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The Minneapolis Riots: Looking back – and forward

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Over the last eighteen years one of the US political blogs I’ve enjoyed reading the most has been Powerline, run by four guys, three of them retired lawyers.

Interestingly two of them were communists and Vietnam War protestors in the late 60’s / early 70’s, something highlighted in my article from last year, Vietnam and Dartmouth. All are now Republicans of course.

Probably their most famous break was in 2004 when they, in concert with another blogger, discovered that damaging documents about President Bush’s National Guard service in the 1970’s had been forged and used to fool CBS news. This ultimately led to the downfall of CBS news anchor Dan Rather, a just ending for a prick whose partisan animus against the GOP had been obvious for years.

Normally the blog just covers such national politics and ignores the local stuff of where two of them live – Minnesota. One, Scott Johnson, had already been drawn to covering the local news of that state’s insane lockdown efforts in combating Chinese Lung Rot over the last three months, asking the questions the local reporters seemed incapable of asking – until his press access was cut off, which is now being pursued in a law suit.

But both he and the other man, John Hinderaker, found themselves witnesses to the riots, looting and arson in Minneapolis, starting with Minneapolis on Fire, which contained nearly live Twitter video feeds via a young friend who went into the heart of the insanity.

We got a Blackhawk down. We got a Blackhawk down”.

But as is the case with blogs they focused more on the story behind all this news, starting with Minneapolis Goes Baghdad, which analysed the hopeless response of the Mayor of the city, the boyish Jacob Frey and the almost equally hopeless Governor of the state, Tim Walz. They’re both Democrats of course; it’s a very Deep Blue state:

I watched the shellshocked press conference live at 1:30 a.m. overnight, but cannot find a video of it this morning. One needs to view it fully to comprehend the trouble we are in.


There are videos supplied and it was a cringe-inducing performance from both “leaders”, as Walz tried to patch things up with Frey, whom he’d basically thrown under the bus earlier in the day for having pulled the Police back and losing control of the situation, describing the city’s response as an “abject failure.

But this was nothing new for the mayor or the city. In fact it had been coming for a long time as the Powerline folks had pointed out with a couple of posts in 2019. First up was a Sep 29 piece that described the increasing crime rates in the city, complete with a horrific video of a gang of Black youths beating the shit out of some White guy right outside the downtown major sports stadium. The four professional sports teams that play in the city wrote an Op-Ed in the Star-Tribune pleading for increased policing of the area:

We are not alone. This opinion is shared by many who call Minneapolis their home. A recent survey found that an overwhelming 68% of Minneapolis residents supported adding 125 police officers, and 63% support adding 250 officers. 

But Mayor Frey and his council would have none of it. They proposed just 14 extra officers with one council member saying that they needed to do “a better job with our youth violence intervention strategies to support the youth who are in the downtown area between 9:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m.”.

The idea of “supporting” the people being attacked by those “youths” is apparently an obsolete idea, probably because they’re the oppressors of such youth. As the head of the local police union put it:

The city council…ran on an anti-police agenda and they all made it. It’s ultra-left. It’s been [an] extreme Democrat-controlled council. It’s been that way for 22 years. …
It’s an ultra-left agenda that the police are the problem. [They say] it’s a racially biased criminal justice system here, and we need to de-police. That’s the overtone of our council.

Sure, but it should be noted that the same Police Union has supported the Democrat Party in all elections and the favour is returned because the Democrat party loves public sector unions. When Trump visited the city in October 2019 the violence really unloaded on the streets:

They battled police officers. They attacked Republicans leaving Target Center. They set bonfires and burned patriotic regalia. They carried the flag of the defunct Soviet Union.

They assaulted an uncounted number of normal citizens leaving the Target Center. They struck a woman across the head with a piece of lumber. They waved a sign that said, “Blue Lives Don’t Fucking Matter.” The Minneapolis Chief of Police reported, “
Objects containing liquid believed to be urine were hurled at some of my officers along with bottles and rocks. Police horses were also assaulted by protesters striking them with sticks.”

