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California’s Progressive, Pro-Criminal Crime Policies

In California, a one-party progressive state, the Democrats have unlimited power to enact their preferred policies. For example, California is vigorously enacting the two pillars of Progressive public safety policy. First, they are enacting laws designed to make it impossible for law-abiding citizens to defend themselves against criminals. Second, they are releasing from prison tens of thousands of burglars and drug dealers (which progressives call “nonviolent offenders,” or “the urban Democrat voting base”).

Because, according to progressive, politically-correct logic: More criminals + fewer law-abiding people with guns = Crime free, Star Trekkian Utopia.

But are these enlightened policies actually working as expected? Well… yeah, pretty much.

FBI Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Reports show that the property crime rate in San Francisco surged to 667 per 100,000 residents in the first half of 2015. Long Beach was 147 per 100,000; Los Angeles was 145 per 100,000; and Albuquerque was 142 per 100,000.

The rest of the top ten included Sacramento (86 per 100,000), San Jose (66 per 100,000), Baltimore (31 per 100,000), Nashville (11 per 100,000), San Diego (1 per 100,000), and Jacksonville (-25 per 100,000).

So, five of the top ten cities for property crime are in California. (But I’m guessing, most of that crime is in poor and middle class neighborhoods, not the gated communities where Democrat politicians live.) Good-going, progressives!

Meanwhile, in Switzerland, it is once again demonstrated that … as a consistent statistical fact … more guns in the hands of law-abiding people results in less crime. (Too bad progressives suck at math.)

What PJ Said

Posted by V the K at 12:36 pm - March 6, 2016.
Filed under: Liberals

Bowdoin and Pitt proved him right, once again.

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There, There, Little Snowflake

Posted by V the K at 9:56 pm - March 2, 2016.
Filed under: 2016 Presidential Election,Liberals

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When You Subsidize Bad Life Choices, People Will Make More Bad Life Choices

Posted by V the K at 10:56 am - February 23, 2016.
Filed under: Liberals

The mayor of left-wing college town Ithaca New York is implementing a plan to help users of heroin and other hard drugs by decriminalizing the use of drugs and creating “Safe Spaces” (i.e. Taxpayer-funded shooting galleries) where they can use heroin under medical supervision.

An upstate New York mayor wants his city to be the first in the U.S. to offer a supervised injection facility, where heroin users would be able to shoot up under the care of a nurse without getting arrested by police.

“It’s providing a safe place where they won’t overdose, where they can get treatment,” Svante said. “We’re not going to encourage more people to use, it’s just going to save lives and give them an opportunity.”

The Ithaca program is modeled after a program implemented in Vancouver, BC, that the social left loves because it 1.) involves spending other people’s money and 2.) subsidizing destructive behavior makes them feel tolerant, compassionate, and enlightened. But Not everyone agrees that Vancouver’s “taxpayer-subsidized shooting gallery” plan was such a grand idea.

Jim O’Rourke is the executive director at the British Columbia-based Vision Quest Recovery Society. Schauffler says that O’Rourke put it in stark terms, saying the city is killing addicts with kindness. “We might as well put a bullet in their head,” O’Rourke told him. “We’re killing them. We just doing it in a much nicer way.”

That’s pretty much how socialist compassion works out.

I am open to the idea of drug decriminalization because the War on Drugs has not only been an abysmal failure, but has also severely compromised civil liberties. By that same token, I don’t believe the Government should be subsidizing (and therefore encouraging) people’s bad life choices. e.g. Using dangerously addictive narcotics.

Sally Kohn Proves Me Right; John Kerry Tries to Top Her

Posted by V the K at 5:47 pm - November 17, 2015.
Filed under: Liberals

This morning, Sally Kohn flopped out of bed and dispatched this nugget of wisdumb.


Setting aside the left’s dogma that “Everything Is About Racism Always,” Ms Kohn conveniently forgets that she is part of the media, and she tweeted exactly nothing about the Beirut attack before today.

Also, John Kerry… reflecting the consensus view of the left vis-a-vis Free Speech … says those disrespectful infidels at Charlie Hebdo had it coming to them.

