The Morning Report 9/8/23

Good morning, kids. The subject for this morning’s disquisition is the concept of schadenfreude. I’m sure the more religious among us will admonish me for taking pleasure in this and that we should love our enemies. Well, in the spirit of that pious aspiration, I’ll consider my attitude as tough love.

Shivanthi Sathanandan, the second vice chairwoman of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), said in a Facebook post that she was violently attacked and carjacked Tuesday in front of her two children.

Four men allegedly broke Sathanandan’s leg and beat her with their fists and guns in front of her two young children at her Minneapolis home before stealing her car and fleeing the scene, she said in the post. Sathanandan, who had previously backed efforts to reduce the police force, urged fellow Minneapolis residents to “take back” their city and prosecute violent criminals in her post following the incident. 

“We need to get illegal guns off of our streets, catch these young people who are running wild creating chaos across our city and HOLD THEM IN CUSTODY AND PROSECUTE THEM,” Sathanandan wrote. . . 

. . . Sathanandan had previously backed efforts in 2020 to “dismantle” the Minneapolis Police Department.

“We are going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department,” she wrote in 2020. “MPD has systematically failed the Black Community, they have failed ALL OF US. It’s time to build a new infrastructure that works for ALL communities. If you are still disagreeing with that BASIC FACT, I’m not sure what to say to you.”

Sathanandan thanked the Minneapolis officers who helped her after the carjacking, according to her post.

She thanked them? Really? Gee, I wonder what ex-police officer and now IMHO political prisoner Derek Chauvin has to say about that. Funny how, regardless of what you saw or thought you saw on the videotape of the arrest of the deceased deviant/miscreant Floyd, Chauvin and his fellow officers were doing exactly what this polliwog Commie would have praised them up and down for had they been Johnny-on-the-spot in her case. Or would she?

For those wholly unaware the DFL Party makes the current mainstream Democrat Party of which it is a part – and the word “mainstream” is relative considering its makeup today – seem almost Reaganite by comparison. It’s virulently anti-American commie roots go back almost 100 years. In cases like this, when Lefties are mugged by reality, figuratively and quite literally here, their Stockholm syndrome-addled little minds kick in and focus the blame on themselves as well as the usual litany of whites, Christians, Jews, capitalism and so on. 

Funny how she also made a point to say they need to get “illegal guns” off the streets. That sure doesn’t follow the party line, does it? It’s legally owned firearms in the hands of responsible citizens that causes all the death and suffering. At least that’s what’s constantly belched up by the Lefty gun-grabbers. That phrase is tantamount to heresy. Too bad she missed the report about how places where the Second Amendment is respected experience low, to the point of rare, violent gun crime and gun violence. Of course, there are other cultural/societal things going on in those places that also don’t exist in the paradises on earth that are America’s Democrat-controlled and dominated inner cities that also account for the low crime rates.

In any case, what a turnaround for this dame, isn’t it? We shall see if her attitude changes once the blood dries and the swelling goes down. As for the cops, I assume perhaps that they didn’t know who she was at the time they responded. Then again, the fact that they did respond given the attitude of the citizenry in Mogadishu-apolis especially in the wake of the Floyd takedown, is interesting. The fact that that third world shit-hole has anyone left on the force is kind of shocking given the fact that they are a red nether’s breadth away at any time from suffering the same fate as Derek Chauvin for the crime of actually doing their job. 

To butcher a well-known proverb, “It’s an Ilhan that blows nobody any good.” Speaking of swelling that won’t go down, we go from the land of Bro-Fos to my hometown, the rotten apple where a titanic whirlwind is being reaped con gusto:

During a townhall on the Upper West Side on Wednesday, a visibly frustrated Adams said the arrival of 110,000 border crossers and illegal aliens since the spring of last year will lead to the destruction of New York City as waves of illegal immigration have continued unabated under President Joe Biden’s watch.

“Let me tell you something New Yorkers: Never in my life have I had a problem that I did not see an ending to. I don’t see an ending to this. I don’t see an ending to this. This issue will destroy New York City, destroy New York City. We’re getting 10,000 migrants a month,” Adams said:

One time we were just getting Venezuela, now we’re getting Ecuador, now we’re getting Russian-speaking coming through Mexico, now we’re getting Western Africa, now we’re getting people from all over the globe have made their minds up that they’re going to come through the southern part of the border and come into New York City.[Emphasis added]

And everyone is saying, ‘It’s New York City’s problem.’ Every community in this city is going to be impacted. We have a $12 billion deficit that we’re going to have to cut every service in this city is going to be impacted. All of us. [Emphasis added]

. . . The remarks come as New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) has effectively cheered on illegal immigration to the region, suggesting repeatedly that it is a boon for employers who are looking to hire foreign workers.

