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IF ONLY THE KEPT-WHORES HAD THE COURAGE TO ACTUALLY SAY THIS

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RULES FOR THEE BUT NOT FOR ME, PEASANTS!

That’s the bottom line on this story by a WHITE, DREAD-LOCK WEARING “WOKE” teachers’ union president who shut down schools but was caught taking his kid to a private school.

Read how the leftists tie themselves in knots trying to defend him.

Pathetic fuckers.

A group known as Guerilla Momz is calling Berkeley Federation of Teachers president Matt Meyer a hypocrite after spotting him dropping his two year old daughter off for in-person instruction at a private pre-school.

“Meet Matt Meyer. White man with dreads and president of the local teachers’ union,” the group wrote in a tweet on Saturday along with video footage of Meyer. “He’s been saying it is unsafe for *your kid* to be back at school, all the while dropping his kid off at private school.”

Meyer told Fox News in a statement that the video, which blurred out his child’s face, was “very inappropriate” and an intrusion of his child’s privacy. He added that there were “no public options for kids her age.”

“There are major differences in running a small preschool and a 10,000 student public school district in terms of size, facilities, public health guidance and services that legally have to be provided,” Meyer added. “We all want a safe return to school. The Berkeley Federation of Teachers is excited that Berkeley Unified will be reopening soon with a plan, supported by our members and the district, to get our students back in classrooms starting later this month.”

Berkeley parent Mara Kolesas, a former PTA Berkeley Council president, told KQED that while she understands parents’ anger, and agrees schools should be open, the video by Guerilla Momz crosses a line.

“For me, you don’t need to attack people personally, you need to address it politically. When you start getting personal, you mix up dimensions, and you don’t get to discuss the real thing,” Kolesas said. “Here, the real thing is [Meyer] put fear before science, and the right of teachers before the right of kids. That’s the issue.”

The Berkeley Unified School District reached a tentative agreement with the Berkeley Federation of Teachers earlier this month to reopen public schools in March and April, contingent upon staff members receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.

Under the plan, phased reopenings for preschool, transitional kindergarten and kindegarten through second grade under a hybrid model would start as early as March 29, while grades 3-8 and 10-12 would begin as early as April 12 and April 17, respectively, depending on how fast the city makes additional vaccine doses available.

Additionally, staff would be required to obtain a COVID test every two weeks, which would be provided at each school site. BUSD and BFT would also encourage families to participate in routine COVID-19 testing at least once per two week period.

Meanwhile, teachers identified as high-risk individuals who document that they have condition’s on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s high risk list, who live with someone who has those conditions, or who is a caretaker as defined by a medical professional for someone with these conditions, will be allowed to continue to work remotely.

However, a group known as BUSD parents, which is affiliated with Reopen Schools California, believes that recent data suggests its safe for full, in-person instruction.

The group argues that distance learning has “exacerbated racial and class segregation between schools, increased the achievement gap, triggered enormous learning loss that translates to higher dropout rates, lower lifetime earnings, and reduced life expectancy, sparked steep increases in adolescent mental health crises – including suicidal ideation and cutting, caused sharp decreases in child abuse reporting, and prompted a general erosion of the physical health and mental well-being of students glued to screens.”

A letter signed by Berkeley families and public health and medical professionals earlier this month urged the district to reopen schools once it is safe to do so, with the clear goal of having kids in transitional kindergarten through 12th grade back in school five days a week before the end of the school year.

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OF COURSE, LEFTIST VIRTUE SIGNALLERS HAVE THEIR COLLECTIVE KOTEXES IN A BUNCH

Why?

Because the Boston PD is mostly white.

They can’t find qualified black applicants.

GEE!! I wonder why that is?

A drug record?

An arm-long arrest record?

Multiple felonies?

So now the virtue signalers want them hired anyway…..to make it fair.

For years, Boston city leaders have vowed to diversify the police department so it looks more like the community it serves. Yet the police force is just as white as it was a decade ago, and huge barriers to diversity remain, advocates say.

City officials acknowledge more work needs to be done, but insist their efforts to bring in more officers of color are slowly paying off. But critics say the city has failed to back up its pledges with meaningful action.

Black and Latinx candidates still consistently get passed over in favor of white applicants over decades-old minor brushes with law enforcement or seemingly arbitrary reasons, advocates say. And some critics say the city’s talk of inclusion rings hollow while it continues to fight a long-running case won by a group of Black officers over a promotional exam a judge found was discriminatory.

“It’s an honor to serve as a police officer and serve the citizens of Boston, but to this day, I don’t feel like I have been completely accepted,” said Larry Ellison, a Black Boston police detective who’s been with the department for nearly 40 years. “The problem is we turn a blind eye and then when things explode, we try to do things piecework and we try to do symbolic things.”

The need to have police departments look like the communities they patrol has come under renewed focus amid calls for police reform spurred by police killings of Black people across the U.S. And new research recently published in the journal “Science” suggested that diversity in law enforcement can indeed lead to improvements in how police treat people of color.

William Gross, Boston’s first Black top cop, said diversifying the department was one of his top priorities when he took the reins in 2018.

Yet, as of early January, Boston police were about 65% white, according to numbers provided by the department, even though they make up only about 45% of the city. The percentage of officers of color is up slightly compared to 2018, but the racial makeup of the overall force is largely the same as 10 years ago and only slightly more diverse than 20 years ago, according to data compiled in a 2015 audit of the department.

