It Could Happen To You

Let’s say you want to take out a home equity loan.

You get your house appraised at $350,000, and submit that to the bank in your loan application. But the bank does its due diligence and has its own appraisal done, which comes in at $295,000. They bank offers you loan at that valuation. You take it.

A few years later you’ve paid off the loan. You got whatever it was you needed that loan for, the bank got its money back plus a profit. Everyone’s happy, right?

Ah, but for some reason you’ve earned the ire of your local prosecutor. Could be you’re a local gadfly who annoyed the county commissioners with FOIA requests about a dubious “development project” that never happened, but funneled off millions of dollars into someone’s pocket(s). Maybe you’re just rich, and they want your money without passing new tax legislation.

So the DA subpoenas bank records. He sees that you “fraudulently” claimed your house was worth more than he thinks it should be. He files fraud charges against you.

It goes to court. Before the actual trial phase begins — before any evidence is entered or witnesses testify — the judge simply declares that your house is only worth $35,000, and that you did commit fraud. Now the trial proceeds, with you pre-convicted.

The bank’s confused loan officer testifies that doing their own appraisal and basing the loan on that is normal. He testifies that the bank made money and is happy.

But the judge — you weren’t allowed a jury trial, after all — convicts you, based on his own unsupported estimate of your house’s worth; a mere tenth of what everyone in the home loan business says it’s worth.

And he fines you $350,000.

That could never happen, right? Wrong. That is exactly what New York did to Trump, albeit on a grander scale.

But you’re safe, right? You aren’t some major(ly) divisive public figure, or running a yuuge corporation.

But maybe you run a gun store in an anti-gun state… like New York. And you once took out a business loan. And paid it off. Well, well, well… there’s a way for an anti-gun DA to shut you down without any any pesky 2A challenges that Associate Justice Thomas might find to be appropriate. Store closed, you prohibited from ever doing business in the state again. And one happy anti-gun DA.

Or perhaps your pretty property was adjacent to a county park that they’d like to expand. Eminent domain proceedings can get so messy, and the county would have to pay you something for your land. But wave the magical loan fraud wand, and they get the property and your money, easy peasy.

If you live in New York state, and the Engoron precedent stands, get out! No one is safe.

Oh, you think you are, because you haven’t taken out any loans?

Got a credit card? I haven’t looked at a credit card application in years, but they used to ask your annual income. You didn’t round up to neat round number, did you? Say $50,000 instead of $49,538. Fraud. If you annoyed the wrong people. Maybe you didn’t use some whackjob’s correct pronouns, and must be destroyed.

Get. Out.

Brilliant Ideas In Geoengineering

By “brilliant,” I mean stupid. The only good part of this is that they’ll do it off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard.

Scientists Look To Fight Climate Change By Dumping 6,000 Gallons Of Chemicals Into Ocean Near Martha’s Vineyard
The project would see researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) pour approximately 6,000 gallons of sodium hydroxide — a component of lye — into waters ten miles away from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, in August 2024, according to the WSJ.
The underlying concept is to see if the basic sodium hydroxide can reduce the acidity of ocean waters and make those waters more efficient repositories of carbon dioxide, according to the WSJ.

I think warming the water would affect absorbency far more than changing the pH. What I do expect is a massive fish kill.

Hopefully all those dead fish will wash ashore at Martha’s Vineyard.

And yes, your tax dollars are paying for this idiocy.

[Updated] Believe It Or Not…

…this was even stupider than the video looks. It’s a police shooting. You really need to watch it, and remember that only the police should trusted with guns.

Better yet, this is even a “Florida Man” story.

After you’ve watched this exercise in imbecility, read the investigation report.
He was responding to…

…an acorn.

Supposedly Deputy (now ex-) Hernandez was a West Point graduate, and infantry and special officer for ten years.

Yet somehow never saw direct combat despite two tours in Afghanistan. I guessing he was a complete screw-up and they kept him behind the wire doing admin shit, rather than endangering his troops by going out on patrols with them.

Added: Despite Deputy Dipstick dumping a mag into his car, and the sergeant also firing…

The “suspect” was not hit with even a single round.

0:00.033 – Acorn comes into frame.

UPDATE: And just like that, the lamestream media forgets yesterday’s Texas mega-church shooting.

The shooter has been identified as a drug-using, trans, pro-Palestinian immigrant from El Salvador. And apparently a convicted felon, based on charges from her previous arrests.

I suppose they’re all holding their breath and crossing their fingers that she at least used an “AR-15.”

Updated: For those still believing that the shooter was a biological male, and that I’m “validating” the delusion by calling her “her” and “she”…

Boy who was shot at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church ‘suffered a gunshot wound to the brain’: grandmother
The 7-year-old boy who was shot when his mother Gennese Moreno attempted to shoot up Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church on Sunday has suffered critical injuries, his grandmother said.
Moreno argued that the father was a registered sex offender, had multiple DWI charges, had physically assaulted her, and had never cared for the child.

The father is in prison.

So, by calling her “she” I’m actually refusing to indulge the crazy.

I think folks thought she was a guy because some reports said she used to go by “Jeffrey,” so they assumed that was a “trans-woman’s” “dead name.”

Gropin’ Dementia Boy Classified Docs Report Is Out

Lots of classified docs. That he knew had had (but shouldn’t). That he shared with other people.

No charges.

Basically, he did all the same shit as Trump (but Trump claims he declassed the stuff), plus Biden shared classified docs with other people; something Trump was not accused of.

Why the difference?

Hur said that part of the reason he declined to prosecute the president’s age and poor memory would create reasonable doubt for jurors.

It “would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him — by then a former president well into his eighties — of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness,” the prosecutor wrote.

“Mr. Biden would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” his report added.

It would be hard to convince a jury because Biden appears to be mentally incompetent.

25th Amendment time.

Added: Here’s the actual report. Took me a few minutes to find it.

Artificial Stupidity

I was reading about some low-hanging fruit moron whom the feds busted for an unregistered suppressor (although there may be more charges related to his plan — accompanied by three feddie CIs — to go to the southern border and shoot illegals).

Bit this illustration of a “sniper rifle” caught my eye.

That’s AI generated. The same sort of “AI” that pseudo-savvy, wannabe experts want running the world.

And I’m beginning to think that Boeing used AI to design and construct the 737 MAX aircraft. That would explain a lot.

Can’t Fix Stupid

It seems Minnesota Dim-wits have decided this is the perfect time to make Minnesota a sanctuary state.

I wonder how this will go over with the majority of Minnesotans, once the ramifications sink in.

First, and most obvious, are the two cases that linked story mentions: the known terrorist which the feds let in for a year, and the illegal who recently murdered three people.

And since these sanctuaries inevitably think — and act on the thought impulse — that they have to reward illegal border-crossers with free everything, it’s gonna get expensive for the taxpayers.

Other issues might not be so obvious… like Minnesota citizens will no longer be able to fly commercial.

A [Minnesota] government agent shall not, at the request of any federal authority, without a judicial warrant,” the bill states, “transfer an individual to any federal authority for purposes of immigration enforcement,” “detain an individual,” or “notify any federal authority of release information.”

In addition, the bill asserts that no state or local employee, which includes teachers, could “stop, question, investigate, detain, detect, report, or arrest a person” that is suspected to be an illegal immigrant.

“No “government agent shall…” That would include clerks at the DMV, which means Minnesota driver licenses and state IDs will no longer be REAL ID compliant; no access to air travel or federal buildings. Of course, since illegals are allowed to fly without an ID, they can still travel.

Crime, higher tax, and travel restrictions; right off the4 top of my head. My sister noted that, since they couldn’t ask about our status, that we should Minnesota and demand all the free stuff, too.

TZP Column: Post Office Gun Ban

Post Office Gun Ban Struck Down
Federal Judge Kathryn Kimball Mizelle, of the Middle District of Florida, ruled that the ban on firearm possession in post offices is unconstitutional, in US v. Ayala. She cites the BRUEN test of general, historical legal tradition.

Mizelle gave the government multiple chances to present some evidence of such historical tradition. The best they could do?

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