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The failure of liberal logic summed up in two Oregon headlines

Headline One: E-cigarette deaths climb as officials confirm some illnesses caused by oil in lungs from vaping marijuana

Headline Two: Oregon is one step closer to being the first state to legalize psychedelic mushrooms

Details from Headline One: At least four people have died after using e-cigarettes and about 450 possible cases of severe lung diseases are now under investigation — more than doubling the breadth of the mysterious illness that has gripped the country, federal health officials announced Friday. The cases have spread to 33 states, most related to people vaping marijuana products, officials said.

Details from Headline Two: Oregon voters may get the chance to decide whether or not to become the first state to legalize psychedelic mushrooms next year. The ballot title for the Psilocybin Service Initiative, or Initiative Petition #34, was certified Friday and now supporters of a measure to legalize psilocybin in controlled settings can gather signatures to get the issue on the ballot in 2020. The initiative won’t mean that “magic” mushrooms are legal at all times and everywhere in the state. Instead, the measure would allow “manufacture, delivery, administration of psilocybin at supervised, licensed facilities.”

The recreational use of marijuana was passed in Oregon in 2014 under Ballot Measure 91. Its passage legalized the “recreational use of marijuana, based on regulation and taxation to be determined by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission”.

Yet who could have predicted the bad consequences from legalizing marijuana? That is rhetorical, of course.

So what do progressives want to legalize next? Psychedelic mushrooms!

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Sanctuary California: Illegal alien shoots deputy, sparks manhunt & chase

From Fox News: A California sheriff is calling for immigration reform in his state after he says sanctuary city policies freed a violent illegal immigrant who went on to shoot a police officer and lead cops on a wild, high-speed chase.

Guadalupe Lopez-Herrara, 51, was taken into custody Thursday, a day after the Merced County’s Sheriff’s Office says Lopez-Herrara shot a deputy attempting to arrest him for allegedly violating a restraining order, FOX26 reported.

“This person is not a legal citizen within the United States,” Merced Sheriff Van Warnke said at a press conference Thursday. “We had him in our custody in January of this year. And because of the folks in Sacramento limiting our ability to cooperate with ICE, we could not turn him over.

The deputy, a sergeant with the sheriff’s office, sustained non-life threatening injuries after police say Lopez-Herrara, described as a known violent criminal, shot him in the leg and vest Wednesday.

A shootout subsequently broke out between Lopez-Herrara and deputies — but Lopez-Herrara managed to hide behind shrubbery and open fire, pinning down cops long enough to allow his escape.

Several law enforcement agencies launched a manhunt but were unable to locate him until the following morning. A high-speed pursuit ensued after Lopez-Herrara was spotted in a stolen truck on Highway 46, FOX26 reported.

The chase — which reached speeds of 120 mph — ended when Lopez-Herrara hit a spike strip.

Police say Lopez-Herrera fired shots at them from inside the vehicle, but he was stopped by a K-9 and taken into custody.

“Bottom line is our immigration policies need to be revamped because we’re gonna continue to have more of this situation happen…We knew ahead of time this guy’s potential for violence was there,” Warnke said.

Sanctuary city laws in California have limited local law enforcement’s ability to convey information to federal agencies about illegal immigrants taken into their custody.

Warnke said Lopez-Herrara has a violent history that includes assault with a deadly weapon, felony assault, spousal abuse and possession of narcotics.

He is currently being held at the Merced County Jail.

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Four years after declaring homeless emergency in Seattle, bureaucrats have the solution: Create a “unified” government agency!

In November 2015 former demorat Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (who resigned due to child sex abuse allegations) declared an emergency and announced new investments to respond to homelessness. Between the city and King County, they initially pledged $7.3M to address the crisis.

Fast forward to 2019 and this is the state of the homeless crisis in King County:

Number of homeless: 11,199 (down 8% from previous year)
Total spent in 2017: $195 million
Estimated annual price tag to solve homeless crisis: $1 BILLION

Liberal utopia of Seattle/Q13 Fox photo

As you can see, even with millions of taxpayers’ dollars, the crisis persists throughout the region.

So what is the bureaucrats’ new solution? A new government bureaucracy between the city and county called, “King County Regional Homelessness Authority.”

According to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, “Today marks the start of a new era.”

King County Executive Dow Constantine said, “We are determined to create a service system that seeks solutions to the disproportionality of homelessness among communities of color. Our vision is a homeless response system that is fair and just for all. That’s the goal.”

