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Woody winter white

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On January 13th along Talleyran Drive in far northwest Austin I didn’t need to call on freezing water—of which there was none—for winter white. The trunk and some branches of a sycamore tree (Platanus occidentalis) did the trick. The sunlit white gleamed so bright that by comparison the sky registered as a darker-than-normal blue. On January 30th at Jessica Hollis Park I went for the opposite of a minimalist approach by adding compositional complexity to the whiteness of a sycamore’s trunks and branches.


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In my commentary last July 23rd I documented that the founders of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) organization admitted to being trained Marxists who want to, among other transgressive things, “disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement….” I also linked to a New York Post article reporting that the organization’s co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors—presumably, being a Marxist, a member of the downtrodden proletariat—had gone “on a real estate buying binge, snagging four high-end homes for $3.2 million in the US alone, according to property records.”

Now let me update the story. It’s been said that history repeats itself, and that seems to be the case here, only with a kind of corrupt-money version of Moore’s Law doubling the amount in considerably less than two years. On January 28th the Washington Examiner ran a story headlined “Anger over BLM’s purchase of $8.1 million Toronto mansion grows as group’s finances scrutinized.” And it turns out the mansion in question wasn’t just any old $8.1 million building, but the very same 10,000-square-feet mansion “that once served as the headquarters of the Communist Party of Canada.” Those Marxist defenders of the working class sure do know how to live in style.

But there’s more. As the January 28th Examiner story also noted: “BLM revealed last February it raked in $90 million in 2020 from big corporations and individual donors after the police killing of George Floyd and the nationwide riots that followed. The group said it closed out 2020 with $60 million in its coffers.” Not only isn’t it clear where that $30 million difference went, but a January 27th Examiner article pointed out that it’s also not clear where BLM’s headquarters is and who’s in charge of the organization and all its money: “The nonprofit organization listed a nonexistent address [in Los Angeles] on its 2019 IRS 990 form, and a visit to the similarly named address listed on a credit monitoring report (which has the same street number but a different spelling for the street and the wrong ZIP code) came up empty.” Perhaps whoever’s running the show made an honest mistake and assumed that because the organization is a nonprofit it could have a nonexistent office.

The Examiner reports that a visit to the would-be address confirmed that BLM has no office there. The article continued: “One day after the visit, an unidentified BLM spokesperson emailed the Washington Examiner to clear up (or deepen) the mystery. ‘In response to your request for a copy of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation’s 2020 Form 990, we wish to inform you that at this time we do not maintain a permanent office,’ the spokesperson wrote, offering to send the form by mail instead.”

Where are the FBI and the IRS when we need them?

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I prepared this post a couple of days ago. Yesterday afternoon the Washington Examiner published a follow-up story headlined “California threatens to hold BLM’s leaders personally liable over missing financial records.” Here’s the first paragraph: “The California Department of Justice has threatened to hold the leaders of Black Lives Matter personally liable if they fail to fork over information about the charity’s $60 million bankroll within the next 60 days, according to a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner. You’re welcome to read the full story.

UPDATE: On the morning of February 2nd I came across yet another Washington Examiner article that documents more suspicious monetary dealings involving Black Lives Matter and some people associated with it. That article is headlined “BLM’s millions unaccounted for after leaders quietly jumped ship.”

Do you think the Washington Examiner will win a Pulitzer Prize for its thorough reporting? Dream on.

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February 2, 2022 at 4:16 AM

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