Maxine vs. Minneapolis

 

As usual, Maxine Waters is making things worse. The Democrat Congresswoman flew to Brooklyn Center, MN, to encourage violence in the police shooting of Daunte Wright.

Reporters asked “Auntie Maxine,” as she calls herself, what protestors should do if Derek Chauvin is acquitted in the death of George Floyd.  She replied, “We got to stay on the street and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational, we’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”

Join Jim and Greg as they see some glimmers of good news for Putin critic Alexei Navalny but wonder how firm the Biden administration really plans to be when it comes to Russia. They also shudder as prices for fuel, food, and other goods, are clearly on the rise. And they call out Rep. Maxine Waters for suggesting anything less than a guilty verdict for murder in the Derek Chauvin case should result in more confrontation in the streets.

HumInt is working!

 

The term “HumInt” is from the Intelligence world, and it means intelligence gathered firsthand, by a person or persons on the ground.  It often signifies people who infiltrate terrorist groups, cults, or other kinds of groups who may be causing trouble for society.  Recently, it was discovered by a very dangerous group of real “domestic terrorists”, that their group has been infiltrated by law enforcement.

The group in question is called AntiFa, signifying their belief that they are “anti-Fascist”.  In reality, they ARE the Fascists, looting, burning, and destroying various government buildings and retail establishments at street level in their rage.

Our own Troy Senik, former Presidential Speechwriter, Editor in Chief of Ricochet, and current Co-Founder and Vice President for Content at Kite and Key Media, drops by to talk about the intersection of public policy with his new endeavor at Kite & Key.  But perhaps the best facet of this conversation is, simply, two friends enjoying a conversation that ranges from various approaches to communicating timely concepts to a broad audience, to super volcanos (also known as Flaming Death Holes), the attractions and liabilities of life in the northeast, and the drudgeries of going through life as “arm candy.”

Then, Ricochet member (and writer at The Federalist) Jenna Stocker stops by to talk about life in her hometown of Minneapolis against the backdrop of riots, Derek Chauvin trial, no-go zones in a once-vibrant city, and the tendency of people and businesses to vote with their feet when a city becomes unlivable. In an show that somehow manages to touch on nearly every facet of the current political scene, we think you’ll find this episode to be an oasis of refreshing perspective.

Everyone Has the Floyd Arrest Wrong

 

I think the police and district attorney have the wrong problem and the wrong solution.

Based on the say-so of a store clerk, they arrested Floyd. That’s the real problem. They had no evidence that Floyd committed a crime except for the say-so of a store clerk. That’s weak sauce to arrest someone.

A Tale of Two Police Officers

 

The first Police Officer is a 26-year veteran of the department, with an excellent record.  This Police Officer made a traffic stop, of a vehicle with expired license tabs.  When the Officer ran the plates through the criminal justice database, the Officer discovered that the driver of the vehicle had an outstanding arrest warrant for assault, and carrying a firearm.  The Officer then got out of the squad car to speak with the driver.  A few minutes later, after the driver had worked himself loose from the handcuffs being applied, and gotten back into the vehicle to flee, the Police Officer shot him with her gun, while shouting “I’ll tase you, I’ll tase you!”  This Officer will be charged with second-degree manslaughter.  This Officer’s name and photo is all over the news, everywhere, and riots, burning, and looting are occurring all over the country, in support of the criminal victim.

The second Police Officer was present at a “riot” (also described in all of the Press as an “armed insurrection”).  The Officer, in the middle of a crowd of trespassers, shot and killed a “rioter”, while said rioter was standing near a window.  The person who was killed was a Veteran, with no criminal record of any kind, and was not engaging in any kind of destruction, nor was the person armed with any kind of weapon.  Due to “lack of sufficient evidence”, this Police Officer will not be charged with any crime.  This Officer has not been identified in the press, and no riots, looting, or burning are taking place in support of the innocent victim.

Join Jim and Greg as they update the “incident” at the Natanz nuclear site and enjoy learning how it was much more devastating than first reported. Then they feel very weird agreeing with former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid but believe he right to warn the Democrats against court packing. They discuss the significance of the FDA and CDC calling for a pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. And they discuss the inexplicable error of a Minnesota police officer in a recent shooting death there but also hammer Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib for suggesting this case is further proof that we need to abolish police and incarceration.

Fixing Tickets and Dog-Robbers

 

Police officers and other law enforcement agents have to carefully navigate requests from the public, and high-powered public figures for special treatment.

It is not unusual for a friend or neighbor to ask a police officer to “fix” a parking ticket or traffic cite. The only way an officer can do that is to pay the fine themselves. Other requests may include doing a background check on the new boyfriend that their daughter is dating, or running a license plate for info on some run-in they might have had in a parking lot. All of them are forbidden and could cost an officer their job.

Policing For Profit: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Perverted American Law Enforcement

 

The current state of civil asset forfeiture in the United States is one of almost naked tyranny. Don’t believe us? Listen to the latest Resistance Library Podcast.

