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ON ROLLESTON AND CRIM.CON AND THE ECONOMY AND YOU-KNOW-WHO

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Been in Christchurch this week doing God’s work. Had occasion to do a site visit to Rolleston (GD’s stamping ground). Blown away. Driven past there many times at a great rate of knots but never detoured off SH1. Back in my day Rolleston was the Pub and not much more. Now its approaching city status with its own CBD and building proceeding apace. So, while Rolleston looks to the future, the ‘Red’ City Council dithers yet again over their proposed new Rugby stadium. At least the Wellington and Dunedin City Councils had the foresight and gumption to say ‘we’re doing it and damn the torpedoes’. ChCh, not so much. Perhaps the days of test match rugby in that city are all but over … shame.

So Crim.Con’s lawyer is crying foul over his two co-defendants pleading guilty to a raft of criminal charges admitting that Megaupload was operated solely for making money by copyright violation. Mr Con/Com, having exhausted all his appeals, now awaits a decision by the Minister of Justice on the request by the United States for his extradition to stand trial. Why is this taking so long? Simple answer (speculation) … ‘He’ knows where the bodies are and is threatening to dig them up … at the time of the 2014 election who in the Labour Party approached him for financial support and on what terms. What was agreed? One suspects Minister Allan won’t be overly happy with the ‘hospital pass’ bequeathed to her by her predecessor (the do-nothing Chris Faafoi).

And still on Minister Allan and her protestations that the government is not soft on crime are empty rhetoric against the backdrop of legislation currently being debated at would do away with Three Strikes giving some of our most hardened and vicious criminals an early Xmas present.

Nice to see Minister Hipkin’s do a mea culpa and admit he got it 100% wrong in lashing out against reporter Charlotte Bellis. We await similar in respect of many of his actions as Covid Response minister including mismanagement of the vaccine rollout with his pronouncements at variance with reality on he ground and the debacle around MIQ facilities.

I see New Zealand under Labour’s watch has fallen 11 paces down to 31st in the World Competitiveness Ranking characterisised by low productivity and short term policy thinking. And along with that the Westpac McDermott Miller Consumer Confidence Index fell sharply by 13 points in the last quarter to just 78.7 being the lowest level ever recorded since the survey began in 1998 and some 33 points below the average being 110.2. But no matter folks … according to ‘Robbo’ the fundamentals that underpin the economy are really healthy.

I left Paihia on Monday and driving past my local petrol station 91 was at $2.989/litre. Returned today and now $3.119/lire. Anyone want to hazard a guess as to what the June quarters inflation number might come in at when its released next month?

Finally, I always find taxi drivers interesting. My ChCh driver was no exception. He took great delight in telling me that the NZ Racing Conference, having declined to register a horse with the name ‘Smiles like Jacinda’, was left with little option but to approve the re=submitted name ‘Smiles like You-Know-Who’. Not a racing fan but I might be persuaded to put a lazy ten on the nag when the opportunity arises.

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June 23, 2022 at 6:29 pm

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Do The Crime. Do The Time (Part 2)

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In part 1 I listed a number of ways that Democrat District and City Attorneys in the USA have contributed to the crime wave in the USA.

These are the key factors – and remember that this does not even touch the anti-Police actions. These are simply the factors controlled by the DA’s and CA’s in Democrat-controlled cities

  • Reduced thresholds for laying charges.
  • Quality of Life crimes ignored.
  • Gun “Control”.
  • Bail Reform.
  • Dropping charges
  • Releasing prisoners and Reduced Sentences

I covered the first three in Part 1, so here are the other three.

Remember as you read these, that most of this is coming to NZ via the current Labour government.

Bail Reform

The elimination of cash bail has been done on the basis that it discriminates against poorer defendants: New York, Seattle & Portland, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. That last is actually a study of the effects on crime in Chicago:

In addition, as reported last week in a hard-hitting investigative report by the Chicago Tribune, good reason exists for thinking that these figures on violent crimes committed by releasees may have undercounted what actually happened after the reforms, including undercounting a significant number of homicides by pretrial releasees. 

No similar studies have been done for those other cities but there’s no reason to think they’d be different.

The most recent egregious example is the case of Darrell Brooks, Jr., the guy who killed six people and wounded at least 40 others at a Christmas street parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, by running them over in his car. The man had been released on $1,000 bail after running over his girlfriend, just three weeks earlier and had a rap sheet as long as both your arms.

Dropping charges

The most egregious example in recent times were the incredible number of charges dropped against Antifa/BLM rioters in 2020, Portland being Ground Zero in the practice:

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.

But these actions apply to a wider group of criminals than Antifa/BLM. Chicago again:

Foxx has dismissed felony cases brought by the police at a rate 35 percent higher than her predecessor

Foxx was already infamous nation-wide for her refusal to prosecute D-grade actor Jussie Smollett in the wake of his faked attack by MAGA’s in one of the same expensive areas just trashed, Streeterville. And that 35 percent dismissal rate of felony crimes (eg. jail time) translates into a total of 25,183 defendants in one year to November 2019.

