Socially Incidental Role Models

Posted by Tina

High fashion can’t be credited for the sick state of society but it can act as an indicator of the unprincipled depravity infecting our world. One of the world’s best known high fashion names, Gucci, serves as an example during Milan Fashion Week. The designer is Alessandro Michele whose Cyborg theme included models carrying what appears to be their own severed heads….lovely.

The following is excerpted commentary of the event by Julie Tong at Yahoo News:

On Wednesday afternoon during Milan Fashion Week, Gucci staged a spectacular yet peculiar fashion show that included “cyborg” models — which, upon a deeper look, possessed an underlying metaphorical feminist message.

In the Gucci show notes, creative director Alessandro Michele referenced A Cyborg Manifesto, written by Donna Haraway in 1984. In it, Haraway uses the concept of a “cyborg” to represent women, without the constraints of society’s traditional gender labels. As one Wired writer notes, the cyborg in Haraway’s piece “trashes the big oppositions between nature and culture, self and world that run through so much of our thought.” …

… It poses the idea that all of us are not “naturally made” — or rather, we are “constructed,” like a cyborg. …

Michele’s vision for Gucci includes models who are genderless: Men wear “women’s” clothing and vice versa, something he has done for several seasons now. He toys with the idea that in the future, traditional notions of men and women will no longer exist. As written in the show notes, “The collection goes further beyond, taking the shape of a genuine Cyborg Manifesto (D.J. Haraway), in which the hybrid is metaphorically praised as a figure that can overcome the dualism and the dichotomy of identity. The Cyborg, in fact, is a paradoxical creature keeping together nature and culture, masculine and feminine, normal and alien, psyche and matter.”

“Gucci Cyborg is post-human: it has eyes on its heads, faun horns, dragon puppies and doubling heads. It’s a biologically indefinite and culturally aware creature.” He refers to these “Gucci Cyborgs” as mongrels, which suggest indefinable, intermixed breeds.

This is what passes for creativity or brilliance in the design and art world. Make no mistake, it is also reflective and indicative of the belief systems being pushed as forward thinking and truth in educational and entertainment circles. We humans are not “naturally made” is the type of message every child should yearns to hear from it’s mother and father…right?

In my mind this theme is ugly, deranged, and toxic.

Given the absolute garbage we are all exposed to on a daily basis, given the rhetoric of the so-called brilliant among us is it really a big mystery that many of the youths of America are confused, dysfunctional…and searching for a sensationalized identity? Contrast with the incidental role models of bygone eras…the great painters, composers, writers and designers.

Your thoughts?

(Photo by Getty Images)

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207 Murders in US Tied to MS-13

Posted by Tina

MS-13 criminal activity was “stifled” during the GW Bush years but following the election of Barack Obama, in particular following his re-election in 2012, MS-13 criminal activity exploded right along with the number of sanctuary cities. Obama’s prejudiced policy not to prosecute minority offenders and his lax immigration policy undoubtedly contributed to the rise of the deadly gang. The The Washington Examiner outlines a report by The Center for Immigration Studies:

President Trump has pledged to crack down on the gang and deport those in the United States illegally, and report author Jessica M. Vaughan suggested that it can’t happen soon enough.

Detailing how the gang rebuilt itself under Obama’s open-border immigration policies, she said, “this resurgence represents a very serious threat to public safety in communities where MS-13 has rebuilt itself. The resurgence is directly connected to the illegal arrival and resettlement of more than 300,000 Central American youths and families that has continued unabated for six years, and to a de-prioritization of immigration enforcement in the interior of the country that occurred at the same time.”

The research she supervised at the immigration think tank found that MS-13 concentrations were in areas where so-called “unaccompanied alien children” were put under Obama, including Virginia, California, Maryland and New York. They included those participating in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals who Democrats in Congress are fighting for.

She cited an example of a Maryland DACA recipient charged with gang activity who urged pals in El Salvador to take advantage of Obama’s policies:

One MS-13 clique leader in Frederick, Md., who had received a DACA work permit and was employed as a custodian at a middle school in Frederick, Md., and who was recently incarcerated for various gang-related crimes, reportedly was told by gang leaders in El Salvador to take advantage of the lenient policies on UACs to bring in new recruits, knowing that they would be allowed to resettle in the area with few questions asked. Several of these unaccompanied minors now have been arrested and incarcerated for various crimes, including a vicious random attack on a sheriff’s deputy in 2015.

Crime, torture and theft are the trademarks of the gang.

The same party that uses school children to agitate for gun control also shelters these hard core MS-13 criminals in sanctuary cities!

