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New York Arrests and Charges First Cop for Breaking a New Ban on Chokeholds

Plus: firework conspiracy theories, jobless claims, another cop is arrested, and more...

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Former New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer David Afanador has been arrested and charged with strangulation and attempted strangulation, after violating the city's brand new ban on police choking suspects. That law—the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act, named after the man killed by police in 2014 for selling black-market cigarettes—was passed by state lawmakers on June 8. It "establishes the crime of aggravated strangulation for police officers or peace officers where such officer commits the crime of criminal obstruction or breathing or blood circulation, or uses a chokehold or similar restraint, and causes serious physical injury or death."

This past Sunday, Afanador used a chokehold on Ricky Bellevue, a 35-year-old black man he was arresting on a Far Rockaway, Queens, boardwalk, after cops were summoned there about someone shouting things in a way that scared someone passing by. Afanador had his arm around Bellevue's neck until Bellevue appeared to pass out.

Video of the arrest and illegal restraint was first shared on Facebook, and then the NYPD released body camera footage of the whole encounter. The body-cam video shows Bellevue and two friends walking on a boardwalk, talking with and periodically yelling things at some police officers. An NYPD spokesperson told BuzzFeed that officers were there because someone had called about a man being disorderly.

In the body-cam footage, a friend of Bellevue—who was charged and tackled to the ground after reaching toward a public trash can—can be heard repeatedly shouting "Yo, stop choking him! He's choking him! Let him go!"

The officer eventually stops. After a little bit, cops pull the handcuffed man up and march him toward their vehicle. As he's handcuffed, the man who was choked tells police he is bipolar and asthmatic.

"My whole body hurts," Bellevue tells the police at one point.

On Thursday, the Queens District Attorney's Office announced that Afanador had been "charged with attempted aggravated strangulation and strangulation in the second degree" and faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted. It also said that Afanador was "suspended without pay by the New York City Police Department hours after a video of the incident went viral online."

Here's how the D.A.'s office describes the incident:

Afanador was responding to a call of someone screaming and yelling at people on the Boardwalk shortly after 8 a.m., Sunday, June 21, 2020. Afanador and several other police officers encountered 3 men who proceeded to taunt and heckle the officers as a couple of them simultaneously video recorded the police on their cell phones. At one point, 35-year-old Ricky Bellevue asked the police officers if they were scared and appeared to retrieve a can from a trash receptacle. That's when 4 police officers grabbed Bellevue, including Afanador, who allegedly wrapped his arm around the man's neck as he was pinned to the ground.

Also on Thursday, police officer Jordy Yanes Martel of Miami Gardens, Florida, was arrested after having knelt on the neck of a pregnant woman and tased her in the stomach multiple times. This abuse, which took place in January—and preceded the woman miscarrying—was caught on video. The video contradicted Martel's claims that the woman was resisting arrest.

But Martel was not fired until last week—and not for the abuse of the pregnant woman, but for a separate "excessive force complaint in a March incident at a RaceTrac gas station," reports Forbes. The Miami-Dade State Attorney announced yesterday that Martel had been arrested and charged with battery and official misconduct.


FREE MARKETS

Last week saw 1.48 million new unemployment claims filed in the U.S. That number, announced Thursday, is higher than had been predicted—"economists surveyed by Dow Jones had been expecting 1.35 million claims," notes CNBC. But "those receiving benefits fell below 20 million for the first time in two months."

"New jobless claims have topped 1 million for 14 straight weeks," ABC points out. "Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the record for weekly unemployment filings was 695,000 in 1982."


FREE MINDS

The New York Times criticizes fireworks conspiracy theories (which had been promoted by one of the paper's star reporters, Nikole Hannah-Jones, on Twitter). The "far-fetched theories," as the Times describes them, suggest that the recent surge in amateur neighborhood fireworks isn't simply stay-at-home summertime revelry but some sort of covert government operation to terrorize poor neighborhoods and people of color—"a form of psychological warfare, with the light and noise meant to desensitize people to potentially escalating levels of force."

While the Times can't definitively disprove it, the paper throws water on some of the supporting "evidence" for theses theories, which mostly revolves around people feeling neighborhood fireworks displays are too large and professional-looking. As the Times points out:

Fireworks are being sold legally just over state lines in neighboring states like Pennsylvania. They are on sale in huge quantities at bargain prices as businesses, only recently reopened because of the pandemic, meet consumers eager for a flashy diversion or illegal resale opportunity, particularly as the weather warms and Independence Day nears.

In calling for investigations of these fireworks being brought into NYC, people worried about police brutality may inadvertently endanger those just trying to have a little harmless fun in a way city authorities don't approve of.


QUICK HITS

• The Supreme Court gives a green light to part of the Trump administration's immigration crackdown. "In a 7–2 vote, the court said people who fail to make a valid case for asylum in their initial screenings, by credibly claiming that they fear persecution at home, can be fast-tracked for deportation and cannot challenge that decision in federal court," NBC explains.

• "De-militarizing our police should not only be about taking away gear that is too often used to conduct violent raids on nonviolent suspects," writes Cato Institute research fellow Trevor Burrus. "It should also be about reforming the mindset, held by too many officers, that they are soldiers going to war against their fellow citizens."

• Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid continues trying to rewrite the history of the 2016 election:

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  1. “The New York Times criticizes fireworks conspiracy theories (which had been promoted by one of the paper’s star reporters, Nikole Hannah-Jones, on Twitter).”

    Did you just leave out the part where she got fired for it?
    What? She didn’t get fired? Oh, right, NYT and lies, nothing to see here.

    1. Hello.

      Soooo, fireworks rrrrracist now?

      1. In the DMV I actually never see white people shooting them off. Never thought about it before. Hmmm.

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    2. My 95% lily white middle class suburb is like a fireworks war zone for the entire month of July. You don’t need a conspiracy theory to explain teenagers.

    3. Fired? After she just won the Pulitzer?

    4. I know most commentators aren’t on Facebook, but if you are, go on Being Libertarian’s page. There’s a video of a mob of young black men chasing and surrounding a shirtless white man while shooting fireworks at him repeatedly. At the end of the video they put a bucket over his head and shoulders. I wonder what happened after that.

      1. They gave him a guitar, and he started shredding?

        In all seriousness, that sounds horrible. Something like that must be on the front page of most news sites, with video proof and all.

      2. Is there any more context to the video? I just watched it, and there didn’t appear to be any text accompanying the video to say where or when it happened.

        I searched the news and found that a story about a homeless man being attacked with fireworks in Harlem two days ago, but separate incident.

        1. I saw some comments that speculated it was in Baltimore and he was a drug addict, but nothing else.

        2. What context would make the video okay?

          1. Probably none, but right now we have a video of some people, somewhere, some time. Be good to know more than that.

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      3. Soon they will graduate from fireworks to tiring/neckleacing people like they do in South Africa

      4. 400 years of oppression and you’re worried about firecrackers?