She’s still at it:

…Foxx declined to approve felony charges in another chilling incident in Chicago’s gang-infested Austin neighborhood. On October 1, a carload of Four Corner Hustlers confronted and opened fire on a rival faction on the 1200 block of North Mason. Caught on film, the brief gun battle between members of the two competing wings of the gang ended with one the attackers dead and two others injured. This exchange of gunfire unfolded right in front of Chicago police officers.

Same in Los Angeles and San Francisco where one such was notably awful even for DA Boudin:

[Boudin] dropped domestic violence charges twice on suspect before he killed a baby… Boudin has reportedly dismissed cases against 113 out of 131 people arrested for felony domestic violence in the last three months of 2020.

Releasing prisoners and Reduced Sentences

There was a terrible example of this just recently in Fairfax County, Virginia:

Judge Randy Bellows has rejected a Descano plea deal. In this one, a man indicted for raping a girl four times during a period in which she was in fifth-through-seventh grade would have received only a three-year prison sentence.

Unfortunately, this case is almost certainly the tip of Descano’s leniency iceberg. Conscientious Fairfax County judges like Bellows won’t be able to correct ultra-lenient policies and practices that lurk below the surface.

In Chicago prisoners are going to be released in order to achieve “equitable incarceration” for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), meaning jail time in proportion to their makeup in the general Chicago population, thus tackling the “systemic racism” of the system:

Thanks to Hey Jackass, we know that as of Nov. 15, roughly 80 percent (67) of identified assailants in 2021 Chicago homicides are black, 15 percent (13) are Hispanic and 5 percent (4) are white*. Now contrast this with Chicago’s general population demographics in which 29 percent is black, 17.3 percent Hispanic and 33.5 percent white.

If my math is correct, we’ll need to tip the black-white incarceration ratio by 500 percent to achieve equity as part of this new diversity and inclusion program as we work together to dismantle systematic racism.

The author has some suggestions to widen this effort, including increasing the percentage of White prisoners via:

  • Any Northside resident who uses the phrase “looting” to describe equitable retail wealth redistribution 
  • Anyone who describes an act of a black person driving into a white crowd in Waukesha as a hate crime  
  • Anyone who does not believe that Kyle Rittenhouse is a white supremacist 

In San Francisco in 2020, Boudin released 40% of prison inmates during the Covid-19 pandemic. He claims that his office “looked closely” and asked of each inmate, “Do they really need to be incarcerated?”. Same in Los Angeles (1700 “non-violent” prisoners or 6%), New York (1,500 or 20%), and Seattle.

While the Covid-19 pandemic was the reason given it was a timely excuse for what these authorities had been wanting to do anyway.

Then there’s the matter of criminals never seeing the inside of a prison in the first place. The following is typical and there have been hundreds like this across the big (and small) Democrat cities.

The District Attorney’s who make this all possible

All of this is down to District Attorneys like Boudin in SF, Gascon in LA and Foxx in Chicago, Mike Schmidt in Portland (who admitted he was an old buddy of a prominent Antifa militant).

The results in Portland:

The Initiative describes a neighborhood needle exchange program degenerating into “human waste in neighbors’ yards, a large vehicle hosting drug deals in the parking lot of the exchange, heroin users shooting up and passing out and then driving off intoxicated, people urinating and defecating in public, clients shooting up in neighbors’ yards, even having sex on a neighbor’s front porch.”

It’s no wonder that Portland’s formerly hot housing market is cooling off and home values are falling. As housing prices increase, not everyone wants to pay record prices to live next to a needle exchange.

The escape from Portland has begun.

One of the incredible aspects to the DA story is that after fucking up San Francisco, the DA, Gascon, decamped a little further south to Los Angeles, where he proceeded to do the same things:

It didn’t take long for Gascón to make enemies and for his policies to offend. Even one of his own deputy DAs couldn’t stomach this boss’s preference for lightening the burden on the criminal’s back and publicly rebuked his superior. The prosecutor says Gascón should never have ruled out the death penalty in the case of a woman and her boyfriend accused of torturing and murdering a 10-year-old boy. “This is not based upon new evidence,” Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said, according to the City News Service. “This is not based upon new mitigation or new law. I stand by the special-circumstances committee decision that I announced to the court on the record two years ago.” 

Even more amazing perhaps is the DA that the people of San Francisco elected in 2019 to take Gascon’s place, Chesa Boudin, the son of the 1960’s Far Left terrorists David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin. By 2021 there were regrets:

The San Francisco government has abdicated on that responsibility. It is focused on equity & “justice” at the expense of fulfilling its basic duties. Fee caps, school renaming, criminal justice experiments, public banks, red tape, corruption… the list goes on.

My whole life I’ve considered myself a proud liberal, progressive San Francisco Democrat. Today I am ashamed of my city. I see smug ignorance of the laws of unintended consequences. Moral grandstanding winning over data, logic, and facts.

This is not how an American city should look and feel. I feel like I’m on the brink of being red-pilled. How can I not, when our policies are so aligned with the radical left?

