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Aug 08 2020

2020 and the 1960s Riots

If the recent of profusion of left-wing violence gave you Days of Rage déjà vu, you might also be reminded of the urban unrest the plagued the country in the 1960s. sponsor takes a look back:

1964 is generally thought to be the beginning, with a riot that began in Harlem after the shooting of a 15-year-old black teenager named James Powell.

Powell was a punk with a criminal record who was part of a mob harassing a business owner in a racially charged situation. A cop shot him in self-defense.

The result was a week of rioting that left one dead, 118 injured and 465 arrested.

Urban riots occurred across the country over the next few years. The dials went up to 11 in the Long, Hot Summer of 1967.

All told, there were 159 riots that summer. The worst of these were in Newark, New Jersey and Detroit, Michigan. The riots left over 85 dead, over 2,100 injured and over 11,000 arrested. They also caused tens of millions of dollars in property damage.

The Newark riot was inspired by white cops beating a black cab driver who had allegedly assaulted them. Racial justice was achieved by smashing windows at the police station, firebombing businesses, and looting liquor stores throughout the city. Newark never recovered, sinking so low at one point as to allow Cory Booker to be mayor.

The Detroit riot started when someone threw a bottle at police trying to break up a party at an unlicensed private drinking club. It went on for days, with mostly peaceful protesters burning businesses to the ground and shooting at the firefighters who tried to put them out.

U.S. Representative John Conyers tried to address the rioters via loudspeaker out of his car, but had rocks and bottles thrown at him.

Today’s rioters continue to throw projectiles at politicians. The difference is, Democrats now side with them. Whereas even Conyers, a flaming moonbat, was presumably attempted to calm the rioters, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler recently professed allegiance with them and got pelted anyway.

The final riot in the Long, Hot Summer of 1967 was the Milwaukee riot, which left four dead, 100 injured and 1,740 arrested. This began after two police showed up to break up a fight between two black women, around which a crowd of 350 had gathered.

Riots are a price society periodically pays for enforcing rule of law in certain communities. The ultimate implications of having a major political party theatrically side with the rioters have yet to unfold.

In 1968, riots broke out across the country in the wake of MLK’s assassination. They laid long-term waste to the black business district of Washington, DC.

We have come a long way from Martin Luther King to drug-crazed career criminal George Floyd — unfortunately, we are traveling in the wrong direction.

Later in 1968, leftists rioted at the Democratic National Convention.

When pushed hard enough for long enough, regular Americans eventually push back.

The Hard Hat Riot started as a counter-protest to a protest against the killing of four students at Kent State by the National Guard. … [C]onstruction workers stormed city hall and raised the flag, which had been at half mast for the Kent State students, back to full mast. They were joined by city workers, including a postal worker who raised an American flag on the roof of city hall. … [T]he Hard Hat Riots were largely the urban white working class saying “enough” to the racialized and political violence that had plagued the country for the last several years.

Anyone ready to say “enough” to racialized and political violence in 2020?

[Riots] happened as part of a more general pattern of lawlessness and urban unrest in the United States in the late 1960s.

It is now generally agreed that the wave of rioting in 1968 helped to sweep Richard Nixon into the White House.

There are no guarantees. America is a different country now, due to mass immigration and a generation largely consisting of spoilt, miseducated moonbats. The rioters have the liberal establishment on their side, including virtually every large corporation, professional sports, the Democratic Party, and worst of all, the media.

But there is hope. Just make sure you do your part to make the pushback happen.

Get more historical context for current events by reading the whole piece, and as always, stock up on discount ammo while you are there.

Aug 08 2020

Open Thread

Self-righteous people can talk themselves into forgetting they are part of a civilization. They can then feed on that culture, bringing it down. It's happened many times in the past. It could happen to us. - David Brin
Aug 07 2020

Attack of the Corona Karens

The term Karen has different meanings in different contexts. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot uses it to mean “white b*tch.” In the context of Wuhan coronavirus, a Karen is an unholy terror — a relentless harpy from out of a nightmare:

Corona Karens are a symptom of hysteria. Hysteria is a symptom of the mainstream media.

