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Nathan Phillips is a liar, not a victim

Poor Freon Ranger. His lies are coming back to bite him.

"Days after Nathan Phillips’ story of his confrontation with a group of students in Washington was thoroughly discredited, many on the left are still rallying behind him, pretending he was somehow a victim.

This, even after both the New York Times and the Washington Post had to publish not just “clarifications” about the incident itself, but even corrections of his claim to be a Vietnam, or “Vietnam times,” veteran. (Turns out he was a stateside refrigerator technician, and frequently AWOL.)

It also turns out Phillips made nearly identical allegations against a few college students four years ago.

Yet the instant a single video of this incident hit Twitter, journalists jumped to uncritically accept Phillips’ account of how a mob of MAGA-hat-wearing white teens surrounded and taunted him. After all, the image exploited reporters’ preconceptions: Here was an aged Native American surrounded by a pack of smirking pro-Trump teens.

But full videos of the incident soon showed he was lying: He was the one who confronted the students, unprovoked, beating a drum just inches from their faces."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Jan 26, 2019, 11:17 AM (2 replies)

Democrats Ducking Vote on Rejecting Anti-Semitism

Interesting article.

"Democratic leaders are remaining quiet about a new congressional measure that rejects anti-Semitism and chides a new class of Democratic congressional members for the open embrace of notorious anti-Semites and anti-Israel causes, according to the leading Republican author of that new measure.

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R., N.Y.), one of just two Jewish Republicans in Congress, has introduced a new congressional resolution in the House that categorically rejects anti-Semitism in all its forms and calls out some newly elected Democratic members who have ridden a popular wave into Congress on the backs of anti-Semitic leaders and causes, Zeldin told the Washington Free Beacon in a wide-ranging interview.

While a similar House resolution condemning white supremacy sailed to a nearly unanimous vote several weeks ago, Zeldin's amendment, focused directly on anti-Semitism, has put Democratic leaders in a precarious position as they are forced to reject the views of popular new freshman colleagues.

"It's up to the Democrats to decide whether or not they are actually going to confront this head on," Zeldin told the Free Beacon. "I'm wiling to work with any Democratic colleague on any idea he or she has to crush anti-Semitism in any form. But I can't do that for them."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Jan 26, 2019, 11:02 AM (14 replies)

The Level of Violent Imagery Directed Against Covington High Boys Is Dangerous and Wrong

Again, pre-emptive apologies to Shoe, for using a blog site which he has not already approved.

"The incident at the Lincoln Memorial involving a group of boys from Covington High has become a national Rorschach Test. Some see a group of privileged white teens taunting a Native American with a peace drum. Others see a group of school kids who did little to nothing wrong.

People are entitled to disagree, but what is completely unacceptable is the level of violent imagery directed at kids by adults. The respected journalist Reza Aslan tweeted “Honest question. Have you ever seen a more punchable face than this kid’s?” A writer for Saturday Night Live offered oral sex for anyone who managed to punch one of the kids in the face. Trevor Noah let these school kids know that not only did “everyone” want to punch these boys out, but he did too. The list goes on and on.

The violent rhetoric escalated, as violent rhetoric tends to do. The entertainment news website Vulture had to fire a writer after he wrote “I just want these people to die. Simple as that. Every single one of them.” The school had to be temporarily closed as a result of death threats.

These are adults talking about harming children! It can’t be excused as a joke. It can’t be explained away as “the heat of moment.” Many threats and much abuse takes place in the heat of the moment. High tempers are no excuse."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Jan 26, 2019, 10:32 AM (18 replies)

"Covington and the politics of aggressive standing"

Interesting article. Pre-emptive apologies to "Shoe" for linking to a blog of which he does not personally approve. Prolly just another "right wing shock-jock".

"The starting point for this post was one of NBC’s Savannah Guthrie’s remarks to Nick Sandmann in her recent interview with the teenager:

'There’s something aggressive about standing there. Standing your ground. You both stood your ground. '

Both? Actually, Nathan Phillips didn’t stand his grand. Guthrie’s remark is typical of the more subtle ways in which the MSM has distorted the story (there are more overt ways as well). Phillips voluntarily walked up to Sandmann and got a few inches from him, beating a drum. That’s moving towards someone to invade that person’s space, both physical and aural.

