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PORTLAND SHOOTING: STUPID IS AS STUPID DOES

After the counter-protest against Antifa and Black Lives Matter in Portland, Oregon, that left one counter-protester dead, I confess that I have little sympathy for the individual who voluntarily entered a known protest zone with armed belligerents…

PORTLAND-IDIOCY

Scenes of Trump supporters firing paint and pellet guns at protesters during a “Trump cruise rally” caravan through downtown Portland - a liberal bastion that has been the site of weeks of street demonstrations - raised the specter that the nation’s summer of unrest had entered a new phase in which the president’s backers are rallying to defend businesses and fight back against Black Lives Matter and other groups he has labeled “anarchists” and “terrorists.”

One man, thought to be a member of a pro-Trump group, was shot and killed Saturday night during the Portland unrest.

In tweeting a video of the caravan on the move, Trump called the participants “GREAT PATRIOTS!” The reaction marked a sharp contrast to his silence during a large and peaceful civil rights march on Friday in Washington that drew thousands to the National Mall, where some speakers denounced his leadership. <Source>

[OCS: Unless these armed people are in an organized state militia or sworn sheriff’s posse, they are either vigilantes or ill-informed idiots. This is far different from those protecting their own homes and businesses or are state-approved security guards. Consider that, even if you have the right to open carry, you are at a greater risk to be targeted for gun theft, injury, or death. And, if you do not have insurance to help pay for your defense and any collateral damage, you are putting your future at risk.

If you want to orchestrate a show of the colors or a show of force, organize like the military and assign areas of fire to outward-facing individuals watching the crowds and who should be prepared to respond instantly. Something that would be impractical and illegal in a civilian environment. ]

It is one thing to demonstrate peaceably in areas with a robust police presence and rapid medical response; it is something entirely different to demonstrate in downtown Fallujah, Iraq. Far different from the support the police demonstration in Thousand Oaks, California.

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Why is it always about projection – attributing your behavior to your opponents… <Source>

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Bottom line…

I suspect that, other than residents who may innocent bystanders, those in the protest area are not “social justice warriors,” but are individuals looking for entertainment, excitement, and for some, the opportunity to riot, loot, burn, and engage the opposition.

The strongest protest is not to virtue-signal your peers or attempt to be part of a historical “cultural thing,” but to cast your vote to protect your country, constitution, and civil society.

And, perhaps the wisest advice comes from Napoleon Bonaparte -- "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." Every instance of rioting, burning, looting, and the destruction of public and private property produces more Trump supporters.

Take action … vote!

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



ARE WE BEING "FAUCI-ED?"

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Can you trust the government’s medical “experts?”

Experts study their subject, continually narrowing their focus on individual aspects of their field as they grow their expertise. Over time they know more and more about less and less until they know everything about virtually nothing. That this hyper-specialized knowledge can be transferred to other areas, especially outside their narrow field of expertise, is highly doubtful.

Those experts who head institutions or individual departments within institutions become bureaucrats over time. Bureaucrats who are subject to outside forces to maintain their positions, advance to the next level of their career, to gain or avoid media attention, or to serve their self-interest agenda.

Those who operated within a bureaucracy controlled by politicians are those most likely to ignore data and the conditions on the ground as they struggle to maintain their position in a hostile political environment.

Which is why I wonder about Dr. Anthony Fauci, the physician/researcher who has served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases since 1984 -- 36 years under both Democrat and Republican administrations.

Indeed, Dr. Fauci’s expertise does not extend to the economic, cultural, social ramifications of medical decisions driven by politics rather than objective science.

What I do not understand is this controversy over Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), an anti-malarial drug used to treat several forms of malaria as well as lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis, and its use to ameliorate the effects of a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 which manifests as COVID-19 ('CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for the disease.) Hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) is a less toxic derivative of chloroquine (Aralen). There exist decades of experience with these drugs in clinical settings, both in-patient and out-patient. Side-effects are well-known and manageable. Whether or not it should be prescribed is a matter for physicians and their patients, not politicians and bureaucrats.

I question why various governmental agencies are inserting themselves into what is a physician-patient consideration of the risks and benefits of using hydroxychloroquine as a preventative or treatment for COVID-19? Especially when that treatment is widely available at pennies-on-the-dollar while pharmaceutical companies are charging thousands of dollars for their treatment products? Is this a case of politics and profits dictating public policy over science?

Again, the drugs and their side-effects are well-studied and have been known for decades. In many cases, it is both cheap and effective.

Consider ...

Effect of Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine, and Azithromycin on the Corrected QT Interval in Patients With SARS-CoV-2 Infection

Abstract

Background:

The novel SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) is responsible for the global coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. Small studies have shown a potential benefit of chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine±azithromycin for the treatment of coronavirus disease 2019. Use of these medications alone, or in combination, can lead to a prolongation of the QT interval, possibly increasing the risk of Torsade de pointes and sudden cardiac death.