 

There’s something different about what happened (in Paris Friday Night) from Charlie Hebdo, and I think everybody would feel that. There was a sort of particularized focus and perhaps even a legitimacy in terms of – not a legitimacy, but a rationale that you could attach yourself to somehow and say, okay, they’re really angry because of this and that. 

Progressive Utopia in 140 Characters

Posted by V the K at 5:27 pm - October 4, 2015.
Filed under: Liberals,Progressive immorality

Senior Vox Correspondant Dylan Matthews outlined his view of a Progressive Utopia. Unsurprisingly, it mostly involves leftists using Government Power to punish people they don’t like. (HT: Twitchy)

Hillary Supporters Against the Bill of Rights

There is a strain of fascism that runs through the Modern Democrat Left. A decade or so a go, such a statement would have been outrageous, over-the-top, hyperbolic.

Nowadays, not so much, it seems. Check out what happens when a reporter asks Hillary Clinton supporters if they support a hypothetical plan to repeal the Bill of Rights.

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Hat Tip: Weasel Zips

Progressives Care About Power, Not People

Posted by V the K at 7:52 am - July 15, 2015.
Filed under: Liberalism Run Amok,Liberals

The Progressive Left has one agenda above all others — to acquire all the power they can and hold onto it for as long as possible, and they don’t care how many other people suffer or die so long as they get power.

So argues Kurt Schlichter.

A nice young girl murdered by a released illegal alien with a gun lost by yet another incompetent government flunkie? That’s not a narrative they want. They want the votes of the illegal alien lobby. They want the votes of the limo libs who pat themselves on their backs for designating their filthy cesspool of a burg a “sanctuary city.” And they sure don’t want to insult their unionized federal hack constituency by focusing on yet another of its failures.

And why doesn’t Obama speak up about the daily massacres of black and Hispanic men on the streets of Chicago and other big cities? Because to do so would demonstrate the utter moral bankruptcy of the blue state model that nurtures the liberal machine. The most dangerous place in America for a minority is in a Democrat-run big city, and that fact is just not useful. It can’t demonize any political opponents, and to bring attention to it would only give rise to demands for accountability for the total failure of urban Democrat rule.

So Barack Obama and his liberal friends chose to just let people die. White, black, Hispanic – at least in their complete apathy the progressives have finally stopped discriminating. They judge everyone, of all colors and creeds, solely on the content of their political utility.

Karma

Posted by V the K at 9:21 am - March 29, 2015.
Filed under: Civil Discourse,Liberals

Remember the d-bag who made a YouTube video of himself berating a Chik-Fil-A employee because he disagreed with the owner of the chain’s support for traditional marriage? Thinking it would make him a big hero with the social left? He’s unemployed and living in an RV.

Adam Smith, 37, was the CFO of a medical device manufacturer in Arizona until the summer of 2012, when he started protested Chick-fil-A’s stance on gay marriage to an employee at a drive-thru.

“Chick-fil-A is a hateful company,” Smith told the employee. “I don’t know how you sleep at night,” Smith adds at another point. This is a horrible corporation with horrible values.”

After the employee, who never loses her composure, wished Smith a nice day, he responded, “I will. I just did something really good. I feel purposeful.”

Since then, Smith was fired from his job, and his wife and four children lost their home. The family was forced to sell and give away their possessions and move into an RV. He is now on food stamps, he says.

I feel sorry for his wife and kids.

Why haven’t his fellow SJW’s embraced him and supported him in his time of need? He was standing up for their cause, and none of them were willing to help him out? Sheesh, I guess they are too busy worrying about heteronormative microaggression triggers to help a brother out.

Liberals Really Are Less Patriotic than Conservatives

Posted by V the K at 11:48 am - February 24, 2015.
Filed under: Liberals

The left has been in a lather because Rudy Giuliani stated that a President who refused to wear an American Flag lapel pin while campaigning, grabbed his crotch during the pledge of allegiance, vowed to ‘fundamentally transform’ America, has apologized abroad for America’s “arrogance,” has said that American “exceptionalism” is no more real than Greek exceptionalism, and who has systematically undermined the economic and international standing of the United States through his policies… does not really love his country in the sense that the term “love of country” is generally understood.

The left gets pretty defensive when their patriotism is questioned, but the truth is, holding contempt for everything America is supposed to stand for (free enterprise, individual rights, freedom of religion) is a pretty unpatriotic belief system. The data back this up.

