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Minneapolis City Council, which voted to dismantle police, unsettled by rise of crime now demand action from law enforcement

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Minneapolis City Council members, who recently voted to defund the police department, demanded answers from the city's police chief for the recent uptick in crime.

"What I am sort of flabbergasted by right now is colleagues, who a very short time ago were calling for abolition, are now suggesting we should be putting more resources and funding into MPD," Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham, who supported defunding the department, said during a police reform meeting Tuesday.

The council took more than $1 million from the police budget this summer to hire "violence interrupters," who are supposed to defuse potentially violent situations instead of police officers. The impetus for the policy came in the aftermath of George Floyd's death during his arrest by Minneapolis police officers on May 25, sparking protests all over the country.

In June, the council voted unanimously to dismantle the police department in favor of a "Department of Community Safety." That plan was delayed in August when the Minneapolis Charter Commission voted to take more time to review the plan.

According to Minneapolis Police Department crime data, violent crimes such as assaults, robberies, and homicides are up in 2020. In August, the city passed the grim milestone of seeing more homicides in 2020 than in all of 2019. Arsons are also up 55%.

Comment: Undercutting the city police department was not a clever move. Who is going to protect the so-called 'violence interrupters'?

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Poof! The Portland riots just stopped. Why?

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Have Portland's Professional Protesters™ been smoked out? Since May 29th, Portland has been the back drop of more than 100 nights of antifa, anarchist and Black Lives Matter, Inc™ terroristic riots. They set fires, looted, and intimidated people by threatening to burn them alive in their homes. But after the millions of dollars of destruction, criminality and thuggery it stopped last week. Poof! Why?

I certainly don't want to tempt these thugs, but it can't go without saying that Portland's 100 plus days of riots appeared to end after Wednesday, September 9th. That was the last time the Portland Police Bureau warned about protests. The usual live-streamers decamped to other riots and fires.

By September 10th, the overworked cops from Portland Police Bureau were offered out to assist other agencies. Suddenly, instead of being required to work the riots lines, they were free. Why?
On September 7th to the morning of the 8th, the Pacific Northwest experienced a major "wind event." Winds gusted through Oregon and Washington at more than 60 miles per hour. Fires that had been allowed to crackle along, such as the Beachie fire, flared up. Power lines were downed. The fires kicked up.

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COVID-19 has hammered home some uncomfortable truths about us as a people

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Soon enough there will be a global reckoning on whether the coronavirus defences did more damage than the disease. It will be driven by the swingeing economic destruction imposed by governments that will deliver millions into poverty, driving internal and external conflicts. Beggared states will turn inward, the world will become more polarised, angrier, more dangerous.

In time it's a fair bet the cure will be seen by many as the real curse, as people whose lives have been destroyed seek retribution.

Though it will be a small wave in the storm, here the Victorian solution and internal border closures should be counted among those judged as doing much more harm than good. That's because there was abundant evidence by mid-year that pointed to more road maps to recovery than the "only way" decreed by the Victorian Premier or the self-interested, colonial-era border wars led by his peers.

Comment: The dehumanization hoax is up. Covid has been unmasked. Where do we go from here?


'Abject incompetence': NYC mayor postpones school opening at last minute AGAIN, triggering parental rage

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Mayor de Blasio tours New Bridges Elementary School ahead of reopening.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has postponed school reopening for most students a second time, just days before kids were set to return. Parents and teachers who already planned their lives around the schedule aren't happy.

Instead of returning to the classroom on Monday, elementary school students will come back on September 29, de Blasio announced in a Thursday press briefing, enraging parents and teachers alike with the eleventh-hour delay. Middle and high school students won't return until October 1 under the new schedule.

It's not the first time de Blasio has pushed school reopening dates forward. City students were initially supposed to return to the classroom on September 10, and the mayor repeatedly affirmed the date was set in stone in the preceding weeks, despite pushback from teachers, before postponing it at the last minute.

