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Police Pushback in Portland

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Good for them - show some spine. From The Oregonian:

Police union president announces ‘no confidence’ vote in Portland’s City Council
The executive board of the Portland police rank-and-file union voted “no confidence'' in Portland’s City Council, questioning why city commissioners aren’t condemning the violence, fires and damage to businesses occurring in the city at the hands of some demonstrators.

Officer Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, on Wednesday repeated a criticism he has made in the last week that “a small number of people have hijacked'' important calls for social justice and racial equity and “used the cover of peaceful protests to burn and loot our City.”

Good - put them on notice that their actions have consequences.

Great news from the North

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A good legal decision from Canada's Supreme Court. From Saskatoon, Saskatchewan station CKOM:

Supreme Court dismisses Indigenous appeal of Trans Mountain approval
The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear a new appeal from British Columbia First Nations over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The court on Thursday dismissed the appeal from the Squamish Nation, Tsleil-Waututh Nation, the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribes and Coldwater Indian Band, effectively ending the years-long legal battle over the project.

As is customary, the court did not give reasons for its decision.

First Nations leaders were planning a news conference later Thursday to respond to the court’s decision.

The Trans Mountain project was first approved in 2016, but stopped by the Federal Court of Appeal two years later after First Nations and environmental groups successfully argued the approval process was flawed.

Ottawa approved the project a second time in June 2019 after undergoing additional consultation with the affected communities, but the bands still felt the government did not fulfil its duty to consult and again appealed the decision.

The Federal Court of Appeal ruled in February the approval would stand, saying the government had made a genuine effort to hear and accommodate concerns raised. But the First Nations disagreed and asked the Supreme Court to hear the case.

From the very beginning, it was a shakedown for cash and they got way too greedy. The enviros started it and got the Tribes involved to add a veneer of legitimacy. The pipeline people have seen this many times before and they did not blink. They said no and stuck to their rights. They won. Wonderful news - sends a strong message to other groups thinking about trying to pull the same shit.

The Tribes could have gotten a lot more by asking for a little bit less. And realizing that the enviros are not their friends. They ARE fellow travelers but they are not friends.

From FOX News:

Jeffrey Epstein’s confidant Ghislaine Maxwell arrested on sexual abuse charges
Jeffrey Epstein’s confidant Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested in New Hampshire on Thursday morning on multiple sex abuse charges including conspiracy to entice minors to engage in sexual acts.

Epstein’s former girlfriend and accused madam was taken into custody at 8:30 a.m. in Bedford, N.H., the FBI confirmed to Fox News. She had purportedly been hiding out in Paris, France before her arrest.

Maxwell, the daughter of late British media magnate Robert Maxwell, has been accused in civil court filings of facilitating a sex-trafficking operation that brought girls -- some as young as 14 -- to Epstein's Manhattan home, though until Thursday she had not been formally charged with any criminal wrongdoing.

If anyone would know where his notes and videos are, it would be her. From the lists of people associating with him, there are a lot of key people in government and business who have been compromised. The flight logs for his private airplane were released and are available either on ScribD or at The Internet Archive - over 100 pages of viewing pleasure.

The Tampa Bay Times started it. Now the City of San Francisco is doing it too.
What? Publishing mugshots of local criminals because that's raaacisssss...
From The Daily Wire:

San Francisco PD Will Stop Releasing Mugshots To Combat Racial Bias
Police Chief Bill Scott has ordered the San Francisco Police Department to stop releasing mugshots of suspects in an effort to combat racial bias, according to a statement released on Wednesday.

“This policy emerges from compelling research suggesting that the widespread publication of police booking photos in the news and on social media creates an illusory correlation for viewers that fosters racial bias and vastly overstates the propensity of black and brown men to engage in criminal behavior,” said Scott.

It is not being overstated. The majority of crime in urban cities is committed by black people. Usually men from 16 to their 30's. The numbers simply do not lie.Nothing to do with racism at all. Dealing with truth.

China in the news

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Looks like China is making some bad decisions when it comes to picking allies - from The National Pulse:

11,000 Assault Weapons Parts Smuggled In From China, Says U.S. Border Agency
Authorities seized nearly 11,000 assault weapons parts smuggled into the U.S. from China in Louisville, Kentucky – a city facing violent riots rife with illegal firearms – amid a Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Chinese involvement in nationwide protests.

The shipment, valued at almost $130,000, originated from Shenzen, China and was intended for a residence in Melbourne, Florida.

Wonderful - a bit more:

“The importing of any type of munitions is regulated by the ATF,” said Thomas Mahn, Port Director, Louisville. “This smuggler was knowingly trying to avoid detection, however, our officers remain vigilant, ensuring our community is safe.”

The June 26th announcement cast Wall Street Journal reports of illegal firearms appearing around Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests in Louisville and across the country in an interesting – and perhaps foreign – light.

It also follows a fatal shooting in the area leaving one American dead, perhaps, as a result of illegally imported Chinese weapons.

China is asshoe - loud and clear. Some headlines:

I could do many many more but you get the idea...

Good - CHAZ is gone

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From Seattle station KIRO:

Seattle police, city workers clearing CHOP after mayor issues emergency order
Seattle police cleared protesters from the six-block CHOP zone after Mayor Jenny Durkan issued a 48-hour executive order to vacate the area early Wednesday.

And for the first time in weeks, officers are back inside the East Precinct.

Police are holding a perimeter in the area while city workers remove barriers, clean up the streets and offer services to people who are living there.