    5. That woman is completely out of her mind. She has virtually every politician and corporation in the entire country nodding their heads in agreement with her about everything. If anything, the conspiracy is that the media is helping her side of the debate cover up crimes. She really won’t be happy until every last person in the country bends the knee to her. We do have a racism problem in this country and people with her messaging are only going to keep setting back progress with their pettiness. She doesn’t deserve a Pulitzer, she deserves to be called out for being the cynically opportunistic demagogue she is.

    6. “Arrested and charged with strangulation” – come on, was the DA John Danaher or something? It’s called a choke hold. Strangulation is something a python does, or Jack the Ripper with a garrote.

  2. It should also be about reforming the mindset, held by too many officers, that they are soldiers going to war against their fellow citizens.

    Cato doesn’t understand that it’s a war zone out there.

    1. Only because the police turned it into one.

      1. Really? The police make people set buildings on fire (after looting)?

        1. I think they’re referring to the long term mindset, not the current shit show. Even then though, I still wouldn’t just blame the police. Politicians started a “War on Drugs!” and now everyone wonders why cops act like they are going to war?

          Unfortunately, the war on drugs doesn’t seem to be getting discussed nearly enough right now as the main cause of the policing problem.

          1. That’s because it isn’t something they can pin on Trump. Their man is complicit in the worst excesses of drug war policy, and they can’t risk that truth being spread far and wide.

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  3. Harry Reid says there’s “no question” in his mind that Russian hackers covertly altered the 2016 vote count.

    The syndrome is a chronic condition.

    1. But remember, when Republicans complain about DNC vote tampering and voter intimidation at polls, “That’s just crazy talk”.

      Also, if Russian hackers are stealing elections, why the push for internet voting and the aversion to paper ballots and providing ID?

      1. Because the only reason they are upset over Russian tampering in US elections is because it wasn’t in their favor.

        1. Maybe it was in their favor. Nobody has any tangible proof of any of it, so let’s wildly speculate. We know that game changing $150k of Facebook ads they took out promoted both Hilary and Trump in their own ways. Why wouldn’t their voter fraud? It’s all to cause chaos right?

      2. Logic is racist!

      3. It is crazy talk. So is Harry Reid’s talk.

        1. “New Black Panther Party chairman Malik Zulu Shabazz accused Fox News of contributing to racial tensions as part of “a right-wing Republican conspiracy”, and other members of the New Black Panther Party made similar accusations, referring to the station as “Fox Jews”.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-0dFrdV4K8

          1. Well, they are obviously against racial tensions

          2. What in the world does that have to do with my comment?

      4. Also, if Russian hackers are stealing elections, why the push for internet voting and the aversion to paper ballots and providing ID?

        Shhh, shhh…

    2. Does Harry have the ‘rona?

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    3. If there was a top ten list of “Politicians who probably have someone caged in their basement” he’d definitely be near the top of it.

      1. It’s literally not, though. Police act like it is, and they act like they are under constant attack, but it’s safer to be a cop today than in any time in history.

    4. I wonder how old Hairy Read is doing. The exercise equipment still beating the snot bubbles out of the poor guy?

  4. In a 7–2 vote, the court said people who fail to make a valid case for asylum in their initial screenings, by credibly claiming that they fear persecution at home, can be fast-tracked for deportation and cannot challenge that decision in federal court..

    In solidarity with their lower court brethren the lazy justices don’t want a lot of court cases gumming up the works.

    1. “Failed to make a valid case for asylum in their initial screenings” means they couldn’t convince some hippy dippy CIS worker that they were a legitimate asylum seeker. That is a low bar to say the least.

      But, reason’s position is that no immigrant can ever be deported without a final ruling from the Supreme Court saying so.

      1. But, reason’s position is that no immigrant can ever be deported without a final ruling from the Supreme Court saying so.

      2. Right, because that’s literally what ENB wrote. The morning bitch-about-Reason circle jerk commences!

        1. Followed shortly after by your tears.

            1. Your tears will be redistributed to the comrades of chopchaz

        2. Keep up the good work. Maybe they will hire you after your internship is over.

  5. What the heck is that art work with that black guy’s face?

    Literally looks like something from art class in elementary school and literally shaking.

  6. Fireworks are being sold legally just over state lines in neighboring states like Pennsylvania.

    Illuminati confirmed.

    1. Selling fireworks, of course! That’s why they’re called the Illuminati.

      1. You know, you just convinced me they’re behind all this after all.

  7. The left have declared victory and are starting to dismantle CHAZ/CHOP. The DNC’s internal polling on it must have been horrible.

    1. Three murders in a week. It was a regular Summer of Love down there.

  8. “Wisconsin state senator attacked by protesters as demonstrations in Madison turn violent”

    La-dee-dah. Washington Post headline writers are talented. They managed to squeeze in ‘protestors’ and ‘demonstrators’ in one sentence.

    Except they’re actually an unruly bunch. If they’re peaceful, they stay peaceful. These nitwits are ready to fight. This time they beat up a Democrat senator:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/06/24/madison-police-protest-senator/

    I don’t know if I can take much more of this peaceful protesting. The peacefulness is deafening.

    Hey, maybe I’m wrong.

    1. For more fun from that same Madison incident, they tore down a statue of a long time abolitionist anti-slavery activist who joined the Union army to fight against slavery.

      1. But was he white? That’s guilt by skin color profiling right there.

      2. Dude, they went after FREDERICK DOUGLASS.

        A statue slaves PAID FOR.

        1. Well, he was poetically against trans rights or something. Trust the extreme left to slam the Overton Window shut on their own fingers.

    2. Wisconsin called up 400 members of the national guard from what I heard, so maybe their governor has had enough as well

  9. “(CNN)Despite warnings from public health officials, new research suggests Black Lives Matter protests across the country have not led to a jump in coronavirus cases.

    A new study, published this month by the National Bureau of Economic Research, used data on protests from more than 300 of the largest US cities, and found no evidence that coronavirus cases grew in the weeks following the beginning of the protests.”

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/24/us/coronavirus-cases-protests-black-lives-matter-trnd/index.html

    Can you spot the flaw in that statement?

    The question isn’t whether the resurgence of the virus is attributable to the beginning of the protests. The question is whether the resurgence is attributable in the weeks after the protests largely subsided. It has an incubation period of up to two weeks!

    Why wouldn’t large public gatherings contribute to the resurgence of the virus? The study they’re linking suggests that in reaction to the protests, the locals who were not participating in the protests became hypervigilant and practiced more strenuous social distancing than they did before. This, supposedly, stopped the virus from spreading despite the large public gatherings.

    I’m not buying it.

    People went to Atlanta, Minneapolis, Seattle, and Washington DC from all over the country. If they went back to Florida and Texas afterwards, rather than mixing with the locals, that hardly means they weren’t the vector that caused the resurgence in the virus in Florida and Texas. Meanwhile, the resurgence is notable for disproportionately infecting much younger people–like protesters skew.

    Anyway, if they’re right, then there’s still nothing magical about large groups of protesters, specifically, that makes them not a disease vector despite forming large crowds. I guess we might as well lift all the remaining lockdown orders and open up the baseball stadiums–since large crowds aren’t really a vector for a resurgence in the virus.

    . . . um . . . or is it that they’re only not a vector when they’re protesting?

