Candidate or Stalking Horse?

Wednesday night Republican Scherie Murray appeared on Hannity’s Fox show. He heralded her as the great new hope to dethrone AOC from her Congressional seat.

She is attractive, black Jamaican and is getting a lot of publicity.

However, there was something about her that just didn’t click. Hannity overtalked her and didn’t give her much time to explain her positions. That’s nothing new. As much as Hannity tried, she never really aligned herself with President Trump’s viewpoints. She came off as enthusiastic a Republican as Jeff Flake or Justin Amash. Murray was lukewarm and it just didn’t seem sincere.

Then I ran across this article at the Conservative Treehouse:

The launch of a “republican” political challenger in NY-14 to challenge Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sherie Murray, follows a very familiar political ploy…. A fake candidate intended to protect AOC in 2020. In June of 2018 Scherie Murray was an avid AOC supporter.

In the last 36 hours you may have seen “republican” candidate Scherie Murray promoted, seemingly out of nowhere, by a variety of media platforms (social media and traditional). However, when there is an obviously coordinated effort to push a rapid high visibility roll-out; and that effort is for a singular congressional district; it is always worth doing some background research.

BEWARE – Having watched this type of political scheme for several years; and accepting people for what they do, not what they claim to be; in my opinion Murray is likely in place to protect AOC in the 2020 race. This perspective is bolstered by how the launch/roll-out was also timed and scheduled by Fox News.

Tick-Tock Hannity is a favorite political deployment tool of the Murdoch interests. [It’s not cynicism, it’s an objective, albeit annoying-to-admit, aspect.] Hannity has strong support from viewers who are republican, conservative and politically engaged. If you want to elevate a faux candidate, and shield yourself in the process, Hannity is the place to go.

Remember, these interviews are pre-scheduled. Fox producers didn’t stumble upon Scherie Murray on the first day of her campaign launch and sign her up for an interview less than twelve hours later. This was a structured, pre-planned, coordinated effort.
Is it possible that Scherie Murray was a strong activist supporter of President Obama and candidate AOC in the primary of 2018 [key note: ‘the primary‘] and then suddenly had a change of heart in 2019 after seeing AOC’s political activism in action?….

Possible, yes.

Probable, no.

A person who is engaged in the outcome of a political primary is an engaged political person. Ms. Murray likely knew exactly what AOC was about (democrat-socialism) when she was congratulating her and looking forward to what AOC would deliver.

In addition to noting how Murray is not responding to any inquiry about her prior political support and ideology…. well, just, trust your gut instinct.

No further comment needed. Moving on…

Clearly this person should be checked out before anyone sends her a check. We’ll see in the coming year just how strongly her Republican views are expressed.

Dump Networks for YouTube

What does it say about today’s television choices that I would rather watch a homemade YouTube video of Malcolm the akita – in French, not my native language – as he travels in France than I would anything on the American TV schedule?

At least he doesn’t insult my intelligence with stupid storylines that press a Social Justice Warrior philosophy, nor does he denigrate patriotism.

No, I have left the alphabet networks and even the cable channels behind.

While I, like many, used to watch the Fox News Channel through a lot of the day and night, they have not proven to be as conservative as they pretend. Don’t get stuck watching Shepherd Smith, Neil Cavuto or any of their weekend anchors as their smarty/holier than thou attitudes will raise your blood pressure.
I switched to Fox Business, which is often better, but it, too, dwells on the same story show after show. Oh for a little bit of information on international goings-on or heartland developments! Evidently nothing exists except campaign events and politics.

I like One America News, but they tend to repeat stories throughout the hour. They have the right philosophy, but are limited by the small size of their operation. Unfortunately, many people can’t even get it as Comcast appears to have a vendetta against them appearing on their network choices.

What to do?

Last night for the President’s rally, I watched it on Right Side Broadcasting on YouTube. They cover the whole rally from speakers before the Prez, to crowd lines outside to crowds inside. You get the full picture from them without any annoying commentary that purports to know the outcome of the rally.

