AND WE’RE TO BELIEVE THERE’S NO ULTERIOR MOTIVE? (PART 2)

The story WAS supposed to be about this bar in Yosemite that never shut down.

It immediately morphed into Trump, “RAY-CISSSS!” and nooses.

While totally neglecting to mention what Mexicans did when they raided Texas and California. Or that they held Indians in slave-like status.

If you think this reporter went in there with no agenda you’re an idiot.

Airport Inn Bar & Grill is an all-American saloon in Yosemite National Park’s gateway town of Mariposa. It’s beloved by many long-time residents, and legendary for its comfort food.

It also openly defied the regional stay-at-home order to shut down in December, and its regulars are known to be gun ownership-advocating, COVID-19-denying Trump supporters. And not just one, but several, nooses are hanging around the property.

I know this because I went.

Near the entrance, a noose hung plainly from a lamp post, and signs on the building’s facade supported the State of Jefferson and the bar’s right to stay open regardless of COVID-related regulations. “We are not infringing on anyone’s inalienable rights,” one poster reads. “Your health is your responsibility.”

Inside, there’s a Donald Trump banner and placards that say things like, “When tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty!” in addition to an eclectic collection of old road signs, dollar bills, horseshoes, old-timey photographs and other Americana. In the game room, near the pool table and a jukebox that was playing Johnny Cash, I observed two additional, dangling nooses.

It was shocking, and I knew I would have to ask the bar’s co-owner Robbie Nelson about it.

But first, I’d need to find a safe space to do it. The bar had begun to fill up with long-time Mariposa residents who are all about freedom and God. They were not wearing masks, and they were hugging each other hello, which I had not seen anyone do in as long as I could remember.

Nelson greeted me in jet black eyeliner, her hair pulled half back revealing a gruff countenance. It seemed crucial that I order more than a drink, and when I asked for a recommendation, she suggested the cabbage soup. It arrived warm and chunky, with fruit, vegetables, half a boiled egg and a moist slice of cake on the side.

I complimented Nelson on her cooking and asked her if she was up for an interview with a news reporter about the bar. She granted one a few months back to the San Francisco Chronicle (SFGATE and the Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of one another), and she had been vocal back then about her refusal to close down the bar during the stay-at-home order. But I had heard she wasn’t pleased with how the story came out, and assumed she’d decline this time.

To my surprise, Nelson was happy to talk.

The bar has been around since the 1940s, and Nelson took it over in 2009, she told me. Since then, it’s become the go-to spot for local revelry and comfort food, with a frontier town vibe that tends to transport a person to a bygone era.

“Does anyone ever wear masks in this bar?” I asked Nelson.

She laughed. “No, they don’t,” she said. But they have the right to, she said, and if somebody shows up wanting to wear a mask and doesn’t have one, she gives them out for free.

The other thing Nelson doesn’t enforce is the capacity rule, she said. For the past few weeks and up until Tuesday, when Mariposa moved into the orange tier, the county’s COVID statistics placed it in the red tier, meaning restaurants could offer indoor dining at 25% capacity. But Nelson didn’t see why she should comply.

“If somebody’s unhappy with it, they can call my lawyer,” Nelson said. “I’m not giving up. If I give up then all I’ve done is absolutely for nothing.”

According to Mariposa County’s Public Health Officer Eric Sergienko, the county’s environmental health unit visited Airport Bar on multiple occasions recently and issued cease and desist orders in an attempt to “ensure compliance with state guidelines.”

“Last time they said, ‘Robbie, you’re going to have to shut down,’” Nelson said. “I said, ‘No, I’m not. I refuse.’”

“They said: ‘Well, we’re going to fine you and take your food license,’” she said.

“And I said, ‘You do what you have to do. You tell Dr. Sergienko — Fauci Jr. is what I call him — that if he promises to pay my bills every single month — and that’s my ABC license, my business tax, my property tax, my PG&E, my propane — I’ll be more than happy to comply with his wishes,’” Nelson said. “Until then, I have to work to pay my bills.”

The county health department turned the matter over to District Attorney Walter Wall, who told SFGATE that he had arranged meetings with Nelson, as well as the owners of other noncompliant local businesses, including Steve’s Sportsmans Cafe and Happy Burger Diner.

When Nelson refused to shut her business down, Wall filed civil action citing unfair business practices, he told SFGATE. “Other restaurants were fully complying,” Wall said. “If you take advantage of the market by violating the law, that’s an unfair business practice. I feel we have to have a level playing field.”

Nelson stood to face penalties of $2,500 per violation per day, Wall said, but then California Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted the stay-at-home order. The business owners agreed they’d come under compliance with the new guidelines, Wall told SFGATE, so he let the prior violations slide.

“If evidence is presented to me from environmental health that they are still out of compliance, I would do my part to make certain they do the right thing,” Wall said.

Sergienko drove by Airport Bar on Saturday, he said, and noticed a bunch of motorcycles parked out front. It looked like the place was definitely more than 25% full.

“My hands are tied, and we’ve done our due diligence,” Sergienko said. “I would just feel bad if [Nelson] were to have a case, or worse, if a super-spreader event started there from a single motorcyclist. That’s what we’ve seen in other restaurants.”

Sergienko worries in particular about Nelson herself, who has spoken openly about her health issues. She has asthma and COPD, a chronic inflammatory lung disease, and her husband Tom — who co-owns the bar — has had a triple bypass surgery and also has COPD, she told SFGATE.

Nelson has a slipped disc and no cushion on a number of her vertebrae, for which she was hoping to have surgery. But she put it off, she said, because she worries that if she’s away from the bar too long, public health officials might find a way to shut it down.

She hasn’t applied for any business loans, she said, because she didn’t want to take on debts she couldn’t repay.

“I’m not doing this to be disrespectful or anything like that,” she said. “I’m doing it because what’s right is right.”

Regulars Suzanne and Gordon Hicks are supportive of how Nelson fought to keep the bar open. “I don’t believe in [COVID-19],” Gordon Hicks told me.

“We know people who have had it and they’ve been fine,” Suzanne Hicks said. She also knows that people with underlying health issues are at higher risk, she said, and places herself in that category, because she has lung cancer.

Instead of shutting herself in, though, she said, she’s maximizing her time. “Life is too short for me not to have interaction with other people,” she said. “I need that for my happiness, for my health. For my sanity, period.”

“If it’s my time, it’s my time. It’s God’s will,” she added.

As of today, more than 527,000 Americans have died from COVID-19.

While Airport Bar may try to bring the spirit of the Wild West and that era may be romantic to some, it isn’t for everyone. For people of color, the good old days in Mariposa were traumatic. The town’s history is inextricably linked with racism, to the point that Black people used to avoid stopping there; not a single business in the county ever made the Green Book, a travel guide that listed safe places for people of color during the Jim Crow era. Mariposa has always been a predominantly white county, with the most recent census showing that in 2019 just over 89% of the population was white.