MyNorthwest.com reports that the new agency will consolidate funding and policy-making for homelessness between King County and the City of Seattle.

And how much will this cost? Nearly $132 MILLION for things like start-up costs, administrative funding, services, and more.

Guess how long it took to devise this plan? From MyNorthwest.com:

“The original plan for this “One Table” regional approach was first unveiled in Dec. 2017. Almost a year later, officials announced their intent to “create a set of recommendations and action steps.” Now eight months after that, legislation will next go before Seattle City Council and King County Council.

Read the whole MyNorthwest.com story here.

See also:

Liberal utopia of Seattle: Homeless man who beat up musician that was left unable to speak out of jail after 10 days with no bail!
Failed city of Seattle: Police response to business owner whose customer was assaulted by homeless criminal, “you’re pretty far down the line, pal”
Seattle City Council now wants you to help solve their “housing crisis” with a backyard cottage
Homeless harassing King County Courthouse workers: “It’s a reflection of the courthouse location”

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Liberal La La Land: Scathing report by democrat auditor finds deep operational failures at L.A.’s top homeless outreach agency

LA Mayor Garcetti/LA Times photo

Ron Galperin has been the Los Angeles City Controller since July 2013. He’s a member of the demorat party and – because sexual identity matters to the left – his Wikipedia page lists him as “the first openly gay official to be elected to citywide office in Los Angeles.”

But whatever. I’d rather focus on what his latest audit has shown about his fellow demorats and what they haven’t done to get the Los Angeles’ homeless crisis under control.

He released a report on August 28 entitled, “Strategy on the Streets: Improving Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s Outreach Program.”

Excerpts from the audit:

“The 2019 point-in-time count estimated that the number of people experiencing homelessness grew to 56,000 in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (CoC) of which 42,500 people were considered unsheltered at the time of the count. This represented the largest number of unsheltered people in any of the nation’s major CoCs and the City of Los Angeles (City), itself, was home to most of the unsheltered cases.

Overall, the City experienced a 16% rise from the prior year’s count to 36,000 individuals.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles; and is governed by a 10-member commission that is appointed by the City Council/Mayor and County Board of Supervisors. LAHSA, today, manages an approximate annual budget of $300 million in federal, State, County, and City funds for programs that provide shelter, permanent housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness.

A critical service LAHSA provides is street outreach (outreach). Over the last two fiscal years, the City allocated a combined $10 million for outreach services, while the County provided the largest amount, totaling $44 million.

Our Office sought to determine how well LAHSA performed City outreach, and we offer recommendations for much needed improvements to its performance and reporting.

In fiscal year (FY) 2017-18, LAHSA failed to meet seven of nine citywide outreach goals, which the agency attributed to data quality issues associated with a new system. As a result, our Office also reviewed LAHSA’s outreach performance in FY 2018-19—for the period when its data challenges should have been resolved—and the results did not improve.”

Read the whole report here.

The streets of Los Angeles…

A report by CBS Los Angeles said that Galperin stated that, “It is all together unacceptable.”

It took a year of auditing to determine that despite the money that tax payers have contributed to their homeless crisis, the number of people on the streets continues to grow.

The story explains that LAHSA’s outreach programs are “reactive” instead of not doing enough to prevent people from becoming homeless.

The good demorat mayor, Eric Garcetti, put a positive spin on the audit: He enjoyed the report and was able to share with Galperin some ways he felt LAHSA could be more proactive in its outreach efforts.

“Any suggestions to improve the efficacy of (LAHSA) and the quickness with which we can get people from the streets to our beds and shelters, I welcome as well,” Garcetti said. “And I think there are some good suggestions that are in there.”

However, Garcetti said the report was based on a snapshot from 18 months ago when the city only had 25 outreach workers — about 800 additional outreach workers have been brought in to address the growing crisis. He also said that more than 20 new homeless shelters are being built, along with 10,000 new permanent housing units.

Read the whole CBS Los Angeles story here.

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San Francisco Board of Supervisors declares NRA a “domestic terrorism organization”

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So now liberals are labeling groups of people “domestic terrorists” because they don’t agree with our politics. Remember, these are the same people who tell us that red flags laws won’t be abused.

The left will stop at nothing to take away our Second Amendment and due process rights.

From Yahoo: The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution on Tuesday declaring the National Rifle Association a “domestic terrorism organization” due to its opposition to more stringent gun-control legislation.

