Posted by: bj | September 3, 2020

Putin’s Palaces

The Lockdown Has Gone From a Mistake to a Crime

The lockdown is a crime. But even more upsetting is that it is supported by so many Americans: By Dennis Prager • September 1, 2020

Four months ago, I wrote a column titled “The Worldwide Lockdown May Be the Greatest Mistake in History.” I explained that “‘mistake’ and ‘evil’ are not synonyms. The lockdown is a mistake; the Holocaust, slavery, communism, fascism, etc., were evils. Massive mistakes are made by arrogant fools; massive evils are committed by evil people.”Regarding the economic catastrophe in America and around the world — especially among the world’s poor who are dependent upon America and other first-world countries for their income through exports and tourism — I wrote, “It is panic and hysteria, not the coronavirus, that created this catastrophe.”Unfortunately, I was right.The world should have followed Sweden’s example. That country never locked down and has even kept children under 16 in school the entire time. As Reuters reported on July 15, the number of Swedish children between 1 and 19 years of age who have died of COVID-19 is zero. And the percentage of children who contracted the illness was the exact same in Sweden as it was in Finland, which locked down its schools.As regards teachers, Sweden’s Public Health Agency reported that “a comparison of the incidence of COVID-19 in different professions suggested no increased risk for teachers.” Nevertheless, with few exceptions, teachers in Los Angeles and elsewhere refuse to enter a classroom that has students in it. Their disdain for their profession has been superseded only by that of the Los Angeles teachers union, which announced that teachers will not resume teaching until the police are defunded.People who defend lockdowns and closing schools point out that Sweden has the eighth-highest death rate per million in the Western world. But, needless to say, this has no bearing at all on the issue of whether Sweden was right to keep schools open or whether our country was wrong to close them, let alone keep them closed now. The overwhelming majority of deaths from COVID-19 in Sweden were among people over 70 years of age, and most of those were people over 80 and with compromised immune systems.Reuters reported that three separate studies, including one by UNICEF, “showed that Swedish children fared better than children in other countries during the pandemic, both in terms of education and mental health.”For more than a month, Sweden has had almost no deaths from COVID-19 while the entire society remains open and almost no one wears masks. (In Holland, too, almost no one wears masks.) For all intents and purposes, the virus is over in Sweden.I live in California, a state governed by that most dangerous of leaders: a fool with unlimited power. Despite the fact that California ranks 28th among the 50 states in deaths per million, Gov. Gavin Newsom has destroyed and continues to destroy tens of thousands of small businesses and untold numbers of livelihoods. His continuing to forbid — a half-year after the onset of the pandemic — indoor dining in restaurants is leading to a projected permanent closure of approximately 1 in every 3 restaurants in the state. The same catastrophic destruction will likely affect retail businesses and services such as hair and nail salons. But all this human tragedy — not to mention increased depression and suicides among the young and increased abuse of children and partners — means nothing to Newsom, to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti or to the Los Angeles Times, whose editors and columnists continue to advocate for the lockdown while they receive their salaries.Why can people eat with no mask in an airplane — inches, not six feet, from strangers — but cannot eat in a California restaurant, which is so much bigger than the inside of an airplane, while sitting six feet from others? Because Newsom ordered it, the Los Angeles Times supports it and, like sheep, Californians have accepted it.According to the California Association of Museums, “Museums are losing over $22 million a day due to the statewide quarantine. As of August 1, 2020, California museums have lost more than $2.9 billion in revenue. Museums have a $6.55 billion financial impact on California’s economy, support 80,722 jobs, and generated $492 million in tax revenues for the State of California in 2017 and over $1 billion in federal taxes.”And the American Alliance of Museums issued results from a survey on July 22, 2020, that warned 1 out of every 3 museums may shutter forever as funding sources and financial reserves run dry.On Aug. 3, The Wall Street Journal wrote, “In March … There was broad public support for the prudent goals of preventing hospitals from being overwhelmed and buying scientists time to develop therapies.” But the left — the media and Democratic governors and mayors — immediately moved the goal posts to “bending the curve” and “saving one life,” enabling them to get away with destroying lives and livelihoods.I conclude with the words of a Swedish medical doctor, Sebastian Rushworth:“Covid is over in Sweden. People have gone back to their normal lives and barely anyone is getting infected any more. I am willing to bet that the countries that have shut down completely will see rates spike when they open up. If that is the case, then there won’t have been any point in shutting down in the first place … Shutting down completely in order to decrease the total number of deaths only makes sense if you are willing to stay shut down until a vaccine is available. That could take years. No country is willing to wait that long.”The lockdown is a crime. But even more upsetting is that it is supported by so many Americans. This country is unrecognizable to those of us who lived through the 1968-1970 pandemic, which killed, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 100,000 Americans — the 2020 equivalent of 170,000 Americans. Nothing shut down. Not one mask was worn.

The rule of law is dead in California: Contra Costa DA will allow looters to steal anything they “need”: BY ARSENIOTOLEDO // 2020-08-31Tweet Share Copy  

Diana Becton, the progressive district attorney for Contra Costa County in the East Bay of California, is causing an uproar in her jurisdiction over major changes she has made when it comes to how crimes are charged. Now, police officers in her county have to consider whether a looter “needed” the goods they stole before they slap a charge on them. Becton is planning to roll out “looting guidelines” that she says are keeping in line with her platform of only enacting policies that put “racial equity” first. The main goal of these is to give looters a way out from receiving long jail and prison sentences if they committed their crimes during a declared state of emergency. In the document Becton published containing the guidelines, she said that their main goal is to promote “equitable filing practices.” This means that, before her office will even think about pressing charges against looters, they will have to take into consideration these five key points:

  1. Was the target business open or closed to the public during the state of emergency?
  2. What was the manner and means by which the suspect gained entry to the target business?
  3. What was the nature, quantity and value of the goods targeted?
  4. Was the theft committed for financial gain or personal need?
  5. Is there an articulable reason why another statute wouldn’t adequately address the particular incident?

This means that the DA’s office has to go through each of the five points, which includes conducting a psychological and financial analysis of the suspect, before they can file charges. Under California law, the crime of “looting” is strictly defined as an individual “taking advantage of a state of emergency to commit burglary, grand theft or petty theft.” People charged with looting can face up to three years in jail. With Becton’s new guidelines for prosecuting looters, it will be much more difficult for law enforcement officers to put criminals in jail and off of the streets. This will allow these criminals to escalate their actions, knowing that the police will not be able to put them away. (Related: Left-wing rioters in Kenosha are now setting fire to apartment buildings with families trapped inside.)

Putting race before the law

Becton, along with several other progressive DAs across the country, are pushing for lighter punishments for rioters. She, along with the DAs for Suffolk County, Massachusetts; Durham County, North Carolina; Cook County, Illinois and St. Louis, Missouri, even published an opinion piece on Politico detailing how they believe America’s criminal justice system, which they say was made “to control Black people and people of color,” must place lighter sentences on minorities. Coincidentally, all five district attorneys who penned the op-ed are Black. Instead of deterring crime with harsh punishments, Becton and the other attorneys believe that American society itself must change in order to better accommodate their needs. They also point to policies implemented across the country that help criminals go free, such as declining to prosecute minor offenses and refusing to take cases from officers suspected of being “racially biased.” As elected officials use the law for their political gain, ordinary people across the country have been forced to take up arms in order to defend life and property. Listen to this episode of the Health Ranger Report, a podcast by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, to learn about one such person, Kyle Rittenhouse, the young man who had to heroically defend himself against Black Lives Matter thugs who could have taken his life in Kenosha, Wisconsin, if he had not defended it.

Liberal district attorneys ignore crimes committed by rioters

Unfortunately, many of these left-wing district attorneys are already putting their planned policies into action, such as Mike Schmidt, the new leftist district attorney for Multnomah County, Oregon. Schmidt, in his first week on the job, effectively dismissed charges against most of the 600 rioters that were detained in Portland’s jails, to the objections of law enforcement officers and other public officials in the county. Moving forward, Schmidt will also be declining to prosecute rioters charged with so-called “minor offenses” such as interfering with police officers, trespassing and disorderly conduct. Kim Foxx, DA for Cook County, Illinois, is also in hot water for her alleged leniency towards the rioters and looters in Chicago. She has been accused of refusing to charge people arrested for rioting and looting during the current wave of engineered rioting in the city, which began in late May. “Criminals took to the street with the confidence that there would be no consequences for their actions,” said Chicago police superintendent David Brown. “And I for one refuse to allow these cowardly acts to hold our city hostage.” Foxx’s reputation has gotten so toxic that even Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a fellow Democrat, has criticized Foxx for going too far. “These people need to be held accountable and not cycled through the system,” she said. This blatantly unlawful conduct extends not just to DAs allowing Black Lives Matter and Antifa criminals to go free. Some DAs, like St. Louis, Missouri circuit attorney Kim Gardner, are going out of their way to persecute conservatives and other people who are exercising their right to defend themselves and their property. This is what Gardner did when she decided that she would slap a charge of felony unlawful use of a weapon after Mark and Patricia McCloskey became infamous among liberal circles due to videos taken of them deterring a violent BLM mob from stepping foot on their property using their firearms. Gardner is also preventing St. Louis police officers from doing their jobs. She placed 15 officers on an “exclusion list,” which means that any charges they file against criminals will likely be dropped and permanently banned seven officers from the Circuit Attorney’s Office. Becton’s office also has a long history of persecuting conservatives, such as when one of Becton’s deputy DAs, Nichelle Holmes, posted on social media about how she and the whole office wants to charge a couple who painted over a Black Lives Matter mural with “more than a citation for vandalism.” The office later charged the patriotic couple with a hate crime, but this charge will likely be dropped as it will be impossible for their office to prove racist intent.

