Monday, June 22, 2020

I Thought Pot Made You Mellow

And making it legal would remove the criminal element.  6/17/20

Yes, many businesses near the heart of the action suffered broken windows and fell prey to looters as fury over the police killing of George Floyd reached a boiling point. However, the crime spree that's now touched seemingly every Bay Area dispensary was not the inadvertent result of a riot or a small-scale effort to make off with a souvenir.

Instead, according to Magnolia Wellness executive director Debby Goldsberry, 20 men armed with guns paid her store an after-hours visit on Saturday, May 30, and left with everything they could take.

"Little did we know," Goldsberry told SFGATE by phone, "that on Friday night, the 29th, five dispensaries had armed robberies. Nobody notified us that five dispensaries had been robbed. The city didn't warn us. The police didn't warn us. We didn't know, so Magnolia didn't even know to be prepared."

It appears registration is once again at fault:

While licensed pot shops and delivery services represent the customer-facing aspects of the cannabis industry, the Bay Area is also home to a large number of manufacturers, cultivators, and distributors as well. The licensing databases for all of these businesses were, until recently, fully accessible to the public.

As a result, there is now reasonable belief among industry insiders that this database was utilized as a way to target grow houses and other facilities that are often tucked away in industrial neighborhoods in hopes of avoiding unwanted attention.

On June 4, the databases were disabled in response to a letter requesting the action from the California Cannabis Industry Association.

Unfortunately, however, the damage is already done.

Nug’s CEO John Oram estimated losses to the company’s Oakland cultivation facility may top $2 million, which Budzu calculates as being worth 900 pounds of cannabis. A nearby growhouse for Cookies, the Bay Area cannabis-clothing empire overseen by rapper Berner, was also targeted. Meanwhile, down in Los Angeles, a Cookies location on Melrose was hit by looters on May 30.

Which Lives Matter?

Twice as may Americans back the “All Lives Matter” slogan over the “Black Lives Matter” slogan, says a new Rasmussen survey of 1,000 likely voters.

Among blacks, a 47 percent plurality picked “All Lives Matter” over the 44 percent who picked “Black Lives Matter.”

The June 15-16 poll asked respondents: “Which statement is closest to your own?”

“Black Lives Matter” was picked by 30 percent of voters, including 35 percent of voters under age 40, and 63 percent of liberals.

“All Lives Matter” was picked by 59 percent of all voters, 58 percent of swing-voters, and 56 percent of “moderate” voters.

“Black Lives Matter” was more favored by wealthier people. It was backed by just 34 percent of people earning less than $30,000 but by 53 percent of people who earn above $200,000. The slogan was picked by just 22 percent of high school graduates but by 41 percent of people with professional degrees.

This should be no surprise.  American blacks are not so fundamentally different from the rest of America, in spite of the image the left-wing news media emphasize of rappers, thugs, and looters.

Of course Americans with very high incomes are focused on race, because they feel guilty about their privilege, which has little or nothing to do with race.

Here Kitty, Kitty

6/19/20 Sacramento Bee:
A mountain lion cub recently caught roaming the streets of San Francisco could be the culprit behind a trio of unexplained animal killings at the San Francisco Zoo, officials say.
At least the police might protect you from it, until: Roar Lives Matter.

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Are There Any Joe Biden Statues?

I cannot figure out how to embed HTML in Blogger anymore.  Nonetheless, Biden explaining
that the United Daughters Of The Confederacy is "an organization made up of many
fine people who continue to display the Confederate flag."

Saturday, June 20, 2020

More Statues Toppled

U.S. Grant (who led the Union to victory over the Confederacy and whose Justice Department prosecuted the Klan after the war) Francis Scott Key, abolitionist.  The Democrats are clearly too ignorant of history to tun a lemonade stand.  The Democrats want a civil war again; they will not like the results.  And read the comments by leftists who insist these were right-wingers that the police did not stop or arrest.

Friday, June 19, 2020

White Privilege

If anyone accuses me of enjoying "white Privilege" I will invite them to look at my teeth.  There is a discoloration on them as a result many years ago to cover fever ridges, both cosmetically and to reduce cavity risk.  

Fever ridges are the result of a very high fever when secondary teeth are forming.  I had a 105 degree fever and we had no insurance.   The fever ridges were the result of my "white privilege."  

A lot of privileged whites assume their privilege was because of race, not that their parents worked hard to give their children advantages.  My kids were privileged but not by race, but very hard work and hard decisions my wife and I made.

And some of my elder siblings envy how easy my life was compared to theirs.  They often knew hunger.  My parents moved into Santa Monica from Los Angeles because the schools were much better.  (Two of my sisters went to a junior high in San Francisco in the 1950s where boys had knife fights in the halls, and girls used broken bottles. Very Blackboard Jungle.)  Santa Monica was a financial challenge, even back then when Santa Monica was a place where old people went to die, not a trendy home of the rich.  And my creepy, monstrous uncle (who deserved the suffering at the end of his life) was not around.

I did have several advantages that had nothing to with race.  Education was very important to my parents, and it was a house where everyone read.   I have recently learned that I was reading at two because my older brother taught me.

Thursday, June 18, 2020