It’s beyond the possibility of dispute today.
Consider the following short video:
Manhattan’s new DA has ordered his prosecutors to stop seeking prison sentences for hordes of criminals and to downgrade felony charges in cases including armed robberies and drug dealing, according to a set of progressive policies made public Tuesday.
In his first memo to staff on Monday, Alvin Bragg said his office “will not seek a carceral sentence” except with homicides and a handful of other cases, including domestic violence felonies, some sex crimes and public corruption.
A “carceral sentence” means a term in in jail or prison. Bragg is literally forbidding Manhattan prosecutors to send lawbreakers, including felons, to prison. Why not?
Assistant district attorneys must also now keep in mind the “impacts of incarceration,” including whether it really does increase public safety, potential future barriers to convicts involving housing and employment, the financial cost of prison and the racial disparities over who gets time, Bragg instructed.
So in Bragg’s view, the “impacts of incarceration” on convicted felons’ prospects for future housing and employment are more important than punishment, deterrence, and the safety of the law-abiding public. Poor criminals! Never mind that we have honorably discharged veterans – thousands of them – who can’t find work. Never mind that a lot of those veterans are homeless. The criminals come first!
Arlington County, Virginia, recently introduced a proposal for a new grading system, based on the idea of equity, that would allow an unlimited number of retakes on assignments, ban extra credit, and would block grading on homework assignments, Fox News reported on Thursday. In response, numerous teachers from Arlington slammed the proposal, saying that it would essentially give children a free pass and dramatically reduce the quality of education in the county.
Proponents of the new system claim that having certain standards — like having late penalties in education — often harms poorer children who may not have access to resources necessary to complete assignments on time.
“Additionally, it has been suggested that students should not be graded on homework assignments because the fear of making mistakes will have a negative impact on their learning process,” Fox News added.
Parents are already being prevented from learning what goes on in the classroom, or having any say in it. And without grades, they won’t have the ghost of a chance of knowing whether their children are learning. They’ll have to take their teachers’ word for it – the very same teachers who’ve been demanding that a day or two of each school week be made “remote learning!” Showing up at the schoolhouse is just too much like work!
No, you mustn’t expect a reduction in your school taxes.
As I muttered to the C.S.O. a little while ago, the Establishment protects its own:
[D]id you even know that the FBI found [the late Jeffrey] Epstein’s cache of sex tapes labeled “(name of underage girl) + (name of VIP)” — and then lost them?
Immediately after Epstein’s arrest at Teterboro Airport in July 2019, the FBI executed a search warrant on his New York mansion. Following a daylong search, agents discovered a hidden safe in the closet of a fifth-floor dressing room, used a saw to break into it, and found an enormous collection of photos of naked girls, and CDs of the girls apparently having sex with influential men.
Then, the agents left — abandoning the photos and CDs, with Epstein’s employees free to wander about the place. As Kelly Maguire, FBI special agent in charge of the search, explained during Maxwell’s trial, they only had a warrant to search the house, but not to remove evidence — evidence at the heart of the entire sex trafficking scheme.
It didn’t occur to Maguire to leave a single agent behind to guard the CDs? How about the intern who just gets coffee?
You’ll never guess what happened next.
The CDs and photographs disappeared. By the time the FBI returned with a new warrant — four days later — to remove the CDs and photos, they were gone. Later, after a few phone calls, Epstein’s lawyer, Richard Kahn, “returned” the cache in two suitcases. I had no idea they were important! I was just tidying up!
Were the videos tampered with? Were all of the photos returned? Who knows!
Of course, you already know that the transcripts of uber-pimp Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial have been sealed. Mustn’t let the names of her “clients” get befouled with accusations of pedophilia and rape! Especially not accurate, documented ones.
And while all this is going on, let’s have a look at the Justice Department’s top priority:
Attorney General Merrick Garland on #January6th: “The actions we have taken thus far will not be our last. The Justice Department remains committed to holding all January 6th perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law…” pic.twitter.com/l0qbBKfQT3
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 5, 2022
On January 6, 2021:
- The evidence is strong that the “riot” was fomented by FBI plants in the crowd.
- The intrusion into the Capitol Building was facilitated by the Capitol police.
- The only deaths that took place that day were caused by the Capitol police.
- The intrusion was over soon after it began. Damage to property was minor.
- Not one of the “rioters” was found in possession of a weapon.
But it was “an assault on our democracy,” eh hoser? While the flagrant vote fraud, ballot-box-stuffing, ballot harvesting, and other hijinks of the election the previous November – the stuff that crowd in D.C. was there to protest – deserve no attention? We should just “move on?”
I refuse to insult my Gentle Readers’ intelligence by stating the unavoidable conclusion for them.
Given all the above and much more, it’s my conclusion, pace Stephen Miller, that America as founded is no more. The Constitution of the United States is a historical relic without functional import. We are now a Society of Status, in which personal identity and connections determine to whom the law applies.
If you think I’m wrong, tell me so… but with evidence and reasoning. Convince me!