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BLUE ON BLUE: St. Louis Prosecutor Alleges ‘Racist Conspiracy’ by Police, City Officials to Force Her from Office.

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of official racism?

MARK LEVIN: ‘Democrats must defend each other’ on Baltimore because they’re destroying America’s cities.

“The fact of the matter is the Democrats must defend each other in their handling of these various metropolitan areas, because these various metropolitan areas have been in control of the Democrat Party for half a century or more,” Levin explained. “In the case of Baltimore, since the 1940s.”

“And they are unraveling, the civil societies are collapsing,” Levin continued of Democrat-run major cities. “They attack their own police forces. They appoint liberal activist judges. They keep raising taxes. They keep pushing out individuals who pay taxes. And so you have the decline — severe decline — of living standards in these communities. Not because of race, not because of the federal government, not because of rich people: Because of the Democrat Party and those who run these cities.”

Levin went on to point out that “Baltimore’s not alone” and mentioned the problems of Democrat-run cities Philadelphia, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago. “Who runs these cities? Republicans don’t run these cities. Democrats run these cities.”

Democrats defend these lousy results because they’re getting exactly what they want: A landed (er… condo’d?) gentry lording over the dependent masses. Middle-class flight is a feature, not a bug.

AVOID DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES? 6 Ways to Protect Yourself From Unsafe Drinking Water.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF RACISM AND SICKNESS? Why Washington DC Is One Of The Worst Places To Be Black And Pregnant.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF CRIME AND VIOLENCE? Crime Plague in the Alamo City — San Antonio is ill-served by activists posing as law-enforcement officials.

The last Republican mayor of San Antonio left office in May of 2001.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF OFFICIAL LAWLESSNESS? Baltimore trial of police officers uncovers stunning levels of corruption.

TEXAS MONTHLY: “DID HOUSTON AUTHORITIES HIDE HARVEY PREDICTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC? Houston politicians may have misled the city’s residents about the ferocity of the storm. If they did lie, they did the right thing.”

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of duplicity, and why have journalists increasingly been willing to defend both the lies of their fellow Democrats and their own deceptions? (And why do they act so surprised that the media culture they created ultimately resulted in Trump becoming president?)

ANALYSIS: TRUE. It Appears the Leader of Philly’s Democrats Is a Total Twatwaffle.

We’ve long suspected it, but Philadelphia now has direct evidence in its hands that the leader of the city’s Democrats, Congressman Robert A. Brady colluded in a scheme to pay off a senior municipal court judge to drop out of a challenge to his seat for re-election. It gets worse… it’s to get rid of a black guy.

In a bombshell article in the Inquirer, senior Municipal Court judge Jimmie Moore has agreed to resign. As part of his plea deal, he admits to accepting $90,000 in payments from Brady to drop out of the race.

The payments have to do with dissatisfied Democrats who believe that “racial math” has made it possible to elect a minority in the PA-1 Congressional District. Brady helped shape this district to compact as many white Philadelphians as possible who don’t live in the Northeast. In BradyWorld™, PA-1 is for white people. PA-2 for the longest time was represented by Chaka Fattah (who is now in Federal lockup), and PA-3 was for Northeast Republicans [now a Democratic seat occupied by Rep. Brendan Boyle].

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of corruption and racism?

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES AND GUN CONTROLLERS SUCH CESSPITS OF CORRUPTION? One officer left standing after indictments of Baltimore Gun Trace Task Force members.

Baltimore Police Det. John Clewell worked nearly two years on the department’s gun trace task force — an elite unit that raided homes throughout the city searching for firearms in an effort to quell historic rates of violence.

We’re “the ‘make stuff happen’ police,” Clewell told a Northeast Baltimore couple whose apartment he raided in April 2015, according to his own account of the incident in charging documents.

Now Clewell is the only member of the task force who has not been indicted on federal racketeering charges.

The rest of the unit has been accused of robbing suspects, filing false paperwork and committing overtime fraud. Seven members were indicted by a federal grand jury in March; an eighth was indicted in August.

I forget: How many members of Bloomberg’s mayors-against-guns group wound up in jail?

SAD: Overbrook bakery closes, blames city soda tax.

CC Orlando & Sons, which baked countless wedding and holy communion cakes and pastries since its founding on an Overbrook corner in 1948, closed after business Sunday.

