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It has been 18 years. We need to remember something today. We need to remember that intolerance of those who chose to be different killed almost 3000 people. Many innocent of anything more than not praying to a specific name of God. Many as heroes, rushing in to save...

What Is Blind Lemur Conservatives?

It began as a joke – something so obvious even a blind lemur could see it. The Democrats seem canine-centric (Blue Dog, Yellow Dog), so I figured we on the right could use a fun animal, and frankly, lemurs are all the rage! So I hear. Kinda. Anyway, after deciding that the leadership is so inept that a blind lemur could lead better, I decided to create this movement. And perhaps even spin it off into the real world. Stranger things have happened.
No Collusion.

No Collusion.

Oh, Hillary, the irony is so rich. You and yours couldn’t accept the election, and refused to do so. As a result, we got nearly three years of an investigation of false claims your camp faked up to overthrow the President. And now, the report is out…no collusion of any kind, by anyone.

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What Is Wrong In Florida?

What Is Wrong In Florida?

I first wrote about this in 2016. In that article, I asked what the hell was wrong with the North Miami Police Department. Now, the jury in the trial of North Miami PD officer Jonathan Aledda has declared itself hung on the counts of attempted manslaughter for...

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No Collusion.

Preckwinkle Stops Ads?

Today marks day two of Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle not running ads. That is an odd choice, and her answers don't help any. Preckwinkle claims her team is "making strategic decisions". It seems that the strategy here is 'lose'. Ever since the...

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Bridge Update 02

Bridge Update 02

Progress! Construction resumed on the bridge over I80 on Cicero Avenue (IL50) - with more than one person this time. While the rebar is still unfinished on the north end of the north-bound lanes, there is new concrete (not a lot, but some) on the south end of that...

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Bridge Update 02

Bridge Update 01

I never expected this to have a bridge repair component. But here we are. The infrastructure in Illinois, especially bridges, is dangerously bad.

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It Happened…

It Happened…

The IOC is allowing trans women to compete in the Olympics against biological women. And how does the IOC define a trans woman?

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Democratic Party Revealed?

Democratic Party Revealed?

Or, how is 'all hate speech' as a counter to Antisemitism in any way morally different from 'not all men' or 'all lives matter'? It isn't. Not at all. Due to the mainstream media giving Democrats cover, we get a parade of people treating Minnesota representative Ilhan...

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Direct Democracy

Direct Democracy

I saw this endorsement of direct democracy on Facebook, and had to, in the finest conservative tradition, pounce. Here is the image again: Ok, let's unpack that. Using the kind of self-serve kiosks that you see in newer McDonalds is funny, admittedly. Using them in...

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Is Criticism of Captain Marvel Legitimate?

Is Criticism of Captain Marvel Legitimate?

I remember it vividly. There was outcry from the media and the fandom over a casting choice. The broad consensus seemed to be that it was pretty much the worst casting decision for the character. Although there was some dissent on who was the right actor for the character. Friends in the fandom and I all agreed, we didn’t think it would work, but we would likely see the movie anyway.

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What Is Blind Lemur Conservatives?

It began as a joke – something so obvious even a blind lemur could see it. The Democrats seem canine-centric (Blue Dog, Yellow Dog), so I figured we on the right could use a fun animal, and frankly, lemurs are all the rage! So I hear. Kinda. Anyway, after deciding that the leadership is so inept that a blind lemur could lead better, I decided to create this movement. And perhaps even spin it off into the real world. Stranger things have happened.

And Now The Coverup

So the Cook County prosecutor is trying to back up their fabrication from yesterday – that Jussie Smollett didn’t get special treatment.

CBS Chicago has an internal memo requesting staffers find examples of cases handled similarly to Smollett. The reason for this is that they spun a story where having the charges dropped, your files sealed, and everything put back to zero is somehow normal. It isn’t.

This is just another example of the fix being in for someone who has political connections. For reasons no one is totally sure of, Smollett had Michelle Obama’s former Chief of staff interfering with the investigation on his behalf. That interference led to Cook county prosecutor Kim Foxx recusing herself from the case, and the prosecutor’s office eventually dropping all charges in return for the forfeiture of a $10,000 Bond, and a whopping 16 hours of community service. Sources report that this community service was served into two hour chunks, at Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Push coalition, and consisted of signing autographs and talking to fans about being an actor.