Results:

Two hundred one patients were treated for coronavirus disease 2019 with chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine. Ten patients (5.0%) received chloroquine, 191 (95.0%) received hydroxychloroquine, and 119 (59.2%) also received azithromycin. The primary outcome of torsade de pointes was not observed in the entire population. Baseline corrected QT interval intervals did not differ between patients treated with chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine (monotherapy group) versus those treated with combination group (chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin; 440.6±24.9 versus 439.9±24.7 ms, P=0.834). The maximum corrected QT interval during treatment was significantly longer in the combination group versus the monotherapy group (470.4±45.0 ms versus 453.3±37.0 ms, P=0.004). Seven patients (3.5%) required discontinuation of these medications due to corrected QT interval prolongation. No arrhythmogenic deaths were reported. ‘

Conclusions:

In the largest reported cohort of coronavirus disease 2019 patients to date treated with chloroquine/hydroxychloroquine±azithromycin, no instances of Torsade de pointes, or arrhythmogenic death were reported. Although use of these medications resulted in QT prolongation, clinicians seldomly needed to discontinue therapy. Further study of the need for QT interval monitoring is needed before final recommendations can be made.


Saleh, M., Gabriels, J., Chang, D., Soo Kim, B., Mansoor, A., Mahmood, E., Makker, P., Ismail, H., Goldner, B., Willner, J., Beldner, S., Mitra, R., John, R., Chinitz, J., Skipitaris, N., Mountantonakis, S., & Epstein, L. M. (2020). Effect of Chloroquine, Hydroxychloroquine, and Azithromycin on the Corrected QT Interval in Patients With SARS-CoV-2 Infection. Circulation. Arrhythmia and electrophysiology, 13(6), e008662. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCEP.120.008662 <Source>

Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread

Abstract

Background

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is caused by a newly discovered coronavirus (SARS-CoV). No effective prophylactic or post-exposure therapy is currently available.

[OCS: Is this literally true today?]

Results

We report, however, that chloroquine has strong antiviral effects on SARS-CoV infection of primate cells. These inhibitory effects are observed when the cells are treated with the drug either before or after exposure to the virus, suggesting both prophylactic and therapeutic advantage. In addition to the well-known functions of chloroquine such as elevations of endosomal pH, the drug appears to interfere with terminal glycosylation of the cellular receptor, angiotensin-converting enzyme 2. This may negatively influence the virus-receptor binding and abrogate the infection, with further ramifications by the elevation of vesicular pH, resulting in the inhibition of infection and spread of SARS CoV at clinically admissible concentrations.

Conclusion

Chloroquine is effective in preventing the spread of SARS CoV in cell culture. Favorable inhibition of virus spread was observed when the cells were either treated with chloroquine prior to or after SARS CoV infection. In addition, the indirect immunofluorescence assay described herein represents a simple and rapid method for screening SARS-CoV antiviral compounds.

[OCS: Can this study be extended? Perhaps yes, perhaps no?]


Vincent, M. J., Bergeron, E., Benjannet, S., Erickson, B. R., Rollin, P. E., Ksiazek, T. G., Seidah, N. G., & Nichol, S. T. (2005). Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread. Virology journal, 2, 69. https://doi.org/10.1186/1743-422X-2-69 <Source>

There are thousands of relevant studies, so many that no practicing physician has the time and energy to read, understand, and consider them all. It should be the duty of government panels to absorb this material and produce non-binding guidelines with the exception of instances when the drugs cause substantial and universal harm. And, in those cases, suitable warnings should be provided.

The science is growing day-by-day, now we need a neutral forum without political participants…

I am not saying that any of the studies offer conclusive proof of Chloroquine or Hydroxychloroquine’s effectiveness on the virus that causes COVID-19. What I am saying is to allow physicians and researchers, many of them as well-credentialed and experienced as Dr. Fauci, have their say in the scientific arena of debatable ideas and devoid of political consequences. 

What I am saying is that the United Nations World Health Organization, the NIH, the CDC, etc. are all politically-driven entities, sometimes announcing helpful scientific advancements or warnings – and sometimes not. As we have seen in the past, these organizations can be affected by politics and lobbying by big pharma. 

Do the bureaucrats sometimes get is wrong? (The AIDS/Bactrim Controversy)

Dr. Harvey Risch, a professor of epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Risch has authored over 300 peer-reviewed publications.

RISCH: So the FDA is a very strange organization that has a history of not making science based rational based decisions about its approvals.

This was started, and most noticeably in 1987, when people with AIDS in New York City were dying of what is called pneumocystis pneumonia, PCP, and the clinical experience then had been amassed. A large number of cases who were prevented from dying by use of the antibiotic, Bactrim. This is even then was a generic medication and cheap.

And activists obtained a meeting with Dr. Fauci and 15 of his selected scientists at FDA, at NIH and asked Dr. Fauci just to make guidelines to physicians that they consider using Bactrim to treat preventively AIDS people so that they wouldn’t die of this pneumonia. Dr. Fauci refused.

