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The Five Pillars

No, not the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the autobiographical account of the experiences of Lawrence of Arabia.

This one involves much less wisdom. So much so that it’s likely that there is no wisdom at all involved.

This is the grand plan of Chicago Democrat Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, to combat the increasing violence in Chicago this year even as the CPD find themselves on the back foot with mass retirements, funding cuts and prescriptive restrictions on how they interact with criminals.

  • Empower and heal those actively engaged in violence, whether victims or perpetrators.
  • Reclaim neighborhoods and safe spaces by directing resources to neighborhoods with most violence.
  • Improve relations between police and communities “by developing credibility, trust and authentic relationships.”
  • Consider the impact of ordinances and laws on violence and advocate for policies that will increase support for those impacted.
  • Constant collaboration, proactive planning and coordinated efforts between the city and … the justice system, community groups and private companies.

So how’s this approach been working out for the city?

As expected. At best things have not improved on 2020 and may turn out worse. Clearly the city’s District Attorney, Kim Foxx, is starting to (finally) feel the heat over all those people she’s refused to prosecute on gun laws and such, although rather than front up she sent out a minion who specialises in spin. However, after starting with a bang even he had to admit the obvious:

A top advisor to Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told reporters last month that it’s a “misconception” to say gun violence is skyrocketing in Chicago. “2020 did have a lot of shootings in it,” Matthew Saniie, Foxx’s chief data officer, said. “But it’s also important to put this into perspective.”

“2020 was a pretty gross year for murder,” Saniie allowed. “June and July were the worst June and Julies that we’ve had going back 60 years…May was the 2nd worst May. September was the sixth-worst September.

Saniie told the reporters that there is no reliable data regarding the number of shootings from more than ten years ago. So, he looked at murder data, which goes back several decades instead.

“A good proxy for shootings is murder,” Saniie claimed.

But as the CWB pointed out:

But is it a good proxy? The city’s population has declined 25% over the past sixty years, 20% since 1970, and 11% since 1980. But Saniie did not adjust historical murder counts for population changes.

Here in New Zealand we don’t have the gun crime problems that Chicago has, but the thinking behind the Five Pillars approach is coming to New Zealand, if not already here in Andrew Little’s head. I expect it will have a similar failure.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 3, 2021 at 6:00 am

An important election in New York

In this case the selection of the Democrat candidate for Mayor of New York City from the recent primary campaign.

Whoever wins the Democrat primary will go on to win the general election, given how corrupted and useless the NYC GOP is.

As of today the winner of the race appears to be one Eric Adams and although his lead is slim in the complex ranked voting system used, it looks like it will hold.

Now while you would think that the US Left would be overjoyed at yet another Black man rising to a prominent political position in the USA you would be wrong:

According to Lisa Lerer’s latest “Political Memo” for the NYT, candidate Eric Adams, a retired police captain, has “rejected calls to defund the Police Department and pledged to expand its reach in the city.”

Wait! What? I thought Defunding The Police was all the rage among Democrats? Well it was in 2020. But then crime rates started to climb fast in those Democrat-controlled cities that had made such proclamations – and acted on them in many cases as well as making it clear that their Police were the problem rather than criminals.

But more than that, it has become apparent that the Right’s claims that this was virtue-signalling bullshit from rich, “liberal” Whites and that it would be poor POC (People of Colour) communities who would suffer the most, turned out to be right on the money.

That’s a problem because Adams’ law-and-order appeal “adds evidence to an emerging trend in Democratic politics: a disconnect between progressive activists and the rank-and-file Black and Latino voters.”

Lerer quotes Hakeem Jefferson, an assistant professor of political science at Stanford University, explaining that “The median Black voter is not A.O.C. and is actually closer to Eric Adams.”

I won’t supply the link to the disgusting New York Times original but the title of their article says it all:

Progressives’ Urgent Question: How to Win Over Voters of Color.

Awwww. All the experts have told me that the Democrats have POC in their back pocket. You can see why it is so vital for the Democrats to crank up the screams about GOP racism to eleven on the scale. You can also see why there have been recent attempts to backpedal from all this with: “No, No, We never meant to defund the police”.

They’re even trying to pin it on the GOP, but even with their MSM stenographers to help I think they went in too deep on this one to escape.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 30, 2021 at 6:00 am

Grateful and Ungrateful

I don’t know about you but I’ve never walked into a hardware store like Mitre10 or Bunnings and thought to myself how beautiful it is, or that some parts are like a carnival.

But then I’m not from Cuba, whereas the guy in this video is and it documents his first ever visit to a Home Depot store in the USA.

Watching it I’m reminded of a scene from the 1980’s movie Moscow on the Hudson, where Robin Williams, playing a Soviet circus musician who defects during a US tour, is so overwhelmed by his first experience of supermarket shopping that he faints.

Little ordinary things that we all just take for granted in Western democratic capitalist nations.

On the other hand there’s this video from San Francisco that has gone viral in the last few days. It shows a shoplifter just blatantly filling up a garbage bag with stuff from a Walgreens store in daylight and right in front of a security guard, who simply videos the whole event. When the thief cycles out of the place, the guard does make a half-hearted grab for the bag but fails.

