Sunday, June 20, 2021

Isn't there always a justification for racist behavior?

BBC bans white people from applying for £18,000 trainee job on Springwatch and The One Show 

  • BBC is advertising a one-year trainee production management role in Glasgow
  • The position is 'only open to black, Asian and ethnically diverse candidates'
  • Positive discrimination is illegal but 'positive action' is allowed for trainee roles

She drove up and shot him

Video: Flint Police Shoot Dead 19-Year-Old Woman After Juneteenth Celebration – BLM Is Getting Ready For Protests

As a civilization crumbles

Fury as New York prosecutors DROP looting charges against HUNDREDS arrested during riots last summer - with Manhattan DA 'too busy building his case against Trump'

  • Manhattan and Bronx DAs have dropped hundreds of looting cases, data show
  • Out of 603 arrests, 295 cases have been dismissed by prosecutors
  • Only 93 reached conviction, mostly on lesser charges with no jail time
  • Business owners express outrage the criminals who targeted them got off
  • Prosecutors say they were overworked and didn't have enough evidence
  • DA Vance is currently preoccupied preparing criminal case against Trump
  • Vance's memo on looting charges stresses 'equitable treatment' for suspects 

Business owners and residents in New York City are expressing fury at the revelation that prosecutors have dropped looing and rioting charges against hundreds arrested during chaos that swept the city last summer. 

After 603 were arrested in Manhattan and the Bronx during the most intense days of looting last June, 295 of the cases have been dropped completely, according to NYPD data reported by WNBC-TV on Friday. 

Now Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr and Bronx DA Darcel D. Clark are facing tough questions about why hundreds walked free after the looting rampage caused an estimated tens of millions in damages. 

Racial justice corruption

Blacks Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors is tied to a social justice nonprofit that failed to disclose hundreds of thousands in donations, according to a new report. 

Dignity and Power Now is a self-described "Los Angeles based grassroots organization founded in 2012 that fights for the dignity and power of all incarcerated people, their families, and communities." The nonprofit states: "Dignity and Power Now is founded and chaired by Black Lives Matter Cofounder Patrisse Khan-Cullors."

"Patrisse Cullors decided to create a performance art piece that highlighted her brother's story of being abused in the county jails while dissolving the disconnect between the conditions inside custody and the community outside," the Dignity and Power Now "about" page states. "That piece became STAINED: An Intimate Portrayal of State Violence. After a year of touring the piece around Los Angeles County it became clear that audiences wanted to do more than watch the piece – they wanted to change the county jail system."

The Dignity and Power Now/The Coalition to End Sheriff's Violence project was created in July 2012. The Dignity and Power Now nonprofit was "created to be the principle organization for a multifaceted, trauma informed, healing, motivated movement to end state violence and mass incarceration."

The New York Post reported that Dignity and Power Now group "received at least $225,000 in 2016, but told the IRS that the charity had not made more than $50,000 that year, according to public filings." The report noted that "failing to meet that revenue threshold meant that the group didn't have to file a complete federal return, which would outline all of its spending and donations."

The social justice nonprofit was given $100,000 by the Los Angeles-based Resnick Foundation, public documents reportedly show. The donation is purportedly on the Resnick Foundation's 2015 federal tax filings, which show the group's spending from October 2015 through September 2016.

The donation from the Resnick Foundation, a charity controlled by billionaire couple Stewart and Lynda Resnick. The couple have a reported combined net worth of $7.1 billion. Resnick has been the chairman and president of The Wonderful Company, which owns brands including POM Wonderful, bottled water company FIJI Water, Wonderful Pistachios, and Wonderful Almonds.

Dignity and Power Now also received $125,000 from the California Initiative in 2016, according to records. 

According to tax filings, the donations were filtered through Community Partners, a nonprofit that helps administer funds for grassroots charities.

The report claims that DPN also didn't disclose the cash donations in its filings to the California attorney general, who regulates charities in the state.

"Dignity and Power Now registered with the Registry of Charitable Trusts in 2017, informing the registry that they first received funds in July of 2017," a statement from the California attorney general's office reads.

The National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative watchdog group, filed complaints to both the IRS and the AG in California. The group called for an audit of Dignity and Power Now's finances.

"The obvious question is what happened to the money," NLPC chairman Peter Flaherty said. "Given these circumstances, we believe that an audit is in order."
Dignity and Power Now purports to speak in the name of the disadvantaged. The IRS must ensure that no one is taking advantage."

This is the latest controversy surrounding Khan-Cullors. 

Last week, Michael Brown's father joined BLM chapters who are demanding more "financial transparency" of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation raked in more than $90 million in 2020, according to the Associated Press.