I also watch Dan Bongino during the day. He broadcasts on YouTube around 12:30 Central time. Again, you get his opinions without the network filter and very few ads. His is one of the more popular conservative shows. He does his homework and never lets the viewer down.

Once you start watching YouTube, which means when you want, what you want and sometimes without any ads, why go back to regular TV? I like, also, that the show is not confined to any time length. It can be as long or as short as the interview takes. So much better than the 3-4 minutes Fox hosts give their guests.

There is so much to choose from as well. I have just scratched the surface so far, but there is more to watch there than the networks. Here are a few shows I recommend:

Mr. Reagan – He delves into issues and people with intelligent commentary.
Real Coffee with Scott Adams – the Dilbert creator brings a different slant to the day’s story. And, he was one of the few correct about the 2016 election.
America First – Sebastian Gorka has a variety of guests on his radio show which can be listened to on YouTube.
Glenn Beck – He also has the most important clips from his daily radio show on hand, plus a few in depth interviews
Steven Crowder – See what makes him the anathema to liberal media types
Victor Davis Hanson – He has something to say everyday
Rebel Media – It’s from Canada, but with an eye to the U.S. Their squad interviewed The Squad and broadcast their refusal to condemn Al qaeda.
The Hill – The DC newspaper has an interview show, often hosted by John Solomon
Breitbart and the Blaze have YouTube shows and so do many other conservative outlets.

These are just a few to get you going.
Fox is attempting to fight back on the obvious wave of the future with Fox Nation. But you do have to pay for it and the shows are sporadic.

A Roku device allows you to watch on your television and even some TVs now include it. Otherwise you can watch online.

Trump Channels Alinsky

Evil genius Saul Alinsky has been the brains behind most of the Democrat strategy since the 60s. His methods have been – unfortunately – highly successful.

Now President Trump, in addition to following the guidelines of The Art of War, employs Alinsky’s tactics.

Nowhere is there a better example of his strategy than “the Squad.”

Trump has followed this rule for radicals: Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. He early recognized that the Dems have to be painted in a way repugnant to most Americans. No group characterizes them better than the squad of AOC, Omar, Pressley and Tlaib. Target achieved.

He has frozen them for us as a group of out of touch, radicals who hate our country. They now cannot be separated from that image.

They have helped personalize it along the way. They take every occasion to knock him, and therefore the Americans who voted for him, in an ugly way. The loathsome foursome has spewed nothing but hate, a hate directed at patriots. It doesn’t get much more personal than to accuse us of being racists, -ists, etc. We take it personally. So we personally feel a dislike for them.

Fortunately for Trump they have polarized themselves. Take a look at this good example from the RNC:

Trump has turned the tables on the libs. And what’s even better is that they are turning on each other.

I laugh when I recall Nancy Pelosi’s daughter’s warning. She tweeted to Trump “She’ll cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding.”

Given the antics on the House floor yesterday, where Pelosi stomped off when the parliamentarian told her she was breaking the rules in attacking the president, she might want to retract that.

I might add that isn’t that the exact stereotype of the emotional woman acting unprofessionally and storming off that feminists deride? Take a look:

Hoist by their own petard?

Trumping the Democrats

I have never been one joining the chorus of lamentations concerning Trump’s tweeting.

It has not offended me. It has been a breath of fresh freedom of speech. Let the man express himself. He’s about the only conservative in the land who has the courage to do it in the face of social media’s prudishness about right leaning thought. (Reddit even shut down its popular America First! blog because it is supporters of The Donald, while blogger Carpe Donktum faces doxxing of himself and his whole family.)

So tweet on Mr. President.

This weekend’s uproar over his tweet concerning the Squad (AOC, Ilan Omar and socialist crew) was just annoying political correctness. Trump pointed out what we all think about the four women. When Mitt the RINO Romney objects to something Trump does, you know Trump is right, by the way.