The woman beside the guard is also videoing the theft and asks about calling the cops on 911. However, arresting the man would be a waste of time since San Francisco has implemented a policy of not charging shoplifters if they steal less than $950, which has produced daily scenes in the city like this one, as shown in the rest of the video.

The inevitable happened when Walgreens recently closed seventeen of its stores in the city, but blatant shoplifting like this has become a common feature of other large, Democrat-controlled cities as well.

Written by Tom Hunter

June 20, 2021 at 3:04 pm

These Six Simple Steps will increase crime

You too can have violent crime like this if you do the following:

  1. Defund the police so that they have to reduce staff and policing activities.
  2. Make it clear that it’s the Police who are the problem, thereby causing officers to quit in large numbers before they become the next scapegoat to political ambition, and severely restrict the policing they do, both of which reinforce step 1.
  3. Have District Attorneys (DA’s) with policies to reduce prison populations by releasing long-term convicted prisoners, including those convicted of violent crime.
  4. Have DA’s release people just arrested by police (no cash bail and so forth), as well as dropping charges against them, especially if they’re BLM or Antifa protestors.
  5. Reduce the thresholds for “minor” crime, like refusing to prosecute unless it’s more than $900-$1000 of theft.
  6. Vote Democrat Party politicians into power in all positions and levels in your city for decades, because One Party control has always worked before.

I should add that there is a seventh step:

Make sure you have an MSM willing to cover your Democrat backside on all this until things become too awful to ignore and then report on it as a surprising new piece of unexpected news.

The Chauvin Trial

George Floyd’s death in 2020 while being arrested in Minneapolis, led to violent riots across American cities for months, leading to multiple deaths, vast amounts of property destruction, particularly of small businesses and – for all practical purposes the destruction of the Minneapolis CBD, as well as severe damage to the CBD’s of other small cities and, in the case of Chicago, one big city.

Given this, the trial of the police officer in charge of Floyd’s arrest, Derek Chauvin, on charges of second degree murder, is likely to be one of the more important trials in the history of the USA. If Chauvin is found not guilty, I have no doubt that the riots will be repeated across the USA. Whether the Democrat Party will move against them or not is a question mark, given that they will no longer be useful as a weapon to be wielded against a sitting GOP President.

For reasons of ideology – the demand of Critical Race Theory (and its street thug version, Burn Loot Murder) that America is a systemically racist country – and a simple and well-founded fear of the mob, the state forces of Minneapolis and Minnesota absolutely must obtain a conviction of Chauvin.

To this end the city and state have marshalled huge resources for the prosecution, with multiple lawyers and all the research backup one could want. That’s before we even consider whether a impartial jury can even be hoped for after this last year.

By contrast, Chauvin’s defence lawyer, Eric Nelson, is basically on his own, other lawyers and law firms having backed away from having any contact with the defence because they’re afraid of the mobs, both street and professional. This list includes numerous law firms that have gleefully provided pro bono legal defence to Islamic Jihadist terrorists over the years – and been applauded for that by their fellow trial attorney’s.

Yes, that’s how screwed up this whole system of law and order is, let alone justice, which is always something different from law and order.

The best source of analysis of the trial that you’re going to get will be Scott Johnson at the Powerline blog. The following link, The Chauvin Trial, includes past commentary as he analysed the lead up to the trial, including jury selection, and the latest updates going forward:

The reasons for following Johnson on this trial are as follows:

  • He is a retired attorney with hundreds of trial cases behind him. He understands both the law and the tactics of a legal case fought in the courtroom, whether criminal or civil.
  • He has been writing for twenty five years on public policy issues such as income inequality, income taxes, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, welfare reform, and race in the criminal justice system.
  • He is a Minneapolis resident, so is intimately familiar with the local politics, law and people; the world in which judgement is going to be rendered on Chauvin.
  • He is a right-winger, meaning more than simple membership of the GOP. This means he brings a perspective unlikely to be found in the MSM, especially here in NZ, where it will simply be Reuters/AP/WaPo channeled through the likes of the NZ Herald.

If you are at all interested in this criminal trial I strongly urge you to follow what Scott Johnson writes about it at Powerline.

Written by Tom Hunter

April 2, 2021 at 7:00 am

So the beatings did change minds!

Last year cities across the USA exploded with violent riots, led by Burn Loot Murder in the wake of the death of one George Floyd while he was being arrested by police. Democrat-controlled cities as it happened, since they’re hotbeds of systemic racism.

Ground Zero for this was the city of Minneapolis, previously only really known for The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 1970’s.

To show their sympathy and understanding for the Peaceful Protests, the “leaders” of the city not only pulled the cops from defending one of their precinct buildings, which was promptly burned to the ground, they started defunding their police force.

This led to entirely predictable results:

Homicides in Minneapolis are up 50 percent, with nearly 75 people killed across the city so far this year. More than 500 people have been shot, the highest number in more than a decade and twice as many as in 2019. And there have been more than 4,600 violent crimes — including hundreds of carjackings and robberies — a five-year high.

Not that it mattered to these people – at least initially.

It’s very sad that humans have to endure so much punishment before they see the light, although it’s a fair bet that the political leaders like Councilwoman Bender suffered no direct pain at all. But now the circle is complete.

