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Biden went on to say, “Did you know that a 2011 Obama Administration report found that from 1980 to 2008, 13% of the population made up 52% of the homicide offenders in this country? That’s a lot! I bet you didn’t know that.”

Well, no, Joe didn’t say that … this time.

But which candidate is more likely to spill the beans first about how blacks have vastly higher homicide rates than anybody else?

By the way, one thing you’ve got to say for Old Joe is that he’s still avoiding that Men Who Look Like Old Lesbians looks that appears to have snagged movie star Don Cheadle lately.

 
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  1. While I’m sure Trump has some vague idea of the reality I doubt he’s aware of the details.

  2. I hate to be brutal, but Joe Biden does not look like he has been capable of having an erection since late in the 1900s. And not even all that late in the 1900s, the mid-80s would be my best guess.

    I think it is the estrogen he takes to keep his hair implants from falling out that makes him look so …. unmanly. (Not that Cheadle does not look like an elderly lesbian librarian in that picture, but we are not talking about Cheadle here). Or maybe it his lack of honest virtue, which makes everyone look the way Biden looks in that picture (like a wimp). Who knows, who cares, he is just a puppet. (Well God loves us all and God cares about the least of us, but that is another story – we are talking about the absurd politics of a system that makes a Joe Biden a candidate here, we are not talking about the love God has for each of his creatures, even the great sinners).

    Jimmy Carter had a similar problem, but his wife seemed very nice, so for every voter he lost for his eunuch looks, he gained a voter who was happy he was leaving his wife alone.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @Stephen Dodge


    I hate to be brutal, but Joe Biden does not look like he has been capable of having an erection since late in the 1900s. And not even all that late in the 1900s, the mid-80s would be my best guess.
     
    Haven't you heard of "collegiality"?


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oMeulTWdqiY

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-dyDj_7llys

    Replies: @danand

    , @Anonymous
    @Stephen Dodge

    “Senile men with functioning penises” is probably a subject that nursing home workers could offer interesting stories about. I had a great-uncle who had what would now probably be termed early onset dementia, about whom some stories were told.

    I’m guessing Joe is no longer sexually active but who knows? I’m sure if the wife doesn’t want to be bothered the funds are there to have professionals keep him happy. Or maybe some of his hired staff accommodate him for ideological reasons or to keep a cushy job.

    In the old days that was indeed the function of many “executive secretaries” or “office managers”. They were paid well and expected to dress and act professionally in the office, and usually were at least nominally capable at doing what their title suggested. But their willingness to keep the old man happy was why they were paid. All the other women knew what was going on. The smart ones figured that way, the old lech wasn’t bothering them. My mother said that was pretty common in large smokestack companies when she was working in the mid-50s, but when she went back to work in the late 1970s it was something of the past.

    Replies: @CJ

  3. What I find truly fascinating is this “Defund the Police” movement.

    How will that really work?
    Not just rhetoric, but serious analysis: what will happen?

    I live in a nice upper-middle-class neighborhood. A couple WW II vets (one will be a hundred in August!), mostly college-educated.

    We already have a neighborhood association that hires a part-time security guy. We’ll band together, hire a couple rent-a-cops, and have better police coverage than we now get from the city of Sacramento.

    I suspect a lot of lower-middle-class and working-class neighborhoods will form their own volunteer police forces.

    No one in the world is better at forming clubs than normal Americans!

    But what about the underclass? Do they actually have any sense of community? Or do the most vicious thugs become their “government”?

    For the last half century, I have been reading speculations by libertarians that all governmental functions can be replaced by a combination of private enterprise and community volunteers. I have always found those speculations intriguing.

    If our leftist friends are serious, they are now going to try a real live social experiment to test those speculations.

    I predict that the results will depends on social class and culture.

    Should be very informative.

    If they are serious.

    • Replies: @Buzz Mohawk
    @PhysicistDave

    “Defund the Police” is just more Dadaist nonsense.

    You could say defunding police departments would facilitate anarchy, but it will never happen. Police are a huge bloc of pensioned, salaried government workers, like teachers and firemen. They and the tax dollars we shovel at them aren't going away.

    Replies: @PhysicistDave, @International Jew, @Gabe Ruth, @MBlanc46

    , @RichardTaylor
    @PhysicistDave


    What I find truly fascinating is this “Defund the Police” movement.
     
    The police are seldom around to protect White Americans anyway.

    We’ll band together, hire a couple rent-a-cops, and have better police coverage than we now get from the city of Sacramento.
     
    Not surprising.

    These Americans were able to keep things cool during a protest today:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEK_FeTXR4c

    , @Anonymous
    @PhysicistDave

    When leftists say "abolish the police", they mean replacing existing law enforcement institutions and bodies with their own new ones with new names staffed with their own personnel, ideologues, and loyalists. They don't mean abolishing policing or state sanctioned violence in general.

    It's like how the "Committee For Public Safety" replaced the Royal military and domestic policing power in Revolutionary France.

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV

    , @Altai
    @PhysicistDave

    In fairness, you could maybe cut a lot out of post-9/11 budgets in terms of APCs and other stuff that even rural departments have now without reducing man power.

    Replies: @anon

    , @Redneck farmer
    @PhysicistDave

    I suspect "Defund the police" will be like "fighting systemic racism". Unsuccessful, except as a tool to win elections.

    , @International Jew
    @PhysicistDave

    You've been reading Milton Friedman's son David? His ideas on private law enforcement might work in a world where the enforcers are people who respect contracts, fair play and have nice customer service manners. I think the reality would be more like getting protection from the Mafia.

    And in our political climate, there'd be another fatal flaw: no one dares any longer to deal with a black suspect who really doesn't want to be arrested. That's true of our city police forces, and it's going to be just as true of private forces.

    Anyone who blames "soft on crime" mayors for the looting is only half right. The other half is that the police have decided that tussling with black men is not worth it to their careers and their families.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    , @Jim Don Bob
    @PhysicistDave

    How's your daughter, PD?

    Replies: @PhysicistDave

    , @MBlanc46
    @PhysicistDave

    One does not make serious analyses of Leftist fantasies.

  4. @PhysicistDave
    What I find truly fascinating is this "Defund the Police" movement.

    How will that really work?
    Not just rhetoric, but serious analysis: what will happen?

    I live in a nice upper-middle-class neighborhood. A couple WW II vets (one will be a hundred in August!), mostly college-educated.

    We already have a neighborhood association that hires a part-time security guy. We'll band together, hire a couple rent-a-cops, and have better police coverage than we now get from the city of Sacramento.

    I suspect a lot of lower-middle-class and working-class neighborhoods will form their own volunteer police forces.

    No one in the world is better at forming clubs than normal Americans!

    But what about the underclass? Do they actually have any sense of community? Or do the most vicious thugs become their "government"?

    For the last half century, I have been reading speculations by libertarians that all governmental functions can be replaced by a combination of private enterprise and community volunteers. I have always found those speculations intriguing.

    If our leftist friends are serious, they are now going to try a real live social experiment to test those speculations.

    I predict that the results will depends on social class and culture.

    Should be very informative.

    If they are serious.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @RichardTaylor, @Anonymous, @Altai, @Redneck farmer, @International Jew, @Jim Don Bob, @MBlanc46

    “Defund the Police” is just more Dadaist nonsense.