The resolution accuses the NRA of not only resisting legislative reforms that its drafters believe would help curtail the country’s “epidemic of gun violence,” but also of “incit[ing] gun owners to acts of violence.”

“All countries have violent and hateful people, but only in America do we give them ready access to assault weapons and large-capacity magazines thanks, in large part, to the National Rifle Association’s influence,” the resolution says.

The resolution also declares the Board’s intent to “limit those entities who do business with the City and County of San Francisco from doing business with this domestic terrorist organization.” It was drafted following a shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival last month that resulted in the deaths of three people, according to local Fox affiliate KTVU. (Just disregard the fact that the shooter’s gun was ILLEGAL to use in California; hence HE BROKE THE LAW.)

The NRA responded to the provocation by accusing the Board of seeking to distract from the city’s shortcomings.

“This ludicrous stunt by the Board of Supervisors is an effort to distract from the real problems facing San Francisco, such as rampant homelessness, drug abuse and skyrocketing petty crime, to name a few,” the statement said, according to KTVU. “The NRA will continue working to protect the constitutional rights of all freedom-loving Americans.”

The partisan battle over gun control has escalated in recent weeks due to mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and, most recently, Odessa and Midland, Texas.

Congressional Democrats and their colleagues seeking the presidency continue to demand universal-background-check legislation. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, meanwhile, remains hesitant to endorse any specific legislation but said Tuesday that he would be eager to support any reforms backed by the White House.

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Over at the SF Gate there are plenty of comments regarding the Board’s action. Seems many people are calling for the bureaucrats to worry about cleaning up their own sh*thole of a city before they start their virtue signaling. Some of the comments:

The city is turning into a dump and this is where the city leaders pour their time, effort and attention: Nothingburger proclamations and worthless virtue signaling of the highest order.”

“Oh geez louise. Do something that means something you morons. I am no friend of the NRA but this is useless.”

Unbelievable that these blowhards are wasting my taxpayer dollars on stupid measures. Are you now going to arrest card-carrying NRA Members in SF?”

“Every time I think this city has reached a nadir of stupidity, the Board of Supervisors proves me wrong…”

“How do members of the Board of Supervisors have time for a national campaign against the NRA, when just a few blocks from City Hall there are plenty of people with guns who never passed a background check. Take a look at @SFPDTenderloin tweets to see photos of people who are much more dangerous than the NRA. The Board of Supervisors should focus on doing their jobs and getting the guns and drugs out of San Francisco neighborhoods.

“The Board of Supervisors is itself a terrorist group for doing absolutely nothing and turning this city into a pigsty stinking capital of the world. They should be ashamed of themselves for stealing tax payer money by disguising as a salary. Oh BTW, they just gave themselves a raise next year.”

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Chicago mayor tells Ted Cruz to “keep our name out of your mouth” about gun control

Bossy Chiraq Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Liberals sure do love telling other people what they can and cannot speak of.

From Yahoo (via HuffPo, hence the bias): Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a blistering response to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) after he attempted to use the city as an example for why “gun control doesn’t work.”

Cruz on Monday, linking to a story on the far-right website Breitbart News about fatal gun violence in the city that took place over Labor Day Weekend, tweeted that “disarming law-abiding citizens isn’t the answer.”

“Stopping violent criminals—prosecuting & getting them off the street—BEFORE they commit more violent crimes is the most effective way to reduce murder rates,” he added. “Let’s protect our citizens.”

In reply, Lightfoot told Cruz to “keep our name out of your mouth.”

In the same tweet, she posted a graph (with no source cited) showing how nearly 60% of the illegal firearms that were recovered in the city between 2013 and 2016 actually came from outside Illinois.

They were, Lightfoot wrote, “mostly from states dominated by coward Republicans like you who refuse to enact commonsense gun legislation.”

(Do tell, good mayor, how many of those recovered guns were stolen? And stolen by repeat offenders?)

Lightfoot struck a similar harsh tone with Ivanka Trump, an adviser to and the daughter of President Donald Trump, last month after she posted an error-strewn tweet about Chicago’s gun violence.

“It’s important when we’re talking about people’s lives to actually get the facts correct, which one can easily do if you actually cared about getting it right,” Lightfoot said at the time.

