Tag: Riots

Occam’s Chainsaw

 

Early on in my time in the military I had a senior NCO tell me never to bring him a problem unless I had an idea for a solution.  As you might guess, that kept a lot of people out of his office crabbing about everything from warm egg salad to having to change the oil in the motor pool.  But, it’s a useful approach to life, and more importantly, when you analyze a problem often times you see patterns and eventually, novel but simple solutions.   Think of it as Occam’s Chainsaw.

Will Rogers is credited with saying that some people learn from the mistakes of others but that “other folks have to pee on the electric fence.”  Shocking, I know.  But the fact is if you look at the coverage of Portland on Twitter (because other than Fox and OAN, there is no coverage in the mainstream media), here’s what you learn.  Every day thousands of actual protesters show up carrying signs, being peaceful.  Every day a bunch of communists shows up behind them, carrying everything from explosives to loaded magazines.  When the actual protesters get tired and go home, mayhem unfolds until the early morning hours when the feds break up the party with tear gas, rubber bullets, and the occasional thwack upside the head with a baton.  As a parenthetical note, I would like to see more thwacks and less tolerance, but I’m just that kind of guy.  The “wall of moms,” “wall of costumed vets,” and “wall of dads” (most of whom are not) act as buffers to give the real rabble the chance to engage the federal officers with violence and then whine about the arrests.  The women put on an unconvincing act.  Last night I saw a woman kick and hit a federal officer and then act shocked when she was arrested for assault, claiming she was a “nice girl for Wisconsin,” although the expletives that followed seemed to negate that narrative.

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Black people constitute roughly 13% of the American population.  Doesn’t sound like all that much, but somehow they manage to keep this big, sprawling, diverse country in endless turmoil.  Take the recent George Floyd riots, for instance.  Because of what happened to Floyd, they wreaked havoc in every major city in the country.  Yes, there […]

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Chad Benson is in for Jim Geraghty. Today, Chad and Greg discuss the political insanity playing out in Portland, as the media and the mayor paint the violent mob as the victims now that federal forces are there to protect government property. However, Chad wonders whether Portland should be left to suffer the results of its own radicalism. They also dig into the congressional fight over unemployment benefits and wonder if another widespread COVID shutdown is on the way. And they have fun with the news that the “Washington Football Team” will not have a mascot for the 2020 NFL season.

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I’ve never read The Communist Manifesto, by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, so I read it last Saturday. When I got past the history lesson about how and why it was written, and settled into the meat of it, a few expletives started to fly. If life seems as if it’s evolving quickly into something […]

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review is in for Jim today. Join her and Greg as they discuss Planned Parenthood finally admitting that founder Margaret Sanger was an advocate of eugenics and that it is taking her name off its Manhattan facility. They also unload on Portland “leaders” for allowing seven weeks of violence and property destruction to go on without consequences but denouncing the federal government for stepping in to deal with the problem. And Alexandra wonders why Joe Biden is trying to win over religious conservatives after endorsing taxpayer-funded abortions and suing nuns over birth control coverage.

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  It used to be that people were, generally speaking, reasonable.  In fact, as hard as this will be for a millennial to believe, it used to be that the most rational, most reasonable candidate not only won that party’s nomination, they won the race if the other party held fringe views.  Now, it seems, […]

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Social Responsibility, Boise Style

 

Every now and then something happens that reaffirms your faith in America and its citizenry.

Recently in Boise, Antifa decided they would conduct another of their “peaceful protests” which normally include peacefully rioting and peacefully burning down occupied buildings. Throw in beating a few honest citizens or storekeepers that complain, and that’s your typical Antifa “rally” or “march.”

A Bittersweet Independence Day

 

This year of 2020, when we Americans should be celebrating American Exceptionalism—the big difference in America’s founding and history from every other nation on Earth—our great country is riven by rioting, looting, Marxism, ugliness, vandalism. Oh, and also a worldwide pandemic of a virus that originated in Communist China.

Instead of the sound of parades, brass bands playing Stars and Stripes Forever, and laughing children; we hear screams, bullhorns, and the rending sounds of toppling monuments. Instead of praise for the Founding Fathers George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and all the others, we hear praise for career criminals and Marxist fugitives.

Stereotypes and the Martyr Complex: A Dangerous Combination

 

If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last few months trying to figure out the reasons for the near collapse of law and order in this country. Most of us realize that events following the George Floyd death have been in the planning stage for a long time; the Marxists saw a moment of weakness in our society and capitalized on it with merciless determination.

