Tuesday, May 26, 2020

White Cops Fired in Minneapolis

By "W"
Tue, May 26, 2020 4:32 p.m.

White Cops Fired in Minneapolis

"W": I wonder what this is really about.

Chicago Blacks Decide Coronavirus isn’t Killing Enough Negroes--so They Murder 10 More this Weekend, Wound 42—No National Coverage

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 2:24:00 P.M. EDT

Chicago police say 10 people are dead, including a 16-year-old boy, and at least 42 people have been injured in shootings across the city over the Memorial Day weekend.

In the city’s most recent fatal shooting, two men were standing on a sidewalk in the 2800 block of West Wilcox at approximately 8:29 p.m. Monday when a person in a passing white sedan fired shots, striking both victims, according to police [GRA: Pretty good shooting actually].

One of the victims, a 45-year-old man, was taken to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to his head and torso, where he was pronounced dead.

Earlier Monday, a man was shot and killed while inside a vehicle in an alley in the 400 block of East 103rd Street, police said. The victim was struck once in the facial area and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he died.

Just hours earlier, a man was shot in the head in the 1000 block of North Drake at approximately 7:44 a.m. Sunday, according to Chicago police.

The man was taken to Cook County Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

No further circumstances of the shooting were immediately available.

Earlier Sunday morning, a 45-year-old man was standing on a sidewalk in the 7800 block of South Ingleside at approximately 3:52 a.m. when a person in a passing black SUV fired shots at him, striking him in the left side of his torso.

[N.S.: when a person in a passing black SUV shot him. FIFY.]

Police say the man was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Just after 10 p.m. Saturday, a 16-year-old boy was walking in the 6100 block of South Indiana when a man walked up to him and fired multiple shots, striking him in the chest and arm, police said.

The boy was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in critical condition, and later succumbed to his injuries.

Another "Becky" Has Her Life Destroyed: Black Man Harasses Her with Cellcam in Central Park; His Sister Posts Video and Doxes Her; Her Investment Company then Fires Her

By A Texas Reader
Tue, May 26, 2020 3:34 p.m.

"A white woman at the center of a viral video where she is seen calling the police on a black man inside Central Park over the weekend was fired by the investment company that employed her."

N.S.: Not exactly.

ATR: I worked for Fidelity Investments.

A racist, affirmative action shop.

Franklin the same?

"Woman Who Called Cops on Black Man in Central Park Fired from Job."

The black man's racist sister posted his video to Twitter

Melody Cooper @melodyMcooper

"Oh, when Karens take a walk with their dogs off leash in the famous Bramble in NY’s Central Park, where it is clearly posted on signs that dogs MUST be leashed at all times, and someone like my brother (an avid birder) politely asks her to put her dog on the leash."

"Motive Remains Unclear" in Racially Motivated Murder by Black Man of Elderly White Couple

By David in TN
Tue, May 26, 2020 9:01 a.m.

David in TN: The motive is (still) "unclear."

Nothing has been reported on the killer's personal history. Does he have a criminal record, or not?

"Motive Remains Unclear in Delaware Cemetery Shooting that Left Elderly Elkton Couple Dead."

Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing being Investigated as Federal Hate Crime

By R.C.
Tue, May 26, 2020 9:44 a.m.

"Ahmaud Arbery’s Killing being Investigated as Federal Hate Crime, Family Attorney Says."

The Coronavirus is Deadliest Where Democrats Live

By R.C.
Tue, May 26, 2020 9:59 a.m.

"The Coronavirus is Deadliest Where Democrats Live."

All the Knee Grows?

24-Year-Old Taken into Custody after 1 Killed Outside Uptown Nightclub

By A Texas Reader
Tue, May 26, 2020 11:15 a.m.

24-Year-Old Taken into Custody after 1 Killed Outside Uptown Nightclub, Dallas Police Say

ATR: No pics per the official policy of the MSM.

But the name of the decedent's sister gives it away.

Tawana Brawley.

Drunk Driver Slaughters 3; More Murder, Mayhem, and Mexicans in Dallas

By A Texas Reader
Mon, May 25, 2020 6:24 p.m.

More Murder, Mayhem, and Mexicans in Dallas

"I'm looking for the truth": States Face Criticism for COVID-19 Data Cover-Ups

By R.C.
Mon, May 25, 2020 10:45 p.m.
"'I'm looking for the truth': States Face Criticism for COVID-19 Data Cover-Ups

R.C.: Would your government lie to you?