Most recently, Hochul announced a workforce initiative to connect recently arrived border crossers and illegal aliens with employers.

What the story leaves out is that Adams does not look in the mirror nor to his own party for the root cause of the catastrophe. He naturally and ridiculously lashed out primarily at Greg Abbott and Ron DeSantis for exporting the results of the Biden Junta’s absolute erasure of our national sovereignty, which in point of fact is merely the culmination and logical, if not insane, conclusion of a decades-long open borders policy championed by the Left as a political/societal weapon with which to amass permanent political power by destroying our national identity, as well as on the pseudo-right to amass profits by destroying the American labor movement.

Adams and his ilk declared themselves to be “Sanctuary” cities and states where all immigrants, legal and most especially illegal, are welcome and to be treated as royalty. At the same time he and others declared anyone who opposed these polices were knuckle-dragging, heartless, xenophobic racists. So, what the fuck is his problem? You’d think he’d be kissing Abbott’s and DeSantis’ combined ass in Macy’s window for giving him exactly what he and his constituents wanted.

Eric Adams is not merely a hypocrite but he’s an ingrate. Psaki-Psircling back to dusky DFL Dimwit Shivanthi Sathanandan, she vocally seemed to do a complete 180, although an actual official mea culpa is yet to be forthcoming. And if history is a predictor, I’m not going to hold my breath, although you never know. Where is Eric Adams’ declaration that open borders and amnesty must end? 

For sure, I’m not going to hold my breath waiting for that one, because along with abortion, open borders is an absolute Leftist sacrament. To go against that would be political death, at least for this current incarnation of the Democrat Party. 

The late film producer Don Simpson once quipped, “In Hollywood, it’s not how you play the game, it’s how you place the blame.” This is exactly what Adams and others in his position are doing. For anyone to engage in self-analysis and criticism and to admit that they were wrong is a big deal. This applies by orders of magnitude when it comes to someone’s world view, especially politics. Now, apply that to Democrats and Leftists and you can really see the difficulty, if not impossibility, of the situation.

For now, enjoy your schaden-boner.

UPDATE: Many commenters are making a rather compelling case that something seems very wrong about the Shivanthi Sathanandan carjacking, to the point of claiming it to have been faked. I have to say that in re-reading the story and looking at the photo, you might have a point. That said, it makes zero sense when you compare it to other faked crimes like Jussie Smollett, at least in terms of the political messaging. Still, it does serve as a political foil for my commentary, and I do stand by what I wrote, at least in that regard.

As Trump might say, we’ll have to wait and see. 

Have a good weekend.


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3 comments to “The Morning Report 9/8/23”
  1. I’ve always had a love hate relationship with New York – love the sights, the culture, the restaurants; hate the politics, the overall sense of danger and most of all the attitude of superiority from the elites that ” nest” there. Still, you pays your money and you takes your chances – through action or indifference they bought this. Good luck.

  2. That sense of danger used to be an affectation, because Giuliani cleaned up the city and made it the safest large city in the nation. Bloomberg continued that stretch, although he was responsible for turning NYC into a sort of Disney version of “Big City.” As for the smug attitude? Yup. No argument here!

    But the crime is back, the filth is back, and the uniqueness of the neighborhoods is largely gone. So what is the draw? Food? I’ll take Charleston. Art? Sure…a few great museums. Great shopping? Eh…5th Ave. is filled with vendors.

    What is sad is that those smug and superior New Yorkers did nothing to prevent this catastrophe, both through action AND indifference. They voted for progressives, and they turned a blind eye to many years of neglect of what made NYC great.

  3. I am a lifelong New Yorker – despite having left NYC last year for Wisconsin – Brooklyn born and bred. It’s in my bones. That said, I can tell you for a fact that things started changing for the worse even before 9/11. Over-development and the rising rents made even mom and pop shops in Manhattan shutter their doors and the neighborhood-iness that attracted people there in the first place started dying.

    DeBolshevik and now Adams put the nail in the coffin. I find myself missing New York but I miss the New York of my memories and dreams. As it was, not as it is.

    I can no more bring it back than I can bring back my long deceased parents. I mourn it. Maybe from a cultural standpoint it will rise again. But that remains to be seen and for sure, not in the time I have left on this earth.

    Sad. So, so sad and perhaps it was avoidable.

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