It took me almost two weeks to find the nerve to call Nelson and ask about the nooses, and it turned out she did have an explanation. Sort of.

“Those are from the Clampers,” she said.

The Clampers, otherwise known as E Clampus Vitus, are a boozy men’s group dedicated to absurdism and the history of the American West, with Gold Rush-era roots. The group has certain bars it fraternizes in all over California, and according to Mariposa County Supervisor Marshall Long, who is a Clampers member and a diehard fan of Airport Bar, the nooses are meant to scare new inductees during initiation.

Much like the controversial Placerville logo, which depicts a noose hanging from a tree, and the town’s long-standing nickname “Hangtown,” these nooses are a nod to frontier justice in the Old West. “They have NO racial connotations,” Long wrote in an email.

But while not all lynchings in the Old West were racially motivated, quite a few were. Between 1848 and 1859, 149 Mexicans were lynched by mobs in California, and in 1871 — in what’s been described as one the largest mass lynchings in American history — an estimated 17 to 20 Chinese immigrants were brutally killed and hanged by a white and Hispanic mob in Los Angeles.

When I asked Nelson if the troubling association between nooses and the racially motivated lynchings of people of color had ever come up in the bar, she said it hadn’t.

“Nobody ever questioned me about it,” she said.

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AND WE’RE TO BELIEVE THERE’S NO ULTERIOR MOTIVE? (PART 1)

A week ago I read that Matthew McConaughey was thinking of running for governor in Texas.

Now he’s part of a group raising money for Texans:

Matthew McConaughey has put together an awesome concert to help people in Texas.

The legendary “True Detective” actor announced early Friday morning that he’s put together the “We’re Texas” virtual benefit concert for March 21. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

The event is described as “a virtual revival where we can all come together to help Texas recover from the winter storm.” Don Henley, Kelly Clarkson, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Post Malone, Willie Nelson and others will participate.

The concert will stream on McConaughey’s YouTube page and “100% of all the donations will benefit so many organizations on the ground now and in the months to come.”

That is a murderer’s row lineup of music talent. In terms of a benefit concert, I find it hard to believe that you can find a better lineup.

Did you ever think that you’d see George Strait and Post Malone at the same concert? Well, they’re coming together for Texas!

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THE DAILY CHORTLE

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THEY’LL COME ALONG SOON, I AM SURE

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CLASSIC EXAMPLE OF “GIVE ‘EM AN INCH…..”

Niggers who were never slaves; never had families as slaves; never treated as slaves pissed off at $25,000 reparations payment saying it isn’t enough.

Serves the assholes in Evanston right for not understanding the ground ape mind of being lazy, doping nothing to make oneself better but demanding white folks pay them to do drugs, abandon their families, run whores, suck dicks, etc.

If the city had any balls they’d say, “OOOOPS! Never mind! We retract our offer.”

SOME black Americans living in Evanston, Illinois, who will be given $25,000 each as part of the city’s $10million reparations program don’t think it’s enough.

The payout is supposed to make amends for the racist housing policies in the city, north of Downtown Chicago, and a reparations program was established in 2019 – but some activists don’t think it’s sufficient.

Evanston, Illinois, is the first US city to distribute the money meant to help compensate for a lack of generational wealth and systemic racism.

However, Rev Michael Nabors, who is the president of the Evanston NAACP, thinks $25,000 is a “drop in the bucket.”

“When it’s all said and done, however much money is raised for reparations… will only be a drop in the bucket for the suffering and the oppression that Black people experienced in this nation,” he told Newsweek.

“When we talk about that being a drop in the bucket, that’s what we’re talking about.

“There is no amount of money in the world that can take the place of the pain and the suffering that was caused emotionally, that was caused psychologically.

“The only thing that we can do to try to make up for that is by building a beloved community in Evanston, and I think that reparations is a part of that effort.”

The $10million fund was raised from a 3 percent tax on the sale of recreational marijuana as it tries to address inequity in housing.

The first phase gives $400,000 towards $25,000 grants to eligible recipients, which is supposed to help them out with ownership, mortgage assistance and making improvements to their homes.

To qualify, residents must have lived in Evanston between the years of 1919 and 1969, where they were discriminated against in terms of housing.

Residents are also eligible if they’re a direct descendant of someone who suffered housing discrimination.

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TO THINK SOMEONE SO MENTALLY RETARDED SITS IN THE OVAL OFFICE

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TOO BAD LIBERALS CAN’T DO THE SAME THING

Slugs can shed their bodies and grow news ones “from the neck down” (so to speak.)

Imagine if we could do that to liberals. Not kill them but keep them so busy growing new bodies they could not interfere with humanity.

Japanese researchers recently the incredible ability of a sea slug to basically sever its own head and simply grow a new body, complete with fresh vital organs.

Autotomy, the behavior whereby an animal sheds or discards one or more of its own appendages, usually as self-defense mechanism, only to grow them back later, is well documented in the animal world. However, autotomy usually involves limbs or tails, appendages that don’t feature vital organs, whish is why a sea slug that can apparently sever its own head and then grow a new body complete with these vital organs has stunned scientists.

Researchers at the Nara Women’s University in Japan were observing sea slug specimens of the genus Elysia, when they observed something peculiar. One of the slugs appeared to shed its whole body, continuing to live on as just the head. Scientists figured that it would die shortly after, but within hours the slug started feeding on algae again. In a few days, the wound where the head was severed was healed, and within three weeks, it had developed a new body, complete with vital organs.

“We were really surprised to see the head moving just after autotomy,” PhD student Sayaka Mitoh and ecologist Yoichi Yusa wrote in a study published this week. “We thought that it would die soon without a heart and other important organs, but we were surprised again to find that it started to regenerate the body.”

“This is the first example of such extreme autotomy as far as we know,” the two co-authors added. “Some other animals such as planarians, starfish, and polychaetes have greater abilities of regeneration, but most of them do not have a heart (in polychaetes, blood vessels with muscular pumps are sometimes called the heart).”

Interestingly, while researchers reported this remarkable type of autotomy in nine specimens, they concluded that only young specimens were capable of growing back their bodies. Older sea slugs that had hatched 480 to 520 days before severing their heads, could not survive the decapitation. They were unable to feed and died within 10 days.

Weirdly enough, the discarded bodies of the slugs didn’t grow back their heads, but responded to tactile stimuli for up to 10 months after the autotomy. Researchers reported that the beating of the heart was visible just before the body decomposed.

