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Chicago & Portland Mayors finally agree Trump was right all along

Chicago’s Magnificent Mile was ransacked by looters. City officials ended up raising bridges across the river to prevent further rioters entering the CBD, albeit too late. Similar actions occurred during BLM protests several months ago.

Luxury goods stores were the main target. Chicago police exchanged gunfire with looters and arrested more than 100 people.

Most interesting were the comments made by Superintendent of Police David O’Neil Brown, who said that the CPD is being forced to release criminals who only become emboldened to double down and commit further crimes without consequence.

Brown said, “This was not an organized protest. Rather this was an incident of pure criminality…As of now, Chicago police have made more than 100 arrests for looting, disorderly conduct, battery against police, among other charges. A total of 13 officers have been injured throughout the night, including a sergeant who was struck with a bottle. Another officer had his nose broken as he fought with a group of looters…Criminals took to the streets with confidence that there’ll be no consequences for their actions. Let me say that again, criminals took to the street with the confidence that there would be no consequences for their actions and I, for one, refuse to allow these cowardly acts to hold our city hostage.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot moved away from her traditional “everything is under control” narrative to confess, “These individuals engaged with it can only be described as brazen and extensive criminal looting and destruction. To be clear, this had nothing to do with legitimate protected first amendment expression.

What a surprise? When she gave carte blanche to criminals and rioters under the guise of peaceful protestors, what did she expect? Now she is seeking to do the exact thing Trump was demanding of her. Get tough.

How the tide is turning. Only days ago, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler (D) finally admonished the mob he had openly protested with by stating,  “When you commit arson with an accelerant in an attempt to burn down a building that is occupied by people who you have intentionally trapped inside, you are not demonstrating, you are attempting to commit murder.” He also added “Don’t think for a moment that you are, if you are participating in this activity, you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump — because you absolutely are…You are creating the b-roll film that will be used in ads nationally to help Donald Trump during this campaign. If you don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up.

Who knew that one way to get peace in a city is to tell rioters their actions are helping the very man they want to be removed from office?

Bike shop co-owned by Lance Armstrong lectures Austin PD on ethics

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How amusing that a bicycle store co-owned by former Tour de France (TdF) cyclist Lance Armstrong decided to lecture the Austin Police Department on ethics. Mellow Johnny’s in Austin is ending a five-year contract worth up to $350,000 with the Austin PD to purchase, resell and service bikes for a downtown patrol unit used to manage large crowds and events. As a business, it is free to choose who it wishes to contract with.

The bike shop issued the following woke statement,

Businesses can no longer be non-participants in the communities they serve…We chose what we think will do the most to suture these divides and place our community on the right side of history.

Perhaps these SJW employees might reflect on their moral preening when considering the fact their boss admitted to deliberately using illegal performance-enhancing drugs to cheat his way to millions in endorsements and help win all 7 TdF titles. Why didn’t they refuse to work for a company knowingly co-owned by someone with such reprehensible morals and ethics?

Unfortunately, the downside forced this message from an unrelated bike shop with the same name.

“While Mellow Johnny’s Fort Worth shares the name with Mellow Johnny’s Austin, the two stores operate under separate management and ownership.

Mellow Johnny’s Fort Worth is not connected in any way to the decisions made by the Austin location’s management.

Mellow Johnny’s Fort Worth supports our community as well as responsible and ethical law enforcement.

#rideyourbike

Perhaps Mellow Johnny’s Fort Worth should offer to fill the void left by Austin?

State of recurring Disasters

Victorian Premier Dan Andrews has made a very strong case for rejecting identity politics in all of its forms.

It has now come to light that he and his team prioritized social inclusion over ability when selecting the private security firms to manage hotel quarantine during coronavirus. This is widely regarded as the source of the second outbreak. Guards with no training who ended up in some cases fornicating with guests under their watch. You can’t make this stuff up.

This is the same individual who refused to censure his Deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen for tweeting,

Sudden arrival of an invader from another land, decimating populations, creating terror…Forces the population to make enormous sacrifices & completely change how they live in order to survive. COVID19 or Cook 1770?

How is it possible that social justice took a front seat to a pandemic? Surely ALL Victorians would gladly trade identity politics for sound health policy prescriptions which didn’t lock them up for another 6 weeks.

Andrews was only too happy to have his police force fine people playing golf or fishing but didn’t prosecute a single person for attending a BLM rally which by itself must have also led to a spike in cases.

