Minneapolis: Nice No More

 

Congratulations, Minneapolis! You just dodged a bullet – for now. But only for now. What you will eventually learn, the hard way, is that the white-hating, race-obsessed mob can’t be placated, satisfied, or bought off. Its depravity is bottomless and its appetite for destruction knows no bounds. But for now, you bought yourself some time. The mob said “jump” and the jury on the Chauvin case said, “how high?” The mob said “guilty on all charges” and the jury said, “sir, yes sir!”

Look, we already have a juror confirming what we already knew anyway in a post-trial interview: “I did not want to go through rioting and destruction again and I was concerned about people coming to my house if they were not happy with the verdict.”

Case closed. The BLM mob owns Minneapolis. Bow before BLM – or else.

And let’s not forget, Minneapolitans, there is this matter of Daunte Wright yet to be dealt with. Daunte was yet another in an endless line of violent criminal thugs produced by the toxic culture who got himself killed while resisting arrest. So, all that boarding up of property in anticipation of riots if Chauvin wasn’t convicted . . . Well, you might not want to take it down just yet. In BLM-owned Minneapolis it should probably remain as a permanent fixture.

In any case, let’s take a brief tour of left-wing reaction to the Chauvin verdict. (Spoiler alert: they’re not satisfied!)

Kamala Harris: “It will not heal the pain that existed for generations . . .”

The NFL: “Today’s outcome in the Derek Chauvin trial . . . does not undo the loss of life. Mr. George Floyd should be here with us today.”

Farrakhan apologist and Attorney General of Minnesota, Keith Ellison: “I would not call today’s verdict justice. . .”

San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin: “The verdict yesterday . . . was an aberration . . . an anomaly. We have these kinds of cases happening every day, all day.”

Michael Moore: “YES!! In handcuffs! Now on to the work! All of us demand an end to white supremacy and white privilege. How many innocent black and brown ppl are in prison? Free them all! . . . End policing as we know it. It doesn’t work.” You just have to love his enthusiastic recommendations for actions that would totally destroy any civilized society. Wow, absolutely breathtaking!

AOC: “It’s not justice. I’ll explain to you why.” I think we’ll skip it. This Marxist twit couldn’t explain her way out of a wet paper bag.

Hollywood: Not even worth the key strokes.

BLM: “Blah, blah, blah . . . systemic racism . . . blah, blah . . . white supremacy . . . blah, blah. Killer cops . . . black bodies . . . blah, blah, blah. Well, later homey! Gotta go buy another posh property in a nice safe white neighborhood.”

The basic thing to realize here is that the American neo-Marxist left has brought the country into a psychotic delusion about so-called systemic racism that is so incurably tenacious . . . Well, let’s put it this way. You can no more talk them out of their psychosis than you could the schizophrenic homeless guy waving his arms and shouting obscenities on any Democrat-controlled city street corner.

In the meantime, the relentless crime, chaos, and violence will continue – and likely accelerate due to the lack of policing – in the black sections of every Democrat-controlled city in the country and no one on the left will bat an eyelash, or if they do, it will all be blamed on white supremacy, 1619, voter ID laws or what-the-hell-ever. So, teenage girls will continue to have their knife fights. (Leave ‘em alone, it’s just one of their rites of passage!) Bullets will continue to fly, some at their intended targets, others that just go astray and hit innocent people at random, including children in their houses, babies in strollers, old ladies walking down the street, etc., etc., ad infinitum.

All brought to you by Black Lives Matter, Inc., and supported by virtually every institution in the country, all of which have been engulfed by the cancerous malignancy of leftism, which is currently the worst social plague ever visited upon civilized humanity, short of war, communism and genocide (any of which could still be in the offing for us).

If you have a biblical worldview, you understand that man is a fallen creature, that his depravity is virtually unlimited, and that there is nothing so good and beautiful that he won’t willfully and gleefully destroy it. So, while dismayed, you’re not surprised that post-Christian America is being destroyed in front of your very eyes. You understand that evil and foolishness are the default settings of humanity, not goodness, and that even the greatest country in history is not immune to destruction. You will pray for the salvation of America, while understanding that prayer may not be answered affirmatively.

