@CrownZanzibar - Good work

Trannies instantly disavowed.

Tax deadline day

Appropriately enough, here's some music for the occasion.


@bethmitch9 should get the government she wants at the cost she doesn't

Memo to Doug Ford: make sure that Viro Fascists like Beth Mitchell pay for the policies they want.

I'm not thinking anything too extreme, Doug. Just, as a spitball, raise her personal tax rate to 100%. That's right, every single penny earned goes directly to the Ontario Government (feds are just out of luck with this one case...sorry). Won't her landlord kick her out after failing to pay rent? Yup. Starvation since the food budget is now entirely redirected to Queen's Park? Uh-huh. Tattered rags that get more and more threadbare every day until the bitter end. Absolutely.

After all, anybody who demands more government control over people just because their inner Mussolini is angry to find out that people casually ignore ridiculous mask rules should be the ones on the hook for it, not the innocent Ontario taxpayer who has the unmitigated gall to sit at a table and read a menu.

"You tried The Terminator, now how about a Transformer?"

Famed celebrity Bruce Jenner is planning to run for the (nominally Republican) Governor of California. As the title to this post indicates, they tried that once before and...didn't matter, nothing changed.

"Transformers....male athletes in disguise"

Bonus pun: California went from The Governator to Total Recall.


Old movie trailers

As you may famously recall, millennials don't watch a lot of old movies.

However if you really want to examine how much things have changed, watch the trailers to old movies. For example, here's the one for Topkapi, the 1964 caper film taking place in Istanbul's historic Ottoman palace.

The movie itself, if you were wondering, is decent but hardly a barn-burner: the scene where they practice on the triggered floor is probably the highlight. But lots of great views of 1963 Constantinople!

Did you ever have to read that novel The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers? You know, the one whom you instantly knew from looking at her photo that she's a dyke even if it took her almost 30 years to notice it herself? [though judging from the experts in mental illness caused by incorrect orientations, the signs were there... -ed] Anyways, in 1968 they made it into a movie starring Alan Arkin (and an actress who ended up marrying a fag), and they released this thrilling trailer...for the book, apparently: that this is a film was almost an afterthought in its own advertising.

There certainly was an evolution in the form, of course: the 1971 Jane Fonda horror film Klute starts off fairly similar to the trailer for Scream a quarter century later.
Well, at least until halfway through when it suddenly loses it's momentum.

Meanwhile the trailer for The Party name drops it's title roughly 25 times, when a modern ear thinks it should be saving up for a single epic reveal right near the end.

And of course, modern remakes give you a chance to compare how things have changed for the better and worse.

And finally, the example of the change so many people have noted:


There was almost certainly a gun just off-camera...

"I made a mistake," the 35-year-old told reporters.

"I want to take the chance to apologize and let all the players know. The rules are there ... We cannot ignore them a little bit," he added. "They are there and they are there for a reason. I want people to take this as an example. I absolutely did not mean to do that on purpose ... I didn't mean to expose my teammates to COVID, my family, or others. I really apologize for it."
Sure we can. We can and should ignore them...every...single...day.

The worst thing about the "slant eyed nips can't be trusted" font is that it's only available as a Serif

Recently CNN whined about "racist" fonts. Yes, you read that right.

That type of writing — the piece poses — has been a “typographical shortcut for ‘Asianness.'”

As it turns out, the use of lettering that looks supposedly Chinese to reference things that are supposedly Chinese…is cringe-y:

It’s hard not to cringe at the Chinese stereotypes bundled up with each font package — especially when seen through the lens of today’s heightened vigilance toward discrimination and systemic racism. Critics believe that using chop suey typefaces is downright racist, particularly when deployed by non-Asian creators.

“Chop suey” fonts, to be clear, have been “cooked up” by type designers in the West.

That would make sense, I suppose, since they’re English fonts.

Of course, there's a minor problem with CNN's whole piece: no such font is bundled with most software packages.

Above is a (partial) list of fonts for Windows 10. Chop Suey doesn't appear (it should be after Carlito), nor does Karate or Wonton. I can't find any reference online to these fonts being part of font package in Apple OS either nor is it one of the (limited) fonts available on Android phones. I do have something called a "Yu Gothic" font package but clearly the font is much more German than Oriental.

So even if CNN was right and these fonts were inappropriate, 99% of computer users would never even come across one! You have to find online font generators to even produce your own samples.

Bonus commentary: That bit about "if CNN was right"? Joe Kinsey demolishes that theory pretty quickly by noting that in his (and Les Nessman's!) home city of Dayton Ohio the only people using these "racist" fonts are Chinese restaurants who are trying to lure in English-speaking customers who need to know "this place is Chinese but you can read the signs".


It spreads on surfaces (but only water fountains, lunch counters, and bus seats)

The CDC has declared racism a "serious public health threat". I know you can't stop giggling, but the important thing is that they aren't.

Of course, you can try asking them what that means. When they tell you that, say, eating red meat is a serious public health threat what they mean is that if you eat red meat too much it can have negative impacts on your health. They even produce studies to back up their claims (even if the methodologies are questionable and the results don't correspond with the real world). So is the CDC warning that people who believe in the inherent superiority of their race will suffer negative health outcomes as a result of their racism? Um, nope. Do they mean when Person A is racist they cause harm to Person B who suffers negative health outcomes, like saying "stabbings are a public health threat" or even "infectious diseases are a public health threat"? No, not that either. So they mean that when Person A is racist it makes Person B feel bad and they suffer negative health outcomes? Nope, not even that!

So what does it even mean? I hope you like word salad! [on the bright side it contains no red meat! -ed]
A growing body of research shows that centuries of racism in this country has had a profound and negative impact on communities of color. The impact is pervasive and deeply embedded in our society—affecting where one lives, learns, works, worships and plays and creating inequities in access to a range of social and economic benefits—such as housing, education, wealth, and employment. These conditions—often referred to as social determinants of health—are key drivers of health inequities within communities of color, placing those within these populations at greater risk for poor health outcomes.
Wait, what? For one thing, their "growing body of research" ends up being unfalsifiable far-left morons pretending to be researchers. For another...no, wait, actually I only need the one thing. The claim that "racism = inequity" may be "growing" but it certainly isn't research. They haven't provided actual correlation (minor problem) or a mechanism (minor problem) nor a mechanism to explain counterfactuals (minor problem). Blacks not receiving higher education is blamed on "racism" rather than "black kids don't attend junior high school long enough to learn anything". Blacks getting substandard housing is never blamed on a culture of entitlement or even something so prosaic as that blacks do a worse job than whites at maintaining their homes and lawns within their own income bracket. What they're guilty of in the scientific parlance is correlation without causation. It's politically expedient to claim niggers' lives aren't their own faults, and academia and the media are growing ever more comfortable with repeating these claims without bothering to subject them to any intense rigour.

Likewise the "social determinants of health": are they actual determinants or just coincidental effects of an existing discrepancy? Or worse, are they the antecedents of health and we're busy trying to cure cancer by forcing the cells back together? [bad analogy, it turns out: they're working on it. -ed] As you might suspect, research on this topic is...pretty sparse. Again, they don't like their assumptions challenged and only permit you to do so on the narrowest of grounds.

So the CDC has declared "racism" as the easy answer. No actual soul (food) searching for the causes of racial disparities in outcome are required. Just blame whites and move on with your day! Obviously they're only doing this because the Wuhan Flu has made it politically expedient to call everything a "public health crisis" (except, you know, cultural factors inspiring girls to get sex change operations: you can't call that a public health crisis or even a crisis or even talk about it). So let's let them do that and then force them to fight it our way, not theirs. In fact, they've even given us the language we need to solve this health crisis.

