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THE QUIET LIFE: The Racism-Free Utopia Is Rural MAGA Land. “Keep in mind that I think ‘hate crimes’ are mostly bunk. But clearly, such crimes are far more prevalent in SJW hotbeds like Seattle and Portland than they are in rural America.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE AND NOT THE BABYLON BEE: Seattle Parents Shocked After Learning Students Will Return To Schools With Homeless Encampments.

It is Seattle after all — should area parents be that shocked?

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Pass the popcorn — WA supreme court unanimously OK’s recall campaign against Seattle’s Socialist council member.

Remember Kshama Sawant? The Socialist politician first made waves eight years ago, just days after her election to Seattle’s city council, by urging Boeing workers to seize the company’s factories for themselves. Sawant later quarterbacked the head-tax proposal that prompted Amazon to leave the city, which the city council later reversed. Sawant spearheaded an effort to cut the police chief’s pay after Chief Carmen Best criticized Sawant’s effort to defund the police department, causing Best to resign in protest. Sawant also led a protest at Mayor Jenny Durkan’s home in favor of defunding the police and protecting the socialists’ seizure of several city blocks in the CHAZ/CHOP, despite Durkan’s home address being protected by a privacy statute.

For those and other reasons, opponents launched a recall effort against Sawant, which she sued to enjoin. Last night, a unanimous 9-0 ruling from the state supreme court approved the recall petition, holding that three of the four allegations listed are factually accurate and good cause for the recall:

We’ll always have the Summer of Love, though.

CITY LEADERS SAY THEY’RE DOING “THE BEST THEY CAN” SO THERE’S THAT:  Seattle residents at breaking point with homeless crisis: ‘Makes me depressed’.

What they’re not saying is that they’re doing the best they can to destroy the city.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Six Weeks Since Biden Saw His Shadow and He Still Hasn’t Come Back Out.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: How can you tell that Joe Biden has gone yet another record-setting day without an initial press conference?

Answer: POLITICO is spinning it as a “largely gaffe-free White House.”

Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.

  • Seattle responds to police shortage with additional budget cuts
  • Hysterical video of the White House playing musical step-stools at the presidential lectern
  • Female soldiers are just as good as male soldiers unless they don’t have to be

Bonus Sanity: 13th Gen — Abort, Retry, Save the World?

And so much more at the link, you’d have to be crazy to miss it.

LIKELY NO, BUT HE DIDN’T HELP MATTERS: Is WA Gov. Jay Inslee Single-handedly Responsible for America’s COVID Outbreak?

What’s amazing is Inslee and his team at DOH saw the outbreak at Life Care and still asked nursing homes to take in COVID-positive patients. The Seattle Times says these decisions contributed to roughly half of the state’s 5,000 coronavirus-related deaths to the nursing home policy because “nearly 200 nursing homes” had “at least one outbreak.” Some had multiple outbreaks. Very few long-term care facilities in the state have gone without any COVID infections. But in King County, where Seattle is located, “455 people connected to nursing homes have died, account for a third of the county’s total deaths.”

While New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) deserves scrutiny, especially because he oversees the largest metropolitan city in America – NYC – scrutiny also needs to be given to Gov. Jay Inslee. Washingtonians deserve to know just how deep this runs. Americans deserve to know how this outbreak impacted the rest of the nation, especially since Life Care was where this all started for the United States. And Inslee needs to be held personally accountable for every single one of these deaths.

As John Nolte noted at the start of the month, the DNC-MSM dogpile over Cuomo’s (very real) #metoo problems were really an excuse for the media to attack him over his COVID debacle, but protect other Democratic governors. “Why is America’s corrupt media not at all interested in some 15,000 dead senior citizens while they tar and feather Cuomo over the allegations he made [at the time of Nolte’s article] three left-wing women uncomfortable? The answer is obvious…Four other Democrat governors issued the same sociopathic nursing home order as Cuomo. Four other Democrats ordered infected coronavirus patients be admitted into nursing home facilities where 1) the most vulnerable live, and 2) they’re not set up to handle an infectious virus.”

HEINLEIN’S CRAZY YEARS (CONT’D): ‘Give It a Try!’ Seattle-Backed Homeless Shelter Provides Pipes to Smoke Heroin and Advice on ‘Booty Bumping.’

DISPATCHES FROM PORTLANDIA: Portland’s So ‘Woke’ That Even the Snow Plows Bow to ‘Equity.’

I asked the Portland Bureau of Transportation why KATU-TV reported that Portland’s snow plows were being sidelined, not because of safety issues or getting the city moving and the economy going, but because of issues of “equity.”

“We don’t plow the side streets for a couple of reasons. One is a capacity reason; we don’t have the number of plows that we would need to do that. And then many of those side streets are, are too narrow for our plows, those are big machines. Especially when cars a lined up on both sides of the street parking,” John Brady with PBOT said.

John Brady, the communications director at PBOT, says if they only plowed streets they could fit, there would be an equity issue.

This isn’t the first time that snow and magic leftwing thinking have collided in the Pacific Northwest: “In a big snowstorm in 2008, Seattle applied sand rather than rock salt for environmental reasons. Icy chaos ensured, and Mayor Greg Nickels said soon after that the city would switch to salt. But it was too late, apparently: Nickels lost his job a few months later as voters turned him out of office in the spring primary.”

DISPATCHES FROM THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE: Bari Weiss on ‘Spirit Murder,’ Neo-Segregation and Science Denial in American Schools.

The Seattle Public Schools are saying that the education system is committing “spirit murder” against black children. The New York City Public schools are telling white teachers they are guilty of the same. Spirit murdering has even made its way into the new administration: Joe Biden’s Deputy Secretary of Education, Cindy Marten, as superintendent of the San Diego Schools, endorsed the idea, as well as the notion that white teachers should undergo “antiracist therapy.”

In the meantime, David Kirkland, the Vice Dean of Equity at NYU Steinhardt Metro Center  has upped the ante, saying that schools are “murdering the bodies of our children.” Watch:


If this is true, the Department of Education should open up an investigation this afternoon. Meantime, I wonder what Michael Steinhardt makes of Kirkland’s claim.

The state of California is about to adopt an Ethnic Studies Curriculum based in Critical Race Theory. North Carolina just did that for its K-12 history standards. I could go on.

And that’s just the ideological takeover. The harm that is being done to children — especially poor and minority children — by the refusal of teachers unions to go back into the classroom despite the guidance of the CDC and the promises of Joe Biden is a generational crime.

Read the whole thing.

RIOTS FOR THEE, BUT NOT FOR ME:

● Shot: AOC questions if Capitol Police officer tried to put her in a ‘vulnerable situation.’

—Fox News, Tuesday.

● Chaser: Ocasio-Cortez dismisses proposed $1B cut: ‘Defunding police means defunding police.’

The Hill, June 30th, 2020.

● Hangover: Why is ‘Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Smollett’ trending?

—The London Sun, today.

UPDATE: As Jim Treacher writes, “If a Capitol Police officer really did threaten Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez or any other member of Congress, he needs to be identified. He needs to explain himself. If AOC is telling the truth, he should be fired. If it’s not true… why did she say it? And what should happen to a member of Congress who would lie about such a thing?”

(Classical reference in headline.)

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: The River of Forgetfulness.

We are expected to forget that for over 90 summer days, there was utter havoc in dozens of American cities. Downtowns were ravaged. Stores were looted. Arson was customary. More than 700 police were injured and spat upon. In all, those “mostly peaceful” protests did billions of dollars in damage, leaving thousands of business owners bankrupt, and at least three-dozen people dead.

In other words, the visuals were the same old, same old we had seen during the violent 2017 Inauguration Day protests in Washington, the rioting in Ferguson and Baltimore, in New York during the final stages of the Occupy Wall Street take over, and the WTO violence over two decades ago in Seattle—with one major exception. This time the authorities saw far more election-year political advantage in defending the violence than in suppressing it, and so made the necessary adjustments, at least until Election Day.

The mayors of the targeted cities like Portland, Seattle, Chicago, and Minneapolis contextualized and supported the mayhem (“block party” and “summer of love”). They cared little for the thousands of lives that were wrecked by the destruction.

Joe Biden excused Antifa as a mere “idea” (a presidential ante facto impeachable offense?)—largely because millions of his supporters condoned or explained away the violence, and they said so publicly. The New York Times architect of the “1619 Project,” Nikole Hannah-Jones boasted at the height of the unrest, “Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.” She’s lucky none of the oppressed took her literally or seriously enough to storm the New York Times. One wonders what is the further utility of BLM and Antifa after the Biden election, and whether erstwhile dead-ender “protestors” may now be recategorized as “rioters” given the suddenly bad optics.

Of course, some of us haven’t forgotten: Pelosi and Biden Get Hoisted on Their Own Petard With Latest Antifa Video.

THEY BLAME PARLER BUT DID WORSE THEMSELVES: Andy Ngo: Twitter Did Nothing to Stop Antifa Planning, Promoting Riots in Portland, Seattle.

PORTLAND MAYOR OFFENDED WHEN REPORTER ASKS HIM IF PORTLAND’S MONTHS OF RIOTS WERE A PRECURSOR TO THE DC RIOT:

Related: The Capitol Insurrection: Our Altamont Moment.

