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September 16, 2019
An Interview with The Trayvon Hoax Director Joel Gilbert
By Jack Cashill
Hollywood film director Joel Gilbert will hold a press conference and film screening today, September 16, at 1 PM at the National Press Club in Washington, DC for his new film and book, The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America. The public is invited to the event. Last week I spoke with Gilbert to get a deeper insight into what I believe is the most substantial work of investigative reporting by an individual journalist in recent memory.

Cashill: What effect did the Zimmerman trial have on America?

Gilbert: The Zimmerman trial literally divided America. Prior to the trial in 2013, both blacks and whites rated race relations as positive. These numbers have been negative ever since. The trial spawned Black Lives Matter and subsequently the Ferguson Effect, a crime disaster for black neighborhoods with homicides up 33 percent nationwide. Also, the modern era of fake news and race hoaxes took wing with this case.

Cashill: What is The Trayvon Hoax?

Gilbert: The Trayvon Hoax is two things. It’s the story of how a real phone witness to Trayvon Martin's final minutes was switched for a fake witness. The Trayvon Hoax is also the name I give to the hoax the media play on black Americans every day: that blacks should vote Democrat to protect themselves from a racist America where whites want to harm them because of their skin color.



Cashill: Why didn't the media figure out that Rachel Jeantel was a fraudulent witness?

Gilbert: In 2012, the media wanted to turn out black voters for Obama's reelection. They all went with the race-fueled narrative that a white racist shot a smallish black child who was just trying to get home with Skittles and iced tea. Accordingly, the media made no effort to investigate Rachel Jeantel's credibility, even though she admitted on the witness stand lying about her name, her age, and hospitalization.

Cashill: What's the story of Trayvon's real girlfriend, Diamond Eugene?

Gilbert: Brittany Diamond Eugene was on the phone with Trayvon in his final minutes. She was only 16 at the time and tried very hard to just disappear. However, she faced enormous pressure to come forward from Trayvon's friends, parents, and their family Attorney Benjamin Crump. Crump even admitted to Court TV, "We pushed her making a statement." When Diamond finally acquiesced to a recorded phone interview, she mostly replied to Crump in the affirmative and repeated back his "Skittles and Iced Tea" narrative she'd heard on TV. Then Diamond disappeared again, and 18-year-old Rachel Jeantel was substituted for Diamond. When I met Diamond, she impressed me as a good person who made some terrible decisions, at only 16, under incredible pressure.

Cashill: What did your investigation consist of?

Gilbert: It entailed much painstaking research into public documents, as well as visits to Miami high schools, Little Haiti, Florida State University, and Sanford, Florida, where the shooting took place. To find Diamond, I had to immerse myself into Miami’s urban youth culture, a culture that thrives on some mix of sex, texting, clubbing, shopping, drugs, gangs, and social media. Most importantly, I came to understand Diamond Eugene’s particular Haitian-American milieu. It featured its own unscrupulous subspecialty: identity switching.

Cashill: What did your research reveal about Trayvon Martin?

Gilbert: I concluded that Trayvon was neither the future rocket scientist the media made him out to be, nor was he a thug. Trayvon was a good kid with many friends and family that loved him. However, he was also a very troubled teenager. I came to see Trayvon’s life as a series of betrayals, one more crushing than the next. His pain played out in reckless behaviors such as fighting, gun dealing, and heavy marijuana use. For the first time, Trayvon's last words are revealed in my film. He requested of Zimmerman "Tell Mama 'Licia I'm sorry," referring to his stepmother Alicia Stanley. This final request explains much about his life.

Cashill: Why didn't Zimmerman's attorneys uncover Rachel Jeantel as a fake witness?

Gilbert: Don West and Mark O'Mara simply didn't have enough time because Florida prosecutors withheld much of the evidence until just before the trial. In fact, Zimmerman's attorneys had to spend two thirds of their time in court fighting to get discovery. Meanwhile, the prosecutors had all the documents I had for over a year, plus subpoena powers! If I could figure it out in a few months, why didn't they? Or maybe they did?