The person whose space is invaded then has a choice of what to do. What are the choices? Let’s see.

Sandmann chose to stay put and smile, facing Phillips. It was an evil, disrespectful smirk, loaded with white-boy privilege and racist bile screams the Twitter mob. "

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Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Jan 25, 2019, 09:09 AM (7 replies)

The Sheriff, the Sheriff's Son, and the 'Coward of Broward'

Interesting read. Not definitive, but it does make one go 'hmmmmmmmmmmm'.

"Parents of children gunned down in the Parkland school shooting in Florida last year have never understood two actions taken by Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel: his refusal to fire a campus-based deputy who failed to enter the school during the rampage that took 17 lives, and his continued defense of controversial Obama-era school policies that allowed the  accused shooter, Nikolas Cruz, to avoid arrest and a police record and thereby purchase the murder weapon.

Some now think they have found the answer in a single incident that occurred in 2014. A police report shows that’s when Israel's then-17-year-old son, Brett, was accused of participating in a sexual assault of a 14-year-old boy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas  High School.

The case was investigated by Scot Peterson -- the armed deputy who took cover while children and staff were shot last February. Using the Obama-era guidelines, Peterson’s recommendation helped his boss’s son receive just a three-day suspension.

“Everyone in this county is wondering why Peterson was allowed to retire so quickly and take his pension,” said local attorney Alex Arreaza, who represents victims of the school tragedy. “Normally deputies  would not be allowed to retire under those circumstances, but in this case, Peterson was allowed to. This report gives a plausible reason,” he said. "

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Posted by Muddling Through | Thu Jan 3, 2019, 09:12 PM (5 replies)


Trigger warning. Very long post with a lot of excerpts from the Sun Sentinal coverage of the Parkland shooting. What I find amazing is that with this information available, the parents of Broward County students haven't been demanding the resignation or removal from office of Sheriff Isreal. One might come to the conclusion that those parents value their political tribalism over the lives of their children.

"The Sun Sentinel deserves every award for its coverage of the failures of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, School Board, and the county administration as a whole following the Parkland Shooting.

The latest report really illustrates the level of failure of the county. I will post as much as I can here, but you really should see the Sun Sentinel’s interactive map of the shooting.

I will warn you, take a blood thinner before you read this. I will not be held responsible for any heart attacks or strokes had from the following post.

The very title of the report couldn’t make the situation in Broward any more clear.

Two decades after Columbine and five years after Sandy Hook, educators and police still weren’t ready for Parkland.

Brace yourself, there are no minced words here."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sun Dec 30, 2018, 07:13 PM (7 replies)

With David Hogg admission, Harvard circles the drain

I knew law schools were in trouble, but Harvard admitting someone with a 1270 SAT?

"I believe I’ve made it clear over the years how little I think of Harvard or many of its graduates. My disdain for Harvard started with losing respect for Harvard Law School – something that happened long before Obama appeared on the political scene. I’ve been working as a lawyer for more than thirty years and am hard pressed to think of a post-1984 graduate of Harvard Law School for whom I’ve had any respect.

Admittedly, my “N” of Harvard Law grads isn’t that large because I worked on the West coast, not the East. Still dealt with about 30-40 Harvard lawyers over the years. Some have been amiable dimwits, who clearly got into Harvard based upon criteria other than grades and overall academic ability (either race or interesting personal histories). I didn’t mind those people.

The Harvard lawyers who bugged me were the arrogant ones who felt that their Harvard law degree relieved them of the obligation to abide by rules of professional conduct or ordinary human decency. I know that there are decent, intelligent Harvard Law grads out there (and if you’re one who is reading this, I certainly don’t mean this screed to apply to you); I just didn’t ever come across them in my practice.

Over the years, my disdain for Harvard Law grads has extended to graduates of Harvard’s undergraduate program. Harvard manages to skim off the best and brightest from high schools across America and, at least in the liberal arts, then uses their four-year attendance to turn them into ill-educated, hard-Left drones. Any school that indoctrinates rather than educates is a lousy place in my estimation, and that’s true regardless of its reputation."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Dec 29, 2018, 08:54 AM (7 replies)

Organizers cancel Women's March Jan. 19 due to 'overwhelmingly white' participants

Oh, my.