The Associated Press repeatedly requested an interview with Gross, who retired in late January, but a police spokesman said he was unavailable.

His replacement, Dennis White, the second Black man to lead the police force, was placed on leave days after he was sworn in after The Boston Globe raised questions about 20-year-old domestic violence allegations. Superintendent-in-Chief Gregory Long, who is white, is leading the department while lawyers investigate the allegations.

A group of minority officers and local ministers have called on White to be reinstated while the investigation continues, and one minister has called White’s treatment a “racial double standard.”

Jeff Lopes, a Boston officer who leads the Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, said they saw some progress under Gross’ leadership in getting more officers of color into specialized units and other important roles. Gross’ command staff was roughly 50% people of color, but many ranks remain overwhelmingly white.

A 1974 consent decree forced the department to diversify, and the percentage of minority officers climbed from 12% in 1981 to 25% a decade later. A judge lifted the consent decree in 2004, when more than 40% of patrol officers were Black, Hispanic or Asian. Today, the patrol force is around 38% people of color.

Advocates say hiring processes remain a roadblock to bringing in more minority officers.

Some argue there won’t be significant progress without overhauling or opting out entirely of the civil service system, under which military veterans — who are overwhelmingly white in Massachusetts — get a hiring preference over others.

The city has taken steps in recent years aimed at addressing the issue, like reinstating a cadet program in order to get a more diverse pool of officer candidates. In December, the city council passed a measure to give a hiring preference to Boston high school graduates in the hopes of boosting diversity. But the proposal still needs to be approved by state lawmakers.

The city says its efforts are paying off. The current group of cadets are about two-thirds Black or Hispanic, said Michael Gaskins, the department’s diversity recruitment officer. The last several recruit classes were about 35% to 45% people of color, which Gaskins said is up from previous years. Roughly 54% of police applicants in 2019 were minorities, up from 51% two years earlier.

Gaskins said it “will take a little bit of time to catch up,” but said they are committed to hiring officers reflective of the community they serve.

“We would like more change but we are happy with our progress and the incremental changes that have been made thus far. But we are not done,” Gaskins said.

Some question the city’s commitment to diversity while it continues in court to fight a group of Black officers officers who said a lieutenants’ promotional exam discriminated against minorities. A federal judge found the 2008 exam had a disparate impact on minority candidates and last year ruled the officers are entitled to back pay. The city is appealing.

A spokesman for Mayor Marty Walsh, Nick Martin, declined to comment on the case because it is ongoing. But Martin said the mayor, who’s been tapped to be President Joe Biden’s labor secretary, worked diligently with Gross to work toward diversifying the police force.

“Is there more progress to be made? Of course. But it would be a disservice to the hard work of the community, the Mayor, and the Police Department not to acknowledge all of the progress that’s occurred under this administration,” Martin said.

Sophia Hall, an attorney who has represented applicants in cases against the department, said candidates of color continue to get passed over for reasons that appear to be arbitrary or “just flat out discriminatory.”

Last year, the state’s Civil Service Commission found the department unfairly bypassed a Black applicant over a case, which was ultimately dismissed. Meanwhile, the department hired three other candidates — who were all white — with multiple and more recent criminal offenses on their record, the commission found.

The commission ordered that man be put at the top of the list of potential hires. He entered the police academy at the end of November.

Gaskins said there’s no data to support the idea that there are racial biases in hiring decisions.

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Trump’s Offer Of 10,000 Troops For January 6 Was Dismissed

President Trump offered 10,000 National Guard Troops to guard the Capital  before the riot but Pisslosi and others refused.

YES, TRUMP DID CALL FOR 10,000 GUARD TROOPS FOR JAN 6: In some of his first public remarks since losing the November election, former President Donald Trump told Fox News that he warned the Pentagon “days before” that it was not ready for the crowd of Trump backers who would converge on Washington Jan. 6 and recommended calling up 10,000 National Guard troops.

Trump said he told “the top person” at the Pentagon, who at the time was acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, that the crowd was going to be massive based on the fact that “everybody I’d see” would say, ‘Oh, we’re going to be at the rally. We’re going to be at the rally.’”

“I said, ‘Look, this rally is going to be bigger than anyone thinks.’” Trump told Fox News host Steve Hilton Sunday night. “And I said that I think you should have 10,000 — I think I gave the number — I definitely gave the number of 10,000 National Guardsmen, and I think you should have 10,000 of the National Guard ready.”

That matches what Miller told reporter and former CIA lawyer Adam Ciralsky, who wrote a fly-on-the-wall account of Miller’s final week at the Pentagon for Vanity Fair. “‘You’re going to need 10,000 people.’ No, I’m not talking bullshit, he said that,” Miller told Ciralsky of his conversation with Trump. “‘You’re going to need 10,000.’ That’s what he said. Swear to God.”

HERE THE ACCOUNTS DIVERGE: By Trump’s account, “They took that number. From what I understand, they gave it to the people at the Capitol, which is controlled by [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi. And I heard they rejected it because they didn’t think it would look good. So, you know, that was a big mistake.”

Miller, on the other hand, says he dismissed Trump’s crowd estimate out-of-hand as over-the-top exaggeration. “The president’s sometimes hyperbolic, as you’ve noticed,” he told Vanity Fair. “There were gonna be a million people in the street, I think was his expectation.” And Miller said he explained to Trump he could dispatch the National Guard only if there was a specific request for them.

Trump saw what was taking place but wasn’t taken seriously.

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THIS ONE WAS EASY

Without even seeing a picture I knew just from the headline: “Rapist bailed out by Minnesota Freedom Fund after being charged in new cases now wanted on felony warrant”

Everything you need to know is in the words “freedom fund.”

A twice-convicted rapist who was bailed out of jail by the Minnesota Freedom Fund last summer after being charged in two new cases involving sexual assault, kidnapping and assault is now wanted on a felony warrant for failing to comply with conditions of his release, according to court records.

Alpha News reported last March that level 3 sex offender Christopher Don Boswell was facing 10 felony charges in two new cases, both of which included kidnapping and third-degree assault. Other charges in the cases included second-degree criminal sexual conduct, second-degree assault and threats of violence.

Boswell, now 38, had been previously convicted in two separate sexual assault cases, one with an unknown female teen and another with a known adult female. Boswell used force, threats and weapons to gain compliance from his victims in those cases, according to information from the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Following charges last year in the two new cases, Boswell remained in custody for several months on high bail amounts until the Minnesota Freedom Fund paid $350,000 to bail him out, according to a Fox 9 report last August.

Recent court records indicate that a felony warrant was issued for Boswell’s arrest on Feb. 11 in one of the cases following a conditional release violation report and an order revoking Boswell’s interim conditions of release. At the time of this publication, Boswell remains at large on the warrant in that case in which he is charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of threats of violence and second and third-degree assault.

Records indicate the other case against Boswell involving four charges that included sexual assault and kidnapping was dismissed in October.

The Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF) gained notoriety during last spring’s fiery riots in Minneapolis after raising over $30 million. The organization solicited the donations during the riots on the premise that the money would be used to bail out protesters arrested during the demonstrations that followed the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody last May.

The bail fund gained steam after it was promoted by then-senator Kamala Harris and several members of Joe Biden’s presidential campaign staff, as well as celebrities including Don Cheadle, Seth Rogan, Chrissy Teigen, Steve Carell, Cynthia Nixon and others.

Since that time, however, it’s been reported that only a miniscule amount of the funds raised by MFF have been used to bail out protesters. Instead, the organization has used the funds to bail out several Minnesota offenders charged with violent crimes. In addition to Boswell, the fund has reportedly bailed out suspects charged with murder, attempted murder, assault and child rape.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman went so far as to make a public statement about MFF last month after it twice bailed out 29-year-old Thomas Moseley, a suspect Freeman described as raising “significant concerns for public safety.” Moseley was charged in October with bringing a gun into the Hennepin County Courthouse during a protest. Officers then executed a search warrant on Moseley’s vehicle where they found a cache of weapons, ammunition, tactical gear and narcotics. MFF paid $5,000 for Moseley’s unconditional release following the weapons charge.

Moseley was again arrested and charged with second-degree riot following a New Year’s Eve melee in downtown Minneapolis that involved vandalism and property damage. MFF again paid $60,000 for Moseley’s unconditional release following that charge.

Earlier this month, Rep. Paul Novotny, R-Elk River, introduced a bill designed to regulate “charitable bail organizations” like Minnesota Freedom Fund. Language in HF583 would limit charitable bail organizations from depositing cash bail for felony offenses and would also prohibit them from providing cash bail in excess of $2,000, among other provisions.

Novotny also introduced HF128 which would make information about persons or entities posting bail for defendants a matter of accessible public record.

Novotny told an Alpha News reporter in a phone conversation earlier this month that he doesn’t expect the bills to get a hearing in the Democrat-controlled public safety committee. However, language in the bills could make it into a public safety omnibus bill, Novotny said.

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HOW FRAKKIN’ STOOPID MUST YOU BE TO SAY THIS?

Given it’s Occasional-Kotex I am not surprised.

I suspect the cucumber shoved up her ass must have fallen out because she’s talking out her ass and spewing more shit.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) seemingly accused the New York Police Department of racism after it deployed a robotic dog to fight crime in “low-income communities of color.”

Ocasio-Cortez’s comments on the use of the four-legged robot, known as “Digidog,” came days after it was filmed responding to a home invasion in her borough of the Bronx.

“Shout out to everyone who fought against community advocates who demanded these resources go to investments like school counseling instead,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.

“Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools,” Ocasio-Cortez added, including a thumbs-up emoji.

Ocasio-Cortez insisted the money used to craft the $75,000 robot could have been used in other areas.

“Please ask yourself: when was the last time you saw next-generation, world class technology for education, healthcare, housing, etc consistently prioritized for underserved communities like this,” Ocasio-Cortez asked her followers.

Regarding the home invasion that took place in the Bronx, which utilized Digidog services, the Daily Mail noted:

Two men were reportedly being held hostage in a Bronx apartment. They had been threatened at gun point, tied up and tortured for hours by two male assailants who pretended to be plumbers to gain access to the home. One of the victims managed to escape and called the police. Digidog was deployed and helped officers determine that the armed suspects were no longer inside the home.

Digidog was created by Boston Dynamics and is currently in use by the Massachusetts State Police and the Honolulu Police Department. It was deployed in Brooklyn last October to help find a gunman hiding in a basement. It was also used in a hostage situation in Queens in November.

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FUNNY HOW THE KEPT-WHORE MEDIA ARE SILENT ON THIS

When Trump was president he made no bones about why he didn’t want the press corps present.

Joe “Uncle Xi” Bite-Me doesn’t want them either but instead of closing them out is pricing them out.