Cashill: How do you feel about Rachel Jeantel's role in the case?

Gilbert: Pretending to be someone else in a murder trial is extremely serious. Early on, though, Rachel demonstrated a good conscience. After lying her way through her first interview, she pleaded with prosecutors, telling them six times she felt "real guilty" and twice declaring, "I AIN'T KNOW ABOUT IT!" They wouldn't listen. At the time, Rachel was an 18-year-old ninth grader who was reading on a 4th grade level. She suffered PTSD as a result of the trial. I believe Rachel Jeantel and Diamond Eugene are less to blame than the adults who knew about the witness fraud and allowed the trial to proceed anyway.

Cashill: With your revelations, what is the real legacy of Trayvon Martin?

Gilbert: Trayvon's legacy was stolen by left wing activists, politicians, and the media to advance their particular agenda. Trayvon's father leaving his beloved stepmother "Mama 'Licia" was the tipping point for Trayvon. Trayvon's true legacy is in fact a teachable moment -- that the problem for black youth is not armed white men in the streets, rather it’s the absence of strong black men in the home to guide them away from drugs, guns, and gangs.

Cashill: What should happen now to heal the divisions caused by this hoax?

Gilbert: Diamond Eugene and Rachel Jeantel should come forward and tell the truth. And all those adults who knew about the witness switch, and that includes Trayvon's mother Sybrina Fulton, need to come clean, too. Black Lives Matter, according to their website, was formed in response to the Trayvon Martin shooting. They might consider calling it quits. Also, Democrat politicians and their media allies should start emphasizing what we as Americans have in common, rather than dividing us by skin tone for their political agendas. Oh yeah, and if they’ll have him, Colin Kaepernick should rejoin the 49ers.

Cashill: What is the main lesson of The Trayvon Hoax that you want people to take away?

Gilbert: America got played by an epic race hoax that divided us for no reason. Americans are all brothers. Black and white, we are all brothers. My hope is to show how politicians and the media used Trayvon Martin's tragic death to tear us apart, when our true aspiration has always been to come together as one nation.
 
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The Complete Evergreen Story ep. 13: College president needs to pee but is told to ‘Hold it’ by student protester

JOHN SEXTON Posted at 7:01 pm on September 21, 2019

Episode 12 left off with student protesters swarming into the administrative building and ordering deans and administrators into President George Bridges’ office so they could immediately take action on the students’ demands. In this episode, a rumor spreads that the campus police are coming and the protesters begin piling furniture in front of the doors to keep the cops out.










What the protesters don’t know is that President Bridges has already ordered the police (the campus police force had six officers in all) to stand down. So no one is coming. In any case, the students’ plans to resist a police siege are interrupted by an admissions officer who begins shouting loudly in the hallway about what the students are doing. “Use your frickin’ brains. This ain’t doing nothing…You want to block the freaking doors. This ain’t changing nothing.” The man seems to be having a meltdown.

At the same time, professors are being held in the building by protesters who keep trying to guilt them into caring about whatever issues the students have. Some mobs of students are also stopping cars and deciding who is allowed on and off the campus. It’s an instant police state.

But the main goal is still to force the top administrators to sign off on the list of demands. Protest leader Jamil went into President Bridges’ office and asked if anyone needed anything. Bridges replied, “Jamil, I need to pee.”






“Hold it,” Jamil replied. The students are playing at controlling the campus and the administration is playing along. There’s a long scene near the end of this clip that explains why. A group of teachers holding a teacher appreciation day with cake find themselves being admonished by the protesters for not showing enough support for the cause. “Didn’t you educated us on how to do sh*t like this?” one student protester said. She seemed genuinely confused. The protesters really were doing exactly what they’ve been programmed to do by the far left faculty. Why wasn’t the faculty joining in?






