24 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-28-20

  1. Overplayed their hand. And now they need to own it. 🙂

    It wasn’t the rioting or dead bodies that changed their minds. It was the polls.

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  2. Good. Their support levels should be in the toilet.

    https://summit.news/2020/08/27/support-for-black-lives-matter-plummets-in-wisconsin-after-kenosha-riots/

    “Support For Black Lives Matter Plummets in Wisconsin Amidst Kenosha Riots
    Lifelong Democrats say they’re either not voting or voting for Trump.”

    “Support for Black Lives Matter in the key swing state of Wisconsin has plummeted from +25 approval to zero amidst the riots in Kenosha.

    The city has been plagued by rioting, looting, violence and arson all week following the police killing of Jacob Blake, culminating in the Tuesday night shooting of three BLM protesters, two fatally, by a 17-year-old who acted in self-defense.

    A new poll suggests that the bedlam is turning people against Black Lives Matter, and by proxy Joe Biden, who has endorsed BLM on numerous occasions.

    “Democrats need to be extremely concerned about what’s happening in Wisconsin, where support for BLM has gone from +25 to +0 in 2 months,” tweeted Jonathan Chait.

    He cites a newly released RPubs poll which also shows that approval for Black Lives Matter amongst whites has dropped from +22 to -5 since June.

    The poll was taken before much of the violence unfolded in Kenosha, meaning the numbers are likely even worse for BLM approval.”

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    How low can they go…..

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  3. Once again, the story of police shooting an unarmed man is false. The media keeps getting it wrong.

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    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8668375/Jacob-Blake-KNIFE-cops-shot-says-Wisconsin-AG.html

    “Wisconsin AG reveals police recovered a knife from the driver’s side floor of Jacob Blake’s car and says ONE cop shot him seven times as they responded to 911 call from Blake’s girlfriend
    Jacob Blake, the black man shot in the back seven times by Wisconsin police, had a knife in his posession, the Wisconsin Attorney General said Wednesday

    Blake, 29, was shot in front of his three children by officers in Kenosha Sunday

    Officers responded to a 911 call by Blake’s girlfriend who said her boyfriend was present and he was not supposed to be on the premises

    Officers tried to subdue Blake with a taser, but were unsuccessful

    The DOJ said Blake told officers he had a knife in his possession

    Investigators later ‘recovered a knife from the driver’s side floorboard’ of his car

    Officer Rusten Sheskey, a seven year veteran with the department, was identified as the cop who fired all seven shots into Blake’s back”

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    And he had multiple warrants, which police were aware of and attempting to arrest him on related to charges of sexual assault, trespassing and disorderly conduct. And he fought with and resisted police. He did this.

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  4. And the false narratives about George Floyd continue to take hits.

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/medical-examiner-george-floyd-fentanyl

    “New filings show medical examiner found ‘fatal level’ of fentanyl in George Floyd’s system”

    “New filings in the case against the former Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd show that a medical examiner said Floyd had enough fentanyl in his system that it could have been lethal.

    The report from the Hennepin County medical examiner released on Tuesday details his comments about the results of the toxicology test on Floyd.

    “That is a fatal level of fentanyl under normal circumstances,” the report read.

    However, the report reiterated the medical examiner’s opinion that there were a multitude of causes contributing to his death.

    “[Dr. Andrew Baker] said that if Mr. Floyd had been found dead in his home (or anywhere else) and there were no other contributing factors he would conclude that it was an overdose death,” said the June 1 memo, according to KMSP-TV.

    The release was a part of a request from the attorneys representing Tou Thao, one of the former Minneapolis police officers facing charges in the death of Floyd, 46.”

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  5. These people are idiots. They want no protections for those they make protect them. Nothing like declaring open season on cops.

    https://www.wsls.com/news/virginia/2020/08/26/virginia-senate-passes-bill-allowing-assaulting-a-police-officer-to-be-a-misdemeanor/

    “Virginia Senate passes bill allowing assaulting a police officer to be a misdemeanor
    Bill removes mandatory jail sentence”

    “A controversial bill is moving forward during the current Virginia General Assembly special session.

    On Wednesday, the Virginia Senate voted 21-15 to pass Senate Bill 5032, which would allow an assault against a law enforcement officer to a misdemeanor if the person attacked is not hurt.

    Here’s the summary of the bill:

    Eliminates the mandatory minimum term of confinement for an assault and battery committed against a judge; magistrate; law-enforcement officer; correctional officer; person directly involved in the care, treatment, or supervision of inmates; firefighter; or volunteer firefighter or any emergency medical services personnel and provides that such crime can no longer be committed as a simple assault and must result in a bodily injury.”

