Tensions are high in Minneapolis and other cities as the prosecution of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd goes to the jury.
Closing statements at the Derek Chauvin trial concluded Monday, and the outcome is in the hands of the jury. No one knows whether they will reach a verdict in hours or days, but take the possibility of civil unrest into account when planning your week.
Some predict that Chauvin will be found not guilty of second or third degree murder in the death of George Floyd because Floyd’s heart disease and use of Fentanyl contributed to the death. While a manslaughter conviction is possible, it or a “not guilty” verdict might cause anger and civil unrest, culminating in destructive riots and looting.
Nine countries now are now reporting more than 1 million cases of coronavirus, with the United Kingdom the newest addition to that list. While the U.S. remains ahead of India by more than 1 million cases 9.2 to 8.2 million), European countries are surging up the list as you can see in the table below, which compares this week’s case count to the numbers a week ago:
In the past week, Spain moved up the list one spot, surpassing Argentina, while the UK climbed past Mexico and Peru. It appears the virus is receding in South American while it booms in the northern hemisphere. Italy climbed one spot while Germany is up three, surpassing Chile, Iraq and Bangladesh. The Ukraine also moved up while Belgium and Poland joined the list of countries with the most cases for the first time, knocking off Turkey and the Philippines.
While the rate of growth slowed by 3 percent in France and the UK, it grew in Italy (from 27 to 35 percent) and Germany (20 to 25 percent).
Election Day is a chance to exercise your civic responsibilities, but this year it may result in civil unrest.
In urban centers around the country, voters are worrying about the possibility of Election Day violence or protests and Riots in the days and weeks following. In general, the greatest concern appears to be that if President Trump wins re-election, the left and their violent cohorts like Antifa and BLM will riot in the streets even more than they do now.
A best case scenario is that there is an overwhelming victory on Election Day that cannot be overturned by uncounted mail-in ballots and the losing side acknowledges this and concedes. This might still result in unrest, as Trump’s election in 2016 resulted in protests, but a clear mandate might mitigate a widespread response. (Note we said “might.”)
If one party wins with the Electoral College but not the popular vote, this could set the stage for anger and violence, as many of those who attended liberal public schools have no idea why the Electoral College exists.
While we understand why a police chief might resign in protest, we suggest they uphold the law and push back against liberal mayors.
I have no doubt that it is tough to be a police chief. Your Mayor and city council don’t want you to actually enforce the laws. They vote to take away your ability to use tear gas and rubber bullets, which endangers your officers. You have to sit there and watch the city that you are sworn to protect burn when every fiber of your being scream to get your men out there and make some arrests. But when you do make arrests, you have to see the criminals be let out of jail by prosecutors who have let politics rather than laws decide their cases.
I don’t blame you for wanting to resign, but I say hold tough, make the fire you. Most police chiefs are hired for four or five year terms. They have a contract. Don’t give them an easy way out by resigning.
Instead, do your job and let your officers do theirs. Arrest the criminals. If they don’t allow to use tear gas, then use pepper spray. If they don’t let you use rubber bullets, than issue paintball guns. Allow your officers on riot duty to use their batons on fleshy body parts, like thighs and arms. Leave a bruise the rioter will remember. It may be the only penalty the suffer
Until district attorneys and prosecutors start holding rioters responsible and making them face some serious consequences, riots will just continue.
It seems that some mayors, governors, and district attorneys – and possibly some voters — need to remember psychology 101 or child psych to figure how to deal with rioters.
Let me give you an example from child psychology:
You are going shopping and you take you four year old. Before you go, you tell your child, “If you are good while we are shopping, we will stop at McDonalds on the way home so you can get a happy meal and play.” This is a positive way to establish the kind of behavior you expect. “So you want to go to McDonalds? Yes, then you just have to be good the whole time we are shopping, even if you get tired. Can you do that?”
Then, as you drive to the shopping center, you point out the McDonalds and you say, “Remember, if you are good today, we’re going to stop by on the way home.” This reinforcement is necessary because little kids have short memories.
Hurricane Laura is bringing heavy rain to the Mid Atlantic sates while protesters are bringing spray paint, fireworks and violence to cities across the country.
The death toll for Hurricane Laura has climbed to 14 in the U.S. and more than 800,000 people are without power. Remnants of the storm headed north into Arkansas before heading east today, bringing heavy rains and wind across the Mid-Atlantic states and parts of the South.
The 12th named storm of the year, Laura came ashore earlier than any other L-named storm in history. Future storms are still possible and could target vulnerable sections of the Gulf or East Coast. Prep now, before it is too late.
Hurricanes, riots, looting, shootings, a rising crime rate and failing cities make this an excellent time to embrace prepping.
Hurricane Laura roared ashore in the middle of the night, hitting Lake Charles, La., and the surrounding area. Early reports are that there is extensive damage to buildings, including commercial buildings in the downtown area. Winds and storm surge were so high that calls for rescue by those who refused to evacuate have had to go unanswered.
While folks in Louisiana and Texas braced for a natural disaster, man-made problems erupted across the country. Rioting and looting broke out again in Minneapolis after an armed suspect sought by police committed suicide. Security cameras recorded him shooting himself but this incident still provided all the excuse locals needed to attack Target CVS, Walgreens, Foot Locker, a liquor store, apparel stores, and multiple restaurants.
Seems like some folks are just looking for an excuse to loot.
Meanwhile, the Republican National Convention speakers are using the violent protests, rising crime rates and defund the police movement to drive home their point that Democrats are soft on crime socialists who have no problem destroying businesses and want to release criminals from jail. The riots may have been intended to create chaos and weaken the president but as things get out of hand the pendulum is swinging the other direction.
COVID-19 By the Numbers
The U.S. reported 44,934 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours as well as an additional 1,193 deaths. Global cases have surpassed 24.27 million while deaths were up over 7,000.
Violence reached a new level yesterday as rioters were shot and killed, not by police, but by counter protesters. Is this what the future holds for the U.S.?
Riots continued in Kenosha, Wi., where at least three were shot last night, apparently by one or more armed counter protesters. Some reports are that one of those shot was throwing Molotov cocktails at a gas station while two others were shot after attacking a gun-wielding counter protester. Photos show that one of the rioters, who was shot in the arm, was wielding a pistol.
The best coverage I have seen is in the Daily Mail. Just be advised that some of the photos and videos on that link may be a bit graphic.
In the past, protesters confronted by armed citizens have had enough common sense to leave the area. Armed guards have successfully protected stores, buildings, and neighborhoods. Last night, rioters chose confrontation instead.
Forest fires sweep across California, hurricanes in the Gulf Coast, COVID-19 outbreaks on college campuses and looting in Kenosha. It’s been a hell of a week.
I just spent five days at our new house and I came home to find that all hell is breaking loose across the country. We have no TV up there and I didn’t spend much time online, but here are a few things that occurred while we were gone:
Riots in Kenosha
More riots broke out, this time in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Complete with wanton destruction, looting, arson, etc. Rocks and bottles were thrown at police, cars on auto dealer lots were smashed and burned, garbage trucks were set on fire, furniture stores were burned down, and windows were smashed.
You can forgive the local police for not being prepared for the flash riot sprang up after a police shooting but there’s really no excuse for being unprepared for the second day.