Here’s a very good account of what Trump has actually done and, yes, it’s brilliant. Scott Mckay writes this pieceat the American Spectator. The only caveat is McKay fails to realize that Trump is also challenging Twitter and standing up for free speech. Can you imagine the uproar if Twitter condemned his tweet and didn’t allow him this platform? They’d love to, but don’t dare – yet.

I’ll admit something I shouldn’t have to, as regular readers of this space already know it, but I’m sometimes a little slow to catch on to the ways of America’s 45th president.

After all, back in the 2016 GOP primary cycle I was a Ted Cruz guy. Cruz was the most aggressive conservative playing within the bounds of “acceptable” politics, and I figured that was the best chance to stop the nation’s cultural and political rot and correct the ship of state’s dangerous list to the left.

But along came Donald Trump, who chewed the cover off the political rulebook and proceeded to rip out its pages with which to wipe his rear end. It turned out that Trump’s methods, Kurtzian though they might be, ended up being more effective than anything on the political market.

Surely, there are still those who, like Capt. Benjamin L. Willard, see no evidence of method at all. I can sympathize, to a point.

For example, I didn’t initially buy into this business about how Trump’s often-unorthodox tweets and actions are part of a political 3D chess game he’s playing while the rest of the country is playing checkers.

But I do now.

I could go through a lengthy punchlist of examples of Trump statements and moves that prove the 3D chess theory, but that would dramatically overtake the space this column has to offer. Instead, let’s just talk about this weekend’s flare-up over the president’s Twitter outburst aimed at The Squad — the four idiot freshman Democrat congresswomen, led by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, who have spent their time as elected officials offering one inappropriate and stupid anti-American outburst after another.

Trump didn’t initially name any of the four. He didn’t talk about Omar or Ocasio-Cortez, and he didn’t talk about Ayana Pressley or Rashida Tlaib.

Instead he referred to “Progressive” Democratic congresswomen, and then noted that they “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

This was decried by all the Usual Suspects as an abjectly racist statement, a response that Trump certainly anticipated and couldn’t care less about. Even some weak-kneed Republicans thrashed about in paroxysms of self-righteousness about how Trump could possibly be so bigoted and insensitive in calling out The Squad. After all, three of the four were born in this country!

But Omar wasn’t.

Omar is from Somalia. Omar is quite possibly here in this country after having committed immigration fraud. There has been a quite credible, perhaps even convincing, case made that Ilhan Omar married her biological brother in furtherance of that immigration fraud. And Ilhan Omar has not stopped making incendiary anti-American and pro-Muslim Brotherhood statements since she entered public life.

Absolutely everything Trump said in his tweets applies perfectly and without stipulation to Ilhan Omar.

The fact that he didn’t use her name meant that our political betters immediately assumed he was also talking about Pressley, Tlaib and Ocasio-Cortez.

Which bothered Trump not one bit.

And here is why. All last week House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was engaged in an aggressive campaign to shut The Squad up before they tore the Democrat caucus apart with their never-ending idiotic and vitriolic remarks. And why would Pelosi want to do that?

Paul Mirengoff at Power Line pointed out why. AOC and Omar, particularly, are becoming two of the best-known members of Pelosi’s caucus, and they are both becoming absolutely radioactive. To wit …

A May poll reportedly found that Ocasio-Cortez is profoundly unpopular in congressional districts throughout America. More than 74 percent of those surveyed recognized her name. Only 22 percent had a favorable view of her.

Ilhan Omar fared even worse. She was recognized by 53 percent, with only 9 percent holding a favorable view. Socialism was viewed favorably by 18 percent and unfavorably by 69 percent.

Chris White of the Daily Caller says Democratic leaders are concerned that with all the publicity Ocasio-Cortez and Omar generate, the party might lose the House. Ocasio-Cortez “is getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races,” one operative fretted.

Mirengoff wasn’t convinced that AOC and Omar would have that kind of effect on House races in swing districts. The guess here is that Trump and his brain trust shared that view. But on Sunday, an internal Democrat poll of swing districts leaked that shows Mirengoff, and perhaps Trump, might be wrong …

The poll showed that socialist Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) are extremely unpopular and that they may cost the Democratic Party the presidency and the House in 2020.