    You could say defunding police departments would facilitate anarchy, but it will never happen. Police are a huge bloc of pensioned, salaried government workers, like teachers and firemen. They and the tax dollars we shovel at them aren’t going away.

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
    @Buzz Mohawk

    Buzz Mohawk write to me:


    You could say defunding police departments would facilitate anarchy, but it will never happen.
     
    Of course.

    But let's call the Left's bluff on this. Let's demand that the cops be immediately pulled out of the ghettos.

    I predict that it will not be long before the Left accuses anyone who echoes their own demands of "racism."

    These guys are jerks and buffoons. Time to have some fun at their expense.

    And it is so incredibly easy: just take them at their word.
    , @International Jew
    @Buzz Mohawk

    That's true, but if enough police decide they don't want to be Derek Chauvin, then it'll be as though we defunded the police.

    , @Gabe Ruth
    @Buzz Mohawk

    You have to feel for people who spent a considerable portion of their lives continuing to do something they'd really rather not for the sake of a pension. SS is a Ponzi scheme, but it doesn't really affect what most people do. Employment systems where so much of the reward is backloaded just make me sad. Yes, our public employees have acted like entitled brats on this subject for some time, service has deteriorated, but when financial reality sets itself, the rate and eventually suicide rate will be frightening.

    , @MBlanc46
    @Buzz Mohawk

    That’s a slander of Dada, Buzz.

  5. Unlikely that either presidential candidate would spill these particular beans, but at the rate we’re going, Trump may have nothing to lose by the time of the debates.

    Of course, it’s also possible that BLM will get his microphone disconnected, in the name of equity and restorative justice.

  6. Anonymous[233] • Disclaimer says:

    Kushners will never allow it to come from Trump.

    Maybe Barr will talk about it.

  7. @PhysicistDave
    What I find truly fascinating is this "Defund the Police" movement.

    How will that really work?
    Not just rhetoric, but serious analysis: what will happen?

    I live in a nice upper-middle-class neighborhood. A couple WW II vets (one will be a hundred in August!), mostly college-educated.

    We already have a neighborhood association that hires a part-time security guy. We'll band together, hire a couple rent-a-cops, and have better police coverage than we now get from the city of Sacramento.

    I suspect a lot of lower-middle-class and working-class neighborhoods will form their own volunteer police forces.

    No one in the world is better at forming clubs than normal Americans!

    But what about the underclass? Do they actually have any sense of community? Or do the most vicious thugs become their "government"?

    For the last half century, I have been reading speculations by libertarians that all governmental functions can be replaced by a combination of private enterprise and community volunteers. I have always found those speculations intriguing.

    If our leftist friends are serious, they are now going to try a real live social experiment to test those speculations.

    I predict that the results will depends on social class and culture.

    Should be very informative.

    If they are serious.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @RichardTaylor, @Anonymous, @Altai, @Redneck farmer, @International Jew, @Jim Don Bob, @MBlanc46

    What I find truly fascinating is this “Defund the Police” movement.

    The police are seldom around to protect White Americans anyway.

    We’ll band together, hire a couple rent-a-cops, and have better police coverage than we now get from the city of Sacramento.

    Not surprising.

    These Americans were able to keep things cool during a protest today:

  8. Poor Joe glitched hard in this livestream, repeating a canned soundbite three times in 45 seconds.

    No wonder they’re trying to drive Trump out of office early. There’s no way they can let him debate Trump 1-on-1.

    • Replies: @danand
    @Thomas


    “There’s no way they can let him debate Trump 1-on-1.”
     
    Thomas, if there are debates, your right Biden will need a lot of help. Maybe run them tag-team style. The infamous 2014 Cross Examination Debate Association winners could let Joe sniff & touch their hair give Biden a hand. They do meet Biden’s prerequisites; they’re women, of color:

    https://youtu.be/HxtVorLYnds

    On second thought those women are likely performing essential civilization changing work. Best not to waste their talents, when by debate season all original Joe Biden will need is someone to wipe away the drool.

    Replies: @Znzn

    , @Kolya Krassotkin
    @Thomas

    Biden is committed to sewing up the black vote first.

    Bend over for Biden: (_|_)
    Go widen with Biden (_/\_)

    Pursuing any white voters only comes as an afterthought.

  9. Anonymous[413] • Disclaimer says:

    A preview of president Biden.

    There have to be some better, funnier clips from Scary Movie 4, but you guys can find them.

    It is said that Trump has the power to make his enemies tell the truth. If he manages to lose office, at least Biden will keep up the tradition.

    • LOL: BenKenobi
  10. anon[282] • Disclaimer says:

    OT:

    The elderly Buffalo man being pushed by cops and hitting his head has been making the rounds. He was hospitalized and reportedly in serious but stable condition with a concussion.

    Angle 1
    Angle 2

    It’s seems to me protesters have adopted the Human Shield tactic. Send up sympathetic/fragile people to thwart the riot police. I’m sure they self-appoint themselves to be martyrs.

    Anyway, this is kind of an “Am I the asshole?” question:

    I think:
    a) he wasn’t shoved that hard at all,
    b) he may have exaggerated the momentum, taking backward steps, and
    c) he may have purposely gone limp, allowing his neck to whip

    Am I completely misjudging the effects of senescence here?

    • Replies: @Bert
    @anon

    His approach to the line of officers did not appear at all indicative of senescence. So yes, a), b) and c) seem to be the correct interpretation. A person has to be pushed really hard to fail in getting his feet back under his center of mass. The fall was as intentional as the provocative approach to the police.

    Replies: @JosephB, @anon

  11. Running as a law & order candidate given these riots seems like a no-brainer but neither Trump nor Biden is doing it.

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1268723566046044160?s=20

    • Replies: @botazefa
    @Dave Pinsen


    Running as a law & order candidate given these riots seems like a no-brainer but neither Trump nor Biden is doing it.
     
    I think Trump senses some oc the black vote may be ul for grabs. When blacks are protesting their treatment at the hands of police controlled by Democratic mayors and councils, why should a black person vote Democratic?

    What would Trump gain by taking the law and order bait?

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    , @anonymous
    @Dave Pinsen

    Rhetorically it is disappointing but strategically it is smart.

    This past week Trump sewed up the vote of anyone remotely concerned with crime. He's hit is ceiling on that. On the other hand, to depress turnout for the Dems there is a very low floor.

    Replies: @Corn

  12. Anonymous[375] • Disclaimer says:
    @PhysicistDave
    What I find truly fascinating is this "Defund the Police" movement.

    How will that really work?
    Not just rhetoric, but serious analysis: what will happen?

    I live in a nice upper-middle-class neighborhood. A couple WW II vets (one will be a hundred in August!), mostly college-educated.

    We already have a neighborhood association that hires a part-time security guy. We'll band together, hire a couple rent-a-cops, and have better police coverage than we now get from the city of Sacramento.

    I suspect a lot of lower-middle-class and working-class neighborhoods will form their own volunteer police forces.

    No one in the world is better at forming clubs than normal Americans!

    But what about the underclass? Do they actually have any sense of community? Or do the most vicious thugs become their "government"?

    For the last half century, I have been reading speculations by libertarians that all governmental functions can be replaced by a combination of private enterprise and community volunteers. I have always found those speculations intriguing.