He said, I want randomized, controlled, blinded, controlled trial evidence. That’s my gold standard. That or nothing.  The activists left. The NIH did not fund any randomized trials. They raised money themselves from their own AIDS patients to collect the data to do a randomized trial.

It took them two years. They came back to Dr. Fauci.

During those two years, the FDA approved AZT as a treatment for AIDS, AZT works, but not completely. It needs other medications as well. And during the two years that it took them to get this data to come back to Dr. Fauci to support using Bactrim, 17,000 people with AIDS died because of Dr. Fauci’s insistence on not allowing even a statement supporting consideration of the use.

This has gone on before. Now, we have Dr. Fauci denying that any evidence exists of benefit, and that’s pervaded the FDA. The FDA has relied on Dr. Fauci and his NIH advisory groups to make a statement saying that there is no benefit of using hydroxychloroquine in outpatients.

And this is counter to the facts of the case. The evidence is overwhelming.

The FDA has also said that there is the harm of using these medications in outpatients overweighs the benefit; and in fact, they’ve said this with no information, no evidence whatsoever of any harm in outpatient use, and this is provable both by the fact that the FDA’s webpage says as a warning against outpatient use, but says it relies on inpatient hospital data, which means they don’t have any outpatient data.

As well as the fact that 90 percent of the cases of COVID this year have occurred since the time that the FDA restricted usage to inpatients only. So the FDA knows that it has no data for outpatients and no data on harm and yet, it denied the Henry Ford petition for outpatient usage.

Dr. Fauci and the FDA are doing the same thing that was done in 1987 and that’s led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Americans who could have been saved by usage of this drug. <Source>


Pneumocystis pneumonia can be prevented. Why did it take so long for well known preventative measures to be introduced in AIDS? <Source>

“Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and thus ultimate head of the ACTG (AIDS Clinical Trials Group), went as far as telling activists attending a 1987 meeting that there was no data to suggest PCP prophylaxis was beneficial and that it may, in fact, be dangerous.” Some years prior to 1987, Michael Callen, an AIDS patient advocate, received a similar response from Dr. Fauci, discouraging attempts to prevent PCP in people with AIDS on the grounds that there had been no controlled studies on the efficacy and safety of this intervention in this particular group of patients. Yet this same leadership did not feel there was any urgency to remove this obstacle by promptly conducting the appropriate trials.

[OCS: Treatment with Bactrim was cheap, appeared to be effective, and yet was rejected in favor of other more expensive treatment modalities.]

Bottom line...

I am in the highest risk category, having multiple co-morbidities and a heart issue that can result in deadly arrhythmias. I believe in my team of world-class physicians -- not some bureaucrat, not some pharmacy benefits manager or druggist, and certainly not a socialist political clown-like, my governor, Gavin Newsom.

Anyone who watches television, listens to the radio, or reads the advertising in print publications is well aware of the numerous side effects (including death) of drugs that are being hyped to help you live a better life. Again, any drug use should be a question that should be asked of the physician who knows you and your conditions best – not some far-off “expert” or political hack.

We are so screwed.
-- steve 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



GOP'S VERSION OF ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Softer on crime?

In his nomination acceptance speech, President Trump cited his presidential pardon of Alice Johnson, whose story was highlighted by the GOP story-tellers. The intent seems clear, at least to me, that the GOP team was pandering to the black social justice crowd who, like the Democrats, believe in leniency for convicted criminals. A great act of political triangulation where a political party co-opts the positions of the opposition, leaving opponents without a cause and a unique message to talk about.

Far from some low-level, first-time drug user or offender, Johnson was a kingpin in a cocaine and money-laundering ring that involved an association with a Colombian drug cartel, moving tons of cocaine, and laundering millions of dollars. To believe that these drugs did not affect the deaths of hundreds of men, women, and children or the murder of rival drug dealers is to believe in the tooth fairy—clearly a case of mass murder worthy of a lifetime prison sentence.

From an Associated Press report in The Tennessean (Nashville, TN  2/23/1997) …

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Due to her exemplary behavior while incarcerated, I would have no problem with the normal and customary parole process as a recognition of her good behavior. Or even the clemency commutation previously granted at the urging of celebrity Kim Kardashian West. But a full presidential pardon seems excessive and motivated by pure politics. I am not contesting the President’s right to pardon whomever he chooses or failing to note that there have been numerous dodgy pardons over the years; it’s just that this individual is responsible for the death and misery of thousands of American citizens. In my mind, Johnson is not worthy of a full pardon and a prestigious speaking slot on the fourth night of the RNC convention.

Bottom line…

Proving once again that President Trump is both pragmatic and transactional – whereas Joe Biden is feckless and impotent.

I consider the FIRST STEP (Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person) ACT, a bipartisan criminal justice bill passed by the 115th Congress and signed by President Trump in December 2018, to be little more than a legal jailbreak – putting violent multiple-offense felons back into our communities without regard for the safety and security of law-abiding American citizens. In my mind, there is no significant advantage, meaningful redemption, or reform in allowing felons the opportunity to re-offend. 