“Ocasio-Cortez was recognized by 74% of voters in the poll; 22% had a favorable view,” Axios reported. “Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota — another member of The Squad — was recognized by 53% of the voters; 9% (not a typo) had a favorable view. …

“Socialism was viewed favorably by 18% of the voters and unfavorably by 69%,” Axios added, whereas “capitalism was 56% favorable; 32% unfavorable.”

The firm that conducted the poll gave the results to Axios on the condition that it not be named because it works “with all parts of the party.”

A top Democrat involved in the 2020 congressional races told Axios, “If all voters hear about is AOC, it could put the [House] majority at risk. [S]he’s getting all the news and defining everyone else’s races. Socialism is toxic to these voters.”

So what do you do if you want to ensure Omar and AOC poison those so-called moderate Democrats who won those swing House districts last year?

You force Pelosi into bed with them.

Which is precisely what Trump has done.

The Democrat leadership immediately, reflexively, lined up behind The Squad after an entire week of slapping them down. Al Green, a Democratic congressman from the slums of Houston, is now attempting to use Trump’s tweets as a fresh justification for impeachment, which is all Al Green does in Congress. There will be a House resolution condemning the president’s comments as racist, on which Pelosi has put her stamp of approval, and another seeking to formally censure Trump.

All of this is precisely what Trump wanted. And he proved it by doubling and then tripling down on his statements Monday, first unleashing a new set of tweets mostly quoting Lindsey Graham, who had partially rebuked the president for getting too personal about The Squad in his complaints, and then popping off in a Rose Garden press avail with comments directly eviscerating Omar in a way I can’t remember ever having seen a president do to a member of Congress. Which was glorious, by the way, and if you haven’t seen the video you owe it to yourself to watch it.

Don’t think for one second that Trump doesn’t absolutely love this fight. He is a pig in slop at this point. Trump will continue forcing Pelosi and her leadership team into bed with The Squad from here all the way to Election Day, and when he’s through he won’t just win reelection in a landslide but he’ll also take away every single one of those swing districts.

And Pelosi is either too reflexively anti-Trump or has too weak a hold on her caucus to counter him.

The smart play for Pelosi would have been to run for the hills and let Trump eviscerate Omar and AOC, knowing that neither of them would shut up amid his attacks. She could have acted like the sober adult in the room, letting the two sides bloody each other before riding in as an honest broker to seek peace. But Pelosi obviously was too afraid of The Squad not to show support for them, and now the public sees her in lock-step with people whom Lindsey Graham with good reason has called communists and who not just Trump has noticed are distinctly anti-American in their worldview.

And at what cost? That Trump was called racist?

Again? Hasn’t he been called a racist daily for four years?

One final thing about that. Omar is from Somalia, and people from Africa will tell you they tend to make fun of Somalis for the precise reason Trump has trashed Omar. There may be some competition for the prize, but Somalia is the most dysfunctional country in Africa, if not the world.

So by saying Trump is a racist for trashing Omar’s Somali roots, you’re functionally saying that all of Africa is a miserable, dysfunctional place on Somalia’s level. Because Omar is black, as are the rest of the (at least sub-Saharan) Africans.

And if you’re saying that, who’s the racist here? Is it Trump, who calls out Omar for being from the worst country on Earth, or you, for implying an entire continent is dysfunctional?

The bet here is most of the country, and not just the Republicans, are very, very tired of the race card being played ad nauseam — to such an extent that one is not allowed to call out demagogues for anti-American rhetoric simply because they might be people of color.

And the Democrats have cried wolf far too often where Trump the Supposed Racist is concerned. Trump actually has a higher approval rating among black voters than any Republican president in memory.

So here’s a parting question: how many of those black voters will be swayed by this latest round of Trump the Racist pleadings when the evidence for it is his treatment of Ilhan Omar? Put another way, how many black voters do you really think are itching to line up behind Omar as the avatar for black people in America?

Or, if you like, AOC as the avatar for Hispanic voters?

