Very Dark Days in AmeriKKKa

Lady Liberty

Preface:

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

This statement has defined the United States since the installation of the Statue of Liberty in 1886.

But in Trumplandia it has been updated thusly:

 

The head of Citizenship and Immigration Services revised the passage: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free”.
By adding the words “who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge”.
Updates can be found at the end of this article

Election 2020 Update:
November 2, 2020:

Global conflict watchers issue warning of ‘unfamiliar danger’ ahead of US election

(CNN)   A prominent group of experts that monitors violence around the world has issued an unprecedented warning ahead of Tuesday’s presidential election in the United States.

In a 30-page report, threat trackers at the International Crisis Group — an organization that frequently reports on instability in failing states and war zones — warn that a bitterly polarized America faces “unfamiliar danger” in the coming days.
“While Americans have grown used to a certain level of rancor in these quadrennial campaigns, they have not in living memory faced the realistic prospect that the incumbent may reject the outcome or that armed violence may result,” the group writes.

‘Toxic rhetoric’

In its report, issued last week, the ICG lists several factors that could result in violence on and around Election Day, including the proliferation of online disinformation and hate speech, recent controversies surrounding racial justice in America, the rise of armed groups, and the possibility of a close or contested presidential election.
The group also places the blame for potential violence at the feet of President Donald Trump, writing that his “toxic rhetoric and willingness to court conflict to advance his personal interests have no precedent in modern U.S. history.”

And then there is this gem:

FBI investigating alleged harassment of Biden campaign bus by TrumpIdiots

Washington (CNN)   The FBI is investigating the alleged harassment of a Joe Biden campaign bus last week by motorists displaying Trump 2020 flags, an FBI spokesperson confirmed Sunday.

“FBI San Antonio is aware of the incident and investigating,” FBI spokesperson Michelle Lee told CNN.
The incident took place in Texas on Friday as the campaign bus was traveling from San Antonio to Austin as part of a push to urge Biden supporters to cast their ballots on the state’s last day of early voting. A Biden campaign official described the motorists’ actions as an attempt to slow down the bus and run it off the road.
People in vehicles that were part of a “Trump Train” began yelling profanities and obscenities and then blockaded the entire Biden entourage, according to a source familiar with the incident.
At one point they slowed the tour bus to roughly 20 mph on Interstate 35, the campaign official said. The vehicles slowed down to try to stop the bus in the middle of the highway. The source said there were nearly 100 vehicles around the campaign bus. Biden staffers were rattled by the event, the source said, though no one was hurt.

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 current PreziDUNCE clearly aspires to the position of dictator.  He has dreams of an authoritarian regime that can proceed unfettered to fatten his bank account and vanquish his detractors.

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.

But no.

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.

However.

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.

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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:

  1. Legitimate protesters
  2. Rioters (property damage associated with them)
  3. 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…

ANTIFA (ANTI-FAscists)

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.”

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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.

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October 26,2020 Update

In The Streets With Antifa

[New Yorker]  Shortly after noon on September 26th, about fifteen hundred antifascists gathered on the lawn of Peninsula Park, in Portland, Oregon. Some wore black bloc—the monochromatic clothing that renders militant activists anonymous to law enforcement—but the event was family-friendly, and most attendees had dressed accordingly. Booths set up in a leafy grove offered herbal teas and tinctures, arts and crafts, condoms and morning-after pills, radical zines, organic vegetables. Above a stage, a banner read “everyday antifascist / come for the anarchy / stay for the soup.” In July, President Donald Trump had claimed, without evidence, that anarchists were throwing soup cans at police during demonstrations for racial justice. When the anarchists were arrested, he explained, “they say, ‘No, this is soup for my family.’ ” Inevitably, “soup for my family” became a tongue-in-cheek slogan at Portland protests.

Other Presidential statements have been harder to make light of. Throughout the nationwide upheaval set in motion by the police killing of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, on May 25th, Trump has vilified demonstrators as nefarious insurrectionists. Much as adversaries of the civil-rights movement once contended that it had been infiltrated by Communists, he invokes antifascists, or Antifa, to delegitimatize Black Lives Matter. A week after Floyd’s death, as popular uprisings spread from Minneapolis to other cities, the President declared, “Our nation has been gripped by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa, and others.” As the election nears, he has portrayed Antifa as a grave security threat that the Democrats and their Presidential nominee, Joe Biden, will let destroy the country. During the first debate, after Biden noted that Trump’s F.B.I. director, Chris Wray, had described Antifa as “more of an ideology or a movement than an organization,” Trump scoffed, “You gotta be kidding me.” He told Biden, “They’ll overthrow you in two seconds.”

