#victimology

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.

In California opposing a Marxist group is now a hate crime

California, true to form, showed its totalitarian roots.

A couple that painted over a Black Lives Matter mural that was approved by the city of Martinez have been charged with a hate crime. The release notes “defacing” with “black paint” which somehow relates to “systemic racism.” We imagine that given bitumen is black, that colour paint was the best hue to mask the mural.

Who knew that opposing a Marxist group is now a federal offense in California?

Unfortunately we had another woke District Attorney Diana Becton flex her political beliefs in the statement rather than apply the law objectively. Where have we seen this before? Three examples spring to mind.

1) Fulton County DA Paul Howard is pushing the death penalty for former Atlanta Police officer Garrett Rolfe in the death of Rayshard Brooks despite the evidence. How convenient that he is up for re-election and fighting allegations of sexual harassment and a toxic work environment. Also note that The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) has opened an investigation of Howard and his use of a nonprofit to funnel at least $140,000 in city of Atlanta funds to supplement his salary.

2) Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx ruled emphatically that Empire actor Jussie Smollett was guilty beyond doubt but dropped all 16 charges related to his hate crime hoax despite the unnecessary $100,000 cost to the Chicago Police. How ironic that Michelle Obama’s former chief-of-staff called Foxx to discuss the concern of the Smollett family. Foxx never recused herself on conflict of interest grounds, however the end result certainly gives rise to suspicions favours were called in.

3) St Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner said she would find a way to charge the McCloskeys for defending their home with automatic weapons when 500 BLM protestors trespassed on their gated private property. Gardner said, “Make no mistake: we will not tolerate the use of force against those exercising their First Amendment rights, and will use the full power of Missouri law to hold [the McCloskeys] accountable.”

Forget objective judiciary’s when DAs are unabashed activists.

As an aside, all four attorneys listed above are Democrats that happen to be black. This is an observation based on fact.

We are confident that there have been activist attorneys of other party affiliations and races over the years. So much for independence and fair trials when DAs push for an outcome without the presumption of innocence. A sad indictment indeed.

Surely to end systemic racism, applying laws based on identity won’t be the answer.

If we were advising the Redskins response to Nike

Nike has stopped selling Washington Redskins gear and won’t resume sales until the NFL team changes its name.

Nike, alongside FedEx and PepsiCo have been put under pressure by activist investors. We can absolutely guarantee that the ultimate customers of money managers – individuals – want decent and sustainable returns, not woke virtue signaling.

Given investment houses often preach about the importance of accurate numbers, due diligence and shareholder returns, why not accept that over 90% of Native Americans have no issue with the name? Have Native Americans come out on mass demanding the name change?

The thing is that the majority demanding the change haven’t bothered to consult the very people who don’t appear to be bothered by it. Another typical woke liberal talking point to post to social media feeds to make themselves feel morally superior despite the fact that the majority don’t represent the very people they claim to.

What woeful governance practices to cave in to activists, who often don’t meet the very guidelines they demand of others.

Perhaps the Washington Redskins should return serve on Nike and demand that using a name from Greek mythology is cultural appropriation and not inclusive of the trans community. It should also request Nike stop making products that use cotton because of its links to slavery.

Furthermore, the use of synthetic materials that rely on the fossil fuels industry must be banned to show its commitment to combatting climate change.

The Redskins management should also demand that Nike force any staff member, executive, supplier, contractor or sports figure they sponsor not use Mercedes for its former links to slavery.

The cancel culture must apply across the board.

#PushBack. The corporate world has no place lecturing anyone on morals.

Alyssa Milano is a gift that keeps giving

Actress Alyssa Milano can’t stop outdoing herself in the hypocrisy stakes.

This time she took to demanding the Washington Redskins ditch the name because of offence it causes Native communities.

Never mind that Milano lent her name to “Touch by Alyssa Milano” which includes photos of her wearing Washington Redskins shirts.

If only she knew that a in May 2016, the heavily left-leaning WaPo released a poll targeted at self-identified Native Americans which produced the same results as the Annenberg poll of 2004. That is over 90% of the respondents were “not bothered” by the Redskins name.

For more links to Milano’s hypocrisy, please see the following link.

Happy Friday.

The future of policing?

We’re coming for you. The sinister cancel culture

UCLA

It seems that no one is safe from the mob. If anyone fails to bend to the demands of social justice warriors,  sign a petition to get that individual fired. No ifs. No buts.

UCLA Andersen School of Management Professor Gordon Klein recently sent an email to one of his students concerning making accommodations in light of recent events in Minneapolis. It read:

Thanks for your suggestion in your email below that I give black students special treatment, given the tragedy in Minnesota. Do you know the names of the classmates that are black? How can I identify them since we’ve been having online classes only? Are there any students that may be of mixed parentage, such as half black-half Asian? What do you suggest I do with respect to them? A full concession or just half? Also, do you have any idea if any students are from Minneapolis? I assume that they probably are especially devastated as well. I am thinking that a white student from there might be possibly even more devastated by this, especially because some might think that they’re racist even if they are not. My TA is from Minneapolis, so if you don’t know, I can probably ask her. Can you guide me on how you think I should achieve a “no-harm” outcome since our sole course grade is from a final exam only? One last thing strikes me: Remember that MLK famously said that people should not be evaluated based on the “colour of their skin.” Do you think that your request would run afoul of MLK’s admonition?”