    If our leftist friends are serious, they are now going to try a real live social experiment to test those speculations.

    I predict that the results will depends on social class and culture.

    Should be very informative.

    If they are serious.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @RichardTaylor, @Anonymous, @Altai, @Redneck farmer, @International Jew, @Jim Don Bob, @MBlanc46

    When leftists say “abolish the police”, they mean replacing existing law enforcement institutions and bodies with their own new ones with new names staffed with their own personnel, ideologues, and loyalists. They don’t mean abolishing policing or state sanctioned violence in general.

    It’s like how the “Committee For Public Safety” replaced the Royal military and domestic policing power in Revolutionary France.

    • Agree: danand
    • Replies: @Mike_from_SGV
    @Anonymous

    It also means large amounts of money transferred to "communities of color". This whole thing is a shakedown and jobs program on a vast scale (as well as an effort to decriminalize black crime).

  13. “…which candidate is more likely to spill the beans first about how blacks have vastly higher homicide rates than anybody…“

    Perhaps it will spill out the mouth of Biden’s V.P., Kamala, probably not though, she’s pretty laser focused at the moment on……Emmett Till. Emmett, and how irredeemably bad, bad, and evil America is. Could be a winning strategy, worked for the Obamas. Anyway back to today, and Till:

    • Replies: @Escher
    @danand

    Most of these “protesters” are interested in a different kind of Till now.

  14. Altai [AKA "Altai_2"] says:

    Biden, 100%. But only if somebody corners him. That’s why it’s very important to keep him away from any black activists.

  15. Altai [AKA "Altai_2"] says:
    @PhysicistDave
    What I find truly fascinating is this "Defund the Police" movement.

    How will that really work?
    Not just rhetoric, but serious analysis: what will happen?

    I live in a nice upper-middle-class neighborhood. A couple WW II vets (one will be a hundred in August!), mostly college-educated.

    We already have a neighborhood association that hires a part-time security guy. We'll band together, hire a couple rent-a-cops, and have better police coverage than we now get from the city of Sacramento.

    I suspect a lot of lower-middle-class and working-class neighborhoods will form their own volunteer police forces.

    No one in the world is better at forming clubs than normal Americans!

    But what about the underclass? Do they actually have any sense of community? Or do the most vicious thugs become their "government"?

    For the last half century, I have been reading speculations by libertarians that all governmental functions can be replaced by a combination of private enterprise and community volunteers. I have always found those speculations intriguing.

    If our leftist friends are serious, they are now going to try a real live social experiment to test those speculations.

    I predict that the results will depends on social class and culture.

    Should be very informative.

    If they are serious.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @RichardTaylor, @Anonymous, @Altai, @Redneck farmer, @International Jew, @Jim Don Bob, @MBlanc46

    In fairness, you could maybe cut a lot out of post-9/11 budgets in terms of APCs and other stuff that even rural departments have now without reducing man power.

    • Agree: PhysicistDave
    • Replies: @anon
    @Altai

    That stuff is military surplus. Basically, the industrial side of the military-industrial complex says "hey, if we can't sell X units of this, we're going to close those factory lines for good".

    The military ostensibly views that production capacity as critical to national defense, so says "ok, ok we'll buy". But they don't need it at all, have more than enough. So federal funds/grants are then given to local PDs to sop up the excess crap for pennies on the dollar.

    Replies: @anon

  16. @Thomas
    Poor Joe glitched hard in this livestream, repeating a canned soundbite three times in 45 seconds.

    No wonder they're trying to drive Trump out of office early. There's no way they can let him debate Trump 1-on-1.

    https://youtu.be/kAav7XyzREk

    Replies: @danand, @Kolya Krassotkin

    “There’s no way they can let him debate Trump 1-on-1.”

    Thomas, if there are debates, your right Biden will need a lot of help. Maybe run them tag-team style. The infamous 2014 Cross Examination Debate Association winners could let Joe sniff & touch their hair give Biden a hand. They do meet Biden’s prerequisites; they’re women, of color:

    On second thought those women are likely performing essential civilization changing work. Best not to waste their talents, when by debate season all original Joe Biden will need is someone to wipe away the drool.

    • Replies: @Znzn
    @danand

    Anyway, this is stupid, pls don't fool people into thinking something that is an obvious fake event is a reality, nobody is that stupid, really.

  17. @Thomas
    Poor Joe glitched hard in this livestream, repeating a canned soundbite three times in 45 seconds.

    No wonder they're trying to drive Trump out of office early. There's no way they can let him debate Trump 1-on-1.

    https://youtu.be/kAav7XyzREk

    Replies: @danand, @Kolya Krassotkin

    Biden is committed to sewing up the black vote first.

    Bend over for Biden: (_|_)
    Go widen with Biden (_/\_)

    Pursuing any white voters only comes as an afterthought.

  18. @Buzz Mohawk
    @PhysicistDave

    “Defund the Police” is just more Dadaist nonsense.

    You could say defunding police departments would facilitate anarchy, but it will never happen. Police are a huge bloc of pensioned, salaried government workers, like teachers and firemen. They and the tax dollars we shovel at them aren't going away.

    Replies: @PhysicistDave, @International Jew, @Gabe Ruth, @MBlanc46

    Buzz Mohawk write to me:

    You could say defunding police departments would facilitate anarchy, but it will never happen.

    Of course.

    But let’s call the Left’s bluff on this. Let’s demand that the cops be immediately pulled out of the ghettos.

    I predict that it will not be long before the Left accuses anyone who echoes their own demands of “racism.”

    These guys are jerks and buffoons. Time to have some fun at their expense.

    And it is so incredibly easy: just take them at their word.

  19. @Stephen Dodge
    I hate to be brutal, but Joe Biden does not look like he has been capable of having an erection since late in the 1900s. And not even all that late in the 1900s, the mid-80s would be my best guess.

    I think it is the estrogen he takes to keep his hair implants from falling out that makes him look so .... unmanly. (Not that Cheadle does not look like an elderly lesbian librarian in that picture, but we are not talking about Cheadle here). Or maybe it his lack of honest virtue, which makes everyone look the way Biden looks in that picture (like a wimp). Who knows, who cares, he is just a puppet. (Well God loves us all and God cares about the least of us, but that is another story - we are talking about the absurd politics of a system that makes a Joe Biden a candidate here, we are not talking about the love God has for each of his creatures, even the great sinners).

    Jimmy Carter had a similar problem, but his wife seemed very nice, so for every voter he lost for his eunuch looks, he gained a voter who was happy he was leaving his wife alone.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Anonymous

    I hate to be brutal, but Joe Biden does not look like he has been capable of having an erection since late in the 1900s. And not even all that late in the 1900s, the mid-80s would be my best guess.

    Haven’t you heard of “collegiality”?

    • Replies: @danand
    @Reg Cæsar


    “Haven’t you heard of “collegiality”?”
     
    Cæsar, all I can think to say to that is “Do not take Viagra while also taking Revatio, unless your doctor tells you to.”

    The 1st time Dole’s Pfizer ad came on, my initial though was that someone must have laced my lunch with acid.

    And that bit performance by Dole on Victory over those damn Japs (VJ) day was perfect. Had to be Dole’s most “endearing” public moment.

