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Monday, June 22. 2020
My pic: Salt marsh, low tide
The endangered White Shark has found a happy home on Cape Cod and the Islands
UC Board of Regents unanimously endorses ACA 5, repeal of Prop. 209
Georgia House Advances Bill To Dissolve Police Depts Statewide…
Seattle Police Union Chief Begs For ‘Leadership’ After Fatal Shooting In CHOP; CHOP Defends ‘Defund The Police’
" I suspect this attack on an important Hispanic figure in US history will not endear this mob, or those who support it, to the many Americans who really care about Hispanic heritage in our country."
Theodore Roosevelt Statue To Be Removed From NY Museum Of Natural History
George Washington Statue, Toppled by Anarchists, Causes 'Harm': Portland's Regional Arts and Culture Council
Historical Illiterates Deface Statue Of Miguel De Cervantes, A Former Slave…
Protester Geniuses Tear Down A Statue Of Ulysses Grant, Who Led Fight To End Slavery
A Labor Council Has Expelled Seattle's Police Union. Good. Police unions exist to protect cops at the expense of the public.
Trump Supporter Bruce Carter, Who Happens To Be Black, Busts CNN Using Him To Create Fake News – Video…
The ACLU's 'Death Star' Client in Its Title IX Lawsuit
Venezuela hosting "disappearances"
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The headline of the Georgia police story is wrong. The House voted to move the duties of one county’s police department to the Sheriff’s department. It’s one step along the way.
I don't want to sound too optimistic, but all of this batsh*t-crazy bullsh*t that is being forced down our throats seems like a lot of last-minute, desperation measures pushed through by people who know they're lined up to lose big, and are trying to get as much as possible jammed in before the political scenery changes across the whole damn board. I truly think they are clueless about how much worse they are making things for themselves.
This is classic Democrat dirty tricks. The gen up race riots whenever they are losing in the polls. Their very large cadre of useful idiots love race riots because they get to beat up whitey and get color TVs too.
The question is whether or not, in Nov, enough people are fooled or not when they vote. It'll be far too interesting for my taste.
Remove Teddy's statue? Are you mad? He invited Booker T. Washington to the Whitehouse, which set off a storm of protest in the south. Teddy might have been racist by 2020 standards, but he was a shocking progressive on race 120 years ago.
Correction: White man is all that matters.
There is a huge misconception about Black Lives Matter. It is not a pro black organization, it is an anti-white, anti-western civilization organization.
re: " UC Board of Regents unanimously endorses ACA 5, repeal of Prop. 209" -
I am very glad my father (a Cal graduate, and Bear Backer who donated a lot of money to UC Berkely, is not around to see this. The linked article is composed of pure liberal bafflegab, claiming that racism can only be fought by focusing on race.
I'm as fond of counter-intuitive stuff as anyone, but this doesn't meet the bar.
The strongest opponents to restoring racial quotas in the U.C. system are Asian Americans and Asian immigrants in California. They are the ones who will be shut out of the U.C. system. They are already discriminated against in the Ivy League and other elite institutions, so to a certain extent U.C. Berkeley has become a preferred school to go to because the U.C. schools cannot exclude on the basis of race. (Of course, most schools do not say that outright, but use euphemisms like "they are not well-rounded enough," or "they are too focused on academics to the detriment of other qualities."
In my opinion the influx of Asians at Cal has markedly improved the student body and environment of the campus. Students are there to study and learn, not protest and riot like it was in my day.
There will be an explosion over this, especially in S.F. Chinatown and other Asian communities around the Bay Area. The Chinese American community stopped the prior effort to do this cold. But there are a lot more crazies out there now supporting express racial discrimination to "get Whitey"--they no longer cover up what they are doing and the progressive political establishment supports it. They are aiming it against white people but Asians will be the real first target.
Wasn't Prop 209 voted in by the voters? So they want another proposition to overturn the previous proposition because it wasn't the correct one?
If I lived in Seattle I’d start a movement to deport the mayor and city council to CHOP. They’d be able to educate them on good government.
UC Cal decision is race based! Therefore against federal law. The Senate can stop this
Chancellor Napolitano was caught illegally sequestering funds a few years back
Police unions exist to protect cops at the expense of the public.
These days ALL unions exist to protect their worst members at the expense of the public; especially public workers'inions!!!
The time of unions' fighting for workers' rights, better salaries and benefits; and against child labor and poor working conditions is LONG GONE !
Re: Canceling the Democrat Party
After declaring war to preserve slavery, after forming and supporting the KKK, after filibustering every civil rights law and amendment, after instituting Jim Crow laws and segregation, one might consider that was just in the past (except the cancel culture never makes that distinction for anything else) but the Democrat Party continues to lie about all that on their website:
For more than 200 years, our party has led the fight for civil rights...
It goes on to take credit for women's suffrage which was a Republican initiative and was only signed by Woodrow Wilson because he had no political choice.
