Commentary: Reckoning with the Riots

Today in 1946 – Leaders of the Russian Liberation Army, a force of Russian prisoners of war that collaborated with Nazi Germany, are executed in Moscow, Soviet Union for treason. That’s the Russian way of treating traitors. In America we elect ours to the senate and then make him Secretary of State (talking about John “F**k Your Buddies” Kerry).

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Today in 1965 – Frank Herbert’s novel, Dune was published for the first time. It was named as the world’s best selling science fiction novel in 2003.

I read all of it. The movie was close, but not close enough. Good days with good reading material and good movies. For sure!!

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Today in 2010 – Convention on Cluster Munitions enters into force. USA & USSR – you know, people who might actually NEED such things – are not signatories.

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Federal agents who have been guarding the U.S. courthouse during violent protests in downtown Portland, Oregon, will begin withdrawing in the next 24 hours, Gov. Kate Brown said Wednesday, though Trump administration officials said some would remain in the building and the entire contingent would stay in the city on standby.

While each side declared victory in the political fight that the deployment touched off, it was not clear if the complex agreement would reduce tensions on the streets of Portland, where protests have been staged nightly for more than two months. Many demonstrators are peaceful, but smaller numbers have thrown fireworks, flares, rocks and ball bearing at federal agents, used green lasers to blind them and spread graffiti over the face of the Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse.

The deal also seemed likely to further muddle the situation by adding yet another law enforcement agency to the mix — the Oregon State Police.
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If its got shrapnel, it’s a bomb, plain and simple

A federal law enforcement document reviewed by Breitbart Texas reports that “protesters” who attacked the Atlanta Field Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) embedded nails into commercial-grade fireworks. The devices were reportedly discovered after the protest ended Sunday morning.
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I’ve written many articles over the years about emergency preparations; food, water, shelter, and everything that goes with them. There are innumerable resources on the Internet about the same subject. I hope most of my readers have taken steps to improve their own preparedness for when things go wrong.

We’re now less than 100 days away from the November 2020 elections. The country is already wracked by unrest, protests and rioting, and that’s likely to get worse – perhaps much worse – as the elections approach. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, and may ratchet upward as cooler weather approaches. I think it’s likely to be a long-term threat, lasting years rather than months.

Nor should we ignore the threat to stability and security in society as a whole. There’s a lot of talk about a new American civil war, and I agree it’s a serious possibility right now: but I doubt very much whether it’ll be like the first one. As Foreign Policy magazine points out:
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Commentary: Reckoning with the Riots

The showdown is coming over urban violence in America. The continuing rioting and destruction erupting in new cities every few days is almost certain to provide yet another profound demarcation of opinion over how to govern the United States and address the problems that have so stirred the country since the killing of African American George Floyd by a white Minneapolis policeman on May 25. America’s toleration of a completely unjustifiable level of general violence compared to anything in its past demonstrates considerable progress in civility and restraint in the past 50 years.

In 1968, the legendary mayor of Chicago, Richard J. Daley, attracted great controversy but not majority disapproval when he publicly told his police not to hesitate to fire live ammunition at violent demonstrators and rioters. As the immense disturbances surrounding the Democratic National Convention in that city evolved, the mayor indicated that he was not exactly urging his officers to shoot to kill but to shoot to stop the rioting, and implicitly, not to be overly concerned if some lawbreakers died as a result.

There was widespread support for this position. Eleven people were killed, about 500 injured, and more than 2,150 arrested in Chicago; four months earlier, in the riots in at least nine major cities after the assassination of Martin Luther King, 43 were killed, more than 3,000 injured, and over 20,000 arrested.
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Largest police union in Florida makes first endorsement in 8 years, unanimously, for President Trump

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America’s “Days of Rage”: The Extensive Left-Wing Bombings & Domestic Terrorism of the 1970s

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