Scientists can’t really explain how the sea slugs survive without vital organs until they grow new ones, but one possible explanation is that they can use chloroplasts from the algae they eat to sustain themselves through photosynthesis, until their body completely regenerates. That is just a theory though, one that still needs to be proven true.

As for the purpose of this bizarre yet remarkable self-amputation, researchers believe that it is an evolutionary mechanism that enables sea slugs to free themselves of parasites. All of the sea slugs that severed their heads during this study were infected with some sort of parasite, which they successfully got rid of after discarding their bodies. In contrast, none of the parasite-free even attempted this form of autotomy.

“We think this autotomy requires a great cost (losing 80% of the total weight) and the older ones simply cannot stand the burden,” the study authors wrote. “Then the autotomy may appear a ‘silly’ choice, but the old ones will die soon anyway and there may be a chance of surviving and regenerating a parasite-free body.”

Mitoh and Yusa will continue to study this new and intriguing form of autotomy at both the tissue and cellular levels, and also investigate if this phenomenon occurs in other species of sacoglossans.

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A MUSIC BREAK FOR YOU

KINKS: “LOLA”
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IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM…….


Shamelessly stolen from Knuckledraggin’

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TODAY’S OPEN THREAD

Got something interesting?

Just feel like bitching?

Need to unload?

Have at it in the comments.

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EYE CANDY

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AND THE TAXPAYERS? FUCKED AGAIN!

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WANT TO KNOW WHICH POS REPUBLICANS VOTED FOR GARLAND?

The guy who is now AG and said that burning down property is not considered a terrorist act if the building is empty.

Here are the traitorous fucks:

Merrick Garland, who first rose to prominent as a failed Supreme Court nominee under Barack Obama, is now the top law enforcement official in the land. The new Attorney General was confirmed by the Senate in a 70-30 vote yesterday, ensuring that the DOJ gets a doddering figurehead that will stand by while the careerists and other appointees run amok.

Of course, that vote total means that 20 Republicans voted for Garland, offering yet more proof that the GOP as an institution is absolutely worthless. Garland’s confirmation hearing was a dumpster fire, with shades of Robert Mueller’s senile performance mixed with unacceptable bouts of obfuscation. In other words, this was not a man that any Republican should have been voting to confirm.

As I wrote last month, I’m not even sure Merrick Garland can be counted on to know what day it is at this point. Here are a few of the low-lights.

To be clear, there are no “conflicted reports” about the Steele Dossier. It was and is a garbage document, paid for by Hillary Clinton via proxies, and not a single salacious charge within it has been proven true. For Garland to play coy about the dossier shows he’s either a moron or a political hack or both.

Further, when pressed on whether illegal immigration should remain a crime, Garland deflected and refused to answer the question. Later, when asked about what the DOJ stance on forcing girls to play sports with biological males would be under his leadership, Garland could only proclaim the issue “complicated.”

I wrote this in response at the time.

What we are seeing here is the systematic exposure of what most Washington bureaucrats are. They are very often unimpressive partisans, living off the glory of things they did decades ago. National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, who is obviously a good legal mind, defended Garland, noting the quality of DOJ official he was in the 1990s. That’s all well and good, but last I checked, it’s 2021. The political atmosphere is completely different these days, and Garland appears to have totally conformed to the thinking of his left-wing overseers. When you can’t even offer an opinion on the legality of crossing the border illegally, perhaps you shouldn’t be Attorney General? Just a thought.

Given the reality of Garland’s disqualifying qualities and clear lack of mental acuity, not a single Republican should have voted to confirm him. After all, what’s the point of a political party if agreement can’t even be met on an issue as simple as this?

Yet, 20 Republicans did vote for Garland. Here are their names.

Blunt
Burr
Capito
Cassidy
Collins
Cornyn
Ernst
GRAHAM
Grassley
Inhofe
Johnson
Lankford
McConnell
Moran
Murkowski
Portman
Romney
Rounds
Thune
Tillis

While Democrats play for keeps, Republicans bend the knee, hoping to receive a pat on the head and some good media vibes from CNN. Of course, that’s never going to happen. These moments of bi-partisanship are not rewarded. Instead, they are simply taken advantage up. The next time a Republican is president, hopefully in 2024, Democrats won’t extend the same olive branch, but will go right back to opposing almost ever nominee with vigor. Honestly, I don’t blame them. That’s what they are supposed to do as the opposition party, but the GOP still thinks it’s 1995.

Even putting aside the politics of this, Garland’s viewpoints clearly did not warrant support from anyone who claims to be a Republican. Lindsey Graham, Mitch McConnell, Joni Ernst, and others voted for a man who did not hide the fact that he was going to take the DOJ in the wrong direction, valuing woke-ness more than the rule of law. While Republicans couldn’t stop Garland’s confirmation, they could have sent a message that they won’t be toyed with. Instead, we got this episode in failure theater.

You want to know how you got Trump? This is how you got Trump.

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WHAT SAY YOU? RIGHT OR WRONG?

Kentucky Senate votes to make taunting police a crime:

It could become a crime to taunt a police officer in Kentucky, under a bill that passed the state Senate on Thursday.

The measure was filed months after Louisville, the state’s largest city, became the site of huge protests in the wake of the police killing of Breonna Taylor. The bill passed the Republican-dominated Senate 22-11 and now awaits House input.

Under the legislation, anyone who “accosts, insults, taunts, or challenges a law enforcement officer with offensive or derisive words, or by gestures or other physical contact, that would have a direct tendency to provoke a violent response” would be guilty of a misdemeanor and face up to 90 days in jail and fines.

The proposal also increases penalties for rioting. For instance, those charged with rioting would be required to be held for a minimum of 48 hours. Another provision would criminalize aiming “a light, a laser pointer, an activated horn or other noise-making device towards the head” of a first responder.

Several Republican senators who voted against the bill shared concerns that some parts of it would violate First Amendment rights and strain the judicial system. Nevertheless, they signaled support for the bill if some parts of it were amended in the House.

State Sen. Danny Carroll, a Republican who sponsored the bill, said he filed the proposal in response to last summer’s Louisville protests against police brutality and racial injustice. Demonstrations — some of which turned violent — were a frequent occurrence, as protesters called for charges to be brought against the officers involved in Taylor’s death. Many gathered peacefully in Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville for weeks. Dubbed “Injustice Square” by protesters, it became an impromptu hub during months of demonstrations.

Taylor, a Black woman, was shot in her Louisville home multiple times by police during a botched drug raid. A grand jury indicted one officer on wanton endangerment charges in September for shooting into a neighbor’s apartment, but no officers were charged in connection with her death.

Police had a no-knock warrant but said they knocked and announced their presence before entering Taylor’s apartment, a claim some witnesses have disputed. No drugs were found in Taylor’s apartment.

