MY USA TODAY COLUMN: Back to the future in policing? Civilian militias in American cities: Police being pulled back in blue urban areas has led to neighborhood patrols which lead to chaos, violence, gangs and prejudice. Special bonus: It opens with a Steely Dan quote. Because of course.

Plus: “Anyone with a brain and a bit of historical knowledge could have seen this coming, which is no doubt why it eluded so much of our political class.”

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Seattle’s Anti-Cop Fever Forces Police Chief Best Out After 28 Years. “It wouldn’t be terribly surprising if Chief Best is just the first of many high-ranking members of law enforcement in the liberal hellholes to decide that enough is enough and retire. It’s been a war on law enforcement ever since Barack Obama repeatedly threw cops under the bus any chance that he got. The escalation of the hatred we’ve seen in recent months is really Obama’s legacy.”

OOPS: New Cases End New Zealand’s ‘COVID-Free’ Status; Auckland Back in Lockdown.

If there’s a highly effective vaccine in the next year, New Zealand’s isolationist strategy may have been worth it. (But not for sure.) Hardly any other country of any size has a chance of pulling it off, and the economic costs are enormous.

POLITICAL PROSECUTOR COMPLAINS PEOPLE ARE POLITICIZING HER POLITICAL PROSECUTION: Kim Gardner May Be In Hot Water Over McCloskey Prosecution, Burns Her Self-Awareness to the Ground In Response. “It’s improper to prosecute someone for political reasons and she clearly outed herself as doing that by immediately using the case to fundraise off of.”

Then complained when people pointed it out. Plus: “Gardner would ironically go on to accuse the McCloskeys of ‘political theater,’ which shows a lack of self-awareness so pervasive that she should probably see a professional about it.”

JIMMY LAI UPDATE: THE RESISTANCE CONTINUES:

Related: immy Lai’s Arrest ‘Part Harassment, Part Fishing Expedition’, Says Aide Mark Simon.

SEATTLE: TOO WOKE FOR A BLACK FEMALE POLICE CHIEF. Seattle’s First Black Female Police Chief Resigns After Council Caves to BLM; Reporters Note Irony.

WOW: SpaceX is manufacturing 120 Starlink internet satellites per month. “Starlink is SpaceX’s ambitious plan to build an interconnected network of about 12,000 small satellites, to beam high-speed internet from orbit to anywhere in the world. The company has so far launched nearly 600 Starlink satellites and is currently building a system of ground stations and user terminals, to connect consumers directly to its network.”

THOSE WHOSE VIOLENCE IS ENDORSED BY THE REGIME NEEDN’T WORRY ABOUT THE LAW: Top Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx’s office has dismissed more than 25,000 felony cases – including murders, shootings, sexual assaults and Jussie Smollett’s ‘hoax’ attack.

PAUL BEDARD: Short timer: Half of Democrats don’t think Biden will serve all four years.

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EVERYONE OUGHT TO BE: Republicans Furious As Democrats Leave Town With No Deal.

REMEMBER WHEN THEY TOLD US THAT REPUBLICANS WERE A BUNCH OF PRUDES LIKE THAT PREACHER IN FOOTLOOSE? UMass Democrats Bar a 31-Year-Old Progressive Gay Candidate for Dating College Students: To the extent that the accusations against Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse get into specifics, they’re pretty dubious. “It’s impossible to fully parse the accusations, since the statement discusses them only in vague terms—which is itself a problem. But they appear to rest on the bizarre notion that 18- to 21-year-olds cannot consent to sex with someone who is a decade older and more established than they are.”

I’m fine with this if you also don’t let them vote.

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PROBABLY USED CONTRACTORS WHO THINK MATH IS AN EXPRESSION OF PATRIARCHAL SUPREMACY: ‘Horrible Sequence of Mistakes’: How Bullet Train Contractors Botched a Bridge Project.

SEATTLE POLICE CHIEF CARMEN BEST ANNOUNCES RESIGNATION: Best’s resignation comes after the Seattle City Council voted to cut spending for the Seattle Police Department on Monday.

JUST THE WRONG RICH PEOPLE, NOT THEIR RICH PEOPLE: And You Thought Democrats Wanted to Tax the Rich.

VITAMIN D UPDATE: Vitamin D for COVID-19: a case to answer? “Interest in a potential role for vitamin D in the prevention or treatment of acute respiratory infections dates back to the 1930s, when cod liver oil was investigated as a means to reduce industrial absenteeism due to the common cold. Meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials conducted from 2007–20 reveal protective effects of vitamin D against acute respiratory infections, albeit these effects were of modest size and with substantial heterogeneity.1
The striking overlap between risk factors for severe COVID-19 and vitamin D deficiency, including obesity, older age, and Black or Asian ethnic origin, has led some researchers to hypothesise that vitamin D supplementation could hold promise as a preventive or therapeutic agent for COVID-19. From a mechanistic angle, there are good reasons to postulate that vitamin D favourably modulates host responses to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), both in the early viraemic and later hyperinflammatory phases of COVID-19. Vitamin D metabolites have long been known to support innate antiviral effector mechanisms, including induction of antimicrobial peptides and autophagy. . . . Pending results of such trials, it would seem uncontroversial to enthusiastically promote efforts to achieve reference nutrient intakes of vitamin D.”

August 10, 2020

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GOOD AND HARD: Seattle City Council approves historic cuts to police department budget.

DEMS FEIGN SADNESS OF THEIR TREATMENT OF SARAH PALIN:

 

AB5 STRIKES AGAIN: California Judge rules Uber, Lyft must classify drivers as employees.

WILLIE BROWN TO KAMALA HARRIS: DON’T JOIN BIDEN’S TICKET.

Brown believes that the coming years will be a “bumpy ride” for the White House occupant. He may be right. On the other hand, the coming years might well see an end to the pandemic and a massive economic recovery.

The coming years are likely to be a very bumpy ride for a Democratic Attorney General, should the nation be saddled with one. The Wuhan coronavirus will very likely recede before the wave of homicides and other violent crimes does.

As Attorney General, Harris would either have to alienate the Democratic base by standing up against lawlessness or preside over anarchy in our cities. In all likelihood, she would satisfy neither the Democratic left nor those who desire some semblance of order.

Better to be more or less out of sight as vice president.

The nomination isn’t Harris’ to decline at this moment. If she gets the nod, she should jump at the opportunity — and almost certainly will.

Related: There is no ‘do no harm’ VP pick. “Harris ticks all the right boxes in terms of look and backstory, but her presidential campaign has already proved she doesn’t attract voters. Rice is a Washington operator, not a campaigner. She is arguably the most establishment black woman in America; it will be hard to portray her as a great leap forward. Which might be why Team Biden has been stalling on its decision. They know that, in trying to ‘do no harm’, their vice-presidential nomination could end up shooting their campaign in the foot.”

THIS IS THE 21ST CENTURY, YOU KNOW: Mars map with water: incredible terraforming image shows Elon Musk’s dream.

#JOURNALISM: SEEN ON FACEBOOK.

Clown News Network.

RELAX, IT’S BASICALLY A PRO-BIKER PROTEST RALLY: Editorial: ‘Utter disaster.’ Allowing Sturgis rally to go on puts nation at risk.

Say I had heard that Antifa was going to try to disrupt things there. Any word on how that’s going?

And all the “public health” people complaining about this can go fuck yourselves. You squandered all your moral authority rushing to line up in favor of the Black Lives Matter protests because you valued politics more than health. Now nobody will listen to you, because you’re a joke. If people die because you squandered your credibility, that’s your fault. You’re not disgraces to your profession, you’ve made your profession a disgrace.

MAYOR BANE GETS HIS WISH: New York City’s Downward Spiral.

The true believers who remain are enthusiastic leftists who justify — or welcome — the dissolution of law and order.

New York City must be one of the few places on earth where chaos nostalgia is widespread. Many were the laments, in the Giuliani-Bloomberg era, that the city was “too sanitized,” “too gentrified,” “too boring,” “anodyne,” “suburban.” Often you’d hear people saying, or declaiming, that their ideal vision of the city was the 1970s–1980s one — oh, for the New York of CBGB, of Lou Reed, of the Tompkins Square Park riots. Occasionally people would sneeringly express revulsion that the sidewalks were teeming with strollers. What have we done, we’ve made this place safe enough for babies! And yet the population, which was smaller in 1990 than it was in 1940, boomed. More than a million more New Yorkers squeezed in between 1990 and 2010. It was as if a city the size of Austin grew atop the existing city.

On a return visit this weekend to the Upper West Side neighborhood where I’ve lived for more than a quarter of a century, the fear in the air was palpable. The population seemed to be reduced by about half. New Yorkers steer around each other on the sidewalks, some of them walking in the street to avoid passing near a stranger. A lady declined to ride the elevator with me and my children. People are especially terrified of the subway, whose ridership is down 80 percent from normal levels. Friday night, at a time when there would ordinarily be 50 or more people riding on any given car of the 1 train, there were about seven. Downtown was morose, grim, broken. Graffiti (the anarchists’ symbol, “ACAB” for “All Cops Are Bastards”) was much in evidence.

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THE RIOTS NEVER ENDED:

News consumers can be forgiven for assuming that the unrest in America’s cities that erupted after George Floyd’s death had largely abated. Media’s coverage of that lawlessness has certainly ebbed, but, as events in Chicago on Sunday night demonstrated, the organized assaults on American cities did not.

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The riots that erupted in Chicago followed a pattern that forecloses on the notion that they were in any way spontaneous. Hundreds of rioters descended on the city center—shuttled into the chaos by what seemed to be a dedicated fleet of vehicles. Cars were used to ram storefronts. A U-Haul truck appeared on the scene to facilitate the marauding. ATMs were ripped out of walls. Pharmacies were raided for prescription drugs. High-end retail storefronts were stripped bare.

This is a particularly brazen example of the lawlessness that American cities have been experiencing to some degree since the last week of May. Over the long, hot summer of 2020, cities across the country have been devastated by organized mob violence.

Related: The worst mass shooting you never heard about (this year, anyway). “Here’s the curious part about this horrible tale. Unless you happened to live in the District and were watching the local news, you probably didn’t hear about it. If we all put our heads together, we might be able to figure out why.”

MOSTLY PEACEFUL WAR ZONE: Portland Antifa Rioters Wound Cops With Mortar Fireworks. Andy Ngo Reveals How Antifa Rioters Get Out of Jail and Keep Terrorizing Portland Night After Night.

RETALIATION: Scorned Governor Punishes Casino That Helped Christians Fight Lockdown Order.

WELL, THAT OUGHT TO FINISH OFF HER CAREER: Ellen DeGeneres Fat-Shamed An 11-Year-Old Boy In The ’70s: Report.

Seriously though, if careers are cancelled because a standup comedian was rude to someone in the 1970s, best to stock up now on physical copies of Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, Cheech & Chong, and George Carlin’s CDs.

I DON’T BLAME HER FOR GETTING SNAPPISH — IT’S STRESSFUL TO REALIZE YOU’RE STINKING AT YOUR JOB IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE WORLD: Watch: Lori Lightfoot Loses It After Reporter Says Quiet Part Out Loud About Chicago’s Coddling of Rioters.

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