This episode wraps up with Jonathan Haidt, author of The Coddling of the American Mind, comparing two views of what education should be, one based on J.S. Mill and one based on Karl Marx. “If we imagine a university based upon a more Marxist approach to intellectual life, it’s going to look extremely different,” Haidt said. You can probably guess which one Evergreen is modeling.
 
VIDEO. Antifa Goons Get Thrashed By Federal Protective Service As They Attack An ICE Facility

Posted at 8:33 pm on September 21, 2019 by streiff




Yesterday, a couple of thousand people showed up in Portland for the Climate Strike. This was a coordinated worldwide event in which the least educated and most credulous among us demanded that the rest of us join them in moving society back to the Stone Age. [Every once in a while I muse over just how few of the Michael Mann types would survive in the society they are trying to create where there would be no major income streams of grant money, they would have to actually work to survive, and we might be inclined to hunt them for sport.]


As you know, you can’t have a demonstration in Portland without antifa or bloc or whatever they are calling themselves. So, naturally, they set out to attack the DHS/ICE facility in Portland. That’s when they found out that they weren’t opposed by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s ineffectual and anarchist-sympathetic police force but by people who took their duties and responsibilities seriously.


It is really a shame that no one has yet identified the noxious little toad who appears at 0:23 because it would be a service to the nation to treat him the way that CNN treats a meme maker.





Not surprisingly, these clowns are major league p***ies when they aren’t hitting people from behind with bicycle locks




What sniveling little b****es they are.

If more police forces aggressively confronted this nonsense…and more prosecutors took this nascent terrorism seriously and started charging felonies…this crap would cease. As it is, it is pretty inevitable that eventually one of these clashes is going to turn deadly and leave some of these cretins dead and we’ll have to pretend that we are sad or something.


 
VIDEO. Antifa Goons Get Thrashed By Federal Protective Service As They Attack An ICE Facility

Posted at 8:33 pm on September 21, 2019 by streiff




Yesterday, a couple of thousand people showed up in Portland for the Climate Strike. This was a coordinated worldwide event in which the least educated and most credulous among us demanded that the rest of us join them in moving society back to the Stone Age. [Every once in a while I muse over just how few of the Michael Mann types would survive in the society they are trying to create where there would be no major income streams of grant money, they would have to actually work to survive, and we might be inclined to hunt them for sport.]


As you know, you can’t have a demonstration in Portland without antifa or bloc or whatever they are calling themselves. So, naturally, they set out to attack the DHS/ICE facility in Portland. That’s when they found out that they weren’t opposed by Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler’s ineffectual and anarchist-sympathetic police force but by people who took their duties and responsibilities seriously.


It is really a shame that no one has yet identified the noxious little toad who appears at 0:23 because it would be a service to the nation to treat him the way that CNN treats a meme maker.





Not surprisingly, these clowns are major league p***ies when they aren’t hitting people from behind with bicycle locks




What sniveling little b****es they are.

If more police forces aggressively confronted this nonsense…and more prosecutors took this nascent terrorism seriously and started charging felonies…this crap would cease. As it is, it is pretty inevitable that eventually one of these clashes is going to turn deadly and leave some of these cretins dead and we’ll have to pretend that we are sad or something.

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September 23, 2019
Fatherlessness, not racism, is the root of the problem
By Silvio Canto, Jr.
Something awful is happening in black America, something that no politician peddling "hope and change" or reparations can fix.

Linda Chavez quotes Jason Riley's book Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed and some statistics that the left can no longer explain by playing the "race card":

In 2012, blacks made up 38.5 percent of all persons arrested for violent crimes and 51.5 percent of those under 18 arrested for such crimes, but they constituted only 13 percent of the population.

And even accounting for the possibility or likelihood of bias in arrests, the conviction rates are similarly stark. One Bureau of Justice Statistics study from 2002 concluded that when the race of the person committing homicide was known, blacks committed 51 percent of homicides.

Riley’s book discusses why these depressing statistics stem not simply from poverty or prejudice, but from cultural changes that have occurred in the black community and the unintended consequences of liberal efforts to blame everything on poverty and prejudice.