Republicans hold supermajorities in both the House and Senate.

Democratic lawmakers warned that the proposal could be used to unfairly target peaceful protesters. State Sen. Gerald Neal, a Democrat who represents Louisville, called the legislation “unnecessary” and “unreasonable.”

“This is a hammer on my district,” Neil said. “I personally resent it. This is beneath this body.”

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YOU JUST WATCH HOW QUICKLY INFLATION WILL SOAR

For years I’ve always wondered how the government can say inflation is 2 or 3 percent but medications go up more, lumber and construction supplies go up more, food goes up more, taxes go up more, and insurance soars past whatever was the “official rate.”

So now Mayor Butt-Plug wants to peg gasoline taxes to inflation in order to generate for funds for infrastructure liberal pork projects.

If that passes watch for inflation to all of a sudden jump to 5% so they can get more money..

Comment of the day? “He needs repaving of the Hershey highway.”

Friday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg addressed President Joe Biden’s next big focus after signing the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, which appears to be passing an infrastructure bill.

Buttigieg pointed out on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the gas tax has not been changed since 1993, meaning it has not been adjusted for inflation. He suggested it is a “medium-term solution” to pay for infrastructure.

“I’ll tell you — I’m talking to Republicans in the House and Senate just about every day. They are just as excited as the rest of the American people about what we can build, what we can repair, what we can do for infrastructure, because, you know, everybody here represents a home state or home district that needs the work,” Buttigieg explained. “But we have got to come to terms on how to pay for it. Now, the real question is, how much of this should be paid for with revenue that is raised as part of the vision for the bill? And there are a lot of different ways to get at that.”

He continued, “You know, historically, for example, we’ve mostly relied on the gas tax in order to fund our highways. But the gas tax hasn’t been adjusted since 1993. It was never pegged to inflation. At best, that’s a medium-term solution because as electric vehicles come onto the road, people are going to use less gas anyway. So we’ve got a lot of decisions to make, there are a lot of different ways to do it. And I will say this about infrastructure investment. Unlike what was promised in the past about things like tax cuts for the wealthy, when you make an investment in infrastructure, it really does pay for itself. It has a return on the investment. And I do think that ought to be part of the math as we are thinking about the finances here.”

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HOW FUCKED UP IS OUR LEGAL SYSTEM?

We reward lawbreaking niggers with millions before a trial is even started.

If I were on the cops’ defense team I’d declare for a mistrial saying the city’s actions prejudices their clients.

The city of Minneapolis on Friday agreed to pay $27 million to settle a civil lawsuit from George Floyd’s family over the Black man’s death in police custody, as jury selection continued in a former officer’s murder trial.

Council members met privately to discuss the settlement, then returned to public session for a unanimous vote in support of the massive payout. It easily surpassed the $20 million the city approved two years ago to the family of a white woman killed by a police officer.

Floyd family attorney Ben Crump called it the largest pretrial settlement ever for a civil rights claim, and thanked city leaders for “showing you care about George Floyd.”

“It’s going to be a long journey to justice. This is just one step on the journey to justice,” Crump said. “This makes a statement that George Floyd deserved better than what we witnessed on May 25, 2020, that George Floyd’s life mattered, and that by extension, Black lives matter.”

“Even though my brother is not here, he’s here with me in my heart,” Philonise Floyd said. “If I could get him back, I would give all this back.”

L. Chris Stewart, another attorney who worked with the family, said the size of the settlement “changes evaluations and civil rights for a Black person when they die.”

“And what happens is that trickles down to decisions in the communities across this country. When there is a city council or a mayor deciding, ‘Oh, should we get rid of no-knock warrants, should we get rid of chokeholds, do we want to change these policies?’ They have 27 million reasons now why they should. And that will make decisions happen. That will make accountability happen.”

The settlement includes $500,000 for the south Minneapolis neighborhood that includes the 38th and Chicago intersection that has been blocked by barricades since his death, with a massive metal sculpture and murals in his honor. The city didn’t immediately say how that money would be spent.

Floyd was declared dead on May 25 after Derek Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against his neck for about nine minutes. Floyd’s death sparked sometimes violent protests in Minneapolis and beyond and led to a national reckoning on racial justice.

City Council President Lisa Bender choked up as she addressed a news conference about the settlement, saying she knew “no amount of money” could bring Floyd back.

“I just want you to know how deeply we are with you,” she said to Floyd’s family members.

Floyd’s family filed the federal civil rights lawsuit in July against the city, Chauvin and three other fired officers charged in his death. It alleged the officers violated Floyd’s rights when they restrained him, and that the city allowed a culture of excessive force, racism and impunity to flourish in its police force.

In 2019, Minneapolis agreed to pay $20 million to the family of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, an unarmed woman who was shot by an officer after she called 911 to report hearing a possible crime happening behind her home, to settle her family’s civil rights lawsuit. Damond was white.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the settlement might affect the trial or the jury now being seated to hear it. Crump said the settlement is a way “to help shape what justice looks like” rather than waiting for a result from a legal system that many Blacks distrust.

“The one thing we know as Black people … is there is no guarantee that a police officer will be convicted for killing a Black person unjustly in our country,” Crump said. “That’s what history has taught us.”

Stewart said the civil case “doesn’t have anything to do with” the trial.

“Justice doesn’t really wait,” he said. “It happens when it happens and it happened today.”

Ted Sampsell-Jones, a criminal law expert at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, said it’s additional pretrial publicity that is “bad for the defense” and could lead some jurors to think guilt has already been decided.

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IF YOU DON’T THINK THIS IS POLITICAL RETRIBUTION YOU’RE A FUCKING MORON

All of a sudden the NPS issued a decree that Mt Rushmore can’t have fireworks on the 4th of July.

I think it’s time Governor Noem declare she will ignore federal mandates and do what SHE thinks is right for her state. Not some “Uncle Xi” Bite-Me party appartchik.

Remember how last year liberals were demanding it not take place because:

1. it would lead to fires?
2. it would be a “super spreader” event?

Neither happened.

The National Park Service rejected Thursday the South Dakota Department of Tourism’s permit request for a July 4 fireworks display at Mount Rushmore.

The rejection, first reported by The Hill, was made official in a letter from NPS Regional Director Herbert Frost.

“Potential risks to the park itself and to the health and safety of employees and visitors associated with the fireworks demonstration continue to be a concern and are still being evaluated as a result of the 2020 event,” Frost wrote. “In addition, the park’s many tribal partners expressly oppose fireworks at the Memorial.”

Frost said those reasons plus the COVID-19 pandemic “do not allow a safe and responsible fireworks display” at Mount Rushmore.

