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Chauvin guilty on all charges

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Sacrificial lamb.  Will there be rioting anyway?

The appeals process will be interesting to say the least.

This is not what I was expecting.

A good preemptive move - Minnesota

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From FOX News:

Minnesota’s Walz declares state of emergency prior to Derek Chauvin verdict
Gov. Tim Walz, the Minnesota Democrat, declared a state of emergency Monday night in the counties around Minneapolis as the city prepares for the verdict in the Derek Chauvin murder trial.

Fox 9 reported that Walz held a news conference to lay out his plans to maintain security. He said the state is bringing in police backup from Nebraska and Ohio. The report pointed out that the Minnesota Senate approved $9 million in emergency funding to deal with potential unrest.

Good move - this is going to make the long hot summer look like a tea party. I lived through that time - was 16. Cities were erupting in violence. Now, the gloves are off.  People are coordinating through social media.  This is all Obama's legacy. He wanted to institute division so we could be Balkanized and controlled.  He got it.

Very glad I no longer live in a city. Toxic places.

This recent resurgence of radicalism. Burn, baby burn!  Nobody is saying anything about build, baby build.

In the '60's, there was rioting but there was also building. Day-care centers, food banks and co-ops, schools, "free" medical clinics. There were all sorts of social institutions created, some still running today.  Some of them were wonderful (food banks and co-ops), some of them were kleptocratic and corrupt (marxist of course) but they purported to do good for the local communities.

We see nothing of that today. Assistant Village Idiot explains this much better than I can: 

Lack Of Art
Critical Race Theory, and Critical Theory in general doesn't have any art I can think of. Not poetry, not music, theater, film, painting, sculpture, nor literature. It may just be that I am not up on such things. I don't think it is mere recency, as both have been around for years, nor is it a bias from unfair comparisons from centuries ago. I am not asking that it produce an equivalent to the high Renaissance. Existentialism is also recent but does not suffer from the same lack. there is plenty of interesting theater, poetry, and literature from them, and I think only a little stretch of the concept brings in the visual arts including film.

I suppose you might make a case that successive philosophies since the enlightenment have each produced less art of a durable nature, and Theory is just that much farther down the line, but you would have to go some to convince me that was more than a merely convenient explanation.

This is a major red flag for the intellectual foundation of a philosophy, that artists in no medium can bring forth anything of interest. The heart of artistic expression is transposition, of reframing or new understanding of one concept and making it manifest in another. If you can find nothing to transpose, it means there is nothing there.

This is unsurprising, as Theory never pretended to be making anything, only analyzing it. It's right there in the name, Critical Theory. It critiques. It is described as a tool for interrogating everything else. "Interrogate" is supposed to have a more refined meaning than the picture that pops into our head from movies, of guys sitting in a chair under bright light, getting beat up after any bad answer. It's supposed to mean "asking questions." In reality, it's pretty much the sadistic guys with the brass knuckles. You either aren't interrogated at all because you're on their side, or you get the crap beat out of you.

So we interrogate history with Critical Theory. We look at American education through the prism of Critical Race Theory. We examine music or literature via Theory. But we never make anything with it. Making something requires talent, courage, and effort. A critical theorist might have any or all of these things. But they aren't required for the job.

Some excellent comments too - go and read.

'Ya got a point - Zombie Movies

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The Japanese Prime Minister's visit

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Turns out it was even worse than I had thought. Posted about Harris meeting with him yesterday.
Now this - from The Conservative Treehouse:

Biden Administration Conduct Hot Mess of Diplomatic Blunders During Japanese Prime Minister Visit
President Obama was well known for his diplomatic blunders, stumbles and curt demeanor with many foreign dignitaries including Queen Elizabeth II. Unsurprisingly it appears the JoeBama administration is picking up right where Obama left off.

Japanese Prime Minister Joshihide Suga was the first world leader to visit the White House since Biden’s installation, and the poor form began with no-one greeting the head of the Japanese government upon arrival. When you consider the leftist narrative about stopping Asian hate, there is a rather ironic aspect to this visit and snub.