    I could never get over why Dole played the entire 1996 election fight so “stiff” when he possessed such a fantastic sense of humor. He really had no chance against Clinton, especially with Ross in the race, but still it was a droll, frustrating slog, when it didn’t have to be. Day after defeat Dole was all smiles and cheer, cracking jokes both left and right.

    *Speaking of Japan, they seem to be among the few democratic countries not in mourning for the worlds most import person of the moment. Could be they are distracted by other things, like ensuring their future; long into it.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

  20. @PhysicistDave
    What I find truly fascinating is this "Defund the Police" movement.

    How will that really work?
    Not just rhetoric, but serious analysis: what will happen?

    I live in a nice upper-middle-class neighborhood. A couple WW II vets (one will be a hundred in August!), mostly college-educated.

    We already have a neighborhood association that hires a part-time security guy. We'll band together, hire a couple rent-a-cops, and have better police coverage than we now get from the city of Sacramento.

    I suspect a lot of lower-middle-class and working-class neighborhoods will form their own volunteer police forces.

    No one in the world is better at forming clubs than normal Americans!

    But what about the underclass? Do they actually have any sense of community? Or do the most vicious thugs become their "government"?

    For the last half century, I have been reading speculations by libertarians that all governmental functions can be replaced by a combination of private enterprise and community volunteers. I have always found those speculations intriguing.

    If our leftist friends are serious, they are now going to try a real live social experiment to test those speculations.

    I predict that the results will depends on social class and culture.

    Should be very informative.

    If they are serious.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @RichardTaylor, @Anonymous, @Altai, @Redneck farmer, @International Jew, @Jim Don Bob, @MBlanc46

    I suspect “Defund the police” will be like “fighting systemic racism”. Unsuccessful, except as a tool to win elections.

  21. Bert says:
    @anon
    OT:

    The elderly Buffalo man being pushed by cops and hitting his head has been making the rounds. He was hospitalized and reportedly in serious but stable condition with a concussion.

    Angle 1
    Angle 2

    It's seems to me protesters have adopted the Human Shield tactic. Send up sympathetic/fragile people to thwart the riot police. I'm sure they self-appoint themselves to be martyrs.


    Anyway, this is kind of an "Am I the asshole?" question:

    I think:
    a) he wasn't shoved that hard at all,
    b) he may have exaggerated the momentum, taking backward steps, and
    c) he may have purposely gone limp, allowing his neck to whip

    Am I completely misjudging the effects of senescence here?

    Replies: @Bert

    His approach to the line of officers did not appear at all indicative of senescence. So yes, a), b) and c) seem to be the correct interpretation. A person has to be pushed really hard to fail in getting his feet back under his center of mass. The fall was as intentional as the provocative approach to the police.

    • Replies: @JosephB
    @Bert

    I think you're overinterpreting with respect to how much he hammed up the fall. Elderly people can have problems with balance, joints, and muscle weakness. Many many medications affect balance, and falls are a series health problem for the elderly. Just because he can walk slowly doesn't mean he isn't limited. The sequence of events is plausible either as acting or as an old guy with physical limitations.

    Determining the intelligence of having those conditions of walking towards police, and the ethics of sending such a person as a sacrificial lamb, is left as an exercise for the reader.

    , @anon
    @Bert

    Thanks.

    Yeah, I shouldn't have characterized as elderly. He's got about zero stoop.

  22. An NFL QB jokes about making guns so expensive only “élite white people” can afford them. Then he’s pressured to apologize and grovel.

    Jake Fromm Apologizes For Texts Messages About ‘Elite White People’ Owning Guns

    But isn’t that the whole point of elevated permit fees?

    STATE COMPARISON OF GUN PERMIT FEES

  23. @danand

    “...which candidate is more likely to spill the beans first about how blacks have vastly higher homicide rates than anybody...“
     
    Perhaps it will spill out the mouth of Biden’s V.P., Kamala, probably not though, she’s pretty laser focused at the moment on......Emmett Till. Emmett, and how irredeemably bad, bad, and evil America is. Could be a winning strategy, worked for the Obamas. Anyway back to today, and Till:

    https://youtu.be/zSipqI0O0Q8?t=28

    Replies: @Escher

    Most of these “protesters” are interested in a different kind of Till now.

  24. @PhysicistDave
    What I find truly fascinating is this "Defund the Police" movement.

    How will that really work?
    Not just rhetoric, but serious analysis: what will happen?

    I live in a nice upper-middle-class neighborhood. A couple WW II vets (one will be a hundred in August!), mostly college-educated.

    We already have a neighborhood association that hires a part-time security guy. We'll band together, hire a couple rent-a-cops, and have better police coverage than we now get from the city of Sacramento.

    I suspect a lot of lower-middle-class and working-class neighborhoods will form their own volunteer police forces.

    No one in the world is better at forming clubs than normal Americans!

    But what about the underclass? Do they actually have any sense of community? Or do the most vicious thugs become their "government"?

    For the last half century, I have been reading speculations by libertarians that all governmental functions can be replaced by a combination of private enterprise and community volunteers. I have always found those speculations intriguing.

    If our leftist friends are serious, they are now going to try a real live social experiment to test those speculations.

    I predict that the results will depends on social class and culture.

    Should be very informative.

    If they are serious.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @RichardTaylor, @Anonymous, @Altai, @Redneck farmer, @International Jew, @Jim Don Bob, @MBlanc46

    You’ve been reading Milton Friedman’s son David? His ideas on private law enforcement might work in a world where the enforcers are people who respect contracts, fair play and have nice customer service manners. I think the reality would be more like getting protection from the Mafia.

    And in our political climate, there’d be another fatal flaw: no one dares any longer to deal with a black suspect who really doesn’t want to be arrested. That’s true of our city police forces, and it’s going to be just as true of private forces.

    Anyone who blames “soft on crime” mayors for the looting is only half right. The other half is that the police have decided that tussling with black men is not worth it to their careers and their families.

    • Replies: @Jim Don Bob
    @International Jew


    The other half is that the police have decided that tussling with black men is not worth it to their careers and their families.
     
    Here's another easy prediction: police forces will see a wave of retirements (especially disability) and resignations, and will be hard pressed to get new people.
  25. Anonymous[413] • Disclaimer says:

    Some more clips of President Biden. On point, IMO.

  26. @Reg Cæsar
    @Stephen Dodge


    I hate to be brutal, but Joe Biden does not look like he has been capable of having an erection since late in the 1900s. And not even all that late in the 1900s, the mid-80s would be my best guess.
     
    Haven't you heard of "collegiality"?


    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oMeulTWdqiY

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-dyDj_7llys

    Replies: @danand

    “Haven’t you heard of “collegiality”?”

    Cæsar, all I can think to say to that is “Do not take Viagra while also taking Revatio, unless your doctor tells you to.”

    The 1st time Dole’s Pfizer ad came on, my initial though was that someone must have laced my lunch with acid.

    And that bit performance by Dole on Victory over those damn Japs (VJ) day was perfect. Had to be Dole’s most “endearing” public moment.

    I could never get over why Dole played the entire 1996 election fight so “stiff” when he possessed such a fantastic sense of humor. He really had no chance against Clinton, especially with Ross in the race, but still it was a droll, frustrating slog, when it didn’t have to be. Day after defeat Dole was all smiles and cheer, cracking jokes both left and right.

    *Speaking of Japan, they seem to be among the few democratic countries not in mourning for the worlds most import person of the moment. Could be they are distracted by other things, like ensuring their future; long into it.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @danand


    Cæsar, all I can think to say to that is “Do not take Viagra while also taking Revatio, unless your doctor tells you to.”
     
    Did you know that Viagra was originally developed to treat angina, and was nearly abandoned? (It worked, but no better than what was already on the market.) But researchers noticed the subjects kept coming back for more.

    I don't know what's funnier, that, or Cialis nearly catching up to them on the strength of their FDA warnings. You know, the four-hour thing.


    I could never get over why Dole played the entire 1996 election fight so “stiff” when he possessed such a fantastic sense of humor.
     
    Bill Hillsman, the ad genius who helped elect his old teacher Paul Wellstone and Jesse Ventura, and was hired by Kinky Friedman for his Texas campaign, wrote that he was nonplussed by "funny uncle" Dole's inability to get his humor across, and the ease the Clinton campaign had in painting him as scary.

    Dole's problem was that, when he wasn't being funny (and his humor was more subtle, like Bob Newhart's or Joe Pera's), he did come across as scary. He just wasn't telegenic. (I should say "isn't"-- he's going on 97.)

    This can be frustrating. Dole was 100% right in his 1976 "Democratic wars" challenge, but it was direct and clumsy and thus backfired. Mondale deftly turned it to his advantage.

  27. @Buzz Mohawk
    @PhysicistDave

    “Defund the Police” is just more Dadaist nonsense.

    You could say defunding police departments would facilitate anarchy, but it will never happen. Police are a huge bloc of pensioned, salaried government workers, like teachers and firemen. They and the tax dollars we shovel at them aren't going away.

    Replies: @PhysicistDave, @International Jew, @Gabe Ruth, @MBlanc46

    That’s true, but if enough police decide they don’t want to be Derek Chauvin, then it’ll be as though we defunded the police.

  28. I recall seeing a Trump tweet from maybe 2014 when he pointed out that blacks and hispanics were responsible for almost all the crime in NYC and saying it was something we needed to talk about. I would bet Biden has said something about it over the years. I think Trump hurts himself by constantly pandering to blacks who will never vote for him, but maybe I suppose it could help in a “look at all I did for those people and they still don’t like me, so they probably don’t like you either” kind of way. At least he won’t be taking a knee. Can’t wait for football season.

  29. @PhysicistDave
    What I find truly fascinating is this "Defund the Police" movement.

    How will that really work?
    Not just rhetoric, but serious analysis: what will happen?

    I live in a nice upper-middle-class neighborhood. A couple WW II vets (one will be a hundred in August!), mostly college-educated.

    We already have a neighborhood association that hires a part-time security guy. We'll band together, hire a couple rent-a-cops, and have better police coverage than we now get from the city of Sacramento.

    I suspect a lot of lower-middle-class and working-class neighborhoods will form their own volunteer police forces.

    No one in the world is better at forming clubs than normal Americans!

    But what about the underclass? Do they actually have any sense of community? Or do the most vicious thugs become their "government"?

    For the last half century, I have been reading speculations by libertarians that all governmental functions can be replaced by a combination of private enterprise and community volunteers. I have always found those speculations intriguing.

    If our leftist friends are serious, they are now going to try a real live social experiment to test those speculations.

    I predict that the results will depends on social class and culture.

    Should be very informative.

    If they are serious.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @RichardTaylor, @Anonymous, @Altai, @Redneck farmer, @International Jew, @Jim Don Bob, @MBlanc46

    How’s your daughter, PD?

    • Replies: @PhysicistDave
    @Jim Don Bob

    Jim Don Bob asked me:


    How’s your daughter, PD?
     
    Thanks for asking.

    The UCLA Dean's Office is telling her that unless she shares the info (including personal medical documents, etc.) that proves she is innocent with the person who attacked and injured her, that she cannot use the information to prove her own innocence.

    That is a very blatant (and criminal) violation of FERPA, so my daughter has filed a complaint with DoEd against UCLA and a bunch of the administrators. If they keep doing this, I'm urging her to file criminal complaints against everyone from the Chancellor to the Assistant Dean. And, eventually, if this goes on, she will have to file a civil suit that will cost UCLA a tidy sum.

    The law is pretty clear-cut, and we have a lawyer who just won a (much more difficult) case against USC, as well as a case a few years back against UC Santa Barbara. The game the crooked administrators play is to just wear down the student till the student gives in, even though the administrators know they are breaking the law. What they don't realize is that they have backed our daughter into a corner where she can't give in.

    She'll win in the end, but she has a nasty medical problem (24/7 migraines that frequently spike so as to physically incapacitate her for hours or days at a time), so she would like to just be free of this criminal harassment. She will also soon be filing an ADA complaint against UCLA and a Title IX complaint (they have clearly broken both). Hopefully, if they keep attacking her, they will end up dealing with federal regulators for the next decade or so: one good turn deserves another.

    She is pretty pissed off that all these administrators are virtue-signalling about George Floyd at the same time they are persecuting her. I won't go into that part of the UCLA insanity here, except to mention that there is an effort to destroy a prof who read MLK's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" to his class: seems that MLK is now a dangerous white supremacist!

    If our friends on the Left knew anything about history, they might want to read up on the Thermidorian Reaction.

    "Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad."

    Replies: @Thatgirl

  30. @International Jew
    @PhysicistDave

    You've been reading Milton Friedman's son David? His ideas on private law enforcement might work in a world where the enforcers are people who respect contracts, fair play and have nice customer service manners. I think the reality would be more like getting protection from the Mafia.

    And in our political climate, there'd be another fatal flaw: no one dares any longer to deal with a black suspect who really doesn't want to be arrested. That's true of our city police forces, and it's going to be just as true of private forces.

    Anyone who blames "soft on crime" mayors for the looting is only half right. The other half is that the police have decided that tussling with black men is not worth it to their careers and their families.

    Replies: @Jim Don Bob

    The other half is that the police have decided that tussling with black men is not worth it to their careers and their families.

    Here’s another easy prediction: police forces will see a wave of retirements (especially disability) and resignations, and will be hard pressed to get new people.

  31. Anonymous[413] • Disclaimer says:

    I would hereby like to nominate Joe Biden for iSteve Man of the Year 2020.

    https://giphy.com/gifs/taking-proves-gawker-Kwi0Iu9MxxOgg

  32. Anonymous[968] • Disclaimer says:
    @Stephen Dodge
    I hate to be brutal, but Joe Biden does not look like he has been capable of having an erection since late in the 1900s. And not even all that late in the 1900s, the mid-80s would be my best guess.

    I think it is the estrogen he takes to keep his hair implants from falling out that makes him look so .... unmanly. (Not that Cheadle does not look like an elderly lesbian librarian in that picture, but we are not talking about Cheadle here). Or maybe it his lack of honest virtue, which makes everyone look the way Biden looks in that picture (like a wimp). Who knows, who cares, he is just a puppet. (Well God loves us all and God cares about the least of us, but that is another story - we are talking about the absurd politics of a system that makes a Joe Biden a candidate here, we are not talking about the love God has for each of his creatures, even the great sinners).