How Johnson could legitimately share the stage with Ann Dorn, the widow of a murdered retired African-American police officer during a riot, is beyond me.

Forgiveness for criminals does little to comfort their victims.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



ARE THE NBA AND OTHER TEAMS AND PLAYERS SUPPORTING CRIMINALS AND COMMUNISTS?

Once again, we find entertainers and others capitalizing on a misreading and distortion of events to virtue-signal the public…

From the NBA…

The Milwaukee Bucks have boycotted Game 5 of their first-round series vs. the Orlando Magic this afternoon. The team provided the following statement:

“The past four months have shed a light on the ongoing racial injustices facing our African American communities. Citizens around the country have used their voices and platforms to speak out against these wrongdoings.

Over the last few days in our home state of Wisconsin, we’ve seen the horrendous video of Jacob Blake being shot in the back seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, and the additional shooting of protestors. Despite the overwhelming plea for change, there has been no action, so our focus today cannot be on basketball.

[OCS: It does not seem to matter that Jacob Blake resisted arrest for an outstanding warrant for domestic violence, wrestled with the police, defied police orders to halt, and then reached inside his vehicle where there was a weapon on the floor – or possibly in his hand. It does not seem to matter that most of the use of force incidents involve individuals, many with criminal histories or associated with current criminal activity, who refuse to obey police commands and precipitate their own tragedies.

The test for racism: Would they have staged a similar protest if a black individual killed a white police officer? I think not.]

“When we take the court and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin, we are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort and hold each other accountable. We hold ourselves to that standard, and in this moment, we are demanding the same from our lawmakers and law enforcement.

[OCS: This is a joke. The individuals resisting arrest were being held accountable by the officers who were attempting to take them into custody to face the legal consequences of their actions.] 

“We are calling for justice for Jacob Blake and demand the officers be held accountable. For this to occur, it is imperative for the Wisconsin State Legislature to reconvene after months of inaction and take up meaningful measures to address issues of police accountability, brutality and criminal justice reform. We encourage all citizens to educate themselves, take peaceful and responsible action, and remember to vote on Nov. 3.” <Source: NBA>

[OCS: The officer-involved shooting appears to be within policy and he will be held accountable. Unfortunately, even if he is legally absolved of improper behavior, his professional – and perhaps private – life is ruined.

By all means, educate yourself and you will see that the players are virtue-signaling, have no skin in the game (so to speak) and are supporting a communist front group.]

Screw the NBA and their multi-millionaire players and owners who are virtue-signaling…

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President Trump comments…

President Trump on Thursday said the National Basketball Association is turning into a “political organization” in the wake of players’ decision to strike late Wednesday amid tensions over a police shooting in Wisconsin.

“I don’t know much about the NBA protest. I know their ratings have been very bad because I think people are a little tired of the NBA,” he said during a stop at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “They’ve become like a political organization, and that’s not a good thing.”

Mr. Trump has criticized the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and pro athletes who kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. <Source>

The destruction of American values and the civil society…

By no means in the NBA, the only league to mischaracterize the Jacob Blake shooting and use it to virtue signal on behalf of a communist front group.

The National Hockey League has postponed two playoff games scheduled for Thursday night, following a push by some players to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.

The decision came after an effort organized by the Hockey Diversity Alliance, a group of NHL players whose purpose is “to eradicate systemic racism and intolerance in hockey,” according to its website. Teams for the National Football League canceled practice on Thursday in the wake of the shooting, and the National Basketball Association has postponed playoff games after players decided to protest.

“The PLAYERS took a stand today, they stepped up. Proud of my fellow NHLPLAYERS for their action,” Evander Kane, a co-founder of the Hockey Diversity Alliance and player for the San Jose Sharks, wrote on Twitter. Earlier in the day, Kane wrote that a postponement would send “a clear message that human rights take priority over sports.”

Jacob Blake, an African American man, was shot by Kenosha police who were attempting to arrest him on a warrant for alleged domestic abuse and third-degree sexual assault. <Source>

The New York Mets and Miami Marlins took the field for their game on Thursday night, only to promptly walk off in protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

The teams took the field, removed their hats for 42 seconds of silence and then laid a Black Lives Matter shirt at home plate before leaving the field. <Source>

 Decriminalizing assaults on police officers…

The Virginia Senate approved legislation on Wednesday that would downgrade the legal penalty for a suspect found guilty of assaulting a police officer.

Senate Bill 5032 would, if signed into law, eliminate the state’s six-month mandatory minimum prison sentence for assaulting an officer, and also gives a local judge or jury the authority to downgrade the crime from a felony to a misdemeanor. The Virginia Senate voted 21-15 to approve the bill.

Senator Scott Survell, a Democrat who proposed the legislation, said the bill was not meant to apply in cases of serious injury suffered by police officers. <Source>

Bottom line…

It is time that the Department of Justice investigate the Marxist-run BLM, its connection to the Democrat Party, its finances, and label it a domestic terror organization if necessary.    