Khan-Cullors resigned last month as the leader of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation following scandalous allegations about the co-founder's recent real estate buying binge.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

Lying for Progressives is not a bug it's a feature

Maya Wiley campaign marred by evidence of her wealth and elitism

She’s not Maya from the block.

Maya Wiley has staked her claim to Gracie Mansion on unifying New Yorkers around her progressive bona fides and hard-bitten personal story. 

But it’s a tale that has often required looking past a number of silver spoons, and alleged hypocrisy, including:

  • Putting her own kids in selective city schools, and an elite private one, despite campaigning against what she calls “racist” academic screens.
  • Making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year as a “career” activist and lawyer for the de Blasio administration.
  • Living in a multi-million home in an exclusive area of Brooklyn with private security, while advocating to defund the NYPD. 

“It worries me,” Shaquana Boykin, a Brooklyn district leader who is backing Dianne Morales in the mayor’s race, told The Post. “Wealth and economic status changes everything. You can be white, purple, yellow — if you come from a different economic status, your lived experience is different.”

Bhaskar Sunkara, founder and editor of the socialist magazine Jacobin, said, “I think the left in the future should be running actual working-class candidates,” noting Wiley’s gilded trappings made her less than ideal. 

Maya Wiley arrives with her husband Harlan Mandel at the polling station at Erasmus Hall High School in Flatbush, Brooklyn on June 14, 2021.
Maya Wiley arrives with her husband, Harlan Mandel, at the polling station at Erasmus Hall High School in Flatbush, Brooklyn on June 14, 2021.
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Wiley, 57, polled in a near-dead heat for second with former Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia in this week’s Post survey, but trailed frontrunner Eric Adams by about 5 percentage points.

She lives with her husband, financier Harlan Mandel, 58, in a historic Prospect Park South estate valued at $2.7 million. The home, built in 1905 by architect John J. Petit, has come in for fawning praise by elite connoisseurs. 

“Like many larger Prairie School houses, this house sprawls in a series of wings,” gushed Brownstoner in 2011. “The ground floor is laid in Roman brick, while the upper floors are clad in shingle siding. … Diamond paned windows, Jacobean carved strapwork, leaded transom windows, and the striking side oriels, with carved shields, garlands and putti all add to the house.”

Albemarle Road, the home of candidate for Mayor Maya Wiley. (pictured)  This area is located in a very nice part of town with impeccably manicured lawns and a nice mall for people to sit and read or lie in the grass. They even have a private security detail that watches over the neighborhood.
Maya Wiley’s Albemarle Road home. The Brooklyn neighborhood has a private security detail.
Gregory P. Mango for NY Post

The digs are fitting for Wiley, who has turned a life of activism into a lucrative career. In the two years she worked as counsel for Mayor de Blasio between 2014 and 2016, Wiley raked in more than $400,000 in compensation, city records show. 

After leaving that job, Wiley headed to the New School, where she became a senior vice president for “social justice.” Tax records show a nearly $300,000 payday in 2018 and another $250,000 in 2019. A plum gig as an MSNBC legal analyst netted another $60-100K a year as well, according to her public disclosures.

The cash has allowed Wiley to be charitable — like when she donated $1,000 to her Ivy League alma mater, Dartmouth College, for new conference chairs in 2019. 

Maya Wiley
Maya Wiley has turned a life of activism into a lucrative career.
Paul Martinka for NY Post

Wiley — the daughter of chemist and civil rights leader George Wiley and one-time art gallerist Wretha Whittle Wiley — has been described as an out-of-touch careerist.

“My biggest gripe with Maya Wiley is I don’t know what she did. I don’t know what she accomplished,” said Rudy Hinojosa, 27, who attended New School during Wiley’s tenure. “As far as I knew she was either very behind the scenes, or just was a talking head.”

An MSNBC insider told The Post Wiley had attempted to weave the network into her campaign materials — which resulted in a tough “conversation” with the network.

“There was a feeling that she was using the MSNBC tag to get a larger liberal following in her materials,” the source said. “A discussion had to be had with her about distancing herself. She was abusing it essentially.”

Wiley’s beau, Mandel, does well for himself as CEO of the Media Development Investment Fund, a self-described “not-for-profit investment fund.” Mandel earned more than $900,000 in compensation between 2017 and 2019, tax records show.

MDIF invests in the equity and debt of newsgathering organizations in countries including Poland, Brazil and South Africa. The organization received initial funding from George Soros and the billionaire’s Open Society Foundations continue to support it. The MDIF did not respond to The Post’s requests for its most recent IRS tax filing, which charities must disclose by law.