Needless to say everybody else that has a case pending in Cook county wishes they had jussie Smollett’s connections, and could serve his kind of community service. The reality here is, Kim Fox has somehow managed to become a symbol of and unfair justice system, and the prevalence of influence peddling in Chicago in the course of a single day.

Hate Crime Hoaxes No Longer Illegal In Chicago

Hate Crime Hoaxes No Longer Illegal In Chicago

The Cook County State’s Attorney has dropped all charges, and sealed the records of Jussie Smollett. He, in return, completed, allegedly, 16 hours of community service and forfeited his $10,000 bond.

The fix is in, folks.

It is incredibly important to note that the prosecutors did not dispute the facts in the case, they just dropped the charges, expunged the record, and sealed it all away. This is beyond a miscarriage of justice. Smollett has never stopped lying about the attack, and we can only conclude that he would have continued to do so in a trial, potentially leading to a conviction for an innocent person.

What has yet come to light is Kim Foxx’s level of corruption involvement in this decision. Which, one suspects, is total. Foxx attempted to interfere in the case on behalf of Tina Tchen, former chief of staff for former First Lady Michelle Obama. Why Ms. Tchen was involved at all is anyone’s guess, of course. But then, in a move considered unusual and even inexplicable at the time, Foxx recused herself from the case. This was when it was still an actual hate crime against Smollett, as opposed to by Smollett.

Kim Foxx – Anti-Law?

Even worse, for Chicago, is that Foxx has now cemented her position as an anti-cop and anti-law ‘prosecutor’. For those who came in late, Cook County elected Kim Foxx as a direct result of the handling of the Laquan McDonald case. Which many cops viewed as a justified or justifiable shooting (my opinion is that it might have been, but he went way too far in the shooting). Foxx charged the officer, Jason Van Dyke, with 16 counts of aggravated battery, two counts of first degree murder (with four additional counts of first degree murder dropped pre-trial). Each round fired resulted in one battery charge. He was then charged under 6 different flavors of first degree murder. This is, correctly, considered overkill.

Now, she is on the record as doubting the CPD’s ability to investigate the Smollett case, and then tossing it out despite a Grand Jury finding, and the testimony of the actual attackers!

When the prosecutor’s office is so clearly antagonistic to the police, the police have a history (not just Chicago, this is fairly universal) of tossing their hands in the air, and just looking the other way.

The center cannot hold indeed.

No Collusion.

No Collusion.

Clinton irony

Oh, Hillary, the irony is so rich. You and yours couldn’t accept the election, and refused to do so. As a result, we got nearly three years of an investigation of false claims your camp faked up to overthrow the President. And now, the report is out…no collusion of any kind, by anyone.

Which is a shock to literally no one. No one except the members of the mainstream media, never-Trump 5th column, and every leftist on social media. So, no one who thought it all out.

Like I said about Jussie Smollett’s absurd claims, in order to have believed this, you needed to set aside reason and logic. Which the American left did, en masse, because they couldn’t accept losing. We try to teach kids to be gracious in victory and accepting in defeat. I guess it didn’t stick for these kids.

Like I said about Jussie Smollett’s absurd claims, in order to have believed this, you needed to set aside reason and logic. Which the American left did, en masse, because they couldn’t accept losing. We try to teach kids to be gracious in victory and accepting in defeat. I guess it didn’t stick for these kids.

Now, it is time to do two things:

  • Release the unredacted report. And then declassify everything related to the report. Show the sources, let everyone know what happened.
  • Then prosecute everyone who lied to Congress.

Why? The end goal of the entire investigation was nothing less than the overthrow of the lawfully elected President of the United States. You could construe that as treason.

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

While no war was waged, the government has determined that the Russian government did seek to undermine the government, and the collusion narrative generated post-election by a Clinton campaign who could not accept their loss aided in that effort. I am not a lawyer, and my lawyer friends are all pretty far-left, so they would explain in detail how that isn’t treason. It seems to me that may be for the courts to decide.

Yes, that will be a mistake. Treason prosecutions would serve to make the brutal animosity we have been dealing with since the Clinton impeachment worse. It may, however, be worth the problems.

Until now, there has been literally no consequence for lying to Congress, misleading and deceiving (in conspiracy no less) the American people, or any other action on the list of liberal sins. That must end. When they collude and push lies in order to destroy people, there must be a reckoning. Now, there is a conspiracy, as evidenced in print and online, to overthrow the President. Mr President, you must act to ensure this never happens again.

America is not a place where journalists face actual risk. Despite their claims to the contrary, they are safe here. That safety must include the ability to criticize the government, and publish stories that the government might want left alone. And that must never change. What we have seen in the Meuller affair is neither of those. This was the pushing of a known-false narrative, willfully misleading their readers (possible class action suit there – defrauding their readers by propagating fake news?), and giving aid to an enemy in their attempts to destabilize the US.

Hold them accountable.

What Is Wrong In Florida?

What Is Wrong In Florida?

Charles Kinsey before being shot by officer Jonathan Aledda

I first wrote about this in 2016. In that article, I asked what the hell was wrong with the North Miami Police Department.

Now, the jury in the trial of North Miami PD officer Jonathan Aledda has declared itself hung on the counts of attempted manslaughter for shooting unarmed therapist Charles Kinsey.

Mr. Kinsey is the one laying down with his hands up.

Jonathan Aledda should be fired and retried.

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No Collusion.

Preckwinkle Stops Ads?

Today marks day two of Chicago mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle not running ads. That is an odd choice, and her answers don’t help any.

Preckwinkle claims her team is “making strategic decisions”. It seems that the strategy here is ‘lose’. Ever since the Nixon/Kennedy debate, TV has been king, at least insofar as determining who the people viewed as the best candidate. For a candidate to suspend ads with less than two weeks to the election is unheard of.

Of course, Preckwinkle says this is all strategy. Nothing to see here!

Personally, I suspect that either they spent too much too soon, and are pulling back as money runs out, or they have some internal polling that shows they cannot win. I wonder if Preckwinkle’s ongoing negativity (including after the general election last month) hurt her. Or if inexplicably bringing up Lightfoot’s sexuality might have. Why not both?

Frankly, Preckwinkle needs to lose. As I wrote before, neither will be good for Chicago, but Lightfoot seems to be less bad. Preckwinkle is a known problem. A Democrat insider (and party leader) who is tied to massive corruption in the persons of Joe Berrios and (allegedly) Ed Burke. Preckwinkle’s office also pushed for illegal implementation of her disastrous soda tax. It would be nice to see her voted out of office in Cook County too, but I am not holding my breath. In 2006 Cook County voted for a man who was likely in a persistent vegetative state after a stroke. Of course, the Democratic Party concealed that fact, but still…

Blocking the Toni Preckwinkles of the world is important. Maybe the next goal can be an actual opposition to the Democratic regime in Chicago.

Bridge Update 02

Bridge Update 02

Progress! Construction resumed on the bridge over I80 on Cicero Avenue (IL50) – with more than one person this time.

While the rebar is still unfinished on the north end of the north-bound lanes, there is new concrete (not a lot, but some) on the south end of that section. They are working on the transition bit between the deck itself and the road. There are some big gaps there, like the earthworks or side braces needed reinforcing. That is where the focus seems to be for the past few days.

Photo of the rebar on the IL50 bridge

It’s good that work has resumed. The southbound lanes are deteriorating rapidly. Patches from a month back are, basically, gone.

In related public works news, the frontage road labeled either Fusion Way or Martec Int’l Blvd (which is not, by the way, in any regards an actual boulevard) has degraded again. The short form of the story is that the road is twisted and evil, more pothole than road. Everyone drives it like it’s a slalom course, dodging the worst of the holes in the road (even semis do this). Someone filled in holes with dirt & gravel in February, and the holes are back, and by April will be back to their usual size and severity.

The problem here is that none of the local political entities accept the responsibility for the road. The county (Cook), township (Bremen), and municipality (Country Club Hills) all point at someone else as ‘responsible’.

Cook County’s map shows that the section in question is, in fact, the responsibility of Country Club Hills. The township is responsible to the north and south (which is weird), but the section in the middle, the worst section, is all Country Club Hills’ responsibility.

Map showing highway jurisdictions

You can check your own road jurisdictions in Cook County here: https://maps.cookcountyil.gov/hwyjurisdiction/

No Collusion.

Robert Francis O’Rourke Running

Robert O’Rourke is running for President. His resume to the public as a whole is losing to Ted Cruz in the midterms. Despite the ‘beto’ nickname beloved of the media, O’Rourke is not, shockingly, Hispanic in the least.

Robert Francis O’Rourke was born on September 26, 1972, at Hotel Dieu Hospital in El Paso, Texas, to Pat Francis O’Rourke and his second wife Melissa Martha O’Rourke (née Williams). He has Irish and Welsh ancestry. His family gave him the nickname in infancy “Beto”, a common Spanish nickname for first names ending in “-berto”, initially to distinguish him from his namesake grandfather.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beto_O’Rourke#Early_life

His announcement included the absurdist messianic statement “We are truly now, more than ever, the last great hope of Earth.” While many on the right may believe that of the US, the official Democratic Party line has been rather the opposite. So it is logical to conclude that this is O’Rourke referring to himself.

President Obama had the decency to win before he declared himself the savior of the world.

Here is a picture of O’Rourke from NBC, demonstrating that he fits in with the Democratic Party’s antisemitism, as he offers a Nazi salute as limp as he is.

Bridge Update 02

Bridge Update 01

I never expected this to have a bridge repair component. But here we are. The state of the infrastructure in Illinois, specifically bridges, is really poor. The mandarins in Springfield have ignored infrastructure, choosing instead to focus on literally anything else. As a result, we have some serious issues up here.

IL50 & I57: Bridge 016-1014

At this writing, there are 109 days to go before repairs are late. And we are 116 days past the original due date, as covered previously.

Today there were three trucks that might be workers. One dude moving a pallet. No work on the rebar.

This is troubling, because the state report from 4/12/18 on the status of the bridge deck is that the superstructure is in serious condition (3), and that the structural evaluation rating is 3, intolerable, high priority for correction. This is a bridge that sees a lot of traffic, and a lot of heavy truck traffic. Especially since the ‘construction’ of a gravel parking space just south of the span, and the addition of a power company yard (lots of cherry-picker type lineman trucks) in the same area.

US41 & Chicago River: Bridge 016-6030

This is the span that, rather infamously, cracked on February 11th. To compare to the IL50 span above, Lake Shore Drive was given ratings of ‘serious condition’ for the superstructure, ‘intolerable – high priority for correction’ for the structural evaluation, and ‘intolerable – high priority for replacement’ for the deck geometry. Despite this, and despite the crack last month, there are no open projects visible on the IDOT website regarding this span.

I80 & Des Plaines River: Bridges 099-0040 & 099-0041

There is a sign warning people not to cross, that it is too dangerous. The I80 bridges over the Des Plaines River are two disconnected spans. As such, they get two listings. Why does this matter? It matters because the east-bound superstructure rating is ‘poor’, while the west-bound rating is ‘fair’. Neither is great, of course.

These are taken from the publicly available reports, and contradict the media reports of which is worse. The above ratings also contradict the ratings reported by Shaw Media. Admittedly, the detailed reports I cite do not have conclusions in them, only data. There may be, and likely is, more information available to the actual media, or via a FOIA request. I am not the media, and haven’t sent in a FOIA request. The reason I go into this is that the linked report says that there may be repairs in the spring, which is…well…almost here. And I cannot find any contracts or reports to suggest that IDOT will be doing anything this spring.

In fact, there is a project study concerning I80 that isn’t scheduled to be finished until summer.

Reports are that “short term repairs” will happen starting next month, but there is no schedule for full reconstruction.

The Left Will Eat Itself…

The Left Will Eat Itself…

…but that won’t matter to the right, because they will still unite to attack us.