In my opinion, any team that refused to play should forfeit the game, and any revenues lost be charged back against the team’s owners and players. Let them have skin in the game if they want to virtue-signal in public.

We are so screwed when we support individuals and organizations that support criminality and un-American activities.

For serious thinkers, consider that it is the Democrat-governed cities that are burning with the tacit approval of the Democrat leadership in the hopes that people will vote Democrat to stop the violence. Democrats mostly sponsor the jailbreak legislation that sends criminals into our communities. And the communist front groups all support the Democrat Party.

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



WISCONSIN RIOTING: WHAT DIFFERENCE DID IT MAKE?

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To all of the social justice warriors parading with “Justice for Jacob Blake signs,” the individual shot seven times in the back by a police officer…

With all of the deaths, injuries, rioting, looting, arson, and the destruction of public and private property, what does justice look like for the innocent victims targeted by Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs? Especially those who lost their businesses and jobs? 

Had you waited until the investigation was complete, you may have found that Blake precipitated the police action when he struggled with officers rather than be taken into custody. It appears the officers knew he was involved in the current domestic dispute call, had a warrant outstanding for his arrest for domestic violence, and was resisting arrest. What they may not have known, that he had access to an edged-weapon, may have cost one of the officers his life.

The preliminary statement…

WI-DOJ

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) is investigating an officer involved shooting (OIS) in Kenosha, Wis. that occurred on the evening of Sunday, August 23, 2020.

Kenosha Police Department officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of 40th Street after a female caller reported that her boyfriend was present and was not supposed to be on the premises.

[OCS: It is undisputed that the police were responding to a potential domestic violence call.

According to celebrity civil rights attorney, Benjamin Crump, who also represented the families of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, Blake had been de-escalating a "domestic incident" when officers arrived and drew their weapons.

And, according to his mother – seeking $2 million on a GoFundMe page, “On August 23rd my son was shot multiple times in the back by a Kenosha Police Department officer, after my son broke up an altercation by an unrelated party. The shooting has now left my son critically injured as he fights for his life.”

5:11 p.m.-- Officers are sent to Blake’s address for a complaint of “family trouble.” A dispatcher notifies officers that a woman called police and said Blake “isn’t supposed to be there and he took the complainant's keys and is refusing to give them back.”

The dispatcher tells officers that there’s an alert for a person wanted for some reason, known in police radio code as a 10-99, at that address. Blake had a warrant issued for his arrest stemming from a domestic case in May.

5:13:47 p.m. -- One of the officers assigned to the call asks dispatchers for a description of Blake. The dispatcher tells officers that the woman now says Blake is trying to leave. The dispatcher tries to get a description of Blake’s vehicle but she tells officers that the woman has become uncooperative, and the type of vehicle or what state it’s registered in are unknown.

Prosecutors in Kenosha County, Wisconsin charged Blake with third-degree sexual assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct in connection with domestic abuse complaint which resulted in an arrest warrant for Blake that was issued on July 6, 2020].

During the incident, officers attempted to arrest Jacob S. Blake, age 29. Law enforcement deployed a taser to attempt to stop Mr. Blake, however the taser was not successful in stopping Mr. Blake.

[OCS: One video shows Blake clearly resisting arrest and grappling with officers prior to walking off.]

Mr. Blake walked around his vehicle, opened the driver’s side door, and leaned forward. While holding onto Mr. Blake’s shirt, Officer Rusten Sheskey fired his service weapon 7 times. Officer Sheskey fired the weapon into Mr. Blake’s back. No other officer fired their weapon. Kenosha Police Department does not have body cameras, therefore the officers were not wearing body cameras.

[OCS: Blake knew the officers had drawn their weapons. It appears that some female bystander can be heard screaming at Blake to come back. Others heard the officer shout "Drop the knife! Drop the knife!"

The officer had his weapon in one hand and yet tried to pull on Blake’s shirt to keep him from reaching inside the vehicle.]

The shooting officer, Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, has been a law enforcement officer with Kenosha Police Department for seven years.

During the investigation following the initial incident, Mr. Blake admitted that he had a knife in his possession. DCI agents recovered a knife from the driver’s side floorboard of Mr. Blake’s vehicle. A search of the vehicle located no additional weapons.

[OCS: It appears, at least to me, that the shooting was in policy and justified by Blake’s stupidity. That Blake had three little children in the vehicle should be charged as child abuse and endangering the life of a child.]

Law enforcement immediately provided medical aid to Mr. Blake. Flight for Life transported Mr. Blake to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Mr. Blake remains at the hospital.

DCI is leading this investigation and is assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Wisconsin State Patrol and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office. All involved law enforcement are fully cooperating with DCI during this investigation. The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave.

DCI is continuing to review evidence and determine the facts of this incident and will turn over investigative reports to a prosecutor following a complete and thorough investigation.

When DCI is the lead investigating agency of a shooting involving a law enforcement officer, DCI aims to provide a report of the incident to the prosecutor within 30 days. The prosecutor then reviews the report and makes a determination about what charges, if any, are appropriate. If the prosecutor determines there is no basis for prosecution of the law enforcement officer, DCI will thereafter make the report available to the public.