Much of Riley’s discussion has to do with what has happened to black culture. He describes the pernicious effect of even middle-class black youngsters eschewing proper diction and devotion to schoolwork...

But, of course, the major problem in the black community that accounts for so much of the disparity in achievement and criminal behavior is that more than seven in 10 black children are born to single women and will spend much of their lives with no father present.

If we want to have an honest conversation about race, we need to begin here. Riley is not afraid to confront this issue or any other.

As the conversation on race in America continues, let’s hope his voice gets a hearing."

Yes, let's have an honest conversation about black young men growing up without fathers in the inner cities of America.

"Fatherlessness" is the root of the problem in our inner cities!

Of course, we can not erase or overlook the reality that young black men were mistreated by police in the past. That was then and this is now..

Something very bad is happening in our inner cities and it has nothing to do with racism!
 

September 23, 2019
Fatherlessness, not racism, is the root of the problem
By Silvio Canto, Jr.
Something awful is happening in black America, something that no politician peddling "hope and change" or reparations can fix.

Linda Chavez quotes Jason Riley's book Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed and some statistics that the left can no longer explain by playing the "race card":

In 2012, blacks made up 38.5 percent of all persons arrested for violent crimes and 51.5 percent of those under 18 arrested for such crimes, but they constituted only 13 percent of the population.

And even accounting for the possibility or likelihood of bias in arrests, the conviction rates are similarly stark. One Bureau of Justice Statistics study from 2002 concluded that when the race of the person committing homicide was known, blacks committed 51 percent of homicides.

Riley’s book discusses why these depressing statistics stem not simply from poverty or prejudice, but from cultural changes that have occurred in the black community and the unintended consequences of liberal efforts to blame everything on poverty and prejudice.

Much of Riley’s discussion has to do with what has happened to black culture. He describes the pernicious effect of even middle-class black youngsters eschewing proper diction and devotion to schoolwork...

But, of course, the major problem in the black community that accounts for so much of the disparity in achievement and criminal behavior is that more than seven in 10 black children are born to single women and will spend much of their lives with no father present.

If we want to have an honest conversation about race, we need to begin here. Riley is not afraid to confront this issue or any other.

As the conversation on race in America continues, let’s hope his voice gets a hearing."

Yes, let's have an honest conversation about black young men growing up without fathers in the inner cities of America.

"Fatherlessness" is the root of the problem in our inner cities!

Of course, we can not erase or overlook the reality that young black men were mistreated by police in the past. That was then and this is now..

Something very bad is happening in our inner cities and it has nothing to do with racism!
Again... the libs on this forum are never going to acknowledge this because it would go against their false narrative. Really sick when you think about it... they value votes over the truth.
 
Ain’t Ca great?

California shocked to find bill decriminalizing retail theft resulted in… more retail theft

JAZZ SHAW Posted at 8:01 am on September 26, 2019

A few years ago, California passed one in a series of bills aimed at emptying the jails and prisons. Proposition 47 carried the disingenuous name of “the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act and its stated purpose was to keep non-violent offenders out of jail. To achieve this goal, the state decriminalized a number of lesser offenses, including retail theft. The law raised the value of the amount of merchandise someone could steal while still only being charged with a misdemeanor to nearly one thousand dollars.






To the great surprise of the government, people noticed this change and began taking advantage of it. They have now recorded multiple years of steadily increasing, organized robbery. These plots are known as “mass grab and dash” thefts and they generally involve large numbers of young people all entering a store at the same time, grabbing armfuls of merchandise and dashing back out to their vehicles and hitting the highway. Not only are robberies on the rise, but arrests and prosecutions are down. Who could possibly have predicted this? (CBS Sacramento)

After searching police reports and arrest records, CBS13 found that while the rate of these grab and dash crimes is on the rise, the rate of arrest is down. We turned to law enforcement and the retail industry for answers. Both blame a California law intended to make “neighborhoods safe.”