    1. P.S. Defund the News!

      Only people who buy a Roku player, use a streaming service that doesn’t carry local broadcasts, plug an antenna into their wifi router or use Locast–and only use their cable for internet service–have a right to complain about the news.

      The rest of you are part of the problem.

    2. Perhaps they did not. Maybe the virus spreads better indoors and large public gatherings outside don’t spread it. Marti Gras and Chinese New Year’s was blamed but maybe that wasn’t the case. Maybe it was the subway and indoor transmissions that was to blame.

      1. That’s not the hypothesis they’re entertaining in the study they’re citing.

        https://www.nber.org/papers/w27408.pdf

        1. So the mob of violent retards caused people in urban areas to stay home out of fear and thus canceled any effect the mob getting out may have had spreading the virus.

          That is actually quite clever is probably true now that I think about it. The angry retards were largely young and pretty low risk to suffer much at all if they got the virus. Meanwhile, the normals who stayed home likely included all of the people vulnerable to the virus and their immediate family and caretakers. That might be what happened.

          1. But the angry retards all congregated together and then went home. Because Minneapolis isn’t experiencing a resurgence of the virus due to the protesters doesn’t mean the protesters didn’t take the virus with them back to Florida and spread it there.

            1. But they likely quarantined themselves in their mom’s basement.

          2. The angry retards were largely young and pretty low risk

            Someone hasn’t seen the very large number of body positivity activists in the crowds.

      2. Maybe the virus spreads better indoors and large public gatherings outside don’t spread it.

        So the protesters burning down buildings are really helping to stop the spread!

        1. Fire is a great disinfectant.

          1. The benefits just go on and on!

          2. negotiation tactic as well.

          3. Well, if my small business was within a mile of a “protest” that included looting, I would definitely drop a match.

      3. This seems very likely to me. marginalrevolution had a link that correlated superspreader events with a/c, long periods of shared confinement, and cooler temperatures: conferences, prisons, churches, and particularly meat-packing plants. In addition to protests, re-opening beaches seemed to not cause any perceptible bump in CV (not-withstanding South Florida Spring Break, but that is its own special flavor of insanity).

    3. The experts have spoken, Ken. The virus is only spread by racists. If you don’t listen to experts, then you’re a de facto racist… Why do you want to kill my grandma, Ken.

        1. I saw the Rona wearing a BLM T-shirt.

      1. listen Farnham, your grandma knew what she was getting into when she made a deal with the Shultzioso family, she was the one who chose to not pay her debts. Why are you trying to turn Ken into the bad guy here?

      2. “Why do you want to kill my grandma, Ken.”

        Because she is sucking up federal dollars in Medicare and Social Security.

    4. For what it’s worth I believe the median incubation period is 4-5 days, with the vast majority showing symptoms by day 6.

      While my wife had it I very much had those numbers in my mind.

    5. . . . um . . . or is it that they’re only not a vector when they’re protesting?

      No Br’er Fox! Don’t make me show up to Hawks games to protest the Blues! Anything but that! And I have to pound on the glass and throw things at the players? Oh no, Br’er Fox I couldn’t do nothin’ like that! No way. No how.

    6. Since they were ordered not to ask if they had been to a protest you will never find the evidence since they are not looking for it. they can’t see if they are not allowed to open their eyes

    7. Can you spot the flaw in that statement?

      Yes, thousands of people standing shoulder to shoulder in a “summer of love” with a backdrop of burning buildings and slain police officers doesn’t spread a virus. But a sedate, under-attended rally by President Trump is a petri dish of disease.

    8. Texas just shut down the river floating companies. This might be because of the buses to and from the drop-off, but they have had enough spread from that outdoor activity to consider it a problem. The governor also quietly announced that large outdoor gatherings had to have local approval. I think that was trying to be a subtle way of clamping down on protest. We are having a spike in Houston that had a lot of protesting. But thankful very little rioting.

  10. …the Queens District Attorney’s Office announced that Afanador had been “charged with attempted aggravated strangulation and strangulation in the second degree” and faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted.

    Had NYPD retrained its officers yet to not try to choke someone unconscious after decades of drilling the opposite?

    1. they’ve had several training classes, but unfortunately, all officers “chose” to be on riot suppression duties. It’s their own fault really.

      1. all officers “chose” to be on riot suppression duties.

        What riot suppression?

  11. This is what’s really going on in the world today:

    “Consumer spending increased 8.2% in May, a sign the U.S. economy is growing again, but a rise in virus infections threatens the nascent recovery.”

    Personal consumption—how much Americans spent on goods and services—increased at a record pace in May from a month earlier, the Commerce Department said Friday, in what was the biggest one-month gain since record keeping began in 1959.

    —-WSJ, June 26, 2020

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/consumer-spending-personal-income-coronavirus-may-2020-11593131872?

    The recovery awaits. The primary thing scaring the market right now is the reimposition of the lockdowns. It’s worried about the virus insofar as the virus leads to the reimposition of lockdowns.

    Oppose lockdowns.

    1. I don’t think the lockdowns are coming back. First, the state and local governments need the tax money. Second, people are just refusing to follow them. If your solution is to lock everyone in their homes for months or maybe years, you have no solution. People won’t tolerate it. In Santa Cruz they had to open the beach because “people are not willing to be governed anymore”.

      https://abc7news.com/health/santa-cruz-ends-beach-closure-despite-covid-19-surge/6267719/

      If a fascist police state like California can’t enforce the lock down, no state can.

      1. I believe that a big part of that spending was due to the one-time splurging of Trump-bucks now that it’s possible to get to the stores again. I’d be shocked if June doesn’t show a decrease.

        Watch for a second Trump-buck giveaway soon, ’cause that’s the only thing that’ll keep this mess pumped up.

        1. Supposed to be a reply to Ken…

        2. I think it was also due to pent up demand from everything being closed. I don’t think it will fall but the increase won’t be as large. The fact remains, the money circulating in the economy will put more people back to work which in turn gives people more money to spend.

        3. I’m sure that was part of it, and the Democrats are proposing another $1,200 for everybody + more than that, too. A lot of it was also businesses simply reopening as the lockdowns were lifted in various places.

          There is a marginal propensity to save in the midst of average recessions, and this one is much worse than average. What I mean by that is that seeing consumers increase their spending is an impressive sign of consumer confidence. If consumers are willing to spend their $1,200 rather than stuff it under the mattress because they’re afraid of losing their jobs and not being able to pay their rent next month, that’s a market signal that the recovery is just waiting to happen.

          . . . sans lockdowns.

          1. Lockdowns are not going to be popular, especially since the protests were applauded by the political establishment.

      2. More lockdowns could be illuminating. If Peaceful Protestors march to oppose lockdown, how will the pols respond? Will they re-fund the police? Will they apologize if a few bad apples instigate violence? (Will there even be violence?)

        1. If they do lockdowns again, I’m burning something down

          1. Whitmer and DeBlasio didn’t really need their homes anyway.

          1. Anything that makes anyone sad.

      3. They’re going to try.

        The governor of Texas is locking down all “taverns” starting today, and that’s a function of the lack of ICU beds. They went up to 97% of capacity. If people start dying for the lack of ventilators, governors might fear that more than they fear the economic fallout.

