30 November 2023

First He Got Shot, Then He Was Arrested

I doubt that is saw his day turning out. Frisco police: Man shot by homeowner, charged with burglary | WFAA

You could say he suffered a failure of the victim-selection process.

An 18-year-old man from North Richland Hills was arrested and charged with burglary after a homeowner shot him while he was reportedly trying to break into their residence, Frisco Police said.

Frisco, Texas is a town that is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. It is about 15 or 20 miles north of Dallas.

Police found 18-year-old Clinton Montgomery when they searched the house, fire department personnel took him to the hospital, where he remains.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Majority of Households Contain Guns

From Colion Noir: US Gun Ownership Reaches Highest Level in History

American gun ownership is at a record high as more than half of U.S. voters live in a household with a firearm.

This word came Tuesday from a nationwide NBC News poll. Researchers discovered that 52% of registered voters reported that they or someone in their household owns a weapon.

That isn't the only post on this subject of course. From Rob Morse at Slow Facts - Where Did New Gun Owners Come From and Where are They Going?

We acted on those personal motivations and gun ownership has grown over time. We’ve seen record gun sales for the last 50 months. We also have mixed data on the number of new gun owners. A Pew research poll from August said that 41 percent of us live in a household with a firearm. That estimate may be on the low side since a Gallup poll put the number at 44 percent. A recent NBC poll put the number at 52% of us who live with a gun in our home. The variance between different polling organizations are significant, but the trend of increased gun ownership is consistent.

We have to be skeptical about these polling numbers. A recent research report said that many of us don’t tell the truth to strangers on the phone when the strangers ask if we own firearms. The research report estimated that as many as 60 percent of adults might own a gun as compared to 30 percent reported earlier.

I'm glad that they finally admit that last point, about not telling people the truth.

I'm Shocked - Shocked! - To Find a Politician Would Lie

Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has a truth problem. Governor falsely claims violent crime has been falling in Chicago 'for three years' - CWB Chicago

Okay, he's an Illinois politician, and they are known for being corrupt liars.

“Violent crime has been coming down [in Chicago], actually for three years, but in particular over the last year,” Pritzker said during an afternoon Q&A with Crain’s Chicago Business, according to The Center Square.

“Shootings and murders have come down significantly,” Pritzker continued. “Again, it doesn’t make anyone feel safer to just hear a statistic; it will take some time, but that is something people should know.”

There is just a small problem with that statement; it isn't true.

Overall, Chicago’s violent crime is up 18.3% compared to 2019, according to CPD’s “CompStat” data. It’s up 16.8% compared to 2020. It’s up 17.1% versus 2021. And it’s up 6.3% compared to last year.

Did they make marijuana legal in The Land of Lincoln? Pritzker must be smoking something.

While overall crime is up, in some neighborhoods it is WAY up. Click thru for the details.

Meanwhile Chicago mayor Brandon Johnson is blaming everyone but himself for the problems. Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson Blames ‘Right-Wing Extremists’ for City’s Problems.

You can't make this stuff up.

“What we’ve seen is a very raggedy form of right-wing extremism”‘ the mayor said. “Everyone knows that the right-wing extremism in this country has targeted democratically run cities, and quite frankly, they have been quite intentional about going after democratically ran cities that are led by people of color.”

The last Republican mayor of Chicago, William H. Thompson, left office in 1931. I'm sure everything is his fault.

Illegals in Chicago: Meals Are Substandard

Chicago has been a Sanctuary City since 2017. But they haven't been too happy with that status since the busses full of illegal immigrants started arriving a few years back. But now the illegals are also not too happy in Chicago either. And winter hasn't even gotten going yet.

This is Buddy Brown's video Illegals Say Chicago isn’t up to their Standards!

29 November 2023

Wednesday Link Roundup - 29 November

Pirate's Cove is first with Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. Pacific Pundit covers Blacks leaving the Democratic party
  2. Outside The Beltway wonders what comes next in Gaza

Don Surber - Highlights of the week

ITEM 4: Politico reported, “Nikki Haley is consolidating the Never Trump vote.”
That’s 12 votes right there.

Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 11.27.23

CDR Salamander: U.S. Navy (With Assist From Japan) Captures Pirates
Chicago Boyz: The Razors

Political Hat - News of the Week (November 26th, 2023)

Matt Gaetz Faces a Revolt in His Hometown
Republican Representative Matt Gaetz has become a national face of the GOP, but his approval ratings in his home state and district are underwater.

EBL - Did Netanyahu Promise Not To Go After Hamas in Qatar? 😬😠

AoSHQ: The Case Against Netanyahu and Morning Report 11.28.23
Instapundit: Bibi put down the hash pipe

A View from the Beach - Flotsam and Jetsam - Can Joe Win by 4.4 Percent?

ordan Boyd at Da Fed says The White House’s Black Friday Spin Can’t Blind Voters To Our Bad Economy. Capt. Ed comments "The bill is coming due, both literally and figuratively. ..."

Vlad Tepes - Elon Musk visits attack sites in Israel: Links 1 for November 27th, 2023

4. So ‘activists’ prevented this maniac’s deportation last time he was caught with a weapon and media protected him and his nationality after he stabbed 5 people
5. Remember the vaccines?

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 28 November 2023: All The Ti In China Edition

The DevTernity conference has collapsed in disarray after it was discovered that the loudly promoted female speakers were fake AI personas. (404 Media)
Well, duh. There are no women in tech.

Small Dead Animals - Tuesday On Turtle Island

Blackie’s Canada: Everything in Saskatchewan must be renamed (CBC). Hamas supporters in Canadian universities. Further evidence that P.P. is a disciple of Trump.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 11/27/2023

Ireland: Shut Your Mouth
If only they’d cracked down as hard on the kiddie stabber as they did Conor McGregor’s X posts.

Cafe Hayek - Some Links

Barry Brownstein reveals the marvels of human cooperation that are hidden within plain sight.
Reason‘s Christian Britschgi reports on just how unintentionally comical – and destructive – Elizabeth Warren has become.

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report — 11/27/23

“A bunch of kids decided to make a group chat, expose her, talk about it, and then talk about starting a riot.”
High Schoolers Riot Over Teacher Who Attended Pro-Israel Rally

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

Politicians Urge Censorship Of The Disasters They Create
Official conservatism would rather harumph about dissidence than address core issues.