In 1932, lyricist E.Y. “Yip” Harburg—best remembered for writing Somewhere Over The Rainbow for MGM’s classic film “The Wizard of Oz”—penned a song that became the unofficial anthem of the 20th Century’s Great Depression Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?

Its lyrics included this poignant plea from an unemployed worker:

Once I built a railroad, I made it run
Made it race against time
Once I built a railroad, now it’s done
Brother, can you spare a dime?

She’s obviously no wordsmith, but White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has just updated Yip Harburg’s lyrics to Brother, can you spare $44,200? That’s the bottom line of the newly-unveiled Biden administration’s demand that reporters entering the White House briefing room must—effective this Wed., Mar. 3 — pay $170 per day for Wuhan coronavirus tests, costs formerly borne by the White House during the Trump administration. The pathetic “explanation” for this change is that budgetary constraints limit the government’s ability to provide the daily COVID-19 testing that the White House has required for journalists on campus.

Full disclosure: I’m no math whiz and I didn’t attend the Wharton School of Business. But even I know that if you multiply $170/day x 260 business days it tops out at $44,200. For tests administered by the White House. And any journalist declining the testing will be barred from access to the taxpayer-funded briefing room.

(And in a classic Catch-22 that could only be created in Washington, the White House offered to let reporters perform their own at-home testing costing $25 to $50…but offered no guidelines as to which test kits would produce acceptable results).

Not many Americans are likely to shed tears if Biden sycophants like CNN’s Jim Acosta or MSNBC’s Kaitlan Collins have to pony-up $170 a day just to swoon in the thrall of Jen Psaki. But it is appalling that the once-vocal White House Correspondents Association offered a shameful, tepid response to this absurd PR stunt by the Biden administration. The WHCA offered a statement telling members “We share your frustration that these procedures are changing yet again.” Ooh, that’s about as strong as a strand of spaghetti at the Olive Garden.

You can probably imagine the yowling and protests which would have ensued if President Trump’s administration had announced it would shake-down reporters entering the White House to the tune of $44,200 per year. Each. If a news organization sends a correspondent and a cameraman, that bumps up to $88,400. Multiple crews across several days? Get out the checkbook for $150,000 or more. Sky’s the limit. All to project the PR image of being “on top of” the pandemic.

Oddly, Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday —who had a one-on-one interview with Jen Psaki—never even raised the question. Weird, since he is obsessed with reminding us that he’s a journalist (did you ever hear Chris moderated the first Trump/Biden debate? etc. etc.) But to be fair, he was possibly thrown off by Psaki… the Norm Crosby of press secretaries as she mangled the English language with responses to questions about Biden’s border policies. “We’ve been unambiguous and clear,” Psaki blurted out, describing unaccompanied minors along the Texas border as kids “who are fleeing prosecution.” Or persecution. Whatever.

Personally, I’d be willing to pay $170/day to NOT hear her blathering. But that’s just me.

Of course, it has been a decades-long policy that established news organizations like our Salem Radio Network’s 24/7 news services SRN News and Townhall are expected to pay for reporters’ use of resources like seats on government airplanes. SRN’s White House Correspondent Greg Clugston has traveled on Air Force One more times than I can count on my fingers and toes, and we paid invoices for each opportunity.

However, this $170/day “testing fee” ratchets up the possibility that the Biden administration—or even Democrats who control both chambers of Congress—may be testing the waters for new revenue sources. What’s next? Should we be assessed for a portion of new security fencing at the White House? Is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s bizarre embracing of National Guard troops continuing to patrol the halls of Congress going to eventually be billed to journalists covering the House and Senate?

That may seem a fantastic and baseless concern at this point. But unless and until the White House backs off on Wednesday’s imposition of the new $170/day charge for reporters to even walk in the door to perform their jobs, anything is possible.

If they get away with this, the next tune Washington may crank out is Brother, can you spare $1.9-trillion?

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LIBERALISM: TESTING THE WALL OF STUPIDITY

The problem is that most Americans are too stupid to figure out that this is nothing but pandering which does nothing to benefit anyone….except government politicians.

Commie-Fuck Sanders and Woo-Woo Warren want to enact a wealth tax on people with net worth over $50 million.

It’ll be 2% for them and climb to a whopping 3% on those with net worth exceeding a billion dollars.

They want to narrow the “wealth gap.”

I guess neither of them went to a business school or failed to pay attention during economics courses.

Rich people get rich because they have something on the ball. Tax them more and they will simply find another way to make up the difference.

Bottom-line? They raise the price of goods and services they sell or charge more to be in charge of those companies.

Who gets screwed? The consumer. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

The most insulting thing is that the bill will raise a trillion dollars in revenue over ten years.

You read that right.

Ten years.

To make sure the rich pay this bill would give $100 BILLION to the IRS to ensure compliance. IOW: tax police.

Meanwhile, democrats are poised to spend twice that much in a couple of weeks to benefit their friends, suck the asses of commie and terrorist countries and pay off presidents of countries sending us their vermin and trash.

TWICE. AS. MUCH.

It would take 20 years to pay this off by taxing the rich at this rate…..assuming no more spending is done. HAH!

Fucking dupes, most Americans. As long as they get $600 they’re happy.

Judas. All of them.

A slew of Democrats on Capitol Hill — including progressives Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. — on Monday proposed a 3% total annual tax on wealth exceeding $1 billion.

They also called for a lesser, 2% annual wealth tax on the net worth of households and trusts ranging from $50 million to $1 billion.

The Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act aims at reining in a widening U.S. wealth gap, which has been exacerbated by the Covid pandemic.

“The ultra-rich and powerful have rigged the rules in their favor so much that the top 0.1% pay a lower effective tax rate than the bottom 99%, and billionaire wealth is 40% higher than before the Covid crisis began,” Warren said Monday in a statement.

About 100,000 Americans — or, fewer than 1 in 1,000 families — would be subject to a wealth tax in 2023, according to Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman, economists at the University of California, Berkeley.

The policy would raise at least $3 trillion over a decade, they found.

Warren called for the tax revenues to be invested in child care and early education, K-12 education and infrastructure.

Aside from Warren and Sanders, other co-sponsors of the legislation include: Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.; Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.; Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii; Edward Markey, D-Mass.; and Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii. Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.; and Brendan Boyle, D-Pa., are also co-sponsors.

The bill likely faces significant obstacles in the Senate, where Democrats hold the slimmest of majorities.

Some groups also forecast a wealth tax would have some negative effects.

A 2020 Tax Foundation analysis of separate Warren and Sanders wealth tax proposals during their presidential runs found they would reduce U.S. economic output by 0.37% and 0.43%, respectively, over the long term.

A wealth tax would also face administrative and compliance challenges, such as difficulty valuing assets and likely tax evasion schemes, according to the Tax Foundation.

The Ultra-Millionaire Tax Act would attempt to address some of these issues.

The legislation would invest $100 billion into IRS systems and personnel, ensure a 30% audit rate for the super wealthy, and impose a 40% exit tax on wealthy Americans who seek to renounce their citizenship to avoid a wealth tax.

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IN DEATH DR. SEUSS LABELED A RACIST

This “woke” cancel-culture is out of control.

Why cancel “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street”? Because there was a chink in it.

If it were a white man he’d be called a white supremacist.

If it were a black man he’d be called an oppressor.

If it were a woman he’d be called a misogynist.

There’s no satisfying leftists.

Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop being published because of racist and insensitive imagery, the business that preserves and protects the author’s legacy said Tuesday.

“These books portray people in ways that are hurtful and wrong,” Dr. Seuss Enterprises told The Associated Press in a statement that coincided with the late author and illustrator’s birthday.

“Ceasing sales of these books is only part of our commitment and our broader plan to ensure Dr. Seuss Enterprises’ catalog represents and supports all communities and families,” it said.

The other books affected are “McElligot’s Pool,” “On Beyond Zebra!,” “Scrambled Eggs Super!,” and “The Cat’s Quizzer.”

The decision to cease publication and sales of the books was made last year after months of discussion, the company told AP.

“Dr. Seuss Enterprises listened and took feedback from our audiences including teachers, academics and specialists in the field as part of our review process. We then worked with a panel of experts, including educators, to review our catalog of titles,” it said.

Books by Dr. Seuss — who was born Theodor Seuss Geisel in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904 —- have been translated into dozens of languages as well as in braille and are sold in more than 100 countries. He died in 1991.

He remains popular, earning an estimated $33 million before taxes in 2020, up from just $9.5 million five years ago, the company said. Forbes listed him No. 2 on its highest-paid dead celebrities of 2020, behind only the late pop star Michael Jackson.

As adored as Dr. Seuss is by millions around the world for the positive values in many of his works, including environmentalism and tolerance, there has been increasing criticism in recent years over the way Blacks, Asians and others are drawn in some of his most beloved children’s books, as well as in his earlier advertising and propaganda illustrations.

The National Education Association, which founded Read Across America Day in 1998 and deliberately aligned it with Geisel’s birthday, has for several years deemphasized Seuss and encouraged a more diverse reading list for children.

School districts across the country have also moved away from Dr. Seuss, prompting Loudoun County, Virginia, schools just outside Washington, D.C., to douse rumors last month that they were banning the books entirely.

“Research in recent years has revealed strong racial undertones in many books written/illustrated by Dr. Seuss,” the school district said in a statement.

In 2017, a school librarian in Cambridge, Massachusetts, criticized a gift of 10 Seuss books from first lady Melania Trump, saying many of his works were “steeped in racist propaganda, caricatures, and harmful stereotypes.”

In 2018, a Dr. Seuss museum in his hometown of Springfield removed a mural that included an Asian stereotype.

“The Cat in the Hat,” one of Seuss’ most popular books, has received criticism, too, but will continue to be published for now.

Dr. Seuss Enterprises, however, said it is “committed to listening and learning and will continue to review our entire portfolio.”

Numerous other popular children’s series have been criticized in recent years for alleged racism.

In the 2007 book, “Should We Burn Babar?,” the author and educator Herbert R. Kohl contended that the “Babar the Elephant” books were celebrations of colonialism because of how the title character leaves the jungle and later returns to “civilize” his fellow animals.

One of the books, “Babar’s Travels,” was removed from the shelves of a British library in 2012 because of its alleged stereotypes of Africans. Critics also have faulted the “Curious George” books for their premise of a white man bringing home a monkey from Africa.

And Laura Ingalls Wilder’s portrayals of Native Americans in her “Little House On the Prairie” novels have been faulted so often that the American Library Association removed her name in 2018 from a lifetime achievement award it gives out each year.

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THE DAILY CHORTLE

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One Year Ago

Apparently Hollywood had a Golden Globe Award ceremony last night. Who knew? Nobody cares or watches anymore. In honor of these fine people, here is Ricky Gervais hosting the Golden Globes LAST YEAR.

