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Monday, September 26. 2022
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Registered Democrats are sick of the radical left—and some are switching sides
Choose obesity to promote equity
Hunger In America: Why Hasn't It Already Been Ended?
Parents and Students Protest Transgender Teacher With Huge Fake Breasts
HG Wells: Socialist Utopia: A pleasant stop on the road to Dystopian Hell
Bare-Knuckle Politics, Are there no rules?
Hillary Clinton likens Trump supporters to Nazis
A White Supremacist Under Every Bed
Scammers Stole an Insane Amount of Pandemic Unemployment Money
WaPo Columnist Jen Rubin: There's No Need for 'False Balance' When Covering Republicans
Pro-Crime DA Gives Rapist 30 Days, He Goes On Sex Crime Spree
Mosby’s Final Insult to Baltimore - Freeing a murderer on the way out the door
If Ron DeSantis Is So Bad, Why Is Living in Florida So Good?
Recent Speech by Italy’s New Leader Giorgia Meloni Shows Her Love for God, Family and Homeland
"Grazie, Italia": The Right wins again in Europe ... media freaks out on schedule
What's up with Puerto Rico?
BASTASCH: China Is Laughing At Us
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Regarding the prosthetically-endowed shop teacher, the word on the street is that he nearly lost his job last year for 'toxic masculinity', because he had the nerve to comment critically on the ridiculousness of genderless bathroom policies, in front of his class. So he is retaliating by taking matters in the other direction, to the extreme. It'll be interesting to see how it pans out. I did notice that, aside from articles featuring a bunch of pictures, there hasn't been much in-depth reporting that tries to get to the heart of the matter. But that could simply be a matter of today's reporting standards and apparent abilities.
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"Hunger in America"
This is a fake story. the data is fake and the real reasons for the fake data is some people make money or acquire power through this scam. The vast majority of people who don't have enough money or food simply misuse the resources available to them. Probably 90% plus of all children who are "hungry" have parents with multiple tattoos, a nice cell phone, smokers, drinkers, do drugs, gamble, and own a car (typically without insurance because the cost of insurance would take away from their habits). Food stamps are commonly sold for half their value to pay for drugs.
The simple fact is you cannot help someone by doing for them that which they must do themselves.
A distant relative has never been able or willing to hold down a job. He has been able to get some assistance through I don't know what. A lot of living off the government but has managed to get at least two full sleeves of tattoos. The guys begging on the street corners in town are smoking and begging for money. Signs with "Homeless" but can't give up expensive habits.
The people from Puerto Rico are raised in corruption and it is part of their culture. They don't have a decent work ethic and they consider scamming the system to be normal and desirable. This almost universally true, not just a small percentage but all of them. It doesn't change when they move to NY City or Florida, they are just as dishonest and corrupt.
Well-said. It's been my experience that what most antisemites say about Jews - that they're cunning, hateful and homogeneous - better applies to Ricans.
You are right, what I said was very strident. I was considering not saying the truth so someone like you couldn't throw mud at me but decided the truth was more important. I don't know anything about your dislike of jews, that's your problem don't put that on me.
The news always reports a crime wave by describing the criminals as "teens" or even "joggers" (as they run from the crime scene). They are following your model and playing nice rather than reporting the facts. Much nicer, no mean tweets, can't we all get along?
You cannot fix a problem if you cannot describe it honestly. This is why colleges restrict enrollment to whites and Asians because they are following your model.
The same problem currently exists in Minneapolis with the muslim community practicing the same culture that they have practiced in Somalia for centuries.
For that matter, most blue cities have a culture that feeds off the productive parts of the city. As the economy continues its downward trend for the next couple of years those cities and states will have hard choices to make on what will be supported and what will be left in the dust. If anyone still wonders why the productive are leaving those states and cities it is likely they will be there until the lights are turned out.
Welcome to Detroitistan.
Hillary, is a living example of what Jesus said about removing the log from your own eye, before casting dispersions on someone else. If there is a political party that more resembles the fascists of Germany, it is Hilary and her democrat party.
Is it any wonder China laughs at us? I would laugh too, except this is serious business. The FBI is now raiding lower level political opponents. Are you next? Am I?