In a joint statement, Rep. Dusty Johnson, Sen. John Thune and Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) criticized the decision.

“Let’s be clear, this decision is political, not evidence-based,” they said. “President Biden just said himself that Americans can safely gather by July 4 — what’s changed in a day? Last year millions watched the celebration in awe, and it’s a shame the administration is denying Americans that opportunity this year.”

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem pushed to bring fireworks back to the national monument in 2020 after an 11-year absence. Former President Donald Trump attended the event.

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THIRTY WOMEN ACCUSE CUOMO….

...Kept-Whore media shows 1/10th the outrage they displayed for Trump and Kavannaugh.

In a cover story published by New York Friday, Rebecca Traister reports new allegations of inappropriate behavior by New York governor Andrew Cuomo, who has already been accused of misconduct by six women, including a former aide who alleges he groped her in private late last year, and now faces an impeachment inquiry.

Through interviews with more than 30 women who have worked or interacted with Cuomo, Traister finds that bullying was a defining element of his management style: “It’s an understanding of political power in which ruthlessness is read as greatness, abuse as passion,” she writes. Traister details the connections between his reported behavior and broader allegations of administration impropriety — including an alleged cover-up of nursing-home deaths during the pandemic. As one former staffer told her, “The same attitude that emboldens you to target a 25-year-old also emboldens you to scrub a nursing-home report.”

Another former staffer, Kaitlin, who asked that her last name not be published, described meeting the governor while working at a fundraiser in 2016. When they were introduced, she says Cuomo grabbed her “in a kind of dance pose” as a photographer took a picture. She recalled thinking, “This is the weirdest interaction I’ve ever had in my life. I was like, Don’t touch me. Everybody was watching.” The same week, she received a voice-mail from Cuomo’s office requesting that she interview for a job, though she never gave his office her contact information. “We all knew that this was only because of what I looked like,” Kaitlin told New York. “Why else would you ask someone to come in two days after you had a two-minute interaction at a party?”

Kaitlin says she was frequently pressured to dress expensively during her time in the Cuomo administration. “I did what I could with my clothes,” she said, “and it wasn’t good enough for them.” On some mornings when Cuomo started his day early, he would ask her if she “‘decided not to get ready today?’” It was clear to Kaitlin what he was doing. “I’d think, You’re such an asshole; you know you left early so I didn’t have time.” Her experience was not an outlier: Other women who worked in Cuomo’s office told New York that female aides were consistently told to dress up, and some were explicitly told by senior staff that they had to wear high heels whenever the governor was around (although Cuomo’s office denies this). Cuomo’s recruitment process also was not isolated: Kaitlin remembered that early in her tenure, he asked aides at a staff meeting to find a young woman he’d met at a party the previous night for a potential job.

In a separate article, journalist Jessica Bakeman, who covered the New York statehouse, describes experiencing a pattern of touching and remarks by Cuomo that she believes was intended to make her uncomfortable. “It’s not that Cuomo spares men in his orbit from his trademark bullying and demeaning behavior,” Bakeman writes. “But the way he bullies and demeans women is different.”

Traister also spoke with State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, an attorney and former Cuomo administration staffer who recalls being grabbed by the elbow at a party at the governor’s mansion weeks after joining his office in 2016. “He didn’t say ‘Welcome’ or ‘Thank you for being here,’” she said. “He said ‘Nice dance moves’ and walked away.” After she left her job to run for State Senate, she didn’t see Cuomo until August 2018. At a wedding that year, Cuomo came up to her, said hello, and pulled her in and kissed her on her head. “‘Are you jealous?’” she recalls him asking her fiancé, adding that “I didn’t feel sexually harassed. I felt like he was trying to make me feel uncomfortable, to disarm me.”

Several former aides describe experiences of sexism and racism. Ana Liss, who previously told the Wall Street Journal of belittling encounters with Cuomo, told New York that on one of her first days in the administration, the governor asked her, “Do you have a boyfriend?” He later came up with “flirtatious” nicknames for her. Camonghne Felix, the first Black woman to work as a speechwriter for Cuomo, eventually moved to the press team when she accepted he was never going to use her speeches. “It’s a very subtle form of racialized abuse,” she said. “You know I am beneficial to you. I fill a quota. It looks good on paper, and we made sure to put press releases out. But you don’t intend to incorporate me into the government. You just like to show me to people.”

Multiple staffers told New York that they began therapy and antidepressants for the first time while working for Cuomo. But the results never justified the abuse. “It was policy-making like paint-by-­numbers,” one former staffer said. “The goal was superficial, as opposed to changing people’s lives.” The former aide said that policy was often secondary to the appearance of progress. “Someone from the inner circle would call and say, ‘The governor wants to go to Orange County. What can we announce?’”

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SAD-DICK BLAME ALL MEN BUT NOT THE GUILTY

Who does he blame it on?

All men.

Who’s actually making the streets unsafe?

Goat fucking, camel fellating ass-in-the-air-5-times-a-day worshipers of a pedophile.

Nowhere….NOWHERE does it mention ragheads as perps.

Sadiq Khan has conceded that, under his now almost five-year-long mayoralty, the streets of London are “not safe” for women and girls.

Mayor Khan, who under the terms of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 fulfils the role of Police and Crime Commissioner in the British capital — excluding, somewhat confusingly for outsiders, the City of London, or Square Mile, which has its own police force — made the comments in an appearance on LBC radio.

“London’s streets are not safe for women, are they?” the presenter asked the Labour politician, following news that a serving Metropolitan Police officer has been arrested in connection with the disappearance and presumed murder of a 33-year-old marketing executive.

“No, they aren’t, or for girls,” admitted the mayor, who has been in post and responsible for law and order since May 2016 — his term extended after Coronavirus saw local elections postponed for a year.

Khan continued by saying that “it’s really important that people of my gender” — men, presumably — “understand that if you’re a woman or a girl your experiences of our city in any public space, whether its in the workplace, on the streets and public transport, is very different to if you’re a man or a boy, and it’s really important that people like me, in positions of power and influence, understand that, and takes steps to address them.”

Concerns about crime in London are nothing new, however, with Mayor Khan having been publicly heckled by a mother at an LBC-hosted event back in 2018, for example.

“You give me statistics Mr Khan, but for me as a parent, I’m telling you, we do not feel safe. We do not feel safe in London and we want you to do something about it!” she exclaimed, to cheers from the assembled crowd.

Some of the more gruesome crime trends in London in recent years have included the acid attack — Britain was hailed as a global capital for acid attacks, driven by incidents in Khan’s London. One shocking instance left a young woman celebrating her 21st birthday with life-changing injuries and put her male cousin in a coma.

The capital has also seen serious sexual crimes such as gang rape, including an attack by three men who held a machete to a 16-year-old schoolgirl’s throat in early 2020.