Say, have they finally found the missing weapons of mass destruction?

Aesop's Fables—Updated to GRAesop’s Fables

[Re: “Racist Hate Crime Nursing Home Attacker Jaden Hayden is Playing the Crazy Card!”]

By Grand Rapids Anonymous
Monday, May 25, 2020 at 7:30:00 P.M. EDT

Aesop’s Fables were innocently constructed stories with easy-to-follow morals at the end of them. These are MY updated “fables.”

The Hooker and the Social Worker (CNN story)

Because of a pandemic, the Hooker could not get work. She ran to her nearest government office to complain that she hadn’t any money to pay rent.

“You poor thing, let’s call up CNN,” said the social worker.

Soon there was plenty of good publicity about the plight of prostitutes.

Moral: Even prostitutes are ranked higher than white people by BSM (black sympathizing media).

The Black Man and the White Woman

One day a white woman was jogging down a street. She glanced into the distance and saw up ahead of her, a car broken down on the side of the road—with a black man standing alongside. When she reached the vehicle, being a trusting liberal soul, she asked the black male if he needed any help.

“Yes, please, would you look into the trunk and find a wrench?”

“Certainly,” she said, and proceeded to the trunk. “My, you certainly are a gentleman, saying ‘please’ and all.”

As she leaned in to find the requested wrench, she was pushed into and locked inside the trunk.

“I’m going to kill your white ass,” said the black man—and he did so shortly afterwards.

Moral: With blacks, things aren’t always as they appear.

The Media, the Black Thug, and the Old White Man

A young black was sent to live in a nursing home with an elderly white man. After the 75-year-old white man was bloodily beaten by the black thug, very little about it was mentioned by the media.

Moral: Just because an incident is not reported on a widespread scale, doesn't mean it didn’t really occur.

The Black Woman and the Disease

A disease began spreading throughout the land. In some areas, if you weren’t careful, you could catch it. A black woman did just that and after she died, her sister complained about white people to ABC, a network hungry to join the other networks as purveyors of the anthem: “Whites are always being treated better than blacks.”

Moral: When two groups of liars (blacks and the media) join together, the lies do not decrease in number.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Racist Hate Crime Nursing Home Attacker Jaden Hayden is Playing the Crazy Card!

By R.C.
Mon, May 25, 2020 3:45 p.m.

It's looking like 20-year-old Detroit nursing home attacker Jaden Hayden may be looking to escape punishment by claiming insanity or diminished mental capacity.

R.C.: So, another Knee Grow using the 'tard defense?

California Police Arrest White Woman for Having the Wrong Opinions

By Nicholas Stix

Here at VDARE, we have been in business for over 20 years, and for the entire period, we have reported on white Americans who have been arrested, in spite of not having committed any crimes (20082009, 2010, 2011, 2012a, 2012b, 2014 and 2015; search also under "Janice Barton," "Brian Swetnam," and "Jeremiah Munsen").
One of the problems has been that the ACLU has been less and less supportive of whites’ First Amendment rights, while 1A paragon Nat Hentoff died in 2017, but had not been very supportive of whites' civil liberties for years.
In recent years, I have repeatedly come across news of American police departments that were hunting for white non-criminals based solely on hatred for their legal beliefs. Well, they got one now.

I have also complained for years of the increasingly PC posture of the Daily Mail, which supports the persecution of Nancy Arechiga.

Woman, 52, is arrested for 'leaving racist letters at five homes demanding foreign residents 'go back to your land immediately' so that a white person can move in instead'
  • Nancy Arechiga was arrested on Saturday by police in San Leandro, California 
  • Police said Arechiga left notes at five homes on Friday in Oakland suburb
  • Notes demanded those born abroad leave 'immediately' so whites can move in
  • Woman who left notes was photographed by Ring security camera at one home
  • Images of the woman and the letter circulated on social media and went viral
By Ariel Zilber For
Published: 22:10 EDT, 23 May 2020 | Updated: 04:22 EDT, 24 May 2020

A 52-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly writing a racist letter ordering residents of a San Francisco Bay Area town to vacate their homes so 'a white person can move in.'

Nancy Arechiga, a resident of San Leandro, is alleged to have left the notes at five different homes in the Heron Bay section of the Oakland suburb on Friday evening.

The letter generated significant attention on social media after it was circulated by one of the residents who received it, Trinny Wynn.