But you don’t need to see those figures to feel what that San Francisco women feels”

And it isn’t about metrics. Nobody is saying we are “X% up” in this category. It’s how they feel walking the streets. It’s walking a stroller next to a tent that has a pile of bikes next to it. It’s being screamed at or chased by someone who seems mentally unstable.

Anecdotally, every single one of my friends right now is considering leaving SF (and frankly, myself included). The biggest driver is no longer cost of living. It’s crime. My friends are scared for their children, and their husbands are scared for their wives

I can’t say I’m too impressed by all these people escaping these Democrat-controlled cities when they voted these people in, repeatedly. Have they actually learned anything or will they screw up the next state or city they land in?

Written by Tom Hunter

December 7, 2021 at 5:00 am

Do The Crime. Do The Time (Part 1)

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In the last couple of months there have been two rather extraordinary developments to do with American crimes committed long ago.

First up, in New York the disgraced Governor, Andrew Cuomo, as he went out the door, granted clemency to David Gilbert, a member of the Far Left terrorist Weather Underground group. They had been most active in the late 60’s/early 70’s but Gilbert was jailed for life for his role in the murder of a security guard and two cops during an armoured car heist in 1981.

His partner in the murders, Kathy Boudin, was set free in 2003 and became a professor at Columbia University in New York City. Pretty standard for the US Left actually.

The other one happened in California and the release of its criminal is still uncertain since it’s the decision of the Governor whether to follow the state parole board’s grant of parole to Sirhan Sirhan, who famously assassinated Robert Kennedy in 1968.

But both of these high profile cases are merely the tip of the iceberg that is the increasing decriminalisation of criminals across the USA, or at least in large cities controlled by the Democrat Party. This is related to the Defund The Police movement that gained some traction in the wake of the George Floyd murder.

But it’s far more about simply going easy on many types of criminals, and doing this through control of the District Attorneys who prosecute them after they’ve been arrested. This shows up in several ways:

  • Reduced thresholds for laying charges.
  • Quality of Life crimes ignored.
  • Gun “Control”.
  • Bail Reform.
  • Dropping charges
  • Releasing prisoners and Reduced Sentences

I’ll cover the first three in Part 1 and the other three in Part 2.

Remember as you read these, that most of this is coming to NZ via the current Labour government.

Reduced thresholds for laying charges.

This has mainly focused on “small” crimes, particularly shoplifting, where the threshold was raised from $300 to $1,000 (Chicago):

So far this year [2019], Foxx’s office has rejected 69% of Chicago police officers’ requests for felony retail theft charges, according to data released by her office. And that only applies to those situations where the store signed a complaint. As noted above, that increasingly does not happen in the Chicago area.

I already covered this in the 2020 post, Deck The Halls with Chutzpah, but since then they’ve gone even more upscale than Marshalls. The result is the likes of Macy’s and Disney have left even the high profile shopping area of The Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue) because of ongoing mass shoplifting, and police have issued a formal warning about robberies. A stretch of North Michigan Avenue remains vacant and locked up, something I never imagined could happen there.

In San Francisco and LA it’s $950. The result is the huge drug store chain Walgreens closing 17 stores and Target closing all six SF stores because of rampant shoplifting. There is now no doubt that this is organised looting as many individuals attack a store at once and run out to waiting cars, places like Louis Vitton and Nordstrom’s. And it’s spreading to the tony suburbs of San Francisco (Santa Rosa), LA (Canoga Park, Walnut Creek) and Chicago (Oak Brook): all were daytime attacks.

“They don’t care. There’s no consequences. Literally zero consequences. I’ve kicked out… I’ve been here since 9 AM today. I probably have already kicked out eight or nine people and I’ve recovered a thousand dollars worth of stuff alone off of that. Whether we kick them out, tell them they can’t come back, whether I put them in handcuffs and take them down to the county jail—there is no difference. Because they will not be prosecuted by the district attorney. Therefore, there is nothing documented that they can’t come back here. You know, they get no time in jail to think about what they did, right? There is zero consequence.

Plenty of other small businesses in SF are getting destroyed for the same reason. Just the other day Kevin Nishita, a former police officer working as a security guard, was killed by a group that pulled up on the KRON news crew to rob them in the Bay Area as they were doing a story about all this.

Quality of Life crimes ignored

It’s the West Coast cities where this has shown up the worst.

… former San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon decriminalized anti-social behaviors – open-air drugging, urinating and pooping on the streets. He refused to enforce the law and, indeed, wrote Proposition 47 – passed by voters – that has made the homeless problem even worse.

Aside from having screaming drug-users crapping in front of your house this impact has shown up on things like public transport:

The grand jury connected rising crime to four “interrelated quality of life issues” in the BART system: homelessness, cleanliness, fare evasion, and “security and perception of safety.” These factors reflect broader challenges for the city, which struggles with one of the nation’s largest homeless populations and a prolific waste-management problem.

It should come as no surprise that annual ridership on the BART system has declined by 10 million people over the last decade.