“It’s a boldness like we’re seeing never before and just a disregard for fellow human beings,” said Lieutenant Mark Donaldson, Vacaville PD.

He explained these crimes have evolved into more than just shoplifting. It’s organized retail theft and he says it’s happening across the state. Cities like Vacaville, with outlets and shopping centers located near major freeways, tend to be a target for these organized retail crime rings.

Nobody is seriously contesting the numbers. The local and state police organizations blame prop 47. FBI crime data supports the contention. Retail sales organizations have tracked this trend and agree.






This is a trend that’s been building in a number of blue states and now it seems that the petty crime chickens are coming home to roost. The fact is that there are always going to be a certain number of people who will be willing to break the law if they don’t feel the risk of significant punishment is too high. An understanding of this fundamental principle is why the “broken windows” policies enacted in New York City and other municipalities in the 90s were so effective. If you crack down on even smaller crimes, you lower crime rates overall.

Sadly, liberal elected officials paint a picture of racism and inequity behind effective law enforcement initiatives. The people committing these thefts frequently end up being young black and Hispanic robbers because they are more likely to come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. This leads to laws like prop 47 hoping to keep more of them out of the “school to prison pipeline.”






But when you make it easier and less risky to steal larger amounts of goods, people will steal more merchandise. Did it really take a rocket scientist to figure this out? California basically incentivized crime and potential criminals answered the call. And since many of them were only getting the equivalent of a parking ticket for stealing 900 dollars worth of goods, police frequently didn’t expend much energy trying to catch them.

The ball’s in your court, California. Do you plan on doing something about this? Or will you essentially just legalize theft and tell the retailers that they’re on their own?
 
Like I said, most reporters are douches and most douche bag reporters are douchey libs.



Douchebag Reporter Who Tried To Ruin Good Samaritan’s Life Is Now Playing the Victim After He Was Fired

Posted at 10:18 pm on September 27, 2019 by streiff




You guys all remember Aaron Calvin, right?


Last weekend, a guy named Carson King made a viral appeal for beer money which brought in over $1 million. King donated the money to a children’s hospital.


Calvin is the noxious little BuzzFeed alum working for the Des Moines Register who wrote the story. His idea of doing a “background check” on King included going back into King’s tweets to when he was 16 and happened to quote a racially charged joke from the comedy show Tosh.o. This resulted in King being subject to a lot of public humiliation.

But Karma is real and, as it turned out, Calvin had a lot of very ugly stuff in his social media and it was from only a few years ago, after he was an adult. The Des Moines Register investigated him and today he was disappeared from that paper.


My colleague Brandon Morse takes the high road here and doesn’t want Calvin to be fired. I respectfully differ. I want him made unemployable for a period of years, if not his entire life. I want him working at a succession of minimum wage and menial and tedious and dirty jobs. And every day I want him to spend hours contemplating what kind of a pathetic douchebag he is. But enough of the good news. Because I have more good news.


Calvin has run back to BuzzFeed to play the victim. That’s right. A noxious little twerp who turned a guy’s life upside down for the sake of a few clicks is now the victim.

Soon, influential right-wing media figures also began circulating screenshots of Calvin’s own past offensive tweets that had been uncovered. In posts dating back to 2010, Calvin had used “gay” as a pejorative, written “fuck all cops,” and spelled out the word “niggas” twice when he was quoting others, including a Kanye West lyric. “Now that gay marriage is legal,” he wrote in one 2012 tweet, “I’m totally going to marry a horse.”

Calvin told BuzzFeed News these were “frankly embarrassing” tweets that he “would not have published today,” but said they had been “taken out of context” and were being used to “wield disingenuous arguments against me.”

This is such a self-serving crock of sh**. The tweets were not taken out of context any more that were Carson King’s. There were no disingenuous arguments made against him. He’s a terrible person with no moral character whatsoever.

He was given the chance to apologize an decided that being petulant and snarking his employer was a great evolutionary strategy:




“I regret publishing that tweet now,” Calvin told BuzzFeed News.

No sh**? Really? You regret it “now?”