B. Hammer: The FBI is now raiding lower level political opponents.
Isn't he accused of assaulting an abortion clinic escort?
Again (((QUIBBLE-DICKZ))) promoting it's own special brand of propaganda.
The um... "abortion clinic escort" called Houck’s 12 year old son a “fag” among other insults and threatened him. Houck pushed the man away from his son and the man fell. Houck, the founder of an organization that promotes Christian virtue among men, was not charged with a crime. (Oct. 2021)
However petty the incident, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, had Houck seized at gunpoint nearly a year later and bragged about the arrest.
So who are we to believe – the truth or (((QUIBBLE-DICKZ)))?
That's a set up the left often uses. Typically they will employ a women are a grandma to incite but they have a "big guy" nearby. Then after the mark is set up and the poor little old lady pushes or hits him the "mark" pushes back and they got him on video! And of course they don't show anything that happened in the build up because it would implicate them.
I’ll note that you support 30 federal agents, armed to the teeth, invading a man’s home, telling him that they don’t need a warrant to arrest him, all for being, accused of assault. And you didn’t read the link.
B. Hammer: I’ll note that you support 30 federal agents, armed to the teeth, invading a man’s home, telling him that they don’t need a warrant to arrest him, all for being, accused of assault.
How did you think arrests were made? This is an everyday occurrence.
According to the FBI, there were not 25 agents, they never aimed their guns or entered the residence. According to Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, "Upon arrest, an officer possessing the original or a duplicate original warrant must show it to the defendant. If the officer does not possess the warrant, the officer must inform the defendant of the warrant's existence and of the offense charged and, at the defendant's request, must show the original or a duplicate original warrant to the defendant as soon as possible." And that is what happened.
We did read the link, but there is nothing unusual about what happened. An indictment based on probable cause was issued, and an arrest was made. If Houck assaulted a clinic escort, as alleged, then he committed a crime. Regardless, he deserves due process.
"How did you think arrests were made? This is an everyday occurrence."
Pure bull shit and you know it. In a case like this with a minor infraction and someone who is known in the community it would not be unusual to simply call him and ask him to come down and meet with a detective. But even if they decided to go to his house for such a minor misdemeanor it would be most commonly done by two officers during the day and they wouldn't call CNN so they could be there to film it.
THAT alone, the calling of CNN should infuriate anyone who believes in the constitution and law and order. This isn't supposed to be show and tell it is supposed to be serious and done by the book. They wanted to emulate Hitlers Schutzstaffel and they are succeeding. I am ashamed of our FBI and DOJ.
Everything you say is pure hocus pocus.
From your linked article:
A senior FBI source told Fox News there may have been 15-20 agents at the scene, but denied 25 were there.
The FBI is as mealy-mouthed as you.
OneGuy: In a case like this with a minor infraction
First offense comes with up to one year in prison.
OneGuy: and someone who is known in the community it would not be unusual to simply call him and ask him to come down and meet with a detective.
Sure. And that worked well for Breonna Taylor or Donovan Lewis.
B. Hammer: Everything you say is pure hocus pocus.
You mean the fact that the FBI said they never pointed their guns, entered the house, or failed to provide a warrant upon request, as had been claimed. Initial reporting is often wrong or incomplete. Maybe the FBI is lying, but more than likely the Houck family had exaggerated the facts. Regardless, Houck will have his day in court.
"Regardless, Houck will have his day in court."
Unlike the people intimidating Supreme Court Justices and vandalizing pro-life offices--DOJ doesn't seem terribly interested in ensuring THEY get a day in court.
Your constant, reflexive defense of Federal overreach and elite power structures gets really tiresome.
#22.214.171.124.1 SK on 2022-09-27 09:45 (Reply)
SK: Unlike the people intimidating Supreme Court Justices
People have a right to protest. If they cross the line and break the law, they should be prosecuted.
SK: and vandalizing pro-life offices--DOJ doesn't seem terribly interested in ensuring THEY get a day in court.
There is no right to be a vandal, but vandalizing anti-abortion offices is under state law, not federal. State police are very active in addressing vandalism.