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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.

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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

WTHF?

The U.S SunIn 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.'”

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Enemies of the U.S. are Enjoying the Collapse in Real Time

The Jerusalem PostAuthoritarian 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.

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Military leaders condemn Trump over protest response

(CNN)  President Donald Trump is facing an unprecedented revolt from the elite corps of ex-military leaders and presidents over his brazen response to mass protests and inflaming of racial divides.

In a true Washington bombshell on Wednesday evening, former Defense Secretary James Mattis, a warrior revered by his troops, told Americans they must come together without the President.
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people — does not even pretend to try,” said Mattis, who has kept silent since resigning in 2018.
“Instead he tries to divide us. We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership,” said the retired Marine general in a statement, criticizing Trump for threatening to deploy regular troops to quell unrest in a flagrant threat to US political stability.
This next article is very well written and educational.  If you have ANY doubt about how the Lafayette Square debacle went down, read this.  AND…   Watch the live-streamed video link so you can see with your own eyes how law enforcement in riot gear handled the removal of the protesters for Trump’s little stroll and photo op in front of a church he does not attend.  In at least one instance (the original video is just shy of 2 hours long) you can see a light colored, large projectile bounce off the abdomen of a protester while he is moving away from police.

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.

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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.

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And then there is the MURDER of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin

In front of his children

He is shot in the back

SEVEN Times

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.

Swell.

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.

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But wait!

There’s more!

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.

WTF people?

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.

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One more article by CBS:

Teen accused of fatal shooting during Kenosha protests arrested in Illinois

A teen accused of opening fire on a group during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, 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.

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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.

Antioch, Illinois, police identified the suspect Wednesday as 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
In Grayslake, Illinois — about 10 miles from Antioch and 30 miles from Kenosha — police chief Phillip L. Perlini said the suspect in the shooting was a former Public Safety Cadet.
Here’s a good blog post on this same topic.  Extremely well written.

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.

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But We Have An Election Where We Can Fix This!

Or do we…

Any semi intelligent American adult has been looking forward to the 2020 election where we have a shot at extracting the cancerous tumor currently prowling the White House.  This is our only option to get rid of the spoiled, petulant Brat-In-Chief and start un-sullying our world reputation.

But Trump, while not the brightest bulb in the pack, has this remarkable savant-like ability to “read the room”.  He has been whipping his army of dimwitted followers into a frenzy at every opportunity.  When the going gets tough, Trump sows racial tensions.  This is his Hallmark.  And now, less than 90 days ahead of the election, he is pulling out all the stops to de-legitimize the election process.  He is very effectively sowing seeds of doubt throughout his base and whipping them up with metric tonnes of bullshit allegations about voter fraud and not trusting the outcome.  His entire army of White House sycophants are busily finding ways to discount the election results so he can remain in office indefinitely.  He has even gone on record to say he’s not leaving if he doubts the veracity of the ballots.

Just this week, during a press briefing, this exchange took place:

A reporter asked Trump “Will you commit to making sure that there is a peaceful transferral of power after the election?”

“Well, we’re gonna have to see what happens,” he replied, echoing his previous unwillingness to state definitively that he would accept the results of the 2020 election.

But Trump’s refusal to answer the question wasn’t nearly as scary as what came next.

“Get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a peaceful—there won’t be a transfer, frankly,” Trump continued. “There’ll be a continuation.”

This should worry the hell out of everyone.

Today, Ken Paxton, sycophant extraordinaire and Attorney General of Texas released his latest missive which included this outright lie:

“It is an unfortunate reality that elections can be stolen outright by mail ballot fraud. Election fraud, particularly an organized mail ballot fraud scheme orchestrated by political operatives, is an affront to democracy and results in voter disenfranchisement and corruption at the highest level,” said Attorney General Paxton. “Mail ballots are vulnerable to diversion, coercion, and influence by organized vote harvesting schemes. This case demonstrates my commitment to ensuring Texas has the most secure elections in the country, and I thank the Gregg County Sheriff and District Attorney for their continued partnership. Those who try to manipulate the outcome of elections in Texas must be held accountable.”   

I could go on for several pages, but that would just be unproductive.  The damage wrought by this administration over the last four years will take literally generations to reverse.  Trump has steadily dismantled everything Obama enabled except for the ACA (Obamacare) and he has had that in his sights for years.  Mark my words:  If he is reelected, and we don’t retake the Senate, the result will be a death knell for Obamacare and thousands of Americans who depend on it literally for their lives.  But that won’t be the worst of it by a long shot.  #MoscowMitch McConnell is possibly the most destructive force in all this.  He controls the Senate, and therefore the direction of this country.  Trump is just a lightning rod the GOP rank and file LOVE, because he distracts all attention away from the real destruction going on behind the curtain.

VOTE!

Get Everyone you Know to VOTE!

 

Donald Trump’s election threat is actually worse than it appears

(CNN)   For months now, President Donald Trump has sought to raise questions in his supporters’ minds about the accuracy of the 2020 election results, suggesting with zero evidence that there was some sort of effort to steal the election because of the likelihood of increased mail-in balloting due to coronavirus fears this November.

On Wednesday night, he threw all subtlety out the window — refusing to say he would accept a peaceful transition of power “win, lose or draw” this fall. Because of course he did.
While Trump’s inability to say he would accept the elections results is bad — like, really bad — his full quote in response to the peaceful transition of power question is actually more damning, and telling, about the man who currently leads the country.
Here’s his full quote (bolding is CNN):
“Well, we’re going to have to see what happens. You know that. I’ve been complaining very strongly about the ballots. And the ballots are a disaster. … We want to have — get rid of the ballots and you’ll have a very trans- — we’ll have a very peaceful — there won’t be a transfer, frankly; there’ll be a continuation. The ballots are out of control. You know it.”

 

Trump foments mistrust of election he claims won’t be honest

(CNN)   President Donald Trump and top aides are responding to the uproar over his failure to guarantee a peaceful transfer of power by intensifying their efforts to create election chaos he can use to cling onto power should he lose in November.

In the wake of Trump’s stunning warning on Wednesday that “we’re going to have to see what happens,” questions are also growing about the willingness of Republican lawmakers to stand up to Trump if he refuses to accept the will of voters.
And raising new concerns that the administration is leveraging executive power to bolster the President’s political goals, the Justice Department said it was probing “potential issues with mail-in ballots” in Pennsylvania following the discovery of nine discarded ballots.
As the implications of Trump’s statement about the transition of power begin to sink in, Trump, as he so often does, barged ahead, seeking to drive home his case that the vote may be rigged.
“We want to make sure the election is honest, and I’m not sure that it can be,” the President said, before heading to a rocking campaign rally in Florida where the crowd’s devotion contrasted with the boos he heard while paying respects to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court earlier in the day.
And the FBI weighs in on this Voting Fraud nonsense thusly:

The FBI director just totally shut down Donald Trump’s vote-fraud conspiracy

(CNN)   In the space of a single sentence uttered Thursday, FBI Director Christopher Wray unwound months of wild conspiracy theories pushed by President Donald Trump and his allies about mail-in ballots in the 2020 election.

“Now, we have not seen, historically, any kind of coordinated national voter fraud effort in a major election, whether it’s by mail or otherwise,” Wray said in response to a question about the safety of voting by mail, which millions of Americans are expected to do amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Wray was testifying in front of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Under oath. Meaning that if he didn’t tell the truth about his knowledge in regard to what he knew about the record of fraudulent voting by mail, he would be committing a crime.

Ready to move to Canada yet?

(not sure they would let us in…)

 

 

 

 


And then there are the issues surrounding ICE and their detention centers…

As if all this violence amid a looming dictatorship wasn’t enough — coupled with a worldwide pandemic and (at today’s count) 207,000 dead Americans to show for it…
We still have kids in cages and separated families in growing numbers.
And the latest scandal associated with this horrible human rights catastrophe is that these detained women are being sterilized without their consent:

Immigrant Women Detained By ICE Said A Gynecologist Performed Procedures Without Their Consent

BUZZFEEDAmanda thought she was going to the doctor for a simple procedure to drain an ovarian cyst, but when she arrived at Irwin County Hospital from ICE’s Irwin County Detention Center in July 2019, a nurse told her she would be having surgery.

Amanda, who asked to be identified by a pseudonym because she has an open immigration case and fears retaliation, said she was filled with terror at the thought of being put under anesthesia. She was also confused; surgery was not at all what her gynecologist had told her to expect.

Her gynecologist was Mahendra Amin, the doctor at the center of accusations of carrying out gynecological procedures on women in immigration detention without their consent. Amin, who until recently had been treating immigrant women detained at Irwin County Detention Center, has denied the allegations through his attorney and did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

So far, there has been no evidence to support the accusations of mass sterilizations on immigrants at the ICE detention center. But several people have since come forward to accuse Amin of conducting gynecological procedures on women without their consent.

The allegations against Amin came after a whistleblower — Dawn Wooten, who worked as a nurse at the detention center — filed a complaint with the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General. Wooten, whose complaint primarily focused on medical care and COVID-19 testing inside the facility, also alleged that unwanted hysterectomies were being performed on immigrant women. Wooten didn’t name the doctor — but soon after, Amin’s name was made public by advocates and attorneys.

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From NPR:

ICE, A Whistleblower And Forced Sterilization

NPRLast week, Dawn Wooten, a nurse working at an ICE detention center in Georgia, made startling allegations about the treatment of the women detained there. Wooten filed a whistleblower complaint against the agency last Monday.

Dr. Mahendra Amin is the main physician accused of performing these invasive surgeries on detained women. But Wooten’s allegations weren’t just about medical abuse. They also claimed the facility failed to protect staff and detainees against coronavirus.

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And from CNN:

In a horrifying history of forced sterilizations, some fear the US is beginning a new chapter

(CNN)   Natalia Molina was shocked when she heard a whistleblower’s allegations about hysterectomies in ICE custody. But also, she wasn’t.

Molina has written about the history of forced sterilization. The professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California knows there’s a shameful legacy of US officials ordering operations on people without their consent — often disproportionately targeting people of color — with laws driven by racism and cloaked in terms about mental health and fitness.
So when new allegations emerged about conditions in ICE custody, she says, it wasn’t hard to make a connection.
“The story gained so much traction immediately with people, because there’s such a long history affecting many different racial and ethnic groups, across many institutions — mental health hospitals, public hospitals, prisons,” she says.

But WAIT!

There’s MORE!

 

NYT

The federal government received more than 4,500 complaints in four years about the sexual abuse of immigrant children who were being held at government-funded detention facilities, including an increase in complaints while the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families at the border was in place, the Justice Department revealed this week.

The records, which involve children who had entered the country alone or had been separated from their parents, detailed allegations that adult staff members had harassed and assaulted children, including fondling and kissing minors, watching them as they showered, and raping them. They also included cases of suspected abuse of children by other minors.

From October 2014 to July 2018, the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a part of the Health and Human Services Department that cares for so-called unaccompanied minors, received a total of 4,556 allegations of sexual abuse or sexual harassment, 1,303 of which were referred to the Justice Department. Of those 1,303 cases deemed the most serious, 178 were accusations that adult staff members had sexually assaulted immigrant children, while the rest were allegations of minors assaulting other minors, the report said.

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Not quite done yet…

8,800 Unaccompanied Migrant Children Expelled Along the U.S.-Mexico Border

SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

(SAN FRANCISCO)About 8,800 unaccompanied children have been quickly expelled from the United States along the Mexico border under a pandemic-related measure that effectively ended asylum, authorities said Friday.

The Trump administration has expelled more than 159,000 people since the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention emergency order took effect in March, a figure that also includes more than 7,600 adults and children who crossed the border in families.

The figures on children were reported for the first time in a declaration by Raul Ortiz, the Border Patrol’s deputy chief, as part of the administration’s appeal of an order to stop housing children in hotels.

The administration “immediately” expelled most children and families to Mexico but more than 2,200 unaccompanied children and 600 people who came in families were held until flights could be arranged to return home, Ortiz said.

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Shades of the Third Reich…

If all of this does not make you ashamed of our administration…  And keep you up nights…  And make you fear for our future…

You need to dial back on your meds.

October 9, 2020 Update:

All of this can be tied to Trump’s admonition to “LIBERATE Michigan” during the protests in May — and his live statement in the first presidential debate of “Stand back and stand down.” which the right wing wackjobs took to mean “wait for the next dog whistle.”

There are numerous articles about this event.  Just Google “Whitmer kidnap” to research on your own.

Feds Bust Militia Plot to Kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Overthrow Government

HARTLAND, MichiganFederal prosecutors on Thursday announced the arrest of six men who allegedly plotted with a militia group to violently overthrow the government and kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The men were arrested Wednesday night after the FBI and Michigan State Police raided several homes. As part of their plot, the group joined forces with members of a Michigan militia, with whom they discussed attacking the state Capitol building, storming a police facility, and kidnapping Whitmer outside her vacation home before Election Day, according to a federal affidavit filed Thursday.

“Several members talked about murdering ‘tyrants’ or ‘taking’ a sitting governor,” an FBI agent wrote in the affidavit, as first reported by The Detroit News. “The group decided they needed to increase their numbers and encouraged each other to talk to their neighbors and spread their message.”

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In a follow-up to this story:

Lawyer for accused domestic terrorist says suspect was just ‘playing army’

[CNN]  Southfield, Michigan It’s a late summer weekend in northwestern Michigan, and leaves have started to turn from green to shades of yellow and orange in the village of Luther, home to about 320. A mile or so off the main road, deep in the woods, a few people live in mobile homes parked atop a hill. There’s no running water or electricity and the best way to get there is four-wheel-drive.

Just past one mobile home, neat piles of seven or eight tires stretch out 15 feet. Beyond them, wooden pallets have been stacked to form a C-shaped wall. Human silhouettes have been spray-painted in red on some of them. They are pocked with bullet holes.
And on that mid-September weekend, there was a large explosion.
“We heard a big boom, a big one,” said Cliff Demos, who lives about a mile away with his wife and horses. “It was right over there,” he said, pointing up the road. “It was huge. It was huge.”
The FBI says a September 12 field training exercise there included making a bomb as part of a domestic terrorist plot against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that has led to six men being charged at the federal level and eight more with state crimes.

October 26,2020 Update:

An all-Black group is arming itself and demanding change. They are the NFAC

(CNN)   When two loud bangs rang out on the streets of Lafayette, Louisiana, no one knew where the gunshots came from as protesters gathered to demand justice for another Black man killed by police.

Among the crowd was a group of armed Black men and women who call themselves the “Not F**king Around Coalition” or NFAC. The group did not run toward the gunshots or break formation. Instead, they kneeled on the ground amid the confusion, and then walked away after their leader shouted, “fall back! fall back!”
The all-Black, Atlanta-based group has grown in size out of frustration during a summer of protests against questionable policing and the deaths of countless Black people at the hands of police, said their founder John Fitzgerald Johnson.
Their presence has caused a stir in the cities they’ve visited and the group has drawn some criticism after people accidentally fired a weapon during two of their rallies, including the one in Lafayette.

October 27, 2020 Update:

FBI Sits on Report Detailing White-Supremacist Terror Threat

[YAHOO News] — The FBI has failed to produce a legally required report detailing the scope of white supremacist and other domestic terrorism, despite mounting concerns that the upcoming election could spark far-right violence.

According to a key House committee chairman, that leaves the country in the dark about what the FBI concedes is America’s most urgent terrorist threat, as well as the resources the U.S. government is devoting to fight it.

In June, the bureau was supposed to release a report compiling a wealth of currently unavailable data on domestic terrorism, a category that includes white supremacist violence. The most recent National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires the FBI, in accord with Department of Homeland Security and consultation with the Office of Director of National Intelligence, specify not only known acts of domestic terrorism, but “ideologies relating to domestic terrorism,” and what the FBI and its partners are doing to combat it all.

Yet the FBI is over four months late. While President Trump falsely portrays left-wing property damage as terrorism, suspicion is building that the FBI, whose director Christopher Wray is on the outs with Trump, will keep the public from seeing the scope of its premier terror threat before an election that may feature violence emerging from it.

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