Thanks,

G. Klein

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No doubt many of the 20,700 that have signed the petition have zero to do with UCLA, the professor involved or accounting. It is a mindless action where most signatories do not bother to even read the context of what the petition is about. Faux outrage at its finest. Jump on a cause to appear woke. Ruin the life of someone they don’t even know for the sake of raking in virtue signalling points.

The cancel culture is sinister.

In accounting, the point of the subject is all about getting answers correct unlike other courses such as behavioural economics or liberal studies which rely on a certain amount of flexibility in response.

Is it fair to expect a professor wants to grade students appropriately based on the rigour of their exam work because that is a reflection on his/her reputation as an educator? Imagine if Klein was teaching cardiology? Would we as a public accept special treatment which passed a failing student? What if it was you on the operating table and that student failed the very procedure you were requiring? We guess you may not be around to complain.

Universities often offer “special consideration” to students who might have an illness or other extenuating circumstances e.g. death in the family. Why not let those students from whatever racial background who may have been impacted by Minneapolis in whatever capacity individually make the claim to the university to assist (i.e. through the correct procedure) instead of having someone make it on their behalf?

The students who identified themselves as ‘nonblack allies of their black classmates‘ told Klein their request was to get him to “exercise compassion and leniency with black students in our major.” Do these students not realise that in their attempts to stomp out racism and ramp up equality they are doing the exact thing they claim they are not?

The petition included the comment, “We, the students, refuse to support Gordon Klein any further and demand to see his employment terminated as soon as possible.

UCLA student Preet Bains, who started the petition revealed the true motive when he said that Klein “really undermines the Black Lives Matter movement.

What did the university do? It suspended the professor.

Why just Klein? If the university was consistent it should stand down any professor or lecturer who believes that students aren’t entitled to special treatment. Why hasn’t it immediately demanded each teacher openly declare their allegiance to BLM and post it to their UCLA web profile so students can start petitions to demand the sacking of those who fail to comply too?

Something tells us poor parenting might be an issue here to allow such egregious self-entitlement. Shame on the university for not standing up for ethics, for negligence in not appropriately defending one of its faculty members based on evidence and failing to advertise the correct procedure with respect to special consideration.  Instead, it has folded in front of the mob. It seems like the students are running that asylum. If they succeed with Klein, what precedent will that set?

Perhaps prospective employers should take into special consideration those students that have publicly signed the petition to fire Klein as a good indicator of their team spirit inside a workplace. The cancel culture should not operate in one direction. Shouldn’t those that seek to set the standards live by the very rules they set for everyone else?

Minneapolis votes to disband the Police Dept

It appears that 9 out of 13 Minneapolis City councillors have voted in favour of disbanding the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) and shift its funding towards a “community-oriented, nonviolent public safety and outreach capacity.

Perhaps they need to watch The Untouchables where Al Capone infamously said, “I grew up in a tough neighbourhood and quickly learnt you could get much further with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word.”

Soft-touch all looks pretty on paper. However, we question how violent crime will be curtailed? We doubt that criminals will see this as anything other than an invite to turn Minneapolis into a crime hub to coordinate it with no police present.

Minneapolis has a crime rate twice the national city average and 4x the state of Minnesota. According to Neighborhood Scout, only 4% of cities in America are more crime-infested than Minneapolis. 50 crimes are committed per 1,000 residents annually split 8/1,000 for violent crimes and 42/1,000 for robbery. Do facts matter to the council? Will crime drop off if community groups hold hands and sing kumbaya to home-owners as felons loot their abodes?

The outcome? We would imagine that those who may have relied on the police to help them with incidences of burglary, robbery or assault may just have to pack their bags and leave. Minneapolis has grown from around 368,000 inhabitants in 1990 to around 425,000 today.

For whatever faults the MPD may have had, isn’t it worth reflecting on 59 years of continuous Democratic stewardship which led to the failures that caused the problem in the first place?

This isn’t a lesser of two evils argument but a perfect time to clean house within the police department and union. For the Mayor to sack the police chief and install someone to change MPD’s behaviors rather than just through the keys into the burnt-out police station. It is not as if the MPD had a lot of choices after Floyd’s death to stand their ground. With it the majority of good cops will be on the street.

We wouldn’t be surprised if businesses pack up and leave too, like they did in Detroit. Investment will fall because who would want to pour money into an abandoning ship? Insurance companies will see no point signing up policies in a city that doesn’t have proper law enforcement to lower the risk profile.

Who ends up losing? Residents, forced into more crime-infested poverty. Democrat policy at its finest. Utterly clueless.

While being woke might appear optically pleasing to the mob while emotions are high, this supposed proven public safety initiative adopted in places such as Eugene, Oregon; Austin, Texas; and Denver, Colorado still rely on their city police forces to marshall the tougher stuff. Minneapolis wants to go all in.

