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August 03, 2021

Quick Hits: No Thank You Edition

LOL Factor 6: Gavin Newsom will not be allowed to print his Democrat affiliation on the recall ballot, because he missed the deadline to file to do so.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge James Arguelles ruled Monday state law "unambiguously precludes party information from appearing on a recall ballot where the elected officer fails timely to make the designation," according to the Associated Press.

But Newsom has filed a lawsuit to ignore the law and put the "D" on there anyway.

The Washington DC medical examiner petitioned to have Ashli Babbit's body cremated two days after her death.


The Washington D.C. Offices of the Chief Medical Examiner submitted a request to cremate Jan. 6 Capitol protester Ashli Babbitt two days after gaining custody of the body, according to documents obtained and released Tuesday by conservative watchdog Judicial Watch.


Among the 1,160 pages of documents obtained by Judicial Watch is a Jan. 8 application to cremate Babbit’s body that is labeled "completed successfully."

However, neither Judicial Watch nor the medical examiner’s officer could confirm Tuesday whether the entry meant the application or the cremation was successful.

The Justice Department said in April that it would not pursue charges against the unnamed officer accused of fatally shooting the 35-year-old Babbitt because there was insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.

And they're making sure there's insufficient evidence, huh?

Maybe this is a misreading of the application.

But maybe it's not.

British Columbia is being pressured to change its name, because Christopher Columbus has been #Cancelled. And the socialist Canadian Broadcasting Company is pressing the case for the name change.

There's been a national reckoning on place names and the people they're named after -- and some say that conversation should include looking at the name of British Columbia, which is derived, in part, from Christopher Columbus.

Robert Jago, a writer and consultant from the Kwantlen First Nation and the Nooksack Tribe, says any association with the Italian explorer, who is widely associated with the beginnings of the violent colonization of the Americas, is problematic.

"I think everyone knows this by now, but Christopher Columbus had some issues. Even in his day, he was seen as incredibly violent, genocidal," Jago told guest host Angela Sterritt on CBC's The Early Edition.

"To name a jurisdiction after this person is, in this day and age, not something we would do."


Michelle Nahanee, who is [word made up of nonstandard characters to be "authentic" to the indigenous Indian language] and the founder of Nahanee Creative, says this renaming process is important and an opportunity to look at what we believe now as a society.

"[Renaming B.C.] would be an opportunity to take us into the future as a decolonial land and approaches that are more connected to the land and the values that are here today," Nahanee said.

Choosing a new name for B.C., Jago said, would be a fresh start.

"It's really hard to build things up when we're continuously being pulled back and reminded of this horrible past," he said.

"If we can have a new name, that's part of it."

Possible alternative names for B.C.

Jago says one possible name for the region, which he described in detail in a recent article for Canadian Geographic, is the name S'ólh Téméxw, pronounced "soul tow-mock." It means "our land" or "our world" in Halkomelem, the language spoken by the Kwantlen people at Fort Langley, where B.C. was declared a colony in 1858.

That's catchy.

Why not name it The Cleveland Guardians?

Some good Olympics news:

Good Olympics News #1: Female Olympic weightlifters were asked if they wanted to comment on "Laurel" Hubbard competing as a woman.

I have a new appreciation for women weightlifters.

For female wrestlers, too.

Good Olympics News #2:

An immigrant who's proud to be an American.

"It feels amazing," the wrestler shared. "I love representing the US. I freaking love living there."

"I love it," she added, as she made a heart with her hand. "And I'm so happy I get to represent USA!"

The cynical side of me says that word of the low ratings and general indifference of Americans to the Olympics has hit Tokyo, and word has gone out to say the sort of things athletes used to say when they won.

But I'll tell that side of me to shut up and just take the W.

Good Olympics News #3: the blue-lipped loudmouth lost, and lost badly.

Gwen Berry, the weird-looking pyrsyn who is not very good at throwing the hammer, finished 11th out of 12 in the finals. She had promised that she would protest if she medaled; I promised this flake wouldn't get anywhere near a medal.

I guess she knew she would fail, because she decided to give the black power fist twice upon merely entering the stadium.

These Olympic Games are never far from the hint of a gesture or protest, a moment of free speech, an opportunity to make a statement.

So it came as absolutely no surprise that U.S. hammer thrower Gwen Berry entered the Olympic Stadium Tuesday night by raising her right fist not once but twice, several seconds apart, to announce that she of all people would be taking advantage of the International Olympic Committee’s relaxed rules allowing freedom of speech prior to the start of play.

"It was the same thing," she said of her gesture after finishing well off the podium and out of the medals in 11th place out of 12 competitors, "social injustice, racial injustice, I'm just here to represent. I know a lot of people like me, a lot of athletes like me, a lot of people are scared to succeed, a lot of people scared to speak out. So as long as I can represent those people, I'm fine."

You represent failure and the bitterness that ugly people feel towards the world.

Shut the fuck up and go away now, Ugly-Bones Loser.


Look at Germany in the 1920s. Who could have predicted that an educated, civilized, highly-cultured, scientifically-advanced, and wealthy society could descend into psychopathic barbarism in 15 years.

A lot of dopey "conservatives" with no appreciation of history and no imagination just keep asserting that It Can't Happen Here for reasons they never specify, but which seem to boil down to, "It's not happening now so it won't happen later" and "That's too distressing for me to contemplate, so I will not think about it" or "Understanding that societies sometimes become barbaric, murderous tyrannies -- by choice! -- would force me to reconsider my constant need to prove myself as One of the Good Ones to my leftist pals, and I don't want to change, so I will refuse to understand this."

I hate these people. It is better to be perfectly ignorant than to credentialed, well-read, and arrogantly, catastrophically wrong about very large matters.

In case you missed it in the last Quick Hits: Funny stuff.

Ryan Long and Danny Pol... something spoof leftwing women's habit of casting every nasty or evil thing they do as "just part of their journey" and something they should be proud of "because it's part of what made them."

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