Like a shard of lightning illuminating a darkened landscape, a single event can bring an entire historical era into sharp focus. What had been half-hidden becomes nakedly exposed. Such a moment occurred on January 6 when supporters of President Trump assaulted, occupied, and ransacked the Capitol.

The insurrection of January 6 was this generation’s Altamont Moment. As did Altamont, it shattered delusions that never deserved to be taken seriously in the first place.

An infamous December 1969 rock concert in southern California that descended into mindless violence, Altamont demolished fantasies of the Sixties as an Age of Aquarius. Occurring just months after Woodstock had seemingly affirmed illusions of peace, love, and good dope giving birth to a new and more enlightened society, Altamont exposed the dark underside of such expectations. A post-mortem published in Rolling Stone accurately characterized Altamont as “the product of diabolical egotism, hype, ineptitude,” and sheer greed.

If you are looking for terms to describe America in our own age—not simply the age of Trump, but also of Iraq and Afghanistan, Amazon and Google, Fox News and Facebook, Antifa and Proud Boys, epic government dysfunction and the havoc wreaked by COVID-19—egotism, hype, ineptitude, and greed provide a good place to start.

After 9/11 and the costly military disappointments that ensued, why should anyone be surprised at the inability of the Capitol Police to secure the building that moist-eyed members of the media have suddenly christened the “people’s house”? Incompetence combined with hyperbole are twin signatures of our times.

The Great Insurrection of 2021 rings down the curtain on the post-Cold War era: that is what this event signifies. The mirage of American global preeminence, nursed in official circles since the fall of the Berlin Wall, has now become untenable. Once tantamount to a civil religion, American Exceptionalism has devolved into little more than an excuse for ignoring facts and evading responsibility—like the organizers at Altamont hiring Hell’s Angels to serve as an improvised concert security force.

In exchange for their dubious services, the Hell’s Angels got free beer. Members of the mob that stormed the Capitol will get indictments and rightly so.

Seattle’s Mayor Jenny Durkan compared her leftists’ insurrection to “the Summer of Love” — at least until the rioters showed up at her doorstep. Given the speed of the Internet era, we shouldn’t be all that surprised at how quickly Altamont would have arrived.

WILLIAM VOEGELI IN CITY JOURNAL: About “Whataboutism:” When turnabout is never fair play.

Many things are complicated—but not everything. If you condemned the Antifa/Black Lives Matter violence that took place around the country in 2020, as all conservatives did, then you must condemn the Trumpist riot at the U.S. Capitol in 2021. Period.

Suppose, however, you spent last summer applauding the riots, or dissembling about them, or dismissing them. In that case, to deplore last week’s violence credibly is not so simple. If you demand that your political adversaries adhere to a principle, but exempt people whose cause you endorse from having to comply, then that preference you enjoy boasting about is not really a principle. It is not a standard of conduct applicable to all, in other words, but just another rhetorical device used for political combat.

If you’re Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, for example, a question in July about mobs toppling statues in public spaces elicited not a denunciation but a koan: “People will do what they do.” Indeed, people will do what they do. Some people, for example, will break into the Capitol and occupy the Speaker’s office. But limiting oneself to the serene observation that this is what they do would constitute a grave failure to repudiate an offense against law, order, and democracy.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, who won a Pulitzer Prize for creating the New York Times’s “1619 Project,” also expressed equanimity and even pride regarding last year’s unrest. “It would be an honor,” she said, if the burning police stations and looted stores came to be described as the “1619 Riots.” In any case, “Destroying property, which can be replaced, is not violence.” Hannah-Jones went on to explain, “Any reasonable person would say we shouldn’t be destroying other people’s property, but these are not reasonable times.” Reasonable people also say that mobs should not overrun the seat of government or be gratified if someone calls that assault the “1776 Riots.” But if declaring “these are not reasonable times” changes everything, then the loophole devours the rule, or even the idea of having rules.

When protesters surrounded a Seattle police station, forcing officers to evacuate it, and declared the adjacent area an “autonomous zone,” mayor Jenny Durkan was reassuring: “Don’t be so afraid of democracy.” Civic and political leaders in Philadelphia were equally non-judgmental about the shattered glass and boarded stores on their streets. “I don’t think we need to be parsing whether there needs to be looting,” said one city council member. Rioting was “understandable but regrettable,” Jesse Jackson said in June, a quasi-criticism no one would think to apply to the Capitol Hill mob.

In the wake of last week’s riot, formulations like these have become deeply embarrassing. What is to be done? One option would be for the people who put them forward, and their many political allies, to admit the obvious: since riots are bad—utterly, always, and everywhere—justifying them, or praising them with faint damns, is also colossally irresponsible. The people who set last summer’s fires, looted stores, or assaulted motorists and pedestrians should be condemned, and the people who made excuses for their behavior should be ashamed. Reader, you are borne through life with a sunnier view of human nature than I if you are dismayed that no such apologies or retractions have yet been offered.

A different response to conservatives who have started 2021 by rudely calling attention to the riot apologists of 2020 is: Shut Up. A more sophisticated way to say Shut Up is to accuse conservatives whose memories go back more than three months of engaging in “whataboutism.” This is the position of University of Wisconsin political scientist Kenneth R. Mayer, who believes that any public official “who does not immediately and unequivocally condemn [the Capitol riot] without using the words ‘I understand,’ ‘but,’ or any variant suggesting that the rioters had a point but went too far, should forfeit their right to hold public office.” Furthermore, “any elected official who engages in ‘whataboutism,’ or complains that the other side does it too, should leave next.”

Similarly, “Whataboutism is the last refuge for someone who can’t admit they’re wrong,” says journalist Tod Perry, who demands that we “stop equating Trump’s Capitol insurrection to Black Lives Matter protests.”

“Whataboutism” is a deflection-term whose function is to distract from obvious leftist hypocrisy.

RIOTS FOR THEE, BUT NOT FOR ME: WA Governor who refused National Guard for Seattle’s ‘autonomous zone’ calls up Guard to protect Governor’s Mansion.

(Classical reference in headline.)

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Politico Brings In Bounced NYT Editor James Bennet to Display Stunning Hypocrisy on Anti-Rioting Force.

You may have last seen me getting bounced out of The New York Times for running an opinion piece by Sen. TOM COTTON (R-Ark.) arguing for the use of military troops to prevent the rioting that accompanied some of the peaceful protests over the summer. As our editorials made clear, I disagreed with Cotton then (that’s one reason I supported running the piece). And so I hope it doesn’t make me a hypocrite now to say that I wish the military had been out in force Wednesday to stop the rioting and protect what Biden called the “citadel of liberty.”

As Tim Graham responds at NewsBusters, “Obviously, a more robust police force was necessary to prevent the disgraceful riot at the Capitol. Just as obviously, Bennet is a hypocrite.” And note this:

Further full disclosure: My brother, [Democrat] Sen. MICHAEL BENNET of Colorado, was among the hundreds of public servants on Capitol Hill who came under threat from the mob Wednesday.

Riots for thee, but not for me” (or my brother.)

And speaking of the Times, past performance and the memory hole: NY Times correspondent Maggie Haberman says new U.S. Capitol fence resembles one put around the WH in June for whatever reason.

As Ilhan Omar said about 9/11, “some people did something.”

JOHN HINDERAKER: Enough with the outrage.

Like pretty much all conservatives, I have consistently criticized riots and other forms of political violence for many years. That includes yesterday’s Washington, D.C. riot. You can’t say the same about liberals, however. Until yesterday, one might have thought that liberals consider rioting and other forms of political violence to be as American as apple pie.

You could write a book in support of that proposition, but for now let’s cite just a few examples. Do you remember when President Trump was inaugurated on January 20, 2017? Leftist Democrats rioted in Washington that day. That riot was arguably worse, more violent and more destructive, than what happened in D.C. yesterday. The liberal rioters destroyed stores, set vehicles on fire and battled with the police. Six police officers were wounded.

I don’t recall a single Democratic office-holder denouncing the Democrats’ Inauguration Day riot, and the Associated Press came perilously close to praising the rioters.

Over the ensuing four years, Antifa and Black Lives Matter rioted countless times, bringing devastation to cities like Portland, Seattle, Kenosha and Minneapolis. Did any Democrats denounce these riots? Not that I remember. Many Democrats endorsed them, or seemed to do so. . . .

And let’s not forget James Hodgkinson, even though every reporter in America apparently has. Hodgkinson was the Bernie Sanders campaign volunteer who tried to assassinate the entire House Republican baseball team and very nearly succeeded, inflicting grievous and permanent injuries on Congressman Steve Scalise. Hodgkinson was not the usual 20-something loner, he was a middle-aged union official who was not insane, but just full of hate. His Facebook page was festooned with over-the-top attacks on Republicans, taken directly from speeches by Bernie Sanders and every other prominent Democrat.

Yeah, I was accused of “whataboutism” for noting this earlier. But “whataboutism” is just a deflection-word for when Democrats’ dishonesty is pointed out. If you’re going to stand up for “decency” and “principles” then you need to have some of both.

UPDATE: A friend writes:

Flipside of whataboutism:

When you endorse one group’s mob violence, you’ve endorsed all mob violence. Which means the Dems pretty much own what happened on Capitol Hill.

Well, I saw a purported libertarian on Facebook trying to argue that Black Lives Matter’s violence was okay but invading the Capitol was not because reasons, but it wasn’t very persuasive.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Capitol Police face heat following mob breach.