Posted by: bj | September 3, 2020

Conservatism is the New Punk Rock

Conservatism is the New Punk Rock

Posted by: bj | September 1, 2020

NFL Continues to Go Off the Deep End

NFL Takes Virtue-Signaling To A New Level — You Have To See This One

by TheAssociatedPressabout 4 hours ago 189 Views

NFL end zones will be inscribed this season with two slogans: “It Takes All Of Us” on one end line, “End Racism” on the other.

As part of its social justice awareness initiatives, the NFL also will allow similar visuals on helmets and caps.

Previously announced were decals on the back of helmets, or patches on team caps, displaying names or phrases to honor victims of racism and/or police brutality.

“Each player will have the option to honor an individual by displaying that person’s name via a decal on the back of their helmet,” the memo said, according to ESPN.

“Players will be offered a list of names and short biographical information to help guide their decision-making, however, they can also select a victim of systemic racism who is not represented on this list.”

Coaches will also be allowed to display patches on their hats.

During pregame ceremonies, a recorded performance of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” known as the Black national anthem, will play.

Video montages of NFL players’ and clubs’ social justice work will air at the same time.

According to the memo, the NFL has “engaged the James Weldon Johnson Foundation (the song’s author) and the NAACP to work with us to inform and educate fans about the historical significance of the song during the weeks leading up to kickoff, and will utilize the NFL’s owned and operated channels to share as broadly as possible.”

Now, a T-shirt designed by NFL Players Association executive committee member Michael Thomas, a safety with the Houston Texans, can be worn in warmups.

That T-shirt says: “Injustice against one of us is injustice against all of us,” in the front.

The back says reads: “End racism.”

Players can choose either a name of a victim or one of four preferred phrases the NFL has approved:

“Stop Hate”; ”It Takes All Of Us”; “End Racism”; or “Black Lives Matter.’”

The same choices are available for coaches and on-field officials.

Each week, the NFL will feature the story of a victim of social or racial injustice or police brutality and tell that person’s story “in and around” the games, the league said.

NBC Sports initially reported the end zone displays and warmups designed by Thomas.

Author: The Associated Press

Posted by: bj | August 31, 2020

CA Opens Door for Reparations for Slavery

CA Opens Door for Reparations for Slavery, Wants Task Force To Decide Compensation

The vote on the bill was 33-3, according to Fox News.

The Senate fine-tuned pieces of the bill, which means that the Assembly, which passed it 56-5 in June, must vote on those changes to give the bill its final legislative approval.

The bill’s supporters blamed slavery for the plight of modern black Americans.

“Let’s be clear: Chattel slavery, both in California and across our nation, birthed a legacy of racial harm and inequity that continues to impact the conditions of black life in California,” Democratic state Sen. Holly Mitchell of Los Angeles, said.

“I hear far too many people say, ‘Well, I didn’t own slaves, that was so long ago.’ Well, you inherit wealth — you can inherit the debt that you owe to African-Americans,” Democratic state Sen. Steven Bradford, of Gardena, said.

Democratic Assemblywoman Shirley Weber has said the reparations legislation was necessary despite the fact that California entered the U.S. in 1850 as a free state — where slavery was illegal.

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“The discriminatory practices of the past echo into the everyday lives of today’s Californians,” said Weber, leader of the Legislative Black Caucus, according to KOVR-TV.

“This country has taught itself to hate African Americans and to deny the history that has brought us here,” she said in June while pushing the bill through the Assembly, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.Do you agree with this bill?Yes No Completing this poll entitles you to The Western Journal news updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use

Lisa Holder, an attorney who teaches civil rights at UCLA School of Law, said the issue of reparations should be linked to discrimination and not slavery.

“The response really has to be framed around the issue of continuing racial injustice that started back in 1619 when Africans were stolen from Africa and brought here as enslaved people,” Holder said according to KPIX-TV.

“Then you don’t get into this messy, unintelligible notion of who is directly linked to a slave,” she said.

The bill states that reparations will be aimed at “African-Americans with special consideration for African-Americans who are descendants of persons enslaved.”

The legislation wants the University of California “to assemble a colloquium of scholars to draft a research proposal to analyze the economic benefits of slavery that accrued to owners and the businesses, including insurance companies and their subsidiaries, that received those benefits, and to make recommendations to the Legislature regarding those findings.”

The bill said that the Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans, which must be convened by Gov. Gavin Newsom no later than July 1, 2021. It will be made up of nine members, five appointed by the governor and two each appointed by the state Assembly speaker and the Senate president pro tempore. At least two of the members must have a history of supporting reparations.

According to the legislation, “As a result of the historic and continued discrimination, African Americans continue to suffer debilitating economic, educational, and health hardships” which include the presence of black Americans in jail, high black unemployment and high black poverty.

The committee will base its call for reparations on “the lingering negative effects of the institution of slavery and the discrimination … on living African Americans and on society in California and the United States,” according to the bill, and “The manner in which instructional resources and technologies are being used to deny the inhumanity of slavery and the crime against humanity of people of African descent in California and the United States.”

The study will also assess “How the State of California will offer a formal apology on behalf of the people of California for the perpetration of gross human rights violations and crimes against humanity on African slaves and their descendants,” according to the bill, and “How California laws and policies that continue to disproportionately and negatively affect African Americans as a group and perpetuate the lingering material and psychosocial effects of slavery can be eliminated.”

The panel will be charged with determining how compensation is to be calculated and awarded.

Kamala Harris Gives Chilling Endorsement On Air — You Have To See This

August 31, 2020 – by Shane Trejo about 3 hours ago 109 Views

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) gave an explicit endorsement of left-wing terrorism during a recent appearance on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

The lady who hopes to be the next Vice President of the United States said that the left-wing shock troops “aren’t going to stop” and is urging for “everyone” to “beware” of the ongoing terror rampage gripping the nation.

“They’re not going to stop. This is a movement. I’m telling you they’re not going to stop, and everyone beware because they are not going to stop. They’re not going to stop before election day in November, and they’re not going to stop after election day, and everyone should take note of that on both levels that they’re not going to let up, and they should not, and we should not,” Harris said.

The entire clip can be seen here:

After a Trump supporter was murdered by a left-wing terrorist in Portland on Saturday, Harris released some lip service on social media about opposing violence. Harris supported a bail fund to make it easier for left-wing terrorists to get out of jail and cause more destruction in Minneapolis as the violence was initially escalating following the death of serial felon drug addict George Floyd:

Big League Politics has reported about the murderous aims of the virulently anti-white and anti-American Black Lives Matter movement:

A speaker at a Black Lives Matter rally in Washington, D.C exploded into a violent rant when he spoke on a megaphone to a mob of protestors and rioters…

The New York man, who is yet to be identified, made it clear he not only endorses violence but is enthusiastic about its use in pursuit of his political agenda.

“I’m at the point where I’m ready to put these police in the f****** grave. I’m at the point where I’m ready to burn the White House down… At the end of the day, if they [Congress] won’t hear us, we burn them the f*** down! The same way I f*** police up in New York I f*** cops up in here in DC. The same way I bust police head in New York, I bust police head in DC!”

The agitator went on to demand that his fellow rioters “fight” against the authorities and police.

“When the police push up, you push back! If the racist, nasty ass, punk ass push up, you push the f*** up!”

The man was speaking to a mob of protestors who had congregated at D.C.’s recently named Black Lives Matter plaza. Black Lives Matter mobs went on to attack helicopter pilots with high-intensity lasers, demonstrating the commitment to violence the thug speaking had demanded of them. Such criminal conduct could’ve led to a crash of the aircraft and a true mass casualty event…

You lose any claim to be even a nominally patriotic and moral American the second you call to burn the White House down to advance your own ethnic agenda. These criminals should be arrested.

The Democrat Party is fomenting this terror in a desperate attempt to destroy President Donald Trump.

The Silent Majority on Display in Clearwater, Florida on August 18, 2020

Posted by: bj | August 26, 2020

Class Lecture on Communism – 1968 –

Class Lecture on Communism – 1968 – Pretty Much What is going on Today. We are almost there.

Joe Biden goes off on blacks, black criminals, and black children born out of wedlock on the floor of the US Senate on November 18, 1993

Oh Boy; Keep this Joe Biden Video Away from “People of Color” as the dems say

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