More at the site.  They could not be more insulting if they were actually trying.  The fact that they are just being totally clueless makes it even worse.  We need adults in the room STAT.

That's about it:

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Politically incorrect but...

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still, a good point:

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Telling the truth - CNN - some more

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A third tranche was released today from Project Veritas:

PART 3: CNN Director Charlie Chester Says Network Is ‘Trying To Help’ The Black Lives Matter Movement By Protecting The Group’s Narrative On Race … ‘I Haven't Seen Anything About Focusing On The Color Of People's Skin That Aren't White’

And I am sure that a lot more will follow these three... We always knew.  Now, we know that they are fully conscious of their bias.  It is a decision with them to try to improve their ratings and they do not care who or what they hurt with their reporting. They do not care about the truth.

That will be fun to see

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Wait long enough and...

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I probably have about 30 Hawaiian Shirts - some modern, some vintage.  Started buying them with no intention of forming a collection but that is what I have now.  Love to wear them when it's warm. Found this blurb:

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Wait long enough and everything comes back into fashion again.
Pro Tip: Best place to get modern Hawaiian Shirts? Costco in Hawaii - they have a wonderful assortment for a lot cheaper than any of the tourist shops - much better made too.

From The Post Millennial:

Twitter permanently bans Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe
After a scathing series of exposés dropped by Project Veritas about CNN's anti-conservative bias this week, Twitter has permanently suspended the outlet's founder, James O'Keefe.

O'Keefe, the publisher and founder of Project Veritas, has consistently been releasing exclusive video footage that exposes the political bias of CNN, Facebook, and Google, among others, in a series of bombshells reports.

This is especially onerous as they did not suspend him for a tweet. They suspended him for his non-twitter activity.
Bias? No bias here. We are just following the narrative like all good proles.

Looting has a new term of art

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From Bayou Renaissance Man:

Really???
From Black House News, described on Twitter as "a Liberation News resource hub":

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So looting, arson and general mayhem are now "acts of material liberation", are they? Well, if they try that in my area, the perpetrators are likely to be liberated from their material bodies by irate citizens - which is almost certainly why they haven't tried it around here. Apparently some "material" is too precious to risk "liberation" . . .

Many of the people I know on the island are armed. This is a very quiet peaceful community and we like to keep it that way.  Material liberation is frowned on and would be discouraged if it started to happen.

Also on that front, it seems that Amazon has stepped up to the plate.
From America's Newspaper of Record - The Babylon Bee:

Amazon Creates Online Looting App To Allow The Timid To Loot From Home
Amazon is taking a giant leap towards greater equity with the addition of a brand new "Loot" function. Customers will have the option of proceeding to the checkout to pay normally, or clicking the "LOOT IT!" button for social justice.

"If a looter is too timid to smash a window in person, or just too lazy to go outside, we should not be suppressing their important voice by preventing them from looting," said outgoing CEO Jeff Bezos. "We are proud to announce our new app: Amazon Loot."

Customers who select the "LOOT IT" option will be given a list of injustices and microaggressions they can select from that would justify their looting. Items will be promptly shipped in 1 day, just like Amazon Prime items.

The Bee is right on target.

They are beclowning themselves and not realizing it. From Robert Stacy McCain:

Nothing Can Placate the BLM Riot Mob, and ‘Journalists’ Are Part of the Mob
No matter what the facts are, the Narrative must always triumph — this is what “journalism” means in the 21st century:

Reporters loudly objected to the use of the word “riot” by a Minnesota police chief after his officers were assaulted and injured by bricks, rocks, and frozen soda cans, he explained. The chief defended the term by describing the incidents encountered by officers at the station Sunday night.
“Just so everybody is clear, I was front and center at the protest, at the riot,” Brooklyn, Minnesota, Police Chief Tim Gannon told reporters during a press conference Monday. His response came to a question from reporters about why he authorized the use of gas canisters following the issuance of a dispersal order.
In the video tweeted by the Washington Examiner Monday, one reporter exclaims, “There was no riot.” Another shouts “Don’t do that!” Multiple other reporters joined in with those objecting to the word “riot.”