Because that’s what this Trump the Racist meme amounts to.

Again, none of this bothers the president in the least little bit. He is getting everything he wants out of this imbroglio — and paying absolutely nothing for it.

That, friends, is how political 3D chess is played.

Kavanaugh Book a Good Read

This book about the Kavanaugh confirmation rocketed to No. 1 on Amazon the first day. You might not know it because it has almost no publicity. Most networks have ignored it.

Yet somehow it has managed to hit No. 1. Tells me a lot of people on our side are active and involved. We want to know all the facts about what are overseeing government masters are doing.

I wanted to know, too, so I got the book on kindle and immediately began reading it.

It’s one you don’t want to put down, even though you know the outcome and remember the disgusting happenings of last autumn.

Hemingway and Severino are forthright in the telling of Kavanaugh’s story. It is gripping. Some interesting things come to light. I was surprised at how involved President Bush 43 was in all the goings on. Perhaps not surprising since Kavanaugh worked with him in the White House. Still, W didn’t bat an eye when Obama was in office and refused to defend Republicans and his own policies then. The Bush people urged Kavanaugh to be emotionless about the attacks. They were just as obtuse politically with him as they were when Bush was president and never defended himself or our side.
Fortunately, Kavanaugh didn’t follow their strategy.

The authors don’t shy from showing how unbelievably devious the Democrats were in pushing Blasey Ford’s rape narrative. There wasn’t any barrier of decency they wouldn’t jump over.
Same with the media. The liberal networks and newspapers refused to ask any questions that might help Kavanaugh. They swallowed the accusers’ accusations enthusiastically. They brushed off anyone who came forward with information that might exonerate the future Justice. For a kick, read the predictions the lame cable hosts made about Kavanaugh’s future. Then apply it to current events. If you ever doubt it, it is proof that they don’t know what they’re talking about and make up whatever suits their narrative.

It was scary to read how intimidated Kavanaugh friends and supporters were. Many refused to help him because they feared retaliation. What does this say about the climate of fear in DC and the shallow character of today’s citizens?

Ultimately, Hemingway and Severino list 5 reasons why Kavanaugh prevailed. First, President Trump supported the conservative judicial network and Kavanaugh. Second, Republicans controlled the Senate. Third, “an array of organizations made the confirmation of originalist judges a priority.” Hemingway writes for the Federalist and Severino is with the Judicial Crisis network. They and others were essential in advice and help. Then the authors credit new media outlets that challenged the old ones. Finally, they say conservative American citizens rallied behind candidates.

This book will be a good reminder to those same people on the necessity of getting involved and supporting fellow conservatives. Give it a try.

Your John Hancock Needed

If you think, as I do, that Justice Roberts’ decision not to allow a citizenship question on the upcoming census beggars all logic, rationality and fairness, you are not alone.

The White House is exploring ways to correct this egregious example of justice gone wild and rogue. They want to hear from patriots.

An official White House petition has been created that you can sign by clicking, adding your name and email address, and then responding to a confirmation email.

The URL for the page where you can sign is here:

No Stars, Just Stripes at Parade

My family has attended the Central Gardens annual 4th of July parade for the past thirty years. In that time period it has grown in number of participants. There are more children in it, more dogs and more elaborate decoration of small vehicles. There is plenty of laughter and fun.

This year, though, I noticed a difference. Actually, it has been an incremental one in the past few years. In times past, children and adults dressed up as Uncle Sam, Abe Lincoln, George Washington, Betsy Ross, Ben Franklin and other icons of American history.

This year? I saw one Uncle Sam. No heroes. No stars of the American historical firmament.

Instead, lots of red white and blue ribbon, sparkly things, bunting, red and white bandanas. Nobody was anyone or anything.

Could it be that the millennial parents are too woke to see the grandeur of our history? Are people afraid to align themselves with the Founders because they were imperfect people?

I fear so. The indoctrination of young people to think only of the injustices are nation has experienced – the striped backs of whipped slaves and of inequality – has led that generation to deny we’ve had any heroes. Ever.