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WANNA BET THEY’LL SCREW US OVER?

SCOTUS to hear voting right law case.

The Supreme Court takes up a court fight Tuesday over voting rights in the battleground state of Arizona, and the outcome may affect how the nation’s courts resolve clashes over election laws in dozens of other states.

The case also will be a test of one of the most important civil rights laws — the Voting Rights Act, which the Supreme Court significantly scaled back in 2013.

Two Arizona laws are at issue in the virtual oral arguments before the justices. One requires election officials to reject ballots cast in the wrong precincts. The other concerns voting by mail and provides that only the voter, a family member or a caregiver can collect and deliver a completed ballot.

“Prohibiting unlimited third-party ballot harvesting is a commonsense means of protecting the secret ballot,” the state told the justices in court filings. The out-of-precinct rule is intended to prevent multiple voting, Arizona said.

But Arizona Democrats said the state has a history of switching polling places more often in minority neighborhoods and putting the polls in places intended to cause mistakes. Minorities move more often and are less likely to own homes, resulting in the need to change polling places, Democrats said.

rizona far outpaces other states in discarding out-of-precinct ballots, rejecting 11 times more than the next-highest state. And minority voters are more likely to need help turning in their ballots, the challengers said. In many states where the practice is legal, community activists offer ballot collection to encourage voting.

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The Long Winter of 1880/81

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THESE TWO GO TOGETHER


 

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PRETTY COOL INDEED

An intact Roman chariot was discovered.

Today’s Pompeii news is even showier than yesterday’s. A uniquely well-preserved ceremonial carriage has been discovered in a grand villa in the Pompeiian suburb of Civita Giuliana. The chariot is complete with four iron wheels, bronze and tin relief panels, carbonized wood elements and even the imprint of organic fittings like ropes and floral decorations.

This is an exceptional discovery, not only because it adds an additional element to the history of this dwelling and the story of the last moments in the lives of those who lived in it, as well as more generally to our understanding of the ancient world, but above all because it represents a unique find – which has no parallel in Italy thus far – in an excellent state of preservation.

Transport vehicles, including chariots, have been found at Pompeii, but this was something else entirely. Known as a pilentum, ancient sources including Livy and Virgil refer these carriages being used for special occasions (parades, festivals, sacred rites) only. The rear of the chariot is decorated with medallions that depicts satyrs, nymphs and erotes. Livy and Virgil mention their use by matrons and priestesses, so it’s possible it was used in rituals associated with womanhood, carrying a bride on her wedding day, for example.

Modern excavation of the luxury villa half a mile northwest of the city walls began in 2017 after looting tunnels were discovered. The dig has been exceptionally productive, unearthing the remains of the first complete horse ever found at Pompeii, a carbonized wood bed and two people, all of which were cast in plaster. The carriage was found in the portico facing the stables where the horse was discovered.

The portico is an exceptional find in its own right. It had two levels opening onto a courtyard. The ceiling collapsed during the eruption of Vesuvius, but its wooden beams were carbonized and preserved by the intense heat, leaving the interlaced network of timbers on the ground in their original positions. A door on the southern end of the room which opened from the portico to the stable was also preserved. Analysis of the ceiling wood found it was English oak, widely used in the Roman era for structural purposes. The door was found to be beechwood.

The ceiling timbers were removed for conservation and it was in the layers beneath that the iron chariot emerged. Archaeologists first encountered the curved iron top edge of the carriage. Its large size and shape telegraphed that the object was a significant one, and as the excavation proceeded at a cautiously slow pace over the course of weeks, its unprecedented importance was revealed. Its survival is nothing short of miracle. The chariot managed to avoid getting obliterated by the collapse of the ceiling in 79 A.D. AND the tunnels dug by the looters were within a hair’s breadth of hitting it. They would have torn it apart like locusts had they known.

From the moment it was identified, the excavation of the chariot has proved to be particularly complex due to the fragility of the materials involved and the difficult working conditions; as a result, it was necessary to proceed by means of a micro-excavation conducted by the restorers of the Park, who are specialised in the treatment of wood and metals. At the same time, whenever a void was discovered, plaster was poured in as part of an attempt to preserve the imprint of the organic material that was no longer present. Consequently, it has been possible to preserve the shaft and platform of the chariot, as well as the imprints of ropes, thus revealing the chariot in all of its complexity. […]

With the in situ micro-excavation completed, the various elements of the chariot have been transported to the laboratory of the Archaeological Park of Pompeii, where the restorers are working to complete the removal of volcanic material which still engulfs certain metal elements, and to begin the lengthy restoration and reconstruction of the chariot.

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Rough Seas Break Freighter In Half

Half the crew was lost.

According to the Maritime Executive, the MV Arvin, a 46-year-old Turkish freighter en route from the country of Georgia to Bulgaria, sought shelter from a powerful storm at the Bartin, Turkey, anchorage on Jan. 15.

As bad weather continued on Jan. 17, heavy waves snapped the Arvin’s hull in half, causing the ship to sink.

You can see video of the accident here, via the Turkish Ministry of Transport:

Of the 12 crew members — two Russian nationals and 10 Ukrainians — half were recovered alive by the Turkish Coast Guard, while, tragically, the other half were either recovered deceased or are still missing.

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A MUSIC BREAK FOR YOU

DAVE BRUBECK: “TAKE FIVE”

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IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM…….


