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Who knew? NYT opinion editor quits citing lack of integrity at the paper

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NY Times opinion editor Bari Weiss has quit the paper effectively saying that the newspaper has lost any ability to seek balance post Trump’s 2016 election win. We post an excerpt of the resignation letter she wrote to her boss,

But the lessons that ought to have followed the election—lessons about the importance of understanding other Americans, the necessity of resisting tribalism, and the centrality of the free exchange of ideas to a democratic society—have not been learned. Instead, a new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else...

...Twitter is not on the masthead of The New York Times. But Twitter has become its ultimate editor. As the ethics and mores of that platform have become those of the paper, the paper itself has increasingly become a kind of performance space. Stories are chosen and told in a way to satisfy the narrowest of audiences, rather than to allow a curious public to read about the world and then draw their own conclusions. I was always taught that journalists were charged with writing the first rough draft of history. Now, history itself is one more ephemeral thing molded to fit the needs of a predetermined narrative.

…There are terms for all of this: unlawful discrimination, hostile work environment, and constructive discharge. I’m no legal expert. But I know that this is wrong.

..some coworkers insist I need to be rooted out if this company is to be a truly “inclusive” one, while others post ax emojis next to my name. Still other New York Times employees publicly smear me as a liar and a bigot on Twitter with no fear that harassing me will be met with appropriate action. They never are

I do not understand how you have allowed this kind of behavior to go on inside your company in full view of the paper’s entire staff and the public. And I certainly can’t square how you and other Times leaders have stood by while simultaneously praising me in private for my courage. Showing up for work as a centrist at an American newspaper should not require bravery…

…Part of me wishes I could say that my experience was unique. But the truth is that intellectual curiosity—let alone risk-taking—is now a liability at The Times. Why edit something challenging to our readers, or write something bold only to go through the numbing process of making it ideologically kosher, when we can assure ourselves of job security (and clicks) by publishing our 4000th op-ed arguing that Donald Trump is a unique danger to the country and the world? And so self-censorship has become the norm.

What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity. If a person’s ideology is in keeping with the new orthodoxy, they and their work remain unscrutinized. Everyone else lives in fear of the digital Thunderdome. Online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets.

Who knew? So much for all the news that is fit to print.

FBI background checks for gun purchases surge 136% in June

God Bless America. The FBI has recorded that background checks for firearm purchases last month surged to 7.8 million, up 136%YoY. The highest number recorded in 20 years.

A survey done by the National Shooting Sports Foundation found dealers project around 40% of sales are to first-time buyers, an increase from the average.

Does this surge suggest voting intentions? Surely those buying guns won’t be supporting a party that backs defunding the police and has leaders like Speaker Pelosi who flippantly dismissed the destruction of public and private property by rioters as “they will do what they do!

#RedWave2020

About as mental as white liberals can get

This is about as mental as white liberals can get in the faux outrage stakes.  NYC Ed Councilwoman, Robin Broshi, lost it when a fellow (white) councilman bounced his friend’s (black) nephew on his lap.

She said he should get far more educated on how triggering this might be for minority communities. He pushed back by telling her that his friend would be more than happy to educate her.

When will these totally brainwashed Marxists realize that they are the racists?!? Thank god she blew up before the baby’s gender and religion entered her rant. And this person is an education advocate?

Petition to recall Seattle mayor approved by judge

The Recall Jenny Durkan campaign to remove the Democrat mayor of Seattle is underway after getting a King County Superior Court judge’s approval. Mayor Durkan was the individual who said CHAZ was an acceptable form of protest, even calling it a “summer of love” right up until the mob came to her $7m mansion. Never mind the deaths, the violence, destruction of private property, rapes, forcing whites to pay blacks $10 and demanding a whole host of supplies from the very democracy they wanted to overthrow. Our posts on Durkan can be seen here.

We view this as a good benchmark for anti-Democrat sentiment, especially given that Seattle and Washington are hard core blue states. Hillary Clinton garnered 52.5% of the vote vs Trump’s 36.8% in the 2016 election. Durkan won 56.25% of the 2017 mayoral election.

The Recall Durkan website notes,

Mayor Durkan’s complete negligence in protecting the rights and safety of the people of Seattle has made a clear case that she is no longer fit to govern.