What a sad development!

Do the young people today think they are perfect? No country and no person except Jesus has ever been perfect. None ever will be perfect. If you are searching for that Utopia on this level of existence, you’ll never achieve it. The best you can do is strive.

Our country has always striven to be better. It will continue to try to be better. That’s one quality that distinguishes it from others.

But let’s not sacrifice our heroes and our achievements because of our imperfections. Sadly, this movement is not yet over.

How the NYT Celebrates 4th

We get no break from the hate America crowd even on the 4th of July.
Here’s the New York Times attempting to make that point:

There “facts” are not backed up, to begin with. Looks like they relied on liberal polls and analyses for “facts.” Whenever you use movie clips and cartoons to illustrate your point, that might suggest it is subjective, not factual.
Is it a bad thing that people spend a lot of health care? Or does it mean that we have so many more remedies for patients that we can achieve survival rates much better than other countries? Why do so many Canadians reject their system and travel here for medical treatment?

Bottom question to ask yourself is if it’s really that bad why are people risking their lives to come here?

Shame on the New York Times for such dissembling. They should be ashamed, but truth has not been a barrier for their reporters and opinion writers.

However, they weren’t done. Today they published this op-ed. It’s headlined “Let Trump Have His Birthday Party for America

And let us all ignore it.” The writer is Alex Kingsbury:

resident Trump’s Fourth of July extravaganza has already achieved what was surely one of its central aims: irritating his opponents.

That helps explain the mainlining of partisan politics into a traditionally apolitical celebration of the nation’s founding. And why taxpayers are footing the bill for a military review inspired by a French parade that caught the president’s fancy. And why the military, one of the nation’s most trusted nonpartisan institutions, has been cast as the Greek chorus for Mr. Trump’s performance.

Yet for all the norm-shattering brazenness, there’s a good argument for checking the outrage and letting the show, complete with flyovers and armored vehicles, buckle under the weight of its own absurdities and contradictions.

Consider the incongruity of a president surrounding himself with military leaders and their hardware while his most recent global power moves include boldly walking into North Korea with his hand extended (two years after threatening to rain down “fire and fury” on the country) and wisely calling off airstrikes against Iran.

And there’s little to add to the fact that the 60-ton (stationary) tanks that he’s called for at the event would rupture the roads had they been driven down the streets of the capital. (Where’s Infrastructure Week when you need it?)

Undeterred, Mr. Trump has thrown himself into the planning of the event with the sort of gusto that he can’t seem to muster for briefing papers longer than a single page — and certainly with more gusto than he mustered for his own military service.

And while Mr. Trump promised reporters in the Oval Office on Monday “brand-new Sherman tanks,” it was probably just a slip of the tongue. The model of tank that helped liberate Europe from the Nazis hasn’t seen service in the United States military since the Korean War. Still, it would be interesting to include the vehicles, named after William Tecumseh Sherman, the general who led the brutal march through Georgia to help smother the slave states’ war of insurrection.

A memorial to the man who ordered General Sherman to wage a war without mercy, Abraham Lincoln, will be the backdrop for the president’s nationally televised address on Thursday at the Independence Day observance, christened a “Salute to America.” It will be interesting to see if any Confederate battle flags are in the audience, as is common at Trump rallies.

This is all on brand for him: co-opting the honorable traditions of the armed forces for political pageantry. But the president’s political opponents would be wise to keep their powder dry.

After all, the men and women in uniform are bound to follow orders, even if that means piloting a jet over the Lincoln Memorial just to tousle the commander in chief’s coiffure.

The answer to political spectacle is to not give it too much weight.

The power of America’s national monuments is that they are shared projects that outlast temporal politics. They are the sum of many acts and the products of political disagreements. They are a common heritage that no political movement, whether honorable or noxious, holds a monopoly on forever.

“HOLD THE DATE! We will be having one of the biggest gatherings in the history of Washington, D.C., on July 4th,” Mr. Trump tweeted in February. “Major fireworks display, entertainment and an address by your favorite President, me!”

