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The “Abject Failure” Strikes Back – Politics Article

(John Hinderaker) Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz is utterly incompetent. For the details, read the just-released issue of Thinking Minnesota, which drives political debate in my state. During the days of rioting, looting and arson in Minneapolis that followed the death of George Floyd, it became obvious that the situation was a disaster. Walz tried to distance himself from the debacle by saying in a press conference that fellow Democrat Jacob Frey, the Boy Mayor of Minneapolis, had been an “abject…

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Can Minneapolis Recover? [Updated] | Power Line – Politics Article

Some months ago, I saw a shocking video: someone rode a bicycle down a sidewalk in Los Angeles, filming as he went, for something like a half hour. The entire time, he passed tent encampments or cities on both sides of the sidewalk. They seemed to go on forever and had an appearance of permanence. Yesterday a friend sent me a similar video, on a smaller scale, which was filmed by a resident of South Minneapolis. It shows Minnehaha Park,…

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Portland suffers most killings in three decades – Politics Article

Portland, Oregon recorded 15 homicides in July. That’s the most in one month in more than three decades, according to the police. As for shootings, there were 63 in July. In July 2019, there were 28, again according to the police. Police Chief Chuck Lovell noted that the department was forced to disband its 34-member Gun Violence Reduction Team at the direction of the City Council. According to this report, the unit was eliminated on July 1, apparently in response…

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First Circuit vacates death sentence for Boston Marathon killer – Politics Article

In a unanimous ruling, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has vacated the death sentence given by a jury to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two radical Muslim jihadist brothers who set off pressure-cooker bombs at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. The bombs killed three people and injured 260 others. Fortunately, the other bomber, Dzhorkar’s brother who apparently masterminded the attack, was killed by the police. Otherwise, his death penalty sentence…

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YouTube Throws In the Towel – Politics Article

I related here the fact that YouTube deleted the livestream of our program today with Heather Mac Donald, in which she demolished the anti-police myths propagated by the Marxist Black Lives Matter and other leftist elements. It was too much for YouTube to take, apparently. I appealed YouTube’s deletion of the video, and it didn’t take long for cooler heads to prevail. A little while ago, we got this email from YouTube: That is good. Eight minutes after that email,…

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Countdown: Under Four Hours to the Event of the Year on Crime – Politics Article

At noon Central, Center of the American Experiment will livestream a presentation on crime, policing and race by Heather Mac Donald, the country’s foremost expert on the conjunction of those topics. The presentation is data-rich, and contains all the facts you need to know to debunk the “systemic racism” in policing myth. You can go to the event page to register. The event is free. Registration means you will get an email reminder, but anyone can watch the event live…

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6 Big Takeaways From the Attorney General’s Capitol Hill Testimony – Politics Article

Attorney General William Barr announced a new investigation Tuesday while strongly defending the Justice Department’s actions in protecting the federal courthouse in Portland, Oregon.  Barr’s comments came in testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, a hearing that not only was partisan as expected but characterized by rudeness by the panel’s Democrats. A Democrat would ask a question, but when Barr began to answer, he or she would interject, “Reclaiming my time” and continue speaking until the allotted time was up. …

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Who Is Behind the Anti-Police Campaign? – Politics Article

America’s police forces are under attack, in part by “peaceful protesters” in various cities. The Democrats and their media arm have done their best to domesticate the anti-law enforcement movement, and to make it seem almost normal. This despite the fact that those who call for defunding or disbanding police forces are a tiny minority. Here in Minnesota, my organization’s polling finds that 85% of Minnesotans support their local police. Talk about a silent majority! We have launched a campaign…

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Poll: 77 percent of Americans are concerned about crime in our cities – Politics Article

The Hill reports on a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll in which 77 percent of respondents said they are concerned that crime is rising in the nation’s cities. 46 percent of respondents said they are concerned about rising crime in their own communities. Although reported by The Hill, the poll apparently has not yet been posted. Mark Penn, Harvard CAPS/Harris polling director, noted that respondents are concerned that prosecutors are not prosecuting crimes. However, they place blame for the increase mainly…

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Long Prison Terms Needed – Politics Article

(John Hinderaker) It is hard to see how the city of Portland can ever recover from the violence that has been unleashed by Antifa, with the connivance of local officials. One is tempted to say that Portland’s voters have brought it on themselves and are getting what they deserve–good and hard, as Mencken put it. Unfortunately, they aren’t the principal victims of the violence. Federal agents came under vicious attack while trying to protect the federal courthouse in Portland from…

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Get Woke, Sometimes Go Broke [with comment by Paul] – Politics Article

“Get woke, go broke” is a refrain that I learned at InstaPundit. Unfortunately, it often isn’t true. See, e.g., Nike and Starbucks. Happily, though, broke does sometimes follow woke. A case in point is the Arts and Entertainment cable network. The only reason I know about the TV show “Live PD” is that my daughters watch it obsessively. Or used to, anyway: A&E canceled “Live PD” after the George Floyd riots. What was wrong with “Live PD”? It played nothing…

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The Callousness of Liberals, Exemplified – Politics Article

(John Hinderaker) The Minneapolis Effect is easily measurable: in the wake of the George Floyd riots, law enforcement has pulled back, with police stops down by as much as 90 percent. In this anti-police environment, criminals have taken over the streets. Violent crime has spiked. (Non-violent crime is way up too, but no one has time to worry about that.) This map shows gunfire activity in the City of Minneapolis during 2020: At last count, homicides were up by 100%.…

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“Buddhist” Woman Forgives and Befriends Her Mother’s Killer Upon His Release … and He Ends Up Robbing and Murdering Her Too – Politics Article

I don’t know what this lady’s politics were – and in the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t really matter – except to say that this naive “everybody is a good soul” mentality that many liberals cling to is a recipe for disaster. This Arkansas woman named Martha McKay is a prime example of that attitude. She’s remembered as a woman with a good heart, who only saw the best in people. She was a “Buddhist,” and as a result,…

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Shocking Leftist Violence in Denver – Politics Article

Yesterday a group of Coloradans sponsored the Sixth Annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day in Denver: I doubt that the first five were controversial, but this year the forces of Marxist anarchy–that is, anarchy followed by socialism–showed up in force. Antifa Brownshirts charged the stage, assaulted the patriots assembled there, and prevented the event from going forward. Shockingly, Denver’s Chief of Police made common cause with the criminals. America is in a truly dire situation. I have never seen anything like…

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Soros comes to aid of rogue St. Louis prosecutor – Politics Article

We’ve been writing about Kim Gardner, the incompetent leftist St. Louis prosecutor, who is persecuting the McCloskeys for defending their home against a mob. We’ve also been encouraging readers to contribute here to the campaign of Mary Pat Carl, who is running against Gardner in next month’s primary. The importance of this primary is highlighted by news that a George Soros-linked group has contributed $78,000 to Gardner’s campaign. This is part of Soros’ effort to undermine order in the U.S.…

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[VIDEO] Three Teens Savagely Beat Pregnant Woman and Kick Her Toddler in the Head During Ungodly Attack – Politics Article

This video is very hard to watch, it makes you question everything you know about society and humanity. Two teen girls beat savagely beat a pregnant woman outside of her house in Illinois. MORE NEWS: GA Father Arrested After Delivering “Vigilante” Justice On 20-Year-Old “Boyfriend” He Found in His 14-Year-Old’s Bedroom  One girl was filming the beatdown, and a young man who came flying in out of nowhere kicked the woman’s toddler in the head and then stomped on the…

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