Indeed, Khan’s leadership of London has seen crime of diverse sorts soar. As Breitbart London reported on the third anniversary of Khan taking power in May 2019, knife crime was up across the city 52 per cent, robbery up 59 per cent, and gun crime up 30 per cent.

Murder was up then 24 per cent, and burglary was up 37 per cent. This was against a broad backdrop of crime falling nationally.

Mayor Khan did not appear to think the parlous state of law and order in London was anything to do with his governance, however, instead claiming, without evidence, that in British culture “it’s a sign of masculinity to intimidate women and to harass women on the streets” and emphasising social change.

The Labour politician has been accused of planning “to defund the police by £110 million” while having spent “almost £100 million on PR” over four years by Conservative mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, and as Mayor has pushed for police resources to be diverted to controversial pet projects such as a £1.7m Online Hate Crime Hub.

Khan was not known for being tough on crime as a Member of Parliament, either, agitating for fewer 18- to 20-year-old criminals to be sent to prison as Shadow Justice Secretary, for example.

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MY PICK FOR PRESIDENT IN 2024

Ron DeSantis.

Seen what he did?

He re-defines AWESOME GOVERNOR!!

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed an executive order Wednesday canceling all fines related to violations of COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions put in place by local governments.

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Executive Order No. 21-65 cancels the fines imposed on all businesses and people between March 1, 2020 and Wednesday “in light of the unprecedented local government restrictions.”

The governor’s order was approved by the state’s Board of Executive Clemency.

The order can serve as a defense against the collection of pandemic-related fines by local governments. It doesn’t apply to any COVID-19-related orders or enforcement by the state, including any fines imposed by the state on assisted living facilities, hospitals or other health care providers.

DeSantis discussed the order at a Thursday press conference.

“I think those fines are out of control, and we want to make sure that folks are protected. Most of those restrictions have not been effective. That’s just the reality. The evidence is in on that, so we just want to really go forward fresh. And we want people to make decisions, but we don’t want it under the heavy-handed government,” he said, according to Bay News 9.

The governor previously issued an executive order in September suspending the collection of fines and penalties related to COVID-19 restrictions by local governments.

There’s some uncertainty about how this order will affect municipalities that have been fining businesses and individuals for violating local pandemic ordinances.

“Local actions and COVID protocols have helped to keep Floridians safe and healthy. Time and again, in the absence of state leadership and a coherent strategy, cities like St. Pete have had to take the lead. We will continue to do so as best we can,” St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman wrote on Facebook Wednesday.

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TOO BAD PARENTS WON’T DO WHAT’S RIGHT

And the right thing is to pull their kids from this school that basically cancelled Sir Isaac Newton.

An affluent New York prep school reportedly told students to call Newton’s Laws of Motion the “three fundamental laws of physics” in attempts to “decenter whiteness.”

Fieldston School in New York City offers elite academic and science programs for high schoolers, journalist Bari Weiss wrote in a Tuesday piece on “miseducation of America’s elites,” but the school reportedly fosters an ideologically charged environment that scares students from speaking out on their own viewpoints with the thought of social shaming.

“If you publish my name, it would ruin my life,” one student reportedly told Weiss. “People would attack me for even questioning this ideology. I don’t even want people knowing I’m a capitalist.”

…The writer said that the ideology being taught in schools like Fieldston “has changed children’s self-conception.” One student told Weiss that students are frequently told, “if you are white and male, you are second in line to speak.”

“This is considered a normal and necessary redistribution of power,” Weiss wrote.

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SO WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BELIEVE WE HAVE A CHOICE?

This is pure bullshit meant to make people “feel better” about getting fucked in the market place:

When Swiss energy companies made green electricity the default choice, huge numbers of consumers were happy to stick with it – even though it cost them more.

Four years after the switch, researchers found that around 80% of customers were still on green tariffs.

This “default effect” happened partly because people didn’t want the hassle of switching back to fossil fuels.

The authors say the idea could have a big impact on global emissions of CO2.

In the study, the researchers looked at what happened when two Swiss energy suppliers changed the default electricity offering for their customers from a mixture of fuels to renewables only.

This change affected around 234,000 private households and 9,000 businesses.

Before the switch, the numbers choosing to have green power were at around 3%. Afterwards, this rose to 80-90% of customers.

Residential consumers had to pay at least 3-8% more for their energy on the green tariff, while businesses saw their costs increase by up to 14% for energy used at night.

Remarkably, these extra costs weren’t enough to push consumers to change their tariffs back to ones with fossil fuels in the mix.

“It is worth noting that even five years after the change, some 80% of the households are still sticking with green electricity,” said co-author Dr Jennifer Gewinner, from ETH Zurich, a public research university in Switzerland’s largest city.

It was a similar story for small business customers. Several years after the switch, more than 70% were still on the more expensive green tariff.

In the case of large companies, which had considerable choice in terms of which energy provider to go with, the vast majority stayed with green energy even though it was costing them around $2,300 extra per year.

The researchers believe that what they are observing is the surprising power of the default effect.

This is a widely known phenomenon in different spheres, such as in organ donation, where laws have changed in many countries so that the people have to opt out if they don’t want to donate after death.

A more mundane example is with double-sided printing, which has become the default in many offices to reduce wastage.

However, the authors of the Swiss study were surprised that this effect held up so well with energy, considering the greater costs involved.

The researchers believe that some of the reluctance to change is down to the human condition.

“You have to switch to the other cheaper tariff bills actively,” said team leader Prof Andreas Diekmann, from ETH Zurich.

“You can do it by email or by a phone call, but many people just don’t do it.”

As well as people’s inherent reluctance to tackle the paperwork involved in changing back to fossil fuels, there were other factors at play.

“People are a bit overwhelmed because it is a hard topic to actually feel competent to choose your own tariff,” said Dr Gewinner.

“So if you help them and tell them we are all moving now to renewable energy, they feel okay. It was kind of what they wanted to do anyway.

“I think that’s what makes default settings stick so much, because we understand that it’s the recommended product, like the safe choice.”

One of the concerns that suppliers have about green energy tariffs is that customers will increase their overall use of electricity because they feel that it’s clean and sustainable.

Over the six-year period of the study, the researchers found no evidence of greater consumption among those using renewable power.

The authors also believe that moving to a green default setting would have a major impact on carbon dioxide emissions, particularly in countries with a high reliance on fossil fuels such as the US, China or Germany.

“We made a simulation for Germany with data from 2018,” explained Prof Diekmann.

“We figured out that when all companies would do it only for their private customers, the saving was 45 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide. That’s a big impact, equal to about 5% of all the CO2 emissions in Germany.”

