The Word “Looting” Is Racist?!

In the wake of several ‘incidents’ of organized smash and grab robberies across California this week, the San Diego police department said it would not use the word “looting” because that was a racist term, and would use the term “organized robberies” instead.

This Is How Progressive Justice Reform Looks

By now, we have all heard of the incident in Waukesha, WI where a man plowed his vehicle into a small town Christmas parade, killing six people and wounding over fifty others, some critically.

The defendant, Darrell Brooks Jr., has a long history of violent criminal activity going back years and involving multiple convictions in multiple states. In early November, he was arrested again on a domestic violence charge.

John Chisholm is the Milwaukee County District Attorney who has championed “progressive justice reform” and has widely bragged that he was an early leader in the movement. His office recommended $1000 bail for Brooks in his most recent violent crime charge and Brooks was released just last Friday, two days before he plowed into the parade….after reportedly fleeing another domestic violence dispute.

A felon with a long history of violent crime, let out on bail of $1000 (why was he allowed bail at all?!) and within 48 hours, that felon had been involved in another domestic violence dispute and using his vehicle for a mass murder.  THAT is progressive justice reform.

Sports And Human Rights

If you have been watching the news recently, you have heard of Peng Shuai, the internationally ranked Chinese women’s tennis player who disappeared recently, after accusing a high ranking member of the Chinese government and Communist Party of sexual assault.

Worth noting is a striking difference in reaction to Chinese human rights abuses.

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A Small Dose Of Civility In Congress

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) announced over the weekend that she will not seek re-election next year and plans to retire after serving for 30 years in Congress.

Johnson was the first Black woman elected to state public office from the Dallas area.

In a statement to reporters, Johnson did not play to the hyper-partisanship that has become all to common. Looking back on her career, she touted her accomplishments and shared credit with those who had helped her along the way, including a number of Republicans. “I’m proud of what I’ve done because there is no Texan in the history of this state who has brought more home,” Johnson said. “As much as we trash the names of some of the Republicans, they were some of the same ones that helped me be successful.”

May all our members of Congress learn to be so gracious. Best wishes in retirement, Rep. Johnson.

A Vote For Sanity

The House voted yesterday to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ).  As part of the censure, Gosar was removed from all committee assignments that he currently has.

Gosar became only the 24th member in history to be censured, the last one being in 2010. Gosar was brought before the House to be censured because he has posted an animated video, on his official House of Representatives social media account, of him killing another member of Congress and beating President Biden.

No one should even joke about killing a co-worker. I certainly would be fired immediately if I made a video of killing a co-worker and beating another, how much more should we hold higher standards for members of Congress who (at least theoretically) is supposed to represent the best of us.

Republicans in Congress should be ashamed for refusing to reprimand Gosar for such disgusting behavior. Another case of “if he is ‘our guy’ we will overlook anything”. That has to change!

How Has This Behavior Become Acceptable?

We have a problem. Well, maybe more than one but the biggest one is the nature of politics. Not only the highly partisan nature of US politics, but seemingly that a growing number of us have begun to hate anyone that does not agree with us, for no other reason than they do not agree. In a democracy, that is dangerous and means, at a fundamental level, the people that hate those that disagree actually do not believe in a democracy where people are free to express, and vote for, their opinions.

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Gas Prices Too High? Close More Pipelines

Gas prices have gone up roughly 75% in the past year. The Biden Administration’s solution? Close another pipeline that brings energy from Canada into Wisconsin and Michigan.

On Monday, a day after Energy Secretary Jennifer Granhom warned that Americans will have to pay more to heat their homes this winter, deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that the Administration was studying closing of the pipeline.

Of course, all of this is part of the push to ‘green energy’. Force energy prices so high, that the move to other energy sources is no more expensive. In the mean time, we all pay more to heat our homes, more to drive our cars and more for everything that is delivered by truckers who will have no choice but to pass on those costs.

Understanding Taxes

Jen Psaki, President Biden’s Press Secretary, commenting on the President’s proposal to increase taxes on business: “It’s unfair and absurd that companies would raise costs for customers due to higher taxes.”

Frederick von Hayek: “If socialists understood economics, they wouldn’t be socialists.”

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