The letter, which was dated May 22, reads: 'We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, inspire domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

[N.S.: Nowhere did the Daily Mail identify any laws that Ms. Arechiga had broken. "Leaving racist letters" at people's homes, demanding they decamp for their lands of birth is not against the law.

The San Leandro PD announced "San Leandro woman arrested for inappropriate posts towards minorities."

No law criminalizing "inappropriate posts towards minorities" exists. I wish Ms. Artechiga well, if she should sue the San Leandro PD and city administration for violating her First Amendment rights, for false arrest, malicious prosecution, public humiliation under color of authority, etc.]

The San Leandro P.D. opened its official statement with,

"A San Leandro woman was identified and arrested last night after posting insensitive messages towards minorities in a San Leandro community."

That's two straight unwitting confessions to the Police Department's crimes against Ms. Arechiga!

Nat Hentoff, RIP

Nat Hentoff, RIP
By Nicholas Stix
September 2, 2003
Toogood Reports

[N.S.: Nat Hentoff died in 2017, at the age of 91. I wrote this column, in an attempt to rouse him to renew his commitment to civil liberties for all, but it had no effect on him. Perhaps, he never saw it. I couldn't email it to him, because he never adopted email! I should have send it via the Post Office, but at that point I virtually never got around to mailing things the old-fashioned way, anymore.]

Last week, in the newest chapter of the biggest civil liberties story this country has seen in years, scientist Steven Hatfill announced his long-awaited lawsuit against the federal government, naming Attorney General John Ashcroft, the Department of Justice, the FBI, FBI supervisory special agent Van Harp (who has led the anthrax investigation), et al.

The DOJ/FBI terror campaign against Dr. Hatfill, who was a government scientist, and a leading authority on the Marburg and Ebola viruses, and on how to respond to chemical and biological attacks, has been underway for over 14 months. After the FBI botched the investigation of the Fall, 2001 anthrax attacks which, following on the heels of 911, killed five people and sickened 18 others, in spite of not having one iota of direct or circumstantial evidence incriminating Hatfill, the Bureau decided to make him the fall guy for the attacks.

The Bureau was aided by radical college activist, Dr. Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, whom I dubbed the Dr. Strangelove of the American Left, who reportedly named Hatfill during a June 18, 2002 meeting of Senate staffers and FBI agents. Rosenberg, in turn, was aided by New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof, who gullibly repeated Rosenberg's wild rumors. The bureau has also been greatly assisted by the media, most notably ABC-TV's star reporter, Brian Ross, who became a pipeline for hoaxes the Bureau was apparently fabricating, in order to make Hatfill look guilty. One such fabrication, was the claim that Hatfill had lived near a "Greendale School" (the return address on the deadly, anthrax-laced letters), while studying in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe; another was the claim that bloodhounds who had been given decontaminated "scent packs" prepared from the envelopes the anthrax letters arrived in, barked wildly at the sight of Hatfill.

Last year, in an "innovation" in the destruction of civil liberties, and concomitant expansion of arbitrary, unconstitutional law enforcement powers, Ashcroft named Hatfill a "person of interest." The designation, which was invented out of whole cloth, was a ruse meant to permit the DOJ and FBI to treat Hatfill like a suspect, but without granting him any of the legal protections that a suspect is entitled to. On August 1, Ashcroft's underlings illegally ordered Louisiana State University to fire Hatfill from the job he had just assumed there, as second-in-charge of a program training first responders to terrorist attacks. Since the Department of Justice was the source of virtually all of the funding for such programs, this amounted to blacklisting.

Hatfill has charged that since then, when he has gone to job interviews, FBI agents stood obviously outside the door, thus spooking potential employers out of hiring him.

The surreal campaign has gotten so out of control, that an FBI agent tailing Hatfill recently ran over the man's foot - and instead of the agent, Hatfill was given a traffic ticket!

As I have previously stated, my theory is that DOJ and FBI officials seek to drive Hatfill to eat the business end of a .38, so that they can then say, "See, we said he was the guy!"

I wonder what Nat Hentoff would say about the Hatfill case, if he were alive.

And yet, columns keep appearing in the Village Voice, Jewish World Review, and the Progressive, under the byline of the man who for a generation loved to be referred to grudgingly by the likes of Sen. Ted Kennedy, as "the journalist from the Bill of Rights," defending the "civil rights" and "civil liberties" of Muslim illegal immigrants, of blacks, of anyone but white, conservative, American men.