The order declares gathering in and around the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park as “unlawful assembly” requiring immediate action from Seattle police and other city agencies.

The move comes after weeks of violence in the area, where emergency response times in the area more than tripled, according to police.

Dozens of officers arrived around 5 a.m. and announced that people had 5 minutes to clear the area.

Good riddance to bad trash - video at the site. I hope they follow up and prosecute the ringleaders - 10 years in the slammer would be wonderful.

All words, no action - Seattle

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As much as I would expect - Seattle's Mayor is 99% virtue signalling and 1% thinking about maybe acting sometime but I need to get my nails done first. A two-fer from Law Enforcement Today:

First - from yesterday, June 22nd:

It’s happened again: Seattle police, fire blocked trying to respond to juvenile shot inside “autonomous zone”
Another person was shot in the Seattle “autonomous zone” late Sunday night.  And sources in the Seattle Police Department told Law Enforcement Today that the police and fire departments were ‘prevented’ from responding to the incident.

Second - from today, June 23rd:

Seattle claims they’ll dismantle the “Autonomous Zone”, but police sources say there’s no solid plan
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan stated on Monday, June 22, they will begin to end the police-free zone called the “Capitol Hill Organized Protest” (CHOP) after one deadly shooting and one other shooting.

But is there really a plan to do it? Or is it all hot air? We’re getting conflicting messages between the mayor’s office and our sources within the Seattle Police Department.

Needless to say, much more at the two links. Typical:  lots of talk and rhetoric but no action. Push the narrative but don't actually commit to any kind of action - someone else might complain about it. Zero leadership.

Good news from Florida

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Getting serious - from Sarasota, FL station WWSB:

Felony charges filed against alleged Tampa looters
The Hillsborough State Attorney announced Thursday that the first set of felony charges against alleged looters has been filed.

11 defendants are charged with a total of 15 felony crimes in connection with rioting and looting on the nights of May 30 and 31.

“If you’re out to peacefully protest, you can expect support from our community. But if you’re out to hurt, destroy, or steal—you can expect to be held accountable under the law,” State Attorney Andrew Warren said in a press release.

Good - show them you are serious and prosecute. This will make the rioting dry up and blow away. Show that there are consequences.

An unsurprising I Told You So! from the New York Post:

Shootings surge in NYC amid disbanding of NYPD’s plainclothes anti-crime unit
Shootings are surging this week in New York City, with 28 incidents and 38 victims reported since Monday — the day the NYPD disbanded its plainclothes anti-crime unit, The Post learned on Friday.

By comparison, the same week last year there were only 12 shootings for the entire week.

And the driving force behind this?

“This is what the politicians wanted — no bail, nobody in Rikers, cops not arresting anyone,” one angry law enforcement source said Friday.

Why are the politicians doing this? Who is paying them? Are they in the pocket of criminal gangs? Same thing with Pelosi and Schumer being so opposed to the wall on the Mexican border - are they being paid off by the drug cartels? Carefully laundered of course but...

Defunding the police

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What happens if they become privatized? Here is one such example:

Heading towards a long hot summer

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The people controlling the rioters bit off more than they can handle. Chauvin might be acquitted after all. If this happens, all kinds of hell will happen as the usual suspects have been priming their constituency. Back on June 7th, I wrote that the state attorney general was overstepping the charges against Officer Chauvin beyond what was called for and I concluded:

My concern is that Ellison is ratcheting up the charge way past what the actual crime was and that in a jury trial, the only verdict would be acquittal for Chauvin. He did not intend to murder Floyd, it was a horrible accident. Chauvin was not observing the situation well enough and the man in his custody died as a result. The autopsy already clears the way for that verdict. Floyd died from a heart attack, he had major drugs in his system.

Ellison will come back and say that black men can never get justice in Amerikka and if we think the riots are bad now, hold my beer. The Democrats are doing everything they can to prevent President Trump from being re-elected. They have no candidate, they have no platform, they have nothing so they must cheat.

Now this morning, I read this excellent analysis from Gavrilo David writing at Medium:

Why Derek Chauvin May Get Off His Murder Charge
The world has united in protest after a graphic video emerged showing a Black man dying under the restraint of a White police officer. The victim, George Floyd, was in clear distress. He was pinned to the ground by three officers, with one officer — Derek Chauvin — placing a knee on his neck. For over five minutes, he tells the officers that he is unable to breathe. George Floyd died as horrified bystanders told the officers they were killing him.

And a bit more:

There are six crucial pieces of information — six facts — that have been largely omitted from discussion on the Chauvin’s conduct. Taken together, they likely exonerate the officer of a murder charge. Rather than indicating illegal and excessive force, they instead show an officer who rigidly followed the procedures deemed appropriate by the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD). The evidence points to the MPD and the local political establishment, rather than the individual officer, as ultimately responsible for George Floyd’s death.

Here are the first two points:

  1. George Floyd was experiencing cardiopulmonary and psychological distress minutes before he was placed on the ground, let alone had a knee to his neck.
  2. The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) allows the use of neck restraint on suspects who actively resist arrest, and George Floyd actively resisted arrest on two occasions, including immediately prior to neck restraint being used.

Much more at the site. This is a long article but really well worth reading as it explores what really happened as opposed to the sensationalized sound bites. George Floyd was no choir boy by a long shot and Officer Chauvin acted according to MPD guidelines. Not a popular sentiment these days but it is the truth regardless.

Glad I do not live in a city - I will be even more glad when the verdict comes out.

Speaking truth to power

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Atomic Fungus is on a roll - very good observation:

You know what kind of politician hates police? The dirty one, the corrupt one, the criminal one.

Great response to the call to defund the police - from CDL Life:
(CDL = Commercial Driver's License - what you require to drive a large truck)

Truck Drivers Say They Won’t Deliver To Cities with Defunded Police Departments
As cities across the country are discussing defunding or disbanding their police departments, truck drivers are voicing concerns of safety. Seventy-seven percent of truck drivers say they will refuse to deliver freight to cities with defunded police departments.

Truck driving is historically ranked as one of the most dangerous jobs in the country. In 2018, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic reported truck driving as the most deadly job in the country.

Truck drivers have spent the last year on the front line of a global pandemic and protests. Now many are fearful of what might happen if police departs disband or are defunded.

Truck drives have been voicing their concerns on the CDLLife App. After reading about their concerns, CDLLife posted a poll on the app.

We asked drivers on the app, “Would you pick up/deliver to cities with defunded or disbanded police departments? Why or why not?”

To date, 77% of drivers say they will refuse loads to cities with disbanded or defunded police departments.

Heh - you want your pop tarts and your beer? Bring the police back. Want the neighborhood Target to restock its selection of televisions so you can go "shopping" again? Bring back the popo.

Some history - George Floyd

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From People Magazine:

George Floyd, Derek Chauvin Had Friction Working Together as Nightclub Security Guards: Coworker
According to a man who claims he worked at the same Minneapolis nightclub that once employed George Floyd and his alleged killer, disgraced policeman Derek Chauvin, the two men were well acquainted, and, at times, "bumped heads" over the officer's aggressive handling of the club's patrons.

David Pinney spoke to CBS News on Tuesday, the day Floyd was laid to rest, telling the outlet he worked at the El Nuevo Rodeo club with Chauvin and the 46-year-old who died May 25 when the former officer planted his knee on the handcuffed man's neck for nearly 9 minutes.

According to Pinney, the two men had a history of tension.

"They bumped heads," Pinney explained. When asked to elaborate, Pinney responded: "It has a lot to do with Derek being extremely aggressive within the club with some of the patrons, which was an issue."

There have also been unsubstantiated rumors that the club was actively engaged in illegal activities and that Chauvin and Floyd were the "protectors"

More will be coming out over the next month or so - this story has some interesting components...

Project Veritas has gone undercover in Antifa and has - to date - released three videos. To set aside any claims that they infiltrated some rogue branch of the orgnization, Video #1 was filmed in Portland, Oregon, Video #2 was filmed in New York City and today's Video is of an undercover reporter and her experiences in North Carolina:

Militia Wing of ANTIFA Believes in Complete Abolition of the System itself, including Police
Project Veritas today released a third installment of the #ExposeANTIFA series, which debuted last week. In addition to secretive meetings and violent combat training, today’s footage brings to light members of an Antifa group, Redneck Revolt, practice shooting with semi-automatic weapons at a local gun range.

“Our latest video further demonstrates how dangerous Antifa is. This well-organized international organization is willing to engage in street fights and apparently prepares for armed combat. Project Veritas will not stop until we pull back the veil and find out who is empowering this very heavily-armed group,” said Project Veritas CEO and founder James O’Keefe.

Chilling - these people are well funded, organised and distributed throughout the United States.

From National Review:

New Floyd Murder Charges Will Be Tough to Prove and May Imperil Good Cops
Prosecutors in Minnesota have filed an amended complaint against Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, adding a second-degree “felony murder” charge. This dangerously flawed theory could be used to portray any police restraint of a resistant suspect as criminal assault.

The amended complaint against Chauvin also re-alleges the two homicide charges originally filed last week: third-degree “depraved indifference” murder and second-degree manslaughter, both of which better fit the facts of the case while posing no risk of criminalizing the legitimate use of force by good cops.

Separately, the other three fired Minneapolis police officers involved in the killing have been charged, after a week of demands by the Floyd family, as well as intense anti-police rhetoric (and worse) by Black Lives Matter activists and protesters.

Tou Thao, J. Alexander Kueng, and Thomas Lane are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder (the new charge against Chauvin) and manslaughter. Weirdly, under the circumstances, the three are not charged with the “depraved indifference” murder count; nor are they accused of committing manslaughter as principals — they are charged only as aiders and abettors, a theory that does not jibe with a negligence charge such as second-degree manslaughter (which is negligent homicide under Minnesota law).

Some more - talking about the new charge compared to the old one:

In the latter, prosecutors would concede that it was lawful in principle for the police to subdue Floyd, but argue (correctly) that their manner of doing so was recklessly indifferent to human life, causing his death. By contrast, the new “felony murder” count, spearheaded by Keith Ellison, the radical leftist state attorney general, puts police on notice that they can be charged with a crime — felony assault — for doing their job, which routinely involves physically restraining suspects who resist lawful commands.

My concern is that Ellison is ratcheting up the charge way past what the actual crime was and that in a jury trial, the only verdict would be acquittal for Chauvet. He did not intend to murder Floyd, it was a horrible accident. Chauvet was not observing the situation well enough and the man in his custody died as a result. The autopsy already clears the way for that verdict. Floyd died from a heart attack, he had major drugs in his system.

Ellison will come back and say that black men can never get justice in Amerikka and if we think the riots are bad now, hold my beer. The Democrats are doing everything they can to prevent President Trump from being re-elected. They have no candidate, they have no platform, they have nothing so they must cheat.

Seattle bullshit

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"Protesters" were moving to block I-5 so the Washington State Dept. of Transportation shut it down:

Same thing as Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

And of course - from The Seattle Times:

Durkan promises to meet with Seattle protest organizers: ‘The plan has to come from community voices’
After four consecutive days of protests in Seattle, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan promised a crowd of thousands of demonstrators Tuesday afternoon that she would meet with their organizers the following day to start creating a plan for addressing police accountability and racial justice.

The impromptu meeting was a key moment after days of tension, and the first indication of a tangible step, beyond voicing sympathy, that Durkan and her administration were willing to take to address protesters’ calls for action.

Yeah - negotiating with terrorists. Let me know how that works out for you. Time for a clean sweep in November.

Good - starting to prosecute them

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From the New York Post:

Woman charged with inciting riots after posting Facebook Live video
A Michigan woman faces up to 10 years behind bars for encouraging others to loot and throw bricks at buildings in a Facebook Live video, according to a report.

Alexandria “Ally” Lyons posted the livestreamed video over the weekend during riots in Grand Rapids that left more than 100 businesses damaged, MLive.com reported.

In the video, Lyons is seen swigging beer — likely stolen from a bar called Mojo’s in Grand Rapids — and showing off clothes allegedly swiped from F. David Barney Clothiers, according to court records.

And a bit more:

The 22-year-old was nabbed after numerous people ratted her out to police, saying she “was responsible for causing and creating a lot of damage in the downtown area,” police said.

While she was at the police station, cops received videos via text message allegedly showing her kicking in a window of a county building during the riots.

Lyons is charged with inciting a riot, which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, and malicious destruction of property, a five-year felony. She is being held on a $40,000 bond, according to MLive.com.

I would love it if they used her to set an example. Go a long way to stop this stupidity.

George Floyd's autopsy

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You can bet that the M.E. is crossing every T and dotting every I on this one.
From Tom Lydon of KMSP-TV, in Minneapolis/St. Paul:

I am not saying that Chauvet is not 100% guilty but... One of the major symptoms of a heart attack is shortness of breath. If the officer was constricting Floyd's throat enough to suffocate him, how could someone record his cries from a cell phone 15+ feet away. He would barely have been able to whisper. Chauvet needs to be convicted of murder but Floyd was not strangled. The stress of his being arrested coupled with his drug use and an underlying heart condition was what did him in.

I think that they are going to find themselves way in over their heads. Will not be happening to a nicer bunch of people. From Law Enforcement Today:

Antifa warns: “F-the City. Tonight we move into the residential areas” before Twitter account shut down
Editor note: This is a rapidly developing story and we’ll be updating as the night goes on.  If you’re following us on Facebook, make sure to click “Following – See First” or you might miss the updates, as social media is censoring this story.
Hours after President Trump declared that he’ll be designating Antifa as a terror organization, they reportedly made the ultimate threat – we’re bringing the war to the suburbs.

Now authorities are on high alert.

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Screenshots of the above post have been circulating throughout law enforcement agencies tonight.

A bit more - this is Portland, OR of course:

The irony is, that all the violent aggressors in the videos shown don’t appear to be black.

In fact, the only people that came to help and render medical attention to the injured man were two black women.

It has gotten to the point where black demonstrators are having to document the likes of Antifa being the ones responsible for the destruction.

One woman starts recording two women who are spray painting the side of a Starbucks with “BLM,” and she calls them out on camera.

I think that once a couple of them come to grips with the fact that they are not going to be released with a $50 fine, that in fact, they are looking at up to five years in prison, they will turn and start singing and singing loudly. I think and hope that Antifa has overplayed their hand and that they as an organization will be rolled up and locked away.

The problem is that groups like this study their tactics and they are probably based around organizational cells and there is an air-gap between each cell. Sure, they may roll up the Portland chapter and even get a few higher-ups but the ringleaders will get away scott free. There is always a fertile pool of unrest and nihilism in the universities and they will be back recruiting for Antifa 2.0 (by another name) in two or three years. We need to remember this and get there ahead of them.

This story shows the content of their character - Austin, Texas - another cesspit:

Antifa burns homeless Marine’s mattress as he begs them to stop – “Please, I live here!”

The guy was a well-known combat vet with severe PTSD. Nice work Antifa.

Good - make it hurt - the rioters

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From the New York Post:

AG Barr vows to prosecute protesters under 1960s anti-riot law
Attorney General Bill Barr will go after violent demonstrators with a 1968 law meant to quell rioting.

“We must have law and order on our streets and in our communities,” Barr said Saturday at DOJ headquarters in Washington, DC.

“It is a federal crime to cross state lines or to use interstate facilities to incite or participate in violent rioting,” he said. “We will enforce these laws.”

Barr accused “anarchistic and far-left extremists, using Antifa-like tactics” for the unrest that has spread to cities throughout the nation since Monday, in the wake of the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.

“Groups of outside radicals and agitators are exploiting the situation to pursue their own separate and violent agenda,” he said.

The federal Anti-Riot Act, part of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, carries penalties of up to five years in prison.

Let these mokes face the fact that they are looking at up to five years of hard time and 99% of the rioting and looting will vanish. Set some examples to reinforce the point and no slaps on the wrist for Daddy's girl. Riot? Pay the price. They are not playing nice with us, we should reciprocate.

UPDATE to the second story at the bottom of post

Two stories - first from One America News Network:

Killing Of Oakland Security Officer An ‘Act Of Domestic Terrorism’
Authorities have called the killing of a California federal security contract officer an “act of domestic terrorism.” Reports detailed Friday night’s incident, when a car pulled up outside the federal building in Oakland and someone opened fire.

The security officer was killed and another officer was critically wounded.

“When someone targets a police officer or a police station with an intention to do harm and intimidate, that is an act of domestic terrorism,” stated Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli.

Second, from The Blaze:

Minnesota leaders say arrested protesters are not local residents: 'We don't know these folks'
The mayor of St. Paul, the sister city to Minneapolis, announced Saturday that every protester arrested during Friday's riots were from out-of-state.

Speaking at a press conference, Mayor Melvin Carter (D) said out-of-state agitators were responsible for the violent unrest in St. Paul on Friday. Demonstrations erupted in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area this week in response to the tragic death of George Floyd.

"Every single person we arrested last night, I'm told, was from out of state. What we are seeing right now is a group of people who are not from here," Carter said.

Looks like the government will be getting serious. Like I said in the last post, someone is spending a lot of money trying to destabilize America. George Soros' fingerprints are all over this.

UPDATE: Turns out the Minnesota leaders did not have their facts correct - from Breitbart:

Majority of Arrested Minneapolis Rioters Have Minnesota Addresses
Jail records show that the vast number of arrested Minneapolis protesters have Minnesota addresses.

Fox 9 reports that 38 of the 45 individuals arrested have an address in Minnesota. The 45 individuals are those arrested “for rioting, unlawful assembly, stolen property, burglary or robbery on May 29 and May 30.”

On May 30, 2020, CNN reported Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) suggesting “rough estimates indicate that about 20% of protesters are Minnesotans and about 80% are from outside the region.”

Walz added, “I’m not trying to deflect in any way.”

From the Seattle FOX affiliate Q13:

Multiple Seattle police vehicles set on fire, destroyed amid protests
Multiple Seattle police vehicles were set on fire and destroyed as thousands of demonstrators descended upon the downtown area.

Q13 News reporters witnessed the police cruisers burn around 4:00 p.m. Saturday near Westlake Center.

I bet these are 80% non-Seattle residents. There is a lot of money being spent these days trying to stir up as much trouble as possible. Interstate so the FBI needs to get involved.

We all know about the choking death of George Floyd at the hands of a Police officer and the attendent media firestorm and public riots and looting. How about this story from Mississippi's Jackson Free Press:

After Video Emerges, JPD Investigating Officer Over Rough Treatment, Threats
A Jackson police officer, captured by video Friday pinning a young man by the neck backward to the top of a car, is on administrative leave pending an Internal Affairs investigation. In the video that started circulating Friday night, the officer is pressing the young man’s neck as he sounds like he is gagging. A young woman wearing a safety mask next to them keeps saying, “he can’t breathe.”

Jackson Police Department Public Information Officer Sam Brown said in a telephone interview today that the patrolman’s name is Myron Smith.

"When the video surfaced, it got to Chief James Davis, and he immediately placed (Smith) on administrative leave and turned it over him to Internal Affairs,” Brown said.

On the video, the officer stood over the young man, very close to his face, bending him backward onto the top of the car, seeming to hold him down by the neck and preventing his movement. More than one camera recorded the incident, while some passersby pleaded for the officer to let him go.

A bit more:

The Jackson Free Press viewed a video lasting about two minutes. It showed the woman attempting to push the officer's hands off the young man, with Smith not treating that act kindly. He shouted at her, saying: "Get off me, get off me, I say get off me."

When told by the woman, "he can't breathe, he is not able to breathe, he is shaking sir, he can't breathe," Smith responded, "Ma'am, do you see my hands? I am not even choking him” as he continued to hold him down on the black Toyota.

Yeah - one thing to consider. Officer Smith is black and the John Doe is white. Funny that this police brutality and attempted choking never made it to the mainstream media. Didn't fit the narrative I guess...

Whoops - say Buh-Bye Amy

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Her past catches up with her - from The Week:

Amy Klobuchar didn't prosecute officer at center of George Floyd's death after previous conduct complaints
George Floyd's death in police custody is renewing criticism of Sen. Amy Klobuchar's (D-Minn.) prosecutorial record.

Before she became a senator and a top contender for former Vice President Joe Biden's vice presidential spot, Klobuchar spent eight years as the Hennepin County attorney, in charge of prosecution for Minneapolis. And while in that position, Klobuchar declined to prosecute multiple police officers cited for excessive force, and did not prosecute the officer who kneeled on Floyd's neck as he protested, The Guardian reports.

Ex-Minneapolis police officer Derick Chauvin saw at least 10 conduct complaints during his 19-year tenure before he was fired Tuesday, according to a database that documents complaints against police. In particular, he was involved in the shooting death of a man who had stabbed other people before attacking police, as well as some other undisclosed complaints. Klobuchar did not prosecute Chauvin and other officers involved for the first death, which occurred in October 2006 while she was running for Senate. The case was under investigation when Klobuchar took office in the Senate in Jan. 2007, and later went to a grand jury, which declined to charge the officers. Chauvin was later placed on leave when he and other officers shot and wounded a Native American man in 2011.

What Chauvin did was unconcionable. For him to still be on the active force after ten complaints during 19 years is unreal.

I knew that prisoners were being released so they could vote Democrat in the November elections escape the ravages of the COVID-19 Chinese virus but this number is really shocking. From BigLeague Politics

One Third Of Jail Inmates Nationwide Set Free in Unprecedented Coronavirus Jailbreak
A new study reveals that almost a third of county jail inmates have been set free from the facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Prison Policy Initiative study has determined that 32% of inmates at county jails have been set free.

In the last two months, local governments across the U.S. have drastically reduced their jail populations to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The typical jail has reduced its population by more than 30%.”

Many jails have released up to half of their inmates, with facilities in Oregon, Arkansas and New Jersey releasing between 57% and 63% of their jail inmates.

What is interesting is that the Prison Policy Initiative is at heart, a prisoner's rights website and for them to publish numbers like this shows that they really have a lot of people being released. The report is here: While jails drastically cut populations, state prisons have released almost no one and is focused on the fact that State Prisons have not released many prisoners (about 5%) while the local and county jails have flung open their doors. Kudos to the State wardens for maintaining cooler heads than their municipal and county brethren.

I live in Island County. Directly to the East is Snohomish County. We double-up on a lot of the emergency services training, our electrical power comes from the Snohomish PUD, the public library covers both counties. Lots of cross-polination. I really like the sherif there - from FOX News:

Washington county sheriff says he won't enforce governor's stay-at-home order
Washington state’s Snohomish County Sheriff on Tuesday said he will not enforce Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order because it is a violation of constitutional rights.

Sheriff Adam Fortney was responding to Inslee’s most recent announcement on how he planned to get the state back in business.

“To be quite honest I wasn’t even sure what he was trying to say half of the time. He has no plan. He has no details,” Fortney wrote Tuesday in a lengthy Facebook post. “This simply is not good enough in times when we have taken such drastic measures as the suspension of constitutional rights.”

"As I have previously stated, I have not carried out any enforcement for the current stay-at-home order. As this order has continued on for well over a month now and a majority of our residents cannot return to work to provide for their families, I have received a lot of outreach from concerned members of our community asking if Governor Inslee’s order is a violation of our constitutional rights," Fortney said.

Fox News has reached out to the governor's office with a request for comment.

I was wondering the same thing - Inslee's release was mush-mouth. Nothing concrete. Nothing like: "On this date, do this unless that has happened". Most of the businesses I work with are in Snohomish County so it will be nice to see them get back to full operation. A bit more from the good Sheriff:

“As more data floods in week by week and day by day about this pandemic, I think it is clear that the 'models' have not been entirely accurate,” Fortney said. “While that is okay, we cannot continue down the same path we have been on if the government reaction does not fit the data or even worse, the same government reaction makes our situation worse."

BINGO! Any model is there to serve as a planning guideline - a what-if and it is expected to be changed and updated as the real-world parameters change. The models presented by the IHME has been proven time again to be garbage - grossly overstating the Chinese flu. I posted on this here and here.

Meanwhile, our Governor is saying crap like this (FOX News again):

Trump ‘fomenting domestic rebellion,’ Dem governor Inslee says

Glad to hear the county is in such good hands. Wish I could say the same about the state.

One nice side-effect from Associated Press:

‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade
Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies, closing borders and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to make such profitable drugs as methamphetamine and fentanyl.

One of the main suppliers that shut down is in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global outbreak.

Associated Press interviews with nearly two dozen law enforcement officials and trafficking experts found Mexican and Colombian cartels are still plying their trade as evidenced by recent drug seizures but the lockdowns that have turned cities into ghost towns are disrupting everything from production to transport to sales.

More at the site. Interesting times...

Glad I do not live in New York State

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From America's Newspaper of Record:

Arkham Asylum Releases All Inmates Amid Coronavirus Fears
Arkham Asylum has freed all its inmates to prevent the spread of coronavirus, sources within the Gotham Police Department confirmed earlier this week.

The prisoners were at risk for contracting COVID-19 and so were let go to take some of the strain off the Gotham prison system. After freeing them, interestingly, there was a rise in crime, a side effect the Gotham P.D. claimed they didn't see coming.

"Yeah, in hindsight, maybe this wasn't the greatest idea," said Commissioner Jim Gordon as a giant vine burst out of the ground and began wreaking havoc downtown and Bane punched walls just for fun. "Letting criminals out can sometimes cause a rise in crime, and we didn't exactly see that coming."

"HahahahahahahaHAHAHA!!!" cackled the Joker as he was let out. "Now it's time to kill the Batman!" Medical officials believe killing the Batman could actually help keep further coronavirus outbreaks from occurring and so will turn a blind eye to the Joker's evil plan this time.

Within two days of being let out, they were all caught again by Batman but then broke out again, before being caught again and then breaking out again.

"Yeah, we're not great at this whole 'running a prison' thing," said the warden.

Glad that this is not happening here...

We have had 20+ years of kicking the can down the road when it comes to the tide of drugs flooding into this Nation. President Trump is stopping it here and is stopping it now.

I posted these two stories yesterday: here and here - today brings us this news from MSN/The Miami Herald:

US will increase military presence in the Caribbean to fight drug trafficking funding Maduro
The U.S. is expanding its military presence in the Caribbean to fight drug cartels wanting to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis and to deny funds going to the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela, the Trump administration announced late Wednesday.

“Today the U.S. is launching an enhanced counternarcotics operation in the Western Hemisphere,” President Donald Trump said in the daily news briefing at the White House. “We are deploying additional Navy destroyers, combat ships, aircraft and helicopters, Coast Guards cutters and Air Force surveillance aircraft, doubling our capabilities in the region.”

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said the additional military forces were sent to the eastern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. The U.S. Southern Command, based in Doral, Fla., leads the operation, which officially started Wednesday, in partnership with 22 partner countries.

And this has been a problem for some time - from CNN, April 17, 2019:

Corruption in Venezuela has created a cocaine superhighway to the US
Cocaine trafficking from Venezuela to the United States is soaring, even as the country collapses. And US and other regional officials say it's Venezuela's own military and political elite who are facilitating the passage of drugs in and out of the country on hundreds of tiny, unmarked planes.

Maduro is a thug. He is bad for the people of Venezuela and that Nation will prosper when he and his people are ousted and a regular government is voted in. Venezuela used to export food. They used to be the wealthiest nation in South America. They used to be the cultural star. They have the world's largest known petroleum reserves and they can not feed their own people - they are that corrupt.

Glad to see someone taking care of this now - sooner rather than later.

Case in point - drug interdiction

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Just one example from President Trump's war on drugs (a war which might actually be fought and which actually might be won). From the United States Drug Enforcement Administration:

San Diego Tunnel Task Force uncovers sophisticated cross-border drug tunnel under the U.S./Mexico border
Federal agents on the San Diego Tunnel Task Force uncovered a sophisticated drug smuggling tunnel on Thursday, March 19, which extends under the United States-Mexico border to a warehouse in a commercial complex in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego. The discovery of the tunnel resulted from an ongoing investigation by members on the San Diego Tunnel Task Force, which include Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Border Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the United States Attorney’s Office.

Agents on the San Diego Tunnel Task Force developed information about a transnational criminal organization suspected of smuggling narcotics into the U.S. via a cross-border tunnel. As the investigation progressed, agents worked in cooperation with the Fiscalia General de la Republica (FGR) and Secretaria de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA) to locate the tunnel entrance in Mexico. Agents subsequently presented evidence to a U.S. federal judge and obtained a federal search warrant for the warehouse in Otay Mesa. The U.S. exit point was discovered subsequent to the execution of the warrant.

Agents seized approximately 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana and more than two pounds of fentanyl from the tunnel. The large seizure of mixed drugs represents the first time in San Diego’s history where five different types of drugs were found inside a tunnel. The total street value of the drugs seized from the tunnel is estimated at $29.6 million.

Good. Probably a lot of high-value terrorists being smuggled through these tunnels as well. They join up with sleeper cells in the US and wait until we are complacent.

Not doing that well - the mafia

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Looks like everyone is having a bad day - from the New York Post:

How coronavirus cripples the New York Mafia
The coronavirus has succeeded where lawmen like Bobby Kennedy and Rudy Giuliani failed for more than a century — by putting the freeze on the mob.

The wholesale cancellation of major sports in the face of the contagion has wiped out tens of millions of dollars in illegal gambling income, a “historic” blow to the Mafia, law enforcement sources told The Post.

“There’s never been a time when they weren’t making money through gambling,” said one insider. “Since the days of Lucky Luciano, when the Five Families started.

“This is historic.”

I'm sure they have their fingers in some pies somewhere - not stupid people and you always need to have contingency plans in any business endeavor. Still...

The baddest man in the world

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Looks like we have a real special kind of stupid over on the next island.
From Jessie Stensland writing in the Whidbey News-Times:

Man arrested after low-speed, nighttime bicycle pursuit
A man who led a deputy sheriff on a very slow-speed pursuit on his bicycle at night is facing criminal charges, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Spencer T. Tlougan, a 22-year-old Minnesota resident, in Island County Superior Court Feb. 5 with two counts of assault in the third degree.

A deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office was driving on State Highway 20 near Libbey Road just before 9 p.m. on Feb. 1 when he saw a bicyclist dressed in black riding on the narrow shoulder of the road. The deputy saw another vehicle narrowly avoid striking the bicyclist.

The deputy activated the emergency lights on his patrol car and told the rider over his PA to stop, but the bicyclist pedaled faster. The deputy followed the bicyclist as he continued traveling north, occasionally looking back at the deputy, according to the deputy’s report on the case.

The bicyclist, later identified as Tlougan, finally stopped in the San de Fuca area, dismounted and threw the bike at the patrol car, the deputy wrote.

Tlougan took “a fighting stance” as the deputy exited his car.

“He told me his name was Paul Walker and he was the baddest man in the world and he was going to beat me up,” the deputy wrote.

The deputy saw that Tlougan was holding metal knuckles, which he appeared to be about to throw at him. The deputy deployed a Taser, which struck Tlougan and caused him to fall to the ground.

Tlougan continued to be aggressive as other deputies and paramedics arrived. He kicked a deputy during a struggle and was placed in a leg hobble but was able to get out of it on the way to jail. He violently kicked the partition in the patrol car and threatened to burn down the deputy’s house and kill him, the report states.

Tlougan appeared in court Feb. 2 and his bail was set at $20,000.

Maybe something in the water over there?

Got one - good border security

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From the U.S. Customs and Border Protection:

CBP Officers at Ysleta Port Stop Huge Liquid Meth Load
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers working at the Ysleta port of entry seized 1,543 pounds of liquid methamphetamine Wednesday.

“This is a huge seizure and more than triples the 425 pounds of methamphetamine seized by CBP officers working El Paso area ports for all of fiscal year 2019,”said Hector Mancha, CBP El Paso Director of Field Operations.

The seizure was made shortly after 7 p.m. when a tractor-trailer entered the Ysleta port of entry commercial cargo facility from Mexico. CBP officers selected the shipment for an inspection.

CBP officers off loaded the shipment of multi-use cleaner and determined that 32 bottles in the shipment contained liquid methamphetamine. The contraband was seized and the investigation continues.

Cheap and easy to make once you have the precursors and it ruins lives. Nice stuff. The Chinese are selling this to the cartels who are bringing them through our borders. How much are the cartels paying the Dems to look the other way when proper security is being talked about?

Jussie Smollett in the news one more time

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And this time, he is going down for his douche-baggery. From the Chicago FOX News affiliate:

Jussie Smollett accused of lying to CPD, indicted on 6 counts of disorderly conduct
In a story FOX 32 News broke first, former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was indicted Tuesday in Chicago by special prosecutor Dan Webb, stemming from the alleged racist and anti-gay attack on him that occurred in January of 2019.

Smollett is due in court February 24 at the Criminal Court Building at 26th and California. Webb said in a statement that Smollett faces six felony counts of disorderly conduct, charges that stem from four separate false reports that he gave to police in which he contended he was a victim of a hate crime “knowing that he was not the victim of a crime.”

The statement immediately raised questions about county prosecutors' decision to drop the charges last year and made it clear that those prosecutors had not adequately explained to special prosecutors why they did so. But Webb stressed that he had reached no conclusions about whether anyone involved in the case had engaged in any wrongdoing.

Good - bring him to justice and also bring to justice those who shielded him from the consequences of his fake hate crime. You should not be able to get away with shit because you are a minority. Equal justice under Law works both ways.

News from Florida

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These people are just not that smart. From the Palm Beach Daily News:

Palm Beach: Iranian national detained by police had knives, ax, machete, $22K
A man arrested by Palm Beach Police this morning had $22,000, a machete and a pick ax, in addition to knives in his possession, according to an officer with the department.

The man, identified by his passport as Masoud Yareioeill Zoleh, an Iranian national, also had a car parked at Palm Beach International Airport, Public Information Officer Michael Ogrodnick said.

The department is working with other federal partners in the investigation, Ogrodnick said.

Zoleh was arrested just over the Flagler Memorial Bridge at Bradley Park. Initial reports said he had several knives on him. Ogrodnick said the department received a call at about 9:30 a.m. regarding Zoleh. He would not give details on what the caller said.

Like he was going to get within a hundred yards of our President.

Thank you President Trump

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As a business owner I get far to many of these pestiferous things - from New Jersey / Associated Press:

Trump signs bill to protect you from those annoying robocalls
Consumers just got new tools to combat robocallers as President Donald Trump signed legislation designed to address the problem.

The White House announced late Monday that Trump had signed the bill, a rare example of bipartisan cooperation in Congress. The measure had passed the House, 417-3, and cleared the Senate unanimously.

Nice that the vote was so overwhelming. It will be interesting to see who the three gomers in the House were.

Good news from Uraguay

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From FOX News:

Uruguay seizes 6 tons of cocaine worth $1B in country’s largest bust
Naval and customs officers in Uruguay seized a staggering six tons of cocaine this week, with authorities calling it the country's biggest bust ever.

The National Armada said in a press release that on Dec. 26 officers at the Montevideo port were checking four shipping containers with soy flour destined for Lome, the capital of Togo in West Africa.

Authorities said a scanner flagged “abnormalities” in the shipment, which turned out to be a total of 4,003 bricks of cocaine – about 4.4 tons of the drug. One container contained 3,089 bricks of cocaine, each weighing about 2.4 pounds.

West Africa? Part of the trade route:

Nearly a third of the cocaine consumed in Europe is smuggled there via Africa, local media reported.

Wonder if it was addressed to Hunter - is he still involved with the Ukraine kleptocrats?

And throw away the key - Mexico

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Good news - the untouchables have been touched. From The Guardian:

Mexican police chief arrested in connection to Mormon family killings
Mexican authorities have arrested a municipal police chief for his suspected links to the killing of three women and six children of US-Mexican origin in northern Mexico last month, local media and an official said on Friday.

Suspected drug cartel hitmen shot dead the nine women and children from families of Mormon origin in Sonora state on 4 November, sparking outrage in Mexico and the United States.

Several Mexican media outlets reported that law enforcement agents arrested Fidel Alejandro Villegas, the police chief of the municipality of Janos, which lies in the neighboring state of Chihuahua, on suspicion of involvement in the crime. The reports said he is suspected of having ties to organized crime, but details of his alleged role were not clear.

Mexico needs to do a lot more of this - root out the corrupt police and make their punishment very visible and painful. Not just a slap on the wrist and re-hired after a six month cooling off time.

Good news from New York State

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Got a bunch of them - from FOX News:

MS-13 crackdown -- the largest ever in New York -- ensnares nearly 100 members, associates
New York prosecutors have announced the arrests Friday of nearly 100 members and associates of MS-13 in what officials say is the largest crackdown against the gang in the state’s history.

The developments come following a two-year investigation involving law enforcement from the local to the federal level in Suffolk County, one of the gangs’ longtime hotbeds.

“The goal of this investigation was to deliver a major blow to the gang’s leadership, operations and recruitment in our region… we did exactly that," Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini told reporters Friday.

What they got:

Sini said throughout the investigation, authorities recovered drugs in gang members' possession such as cocaine and fentanyl, as well as handguns and more than $200,000 in cash. Investigators' efforts resulted in the arrests of the leaders of nine cliques of the gang operating in Suffolk County -- and foiled seven alleged murder plots, he added.

And right there is your opioid problem. Cheap to synthesize, fentanyl and the much stronger carfentanyl are cheap to synthesize and available from Chinese labs. Cut the heroin with this, people are not used to the increased strength and overdose. Get this shit off the streets and the opiod problem will dissapear.

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