CHICAGO MAYOR GIVES IN
The violence in Chicago has gotten so out of control that Mayor Lori Lightfoot finally did what no other Democratic Mayor of a riot-plagued blue city has done: she gave in, stopped badmouthing and blaming her problems on President Trump, and actually talked to him about sending federal officers to help local police restore order. In retribution for her yielding to the two biggest enemies of the left – Trump and rationality – the protesters targeted her house. They demanded the defunding of the Chicago Police Department to the tune of 75% of its budget going “back into communities.” That’s just what Chicago needs: a 75% cut in police funding.
Someone should warn those protesters that, as we saw in Seattle, the surest way to get a leftist Democrat Mayor to finally do his or her job and let the police end the riots is for the mob to get too close to the Mayor’s own neighborhood.
Meanwhile, Mayor Lightfoot tried to mollify the mob by having a statue of Christopher Columbus removed from Grant Park under cover of darkness. I thought that the removal of statues was a matter of public interest that all citizens had a say in and that had to be decided by following prescribed channels, but I guess the mob has spoken, so they get their way. My friend, retired Lt. Col. Allen West (and congratulations to him for being elected chairman of the Texas Republican Party), made the observation that he didn’t know Columbus was responsible for all the recent killings in Chicago.
Me, neither. Although if Columbus could speak to us now, I wonder if he’d even protest his statue being removed from Chicago, or if he’d say, “If all America were like this, I’d be sorry I ever found it.”
Portlandia II – Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and other defenders of “peaceful protesters’” right to riot, assault federal agents and destroy federal property, declared that the mob did nothing to provoke the use of tear gas by federal officers, even as they threw flares and Molotov cocktails at the federal courthouse and set part of it on fire.
Wheeler, who was allegedly gassed twice because he was out supporting the protesters, declared, “I can tell you with 100 percent honesty, I saw nothing that provoked this response. This is an egregious overreaction on the part of the federal officers. There was nothing that I saw that warranted this overreaction.” The only way that’s 100% true is if he had tear gas in his eyes. In fact, shortly after he left, his own police department officially declared the scene to be a riot.
That linked article contains a little detail about Portland’s government that most people probably don’t know, but it will send a chill up your spine: “As mayor, Wheeler also serves as the police commissioner.” That explains why federal agents had to come in to defend the federal courthouse. The police were ordered to just stand by and do nothing. From the police report: “Portland Police were not present during any of the activity described. Portland Police did not engage with any crowds and did not deploy any CS gas. No arrests were made by Portland Police.”
You might also want to take any claims of Wheeler that he’s being “100% honest” with a pillar of salt. A reporter who was standing 15 yards away from Wheeler says his claim that he was viciously tear-gassed without provocation is a lie. CBN News contributor Chuck Holton said these alleged “peaceful protesters” were “actively attacking the federal courthouse in downtown Portland with rocks, bottles, water bottles, fireworks, paint-filled water balloons, dangerous green lasers, very powerful lasers, and, by the way, were starting fires, pretty large fires, on the portico of the federal courthouse.” Holton says Wheeler intentionally stationed himself in the middle of this mayhem where he had to know the tear gas would be fired and didn’t move, even though federal agents issued at least five loud warnings that it had been declared a riot, and they should disperse before crowd-control measures began. Holton says he has video footage to prove this.
I would like to add that if Wheeler truly didn’t see anything, it must be because he willfully closed his eyes to the violence that’s spread and worsened because of his dereliction of duty. At least he could open his eyes and see what's really happening, unlike the federal agents who may be permanently blinded because the “peaceful protesters” he’s protecting deliberately shone lasers into their eyes, which is classified by the UN as a war crime.
NO JACKSONVILLE CONVENTION
After moving the GOP Convention from Charlotte to Jacksonville, President Trump announced last night that he has decided to cancel the live convention due to the rise in coronavirus cases in Florida. Trump said the timing isn’t right, and he wants to set a good example by encouraging Americans to continue practicing social distancing and not crowding too close together.
Trump said there will be convention activities, just not a typical convention. Delegates will still meet in North Carolina to vote, and he will give an address when he accepts the nomination. It will likely just be televised and live-streamed. More on the story here:
On the subject of the coronavirus, this is a very interesting and provocative article by Clay Travis, author, attorney, radio host and founder of Outkick.com. He wrote the piece I linked to recently that took a close look at the rising infection rate compared to the plummeting death rate of the disease.
In this piece, Travis examines the nagging question of whether all the economy- and job-destroying lockdowns really made any difference at all in reducing coronavirus deaths. He compares Sweden, which did virtually nothing in hopes that a rapid spread of the disease would lead to herd immunity, to nations that imposed draconian lockdowns. Sweden’s death rate quickly accelerated, causing its leaders to be hammered for making a foolish, deadly policy mistake. But Sweden’s death rate quickly rose then dropped, while nations that imposed lockdowns dragged it out longer but still had just as many deaths.
As Travis notes, currently, with the pandemic having apparently wound down in Europe, Sweden’s death rate of 561 deaths per million people puts it right in the center of all the nations that imposed strict lockdowns: Below England (670), Spain (608) and Italy (580), but ahead of France (462) and the US (439 so far.) The US is so big and the states handled it differently, so cases are still rising in some states long after they’ve peaked in others. Still, even in states where cases are sharply rising, the death rate is down, so that the fatality rate in Florida so far is 249 per million, and in Texas, 148.
Travis also notes that despite the media praising New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for his brilliant handling of the crisis, an argument could be made that every decision New York made was wrong, resulting in a staggering fatality rate of 1,676 deaths per million residents. Despite all the draconian lockdowns that are still going on, New York had a death rate three times that of Sweden, which did virtually nothing but let the disease spread and burn itself out on its own.
Travis examines some uniquely bad decisions that might explain why New York’s death rate was so high, but overall, the data suggests that once the virus gets into a nation, it’s already too late to do anything to stop it. You just have to wait for it to peak and reach herd immunity. Government policies might slow the spread, or in New York’s case, make the death rate worse. But it’s possible that in the end, shutting down the entire economy or just going on with life will both yield almost the exact same results.
That’s something to think about and debate, but not too long or you might get pretty depressed.
CHINESE CONSULATE IN HOUSTON ORDERED TO SHUTDOWN
Tuesday, the US State Department ordered the Chinese consulate in Houston shut down, due to repeated acts of espionage, including “massive illegal spying and influence operations.” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, “We are setting out clear expectations as to how the Chinese Communist Party is going to behave. And when they don’t, we are going to take actions that protect the American people, protect our security, our national security, and also protect our economy and jobs.”
As if to create a visual illustration of the kind of skullduggery the consulate has been hiding, passersby soon noticed smoke billowing from the building and called the Fire Department. But firefighters weren’t allowed inside because it turned out consulate staffers were shoveling documents into open burn barrels in the courtyard, apparently to incinerate evidence before moving out.
Good for the State Department for taking a stand against China’s stealth war on the US. And who knows? Maybe the fact that the Chinese communist spies unleashed air pollution and CO2 will finally force the Democrats to say something negative about them.
INFANTICIDE=THE NEW ABORTION
The Democrats keep insisting that Black Lives Matter, but that doesn’t seem to apply to the lives of the disproportionate number of black babies snuffed out in abortion clinics. Now, as this article notes, you can add born-alive babies of all colors to the list of lives that don’t matter to them.
In finalizing the new budget bill, a number of amendments were offered that would have required doctors or clinics to provide life-saving care to babies born alive during abortion procedures. These measures didn’t punish anyone or impose undue burdens, they just required the doctors to give the same emergency care to those babies that they would give to any other living person in urgent medical need. This shouldn't be controversial, or even questionable: a living baby needs medical help, give it medical help! Yet in every case, the Democrats repeatedly shot the amendments down. As noted, the Democratic Party has effectively made infanticide the new abortion.
So please pardon me if I’m not impressed when they tell me how much they think black lives matter. I know that claim comes with an asterisk attached and a list of the lives to which it doesn’t apply.