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Hunting cowards and hypocrites on Capitol Hill

Violence of any kind is reprehensible, regardless of who commits it. That goes without saying. Today’s actions by Trump supporters inside the halls of Congress in DC were an utter disgrace. Unforgivable. Period.

Those Trump supporters who overestimated their personal agency and organizational ability by storming Capitol Hill should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law should it be proven they individually committed actual crimes.

They don’t represent the majority of 74m Trump voters anymore than BLM/Antifa protestors are cookie cutter role models for the 80m+ who cast their ballots for Biden. Let’s be real here.

The optics today were perfect for the mainstream media. Forget objectivity. Derangement syndrome turbocharged.

They relished the opportunity to put another coat of varnish on the anti-Trump narrative, labeling the relatively small group of violent perpetrators as a percentage of the total assembled as ‘white supremacists’. Not all Trump supporters in DC had any intention of creating mayhem. Still that was the media message.

How ironic that the media took a completely different view over the plethora of assaults, harassment, widespread looting, arson, destruction of private/public property and murder as “mostly peaceful” protests. Why didn’t the media properly report on the raft of activism displayed by local CAs and DAs pushing their ideology instead of the law when prosecuting police acting within the rules? Crickets. The hypocrisy is astounding.

Where were the media outlets calling out Speaker Pelosi for dismissing the BLM violence as “people will do what they do!” as government buildings across multiple cities were defaced and torched? How quaint that after months of Democrats calling to defund the police are among their most ardent backers. The same jack-booted National Guard thugs have also become heroes of the left all of a sudden. Who knew?

None of Trump’s tweets today were incendiary to the point of creating a national security issue. Still, we never knew that Jack Dorsey had become the self-appointed guardian of American democracy and public safety?!

Despite Trump publicly calling for calm, the media has linked the violence to his consistent calls that he (and his base) were robbed of victory, despite the legal processes rejecting almost all of the claims made. If we learnt anything from the past four years, multiple ‘independent’ agencies like the FBI have proven that they too have deep political biases. After all, what former FBI director doesn’t wear a Biden-Harris t-shirt and thrust a mug with the same slogan on a Zoom call?

Admittedly Trump’s words were unhelpful to say the least. He tweeted, “These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever!

After VP Pence said he was not going to upset the constitution today, Trump was quick to criticize his confidant. A ridiculous notion to suggest he would have done otherwise. Stupid Trump, although not surprising.

Alas Trump’s glass jaw has always been his fatal weak point. His actions since the 2020 election have pretty much given the media all the ammo they need to ensure none of the positives of his 4 years – peace deals, pushing NATO to meet commitments, leaving the Paris Accord, record low unemployment for minorities and women, highest % growth in net assets for the Bottom 50% in decades, energy independence, 12,500 new factories returning from abroad, manufacturing jobs etc – will be remembered. His temperament on Twitter has been an own-goal of sorts.

Still, what strikes us are actions of the completely spineless social media firms like Twitter. Pre-election they held back on attacking Trump too far for fear he might look to rip up Section 230 which currently grants them immunity. Despite the growing ‘editorial’ control these platforms illegally exert over free speech they disagree with, they have decided to go full attack mode on Trump looking for any excuse to ban his account because they now know there will be no consequences for doing so. The left is cheering the opportunity to muzzle him for good. The social media giants are still cowards. Alas, more powerful and even more sinister. 

We have said for years that the media could have stopped their deranged 24-7 free coverage of Trump at any time. They could have removed his primetime exposure and deprived him of what he craved most – attention. Yet they chose to attack him on a daily basis and run fabricated stories on a loop because it was good for their ratings. Now he’s two weeks from being kicked out of office, they are doing what they can to sink the boot in. Be damned about accurately reporting what is going on.

If the MSM can further fan the flames through their biased coverage by focusing on a handful of mindless fools lashing out, they can meet the prime objective of creating even more division to allow President-elect Joe Biden to be painted as the great uniter and healer after he is inaugurated. Pfffft. What a joke.

Do they honestly believe a four year relentless attack on the legitimacy of his presidency will be forgiven by continuing to rub the noses of his supporters in more sensationalist media feces? Trump supporters aren’t a monolith. 

What transpired today was ugly. No doubt about it.

Let’s not forget why we are here. As much as he has been maligned for being the great divider in chief, the fact is that Trump merely pulled the scab off what had been festering for decades under career politicians on both sides of the political divide. Those who brazenly robbed their constituents blind through cozying up to lobbyists and billionaire elites. He was the man the little battler hoped would put a stop to it. His lack of political correctness was a breath of fresh air. The incumbents hated it.