In her book, Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores, Michelle Malkin argues that someone whose very existence in this country is illegal, cannot have civil rights or civil liberties. She sold me. Why then, does the author of the "Hentoff" columns imply that the non-existent civil rights of illegal aliens trump the real civil rights of citizens - at least of those citizens from the wrong demographic group?

Perhaps Hentoff's name is still used as a brand by a different writer or group of writers, the way the late Abigail van Buren's "Dear Abby" is still used by her daughter, who now maintains the advice column.

But what if Hentoff is alive, and himself penning the columns appearing under his name? Would that mean that in his dotage (he was born in 1925), he has lost his commitment to universal principles, or that he never had such a commitment, but just now stopped faking it?

Under the Hentoff brand have appeared dozens of attacks on Attorney General John Ashcroft, with zero mentions of Ashcroft's most prominent victim. Oddly, if you do a google search of "Nat Hentoff," and then add "Steven Hatfill," you find people talking about both men on the same web pages, even though "Hentoff" refuses to mention Hatfill.

In May, "Hentoff" eliminated any doubts as to what she/he/it really believes in. A May 23 column on Zimbabwean butcher Robert Mugabe's domestic terror campaign opened,

"But now, as the black citizens of Zimbabwe [my emphasis, as in later cases] are battling the savage laws and brutality of Robert Mugabe's government, South Africa's president, Thabo Mbeki, is hesitantly and ineffectively involved in what The Economist calls '"quiet diplomacy," a euphemism for inaction.'"

Hentoff quoted Amnesty International USA's Adotei Akwei approvingly:

"Very disappointing is that there has been such little visible public concern anywhere for the suffering of the black people of Zimbabwe."

For Adotei Akwei, whites also are apparently less than human.

After telling of a torture victim named Patricia, Hentoff emphasizes, "Patricia, like a huge number of Mugabe's victims, is black." Hentoff continues,

"Here at the Voice, I received a press release from the African Liberation Day Coalition 2003. The headline: 'Blacks Assert Hands Off Zimbabwe,' addressed to the 'U.S. and British governments,' accused by this coalition of recolonizing Africa. The demand: 'money for reparations and not occupations.'

"Will they demand that Mugabe pay reparations to all the black Zimbabweans he has so ruthlessly misruled? …

"Will A.N.S.W.E.R. invite Robert Mugabe to address its next demonstration for 'Peace and Justice'? Meanwhile, incredibly, the African Liberation Day Coalition scheduled a rally for last weekend advocating 'support of President Mugabe for standing up for his country.' Ask the black Zimbabweans about that."

And more recently, in his/her/its July 29 Jewish World Review column, "Hentoff" informs readers,

"Along with hundreds of thousands of black Zimbabwean labor leaders, feminists, students, teachers, low-income farm workers made jobless by Mugabe's disastrous land "reforms" - and the many black citizens who have been tortured by his police - Buckle, a white who is as resilient as the black Zimbabweans are insistent on awakening the world's conscience …"

"Black Zimbabwean feminists"? How many are there, pray tell? In any event, for Hentoff whites apparently only exist, to the degree that they fight on behalf of blacks.

You'd never know, from reading the two columns, that for the past three years, Robert Mugabe has dispatched his thugs to rob white Zimbabwean farmers of their land, and rape, maim, and murder them. Indeed, the nation that until a few years ago was known as the "breadbasket of Africa" (granted, there used to be a bit of competition for that title) is now dependent on foreign food aid, and is a humanitarian disaster. Indeed, the "disastrous land 'reforms'" Hentoff mentions, are limited to Mugabe's cronies' robbing white farmers of the latter's land.

The cover story for the land robbery, is that dictator Robert Mugabe is reforming land ownership, by taking land owned by wealthy, white farmers, and distributing it to impoverished veterans of the 1970s' civil war that led to the end of white-dominated apartheid, and the introduction, in 1980, of black rule. In fact, at the end of the civil war, many of the "veterans" were either as yet unborn or small children.

When Mugabe ascended to power in 1980, he promised the white farmers that he would not take their land, and Zimbabwe continued to be a net agricultural exporter. Today, far from being given to the poor, the stolen land is being divvied up by Mugabe's cronies and thugs. And since those cronies and thugs have neither the talent nor the inclination to farm, crops are failing.