I get all that.

But I wasn’t able to figure out why most of the people who have praised Black Lives Matter and volunteered to be rioters and protestors are white. Political leaders (as in mayors and governors) have celebrated the lawlessness and bowed to the causes of criminals. Tongue lashings from women of the white elite are witnessed by many, as are spoiled teenagers who have indulged in their first looting attempts.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson joins Federalist Senior Editor Christopher Bedford to discuss his historic ratings surge and why he’s resonating with the public right now. Carlson shares his thoughts on recent cultural upheaval, elites, riots, vandalism, the state of the American right, and answers the $1,000,000 question: What does Tucker Carlson want?

Carlson calls on Republicans who are elected to congress and those who run right-wing think tanks to step up and represent the values of their voters. While the left runs nearly every institution in American social and political life, Republicans consistently fail their voters by not acting, Carlson says.

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The invasion reached Beverly Hills this weekend.  I wonder how many of the residents of that neighborhood have given money and support to the Marxist Black Lives Matter organization? We have discussed here on Ricochet that wealthy leftists, including many celebrities, have used their donations to such organizations as “protection money” so that they will […]

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This Tuesday, June 23, 2020, Joe Biden held a virtual fundraiser which featured former President Barack Obama. The event included a discussion or conversation between Biden and Obama and, in that conversation, Obama made an assertion that stunned me. Let me post a video which includes the assertion in question. The video is about 2 […]

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We need new laws in each state to protect business owners and innocent people in their homes from rioters and looters. My proposed language is something like this: “A person may use deadly force to protect persons or property from rioters or insurrectionists during a riot or insurrection.” Riot and insurrection would need definitions that […]

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Roof Koreans: How Civilians Defended Koreatown from Racist Violence During the 1992 LA Riots

 

Roof Koreans: How Civilians Defended Koreatown from Racist Violence During the 1992 LA RiotsThe riots of the spring of 2020 are far from without precedent in the United States. Indeed, they seem to happen once a generation at least. The 1992 Los Angeles Riots are such an example of these “generational riots.” And while most people know about the riots, less known – though quite well known at the time – were the phenomenon of the so-called “Roof Koreans.”

The Roof Koreans were spontaneous self-defense forces organized by the Korean community of Los Angeles, primarily centered in Koreatown, in response to violent and frequently racist attacks on their communities and businesses by primarily black looters and rioters during the Los Angeles Riots of 1992. Despite their best efforts, over 2,200 Korean-owned businesses were looted or burned to the ground during the riots. It is chilling to imagine how many would have suffered the same fate had the Koreans not been armed.

Standing on the rooftops of Koreatown shops they and their families owned, clad not in body armor or tactical gear, but instead dressed like someone’s nerdy dad, often smoking cigarettes, but always on alert, the Roof Koreans provide a stirring example of how free Americans of all races can defend their own communities without relying upon outside help.

When the Mob Rules, Bad Things Happen

 

Our intense national debate over race is not an honest discussion. The cancel culture has effectively silenced one side.

Politicians and commentators can defame conscientious police officers, claim America is a cesspool of bigotry, and even call for the assassination of the President without consequences.

In contrast, those who disagree with Black Lives Matter have been shamed and fired for asserting “all lives matter,” “the president may use federal force to quell domestic threats,” and “it’s disrespectful to kneel during the national anthem.”

What Should Be Donald Trump’s Pitch

 

On Saturday, President Trump will be holding a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma – where I was born and where off and on I spent something like thirty-two years of my life.

In effect, thanks to the Wuhan Coronavirus, this will be the true launch of his Presidential campaign, and this should give him an opportunity to address the nation. Some will say that he should “bring us together.” I think the opposite. I think that he should exploit this opportunity to divide the house by pinning the tale on the donkey.

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The Future of Our Cities

 

Buildings on Hamilton Avenue, Detroit.

In 1968, in the wake of the assassination of Martin Luther King, a great many American cities were engulfed by riots. In one such city – Detroit – the mayor, a well-meaning liberal Democrat named Jerome Cavanaugh, made a fateful decision to rein in the police and let the riot burn itself out. To his judgment, the state’s governor – George Romney – deferred, and the riots went on for five full days. “Burn, baby, burn,” they said. And burn it did.

Eighteen years before, Detroit had been the richest city in the United States – with a per capita income exceeding that in every other urban area in the country. By 1968, it was no longer so well situated. But it was prosperous. It was vibrant. The architecture was stunning; the churches, beautiful; the picture palaces, a wonder.