As soon as the story broke, Calvin said he began receiving a barrage of death threats. He said HR reps at Gannett, which owns the Des Moines Register, forbade him from speaking to the media and told him to leave his apartment for his own safety. They offered to put him up in a hotel, but he stayed with a friend instead.

“I recognize that I’m not the first person to be doxed like this — this whole campaign was taken up by right-wing ideologues and largely driven by that force,” he said. “It was just a taste of what I assume that women and journalists of color suffer all the time, but the kind of locality and regional virality of the story made it so intense.”

On Thursday, while he was speaking to police about the death threats, Calvin said he got a call from Gannett representatives. “They told me they were going to offer me an option — that I could resign or I could be fired — with no severance,” he said. “It was really a semantic difference, I guess, so I chose to be fired.”

He wasn’t doxxed. People simply did what he did to Carson King. And you didn’t suffer what “women and journalists of color suffer all the time,” you suffered what noxious, self-righteous douches suffer all to infrequently.

He also expressed his frustration about the “false narrative about me ‘canceling’ Carson.”

“Carson was never in danger of being canceled — there was no attempt or intent to quote-unquote ‘cancel’ him,’” Calvin said. “He’s raised hundreds of thousands more dollars since this happened. The governor of Iowa declared a ‘Carson King Day.’”

I guess he forgot about the humiliation and Anheuser-Busch cutting ties with King. The only reason that King survived was the shot Calvin took at King was so pathetic and cheap that it offended the conscience of a nation.

Calvin said he’s still afraid to go out in public and is still staying at his friend’s house. He isn’t sure what he will do next, but hopes he can keep reporting.

“I’m just taking it day by day,” he said. “I feel like I’m a good writer and a good reporter and I was doing my job to the best of my ability.”

Calvin said he also still deeply believes in the “necessity of local journalism.”

“Frankly, it’s really disappointing to me to be abandoned by my former employer,” he said. “I still in a lot of ways support the Register — I just wish they had believed in me.”

Screw him. I hope his misery lasts for years or decades. I hope people see him and point him out to their kids as an object lesson about the price of rampant douchebaggery as a life style choice. If any good comes of this maybe it will be that Calvin and his fellow travelers will discover that this stupidity cuts both ways and that they shouldn’t so eager to make rules for others with the idea that they won’t have to live by the same rules. Maybe, just maybe, some jerk-off at BuzzFeed will get ready to pull the trigger on some stupid stuff like this and pause for a second…and delete what they’ve written for fear of the crapstorm that may be heading their way. But I’m not counting on it.

Read the rest of RedState’s coverage of this incident
 
September 28, 2019
Even the illegals are fleeing California -- and half the state's voters want out, too
By Monica Showalter
California, whose new leftist governor, Gavin Newsom, has big ambitions to be the counter-president for now, and eventually replace President Trump, has this one little problem that always comes of socialist rule:

The locals are fleeing.

And now it turns out half the ones who haven't fled are thinking about it.

Just over half of California’s registered vote have considered leaving the state, with soaring housing costs cited as the most common reason for wanting to move, according to a new poll.

Young voters were especially likely to cite unaffordable housing as a reason for leaving, according to the latest latest UC Berkeley Institute of Governmental Studies poll conducted for the Los Angeles Times. But a different group, conservatives, also frequently suggested they wanted to leave — and for a very different reason: They feel alienated from the state’s political culture.

That just-over-half figure cited by the Los Angeles Times is actually 54%, broken down by 40% Republican and 14% Democrat voters. They want out and are dreaming of new lives in states where jobs are forming and housing isn't just for billionaires. Walk around any place in California and recognize that half the people you meet are people who want the hell out.

But it's not just registered voters. Despite that vast banquet of goodies California has offered to migrants with zero regard to immigration status -- sanctuary protection, drivers' licenses, automatic voter registration, ballot-harvesting privileges, free education well beyond K-12, a vast NGO/church network set up with state funds to 'serve' illegals, free housing, free health care for the pregnant, no need to learn English, and coming soon, free health care for illegals up to the age of 26, --even the migrants, both legal and illegal ... are fleeing.

