They Allowed the Destruction

Now they want to be paid. Landscape of rubble persists as Minneapolis demands taxes in exchange for permits.

Because nothing is more important than tax revenue. Too bad they didn’t think of that before they unleashed the devastation.

In Minneapolis, on a desolate lot where Don Blyly’s bookstore stood before being destroyed in the May riots, two men finish their cigarettes and then walk through a dangerous landscape filled with slippery debris and sharp objects. The city won’t let Blyly haul away his wreckage without a permit, and he can’t get a contractor to tell him how much it will cost to rebuild the store until that happens.

That would be Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction & Uncle Edgar’s Mystery Bookstores, which were really one business.

So the mayor, et al abandoned the businesses to the mob, and now they can’t be bothered to help them recover. What happens to the city if they walk away? Would you rebuild in a location where the authorities have PROVEN that they won’t have your back? Where the city has demonstrated that they won’t keep law and order? I wouldn’t.

For more info on Don Blyly and Uncle Hugo’s see this from Monster Hunter Nation and Larry Correia: Uncle Hugo’s Bookstore Burned in Riot. Fundraiser Back On! Link Below

Minneapolis Continues to Slide into Chaos

Because that is lawlessness brought on by the Left. Meltdown: Minneapolis violence nearing annual records — in July.

What happens when civic leaders stand by while mobs burn down police buildings, and a city council proposes to eliminate law enforcement to appease them? Three guesses, and the first two don’t count.

The image is from the Star Tribune: Minneapolis continues to contend with unprecedented gun violence amid policing debate. Click the image for a larger view.

The toll is taking a disproportionate toll on African-Americans because of where the violence is taking place. “Victims were mostly concentrated in the Fourth and Third precincts,” the Strib’s Libor Jany reports. The Third Precinct’s police station got burned to the ground, readers may recall.

So do they want more police, or fewer cops on the street? Or how exactly are they going to get the violence under control without police. I don’t think singing Kumbaya is going to get it done.

Hat tip Second City Cop, who notes…

Not surprising as Minneapolis was Ground Zero for the false narrative unrest.

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.

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.

What Happens When You Kick the Police Out of an Area?

Nothing good happens, that’s what. Captain Capitalism – “All the Cool, Intellectual Kids Hang Out in Uptown”.

Aside for the rare restaurant that I liked, Minneapolis’s “uptown” was a pretentious, arrogant place for trust fund kids to spend their money and party, yet still act like they were self-supporting intellectuals as they sup upon $7 lattes and attended art fairs.

Well, not so much anymore.

What does he mean? Well, all is not well in Uptown. Minneapolis shooting: 1 dead, 11 injured.

“Something needs to be done to protect us,” Hwang said. “Normally the bars on Saturday night, we all have off-duty police officers as extra security parked in front of our businesses. But no one has that right now because police are a liability for us.”

Well, you could hire other security, but that would probably mean more money for less security. Or the same money even, for less security. Either way, they had no security.

And so bad things happen. Is anyone shocked? The last Republican to by mayor of that city left office in 1961. Well, there was a guy who served for 1 day in 1973, but I don’t think he enacted too many reforms, since that day was New Year’s Eve.

Back to Captain C.

Whatever true intellectuals that existed in Minneapolis have long ago left for the burbs or warm tax free states and rarely-if-ever concern themselves about being “intellectuals” hanging out in the effete parts of major metros. And now you have the leftist eloi and their K-12-conditioned morlock creatures who are feeding upon them.

Dismantle the Tax Base

They will get their wish for a reduced police force, along with generally reduced city services. Well, it’s a Blue City in a Blue State, so I think they will start by issuing bonds. Otherwise known as kicking the problem down the road. Manufacturer that burned as Minneapolis protests turned violent plans to relocate from city.

A Minneapolis manufacturing company has decided to leave the city, with the company’s owner saying he can’t trust public officials who allowed his plant to burn during the recent riots. The move will cost the city about 50 jobs.