The Orlando family cited not only the challenges of the baking business in these days of ubiquitous Dunkin’ Donuts shops and 24-hour supermarkets but the city’s 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages and a recent rise in property assessments.

“The soda tax was the kill shot,” said Anthony Voci Jr., a grandson of Christopher Columbus “Chick” Orlando and now a lawyer in Philadelphia.

Why are Democrat-run cities so hostile to mom & pop businesses?

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF RACIAL VIOLENCE AND DECLINE? How the riots of 50 years ago changed Detroit: The city’s decline began before 1967, but the violence then made it worse. “Sadly, by most measures black Detroiters are considerably worse off today than they were in 1967.” The rioters were presented as the vanguard of social justice, even though the consequences of their actions fell on the poorest and weakest.

Detroit’s last Republican mayor . . . well, you know the rest.

Related: Why First-World Countries Have Third-World Cities.

BLUE CITY BLUES: Urban Institute Cites Segregation for Chicago Income Disparity, Homicide Rate.

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of institutionalized racism?

A LOT OF BLACK LIVES LOST TO BLACK LIVES MATTER: One very bad night launches Baltimore ahead of Chicago in murder stats.

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of violence?

CHIACAGO’S WAR ON THE POOR: Poor Neighborhoods Hit Hardest by Asset Forfeiture in Chicago, Data Shows.

Law enforcement in Cook County, which includes Chicago, seized items from residents ranging from a cashier’s check for 34 cents to a 2010 Rolls Royce Ghost with an estimated value of more than $200,000. They also seized Xbox controllers, televisions, nunchucks, 12 cans of peas, a pair of rhinestone cufflinks, and a bayonet.

Altogether, police in Cook County performed 23,065 seizures between 2012 and 2017 using asset forfeiture, including 5,939 vehicles. Chevrolet Impalas, among the most popular rental cars in the U.S., were the model most often seized. About three-quarters of all seizures occurred in Chicago. The average estimated value of a seizure was $4,553, while the median value was $1,049. About three-quarters of all seizures were cash, not property.

Lucy Parsons Labs, a police accountability nonprofit in Chicago, obtained the data from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) through a public records request and provided them to Reason. The data are unique because they include not just when and what police seized, but addresses of where those seizures occurred.

Civil liberties groups have often claimed asset forfeiture disproportionately impacts poor and minority communities.

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of predation against those who are least able to fight back?

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF VIOLENCE AND SEX ABUSE? Sexual Violence Victims in Chicago’s Deadliest Neighborhoods Carrying Trauma on Top of Gun Crime.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF CRIMINAL VIOLENCE? Inundated with gunshot victims, Chicago doctors and nurses face ‘compassion fatigue.’

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF PREDATION AND VIOLENCE?Seattle mayor accused of sexual abuse by several men.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF CONTAMINATED WATER? Boil water alert takes downtown Detroit by surprise.

UNEXPECTEDLY: Pepsi is laying off up to 100 workers in Philadelphia and blaming a 2-month-old soda tax.

The layoffs, which account for roughly 20% of Pepsi’s 423 Philadelphia employees, will begin Wednesday and be spread out over the next few months, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

“Unfortunately, after careful consideration of the economic realities created by the recently enacted beverage tax, we have been forced to give notice that we intend to eliminate 80-100 positions, including frontline and supervisory roles, in Philadelphia over the next few months, beginning today,” Pepsi said in a statement to Business Insider.

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of anti-worker sentiment?

A BRIDGE TOO FAR:

Shot: “I hope that New Yorkers can be as open-minded and accepting of my new status as a conservative man as they’ve been about my sexual orientation.”

—“I’m a gay New Yorker — and I’m coming out as a conservative,” Chadwick Moore, the New York Post, Saturday.

Chaser: “21 percent of L.G.B.T. people are or lean Republican. What are they thinking?”

—The New York Times, Saturday.

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of sexual and ideological intolerance? And why is Carlos Slim keeping the New York Times so underfunded that they can’t hire journalists to find the answers to their own questions?

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF VIOLENCE? Girls, 11 and 12, critically wounded in Saturday shootings less than 30 minutes apart.

Maybe because the politicians who run the cities are in bed with the gangs.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF RACISM? Race relations still a thorny issue for Boston.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF OFFICIAL VIOLENCE: Feds Release Scathing Report on Chicago Police Abuse.

JOHN KASS, IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE: In Facebook torture, victim’s eyes terrify most.

There’s a lot to unpack from Chicago’s latest racial outrage, the Facebook Torture Case, and it’s ugly, so let’s get to it.

You know the news. Four African-Americans were charged Thursday with hate crimes in the alleged kidnapping and torture of a bound, white and mentally disabled young man.

Police said they beat him, forced him to drink toilet water, jabbed at him with a knife and cut his scalp, shouting “F—white people!” and “F— [Donald] Trump!” and laughing while smoking blunts and streaming it all live on Facebook.

I watched some, not all of that video, the way they brutalized that young man, the terror in his eyes, hearing their laughter. And I realized these were human beings, amusing themselves with the pain of a mentally disabled man. There are many words for this, but irredeemable is the one that comes to mind.

Ridiculous. As Hillary made clear, it’s Trump supporters who are irredeemable, and these people clearly opposed Trump.

Plus:

There are other elements of this heater case that should be acknowledged, like the politics of this thing. It’s crawling with politics now.

It’s partly a racial thing so let’s talk race. If the races were reversed, and a mentally disabled black kid were tortured by white barbarians, the political left would be screaming that over-the-top political rhetoric from the right had trickled down and encouraged the brutes. You can argue with me about this, but that won’t change it.

Yet it’s the other way now, isn’t it? And the political right is arguing that anti-Trump rants from the left — including casting white males as the political enemy — have given license to this kind of thing. The two sides will slap-fight each other over this on social media, in anonymous and hateful comments under online news stories, and they’ll slap each other in the journals.

And this is how we craft political weapons from human misery.

But there is another kind of politics at work here, as well, the politics of Chicago musical chairs. From the moment the torture video went viral, picked up by the cable news networks and replayed, over and over, and as talking heads debated whether “evil” was the appropriate word, Chicago politicians hunkered down.

You weren’t in the meetings and neither was I, but you can envision them huddling in three distinct groups: One group with Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his people; another with new Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and hers; and a third with Eddie Johnson with his white shirt supervisors and detectives. And in each one, there must have been some staffers, staring at their phones, wondering if this heater case would burn their boss when the music stopped.

Foxx seemed to never miss a camera during the Laquan McDonald controversy. When that video finally surfaced after the mayoral election, showing the white cop shooting a black kid 16 times, Foxx won her election.

She was all over the news then, but for this case, she was rather reserved, though her office pressed the charges.

And Emanuel, hoping to rehabilitate himself with black voters after the way he handled the McDonald fiasco, waited until the water was warm.

Most of it was left to Johnson, and he made sure to hit his main political talking point early in his Thursday news conference, as the charges were read and national news was made.

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of political violence and political incompetence?

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF CORRUPTION? DeBlasio’s New York: The selling of the mayoralty.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF COLLUSION AND OFFICIAL VIOLENCE? Oversight Board Spares NYPD’s Feelings By Softening Language In Taser Complaint Report.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF OFFICIAL MISBEHAVIOR AND INCOMPETENCE? Cops Raid Wrong House, Arrest Family, Post Pictures on Snapchat: Merry Christmas from the NYPD.

LIFE IN THE ERA OF HOPE AND CHANGE: Children suffer from lead poisoning in 3,000 U.S. neighborhoods. I wonder what proportion of those are in Democrat-run cities?

PRIVACY: Baltimore’s aerial surveillance continues unchecked.

The Baltimore surveillance program broke new ground by bringing wide-area persistent surveillance—a technology that the military has been developing for a decade—to municipal law enforcement. The police department kept the program secret from the public, as well as from the city’s mayor and other local officials, until it was detailed in August by Bloomberg Businessweek. Privacy advocates, defense attorneys, and some local legislators called for the program to be suspended immediately, until the technology could be evaluated in public hearings.

But in the three months since the public discussion began, the police have continued to use the surveillance plane to monitor large events, such as the Baltimore Marathon, and essential questions remain unanswered. The police continue to classify the program as an ongoing trial, but the private company that operates it for the police—Persistent Surveillance Systems—doesn’t have a permanent contract and no specific regulations govern its operations.

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of militarized police surveillance?

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF CALLOUS INCOMPETENCE? No-show cops and dysfunctional courts keep Cook County Jail inmates waiting years for a trial.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF ELECTORAL MISBEHAVIOR? Philadelphia Republicans Claim Voter Intimidation, Voter Fraud.

The answer, of course, is because there are no consequences. I hope that President Trump’s Department of Justice will put more energy into ensuring voter access and ballot integrity than we’ve seen in recent years.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF CRIME AND OFFICIAL INCOMPETENCE? Chicago police are solving less than one in four murder investigations.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF POLITICAL HATRED AND VIOLENCE? Boston graffiti urges violence on Trump backers.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF OFFICIAL VIOLENCE AND ABUSE? A Digital Archive Documents Two Decades of Torture by Chicago Police.

JUSTICE: Santa Ana to pay $100,000 to pot shop at center of controversial police raid.

The city will pay a Santa Ana marijuana dispensary $100,000 to settle a federal lawsuit in connection with a controversial raid last year where police officers were caught on hidden video eating snacks and making disparaging remarks about a handicapped woman.

As part of the settlement agreement finalized earlier this month, the city of Santa Ana will also dismiss misdemeanor charges against a dozen people accused of unlawfully operating Sky High Holistic at the time of the May 26, 2015 raid.

The settlement proceeds will be divided among Marla and David James, who are volunteers at Sky High, and Dr. Bradley Idelshon, a physician whose nearby office was left without power and water during the raid and is not affiliated with the dispensary, its attorney Matthew Pappas said.

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of corrupt and incompetent policing?

CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE: Slur in Video Exposes Racial Rifts in Iconic Gay Enclave.

Black gays and lesbians in the city say they are carded at clubs in the area known as the Gayborhood while they watch white patrons stroll in. At bars, they say, they wait longer for drinks and are subjected to dress codes that ban athletic gear, Timberland boots and hooded sweatshirts, rules they say are meant to exclude them.

Now, they say, the video finally provides tangible evidence of their concerns. It has sparked outrage among many in the city’s LGBT community, bolstered by the Black Lives Matter movement and support for gay safe spaces in the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando.

“The minute you walk into the Gayborhood as a black or brown person, you feel it,” said Shani Akilah Robin, creator of the Black and Brown Workers Collective, which held protests after the video release. “They play our music and target us for the very blackness they’re making money off of. This is the reality of being black and queer in America.”

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of racial intolerance?

GOOD LORD: Houston 911 Operator Charged Over Hanging Up on Callers.

A former Houston 911 operator is facing criminal charges for hanging up on callers because “she did not want to talk to anyone,” according to Houston Police investigators.

Crenshanda Williams, 43, faces two misdemeanor charges of Interference with Emergency Telephone Call stemming from incidents in March.

According to charge documents filed with the Harris County Court, Williams worked for the Houston Emergency Center where managers determined that she was involved in thousands of “short calls” — emergency calls that last less than 20 seconds — between Oct. 2015 and March 2016.

In one case, Williams allegedly hung up on a man who called to report a robbery in progress March 12.

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of abuse and neglect?

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF VIOLENCE? 40 shot, 5 of them fatally, in Chicago over weekend.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF INCOMPETENCE AND INFIGHTING? Baltimore Food Fight: “A war of words has broken out in Baltimore between Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. Mosby wants to blame Rawlings-Blake for the rioting that followed Freddie Gray’s death. The mayor has ripped Mosby for rushing to judgment on the six police officers she unsuccessfully prosecuted. Both have good cases.”

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF ABUSE, INJUSTICE, AND UNDERAGE PROSTITUTION? She Accused Bay Area Cops of Sex Crimes, They Sent Her to Rehab.

Seven of these officers from the Oakland, Contra Costa, and Livermore police departments now face charges for underage sex, obstruction of justice, engaging in prostitution, and public lewdness. As the accusatory witness for the prosecution, Guap’s testimony is key; without it, there’s no case, as Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said on Friday.

But in a remarkably lucky break for the officers accused, Guap has left California.
Two weeks ago, one of the police departments implicated in her case, the Richmond P.D., paid for her to go rehab out of a state fund for drug recovery and even drove her to the airport where she boarded a flight for southern Florida.

Only three days into her rehab stint, Guap was arrested for allegedly biting a security guard.

Now she’s in jail and the case against California cops is on hold.

There don’t seem to be any good guys in this story.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF… WELL, JUST SUCH CESSPITS? Dozen disgraced California cops disciplined for shocking sex scandal involving underage prostitute.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF SURVEILLANCE? Baltimore police respond to report they secretly spied on city with aerial surveillance tech from Iraq War.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF DEGRADATION AND DESPAIR? Prostitutes dancing on the sidewalk, fires in the street and a man being run-down by a car: Chilling video shows what it is like driving through Detroit at night.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF VIOLENCE AND RACISM? Baltimore cops ‘are racist, violent and lawless’: Report claims city’s police discriminate against blacks and aren’t held accountable when they use excessive force.

Reminder: Baltimore last elected a Republican mayor over 50 years ago. As Kevin Williamson noted last year, “Riot-Plagued Baltimore’s Catastrophe Is Entirely Of The Democratic Party’s Own Making.”

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF SOUL-CRUSHING POVERTY? A few blocks from the DNC, tales from the city with the highest poverty rate among major U.S. cities.

Reminder: Philadelphia’s last Republican mayor left office at the beginning of 1952.

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WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF OFFICIAL RACISM AND VIOLENCE? Philando Castile Shooting Fits a Pattern of Violence Toward Blacks, Governor Says.

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WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF CORRUPTION? Second Boston City Hall Official Charged With Extortion.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF SEXUAL PREDATION? Oakland police chief resigns as underage sex scandal spreads: Now AT LEAST 24 officers are accused of sleeping with former teenage sex worker.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF OFFICIAL MISCONDUCT? Judge Finds Prosecutors Withheld Evidence in Freddie Gray Officer Case.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF OFFICIAL OPPRESSION? Chicago’s Jail Kept Inmates Locked Up for 218 Years Too Long.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF VIOLENCE? A Weekend in Chicago: Where Gunfire Is a Terrifying Norm.

Maybe it’s because Chicago politicians are in bed with the gangs. Shockingly, there’s no mention of that in the NYT story.

GO AHEAD, BITE THE BIG APPLE — DON’T MIND THE MAGGOTS: New York City Is a Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy — Just Ask Jessica Valenti!

Why are Democrat-run cities such wretched cesspots of scum and villainy?

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF IDEOLOGICAL REPRESSION? You can be fined for not calling people ‘ze’ or ‘hir,’ if that’s the pronoun they demand that you use.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF SEXUAL PREDATION? Underage sex scandal at Oakland Police Department as several officers are accused of sex with the same teenage girl.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF OFFICIAL RACISM? ‘Crook County’ Author: Judicial System Stacked Against Blacks, Latinos.

Van Cleve said that when she wrote the book, “I wrote in fear. I researched it in fear… and it was mostly because as one of the only people of color in this court system, in this setting where mostly the prosecutors and judges were white and all the defendants were people of color, the idea that I could collect data on how people were being racially abused and then actually go and tell that publically was quite intimidating,” she said. “So I think it was a journey for me to reflect on what I was willing to put forth. And I hope that those stories come forth in the book.”

Yet in “Crook County,” Van Cleve documents how minority defendants in Chicago were referred to as “Mopes,” a term with the same derogatory intent as the N-word. Fabricated police reports were overlooked.

She’s a brave woman, taking on the Chicago judicial machine by herself.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF RACISM? San Francisco Police Ensnared in New Racist Texting Scandal.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF RAMPANT LAWLESSNESS AND VIOLENCE? San Francisco Torn as Some See ‘Street Behavior’ Worsen:

Recent data from the F.B.I. show that San Francisco has the highest per-capita property crime rate of the nation’s top 50 cities. About half the cases here are thefts from vehicles, smash-and-grabs that scatter glittering broken glass onto the sidewalks.

The city, known for a political tradition of empathy for the downtrodden, is now divided over whether to respond with more muscular law enforcement or stick to its forgiving attitudes.

The Chamber of Commerce and the tourist board are calling for harsher measures to improve what is euphemistically called the “condition of the streets,” a term that encompasses the intractable homeless problem, public intravenous drug use, the large population of mentally ill people on the streets and aggressive panhandling. The chamber recently released the results of an opinion poll that showed that homelessness and “street behavior” were the primary concerns of residents here.

Besides the “some see” in the New York Times’ headline, the choice of the word “intractable” to describe the city’s feral homeless is a nice touch.

EMANUEL POLICE TASK FORCE: CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS “NO REGARD FOR THE SANCTITY OF LIFE WHEN IT COMES TO PEOPLE OF COLOR.”

Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of racism, corruption, and police violence, to paraphrase an Insta-phrase?

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF OFFICIAL POVERTY AND ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLENCE? Poorest Sections of Los Angeles Blighted with Most Illegal Dumping, Litter, and Decay.

Victor Davis Hanson frequently sees the strange dichotomy of California up close and personal on his family’s farm and neighboring hometown of Fresno. As he has noted on several occasions, the state’s leftwing elites in Sacramento are utterly obsessed with passing more and more environmental laws, which impact primarily its middle-class citizens (ban the shopping bag!) and its business owners (try building anything in California without obtaining a stack of permits first). Which makes for a sharp contrast with their see-no-evil attitude towards illegal immigrants and their crimes.

As he wrote in 2013, along with a photo he took of refuse dumped alongside his family’s vineyard, “The miscreants had already dumped their trash: chemical drums, paints, solvents, oils, concrete, tires, garbage, and lots of broken fluorescent glass tubes — something a bit worse than the usual toxic brew that is left on San Joaquin Valley property. How strange that the California legislature can pass all sorts of new laws over the last six months — transgendered access to either boy or girl restrooms in the public schools, the banning of lead bullets, driver’s licenses for illegal aliens — but it cannot go after the epidemic of destroying the ecology of the San Joaquin Valley countryside. If only there were a spotted toad or a lavender newt native to the vineyard, perhaps the Bay Area intelligentsia would change their views about unchecked illegal immigration. I think the rationale of the dumpers is that there are always enough law-abiding citizens left to pick up after the casual law-breaking of the fewer. But are the fewer still the fewer?”

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF OFFICIAL VIOLENCE? How Chicago Racked up a $662 Million Police Misconduct Bill.

They needed that money for exterminators: Rat Sightings in Chicago Are Absolutely SOARING. But hey, it’s not like Chicago has financial problems or anything.

BRITISH TOURIST ‘FIGHTING FOR LIFE’ AFTER BEING STABBED IN THE HEAD IN SAN FRANCISCO: “But a police spokesman, Carlos Manfredi, said muggings in San Francisco ‘happen to everyone’ and that it was unlikely the unnamed Briton was targeted because he was a tourist. ‘It happens to everybody, so every now and then there’s going to be a tourist in the mix,’ he said.”

Why are Democrat-run cities such hellholes of corruption, racism, and violence?  Perhaps a change in management is long overdue:

(He’s not on the list above, but San Francisco’s last GOP mayor left office a month before the Beatles landed in America.)

AS OF SUNDAY, AT LEAST 365 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SHOT IN CHICAGO THIS YEAR AND AT LEAST 85 OF THEM HAVE BEEN KILLED.

Why are Democrat-run cities such hellholes of corruption, racism, and violence?  Perhaps a change in management is long overdue:

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DC MEDICAL DIRECTOR DROPS BRUTAL RESIGNATION LETTER, CALLS OUT OFFICIALS:

The medical director of D.C.’s fire department resigned in a scathing letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser, charging that “people are dying needlessly” in “a highly toxic” culture where reform is impossible.

Poor response times plague the District fire department. Bowser hired Dr. Jullette Saussy seven months ago for the specific purpose of reforming the department. Confirmed in November and named EMS Medical Director and Assistant Fire Chief, Saussy is already fed up with the D.C. system. In her resignation letter to the Mayor dated January 29 she rips the culture of a department that she argues values bureaucratic structure over meaningful medical reforms, reports WTOP.

“The culture of the DC Fire and EMS Department is highly toxic to the delivery of any semblance of quality pre-hospital patient care,” Saussy writes in her letter. “EMS reform, even attempts to make basic changes, are met with resistance from the top down.”

Saussy accuses the fire department of fostering a “feel good” environment which relies on manipulated or incomplete data that serves as their measure of performance. She says it creates a false reality within the department, where people are not properly overseen and issues fail to ever be addressed.

Hasn’t a false reality in the District of Columbia been a given since about 1913 or so? (And isn’t that true in most if not all Democrat-run cities?)

Read the whole letter here.

(Via Walter Olson.)

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF RACISM AND SEGREGATION? “Sixty-two years after Brown v. Board of Education, New York City still has one of the most ethnically segregated school systems in the nation.”