So they’ve changed their minds and now they’re going to increase police funding, to the tune of $6.4 million per year, to hire more cops. Ordinary people have been hurt enough it seems and OrangeManBad has been defeated. What’s the bet that the BLM response will be tiny or non-existent.

The trouble is that it’s not really about the money anymore. What person in their right mind would want to join the MPD? A career spent with a target painted on your back with your Mayor and Councillors holding a large knife. You know that any encounter with a criminal that goes bad will likely be blamed on you, resulting in not just the end of your career as an MPD cop but loss of pension and employment prospects anywhere else, possibly even outside of law enforcement, as the Cancel brigade deems you a racist and goes after you and your family.

I can’t see many people buying into that, also knowing that even if the arrest goes well it won’t mean anything in the wake of District Attorney’s determined to show the protestors that they’re on their side – Left-Wing protestors admittedly. The following is from Portland but the same thing has been happening with DA’s in Seattle, Chicago, and Minneapolis.

It will be interesting to see the difference between this sort of “punishment” for throwing Molotov cocktails at cops vs what awaits those who smashed windows and invaded the “sacred spaces” of the Capitol in Washington D.C. on January 6th. Hannah Lilly’s actions and punishment mirror those of the folk who rioted in Washington on January 20, 2017, where the two hundred people arrested for such things had their charges dropped. But now, twenty years for Sedition is the rumour.

But then politicians are more important than cops, or any other subject of the nation for that matter.

In the case of Minneapolis you also have to consider the fact that people and companies have already seen enough and bailed on the city. I doubt this sop will bring them back, especially when it’s likely that the cop at the center of the George Floyd incident, Derek Chauvin, will be found not guilty of Second Degree Murder next month, and may even go free given that all the evidence may make it hard to even make Second Degree Manslaughter stick. His three comrades, facing lessor charges, may also go free.

Who would want to be a Minneapolis cop on that day?

Written by Tom Hunter

February 17, 2021 at 5:12 pm

The Struggle Sessions – Everyday Life

So far in the Struggle Sessions I’ve looked at where it came from, its effects in Academia, MSM, and even Science.

But it’s beginning to hit home to everyday people as well.

Some of this is obvious, as shown by Matt Taibbi’s article on the MSM:

Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey, who argued for police reform and attempted to show solidarity with protesters in his city, was shouted down after he refused to commit to defunding the police. Protesters shouted “Get the fuck out!” at him, then chanted “Shame!” and threw refuse, Game of Thrones-style, as he skulked out of the gathering. Frey’s “shame” was refusing to endorse a position polls show 65% of Americans oppose, including 62% of Democrats, with just 15% of all people, and only 33% of African-Americans, in support.

Each passing day sees more scenes that recall something closer to cult religion than politics. White protesters in Floyd’s Houston hometown kneeling and praying to black residents for “forgiveness… for years and years of racism” are one thing, but what are we to make of white police in Cary, North Carolina, kneeling and washing the feet of Black pastors? What about Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer kneeling while dressed in “African kente cloth scarves”? 

There is symbolism here that goes beyond frustration with police or even with racism: these are orgiastic, quasi-religious, and most of all, deeply weird scenes,

Heh. What is not deeply weird is the classic feature of Nineteen Eighty Four, in which history is constantly updated, and woe betide anybody who does not keep up:

Even people who try to keep up with protest goals find themselves denounced the moment they fail to submit to some new tenet of ever-evolving doctrine, via a surprisingly consistent stream of retorts: fuck you, shut up, send money, do better, check yourself, I’m tired and racist.

I’ve referred before to Andrew Sullivan’s 2018 piece, We All Live on Campus Now, which pointed out that campus insanity was going to spread beyond universities as people graduated:

Why does it matter? These are students, after all. They’ll grow up once they leave their cloistered, neo-Marxist safe spaces. The real world isn’t like that. You’re exaggerating anyway. And so on…

The reason I don’t agree with this is because I believe ideas matter. When elite universities shift their entire worldview away from liberal education as we have long known it toward the imperatives of an identity-based “social justice” movement, the broader culture is in danger of drifting away from liberal democracy as well. 

To put it another way: the Culture Wars in the USA matter because their impacts are real and spreading not just across the USA but across the Western world. Sullivan has followed that article up with this one in 2020, Is there still room for debate?:

In the last couple of weeks, as the purges of alleged racists have intensified in every sphere, and as so many corporations, associations, and all manner of civic institutions have openly pledged allegiance to anti-racism, with all the workshops, books, and lectures that come with it, I’m reminded of a Václav Havel essay, “The Power of the Powerless.”

Short answer: NO! With regard to Havel, I thought I’d coined that phrase in 2007 on Kiwiblog. Nuts!

A lot of the crap that’s hitting the corporate world outside of the MSM places Sullivan is writing about, is a nasty little polemic called White Fragility. Back to Taibbi again as he reviews this ludicrous best selling book, Taibbi is not gentle. The book is actually being used as a basis for “training” in the Human Resource departments of US corporations and government departments, hardly surprising given that its author, Robin DiAngelo, is a former corporate consultant. She certainly landed on the gravy train with this one.