These people are not just harming themselves however, as one young couple found out in a Santa Monica carpark when some meth head attacked them once at their car and then when they got away, attacked at the exit (I guess he wasn’t so addled as to not know how to beat the car to that point):

He again demanded he have sex with the girl before they could leave. And again, started dragging her out of the car. The boyfriend jumped out and knocked him off her. At this point, the vagrant ran around to the driver’s seat, and jumped in the car. The girl then jumped out. The vagrant sped away, and the boyfriend chased him down Colorado. The vagrant abruptly stopped the car, and threw it in reverse. He then ran over the boyfriend, back and forth, several times.

The boyfriend survived, with multiple major injuries. This incident was more violent than most but this is now everyday life for people in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Gun “Control”

For all the Democrat screams for more gun control, the evidence of the cities they run is that they don’t mean criminals with guns. Baltimore:

The Baltimore PD released data showing that the average homicide suspect arrested in Baltimore has eight previous arrests. They don’t have the resources to closely monitor all of the violent criminals who are out on parole, so the same shooters wind up being arrested over and over again.

But it’s the same in Seattle

They both have previously been arrested and charged with drive-by shootings and unlawful possession of a firearm in 2018. So the courts knew full well that these were gun-toting gang members. Why did our justice system let them walk free? 

Chicago:

Chicago police seized four weapons and a 50-round ammunition magazine after officers saw four men openly displaying guns amidst a large gathering outside a Near West Side housing complex early Saturday, authorities said. But prosecutors only approved felony charges against one of the accused men. All of the others, charged with misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon, were released on recognizance bonds.

In San Francisco the latest brilliant plan is to pay people not to shoot others:

That’s the principle behind the city’s new Dream Keeper Fellowship, which will enroll 30 individuals deemed at high risk of shooting or being shot and pay them a $300 monthly stipend. They can collect an additional $200 per month for completing such milestones as taking job interviews

Written by Tom Hunter

December 6, 2021 at 6:00 am

Free men and unfree men

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Free men are willing to act, knowing they are free.

It’s not the task of blogs to report the news, let alone the latest news. Blogs are here to analyse things, in particular to try and extract meaning that the news does not have in its immediacy and its shallowness.

But sometimes there are news stories that fit so perfectly with things under discussion that they should be noted when they happen.

In this case it’s a story out of Philadelphia about a rape that occurred on a city commuter train.

A man whom officials identified as Fiston Ngoy sat down next to a woman at about 10 p.m. on a train that was traveling westbound on the Market-Frankford Line toward the 69th Street Transportation Center. Mr. Ngoy “attempted to touch her a few times,” said Andrew Busch, a spokesman for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, known as SEPTA.

The woman pushed back and tried to stop Mr. Ngoy from touching her, Mr. Busch said. “Then, unfortunately, he proceeded to rip her clothes off,” Mr. Busch said on Sunday.

The assault lasted about eight minutes, and no passengers in the train car intervened, the authorities said.

“I’m appalled by those who did nothing to help this woman,” Timothy Bernhardt, the superintendent of the Upper Darby Township Police Department, said on Sunday. “Anybody that was on that train has to look in the mirror and ask why they didn’t intervene or why they didn’t do something.”

Oh, but it gets worse…

Police Chief Thomas Nestel III said “as many as 10 people actually saw some part of the attack on this rider.” He said the police checked the surveillance video, “We were watching to see if somebody put a phone up to their ear indicating they might be calling 911. Instead, what we saw was people holding their phone up as if they were recording or taking pictures.

Then worse…

Ngoy is an illegal alien who entered legally on a student visa in 2012, but then overstayed. Court records show that Ngoy had multiple arrests and two misdemeanor convictions, one for controlled substances and one for sexual abuse.

He pleaded guilty to the sex charge in 2017 in Washington DC and was sentenced to 120 days in jail, and was then placed in immigration detention in January 2018.

However, Ngoy was never deported, because an immigration judge granted him a ‘withholding of removal’ in March 2019, after an appeals board found that his sex crime was not a ‘serious crime’ that made him eligible for removal.

Most of the foreign MSM and non-MSM reports I’ve seen about this incident have contained the obligatory journalist passages of prose that say things along the lines of “It’s hard to imagine what’s going on in the souls of people who would respond that way”, and yadda, yadda, yadda.

Sure, these people are horrible cowards and hardly any better than the attacker themselves, but how different are they from the judge and an appeals board that let him stay in the USA after deciding that his particular earlier sex crime was not a “serious crime”?

The fact is that the two sets of people create one another.

What if the people on the train had stepped in to punch and kick what at first sight was a homeless man with Minority Person Of Colour status? You think they would have been praised, especially if they were White Males, or would they have been trashed in the MSM? Not to mention facing perhaps the now condemnatory judicial system who freed the attacker from his previous crimes.

Before lifting a finger, unfree men must first decide whose permission they need to obtain, and what the judicial system is likely to do to them afterward. Free men are willing to act, knowing they are free.

Written by Tom Hunter

October 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm

GFAZ

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In 2020 in Seattle, Antifa booted the cops out of one part of the city and created the CHAZ, the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, a fabulous new Anarcho-Communist area of the USA that began falling apart after a couple of days with food shortages and violence.

It looks like something similar has been created in Minneapolis, the George Floyd Autonomous Zone, an area around the site of Floyd’s death which has been barricaded, where Militants rule and the local cops are not welcome, although it seems that it’s only the police they want kept out rather than the rest of the system.

Not that the cops bother trying to go there anymore, especially having lost an incredible one third of their number in the last year, with the survivors well aware that they have zero backing from the community and the political leadership. Even the slightest mistake or mis-judgement will be pounced on as evidence of “police brutality” and likely “racism” as well. Why stick around for that.

“One of us is gonna get killed and nobody cares. And that’s what’s sad. Nobody cares. Not the citizens, not our brass. Not our administration, not our city. They don’t care. They don’t care one bit.”

Even the MSM are uninvited, as this reporter found out.

Several people have been shot and killed in the Zone, with no consequences. Incredibly some businesses in the area apparently still think they can save themselves by siding with these people, including one place that was torched during last year’s riots.

Reminds me of the classic Biblical story.

For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

Except in this case it’s not working, and the effects are spreading across the city:

… the prevalence of unjust killing and violence in the Twin Cities area has vastly increased since last summer’s protests and riots. Minneapolis recorded its second-most homicides ever in 2020 — after only 1995, when the city was ignobly dubbed “Murderapolis” in national media. And the trend has continued to escalate in 2021: between January 1 and April 25, the number of homicides increased by 92% compared to the same period in 2020.

A retroactive analysis showed a 537% increase in carjackings in one month — November 2020 — compared to November 2019. Yes, you read that correctly: 537%.

Good heavens! I’m stunned and amazed.

More than 80% of the shooting victims in 2020 were black.

This is my shocked face. Also, you’ll be stunned to learn that the vast bulk of these shootings were not committed by White Supremacists, the Proud Boys or any of the other boogeymen conjured up by the Democrat Party to justify their Washington D.C. hysteria dance of the last few months.

At least The Guardian covered it. On the left is the front page of the local paper, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, the next morning. They’re totally complicit in this with their No Enemies To The Left reporting narrative.

I did like this little caveat in that previous article:

Yes, it’s true: police are generally not credentialed experts in criminology or sociology, and their theories for complex multi-causal phenomena obviously should not be taken as gospel. Still, it is worth incorporating their viewpoint into any assessment of the overall situation.

That turns out to be not just a “Don’t hurt me for reporting an opinion” but a segue into telliing what the “non-police citizens” think. This one is my favourite:

Kevin C. is 22 years old and lives with his younger sister in their great-grandmother’s house off Lake Street in South Minneapolis — the epicenter of last summer’s riots and protests. He was a protester himself, and even had to jump out of the way during an infamous incident when a tanker truck nearly barreled into the crowd he was in on the interstate.

A few weeks ago, he said, there was a shooting in the alley behind his house — bullets were flying just yards from him and his sister. “The police came, but they didn’t really like, investigate,” he recalled. “They just shined their lights and then drove off.”

He said he’d noticed a steep decline in police presence lately, especially after last week’s trial of Derek Chauvin ended with a guilty verdict. “Even before the trial,” he said, “they would drive through here, but there wouldn’t be any, like, policing going on.”

It’s like,… you know,… like a complete mystery isn’t it Kevin? My suggestion is to join a local pistol club, buy an AR-15 at a minimum and get some firearms training: the NRA provides that. Nice people too.

I don’t think the reporter chose the following very well in further describing Kevin. I’ll just leave this here:

He is shortsighted, and said the eyeglasses store he used to go to down the street has been permanently shuttered since last summer. 

The article goes into some backgrounds of the people who have been murdered, which is nice because otherwise they’d be forgotten by history, like 78 year old Maria Elena Mantini, who was stabbed to death at a bus stop on the morning of March 17.

But the criminals are just getting started. As the weather warms up so does the crime:

A nine-year-old Minneapolis girl is in the hospital after she was struck by gunfire over the weekend, making her the second child to be shot in the city in under a month. The girl was shot in the head while she played with friends on a trampoline

six people were shot in Minneapolis the same Saturday night.

The criminals are also getting bolder than just randomly shooting little girls:

Multiple police officers were injured throughout the night while responding to calls. In one case, officers were maced by someone with a “party can” of pepper spray when responding to a stabbing around 2:15 a.m. outside the Pourhouse on Hennepin Avenue, according to Crime Watch Minneapolis. Two officers were taken to the hospital about an hour earlier when a group of street racers threw rocks at the first responders.

This caused Police Chief Medaria Arradondo to conduct a press conference where he pleaded with judges to stop releasing violent offenders, which has been another Democrat policy across the USA with many elected District Attorney’s carrying it out (once again I note the similarity of Left policies in the USA and here). The Chief’s pleas will likely fall on deaf ears, judging by this response from none other than the City Council President Lisa Bender (love the mask):

Basically nothing has changed since this 2020 interview with the same evil moron.

With people like this in charge, “Murderapolis” is now well on the way to joining Detroit, Baltimore, Chicago and a bunch of other Democrat-run shit holes, and unlike the mid-1990’s when national Democrats like Bill Clinton and Joe Biden were keen to be tough on crime, I can’t see Minneapolis recovering this time around thanks to the culture change.

Minneapolis has been under total Democrat control for more than five decades, and they’ve been “progressive” Democrats too rather than those nasty old guys like Democrat National Committee member, Alabama’s ‘Bull’ Conner.

Democrat politicians and voters are just going to have learn the hard way, as one Democrat did a few days ago in Atlanta (shootings up 46 percent, murders up 59 percent and car thefts up 25 percent in the last year):

A councilman and mayoral candidate in Atlanta who backs the ‘Defund the Police’ movement and voted to cut the police budget by $73 million, was dragged from his car while it was being stolen Wednesday.

Brown held on and was dragged for a block before he let go… [he] says the thieves appear to be children from 7 to 11 years old … He claims it took 45 minutes for police to arrive because it was assigned as a low-priority dispatch.

Antonio Brown

Awwww! Somebody may need to explain to this utterly un-self aware asshole that when funding and staff get cut priorities have to be imposed, and it looks like carjackings are not as high up the list as he must have hoped when he called the cops.

Mmm… Mmm….. that is schadenfreudelicious.

But no word on whether it has changed his mind any more than Bender has changed hers. Given that he’s currently under indictment on charges of wire fraud, mail fraud, and bank fraud you’d have thought he’d have the decency to admire than handiwork of the boys rather than snitching on them to the cops.

See also:

The Democrat Cities: Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Riots: Looking back – and forward

Written by Tom Hunter

May 31, 2021 at 6:00 am

The Democrat Cities: Chicago just loses.

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Having failed to keep BLM and their associated rioters and looters under control, Chicago is now reaping the whirlwind.

First up is the Chicago Police Department (CPD). After years of denigrating them Lightfoot is now also running them into the ground with overtime to try and get control of crime across the board, starting with looters.

Many cops have recently been working eleven days in a row, with 12-hour shifts as a minimum. In NZ you’re not allowed to drive heavy machinery for more than 70 hours in a week without getting a 24 hour break. Here we have armed men and woman pulling 84-hour weeks and 132 hours in eleven days. Sooner or later mental and physical exhaustion is going to lead them to make some very bad decisions.

And after making excuses for BLM and company in June, Lightfoot’s feeling threatened – literally – which means that all those fabulous protestors are not being allowed anywhere near her home.

The photo here does not show the police vehicles parked up nearby alleyways: almost 100 cops, four times what this district (coded 016 by CBD) has deployed on a typical midnight shift.

Locals have taken to calling it Fort Lori.

The Chicago Police Department has effectively banned protesters from demonstrating on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s block in the Logan Square neighborhood, ordering officers to arrest anyone who refuses to leave, the Tribune has learned.

It’s good to be Queen.

“I think that residents of this city, understanding the nature of the threats that we are receiving on a daily basis, on a daily basis, understand I have a right to make sure that my home is secure,” Lightfoot said.

Her refusal to “elaborate on the specific threats” looks a lot like the situation of alderman Ed Burke a few years ago. Burke is one of the most powerful city politicians, in office since 1969 when he was just 26 years old. Burke claimed he was getting threats and needed a CPD security detail but when nothing happened and it was being removed, he manufactured a threat from what was found to be a senile old man so he could keep the detail. As it turns out the only threat he’s under is from the FBI who raided his office, and charged him with extortion in 2019.

“I’ve talked to my fellow mayors across the country and, seeing the kind of things that have been done to them and their family members, I’m not gonna have that happen. That’s not what my wife and my child signed up for. It’s not what my neighbors signed up for. We have a right in our home to live in peace.”

Lori Lightfoot

So do her citizens, but thanks to various measures that she has taken they increasingly can’t live in peace. When certain neighbourhoods stood up for themselves and warned interlopers threatening to wreak havoc in their peaceful parts of town that it might be a bad idea, Lightfoot said that residents shouldn’t be taking the law into their own hands. And of course the most virulent anti-gun mayor in Chicago history is determined to make sure they can’t defend themselves – even as she pulls the Police back from those neighbourhoods and recycles arrested people with lengthy criminal records back into them.

She’s putting Chicagoans in an impossible position. They didn’t sign up for all of that shit either, and their phone calls to the Police don’t get this sort of response. Lightfoot’s administration has effectively abandoned the neighbourhoods and destroyed downtown. Like more than a few other Democrat mayors she thought that waving the white flag and talking the talk of Antifa/BLM, including trashing her own Police, would keep the Marxist/Anarchist loons at bay and they wouldn’t come for her.

Meantime the economic damage in Chicago grows, and this comes on top of a situation that had been declining ever faster in recent years, as I wrote about here.