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  6. Make them pay. It’s the only thing that will get their attention.

    https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/father-of-man-killed-inside-seattles-chop-zone-files-3-billion-in-claims-against-city-county-state/281-54f55ebf-49d9-4691-b559-907213a95696

    “Father of man killed inside Seattle’s CHOP zone files $3 billion in claims against city, county, state

    The claims allege the actions and inactions by the city, countyand state government are responsible for the death of his son, 19-year-old Horace Lorenzo Anderson.”

    “The claim alleged that the actions and “inactions” by the local government are responsible for creating a “hazardous, and lawless situation” that resulted in the man’s death, according to a statement released by the Oshan & Associates, P.C., the law firm representing Anderson.

    “It is important to hold our government leaders accountable so this will not happen again,” said Attorney Evan Oshan in a prepared statement. “Those in positions of power must not be allowed to hide from their duty to act responsibly and protect citizens. With power and prestige comes responsibility!”

    Anderson was one of two people shot inside the former protest zone during the early morning hours of June 20. Bystanders took Anderson to Harborview Medical Center where he died.

    According to Seattle city officials at the time, Seattle Fire Department medics responded and were awaiting Seattle police to secure the scene before going into the CHOP, which is standard procedure for the fire department. Seattle police arrived at about 2:28 a.m. but they reported that the crowd prevented them from getting inside the CHOP zone.

    In an interview with KING 5 on Thursday, Evan Oshan said that the lawsuit is about holding the agencies accountable for the younger Anderson’s death.

    “The thing that we really need to focus on is that there was a, an individual who lost his life unnecessarily and he, it was predictable, it was preventable, and this should have never happened,” Oshan said.

    Oshan said that he and his client hopes that the discovery process will also uncover who was to blame.

    “I do know is that there was a police precinct that was given up. What I do know is that EMS did not come in and take care of Lorenzo as he lay bleeding. This was a totally lawless situation. It puts him in great danger and it was just wrong,” Oshan said. ”

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    Thanks Democrats. You built this.

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  7. Riot first, get the details later…. Especially when the truth might prevent you from stealing stuff….

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/08/riot-first-asks-questions-later-minneapolis-looting-sparked-by-false-report-of-police-shooting/

    “Riot First, Asks Questions Later: Minneapolis Looting Sparked By False Report Of Police Shooting

    The lie that there was a police shooting death of a black man traveled halfway around Minneapolis before the truth could get out that the man committed suicide.”

    “A curious thing happened yesterday in Minneapolis. Rioting and looting is old school (circa May 2020) at this point, so that wasn’t curious.

    What was curious was that the rioting and looting was based on a demonstrably false claim that police shot dead a black man. In fact, as video quickly released by police showed, the man in question — for whom there was an arrest warrant –committed suicide as police approached. The police never fired a shot.

    But the lie that this was a police shooting of a black man traveled halfway around Minneapolis before the truth could get out. The result was the type of rioting and looting we have seen in dozens of cities and towns around the country in the name of the Black Lives Matter movement.”

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  8. Details from an actual eye witness. Good luck prosecutors, you’re gonna need it.

    https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2020/08/27/details-revealed-state-vs-kyle-rittenhouse-criminal-complaint/

    “Rittenhouse is the 17-year-old with the AR-15. Joseph Rosenbaum is the agitated guy who was chasing Rittenhouse and became the first person shot that night. There are two videos of this shooting circulating but both were taken from a distance and it was hard to see what actually happened. But according to Richard McGinnis who was there that night as a reporter for the Daily Caller, this is what happened:

    Detective Cepress interviewed McGinnis and indicates the following: Before the shooting, McGinnis was interviewing the defendant. The defendant told McGinnis that he was a trained medic. McGinnis stated that he (McGinnis) has handled many ARs and that the defendant was not handling the weapon very well. McGinnis said that as they were walking south another armed male who appeared to be in his 30s joined them and said he was there to protect the defendant. McGinnis stated that before the defendant reached the parking lot and ran across it, the defendant had moved from the middle of Sheridan Road to the sidewalk and that is when McGinnis saw a male (Rosenbaum) initially try to engage the defendant. McGinnis stated that as the defendant was walking Rosenbaum was trying to get closer to the defendant. When Rosenbaum advanced, the defendant did a “juke” move and started running. McGinnis stated that there were other people that were moving very quickly. McGinnis stated that they were moving towards the defendant. McGinnis said that according to what he saw the defendant was trying to evade these individuals.

    McGinnis described the point where the defendant had reached the car. McGinnis described that the defendant had the gun in a low ready position. Meaning that he had the gun raised but pointed downward. The butt of the gun would have been at an angle downwards from the shoulder. McGinnis stated that the defendant brought the gun up. McGinnis stated that he stepped back and he thinks the defendant fired 3 rounds in rapid succession. McGinnis said when the first round went off, he thought it hit the pavement. McGinnis felt something on his leg and his first thought was wondering whether he had gotten shot. McGinnis was behind and slightly to the right of Rosenbaum, in the line of fire, when the defendant shot.

    McGinnis stated that the first round went into the ground and when the second shot went off, the defendant actually had the gun aimed at Rosenbaum. McGinnis stated he did not hear the two exchange any words. McGinnis said that the unarmed guy (Rosenbaum) was trying to get the defendant’s gun. McGinnis demonstrated by extending both of his hands in a quick grabbing motion and did that as a visual on how Rosenbaum tried to reach for the defendant’s gun. Detective Cepress indicates that he asked McGinnis if Rosenbaum had his hands on the gun when the defendant shot. McGinnis said that he definitely made a motion that he was trying to grab the barrel of the gun. McGinnis stated that the defendant pulled it away and then raised it. McGinnis
    stated that right as they came together, the defendant fired. McGinnis said that when Rosenbaum was shot, he had leaned in (towards the defendant).

    So Rittenhouse was running from Rosenbaum and possibly others and when Rosenbaum finally caught up to him he tried to grab the gun. That’s when Rittenhouse shot him and endangered McGinnis who was in the line of fire.”

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  9. Thankful I got to watch some of the RNC. I especially loved hearing Melania Trump. She was right on target with her compassionate delivery. And I loved how Trump brought up the faith of our fathers in a natural way as he discussed the pioneers going West in their covered wagons that hel their Bibles within. Without going into detail, he was showing how The Great Commission was at work back then.

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  10. While Melania was good, so was Ivanka. But this lady was too.

    She stole the show. 😥

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/08/ann-dorn-widow-of-retired-police-chief-killed-by-mob-endorses-trump-in-moving-segment-at-rnc/

    “Ann Dorn, Widow of Retired Police Chief Killed by Mob, Endorses Trump in Moving Segment at RNC

    “How did we get to this point where so many people are callous and indifferent towards human life?”

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    “Ann Dorn breaks down in emotional convention speech about husband slain in riot

    The widow of retired St. Louis police officer David Dorn delivered an emotional speech at the Republican National Convention, recounting the moment she was told about her husband’s death.

    “The chief of police was standing outside. I wondered why Dave had not answered the door. It wasn’t uncommon for him to be up watching TV at this time. I called out to him several times. There was no reply. He just wasn’t there,” Ann Dorn said. “I let in the chief, and fighting back tears, he said the words every officer’s spouse dreads.”…

    Ann Dorn said that David Dorn’s own grandson watched his grandfather die during a Facebook livestream, “not realizing he was watching his own grandfather dying on the sidewalk.”

    “As I slept, looters were ransacking the shop. They shot and killed David in cold blood and then livestreamed his execution and last moments on Earth,” she said.

    “How did we get to this point where so many people are callous and indifferent towards human life?” she asked. ”This isn’t a video game where you and commit mayhem and hit reset and bring all the characters back to life. Dave is never, never coming back to me.”

    Ann Dorn offered a rebuke of the protests and riots gripping the United States, praising President Trump’s offer of federal assistance.

    Watch the whole video below, this is powerful:”

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  11. Spent over a week at a Lake Erie cottage — beautiful place. Walked out to the furthest southern tip of Canada — a sandbar in Lake Erie (Point Pelee). It was easy to avoid the news with beautiful weather and warm clean water. I did notice the DNC accomplish what they needed to — presenting Biden as a calm decent man, an alternative to the madness that current envelopes the US and the White House. A man who is leading a “big tent” political party.

    I heard Steve Bannon was arrested — I think that makes it six or seven 2016 campaign figures arrested. Conway quit her job — apparently her 15 year old daughter was planning to sue for parental divorce given the atmosphere at home and Conway’s commitment to money over family. But of course Trump only hires the best people.

    The RNC news was weird — it was full of doom and gloom instead of celebrating Trump’s record. Apparently the South Carolina senator was an inspiring speaker. Melania is being given props for not being as divisive as the rest of the Trumps. When 6 of your keynote speakers are members of the same family, you are entering third world banana republic territory.

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  12. The Blake incident is a horrible example of police incompetence. According to eye witness, Blake drove up in his car, told his son to get in and went to the back of a house. It appears he was picking up a child from the mom — typical exchange. A group of women were arguing in the front, which prompted a 9/11 call and Blake to get involved — he obviously knew the neighbourhood. The dispatch told the police that Blake was not supposed to be there but did not give details. Other than a probable restraining order from a domestic incident, the police had no idea of his prior behavior. The charges all stemmed from one incident in July. When the police arrived they went straight for Blake, not assessing the situation in terms of why they were called there. The main video began when a physical altercation occurred. The police were heard to yell for him to drop the knife and then later claimed he said he was going for his gun, a weird thing for a black man to tell police (hence probably made up). Once the video appeared its obvious he did not have a knife when they chased him back to the car. At the car, the police officer grabbed a hold of his shirt and then shot him seven times. The initial claim was that he was going for his gun but now we are told the police found a knife. In either case, given the proximity, the officer could have easily pushed the man down and gone from there. The police in my book have lost credibility and given the changing narrative of their story, the placement of a knife to increase the validity of their story is a credible theory.

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  13. A few days later, a young man takes an AR 15 to a riot. According to Illinois law, he was not allowed to possess a gun hence this was an illegal possession of a firearm — a felony in most places. His mother drives him across state lines so he could go to a riot — this would make her an accessory, she should be arrested and Child Services should be called. The young man joins the right wing militia already there. Police ignoring the curfew violation by these men instead offering them water and thank them for their presence. This is a dereliction of duty. The police failed to enforce curfew and ignored an extremely young man mishandling an AR 15. Looking at his face, he could easily pass for 14. In Ontario, persons must be IDed if they look 25 despite a liquor/marijuana age of 19 and a lottery/adult age of 18. Here too is a dereliction of duty — failure to enforce gun law. Once the protest devolved after the 8 pm curfew, the young man was observed shooting someone. Its later claimed by militia types that the man threw a Molotov cocktail — pictures indicated it was a plastic bag. A 17 year old who had no business being there panicked and fired shots. As some protesters tended to this person’s wounds, another young man ran after the 17 year old to stop him from shooting others. In the succeeding scuffle, the 17 year old shot the skateboarder. As the police arrived to the scene, the young man simply walked away, waved at the cops and walked away. Again, the incompetence is amazing — after gunshots are heard, the police drive by a gunman leaving the scene not bothering to stop him. There’s no way a 17 year old boy travelling across state lines to join a riot, illegally armed and firing shots in a panic can claim self defense.

    So in the space of less than a week in the same town, we have a young black man shot seven times in the back with the police claiming self defense while a young white boy shoots protesters and calmly walks past police and goes home to bed.

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  14. So about 10 weeks away from the election, it appears to be tightening up. However, the surveys on BLM support that are somehow correlated to democratic polling try to create the correlation that BLM protests and the Democratic are coordinating — highly unlikely. BLM is a new generation of black activists who quite frankly couldn’t care less about Democratic party strategy. They will vote for Biden but their fight is with one police force at a time. As for the Democratic party fortunes — they may not need the white male vote anyway. Although its tightening up I’m still at 308 votes at a minimum. The interesting thing is Biden can win without the upper midwest — with Pennsylvania and Florida he wins. Trump needs to win 1 of the 2 plus all the toss up states. The odds are still in Biden’s favor. Add in Arizona and its a walk for Biden. My own guess is Biden will win Penn plus at least 2/3 of the upper midwest. Once Labor Day pasts, we should have a clearer picture.

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  15. For all the jokes the west makes about 2020, most of the internet memes forget the locusts plague in Kenya-East Africa. My Somalia friends — born in Kenya raised in the Netherlands and Canada — have relatives who described it to them. Beyond covid, race riots and political stability in the west, Africa gets ignored. Locusts in the east and drought in the Sahel. We need a more balanced approach to the news.

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  16. Welcome back, sounds like a nice vacation.

    Meanwhile, speaking of the RNC convention, Eric Metaxas has some ‘splainin’ to do, apparently.

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  17. A video from either before or after the convention shows him (or someone who looks and was dressed exactly like he was last night) walking along as a cyclist rides by shouting an epithet about Trump; video shows (Metaxas?) turning and wolloping bicyclist hard across the back of the head, causing him to fall off the bike; the bicyclist then comes after the assailant who runs backward (have to admire the light-footedness) as others close in. A woman can be heard calling out “Eric!” in the video.

    It’s a video that’s shown up on Twitter today, but Metaxas has not responded to some repeated inquiries about the incident, whether it was him or not. Apparently the cyclist was arrested, but I haven’t seen a verified news source report on the situation yet, though Religion News Service reporters were seeking clarification.

    Quite a bit of bad language on the video which is why I didn’t link to it.

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