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In Email from AD reader Marion Stinnett who lives in Minneapolis I read:

Everyone has seen the videos of the Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of a hapless petty criminal. And now looting and arson are happening all over the city. How did a very civilized city come to this?

Well, progressives, of course. But beyond that, do folks know the City of Minneapolis operates a protection racket? [continue reading…]

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“I CAN’T BREATHE” Black Man Killed by Minneapolis PD

Warning: The video presented below depicts the street killing of a man by a Minneapolis policeman in gruesome detail. I’m not easily shocked but it took me several tries before I could bear to watch it. It’s followed by a reaction by another American. I’ll take a step to the side here and let him tell you about it from his own point of view.

I don’t know what’s going on with Minneapolis and its cops these days but I’m with Zappa on this one. Cops need to do some hard time this time.

UPDATE: All four cops involved were summarily fired while the expected protests and riots jumped off in Minneapolis to be seasoned with tear gas and rubber bullets. The nation has more than enough to do this summer without dealing with this sort of racial animosity. At a time when all hands need to work together this the very last thing we need. And yet… and yet… here we are again

Police in riot gear spray tear gas and fire rubber bullets at protest over George Floyd’s death
New video shows George Floyd being dragged out of his car without resisting arrest, handcuffed and manhandled on the sidewalk

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AD Readers Report In from RiotZone, Minneapolis


I guess the cops don’t watch CNN

Gordon Scottll writes in Outraged, they came, protested, and then did a little shopping:

Today things got worse. They began to use social media to organize looting in St. Paul, and some of the suburbs. Target has now closed and boarded up 26 stores. CVS and Walgreens have closed all stores inside the beltway. That is not the only looted Cub grocery store; I’m not sure how many at this point. But the one nearest me on North Broadway was under siege. And someone called one of the nearby biker groups. They all roared past my house–there were a lot–and to the Cub. I do not know any more than that.

The initial damage attacks were caused by Antifa. The looting began just because they figured that the cops were more or less trapped in the 3rd precinct, and even though Target was just across the street, that the cops would not respond. The cops did not respond.

Now in some of the other towns the police are being a bit more aggressive.

I am very sure there are at least 200 who made the trip from Chicago to take advantage of the opportunities for property liberation here. More will come.

Both St. Paul’s and Minneapolis’ mayors are in very deep over their heads. The governor appears to be also. He’s managed to rack up nursing home deaths such that 80 percent of Minnesota deaths are there, and they’re STILL shipping sick people to them. Now this…the National Guard should have been put on alert Thursday morning. Instead the governor waited until 4 p.m. It takes time to get everyone together and briefed and armed and deployed.

All of these stores that are closed or looted or torched? They are where I make my living, or used to. But I guess there will be lots of work cleaning and restocking.

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3,891 Days Left For The Planet

Climate Expert Alexandria Cortez says the clocks are ticking and earth is doomed. Here is how the apocalypse looked in Wyoming today.

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The New Rule: If the cops kill somebody your town’s Target has to give up its stuff.

Did you ever live in a riot-torn city when the army is sent into the city? I have. You do not want to be in a city once the army arrives.

And then there are the moments when private armies also deploy: [continue reading…]

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“Man, you gotta go.” Live. Now. Posted at T-45 minutes. Be there. Pray.

[UPDATE: LAUNCH SCRUBBED AT T-14 MINUTES BY ADVERSE WEATHER.]  Oh well, we’ll get a winner one day.

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Strictly Germ-Proof by Arthur Guiterman

The Antiseptic Baby and the Prophylactic Pup
Were playing in the garden when the Bunny gambolled up;
They looked upon the creature with a loathing undisguised;
It wasn’t disinfected and it wasn’t sterilised.

They said it was microbic and a hotbed of disease;
They steamed it in a vapor of a thousand-odd degrees;
They froze it in a freezer that was cold as banished hope
And washed it in permanganate with carbolated soap.

In sulphurated hydrogen they steeped its wiggly ears;
They trimmed its frisky whiskers with a pair of hard-boiled shears;
They donned their rubber mittens and they took it by the hand
And ’lected it a member of the Fumigated Band.

There’s not a micrococcus in the garden where they play;
They bathe in pure iodoform a dozen times a day;
And each imbibes his rations from a hygienic cup —
The Bunny and The Baby and The Prophylactic Pup.

[HT:  James ONeil]

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We are waiting for Fort Sumter.

[NB: Written in 2006] The originating premise of this novel did not come from me. Donald Mustard and his partners in Chair Enterainment had the idea for an entertainment franchise called Empire about a near-future American civil war. When I joined the project to create a work of fiction based on that premise, my first order of business was to come up with a plausible way that such an event might come about.
It was, sadly enough, all too easy.

Because we haven’t had a civil war in the past fourteen decades, people think we can’t have one now. Where is the geographic clarity of the Mason-Dixon line? When you look at the red-state blue-state division in the past few elections, you get a false impression. The real division is urban, academic, and high-tech counties versus suburban, rural, and conservative Christian counties. How could such widely scattered “blue” centers and such centerless “red” populations ever act in concert?

Geography aside, however, we have never been so evenly divided with such hateful rhetoric since the years leading up to the Civil War of the 1860s. Because the national media elite are so uniformly progressive, we keep hearing (in the elite media) about the rhetorical excesses of the “extreme right.” To hear the same media, there is no “extreme left,” just the occasional progressive who says things he or she shouldn’t.

But any rational observer has to see that the Left and Right in America are screaming the most vile accusations at each other all the time. We are fully polarized — if you accept one idea that sounds like it belongs to either the blue or the red, you are assumed — nay, required — to espouse the entire rest of the package, even though there is no reason why supporting the war against terrorism should imply you’re in favor of banning all abortions and against restricting the availability of firearms; no reason why being in favor of keeping government-imposed limits on the free market should imply you also are in favor of giving legal status to homosexual couples and against building nuclear reactors. These issues are not remotely related, and yet if you hold any of one group’s views, you are hated by the other group as if you believed them all; and if you hold most of one group’s views, but not all, you are treated as if you were a traitor for deviating even slightly from the party line.

We are today a nation where almost everyone in the public eye displays fanaticism with every utterance.

It goes deeper than this, however. A good working definition of fanaticism is that you are so convinced of your views and policies that you are sure anyone who opposes them must either be stupid and deceived or have some ulterior motive. We are today a nation where almost everyone in the public eye displays fanaticism with every utterance.

It is part of human nature to regard as sane those people who share the worldview of the majority of society. Somehow, though, we have managed to divide ourselves into two different, mutually exclusive sanities. The people in each society reinforce each other in madness, believing unsubstantiated ideas that are often contradicted not only by each other but also by whatever objective evidence exists on the subject. Instead of having an ever-adapting civilization-wide consensus reality, we have became a nation of insane people able to see the madness only in the other side.

Does this lead, inevitably, to civil war? Of course not — though it’s hardly conducive to stable government or the long-term continuation of democracy. What inevitably arises from such division is the attempt by one group, utterly convinced of its rectitude, to use all coercive forces available to stamp out the opposing views.

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“Who Was That Masked Man?”

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Nothing Gold…

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“I’m very flattered by the many invitations to speak at various virtual graduations this year, and very sorry to say I’m unable to accommodate everyone. I did however, want to say something generally to all those men and women graduating from a trade school, and, to those high school graduates, about to enter one. If you know someone in either category, (and even if you don’t) I’d be grateful if you’d share this.” — Mike Rowe

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