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Senator Cruz gave it right back to the good mayor tweeting:

“1/x Mayor, your anger is misplaced. Virtually every year, Chicago has the most murders of any city in America. In 2017, the top five were: Chicago (650 murders), Baltimore (343), Philadelphia (317), New York (290), and Los Angeles (286).

2/x All five of those cities have had Democratic mayors for decades and aggressive gun control policies—none seems to be working. Your explanation (“blame Indiana!”) doesn’t hold water. There are 27 states with GOP governors. Chicago is not alone in having neighboring red states.

3/x But Chicago’s murder totals are often DOUBLE the next closest city. So how do you explain the big cities in red states, without aggressive gun control laws, where murder rates are MUCH lower than Chicago?”

See his whole response to her here.

If you want correct facts about the number of criminal gun incidents in Chiraq, see here.

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Sanctuary Montgomery County, MD: 7th illegal alien arrested for sex crime in five weeks

County Executive Elrich: Providing sanctuary to illegal aliens

From MyFoxChicago: A Honduran national in the United States illegally has been accused of raping his 15-year-old stepdaughter in suburban Maryland, the seventh such case in the area over the past five weeks.

Emilio Carrasco-Hernandez, 37, is charged with second-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, third-degree sex offense and fourth-degree sex offense, according to WJLA.

The alleged victim spoke to Montgomery County police and claimed that her stepfather sexually assaulted her multiple times between Aug. 16 and Aug. 25. She alleged that she was unable to use the bathroom after one of the assaults because it was “very painful” and left her with a “stinging” feeling.

“Victim A stated that she could not move and Emilio Carrasco-Hernandez was squishing her with his body,” detectives reportedly said of the incident. The 200-lb. Carrasco-Hernandez allegedly kissed the girl’s body and even bit her shirt in one incident.

The victim’s mother reportedly booted Carrasco-Hernandez from their Wheaton home after finding the two of them together in a bedroom. While the age of consent in Maryland is 16 years old, the mother said she believed it was a consensual act fueled by alcohol.

More details from Fox News:

“In a statement to WJLA, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said that Carrasco-Hernandez was previously deported in April 2017, but re-entered the United States “sometime thereafter.”

Carrasco-Hernandez could face up to 56 years in state prison in convicted on all charges. He also faces up to 20 years in federal prison for re-entering the U.S. having been previously deported, an ICE official told WJLA.

The agency reportedly placed a detainer on the Honduran national and he was put in jail without bond. He faces charges of second-degree rape, third and fourth degree sex offenses, and sex abuse of a minor.

Since July 25, Montgomery County Police have arrested at least seven confirmed undocumented immigrants illegal aliens for alleged rapes and sexual assaults.

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich signed an executive order last month designating the county a “sanctuary” jurisdiction.

The order states that no county agency – including police departments – can cooperate with ICE. Immigration agents are barred from entering secure portions of county jails, and must take custody of illegal immigrants in public areas, such as jail parking lots.

Earlier this month, another undocumented immigrant illegal alien was arrested on second-degree rape and assault charges but was released days later after the Montgomery County Jail ignored ICE’s detainer request.”

See also:

Sanctuary Montgomery County: Two illegal aliens in Maryland raped 11-year-old girl
Sanctuary states, cities and counties in U.S.
Sanctuary policy allows them in: MS-13 gang decapitate and stab victim 100 times, heart ripped out

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Court rules Pennsylvania man’s “gun-like” hand gesture toward a neighbor is a crime

So now the courts can determine if anyone’s gesture is “legitimate?”

Slippery slope…

From MyFoxChicago: A Pennsylvania court ruled Tuesday that making a “gunlike hand gesture” is a crime after a man made the hand motion during an argument with his neighbor — an act which reportedly made several nearby residents nervous and prompted a call to police.

Stephen Kirchner, 64, made the gesture toward his neighbor in Manor Township in June 2018, according to surveillance video. Kirchner, walking alongside a female neighbor, “stopped, made eye contact with [the male neighbor] and then made a hand gesture at him imitating the firing and recoiling of a gun,” according to court documents.

The action made one neighbor feel “extremely threatened” and he called 911. Another neighbor said she saw Kirchner “put his finger up like he was going to shoot [the neighbor]”, “insecure,” prompting her to call 911.

Kirchner and the female neighbor Kirchner had been walking with previously had issues and confrontations, sparking the neighbor to install six security cameras on his property. At the time of the incident in 2018, the female neighbor had a “no contact” order against the neighbor who felt threatened, court documents indicate.