    Jimmy Carter had a similar problem, but his wife seemed very nice, so for every voter he lost for his eunuch looks, he gained a voter who was happy he was leaving his wife alone.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Anonymous

    “Senile men with functioning penises” is probably a subject that nursing home workers could offer interesting stories about. I had a great-uncle who had what would now probably be termed early onset dementia, about whom some stories were told.

    I’m guessing Joe is no longer sexually active but who knows? I’m sure if the wife doesn’t want to be bothered the funds are there to have professionals keep him happy. Or maybe some of his hired staff accommodate him for ideological reasons or to keep a cushy job.

    In the old days that was indeed the function of many “executive secretaries” or “office managers”. They were paid well and expected to dress and act professionally in the office, and usually were at least nominally capable at doing what their title suggested. But their willingness to keep the old man happy was why they were paid. All the other women knew what was going on. The smart ones figured that way, the old lech wasn’t bothering them. My mother said that was pretty common in large smokestack companies when she was working in the mid-50s, but when she went back to work in the late 1970s it was something of the past.

    • Replies: @CJ
    @Anonymous

    The phenomenon you descibe is portrayed in Billy Wilder’s great 1960 film The Apartment. A must-see if you don’t know it; the last major Hollywood movie filmed in black and white, and a great Christmas movie as well.

  33. @Anonymous
    @PhysicistDave

    When leftists say "abolish the police", they mean replacing existing law enforcement institutions and bodies with their own new ones with new names staffed with their own personnel, ideologues, and loyalists. They don't mean abolishing policing or state sanctioned violence in general.

    It's like how the "Committee For Public Safety" replaced the Royal military and domestic policing power in Revolutionary France.

    Replies: @Mike_from_SGV

    It also means large amounts of money transferred to “communities of color”. This whole thing is a shakedown and jobs program on a vast scale (as well as an effort to decriminalize black crime).

  34. @Bert
    @anon

    His approach to the line of officers did not appear at all indicative of senescence. So yes, a), b) and c) seem to be the correct interpretation. A person has to be pushed really hard to fail in getting his feet back under his center of mass. The fall was as intentional as the provocative approach to the police.

    Replies: @JosephB, @anon

    I think you’re overinterpreting with respect to how much he hammed up the fall. Elderly people can have problems with balance, joints, and muscle weakness. Many many medications affect balance, and falls are a series health problem for the elderly. Just because he can walk slowly doesn’t mean he isn’t limited. The sequence of events is plausible either as acting or as an old guy with physical limitations.

    Determining the intelligence of having those conditions of walking towards police, and the ethics of sending such a person as a sacrificial lamb, is left as an exercise for the reader.

  35. Anonymous[166] • Disclaimer says:

    It’s really 6-7% cause the 52% of murders, since it’s mostly just the Males

    • Replies: @anon
    @Anonymous


    It’s really 6-7% cause the 52% of murders, since it’s mostly just the Males


    Worse than that, because men over 40 are much less likely to murder.

    So more like 3% to 4%. That's something no "Conversation about Race" will include, because the conversationalists can't handle that truth in public. Yet there it is, and that's why the leading cause of death for black men 18 - 35 is homicide usually committed by other black men of the same age group. It's ugly, but it's true.

  36. @Bert
    @anon

    His approach to the line of officers did not appear at all indicative of senescence. So yes, a), b) and c) seem to be the correct interpretation. A person has to be pushed really hard to fail in getting his feet back under his center of mass. The fall was as intentional as the provocative approach to the police.

    Replies: @JosephB, @anon

    Thanks.

    Yeah, I shouldn’t have characterized as elderly. He’s got about zero stoop.

  37. @Dave Pinsen
    Running as a law & order candidate given these riots seems like a no-brainer but neither Trump nor Biden is doing it.

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1268723566046044160?s=20

    Replies: @botazefa, @anonymous

    Running as a law & order candidate given these riots seems like a no-brainer but neither Trump nor Biden is doing it.

    I think Trump senses some oc the black vote may be ul for grabs. When blacks are protesting their treatment at the hands of police controlled by Democratic mayors and councils, why should a black person vote Democratic?

    What would Trump gain by taking the law and order bait?

    • Replies: @Dave Pinsen
    @botazefa

    I doubt much if any of the black vote is up for grabs. Trump will probably increase his share of the Hispanic vote thanks to the riots, but he'll win or lose based on the white vote.

    Replies: @botazefa

  38. anon[282] • Disclaimer says:
    @Altai
    @PhysicistDave

    In fairness, you could maybe cut a lot out of post-9/11 budgets in terms of APCs and other stuff that even rural departments have now without reducing man power.

    Replies: @anon

    That stuff is military surplus. Basically, the industrial side of the military-industrial complex says “hey, if we can’t sell X units of this, we’re going to close those factory lines for good”.

    The military ostensibly views that production capacity as critical to national defense, so says “ok, ok we’ll buy”. But they don’t need it at all, have more than enough. So federal funds/grants are then given to local PDs to sop up the excess crap for pennies on the dollar.

    • Replies: @anon
    @anon

    Also it's retarded for 99.999% of cop shops to accept something like that even as a gift. Every operating hour creates a certain number of mechanic hours - just the tracks on that APC have to be serviced after a certain number of miles, for example. Parts are pricey and specialized. Another war toy that was popular to give to cops and sheriffs for a while is the mine-resistant MRAP.

    https://cdn0.thetruthaboutguns.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Bastrop-County-Texas-MRAP.jpg

    These cool toys are not cheap to maintain, but if they aren't maintained they become expensive junk. Yeah, they can be the "mobile command post" at the county fair, but there's other ways to do that for a lot less overhead.

    A flyover agency I won't name was offered a couple of MRAP's and did the math: they would suck up a chunk of the motor pool budget. So accepting them would likely lead to less reliable cop patrol cars. The offer was declined.

  39. @Buzz Mohawk
    @PhysicistDave

    “Defund the Police” is just more Dadaist nonsense.

    You could say defunding police departments would facilitate anarchy, but it will never happen. Police are a huge bloc of pensioned, salaried government workers, like teachers and firemen. They and the tax dollars we shovel at them aren't going away.

    Replies: @PhysicistDave, @International Jew, @Gabe Ruth, @MBlanc46

    You have to feel for people who spent a considerable portion of their lives continuing to do something they’d really rather not for the sake of a pension. SS is a Ponzi scheme, but it doesn’t really affect what most people do. Employment systems where so much of the reward is backloaded just make me sad. Yes, our public employees have acted like entitled brats on this subject for some time, service has deteriorated, but when financial reality sets itself, the rate and eventually suicide rate will be frightening.

  40. @danand
    @Reg Cæsar


    “Haven’t you heard of “collegiality”?”
     
    Cæsar, all I can think to say to that is “Do not take Viagra while also taking Revatio, unless your doctor tells you to.”

    The 1st time Dole’s Pfizer ad came on, my initial though was that someone must have laced my lunch with acid.

    And that bit performance by Dole on Victory over those damn Japs (VJ) day was perfect. Had to be Dole’s most “endearing” public moment.

    I could never get over why Dole played the entire 1996 election fight so “stiff” when he possessed such a fantastic sense of humor. He really had no chance against Clinton, especially with Ross in the race, but still it was a droll, frustrating slog, when it didn’t have to be. Day after defeat Dole was all smiles and cheer, cracking jokes both left and right.

