just hasn’t thought it through. We’ve always been on the brink of an authoritarian age. An EMP. A nuclear war. A killer virus. A socialist in the White House. The normal state for humanity is to live under an authoritarian state. Greek and Roman democracies lasted for an eye blink. Followed by Alexander and the Caesars, respectively, and then a 1000 years of the dark ages. More or less. As for the part of the world that is not Europe. Well, the largest portion hasn’t ever had democracy. Not if you add China and Russia together.

And her reference, in the title to her post, the Cold War movie Seven Days in May, points that out better than just about any piece of the culture ever has.

Western Civilization has been doomed since the Left gained absolute control over the schools. There is no good and evil. There is no right or wrong. There are only feelings. See my previous post on how the Millennial generation (and the one after it) cares only about their feeling and their wants. They have no empathy, no consideration. Some might call them barbarians. I just think they are broken.

Whether You Like Trump or Not, This is Insane

Does anyone in the media have a shred of self-respect left? Weather forecasters have to be more accurate than these folks.

Trump Bombshell Montage.

Hat tip to The Other McCain with First Russia, Then Ukraine, Now a Virus — ‘The Walls Are Closing In’ on Trump! He notes:

One symptom of mental illness is magical thinking, “the belief that one’s own thoughts, wishes, or desires can influence the external world. . . . People with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) engage in a type of magical thinking. . . . People diagnosed with schizophrenia and delusional disorders may also experience bouts of magical thinking.”

What drives the schizophrenic mad is a sense of helplessness, a lack of agency, the feeling that external forces are controlling their lives. In this condition, they resort to child-like fantasies of omnipotence, where they have the power to fulfill their desires simply by wishing the desired outcome into existence.

The Guy Who Challenged Biden Gets His AR-14

Heh. Michigan Firearm Maker Awards Special “AR-14” to Auto Worker Who Challenged Biden on 2A.

During Biden’s tour of the new plant Mr. Wayne took his chance and asked the former Vice President a question about his Second Amendment policy, “Why are you actively trying to end our Second Amendment rights and take away our guns?”

Biden blew a gasket that anyone would question him. Especially a peon. He went on about how you “don’t need an AR-14,” which as far as I know, didn’t exist before the confrontation. (Though Armalite does have any number of models…)

Mr. Wayne’s courage caught the eye of a local firearm manufacturer in Michigan call Next Level Armament and they decided to award the autoworker with a very special edition AR-15 model “AR-14” for his convictions.

Very cool. Click the link above for a nice picture of the “AR-14.” They did a nice job with the customizing. (Hat tip to 90 Miles from Tyranny.)

Democrats and Lies

So did his wife know?

Florida Man can be high profile. Fear and Loathing in South Beach: Florida Democrat ‘Rising Star’ Found in Hotel Room With Meth and Gay Escort.

Typical Democrat behavior:

Andrew Gillum, a married father-of-three who narrowly missed out on becoming Florida’s first black governor, was too ‘inebriated’ to speak when cops arrived at the ritzy Mondrian Hotel in Miami’s South Beach party district.

He was in that hotel room with a gay escort who was overdosing on meth.

Click thru for more info, including some comments from Candace Owens.

Say it again. This guy narrowly missed out on becoming Florida’s first black governor.

The Violence and Arrogance of the Democrats

And their media enablers. Threats a Norm for Democrats.

Chuck Schumer threatened SCOTUS justices. The media reaction was “Meh.”

Then, recently, Biden threatened an autoworker in Detroit, during a conversation that put Biden on defense regarding his desire to confiscate firearms (at one point naming the “AR-14” … except that it is an AR-15, which also reveals the incredible ignorance he has about guns … he wants to ban something he doesn’t even understand, much less knows the name of).

He also threatened an Iowa voter, basically saying, “Let’s take this outside.”

There are a lot of details about the confrontation in Detroit – that the media saw fit to sweep under the rug – if you click thru. But one is important.

The manipulated video was then presented with Biden saying “We’ll take your AR – your AR-14s away.” The autoworker responds (with a finger pointing into Candidate Biden’s face), “This is not okay. You’re working for me, man.”

Biden responded, “I’m not working for you. Gimme a break, man. Don’t be such a horse’s #.”

Side note … we elect these people, they are our representatives, and Biden doesn’t believe he’s working for us? That’s the attitude of an oligarch. Royalty. Tyrants.

But that is what the Democratic Party has become, Socialist Tyrants.

COVID-19, Media Insanity, And Politics

Robert Stacy McCain asks (about the Wuhan Virus) Is It Time to Panic Yet?.