The recent riots should therefore have come as no surprise to Mayor Frey or Governor Walz, but obviously he and his fellow Democrats thought they could use such mobs as weapons against the GOP, never imagining that the mob would one day turn on themselves and their city. Obviously this has also come as a shock to the voters who put such people in power.

Nor should the calls to defund the police have come as a surprise, although even the Powerline guys were taken aback when first reporting on June 3rd that a single member of the Minnesota Legislature – one Aisha Gomez – had demanded the abolition of the Minneapolis Police Department, How Crazy are the Democrats? This Crazy. The title well captures their amazement as well as the notion common on the US Right that these are just a few crazy fringe individuals.

They, and everybody else, quickly learned that was not the case, as they noted Mayor Frey getting booed off-stage for opposing defunding…

Mayor Frey: not sufficiently Far Left

… and then watched the City Council on June 7 get a veto-proof majority for defunding.

The city’s charter requires that it have a Police Department but just the other day the Council unanimously voted for an amendment to that. It still has to be approved by the Charter Commission and then voted on as referendum in November, but at this stage it would be no surprise to see it clear both hurdles, when you see things like this from the City Council president, Lisa Bender.

So being able to call the Police when your home is being invaded “comes from a place of privilege“.

The proposed replacement is the Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention (I’m surprised they didn’t call it the Committee of Public Safety).

In the meantime there are businesses and people that are not waiting around to see what the fruits of all this will be, having finally had their eyes opened as to where such thinking has already led:

A Minneapolis manufacturing company has decided to leave the city, with the company’s owner saying he can’t trust public officials who allowed his plant to burn during the recent riots. The move will cost the city about 50 jobs. 

They don’t care about my business,” said Kris Wyrobek, president and owner of 7-Sigma Inc., which has operated since 1987 at 2843 26th Av. in south Minneapolis. “They didn’t protect our people. We were all on our own.”

Well of course they were. He’s a class of people that the modern US Democrat Party cares less about than their new, cool friends in BLM. They’re what win elections for the Democrats.

Wyrobek’s company was one of some 500 businesses that were damaged or destroyed by arson, looting and simple destruction of property: some $500 million of damage. Many of the businesses were owned by minorities. When you add in the high taxes and endless regulations, driven by the overall attitude of hostility towards such businesses from the Democrats in power, there really is no point in staying in Minneapolis or Minnesota. And how true is that of other Democrat controlled locales?

Written by Tom Hunter

June 28, 2020 at 2:36 pm

11 Responses

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  1. Oh woe is Tommy! Why can’t things just go back to the way they were when the Police could murder the odd black person without fear of persecution? It’s not fair that people want reforms! Democrat scum! BTW, some of your Trump virus posts haven’t aged well. If you want a chuckle go back and read some of them.


    June 28, 2020 at 7:40 pm

  2. It's somewhat notable that consistent, contradictory comments from people with no skin in the game keep appearing. It matters not what they say, as it doesn't effect whats happening, only the narrative, and only then if your listening.Somewhere out there is a occupied armchair with a character who 'knows' everything, yet has never been anywhere.It says more about them than anything else.Oddball


    June 28, 2020 at 8:06 pm

  3. Things are almost as bad in Chicago – and for much the same reasons – but it doesn't seem to be making the national or international headlines because they're not involving made-for-TV images of buildings going up in flames.

    Tom Hunter

    June 29, 2020 at 1:15 am

  4. Any WHY are \”buildings going up in flames\”, Tomas?Hundreds of hours of security video released by Cuyahoga County on Friday shows the worst property destruction during the May 30 protests downtown occurred after police shot pepper balls, pepper spray and canisters of chemical fumes into crowds at the Justice Center.The videos seem to corroborate the accounts of several witnesses and legal observers, who told that officers’ deployment of the less-lethal munitions sparked much of rioting, vandalism, burning and looting.That's right, out of control cops attacking people exercising their 1st Amendment Rights.Police would never lie about the actions, would they? And even if they did, Tomas would try to hand wave it away or justify it.This country has a massive problem with militarized police. Most police, most days, go out as if every encounter they have will end in violence. They are trained to be violent. They are prepared to be violent.This is the reality. As is this.This is why there are calls to \”defund\” the Police. Not eradicate them, but reduce their funding so they fulfill their community function, not act as an occupying army. America is under attack from within, by the very people who have sworn to \”Serve and Protect\”, an oath too many of them take as lightly as Trump's oath of office.

    Anne Tiffa

    June 29, 2020 at 5:59 am

  5. Annie T Right out of the Trotsky playbook, disinformation and dissemble.Right the police for no reason shot on lethal stuff. Given the history of violence associated with your political movement and the wanton destruction across America they did the right thing.The destruction was programmed as part of the Antifa tactics.Nothing new here. Same old same old.


    June 29, 2020 at 7:40 am

  6. Ross, you're mighty good at mouthing off and showing your ignorance. Why don't you get out of your dreary little hole in Wellington and come over here an see for yourself, rather than just being Tomas's echo.If you have any experience at all in IT I can probably wangle a Visa for you. Seattle's nice this time of year, but mid August I'll be back in Arizona for a spell.

    Anne Tiffa

    June 29, 2020 at 9:05 am

  7. Annie I thought of coming over to Scotsdale to get a job but I see you Antifa mates have been though it like a dose of salts.Too many Democrat moons for my liking.Anyway Rex how you finding Arizona, is it helping your Vietnam war wound, the heat is supposed to be good for head injuries.The boys told you not to go to that tittie bar in Saigon, and if you hadn't bent down to pick up that errant ping pong ball and hit you head on that table you would still only have one personality….even though that was an insufferable one.But as they say shit happens.Stay safe Rex. You know what they say… Antifa usually consumes its own disciples and Im sure your on a list in their safe!


    June 29, 2020 at 9:44 am

  8. Ross is drunk.Scottsdale is the first place that came up when he googled Arizona. It is 3 hours from where I live.I have never been to Vietnam, nor do I have a war wound.I know you are fixated on the lack of bacon with your eggs, but Rex I am not.I made a genuine, and generous offer. You chose to be a money's ass.You are now dead to me.

    Anne Tiffa

    June 29, 2020 at 11:05 am

  9. Gotta laaarf at these trolls.By all accounts the Belgian Congo is a more pleasant place than Seattle these days.

    Adolf Fiinkensein

    June 30, 2020 at 1:27 am

  10. \”Seattle is Dying\” An hour long video that you can watch on UTube, done by Channel 4.Adolf is right. It is horrifying what has happened to that city of 6-7 years. There are people defecating and urinating in the main street, robbery and violence is rife, tents and garbage are everywhere. The city by laws are no longer enforced. The 100 top criminals living in the tents have an average of 35 convictions each!!This is all before Antifa take over of 6 city blocks.And little Annie from Arizona is trying to temp me there..he has to be crazy.On the positive side the good citizens of Coeur d'Alene mobilised and had armed citizens on every street corner, mobile patrols in cars and on foot, supported the police in every way.Guess what? Not a robbery, not an organised looting mob in site. Rumour has it all the antifa were cowering at home.Calk one up for ordinary folk protecting their city.


    June 30, 2020 at 5:27 am

  11. Huge drops in violent crime.Huge drops in property crime.City blocks regenerated.500 new homes for the homeless being built.The fastest growing city in the US.Starbucks (OK, that was a mistake we will never live down).Over a quarter of our families have income above $200k and people ware moving here for the higher wages and salaries.Not bad for a \”dying city\”.A note for our non US readers, Channel 4 is not the well known UK broadcaster, it is KOMO 4, a part of the Right Wing Sinclair Broadcast Group.John Oliver did a piece on Sinclair Group showing clips of various anchors using an identical script describing the FBI as having a \”personal vendetta\” against Michael Flynn, clips of Mark Hyman editorials (in which he compared multiculturalism and political correctness to a cancer epidemic, and stated that marriage was a solution to domestic abuse), and joked that the \”Terrorism Alert Desk\” segments defined terrorism as \”anything a Muslim does\”. Oliver remarked that he \”did not know it was possible to dip below the journalistic standards of Breitbart\”, and felt that it was inappropriate for local newscasts to advance political positions.Not an unbiased observer.

    Anne Tiffa

    June 30, 2020 at 8:46 am

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