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

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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.

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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Texas Doctor Defies Abortion Ban, Setting Up New Legal Challenge to Enforcement

This is just a game of courts and time, and this doctor is betting that with enough of the latter, the former will swing to his favor.

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While the Supreme Court is often seen as a finish line for certain legal challenges here in the United States, in some cases, it is truly only the beginning of another, larger fight.

Such seems to be the case in Texas, where a new abortion ban has already been defied by one doctor.

A Texas doctor claimed Saturday that he has deliberately violated the state’s new abortion law in order to help test whether it’s legal.

Alan Braid, an obstetrician-gynecologist in San Antonio, explained his actions in an essay published in The Washington Post.

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Braid writes that he understands “there could be legal consequences” because of his action.

It seems that “legal consequences” were the whole point.

“But I wanted to make sure that Texas didn’t get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested.”

He added later: “I understand that by providing an abortion beyond the new legal limit, I am taking a personal risk, but it’s something I believe in strongly.”

The news comes just days after the Attorney General, Merrick Garland, stated his unequivocal opinion that the new Texas law was unconstitutional – something that very well may have factored into the decision by Braid.

Braid’s case, should Texas choose to enforce the law against him, certainly has the makings of a situation that could again reach the Supreme Court.  Should there be any changes to the makeup of that judicial body ahead of Braid’s case, there could be a reasonable chance that the Texas law gets overturned.

This is why the GOP is so concerned about the Biden administration’s willingness to consider the possibility of packing the court.

While the Supreme Court is often seen as a finish line for certain legal challenges here in the United States, in some cases, it is truly only the beginning of another, larger fight. Such seems to be the case in Texas, where a new abortion ban has already been defied by one doctor. A Texas doctor claimed Saturday that he has deliberately violated the state’s new abortion law in order to help test whether it’s legal. Alan Braid, an obstetrician-gynecologist in San Antonio, explained his actions in an essay published in The Washington Post. Braid writes that he understands “there could be legal consequences” because of his action. It seems that “legal consequences” were the whole point. “But I wanted to make sure that Texas didn’t get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested.” He added later: “I understand that by providing an abortion beyond the new legal limit, I am taking a personal risk, but it’s something I believe in strongly.” The news comes just days after the Attorney General, Merrick Garland, stated his unequivocal opinion that the new Texas law was unconstitutional – something that very well may have factored into the decision by Braid. Braid’s case, should Texas choose to enforce the law against him, certainly has the makings of a situation that could again reach the Supreme Court.  Should there be any changes to the makeup of that judicial body ahead of Braid’s case, there could be a reasonable chance that the Texas law gets overturned. This is why the GOP is so concerned about the Biden administration’s willingness to consider the possibility of packing the court.

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Despite Federal Freakout, ‘J6’ Rally Remains Peaceful

The federal response to the event has turned out to be a joke.

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All week, we heard nothing but abject terror from the mainstream media.  They were completely convinced that there was trouble coming down the pike on The Beltway, and they were frothing at the mouth in hoping to blame it on the MAGA Movement.

But, despite their desperate and derivative dialogue, the “Justice for J6” rally went off without a hitch, foiling their naysaying narrative.

Early reports and videos emerging from the pro-Capitol-rioter “Justice for J6” rally indicate that the event has drawn “a few dozen” attendees, and many times that number of press and police.

On Saturday afternoon, videos began trickling out on social media showing the early stages of the event, organized to show support for those imprisoned over the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol, showing very high turnout — by cops and the media.

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This, after weeks of fear mongering and facetious insults from the mainstream media.

In fact, the overzealousness of law enforcement wound up being a bit of an embarrassment.

Despite the turnout, the event drew a large law enforcement and media presence. Capitol Police said Friday they were working with over 27 agencies from around the region to secure the event.

This appears to reiterate the idea that the mainstream media’s vilification of Trump supporters has been largely inappropriate, and just another attempt at manufacturing outrage to bolster their ratings.

All week, we heard nothing but abject terror from the mainstream media.  They were completely convinced that there was trouble coming down the pike on The Beltway, and they were frothing at the mouth in hoping to blame it on the MAGA Movement. But, despite their desperate and derivative dialogue, the “Justice for J6” rally went off without a hitch, foiling their naysaying narrative. Early reports and videos emerging from the pro-Capitol-rioter “Justice for J6” rally indicate that the event has drawn “a few dozen” attendees, and many times that number of press and police. On Saturday afternoon, videos began trickling out on social media showing the early stages of the event, organized to show support for those imprisoned over the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol, showing very high turnout — by cops and the media. This, after weeks of fear mongering and facetious insults from the mainstream media. In fact, the overzealousness of law enforcement wound up being a bit of an embarrassment. Despite the turnout, the event drew a large law enforcement and media presence. Capitol Police said Friday they were working with over 27 agencies from around the region to secure the event. This appears to reiterate the idea that the mainstream media’s vilification of Trump supporters has been largely inappropriate, and just another attempt at manufacturing outrage to bolster their ratings.

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