Fifty jobs to leave the city. Sales tax. Income tax. I don’t know how taxes are handled in Minnesota, but my guess is that each employee pays tax. Not to mention what they spend on lunch, coffee, etc. That may not seem like a lot of jobs, and it isn’t, but it is probably only the first announcement.

[Mayor Jacob] Frey said Monday that he was unaware of 7-Sigma’s decision to move, and he declined to say whether the company’s decision reflects the challenges facing city leaders as they try to convince business owners to rebuild in Minneapolis. Many business owners have criticized the city, saying their pleas for help went unanswered.

If you had a business, and were looking to rebuild or expand, would you choose Minneapolis? Or Chicago? Or any big city? I have helped move companies out of Chicago over less incentive than riots. Sales tax and employment taxes were too high in Chicago in the 1990s. It has gotten worse since then. (Hat tip to Ace of Spades HQ and Brietbart.)

And not to be outdone, Chicago now has an irony problem. Chicago Mayor Now Pleading With Walmart And Other Companies Not To Leave The City.

After the recent riots which saw multiple large stores looted, some retailers are having second thoughts about remaining in certain cities.

In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been talking to these retailers and asking them not to leave the city.

But as I’ve mentioned elsewhere, City Hall in Chicago, and the State’s Attorney’s Office for Cook County have decided that law and order are bad, and have done all they can to eliminate it.

Minneapolis, Anarchy and Media Spin

Anarchy in Minneapolis: Democrats Celebrate Rioters Who Burned Down City

The idea that these criminals were “protesters” or “demonstrators” is an insult to the intelligence of everyone who watched — and the videos were streaming all over Twitter — as thieves and vandals not only destroyed a police precinct station, but looted or damaged some 170 businesses. The media, however, continued promoting the narrative that anyone who condemned the riots was thereby endorsing police brutality. This is what students of logic call the false dilemma fallacy,

Click thru and read the whole thing.

4 Cops Fired in Death of George Floyd

It’s a first step. Must not be the last step. 4 Minneapolis police officers fired following death of George Floyd in police custody.

My only prediction, is that within whatever required time-frame applies, the union will sue to get their jobs back based on the fact that they weren’t given an opportunity to defend themselves. Or something along those lines.

The I-35W Bridge Collapse in 2007

If I’m going to have a series on infrastructure fails, it has to include one that was in the news for weeks or months. Lessons learned from the 35W bridge collapse. In case you were sleeping in the summer of 2007, this happened in Minneapolis.

Why did the bridge collapse? The short answer comes in 2 parts.

  • Parts of the bridge were under-designed. (But it had stood for 50 years as built.)
  • Construction crews getting ready to do work on the bridge placed some of their equipment and supplies on the bridge, exceeding the design-load by a factor of 4

And the only reason they could overload the bridge like that, was because there was no communication with anyone about known problems. So let’s review…

On August 1, 2007, at 6:01 PM, right during rush hour, a span of I-35 through Minneapolis collapsed. 13 people died, and 145 were injured.

I remember reading at the time that bridge inspectors in Minneapolis were constantly harassed by the driving public. Because “Why are you blocking lanes of traffic to inspect the bridge? There is obviously nothing wrong with it.” I wonder if any of the people who died, harassed any of the inspectors. Probably not. (There isn’t that much Justice in the universe.)

“We knew early on that this was a design error,” said Dorgan. “One of our people put it best — in the days after I-35 with the terrible event that happened, that something good has to come out of this. And I think people proceeded on that basis with, let’s take a look at everything we do and see where we can improve.”

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled that the 35W bridge collapsed because of under-designed gusset plates. But it also pointed to contributing factors, like too much weight from construction materials on the bridge.

Tyler Ley is a professor at Oklahoma State University, and he has a video on the collapse, which is short, at just over 8 minutes, and to the point.

The gusset plates were undersized by about a factor of 2. The gusset plate that failed was showing signs of deformation, or bending, which is an early indication of failure. And a construction crew parked a bunch of weight on the bridge. How much construction materials and vehicles? Estimates are that 580,000 pounds were placed in a 12ft by 115ft section of the bridge. That is 4 times the design load of the bridge. Of course it failed.

Everything needs repair. Everything needs maintenance.

This bridge failed at a place that was KNOWN to be a problem. When a structure starts to bend it is LITERALLY starting to fail. The construction crew overloaded the bridge in that exact spot, because no one reviewed what they were going to do, or at least no one with knowledge of the identified problems. (The bridge had been listed as “structurally deficient” for a long time.)

Breakdowns in communication have a long history, though you usually study them with respect to military defeats. But they are a breakdown of management, and we are refusing to manage our infrastructure. It needs to be repaired. Eventually, it will all need to be replaced.

Solving Murders (Or Not) in Minneapolis

JusticeI’m shocked that things are getting worse for police in a progressive city. As homicides rise in Minneapolis, arrest rate drops.

Minneapolis mirrors a national trend: While homicides and other violent acts have declined for years in most cities, police are solving fewer of those crimes.

There are lots of reasons, but foremost – even in the Star Tribune’s coverage – is that the people no longer cooperate with cops. They put a liberal spin on it, but hey, it’s their city.

Hobbes’ “State of War” Comes to Minneapolis

It isn’t about the weapons used; it is about the breakdown of civilization. 20 Arrested, 18 Charged In Brutal Downtown Minneapolis Robberies.

The attacks were caught on surveillance video, taking place in August. Police say groups of people would target one person, assault them, and often to take their cellphone and wallet. The 18 suspects range in age from 15 to 27.

Because teaching things like “Thou shalt not steal” or “Refrain from taking that which is not given” would be oppressive, or something.

And situational awareness is a factor. (Or is that lack of situational awareness?)

Police said the criminals in the recent cases “finesse” the victim. They search for easy targets, typically someone who is intoxicated, alone, and looking at their phone.

The statements of the “man in the street” brought to mind the quote from The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes. (After the break, because its quite long.) And the fact that once again, Americans in the 21st Century are obsessed with Feeling Safe. Actually being safe, they could probably handle with a concealed carry permit. Or can of pepper spray. Or some situational awareness.

Hat tip to Wirecutter, who says No worries, a jury of their peers will acquit them. And also see the previous posting.

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They Blame Technology When It’s Really Management

What happens when you micromanage people to the nth degree? Minneapolis drops controversial 911 answering software.

They quit.

Management of Minneapolis’s 911 call center spent $730,000 dollars on a system, and training, to take all humanity out of the 911 call center.

ProQA prompts dispatchers to ask specific questions, in a specific order, based on different emergency situations.

Which might be fine if it worked OK.

Sampson-Spande said her two decades of experience often told her to ask different questions, in a different order, than what the software was giving her. And, she worried not following the program would have eventually led to losing her job.

“I felt like I was deciding, do I want to keep my job and be compliant?, Or, do I want to help somebody?, And I don’t feel like I should be in that position,” she said

So she quit. And she wasn’t alone. Turnover has become an issue because who wants to work under those conditions?

And the cops didn’t like it either, but for the simple reason that they were not getting the information they required.

Bob Kroll with the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis said the union also has concerns about ProQA. Kroll said he’s most alarmed by officers arriving at scenes without knowing suspect descriptions because dispatchers haven’t gotten to those questions yet in the line of questioning.

Because why should the management of the 911 center talk to cops about what questions need to be asked in what order? That’s just CRAZY talk. The manager of the 911 center (bet’s on if they were brought in to “fix” something?) knows best. No one else gets any input whatsoever.

They blame technology up one side and down the other, but it is management who bought that software, spent money on training, and held on for two years while things went downhill. (Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.) They do mention an “interim manager” for the 911 center, so maybe they canned whoever had this brainchild.

When you call 911 you are interacting with a system of people and software, radios, computers, etc. Sometimes that system will work well. But when the management sets things up so that people don’t want to (or are unable) to do the job, then things might not work out for you. This could be because the software is awful, the people are untrained, whatever. In this case, the software was clearly awful, and high turnover meant that the people were not experienced. And Minneapolis didn’t meet 911 national standards for answering calls.

Even in a Deep Blue State Like Minnesota…

JusticeSelf-defense is legal. Amazing. Prosecutors: Minneapolis man who fired fatal shots at party in self-defense will not be charged.

He is still charged with “Fleeing police.”

After reviewing the case against 27-year-old Robert Buckner, prosecutors determined that he was acting in self-defense, according to Chuck Laszewski, a spokesman for the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

But at least they acknowledge self-defense is a legal right.

News Flash: If You Call 911, Cops Won’t Be There In An Instant

They also seem unclear on the subject of “median response time.” Half the people wait longer than the median. That is a result of the definition of median in the world of statistics. Big gaps in 911 response in Minneapolis.

Now this is a story about a blue city in a blue state, but for all the whining, I want to grab the people who waited so long by the collar and say, “That’s why there is concealed carry.” They will never admit that. And they will never take that much responsibility for their own well-being. They will call 911 and wait to be rescued and hope that the cops get there in time. (Assuming you can call 911 before Bad Things happen.)

Neal Hagberg frantically called 911 last fall near Minnehaha Parkway after two men chased him for several blocks during an attempted carjacking. It took about 12 minutes for officers to arrive. “I felt really vulnerable at the time that it took for them to get to me,” Hagberg said.

And the paper points out that if you live on the edge of the city, the cops are probably closer to the center of the city when they get your call. See the definition of median response time.

Cops and EMS Workers Behaving Badly

Because people who are handcuffed and/or strapped to a gurney need to be sedated. Or something. At urging of Minneapolis police, Hennepin EMS workers subdued dozens with a powerful sedative. Welcome to the police state, where the cops can have you drugged for no reason.

This is only one incident in which the use of a sedative is very questionable. Where the result was that the person drugged stopped breathing.

In a separate case detailed in the report, police sprayed an intoxicated woman in downtown Minneapolis with mace, and she appeared to have an asthma attack. The woman, who was not actively resisting police, asked for an asthma pump. Instead they handcuffed her to a stretcher and gave her ketamine, the report said.

Shortly before the body camera video cut out, an EMS worker asked, “What does ketamine do to asthmatics?”

In this case, it stopped the woman’s breathing, according to the report. She was resuscitated later at the hospital.

Because apparently asking for medical assistance – in the form of an asthma inhaler – is being disrespectful of their authority. (Hat tip A Geek with Guns.)

10 or 11 Minutes Is a Long Time to Wait After Calling 911

The average wait didn’t change that much, from my perspective. Response times worsen for Minneapolis police.

Between July and September, the department’s average reported response times for the most urgent 911 calls — “unstable scenes” with an imminent threat to life or property — were 10 minutes, 45 seconds, Minneapolis Police Department figures show. That’s 42 seconds longer than the same period last year and continues a steady lengthening of response times over the past four years.

It’s not a 10% difference, and cops say they are being encouraged to both spend more time at the scene of an incident and also spend more time out of their cars, the whole community policing thing, is making a difference in their response times. But it might also be making a difference in policing.

The best Minneapolis has ever done for priority 1 calls is 8 minutes flat, and that is still a long time to wait.

“When seconds count, police are minutes away.” That is a function of the way the system works, and not a dig at anyone. But the truth is, even if you CAN call 911 before bad things happen, you are going to be on your own for a while. Do you have plans for what you are going to do during those 8 minutes? Or 10 minutes? Or more? (That is the number for the downtown section of Minneapolis, some areas have a longer average wait.)

Where I live – which is out in the country – I figure that even if I can call 911, and a car is available it will probably be 10 minutes. Depends on where in the township the cars are at the time. (It’s basically a 10 minute drive to the grocery store.) But then I have a plan for what I will be doing until the cops arrive. (Look closely at the name of this blog, for a clue.)

I like wheelguns for the middle of the night. There are no springs to loose their spring. There are no feed jams to deal with at 3 AM, and with a speed loader or 2, are pretty good as first line of defense. Though not my first choice for concealed carry.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, if you can manage to do it before bad things happen. But even if you can, help is minutes away. You should have a plan for how you are going to spend those minutes.