Mandatory Racial Distancing

Remember, we're accepting their statements at face value. So when they claim American racism is "worse than ever" let's just nod and take action. Since (by their metrics) racism gets worse as diversity climbs, the solution surely enough is to maintain racial segregation. You know, in the same way that we banned freedom of movement and association to combat the Wuhan Flu. Obviously any steps you take to "solve a public health emergency" take precedence over all other considerations. So we've had to endure legislated social distancing, why not take it one step further and bring about racial distancing. Just until we've "flattened the curve" about inequity or whatever yadda yadda yadda.


If they don't get you coming in, they get you going out

Hey remember the Theresa Tam "butthole swab" video?

Well he's not the only Chinese man to think of it!

Despite rising protests from foreign governments, anyone flying to Beijing is vulnerable to testing, so they have expanded their use of anal swabs to screen Covid-19. did.

Beijing’s epidemic administration staff told Chinese state media that all international arrivals in the capital could be ordered, if not obligatory, to be inspected by health authorities.

Also, in Shanghai, travelers from high-risk areas and travelers arriving on planes with at least five positive cases must undergo a series of tests, including an anal swab.

One of the reasons governments objected was that diplomats weren't...immune...from the butthole swab. The United States, Japan, and South Korea have all complained in the matter.

And as this post's title implies, the South Koreans have come up with an innovative new solution:

Meanwhile, South Korea’s Foreign Ministry has said that instead of “collecting directly by Chinese authorities,” citizens can now submit stool samples.

Does that count against carryon?

"Systemic racism" doesn't exist...but #MeToo is planning to introduce it

Canadian feminist Wendy McElroy explores a proposal that will presume black men accused of rape are found guilty even when there's no evidence against them:

Victim-centered justice is a “believe the victim/woman” approach by which an accused is presumed guilty based on an accusation, even without evidence. The purpose is to protect the accuser—who is presumed innocent—from being further victimized by traditional police procedures that focus on hard evidence, contradictions in testimony, and other objective indications of whether a case is valid. In his article “The Pandora’s Box of ‘Trauma Informed’ Investigations,” James Baresel described what victim-centered justice suggests instead. “Detectives base their investigation on the assumption that the women’s status as a victim is not to be questioned, even insisting that contradictions or apparent inaccuracies in her account must be evidence of a traumatic experience whose very existence confirmed her truthfulness.” The police almost act as social workers to elicit testimony from an accuser without upsetting her.
Okay, so far she's talking exclusively about "men", which of course is systematic anti-male sexism...but that's old hat in the western world ever since we (foolishly) let women vote without also taking away their traditional role as protected flower to be insulated from the big bad world of making real decisions. Where do the negroes come in?
For reasons explored here, this burden falls disproportionately upon black men. This is a bitter irony. If systemic racism does exist in law enforcement, as social justice zealots insist, then black men desperately need to be treated as individuals whose due process is being egregiously violated. They need precisely what victim-centered justice denies to them: protection of legal rights.
Okay...I'm not 100% convinced. After all, the reason the legal system "falls disproportionately upon black men" is because they are intrinsically thuggish: it's different than "rape" which almost by definition has to be primarily a male crime: it's extremely difficult for a woman to force an unwilling man to have sex with her. Women can commit sexual assaults on a man, but seeing as how penetrative sex is universally considered a different offense (and is helpfully easier to detect by forensics if reported immediately) I can see how a policy of "believe the victim even when the easily collectable physical evidence doesn't collaborate her claim" can harm men on the whole, but not black men specifically. I'm going to need a little more convincing.

I personally know a girl who got "caught" in this web: she accused a guy (I actually met him) of date rape and at first refused the rape kit...eventually later that same day she changed her mind and allowed the test. She claimed penetrative vaginal and anal sex without a condom and ejaculate should have been found but curiously wasn't...despite a lot of bluster she ultimately wasn't charged with filing a false report. Last I heard she was trying to get attention with the tried and true "cutting the forearms" method.
Why would victim-centered justice disproportionately punish black men? Because the bias of any system tends to impact the most vulnerable within it. Do statistics confirm that black men will be disproportionately impacted? No general data exist on issues such as how many black men have been falsely imprisoned due to bias. Even if statistics existed on false imprisonment, they would not necessarily indicate whether imprisonment was due to racial bias or other factors, such as the prevalence of poverty that precludes good legal representation.
This is one of those claims often made with minimal evidence to support it. Wendy does her best, I suppose:
In other words, blacks account for 47 percent of all known exonerations, or 1,158 out of 2,400; 52 percent of murder exonerations, or 468 out of 908; and 63 percent of drug crime exonerations, or 200 out of 317. Blacks constitute an even higher proportion of group exonerations based on drug crime frame-ups. The report concludes, “There is no doubt that race plays a role in the conviction of innocent defendants in America.” Again, it is not known whether the discrepancies result from racism or other factors.
There are obviously a few holes with this theory, which she helpfully acknowledges (and later dismisses): for one thing, it doesn't make any comparisons to wealth: anybody who remembers the O.J. trial will recall the power of a more expensive set of lawyers. Do poor whites and poor blacks get exonerated to the same degree? More critically, there's certainly a strong political bias in favour of trying to overturn black convictions. The NAAN has a program called "The Innocence Project" that uses pro bono lawyers as well as law professors and students at the Cardozo School of Law to help convicted niggers get a second chance at proving their innocence. Does the National Association for the Advancement of White People have a similar program? Whoops, nope!

Regardless, McElroy does eventually get back to her stronger thesis:
Victim-centered justice is en route to become the norm in police investigations into sexual abuse. From there, it will gradually become the norm in police investigations in general. One thing that might give social justice warriors pause is the possibility their approach will increase the false imprisonment of blacks. Pauses are welcomed; they offer space for discussion and reflection. But the unintended consequence for black men is not likely to deter victim-centered zealots. Their final analysis will be victim versus accused, women versus men. The race of those accused will take second place to a politically weightier consideration; they are male. And so the collateral damage of “always believe the women” will be institutionalized into the systemic racism and gender bias which victim-centered justice ostensibly opposes.

If it has tires or tits...

As a followup to my post from a couple weeks back, here's a (two year old) story about another bad (nonwhite) woman driver:

Multiple transit supervisors expressed concerns about Aissatou Diallo’s suitability as an OC Transpo bus driver after two collisions on the road prior to Friday’s fatal crash at Westboro station, this newspaper has learned.

And several operators are questioning how the transportation service is dealing with new driver road safety

 Almost thirty months after the crash in question, Diallo's trial finally got underway last month and of course anti-white racist Ottawa Police force were in the hot seat for arresting her after she caused three people to die.


Explaining the aftermath of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's "The Die Is Cast" massacre

Over at the Tor.com review of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's third season episode "The Die Is Cast", author (and notorious SJW) Christopher L. Bennett expresses some uncertainty over how the show later depicted the aftermath:

I have a hard time believing this battle would wipe out the entire Obsidian Order and Tal Shiar. I mean, those are both intelligence agencies/secret police. They’d be mostly ground-based bureaucracies staffed mainly by people in desk jobs working out of offices. Are we supposed to believe that these battle fleets were crewed by the entire administrative and office staffs of those agencies as well as every one of their operatives? Would any devious, secretive, manipulative intelligence agency be so reckless as to send all its key personnel on a military mission, rather than maneuvering someone else into taking the risk for them?

Unless the idea is that the defeat was such a debacle that it led to both agencies’ entire staffs being purged or executed. That I could buy. And in the case of the Obsidian Order, which we know was locked in an ongoing power struggle with Central Command and the Detapa Council (so it was actually technically 1/3 of the government, though in practice it and the CC had all the actual power), I can buy that its rivals would’ve taken the opportunity to dismantle it once and for all. But in the case of the Tal Shiar, it seems more likely that it would just be restaffed rather than dissolved.
Understand that I don't have anything to contrast this with than head canon, but in fairness neither does Bennett. However based on what has been established on screen (and ignoring things also established on screen that contradict the things established on screen I'm about to talk about, as all Trek head canon inevitably must do) I can explain away what I think happened.

