An updated list of misdirected damage to abolitionist, Black hero, and irrelevant statues caught up by Antifa and BLM

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An updated list of damaged and destroyed monuments for abolitionist, Black heroes, and figures who had nothing to do with expressed racism

It seems that Black Lives Matter is only about erasing

Remember that it was Black Lives Matter that defaced or destroyed monuments for:

Honoree Name & Link to BLM destruction Information about the Honoree
Abraham Lincoln
Was the President who ran against slavery, directed the Union during the Civil War, and signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
William McKinley
Never owned slaves. Was the 25th president of the U.S. (from 1897 until his assassination in 1901). Led America to victory in the Spanish-American War.
Hans Christian Heg
Was an abolitionist and a news reporter who swayed people against slavery. Was born in Norway and joined the Union army. Led an anti-slave-catcher militia.
John Brown
Was an abolitionist and advocated the use of armed insurrection to overthrow slavery. Raided the Confederacy.
Matthias Baldwin
Was an abolitionist and a philanthropist. Began working in his teens as a printer. Became an inventor and machinist, specializing in steam locomotives.
Junipero Serra
Founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California.
Francis Scott Key
Wrote the poem that became the words for our national anthem.
Theodore Roosevelt
Never owned a slave. Was the 26th President of the U.S.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Never owned a slave. Was a Grammy-winning blues guitarist of the 1990’s.
William Jackson Palmer
Never owned a slave. Although a Quaker (who normally claim conscientious-objector status), he fought for the Union because he hated slavery so much. After the war, contributed hundreds of thousands to Black colleges.
Shaw Memorial
This was a memorial to a regiment of Black soldiers.
Revolutionary War Unknown Soldier
This was a memorial to the unknown soldier.
Ulysses S. Grant
Inherited one slave who was freed upon his death. Served in the army that defeated the South and delivered the Emancipation Proclamation. Served as the 18th President of the U.S.

Democrats’ answer to crime

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In Mayor de Blasio’s New York City, 103 arrests does not mean jail

Lifezette comments on de Blasio’s New York, where a man can get 103 arrests without being jailed.

de BlasioIn Marxist Mayor Bill de Blasio’s New York City, a career criminal with more than 100 arrests to his name can walk the streets freely even after he is arrested for cruelly shoving a 92-year-old woman into a Manhattan fire hydrant, thus leaving his victim too scared to walk alone in her own neighborhood.

Crime like this is rampant in Mayor de Blasio’s New York City. What does the mayor do about it? This.


That move by Hizzoner will not help that elderly lady who was assaulted. She is a Bronx native named Geraldine, who spoke to the press on Tuesday with the condition her last name be withheld for reasons of safety. The NYPD arrested convicted sex offender Rashid Brimmage, 31, charging him with the attack on Geraldine. Within hours he was back on the street. The serial offender has been arrested 103 times since 2005 for crimes and sex offenses. Brimmage was convicted of sexual misconduct in 2012, then arrested for two sex offenses in 2014. In May of that year, he was busted for exposing and fondling himself on an East Harlem street and most recently, he was arrested March 9 in Manhattan and hit with criminal possession of a controlled substance, assault and attempted assault charges.

At the time of the attack, Brimmage had three open criminal cases in the city, according to court records. He was given a desk appearance ticket for the bust and ordered to return to court at the end of July. The mayor’s latest proposal to stop this kind of crime? Reallocating funds to social services—one version of “defund the police.”

(Read more at Lifezette)

This rings a similar bell to that entoned by Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg

District Attorney OggKim Ogg, the District Attorney who excels in releasing felons so that they can murder and murder again and who excelled further in releasing 800 “protesters” (including both those who walked into freeways and others who broke downtown windows).

Seattle CHOP shooting leaves one dead and one injured

Townhall comments on the Seattle CHOP shooting that left one dead and another wounded.

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A picture of the location where a Black man was shot within CHOP.

A fatal shooting took place around 2:30 a.m. PST in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone. East Precinct officers responded to the call and attempted to locate the victim. According to the Seattle Police Department, “a violent crowd” kept officers from coming to the victims’ aid.

CHOP’s medics transported the two men that were shot Harborview Medical Center. When officers arrived at the hospital they were informed at one of the victims, a 19-year-old had succumbed to his injures. The other victim whose age is unknown is still at the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The suspect or suspects are still on the run but police have no description.

“Homicide detectives responded and are conducting a thorough investigation, despite the challenges presented by the circumstances,” the police department said in a press release.


(Read more at Townhall)

What? No riots against the socialist rule under Black Lives Matter

Maybe, as with the continual deaths in the Black neighborhoods of Chicago, Black (and Hispanic) lives really don’t matter to the socialists at Black Lives Matter. Oddly, it seems that a Black man has been killed in CHOP and nobody in Black Lives Matter are rioting, burning, or screaming.

Poll: 71% of Washington D.C. police are considering leaving

In the city that created Black Lives Matter Plaza just blocks from the White House, a poll finds 71% of Washington D.C. police are considering leaving the force, as reported by the Washington Examiner.

Nearly three-fourths of Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department said in a poll that they are considering leaving the force amid a police reform bill recently passed by the D.C. Council.

The proposal would require law enforcement body camera footage to be released to the public more quickly following a police-related shooting and would restrict when officers can use lethal force. It also would prohibit the department from purchasing military-style equipment from the federal government.

Local lawmakers stopped an attempt by one council member at large who proposed to limit the size of the force and cap it at 3,500 from its current size of 3,863. However, several hundred on the force revealed to the D.C. Police Union, which represents 3,600 Washington officers, detectives, and sergeants, that they are looking to leave anyway.

According to the survey of 600 local law enforcement members, of the 71% considering leaving, 25% may retire earlier than planned, 35% are seeking jobs at other law enforcement agencies, and 39% are considering leaving law enforcement altogether.

Additionally, 96% of those members polled said they believe crime will increase, and 88% said officer safety will plunge.

“The D.C. Police Union remains steadfastly committed to important discussions on police reform and is always willing to be on the cutting edge of responsible and professional policing, but the idea that our department has systemic racism which manifests itself in brutality and civil rights violations is preposterous,” the D.C. Police Union said in a statement, adding that the Metropolitan Police Department has been at the “forefront of police reform for 20 years.”

“This legislation will cause an exodus of our best police officers and make hiring and retaining qualified employees next to impossible,” the union added.

The survey also found that 98.7% of those polled agreed with D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham that D.C. Council members have “completely abandoned the police.”

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

Considering that the Mayor of D.C. has followed every socialist trend, maybe it will be the next Seattle

Either D.C. or New York seem to have everything needed to be the next Seattle. Like Mayor Jenny of Seattle, de Blasio of New York and Bowser of D.C. have capitulated on multiple fronts.

Bowser created the Black Lives Matter Plaza just blocks off of the White House, changed names of streets, and has “Black Lives Matter” painted on streets.

Mayor de Blasio has spearheaded bail reform (although he admits that it has resulted in a drastic increase in violent crime), has plans to rename streets to “Black Lives Matter”, placed COVID-19 positive patients by the thousands in nursing homes (resulting in catastrophic deaths in those nursing homes), and wasted BILLIONS on pet projects while over-taxing the base.

However, I should not dump on New York and D.C. too much. It seems similar sentiments can be found in Atlanta, South Bend, Los Angeles, New York, Hallandale, FL, Atlanta, and Houston.

Minneapolis: 1 dead and 11 injured in one shooting. How is defunding the police working out?

Minneapolis Public Radio reports 1 dead and 11 wounded in a shooting.

Minneapolis_shootingOne man died and 11 other people were injured in a shooting early Sunday along Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood.

Minneapolis police reported they received 911 calls at 12:37 a.m. reporting several people shot on the 2900 block of Hennepin Avenue South, just north of Lake Street. It’s the commercial center of the Uptown neighborhood, lined with bars, restaurants and retailers.

“Preliminary investigation reveals that individuals on foot started shooting in the mid-2900 block of Hennepin Avenue South and proceeded north. People scattered and suspects fled,” police said in a news release issued shortly after 4 a.m.

The victims were transported to hospitals by ambulance and private vehicle. All are adults. The name of the man who died has not yet been released.

There were no suspects in custody of 4 a.m. Sunday. Further details on the circumstances of the shooting weren’t immediately available.

“We are in the infancy of this investigation, so at this point, we don’t know what truly led up to this shooting,” Minneapolis police spokesperson John Elder told MPR News.

Elder said five detectives are investigating the incident, interviewing witnesses and gathering any surveillance video that may have captured the shooting.

Photographs posted to social media showed windows at the Landmark Uptown Theatre and another storefront shot out.

