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Rioter vs. FedEx Truck: Guess Who Won?

Posted on | June 1, 2020 | No Comments

 

Here’s a helpful hint for young “social justice” activists — truck drivers have no obligation to surrender to armed hijackers:

Authorities said a man was hit and killed by a FedEx truck during protests over George Floyd’s death in St. Louis.
A preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of a FedEx double tractor-trailer was rerouted because protesters shut down certain areas near downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Police said the driver stopped due to a large gathering of protesters. While he was stopped, several people gained access to the first trailer and started to remove items.
Two men, “while standing on the passenger side footboard of the truck cab, displayed guns to the driver. The driver, fearing for his safety, sounded the airhorn and drove off until he was stopped by police,” Sgt. Keith Barrett said in a statement.
The driver didn’t realize that a person was stuck on the converter dolly between the two trailers, police said. The man had been caught by the trailer tire, pulled under and was eventually run over by the tire.
Authorities are now investigating the incident but they believe the man who died appeared to be one of the protesters.

I’ve seen two different videos of the incident. The graphic nature required the local Fox affiliate to censor some images, but you get the idea:

 

The thing that struck me about this entire nightmare — here’s a good roundup of Sunday night’s anarchy — is how stupid and senseless it all is. Police in Minneapolis killed a guy who was caught trying to pass a counterfeit $20. Why does this require people to riot all over the country?

What purpose were the protest marches intended to accomplish? To express disapproval of racism? Yet if practically everybody is against racism — and it is quite difficult to find self-avowed racists in 21st-century America — who are the protesters marching against? Consider the case of Minneapolis, in particular. The city has long had a reputation as a bastion of liberalism. Hubert Humphrey, an outspoken champion of racial equality, was mayor of Minneapolis before winning three terms in the U.S. Senate and becoming vice president during the presidency of Lyndon Johnson. Minnesota is such a stronghold of the Democratic Party that not even Ronald Reagan’s historic 1984 landslide could tip the state into the GOP column. So if Minneapolis is now run by a secret cabal of racist officials determined to oppress the city’s black residents, these oppressors must be Democrats. Surely such an accusation cannot be what inspired the protest marches that followed the death of George Floyd, can it?
Whatever wrongdoing might have been committed by the police implicated in Floyd’s death, no one could plausibly assert that officials in Minneapolis endorsed it. . . .

Read the rest of my latest column at The American Spectator.


 

Rule 5 Sunday: Carol Alt

Posted on | June 1, 2020 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

You just never know what you’re going to find when you go wandering the web in search of a worthy subject for the Sunday Rule 5 post. At first I thought I was going to post about tie-dyed bikinis, which are coming back into fashion, but Halsey is an Antifa-coddling moron and ugly besides, and Kylie Jenner does nothing for me. But in the sidebar at Page Six, there was Carol Alt, looking pretty hot for a woman almost my age. She was a Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover girl back in 1982, and appears to have done a really good job of staying in shape.

Carol Alt in Hawaii, 1982

Ninety Miles From Tyranny leads off with the fabulous 90 Miles Mystery Box Episode #1000 – One Grand Extravaganza! also, Hot Pick Of The Late Night, Morning Mistress, and Girls With Guns. At Animal Magnetism, it’s Rule 5 1776 Friday Part V and the Saturday Gingermageddon.

EBL’s got more movies and opera this week – Manon, Rio Lobo, The Damnation Of Faust, Susana Dosamantes, Emani, Escape From New York, Manon L’Escaut, La Somnabula, Jeffrey Epstein – Filthy Rich, and Pretty Yende.

A View From The Beach’s haul this week includes Digital Makeup with Yumi Lambert, Fish Pic FridaySnakeheads Stop Conowingo Shad LiftA Wuflu MedleyTattoo ThursdaySome Wednesday WetnessYou’re Doing It Wrong!Tuesday Tattoos and TanlinesPalm Sunday and  I Hope the Mussels are OK!,

Red Pilled Jew checks in with Women With Braids, and Bacon Time says it’s Swimsuit Season.

