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Saturday, August 08, 2020

Two speeches - a Hollywood president vs our current President

[VIDEO] I've been somewhat comparing this speech from The American President with President Trump's speech at Mount Rushmore back in June. Two different speeches under two different circumstances, granted one was in a fictional reality and the other in a very history reality.

If you've never seen The American President it was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Rob Reiner. It's a political movie with a romantic comedy subplot as the President in the above clip had to finally address his Republican rival for the presidency as there was a looming presidential election in this film.

Basically his romantic comedy subplot became an issue. President Andrew Shepherd played by Michael Douglas was taken by this beautiful environmental lobbyist in Sydney Ellen Wade played by Annette Benning. After a rather tough meeting where he somewhat intimidates her playfully he figured out how to ask her on a date. He wanted her as his date to the state dinner with the President of France - who was not at the time of the film's release in November 1995 Jacques Chirac.

So the public is taken with the idea that America's bachelor president who was also a single father is actually dating. People start taking positions as to whether or not a president should be having "relations" with a woman in the White House. The Republicans seize upon the president's girlfriends activist past. Hell there are newspaper clippings of her presiding over a flag burning.

So when Shepherd arrives in the White House Press Room he had lost Sydney and other aspects of his agenda is going up in smoke. Seemingly the Republicans have him on the ropes until he gives this briefing to the press resetting the agenda. For many years Shepherd was the Democratic president that I wished we had instead of President Bill Clinton who did have relations allegedly in the White House (and I don't know all the details but the name Lewinsky sadly will always be connected with him).

Allow me to post a video of President Trump's speech back in June at Mt. Rushmore [VIDEO]

Hydroxychloroquine has become a political drug...

Now wait a second, he's not the only Democrat who is claiming the benefits of using hydroxycholoroquine. That medicine is one used in the treatment of malaria and is being promoted as a treatment to the coronavirus. The bad news is that promoting it's use is proving political in a time where we need treatments to this virus which is burning through the world's population.
A Democratic New York City Councilman says hydroxychloroquine saved his life after a near-fatal run-in with COVID-19 in March.

Paul Vallone, who represents northeast Queens, took the drug along with a standard flu Z-pack, and came back from the brink almost immediately.

“I couldn’t breathe, very weak, couldn’t get out of bed. My doctor prescribed it. My pharmacy had it. Took it that day and within two to three days I was able to breathe,” Vallone told The Post. “Within a week I was back on my feet.”

Though Vallone went public with his coronavirus diagnosis in an April 1 Twitter post, saying he was experiencing “mild symptoms,” his actual condition was considerably more severe. Vallone’s initial prognosis was particularly grim, as he also suffers from sarcoidosis, an auto-immune disease that attacks his lungs.

“We were in panic mode when I went down because I didn’t have a lot of immune response,” he said. “I needed something to stay alive.”

Hydroxychloroquine “worked for me.”

Vallone’s brother Peter, a former City Councilman and a current civil court judge in Queens, also became a convert after his brother’s illness.

“I guess all those doctors who are prescribing it are right. This drug is already on the market and the patent is up so it’s cheap. A new drug won’t be. So big money does not want this drug to be used. Always follow the money,” Peter Vallone said in a May 12 Facebook post, sharing a link to an NYU study touting the drug.
I guess you want to know who was the other Democrat? And it was very early into this pandemic during the time of panic buying and lockdowns. Back when we didn't know as much about this virus:
State Rep. Karen Whitsett, who learned Monday she has tested positive for COVID-19, said she started taking hydroxychloroquine on March 31, prescribed by her doctor, after both she and her husband sought treatment for a range of symptoms on March 18.

"It was less than two hours" before she started to feel relief, said Whitsett, who had experienced shortness of breath, swollen lymph nodes, and what felt like a sinus infection. She is still experiencing headaches, she said.

Rep. Karen Whitsett (Photo: Michigan House of Representatives)

Whitsett said she was familiar with "the wonders" of hydroxychloroquine from an earlier bout with Lyme disease, but does not believe she would have thought to ask for it, or her doctor would have prescribed it, had Trump not been touting it as a possible treatment for COVID-19.