Screams were audible on a live video posted to Facebook that showed the aftermath at the scene. Small crowds of people gathered, with some crouched over victims lying on the pavement before police officers on bicycles showed up to attend to them.

There has been a rash of gun violence in Minneapolis in recent days. Police said at least seven other people were wounded by gunfire in the city in five incidents from Saturday afternoon through early Sunday morning.

(Read this at Minneapolis Public Radio)

That’s not all, more has fallen on unprotected citizens

In an other story, seven other people from Minneapolis were shot outside a bar.

Additionally, eight people were shot and one stabbed within three hours in Minneapolis.

It really sounds like this “defund the police” idea has really gotten off on the wrong foot. So far, I have not read a single report mentioning a social worker saving the day.

Democrats reveal their intentions through their actions

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Democrats side with terrorists over the American people

Counterterrorism Expert Says ‘The Goal Of Antifa Is To Overthrow The Government’

The Daily Caller quotes Kyle Shideler, director and senior analyst for homeland security and counterterrorism at the Center for Security Policy in his assessment of the goal of Antifa.

KyleShidelerKyle Shideler, director and senior analyst for homeland security and counterterrorism at the Center for Security Policy, spoke with the Daily Caller’s Samantha Renck about the history of Antifa, Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone and more.

“You probably started hearing the term ‘Antifa’ maybe back in the trouble with Berkeley and some of the cancellations that were taking place of conservative speakers on college campuses,” Shideler said. “But that’s only about two, three years ago.”

portland-violenceThe reality of Antifa, as Shideler explained, dates back to the 1930s.

“We traced it in the article all the way back to 1932 when the Communist Party of Germany founds Anti-Fascist Action.”

Shideler expressed concerns for the amount of support Antifa receives from local and state officials.

AntiFA“What is distressing is the level of support that Antifa does get from local and state officials from some of these more radical areas,” Shideler said. “We’ve seen these in Portland, we’re seeing it in Seattle with the mayor and some of the city council members who are essentially supporting this insurrection.”

Shideler emphasized that the ongoing situation in Seattle can and will also be used as fuel for future movements.

“Even though this won’t last, this zone is not going to last, the people who took this action are learning lessons, they are creating propaganda, they are motivating new followers, and we’re going to see all of those things happen again.”

Shideler talked more about the situation in Seattle, the future of Antifa, its threat to the country and more.

(Read more at the Daily Caller)

In response to her biases, Democrat Mayor Durken seceded six blocks to Antifa

As we know from Reformation Charlotte that Democrat Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has sided with Antifa although they have taken over private property without payment.

MayorJennyMayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, announced her support of the violent anti-government takeover by far-left radical hate groups like Antifa of several city blocks and insists that president, Donald Trump — who criticized the city for allowing it — doesn’t understand what’s happening.

The delusional Durkan tweeted that this takeover was not only patriotic, but constitutionally-protected and lawful.

Antifa, a far-left anti-government anti-police domestic terror group, has seized several city blocks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Seattle and set up barricades with armed vigilantes guarding any entrance and exit of the neighborhood. The new “autonomous zone,” as the vigilantes have dubbed it, appears to be well-organized and has created their own rules than anyone entering the premises must agree to. Businesses within the zone must comply with the demands of the group or they will not be allowed to operate. It is essentially its own country within a city.

Two of the most notorious domestic terrorist organizations in America right now are Black Lives Matter, and even worse, Antifa — a well-organized group self-described anti-fascist revolutionaries hell-bent on the destruction of Western civilization and replacing it with an oppressive communist regime devoid of Constitutional liberties.

(Read more at Reformation Charlotte)

Now that the Seattle Police Chief has thrown Mayor Jenny under the bus, maybe an inkling of common sense might trickle into the thinking of the liberal mayor. Then again, considering the extreme liberality of the mayor, that might be hoping too much.

Fearing a loss of the Black vote, Democrat Tim Kaine puts pandering into overdrive

Tim Kaine: The United States ‘created’ slavery

As reported in the Washington Examiner, Democrat Senator Tim Kaine claimed that Americans invented the institution of slavery.

SenatorTimKaineSen. Tim Kaine claimed that the United States created the institution of slavery.

During Tuesday remarks on the Senate floor, the Virginia Democrat addressed the issue of accountability in police departments but later claimed that the U.S. created the institution of slavery.

“The first African Americans sent into the English colonies came to Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619. They were slaves. They had been captured against their will. But they landed in colonies that didn’t have slavery. There were no laws about slavery in the colonies at that time. The United States didn’t inherit slavery from anybody. We created it,” Kaine said.

“It got created by the Virginia General Assembly and the legislatures of other states. It got created by the court systems in colonial America,” he added. “We created it.”

(Read more at the Washington Examiner)

That Kaine would attempt this idiocy just shows how people ignore Democrats

Even in academically-challenged America, this does not pass the smell test. My bet is that, given access to a tablet, computer, or phone, all of my Rhetoric and Composition class could earn an extra “A” for their summer term within 2 minutes by answering the following questions that would prove Senator Kaine wrong:

However, all that Kaine said was said into a vacuum and into the darkness. Without an honest press to shine the light on these statements, Kaine will not have to really answer for the idiocy of his words.

Then again, consider the words of God through Solomon:

Like snow in summer and like rain in harvest, so honor is not fitting for a fool. (Proverbs 26:1 NASB)

As if Kim Ogg hasn’t fouled up Harris County enough

Houston prosecutor suggests George Floyd may have been set up in 2004 arrest

The Wall Street Journal quotes the inane words of Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg who decided to stir the George Floyd pot.

Houston’s top prosecutor has concluded that a scandal-ridden former Houston police officer likely lied when he arrested George Floyd on a minor drug offense for which Mr. Floyd served time in state jail.

The Harris County District Attorney, Kim Ogg, also said that due to her office’s examination of Mr. Floyd’s case it could expand a continuing investigation to examine more arrests made by Gerald Goines, who was charged with murder after a botched drug raid in 2019 in which two people were killed.

(Read more at the Wall Street Journal)

If Kim Ogg did not want to be the center of a pro-law-enforcement campaign running at her from all sides, she should not have released murderers

If Kim Ogg did not want to be the subject of numerous investigations by independent investigative reporter Wayne Dolchefino, she should not have released 344 felons.

If she did not want the unending opposition of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, maybe she should not have released so many murderers.



Two Chicago Democrats spar over the safety of the citizens: The alderman cares and the mayor doesn’t

PBS cleans up and removes references to church members protecting property

PBS provided a recording of the sometimes combative conference call between the Chicago mayor and city council.

Far down in the article, far below the recording, it does mention the following:

Sadlowski-Garza wept as she told Lightfoot new businesses had been destroyed, while other shops were being protected by owners with shotguns.

“This is a massive, massive problem,” Lightfoot said. “People are just f—–g lawless right now.”

LightfootLopezAld. Raymond Lopez (15th Ward) demanded that Lightfoot develop a plan to stabilize Chicago’s neighborhoods for five days, calling his Southwest Side ward “a virtual war zone” where gang members armed with AK-47’s were threatening to shoot black people.

The call came to a screeching halt when Lightfoot declined to address the substance of Lopez’s remarks, and Lopez demanded that she respond.

Lightfoot told Lopez he was “100% full of s–t.”

“Well, f–k you then,” Lopez responded.

“I understand you want to preen,” Lightfoot told Lopez.

As aldermen objected, Lopez continued to speak.

“Mayor you need to check your f—–g attitude,” Lopez said.

That profane exchange was first reported by the Sun-Times.

Later in the call, Lightfoot told Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez (25th Ward) she spent a significant amount of time on Sunday morning dealing with a group of protesters outside her Logan Square home.

(Read more at PBS)

The politicians abandon population and want to defund the police

Viewed from one side, you see that the politicians who took the guns out of the hands of the common, law-abiding citizen now complain when some citizens still take up arms to protect their property against rioters and looters.

Viewed from another side, you hear the loud complaints of government officials who do not seem to care about the loss of property and livelihoods in the fires of the riots.

Furthermore, it seems that the denial by the anti-God people at National Public Radio has reached a new level of disallowance. Now, not only do they deny that Christians don’t do things for the community, when Christians are out protecting the community and an alderman notes it — PBS ignores it.

Of course, never mind the community kitchens, community pantries, hospitals, graveyards, palliative care units, and other institutions supported by churches. These aren’t enough for the deniers.  And your life and your property is nothing to these Democrats in government.

“Defund the Police” takes root in some Democrat constituencies

Police react with their feet

Atlanta




Minneapolis



New York

Starbucks’ brief lapse into sanity did not last


Starbucks will allow employees to wear Black Lives Matter shirts, pins

Houston ABC affiliate KTRK reports that Starbucks has stepped back from its position of being autonomous from Black Lives Matter.