The disturbing breach of security at the U.S. Capitol is raising serious questions about the safety of lawmakers and staff who work there, and drawing criticism toward the security services who are meant to keep them safe.

Images of a mob scaling walls, breaking down fences, and storming the seat of the country’s Democracy have led to criticism that the Capitol Police should have been better prepared for the possible assault.

“What the hell was law enforcement on Capitol Hill thinking by not having secured the Capitol today?” former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta asked on CNBC, calling it one of his great disappointments.

Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), asked Wednesday evening by MSNBC’s Joy Reid if Capitol Police made her feel safe, answered “I did until today.”

Bush tweeted in December that her goal was to “defund the police:”

As with the “Riots for thee, but not for me” leftists who cheered on the destruction in Minneapolis and Seattle until their own condos and Starbucks were trashed, Bush just got a first-hand look at the anarchy that happens when police are indeed defunded.

BRYAN PRESTON: Every City Needs a New York Post. 

The other day I was researching for a piece or a show, haven’t decided which, about how the Democrats at the local level and now reaching all the way up, are abdicating the basics of governance. They literally no longer care about public safety, keeping the streets clean and free of garbage, or really any Government 101 duties. They just answer to radical activists and pretend their local homeowners and business leaders don’t exist. I went looking for the latest on New York City’s garbage collection issues. Mayor Bill de Blasio hasn’t just defunded the police and politicized the entire city government. He’s turned the streets over to the largest piles of garbage and the rats that live in them. This has been going on for a couple of years. He’d rather mouth off and run for president than do his actual job.

I ended up finding useful information in one place: the New York Post. Not the Times, the alleged paper of record. It’s too busy trying to destroy the nation to report on the destruction of its own city. Not the NY Daily News. Its local coverage is better than the Times but it’s still too often a mouthpiece for the Democrats.

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If I had a billion dollars or two and wanted to make a difference at the local level, I’d spin up versions of the Post in Austin, Portland, Seattle, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, everywhere the captured papers bury serious stories and stifle discussion and debate. Outlets like this one need local reporters who know their cities and will honestly report on them and the consequences that flow from the policies that those who run these cities foist on them.

More importantly, the citizens of these imperiled and increasingly dangerous cities need them too.

As Kyle Smith wrote when veteran Post reporter Steve Dunleavy passed away in 2019 at age 81, “Then as now, you had to read The Post to figure out what was really going on in the city because the Times was slightly grossed out by how sordid it all was and tended to look the other way when things got ‘too tabloidy,’ meaning ‘too interesting.’ You could always go to the Times for a 3,000-word piece on ‘Whither the UN?’ But tabloid guys like Steve served up what was really happening in these parts, at 160 proof.”

H.L. Mencken wrote in the early 1940s that “it is the prime function of a really first-rate newspaper to serve as a sort of permanent opposition in politics.” That line has been quoted by both the New York Times and the Washington Post, but curiously, Mencken’s advice goes unheeded by most newspapers once there is someone with a (D) after his name in the White House, the governor’s, or mayor’s mansion.

GREAT MOMENTS IN COGNITIVE DISSONANCE: Liberals Flip Out and Get Owned When They Attack Gohmert Over Electoral Case, Antifa/BLM Comments.

[Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)] is now appealing to the Fifth Circuit.

But Gohmert also made a comment that set off some on the left. He said that basically the court was saying they had no remedy and that ‘You have to go to the streets and be as violent as Antifa or BLM.”

Some on the left immediately tagged that as Gohmert calling for violence and riots.

They want to go after Gohmert for being concerned the court is leaving people without a remedy. But then they can’t do that without intrinsically admitting that their whole posture on Antifa and the BLM has been a lie for months. They know that Antifa/BLM has been violent for months. Many on the left simply refused to acknowledge it because they agreed with them.

Flashbacks:

Joe Biden falsely claims Antifa is simply ‘an idea.’

Joe Biden Refuses to Condemn Antifa and BLM for Attacking Trump Supporters.

Insanity Wrap #79: How Many Kids Can Antifa Threaten to Rape and Murder Before CNN Notices?

Kayleigh McEnany Upbraids Media for Obsessing About ‘White Supremacy’ While Ignoring Antifa.

Democrats, Media Desperately Try to Pin Antifa/BLM Riots on Trump.

Portland Antifa Mayor Candidate Can’t Bring Herself to Condemn ‘Attempted Murder’ in Violent Riots.

The WaPo romanticizes violent Antifa anarchists.

Sen. Hirono Walks Out of Hearing After Refusing to Denounce or Criticize Antifa.

Democrats Continue Whitewashing Antifa Rioters As ‘Peaceful Protesters.’

During the Biden years, the DNC-MSM might pay more lip service to denouncing Antifa, but given their longevity in Portland and Seattle, I doubt they’ll do anything serious to disband them. (And if they did, presumably they would simply morph into a new form given the very long history of leftists using domestic terrorists as their shock troops.)

WELL, THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT YOU TO THINK. Conspiracy theories: a great American tradition.

Americans love to believe completely nutty things, just as long as they require the implicit premise that political enemies are corrupt and evil, and preferably pedophiles as well. This is not some horrid innovation inflicted on America by the Tangerine Tyrant. It’s a constant. In most cases, Americans don’t even believe the conspiracies they nominally endorse. Thinking that Hugo Chavez bribed the governor of Georgia or that Bill Clinton murdered Vince Foster is a form of stylized political self-expression more than it’s a theory anyone would be their life on being true.

But NPR’s own reporting on Wednesday demonstrates another reason so many Americans like to believe conspiracy theories: Because they’ve grown used to nominal authorities being untrustworthy. NPR’s leading example of ‘misinformation’ that American’s have come to believe in 2020 is that ‘the majority of protests that occurred this summer were violent’.

Well, Cockburn wonders, how might they have come to believe that? Could have been that there was rioting and looting in Minneapolis, St Paul, Chicago, Washington, New York, Dallas, Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Bakersfield, Boston, Columbus, Portland, Seattle, Des Moines, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Louisville, Kenosha, Phoenix, San Jose, Sacramento, and even Green Bay? Could it have been CNN attempting sleights of hand about  ‘fiery but mostly peaceful’ protests? Could it have been highly-paid New York Times reporters blatantly cheering on violence?

Nope, NPR is sweeping all that aside, and calling Americans conspiracy-obsessed dodderheads for not buying into the press’s preferred statistical distortions. Behind the belief that violent riots were violent, the next bit of ‘misinformation’ NPR singles out is believing the coronavirus came from a lab in China. Is that true? Probably not. But nobody actually knows where the virus is from, and China has actively suppressed investigation of the matter from the very beginning.

NPR isn’t fighting misinformation; it is labeling a party line as objective truth and dismissing everything outside as misinformation or a conspiracy theory. Cockburn has a daring prediction to make: the more the press resembles ideological propaganda, the more ordinary people will simply decide to believe whatever they want.

Of course, Americans have believed in various conspiracy theories since the nation’s founding in 1619 (to borrow from a recent big media conspiracy theory), I mean 1776. As the late Tom Wolfe told an interviewer once about the Kennedy assassination:

I’ll never forget working on the [New York] Herald Tribune the afternoon of John Kennedy’s death. I was sent out along with a lot of other people to do man-on-the-street reactions. I started talking to some men who were just hanging out, who turned out to be Italian, and they already had it figured out that Kennedy had been killed by the Tongs, and then I realized that they were feeling hostile to the Chinese because the Chinese had begun to bust out of Chinatown and move into Little Italy. And the Chinese thought the mafia had done it, and the Ukrainians thought the Puerto Ricans had done it. And the Puerto Ricans thought the Jews had done it. Everybody had picked out a scapegoat. I came back to the Herald Tribune and I typed up my stuff and turned it in to the rewrite desk. Late in the day they assigned me to do the rewrite of the man-on-the-street story. So I looked through this pile of material, and mine was missing. I figured there was some kind of mistake. I had my notes, so I typed it back into the story. The next day I picked up the Herald Tribune and it was gone, all my material was gone. In fact there’s nothing in there except little old ladies collapsing in front of St. Patrick’s. Then I realized that, without anybody establishing a policy, one and all had decided that this was the proper moral tone for the president’s assassination. It was to be grief, horror, confusion, shock and sadness, but it was not supposed to be the occasion for any petty bickering. The press assumed the moral tone of a Victorian gentleman.

After indulging in every conspiracy theory they could imagine during the Trump era, the Victorian gentleman will be returning in about three weeks time, to form the palace guard of His Fraudulency, a fossilized man seeming to date from the Victorian era.

NOT THE BABYLON BEE: Trans Antifa arrested over Seattle police station firebombing.

2020: A CANCEL CULTURE ODYSSEY. Even Homer Gets Mobbed. A Massachusetts school has banned The Odyssey.

The subtle complexities of literature are being reduced to the crude clanking of “intersectional” power struggles. Thus Seattle English teacher Evin Shinn tweeted in 2018 that he’d “rather die” than teach “The Scarlet Letter,” unless Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel is used to “fight against misogyny and slut-shaming.”