From 1996 to 1998, Mandel worked as deputy general counsel at the Open Society Foundations. Wiley also worked there in the late ’90s, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Brooklyn Friends School
Maya Wiley’s youngest daughter attended Brooklyn Friends.
Gregory P. Mango for NY Post

Later progressive organizations she was involved with — the Tides Foundation and the Center for Social Inclusion — were both bankrolled by Open Society grants, The Post has reported. As president of the Center for Social Inclusion, where she worked from 2002 to 2014, she was paid more than $180,000 in 2013, according to filings of that group.

Wiley has also been dogged by questions of hypocrisy, failing to live up to her own standards, and being a limousine liberal.

“I think definitely she fits that description pretty well,” Sunkara said. 

Though she has called for slashing a billion dollars from the NYPD and has even declared herself open to the idea of taking their firearms away, Wiley and her tree-lined neighborhood are protected by private security. The protection is paid for from the Prospect Park South Charitable Trust — which Mandel has contributed to. 

The security, which patrols the area at night, is very helpful for shooing away pesky drunks and others undesirables, neighbors said. Busting similarly low-level quality of life crimes has become taboo for rank-and-file NYPD — thanks in part to the advocacy work of people like Wiley. 

Then there is Wiley’s record as an Assistant US Attorney in the Southern District of New York, between 1994 and 1997, where she cut her legal teeth defending the US government from an array of civil rights suits.

The self-described anti-racism warrior represented federal corrections officers accused of beating up a handcuffed prisoner and then throwing him down a flight of stairs, and postal employees who allegedly harassed a black co-worker. 

This work as a federal prosecutor is curiously absent from her LinkedIn profile. 

Maya Wiley
Maya Wiley has called for slashing a billion dollars from the NYPD.
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Wiley has also sent her children to exclusive city schools, some of which require special testing or are for the “gifted and talented” — screens Wiley has called racist and promised to do away with. 

“There should be no discriminatory admissions policies, period,” Wiley previously told The Post.

Her oldest daughter attended the public Mark Twain Intermediate School for the Gifted and Talented in Brooklyn, before heading to Humanities Preparatory Academy in Manhattan, which screens for good grades as a criteria for admission. Her younger daughter spent grades six through 12 at Brooklyn Friends, an elite private school that charges $51,000 per year in tuition.

Wiley’s campaign declined to comment.

With additional reporting from Melissa Klein

Calling out the cowardice of the educational a nine year old.


The Biden grafters

Obama's ethics chief says Biden is sending a 'f*** you' to integrity standards with a string of family-related hires in the administration

  • Walter Shaub spoke out on Friday slamming family hires in Biden administration
  • He served as director of the Office of Government Ethics under Obama
  • Democrats had hoped that new administration would abandon Trump's ways
  • But several senior Biden officials have relatives working in the administration

What about people without a security detail?

Friday, June 18, 2021

Want 'free'? This is what free is like when the government provides the service

‘It’s frightening’: Troubled NYC school told mom to pull her smart son out

By Georgett Roberts and Selim Algar

Find a better school for your son. 

That’s the advice defeated teachers at beleaguered PS 147 in Cambria Heights, Queens, gave to mom Keisha Ellis when she asked about improving the 11-year-old boy’s performance. 

“It’s frightening to hear that from a teacher talking to you about your son,” she told The Post. “They didn’t say they would work with him or try to address it, they just said we should leave.” 

Ellis fears her boy will fail at his dream of becoming a lawyer if he stays at the failing school, where 70 percent of students can’t pass the state’s basic English exam despite the DOE spending nearly $25,000 per pupil. 

“They told me that he is a good student, a smart student,” she said. “But they said the school is not a competitive place and that he was just going to fall behind with the rest of his class.” 

It appears that a lot of the predominantly black parents at the school are getting the message, as enrollment has dropped 17 percent from 2017 to this year. 

Many District 29 families have split for private and charter schools — or moved to Long Island. But Ellis says she’s in a bind because she can’t afford a move or a private school. 

“A lot of people don’t have the money for private schools,” she said. “I’ve applied to two charter schools. But that’s it. Otherwise I’m not sure what I’m going to do.” 

The DOE spent roughly $24,000 per student at PS 147 in 2019. 

Despite that, 81 percent of students failed their state math exam in 2019, according to DOE records. Seventy percent failed English that year. 

“If he’s in a class where there is little or no competition, how do you think he’ll feel?” Ellis added. “He’ll feel complacent. If there is a lot of mediocrity in the class, he is not going to do well. He will feel all right that he is not doing OK. He wants to be a lawyer. I know he can accomplish his dream. But it feels far-fetched.” 

District mom Judith Nephew said her son showed little progress while at PS 52 in Jamaica. 

“He wasn’t getting anywhere” she said. “Every year they would tell us that he was struggling and that he would have to stay back. Then suddenly, they would say he made a big improvement and they would promote him. At the end of the third grade he still couldn’t read.” 

