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It’s long past time to tell Democrat media hacks like Jessica Tarlov, Marie Harf and Donna Brazile to shut up about what the ‘Defund the Police’ movement is or isn’t about. Tarlov, Harf and Brazile are Democrat establishment hacks waging a public fight against the Bernie Bros/BLM/Antifa/AOC activist wing of the Democratic Party. The truth is that Democrats are split on this from a PR standpoint. Democrats aren’t split on this from a policy standpoint.

Bill de Blasio is the worst big city mayor in America. He wants to cut $1,000,000,000 from NYPD’s $6,000,000,000 police budget while “gun violence has surged across the Big Apple.” De Blasio insists that “We can do this, we can strike the balance, we can keep this city safe.”

Of course, that doesn’t match with reality, which is normal with de Blasio:

The violence continued across the city over the weekend as eleven people were shot in less than 12 hours Saturday night into Sunday night, including in Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Manhattan.

The key to preventing crime is … reducing the numbers of officers on the street? If de Blasio had been alive when they made the Wizard of Oz, he might’ve gotten cast as the Scarecrow even without an audition:

“We have caved to the mob in a moment we know will come back to haunt us,” Councilman Joe Borelli (R-Staten Island) told The Post. “The mayor is smart enough to know that these actions will create a more violent environment in New York. “This is what you get when you have government-by-hashtag,” he added.

Borelli’s counterpart from Queens, Councilman Robert Holden, echoed the complaints. “I’m against wholesale cuts based on protest signs,” the Middle Village Democrat said. “One billion dollars is an arbitrary number that the mayor and some of my colleagues are trying to reach to appease the masses without considering public safety.”

De Blasio insists that this is part of his reform package. That’s BS. There aren’t any reforms in this proposal. The only thing that’s happening is de Blasio caving to BLM, Antifa and AOC.

Defunding the police is happening in too many places for Democrats to ignore. LA, NYC, Seattle, Portland and Chicago are cutting their budgets. Minneapolis wants to eliminate their police department entirely. Since PD budgets are set locally, Democrat hacks like Tarlov, Harf, Brazile and Biden can say whatever they want. Their voices are irrelevant.

The voices that matter are the activists’ voices (#BlackLivesMatter, Antifa) and the de facto leaders of the Democrats (AOC, Ilhan Omar, Lisa Bender and Jeremiah Ellison).

It’s time to throw away the Democrats’ anti-police spin/lies. The latest in the series is Ilhan Omar’s op-ed. It contains one of the biggest whoppers I’ve ever seen, which is something considering the fact that I just read an op-ed written by Adam Schiff.

In the op-ed, Rep. Omar wrote “In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, people across the country and around the globe are standing in solidarity with the protesters in Minneapolis. The message and movement of ‘Black Lives Matter’ has at long last gained the acceptance they long deserved.” That’s almost pure BS. First, the people that’ve gotten out in the streets aren’t protesters. They’re anarchists, rioters and looters. That’s substantially different than the definition of a protester.

The definition of protester is “an expression or declaration of objection, disapproval, or dissent, often in opposition to something a person is powerless to prevent or avoid.” The definition of rioter is “a noisy, violent public disorder caused by a group or crowd of persons, as by a crowd protesting against another group, a government policy, etc., in the streets.” This isn’t a protest:

That’s what a riot looks like. Next, Black Lives Matter is getting discredited, thanks in large part to the fact that BLM’s co-founders said that they’re “trained Marxists.” America-hating Somalis might think Marxists are gaining acceptance with Democrats but that’s the only place BLM is gaining acceptance. Then there’s this:

For too long, people who live and work in Minneapolis, particularly black and other marginalized communities, have faced violence at the hands of police. Despite attempts at accountability and reform, the department continues to fail the city, as was laid bare with George Floyd’s murder and the department’s actions since his killing.

That’s because Minneapolis is ‘governed’ by activists, not policy-makers. Further, DFL City Councilmembers think first about how situations can be used for their political advantage. The Minneapolis City Council is entirely DFL. If the police aren’t trained properly, then that’s 100% on the DFL.

