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Thin Blue Line

February 3, 2022

Tuesday, police officers gathered from far and wide in New York City for the second time in a week, this time to honor Wilbert Mora, the partner of Detective Jason Rivera. Both cops were killed in an ambush by a gunman in Harlem when they answered a domestic disturbance call.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/new-yorkers-pay-respects-fallen-nypd-officers

Their deaths have been part of a disturbing pattern of rising attacks on police officers across the nation, as leftist DA’s have allowed criminals to take over their cities. Let us all hope and pray that the tragic loss of these officers will galvanize residents to demand action to support police and to recall these “prosecutors” and never allow them within a hundred miles of a seat of power again.

In a very related story, if you like the record-breaking crime waves and murder rates currently destroying American cities due to far-left, criminal-coddling DA’s elected with millions of dollars in PAC funding from socialist billionaire and aspiring Bond villain George Soros, then you’ll be thrilled to hear that Soros just donated another $120,000 to the cause of electing “prosecutors” who are emptying the jails and getting innocent people killed.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/george-soros-120k-pac-prosecutor-races

Moral: Do NOT think that elections for offices like district attorney, or primary elections in one-party areas, are just unimportant local elections that you can safely skip and let other people decide. These days, you need to vote in those local and primary elections as if your life depended on it, because it literally might.

Ben Ray Lujan

February 3, 2022

New Mexico Democrat Senator Ben Ray Lujan, 49, suffered a stroke and had to undergo surgery to ease swelling in his brain. He’s “resting comfortably” in the hospital, and his office issued a statement saying he’s expected to make a full recovery, but there’s no word on how long he will be out. Our prayers are with him and his family.

https://www.yahoo.com/now/ben-ray-luj-n-49-152851965.html

Of course, in Washington, no human tragedy or problem is so serious that someone won’t view it through the lens of political advantage.

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/592391-lujan-stroke-jolts-50-50-senate

Chuck Schumer had scheduled a marathon of votes on Biden nominees this week, and now he's frantically rushing to delay them. If Lujan can’t come to work for a while, there goes Schumer’s ability to force the leftist agenda onto Americans with a 50-50 tie vote plus Kamala Harris. If Lujan is out for too long, then a new Supreme Court Justice might have to wait until after the election and be vetted by the new Senate who will actually represent what the American people want as expressed in the 2022 elections.

It’s cynical but that’s how they think in DC. But if they're thinking Sen. Lujan’s health crisis will affect their hopes of resurrecting the “Build Back Better” spending bill, it makes no difference. Joe Manchin already made it clear this week that the version of that bill that passed the House is “dead.”

In what could be a sign that the RBC rights movement (the Reality-Based Community) is finally starting to gain some traction, USA Swimming released its “Athlete Inclusion, Competitive Equality and Eligibility Policy,” and it actually contains a tiny concession to biological reality.

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/lia-thomas-future-usa-swimming-new-policy-penn-teammates-support

There are still vast clouds of gaseous, CYA verbiage about “gender identity and expression,” but to cut to the chase, eligibility to compete will now include two areas of criteria: evidence that the prior physical development of the athlete as a male doesn’t provide an unfair advantage over female competitors, and evidence that the athlete’s testosterone levels have been sufficiently suppressed for at least 36 months before applying.

This was all prompted by UPenn swimmer “Lia” Thomas, who competed as a male for three years before switching to female, where “she” routinely passes female competitors like a speed boat and is mowing down female records by absurd margins. Take a look at the photo in that story, and you’ll see why.

I’m sure this change will come under furious assault by trans activists, but it's really just a welcome baby step toward returning recognition of the most basic biological facts and doesn’t go nearly far enough. For instance, current testosterone levels are only a small part of the advantage males have in sports because boys are exposed to so much testosterone from the womb onward. The changes during puberty give them even more muscle mass, greater upper body strength and other physical advantages that no testosterone suppressant can reverse.

Trans activists prove this by their own arguments. They go to court for the right to administer puberty-blocking drugs on grounds that if someone wants to “transition” to the other sex, it’s harder after puberty because of the irreversible physical changes. But when trans females want to compete in sports against biological females, suddenly, those physical changes during puberty don’t exist anymore.

This story says that Thomas’ teammates “released a joint statement backing their fellow competitor.” Yes, I’m sure they felt they had to because of the Twitter mob/cancel culture/trans activist pressure. But I’ll bet that in private spaces where it's only the girls – if such spaces still exist anymore – they’re high-fiving over this.

I wrote yesterday about a new poll that showed President Biden’s disapproval on some major issues was as high as 69%. I wondered where it could possibly go from there. Well, the latest Rasmussen survey may give us a clue.

https://www.westernjournal.com/biden-doomed-50-likely-voters-now-support-impeaching-potus/

The survey found that 50% of likely voters now back impeaching Biden for his handling of the border and Afghanistan, with only 45% opposed. Even more shocking, 50% of blacks and even 34% of Democrats want Biden impeached.

I’m sure the media, if they mention this poll at all, will try to spin it as biased and inaccurate. But I think it can more likely be explained by listening to this Biden voter, a longtime Democrat who campaigned hard for Biden and even appeared in a Biden victory video. He’s so furious about how Biden’s governing that he went on Fox News to complain about it. That can’t be good news for the Democrats.

https://www.westernjournal.com/watch-biden-voter-turns-fox-news-drops-brutal-truth-bomb-potus/

And with the recent revelations about the secret air flights of illegal immigrants and that the DOJ has been investigating Hunter Biden’s business ties with China, an incoming GOP Congress could have some actual grounds for impeachment, which would be novel these days.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10460457/DOJ-issued-subpoena-JP-Morgan-Hunter-Bidens-transactions-Bank-China-2019.html

FYI: Even the New York Times (not the Post, the Times!) is finally looking into Hunter’s deals.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/politico-hunter-biden-business-dealings-investigated-new-york-times

One thing I expect this will do, however, is put the kibosh on those rumors of Biden getting Kamala Harris out of his Administration by nominating her to the Supreme Court. If there’s a growing chance of his impeachment, and a majority of Americans demanding it, the thought of her being next in line is probably his best job security.

Of course, it does

February 1, 2022

This is the kind of conclusion that you’d have to be high not to have figured out for yourself by now, but a new study by Canadian researchers found that smoking pot makes you dumber.

https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/gwendolynsims/2022/01/31/new-poll-70-say-its-time-to-accept-that-covid-is-here-to-stay-and-move-on-with-our-lives-n1554821

Research found that while “getting stoned” may last for only a few hours, the active ingredient THC can be stored in body fat and gradually released into the bloodstream for months, impairing cognitive abilities long after pot use, even if you use it just once or twice a week. And today’s marijuana has up to six times more THC than during the hippie/stoner era of the ‘60s, so...dumber than hippies!

The abilities most impaired were those of learning from what one hears and remembering things, focusing, paying attention and processing information. There were also smaller reductions in executive functioning, decision making, inhibitory processes and flexibility.

(Anyone who lived through the ‘60s might also add that it can impair your fashion sense and personal hygiene.)

Worse, as Athena Thorne at PJ Media points out at the link, a 2017 study linked today’s super-powerful pot to paranoia, panic attacks, mood swings and other mental problems, particularly among young, frequent users. CBS also reported that since Colorado legalized marijuana, the state has seen a big uptick in pot-related ER visits.

Remember when legalized pot was sold to us on the promise that it was perfectly harmless? A number of blue states fell for that one. I wonder if it’s a coincidence that after they legalized pot and people started suffering from longterm cognitive impairment, their governments just got bluer and bluer?

Infrastructure Talk

February 1, 2022

There was a lot of talk of it being an omen (or at least, ominous) when President Biden flew to Pittsburgh to tout his trillion-dollar-plus “infrastructure” bill, only to have a local bridge collapse that very morning. But you might be able to draw a deeper lesson from this story than just “Biden has really bad luck.”

https://www.westernjournal.com/wake-pa-bridge-collapse-look-4-2-billion-road-repair-fund-found/

Democrats and the media (but I repeat myself) are using the bridge collapse to attack Republican Sen. Pat Toomey for not voting for the “infrastructure” bill. This overlooks the fact that no money from that bill was budgeted toward fixing that bridge. However, Pennsylvanians pay a lot of taxes and fees to cover road and bridge upkeep, including 57.6 cents on every gallon of gas. But did the Democrats who’ve run Pennsylvania for about 40 years use that vast fund to fix the bridges?

Obviously not, since 40% of the state’s 446 bridges are listed in “poor” condition. However, over the past six years, politicians have dipped into the infrastructure fund for about $4.2 billion to spend on other things, from public art to incentives for Silicon Valley companies to move to Pennsylvania. The Transportation Department spent money on studies of “structural racism,” but that apparently has nothing to do with bridge structures.

The bridge that collapsed was scheduled to have its rusted supports replaced in 2016, but instead, officials just shored it up with cables and diverted the funds to "progressive" pet projects, like bike lanes, green energy programs and lanes for (the countless) self-driving cars.

https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/01/democrat-incompetence-led-to-pa-bridge-collapse-so-of-course-they-blame-republicans/

No matter what the media tells you, Republicans who voted against the infrastructure bill didn’t do so because they don’t care if bridges collapse. They’d just like to keep the economy from collapsing due to unsustainable debt run up by giant spending bills that only put a fraction of their budgets toward the things they claim to be funding. This is why so few people really believe that if Biden were able to pass his $2 trillion “Build Back Better” bill that more than about 40 bucks would actually go toward building anything, while the rest went into the pockets of Democrat donors and constituencies.

There are only so many times that politicians can pull the “we need a lot of money to fix this problem (that we’ll now spend on something else)” scam before people get wise to it. If you really believe all the taxes you pay for “infrastructure” are going to repair our infrastructure, then I’ve got a bridge in Pittsburgh I’d like to sell you.