Unfortunately as talented a mud wrestler as Trump was, he never possessed the sinister political abilities to outmanoeuvre his rivals and keep control. Now the forgotten ones fear the worst. They truly believe – rightly or wrongly – they’ll be left behind again. Never mind the ructions created by COVID. All they need to do is listen to the radical agenda which has been proposed by the hard left of the party. They don’t want to increasingly rely on government. They want opportunity. An even playing field. 

The political class gave birth to Trump, not the other way around. Now that they are back under control in all three areas – House of Reps, Senate and White House – don’t be surprised to see the unrest continue.

We pray for a peaceful outcome from all of this unnecessary violence but don’t bet on it when the media platforms are hell bent on creating even more chaos to ensure that he and his followers are humiliated beyond recognition. Still Trump could help stem the misleading reports if he stopped treating his final days like a reality TV show.

That doesn’t condone bad behaviour or absolve anyone of personal responsibility/accountability but at the very least the media could be doing way more to quell the tension. But why, paraphrasing Hillary Clinton, would they let a good crisis go to waste? Best stick to the age old motto – “if it bleeds, it leads!”

Forget unity. The division is now a fait accompli. With globalists back in charge, Joe Sixpack has nothing to lose. It will never excuse violence but we fear civil unrest is where we are headed. Amplify that trouble should the incoming administration seek to prosecute Trump. That would be a bridge too far. However, should he be guilty of any crimes, the law should always come first on principle. Same applies to any supporter who thinks the rules don’t apply to them.

Making hay while the rain falls?

We were surprised to see Dymocks bookstore put former Australian Climate Change Commissioner Tim Flannery’s latest book in the science section.

Amazon’s review notes, “Tim Flannery takes aim at those responsible for the campaign of obfuscation and denial that has already cost so many Australian lives and held back action on climate change.” Really?

Exactly how many lives has climate change claimed in Australia? The Australian Bureau of Statistics record the accumulated deaths from ‘Environmental-pollution-related-condition (Y97)‘ over the last decade at ZERO!!!!  Strange that climate related deaths have plunged over 80% in the last 4 decades. 

Many of Flannery’s climate predictions have also failed to eventuate.

In 2007, Flannery said, “So even the rain that falls isn’t actually going to fill our dams and our river systems…” Today, Sydney’s main water supply at Warragamba Dam is currently at 97.8% capacity.

In 2015, he claimed that “Sadly we’re more likely to see them [cyclones] more frequently in the future” when referring to a cyclone that hit Vanuatu. Global data shows no such trends. The UNIPCC’s extreme weather report updated in 2018 stated on page 8, “There is low confidence in any observed long-term (i.e., 40 years or more) increases in tropical cyclone activity (i.e., intensity, frequency, duration), after accounting for past changes in observing capabilities.”

We thought the nonsense peddled on the bushfires by The Climate Council, which Flannery chairs, spoke volumes. Our data concluded that one of its authors, who led the former fire chiefs’ crusade to blame the devastating bushfires on climate change, didn’t mention the topic when he ran one of the fire services. That is to say it that the severity of climate change to bushfire activity in these Magnus opera were conspicuous by their absence.

We think the upcoming 2020 annual reports from fire services across Australia will be dripping in climate change related topics which will only end up highlighting how it has become nothing more than a CYA convenient excuse to mask years of poor fire management.  Take this example of the commitment to mitigating the inherent risks of busfires in the 2018/19 FRNSW Annual Report:

“Where practicable, FRNSW crews were encouraged to turn off all non-essential lights on 30 March 2019 from 8:30pm until 9:30pm, joining millions of people worldwide in showing their commitment to tackling climate change and inspiring all generations to support environmental initiatives and sustainable climate policy.”

A study of how fire service budgets were allocated in recent years further highlights the alarming problem behind the bureaucratic mismanagement. 

What has become even less surprising than the lack of science peddled before us surrounding COVID-19 in recent months, is the convenient segue of supposed conventional wisdom – The Great Reset – pointing back to the fantastic opportunity to push the climate change agenda to solve for poverty, racial inequity and all other economic ills. After all, US Treasury Secretary-elect Janet Yellen has assured us her department will take care of it. Who knew?

Apart from climate change having zero correlation to COVID-19, despite Prince Harry ‘s best efforts to conflate the link, Tim Flannery has seen a great opportunity to make a quid off the theme. No harm in making hay while the rain pours. 

Still we question why so many climate alarmists believe that replacing fossil fuels with renewables will solve for saving the planet and put an end to poverty?

We are not sure how that works?

When one of the leading renewables-driven developed nations, Germany, has such high levels of energy poverty, how can this be?  In 2019, 4.75 million households received warnings that their electricity would be shut off (289,000 actually got disconnected), according to the German Federal Networks Agency (Bundesnetzagentur). All this because of a doubling of energy prices (despite studies that predicted a fall at the time of policy conception) which are a direct result of disastrous green energy diktats which started two decades ago.