Mr. Trump has many foes and many supporters, just as President Lincoln had in his time. The convictions of any given moment are for scales of history to weigh.

And after Mr. Trump’s guests leave the National Mall, it will be cleared and readied for the next chapter of history to be written there.

“It is important that we celebrate our armed forces, but the Fourth of July should be reserved to celebrate the software of our democratic ideals and freedoms, not the hardware of the world’s finest military,” George Little, a former Pentagon and C.I.A. spokesman, told the website Task & Purpose this week.

Maybe. But America has the capacity for both.

So fear not the flyover. The contrails of the warplanes will fade with the wind. President Trump can have his star-spangled show and preach to his choir.

The rest of us have the hard-won freedom to change the channel if we wish.


Crime Hits Home

Every election year politicians promise to curb the crime that rages like a California wildfire through our city.

Every time after an election nothing happens and criminals still roam and stalk our citizens. We’re a long way from the days when Memphians didn’t even lock their doors. Now you lock your door, turn on an alarm system, protect your car with a gate, carry pepper spray, hire Phelps to tour the streets and watch your surroundings even when you take a neighborhood walk.

Cooper Young has seen a lot of crime recently. One resident wrote on Nextdoor of her attempted kidnapping. She wrote, “Hello my wonderful supportive neighbors! I think a lot of you know my story, but if not my name is Maria and I was kidnapped and escaped in Cooper Young on June 5th. Since then our neighborhood and our surrounding neighbors have been plagued with an ugly crime wave of:

“MANY Armed robberies/muggings with pistol whippings, 2 MORE attempted KIDNAPPINGS (IN CY), ARMED Car Jackings, Back yard invasions, front porch package stealing, car thefts, burglary of car contents, nightly gun shots, 1 attempted rape, ETC.
“You ALL know what’s been happening. I don’t need to say more.

“Anywho…I’m not trying to be the poster child of this BS, but a reporter reached out and accidentally found me tonight. I agreed to another interview, because I promised that I was gonna do whatever I can to change this. This interview will be on ABC 24 tonight @ 10pm”

Here it is:

The victim added, “I am so sorry, I meant to include the murder of our esteemed neighbor that happened on Poplar in the church parking lot, but thought it needed a separate paragraph.

“These crimes are UNACCEPTABLE. I pray my interview conveys this to our Mayor, Police Department and our City Councilmen and women.
“I said SO MUCH MORE, but I guess the edited for time.”

If you notice in the Channel 24 story, she says “We need people to take action right now.” There was more, but it was cut off. Looks like the station did not want to hear her criticize politicians.

San Fran Now Paradise Lost

The millennials’ dream of paradise – filled with e scooters, trendy restaurants, Uber, big salaries and hi tech turns out to be – well, a “sh-t hole” to use a phrase.

Literally one if you take a tour around their preeminent city, San Fransisco.

I didn’t make up the phrase San Fransicko – alas – but it seems to fit. No lesser a liberal rag than Britain’s Guardian finds things are going down the toilet fast for these residents.

When you read the story by Julie Wong, you wonder if it’s a parody. No, it’s the real thing. It opens:

“It was a beautiful winter day in San Francisco, and Zoe was grooving to the soundtrack of the roller-skating musical Xanadu as she rode an e-scooter to work. The 29-year-old tech worker had just passed the Uber building when, without warning, a homeless man jumped into the bike lane with his dog, blocking her path.

“She slammed on the brakes, flew four feet into the air and landed on the pavement, bleeding. ‘It was one of those hardening moments where I was like, Even I am being affected,’ she recalled.

“It should be noted that Zoe, who asked not to be identified by her real name because she was not authorized by her employer to speak to the press, is not the stereotypical tech bro who moves to San Francisco for a job and immediately starts complaining about the city’s dire homelessness crisis. She arrived in 2007 to study at San Francisco State University and had a career in the arts before attending a coding bootcamp and landing a job at a major tech company.