Yes, this is the same Christopher Bennett who complained that a male character in an 11th century Japanese novel wasn't an ardent feminist.

First let's go over what we can all agree on, more or less:
  • The Romulan Star Empire lost a number of warbirds: Memory Alpha says 5 of the 20 ships were Romulan
  • Several Cardassian ships were destroyed: Memory Alpha says 15 (since that's 20-5)
  • Numerous Tal Shiar and Obsidian Order operatives were killed, including Inabarin Tain.
Strangely, that's about the entire list, and even then the numbers are in dispute. Toddman says there are 20 ships but the breakdown is only conjecture (based on the 15 ships leaving the Orias System in the third season DS9 episode "Defiant"). From a numerical perspective alone that should placate much of Bennett's opposition: presuming similar staffing levels (which is probably unfair, since the D'Deridex-class warbird is 1341m long, versus the 481m long Keldon-class Cardassian battlecruiser) the Cardassians lost three times as many people.

However the important thing to remember is how the Cardassian and Romulan governments integrate their military with their secret police. In "Defiant", Dukat explained to Sisko that the Central Command and the Obsidian Order both (in theory at least) reported to the civilian Depata Council, and in practice operated in a "silo" where they generally conducted their own affairs. However, and this point was critical: the Obsidian Order was not permitted to own military equipment.

By contrast our major example of how the Tal Shiar integrated with the Romulan military comes from their first appearance in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Face of the Enemy" where Troi goes undercover as a Tal Shiar operative. However the dynamic in that episode is in stark contrast to how the Obsidian Order operates: in "Defiant" the OO only had Korinas as an observer, and the only "orders" she gave was instructing Cardassian techs to lock down their workstations. In "The Face of the Enemy", Major Rakal (as Troi is pretending to be) is able to order the captain not to look at cargo, to travel to specific locations, and it's understood to be part of her normal capacity. Troi does eventually take command of the ship, but it's clear that she's simply overstepping her technical authority by using the TS's ability to strike fear in the hearts of officers. Commander Toreth is willing to only follow Rakal's orders so far and makes it clear that the miltiary can push back if push comes to shove (the reaction to the Corvallen freighter's destruction also makes it clear the military isn't fully under the TS's yoke).

As a result, we can presume that every Romulan ship has at least one TS agent on board, possibly several. The bulk of the crew, however, is almost certainly members of the Romulan military: presumably the Tal Shiar leaned on an Admiral to get a number of warbirds (5 isn't really all that many) absconded for a secret assignment. The commanders and crews could easily have been selected to be willing to go along with what, as far as they know, is a legitimate Romulan/Cardassian military exercise. The OO doesn't have that luxury: they aren't allowed warships and they aren't allowed to force the Central Command to obey their orders. Remember that their fleet was completely unknown to Dukat and the Central Command in "Defiant", meaning that the entire crew of those ships were all OO agents.

And now suddenly everything fits into place: the Tal Shiar, despite shapeshifter!Lovok's brave front, didn't really lose that many people: their middle ranks were probably mostly represented on those warbirds, but I can't imagine more than a couple dozen operatives would be assigned to this mission. Unlike the OO, they don't need to be there: the Romulan Navy provided the ships and the personnel. The Obsidian Order, meanwhile, was probably for the most part on those ships, including Tain who had recently resumed his "head of the order" post. In fact, the whole point of "Improbable Cause" (the previous episode where Garak was almost killed) was that Tain was burning all his bridges and getting rid of anybody involved with the OO who could challenge him for leadership. Which is to say that not only did the OO lose thousands of their people, but the entire upper echelon of the organization was wiped out.

This also aligns well with the aftermath: ignoring Star Trek Picard (as well we should), the Tal Shiar were still operating three years later when Senator Vreenak mysteriously died in a shuttle accident that turned out to be Dominion sabotage...and if you believe that I have 85L of biomimitic gel to sell you. In DS9's final season episode "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" the TS were similarly still active and involved in Romulan politics. They were also featured in a Star Trek Voyager episode for completely insane reasons, when the Dominion would have been a much more fitting adversary (which, come to think of it, means Sisko shouldn't feel bad about the events in "In The Pale Moonlight" one iota). The Tal Shiar is doing fine. Lovok died, yes, but he was only a Colonel rather than the leader of the organization, and he died long before this incident anyways.

The Obsidian Order is doing far less fine: their de facto leader in Tain is dead. Their most capable upper leadership alternatives were all executed by Tain before he entered the wormhole. Thousands of operatives are dead, and since they were the ones operating the ships we can presume they were pretty capable ones. They have been utterly exposed as violating their rules of operation. What happens to the secret police when they get essentially neutered? Well, we saw what happened in the sprawling DS9 season 4 opener "The Way of the Warrior": the old Detapa Council was replaced by rioting civilians with a new one. Garak explicitly notes that this was due to the OO's destruction, which makes sense: without their secret police holding the citizenry in fear, the only force protecting the old council and their entrenched interest is the Cardassian Military. As Dukat observes later in that episode, the Central Command serves the Cardassian Government and simply has to work with whoever the new kids in town are. We've seen that the Central Command is still at the whim of their leaders: even before "The Way of the Warrior" the Central Command had to honour the DMZ (they had to disrupt events in secret), withdraw from Bajor, and even make nice when Ben and Jake showed up in a Bajoran sailing ship.

Star Trek Picard's sins are legion, I understand, but one of them is superseding the Tal Shiar with an "even more secret police" called the Zhat Vash. The "even more secret" doesn't really bother me: the British "secret police" group MI-5 was public knowledge in 1970, but the existence of MI-6 was hotly denied up until 1994 (when it's very public headquarters was dedicated by HRH Queen Elizabeth II...that building by the way was designed by a Sir Terry Farrell). What's really unforgivable is the name, with all its harsh consonant sounds it sounds much more Klingon than Romulan.

So there you have it: Chris Bennett's objections to how the two intelligence agencies were "wiped out" have been satisfied. He sort of stumbled upon it with his (slightly inaccurate) "1/3 of the government" comment, but didn't look at the established evidence about how each intelligence operation worked. It's worth noting that on the same Tor page another user, Jarvisimo, mentions the novel The Never-Ending Sacrifice by Una McCormack. In that novel, the OO is so badly decimated by the loss of personnel that they lose their effectiveness and therefore civilians can seize power from the previous Detapa Council.


No Justice for White Men

As you may have heard, the hero cop who kept that violent nigger thug George Floyd from escaping arrest was convicted on all three counts today. Over at Legal Insurrection, attorney Andrew Branca looks at the trial from a "strictly legal" standard (remember those?) and determines that the only just verdict was Not Guilty por tres.

The bottom line: If the verdict were based solely on the legal merits, the facts and law in this case, were I personally a juror I would have more than enough reasonable doubt to be unable to vote guilty on any of these criminal charges, for all the reasons of fact and law that I detail below.

That said, this case left the “facts and law” train station quite some time ago, making where it will end up largely unpredictable in any realistic sense, especially given the political and social dynamics looking to drive this train clear off the rails.
He turned out to be right. Chauvin shamefully found guilty of "Felony Second Degree Murder":
Another way to look at this question is this: If Floyd had fought lawful arrest and placement in the back of squad car 320, but finally been secured in the vehicle, and thus never subject to prone restraint on the street—would he have died anyway? Was the physical struggle with officers, given the fragility of his cardiovascular system and his substantial (even if not acutely fatal) concentration of fentanyl enough to kill him, all by themselves, without any restraint whatever?