    *Speaking of Japan, they seem to be among the few democratic countries not in mourning for the worlds most import person of the moment. Could be they are distracted by other things, like ensuring their future; long into it.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Cæsar, all I can think to say to that is “Do not take Viagra while also taking Revatio, unless your doctor tells you to.”

    Did you know that Viagra was originally developed to treat angina, and was nearly abandoned? (It worked, but no better than what was already on the market.) But researchers noticed the subjects kept coming back for more.

    I don’t know what’s funnier, that, or Cialis nearly catching up to them on the strength of their FDA warnings. You know, the four-hour thing.

    I could never get over why Dole played the entire 1996 election fight so “stiff” when he possessed such a fantastic sense of humor.

    Bill Hillsman, the ad genius who helped elect his old teacher Paul Wellstone and Jesse Ventura, and was hired by Kinky Friedman for his Texas campaign, wrote that he was nonplussed by “funny uncle” Dole’s inability to get his humor across, and the ease the Clinton campaign had in painting him as scary.

    Dole’s problem was that, when he wasn’t being funny (and his humor was more subtle, like Bob Newhart’s or Joe Pera’s), he did come across as scary. He just wasn’t telegenic. (I should say “isn’t”– he’s going on 97.)

    This can be frustrating. Dole was 100% right in his 1976 “Democratic wars” challenge, but it was direct and clumsy and thus backfired. Mondale deftly turned it to his advantage.

  41. anonymous[126] • Disclaimer says:
    @Dave Pinsen
    Running as a law & order candidate given these riots seems like a no-brainer but neither Trump nor Biden is doing it.

    https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1268723566046044160?s=20

    Replies: @botazefa, @anonymous

    Rhetorically it is disappointing but strategically it is smart.

    This past week Trump sewed up the vote of anyone remotely concerned with crime. He’s hit is ceiling on that. On the other hand, to depress turnout for the Dems there is a very low floor.

    • Replies: @Corn
    @anonymous

    A few days ago I was disgusted Trump wasn’t sending in the Army to crack down.

    Now? Shrug Let the country see left wing ugliness on display. Let all the normies who still vote Democrat see what they’re getting for their trouble.

  42. @danand
    @Thomas


    “There’s no way they can let him debate Trump 1-on-1.”
     
    Thomas, if there are debates, your right Biden will need a lot of help. Maybe run them tag-team style. The infamous 2014 Cross Examination Debate Association winners could let Joe sniff & touch their hair give Biden a hand. They do meet Biden’s prerequisites; they’re women, of color:

    https://youtu.be/HxtVorLYnds

    On second thought those women are likely performing essential civilization changing work. Best not to waste their talents, when by debate season all original Joe Biden will need is someone to wipe away the drool.

    Replies: @Znzn

    Anyway, this is stupid, pls don’t fool people into thinking something that is an obvious fake event is a reality, nobody is that stupid, really.

  43. @anonymous
    @Dave Pinsen

    Rhetorically it is disappointing but strategically it is smart.

    This past week Trump sewed up the vote of anyone remotely concerned with crime. He's hit is ceiling on that. On the other hand, to depress turnout for the Dems there is a very low floor.

    Replies: @Corn

    A few days ago I was disgusted Trump wasn’t sending in the Army to crack down.

    Now? Shrug Let the country see left wing ugliness on display. Let all the normies who still vote Democrat see what they’re getting for their trouble.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  44. So if 10-15% of the population is no good—what is the black % of the total population??? Isn’t it about 13%—–Hmmmmmmmmm , Maybe Joe could back to us on that.

  45. @botazefa
    @Dave Pinsen


    Running as a law & order candidate given these riots seems like a no-brainer but neither Trump nor Biden is doing it.
     
    I think Trump senses some oc the black vote may be ul for grabs. When blacks are protesting their treatment at the hands of police controlled by Democratic mayors and councils, why should a black person vote Democratic?

    What would Trump gain by taking the law and order bait?

    Replies: @Dave Pinsen

    I doubt much if any of the black vote is up for grabs. Trump will probably increase his share of the Hispanic vote thanks to the riots, but he’ll win or lose based on the white vote.

    • Replies: @botazefa
    @Dave Pinsen


    I doubt much if any of the black vote is up for grabs.
     
    I know you're probably tight.

    Forgive my optimism that the black vote needn't be so reliably predictable.
  46. anon[415] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anonymous
    It’s really 6-7% cause the 52% of murders, since it’s mostly just the Males

    Replies: @anon


    It’s really 6-7% cause the 52% of murders, since it’s mostly just the Males

    Worse than that, because men over 40 are much less likely to murder.

    So more like 3% to 4%. That’s something no “Conversation about Race” will include, because the conversationalists can’t handle that truth in public. Yet there it is, and that’s why the leading cause of death for black men 18 – 35 is homicide usually committed by other black men of the same age group. It’s ugly, but it’s true.

  47. The womenizer Joe Biden is on the hot seat – encountering a complete meltdown.

    (I mean, if Jimmy Carter was his opponent in some future elections, he might (might) have a slight chance to get away with this kind of TV-incompetence. But it’s The Donald. So – it’s disaster time ahead for this candidate – unless “Joe’s cognitive level (is) going to bounce back by the fall” (Steve Sailer):

    https://finance.yahoo.com/video/view-puts-joe-biden-hot-183422951.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAAGU4KRoS7MwqmA3LvGTbrB1ZhE1a_p5xyn2o10X9Y9AY7LRuwtqhLLcBcmwU2d4NW3h3oyTDc1HwVAKar7jt7NVhxUpdLUN5ZDzQEMCvkEIEVPny0OFFKZambBgFaO_7cezPQrZHGvAfujYZQOuYYvw2-e3qDDrQBqvQRp3ynrO

  48. anon[793] • Disclaimer says:
    @anon
    @Altai

    That stuff is military surplus. Basically, the industrial side of the military-industrial complex says "hey, if we can't sell X units of this, we're going to close those factory lines for good".

    The military ostensibly views that production capacity as critical to national defense, so says "ok, ok we'll buy". But they don't need it at all, have more than enough. So federal funds/grants are then given to local PDs to sop up the excess crap for pennies on the dollar.

    Replies: @anon

    Also it’s retarded for 99.999% of cop shops to accept something like that even as a gift. Every operating hour creates a certain number of mechanic hours – just the tracks on that APC have to be serviced after a certain number of miles, for example. Parts are pricey and specialized. Another war toy that was popular to give to cops and sheriffs for a while is the mine-resistant MRAP.

    These cool toys are not cheap to maintain, but if they aren’t maintained they become expensive junk. Yeah, they can be the “mobile command post” at the county fair, but there’s other ways to do that for a lot less overhead.

    A flyover agency I won’t name was offered a couple of MRAP’s and did the math: they would suck up a chunk of the motor pool budget. So accepting them would likely lead to less reliable cop patrol cars. The offer was declined.

  49. @Dave Pinsen
    @botazefa

    I doubt much if any of the black vote is up for grabs. Trump will probably increase his share of the Hispanic vote thanks to the riots, but he'll win or lose based on the white vote.