A Pew Research survey last year found that 46 percent of “steadfast conservatives” believed that the U.S. stands above all other countries; only 11 percent of “solid liberals” believed the same. Seventy-two percent of steadfast conservatives said they often feel proud to be an American; only 40 percent of solid liberals said they do.

This is really not a shocker. Most conservatives have liberal friends, we went to college with liberals, we were taught by liberals in schools, and we get liberal messages from a media that is about 96% controlled by liberals. We have heard you guys tearing down America, expressing contempt for America, American History, American values. So, don’t even play this game where you get all haughty and offended when your patriotism is questioned. Liberace used to get just as offended when people suggested he wasn’t into women. 

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Sororal Twaddle

Posted by V the K at 9:02 am - January 6, 2015.
Filed under: Liberals

A feminist at the Washington Post asked some of her feminist fem–buddies to state what they wished to femcomplish this year. For example,

My hope is that feminist, racial justice, reproductive rights and LGBT movements build a coalition that centers on the lives of women who lead intersectional lives and too often fall in between the cracks of these narrow mission statements.

Reading through these quotes, one notes the conspicuus absence of certain and particular things. You will not find, in any of them, an assertion of support for individual rights or free market principles. You will not find, in any of them, any quantifiable, concrete, or cogent goals, just the usual left-wing twaddle about collective struggle and empowering marginalized groups of people. Likewise, you will not find any deviation in thought; in fact, each feminist’s goal is pretty much a re-worded version of every othr feminist’s goals.

What is common throughout the quotes is an acceptance as fact of left-wing myths that have been thoroughly debunked in the real world. Myths such as womenfolk only earning seventy-something percent of what menfolk make, the myth that American college campuses are Rape Zones where gang-rapes are just a typical fraternity initiation ritual, and the myth that what happened in Ferguson was that a totes innocent black schoolboy was gunned down by a racist cop.

What these vacuous quotes really reveal is that there really is no feminist movement. Rather, the feminists are just one unimatrix in the Progressive Left Borg collective. There is no individuality, no freedom of thouhgt, no questioning of dogma; just drones mindlessly repeating the insipid pieties of the left.

The Narrow-Minded Provincialism of the Urban Left

Posted by V the K at 8:00 am - November 11, 2014.
Filed under: Liberals

Personally, I think living in New York City is de facto proof of mental illness. And it turns out, New Yorkers are getting increasingly particular about the hyperexpensive shoeboxes they are so proud live in. Yeah, they are willing to pay thousands of dollars a month to live in a space with the floorspace and amenities of a one-car garage in flyover country; but they are super-picky about the people living in the adjacent overpriced shoebox.

The apartment checked off every box on the buyers’ wish list: airy, gracious, great views of the park. It was in a terrific building, one of the most prestigious on the Upper East Side. The couple moved in, unpacked and tried without success over the next few months to get settled.

In the end, they packed up and moved out, said their broker, Barbara Fox, the founder of the Fox Residential Group, because of a pervasive sense that they didn’t belong. It wasn’t that their neighbors were standoffish, ignored them in the elevator or didn’t invite them to their parties — though in fact the whole thing did come down to parties.

“Frankly,” Ms. Fox said, “they just felt the building had too many Republicans.”

Progressive White Feminists Demand Law Against Black and Hispanic People Talking to them

Feminists are nuts, and also kind of racist, apparently. Last week, some feminists released a video of a woman walking around New York City and being subjected to catcalls and unwanted attention from Black and Hispanic males.

Now, some liberals are wondering whether there should be laws on the book to protect frail, delicate white women from being spoken to by members of the lesser races.

The New York Times wants to know if a law should shield white feminist women by preventing black and Hispanic men from speaking to them, and possibly offending their tender sensibilities.

Do We Need a Law Against Catcalling?” the august, Victorian newspaper asks.

Stipulated: Men should not behave this way in public; and for the most part, men don’t.

But this isn’t about standards of behavior, which the Left considers oppressive, patriarchal, microaggressive, and all that. This is really about power. This is about left-wing feminists asserting that they should be allowed to behave in public any way they want [ cf. “Slut-Walk.“]. However, they will use the power of the State to punish other people who behave in ways they do not approve of.

