Before the post turns serious, I want to thank Dirty Dingus McGee (AKA DDM) for his excellent guest post.
From many sources via Why Evolution Is True:
A Michigan man allegedly threatened on social media to kill Jewish members of the Michigan government, the FBI said, and state Attorney General Dana Nessel says she was among those targeted.
The incident adds to recent concerns about threats against public officials as well as reports of increasing antisemitic incidents across the country. It also evokes the plot to kidnap Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as well as the at-times threatening demonstrations against Covid-19 protocols in the state.
On February 18, the FBI National Threat Operations Center told the Detroit FBI office that a person on Twitter by the handle of “tempered_reason” said he was heading to Michigan and “threatening to carry out the punishment of death to anyone that is Jewish in the Michigan govt.” Any attempt to “subdue” him would “be met with deadly force in self-defense,” the user said.
Authorities traced the Twitter handle to a man named Jack Eugene Carpenter III, who had a protection order against him and had previously been arrested by state police, according to the complaint filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Carpenter had three 9mm handguns registered in Michigan’s Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN), the complaint said. One of the guns in his possession Carpenter had “stolen” from his girlfriends, according to the complaint.
Authorities said Carpenter violated an interstate communication law, according to the complaint. He was arrested on February 18 in Texas, a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told CNN.
The threat against Nessel and other member of Michigan’s state government is the latest of several high-profile threats and violence against Jews in America. According to the Anti-Defamation League, antisemitic attacks reached a record high in the US in 2021 – up 34% from 2020.
Last month, a man was charged by federal prosecutors with hate crimes after he allegedly shot two different Jewish men in Los Angeles. In January, police said a man threw a Molotov cocktail at a New Jersey synagogue in an arson attempt, and in December, a 63-year-old man was assaulted in New York’s Central Park in what police called an antisemitic attack.
I have to write that I believe this spike in threats and violence against Jews in the US would receive more media attention if it were happening to another group. Major news outlets like the New York Times have become blatantly anti-Semitic.
Those who disagree with my perspective will cite the “outrage” when the piece of shit known as
Kanye West used Twitter to issue a threat against Jews and was subsequently dropped by his business partners. He was famous; people like the Michigan person are not, but their threats are just as real, if not more so.
Speaking of the New York Times (and via Brian Sullivan of CNBC), the current administration tried to force the Fed into blaming lack of regulation as part of its rescue statement. Jay Powell refused and wanted to focus on shoring up confidence. How can people still believe in politics as practiced in this country? Whether or not you agree with the Fed’s mandate and activities, it is supposed to be politically independent.
Via Brian Sullivan and from The Wall Street Journal comes the news that former Congressman Barney Frank – for whom the “Frank” in Dodd-Frank bank regulation bill was named – has been working to *ease* bank regulations since joining the board of Signature Bank. Oh, Signature Bank was one of the banks closed in the latest bank crisis.
(Speaking of bank runs and CNBC, here is the link to an article about why investor brains are hard-wired for bank runs.)
WAKE UP, AMERICA! Politicians are not cut from a different cloth than the rest of us, except that they have a greater craving for power. Most of the time their actions are motivated by self-interest, and not “the people’s interest” (whatever that is, anyway), just like the rest of us.
Shifting gears, this post from Automotive American lists 25 of the most notable defunct American automobile makes. My interest in this subject used to know no bounds; as is the case with everything automotive, my interest has waned, but has not disappeared.
In thinking about my current state of mind (don’t try that at home), my current favorite car from this list might very well be the one shown below. I’m sure many automotive enthusiasts would call my choice a sacrilege.
I would say that right now, a Kappa platform convertible is in the lead to be the companion to my Mustang GT. I would also say that, despite my history with Pontiac, the Sky Red Line has a slight lead over the Solstice GXP. I reserve the right to change my mind, even if there’s nothing wrong with the one I have although I’m sure most people would disagree with the latter.
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