Shamelessly stolen from Knuckledraggin’

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TODAY’S OPEN THREAD

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WELL, THAT’S ONE WAY TO MAKE THEM STOP

Or, don’t get between a ground ape and his fried chicken.

Personally I hope he’s released.

A man who walked into a Fort Lauderdale restaurant and asked a customer for some food was beaten and stabbed in the head instead, and now the customer is facing a charge of attempted murder, police said.

The stabbing victim — whose name was redacted from the arrest report — approached customer Branden Dion Pearson inside a Kentucky Fried Chicken at 401 W. Broward Blvd. at about noon on Wednesday and asked for some food. Pearson, 27, refused and began insulting the man, according to the arrest report.

The two men continued insulting and cursing at each other inside the restaurant. When they started throwing punches an employee got between them in a doorway. Pearson was inside and the victim was outside the restaurant, the report stated.

Branden Dion Pearson, 27, of Fort Lauderdale, is facing an attempted murder charge following an argument at a restaurant that escalated into a fight and stabbing of a man asking for food, police said.

The victim grabbed a handful of small rocks from the parking lot and threw them at Pearson who pushed past the employee and knocked the victim to the ground. The victim tried kicking Pearson but Pearson got on top of him, pulled out a knife, and stabbed the victim in the head, investigators said.

Pearson went back in the restaurant, sat down, and waited for police. The victim was taken to the hospital, police said.

During questioning, detectives said Pearson admitted to stabbing the man because the victim threw rocks at him.

Pearson is being held in the Broward County Jail on a $50,000 bond, records show.

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I THOUGHT HE WAS DOING WHAT THE WOKE CROWD WANTED

Indiana official resigns because, in an attempt to be less white, he wore blackface in solidarity.

What’s pathetic about this is that the fucker is such a pansy he felt hew needed to do it even though it was 20 years ago,

Funny how there are no blacks apologizing for their “honkie”remarks from 20 years ago.

A northwestern Indiana City Council member and police officer has apologized after photos recently surfaced of him in blackface nearly 20 years ago at a Halloween party.

Merrillville Councilman Jeff Minchuk, who is also a Lake County Sheriff’s Office police officer, apologized Saturday on Facebook.

“I blame no one else for what happened, it was my decision and a poor one at that. The thing that bothers me the most is, that this is not who I am,” Minchuk wrote. “I never have been or ever will be involved in any type of racism.”

One photo of Minchuk, obtained by The (Northwest Indiana) Times, show Minchuck in blackface and a black wig while wearing a shirt reading “Kill Whitey.” He is standing next to a person dressed in a white Ku Klux Klan robes. The photos were reportedly taken around 2003.

According to Minchuk’s Facebook post, the person in the robes is a Black male friend who had coordinated costumes with him. He said they were trying to portray characters from a television comedy sketch by Dave Chappelle in which a white supremacist is Black.

“We were all in our mid-twenties to early thirties at the time,” Minchuk wrote. “My good friend, who is African American, went as the Black white supremacist and I went as the opposite. We thought that switching races for the party would be comedic, just like the show’s skit. We were hoping to show people that, even though this is comedy, that we can all get along no matter what.”

Merrillville Town Council President Rick Bella didn’t respond to requests for comment, including a message left Sunday by The Associated Press.

Lake County Sheriff Oscar Martinez told the newspaper that he does not condone the past behavior shown in the photos, calling it “disrespectful, irresponsible and in bad taste.”

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Be Less White

Thanks Coca Cola!

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XI-DEN TO GIVE FREE MONEY TO NEGROES WHO WERE NEVER SLAVES BY TAKING IT FROM AMERICANS WHO WERE NEVER SLAVE OWNERS

I want to know if white people will get it since they were kept as slaves, too.

And that applies to ALL white people no matter where in the world they came from to come live in America….just like they’re proposing to do for ground apes who came from all over to infest this country after slavery was abolished.

Apparently the left fails to see this is nothing more than an effort to appease and when approved will result in even more demands for even more money because Da “Boons are never satisfied.

White House senior adviser Cedric Richmond told “Axios on HBO” that it’s “doable” for President Biden to make first-term progress on breaking down barriers for people of color, while Congress studies reparations for slavery.

Why it matters: Biden said on the campaign trail that he supports creation of a commission to study and develop proposals for reparations — direct payments for African-Americans.

A House panel heard testimony on the legislation last week.

“I think that [creation of a commission] will pass,” Richmond said.

What they’re saying: Richmond said that while the timeline for the commission isn’t knowable, “if you start talking about free college tuition to [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] and you start talking about free community college in Title I and all of those things, I think that you are well on your way.”

“We have to start breaking down systemic racism and barriers that have held people of color back and especially African-Americans,” he said. “[W]e have to do stuff now.”

What’s next: Richmond pointed to a Biden executive action “breaking down barriers in housing, making sure that African-Americans can pass down wealth through homeownership, that their homes are not valued less than homes in different communities just because of the neighborhood it’s in.”

“We don’t want to wait on a study,” he said. “We’re going to start acting now.”

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WHY ARE KUNG FLU NUMBERS DROPPING?

Read and find out.

The scary red numbers are all going down. Check any newspaper or covid tracking website you want. Cases. Deaths. Hospitalisations. They’re all going down, sharply, and have been for weeks, especially in the US and UK.

So, why would that be?

Pundits across the media world have made suggestions – from vaccines to lockdowns – but there’s only one that makes any real sense.