        I doubt lockdowns will survive the pushback, but the American people really need to push back.

        1. The governor of Texas is locking down all “taverns” starting today, and that’s a function of the lack of ICU beds. They went up to 97% of capacity.

          That’s one hospital in Houston; it’s not the whole state. And only 28 percent of those beds are for coof patients. The rest are folks who were getting elective procedures done after the restriction on those got lifted a couple weeks ago.

          1. Just because I disagree with the arguments for lockdowns doesn’t mean I have to pretend I don’t understand them.

            People didn’t need to be told to isolate themselves before the lockdowns, and after the lockdowns were lifted, plenty of people still chose to isolate themselves.

            People don’t need to be told by the government to exit a burning building or to wear a warm coat in the winter.

            That being said, the markets are fearful of the lockdowns, and the reason they’re fearful is because the number of COVID-19 patients who need beds is getting close to the number of available ICU beds. The market believes that governors will start to impose lockdowns if things continue to get worse, and I’m not one to argue with the markets.

            Because I don’t want this to be so doesn’t mean it isn’t so. Because I oppose lockdowns doesn’t mean governors won’t impose them as the number of cases that need ICU beds approaches the number of beds available. Being able to look at the arguments of the people and policies we oppose objectively is the stuff that intellectual honesty is made of. Only seeing things the way we want them to be is the stuff that ChemicalJeff and Tony are made of.

            1. “People don’t need to be told by the government to exit a burning building or to wear a warm coat in the winter.”

              Actually, many people do, as a result of compliant-dependent-idiot conditioning. And many people also have a visceral need to tell others what to do, including (especially?) mundane stuff.

          2. The rest are folks who were getting elective procedures

            I hardly call sex-reassignment surgery “elective”. It’s a human right.

          3. If you are referring to the Texas Medical Center, It is actually a bunch of hospitals in one section of Houston and thrughout the Houston area. They are both warning of hitting capacity while also trying to show that they are still able to properly care for eveyone. It is funy to watch. “We are hitting full, stay home.” Followed by “If you do need to come here we have plenty of room and you will be fine.”

            1. Yeah, this whole pandemic has been one long string of self-contradictory statements from the “expert” community. No one in the medical profession or in the government wants to face the fact that this is going to run through the whole population and there’s nothing they can do to stop it.

        2. I think they will push back. And a few hospitals are running a 97% capacity not every hospital. Two things, they normally run 80 to 90% capacity, and all hitting 100% means is they turn ordinary rooms into ICU rooms. There is no shortage of equipment or rooms.

          https://www.khou.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/houston-hospitals-ceo-provide-update-on-bed-capacity-amid-surge-in-covid-19-cases/285-a5178aa2-a710-49db-a107-1fd36cdf4cf3

          1. Moreover, you’re supposed to hit 100% capacity every few years. If you’re perpetually at 80% capacity and never breach 90%, 10% of your ICU sits around unused, eating up funds.

            1. yep ideally any business runs its equipment at 100% usage thats how it gets paid for and yes all hospitals are a business

          2. Yeah, that’s the other part of it. That hospital in Houston I referred to reports that they’re actually about 80% of their sustainable capacity and about 60% of their unsustainable capacity. But they have room to expand.

        3. The bar lockdown is in response to specific outbreaks linked to bars. A limited response, which is what every response should have been since day 1.

          We had a big discussion about the ICU beds yesterday, the problem is not what the media is implying it is. Only 27% of people in ICUs in Texas are there for COVID. The rest is the backup from the prior 3 months of postponed surgeries. People are still dying because of the COVID lockdowns, but that doesn’t sell the narrative of ‘Trump’s fault!’

          1. One of the great unreported stories in this is how many people have died waiting for “elective” surgery that state governments made illegal. I have a friend whose wife had to wait three months to get gall bladder surgery. It didn’t kill her, but needing your gall bladder out is absolute misery. And had it not been for the Kungflu panic, she would have had it out within a week. The ban on medical procedures has caused an enormous about of suffering and death and likely more than the virus itself.

            1. The rise in cancer deaths over the next year or so is going to be amazing. Not being able to do preventative care over the last few months is going to show itself bigly.

              1. Depends how many hospitals stopped doing them. Our place, and pretty much every doc I keep in touch with on a normal basis, we all kept doing them. Our hospital kept cancer surgeries in the “semi-urgent” category and justified them to keep going which I very much agreed with.

                Cant speak for all the hospitals, but for the most part places were trying to keep them going.

            2. the good thing is child death from SIDS is down since they couldn’t get their vaccines that many equate to the cause of SIDS.

          2. Thank god JFree didn’t make an appearance. He is always ignorant to the actual facts. He was pushing end of the world again just a few days ago due to the News narrative on ICU beds.

          3. The bar lockdown is in response to specific outbreaks linked to bars. A limited response, which is what every response should have been since day 1.

            And the reason for that is because this thing has been going on long enough to reveal that it spreads primarily through *sustained* contact with a symptomatic person. Put a bunch of people together in a bar, even if they’re wearing masks, and that’s going to spread because they’re all breathing on each other. A mask is about as effective as a screen door in a flood in that scenario, as one of our commenters pointed out several weeks ago.

        4. >>They went up to 97% of capacity.

          beds are empty in Dallas.

      4. If the lockdowns are not coming back, why won’t the D governors say so to prop up the recovery? In Texas, Abbott has made it clear he is not going to sacrifice the economy again.

        Democrats are going to rule with fear. This is the new normal.

        1. Gov. Abbott recloses all bars in Texas as COVID-19 surges

          —-Houston Chronicle, five minutes ago.

          https://www.houstonchronicle.com/politics/texas/article/Gov-Abbott-closes-all-bars-in-Texas-coronavirus-15368523.php

          If people start dying en masse due to a shortage of beds and the governor didn’t shut the economy down, there is a political price to pay for that.

          Hospital emergency rooms aren’t allowed to turn you away for a lack of ability to pay for the same reason. The first time someone dies in childbirth in the parking lot after they were denied treatment, the hospital will be closed by regulators and the decision makers will be under criminal indictments–regardless of whether the Democrats or the Republicans are in charge.

          Some of them would rather deflect blame to the virus for lockdowns than take the blame for people dying due to lack of ICU beds. It’s the same reason politicians have such a hard time bringing troops home. None of them want to be accused of letting American troops die for nothing, and as long as we stay, victory might be just around the corner.

          American culture is highly influenced by Christianity, and being responsible for needlessly sacrificing the lives of innocent people (like Jesus) is like the worst thing you can be. Rational people can see past that, but the thing about elections is that irrational people get to vote, too. That’s as it should be, but it does have downsides.

          1. The first time someone dies in childbirth in the parking lot after they were denied treatment, the hospital will be closed by regulators and the decision makers will be under criminal indictments–

            You are usually pretty good, Ken, but this is hyperbole. The red tape is there for the reason that it protects the administrators from all but the worst negligence. Even if there could be an indictment, it would be years down the road, long after anybody cared anymore.

            Abbott has made it clear he will not blanket lockdown again.

            1. I actually worked in a private acute care hospital with an extremely high Medicaid population in the surrounding community. As the hospital was circling the drain financially, they started calling an ambulance for people who came to the ER without insurance. The regulators shut that down. They tried to shut the ER down entirely, but the regulators wouldn’t let that happen either. Eventually, they converted it into a lock-down mental health facility.

              You can’t be licensed without a Medicaid contract, and they won’t give an acute care facility a contract without an ER. Even the PPOs and HMOs who do everything they can to restrict you to facilities with which they have contracts will still cover your costs pretty much the same way if you go through anybody’s ER–not just one of theirs.

              Believe me, politicians, the bureaucrats that work for them–in both parties–don’t want to be accused of responsibility for people dying for lack of treatment due to their inability to pay. Even bureaucrats in authoritarian dictatorships like China, where they don’t have elections, don’t want to be accused of that. When Libertopia comes, giving people service in the ER despite their inability to pay with be the very last vestige of statist socialism to go away.

              1. When Libertopia comes, giving people service in the ER despite their inability to pay with be the very last vestige of statist socialism to go away.

                Why would it ever go away? Religious hospitals have never needed a government mandate to not turn people away. It is right there in their founding documents.

                1. yeah plus, in libertopia, emergency insurance will be cheap as hell.

                  Nearly everyone has a cellphone these days. They can find a way to afford it no matter how poor they are.

                  They will be able to scrape up the 20 bucks a month for ER insurance I guarantee it.

          2. American culture is highly influenced by Christianity, and being responsible for needlessly sacrificing the lives of innocent people (like Jesus) is like the worst thing you can be

            Just re-read your comment and this jumped out that I missed before.

            Just to be clear, the death of Christ was a political murder carried out by an unelected government official at the behest of a cabal. Christ may have been without sin, but even he admitted he was guilty of what he was accused.

            The libertarian lesson is that bad laws can lead to the death of people who have not done bad things. Plus, the natural rights of free speech, association, and exercise of religion are all exemplified in this event.

            1. Christianity had a profound influence on our culture in that way and many others. When a gay rights activist argues that he should be treated the way we would want to be treated if we were him (and it resonates) , his sense of fairness and ours was not shaped by the tradition of Zen Buddhism. That comes from the culture being influenced by Christianity.

              There are numerous cultures in history where victimizing the innocent and helpless put a feather in your cap–with Anglo-Saxon and other Norse and Germanic cultures being among them. That changed with Christianity, where the ultimate hero sacrificed himself for others. American culture has probably been more shaped by Christianity than others were in the old world, in no small part because we were largely settled by religious fanatics, with the Pilgrims being only one example.

              Again, things are the way they are even if we don’t like them that way. The First Amendment in regards to religion is taken from the Peace of Westphalia–the Protestants basically won. The idea that people should be free to pick their own religion and free to practice it is a point of Protestant theology. Good things come from wherever we find them–regardless of whether we like where we find them. There’s a lesson in that for my fellow libertarians, too.

              The two most influential take downs of the Soviet Union and totalitarianism were written by a committed socialist in the form of fiction. It is what it is.

          3. Being responsible for killing people is, like, the worst.

            Sounds like you would enjoy The Caliphate, or Mao’s China

      5. If a state already isn’t locked down still, doing it again is going to be impossible short of a massive upswing in deaths of young people. The virus is still largely killing people over 50 with pre-existing conditions, and the ICUs are filling up primarily because states lifted restrictions on elective medical procedures, so those beds are being taken up by non-COVID patients.

        Smart thing to do would be what they should have done at the beginning–set up field hospitals exclusively for coof patients, tell everyone with symptoms to go there for testing, stay home until you get results, and if you test positive, come back to the tent for treatment.

        1. The virus is still largely killing people over 50 with pre-existing conditions

          Even this is an exaggeration. Influenza is a far bigger danger to people under 50.

    2. The recovery needs to happen soon. Fed predicts a 53% drop in Q2 GDP: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/02/gdp-is-now-projected-to-fall-nearly-53percent-in-the-second-quarter-according-to-a-fed-gauge.html

      I mean, those numbers are just unbelievable.

      1. Those numbers are unbelievable. What these assholes did to the economy is a bigger crime than even 2009. And understand, they did it for the specific purpose of blaming Trump and regaining power. Had Hillary Clinton been President, they would have never done anything like this. They would have left the old people to die and said too bad.

        But, the positive side is that the downturn such as it is is the result of the lockdowns not the business cycle. That means when they end the economy will come back. Even the Atlanta fed admit that it will return to it’s former size by the end of 2022. My guess is that is a conservative guess. I bet it comes back to full strength before that. But, this is a 1929 level contraction and could easily be turned into a great depression if these assholes are allowed to get their way. They would love nothing better than a great depression and all of the power and misery that would come with it.

  12. More proof that voter fraud could never happen with mail in ballots….

    The average disqualification rate for mail-in ballots in all 31 elections across the state was an alarming 9.6%.

    In the City Council election, 16,747 vote-by-mail ballots were received, but only 13,557 votes were counted. More than 3,190 votes, 19% of the total ballots cast, were disqualified by the board of elections.

    Reporting by NBC further uncovered citizens of Paterson who are listed as having voted, but who told the news outlet they never received a ballot and did not vote. One woman, Ramona Javier, after being shown the list of people on her block who allegedly voted, told the outlet she knew of eight family members and neighbors who were wrongly listed. “We did not receive vote-by-mail ballots and thus we did not vote,” she said. “This is corruption. This is fraud.”

    https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/06/26/1_in_5_ballots_rejected_as_fraud_is_charged_in_nj_mail-in_election_143551.html

    1. Nah, it was the Russians.

    2. I’m sure those votes were equally spread between the parties.

      1. Hmm, read the article and it doesn’t mention what party any of the politicians mentioned are in. Did I miss something?

      2. I’m sure Ramona Javier having eight family members of voting age on the block, none of whom got or completed forms is just a coincidence too.

  13. If the NYT stops publishing “far-fetched theories” what are they going to write?

  14. Don’t pay taxes in China. Application given to US company in order to calculate local Chinese taxes to collect included free Malware. Opened up company networks to almost complete control.

    https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2020/06/25/multinational-tech-company-installed-software-pay-local-taxes-china-discovered-sophisticated-malware-inside/

    1. Ancient Chinese secret!

  15. Sullivan continues the game playing with Flynn. Delays the next court hearing so as not to have to execute the mandamus order he was given.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2020/06/26/it-looks-like-the-antiflynn-judge-could-defy-appeals-court-and-keep-this-clown-show-going-n2571387

    1. At this point, Sullivan needs to be impeached. This has clearly become a vendetta with him, and he’s probably trying to push Trump to just pardon Flynn and get it over with so that the bobblehead media can fire up Two Minutes Hate for the next news cycle.

      1. Sullivan has had so many outs… yet he refuses to take them. This is the same guy that both sides of the aisle liked due to his stubborn requirements to release all Brady material. Yet in this case he has turned a complete blind eye to the DoJ withholding tons of Brady material. It is astounding.

      2. Something something woodchipper.

  16. In calling for investigations of these fireworks being brought into NYC, people worried about police brutality may inadvertently endanger those just trying to have a little harmless fun in a way city authorities don’t approve of.

    *** scratches head ***

    You know, one could substitute other things for “fireworks” in that sentence.

    1. Between the Red Century/1919 Project at the NYT (where even the WaPo was saying “guys, you’re going too far too fast and letting the cat out of the bag”) – you know, Communism good, USA bad, and all the hammer and sickle graffiti at the riots and CHAZ, no more “communism isn’t socialism”.

      That’s the downside to raising generations of communists after the fall of the USSR, they aren’t hiding and you can’t hide them.

  17. Harry Reid says that the Russians altered the 2016 vote?

    It is almost as if we didn’t just spend the better part of forty million dollars and 2 + years trying and failing to prove exactly that.

    1. Harry has proof, and he’ll show it to you. In December.

    2. If the facts don’t fit the narrative, change the facts. Don’t you know how this works?

      1. Facts. So patriarchal and racist.

    3. It is almost as if we didn’t just spend the better part of forty million dollars and 2 + years trying and failing to prove exactly that.

      It’s almost like he doesn’t realize that “Obama Administration criminally failed to protect US elections from Russian interference.” describes his assertion equally well.

  18. I found ENB’s next gig:

    https://thenationalpulse.com/news/cnn-reporters-chinese-communist-party-cgtn/
    EXCLUSIVE: Ex-CNN ‘Reporters’ Now Work For The Chinese Communist Party’s Propaganda Outfit: CGTN

    China Global Television Network (CGTN) has been identified as a “long-standing weapon in Beijing’s arsenal of repression” whose raison d’être is “to attack designated enemies of the Communist Party,” chiefly the U.S. Headquartered in Beijing, funded by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and controlled by the regime’s Publicity Department, the outlet is inundated with anti-U.S. and anti-Trump content.

    As a result, CGTN was forced to register with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in 2019.

    CGTN’s international disinformation campaign – which has resulted in airing forced confessions and deeply biased coverage of Hong Kong protests – aligns with President Xi Jinping’s 2016 decree that “wherever the readers are, wherever the viewers are, that is where propaganda reports must extend their tentacles.”

    Despite this, there’s an apparent door between CGTN and establishment U.S. media outlet CNN.

  19. Extra 10,000 dementia deaths in England and Wales in April
    People with dementia ‘just switching off’ amid reduced medical care and family visits
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/05/covid-19-causing-10000-dementia-deaths-beyond-infections-research-says

    1. Anecdotal:
      My wife works in an assisted living facility for memory care (alzheimers, dementia). They had a resident in his 90s who was doing so poorly, they finally let his family in so they could say goodbye. The patient fully recovered within days and is as healthy as he was prior to his decline.

      People will die of loneliness, and that should be a source of great shame to anyone promoting policies that lead to that outcome.

  20. Seems a degree in victimhood pays big bucks:

    “Oscar Grant’s mother has a mission: help BART prevent shootings like the one that killed her son”
    […]
    “BART is looking into what could be an unprecedented chapter in the police reform movement: bringing in the mother of someone killed by its own officer to train its department in implicit bias….”
    https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Oscar-Grant-s-mother-lost-her-son-to-a-shooting-15364603.php?cmpid=gsa-sfgate-result

    As to qualifications for the position, her CV includes the note that her son was killed by BART police.

    1. To be fair… her son was killed by BART police.

      1. Hmm, how does that make her an expert on not getting sons killed by BART police? It would seem she failed at that.

    2. In my opinion if you want to prevent deaths like her son then bar BART police from carrying guns. They’re often working in confined, crowded spaces so if they need to use force tasers should be enough and much safer for the surrounding passengers. City police should be available to respond if lethal force is required (so really never).

  21. From the master of milking any crisis:

    “Coronavirus is a crisis. Might it also narrow inequality?”
    […]
    ““You have three crises compounding each other: a 100-year pandemic, a 75-year depression and 50-year civil unrest,” said Rahm Emanuel, former President Barack Obama’s first chief of staff and later Chicago’s mayor. This, he believes, opens political space for bold action…”
    https://bdnews24.com/coronavirus-pandemic/2020/06/26/coronavirus-is-a-crisis.-might-it-also-narrow-inequality

    1. this guy is such a douche. one of the biggest slimeballs from the Obama admin for sure.

      1. Rahm must have an erection all the time now.

  22. New jobless claims have topped 1 million for 14 straight weeks,” ABC points out. “Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the record for weekly unemployment filings was 695,000 in 1982.

    And Big Tech is crying about work visas? Really? Fuck them. There are plenty of Americans who can do the job. They need to get their heads out of their collective asses.

    1. There was some immigration attorney on one of the threads claiming that HB1 Visa workers are more expensive than native workers. Yeah, sure lady, business want to increase their labor costs and always go for the higher priced option. That makes sense.

      It is was so obvious that she was one of those lawyers who believes every word their clients tell them like it is the word of God. Yeah, it is just impossible to find an American EE graduate. The only option is to go for the more expensive one from Ghana or Pakistan. People are fucking unbelievable.

      1. Why employ, and thus support, sexist white racist males? That’s racism, straight up. Woke capitalism has a responsibility that goes beyond the bottom line, and that is to keep racist Americans down and build up other countries as #Resistance to fascist Amerikkka.

      2. There was some immigration attorney on one of the threads claiming that HB1 Visa workers are more expensive than native workers. Yeah, sure lady, business want to increase their labor costs and always go for the higher priced option.

        I’m going to assume (safely) that her counter argument would be that the H-1B workers have skillsets that no other Americans have, so they must import the H-1B workers.

        1. And having a ton of such applications in my life, that is just nonsense. Moreover, we are a nation of 300 million people with colleges all over the place. Exactly what skill set can’t be and isn’t attained by Americans? None.

    1. I live in the People’s Republic of NJ and let me tell you….this is nothing. If you look at Hudson County (a short 20 minute drive from Paterson), they make Paterson look like amateur hour. How do you think Corruptocrat Senator Menendez got elected? The dead came to life in a mass resurrection event…

      1. XY-
        I lived in Union City when he was Mayor. I had friends, neighbors and relatives who were green card holders. I know for an absolute FACT that many of them were solicited on the streets to register to vote, and they did. I saw it with mine own eyes. This was the ’92 election that put Clinton in the WH.

    2. “While it’s gravely disappointing to see another episode of potential corruption in Paterson, I remain hopeful that this is the final chapter in what unfortunately has plagued our city for generations,” Mayor Andre Sayegh said in a statement.

      Ok, this time, we think we’ve got it handled.

  23. “Controversy has swirled around Burisma for several years since then-Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter took a seat on the gas company’s board of directors in May 2014. Joe Biden at the time played a significant role in foreign policy decisions regarding Ukraine, raising the specter of impropriety as his son joined a scandal-ridden firm at the same time the vice president had official dealings with the country.

    Notably, Burisma would secure the USAID agreement just five months later. ”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/political/burisma-landed-lucrative-usaid-contract-months-after-hunter-biden-joined-board-solomon

  24. Thank God there’s section 230 to protect freedom of expression from ridiculous lawsuits

    “According to Forbes, the parents are suing both Trump and Cook over the video, claiming it was shared as an “advertisement and political propaganda” without permission or parental consent. Meanwhile, Twitter tagged the video as “manipulated media” before kicking Cook off the platform for repeated copyright violations.

    Lawyer Ven Johnson – one of the lawyers representing the parents (who’s contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Democrats) – says that “The fact that Twitter and Facebook disabled this fake video within 24 hours of President Trump and his campaign tweeting it, coupled with Twitter permanently banning Cook, is very strong evidence that a jury will likely find that all of these people broke the law by using this video as advertisement and political propaganda.””

    http://www.zerohedge.com/political/parents-viral-toddler-video-sue-trump-carpe-donktum-over-meme

    1. I guess “fair use” is a thing of the past? Since when is using something as satire not okay if it involves bad politics?

      I am about to come to the conclusion that we need to end copyrights and trademarks altogether. Whatever benefit it gives us is greatly outweighed by nonsense like this.

      1. Section 230 doesn’t apply because they aren’t suing Progressive Twitter, which is good, but Donktum, who is bad. That’s how the law works.

        1. With the usual connotation that the minute Twitter doesn’t bend the knee deeply enough, even if they are unable to, they get put up against the wall too.

      2. There is no such thing as satire for the woke.

  25. “Fear of a virus has turned our economy completely upside down, and thanks to the mainstream media much of the population is going to remain deathly afraid of this virus for the foreseeable future.”

    http://www.zerohedge.com/economics/media-induced-fear-covid-19-starting-cause-second-wave-severe-economic-panic

  26. >>Harry Reid says there’s “no question” in his mind.

    every day Hawaiian Shirt Gonzo Friday in Harry’s mind

  27. Not even Snopes can hide this one

    Did Joe Biden Say He Didn’t Want His Kids Growing Up in a ‘Racial Jungle’?
    The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate’s history with busing has haunted him on the campaign trail.
    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/biden-racial-jungle-quote/

    1. They can tear down Biden’s statue 25 years from now. The important thing is they get him in office now.

    2. Like hell it’s haunted him. And yes, most white liberals do not want to send their kids to a ghetto school. They might hate their fellow whites, but they know that the best schools are almost all in districts where whites are the vast majority.

  28. https://twitter.com/Malcolm_fleX48/status/1276281693310246912

    Say it ain’t so. Uncle Joe’s ancestors were sippin lemonade on the plantation in a bolo tie while their negroes worked the fields….

    History is undefeated.

  29. ‘The world went crazy’ with lockdowns, says Sweden’s coronavirus expert as he blasts WHO for ‘misinterpreting data’ to brand his country as one of 11 nations seeing a ‘resurgence’
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8462727/The-world-went-crazy-lockdowns-says-Swedens-coronavirus-expert.html

  30. So, it turns out that using an airplane to drag a sign that reads, “White Lives Matter” isn’t a crime in the UK.

    “Police have said no criminal offence took place when a banner reading “White Lives Matter Burnley” was towed past the stadium by an aircraft during Monday night’s Premier League game between Manchester City and Burnley.

    The incident “caused offence to many people in Lancashire and beyond”, a senior officer said on Tuesday, as the stunt was blamed on individuals from a group of football hooligans connected with Burnley.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jun/23/police-to-investigate-burnley-white-lives-matter-aircraft-banner

    I wonder if the incident would get the same reaction in, say, New York City. I bet Cuomo would be calling on the FBI to investigate it as a civil rights violation.

    1. Didn’t his girlfriend lose her job over the kerfuffle? It’s a lot harder to fire someone in Britain than here.

      1. I don’t know about that.

        The article says the local airports aren’t allowing anyone to take off hauling any banner ad anymore.

        By making such a big deal of it, they’re definitely giving the phrase currency it wouldn’t have enjoyed otherwise. If “White Lives Matter” is the most offensive thing you can say right now and it gets such a big reaction, the trolls will start using it more often.

        1. ” If “White Lives Matter” is the most offensive thing you can say right now and it gets such a big reaction, the trolls will start using it more often.”

          “Islam is right about women”, was eventually going to be dethroned. May as well be WLM that does it.

        2. How about a flight pattern in the shape of a noose?

  31. “It should also be about reforming the mindset, held by too many officers, that they are soldiers going to war against their fellow citizens.”

    It should be obvious here that the first step is to cancel their super-citizenship. All gun law should apply equally to cops. This would sure chill the shit of cops pushing gun control when they know it equally applies to them.

    All laws providing exceptions for law enforcement should have those parts negated. It really pissed me off when there was a carve-out in the assault weapons ban so that long serving cops could take their assault weapons and high capacity magazines with them when they retired. Who gets to decide who gets to be a cop for life? Is there a special heaven where cops go when they die?

    Turn SWAT teams into ST (Special Tactics) teams. What the hell do they need with “special” weapons to be used against a civilian population.

    1. Because the “civilian” population that SWAT is frequently deployed against is not civilian?

      A lot of the extremist groups and domestic terror cells were ex-military and had automatic weapons. I just watched a documentary a few nights ago about the Brink’s robbery, which was a bunch of former Weather Underground people allied with the Black Liberation Army. They decided to “expropriate” funds from whites, but this was a cover for them to soldier up. They had automatic M-16s, body armor, hundreds of pounds of explosives, planned hit lists and bombing sites, etc. Police at this point were actually under-armed against these criminals. They had no body armor and nothing but service revolvers and shotguns.

      I can’t remember the name of it, but wasn’t there some infamous shooting somewhere near LA where two armed robbers held out and killed dozens of police officers? People ask why a cop needs automatic weapons and body armor and they forget that there is no magic 8 ball for police.

      1. You are thinking of the 1997 North Hollywood shootout, where two idiots saw “Heat” one too many times, and tried to replicate the big downtown shootout scene: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Hollywood_shootout

        No cops died, though 12 police and 8 other people were injured, in addition to both robbers dying. They had on lots of body armor, and handguns and shotguns aren’t great at defeating that. Especially since, IIRC, the armor was modified with additional plates. Yet another set of offenders where prompt attention the first time they got out of line, would have saved a great deal of headaches later on.

        It did help with the transition from shotguns to patrol rifles in police cars. More of that militarization.

  32. Is there a special heaven where cops go when they die?

    The Fifth Circle of Hell Heaven is where the wrathful and sullen are punished rewarded for their sins heroic actions.

  33. The guy being cancelled w/o specific charges I mentioned the other day was Paul Krueger.

    https://twitter.com/search?q=Paul%20Krueger

    1. Breaking my hiatus because I need to say my piece. In 2016/17, I dated Paul Krueger. It was easily the most painful relationship of my life and the aftermath left me wrecked, isolated, and alone. (1/7)

      This sounds like the opening line of every woman I have sat in the same room with.