I leave you with Fucking Mondays gifdump from Wirecutter, Quick Hits Of Wisdom, Knowledge And Snark #1464 from 90 Miles from Tyranny, and MEME ME from The DaleyGator.

Don't Bring an Ax to a Gunfight

Armed EMTs thwart ax-wielding woman who slashed man’s face before smashing station door: police

The Olive Hill Police Department said suspect Kellie Boggs, 44, allegedly attacked an unidentified man with an ax about 1 a.m. Friday, WSAZ reported. The male victim was left with serious injuries to his face and was found in a ditch behind the Carter County EMS station’s west base.

Then she smashed the door to the emergency center, but at least some of the EMTs were armed and held her at gunpoint until police arrived.

The reporter/news outlet repeatedly makes the case that these were EMTs, that is government employees. But are they armed under any authority other than concealed carry licenses? Or is it just that reporters don't like it when regular citizens are armed?

The ax-wielding maniac is being held in the county lockup.

Disney to Investors - Social Engineering Comes Before Profits

Disney recently filed its 10-K Annual Report with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It is a document that they are required to file yearly. Since it is a public company, it is a public document. One of the things that must be included in any 10-K report is a warning to investors, current and prospective, of risks that the business faces that may impact the stock value.

As you can imagine, the report itself is long, written in corporate/legal doublespeak, and most people don't go through them. The website That Park Place did take the time to go through Disney's 10-K, and buried in bowels of the document is a statement of risk relating to Disney's pursuit of social engineering, and pushing of The Message™ before seeking profits.

Here is the legalese from the Disney 10-K

Generally, our revenues and profitability are adversely impacted when our entertainment offerings and products, as well as our methods to make our offerings and products available to consumers, do not achieve sufficient consumer acceptance. Further, consumers’ perceptions of our position on matters of public interest, including our efforts to achieve certain of our environmental and social goals, often differ widely and present risks to our reputation and brands. Consumer tastes and preferences impact, among other items, revenue from advertising sales (which are based in part on ratings for the programs in which advertisements air), affiliate fees, subscription fees, theatrical film receipts, the license of rights to other distributors, theme park admissions, hotel room charges and merchandise, food and beverage sales, sales of licensed consumer products or sales of our other consumer products and services.

Here is a translation of that, as provided by Breitbart - Nolte: Disney Report Warns Investors Social Goals Take Priority over Profits

That is the Disney Grooming Syndicate admitting: 1) We recognize that our far-left social and political agenda has damaged our company’s reputation and profits, and 2) we have no intention of changing. You’ve been warned, suckas.

Click on that link from Breitbart, and view some of the insanity that Disney has been pursuing recently. Impacts on profits be damned.

The link to That Park Place, above, is to a deep dive into the 10-K. This next link is more of an executive summary, though it does cover some of the history around the departure of Iger, the departure of Chapek and the return of Iger, etc. The Walt Disney Company Admits That Consumers’ Positions On Disney’s Environmental And Social Goals “Often Differ Widely And Present Risks To Our Reputation And Brands”

This link will take you to the RK Outpost video Disney ADMITS That Pushing A Woke Agenda DESTROYS The Company | They Have Pushed Fans Away! Ryan at RK Outpost gets the hat tip for all of this. It is a 5 and a half minute video.

This is the Midnight's Edge video Disney BLAMES THE AUDIENCE for "Wish" FLOPPING with such EMBARRASSING numbers?! This is a 15 minute video that covers the admission of failure in the 10-K, and how they got here.

I Keep Forgettin'

This is another song that I tripped over in a recent bout of insomnia. There are a whole cluster of people on YouTube who react to songs they've never heard. A lot of the songs were things I grew up listening to on the radio. In this case, a couple of people reacting to the song knew the melody because it had been sampled by Warren G. for his song "Regulate."

This is "I Keep Forgettin'" by Michael Michael McDonald. It was a single from his 1982 solo album If That's What It Takes.

“Face Tattoos”

The title to the post is part of the description of the suspect given by the Arkansas State Trooper.

Before we get to video, let's take a moment to bask in the prose of The Other McCain: Criminal Degeneracy in Action.

Say hello to David Matthew Fines of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and yeah, go ahead and mention the obvious — face tattoos.

Does anything good ever happen to anyone after they get tattoos on their face? I doubt it. As a symbolic expression of poor decision-making skills, it’s hard to beat face tattoos.

The Other McCain has lots of details, including a link to the Sebastian County Jail file, where we find that Mr. Fines is apparently well known to the authorities. (It is the archive, and I haven't been able to visit that in a while - they hate privacy.)

Sooner or later, a criminal like that is going to kill somebody, or else he’s going to die in the proverbial “hail of police gunfire” and no one will have occasion to mourn his death. Because . . . face tattoos.

This is the Police Pursuits video Excuse for fleeing Arkansas State Police into oncoming traffic at 120MPH? "I'm going through things"

Preliminary America's Cup Racing

The next Amercia's Cup match race will take place in October of 2024. The Louis Vitton Challengers Regatta will be in August before that. But a year in advance the preliminary racing is going to start on 29 November, 2023 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The festivities in Jeddah will last through 2 December.

These are some of the highest-tech sailboats in existence. I find them fascinating.

The teams are:

  • Emirates Team New Zealand (defending champions)
  • INEOS Britania
  • Alinghi Red Bull Racing (Swiss)
  • Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli (Italian)
  • NY Yacht Club American Magic
  • Orient Express (French)

This the INEOS Britania video AC40 uncovered. The AC40 is the smaller version of foiling monohull that is used in the races. The actual one-design used in the race is the AC75. While there are design constraints, the teams rarely let the bigger boats be photographed, because the constraints do leave room for each team to do some things differently.

The The 100 Guineas Cup was a regatta held in 1851 by the Royal Yacht Squadron on the Isle of Wright. The New York Yacht Club's schooner America won the race. That is how the trophy became known as America's Cup. When the NYYC got home, they instituted a series of races held every 3 or 4 years. The rules about boat design have changed a lot over the years, but in general a regatta, or a multi-boat race, is held to select a single challenger, who them meets the defending champion in a series of match races, one-on-one races between 2 boats.

28 November 2023

Tuesday Links - 28 November

A disturbing story of a "Pro Palestinian" protest at a high school as seen by a Jewish student. Sort of. Andrew Fox at Tablet magazine. A Dark Thanksgiving

But my son felt, both in the heat of that moment and in his thoughts afterward, he was being selectively silenced, the only kid to suffer censorship, a lone Jew in the midst of a crowd who had enthusiastically cheered slanders and blood libels against his people, a crowd that had been allowed and encouraged to break the stated rules.

Smitty at The Other McCain - The Swampeoisie are the Colonial Occupiers

So, if Michael Hayden is equating armed, religiously faithful Americans with Hamas, does that mean that Hayden and the Swampeoisie are the Colonial Occupiers?

While I reject General Hayden in general (heh) and his cheap smear in particular, if he’s stipulating a false equivalence between patriots and terrorists, at some point, it could become needful to move the accusation a bit closer to reality.

The Gateway Pundit - Gavin Newsom Tries to Gaslight the Public – Suggests Inflation is a Conservative Lie

California Governor Gavin Newsom wants the public to believe that inflation isn’t that bad, and that the only reason people believe that it is, is because of conservatives.

Millions of Americans are struggling to afford basic items like food and gas but the narrative is more important to Newsom.

The Other McCain - Crazy People Are Dangerous

When weighing career opportunities, most of us never give any consideration to cult leader as a job worth pursuing. However, I’ve spent some time contemplating the pros and cons of such a gig, and reached the conclusion that I’m simply not cut out for that kind of work.

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 26 November 2023: Trigger Words Edition

The Dunning-Kruger Effect is autocorrelation. (Economics from the Top Down)

That doesn't mean it's not real, it just means that all it's showing is that idiots are idio0ts, which we already knew.

Jews Can Shoot - Israelis are arming up in the aftermath of Hamas’ attack. Some are worried it is playing to the far right’s vision for the country

Behind tables laden with more than 50 assault rifles, Israel’s far-right national security minister, Itamar Ben Gvir, smiled at a crowd of people who had come to the coastal city of Caesarea for a ceremony to receive the firearms.

Again from The Other McCain - Another ‘Pretendian’ Exposed

This is deeply offensive to me, and should be offensive to everyone: The once-popular folk singer known as Buffy Sainte-Marie has spent decades fraudulently claiming to be of Native American ancestry. One of the telltale clues was that, at different times during the 1960s, she claimed ancestry from three different groups — first Algonquin, then Micmac, and finally Cree. In fact, as an extensive investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) shows, “Buffy Sainte-Marie” is actually Beverly Jean Santamaria, born in Massachusetts to a family that was Italian on her father’s side and Anglo-American on her mother’s side.

Is Your Car Worth Your Life?

Is what is in your car worth your life? Homeowner shot while trying to scare off car burglars in Northwest Side neighborhood

Mine isn't worth my life. And people have to make their own determination, but this doesn't seem like a good tradeoff.

He saw the car burglars on his security cameras, armed himself, and went outside to confront them.

He went outside to scare them off, and at some point, the suspects shot at the man and he returned fire, police said.

The homeowner was hit once in the chest. He was taken to the hospital and was in stable condition.

Hit once in the chest could be "shot in the heart." Or shot in the head.

Another person in San Antonio, trying to stop a group burglarizing a car, was stabbed a few days earlier.

There are circumstances under which I would defend myself. Protecting the detritus in my car in the face of what could easily be armed criminals isn't one of them.

I'm Going to Miss Civilization When It's Gone

From the NY Post - Jewish teacher hides in Queens high school as students riot

Hundreds of “radicalized” kids rampaged through the halls of a Queens high school this week for nearly two hours after they discovered a teacher had attended a pro-Israel rally — forcing the terrified educator to hide in a locked office as the teen mob tried to push its way into her classroom, The Post has learned.

Her crime? She stands with Israel.

Police were able to get her into a locked office before the mayhem got out of hand. And it did get out of hand.

The vitriol is amazing. Or maybe not that amazing. Click thru for the details, and quotes.

Hat tip to Todd Starnes: NYC Jewish High School Teacher Forced to Hide While Pro-Hamas Students Rioted in Hallway

Students who participated in the riot should be expelled from school and charged with federal hate crimes. And those living in this country illegally should be sent back to their home countries.

And of course New York City isn't the only place there are riots. LA on Tactical Alert; Pro-Hamas Mob Turns Violent, Attacks Shoppers.

How dare you prepare to celebrate Christmas.

NY State Is Doing Everything It Can to Destroy Retail

From the NY Post: NY retailers blast Hochul over theft which has cost stores $4.4 billion

The numbers from different parts of the state cover different time periods, but they all point to an increasing problem.

Store owners said they lost $4.4 billion last year as a result of retail theft — which they say adds to the urgency for Gov. Kathy Hochul to crack down.

However, Hochul vetoed a bipartisan bill last week — to the chagrin of store owners — that would have created a task force to combat organized theft.

Because the proposal would have cost $35 million that the state doesn't have. So what is 7% of $4.4 billion? (That is $308 million in lost sales tax - or whatever the percentage should be for sales tax in NY - due to theft. Math is hard for New Yorkers.)

Law enforcement blames 2 things. Bail reform, and progressive prosecutors who seem to be determined to increase crime. And they are increasing crime.

Syracuse has 55% spike in shoplifting since 2021. A local pharmacy chain in Syracuse has losses of more than $250,000 per year.

The Big Apple saw a 64% increase in reported incidents of retail theft during the four-year period between mid-2019 and June of this year, according to the Council on Criminal Justice.

One of the comments to the article gets it exactly right. This is what the people of New York State have voted for, and this is what they are getting. Higher costs. Higher insurance. Less choice of retail outlets, since businesses can't survive under those circumstances.

Of course the cynical side of my personality is that this is all to benefit online retailers. If there are no local stores, because they've been driven out of business by crime, you will have to order online, though I'm not sure they have solved the porch pirate problem.

Hat tip to David Greyson at the Gateway Pundit, who notes that NYC Mayor Adams plans to install kiosks in stores to connect would-be thieves to social services. And the NYPD is having a continuing exodus.

The New York Police Department is also losing officers at an alarming rate.

According to NYPD pension data reviewed by the New York Post, “a total of 2,516 NYPD cops have left so far this year, the fourth highest number in the past decade and 43% more than the 1,750 who hightailed it in 2018, before the pandemic and crime spikes hit the city.”

But that is also what the people of New York said they wanted.

China Running Biolab in California

While the FBI is worried about Trump supporters, this is going on in California. Jim Hoft at The Gateway Pundit - Rep. Gallagher: Illegal Alien Owner of Secret California Chinese Biolab Was Receiving Millions in Secret Payments from Chinese Government (VIDEO)

If they can't keep stuff from escaping from "legit" labs in China, how much care do you think they are taking in California? The stuff they were working with was labeled Ebola and HIV, but the CDC couldn't be bothered to do actual testing because that would be work.

The FBI said, well, we can’t investigate because there’s no ties to WMD, which is absurd, they called the CDC. The CDC hung up on them initially. And it wasn’t until the local congressman got on the case that the CDC was forced to send a team to investigate. And that wasn’t until many, many months later. So this has revealed a huge soft underbelly in our domestic national security. It’s incredibly troubling. We need to do more to prevent this from happening.

And aside from getting money from China...

As we learned earlier, the secret biolab was also subsidized by Gavin Newsom!

I'm no longer shocked by the incompetence of anyone in government.

Click thru for the details of how your tax dollars are not at work.

27 November 2023

Florida Woman - Not the Sharpest Tool in the Shed

From the NY Post: Florida woman busted after calling cops over stolen weed

Lily Rinker, 23, made the complaint at 2 a.m. last Thursday from a Best Western in Stuart, a coastal city 40 miles north of West Palm Beach, according to a police report shared by The Smoking Gun.

She told an arriving officer that a man named Carlos — whom she had only recently met — left her hotel room after taking half a gram of pot, worth as little as $5 to $10, from a larger $30 stash she had in her grinder.

I shocked to learn that she had outstanding warrants. She was arrested.

While possession of marijuana is illegal in the Sunshine State, it was unclear if she was being charged over the paltry amount, which would be a misdemeanor.

Peak Florida. At least for today.

Florida Man

Let's listen to another song by Blue Öyster Cult from their latest album. And it helps that the topic is one that I mostly like.

This song is "Florida Man" by Blue Öyster Cult from their 2020 album The Symbol Remains.

A Court Order Is Just a Piece of Paper

It did not stop this guy from breaking into a home where he was forbidden to go. Homeowner shoots, kills home invader in Jackson County

It starts out as a fairly typical story of self-defense.

A homeowner shot and killed a suspect during a home invasion early Tuesday, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Jackson County, Oregon is on the California state line. It is roughly a 270 mile drive north to Portland, Oregon. Shady Cove could best be described as a rural town. It features businesses that cater to campers seeking access to southern Oregon wilderness.

If you read farther into the story, it becomes clear that this is not your typical self-defense story.

According to the JCSO, they’re currently investigating claims of self-defense during the home-invasion burglary. Deputies state a person living at the home had an active protection order against the suspect.

If you need a court order for your protection, then you need a plan for your personal protection. The police have no duty to protect you, not even in the presence of court order. You do have the right to protect yourself. You should plan accordingly.

Jews in New York City Wake Up to Reality

That reality is that their liberal enclave is a hot bed of antisemitism. New York Jews Embrace Gun Rights

Of course they have to deal with New York State's anti-self defense regime. Governor Kathy pushed for a law making it illegal to carry concealed in "sensitive spaces," which includes synagogues and other places of worship or religious observance. Because hey, if a bunch of Jews get killed on the way to or from synagogue, or while at worship, that is just the price they will have to pay to live in Kathy Hochul's "civilized, gun-free society," where the criminals run free and the law-abiding are disarmed.

The WSJ article is probably behind a paywall, so you may not be able to see that link.

We’re thousands of miles from Gaza, but the FBI has warned that threats to American Jews are at an all-time high. Anti-Israel protesters regularly march through the streets, and some commit acts of intimidation and vandalism. Videos have circulated of mobs smashing windows at Grand Central Terminal and trying to break down the door of a library at Cooper Union, where Jewish students were taking shelter.

Hat tip to the Crime Prevention Research Center: Jews in New York City are Applying for Concealed Handgun permits

I Can't Wait Until We Have Socialized Medicine

What happens when you put bureaucrats in charge of health care? Seeing a GP quickly is easier in Rwanda than Britain, study finds

An international analysis of healthcare, including access to GPs, found that Britain is the third-worst place in the world for quick access to a family doctor.

Just 35 per cent of Britons were able to see a GP within 24 hours, compared to a global average of 67 per cent.

I know that no one studies history, but the Nation Health Service in the UK wasn't created because there was a problem with health care delivery. It was created because socialists thought that health care should be socialized. And for a long time it worked, even as the NHS became the largest bureaucracy in the country formerly known as Great Britain. Not so much for the past few years.

Delays in care are lethal in the case of cancer. ‘Jessica’s cancer was missed 20 times by GPs – she never stood a chance’.

And that is when the system isn't actually demanding that you die. Baby girl dies after U.K. court ordered her removed from life support

Both of those are relatively recent examples from the UK. There are more, and there are more examples from Canada.

So what happens when you put the people responsible for collecting taxes and running the DMV in charge of health care? Nothing good.

26 November 2023

I'm Shocked - Shocked! - That No One Wants Gay Superhero Comics

They especially don't want classic superheroes turned gay. After comic-book readers rejected bi-Superman, DC tried again with a gay Green Lantern. The results were the same. | Not the Bee

Politics is downstream from culture, and conservatives abandoned pop culture (which is actually culture) to the Left. "It isn't important." "It's only [fill in the non-sporting-event cultural thing]." Movies. TV shows. Comics. Music. Conservatives were busy with IMPORTANT things. Now they wonder whey the politics is so screwed up.

The only good thing is that DC and Marvel have pushed things so far - starting in comics, but also in movies - that they may have pushed things right over the edge.

So. DC. They started last year with the bisexual superman. No one bought it. It was canceled in (almost) record time. Then DC tried to celebrate Hispanic heritage month. Of course they weren't alone.

