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Russia’s Putin beyond Constitutional Government: The Case of Aleksei Navalny

With a judge handing down a five-year suspended prison sentence, a fine of 500,000 rubles (about $8,400), and a ban on participating in the upcoming presidential election in 2017, Aleksei Navalny could feel just how power can be wielded by high government officials, including even presidents—power ultimately backed up by stern men with guns with the legal right to use lethal force. This, I submit, is what government comes down to—it’s bottom line.
The true look of a government’s power. (Sergei Brovko/Reuters)

The full essay is at “Russia’s Putin beyond Constitutional Government.”

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The Anglo-Saxons are Awake!

Blaming the responsible   And yes, they are fundamentally unserious     Steve Hayward took a look at the beginning of the Berkely riots. Here is what he saw Berkeley still has rent control, but it hasn’t stopped Milo Yiannapoulos from living rent-free in the heads of the left. So in another triumph for his ironic […]

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Trump’s Immigration Order ≠ Hitler

From Bookworm Room. Long and well worth your time. The Progressives on my real-me Facebook feed are having a collective mental collapse in response to President Trump’s new immigration order. Typically, their behavior is predicated, not upon actual facts, but upon media propaganda and their own factual and historic ignorance. This post will rebut the […]

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Trump assumes command of Obama’s Gestapo

During the monarchial reign of Barack Obama, the ex-president was well-known for his agenda-driven disregard of the limitations placed on the federal government by the Founding Fathers within the Constitution. As a result, Washington’s power grew as it achieved greater…

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Black Lives Matter, the police, and free speech T-shirts

Those who regularly read my work know that I have next-to-nothing nice to say about Black Lives Matter. It’s a movement based on the lie that all blacks are treated differently by the police and the judicial system solely due…

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Friday Roundup

Cleaning out some tabs, interesting stuff that we’ve been hoarding.   Well, yeah, he makes some sense to me, at that, From Melanie Phillips: The hand-wringing by western politicians and commentators over the appalling humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo reveals something far worse even than the nauseating virtue-signalling of pointlessly blaming themselves for having decided not […]

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Obama using Charlotte, NC riots to grow his Gestapo

In the aftermath of the riots in Charlotte, NC–an event that is becoming the new norm anytime a person of color is involved in a shooting by police–a State of Emergency has been declared by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory.…

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As The Obama DOJ Handcuffs Them, Many Blacks Beg Cops For Protection

 

The thing about the Left is that with Obama in charge, they win even when they lose. After drug dealer Freddie Gray died in police custody, the mob burned down a decent amount of Baltimore, whipped up by ‘activists’ and Marilyn Mosby, the State’s Attorney for Baltimore who actually allowed the mob to have free reign to burn and loot in part of the city while police were ordered to stand down.

The politically motivated charges brought by Marilyn Mosby were thrown out of court as being absolutely absurd, which they were and every one of the six officers were acquitted. her conduct was so egregious that there’s even talk of having her impeached.

The same thing happened in Ferguson, Missouri where Michael Brown robbed a convenience store, assaulted the clerk, tried to wrestle a gun away from a policeman and then was shot by that policeman when he refused to halt and charged him instead with his 300 plus pound body.

In both situations, the Obama Justice Department moved in, did an ‘investigation’ of course found what they called ‘racist behavior’ with little or no actual evidence, sanctioned the police departments for ‘racist behavior’ and demanded wholesale changes…or else.

And of course, they got them, especially in Democrat ruled Baltimore.

But apparently this behavior had unforeseen consequences, as even the notoriously politically correct Washington Post admits, if you read between the lines.

Not only has it become extremely difficult to recruit police in both places, but crime has skyrocketed to the point where residents and business people with an actual stake in their community are begging for more police protection and quicker response time. At the same time, activists and opportunistic politicians, many of whom don’t actually live in these neighborhoods are pushing the Justice department to place more and more restraints on the police.