"EUREKA, Calif. — The organizers of the annual Women's March have decided not to hold a rally in Eureka on Jan. 19, as previously planned, because they say participants do not represent the diversity of the area.

"This decision was made after many conversations between local social-change organizers and supporters of the march," organizers said in a press release.

They said organizers will continue to meet and discuss how to broaden representation to create an event that represents Humboldt County.

"Up to this point, the participants have been overwhelmingly white, lacking representation from several perspectives in our community," the press release went on to say. "Instead of pushing forward with crucial voices absent, the organizing team will take time for more outreach. Our goal is that planning will continue and we will be successful in creating an event that will build power and community engagement through connection between women that seek to improve the lives of all in our community."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Sat Dec 29, 2018, 08:51 AM (13 replies)

Florida Paper Does About-Face Says Sheriff Scott Israel Has Gotta Go

This was totally unexpected. I wonder of Gov. Elect DeSantis will actually remove Isreal from office?

"Better late than never. The Broward Sun-Sentinel has pulled an about-face, and after months of backing Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, the paper now says it agrees with the GOP that the man in charge during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting needs to be removed from office.

In an unexpected editorial published the paper insisted that the “failed leadership of Broward Sheriff Scott Israel” is enough to have him removed from office and that the paper’s editorial board now agrees with Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis that Israel must go. The paper notes that it has supported Israel repeatedly in the past. It also pointed out that the unions supported him, but that was “largely because of pay raises.”

It’s a big deal for a governor to remove an elected sheriff, especially if the governor is a Republican and the sheriff is the most powerful Democrat in Florida’s most Democratic county.

We stood up for the sheriff in late February, when Republican lawmakers called for Gov. Rick Scott to suspend him “for incompetence and dereliction.” We did so again in April after the deputies’ union staged a vote of no confidence in him, largely because of pay raises. We’ve suggested all along that people hold their fire until more details are known.

But after seeing the damning details in the commission’s draft report — and Israel’s troubling testimony — we cannot encourage the governor-elect to wait and let voters decide the sheriff’s fate in 2020. We can only encourage DeSantis to replace Israel with a seasoned law enforcement professional with local familiarity, not a Tallahassee partisan who lacks relevant qualifications, as Gov. Rick Scott did in replacing Broward’s incompetent elections supervisor this month."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Dec 28, 2018, 10:01 PM (2 replies)

This Insane Battle To Block a New Apartment Building

Explains Why San Francisco and Other Cities Are So Expensive.

Lessee, cap rent to reduce incentive to build new housing, put up multiple roadblocks to any renovations and allow any "community organization" to sue to continually delay the production of new housing. Then shrug and wonder why there's a shortage of "affordable" housing.

"Bob Tillman has spent nearly five years and $1.4 million on a legal battle to turn his coin-operated laundromat into an apartment building. His saga perfectly encapsulates the political dysfunction that's turning San Francisco—once a beacon for immigrants and home of the counterculture—into an exclusive playground for the ultra-wealthy.

The median cost of a single-family home in San Francisco is already five times the U.S. average, and the city now has the highest rent per square foot of any municipality in the nation. The explanation for the crisis is simple: As the city's population has surged, developers have found it nearly impossible to construct more housing. About 80 percent of San Francisco's existing buildings were already standing in 1980.

Tillman has owned his small laundromat in the Mission District for 20 years. In 2013, with the housing market hitting record highs, he decided to tear it down and build an eight-story, 75-unit apartment building. (Christian Britschgi first covered Tillman's project for Reason back in February.)

At first, it didn't seem like a controversial project: Nobody lives above the laundry, the building wouldn't displace anyone, it qualified for a density bonus and streamlined approval process under state law, and the site was already zoned for housing. While San Francisco passed a comprehensive zoning code in 1978 that restricted the construction of new housing to certain areas, mandated design elements, and limited the height of new structures in some parts of the city to just 40 feet, none of those regulations stood in the way of Tillman's plans.

"If you can't build here, you can't build anywhere," he told Reason.

But San Francisco developers are still required to get permission from city officials for any new construction, so, in early 2014, Tillman began submitting paperwork to the City Planning Department. He went through an environmental review, an application for a conditional use permit, and multiple public hearings."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Dec 28, 2018, 01:24 PM (8 replies)
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