Outsiders got a glimpse of the intensity of the #DisruptTexts campaign recently when self-described “antiracist teacher” Lorena Germán complained that many classics were written more than 70 years ago: “Think of US society before then & the values that shaped this nation afterwards. THAT is what is in those books.”

Jessica Cluess, an author of young-adult fiction, shot back: “If you think Hawthorne was on the side of the judgmental Puritans . . . then you are an absolute idiot and should not have the title of educator in your twitter bio.”

An online horde descended, accused Ms. Cluess of racism and “violence,” and demanded that Penguin Random House cancel her contract. The publisher hasn’t complied, perhaps because Ms. Cluess tweeted a ritual self-denunciation: “I take full responsibility for my unprovoked anger toward Lorena Germán. . . . I am committed to learning more about Ms. Germán’s important work with #DisruptTexts. . . . I will strive to do better.” That didn’t stop Ms. Cluess’s literary agent, Brooks Sherman, from denouncing her “racist and unacceptable” opinions and terminating their professional relationship.

The demands for censorship appear to be getting results. “Be like Odysseus and embrace the long haul to liberation (and then take the Odyssey out of your curriculum because it’s trash),” tweeted Shea Martin in June. “Hahaha,” replied Heather Levine, an English teacher at Lawrence (Mass.) High School. “Very proud to say we got the Odyssey removed from the curriculum this year!” When I contacted Ms. Levine to confirm this, she replied that she found the inquiry “invasive.” The English Department chairman of Lawrence Public Schools, Richard Gorham, didn’t respond to emails.

C.S. Lewis, call your office:

Lewis coined the term “chronological snobbery.” It is defined as the belief that “the thinking, art, or science of an earlier time is inherently inferior to that of the present, simply by virtue of its temporal priority or the belief that since civilization has advanced in certain areas, people of earlier time periods were less intelligent.” If we add, “and therefore wrong and also racist” to this definition, we would have a perfect definition of today’s SJWs.

Historian Larry Taunton defines it as “imposing the mores of our own time on those who lived in another.”

And Ray Bradbury, too. As Bradbury wrote in the introduction to the 50th anniversary edition of Fahrenheit 451, “There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running around with lit matches.”

K-12 IMPLOSION UPDATE: Teaching Hate in the Seattle School District.

The trainers acknowledge that this language might meet resistance from white teachers. They explain that any negative emotional reaction to being denounced for “whiteness” is an automatic response from the white teachers’ “lizard-brain,” which makes them “afraid that [they] will have to talk about sensitive issues such as race, racism, classism, sexism, or any kind of ‘ism.’” The trainers insist that the teachers “must commit to the journey,” regardless of their emotional or intellectual hesitations.

In the most disturbing portion of the session, the teachers discussed “spirit murder,” which, according to Bettina Love, is the concept that American schools “murder the souls of Black children every day through systemic, institutionalized, anti-Black, state-sanctioned violence.” Love, who originated the concept, declares that the education system is “invested in murdering the souls of Black children,” even in the most ostensibly progressive institutions.

The goal of these inflammatory “racial equity” programs is to transform Seattle schools into activist organizations. At the conclusion of the training, teachers must explain how they will practice “anti-racist pedagogy,” address the “current social justice movements taking place,” and become “anti-racist outside the classroom.” They are told to divide the world into “enemies, allies, and accomplices,” and work toward the “abolition” of whiteness. They must, in other words, abandon the illusion of neutral teaching standards and get in the trenches of race-based activism.

Unfortunately, this indoctrination is not an aberration—it reflects deep ideological currents within Seattle Public Schools. In recent years, the district has expanded its Department of Racial Equity Advancement and deployed “racial equity teams” in dozens of neighborhood schools. The stated goal is to “advance educational racial equity,” but in practice, these programs often serve to introduce, perpetuate, and enforce a specific ideological agenda.

Read the whole thing.

THE EXODUS IS HERE: How Going Soft On Drugs And Crime Has Turned Seattle Into Another American Wasteland.

JIM TREACHER: Seattle Councilwoman Calls Cops She Wants to Defund.

Whenever I see somebody condoning or actually cheering on rioting and other crime, I ask for their home address. Not because I want an answer — I’m not a doxer — but because I want them to think about what they’re saying. It’s easy to cheer on “uprisings” and “mostly peaceful protests” when it doesn’t affect you personally. It’s easy to shrug when people are watching their businesses and lives go up in smoke, because you don’t know those people. They’re just abstractions. Too bad about their misery, but at least you’re still okay, right?

Until violent crime comes to your doorstep. Then what do you do? You call the cops, of course. The same guys you want to defund. The same guys you’ve spent your whole life demonizing. And they’ll show up to do the job you didn’t want them to do, right up until the minute you needed help.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: The only thing worse than cops is no cops. I know firsthand what it’s like to deal with bad cops (GFY, DC Police!), and I’m absolutely in favor of police reform. But abolishing the police isn’t the answer. Bad cops suck, but not as much as a complete breakdown of civil society. The only people who don’t realize that yet are the ones whose living room windows haven’t been smashed in.

And it gets better! Seattle politician who defunded the police called 911 to protect her from a crime she wants to legalize.

All the best socialists assured me earlier this year that dialing 911 was the height of white privilege.

ONE YEAR AGO: Surveillance footage outside Jeffrey Epstein’s cell during suicide attempt is missing.

Related: Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide still looms over the federal Bureau of Prisons 1 year later. “‘We will get to the bottom of it, and there will be accountability,’ Attorney General William Barr said just days after the suicide.”

So how did that work out? Anybody lose their job?

Plus: “One federal source said there has been no movement on the internal investigation looking at BOP’s shortfalls with Epstein’s death and none on the investigation into the 2018 death of Whitey Bulger, the legendary leader of the Boston-based Winter Hill Gang. Bulger was beaten to death at United States Penitentiary Hazelton in West Virginia.”

HERE WE GO AGAIN: CHAZ Part 2? Antifa Seizes Abandoned House, Sets Up New Autonomous Zone in Seattle.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Another Hypocrite #DefundThePolice Supporter, Another 911 Call to the Police.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What do you call someone who votes to #DefundThePolice but then dials 911 to report a crime that they want to legalize?

Answer: You call her Lisa Herbold, and of course she has a seat on the Seattle City Council.

Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.

  • Steve Schmidt, practicing Democrat, is more wrong than you’ll ever know
  • Now it’s disgraced former congresscritter Katie Hill demanding “you f-kers” show more unity
  • Paris government hires too many women, gets fined

Bonus sanity: Governor DeSantis promises no more restaurant shutdowns.

And so much more at the link, you’d have to be crazy to miss it.

GOODER AND HARDER: Why Seattle’s Proposed ‘Poverty Excuse’ for Crimes Would Destroy the City’s Economy.

OUR BETTERS MAKE LAWS: “Welcome to Seattle, where a dislike of being robbed, or seeing others being robbed, is disdained as ‘anti-poverty bias.’”

JOANNE JACOBS: It’s relevant, but is it really math?

A new book with equity-based lessons for high school math teachers has become a bestseller.

Some districts are looking at teaching math through a “social-justice lens,” writes Gewertz. “The Seattle school district developed a framework last year that weaves questions of power and oppression into math instruction, along with explorations of ethnic identity, but it hasn’t been adopted.”

2 + 2 = whatever the Party requires it to.

THE SUMMER OF LOVE HAS BECOME A DARK WINTER: “Things are a little frosty for Seattle’s ‘summer of love’ Mayor Jenny Durkan. The former U.S. attorney-turned mayor appears to be all CHAZ’d out and announced she won’t run for re-election in 2021.”

THE NEW UNTOUCHABLES:  Seattle contemplates exempting any citizen who suffers from poverty, homelessness, addiction, or mental illness from prosecution for so-called “crimes of poverty.”

WHY IS THE LEFT SUCH A CESSPIT OF VIOLENCE? Two Leftist Women Arrested On Charges Of Terrorist Attack on a Railroad.

Seattle – Two people arrested on the BNSF Railway tracks near Bellingham, Whatcom County, were charged with terrorist attack and other violence against a railroad carrier, and appeared in federal court today, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. Samantha Brooks, 27, and Ellen Reiche, 23, both of Bellingham, Washington, were arrested Saturday night in Bellingham as they allegedly placed a ‘shunt’ on the tracks. A shunt disrupts the low level electrical current on the tracks and can disable various safety features.

“Since January there have been 41 incidents of shunts placed on the BNSF tracks in Whatcom and Skagit counties—causing crossing guards to malfunction, interfering with automatic breaking systems, and, in one case, causing the near-derailment of tanks of hazardous chemicals,” said U.S. Attorney Moran. “These crimes endanger our community. I commend the agents from Customs and Border Protection, FBI, BNSF Police, and state and local partners who prioritized stopping this criminal conduct.”

I find all of the above quite shocking, considering that all the best people told me that Seattle was enjoying Mayor Durkan’s Summer of Love this year.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Delirious Robert De Niro Keeps Mistaking Himself for One of His Tough-Guy Roles.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: When is an actor who played a bunch of tough guys actually a tough guy?

Answer: When he’s leaving deranged and abusive voicemails to his ex-assistant, or yelling at his driver for getting lost, we suppose. And that’s about it.

Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.

  • Crybullies go after Jordan Peterson (again).
  • Seattle pulls the trigger and actually defunds the police.
  • Please pass the gravy and the lecture on transgenderism.

And so much more at the link, you’d have to be crazy to miss it.

UNEXPECTEDLY, CRIME IS SOARING: “Burn It Down.” In Seattle, the movement to “abolish the police, prisons, and courts” is not simply the dream of marginalized radicals; it has also been adopted at the highest levels of municipal government. “Burn it down” has evolved from a street slogan into a political platform.

FINGERS CROSSED: Immunity to the coronavirus may last years, new research suggests. Akiko Iwasaki, an immunologist at Yale University, said she was not surprised that the body mounts a long-lasting response because ‘that’s what is supposed to happen.’ Still, she was heartened by the research: ‘This is exciting news’.”

WASHINGTON STATE ISSUES SWEEPING RESTRICTIONS TO COMBAT CORONAVIRUS SURGE:

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) on Sunday announced broad new restrictions that will affect restaurants, theaters, gyms and indoor gatherings.

The new restrictions will last for at least four weeks. Restaurants will be allowed to operate only outdoor service, and parties will be limited to five or fewer people. Gyms, theaters and museums will be shut down, The Seattle Times reported.

Gatherings with people outside a single household will be prohibited unless those involved have quarantined for a week and tested negative for the coronavirus. Religious services and offices will be allowed to remain open, though they must operate at 25 percent capacity. If possible, workplaces should mandate that employees work from home.

Schools and courts will not be affected, though the newspaper noted that they are already operating remotely for the most part. The new guidelines do not apply to child care, and construction and manufacturing will be allowed to continue operating.

CTL-F “Protest” brings up zero results, but this headline from July likely answers the question: Gov. Inslee: ‘Evidence is pretty strong’ protests haven’t increased spread of COVID-19.

STACY MCCAIN: Cop Shoots White Guy Named ‘Kevin.’

Notice that Kevin had tattoos on his neck? Always a bad sign. Tattoos are a prerequisite for membership in the White Trash Criminals Club.

Not all people with tattoos are felons, but all felons have tattoos, and getting tattoos on your neck or face? Yep — might as well get the words “violating probation” tattooed on your forehead. It’s part of a behavioral pattern, as I say, and you will probably not be surprised to learn that after the cops carted Kevin Smallman’s corpse off to the morgue, they found meth and drug paraphernalia in the stolen car. The criminal’s widow, Krystal Ehrlich was charged with possession: “Court records show Ehrlich is homeless, and is currently on probation. She also has prior convictions for DUI, burglary, trafficking, narcotics possession, and drug paraphernalia possession.” Real classy people.

There were no protests over the police shooting of Kevin Smallman. No celebrities paid attention to this incident. Smallman got no coverage on CNN. Nobody cares when cops shoot a white criminal. There is no “social justice” angle, no political advantage to be gained, and so the death of Kevin Smallman was just a local news story.

Oh, and if Joe Biden is elected president? “Black Lives Matter” will disappear from the headlines. The only purpose of calling national attention to the deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Jacob Blake, etc., was to “energize” black voters for Democrats in an election year, to dramatize the “systemic racism” issue to help Joe Biden. And once he takes office, everything will go back to business as usual for the media.

I’m not sure about that — the SJW left has far too much invested (both literally and figuratively) in that worldview to be deprogrammed, and given Biden’s weak victory — if he actually does win — little invested in him. Ferguson and the “space to destroy” Baltimore riots happened during Obama’s watch, plenty of Obama retreads will no doubt become Biden’s staffers, and the DNC-MSM are always happy for spectacular night footage of cities burning down — as long as their own condos aren’t impacted.

QUESTION ASKED: Will America succumb to safetyism?

Some parts of it are already way ahead of the curve: Seattle students and workers given a ‘flex day’ to be sad if Trump wins.

I THINK IT WAS ALSO A FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION: Judge: Seattle’s Aid To Protest Zone Might Have Been a Taking.

Ordinarily you can’t sue the government for failing to protect you from private criminal actors. But a federal judge has allowed a suit to go forward filed by business owners against the city of Seattle over injuries done by far‐​left activists who seized 16 blocks this June and proclaimed a weeks‐​long “autonomous zone” (CHOP or CHAZ).

Law professor Ilya Somin writes that he initially approached the case with skepticism, but was surprised to find it stronger than expected. The reason: the plaintiffs argue that the city did not merely stand by passively, but assisted the occupiers by letting them use city property such as street barriers which hindered the plaintiffs from enjoying free access to their businesses and homes. Because the city government had taken many affirmative steps to assist the occupation, as contrasted with omissions, the episode could be interpreted as a temporary taking of property for which compensation is due. (The judge also allowed two due process claims to proceed.)

Good. Plus: “If the plaintiffs’ account of events is largely accurate, it reveals terrible behavior by city officials (as well as by the CHOP activists). That is deeply troubling even if the city cannot be held legally liable under the Takings Clause.”

SEGREGATION NOW, SEGREGATION TOMORROW, SEGREGATION FOREVER! The New Segregation: In the name of social justice, Seattle government agencies conduct employee training sessions separated by race.

DISPATCHES FROM PORTLANDIA: Seattle LGBTQ Commission wants their lesbian mayor to resign.

STANDING UP TO STAND DOWNS: Me in the Washington Examiner: The Second Amendment is as necessary today as it has ever been. “In 2020, riots and looting broke out across the US. In cities from Seattle to New York, police were ordered to stand down. The lesson: You can’t rely on the police to protect your life and property from criminal aggression, writes @ProfDBernstein.” And read the academic article the op-ed is based on.
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ILYA SOMIN ON the Seattle “CHOP” Takings Case. “As I see it, the key question here is whether the City’s actions were closely enough connected to the CHOP activists’ violations of the owners’ property rights to be considered as assistance “sufficiently direct and substantial” enough to qualify as a taking. Given the scale of the city’s alleged assistance to the private occupiers, I tentatively think the answer is yes. The city authorities apparently provided extensive aid to the CHOP activists both by giving the material assistance, and by allowing them to use city property. And it was foreseeable they would use these resources to violate local landowners’ property rights.”

XI’S GOTTA HAVE IT: Meet your (Chinese) Facebook censors.

China is one of the most censorious societies on Earth. So what better place for ­Facebook to recruit social media censors?

There are at least half a dozen “Chinese nationals who are working on censorship,” a former Facebook insider told me last week. “So at some point, they [Facebook bosses] thought, ‘Hey, we’re going to get them H-1B visas so they can do this work.’ ”

The insider shared an internal directory of the team that does much of this work. It’s called Hate-Speech Engineering (George Orwell, call your office), and most of its members are based at Facebook’s offices in Seattle. Many have Ph.D.s, and their work is extremely complex, involving machine learning — teaching “computers how to learn and act without being explicitly programmed,” as the techy website DeepAI.org puts it.

When it comes to censorship on social media, that means “teaching” the Facebook code so certain content ends up at the top of your newsfeed, a feat that earns the firm’s software wizards discretionary bonuses, per the ex-insider. It also means making sure other content “shows up dead-last.”

Like, say, a New York Post report on the Biden dynasty’s dealings with Chinese companies.

And this: Facebook Stings Babylon Bee:

During the Amy Coney Barrett hearings, The Babylon Bee, an Onion-like humor site for conservatives, published a story that starts like this:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After two days of Amy Coney Barrett gracefully and stoically answering questions with perfect recall and no notes, suspicions grew on Capitol Hill that she might be a practitioner of the dark arts.

“Oh, she’s a witch alright, just look at her!” said Senator Hirono. “Just look at the way she’s dressed and how she’s so much prettier and smarter than us! She’s in league with Beelzebub himself, I just know it! We must burn her!”

Senator Hirono then pulled a live duck out of a massive burlap sack next to her and announced: “In addition to being a Senator, I am also quite wise in the ways of science. Everyone knows witches burn because they are made of wood. I think I read that somewhere. Wood floats, and so do ducks– so logically, if Amy Coney Barrett weighs as much as this duck I found in the reflection pool outside, she is a witch and must be burned.”

OK, it’s not that funny — but it is unmistakably a joke. It was not that funny because all of us have seen Monty Python and the Holy Grail eleventy-million times. Here’s the scene that the joke is lifted from:

There is a zero percent chance that Facebook’s censors don’t understand that this is a joke, and a zero percent chance that they really believe that repeating a gag from a universally beloved comedy film that’s nearly fifty years old incites violence.

What is it, then? It’s Facebook flexing its muscle to punish a comedy website that made fun of Democratic politicians.

Earlier: By Censoring The NY Post, Big Tech Is Begging For Big-Time Reform.

As Peggy Noonan wrote last year, “Overthrow the Prince of Facebook…Break them up. Break them in two, in three; regulate them. Declare them to be what they’ve so successfully become: once a pleasure, now a utility. It all depends on Congress, which has been too stupid to move in the past and is too stupid to move competently now. That’s what’s slowed those of us who want reform, knowing how badly they’d do it. Yet now I find myself thinking: I don’t care. Do it incompetently, but do something.”

Somebody should write a book about this stuff.

 

GOOD AND HARD: Will George Soros Determine Austin’s Next District Attorney? “In two weeks George Soros’ plan to turn Austin into another Seattle or San Francisco could take a big leap forward if Travis County residents are foolish enough to vote for Jose Garza for District Attorney.”