Picture this: You’re driving home from the casino and you’ve absolutely cleaned up – to the tune of $50,000.  You see a police car pull up behind you, but you can’t figure out why. Not only have you not broken any laws, you’re not even speeding. But the police officer doesn’t appear to be interested in charging you with a crime. Instead, he takes your gambling winnings, warns you not to say anything to anyone unless you want to be charged as a drug kingpin, then drives off into the sunset.

This actually happened to Tan Nguyen, and his story is far from unique. On this episode on the Resistance Library Podcast, Dave and Sam discuss the topic of civil asset forfeiture, a multi-billion dollar piggybank for state, local, and federal police departments to fund all sorts of pet projects.

Portland Police Bureau: Titanic Missing ‘Deck Chairs and a Band’

 

See the source imageThe following headline comes from an article published on the Oregonian’s website, Oregonlive. The article has been republished by Microsoft News. The original article is behind a paywall:

‘Overworked, overwhelmed and burned out’: Why Portland cops say they’re leaving in droves – Maxine Bernstein, March 4, 2021

The Oregonian obtained exit forms filled out by Portland police officers through a public records request. An exit form is not required from an officer when they choose to leave the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). 115 officers have left the PPB since July 1. According to the article, “to include 74 who have retired, and 41 who resigned.”

Black Lives Matter

 

It is true that young black men are being killed disproportionately — killed brutally, ruthlessly, and unjustly. And we need to talk about it if we hope to put an end to it.

We have data, and that data has been studied carefully. We know, based on that, that police are not the ones doing the killing. We know, based on that data, that police do not disproportionately kill young black men.

East Precinct Commander Upsets Caracas on the Willamette

 

Gag orders are not unique to the media, social media, and elected officials at the national level. For example at the national level, the Biden Department of Homeland Security has placed a gag order on Border Patrol agents and has forbidden ridealongs for journalists. Gag orders occur at the local level as well.

A Portland police commander was captured on video at a neighborhood meeting in January telling Southeast Portland residents, if they wanted to reduce crime, they should vote the Multnomah County district attorney out of office.

“Part of it is the DA’s office that is failing to prosecute some of these cases, like the riots,” Hurley said. “When you come out publicly and say, ‘I will not prosecute anybody who does property damage, who does minor crimes,’ why wouldn’t you come and do that in the city of Portland? If you go to Washington County, they’re going to prosecute you. If you go to Clackamas County, you might not see outside of jail for a week.”

Member Post

 

February 23, 2020 Ahmaud Arbery was killed in Brunswick, GA. He was chased by three armed men who suspected he had stolen something from a house under construction in the neighborhood where he was jogging. Two months later, video of the alleged murder surfaced and as you might imagine, questions were raised about why no […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they cheer on conservative activists trying to sink the nomination of the unqualified and radical HHS nominee, Xavier Becerra. They also roll their eyes as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo claims he had no idea his actions offended any of the women accusing him of sexual harassment, and are disgusted that the media consider this a bigger story than the nursing home scandal. And they react to the revelation that the FBI gave Capitol Police had a fairly detailed warning of what would happen at the Capitol on January 6 but also told them not to take any actions as a result of it.

Chad Benson is in for Jim today. Chad and Greg examine new research from the Federal Reserve showing the Biden racial equity agenda would actually make the wealth divide much greater. They also react to a pair of House Dems trying to get cable TV providers to cut ties with Fox News, OANN, and Newsmax. And they shake their heads as Merrick Garland draws a peculiar line between what is domestic terrorism and what is not.

Member Post

 

I’m reading this important new book about Antifa. It may shock you that Antifa’s not just an idea but is a dangerous group dedicated to destroying America. Andy’s a brave man who deserves our support. Please buy a copy if you can afford it. I think it’s #3 on the NYT Bestseller list and we […]

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No Confidence Vote and an Investigation

 

“Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan.” The January 6 riot and the invasion of the Capitol building in Washington DC were, as a police officer would say, an epic fail. An epic fail in planning and coordinating a defense in a city that probably has the largest presence of different law enforcement agencies in the United States. From Fox News:

The U.S. Capitol Police Labor Union on Monday delivered an “overwhelming vote of No Confidence” on the senior leadership of the U.S. Capitol Police.

Cause of Capitol Cop’s Death Unclear

 

Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick died in the aftermath of the rioting at the Capitol on January 6. Shortly thereafter, it was widely reported that Ofc. Sicknick had been murdered by rioters, with the specific claim being that he was hit on the head with a fire extinguisher.

A CNN story last week (here) casts doubt on this narrative. This article is the source of the information and quotes below. It is annoying that the article, in its opening sentence, describes the riot as an “insurrection.”

Join Jim and Greg as they credit Ohio Sen. Rob Portman for exposing the nastiness of Neera Tanden, President Biden’s choice to lead the Office of Management and Budget. They also groan as the World Health Organization comes to the precise conclusion about the COVID outbreak that China wanted – after China restricted the evidence available for examination. And they roll their eyes as Tampa Mayor Jane Caston expects police to hunt down people who did not wear masks while celebrating the Super Bowl.