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Apparently, Ilhan Omar still hates Minneapolis police. While violent crime spikes in Minneapolis, Omar defends the idiots on the Minneapolis City Council who want to strip $7,900,000 from the police budget and transfer that money “to fund 24/7 mental health response, violence prevention and civilian oversight.”

Rep. Omar “gave a shout out to city council members Lisa Bender, Phillipe Cunningham, and Steve Fletcher, who authored the policy. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the proposal would transfer about 5% of the police budget to a mental health crisis team and violence prevention, among other things.” To his credit, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey stood up to the activist wing of the DFL, saying “this notion that in order to have a more comprehensive public safety strategy you have to do away with one critical element, which is police, is wrong.”

“This is literally a life and death matter right now and we need to get it right,” he said. In June, the City Council cut the police budget by about $14 million.

Bender has announced that she won’t run for re-election. Cunningham and Fletcher are probably safe except for a challenge from the even nutter wing of the DFL, which is definitely possible considering the fact that the even nutter wing of the DFL defeated far-left Sen. Jeffrey Hayden this summer.

The notion that the number of calls will go down after cutting police patrols is foolish. Here’s why:

According to police data, more than 500 people have been shot in Minneapolis this year, twice as many as 2019, while murders are up more than 50%. So far this year, there have been nearly 5,000 violent crimes, the most in the past five years, the records show.

Ilhan Omar hates the people of Minneapolis. If she cared about them, she’d propose beefing up the MPD budget. Unfortunately, that hasn’t happened. It isn’t likely to happen, either.

If this Strib article is the best that the DFL-dominated Minneapolis City Council can do while re-imagining policing, then, to use a phrase that the late great Andrew Breitbart used, they suck. (Breitbart used that punchline at the 2011 RightOnline Conference at the Minneapolis Marriott.)

The article opens, saying “Elaine, a front-line health care worker in Minneapolis, was putting groceries in the trunk of her car recently, in a crowded parking lot at the Uptown Kowalski’s Market, giving her high-alert system a break, as most of us do when some benign activity consumes our attention. It was 5:15 p.m. A moment later, a car blaring loud music pulled up behind hers, trapping her at her own car’s trunk. Someone got out of the car and punched Elaine to the ground. An accomplice wrested her handbag from her arm. In the next instant, the car and assailants were gone. It was again a regular evening, just after dark, in a busy parking lot in Uptown.”

The DFL-only City Council didn’t just to defund the police. They voted unanimously to dismantle the police. That isn’t just stupid. It’s borderline malfeasance.

The robbery had happened so fast that no one had even noticed. Elaine, my colleague’s mom, a 60-plus year-old woman, beaten and robbed, her eye already swelling shut, had to pull herself up from the ground and stumble into the store for help. The store security chief, Scott Nelson, experienced with this kind of crime, immediately began reviewing film from monitoring cameras at nearby businesses.

Committed to pursuing justice for Elaine, Nelson laments that we “need police service and we need more of it. South Minneapolis is worse than I’ve ever seen it.” He describes the surge of 20-plus attacks a day that are now striking people just going about their daily business, people like Elaine.

Usually in a stolen car, perpetrators Nelson describes as “young teens, 12-to-14 years old” cruise from lot to lot in neighborhood business districts, waiting for a victim, “like a deer hunter sits in a tree.” When they are apprehended, Nelson says consequences are negligible. “I arrest the same people over and over. Nothing happens to them.

It’s time that Minneapolis Democrats to decide whether to let activist Democrats run roughshod over the city or whether to assert themselves and restore sanity to Minneapolis. Right now, insanity is winning:

What’s worse is that there’s no end in sight:

In recent years many regional leaders and groups have invested in rebranding our region for a more vibrant future. We planned to use our built and natural environment to welcome a new generation of visitors, workers and residents. How I would love to have those days of blossoming possibility back.

Now our city’s future hangs in the balance. As we teeter between proclamations and inaction, women are attacked while running daily errands. Carjackings are perpetrated in broad daylight; my daughter witnessed one the other day as she walked her dog. A North Side community group is suing the city for holding the concept of safety hostage to the concept of reform. It is not viable to sacrifice one to the other. Surely we can achieve both?

It’s time for Minneapolis to invest in a new City Council. This one failed miserably.

Mairead McArdle’s article highlights what most people figured out long ago. People figured out that Democrat-run cities and states are hell-holes that are best escaped from. Until cities like Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia and Minneapolis and states like Minnesota, New York, Oregon and Washington are allowed to disintegrate as a result of their progressive policies, they can’t be fixed. They’re simply impossible to fix.