Under the Hentoff brand, we read of the persecution of Mugabe's black critics in Zimbabwe (actually, he doesn't mention victims' races). We read of Mugabe's abuses of reporters. And as previously noted, we read of "hundreds of thousands of black Zimbabwean labor leaders, feminists, students, teachers, low-income farm workers …" But we do not read of brutalized whites.

On a continent where genocide is a standard tactic for dealing with ethnic rivals and racial minorities, the persecution, disenfranchisement, and scapegoating of Zimbabwe's white minority has put it in a position similar to that of Germany's Jews, circa 1938. The BBC's response to this dire situation, is to report on frivolous stories, such as a black woman officiating at a men's soccer match.

For Nat Hentoff, the racist, mass, state-directed robbery and persecution of whites matters only inasmuch as they indirectly harm blacks. Because for him whites have no rights, he refuses to report that it is the whites who have been the primary victims of Mugabe's land grab.

I've written positively of Hentoff in the past. Either he had me fooled, or something has gone very wrong with him. When his old friend, John Cardinal O'Connor (1920-2000), may he rest in peace, was alive, the two wrote lengthy, often contentious letters to each other. O'Connor used to help steady Hentoff's rudder, when the latter lost his way. If O'Connor were still alive, I imagine he might have written something like the following letter to Hentoff.

Dear Nat,

Please try to remember that the white Zimbabweans are also children of G-d, or if you prefer, members of the human family, and deserve your compassion, as much as their black brothers do. And when you are reading the Riot Act to John Ashcroft, as you so often do, you would do well to mention the scientist, Dr. Steven Hatfill, who is Ashcroft's most dramatic victim.

Lest We Forget: One of the Seminal Naval Battles of All Time

By Prince George's County Ex-Pat
Sat, May 23, 2020 5:27 p.m.

As the Confederate ironclad approached Minnesota, Worden maneuvered Monitor from the grounded ship's shadow to engage Virginia in the battle that revolutionized naval warfare.

PGCE-P: I am a direct descendant of Admiral John Worden.  My late mother was a Worden.

One of the seminal naval battles of all time.

And guess what?

Uncle Sam won't give me a goddamn dime.

PGCE-P: Happy Memorial Day!

Inside the Small Texas County with the Most Chinavirus Cases Per Capita in the State

By A Texas Reader
Sat, May 23, 2020 5:20 p.m.

Inside the Small Texas County with the Most Coronavirus Cases Per Capita in the State

ATR: It's because of all the @@#$%^& refugees in Dumas at the meat packing plants.

Andrew Yang Launches Universal Basic Income Trial Run in South Carolina

By Prince George's County Ex-Pat
Sat, May 23, 2020 5:43 p.m.

"Andrew Yang Launches Universal Basic Income Trial Run in South Carolina."

PGCE-P: Don’t most blacks already receive a Universal Basic Income?

At Least 11 Wounded, as Driver Smashes into Hijab Store in Australia (VIDEOS)

By R.C.
Sat, May 23, 2020 6:02 p.m.

At least 11 injured as car smashes into hijab store in Australia (VIDEOS)

R.C.: From The Onion.

"Utah" Man Stabs Woman to Death He Met on Tinder....

By Jerry PDX
Monday, May 25, 2020 at 5:46:00 A.M. EDT

"Utah" Man Stabs Woman to Death He Met on Tinder....

Does that look like a Mormon to you? Check out his photo and let's guess what his citizenship status is, or how long he's been a citizen:

The headlines suggests Tinder is to blame, just like they always do when somebody got murdered after meeting on Craigslist or some other online dating thing. Absurd, of course, people meet one way or another, when it was just single bars or classified dating ads the same stuff happened, but they'll do anything to steer attention away from that fact that migrants, negroes, etc... are particularly prone to murder, especially (white) women.

Golden Retrievers Deliver Beer, and Cheer Up People during Pandemic (Daily Quota of Feel-Good News)

By R.C.

"Ultimate Combo: Golden Retrievers Deliver Beer and Cheer Up People During Pandemic."

R.C.: What dogs did Betty Ford and Ted Kennedy have to fetch them beers?

N.S.: Betty? Male strippers. Ted: World-class "lobbyists."

Houston: Four-Star Shooting in the Lobby of a Four-Star Hotel

By A Texas Reader
Sun, May 24, 2020 11:30 a.m.

The suspect has been taken into custody, Houston police said he is a 30-year-old black man from Georgia. The victim was described as a Latino man in his 20s.