SK: Your constant, reflexive defense of Federal overreach and elite power structures gets really tiresome.
As opposed to your constant, reflexive attacks on Federal officials for doing their jobs within the law. Of course, Houck and his family are traumatized by his being arrested. So is anyone else who is arrested. The cure, as crude as it may seem at times, is due process.
#126.96.36.199.2 Zachriel on 2022-09-27 10:10 (Reply)
"If they cross the line and break the law, they should be prosecuted."
Then if this law is just and good it should apply to all protests equally and NOT only to protests of abortion. This law was passed as a "gotcha" and is likely unconstitutional as it is being implemented regardless of the words used describing the law.
#188.8.131.52.2.1 OneGuy on 2022-09-27 10:41 (Reply)
OneGuy: Then if this law is just and good it should apply to all protests equally and NOT only to protests of abortion.
Regarding 18 U.S. Code §§ 248, the law doesn't apply to protests, but to actions taken to impede entry to an abortion clinic or places of worship. What do you find constitutionally problematic about the law?
#184.108.40.206.2.2 Zachriel on 2022-09-27 11:00 (Reply)
"What do you find constitutionally problematic about the law?"
It is a protest protected under the constitution. I could show you a million protests since the beginning of the Vietnam war that impeded the entry of something. There is nothing about abortion protests that do not still fall under the constitutional right to protest.
#220.127.116.11.2.2.1 OneGuy on 2022-09-27 15:15 (Reply)
OneGuy: It is a protest protected under the constitution.
Pushing an old man to the ground, as alleged, is not protected speech.
#18.104.22.168.2.2.2 Zachriel on 2022-09-27 15:57 (Reply)
Getting a little testy now that you've been shown playing with numbers, ain't ya?
Intimidation of Supreme Court Justices IS against Fed law.
And terroristic threats ARE handled by the Feds, and in June of this year the Attorneys General of Alaska, Alabama, Ohio, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and West Virginia all signed a letter asking DOJ for help in investigating and prosecuting terroristic threats against pro-life centers.
I'll support Fed LE when they actually demonstrate that they are applying the idea of equal standing before the law and prove that they are apolitical. Super powerful governmental institutions must earn y support, particularly after the egregious behavior we've all seen in recent years.
In this specific case the locals decided not to prosecute, a civil suit was thrown out, and the Feds came in almost a year later, prosecuting it not as an assault per se but a violation of the FACE act. With a win rate in the high 90s, DOJ is gonna give this guy way more than his day in court--even if it's one of the rare ones they lose they're gonna ruin his and his family's finances and future. Your glib comments are nauseating.
You should have stayed out of this one.
Remember this thread, folks, when Zach pontificates majestically on his...I mean their, how many are there, or is it the ROYAL WE?...support for equal treatment under the law.
So how's the podcast with Strozk coming along? Why don't you get Victor Danchenko? A soon as the DC jury nullifies the charges I'm sure he'd LOVE to join you two defenders of liberty talking about how you're saving the Constitution!
#22.214.171.124.2.3 SK on 2022-09-27 16:51 (Reply)
SK: Intimidation of Supreme Court Justices IS against Fed law.
Sure, but it’s important to distinguish protected free speech and illegal activities, such as threats.
SK: all signed a letter asking DOJ for help in investigating and prosecuting terroristic threats against pro-life centers.
Yes, and the government has committed resources to protecting both sides of the abortion debate, including threats from “Jane’s Revenge.”
You are basing your position on your preconceptions and filtered information packaged to instill anger.
#126.96.36.199.2.3.1 Zachriel on 2022-09-27 22:12 (Reply)
The FBI’s Matt Gaetz Operation Sidelined An Effective Republican Voice At A Crucial Time. That Was The Point
This is typical Democrat dirty politics. But you haven't seen nothing yet. Wait until October for the real dirty tricks to come out. Remember Obama would never have been elected to any office if he had not assassinated the character of his opponent days to weeks before the elections. This is Banana Republic politics.
Re: Choose obesity to promote equity
Link goes to (admittedly quite interesting) discussion of why Nature has universal rules rather than chaos. Not sure what that has to do with either obesity or equity, however.