The flip side is India, a developing nation. Its electricity generation policies,  according to the World Bank, lifted 271 million people out of energy poverty between 2007 and 2017 largely thanks to low priced coal-fired power. So before all the ‘Stop Adani’ climate emergency extinction rebellion crowd start pontificating that we must go carbon neutral, perhaps they might go and survey the 271mn locals as to whether they demand change??

Michael Shellenberger’s latest book, ‘Apocalypse Never‘, takes a realistic view of how to achieve optimal outcomes for the climate, renewables not being part of the equation.

Still, the best way to truly evaluate the seriousness of climate change is by watching the consumption habits of those who peddle it.

We always found it strange that Obama moved to the shores of Martha’s Vineyard last year despite the risk of rising sea levels. Former Aussie PM Kevin Rudd has also bought waterfront property recently despite climate change being the “moral challenge of our times.

Looking at 1,500 private jets clogging airports at a World Economic Forum summit takes some beating too, not to mention the 25,000 pilgrims that fly halfway across the world to attend COP summits and then tell mothers who drop their kids off at soccer practice in a 2nd-hand SUV that they are the problem. No excuses anymore. They can Zoom. 25,000 group thinkers on a screen…their individual relevance in direct proportion to the size of their microscopic avatar.

Media worth consuming – a recap of December 2020

My good mate Jonathan Rochford of Narrow Road Capital has compiled a brilliant summary of the recent madness in markets, politics and economics. One could be forgiven for thinking it is a lot like satire. Link here.

Statistical Racism in education?

You have to hand it to shifty educators who go out of their way to fiddle the books in order to create a narrative that isn’t borne out by the actual statistics. What are we on about?

In a Washington school district, the educators measured the performance of white students vs students of colour (SOC).

Unfortunately due to the scholastic excellence of Asian students, it was felt they inconveniently skewed the SOC numbers to such an extent that they decided to clump them with white students to run the racial inequity line.

Once the bias was caught out, the report was taken down. This is what the data actually said:

In Math, Asian and multi-ethnic students fare the best at 53% growth. American Indian students showed the next highest growth at 52%, followed by Hispanic/Latino at 49%. Both White and Black/African American students came in at 48%. 

When you look at English Language Arts, you see similar results, only with white students slightly outperforming Black student growth (48% to 47%), and Hispanic students (44%) falling slightly behind whites. Again, Asian (54%), multi-ethnic (48%), and American Indian (48%) students outperformed or performed equally well as white students in growth.

In short these social justice educators had no qualms overstating the reality of white students as long as they could widen the gap for political purposes.

It reminds us of 13 schools in Baltimore – four of which received the highest per capita spending per student in the country – returning ZERO PERCENT maths proficiency. Perhaps the education professionals might reflect on the fact that the problem might be with their methods. Throwing money at the problem isn’t the solution.

Imagine if they stopped wasting time trying to ram socialist ideology down students’ throats. Instead of massaging data in order to blame poor outcomes on systemic racism, maybe teachers could be financially compensated based on lifting the performance of all students. Make annual tests graded by independent markers a prerequisite to incentivize excellence among teachers.

Maybe the teachers need to face the fact that they are failing their students. Perhaps they can cancel mandatory racism training for white teachers with superior teaching methods.

AOC is living proof that even socialists embrace capitalism.

Remember it is all about the science

Remember, it is all about the science. NY Gov Cuomo squashes small businesses again calling for a two week ban on dining indoors.

Freedom is slavery. Up is down. War is peace. Don’t believe your lying eyes.

JP Sears did another video on the futility of putting the jackboot on the neck of small businesses. It is for our own good, apparently.

Minny City Council panics as crime surges

Who ever would have guessed?? How could the Minneapolis City Council predict that calls to defund the police would lead to a 55%YoY surge in arson? Or murder, carjackings, robberies or assaults???

These woke Democrats thought “reimagining the police” would just work. What happened to the army of social workers who had the skills to reason with an irate 350lb armed narcotics dealer chasing up accounts receivable from his financially constrained customers?

Minny City Council President Lisa Bender, who led the charge in the initial calls to defund the MPD, complained that the law enforcement officers were being defiant by not answering the calls of constituents.

As we pointed out in June, Lisa Bender tweeted,

If you are a comfortable white person asking to dismantle the police I invite you to reflect: are you willing to stick with it? Will you be calling in three months to ask about garage break-ins? Are you willing to dismantle white supremacy in all systems, including a new system?

So no Lisa, three months later they want more police.

“Policy wonk” council member Phillipe Cunningham said,

What I am sort of flabbergasted by right now is colleagues, who a very short time ago were calling for abolition, are now suggesting we should be putting more resources and funding into MPD.”

Who knew?!

Life experience politicians vs Career politicians

It is so refreshing when politicians have life experience. South Dakota Gov Kristi Noem posted the following statement. As a small business owner herself, she knew how they functioned and has opened her state’s doors to welcome anyone fleeing lawless Democrat run cities, towns and states.

You’ve heard me say many times that South Dakota never closed. We allowed South Dakotans to make the best decisions for themselves, their families, their businesses, and their communities. But we were unique in this path; other states made different choices. In fact, in some places businesses have been closed for the past six months. How are small business owners supposed to make ends meet in states that have locked down their economies for six months straight?

This isn’t a hypothetical question to me. As a former small business owner, I’ve personally dealt with the struggles of keeping a business afloat. When my dad passed away, I had to take charge of our family’s farming operation. We struggled to balance paying our IRS bill with payroll and all the other expenses that are a regular part of running a small business. If we’d been forced to shut down for six months in the middle of it all, our business would not have made it.

That’s exactly what we’re seeing play out across the country. As a result of extended lockdowns, countless businesses are closing. In July, Yelp announced that more than 72,000 businesses on the site had closed for good since the start of the pandemic, and that was more than a month ago. Retailers and restaurants have been hit especially hard.

These businesses are more than just storefronts – they’re people’s livelihoods. They put food on the table, not only for small business owners, but also for their employees. Without businesses to employ these workers, states that have been shut down will struggle to recover even after they reopen.

Here in South Dakota, because we didn’t shut down our state, the recovery story is far stronger. According to the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, South Dakota had the fewest low-income job losses of any state in our region, and as of the end of June, we’d already recovered nearly all of those losses. Our weekly initial unemployment claims continue to drop. This is positive news coming into the Labor Day weekend.

Our tourism industry is rebounding strongly as well. South Dakota is the third best state in the country for domestic tourism bookings compared to the start of the pandemic. Interest in visiting South Dakota has surged, meaning we’ll continue to see friendly faces visiting our state in the weeks, months, and years to come.

We’re hearing from lots of folks interested in not only visiting South Dakota, but moving here full-time. If business owners are sick and tired of the lockdowns in other states, I want them to know that they have another option. They can come to South Dakota. We respect our people’s rights, and we won’t shut businesses down. We’re open for opportunity, and on my watch, we always will be.”

Maybe some lessons for the State of Victoria, Australia. Are you listening, Dan Andrews? Of course not.

Cops need to consider whether looters “needed” goods before charging them

Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton has said that the police should consider whether looters needed those stolen goods before charging them. These Democrats are seriously deranged.

Yes, this is the same California DA who charged two people with a ‘hate crime’ for defacing a BLM mural. Her release noted “defacing” with “black paint” related to “systemic racism.

Yet another activist member of a judiciary.

Chicago & Portland Mayors finally agree Trump was right all along

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile was ransacked by looters. City officials ended up raising bridges across the river to prevent further rioters entering the CBD, albeit too late. Similar actions occurred during BLM protests several months ago.

Luxury goods stores were the main target. Chicago police exchanged gunfire with looters and arrested more than 100 people.

Most interesting were the comments made by Superintendent of Police David O’Neil Brown, who said that the CPD is being forced to release criminals who only become emboldened to double down and commit further crimes without consequence.

Brown said, “This was not an organized protest. Rather this was an incident of pure criminality…As of now, Chicago police have made more than 100 arrests for looting, disorderly conduct, battery against police, among other charges. A total of 13 officers have been injured throughout the night, including a sergeant who was struck with a bottle. Another officer had his nose broken as he fought with a group of looters…Criminals took to the streets with confidence that there’ll be no consequences for their actions. Let me say that again, criminals took to the street with the confidence that there would be no consequences for their actions and I, for one, refuse to allow these cowardly acts to hold our city hostage.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot moved away from her traditional “everything is under control” narrative to confess, “These individuals engaged with it can only be described as brazen and extensive criminal looting and destruction. To be clear, this had nothing to do with legitimate protected first amendment expression.

What a surprise? When she gave carte blanche to criminals and rioters under the guise of peaceful protestors, what did she expect? Now she is seeking to do the exact thing Trump was demanding of her. Get tough.

How the tide is turning. Only days ago, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) finally admonished the mob he had openly protested with by stating,  “When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder.” He also added “Don’t think for a moment that you are, if you are participating in this activity, you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump — because you absolutely are…You are creating the b-roll film that will be used in ads nationally to help Donald Trump during this campaign. If you don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up.

Who knew that one way to get peace in a city is to tell rioters their actions are helping the very man they want to be removed from office?

Way to go De Blasio

As murders and shootings skyrocket in NYC as NYPD officers quit in droves, Mayor Bill De Blasio thinks that the most pressing issue in NYC is a study of the official seal depicting a Native American and a white male settler and whether it is appropriate for the times.

Here we were thinking that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was out of touch with the Census Cowboy as crime rages in her city.