We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
So what should the new rule be in those parts of town where the homeless can sit in your coffee shop and use the restroom while making no purchases? I see three possibilities:
1. If they are black then you can't do anything about it.
2. Equality; you can't stop anyone from loitering/trespassing.
3. Shut down the coffee shops in areas where the homeless are out of control.
What is the goal here? I understand that the short term goal is to get Starbucks to cough up a couple million to lawyers and Black Lives Matter or something. But what is going to be the long term result of this kind of "rule by civil suits"?
Not too long ago a Philadelphia Starbucks refused to let a police officer use the restroom telling him it was for paying customers. Don't remember Starbucks closing 8000 stores for sensitivity training toward police.
My two oldest kids are teenagers now. As teenagers do, they challenge EVERYTHING. I am trying to help them see the fight for their souls going on right now between good and evil.
I have advised them to look at who the real Nazis are today: Ask yourself who is trying to kill off innocent groups like the Jews. Ask who is trying to use dirty tricks to silence their opposition. Who is advocating suspension of constitutional rights to disarm their opponents?
The answers couldn't be more clear. Heck, if Michelle Obama were to die, I am confident that there would be nobody on my side who would comment with glee that they were happy she was dead: "PSA: either you are against these pieces of s— and their genocidal ways or you’re part of the problem. That’s actually how simple this is. I’m happy the witch is dead. Can’t wait for the rest of her family to fall to their demise the way 1.5 million Iraqis have." If anyone on my side said it, I would be quick to point out that they were crossing the line and should be ignored. I would damn sure not cheer her at a public event.
But all this makes me glad that it is becoming easier to spot the evil in the world.
As Colin Kaepernick's political activities don't really have much to do with amnesty, I am a touch suspicious. I suppose if one squints very hard you can make anything look like anything. To receive an award from an organization supposedly devoted to that cause is further evidence that many nonprofits are devoted to the general cause of Liberalism, but choose an announced specialty for PR and fundraising purposes.
Assistant Village Idiot
They lost my respect when they opposed the extradition of Charles Ng to the USA from Calgary. Ng, wanted in connection with a fair few brutal murders in California, had been arrested by a couple of security guards at the local Hudson's Bay store. Because he faced the death penalty back in the USA, Amnesty opposed the extradition. Forget the dozen or so victims of his; Amnesty decided HIS was the life to save.
Measurable accomplishments and noteworthy achievement that benefits society are no longer requirements for these kinds of awards. Just look who they give the Nobel prize to nowadays. I don't want to mention any names, but their initials are Al Gore and Barack Obama.
Sean Hannity is under attack because he dared fight against the swamp. Now his investments and business interests are being aired in public presumably in the hope they can find something to taint him with. Clearly left wing activists have been rooting through his personal data in an attempt to shut him up. Looks to me like another Dossier...
You're free to speak your mind my friend
As long as you agree with me
Don't criticize the father land
Or those who shape your destiny
'Cause if you do
You'll lose your job your mind and all the friends you knew
We'll send out all our boys in blue
They'll find a way to silence you
NYC is the worst city in America. Am I the only one moving through the greater part of New York City boroughs and seeing an inexorable march of urban decay matched with the discomfort of crowding and inexplicable costs? I know I am not.
New York is the most expensive city in America. It’s lower-cost neighborhoods are riddled with crime and homelessness. Its public schools, some of which are among the worst in the nation, look more like prisons than places of learning.
With between up to 50 percent of their paycheck going to a combination of federal, local and city taxes, not including other consumer taxes baked into every aspect of their consumer practices, residents don’t even have the comfort of knowing that their tax expenditures are going to the improvement of their lives in the city. New York infamously misuses the hard-earned tax revenues of its citizens in ways that scarcely benefit them.
Eventually, city and state taxes, fees, and regulations become so burdensome that people and corporations jump ship. More people are currently fleeing New York than any other metropolitan area in the nation. More than 1 million people have moved out of New York City since 2010 in search of greener pastures, which amounts to a negative net migration rate of 4.4 percent.