IT’S NOT VACCINES

The assumption most people would make, and would be encouraged to make by the talking heads and media experts, is that the various “vaccines” have taken effect and stopped the spread of the “virus”.

Is this the case? No, no it’s not.

The decline started in mid-January, far too early for any vaccination program to have any effect. Many experts said as much:

Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, said the falling case numbers can’t be attributed to the COVID-19 vaccine, because not even a tenth of the population has been vaccinated, according to the CDC.

Further, the drop is happening simultaneously in different countries all around the world, and not every country is vaccinating at the same rate or even using the same vaccine. So no, the “vaccines” are not causing the drop.

IT’S NOT LOCKDOWN EITHER

Another suspect is the lockdown, with blaring propaganda stating that all the various government-imposed house arrests and “distancing” measures have finally had an impact.

That’s not it either.

Sweden, famously, never locked down at all. Yet their “cases” and “Covid related deaths” have been dropping exactly in parallel with the UK:

Clearly, if countries that never locked down are also seeing declines in case numbers, the lockdown cannot be causing them.

So what is?

THE WHO PCR TEST GUIDELINES

Maybe for our answer, we should look at the date the decline started. (chart at link)

As you can see, the global decline in “Covid deaths” starts in mid-to-late January.

What else happened around that time?

Well, on January 13th the WHO published a memo regarding the problem of asymptomatic cases being discovered by PCR tests, and suggesting any asymptomatic positive tests be repeated.

This followed up their previous memo, instructing labs around the world to use lower cycle thresholds (CT values) for PCR tests, as values over 35 could produce false positives.

Essentially, in two memos the WHO ensured future testing would be less likely to produce false positives and made it much harder to be labelled an “asymptomatic case”.

In short, logic would suggest we’re not in fact seeing a “decline in Covid cases” or a “decrease in Covid deaths” at all.

What we’re seeing is a decline in perfectly healthy people being labelled “covid cases” based on a false positive from an unreliable testing process. And we’re seeing fewer people dying of pneumonia, cancer or other disease have “Covid19” added to their death certificate based on testing criteria designed to inflate the pandemic.

Just as we at OffG predicted would happen the moment the memo was published.

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LOOKS LIKE WHITES ARE FED UP IN INDIANA

They booed black lawmakers wearing Kunta-Kinte clothes who called a school separation bill racist.

I side with the schools wanting out of the system that’s dead-set on siding only with blacks and browns and trans-weirdoes.

Tempers flared among Indiana legislators during a debate Thursday when Black lawmakers were shouted down and booed by some Republicans and two House members had to be separated in a hallway — on the day the Indiana Legislative Black Caucus was honoring Black history month by wearing traditional African clothing.

Democratic Rep. Greg Porter of Indianapolis, who is Black, was speaking in the Indiana House against a bill allowing a rural, mostly white, St. Joseph County township to leave the South Bend Community Schools, which is about 60% Black or Hispanic, when he called the proposal discriminatory.

Several Republican members said loudly “no” and “stop,” after which Porter, who was wearing traditional African clothing in recognition of Black History Month, left the House meeting room.

The debate continued and Democratic Rep. Vernon Smith of Gary, who is also Black, called the bill racist. Smith also faced boos and some Republican members started leaving the room.

“It’s a sad day because it was a day that we were celebrating Black History month. The Black Caucus was in our African garb,” Smith said.

Smith, who has been a legislator for 30 years, said the Black community in South Bend feels the school annexation bill is a racial issue. Smith said he wanted to address different aspects of the bill, like property tax dollars going to charter and private schools.

Then, Smith said he started to address the racial issue with the bill. And that’s when the boos started.

“The same thing that happened to Rep. Porter happened to me. One representative got up and said that it was emotional for him, so I responded ‘Well, it’s emotional for me. I’ve been the victim of racial discrimination.’ And I gave them all incidents of when that happened to me. That’s the way that ended,” Smith said.

The boos didn’t bother him, Smith said, but what upset him was that “people stood up and tried to stop me from talking.”

“And I wasn’t going to get stopped,” Smith said.

After the meeting, Smith said he went to the restroom, and as he was washing his hands, a Republican colleague — whom he didn’t identify — started calling him a “bully and a coward” and making threats. Smith said he ignored him at first, but then the Republican representative followed him out of the restroom and down the hall into the chambers.

“By then, I had taken enough of it and I started exchanging words back,” Smith said.

A confrontation soon erupted in a hallway between Republican Sean Eberhart of Shelbyville and Democratic Rep. Vanessa Summers of Indianapolis, another Black lawmaker, and they were separated by other legislators.

Summers said she doesn’t remember what was said in the heat of the moment but admitted she “has a mouth” and may have used strong language. She said she was calling out another Republican, though, when Eberhart thought she was talking to him.

“He just went off and got mad and tried to hit me,” Summers told The Indianapolis Star. “I felt in danger for my life.”

Eberhart said he was called a racist and verbally attacked by Summers.

“I was confronted by Vanessa (Summers) and accused of being discriminatory and racist toward people in general,” Eberhart said. “That’s totally not factual. I don’t have a racist bone in my body.”

The Republican-dominated House narrowly approved the school district bill on a 52-43 vote as 14 Republicans joined Democrats in voting against the proposal.

Republican House Speaker Todd Huston later urged all legislators to show respect for each other and not question the motives of others.

“We’re going to disagree. That’s part of the process,” Huston said. “But we’re going to do it in a respectful way. I’m going to enforce our rules in a more strident manner.”

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