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San Francisco Shop Owners Threaten To Stop Paying Taxes Unless City Tackles Crime, Homelessness

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Business owners in San Francisco’s Castro district have absolutely had it with the city’s inaction over burglaries, vandalism, and violent homeless people camping on the sidewalks in front of storefronts and residences.

As the American Thinker‘s Olivia Murray notes:

San Francisco has an established reputation as a capital for fringe culture and leftism, much of which converges in the enclave of Castro.  The first “Drag Queen Story Hour” event ever took place in the Harvey Milk Memorial Branch Library in the neighborhood and was “well received.”

Now, under Democrat leadership, the iconically left community is ready to take drastic measures toward radical American patriotism.  Three days ago, the San Francisco Chronicle reported:

For years, business owners in San Francisco’s Castro district have complained to city officials that homeless people struggling with mental illness and drug addiction have wreaked havoc on the neighborhood. Now, merchants say the situation has gotten so bad that they’re threatening to possibly stop paying city taxes and fees [emphasis added].

The threat arises from a letter drafted and sent to city officials by the Castro Merchants Association on August 8.  According to co-president Dave Karraker, if the calls are neglected, the response will be civil disobedience, including refusal to pay taxes.

Karraker said:

If the city can’t provide the basic services for them [businesses] to become a successful business, then what are we paying for? You can’t have a vibrant, successful business corridor when you have people passed out high on drugs, littering your sidewalk.

No, no, you can’t, which is why conservatives suggest not incentivizing criminality and drug use, nor electing D.A.s who hail from domestic terrorists and despise law and order like Chesa Boudin.

Needless to say, it’s likely the irony is lost upon the residents and proprietors of Castro.  The very spirit they oppose in policy — revolutionary freedom from the yoke of taxation and anti-tyrannical government — is the very spirit they’re on the verge of embracing.

The leftists in Castro appear to be halfway there. The government exists for one purpose, and that is to secure unalienable rights. One of those rights is property ownership, and between 2019 and 2020, storeowners saw a distinct rise in “burglaries and vandalism”, and in Castro, “the merchants association recorded more than 90 incidents totaling over $170,000 in repair costs since 2020[.]” When the government fails to safeguard our rights, it forfeits its legitimacy and authority to govern.

Karraker added, “Until we see demonstrable change, everything is on the table, including civil disobedience[.]”  I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think I actually have something in common with the San Francisco Marxists, and I applaud their initiative.

And as Silvio Canto Jr. writes in the Thinker:

I spoke with a friend who went to San Francisco, and he couldn’t believe the general decay of a once wonderful city.  He did not like Los Angeles, either.

So it’s great to see that business owners are drawing the line.  Put the issue in the laps of the elected officials, and use your taxes as a weapon.  After all, you are paying for the police, and it’s the political class tying their hands.

Thumbs up for these business owners in Castro.

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McCarthy: Military Vaccine Mandate Will Be Lifted By Biden

“I’ve been very clear with the president. The president… worked with me on this.”

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Republican congressional leader Kevin McCarthy is adamant that the vaccine mandate currently being imposed on the military is going to be lifted very soon by the Biden administration.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, McCarthy stated “We’re working through what is the [National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)], the national defense bill, we will secure lifting that vaccine mandate on our military. Because what we’re finding is, they’re kicking out men and women that have been serving.”

“That’s the first victory of having a Republican majority, and we’d like to have more of those victories, and we should start moving those now,” the Republican leader said.

When asked if the mandate will be lifted, McCarthy responded ​​”Yes, it will. Otherwise, the bill will not move,” adding “I’ve been very clear with the president. The president… worked with me on this.”

“This is the first sign of having divided government, you got some compromise here. And we’ve got something that Republicans have been working very hard, and a number of Democrats, too, trying to find success. But one-party rule would never allow that to go forward. And now we’re going to have success,” McCarthy further noted.

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Reuters verifies the Republican leader’s claims, noting:

“Leader McCarthy raised this with the president and the president told him he would consider it,” said White House spokesperson Olivia Dalton. “The secretary of defense has recommended retaining the mandate, and the president supports his position. Discussions about the NDAA are ongoing.”

McCarthy’s comments follow on from more than 20 Republican governors, led by Rand Paul, penning a letter demanding that Congress revoke the military vaccine mandate either in NDAA or via other legislation.

The Military Times estimates that more than 3,400 troops have been “involuntarily separated from the service” due to non-compliance with the vaccine mandate.

Despite attempts to stop mandatory vaccines for active duty personnel, and to uphold exemption rights, the Biden administration has continually pushed for dishonourable discharges and even court martialing for troops who disobey orders to get the shots.