They want to act like Lena Dunham and be treated like Queen Victoria.

I guess that’s what you might call Liberal White Privilege.

 

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Liberalism Creates Another Metaphor for Itself

Posted by V the K at 10:09 pm - October 22, 2014.
Filed under: Liberals

A bunch of little girls screaming the f-word.

Male Feminists Make It Hard For Other People to Take Them Seriously

Posted by V the K at 10:10 am - October 2, 2014.
Filed under: Gay PC Silliness,Liberals

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A male feminist Huffington Post writer had a complete meltdown because Julia Pierson resigned as head of the Secret Service after a series of incidents such as letting a guy jump the fence and make it all the way into the White House and letting the president share an elevator with a criminal who was carrying a gun.

Now, granted, the USSS’s problem wasn’t that it was run by a woman, per se, but that it is a huge overfunded Government bureaucracy and part of the Federal culture of rewarding incompetence: See also, the EPA employee who spent his entire workday watching porn on Government computers and is still drawing a taxpayer-provided paycheck. But Clymer, being a progressive, cannot offer a critique of bureaucratic centralized Government because progressivism teaches that all-powerful Government is the solution to all problems. So, if a woman fails, it must be the fault of male privilege and the oppressive patriarchy of the penis-bearers.

Maybe he’ll feel better after putting on some lavender-scented candles, taking a long hot bath, and binge-watching Girls while eating Ben & Jerry’s directly out of the container.

And then there’s this guy….

 

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This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Posted by V the K at 7:51 pm - August 29, 2014.
Filed under: Liberals,Pop Culture

Is there any doubt that the T-Shirt below is as representative of the real sentiments of the low-information Democrat base as it is of their grammar skills?

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Hat Tip: Weezy

The Parsimony of Leftists

Posted by V the K at 11:01 pm - August 17, 2014.
Filed under: Liberals

Interesting thread at AoSHQ today, in which commenters discussed their experiences with liberal family members and acquaintances.  This story kicked it off.

About twenty years ago we had a family reunion. Instead of meeting at some public park or somebody volunteering to host it at their house, as my parents did back in 1976 where I got drunk off my butt and smoked weed with another uncle (but that’s another story), we decided to have it at a Mexican restaurant close to where most of us lived. We arrived first and arranged with the management to reserve some tables. Soon the liberal contingent showed up and immediately started ordering, and they weren’t shy about scarfing many appetizers, entrees, and slamming down beer and margaritas like Prohibition had just ended.

And then, at the end of the evening, every member of the liberal side of the family got up and walked out, leaving their bills unpaid.

In retrospect, we should have made clear that it was expected that everyone would pay for their own meals. I think we expected that everyone would know this, but apparently it did not get communicated, and apparently we were very naive. The problem is, it would never occur to my father, my brother, or myself to go to a restaurant, gobble down a bunch of food, and then walk out without asking the obvious question, who’s paying for this?

As it turned out, my father was the one who ended up paying for it. I think my brother helped, but back in those days, I didn’t have much money, otherwise I would have helped, too, more than my own meal. We were in an unenviable situation where it would have been gauche to make our liberal relatives aware of their bad manners and irresponsible behavior. Looking back on it, perhaps we should have. But my dad was so pissed, he didn’t want anything more to do with them that evening. He just said screw it, and paid.

Turns out, a lot of AoSHQ morons have similar stories to share.  By consensus, this was apparently the threadwinner.

Crazy lib SIL is always bitching about the one per cent and then expecting, neigh demanding we pay airfare, rental cars, hotel bills, groceries, vacations, etc. She even expects us to pay for her daughters college.

Rather than take the train from NYC to New Jersey to visit us, she demanded hubby get her a limo. When her mother, my MIL had strokes and couldn’t take a previously planned vacation, she took it

You read these stories, and consider your own experience with leftists, and you can understand why Sandra Fluke… a woman whose sole political agenda is “somebody else should pay for my birth control” … is a Democrat heroine.

So, a Vegetarian Walks Into a Steakhouse…

Posted by V the K at 9:57 am - August 5, 2014.
Filed under: Liberals

It’s 11 PM on a Saturday night in the nation’s capitol. The scene is an Argentinian steakhouse, and the observer has been seated next to a a foursome of very loud people. Then, this happens.