DiAngelo isn’t the first person to make a buck pushing tricked-up pseudo-intellectual horseshit as corporate wisdom, but she might be the first to do it selling Hitlerian race theory…

DiAngelo’s writing style is pure pain. The lexicon favored by intersectional theorists of this type is built around the same principles as Orwell’s Newspeak: it banishes ambiguity, nuance, and feeling and structures itself around sterile word pairs…

Writers like DiAngelo like to make ugly verbs out of ugly nouns and ugly nouns out of ugly verbs (there are countless permutations on centering and privileging alone)…

Put simply, the book is dumber than the average business book of the last forty years, and is certainly having worse consequences than something like the hideous 1980’s tome, In Search of Excellence, which, as just one example, highlighted IBM just before it started going down the crapper. It’s not surprising that White Fragility manages to twist the story of Jackie Robinson completely inside out, arguing that people back in the 1940’s believed that “Robinson finally had what it took to play with whites”. Taibbi really takes issue with this:

There is not a single baseball fan anywhere – literally not one, except perhaps Robin DiAngelo, I guess – who believes Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier because he “finally had what it took to play with whites.” Everyone familiar with this story understands that Robinson had to be exceptional, both as a player and as a human being, to confront the racist institution known as Major League Baseball….

Robinson’s story moreover did not render “whites, white privilege, and racist institutions invisible.” It did the opposite. … Robinson’s story, on every level, exposed and evangelized the truth about the very forces DiAngelo argues it rendered “invisible.” 

It takes a special kind of ignorant for an author to choose an example that illustrates the mathematical opposite of one’s intended point, but this isn’t uncommon in White Fragility, which may be the dumbest book ever written. It makes The Art of the Deal read like Anna Karenina.

Heh! But that’s what you get when dumb theories are applied to the real world, which is the story of Critical Race Theory. Because of his grounding in Old Fashioned Socialism Taibbi spends more time sticking it to the Capitalist Masters using this shite…

For corporate America the calculation is simple. What’s easier, giving up business models based on war, slave labor, and regulatory arbitrage, or benching Aunt Jemima? There’s a deal to be made here, greased by the fact that the “antiracism” prophets promoted in books like White Fragility share corporate Americas instinctive hostility to privacy, individual rights, freedom of speech, etc.

… than he does sticking it to his fellow Lefties who have pushed it for twenty years now. Still, I appreciated this bit:

White Fragility has a simple message: there is no such thing as a universal human experience, and we are defined not by our individual personalities or moral choices, but only by our racial category. If your category is “white,” bad news: you have no identity apart from your participation in white supremacy (“Anti-blackness is foundational to our very identities… Whiteness has always been predicated on blackness”), which naturally means “a positive white identity is an impossible goal.” 

DiAngelo instructs us there is nothing to be done here, except “strive to be less white.” To deny this theory, or to have the effrontery to sneak away from the tedium of DiAngelo’s lecturing – what she describes as “leaving the stress-inducing situation” – is to affirm her conception of white supremacy. This intellectual equivalent of the “ordeal by water” (if you float, you’re a witch) is orthodoxy across much of academia.

Read the whole thing.

And the real-world impacts on people are here, as a former HR person describes how she saw the shift when VP of Diversity and Inclusion for Apple, Denise Young-Smith was forced to resign for saying the following at a conference:

“Diversity is the human experience. I get a little bit frustrated when diversity or the term diversity is tagged to the people of color, or the women, or the LGBT.” Her answer was met with a round of applause at the session. Young Smith went on to add that “there can be 12 white, blue-eyed, blonde men in a room and they’re going to be diverse too because they’re going to bring a different life experience and life perspective to the conversation.”

Ms Young-Smith is Black and that was in 2015, before the whole White Fragility and Critical Race Theory really got started in the HR departments, as witnessed by the city of Seattle:

In the US this is happening in Federal Departments as well:

The “HR” components in various offices are not run by “political appointees”.  These offices are run by career officials who carry over from one administration to the next.  In my experiences over 22+ years, EVERY such office was stocked by raging left-wing liberals.  Political leadership was largely powerless to “rein them in” because any such action would be seen as being based on the “content” of their HR advocacy, and itself the subject on HR complaint.  The people in those positions are pretty much “independent operators” within the agencies where they work, and the greater workforce is compelled to be silent about their pushing left-wing social policies under the guise of “HR” compliance.

Including – I shit you not – Sandia National Laboratories, a nuclear weapons lab, where it was found that expectations of competence are “devastating” to lesbians and “people of colour.” And where white male employees found themselves subjected to psychological abuse, before being told to issue hand-written apologies, atoning for their maleness and the colour of their skin. I don’t know about you but I very much like people working around nuclear weapons to be competent, although perhaps this is just another Leftie angle at eliminating such weapons?

All of which was why Trump issued an Executive Order to refrain from teaching this racist crap in Federal areas:

The President has directed me to ensure that Federal agencies cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions…. [A]ll agencies are directed to begin to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any training on “critical race theory/”white privilege,” or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil. In addition, all agencies should begin to identify all available avenues within the law to cancel any such contracts and/or to divert Federal dollars away from these un-American propaganda training sessions.