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    Alameda’s Caroline Ellison Spotted In NY Amid Speculation She Is About To Roll On SBF After Hiring Iconic Clinton Lawyer

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    As Sam Bankman-Fried enters day six of his whirlwind media tour in which he makes one or more daily appearances – against the advice of his lawyers – in hopes of convincing someone that he was too dumb to be a criminal mastermind with billions in crypto in cold storage and in bank accounts in Dubai and Singapore (luckily all his wire transfers can be traced), also known as the Simple Jack defense

    … the weakest link in SBF’s defense was just spotted in a New York coffee shop, amid speculation she is preparing to blow up SBF’s entire defense strategy.

    According to Autism Capital, the former CEO of Alameda Capital (which as a reminder was ground zero of the FTX implosion after it blew up $8 billion in FTX client funds on trades gone horribly wrong), Caroline Ellison, was spotted at 8:15am this morning at the Ground Support Coffee on West Broad in SoHo Manhattan. This, as AC notes, “would mean she is not in Hong Kong and is in NY not in custody.”

    A statement from a barista at the coffee shop confirmed that it was in fact Caroline.

    Why does this matter? Because while the prominent Democrat donor, who reportedly is “responsible for Biden being in office” and who – at least according to Musk – donated over $1 billion to democrats…

    … continues his deluded daily media appearances while casually throwing his former alleged lover, co-worker and penthouse-mate, Caroline – and pretty much all other co-workers – under the bus by claiming he has no idea how $8 billion in FTX client funds just vaporized in SBF’s personal hedge fund, Alameda (implying that only Alameda’s CEO, Ellison, was responsible for the theft and fraud) Caroline is two-steps ahead of SBF and is already cooperating with members of the DOJ, and specifically the SDNY, which we previously reported is probing the collapse of FTX.

    Subsequent reports have only reinforced this rumor, and the latest is that Ellison is being represented by DC law firm, WilmerHale…

    … best known for its Government Affairs Department Chair, Jamie Gorelick, who was the former No. 2 ranking member in the Clinton Justice Department, and in a recent interview, she referred to Garland as her “wingman.”

    If indeed Ellison is working the Feds while currying favor with SBF’s former closest friends, the days of Bankman-Fried – who may or may not soon commit Epsteincide – outside of a prison cell are numbered.

    As for SBF, who is still wasting his time “uhhhm“-ing and “like“-ing across various interviews hoping to demonstrate to the world – and his future jurors – just how bloody stupid he really was…

    … and blaming it all on messy accounting, poor risk management, and of course, Caroline Ellison – not his premeditated fraud of course – even the CEO of Coinbase is no longer buying his relentless bullshit, saying earlier that no matter how “messy you accounting is (or how rich you are) – you’re definitely going to notice if you find an extra $8B to spend” adding that “even the most gullible person should not believe Sam’s claim that this was an accounting error” (here he is referring to Bill Ackman, of course), and correctly concluded that “it’s stolen customer money used in his hedge fund, plain and simple.”

    All that’s missing is the definitive proof, and if the above rumors are correct, Caroline Ellison is in the process of, or already has provided it to the Feds. Which incidentally, may explain why SBF’s “I am Simple Ja-ja-ja-jack, i’m so-so-so-sorry” tour just came to a crashing halt, when late on Sunday, the commingling masterming told Maxine Waters he won’t be voluntarily appearing before Congress – where any lie is a perjury – on the 13th (or ever for that matter).

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    Banks Developing Technology To Track Gun Purchases Under Guise Of Flagging Potential Mass Shooters

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    Banks have been working on technology to “identify potential mass shooters” by tracking gun-related purchases and filing “Suspicious Activity Reports” with the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

    According to comments made by Amalgamated Bank Chief Executive Officer Priscilla Sims Brown at the New York Times DealBook conference on Wednesday, the strategy would employ credit card companies to more closely track gun purchasesBloomberg reports.

    “We’re at the very early stages of this — this particular code just got approved in October, so those detection scenarios are still being brought together,” said Brown, adding “But as this is implemented, those scenarios will be used.”

    The strategy would mirror ways banks try to identify and stop fraudsters from using customers’ funds. 

    The International Organization for Standardization approved a new merchant category code earlier this year that banks will use when processing transactions for gun and ammunition stores after Amalgamated submitted an application on the matter. Gun-control advocates were quick to celebrate the move, arguing it would help banks flag suspicious activity at these retailers. -Bloomberg

    Banks have come under pressure from Congressional Republicans over what they plan to do with the tracking codes, with conservative policymakers expressing concern that lenders will use the data to create unofficial lists of gun owners in the US.

    “What I’m hearing from other banks is that they have been honoring this process and this system, filing Suspicious Activity Reports across a myriad of industries to stop a myriad of crimes — or at least alert authorizes of them,” said Brown. “And I have every confidence that banks are going to do the same thing here.”

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