Here are some more pearls of wisdom we’ve noted over the years.

Years ago, the Victorian premier championed that he had 200,000 likes on FB, twice as many as Mike Baird in New South Wales. He also made the completely worthless boast that “Mike Baird gets no ‘Likes’ after 10pm“. Is that a true test of leadership? That only 3% of Victorians like him?

We recall Andrews pushing the Victorian Police to host segregated seminars for potential new recruits in order to accommodate their religious beliefs.

In October last year he said misogynist slogans on vehicles would lead to an automatic cancelation of registration. Presumably misandrist slogans were ok.

We noted the shocking state of affairs with the unionization of the Victorian CFA and its dreadful administration. Huge uptick in salaries, staffing and administration costs with a decline in equipment procurement.

Or the rorts for votes scandal.

Or joining China’s BRI without consulting the federal government on national security grounds.

We could go on.

The ability to steer through a crisis is the true test of any leader. All of Andrews’ flawed thinking might be nice to haves in the moral preening stakes. Sadly coronavirus has exposed them as utterly meaningless and outright dangerous. Putting forward ridiculous parameters for hiring put Victorian lives in more danger.

How he hasn’t resigned is beyond us. Despite being the most disastrous premier in Australian history, Andrews continues to get comforting support from mainstream and social media. Maybe he believes their propaganda that he is doing a decent job. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Michelle Obama says she has a form of low grade depression

Pity poor former FLOTUS Michelle Obama. Apparently quarantine has left her with a form of “low-grade depression” because she has become dispirited by the coronavirus, racial strife and the hypocrisy of the Trump administration.

We feel for her having to suffer being holed-up in a $15m Martha’s Vineyard mansion.

We think she can solve for the racial strife anxiety by simply rolling over and speaking to her husband, perhaps one of, if not the most racially divisive president in US history.

Our favorite example was his speech to the Black Caucus ahead of the 2016 election which we wrote about in Sept 2016,

I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy, if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election.

Is it any wonder Joe Biden came up with “You ain’t black” or that blacks aren’t as open minded as latinos so easily?

Or when Barack Obama encouraged in a speech to military personnel at MacDill Air Force Base to commit acts of mutiny if so required after Trump won the election by saying,

“each of us has…the universal right to speak your minds and to protest against authority; to live in a society that’s open and free; that can criticize our president without retribution.”

Or the many land mines he left for incoming President Trump before he sat in the Oval Office. Abstaining from a UN vote with respect to Israel, expelling Russian diplomats and even signing a refugee swap agreement with then Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull.

Perhaps Mrs Obama would feel less dispirited had her husband shown some class by not turning the eulogy of John Lewis into a campaign rally. MLK Jr’s niece could lend her some advice.

Or maybe she could smile a bit more were it not for the huge list of scandals under her husband’s own administration?

Black conservative Larry Elder put a wonderful montage as to the hypocrisy of Obama when it comes to race.

Well, well, well…

Largest Newspaper in Minnesota Endorses Ilhan Omar’s Primary Challenger

You have to hand it to the radical left of the Democrat Party. Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said that America’s economic and political systems must be “dismantled.”

What a way to show Americans a sense of deep gratitude for not only rescuing the Somali born asylum seeker from a refugee camp in Kenya but having a system that allowed her to be elected to the highest level of government in that same country.

Not so fast. Even in the woke state of Minnesota, the Star-Tribune – the state’s largest paper – has endorsed Antone Melton-Meaux, a primary challenger to Omar. The paper’s editorial noted,

“Melton-Meaux brings a different sensibility to this race, one grounded in helping resolve disputes to move forward — a skill this country is much in need of. Whether it’s health care, criminal justice or affordable housing, Melton-Meaux appears progressive, but pragmatic. While Omar wants to lead a movement, Melton-Meaux seeks to serve the Fifth District…

…Omar’s 2018 victory launched her into the national spotlight as the first Muslim woman and first refugee elected to Congress. But her time has been marred by missteps, including remarks on Israel widely regarded as anti-Semitic, an outsized number of missed votes, and campaign-finance issues. Omar has sent more than $1.6 million to her husband’s D.C. political consulting firm, E Street Group, and is herself the target of a Federal Election Commission complaint regarding travel expenses.

It is worth pointing out that Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez didn’t make the cut of Obama’s NY house seat endorsements.

86% think mainstream media divisive

A Knight Foundation/Gallup poll released this week showed that 86% of Americans believe that there is a “great deal” or a “fair amount” of political bias in the mainstream media. This is 25% points higher than the same poll taken in 2007.

78% of Democrats and 94% of Republicans, believe that there is at least some bias in the media.

84% assign the media either a ‘great deal‘ (48%) or a ‘moderate amount‘ (36%) of blame for political division.

The poll noted when respondents were asked about their views of media outlets they distrust:

-79% of poll respondents said those outlets were “trying to persuade people to adopt a certain viewpoint.

-When news is inaccurate, 54% of Americans think it’s because reporters are “misrepresenting the facts,” while

-28% assume they’re “making them up entirely.

Does any of this surprise with the recent revelations outlined in the open letters from former MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary former NY Times op-ed contributor Bari Weiss. Or the recent parody from the Babylon Bee.

George Floyd arrest body cam footage

Ben Shapiro breaks down the bodycam footage of George Floyd’s arrest which shows he was saying he couldn’t breathe from the beginning. Officers listened to his request to keep the windows down, to stay with him and showed no intent to murder him.

The end result is that Floyd still needlessly died while in the custody of Derek Chauvin who didn’t need to be on his neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Suffice to say Floyd’s autopsy revealed that he did not die of asphyxiation as was commonly claimed by the media.

We can imagine how rioting will reignite if Chauvin is acquitted of murder and charged with a lesser crime of aggravated assault.

The mainstream media will be only to glad to whip up misinformation for ratings as evidenced by the recent open letters from former staff at the NYT and MSNBC.

We are not at the beginning of the end but the end of the beginning. It looks like another case of an overeager DA looking to prosecute charges before seeing all the evidence. That’s the problem. Going for maximum sentences without knowing all of the facts means that over-promising and under-delivering becomes toxically incendiary.

MSNBC producer quits over toxic editorial process

Former MSNBC producer Ariana Pekary has written an open letter describing the toxic work environment much like Bari Weiss notes at The NY Times.

Pekary wrote,

July 24th was my last day at MSNBC. I don’t know what I’m going to do next exactly but I simply couldn’t stay there anymore…My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions. The problem is the job itself. It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis

You may not watch MSNBC but just know that this problem still affects you, too. All the commercial networks function the same – and no doubt that content seeps into your social media feed, one way or the other...

….Likewise, it’s taboo to discuss how the ratings scheme distorts content, or it’s simply taken for granted, because everyone in the commercial broadcast news industry is doing the exact same thing…

…But behind closed doors, industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done…

The model blocks diversity of thought and content because the networks have incentive to amplify fringe voices and events, at the expense of others… all because it pumps up the ratings…This cancer risks human lives, even in the middle of a pandemic...this cancer risks our democracy…context and factual data are often considered too cumbersome for the audience…

Why is this a surprise? As we’ve said for ages, clickbait is all that matters. It doesn’t matter who is besmirched, smeared or has their career ended, as long as it sells advertising.

Who would have guessed gun crime would get out of control?

Surely those bright spark Democrat mayors in NYC, Chicago, Portland and Minnesota can work out that defunding the police might cause a spike in crime and gun violence? That curtailing what actions are at the disposal of the police would hand these cities over to the criminals.

There have been 777 shootings in NYC in 2020, one more than the 776 that took place in 2019.

Murders in Chicago more than doubled compared to the same month last year, according to the Chicago PD. In 2020 there have been 430 homicides. In July, murders are up 139%YoY.

In Minnesota, gun violence is up 72%YoY. Mayor Jacob Frey said., “Year-to-date this has been a higher shooting victim total than the last five years, with 288 victims. The next closest is 2016 with 178.

In Portland gun violence is up 4-fold. From July 1-13 there have been 42 shootings vs 11 in the same period last year.

And guess what, NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo has admitted concern that wealthy taxpayers could leave NY for good.

Roadway Moving President Ross Sapir has said his company has experienced its busiest season ever since it was founded. United Van Lines CEO Marc Rogers also said over 60% of those leaving NY are earning north of $100,000.

Tax collections have plummeted during coronavirus, falling 42% in June. Losing the wealthy for good could leave gaping holes in the budget. Cuomo might argue they left over COVID-19 but soaring gun crime is hardly an inducement to return after the pandemic passes.

Still, these Dems keep assuring us, “we’ve got this under control.”