Ilhan Omar is part of the DFL. Ditto with Keith Ellison, the person who represented Minnesota’s Fifth District. Ditto with Phyllis Kahn, the woman who represented the legislative district Omar represented. Kahn represented the district for almost 50 years.

The legitimate argument is that Minneapolis should throw out the Democrats who’ve represented Minneapolis’s failed status quo for 40+ years. Why doesn’t the DFL get the blame? They’re the people representing the city at all levels of government, from the City Council, to the State Legislature to the U.S. Congress. The results are in and indisputable. Democrats have failed Minneapolis for half a century.

This past weekend, the DFL House passed a bill that would force Minnesotans to pay for the bills that DFL Mayor Jacob Frey caused. According to the Alpha News article, “The Democrat-controlled state house voted 74-53, Friday, in affirmation of a bill (HR 132/the PROMISE Act) that saddles taxpayers from around Minnesota with the burden of funding repairs to private and public property in the Twin Cities that was destroyed by the George Floyd riots. This bill, if passed, will also increase sales taxes and trigger an investigation into the law enforcement and National Guard response to the unrest.”

Let me talk for rural voters on this. Frey let the rioters and looters demolish his city when he could’ve prevented the violence. Now he expects the rest of Minnesota to pay for his incompetence? I don’t think so.

It’s one thing for Minnesotans to pay for natural disasters. That’s what we’ve always done. This isn’t that, though. This time, the rioting and looting weren’t an act of God. This was the result of major mayoral mismanagement. It’s what to expect from a ditzy progressive mayor who’s more activist/airhead than leader. Based on this video, he’s mostly a wimp:

Republicans need to tell the DFL to take a hike. Republicans need to say that we aren’t paying for their activists’ (think Black Lives Matter, Antifa) lawlessness. The Democrats’ spinelessness, unhinged activism and connection with radicals like BLM and Antifa led to these buildings getting demolished. Had the DFL cared more about protecting the people than about having an issue for the campaign, we wouldn’t be in this position. Also, electing Jacob Frey instead of someone that’s competent is a stain on the DFL. It says where the DFL’s priorities lie.

It isn’t every day that you see an article where a prominent African-American citizen criticizes Black Lives Matter, aka BLM. This article quotes Muhammad Ali’s son, Muhammad Ali Jr., as saying “Don’t bust up s–t, don’t trash the place. You can peacefully protest. My father would have said, ‘They ain’t nothing but devils.’ My father said, ‘all lives matter.’ I don’t think he’d agree.”

Ali Jr. continued, saying “It’s not just black lives matter, white lives matter, Chinese lives matter, all lives matter, everybody’s life matters. God loves everyone, he never singled anyone out. Killing is wrong no matter who it is,’ Ali said during an hour-long interview with The Post. On police brutality, Ali defended law enforcement in general. ‘Police don’t wake up and think, ‘I’m going to kill a n—-r today or kill a white man. They’re just trying to make it back home to their family in one piece.'”

That isn’t the most incendiary part. This is likely getting the most backlash:

Speaking of Floyd’s killing at the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer, Ali said, “The officer was wrong with killing that person, but people don’t realize there was more footage than what they showed. The guy resisted arrest, the officer was doing his job, but he used the wrong tactic.” He agrees with President Trump that Antifa fomented violence during the Floyd protests and should be labeled a terrorist organization.

“They’re no different from Muslim terrorists. They should all get what they deserve. They’re f–king up businesses, beating up innocent people in the neighborhood, smashing up police stations and shops. They’re terrorists, they’re terrorizing the community. I agree with the peaceful protests, but the Antifa, they need to kill everyone in that thing. Black Lives Matter is not a peaceful protest. Antifa never wanted it peaceful. I would take them all out.”

That will get some attention. This will too:

This, though, will attract the most heat:

“I think Trump’s a good president. My father would have supported him. Trump’s not a racist, he’s for all the people. Democrats are the ones who are racist and not for everybody. These [Democrat politicians] saying Black Lives Matter, who the hell are you to say that? You’re not even black.

Democrats don’t give a s–t about anybody. Hillary Clinton doesn’t give a s–t; she’s trying not to get locked up. Trump is much better than Clinton and Obama. … The only one to do what he said he would do is Donald Trump.”