“But the fall and other incidents, including getting mugged and having her phone stolen, have all contributed to her growing sense of insecurity in the area. She told the Guardian the tale of her scoot, interrupted, because she said it was a perfect example of her own – and perhaps the broader community of tech workers’ – increasingly hate-hate relationship with San Francisco. ‘This guy needed services to help him,’ she said of the man who caused her to fall, ‘and we all suffer because of the issues that are not being addressed.’

“A quarter of a century after the first dot-com boom, the battle for San Francisco’s soul is over and the tech industry has won. But what happens when the victors realize they don’t particularly like the spoils?

“Tech workers are increasingly vocal about their discontent with the city they fought so hard to conquer. In May, the median market rent for a one-bedroom apartment reached an all-time high of $3,700 a month, according to the rental site Zumper. Meanwhile, the city saw a 17% increase in its homeless population between 2017 and 2019, and residents complain of visible drug usage, fear of crime and dirty streets. Even Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce and a San Francisco native who has long urged comity between the techies and the city, has taken to calling his hometown a ‘train wreck’.

“For Zoe, the newfound financial security from working in tech does not counterbalance a constant sense of being unsafe in the city. She now earns three to four times more than when she was a starving artist, but she says she is terrified to walk at night. She no longer rides scooters and says she feels “triggered” when she sees them around the city. She takes Ubers everywhere after dark and asks drivers to watch to make sure she gets inside her apartment building.

“’Mark Zuckerberg lives nearby, but our corner is the main prostitution corner in the city,’ she said of the Mission District apartment she shares with her boyfriend. ‘There’s condoms and syringes. It’s absolutely crazy with how much we pay for rent … It’s tough, because we work in tech, but we ask ourselves every day if we should move.’”

Imagine that. Liberal beliefs, liberal practices and liberal politics do not make the Utopia many young people expect.

And look here; tech titan Google does not practice what it endorses, nor does government. The piece continues:

“It’s a striking contrast from just five years ago, when tech workers showed up in force at San Francisco City Hall to declare their love and respect for a city that was not exactly loving them back. “I am so proud to live in San Francisco and be a part of this community,” Google employees were instructed to say, as a preface to their remarks at a January 2014 hearing before the local transportation authority, according to a leaked company memo.

“That hearing was one of several pivotal moments in recent San Francisco history when public officials could have used the city’s legislative or regulatory powers to force the tech industry to contribute more to public services, but chose not to. Such inflection points (which also include a controversial 2011 tax break for Twitter and a failed attempt at a “tech tax” in 2016) highlight the complicated relationship between the city government and an industry that has brought untold wealth and jobs, but has arguably failed to pay its fair share – while treating the city as a petri dish for disruptive innovations (think Uber, Airbnb and self-driving cars) by ignoring regulations.”

Ms. Wong continues:

“The arguments against San Francisco are manifold: it’s too expensive even for people making six-figure salaries, it’s dangerous and depressingly unequal, and, increasingly, it’s kind of boring. A frequent refrain among the more than a dozen tech workers who spoke to the Guardian for this article was that it is not so much the presence of have-nots that is ruining their experience of San Francisco, but an overabundance of haves…

“’I feel like San Francisco is between Seattle and New York, but rather than the best of both, it’s the worst of both,’ said Beth, a 24-year-old product manager who asked not to be identified by her real name. Beth moved to the city directly after graduating from Stanford to work at a major tech company, but recently transferred to Seattle. ‘Everyone I met was only interested in their jobs, and their jobs weren’t very interesting,’ she said of her time in San Francisco. ‘I get it, you’re a developer for Uber, I’ve met a million of you.’”

Where is the beloved diversity liberals eschew? Maybe when you have only one way of thinking, it doesn’t bring the diversity you supposedly crave.

Here’s an interesting thought. San Francisco’s last Republican mayor left office in 1964. Coincidence?

It looks like tech isn’t planning on keeping their lifestyle just to San Fran. Don’t plan on moving to Austin, Zoe. Looks like it’s headed that way, too.

Maybe it’s time for a little reevaluation. Can’t come soon enough.