But would this idea work if every energy supplier offered a green default – is there enough green energy to go around?

“The companies we work with, they were also afraid that they would need more renewable energy than they were able to support,” said Dr Gewinner.

“But I think what our study does is help is to give you an estimate, of how many customers in your household sector and in your business sector will be likely to stick with green energy, and that will help the companies to actually calculate.”

Dr Gewinner believes the idea should be applicable all over the world.

“Changing people’s attitudes and beliefs takes a lot of time,” she told BBC News.

“But we can do this without changing people’s belief structures, but just by being human.”

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WHEN THIS GETS TO SCOTUS THEY’LL FUCK US OVER AGAIN

And you know it will: democrats are trying to make it impossible for states getting Kung-Flu money (or any money) from the Feds to lower taxes.

The Democrats’ $1.9-trillion stimulus bill is a monster of public spending with the prime aim of rewarding political cronies. Free-spending blue cities and states get bailouts, along with unions with mismanaged gold-plated pensions for their members. The losers are the savers and taxpayers. That’s because it won’t be long before Argentina-style inflation and Europe-style taxes kick in to pay for these benefits to leftists.

The only hope is to grow the economy so that the debt can be paid, which is something Americans often know how to do.

But unlike other bills, this one contains a poison pill, to ensure that red states and cities inclined to cut taxes are stopped dead in their tracks.

Reason magazine’s Eric Boehm has located and identified this slimy, sneaky little rider:

Buried within the $1.9 trillion emergency spending bill that Congress sent to President Joe Biden’s desk on Wednesday is a provision that could effectively block states from cutting taxes if they accept federal bailout dollars.


That provision, added to the bill by the Senate last week, could put a halt to several states’ plans to cut taxes this year as a way to stimulate economic growth following the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on how the text is interpreted, the measure could also make it illegal for states to create new tax credit programs like the ones that have become a popular mechanism for expanding school choice. Critics say this expansion of federal control over state policymaking is murky at best, and potentially unconstitutional.

Darn right, it’s unconstitutional. If a state can’t cut taxes, what exactly can it do?

It amounts to a Democrat bid to not just shovel other people’s money, but that little thing that comes with money, which is control. Conditionality. Power. In exchange for passing this monopartisan spending bill, their aim is not just to bail out blue cities and states at the expense of red ones, but to make red cities and states as overtaxed and badly run as blue ones.

And don’t think this isn’t an issue. Democrat-run blue states are hemorrhaging people. The COVID lockdowns have cut the benefits of living in big blue cities by shutting down all economic and social activity and forcing workers into their homes. A lot are realizing they don’t need to work in giant cities anymore, so the crime and high taxes they pay are starting to matter.

According to this January 2020 editorial in the Wall Street Journal:

Four states have lost population since 2010 including West Virginia (-3.3%), Illinois (-1.2%), Vermont (-0.3%) and Connecticut (-0.2%), but 10 experienced declines last year. New York was the biggest loser as a net 180,000 people left for better climes. Over the last decade New York has lost more of its population to other states (7.2%) than any other save Alaska (8%), followed by Illinois (6.8%), Connecticut (5.6%) and New Jersey (5.5%).


Hmmm, what do these states have in common? Large tax burdens and politically powerful public unions. Illinois’s property tax rates are the second highest in the country after New Jersey. The state lost $5.6 billion in adjusted gross income last year to other states, about twice as much as in 2012. Notably, income outflow hasn’t increased from Michigan or Wisconsin.

And when businesses and people flee these blue states, Democrats actually cheer. Remember this toad from California, who used filthy language to urge California’s last remaining car manufacturer, eco-friendly Tesla, no less, to flee with good riddance? These creatures are out there, and they say what they think. Democrats often claim they’re happy to see people fleeing their states and enact no policies to stop it, but the partying stops when they realize the consequences: lost congressional seats. They don’t say so openly, but that little issue concentrates their minds. So what better way to stop the low taxes that are bringing blue-state population into red states? Make them all as badly run as blue states so no one will flee? That’s what is behind this creepy little embedded rider in this monstrous spending measure.

It’s a slimy little condition that has no basis in constitutional law. No more laboratory of the states, it seems, with one showing the others what to do if one values prosperity and another showing what not to do. They want all the states to be run the same — like Democrat blue states, with nobody having any reason left to flee.

It’s a upside-down economics for sure. Because just as cronies are rewarded for their bad behavior, ensuring more of it, well run red states who are paying for this are being hit as if they’re the ones who’ve done something bad.

In normal economies, badly run blue cities and states getting bailouts should be the ones subject to conditionality, such as “live within your means” — just as badly run or speculator-hit nations under the thumb of IMF money are subject to such conditions in exchange for their bailouts, but in this upside-down bailout, the opposite is the case.

Red states that cut taxes are subject to conditionality, not blue ones. Blue ones are set to party hearty and continue the same free-spending ways that got them into trouble in the first place. For leftists, that’s virtue rewarded.

Economically ravaged red states should challenge the hell out of this vile power-grab to end the laboratory of the states. After all, since red states contribute mightily to this leftist bailout pot, they have a right to have some share in how this money is distributed. The alternative is for every red city to become Portland, New York, or Minneapolis and every red state to become New York, Illinois, or California. These red cities and states should proceed carefully as they challenge this, avoiding emotion-laden issues such as school choice (which will bring out the our-children-are-in-danger ads from powerful money-larded teachers’ unions) and focus on some aspect of their economies (such as tax cuts for small business) that teachers’ unions can’t counter. That will allow the courts to rule on this pork bill’s constitutionality rather than ride the polls and Democrat narratives, given the weakness of our judges.

Democrats have tried this kind of our-law-is-permanent stuff before. Two instances spring to mind. One is the Harry Reid rider in the original 2010 Obamacare passage, which claimed no state can repeal the passage of the detested mono-partisan law on its death panels, which the San Francisco Examiner blasted in this editorial.

The other is the blue states’ claim to sanctuary cities and states, claiming to override federal law as if no federal law ever mattered. In this legal discussion, the lawyers bring up that judges often ruled that Congress needed to pass laws to enforce federal law, instead of enforcement by feds with executive orders. But that ignores the baseline federal immigration laws themselves, which were passed by Congress in the first place.

If nothing else, the whole thing shows the Democrats’ full blown hypocrisy on whether the feds or the states have the control. If cities and states are blue, they have control; if they are red, the feds have control. That’s their position. And this slimy little power-grab against red cities and states should be challenged in every court, because it’s nothing but a power-grab.

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THE DAILY CHORTLE

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AIN’T THIS THE TRUTH?

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IT’S A BEAUTIFUL AIRPLANE, THOUGH!

The Russkies are getting their Air Force shit together.

Meanwhile we crow about making uniforms for pregnant members as a major step forward.

Codenamed the “Felon” by NATO, Russia’s Su-57 stealth fighter has the potential to be a dangerous adversary in the sky as it combines stealth and speed with advanced weapons and state-of-the-art sensors.

Su-57 Stealth Fighter: Why the ‘Felon’ Is So Dangerous

Developed by Sukhoi Design Bureau and the Russian Aircraft Corporation as part of the Russian Air Force’s PAK FA fifth-generation fighter jet program, the aircraft has been slower to arrive than Moscow may have initially planned. However, the Su-57 will eventually replace the Russian military’s MiG-29 and Su-27 fourth-generation aircraft.

The Felon was initially powered by Izdeliye 117 or AL-41F1 augmented turbofans while current production batches have begun to incorporate the new Izdeliye 30 engines. The Su-57 is now capable of maintaining a supersonic range of more than 1,500 km – two times that of the Su-27. Because of its improved aerodynamics, the Su-57 can even cruise at a Mach 2 without afterburners and has a range of up to 3,500 km while flying at subsonic speeds.

Russia’s First Real Crack At Stealth Tech

The Su-57 stealth fighter was the first Russian aircraft to truly utilize stealth technology, while it was further designed to have supercruise, supermaneuverability, and advanced avionics to overcome attacks from the prior generation fighter aircraft as well as ground and naval defenses. Development on the advanced Su-57 began in 2002, but the aircraft only took its first flight on January 29, 2010. The Su-57 is essentially an evolution of the Su-27 Flanker’s shape, modernized for low radar observability while providing even greater maneuverability.

The single-seat, twin-engine multirole Su-57 combines the functions of an attack plane and a fighter jet while the use of composite materials and innovation technologies, along with the fighter’s aerodynamic configuration, ensure that it has a low level of radar and infrared signature. The use of composite materials has reduced the number of parts, but also the overall weight of the aircraft.

In addition to its speed and low radar signature, the Sukhoi Su-57 is a well-armed and combat-capable aircraft.

During the August 2013 MAKS Air Show outside of Moscow, the aircraft’s manufacturer highlighted the fighter’s weapons platforms including missiles that could be fitted into the fighter’s voluminous weapons bays or under its wings and fuselage. The aircraft features two large internal weapons bays arranged in tandem, which run nearly the entire useable length of the aircraft. Each of those bays can carry up to four K-77M beyond visual range (BVR_ radar-guided missiles. Compared to earlier versions of the K-77 (NATO nickname: AA-12 Archer) the K-77M missile has a larger body and active electronically-scanned array radar seeker, allowing it to engage highly agile targets at ranges of up to 100 miles. The aircraft also stores a pair of K-74M2 short-range infrared guided missiles in underwing fairings. Russia has announced plans to arm the aircraft with the new R-37M long-range hypersonic missile.

Lots of Powerful Tech

The fifth-generation fighter is also reported to be furnished with the most advanced onboard radio-electronic equipment, including a powerful onboard computer, which has been described as an “electronic second pilot,” the radar system spread across its body and some other innovations, in particular, armament placed inside its fuselage. The Sukhoi Su-57 further utilizes a missile-spoofing turret designed to protect the fighter from infrared-guided missiles. Exactly how successful that could be on a high-flying fighter is unknown, as it has previously largely been employed only on transports and helicopters. Until it was deployed on the SU-57, a spoofing turret never has been placed on the ventral side of an aircraft.

The Su-57 stealth fighter is also incorporated with 3D thrust vectoring controls that Airforce-Technology reported provides improved maneuverability at high speeds, and which is reported even better than the United States Air Force’s Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. That could give the Russian pilots an edge in close-range dogfights.

Just One Problem: Cost

The biggest downside of the Su-57 has been its cost, and Russia has been slow to receive the aircraft. To date only about a dozen Su-57s have been produced including 10 prototype/test aircraft, along with two that were serially produced. It has been announced that the Russian Aerospace Force will eventually receive a total of seventy-six Su-57 fighters by 2028, with twenty-two of the aircraft arriving by late 2024.

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YOUR GUIDE TO PROPER PRONOUNCIATION

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BA’AL IS DEAD

The guy who played Baal on SG-1 died in an accident:

Cliff Simon, best known for his role as the villain Ba’al in Stargate SG-1, has died in a tragic kite-boarding accent at the age of 58.

The South African–born actor’s death was announced on Thursday on his Facebook page after passing away on Tuesday, with his wife Collette saying she is experiencing ‘unimaginable heartbreak’.

‘To Friends, family and fans, It is with unimaginable heartbreak that I am sharing with you, that my beloved husband, Cliff Simon, passed away at 12:30pm on Tuesday March 9, 2021,’ she began her note.

‘He was at Topanga Beach, California and sadly passed away after a tragic kiteboarding accident.

‘He was known to most of you on this page as the villain you loved to hate, Ba’al, from Stargate SG-1. But as he said, “acting is what I do, it’s only a part of who I am,”‘ she continued.

‘And he was SO much more — a true original, an adventurer, a sailor, swimmer, dancer, actor, author.

‘There is a gaping hole where he once stood on this earth. He was loved by too many to mention and had a great impact on so many lives.

‘He was an amazing and much loved brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend.’

Simon began his most sustained role as the Stargate SG-1 villain Ba’al during the series’ fifth season through its tenth and final season, from 2001 to 2007.

The character, who appeared in 15 episodes, became a hit with fans thank to his witty demeanor and the character’s fleshed-out motivations.

In a 2005 interview with The Sci-Fi World, Simon claimed that he met with the Stargate SG-1 producers eight months before the character Ba’al was created.

As he told it, the meeting went so well that the executive producers, Robert C. Cooper and Brad Wright, decided to keep Simon on hold for about eight months until they had created Ba’al to match his abilities.

The series was a spin-off of the 1994 science fiction film Stargate, in which the United States government discovers the title devices, which can transport users to other worlds in the blink of an eye.

Simon was such a hit with fans that he was brought back for the film Stargate: Continuum to wrap up the series, even though most of the characters of his race were no longer featured on the series by the end.

Simon was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Jewish parents from Poland and Lithuania.

He was a star swimmer as a young man, and he continued to pursue his Olympic goals after moving with his family to the UK in 1975.

In the mid-1980s he moved to the US to continue his training, but he later returned to South Africa and enlisted in the country’s Air Force.

The future actor focused on his passion for water sports after leaving the Air Force by teaching water-skiing and windsurfing.

He later performed as a gymnast and then as a dancer at the Moulin Rouge in Paris

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SO THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS…….

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IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM…….


Shamelessly stolen from Knuckledraggin’

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