But if there’s one thing you can bank on, it’s this. In the next election cycle, the majority of Minneapolitans will keep right on voting for the destruction of their own city by electing and reelecting BLM-loving, police-defunding, neo-Marxist Democrats. How is that possible? It’s because leftists simply seem incapable of understanding the most fundamental aspects of human nature and are incapable of learning anything from history.

Well, buh-bye Minneapolis. It was nice knowing ya. You went from “Minnesota nice” and “Prairie Home Companion” to Mogadishu on the Mississippi. You know what most of us would call that? An epic fail! Can’t wait to see how many roads, schools, and libraries are named after the sainted George Floyd (and soon to be sainted Daunte Wright). And good luck with defunding the police. Can’t wait to see how the social workers will handle the anarchy that will consume every inch of your hapless and injudicious city.

As for all of you who voted for this and will continue to in the future, you deserve every last bit of what you will get. Unfortunately, those rational and decent citizens who did not vote for it don’t deserve it, but what can they do? Sad to say, but their only recourse at this point is to leave. Minneapolis is a fallen city now held hostage by the BLM mob. A minority of good people can’t save it, nor should they go down with it. It may be heartbreaking and supremely difficult, but they should make their way to a better place, like the young woman in this article and no doubt many others.

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  1. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    I am sorry that Minneapolis did not decide to burn itself down and instead decided to sacrifice a white on the black altar.  Make no mistake this is the first of what will be a long line of whites being punished for black actions.  I am not sure what has happened to my country and its citizenship but I fear for it and fear it.  My only hope is to withdraw as much as possible from the public sphere and keep my head down until I get to meet my maker.  

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  2. Mark Alexander Coolidge
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    A slow suicide that always ramps up geometrically. I used to visit the Minneapolis area twice a year, with many friends there. I wonder if I will ever visit it again?

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  3. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Mark Alexander (View Comment):

    A slow suicide that always ramps up geometrically. I used to visit the Minneapolis area twice a year, with many friends there. I wonder if I will ever visit it again?

    Or any large city, all of which seem to have bowed to the BLM mob, and therefore seem to me probably unsafe for me. I can’t declare with conviction “I’ll never again visit Minneapolis” since I have never visited in the past (except to change planes at MSP airport). But we (lifelong suburbanites) have enjoyed visits to various large cities, particularly those with history. But, currently our interest in seeing history or cities different from our suburban life experience is greatly outweighed by the appearance that a visit to any large city is likely to be a dirty, dangerous, and politically fraught visit. 

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  4. Living High and Wide Member
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    Greg Strange: Mogadishu on the Mississippi

    Nice.

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  5. Stad Coolidge
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    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    decided to sacrifice a white on the black altar.

    Well stated.  The one thing missing from almost all of these terrible encounters is the fact that resisting arrest is a bad thing and can lead to a bad ending.  If you have any beef with the arresting officer, you file the complaint at a later date.  Otherwise, the officer is going to up the level of force necessary to get you into the back of his cruiser.  And the more you resist, the more it confirms to the officer that you are a danger to him, yourself, and the community.  No policeman wants to kill a suspect, but his duty is to serve and protect.  Removing a person who physically resists arrest does just that.

    Oh, and one more truth – “unarmed” does not mean a person is not dangerous.

    I would not have voted to convict Chauvin on any charge, regardless of how much the video upset people.  He did not intentionally kill Floyd (Floyd killed himself), and the circumstances were such that it led to a bad decision not to tell his fellow officers, “Let’s throw this guy in the back of the cruiser and get out of here.”

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  6. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge
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    Stad (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):
    decided to sacrifice a white on the black altar.

    Well stated. The one thing missing from almost all of these terrible encounters is the fact that resisting arrest is a bad thing and can lead to a bad ending. If you have any beef with the arresting officer, you file the complaint at a later date. Otherwise, the officer is going to up the level of force necessary to get you into the back of his cruiser. And the more you resist, the more it confirms to the officer that you are a danger to him, yourself, and the community. No policeman wants to kill a suspect, but his duty is to serve and protect. Removing a person who physically resists arrest does just that.

    Oh, and one more truth – “unarmed” does not mean a person is not dangerous.

