New York City Doubles Down on Socialism

Even the Boston Herald seems to think New York City’s opposition to free enterprise is a disaster. New York the example America should not follow

Most of you will remember the fight against Amazon’s east coast HQ locating in Long Island City. That isn’t the only major development project killed in New York.

The article starts out with a litany of New York’s financial woes. Unemployment rate of 16%. Lack of tax revenue.

Yet, even in the midst of a “financial abyss,” the animosity of New York’s liberal elite remains undeterred in its hostility toward free enterprise and entrepreneurship, the pillars of job creation and economic recovery.

In a latest example, commercial development firms have pulled out of a proposed project, Industry City, that was estimated to bring 20,000 jobs and $100 million in tax revenue to New York City. After several years of fighting opposition to get approval for rezoning that would have made the project possible, they threw in the towel.

They don’t want private enterprise to make things better. They want the Green New Deal. And a bailout from Washington.

New York should be a poster child for the nation about what not to do.

Anyone who cares about the poor, who cares about our nation’s recovery and growth, should fight to prevent the stifling of our system of free enterprise by confused, self-important political ideologues of the left.

How far around the bend do you need to be to lose the Boston Herald?

New York Wants Your Money to Keep Transit Unions Happy

We – the taxpayers supporting the federal government – already gave them $4 billion (with a “B”) in May. The nation’s biggest public transit system is facing ruin. Will Congress save it?

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is in deep yogurt, and the powers-that-be don’t want to face reality. They are burning through $200 million every week, because no one is going anywhere in NYC. Or to NYC.

The agency, controlled by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, could cut service to the bone and hike fares dramatically, but faces the prospect of turning away priced-out riders who feel they can’t depend on the system. It could try to slash labor costs — going after two-thirds of its operating budget — but that would open up a political battle with powerful unions that Cuomo and fellow Democrats rely on in election years.

So the Blue state of New York wants 10 BILLION dollars, from you and me, to keep the Unions happy, so that they will keep electing Deep Blue politicians. Yeah that makes perfect sense. If you’re a Socialist.

The First Step To Ending Democratic Rule in America

The deep state and the Dems didn’t like the outcome of an election, so they decided to try and overthrow it. One Step Closer to Despotism?

By institutionalizing Hillary Clinton’s anti-Trump operation, the former president and CIA director chose to undermine the peaceful transfer of authority and legitimize an attempted coup.

I could excerpt some passages, though I’m not sure which part needs highlighting. Just click thru and read all of it.

Hat tip to Wombat-socho at the Other McCain, who is still getting settled into his new digs. And celebrating a birthday.

Chicago Can Burn, But the Mayor Is Safe

More info from Second City Cop: More Short Districts.

He has details on how officers from various districts are being pulled to guard the (formerly) Magnificent Mile. And then there’s this.

And an entire Tact team….a light tact team judging by the number of officers….is at Groot’s house.

This is criminal, a safety hazard and a rip-off for taxpayers who are suffering burglaries, thefts and other property damage at record setting levels.

Ever since protesters had the unmitigated gall to show up in front of Mayor Lori “Groot” Lightfoot’s house, she has insisted that her block have “increased police presence.” The rest of the city be damned.

For the earlier post on this subject see this link, in which SCC explains how this violates the Consent Decree between the Chicago PD and Dept. of Justice. Rules? They don’t apply when a Democrat wants something!

Apparently The Rules Don’t Apply When a Democrat is Involved

I mean be fair; the rules are being ignored because the Mayor said so. Second City Cop: Short Districts

In this case the rules are from a consent decree between the Chicago PD and Department of Justice. And the reason they’re being ignored? The Mayor wants a bunch of cops guarding her home, and a bunch more guarding the (formerly) Magnificent Mile. The rest of the city can burn.

It is hard to excerpt anything that makes sense, because it is all various acronyms, which SCC does explain. Click thru. Though the conclusion isn’t hard to understand. This is for 1 district.

When the early side goes home, instead of 7 cars covering the District until 3rd Watch hits the streets, there are three officers on the street. Three TOTAL. That’s it. How can this even be considered safe?

Anyone think the media will say a word?

The media complain about a Democratic politician mandating that the cops break rules that were mandated by Democratic politicians? Don’t be ridiculous. The rules are in place only to lord it over the PD when the need arises.

Antisemitism in New York

Are we surprised that it is coming from the Mayor of NYC and the Governor of New York? Cuomo vs. Jews: ‘We Know Religious Institutions Have Been a Problem’

Over the weekend, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio announced he would “close non-essential businesses and all schools, both public and private, in nine ZIP codes in South Brooklyn and Central Queens where coronavirus cases have surged for weeks.” All of these ZIP codes have large Orthodox Jewish communities, and the definition of “surged” seems rather arbitrary — an average of 3% positive COVID-19 test results.

And the Governor was using images of Jewish gatherings to emphasize what the problem was.

What Democrats are saying is that New York doesn’t have a COVID-19 problem, New York has a Jew problem. Why are Cuomo and de Blasio engaged in this kind of anti-Semitic scapegoating? Because it is politically convenient for them.

More like Wiemar Germany every day.

This Is Next Level Trolling

I bow to the master. Tupac Shakur Has Tix For Tonight’s VP Debate Thanks To Mike Pence In Dig At Kamala Harris Calling Dead Icon Her Favorite Living Rapper

They brought this on themselves, but nominating a “black candidate” who has no connection to black culture.

“I can confirm that we have left a ticket for Tupac Shakur, who as we know is Sen. Harris’ favorite rapper alive,” said Trump/Pence re-election campaign senior adviser Jason Miller on a Wednesday call with media previewing the highly anticipated matchup between his boss and the Democrats’ VP nominee.

Quick. Name ANY living rapper.

I would go with Krondon, because I like his acting, and his singing has a more positive message than most. See the group Strong Arm Steady.

In case you’re completely clueless – as Harris seems to be – Tupac Shakur died in 1996.

We Are Living In The World of Fahrenheit 451

ErzaXZoro reminds us that Ray Bradbury and Fahrenheit 451 Predicted People Would Demand Tyranny.

Read Fahrenheit 451 again to discover why people wanted their tyrannical government to burn books. Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in 1953, yet the parallels to today’s social climate for censorship are haunting.

If you’re of a certain age you might have read Fahrenheit 451 in High School. I don’t think they would include that in a reading list today; it cuts too close to home.

Anyway, click thru.

Your literary post of the day week.

So Much for the Anti-Bullying Programs

The peace-loving Leftists – threats of violence for a difference of opinion. ‘Hateful and vile’: Student gets bullied for posting a photo at a Trump rally

A Bellevue East High School junior said she’s being bullied for being a Republican. Jordan White can’t even vote yet, but she supports President Trump.

The bullying is vile, and includes threats of violence. The school is issuing inane statements, and so the family has the authorities involved.

“I can tell you that if it comes to where they give me the option of pressing charges against certain people or not, I’m going to,” Doug White said. “I will not back down from that.”

Hat tip to Moonbattery: Moonbattery High School Girl Set Upon by Mob for Supporting President, who notes….

Liberalism cannot stand on its own merits, but it doesn’t have to. Those who drink the Kool-Aid bully others into going along. Kids know how it works by the time they get out of high school — even in Nebraska.

Worst White Supremacist Organization Ever

What kind of racist organization elects a black/Hispanic as national chairman. US Election 2020: Proud Boys leader calls debate ‘great moment’ as Trump denies knowledge of group

Mr Tarrio added: “I’m a ‘person of colour’, I’m a brown person, I’m chairman of the organisation [and] I got voted in…”

2020 is clearly the year of stupid.

Rick Moranis and the ‘Knockout Game’

Which The Left, and The Media (but I repeat myself) say is a myth. ‘Knockout Game’ Attack on Rick Moranis Raises Awareness of Racial Violence

Rick Moranis is 67-years-old, so he is not a young man.

This kind of anti-white violence is sufficiently common (though ignored or dismissed by the media) that when Democrats accuse white people of complicity in “systemic racism,” it arouses a reaction of disbelief. Criminal violence and racial hostility have turned America’s major cities into “no-go zones” for white people.

There is a list 5 such incidents 10 weeks, and yet the media isn’t having a fit about systemic racism, because it is NOT white people attacking black people. Click thru for that and more statistics on interracial violence.

Do you see that what the national media have been telling America about racial violence is the exact opposite of truth? This mirror-image distortion is not accidental; it has a political motive.

Black Proud Boys Deny Being White Supremacists

Whiskey, Tango, FoxtrotThat black members of an organization need to deny this publicly is a sign of the insanity on the Left. ‘I didn’t see this coming’: Black Proud Boys members respond to Joe Biden calling them white supremacists.

You know, maybe this group isn’t the white supremacist organization Joe Biden would have us believe:

Hat tip to Wombat-socho.

Meanwhile, In the Socialist Paradise of Venezuela…

Tyranny, in the name of Socialism, is running amok in that country. Venezuela: Maduro Regime Killed 250 people Per Month in 2020

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, updated her report on Venezuela in which she announced that the regime of Nicolás Maduro murdered more than 2000 people between January and August 2020.

Don’t expect the US media to highlight this story, since they all love socialism, and until a few years ago, they all loved Venezuela. (Hat tip to Wombat-socho.)

I Don’t Understand Why Anyone Stays in California

Ben Shapiro: Why I’m Leaving California

Unlike Mr. Shapiro, I am not a native Californian. I moved out there in the 1980s after college; the draw of Silicon Valley was immense. Even back then, it was clearly too expensive. I was working in a good job, at a Fortune 500 company, and most of my income was going to pay for a crappy apartment. I had looked for real estate to purchase, but the sad fact was that there neighborhoods with serious gang problems that I could NOT afford to live in, so I left. But back to Ben.

We’re leaving because all the benefits of California have steadily eroded — and then suddenly collapsed. Meanwhile, all the costs of California have steadily increased — and then suddenly skyrocketed. It can be difficult to spot the incremental encroachment of a terrible disease, but once the final ravages set in, it becomes obvious that the illness is fatal. So, too, with California, where bad governance has turned a would-be paradise into a burgeoning dystopia.

When my family moved to North Hollywood, I was 11. We lived in a safe, clean suburb. Yes, Los Angeles had serious crime and homelessness problems, but those were problems relegated to pockets of the city — problems that, with good governance, we thought could eventually be healed. Instead, the government allowed those problems to metastasize.

And in Quote-of-the-Day material…

California is not on a trajectory toward recovery; it is on a trajectory toward oblivion.

Hat tip to The Other McCain – Good-Bye, Zimbabwe, U.S.A.: Ben Shapiro Explains Why He’s Leaving California. The state tuned into a Kleptocracy.

Once this trend reaches a tipping point — and Jerry Brown’s return to the governorship in 2011 seems to have been the straw that broke the camel’s back in California — the collapse accelerates.

Minneapolis City Council: We Didn’t Really Mean It

liar liar pants-on-fireI’m shocked – Shocked! – to discover that politicians would lie. REPORT: Minneapolis Plan To Defund The Police Collapses, City Council Members ‘Regret’ Making Pledge. OK, I’m not actually shocked.

So they promised to disband the police department and “end policing as we know it.” Didn’t quite work out that way.

Some of the Minneapolis City Council members who pledged to abolish the city’s law enforcement — including the City Council president — now say they regret making that promise. [SNIP]

“Councilor Andrew Johnson, one of the nine members who supported the pledge in June, said in an interview that he meant the words ‘in spirit,’ not by the letter,” according to the NY Times.

Which is weasel-wording even by the standards, so called, of your average politician, and it brought to mind the following quote.

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

― Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)

And they are shocked that safety is a disappearing commodity in Minneapolis. Minneapolis continues to contend with unprecedented gun violence amid policing debate

There’s a crime wave. Quick, send in the social distancing, social workers! Yeah, that should work.

Or maybe they weren’t lying; maybe they are just idiots.

The Violence of the Left

CuffsAnd the silence of the media… Shocking moment BLM organizer plows her car into crowd of Trump supporters in California and injures two – before she is arrested and charged with attempted murder

A Black Lives Matter organizer has been arrested after video showed her driving a car into a crowd of Trump supporters in southern California, injuring two.

Driver Tatiana Turner, 40, of Long Beach, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon following the incident on Saturday in the city of Yorba Linda, about 30 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles.