New York, Illinois and California had the biggest drops in immigrant population, along with New Jersey, Maryland and Connecticut — losing a combined 206,000 immigrants as Florida and Texas together gained about 170,000. The numbers were released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

According to Pew:

Trade turmoil and spiraling home prices in blue states play a role. The shifts in immigrant population will have an impact on the 1 in 5 U.S. counties where immigration has softened population loss, those with agriculture or meatpacking industries that rely on immigrant labor, and states such as Texas and California where small population changes might cause shifts in political power after the 2020 census.

The Sacramento Bee has reported earlier that already five million people have fled the state.



This has been going on for about a decade, right when the state turned monolithically blue. The state's population nevertheless has continued to grow slightly based on live births making up for the people leaving. That free health care for pregnant illegals already in place in retrospect, had more than one purpose. You can see why the state's Democratic political machine has placed such a store in making it attractive to be an illegal alien - it's actually a plan keep the federal dollars flowing in as well as pad the congressional seats. They need these warm bodies, legal or not, and they know their socialist policies are a formula for driving people out.

But now even that trend is collapsing. The plan is now failing. The state is set to lose population anyway -- and congressional seats if the 2020 Census can pick up on it:

According to recently released data from the US Census, about 38,000 more people left California than entered it in 2018. This is the second straight year that migration to the state was negative, and it’s a trend that is speeding up. Every year since 2014, net migration has fallen.

So despite the goodies, even the migrants are getting the heck out. And you can bet these include the better class of illegal migrants, which are the people who are coming here to work, not the ones who want to sop up welfare checks and send remittances abroad. The legal immigrants are an even bigger loss, given that many groups from Asia and beyond have much higher incomes and education than the average native-born.

So the state is actually set to shrink as even migrants head for the hills past the Colorado River. Seems that all free health care is no match for the idea of having a house and a job, something the socialists in absolute power in California are quite opaque to.

One can only hope it hits them hard when Census time comes around and some of those ballot-harvested congressional seats get yanked from them.
 
This happens to me all the time.



Man Gets Harassed and Accused of Shoplifting Over the Suspicious Bulge in His Pants. He Keeps Insisting it’s His Penis

Posted at 2:30 pm on September 28, 2019 by Alex Parker









Have you ever, like the A-Team, been accused of a crime you didn’t commit?

Such an ordeal happened to a window fitter Sunday in jolly ol’ England.

As reported by The Scottish Sun, Steve Whitehurst was minding his own business in Scott’s Menswear when he was confronted by the establishment’s female manager.

And why? According to Steve — who was shopping with his girlfriend and her grandson — she wanted him to explain the giant lump.

In his pants.

I’ll let the Sun do a bit of the heavy rolling…I mean, lifting:

Steve, who claims he often has to roll up his manhood, said, “I had very tight jeans on that day and there was a bulge, yes, but that’s not illegal. I can’t help the way I’m made.”

Apparently, the supervisor and other employees were skeptical of his huge claim. Was he being honest, or tellin’ a whopper?

“The manager started arguing with me. She wouldn’t let it go. I just kept telling her that it was my penis.”

Desperate times call for desperate…measures. And Steve was willing to go to great lengths.

“Eventually, I dropped my trousers in front of everyone and just stood there in my boxer shorts and said, ‘See, I’ve got nothing to hide.'”

But the manager still wouldn’t relent.

“What’s that bulge?!”

Finally, Steve had had enough, so he decided to prove he had too much.

He walked with a male security guard to a cubicle.


Steve revealed the truth to the staff by revealing the staff of truth.


He recounted:

“I dropped my boxers. [The security guard] shook his head and ran out and spoke with the manager. I heard her say, ‘Please tell me he’s got something down there,’ and the guy said, ‘No.’”

Oh — he’s got somethin’ down there alright.

But he didn’t appreciate having to prove it.