Kirchner was issued a citation for disorderly conduct following the incident. He said in district court he made the “gunlike” gesture after his neighbor gave him “the finger with both hands.”

The 64-year-old was found guilty, but appealed, arguing the hand gesture didn’t “create a hazardous or physically offensive condition.” Kirchner said he didn’t mean to cause public alarm, and there wasn’t really any harm done to the neighbor or others.

On Tuesday, however, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania found the gesture “served no legitimate purpose, and recklessly risked provoking a dangerous altercation.”

Kirchner was ordered to pay a $100 fine and court costs.

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Liberal utopia of Seattle: Homeless man who beat up musician that was left unable to speak out of jail after 10 days with no bail!

Last November I told you about a man named Ryan Georg who was brutally beaten by a homeless criminal. The perp lived in a nearby homeless encampment and was part of a group that attacked Georg with a baseball bat, beating him within an inch of his life. Georg is now in a wheelchair and get seizures.

From my post: “A musician was leaving last week when he nearly lost his life to a random baseball bat attack by a homeless person, says that the city has allowed the neighborhood to turn into a living nightmare for businesses.”

Read the whole blog post here.

Now MyNorthwest.com reports that one of the men allegedly behind that attack is out of jail on his own recognizance with no bail.

From their report:

“One of them had a baseball bat and just attacked Ryan and his brother,” Cash told KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson. “He took a couple of hits to the head with a baseball bat, and all of them kicked him and beat him when he was on the ground.”

The attackers ran off when a car pulled up to aid the victims.

Georg was rushed to the emergency room, but his loved ones feared that the attack had killed him.

Georg and Cash thought they had some closure when one of the alleged attackers, Lonnie Sanderson, was recently arrested on second-degree assault for the attack.

However, King County Superior Court Judge Veronica Alicea-Galvan released Sanderson on Wednesday after 10 days behind bars with no bail — just a promise to take part in Enhanced Community Center for Alternative Programs, a King County addiction treatment program.

“Our voice wasn’t heard in the decision,” Georg said. “I don’t know why, given the information, they would let that guy out. It just doesn’t make sense to me.”

Read the whole story here.

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Sorry to say this but if this “just doesn’t make sense” to you, then you haven’t been paying attention to what is going on in Seattle and King County. All one has to do is read the daily news (the more conservative sites) or search this blog for “homeless,” “Seattle” or “King County.”

The elected demorat officials in Seattle/King County care more about their “compassion” for the homeless, criminal justice reform and collecting more of your taxpayer dollars to “solve” the homeless crisis than they do about law-abiding citizens.

See also:

Homeless harassing King County Courthouse workers: “It’s a reflection of the courthouse location”
Homeless carrying weapons are “slipping through security” at King County Courthouse
Insanity in Seattle: Homeless man attempts to kidnap child. Guess how many previous arrests/convictions he has…

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Liberal Narrative: You don’t care about gun control until someone you know dies from gun violence

Oh you silly libs, you’d be very wrong and uninformed about my opinion of gun violence and gun control.

I care about gun control and write about it a lot on this blog. And I write about the victims who die from gun violence despite the strict gun control laws already in place. See the following examples:

This is Chiraq: 8 killed, 40 wounded during another weekend of violence
This is Chiraq: 43 shot (2 killed) during weekend violence
This is Chiraq: 45 shot – 4 fatally – during weekend violence
Gun control, Chiraq style: 44 shot – 8 fatally – since Friday night
The left’s narrative vs. facts about gun control laws and mass shootings
Gun control, Chiraq style: 6 shot at baby shower (including 2 kids); witnesses not cooperating with investigators
After Philadelphia Police shootout, demorats call for more gun control. How about stricter penalties for prohibited possessors and better enforcement?
Liberal utopia of California: Prohibited possessor & career criminal who killed Sacramento County deputy flaunted his guns on social media
Shocker, not: Washington state gun laws didn’t prevent ICE detention center Antifa goon from illegally obtaining firearm
#MarchForOurLives: Remember Kate Steinle and those responsible for her death

There is one simple fact that liberals will never comprehend: criminals do not obey gun control laws.

You can never make enough laws to guarantee good behavior from people who are willing to break the law.

But let’s face it, progressives only want one thing anyway: To take away your guns.

Until you can guarantee me that more gun control laws will prevent a perp from entering my home and trying to harm me, I’ll keep my firearms for my protection, TYVM.

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