Publisher’s Positions

Publisher’s Positions

By Steve Hunley

Mayor Crazy

Bill DeBlasio, whose real name is William Wilhelm, Jr., is the perfect chief executive for a crazy town, because he is clearly the kind of nut-cake that could feed the squirrels of the world for quite some time.  Of course these days he has plenty of competition, especially from the crazy lady who is the mayor of Seattle.  Even inside the Democratic Party DeBlasio hasn’t amounted to much.  Folks have already forgotten he ran for president last year, but dropped out early.

DeBlasio has already doubled down on his recent comment about his mission as mayor is to redistribute wealth.  “If we think we’re going to deal with structural racism and segregation without redistribution of wealth, we’re kidding ourselves.”

Maybe David Hayes should move to NYC.

 

Very Definition of Hypocrisy

Speaking of Seattle, if there was an award for hypocrisy akin to the Oscar for the movies or the Nobel Prize, that particular Lifetime Achievement Award would belong to Seattle City Councilwoman Lisa Herbold.  Herbold called 911 after having voted to defund the police.  She was reporting a crime she is trying to legalize as a member of the Seattle City Council.  The good councilwoman called to say a man allegedly threw a rock through a window in her living room.  Herbold said she had been in the living room when the rock shattered the glass and sailed into her living room, causing her to dive for cover in the kitchen.  The councilwoman said the noise sounded like a gunshot.  One neighbor told officers  someone had been seen fleeing; that neighbor must have had a sense of humor because that individual said the person leaving was “unathletic and a bad runner.”  The witness was so concerned he or she refused the officer’s business card for follow up.

The icing on the cake is Councilwoman Herbold is the sponsor of a proposal which the protestor would probably like.  Herbold’s proposal would help the suspect who threw the rock through the councilwoman’s living room avoid criminal charges.  Herbold’s bill would dismiss most misdemeanor charges against suspects who show “symptoms of mental illness or addiction or if they can prove the crime provided for a need to survive.”  That is what is becoming known as a “poverty defense.”  Lisa Herbold has said she wants juries to hear the reason why a defendant committed a crime.

“It’s giving people an opportunity to tell their stories and giving judges and juries the opportunity to hear those stories and make a decision based on the values of our city,” Herbold said when speaking before the Public Safety Committee of the Seattle City Council recently.

Scott Lindsay, a former Public Safety Advisor, said Herbold’s proposal is “a green light for crime.”  “If you are engaged in 100 different misdemeanors that are in our criminal justice system code, you are not going to be held liable.  You are not going to be held accountable.”

The city council of Seattle already cut funding for its police department by 18%.  Murders are at the highest level in more than a decade.  Crime has been steadily on the rise in Seattle, which has recently peaked at more than a 52% increase.

 

I Agree With Ilhan Omar??

I just got back from looking in my backyard to see if Halley’s Comet had fallen into it.  It wouldn’t have surprised me since I found myself agreeing with Ilhan Omar and you have no idea how much it pains me to say that.  I hate to agree with the anti-Semitic Omar, but when she criticized fellow congressmen for being prioritized to receive the coronavirus vaccine by virtue of their office, I just couldn’t help myself.  Omar is right, congressmen should wait their turn.  I think everybody agrees health care professionals should be the first folks to get them, immediately followed by residents of nursing homes and the like.  Then folks who suffer from one of the conditions that could become life threatening with the virus.

Omar’s bestie, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, took the vaccine and immediately announced she wouldn’t expect others to take a shot she wouldn’t take.  AOC offered to share her experience with folks wanting to ask her about it on Twitter.  Didn’t make a bit of difference to Ilhan Omar.

Now the conversation and argument comes down to do elected officials go ahead and take the vaccine and lead by example?  There are going to be a lot of folks who think that’s a pretty convenient way of looking at it.

Joe Biden has just taken the COVID vaccine so does every congressman and senator in Washington, D.C. have to do the same to lead by example?  Biden getting the shot was broadcast on live television and it seemed like he actually knew where he was at the time.  Biden was accompanied by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.

The second biggest miracle of the week, after my agreeing with Ilhan Omar, was Biden sort of paying a compliment to President Donald Trump.  “I think the administration deserves some credit for getting us off the ground with Operation Warp Speed.”  That’s the first time I can recall Joe Biden being right.  While he couldn’t bear to utter Trump’s name, the High Prophet of Perpetual Country Healing did take a tottering old baby step in the right direction.

I can tell you one thing for sure: without private enterprise and entrepreneurial spirit, which really has made America great, we’d STILL be waiting for a vaccine.  If the government were run by these socialist pinheads we’d all be dead or living in the midst of the zombie apocalypse and wishing we were dead.

 

All of us here at The Knoxville Focus hope you and your family have a better 2021 and a blessed New Year.

 

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