“I want the tasting menu,” says one of the lady guests; the waiter regrets to inform that the whole table must partake (so as not to mess up the kitchen). The waiter departs for a moment while the couples decide what they want to do; springing to her defense, the gallant gentlemen assure that they are more than happy to also partake of the tasting menu. The waiter returns and takes their order, telling them (as my waiter had told my wife and I) that if you see something you like on the menu, just let him know and he’ll see if the chefs can work it in.

“I’m a vegetarian,” she says, and you can see the waiter (at the Argentinian steakhouse) stiffen a bit. “So if you could make all the dishes fish or vegetables, that’d be wonderful.” Confused—punch drunk, almost, at the audacity of the thing—the waiter stumbles away to consult with the chef. He comes back moments later with a compromise: They’ll allow her to skip the chef’s tasting menu if everyone else still wants to partake. It doesn’t make any economic sense, you see, for her to do it this way. She’d be better off just ordering veggies individually.

Miffed, she dismisses the waiter again. How dare they make the vegetarian feel unwelcome at the “contemporary Argentine steakhouse”! “I just wish the chef would do his job!” is the last thing I hear the outraged woman say.

So, basically, this woman walked into a steakhouse and insisted that everyone had to change the rules and accommodate her because her vegetarianism was so morally superior that it trumped everyone else’s comfort and established customs. And she was outraged at their unwillingness to accommodate her whims; because everyone else’s job, you see, is to accommodate her ego.

Metaphor for liberalism anyone?

The Left’s Childish View of Middle East Politics

What struck me, reading the lefty responses to a tweet in support of Israel, is just how childish the lefty position on Israel is.

The moderate left position (the hard left position on Israel being indistinguishable from Stormfront’s) seems to be “Of course, Israel should be allowed to defend itself but only if no one gets hurt, not even accidentally.” (This is the expressed position of the Obama Administration, which mouths moderate left rhetoric even though it is ideologically hard left.)

This position is so unrealistic it’s childish. It is literally something a child might wish for; because it is childish to believe that wants can be fulfilled without effort, and that actions can take place without consequences. They want some kind of magical war where Israel can defend itself from barbarians hiding behind children without hurting anyone.

Lefties apparently confuse “Iron Dome” with “Ironman.” The latter is a movie, lefties. Not real.

And the mainstream press practices their own form of moderate left camouflage. Their true hard left ideology tells them that all the conflict in the world is the result of oppressors taking from the oppressed. But in order to not be so obviously Marxist, they have to default the childish, moderate left position, that there really aren’t any bad guys among nations, and that each side must be equally wrong and culpable in any conflict. They don’t report the barbarism of Palestinians… using children as human shields, or shooting rockets loaded with ball bearings and razor blades at Israeli schools. To truly and honestly report on the barbarity of the Palestinians would violate the moderate left dogma that neither side in any conflict is morally superior to the other.

Very, very immature people are in charge of the USA at this juncture. Want proof? Here’s your proof.

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To the True Believers on the Left, Obama Is Still The Lightworker

Posted by V the K at 8:08 am - July 18, 2014.
Filed under: Leftist Nutjobs,Liberals

Mark Morford was the “journalist” who offered, in 2008, that Obama was “The Lightworker.”

“Many spiritually advanced people I know identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment.”

Much to the GOP’s bitter revulsion, it turns out a calm, intellectual black man really can run an entire country – certainly far better than an inarticulate Texas bumbler, and even in the face of what is easily the most obstructionist, hateful, acidic and often downright racist Congress in modern memory. Quite an achievement, really.
And all he has to do to reach this assessment is ignore all of the scandals, ignore the president’s pattern of childish behavior, ignore the people who have died because of the incompetence of the VA, proclaim Obamacare a success despite none of its promises being fulfilled, ignore that Obama’s foreign policy has allowed an even-m0re-radical-than Al Qaeda terrorist group to take power over vast swaths of the Middle East, ignore the soaring debt,  ignore that income for working class families is down, ignore the collapsing border situation, and ignore the rapidly rising food and energy prices the Government isn’t talking about.
If you put all that aside, Obama’s presidency rises to the level of almost mediocre.