Keisha Ellis poses Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in front of P.S. 147, the Mc Nair Elementary School in Queens.
Keisha Ellis poses in front of PS 147, the McNair Elementary School, in Queens.
Georgette Roberts/N.Y. Post

Nephew said area friends suggested she apply to charter school Success Academy two years ago and that she won a spot. 

“They did an evaluation and told me that he would have to repeat the third grade in order to catch up,” she said. “They took their time and gradually he improved. He is one of the best readers in his class now.” 

Nephew said she feels lucky to have landed a spot at the school and said District 29 parents are increasingly starved for schooling options. 

A total of 73 percent of students at PS 52 flunked their 2019 state math tests and 67 percent failed to pass English, according to DOE records. Roughly $23,000 was spent on each student that year. 

Enrollment has dropped from 475 in 2017 to 336 this year, a dip of 29 percent. 

“I know how a lot of parents feel who are in these schools now,” Nephew said. “Kids are promoted when they shouldn’t be. Nothing happens with bullying. It’s just very difficult.” 

DOE spokesperson Sarah Casasnovas said, “We’re supporting our District 29 families, teachers, and staff and firmly commit to expanding on the improvements we’ve seen so every child and family has a positive, rigorous and high-quality experience.” 

Local activists Michael Duncan and Raymond Dugue of the Students Improvement Association rallied frustrated parents at District 29 offices last week. 

“People are coming to me and asking me what to do,” Duncan said. “I don’t have an answer for them. There are so many people in these situations who are desperate. The DOE needs to do something now.”

Denial is the face of incompetence:

De Blasio can’t explain why mom was told to pull ‘smart’ kid from struggling school

BLM doesn't care about the black community...they're too busy attacking white people

Shocking video shows masked gunman opening fire on NYC sidewalk

A 10-year-old girl and her kid brother were trampled and nearly shot when their trip to buy some candy became a first-hand look at the city’s escalating gun violence, according to cops and chilling video.

At least a dozen shots whizzed by the terrified children as the black-masked gunman repeatedly aimed for his fallen target — who knocked the kids down while trying to escape.

The shocking footage shows the 5-year-old boy’s legs shaking in fear at one point amid the bloodshed.

Miraculously, neither child was hit.

The mayhem occurred on Sheridan Avenue near Mt. Eden Parkway — right outside the little kids’ apartment building — just before 7 p.m., police and sources said.

The shooter fled on a scooter, cops said.

Screenshot of the gunman shooting at the 24-year-old.
The video shows a 24-year-old man jumping for his life at innocent bystanders, using them as protection.
Screenshot of the shooting.
The victim was shot three times, once in the back and once in each leg.
Screenshot of the shooting.
Despite being shot at at near-point-blank range, the woman and child involved in the shooting weren’t injured.

The targeted man was shot three times — once in the back and once in each leg — and privately taken to Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where he was in surgery Friday evening, police said. He is expected to survive, sources said.

As local residents decried the bloodshed in the borough — where incidents of gun violence have more than doubled so far this year compared to the same period in 2020 — a friend of the kids’ family said relatives hope to raise money so the traumatized siblings and their parents can move.

The parents of the children, who were on a walk to get some candy, talked to police but were too scared to file a complaint in the case, law-enforcement sources said.

”The gun violence is too much,’’ a 31-year-old local woman told The Post on Friday.

”Everything is just too much. It’s like he was careless… heartless,” she said of the shooter.

The woman, who would only give a first name of Kat, said she doesn’t feel safe in the city anymore.

“I see all this nonsense everyday all day,” she said. “You know what I’m saying. I’ve got a baby.”

After firing shots, the gunman fled on a scooter.
After firing shots, the gunman fled on a scooter.
The gunman fired at least 12 times, sources said.
The gunman fired at least 12 times, sources said. 

Nilda Hock, a 75-year-old woman who lives near where the shooting took place, said, “It’s very sad.”

“We heard the shots. I said, ‘Oh my God.’

“A lot of bad things happen in this neighborhood,” she said.

Police believe that the 24-year-old shot man was taken to the hospital in a white Lexus with temporary New Jersey plates, which was later found abandoned near the hospital, according to sources.

It is not clear if its temporary plates were legal.

On Wednesday, NYPD brass and the mayor announced a crackdown on illegal paper plates to try to curb shootings, since gunmen’s getaway cars frequently use them.

Out of the five boroughs, The Bronx has seen the largest increase in shootings this year compared to 2020, NYPD stats show.

As of Sunday, police recorded 211 shootings so far for 2021, as opposed to 97 last year.
Nearly 250 people have fallen victim to the surging gunplay so far this year.

Kat said the solution to the amount of gun violence is more police in the area.

”They should [be here] because too many people have guns around,” she said.