Tag: antifa

Prediction: The Riots Are Returning to Portland

 

On Tuesday, the Multnomah County Grand Jury, led by the Soros supported DA, handed down an indictment charging a Portland police officer with a misdemeanor assault for striking a “protester” with a baton during a riot. The officer was a member of the Rapid Response Team, which is responsible for crowd control, including demonstrations, protests and riots. The team is made up of volunteers. Yesterday they unanimously resigned.

Antifa pays attention to the news. The next riot will begin in five … four … three … two…

Think Things Are Contentious Now? Learn Some History

 

There is a never-ending contest for “favorite journalist” in the Johnston household, but Salena Zito is always a finalist. And she just rocketed into the pole position.

I’m delighted to be a “friend” of hers on Facebook. I rarely take issue with her reporting. She fills a niche long ignored by corporate media – focusing on real people and real communities that fall between the Hudson River (NY) and LAX. More specifically, lives and communities that border or encompass Greater Appalachia, from western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio to West Virginia and southern Virginia. She stays outside Washington’s beltway and she refuses to traverse interstate highways.

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When it comes to celebrated jury trials, whether the 1996 O.J. Simpson acquittal or Tuesday’s 3-count guilty verdicts of Minneapolis Police Office Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd, I pray for impartial justice. I care more about the integrity of the process – like elections – than the actual outcomes. We want to […]

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Has it occurred to you that is irrelevant whether Officer Derek Chauvin is found guilty or innocent at the end of his trial? At least to those who wish to wreak havoc across this country. There was a time when we felt that unless the “perpetrator” were found guilty, all hell would break loose. Buildings […]

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How Close Are Conservatives to Civil Disobedience?

 

How close are we to experiencing real civil disobedience? Not from the left, since we’ve always had that. Violent protests, including placing bombs in the US Capitol, have long been a feature of the left and almost ubiquitous since the Vietnam War. We saw it last summer during the George Floyd-inspired riots – over 500 violent incidents in more than 200 cities across the United States. The days of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s exhortations to “non-violence” now look quaint. But this time, from conservatives? What might disobedience from conservative Americans look like?

This is not an academic question. It may be closer to reality than you realize. And it will look nothing like the violent Antifa and BLM protests that have maimed dozens of police officers and destroyed thousands of businesses and a few federal buildings.

The Gaslighting Continues … Pay Attention to the Facts

 

Ever since the tragic events in Charlottesville, VA, that fateful day in August 2017, not even eight months into Donald Trump’s presidency, when real white supremacists showed up for a “Unite the Right” rally, we have been warned repeatedly about the growing threat of “far right” groups.

No question that the Charlottesville rally organized by noted white supremacists Richard Spencer and Jason Kessler – who had obtained a permit from the city – was evil in many ways. Racial supremacy is evil in all its forms. A protester drove his car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a young woman. Three tragically died, two from a state police helicopter crash.

The violence was largely preventable.

On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” The Post Millenial Editor-at-large Andy Ngo joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to offer insight into the rise of the “infamously secret” radical group Antifa and discusses his new book, which documents how the left-wing organization uses violence to “destroy democracy.”

‘War is Peace’: BLM Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize

 

Well, this is interesting. Black Lives Matter has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. I didn’t see that coming, but again, I’ve not picked up my copy of George Orwell’s 1984 lately. The movie, starring the late John Hurt as Winston Smith, and Richard Burton as the evil antagonist O’Brien, is dark but increasingly relevant today.

I must tread carefully here, in these politically correct times. But I shall do so, factually. Facts are, after all, stubborn things. That’s what John Adams said.

The Black Lives Matter organization and its comrades at Antifa and related anarchist organizations were responsible for over 500 violent “incidents” (read: riots) in over 200 American cities and towns this past summer.

Join Jim and Greg as as they discuss leftist riots in at least three American cities Thursday night. Will the Democrats finally admit this is a problem since these people claim to hate Biden too? They also sigh as President Biden not only rejoins the World Health Organization but does so without one demand for accountability or reform. And they react to MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and former Obama official Ben Rhodes discussing how to “detox” speech they don’t like and even bar Republicans from stating opinions if they don’t accept the left’s version of the truth.

A Comment About Mob Violence

 

Let me lay out my assumptions right up front, before making the point I want to make.

  1. The President didn’t incite violence. His comments were within the boundaries of appropriate political discourse, whether or not he was correct in the views he expressed about the election. (In fact, I’m sure he was partially, though not wholly, correct.)
  2. I categorically condemn mob violence, and this instance is no exception: everyone who broke the law should be charged, tried, and, if convicted, punished. Whatever the motives of the lawbreakers (and I don’t know who they are or why they did what they did), I reject any claim they might have to legitimacy in their actions. Lock them up.