This time, he isn't even pretending it's a sure thing, telling reporters "We could always learn something new that might cause additional adjustment." However, he attempted to shift the blame for the delay onto the teachers' unions, which had been complaining that schools weren't ready to reopen for weeks.

Comment: Whether it is de Blasio's 'savior complex', basic incompetence or preoccupation with being sued by the restaurant industry, the education realm and parental units were none too pleased with his inconsistency:

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Nothing to see here: Untraceable, 'unemployed' donors somehow provided ActBlue with half of its 2019 donations

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A Take Back Action Fund analysis of $400M in donations to liberal causes raises red flags of possible foreign involvement

Less than two months ahead of the presidential election - with concerns of foreign interference again at the forefront - a conservative political group is raising "serious concerns" about millions of donations reported by a major Democratic fundraising platform.

A preliminary computer analysis by the Take Back Action Fund, obtained exclusively by Fox News, has found that nearly half of all 2019 donations to ActBlue were made by people claiming to be unemployed.

Action Fund President John Pudner questioned the veracity of those donations and called it a loophole that must be closed for the sake of election integrity.

Comment: ActBlue puts on a good politically correct face, but seems pretty sketchy behind the scenes. Watchdog site Open Secrets provides these interesting graphics. Why is the PAC ActBlue apparently holding on to so much cash?
Actblue percentage expenditures
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ActBlue percentage of expenditures in 2020 election cycle
ActBlue donation breakdown
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Top Vendors/Recipients of ActBlue donations
Democrat fundraising machine 'ActBlue Texas' paid out small sums to hundreds of individuals for unknown purposes


New rules may allow Australian police to detain 'conspiracy theorists'

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Police arresting a protester in Melbourne. Video shows him being hit with a car and stamped on while on the ground.
New rules passing in the Australian state of Victoria could see "conspiracy theorists" and those "suspected by health authorities of being likely to spread the virus" detained in quarantine centres, according to The Age.

The rules are amendments being added to the Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill, which was first passed back in April.

The proposed detention would last "for the period reasonably necessary to eliminate or reduce a serious risk to public health".

To translate that from bureaucrat into English: it means as for long as they want, or can get away with.

Legislation with this kind of vague verbiage is always a red flag, but then Victoria is currently over-flowing with warning signs of this kind.


Maybe you haven't been following exactly how bad things are getting in Australia - and most especially Victoria - but they have essentially aggressively seized their opportunity to create a fascist micro-state. A social Petri dish, in which to culture some tyranny.

They have declared both a "state of emergency" AND a "state of disaster" for a disease which has killed fewer than a thousand people in 9 months across the entire country.

For a sense of perspective, in 2018 over three times as many people died of influenza, and the same number again committed suicide.

As of right now Australia has just 16 cases of coronavirus classified as "severe".


Big Brother Zuck: Lawsuit accuses Facebook of using phone cams to spy on Instagram users

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Instagram and its parent company Facebook are being sued for allegedly spying on users with their mobile phone cameras.

The lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco federal court Thursday by a New Jersey Instagram user Brittany Conditi who claimed Facebook accesses mobile cameras while users are on the app "to collect lucrative and valuable data on its users that it would not otherwise have access to."

"By obtaining extremely private and intimate personal data on their users, including in the privacy of their own homes, [Facebook is] able to increase their advertising revenue by targeting users more than ever before," the lawsuit alleges.

"For example, [Facebook is] able to see in-real time how users respond to advertisements on Instagram, providing extremely valuable information to its advertisers."

The lawsuit comes after reports that emerged this summer that an Instagram bug appeared to have allowed the company to access iPhone cameras even when they weren't actively being used. Facebook at the time said that they were working on addressing the bug.


FBI raids home of Biden campaign surrogate, Netflix 'Cheer' star, after underage sex allegation - UPDATE: Arrested, charged for child porn

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Netflix Cheer star and former Joe Biden presidential campaign surrogate Jerry Harris is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for allegedly soliciting sexually explicit images and sex from minors, according to a report.

USA Today stated Monday:
The criminal investigation is based on allegations that were reported separately to police by Varsity Brands, a private company that dominates the cheerleading industry and handles everything from uniform sales to major competitions. In Aug. 1 letters to police in Florida and Texas, Varsity's chief legal officer, Burton Brillhart, said the company learned of "inappropriate sexual conduct" allegations against Harris and reported the information to authorities as required by law.
Brillhart included two screenshots in his communication with law enforcement. In one - a Snapchat message - a picture of the upper part of what appears to be Harris' face is labeled with the message, "Would you ever want to ****". The other screenshot - which is a series of text messages - indicates an exchange that began on Friday, May 3, 2019, when an individual named "jerry harris" wrote, "Hey btw I found a place for us to do stuff it's actually pretty good haha."

Comment: Harris has now been arrested and charged with producing child pornography.
In an interview with law enforcement officials on Monday, the complaint says, Mr. Harris, 21, admitted to asking for and receiving child pornography from at least 10 to 15 individuals he knew were minors. He also admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old at a cheerleading event in 2019.

Bad Guys

American politics has literally turned cr*p, with fights over November's election descending into slinging matches

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As if the rioting and burning of businesses weren't bad enough, now bowel movements are being used as a symbol of protest. It's a perfect metaphor for today's toxic political discourse.

It seems that anytime I look into politics as a topic for an op-ed, I find more and more ridiculous stories each time. Every once in a while, you hear something being described as a s**t job. Unless you're working on sewer lines or septic tanks, you don't expect that to be literal. And yet, it seems as if politics itself has gone down the crapper.

In the state of Maine, police are looking for a suspect who has been taking fecal matter from a dog and stuffing it into the mailboxes of Trump supporters. Whoever this person is (the suspect is described as a middle-aged woman riding a bicycle), they are so angry at Donald Trump that they are willing to pick up dog feces and carry it to someone's mailbox to deposit it. I don't think that anyone would ever call this the mark of someone who is completely sane.


COVID-19 emails from Nashville mayor's office show numbers SO LOW they had to be kept secret to enforce continued lockdown

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The coronavirus cases on lower Broadway may have been so low that the mayor's office and the Metro Health Department decided to keep it secret.

Emails between the mayor's senior advisor and the health department reveal only a partial picture. But what they reveal is disturbing. The discussion involves the low number of coronavirus cases emerging from bars and restaurants and how to handle that. And most disturbingly, how to keep it from the public.

On June 30th, contact tracing was given a small view of coronavirus clusters. Construction and nursing homes were found to be causing problems with more than a thousand cases traced to each category, but bars and restaurants reported just 22 cases.

Leslie Waller from the health department asks, "This isn't going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor's Office?"

"Correct, not for public consumption," writes senior advisor Benjamin Eagles.

Comment: Red State comments:
We're increasingly noticing that the reason for the lockdowns is less about keeping people safe and more about politics. Nashville's Mayor, John Cooper, is a Democrat, and it is Democrats who are keeping areas under their control in a lockdown, while Republican leaders are lifting restrictions left and right.

With the 2020 election coming up, there are a few issues for the Democrats — issues that make President Donald Trump too powerful to defeat. The main one is the economy, and the Coronavirus was the perfect excuse to keep America's economy from growing, and returning to the powerhouse it was under Trump's leadership.

With no logical answer as to why Democrats want to keep everyone in lockdown despite information telling us that the lockdowns aren't working and were ultimately unnecessary, what we're left with is political positioning.

To be clear, the Democrats have destroyed millions of lives so they could give themselves a foothold in a presidential election. People's jobs have been wiped out, businesses they built closed, and suicide rates have skyrocketed, all so that they had a better chance of beating Donald Trump.

If this is happening in Nashville, what other cities is this happening in?
Tucker delivers a blistering assessment of Cooper's disgraceful behaviour: