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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)

Californias Background Check Law Had No Impact on Gun Deaths, Johns Hopkins Study Finds

Oh, my.

"A new academic study has found that, once again, gun laws are not having their desired effect.

A joint study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California at Davis Violence Prevention Research Program found that California’s much-touted mandated background checks had no impact on gun deaths, and researchers are puzzled as to why.

In 1991, California simultaneously imposed comprehensive background checks for firearm sales and prohibited gun sales (and gun possession) to people convicted of misdemeanor violent crimes. The legislation mandated that all gun sales, including private transactions, would have to go through a California-licensed Federal Firearms License (FFL) dealer. Shotguns and rifles, like handguns, became subject to a 15-day waiting period to make certain all gun purchasers had undergone a thorough background check.

“More than a quarter of a century later, researchers at Johns Hopkins and UC Davis dug into the results of the sweeping legislation.

It was the most expansive state gun control legislation in America, affecting an estimated one million gun buyers in the first year alone. Though costly and cumbersome, politicians and law enforcement agreed the law was worth it."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Thu Dec 27, 2018, 09:11 AM (13 replies)

Christine Blasey Ford Is the Poster Girl for Fake Sexual Assault Allegations

Great article.

"It’s hard to say with certainty whether Christine Blasey Ford has memory issues, mental problems, or is just a liar, but it is crystal clear that her allegations that she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh aren’t true. So, when Sports Illustrated shoehorned her into announcing an award, it seemed really strange.

Crystal Mangum, the woman who falsely accused the Duke lacrosse team of rape seems like a better fit here, but since she’s in prison, Ford may have been the next best option.

Of course, people get very angry when you point out the obvious fact that Ford made a false allegation. You get told, “This is why women who are sexually assaulted don’t come forward.” You should blame Ford for that. She’s the one who made a fake accusation during a high-profile Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Others will say, “Ford is a victim! She’s a survivor.” However, in this case, the victim is Brett Kavanaugh. He was the one falsely accused of something he didn’t do in front of the world, which makes her the perpetrator.

“Oh, but she doesn’t have anything to gain!” Well, except for $850,000 in GoFundMe money that goes straight into her pocket, offers to do a book deal, Sports Illustrated holding her up to be some kind of hero, and what appeared to be a chance to prevent Republicans from gaining a Supreme Court seat. The motivation for her to lie was ENORMOUS."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Dec 14, 2018, 01:22 PM (2 replies)

Dave Rubin on the Sargon of Akkad incident with Patreon

Rubin's a rare bird. A gay Democrat in CA that believes in individual liberty and freedom of speech. This is a good YouTube video. *Trigger Warning it's an hour long. * For the record, nothing Sargon did was a violation of Patreon's TOS.

Posted by Muddling Through | Fri Dec 14, 2018, 11:58 AM (1 replies)

Reminder: You Cant Buy Back Something You Never Owned

Good article on the idiocy of "gun buy backs".

"The Chicago Police Department collected more than 100 guns this weekend at a “buy back” event meant to “get guns off the streets and curb gun violence.”

The idiocy of these types of events is matched only by the media’s quivering effort to paint them as a) moral and b) effective. Fact is that gun buy backs are neither.

The event, which was CPD’s second of the year, offered a $100 gift card in exchange for a firearm, a $10 gift card for BB guns, replicas and air pistols.

Image courtesy of Pixabay.

Who purchased these gift cards? Were they donated by a private corporation, or did the city of Chicago merely use taxpayer funds to give imbeciles stupid enough to give up their muskets and other firearms and toys that have never been used in street crimes in Chicago $100 each?

Don’t answer that. The question is rhetorical. Taxpayers are giving morons $100 each, while the Chicago PD, the city government, and the mediots who spread their propaganda pretend that they’re reducing violence.

Held at Saint John’s Polish National Catholic Church on the Southwest Side, the event collected an assortment of revolvers and long guns, as well as a few muskets and even a single action shotgun. And no questions were asked.

Meanwhile in Chicago this weekend, two people were killed and 27 others were wounded in the city’s deadliest weekend since October.

I would bet my left arm that most, if not all, of these shootings were committed with handguns – not long guns, not muskets, and not air pistols, replicas, and BB guns – for which leeches only too happy to get themselves some freebies at taxpayer expense also received gift cards."

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Posted by Muddling Through | Tue Dec 11, 2018, 09:35 AM (0 replies)

Gotta brag on my youngest

4th year in college, double major in Spanish and Chemistry. She's getting all A's and B's this semester!

Proud Papa here!

Posted by Muddling Through | Sun Dec 9, 2018, 03:31 PM (11 replies)
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