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Each day, it becomes more clear that this election isn’t about Democrats vs. Republicans. Rather, it’s about sane people vs. the lunatic left. Friday afternoon, the NYPD and the NY Police Benevolent Association, aka NY PBA, endorsed President Trump.

Joe Biden’s message on policing has been inconsistent. One day, he’s said that he’s fine with redirecting money away from police budgets. At other times, he’s said he’s for strengthening police forces. Those 2 positions are opposites. You can’t strengthen police forces if you’re cutting funding. More importantly, it’s important to consistently have the officers’ backs. The exception to having the officers’ backs is in a George Floyd-like situation. There isn’t a need to defend the indefensible.

This isn’t the first endorsement President Trump has gotten from a police organization. In this post, I wrote about the endorsement President Trump received from the National Association of Police Organizations, aka NAPO. This is part of that post:

According to NAPO’s website, “The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States and was organized for the purpose of advancing the interests of America’s law enforcement officers through legislative advocacy, political action and education.”

The National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) endorsed President Trump’s reelection Wednesday, praising his “steadfast and very public support” for law enforcement. NAPO did not endorse a candidate in the 2016 election but endorsed former President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Joe Biden in both the 2008 and 2012 elections.

What’s telling is that Joe Biden didn’t even try to get their endorsement. Biden would love to tout the support of another labor union so that isn’t why he didn’t try for this endorsement. He didn’t want to run afoul of the Antifa/BLM wing of the Democrat Party.

Democrats have stated that they aren’t anti-police. Democrats have also insisted that the violence isn’t widespread. Both statements are lies. The AOC/Jeremiah Ellison wing of the Democrat Party is just as anti-police as the Antifa-BLM wing of the Democrat Party. That’s before considering the fact that the Seattle PD cut the funding for the SPD, then tried cutting Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best’s salary.

Democrats think that police officers pose a bigger threat to society than Antifa-BLM. That’s how nuts they’ve become. The national leaders can make whatever conciliatory-sounding pro-police statements they want. They’re utterly irrelevant. Police departments are run locally. At that level, they’re run by Antifa activists:

Keith Ellison, Jeremiah’s father, tried spinning Jeremiah’s tweet:

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D) said Monday that his son’s tweet in support of Antifa was more a comment about the “absurdity” of President Trump’s remarks blaming proponents of the anti-fascist ideology for violence at recent demonstrations across the country over the police killing of George Floyd. “I think that was a comment about the absurdity of the president’s comment more than anything else,” Ellison said Monday on CNN.

That is some of the most absurd spin I’ve ever heard. That being said, it’s what I’d expect from Keith Ellison.

Now that the federal officers have left Portland’s federal courthouse, the rioters are leaving the courthouse alone. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the rioters/anarchists have switched to a different venue.

According to this DHS readout, “Activity in the vicinity of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse once again remained peaceful, in sharp contrast to the violent nightly siege of previous weeks. Thursday evening marked a fifth consecutive night with zero attacks directed at federal officers or federal property.” That’s the good news. The bad news is that “Portland’s rioters have not stopped and are instead focusing their attacks on local law enforcement officers and buildings elsewhere in the city. In doing so, violent anarchists have employed many of the same violent tactics previously used in the federal courthouse siege. Thursday night, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reported that it had declared yet another unlawful and riotous assembly, the fourth in four consecutive nights, as rioters attacked state and local officers and the East Precinct building. Unlike the courthouse siege, however, the nightly violence against PPB officers and property has drawn the condemnation of Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, who said in a press conference that the activity ‘is not peaceful protests.'”

This is the nastiest part of the anarchist-related news:

Miles away from the courthouse, PPB reported that it declared an unlawful assembly just before 10 p.m. local time, after rioters vandalized the East Precinct building and attacked security cameras. The report also added, that after the declaration, rioters set a garbage can on fire and pushed it up against the building. As PPB and OSP officers worked to disperse the crowd, they were attacked with hard projectiles such as glass bottles and heavy rocks.

PPB reported that the group returned to the precinct building multiple times after being repeatedly dispersed, during which time officers were assaulted with hard projectiles and commercial grade fireworks. PPB also reported that an officer was severely wounded by a thrown rock. The majority of the crowd had departed the area by 2:30 a.m. local time, according to PPB.

This is one of those times when a lengthy prison sentence is essential. Since this wasn’t perpetrated on federal property or against federal agents, this needs to be adjudicated at the local level. The good thing about that is that these criminals aren’t subject to a presidential pardon.