Bill de Blasio ought to convene a committee of Corona Karens to advise him on how to impose COVID-19 tyranny.

On a tip from KirklesWorth.

Aug 07 2020

Watch Antifa Run Out of Berthoud, Colorado

Pay attention, Ted Wheeler. Now that you finally understand that Antifa are the baddies, you will want to know how to run them out of the town that you have allowed them to dominate for years. Berthoud, Colorado demonstrates:

Antifa/Black Lives Matter losers thought they would crash a patriotic rally last Sunday. The tactic of counterprotesting a pro-police rally had a different result than in New York.

On tips from GRIZZ and KirklesWorth.

Aug 07 2020

As Moonbattery Rages, Homeless Encampments Sprout

Succumbing to moonbattery has an inevitable effect on property values and neighborhood quality of life. From Moscow on the Colorado, aka Austin:

Residents in Windsor Park, a neighborhood in Central Austin’s northeast quadrant, say a homeless encampment along Tannehill Branch Creek is growing.

Kevin Ludlow has lived in the neighborhood for eight years. In that time, he says he has seen many small camps come and go. Over the past few months, he noticed a change — as a large encampment grows roots.

Uncoincidentally, moonbattery has begun to escalate out of control over the past few months, due to Wuhan coronavirus hysteria and Black Lives Matter’s war on police.

The residents of the homeless colony have brought what they always bring: waste strewn everywhere, empty syringes, and crime.

Meanwhile, Seattle is disbanding the Homeless Encampment Navigation Team, the police unit responsible for getting derelicts out of these encampments and into shelters, where they presumably could get help transitioning to productive citizens if only they would give up their recreational drugs.

In Minneapolis, woke residents turned over a local park to derelicts, even gave them food, and pledged not to report their illegal activities to the police. Powderhorn Park has not worked out. Even in anarchic Minneapolis, authorities are finally starting to clean it up:

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is trying to get residents of a large homeless encampment in Powderhorn Park to move out. Even as officials cleared a camp from the park’s east side last month, they allowed one on the west side to remain. But neighbors, police and community groups say it has become a magnet for crime and is unsafe for those living there.

Bureauweenies are encouraging the vagrants to “transition” out of the park.

If liberalism prevails, the future will look a lot like Tannehill Branch Creek, Seattle, and Powderhorn Park.

On a tip from R F.

Aug 07 2020

Varying Aptitudes for Imposing COVID-19 Tyranny

Finally, some good news out of New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio has proven as incompetent at imposing a Soviet Bloc–style police state as he is at everything else.

De Blasio proclaimed that people entering the city from any of 34 states and Puerto Rico have to quarantine for 14 days or face $10,000 fines. Checkpoints were established to enforce the order. Like de Blasio himself, the checkpoints are a joke:

[A]t Penn Station, Department of Health volunteers handed out the forms like flyers then let people walk out of the station without taking down their details.

There is supposed to be a $2,000 fine for failing to fill out travel forms.

The travelers were asked if they’d come from out of state but no tickets were checked to ensure people were being honest and there was no one collecting completed forms before letting people leave the station.

At Port Authority, there were no volunteers to either hand out forms or collect them.

Baffled passengers approached a desk themselves to collect a form but then left the station without completing it or handing it back to anyone.

Maybe the plan is to mitigate New York’s self-inflicted economic woes by collecting a $2,000 fine from everyone who did not submit forms because there was no one to submit them to. But de Blasio is probably too inept to get his hands on the money.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has more aptitude for running a police state. He has threatened to shut off water and power to businesses and residences that do not comply with COVID-19 decrees.

Britain goes farther still. Buildings deemed to be contaminated by the virus can be demolished. That will teach people to mask up.

On tips from Bluto and ScrewyPuppy.

Aug 07 2020

Ted Wheeler Realizes Antifa Are the Baddies

Some things are so obvious, even the willfully blind can’t help seeing them. After more than 2 months of nightly rioting, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has caught on that Antifa are the baddies.

Via Fox News:

Wheeler Thursday evening condemned the actions of rioters who attempted to set fire to a police precinct and blocked the exits while officers were inside.

Proving that anything can happen in 2020, Wheeler talked sense:

“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.”

Astute observation. Attempting to murder police officers is a serious crime. I look forward to a serious investigation to bring the criminals to justice.

A riot was declared Wednesday evening when agitators descended upon the Portland Police Bureau’s East Precinct building, spray-painted over security cameras, broke a glass door with a 2×4, lit a fire using an accelerant and threw fireworks and other objects at officers, according to FOX 12 in Portland.

More than 20 officers and civilian employees were in the precinct when mostly peaceful protesters barricaded them inside and started the fire.

Police said that a truck also attempted to run over officers. …

Rioters also vandalized and broke into Portland’s Police Association Tuesday night.

In other words, business as usual in the City of Roses.

If even a hapless moonbat like Wheeler can figure it out, maybe the liberal establishment media will also manage to grasp that Antifa and other violent Black Lives Matter supporters are the bad guys. It is even possible that nationally prominent Democrats like Crazy Mazie will catch on.

On a tip from Scott D.

Aug 07 2020

Race Rioter Cori Bush Wins Democrat Primary

Why not cut out Democrat middlemen and put the race rioters who have been looting and demolishing our country directly in charge of the government? Some Missouri voters love the idea:

Cori Bush, a onetime homeless woman who led protests following a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a Black 18-year-old in Ferguson, ousted longtime Rep. William Lacy Clay Tuesday in Missouri’s Democratic primary, ending a political dynasty that has spanned more than a half-century.

The general election is in the bag for Bush. Her district includes St Louis and the riot-ruined hellhole Ferguson, where Darren Wilson shot the violent maniac Michael Brown in self-defense. Where you have severe urban (and suburban) blight, you have Democrat hegemony.

The infamously radical Squad was only the beginning. Incidentally, Bush is friends with Squad leader Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Bush, 44, also had backing from political action committee Justice Democrats and Fight Corporate Monopolies this election. She campaigned for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders during his presidential bid.

The Justice Democrat radicals who installed the Squad will be primary kingmakers if the Democrat Party prevails in November.

This is not your father’s Democrat Party. It is far closer to your father’s Communist Party USA.

“She’s being buoyed by this movement, and the movement’s origin is in Ferguson,” Justice Democrats spokesman Waleed Shahid said.

“This movement” refers to Black Lives Matter, which calls for the overthrow of the American form of government in favor of Marxism combined with a formal racial hierarchy.

On a tip from ABC of the ANC.

Aug 07 2020

Psychiatry Journal Has to Backtrack on Surgical Disfigurement

Studies that appear in major scientific journals often confirm what we already knew because it is intuitively obvious. Thanks to political correctness, they don’t always get it right the first time:

The American Journal of Psychiatry published an October 2019 study titled “Reduction in Mental Health Treatment Utilization Among Transgender Individuals After Gender-Affirming Surgeries: A Total Population Study,” which examined the effects of gender reassignment surgeries on the mental health of individuals who believe they are transgender. …

The American Journal of Psychiatry initially touted the study as lending “support to the decision to provide gender-affirming surgeries to those who seek them” in an October 4 tweet.

“Gender-affirming” is Orwellian Newspeak for “gender-denying.”

Readers who haven’t guzzled the liberal Kool-Aid must have been surprised to learn that having themselves surgically disfigured improves the mental health of the sexually insane. Less surprisingly, AJP had to issue a correction:

“Upon request, the authors reanalyzed the data … the results demonstrated no advantage of surgery in relation to subsequent mood or anxiety disorder-related health care visits or prescriptions or hospitalizations following suicide attempts in that comparison.”

If something seems too crazy to be true, it probably is.

Will the American Psychiatric Association mend its ways and stop propagandizing on behalf of leftist dogma? Doubtful. The article abstract is available to the public. The correction is behind a paywall.

Science and moonbattery do not mix. You have to choose one or the other.

On a tip from Henry B.

Aug 07 2020

Open Thread

To the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to tell you something: You can have my gun. You can pry it from my cold dead hands! - Charlton Heston

On a tip from Jester.

Aug 06 2020

Four Shocking Lockdown Statistics

The video clip below from earlier in the week almost slipped past. That would have been a shame, because without knowing these shocking Wuhan coronavirus lockdown statistics, people might imagine that the disease itself is anywhere near as bad as the authoritarian overreaction to it:

1. Fifty-five percent of businesses forced to shut down between 3/1 and 7/10 due to mandatory lockdowns are not coming back.

2. Over 200,000 Britons are expected to die as a result of government-mandated lockdowns, equating to nearly 1 million life-years. Normally only communist regimes kill their own people on this scale.

3. According to Stanford epidemiologist Scott Atlas, the lockdowns will cause more years of life lost than the virus itself also in the USA (nearly twice as many).

4. According to the UN, 10,000 children around the world are dying every month due to the economic devastation caused by the lockdowns.

There is a one-word response to moonbats who squawk that more people would have died of the disease if not for the lockdowns: Sweden.

As when local tyrants Andrew Cuomo, Gretchen Whitmer, and Rachel Levine killed thousands by seeding nursing homes with COVID-19 patients, the pandemic has introduced us to a gray zone between extreme incompetence and genocide.

On a tip from Lyle.

Aug 06 2020

Voter Fraud to Target Elders With Dementia

Given Joe Biden’s alarmingly steep cognitive decline, elders with dementia who can relate to his struggles may seem a natural voting block for Democrats. Just to be sure they vote the way they are supposed to, Nevada Dems rammed through legislation allowing their operatives to march into nursing homes and vote on behalf of residents with dementia.

This is banana republic stuff:

There was a saying in postcolonial Africa: “One man, one vote, one time.”

Democrats have the advantage of being the bad guys. At this point, they also have the advantage of only having to win once.

On a tip from Seaoh.

Aug 06 2020

The Real Reason Portland Moonbats Pulled Kindergarten Cop

When Portland moonbats canceled Kindergarten Cop in favor of a hagiography of leftist congresscritter John Lewis, we were told it was because, as thought cop Lois Leveen put it,

“There’s nothing entertaining about the presence of police in schools, which feeds the ‘school-to-prison’ pipeline in which African American, Latinx and other kids of color are criminalized rather than educated. Five- and 6-year-olds are handcuffed and hauled off to jail routinely in this country.”

However, this scene of the movie reveals the real reason — it portrays Democrats in their true light:

On a tip from Rapinhoe.

Aug 06 2020

Biden Confirms Democrat Contempt for Blacks

The advantage of running someone who has succumbed to cognitive decline as a figurehead is that he is infinitely malleable by the radicals who program his teleprompter behind the scenes. The main disadvantage is that filters fail. As his mind disintegrates, Joe Biden is becoming something he has never been before: forthright. He gives voice to attitudes that are probably common if not universal among top Democrats, but that must never be spoken aloud.

Primary among these attitudes is the belief that like Biden himself, blacks are manipulable. You can herd them as easily as sheep, because they do not think for themselves. This belief explains Biden’s arrogant assertion that if you don’t vote for him, “then you ain’t black.”

In case black voters didn’t get the message the first time, Biden confirms it in the video clip below. To quote Quid Pro Quo Joe:

“Unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions,* the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community, with incredibly different attitudes about different things.”

That tops asking black interviewer Errol Barnett if he is a junky.

Hispanic voters must be pleased that Biden regards them as capable of individuality.

*Let’s tip our hat to those “notable exceptions”: Jasmyne Contours, Jonathan Isaac, Andrew Duncomb, Candace Owens, Herman Cain, Allen West… I could go on.

On a tip from Rapinhoe.

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