As if a global pandemic was not enough…
In recent days, the heinous murder of George Floyd has produced legitimate protests against an ongoing trend of law enforcement employing excessive force and deliberate murder against black Americans. The institutional racism inherent in many American police departments is a well documented black eye on the nation once held up as the most desired country in the world.
Recent years have seen the American crown badly tarnished in the world view. We have an unenviable reputation of having more mass murders involving firearms than any other non-war zone on earth. This is a side effect of our inherent second amendment gun culture and is unlikely to change any time soon. But our 2016 election process from run-up to the current state of affairs has reduced our standing on the world stage to something in the general vicinity of a third world dictatorship. In fact, the only thing keeping this once great country from becoming a dictatorship is our oft-imitated and generally admired Constitution.
Our response to the recent George Floyd protests has been abysmal as a country, but with occasional bright spots of hope when some law enforcement personnel have actually joined the protests or taken a knee in solidarity with the protesters.
Our preziDUNCE’s ridiculous photo op in front of a church he does not attend, holding up a book he has never read, and spouting words he does not believe, was met with an abundance of criticism. There have been more fairy tale stories floated by our administration about the event than I can wrap my mind around. What we have finally learned – and video confirms it – is that the massive military police / Secret Service presence was ordered by William Barr, AKA Trump Rottweiler Attack Dog, to forcibly clear peaceful protesters ahead of Trump’s photo op. In at least one video you can See Barr standing behind the phalanx of riot-gear clad police and military. Why would he be out there for any other reason? This is not exactly the place you want to take your lunch break from a day of subverting the Constitution for your master.
There have been massive protests across the county and now the world, over the murder of George Floyd. Finally, after the massive protests and riots had created unprecedented havoc, all four officers were ultimately charged and arrested. Originally, only the officer with his knee on the neck of Floyd for what amounted to almost nine grueling minutes prior to the victim involuntarily emptying both his bladder and bowels in the last seconds of his life, was charged with the ridiculous count of 3rd degree murder. All 4 officers were fired. But 3 had no charges leveled initially. This is what set off the protests. The Minneapolis PD lack of transparency and follow-through. We can also fault the Minneapolis DA for not aggressively insisting on charges for all 4 right off the bat. As the days grind on and protests mount from sea to sea, evidence comes to light that the officer (Derek Chauvin) who killed Floyd with his knee on the man’s neck for the heinous (unproven) crime of passing a counterfeit bill, have 18 other accusations of excessive force. It also come to light that the department as a whole, has long history of racism and excessive force complaints.
The smart move by Minneapolis PD and the District Attorney’s office would have been to not only fire all 4 officers on the day this horrendous crime took place, but charge and arrest all four on the spot – just like they would have done with you, me or any other citizen. If it had been a black man causing a man to die in this manner, what do you imagine the Minneapolis PD response would have been? Go ahead, take all the time you need. I can wait.
Finally, on Wednesday, June 3rd, after more than a week of protests and riots raged unabated across our land, charges were leveled against the other 3 ex-officers and the original charge was elevated from 3rd degree murder to 2nd degree murder against Derek Chauvin.
George Floyd was murdered on May 25th
Remember this date. Forever. And this man’s name. George Floyd
All four officers were fired on May 25th
- The other 3 ex-officers were charged on June 3rd
- After 9 days of protests
- 9 days of riots
- 9 days of businesses across this country shut down
- 9 days of businesses, many just coming back after months of pandemic-related losses, trying to recover and being looted
- 9 days of mayhem and chaos
- 9 days of being the black sheep (pun intended) of racial equality on the world stage
- 9 days of ineffective damage control
- 9 days of additional examples of excessive force by law enforcement
Apparently the fact that the protests were ABOUT excessive force is lost on a lot of cops
- 9 days of injuries to protesters by tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets (hence the bullet list) and wooden (WTF) projectiles
All of which could have been mitigated by the right choice in Minneapolis.
If you search for and watch as many riot / looting videos as you can find, you will certainly see black people who were sucked into the vortex of rioting and looting. Make no mistake about it, that has happened.
There are numerous examples of the destruction, chaos and looting being perpetrated by white people. In Minneapolis there is video of a white man, clad in all black tactical attire, complete with a high end gas mask and black umbrella to obscure his identity, going window-to-window at an Auto Zone store and breaking all the windows with a hammer. Protesters can be seen on this video, urging him to stop. Clearly there are outside actors that are the catalysts for rioting an looting. But why?
If you’re white, you have probably believed for the last 50-ish years, that we did a mighty find job of abolishing racism and bigotry with legislation. I mean, it’s illegal now, right? So we fixed it. Good for us. Give yourself a nice pat on the back. And we voted a black man into the presidency. For 8 years! That’s progress, right? Well, yes. And no. I’ve written about this before, but I’ll just say this: If you have brown or black skin, you know this is bullshit. Just being out at night in some places is taking your life in your hands. You CAN be pulled over, searched and arrested for DWB (Driving While Black). You can be killed in the process. It happens all the time. Those of us privileged white folks probably never realized the problem was as bad as it is. Unless you know “the secret handshake“, in which case you are a (virtual) card carrying racist and know all about it. From a very different angle.
There are extremists in this country who have been planning, stocking up and waiting a long time for an event like this to give them an opportunity to raise hell on the streets of America. You know the ones. We like to call them White Nationalists these days. The KKK is the most obvious. Everyone knows the name. But have you ever heard of Identity Evropa, The Right Stuff, Patriot Front, White Boy Society, American Freedom Party, Boogaloo Bois, AltRight? There are lots more. We call them Alt-Right groups. They really want a white society. No Jews, no brown skinned people and most certainly no Blacks. Some are Neo-Nazis. You know the ones (“There are some very fine people on both sides“) that Trump alluded to a few years ago. Some are just itching for the next Civil War and the total destruction of our current government. The Boogaloo Movement was primarily responsible for the Operation Gridlock protests against lockdown orders associate with the Coronavirus pandemic. This is when most people first heard about their activity.
‘Boogaloo’ arrests in Nevada portray extremists using protests to incite civil war
Two men charged with conspiring to incite violence and civil unrest at protests over the killing of George Floyd previously sought to do the same thing at protests against coronavirus lockdowns, in both instances seeking to promote their extremist agenda, federal prosecutors say.
Federal agents arrested the men, Stephen Parshall and Andrew Lynam, along with a third man, William Loomis, before they allegedly planned to disrupt a Black Lives Matter protest in Las Vegas. They face federal charges of conspiracy and possession of unregistered firearms and multiple terrorism-related state charges. Prosecutors say the men had planned to use firebombs and explosives to create chaos and panic that would lead to riots. The men are being held in the Clark County jail on $1 million bond each.
Some of these groups are involved in the planning and implementation of the riots / looting. They appear to be well organized and funded. Social media is rife with reports of stacks of of brick-laden pallets near protest sites. These are purported to be intended “missiles” to be deployed against the police and local businesses. This has been roundly debunked. They are also accused of staging massive arrays of water bottles (to rinse out the eyes of those tear-gassed), and arrange on-site medics. It appears the on-site medics are simply good Samaritans who are doing this of their own volition. Reports of the rioters arranging funds for bailing out their arrested comrades abound, but I have seen no actual proof. So you can chalk some of this up to urban legend. It’s not difficult to locate videos showing these people in the forefront of the rioting, lighting fires, breaking windows and looting. Twitter recently removed an account associated with one of these right wing groups posing as ANTIFA and trying to deflect rioting responsibility to this far left ideology.
Let’s not lump all the protests in with the rioting. There are at least two distinct groups of people. Maybe three:
- Legitimate protesters
- Rioters (property damage associated with them)
- Looters (they steal things)
Sometimes members of one group cross over the barriers and become members of two or all three groups. For the most part, the original legitimate protesters stay only in that group and attempt to diffuse the rioting and looting – or stay as far away from it as possible. They have no interest in upgrading from moral indignation to a permanent arrest record and possible jail time.
In case you haven’t noticed, the current U.S. Administration is heavily invested in making anything left-leaning (read: progressive) look bad and preferably a crime. Recently the White House account tweeted, then removed (after is was debunked) a false claim purportedly showing stacks of bricks arrayed by ‘ANTIFA and professional anarchists’ outside a synagogue. They were actually anti-terrorism barriers.
In case you missed it (perhaps you live in a cave) on May 31st, 2020, our PreziDUNCE declared in a tweet “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization”. If you know anything about ANTIFA (Acronym for ANTI-FAscists), they are not an “organization” — or a “group” of any kind. They are, in fact, staunchly anti-fascists. Individually. With no organizational structure. Their sole purpose in life, as was described to me in an interview with a self-avowed anarchist, is to “punch Nazis in the face”. This is their only goal. Punching Nazis in the face. I like the sound of it. Seems like a reasonable amount of violent response to Naziism to me. You may disagree and that, my flock, (if you’re reading this, you are a member of my flock) is the beauty of the First Amendment to our Constitution. You are entitled to you opinion, no matter how ridiculous, crazy, fact-limited or downright completely founded you opinion may be. And I will defend your right to voicing your opinion right up to – and not exceeding the point where that “voicing” of opinion becomes violent or infringes on my rights / personal space. That is where the rubber meets the road in my book (or blog).
But I digress…
Our PreziDUNCE would have you believe ANTIFA has been involved in all the protest violence. And he has declared ANTIFA a terrorist organization.
Well… That very simply is pure unadulterated bullshit. And the FBI has indicated as much.
The Anti Defamation League has this to say about Antifa:
“…Today, antifa activists focus on harassing right wing extremists both online and in real life. Antifa is not a unified group; it is loose collection of local/regional groups and individuals. Their presence at a protest is intended to intimidate and dissuade racists, but the use of violent measures by some antifa against their adversaries can create a vicious, self-defeating cycle of attacks, counter-attacks and blame. This is why most established civil rights organizations criticize antifa tactics as dangerous and counterproductive.”
Read the entire article here.
And the FBI has this to say on Antifa:
FBI Director Chris Wray Rejects Antifa as ‘Biggest Threat’ to US, Labels it As ‘Ideology’ Not an Organization
FBI Director Christopher Wray rejected the notion that Antifa is the “biggest threat” to the United States when he testified before the House Homeland Security Committee — instead describing it as “more of an ideology or a movement than an organization.”
During the Thursday hearing, Committee Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) asked Wray what currently acts as the biggest threat to homeland security, questioning if it’s either right or left-wing radicals.
Wray noted that the title of “biggest threat” cannot be attributed to one group or organization, but is often lone agents who have self-radicalized themselves online and pursue easy or soft targets.
“If you compare the threat I just described to the sort of Al-Qaeda sleeper cells of old, that group, the sleeper cells, you’ve got a group of people colluding, conspiring, fund-raising, planning, preparing, communicating,” he added. “So there’s a lot of dots out there to connect if the intelligence community and law enforcement know where to connect, and it usually occurs over a long period of time.”
Business Insider — The FBI has collected no intelligence indicating that “antifa” was involved in violence over the weekend related to protests over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died on May 25 after a white police officer in Minneapolis knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, The Nation reported.
President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr both blamed antifa — a loosely organized left-wing group consisting of anti-fascism activists — for violence linked to a series of protests that took place on Sunday.
In an astonishing tone-deaf moment even for our Pestilence-in-Chief, Trump invokes the name of George Floyd while patting himself on the back about jobs growth. Even for Trump, this is a gaffe of astounding proportions.
With a shocking invocation of George Floyd, Trump shows his disconnect from nation’s pain
“Hopefully George is looking down right now and saying this is a great thing that’s happening for our country,” Trump said Friday in the Rose Garden, shortly after arguing that the economy is coming back like a “rocket ship.”
This is a work in progress, so stay tuned for updates.
I swiped this meme from a friend’s post because it is succinct and to the point:
His threats of violence and military intervention against these protests has also been roundly denounced by local law enforcement. Houston’s police chief, Art Acevedo, went so far as to tell him if he could not say something productive to “keep your mouth shut” in the following interview.
In the Batshit Crazy Department
Once again, much to the chagrin of all sentient Texans capable of critical thinking…
One of our politicians has put forward this bizarre conspiracy theory that…
George Floyd’s Death Was Staged to Hurt Donald Trump
Let me repeat that for you, because you probably think you read it wrong:
George Floyd’s Death Was Staged to Hurt Donald Trump
The U.S Sun — In the post, Brehm wrote: “I think there is at very least the “possibility”, that this was a filmed public execution of a black man by a white cop, with the purpose of creating racial tensions and driving a wedge in the growing group of anti deep state sentiment form common people, that have already been traumatized by Covid 19 fears.
“Historically, in election years, and in politically contested areas or in groups, racial or gun violence incidents are becoming common place.
“Considering the approval rating of President Trump in the black community, an event like this was unfortunately ‘Predictable.'”
Enemies of the U.S. are Enjoying the Collapse in Real Time
The Jerusalem Post — Authoritarian regimes throughout the world are pushing narratives that appear to gloat over and celebrate that chaos unfolding in the United States. On Monday, Iran’s media pushed stories that highlighted the “collapse,” while quoting Russian sources portraying that the US is flailing about as its world order comes crashing down.
The US became the world’s most powerful country, a global hegemonic superpower, after the Soviet Union and its client states fell apart in 1989. However, Russia, China, Iran and increasingly Turkey have all awaited the period when the world would become multi-polar again. They have sought to work more closely together, and they have sat frequently at global forums that the US does not attend.
Military leaders condemn Trump over protest response
The ‘Tear Gas Hoax’ Debunked
Trump apologists deny and distort the tactics used on the Lafayette Square protesters.
By now, everyone reading this is aware that on Monday night President Trump committed a grotesque and unconstitutional abuse of power: To show that he was “reclaiming the territory” around the White House, our channel-surfing faux-strongman had law enforcement officers use gas, rubber pellets, batons, and smoke grenades to violently disrupt a peaceful protest just north of Lafayette Square—before curfew—under orders of Attorney General William Barr.
After the inevitable blowback from this action on “the shows,” the Trump administration and its propagandists—both in the public and private sectors—began test-driving some alternative facts about the events of Monday evening. Maybe the U.S. Park Police acted on its own out of self-defense, they suggested. Maybe its officers didn’t use tear gas, they suggested. Maybe this was all one big coincidence.
And on the topic of Rubber Bullets.
These are touted as “less lethal” or “non-lethal” projectiles for use in crowd control. Scientific research and case histories, however, disagree with this description. Depending on where the round contacts the body and the distance it travels en route, determines the degree of injury imparted.
This is an excellent article on the topic and I recommend you read it.
And then there is the MURDER of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin
In front of his children
He is shot in the back
By the police
As if enough mayhem is not already blistering this country.
You would think by now, every police chief in this country would have had “the talk” with the rank and file.
It should go something like this:
Listen UP! I don’t want any one of you motherfuckers shooting another unarmed black man who is not running toward you while threatening your life with a weapon. Especially BLACK men. I don’t want any unjustified killing of WHITE people either. I don’t really think I should have to make the distinction, but just to be sure I am clear, No More wanton killing of ANYONE. You hear me? You’ll notice I used the redundancy of “unarmed” and the word “not” in front of the “with a weapon” phrase. Let me reiterate: I don’t want any one of you motherfuckers shooting another unarmed black man who is not running toward you while threatening your life with a weapon.
Is this somehow unclear to any fucking one of you.
I can’t hear you!
Alright. Now that I have your undivided attention, let’s go out and actually Protect. And Serve. And let’s all try really hard to get to EOW without killing anyone or getting ourselves at the top of a negative news story. OK?
But based on Kenosha alone (and there are so many more), it appears this is not happening.
So, after Jacob Blake is shot down in the back and now is paralyzed from the waist down, the city of Kenosha descends into days of protests, rioting and burning buildings. During a pandemic.
Some background on this event:
Jacob Blake paralyzed from waist down after Kenosha shooting by police
KENOSHA, Wis. (WLS) — Jacob Blake, a black man shot by police in Kenosha Sunday, is currently paralyzed from the waist down, his father said Tuesday.
Jacob Blake Sr. told CNN he does not know if the injury is permanent. Blake’s attorneys said Tuesday afternoon it would be a “miracle” if he ever walked again. The attorneys said the bullets severed his spinal cord and shattered some of Blake’s vertebrae, as well as causing damage to his stomach, kidneys and liver. He was undergoing more surgeries Tuesday afternoon, his father said.
On August 25th, 2020, allegedly, a babyfaced Kyle Rittenhouse, (17 year old kid with an AR-15), somehow got from his home in Antioch, Ill to Kenosha, Wisconsin for what appears to be the express purpose of hunting rioters. He got past police on the way in, with an AR-15 across his chest, and after shooting 3 people (killing 2), he again walked right past these same police on his way out of the area and made his way home, where he was ultimately arrested the next day. There is abundant video of the carnage in progress and his unchallenged exit from the area with an AR-15 across his chest.
You don’t travel across state lines with an “assault weapon” to protect your property. You do it to go HUNTING. Hunting humans.
This brings to mind some questions:
- A: Where the hell are this kid’s parents?
- B: How did he get to Kenosha with the AR-15?
- C: How did no one see this coming?
- D: Why are the police allowing armed militia types into a war zone (make no mistake, that is what this is)
- D: With people yelling “this dude just shot someone” why was this kid not stopped by law enforcement?
Kyle is now under arrest and facing multiple charges that includes murdering two people.
This is an excellent article on the subject:
17-year-old charged with homicide after shooting during Kenosha protests, authorities say
KENOSHA, Wis. — Authorities on Wednesday said a 17-year-old had been charged with homicide after two people were killed and another seriously wounded by gunfire amid a chaotic night of demonstrations and destruction in Kenosha unleashed by the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake.
One more article by CBS:
Teen accused of fatal shooting during Kenosha protests arrested in Illinois
A teen accused of opening fire on a groupWisconsin, last night, killing two, is in custody in Illinois, the Antioch police department announced in a Facebook post. The post did not name the 17-year-old, who they said is an Antioch resident. But the State’s Attorney’s office in Lake County, Illinois, said Kyle Rittenhouse was in bond court this morning regarding being a fugitive from justice in Wisconsin, and is being held on no bond. He was due back in court for an extradition hearing on Friday.
More background on the shooter:
Kenosha shooting suspect is a former member of a youth police cadet program
(CNN) The suspect in the Kenosha, Wisconsin, fatal shooting is a former member of a youth police cadet program with an affinity for guns, according to police and online profiles.
Anatomy of a Catastrophe
How Rampant Stupidity Killed Two People in Kenosha
NOTE: Information about this incident is still emerging. This article will be updated as the facts evolve in this case. There is a lot of information hitting the web about what happened, and not all of it is good information or relevant to the thesis of this article. Bear with us while we try to keep up, okay?
Bullshido, at its heart, is a place of conflict. Founded on the principal that the best way to defeat stupidity is to confront and face it head on, our mission remains one of unceasing, unyielding confrontation. The universe, and far too often for comfort, the United States, seems hell-bent to provide us with opportunities for this sort of antagonistic introspection. And that is what brings us all to Kyle Rittenhouse.