No Police = Lawlessness

Color me shocked. Area Where George Floyd Died Becomes ‘Police Free Zone’ Plagued By ‘Constant’ Gunfire. OK, so I’m not shocked.

The area in Minneapolis around where George Floyd died in police custody has become the site of nightly shootings and drug overdoses as police avoid the area and local officials consider how to restore order.

Residents say lawlessness reins at night in the four blocks in South Minneapolis near where Floyd died.

A pregnant woman was shot and killed there. There have been overdoses, and other shootings.

The punchline of course is…

City officials are weighing how to … restore order without exacerbating the unrest.

Restoring order isn’t rocket science, it just isn’t politically popular with the Left. And so they want to know how many courses of “Kumbaya” do they need to sing before everyone decides to “just get along” and stop doing drugs. Personally I don’t think they will get it done anytime soon.

Meanwhile the people who live in that area are having a “challenging time.”

As always this brings up Hobbes thoughts on when men are not subject to any authority. And that posting on Minneapolis was from last year in September, so the breakdown of society in Minneapolis is NOT new. Maybe it has accelerated, but it isn’t new.

During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that condition which is called war, and such a war as is of every man against every man.

Life in Minneapolis has, in some locales anyway, become “nasty, brutish, and short.”

Hat tip to William Teach on Twitter.

More Kids Shot in Chicago

From Thursday, on the South Side of Chicago. Chicago shooting: 2 injured, including child, in Riverdale.

An 8-year-old boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in good condition with a gunshot wound to the back and a graze wound to his right arm.

And then Friday from the Near North Side. Cabrini Green shooting: Boy, 9, killed in Near North Side, Chicago police say.

Police said at around 6 p.m. in the 900-block of North Cambridge Avenue around, a shooter approached the victim and several other people outside and opened fire in their direction. Police said the boy was playing in a parking lot at the time.

The boy was struck multiple times and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

Mayor Lori “Groot” Lightfoot and State’s Attorney Kimm “Crimesha” Foxx will blame everyone and everything from the guns to the cops to Trump, but what they will not do is look at their own policies, which have left violent offenders on the street with no repercussions, and seen a staggering increase in murder.

But hey, defunding the police, turning violent criminals loose, emptying jails it s Social-Justice-Warrior thing to do. Too bad there isn’t any real Justice.

I’m Sure That Isn’t What She Meant to Do

She was helping. And then she submitted a review online. BREAKING: Antifa Terrorist Who Threw Bomb at Federal Agents in Portland is Identified — BY HIS GRANDMOTHER!

Leave it to 4-Chan…

His leftist grandmother bought him the vest online.

She wrote a review on the product at Hibbett.com.

That review included a nice photo of him…

More Kids Shot in Chicago

The first incident happened while she was riding in a car-seat in the back of her mother’s car. Wounded baby girl recovering after Bishop Ford shooting; $10K reward offered.

Bishop Ford Expressway, also known as I-94 is a major north/south interstate highway through the South Side of Chicago.

The child was shot in the back seat of a northbound car on I-94 north of 115th Street, according to Illinois State Police.

Her mother heard a gunshot at 11:15 a.m. while driving and then realized the baby was struck in the temple.

Then there is a 14-year-old who was shot multiple times. Boy, 14, critically wounded in Englewood shooting.

Englewood is one of the 77 neighborhoods in Chicago. It is on the South Side of the city.

He was on the street about 8:45 p.m. in the 900 block of West Marquette Road when someone came up and fired shots, Chicago police said. The teen was struck multiple times and taken to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition.

It doesn’t exactly sound random, but the anti-gun folks would count this as a “teen tragically shot” if they actually cared about shootings on the South Side of Chicago. Which they don’t. But whatever the motivation of the shooter, I would say it is one more bit of evidence that civilization is falling apart.

I’m sure that in both cases it will be everyone’s fault but the person who pulled the trigger… And the fault of an inanimate object.

And since neither incident was part of a protest, they won’t be National News; it doesn’t feed anyone’s narrative. Just life in Chicago. Or death sometimes. But in these cases both victims survived. So far at least.