Robert also brings up the inconvenient truth that this latest martyr to the Black Cause was by no means a choirboy and had an outstanding warrent for his arrest. But...  It's good for ratings - gotta sell that advertising space. How can you sell any advertising space if you don't have good ratings.

Oh yeah - Newspeak. It's a thing. Google it. Learn it if you don't want to get sent to the joycamps.

Telling the truth - CNN

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Overheard on the net...

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Need to come up with some new conspiracy theories.
All of the old ones are coming true...

To be played often and LOUD

It'll be a memory you're trying to remember to forget

Mick's YouTube channel

A good day made even better

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Picked up my stuff from the library and cruised the new books section.  Saw that Simon Winchester had a new one out.

Looking forward to the next couple of mornings:  Land: How the Hunger for Ownership Shaped the Modern World 
I have yet to read anything bad from him.

Website here: Simon Winchester

Agree 110% - the good stuff

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From Woodsterman:

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This era - two memes

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Caught my eye:

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That second one does make a lot of sense - you act on what you know.

Waxing philosophical - this era

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So true on so many levels:

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Word...

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100% true - as simple as that

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From Vanderleun:

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Nice work if you can get it - BLM

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Starting a brand like Black Lives Matter is highly lucrative.  It was never about adjusting past wrongs, it has always been about grabbing power and money. Cullors is using race to grift the American population.

From real-estate website dirt.com:

Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors Lands Topanga Canyon Compound
A secluded mini-compound tucked into L.A.’s rustic and semi-remote Topanga Canyon was recently sold for a tad more than $1.4 million to a corporate entity that public records show is controlled by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, 37-year-old social justice visionary and co-founder of the galvanizing and, for some, controversial Black Lives Matter movement.

Kahn-Cullors, a UCLA and USC graduate married about five years ago to social activist (and amateur boxer) Janaya Khan, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, created the #BlackLivesMatter hashtag in 2013 in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin. Since then, the largely decentralized movement has been at the influential forefront on issues of police brutality and racially motivated violence against Black people, particularly in the wake of George Floyd’s killing last summer that sparked massive protests across the United States and around the globe. Kahn-Cullors’ published “When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir” in 2018.

Some photos at the site.  Nice digs. I'd live there. Great comments - lots of WOKE and BASED people weighing in.

A nice cheery quote

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Quote of the month - from Larry Correia:

I used to think America was heading for a Bosnia style civil war. But that was me being too optimistic. Now I suspect we will wake up one day and it’ll be Rwanda.

Tip of the hat to Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man who adds a lot more.  Stuff to think about and plan for. Now!

Well crap - RIP Prince Philip

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I am sure there will be good obituaries - no time to look for them right now.

He was quite the character - a man's man. Spoke his mind. The snowflakes today would go into spontaneous combustion if they heard a small fraction of what he said. The world has lost a true leader.

Immigration - news from France

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I wonder if they will follow Frank Rizzo's maxim:

A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before.

From 90 Miles:

Pro-immigration French tycoon and his wife assaulted by four migrant home-jackers
French tycoon and former Adidas owner Bernard Tapie and his wife were attacked by four immigrants in a violent burglary at their home in Combs-la-Ville (Seine-et-Marne) near Paris. According to a police source, of the four suspects, three were of an “African type” and one of a “North African type”.

The four attackers reportedly gained access to the couple’s estate before entering through the window of one of the bedrooms on the first floor. An item belonging to them was found there. They allegedly knew the lay-out of the home.

The couple were tied up with electrical cords, physically assaulted and robbed. Bernard Tapie, 78, who was briefly a government minister, has always been a vocal advocate for immigration. And Tapie tried to reason with his torturers to make them aware of this fact. But when Tapie told the attackers that he had always stood up for migrants, one of the torturers replied: “Fuck you, that time is over!”

That last line is chilling.  The criminals know that they have the upper hand.  They came into France, refused to assimilate, went on the government dole and are now trying to take over. What's not to love. At least the criminal element coming over our border are not burdened with islam and sharia law.  They are just thugs.

From National Today (fun website):

National Beer Day – April 7, 2021
Every April 7 is National Beer Day, a time where we can raise a toast to the oldest and most venerable of all beverages. People have been making beer for over 5,000 years; in fact, the oldest recorded recipe we know of is for beer.

A bit more:

National Beer Day celebrates the day in 1933 that the Cullen-Harrison act was signed into law, reversing the prohibition on selling beer in the United States. In 2009, a Virginian man named Justin Smith decided to commemorate this historic day, and created his own unofficial National Beer Day. Since then, it has been recognized by the state of Virginia, and unofficially by millions of brew aficionados nationwide.

Beer - let us not forget the words of that philosopher and sage Dr. H. Simpson:

“Here’s to alcohol: the cause of, and solution to, all of life’s problems.”

From Robert Stacey McCain - talking about journalism and channeling his inner Hunter S. Thompson:

Journalism and Mental Health

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Dear Ms. Aviles:

What you need here, ma’am, is an expert analysis, and you’ve found the right guy for the job because — ask around — I’ve always been crazy.

One spring afternoon in 1986, I put on my three-piece suit and walked into the offices of the Cobb News-Chronicle. I walked out with a $4.50-an-hour job as a staff writer and an assignment to cover that evening’s Austell City Council meeting. I had no idea what I was doing, but it was better than driving a forklift, which was what I’d been doing for the past year-and-a-half, saving up money to buy P.A. gear for my rock band.

Thirty-five years later, I’m still at it and, some would say, I still have no idea what I’m doing, but I am by God doing it, aren’t I?

My point here is that journalists have mental health problems because no genuinely sane person would ever get into this miserable racket. Some people pine for the Golden Age of Journalism, but this “profession” (if you can call it that) has always attracted more than its fair share of kooks and cranks who, if they actually became successful at journalism, were politely called “eccentric,” which is just a word for crazy people who make good money. But these were rare exceptions, and the bulk of the people in America’s newsrooms were always a mix of neurotics and drunks, supervised by sadistic sociopaths known as “editors.”

A truly wonderful rant - small taste:

Nowadays, every 23-year-old J-school grad thinks he’s qualified to be a pundit, telling us How to Save Our Democracy. They don’t want to do any actual work, so they haven’t paid their dues covering the police beat or city-council meetings or whatever, but you can find them on Twitter 24/7 snarking away about national politics and how utterly oppressed they are, because they’ve got $60,000 in student-loan debt. And then when they get axed in the latest round of layoffs, we’re expected to take seriously the wailing about the Death of American Journalism because some 26-year-old lost his/her (they/them?) job writing clickbait for HuffPo.

Spot on and he had a lot of fun writing this.

From Law Enforcement Today:

California receives 261 transgender prisoners transfer requests under new law – including 255 to women’s prison
261 California inmates have requested transfers to prisons aligning with their claimed gender identity since Gov. Gavin Newsom signed S.B. 132 into law in September allowing prisoners to choose their gender for prison placement.

S.B. 132 requires California correctional facilities to house prisoners in a “correctional facility designated for men or women based on the individual’s preference.”

255 of the 261 inmates requested to transfer from a male to a female correctional facility. Some officials and women’s rights groups are concerned that such transfers are being made “under false pretenses,” according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

Nice try guys but...

Pandemic - a two-fer

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Two really good points from My Pensieve:

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So true - especially the second one.  I tell people the data from the CDC and it just goes out their other ear.  It doesn't fit the narrative so they do not bother to even try to comprehend it. Sad really - critical thinking is a lost art these days.

Kicking the debt can down the road

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All this government spending is not going to go away.  They can not print more money to pay for it. The debt is something our children will be thanking us for as they will have to deal with it (and the accumulated interest).

Michael Ramirez brings this home:

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Sad but true - kids these days

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Out for a little bit - errands

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Bank and post office.  Back shortly. Quiet news day today.

There was a guy who murdered a Capitol Hill police officer - rammed him with his car.  The media are quiet as he was a follower of Screwy Louis Farrakhan. Now if he were a conservative Trump voter, that would be a different story indeed.

I am sure his Manifesto will be found and printed. There is always a Manifesto with the mentally ill.

A little bit of history

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Seems to be repeating itself...