There is an inexplicable trend on the right to celebrate the left’s habit of attacking itself. This week saw ‘vagina cupcakes’ being attacked for excluding ‘women without vaginas’, and Will Smith not being black enough to play Richard Williams (father of Venus and Serena Williams). And the right loves to point and laugh as the left attacks itself.

We really need to stop that. Why? Simple – it doesn’t mean anything in the bigger picture. Because in the big picture, the left will stop their internecine warfare to unite against conservatives and Republicans. Every time. See, they will always unite against conservatives because they have come to believe we are some kind of existential threat to the world. No, that isn’t hyperbole. They truly seem to hate us at a deep level.

And we have our own internal problems. Namely, we won’t unite to defeat them.

Instead, we support them over our own interests. Also, some Republicans are on record wishing Clinton had won the White House in 2016. And not just out-of-touch pundits. Our Libertarian cousins ran a vice-presidential candidate that openly endorsed Clinton…and he was running on an opposing ticket!

We need to get our own houses in order before we look to the left and smile at their infighting. We need to reunite the conservatives and the Republicans into a united front against the existential threats of socialism and runaway progressivism. We need to stop supporting the enemy…

And there is the problem.

Our leadership can’t even define who the enemy is. Instead, we focus on the players, not the game. We need to focus on the game for a change. Don’t attack Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Talib, Nancy Pleosi, Ilhan Kahn, or Elizabeth Warren directly. That generates sympathy for them, as the mean conservatives attack the helpless women. While I know that’s hypocritical, it was decided that was ok. So there it is. Attacking the people is useless in the grand scheme of it all.

Attack the philosophy, the plan, the position. Attack the person only in a head-to-head election.

Why do we not support the Green New Deal? Because that inane scheme would cost more than the GWP. Also because it is divisive and designed to fail. We don’t oppose it because Ocasio-Cortez backs it. Why do we oppose socialism? Because it is reductive, inhuman, inhumane, and causes suffering every time it is implemented. We don’t oppose socialism because Warren, Sanders, et al support it. Do you see the difference?

Positions, not people, are the right targets

By focusing effort on positions, we begin to show why we are a better option. We know we can’t convince people to not follow the Pied Piper down to hell. But we have to try to show them a better path. It is a harder path, to be sure. It is a path with no freebies. The left has trained people to believe they deserve freebies. Because of that, we face an uphill battle.

It is a battle we need to fight. There is no joy in copying the left’s return to enforced compliance with dogma. But come on, we need to at least be able to hold the line on core conservative beliefs. We need to clean our own house before we will be able to fight the left for the soul of our nation.

Unless we do that, when they stop infighting, they will overrun us.

It Happened…

It Happened…

The IOC is allowing trans women to compete in the Olympics against biological women.

I commented on my opinion on this previously.

But The Federalist’s Jessica Gulmire added a wrinkle I didn’t consider in her column about the IOC decision:

Viewership is what it’s all about. It’s no secret that the Olympic Games have been losing ratings for years. Blame their old-fashioned ceremonies, their cheesy endorsements, or the outdated network broadcast littered with commercials no one watches. Whatever the reason, they need something new, something fresh.

Women’s sports don’t draw the same ratings as men’s, unless of course we parade about in lingerie. It’s a harsh reality. That is what makes news of the change in the Olympic rules so defeatist.

http://thefederalist.com/2019/03/07/olympics-allowing-trans-athletes-compete-without-surgery-just-cynical-ratings-grab-womens-expense/

This is a valid point. Absent the outliers of gymnastics and skating, men tend to receive more coverage on a sport-by-sport basis. Last year’s Winter Olympics in were the first time that the total time shifted towards women. As shown here, excluding pair events, women’s sports received 52.2% of NBC’s total airtime. What is not shown is how much of that was due to who was participating. Famous female skiers, for example, or up and coming new snowboarders. Also remember, the numbers here are only NBC’s primetime coverage, not the coverage on all the other NBC stations, or at other times.

So, of course the money matters to NBC. That is how they pay their people and all.