Chicago Continues It’s Slide Into Chaos

It’s amazing that granting rioters’ demands to remove statues didn’t turn Chicago into Nirvana. Or maybe not. The Weekend’s Stupidity.

Now that Chris has been Meigs’ed, a new era of peace, love and wokeness will be ushered in with 100+ homicides a month.

Final Stupidity Tally: 3 killed, 59 wounded
2019 weekend tally: 8 killed, 43 wounded
2018 weekend tally: 7 killed, 39 wounded

Slightly better than the last few weekends, but they were epic disasters.

Chicago is on pace to see 100 homicides in the month of July. (As I write this, the total homicides for July-to-date is 97.) That is nearly 25 percent of the yearly total so far. (Which stands at 438.)

Law and order? We don’t need no stinkin’ law and order.

Mayor Lightfoot in the meantime is only saying how she is taking a hard line against having anyone – in particular federal agents – uphold the law. Because Orange Man Bad.

Chaos in Portland Is the only Goal

The NY Post seems surprised. And they aren’t usually. Portland protests have no goal except violence and anarchy.

Besides the violence and anarchy, what exactly do the rioters want?

As witnessed in the former “autonomous zone” in Seattle, the far-left movement in Portland has no declared “leaders.” Social media is used to decide when and where to meet, but rarely what the goal is. One faction or person may make a statement, only to have it be contradicted by another.

Someone needs to look up “anarchy” in the dictionary.

Hat tip to Clayton Cramer – Portland City Government is Accomplishing Something Amazing! Who notes…

Last month, Wheeler disbanded the Gun Violence Reduction Unit, claiming it unfairly targeted blacks. In the weeks since, there has been a 380 percent increase in shootings compared with the same time frame last year.

A 380 percent increase is impressive. Or it would be if it was in something good.

“When is it going to stop?”

It will stop when the mayors of US cities decide to impose the rule of law. So not in the foreseeable future. At least 28 people shot in Richmond, Henrico in recent weeks.

When you abandon the rule of law, things don’t get better on their own.

The quadruple shooting on Thursday in eastern Henrico just outside the Richmond city limits marks the latest in a spate of shootings in recent weeks that has alarmed communities in the metro area. At least 28 people have been shot, five of them fatally, in Richmond and Henrico since July 7.

The violence included the shooting this week of five people, one fatally, outside a McDonald’s during daylight hours in a busy commercial section of Forest Hill Avenue in South Richmond. And in one eight-hour period last week, Richmond police reported that six people were shot in five separate incidents in the East End, North Side and South Side.

Young adults have been killed and children as young as 3-years-old are among the injured. The 3-year-old was shot while sleeping in her own bed.

Mayors of cities all over the country, from large and small cities, have decided that they will let the mobs run; they will grant the mobs wishes. And they think things are going to get better as if by magic. Maybe things in Chicago will calm down in January on their own, once the mercury dips below zero degrees, but until then…

When will things get better? When people elect politicians who want it to get better, and are willing to support the police through the imposition of the law. But that won’t happen this year or next, probably. And it probably means that things are going to get a whole lot worse before they get better. Being a part of a first world country ruled by law and not emotion was fun while it lasted.

The Intolerant Left Will Kill You

Bernell Tremmell was a black man who was murdered in the Democratic stronghold of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, because he dared to step out of line. Prominent Black Trump Supporter Murdered in Milwaukee

A black Trump supporter who was well known in his community for standing on street corners with “Vote Trump” signs as well as signs plastered with Bible verses was killed in broad daylight in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

Bernell Tremmell, 60, was shot in front of his business, Expression Publications

The Left will not allow differing opinions.

Hat tip to James Woods.

I Doubt This Is Going to Help Chicago

But then Lightfoot is out of ideas. Chicago Mayor Solves City’s Crime Problem by Removing Columbus Statues.

So you see, these statues have caused all the problems in Chicago, which will immediately become a utopian paradise, now that those provocative racist symbols have been banished from public view.

Or not.

Crazy People Are Dangerous Compendium

The Other McCain has 2 stories about the continuing breakdown of society…

First up, Incels as serial killers. ‘Supreme Gentleman’ Syndrome. A problem.

Don’t be that guy. Mass murder is not cool.

Lack of female friends, or lack of friends generally?

And then… Crazy People Are Dangerous. Or How would you characterize someone who attacks random people with a hand saw?

When we understand this as attempted suicide-by-cop, we see the connection between Shane Green’s violence and the violence of the lunatics engaged in “mostly peaceful” protests in Portland.

Antifa is not a political movement, it’s a mental-health crisis.

Some of these people need mental health services. Some of these people need role models. The last guy definitely needed police to intervene.

Actually The Other McCain has many more, but here are 2 to send you on your way…

Politicians and the Advice They Give

They are experts in everything. Just ask them, and they will tell you so. Brooklyn woman, 33, dies two weeks after she was shot eight times when she asked a man to stop setting off fireworks in the neighborhood.

First the advice.

Last month Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said that setting off illegal fireworks is a ‘nonviolent act’ and urged residents to ‘go talk to the young people or the people on your block who are using fireworks’ instead of calling 911 or 311.

What could go wrong?

But when [Shatavia] Walls did so, it ended up costing her life.

She told a man, who has not been identified, to stop with the pyrotechnics. He left and returned with a gun and shot at Walls and Hernandez as they tried to run away.

She was shot 8 times on July 7th, and she died on July 17th.

So will Eric Adams be held to any level of responsibility? Will he apologize? Will he even admit that he is wrong? He has gone to pontificating about the recent surge in gun violence; I don’t think he knows who Shatavia Walls was. I am sure he doesn’t care. (How can dwelling on this death help him politically?)

So just remember… Politicians are experts, even when they haven’t got a clue.

Just Another Tuesday in the Windy City

Where double-digit mass-shootings are only local news. Chicago shooting: At least 11 shot in Auburn Gresham, Chicago fire officials and police say.

The shooting took place around 6:30 p.m. in the 1000-block of West 79th Street. Rhodes Funeral Services is located on that block.

The Chicago Fire Department said 11 people were taken to area hospitals with gunshot wounds, all in serious to critical condition. They did not release any information about their ages and genders.

There is a lot of info floating around on social media, various websites, etc. But this seems to be the consensus. Unless someone was shot and took themselves home, or somewhere else….

This was described in at least one place as an “ambush” of some kind. Though not in the article linked above.

So 11 shot. None killed.

This is on top of a 5-person shooting, where one person died on Saturday, a 6-person shooting on Sunday, where 2 people died, and a few 3-victim shootings thrown in over the weekend for good-measure. All of which are apparently not national news, because the fact that a city run by Democrats for the past 90 years or so is circling the drain is really not of interest to the media.

My previous posting on Chicago is Chicago Continues Its Slide Into The Abyss. I think the slide is accelerating.

In the meantime, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, not-so-affectionately known as “Groot” by Second City Cop, is saying she doesn’t need any help from the feds. Because Orange Man Bad. And besides, she clearly has things under control. Or not. In Chicago, 25 people were shot Monday after 12 people were killed over the weekend

“Mr. President or not—I don’t care one bit what your name is. I will not allow troops in Chicago, and I will do everything in my power to stop you,” Lightfoot tweeted.

Better buckle up, it gets bumpy from here. And HeyJackass! has better stats.

Chicago Continues Its Slide Into The Abyss

And the powers that be want to blame the cops. As usual HeyJackass! has the data. The Weekend Stupidity for July 17-19, 2020.

Final Stupidity Tally: 13 killed, 65 wounded
2019 weekend tally: 3 killed, 41 wounded
2018 weekend tally: 9 killed, 36 wounded
2017 weekend tally: 7 killed, 38 wounded

And if you care what the cops are going through, you can read Second City Cop’s report from the front lines. Not that the media will ever report this stuff. Groot Supports This?

Finally the one agitator made this statement to his people “you know what this world needs? I do. I’m going to go to this white shirts house and rape his daughter! I’m going to darken up his bloodline!”

Were the “protestors” shocked?