"Man injured in shooting at Post Oak Hotel near Galleria" |

Houston police said two men from out of town got into an argument inside the lobby of the hotel. Shortly after, one of the men pulled out a gun and shot the other in the front entry of the hotel ...

ATR: Some drug dealer at a four-star hotel?

1 Dead, "Man" Arrested in Lake Highlands Shooting (MSM Decoder Ring Inside!)

By A Texas Reader
Sun, May 24, 2020 11:54 a.m.

ATR: Read between the lines.

Dodge Charger.

Ipso facto, they are black.

"1 Dead, Man Arrested in Lake Highlands Shooting: Dallas Police."

Ford Explorer Flipped Multiple Times, Killing 2 Adults, and Causing 3 Children to be Hospitalized

By A Texas Reader
Sun, May 24, 2020 12:47 p.m.

Witnesses stated the white 2002 Ford Explorer left I-35 and flipped multiple times, causing it to land on the east access road. According to the City of San Marcos, nine of the vehicle's 10 occupants were ejected.

"San Marcos crash kills 2 adults, hospitalizes 3 children" |

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Two adults are dead and three children are in the critical condition after a single-vehicle rollover on northbound Interstate 35 in San Marcos. At approximately 7:42 p.m ...

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Fortune 500 CEOs Use H-1B Visa Workers to Grow Unconstitutional, Bonded-Labor Workforce

Sun, May 24, 2020 8:20 p.m.

Fortune 500 CEOs Use H-1B Visa Workers to Grow Bonded-Labor Workforce

Hundreds of thousands of Indian contract workers are tied to their U.S. employers for years because U.S. companies have offered them green cards.

And folks wonder why I got out of IT and into financial services sales.

Say, I just did mortgage refinances for two different Indian nationals in North Carolina. Both of them are in IT.

In North Carolina.

They are everywhere.

Again, why am I not working in IT?

N.S.: I read an argument a day or two ago, whereby indentured servitude violates the 13th Amendment, the same amendment that ended slavery.

Suspected Drunken Driver Killed 2-Year-Old Mexican Girl in Crash, and Fled Garland Officers

By A Texas Reader
Sun, May 24, 2020 12:32 p.m. Mexican 2-year-old girl killed in crash with suspected drunken driver who fled Garland officers, police say

From the Dallas Morning News:

2-year-old girl killed in crash with suspected drunken driver who fled Garland officers, police say

Maldonado faces a charge of intoxication manslaughter and three counts of intoxication assault, as well as a charge of evading arrest with a vehicle, causing the death of another. He also had a warrant out for a probation violation stemming from a burglary charge in Dallas County, police said.

Michael Goodwin Today; and Peggy Noonan in 2016

By An Old Friend
Sun, May 24, 2020 6:54 p.m.

Michael Goodwin today; and Peggy Noonan in 2016

The smug, clueless (because above it all) "protected" vs. everyone else is the theme ...

During coronavirus pandemic, essentials are the new protected class: Goodwin

May 23, 2020

For socialists and those who lean that way, pandemic time is boom time. Washington is printing and spending money like never before and both parties support sending cash to businesses and the unemployed.

Rent and mortgage payments are being deferred, Medicare-for-all is getting a second look and support is growing for a program that would take the nation across the economic Rubicon — a guaranteed basic income.
Seldom is heard those cautionary words of yesteryear, "moral hazard." A time of great need and fear is shattering any stigma about being on the dole.
A logical conclusion is that politics will follow culture and Bernie Sanders- and AOC-types will call the shots in America. Unless ­Republicans and conservatives get on board, they will be consigned to history's dustbin.
Perhaps. But pay attention to another potential reaction to the pandemic. Think of it as the revenge of the nonessentials.
In early 2016, Peggy Noonan wrote a prescient column in The Wall Street Journal about the battle unfolding in the presidential race.

[[AOF note: I considered then -- and still do -- that particular Peggy Noonan column to be one of the key writings of the 2016 campaign.  It's really important, so I'll paste its text below, following this Goodwin piece.]]

"There are the protected and the unprotected," she wrote. "The protected make public policy. The unprotected live in it. The unprotected are starting to push back, powerfully."

Hillary Clinton later would call Donald Trump supporters ­"deplorables," reflecting her elitist disdain for those who didn't share her advantages.

Happily, the unprotected and deplorables carried the day and gave themselves a fierce advocate in the 45th president. Yet the 2020 election presents a similar divide, albeit with different language.

