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August 12, 2020

The Morning Rant

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Picture a joint press conference, or public statement, if you will: present in the Oval Office with President Trump are Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, and Mitch McConnell.

"To our fellow Americans. We are putting aside our many differences tonight in order to come to together to speak out against the violence that is destroying our cities and tearing our country apart. While we stand for the right of all Americans to peaceably protest, and given the events of the past two months, we need to emphasize the importance of the word "peaceably". Without hesitation or conditions, we unequivocally condemn the arson, the looting, and the vandalism perpetrated by violent anarchists who are hiding behind 'anti-fascist' and 'black lives matter' labels as if that could ever justify the dozens of murders and hundreds of millions of dollars of property damage that they have caused. Many business have been destroyed that will never recover. And their is no replacement for the people who have been murdered.

We must come together as Americans and heal our nation. Defunding the police is not a workable solution. Vandalism, looting, and burning are not workable solutions. Holding some Americans responsible for the crimes of Americans of previous generations is not an answer. Reorganizing our entire system of government along Marxist lines is not a workable solution.

We freely admit that here on the good ship America, Democrats and Republicans can't agree on what course we should take, how we should set the sails, or even what our destination should be. But the solution is not to set the deck chairs on fire, foul the rigging, assault the stewards, or for some small group of disaffected passengers to declare the lido deck an autonomous zone. None of these are workable solutions. We need to come together as Americans and prepare for the work ahead of us that's necessary. If we can't do this, there will be no hope for us. May God have mercy on us all."

So why can't we have this? It doesn't have to be exactly this speech, of course, but some joint statement that condemns the violence unequivocally. Wouldn't that help calm the waters if American citizens saw national politicians come together and plead to and end of the violence and destruction?

During his recent hearings before the House Judiciary Committee, AG Barr turned to the Democrats and asked them straight up if they would condemn the Antifa violence and the response was dead silence. Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised at this, but I have to admit I was astounded. If there is ever a time where the equation 'silence = violence' holds true, it's here. *Not one* Democrat was willing to agree with Barr that antifa violence was bad, and denounce the destruction of blue, yes *blue* cities. Remember, the cities that are burning are not Dallas, or Tulsa or Pensacola, but Portland, Seattle, Chicago, and New York City, the deepest of the deep blue enclaves in America. Antifa is running wild night after night, and the Democrats are mute. They say the destruction in Manhattan has been so bad, so many businesses will not rebuild, so many retailers are leaving town, it may never be the same again. Can the Democrats really hate Donald Trump so bad that they're willing to let this happen?

What will they do when he's re-elected in November?




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Note: This was from J.J. Sefton's morning thread a couple of days ago:

Can anyone give us a city-based perspective on Portland? Are the riots staying out of posh neighborhoods or punishing the rich? I talked to my dad yesterday who is too near for my taste to Chicago, and he still feels safe even with the Mag Mile being trashed. So I'm wondering if Portland is like that or not.

Posted by: Catherine at August 11, 2020 08:01 AM (veosV)

Most of the rioting in Portland is taking place only in a few city blocks. I have seen video of streets outside that small area and you'd never know that there was any mayhem going on at all.

However, I have heard that Antifa is starting to branch out into the Portland residential areas. I don't know how this will be for them. Oregon is a big red state outside of the urban areas so I guess it depends on how far out they go. Eventually, they will hit red, where the residents are armed and the police won't be told to stand down.

For more (and better) information about Portland, follow Andy Ngo on Twitter. He's an indepedent journalist who covers Antifa, whose members hate him and want him dead. So you know he's doing a good job.



Update: This is Not Good

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"So LE in Portland are pretty
much on the side of the rioters."





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Talcum X Changes His Mind:

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Fake, But Funny:

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7/18 - IrishMikeComedy thanks the Horde again for the prayers for his son, born in April. He’d like to request prayers now for complete healing for his son from a UTI that seems cleared up, but they are checking for renal scarring.

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Keep calm and pray on!



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Monday's Who Dis: Katey Sagal is, in my view, a very talented, very underrated actress. Her comedic chops were on full display in her break-out role as bubble-head Peg Bundy in the TV series Married... With Children. She is equally adept at serious drama, as the matriarch of the SAMCRO motorcycle gang in Sons of Anarchy. And she can sing, too. Ms. Sagal teamed up with veteran character actor Ralph Bellamy for the 1988 film The Good Mother, along with a number of other well-known actors such as Jason Robards, Diane Keaton, Liam Neeson and the director, Leonard Nimoy.



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