Together, let’s keep making history and #FireTheMayor…

…For our petition to elicit a recall, the petitioners will need 56,202 physical signatures.

Over 36,000 have signed the change.org petition in the two days it has been approved.

Surely there are enough centre-of-the-road Democrats with common sense to join the movement to oust such an out of touch elected official.

When NYC residents took the law into their own hands in 1979

We’ve written quite a bit lately on the utterly hopeless NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and his weakness in tackling crime.

We’ve written in the past about vigilantism in NYC several years ago and we see that inevitably, NY citizens will start to take the law into their own hands. They will have little choice.

The truth is the Guardian Angels have already returned, since deBlasio took office in 2014.

If we go back to the 1970s, when crime was surging, NYC’s population fell from 7,894,862 to 7,071,639 over the next decade.

What caused this? In the 1970s, NYC faced problems with the budget and by 1975 was teetering on bankruptcy. This led to shedding of public service jobs including the fire department and the NYPD. The fall in foot patrols in NYC saw crime soar. Homicide rates climbed as follows:

1960: 6.19 per 100,000 residents

1970: 14.14

1980: 25.60

1990: 30.66

2000: 8.44

2010: 6.53

2019: 3.75

2020: 4.26 (6 month run rate)

At this stage homicide in NYC is well off long term rates despite the sharp % increases seen since the death of George Floyd). One wonders whether the history of the 1980s will return as de Blasio cuts funding to the NYPD when the number of cops on the beat fell substantially. Will residents start moving to other parts of the country and hollow out the tax base?

We found this document interesting, especially the following statement:

While the NYPD has made approximately 40,000 fewer overall arrests so far this year compared with last year, gun arrests year-to-date as of July 5 are 1,679 vs. 1,683. We have also seen the impacts of legislative mandates sending offenders no longer eligible for bail back to the streets where they are being regularly rearrested and contributing to overall crime in the city.

Who knew? Now that NYPD cops are quitting in record numbers and new recruits aren’t being hired to replace them, what could possibly go wrong?

Expect to see more stories about the Guardian Angels in NYC as residents fill the hole that the virtue signaling segregationist mayor has opened.

To think how the mayor was so willing to use the NYPD as a Gestapo to fine residents for disobeying stay-at-home orders. Recall deBlasio even encouraged NYers to dob in their neighbors.

CAREN Act introduced in San Francisco to stop racist 911 calls

Making fake 911 calls is against the law. The Caution Against Racially Exploitative Non-Emergencies (CAREN) Act has been introduced in San Francisco to stop racially motivated 911 calls.

CAREN was chosen after the name “Karen” which has entered the lexicon to describe white women who engage in racist behavior.

We have a few questions:

Who will determine what defines an emergency before and after the event?

Will callers be required to state their race and that of the supposed perpetrator(s)?

Will 911 dispatch read them a disclaimer on whether they’d like to cancel their request as burglars enter their home?

What body will ensure there is a fair assessment of the call and will activists form any part of the decision making body?Recent history shows many Democrat DAs showing political bias.

Will the City of San Francisco publish data on the racial profile of who gets charged under the CAREN Act?

Will the legislation apply equally across all races?

Maybe California State Assembly Member Rob Bonta can clear that up. He said, “This bill could protect millions of Californians from becoming targets of hate and prevent the weaponization of our law enforcement against communities of colour,

So if a person of colour channels Jussie Smollett and makes a hoax 911 call on white people will they be exempt under the CAREN Act?

Perhaps the San Francisco Board of Supervisors should have listened to the 911 recording of a white mother and her child kettled by BLM protestors as they walked on her car? Would that be racially motivated?

Lawmakers in California, New York, Oregon and Washington have introduced similar bills. Guess what? All states run by the party of segregation – The Democratic Party.

You have to wonder how they aim to end racism with new laws which define segregation in application.

Segregated in Seattle

This is truly sick. How much more of this racial segregation malarkey can Americans tolerate? What are we on about?

The City of Seattle’s Office of Civil Rights sent an email last month inviting “white City employees” to attend a training session on “Interrupting Internalized Racial Superiority and Whiteness.

Christopher Rufo wrote an article in the City Journal after he received the training pack under a freedom of information request. His piece can be found here.

Rufo notes, “trainers explain that white people have internalized a sense of racial superiority, which has made them unable to access their “humanity” and caused “harm and violence” to people of color.

Once the diversity trainers have established this basic conceptual framework, they encourage white employees to “practice self-talk that affirms [their] complicity in racism” and work on “undoing [their] own whiteness.” As part of this process, white employees must abandon their “white normative behavior” and learn to let go of their “comfort,” “physical safety,” “social status,” and “relationships with some other white people.”

This insanity is off the charts. We’re surprised rats in face cages aren’t part of the process.

It isn’t the first time this type of brainwashing has hit Seattle. Starbucks also indulged in this Marxist rubbish two years ago after a store called the police on two non paying customers who refused to leave that just happened to be people of colour.

We wrote,

Starbucks closed 8,000 stores on Tuesday and reached out to activists and bias training experts to put a curriculum together for its 175,000 workers to prevent “unconscious bias

…While training staff is never a bad thing, do the human resources/ PR department at Starbucks honestly think that explicitly educating white people about their racism (if it truly exists on any scale to warrant the conscious bias based indoctrination) will do anything other than alienate more customers? What a smear on the majority of clientele and staff who no doubt exercise decency when transacting their skim milk doubleshot latte.”

These diversity trainers are absolutely the last people qualified to dictate to others about society.

Note Seattle has been Democrat for the last 30 years. Mayor Jenny Durkan was the one who called CHAZ a “summer of loveuntil it threatened her $7m mansion.

NYC mayor helps paint BLM outside Trump Tower while gun crime soars

As shootings in NYC skyrocket triple digit percentages and NYPD officers quit at records levels, hard-left Democrat NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio decided to join in the divisive fun of painting “Black Lives Matter” outside Trump Tower with Rev Al Sharpton.

Did the mayor forget the BLM chants of “Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon” or “What do we want? Dead cops!! When do we want them? Now!” when their supporters referred to the NYPD?

Apart from lacking originality, perhaps the mayor might have considered calling DC Mayor Muriel Bowser who would have told him she was heavily criticized by BLM leaders for “appeasing white liberals” with her virtue signaling mural outside the White House.

We remind readers of the Marxist roots of the Black Lives Matter organization which has outsourced its donation administration to a group which has a convicted terrorist as a board member.

DeBlasio is no stranger to sick stunts. Early last year he bathed skyscrapers in pink lights to celebrate late term abortion legislation. According to a NYC Health Department report released in May 2018, between 2012 and 2016 black mothers terminated 136,426 pregnancies and gave birth to 118,127 babies. Shouldn’t all black lives matter? Compare that to the 11 blacks shot and killed by the NYPD in 2019, all of them in possession of a deadly weapon.

We wonder if DeBlasio would like to explain how he thinks he will advance the fortunes of the black community by stunts that alienate other groups and policies that all but guarantee to make them less safe.

As we keep saying, the more that liberals allow their derangement to be exposed to sunlight, the more the ranks of the silent majority will swell to reject the antisocial behavior the left champions in November. Keep up the good work.

You’ll never guess who the BLM fundraising arm has as its vice-chair…

As the kneeling for Black Lives Matter continues at sporting events across the globe, why not let one of the BLM founders, Alicia Garza, enrich our understanding of the Marxist group some more.  Garza has repeatedly talked about how convicted cop killer and wanted domestic terrorist Joanne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur, is one of her main inspirations. Shakur assassinated a New Jersey state trooper and now lives in exile in Cuba. She was also involved in bombings and several executions of cops in New Jersey, New York and San Francisco.

It gets worse.

Susan Rosenberg, the vice-chair for the left-wing Thousand Currents group, which handles the administration of the donations made to Black Lives Matter, is a convicted terrorist who was sentenced to 58 years for weapons and explosives charges while a member of the May 19th Communist Organization. She spent 16 years in prison before President Bill Clinton commuted her sentence on his last day. Among other things, Rosenberg was suspected of helping Shakur escape from prison in 1979.

Why does the mainstream media keep portraying the BLM organization as a clean, wholesome and noble organization with good intentions when it has such reprehensible beliefs and practices utter hypocrisy when it comes to ALL black lives?