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Tuesday, July 21. 2020
Sunday Sermonette: 10 Safety Tips For Going Back To Church
Catholic churches across U.S. suffer week of vandalism and arson
AVI explains that free market capitalism is a force, not a system
The Science Is Very Clear: Schools Should Reopen This Fall
Joe Biden Fights Science: ‘Just Plain Dangerous’ for Children to Return to School
Florida's Broward County Orders Residents To Enforce Mandatory Mask Rules At Home
Drop tests for blacks, say college coaches
Glenn Loury interviewed on Race And Equality
Trump Was Right: Biden First Said He'd Defund Police
Voters See Media A Lot More Eager To Help Biden Than Trump
Mandated Diversity Training
Portland Rioters Burn American Flag, Break Down Fencing At Federal Courthouse As Officers Respond En Masse
Homeland Security plans to deploy 150 agents in Chicago this week, with scope of duty unknown
18 Chicago Cops Injured in Riot and Activists Scream 'Police Brutality'
We immigrants know the America-bashers are ridiculously wrong
UN Secretary General Calls For A “New Model For Global Governance” To Stop ‘Climate Change’
Mission creep? I thought they try to stop wars and genocide. Without much success.
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Church: Maybe this is common place and just new to me. This weekend I watched my cousin's funeral mass, in it's entirety, though I was a little over 1000 miles away. It seems like a good solution for the elderly and for the covid period. There were a little over a hundred people in the church (she had 7 children, so mostly family), all masked and spaced.
I think the Portland Police's tolerance of the riots is rapidly coming to a middle. "Ho, hum. They'll disperse around 2 for the night. Maybe they'll get it out of their system soon."
Crazy times. 50 nights of rioting - but the mayor doesn't want it stopped. How totally screwed up does it have to get there before HE goes "Okay kids - tantrum time is over."? Not that they'll listen...
About that though... if you were a Portland cop who really held: 1) the mayor, your boss, didnt want you to police; 2) the citizens also seem to want you to not police, and 3) doing your job put your life in greater danger than a few months ago and your family needs you alive, the why, pray tell, would you go to work?
I get it: food on table.
That is not enough of a reason in these times.
I think there may be some agreement between the portland cops and the mayor's office to keep the agitation going and going but keeping it from full-on crossing over. I think this is a local power play over federal control.
Im a big fan of subsidiarity until the commies thugs come to town...
Everybody knows that tests have an adverse impact on blacks so tests are racist.
Pelosi says they may have to fumigate the White House to get rid of Trump.
So Trump is vermin, like a cockroach or termite.
Dehumanizing language like this is used to prepare people for killing their enemies. It's easier to kill other humans if one sees their enemies as less than human.
One expects this language from the activists, but coming from the most powerful politician in the Democratic Party is something else altogether.
I see only one possible outcome, on the current trajectory that this country is on, that doesn’t end in violence. If Trump wins, the lefties will finish melting down and start killing people. If Trump looses, the left is victorious, and will finish the destruction of the constitutional republic, and begin pushing masses of people into corners, where violence is the last resort. If Trump wins and holds the Senate and reclaims the House, plus many down ticket democrats are ousted from office, perhaps violence can be averted. Does anyone see all these blue cities turning more pink in the coming four years?
The mayors, district attorney’s, city councils, along with the police chiefs - in blue cities, are the leftist front line troops; Antifa and BLM are cannon fodder, and useful idiots. To return to a ‘normal’, they need to be voted out of office. They keep telling us, by any means necessary, we need to take that seriously.
Now is the time for all good men and women, to come to the aid of their country.
Imagine you live in a violence-affected city. It really doesn't matter who you voted for; It’s hard to imagine what normal people in cities like Seattle or Minneapolis or Portland or NYC or Houston or Dallas can be thinking now. It’s a little hard to reconcile paying down the tail-end of a 30-year mortgage on a property that is now declining in value, maybe plummeting depending on your part of town. On top of that, your property taxes will have to go up to fix the damage to city infrastructure – Trump has already signaled that he won’t bail out mayors/governors who dug themselves into a hole by pandering to the mob. Then there’s your insurance rates, on your home or business, assuming you still have one. And all this while your mayor proposes to de-fund law enforcement and divert money to ‘social programming’ where corruption and return-on-the-dollar is always the worst.
Regardless of party affiliation, a citizen is grounded to earth by the money they owe. Most people don’t have the luxury of voting for a party that proposes to squander the voter’s money while filling their nights with violence and their streets with smoking rubble. And yet there is a weird clarity right now for these people, that this would be precisely the outcome, planned and playing out in real time, much to their horror.
Trump's insistence that he stands ready to help when asked is a stroke of brilliance, because he then helps on his terms - while letting the mayors and governors own the mess they have created, 100%. He has limited deployment of Federal Law Enforcement to only protecting USG property. And you can see the desperation as the mayors try to pin their self-created months-long mob violence problems on the limited late presence of ICE and Homes - by calling them anonymous secret troops and so forth.
Pink? Maybe. As long as voting remains personal, private, and anonymous.
I grew up in Boston. I knew some of the people who were adversely affected by the forced bussing created by a liberal judge. About 100,000 families eventually moved and the home values plummeted. Those families didn't deserve that. It didn't even help the black families that it was supposed to help. There literally was no problem just something ginned up by the left and the media. It is far worse today but there is no one to dispossess now and call it a cure. No one cares today. No one learned anything from it. It will be the same for these left wing cities. In 20 years it will just be a story people will talk about while at the same time wondering why all the businesses moved to suburban malls.
This is what the left does. They destroy, the corrupt, they steal and they move on and everyone forgets.
Pelosi's a foul creature - she and the rest of the Geriatric Left see one last big chance to grab the gold ring and they're going for it, no matter what damage it does to the country.
IMO she's passed from 'Okay, that's just usual political speech' to 'She's seeing the country as something she's got a right to control, she WANTS that control, and she'll be damned if she lets anyone else have a say.'
Does anyone think Chris Wallace (one of the token Liberals on Fox) will have to apologize?
I doubt it, but miracles do happen.
Drop tests for blacks, say college coaches: Run AWAY! Run AWAY!!!! All colors can drop tests!!!!!!!
UN Secretary General Calls For A “New Model For Global Governance” To Stop ‘Climate Change’ (scam): I see him blowing a whistle and shouting "STOP!! STOP!!
The climate has been changing ever since the earth has has an atmosphere.
Arew you sure? I thought none of that started till cars got here. :-)
"UN Secretary General Calls For A 'New Model For Global Governance'” To Stop 'Climate Change'"
Global governance is an oxymoron.
"Global governance" is code for "we get to maintain our extravagant lifestyles on the backs of you peons. Your standard of living decreases exponentially; ours rises."