The problem is, outside the freakshow aspect (and while I don’t subscribe to that, many others will), what is the attraction of biological men outperforming biological women? Especially to women? Especially to, perhaps, younger girls just starting out, who see in the plainest possible terms that there is no fair playing field for them anymore…

Just going to toss this out there then…how does the IOC define a trans woman? What threshold will they use? And how will that be received by the left (hint: poorly, no matter what they say)?

Democratic Party Revealed?

Democratic Party Revealed?

Or, how is ‘all hate speech’ as a counter to Antisemitism in any way morally different from ‘not all men’ or ‘all lives matter’?

It isn’t. Not at all.

Due to the mainstream media giving Democrats cover, we get a parade of people treating Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar like a silly child who just doesn’t understand. I would think that insulting too, but what do I know?

What I do know is she is simply cannot be unaware of what she is saying, especially when called out on it. So, instead of apologizing, and / or keeping her antisemitism private, she doubles down. House Minority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) excused her statements as the result of having to flee Somalia and live in a Kenyan refugee camp for some years. Then basically demanded the children of holocaust survivors check their privilege. After all, their families survived a program of genocide and industrial extermination…her family fled a civil war with the family intact. That is, make no mistake, a hugely impactful event in a person’s life. I do not for a moment doubt it had a profound effect on her and her family.

But I don’t think that is where Omar’s antisemitism comes from. Let’s be real here. The factions in Somalia were not backed by, connected to, or actually Jewish. Somalia is officially Sunni Muslim, with no other religions listed (legal?). And Kenya is, per the CIA World Factbook, 83% Christian (Protestant 47.7%, Catholic 23.4%, other Christian 11.9%), 11.2% Muslim, 1.7% Traditionalists, 1.6% other, 2.4% none, 0.2% unspecified (2009 est.). No mention of Jewish here. So Omar’s antisemitism must come from elsewhere.

Never assume malice where stupidity is an option?

It is also possible Omar is just a twit. Yes, it is right to examine our alliance with Israel. And to examine all alliances to ensure we see some benefit. Conversely, the Israelis should do the same. That’s normal. In this case, the US gains an ally in an unstable region; stands up for a democrats nation in a land of despotism, dictatorship, and monarchy; and we keep our moral obligation to prevent another Holocaust.

So is it possible that her repeated ‘dual allegiance’ comment is just ignorance? Maybe she doesn’t know that slander was used against Kennedy, because he was Catholic, Joe Lieberman, because he was Jewish, Mitt Romney, because he was Mormon. It is possible she missed that.

By her own rules, however, Omar has dual allegiance to ‘Palestine’. Is it a slur to say that any Muslim that supports the ‘Palestinians’, Saudi Arabia, Iran, etc.? If so, then the sword cuts both ways, and it is equally a slur to apply that to Jews.

Does who supports you matter?

I remember attacks on President Trump over receiving support from some distasteful sorts. I said at the time that if he didn’t seek them out, then how is he responsible for their other beliefs? That sentence is not great, but the point is, if hate group X supports me over a non-hate-related issue (say, lower taxes), how am I responsible for their other beliefs? Of course, that fell on deaf ears, because to a lot of people, nothing President Trump does can ever be good.

So to them, I say this – if President Trump receiving support from bad people stains him, how do you respond to former KKK leader David Duke’s support of Ilhan Omar?

In response to statements revealing Omar's antisemitism, David Duke calles MN Rep Ilhan Omar the "Most important rep in Congress"

Huh. Isn’t that something.

Of course, that is neither to her credit or debit. Omar isn’t responsible for Duke’s actions. That her actions were praiseworthy because of their antisemitism is her fault, however.

What is to be done here?

As much as I would like to see the Democrats condemn bigotry, I don’t expect it. They have bigotry too deeply ingrained in their party and ideological DNA to condemn it. I would like to see Omar stripped of plum committee assignments as a form of censure, which won’t happen either. Again, to the Democratic Party leadership, her bigotry is less important than the appearance of party unity. So, sickeningly, all is forgiven when the ‘right people’ are involved. The official line is rapidly becoming “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

All that aside (and that should be a post of its own, if I can find the right way to say it), what should be done about Omar vis a vis her position in Congress? The answer is ‘nothing’. The citizens of Minnesota’s 5th District elected her, they bear the responsibility for her actions. Ilhan Omar’s opinions were available, her prejudices and antisemitism known, and still they voted for her. This is on their shoulders. The whole idea of the republican system is that the people elect someone who shares their values and goals, and that person champions them in Congress. That the residents of MN-5 chose Ilhan Omar says more about them than it does about her. They elected an anti-Semitic bigot as the person who best represented who they are. Full stop.