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Ivy League Terrorist

Posted on | May 31, 2020 | No Comments

 

Trained by an elite university your kids could never afford to attend:

Two Brooklyn lawyers, including an Ivy League graduate corporate attorney, are facing federal charges for tossing a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD vehicle early Saturday morning during a protest over the police killing of George Floyd.
Colinford Mattis, 32, a lawyer and member of Community Board 5 in East New York
, was charged along with fellow attorney Urooj Rahman with the attempted attack on an empty police cruiser parked outside the 88th Precinct station house in Fort Greene.
“This is shocking news to me,” Andre Mitchell, president of Community Board 5 told the Daily News. “The allegation does surprise me because that doesn’t sound like him.”
The super of Rahman’s building called her “an angel” who recently lost her legal job.
“I can’t believe it. I’m stunned,” said George Raleigh, the super of Rahman’s building in Bay Ridge. “This kid? She’s an angel.”
Authorities say Rahman, 31, tossed a bottle filled with gasoline through a broken window into the cruiser just before 1 am Saturday but the Molotov cocktail failed to ignite. Rahman jumped into a van driven by Mattis and they sped off, court papers allege.
The attempted torching was captured by video surveillance cameras outside the precinct stationhouse on DeKalb Ave.
Cops gave chase and stopped the van nearby on Willoughby St.. They found the makings of another Molotov cocktail in the back seat along with a gasoline container.
“No rational human being can ever believe that hurling firebombs at police officers and vehicles is justified,” said Brooklyn U.S Attorney Richard Donaghue. . . .
Mattis, who lives in East New York, graduated from Princeton University and New York University law school, according to his LinkedIn page.
He is an associate with Pryor Cashman, a Times Square corporate law firm where he specializes in start-ups. The firm did not immediately return a call for comment.
Mattis has served for two years on Community Board 5, which covers East New York and Starrett City. He is vice chairman of the by laws committee and serves on the housing and land use committee headed by prominent activist Viola Plummer.

The annual cost of attending Princeton is $69,020, including room and board. Somehow, I suspect the Alumni Association won’t be getting too many contributions from Mr. Colinford in the future.


 

FMJRA 2.0: In The Heat Of The Night

Posted on | May 31, 2020 | No Comments

— compiled by Wombat-socho

I’m on Gab and Parler now. See if you can guess what my handle is. 😛

Rule 5 Sunday: Kayleigh “Honey Badger” McEnany
Animal Magnetism
Pushing Rubber Downhill
Ninety Miles From Tyranny
A View From The Beach
Proof Positive
EBL

Further Developments
357 Magnum
EBL

West Virginia’s COVID-19 ‘Hot Spot’
The Political Hat
EBL

FMJRA 2.0: Walking In The Shadow Of The Big Man
The Pirate’s Cove
A View From The Beach
EBL

The Early Summer Book Post
EBL

‘A Team of Editors’
357 Magnum
EBL

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month, and Crazy People Are Dangerous
EBL

Why Is Ann Coulter Doing This?
Pushing Rubber Downhill
EBL

How to Ruin Your Life (or Down the Rabbit Hole With a Deer-Sexual)
Dark Brightness
EBL

Hallowed Ground
EBL

In The Mailbox: 05.26.20 (Morning Edition)
357 Magnum
Proof Positive
EBL

In The Mailbox: 05.26.20 (Afternoon Edition)
A View From The Beach
Proof Positive
EBL

COVID-19: The ‘Experts’ Are Clueless
Bacon Time
357 Magnum
A View From The Beach
EBL

U.S. Coronavirus Daily Deaths Have Decreased 43% in the Past Four Weeks
EBL

In The Mailbox: 05.27.20
357 Magnum
A View From The Beach
Proof Positive
EBL

‘Fact-Based Truth’: MSNBC Demonized Ron DeSantis; Where’s the Apology?
World News Daily
El Informe Hispano
357 Magnum
EBL

In The Mailbox: 05.28.20
A View From The Beach
Proof Positive
EBL

Anarchy in Minneapolis: Democrats Celebrate Rioters Who Burned Down City
357 Magnum
Pushing Rubber Downhill
EBL

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge
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Courageous Social Justice Activists Vandalize CNN Atlanta Headquarters
357 Magnum
A View From The Beach
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In The Mailbox: 05.29.20
357 Magnum
A View From The Beach
Proof Positive
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Top linkers for the week ending May 29:

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  2.   (tied) 357 Magnum and  View From The Beach (8)
  3.   Proof Positive (6)

Honorable mention to our antipodean friends Dark Brightness and Pushing Rubber Downhill, who are usually good for two or three links a week on a consistent basis. Thanks!