    I would not have voted to convict Chauvin on any charge, regardless of how much the video upset people. He did not intentionally kill Floyd (Floyd killed himself), and the circumstances were such that it led to a bad decision not to tell his fellow officers, “Let’s throw this guy in the back of the cruiser and get out of here.”

    From what I saw Chauvin should not even been on trial.  But would not had been in the jury because I would have told them up front I thought he was innocent but would have voted him guilty so I would survive in today’s world.

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  7. DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) Coolidge
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    Living High and Wide (View Comment):

    Greg Strange: Mogadishu on the Mississippi

    Nice.

    A great line, but it reeks of racism.  (more alliteration!)  I suggest using “the Dublin of the Dakotas”.    ( I consider MN to be East Dakota).

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  8. WI Con Member
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    It’s a shame. So very thankful our eldest daughter graduated from UofM last year. She avoided the worst of it. 

    Had to go to the suburbs there last week for work – they currently vote for the same foolishness as their urban fellow travelers. Will be interesting to see if that changes. I’m not hopeful but perhaps they will eventually recognize that they have exhausted all other options.

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  9. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member
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    DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) (View Comment):

    Living High and Wide (View Comment):

    Greg Strange: Mogadishu on the Mississippi

    Nice.

    A great line, but it reeks of racism. (more alliteration!) I suggest using “the Dublin of the Dakotas”. ( I consider MN to be East Dakota).

    No, it does not reek of racism.  It can be considered a “dog whistle,” in the sense that any criticism of anyone or anything black can be characterized as a “dog whistle,” fairly or unfairly.

    The result of this “dog whistle” argument is that it becomes impossible to criticize anyone or anything black.  Under this rule, you can only criticize white things — oh, and only if they are male, and “cisgender,” and heterosexual, and able-bodied.

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  10. namlliT noD Member
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    In this case I think the Guilty,Guilty,Guilty verdict was perhaps the best practical solution.  The jurors lives were threatened, lots of innocent Minneapolis residents were going to be hurt, and the case will surely be overturned on appeal to a higher court, especially given the public comments by Harris, Biden, and others.

    But the point stands, this is third world mob justice.

    Conservatives, and Americans, and anybody who doesn’t want to see the city destroyed, need to do two things here:

    1. Clearly and thoroughly explain what is going on in a city that hasn’t seen a Republican mayor for 40-something years.
    2. Offer an option: Have a plank of mayoral and city council candidates, running as a team, to fix this.

    In a sense this is the Republican Party’s fault (“wha?”) for never offering an alternative.

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  11. kedavis Inactive
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    DonG (2+2=5. Say it!) (View Comment):

    Living High and Wide (View Comment):

    Greg Strange: Mogadishu on the Mississippi

    Nice.

    A great line, but it reeks of racism. (more alliteration!) I suggest using “the Dublin of the Dakotas”. ( I consider MN to be East Dakota).

    No, it does not reek of racism. It can be considered a “dog whistle,” in the sense that any criticism of anyone or anything black can be characterized as a “dog whistle,” fairly or unfairly.

    The result of this “dog whistle” argument is that it becomes impossible to criticize anyone or anything black. Under this rule, you can only criticize white things — oh, and only if they are male, and “cisgender,” and heterosexual, and able-bodied.

    The best response to the “dog whistle” thing I’ve so far encountered, is, “If you think you hear dog whistles, maybe you’re the dog?”

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  12. kedavis Inactive
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    Greg Strange: The mob said “jump” and the jury on the Chauvin case said “how high?” 

    Usually, I think the better formulation is:

    “Jump!”

    “Off what?”

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  13. James Lileks Contributor
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    Do you live here?

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  14. Greg Strange Member
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Do you live here?

    I do not.

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  15. kedavis Inactive
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    Uh oh, there’s the Spock Eyebrow!

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  16. James Lileks Contributor
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    Greg Strange (View Comment):

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Do you live here?

    I do not.

    Come visit some time. You’ll be fine. We’ve had a rough patch, but the idea that the city is now some feral hell-hole is ridiculous. 

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  17. Greg Strange Member
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Greg Strange (View Comment):

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Do you live here?

    I do not.

    Come visit some time. You’ll be fine. We’ve had a rough patch, but the idea that the city is now some feral hell-hole is ridiculous.

    Maybe not yet, but like so many other large blue cities the trajectory is less than encouraging, to say the least. How is it going to get better there when Democrat voters are so willing to vote for their own destruction?  That’s a big part of what my article was all about. And by the way, I’ll soon be leaving my own blue city of Atlanta for the same reason.

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  18. kedavis Inactive
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    Greg Strange: As for all of you who voted for this and will continue to in the future, you deserve every last bit of what you will get. Unfortunately, those rational and decent citizens who did not vote for it don’t deserve it, but what can they do? Sad to say, but their only recourse at this point is to leave. Minneapolis is a fallen city now held hostage by the BLM mob. A minority of good people can’t save it, nor should they go down with it. It may be heartbreaking and supremely difficult, but they should make their way to a better place, like the young woman in this article and no doubt many others.

    And she DOES live there, at least until Friday.

     

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/ive-lived-in-minneapolis-my-entire-life-im-leaving-friday-i-no-longer-recognize-my-hometown/

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  19. ChrisShearer Coolidge
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    “I would not have voted to convict Chauvin on any charge, regardless of how much the video upset people.  He did not intentionally kill Floyd ”

    His knee was on Floyd’s neck for an additional four minutes after his fellow officer couldn’t feel a pulse. Horrific from my medical vantage point. I assume a bit questionable from a law enforcement perspective 

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  20. kedavis Inactive
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    ChrisShearer (View Comment):

    “I would not have voted to convict Chauvin on any charge, regardless of how much the video upset people. He did not intentionally kill Floyd ”

    His knee was on Floyd’s neck for an additional four minutes after his fellow officer couldn’t feel a pulse. Horrific from my medical vantage point. I assume a bit questionable from a law enforcement perspective

    Fact check:  False.

    Which the autopsy report also makes clear.

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  21. Basil Fawlty Member
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Do you live here?

    Vas you dere,Greggie?

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  22. navyjag Coolidge
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    Looks like the knee was not on his neck but on his back. Maybe some negligence here if the cops were taught NOT to put guys suffering overdoses on their backs. The one medical criticism I saw from the trial. Have no idea how much training the police are given in drug overdose situations. A tragedy for sure. And the guy did not commit murder even the 11th degree.  

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  23. RufusRJones Member
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    Three victims including a baby which got hit by glass.

     

     

     

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  24. ChrisShearer Coolidge
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    ChrisShearer (View Comment):

    “I would not have voted to convict Chauvin on any charge, regardless of how much the video upset people. He did not intentionally kill Floyd ”

    His knee was on Floyd’s neck for an additional four minutes after his fellow officer couldn’t feel a pulse. Horrific from my medical vantage point. I assume a bit questionable from a law enforcement perspective

    Fact check: False.

    Which the autopsy report also makes clear.

    testimony of paramedics Seth Bravinder and Derek Smith established that Floyd appeared to be dead when the ambulance arrived — even though Chauvin still had his knee of Floyd’s neck and had to be signaled to move off him. Floyd had no pulse and, when paramedics got him into the ambulance, their cardiac monitor indicated “asystole” —

    In medical terms we call that “dead”

     

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  25. Flicker Coolidge
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    ChrisShearer (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    ChrisShearer (View Comment):

    “I would not have voted to convict Chauvin on any charge, regardless of how much the video upset people. He did not intentionally kill Floyd ”

    His knee was on Floyd’s neck for an additional four minutes after his fellow officer couldn’t feel a pulse. Horrific from my medical vantage point. I assume a bit questionable from a law enforcement perspective

    Fact check: False.

    Which the autopsy report also makes clear.

    testimony of paramedics Seth Bravinder and Derek Smith established that Floyd appeared to be dead when the ambulance arrived — even though Chauvin still had his knee of Floyd’s neck and had to be signaled to move off him. Floyd had no pulse and, when paramedics got him into the ambulance, their cardiac monitor indicated “asystole” —

    In medical terms we call that “dead”

    Floyd sure looked dead the way the paramedics picked him up and dropped him on the stretcher.

    But I thought that the more accurate camera view showed that Chauvin was kneeling on Floyd’s shoulders, not his neck.

    And just because the police officer couldn’t get a pulse that doesn’t mean there wasn’t one; and I thought I read that at the ER Floyd was in PEA, was that after shocking him?  That’s pulseless, but not dead.

    And I thought that he still had a blood oxygen saturation of 98%.  That’s not dead by suffocation, either.

    What did Floyd actually die of?

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  26. James Lileks Contributor
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    Basil Fawlty (View Comment):

    James Lileks (View Comment):

    Do you live here?

    Vas you dere,Greggie?

    Get oudda here, Munchie.

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  27. James Lileks Contributor
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    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Three victims including a baby which got hit by glass.

    I follow that account as well. People at the r/minneapolis subreddit hate it because they think he’s racist and spreads misinformation and makes cowed, cowering citizens think it’s all going to hell. But everyone knows there’s been an “uptick,” to use the euphemistic word, in disorder. The question is why, and where. 

    The “why” could be anything from obscure crew beefs,  to an opportunistic influx of outsiders thinking it’s an open town, to a new vogue among the youth to carjack because there doesn’t seem to be much of a downside, or all of the above. The “where” is the same areas that have been collectively victimized by thuggery for a long time. You can’t discount a general perception that the po-po are on their heels,  stretched thin, less inclined to pursue, and so on. 

    It’s like the mid-90s all over again, except now when someone shoots a cop, they won’t name a parking ramp after the victim

    The next city election will be interesting, and revelatory.

     

     

     

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  28. James Lileks Contributor
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Greg Strange:  .  . It may be heartbreaking and supremely difficult, but they should make their way to a better place, like the young woman in this article and no doubt many others.

    And she DOES live there, at least until Friday.

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/ive-lived-in-minneapolis-my-entire-life-im-leaving-friday-i-no-longer-recoI sugnize-my-hometown/

    Heartfelt but hyperbolic. I know the hardware store she refers to, the Walgreens, and I visit that area almost every day without fear. (The area used to be somewhat sketchy, but gentrified in the last decade.) Yes, my Walgreens, a different one,  was trashed during the riots of 2020, but noting that fact says absolutely nothing about the day-to-day safety of the neighborhood; miserable hoopleheads fanned out everywhere to loot. 

    We have problems and challenges, but this “give up, it’s hopeless, you’ll be killed, move away” crap is so weak and craven and exaggerated it drives me daft. 

    By the way, everyone thinks that Minneapolis was a peaceable paradise because they saw the Mary Tyler Moore show,  but the year they came up to film the exterior location shots the city had riots that devastated the North side. But that didn’t make the opening credits.

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  29. kedavis Inactive
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    James Lileks (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Greg Strange: . . It may be heartbreaking and supremely difficult, but they should make their way to a better place, like the young woman in this article and no doubt many others.

    And she DOES live there, at least until Friday.

    https://www.thecollegefix.com/ive-lived-in-minneapolis-my-entire-life-im-leaving-friday-i-no-longer-recoI sugnize-my-hometown/

    Heartfelt but hyperbolic. I know the hardware store she refers to, the Walgreens, and I visit that area almost every day without fear. (The area used to be somewhat sketchy, but gentrified in the last decade.) Yes, my Walgreens, a different one, was trashed during the riots of 2020, but noting that fact says absolutely nothing about the day-to-day safety of the neighborhood; miserable hoopleheads fanned out everywhere to loot.

    We have problems and challenges, but this “give up, it’s hopeless, you’ll be killed, move away” crap is so weak and craven and exaggerated it drives me daft.

    By the way, everyone thinks that Minneapolis was a peaceable paradise because they saw the Mary Tyler Moore show, but the year they came up to film the exterior location shots the city had riots that devastated the North side. But that didn’t make the opening credits.

    But if the show had been filmed on location, all the time, maybe they would have taken it somewhere else.

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  30. kedavis Inactive
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    James Lileks (View Comment):
    The next city election will be interesting, and revelatory.

    That depends some on how many upright citizens remain to vote properly.  And on how many people vote who think “it’s not so bad” because they don’t actually live close enough to the problems.

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