  • The huge tourist attraction in the CBD, Navy Pier, has closed months ahead of the Winter schedule, so few are the numbers visiting through the lockdowns and the crime.
  • Macy’s is moving out of the seven stories in Watertower place, even as Lightfoot swears that they’ll be safe.
  • Hundreds of conventions are bailing out.
  • $1.6 billion (and counting) in lost hotel revenues
  • Concerts and shows that cannot be made up

Back in the 1990’s, as Detroit turned into nothing more than a punchline for Robocop, an occasional discussion at our parties was whether Chicago could go the same way. The general conclusion was that it wouldn’t because our city had a far broader range of business than Motor City and our Democrat politicians weren’t as incompetent and ideological.

I’m not so sure about that any longer. Lightfoot is by far the most ideologically Left-Wing and useless excuse for a Chicago mayor in living memory.

Written by Tom Hunter

August 31, 2020 at 8:08 am

The Democrat Cities: Chicago loses against BLM

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I’ve been moving through the sad list of US cities controlled by Democrats that have been experiencing riots and general criminal mayhem over the last few months and since I started off with my second home, Chicago, a month ago, saw no need to re-visit what’s happening there.

But the events of a two weeks ago cannot be ignored. On the afternoon of Sunday, August 9, after false reports were spread by BLM on social media sites that the cops had shot a 15-year old boy, protests broke out. By the time the truth emerged that it was a 20 year old with a gun who’d opened fire on the cops it was too late. The shooter was wounded but survived.

Having started the “peaceful protests” at the scene of the shooting in the Englewood neighbourhood (the shittiest part of the city and a killing zone in general) the looters decided that richer pickings were possible in the CBD just to the East, which was hit two months ago around places like the famous Macy’s store on State Street. But this time they went for the jackpot:

Hundreds of people swept through the Magnificent Mile and other parts of downtown Chicago early Monday, smashing windows, looting stores, confronting police and at one point exchanging gunfire with officers, authorities said.

The “Mile” is Michigan Avenue, the premier shopping district in the city and one of the top ones in the USA and they went after the Northern end where it gets really tony. They also spread out into nearby areas of high class shops. You have to see it to believe it as the looters clean out stores like Gucci and Dior, smash their way through multiple stories of Watertower Place, a beautiful shopping spot I know well, and even exchange gunfire with the cops on Michigan Avenue, which is unheard of.

The looting began shortly after midnight as people darted through broken store windows and doors along Michigan Avenue carrying shopping bags full of merchandise. Cars dropped off more people as the crowd grew. At least one U-Haul van was seen pulling up.

U-haul? Well sure. The looters had little to fear from an overwhelmed Chicago Police Department (CPD).

You see a brave little kid fighting cancer.
I see a bundle of White Privilege.

They even went after the Ronald McDonald House, while terrified families with their sick kids huddled inside.

One of them was two-year-old Owen Buell, pictured here, who missed a trip home to celebrate his Birthday.

Aside from WBBM Radio, Fox news and a handful of RWNJ blog sites, this story saw little daylight.

Remember, nothing must be permitted to distract from the narrative that these “protests” are right and holy and that anyone who opposes them is a racist monster.

Similarly with other targets:

“I just don’t know what the next move is going to be,” said Mullins, the accessory store owner. “I’m out of work. They’ve destroyed everything, they’ve taken all the merchandise that I have to sell. This requires an investment of money to rebuild and replenish.”

Social Media is Da Bomb

The CPD did, eventually, pour 400 officers into the area. They arrested 100 people, with more following in the days afterward as social media sites were studied, including one where the idiot pictured here live-streamed the whole thing as she and her homies trashed and looted stores. But most of these people were bailed in short order and it may be that charges will be dropped or reduced down to misdemeanours if the Cook County DA, Kim Foxx sticks with her policies:

Foxx has dismissed felony cases brought by the police at a rate 35 percent higher than her predecessor. She raised the threshold for felony shoplifting from $300 to $1,000—and as a result, thieves steal brazenly in broad daylight as well as under cover of darkness.

I covered the shoplifting insanity in this post. Foxx was already infamous nation-wide for her refusal to prosecute D-grade actor Jussie Smollett in the wake of his faked attack by MAGA’s in one of the same expensive areas just trashed, Streeterville. And that 35 percent dismissal rate of felony crimes (eg. jail time) translates into a total of 25,183 defendants in one year to November 2019. It also includes any number of people arrested for illegal possession of guns. So much for Democrat gun control.

In these posts several Lefty commentators dismissed such stuff as being nowhere near as important as White Republicans being above the law. But that trite and moronic dismissal of such anti-law policies is no longer being so widely accepted in the wake of repeated riots and looting. It’s the opposite of Broken Windows policing; allowing small crimes has lead to more and larger crimes. Even two of the city’s famous firebrand activists got it:

This was obviously very orchestrated,” the Rev. Michael Pfleger, a prominent Roman Catholic priest and activist on the city’s South Side, told Chicago television station WBBM.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr, tweeted that the looting in Chicago “was humiliating, embarrassing, and morally wrong,”.

Mayor Lightfoot

Lightfoot and CPD Chief David Brown finally seemed to get the point too. In a press conference on Monday morning, perhaps realising that she faced a crucial test of leadership, Lightfoot, with slow-burning anger and a head-snapping reversal, this time made no excuses for the crimes. She also clearly attacked Foxx’s catch-and-release policy as a factor.

“This was straight-up felony criminal conduct,People believe there is no accountability in our criminal justice systemWhat we’re saying is, as a result of what happened last night, there have to be consequences,… But when we do make those arrests, our expectation is that this is going to be treated with the level of seriousness it should be. Period,”

Chief Brown made the same points and a few hours later a very defensive Foxx – who was notably not at the Mayor’s side – tried to fight back with her own press conference. The city awaits the outcome. My bet is nothing will change unless Foxx is booted at the next election.

Meantime Burn Loot Murder was having none of this. They released statements that said, among other things:

“In a predictable and unfortunate move, she did not take this time to criticize her officers for shooting yet another Black man. Lightfoot instead spent her time attacking ‘looters.’…

When protesters attack high-end retail stores that are owned by the wealthy and service the wealthy, that is not ‘our’ city and has never been meant for us.…… That is reparations,… Anything they wanted to take, they can take it because these businesses have insurance

The mayor clearly has not learned anything since May, and she would be wise to understand that the people will keep rising up until the CPD is abolished and our Black communities are fully invested in….

Aside from attacking the Mayor they also went after Jesse Jackson with one Ariel Atkins of BLM-Chicago responding:

“Jesse Jackson was not there for the creation of Black Lives Matter. Jesse Jackson can keep his opinions to himself.”

I doubt they listened to what local community members said either, when BLM turned up to protest at the 7th district police station:

I ain’t see none of you motherfuckers when them kids got killed,” one man told the protesters, a video posted by Sun Times journalist Tyler LaRiviere showed. “Y’all don’t come out when the kids get shot. Y’all come out when it got something to do with the fucking police.”

“We’re out here every day watching our kids get their brains blew out with no fucking funding, no resources, but you motherfuckers getting all the resources and yall wanna come over here and disrupt our motherfucking neighborhood…”

BLM and Antifa thugs and propagandists can “White Supremacy” and “Systemic Racism” their lungs out, but I’d bet that guy speaks for a whole lot of Black folks who aren’t buying BLM’s shit.

In BLM the Democrats have a monster they can no longer control.

Usman, why do you need me to die?

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MORE FARCE

The 2012 Bombing and Stabbing Team

The Daily Mail now reports that of the nine original terrorist plotters of 2012, only two are still in prison.

The remaining six were released, like Khan, well before their terms had been served.

Their whereabouts are unknown.

Jesus – look at them! You want to run into any of them down a dark alley? What are the odds that they’re all still of the mindset of Mr Usman (pictured middle, bottom-row)?

And it really puts into perspective the idiots who write sarcastic comments like:

No Parole. No Rehabilitation. Make them serve their sentence. 

As if the current “justice” situation in Britain is like that, when the reality is the exact opposite.

History repeats itself, first as farce, second as tragedy.
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Usman Khan, 28, had been free a year after serving just half of a 16-year sentence for plotting with eight others in 2010 to bomb such London landmarks as the stock exchange, American embassy, and Westminster Abbey.

He was still wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet when he went berserk with two long knives after speaking about his own “rehabilitation” during a Cambridge University-sponsored criminal justice conference in London, killing two and injuring three.

Just to add a further touch of farce to the tragedy, that rehab program was called Learning Together.
A specter is once again haunting Europe, but this time all the powers of old Europe are not trying to exorcise it at all. The place is filled with Nikolai Bukharin’s, who will learn nothing from this and change their minds not one iota – even as those ideas send them into their own graves.

Written by Tom Hunter

December 1, 2019 at 8:30 pm

THANX LABOUR, THANX WINSTON FIRST, THANX GREENS

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for your decision to repeal the ‘3 Strikes’ law; to amend the sentencing laws to keep criminals out of prison and to make it easier for those charged with serious offences to get bail.   You have handed National a loaded blunderbuss with spare ammunition to burn … your reward will be in the 2020 election result.

Clearly you have been led by the nose by Kelvin Davis, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and crim hugger extraordinaire, who in turn has been seduced by the Kim Workmans of this world whose mantra is that ‘prisons aren’t full of bad people, rather they’re full of good people who have done bad things’.   Such an utopian view of Her Majesty’s Guests ignores the simple reality that, on average, a person must have committed eleven offences before being incarcerated while the average person serving jail time has over forty convictions.

These changes will see dangerous criminals like Hugh Tareha, currently serving a second strike sentence of twelve years and nine months imprisonment without parole for bashing and sexually assaulting a 87 YO grandmother in her home, eligible for early release in just eight months time, well ahead of his scheduled July 2026 release date.    Thank you girls.

I can’t believe this mob are so out of touch with reality as to propose such changes.   Yes, New Zealand has a high rate of prison incarceration but if that’s what’s needed to keep bad people off the streets then that’s the price I’m willing to pay.

The ever diminishing ranks of Winston First supporters will feel doubly betrayed while the so called ‘Waitakere Man’ part of Labour’s missing million will be shaking his head in disbelief.

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June 6, 2018 at 4:12 am

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