Mayor Wheeler could’ve prevented this had he taken a hardline stance against the rioters. While it wouldn’t change their hearts and minds in terms of believing in the need to eliminate the police, it would’ve put them in prison where they can’t attack people on the street. This is what DHS has put up with:

Most of these rioters were supported by Mayor Wheeler — until they turned on him. Shortly thereafter, Wheeler turned on Antifa. Still, Wheeler isn’t that effective:

In a 10-5 vote, the Minneapolis Charter Commission voted down the Minneapolis City Council’s proposed amendment to the Minneapolis Charter. The Charter acts as the City’s constitution. This is a major setback to the Far-Left DFL activists on the Minneapolis City Council.

Charter Commissioner Andrew Kozak is quoted as saying “We have an obligation to make sure that what is going on the ballot gives the voters an informed choice, that they can make a decision in a thoughtful way.” TRANSLATION: Don’t send us a half-baked idea, then expect us to iron out the details on something this important.

The City Council’s ‘plan’ wasn’t put together with any thoughtfulness. It was a reaction to a horrific incident that wasn’t thought through. The Commission took its responsibilities seriously. The City Council didn’t take their responsibilities seriously. If they’re going to transform the Minneapolis Police Department, it’s the Council’s responsibility to put together a detailed plan filled with specific goals and timetables.

Sophia Benrud, an organizer with the Black Visions Collective, issued this statement:

People in Minneapolis have been in the streets for months demanding change, only to hear from the Charter Commission that there haven’t been enough studies and consultants. When white supremacy is the law of the land, it is a luxury to say we need ‘more time’ before we can make change. Every single voter should have had the chance to vote on this amendment in 2020.

That’s sour grapes and unworthy of further comment. This tells the story:

As part of a last-ditch effort to send the proposal over the hurdle, a group of City Council members sent the commissioners a letter Wednesday assuring them that they “expect the transformed system to include law enforcement as part of a multifaceted approach to public safety.”

“The Minneapolis City Council is not asking you to put police abolition on the ballot, nor does the amendment propose this,” they wrote. “We are asking you to let Minneapolis vote on a new framework for public safety that aligns with the State of Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety.”

In impassioned public hearings and a deluge of written comments in recent weeks, some urged the charter commissioners to wield their powers of review to prevent what they believe is a dangerously vague proposal from heading to voters.

Lisa Bender chimed in with this:

“We’ve had an unprecedented outpouring of demand for change, demand for justice, unprecedented involvement from folks who are getting engaged in city government for the first time and I don’t want people to feel too discouraged. I’m disappointed and I share the disappointment that I’m sure people are feeling, but we have more ways to move forward as we continue to build this work.”

Jeremiah Ellison added this:

We’re going to keep pursuing that transformative change. I think that at some point, changing the charter is going to have to be a part of that.

The need for change is indisputable. Dismantling the MPD isn’t the right change. Professionalizing the MPD is required, though. That won’t happen without additional support from the Council and additional training. The MPD has had a reputation for not being a professional police force for years. What’s required isn’t a charter change. What’s required is a commitment change from the politicians.

Newt Gingrich’s op-ed on Minneapolis Democrats surrendering their city to criminals had so much damning information on Democrats that I decided to write this Part II post. Let’s dig into what’s left of Mr. Newt’s op-ed.

The hypocrisy of the Democrats is made clear when you learn that Minneapolis taxpayers pay for private protection for three of their city council members. As a citizen of Minneapolis, you are told to surrender before being hurt by criminals. As part of the political aristocracy, you get taxpayer-funded private security, so you don’t have to worry. A nice benefit if you can get it.

The surrender-to-the-criminals approach is having a terrible effect on both the quality of life and the economy in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Downtown Council has already warned the city government that efforts to defund the police are driving businesses away from Minneapolis. According to the Freedom Foundation of Minnesota, the Downtown Council cautioned that “27 downtown companies are either considering or are actively seeking space in the suburbs to leave downtown.” Other businesses looking to move have “crossed Minneapolis off [their] search list,” the foundation reported.

What’s apparent is that the activists on the Minneapolis City Council think that they can paper over their foolish decisions. That apparently works when campaigning but it’s equally apparent that it doesn’t work with serious-minded businesses. The activists on the City Council don’t suffer repercussions for their decisions. Businesses that make bad decisions might lose their life savings at age 40-50. That’s a life-changer for most people.

In Seattle, where the local politicians surrendered more than a dozen city blocks to vandals and violent protestors, Police Chief Carmen Best, who is African American, had hundreds demonstrators outside her house. As The Washington Times reported, roughly 200 protestors drove to and crowded Best’s neighborhood (although she was not home). Some of Best’s neighbors had to block the streets with their own vehicles to keep the demonstrators from trespassing and damaging property.

One resident told a local Fox affiliate, “It was not peaceful… They were here to intimidate. Scare people. Scare children. There were children out there and they were asking them what schools they went to. They were yelling the most horrible things you’ve ever heard in your entire life.”

Seattle used to have the nickname of the Emerald City. It was a truly beautiful city. Now it’s fast becoming a dump. They’re cutting the SPD budget by 50% next year. Businesses aren’t sticking around thanks to the rising crime rate and rising minimum wage to $15.00 per hour to serve a cup of Starbucks to junkies.

Minneapolis belongs in the Democrats’ Hall of Shame. Jacob Frey didn’t protect his city. The Minneapolis City Council isn’t interested in protecting their people but is interested in doing unthinkable damage to the city. The Council spoke of re-imagining law enforcement. That was code for gutting law enforcement. These Democrats are a disgrace. Somewhere, Hubert Humphrey is rolling over in his grave.

Newt Gingrich’s op-ed opens with a sobering statistic. It starts by saying “Americans oppose defunding police by 72% to 26%, according to Pew Research Center. Let that fact sink in as you watch what Democratic leaders and the propaganda media are promoting across the country.”

The statistic isn’t surprising. A majority of people from all races, religions, ethnicities and incomes prefer safety over chaos. What’s surprising is that a major political party thinks that they can win a presidential election while supporting the defunding or outright dismantling of police departments. Rush Limbaugh used to say that (I hope I get this right) “liberalism isn’t a political philosophy. It’s a mental disorder.” But I digress. Let’s return to Speaker Gingrich’s op-ed.

Unlike some Democratic politicians, the American people know that getting rid of police creates a vacuum, which predators will fill. This is exactly what is happening with the growing disaster in Minneapolis. In fact, the trouble in Minneapolis is a case study on the results of the radical Democratic policy of protecting criminals, hating police and endangering law-abiding citizens, which I write about in my new book Trump and the American Future.

The leftwing Democrats who dominate the Minneapolis government have been crippling and starving the police department. Unfortunately for most Minneapolis citizens, criminals are beginning to understand what a happy hunting ground the Democrats are creating for them.

I’ve heard stories that up to 20% of buildings along Lake Street, the busiest street in the Twin Cities, are up for sale. East Lake Street runs from 35W to St. Paul, which makes it one of the longer streets in Minneapolis. When that many stores are up for sale, that’s a red flag that something is seriously wrong. This is frightening:

Gunfire incidents were up 224% in June and 166% in July, according to the Star-Tribune. Armed robberies and car-jackings are also on the rise, with 100 robberies and 20 car-jackings reported in the city’s South Side in July alone. As the police shrink the criminals grow.

This isn’t rocket science:

Yes, Ben Shapiro is a smart guy. It didn’t take a Ben Shapiro-sized intellect to figure out that Minneapolis’s plan to dismantle their police department would end in calamity. Let’s return to the Pew Research findings, then compare them with this polling:

It isn’t a stretch to think that Minneapolis is going to hell in a handbasket when you consider how their city is run by idiots compared with the people successfully running smaller cities in the Midwest and nationwide. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Check this out:

Libor Janey of the Star-Tribune reported on Aug. 1 that “Minneapolis police are down at least 100 officers since the killing of George Floyd, more than 10% of the force, straining department resources amid a wave of violence and adding extra urgency to the political debate over its future.” Janey then wrote that the force could be down by one-third by the end of the year.

Already, only six officers are patrolling the 14.5-square-mile third precinct. That means there is less than one policeman for every two miles. This may help explain the third precinct’s letter to innocent citizens urging them to obey the criminals, and give up their wallets, keys and cell phones.

This isn’t a disaster waiting to happen. It’s a disaster that’s happening. The saddest thing is that these Democrats are too proud to admit that they’re wrong.

When news first broke that the Minneapolis Police Department was offering advice to people living near the destroyed Third Precinct Police Station, some people thought it might’ve been something from the Onion or the Babylon Bee. Unfortunately, it’s altogether too real. According to the article, “The MPD has reported a 46 percent increase in carjackings and a 36 percent increase in robberies compared to this same time last year, according to WCCO. Police in the city’s Third Precinct alone have received more than 100 reports of robberies and 20 reports of carjackings in just the last month.”

The article continues, saying “Officials are now telling residents to be ready and willing to comply with the demands of criminals in an email sent to Third Precinct residents. ‘Be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse/wallet,’ the police said in their email, a copy of which was obtained by Alpha News. The email said citizens should listen to criminals and ‘do as they say.'” Here’s the official MPD statement:

Now, the MPD is backpedaling on that statement:

MPD’s directive to obey criminals “appears to not have gone through the proper channels before release,” according to a statement from department spokesman John Elder. “There is not a prescribed way to respond to being a victim of a crime. People have different capabilities and each incident is different,” he added.

This clarification notice was sent out to clarify what Minneapolis crime victims should do:

Notice that they aren’t talking about preventing crimes. They’re essentially telling people that they should look for things that identify the people who assaulted them. They’re essentially saying that people aren’t safe in Minneapolis unless they travel in groups. If that’s meant to make people feel safe, it isn’t working.

Keith Ellison is Minnesota’s chief law enforcement officer in name only. It’s indisputable that he doesn’t apply the laws equally. If there was any doubt that he’d turn a blind eye towards his political allies, this Powerline article puts that question to rest.

The story starts with “The organizers of a rodeo in the tiny northern Minnesota town of Effie are facing state punishment after disregarding warnings not to hold the event in violation of an executive order restricting the size of public gatherings. It’s the first time the state has brought an enforcement action against an entertainment venue that has operated ‘in open defiance of the law,’ Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a news release.”

Effie is roughly 40 miles from Grand Rapids. It’s literally timber wolf country. The thought that Keith Ellison would file this type of action is beyond disgusting. The first thing to do is sign this petition to tell Mr. Ellison that his double standard doesn’t comply with the Constitution, which requires equal application of the law. Specifically, the Fourteenth Amendment states “No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

How many lawsuits has Mr. Ellison filed against Black Lives Matter-Minneapolis? Certainly, their riots in Minneapolis exceeded the limits of Gov. Walz’s EO. They didn’t wear masks and they didn’t social distance, either. This part is infuriating:

Ellison said in a news release that his office has been working with businesses and events across Minnesota for months to help them understand the law and the governor’s orders. In most cases, he says they have reached agreements that led to voluntary compliance, but his office is charged with enforcing the law when people don’t comply.

“Business owners and event operators need to know that they are not above the law. If they risk the health and safety of our communities, my office will take strong action, as we are doing today,” Ellison said in a news release.

“My office will take strong action” ‘except if they’re protesting against the police, rioting in the streets or share the DFL’s priorities. Apparently, then you’re invisible to his office. Tim Walz has been silent on this action. This picture explains why:

Finally, let’s remember that 1 person who attended the event got diagnosed with COVID. Let’s remember that a total of 125 cases have been reported for all of Itasca County since February. If Ellison won’t apply the law equally, then he isn’t fit for this job. He should be removed ASAP.

Matt Vespa’s article highlights Christopher Rufo’s tweet that announces that the “Seattle City Council moves to abolish the entire Seattle Police Department and replace it with a “civilian led Department of Community Safety & Violence Prevention'” and that they “want to replace the police force with nonprofit programs and ‘community-led activities.'”

Rufo’s tweets continue, saying “In the proposed legislation, the council argues that the Seattle Police Department ‘[perpetuates] racism and violence’ and upholds ‘white supremacy culture'” before saying “In the proposed legislation, the council argues that the Seattle Police Department ‘[perpetuates] racism and violence’ and upholds ‘white supremacy culture.'”

This officially makes Seattle the nuttiest city in the USA. Seattle far outdistances Portland, NYC and Minneapolis. What’s frightening is that Atlanta and Chicago are relegated to minor league status by comparison. If we were talking baseball’s minor league system, Atlanta would be a high A team while Chicago would be a AA team.

Democrats have essentially demolished these once-great cities. Chicago was once known as the ‘City of Broad Shoulders.’ That reputation isn’t deserved anymore. Seattle was known as the Emerald City whereas Portland was known as the Rose City. These days, they’re festering dumps.

Instead of having a CHOP zone, Seattle will essentially turn into a city of lawlessness. The population of Seattle will drop precipitously, starting within the next 6 months.

Finally, a vote for Joe Biden is a vote for this type of insanity. Since these riots started, he hasn’t criticized the criminals inflicting pain on Portland and Seattle. Silence is violence, right?

CNN’s Brian Stelter, aka Humpty Dumpty, insists that the Portland are a figment of Fox’s imagination. This article is proof that Humpty is a blithering idiot. The article states “The Oregonian reported that authorities responded to reports of gunfire in downtown Portland and an apparent victim was treated at a hospital after being taken there in a private vehicle. The report pointed out that it was not immediately clear if the shooting was related to the protest, which marked its 60th consecutive night in the city.”

Then it continues, saying “Police said they found a bag containing loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails at a nearby park. A photo of the items was shared in a tweet from police late Sunday saying someone pointed out the bag to officers at Lownsdale Square Park late Sunday. No further information was immediately released. It wasn’t clear if either incident was connected to the demonstrations.”

If Portland’s peaceful protesters use these tools, then they aren’t peaceful protesters:

On July 26, 2020 while Portland Police were investigating a shots fired call near Lownsdale Square Park a passerby pointed out a suspicious bag to them. Police examined the bag and found that it contained loaded rifle magazines and Molotov cocktails. Police recovered the bag. The origin of this ammunition and these destructive devices is under investigation.

I won’t hold my breath waiting for Humpty Dumpty to issue his apology. Let’s remember that CNN is one of the organizations that’s already settled with Nicholas Sandman for defaming him.

Portland’s rioters took to the streets for the sixtieth straight night last night. In other news, rioters presented Ted Wheeler, Portland’s spineless mayor, with this list of demands:

The progressive mayor on Wednesday night entered the chaotic epicenter of Portland to engage in listening sessions with the rioters. Instead, the crowds castigated him and presented him with a list of demands that included defunding the police and for Wheeler himself to resign.

That’s mindful of this scene from Minneapolis:

What is it about these wimpy progressive mayors? Were they built to be wimps?

Friday night on Almanac’s Roundtable, one of the subjects discussed by DFL spinmeister Abu Amara and GOP political strategist Gregg Peppin was the subject of police reform. That was a topic because Gov. Walz signed into law a police reform bill. As usual, Amara got this wrong. Amara said that Democrats insist that the bill signed this week “was just a first step in really transforming policing and I suspect, as we go into 2021 legislative session, this will continue to be a top issue.” That’s spoken like a true urbanite.

Peppin got things right in saying “in the backdrop of this agreement, Eric, is what you’re seeing in Minneapolis and what’s really turning out to be an extreme measure by the Minneapolis City Council from Minneapolis politicians, they’re moving forward. They want to defund, they want to defang the police and I’m hearing from people in suburban communities that are saying ‘enough. Enough is enough. We’re not going to go to downtown Minneapolis. We’re not going to send our children to the U of M this semester.’ There’s real concern about that.”

Let’s be clear about this as a political issue. While it’s a big deal in Minneapolis, it isn’t as big an issue in the suburbs or in rural Minnesota because this is mostly a Minneapolis problem. Here in St. Cloud, people wanted to see something done because of the George Floyd thing. Now that the signing ceremony is behind us, most people will be fine with that. In St. Cloud, we haven’t had the problems that Minneapolis has had.

Things are reaching crisis stage in Minneapolis, though:

An email that was obtained by The New York Times said that the department would not “be going back to business as usual.” Commander Scott Gerlicher, head of the Special Operations and Intelligence Division, wrote in the email to supervisors this month that, “Due to significant staffing losses of late,” the department was “looking at all options” for responding to calls, including shift, schedule and organizational changes. He also included in the email that they were “looking for reasonable and safe alternatives to police services in some areas.”

TRANSLATION: People are leaving so fast that we can’t replace them. That isn’t all, though:

“Cops have not been to the work level of before, but it’s not a slowdown,” said Walker. “They’re just not being as proactive because they know they’re not supported in case something bad happens.”

Tensions between the city and its Police Department come as crime is on the rise, according to the Boston website. There have been 16 homicides since June 1, more than twice as many as during the same period last year. Violent crime is up by 20% compared with the same stretch a year ago.

Things are getting worse in Minneapolis because the police know that Mayor Frey and the City Council are looking for opportunities to criticize the police. Why stick your neck out when the powers-that-be want to put it in a guillotine?