SEATTLE GOT WOKE, GOING BROKE IS THE NEXT LOGICAL STEP: Federal Judge Allows 21 Businesses to Sue Seattle Over Harms Caused by CHOP.

SEATTLE GETS WOKE, GOES BROKE: Boeing to Move All 787 Dreamliner Production to South Carolina. “Consolidating Dreamliner production in South Carolina would mark another step in the shift of the U.S. aerospace industry to southern states from the West Coast. Companies have already shed thousands of jobs in California while states including the Carolinas, Florida and Alabama have attracted aerospace businesses with less-clogged infrastructure and cheaper, nonunionized labor, including an Airbus SE assembly plant in Mobile, Ala.”

Also, no riots or commie legislators.

WHEN “SOCIAL JUSTICE” IS PRIVILEGED WHITE PEOPLE DESTROYING BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS: The Truth About Today’s Anarchists: “Insurrectionary anarchists” have been protesting for racial justice all summer. Some Black leaders wish they would go home.

On the last Sunday in May, Jeremy Lee Quinn, a furloughed photographer in Santa Monica, Calif., was snapping photos of suburban moms kneeling at a Black Lives Matter protest when a friend alerted him to a more dramatic subject: looting at a shoe store about a mile away.

He arrived to find young people pouring out of the store, shoeboxes under their arms. But there was something odd about the scene. A group of men, dressed entirely in black, milled around nearby, like supervisors. One wore a creepy rubber Halloween mask.

The next day, Mr. Quinn took pictures of another store being looted. Again, he noticed something strange. A white man, clad in black, had broken the window with a crowbar, but walked away without taking a thing.

Mr. Quinn began studying footage of looting from around the country and saw the same black outfits and, in some cases, the same masks. He decided to go to a protest dressed like that himself, to figure out what was really going on. He expected to find white supremacists who wanted to help re-elect President Trump by stoking fear of Black people. What he discovered instead were true believers in “insurrectionary anarchism.” . . .

Mr. Quinn discovered a thorny truth about the mayhem that unfolded in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis. It wasn’t mayhem at all.

While talking heads on television routinely described it as a spontaneous eruption of anger at racial injustice, it was strategically planned, facilitated and advertised on social media by anarchists who believed that their actions advanced the cause of racial justice. In some cities, they were a fringe element, quickly expelled by peaceful organizers. But in Washington, Portland and Seattle they have attracted a “cultlike energy,” Mr. Quinn told me.

Don’t take just Mr. Quinn’s word for it. Take the word of the anarchists themselves, who lay out the strategy in Crimethinc, an anarchist publication: Black-clad figures break windows, set fires, vandalize police cars, then melt back into the crowd of peaceful protesters. When the police respond by brutalizing innocent demonstrators with tear gas, rubber bullets and rough arrests, the public’s disdain for law enforcement grows. It’s Asymmetric Warfare 101.

In other words, their goal is to get black people shot by police. For the greater good, of course. Or at least to imbue their own, generally sorry, lives with a spurious sense of importance.

GOOD AND HARD: Seattle City Council Overrides Mayor’s Veto, Begins to Defund the Police.

THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR’S REPORTING ON BLACK LIVES MATTER HASN’T BEEN UP TO ITS USUAL STANDARDS, AND THIS STORY IS ANOTHER EXAMPLE: Armed protesters in America create stress test for police. Take this bit:

For instance, police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, gave armed white teenager Kyle Rittenhouse a water bottle and chatted amiably with him before he allegedly killed two people and injured a third during a night of protests. Days later Kenosha police arrested at gunpoint at a gas station a crew of Seattle cooks, known as the Riot Kitchen, who said they traveled to the city to feed protesters. Officers believed the cooks’ jerry cans might be bombs.

Earlier this month, police in Olympia, Washington, shot and killed a left-wing extremist, Michael Forest Reinoehl. Mr. Reinoehl was wanted by Oregon authorities on suspicion of targeting and killing a right-wing Patriot Prayer counter-protester in Portland.

Okay, Rittenhouse hadn’t shot anybody, and was acting legally and expressing support for the police. They were friendly to him. Reinoehl killed someone in cold blood. The Riot Kitchen people said they were just there to feed people, and I suppose some journalists believe that. Frankly, the whole thing reads like it was inspired by a SPLC press briefing. Disappointing.

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Explosive Report on Biden Family Corruption Syndicate.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: What does Hunter Biden do for a living?

Answer: Seriously, we read all the reports and we still can’t tell what he does, aside from bend his father’s ear.

Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.

  • Seattle voters get what they asked for, good and hard.
  • Meet the Psycho Rage Girls.
  • Bill Clinton’s grisly dinner date.

And so much more at the link, you’d have to be crazy to miss it.

JIM TREACHER: DOJ Declares NYC, Seattle, and Portland ‘Anarchist Jurisdictions.’

New York, New York, a hell of a town
The Bronx is up, but the Battery’s down
Antifa burns corner stores to the ground
New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!
 

With a kickoff like that, read the whole thing.

OLD AND BUSTED: “Anarchy in the UK.”

The New Hotness? Anarchy in the USA: DOJ Identifies Anarchist States Inside America.

The Department of Justice has officially identified New York City, Portland and Seattle as cities where violence and destruction of property is being allowed or enabled by local officials.

“The U.S. Department of Justice today identified the following three jurisdictions that have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities: New York City; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle, Washington. The Department of Justice is continuing to work to identify jurisdictions that meet the criteria set out in the President’s Memorandum and will periodically update the list of selected jurisdictions as required therein,” DOJ released in a statement Monday morning. “The list was published on DOJ’s website today in response to President Trump’s memorandum of September 2, 2020, entitled ‘Memorandum on Reviewing Funding to State and Local Government Recipients That Are Permitting Anarchy, Violence, and Destruction in American Cities.'”

Or to illustrate this post visually:

I’m not sure it’s fair to include Portland on the above list of anarchistic cities, when its mayor is micromanaging the truly big issues of the day:

COMMIES GOT TO COMMIE. THERE’S A REASON WE USED TO LIKEN THEM TO ZOMBIES:  Since the BLM autonomous zone was such a raging success in Seattle, BLM has decided to set one up in Minneapolis.

WILFUL FAILURE TO MAINTAIN ORDER IS A CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S BASED ON RACE: Attorney General William P. Barr was also said to have asked prosecutors to explore whether to bring charges against the mayor of Seattle for allowing a police-free protest zone. Love how the NYT characterizes this lawless and violent area: “police-free protest zone.” Its own reporting showed that things were much worse than that.

BTW, InstaPundit was encouraging pointing out the civil rights violation back in August, though I was encouraging civil suits under 42 U.S.C. 1985. But a criminal prosecution under 18 U.S.C. 241 is also possible.

CHANGE: Stripe Workers Who Relocate Get $20,000 Bonus and a Pay Cut. “Stripe Inc. plans to make a one-time payment of $20,000 to employees who opt to move out of San Francisco, New York or Seattle, but also cut their base salary by as much as 10%, according to a person familiar with the matter.”

Moving from one of those cities to almost anywhere else, a 10% paycut will amount to a hefty payraise.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS:

Shot: Straight Outta Marxism: BLM Protesters Take Over Grocery Store to Protest Lack of ‘Access’ to Grocery Stores: “Black Lives Matter activists occupied a Trader Joe’s in Seattle this week, claiming to be protesting lack of access to grocery stores and explaining to patrons how capitalism exploits the working class.’” 

—Bryan Preston, PJ Media, today.

Chaser: Black People in Portland Said No to a Trader Joe’s to Keep White People from Moving In. “A black community organization in Portland successfully kept a Trader Joe’s from being built in the predominantly African American northeast area of the city. They claimed that the grocery chain would attract ‘non-oppressed’ individuals.”

Vice.com, February 14, 2014.

GIVEN SEATTLE’S CONSCIOUS DECISION TO TURN ITSELF INTO A SHITHOLE, WHO CAN BLAME THEM? Amazon takes another major step to abandon Seattle. “The news doesn’t come as a shock. The Seattle City Council renewed their effort to target Amazon for onerous, vindictive, and a jobs-punishing payroll tax. They passed Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda’s dubiously titled ‘JumpStart Seattle’ legislation. Mosqueda, a future mayoral hopeful, promised her tax would help jump start the local economy. But it’s doing the opposite. Businesses large and small warned the council of this move. But Mosqueda and the council ignored the pleas of businesses, most of which were already hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. And where socialist Kshama Sawant has failed, Mosqueda may succeed: running Amazon out of town. While it may delight her base of fringe progressives and socialists, if you don’t have Amazon to tax, it’s unclear where this out-of-control council will find the funds for their ideologically-driven programs.”

In a just society, they’d wind up hanging from lampposts, but in our society they’ll probably get cushy jobs with left-wing nonprofits.

WHY CAN’T DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES HANDLE A STRONG BLACK WOMAN AS POLICE CHIEF? Dallas Police Chief Resigns After City Council Criticized Her Handling of Protests. First Seattle, now this. What kind of signal does this send to the young black women of America?

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Democrats Keep Letting BLM Rage Mob Ruin Police Careers. “The anti-police sentiment in cities run by Democrats is getting worse by the day. Those of us who write about this stuff all the time have been speculating for months about how many law enforcement officers would be leaving the profession altogether because of this crap. As we saw in Seattle, cops are getting abandoned and thrown under the bus by progressive loon politicians who would rather side with rioters than law enforcement.”

SEEN ON FACEBOOK: “In 57 days, ask yourself do I really want the country run by the same party that runs NYC, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland & Chicago?”

SEATTLE CLOSES PARK TO PREVENT OUTDOOR WORSHIP SERVICE: This notice sounds innocuous enough, just a legitimate public health measure. The reality is officials closed the park because it was the planned site for a worship time organized by a group of local churches, assisted by Sean Feucht. Feucht’s ministry organization has organized 19 services in 19 cities during July and August.

“This is the height of hypocrisy for the City of Seattle to turn a blind eye to riots, looting, and AntiFa, while refusing to let Christians gather in a public park to sing and worship,” Feucht said in a statement in response to the closure notice. “First the government shuts down churches. Now it’s shutting down parks to stop us from worshipping.  Time to stand up church!”

 

 

THE RIOTS AND “THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE:”

Right now, the “we” is the left (books, the press, the education system, the Democratic Party), and the force that’s been called forth is the Antifa BLM mob. Elected politicians such as a mayor like Ted Wheeler of Portland or Jenny Durkan of Seattle have already glimpsed the army of broomsticks coming towards them to trample them. But this is no cartoon.

In Iran in 1979, the left played footsie with the Ayatollahs, thinking it could use them and that the left would win in the end. History tells us they were wrong. Right now in the US it’s left vs. left – the political, elected left (and the “useful idiot” liberals) versus the more anarchist/nihilist/sociopathic left such as Antifa. The first group is Mickey Mouse (in more ways than one) and the second group the broomsticks.

And the elected left may find that the spirits it has summoned cannot be banished.

As Jonah Goldberg wrote in 2005, “Liberals are geniuses at unleashing social panics because A) it never occurs to them that their motives are anything but pure and B) because they are almost exclusively focused on short term tactics. And yet they are invariably shocked when these moral frenzies come back to bite them. McCarthyism was a direct consequence of both the Red Scare and the Brown Scare. And when the tactics they mastered were turned on them, they acted as if they came from nowhere.”

VODKAPUNDIT PRESENTS YOUR DAILY INSANITY WRAP: Seattle Burns, Biden Spurns.

Insanity Wrap needs to know: When is cowardice the better part of valor?

Answer: When it involves a Democratic presidential nominee, silly.

Before we get to the sordid details, a quick preview of today’s Wrap.

Seattle’s peaceful protestors peacefully attempt to burn cops to death.

Matt Yglesias is still the world’s worst and most desperate gaslighter.

Mr. Trump Goes to Kenosha (but Mr. Biden won’t).

And so much more at the link, you’d have to be crazy to miss it.

I THINK THAT WILFULLY REFUSING TO CONTROL DISORDER IS A CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION — ESPECIALLY WHEN THAT REFUSAL IS BASED ON RACE, AS IT WAS HERE: Father of man killed inside Seattle’s CHOP zone files $3 billion in claims against city, county, state. It’s true that there’s no right of police protection on the part of any individual person, but a wholesale refusal to police — and again, based on racial considerations — is different. But here’s why this is likely to wind up in settlement, rather than at trial: “Oshan said that he and his client hopes that the discovery process will also uncover who was to blame.”

SEDITIOUS CONSPIRACY: Kenosha police find helmets, gas masks, more in out-of-state vehicles; arrest 9.

However, a group out of Seattle that was founded to provide free food to protesters and activists, RiotKitchen206, claims it was their members who were arrested and that they were in Kenosha only to serve meals to people at the demonstrations.

According to a statement posted on KPD’s Facebook page, the tipster told them the vehicles were in a remote lot near State Highway 50 and Green Bay Road. Officers soon found the vehicles – a black school bus, a bread truck, and a tan minivan – and, with the help of U.S. Marshals, staked out the position.

When the vehicles headed to a gas station on Washington Road and 30th Ave., law enforcement was close behind, the statement continued. The officers reported seeing people from the black bus try to fill multiple fuel cans. Seeing that and suspecting they were planning something illegal, the officers approached the vehicles and identified themselves. KPD reported that the suspects in the bus and bread truck all surrendered, while those in the minivan tried driving off.

According to KPD, officers were able to stop the minivan and force their way into it, arresting everyone in the vehicle. With all of the suspects in custody, officers searched the vehicles and discovered helmets, gas masks, protective vests, illegal fireworks, and suspected controlled substances, the statement noted.

Hmm.

KRISTI NOEM, FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT?

Noem refuses to play nice with the left, whose illogical and overlong shutdowns ravaged the economy and whose lack of police support led to nationwide lawlessness. Therefore she has earned scorn from the mainstream media. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow brought on Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan Wednesday night to insist Noem was ‘very wrong’ about Democratic cities being overrun with violence. The Daily Beast called her a ‘master of COVID delusion’. PBS referred to her speech as ‘dark’. This is good news. An actual conservative will never be beloved by the progressive punditocracy.

So why has Haley been getting all of the love? She is a safe and predictable choice for the establishment political class, of course. Remember, she and Hillary Clinton both admonished Trump for attempting to pull troops from Syria and ‘abandoning’ the Kurds. The politicos who were purged from the party under Trump and exiled to MSNBC and CNN contributor gigs would easily crawl their way back into a Haley administration. None of this is compatible with the ‘America First’ and populist agenda that has gained popularity GOP during Trump’s first term. If that trend is to continue, Noem should be vetted for the 2024 job well before Haley.

Glenn endorsed her in June: “KRISTI NOEM 2024: South Dakota National Guard quickly shuts down violence as governor calls for swift action against looters. Her pandemic handling was also excellent.”

CHARLES LIPSON: Playing with Fire. “The pushback is coming. It will be seen at the ballot box, the gun store, and the moving company. Citizens will vote for public safety and move to safer locations. If police won’t protect them, they will do it themselves. Even the NY Times has noticed. They report there simply aren’t enough moving vans to meet the demand from fed-up New Yorkers. In Manhattan, Minneapolis, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, and other cities, they see the quality of life crashing and burning outside their windows.”

If you want more violence, vote for the people who won’t condemn the “mostly peaceful” riots.

DISPATCHES FROM THE SUMMER OF LOVE: Seattle’s ‘Summer of Love’ Mayor Durkan Vetoes Police Budget Cuts. “On Friday Durkan vetoed the city council’s police budget cuts. But she says she still wants to cut their budget. Just, not by as much as city council wants to. And she wants to see a plan.”

CHARLES LIPSON: Joe Biden offers platitudes, not policies.

What was missing? Three important things. Biden made no mention of

What policies he would implement or how they differed from Trump’s; he simply offered vague picture of a happier, more prosperous future;

Riots and looting in major cities; he ignored them entirely; the closest he came was saying that, during his administration, America would finally rid itself of ‘systemic racism’; he included a sweet vignette of talking to George Floyd’s young daughter, who said her father had changed the world; but there was no mention of the chaos in Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, and other cities, which may have begun with Floyd’s killing but is now divorced from it;

Any international threats and challenges, or how he would deal with them differently from Trump, aside from saying he would not ‘cozy up to dictators’. He never mentioned Russia, Iran, North Korea, or terrorism. His one glancing mention of China was that his administration would not depend on them for medical supplies, a policy Trump is already pursuing.

The absence of any policy ideas was striking, especially because so many commentators expected them. The whole convention, they noted, had been devoted to attacking Trump, which left Biden was free to explain what he would do in office and how his policies would make the country better. He didn’t do that. He hardly tried. He simply promised everyone the Christmas presents they were wishing for — and then only in the vaguest terms.

To be completely fair, it was also badly delivered.

LEFTIST HYPOCRISY KNOWS NO BOUNDS:

Pittsburgh Dem Mayor: No, you can’t protest outside my house.

Black “Quiet Lives” Matter: No Protesting Allowed In Chicago Mayor’s Neighborhood.

And of course, they’re far from alone among elite leftists: Riots for thee, but not for me. “A funny thing happened on the way to the riots. Left-wing revolutionaries discovered ‘NIMBY!’ — Not In My Backyard.”

BEHOLD! MY OH SO SHOCKED FACE:  Coronavirus outbreak on Seattle fishing boat suggests antibodies may provide immunity.

BRYAN PRESTON: OK, Cancel Culture, Now Do the Wildly Racist Karl Marx.

Karl Marx was a white, straight man who was an exuberant, freewheeling, flaming racist.

Cancel him and his ideology. Fruit of the poison tree, as Cancel Culture argues.

There’s a statue of Lenin — who was also a Marxist — in riot-torn Seattle. Do your thing, Cancel Vultures.

The fact that his current followers will not cancel Marx for his virulent racism is a major tell, isn’t it?

Racism just may not be what they actually care about. Perhaps it’s just a means to an end.

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BRYAN PRESTON: Austin Defunded Its Police. Texas Steps Up to Defend Them. “Acevedo is merely previewing for Austin what’s already happening in Seattle, which has also defunded police and abandoned its first duty, public safety. The rioters didn’t go away there, but businesses are starting to. Austin has put itself on track to become Portland, where unchecked rioters beat up random citizens and attack police with impunity.”

AND HERE I AM, FRESH OUT OF UNEXPECTEDLYS: Seattle Defunded Police. Now Businesses Are Leaving, and Rioters Still Aim Explosives at Cops.

GOLDEN GOOSE RETHINKS EGG-HARVESTERS: Amazon downplays latest relocation rumors, but experts say COVID makes Seattle even less attractive. “Even less attractive” than the riots and the commie city council make it.

I’M SURE WHATEVER COPS ARE LEFT IN SEATTLE WILL RESPOND QUICKLY IF HIS BREWERY IS LOOTED: Seattle Beer Maker Puts Anti-Cop Hate-Slur on Can – and Let’s Just Say It’s Falling Flat.

GET WOKE, GO BROKE: Facing hostile, incompetent government, Amazon looks at moving employees out of Seattle.

MOLON LABE, MOTHERF*CKERS: Seattle BLM protesters to strangers: ‘Give up your house. Give black people back their homes.’

Also, thanks for recruiting Trump voters. Your outreach is appreciated.

GOOD LUCK WITH THAT NOW: Does Seattle deserve better than Carmen Best?

Last Monday night the council voted by a 7-1 margin to initiate their first series of cuts to the police budget, putting in motion the events that led directly to Chief Best’s departure 24 hours later. The lone holdout was 46-year-old, Indian-born city councilwoman Kshama Sawant, a socialist who believes that her adopted city is a ‘playground for the rich’ — rich who need to be punitively taxed. Among other public effusions, Sawant has called for the Seattle-based Amazon to be taken into public ownership, and once denounced tributes to the late Barbara Bush as ‘giving cover to the ruling class, and ultimately undermining struggles against oppression’.

Just to be clear: Councilwoman Sawant wasn’t voting against the first round of Seattle’s police cuts because she was concerned they might adversely affect morale, jeopardize public safety, and make it impossible for Chief Best to remain in her job. Just the opposite. She voted against them not because they were too radical, but because they weren’t radical enough.

As a wise man once said, “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Who or What Exactly Is Running Against Trump? “The inner-Biden at 77 is turning out to be an unabashed bigot in the age of ‘cancel culture’ and thought crimes that has apparently declared him immune from the opprobrium reserved for any such speech.”

Related: Deroy Murdock dubs Biden “a Left-wing Archie Bunker, the stereotype-spewing lead character of the brilliant 1970s comedy series ‘All in the Family.’ Producer Norman Lear’s top-rated show was a high-water mark for ethnic humor, which was how Americans once cheerfully addressed and overcame racial differences, unlike today’s corrosive techniques of in-your-face confrontation and Maoist re-education. Like Archie Bunker, Biden is White, seems vaguely blue-collar and routinely says racially disturbing things, but without the legendary writers who made Bunker’s remarks hilarious. Anything funny that Biden says on race is strictly unintentional.”

WE’VE DESCENDED INTO SOME SORT OF BIZARRE HELL-WORLD IN WHICH MATTHEW YGLESIAS IS A VOICE OF SANITY:

And of course: ‘Warmongering egg’ Matt Yglesias dragged by blue-check libs for 100% accurate take on the Seattle police chief.

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.”

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.

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.

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

A CHEERFUL STORY TO START OFF YOUR WEEK: Protesters Invading Seattle Police Chief’s Home Said They Were Met With Guns And Felt Unsafe.

The demonstrators said they tried talking to the neighbors to grant them entry but they refused. Instead, the neighbors erected barricades and displayed firearms making them feel unsafe. The demonstrators said they were innocent and that the neighbors were the “aggressors.”

However, the police chief was thankful to her neighbors for preventing the crowd from trespassing and engaging in illegal behavior despite their numerous attempts to do so.

Additionally, she wrote a letter to the city council asking the elected officials to address the intimidation of public officers by the BLM protesters. Best added that the actions of the protesters went against the country’s democratic principles and that elected officials must stop the practice before it becomes the trend locally and countrywide.

When a mostly-white angry mob assaults the home of a black female police chief, it’s good to see the neighbors standing up against these Klan tactics.

WHY ARE DEMOCRAT-RUN CITIES SUCH CESSPITS OF RACISM? Seattle ‘Respects’ Black Voices by Slashing Black Police Chief’s Salary in Retaliation for Criticism. Racism, straight up.

HOW DO YOU KNOW THE URBAN INSURRECTION HAS FAILED? BECAUSE THE NYT, AFTER FLYING COVER FOR MONTHS, IS THROWING DEMOCRATIC MAYORS UNDER THE BUS: Abolish the Police? Those Who Survived the Chaos in Seattle Aren’t So Sure. What is it like when a city abandons a neighborhood and the police vanish? Business owners describe a harrowing experience of calling for help and being left all alone.

What follows is excellent reporting, a sign that the NYT can still do that if it wants to. But until today it hasn’t wanted to. The Democrats’ internal polling must be truly horrific. Excerpts:

Faizel Khan was being told by the news media and his own mayor that the protests in his hometown were peaceful, with “a block party atmosphere.”

But that was not what he saw through the windows of his Seattle coffee shop. He saw encampments overtaking the sidewalks. He saw roving bands of masked protesters smashing windows and looting.

Young white men wielding guns would harangue customers as well as Mr. Khan, a gay man of Middle Eastern descent who moved here from Texas so he could more comfortably be out. To get into his coffee shop, he sometimes had to seek the permission of self-appointed armed guards to cross a border they had erected.

“They barricaded us all in here,” Mr. Khan said. “And they were sitting in lawn chairs with guns.”

For 23 days in June, about six blocks in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood were claimed by left-wing demonstrators and declared police-free. Protesters hailed it as liberation — from police oppression, from white supremacy — and a catalyst for a national movement. . . .

Now a group of local businesses owners — including a locksmith, the owner of a tattoo parlor, a mechanic, the owners of a Mexican restaurant and Mr. Khan — is suing the city. The lawsuit claims that “Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public” resulted in enormous property damage and lost revenue. . . .

The Seattle lawsuit — and interviews with shop owners in cities like Portland and Minneapolis — underscores a key question: Can businesses still rely on local governments, which are now rethinking the role of the police, to keep them safe? The issue is especially tense in Seattle, where the city government not only permitted the establishment of a police-free zone, but provided infrastructure like concrete barriers and portable toilets to sustain it.

Plus:

Many are nervous about speaking out lest they lend ammunition to a conservative critique of the Black Lives Matter movement. In Portland, Elizabeth Snow McDougall, the owner of Stevens-Ness legal printers, emphasized her support for the cause before describing the damage done to her business.

“One window broken, then another, then another, then another. Garbage to clean off the sidewalk in front of the store every morning. Urine to wash out of our doorway alcove. Graffiti to remove,” Ms. McDougall wrote in an email. “Costs to board up and later we’ll have costs to repair.”

The impact of the occupation on Cafe Argento, Mr. Khan’s coffee shop on Capitol Hill, has been devastating. Very few people braved the barricades set up by the armed occupiers to come in for his coffee and breakfast sandwiches. Cars coming to pick up food orders would turn around. At two points, he and his workers felt scared and called 911. “They said they would not come into CHOP,” said Mr. Khan, referring to one of the names that protesters gave to the occupied Capitol Hill area. “It was lawless.” . . .

He had to start chipping in for private security, a hard thing to do when his business had already been hurt by the coronavirus.

But he considers himself lucky — and he was. Even weeks after the protests, blocks of his previously bustling neighborhood remained boarded up and covered in shattered glass. Many business owners are scared to speak out, Mr. Khan said, because of worries that they would be targeted further.

And:

A confusing array of security teams wandered around, armed with handguns and rifles. Some wore official-looking private security uniforms. Others wore casual clothes and lanyards identifying their affiliation with Black Lives Matter. A third group wore all black with no identifying labels and declined to name their group affiliation.

When a tall man in a trench coat and hiking boots walked over to question Mr. Khan, the man spread his coat open, revealing several pistols on harnesses around his chest and waist. He presented a badge on a lanyard that read “Black Lives Matter Community Patrol.”

His name is Rick Hearns and he identified himself as a longtime security guard and mover who is now a Black Lives Matter community guard, in charge of several others. Local merchants pay for his protection, he said as he handed out his business card. (Mr. Khan said he and his neighbors are now paying thousands of dollars a month for protection from Iconic Global, a Washington State-based private security contractor.)

But even the guy asking for protection money is appalled:

Mr. Hearns has had bad experiences with the police in his own life. He says he wants police reform, but he was appalled by the violent tactics and rhetoric he witnessed during the occupation.

He blamed the destruction and looting on “opportunists,” but also said that much of the damage on Capitol Hill came from a distinct contingent of violent, armed white activists. “It’s antifa,” he said. “They don’t want to see the progress we’ve made. They want chaos.”

Many of the business owners on Capitol Hill agreed: Much of the violence they saw and the intimidation of their patrons came from a group these business owners identified as antifa, which they distinguished from the Black Lives Matter movement. “The idea of taking up the Black movement and turning it into a white occupation, it’s white privilege in its finest definition,” Mr. Khan said. “And that’s what they did.”

So InstaPundit readers have known this stuff for months, but people who got their news from the New York Times are only now catching up. Advantage: InstaPundit! But the real question is why is the NYT breaking its relative silence now? Again, I think the polls must be awful, and they’re readying a Biden law and order pivot.