Can we know that the answer to that question is no, and beyond a reasonable doubt? Because if we can’t, then we can’t conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that Chauvin’s restraint of Floyd “caused” Floyd’s death—Floyd was already effectively dead before he was ever put on the street—and then we’ve failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that required element of felony murder.
Guilty of Third Degree Murder:
Specifically, third-degree murder requires a reckless disregard of the danger created to the victim by the defendant’s eminently dangerous conduct. If the state has not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant’s conduct was eminently dangerous (which bring us back to the issue of causation, above) and that the defendant recklessly (consciously) disregarded that risk, then the state has not proven the crime of third-degree murder.

Further, second-degree manslaughter requires that the defendant creates an unreasonable risk, and “consciously takes chances of causing death or great bodily harm.” If the state has not proven that the defendant intentionally engaged in conduct that had a reasonably foreseeable risk of causing death or great bodily harm, then the state has not proven the crime of second-degree manslaughter.

Both of these offenses require that the defendant engaged in conduct that was unreasonable, that created a foreseeable risk of deadly force harm, and that the defendant consciously incurred that risk or, alternatively, consciously disregarded that risk. If any of these conditions are not proven beyond a reasonable doubt, then the underlying crime has not been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
You really should read the whole thing, it was written a few days ago and has (pardon the pun) the fatal knee to the neck shoulder of the innocent man violent thuggish nigger with this:
So given all this—the recent fight with the large and powerful Floyd, the dangers of the street traffic, the apparent danger presented by the hostile and threatening crowd, the unexpected delay in medical professionals arriving on scene—all of this must be considered among the totality of the circumstances in determining whether the officers’ continued restraint of Floyd was reasonable and justified.

And to convict on third-degree assault, the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that given the totality of the circumstances the continued restraint by Chauvin and the others was not reasonable and justified, either to effect a lawful arrest, or to meet their duty of care to a suspect in their custody.

Incidentally, to the extent that the reasonableness of the officers’ continued restraint of Floyd under the totality of the circumstances is not disproven beyond a reasonable doubt, that failure would also serve as a perfect defense to all the other criminal charges brought against the officers. If their use of force was not unlawful period, it cannot be the basis for an assault conviction, and therefore not as a predicate for felony murder, but also cannot be the basis for either second-degree manslaughter or third-degree murder.

If reasonable, it’s not a crime, period.
What happened in Minnesota today was a politically motivated witch hunt, don't kid yourself: Branca notes in the live "gameday" thread regarding the verdict:
Very surprised no questions from jury at all, even on causation, suggests didn’t really consider the legal merits.
Between that and Mad Maxine Waters demanding a riot unless a conviction for a (not even filed) first degree murder charge took place (while FakePresident Biden says "hold my beer"), it's clear that there was no Justice for Derek Chauvin. When do whites start violent protests until we get our way?

On a related note, look what's happening on our side of the border with another (and even more) innocent white man, Pastor James Coates:
EDMONTON: The Justice Centre today announced that the trial of Pastor James Coates, of Grace Life Church, will proceed on May 3, 2021 at Provincial Court in Stony Plain, however the Court granted the Government’s request that Pastor Coates not be permitted to challenge the constitutional validity of Dr. Deena Hinshaw’s orders at the trial. The government will not be required to produce scientific evidence in support of Dr. Hinshaw’s orders. Government lawyers told the Court that the Alberta Government could not produce any scientific evidence in support of Dr. Hinshaw’s orders in time for the May 3 trial.
At least Chauvin was allowed to challenge the allegations made against him. By what possible argument can the government deny a constitutional challenge to a law on the basis that it's just wayyyyy too much work to try and justify it? Especially to then turn around and the rest of the trial can just go ahead and proceed as planned? If nothing else shouldn't the trial be delayed so that Coates and the JCCF can come up with a new defence?

Bad things come in threes, by the way, so let's go down south again and see how U.S. Sgt. Jonathan Pentland is being railroaded by another angry nigger mob and a corrupt justice system intent on punishing him for the crime of...telling a rapist to get lost?
The video is touted as another horrifying example of racism against an innocent young man who was “walking while black.” “We’re not going to let people be bullies in our community,” Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told reporters. Many journalists and activists called Sgt. Pentland a bigot.

But there’s more to the case. The black man was menacing the neighborhood in the week before the altercation, according to two police reports filed on him. One says he grabbed a woman by the waist and pulled her pants part-way down. Another says he snatched a baby from another woman and tried to run away with it.

The sergeant told police he pushed the black man “in fear for his safety and the safety of his wife.” Neighbors reported to police that the alleged victim came up to them “in a threatening manner” and they asked the drill sergeant for help.

A member of the black mob that surrounded Sgt. Pentland’s house heard a similar account. Dayterouis Gallmon told local media that a young woman rushed to Sgt. Pentland’s house and begged for his help after the black man assaulted her. Mr. Gallmon said he didn’t believe her.
#BelieveAllWomen is the first casualty when #NiggerLivesMoreImportantThanSocietyMotherfucker gets involved: it's not a coincidence that black men rape more than any other ethnic group on the planet.

This day in (blog) history

Everybody remember, tomorrow is the day we all bring our unregistered prohibited weapons to the grounds of the Alberta Legislature.

Edmonton Police faggots will not intervene.

Stay tuned

The long-awaited 100th episode of RedLetterMedia's Best of the Worst is coming later this month.

This day in (blog) history

Appropriately enough, as Ontario goes crazy with restrictions even as a CityTV news poll shows a 50/50 split in favour of more restrictions, today marks the one year anniversary of coining the phrase that perfectly encapsulates these people.


@ForbiddenReali1 - Actually zero deaths attributed to Trump

There were zero preventable COVID deaths in America with the possible exception of New York State (killer Cuomo). Not even Pennsylvania (ugly man in a dress) counts.

Remember "flatten the curve"? The point of that public policy was not to prevent Wuhan Flu deaths, because that has been impossible since Chairman Xi let his bioweapon leave the city of Wuhan. The point was to spread out the deaths over a longer timespan, so that the mythical "overwhelmed hospitals" didn't happen. Remember this graph?

That's the only possible measure of preventable deaths: our public policies were designed to merely keep the number of seriously ill patients low, on the theory that there could be people who would survive COVID if they were in an ICU bed but would die if none were available. Everybody else: the people who would die with or without an ICU bed or never even got near one? They were (sensibly) written off. And it wasn't the "GOP trying to keep Trump in the White House" who was doing that, it was basically every country in the world (which was the whole issue I had last March in the post linked to above):
Instead what we've seen is that almost every political jurisdiction in the world taking the exact same actions at nearly the exact same times. With a couple exceptions (eg. Canada still letting planeloads of people in from Red China weeks after Trump and Putin "colluded" to both block direct travel) things are progressing everywhere at the same rate. Elections, pace President Monkey, didn't seem to matter after all. It doesn't matter if you elect a conservative (Kenney, Ford, Pallister, Trump, Johnson, Kemp) or a liberal (Rat Bastard 2.0, Newsom, Moon, Legault, Sánchez, Irish Poofter). It doesn't matter if your government is formed by a left-right coalition (Italy, Sweden, Germany, Japan) or if you don't get to choose your government at all (Iran, Russia, China, Saudi Arabia). In late February your government wanted you to self-isolate if you traveled abroad or had flu symptoms. In early March citizens were being repatriated from cruise ships. By March 12 your sports league was cancelled. By March 13th your schools were cancelled. By March 17th your bars and restaurants were closed down. By March 20th your borders were closed to nonessential travel. Sure some areas are more intense (Spain was on lockdown as of March 14th even though Queerbec bars were still serving people almost a week later), but the pattern is pretty consistent.
Appropriately enough considering who posted the tweet above, I even crack a Russian collusion joke in there. While there are a few GOP names in the list above, most of the leaders mentioned or alluded to have nothing to do with the American Republican Party (and in many cases even conservatism as a whole).

In most if not all of those countries, the number of preventable deaths is close to zero as well. Italy and Spain might be the only two countries on that list: most other countries didn't come close to having their healthcare systems overwhelmed...even locally it was just Montreal and New York City bringing down their larger jurisdictions. Mexico and Ecuador (both GOP hotspots, natch!) were the other locales with a possibility of excess deaths caused by overwhelmed hospitals. Despite much consternation, it didn't even happen in the UK.

Did New York have any deaths that could have been prevented if stronger measures were taken earlier? Possibly, but then the followup question has to be whether any federal government policies could have realistically been taken. The major ones that come to mind are border closures (Trump was ahead of the world curve) and the U.S. Navy hospital ships. The hospital ship sent to NYC covered less than 200 patients, far less than expected, indicating that even if hospitals had been overwhelmed before it arrived the effect would be minimal.

Which means the thesis holds: the United States had zero deaths that President Trump could have prevented.

Ashlii Babbitt's death, of course, was the responsibility of the cop who shot her. Hey, your rules and not mine!



@benveldman - Not that any healthcare should be free, but...

...do you mean like counselling to treat their delusions and cure their sick mental state?

Obviously they should pay for that themselves: taxpayers shouldn't have to be responsible for both the public school system that teaches them the lie that they aren't the same sex they were born into and the expensive and evil "medical" treatments that defile their bodies just to match their delusions.

@TotzkeM - No uranist gets to lecture his betters about ethics

So a man who chose an illegitimate sexual orientation is going to lecture conservatives on morals and ethics? Yeah, no.

While we're discussing whether there's any value in giving extraordinary powers to the national government because you think it's our fault it rained yesterday, you're engaged in evil acts with other men.

We're better than you. And you need to reject your disgusting pederasty and admit that you're broken, your attractions are wicked and wrong, and that you can and will change. Because unlike the climate, changing your perversions are both possible and desirable.


An irrational hatred

I hate you Wayback Burgers on Jasper Avenue (and a second location in north Edmonton slightly less).

In every other location in Canada, when you are looking for the Archive.org "Wayback Machine" (a key tool in a blogger's arsenal), it comes up.

But in the Edmonton area, you type it up and this bloody restaurant shows up instead.

Are the burgers at least good? I've never been, but Kamarag has been to the downtown one when I asked, and he seemed to think it wasn't bad.

I agree with earmarking these funds to the "community groups hardest hit by gunfire". And popcorn. Lots of popcorn.

Courtesy of Blazing Cat Fur, Portland will have unarmed patrols going around being social workey to try to stop their thugs with guns from killing people.

In a perfect world, all the #NiggerLivesMoreImportantThanSocietyMotherFucker protesters who got their bail covered would, upon conviction, be required by the judge to work off their "community service" by being unpaid volunteers for these same patrols.

Literally kill two birds with one stone.

@JustinTrudeau - Stop putting colours in front of the word "economy" when you're talking "anti-freedom government control"

The Shiny Pony, of course, doesn't have a clue what constitutes the economy.

It's clear, however, that he seems to think the economy is something he can (and should!) change just by throwing the names of colours in front of it. He's going to build a "green economy" and now, apparently (and simultaneously?) build a blue one.

What's next? Can we perhaps suggest improving Canada's "white economy"? Perhaps by lowering tax rates, reducing regulatory burdens, less political interference into the Bank of Canada, eliminating "green" initiatives, stop funding opponents to infrastructure projects, and creating legislative freezes on changes?

How is Meghan Markle like STD?

Last month in talking about the bullying complaints lodged against ex-princess Meghan Markle, I casually referred to Star Trek: Discovery whose own showrunners were forced out due to questionable "bullying in the workplace" accusations that basically sounded like "the boss wanted me to do things his way". It's like that kung fu fight over tooling specifications in Kill Squad.

Well ironically enough look what I came across: Star Trek Discovery is a bully… And you’re an enabler. (the "you" here, of course, are people dumb enough to actually watch the show, not "you" as in "me"  your humble but still better than most of the planet scribbler).
I can’t let this go because Star Trek Discovery is an insult. It’s an insult to its audience, it’s an insult to Star Trek fans, it’s an insult to science fiction fans, it’s an insult to television fans, it’s an insult to any living being with a semblance of critical thinking skills. I can’t let this go because Star Trek Discovery knows it’s insulting you — the audience. It knows that it’s hiding vapid storytelling behind flashy effects. It knows that its characters are morally bankrupt shells reciting storylines from other shows. Worst, STD knows it can get away with this behavior, because it is.

Star Trek Discovery is a bully, grabbing your hands and asking “why are you hitting yourself?” And in true bully fashion, it has a lot of vocal supporters, a lot hangers-on who want to use its immediate success for their own selfish gain. But the cracks are showing. Six weeks in, reviewers that once hailed STD as a “brilliant new chapter” are now happy that “this week didn’t suck as bad.” Fickle friends, the bully has. But there will always be yes-men behind it, those intellectually stunted few who don’t know any better, and it is on those souls the bully preys. Its victims are the immediate goal, but its audience is its survival. The Klingon proverb warns us “Don’t feed the trolls.” You, the unquestioning audience who says things like “Burnham is so logical” or “Lorca is a great captain” or “serialized storytelling has never been done on Trek before,” you are feeding this troll.
(It's unclear if this was written before or after Lorca turned out to be from the mirror universe)
Star Trek Discovery has no respect for you — its audience. Its producers only care about your money and its writers think you are dumb enough to be easily manipulated and distracted by superficial smokescreens. This show fails on every single level possible — the aesthetics are wrong, the effects are boring, the storytelling is hackneyed and plagiarized, the morality is nonexistent, and the distribution is vampiric. And yet, you remain.


"Since the beginning of time man has yearned to destroy the sun. I will do the next best thing: block it out"

You know, Bill Gates turned into a hardcore Mr. Burns supervillain so gradually, I didn't even notice.

Do any criminals have mothers who are willing to admit it?

The niggers who raped and murdered a 24-year-old woman aren't monsters according to...of course...their families.

A Florida spring breaker accused of drugging and raping a 24-year-old woman who later was found dead in a Miami Beach hotel room is “not some monster,” his friends and family claim.

Evoire Collier, 21, remained in jail Wednesday along with pal Dorian Taylor, 24, for allegedly drugging Christine Englehardt with a “green pill” before raping her and stealing her credit cards, the Miami Herald reported.

“It’s devastating. My thought was praying for her family because I wouldn’t wish that on anybody,” his aunt, Tanda Collier, told the newspaper.

But still, she insisted that Evoire was “a good kid.”

“He wouldn’t hurt a fly,” she told the paper.

Adrienne Long, who had taken Evoire in after his mother died when he was in high school, said she and his family believed that Taylor was a bad influence on him.

This is a longstanding joke, of course: a decade ago in the controversy over the death of Niko Arlia I noted the giant disparity between what his family said and what the facts on the ground said.


@mmeshanahan - Based on FBI crime statistics, the employees would need danger pay

You're right Taylor, having to talk with a nigger shouldn't be a mandatory part of any worker's job description.

Just for fun though, I did fill out this form, despite not being a Durham Region employee, or resident, or offhand sure that I've even been to the Durham Region. [you have! -ed]

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@Retta322 - Even Liam doesn't believe Liam

This is why whites make more money than you do. Employees who believe ridiculous nonsense don't provide their employers with a lot of value.

For readers who might try reading the twitter thread, you'll find a lot of empty tweets by deleted accounts: they belonged to a leftist named Liam O'Mara who responded to a Candace Owens tweet by sending her a photo of a KKK hood. Not a wholly original gag, but I've seen worse. Of course, O'Mara is from the "uniform military haircuts are racist" party so he didn't have much of a leg to stand on. Owens is totally bonkers to try a criminal charge against him, but again the left doesn't have much argument to make against it: they want the police to act like the 'Met in London and knock on the door of people who make Facebook posts that other people don't like.


"Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience."

Reason.com's Robby Soave asked when "misinformation" became a-okay again:

Earlier this week, 60 Minutes dropped a bombshell: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, had granted Publix a vaccination contract as a kickback for a $100,000 campaign donation, according to a report by journalist Sharyn Alfonsi.

Then the story swiftly fell apart. Publix was neither the first nor the only vaccine distributor in Florida; the idea to use a grocery chain with more than 800 locations across the state was a good one, and did not originate with the governor; moreover, DeSantis explained all of this to Alfonsi, but his quotes were edited in a misleading way for the version that appeared in the 60 Minutes segment.

Bafflingly, CBS News is standing by this atrocious hit job. "For over 50 years, the facts reported by 60 Minutes have often stirred debate and prompted strong reactions," said the network in a statement released Tuesday. "Our story Sunday night speaks for itself."

This story should be a source of deep embarrassment for the network: Alfonsi made incendiary claims that she utterly failed to prove, and the report actively concealed from viewers the more plausible explanation offered by countless government leaders involved in the decision, including DeSantis himself. (Florida's director of emergency management, as well as the mayor of Palm Beach County—both of them Democrats—have subsequently released statements blasting CBS's distortions.)

It should have also drawn a thorough debunking, as well as outright condemnation, from other corners of the mainstream media. An accusation of corruption leveled by a major television network against a likely 2024 contender is a big story. It's perhaps an even bigger story when it turns out the network got it completely wrong. Media critics at The New York Times, The Washington Post, and elsewhere should be all over this.

The Times has published 10 articles that reference DeSantis in the last week, but not a single one of them concerns the 60 Minutes story. The Post linked to the story in its Monday email but has had nothing to say about its collapse.

Axios, on the other hand, published an article about the "clash" between DeSantis and 60 Minutes that was overly favorable to the latter. Axios made it sound like it was still an open question whether the Publix contract was a kickback and did not go into detail about the unfair editing of DeSantis' explanation.

Astonishingly, Axios then published a second, significantly worse article that accused DeSantis of milking his "spat" with 60 Minutes. "Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Trump ally with his eyes on the White House, is dialing up a dispute with 60 Minutes—seizing on a juicy chance to ingratiate himself with the GOP base by bashing the media," wrote Axios, as if the media-bashing was not well-deserved in this case.

No more LotR podcasts

You'll recall that earlier this year I remarked with some thrill that the Babylon Bee was doing a The Lord of the Rings podcast series that would take them well into 2022.

Those of you following along with the Bee Reads The Lord of the Rings Podcast may have noticed a brief hiatus over the past couple of weeks. We were struggling with the branding of the podcast, as The Babylon Bee is satire, but the Lord of the Rings podcast is quite a bit outside that wheelhouse. It was kind of confusing for a lot of people out there in the general audience, so we paused for a while as we had a lot of conversations about what to do with it.

In the end, here's what we landed on: the Lord of the Rings podcast will continue but only for paying subscribers. There will be no more free version. So, if you've been following along, subscribers, the good news is we'll be continuing along to the end of the book as planned!
This seems a little weird: if you look at the Babylon Bee podcast page you'll find that none of the podcasts are satire, and in many cases are very serious discussions of a variety of topics, such as:
  • Christian Apologist Canceled By CNN: The Sean McDowell Interview
  • Creating The Christian Metal Genre: Michael Sweet Interview
  • Fighting The Left As A Libertarian: Jeff Deist Interview
  • Valentine’s Day With The Queen Bees
  • Abigail Shrier Interview: The Truth Behind Trans Children
  • The Babylon Bee New Year's Special 2021
  • Austin Petersen: Secular Pro-Life Dude Bro Interview
You'll note the majority of these are long-form interviews with individuals in the news, but it certainly leaves room for a weekly book review to slot in nicely. In fact, other Babylon Bee podcasts make reference to their satirical works but then pivot from those into actual discussions of related topics such as making more Christian movies or a discussion of the recent New York Times smear of the site.

I mean this is hardly likely to change their minds, but this doesn't seem to add up. It's weird.

Tall for Hall (cancelled)

Hey do you remember "Fall for Hall"? I was there for the exact game in January 2010 when it began. As expected, the Oilers fell to be the worst team in the league, Taylor Hall did get drafted by the team, and remained a loyal player (and patron of hot Edmonton blondes) until his infamous one-for-one trade with Jersey.

Well over the past few days as the NHL trade deadline (ie. the other day sports networks try to pretend something interesting is happening) day approached, there was some talk that Taylor Hall might (Mike Comrie or Ryan Smyth style) be coming back to his old team with bygones being bygones (Comrie), or to the organization he has always loved (Smyth).

This would have been because the Oilers are (excepting games against the Leafs and the Flames debacle last night) flying high and definitely in anybody's bag of potential playoff contenders. The idea of picking up Hall while giving up a young prospect or player or pick had a certain about of appeal, a playoff push that showed that the Oilers were in the running for the Stanley Cup as opposed to a high draft pick. In other words, it would have been the opposite of "Fall for Hall". Martok had proposed "Rise for Hall" which never caught on, but apparently somebody in his beer league hockey team (currently now stuck only doing fantasy hockey) modified it for "Tall for Hall" which is kind of catchy.

This morning of course that came tumbling down: Taylor Hall has left his previous team of...*checks notes*...the Buffalo Sabres and has been traded to the Boston Bruins who only have to pay half his $8M annual contract (and then only the tail end of the season aspect of it). Hall also gets to remain in the East Division and doesn't have to quarantine before starting with his new organization.Of course, it's only a 1-yr deal which means this summer Taylor Hall is looking for a new team again.

As in we'll see him in a Canucks uniform by September.

@Conaw - Some guys get all the luck

It's ironic that "webdevMason" contains the letters "w...e...e...v" if you remember the last time this blog discussed expired boxes of Kraft Dinner...and those were only 7 years since purchase (let alone 7 years expired).

Theory: the KKK lynchings were all just gang violence falsely blamed on whites

Another day, another "hateful incident" turns out to be committed by a nigger looking for a splash in the media.

A small college in Michigan last weekend reported a race crime but after further review, it was just another hoax:
How many in a row is this now? We literally just covered another one of these stories two weeks ago!
In the same way that 24/7 video and DNA and other forensic tools make crime investigations much more effective than they were in the past, can we extrapolate back to the original founding of the KKK? Are we 100% sure that all these grand wizards and such actually burned any crosses or hung any niggers? Or was this the Reconstruction-era equivalent of derka derkas claiming responsibility for mass shootings they had nothing to do with, where one gang of niggers decided to terrorize or kill another group of niggers while wearing white sheets, and since it would suit their purposes for whites to be responsible both groups just went along with the fiction?

#JusticeForDaunteWright probably happened the moment the bullet hit him

When the centuries behind me like a fruitful land reposed;
When I clung to all the present for the promise that it closed:

When I dipt into the future far as human eye could see;
Saw the Vision of the world and all the wonder that would be.—

In the Spring a fuller crimson comes upon the robin's breast;
In the Spring the wanton lapwing gets himself another crest;

In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish'd dove;
In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.
Locksley Hall, by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Contrast that with spring in 2020s America, when a young negro's fancies turn to thoughts of committing crimes and resisting arrest to the extent that police officers are forced to use deadly force. (On the bright side, less cousin lust).

How else to explain that yet again in the spring of 2021, much like the spring of 2020, there are riots in Minnesota (Minnesota!) inspired by a #NiggerLivesMoreImportantThanSocietyMotherFucker mob upset that police impose a "death sentence" for what traditionally wasn't included in the list of capital crimes.
The death sparked protests in Brooklyn Center into the early hours of Monday morning, and stores were broken into, as Minneapolis was already on edge and midway through the trial of the first of four police officers in George Floyd’s death. Brooklyn Center is a city of about 30,000 people located on the northwest border of Minneapolis.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz tweeted he was praying for Wright's family “as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.”

Police didn't immediately identify Wright or disclose his race, but some protesters who gathered near the scene waved flags and signs reading “Black Lives Matter.” Others walked peacefully with their hands held up. On one street, written in multi-colored chalk: “Justice for Daunte Wright.”

Demonstrators gathered shortly after the shooting and crash, with some jumping on top of police cars and confronting officers. Marchers also descended upon the Brooklyn Center police department building, where rocks and other objects were thrown at officers, Minnesota Department of Public Safety commissioner John Harrington said at a news conference. The protesters had largely dispersed by 1:15 a.m. Monday, he said.

Harrington added that about 20 businesses had been broken into at the city’s Shingle Creek shopping center. He said law enforcement agencies were coordinating to tame the unrest, and the National Guard was activated.
The Shingle Creek Shopping Centre includes such stores as Walmart, TJ Maxx, Foot Locker, To New York, Keeyla's, rue21, Five Below, and Brooklyn Center Liquor.

It's early in the story, so we don't know a lot of the details. As is typical for this sort of thing, the lies told by the far-left mob planning the riots and the media who enable them are the only pieces of information generally making it out into the ecosphere. Much like George Floyd circa June 3rd 2020 or the Allan Adam incident linked to above, we'll inevitably start learning more nuances of the case (provided we're willing to dig into them) as time goes on.

What we know for now is that Daunte Wright is only half-black (unlike George "Gorilla" Floyd), that police ended up shooting him (unlike George "Too High on Fentanyl to Make an Escape Attempt" Floyd), and that he had warrants out for his arrest (unlike George "Caught in the Act Committing More Crimes" Floyd). It might transpire that the cops loudly told him "we're going to murder you nigger because we don't like your race" before opening fire. Might. Somehow though, I don't think that's going to be how it turns out in the end.
Brooklyn Center police said in a statement that officers had stopped a motorist shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday. After determining the driver had an outstanding warrant, police tried to arrest the driver. The driver reentered the vehicle and an officer fired at the vehicle, striking the driver, police said. The vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle.

Police said the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office will release the person’s name following a preliminary autopsy and family notification. A female passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash.

Katie Wright, Daunte’s mother, huddled with loved ones near the scene and pleaded for her son's body to be removed from the street, the Star Tribune reported. She said her son had called her when he was getting pulled over, and she heard scuffling before the call ended. When she called back, she said his girlfriend told her that her son had been shot.

Carolyn Hanson lives near the crash scene and told the newspaper that she saw officers pull the man out of the car and perform CPR. Hanson said a passenger who got out was covered in blood.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced a curfew in the city until 6 a.m. Monday. In a tweet he said, “We want to make sure everyone is safe. Please be safe and please go home.”

Police said Brooklyn Center officers wear body-worn cameras and they also believe dash cameras were activated during the incident. The department said it has asked the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to investigate.
The body cameras and dashboard cameras will (probably) be able to give us more information. Based on all the previous examples of niggers dying after confronting the police (including some recent non-fatal examples) it's almost certainly going to transpire that Daunte Wright bears most if not all the responsibility for his death. The first thing to note of course is that he has warrants (and of course he has warrants...do you have warrants? do you know a lot of 20 year olds with multiple warrants?) and that the police indicate he was trying to escape their custody: we know he was trying to escape after being shot, though in fairness that might be a standard reaction, especially when you've been fed the lie from your white mother (?!) that you're targeted for your race (rather than, you know, all those crimes you like to commit that may or may not be a part of your tribal culture). Still, it must be a spring thing: we all like to joke that niggers are like apes, but apes don't hibernate...maybe they're more like bears and now that buds are on the trees and new Nike branded air-buds are ready to be looted at the Foot Locker it's time to come out and resume feeding.

How did Tennyson put it?
As the husband is, the wife is: thou art mated with a clown,
And the grossness of his nature will have weight to drag thee down.

He will hold thee, when his passion shall have spent its novel force,
Something better than his dog, a little dearer than his horse.

What is this? his eyes are heavy; think not they are glazed with wine.
Sounds about right.


TMNT 2007 recap and review

Back in 2013, Comics Alliance did a two-part review of the 2007 film TMNT where they did a back-and-forth that had some pretty great moments in it. So let's look at some of them.

there were a bunch of different plots discussed during development, including sending the Turtles out into space. Fortunately (or not, depending on your views of ninja astronauts), Peter Laird opted not to follow the format of the Leprechaun movies.

Matt: Things open up with about four minutes of infodump narrated by a voice who I'll just call Not-Keith-David. There's a lot crammed in here about the turtles, their origin, their names, a 3,000-year-old warlord who became immortal, his generals turning to statues, some soldiers that look like cylons and 13 monsters who came through a portal opened by aligning stars. It's more plot than the past two movies combined had.

Chris: I think my favorite thing about this is that he just drops "named after the great Renaissance masters and trained as ninjas" as though this is no big deal.

I'll get into it a little more further down, but "Not Keith David" is of course Lawrence Fishburne, because they wanted a negro to do the voiceover but Morgan Freeman was unavailable.

Chris: It would've been better if the tag had said "Leonardo (leads)" to be followed by "Donatello (does machines)" and so on, but I'll admit that's wallowing in nostalgia. I have to say, though, this entire bit is really weird. Usually, referring to someone as a "ghost" is a setup for it to be revealed it's only a man, but Leo's a six-foot tall talking turtle that stabs people with swords, something I could consider to be way, way scarier than a ghost.

Chris: Mikey dressing up in a giant turtle head, gluing a zipper on his shell and swinging around foam nunchucks for kids' parties is a pretty inspired career choice, even if it does posit a world where talking turtles have become as popular as, say, magicians and clowns.

Matt: Their appearance onstage with Vanilla Ice has become the stuff of legend. I'm curious where Raph got all the resources for his many chains and his advanced biker-vigilante outfit. Donny's tech support gig must be lucrative.

Chris: Considering that they have two jobs now, compared to zero jobs where they could afford multiple nightly pizza deliveries, I suspect that they're rolling in cash. I will say, though, I do love the movie's implication that they had to get jobs because Leo's not around to lead them in crime-fighting, as though a) they're not all ninjas, and b) that's what was paying the bills before.

Matt: It's been some progression for the Foot, hasn't it? They went from thieves corrupting the youth to working for an immortal ancient warlord. What a long, strange trip.

Chris: When your leader is beaten to death by turtles at a Vanilla Ice concert, you really have to find a new direction. Whatever you're doing, it ain't working

It's also worth noting that April gets a new costume in the form of a Kill Bill jumpsuit with what I can only call a Battle Corset.

Don't worry, I'll discuss Sarah MichelleApril's outfits myself as well.

Chris: I think TMNT '07 has 'em all beat six ways to Sunday, even without the scourge of ninja crime. Either way, it's a pretty good way to end our run with the Turtles.

So that was snippets of the Comics Alliance rundown. I figured this was a good time to throw back my own copy and do a recap/review. Chris called it the best of the first four Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles movies, Matt called it second best after the first one, so let's take a little break while we watch what's by far the best single scene in any of the Turtles films (though you can turn it off after about thirty seconds, that's the good bit at the start even though it sadly starts about 6 seconds too late):


In Montreal Queerbec the cops are far-left Viro Fascists

Rebel Media detained for noncrimes in Frog Country. Fortunately there's a happy(ish) ending(ish).