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Another one bites the dust

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The bloom is off the rose for french philosopher Michel Foucault.
Why do intellectuals always choose stupid people to look up to?
From the London Daily Times:

French philosopher Michel Foucault ‘abused boys in Tunisia’
The philosopher Michel Foucault, a beacon of today’s “woke” ideology, has become the latest prominent French figure to face a retrospective reckoning for sexually abusing children.

A fellow intellectual, Guy Sorman, has unleashed a storm among Parisian “intellos” with his claim that Foucault, who died in 1984 aged 57, was a paedophile rapist who had sex with Arab children while living in Tunisia in the late 1960s.

Sorman, 77, said he had visited Foucault with a group of friends on an Easter holiday trip to the village of Sidi Bou Said, near Tunis, where the philosopher was living in 1969. “Young children were running after Foucault saying ‘what about me? take me, take me’,” he recalled last week in an interview with The Sunday Times.

“They were eight, nine, ten years old, he was throwing money at them and would say ‘let’s meet at 10pm at the usual place’.” This, it turned out, was the local cemetery: “He would make love there on the gravestones with young boys. The question of consent wasn’t even raised.”

Sorman claimed that “Foucault would not have dared to do it in France”, comparing him to Paul Gauguin, the impressionist said to have had sex with young girls he painted in Tahiti, and Andre Gide, the novelist who preyed on boys in Africa. “There is a colonial dimension to this. A white imperialism.”

Disgusting. Here is one wonderful put-down:

Foucault is the most cited scholar in the world, often associated with the rise of identity politics in America, where MC Hammer, the rapper, is one of his fans. “It is almost invariably Foucault to whom contemporary activist studies departments trace their intellectual foundations,” wrote Daniel Miller in The Critic magazine. “At the most basic level, Foucault the famous French professor supplies a signature of seriousness for disciplines without clear academic standards or traditions.”

Got to love that line: "a signature of seriousness for disciplines without clear academic standards or traditions"

And then, there is this from Sorman:

For Sorman, Foucault’s behaviour was symptomatic of a distinctly French malaise dating back to Voltaire. “He believed there were two morals, one for the elite, which was immoral, and one for the people, which should be restrictive.”

Which we see to this day.  The elite. The entitled. These are not people to look up to. These are people to be reviled. The foundation for much of what is wrong today. And don't get me started on The Frankfurt School...
I long for the day when humanity and common sense returns to academia.

Missing out on some interesting programming:

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April Fools

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About sums it up:

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Now this will be interesting

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Some big money in back of it.  A new social media site: Frank

See how much is hardware and how much is hype...

Great observation

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Something people need to take to heart.

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The name is Elizabeth Johnston but I can not find anything else from her.
I'll keep looking - this one was spot on.

Pity that to everyone else, they look like clueless idiots. From FOX News:

Oxford music professors deem sheet music 'colonialist,' say curriculum needs to be 'decolonized'
Staff members within the University of Oxford’s music department have deemed sheet music "colonialist" and have suggested ways to "decolonize" the curriculum.

Professors said that music notation has not "shaken off its connection to its colonial past" and that not rebranding it would be a "slap in the face" for students of color, according to documents reviewed by the British outlet The Telegraph.

The story at The Telegraph is behind a pop-up that I cannot clear. It says that I am running an ad blocker but I am not. I am running this HOSTS file which is kinda the same but much much better. You should look at it yourself. Speeds up browsing a lot. Anyway...

The same faculty also reportedly questioned whether the current curriculum was complicit in "white supremacy," pointing to the program’s focus on "white European music from the slave period" – composers like Mozart and Beethoven.

Good God. Unreal. More:

The faculty members said the curriculum should broaden its music offerings with studies like "African and African Diasporic Musics," "Global Musics," and "Popular Musics."

Oxford’s music curriculum already offers non-Eurocentric course options, but the professors who proposed these changes said the school’s nearly "all-white faculty" gives "privilege to white musicians" by default.

The proposed changes appeared to have driven in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

In other words, the Bitter Little Marxists are trying to force their reach into the institutions. Pollute the next generation's ability to think clearly. Someone needs to call Campus Security.

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