    Replies: @botazefa

    I doubt much if any of the black vote is up for grabs.

    I know you’re probably tight.

    Forgive my optimism that the black vote needn’t be so reliably predictable.

  50. @Jim Don Bob
    @PhysicistDave

    How's your daughter, PD?

    Replies: @PhysicistDave

    Jim Don Bob asked me:

    How’s your daughter, PD?

    Thanks for asking.

    The UCLA Dean’s Office is telling her that unless she shares the info (including personal medical documents, etc.) that proves she is innocent with the person who attacked and injured her, that she cannot use the information to prove her own innocence.

    That is a very blatant (and criminal) violation of FERPA, so my daughter has filed a complaint with DoEd against UCLA and a bunch of the administrators. If they keep doing this, I’m urging her to file criminal complaints against everyone from the Chancellor to the Assistant Dean. And, eventually, if this goes on, she will have to file a civil suit that will cost UCLA a tidy sum.

    The law is pretty clear-cut, and we have a lawyer who just won a (much more difficult) case against USC, as well as a case a few years back against UC Santa Barbara. The game the crooked administrators play is to just wear down the student till the student gives in, even though the administrators know they are breaking the law. What they don’t realize is that they have backed our daughter into a corner where she can’t give in.

    She’ll win in the end, but she has a nasty medical problem (24/7 migraines that frequently spike so as to physically incapacitate her for hours or days at a time), so she would like to just be free of this criminal harassment. She will also soon be filing an ADA complaint against UCLA and a Title IX complaint (they have clearly broken both). Hopefully, if they keep attacking her, they will end up dealing with federal regulators for the next decade or so: one good turn deserves another.

    She is pretty pissed off that all these administrators are virtue-signalling about George Floyd at the same time they are persecuting her. I won’t go into that part of the UCLA insanity here, except to mention that there is an effort to destroy a prof who read MLK’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” to his class: seems that MLK is now a dangerous white supremacist!

    If our friends on the Left knew anything about history, they might want to read up on the Thermidorian Reaction.

    “Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad.”

    • Replies: @Thatgirl
    @PhysicistDave

    Has your daughter tried topirmate (topramax) for her migraines? I have had terrible migraines my entire life. I resisted taking medication because I was worried about the side effects. However, about two years, my headaches for to be almost constant so I tried topramax
    It has really been life-changing for me. Now I rarely get a migraine and, when I do, they are very mild.

  51. @PhysicistDave
    What I find truly fascinating is this "Defund the Police" movement.

    How will that really work?
    Not just rhetoric, but serious analysis: what will happen?

    I live in a nice upper-middle-class neighborhood. A couple WW II vets (one will be a hundred in August!), mostly college-educated.

    We already have a neighborhood association that hires a part-time security guy. We'll band together, hire a couple rent-a-cops, and have better police coverage than we now get from the city of Sacramento.

    I suspect a lot of lower-middle-class and working-class neighborhoods will form their own volunteer police forces.

    No one in the world is better at forming clubs than normal Americans!

    But what about the underclass? Do they actually have any sense of community? Or do the most vicious thugs become their "government"?

    For the last half century, I have been reading speculations by libertarians that all governmental functions can be replaced by a combination of private enterprise and community volunteers. I have always found those speculations intriguing.

    If our leftist friends are serious, they are now going to try a real live social experiment to test those speculations.

    I predict that the results will depends on social class and culture.

    Should be very informative.

    If they are serious.

    Replies: @Buzz Mohawk, @RichardTaylor, @Anonymous, @Altai, @Redneck farmer, @International Jew, @Jim Don Bob, @MBlanc46

    One does not make serious analyses of Leftist fantasies.

  52. @Buzz Mohawk
    @PhysicistDave

    “Defund the Police” is just more Dadaist nonsense.

    You could say defunding police departments would facilitate anarchy, but it will never happen. Police are a huge bloc of pensioned, salaried government workers, like teachers and firemen. They and the tax dollars we shovel at them aren't going away.

    Replies: @PhysicistDave, @International Jew, @Gabe Ruth, @MBlanc46

    That’s a slander of Dada, Buzz.

  53. @Anonymous
    @Stephen Dodge

    “Senile men with functioning penises” is probably a subject that nursing home workers could offer interesting stories about. I had a great-uncle who had what would now probably be termed early onset dementia, about whom some stories were told.

    I’m guessing Joe is no longer sexually active but who knows? I’m sure if the wife doesn’t want to be bothered the funds are there to have professionals keep him happy. Or maybe some of his hired staff accommodate him for ideological reasons or to keep a cushy job.

    In the old days that was indeed the function of many “executive secretaries” or “office managers”. They were paid well and expected to dress and act professionally in the office, and usually were at least nominally capable at doing what their title suggested. But their willingness to keep the old man happy was why they were paid. All the other women knew what was going on. The smart ones figured that way, the old lech wasn’t bothering them. My mother said that was pretty common in large smokestack companies when she was working in the mid-50s, but when she went back to work in the late 1970s it was something of the past.

    Replies: @CJ

    The phenomenon you descibe is portrayed in Billy Wilder’s great 1960 film The Apartment. A must-see if you don’t know it; the last major Hollywood movie filmed in black and white, and a great Christmas movie as well.

  54. @PhysicistDave
    @Jim Don Bob

    Jim Don Bob asked me:


    How’s your daughter, PD?
     
    Thanks for asking.

    The UCLA Dean's Office is telling her that unless she shares the info (including personal medical documents, etc.) that proves she is innocent with the person who attacked and injured her, that she cannot use the information to prove her own innocence.

    That is a very blatant (and criminal) violation of FERPA, so my daughter has filed a complaint with DoEd against UCLA and a bunch of the administrators. If they keep doing this, I'm urging her to file criminal complaints against everyone from the Chancellor to the Assistant Dean. And, eventually, if this goes on, she will have to file a civil suit that will cost UCLA a tidy sum.

    The law is pretty clear-cut, and we have a lawyer who just won a (much more difficult) case against USC, as well as a case a few years back against UC Santa Barbara. The game the crooked administrators play is to just wear down the student till the student gives in, even though the administrators know they are breaking the law. What they don't realize is that they have backed our daughter into a corner where she can't give in.

    She'll win in the end, but she has a nasty medical problem (24/7 migraines that frequently spike so as to physically incapacitate her for hours or days at a time), so she would like to just be free of this criminal harassment. She will also soon be filing an ADA complaint against UCLA and a Title IX complaint (they have clearly broken both). Hopefully, if they keep attacking her, they will end up dealing with federal regulators for the next decade or so: one good turn deserves another.

    She is pretty pissed off that all these administrators are virtue-signalling about George Floyd at the same time they are persecuting her. I won't go into that part of the UCLA insanity here, except to mention that there is an effort to destroy a prof who read MLK's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" to his class: seems that MLK is now a dangerous white supremacist!

    If our friends on the Left knew anything about history, they might want to read up on the Thermidorian Reaction.

    "Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad."

    Replies: @Thatgirl

    Has your daughter tried topirmate (topramax) for her migraines? I have had terrible migraines my entire life. I resisted taking medication because I was worried about the side effects. However, about two years, my headaches for to be almost constant so I tried topramax
    It has really been life-changing for me. Now I rarely get a migraine and, when I do, they are very mild.

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