Less than a day after I posted about Starbucks having seen through the Left’s “peaceful” Seattle narrative, Starbucks returned to its liberal roots.

StarbucksDoorStarbucks is speaking out after reports of an alleged policy that bans its employees from wearing accessories or clothing related to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Many on social media expressed their disgust and anger after learning about this alleged rule, calling on others to boycott Starbucks.

In a statement to the ABC 7 Chicago I-Team, Starbucks said:

“Know you’ve been following Starbucks as we continue to listen to our partners (employees) about how they want to take a stand for justice, while proudly wearing the green apron and standing united together. We will continue to work closely with community leaders, civil rights leaders, organizations, and our partners to understand the role that Starbucks can play, and to show up in a positive way for our communities.

Starbucks stands in solidarity with our Black partners, community and customers, and understand the desire to express themselves. As our latest step towards this commitment, we are partnering with the Starbucks Black Partner Network and Black Starbucks leaders to make 250,000 shirts available to our company-operated partners in U.S. and Canada to affirm our support at this critical time in our history. This small effort allows us to abide by store policies that are designed to maintain a safe and welcoming sense of community. Until these shirts arrive in stores, partners will be able to wear their BLM pin or t-shirt in passionate support of their community and humanity.

(Read more at KTRK)

An “alleged” policy rescinded by alleged idiots

Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly. (Proverbs 26:11 NASB)

It seems that few remember the destructive tendencies of those within the indigenous left. They don’t want us to remember it was the Pacific-Northwest leftists who:

Still, it seems really odd that Starbucks would not stand against the movement starting in the CHAZ, since:

Now it seems that the chickens are coming home to roost. Now it seems that anarchy has forced these leftists into controlling the world around them using all of the means that they have decried for years.

Now, we find them

  • Imposing a poll tax on part of their population by skin color
  • Supporting gun rights and forming their own untrained, hardly-controlled police force
  • Building walls and setting up check points

But we also find them

  • Ignoring the needs of the weak and defenseless,
  • Denying free speech by escorting out any dissenters, and
  • Always being ready to offer a lame excuse for their hypocrisy

One Left-wing luminary recognizes the lunacy of the current Democrat course

In spite of the idiotic indications from the Seattle crowd and Starbucks, if the observations of Rolling Stone editor Matt Taibbi seep into the main stream of leftist thought, maybe there is some hope for some liberal segments. You see, as reported by Townhall, maybe there is some hope since Taibbi has worked to show the untenable aspects of some of Leftist thought. For example:

(Taibbi) notes that a lot of what Cotton was backed up by a majority of the American public. Also, it seems clear that these leftist clowns didn’t even read the column. The Philadelphia Inquirer sent their longtime editor, Stan Wischowski, packing for green-lighting a headline “Buildings Matter, Too.” Again, another view that’s supported by a healthy majority of voters; people value the protection of what they own. It’s not that hard. For the woke, this is problematic. Wischowski helped diversify the newsroom and helped the paper get a Pulitzer for their series on Philly school violence in his two-decade career at the paper, but screw him, right?

Taibbi is surgical in highlighting all of the nonsense, all of the weird acts of contrition being exhibited by white liberals that he rightfully describes as activities that are more in line with cult behavior. Of course, he calls Trump a clown but directs most of his criticism at the media industry that is collapsing under the infection of wokeness and political correctness that are terrorizing newsrooms. Moreover, the pervasive “moral mania,” as he calls it, has generated a list of the “Most Important Thing Ever” within the liberal media that is often met with the same fate: it’s either forgotten or dropped, leaving the public feeling empty as to why they should be outraged besides the ongoing war cry of “orange man…bad” (via Matt Taibbi):

On the other side of the political aisle, among self-described liberals, we’re watching an intellectual revolution. It feels liberating to say after years of tiptoeing around the fact, but the American left has lost its mind. It’s become a cowardly mob of upper-class social media addicts, Twitter Robespierres who move from discipline to discipline torching reputations and jobs with breathtaking casualness.

The leaders of this new movement are replacing traditional liberal beliefs about tolerance, free inquiry, and even racial harmony with ideas so toxic and unattractive that they eschew debate, moving straight to shaming, threats, and intimidation. They are counting on the guilt-ridden, self-flagellating nature of traditional American progressives, who will not stand up for themselves, and will walk to the Razor voluntarily.

They’ve conned organization after organization into empowering panels to search out thoughtcrime, and it’s established now that anything can be an offense, from a UCLA professor placed under investigation for reading Martin Luther King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” out loud to a data scientist fired* from a research firm for — get this — retweeting an academic study suggesting nonviolent protests may be more politically effective than violent ones!

Now, this madness is coming for journalism.

[…]

…the Philadelphia Inquirer’s editor, Stan Wischowski, was forced out after approving a headline, “Buildings matter, too.”

In the most discussed incident, Times editorial page editor James Bennet was ousted for green-lighting an anti-protest editorial by Arkansas Republican Senator Tom Cotton entitled, “Send in the troops.”

I’m no fan of Cotton, but as was the case with Michael Moore’s documentary and many other controversial speech episodes, it’s not clear that many of the people angriest about the piece in question even read it. In classic Times fashion, the paper has already scrubbed a mistake they made misreporting what their own editorial said…

[…]

Cotton did not call for “military force against protesters in American cities.” He spoke of a “show of force,” to rectify a situation a significant portion of the country saw as spiraling out of control. It’s an important distinction. Cotton was presenting one side of the most important question on the most important issue of a critically important day in American history.

As Cotton points out in the piece, he was advancing a view arguably held by a majority of the country. A Morning Consult poll showed 58% of Americans either strongly or somewhat supported the idea of “calling in the U.S. military to supplement city police forces.” That survey included 40% of self-described “liberals” and 37% of African-Americans. To declare a point of view held by that many people not only not worthy of discussion, but so toxic that publication of it without even necessarily agreeing requires dismissal, is a dramatic reversal for a newspaper that long cast itself as the national paper of record.

Incidentally, that same poll cited by Cotton showed that 73% of Americans described protecting property as “very important,” while an additional 16% considered it “somewhat important.” This means the Philadelphia Inquirer editor was fired for running a headline – “Buildings matter, too” – that the poll said expressed a view held by 89% of the population, including 64% of African-Americans.

[…]

After the 2016 election, we began to see staff uprisings. In one case, publishers at the Nation faced a revolt – from the Editor-in-Chief on down – after an articles by Aaron Mate and Patrick Lawrence questioning the evidentiary basis for Russiagate claims was run. Subsequent events, including the recent declassification of congressional testimony, revealed that Mate especially was right to point out that officials had no evidence for a Trump-Russia collusion case. It’s precisely because such unpopular views often turn out to be valid that we stress publishing and debating them in the press.

Oh, and there’s this part about the Left’s take on the George Floyd riots, which has become a massive exercise in doublethink:

Kathleen Kingsbury [The NYT’s newest opinion page editor], issued a staff directive essentially telling employees they now had a veto over anything that made them uncomfortable: “Anyone who sees any piece of Opinion journalism, headlines, social posts, photos—you name it—that gives you the slightest pause, please call or text me immediately.”

All these episodes sent a signal to everyone in a business already shedding jobs at an extraordinary rate that failure to toe certain editorial lines can and will result in the loss of your job. Perhaps additionally, you could face a public shaming campaign in which you will be denounced as a racist and rendered unemployable.

These tensions led to amazing contradictions in coverage. For all the extraordinary/inexplicable scenes of police viciousness in recent weeks — and there was a ton of it, ranging from police slashing tires in Minneapolis, to Buffalo officers knocking over an elderly man, to Philadelphia police attacking protesters — there were also 12 deaths in the first nine days of protests, only one at the hands of a police officer (involving a man who may or may not have been aiming a gun at police).

Looting in some communities has been so bad that people have been left without banks to cash checks, or pharmacies to fill prescriptions; business owners have been wiped out (“My life is gone,” commented one Philly store owner); a car dealership in San Leandro, California saw 74 cars stolen in a single night. It isn’t the whole story, but it’s demonstrably true that violence, arson, and rioting are occurring.

However, because it is politically untenable to discuss this in ways that do not suggest support, reporters have been twisting themselves into knots. We are seeing headlines previously imaginable only in The Onion, e.g., “27 police officers injured during largely peaceful anti-racism protests in London.”

And on that front, the public shaming aspect, he notes the torching of The Intercept’s Lee Fang for daring to tweet an interview he had with a black man who said, “I always question, why does a Black life matter only when a white man takes it?… Like, if a white man takes my life tonight, it’s going to be national news, but if a black man takes my life, it might not even be spoken of… It’s stuff just like that that I just want in the mix.”

(Read more at Townhall)

It seems that Starbucks has seen the light


Antifa carries AK-47’s and takes over 6 square blocks of Seattle (Starbuck’s home)

Starbucks bans employees from wearing anything in support of Black Lives Matter

The Hill reports that Starbucks now has decided to pull back from supporting Black Lives Matter.

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Antifa member carrying an AR-15

An internal memo sent to Starbucks employees last week specifically warned staffers against wearing accessories or clothes bearing messages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The memo, obtained by BuzzFeed News, reminds staffers that such messages are prohibited under the company’s policy against accessories that “advocated a political, religious or personal issue.”

Numerous employees told the news outlet, however, that the company regularly allows or even encourages employees to wear pins in support of LGBTQ equality, especially during Pride Month every June.

“Starbucks LGBTQ+ partners wear LGBTQ+ pins and shirts, that also could incite and create violent experiences amongst partners and customers,” one black transgender employee of the coffee chain told BuzzFeed. “We have partners who experienced harassment and transphobia/homophobia for wearing their pins and shirts, and Starbucks still stands behind them.”

A video from a top company executive reportedly sent with the memo warned employees that “agitators who misconstrue the fundamental principles” of the movement could seek to “amplify divisiveness” if the messages are displayed in stores.

“We know your intent is genuine and understand how personal this is for so many of us. This is important and we hear you,” the memo read.

(Read more at The Hill)

Do you think that the light-handed reports from main stream media influenced Starbucks?

Since CNN took the word of Mayor Jenny Durkan at face value (as evidenced by the tweet below) and did not investigate the violence within the barricades, maybe they (and the other Democrat-supporting press) has made themselves a non-factor as far as Starbucks is concerned.

You see, Starbucks would know that the tripe that this Democrat mayor spews (refer below) does not match with reality. With people in Seattle, they would know that backing the Antifa side and the Black Lives Matter side would mean the economic death of a company that asked for more than a pittance for their services. So they produced this memo from reality.

Reality like that experienced by freelance reporters and the Seattle Police Chief.


Reality like that experienced by those accused of crime or those who have an unpopular opinion.


A reality that we all will contend with should another Democrat administration come to power along with a Democrat House and Senate.

A hat tip to The Last Refuge.

Six little-mentioned things concerning George Floyd protests


  1. Drivers flee to HPD headquarters after altercation leads to gunfire, vehicles ramming each other

Houston CBS affiliate KHOU reports on an early morning altercation that ended in the Houston Police Department parking lot.

Houston police detained several people just outside police headquarters in Downtown Houston early Tuesday morning.

Police said it was after 3 a.m. when they received a 911 call about three vehicles following each other and shots being fired.

The vehicles were also ramming each other, allegedly. The vehicles went northbound on Travis in downtown and pulled up to police headquarters.

Officers in the building went outside and detained at least four or five people as the investigation got underway. One pistol was recovered at the scene.

(Read more at KHOU)

I hope that this was a case of a sane person driving to a police station to escape an idiot

I certainly hope that this was not a case of Antifa elements testing the resources of Houston police.

However, with the race-baiting speech that Art Acevedo gave prior to the first George Floyd riot in Houston, the people at Antifa knew he ruled with a Democrat fist. So that might mean no bail releases for those who get caught.

Hence, as the following article might demonstrate, light sentences provided in Democrat strongholds might encourage bad behavior.

  1. Police Sergeant shot and killed during ambush near George Floyd protest

San Francisco ABC affiliate KGO reports that Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller and two deputies were ambushed and shot.

A Santa Cruz County deputy was killed and other officers were injured after an ambush on Saturday, Sheriff Jim Hart said.

On Sunday, the FBI revealed it is looking into a possible link between the Santa Cruz County killing and the death of an officer outside the federal building in Oakland last month.

Around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, the sheriff’s office received a report of a suspicious van on a turnout at Jamison Creek Road near Ben Lomond. The caller said they saw guns and bomb-making devices inside the vehicle.

When deputies arrived at the scene they saw the van leave and followed the vehicle. As the van pulled into a driveway on Waldeberg Drive, the officers were ambushed with gunfire and many improvised explosives, Hart said.

Sergeant Damon Gutzwiller, 38, was shot and taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“In my 32-year career, this is the worst day I’ve ever experienced,” Sheriff Jim Hart said as he began the news conference.

Gutzwiller worked for the sheriff’s office since 2006 and is survived by his wife, young child and another on the way. Hart described him as a courageous, intelligent, sensitive and caring man.

“Words cannot express the pain we feel for Damon and his family,” Sheriff Jim Hart said, “He was the kind of person we all hope to be. Today, we lost a hero. We are grateful to have known him and we mourn with his family.”

During the ambush, another officer was struck by either gunshot or shrapnel from the explosives, then struck by a getaway vehicle, Hart said. The officer was taken to the hospital and officials say they are in stable condition and expected to recover.

Calls of carjacking soon followed as officers from other departments arrived to the scene.

The FBI confirmed to ABC7 that the agency is looking into a possible connection between the Santa Cruz County shooting and the shooting death of Officer Pat Underwood in Oakland last month.

(Read more at KGO)

More recent reports say Air Force Staff Sergeant Steven Carrillo allegedly killed the police

Since CBS News was reluctant to divulge any details Carrillo’s motive, it seems very likely that the liberal’s favorites (either Anitfa or Islam) might be involved.

  1. Maxine Waters calls ‘rioting’ a ‘negative language … used against Black people’

Breitbart talks about the race-baiting of Maxine Waters.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), in an interview published Wednesday, explained why she rejects the term “rioting” in describing violent protests, contending that the word is part of “negative language used far too often in a description of black people by folks who fundamentally don’t see black people the same way they see whites and others.”

Waters spoke to The Cut about her “longtime fight over the language of insurrection and unrest versus rioting” and told the outlet that the unrest in recent days brought her to reflect on “what was going on back in the day, when I was confronting Daryl Gates, starting when the police shot Eula Love, which brought me in contact with the police commission and brought me to taking a look at what was going on with police community relations” years ago.

She spoke in depth about her experience with Gates, Los Angeles’s former police chief, and explained how those events shaped her view of the “negative language” used today.

“A lot of negative language gets used against black people, describing what whites often believe is true about us: that language includes ‘lazy,’ ‘criminal,’ and ‘rioting,’” Waters told the outlet.

(Read more at Breitbart)

Naturally Maxine Waters turns rioters and looters into victims

Of course, if you have looked at any videos of the looting, no one race monopolizes crime. Therefore, references to perpetrators of crime cannot be racist unless you twist facts.

  1. Eric Garcetti lifts Los Angeles curfew after Black Lives Matter and ACLU sue city: Protests ‘almost … entirely peaceful’

Breitbart reports on the lifting of the Los Angeles curfew and the following protests.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday that the city would be ending its curfew, which has been in place since Saturday, May 30.

Eric GarcettiGarcetti claimed that the curfew was being lifted because recent demonstrations — i.e. for the last 48 hours — had been peaceful. “Angelenos are rallying around powerful and peaceful demonstrations against racial injustice,” Garcetti said, as quoted by Yahoo! News.

However, the announcement also came after Black Lives Matter and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued the city on Wednesday, along with Garcetti and a slew of city and county officials.

The lawsuit claims (emphasis added): “Upon information and belief, between May 29 and June 3, 2020, approximately 30,000 people participated in protest demonstrations, almost of all of which were entirely peaceful, throughout Los Angeles County.”

It acknowledges rioting and looting, but blames “third parties who were not part of Black Lives Matter or most other organized protest groups.”

It also claims that such incidents happened “only” in a few places, such as “Downtown and Fairfax, Hollywood, Long Beach, Santa Monica, and Van Nuys areas of Los Angeles County.”

(Read more at Breitbart)

What percent of purity becomes acceptable?

When politicians and journalists are concerned, how much truth have you come to expect? As for myself, I check for a connection to a liberal meme before I assign any belief to a story. If the story does support a liberal meme (and most main stream and local stories do), then I check for other sources. If those other sources can be found, then I go with the one that seems the most acceptable to all sides (or, if I am trying to argue on a liberal topic, I might take the most liberally-accepted source).

So, rather than just considering the veracity and well-told story, I (and a number of bloggers I have read), consider other factors.

This is sad, but telling. Still, we must communicate if we are to get our message out.

  1. Lori Lightfoot begs major retailers to stay in Chicago after the lawless riots

Western Journal reports how Mayor Lightfoot has begged retailers to remain in Chicago.

Portions of Chicago have resembled combat zones for years.

But in recent weeks, roaming groups of rioters have used the May 25 death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis as a pretext to loot and destroy businesses both big and small in the Windy City.

LightfootThe response from the city’s Democratic leaders has been less than aggressive — and now they’re facing the potential repercussions of that approach.

National retail chain locations have been attacked, looted or burned and are now closed in many parts of the city, as was outlined June 1 by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Walmart, according to reports, might not come back, at least not fully.

WBBM-AM in Chicago reported the Arkansas-based retail giant is assessing which of its locations in the city are worth salvaging after criminals ransacked the stores during unchecked looting.

There isn’t a timetable for when that corporate evaluation will be completed, but Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, whose job it is to protect her city, is now pleading with Walmart and other retailers not to leave the market.

(Read more at the Western Journal)

For the sake of the poor, I hope that this works.

For the sake of the poor in Chicago who did not riot and now are suffering because they do not now have access to groceries, pharmacies, and other necessities — I pray for you and have a broken heart for you.

However, for those who will grow up and read about the riots over a man who broke into a pregnant woman’s house and held a gun to her stomach as he searched for drugs, I can see the benefit of an exodus of Walmart, Target, and the other looted outlets. For too long, seeds of destruction have been sown. When seeds are sown, they come up in multiples.

  1. Charges dropped against nearly 800 Houston protestors

Houston Fox affiliate KRIV reports that nearly 800 protestors will have their charges dropped.

On the same day, George Floyd was laid to rest, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office announced it’s dropping criminal charges against nearly 800 protesters in Houston.

The DA’s office says prosecutors divided the 796 cases between people who sought to do harm others and property and people who were arrested for simple civil disobedience. They began filing motions to dismiss before sunrise Tuesday.

The cases dismissed were for non-violent misdemeanor offenses, mostly obstructing a highway and trespassing.

District Attorney Ogg“The job of the prosecutor is to seek individualized justice in every case,” Ogg said. “While probable cause existed for the arrests of those people who refused to disperse after being ordered to do so by police, our young prosecutors worked hard to identify the few offenders who came to inflict harm on others and intentional damage to property.”

Only 51 adults and one juvenile now remain charged with active cases. These cases include 35 misdemeanor charges and 19 felony charges; charges such as weapons offenses and aggravated assault of a peace officer.

“With so many professionals wanting to contribute, I am confident that the criminal defense bar will volunteer their services to clean up the criminal records of all involved,” Ogg said.

(Read more at KRIV)

Kim Ogg strikes again

Kim Ogg, the District Attorney who releases insane murderers and then blames the resulting acts on the social justice judges, has now enabled Antifa in Houston. Look for more of what she is encouraging.

Ogg_344felonsYou may remember a recent blog post on Wayne Dolcefino’s investigation of Kim Ogg’s release of 344 felons and part of the resulting wave of crime. Again, this blog post proves you get more of what you encourage.

 

Four stories to brighten the day of conservatives

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  1. Riot-Embracing Democrat Party Just Had Its Worst Week in 50 Years

Breitbart‘s John Nolte points out the rotten, no good week that Democrats had.

We like to believe we’re living in unprecedented times, but we aren’t. The left is just rioting, looting, and burning like it’s 1968; and the Democrat Party is appeasing the rioters and going soft on crime like it’s 1968.

Trust me, there is nothing new under the sun, much less a gang of spoiled crybabies abusing a cause to justify their marauding, much less a Democrat Party believing they can harness that power to electoral victory, much less a corrupt media aiding and abetting it all.

No serious student of history will tell you we’re not watching a rerun.

And no serious student of history will tell you this will not end well for Democrats.

That’s not to say President Trump will benefit. He’s president now, and voters might very well blame him for the unrest, might believe (mistakenly — as I’ll explain below) Joe Biden can usher in calmer times. As the polls show, Trump’s refusal to project calm and steadiness is not helping his case. When Trump most needs to act presidential, he either can’t or won’t, but that’s all beside the point. This is a long game we’re talking about here. Here are a couple of examples…

In the end, all the social unrest of the 60s turned the country to the right. For 20 out of 24 years, from 1968 to 1992, a Republican was president. And Democrats were only able to recapture the White House in 1992 because Bill Clinton ran as a New Democrat, especially when it came to being tough on crime.

What’s more, the only reason Democrats captured four of those 24 years was Watergate. Nevertheless, Jimmy Carter was still one-and-done.

In 1994, New York City had suffered through horrific decline and ruin after 20 years of soft-on-crime Democrat rule. The result was that one of the most left-wing cities in the country elected and then overwhelmingly reelected Republican Rudy Giuliani, who ran almost exclusively as a crimefighter. Giuliani was so successful that in 2002, the only way Mike Bloomberg could become mayor was to run as a Republican.

But as decades of quiet and calm domestic life wore on, people forgot why life was so good, forgot what it was like before, and here we are…

In 2014, 20 years after Giuliani was elected, New York took the good life for granted and made Bill de Blasio mayor, a soft-on-crime radical who’s already driven the city back into the dirt.

Nationwide, in 2008, after decades of domestic peace at the hands of conservative presidents (including Bill Clinton) and a relatively conservative Democrat Party, the country forgot how bad things had been in 1968, and voted to make Barack Obama, a radical leftist, president.

And what did Obama and his radical Democrats deliver? A return to the era of riots and social unrest.

It all started when Obama and Democrats embraced Occupy Wall Street — which has now morphed into the left-wing terrorists in Antifa and Black Lives Matter. On top of that, in order to create racial strife (that had nearly disappeared) and the false impression America is racist, Obama and Democrats embraced the Trayvon Martin, Hands Up, Don’t Shoot, and Baltimore hoaxes.

So here we are, welcome to 1968, where Democrats are now so radicalized they’re releasing violent criminals into their cities, encouraging illegal immigration into their cities, calling for the police to be defunded, dropping to their knees to plead for forgiveness for being white, and defending wanton rioting, looting, and lawlessness. But…

This can’t hold.

It can only end in electoral disaster.

To begin with, Democrats do not have the tiger by the tail. They cannot appease these mindless terrorists into behaving. Sorry, but you will never appease gangsters who have no demands and no goals, other than to wreak havoc. Appeasement is weakness; weakness invites aggression, and that means (just as we saw in the 60s), the crime and social unrest in these Democrat-run cities is only going to get worse, and as it does, the Democrats will find themselves in an electoral box there is no escape from.

Just as they did around the country in 1968 and in New York in 1994, eventually enough Democrat voters are going to get so sick and tired of the filth, crime, and unrest, they will demand something be done about it. But…

(Sorry for the cliffhanger, but you can read more at Breitbart)

Will the Democrat’s worst day be the riots/end of COVID-19 tyranny, the kangaroo impeachment, or something yet to come?

While I hope people are woken up by the hypocrisy of Democrats bouncing from 3 or more months of coronavirus tyranny directly to no-social-distancing, no-mask riots over one death, I don’t hold out hope. You see, lefties listen to a limited set of sources and no mention has been made yet in the New York Times of the 34 and climbing civilian deaths by Antifa. Additionally, scant attention has been paid to the death of a law enforcement official at the hands of Antifa. Furthermore, even though Democrats like AOC and Pressley have supported Antifa, lefties don’t want to associate Democrats with their newest militaristic enforcement arm (Antifa). Still, that is not surprising, since lefties had a hard time acknowledging the link between the Democrat party and their first militaristic enforcement arm (the Ku Klux Klan).

However, even the colossal failure of the impeachment (where their attempts to railroad the President actually resulted in the highest approval ratings for the President) did not deter their continued attempts at blame. From the impeachment, they went to calling Trump xenophobic for shutting off travel from China as the coronavirus began. They invited people to Chinatown as late as the last week of March, then they blamed Trump for the coronavirus deaths. So, they got themselves into a pattern of failing and lying.

So, unless they continue their pattern (and they show no evidence of changing their habits), they will create their most egregious foul-up in the future.

  1. Antifa burned down an Oklahoma charity. Oklahomans rose up and rebuilt it

Dress for Success Oklahoma City was a non-profit that gave at-risk women business attire, helped them prepare for job interviews, and provided career assistence for all women (before Antifa burned them down). As reported by Breitbart, Oklahomans raised more than $70,000 to rebuild the charity.

A community of Oklahomans raised more than $70,000 through a GoFundMe page to help the nonprofit Dress for Success Oklahoma City rebuild after looters trashed it during riots that occurred following the death of George Floyd.

The GoFundMe page was created on Monday, with an initial goal of $50,000, but the fundraiser organizers have upped that goal to $75,000 to meet the high demand.

Dress for Success Oklahoma City, a nonprofit that gives at-risk women free business attire, helps at-risk women to prepare for job interviews, and provides other avenues of career assistance to all women, was set on fire during the riots early Saturday, KOCO reported.

Necie Black, the agency’s vice chairman, told the Oklahoman that everything was destroyed except for client files kept in a file cabinet that was not completely destroyed.

(Read more at Breitbart)

For all the times that Democrats pretend to be for the poor woman …

This proves them wrong. AOC and Pressley could not find it in themselves to condemn Antifa, so when Antifa rioters tear apart and burn a womens’ center like this, they show who belong on whose side.

  1. Alleged looter gets looted

Breitbart shows a teen walking away with a desktop Apple computer on the night the Apple store got looted. That looter has his booty taken.

Although I don’t support the stuff being stolen from Apple in the first place

Although I do not support the concept of theft, it is good to see the fruits of one’s labors coming back.

  1. Antifa gets exposed from the inside

Project Veritas infiltrated Antifa, the militarized, left-wing successor to other socialist movements. Here are two videos from Project Veritas that expose the violence and organization of the group.

An updated list of those killed by Antifa at the George Floyd riots


With a hat tip to SFCMAC, here is a list of the 34 civilians and one law enforcement officer killed during various riots centering on the death of George Floyd.

Civilian Law enforcement
Calvin Horton, Jr. died in Minneapolis on 27 May, possibly as a result of having attempted the looting of a pawn shop. David Patrick Underwood was shot during a drive-by shooting of the federal courthouse in Oakland on 30 May. He is pictured above.
21-year-old un-named victim died in Detriot during the protests on 29 May
Barry Perkins died on 30 May in St. Louis after being run over by a FedEx truck that was fleeing from looters.
James Scurlock was shot on 30 May in Omaha as a bar owner had a scuffle with other protesters
Three people were shot and killed in Indianapolis on 30 May.
Chicago police reported 17 homicides in relation to a riot on 31 May.
David McAtee was shot on 1 June in Louisville, KY (though not participating in the protest)
Italia Marie Kelly was shot in Davenport, IA as she left the demonstration on 1 June.
Marquis M. Tousant was shot in Davenport, IA in violence near a jewelry store on 1 June.
Bystander Victor Cazares was shot in Cicero, IL on 1 July
Bystander Jose Gutierrez was shot in Cicero, IL on 1 July
Jorge Gomez was shot on 1 June in Las Vegas when he pointed his gun at police
A looter was shot in Philadelphia, PA on 2 June as he broke into a gun shop
A looter in Philadelphia died using an explosive devise on an ATM.
David Dorn was shot on 2 June in St. Louis while protecting a pawn shop. Mr. Dorn was a retired police captain.
Sean Monterrosa was shot on 2 June by police in Vallejo, CA when a hammer (tucked into his waist) was mistaken for a gun
Robert Forbes died from being struck by a car in Bakersfield, CA on 3 June

So, 34 civilians killed in riots.

A complete list of police injured and killed during the riots can be found at The Federalist.

Six liberal lies about the riots

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  1. Riots not organized – Pallets of bricks have been showing up at protest cities

Townhall reports that bricks have been delivered to protest cities.

bricksInDallasIn cities across the U.S. where demonstrations over the death of George Floyd in police custody are taking place, mysterious pallets of bricks are reportedly showing up in parking lots and on street corners, even in areas where there is no constructions take place.

Social media users are asking where they came from and who paid for them.




(Read more on the search for the origins at Townhall)

This shows the “organic” riots were anything but organic

With bricks situated at strategic spots throughout these cities (and not necessarily near construction), these pallets of bricks show coordination and planning on the part of those who would bring down a duly-elected President.

  1. Riots peaceful – More than 60 reporters attacked, arrested or harassed since George Floyd protests began

The Hill points toward the findings of the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).

George-Floyd-Unacceptable-attacks-on-reporters-at-protestsThe Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) said it has tallied more than 60 incidents in which journalists covering demonstrations over death of George Floyd during the course of his arrest by Minneapolis police were attacked, arrested or harassed by protesters or police in the past 48 hours alone.

RTDNA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer Dan Shelley called the situation “calamitous” and “harming the public at large.”

“Journalists shouldn’t be the story,” Shelley said. “It is calamitous to see all of these journalists who are merely serving the public by covering these incidents of civil unrest being wantonly attacked. … Journalists are representatives of the public and are there to serve the public and to tell the stories of the protesters and of the elected and other public officials trying to deal with the situation.”

“It is really harming the public at large, not just the journalist. It’s interfering with their ability to be eyewitnesses and chroniclers of what’s occurring in this country right now,” he added.

Several of the incidents have played out on live television or on social media, including the arrest of a CNN reporter and crew in Minneapolis and a Fox News reporter and crew being chased out of Lafayette Park near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday night.

The CNN reporter, Omar Jimenez, who is black and Hispanic, and his crew were quickly released, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) apologized to CNN President Jeff Zucker and promised to allow the press to do their jobs without interference or arrest by police.

(Read more at The Hill)

Again, these attacks on the reporting of the riots shows an attempt to hide the truth

Just as bricks have been placed within reach of those who would be rioting, the organization of violence against reporters works to keep the rest of us in the dark concerning the underhanded workings of Antifa and leftist groups using these riots to change public opinion.

  1. Riots peaceful and not organized – Why have celebrities organized to bail out Antifa?

Townhall points out which celebrities have organized to bail out Antifa.

CelebsBailingOutAntifaCelebrities are donating to a far-left organization that bails out rioters arrested during George Floyd protests. Police have arrested hundreds as rioters set fires, loot businesses, vandalize buildings and attack police officers.

Variety reports that several celebrities have made donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a group that bails out rioters arrested during protests in Minnesota. Many of the celebrities are the usual suspects.

(Warning: Graphic Language)







Staff members for the Biden campaign have also posted on Twitter about their donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.

It has become clear that Antifa members are using the George Floyd protests as an opportunity to engage in further violence. On Sunday, President Trump announced his intent to designate Antifa as a terrorist organization. In the meantime, celebrities and Biden campaign staff will keep bailing them out.

(Read more at Townhall)

Third verse, same as the first. These workings come together to hide the acts of Antifa and the Far Left

You don’t pay to have bricks shipped to a city where you have planned for protests, unless you also want riots, lawlessness, and injustice.

Likewise, you don’t fund raise money in preparation for bailing people out of jail unless you support lawlessness and injustice. Don’t tell me (like the starry-eyed reportettes on the nightly news) that these are peaceful protests when people have shipped in bricks and coordinated acts of violence.

  1. This is about police brutality – Biden campaign donates to bail out Antifa

Townhall shows us how the Biden campaign has donated funds to bail out Antifa members from jail.

Campaign staff for Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden are bragging about their recent donations to a far-left organization that bails out rioters arrested in Minneapolis.

Reuters reported that 13 members of the Biden campaign recently posted on Twitter about their donations to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, a group that uses such donations to pay bail fees of rioters arrested in violent protests.

A Biden campaign spokesman declined to answer whether the donations to the Antifa-aligned group were officially coordinated with the Biden campaign.

Instead of donating to the family of George Floyd, Biden campaign staff is helping to bail out individuals arrested during riots where widespread looting, arson, and vandalism took place.

Here are a few tweets from members of the Biden team:


(Read more at Townhall)

Do you want to go with verse four? This act by Biden staffers supports lawlessness.

Actually, just like the last three months of COVID-19 scare, this is nothing but an attempt to justify liberal policies and oust a duly-elected President.

  1. This is about righting race – Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo makes a mixture of racist statements and supportive statements prior to the Sunday George Floyd march

As posted to Facebook by San Antonio CBS affiliate Kens5 (refer below the block quote for the Facebook post), Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo vacillated between a series of racist statements and a series of statements in support of the marchers (which have not been placed on the local Houston news outlets).

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Art Acevedo speaks to protesters on Sunday.

What I love about this man (pointing at the Black men around him), and this man, and this man, and what I love about this city is they want people of color being talked about as being thugs and we’re bums1.

And, my people2, as an immigrant, we’re rapists.3 You know what? We built this country.4 And we’ve got news for them: We ain’t going nowhere!5 Okay? We are not going nowhere. That ship has sailed. So, if you’ve got hate in your heart for people of color, get over it.a Okay? Because this city is a minority majority city and this city is a city where Blacks and Whites and Browns and legal and illegal all get together because we judge each other by the contentb of our hearts.6

Okay? So, I am angry. I’m angry, because people don’t understand, “Well, why are Black people so mad?” We had a little old lady stabbed by a crazy man7 in that officer-involved shooting. Yeah. That stabbed that little old lady and I had a press conference. I was angry. You might have seen it.

But, what people don’t understand is I was angry because I looked at that video8 and I saw my mama’s face. And I may not be Black, but I am God’s child.9 And when I saw that man [George Floyd] calling out for his mama, I thought about my mama.10 And what I kept thinking is, “He must be seeing her already and they’re still not letting her, they’re not letting his neck up.” So I’m here to tell you; We will march as a department with everybody in this community. I will march until I can’t stand no more.

But I will not allow anyone to tear down this city, because this is our city.c And play close attention! These little white guys with their skateboards11 are the one starting all the **** everywhere. Knowing full well that Black people and Brown people are angry and knowing that they will start — if they start it, we will follow.12

Don’t follow that bull****! That’s the devil’s work.13 They want to tear our communities down because they know communities of color need the police more than anybody.14 And my one truth is, when I go to rich neighborhoods, you know what I am to them? A necessary evil.15 When I go to Black and Brown neighborhoods and poor neighborhoods, you know what we are? A necessity.d

But the necessity is about good policing with respect.e With respect. So, I’m here to tell you, if we don’t do it right, let us know. Let us know.f

And if we do it right, lift them up. Good cops. Lift up them good cops. Don’t let them buy into the narrative, please. Because I will tell you what makes our city special is its diversity. And you see, when that Hurricane Harvey hit, people thought, “Oh, Houston, Texas, man. That’s a minority majority city,17 it’s going to be ****.” I’ve got news for you: We showed the world then and we’re going to show them now. So, all those nut jobs that are out there, when George Floyd comes in here, you ain’t going to face the police when you start trying to tear down our city. You’re going to have to face the people of the third ward, the fifth ward, everybody in this city, because we stand as one.h In his name, God bless him.

Examining the racist statements

First, I will take the racist statements from the text above and explain why I think they are racist. Then, to be fair to Mr. Acevedo, I will praise his laudable statements.

Art’s racist comment: An explanation of why it is racist
they want people of color being talked about as being thugs and we’re bums1 By dividing the world into “they” and “we” and then without proof asserting that “they” criticize “us,” Art is painting the scene of a race war.
my people2 Again, he sets up a race war by defining himself part of a separate people.
as an immigrant, we’re rapists.3 Since this is a common twisting of a Trump statement, this is a dog whistle to racists on the liberal side.
We built this country.4 This, again, is a dog whistle. White supremacists have claimed to have built the nation without outside input. Likewise, the Nation of Islam has claimed Blacks built the nation without significant White input. Neither is based in fact.
We ain’t going nowhere!5 Nobody is asking the citizens of the US to leave (only illegal aliens are asked to leave). Hence, this is another dog whistle.
this city is a city where Blacks and Whites and Browns and legal and illegal all get together because we judge each other by the contentb of our hearts.6 Here, he equates law-abiding White, Black, and other citizens to illegal aliens who break (at a minimum) our immigration law without batting an eye.
We had a little old lady stabbed by a crazy man7 Here, he lies by omission. The woman was White. The stabbing was done by a Black.

Additionally, this Black man who angered him so much was let out by Democrat Kim Ogg.

I looked at that video8 We are all aware of the George Floyd video. We have no need for Art to continue to stir the pot.
And I may not be Black, but I am God’s child.9 We are all God’s creation. Nonetheless, by pointing out race, he promotes racial division.
And when I saw that man [George Floyd] calling out for his mama, I thought about my mama.10 If the people had not seen the video he was referring to, they had heard the narrative — otherwise, they would not be planning to march in protest of the death of George Floyd.
These little white guys with their skateboards11 If this is Acevedo’s way of referring to Antifa, it seems like a racist way of doing it.
Knowing full well that Black people and Brown people are angry and knowing that they will start — if they start it, we will follow.12 This statement makes it seem as if the minority communities are emotional and will be easily drug into things they would not otherwise do. This is more baiting and division like the statement he used to start this speech.
That’s the devil’s work.13 This could be a thinly-veiled reference to “the White devil” that appears in many of Louis Farrakhan’s sermons; therefore, Mr. Acevedo should avoid it.
They want to tear our communities down because they know communities of color need the police more than anybody.14 Again, this reference to “they” is an attempt to divide. Furthermore, the desire of this “they” is to destroy the communities.
when I go to rich neighborhoods, you know what I am to them? A necessary evil.15 This is another attempt to divide, now on the basis of class. Furthermore, it sets up a straw man by claiming that police are considered an enemy to the rich (therefore, the rich must be evil and hiding bad behavior).
what makes our city special is its diversity.16 What makes any group good is the good behavior of its members. As Christians, we should love people despite their sins (since we all sin). However, diversity does not necessarily help anything.
when that Hurricane Harvey hitg, people thought, “Oh, Houston, Texas, man. That’s a minority majority city17 This, along with the expletive that follows in the quote, is little more than another attempt to divide.
You’re going to have to face the people of the third ward, the fifth ward, everybody in this city,18 Except for throwing in “everybody in the city” at the end, all of the areas named are minority areas. If his intent was to show unity, why not name some other-than-minority neighborhoods like the Heights?

Examining the commendable statements

As promised, I will praise his laudable statements.

Art’s good comment: An explanation of why it is good
if you’ve got hate in your heart for people of color, get over it.a We should all agree that hatred based on skin color is wrong.
this city is a city where Blacks and Whites and Browns … all get together because we judge each other by the contentb If you take this portion of the reference to Martin Luther King’s speech, this is good. We all should be judged on the content of our hearts (as evidenced by our actions) rather than our skin tone.
But I will not allow anyone to tear down this city, because this is our city.c I expect every citizen (and especially every policeman and woman) to defend this city.
When I go to Black and Brown neighborhoods and poor neighborhoods, you know what we are? A necessity.d All citizens deserve the protection offered by the police. And, though it is an extension of his statement here, all citizens should be encouraged to learn to defend themselves and use their Second Amendment rights.
But the necessity is about good policing with respect.e This axiom of good policing matches another axiom of life: treat others the way you want to be treated. It works.
if we don’t do it right, let us know.f Accountability is always good.
when that Hurricane Harvey hitg One thing documented on this blog was the way people came together to save the unfortunate during Harvey.
we stand as one.h Encouraging unity works well in this situation.

  1. Lives matter  – Rioters target police across US; 4 shot in St. Louis, 1 in Vegas, Bronx hit-and-run caught on video

Fox News reports that the George Floyd riots have turned to target at least 7 police.

Police officers across the U.S. were targeted in shootings and vehicular attacks Monday night as protests continued in major cities for the seventh night despite President Trump’s vow to clamp down on violence.

The demonstrations on Monday marked a week of unrest since unarmed black man George Floyd died when a white Minneapolis officer jammed his knee into the back his neck in a shocking incident caught on video. Despite tens of thousands marching peacefully in demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism, protests over Floyd’s death have been nonetheless overshadowed by violence, looting and vandalism that has engulfed U.S. cities.

In St. Louis, Mo., Monday night, four police officers were shot during protests in the city’s downtown area, two in the leg, one in the foot and one in the arm.

Police Chief John Hayden said they were hit by gunfire by “some coward” while standing on the side of a police line.

“As we speak we’re trying to get control out of this city, still hearing gunfire and everything,” he said. I don’t know what else to say. This is horrible. Thank God, they’re alive.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that all of the officers were conscious and breathing after being rushed to the hospital.

(Read more at Fox News)

Five stories that show it’s not justice, but revenge and feeding the flesh

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  1. Minneapolis mayor excuses acts of flesh

NBC News quotes Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey as he does his best to open the door to lawlessness.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob FreyMinneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey choked back tears on Thursday and told protesters who were decrying the police-involved death of George Floyd that their anger was “not only understandable, it’s right.”

The mayor’s eyes appeared red from tears as, just a few miles away, firefighters were still dousing flames from protests that turned violent overnight, demonstrations that erupted after Floyd’s death in police custody on Monday.

“What we’ve seen over the last two days … is the result of so much built-up anger and sadness,” he told reporters. “Anger and sadness that has been ingrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years.”

He added: “If you’re feeling that sadness and that anger, it’s not only understandable, it’s right.”

(Read more at NBC News)

No, one person (a store owner) is not punished for the another person’s (a cop’s or a slave owner 400 years ago) crimes

This idea of “generational guilt” only gets dragged out when it suits the liberals. Why don’t they bring it up when discussing the 15+ million babies aborted in America since Roe versus Wade? They don’t because they don’t feel guilty or they have masked their guilt with a new sense of entitlement on other topics.

Why don’t the liberals bring up a collective guilt when they even talk about the effect of these riots? A number of minority-owned businesses have been destroyed (some of which were the result of a lifetime of saving) due to the riots just in Minneapolis.

Still, God has something to say about blaming one person for something another person did.

The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. (Ezekiel 18:20 NASB)

  1. Nobody should confuse Minneapolis riots with protests.

City Journal makes part of my point for me by observing that nobody should confuse the Minneapolis riots with protests.

Once again—as in Baltimore, following the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, and long before then, in Watts, Newark, and Detroit—the actions of rioters in an American city are being described as protests, or, by PBS, no less, as an “uprising.” Even Minneapolis’s hapless mayor, Jacob Frey—under siege as his city burns—graces the violence with understanding. “There is a lot of pain and anger in our city,” said Frey, adding that “this is what happens” when long-standing issues of race and poverty go unaddressed. It’s “not just because of five minutes of horror,” Frey noted in a press conference, referring to the images of George Floyd gasping for air beneath a police officer’s knee, “but 400 years.”

Frey rightly called for the arrest of the officer, Derek Chauvin, and Chauvin has now been arrested. But Frey was wrong to ascribe anything close to justifiable motives to those who have torched a police precinct building and a youth center and looted stores serving their own community. It’s as if we have learned nothing over two generations about what happens when public officials give license to the lawless, letting marauders proceed under cover of high-mindedness. We expect as much from inflammatory activists like Al Sharpton but deserve better from elected officials charged with protecting property, lives, and livelihoods.

It’s time, again, to cite the work of political scientist Edward Banfield, whose seminal book about urban life, The Unheavenly City, includes a chapter, both relevant and prescient, entitled, “Rioting Mainly for Fun and Profit.” In the wake of the 1960s’ riots—43 people died in the deadliest, in Detroit in 1967—Banfield asserted that it is “naïve to think that efforts to end racial injustice and to eliminate poverty, slums, and unemployment will have an appreciable effect upon the amount of rioting that will be done in the next decade or so.” This before the full rollout of the Great Society—and, long afterward, the riots in Los Angeles, Baltimore, and now Minneapolis, where a $30 million affordable-housing project was just destroyed. Banfield’s lesson was plain: Young men, not stopped swiftly and sternly by police, will be emboldened to loot and set buildings afire, simple for the anarchic thrill of doing so. The failure to distinguish between protest with purpose and lawlessness would fan the flames.

Banfield would likely judge Mayor Frey harshly, not least for withdrawing police from the city’s Third Precinct and permitting rioting to go on in order to avoid confrontation. Yes, investigate the incident; yes, take stock of the Minneapolis police department. But don’t dignify violence by calling it a protest, and don’t abdicate your responsibility as a public official to uphold the rule of law and civil order.

Of course, Floyd’s life matters—but so do the hopes, dreams, bank accounts, and insurance costs of the small-business owners, including African-Americans, who provide goods and services to that precinct.

(Read more at City Journal)

On one side, I agree with City Journal. However, I also take my point to a different vector.

I agree that George Floyd’s life mattered. Theft and counterfeiting do not carry a death sentence and the police are not hired to also work as judge and executioner.

Additionally, I agree that other peoples’ lives matter. Many people saved their whole lives to have the money to start a successful business, only to have it destroyed by these riots.

However, it is my contention that these protesters focus on the flesh. They focus on getting revenge. They focus on getting freebies for themselves. Many of them are drunk. They throw themselves into the emotion of the moment. They tear up stores because they haven’t saved the money needed to buy the things sold there. They beat up people based on their wealth, skin color, or imagined wealth.

God warns us not to take justice into our hands

Although the rioters seem not to have considered the ramifications of their rioting, God has some words regarding justice (or, in this case, revenge).

Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine , I will repay ,” says the Lord. “But if your enemy is hungry , feed him , and if he is thirsty , give him a drink ; for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head .” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:19‭-‬21 NASB)

Furthermore, God describes the acts displayed during the riots

A description of the acts and attitudes that proliferate in the riots in Minneapolis (and across the nation) can be found in the letter to the Galatians. To point out the specific sinful acts that apply to the riots, refer to my bolding:

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 NASB)

  1. More evidence of an agenda: Violence appears planned by far-left groups using ‘Antifa-like tactics

Breitbart points out how the violence seems planned by the far-left groups who use “Antifa-like tactics.”

Attorney General William BarrAttorney General William Barr said Saturday that violence in many places around the country appears to have been planned and carried out by “far-left extremist groups using Antifa-like tactics” in the wake of riots over the death of George Floyd.

“Unfortunately with the rioting that is occurring in many of our cities around the country, the voices of peaceful protests are being hijacked by violent radical elements. Groups of outside radical agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda,” Barr said in a press conference at the Department of Justice:

“In many places, it appears the violence is planned, organized, and driven by anarchic and leftist extremist groups, far-left extremist groups using Antifa-like tactics, many of whom traveled outside the state to promote the violence,” Barr continued.

Barr’s comments come shortly after President Donald Trump fingered leftist groups, such as Antifa, for widespread rioting and looting.

“It’s ANTIFA and the Radical Left. Don’t lay the blame on others!” the president tweeted:

“These are ‘Organized Groups’ that have nothing to do with George Floyd. Sad!” he wrote in a separate tweet:

(Read more at Breitbart)

From other reports, people have been ridden buses to protests, communicated with military-grade walkie-talkies,  and received instructions from in-ear buds

As shown in the following tweets (the first taken with a hat tip to Bunkerville), protesters came to town on buses.

The leaders communicated using military-grade walkie-talkies.

The lower-level operatives received commands via earpieces.

Therefore, from all of this evidence, we can gather that the violence was not organic. It was directed. Furthermore, it was directed to support the agenda of an anarchist, anti-God group.

  1. Rioters descend on cities across America to exact vengeance over George Floyd’s death

The Daily Caller comments on the widespread rioting that many attribute to George Floyd’s death.

riotersRioters took to the streets in 17 states to exact violent revenge on businesses, government buildings, and even members of the media as frustration over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis boiled over late Friday night.

Hours earlier, Officer Derek Chauvin, the man seen with his knee on Floyd’s neck in a bystander’s video, was arrested and charged with the murder.

The violence across America was set against the backdrop of a long national quarantine that has made tens of millions of Americans jobless, and a pandemic that has left more than 100,000 dead. It took approximately four days of protests for Minnesota authorities to place Chauvin under arrest, and by then, civil unrest had hit a peak in the city of Minneapolis.

On Friday, it spilled across the country.

In Atlanta, protesters set fire to a police vehicle, looted the College Football Hall of Fame, attacked the CNN Headquarters and attempted to gain entry to a mall, AJC reported. Someone also reportedly shot at an officer in a police car.


(Read more at the Daily Caller)

These examples only further my claim these riots were all for the flesh

There is nothing in the riots that really provides justice for George Floyd. It does not punish the man who killed him. It does not determine the level of crime committed to George Floyd. It only takes something from an innocent person (a store owner, a cop who did nothing, a shop worker) and transfers it to someone who is willing to steal.

Throughout the coronavirus panic, the people have suffered under the strong arm of government

  1. Just weeks ago, Mayor Frey kept people on house arrest

The Minneapolis Star Tribune pointed out that Frey had the city on lockdown from 16 March 2020 to 28 May 2020.

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob FreyInside his City Hall office, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey juggled two of the most significant moments of his life.

His wife, Sarah Clarke, was in a medical exam room, waiting for an ultrasound technician to show her one of the first images of the couple’s first child, due in September. Because the facility limited visitors to protect against the coronavirus, Frey had to watch the moment on video.

At the same time, the mayor worked out the final details of an order that would declare a public health emergency in Minneapolis, closing hundreds of businesses and bringing life in the bustling city to a halt.

As Frey signed the order that day, March 16, the image of his child appeared on screen.

(continued)

When the council agreed to extend the public health emergency indefinitely, it also gave him the ability to make decisions unilaterally that would normally require their blessing.

In the seven weeks that the city has been in a state of emergency, Frey has ordered 11 temporary regulations. He limited bars and restaurants to takeout or delivery. He temporarily waived some licensing fees for businesses. He required temperature checks and limited visitors to nursing homes and similar facilities, the site of many of the city’s 71 deaths to date attributed to COVID-19.

(Read more at the Minneapolis Star Tribune)

As noted above, Mayor Frey said protesting was “not only understandable, it’s right”

So now he vacillates from coming down hard on people who stray from their homes for fear of violating the Democrat coronavirus narrative to allowing everyone who wants to protest out. Guess what people do?

They get out and protest. Some see people vandalizing, so a few join in. From the beginning, people have ignored 1 Corinthians 15:33 and let bad company corrupt good character.

God also has something to say about the evil in this situation

… when a wicked man rules, people groan. (Proverbs 29:2 NASB)

To further illustrate the injustice of Democrat rule, murder rates have soared as Kim Ogg and Democrat judges have released felons

As blogged here earlier, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg has released at least 344 felons, many of whom have re-offended.

As a result, Houston murder rates and other crime rates have skyrocketed, as illustrated by this vintage collection of tweets from members of the Houston Police Officers’ Union: