davidl on May 30th, 2020

Once again the historic Minnesota state militia is facing an armed rebellion.  This time the battle is not going so well, from PJ Media:

Townhall’s Julio Rosas is on the ground in Minneapolis this week, reporting on the protests and riots. Tonight he’s reporting that the riot police and the National Guard have abandoned a perimeter they had set up earlier in the day, chased away by the rioters.

The citizens of Minnesota have done better, and I, if not their governor, believe they still can.  Excerpt from the annals of the First Minnesota:

July 2-3, 1863 –  BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG
During the second day (July 2,’62), the Confederates had broken through Sickles’ position. With a failed attempt at rallying Sickles’ men, General Winfield S. Hancock had ordered the First that was held in reserve nearby to counterattack and fill the gap in the Union line until reinforcements could arrive. During the attack, three companies ‘C’, ‘F’, and 2nd Minnesota Sharpshooters Co. ‘L’, totaling some 73 men, had been detached.7 Out of the 262 men remaining that attacked to delay the rebs and restore the Union position, 215 were killed, wounded, or missing. Earlier in the day, Col. Wm. Colville had been relieved of arrest and resumed command the regiment. Gen. W.S. Hancock whose order “Colonel, do you see those colors?” (pointing at the advancing Confederate forces) “Then take them!”, later stated:

If Minnesota can hold off Robert E. Lee, they can hold off George Soros.

davidl on May 30th, 2020

No it was not a return visit by William Tecumseh Sherman and Rhett Butler was no where to be found.  However the winds of war fanned by CNN did blow hot in Atlanta, video:

Interestingly the CNN stooge with a microphone covering maybe the biggest siege in the South since Vicksburg keep calling members of the mob as protestors.  Meanwhile members of the Atlanta police had to evacuated to be treated for projectile wounds.  Peaceful!

Meanwhile back at the blog, we await Brian Stetler’s account of the siege.

Eric Florack on May 30th, 2020

A report in Legal Insurrection this evening, all things being equal, should bring a lot of the arguments to a halt:

George Floyd Autopsy: “no physical findings that support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation”

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So this case about the knee to the neck may not be a criminal trial about the knee to the neck. A lot of people aren’t going to want to hear that.

Yeah no kidding. In fact, without that, there is no basis for a murder charge as far as I can see. Nor is there a basis for the charge of manslaughter. Sorry, there just isn’t.

Bill Jacobson says, and correctly…

I’ve not commented so far, because I’ve learned from covering numerous prior cases to wait for the evidence to come in before discussing criminal culpability. From what I’ve seen so far, it’s hard to understand or justify the actions of the police in pinning Floyd down for so long, or of putting a knee to the neck.
But criminal liability would require a causation element — that the conduct of the police caused the death.

Exactly so, and hallelujah that somebody actually recognized this. In fact, I speculate that it might explain why charges were so slow and forthcoming. This is going to be an important case too, in the idea that the video evidence didn’t tell the whole story.

Jacobson’s point about waiting for the evidence, also tends to play large here. I’ve seen an awful lot of people, including people I respect and who ought to know better, jumping all over this with both feet. they would have been far better off as with the rest of the country in sitting back and waiting for this thing to play out.

Meanwhile, there was a shooting involving the police the other night in Geneseo New York. The (Caucasian) suspect in that case was also actively resisting arrest. Should I be surprised if there isn’t any rioting surrounding that incident? I mean based on what I have found the guy was something of a kook, but isn’t that kind of beside the point in a free country?

davidl on May 29th, 2020

We got a problem in Minneapolis, a dead man named George Floyd. This is not to say ten thousand people, with undisclosed names is not an even bigger problem in the Empire State. I holding my fire on Floyd’s death, until I get a better understanding of the fact. However I do have some conclusions. I read a transcript from Rush Limbaugh, There’s No Justification for George Floyd’s Blue State Death. I am not so much interested in Limbaugh’s view rather then the opinions of his callers.  Read the transcript and form your own.

I am not going even try to summarize or excerpt Rush’s transcript, beyond this.  The Minneapolis Police Department(MPD) has a problem.  The situation reeks of poor training and poor discipline.  Training and discipline are the responsibility of command, or this case the lack thereof. The chief of the MPD should be fired like yesterday.  Fired, drummed out, and not merely asked to resign.  If the governor can fire the mayor, it too should be done.

Eric Florack on May 29th, 2020

Prince Andrew Cuomo is trying desperately to remove this from the public record with regards to the nursing home deaths that his policies caused. It’s already been removed from the Department of Health’s page

Eric Florack on May 29th, 2020

Isn’t it interesting how cops will show up and arrest anyone entering a store without a mask,but not arrest people looting and burning that very same store to the ground?

Who was it who came up with the idea that burning and pillaging is an acceptable way to say “I’m a victim?”

Isn’t it interesting how we are told that believing survivors empowers us all, by the very same people who are defending Joe Biden?

Is there anything that George Floyd could have done to avoid that fatal situation? Like for example, not resisting arrest?

On that same subject, there was a police shooting last night in front of the Geneseo New York Wegmans. Basically, a truck driver was resisting arrest. Should I be surprised that there was no riots in Geneseo today?

Isn’t it interesting how the only thing that could possibly change the outcome of the 2020 election is a pandemic, and presto change-o we have one?

If Joe Biden can’t remember the words to sentence he started then how in the world can you believe that he is a culprit in starting the new world order?

If the state can’t count covid-19 deaths accurately, what in the world makes anyone think they’re going to be able to count votes accurately when they come in by mail?

After nearly four years of the Russia collusion fraud from the Democrats, why is anyone taking any of their claims seriously anymore?

davidl on May 28th, 2020

I don’t know who these armed citizens are, and if I did, I would not say. The use of weapons in highly libtarded area is legally dangerous.

Somebody give Granny a hug and roll her to safety, video:

What I don’t like about what Granny did. Why is Granny protecting a Target? The store will not keep sexual predators out of the former ladies room. She lacks the power to stop the mob, and sure heck Target will not have her back.

Second, how to prudently confront a mob, video:

First up I like the fact that these two self-proclaimed rednecks did not tell the media Karen their name. They just citizens doing what citizens should do. These armed citizens are protecting private property, a job the local police either can not, or will not do.

Addendum I: second video was changed.  So it was removed.

Addendum II: new copy found and posted.

Addendum III: first video unviewable to due to account suspension.  Found Youtube video and posted.  I am done with this.

Interesting post-it Real Clear Politics today:

In the face of a novel virus threat, China clamped down on its citizens. Academics used faulty information to build faulty models. Leaders relied on these faulty models. Dissenting views were suppressed. The media flamed fears and the world panicked.

That is the story of what may eventually be known as one of the biggest medical and economic blunders of all time. The collective failure of every Western nation, except one, to question groupthink will surely be studied by economists, doctors, and psychologists for decades to come.

To put things in perspective, the virus is now known to have an infection fatality rate for most people under 65 that is no more dangerous than driving 13 to 101 miles per day. Even by conservative estimates, the odds of COVID-19 death are roughly in line with existing baseline odds of dying in any given year.

Si, what we have here is fear, amped up by questionable models, and by an all too willing press, hell-bent with their fellow travelers on eliminating orange man bad.

Fear is a very useful tool, if you want to eliminate all rational discussion on the topic, and label anyone who questions your motivations as a terrorist, or a kook.

That’s particularly useful if you want to use such fear to gain political power. As we now see, you don’t need to smash a plane into a building to cripple a nation.

That’s all this ever was. Fear, questionable models, (perhaps intentionally so) and arrogance by people… Unelected bureaucrat types, mostly…. who also happen to have the power of government in their hands.

Sorry folks, but the disease was only fatal to less than 1% of those who were *infected*.

Go up and read that again.

If you look closely you will notice that I did not say less than 1% of the population. I said 1% of the *infected*.

Two things about that…

First, it would be less than 1% of the infected who were actually showing symptoms.

Secondly, even that percentage, while tragic, is a small subset of the overall population.

And it wouldn’t even have been that large without the mishandling of people like Andrew Cuomo who insisted on forcing nursing homes to take infected patients instead of using the isolation of the hospital ships and the million-dollar facility set up in New York City neither one of which was ever used anything like capacity.

So, why would they be going through all this trouble? Why all the deceit? Look at the lay of the land. The one point that the Democrats still cannot argue against is the wild economic success of the Trump Administration. Indeed it took a worldwide pandemic with all of the overblown attendant nonsense to bring about an economy which was comparable to the disaster that Obama left us with.

Given the number of things that the deep State left has already tried to bring against this president, (as an example the Russian collusion fraud)….unsuccessfully, can you imagine anything short of a worldwide pandemicthat would call into question the re-election of said president?

And, no, with that much power on the line, and frankly the future of the Democrat Party and worldwide socialism hanging in the balance, I would not put it past them.

So, absent “orange man bad”, can anyone explain to me why we’re still playing this cockeyed game?

davidl on May 28th, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party(CCP) has gained control of Google(Youtube). Is this a bug or a feature? That answer is above my paygrade, from Daily Wire:

YouTube says it was a system “error” that caused the platform’s moderation system to delete comments critical of China’s Communist Party and not the work of a heavy-handed YouTube censor.

The Verge reports that YouTube users began flagging the disappearance of YouTube comments containing the Chinese characters for the words “communist bandit” and “50-cent party,” both of which are phrases typically deployed against the Chinese Communist Party, or CCP.

It might be prudent to view the current unpleasantness in Hong Kong as a CCP test run and plan for the rest of the world.

davidl on May 28th, 2020

John “Bluto” Blutarsky and Joseph “Slow Joe” Biden do have something in common, and it not soaring intellect.  Rather both have been said to have served in the Senate, video:

Speaking with Pennsylvania Governor manag3ed several historical facts,
from Daily Caller:

“That’s right, but we declared our independence on December the 7th, by the way,” Biden replied.

Delaware actually declared independence — both from Pennsylvania and British colonial rule — on June 15, 1776.

“That’s not just D-Day,” Biden continued, still laughing.

The Allied invasion of Normandy, recognized as D-Day, actually took place on June 6, 1944. It was the Japanese airstrike on Pearl Harbor that took place on December 7, 1941.

The real date that the former vice president was likely trying to reference was the day that Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution: December 7, 1787.

Forty-Three was famous for mangling particular words.  Whereas Slow Joe scrambles ideas.  While Forty-Three could never pronounce nuclear, he at least he knew where the button was.

Eric Florack on May 27th, 2020

Found elsewhere this morning and too good not to share…

To my Democratic Friends and those whom we refer to as Sheeple’s!!! FACTS……

😮 The CDC admitted they screwed up COVID19 infection counts aka intentionally misled the public and have apologized, clarifying that the amount of people truly infected is much lower than what was originally reported

An error so egregious it made the director of the Harvard Global Health Institute say “how could the CDC make this mistake? This is a mess.”

😮 The American Coronavirus Task Force also admitted to fudging the National COVID19 death count when Dr. Birx said the deaths are people who died “with” COVID19 not “from” COVID19, thus making the real death count much lower than what is currently being reported

😮 Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted masks won’t help against the virus and mask manufacturers are now including warnings that their products do not deter COVID19

He also said that continuing to close the country could cause irreparable damage

😮 CDC backtracked their initial claim that led governors to shutdown their states & clarified that COVID19 does not spread easily on surfaces

😮 Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo confirmed a recent health study showing that 70% of new infections actually originate at home, thus making stay at home orders one of the most dangerous mandates currently in place

😮 Trump stopped funding the WHO and threatened to cut off money permanently until they can prove they are no longer corruptly influenced by communist China after they lied to our country about human to human transmission of COVID19 in January

😮 The curve is flattened, the CDC, WHO, Dr. Fauci, our governors, and many more were completely wrong about the potential threat of this virus

Even California is opening up sooner than anyone expected because the evidence contradicts the long standing and inaccurate narrative still upheld by the extremely dishonest & corrupt media

If you are still living in fear. Don’t be. The media, global organizations, the government, and its agencies “mislead” the public

People called those of us who knew this all along conspiracy theorists, but it turns out we were just following the facts!

💜💜💜 Open up your businesses, churches, and homes. Don’t fall for the lies any longer. If you fell for the lies this time. Wake up and join the army of truth seekers fighting on the front lines.

Eric Florack on May 25th, 2020

It’s always been a special day for me, because honoring our vets has always held special meaning for me; it’s a lesson my parents instilled very well, indeed. It was brought home to me, as I was recently looking at pictures from a trip we made through the Gettysburg PA area some years ago.

It’s a particularly meaningful thing, when you’re standing on that field…. Something that goes well beyond the cold facts and figures about who died from what company, how old they were, or even where they were from. It’s more a feeling you get…. You can sense it… not unlike being at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan, or visiting Arlington National Cemetery. I’m told Omaha Beach, and Pearl Harbor and many other sites are the same way. I’ve been at the funerals of firemen and policemen who died in their line of duty, and that was also remarkably similar.

In each case, we’re dealing with places and concepts of death. But death alone doesn’t do it; doesn’t create that solemn atmosphere that is so unique to the above places. After all; there are lots of mass casualty accidents have happened over the centuries and their sites are well marked, and revered, or at least held apart, and yet, their impact doesn’t approach that of an Iwo Jima or a Pearl.

Even under the shelter of the time that has passed since the events, as you stand in each place, you can still feel it; Lives were lost there that were willingly (And in the case of the civilian deaths at the towers, unwillingly) sacrificed toward a higher ideal.

Our feelings and conclusions can be far different from what those lost experienced. Yet, their lives and their sacrifices still count for something. And the thing is, it doesn’t take much for us to out ourselves in their mindset.

Think of it this way; Every single man who died at Gettysburg, at Normandy, at Pearl and all the rest, has meaning for us because each of them, had their own lives, just as we have our own lives. These people loved, they laughed, they cried. They had a favorite food, a favorite color, a particular bit of music, or of poetry stirred their souls, like none other, just like we, ourselves. Every bit as much as you and I love our lives, they loved theirs. Their lives were as precious to them, as yours is to you. Their loss was as keenly felt by their loved ones as yours would yours.

And yet, they gave their lives up, for something bigger.. something they considered to be larger than themselves.

I have a neighbor, whose father just a few years ago needed a liver transplant. This neighbor willingly gave up part of his liver to be transplanted into his father. A noble action, certainly, commendable, and impressive. But with all respect to my neighbor, the choice to do that is comparatively easy to make. He knows and loves his father, and the risks and sacrifices were fairly light by comparison.

How much more noble is a sacrifice of one’s life for people that one will never meet? Well, the people we honor today, those in uniform particularly, but some who were not, gave of themselves for the benefit of people they would never know…. you and I, and countless others from many nations. If not for their sacrifices, you’d not be reading this, because I’d not have written it…. we’d be living in a very different world, possibly, one not nearly as good to us as it has been.

That gift, that sacrifice, is what we memorialize today. Look upon those actions, those sacrifices, and know what you’re seeing is strength, courage, and nobility in measures that should not… can not, be ignored. It must be honored by us all; it was made, after all for our benefit.

Think about that as we deal with the solemn proceedings for their day.

davidl on May 25th, 2020

The Snark of the Day:

It has to come to a point where we stop putting the burden on black voters to show up for Democrats, and start putting the burden on Democrats to show up for black voters.

Lenard McKelvey

I will not take credit for it. However, I do note it. The Black Plantation is an old Bitsblog meme, albeit not consistently pushed. In recent days the meme of the Black Plantation has been starting to sprout in the media. The migration my be closer to Harriet Tubman level that William Sherman. However the democrats need retain ninety percent of black vote to win, and Slow Joe doesn’t appear capable of inspiring the most dependable democrat voting block.

Moreover, Slow Joe appears to painted himself into a corner of needing a black female veep. Short of find a black Sarah Palin, Slow Joe menu of options consist of Stacy Abrams, Kamala Harris, and Susan Rice. Good luck with that.

Dave Portnoy has a message for Anthony Fauci. Watch:

Carlson raises an excellent point. Big tech was censoring other doctors for saying exactly the same thing 3 weeks ago. it would have been nice if we had hated their advice before all this economic damage occurred… Before we allowed the government to overreact to this thing.

“If you don’t vote for me, you ain’t black.”

Watch:

My first instinctive response of course was the LBJ is still alive.

My second response was what in hell that even means. I mean, forgive me, but I seem to recall a rather famous gentleman, particularly among black households, who had a dream about people being judged by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

Of course what Biden said is not unique, it’s prevalent among the Democrat Party leadership and has been for five decades at least. Ask Willie Lawson. Ask Justice Thomas. Ask Dr Thomas Sowell, Dr. Walter Williams, Candace Owens, Alan Keyes, Herman Cain, Dr. Ben Carson, and… Well you get the idea.

At what point did it become acceptable for an old white guy to lecture on what it means to be black? Can you imagine any Republican getting away with saying anything of the sort?

I’m telling you, at this point I don’t see any chance whatsoever of Biden getting by any kind of serious scrutiny in the general election. That’s just not going to happen.

The reality here is this: Joe Biden just got through alienating the only solid voting bloc that the Democrats had left.

And we thought that Hillary Clinton was a poor candidate?