McArdle opened her article by writing “Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers have fled New York City since the coronavirus pandemic began in the spring, new data from the U.S. Post Office shows. A total of 295,103 city residents requested a change of address between March 1 and October 31, according to U.S. Postal Service data obtained by the New York Post under a Freedom of Information Act request.”

People are leaving New York like they’re selling toxic waste door-to-door. High taxes, higher crime rates and businesses shutting down are key contributors to this exodus. Another contributor is Gov. Cuomo’s lockdown mentality. Apparently, Gov. Cuomo’s side job is killing geese that lay golden eggs.

However, the actual number of New Yorkers who escaped the city this year is much higher than that since a single address change could represent an entire household, and the data from the Post Office does not include the many New Yorkers who have fled without officially changing their address.

This is the classic vicious cycle. Here’s why it’s happening:

New York once was a beautiful metropolis. It isn’t anymore. The chief explanation for the exodus is that NYC isn’t safe. Another explanation is that businesses are getting out of New York because NY’s taxes are too high. There isn’t an incentive to stick around.

I’m stunned that Joe Biden, the law & order candidate in this presidential election, hired staffers who then bailed out an accused child abuser. How can someone who has consistently insisted on being tough on criminals go so soft on an alleged child abuser? Sorry for the sarcasm to open this article. This article is meant to highlight the fact that Democrats have failed at multiple levels to protect the residents of Minneapolis.

Tim Walz, the DFL governor of Minnesota, flinched when Jacob Frey, the DFL mayor of Minneapolis, requested National Guard troops when the riots first broke out. Gov. Walz didn’t send the troops, then accused Frey of choking. Then there’s the Minneapolis City Council, the all-DFL city council whose brilliant idea was to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department without having a plan on what to replace the MPD and without talking the people living in Minneapolis. But I digress.

Timothy Wayne Columbus, a 36-year-old-man, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct for allegedly penetrating a girl in 2015 when she was about 8 years old. A warrant was issued for his arrest on June 25. But he was later bailed out of jail and according to a court document, filed to have his bail money returned to Minnesota Freedom Fund (MFF), the organization Harris and many Biden staffers asked their followers to donate to during the rioting in Minneapolis earlier this year.

The story was first reported by Alpha News MN and The Daily Caller. “If you’re able to, chip in now to the @MNFreedomFund to help post bail for those protesting on the ground in Minnesota,” Harris tweeted on June 1.

This is disturbing news:

Then there’s this:

The allegations against Columbus are macabre. The arrest warrant in the case states that the girl Columbus allegedly assaulted lived with her grandmother, who regularly spent time with her friend “Tim,” while the girl was seven and eight years old. When the girl was about eight, the victim told police, “‘Tim’ laid her on her couch and held her down as he unbuckled his pants and then pulled down her pants. Victim stated he then ‘put his thing inside me.'”

Finally, there’s this:

FOX 9 reported earlier this summer that MFF had raised $35 million in the wake of George Floyd’s death in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. A recent update on its website indicates that it has spent at least $3,475,000 bailing people out of jail in recent months, with just $210,000 of that being spent bailing out protesters and rioters who were arrested in the unrest immediately following Floyd’s death.

FOX 9 also first exposed some of the non-protesters being bailed out by MFF, including Darnika Floyd, who was charged with second-degree murder after allegedly stabbing a friend to death, and Christopher Boswell, who is facing charges of sexual assault and kidnapping. The group put up $100,000 on behalf of Floyd and $350,000 on behalf of Boswell.

These are the thugs that the Biden-Harris ticket helped liberate. Do these actions tell us that Biden-Harris is committed to restoring order to our cities? Or do their actions sound like most Democrats who are soft on crime? I’d argue they sound like the latter.

This morning on Outnumbered, former Obama State Department propagandist Marie Harf said that Joe Biden had spoken out forcefully against anti-police violence. While I’ll agree that Biden has said the right thing when he’s spoken, I’ll mention that he essentially went the entire summer without mentioning the rioting, looting and anti-police violence. Harf has also said that Democrat aren’t for defunding the police.

That’s interesting since Kamala Harris praised Eric Garcetti for slashing the LAPD budget by $150,000,000:

Vice presidential hopeful Sen. Kamala Harris on Tuesday applauded Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s decision to slash police funding by $150 million but stopped short of saying she backed the ‘defund the police’ movement. “I support investing in communities so that they become more healthy and therefore more safe,” Harris said in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I applaud Mayor Garcetti for doing what he’s done.”

Just because she didn’t say ‘defund the police’ doesn’t mean she doesn’t support the defund the police movement. At this point, it’s just semantics. It’s essentially irrelevant.

Check this article out:

“Residents are asking, ‘Where are the police’?” said Jamal Osman, newly elected council member of Ward 6. He said he’s already been inundated with complaints from residents that calls for police aren’t being answered. “That is the only public safety option they have at the moment. MPD. They rely on MPD. And they are saying they are nowhere to be seen,” Osman said.

The Minneapolis City Council should’ve thought about that before they voted to dismantle the MPD. Residents are right. They need the police to stay safe. When DFL (DFL is Minnesotan for far-left Democrat) politicians promised to dismantle the police, police started retiring early en masse or seeking jobs with other PDs.

Right now, the MPD is understaffed according to the Minneapolis City Charter:

The city charter, which serves as its constitution, currently says the city must maintain a police department and the council must “fund a police force of at least 0.0017 employees per resident.”

The point is simple. Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Nancy Pelosi can spin this whichever way they want to sound moderate but they’re essentially irrelevant. City councils determine police department funding. Big city city councils are either mostly or entirely Democrat activists. The city council activists align mostly with AOC and Keith Ellison. In Minneapolis, Keith Ellison’s son, Jeremiah, is on the City Council. Jeremiah voted for dismantling the MPD. That didn’t prevent him from shooting his mouth off at Tuesday’s meeting:

You named the strategies and the resources that we’re deploying … but does this type of enforcement action, is it able to have any kind of effect? It seems like we pour money into it, but we’re not seeing it have an effect.

When politicians disrespect the police, then cut their budget, crime will increase. That’s the predictable outcome.

This is particularly heartbreaking:

Rather than dismantling the police, what’s required is police reform and adding substantially to the police force. Let’s drop the ‘reimagining police’ propaganda that Democrats use. It isn’t legitimate. It’s the Democrats’ way of getting people to abandon time-tested policing tactics. This video contains a montage of ‘reimagining policing’:

Voting for Democrats is a vote for increased violent crime. That debate has been had. The statistics speak for themselves. Res ipsa loquitur.

At the most recent Minneapolis City Council meeting, Democrat Jeremiah Ellison criticized Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo, saying “You named the strategies and the resources that we’re deploying … but does this type of enforcement action, is it able to have any kind of effect? It seems like we pour money into it, but we’re not seeing it have an effect.”

Councilman Ellison should read the newspapers more often. This article starts by saying “Some South Minneapolis residents are voicing concerns about staffing at the city’s Fifth Police Precinct. The commander of the precinct confirms that some nights there are only eight officers on patrol covering 20 neighborhoods.”

The article continues, saying “Minneapolis Deputy Chief Erick Fors said the department is short on officers. The reason, he says, ranges from early retirements to hiring freezes to dozens of officers on medical leave, mixed with COVID-19 challenges, like officers having to stay home and quarantine if they’re exposed to COVID-19.”

“So yes, that’s considerably less than an authorized total strength of 888 officers, so that requires us to look at our resources, look at our demands, again focus on our core services and move resources around as needed,” Fors said.

Apparently, Councilman Ellison hasn’t pulled his head out of his butt. Thanks to grandstanding politicians who blame police officers whenever possible, officers are leaving for better jobs or they’re taking early retirement. Why put up with the politicians’ abuse week-after-week? Their job is difficult enough as it is with a full compliment of officers. Check this article out:

Service calls for police response either through 911 or other dispatches noticeably declined since the unrest that rocked Minneapolis ended, in part underscoring the department’s staffing and budgetary problems. After Floyd’s death, the force lost more than 10 percent of its officers through resignation, termination, retirement or medical leave – and could shed more employees by year’s end.

Watch this video from November, 2019:

It says that the Minneapolis City Council “is set to approve a $772,000 sculpture” but that the police department is understaffed. It’s in that context that we have to picture Jeremiah Ellison’s statements. He voted for the statue. Then he voted for dismantling the police department. Here’s how Chief Arradondo replied:

Arradondo said he’d like to see deeper research into the root causes of community and police violence. “Too often, we as police departments, we are dealing in a reactionary mode. We have oftentimes come to finding crime as opposed to preventing it. If we just stayed status quo, right now, we will end this year with numbers that are absolutely unconscionable about what we should have in terms of community violence, and we don’t do a deep dive as a city as to what caused all of those.”

Instead of dismantling the MPD, Minneapolis should strengthen training while hiring more officers. Finally, it’s time for the people to fire grandstanding politicians like Jeremiah Ellison the next time he’s up for re-election.

That means electing Republicans to the City Council. Jeremiah Ellison and his DFL friends have failed miserably at protecting Minneapolis residents.

Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson is upset with the Dallas City Council. He’s upset because the Dallas City Council just voted to cut DPD funding by $7,000,000.

Apparently, the Dallas City Council is controlled by the Black Lives Matter organization:

The Dallas City Council voted on Wednesday to cut the money from the police department’s fund dedicated to overtime pay. The cut comprised 25% of the department’s overtime budget. The decision came after Black Lives Matter protesters called on elected officials to defund the police department.

“The city of Dallas is facing a serious uptick in violent crime, and it’s not just a few days or weeks or months in the making. We’re talking about a couple of years now of steadily increasing aggravated assaults, steadily increasing homicide and steadily increasing domestic violence,” Johnson said, according to The Dallas Morning News.

“I don’t believe, and neither do the people of Dallas … that now is the right time to be defunding the police, or cutting funding to the police to send a message or anything like that,” he continued.

Dallas is one of many U.S. cities that have been rocked by Black Lives Matter riots in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd died in police custody after an officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. An autopsy of Floyd’s body found a potentially lethal cocktail of fentanyl and methamphetamines in his system.

Check this out:

It’s time to eliminate the idiots on the Dallas City Council who just voted to a) keep the bureaucrats fully funded and b) cut $7,000,000 from the DPD overtime budget. This says everything:

“I think we need to have a very serious conversation about these topics, and I’ll say this. When I first heard the phrase to defund the police several months ago, I very genuinely and earnestly asked the question what does that mean, and I was actually met with some ridicule and met with some derision and accused of pretending not to know,” Johnson said. “People are all over the place on what it means.”

Dallas City Council member Carolyn King Arnold issued a response to Johnson’s criticism on Saturday, defending the council’s decision and claiming that the council’s action should be viewed as a “reinvestment” in disadvantaged communities.

BLM-Dallas is interested in weakening Dallas police by stretching them far too thin. The City Council should be beefing up the police budget, not cutting it.

Last week, Joe Biden started a new Democrat talking point when he said that the violence happening in Portland, Seattle, Chicago and Kenosha was happening in Donald Trump’s America. It’s an absurd statement on multiple levels but let’s look at it starting with the most obvious part.

For months, literally, President Trump has offered to help end the rioting and bloodshed in Portland and Chicago. In both instances, the mayors rejected President Trump’s offers of help. Here’s how Lightfoot reacted to President Trump’s offer of help:

“This morning the Tribune editorial board urged me to be more collaborative with President Trump. And surely those well meaning people cannot be that naive. President Trump’s attention to Chicago is transparently political,” Lightfoot said Monday afternoon during a press conference announcing investment in Auburn Gresham and North Lawndale.

It’s absurd to blame President Trump for Chicago’s violence, partly because Lightfoot emphatically turned him down repeatedly. Democrats now insist that President Trump wants violence to increase:

Joe Biden isn’t trustworthy. It isn’t just that he isn’t honest. It’s that he’s ignoring facts:

President Trump isn’t playing politics. He’s trying to fix a mess. For Biden to say that Trump is acting like career politicians (like himself) is insulting. Over the past 4 years, people have seen President Trump put the people first rather than putting Washington, DC first. I don’t expect the Swamp Media to trust him but I expect real people living out in America’s heartland to trust him.

President Trump’s America is chaotic because he’s getting important things done. Life in Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago or Ted Wheeler’s Portland is hell on earth because neither has shown a bit of leadership.

Finally, it’s rich for Biden to say that President Trump is cheering for increased violence when Democrat mayors in Washington, DC and NYC took time to paint Black Lives Matter murals on the streets of their cities. Who’s the people cheering for increased violence now? The evidence is clear:

Demorats sided with BLM, the people that rioted in Minneapolis and Atlanta. They can’t now say that they’ve opposed violence from the start. President Trump has opposed violence since the first day of the George Floyd Riots. It doesn’t get more consistent than that.

Joe Biden finally condemned the street violence that’s been happening for 3 months. After CNN noticed that Biden’s poll numbers were tanking, Biden issued his statement.

In a tweet, Biden’s staff said “Once again, a Black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by the police. In front of his children. It makes me sick. Is this the country we want to be? Needless violence won’t heal us. We need to end the violence, and peacefully come together to demand justice.” Way to go, Slow Joe. Where were you when Senate Democrats voted against even starting a debate on police reform? A: Biden was nowhere to be found. Biden was silent about Tim Scott’s police reform. Kamala Harris, his running mate pick, let her actions speak for her:

He noted that Scott “sat down” with Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Harris “and they said, ‘We have 20 problems with your bill.’” “And Tim’s response was, ‘OK, I’ll give you 20 amendments. You have 20 problems, I’ll give you 20 amendments. Let’s see if we can fix this, let’s say goodbye to politics, at least on something as important as the criminal justice system. I’ll give you an amendment for every problem you have with our bill’ and unfortunately, Kamala Harris put her vice presidential aspirations ahead of what is best for this country,” Gowdy continued.

“So don’t blame Tim Scott, blame the people who would not take an amendment for every single problem they had with the bill,” Gowdy said.

There’s a pattern here. Biden didn’t say anything until his polls started tanking. Harris sabotaged Tim Scott’s legislation because she wanted to be Biden’s running mate.

Partisan considerations took a higher priority thank protecting people. That’s proof that Biden-Harris put partisanship ahead of doing what’s right. That alone should disqualify them. Further, Biden offered only empty words:

On Wednesday, he struck a similar tone. “It is needless violence,” Biden said. “Violence that endangers lives and guts businesses and shutters businesses that serve the community. That’s wrong.” Biden said that the country needs to unite, heal, do justice, end violence and end systemic racism. “Needless violence won’t heal us,” Biden tweeted. “We need to end the violence and peacefully come together to demand justice.”

What we’ve seen isn’t “needless violence.” It’s criminal activity. Sugarcoating things like that doesn’t help. Making a video while reading a TelePrompter doesn’t help, either. That’s what he did in this videotaped message:

Watch his eyes throughout. They keep switching back-and-forth. He wasn’t speaking from the heart. He was reading from the TelePrompter.

Biden was silent about street violence for 3 months. When his polls started tanking, he spoke through a TelePrompter. That isn’t leadership. That’s what happens when you hand serious responsibilities to a senile career politician.

Last week, Democrats repeatedly told us that Americans were racists and that there was no escaping their racism. Then they told us that Joe Biden, who spent a half-century in the DC Swamp and contributed to this systemic racism, is the only cure for this racism. They said that the man who co-authored the 1994 Crime Bill that started mass incarcerations of black people was a fine man, a virtuous man, a man of unending decency.

My question for these Democrats is simple. How can a man who is virtuous and decent write legislation that put thousands of African-Americans in prison? This week, the Democrats’ dilemma will get exposed when Alice Marie Johnson speaks at the Republican National Convention. Ms. Johnson spent 21 years in a federal prison before her sentence was commuted by President Trump.

A campaign in support of her release was launched by the American Civil Liberties Union and the website Mic; activists who supported her release argued that the punishment was excessive and an example of disproportionate impacts on African-Americans. A number of individuals and organizations supported Johnson’s bid for clemency, including U.S. Representatives Steve Cohen, Bennie Thompson, and Marc Veasey, law professors Marc Morjé Howard and Shon Hopwood, and Orange is the New Black author Piper Kerman. According to her lawyer Shawn Holley, the warden supported her release.

Johnson’s was one of the 16,776 petitions filed in the Obama administration’s 2014 clemency project. In 2016, she wrote an op-ed for CNN asking for forgiveness and a second chance. Her application was denied just before Obama left office. In 2018, Kim Kardashian and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner sought to persuade Trump to grant clemency to Johnson. In late May 2018, Kardashian met with the President in the Oval Office to urge him to pardon Johnson.[19] On June 6, 2018, following Kardashian’s appeal, Trump commuted Johnson’s sentence, and Johnson was released. The commutation was one of a series of acts of clemency made by Trump in a “few high-profile cases brought to him by associates and allies.”

The Democrats’ dilemma is explaining how their standard-bearer and his running mate showed enthusiasm for putting drug dealers in prison without being part of the problem. I’d love hearing VP Biden explain why he didn’t lift a finger to get Ms. Johnson released from prison. Further, I’d love hearing him explain his justification for accusing President Trump for being a racist. He’s used Charlottesville as ‘proof’ that President Trump is a racist. I triple-dog dare VP Biden to find the racism in this full video:

Good luck with that. There isn’t any proof of racism. There’s just a baseless accusation of racism and Biden’s twisting of words. As people find out more about the Biden-Harris ticket, the Democrats will find themselves incapable of competing effectively with the Trump team.

The Democrats’ convention is over. The laser-focused attacks against him aren’t front-and-center anymore. Finally, the Democrats’ ticket is seriously undertalented compared with Trump’s accomplishments. In terms of popular vote, I don’t know what the margin will be. In terms of the electoral votes, I’m thinking that President Trump will get more for reelection than he got in 2016.