Naturally this was categorised by helpful propagandists like Chris Wallace of Fox News as merely “teaching racial sensitivity“, and he did that in one of the Presidential debates. Awww…. who could be against something so moderate? The incoming Harris-Biden administration will reverse that EO and put CRT training on steroids. But the same shit is happening in private sector corporations and their “training sessions” as well.

But here is just one of many examples of this how horror is hitting ordinary people outside of HR departments – as it is ultimately intended to:

Last night I talked to a mother who described how her 11-year-old daughter is at a loss to know how to respond to the pressure she faces from her peers and others on Instagram to include a BLM hashtag on her posts. ‘Can I just post a cake that I baked on Instagram?’, she asked. When young children are faced with the demand to conform or else, it is clear that a powerful mood of illiberal intolerance is sweeping our societies. Threatened with being ostracised, children as young as 11 and 12 now feel compelled to fall in line. Suddenly, the term ‘peer pressure’ has acquired a whole new dimension.

Of course even your innocent little kids can’t escape. That’s one of the core aspects of totalitarian ideas. But I’ll leave the last word to Tatinia McGrath:

The Democrat Cities: Portland

If there’s one city in the USA that is ground-zero for the Antifa movement it’s poor old Portland, Oregon. I don’t know why that should be but the results are not good. The city where BLM/Antifa never stopped rioting. Disturbances continue nightly in Portland, as it has since May 29, though the targets are now more diffuse and away from the CBD (the morons tried recreating Seattle’s CHAZ in Portland).

It’s notable that things have cooled a bit since the November election, leading me to wonder how many of these BLM/Antifa types were just Democrats stirring things up so that “healing” could occur were Trump defeated. I base that suspicion on the fact that the anti-war movements of the Double O’s, including Code Pink, basically fell apart soon after January 20, 2009, leaving true believers like Cindy Sheehan to wonder why they had been abandoned when nothing on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan had changed from BushHitler days.

Still, Antifa criminals continue to be arrested, immediately released, and returned to the streets.

“Antifa rioters in north Portland have access to more than $1.3m in bail money, as well as pro bono lawyers. This is one reason even the extremely violent suspects get released so quickly to riot again.”

Antifa’s White Privilege

The whole White Privilege of Antifa, as evidenced by these photos of some Portland plonkers arrested on just one day.

Being arrested means nothing in Portland if you’re a member of Antifa. Aside from the bail money backing there’s the local DA:

Most of the 550 cases since rioting began on May 29 will be dropped. Out of those numbers, 140 of them were for felonies including assault, arson, riot and theft. Only 45 of those felonies have so far been charged, with many of the rest likely being dropped and others being reviewed.

The Portland Police Association President Daryl Turner pinned the blame precisely:

To District Attorney Schmidt: You ran on a platform of police accountability, which was a thinly veiled threat to indict police officers. What about indicting rioters who loot, burn, destroy, and assault? What about your ethical and moral duties to uphold the law and keep all our citizens safe? The people committing arson and assault are not peaceful protestors; they are criminals. Step up and do your job; hold the rioters accountable. If there is no consequence for crimes from the District Attorney’s office, there is no reason for criminals to stop the chaos...

I am disgusted that our City has come to this. If it is acceptable for rioters to commit acts of violence against community members and to try and burn down occupied buildings, and if this conduct is allowed to continue, then Portland is lost.

Things were no better at the state level. When Oregon Governor Kate Brown(D) announced a plan in early September for dealing with the riots by bringing in more resources, sheriffs made it quite clear what the actual problem was:

Had Governor Brown discussed her plan with my office, I would have told her it’s about changing policy not adding resources. Increasing law enforcement resources in Portland will not solve the nightly violence and now, murder. The only way to make Portland safe again, is to support a policy that holds offenders accountable for their destruction and violence. That will require the DA to charge offenders appropriately and a decision by the Multnomah County Presiding Judge not to allow offenders released on their own recognizance, and instead require bail with conditions. The same offenders are arrested night after night, only to be released by the court and not charged with a crime by the DA’s Office. The next night they are back at it, endangering the lives of law enforcement and the community all over again.

It’s tempting to say, “Well, Duh”, but in fact the policies of Brown, Wheeler, the DA and many local Democrat leaders is not so much willful blindness and stupidity but active ideological intent. They want those criminals to continue acting as criminals because they think it will enable their political ambitions and they have come around to the old notion that it is societies that are the real criminals.

It should be noted that if the Proud Boys, Boogaloo Boys and company were actually involved in any meaningful way with these riots – and they are always mentioned in these discussions by defenders of the Democrats and Antifa – then there is no way that DA Schmidt would be allowing them to walk. The fact that so few such people are in jail in Portland and Oregon (or Seattle) is a testament to how irrelevant they are to this debate and how much of a convenient, bullshit excuse they are for the US Far Left.

There were also the larger political objectives, like getting rid of Trump. So when the President ordered various Federal agencies to start arresting people who attacked Federal buildings and employees – since the Portland Police seemed unable to do so – the outcry from the Democrat mayor and Oregon’s Democrat governor was immediate. They wanted that to stop. Apparently they like the “protestors” more than their voters in downtown Portland, which is now mainly boarded up.

Like most politicians he doesn’t say what specific pro-active methods he’s going to use to end these “violent demonstrations” and the fact that they ploughed on for over one hundred days proved that he either had no idea or didn’t care. At best he thought that the Feds leaving the city would do the trick, even though he’s part of the hated “Fascist System” as well. It’s not like the Portland Police had not already been a target of Antifa violence on many occasions.

When Wheeler tried this stunt again in press conference he finally got fact-checked in real time:

A reporter then points out the riots were already happening for 5 straight weeks before DHS came.

To which there was no answer. Of course. Wheeler would then go on to embarrass himself by pleading with the rioters to stop (on the 68th night of rioting) – because they were helping Trump:

“You are creating the B-roll film that will be used nationally to help Donald Trump in this campaign. You don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up,”

Don’t appeal to any sense of law and order, or civility or decency. No, instead you appeal to the mob’s innate political Far Left beliefs and the idea that they might be helping their mortal enemies.

What a prick.

In any case the Antifa mobs ignored Wheeler completely, which is hardly a surprise when you listened to their “leaders”:

Black Lives Matter leader Lilith Sinclair says she’s “organizing for the abolition of not just the militarized police state but also the United States as we know it”

It should therefore come as no surprise when a number of Portland cops of all races, male and female, described what they’re facing:

“The crowd keyed in on [the female officers], saying some of the most vile things to them, talking about sex assault, about being sex objects for other officers,” Maxey said. “There was one individual that said that he was going to take the baton from one of the female officers and sexually abuse her with it. It was something that is so vile, no one should be exposed to it.

Sgt. Derrick Foxworth, who is black, agreed saying that he had not seen any racism from the Portland Police and that they can’t focus on other crime if they continuously have to deal with the rioters. He said they needed the community relationship engendered by the GVRT in order to successfully deal with gun crime.

Elijah Schaffer noted another Black cop giving his own insight into the Alice-In-Wonderland insanity he encounters with White BLM protestors.

You’re at a BLM protest, you have more minorities on the Police side than you have in a violent crowd. And you have white people screaming at Black officers: “You have the biggest nose I’ve ever seen”

They don’t even know that the tactics that they are using are the same tactics that were used against my people. And they don’t even know their own history…

Coming from someone who graduated from PSU with a History degree, it’s actually frightening. You know they say if you don’t know your history you’ll repeat it… and watching people do that to other people.

Every time I try to have a conversation with someone that looks like me someone White comes up and blocks them and tells them not to talk.

I disagree with one of Schaffer’s points: as that Antifa leader shows, they know exactly what they’re doing. They’re trying to destroy the entire system. That’s their goal and they could not care less about accusations of hypocrisy and double standards:

… an ongoing effort by a complex, distributed antifa network to conduct a “dilemma action,” intended to target the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) based on several days of open-source research and direct observation.

Put simply a dilemma action is a strategy using carefully-targeted types and degrees of civil disobedience to cause security forces to either concede the space and thus exhibit weakness, or respond in a manner that appears disproportionate and evokes negative sentiments in the population.

Win Win for Antifa.

Incidentally the GRVT that Sgt. Foxworth referred to is the Gun Violence Reduction Team, which was cut as part of the whole Defund The Police insanity. So much for the Democrat Party’s stand on “gun control”. The results here have also been predictable:

Portland had a higher number of homicides in July than they had during any other one-month period over the last 30 years. There’s also been a surge in assaults, burglaries, vandalism, and shootings. As of July 30, 15 people were killed in Portland in July alone, according to The Oregonian. They’ve already had 24 killings for this year. There were 63 shootings so far this month compared to 28 in July 2019, according to the Police Bureau, more than double last year.

All that blood is on Wheeler’s hands, as well as Antifa’s, although for the latter group it’s all grist to the mill in destroying the society they hate: Win Win for them again.

It therefore may surprise you to know that Wheeler was re-elected in November. It won’t surprise you when you learn who his opponent was:

Longtime Portland community organizer Sarah Iannarone has made no secret of her political sympathies. She declared last year that “I am Antifa” and wryly embraced the “Antifa mayor” label. She and her campaign manager, Gregory McKelvey, were featured in a December article in Playboy with the headline “Antifa in Focus.”

“I am antifa,” she tweeted in September. “I stand proudly beside the good people of this city organizing in countless ways every day to oppose hate in its myriad forms.”

Why yes, her skirt is covered with the faces of Che, Mao and countless other blood-soaked Communist murderers. Ignore the bland and stupid smiling face: these people are her heroes. If she wore images of Himmler, Goering and company she’d be politically dead, yet just a month before the election she led Wheeler in the polls by 11 points.

Un-fucking believable.

Wheeler won by the smallest margin in Portland mayoral history, 5.4%. But read that link to The Oregonian for the tongue bath it gives to Wheeler and Iannarone and note this:

“At the end of the day Portland is a liberal town, but it’s not that far left and there’s a ceiling for that, right now,” Horvick said. 

Key words those: “Right now.” But plenty of potential for Iannarone and company in the future.

If that’s how screwed up the voters of Portland are now then it’s hard to see how the city has a viable future.

The sad list: The Democrat Cities

The Democrat Cities: Seattle

A few months ago I had a lot of fun covering the Antifa morons who decided to create their own society – CHAZ/CHOP – within the confines of the city of Seattle, and were allowed to do so by the even bigger Leftist Democrat morons who run that city.

Antifa should have just stuck with beating people up, smashing stuff and burning shit down because building things is not within their mindset or skillset. CHAZ was breaking down on basic things like food within days. However it managed to last for about six weeks until their “security teams” murdered a couple of people, starting with a young kid named Horace Lorenzo Anderson, who was yet another Black Life that didn’t matter to Burn Loot Murder:

“All I know is my son is dead. I’m still trying to figure out answers so I can sleep. I don’t sleep. My kids don’t sleep. I can’t even stay at home. My kids, they feel like they are unsafe at home. I’ve been buying motel rooms and I don’t have that type of money. I wasn’t prepared for this...

This doesn’t look like a protest to me no more,” said Anderson. “That just looks like they just took over and said we can take over whenever we want to.” [….] Anderson, to the contrary, says that if the city cannot break up the protest alone, officials should bring in the National Guard. “They should deployed them here to say ‘Man, it’s time to go,’” Anderson said. ” ‘It’s time to move on. And break this up.’”

So much for Mayor Jenny’s dopey “Summer of Love”. However, even that murder did not push her to take action.

<= This did.

So having her precious ass and property on the line turned out to be the tipping point. Good to know while being entirely unsurprising. As the noted historian of the USSR, Robert Conquest, had it with his first law of politics:

Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.

She sent the cops in and they shut down CHAZ/CHOP. In the end it was all quite peaceful, with the cops, many on bicycles, sweeping all before them, as though the inhabitants had already given up.

CHAZ Emperor Raz

No word on exactly what caused the former CHAZ “emperor”, Raz Simone, to be in tears in this photo as one of those arrested.

Perhaps, he was weeping because there were no more worlds to conquer.

Not that it was going to help the city recover much, as these photos of yet another plywood Democrat downtown show. Incidentally that blog post by a well known local TV weather forecaster, resulted in this:

Update: Because of this blog, my weekly weather segment on NPR radio station KNKX has been cancelled permanently. The KNKX statement has misleading information, with claims that are demonstrably untrue.

Thou shalt not embarrass thy Democrat masters. And that goes for the Police Chief as well. Enraged by the collapse of their utopia the Antifa/BLM mob decided do to the Chief what they’d done to the mayor. That Chief Best is a Black, female liberal who supports police reform and peaceful protests calling for such reform mattered not. But she had criticised the vandalism, arson, and rioting, which is exactly what you expect of a Police Chief, and that was enough for the mob.

Neighbors told the Lynnwood Times that some of their private information has been publicly disclosed on social media and they are afraid for their safety…

“They were very organized. They had radios, talking to each other. They had numbers they used to decal all their cars for who knows what. So, they were identifying all their vehicles individually by number. They came with a mission…”

[They] “shouted profanity and insults, took license plate information on vehicles, took pictures of homes, and asked little kids who lived in the neighborhood what schools they attended.

Of course they did. This is not a civil rights protest, and it’s not about George Floyd. It’s intimidation, straight up: tactics direct from the Sturmabteilung. The good news is that Best’s neighbours pushed back, demanding to see what was in the duffle bags being carried by many of the BLM/Antifa crowd, and blocking them from getting to her house.

The same crap was seen in Madison, Wisconsin at about the same time when Sheriff Dave Mahoney got the same “personalised” treatment., and that was despite all his efforts at being Woke and faithfully following in the footsteps of his Democrat mayor as she kowtowed to Burn Loot Murder. As one commentator noted:

It’s a message. It says “We know where you live and you can’t stop us. This time flowers. Next time gunfire and molotov cocktails.”  That’s the message to the sheriff.

Simiarly, reports out of Chicago are that none other than the Mayor’s office have allowed the cops there to start covering up their name tags because Antifa/BLM have been doxxing them and their families. Clearly it’s a nationwide strategy being followed by these “unorganised” groups.

In response Best wrote a letter called on the city council to “stand up for what is right” and to take action to prevent “mob rule”, although it should be noted that this is very different language than she used in an earlier letter to Seattle businesses telling them they were basically on their own when the mob came.

In the end however, it was not such things that got her, but plain old conventional politics. Even in the face of objections by Seattle’s idiot Mayor Durkin, the City Council voted to cut the Police budget by 14%, and Best “retired”. The cuts will cause police numbers to drop by up to 100 jobs via layoffs and attrition, but the number will likely be higher as Best is going to be followed by the same wave of police retirements that are happening in New York, Chicago, Portland, Minneapolis, Baltimore and other Democrat cities that have allowed Burn Loot Murder/Antifa to run riot and not backed their police.

In other words, Antifa and Burn Loot Murder have won. Residents of the city of Seattle have lost.

Best was the first Black woman to lead the Seattle Police Department. She served the force for 28 years. I think she has a better understanding of how to protect Black lives than do the mostly White members of the mob that marched on her house. And of course they’re never satisfied: the news of the budget cuts were met with demands for a complete defunding.

Sadly there’s worse to come, and from inside. Seattle has an effort underway that will likely exceed, over time, even all this damage, courtesy of their own Human Resources training.

As with the other Democrat cities of the USA, this will not end well.

USA: Riots, Lockdowns and the Damage Done

While it’s the bigger cities like Portland, Seattle, Minneapolis and Chicago that have been the focus of the Burn Loot Murder crowd, smaller places have been hit. The worst being the town of Kenosha, Wisconsin, just a little further up the Western shores of Lake Michigan from Chicago.

But there have been plenty of much smaller places that also got some of the same treatment without the media attention, and the following link is to a guy who decided to travel through some of those places to see the damage. It’s a sad journey.

To take just a small sampling: Atlantic City, NJ, Fort Wayne, IN, Green Bay, WI, and Olympia, WA all underwent significant riots, at least per the normal expectations of life in these relatively low-key cities. Did you hear anything about them? Because I hadn’t, and I’m abnormally attuned to daily media coverage. Only because I personally visited did I learn of the damage.

The “article” is long but worth your time to read as he tours through these forgotten places and talks to forgotten people like Flora Westbrooks, whose salon was burned to the ground in Minneapolis, and Long Her, whose clothing store was looted.

Long Her (L) and Flora Westbrooks (R)

In almost every case these people are not White. Many of them are immigrants from places like Mexico, India, Ethiopia, Somalia…

Maybe the media commentators who reflexively glamorized these riots don’t know or don’t care, but the primary victims — meaning those who feared for their safety, suffered severe material losses, and whose lives were upended — are themselves minorities, and were targeted by activist whites.

He finishes on a sombre note, which is also a poor reflection on the MSM:

The man, an immigrant from Sierra Leone, said the following: “I grew up in a war zone, and I’ve never seen anything like it.” What does it say that these kinds of experiences have barely impinged on the national consciousness? Despite the incredible amount of destruction that I’ve personally witnessed, it’s only a tiny fraction. If I hadn’t made a point to spend six weeks traveling around the country, I never would’ve gotten this information.

Then there is this link to a substack article (these are becoming more common for journalists), Tales from America’s COVID college campuses, which contains a long list of testimonials about the insane conditions of American universities as they open for the start of their year. Here are just a three.

Southern Methodist University: “Students must wear masks outside dorm rooms, cannot visit another dorm, etc. Threatened with draconian honor code violations if they violate the rules and orientation was declared all virtual at the last minute.  Yet today, the athletes, with permission of and active participation by the University, were permitted to organize a BLM march through campus.”

Colorado State University: “My daughter … was there not even 24 hours and was sent to quarantine because she ‘might’ have come into contact with someone who was in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus. They made the students leave their own rooms and moved them into a room and they couldn’t bring their own bedding. The food they drop off is a frozen sandwich, orange, chips and soda. They have to stay there for 14 days and won’t even test them. No outside testing is even allowed. The admin don’t know what they’re doing nor do they let them outside. They make the locks not work.”

Boston College: “This is a horrible way to go to college.  [Daughter] was in tears last night about the prospect of the mandatory immediate quarantine while waiting for the test,… As far as why parents would send their kids back, my daughter has a really good scholarship – [most] of her tuition is paid.  We can’t risk losing it because we don’t have the means to pay for college without good financial aid. What we are doing to this generation of kids is awful … common sense has been missing from this debate for months.”

And in every case classes are being conducted via the now ubiquitous Zoom, even as the students get hit with all the normal charges. I can’t see how they will get away with this for much longer and it is no surprise to see predictions that half of all American universities may close in the next decade.

As awful as the stories about student conditions in 2020 are, the virus has been merely the tipping point for a system whose traditional business model had already broken and which is facing declining numbers of 18 year olds eager to rack up $100,000+ debts for increasingly useless degrees. Like radar and rockets, the disruptive technology of online learning was already here and merely needed a “war” to take off.

Finally there’s this article, A Nation Falling Apart, whose points I fear should be taken note of, even by American optimists like me, although the author seems to be maintaining a sense of humour about it all:

First they came for the toilet paper and kitchen towels, then they came for flour and now they are taking your coins. Yes, the American public sitting out the COVID-19 virus is now having to deal with what is referred as a “small change shortage.”caused apparently by hoarding…

The Federal Reserve has created a U.S. Coin Task Force to address the problem.

Cops have figured out that they have no one on their side and are best served by doing as little as possible when the shooting starts. Policemen have, in fact, been on the receiving end of much of the recent violence.

Predictably as the cops withdraw, whether by choice or by order, gun sales in the USA are through the roof, with millions of them being first-time owners, and with big increases among woman and Blacks.

I knew how to shoot from my time in the Army and CIA but have not actually fired a weapon since 1978 … The first thing we learned was that it was hard to get an appointment with a trainer at a licensed range. It took us weeks to make an appointment and we only got one when there was a cancellation.

And then there’s the booze problem:

I live in Virginia and our state store is constantly running out of everything. A cashier told me that they are selling 300% more booze than normal for this time of year.

If you’re well-stocked on booze and ammo you only need one more thing:

Finally, a family member owns a construction company. He recently said that business is unexpectedly booming, in part because people are building panic rooms, safe havens and even 1960s style fallout shelters in and behind their houses. Most of the construction work is being done as unobtrusively as possible because the clients don’t want their neighbors to know how scared they are.

I don’t think it’s nuclear war they’re scared of!