The Trump revolution, for all its progress, clearly has more work to do. For by hook and crook, the protected managed to hang on to power.

This time they call themselves "essential."

Among the many actions governors and mayors took in the last three months, the decisions about working, shopping, swimming and even praying were hugely consequential. They were also arbitrary and often foolish.

Just as the Founders and countless guardians of liberty warned, those with too much power inevitably go too far. Just as inevitably, when government picks winners and losers, the unprotected are the losers.

Being designated an "essential" business or employee meant you could keep working, keep your paycheck and standard of living. If you were unfortunate enough to be labeled "nonessential," you could lose your business, your home and your nest egg.

Unless you worked for the government. Despite shutdown orders in New York and other blue states, municipal and state workers continued to get paid even as most didn't have to work.

Although there was bluster from Mayor de Blasio about furloughs and layoffs, there have been none. He even gave raises to his staff, and unionized city workers have not missed a paycheck.

While most had nothing to do, some got the merciless tasks of making sure that nonessentials didn't work. In an especially galling example, Post reporters caught city inspectors staking out upscale neighborhoods to catch contractors working despite a state ban.

One inspector said a violation occurs as soon as a contractor "steps onto the property."

"The fine for having any work done is $10,000. First offense. No exceptions," he said.

Carpenters, painters, floor sanders and others are subject to fines of up to $5,000 for each employee.

A contractor said he was working in Brooklyn when an inspector "boxed in my truck" with his car "and ran into the house I was working on."

"He told the homeowner he was getting a $10,000 fine and I was getting fined $5,000 for each employee," the contractor said.

"I had to prove I was fixing the heat before he let us off."

The arbitrary distinction between essential and nonessential recalls the gag about the difference between a recession and a depression. A recession is when your neighbor loses his job, a ­depression is when you lose your job.

De Blasio, predictably, has been consistently erratic. He ruled that wading and surfing in the Atlantic Ocean are fine, but swimming is not. At one point he threatened to put up fences to keep people out of the water.

Many governors drew similarly ridiculous red lines, with nearly all states with stay-at-home orders allowing liquor stores to open but banning AA meetings. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made it legal to buy and sell lottery tickets but not carpets, furniture and paint. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said private motorboats could carry two people, but not three or four.

Bans against large gatherings are a flashpoint for the faithful as well as First Amendment advocates. New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Oregon and Vermont are among those states where stay-at-home orders do not exempt religious institutions, and court fights are erupting around the country.

In California, more than 1,200 pastors signed a "declaration of essentiality" and an attorney said he expects 3,000 churches to open May 31 "with or without permission."

Naturally, most of Big Media favor extreme shutdowns, which are happening primarily in states with Democratic governors. It's possible the journalists are genuinely concerned about the health of their fellow Americans, but it's more likely they see economic ­catastrophe as bad for Trump.

The New York Times, which congenitally opposes good news with Trump in the White House, said in a recent Page One headline: "New Cases in U.S. Slow, Posing Risk of Complacency."

Concerned about the sweeping stay-at-home orders, Attorney General Bill Barr appointed a task force to see if they are infringing on constitutional rights, especially regarding religion. A department statement said, "There is no pandemic exception to the Constitution and its Bill of Rights."

Trump weighed in Friday and used the magic words to boost religious freedom, declaring that churches, synagogues and mosques are "essential places that provide essential services" and urging governors to open them.

As the president put it, "In America, we need more prayer, not less."

Finally, somebody in government sees the light: Praying is ­essential.


Trump and the Rise of the Unprotected

By Peggy Noonan

We're in a funny moment. Those who do politics for a living, some of them quite brilliant, are struggling to comprehend the central fact of the Republican primary race, while regular people have already absorbed what has happened and is happening. Journalists and politicos have been sharing schemes for how Marco parlays a victory out of winning nowhere, or Ted roars back, or Kasich has to finish second in Ohio. But in my experience any nonpolitical person on the street, when asked who will win, not only knows but gets a look as if you're teasing him. Trump, they say.

I had such a conversation again Tuesday with a friend who repairs shoes in a shop on Lexington Avenue. Jimmy asked me, conversationally, what was going to happen. I deflected and asked who he thinks is going to win. "Troomp!" He's a very nice man, an elderly, old-school Italian-American, but I saw impatience flick across his face: Aren't you supposed to know these things?

In America now only normal people are capable of seeing the obvious.

But actually that's been true for a while, and is how we got in the position we're in.