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Arson, Looting, Aggravated Assault and Attempted Murder Are Not ‘Protests’

Posted on | May 31, 2020 | No Comments

 

Rioting across the nation leaves
cities reeling as hundreds arrested,
National Guard called in,
businesses damaged and at least 3 dead

pretext (noun) — a reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason.

Watching city after city go up in flames — stores looted, innocent people attacked, arsonists and criminals running wild — I had difficulty thinking: “What do I want to write about this?”

The first and most obvious thing is that this spree of criminal actity had nothing at all to do with what happened to George Floyd. People ransacking stores in Los Angeles, brutalizing people in Dallas and setting fire to City Hall in Nashville were not “protesting” against a violation of civil rights. The businesses and institutions targeted by these criminals had nothing to do with what police officers did in Minneapolis.

“Let’s loot a liquor store, because social justice!”

George Floyd’s death was not a reason for these riots, it was a pretext.

Hateful people do not need a reason to hate. Destructive people do not need a reason to destroy. They just need a pretext. Some people in the media want us to believe that rioters are like werewolves; they are normal, law-abiding citizens until the full moon rises — or there is a “racial incident” — and then they magically transform into monsters.

You can prove the falsity of this common liberal belief by asking them to apply the same kind of thinking to earlier riots. Were the participants in the 1921 Tulsa Massacre just ordinary people who were magically transformed into a lynch mob by a “racial incident”? No, the liberal will insist, the perpetrators of that atrocity were always evil racists. Stipulating this, why can’t we be allowed to say something similar about the criminal mobs engaged in lawless violence in 2020?

The Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York says it is filing federal charges against an upstate New York woman with four counts of attempted murder after she allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at a police van on Friday during anti-police brutality protests.
The NYPD says Samantha Shader, 27, threw the Molotov cocktail at the rear window of a van while it was parked near Prospect Park, around 10:40 p.m. on Friday. Officers were able to get out of the car before it caught fire.
Shader also allegedly bit one of the officers in the leg while she was being taken into custody.
Her sister, 21-year-old Darian Shader, tried to interfere with the arrest, police said. She was taken into custody and charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.
Samantha Shader is charged with four counts of attempted murder of a police officer, attempted arson, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Both women are from Catskill, New York, which is roughly 130 miles from Prospect Park.

Why would a white girl from upstate travel more than 100 miles to Brooklyn to participate in a riot, and try to murder New York police officers, because of something that happened hundreds of miles away in Minneapolis? If enthusiasm for the #BlackLivesMatter movement is inherently good, as liberals would have us believe, does this mean Samantha Shader is morally superior to anyone who didn’t participate in this kind of “protest”? You see that there is a certain logic behind this kind of craziness: Racism is bad, and therefore . . . whatever.

There are many bad things in the world. Gluttony and sloth are bad, but that doesn’t justify murdering people for being fat and lazy. Why, then, do so many people think that they can justify criminal violence simply by saying that they are protesting against racism? Are there any limitations to such a syllogism? Is there anything you “cause” cannot justify?

Once upon a time, you had to study grammar, logic and rhetoric to be considered truly educated, yet despite the vast expansion of our educational system, we have a lot of allegedly educated people — including many journalists — who can’t construct a valid syllogism or spot a fallacy. These people seem to think that slogans are an acdeptable substitute for argument, and their reaction to criticism is always some kind of ad hominem attack, an attempt to “kill the messenger” rather than to refute the opposing argument. Because so many intellectuals in our society are now utterly irrational, there are no “adults in the room” with the necessary authority to correct the errors of the reckless mob.


 

‘An Epicenter of Anti-Trans Violence’

Posted on | May 30, 2020 | No Comments

 

Once the “social justice” bandwagon of identity-politics victimhood gets rolling, everybody starts trying to climb aboard:

A black transgender man was fatally shot Wednesday by a police officer in Tallahassee, Florida — at least the third reported officer-involved shooting in Tallahassee in two months.
The victim, Tony McDade, 38, was identified as a suspect in a reported stabbing the morning of his death. Police said McDade fled the scene of the stabbing on foot before officers arrived, but they encountered McDade nearby shortly afterward.
According to police, McDade reportedly had a handgun and “made a move consistent with using the firearm” against an officer, prompting the officer to shoot McDade.
The Tallahassee Police Department said that it is investigating and that the officer, who was not identified, has been placed on administrative leave. . . .
Equality Florida, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization, said McDade’s death further exemplifies that Florida is “an epicenter of anti-trans violence.” At least seven black transgender people were murdered in Florida over the last two years, according to the organization.
Following McDade’s death, the National Black Justice Coalition said the “tragic incident should be a reminder that hate crimes against Black LGBTQ” people happen “too frequently” and “often without the national public outcry that our cis and/or heteronormative brothers and sisters receive.”
“It is important to highlight the too often ignored violence that members of our community face in addition to the discrimination we may experience because we are Black,” the coalition said in a statement.”

Are you . . . skeptical of such claims? Are you less than 100% confident this incident was a “hate crime”? Do you doubt Florida is actually an “epicenter of anti-trans violence”? Do you suspect that “Tony” McDade might not be an entirely innocent victim? Because you’re a hater?

 

A Tallahassee resident shot and killed by police Wednesday vowed they would never return to federal prison in a haunting Facebook live video posted the previous day.
Natosha “Tony” McDade, 38, died after a confrontation with police on Holton Street. Officers tried to stop McDade in connection with a deadly stabbing on Saxon Street minutes earlier.
“It’s just Tony the Tiger all alone coming for your blood,” McDade said in the Facebook Live post, “And after I get through killing you (expletive) I’m going to go back on live if I have the opportunity, because I will not be going back to prison.”
“Me and the law will have a standoff,” McDade said, “Because I’m fed up.”
The Bureau of Prisons website shows McDade was just released from federal prison on January 17, 2020 after serving a ten year sentence on weapons charges.
McDade was indicted by a federal grand jury in 2009 for possession of a gun and ammunition by a convicted felon. Federal court records indicate McDade was sentenced to 10 years in prison on those charges to be followed by three years of supervised release.
“All I ask of you is to make sure my mother is fine once I depart,” McDade said in the Facebook Live post. “I am killing and going to be killed because I will not go back into federal prison.”
Leon County court records show that McDade was arrested a few weeks ago after a confrontation outside the Circle K on South Monroe Street in which a woman claimed McDade threatened her and pulled a gun on her.
The arrest affidavit dated May 4, 2020 says officers later talked with McDade, who admitted the two had argued outside the Circle K but told officers the gun in question was a BB gun. The affidavit says officers found that BB gun under the driver’s seat of McDade’s car saying it was “nearly identical to an actual firearm and was only determined to be a BB gun upon closer inspection.”
Leon County court records show McDade was charged with aggravated assault and released on bond the next day.
Leon County court records show McDade had several prior arrests between 1999 and 2009 including arrests for armed robbery, battery and forgery. Florida Department of Corrections records show McDade did two stints in state prison including five years on the armed robbery charge.

So, a career criminal, out on bond for an aggravated assault charge, who had vowed never to go back to prison and warned of a “standoff” with police, and who had just stabbed somebody to death, got killed in a confrontation with police. In what sense is “Tony” the victim here?

But this is how “social justice” works. Merely by being a member of a particular category, you’re automatically a victim, no matter what happens, and everyone is required to play along with this victimhood narrative, or else they’re guilty of “transphobia” or racism or whatever.


 


 

‘Increasingly Abusive and Unstable’

Posted on | May 30, 2020 | No Comments

 

Given the recent riots, you may have forgotten Amy Cooper, who got fired from her job after an encounter in New York’s Central Park where she called 911 after a black man told her to put her dog on a leash. Now we learn that she has a history of inciting drama:

A former co-worker of Amy Cooper — the woman filmed calling 911 to report an African-American bird watcher for ‘threatening her life’ when he asked her to leash her dog in Central Park — has said he wasn’t surprised by the former banking exec’s erratic conduct, claiming he’s ‘seen that type of false hysteria before’.
Martin Priest, who first met Cooper while working at investment banking firm Lehman Brothers in 2003, told DailyMail.com how the now 41-year-old allegedly attempted to destroy his life with a series of ‘baseless’ allegations in a 2015 lawsuit.
Priest said he had been friends with Cooper for a number of years before the suit but says he began to distance himself from her sometime in 2012 when she confessed to having romantic feelings for him that weren’t reciprocated.
In the months that followed, Priest says he was routinely ‘harassed’ and ‘stalked’ by Cooper. He claims she would often leave him threatening texts and voicemails, in which she menaced that she would hurt him, his family members and even herself if he continued to ignore her.
The purported onslaught culminated in Priest contacting police in Ridgewood, New Jersey, in February 2013 to report her for harassment.
‘She became increasingly abusive and unstable,’ Priest told DailyMail.com. ‘I tried to get away from her as she became more outrageous and threatening with her demands.’
Priest said his attempts to oust Cooper from his life were made in vain. Just over a year later, on June 8, 2014, he would once again contact police, but this time in Long Island City, dialing 911 to accuse Cooper of attempting to break into his house.
‘I caught her in the act,’ Priest claimed. ‘She lied to my doorman pretending to be my sister and said she needed to get inside.
‘I was at home at the time — ignoring her calls — and she knocked on the door, then opened it and tried to walk inside. I got up, slammed the door shut and called the police.’
Priest said that by the time officers arrived, Cooper had fled the scene. ‘She texted a lot of crazy stuff afterwards,’ Priest recalled. . . .
Priest said he later received a call from Cooper, who, angered that he had called the cops on her, apparently told him she ‘wasn’t going to stop until she’d put him in the gutter’. . . .
The following year, Cooper filed a lawsuit against Priest — which has since been dismissed — claiming that she had been involved in a romantic relationship with the Wall Street trader from 2008 to 2012, while he was still with his first wife.
In the suit, she claimed she broke up with him when she learned of his marriage, but reconvened with him in October 2013 when that relationship ended. . . .
‘Those allegations were deeply hurtful to my family. I never had a romantic relationship with her,’ Priest told DailyMail.com. ‘It was all fabricated in retaliation of our falling out. It was an explicit attempt to damage me and my reputation. She told me on the phone she wasn’t going to stop until she put me in the gutter.’
The case was later dismissed when both Cooper and Priest failed to show up for court conferences in January and March 2018, DailyMail.com has confirmed.
‘She put all that damaging and false information out there and then just disappeared — derailing my career, hurting my family and reputation,’ Priest said.
‘It’s taken me years to rebuild my life after that,’ he continued. ‘I was unfairly maligned based upon the allegations that she made — the baseless allegations.
‘And so from that point, you know, obviously people would refuse to employ me … because of the voracity [sic] of the allegations.’

A bit of calculation will show that Cooper was about 33 when she met Priest. She had already “hit the wall,” as they say. She was past her peak SMV, and was at an age when the ticking of her biological clock could no longer be ignored. Whether or not she and Priest actually ever had any romantic involvement — I’m not sure I believe his denials — it would not be surprising that such a woman would become obsessed with a married man. Not surprising, that is, if you’ve read Rollo Tomassi’s book The Rational Male. It was Rollo who tipped me to this story.

The issue, you see, is not whether Amy Cooper is a “racist” (whatever that word means in 2020), but whether she is crazy.

Crazy People Are Dangerous.


 

Courageous Social Justice Activists Vandalize CNN Atlanta Headquarters

Posted on | May 29, 2020 | No Comments

 

 

When they were rioting in Minneapolis, they were thugs and hoodlums, but attacking CNN? Civil rights heroes:

A protest erupted at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta Friday amid nationwide demonstrations following the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, with many of the protesters seen vandalizing the entrance of the building in videos posted to social media.
A crowd gathered in front of the CNN Center and grew over the course of several hours, initially breaking windows and spray-painting the CNN sign, and later throwing objects — including what appeared to be a firecracker that exploded — and reportedly shooting BB guns into the lobby.
The iconic CNN sign, a popular tourist destination in the downtown area, was covered with graffiti and others were seen jumping on top of the structure.
A CNN journalist captured footage of a window being shattered by the crowd, which can be heard sparking cheers.
Law enforcement eventually cleared the area, pushing the crowd further down the street.
Reporting from CNN correspondent Nick Valencia showed multiple police cars that were set ablaze and Georgia State Police entering the scene.
“This is terrible to witness, it’s terrible to witness,” Valencia told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper.

Terrible? No, it’s beautiful. Karma is a beautiful thing.

If you were hoping to see the mob dragging Brian Stelter’s lifeless corpse through the streets or parading with Jake Tapper’s head on a pike, however, you’ll be disappointed, because Jake works out of CNN’s D.C. bureau and Stelter’s in New York, not the Atlanta headquarters.


 

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