There were cheers from the crowd at this statement… that someone wanted to commit a rape…

The rape of a child – cheered by democrats. And as bad as that is, it got worse:

Peaceful protesters. Right.

They Didn’t Think That Thru

Instead of 90 minute delay, they were stuck in Miami overnight. In the Dade-county jail, to be exact. Video shows passengers attack airline workers at Fort Lauderdale airport.

According to Spirit Airlines, the three employees suffered minor injuries when three guests “became combative following a delayed flight.”

According to Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest reports, the three women hit the airplane employees “with miscellaneous items, such as phones, shoes, full water bottles, metal boarding signs and fast food.”

So because they were upset about a delayed flight, they attack a few Spirit Airlines employees. Then they get arrested and spend the night in jail. When they get out of jail, they don’t know how they will get back to Philadelphia. I think they should have just chilled in the airport waiting area. But what do I know?

Two were arrested on charges of touch or strike battery. The third got an extra charge for stealing an employee’s phone.

There could be additional charges.

The Breakdown of Civilization Continues

Lawlessness is the new norm. Suspect punches 83-year-old man, steals his car before running over him, Houston police say.

Police in Texas are searching for a suspect accused of attacking an 83-year-old man, taking his car and running over him with the stolen vehicle.

Here’s a link to the surveillance photo the monster who ran-over an 83-year-old man.

Hat tip to The Other McCain, who notes White Lives Don’t Matter: Democrats Encourage Murderous Racial Hatred.

If the races were reversed — if a white man had attacked a black man, stolen his car and run over him — wouldn’t this story be covered by the New York Times, CNN and every other major national media outlet?

As it is, this is strictly “local news.”

Lack of Action on Your Part…

Does Not constitute an emergency on our part. In other words, you could have stopped this, and you did nothing. Feds deny Walz’s request for aid to rebuild after riots.

The federal government has denied Gov. Tim Walz’s request for aid to help rebuild and repair Twin Cities structures that were damaged in the unrest following George Floyd’s death.

Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a “major disaster” for the state of Minnesota in his request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on July 2. More than 1,500 buildings were damaged by fires, looting and vandalism in the days of unrest.

I might feel sorry for Minnesota, and The Twin Cities, but they elected the governor, mayor and city council who combined to let Rome burn.

I hope this means that Seattle, Portland, Chicago, Atlanta and every other city that let the riots run has to figure out how to fix the damage on their own. I certainly don’t want to pay for the insanity that goes on in Chicago. I lived in Chicago and Cook County and Illinois long enough. I left for a damn good reason. Several reasons.

Hat tip to Bustednuckles: Reap What You Sow Assholes, who is enjoying the schadenfreude.

Even more incentive for an already beat down and broke populace to start voting the Commie motherfuckers out of office if they have even two functional synapses to rub together.

Actually the title of this post is from my old IT support days. It’s a paraphrase of “Lack of planning on your part, does not constitute an emergency on my part.”

One Neighborhood Leader Planning to Sue Minneapolis Over Defunding The Police

Amid calls to defund the police, there is some sanity. Well and calls for more government, or at least “different” government. ‘Enough is enough’: As gun violence rises in north Minneapolis, neighbors wage a lonely fight.

Minneapolis is falling apart. Calls to 911 regarding gunshots are double what they were last year. And some residents aren’t going to sit around while the city council votes to do away with police.

Feeling under siege from the shootings, Cathy Spann proposed a drastic idea to a group gathered Tuesday in a backyard to discuss the crime at an emergency meeting of the Jordan Area Community Council. They had invited several cops, including Nimlos.

Spann, the council’s executive director, said she was talking to lawyers about suing the city for trying to disband the Police Department without ensuring public safety in violation of her civil and human rights.

Of course the cops have no duty to protect you. People refuse to believe that.

The interviews are with Spann, and “peace activists” and there is much talk of trying to get “the community” to do better. But I don’t see any plans that reach to the core of the problem.

She urged residents to tell their neighbors enough was enough with the gunshots.

“Enough is enough!”

“Turn to your neighbors!”

Yeah, that will work. Tell the people doing all the drive-by shooting to “Just Say No.” Or something equally ineffective. That strategy worked so well for the War on (Some) Drugs™.

