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With No Police In New York City, ISIS and Al-Qaeda Are Grinning — Opinion

Sounds about right…

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Shootings in New York City are up an astounding 358 percent.

Not a typo.

Is it a coincidence this spike in crime occurred immediately after NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea disbanded undercover anti-crime units across the city? There are now 600 fewer cops on the streets of the city, which have suddenly become a lot more dangerous.

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Shea characterizes this as a “seismic” shift – and he’s right. Just not in the way he meant.

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Will it also be considered coincidental when terrorists take advantage of the same “opportunities” afforded by the disbanding of those who used to protect New Yorkers – and America – from that?

This criminal negligence of duty – of the most fundamental obligation of and justification for government – is breathtaking in the scope of its effrontery.

And the damage caused by it.

Scores of New Yorkers have already died because of the open-season on New Yorkers declared by government officials such as Shea and his overlord of incompetence – or is it contemptuous indifference? – Bill De Blasio, the mayor of the city.

But it’s not enough damage.

De Blasio just announced he will be “shifting” $1 billion dollars away from the NYPD. Which is to say, defunding the protection of the persons and property of New Yorkers by that amount – on top of the previous defunding by Shea.

“We are reducing the size of our police force by not having the next recruit class. We are reducing our overtime levels. We’re shifting functions away from police to civilian agencies,” de Blasio said.

Instead, “free” high-speed Internet for residents of public housing – provided at the expense of the physical security those residents and of the New Yorkers whose taxes will finance it rather than their physical security.

This, he claims, is “the right thing to do.”

Criminals agree. Terrorists, too. It makes their jobs a lot easier.

It’s easier to assault and murder people, after all, when you know there’s no one around to stop you – and when there’s nothing more than your conscience to restrain you. Criminals and terrorists lacking exactly that.

Meanwhile, New Yorkers who do have a conscience lack the means to defend themselves from this open-season . . . on them.

Guns – for the law-abiding – having been effectively outlawed, such that only criminals have them.

Well, not just them.

Those protecting Shea, De Blasio and other elite city officials and very well-protected liberal politicians also have them.

These criminal elites “defund” the protections New Yorkers have a right to – what else are they paying among the highest taxes in the nation for? – from within the safety of a cordon of heavily armed men, not defunded.

Because their physical security remains important.

To themselves.

The rest can fend for themselves

This sentiment was practically ululated by New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, another liberal elitist defunder – who expressed his “disappointment” that De Blasio “did not go farther.”

By which he meant not just defunding but also firing. And not hiring. “I wanted a real hiring freeze,” he told NPR. And “headcount reductions.”

Which all guarantees increases…of another sort.

The crime spike has already happened – but it’s also just begun – as the effects of the defunding jihad – which is only a couple of weeks old – have yet to be tabulated.

Wait a few weeks.

Shootings and other mayhem could easily be up another 358 percent by his time next year. Or sooner. It won’t take long for criminals to seize their chance. They may not have a conscience but they do have the predator’s finely honed ability to sense the helplessness of their prospective victims.

No cops, no protection. No repercussions.

From Antifa to Al-Qeda, it’s open season.

The other effects are incalculable – or rather, we may not be able to tabulate them until it’s too late. The cost’s potential measured not merely in terms of hundreds of shootings and muggings over a few months but in thousands or even tens of thousands of lives in a day.

It could be worse than that.

It was lucky for New Yorkers on that bright fall day almost 20 years ago that the targets of the terrorists – WTC Towers One and Two – were largely empty when they took advantage of the innocent unawareness of what could happen and used that opportunity to fly those jets into them, killing only thousands.

Had the Towers been full of workers that day, it could easily have been many times as bad.

It could be hundreds of thousands the next time – if today’s terrorists use something more lethal than 757s – and this time, it won’t be because of innocent unawareness, mistakes made and balls dropped. It will be the result of deliberate dereliction by government officials like Shea, deBlasio and Johnson who know exactly what they’re doing and simply don’t care.

Which is something much worse than a crime.

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VIDEO: Conservative Icon Tears Through 30 Pushups to Teach Reporter a Lesson

He’s still got it!

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There has been no shortage of concerns over the health of our elected officials as of late, and with good reason.  We keep electing septuagenarians who aren’t exactly the perfect specimen of physical or mental health. And so, far too often, we hear these elder statesmen ragging on one another’s condition.  During the 2016 election, we had to watch the painful and frankly scary behavior of Hillary Clinton, who was in continual denial about whatever affliction she was dealing with at the time.  In 2020, it was Donald Trump and Joe Biden arguing back and forth over their stamina and physical aptitude.  At one point, Biden even suggested that he would drop and give us several pushups in the middle of a debate if Trump would be willing to match him. That potentially hilarious incident never occurred, (maybe thankfully, in order to save our nation from that embarrassment), but these feats of strength remain out there, in the ether, just waiting for some poor sap to take the bait. A reporter in Texas was almost that sap this week. Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West, a 60-year-old former Army lieutenant colonel, did 30 pushups at a press conference outside the state capitol on Wednesday. The pushups occurred near the end of the event, which was to discuss the state’s new abortion and anti-transgender bills. West initially challenged a CBS Austin reporter who showed up late to the event to do 30 pushups in order to make up for his tardiness. After the journalist declined, West did the pushups himself. The crowd counted along and then cheered after he completed them in roughly 22 seconds. Video of the incident shows that West has still got it. https://twitter.com/janestreet/status/1390055667612979204?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1390055667612979204%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.newsweek.com%2Ftexas-gop-chair-lt-col-allen-west-challenges-reporter-press-conference-do-30-pushups-1589432 West has long been an icon in the conservative world, and there is little doubt that this…

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Social Media Giant Permanently Banishes Pro-Life News Outlet

So much for free speech.

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Our nation appears destined to fall into the clutches of a technological oligarchy, headed by the likes of Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg, and there is very little that can be done about it. These two men, who run Twitter and Facebook, respectively, have been ruling their public forums with an iron fist, hiding behind the concept that their private status is a workaround for the First Amendment.  Their gargantuan reach and influence has made it possible for them to act with impunity, steering the narrative on any number of subjects, from Donald Trump to the wonder of maternity. The latest affront to free speech comes to us from Facebook, where a pro-life news organization has been completely banished. Facebook permanently banned LifeSiteNews, a popular pro-life news outlet, for publishing “false information about COVID-19 that could contribute to physical harm.” As justification for unpublishing LifeSiteNews, Facebook cited an article posted on April 10, 2021, titled “COVID vaccines can be deadly for some.” Facebook said they erase Facebook pages that publish “vaccine discouraging information on the platform.” The site’s staff was livid. “This all comes down to another case of Big Tech silencing free speech on their platform,” said LifeSiteNews Marketing Director Rebekah Roberts. “Facebook has been silencing any voice that goes against their beliefs and agenda,” Roberts said. “Our LifeSiteNews Facebook page has been removed simply because we have shared reports of doctors, nurses, expert researchers, and even the former Pfizer VP speaking out against the COVID shots.” This is just the latest in a long line of Orwellian moves by these social media mavens, and may in fact be just another harbinger of something far more sinister to come.

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