So the big news is I’ll be busy testing out my A-Mount lenses on the LA-EA5 adapter. But I’ll keep up with what’s going on in the world.
The two headlines that caught my eye this morning are:
2 Chicago police officers shot, 1 killed in West Englewood shooting
I watched the clip and listened to pop-eyed Lori Lightfoot emoting for the shot cops. Really kind of hard to believe she has the best interests of the police officers or the wider public in mind. I will say she seems burnt out. I doubt she runs for re-election. Not that anyone would elect her at this point. She is the poster child for a law and order rebound in Chicago’s future. But maybe I’m wrong. The numbers at this point may be for the gangs to run Chicago. And I say let them have it. Anyone who stays in the big cities has a death wish.
NBC sees ‘worst case scenario’ as Olympics ratings plunge amid ‘woke’ protests
I was reading the comments and the overwhelming majority opinion is that NBC and the sponsors got exactly what they deserved. Whoever is still watching the “Hate America” Olympics is the woke sports viewer. Apparently they’re not a big enough crowd for money to be made by sponsors and advertisers. Good. Come back when you can make believe you love America. But at that point the number of suckers will be a pretty small number. They’ve killed the goose that lays the golden eggs. Now they can pound sand.
Well, the COVID harpies are pushing for vaccine passports and masks again. They’ll be torturing small children going to school this year. So far they haven’t forced the grocery stores and retail stores to force their patrons to either prove they’re vaccinated and/or wear a mask but it’s probably in the cards.
But I just attended a family get together yesterday and despite the nervousness of certain folks we didn’t have any mask nonsense or even waste any time talking about it. Hopefully we’re past all that at this point.
Well, off to do some camera work. Stay tuned.
I’m not completely sure how important an issue rampant crime will be in the political situation in America. It’s already fueling an enormous flight from the major cities and that is having a major impact on everything from used car prices to the pricing and availability of houses in the suburbs to the supply and demand of seats in private schools. But as much as the big cities are and will remain the uncontested domain of Democrat politicians you have to wonder what will happen as the unchecked crime in theses areas becomes a permanent condition.
Already it has had some impact on the politics in some of the biggest cities. New York has selected the closest thing to a law-and-order Democrat to be their next mayor. And the pop-eyed lesbian mayor of Chicago, Lori Lightfoot, has hinted that she might not run for re-election in two years. What she doesn’t mention is that she may be ridden out of town on a rail long before that if the current rate of murders in Chicago continues unabated.
What this is leading up to in my thought here is the question of whether there will be a turning point where the cities pull back from the madness or each just spirals down into a dysfunctional no-man’s land like Detroit or Baltimore. I think it might not be a uniform decision. As we see New York is starting to reverse course. But places like Portland and Minneapolis will probably stay the course and ride this wave right into the ground. A recent report stated that Minneapolis has seen a 60% increase in murder last year and just yesterday a woman’s headless body was found in a car on the street in one of the neighborhoods of Minneapolis indicating that we are well on the way to abject savagery.
My guess is that the crime epidemic will go a long way to consolidate the Republicans in the red states as fear of the blue city crime will favor no-nonsense candidates who take a pro-police stance and promise to protect the people living in the suburbs and rural areas from the roving gangs of urban thugs that have been unleashed by the cities. One thing that will be interesting to see is whether states like Georgia and Missouri decide to step in and clean up Atlanta and St. Louis. If things really spin out of control in those places I wonder if the state will take control of the police in those jurisdictions and override the local control. It would seem that it would be warranted on a civil rights basis if the people in these cities were shown to be suffering from criminal mismanagement.
I have no illusions about the blue states doing anything similar about their cities. They will convince themselves that this is all the result of white supremacists selling illegal guns to poor innocent gangbangers who just want to keep up with the fentanyl arms race that free enterprise necessitates. They can get their constituents to believe anything they tell them so they’ll just let the degeneration of their cities proceed and the elites will move to secured suburbs and everyone else will pay a price. But no price is too much to pay for equity, diversity and inclusion.
But what about the supposed purple states? Are there any states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, maybe Virginia that could see what’s going on and learn something about what’s wrong with the Left’s vision of the world? Could watching Philadelphia or Kenosha burned and looted and seeing their fellow citizens without police to protect them from merciless thugs in their own neighborhoods convince the “moderates” that backing the Left is a terrible mistake. The answer is no, I don’t believe it will. I think the sorting between the Left and Right has already occurred and those places are lost. But I could be wrong about that. I hope I am.
So that’s my take. The Antifa-BLM riots and the elimination of the urban police departments may very well serve as the object lesson that the red states need to formulate a strategy to protect themselves from the Obama insurrection. In fact, if it doesn’t then there really isn’t any hope for this country. Seeing the fate of our greatest cities and then witnessing the daily spectacle of old men and women being brutally beaten and sometimes killed while the police stand down and let it happen is all the warning we’ll ever get. We’ll soon enough know.
Here’s an article where the writer interviewed policemen who had either just resigned or were preparing to. He gets their read on why policing the blue cities is no longer worth the personal risk.
A newly retired Minneapolis officer said, “And the fundamental conclusion that I reached was that following Derek Chauvin, it no longer matters if what you were doing was legal, trained, the morally right thing to do, reasonable under the circumstances, the best effort of a reasonable human being in a marginal circumstance, which is basically what cops do. None of that matters. What matters is the outcome, and if you become the next spark in a viral firestorm.”
Basically the officers know the mayors and the police commissioners don’t have their backs, “There’s not a single leader that steps up for the regular cop, the regular street cop,” a now-resigned Chicago officer said. “They have the power, they have the ability to get up there and say why this was justified, and then they can sit there and explain it if they want, but they don’t know how to, or they don’t want to, or they don’t care.”
Reading the comments I found several readers who have my opinion. Let the voters of Minneapolis and Portland and Chicago stay in their cities and defend themselves once the police are no longer there to protect them from the mob they’ve created.
When the Black Chief of Police tells you that defunding the police is what’s killing people at a frightening rate you might want to reconsider defunding.
Of course he doesn’t mention that when you delegitimize and demonize the police as white criminals they probably aren’t going to go out of their way to prevent crime. They’ll just sweep up the bodies afterward and fill out the paperwork.
But don’t worry it’s California, they won’t listen to him.
John Kass, former reporter for Chicago Tribune writes a scathing indictment of the dishonesty, incompetency and suicidal nature of the Lori Lightfoot administration in Chicago.
The latest atrocity is a young Latino couple returning from the Puerto Rican Day parade are dragged from their car, assaulted, then shot execution style for the video camera while the perpetrators run or amble away.
Lightfoot goes on camera to say how unacceptable all this is and how the killers will not be given immediate release from jail pending trial. Boy, that’ll show’em. Of course, that’s assuming they are ever caught. After all the police really aren’t arresting people anymore. Why should they? If they do, they might be prosecuted if they have to shoot it out with the criminals.
Kass provides a long list of victims that stretch back over the last year of Lightfoot’s tenure as useless mayor of a dying city. But she’s working hard to rename the iconic Lake Shore Drive after the city’s first non-native settler, the trader Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. That’s right she is brokering a deal to have it called Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive. Now that’s what I call statesmanship.
I am curious to see which major city cracks first. New York and Chicago are in the running for sure. I’ll define crack as when the National Guard are given shoot to kill orders. I could go out on a limb and say this summer will do the trick but who knows? These city folks will put up with a lot. I’m sure that murder, rape and arson are a small price to pay to put an end to white supremacy. Diversity, equity and inclusion is tricky business. Burning down America’s cities doesn’t seem to be too high a price to pay. Minneapolis, it’s your turn.
All fifty officers of Portland’s riot squad resigned after one of their members was indicted for allegedly assaulting a “journalist.” My only comment is, “What took you so long?”
I think the whole Portland police department should simultaneously resign and let Antifa burn the whole stupid city to the ground. The citizens of that city deserve every bad thing that happens to them. I just wish Antifa was armed with nukes.
With the murder rate at a 23 year high and most precincts undermanned the rush for the exits in the Seattle PD is “surprising.” The future of policing in these cities will be fun to watch (if you don’t happen to live there).
The police basically wait for the bullets to stop flying and then call in the ambulance or the morgue wagon and put together the paperwork.
The rich have already flown from these cities to their new perches in more stable communities. But they’ll continue to insist that they’re proud residents of Seattle, Portland, Chicago or New York. I don’t think the cities come back from this one. There isn’t the will. I think we’ve achieved Brazil status. It will be official when the police are replaced by death squads that clear the streets of the rich enclaves of the homeless and criminal elements under the cover of night.
So the elimination of the city’s anti-crime task forces seems to have allowed gangs to start shooting up the inner city of Portland. Who woulda thunk it?
Now they want to spend a little bit of money on a task force and a whole lot of money on a committee to watch over the shoulder of the task force and make sure they don’t hurt the feelings of the gangstas. It’s just too hilarious.
I hope that the gangbangers and Antifa and BLM burn Portland completely down to the ground. If not two stones were left stacked on each other it would make me supremely happy. I would love nothing more than that the voters in Oregon got exactly what they voted for. And while they’re at it I hope they burn down every other liberal city on both coasts and everywhere else. The greatest outcome for all of this is for these imbeciles to get to experience first hand just exactly what happens when you empower a mob. Eventually that mob runs out of your enemies and comes looking for you.
The only disappointment will be when some Mitt Romney clone comes along and helps Portland clean up the mess after the party is over. What would be more appropriate is to just salt the ground and put up a monument as a cautionary reminder about what happens when Democrats are allowed to run things.
Over at the Federalist a Chinese immigrant relates how her Trump hating democrat friends have had enough of the looting and will take Trump if it saves them from the mob.
The “Defund the Police” movement has not only turned more Americans into gun owners and supporters for the Second Amendment, but may prove to be a boon for President Trump’s reelection campaign. Since downtown Oakland saw some of the worst riots and looting in the nation, I recently checked in with a friend who lives there to make sure she and her family are safe.
Like me, she’s an immigrant from China and experienced Chairman Mao Zedong’s “Cultural Revolution” when growing up. Unlike me, she has supported Democrats for years. She loathes everything Trump stands for, from his immigration rhetoric to positions on foreign policy. For the sake of our friendship, we typically avoid discussing domestic politics as well.
This time, however, she went straight to domestic politics. She told me she and her family were safe but the riots and looting in downtown Oakland were terrifying. She was heartbroken to see so many immigrant-owned “mom and pop” stores ransacked or even burned to the ground.
She conveyed that while she wanted to see justice for Floyd, night after night of destruction and lawlessness were just “too much.” They reminded her of China’s “Cultural Revolution” from 1966-1976. She told me: “I didn’t come all this way to America to re-live a ‘Cultural Revolution’ in 2020.” Then she said something I would never have thought she’d say before: “Trump is right. We need law and order.”
What can you say? Stupid Democrats, sure, but even they can see reality when it burns their neighborhood out.