The biggest question I have is what effect people like Jack Brewer, Pastor Darrell Scott and Sen. Tim Scott are having within the African-American community. Couple that with Candace Owens’ #Blexit Movement. I don’t have the answer to this question but it’s one worth paying attention to — are these this year’s hidden Trump voters?

For the second straight night, gunfire interrupted the night in St. Cloud. For the second straight night, the St. Cloud police reacted with restraint and forcefulness. In light of the tinderbox that we’re living in, it’s difficult to picture a police department handling things perfectly. Nonetheless, the SCPD handled things well.

I’m basing that opinion on this Strib article, which reported “However, unrest resurfaced about 10:20 p.m. Monday, when authorities were alerted to gunshots in the same area where the officer was shot.”

There’s little question whether this is escalating, despite the best efforts of the police. The escalation is underway and intensifying. Tonight will be another tense night in St. Cloud.

According to police:

  1. Officers arrived and found multiple people running from where the gunfire originated, and no victims were located.
  2. Within a half-hour, roughly 200 people had gathered in the area. Some blocked traffic, and threw rocks at officers and passing vehicles.
  3. Officers soon saw some from the crowd break through the front-door glass of the Southtown Liquor Store. Multiple people went inside, stole items and caused more damage.
  4. Police ordered the crowd to disperse, followed by a warning that the gathering was considered an unlawful assembly. Officers then used “chemical crowd control munitions” to break up the gathering, a department statement read.

FYI- A loyal reader of LFR sent me information that said that the only person allegedly booked into the Stearns County Jail on Monday morning was Abdikarin Mohamed Omar. The arrest date/time in 6/15/2020 at 05:50 am. The charge was “Fleeing a peace officer-MS.” You’ll recall that the person arrested early Monday morning wasn’t identified. This explains why. I expect that CAIR-MN will be in St. Cloud by Wednesday mid-morning to claim this young man’s civil rights were violated. That’s BS on steroids. This collection of information explains why it’s BS:

Over the next four hours, however, officers responded in the same area of the city to numerous unlawful assemblies, multiple reports of gunfire, assaults involving people within the crowd, rocks being thrown and three dumpster fires. One person needed medical attention at a nearby hospital. “Crowd control measures” eventually proved successful in breaking up the gatherings of various sizes, the police statement continued.

Numerous officers were hit with rocks, but no significant injuries were reported. The unrest forced the Police Department to close its headquarters lobby Tuesday to the public.

That’s a small-scale riot. A meeting was held this afternoon in an attempt to suppress the violence:

Members who gathered at Lake George were those who signed the city’s community policing agreement, which was first signed by parties in 2005 and updated in 2018. Those involved include representatives from a number of civil rights organizations, churches and advocacy groups. Some meeting with Alberts said the militarized police force seemed heavy-handed for many of the people protesting and some thought that undermined the community policing agreement.

This is ridiculous. The police tried settling things without violence. When the people started raiding stores, there aren’t many options left. When the rioters start throwing projectiles at the police, the police officers’ nonviolent options should be taken off the table.

After I wrote this post, a thought pierced through my thick skull. This isn’t about a policy fight. It’s a street fight being waged by well-trained rioters and anarchists. These rioters took the time to figure out a battle plan. People were trained to help fighters overcome police tactics.

While Capitol Hill Democrats (the ones in DC, not Seattle) insist that they won’t defund the police, the people in the streets don’t just talk defunding. They’re taking action to abolish police departments (plural, not singular). Since funding police departments comes from municipalities, the things that DC Democrats say is irrelevant.

Here in Minnesota, the DFL House is gearing up for a fight about police reform. This is window-dressing. Again, it won’t affect Minneapolis, Minnesota’s biggest city. They’re trying to eliminate their police department and replace it with shrinks, social workers and who knows what else.

Right now, Ground Zero is Minneapolis. That won’t last forever. Whoever trained these streetfighters didn’t do this to eliminate the police department of a mid-sized city in the Midwest. This is intended to be used nationwide.

This goes beyond partisan politics, too. The manifesto/handbook is intended to give other anarchists a playbook to follow in tearing down governments. What’s frightening is that Democrats haven’t noticed that they’re supporting a cause that they don’t have control over. As usual, Democrats see this as a political movement. This isn’t a political movement. It’s a let’s-restructure-government movement that seeks to tear down the Constitution.

In case people hadn’t noticed, these anarchists a) hate America with a passion, b) hate the Constitution and c) want the Bill of Rights demolished. Why should we think that this is anything except a powerplay? This isn’t just a movement. It’s a multi-faceted organization.

During the rioting in NYC, pallets of bricks were found at pre-staged locations. In Minneapolis, Black Lives Matter rioters just happened to find concrete blocks on a walking bridge on I-94, which they then threw at police officers. In Seattle, anarchists took over a 6-block area with virtually no resistance. After the riot, the Seattle police chief, Carmen Best, held a press conference. She told her officers that she didn’t have anything to do with the capture of the police station, hinting that Mayor Durkan ordered the stand-down.

These riots are just starting. Rest assured that they’ll spread. This won’t be, in the words of Seattle’s Democrat Mayor Durkan, a summer of love. This is shaping up to be a summer of hate, arrests and riots.

It isn’t that I think that Antifa didn’t play a role in last week’s riots in St. Paul. It’s that I’m not sure they aren’t homegrown Antifa terrorists. Apparently, the authorities aren’t confident that their initial opinion is accurate. The notable exception to that list is Tim Walz, the DFL activist who plays the role of an incompetent governor for his day job. According to this article, “Gov. Tim Walz continued to suggest Sunday that ‘it can’t be Minnesotans’ who would loot and burn homegrown businesses.”

I’d argue that that’s misguided thinking. Why wouldn’t a gang from north Minneapolis burn down businesses in south Minneapolis? These gangs are often ideologues who want to destroy the existing system from the roots. They often see private property as inherently evil, capitalism as a rigged game against the people.

Why couldn’t these terrorists be homegrown? Jeremiah Ellison, a member of the Minneapolis City Council and the son of Minnesota’s Attorney General, recently published this tweet announcing his full support for Antifa:


Then there’s this:

In St. Paul, police received numerous reports of suspicious vehicles without license plates parked and driving around the city, according to department spokesman Steve Linders. Officers also spotted some of those vehicles. They investigated an abandoned pickup truck loaded with construction equipment. Callers reported that people had gone to and from the truck, taking items from it.

Vehicles without license plates are often stolen vehicles. The plates are removed so they can be used during riots, when police use video cameras to identify criminals.

Ed Morrissey’s post offers the proper insight into what’s happening in the Twin Cities:

Not that Livingstone’s dispensing with the meme, at least through his friends. A GoFundMe page for the trio claims that police arrested them “after peacefully protesting & being chased by the KKK.” In a car with no plates? And peacefully protesting with two guns and a “grinding tool”? The idea that three young men with sufficient self-defense tools could be “chased by the KKK” in Minnesota is outright laughable, especially young men who just spent several days at least in the midst of the rioting.

Being chased by the KKK in Minnesota is as plausible as Jussie Smollett being told that Chicago is “Trump country.” Both statements are dishonest as hell. I wrote this post in July, 2016 to highlight the fact that Minnesota-grown ‘activists’ turning violent isn’t a myth:

It’s become clear that #BlackLivesMatter isn’t interested in healing racial divides. They’re proving that they’re interested in injuring police officers. At least one officer is injured. Police are reporting that “protesters started arming themselves with rebar from the construction site” and that police then used smoke and glass balls to clear the crowd. Protestors also threw glass bottles and liquids at the officers. One officer is injured from being hit with a glass bottle.”

The Star Tribune is reporting that as “many as 200 protesters were blocking both the eastbound and westbound lanes of the major traffic artery connecting Minneapolis and St. Paul near the Lexington exits. Many sat on the freeway while others stood, the air filled with yelling and chanting. Some onlookers were climbing over the freeway fence to join the blockade, with the crowd swelling to an estimated 300 people filling the lanes in both directions.”

I remember that night. It was a Saturday night. There wasn’t much happening until the local TV stations (KSTP, WCCO) jumped into programming to show these protesters throwing cement blocks at police officers from a bridge on I-94. I was able to ‘cover’ it via Twitter.

The Twin Cities media is acting like the Twin Cities’ leftist activists are law-abiding, upstanding citizens, pillars of the community types. There’s no doubt that there’s a need for police reform. That’s obvious. What’s equally clear is that the DFL needs to clean out the festering pile of antagonizers and America-haters. Today’s DFL turns a blind eye towards people like Keith Ellison, Ilhan Omar, Jeremiah Ellison and Ryan Winkler.

Simply put, it’s time for DFL ‘activist’ reform, too. These aren’t nice people. They’re people without integrity.

Amanda Marcotte’s article didn’t pull any punches. It explained to Blue Collar America exactly how Democrats feel about them. Ms. Marcotte started her article by saying “On Wednesday, a crowd of right-wing nuts, complete with their oversized but underworked utility vehicles, Confederate flags, guns and other such overcompensation accoutrements, descended on the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan, to whine about the temporary pause to dinners at Applebee’s and accidental brushfires at gender-reveal parties. The deep fear of emasculation driving the protest was not particularly subtle at this protest, as the crowd chanted ‘Lock her up’ at Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat who is accused of no other crime other than making deeply insecure men fuss about a woman in power.”

I won’t call Ms. Marcotte a member of Fake News. I’ll just call her a sloppy journalist who isn’t that interested in the truth. Did Ms. Marcotte check this article about how Michiganders of both genders want to throw Gov. Whitmer out of office via a recall election? According to this website, almost 300,000 people have signed the petition. From the article:

Whitmer’s critics said the new measures go too far. “Several recent measures provide marginal benefits at best, while substantially heightening frustration and resentment,” said Rep. Justin Amash, an independent. Sensible instructions to practice social distancing, wear masks, and stay at home already do most of the work to reduce the virus’s spread. By pushing too far, the governor undermines her own authority and increases the likelihood people will not follow reasonable guidelines.”

The arbitrary nature of Gov. Whitmer’s EO is what’s gotten under Michiganders’ skin the most. Michiganders understand that they’re at risk if they don’t religiously practice social distancing and other items on the CDC’s list. It’s things like being able to go shopping but not being able to buy seeds for their gardens or the part about how out-of-state property owners can visit their cabins but Michiganders can’t visit their Michigan cabins.

Ms. Marcotte apparently hasn’t figured it out that governing is best done by exercising restraint and good judgment. The fact that Gov. Whitmer is a female is utterly irrelevant to the vast majority of protesters. This is just sloppy BS journalism:

The ostensible purpose of the protests was to pressure Whitmer to relax some of the restrictions on businesses and movement under the coronavirus lockdown. In reality, of course, this is happening because a bunch of Fox News-loving Trump supporters have been poisoned by propaganda that has convinced them the coronavirus is overblown or a hoax, all being spread by the libs to destroy Trump’s chances at re-election.

What is Ms. Marcotte’s proof for any of her accusations? I’m betting that she doesn’t have any. It’s like the people who told Karlyn Borysenko, the former Democrat who attended President Trump’s rally in Manchester, NH, the night before the Primary. Here’s what Professor Borysenko wrote about her liberal friends:

That turned out not to be the case. The more voices outside the left that I listened to, the more I realized that these were not bad people. They were not racists, Nazis, or white supremacists. We had differences of opinions on social and economic issues, but a difference of opinion does not make your opponent inherently evil. And they could justify their opinions using arguments, rather than the shouting and ranting I saw coming from my side of the aisle.

Ms. Marcotte sounds like Professor Borysenko’s paranoid friends. Ms. Marcotte also is either dishonest or the sloppiest journalist I’ve read in ages. It’s possible she’s both. I know that Ms. Marcotte is full of it when she says that the protesters think that COVID-19 is “overblown or a hoax.” That attack was discredited a month ago. Ms. Marcotte should be ashamed for pumping out such BS. The purpose of the protests was to tell Gov. Whitmer to pull her head out of her arse before issuing executive orders.

Why can Michiganders buy produce but they can’t buy the seeds to grow their own vegetables? Why can Wisconsinites visit their cabin in Michigan’s UP but a Detroit lifelong resident can’t visit their cabin in the UP? Ms. Marcotte is long on put-downs and short on compassion.

Ms. Marcotte should attempt to listen to people more and shoot her mouth off less. She wouldn’t look like a Pelosi-style partisan if she listened more often.

Thomas Edsall’s article is a lengthy read but a worthwhile read. Deep into the article, Edsall quoted Ismail K. White and Chryl N. Laird, political scientists at Duke and Bowdoin, as saying “Political solidarity has been a crucial political asset of black Americans during a long struggle against racial injustice, and a few symbolic gestures or policy initiatives won’t win significant black support for Republicans.”

Do White and Laird think that criminal justice reform, opportunity scholarships, record minority unemployment and the IMPACT Act as “a few symbolic gestures or policy initiatives?” It isn’t surprising that White and Laird are “the authors of a new book ‘Steadfast Democrats: How Social Forces Shape Black Political Behavior.” I haven’t read the book but it sounds like White and Laird think that African-Americans are monolithic voters. I find that impossible to believe.

The definition of monolithic is “characterized by massiveness, total uniformity, rigidity, invulnerability, etc.; a monolithic society.” During the early primaries, liberal pundits speculated that Pete Buttigieg would have difficulty attracting African-American voters because he’s gay. Some African-Americans still voted for Buttigieg but African-Americans who were also evangelical Christians found Buttigieg’s holier-than-thou attitude off-putting.

White and Laird’s theory might turn out right. Still, betting on monoliths is foolish. Betting on monolithic structures when we’ve seen dynamic changes like this happen isn’t foolish, it’s stupid:

The definition of symbolic gesture is “an act that has no purpose or effect other than to show support, respect, etc.” Opportunity Zones aren’t symbolic. They’re substantive. According to Sen. Tim Scott, his legislation will provide “workforce training opportunities to better education to businesses being attracted into these opportunity zones.”

Those aren’t token gestures. Those are the types of things that make multi-generational, substantive improvements. Charles Payne is right in stating that Sen. Scott would be on the cover of Time Magazine if he was a Democrat who got this legislation enacted.

This article is pessimistic about the Republicans making gains with African-Americans. I think that too many African-American people’s lives have improved for the vote to essentially stay the same. This fall, we’ll see whose prediction is right.

PS- Anyone betting against Candace Owens and Tim Scott is foolish.

It used to be said that the contents of the information in the NYTimes was “all the news that’s fit to print.” Those days are history and then some. After reading this article, it isn’t a stretch to suggest that a slogan change is appropriate. The new slogan, based on the major stories that the NYTimes hasn’t paid attention to should be ‘all the news that’s fit to ignore.”

The article says “In the hours and days after Gregory Timm reportedly plowed his vehicle into a tent of Republican Party volunteers registering voters in the Kernan Village Shopping Center parking lot in Jacksonville, Florida, national coverage of the event has been alarmingly lacking.” The article starts by saying “Just imagine the national news coverage if a Trump supporter had plowed his van through a Democratic voter registration tent in Florida.”

I can’t imagine it because it hasn’t happened. We know, though, that a vehicle plowed into a tent where GOP volunteers were registering voters. We know that thanks to this:

Local news channel WJXT reported days later on the arrest report, which showed Timm telling the sheriff’s office his “disapproval of Trump” was the motivating factor for the attack. He showed the officer a self-recorded video of him driving straight at the volunteers, expressing frustration that the video cut out before “the good part.” Even then, as I write this, the best the New York Times could muster was wire coverage.

Let’s be blunt about this. If you eliminated the people who are part of the Democrats’ Resist Movement, you’d eliminate 98% of the people who call themselves journalists. Resist Movement journalists are like Journolist on steroids.

It isn’t that there’s no such thing as fake news. It’s that there’s much more legitimate news that’s ignored than outright fake news. The story about last week’s IC briefing on upcoming Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election is more sloppy journalism than outright fake news.

This video highlights a local reporter interviewing Timm:

The vast majority of the coverage on this story is from local reporters. That’s fine because it is a local story. Still, it’s disappointing that it hasn’t gotten the national coverage it deserves because it’s also a national story.