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-Great Cultural Revolution
Minneapolis City Council committee moves forward with amendment to replace police department
[FOX9] A Minneapolis City Council committee pushed forward on Wednesday with a measure that would give the voters power to replace the city police department.

The amendment proposed and submitted by the advocacy group "Yes 4 Minneapolis Committee" calls for public safety to have a "comprehensive public health approach" but does not explain what that means.

Under the plan, the police department would be replaced in the charter with a public safety department but doesn't outline how the department will work or be structured.

"I am persuaded that this is not going to get better with another two weeks," said Councilmember Steve Fletcher. "I'm persuaded that this language is a version of describing the intention of the petitioner and 20,000 people who signed the petition saying they want to create a significant change and that we should put it on the ballot. So I'm going to go ahead and move for approval of language as is."

The amendment was approved by the policy and government oversight committee by a vote of 11 to 2. It will now head to the full council for a vote.

If approved by the council, it will be included on the general election ballot in November.

Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [340 views] Top|| File under:

#1  shut down the 911 system first and all communications. Get the cops out of the building while they vote.
Posted by: Chris || 07/24/2021 0:45 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe they can coax Bob Dylan out of retirement so he can play them folk songs to calm them down.
Posted by: Raj || 07/24/2021 1:00 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm hearing Dylan's song "Idiot Wind"...
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/24/2021 1:43 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm of two minds about this. On one hand, it is a really stupid idea and will probably turn out even worse than expected. On the other hand, I believe in the experimental method. So let's try it and see. (voice from peanut gallery: it's a stupid idea!) Sure the tax-paying citizens of Minneapolis will be boned, but we will gain a useful data point and the next time someone proposes getting rid of the cops, we can look at them and ask, "Like in Minneapolis?"

My favorite part is this:
Under the plan, the police department would be replaced in the charter with a public safety department but doesn't outline how the department will work or be structured.
They obviously put a lot of time into coming up with this totally genius plan. Whatever it is exactly.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/24/2021 2:23 Comments || Top||

#5  tax paying citizens helped this shit happen. fuck em. Time to quit playing nice and get that out of your system and say fuck these ppl.
Posted by: Chris || 07/24/2021 2:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Very little sympathy here. The people of Minneapolis voted for the current boy mayor and city council who approve this. If they vote in this nonsense in November, well, then, they deserve what they get.
Posted by: Tom || 07/24/2021 8:46 Comments || Top||

#7  The voters are getting what they voted for. And if crime and murders skyrocket, they are getting their votes good and hard.

Fuck them.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/24/2021 9:03 Comments || Top||

#8  Draft random citizens for compulsory service in the "sheriff's posse"...
See if they like being shot at for no pay.
Posted by: magpie || 07/24/2021 9:56 Comments || Top||

#9  If they vote in favor of such a poorly defined idea, the people of Minneapolis are certain to get what they deserve. A better idea would be to recall the mayor and all of the members of the city council. I mean, if you're gonna start all over, start from the top.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/24/2021 12:17 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Crirong Mussolini1765 || 07/24/2021 12:18 Comments || Top||

#11  Their crap is spilling out into our suburbs. Trust me when I tell you the folks north of the Twin Cities are pissed and armed. For good reason.
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/24/2021 12:42 Comments || Top||

#12  Crirong Mussolini1765 Hermann Goering was a key leader in the Nazi party and one of the primary architects of the Nazi police state in Germany (here) . He did become Minister of the Interior in Prussia, the country’s largest and most influential state, in 1933 ( here ). It is false, however, that Goering’s “first orders were to defund and eliminate the police departments.”

Timothy Snyder, professor  of history at  Yale  University specializing in the history of Central and Eastern Europe and the Holocaust ( here ), told Reuters via email that the claims made in the posts are “absolutely baseless.”

After the Enabling Act of 1933 ( here ) ceded almost all political authority to Hitler, Snyder laid out four key actions that took place with regards to German policing. Firstly, the highly decentralized police departments were brought under a unified central command. Secondly, “the unified police forces were then placed under the same ultimate command as the SS” (the acronym for the infamous “Schutzstaffel” paramilitary group, here ). Thirdly, led by Heinrich Himmler, the SS officers were brought into the police (comprised of the Ordnungspolizei (orpo) "regular police", the Sicherheitspolizei (Sipo) "security police” which initially included the Gestapo, and the Sicherheitsdienst (SD) "security service”). Finally, “police were trained to understand crime as a matter of race,” the result of which, Snyder explained, “was the creation of a police force that took active part in the Holocaust.”
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/24/2021 12:47 Comments || Top||

#13  ^Hear, hear.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/24/2021 12:55 Comments || Top||

#14  That explains everything, Deacon. So the Left are basically Nazis. Or spiritual descendants of Hitler. And the Brown shirts probably demanded defunding the police, but the party had other better ideas for it.

Direct parallel, almost uncanny.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 07/24/2021 13:12 Comments || Top||

#15  As deacon pointed out, the situation as described was half right; the Nazis talked about defunding the police, sometimes, but only in the context of the politicization and centralization process that they controlled. And the brownshirts would talk about it, but they were used and disposed of when no longer needed.

My Grandfather and My Dad both had a historian friend of theirs who wrote a book on the whole process (and a lot of other stuff besides). And that was the book he recommended to me that one time when we were discussing how Chavez took control of Venezuelan society and the role the collectivos took in the process.

(you know, the guys antifa patterns themselves after).
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 07/24/2021 14:30 Comments || Top||

#16  Thank you Deacon. Learn something every day.

They don't call it Rantburg U for nothing.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/24/2021 15:50 Comments || Top||

DHS: Returning Deported Migrants Need Federal Aid for Housing
[Breitbart] Many of the deported migrants who are now getting special invites to re-enter the U.S. are so poor they need government aid for housing and healthcare, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The admission came in a July 19 statement to progressive contractors who want to be paid for wrapping the poor and unskilled migrants in the taxpayer-funded federal welfare system. The DHS statement said:

When appropriate, the Contractor shall collaborate with other providers, contractors, and stakeholders to help ensure a “wraparound” approach to services. Services include but are not limited to: housing, primary health care, nutrition assistance, legal assistance, immigration and travel processes.

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Posted by: Skidmark || 07/24/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [154 views] Top|| File under:

#1  yeah, so do I . They wouldn't give 2 fucks otherwise.
Posted by: Chris || 07/24/2021 0:49 Comments || Top||

#2  Investors and progressives stigmatized this law enforcement as “family separation,” and “zero tolerance,”

Libs are fine with 'zero tolerance' when it's applied to kids in school for the slightest infractions; not so much for all the wetbacks invading our country.
Posted by: Raj || 07/24/2021 1:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Remember: When a politician says "investment" they do not mean what you or I think of, to wit, "placing money in the expectation that it will increase." Along the same lines, when they tell you "immigrants make vital contributions" to this country.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/24/2021 7:11 Comments || Top||

#5  All the 'parents' of unaccompanied children should be charged, sentenced and jailed for reckless child endangerment and abuse. Followed by deportation with prejudice -- no green card, no citizenship, no Visa for the rest of their lives.
Posted by: magpie || 07/24/2021 10:02 Comments || Top||

'This is your home' Kamala Harris hosts DACA recipients and Dreamers after Texas federal court rules program protecting the group of illegal immigrants was created unlawfully by Obama
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/24/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [135 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Go ahead...pick-a-place...any place...I run the FedAirBNB...'This is your home' Kamala Harris

Posted by: Phavirong Smiter of the Bunions8994 || 07/24/2021 2:01 Comments || Top||

#2  "Home is where the gummint checks are mailed to" just doesn't have the same ring to it...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/24/2021 7:13 Comments || Top||

#3  #1, don't forget the Naval Observatory.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/24/2021 12:20 Comments || Top||

-War on Police-
Police photos document Rep. Thompson alleged assault aftermath
[FOX9] As politicians continue to call for his resignation, Minnesota Rep. John Thompson (DFL-St.- Paul) has questioned the authenticity of domestic assault police reports, but photos provided Thursday by the Eagan Police Department appear to show Thompson in a 2004 case.Those photos show minor injuries sustained by Thompson and his then-girlfriend, whom he married in 2020. They also show a broken table and two telephones Thompson allegedly disabled as she tried to call 911.

According to the police reports, on August 9, 2004, Eagan police were investigating a 911 hang-up call from an apartment complex on Golfview Drive.

Thompson’s girlfriend told police he punched her in the face and choked her in the presence of three children. She identified Thompson running from the apartment.

Police officers noticed she was shaking and had several bruises on her body, which they photographed.

She told police the trouble began the previous day at a community pool, when Thompson berated her 5-year-old daughter, calling the girl a "f—-ing bitch," a "little motherf—-er," and a "spoiled ass." She said Thompson told her, "f—- you, f—- your daughter, I hope you both die."

She said that evening Thompson became angry that she changed the password to the answering machine. She told police he put his hands around her neck and began choking her, and said, "I’ll choke you until you can’t breathe anymore."

She told police she nearly passed out when Thompson struck her in the face. She said she tried to call police but Thompson grabbed the phone and dismantled it.
Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [120 views] Top|| File under:

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Russiagate Phones WIped or Missing
[Epoch Times] Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) have sent a letter to the Department of Justice (DOJ) requesting more information about missing cellphones that were used by then-special counsel Robert Mueller during his investigation into former President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.
Check Hillary's closet.
In a statement, the senators said they were compelled to send the letter (pdf) after the DOJ failed to review more than 20 phones for record preservation after Grassley in September 2020 asked about a possible violation of federal record-keeping laws, following a Freedom of Information Act revelation showing records on devices used by Mueller’s team had been deleted.

The DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General in September 2020, the senators wrote, told them that several phones belonging to "multiple people on then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team were ’wiped’ for various reasons during [the Russia investigation]." Meanwhile, on May 11, the inspector general said 59 of 96 phones assigned to Mueller’s team couldn’t be located, according to the senators.
Various reasons? Including, like, with a cloth?
Relating to the phones, the two senators are seeking the names of the special counsel's office team members whose cellphones weren't reviewed by officials, if there are any actions being taken to recover the missing phones, and whether the DOJ reviewed the devices to see if "they were used to leak sensitive or classified information," among other requests.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/24/2021 09:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This story is so old Tommy Vietor forgot about it...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/24/2021 9:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Various reasons? Including, like, with a cloth?

Or an industrial grade metal shredder?
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 07/24/2021 16:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Mueller RussiaGate missing cell phones? Convenient.

Investigation or cover-up?
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/24/2021 16:55 Comments || Top||

Biden DOJ drops civil rights probe of Gov. Cuomo over nursing homes and COVID-19
[NY Post] Also: Biden DOJ Will Not Investigate Gretchen Whitmer Nursing Home Deaths. Gotta cover up for the Democrat governors' wholesale pushing grandma off the Covid cliff.
The Department of Justice has decided not to investigate whether the civil rights of residents in New York’s government-run nursing homes were violated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial admission policy related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter Friday, the DOJ’s Office of Legislative Affairs told US Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), ranking member of that House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, that New York was off the hook in connection with potential violations of the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act.

In August, the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division requested information from New York in connection with a March 25, 2020, order from the state Department of Health that required nursing homes to admit "medically stable" COVID-19 patients discharged from hospitals.

It also sought records from Pennsylvania, Michigan and New Jersey, which adopted similar rules that the DOJ said "may have resulted in the deaths of thousands of elderly nursing home residents."

"We have reviewed the information provided by these states along with additional information available to the Department," Deputy Assistant Attorney General Joe Gaeta wrote Friday.

"Based on that review, we have decided not to open a CRIPA investigation of any public nursing facility within New York, Pennsylvania, or Michigan at this time."
Posted by: Snomoth Whereling9836 || 07/24/2021 07:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [117 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Unexpectedly™
Posted by: magpie || 07/24/2021 10:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Would the 'probe' still be ongoing if evil Russians were suspected of involvement ?

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/24/2021 11:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Can the families sue?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/24/2021 12:21 Comments || Top||

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It's Official: The NSA Unmasked Tucker Carlson
[Townhall] Three weeks after Fox News host Tucker Carlson accused the National Security Agency of reading his communications, the agency has confirmed he was unmasked.

"The nation’s top electronic spy agency found that Carlson was mentioned in communications between third parties and his name was subsequently revealed through 'unmasking,' a process in which relevant government officials can request the identities of American citizens in intelligence reports to be divulged provided there is an official reason, such as helping them make sense of the intelligence documents they are reviewing," the Record reports.

"For the NSA to unmask Tucker Carlson or any journalist attempting to secure a newsworthy interview is entirely unacceptable and raises serious questions about their activities as well as their original denial, which was wildly misleading," a Fox News spokesman released in a statement about the developments.

Yes - Joe Biden personally unmasked General Flynn and now someone? in Biden administration unmasked Tucker Carlson.

It should be illegal to spy on Americans without a warrant. https://t.co/ZrNn31daU1

— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 24, 2021
Posted by: Frank G || 07/24/2021 09:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [217 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How it once worked: An NSA intercept consideredof value by the NSA is circulated through the intel community. An analyst wants to know the name or names of American subjects redacted in same. A request is sent to NSA. A committee in NSA reviews in minute detail the request. The name or names may or may not be given, but the person who requests the name is known and had to jump through hoops to get it. On the other hand, a NSA intercept is reviewed in-house, and the name of an American citizen and the intercept is leaked (it doesn't matter by whom or to whom), the actor is subject to dismissal and prosecution. The reason that prosecution so rarely occurs is because the intercept is explosive and its revelation considered to damage national security. In the case of Tucker Carlson, that is absurd and the leaker should be prosecuted.
Posted by: Gerthudion Whomoper3485 || 07/24/2021 10:54 Comments || Top||

#2  LOL as if the NSA follows laws we pass to control them. That's a wonderfully quaint idea. One with no basis in reality.
Posted by: Slomorong Thraiger7030 || 07/24/2021 15:06 Comments || Top||

#3  Deep State.
Posted by: Ebbomoger Speaking for Boskone4589 || 07/24/2021 21:10 Comments || Top||

Michigan repeals law that gave Gov. Gretchen Whitmer emergency powers
[NYPOST] In a rebuke to Gretchen Whitmer
...Her Excellency, the dictator of Michigan, 2020 Dem VP contender who never got off the ground...
, the Republican-led Michigan state House of Representatives repealed a 76-year-old law that gave the governor broad emergency powers used to lock down much of the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.In a 60-48 vote mainly along party lines, the Emergency Powers Act of 1945 was officially scuttled. The state Senate had already voted to kill the act last week.

Though the legislation does not take effect immediately it was a clear shot at Whitmer, whose strict shut-down policies stirred protests last year, but also made her a political darling among Democrats.

Because the law came to the state legislature by a petition drive, under Michigan law it is not subject to a veto from Whitmer and will go into effect 90 days after the legislative session.

Posted by: Fred || 07/24/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [219 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gretchen with her dog Michigan...

Posted by: Woozle Sninesh3834 || 07/24/2021 1:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Who's walking who?

/Yeah, I know it's old & weak, but still!
Posted by: Raj || 07/24/2021 1:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Who trained the dogs to walk each other?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/24/2021 1:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Ginchy Witchmer...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/24/2021 8:13 Comments || Top||

#5  Republicans showing a bit of spine. I love it.
Posted by: Tom || 07/24/2021 8:47 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ At the state level. They will be neutered upon arrival at the national level.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/24/2021 9:19 Comments || Top||

#7  Unlike Minnesota with the never Trumper Democrat swindler heading up the MNGOP. 90% sell out corporate RINOs. Spit.
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/24/2021 12:39 Comments || Top||

#8  You don't want to give would-be tyrants too much power. You also don't want to let them take it either.
Posted by: JonhQC || 07/24/2021 13:36 Comments || Top||

Culture of Corruption: Jeff Richetti, Top Biden Staffer's Brother, Lobbying WH on China Issues for General Motors
[Breitbart] The brother of a top staff member in Joe Biden’s administration is lobbying the White House on issues related to China for General Motors, a new disclosure reveals.

Jeff Ricchetti, a long-time swamp creature of Washington, DC’s lobbying circle is the brother of White House Counselor to the President Steve Richetti.
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/24/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [98 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is treason still a capital crime or just a power bribery point game?
Posted by: Woodrow || 07/24/2021 12:43 Comments || Top||

Biden has nominated the wives of three key political allies - including the widows of John McCain and Ted Kennedy - to coveted diplomatic positions in Europe
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Three wives of his political allies have been nominated to key diplomatic roles

  • A fourth influential woman - Caroline Kennedy - could be given a plum job

  • Caroline Kennedy was previously Barack Obama's ambassador to Japan

  • Another Kennedy, Victoria - wife of the late Ted Kennedy - has been nominated

  • She is being asked to serve as the U.S. ambassador to Austria

  • Jamie Harpootlian, wife of a South Carolina senator, is being offered Slovenia

  • The coveted jobs in Paris and London are also likely to go to women
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/24/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [143 views] Top|| File under:

#1  A fourth influential woman - Caroline Kennedy - could be given a plum job

There is no manner in which I could describe any Kennedy as 'influential', unless you really mean 'under the influence'.
Posted by: Raj || 07/24/2021 1:12 Comments || Top||

#2  The only good news here is that the name "Hillary Clinton" is conspicuously missing. I think she is gone for good. I hope.
Posted by: Tom || 07/24/2021 8:48 Comments || Top||

#3  Obama felt obligated to have Swillary! on board. The Bidet* crowd does not. I seriously discount all the crap about "the Kalorama crowd." They're on the outside now.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/24/2021 9:02 Comments || Top||

'Who is providing armed secrurity?': Mayor of Portland mocked over plans for 'welcome back' festival involving roller-skating and sing-alongs after months of riots between police and BLM protesters
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Welcome Back to the Heart of Portland!' is hoping to revive the troubled city

  • Ted Wheeler appealed to residents to return to the downtown after riots

  • Many said the Oregon city is not ready to host a family-friendly festival
Posted by: Skidmark || 07/24/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [233 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Roller skating? Why not go all the way gay and hire the Village People?
Posted by: Raj || 07/24/2021 0:49 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Chris || 07/24/2021 0:50 Comments || Top||

#3  The entire point of voting is you can vote for something other than this. Large swathes of people did not get the memo...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 07/24/2021 11:44 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Helmuth, Speaking for Sneregum7047 || 07/24/2021 14:08 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Oscar Clolet6227 || 07/24/2021 14:12 Comments || Top||

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