No additional details are currently available. <Source: WIDOJ>

FYI…

It appears that Blake has six children, and his Mother is seeking assistance through donations. It seems that if Blake recovers, he might need lifetime care at the taxpayer’s expense.

 

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“This fund is established to cover my son’s medical expenses, mental and grief counseling for our family and to assist our family in the days to come, as we continue to seek justice for Jacob. A portion of these proceeds will also be used to benefit my son’s six children, some of whom witnessed this horrific act of violence.”

Justice would see her son incarcerated for a number of years in state prison where the state can take care of him in a manner befitting the actions leading to his injuries. 

The NBA's true color: un-American...

According to the AP -- 

The dramatic series of moves began when the Bucks — the NBA’s team from Wisconsin, a state rocked in recent days by the shooting by police officers of Jacob Blake, a Black man — didn’t take the floor for their playoff game against the Magic. The teams were set to begin Game 5 of their series shortly after 4 p.m., with the Bucks needing a win to advance to the second round.

Players had been discussing boycotting games in the bubble after the shooting of Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. More discussions were scheduled Wednesday, but even before that the Bucks apparently decided they would act.

Some things are bigger than basketball,’ Bucks senior vice president Alex Lasry tweeted. ‘The stand taken today by the players and (the organization) shows that we’re fed up. Enough is enough. Change needs to happen. I’m incredibly proud of our guys and we stand 100% behind our players ready to assist and bring about real change.’

There are three other playoff games scheduled Thursday. It was unclear if they would be affected. Several NBA players, including LeBron James, tweeted out messages demanding change and the Boston Celtics’ official Twitter account did the same. <Source>

Wonderful -- celebrating the stupidity of a thug because of his color. Former President Obama tweeted his approval of the boycott. Of course, this is the President who empowered Iran, a state sponsor of terror and an enemy of the United States.

Did Blake get a pass on a gun charge in 2015?

UPDATE 8/26/2020: Please note, court officials told the Racine County Eye that Mr. Blake was not convicted of any of the charges listed in this story.  The charges appear to have been dismissed upon Prosecutor’s Motion. The minutes reflect that on 02-20-2018 the prosecutor moved to dismiss the case “due to witness issues and age of the case.”  The reason the case is not listed in court records is because of the dismissal they appear to have met the threshold for the cases to automatically be removed from the WCCA website.

ORIGINAL STORY: Racine police say K9 Dozer had to help officers take a man into custody when the man refused to go quietly into custody after he pulled a gun at a local bar.

Jacob Blake, 24, of Racine, was charged Monday in Racine County Circuit Court with one felony count of resisting arrest causing a soft tissue injury to a police officer and one misdemeanor count each of carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a firearm while intoxicated, endangering safety-use of a dangerous weapon, and disorderly conduct. If convicted, he will face up to 8-1/2 years in prison and/or up to $50,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint, Blake and two women were at the Brass Monkey tavern, 1436 Junction Avenue, Saturday when Blake got into an argument with another patron and pulled a black handgun. Blake pointed the gun at the other man, and the magazine fell to the floor. The bartender told Blake to leave, and he did but then pointed the gun through the window at patrons inside the bar before walking south on Junction Avenue. <Source>

Bottom line...

What now? More thuggery to support a false idol? More lies and propaganda by violent activists/agitators? More idiocy by individuals who refuse to follow lawful police commands which results in a preventable tragedy? What of the three children who were present in the car at the time of the shooting?

Even now, people are second-guessing the police with “you should have done this or that,” but not shoot him. As far as I am concerned, Blake represented a clear and present danger to the officer, and the shooting was in policy. Unfortunately, the officer and his family will now bear the brunt of the artificial prejudice whipped-up by the mob and attorneys seeking a major payday from the City.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



NANCY PELOSI'S POSTAL SERVICE HEAD FAKE

Nancy Pelosi wants to radically transform the United States Postal Service, starting with a logo with the left-facing Jackass…

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I am tired of hearing Nancy Pelosi screaming for nation-wide mail-in balloting, complete with loose deadlines, few safeguards, and ballot harvesting. At the same time, she simultaneously excoriates President Trump for an upcoming electoral disaster should something delay an election riddled with voting fraud. '

All the while trying to carve-out at least $25 billion in taxpayer funds to remedy problems that cannot be solved by the Postal Service – and which are little more than a bailout of the USPS pension funds to benefit the seven or so postal unions which support, and massively vote for, the Democrat party. Laughably, the money will be provided without any requirements for reform, and before the bulk of the previously provided CARES ACT, money has been spent.

In any case, even $25 billion is not enough to guarantee a smooth, incontestable election because the real problem lies with the states and their own inconsistent voting procedures and vote-count windows. Especially in states like New York and Michigan whose procedures cannot provide the required mail ballots to voters before the November 3, 2020, election. The USPS General Counsel, Thomas Marshall, has repeatedly warned the states that their codified deadlines “for requesting and casting mail-in ballots are incongruous with the Postal Service’s delivery standards.”