The media has been silent, and I have my doubts about whether or not she will be prosecuted. (Hat tip to Ace.)

Team Biden Practically Admits to the Use of an Earpiece

Because a teleprompter would be too obvious. [Updated] Biden Reportedly Refusing to Allow Search for Electronic Earpiece Before Debate

I would have someone set up with jamming technology, though technically it is illegal to interfere with a radio transmission, such interference can result from all kinds of things. Or you could monitor and record all the transmissions. I’m sure that they will be interesting. Though spread spectrum can make both difficult to do.

On Tuesday morning the Trump campaign requested a new rule for the first presidential debate: that a third party inspect both candidates for electronic devices or transmitters. President Trump had already consented to such an inspection, and the Biden campaign had reportedly agreed to this days ago, but Ebony Bowden of the New York Post reported moments ago that they are now declining.

Because they don’t believe he can get through the debate on his own.

Maybe Donald Trump should be debating Kamala Harris. (Hat tip to The Other McCain.)

If The Left Hates Gun Sales…

1911Then why do they do everything they can to make people want to buy guns? Gun Sales Spike Continues; Anti-Gunners Lament Increased Ownership

This draws on a couple articles, and it is worth your time.

Here’s an example of the Left’s lament.

Reacting to the surge, the anti-gun Everytown for Gun Safety suggests “thousands of guns” may have fallen into the wrong hands because the NICS system is overwhelmed.

“At the beginning of the pandemic, the [Justice Department] warned President Trump that the background check system was going to be overwhelmed — but rather than addressing it, Trump added fuel to the fire by making it even easier to buy guns,” Rob Wilcox, deputy director of policy and strategy at Everytown, complained.

“Suggests” which translates to “we have no evidence but want to cause as much fear as we can.”

We should pass the total number of firearms sold last year by the end of this month. Before we even get to Black Friday and the main retail season.

Democrats: Exporting the Homeless Crisis of LA to the Rest of the USA is a Fine Idea

Those on the Left seem to think that would be a good idea to export the “housing policies” of LA to the rest of the country. Not everyone feels that those policies were a success. L.A.’s Failed Homeless Policies Turned My Home Into a Prison.

The completely insane policies of the Democrats are coming home to roost in the “posh” sections of LA. Homeless people living in front of homes in Venice, and terrorizing the neighbors because Mayor Garcetti has decided to eliminate the cops’ ability to do anything.

So a woman dealing with a violent felon, “camper,” living in front of her home, calls 911 because her property is being vandalized. This was after weeks of being intimidated, and being really scared.

This is where I mention that reality is true, even if the Democrats don’t want to believe it, and that the Progressives still have not rescinded the law of Unintended Consequences.

An hour and a half after I’d called 911, officers arrived. And it was then—noon, on Thursday, August 20th that I had an upsetting revelation: We citizens can no longer rely on the police to show up. And then the thought hit me: I need to get a gun.

You’ve got to love the irony. It’s the Democrats who push for gun control, yet it’s the Democrats in power in my city who are leaving me with no choice but to arm myself.

Ultimately she didn’t arm herself, at least as of the writing of this article, because her immediate problem was “fixed,” and because she doesn’t trust herself.

There is much to recommend in the article. Stuff about how the Progressive Left’s current favorite policy, “Housing First,” fails to actually accomplish anything. An in-depth look at what worked under Bill Bratton, and why the Left hated to see improvements in Skid Row.

But perhaps the most important thing to note, is how Democrats want to screw up your neighborhood. Not happy with turning Los Angeles into a third-world shithole, the Democratic Party now wants to export those policies to the entire country.

In fact, even as I write this, Politico is reporting that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is considering L.A. Mayor Garcetti for Housing Secretary. Yes, America’s municipal honcho of homelessness could be rewarded for his massive policy failures by being put in charge of housing policy for the nation: Skid Row, writ large. Like that camper outside my house, the thought fills me with dread.

Hat tip to View From The Porch: Wherein the road to Damascus runs through Venice, CA…

What happens when the urban outdoorsman encamped in front of your house is a violent felon and the cops can’t do anything about him because the city fathers won’t let him?

And because I know that very few people will get any reference that isn’t to pop-culture. What happened on the road to Damascus?