"Last I heard y'all niggers was having sex...with the same sex!"

R.I.P. Earl "DMX" Simmons. In honour of his death, here's (by far) his best song.

Are we 100% positive that Ja Rule didn't spike his coke?

George Orwell on why masks and lockdowns don't work

Earlier this year Mark Steyn was serializing an audiobook of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four, noting how many of its themes are relevant today in an age where Big Tech can edit the dictionary if a conservative says something with too obviously plain a meaning.  I've similarly referenced the novel in a post title about the new "deadlier" Wuhan Flu variants that mysteriously arrived at about the time we were all assured a vaccine meant things could get back to the way they were in November of 2019.

But there's another Orwellian connection to the China Virus and the extra rules being forced upon us as governments en masse over-react to it, and it has absolutely nothing to do with Nineteen Eighty Four. Instead, it's from Orwell's other masterpiece: Animal Farm.

I've read Nineteen Eighty Four more times than I've read Animal Farm, but while I have only read the more famous book once in the 21st century, and haven't read Animal Farm in this century at all, I have listened to it several times, as I've got the audiobook and have listened to it a couple-three times on road trips. So I'm actually more familiar with his story about animals who try to set up a collectivist society only to discover it utterly fails than his tale of Winston being stuck in Room 101 begging for Julia to be consumed by rats. (It helps that it's shorter)

While Steyn comments on how Emanuel Goldstein in Nineteen Eighty Four has some parallels to Trotsky, the bigger comparison to Trotsky is in fact Snowball, the pig from Animal Farm who was an intellectual rival to Napoleon (Lenin). As the first third of the novel comes to a close, Napoleon and Snowball argue over the construction of a mill: Napoleon makes a push for power, chases Snowball away, and then...adopts Snowball's own positions as if they were his own. Yet when the mill fails, it turns out to be Snowball's fault.

Contrast this to how O'Brien refers to Goldstein in Nineteen Eighty Four:
The face will always be there to be stamped upon. The heretic, the enemy of society, will always be there, so that he can be defeated and humiliated over again.
Snowball isn't defeated over and over again: as per Napoleon's propaganda he always seems to be capable of causing real measurable harm to Animal Farm. In reality, of course, Snowball long ago escaped in exile (like Trotsky) and never was seen or heard in the vicinity of the farm ever again. In fact his narrow escape from Napoleon's dogs are his final ever appearance in the novel. We never learn where Snowball went or what he did: it's heavily implied however that he never again was actually involved in Animal Farm. The problems that besiege the farm under Napoleon's reign are caused by his own mismanagement. It turns out the strong central authority isn't always right, and without a self-correcting mechanism (ie. market forces) things can go very wrong very badly.

Which brings us, of course, to the Wuhan Flu. Seeing how we're coming up on eleven months into a two-week temporary lockdown to "flatten the curve", the Nineteen Eighty Four DOUBLESPEAK references seem so especially apt. Yet as governments enact tighter and tighter controls without any discernable benefit, there are no shortage of idiots regurgitating nonsense about why the restrictions have so utterly failed in achieving their aims. Too many "anti-maskers" and "freedom-obsessed" folks aren't following the rules.
Suddenly, early in the spring, an alarming thing was discovered. Snowball was secretly frequenting the farm by night! The animals were so disturbed that they could hardly sleep in their stalls. Every night, it was said, he came creeping in under cover of darkness and performed all kinds of mischief. He stole the corn, he upset the milk-pails, he broke the eggs, he trampled the seedbeds, he gnawed the bark off the fruit trees. Whenever anything went wrong it became usual to attribute it to Snowball. If a window was broken or a drain was blocked up, someone was certain to say that Snowball had come in the night and done it, and when the key of the store-shed was lost, the whole farm was convinced that Snowball had thrown it down the well. Curiously enough, they went on believing this even after the mislaid key was found under a sack of meal. The cows declared unanimously that Snowball crept into their stalls and milked them in their sleep. The rats, which had been troublesome that winter, were also said to be in league with Snowball.

Napoleon decreed that there should be a full investigation into Snowball's activities. With his dogs in attendance he set out and made a careful tour of inspection of the farm buildings, the other animals following at a respectful distance. At every few steps Napoleon stopped and snuffed the ground for traces of Snowball's footsteps, which, he said, he could detect by the smell. He snuffed in every corner, in the barn, in the cow-shed, in the henhouses, in the vegetable garden, and found traces of Snowball almost everywhere. He would put his snout to the ground, give several deep sniffs, ad exclaim in a terrible voice, "Snowball! He has been here! I can smell him distinctly!" and at the word "Snowball" all the dogs let out blood-curdling growls and showed their side teeth.

The animals were thoroughly frightened. It seemed to them as though Snowball were some kind of invisible influence, pervading the air about them and menacing them with all kinds of dangers. In the evening Squealer called them together, and with an alarmed expression on his face told them that he had some serious news to report.

No matter how many grand schemes and plans are setup by the authorities, their aims are never achieved. But heaven forbid we assume those aims themselves are false or unsuitable!

While maskless people in stores and other facilities aren't non-existant, they are exceedingly rare. I perhaps see one to three in any particular week: considering the number of people I see in stores, that would probably correspond to a 0.25% number of people not following mask rules. Those meeting outside of "no indoor gathering" rules are likely a higher number, maybe even 5%  of the population (excepting Christmas). It seems strange that such a small proportion of the population can be "ruining it for the rest of us" ("we're all in this together" yadda yadda yadda), does it not?

Orwell would probably chuckle at those repeating this obvious and clumsy lie, and then probably sit quietly in the corner at The Wheatsheaf and fear for the future of the world.

I have personally drank in both The Wheatsheaf and The Compton Arms (the closest pub to Orwell's flat he lived in while writing both novels), and yes indeed both bars have a prolific presence of CCTV cameras

Like Snowball, no matter how few "anti-maskers" you see in day to day life, they are responsible for every public policy failure. What else could it be, bad public policy? Perish the thought! It must be the heretics, and again unlike O'Brien's depiction of them from Nineteen Eighty Four, these heretics are in fact gaining in power every single day. Big Brother isn't crushing them, they are humiliating him. That's a page right out of Napoleon's book about Snowball:

Out of spite, the human beings pretended not to believe that it was Snowball who had destroyed the windmill: they said that it had fallen down because the walls were too thin. The animals knew that this was not the case. Still, it had been decided to build the walls three feet thick this time instead of eighteen inches as before

While everybody keeps pointing out that masks don't seem to be working (Edmonton and Calgary have had mask bylaws since last August but still account for far more COVID cases then their populations should indicate), our leaders blame the dissenters who refuse to wear a mask...and then decide that the "walls" between our mouths and the outside world need to be thicker, and now two or three masks are the upcoming new requirements. [if the parallel wasn't strong enough already, the headline in that RT.com article is "If 2 masks are good, 3 masks are better" which immediately brings to mind the infamous "4 legs good, 2 legs better". -ed]. Out of spite, it seems, people pretend not to believe that we only need 3 masks because somewhere on this planet there's a person with no masks spewing deadly COVID clouds into the air.

As a general aside, can we set a fairly simple rule about a matter of public policy?

If your plan requires 100.000% compliance, it will fail and deserves to fail. Come up with a new plan.

With this simple rule in mind we can make the inevitable correlation with communism. Like they claim with the WuFlu restrictions, the Marxist concern is that communism doesn't work if pockets of non-communism are to be found in society. More importantly authorities can stop complaining about "non-compliance" like they do in Lethbridge or Waterloo. You want 100% compliance and we won't ever give it to you. The hens will withhold their eggs. "Anti-maskers" will ignore your mask laws and hold house parties with as many people as we want. We will continue attending our church services.

Stop scapegoating us for your policy failures. Your empty claims are getting tiresome.