Last October I wrote of the five stages of Trump, based on the Kubler-Ross stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. Most of the professionals I know are stuck somewhere between four and five.

But I keep thinking of how Donald Trump got to be the very likely Republican nominee. There are many answers and reasons, but my thoughts keep revolving around the idea of protection. It is a theme that has been something of a preoccupation in this space over the years, but I think I am seeing it now grow into an overall political dynamic throughout the West.

There are the protected and the unprotected. The protected make public policy. The unprotected live in it. The unprotected are starting to push back, powerfully.

The protected are the accomplished, the secure, the successful—those who have power or access to it. They are protected from much of the roughness of the world. More to the point, they are protected from the world they have created. Again, they make public policy and have for some time.

I want to call them the elite to load the rhetorical dice, but let's stick with the protected.

They are figures in government, politics and media. They live in nice neighborhoods, safe ones. Their families function, their kids go to good schools, they've got some money. All of these things tend to isolate them, or provide buffers. Some of them—in Washington it is important officials in the executive branch or on the Hill; in Brussels, significant figures in the European Union—literally have their own security details.

Because they are protected they feel they can do pretty much anything, impose any reality. They're insulated from many of the effects of their own decisions.

One issue obviously roiling the U.S. and Western Europe is immigration. It is the issue of the moment, a real and concrete one but also a symbolic one: It stands for all the distance between governments and their citizens.

It is of course the issue that made Donald Trump.

Britain will probably leave the European Union over it. In truth immigration is one front in that battle, but it is the most salient because of the European refugee crisis and the failure of the protected class to address it realistically and in a way that offers safety to the unprotected.

If you are an unprotected American—one with limited resources and negligible access to power—you have absorbed some lessons from the past 20 years' experience of illegal immigration. You know the Democrats won't protect you and the Republicans won't help you.

Both parties refused to control the border. The Republicans were afraid of being called illiberal, racist, of losing a demographic for a generation. The Democrats wanted to keep the issue alive to use it as a wedge against the Republicans and to establish themselves as owners of the Hispanic vote.

Many Americans suffered from illegal immigration—its impact on labor markets, financial costs, crime, the sense that the rule of law was collapsing. But the protected did fine—more workers at lower wages. No effect of illegal immigration was likely to hurt them personally.

It was good for the protected. But the unprotected watched and saw. They realized the protected were not looking out for them, and they inferred that they were not looking out for the country, either.

The unprotected came to think they owed the establishment— another word for the protected—nothing, no particular loyalty, no old allegiance.

Mr. Trump came from that.

Similarly in Europe, citizens on the ground in member nations came to see the EU apparatus as a racket—an elite that operated in splendid isolation, looking after its own while looking down on the people.

In Germany the incident that tipped public opinion against Chancellor Angela Merkel's liberal refugee policy happened on New Year's Eve in the public square of Cologne. Packs of men said to be recent migrants groped and molested groups of young women. It was called a clash of cultures, and it was that, but it was also wholly predictable if any policy maker had cared to think about it. And it was not the protected who were the victims—not a daughter of EU officials or members of the Bundestag. It was middle- and working-class girls—the unprotected, who didn't even immediately protest what had happened to them. They must have understood that in the general scheme of things they're nobodies.

What marks this political moment, in Europe and the U.S., is the rise of the unprotected. It is the rise of people who don't have all that much against those who've been given many blessings and seem to believe they have them not because they're fortunate but because they're better.

You see the dynamic in many spheres. In Hollywood, as we still call it, where they make our rough culture, they are careful to protect their own children from its ill effects. In places with failing schools, they choose not to help them through the school liberation movement—charter schools, choice, etc.—because they fear to go up against the most reactionary professional group in America, the teachers unions. They let the public schools flounder. But their children go to the best private schools.

This is a terrible feature of our age—that we are governed by protected people who don't seem to care that much about their unprotected fellow citizens.

And a country really can't continue this way.

In wise governments the top is attentive to the realities of the lives of normal people, and careful about their anxieties. That's more or less how America used to be. There didn't seem to be so much distance between the top and the bottom.

Now it seems the attitude of the top half is: You're on your own. Get with the program, little racist.

Social philosophers are always saying the underclass must re-moralize. Maybe it is the overclass that must re-moralize.

I don't know if the protected see how serious this moment is, or their role in it.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

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Nobody is getting laid if they'be been laid off.

Now Congress on the other hand....