Honestly, I am not the least bit frightened, but everybody — from the cable news networks to the World Health Organization — seems to be telling me I should be scared out of my mind:

There is a lot at the link above, but the line I love the most…

Enough sarcasm. Let’s hear from America’s Most Serious Politician:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed many restaurants “are feeling the pain of racism” because people are avoiding Chinese food out of fear of contracting the coronavirus.

Heh. That’s better than all the Corona Beer Virus jokes.

The Limousine Left Wants You Disarmed

While they enjoy professional, armed security. 11 Examples of Bloomberg’s Folly on Defensive Gun Use.

The reality is that Bloomberg, as a wealthy white man living in upper-class neighborhoods, is statistically far less likely to be a victim of violent crime than most other Americans.

But you’d never know it from the way he spends hundreds of millions of dollars advocating gun laws that reserve armed protection for the special few.

Because he is better than you, and you should know your place.

“If you’re going to play identity politics, you need to have a real identity.”

How she was ever in the Democratic Primary (the party of identity politics) after her lies is beyond me. The Endless Warren Butt-Hurt.

Did any presidential candidate ever deserve to lose more than Elizabeth Warren? This is a women who fabricated her own biography, falsely claiming to be Native American, in order to be the “first woman of color” on the faculty of Harvard Law. Say what you will about Barack Obama — whom Matt Margolis and Mark Noonan dubbed The Worst President in History — at least he actually was half-Kenyan, whereas Warren’s Cherokee fakery was so complete that the possibility of it being true involves the merest fraction of a single percentage point. If you’re going to play identity politics, you need to have a real identity.

The feminist reaction to Super Tuesday was completely predictable, and grounded in the belief of victimhood.

Go read the whole thing.

Democrats and Coronavirus

Democrats: Trump is not doing enough to stop the spread of Coronavirus. Democrats to Urge Trump to Declare National Virus Emergency.

Also Democrats: We will party on St. Patrick’s Day! Coronavirus Update: NYC Half Marathon Cancelled, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Still On Amid Calls For ‘Social Distancing’

Even Chicago cancelled its parade.

Minnesota and Gun Rights

The linked article is mostly about a surge in concealed carry permits, but also covers 2nd Amendment sanctuary counties, and more gun control. Record number of Minnesotans have permits to carry guns in public.

Permit holder Sarah Cade Hauptman said that carrying a firearm “gives you more options to respond to dangerous situations. It’s all about having a choice and a chance.”

Hauptman, of Maplewood, said she frames her thinking about the law in terms of being a woman and a feminist.

“I view my gun as a tool that gives me parity of force with bigger, stronger or more numerous opponents,” she said. “I have the ability to enforce decisions about my body and my boundaries without depending on others.

Strange to see that in The Star Tribune.

There are the usually hand-wringers/gun-haters and one statement from a cop who admits he was wrong.

Looking back, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie is reassessing his wariness since permit-to-carry in Minnesota became law 17 years ago, back when he was a top St. Paul police administrator and the proposal promoted by the National Rifle Association was under heated debate at the Legislature.

“I was opposed; I just thought it was, I don’t know, scary,” Leslie said last week, referring to the 2001 push to ease restrictions on what was loosely known as conceal-and-carry. “As I have lived through this, I’ve learned it’s been much more freeing for people to have some control back. They want to exercise this right.”

Here’s hoping Minnesota can retain its freedom.

Obamacare: A Financial Travesty

And a bald-faced lie perpetrated by the Democrats on the American people. (With the help of a lot of Republicans, like John McCain.) ObamaCare: 10 years of distress and disappointment.

First, then-candidate Barack Obama said his namesake act would “cut the cost of a typical family’s premiums by up to $2,500 a year.”

In reality, the opposite has occurred. According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), “premiums have doubled for individual health insurance plans since 2013, the year before many of Obamacare’s regulations and mandates took effect.”

Even more shocking, HHS reports, “Average individual market premiums more than doubled from $2,784 per year in 2013 to $5,712 on Healthcare.gov in 2017—an increase of $2,928 or 105%.” Needless to say, ObamaCare has fallen woefully short in its grand ambition to slice health insurance premiums by $2,500 per year.

Now the same people who were so wrong about the impact of Obamacare want to tell us they know exactly how even more control of health care by government will turn out. (Hat tip to The Daley Gator.)

Sanders: I don’t know what’s wrong with a murderous/dictatorial regime

Former Prisoner Recalls Sanders Saying, ‘I Don’t Know What’s So Wrong’ With Cuba.

Sanders said this to an American political prisoner being held in Cuba, Alan Gross.

“The first year of my captivity was akin to sensory deprivation because I saw about 20 minutes of sunlight during the first year,” Gross said.

He lost 5 teeth while being held by the Cubans. Sanders didn’t understand why anyone would think that any of this could be a problem.

Gross spent 1841 days in captivity.