Why would anyone trust Democrats to lead our nation or create safe spaces for our children?

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Students Call for Solutions, Not Politics – Then They’re Used Politically and Become Agitators for the Left

Posted by Tina

Yesterday I saw footage of fresh faced teens in Florida demanding that we put politics aside and work together to find solutions that would ensure the safety of students in our schools. A mature response IMHO.

That was yesterday. In less than 24 hours Democrats and left activists have hijacked the nonpartisan plea and motivated an activist movement to push for “gun control,” the same worn out talking point the left has used for decades to stir up emotions and create an election year “cause” for votes and donations. Democrat activists don’t listen. They refuse to participate in solutions oriented noodling. Instead they become instant opportunists motivated by extreme politics. Example:

This week we lost 17 Americans in Parkland – the deadliest school shooting since Sandy Hook in 2012. Since then, 438 people have been shot and 138 killed in over 230 school shootings. That’s 5 school shootings every month, 16 of which classify as “mass shootings.” — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 16, 2018

But there’s a problem with Hillary’s statistics. Even the Washington Post noted the lie in it’s article: “No, there haven’t been 18 school shootings in 2018. That number is flat wrong.” The number of fatal school shooting incidents since Columbine in 1999 is actually 25 — certainly no small number, but nowhere near “230 school shootings since 2012.” Hillary’s numbers derive from “Everytown for Gun Safety,” a radical left-wing, gun control group.

The same lie was repeated on twitter by Bernie Sanders, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Cher, Alexander William, Misha Collins and Albert Brooks and retweeted thousands of times. News organizations also falsely used the numbers in their coverage of the incident: MSNBC, ABC, NBCs, CBS, Time, MSN, BBC, the New York Daily News and the Huffington Post.

It’s called left generated fake news. So much for a solutions based approach.

Following a tragedy, the left always swings into action to agitate! In this case the dead are shamefully used as vulnerable students become pawns in a tortured political game. Democrats are not above stretching the truth, nor are they above flat out lying, to sensationalize the issue and promote their party.

Related: NBC Miami, “Broward Deputies to Carry Rifles on School Grounds: Sheriff”

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Utopia is Filthy

by Jack

How filthy is San Francisco? An NBC Bay Area Investigation reveals a dangerous mix of drug needles, garbage, and feces throughout downtown San Francisco. The Investigative Unit surveyed 153 blocks of the city – the more than 20-mile stretch includes popular tourist spots like Union Square and major hotel chains. The area – bordered by Van Ness Avenue, Market Street, Post Street and Grant Avenue – is also home to City Hall, schools, playgrounds, and a police station.

“We see poop, we see pee, we see needles, and we see trash,” said teacher Adelita Orellana. “Sometimes they ask what is it, and that’s a conversation that’s a little difficult to have with a 2-year old, but we just let them know that those things are full of germs, that they are dangerous, and they should never be touched.”

In light of the dangerous conditions, part of Orellana’s responsibilities now include teaching young children how to avoid the contamination.

A slip and fall because you accidentally stepped on a large mass of human poop is bad enough, but consider when the poop is dry it becomes airborne, then it can be inhaled and that is a deadly risk.  The myriad of diseases associated with human feces can make your walking adventure in SF truly life threatening.  The needles, the poop, the urine, ….think of the health risk, think of the children that are exposed to this every day.   Isn’t it time for liberal San Franciscans to pony up, buy all these homeless an apartment and pay for their medical, food and clothing?  After all, if it saves just one child isn’t it worth it?

The “liberal created” homeless problem can be traced back to 2008 when a noticeable number of transients from across the United States were encouraged to migrate to sunny California and the good life.  CA had fair weather, a liberal state government, lots of safety nets and ample free stuff.  Compared to most other States California was utopia!  Over the years that followed CA’s soft touch reputation and liberal welfare policies have created a virtual exodus of bums to the golden state.

Currently one out of every three homeless now lives in California.  San Francisco, long the bastion of liberalism, has been inundated with the homeless.  They have seen the public works cleanup cost double in the last two years.  Currently the City spends about 60 million dollars a year on cleanup and this does not begin to keep pace with influx of new homeless and new trash arriving every day.

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More Shocking Shooting Details Come Out

by Jack

Right after the Broward County school shooting, it was strongly suspicioned by many in law enforcement that the shooter was known to the FBI and they had an opportunity to intercede.   Now it comes out that was exactly what happened.  Today the FBI admitted they dropped the ball, but they are not being forth coming about where it went wrong and that ought to be made public!