There. I hope that’s sufficiently clear. Now here’s the point of this post.

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky and Western Correspondent Tristan Justice discuss how the mob that rushed and eventually breached the U.S. Capitol building on Wednesday afternoon will affect the state of our nation moving forward.

The Best Articles I Read in 2020

 

Here at the end of 2020, I’m trying to close up a number of tabs I have open on my browser. Many of them are articles, and of that number I’m certain several were suggested or linked to by fellow Ricochet members, mentioned in podcasts, or discovered through searches prompted by Ricochet discussions. I was originally going to say “The 10 Best Articles…”, but the list is more than ten articles and I’m sure I’m forgetting some additional ones that I read months ago…it’s been a long year.

For this post I loosely define “the best” articles as those that challenged my thinking on an issue, were educational, were unexpected or deservedly scandalous, courageously broke with prevailing current narratives, or discussed an important topic otherwise ignored or forgotten. I’m not going to say which characteristic applies to which article as I’m trying to keep this post relatively brief, and each article could form the foundation of a post and become fertile ground for discussion. Some of the articles were written in years prior to 2020, but I just got around to reading them this year and they were either prophetic or remain pertinent to current events. Grouped with some of the articles I have read, I’m also listing what I’m going to read next in regard to that topic. These will have “to be read” in parentheses next to them.

A California Resident’s Gratitude

 

We have all watched the spectacle of very bad politicians getting re-elected time and time again. Think Marion Barry or Harold Washington. Mayor Ray Nagin got re-elected after refusing to evacuate New Orleans before Hurricane Katrina. I wouldn’t be surprised if Mayor De Blasio got re-elected. Then there is just about every elected official in California.

We see mayors do nothing while their own cities get burned down and wonder just how bad is bad enough. Will they get re-elected?

Join Jim and Greg as they dig into what we witnessed in the first presidential debate on Tuesday. They discuss the constant crosstalk and why Trump would have been smarter to let Biden tangle himself in his own incomprehensible rhetoric. They also detail how both candidates handled the urban violence issue and Biden’s insistence on refusing to have an opinion on adding justices to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Last night Joe Biden repeated the lie that Antifa, a mercenary Marxist guerrilla  arm of the Democratic Party, does not exist. Good luck with that, Joe. As you told us last night, you are the Democratic Party. Y0u own them now, and everyone that has been looted, gutted, burned to the ground, beaten, and murdered […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they expose yet another day of Joe Biden not being able to appear in public the day after holding events, strongly suggesting he’s not up to the rigors of the campaign trail or the presidency. They also blast the violence perpetrated in Louisville and other cities in the wake of no police officers being charged for murder in the Breonna Taylor case. They also find it unacceptable that there is no bodycam evidence of the entry into the apartment or of the shooting. And they react to the case of arson at the Minnesota home of  a Trump supporter and the graffiti left behind noting support for Biden, BLM, and more.

A Brief Note about Fascism, Antifa, and President Trump

 

There’s a little checklist making the rounds on social media and purporting to list “characteristics of fascists.” As lists go it isn’t a very good one, in that it oddly omits the sine qua non, the single essential aspect, of fascism, which is the blunt use of government authority to completely control the economy and the people.

That, after all, is what fascism is, so it seems worth mentioning.

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It almost seems like this election is more critical even than defeating Hillary. She wasn’t liked but Biden is so weak and now there are far-left types on the prowl. Who knows what has been promised to Bernie and AOC etc? I heard a few moments of Bernie saying that those forces would help Biden […]

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The Anti-American Violence Plaguing the US and How to Solve It

 

The United States of America is increasingly under assault from an anti-American mob that has gained mainstream prominence across the country. This mob has ravaged major US cities for weeks on end, torn down historical monuments, and murdered innocent citizens.

At a recent Oakland “Black Lives Matter” event, “protestors” chanted “death to America” — an anti-American death threat used by Iranian government officials. These same “protestors” hurled projectiles at police officers, set trucks on fire, and vandalized buildings.

My iPhone, My Enemy

 

I have been around computers since I was nine, so I know what early adoption of system updates can lead to. There was one update I am aware of that would permanently disable any device that received it. I have no idea how the manufacturer compensated their victims in that case. So on every new device part of my nesting routine is to make sure that automatic updates are turned off. Let them destroy someone else’s device, I need mine running.

So then I received a notification on my iPhone that I should leave the phone on overnight for an important update, the defective COVID-19 exposure detection app rejected by the UK because Apple and Google could not reliably distinguish between a signal three feet away and one 30 feet away with maybe a wall or two between, has now been integrated into iOS but, the message assured, use of the app would be entirely opt-in. So if I update my iPhone the defective app proposed to Europe to decide who is shoved pell-mell into forced quarantine will become a part of my configuration.