From Thomas Marshall’s May 29, 2020, open letter posted on the USPS blog…

Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Postal Service anticipates that many voters will choose to use the mail to participate in upcoming elections, including the 2020 General Election in November. This letter is a follow-up communication to the 2020 Official Election Mail Kit (Kit 600), which was provided to elections officials in March and which is available at https://about.usps.com/kits/kit600.pdf.

However, the Postal Service cannot guarantee a specific delivery date or alter standards to comport with individual state election laws.

To account for delivery standards and to allow for contingencies (e.g., weather issues or unforeseen events), voters should mail their return ballots at least 1 week prior to the due date established by state law. Similarly, for election materials (such as blank ballots) sent to voters, the Postal Service also recommends that state or local election officials use First Class Mail and allow 1 week for delivery to voters.

It is critical that the Postal Service's delivery standards be kept in mind when informing voters how to successfully participate in an election using the mail, and when state and local election officials are making decisions as to the establishment of deadlines and the means used to send a piece of Election Mail to voters. Voters should be made aware of these transit times when offered the opportunity to request that an absentee ballot be mailed to them, and when deciding when to mail a ballot back to election officials. For example, if a state law requires completed ballots to be received by election officials by a specified date (such as Election Day) in order to be counted, voters should be aware of the possibility that completed ballots mailed less than a week before that date may not, in fact, arrive by the state's deadline. Similarly, if a state law allows a qualified voter to request an absentee ballot shortly before Election Day and requires the state or local election official to mail that ballot to the voter, voters should be made aware that the absentee ballot may not reach the voter before Election Day if requested less than a week before the election.

Bottom line…

Nancy Pelosi and her band of progressive communist democrats are, once again, trying to rig the election again President Donald Trump. The stakes are high as this may be a last-ditch effort to prevent the current Spygate scandal from obliterating Obama’s reputation and legacy while destroying the Democrat party.

VOTE-GOP-AMERICA

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



CAREER ADVICE FOR SNOWFLAKES

A friend of mine asked me to speak with his son about career choices since he will be graduating high school soon and is worried about choosing a college major…

I told him that selecting a career path based on what is “hot” and paying well now is not helpful as things will change in the five-plus years he will be in school.

I explained that a more helpful way to look at his future was to first consider his abilities, appetite for risk and what does he want his future to look like -- and then work backward.

Did he want an assured stable income and excellent retirement benefits? Then government service is certainly an option. Did he want to be an entrepreneur and build his own company? Then creating an educational safety net would be helpful.

I told him not to think in terms of jobs but in terms of functions that can be capitalized. That the key to fame and fortune was to "find a need and fill it." And, that he would be best served by developing productive life habits instead of concentrating on goals which will change over time or, once completed, must be replaced by new goals.

And, as an exercise, I asked him to rank these functions…

People who manage people.
People who make connections – facilitators.
People who raise money.
People who sell things – communicators/persuaders.
People who tell computers what to do. (System Development).
People who do what computers tell them what to do. (Expert Systems).
Logistical people who move things around.
Accountants to keep score.
Lawyers to resolve disputes and bollix-up everything.
Consultants to provide plausible deniability and discipline people.
People who supply goods and services to the working and managerial class.
Undertakers to process the dead.
Medical personnel who preserve and enhance life.
Middlemen who reduce transactional friction for a piece of the action.

Hint: It is a trick question. While all of these people are important, the person who is to succeed must have some knowledge of almost all areas listed above. Yes, even undertakers, as it is likely that your parents will pass before you do. The real trick is to decide which functions can be combined and executed to build a successful career.

As for a career path, I suggested that he might want to major in accounting and minor in an area of interest. Or major in something that is an employment evergreen and likely to provide income under most circumstances – as well as providing a basis for exploring future opportunities of interest.

I recommended a video that visited the Hostess operation. One, to show him that unskilled labor has little or no chance to succeed in the future and the continuing impact of automation, robotics, expert systems, and artificial intelligence on everyday life. I explained that some of the most complex parts no longer require a skilled and experienced machinist, but an automated system that drives machines or even prints an object, layer-by-layer. I asked him to list all of the jobs by skill level in the plant and then estimate how many individuals could be profitably employed.

The video…

If the video is missing, it can be found here.

Bottom line…

He told his father than I was unhelpful and he still couldn’t pick a college major. I told his dad that I suggest a stint in the military to adjust his attitude and open his eyes to the real world. A risky proposition, but one with immense benefits to snowflakes.

Oh, well! There is always drinking, drugs, partying, and protesting and a number of “studies” programs for the perpetually clueless and aggrieved.

We are so screwed.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



WISCONSIN GOVERNOR SHOULD BE PROSECUTED FOR INCITING A RIOT

UPDATE: Imagine that! The governor had to call out the National Guard to protect his citizens after his inflammatory remarks...EVERS

It doesn’t look good. A black man was shot in the back seven times by a police officer, and Wisconsin’s Democrat Governor issued a statement which was tantamount to inviting a riot in his state…

” Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Kathy and I join his family, friends, and neighbors in hoping earnestly that he will not succumb to his injuries.

While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.

We stand with all those who have and continue to demand justice, equity, and accountability for Black lives in our country—lives like those of George Floyd, of Breonna Taylor, Tony Robinson, Dontre Hamilton, Ernest Lacy, and Sylville Smith.

And we stand against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites.

I have said all along that although we must offer our empathy, equally important is our action. In the coming days, we will demand just that of elected officials in our state who have failed to recognize the racism in our state and our country for far too long.”

Instead of urging restraint while authorities investigate, this virtue-signaling piece of shit virtually guaranteed that further civil unrest will result in rioting, looting, arson, destruction of private and public property – as well as the possibility for the death or injury of innocent bystanders.

Bottom line…

Democrats equal destruction! Nobody will point out the obvious – another suspect failing to follow police commands.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



PROOF OF GLOBAL WARMING?

A friend of mine sent me an unattributed graph and commented, “See! Global warming!”

Don’t you just love scary graphs that depict exaggerated global warming?

Especially those that…

- Cover large time spans with significant front-loaded error probabilities based on little more than temperature proxies?

- Report measurements as deviations from a modern, hand-picked “baseline” even though climate cycles may be thousands of years long?

There have been five or six major ice ages in the history of Earth over the past 3 billion years. The Late Cenozoic Ice Age began 34 million years ago, its latest phase being the Quaternary glaciation, in progress since 2.58 million years ago. Variations in Earth's orbit through time have changed the amount of solar radiation Earth receives in each season. Interglacial periods tend to happen during times of more intense summer solar radiation in the Northern Hemisphere. These glacial–interglacial cycles have waxed and waned throughout the Quaternary Period (the past 2.6 million years). Since the middle Quaternary, glacial–interglacial cycles have had a frequency of about 100,000 years (Lisiecki and Raymo 2005). 

- Are scaled to depict relatively small changes in a scary fashion and do not reveal significant temporal events? I am not concerned about a 0.6 oC (1.08 oF) upward trend because it appears that slight warming is beneficial to much of the planet’s population, and an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide is beneficial to plant life and oxygen and food production.

- Conflate and confuse the output of incomplete climate models and dodgy data with factual representations of the modeled phenomena.

As if plotting data on a graph represents scientific certainty. The only scientific fact is the climate appears to be continually changing ever since the Earth developed an atmosphere and oceans. It is assumed that the environment contains self-correcting feedback loops that favor plant and animal life. And that small changes in the global mean temperature have little meaning when you consider the significant temperature variations between the Equator and both polar regions.

Here is the graph…

2020-08-20 15_27_43-Greenshot

Reliable calculations appear to provide an upper bound of 1.5oC for a doubling of CO2. Remembering that the United Nation's IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) is a political body, not a scientific one. 

Bottom line…

I am still waiting for a scientist to determine the Earth’s optimal temperature to sustain plant and animal life.

I am still waiting for a scientist to directly observe and measure man’s climate signal amid the noise of natural climate variability.

I am still waiting for a scientist to measure meaningful predictive information in a complex, chaotic, and turbulent system over global dimensions.

And the list goes on.

Sorry Bob, not convinced. But it does make cool abstract art.  viariability

And if you believe scientists, consider what they have done to the United States with their speculative model-driven nonsense.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



ANOTHER REASON TO VOTE TO RE-ELECT TRUMP

According to an article in the Federalist, the jockeying for cabinet positions in a Biden administration has begun… 

Biden Cabinet To Potentially Include Susan Rice, Pete Buttigieg, And Other Progressives

Among some of Biden’s most likely picks for the cabinet include Elizabeth Warren for Treasury Secretary, Susan Rice for Secretary of State, Anthony Blinked for National Security Advisor, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for transportation or Housing and Urban Development, and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), who was also in the running to be Biden’s Vice President, for HUD or Health and Human Services. <Source>

Can you imagine a duplicitous lying scumbag like Susan Rice following up her Benghazi performance with a Department of State appointment?

Can you imagine an outright communist taking over housing issues at HUD or healthcare issues at HHS?

But it could get worse…

Can you imagine a stone-cold liar and propagandist like Adam Schiff being given investigative power and the power to kill previous investigations at the Department of Justice?

SCHIFF-AG

Where Eric Holder’s contemptuous behavior in excusing black supremacist voter suppression would now be on steroids.DSJ-2A

Bottom line…

If nothing else, the GOP needs to secure an unassailable majority in the Senate to protect the Nation. We are so screwed if the progressive communist democrats continue to infiltrate our Nation’s military, government, and infrastructure to serve as a fifth-column to destroy America from within on behalf of our enemies, both foreign and domestic.

Truth-be-told, it was the Democrats who were colluding with the Russians, and they should be held accountable for their actions.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS