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Yikes - good catch

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From the New York Times:

Ricin Is Said to Have Been Sent to White House
Letters sent in recent days to the White House and to federal agencies in Texas contained the lethal substance ricin, and investigators are trying to determine if other envelopes with the toxin were sent through the postal system, a law enforcement official briefed on the matter said on Saturday.

Investigators believe that the letters were sent from Canada, and have identified a woman as a suspect, the official said.

The letter to the White House, which was addressed to President Trump, was intercepted, as were the letters to the federal offices in Texas. It was not immediately clear on Saturday which federal offices were targeted.

An uncomon choice but very lethal with no antidote and relativley easy to extract.

Good riddance - Seattle trash

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From Law Enforcement Today:

Seattle murder suspect arrested and released more than 34 times found dead in tank full of bleach
Who is running Seattle anyway? Murder suspect Travis Berge had racked up over 100 police contacts, dozens of civil infractions, and 47 criminal cases, one an attempted rape, in the five years he lived in Seattle.

On September 18, he was found dead at the bottom of a 10-foot deep tank filled with 50 gallons of a 12% bleach solution. Why wasn’t he in jail long ago?

And it is not that people are not aware of the problem:

Based on a report from Scott P. Lindsay, one could be forgiven for confusing the Seattle courts with a fancy travel bureau and hotel for repeat offenders.

Lindsay’s report is appropriately titled “System Failure”. In it, Lindsay examines the records of 100 repeat offenders who have cycled through Seattle’s criminal justice system.

All of them are or have been homeless, and all have known drug problems. Like Berge, many are addicted to methamphetamines. Mental health flags were found in court records for 38 of the offenders in the study.

The majority of the offenders were white (66%) and male (78%).

The 100 offenders selected for the study were collectively responsible for 3,562 criminal cases in Washington state, or an average of 36 per individual. One offender was responsible for 112 cases.

As long as Seattle maintains a policy of toleration for its criminals, its criminals will continue to offend. Something that the Democrat masters do not seem to grasp. Giving the homeless free stuff is creating a massive Pigeon Problem - if you feed them, more will flock to your city.

Guy enjoys Portland's revolving door legal system until the fifth time - from the Post Millenial:

Rioter arrested 4 times in 4 weeks by Portland authorities now federally charged
A Washington state man who has been arrested four times and quickly bailed out within a month at violent Portland Antifa riots, was arrested by federal authorities this week.

Following a Federal Bureau of Investigation investigation, 26-year-old Kristopher Michael Donnelly, of Kelso, Wash., was arrested and federally charged with felony civil disorder. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon accuses him of assaulting a Portland Police officer. When Donnelly was arrested four times in August and booked into the local jail, he was either quickly bailed out or released by the county.

Good - people like that need to learn that this behavior is not rewarded. Looks like he is dealing with adults this time.

Good - a judge with some stones

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From National Review:

Judge Sets Bail at $1 Million Each for Lancaster Rioters
Rioting in Lancaster, Pa. in the wake of the police shooting of a knife-wielding man has led to the arrest of 12 adults and one minor, nine of whom are being held at Lancaster County Jail on $1 million bail each.

The arrests happened during a riot around 3 a.m. Monday that saw demonstrators marching from the scene of the shooting to the police station while throwing glass bottles, rocks, bricks, gallon jugs filled with liquid and plastic road barricades at police, authorities said. A county vehicle was also damaged.

Good. This kind of acting out is not tolerated in two-year-olds and it should not be tolerated in adults. Drive that point home enough hard enough and the behavior will go away - simple as that.

America is on fire

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Interesting observation from retired newspaperman Don Surber:

9-in-10 wildfires are set by humans
Dear Facebook,

Before you flag this as fake news, my source is the National Weather Service.

NWS reported that 87% of the wildfires were caused by humans this year -- 7,072 in California alone. Not all were arson, of course, because humans are pretty careless. But enough are arson to cause concern in light of Democrats setting cities aflame this summer. The last thing we want is the Antifa arm of the Democrat Party expanding into rural areas.

Don cites a bunch of news articles to back this up including this one from the London Daily Mail:

The Daily Mail reported, "Stark data showed that 36,383 of the 41,599 fires that have ripped through the nation in the first nine months of the year were started by humans, burning a total of 2,510,743 acres.

"California has been hardest-hit by human-caused fires, with a total of 7,072 as of September 10.

"Texas was second with 4,170, followed by North Carolina with 1,889, Florida with 1,779 and Arizona with 1,552.

"Despite the prevalence of human-caused fires, authorities in Oregon have waded in on rumors that wildfires in the state have been deliberately started by extremist political groups."

Prompting this note in the comments section:

J MelcherSeptember 15, 2020 at 2:57 PM
Why is the UK Daily Mail cited for US weather/wildfire data, instead of CNN, or NPR?

Oh, right ...

So true.

Some history - antifa

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Here is a history lesson in one image and a teachable moment in two more:

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These are not just punks with bricks - they are well funded and organized. Here are two photographs taken at at a training camp in Syria about five years ago:

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XRVision is a Singapore company who specializes in facial recognition and identification so I am betting that the federales know who these people are and are waiting to arrest them.

Good news - the George Floyd case

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The county prosecutors are partisan hacks looking to crucify the police officers trying to detain Mr. Floyd on the day of his death. Floyd died of a heart attack and had a several-times lethal dose of fentanyl in his system. He died of this, not a knee to the back. From The Western Journal:

Judge Expels Prosecutor in George Floyd Case After Complaint from Chauvin's Attorney
Four prosecutors have been disqualified from working on the cases of the former Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s death.

Hennepin County District Judge Peter Cahill banned Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman and three of his staff members from the cases for meeting privately with the medical examiner to discuss Floyd’s autopsy results, according to the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune.

“Those four are to be kept out of this case, period,” Cahill said.

The complaints?

Nelson claimed county prosecutors participated in an “inappropriate, pretrial publicity campaign, including the leaking of specific, detailed information regarding a potential plea agreement to the media.”

Yeah - they were showboating. Pure virtue signalling. Like catnip to the rioters.

The wildfires

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Two headlines - both from The Gateway Pundit:

The allowed rioting is bringing all of the other nut-cases out of the woodwork.
Anarchy is not a good thing in a civilized society. It is something to be discouraged - strongly.

Fed Up - Rochester Police Department

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Good for them. They are not getting the support from the city nor the respect from the citizens. From The New York Post:

Rochester PD’s ‘entire command staff’ retires amid Daniel Prude protests
The Rochester Police Department’s “entire command staff” announced their retirement on Tuesday, the mayor there said, amid raging protests over the death of Daniel Prude, the black man who was killed while being subdued by city cops while he suffered an apparent breakdown.

Unnnhhh... From all accounts, Prude was dosed to the gills with angel dust and was deep into an irrational dissociative state - in layman's terms: screaming bonkers. He was subdued, a spit mask was placed over his head and he later aspirated his own vomit and choked to death.

Chief La’Ron Singletary, a 20-year veteran of the force, and Deputy Chief Joseph Morabito, who served the department for 34 years, released statements moments before a scheduled briefing with Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren and the City Council about last night’s demonstrations.

During the meeting, Warren told council members that “the entire Rochester Police Department’s command staff has announced their retirement,” adding that Deputy Chief Mark Simmons was also stepping down.

The narrative was that the police killed Prude. The facts are that Prude was responsible for his own death. I wish the Chief and his associates a wonderful and peaceful retirement. This is just the tip of the iceberg and their replacements are going to have an interesting next couple of years.

A bit of local excitement

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Was at the Community Center yesterday afternoon and all hell broke loose. Police sirens from three different directions. Even a few fire department vehicles (different sounding sirens). I was heading home later that afternoon and a car came speeding past doing about 80MPH in a 35 zone. About 45 seconds later, two police cars followed but they did not turn in the same direction - they headed down the road leaving the island. A few minutes, they came zooming back.

This morning, I see this story in the Stanwood Camano News:

Everett homicide suspect arrested in Stanwood
After a short pursuit from Camano Island into Stanwood, a suspect in an Everett homicde was taken into custody late Saturday, according to Stanwood and Everett police departments.

The suspect fled on foot after the pursuit that ended near the Camano Gateway Bridge, according to reports. He was later apprehended on Highway 532 near 92nd Avenue, police said.

The arrest was part of the investigation into an Aug. 31 shooting death of James R. Scannell, 56, who was inside a vehicle at Langus Riverfront Park, 411 Smith Island Rd, according to a news release from Everett Police. Witnesses told detectives that immediately after the shooting, two men ran from the victim’s vehicle and left the parking lot in a red Ford Escape, police said.

And the arrest:

On Saturday, police arrested two of the suspects, including the 29 year-old man that detectives believe shot the victim. He was arrested by deputies with the Island County Sheriff’s Office and the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, along with assistance from the Washington State Patrol, after a pursuit from Camano Island to Stanwood on Highway 532.

Heh - only one road connecting the island to the mainland. Not a good place to hide. Also very defensible if the shit starts to hit the fan come November 4th. I love this place.

Routing around damage - Portland

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A wonderful solution to a bonehead problem - from Portland station KOIN:

Deputized troopers may snarl MultCo’s protest prosecution plans
More and more questions have accumulated following the announcement that Oregon State Police troopers had been deputized by U.S. Marshals.

The move, which was made in response to the growing unrest in Portland, means a deputized OSP trooper can arrest someone for a federal crime and turn the case over to a federal prosecutor instead of a state prosecutor.

Doing so would essentially override Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Shmidt’s policy of limited prosecution for certain charges related to the ongoing protests. Last month, Schmidt’s office announced charges such as Interfering with a Police Officer or Criminal Trespass would not be prosecuted and people arrested for those crimes would be quickly released.

I love it. The "woke" DA establishes a catch and release policy for the riot kiddies. The Police find a way around this - one involving adults.

Title of the post? Built in to the TCP/IP internet networking protocols and the routers. From here:

The path taken by an IP packet can change from minute to minute. The routers are another example of a distributed, collaborative system. The old joke is that the backhoe is the IP packet's natural predator in the wild, as construction will sometimes slice through an important data cable, suddenly breaking a link in use. The routers "route around" such damage automatically.

Portland's District Attorney is WOKE damaged and the Portland police are routing around him.

Two stories - law enforcement

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From Law Enforcement Today

First:
Black Lives Matter leader in Des Moines arrested for 9 felony counts of assaulting officers
One of the Black Lives Matter organizers based out of Des Moines is now facing nine felony charges after police say he was shining lasers directly into officers’ eyes on the evening of August 31st while protests were raging nearby the University of Iowa.

And of course, the moke has a string of priors. Already in trouble with the law.  You can get a laser for about $30 that is powerful enough to cause immediate and permanent eye damage. I have a couple of them and treat them with the utmost respect. They are absolutely not toys.

Second:
The case against the Minneapolis cops in the death of George Floyd is quickly falling apart
Minneapolis attorneys representing former police officer Derek Chauvin have filed for a dismissal of all charges on two grounds.

The first cites a report over whether George Floyd intentionally ingested a lethal dose of fentanyl shortly before his arrest.

The second is that a Minneapolis Department police training manual demonstrates a technique similar to the one Chauvin used on Floyd to subdue violent and resisting suspects. The technique involves placing a knee on the suspect’s neck.

Floyd had close to four times a lethal dose. His death was from cardiac arrest. The Officer was following standardized proceedures. Floyd refused to cooperate and fought with the three officers.

The Police are hands-off - Seattle

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But not so much the Washington State Patrol - from Katie Daviscourt

The "protest"

The State Patrol:

Got to love it. They towed the cars too - some hefty impound fees and they are not getting let out on their own recognizance. Amazing restraint by the State Patrol - I would have punched a few of these people in the face.

The Kenosha "protests"

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From the Kenosha, Wisconsin Police Department

Interesting: Of the people processed during this week, 102 listed addresses from outside of Kenosha

Rent-a-thug - these people are being trucked in to foment. Across state lines?

An interesting point

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And they got him - his own sister

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Great news from World Net Daily:

Sister turned in '100% Antifa' suspect in Portland killing of Trump supporter
The 48-year-old suspect in the fatal shooting of a Trump supporter in Portland, Oregon, Saturday night was turned in to police by his sister.

Michael Forest Reinoehl, who calls himself "100% Antifa," is accused of shooting 39-year-old Portland resident Aaron Danielson in the chest after most of the cars in a caravan organized by the group Patriot Prayer had left the city. Danielson, described as a supporter of the Vancouver, Washington-based group, died in the street outside a parking garage.

And, quoting the sister:

"We reached out to police and confirmed that we recognized Michael in the screenshots" posted online, she said, asking that her name not be published because of the threats.

The sister said, according to the paper, Reinoehl has been estranged from the family for at least three years. He has a son and daughter and is split from their mother.

"I have friends, family and loved ones on both sides of the conflict," Reinoehl's sister told the Oregonian. "Violence begets violence and hatred begets hatred. This is not the solution. My heart goes out to the victim. It always has, before I even knew my brother was involved."

Good - I hope he spends the rest of his life in prison. Give him some time to think about his stupid choices in life. Seems to be a real winner.

Smart people in Oregon

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From Portland station KATU:

Sheriffs say they won't help governor's plan to stop Portland protest violence
The sheriffs of Clackamas and Washington County say they will not send staff to help with protests in Portland after Oregon Governor Kate Brown unveiled a plan to address the violence at protests.

The plan called on several local law enforcement agencies to help, including the sheriff's offices of Washington and Clackamas counties.

Clackamas Co. Sheriff Craig Roberts said the governor didn’t approach his office before rolling out the plan, intended to address the violence and arson while also protecting free speech.

“Increasing law enforcement resources in Portland will not solve the nightly violence and now, murder,” the sheriff said. “The only way to make Portland safe again, is to support a policy that holds offenders accountable for their destruction and violence.”

Exactly - Portland is doing catch and release on offenders. The city is not prosecuting them. Minimal bail and back on the streets again. Until they address this, there is no reason why other law enforcement agents need to risk life and limb.

I love too that Gov. Brown did not talk with them first before releasing her great plan. Clueless. No leadership or administrative skills.

From Law Enforcement Today:

Chicago mayor supports riots in other parts of the city, then has protesters arrested outside her own home
In recent months, protesters have shut down streets, shattered storefronts and marched the Magnificent Mile.

However, try to protest six miles away from the Mag Mile, outside Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Logan Square home, and that appears to be grounds for arrest. Six protesters learned that lesson earlier this month.

On August 22, police arrested the group who had gathered outside the mayor’s house. The Police Tribune reported that none of the six are from Illinois.

Mayor Lightfoot lives near West Wrightwood Avenue and North Kimball Avenue.

That’s where police were reportedly called to intervene late at night, after protesters showed up and refused to leave.

They ultimately arrested four women and two men.

Of course. The rioters can loot the fancy stores and invade people's housing areas but the Mayor is sacrosanct. Can't go worrying her little malformed head now can we... I love that they are out of state talent. They crossed state lines to riot.

Meanwhile, the violence continues unabated. From Hey Jackass:

Week in Progress (8/30 – 9/5)
Shot & Killed: 5
Shot & Wounded: 33
Total Shot: 38
Total Homicides: 5

Rember, this is looking at yesterday (Sunday) and the first couple hours of today.  38 shootings and five homicides. She really has that city under control.

Interesting report from Law Enforcement Today:

Heads of police unions in NYC call for resignation of Mayor de Blasio: ‘You have until sundown’
On Friday, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, Ed Mullins called for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s resignation, demanding that he quits by sundown.

The Post Millennial reported that de Blasio was heavily criticized during the Republican National Convention’s (RNC) closing night on Thursday by many including former mayor Rudy Giuliani, public housing residents, and Pay Lynch, who is the president of the Police Benevolent Association (PBA).

A lot more at the site - copies of twitter posts. Lots of angry words flying and DeBlasio is losing it. Never really had it - first serious crisis and he flips out. No leadership ability at all.

Got another one - China

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From the United States Attorney's Office:

University of Virginia Researcher Charged with Theft of Trade Secrets and Computer Intrusion
Haizhou Hu, a Chinese national conducting research at the University of Virginia, was arrested today and charged via criminal complaint with a pair of federal crimes just days after he attempted to board a flight to China. United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and David W. Archey, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Richmond Division announced the arrest.

Hu, 34, is charged with accessing a computer without authorization, or exceeding authorization to obtain information from a protected computer and theft of trade secrets.

According to court documents, investigators first became aware of Hu, who is in the United States conducting research studying bio-mimics and fluid dynamics at the University of Virginia, on August 25, 2020 when he attempted to board a flight to China at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. A routine screening conducted by authorities revealed that Hu was alleged to be in possession of bio-inspired research simulation software code that he was not authorized to possess, and which represented the result of years of research and resources in its development by members of the University of Virginia academic community.

Great - no reason China should be able to steal our own work.

Local peaceful protests - Kenosha

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From FOX29 Philadelphia:

9 arrested after 'suspicious vehicles with out-of-state plates' stopped on 4th night of protests in Kenosha
Three vehicles, a black school bus, bread truck and tan minivan were stopped by Kenosha police Wednesday evening, Aug. 26 after police said officers suspected the occupants "were preparing for criminal activity related to the civil unrest." This, on the fourth night of protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, and a night after two people were fatally shot during demonstrations.

Police said this began with a citizen tip that the vehicles planned to meet in a remote lot near State Highway 50 and Green Bay Road.

Officers began surveilling the vehicles after locating them, assisted by U.S. Marshals -- and confirmed the out-of-state plates.

Police said officers followed them to a gas station near Washington Road and 30th Avenue, where officers observed the occupants of the bus and bread truck exit and attempt to fill multiple fuel cans.

Just some choirboys heading to a church concert and needing to make sure they don't run out of gas on the road:

Yeah:

According to police, the vehicles contained various items that included helmets, gas masks, protective vests, illegal fireworks and suspected controlled substances.

Good - crossing state lines makes it a Federal offence - 18 U.S.C. § 2261

Taking positive action - fentanyl

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From New York Post:

US sanctions Chinese fentanyl ‘kingpin’ for mailing lethal drug
The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled sanctions against an alleged Chinese fentanyl distributor deemed “one of the most significant drug traffickers in the world.”

Zhang Taotao is accused of shipping large amounts of the powerful synthetic opioid to the US. Fentanyl is less expensive than heroin and prescription painkillers, but can kill in very small doses.

Fentanyl sourced largely from labs in China has driven a spike in US drug overdose deaths. More than 31,000 Americans died after taking synthetic opioids in 2018, continuing a five-year surge.

“Zhang has shipped synthetic opioids to the United States via multiple individuals and freight-forwarding services and used false labelling to disguise parcel contents and avoid seizure by authorities,” the State Department said in a statement. “Once a package is received in the United States, U.S.-based distributors press fentanyl into counterfeit pharmaceutical pills for further distribution and domestic consumption.”

The Treasury Department will apply sanctions against Zhang and Hong Kong-based Allyrise Technology Group Co. under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.

Good - get that crap off our streets. China is asshoe.

Jacob Blake

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Real choirboy - lots of priors. From the internet:

From Mike the Cop….
I’ve been inundated by people asking my thoughts on the Kenosha/Jacob Blake shooting. Here’s my take:

1. Don’t forget the media has an agenda and it tends to not involve waiting for full information before rocketing their version in front of as many uninformed people as possible.

2. Police were called because Jacob Blake was waving a knife around and in conjunction with a domestic situation (not because he was roaming the countryside as a non-violent friendly fellow). While en route, dispatch informed police that Blake had an outstanding warrant in regard to his recent sexual assault and domestic abuse charges.

3. Police deployed a taser and it failed, as they are prone to do more than we’d like, despite being a great tool.

4. My research thus far, very early, is showing that Blake said he had a gun in the car and was going to go get it. He continued to brandish the knife while disregarding officer commands to drop it, which would have ended the situation PEACEFULLY, if he’d have complied with such lawful orders.

5. When he reached into the car, officers fired. Why? Because he already has one weapon and says he’s getting a gun next from the location he’s reaching into.

I’ll continue to weather the public opinion storm and wait for all facts but these seem to be what has been established for me thus far.

All of these charges of "police brutality" are from people who were non-compliant and combative with officers who wanted to talk with them. If they submitted and talked peacefully with the officers, none of this would ever have happened. There are a few bad apples - Abner Louima - but they are a lot less common than the media would have you believe.

Police report

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No word as to where this is but it looks like they got a couple of quack dealers off the streets:

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Not that bright - stupid criminals

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Unreal - the mind boggles. From Law Enforcement Today:

Florida police say three men broke into homes while wearing GPS ankle monitors: ‘Organized burglary ring’
Years ago, there was a television show named the “World’s Dumbest Criminals” that aired from 2008 until 2014. The show highlighted criminals who made the dumbest mistakes while committing crimes, like one where a would-be robber did not notice there was a uniformed police officer standing inside the store prior to pulling his gun.

If the show was still on today, these three people who conducted a string of burglaries, all while wearing court ordered GPS monitors, would certainly be a part of the show.

A group of at least three criminals thought they were smart as the allegedly committed at least thirty residential burglaries.

Yikes - Antifa escalating

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From Sara Carter:

FBI Investigating Threats To Federal Buildings In Portland
All federal government buildings in Portland, Oregon have were shut down Friday, after threats targeting the government were intercepted by law enforcement. The FBI is currently investigating the situation in the city, which has been mired in rioting and violence for more than 70 days. Federal law enforcement is currently assessing the extremity of the threat, according to local reports..

Moreover, the Federal Bankruptcy Court and Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse was also shut down out of extensive precaution on Friday, as the city continues to struggle with growing rioting and looting.

Catherine Herridge, senior investigative reporter with CBS News, said on Twitter that the threat was non specific “but may involve explosives.”

She quoted the FBI in Portland saying they are “aware of recent reporting regarding the threats made against federal buildings in Portland. We are investigating…”

I bet that the federales have pulled waaay back from these buildings. Publicly.
I bet that these buildings have more surveillance cameras and cell-phone sniffers than any other place in the USA at this moment.

If something happens, they are going to be swimming in actionable evidence. Good. Cut the head off this evil serpent. Destroy it. No catch and release.

From the United States Department of Justice:

Former CIA Officer Arrested and Charged with Espionage
Alexander Yuk Ching Ma, 67, a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer, was arrested on Aug. 14, 2020, on a charge that he conspired with a relative of his who also was a former CIA officer to communicate classified information up to the Top Secret level to intelligence officials of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Criminal Complaint containing the charge was unsealed this morning.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers, U.S. Attorney for the District of Hawaii Kenji M. Price, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division Alan E. Kohler Jr., and Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Honolulu Field Office Eli S. Miranda made the announcement.

“The trail of Chinese espionage is long and, sadly, strewn with former American intelligence officers who betrayed their colleagues, their country and its liberal democratic values to support an authoritarian communist regime,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers. “This betrayal is never worth it. Whether immediately, or many years after they thought they got away with it, we will find these traitors and we will bring them to justice. To the Chinese intelligence services, these individuals are expendable. To us, they are sad but urgent reminders of the need to stay vigilant.”

“The charges announced today are a sobering reminder to our communities in Hawaii of the constant threat posed by those who seek to jeopardize our nation’s security through acts of espionage,” said U.S. Attorney Price. “Of particular concern are the criminal acts of those who served in our nation’s intelligence community, but then choose to betray their former colleagues and the nation-at large by divulging classified national defense information to China. My office will continue to tenaciously pursue espionage cases.”

“This serious act of espionage is another example in a long string of illicit activities that the​People's Republic of China is conducting within and against the United States,” said Alan E. Kohler Jr., Assistant Director of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division. “This case demonstrates that no matter the length or difficulty of the investigation, the men and women of the FBI will work tirelessly to protect our national security from the threat posed by Chinese intelligence services. Let it be known that anyone who violates a position of trust to betray the United States will face justice, no matter how many years it takes to bring their crimes to light.”

Good - get them behind bars where they belong. We have been too lax for the last 40 years and these chickens are coming home to roost.

Now this is something - an endorsement

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Labor Unions traditionally endorse Democrats. It is a quid pro quo agreement - we support you, you support us.
Not this union in New York City - from One America News Network:

New York City Police Union Endorses President Trump
New York City’s largest police union has thrown its support behind President Trump’s reelection campaign. The Police Benevolent Association (PBA) made the announcement on Friday at the president’s private club in New Jersey.

The PBA President Patrick Lynch highlighted the importance of the endorsement and noted he couldn’t remember the last time the union had endorsed anyone for a presidential election.

“Mr. President, today it’s an honor for me to stand at this podium and be the voice for 24,000 New York City police officers, proud police officers, that are here today chanting ‘USA,’ chanting ‘Trump for president,’” stated Lynch. “They mean it each and every time they say it.”

Good - writing on the wall and all that stuff...

Seriously? I mean seriously?

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What the fsck are they thinking - do they want to encourage this kind of behaviour or is there something going on that we are not being told. A backroom deal. From the Portland Mercury:

District Attorney Mike Schmidt to Limit Criminal Charges Against Protesters
Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt has announced a new policy that will limit the types of charges pressed against protesters in Portland.

Schmidt announced at a Tuesday press conference that he is only pressing charges against protesters arrested for assault, theft, or property damage. That means he'll be dropping lesser charges that the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) often arrests protesters for, such as rioting, disorderly conduct, and "interfering with a peace officer"—a catch-all term for not following orders or bothering a cop. The policy will apply to all protest charges dating back to May 29, when the protests began.

This decision is downright stupid and will only lead to more rioting and violence. You do not yield to terrorists. Ever. Do your fscking job Mike. This is not about being "nice" - this is about standing up to thugs who want to destroy civilization so that they can build their own communist utopia.

Justice in Chicago

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The high-pitched tone you hear is the sound of Elliot Ness spinning in his grave. From The London Daily Mail:

Top Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx's office has dismissed more than 25,000 felony cases - including murders, shootings, sexual assaults and Jussie Smollett's 'hoax' attack

    • Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropped charges against 29.9% of felony defendants during her first three years in office, the Chicago Tribune found
    • Foxx's case dismissal rate is more than 35% higher than that of her predecessor
    • The state's attorney told the Tribune that its analysis gave an 'incomplete picture of her commitment to keeping the public safe'
    • She said she's dropped cases against low-level, nonviolent offenders so prosecutors can focus on violent crimes
    • But data showed Foxx's office has dismissed cases involving murder, shootings, sex crimes and serious drug offenses at a much higher rate than her predecessor
    • Foxx gained notoriety last year when her office dropped felony charges against Jussie Smollett, the actor accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx has dismissed more than 25,000 felony cases - including many involving charges of murder and other serious crimes - in her first three years on the job, a new report shows.

Foxx gained notoriety last year when she dropped felony charges against Jussie Smollett, the Empire actor accused of staging a racist, homophobic attack on himself in January 2019.

The Chicago Tribune on Monday published an analysis of Foxx's overall record on dropping charges, revealing that she has done so at a rate that's 35 percent higher than her predecessor.

In the first three years after Foxx took over as Cook County's top prosecutor in 2016, her office dismissed all charges against 29.9 percent of felony defendants, the Tribune found.

By comparison, Foxx's predecessor Anita Alvarez dropped charges against just 19.4 percent of felony defendants over her last three years in office.

I thought the idea of being a County Attorney is that you are supposed to prosecute the criminals. It is not your job to be lenient and to drop the charges.

Reading between the lines, the population of Cook County, Illinois is 5,132,000 people. It is interesting to note that for the last five years, the growth rate has been negative with 24,000 people leaving in 2019. Compare this to 362,650 people moving in in 1970 and 620,930 in 1960.

Foxx dismissed about 30% of the total felony convictions - more than 25,000 felony cases. This makes the total number of felony cases a bit under 84,000 (83,333.33). That makes a felony rate of 1.64%. To rephrase this, in a population of 100 Cook County citizens, 1.6 of them have been arrested for felony charges.

I do not see any quick reference for crime demographics but I am betting that this rate is a lot higher than many other urban areas.

Welcome to the third world and it is not getting any better.

Speaking truth to power

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Life in San Francisco

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Just wonderful - from Oakland, CA station KTVU:

Meth lab found at San Francisco hotel room used as city COVID-19 shelter
Police arrested two adults accused of operating a low level meth lab at a San Francisco hotel designated as a safe shelter for people on quarantine, at risk for COVID-19, or without housing.

The call came in about a strong chemical odor coming from a hotel room and officers responded to the Civic Center Motor Inn about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Police and residents had to wait for a hazmat team to determine the safety of the site.

"I was just like shocked," said one hotel guest named Samantha who says a police officer knocked on her hotel door. "He's like, there's a meth lab right above your room so we need you to evacuate cause it could explode at any time."

Hey - free lab space and you do not have to bother with decontamination when you are done cooking. Win/Win

And then, there is this:

The hotel is one of the many businesses that are contracting with San Francisco's Shelter in Place program, which pays to provide rooms and meals for people who need to be quarantined, are at risk for COVID-19, or have no home.

Hotel full of homeless people getting free room and board? That is a built-in customer-base. Win/Win/Win

Ed Buck is a major behind-the-scenes figure in the Democrat party. He is from California and has donated large amounts of money to various campaigns. He is gay but is also a sexual abuser and he got busted for the latter.
From the United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California:

Grand Jury Charges Ed Buck with Four Additional Felonies, Including that He Enticed Victims to Travel Interstate to Engage in Prostitution
A federal grand jury today returned a superseding indictment charging Edward Buck with four additional felonies, including that he allegedly enticed victims – including a man who died at his West Hollywood apartment after he administered drugs to him – to travel interstate to engage in prostitution.

Buck, 65, was arrested in September 2019 after being charged in United States District Court with providing methamphetamine to a man who died after receiving the drug intravenously. Since that time, federal authorities have continued to investigate Buck for additional crimes.

The four additional counts charged today – bringing the total number of charges in this case to nine counts – include one count alleging that Buck knowingly enticed 26-year-old Gemmel Moore to travel to the Los Angeles area to engage in prostitution. Buck allegedly provided methamphetamine to Moore, who overdosed on the drug and died on July 27, 2017.

Buck also is charged with another count of enticing another man to travel with the intent of engaging in prostitution.

The superseding indictment also charges Buck with one count of knowingly and intentionally distributing methamphetamine, and one count of using his residence for the purpose of distributing narcotics such as methamphetamine, and the sedatives gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and clonazepam.

Last year, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging that Buck “engaged in a pattern of soliciting men to consume drugs that Buck provided and perform sexual acts at Buck’s apartment,” which is a practice described as “party and play.” Buck allegedly solicited victims on social media platforms, including a gay dating website, and used a recruiter to scout and proposition men.

Heh - good riddance to bad trash. Trial starts on January 19, 2021.

Details keep coming out. What with the three-times lethal quantities of Fentanyl in his system and his heart attack, the cause of death is becoming less and less certain. They released the bodycam videos and George's actions do not fit the popular narrative - do they ever? From the London Daily Mail:

Police bodycam footage shows moment-by-moment arrest of George Floyd for the first time - from terror on his face when officer points gun at his head, sobbing before he's shoved into squad car and begging to breathe as his life drains away

    • The terror on George Floyd's face as a rookie cop points a gun at his head while he sits in his car can be seen today for the first time
    • DailyMail.com has exclusively obtained video from the bodycams of officers Thomas Lane and Alex Kueng, who were part of Floyd's fatal arrest on Memorial Day in Minneapolis
    • Floyd died after Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes on May 25
    • The tapes show in minute detail how Floyd begs 'Mr. Officer, please don't shoot me. Please man,' before the struggle that ended with his death
    • It also shows how Floyd resisted as the cops tried to force him into the back of the squad car, telling them he suffers from claustrophobia and anxiety
    • The video begins with Lane knocking on Floyd's car window with a flashlight and once Floyd opens the door, Lane pulls out his gun and points it at Floyd's head
    • Floyd, 46, begs him not to shoot, saying: ''I'll look at you eye-to-eye. Please don't shoot me man. I just lost my mom, man'
    • He sobs as the officers pull him out of the car and handcuff him, as his ex suggests he was undergoing mental problems and was afraid of police
    • After the struggle to get Floyd in the cop car, he is suddenly on the sidewalk with Chauvin's knee on his neck
    • Floyd says he can't breathe over and over again and calls for his 'momma' but his voice slowly gets weaker as his life drains away, even saying 'I'll probably just die this way'

Bodycam footage from two cops accused in the murder of George Floyd is revealed exclusively by DailyMail.com today — and it shows a rookie officer terrifying Floyd by pointing a handgun at his head and another callously picking a pebble from the squad car tire just inches from the dying man and seconds before he draws his last breath.

The tapes show in minute detail how a very distressed Floyd begs 'Mr. Officer, please don't shoot me. Please man,' before the struggle that ended with his death on May 25.

It also shows how belligerent cops cursed at and manhandled the sobbing suspect, ignoring his pleas for compassion.

No word as to what Aracely Henriquez was saying when Floyd held a gun to her pregnant belly while he was doing a home-invasion robbery. He had been in jail five times and was dealing drugs and passing counterfeit money when he died. And, of course, there were no nationwide protests when Justine Damond was murdered by Mohamed Noor. Damond was Caucasion and Noor was a Somali member of the Minneapolis, Mn police force - a police officer.

Blame it on the COVID Wuhan Flu

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Couldn't be anything else now could it? From the New Orleans Times Picayunne:

A disturbing phenomenon: New Orleans' killings, shootings have risen sharply since coronavirus
A 9-year-old boy gunned down in front of his family in Treme. A 34-year-old man shot and killed in a dispute over a car title. Three men shot, one of them fatally, on a sunny afternoon in St. Roch.

The events of the past month illustrate a disturbing phenomenon: Killings and shootings have risen steeply since the coronavirus hit New Orleans, mirroring a national trend that has further rattled communities reeling from the pandemic and its economic fallout.

Non-fatal shootings and gun homicides were already up before the pandemic, but the increase accelerated since then. The rate of gun homicides since New Orleans began allowing more economic activity to resume on May 16 is up more than 50% compared to where things stood in the months before the COVID-19 outbreak, and non-fatal shootings are up 48%, according to an analysis of 911 call data.

And a bit more - looking at numbers nationally:

“It’s been such a weird year in so many ways that it’s impossible to say what’s going to happen the rest of the year and what specifically is driving the changes and what, if anything, can be done about that," said Jeff Asher, a data analyst and consultant for the New Orleans City Council who has detected similar trends nationally. "It’s such a remarkably unique year in so many respects that in a lot of ways it's not surprising to see remarkably unique changes in a host of fields, including crime trends.”

Nationally, violent crime was down 5% in 25 major cities through the end of June, but murder was up 16%, according to Asher's analysis. In New Orleans, major indicators point sharply, but in different directions.

Murder up since May/June?  Got to be COVID - can't be anything else now can it.  Hmmmm...  George Floyd? Died May 25th, 2020? Nevermind. Peaceful protests anyone?

Mayor Beetlejuice will not lift a finger but the Federales are doing a bang-up job.
From the Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney’s Office - Northern District of Illinois

Alleged Chicago Gang Leader Among 23 Defendants Charged in Federal Drug and Gun Investigation
CHICAGO — The alleged leader of the Black Disciples street gang in Chicago is among 23 individuals facing criminal charges as part of a federal investigation into drug and gun trafficking on the city’s South Side.

During the multi-year investigation, law enforcement seized 24 firearms, more than 13 kilograms of cocaine, more than a kilogram of heroin, approximately 1,350 grams of heroin laced with fentanyl, approximately 750 grams of fentanyl or fentanyl analogue, approximately 378 grams of crack cocaine, $52,595 in suspected illicit cash proceeds, and distribution quantities of suspected MDMA pills. Much of the alleged drug and gun trafficking occurred in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago.

Indictments and criminal complaints unsealed this week in U.S. District Court in Chicago charge 22 of the defendants with various drug or firearm offenses, while one defendant faces bank fraud charges. The defendants were arrested Tuesday and have begun making initial appearances in federal court.

Included among the defendants is DARNELL MCMILLER, also known as “Murder,” who is described in the charges as the current leader of the Black Disciples street gang in Chicago. Several other alleged high-ranking members of the Black Disciples were also charged and arrested, including CLARENCE JANUARY, who allegedly leads the gang’s “Dog Pound” faction, and KENNETH BROWN, who allegedly supplied the gang with drugs for distribution in Chicago. CHARLES KNIGHT, an alleged high-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples street gang, is charged as part of the probe with supplying narcotics to McMiller’s crew.

Good - get the scum off the streets and behind bars for a long long time. Why didn't President Obama do any of this? He could have so easily cleaned up the cities. That would have been an incredible legacy.

Cause and effect - Portland riots

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Heh - the tactics in Portland are getting very effective. I posted about it yesterday but this tweet has a video:

One of the comments sums it up best:

To your point I’m wondering whether DHS spun up the entire intel apparatus after Barr declared Antifa terrorists. Electronic surveillance, the whole shebang as it’s called technically. We laughed at the ease of moving in and lifting out specific people.

That is it - they are not hoovering up anyone they can get, they are looking for specific people.

When you target a Federal property - be it a building, a person or a vehicle - whatever...  the response is not going to be from the local constabulary. The response is going to be from Federal law enforcement officers and they operate under an entirely different set of rules. The penalties are usually a lot harsher. The Federal government learned its lesson 40 years ago when it never really prosecuted our domestic terrorists.

Now? The gloves are off. Good riddance. Actions have consequences.

From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets
In the early hours of July 15, after a night spent protesting at the Multnomah County Justice Center and Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse, Mark Pettibone and his friend Conner O’Shea decided to head home.

It had been a calm night compared to most protesting downtown. By 2 a.m. law enforcement hadn’t used any tear gas and, with only a few exceptions, both the Portland Police Bureau and federal law enforcement officers had stayed out of sight.

A block west of Chapman Square, Pettibone and O’Shea bumped into a group of people who warned them that people in camouflage were driving around the area in unmarked minivans grabbing people off the street.

“So that was terrifying to hear,” Pettibone said.

They had barely made it half a block when an unmarked minivan pulled up in front of them.

“I see guys in camo,” O’Shea said. “Four or five of them pop out, open the door and it was just like, ‘Oh shit. I don’t know who you are or what you want with us.’”

Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least July 14. Personal accounts and multiple videos posted online show the officers driving up to people, detaining individuals with no explanation of why they are being arrested, and driving off.

The kiddies are causing damage to Federal property - buildings, etc...  Only legal and fitting that they be rounded up by the Federal authorities. I am betting that there is a mountain of documentation sitting on some hard drives - video, cell phone transcripts, GPS tracking. Ironclad. Say goodbye for ten years kiddos... Makes me smile.

Heh - 7:42 of comedy gold

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Armed robbery gone right - from Houston, TX station KHOU

I love how nonchalant the shopkeeper was - shepherding the other customers out of the store and then locking the door. Perfect.

True words - four mayors

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Uncomfortable words. Inconvenient words; but true nonetheless:

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