So what is “the community” everyone speaks of? The way I remember “community” is that it used to denote families, and houses of worship. Families are such a 1950’s idea. Church or Synagogue? This is the 21st Century in Minneapolis.

Almost 4 Million Background Checks in June

Witnessing the complete lack of police protection for people and businesses in the face of rioting, has evoked a completely understandable reaction in the population of the law-abiding. June sets new record for gun background checks.

June set a new record for the number of NICS firearm background checks conducted around the country with almost four million.

What do you expect people to do? Plan their funerals?

[William Hayes is the chief instructor at ATP Gun Shop and Range in Summerville] says there is a wide spectrum of people looking to buy firearms.

He says a lot of people, black and white, are looking for protection from what he refers to as the radical ends of the left and right. He also says business owners are concerned after watching the riots in downtown Charleston back in May and the alleged lack of intervention from police to stop vandalism.

People are also taking classes, which is a good thing. You need to learn about safety. Hayes says his class schedule is booked until the fall.

No One Is Responsible

That is Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s position, anyway. And Atlanta’s mayor is still calling the riots “mostly largely peaceful.” Gun violence kills 160 as holiday weekend exposes tale of ‘two Americas’.

This article doesn’t just deal with Chicago, but I will start there.

But Chicago saw the worst violence in one of the bloodiest holiday weekends in recent memory, ending with 17 people fatally shot including a seven-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy and 63 more wounded, an increase of five shootings on the high figures that had marred the holiday weekend the previous year.

Despite an effort that included an additional 1,200 officers on the streets and pleas from the city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, for residents not to reverse limited progress that had been made against the epidemic of gun violence, Lightfoot lamented the children whose “hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun”.

That’s right, the fault lies in an inanimate object, not in the person who pulled the trigger, not in that person who killed 7-year-old Natalia Wallace in front of her grandmother’s house, but in an inanimate object.

The shooting death of an eight-year-old girl, Secoriea Turner, in Atlanta, prompted the mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, to call for justice while noting the shadow such street violence casts over the huge and largely peaceful Black Lives Matter protests against racism and police brutality.

Largely peaceful? She must not have been watching the same news footage I was.

There is more. Escalating carnage in New York City. More of the same in Philadelphia. And platitudes, but very little in the way of a plan.

Hat tip to The Other McCain – Black-on-Black Crime Explodes in the Wake of #BlackLivesMatter Protests, which he calls “entirely predictable.”

Democrats can’t blame white racist cops for this, so they don’t care.

Wishful Thinking in Chicago

So one of the neighborhoods in Chicago was going for a “Homicide Free” Weekend over the July 4th Holiday… Or as they put it in the Sun Times Stakeholders aim to keep Englewood ‘homicide-free’ over Fourth of July weekend. Englewood is one of Chicago’s 77 neighborhoods. It is one of the more dangerous parts of the city.

Anti-violence groups, security firms, business owners, faith leaders and elected officials gathered in Englewood Thursday, announcing plans to deploy hundreds of people to keep an eye on the neighborhood in an effort to tamp down shootings over the historically violent Fourth of July weekend.

That is a sentiment I can understand. I think the way that they went about it was doomed to failure. “Watching” a neighborhood means that if someone does something wrong there is a witness, and that witness can cause consequences to be visited on the evildoer. But there are no consequences in Chicago or Cook County. The DA and the judges have seen to that. No bail. No prosecutions. No consequences at all. So who cares if they are seen by all those people “keeping an eye” on things?

So how did it work out? Not too well. Again, according to the Sun Times – 79 shot, 15 fatally, over Fourth of July weekend in Chicago. But of course those weren’t all in Englewood.

Second City Cop has the numbers for the police district, which probably doesn’t match up exactly with the neighborhood… We’re going to go and label this one as a “Fail” (SCC also gets the Hat Tip on all of this.)

These are preliminary numbers and will undoubtedly change, but it’s looking like 007 racked up at least a dozen shot, seven of those being fatal.

You want law and order, you have to have penalties for bad behavior. It is not rocket science.