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH HELLHOLES OF OPPRESSION AND POLICE ABUSE? An obscure law from the 1970s is being used by the NYPD to boot people from their homes and businesses when they are suspected of crimes, often in cases where no charges are ever filed.

LAWS AND ACCOUNTABILITY ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: Report: 80% of Chicago cops purposefully destroyed or hid dashcam mics. Why are Democrat-run cities such cesspits of official lawlessness?

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH HOTBEDS OF POLICE BRUTALITY? (CONT’D): New questions for Rahm Emanuel on what he knew about teen shot 16 times by Chicago police.

GANGSTER GOVERNMENT: Report: Emails show coordination of Chicago mayor, police, investigators after shooting. Why are Democrat-run cities such hellholes of unaccountable official violence?

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH HELLHOLES OF CORRUPTION, RACISM, AND VIOLENCE?

Perhaps a change in management is long overdue:

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WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH HELLHOLES OF CORRUPTION, RACISM, VIOLENCE — AND SEXISM? Barriers to prenatal health care in DC endanger women.

IS IT BECAUSE SHE’S A LATINA WHO’S RACIST AGAINST BLACK CITIZENS? Chicago State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez balks at charges in Ronald Johnson police shooting, says video shows gun.

Of course, she has a history of backing cops against black citizens, even of prosecuting black citizens who make recordings of cops’ misdeeds for “wiretapping.”

Why are Democrat-run cities such hellholes of racism and police impunity?

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH HELLHOLES OF CORRUPTION, RACISM, AND VIOLENCE? “Republicans Must Save the Cities,” Kevin D. Williamson writes:

This is where progressive urban governance leads: The combination of over-promising and under-delivering, corruption, institutional ineffectiveness, and clientelist politics ruptures the relationship between so-called public servants and the public they purport to serve. Chicago isn’t Detroit or Cleveland: It isn’t some lost city that has in effect been left to weed over. But employing the same kinds of institutional approaches with the same values and the same assumptions will produce — surprise — the same results. The Jesse Jacksons of the world instinctively respond by threatening to immiserate the functional parts of Chicago. But Jackson et al. shouldn’t be leading a march on the high-end retail district — they should be leading a march on the Democratic-party headquarters, which is the actual locus of malice in this sorry affair.

Republicans for the moment are pleased to be a non-factor. But that eventually is going to have to change. There is no city in the United States larger than San Diego with a Republican mayor. A Republican and a pseudo-Republican were, for a time, able to thrive politically in New York owing to the unusual character of Rudy Giuliani and the fact that the millionaire residents of an economically resurgent Manhattan wanted to be able to travel from a Broadway theater to a Soho restaurant without passing through Beirut. (New Yorkers, alas, have short memories, and thus have turned the city over to Bill de Blasio, with predictable results.) Conservatives as such are not players in the real-world politics of our largest cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia. They are a relatively minor factor in some large metropolitan aggregates such as greater Houston and the DFW metroplex, but as for the cities themselves — not really. Consider that even in conservative Texas, the big urban political fight this season was whether Houston’s crusading lesbian mayor could subpoena church sermons as part of her campaign to pass a city law guaranteeing certain toilet privileges to men who pretend to be women. That bespeaks a certain battiness, to be sure, but it also suggests an operative political model that should not be that hard to beat: Houston, which is largely working-class and overwhelmingly non-white, rejected that ordinance by a wide margin.

Obviously, it’s long past time for a change:

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But if the GOP wishes to seriously get in the game in those cities, as Scott Walker, Rick Perry and Lois Lerner’s victims have all discovered, Republican mayoral candidates are going to have to be prepared to go to war against “the Deep State,” which will maintain the left’s entrenched power and free-flowing graft “by any means necessary,” to coin a phrase.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH HELLHOLES OF CORRUPTION, RACISM, AND VIOLENCE? The Corrupt System That Killed Laquan McDonald. “Until it is reformed, more Chicagoans will die needlessly at the hands of police. The failures are especially inexcusable in the aftermath of both a relatively recent police torture scandal and an off-the-books holding facility scandal where rights to an attorney were willfully denied. Each scandal illustrated the importance of sunlight in the Chicago police department. City leaders kept blocking it anyway.”

THEY DO SEEM TO ALWAYS HAPPEN IN DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES: How to Stop the Next Urban Race Riot? Ask a Republican.