The 47-year-old called it the “craziest experience of [his] life.” He’s since complained to the chain’s owner, JD Sports.


His girlfriend, Mandy, thinks it’s nuts that the manager was such a dingaling:

“It was so humiliating. What they did to Steve was disgusting.”

However, JD Sports told the Sun the severely anatomically-correct shoplifting suspect was acting suspicious:

“The customer in question was exhibiting suspicious behaviour and, when the store manager confronted the customer, he became abusive.”

One shop worker thought Steve got quite teste– testy:

“When they cornered him, he became very abusive.”

And they weren’t impressed with his full disclosure:

“He then dropped his trousers, but the bulge was much smaller than staff remembered it.”

That’s a bit hard to believe — see for yourself here.

As one witness put it:


“Staff had good grounds to suspect him.”

Yes, they did.

I’m just thankful Beto O’Rourke was nowhere near — if he’d seen that Steve was carrying such a big gun, he’d probably have tried to grab it.
 

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And if not, he’s re-elected. He won’t leave by impeachment or election. He’ll leave because he melts under the pressure or he survives all the way through.
Warren won’t get the wealthy people who really control things.
I love my predictions.
 
And if not, he’s re-elected. He won’t leave by impeachment or election. He’ll leave because he melts under the pressure or he survives all the way through.
Warren won’t get the wealthy people who really control things.
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Alaska deals a blow to unions

JAZZ SHAW Posted at 3:31 pm on September 29, 2019

We’ve covered plenty of stories from all over the country dealing with the fallout from the Supreme Court’s Janus v AFSCME decision. The ruling barred public-sector unions from automatically collecting dues or “agency fees” from non-member employees’ paychecks against their wishes and using that money for political speech the worker might not agree with. Since then we’ve seen workers suing to recoup dues and unions fighting to find ways around the ruling and keep dipping into employees’ paychecks.












Now the state of Alaska has stepped into this mess in hopes of clearing things up. Governor Mike Dunleavy (R) has ordered that the illegal dues collection come to an end, but he’s putting a new twist on how this is handled. (Free Beacon)

Public sector unions in Alaska will no longer be able to automatically collect dues from workers after Republican governor Mike Dunleavy instituted the nation’s first statewide “opt-in” system of unionization.

In 2018, the Supreme Court overturned decades’ worth of legal precedent that allowed public-sector unions to collect mandatory dues or fees from government employees. The 5-4 ruling in Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees said that such a practice impedes on the First Amendment rights of workers by forcing them to financially support political speech. In response to the ruling, states around the country allowed employees to opt out of union membership. Gov. Dunleavy went a step further on Thursday, signing an executive order that requires employees to affirmatively opt in to union membership before agencies deduct dues from their salaries.

This is definitely a new approach compared to what most states have been doing. For one thing, the Governor is imposing this rule via executive order. And then there’s the new default assumption when it comes to fee collection.







Typically, workers have been offered the option to “opt out” of these agency fees. But in those cases, a worker who fails to take proactive action will still wind up having dues taken out of their paychecks. Once this Alaskan plan goes into effect in December, the default assumption will be that no workers pay dues unless they proactively “opt in” to the unions.

Going one step further, the workers will need to renew their commitment to the unions and opt in every year going forward. If they no longer feel that their money is being put to use in a way that reflects their own views, no action is required. By simply failing to opt in for the next cycle, they must be dropped from the rolls and dues collection must end.







Of course, that relies on the unions actually going along with the plan and following the law. That hasn’t always been the case since Janus was decided. Some unions have blatantly continued collecting dues until a court slapped them down. Others have been enforcing “window periods” from old contracts, giving workers only one week out of the year to opt out of paying the fees. They’re doing this even though the language in the Janus decision specifically forbids such restrictions.

Right to work activists in Alaska will need to keep a close eye on how this system plays out next year. If the public sector unions up there are anything like most of the ones in the lower 48, they’ll only go kicking and screaming into obeying the law.
 
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