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Considering how much the Ricochetoisie is firmly against mob violence, wanton property destruction, and general lawlessness, shouldn’t there be at least one thread on this site expressing outrage at the riots in Philadelphia last night? “Twitter users flooded the social media site with the hashtag sharing shocking reports allegedly made by officers over police scanners […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of National Review welcome transparency about our government, most recently the disturbing revelations about the FBI’s allegedly sloppy and politically charged approach to obtaining a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign figure Carter Page. They also roll their eyes as partisans on both sides react […]

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Our country is now being governed, not by laws, but by fear*. Most of us seem to be afraid to stand up to the bullies being presented in the news, and with good reason. We can all be found via the Internet (damn you, Gore!). Our homes, our workplaces, where our children go to school; […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Action, Meet Reaction

 

John Hawkins lays out, clearly and succinctly, the sheer hatred of conservatives that is currently manifesting itself on the left side of the aisle.

There’s no talk of changing their agenda (other than making it more radical), no talk of appealing to people who didn’t vote for them, no wondering what they did wrong.

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This is a post I ran across on Facebook. It was written by a ‘friend of a friend of a friend’ and has over 800 “shares.” I’ll let the piece speak for itself and only say that it gives us a revealing window onto how the left justifies destruction and its illiberal ends. I’m keeping it behind the […]

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My friend Michael Walsh, author of The Devil’s Pleasure Palace has written an important piece today for PJ Media. He has sharp words for those born after 1968, and it is well worth the read: “The worst year in modern American history was unquestionably 1968, which in its first six months included the Tet Offensive, LBJ’s […]

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DocJay asks What scenarios could start a shooting war in the US?. It reminded me of a post I’d been thinking about. A few months ago I was at a pot-luck party with a bunch of property-rights activists, people who deal concretely and practically with political questions that I encounter only theoretically. I asked Suppose […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Alan Dershowitz Reacts To Marilyn Mosby’s Charges

 

Did Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby overreach in quickly charging of the police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray? Will a judge remove her from prosecuting the officers based on her additional politically-tinged activist comments at the end of her news conference?

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There’s been a lot of talk about Baltimore, specifically the root causes and how or whether one should try to understand the anger and frustration. This is a very complicated issue, but since I believe that attempts at understanding are never wasted, here’s how I see the frustration. I’m leaving a lot out for now […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Few Thoughts on the Events in Baltimore

 

imageWhile watching the news coverage of the rioting in Baltimore last night, I recalled a conversation I had with a gang member I arrested during the Los Angeles riots of 1992. He was a member of one of the many Crip “sets” to be found across South L.A., and I asked whether he and his fellow gangsters had any sympathy for Rodney King, whose videotaped beating by LAPD officers engendered the whole mess.

“[Expletive] Rodney King,” he said. “Rodney King ain’t no Crip. This ain’t about no Rodney King. It’s about getting free [expletive].

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. When Wildcats Attack

 

KentuckyOn Saturday night, I was going through the Periscope app, finding unique and interesting live feeds to watch from around the world. When I opened one feed that piqued my interest, I was instantly watching a mob of angry people burning things in the street. A group of police in riot gear swooped in to remove two people setting fires, probably for their own safety, as they were obviously drunk and too close to the flames.

Ferguson? No. Oakland? Guess again. The entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge? Sorry, you’re out of guesses. The location was Lexington, Kentucky, and the assembled students were furious that their basketball team had just lost to Wisconsin in the Final Four, ending their championship run as well as their shot at a perfect season.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Live from the Berkeley Riots

 

National media have carried photos and videos of the rioting in Berkeley over the weekend in response to the police brutality cases in Missouri and New York City. The protests were initially peaceful, well within what is protected by the First Amendment, and a reasonable response by a community that has grievances which should be addressed in the political process. But in the course of the protests, gangs of anarchists became the face of the occasion by destroying public and private property. They smashed store windows, looted stores like Trader Joe’s and Radio Shack, set fires in the streets, and tried to deface city hall and the police station. They attacked police officers and tried to destroy police vehicles. They stopped traffic on major streets and highways.

There is a terrible irony here. The activist left protesting the city government of Berkeley, Calif. is like communists holding a demonstration in front of the Kremlin or the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. If there is a left-wing paradise in the U.S., it is the People’s Republic of Berkeley. Just the other day, the city voted to tax sugar in sodas (to take a stand against “Big Soda”). It requires free marijuana for the homeless (don’t ask me about what we would call implementation problems). It has its own higher minimum wage. It thinks it is a nuclear-free zone. And so on. And then there was the 1960s.

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Michael Brown was 18-years old. My oldest son in 18. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Ferguson Goes Just as Expected

 

There were no surprises in Ferguson last night — not the grand jury’s decision, and not the riot that followed (I predicted both on NRO last month). Nor was there anything unexpected in the pitiful display of bellyaching by some in the media about the “flawed process” that produced an outcome other than the one they desired.

For all the time it took to reach their decision, my sense is that it wasn’t even a close case for the grand jurors. Either Darren Wilson was in legitimate fear for his life when he shot Michael Brown or he wasn’t. There was abundant evidence to suggest he was and very little that he wasn’t. The evidence proved the only criminal in the fatal encounter was Michael Brown, the not-so-gentle giant.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Report on the Pumpkin Riots in Keene, NH

 

Keene is a small city in a quiet corner of New Hampshire. It is quintessential New England: traditional architecture, small-town feel, beautiful foliage, and civic pride. Bordering Vermont and Massachusetts, it has a touch of the gray-haired Yankee hippy with localvore, local-this and local-that, mixing commerce and idealism. A college town — Keene State College abuts the downtown area — it has plenty of Volvos and Subarus.

For more than 20 years, Keene has hosted its annual Pumpkin Festival, a combination Halloween and Harvest Festival that regularly is the largest congregation of carved pumpkins in the world, briefly turning this quiet, bucolic town into a tourist destination for thousands of visitors. Lately, HGTV has gotten in on the act with reality shows from the event. Every state-wide and regional politician — both incumbents and challengers — was there, pressing the flesh. Scott Brown, in particular, was a huge hit this year.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Outrage in Ferguson

 

Just hours ago, I proposed to Ricochet’s Liz Harrison that comparing the United States under Obama to Turkey under Erdoğan reflected a failure of imagination. I was remembering, among other things, the circumstances under which I left Turkey, which I detailed at length here:

June 1: Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators in more than 40 Turkish cities keep protesting. The protesters move to the office of Prime Minister Erdoğan in Beşiktaş, providing the police with an excuse for even harsher retaliation. Every living being in the district gets showered with tear gas—including, I’m told, the officials in the office, which at least was satisfying to imagine, if it’s true. Ankara and Izmir rise up in force.Snippets of conversation: “They’ve got to be running low on tear gas.” … “They saturation bombed this part of the city with gas, how much can they possibly have?” … “This is just ridiculous. What the [redacted] are they thinking?” … “Why the [redacted] are they provoking this, I wonder? Completely lost it? …

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