Trump, at his daily coronavirus briefings, has repeatedly touted the drug in combination with the antibiotic azithromycin, despite criticism from health professionals that it is unproven and potentially dangerous. There have also been complaints that Trump's remarks have resulted in a shortage of the drug for those people who normally use it for its recommended purposes.
Why is talking about this drug as a treatment for coronavirus political? Because Trump has been talking about it, but I thought this was a dangerous illness. We need treatments to get back to some semblance of normal right? And yet, someone out there whether a doctor or nurse or politician wants to discount the President's assertion out of hand and anyone else who believes this could be an effective treatment without any study or consideration. I don't understand....

I also get the feeling any news from this NYC councilman will get suppressed. This is not something that's going to get spread because it goes against the grain of anyone who wants to discount President Trump.

It sort of happened to Michigan State Representative Whitsett.  She got censured by her caucus when she talked about this drug.

h/t Newsalert

Friday, August 07, 2020

The adults have arrived in Minneapolis

If the Mayor was impotent to stop his city council from abolishing the Minneapolis, Minnesota Police Department, another arm of city government Minneapolis Charter Commission made their move. Minor fact that I didn't really know about Minneapolis, a police department is part of their city charter.

Via Minneapolis' Star Tribune:
In a 10-5 vote, the Minneapolis Charter Commission decided Wednesday to block a controversial policing proposal from the November ballot by invoking its right to take more time to review it.

“We have an obligation to make sure that what is going on the ballot gives the voters an informed choice, that they can make a decision in a thoughtful way,” said Charter Commissioner Andrew Kozak, adding that he didn’t think the proposal accomplished that.

It could still come before voters next year. But the commission’s action to keep it off this year’s ballot dealt a major setback to activists and City Council members who have worked to transform Minneapolis’ public safety system following the police killing of George Floyd.

“People in Minneapolis have been in the streets for months demanding change, only to hear from the Charter Commission that there haven’t been enough studies and consultants,” Sophia Benrud, an organizer with the Black Visions Collective, said in a statement. “When white supremacy is the law of the land, it is a luxury to say we need ‘more time’ before we can make change. Every single voter should have had the chance to vote on this amendment in 2020.”

In recent weeks, the commissioners, all volunteers appointed by a judge, found themselves the focus of intense pressure from people lobbying on all sides of the fight over whether to end the Minneapolis Police Department.

At the center of that debate is the city’s charter, which serves as its constitution, and requires Minneapolis to keep a police department with a minimum force based on its population. A plan, written by five City Council members, would have ended that requirement and replaced the police department with a Department of Community Safety & Violence Prevention that would prioritize “a holistic, public health-oriented approach.”

As part of a last-ditch effort to send the proposal over the hurdle, a group of City Council members sent the commissioners a letter Wednesday assuring them that they “expect the transformed system to include law enforcement as part of a multifaceted approach to public safety.”

“The Minneapolis City Council is not asking you to put police abolition on the ballot, nor does the amendment propose this,” they wrote. “We are asking you to let Minneapolis vote on a new framework for public safety that aligns with the State of Minnesota’s Department of Public Safety.”
You see that virtue signaling there. White supremacy is the law of the land. I think if you replaced white supremacy with systemic racism she's basically saying the same thing.

Why is this tinged with racial supremacy or systemic racism? We're talking about public safety a supposed peace shrine to the late George Floyd is a warzone at night and you're playing games with public safety?

Before the unrest the last week of May, I had a different view of Minneapolis. Progressive liberals dominate there it's supposed to be this great place to live and although there were several shootings of civilians by police that got national attention did anyone see the mayhem coming? I can't say I did.

Good on the Charter Commission to demand more study on the plan for a Dept. of Community Safety & Violence Prevention. Perhaps Minneapolis will still have their police department. Perhaps the police can stop saying Minneapolis citizens need to comply with the criminal [Snopes link]....

For those who want to abolish their local police department, especially in a city like Minneapolis or even in Seattle (which is a proposal for now, but that city is also another dominated by progressive liberals) I always imagine a very toothless and impotent public safety security force. It probably won't perpetuate violence, but as far as keeping the peace in a city it won't foot the bill at all!

h/t Instapundit

With this tag "THE GROWN-UPS STRIKE BACK" provided a link to this article from Daily Wire. I click through further to find this article from FOX News which quotes the President of the Minneapolis City Council:
"I mean, I hear that loud and clear from a lot of my neighbors," [Minneapolis City Council President Lisa] Bender said. "And I know -- and myself, too, and I know that that comes from a place of privilege. Because for those of us for whom the system is working, I think we need to step back and imagine what it would feel like to already live in that reality where calling the police may mean more harm is done."
I wonder what the Black residents of Minneapolis think. I'm willing to bet they're nervous about abolishing their police just like their white neighbors.

At least Bender knows she comes from a place of privilege too bad the solution is a lot more troublesome.

Oh no, not Denver too!!!

I've put a lot of focus during the past month on Portland, Oregon and Minneapolis, Minnesota and Atlanta, Georgia and New York City. Places where there were some unrest around the nation after the initial George Floyd riots the last weekend in May. One could say society still hasn't settled down in the last two months from that initial shock and now it's just going to the next level.

Denver, Colorado is a place I've only visited once in a nominally blue state. It's a place I wouldn't mind visiting or living in once I decide that Chicago just isn't it anymore. Too bad I see this:
Steffan Tubbs says Colorado residents may not realize Denver’s decline in the wake of the George Floyd protests.

He plans to change that with his fourth documentary film..

The host of “The Steffan Tubbs Show,” heard from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on 710 KNUS in Denver, is putting together a new film capturing Denver in the Black Lives Matter era. His documentary “Denver in Decay” chronicles the violence slamming the city in recent months.

Crime in Denver is surging as it is in other cities in the wake of the Floyd protests and riots.

HiT reached out to Tubbs, a four-time winner of the Edward R. Murrow award for national reporting, to learn more about “Denver in Decay” and why Denver reporters have seriously dropped the ball at a critical time in the city’s history..
I hate to see this is the future of many of our major cities. Since I mention New York City how about this from Tucker Carlson's FOX News program earlier this week [VIDEO]
WHat happens in NYC matters? And in our other large cities also. The common thread is increasingly becoming how they're governed and why the issues of crime are increasingly centered in them.

h/t Instapundit

Thursday, August 06, 2020

Tucker: America was a very different country 7 months ago

[VIDEO] Tonite's monologue from FOX News' Tucker Carlson discussing how America right now is turning slowly but surely into Communist China. Especially the curtailment of freedom especially free speech. The erosion of our history by the progressive liberals of the country.

The issue is that many of our leaders as a result of the pandemic have taken the cues from the Chinese Communists. We see how some officials around the nation - for example the Mayor of Los Angeles willing to shut off the utilities of residences who hold "unlawful assemblies".

I really hate the fact that Carlson has been increasingly dour as of late. He did another monologue a month ago about whether or not the left can govern a nation they hate. He brought it up again during his hour and notes that the Chinese are unified, however, with identity politics in this country it seems we can't help but become divided according to our group identities.

Daily Caller interviews commissioner of the Customs and Border Patrol

[VIDEO] This video with Shelby Talcott of the Daily Caller interviews acting CBP commissioner Mark Morgan about the role of his agency in the Portland, Oregon unrest. The main thing that's going on there is that is the assault on the Mark Hatfield federal courthouse there. If you still don't have a solid idea of what's going on there you should watch this video.

It's unbelievable that the tensions have been going on for over 60 days so just about two months with no opportunity for this to settle down. And Morgan makes clear, the additional federal authorities aren't leaving Portland until they know federal assets from the people to the buildings will be OK. As far as the damages to the buildings especially with graffiti vandalism it's something that will be paid for by taxpayers at the end of the day.

If you want to know about federal law enforcement's role as far as Portland, check out Legal Eagle to see another side of this.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

TMZ: YouTuber Jake Paul raided by FBI

I just found out about this tonight, and confused Jake with is brother Logan who's a very prominent YouTuber who himself isn't a stranger to controversy. More on that in a minute, however, whats' going on with Jake Paul?
3:06 PM PT -- It appears almost certain Wednesday's raids in Calabasas and Vegas have to do with Jake's Scottsdale arrest. Armani Izadi -- a longtime collaborator and former friend of Jake's -- owns the Vegas home that was raided by the FBI. Izadi was also arrested with Jake in Scottsdale.

2:08 PM PT -- The FBI has just played its hand -- partially -- and revealed the raid is somehow in connection with Jake getting arrested in Scottsdale during a George Floyd protest. The FBI tells TMZ, "The FBI is investigating allegations of criminal acts surrounding the incident at Scottsdale Fashion Square in May, 2020."

Jake was in the mall and arrested for trespass and was charged with a criminal misdemeanor, but the City Attorney has dropped the case -- it appears at the behest of the FBI -- and the more serious investigation has taken precedence.
I really don't follow Logan or Jake Paul's YouTube channels but it seems both of these young men have had some controversies as YouTubers. Indeed it was noted by TMZ that some of Jake Paul's stunts on YouTube had gotten him into trouble over the years.

As far as Logan Paul, Casey Neistat had a lengthy interview with him over two years ago which explains some aspects of his controversy. Logan paid a visit to a forest and recorded the remains of a person who committed suicide. I've never seen that video, however, Logan had to answer for that with Casey and its said that after that incident changed his strategy. [VIDEO]
I hope you enjoy yet another change of pace on this blog, although I'm sorry to have yet mentioned the name George Floyd once again on this blog. As you see from the above excerpt Jake Paul was arrested during a Floyd protest back in May.

Mark Dice: Can you really blame them?

[VIDEO] Mark Dice starts talking about the BLM mural that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio had helped to create outside of Trump Tower in New York. Someone else wanted to do their own mural and were denied a permit and yet Mayor de Blasio failed to secure a permit for the BLM mural on that street outside of Trump Tower.

And then we go to those individuals or groups who are going out of their way to "vandalize" these street BLM murals. You have Bevelyn Beatty who goes around saying Jesus Matters pouring paint on these murals. I've been wanting to write about her for a while and there is a video of her in Chicago being confronted by the "woke" left back in June.

Also Dice shows groups of LGBTQ people who are also engaged in their own campaign against BLM smearing paint like Ms. Beatty onto these murals. It has me wondering how many people are seeing through the campaign of BLM are conducting around the country in the name of "racial justice".


Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Officer Tatum talks about the leaked George Floyd bodycam footage

[VIDEO] At least we can see the perspective of a former police officer discussing what he saw in the footage that Anthony Brian Logan showed recently. The tragic circumstances of the encounter of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minn. this past Memorial Day. I like how Tatum breaks down what's going on in the chaos of this footage.

I want to emphasize that what happened is a tragedy, however, right is right and wrong is wrong and I'm no longer of the mind to throw the officers involved under the bus for this. I do hope a jury would see these facts and judge fairly.

Tatum does somewhat analyze Chauvin's situation, and it seems there were some criticism but the legal question here is whether or not Chauvin's actions contributed to Floyd's death. What I do recognize is not matter this addition footage or information in this situation, people have already picked a side here unfortunately! 

Monday, August 03, 2020

ABL: George Floyd BODYCAM Video of Arrest RELEASED! (REACTION)

[VIDEO] I don't think I've ever seen the full footage of George Floyd's arrest and probably never will. My issue is always about watching a man's death in real time, that's a problem though I recognize many would watch such an uncomfortable subject develop.

I did see the bits and piece of video taken from police officer body cam of this incident. And it causes me to call into action of the officers involved in this situation including Derrek Chauvin. The bodycam footage was released by the Daily Mail and is said to be from two officers on the scene - Thomas Lane & Alex Keung. Chauvin is currently in custody awaiting trial and due to his role in the unrest immediate after the death of Floyd is undergoing divorce proceedings from his wife.

Well I've only heard about the autopsy of George Floyd and it's understood that he wasn't in the best of health. Not only that he did actually have some narcotics in his system and reportedly he was positive for coronavirus, however, was said to be asymptomatic.

He was in a car his passengers was questioned by police at the time. Things seemed police, however, Floyd was said to be acting erratically which makes since because he was under the influence. Floyd said he couldn't breath while sitting in a squad car long before Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck. Floyd scrambled out of the car, and stated he wanted to lay on the ground. After this somehow Chauvin restrained Floyd with the knee on his neck.

Anthony Brian Logan noted in his reaction that this technique in restraint was at the time in the Minneapolis textbook. Of course in light of the outrage I'm sure many police departments including the abolished Minneapolis Police Department took this out of their textbooks. However this perspective causes me to change my opinion about what happened this past Memorial day.

I may owe Chauvin an apology knowing that I knew before seeing this, I just thought his callous actions caused Floyd's death. Now I'm not so sure, and hopefully a jury who will hear this case won't be so quick to throw the book at the now fired police officer. It causes me to wonder what the unrest of the weekend afterwards was all for.

I'm not saying there aren't some reforms to be made. I'm not saying we shouldn't have some real discussions about policing. Now I can be more fair to Mr. Chauvin than was true before seeing this new footage.

Time will have to tell.

Don Surber: NYC won't recover

Very interesting. Surber, looks at the actions of Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Mario Andrew Cuomo and their handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing unrest in NYC.
Oh he had help this time. Covid 19 sent the city reeling. Work from home showed corporations they don't need an expensive presence in New York City. Bars and restaurants folded like Republicans in a government shutdown. The elitists fled the city as the quality of life -- no Broadway, no restaurants, no gala parties -- dropped like a dead fly.

But de Blasio, and his fellow Democrat, Governor Dumber Than Fredo Cuomo, went out of their way to turn New York City into the epicenter of Wuhan Flu.
...
New York City's 23,002 covid 19 deaths are more than the total deaths of the top 3 states by population: California, Texas, and Florida. They have a total of 90 million people.

New York City has 8 million.

Covid 19 hits those with a comorbidity first, and New Yorkers saddled themselves with the Comorbidity Couple: de Blasio and Cuomo.

The first comorbidity was stupidity.

From encouraging people to hug strangers in Chinatown to putting people with covid 19 in nursing homes to not disinfecting the subways, de Blasio and Cuomo spread the virus like hot butter on toast.

But the real comorbidity is crime. It shot up. Democrats released people arrested for crimes from jail to commit more crimes. De Blasio alienated the police. De Blasio embraced the looters and rioters protesting the police.

New York City topped Chicago in gun murders last weekend. Amazing. Chiraq may relinquish its title of Murder City USA to New Yorkistan.

People notice. The escape from New York City is on.
And I feel as if NYC is the tip of the iceberg. I'd rather hope the greatest city in the world - actually Chicago is the greatest city in the world but isn't in the best shape itself - isn't near its end. It's important to be optimistic, however, it's disheartening to see such a large and important city descend into chaos. 

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Timcast: Liberals Are Waking Up, Bill Maher Hosts Panel ROASTING Far Left Cancel Culture


[VIDEO] Now I wish many Democrat elected officials in many of our blue states and urban areas recognize this. You can sympathize with the progressive liberal mobs aka the far left, however, once they have no use for you they'll turn around and cancel you. We're supposed to be in a free country with a great marketplace of ideas, however, if you can't connect with those ideas you don't like you want those ideas and the person espousing them cancelled. This doesn't make us free at all, unless that was never the point anyway.

Perhaps it starts with the celebs such as Bill Maher, what if these celebs could influence the Bill de Blasio's of the nation. Perhaps they could influence the Ted Wheelers or the Kate Browns or even Jenny Durkan (the Seattle city council is looking into abolishing that city's police department). I could go on and on but you get the point, these politicians from the local level all the way up to even Joe Biden who wants to be our next president needs to realize the far left will target you regardless of your sympathy.

Friday, July 31, 2020

Blue Collar Logic: Is narrative falling apart?

[VIDEO] I apologize for not writing more about the coronavirus pandemic here. I've used space at The Sixth Ward - at least back when it really was very serious - to discuss some of its local effects. Not so much here and it's just as much a crisis as this unrest we're still seeing around the country after the untimely demise of George Floyd by a callous police officer in Minneapolis.

What I have shared on this blog, I found among other places the Blue Collar Logic YouTube channel. I shared a video of two doctors out of California who tried to dispel the danger of the coronavirus citing high levels of infections, but very low counts of deaths. You will have a hard time finding that video as YouTube - owned by Google suppressed it - Blue Collar Logic even did a video about their version of that video being deleted.

This time Jason Siler talks about the narrative of how dangerous coronavirus is. What's been said a lot about this bug is that it mainly attacks those with comorbidities or pre-existing conditions. Perhaps said person had cancer or diabetes or asthma or hypertension and that makes them more likely to die of this very nasty illness and I do believe it is nasty.

Herman Cain is one example as he already had cancer, and it's noted he went to a Trump rally in Oklahoma City, OK and unfortunately he died from it. People are going to bring up that he chose not to wear a face covering to protect himself. I'm sure he's not the only one who didn't take their precautions knowing the risks of contracting the coronavirus.

Either way I'm not relishing the prospect of another lockdown as coronavirus infections continue to go up around the nation in a variety of states. I'm not relishing the disruption that these lockdowns have caused. Worse still I'm definitely not relishing the politics of it all, especially over the usage of an anti-malaria drug that seems to be proving controversial as a treatment.

It seems we know more about this virus than we did once the President declared his initial national emergency this past spring. And it seems we could have a vaccine soon and not only that I'm sure were developing necessary treatments to insure more people survive. And I look forward to getting back to some form of normal once we do. 

What is a "trained Marxist"?

I've been trying to determine how one can become a trained Marxist, I think I understand being a trained organizer - i.e. trained community organizer - but trained Marxist. I found a post about that and it really doesn't shed any light on it.

BTW, that post is just about five years old. We're just now hearing the comments of BLM founder Patrisse Cullors, it's nothing new and we just haven't been paying attention. [VIDEO]
When I hear Marxist I know what that means, likely an adherent to The Communist Manifesto following the principles set by political theorist Karl Marx. By my eyes communism has failed, but the allure continues in a variety of endeavors.
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FTR, I really don't care if you're a Marxist or a Communist as long as you try to compete in America's marketplace of ideas and do it honestly then there's no problem. I know that many Americans have over the years feared the type of revolution such as what took down the Romanovs in Russia after the First World War would happen here. Unfortunately for a variety of reasons it seems like we're experiencing such a revolt right now. 

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Morehouse alum Herman Cain dies of coronavirus

This news really broke this morning, however, I had already published another post by the time it broke.
I learned later that Mr. Cain had been diagnosed with colon cancer back in 2006 and was reportedly in remission however he attended that Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma last month. At this rally it was also reported that the current Governor of OK Kevin Stitt had also tested positive for coronavirus.

I saw Mr. Cain - my Morehouse brother - speak on campus while at school it had to have been during the time he ran for the US Senate seat then held by Democrat Zell Miller in his native Georgia where he lost in the GOP primary to the man who got elected to that seat Johnny Isakson. A main part of his speech to us during a Crown Forum was success as I do remember him using that word many times. I do not recall if he said anything overtly political at the time. It was probably a non-political speech to the men of Morehouse at the time.

This virus is nasty and persistent and it brings home that we're not out of the woods of it yet. I had hoped we would be. As always take your precautions wash your hands, when necessary wear a mask, and maintain social distancing.

While this nation is undergoing unrest - especially Portland - we still got to contend with this very infectious pathogen that we're still trying to get control over.

Via Morehouse College fb
I share this photo because in 2012, Mr. Cain took the reigns of former nationally syndicated radio talk host Neal Boortz' program. This photo was posted to the Morehouse College facebook page at the time and unfortunately saw a number of negative comments directed towards Cain. Whoever administers the Morehouse fb page made such a magnanimous statement with regards to Cain's views:
Our graduates go out and make their marks in the world in business, athletics, finance, the liberal arts, media and politics. Our graduates' political stances or persuasions, whatever they may be, are their own personal decisions and/or beliefs. We are proud of the work that all Morehouse Men do in changing and influencing the world they live in. That is what makes a Morehouse Man a Morehouse Man.
Yes, Morehouse should be proud of his accomplishment regardless of his views.

Rest in power! 

Rubin Report: Warning To Blue States

[VIDEO] Dave Rubin speaks to Republican Maryland Governor Larry Hogan about his new book - Still Standing: Surviving Cancer, Riots, a Global Pandemic, and the Toxic Politics that Divide America. He talks about his experiences of running one of the more solidly blue states in these United States of America. Gov. Hogan discusses his record in running in such a state and how he had been able to win two terms in state where no one even saw him coming.

What he discusses are these we hear in other states. It's certainly discussed in Illinois and certainly in California how the economic climate causes people to want to move to another state. He talks about Maryland being taxed 43 consecutive times by his predecessor Martin O'Malley and how Marylanders got fed up with the economic climate of that state. He was ready to run on his record as a small businessman and he says he's used that experience to be able to work with people.

Both Rubin and Gov. Hogan agree the future of American politics won't be these longtime politicians it will be those who bring their business background into office. I will agree that this is what our founding fathers - or for those of who are historically challenge these dead white colonizers - had intended to run this nation. If you want citizen farmers who get elected to represent their constituencies.

What I will disagree with is that I do think there is a need for people who understand the system to be in the right place at the right time. Institutional memory or knowledge is not a bad thing. Of course right now in this state we're dealing with one issue of institutional knowledge, I respect him greatly it's just too bad that he's gotten caught up in the latest scandal in Illinois.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Hot Air: The Place Where George Floyd Died Has Become A Police No-Go Zone And A Place Of Nightly Violence

I don't know how this can be considered a good thing:
The NY Times reports that the area in Minneapolis where George Floyd was killed has become a memorial of sorts for people from all over the country who come to pay their respects. Because of the obvious tension with police, it has also become a no-go zone for the cops. And that has been fine during the day when things remain peaceful, but at night it becomes a different story
What does the NY Times say:
The chaos at night has presented city officials with the challenge of how to reassert control of the space without setting off new waves of anger, all while maintaining it as a solemn place to honor Mr. Floyd. In Ferguson, Mo., where the police killing of Michael Brown set off protests in 2014, tensions were reignited when officers moved to clear out a memorial.

But in Minneapolis, at least for now, the city is moving cautiously.

“Opening up too quickly will have a devastating effect on people still mourning,” said Angela Conley, a Hennepin County commissioner, who has been leading community discussions about the future of the area where Mr. Floyd was killed.

Even so, elected officials are fielding a growing number of calls from residents concerned about the violence and loud noise at night in the area, where, among several incidents, a pregnant woman was recently killed.

“What people aren’t recognizing is that people who live there are having a very, very challenging time from the unlawfulness that is occurring after the sun goes down,” said Andrea Jenkins, a member of the City Council whose district includes the memorial space. “There are constant gunshots every night. Emergency vehicles can’t get in. Disabled people are not able to access their medications, their appointments, their food deliveries, et cetera. It’s a very challenging situation.”

Ms. Jenkins, who noted that the area has historically been plagued by gang violence, has also been taking a leading role in discussions over how to memorialize Mr. Floyd’s killing. One proposal suggests making the garden permanent. Other ideas include a civil rights museum and renaming Chicago Ave. in honor of Mr. Floyd. Activists are finding ways to preserve the street art that was painted over the plywood boards that went up to protect businesses during the protests.
This council person also voted to abolish the city police and now she has to consider the area of this memorial where there is violence at night. And it's a shame a pregnant woman was killed in this lawlessness.

Also noted as we go back to HotAir:
This story reminded me of what happened at the site where Rayshard Brooks was killed by police in Atlanta. After Brooks death, people responded by burning down the Wendys and then a group of protesters took up residence in the parking lot and demanded the site become a “peace center.”

At the same time, another group of armed people began blocking off the street near the Wendy’s and deciding who could enter and who could not. They even stopped an Atlanta City Councilwoman. The area became a police no-go zone after an officer was assaulted.

But plenty of other people were showing up in the area and over two consecutive nights there were two shootings. Those shootings, on top of complaints from people in the neighborhood, should have prompted police to clear the area and end the roadblocks but it didn’t. And that’s when an 8-year-old girl named Secoriea Turner was killed. She and her mother had gone out for soda and were stopped at one of the barricades. Turner’s mother apparently attempted to get away by driving into a parking lot and two people opened fire on the car, killing the innocent little girl.
This is where I sarcastically say and tape, but thankfully I have no video available of the little girl who was murdered as her mother attempted to escape this so-called peace center [VIDEO]
I had been found out people were squatting at the former Wendy's property and this wasn't the first time I saw the above video. I couldn't believe Atlanta - a city too busy to hate - had their own version of CHAZ.

It can be appreciated that in times of tension police officers and civilian authorities have a difficult job. Again a lot of this seems to be tolerated by the leaders of these cities. The lawlessness with these "memorials" & "peace centers" shouldn't be tolerated.

h/t Instapundit