Rep. Vincente Gonzales, a Texas Democrat kept calling his opponent, Mayra Flores, was just called "Miss Frijoles." Then there was Jill Biden and her breakfast burritos / Latinx inclusion statement. So DC went right along with that, and included a bunch of covers that included characters eating Mexican food. You can see the covers at that link.

DC Comics has decided to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month, September 15-October 15, by releasing covers of its superheroes eating Hispanic food. [Reference]

But the cover for the Green Lantern was worst, because it took a cover by Jorge Molina, that celebrated the fact that Mr. Molina was of Mexican heritage, and the character, Kyle Reyner, had a Mexican heritage that included a real tribute, and reduced Reyner's heritage to a bag of tamales. And the Left calls other people racists.

And now, DC is trying again by introducing a new gay-Green Lantern title called Green Lantern: Alan Scott. [SNIP]

You might be surprised to learn that sales of the new book were abysmal.

Or maybe not so surprised.

The writer of this travesty, Tim Sheridan, blamed fans for being haters and ists and phobes. And called on all of the alphabet community to please support the book. How could he convince the publishers that there is a market for this stuff, if there is no market for this stuff?

The Comicbook Hub system that tracks sales across random stores did not register the book on its charts … at all.

Sales were all but non-existent.

This won't be the end for Woke DC, just like the box office disaster that is The Marvels won't be the end of Woke Disney/Marvel. I'm convinced that DC will try again with a gay Superman, and a gay Green Lantern, and probably other titles and characters as well. These are not the first that they published, and these are not the first to crash and burn. (Hat tip to IMAO - Sad Trombone: Waah -WAAH.)

I know I've posted this before, but it is still good. The Babylon Bee Podcast video: Leaving DC Comics Over Wokeness | A Bee Interview With Gabe Eltaeb. Gabe Eltaeb is a comic book artist. He was a colorist for DC before the incident he describes in the video.

He Suffered A Failure of the Victim-selection Process

And Floridians are heavily armed. Pasco man killed by homeowner during apparent robbery attempt | WFLA

The sheriff’s office says their preliminary investigation shows an armed man tried to break into an apartment and was then shot and killed by a person living inside.

New Port Ritchie, Florida is on the gulf coast, about 15 to 20 miles north of Clearwater, and the famous - for spring break - beaches.

Neighbors were shocked that crime would come to their little corner of paradise, with one saying, "not once have I ever experienced something like this." Another asked more interesting questions.

Kevin McMahon also lives at the complex and was surprised the shooting happened where it did.

“I mean it’s third floor, it’s literally adjacent to this apartment right here, so I don’t understand if you are going to rob and break into an apartment, I don’t see why you would travel a half mile into a complex, up to the third floor and trap yourself in there,” said McMahon.

Cops are investigating to see if there is a relationship between the dead guy, and the guy who defended himself.

Self-defense is a human-right, and this didn't take place in Manhattan.

Jamaal Bowman Tells Gross Antisemitic Lie and More

The antisemitism in the Democratic party is on display for all to see. Noted Fire Alarm Expert Jamaal Bowman Tells Gross Antisemitic Lie, Trashes Joe Biden for Good Measure

Heh. That incident with the fire alarm is going to be paying dividends for some time.

While speaking to MSNBC host Alex Wagner, Bowman claimed that Israel does not allow people through checkpoints based on whether they are "Jewish" or not.

To be clear, what Bowman is saying is patently false. It is a continuation of the antisemitic trope that Israel is an "apartheid state" which bars non-Jews from receiving certain rights. In reality, religion and Judaism have zero to do with anything. Israel's population is 20 percent Arab, and they have all the same rights and freedom of movement. It's a variation of the lie Candace Owens recently told that Muslims must live in "Muslim quarters" in parts of Jerusalem.

And no, Candace Owens isn't a Leftist. That doesn't mean she isn't an ignorant ass, willing to spread anti-Jewish messages.

But then I'm no longer surprised by what people say about Israel, or how the media just goes along with every lie imaginable.

A Headline I Never Expected to Read

From The Register we get a story of a national lab being hacked. US nuke reactor lab hit by 'gay furry hackers' demanding cat-human mutants

The self-described "gay furry hackers" of SiegedSec are back: this time boasting they've broken into America's biggest nuclear power lab's computer systems and stolen records on thousands of employees. Some of that data has already been leaked, it appears.

As for the cat-human aspect of the story...

"We're willing to make a deal with INL. If they research creating IRL catgirls we will take down this post," the group said. The creation of real cat-human female hybrids is a frequently posted meme in certain corners of the internet, but it's not the laboratory's specialty.

SiegedSec has also hacked into NATO twice this year, but I didn't see anything so interesting in their demands.

Are we shocked that these two organizations have been hacked?

Leftists Heads Explode as Geert Wilders Wins

The Other McCain has a story media lies and more. Geert Wilders Wins; Left Freaks Out. It is mostly the media that is freaking out, to start. I'm sure the rest of the Left will get with program by Monday.

Even though most Americans are convinced that the immigration situation is out of control, the media insist that anyone who opposes unlimited migration is "Far Right."

Liberal media are trying to portray Wilders as a Trump imitator, when in fact Wilders long preceded the Trump phenomenon.

There is more. The screaming headlines. Some thoughts on what is going on in this country. Etc.

25 November 2023

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 25 November

EBL is up first with Geert Wilders heading for a massive win in the Netherlands? 🤗👍

Instapundit: Thank you voters in the Netherlands!
Massive Win? Stunning Victory?

The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 11.23.22 (Thanksgiving Edition)

Dana Loesch: Happy Thanksgiving
Don Surber: Chicago may quit being a sanctuary city

The Right Way - Top of the News

CEO of Binance, the World's Largest Cryptocurrency Exchange, to Plead Guilty to Federal Charges - Bongino Report
Good Grief: Climate Cult Links Fan Death At Taylor Swift Concert - The Pirates Cove

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 24 November 2023: Natural Turkey Extract Edition

Anthony Levandowski is rebooting his AI church. (Bloomberg) (archive site)
It's not a cult. They're just devoted followers of CthulhuGPT and OpenDagon..

Battleswarm Blog - LinkSwarm for November 24, 2023

Speaking of election results the international community finds “unacceptable,” Geert Wilders anti-Jhad Freedom Party came in first in elections in The Netherlands.

Theo Spark - Bits and Bobs...............

7 Reasons Why the Hostage Deal is a Mistake
Jihad on Churches in France

Vlad Tepes - Hostages, stabbings, 2024 promises to be exciting, Christmas being negated in Canada: Links 1 for Nov. 24, 2023

4. How your tax dollars are being spent in the Ontario health care system
5. FIRST READING: Federal [Canada] commission declares Christmas holiday is ‘religious intolerance’

Wombat-socho again - In The Mailbox: 11.24.23

Adam Piggott: Wilder’s Victory and what it means for Democracy
American Conservative: The (Real) Reason Trad Influencers are Having a Moment

A View from the Beach - Thanksgiving Day Flotsam and Jetsam

Atop Da Hill, Democrats urge Biden to revamp campaign’s economic message. From the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 11.21.23 the Victory Girls were pretty impressed with how John Kirby Schools Reporters On “Genocide Joe” Nickname.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 11/23/2023

European Parliament Approves Stricter Plastic Packaging Restrictions
The directive, passed by the European Union, mandates that only essential food items, such as raw meat, fish, and dairy products, be packaged in plastic bags.

Maggie's Farm - Friday morning links

Can Europe Become Western Again?
This round was not the first in the Arab wars with Israel and will not be the last.
About those Hamas tunnels

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report — 11/24/23

Daniel Greenfield: "Mom and Dad may have protested the war, but Junior is a Jihadist."
The Dead Al Qaeda Hippie Who Went Viral on TikTok

Floridians Are Heavily Armed

The bad guys haven't gotten that memo. Intruder tried to enter Port Orange home through window before being shot, police say

Port Orange, Florida is on the Atlantic coast, just south of Daytona Beach.

The would-be intruder went to the backyard of the home at midnight. The dogs woke the family up with their barking. He went to the front door and rang the doorbell. After being told off by the homeowner, he walked to the side of the house and tried to enter through a window.

Dematos went to the side of the home, and he reportedly took off the screen to the bedroom window, which had been left slightly ajar, detectives added.

The release shows the homeowner again confronted Dematos about why he was there, though Dematos didn’t answer.

Instead, Dematos tried to enter through the window and was shot by the homeowner

No one was arrested, and police even made sure to note that no one inside the home was injured.

Immigrants Killing Whites in France

Margaret Flavin at The Gateway Pundit - Knife Wielding Gang Murders French Teen-‘We Came to Kill White People!’ Shouted Ethnic Slurs in Arabic During Attack

On Sunday, in the small rural French village of Crépol, a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death, and at least 17 other people were injured after an organized gang armed with knives attacked the annual winter ball event.

In the chaos, 16-year-old Thomas was stabbed twice in the chest and throat and died of his injuries.

According to RMX News, the gang reportedly used Arabic slurs for White people as they stabbed several partygoers and are being described as Algerian immigrants.

Apparently they are not on board with diversity=strength.

The media in France, has apparently been silent, because this doesn't fit the narrative they want to push.

The patriots wallpapered the streets of France with their faces in the face of media silence. Another European who enjoys multiculturalism. Then they are surprised when the right-wing parties, which denounce these situations, do not stop growing.

Europe is in deep yogurt.

Listen to the Music

Another bout of insomnia has lead to another random walk around YouTube, and I stumbled across a whole bunch of people posting reaction videos who are completely unfamiliar with the music I listened to on the radio growing up. In one case - not today's song - they knew the melody because it had been sampled by someone decades later.

While a lot of the music from the '70s was just awful, some of it was quite good. And some of the stuff that isn't quite stellar can still be enjoyed.

This song is "Listen to the Music" by The Doobie Brothers from their 1972 album Toulouse Street, though this is a remastered version of the song.

This isn't the best song by the Doobie Brothers, but I've featured at least one of those.

Police Don't Want to Go Against the Narrative - Ireland Edition

From The Other McCain we get the following from Ireland. Police Have Not Named Suspect in Stabbing That Sparked Dublin Riot

The guy doing the stabbing has been identified as an Algerian immigrant, though not by police.

The stabbing provoked a riot, which Irish politicians and media denounced as “far right,” as if being angry about immigrants stabbing children is some kind of extremist political position, rather than an entirely natural attitude.

So why are the police not releasing names/identities? Social Justice, of course. Click thru for details.

24 November 2023

Friday Links - Black Friday Edition

The Other McCain is up first with ‘Young People … Taking an Interest in Peace and Social Justice’

We now have a new synonym for rioters, coined by Maryland Democrat Rep. Jamie Raskin, to describe the pro-Hamas mob that attacked the Democratic National Committee headquarters in D.C. last week

Gun Free Zone - Our Children

Kids are being insane at schools. There are children who are so badly behaved that they are holding entire schools hostage because of that behavior. Be it throwing rocks at cars and breaking windshields, wrecking classrooms by tossing around desks, or biting teachers and swearing incessantly, it’s 100% out of control.

Again from The Other McCain - ‘Progressives’ Become Hitler Youth Targeting the ‘Zionist War Machine’

So, they’re making a list of Jews, and putting them on a map, and they’re doing this while supporting an Iran-backed terrorist group. Move along. Nothing to see here.

Victory Girls - Susan Sarandon Gets Sacked From Talent Agency

Tam at View from the Porch - You Keep Using That Word...

Bro, you are a United States senator. If there's anything less "outsider" than that, I don't know what it is.

The Other McCain again - Thanksgiving and the Meaning of America

What are you thankful for, this holiday? Personally, I’m thankful for gluten. Our oldest daughter has been on a gluten-free diet for some time, and because she’s visiting us for Thanksgiving — with her husband and two sons, Franco and Luca — my wife bought some gluten-free bread. Not realizing it was gluten-free, I accidentally used this to make a sandwich the other day and, wow. Thank God for gluten.

ÆtherCzar - Fan Favorites! Black Friday/Cyber Monday Based Book Sale. Some are 10 cents. Some are free.

These are some of the top offerings from previous book sales including science fiction grandmasters, established mainstream authors and emerging indie talent.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

And neighbors were not shocked for a change. Woman shoots intruder who had broken into her Pompano Beach home.

How should a woman who lives alone handle a home invasion by a man climbing through her window in the middle of the night? I wish the gun-hating part of the Left would explain that. Oh, and people in Florida are heavily armed.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, a man broke into a house by smashing the front window. The woman who lives there by herself picked up a gun and shot the intruder.

Pompano Beach is on the Atlantic coast of Florida about half way between Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton.

As for the neighbor they interviewed, she was actually the person who called 911, having witnessed the break in.

“This guy came down the road, barefoot, looking behind him like somebody’s after him, and he veered right, went to try her doorknob, couldn’t get in that way, pulled the screen down, just stated busting out the glass, and crawled through the window, and I called 911,” Kerrigan said, adding that she thought the man was “wacked out on something.”

Then Kerrigan heard a gunshot.

She thought it was good that her neighbor was able to defend herself, given the times we live in.

It being the media, they don't like self-defense, but this seems pretty clear cut to me, though I'm not an attorney.

History. Ignorance. Rinse. Repeat.

And since people don't study history, most continue to insist that the Nazis were not in fact socialists. Far-left hatred of Jews today echoes the socialism and antisemitism of Hitler in the 1930s

The abbreviation is in part because National Socialist German Workers Party is too long for common use, but that is the full name of Germany's Nazi party. The Left buried that after the war, because they like socialism.

The National Socialists seized total control of Germany by spewing both rage against capitalism and rage against Jews.

The sound of that rage seems to be echoing around the political landscape today.

The party's very public war on "bourgeois" capitalism and private enterprise, however, today appears to be forgotten, ignored or rewritten by some academics and leftists who deny Hitler's National Socialists were actually socialists.

Victor Davis Hanson, senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, told Fox News Digital on this topic, "Nazi taxation and subsidies for most people were more or less purely socialist, as it professed."

How would this list of demands go over on a college campus today?

The National Socialist German Workers Party platform offered a wish list of collectivist economic ideas.

"We demand," the party's 25 Theses stated, "abolition of incomes unearned by work [investment income] … the ruthless confiscation of all war profits … nationalization of all businesses which have been formed into corporations … profit-sharing in large industrial enterprises."

Do we think college students would be shocked to discover that their views are in line with the Nazis, or would they just adopt that group as a model the way they have rallied behind Bin Laden?

Smitty Is Verified! And Maybe You Should Be Too

Smitty at The Other McCain has a Twitter update and a musical interlude. Damn Right I’ve Got The Blues

Elon Musk Just Detonated His ‘Thermonuclear’ Lawsuit
The shark food doesn’t come cheap.

Elon Musk is once again going to bat for freedom of speech.

Click thru for a few more thoughts, a link to the story on the lawsuit, and "Damn Right I've Got The Blues" by Buddy Guy from the 1994 Newport Jazz Festival.

23 November 2023

DAs Hate Self-defense

This story is from Alabama. Prattville man acquitted in 2022 fatal shooting of his uncle

Just because someone is a relative, that doesn't mean they can't be a threat. And just because a DA is in Alabama, doesn't mean he can't be...

Popwell testified on the witness stand and described what happened that night. Welch, 51, had received a phone call that evening and became upset. He left the house to walk outside and that’s when Popwell and other family members followed Welch in an effort to calm him down.

Relatives of both men testified for the defense Wednesday morning that Welch was known to carry a handgun regularly and had a reputation for violence.

The DA decided that the shooting was not self-defense. The jury decided differently.

The panel deliberated about five hours over two days before bringing in the not guilty verdicts Thursday morning. No one questions if Jason Wayne Popwell , 36, shot and killed his uncle, Steven Ray Welch, at a family gathering last year during Thanksgiving. Popwell's defense attorneys argued that the shooting was a case of self-defense.

District Attorney C.J. Robinson issued some weasel worded statement about respecting the verdict while not agreeing. In other words, he hates self-defense.

What? A Submachine Gun Used in a Crime in the Gun Free UK?

How can this be? Tears of Ashley Dale's mother as her daughter's killers are jailed for 173 years - after one of the cowardly murderers stormed out of dock as she made heartbreaking statement | Daily Mail Online

I'm sure this is a tragedy to the family. My extended family lost young people to everything from medical problems to car crashes, and the death of any young person is tragedy. But I am rivited by the following fact.

Ms Dale was killed when gunman James Witham, 41, forced his way into the house in Old Swan, Liverpool, in the early hours of August 21 last year before opening fire with a Skorpion submachine gun.

The Škorpion vz. 61 is submachine gun developed in 1959 in the old Czechoslovakia, that uses .32 ACP ammunition. Later variants included versions for .380 ACP, 9×18mm Makarov, and 9×19mm Parabellum.

At least there was some justice delivered in this case, in that 4 people were sentenced to things like a minimum of 43 years in prison.

The killers of Ashley Dale will be pensioners by the time they are eligible for release and Witham is likely to die in jail.

I know that Glocks are being turned into fully automatic weapons, so I guess this is a problem over here. It just struck me as odd that fully automatic weapons are a problem in gun-free Britain.

Liberals Call for Twitter / X Be Banned

I'm shocked that the Left is NOT in favor of Free Speech. Liberals call for Biden admin to ban X by US government order | The Post Millennial

Far-left media watchdog group Media Matters issued a report doubling down on claims that Elon Musk, and the X platform at large, are antisemitic. The platform, dedicated to free speech, has been accused of hosting antisemitic content. Media Matters found advertising accompanying posts that contained anti-semitic content. X has been a target of censors since Musk took over the platform and declared that free speech was a guiding principle of the enterprise.

The Left's outrage is strangely specific.

After the hit piece, prominent leftist Keith Olbermann issued a call for the Biden administration to ban X. He did not, notably, call for bans of popular social media site TikTok, despite the massive amounts of antisemitic rhetoric coming from that platform.

If it weren't for double-standards, they'd have no standards at all.

There are many more details about this, including the double-dealing being done by Media Matters.

Hat tip goes to James Klug and his video Liberals Call For Biden Admin To BAN X/Twitter In Newest Sabotage Campaign.

22 November 2023

Wednesday Link Roundup - 22 November

Don Surber starts us off with Highlights of the week

ITEM 17: The Daily Signal reported, “‘It Isn’t a Crime to Tweet a Bible Verse,’ Finnish Politician Says After Court Dismisses Charges Against Her.”

Pirate's Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Victory Girls Blog has Sunday morning cafe cocktails linkage.
Vlad Tepes has links.

Political Hat - News of the Week (November 19th, 2023)

More insurance companies announce plans to leave California
More insurance companies have announced plans not to renew policies for California homeowners beginning in 2024.

Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 11.20.23

Cafe Hayek: Expression Affects Third Parties
CDR Salamander: So, Red Sea Pirates It Is
Chicago Boyz: Worthwhile Reading & Viewing

Pixy Misa at Ambient Irony - Daily News Stuff 21 November 2023: You Don't Hate Journalists Enough Edition

Airliners flying over the Middle East are experiencing advanced Denial of Service attacks on GPS guidance systems and nobody knows what to do. (Vice)
I can think of a couple of things.

EBL - President Elect Milei promises to cut bloated Argentine bureaucracy and government 👍

Instapundit: Don Surber: It is the vote that matters
Legal Insurrection: Libertarian Milei wins!

A View from the Beach - Flotsam and Jetsam - Musk Mauls Media Matters

The war of words between Elon Musk's X and Media Matters turned legal when As Promised, X Corp. Sues Media Matters (John Sexton at Hat Hair) over Media Matters apparently manipulating tweets to make it appear the Musk supported Nazis.

Theo Spark - Bits and Bobs..................

America on the Edge of the Cliff
Russia Sending Muslim Invaders Into Finland

Wombat-socho again - In The Mailbox: 11.21.23

American Greatness: Dinner with a Dictator: When American Business Leaders Support the Enemy
American Thinker: First They Came for the Smokers

Small Dead Animals - Tuesday On Turtle Island

The West is abandoning Israel. Geert Wilders party soars to first place (JW). NBA star supports Hamas (JW). A moderate Islamic scholar (JW). Helping Aya Hijazi was a mistake. The Hamas hospitals.

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

The Air Vent - And Just Like that It Happened Again
Watts Up With That? - Offshore Wind Costs

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report — 11/21/23

“'Social justice,' while claiming to improve our morality, has, in practice, degraded it. Apparently, a required part of “social justice” is the elimination of Jews."
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion—and the Elimination of Jews

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

The Return of the Progressive Atrocity
Stumbling Toward the White House - Here comes everybody.

I leave you with Something to ease the pain of your Monday from Wirecutter, and Quick Hits Of Wisdom, Knowledge And Snark #1452 from 90 Miles from Tyranny.

Self-defense Is Becoming More Common in California

I doubt that the bad guys will get this memo. Suspect Breaking into San Diego County Home Dies After Being Shot by Vista Homeowner

Vista, California is a city in San Diego County. It is roughly 10 miles east of Carlsbad

While on the phone with the Sheriff's Department, the resident stated the suspect was now breaking into the home and a gunshot was heard. Deputies responded and located the suspect with a gunshot wound. Deputies provided medical aid, and he was taken to the hospital by paramedics.

He died at the hospital.

This being California, they are still trying to figure out how to charge the homeowner with something. Or, in other words, the investigation continues.

Antisemitism at George Washington University and Elsewhere

Hide who you are, because University Students have no tolerance for differing views. And no tolerance for Jews, apparently. GWU student told to leave Jewish star at home

Jewish students continue to fear for their safety on college campuses across the U.S. as tensions around the Israel-Hamas war rage into the fourth week, with defacements, protests and calls for the state of Israel to be eradicated emerging on several fronts.

Since no one studies history, no one has studied the history of Germany after the First World War. History. Ignorance. Rinse. Repeat.

Gold Dust Woman

Another song via 93XRT and their Saturday Morning Flashback program.

This is "Gold Dust Woman" by Fleetwood Mack from the 1977 album Rumors, though today we have the 2004 remastered version.

The lyrics to this song are a bit on the dark side, but the band was dealing with dark times brought on by success in the Rock & Roll business.

21 November 2023

Tuesday Links - 21 November

The Other McCain starts us off with ‘Real Wrath of God Type Stuff’

Say hello to Tiffanie Lucas, who is jailed on $2 million bond in Bullitt County, Kentucky. Among other things, she is a bad housekeeper.

Impro Guns - Another Brazilian creation

The mutant William Tell scattergun.

Flopping Aces - A Sad Legacy of the Culture of Victimhood and Grift

For weeks, we’ve seen videos exposing Hamas’s depravity. Its soldiers’ blatant disregard for human life and the seeming joy with which they carried out their depravity was disheartening.

Sadly, this kind of depravity can be found closer to home, too, where videos abound of black crime across America, with people shot, pushed in front of trains, sucker punched, beaten to a pulp, and even killed by individuals, gangs, or groups of “teens.”

From the Barrel of a Gun - Curious, This Is

BREAKING: Speaker Johnson Releases J6 Footage, and the Left Is Gonna Flip Out

Post Millennial - FBI abandoned investigation into Virginia pedophile to focus on J6 cases—suspect was arrested later for molesting 10-year-old boy. Priorities.

On January 6, 2021, the Washington Field Office of the FBI halted the investigation into an alleged child predator in Virginia "due to events that occurred at the United States Capitol Building that day," allowing the man to seemingly assault a 10-year-old in Alaska.
DAILY BRIEFING: "COVID Consequences, Anti-White Rant, Muslim Maniac, and More!"
Instapundit: Don Surber: It is the vote that matters
Legal Insurrection: Libertarian Milei wins!

Pirate's Cove - Bummer: World Is Totally Failing To Comply With Climate Cult Efforts To Stop Climate Doom

How dare governments not crack down on the peasants?

Again from The Other McCain - But Is It ‘Actual Truth’?

This is why people don’t trust the media. They’re always running around looking for some kind of bogus “scandal” like this about anyone remotely conservative, and then demanding that Republican politicians denounce the targeted person. You never see them doing things like this to Democrats. Liberals get away with saying all kinds of crazy stuff, without CNN ever demanding that Democrats denounce their craziness.