It is important to note that my vague disgust with Omar’s beliefs and MN-5’s decision to select her is in no way an endorsement of physical action against her. It is not an endorsement of bigoted slander against her either. Omar is a citizen, who possesses the same rights to her religion as any other human being. Those calling for violence against her for either her statements or beliefs are in the wrong. Also full stop.

The residents of MN-5 would be well-served in selecting another representative in 2020. Maybe someone who isn’t so openly bigoted would be nice.

Direct Democracy

Direct Democracy

I saw this endorsement of direct democracy on Facebook, and had to, in the finest conservative tradition, pounce. Here is the image again:

Direct Democracy

Ok, let’s unpack that. Using the kind of self-serve kiosks that you see in newer McDonalds is funny, admittedly. Using them in the meme got me thinking. We are closer to national direct democracy than we have ever been.

And that is not a good thing. There are advantages to the republican form of government, not the least of which is a shield against mob rule. And make no mistake, that is exactly what direct democracy is – the rule of the mob. And no one wants that in their lives.

Liberal readers, consider that in direct democracy, if county X in state Y decides to outlaw homosexuals or illegal aliens, that’s the new law. Direct democracy for the win!

Conservative readers, consider that in direct democracy, if county X in state Y decides to outlaw fossil fuels, that’s the new law. Direct democracy for the win! And don’t laugh – see the Green New Deal and the inexplicably allowed to continue Juliana v. United States suit that seeks to eliminate the use of fossil fuels.

But that’s just the tip of the direct democracy iceberg

How do you enforce one citizen / one vote rules that direct democracy requires? With modern technology it’s pretty easy, actually. Just offer up a fingerprint or rental scan, then vote. Well, easy except for the infrastructure to actually do it, which isn’t the iceberg I’m referring to.

Anyway, no, the iceberg in this analogy is the question ‘who owns the data’.

Didn’t think of that one, did you? Who owns all that juicy biometric data needed to prevent vote fraud? The government? Google? Apple? Who do you trust to keep it secret, keep it safe?

I don’t trust the government. They left my personal data open to whomever (read: China) wanted it in the OPM hack. Others in the bureaucracy have been leaking anything to the press they think can harm the President for a few years now. No, I can’t actually trust the government to keep vital personal data safe.

Equifax is out – same reason. Google is out. They have too much data on us already, and as a private company must not be trusted to run an election. Which also kicks out Apple, and every other company in the world.

So who do you trust with your data?

And no, it won’t just be the biometrics to secure the vote

In order to function as a direct democracy, each voter needs to be registered to a state, county, township (if used), municipality, ward (if used), etc. That information includes your name and address, of course – it has that now. When you patch in the needed information to vote – a biometric scan of some form – you enter into a scenario where the risk of identity theft becomes greatly heightened. If I have your name, address, and fingerprint, I can unlock your phone or computer, and gain direct access to your deepest personal data. Easily.

But why use biometrics, why not use a smart ID card, like Homeland Security uses? First, of course, is cost. Second, how do you vote without it? We have people hieing unto their fainting couches at the mere thought of requiring easily-obtained ID, which is also needed for almost every other governmental, financial, business, or employment function. How do you think they would respond to requiring a fancy new ID?

Also, if you can loose it, it isn’t secure. Full stop.

So, to recap – direct democracy is technologically possible in a nation of 300+ million people. Direct democracy needs to have a secure and unbeatable way of verifying votes in real time, and that requires infrastructure that does not exist, and a level of network security that the US government has proven incapable of providing. This would also represent an expansion of the government, even if a logical one, and resisting expansion is one of our foundational beliefs.

In other words, direct democracy isn’t an actual option.

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