“The FBI released the details in a statement conceding their employees did not follow protocol to follow up on this tip. ”Under established protocols, the information provided by the caller should have been assessed as a potential threat to life,” the statement said. “The information then should have been forwarded to the FBI Miami Field Office, where appropriate investigative steps would have been taken.”

The tip was not forwarded to Miami, and “no further investigation” was conducted into Cruz.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said he is “committed to getting to the bottom of what happened,” and that members of the bureau “deeply regret the additional pain this causes all those affected by this horrific tragedy.”

The Governor of Florida demanded that the FBI tell the public where this tip went wrong, who was responsible, why they didn’t follow protocols and what’s being done about it.   But, so far the FBI is stonewalling his request, just as they did during the aftermath of 9-11 when a tipster provided information that potentially would have exposed the entire plot.

The FBI works for us, not the other way around.  They should not  have a choice about full disclosure in this case.  When they screw up and the public demands answers – we have a right to know!   Three of the recent shooters were known crazies, on they were on FBI watch list!  What good does that list do if they FBI doesn’t investigate?  This glaring breakdown needs fixing now.  However, lawmakers are not focusing their leverage on the FBI, they are seeking tougher gun control laws.  Which brings up, what exactly do they have in mind?  I would like to know.  The people deserve to know about any proposed encroachments on our 2nd amendment right.

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Break Thru Art – Jack Lee

Jack

If you practice enough at anything you will have break thru moments, this painting represents mine.

My daughter didn’t like the background in my first Curtis painting and urged me to do a second. Finally I gave in.   In doing my second Curtis Hawk I felt more comfortable knowing all of it’s components, so I focused more on shading, detail and bringing it to life. I also spent a little extra time on the clouds. The painting took about two days, but in the end I was very pleased. I hope you enjoy it. This is an acrylic on canvas, 18X20.

This is a break thru for me, my best plane painting to date.   Wish you could see it in person, the clouds are really bright and almost shine, plus the colors on the plane are more vivid.

Lee’s BF2C Curtis Hawk

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Obama ICE Appointee in Seattle Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud and Identity Theft

Posted by Tina

The Department of Justice press release as quoted by The American Thinker:

Sanchez, who had responsibility over immigration removal proceedings in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, intentionally devised a scheme to defraud seven aliens in various stages of immigration removal proceedings. For his own personal gain, Sanchez used the personally identifiable information of those aliens to open lines of credit and personal loans in their names, manipulated their credit bureau files and transferred funds to and purchased goods for himself using credit cards issued in their names.

Sanchez admitted that he obtained personally identifiable information of the victim aliens by using ICE’s official computer database systems and by accessing their official, hard-copy immigration A-files, and then forged identification documents on his work computer, such as social security cards and Washington State driver’s licenses, in the victims’ names. Sanchez used the forged documents to open credit card and bank accounts in the names of aliens, which he controlled.

In furtherance of the scheme, Sanchez listed his home address as the aliens’ residences on account paperwork; in some cases, created public utility account statements in their names to provide the necessary proof of residence in order to open lines of credit in their names or to conceal the scheme; and opened e-mail and online financial accounts in the names of several aliens. Sanchez also manufactured a false earnings and leave statement in the name of one alien in furtherance of the scheme and registered a car in her name.

Sanchez further admitted that once the accounts were approved and opened, he made charges or drew payments totaling more than $190,000 in the names of aliens to himself or entities that he controlled, often using PayPal and mobile point of sale devices from Amazon, Square, Venmo and Coin to process fraudulent Internet transactions. In a number of cases, Sanchez purchased goods online in the names of aliens and had them shipped to his residence. Sanchez also employed credit monitoring services on some of these aliens and corresponded with credit bureaus in the names of aliens to conceal his fraud scheme. Finally, as part of the scheme to defraud, Sanchez also claimed three aliens as relative dependents on his tax returns for 2014 through 2016.

Sanchez will be sentenced on May 11, before U.S. district judge Robert S. Lansik of the Western District of Washington. It is assumed that a deal was made which resulted in his guilty plea.

Another corrupt individual from the Obama era bites the dust. But he’s a guppy in a big polluted pond…when will we get to the big fish? It’s not as if we were suffering under a shortage!

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Broward County “PROMISE” Program Failed the Community!

Posted by Tina

As we all now know there were a number of system failures prior to the school shooting in Florida last week. Reports to the FBI were ignored. FBI procedures were not followed. Local school and county authorities did nothing even after multiple complaints and reports were made over a long period. Everyone knew the shooter was “dangerous.” He signaled his intentions well in advance of his deeds on social media.

What the hell?

Well…the FBI has been busy with it’s “Russia Russia Russia” probe (Not to mention CYA activities) but is it too much to ask that they walk and chew gum at the same time? Their budget last year was more than adequate at $9,502.4 million! But there’s also one local policy that’s deadly when it comes to the safety of students attending public schools in the area. We At PS featured a story about this feel good policy a couple of years back. Jeff Sanders of PJ Media recalls the “PROMISE program which was adopted to “reduce the number of students being charged with crimes for minor offenses” in the school system:

They wanted to cut down on the “school to prison pipeline.” So instead of calling the police for things like vandalism and assault/battery and hauling people to jail, they tried the counseling approach. Here is the “matrix” that they use when dealing with problem students. Notice that for issues like fighting, harassment, bullying, and vandalism, the answer is counseling, something called “restorative justice,” “developmental assets profiling,” and “assessments with coordinated social skills lessons.”

So, they chose not to call the police even when crimes were committed! They “sheltered” criminals and adopted an expanded social response. Obviously, given the length of time this shooters problems were known, social intervention was not just ineffective, there’s a good chance it was never implemented in the Cruz case. When offenders are coddled good students are subjected to disruption and danger.

Once again leftist thinkers came up with a plan that was symbolic in nature…a drop in statistics meant they’d all feel and look better! Problem solved!

But the problem wasn’t solved and what followed was an unnecessary tragedy.

It’s time to put the security of those students who actually want to learn ahead of the severely dysfunctional and criminal elements. Serious boot camp or jail for offenders, in particular serious offenders, which Cruz obviously was, will better serve the students and the entire community.

Excellent related article at The Hill, “What if there were serious gun controls?” is my recommended companion piece.

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Floriday Shooting

by Jack

The Florida school shooting in the wake of Las Vegas is just too much!  It’s way past time for Congress to take a leadership role and find out what can be done to protect the public.  As with all serious problems, they need to start with some serious fact finding and not more knee-jerk, feel good, legislation, as they are so prone to doing.  We really need to know what’s going on in our society.  What the h– is really behind these shootings!  Then and only then, can we take the most responsible course of action.

Think of the school shootings as a disease and the weapon used as a symptom.   If we only treat the symptom we’re just fooling ourselves.

This is why I think the most responsible approach would be to form a Congressional commission to investigate the shooters history and all that we can learn from it.  We need to solve the big questions like, how might they (shooters) have been thwarted by law enforcement?  How can we physically employ building codes to add an extra degree of safety to public schools?  Can trained counsellors be part of our educational process in high schools?     What the courts, and the laws… can we streamline the system and enact safeguards for the public and yet preserve our Constitutional rights?

There are a whole lot of decent ideas floating around now and we ought to look at each one and start coming up with a way to stop these mass shootings!  Enough is enough!

Would an assault weapons ban be effective and reasonable?  We know AR15’s with 30 round clips or more can wreak a lot of devastation in a very short period of time.   But, so can many other things and we must deal with that reality.  The picture above is not an AR15, it’s a full auto Thompson submachine gun.  The tommy gun has been around for 90 years and it’s never once been used in a school shooting.

Currently, we have we have about 9 million AR15’s in private ownership.  We’ve had millions in private hands for decades, so from a purely statistical point of view there is a very long list of other things that kill more people each year than an AR15.

In 2012, the most recent record I could find, there were 16,808,538 applications to purchase a firearm.  In 2014 congressional testimony reported, the National Shooting Sports Foundation estimated assault-style weapons domestically in the range of 5 million to 8.2 million.  The United States gun ownership is the highest in the world with an estimated 300 million firearms in private ownership.  That’s a huge number of weapons and it’s impossible to confiscate guns to solve the problem and it would not work anyway.

If the AR15 was the problem we should have a lot more shooting deaths.   If guns alone were the problem we should have a lot more gun violence, a vast amount more!  But, we don’t in either case.  The problem, the heart of this issue, is an anomaly that exists within our society.  We need to find it and focus our resources where it will do the most good.

From my perspective, an assault weapons ban is not going to cut it because as I’ve said, this is just a symptom.  Besides, we’ve tried that and it didn’t work.   I would rather we focus on  the root cause.  What is the mental illness that causes people to act out in this manner?

Why do we have this problem now when it didn’t exist a few decades ago?  What significant things have changed and how can we repair it?  You come up with that one and we will be one heck of a lot closer to a solution!

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Curtis Hawk BiPlane

Curtis Hawk Painting by Jack Lee

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