Amazon “Sells Nooses” | One Of The Funniest Stories In A While

This is all ACE of SPADES! This story DEFINITELY takes the cake. (Click the pics to enter official store):

Oakland Mayor: We Cannot Tolerate People Hanging Nooses in Parks Even Though They Weren’t Intended to Be Nooses and Even Though They Do Not Look Anything Like Nooses

Zero tolerance for nooses. And not just nooses, but zero tolerance for things that look like nooses.

And even that’s not enough — zero tolerance for things that don’t look like nooses.

Oakland’s mayor said five ropes found hanging from trees in a city park are nooses and racially-charged symbols of terror but a resident said they are merely exercise equipment that he put up there months ago.

He said that, or they are just that?

It’s the latter. The “nooses” are ropes with “plastic pipes” in their ends.

The term the AP is intentionally avoiding is “hand-grips.” These are excercise ropes that have plastic hand-grips at their ends, not nooses.

But the Mayor has to give voice to the lunatics, so we’re now going to pretend that exercise ropes are nooses.

Pictured: TRX Nooses on sale from Amazon,
now outed as a White Supremacist Noose Vendor

They have been removed by city officials.

Thank god. We can’t have people getting sick burns in their lats with those nooses.

Now, the guy who put them up says they’re suspension bands for exercise.

But we can’t believe him.

He’s probably a white supremacist.

Victor Sengbe, who is black, told KGO-TV that the ropes were part of a rigging that he and his friends used as part of a larger swing system. He also shared video of the swing in use.

“Out of the dozen and hundreds and thousands of people that walked by, no one has thought that it looked anywhere close to a noose. Folks have used it for exercise. It was really a fun addition to the park that we tried to create,” Sengbe said.

Black guy doing strength training in a public park?

I gotta say, it checks out

Nooses have been associated with the lynching of black people and used as symbols to taunt or terrorize African Americans.

Thanks, AP.

And sometimes, nooses are used to just absolutely BLAST your triceps and BLOW YOUR DELTS RIGHT THE FUCK OUT…..

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The Long-Overdue Collapse of the American Education System

With a grateful hat-tip to ACE OF SPADES, these videos were pretty enlightening:

  • NYU Business Professor: Covid Has Begun a Long-Overdue Collapse of the American Education System, and They Deserve Everything They’re Going to Get Two videos of him, below, making the same basic points. He’s on shows hosted by people you will not like (Amanapour, Cooper), but he’s worth listening to. — ACE

Another positive from this whole Covid thingy is that many parents plan on continuing home schooling:

  • While the majority of parents are hoping that schools will open in the fall, a great number of parents plan on continuing to homeschool regardless of if schools open or not. A survey conducted recently by Real Clear Opinion Research found that among 2,122 families surveyed, just over 40% of them claimed that they would most likely keep their kids at home and will use distance learning until the pandemic ends, no matter what their local and state governments decide about school closures. (MOMS)

Washington Post Swings and Misses

I have had this article thrown in my face too many times… and with a YUGE thanks to ACE OF SPADES for this. Here is the typical Facebook link to the Washington Post article (which is behind a paywall):

To say this article is a fav of Dems and #NeverTrumpers is an understatement. Here is an archived (not behind a pay wall) Washington Post opinion piece by a named source — the author of the piece.

(WASHINGTON POST)

  • Tim Morrison is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former senior director for counterproliferation and biodefense on the National Security Council.

President Trump gets his share of criticism — some warranted, much not. But recently the president’s critics have chosen curious ground to question his response to the coronavirus outbreak since it began spreading from Wuhan, China, in December.

It has been alleged by multiple officials of the Obama administration, including in The Post, that the president and his then-national security adviser, John Bolton, “dissolved the office” at the White House in charge of pandemic preparedness. Because I led the very directorate assigned that mission, the counterproliferation and biodefense office, for a year and then handed it off to another official who still holds the post, I know the charge is specious.

Now, I’m not naive. This is Washington. It’s an election year. Officials out of power want back into power after November. But the middle of a worldwide health emergency is not the time to be making tendentious accusations.

When I joined the National Security Council staff in 2018, I inherited a strong and skilled staff in the counterproliferation and biodefense directorate. This team of national experts together drafted the National Biodefense Strategy of 2018 and an accompanying national security presidential memorandum to implement it; an executive order to modernize influenza vaccines; and coordinated the United States’ response to the Ebola epidemic in Congo, which was ultimately defeated in 2020.

It is true that the Trump administration has seen fit to shrink the NSC staff. But the bloat that occurred under the previous administration clearly needed a correction. Defense Secretary Robert Gatescongressional oversight committees and members of the Obama administration itself all agreed the NSC was too large and too operationally focused (a departure from its traditional role coordinating executive branch activity). As The Post reported in 2015, from the Clinton administration to the Obama administration’s second term, the NSC’s staff “had quadrupled in size, to nearly 400 people.” That is why Trump began streamlining the NSC staff in 2017.

ACE OF SPADES excerpts a portion after this commentary:

He notes that Trump did shrink the NSC — because Obama had bloated it from 100 persons to 400 in just a few years.

But the NSC retained its epidemic personnel — just merged with biodefense and counterprolifereation.

Here is that portion (plus some):

One such move at the NSC was to create the counterproliferation and biodefense directorate, which was the result of consolidating three directorates into one, given the obvious overlap between arms control and nonproliferation, weapons of mass destruction terrorism, and global health and biodefense. It is this reorganization that critics have misconstrued or intentionally misrepresented. If anything, the combined directorate was stronger because related expertise could be commingled.

The reduction of force in the NSC has continued since I departed the White House. But it has left the biodefense staff unaffected — perhaps a recognition of the importance of that mission to the president, who, after all, in 2018 issued a presidential memorandum to finally create real accountability in the federal government’s expansive biodefense system…..

Now ACE switches gears to note who is reTweeting the story:

So you can see how the media eagerly misleads the public — yes, an “office” was dissolved. But most of the personnel making up that office were retained, and added to a new, merged office.

So they say “the office” was dissolved and intend you to take that to mean that the epidemic unit was disbanded.

That’s a lie, but that’s what they want you to believe.

They are the enemy of the people and a reckoning is coming.

Via Tami, John Bolton is now tweeting out the article quoted above:

The rest of ACE’S post is a must read.


CDC BUDGET


This is quickly refuted by the actual budget… the first year is Obama’s… and so, spending on the CDC stayed at or was above O’s.

Two Throwback Cartoons via ACE of SPADES

(ACE of SPADES) A bear wakes out of hibernation in the middle of a human society that blindly refuses to recognize him as an animal. (IMDB)

  • The Bear said, “But, I am a Bear.” The Foreman stopped laughing. He was very mad. “Don’t try to fool me,” he said. “You’re not a Bear. You’re a silly man who needs a shave and wears a fur coat. I’m going to take you to the General Manager.” (MEDIUM)

Based on the book by Norton Juster from 1963, this 1965 short film won the Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Created by classic animation artist Chuck Jones, the story was inspired by a the Victorian novella “Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions,” in which the protagonist visits a one-dimensional universe called Lineland, where women are dots and men are lines.

A simple line attempts to woo his true love, a dot, away from the unkempt squiggle she prefers. But he’ll have to learn to bend before she’ll notice him. (IMDB)