Junipero Serra brought syphilis and subjugation in his ravagement north through California. He’s no tedddy Roosevelt.
Title IX and prop 209: The left is taking over American institutions/organizations and then using them in an anti-American; anti-constitutional attack on our country. They depend on the silent majority to remain silent. IMHO the best option is to destroy and remake what the radical Democrats have taken over. Actively work to remove any special statuses that colleges have. End charitable contributions. Take away their favorable tax regulations. Make them pay income and property taxes. Take away the ability for colleges to act as judges and juries, this should be done within our justice system. Require them to live by their own rules, i.e. with more women in college than men create quotas mandating that they matriculate more male students and provide more male based scholarships.
re Sharks contribute to Cape economic, safety crisis
I don't see much difference between this and re-introducing wolves into the wild.
This is what happens when Government "manages" wildlife.
-georgia-house-advances-bill-to-dissolve-police-depts-statewide/: That's gonna be swellllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll. Not to mention, workable.
Portland: Going to the dog-faced pony soldiers. Now I'm wondering how long Portland will allow knife makers and knife-making companies to stay there.
Re: Repeal of Prop. 209
"While the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly ruled that schools may use race as a factor in admissions decisions in certain circumstances, Proposition 209 categorically prohibits California universities from any such consideration, even if there is a compelling reason and carefully tailored approach for doing so."https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/press-room/uc-board-regents-endorses-aca-5-repeal-prop-209
As you can see, the author of this article very much wants race to be a determining factor when considering college applicants. In fact, the left wants race to be a factor in everything. Why? Because the government is trying to build the argument that it has the right to collect information on each person. So it's really about the morality of collecting information on people. First, the government claims to be "morally obligated" to protect black people; then lesbians; then old people. And finally, owners of copyrighted information. After all, those are people too. So the real objective is to build a file on each citizen, which indicates copyright compliance. That's what it's all about. Whoever controls copyright, controls reality.
Take a look at this copyright compliance document:
You will notice that copyright ownership claims don't have to be proven; or even justified. Sony can simply issue a "copyright violation take-down notice" and that's it. The burden of proof does not rest with the alleged owner of the copyright. In the future, everything will be scanned for copyright infringement, and any violation will be deleted before it even appears on the web. Everything. https://www.copyscape.com/
The government claims to have a moral obligation to collect information to protect black people; and also to protect the owners of private property. It's the same thing. So from now on, even sending a link is copyright infringement. https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/02/federal-judge-says-embedding-tweet-can-be-copyright-infringement
But copyright laws don't mean much if people resist. So aside from creating a criminal file on each citizen, the government must also wear down the resistance. So let's look at BET Television:
This month, there are four stories being told. A lawyer who defends criminal men (and really, aren't all men criminals?) A woman who gets raped by religious people(and really, aren't all religious people crazy?) A woman who needs more sexual adventure (and what girl doesn't? Men are so unsatisfying) And a couple of women who must help their friend with a bad marriage, and a cheating husband. (and aren't all marriages bad marriages anyway?)
hmmmm . . . I Wonder if that carries over to other viruses?
Blood Type, Genetics, Odds for COVID-19
- A person's genes and blood type may help determine their odds for a nastier form of COVID-19, should they get infected with the new coronavirus, a new genetics study finds.
Published online June 17 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the research helps confirm earlier, more anecdotal evidence that blood type was tied to better or worse illness.
Now a team of European researchers have found that people with blood type A had a 45% higher risk of catching coronavirus and developing "COVID-19 with respiratory failure," compared to people with other blood types. On the other hand, people with type O blood had a 35% lower risk for this more serious form of COVID-19.
. . . Besides the findings on blood type, the group also found that certain gene clusters were tied to higher odds of developing severe COVID-19 -- one such cluster raised the risk by 77%, the team reported.
A statue that offends me is the one of Sherman in Central Park. Murdered, robbed, and vandalized his way across the South. Was on the winning side, so he got a gold statue. Tear it down? No, leave it up and teach history.
re The ‘cancel’ crew will come for you someday soon
Then let them come.
Crimes against common sense...Do the MSM, academics, and progressives who promote critical theory actually really want people to do any critical thinking. They are simply promoters of marxist pretend world hoping for more power, control, and money, money, money. There is a reason they hide behind tenure and civil service in a country that still celebrates risk taking and success.
Wish you would note when links you put up have pay-walls.
I ain't doin' it.
Dear Bird Dog:
I know that you and Mrs. BD must at times think of quitting--please don't. You not only provide important diverse sources of information--you are the steam valve that helped me to stay sane all these years.
There is much good work to be done and you are an important part of that new focus.
Heh...let the cancel culture crew come...I don’t live online don’t have twitter, facebook or the like and for the most part don’t read US news. In short I won’t notice. If they would like to show up on my farm, well I get a little bored in the winter so please come then...we’ll have fun.