One can only imagine that the services of a Wyatt Earp will be required when it all goes completely pear-shaped. You can’t make this stuff up. Even the mayor, as whipped as he is knows a police force is still a necessary evil. How can he not resign?

Minneapolis votes to disband the Police Dept

It appears that 9 out of 13 Minneapolis City councillors have voted in favour of disbanding the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) and shift its funding towards a “community-oriented, nonviolent public safety and outreach capacity.

Perhaps they need to watch The Untouchables where Al Capone infamously said, “I grew up in a tough neighbourhood and quickly learnt you could get much further with a kind word and a gun than just a kind word.”

Soft-touch all looks pretty on paper. However, we question how violent crime will be curtailed? We doubt that criminals will see this as anything other than an invite to turn Minneapolis into a crime hub to coordinate it with no police present.

Minneapolis has a crime rate twice the national city average and 4x the state of Minnesota. According to Neighborhood Scout, only 4% of cities in America are more crime-infested than Minneapolis. 50 crimes are committed per 1,000 residents annually split 8/1,000 for violent crimes and 42/1,000 for robbery. Do facts matter to the council? Will crime drop off if community groups hold hands and sing kumbaya to home-owners as felons loot their abodes?

The outcome? We would imagine that those who may have relied on the police to help them with incidences of burglary, robbery or assault may just have to pack their bags and leave. Minneapolis has grown from around 368,000 inhabitants in 1990 to around 425,000 today.

For whatever faults the MPD may have had, isn’t it worth reflecting on 59 years of continuous Democratic stewardship which led to the failures that caused the problem in the first place?

This isn’t a lesser of two evils argument but a perfect time to clean house within the police department and union. For the Mayor to sack the police chief and install someone to change MPD’s behaviors rather than just through the keys into the burnt-out police station. It is not as if the MPD had a lot of choices after Floyd’s death to stand their ground. With it the majority of good cops will be on the street.

We wouldn’t be surprised if businesses pack up and leave too, like they did in Detroit. Investment will fall because who would want to pour money into an abandoning ship? Insurance companies will see no point signing up policies in a city that doesn’t have proper law enforcement to lower the risk profile.

Who ends up losing? Residents, forced into more crime-infested poverty. Democrat policy at its finest. Utterly clueless.

While being woke might appear optically pleasing to the mob while emotions are high, this supposed proven public safety initiative adopted in places such as Eugene, Oregon; Austin, Texas; and Denver, Colorado still rely on their city police forces to marshall the tougher stuff. Minneapolis wants to go all in.

One can only imagine that the services of a Wyatt Earp will be required when it all goes completely pear-shaped. You can’t make this stuff up. Even the mayor, as whipped as he is knows a police force is still a necessary evil. How can he not resign?

Hijacking a pandemic for publicity

Here we go again.

600 and counting “behavioral scientists” have co-signed an open letter to the UK Government to express their concerns over the Coronavirus response.

Spend a few moments going through the excel file of signatories and it is a random walk. Professors in psychology, PhD students in statistics, undergrads in law, economics and engineering. Many from the University of Warwick. Presumably someone hung around the student refectory to get anyone to sign it.

It wasn’t so long ago that we had a bunch of smug psychiatrists who told us Trump wasn’t mentally fit. The lead claimed she was a member of the World Mental Health Council. Big name with 6 digit membership, right?

For reference, the American Psychiatric Association has c. 38,000 members. We could be easily led to believe the WMHC had multiples of that. Sadly not. It has a total of 37. Yes, thirty-seven. Given the World Psychiatric Association represents 200,000 members worldwide, we can get a fair idea of how much ‘pull’ WMHC hasn’t.

Or the 11,000 supposed scientists who co-signed a letter on climate change only to be caught with Mickey Mouse, Araminta Aardvark and Albus Dumbledore among the names. Precious little due diligence to ensure it had credibility.

Or the 268 Aussie academics who endorsed Extinction Rebellion. Perhaps the most hilarious signatory to the letter was Matthew Flinders of Flinders University. Unless the university website has another Matthew Flinders listed as an active member, our esteemed explorer seems to have navigated his way back to life…simply adding to the total lack of credibility.

Eerily, over 90% of the signatories did not appear to be renowned experts in teaching science, much less climate science. Many of the woke academia came from fields such as stand up comedy, poetry, arts/education, sports management, archaeology, LatAm studies, sex, health and society, social services, veterinary biology, culture, gender and racism. Can you feel the bias?

Or the other open letter to The Times co-signed by “businesses” who supported Extinction Rebellion in the UK. We attached their own published business models in distance of each HQ from the protest epicenter. It’s easy to say how woke they are about impacting local businesses when you’re nowhere near the problems.

When will this vacuous virtue signaling stop?!

Seattle City Council strikes again

We want proper evidence to convince us that the state of climate change is anywhere near as big or as dangerous as alarmists claim it to be. This video doesn’t help convince those who want more proof.

Seattle City Council is a gift that keeps giving. Not just the tree activists singing but the complete “don’t give a damn” attitude of the councilors.