  34. Black Lives Matter Leader: “If this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it.. I could be speaking figuratively. I could be speaking literally. It’s a matter of interpretation.”
    https://twitter.com/bennyjohnson/status/1275997617462210560

    1. That’s it? Her relationship with him was painfule? No charges, no specific accusations?

  35. “De-militarizing our police should not only be about taking away gear that is too often used to conduct violent raids on nonviolent suspects,” writes Cato Institute research fellow Trevor Burrus. “It should also be about reforming the mindset, held by too many officers, that they are soldiers going to war against their fellow citizens.”

    good luck with that.

    I’m sure that THIS time, changing how cops are trained will magically result in nice cops.

    1. And this time, their “fellow citizens” really are at war – with all of us

  36. Just curious: what is the approved and safe method for a cop to take down and arrest someone who is fighting arrest?

    1. Nukes:

      https://dailycaller.com/2018/11/16/swalwell-gun-owners-nukes/

      Rep. Eric Swalwell

      @RepSwalwell
      Replying to @Rambobiggs
      And it would be a short war my friend. The government has nukes. Too many of them. But they’re legit. I’m sure if we talked we could find common ground to protect our families and communities.

    2. Diplomatic negotiations

    3. Blows to the head. Literally. That’s not a joke. If you ban “chokeholds”, the only method to suppress someone who’s violent and/or doesn’t want to be taken down is blows to the head.

    4. That is such a racist question.

  37. Would Rayshard Brooks be alive is chokeholds were legal?

    1. He would be alive if cops were not allowed to carry firearms on patrol. Only when specifically called to deal with a violent crime in progress should they have firearms.

      1. Unless you’ve invented a clairvoyancy device, when you’re on patrol you don’t exactly know which kind of calls are going to come in that you’ll need to respond to. That’s why officers carry both tasers and a sidearm–and the tasers were added specifically for the reason that they are supposed to have a far smaller chance of killing someone than shooting them.

    2. He’d be alive if one of the two cops had gone upside Brooks’s head with a stick/MagLite/baton (and not that ASP garbage either). 25 years ago, that’s what would have happened. Brooks would’ve woken up in the ER, likely concussed, and would have some battery on a peace officer charges to go with his DUI and violated probation.

      That looks bad though, especially post Rodney King. Use of Force is inherently ugly.

  38. While I want them to de-escalate to an extent, I take issue with the Cato guy claiming that police need to stop thinking they’re going to war. His comment is ignorant of history. Police used to be like this, but escalation of crimes and the audacity of criminals lead us to this point. Use of force is a continuum. Castrate the police enough and criminals will take advantage of it like they used to. Give the police too much power and you see the problems we have today. The warrior mentality is the reason we don’t have even more police murdered by civilians. The police need to practice discretion.

  39. “the man killed by police in 2014 for selling black-market cigarettes.”

    Good summary. I can see it in my mind now: the police drive by a store, see man selling loose cigs, stick pistols out window, shoot man, drive on. Thats what happened. Thats my truth.

  40. . . . the Eric Garner Anti-Chokehold Act, named after the man killed by police in 2014 . . .

    In 2014 Eric Garner was choked by police and died yet nothing was done about it other than a lot of hot air spewed out. Now in 2020 George Floyd the same thing happened to him. But these were not the first cases of this. Note: Most of these choking cases happen in states and/or cities that have had long time democrat control. Now since democrats have long claimed that they are against discrimination how come most of these cases are in democrat controlled areas some such as Minneapolis and Minnesota both have been under democrat control for many elections have been under democrat control.
    Yet in these democrat controlled areas race relationship is not very good. These are the politicians that claim that they are looking out for the minority.

    I would also say look at the areas that have the most death of black people not killed by police here again these areas are the ones controlled by liberal/progressive democrat politicians primarily yet the condition of the minorities and other poor are much worse than they were in the past. And this with all the money starting with President Johnston War on Poverty and Great Society and by every democrat president since then.
    The blacks and other minorities conditions often were better under republican presidents than under democrats.

  41. Students are petitioning to have a professor at Loyola University New Orleans fired over his opinions on slavery, even though he vehemently opposes it.

    Economics professor Walter Block says he opposes slavery because he is a libertarian, but that reasoning isn’t good enough for some students, who wish to see the professor removed because he doesn’t have exactly the same opinions as they do.

    A petition, signed by over 600 students, alleges that Block has ‘racist and sexist beliefs’.

    The petition claims that Block “has publicly stated that he believes slavery to be wrong because it goes against Libertarianism, not because it is morally wrong.”

    “If Loyola is really wanting to remove racism, they should remove racists from teaching,” it adds.

    “While it is important to have professors with different views and opinions and beliefs, racist and sexist beliefs should not be a part of this,” it continues, adding “It is harmful to any non-men and any Black people to be taught that slavery isn’t morally wrong, to be taught that women don’t deserve to be paid and treated equally.”

    The students also claim that Block has “ableist” opinions, in that he discriminates against people with disabilities. It claims that Block once told a student that he thinks the “Americans with Disabilities Act was a terrible law”.

    The Spectator managed to get a comment from Block, as the professor told the publication “Slavery is wrong, evil and should be outlawed, and slavers be considered criminals and put in jail because it is a rights violation; it is an abomination.”

    He further notes, however, that “woke” students are trying to remove him because they are not capable of accepting, co-existing with, or debating a diversity of discourse.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/political/students-are-demanding-professor-be-fired-opposing-slavery

    1. Block has written for Reason a few times, IIRC. I know he’s been interviewed by the staff there.

      Typical of modern academia.

    2. These students all need to be beaten to within an inch of their lives. Same with the professors that put this mush in their heads.

    3. Students teaching themselves cant be any worse. Lefties destroying higher learning in America and then be shocked when the students turn on THEM, is hilarious.

      1. His wikipedia says that Walter Block is an Anarcho-Capitalist.

        So probably not a Libertarian. He would likely be against small and limited Constitutional government running the USA.

  42. “Also on Thursday, police officer Jordy Yanes Martel of Miami Gardens, Florida, was arrested after having knelt on the neck of a pregnant woman and tased her in the stomach multiple times. This abuse, which took place in January—and preceded the woman miscarrying—was caught on video. The video contradicted Martel’s claims that the woman was resisting arrest.”

    First off, what a disgusting pig this guy is. Second, he’s lucky this happened in a liberal jurisdiction, otherwise killing an unborn baby with a taser, allegedly, would probably bring him some harsher charges.

  43. House votes to make D.C. a state.

    If you don’t think all this KungFlu hysteria is a ruse to get rid of Trump and/or destroy the USA… one of the most important things for hysteria quarantined Representatives is to try to make D.C. a state.

  44. Nike has $790 million quarterly loss, starts laying off SJWs from company.

    Evidently, state mandated business shutdowns really hit a company hard that you can buy their products online, like from Amazon.

    Maybe Americans are not buying Nike crap to starve them of extra woke money.

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  46. NY Police using strangulation per se seems not the be made illegal according to the new Garner Chokehold law — it’s serious injury or death by such means that is made illegal.

    ” A person is guilty of aggravated strangulation when, […] , and thereby causes serious physical injury or death to another person.”

  47. i don’t know where are we actually heading Now

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