The result of course is easy to predict. Pro-active policing, the use of police presence to prevent crime before it happens is virtually disappearing. What police officer wants to risk a reprimand or even getting fired by politically correct departments wary of crossing Democrat politicians? Crimes that were often prevented by experienced officers using that legendary ‘sixth sense’ experienced police acquire are now occurring. Arrests in black communities are diminishing – why take a risk of an angry crowd assembling to protest the arrest of a drug dealer or even a traffic stop? Easier and far less risky to just show up after the crime’s been committed and take a report, something that I’m sure infuriates police officers who became cops because of a deep seated desire to protect the innocent.

Eight days had passed since the Justice Department issued a scathing review of the Baltimore Police Department, detailing years of racial discrimination in its law enforcement practices.

Yet the 40 or so longtime residents who gathered in a West Baltimore church basement on this August night — many of whom were older black women afraid to walk to the store or leave their homes at night — had come to urge police to clear their corners of miscreants and restore order to their crime-plagued community.

“Please, help me,” pleaded gas station owner Chaudhry Masood, whose parking lot has been overrun by loiterers and where a 17-year-old was recently shot and killed. […]

The Aug. 10 report came more than a year after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody. His funeral touched off riots, an unsuccessful prosecution of six police officers and the Justice Department investigation. Many of the abuses that investigators found centered on the way police officers interact with black Baltimoreans, including people congregating on street corners. The report concluded that Baltimore officers had “nearly unfettered discretion to criminalize the act of standing on public sidewalks.” […]

Clearing the corners has been a mainstay of Baltimore policing for decades, a way for a beat cop to show who’s boss and to break up open-air drug markets that once numbered 200 across the city.

Anthony Barksdale, who retired from the force in 2014 as a deputy police commissioner, said he would tell young men, “Fellas, I know you’re going to give my corner,” and they would scatter.

After the Justice Department report, Barksdale said, “Everybody on the corner is challenging the police. Then when the police drive by and don’t push them off, the citizens are saying, ‘What the hell are the cops good for?’ ”

Barksdale took exception to the report’s criticism that stops of pedestrians were concentrated in a few black neighborhoods. Barksdale, who is black and grew up in West Baltimore, said that’s true only because “police are responding to crime.”

The Justice Department, he said, has effectively “turned over control of the corners to the criminal elements. The city is suffering already, and it’s going to suffer more. . . . They need to understand the streets of Baltimore are no joke, and they’ve given the bad elements more authority to destroy the neighborhoods.”

On top of all this, as existing police get sick and tired of an impossible job and go elsewhere, quality recruits to replace them are harder and harder to find. What this  eventually leads to is standards being dropped simply to keep the numbers at a sustainable level.

Here’s an example. One of my best friends from high school joined the LAPD and was apparently pretty good at it, having promoted and having been cited by the Department for bravery. He left to continue his career elsewhere after the riots in the early 1990’s, when the L.A. city council forced the existing chief, Daryl Gates to resign and hired Willie Williams to replace him, someone with little actual police experience but the overriding qualification of being black. He turned out to be an extraordinarily inept administrator who politicized the department and cultivated a circle of sycophants and toadies. He was so incompetent and borderline corrupt that eventually the city was forced to buy out his contract and replace him.

A lot of experienced police officers left during this time, and as we now know, recruiting standards were significantly lowered to replace them. The end results of this were things like the Ramparts Police scandal, which resulted in more than 140 civil lawsuits against the city of Los Angeles and cost the city an estimated $125 million in settlements, not to mention the legal fees and administrative costs.

Another thing to reflect on is where this attack on local police forces actually originates from. A leaked document from George Soros’ Open Society Foundation shows the extent of the money involved in financing groups like Black Lives Matter (who also got millions of dollars from the Ford Foundation) with the express idea of undermining local control of police forces and ultimately federalizing them using the Obama Justice department coupled with targeted social unrest.

Soros and others are also spending large amounts of money to see to it that hard Left progressives – like Marilyn Mosby – are elected to key positions as prosecutors and attorneys general in America’s cities.

All that aside, in fairness it needs mentioning that there probably are a lot of the locals who don’t like the police or how they behave. To quote one Fred Price in North St. Louis a year or so ago after the police took out a crackhouse in his neighborhood, killing one of the denizens who pointed a gun at them:

“They provoked the situation,” Price, 33, said. “Situations like this make us want to keep the police out of the neighborhood. They’re shooting first, then asking questions.”

While I might disagree with Mr. Price he has a point. And points the way to a win-win solution, which I presented before when I wrote about this at the time it occurred:

The locals don’t like the police, to put it mildly, and I’m sure that the police themselves don’t enjoy going into neighborhoods where their attempts to do a difficult job are looked upon by a significant number of the inhabitants as the provocation of racist interlopers.
Mr. Fred Price points the way to a win win resolution that will please everyone. Let’s indeed give the residents of north St. Louis and other similar areas a way to keep the police out of their neighborhoods.

Let the residents take a vote on making their neighborhoods off limits to police. If such a vote passes, let the residents make their own arrangements for crime prevention or policing should they see fit to do so,and offer property owners a discount on their taxes based on this city service they would no longer be using.

Police would be limited to enforcing the perimeters of such neighborhoods, so that thugs and criminals would be prevented from leaving these neighborhoods during certain hours. But inside the perimeter, the residents themselves would take responsibility.

Based on certain incidents that have happened in neighborhoods like this in the past during tense times, it would probably make sense to eliminate or at least cut back fire department and EMT service as well, since many times they require a police escort in order to guarantee the safety of the firemen and EMT personnel. Or perhaps these communities might be able to make special  arrangements not to attack them.

Like I said, a win win. The inhabitants of these neighborhoods would get the kind of policing they deserve, and the men and women the majorities in these communities see as vicious police killers would have no opportunity to practice their racism. And the police wouldn’t have to go into these areas where they’re seen as the enemy, making life easier and less dangerous for them.

 

 Of course, if the people in these communities voted to continue to allow the police to serve them, it certainly wouldn’t be out of line for the police to demand respect and a healthy benefit of the doubt in exchange. 

My bet is that most people who have an actual stake in these communities – a job, a home, families and perhaps a business – would vote for option number two.

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Of Trump and Men

Last Tuesday, Donald Trump delivered a speech in West Bend, Wisconsin. It was described as a speech on Law and Order, which it was, but it was more. It was directed primarily at the black community that the Democrats so take for granted. I’ll include the video, but here are some excerpts. The violence, riots […]

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Obama’s ATF calls for national data base of gun owners

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Obama’s response to Dallas? Gun control and a 21st Century Gestapo

Following last week’s tragic murder of five Dallas Texas police officers and the wounding of seven more, Barack Obama took a few moments from his European vacation, disguised as a goodwill trip to the post-Brexit European Union, to fill us…

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TGIF

So the world continues to go to hell in a handcart, as it has been doing since Christ was a corporal. Business as usual then. Yes, there are wars and rumors of wars, and alarums in the night. We simply go on, doing our best. Chalcedon commented today that in his view “A Catholic University is […]

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The Stupidest Thing on the Internet

I was going to pass up this story, it’s essentially published bullshit, but found enough commentary from others to at least make it funny. Yes, I know it’s not kind to point at others and laugh, but I’m inclined to think it’s alright when they take wrong information tie it together with lies and expect to […]

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Inquisition Against ‘Climate Change Disbelievers’: and More

Something here that we, and the Brits, had best start thinking about, read the articles, and then we’ll talk. Beginning in 1478, the Spanish Inquisition systematically silenced any citizen who held views that did not align with the king’s. Using the powerful arm of the government, the grand inquisitor, Tomas de Torquemada, and his henchmen […]

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When Local Governments Are Greedy and Corrupt, Don’t Expect Honest and Efficient Law Enforcement

While I’m a big fan of federalism, this isn’t because I have a starry-eyed view of non-Washington politicians. Of course there is plenty of grotesque misbehavior by state and local governments. And it’s most troubling when it involves law enforcement and the legal system. David French of National Review has a very powerful and compelling […]

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Give Women the Right to Defend Themselves

This is from Geert Wilders and Machiel de Graaf writing for the Gatestone Institute. “Cultural enrichment” has brought us a new word: Taharrush. Remember it well, because we are going to have to deal with it a lot. Taharrush is the Arabic word for the phenomenon whereby women are encircled by groups of men and sexually […]

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Jeremy Corbyn (and Others) aren’t anti-war. They’re just anti-West

This is from The Spectator (UK), and it’s about Jeremy Corbyn (the head of the Labor party). I think the author, Nick Cohen, is precisely on point. But I don’t think Corbyn is the only one. I would posit that anyone taking that position, and that includes all of the Democratic candidates for President and Obama […]

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A Great Solution To End Police Shootings Of Black Youths

It happened again today. Two white policemen in north St. Louis shot and killed a black man…

A man who pointed a gun at police was shot and killed by officers in north St. Louis, according to St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson.

Officers were executing a search warrant at a home near Walton and Page, Dotson said at a news conference, when two armed men ran out of the back door of the home.

One pointed a gun at police officers, the chief said.

It appears two officers fired a total of four shots – one fired one shot, the other fired three shots, Dotson said.

Both officers, who are white, were unharmed, according to a police report.

One suspect was hit, continued running, collapsed, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect was a black male in his early 20s, and he had a gun reported stolen from Rolla, Mo.

A number of other suspects were taken into custody, along with four guns and a quantity of crack. The house has had warrants served before.

The arresting officers, of course, had to put up with protests from the neighbors:

The shooting that left a black suspect dead drew protests, with many of the roughly 150 people who gathered at the scene hurling obscene gestures and expletives at investigators and questioning the police use of deadly force. Some chanted “Black Lives Matter,” a mantra used a year ago after the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in nearby Ferguson.

“Another youth down by the hands of police,” Dex Dockett, 42, who lives nearby, told a reporter. “What could have been done different to de-escalate rather than escalate? They (police) come in with an us-against-them mentality. You’ve got to have the right kind of cops to engage in these types of neighborhoods.”

Another neighborhood resident, Fred Price, skeptical about Dotson’s account that the suspect pointed a gun at officers before being mortally wounded.

“They provoked the situation,” Price, 33, said. “Situations like this make us want to keep the police out of the neighborhood. They’re shooting first, then asking questions.”

 

Living as they do near an obvious crack house, I admit I have to questions the mental processes of these people. After all, one less thug in a neighborhood like that, especially one crazy enough to point a gun at two policemen should be a blessing.

But on the other hand, maybe they have a point. Perhaps these policemen are vicious, racist cops who just wanted to shoot down a black youth. Maybe he just wandered in and didn’t realize the place was a crack house. Maybe he didn’t shoot at the police. Maybe the stolen gun was given to him by someone else to hold, or the racist white cops planted it.I’m sure that’s the way these people’s thoughts are running.

Since none of us were there to actually see what occurred, I think it’s fair to accept the view of these residents of the neighborhood as just as legitimate as the police chief’s, or mine for that matter. And therein lies a perfect solution.

The locals don’t like the police, to put it mildly, and I’m sure that the police themselves don’t enjoy going into neighborhoods where their attempts to do a difficult job are looked upon by a significant number of the inhabitants as the provocation of racist interlopers.

Mr. Fred Price points the way to a win win resolution that will please everyone. Let’s indeed give the residents of north St. Louis and other similar areas a way to keep the police out of their neighborhoods.

Let the residents take a vote on making their neighborhoods off limits to police. If such a vote passes, let the residents make their own arrangements for crime prevention or policing should they see fit to do so,and offer property owners a discount on their taxes based on this city service they would no longer be using.

Police would be limited to enforcing the perimeters of such neighborhoods, so that thugs and criminals would be prevented from leaving these neighborhoods during certain hours. But inside the perimeter, the residents themselves would take responsibility.

Based on certain incidents that have happened in neighborhoods like this in the past during tense times, it would probably make sense to eliminate or at least cut back fire department and EMT service as well, since many times they require a police escort in order to guarantee the safety of the firemen and EMT personnel. Or perhaps these communities might be able to make arrangements not to attack them.

Like I said, a win win. The inhabitants of these neighborhoods would get the kind of policing they deserve, and those vicious police killers would have no opportunity to practice their racism.

 

Of course, if the people in these communities voted to continue to allow the police to serve them, it certainly wouldn’t be out of line for the police to demand respect and a healthy benefit of the doubt in exchange.

 

Res Ipsa Loquiter.

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